8/31/2016

POOMA'd

By way of Watts Up With That comes something I noticed in one of the comments that I hadn't seen before but was totally appropriate . In this case it's an acronym. I have no idea if it's new or has been around a while, but I haven't come across it before.

In the case of the WUWT post I was reading, the commenter was suggesting that some numbers about the CO2 levels that will exist in the year 2100 were “POOMA” figures.

What is a POOMA figure?

Pulled Out Of My A**.

I find that to be perfectly appropriate.

8/29/2016

Thoughts On A Sunday - Monday Edition

It was a busy weekend here in The Lakes Region, between my home town's Old Home Day 9on Saturday (an all day affair that ends with fireworks), shopping for a new Official Weekend Pundit Refrigerator, and attending the Brian Wilson concert at the Meadowbrook Farm concert venue on Sunday evening.

All in all a very busy weekend, hence a somewhat shorter version of TOAS.

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Why is it that this doesn't surprise me...or anyone else?

Just 29% of U.S voters think Hillary Clinton is “Honest”.

(H/T Maggie's Farm)

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Here it is, 24 years since Bill Clinton's first run for the White House and the theme for this oen should be the same as it was back then: It's the economy, stupid!

This is something that should be at the forefront of the campaign, particularly Trump's campaign.

Once again, what Americans care about foremost are bread and butter issues. How is the health of the economy affecting themselves and those they know. What’s their pay look like. Does their company sound safe? What’s their cost of living. Everything else, no matter how important it seems at the time (seriously, while the Colin Kaepernick sitting during the national anthem seems huge, does it matter, or is it just a distraction?). This is what people want to know about.

Instead of making those appeals to minority voters (note: he still hasn’t made an appeal to Conservatives specifically yet), he should talk about the economics that affect them, and everyone. In all fairness, his recent speech about the state of blacks did touch on a lot of the bad economic numbers that plague black communities. Obviously, that wasn’t covered by the oh-so-neutral media. Trump should give speeches that do not include Other Things, distraction things, talking about himself things, that allow the media to focus on things other than the economy.

In the end it's always about the economy, good or bad.

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There are some bad ideas the Left never seems to let go of, and this one is one of them – Bringing back the 55MPH maximum speed limit.

It didn't do what they claimed it did the first time back in the Bad Old Days of the 70's and it won't do what they're claiming it will this time either. While this time it's aimed and trucks and buses, they are applying a solution to a problem that doesn't exist, just as it didn't the last time the NMSL was imposed upon us through the efforts of the Safety Nazis and the Anti-Destination League.

The old NMSL was one of the most universally hated and ignored laws since Prohibition. What makes them think it will be any different this time?

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This will certainly be cool if they can make it manufacturable at a reasonable cost.

New smart phone batteries with twice the battery life will be available next year.

More than one commenter stated the likely outcome of these kind of batteries will be smaller, thinner phones with the same crappy battery life rather than phones the same size as the ones we have now with twice the battery life.

Of the two, I think the first will be as common as the second, with those of us who value extended battery life will go for the latter, and those who use their smart phones more like a fashion statement will value the former.

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Sometimes those in the know get their predictions right. Sometimes they get them wrong. And some times they get them so wrong they're comical.

So it is with these worst predictions about the Internet made 25 years ago.

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And that's the abbreviated and delayed news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where the summer weather remains, the kids will start school in a couple of days, and where there's still plenty of boating weather remaining.

8/28/2016

Thoughts On A Sunday....Delayed

As I just got back from the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion concert venue, I did not have time to assemble my usual Sunday post. My missus and I had a very busy day and with us also having tickets to see Brian Wilson's 50th Anniversary of Pet Sounds Tour, I had very little time to assemble a post. So rather than doing a really bad job of it, TOAS will appear on Monday.

8/27/2016

Small Town Road Issues

I have to relate something that, in my opinion, could only happen in a small town like mine.

Like just about any municipality, one topic of discussion that always comes up is the maintenance of the roads. At some point just about everyone who lives in a town like ours gets concerned about the condition of the road on which they live. Like many towns, ours has a multiyear schedule that lists the roads that will be fixed in a given year, with some requiring just some paving while others require a complete reconstruction.

It's no surprise that some folks don't like the fact that their road may not see anything other some patching for a few years. Their road is always in dire need of being redone. They don't want to hear about how the list was assembled or that other roads in the schedule ahead of them are in much worse shape and are almost impassible. They want to be moved up on the list and let someone else's road be put on the back burner. They usually don't get their way, at least not here.

What is a surprise is when the residents on a road scheduled to be completely rebuilt come to the road agent and the board of selectmen demanding that their road be taken off the list altogether. If they had their druthers, they'd prefer if the town tore up the existing pavement and return the road to its original dirt and gravel. Their reasoning?

Cars are traveling too fast on their road as it is and making it better will encourage even higher speeds.

Frankly, I don't blame them because they're right.

The posted speed limit for their road is 25 MPH. The highest speed measured by radar on that same road: 71 MPH. This road is a narrow country road with one very steep decline at one end. The road surface isn't very good as it is and someone somehow managed to go 71 MPH on that road. It's a miracle they aren't dead. The average speed is about 40 MPH, a good 15 MPH above the limit, a speed that is still too fast for some stretches of that road.

As such, their argument for not fixing the road and actually degrading its condition by returning it to a dirt and gravel surface makes sense. It will also save our town a good portion of the $250,000 budgeted for fixing their road next year.

Are they going to receive what it is they've asked for?

That's yet to be decided.

8/26/2016

It's All About The Feelz

I found this by way of Maggie's Farm, and after reading knew I had to share it. See if you agree with this gentleman's observations.

For the age 60 and above, the early Boomers and their parents, facts remain very important and feelings, while important, are thought not very reliable. Emotions are to be controlled and overcome, they are not to be a guide.

For post-Boomers, especially those born after 1980 or so, feelings are predominant, and the younger of that group the more important feelings are. This is also the cohort that was raised in the thick of the self-esteem movement, being told they are special (you know, just like everyone else). They received praise and rewards just for showing up (participation trophies, anyone?).

They are very, very heavily into social signaling by where they live and where they vacation and by what their children do. They absolutely dominate their kids, who typically have little choice in what activities they will do and when.

The younger sets of this group, born after the early 90s, have also learned (having been actually taught) that the cult of victimhood is the most important status of all. They are on high alert for reasons to be offended and when they are, it is for slights, real or imagined, that mystify the 60 cohort.

Victimhood demands recompense so there is no hope of forgiveness unless the offender crawls on his belly like a cold reptile to beg for it. But forgiveness is never unconditional. The hatchet may be buried, but the handle protrudes skyward so it can be easy to recover.

It is very much and honor-shame dynamic where all interactions are zero-sum. Where they are on the totem pole if always of concern and they are acutely aware of who is above or below. And woe betide those whom they think are below.

I think of it as the 'Veruca Salt' generation. They are demand oriented. Their magical thinking is that merely because they want something, it should be granted. They react strongly negatively to being asked for facts and logic to support their contention because in their minds, 'I feel very strongly about this so why are you asking for facts?'

For the last group, it's all about 'feelz'. That might explain why we're seeing the intolerant, close-minded, know-nothing loudmouths demanding all kinds of things on college campuses that are so antithetical to our Constitutional Rights. The decry 'hate' speech, but indulge in it at every turn. They demand tolerance but give none. They want 'free shit' but expect everyone else to pay for it, assuming they don't believe there's a Free Shit Fairy that just gives this stuff to them. Facts, evidcne, and real world experience matter nothing to them. It might also explain why they'll buy any kind of pseudo-scientific crap thrown at them by the 'right' people.

While I have to admit that I do let my emotions sway some of my decisions, in general they don't. I want to know what the facts are and try very hard to let them help me make a decision about one thing or another. I am a member of that first group described above. I know that many of this “'Veruca Salt' generation” would be incapable of doing the jobs I do because they aren't cut out to actually do a job the demands the use of data and unemotional logic to make decisions that affect both my employer and the people of my town. It will be all about the 'feelz' and not abut what needs to be done.

What a sad commentary.

8/21/2016

Thoughts On A Sunday

This weekend saw the Timberman 70.3 Ironman Triathlon return to Lake Winnipesaukee. It's always something of a spectacle, with a couple of thousand participants, between the first day Sprints and the second day full-on Triathlon.

About the only downside to the annual event is the disruption of traffic during the race, specifically the bicycle portion of the race. Normally I make allowances for those disruptions, but today I got caught up in one of them and I had to go 12 miles out of my way to get home from our local Walmart.

This disruption was not one of the organizer's planning, but that of the spectators'. In this case my only access to my neighborhood was blocked off because the parking along both sides of the side street was such that it narrowed the road to the point where only a very small car, a bike or a motorcycle could make it through. Even trying to do an end around was impossible, meaning I had to go back out to the state highway, head east to the next town, and take a secondary state highway that brought me back home from the other side of my neighborhood.

That's poor planning on someone's part. (Yes, I could have made my trip to Walmart later in the day or the next day, but there were things I needed in order to perform some of my weekend chores. I would have gone on Saturday, but I didn't know I needed those things until last night. So sue me.)

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Seeing the latest ad slamming US Senator Kelly Ayotte for not being truly independent per the sound bite they play at the beginning of the ad, using that sound bite to illustrate she isn't truly independent because she has given support to Donald Trump, makes me wonder what their definition of 'independent' happens to be.

Is it because she's basically ignored the GOPe and their disdain for Trump or because she hasn't gone along with all of the other 'independents' who have decided Trump is persona non grata.

Isn't that like the old saw that goes “Be different, same as us!”

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If the above gives you the impression that I am a full on supporter of Kelly Ayotte, let me disabuse you of that notion right now. I haven't decided who I will be supporting other than it won't be the presumptive Democrat nominee, Maggie Hassan.

I merely want to point out the absurdity of the ad, and hope to keep doing so for every ad for whatever candidate I see that includes any such paradoxical, disconnected, hypocritical, or asinine claim or comparison.

Neither party has a monopoly on those kinds of ads.

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I keep seeing the news, both local and national, touting the medal count at the Rio Olympics.

Frankly, I don't care. Without Russia involved, even with their cheating, it doesn't mean as much as it might have otherwise.

This has to be the one Olympics where I have not bothered to watch a single event. Not one. Whether it's the poor coverage or a total lack of interest due to other factors that has me underwhelmed by the Olympics, the end results are that I really don't care.

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From the Truth Hurts Department.

When Austin (TX) City Councilman Don Zimmerman told a group of visiting students it was in their best interest to buckle down, finish school, learn a trade or go to college, to do something useful with their lives “so you don't have to live off others,” boos arose from the audience.

Another council member derided Zimmerman's implication that those who are “fully capable of providing for themselves but make choices that keep them dependent on extracting wealth from wealth-producers (via the government tax collectors) are not productive.”

They aren't. They're leeches, making others support them when they are fully capable of doing so themselves.

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Are today's feminists worse than lynch mobs?

Why yes, yes they are.

All it takes is an accusation with no evidence, no investigation, and no police involvement for them to destroy someone's life. It can also leave the accusers and any enablers open to lawsuits, as more than a few colleges have found out the hard way. Private and public groups are just as much in jeopardy as the colleges have been in this regard.

To accuse someone of being a serial rapist with “multiple” victims “over the years” is a very serious thing. The previous three paragraphs took me a lot of work to write because, as a journalist who spent decades with a copy of The Associated Press Stylebook and Libel Manual on my desk, I know that you have to be careful in reporting such serious accusations, especially when there are no official law-enforcement sources
to quote. Carefully read any newspaper story about an arrest or an investigation or a trial, and you will notice that everything in the story is attributed to some official source — “according to the affidavit,” or “police said.”

Imagine some newspaper put up the following headline:

SERIAL RAPIST AARON GLASER PREYED ON WOMEN IN NEW YORK COMEDY SCENE, ACCORDING TO SOMEBODY ON FACEBOOK

No newspaper would ever publish a headline like that, because Aaron Glaser’s attorney would sue their asses into bankruptcy. No reporter in his right mind would try to sneak a story like that past the copy desk. Some old-school editors I’ve known would probably clobber you over the head with a copy of the AP Stylebook: “FACEBOOK? YOU’RE QUOTING A G–DAMNED FACEBOOK POST ABOUT A RAPE CASE?”

In effect, that's what's happened to Aaron Glaser. He was accused in a Facebook post. That's it. No police reports filed, no criminal investigation performed, no indictments filed, but he's been branded a serial rapist by a group theater project and his reputation destroyed.

Welcome to the new lynch mob, same as the old lynch mob, but with better social media accessibility.

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Yes, the Religion of White Guilt is a leftist cult, and a nihilist one at that.

And because [Professor James Wellman] has sadfeels about being white, all other people should give up their freedom and bow to Government. But I notice his White Guilt has not led him to quit his well-paid, taxpayer funded sinecure as Chair of the comparative religion department at University of Washington and give it to a native person, a gay person, a black person, an Iraqi or a woman.

It's only other White People who should have to do that since the professor gets a pass because he's an academic and has the proper politically correct outlook.

He's also a clueless self-hating ass.

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And that's the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where we have one more week of summer left before the kids go back to school, summerfolk are trying to cram as much vacation into the remaining days, and where the lake's waters will be returned to us (at least during weekdays).

8/20/2016

Koch Brothers? What About Soros?

Everyone on the Left keeps trying to make the Koch Brothers the 'big money' bad guys even though they are pipsqueaks compared to the cash doled out by guys like Warren Buffet, Tom Steyer, and George Soros. Because they don't give money to the 'correct” candidates and don't support giving more power to the government, the political class, and the elite, they are painted as being nothing more than businessmen trying to buy elections and subverting candidates.

But you never ever hear about the millions being spent by some of the worst the corporate bag men and corrupters around. The worst by far – George Soros.

The Left forgives his slush money and bought and paid for lobbyists and politicians because he supports all the 'correct' causes, including those that would see more Americans enslaved to the State, one that has no use for freedom of any kind for anyone not one of the elite.

What proof of this is there?

Hacked documents from George Soros' own archives.

The worst of it? Pressure on the US Supreme Court in regards to opening the immigration floodgates, trying to buy European elections, anti-Israel initiatives that would help destroy the one truly free nation in the Middle East, funding the Black Lives Matter movement, and spending $200,000 on a smear campaign against conservative activists, for starters.

But what do we hear from the usual suspects in the MSM?

Nothing but the sound of crickets.

Compare And Contrast

I find it interesting that Country/Pop star Taylor Swift is far more responsive to the disaster in Louisiana than The Won.

8/19/2016

No Longer A Hyphenated American

An interesting comment made in response to Andrew Klavan's Lying Black Folks To Death opens up a whole new train of thought, one many black Americans should take to heart.

Writes Fred Caplo:

There is a great book by Keith Richburg - "Out of America". As an African-American who felt under-appreciated and wanted to find out how much respect he gets as a black man from black men in Africa. Spoiler: after his return to America he removed the hyphen and defined himself as "American".

It is the 'hyphenated' Americans that have helped divide this nation, a division encouraged by the Progressives in this nation as a means of controlling them.

Give Andrew Klavan's post a read and pay attention to the many comments. Then consider reading Keith Richburg's book.

8/17/2016

Why Yes, Yes We Will

I've seen this before, but it bears repeating.


And don't think we won't....

8/14/2016

Thoughts On A Sunday

It was another fifty-fifty weekend here at Lake Winnipesaukee, with cloudy and rainy weather on Saturday and hot and humid weather today. We certainly needed the rain, though we didn't get nearly what we'd hoped, it having been quite dry since May.

Generally not much in the way of outdoor work got done over the weekend.

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Back in the days of the so-called Robber Barons, many of those moneyed people gave great sums of their cash to all kinds of charities and philanthropic organizations, built libraries, hospitals, churches, schools, colleges, orphanages, and a host of other socially significant institutions. While some had inherited their wealth, most earned it, starting with nothing and becoming captains of industry. They were ruthless, not letting anything or anyone stand in the way of their success. But they also understood that financial success alone would not make them memorable, hence their philanthropy.

But what of today's 'Captains of Industry'? Have the followed their in their predecessors' footsteps, or have they taken a different path?

Unfortunately, they are not like those who went before them. They are far worse than the robber barons were at their worst, and are unapologetic about their forays into politics, social engineering, and dare I say, their intolerant totalitarian bent.

Now from San Francisco to Washington and Brussels, the tech oligarchs are something less attractive: a fearsome threat whose ambition s to control our future politics, media, and commerce seem without limits. Amazon, Google, Facebook, Netflix, and Uber may be improving our lives in many ways, but they also are disrupting old industries—and the lives of the many thousands of people employed by them. And as the tech boom has expanded, these individuals and companies have gathered economic resources to match their ambitions.

And as their fortunes have ballooned, so has their hubris. They see themselves as somehow better than the scum of Wall Street or the trolls in Houston or Detroit. It’s their intelligence, not just their money, that makes them the proper global rulers. In their contempt for the less cognitively gifted, they are waging what The Atlantic recently called “a war on stupid people.”

In this case their definition of stupid people is “those who are not us.” It allows them to do things and take actions that hurt millions because, after all, those millions are “not us”, and therefore don't count.

That's going to come back to haunt them as it always does because even though they are 'smart', they aren't wise. Without that wisdom they create the conditions of their own downfall.

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This could certainly create a constitutional crisis.

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As if the above isn't enough, there's also a question about Hillary's health.

One possible ailment that might explain a series of health issues she's dealt with over the past few years is Parkinson's Disease.

Hillary Clinton (HRC) has suffered a variety of health issues. Unfortunately, she has declined to make her medical records public. In July of 2015 her personal physician released a letter asserting her “excellent physical condition.” Unfortunately, multiple later episodes recorded on video strongly suggest that the content of the letter is incorrect. This discussion is designed to sort through the known facts and propose a possible medical explanation for these events. In keeping with Occam’s Razor, a single explanation that covers everything is preferred.

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The 2009 fall where HRC broke her elbow suggests that she had working protective reflexes, and her arm took the brunt of the fall. But three years later, she had a catastrophic fall where her reflexes were unable to help her. It is notable that this fall took place at home, where she would have been unstressed and in a familiar setting. Failing reflexes are common in PD. Poor balance is also common in PD, and a fall without working protective reflexes is a prescription for head injury. Her subsequent concerns with transverse sinus thrombosis are plausibly related to the fall. Her need for fresnel lens glasses also fits with post-concussion syndrome.

Having a relative who suffers from Parkinson's, I have to agree that it's quite possible HRC may also have that ailment, and it's only going to get worse. What many don't know is that PD can also affect mental processes, so having a leader who has this condition is not a good thing.

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Skip over at Granite Grok shows us this little gem that more parents with school-aged kids should read and take to heart. I think it would solve a good portion of the problems school kids have with the course work at their schools.

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This was a shorter post than I thought it would be. I ended up making a trip to southwestern New Hampshire with the missus and the WP Mom to meet up with some cousins we hadn't seen in over a year. All work at The Manse (and on this post) was put aside in order to make the trip, hence the abbreviated post.

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And that's the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where we're back into the three H's (Hot, Hazy, Humid), we're preparing for the Timberman Triathlon next weekend, and where our clandar is quickly running out of summer days.