Monday, August 8, 2022

Ready for Fall Semester

The last time I taught American History, it was a face-to-face class.  Preparing to teach online has gobbled much of my summer.   All the PowerPoints and cute little stories of which those notes remind me need to be written.   Blackboard has Course Documents which are roughly equivalent to a face-to-face lecture along with the textbook reading for each week.  Of course I include maps, pictures, and videos as appropriate (Gatling Gun in use, machine tools in action for American Industrial Revolution), the opening scene of Glory, the Battle of Cowpens from The Patriot, Washington's inauguration from John Adams.  Stirring drama that tell the stories in ways both educational and entertainingA surprisingly reverent and respectful rap version of "The Ride of Paul Revere."

Sunday, August 7, 2022

What is the Anion in Coral?

8/4/22 UPI:
"Aug. 4 (UPI) -- The coral cover in the northern and central sections of the Great Barrier Reef is at its highest amount in at least 36 years, Australian marine scientists announced Thursday."

The primary structural component of coral is CACO3.   If you were paying attention in high school chemistry, you should remember that CO2 combines with CaO to form CaCO3.  The warmer the water, the more CO2 it can hold.  Eventually I expect enough CO2 to be pulled out of the air to make more coral and non-organic carbonates in the deep ocean while the wheat crops get enormous. 

There Will Be No Mass Coverage of This Mass Shooting

8/7/22 Cincinnati Enquirer reports on nine wounded in what sounds like a gang incident with at least two shooters.  The quotes from police officials indicate they think the problem was gang related.  Be glad gang members are not known for their marksmanship.   Or perhaps if they were better shots there would be fewer bystanders shot.

It does not have a white person available to cast it in racist terms so it will go away and black people will remain in legitimate fear while privileged whites imagine themselves at risk the next time they go shopping. 

Saturday, August 6, 2022

The Real Test of a Society is How It Treats Its Most Vulnerable Members

8/6/22 Guardian:
"Archie Battersbee, the 12-year-old boy whose parents fought a long-running legal battle to prevent his life support treatment from being removed, has died, his mother has said.

Speaking outside the Royal London hospital, Hollie Dance said he had “fought right until the very end”.

Speaking through tears, she said: “In sadness, Archie passed at 12.15pm today. I would just like to say I am the proudest mum in the world.

“He was such a beautiful little boy. He fought right until the very end and I am so proud to be his mum.”

“His stats remained completely stable for two hours until they completely removed ventilation and he went completely blue,” she said.

“There is absolutely nothing dignified about watching a family member or a child suffocate. No family should ever have to go through what we have been through – it is barbaric.”

When children including those not born, the developmentally delayed, the disabled, the elderly, the weak are simply lumps of flesh to be disposed of because your very humane health care system needs a bed, a society has gone fully pagan.

Such a society deserves neither respect, obedience, or taxes.  It is too much like T4 project.  

I Thought Polio Was Gone

8/5/22 CBS News:
"New York state health officials have found indications of additional cases of polio virus in wastewater samples from two different counties, leading them to warn that hundreds of people may be infected with the potentially serious virus."
I am glad someone is sampling our sewage.

Monkeypox Diagnosis Issues

 6/6/22 Yahoo News:

  • Experts in San Francisco, Miami, and the UK say many monkeypox cases are being "missed."

  • Some patients are receiving false negative monkeypox tests, while others are being misdiagnosed.

  • Fear, stigma, miscommunication and misunderstanding all contribute.

More than 7,100 monkeypox patients have been diagnosed in the US since this outbreak began with a single case in mid-May.

But Dr. Graham Walker, an emergency physician in San Francisco, says that many more monkeypox patients are not being given the care and attention they deserve to prevent, diagnose, and treat this infectious disease efficiently.

Walker says he's seen "several patients" whose monkeypox diagnosis was "missed" by another provider before they landed in his ER in excruciating pain.

This is worrisome. 

Friday, August 5, 2022

Concealed Weapons Training Course

 A friend is teaching this course.  The Idaho Enhanced Concealed Weapons License gives you a few more states that that recognize your license and allows carry on public colleges.

Saturday August 13th 

NRA
Personal Protection Handgun Course
Idaho ENHANCED Concealed Weapon License
12 hour course 8am - 8pm
NRA Personal Protection in the Home Course exceeds Idaho 18-3302K ENHANCED Concealed Weapon License requirement, certificate recognized by all states as firearms training (Though NOT for certain states' CCW , see list below)
 
$199 Course Fee includes NRA handbook, fliers & NRA Course Completion & Idaho State Police Training Certificates. Classes are small (7 at most). PAID advance registration is required to reserve your seat. Class is open to Instructor-approved citizens who have no felonies or other legal gun-ownership disabilities. Liability Release form signature required.
 
Course consists of approximately 5 Hours Classroom, Hours on the Shooting Range, 2+ Hours Legal Instruction, 2 hours written test and wrap-up. Includes Basic Handgun Safety, Familiarization, Hands-on Firearms Handling, Shooting Skills & Instruction. Personal security & avoiding violent confrontations will be covered in depth. Safety & Awareness are critical.
Several hours will be spent on the firing range bringing student skills up to standards. Idaho State Law and Federal Law regarding firearms, concealed weapons, self-defense and after-event issues will be taught by a licensed Idaho attorney (formerly served as a public defender, a prosecutor and as an Idaho State deputy attorney general, and often competes in IDPA and IPSC shooting events)
BRING:  jacket & hat, Temps are expected to be warm, maybe even hot, and it sometimes gets cold, stormy and windy at the desert shooting range, and wear a button up shirt or turtleneck so no hot brass goes down your shirt to ‘brand’ you and make the event unsafe, eye and ear protection and handgun & at least 2 boxes of 50 rounds of factory ammunition ( Idaho law requires 98 rounds ), lunch ( some previous attendees have suggested you bring 2 lunches) snacks drinks notepad highlighter pencil post-its (Don't have a handgun or eye/ear protection? let me know I have a few loaners & can help you select the right one) NOTE -  class can go long due to questions to the lawyer, traffic, and other unforeseen circumstances so it is advised that you do not make plans for after class )
TALLEN HOOVER
NRA Certified Instructor                 NRA Training Counselor
          (208) 631 3003                               PO Box 6232 Boise ID 83707
 
THE IDAHO ENHANCED CONCEALED WEAPONS LICENSE IS VALID IN: IDAHO ( & Idaho public colleges) ALASKA ARIZONA COLORADO DELAWARE NEVADA NEW MEXICO PENNSYLVANIA SOUTH CAROLINA VIRGINIA? LOUISIANA  MINNESOTA WASHINGTON WISCONSIN   as well as states that accept the Basic LicenseALABAMA ARKANSAS FLORIDA GEORGIA INDIANA IOWA KANSAS KENTUCKY MAINE MICHIGAN MISSISSIPPI MISSOURI MONTANA NEBRASKA NEW HAMPSHIRE NORTH CAROLINA NORTH DAKOTA OHIO OKLAHOMA SOUTH DAKOTA TENNESSEE TEXAS UTAH WEST VIRGINIA WYOMING. VERMONT (no lisc reqd) Oregon non-reisdent licenses easy to obtain with Idaho ECCW.   Total WAS 41 states allow CCW w/ID ECCW. note: List per Idaho State Police 9/2021 - states laws change constantly, this list may not reflect current status.  Current political events :  I believe we have lost VA & PA due to politics within those states, subject to change.
 
 
Yellowstone National Park accepts CCWs that are valid in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming (see website) Federal Park Service webpage indicates that which CCW holders may carry in Yellowstone park (but not into buildings of any kind) Shooting, even is self defense is prohibited, so don't unless you are being eaten, and then prepare for legal repercussions.
 
NRA Basic-Level Courses: Home Firearms Safety, Basic Pistol, Basic Rifle, Range Safety Officer, Personal Protection Outside the Home
Become an NRA Certified Instructor:
INSTRUCTOR-Level courses, CALL for information:
NRA BIT Basic Instructor Training course $150 (the first class required) Offered weekday evenings by arrangement.
NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course Instructor course $399 (includes both Basic & Instructor courses)
NRA Personal Protection (in the home) Instructor course $399(BIT&Pistol are prerequisites)
NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home Instructor course $399 (BIT&Pistol & PPith are prerequisites)
NRA RSO Range Safety Officer $150
NRA CRSO CHIEF Range Safety Officer $175 (BIT & RSO are prerequisites)
NRA Basic Rifle Shooting Course Instructor course $399
 
Group & Individual classes available upon request. Liability Release form signature required. A written test will be administered (it is possible to fail this course).
Instructor reserves the right to dismiss anyone, anytime, without refund. All rights reserved. No Warranties are Expressed or Implied. Copyright 2022 Hoover Police Supply

Thursday, August 4, 2022

Alex Jones

I see that Alex Jones, purveyor of conspiracy theories to people weak on reasoning is going to pay for defaming the parents of the Newtown dead.

Freedom of speech was never intended to protect false defamatory, libelous, and slanderous speech.  I agree with those who say the Sullivan decision damaged our libel laws in ways that encourage careless and dishonest news media.  This does not in anyway make spreading lies that damage the reputation of others acceptable.  This is not "hurt feelings."  This is destroying reputations so badly that unhinged sorts make threats to those defamed.

Alex Jones says ridiculous things to get clicks.  He made his money.  Now he is responsible for the damage he did making that money.

Is Black Oxide Finish Hard to Apply to a Screw?

What I need: 10-32 knurled head thumb screw black 2.5" long; head less than 3/4" diameter.  All that I can find are too short..

I know some of you have lathes with threading and knurling attachments and could turn four of those out for me with almost no effort.   But they are going into an optical assembly so they need to be black.  How hard is applying a black oxide finish (thin of course so it threads easily into receiving part)?  Is gun bluing similar to black oxide in darkness?

Thank you for all the black oxide responses.   I just realized that I do not need the threading attachment.   I can start with a 3/4" steel rod turn it to the correct size and use my 10-32 die to thread it (I really only need about 1" threaded) and then black oxide it.

I briefly considered making the part of aluminum but I cannot find a blackening process that I can do at home on aluminum. 

I still do not have a knurling method but almost as good: put the thumbscrew in the chuck on a rotary table at a 90 degree angle.  Use a fine center drill to slice a line down the head perhaps .01" deep, turn it five degrees and repeat.  If I had a CNC rotary table, I would do it every degree but I think 72 lines would make it adequately grippable 

Things That I Do Not Need

 Shear-Loc Thumb Screw Knobs.  These pop onto SHC screws and turn them into thumbscrews.  They work great.  In my application, the thumb screw required more force to turn than I could apply with my delicate little fingers.  In a situation where the screws can turn with less force, they will work fine.  

I do not need them, but throwing them away seems silly.  I have listed them on eBay, but if any on you want them, they are free, just pay for first class mail.  There are two sizes: foe 4-40 and 8-32 SHC screws, 100 in a bag.



Wednesday, August 3, 2022

My Wife Observed That the PRC Has a Strong Reason to not Nuke Us

They own more than a trillion dollars of U S. Treasuries.  A glowing DC would immediately default on those bonds, assuming that any of the PRC leadership (which is reputed to personally own a lot of U.S. Treasuries) would be able to collect dividends through the vaporized SWIFT system. 

When Reality is Indistinguishable From 2000 Satire

Breitbart pointed me to The Queer Mathematics Teacher.  An endorsement:
"Including queer families in word problems or being an ally to queer students is only the first step to normalizing and including all students in the classroom. This series really helped me see and think about how to further the social justice work needed within classrooms. It was eye-opening even as a queer educator, and uncomfortable sometimes. But the time spent on it was time well spent. Brandie does a great job facilitating conversation and this is the actionable equity PD every educator (queer and straight) should be demanding from their districts, and themselves. Thank you Brandie!"

Does anyone really think that including queer families in word problems will make a difference?  This sounds almost like a parody of that nasty Ebonics math problem involving drug dealing.

It sounds more like this person has figured out a way to make good money selling something absurd to privileged white school boards.

Imagine The Jewish Mathematica Teacher explaining how including circumcision in word problems would make it easier to engage Jews in math.  There are some even more offensive ways to describe this website equivalent to how what used to be a really nasty term for over the top gay men has become a preferred term.

Uvalde Police Are Not the Only Incompetents

8/3/22 Daily Mail:
"Mother of boy, 12, shares her agony as police are cleared over the driver who warned them EIGHT times before he killed her son during horror crash at the school gates"

Yes he repeatedly told police he was going to drive into a school.

Monkeypox

7/22/22 New England Journal of Medicine:
"We report 528 infections diagnosed between April 27 and June 24, 2022, at 43 sites in 16 countries. Overall, 98% of the persons with infection were gay or bisexual men, 75% were White, and 41% had human immunodeficiency virus infection; the median age was 38 years."

That 2% who are not MSM: do you think those are partners with bisexual men?

Are References to Revolutionary Materials Allowed?

Longfellow's poem "The  Ride of Paul Revere."

Or the rap version (which is both different and reverent).

An Experiment

I am seeing if posting an historical artifact gets me a nastygram from Blogger.

This May Complicate Teaching American History

The FBI has listed a number of symbols of Militia Violent Extremism:  Revolutionary War Imagery, the Gadsen Flag, and the Second Amendment.  I think the Supreme Court may need to revise its DeBruen decision.

I Have Read About This But Now I Have Proof

 During the 1863 New York City Draft Riots.  From Aug. 1, 1863 Harper's:

At Newspaper Row, across from City Hall, Henry Raymond, owner and editor of The New York Times, averted the rioters with Gatling guns, one of which he manned.  The mob, instead, attacked the headquarters of abolitionist Horace Greeley's New York Tribune until forced to flee by the Brooklyn Police.  

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

California Needs to Ban AR-15s!

8/2/22 Fox News:
An 80-year-old California liquor store owner was caught on video opening fire at a would-be robber with a shotgun, prompting the suspect to run out of his business screaming "he shot my arm off!"

"The other men police say were inside the getaway vehicle, who also were found at the hospital, were identified as Justin Johnson, 22, of Inglewood, Jamar Williams, 27, of Los Angeles, and Davon Broadus, 24, of Las Vegas. ...
"The BMW SUV they were traveling in was previously reported stolen and found to contain numerous stolen firearms – and now each of those men are facing charges of robbery and conspiracy and are being held in lieu of $500,000 bail, the sheriff’s office added."

Bad guy with AR-15.

Jamar?  Davon?  Why do so many of these idiot bad guys have such silly names?  Do the names impair real employment?  Or is this just evidence of impaired mothers giving birth to impaired children?

The Daily Mail covered it as well producing a comment hurricane with only few asking why AR-15s are not banned. 

Two Murder Convictions. Why NOT Release Her?

 7/30/22 New York Times:

The person before the parole panel in June 2019 was tall and slim, in far better shape than 81 years of life might have suggested. Mild and polite, the supplicant seemed nothing like the murderer who had spent decades in prison, first for shooting a girlfriend dead in 1963, and then for stabbing another in 1985, stuffing her corpse into a bag and leaving it in Central Park.

“I’m no longer that person,” the inmate told the parole board commissioners. Despite misgivings, they would rule in favor of release.



Two and a half years after leaving Cayuga Correctional Facility, Marceline Harvey was accused again, charged with killing Susan Leyden, 68. Parts of Ms. Leyden’s body were found in March inside a shopping cart in East New York, stuffed in a bag. In Ms. Harvey’s apartment, investigators found a bloody mop, a tub full of towels and a box for an electric saw....
Decades worth of police documents and court records detail the life of Ms. Harvey, a transgender woman who transitioned at some point after her release from prison.

Bad news, progressives.  People who commit murder are not necessarily to be trusted.  People who pull down their pants and cannot see reality are not likely to be strong on rational behavior.

Three States Have Declared Monkeypox State of Emergency

 Guess which three?  California, Illinois, and New York.  This is a disease spread almost entirely by sexual contact.  It is largely men having sex with men (MSM, the new less judgmental form of the word "homosexual").  This has been known for some time.  There are advantages to changing sexual partners less often than you change your socks.  The spread of an STD increases with the square of the frequency of different partners per time period.  Four different partners a month increases the incidence by 16x.  Four a day is a bit worse.  

I know that there are gay men who do not spend hours each day at "glory holes," but there are enough that AIDS, syphilis, and now monkeypox are very disproportionately MSM problems.  It is really sad, but sexual fidelity (or at least keeping the number per week down) has some real advantages.

A Marvelous Explanation of Defense Procurement Economics

I have mentioned this guy before.  He is a defense procurement specialist from somewhere Down Under (Aussie or Kiwi), and this video explains why comparing dollars spent on defense spending by nation understates how much the U.S. taxpayers get for that pile of money.  There are economic multiplier effects (manufacturing here creates taxable corporate income, personal income, capital gains, and lots of high-paying jobs.  

Then he explains why so many nations buy American weapon systems: why our scale of domestic production and leading-edge technology makes other nations' domestic production too costly.  I notice that when he discusses scale of production advantages he often includes World War II and modern production lines as a subtle reminder that we are really good at some things, still.  Like building the best fighter aircraft in the world.  Not cheap but as the Ukraine War is showing, cheap is not enough.



Monday, August 1, 2022

I Bet None of "Gun Safety" Friends Know About This Mass Murder

7/28/22 NBC Connecticut:
"Three children and their mother were found dead at a home on Whaley Street in Danbury Wednesday night. The official results of the autopsy are pending, but police said it appears that the mother strangled her three children, then took her own life."

No gun so no national coverage.

An Especially Incompetent Nigerian Crook

 THIS IS Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard Ambassador to Nigeria. . I SHALL BE COMING TO YOUR COUNTRY FOR AN OFFICIAL MEETING ON TUESDAY AND I WILL

She is U.S. ambassador to Nigeria.  So why is it "your country" not "our country"? 

BE BRINGING YOUR FUNDS THROUGH AN ATM MASTER CARD OF ($15 Million United State Dollars) ALONG WITH ME BUT THIS TIME I WILL NOT GO THROUGH CUSTOMS BECAUSE AS AN AMBASSADOR TO NIGERIA, I AM A US GOVERNMENT AGENT AND I HAVE THE VETO POWER TO GO THROUGH CUSTOMS. AS SOON AS I

Veto power? 

AM THROUGH WITH THE MEETING I SHALL THEN PROCEED TO YOUR ADDRESS. (SEND YOUR CELL PHONE NUMBER AND THE ADDRESS WHERE YOU WANT ME TO BRING THE PACKAGE) YOU HAVE REALLY PAID SO MUCH IN THIS DELIVERY AND THAT MAKES ME WONDER. YOU ARE A VERY LUCKY PERSON BECAUSE I

"Makes me wonder": Not the only one of us filled with wonder. 

SHALL BE BRINGING IT MYSELF AND THERE IS NOTHING ANYONE CAN DO ABOUT IT.


Wow!  She is coming to the U.S.   Everywhere in America is just a short drive from DC.


THERE IS ABSOLUTELY GOING TO BE GREAT DOUBT AND DISTRUST IN YOUR HEART IN RESPECT TO THIS EMAIL COUPLED WITH THE FACT THAT SO MANY MISCREANTS AND IMPOSERS (SCAMMERS) HAVE TAKEN POSSESSION OF THE

Taken possession? They grabbed all the routers, I guess. 

INTERNET TO FACILITATE THEIR NEFARIOUS DEEDS, THEREBY MAKING IT EXTREMELY DIFFICULT FOR GENUINE AND LEGITIMATE BUSINESS CLASS PERSONS TO GET ATTENTION AND RECOGNITION YOUR PACKAGE( $15 Million United State Dollars) MUST BE REGISTERED AS AN AMBASSADORIAL PACKAGE FOR ME TO DEFEAT ALL ODDS AND THE COST OF REGISTERING IT IS {$450 USD} THE FEE MUST BE PAID IN THE NEXT 50 HOURS VIA WESTERN UNION OR MONEYGRAM SO THAT ALL NECESSARY ARRANGEMENT CAN BE MADE BEFORE TIME WILL BE AGAINST US.

YOU SHOULD SEND THE FEE DIRECTLY TO THE CARGO REGISTRATION OFFICER WITH THE INFO I WILL HAVE TO TEXT TO YOU ONCE I GET A QUICK RESPONSE FROM YOU.

AS SOON AS YOU SEND THE FEE MAKE SURE YOU SEND ME THE PAYMENT
INFORMATION. MY FLIGHT IS SCHEDULE FOR THE NEXT 72 HOURS AND I EXPECT YOU TO COMPLY BEFORE

Tense problems? 

THEN SO THAT THE DELIVERY CAN BE COMPLETED. IF YOU DO NOT COMPLY, THEN IT WILL NOT BE MY FAULT IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE YOUR PACKAGE.

DETAILS TO RECEIVE YOUR PACKAGE

NAMES:

ADDRESS:

MOBILE NUMBER:

WHATSAPP:

Why can the crooks who sell these schemes to Nigerian princes at least get the English right?