Monday, June 24, 2024

Just For Giggles

Google Earth has pretty high quality satellite imaging of this part of Idaho.  Images do not show my current house built in 2022 but they do show the extensive additions made to my house near Horseshoe Bend in 2020.  This imaging is thus 2-5 years old.  

Can you find any detention camps near Gowen Field?  I see nothing but then again, I am not expecting an Arbeit Macht Frei sign, or railroad tracks, or crematoria.  If you are easily bored or curious could you take a look and see if you see anything that looks anomalous?  Giant slab 30 miles south of Boise.

I looked for the supposed UN base in O'Brien Canyon, Nevada and all I can find is high desert scrub.  Maybe it is all underground!

Sunday, June 23, 2024

Toy Guns Misidentified

I am writing a magazine article about toy gun control laws of the 19th century. Yes some cities passed laws banning sale of cap guns to people under a certain age, typically 14 or 15. They also banned sale of real guns to children.   

Some years back, maybe in the 1970s there were some incidents where police officers mistook kids playing with toy guns and thought they were under fire with horrendous results.  This is part of why all toy guns sold in the U.S. have to have orange tips.  if you sn pioint me to articles about such incidents i would be grateful.  I think the 19th century toy gun control laws may have had the same goal.


Interesting New Theory of Easter Island Collapse

6/22/24 Science Alert:
"Thwy were not the instruments of their own demise, according to new research.

In a comprehensive new study, researchers found that the population of monument-carvers could not possibly have been big enough to collapse under the demands placed on their environment, as has previously been suggested.

"The myth of this so-called Rapa Nui "ecocide" – held up for decades as a cautionary tale about overexploitation of natural resources – should be firmly relegated to the bin of outdated theories, scientists now say.

'This finding is just the latest in a mounting body of evidence that the Pacific Islander population's decline had nothing to do with their way of living.

"In fact, the collapse so soon after European contact in the 1700s probably had more to do with the slave trade, enforced migration, and introduced pathogens."

This is consistent with whst happened in other isolated populations at first contact.  Diseases thst were very lethal to Europeans and spent centuries removing from the gene pool devastated populations with no previous exposure.

Saturday, June 22, 2024

Breathlessness

No i have not seen a 1960s Sophia Loren movie (get your head out of the gutter). Since about March, I have been increasingly unable to walk any great distance without getting so out of breath that I have to stop.  1000 feet is about it.  My cardiologist ran an echocardiogram that showed a 51% ejection fraction from my equine aortic valve.  This is leas than optimal but not yet at the cut ne open and replace it level.

Next a nuclear stress test which I mentioned gave me a gamma source for testing my survey meter (me).  When I kept asking whst to do to solve the problem (formally known as dyspnea) the PA's response was, "Mr. Cramer, you have heart disease."  This was not a helpful answer.  I am not ready to spend the rest of my life on a couch waiting to die.

My PCP got me a referral to another cardiologist for a second opinion.   In the meantime,  I realized that there was some overlap with the symptoms of pneumonia so I went into Urgent Care.  They listened for snap, crackle, pop, and did an X-rsy.  Not pneumonia  but they encouraged me to see my PCP.

I think the cardiologist saw no cardiac cause and instead of considering other causes or sending me to my PCP, they just lazed out.  This is a common problem with specialists; they are looking at their piece of the patient.   They still should have directed me to my PCP.

My PCP ordered a CT scan to eliminate pulmonary embolism as a cause and a Pulmonary Function Test (PFT). The pulmonogist saw the CT scan order and asked for a copy as well.  The PFT will be in a hospital in case they find something else thst needs to be tested.   There is a pulmonary equivalent to an angiogram to look for embolisms (basically clots in a pulmonary artery).  

My PCP thinks it is possible although unlikely because the blood thinners have not been completely consistent in keeping my INR levels where they should be.

The second cardiologist appointment is tomorrow and I will be calling back t h e scheduling department for those other tests.

I cannot even roll my telescope out comfortably anymore.  I can write articles, declarations and rebuttals.   These are important but there is, or should be, more to life. 

Concentration Camp Paranoia

It is mostly click bait I think so I will not link to it.  A government official low in the hierarchy says the government is building concentration camps for us in all 50 states and the government was asking for bids.  During the Bush Administration,  they were building a two million bed facility in Alaska.  But were there even two .million leftists in America worth locking up?  The supposed excuse was to lock up illegals.  If Trump was president, this could be a half-plausible idea.  But under this president?  Absurd.

In the Obama Administration it was all conservatives were going to be locked up.  I was told stories of huge concrete pours outside Boise.

Again: photographs?  Coordinates for satellite verification?  Commercial services photograph almost everything.   You could fly near the site and take pictures.  You do not even need an overhead view to get pictures demonstrating their existence. 

Do I think the Left would do something like this?  If they became desperate enough.  But until I see photographs or coordinates, this is likely a mixture of credulous people and the next Alex Jones.

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Emergency No Flame Cooking

I mentioned that the electric lunchbox was certainly heating the water but I forgot it was running and the battery was at 0V by the time I checked it.  I just looked more carefully: it is a 7A-Hr battery.  At a draw of 70 watts that drains pretty quickly.  Plugged into a car that works well I am sure.  Using the 110VAC connector makes the plate too hot to touch almost immediately and the water unpleasantly warm in a few minutes.  Maybe I will repeat this experiment with a higher capacity lithium battery.

I will start with the tire pump/jump starter box from the car next.