Wednesday, August 23, 2017

More Fake (or at Least Careless) News From CNN

8/21/17 Daily Wire:
When famed comedian and actor Jerry Lewis died on Sunday, CNN was quick to post a headline — except they published a heder on the death of singer Jerry Lee Lewis. The rockabilly singer, best known for "Great Balls of Fire" and "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" is very much alive.
Hat Tip to Small Dead Animals.

Those Evil Statues

8/21/17 Washington Times:
A monument to Christopher Columbus that was over 200 years old was smashed with a sledgehammer Monday morning to combat a “culture of white supremacy.”
A YouTube channel titled “Popular Resistance” posted footage of men in hoodies destroying a monument to Columbus and his famous voyage in 1492. The individuals carried signs that read “Racism: Tear it down,” and “The future is racial and economic justice.”
Wouldn't it be nice if criminals were prosecuted?

I Would Never Have Believed This Five Years Ago

Great comments at Instapundit:
They must be spiking their Brawndo over at ESPN headquarters. Because this is idiocy on stilts.
If you do not recognize "Brawndo": watch the tragic documentary Idiocracy: "Brawndo With Electrolytes It's Got What Plants Crave."

The Onion might as well shut down. Life is now beyond parody and satire itself no longer serves any purpose. So called "progressives" have rendered The Onion superfluous.

Earth First: We'll Log the Other Planets Next

I am sure that you have seen this bumper sticker.  Here's another reason (substitute "mine" for "log").  8/22/17 Gizmodo:
Move over Jupiter and Saturn, a crap load of diamonds could be found in two of the most mysterious places in the Solar System: Uranus and Neptune. Researchers using the Linac Coherent Light Source at Stanford have demonstrated in the lab— with one of the brightest sources of X-rays on the planet—that the depths of these ice giants are perfect for the formation of diamonds. 

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

If You Are Local

This shipping tube is a bit over 6' long and 6" diameter.   I ordered up some steel tubing.   I only needed 5' length,  but I saw 57" and I stupidly thought,  "That is just slightly shorter than 6'." 

Anyway, I hate to throw away this very sturdy shipping container.  If no one is interested, I will put it on Craigslist.

Checklist for Next Total Solar Eclipse

1. Make sure that I can identify the ND1000 and ND2 settings on the filter.  (Serious internal reflections on some images.)

2. Have the Canon Powershot out for the corona.  I took no effective corona pictures because of #1.  An unfiltered camera is the right solutin.

Any Quick Way to Remove Internal Reflections With GIMP?

Just starting to get eaten.

Using Color Picker and Clone isn't quick:

Chromatic aberration was a problem that required monochroming them.  A few pictures came out unaccountably blue.

How Dark Was It At Totality?

Picture taken by my department chair of me photographing the corona.

A Recent Customer Sent This Picture of His Meade LX200 in Use Yesterday

Monday, August 21, 2017


Shadow bands,  Bailey's beads, diamond ring effect, falling temperatures. Pictures tomorrow.  I had the 5" refractor set up with solar filter.  You could see the unevenness of the Moon's edge, which causes Baily's Beads.  Venus was oppressively bright at the zenith.  Alas, I did not remove the ND filter in time to get the corona.

Was the Eclipse Moved to a Racially More Diverse Path?

No unusual traffic on D-55 at this hour.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Beach Sand is Racist

Have your ever noticed that pretty much all beach sand is white.   It is not required; I have enjoyed a black sand beach in the more racially diverse state of Hawaii.  This symbol of white supremacy must end!   We demand replacement of all white beach sand with either polychrome or black beach sand throughout the U.S.

The Madness Spreads

HotAir  tells of a dispute over USC'S mascot,  a horse named Traveler (N.B. one l). That is only one l different from the name of Gen. Lee's horse,  and he is an all white horse,  so he has to go!  


As we drove to church this morning on ID -55, there was no evidence of the expected Mother Of All Traffic Jams.

The northbound traffic was spread over several days.  Southbound by 9:00 PM last night was indeed the MOATJ.

An Actual Foreign Intelligence Scandal!

Federal authorities are investigating whether sensitive data was stolen from congressional offices by several Pakistani-American tech staffers and sold to Pakistani or Russian intelligence, knowledgeable sources say.
What started out 16 months ago as a scandal involving the alleged theft of computer equipment from Congress has turned into a national-security investigation involving FBI surveillance of the suspects.
Investigators now suspect that sensitive US government data — possibly including classified information — could have been compromised and may have been sold to hostile foreign governments that could use it to blackmail members of Congress or even put their lives at risk.
“This is a massive, massive scandal,” a senior US official familiar with the widening probe told The Post.
But it involves the former DNC chair, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, so go back to sleep.

Guess What? Murderers Tend Not to Be Socially Conscious

8/6/17 CNN:
(CNN)Going into the weekend, Baltimore activist Erricka Bridgeford had a simple hope and request: Nobody kill anybody for 72 hours.
It was too much to ask for in a city on pace to record its highest annual homicide toll, a place still reeling from the racially-charged riots that followed the 2015 death of Freddie Gray at the hands of police.
Some 40 hours into the grassroots ceasefire, a 24-year-old man was fatally shot. Within a few hours, a 37-year-old was also killed by gunshots.
And Baltimore police are once again investigating not one but two homicides.
Hat tip: Of Arms and the Law

    Saturday, August 19, 2017

    A Free Speech Rally, And Antifa Reasponse

    8/19/17 Yahoo News:
    Police estimated that as many as 40,000 people packed into the streets around the nation's oldest park....
    The rally never numbered more than a few dozen people, and its speakers could not be heard due to the shouts of those protesting it and the wide security cordon between the two sides. It wrapped up about an hour earlier than planned....
    Twenty-seven people were arrested, largely for scuffles in which some protesters threw rocks and bottles of urine at police dressed in riot gear, Police Commissioner William Evans told reporters.

    When the Democrat Presstitutes Warn The Party, They Should Listen

    Associated Press:
    Dems risk culture war fight in Charlottesville response...
    Polls taken after last weekend’s violence offer some evidence backing Bannon’s and Trump’s view. While polls found widespread disgust with white supremacists, a Marist Poll for NPR and PBS found that just 27 percent of adults queried believe Confederate monuments “should be removed because they are offensive.” About two out of three white and Latino respondents said they should remain, as did 44 percent of black respondents. 
    The Democrats might want to visit America.  There is more to it than caviar, champagne, Kobe beef, and faculty lounges.

    This Would Never Happen Today

    I was watching a documentary called Mission Control.  They reminded me of this:

    The Moon landing is certainly my proudest moment as an American.  What we could do if we set our minds to it.  And moments like this do nothing to diminish that pride.  The SJWs today would have demanded Mission Control crash them into Moon.

    If You Have Not Yet Made Plans for the Eclipse in the Boise Area

    Bogus Basin.  You will have an awesome photo of the darkness meeting the light looking south.  If I could be in two places at once on eclipse day, I would be there too.

    I Knew It: the Eclipse is Racist

    On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will arrive mid-morning on the coast of Oregon. The moon’s shadow will be about 70 miles wide, and it will race across the country faster than the speed of sound, exiting the eastern seaboard shortly before 3 p.m. local time. It has been dubbed the Great American Eclipse, and along most of its path, there live almost no black people.
    See, we are showing our white supremacy by keeping black people away from the best show in the universe.   David Thompson calls this essay "excruciatingly woke."  There are many verbs that could follow excruciatingly with equal value.

    Of course, she is a beneficiary of white privilege:
    Harvard Law Professor.  Hence, the famous William F. Buckley quote: 

    I'd rather entrust the government of the United States to the first 400 people listed in the Boston telephone directory than to the faculty of Harvard University.Read more at:

    The comments at Instapundit are painfully funny:
    She didn't jump the shark, she pole vaulted over it. 
    Hater Creator plotted racist otbits from the get-go. Somebody up there doesn't like you. 
    Okay, in the contest to inject race into any subject, making the eclipse racist is the current winner.
    Another sign that, despite herculean efforts by the left, we have still not reached peak stupid.

    The Sun is so white hot that is racist.  There are only a few black sunspots.  All the blackness is segregated into these tiny areas.   What do you expect?  And the number of sunspots is in decline.  I blame Trump!

    And RedState comments:
    Libby Taard: I'm so pissed at the sun and moon I'm going to go out and topple some statues.Robustoman: "Alice. When you finish that bottle of wine, I need a 1000 word think-piece on the solar eclipse and race relations." - Editor, The AtlanticRobert Kirby: Congratulations on pioneering a new idiocy: identity astronomy.This eclipse is on the wrong side of history.

    PhotoStitching Software

    I complained a while back about how much I missed the panorama software HP used to include with their cameras, and how none of the free equivalent worked well, or were hard to master.  I discovered that Canon includes PhotoStitch.  I just needed to download it.  Still not sure that I have mastered it:
    I used the images that I used Hugin for in May to see if the results were similar.


    Where is the "My Documents" Folder Actually Stored in Windows 7?

    It is not under C:\Users\clayton\Documents.  There is a C:\Users\clayton\My Documents folder, but it is empty.  Nor do subfolders of it appear when I search C: from Windows Explorer.

    According to Windows Explorer, Libraries->Documents->My Documents
    Documents has a folder teaching which it claims is in C:\users\Clayton\Documents.  This folder contains many others.  In the command shell, C:\users\Clayton\Documents\teaching contains only one folder.

    If I open C:\users\clayton in Windows Explorer, it shows My Documents folder, but in the command shell, it is not there.  I know that My Documents actually points to C:\Users\clayton\Documents, but why cannot I see the folders there in the command shell?

    Curiously, folders that appear in C:\Users\clayton\Documents through the command shell have a clearly visible folder icon, while the missing ones have a faded folder icon.

    My Music, My Pictures, and My Videos are all where you would expect them.

    If you came here looking for a solution: the folders and files in Windows Explorer that have dimmed out icons are hidden.  They are therefore invisible in the shell.  Use properties to change the hidden attribute.

    Backup Storage

    I mentioned a while back that my 1TB external USB hard drive had failed.  I am now backing up to my 4TB external hard drive.  I had some weird hiccup with last night's Windows 7 security upgrade and suddenly became terrified of losing everything.  I currently have my wife's PC backing up to a spare 1TB external drive.

    While searching for another 4 TB drive, I noticed for just a bit more money, WD 4TB My Cloud Personal Network Attached Storage - NAS, so Ethernet instead of USB.  This lets me backup both PCs through the network.  and access my files remotely as well.  I assume that Gigabit Ethernet will beat USB 3.0 on speed.  Anyone think of a reason not to go this way?

    Operation Chokepoint Strangled

    If you missed it, the Obama Administration had the FDIC pressure banks into terminating the accounts of "high-risk businesses," which meant payday lenders and firearms dealers.

    Now, I do not have any love for the payday lenders who charge amazing interest on very short-term loans.  Often the people taking out these loans go from deep financial crisis to deeper because of these loans.  But these businesses are lawful and for some people, these may be an alternative to failing to pay the rent or electric bill.

    Firearms dealers are not by any stretch of the imagination in a similar category.  This was just Obama using his power to injure small businesses that his owners find distasteful.  Here's the letter from DOJ to Congress announcing the end of Chokepoint.  Hat Tip NRA/ILA.

    Friday, August 18, 2017

    Barcelona Attack Was a Copycat of Charlottesville

    Odd, I thought that I had read of other Islamoterrorist attacks using vehicles.

    Paranoid Trump & Islamic Extremists

    A KNIFEMAN killed two people and injured six people, including a woman pushing a baby in a pram, in a stabbing spree in Finland.
    Armed police scrambled to the middle of Turku as an attacker reportedly rampaged through the city....
    Interior Minister Paula Risikko said: "We have not been able to confirm the person's identity... we have been in contact with the immigration service as the person looks like a foreigner."
    So Swede, or Dane?  8/18/17 Daily Mail:
    It was also reported that a man was heard screaming 'Allahu Akbar' during the attack, but others have stressed this was merely misheard Finnish. 
    Read more: Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook 
    Of course, can't be Arabic.

    Too Technological a Society

    At the store I saw two toddlers in a supermarket cart.  I could have sworn I heard the mother say,  "There's no Internet here!" Sure enough,  the toddler has a tablet in hand.

    Today's Gross Understatement

    Traffic advisory sign on ID-55 just as you leave Eagle.  "SOLAR ECLIPSE MONDAY.  EXPECT DELAYS."

    Add This to Your List of Humor Sites

    Sad & Useless, which gave us that PhotoShop extravaganza includes gems like this horse in a suit.

    Thursday, August 17, 2017

    Today's Hints for Beginning Amateur Astronomers

    It can take along time for the glass in a refractor lens or reflector mirror to cool to ambient temperatures--even more for Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes.  During that time, image quality will be awful.  If you have just acquired your first telescope and are underwhelmed, plan on giving it an hour (or two if a large one) before being disappointed.

    Another Confederate Statue in Danger

    8/17/17 Washington Times:

    Abraham Lincoln has joined George Washington on the list of those targeted by Chicagoans in a national debate over Civil War-era monuments.
    Alderman Raymond Lopez took to Facebook Wednesday night to decry a defaced statue of the nation’s 16th president in the Englewood neighborhood. The giant bust appears to have been damaged after someone in the 15th Ward sprayed and ignited a flammable liquid.
    “What an absolute disgraceful act of vandalism. This bust of Abraham Lincoln, erected by Phil Bloomquist on August 31, 1926, was damaged & burned,” Mr. Lopez wrote, a local NBC affiliate reported. “If anyone has any information regarding this act, please contact the police or my office immediately.”
    “F- Abe Lincoln,” responded Quintin Mitchell, whose comment was “liked” or deemed “funny” by 160 others.
    Make no mistake about this: progressives are both ignorant of, and contemptuous of history.

    More Terrorist Attacks in Barcelona

    At around midnight in Barcelona (6PM EDT), the Catalan police reported they were "working on" an incident in Cambrils, a coastal town in Tarragona about three hours southwest from Barcelona.
    El País is reporting that a car with four men in it ran over several pedestrians before the men were killed by security forces. The police also captured one man on foot who was injured and taken into custody. (He died later in the hospital.) The men appear to have been wearing suicide vests, and the Mossos (police in Catalan) warned people that there would be several controlled explosions coming, apparently to disarm and destroy explosives still contained in the car.
    And I thought that capitulating to al-Qaeda after the Madrid train bombings was enough.  Never pay the Dane-geld.

    Trying Hard to Make Racists Look Correct

    Racists used to claim that black people were too emotional to do math or science, much less discipline themselves sufficiently for self-government.  Now 8/17/17 Saint Louis Post Dispatch reports:
    The U.S. Secret Service is investigating a Facebook post from Missouri state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, in which she stated: "I hope Trump is assassinated!"
    As outage over the comment spread Thursday, a top leader in Chappelle-Nadal's own party declared that Chappelle-Nadal "should be ashamed of herself."
    Chappelle-Nadal's comment, referring to President Donald Trump, has since been removed. But Chappelle-Nadal confirmed to the Post-Dispatch that she had written it in response to another commenter before deleting it.
    "I didn't mean what I put up. Absolutely not. I was very frustrated," Chappelle-Nadal told the newspaper. "Things have got to change."
    Yup.  There were a few scattered idiots calling for assassination of Obama, but I do not recall any of them being elected officials or celebrities.  It would be unfair to use Chappelle-Nadal as a KKK poster child, because she is an elected Democrat.

    Instead of Prohibiting Guns For Those on the Don't Fly List

    Maybe prohibit them cars, or even decide if they are dangerous enough to deport or prosecute.  8/17/17 Washington Post:
    LONDON — A driver swerved a van onto a pedestrian area Thursday in Barcelona’s historic Las Ramblas district, ramming into crowds and leaving at least 13 people dead and more than 50 injured scattered along a stretch of tree-shaded sidewalk. Authorities described the incident as a terrorist attack.
    Joaquim Forn, the interior minister of the Catalan regional government, confirmed the casualty toll in a Twitter message.
    Some of those injured were in serious condition, raising the possibility that the death toll could rise.
    Terrorist attack? By who? Lutherans?  Unitarians?  Rastafarians?

    The comments of course are criticizing Trump.

    Has Anyone Successfully Used PowerPoint in Presenter View Mode

    Microsoft has instructions that tell how, but they do not seem to work.
    Set up PowerPoint to use Presenter view with two monitorsOn the Slide Show tab, in the Monitors group, select Use Presenter View.Monitors group on the Slide Show tabWindows Display Settings should open.In the Display Settings dialog box, on the Monitor tab, select the monitor icon that you want to use to view your speaker notes, and then select the This is my main monitor check box.If the This is my main monitor check box is selected and unavailable, the monitor is already designated as the primary monitor.Select the monitor icon for the second monitor—the one the audience will watch, and then select the Extend my Windows Desktop onto this monitor check box.NOTES: If the display settings don't open, do the following:Windows 10: Click Start > Settings > System > Display. At the top, under Customize your display, is a diagram of the screens connected to your computer, with each screen numbered. If you are connected to a project, typically it will be represented in the diagram as screen 2. Select screen 1 in the diagram, then scroll downward. Ensure that the check box named Make this my main display is selected. Above that check box, in the Multiple displays list, select Extend these displays.Windows 8: Right-click the Windows Start button, click Control Panel >Display > Adjust resolution. In the Multiple displays list, click Extend these displays. Select the monitor on which you want to view your speaker notes, and click Make this my main display.Windows 7: Click Start > Control Panel, and under Appearance and Personalization, click Adjust screen resolution. In the Multiple displays list, click Extend these displays. Select the monitor on which you want to view your speaker notes, and click Make this my main display.
    And yes, Display Settings does not open.  Using the Control Panel I have already set my main display, and extended to second display.  What I get on my laptop screen is the Presenter View (the current slide on the left, the next slide and current slide notes on the right).  On the extended display I get the current slide.  I really want my Presenter View on my main display.

    I disconnected the laptop display hoping it was just confused by three displays.  Did not change behavior.  Presenter View still showed up on the disconnected screen.

    Yes, Unlicensed Gun Sales for Profit at Gun Shows Will Get You Prison Time

    BOISE, ID - Steven Clyne, 70, of Meridian, was sentenced Monday to two years and three months in federal prison for dealing over 300 guns without a license -- and making false statements when purchasing guns, according to Acting United States Attorney Rafael Gonzalez.
    Clyne was convicted by a federal jury at trial in March of this year.
    “Clyne violated federal law by engaging in the business of dealing guns without a license, and without following requirements such as conducting background checks,” said a news release from Gonzalez’ office. 
    Some of the guns were subsequently used in crimes.  You can buy and sell guns at gun shows, but doing it on a regular basis for profit without an FFL is a crime.  If this is what the gun control advocates want controlled, guess what?  It is.

    How to Create a Large Counter-Protest

    An ad on Charlotte, NC craig's list a week before the riot:
    Crowds on Demand, a Los Angeles-based Public Relations firm specializing in innovative events, is looking for enthusiastic actors and photographers in the Charlotte, NC area to participate in our events. Our events include everything from rallies to protests to corporate PR stunts to celebrity scenes. The biggest qualification is enthusiasm, a "can-do" spirit. Pay will vary by event but typically is $25+ per hour plus reimbursements for gas/parking/Uber/public transit.
    So, who was paying $25/hour and were there any big events in Charlotte in the last two weeks?  Or were they sent to Charlottesville, VA?

    I am reminded of something that a friend who was active in the antiwar movement on campus in the 1960s observed: "You could always tell who was the FBI informant--the guy who thought burning down the ROTC building was a cool idea."

    Not Sure Where This Comes From

    I've Seen This Ignorance Before

    Breitbart points to protesters vandalizing a peace memorial because they mistakenly thought it was a Civil War memorial.  (Hat tip to Instapundit.)  During the first Gulf War, protesters vandalized a number of buildings in Rohnert Park with graffiti that was supposed to be the peace symbol followed by NOW.  But being ignorant leftists, they used the Mercedes symbol, not the peace symbol.

    The comments at Instapundit are marvelous, suggesting that we redirect the left with false associations:
    There's tremendous potential here for monkeywrenching. "Don't you realize that the rainbow flag was originally the battle flag of the 1st Confederate Transgender Infantry? It's a symbol of hate! Tear it down!"
    It's a kind of challenge: Try to come up with something so outrageously stupid that even an Oberlin grad can't believe it.
    Just tell them that the Confederacy was a Zionist plot (the Secretary of State of the Confederacy was a Jew), and next thing you know, Antifa will be burning synagogues. 
    Also fun for those who saw the documentary Idiocracy:
    Yeah, we'll have the most violent, lowest I.Q. segment of the population edit our history, that'll be fine. 
    with the reply:
    President Duane Herbert Mountain Dew Camacho approves this message. 

    An Intentionally Caused Riot

    The Virginia State Police are denying Gov. McAullife's claims that the state police confiscated weapons from the neo-Nazis the night before.  And the ACLU points out that police were ordered to take no action to prevent the violence. Reichstag burning.

    New York Times & Palin

    8/16/17 Hollywood Reporter:
    Bennet, during the hearing, revealed that he was not the primary writer of the editorial, but substantially rewrote the draft that was submitted to him by a Washington, D.C.-based editorial writer, Elizabeth Williamson. Williamson was not available to testify on Wednesday, but the judge asked both parties to decide if they'd like her to testify in the near future.

    "What I wasn't trying to say was that there was a direct causal link between this map and the shooting," Bennet said. "What I was concerned about was the overall climate of political incitement."
    He continued: "I didn't mean to suggest that Loughner wasn't responsible. ... I did not think that Jared Loughner was acting because of this map."
    Bennet testified that he had not, in advance of publication, read specific pieces of reporting in the Times about a potential connection between the PAC ad and the shooting, and said he did not know at the time of publication whether Loughner had seen the map. He also said that he had not personally seen the map. "I was not reporting the editorial, your honor, I was editing it," Bennet said.
    He also shared some insights into how the editorial, which ran the same day as an attack on several congressman in D.C., came to be. He suggested that a rush to hit the newspaper's deadlines might have contributed in part to the editorial being published before the topic of political incitement and actual violence had been thoroughly researched.
    Sounds like an admission of negligence.

    Wednesday, August 16, 2017

    Partial Solar Eclipse of May 2012

    Unfortunately, I ran out of battery, so this ends part way through.  I have four spares for Monday.  If I had the time, I would crop these pictures to center each image.


    I have previously taken partial eclipse pictures with a variable ND filter and the Pentax's kit lens:
    But I wanted to use my 100-300mm Pentax lens, so I bought a variable ND filter for the 58mm size of that lens. This was 120mm I think:
     This was 300mm:
    Not the detail of a picture I took with the 5" refractor, but sufficient to show the Moon-god eating the Sun-god on eclipse day, then the corona at totality.
    Autofocus doesn't seem to do a good job, but I know it is at ∞.

    Even with the filter these are 1/750th of a second.

    The Time Has Come to Leave Blogger for a Non-Goolag Blogging Tool

    Here is a list of alternatives.  I have exported my blog as an XML file.  I would love to have an easy way to just import it, perhaps using my domain for storage.  Any suggestions on the easiest blogging platform to use?  Actually, I am powering through Yola.  It looks different from blogger of course, but I think I am getting it.  Yola free is too limiting on space.  Ditto for LiveJournal and Ghost.  WordPress has a free version if you use your their domain.  WordPress import is limited to 15MB, so that's out.  Or you can import multiple XML files; let's see if blogger will export by year.  No, it imported the whole thing!

    I have successfully imported both blogs into WordPress.  I would like to  center the titles, but just adding HTML does not work.  There are a number of pages that purport to tell how to do this, but their solutions do not work.  Can any WordPress users tell me how?

    Okay, I give up.  WordPress is incomprehensible; I guess I am stuck with EVIL.

    Something to Share With Your Bernie-Loving Relatives

    Another Statue to Remove

    From Daily Wire:
    Leftist Activists Demand New York Museum Take Down Statue of ‘Racist’ Theodore Roosevelt
    Was he a racist?  Sure.  Almost everyone was, back then.  I do not think many statues can survive this level of ahistorical evaluation.

    Never Bring a Sword to a Gunfight

    Great line from The Untouchables about bringing a knife to a gunfight.  8/14/17 KEPR:
    KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Police say two officers shot and killed a suspect armed with a sword at the intersection of 10th and Olympia on Sunday afternoon after the suspect struck an officer in the head with the weapon.
    Police have identified the suspect as 46-year-old Hussein Hassan of Kennewick.
    Officer Joshua Kuhn and Officer Jason Kiel, of the Kennewick Police Department approached the suspect following a report of someone walking down the street with a sword in hand.
    At least he was using a weapon Muhammad would have used.

    Tuesday, August 15, 2017

    Waiting For A Faculty Meeting to Start

    Bored out of my wits.  Anyone remember XLNT Tamales?   They ate not for sale here in Idaho. They are a pleasant childhood memory.

    Trying to Machine That Adapter Harder Than I Thought

    More lessons learned.   Cutting works fine.  Baking the carriage up is what is pulling the workpiece from the chuck.just enough drag to pull it out.

    Better solution to my problem: buying an M29x1.0  die to put an external thread on the ends of the tube so it screws into the diagonal. To my shock and surprise,  this size is about $20.  It is 65mm diameter,  but I already have a site holder that size.

    Hawaii Five-O Episode

    I was a big fan of the original series.and regular readers know that I like the revival of it. 

    I was shocked and thrilled by a recent episode in which the bad guy who uses an armored bulldozer to rob a gun range did not turn into gun control propaganda.  The bad guy is a gun control advocate angry that his son was killed in a mass shooting (the son being the shooter) and takes the Hawaii Supreme Court hostage to force media coverage of his demand for an assault weapon ban.   One of the justices shoots him.  Even better is that McGarrett  and Danny Williams have a reasonably fair discussion of the merits of gun control.  Danny is from New Jersey and wants to fly over the country with a big magnet to take all the guns (except his,  of course) and McGarrett points out the flaws in his reasoning and that he is allowed to defend himself; why not ordinary citizens?  And if this giant magnet is going to work,  why not start riding unicorns to work?   They also discuss how Hawaii had some of the strictest gun control laws in the country.

    11 Minutes For A Body Cavity Search

    Reason has a horrifying article about an 11 minute body cavity search of a young woman. It is at first glance not only wrong and criminal,  but almost unbelievable.

    How Surprising: North Pole Still Ice Covered

    Pen Hadow, the British explorer, is today due to start a sailing expedition across the Arctic Ocean to highlight the effects of climate change, including an attempt to reach the North Pole.
    The voyage will see Hadow’s Arctic Mission expedition, which will involve two yachts, traverse regions of open water that were once permanently blocked by pack ice.
    This weekend, however, scientists said satellite images suggested the North Pole would remain inaccessible except by an icebreaker.
    The anthropogenic global warming farce will continue until a polar bear eats Al Gore in New York City.

    "Fire and Fury": Seems to Work

    The Democrats were upset that the "fire and fury" remark might lead to war with Short Fat.  Maybe the reverse.  8/14/17 Wall Street Journal:
    SEOUL—North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has decided not to launch a threatened missile attack on Guam, Pyongyang’s state media reported on Tuesday, but warned that he could change his mind “if the Yankees persist in their extremely dangerous reckless actions.”
    As one of the comments points out:
    well what i saw after what is it 4 presidents from bush 1 he finally looks scared! bullys always couch their defeats with bravado! 

    Monday, August 14, 2017

    Neo-Nazi Rally Organized By Leftist

    ZeroHedge is reporting:
    ‘Unite the Right’ organizer Jason Kessler was reportedly an Obama supporter involved in the Occupy movement as recently as November 2016, before establishing his white supremacist group “Unity & Security for America” in January, 2017.
    Per the Southern Poverty Law Center:
    Rumors abound on white nationalist forums that Kessler’s ideological pedigree before 2016 was less than pure and seem to point to involvement in the Occupy movement and past support for President Obama...
    Internet sleuths discovered a CNN report on Occupy Wall St. from five years ago submitted by “CNN Assignment Editor Jason Kessler.” Same guy? 
    This gets more and more interesting by the hour.

    Funny Line About the Charlottesville Riot

    Any movement that burns tiki torches but doesn’t serve Mai-Tais is clearly on the wrong track.”

    Amazon Dropping

    Template Tool, it claims. Looks like part of a pantograph.

    Every day,  another surprise.

    Guessing English Is Not First Language

    Searched for "machining thin wall tube" and "OEM Mental Machining" showed up.  No, not a public university.

    And Higher Education Wonders Why Much of the Population Holds Them in Contempt?

    Four days after James T. Hodgkinson opened fire on a group of Republican congressmen at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, Trinity Professor Johnny Eric Williams sided with anonymous blogger “Son of Baldwin,” who proposed that black emergency personnel should let wounded white people die rather than lend assistance. Baldwin posted his opinions under the hashtag, #LetThemFuckingDie.
    Professor Williams linked Son of Baldwin’s statement, adopted the hashtag as his own, and posted some additional denunciations of white Americans for “their destructive mythology of whiteness and their white supremacy system.” Referring to all “self-identified ‘whites,’” he wrote, “The time is now to confront these inhuman assholes and end this now.”
    When Campus Reform broke the story on June 20, it rapidly spread through the media. Trinity College put Professor Williams on leave, beginning June 26.
    But after Trinity Dean and Vice President Tom Cresswell reviewed Williams’ statements, he returned with a 31-page report that found his Facebook posts were “extramural utterances” protected by Trinity College’s policy of academic freedom. Trinity College President Joanne Berger-Sweeney endorsed Dean Cresswell’s findings, and added that she doesn’t “condone the hashtag” which “offend[s] me personally” and “contradicts our fundamental institutional values.” Nevertheless, Williams has been reinstated in good standing.
    Imagine a white professor posting pro-KKK sentiments far milder than that.  Would he be reinstated?  Of course not.

    Intentional Riot Provocation?

    Althouse has a good discussion of the evidence that Charlottesville officials withheld police intervention to gin up a riot.  Progressives want a race-based civil war.  They fantasize that every black and Hispanic will join them at the barricades to exterminate "whiteness," except for their own progressive white selves.  Does this sound like Charles Manson's plan for provoking race war that would leave him in charge?  Yes.

    The problem with their plan is that most blacks and Hispanics, I am guessing, will not join in a race war for both moral and practical reasons.  Doubtless the progressive attempt will encourage racist violence, strengthening lunatic fringe white racist groups and driving fringe minority group members into joining the war, but this will just be a bloody disaster that kills off the progressive leadership.

    New York Times Thinks Guam is in More Danger From Climate Change Than Nuclear Weapons

    See here.  The left is insane.

    Sunday, August 13, 2017

    Lately Learned Lathe Lessons

    Love alliteration.  Turned a tube held on the inside by the chuck jaws.  If the workpiece is small enough, heat from the boring operation will expand the tube enough that the jaws will let go.  Clamping from outside collapsed the hollow part of the now very thin walled tube (bored 1.03" OD tube to .965" ID). Tomorrow, bore the .965" hole in one end, lock it the same way but keep it wet to cool, and turn the other end to .850" as several operations with significant cooling time between.

    On the Sherline lathe, if chatter seems out of control, check the gib adjustment that holds the carriage to the bed and lead screw.  The gib is locked into its position by an 8-32x3/16" setscrew.  Enough use and the steel setscrew chews away the threads in the aluminum of the carriage.  My solution was tap 10-32 threads and get a 10-32x3/16" setscrew at Home Depot.  At some point, I will have to repeat, perhaps one size up.  Beyond that, replace the carriage.  Or look for an aluminum 10-32x3/16" setscrew to save the threads.

    Holding thin wall tube in a chuck is nearly impossible.  I found a suggestion of using SuperGlue to hold a spacer inside so clamping is more secure, then dissolving with acetone afterwards.  Fortunately I can remove a .965" eyepiece barrel from an eyepiece that is exactly the right diameter, because that is what will go inside that end of the tube.

    Remember, If You Do Not Like White Racial Identity Groups

    Then do not spend time treating "whiteness" as an identity that needs crushing.

    When Even the ACLU Admits Violence on Both Sides

    Not sure who provoked first. Both sides were hitting each other at Justice Park before police arrived. #Charlottesville
    And Trump was wrong for saying both sides were violent? Twits commenting on this are arguing that mere presence of KKK is a valid basis for violence.
    The video shows a lot of thugs on both sides who need jail time, no matter how many classes they miss (as student or faculty). I would think a reality TV show "Antifa vs. neo-Nazis" would have good ratings. Sort of like Hunger Games. Not seeing much self-defense, just lots of violent aggression.

    "Nazis! Why Is It Always Nazis!"

    My son-in-law's reaction half the time that my wife or I mention a film we have seen.

    For a very simple reason: the Holocaust and the ideologies that led up to it are among the most important and destructive in human history, and are still alive and respectable to intellectuals around the world when expressed in "progressive" or "Islamist" guise.

    Two recent films: Walking With the Enemy is a fictionalized account of a Hungarian Jew who, often wearing stolen stormtrooper uniforms, helped to save a large fraction of Hungary's Jews from extermination after the Nazi-encouraged coup overthrew their nominal ally, but protective of Hungarian Jews, Regent Horthy and installed a puppet government of Hungarian fascists.  This is a powerfully inspiring story of courage and defense of human rights.  I am pleased to see something called Liberty Studios made it.  One aspect that pleased me was its recognition of the part that Christian clergy often played in saving Jews from the Holocaust; I sometimes get the impression that this is downplayed by some Jews, out of either ignorance as to the primarily non-religious motivations for the Holocaust, or as an attempt to inoculate Jews against conversion.

    The other film is Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War.  This documentary reminds me of the saying that firemen are the only sane people who run into a burning building.  Waitstill Sharps (if that first name seems odd, look at first names in Puritan England and New England) was a Unitarian minister.  He and his wife went to Czechoslovakia just after Germany annexed the Sudetenland, but before they occupied the rest of Czechoslovakia.  Their mission was to assist primarily Jewish refugees in escaping the coming horror.  Over the next few years, they participated, along with the Quakers and the Salvation Army, of saving thousands at great personal risk.  Darn impressive film.


    After weeks of blistering heat,  reason.

    Mad Library of Very Thin Books

    Do you remember it?  Germans Who Admit They Backed Hitler; The Wit and Humor of Mao Tse-Tung and other memorably unlikely books.  Here's something for the list of underpopulated Library of Congress classifications:  Nazi Terror: A Short Autobiography of a Jewish National Socialist

    Webcam Update Program

    Several years ago, I had my Linux box running a program called webcam that used a USB camera to take pictures of my driveway and upload them to my web page periodically.  Anyway, I assume that such a program exists for Windows 7, but any string with webcam in it returns everything except such a program.  Is there some magic keyword that I am missing?

    Sloppy workaround: figure out how to get the webcam to take a picture every minute, store it in a folder as latest, then have a batch file running every minute to do an ftp put of latest.  Just not sure how to force that picture to be taken on a schedule.

    Fwink is what I used.  No longer seems to work; same for YawCam which complains "no script engine for file extension *.vbs".  WebCamFirst crashes with null pointer exception.

    There no longer seem to be any free webcam programs that work, but an unlimited number of sites peddling porn through webcams.

    If You Are Crazy Enough to Drive North on ID-55 on Eclipse Day

    Remember you can see the Mother of All Traffic Jams Traffic Jams at the summit. 

    National Socialist Progressivism

    Anyone who has read the 1920 or 1924 National Socialist party platforms can immediately see that many provisions are recognizably progressive,  even if the party could best be described as heretics of progressivism. While reading progressive comments about the recent riots in Virginia, I suddenly realized another unmistakable progressive policy of Hitler's Germany.

    Progressives are obsessed with white domination of our society to the detriment of people of color, women,  and LGBTs. Their solution is aggressive hostility towards an imagined monolithic group of evildoers,  and intentional preference for a victim group (everyone not a white, straight cis- male).

    The National Socialists were similarly obsessed with another racial group (as the National Socialists imagined them) dominating media, the arts, science,  banking,  and commerce, to the detriment of German society, and giving preference to Jews and other perverts in employment.  Their solution was an extreme form of affirmative action for "Aryans," firing all Jews from teaching positions and other jobs to make way for the more deserving Aryans.  Affirmative Action for Aryans!  How unfortunate that this is not more generally recognized as a progressive policy.

    And of course confiscation of Jewish property has its analogy in demands for reparations for slavery.

    Forcing Christians or of business;  Jude on shop windows.

    Who is at Fault in the North Korean Crisis

    CNN article is largely devoted to various leaders blaming Trump for a crisis caused by North Korean threats to commit mass murder.   How lamestream media.

    Another Amazon Dropping

    I think it is a belly button ring. I notice the customs label describes it as Printed.  Customs clearly does not open all packages.

    I Knew the Fashion Police Had a Limited Range of Interests

    From 8/11/17 Harper's Bazaar (whose website header emphasizes Fashion, Beauty, Celebrity):
    "Them"?  Is this a plural marriage thing?  Or does the author not want to admit that only women read this magazine, and put in the correct pronoun, "Him"?

    What An Awesome Photo

    B-52 with lightning backdrop.
    Hard to believe a plane first deployed before I was born is still in active service.  If you have never seen one take off, you have missed a lot.  That used to be the only good part of driving to visit relatives in Sacramento.

    Saturday, August 12, 2017

    Interesting Milestone

    ScopeRoller uses nine 8-32 x 3/8" socket head screws for each set we ship.  In July 2016, I bought 600 of them, six 100 count boxes.  I can see the bottom of the last box.

    Massive Resistance by Progressives Leads to Violence, Finally Gets Media Attention

    8/12/17 Daily Mail:
    Violence erupted ahead of a planned rally where thousands of white nationalists were expected to gather for an alt-right protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday.
    Two people were seriously injured in the clash, Virginia State police reported. A video appears to show the altercation, as a man is being dragged away by officials while a woman screams: 'Don't allow them to do this!'
    Another woman with blood streaming down her face also pushes the man away from the scene of the fight.
    The Unite the Right rally is being held at Emancipation Park and hundreds were seen stomping through the city, wearing militia uniforms, waving flags and chanting 'Blood and Soil' as they made their way towards the event.
    Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer denounced the 'cowardly parade of hatred, bigotry, racism, and intolerance march down the lawns of the architect of our Bill of Rights' and warned for residents to stay away from the rally.
    Still, counter-protesters flocked to the march in retaliation against the white nationalists neo-Confederates, and alt-right activists, screaming: 'We're here, we're gay, we fight the KKK!'
    The protest hadn't officially started but social media videos showed the rally was escalating as people were seen throwing objects, breaking out into fights and pepper spray being used, as officers watched from behind fences.

    Read more: 
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    And neo-National Socialists are definitely heretics of progressivism.  And President Trump weighed in:
    President Trump admonished the day's tragic events, saying in a press conference: 'We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, violence, on many sides... The hate and division must stop, and must stop right now.' 
    Read more: Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

    What Passes for Education At Stanford

    8/11/17 The College Fix reports on a new Stanford class:
    Stanford University is slated to offer a class this fall called “White Identity Politics,” during which students will “survey the field of whiteness studies” and discuss the “possibilities of … abolishing whiteness,” according to the course description....
    “Students will consider the perils and possibilities of different political practices,” according to the course description, “including abolishing whiteness or coming to terms with white identity.”...
    Ernest Miranda, a spokesman for Stanford, told The Fix via e-mail that “‘abolishing whiteness’ is a concept put forward in the 1990s by a number of white historians. Their belief was that if other white people would, like them, stop identifying politically as white, it would help end inequalities.”
    Perhaps there are professors who identify politically as white, but I would guess that this has been rare since the end of the Confederacy or at least Jim Crow.  I do not know anyone who identifies themselves politically as white.  Conservative, libertarian, progressive, liberal, but white?

    Historians who do so are failing to come to grips with their own racism and guilt.

    Friday, August 11, 2017

    Debbie Wasserman Schultz

    8/10/17 Raw Story:
    ‘She deserves the negative reputation’: DNC sick of Debbie Wasserman Schultz and ‘wish she would go away’
    Even Democrats are finding her sleaziness an embarrassment.

    A Commonsense Hint

    Shall Not Be Questioned brought this to my attention.  7/31/17 New York Post:
    An anti-drug crusader who set out to rescue a teenager from a Brooklyn drug den pleaded guilty Monday to weapons charges — but vowed to continue his battle against the scourge of drug abuse.
    John Cramsey, 52, of East Greenville, Pa., and two cohorts were collared at the Holland Tunnel in June 2016 in a weapons-laden truck covered in decals reading, among other messages, “God Guns Guts Made America Free.”
    He said he, Dean Smith, 53, and Kimberly Arendt, 29 – a trio dubbed the “Kooks of Hazard” – were going to rescue Jenea Patterson, 18, who died months later of an overdose....
    Police recovered an AR-15 assault rifle, a 12-gauge shotgun, several handguns and tactical gear in the neon green and black vehicle. 
    Hint: if you are going to transport illegal, unlicensed guns into New York or New Jersey, this is rather like putting on a sandwich board that says, "Need Robbing?"

    Everyone Needs Precision Machine Tools At Home

    I was asking about M25x0.75 threaded tubes because I have an ancient University Optics 8x50mm right angle finderscope that lost its crosshairs at some point.  (It was part of an ungainly 17.5" Dobsonian originally constructed by several Boise families as a shared astronomy thing for their kids.  The scale of the project suggests Jack Daniels.  They eventually tired of moving a 300 pound monstrosity, and gave it to the Boise Astronomical Society.  I bought it at auction for $600--a bargain beyond belief.  Some kid or Jack Daniels-influenced adult may have touched and broken it.)

    So, replace the 25mm eyepiece with a new crosshair eyepiece.  But it is .965" barrel diameter; the old Japanese telescope/microscope standard.  The only one that I could find was 18mm focal length at Telescope Warehouse, who seem to have all the obscure parts.  Instead of 8x50 it would be 11x50--still a very useful finder.  But I forgot that 18mm focal length means it needs to be 7mm closer to the objective and thus deeper in the diagonal's eyepiece tube (which is threaded into the diagonal: M25x0.75).  Not enough inward room for that to get it focused.  So I measured carefully and concluded 4mm off the the eyepiece tube would put the 18mm at the 25mm's focal point.  (The 25mm was actually 3mm out of the top of the tube.)

    Removed 4mm (.157") from the top of the eyepiece tube, and the 18mm eyepiece now focuses perfectly!

    Everyone needs tools like this at home.  A machine tool tax credit and machine tool stamps are needed! :-)

    Remember the 1970s Joke About the Three Biggest Lies?

    One was racist and another too vulgar to repeat.  The third was "I'm from the government, and I'm here to help you."  My friend Dave Hardy has a new book coming out, I'm from the Government and I'm Here to Kill You: The True Human Cost of Official Negligence.  From the website:
    Can government employees kill Americans by negligence, incompetence, or even intent, and escape all consequences? The answer is too often yes. A former agency attorney explains how and why, and what we must do to fix a deeply flawed legal system.
    The story begins with the Texas City disaster of 1947, where the government (needing fertilizer for the Marshal Plan) decided that a certain high explosive would make good fertilizer, produced it under dangerous conditions, and shipped it to the port of Texas City. Four million pounds of it detonated. 600 Americans died, and the town was devastated.The resulting lawsuit went to the Supreme Court -- which ruled that the government could not be sued, no matter how shocking its negligence had been. The ruling remains law to this day. In case after case, federal agencies have escaped liability for their deadly errors. In fact, the legal regime actually rewards officials for dangerous behavior, and penalizes them if they try to protect your safety!