Friday, January 27, 2012


Its kind of a shame, in my little opinion, that young people today have never had a chance to do this ... when I was in high school, in a simpler time, I built a little counting machine. I had an old telephone rotary dialer. I went up to Radio Shack (which, in those days, actually sold parts that you could use to build radios) and bought the requisite transistors, resistors, capacitors, wires light bulbs, and so forth. I put everything together with my own soldering iron. The little light bulbs were lined up in the front so that they could display the count of the pulses coming out of the dialer (using the binary number system, of course, which is still the one they have to use even if people don't, anymore).
Somewhat after that, computer manufacture changed in two ways. The circuits that they relied upon got smaller and there got to be more of them in a single machine. That's pretty much it.
No one would ever, ever imagine that a bucket could think. Well, if you had ever built one of these little counting things, then you would understand. Modern computers are nothing but a bucket of on-off switches. Granted, there may be several billion of them in a single unit nowadays. But that's still all that's in there. Absolutely, that's all they can do. Computers are no more capable of thought than they are of sex. Which, by the way, is still the number one thing that people think about, isn't it ....

Monday, January 23, 2012

Persia, part one

In ancient times, there arose a man from mean beginnings who was a man of wisdom, of discernment. Most of those rough people around him spoke of many gods, of inanimate gods made of wood or stone or, sometimes, gold. But he spoke and sang to them of the One God, the God of heart, who entreats all of us towards righteousness and best thinking and best faith, the God who at the end of days will judge all of us and find some worthy of reward, while others, captured by demons and the dark and the weaknesses of their own bad faith, will perish. He spoke of the continual struggle of the faithful against "the lie". Many people were charmed, fascinated, and won over by this new belief, but others were not so pleased and towards the end of his days he was put to death.
His death, however, did not end the quest. One of his disciples, one of his students, went on to preach his truths and to preach the advantages of brotherhood and cooperation over battle and strife, and this man traveled with his message extensively, uniting diverse people across the whole of the civilized world.
His name?
He is called Zoroaster, or sometimes, Zarathustra. Not so much is known about his life, not even the exact period of time or birthplace. Somewhere near to the banks of the Caspian Sea, sometime perhaps adjacent to the time of David.
His disciple? He is better known, as Cyrus the Great, King of Kings. Though at first known as an illiterate barbarian, he came to unite the diverse kingdoms of the known world, more through diplomacy than through battle. He was the very first to do so. He came to persuade all the other peoples who surrounded the one great kingdom of the time, the Medes, the Lydians, the Chaldeans, the Elamites, the Phoenicians, some of the Ionian Greeks, that they were all better off trading with their neighbors than fighting them. Finally, after the death of Nebuchadnezzar and a quick succession of weak sons, he persuaded even great Babylon to join with him in his empire. And they opened their gates without a single battle.
In the process, as you may remember, Cyrus became aware of a captive people inside the kingdom of Babylon, a remnant who worshiped a different God than Mardauk and the others. And Cyrus recognized the great advantage of respecting every peoples' their own religious beliefs. He gave those people their freedom, their leave to return home, and even the funds and permission to rebuild their temple, the temple of Jerusalem. And so return home they did, but not before considerable learning and respect paid to the beliefs of Cyrus, the beliefs first presented by Zarathustra, some of which in time they adopted and claimed to be their own.

(to be continued ...)

Monday, January 16, 2012


Okay, this one gave me some pause.
Most of the people around me probably understand that the earth rotates around its axis (the imaginary north-south line), and the moon orbits around the earth (although, to be more precise, the earth/moon pair actually rotates together around their common center of gravity, which is actually located inside of the earth but seriously distant from the earth's center), and the earth/moon system orbits around the sun.
I was reading about the ancient Egyptian and Babylonian mathematicians and astronomers, who made astoundingly careful and accurate measurements and analysis and predictions despite having no telescopes and only dripping-water clocks with which to measure time intervals. They knew the earth was round 3000 years ago, had a pretty fair idea of its size, and they knew that the moon's orbit around the earth was not a perfect circle but had an apogee and a perigee which they measured to an accuracy which is downright astounding. They knew that the earth's orbit around the sun took somewhere between 365 and 366 days and they could accurately predict the change in the time of the sunrise from day to day as winter passes to summer and back. (They also knew Pythagorus' theorem when all the Greeks were still living in caves and wearing animal skins.)
I got to thinking about this and that day thing ... that the day is 24 hours long and the year is between 365 and 366... and then I realized that what we call a "day" is not exactly a 360 degree rotation of the earth around its axis but something just a little bit different than that, on account of the action of the earth orbiting around the sun.

So your pop quiz today is this: how much difference in time does this orbiting have and does a 360 degree rotation of the earth (so that a star, other than the sun, has returned to its exact same longitude in the sky as the night before) take a little longer or a little less than 24 hours?

I never learned this. I had to compute it. I'm lazy, I only worked it out to the minute, but if you get the concept right then you can find the numbers and plug them in to the formula and get it right to nanoseconds if you wish. But I do find its interesting, just a little bit more than Jerry Springer ....

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Internet Censorship

We have all heard about the government of China censoring the Internet. The first time I ran across anything in my own experience was when I posted something on the Yahoo finance message base about the seventh planet of our solar system, which yahoo dutifully rendered as "Ur$#@&".
Well, the first time it was funny. but within another year, my friends and I found the censorship so dire that it was necessary for us to move our conversation to a private venu. Yahoo took to blocking links to certain other sites which might conceivably be competitors of theirs. and this phenomenon increased and increased, til we found them regularly blocking mere financial/political opinions which did not fully swing with theirs.
On my personal machine at home I have found that for many years it has been a pitched battle for ownership and control of my machine -- the disk space and the CPU processor. The advertisers and commercial interests encroach further and further. At best, it takes longer and longer time for internet pages to load the content which I am looking for, after ads and scripts and tracking software and cookies and who knows what all else comes down the line. I have to take more and more time clearing out the junk they send my way, unbidden and unpaid for.
My internet provider sees fit to put several layers of click baiting in between me and my email ... even though this is my address and the only way many folks know to reach me I may have to change it soon because the junk pile is getting so high.
In rewards for all this new stuff they send me, they raise their rates every year by 10% or more.
Now we have this:

The commercial interests do not seem to understand that every new invasion is just one more straw, or maybe a better analogy is, one more globule of cholesterol. There will come a time, without warning, when it will be too much. I gave up tv 30 years ago and somehow I don't seem to have lost a thing. More and more folks are joining me on that one these days. In its inception, the Internet was the arena of smart, gifted people who just wanted to show off and give away their expertise. There were mathematicians, scholars, geniuses. It was truly the most democratic device ever devised. I suppose that's why, eventually, they have to kill it. Along with that golden goose ....

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Queen Nephretitty

okay, I remember now ...

We were talking about titties and I said that there was some word that had titties in it but I couldn't remember what it was. If I could come up with the word, maybe we could get the domain site or something where we could put our art work up for sale.

But you missed this part. A friend of mine came over several days ago, and she got really plastered. Really. From her neck down to her, um, yes. That far. We were just making a prototype (or is that prototitty?). You all need to stay tuned, to see what we all come up with, Bari and Star and Sandy are all just sparkling with ideas for this project.....

Anyway, I don't see my wordsmithing as being a main pillar of my indentitty,
but I will contribute this anyway in honor of my father who would never ever read this and his father, who wrote a newspaper column back in the day but he's been dead now for a very long time.

So it took me a few minutes to recover. My mind must have been preoccupied. But I finally came back with the information that there really is a large quantitty of words with titties in them. Proper words. Even, ahem, some rather uptight words. Like, for example, chastitty. Or even (in deferernce to my pastor) sanctitty.

And that pretty much rounded out the conversation.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

the U.S.A will lose.

I feel like Cassandra ... though my predictions have been on the mark time after time after time, people would rather rape me than to listen.
I feel like Berenger in Ionesco's "Rhinoceros". Everyone around me is choosing, deliberately, to think and act like a dumbphuque. Its very lonely here.
Even the peace-love flower children liberals don't get it. The issue here is not whether or not war is right or wrong. The issue is not whether or not we are doing for their good or our own good or the good of humanity. The real issue, as I see it, is whether or not the US has any chance of winning any war with Iran.

Is there any doubt that, as soon as the first shot is fired, the prices of gasoline will immediately go to $10.00 per gallon? Is memory of the occupation of Iraq fading already?
Is it not general knowledge that air craft carriers, those huge floating cities, are a relic from WW II which are totally inappropriate for today's warcraft ... that every major nation, including Iran, has missiles which can evade radar and sink one of these floating ducks? Or all of them? At what cost, both in terms of dollars and broken marriages, lost fathers, lost skilled workers, lost friends?
Do people not know that oil is fungible? When you look at a gallon of gasoline can you tell where it came from, west Texas or Angola or the Alberta oil sands or Iran? Do people not understand that the world supply of oil is critical, that if the U.S. military deliberately acts to reduce it that this will harm nations all over the planet? That many of those nations, in fact, will come to the aid of Iran and line up against the U.S?
Do people not understand that having the biggest, baddest military in the history of mankind does not protect you at all from snipers, suicide bombers, terrorist attacks, lone gunmen, crazy people, and others who, right or wrong, just hate you? The straits of Hormuz are only 30 miles wide and every day, for quiet, peaceful functioning of the world order thirteen sitting-duck oil tankers must maneuver their way through there. You can have all the destroyers, bombers, missiles, drones, fighters, tanks, rockets, cannons, grenade launchers, satellites, in the whole world and you will not be able to stop some people from sinking some of those tankers if they want to. I mean, get real about this. And if you are the one who owns those tankers, would you even risk it?
What if you had a nine-year-old daughter and she was beautiful and a thousand men in your town told you they were going to "get" her? Exactly how many bodyguards would you want to have before you send her to school? Think about it, think about it hard ...
Does no one understand China's "nuclear option" in the financial markets? Do you understand what would happen to ALL money in the USA if China were to sell all of its $1,000,000,000,000 worth of US Treasury notes, all on the same day?
Is the majority of U.S. citizens prepared for gasoline quotas? For gasoline lines? For a limit of 10 gallons per person per month, with no exceptions except for congressmen, lawyers and mafia chiefs?

What is wrong with me that I have common sense, when apparently nobody else around me does? Do I need pills or a good psychiatrist? What can I do about this terrible approach I have to reality when everybody else around me prefers total hallucinations? Any help?

Tuesday, January 3, 2012


you can click on the above image for an enlarged view.

I created the image above today, Jan 3, 2012, using Google Earth.
It is a view of the western side of Singapore Harbor.
The virtual altitude is approximately 10 miles.
All of the little grey and the red streaks are freighters.
Almost all of them are oil tankers.
If you zoom in much closer you can see that they are parked, they are not moving,
they have no wake.

I did this for the first time three years ago.
I did not save the image, I am sorry.
My memory tells me that the situation then was highly similar to what it is today.

You all can speculate among yourselves as to what those tankers are doing there,
or who owns them,
or even as to whether they are empty or full of oil.

A few different “inconvenient truths”

Many Americans noticed that between the years 2000 and 2006, the price of a gallon of gasoline rose from around $1.00 a gallon to around $4.00 a gallon. Fewer noticed that during the same time period, the price of natural gas rose from around $2.00 per therm to around $16.00 per therm. In other words, the price of NG went up twice as much as the price of gasoline.
From 2006 to today, the price of gasoline has dropped from $4.00 to $3.30. Wow.
The price of natural gas, however, has dropped from $16.00 to $4.50.
Why? Because of fracking. It is that simple. The process of fracking has started to supply the United States with cheap, reliable, locally-available energy.
By the way, in terms of available energy, Calories or BTU’s or however you want to measure them, a therm of natural gas, at $4.50, provides about three times more energy than a gallon of gas. And just for comparison sake, so that you understand how valuable this is, a therm can deliver the same amount of work that a strong young man can perform in … 1200 hours, or over 8 months of hard labor …

How is natural gas used in the United States?

A very small percentage is used in cars, buses and trucks, even though it costs less than 1/3 of gasoline or diesel fuel … the two fuels are not interchangeable but it is not terribly complicated or expensive to build a vehicle that runs on NG since it is much cleaner than gasoline.

Roughly 1/3 of NG is used to generate electricity. It is more expensive than coal for this process but it is cleaner.

Roughly 1/3 is used to directly heat homes and larger commercial buildings with a tiny bit more for water heat.

The other third is used to manufacture nitrogen fertilizer. Almost all nitrogen fertilizer is manufactured using natural gas. In the last 60 years, crop yields per acre have more than doubled in the U.S., and good cheap fertilizer has made a great difference. Take away natural gas and the world food supply would be cut in half overnight. Millions upon millions of people would quickly starve to death. The production of ethanol for fuel would have to stop because the price would quickly rise from $5.00 per gallon to $25.00 per gallon.


Why do I present these “inconvenient truths”?

Because certain people, people who would stand to profit from suffering and tragedy, are targeting fracking. They are trying to convince the American public that fracking is bad for them and should be stopped.

Just today there is an article in the news about earthquakes in Ohio being caused by fracking. These terrible earthquakes have, um, caused no property damage or any distress whatever. They are so small that most people haven’t even noticed them, the ground has actually shaken less than when a freight train rumbles past. But the people are being frightened anyway. Manipulated by the press.

I realize that some people do not like being bothered with facts. If you are one of those and you have still read this far, then I certainly apologize to you. Please go back to watching Jerry Springer and waiting for your lottery number to hit. For the rest of you, I appreciate your attention and know you will act accordingly.

Sunday, January 1, 2012


U.S. Department of Redundancy Department, April 1, 2012 -- AP Mews

Yesterday, with full support of a large majority of the taxpayers of the nation, the U.S. Military turned the country of Iran into a glass table-top.

This morning, Cyrus Aran, a high-school student in Peoria, IL known for an affinity for computer technology, pocket protectors, and libraries, made a stunning discovery while perusing Google Earth. He found that although the satellite photos displayed clearly were obtained prior to the bombardment, that much of Iran ALREADY WAS GLASS!

In an email to his local paper, Cyrus pointed out that millions upon millions of dollars of high-tech weaponry had been expended to make large areas of central Asia which have been uninhabited for millenia, to be uninhabitable.

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