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.