Thursday, June 14, 2018

Just a thought on photon energy and proper time

Had a minor revelation this morning.  About fundamental physics.  Yes, I'm weird this way.  Thanks for noticing.

Photon energy (best known as wavelength or frequency) times proper time (local flow of time) is a constant.  As gravity increases, proper time decreases, and photons gain a proportional amount of energy.  We call this blue shift.

As gravity decreases, proper time increases, and photons lose a proportional amount of energy.  We call this red shift.

Interesting.  It's almost as if gravity has no influence on photon energy - just our perception of it. 

Relative velocity still does alter photon energy.  A photon emitted in the direction of travel still has more energy than a photon emitted in the opposite direction, from the standpoint a stationary particle used as a target.  Of course, that's probably because of the energy differential caused by the velocity deformation around the emitting particle.

So, the only way to tell the actual energy of a photon, is to intercept one emitted at exactly 90 degrees to the path of travel of the emitting particle, along an equal gravitational gradient, by a stationary particle, or one traveling at ninety degrees to the angle of interception.  In that (and only that) circumstance, the energy delivered by the photon will be exactly equal to the energy it was emitted with.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

A new job for the EPA and FDA

From a comment by Frank Luke at John Wright's Journal:

"A is for Alar." I remember the 60 Minutes story about Alar like that used on apple trees caused cancer in lab animals. While we were in high school, a friend of mine in FFA gave a speech about his research into pesticides and scare tactics. Alar was his golden example. To get the results it did, the lab gave the mice so much Alar that a human being would need to eat 14 tons of apples a day for 70* years. In that dosage, 5% of the mice developed tumors. In the group having a half dosage (meaning the equivalent of 7 tons of apples a day for 70 years), none developed cancer.
At that statement, the audience went into shock. Half were trying not to interrupt him by laughing at the dosage required. The other half just gasped.
*This is 20+ years ago. My memory may be off on the exact numbers, but "tons per day" and "years" was definitely in the speech.

I propose a new executive order for various government organizations such as the EPA and FDA.  They are to propose no new regulation, ruling, finding or guideline until they have completed an open, replicable, scientific evaluation of all previous rulings, regulations, findings and guidelines.  Study summaries are to be written in plain English, at no more than a 10th grade level, and made freely and easily available to the public.  Each study is to be reviewed by a panel of thirty randomly selected citizens, who are neither government employees nor receiving welfare benefits, with SAT (combined math & verbal) scores of not less than 1000, or ACT overall scores of not less than 20.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Review: .224 Valkyrie

.224 Valkyrie is essentially a .223 redesigned to better handle long for caliber bullets.  It produces similar velocities for the same weight of bullet as a .223, but .223 cartridges can't really handle 95 grain bullets.

If you're really into long range, precision shooting using the AR-15 platform, this caliber will be a good investment.  Unlike most of the other new .22 center fire cartridges, the Valkyrie doesn't come with additional recoil or overall length.

Otherwise?  It doesn't really bring much new to the table.  It might make a decent military round, but increasing the caliber (to at least 6mm, preferably 6.5) would be a better solution.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Quora collapsed: What was it like to be a soldier in Iraq?

The Quora Gestapo has collapsed my answer to "What was it like to be a soldier in Iraq or Afghanistan?"  Because telling the truth about a horrible place is neither nice nor polite, I guess.  Truth is no defense to Leftists, of course.

Anywhere, here's my answer, in all its stream of consciousness glory:

Iraq, 2003–2004, 14 months. (This was my third war.)
It sucked, I’m glad I did it, I never want to do it again. I didn’t hate Arabs before I met them. Most disgusting people I’ve ever met, and I’ve been to over 40 countries, all around the world. Everything Evan Friend mentions in his answer, plus ubiquitous pedophilia - the curse that keeps on cursing. I had an eight year old boy try to sell me his little brother for “ficky-ficky”. MedCap missions routinely treated little boys for prolapsed colons. They don’t have anything remotely similar to what we Americans would describe as morality. Their moral code (the real one, not the formal one for company) consists of “Do whatever you want, as long as you don’t get caught.” Except for the rules of hospitality: if a man invited you into his home for tea, you were his guest and safe from harm. By him. While you were inside the house.
Arabs lie constantly, pointlessly. And they’re not even very good at it. They can’t shoot worth spit, which is why they use so many bombs. The vast majority of them don’t understand the concepts of self discipline, cooperation, courage, and loyalty. The one word that best describes the men is ‘craven’. On multiple occasions, companies of over a hundred Iraqi police or soldiers, armed with AKs and RPKs, in a reinforced concrete building with steel doors, would surrender to two or three men with pistols.
I will admit that I met one respectable, decent Iraqi man. Bravest, most dependable guy I ever met. He kept a PKM next to his door, and never went anywhere without a pistol. It was funny watching the kids, including the baby, pointedly not touch the loaded machine gun on the floor. His wife could really cook, too.
I had a different experience from most. I was on an independent CI/HUMINT team. That meant we got to run our own missions. It also means we got almost zero support from anybody. Our own command betrayed us at levels I really don’t want to go into here. It was fun tooling around with just two, soft sided HMMWV’s, one with a SAW on a cast-iron pedestal in the back, with a bench from an old truck tied to a slab of plywood for a rear-facing gunner’s seat. Sometimes, we talked some support guys into going out with us to be a third truck. There got to be a waiting list for that eventually, after they passed the word that we bought lunch and sodas out on the economy. The chicken was some of the best I’ve had outside Peru. (Never eat the fish over there. Or the vegetables - they wash them with their own water, which has been polluted for all of recorded history.)
Almost everything we (US forces) did in Iraq back then was pointless or actively counterproductive. We built schools - but let the Saudis provide Wahabi teachers. They taught the Arab boys (never girls) to hate America and kill infidels. Where do you think the ISIS supporters came from? Funny story - we built a school on the west side of a main road. A couple months later, the people on the east side of the road complained about their children being hit by cars, and asked us to build a school on their side of the road. We told them no, and explained the concept of the crossing guard. They didn’t get it. Why would anybody care about any children but their own? They just repeated their demand that we build another school.
I reduced a commo officer to tears one day after he asked me, “So, what’s really going on outside the wire?”
The weather sucked most of the time. It’s a desert, so it’s either too hot or too cold. In the summer, when it cools down to 95 Fahrenheit at night, you shiver. You sweat so much that when you take off your shirt, it’s white with salt and can stand up on its own after it dries (in about 5 minutes). Nomads plant and harvest the wheat, then let their sheep and goats graze on the stubble. They also got paid to block the roads with their flocks, so the bad guys could ambush us when we stopped. If you killed the sheep, you had to pay $100 each for them out of your own pocket.
Did you know that a .50 BMG round will go through a cow and then 12 inches of mud brick wall?
The coffee and tea are hot and they drink them with lots of sugar. They don’t use filters, so never drink the bottom 1/4 inch of the cup.
When it snows, the kids immediately build snowmen and have snowball fights. It seems to be built in.
Hummingbird moths are fascinating.
Every spring, millions of hedgehogs migrate across the desert. They move at night, and burrow into the dirt to disappear during the day. You can’t help but run over scores of them when you drive anywhere at night.
Every fall, millions of ravens migrate south from Turkey. The flock is miles wide, and runs from horizon to horizon for three days.
Dust devils come in waves across the desert. It’s not really sand so much as dried, powdered dirt. From land that sheep have grazed on for at least ten thousand years. It gets into your food no matter what you do.
There’a village made entirely out of sheep dung. They cook with it as fuel, too. You can imagine the smell. Especially after it rains.
They still make mud bricks the old fashioned way. It still works.
Not being allowed to shoot back when you’re being shot at really sucks. Politicians are stupid and a little bit crazy, and many of them wear stars on their shoulders. Intelligence reports have dates for a reason - raiding a house three weeks after the meeting seldom produces useful results. The smaller the scorpion, the more painful the sting. The bigger the wasp, the more it hurts. Camel spiders are to be shot on sight. Biting flies are smaller than the mosquito mesh, and don’t care about DEET. There are five separate species of mosquito. Mice get into everything. Gatorade is a literal life saver. You can drink a liter every hour and still not need to pee all day. You can hear a serious burn victim from a quarter mile away - even when the doors are closed on the ambulance. Mass graves have a distinctive smell. Putting a cow or sheep on top of the bodies just makes it that much more unpleasant to dig through. They will never send out power equipment until you dig down far enough with a shovel to be able to take pictures.
There is nothing Iraqis won’t pretend to do, if you offer them enough money. There is very little they will actually do, even when their lives are in danger. Kurds are way better than Arabs - but that’s not exactly a high bar to cross.
Lieutenants are stupid yet arrogant, and think they know everything. This is a universal truth, and never changes. It takes a special sort of genius to order several armored vehicles, one at a time, into the same swamp.
Arab officers are chosen for family connections, ability to pay bribes, and incompetence. (Competent officers would be a threat to their superiors.) The better Arab officers treat their men like illiterate, superstitious peasants. (To be fair, most of them are.) The normal officers treat their men worse than animals. (They generally remember to feed and water the sheep, and seldom beat them for no reason.)
They don’t have enough trees to have toilet paper.

Friday, May 25, 2018

School is hell

From yesterday's blog at Alma Boykin's place.  (You are reading her novels, right?)

I was tiny, and geeky, and introverted (Aspie much?) through school. There was one kid (out of 400) shorter than me – and he was less than 5′ tall at graduation. And he outweighed me by 20 pounds. (Food? What is this food I keep hearing other kids talk about?)
(Side note – My Mom taught me how to cook. On Saturday, make dumplings in chicken broth, with the leftover bones and the wilted carrots and soft potatoes the grocer sold us for half price. On Sunday, boil stew beef for eight hours, or roast a chicken for three. Serve leftovers all week with day-old factory seconds from the Wonder Bread plant.)
In 4th grade, four other boys thought it would be fun to attack me with pocket knives, clothes line, and a length of cable. I was fairly passive until they started damaging my bike. Then I sent them to the hospital. I gave their knives to the cop who showed up at my house a little while later, and showed him the cuts on my hands, arms and back.
I was absolutely tormented through middle school. Even one of the teachers got in on the psychological abuse. Until this one girl just walked over to me in gym class and punched me in the crotch. I knocked her out. The teacher sent her to the office for starting it – he had watched the entire incident (all 5 seconds of it). I didn’t get physically picked on after that.
In high school, thank goodness, I found a group of other outcasts. We really didn’t have much in common other than nerdosity and loneliness. We played chess and talked about The Destroyer (Remo Williams) novels at lunch, played D&D after school, and went to the local Bell Lab to play with their computers once a week. It was wonderful.

The EU can kiss my ass

The EU has new "full disclosure" rules.  I am using Blogger, over which I have no control.  I just type here.

I'm an American, typing this in America, on a service that is located in America.

The EUrocrat fascists can kiss my fat, pasty white ass. 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The debate continues

Lee - 
“Through very careful tests, it has been observed that the Earth is attracted to where the sun is, not where it was eight minutes ago. The simplest explanation for this is that the speed of gravity is effectively instantaneous.”
McChuck, I don’t know where you got this bizarre idea, but it’s wrong. The theory of gravity (The General Theory of Relativity) has gravitational influences traveling at the speed of light. Didn’t you hear about the recent direct detection of gravitational waves? They traveled from the source to us at light speed.

Me - 
Lee – As I wrote above, waves (including gravity waves) are limited to light speed. The effect we call gravity is not. This has been exhaustively tested, and can be observed by noticing that the moon is in a stable orbit around the earth, which would not be possible if gravity operated at the speed of light. (If it did, the moon would orbit a spot 40,000 km behind the earth-moon center of gravity.) If gravity operated in waves limited to the speed of light, it would be red and blue shifted. That would make the universe a much more interesting, and chaotic, place.
The very equations used to compute gravitational effects include a kludge factor to estimate the current position of the attractor from its apparent position. Because the math only works if you assume that gravity is instantaneous.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Entertaining discussion of physics and metaphysics

One of the places I hang out every day is William Briggs' blog.  In the linked entry, there's been a particularly interesting discussion of quantum physics, relativity, and Bell's theorem.  Plus the usual debates and discussions on statistical analysis and Christian theology.

It's an interesting place.  Go check out WM Briggs, Statistician to the Stars.

Here's an extract of the latest comments there, for easy reading.

Lee Phillips - 
Some may think at this point that McChuck and YOS must be just trolls, but I don’t think so. They may be deceiving me, but I really think that they sincerely believe they have achieved such a deep understanding of reality that the mere Einsteins and Bells of the world are as but children in comparison, playing with toys that they’re not sophisticated enough to understand.
Humor us, McChuck. Explain how “gravity” “obviously” “can surpass the speed of light”.
Enlighten us, YOS. Explain how the cosmological constant enters into QM, and how QM requires it to have a particular value.

McChuck - 
  1. Lee – Through very careful tests, it has been observed that the Earth is attracted to where the
    sun is, not where it was eight minutes ago. The simplest explanation for this is that the speed
    of gravity is effectively instantaneous. The mathematical equations are obviously kludges to
    make the theory very nearly match the observations. They reek of epicycles.
    The earth moves to the current position of the sun. The moon moves to the current position
    of the earth. The sun moves about the current position of the galactic center. The galaxies
    themselves orbit about their cluster’s current center of gravity, not where it was hundreds
    of thousands of years ago.
    If you agree with Bell (as I do, I just find the argument to be weak), then instantaneous action
    at arbitrary distances must be possible. Both Bell and Einstein cannot be correct. At least one
    must be wrong, as they directly contradict each other. Choose.
    Here is my choice – They are both correct, but require limits. Bell’s theorem, as Bohm points
    out, only prohibits local hidden variables. Global hidden variables are perfectly acceptable,
    and enable instantaneous action. Waves are examples of local actions. No wave can travel
    faster than c. Normal, every day gravity is not a wave function, but a global variable effect.
    Gravity waves are, of course, waves, and thus localized functions. No contradictions here,
    and everything accords with observations.
    *****
    Assume a quantum field. Give it an enormous positive strength. From this field, all other fields
    draw their strength, instantaneously (field, not wave), dissipated in root-square fashion. This
    field governs motion, and we may name it “gravitational potential energy” for convenience.
    Particles exist as localized waves within this field, with their upslopes directly behind them,
    and downslopes directly before.
    The instantaneous slope of field strength determines everything about a particle’s 4-velocity.
    The sine of the slope is velocity (and gravitational acceleration), as fraction of c The cosine of
    the slope is the particle’s perceived time (and distance), as a fraction of 1 (no dilation).
    Enormous energy with very little practical effect at cosmic distances – check. Gravity – check.
    Time and space dilation – check. Red and blue shift – check. Accordance with quantum field
    theory – check. Accordance with relativity – check. Conservation of energy – check.
    Conservation of momentum – check. Lack of epicycles – check. Lack of contradictions – check.
    Simple explanation for complex behaviors – check. Possible explanation for ‘dark energy’ –
    check.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Plastic cased ammumition

Seen in the June, 2018 issue of Guns & Ammo magazine, pages 40-53.

Now there's fantastic plastic ammunition for all those plastic fantastic guns.

True Velocity is making ammunition, in a variety of calibers, with plastic casings.  They offer a 40% weight reduction, and improved heat characteristics.  Well, at least the chamber stays cooler.  The heat has to go somewhere, so it goes down the barrel.  The rounds also don't cook off.  At all.  Not even when they tried their best to make them do so.  The casing eventually deformed and started to melt, but the powder never lit.  Plastic's a pretty good insulator.

They also claim a dramatic improvement in case dimension consistency.  One lot measured an SD of 3 fps, with a max deviation of 8 fps.  That's unheard of in large production runs.

The casings, and thus the ammunition, are also cheaper than traditional brass.  The company is currently focused on serving the military and law enforcement agencies.  I'm sure the troops wouldn't mind shaving a few pounds off every case of ammunition.

What's the downside?  They're probably a lot harder to reload.  

Available in .223, .308, .338 Norma, .50 BMG, and 12.7 Soviet.

See also:  NovX stainless steel/aluminum cased ammunition, available in 9mm and .223.  They also claim a 40% weight reduction and cost savings.  The resin/copper powder bullets are a bit weird, though, with some outlandish claims.  Shell Shock makes their casings.

They haven't seen "toxic masculinity"

My comment to this article: regarding "toxic masculinity" and involuntarily celibate men.


Men suffer more from autism and Asperger’s than women. So women mock them for their disability. Very mature and compassionate of them.
Young men will do almost ANYTHING to get laid. The primary drives of young men are: eat, sleep, fight, screw. Not necessarily in that order.
Bucks grow antlers to fight each other every fall for the chance of having sex, and go without food for weeks in the constant quest for available does. Male praying mantises literally have to die to mate. Black widow spiders earned their name.
Most of Western Civilization is conditioning men to NOT rape, murder, loot and burn. Personal responsibility and self restraint are key to this. That’s why the Left’s constant attacks on Western Civ. (formerly known as Christendom) are doomed to cause far more harm than any marginal good they could possibly accomplish.
Islam is founded on encouraging men to do these things. (To non-Muslims, of course.) The explosive popularity of Islam to unattached young men was not a coincidence. When you allow the older men to keep harems, the only hope young men have is to conquer new territory and capture a bride.
The Zulu conquest of Africa began when their culture changed, and demanded that young men must first kill an enemy before they could marry a woman. They then slaughtered their way down half a continent, and killed over 10% of the total population of the continent. So that each man could take a woman (and ranch cattle).
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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Democrat government covers up facts about defensive gun use

Hat tip to Old NFO.

The CDC conducted three separate studies during the Clinton years, attempting to discredit conservatives and the NRA, and make more hay for the anti-gun crowd.

They buried the results of all three studies, and denied the studies had ever taken place.

The raw data has recently been uncovered.  Here is a link to the paper.

Never, ever trust the Democrats.

Friday, April 13, 2018

A call to action - but what action?

From blog comments.  My best thoughts usually come in reaction to something else I read.

It has to be an offensive on multiple fronts. We must retake the high ground to be successful. Education, entertainment, news media, the courts, and the legislatures. Those strong points we cannot take we must bypass by creating our own. We must also take back the streets, and meet violence with superior violence.
Where are the right wing ideologue investors? Where is our George Soros? Where are the hundreds of interlocking charities and NGOs? Where are the armies of lawyers, on retainer for both defense and offensive lawfare? Where are the boycotts and demonstrations? Where are the busloads of “temporary resident” voters, such as those that recently decided a special election in Pennsylvania? Where are the home schooling foundations and organizations? Once we control sufficient news coverage, then and only then can we utilize passive resistance tactics in the streets to influence the undecided middle. (The Left enjoys violence, and delights in splitting heads.) Where are the militias?
Where are the right-wing think tanks? Not the Conservatism-Inc. job placement boards – actual intellectuals, dedicated to the cause of advancing the Right by any means available. Where is our Frankfurt School? Where are our right-wing indoctrination centers, better known as universities? Where are our right-wing teacher’s colleges, where the future is programmed?
Where are the right-wing comedians and entertainers? Steven Crowder is great, but he’s only one guy. Where are the right-wing movies? As the Left had the “Lethal Weapon” series, so must the Right build entertaining dramas with explicit and implicit values and messages.
In the end, it may very well come down the street lamps and ditches. That’s not where it needs to start. But we need to be prepared, because when things go pear shaped, it happens unbelievably quickly.

Monday, March 26, 2018

It's time to fight lawfare with lawfare

Why do Leftists hate children, and want them to die?  From abortion, to anti-bullying laws that only prevent victims from defending themselves, to over-prescribed Ritalin (better known as Speed), to gun free zones that make schools into designated victim zones, Leftists prove by their words and actions that they want the children to die.

Why do Leftists hate civil rights?  From the blatantly unconstitutional destruction of the right of free association, to all the anti-gun rallies and laws, they constantly seek to take power from the people so they can dictate who may do what with whom, and we'd better shut up and like it.

Enough is enough.  Whining and complaining accomplish nothing.  The Republican party is dead, or brain dead, or spineless, or actively collaborating with our enemies.  I vow to never spend another dime helping any national-level Republican candidate, save Donald Trump (who isn't really a Republican, as they obviously hate him).  I hereby vow to never vote for another national level, establishment Republican candidate.  If they're no different from the Democrats, why should I bother?

Any tactic, and weapon used by my enemy against me is meet and good for me to use against him.  We need to go full Alinsky on our enemies.  Why?  Because it works.

Let us start with lawfare.  If we can't win in the legislature, even when we win the elections, it's time to win in the courts.  We need to organize and pool our money to hire top notch, conservative lawyers to bring suit is federal court against Leftists.  Who?  It doesn't matter.  Go after individual Leftists.  Attack their organizations.  Bankrupt their charities.  Dismantle their news and media empires.  Disrupt their unions.

What if we don't win each case?  Who cares?  As the Leftists themselves say, sometimes the process is the punishment.

Here's a starting point.  It's been used against us many times.  It's time to start using it against the Left.  Let's start with anti-gun ownership organizations.

42 U.S. Code § 1985 - Conspiracy to interfere with civil rights

(3)Depriving persons of rights or privileges
If two or more persons in any State or Territory conspire or go in disguise on the highway or on the premises of another, for the purpose of depriving, either directly or indirectly, any person or class of persons of the equal protection of the laws, or of equal privileges and immunities under the laws; or for the purpose of preventing or hindering the constituted authorities of any State or Territory from giving or securing to all persons within such State or Territory the equal protection of the laws; or if two or more persons conspire to prevent by force, intimidation, or threat, any citizen who is lawfully entitled to vote, from giving his support or advocacy in a legal manner, toward or in favor of the election of any lawfully qualified person as an elector for President or Vice President, or as a Member of Congress of the United States; or to injure any citizen in person or property on account of such support or advocacy; in any case of conspiracy set forth in this section, if one or more personsengaged therein do, or cause to be done, any act in furtherance of the object of such conspiracy, whereby another is injured in his person or property, or deprived of having and exercising any right or privilege of a citizen of the United States, the party so injured or deprived may have an action for the recovery of damages occasioned by such injury or deprivation, against any one or more of the conspirators.

18 U.S. Code § 242 - Deprivation of rights under color of law

Whoever, under color of any law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom, willfully subjects any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or to different punishments, pains, or penalties, on account of such person being an alien, or by reason of his color, or race, than are prescribed for the punishment of citizens, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; and if bodily injury results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include the use, attempted use, or threatened use of a dangerous weapon, explosives, or fire, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, shall be fined under this title, or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death.

Friday, March 23, 2018

YouTube goes full potatoe

YouTube has announced a ban on all gun related videos, starting April Fool's Day.  It's for the children, of course.  We can't show children examples of proper, safe gun handling, disassembly, and cleaning.

Screw them.  Go to https://www.full30.com/ for some of your favorite gun-related content creators.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

South Africa goes full potato

The black majority parliament of South Africa finally voted to end all pretense and seize all white owned farmland.  No payments will be made to the white farmers who settled the country centuries ago. 

This is after 10% of the farming families have been raped, tortured, and murdered over the last few years.  This is after about a third of all the whites have left the formerly prosperous country.

Here's what the all need to do today:  Slaughter all the animals.  Fill in the wells.  Break the pipes.  Burn the fields.  Burn the buildings.  Leave the land as it was found generations ago - barren and empty.  Then they need to run, not walk away.

The Boers are too few and scattered now, and the blacks too numerous, to fight and win a war.  They have to leave the farms their ancestors built generations ago, or die horribly, tortured to death.

This is what happens when blacks get control over whites.  Every.  Single.  Time.  Every.  Single.  Place.  It's not coincidence.

The famine in South Africa, just like the one in Zimbabwe (formerly white Rhodesia), will begin right after the blacks eat the last of the seed corn and the last breeding pair of cows.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

How to prevent mass school shootings

Safe gun handling and marksmanship used to be taught in public schools.  Back when they said the Lord's prayer before school every morning.  But Leftists have been destroying America one thought, one moral, one story at a time for generations now.

My great-grandfather told me that he got a whuppin one day at school, because he forgot to bring his rifle.  The older boys were expected to bring a gun to school to protect the little kids from Indians and catamounts.  In my generation, almost every pickup truck had a rifle rack with either a .30-30 or a 12 gauge on it.  The first day of deer season was a proper excuse to miss a day in high school.  School shootings were unheard of, although fist fights were fairly common.  (Boys will fight.  It's in their nature.  You can't prevent the aggression - all you can do is bottle it up until they explode into murder.)

Proposed - the federal government shall mandate and provide funding for marksmanship and safe gun handling classes in all public high schools throughout the various States.  This class shall be optional for students, but it must be provided by the school every term.   Students shall be taught to safely and accurately fire a .22LR pistol and rifle.  They shall also be taught the basic hunting laws for their local area, as well as the laws pertinent to armed self defense.  They shall also be taught basic first aid techniques for common minor and life threatening injuries.  Upon graduation, each young man shall be given the rifle he trained with and each young woman shall be gifted with the pistol she trained with, along with a box of 50 appropriate cartridges and a pocket sized, printed copy of the Constitution of the United States, as amended, and a wallet sized certificate of course completion.  Completion of this course shall count as all necessary training and certification to carry a weapon, either openly or concealed, throughout the United States and its territories, except where expressly prohibited by federal law and prominently posted.  This certificate shall count as photo identification for all purposes.  This course, gift, and certification shall be offered to citizens only, not to lawful or unlawful residents or visitors, nor to convicted felons, even if convicted as a minor.  The certificate shall be valid for a period of ten years, and may be renewed.

Proposed - the Federal government shall provide funds for any public school teacher in the United States and its territories to attend a certification course, of not more than $600 expense (to be adjusted for inflation), for safe and effective concealed carry of a pistol.  Funds shall also be provided, not to exceed $600 (to be adjusted annually for inflation), for each teacher who completes this training to purchase a pistol and ammunition, along with a wallet sized certificate allowing that person to carry a pistol, concealed or openly, anywhere in the United States and its territories, except where expressly prohibited by federal law and prominently posted.  This certificate shall count as photo identification for all purposes.  This offer of funding, training, and certification applies only to citizens, not to lawful or unlawful residents, nor to visitors, nor to convicted felons, even if convicted as a minor.  Certificate holders shall further receive a $100 tax credit annually, so they can afford refresher training and practice ammunition.  The certificate shall be valid for a period of ten years, and may be renewed.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

"The science is settled"

W. M. Briggs, "Statistician to the Stars", writes today about the limits of scientific knowledge, and it got me thinking.  Scientists don't believe in limits - that's why so many infinities show up in their equations.  (That's a little humor.  Very little.)

Basically, science (the professional toy of scientists, who are merely human) increasingly is encountering the limits of what is scientifically knowable.  We know that there are multiple infinitudes of possible knowledge.  We also know that human minds can not hold even a single infinitude of knowledge, no matter how much money we spend on public schools.  Thus, science attempts to answer questions of philosophy or religion, such as "why are we here?" and "why is there something rather than nothing?" and "what is the meaning of life?" 

Science can compute no answers to these fundamental questions, so scientists state that there are no answers.  Go read Mr. Briggs' excellent post, for he says it better than I can.

If you don't feel like clicking on the link, here is my comment in response to his posting:

Each human has a limit to the amount and types of knowledge known and understood. Science can not progress beyond that hard limit. Even now, scientists over-specialize like tropical fish. And the culture of science most certainly holds back its own progress. As has been aptly stated, science progresses one funeral at a time.
Example – in quantum physics, the “Copenhagen interpretation” has been the reigning orthodoxy for eighty years. It’s not only wrong, but nonsensical. It was originally intended to be nonsensical, to help break the older scientists of the day from thinking about quantum events as if they were normal-scale events. Schroedinger’s cat was a parody (and paradox), not meant to be taken either seriously or literally. Why does this matter? Because physicists are still taught that the Copenhagen interpretation is literally true. This mind set limits their thinking, and holds back progress. They confuse human ignorance for literal unknowability – if we don’t know the exact state of a particle, then it has no definite state, and exists in a superposition of all possible states.
This error of scientific hubris is the corner stone of quantum computing. It may be the reason that quantum computing is currently a rat hole that billions of dollars gets flushed down. Despite several different manufacturers producing competing products, no quantum computing device has ever shown any benefit, or definitely been shown to act as advertised. (The state of the art has a finely tuned circuit, operating at near zero Kelvin, that utilizes equal currents in both directions. It works remarkably like a circuit with no current at all.) Never mind the fact that human brains have a hard time programming computers to behave predictably, much less in an inherently unpredictable fashion.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Putting the pieces together

The Conservative Treehouse has done a good job assembling the pieces of the pro-Hillary, anti-Trump conspiracy at high levels in the FBI and DOJ.  Their actions are nothing less than treason against the Constitution and the people of America.  Watergate, which the Democrats still celebrate, was a wet firecracker compared to this bombshell.

Please go to the source and read the whole thing.  There are handy charts and pictures to identify the guilty players. 

Puzzle Pieces at The Last Refuge

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Maximum cool has been achieved

Nothing anybody ever does in space will ever be more cool than Elon Musk's SpaceX launching a red convertible Tesla roadster, with a mannequin in a space suit posed comfortably in the driver's seat, playing Bowie's "Life on Mars", with a copy of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy prominently displaying its soothing "Don't Panic!" cover, with a towel in the trunk (for he is a hoopy frood), and a model of itself being driven by a toy astronaut, out into space, closely past Mars, into an independent solar orbit.  With several cameras beaming video back to earth for several hours.  And recovering two of the boosters, upright, landing on their tail fins as R.A. Heinlein intended.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBr2kKAHN6M

Men may do more significant things in space.  Men may do more important things.  But nobody will ever do something cooler than this.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

How much should college cost?

A four year degree currently costs between $100,000 and $250,000, depending on which college or university the student attends.  This is insane.

Let us propose a modest collegiate education.  Only one series of subjects is taught, towards a degree in a solitary major.  How much should this degree cost?

Let us begin with room and board.  A two bedroom apartment may be shared by four students at a cost of $1200 per month.  Add in an additional $800 per month for food.  This amounts to $500 per month per student, for yearly per-student cost of $6,000.  Please note that this is money that would have to be spent on normal existence, even without college attendance.  Nevertheless, it is an expense, and we shall include it in the final total.

A bachelor's degree is defined as 120 semester hours of education.  That equals 15 hours for each of 8 semesters over the course of 48 months.  (We shall assume that our students catch up on sleep and laundry during the summer breaks.)  An average class occupies three hours of instruction per week, plus a three hour laboratory experience per week.  With five classes and one lab, this gives us a slightly ambitious eighteen hours of instruction per week, resulting in sixteen credit hours.

Let one professor teach each class.  Let a lab assistant oversee the laboratory experience.  Let there be a secretary to track administrative details.  Let there be an associate professor, to fill in where needed.  (If a good manager can manage anything, can not a good educator teach anything?)  Let us pay the professors $80K per year, the associate and lab assistant $60K each, and the secretary $40K per year.

Let us assume that each class is comprised of twenty students.  Let us assume that each instructor teaches four separate classes per week, for a total of 12 hours of labor each (with the associate as a backup for sick days and vacations).  My, we are working them to the bone for their salaries, aren't we?

One cannot have a College without a Dean.  Let us employ a Dean, paid the magnificent sum of $120,000 per year to wrangle the professors into doing their jobs.  The Dean will obviously need a personal secretary.  Let us also employ an accountant for $60,000, and retain the services of a lawyer for another $90,000.  Let us now run four separate tracks in our educational establishment, employing a total of 20 professors, 4 associates, 4 assistants, 5 secretaries, one accountant, one lawyer, and one Dean.  Our total personnel costs thus total to $2,550,000 per year.  This magnificent sum will be spent teaching 320 students, for a yearly cost per student of $7,968.75.

Instruction does not take place in a vacuum.  We need classrooms!  And offices!  Let all instruction take place in class B office space, which is quite a lot nicer than the average college classroom, and includes utilities and janitorial services.  Let each classroom occupy 600 square feet, and each office 200 square feet.  Each professor needs an office, while the assistants, associates, and secretaries share offices by pairs.  The Dean, of course, gets a double sized office, and his secretary a personal office.  Let us also include the all-important 200 square foot break room.  Each classroom can be used for multiple subjects, of course, but let us give three classrooms to each track.  This restricts the use of each classroom to a mere twenty four hours use per week, or an average of five hours per day.  This gives a requirement for 12 classrooms and 32 offices.

We must pay for our space, at a rate of $30 per square foot per year  We have 13,600 square feet of office and classroom space.  We must include corridors to connect our rooms, so let us add an additional 25% to our space, amounting to 17,000 square feet of rentable space.  This gives a total rent of $510,000 per year, or $1593.75 per student.

We forgot parking!  Let us build a parking garage in our fair city.  Land plus construction will cost about $10,000,000.  We can amortize this expense over twenty years, for a yearly cost of $500,000.  Per student, that amounts to $1562.50.  There will probably be extra space to rent out to the public, but this finding stream will be credited towards administration and maintenance.

Books!  We can't teach without the appropriate educational materials!  Let us propose that books cost each student an average of $100 per class, or $1,000 per year.  Books really shouldn't cost that much, but they do.  (Did you know that the average publishing house makes the majority of their profits on educational materials?)  Maybe they are bound in leather with gold leaf on every page.  And hey, the students get to keep the books as momentoes, door stops, and ersatz coffee tables.

So, for room and board, books, personnel, facilities and parking, we have a total yearly expense of $18,125.  Over the course of four years, our institution will cost a total of $72,500 for each student.  This is for classes of twenty students, each taught by a full professor, in clean and attractive office space, and includes room and board for each and every student.

That's how much a four degree should cost.  With actual costs well into the six figure range, where is all the money going?  What I outlined above is luxurious, and far better than what almost any real educational institution offers.  Again, ask yourself - where does all the money go?

Friday, January 19, 2018

What the Left needs to know about us Americans


Things Leftists need to understand about us actual Americans:
Feminism is cancer.
Socialism is an evil death cult, not an economic theory.
Private property is essential, as is the “you aren’t the boss of me” attitude.
Homosexuality is a sin. Homosexuality and transvestitism are mental illnesses.
Freedom must include the freedom to fail as well as the freedom to succeed.
All men are created equal. And then they’re born.
Abortion is murder. Claiming it is not is virtue signalling to the demon lord Baal.
America is white (in culture, not necessarily skin tone), Christian, and we speak English here. If you don’t act like us, you aren’t one of us.
It's all fake news. The Left OWNS the mainstream media, and constantly shoves their agenda in our faces. Abortion on demand? Special rights for gays and trannies? Racial preferences? Evil Christianity? BLM? Global warming? Feminism? Socialism? Gun control? “Drumpf” “collusion”? All Leftist, all in the news constantly, and preached at almost every public high school and university.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Passing of a legend

Those of us who knew Don Shiles were better for having met him.  He passed recently at the age of 81.

You've probably never heard of him.  That's natural.  Unlike James Bond, real spies don't seek recognition, and seldom give their real names to outsiders.  Those of us who learned part of our craft from him got to know him.

Don invented forensic locksmithing, and testified in numerous court cases.

Don was an artist.  He sold his paintings at local craft fairs, and taught art at a community college.



Don believed in the occult, but was skeptical enough to scientifically test it.  He was the real life equivalent to Fringe's Walter Bishop in some ways.

Don won the Bronze Star for actions in Vietnam.  He went to Iraq in 2004 at the age of 67, and was a refreshing breath of common sense and sanity.



Don was talented, creative, a good teacher, and a genuinely decent man.

He will be missed.

Goodbye, Don.

http://donshiles.com/

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Simple truths

It pains me to realize that many people seem so deluded as to believe obvious untruths.  It is undoubtedly so, however.  That being said, here is another short list of obvious truths that seem to escape of liberal/progressive/socialist, commie pinko enemies.

1.  There is no "rape culture" in America outside of Leftist enclaves like Hollyweird and Muslim majority communities.  In 2016, 95,730 rapes were reported in America, among a population of 323.1 million people.  That makes a rate of one in every 3,375 people raped, or 0.0296%.  The robbery rate that year was 102.8 per hundred thousand.  We don't talk about a "robbery culture", even though it is much more prevalent than rape.  And these statistics only include the rape of women.  It doesn't include the much larger number of rapes of incarcerated men.  We also notice that blacks and Latinos, who collectively comprise about one third of the population, perpetrate about half of all the rapes.  Please notice that the number of black women raped by white men has been unreportable for a decade - meaning the total number is less than ten per year.

2.  There is no institutional racism against blacks in America.  There is, of course, institutional racism against white men in favor of blacks.  We call it "affirmative action" and "preferential hiring" and "white privilege".  Blacks are disproportionately arrested for crimes because they disproportionately commit crimes.  Blacks are under represented in academia because blacks under perform academically.  Occam's razor says that blacks are dumb and violent, and therefore don't succeed.  Poverty doesn't cause crime, but crime does cause poverty.

3.  There is police brutality.  It is nowhere near the scale that the media makes it out to be.  There have always been bad cops.  There will always be bad cops.  It's the nature of people to be imperfect.  However, the fact that black thugs who try to kill cops get beaten or shot by those same cops is not a coincidence.  With very few exceptions (when the cop should be tried for murder or battery), if you want to survive an interaction with a police office, be calm, be polite, move slowly, keep your hands in view at all times, and do what the officer says.  Remember - a police officer is not a person, he's a loaded weapon.  Be nice and polite to the gun, and it won't bark at you.

4.  Black lives matter.  No they don't - not to blacks.  More than half of all the murders in America in 2016 were committed by blacks, largely against other blacks, who comprise 13% of the population.  And that's with a relatively large percentage of black males already incarcerated.  Fun fact - one in three black men have felony convictions.

5.  Only whites can be prejudiced.  This is obviously stupid.  The most racist, prejudiced people I've ever encountered in America are the blacks.  They're pretty blatant about it.  The knock out game is real, and ongoing.  If whites were really as prejudiced, bigoted, and violent as the media claims, then blacks would never dare to speak.  They'd be too beaten down and afraid for their jobs, homes, and lives.


Problems with dark matter

Warning:  Physics ahead.

Dark matter is postulated to solve the 'missing matter problem.'  That is the problem?  There's not enough observable matter in the universe to make the observed rotation of galaxies work.  You see, spiral galaxies spin as if they were pinwheels, with things furthest from the center moving fastest.  Or, if you prefer, as if the stars were dots painted onto a round sheet of plastic that was then spun about its center on a pin.

Stars shouldn't do that in real life.  All theories of gravity hold that stars in the center of a galaxy should move much more quickly than the stars half way out, which in turn rotate faster than the stars at the edge.  But this isn't what happens.  So, there must be a whole bunch of missing, invisible matter in a giant cloud around the galaxy, making the stars spin with the enormous total gravity.  Dark matter doesn't interact with regular matter at all except through gravity.  It may or may not react with itself in unknown ways, but we can't really know.

Except that this doesn't work.  Sure, it explains the problems, but it creates new ones.  If the dark matter is there, and it has gravity, should it be clumping together into larger and larger lumps?  Shouldn't there be dark matter stars and planets, acting darkly and suspiciously?  Shouldn't we see the effects of these clumps?  What happens when a dark black hole tears entire solar systems apart? 

We don't see any of that.  Apparently, dark matter also has some property that keeps it at the density of fog, never congealing or clumping at all.  Could dark matter have some sort of universal monopole property, where every particle is repelled by every other particle, even as they are attracted by gravity?  If the force were less than gravity, gravity would eventually overcome it, and dark foam would form, possibly like pumice.  If the repelling force is greater than the attraction of gravity, then we would expect the dark matter to be evenly spread everywhere, except where the extra attraction of normal matter might possibly gather together a slightly denser fog.  But this wouldn't be enough to count as the five-sixths of all matter that dark matter is supposed to be.

It's really quite simple.  If something is affected by gravity, then that something should form clumps.  Dark matter, as postulated, should forms clumps on a large scale, but not on a small scale.  No means for this distinction is postulated.  Alternately, dark matter objects do exist in profusion (5/6 of all matter, remember), but we have never seen their effects anywhere, because reasons.

What happens at the bottom?

Warning:  This is another physics post.

What happens inside a black hole?  According to standard theory, any particle falling into a black hole stops experiencing time at the event horizon, as it accelerates up to and then past the speed of light.  It's possible that particles experience negative or sideways time - the theories are inconclusive, and we can't have any experiential evidence for obvious reasons.  The particle then continues to accelerate, reaching infinite speed and infinite density at the central singularity.

According to my theory, the particle accelerates up to the speed of light - and then apparently stops accelerating.  There is no more source energy for the particle to gain speed, and the gravity gradient at the event horizon bends from a 90 degree vertical to a flat, zero degree horizontal at that point.  The particle would maintain its speed, and still wouldn't experience time, essentially acting like a normal photon.  The particle would zoom towards the center, eventually reaching and interacting with the particles already there.  Presumably, the forces that prevent particles from sharing states outside a black hole would still prevent them from sharing states inside of one, so at the center is not a singularity, but something like a Planck star.

Unless a negative energy state is possible.  Then things get more interesting, because the energy gradient wouldn't bottom out, and particles could accelerate past light speed to ludicrous speed (which is, naturally, plaid).  This speed isn't infinite, however, because the particles translate from our normal, real-number universe into the complex plane universe.  They would then accelerate out at relatively random speeds and energies into the i plane, while seeming to form a singularity in the R plane.

Which one of these conditions is true?  It's impossible to tell, really, without experimental verification.  To which I say, "It might be dangerous.  You go first."