Never pass up a chance to sit down or relieve yourself. -old Apache saying

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

found on Facebook

This guy says it pretty well, from a rant I noticed on Facebook. 

Even as a U.S. military veteran who served my country honorably, and as much as I could use the money, you could NOT pay me any amount of money to vote for ANY Republican. 

Republicans have proven they are nothing but white-collared thieves, akin to wolves in sheeps' clothing, who will always put Party before country (despite collusion with a foreign enemy), send somebody else's kids to manufactured war, destroy the environment solely for profit, kill healthcare for millions, destroy public education, deny Climate Change/Global Warming, manipulate the voting system in their favor, give billions in tax breaks to the wealthiest, keep women subservient, treat LGBTQ+ citizens as "abominations" and immigrants as "terrorists," steal Supreme Court appointments, who will ignore their obvious racist, misogynistic, and white supremacist ways - and after all is said and done, continue to blame the Democrats for THEIR vast hypocrisy, and outright failings as "leaders" and privileged human beings. 

These people are NOT patriots, nor authentic Jesus-type Christians, for true patriotism and Christianity look, and act, much differently. They do not care about the vast majority of American lives. Their policies, and actions, absolutely demonstrate this. Dropping missiles and bombs on other countries, and killing innocent civilians, will make America LESS safe as a result. It will only further embolden an enemy who cares nothing about his own life, yet so much more about 'teaching America a lesson.' Further, many Republicans have absolutely no problem with the likely probability that there are Russian assets, and Koch Brother allies, infiltrating the United States government, so long as they can continue to blame Obama, Hillary, and the "Snowflake Libtards." 

Yet, I know of NO Democrat who has actively tried to destroy our government, its positive and needed programs affecting millions, or otherwise makes every attempt to severely limit the effectiveness of government agencies, or boldly obstruct the will of the majority of voters as the Republican Party has done during President Obama's tenure, and continues to do in many ways today. Democrats, while hardly perfect, have shown a propensity to help Americans in innumerable ways, and not hurt them. Those who say the Democrats are "equal to, or worse" than the Republicans are not paying attention to history, for many who say this have likely directly benefitted from Democratically-installed policies since the time of FDR (that's our 32nd POTUS for those who don't know). 

Another thing: Republicans are hell-bent to punish many Americans for their actions in the bedroom and the bathroom (think same sex and transgender). They want to inflict their version of "Christian" Sharia Law upon the populace through SCOTUS appointments which benefit their way of thinking; by "religious liberty" laws which allow for outright discrimination of people they hate (as Jesus apparently did); and via policies which outright shame children for accepting free or reduced lunches at school, or a single mom who needs government help to survive tough times. These people often claim that Liberals "don't work" real jobs, but regularly suck from the teat of government, and yet, statistics authentically show that not only do Liberals actually work, more than one job for many, they also receive less help from the government than their Republican counterparts who hate them so. Their hypocrisy is off the charts in so many ways. But I guess I'm just spewing "fake news" and "alternative facts." ­čśĽ 

I challenge anybody to show otherwise. The ideology and actions of the Republican Party clearly demonstrate they are enemies of peace and positive progress, health and safety, and generations to come will pay dearly if the Republican Party is not stopped by good, decent, compassionate, and intelligent people everywhere. ­čśí 


Monday, April 24, 2017

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Buy American

Talk about sad. The United States president harping on and on about "buying American" and "hiring American" is another piece of red meat for the base, astonishing in its short-sightedness and impossibility. 

It could be that #45's voters simply wanted an "alpha male" who would grunt and crash everything. And they don't care what he does or says.

And they got it.

Trump's 'buy American' edict is unbearably dumb

You are reading this, we can safely assume, on a device built somewhere in China, with various components sourced from all over the world – lithium and copper from Chile, silicon from Brazil, circuit boards from Taiwan, transistors, resistors, diodes, LEDs, capacitors from China, on and on across dozens of countries, suppliers, economic landscapes. Maybe your device was “designed” in Cupertino, but its guts, and its manufacture, are about as “American” as Trump is articulate.
Your morning coffee? Guatemalan, of course. Or Colombian, Indonesian, Ethiopian, Kenyan, Vietnamese or maybe a mix of locales, delivered to your local hipster roaster via assorted multinational distributors and global shipping agencies, served in cups made of American wood pulp but printed with Indian ink and stamped out on machines made in Spain and served by a barista whose dad was Chinese and mom was a Brit and who has traditional Japanese tattoos covering her arms, inked by a Russian dude using needles he had custom-built in Germany.
Of course you already know? Nearly everything you buy, touch, interact with, type on, lust over, have sex with or desperately consume in the modern techno-cultural miasma these days is somehow globally interconnected and interlinked, sourced and traced and labored over in an enormous foreign factory in a town you’ve probably never heard of.
Just another dumb, regressive
idea no one really wanted
But it’s also, sadly, nothing new. Just another blathering commandment dumped on what is fast becoming a mountain of reeking edicts Trump has spit forth, from walling off Mexico to banning the Islamic faith, bombing “the s—” out of ISIS to declaring the EPA irrelevant because it won’t let excess coal particulate murder your children.It all makes Old Man Trump’s recent executive order demanding everyone buy American, hire American, eat and drink and kill American not merely as dumb as your redneck uncle bitching about how they don’t make chainsaws like they used to, but also impossible, laughable, dangerous, hurtful and ignorant and obnoxious in increasingly exhaustive turns.
That angry grandpa raging at the TV in the middle of the night, shaking his head at all the terrorist immigrants and conniving bitches? That’s our president. His base still loves him. Because, much like him, they simply do not care. Or read.
Which means they are not at all troubled by the fact that the president of the United States cannot handle the slightest complex idea, system, philosophy; he likes his intelligence briefs written up in crayon on a single, easy-to-read page, he gets his basic information from the least legitimate major news network on the planet, one that specifically tailors its content to monosyllabic 5th-graders.
The president, as he himself is wont to remind us, does not like “lots of words.” He does not care for books, art, science, culture, spirituality, introspection, nature, history, music, design, style, beauty, mathematics, geology, philosophy, biology, humanism, oceanography, journalism, zoology, contemplation, existentialism. His thought patterns appear to resemble a tiny orange fist stabbing angrily at clouds. He is just reaction, grunt and scowl and frown, smashing his nine iron into the lawn like a big orange gorilla of dumb. He is avoided. He is openly shunned. No one wants a photo. No one wishes to be anywhere near him.
Problem is, much like high fructose corn syrup or nuclear fallout, all that excess dumb has gotta go somewhere. And sure enough, Trump’s illiterate, pro-America gibberish could screw over all sorts of American businesses and industries – if it weren’t completely nonsensical and meaningless. As the CATO Institute sighed:
Cordoning off the estimated $1.7 trillion U.S. government procurement market to U.S. suppliers would mean higher price tags, fewer projects funded, and fewer people hired. In today’s globalized economy, where supply chains are transnational and direct investment crosses borders, finding products that meet the U.S.-made definition is no easy task, as many consist of components made in multiple countries. And by precluding foreign suppliers from bidding, any short-term increases in U.S. economic activity and jobs likely would be offset by lost export sales – and the jobs that go with them – on account of copycat protectionism abroad. …

(Do you enjoy the sighing, eye-rolling hint of pathos whenever any well-respected institution like CATO, NASA, the U.N., et al is forced to respond to one of Trump’s idiotic edicts with a serious analysis these days? They have no choice, of course; he’s the president, and what he mutters carries real, often dire ramifications. But every one of these responses reads like a wary adult explaining to a not-very-bright child why his idea for sending a giant robot dragon to blow up Mars probably, you know, won’t work).
“Make America great again!” screamed the demented old billionaire, stabbing his finger at the giant, Chinese-made TV as the vacuous, brightly colored Fox pundits guffawed and squiggled, just before tweeting something incoherent about bombs and then dozing off, alone and wheezing, dreaming of, well, absolutely nothing at all.


Friday, April 21, 2017

kudos, Iceland!

OK, this story is not entirely "new" but it escaped my attention when it was first released, and about all I can say is "it's about time!!" I think I have to put Iceland on my bucket list.

Iceland Declares Christianity A Public Health Hazard

The island country of Iceland has officially 
declared Christianity a public health hazard. 
The law proclaiming the radical idea was 
signed recently by *Prime Minister 
Sigur├░ur Ingi J├│hannsson in the spirit of 
“protecting the elderly from scams, our 
children from nightmares, and the 
general population from chicanery.”

As strong as the law’s language is, 
it does 
not restrict the free exercise of religion 
by any citizen or visitor.

A coalition of Lutherans, Catholics, 
and other Christian sects have formed 
an organization to combat the image 
that they contribute to the erosion of 
psychological well-being.

“Yes, certain rogues have used 
Christianity to fleece the old and give 
hellish nightmares to the young,” 
explained Reverend Andrew Canard. 

“However, faith requires the 
acknowledgment of not knowing and 
we can all agree simplistic and often 
contradictory answers found in the 
Bible are the answers to not knowing.”

The new law urges Icelandic society to, 
“pick up a book” and to “engage fellow 
human beings in the spirit of compassion 
regardless of creed.” It also calls for 
research to determine the best path to 
promote Humanist values around the world.

This is NOT a witch hunt

Pro-reason activists hail the recent events 
as a victory against superstition. Some local 
Catholics are calling the measure a “witch 

“A witch hunt is where a mob attacks the 
weakest members of society and prosecutes 
them typically via a sham trial. The mob 
then executes the poor soul. The last time 
I checked, the Catholic Church were the 
undisputed champions of the world in such 
games for centuries,” stated an anonymous 

American Republican Presidential hopefuls 
are calling the events transpiring in Iceland 
“dangerous” and wonder if such a brazen 
act of divine disobedience may mean that 
the country is not fit to be in NATO.

Both Democratic candidates are afraid to 
point out that the predominantly Muslim 
country of Turkey is, well, a predominantly 
Muslim country because they would be 
branded as “egg-heads.”

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Trump is an idiot

It's rather scary to think that the general well-being of the United States of America is in #45's hands. Idiocracy is here, folks.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Roscoe Wind Farm

On our recent travels, we happened upon the 781.5-MW Roscoe Wind Farm in central Texas. It's an awesome sight: wind turbines everywhere, east, west, north, south, as far as the eye can see.

When it was built in 2009, it was then the largest wind farm in the world. Now it ranks around 19th. It is an exciting and awesome sight to see these graceful machines spinning and making clean energy.

On a clear night, we can see the relatively-tiny, 93-MW San Roman wind farm lights blinking in the distance on the mainland from here on South Padre Island. It's glorious and gratifying. 

World's largest onshore wind farms
Wind farmCurrent
Gansu Wind Farm6,800China[1][8][9][10][11]
Zhang Jiakou3,000China[8]
Urat Zhongqi, Bayannur City2,100China[8]
Hami Wind Farm2,000China[8]
Damao Qi, Baotou City1,600China[8]
Alta (Oak Creek-Mojave)1,320United States[12]
Jaisalmer Wind Park1,064India[13]
Hongshagang, Town, Minqin County1,000China[8]
Kailu, Tongliao1,000China[8]
Buffalo Gap Wind Farm523.3United States[14][15]
Capricorn Ridge Wind Farm662.5United States[14][15]
Dabancheng Wind Farm500China[16]
Fântânele-Cogealac Wind Farm600Romania[17]
Fowler Ridge Wind Farm599.8United States[18]
Horse Hollow Wind Energy Center735.5United States[14][15]
Meadow Lake Wind Farm500United States[18]
Panther Creek Wind Farm458United States[15]
Roscoe Wind Farm781.5United States[19]
Shepherds Flat Wind Farm845United States
Sweetwater Wind Farm585.3United States[14]
Whitelee Wind Farm539Scotland, U.K

Tuesday, April 18, 2017


Had to borrow this from a fellow atheist online. Sometimes you have to go back to the basics. Liberals need to do this now and then, especially when confronted by a freak like Trump.


Reason is the capacity for consciously making sense of 
things, applying logic, establishing and verifying facts
and changing or justifying practices, institutions, and 
beliefs based on new or existing information. It is closely 
associated with such characteristically human activities 
and is normally considered to be a definitive 
characteristic of human nature. Reason, or an aspect of 
it, is sometimes referred to as rationality.

Reasoning is associated with thinkingcognition, and 
intellect. Reasoning may be subdivided into forms of 
logical reasoning (forms associated with the strict sense): 
reasoning; and other modes of reasoning considered 
more informal, such as intuitive reasoning and verbal 
reasoning. Along these lines, a distinction is often 
drawn between discursive reason, reason proper, 
and intuitive reason, in which the reasoning process—
however valid—tends toward the personal and the 
opaque. Although in many social and political settings 
logical and intuitive modes of reason may clash, in 
others contexts, intuition and formal reason are seen 
as complementary, rather than adversarial as, for 
example, in mathematics, where intuition is often a 
necessary building block in the creative process of 
achieving the hardest form of reason, a formal proof
Reason, like habit or intuition, is one of the ways by 
which thinking comes from one idea to a related idea. 
For example, it is the means by which rational beings 
understand themselves to think about cause and 
effecttruth and falsehood, and what is good or bad
It is also closely identified with the ability to self-
consciously change beliefsattitudestraditions, and 
institutions, and therefore with the capacity for freedom 

Monday, April 17, 2017


Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) flying cars (like a helicopter) appears to be the way that we will achieve the flying car. I see a business opportunity for vertiports.

Uber venture prepares for flying taxi tests by 2020

Ride-hailing group teams up with aircraft makers to get dream off the ground

Uber, the ride-hailing service, says it will demonstrate flying vehicles by 2020 in Dubai and the Dallas-Fort Worth area, with full-scale operations by 2023. It is forming partnerships with aircraft companies including Embraer to make its vision a reality. 

Uber’s unveiling of the programme in Dallas on Tuesday represents a welcome distraction for the $62.5bn transportation company, where management problems have resulted in the departure of several senior executives. 

Unlike its self-driving car initiative, where Uber has spent hundreds of millions of dollars to develop technology in-house, Uber will work closely with partners to develop flying cars. 

The aircraft, known as vertical take-off and landing vehicles, will be all-electric and will not require a runway. Unlike a helicopter, these vehicles will have multiple small rotors and fixed wings, which makes them quieter and more efficient. 

Uber’s service will face competition from existing helicopter taxi services such as Blade, an app-based aviation company, which are more expensive than what the new venture is planning but have the benefit of an established record. 

Although human pilots will initially fly the vehicles Uber envisages, Mr Holden said the aircraft will eventually be autonomous, which will help lower the cost to be on par with an UberX trip. 

Among Uber’s partners are Brazil’s Embraer, the world’s third-largest commercial jet maker; Aurora Flight Sciences, a Virginia-based drone maker; and Pipistrel, a Slovenian light aircraft company. Other partners include Mooney, a Texas-based light aircraft maker, and Bell Helicopter, which manufactures military aircraft including the Osprey VTOL. 

Uber first hinted at its flying car ambitions in a policy white paper in October that described Uber Elevate, a system of battery-powered vehicles with a range of up to 100 miles that can carry multiple passengers. 

In February, Uber hired Mark Moore, a Nasa veteran, to lead the programme. Although it has clashed frequently with regulators over its terrestrial programmes, the company appears to have secured approval for the initial tests in Dubai and Dallas-Fort Worth. 

Construction on four landing pads, or “vertiports”, will begin in the Dallas Fort Worth area within the next year. 

Developing this system will require working closely with real estate companies and aircraft manufacturers. Uber said its role would be to act as the “glue” and supply the passengers for a flying taxi network. 

The Dubai Road and Transportation Network is funding a study about flying car demand in the region, and Uber’s demonstration there will be timed to coincide with the World Expo in 2020. 

Flying cars have been a Silicon Valley dream for decades and the past year has seen a flurry of new investment. Competitors include Kitty Hawk, backed by Larry Page, Google’s co-founder, which revealed its prototype for a flying personal vehicle this week. 

Mr Holden said that he believe flying vehicles would be cheaper than the cost of car ownership in the long term. “This is why we are so bullish, this is why Uber is running at this, as opposed to taking a slower approach,” he said. “We know this is going to happen and we just want to usher it in as soon as possible.”

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Friday, April 14, 2017

FIRST Robotics

Houston, Texas is hosting the latest FIRST Robotics competition April 19-22 and then St. Louis April 26-29. It's fantastic to see so many young people getting interested in science and technology! It's the only way humanity is going to survive!

Dean Kamen started this whole thing, and good on him. Science!

One of Kamen’s proudest accomplishments is founding FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), an organization dedicated to motivating the next generation to understand, use, and enjoy science and technology. Founded in 1989, this year FIRST will serve more than 300,000 young people, ages 6 to 18, in more than 60 countries around the globe. High-school-aged participants are eligible to apply for more than $16 million in scholarships from leading colleges, universities, and corporations. Studies have shown that FIRST Alumni are highly motivated to pursue careers in science and engineering, thus fulfilling Dean's goal of inspiring the next generation of technological leaders.

Thursday, April 13, 2017


During Spring Break, Daisy Joy Decker, a young college woman from Sugarland, Texas, hit a group of spring breakers walking in the pedestrian area of Gulf Blvd. It was around 12 noon and the driver was already drunk on her ass. One woman was killed. Daisy's life is now in some deep shit.

We heard from some folks on the island that 15 people lost their lives over Spring Break at SPI this year. The official total was four. I've been trying to find more corroboration, but no luck so far.

Barriers Installed Along SPI Road after Deadly Accident

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND – South Padre Island officials invested nearly $40,000 in adding an extra barrier between their traffic lanes and pedestrian-bike lane on Gulf Boulevard. They said they’re hoping the new measure will prevent any future accidents from happening.
Back in March, a Sugarland woman was charged in a fatal hit-and-run that claimed the life of a Los Fresnos woman during spring break.
Daisy Joy Decker is charged with intoxication manslaughter. According to court documents, Decker’s attorney filed a motion asking she be released from jail until further action is taken against her.
The motion was granted.
Investigators said Decker veered off the road and struck five people who were walking on the pedestrian lane on Gulf Boulevard. Maria Selena Patino, 19, died from her injuries at the hospital.
Since the fatal hit-and-run, plastic barriers were bolted into the ground to divide the traffic lanes from the pedestrian-bike lanes and people have taken notice.
“Most everybody really loves them, especially considering what happened, this is great,” Patti Pitcock said.
South Padre Island spokeswoman Nikki Soto said the town is hoping to avoid any future accidents.
“I think it’s great because there’s so much activity on the street. We live right here on Gulf, and there’s all day people, biking, rollerblading, skating, whatever. They use it a lot, so I think it’s good to keep them safe,” Sarah Franz, an island resident, said.
Soto said the barriers span three and a half miles, from Haas Street to Palmetto Street. She said South Padre Island spent $33,800 for the delineators. It took just two and half days to install them.
Soto added the city manager saw the safety measure as an immediate need. It did not have to go before a city council vote.