New Logo: Mountain Man Bill

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:54:36 GMT  <== Webmaster stuff ==> 

I got tired of the red words in the upper-left-hand corner, so I replaced them with an image of me in full mountain-man beard, which I cut off a few years back. Here's a bigger version:

Mountain Man

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The Obamacare Sucks Act of 2017

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:24:18 GMT  <== Politics ==> 

All this noise over repealing and replacing Obamacare. What Trump promised to do makes for a very short bill. Complete text:

The Obamacare Sucks Act of 2017

Public Laws 111-148, the "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act", and 111-152, the "Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010", are hereby repealed in their entirety, effective immediately.

Of course, that should be followed closely by a complete repeal of the Social Security Act of 1935.

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The 2017 Darwin Award Winner

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:37:41 GMT  <== Humor ==> 

Received in email.

The Arizona Highway Patrol came upon a pile of smoldering metal embedded in the side of a cliff rising above the road at the apex of a curve. The wreckage resembled the site of an airplane crash, but it was a car. The type of car was unidentifiable at the scene. Police investigators finally pieced together the mystery. An amateur rocket scientist... had somehow gotten hold of a JATO bottle (Jet Assisted Take Off, actually a solid fuel rocket) that is used to give heavy military transport planes an extra 'push' for taking off from short airfields. He had driven his Chevy Impala out into the desert and found a long, straight stretch of road. He attached the JATO unit to the car, jumped in, got up some speed and fired off the JATO!

The facts as best as could be determined are that the operator of the 1967 Impala hit the JATO ignition at a distance of approximately 3.0 miles from the crash site. This was established by the scorched and melted asphalt at that location. The JATO, if operating properly, would have reached maximum thrust within 5 seconds, causing the Chevy to reach speeds well in excess of 350 mph and continuing at full power for an additional 20 -25 seconds. The driver, and soon to be pilot, would have experienced G-forces usually reserved for dog fighting F -14 jocks under full afterburners, causing him to become irrelevant for the remainder of the event. However, the automobile remained on the straight highway for about 2.5 miles (15-20 seconds) before the driver applied and completely melted the brakes, blowing the tires and leaving thick rubber marks on the road surface, then becoming airborne for an additional 1.4 miles and impacting the cliff face at a height of 125 feet leaving a blackened crater 3 feet deep in the rock. Most of the driver's remains were not recoverable. However, small fragments of bone, teeth and hair were extracted from the crater, and fingernail and bone shards were removed from a piece of debris believed to be a portion of the steering wheel.

Epilogue: It has been calculated that this moron attained a ground speed of approximately 420 mph, though much of his voyage was not actually on the ground.

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Joint Address Issues Survey

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Mon, 27 Feb 2017 16:59:22 GMT  <== Politics ==> 

At David Codrea's prompting, I submitted answers to President Trump's Joint Address Issues Survey.

I long ago stopped believing that asking government agents for anything has any utility whatsoever. Except my own entertainment. So I had fun with it.

1) WHICH ACCOMPLISHMENT(S) DO YOU CONSIDER THE MOST SIGNIFICANT OF THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION SO FAR?

I checked "Withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership", "Reviving key job-creating energy products such as the Keystone Pipeline", "Enacting regulatory reform to begin to dismantle Obama-era, job-killing regulations", "Negotiating with companies to bring thousands of jobs back to America", and "Nominating Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court".

2) WHAT ISSUE(S) DO YOU THINK ARE MOST IMPORTANT FOR THIS ADMINISTRATION TO FOCUS ON?

I checked "Budget", "Taxes", "Reducing Regulations", and "Government Reform".

3) WHAT ARE YOUR IDEAS TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN?

Separation of medicine and state. That means repeal and do NOT replace Obamacare, and eliminate the FDA, Medicare, and Medicaid. Spend enforcement efforts prosecuting fraud. You want to eliminate harmful regulations? That's a bunch of them.

Medicare and Medicaid will have to be ramped down slowly. The market will quickly replace the FDA.

End the war on some drug users. Completely. That means eliminate the DEA and ONDCP. And replace them with nothing.

That may be out of reach, given the typical insane conservative view on attempting to regulate morality, but do NOT enforce federal marijuana prohibition. Stupid. Useless. And contrary to the will of the people in states that have legalized it.

The state should not be in the business of protecting people from themselves. The war on some drug users causes great harm and helps nobody but the drug cartels, for whom it is a golden goose. Take away from organized crime the huge cash cow of prohibition. Take away from police departments the huge cash cow of asset forfeiture, armed robbery under color of law.

Cut income taxes. Preferably to zero, and eliminate the IRS, but the more you can cut, the better it will be. But do NOT think you can borrow or print to make up the difference. Budget cuts must accompany those tax cuts. HUGE budget cuts. Decimate the federal budget (cut it by 90%).

Don't get lazy about guns. "Shall not be infringed" brooks no exceptions. Make it so.

4) ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:

Note that I do not use illegal drugs. Been there. Done that. Over 30 years ago. Drug abuse is a self-correcting problem. Its consequences are sure, swift, severe, and absolutely fair. Abusers learn or die, exactly as it should be. If you think the government needs to do something, spend one percent of the current drug war budget on fact-based education, and on recovery programs, provided only for people who ASK for help. Until an addict WANTS to quit, nothing you do can help (except to love him, but that's not the government's job).

I resisted the urge to tell them what I really think about the drug war:

I believe that any narc who has ever arrested anyone for possession of a drug should be tried for kidnapping, and, if found guilty by a jury of his peers, hanged by the neck until dead. And every legislator or executive who ever proposed, voted for, or signed a law criminalizing the possession of any drug should be tried for conspiracy to commit mass kidnapping, also a capital offense.

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kek.gg

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Mon, 13 Feb 2017 21:44:04 GMT  <== Computers ==> 

https://kek.gg is a new (to me) image hosting site. They allow 5 megabyte uploads, and have a dirt-simple interface, with only one page, the home page, apparent. I discovered them via a Gab post that used them for its attached image, as I have done for the image below of the home page.

They appear to be hosted by Amazon and cached/distributed by Amazon CloudFront.

Registrant information is "WhoIsGuard Protected", so I don't know who owns them.

The .gg top-level domain is for the Balliwick of Guernsey, which apparently sells domains. Gandi.net, the registrar for kek.gg, charges $75/year for a .gg domain. Simple .com domains go for less than $10/year.

Cool.

https://infogalactic.com/info/Guernsey
https://www.gandi.net/domain/gg/info
https://www.gandi.net/domain/price/detail/gg/

kek.gg
https://kek.gg/i/7mzw8g

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Quote

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sun, 12 Feb 2017 17:16:29 GMT  <== Quote ==> 

"If some power, authority, or responsibility claimed by a government does not appear explicitly in the Constitutions text, the claim is invalid." -- James Madison's preferred Ninth Amendment wording, translated to modern English by Francis W. Porretto

http://bastionofliberty.blogspot.com/2017/02/the-ninth-amendment-some-thoughts.html

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Elm Digital Ocean Interface

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sat, 11 Feb 2017 01:00:10 GMT  <== Computers ==> 

The "Science" Trap

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Tue, 07 Feb 2017 13:53:23 GMT  <== Politics ==> 

Francis W. Porretto's screed today is about the extreme danger of state-funded "science":

Allow me to be maximally plain about the matter:

Government science is NOT LEGITIMATE SCIENCE.

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Put Your Malignant Diagnosis Where the Sun Don't Shine

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Tue, 31 Jan 2017 12:06:59 GMT  <== Politics ==> 

A friend of mine informed me that John D. Gartner, "a practicing psychotherapist who taught psychiatric residents at Johns Hopkins University Medical School," has branded Donald J. Trump with "malignant narcissism."

This Google search finds many echoes of this story, but it appears that Susan Milligan's article, Temperament Tantrum, in the January 27 edition of The Report, by US News, is the seminal story. It Is Time to Say It: Trump Is Mentally Ill, by Jeff Jarvis on Medium, is also popular.

It's telling that Gartner himself says that he's violated the "Goldwater Rule," part of the ethics code of his profession, but then excuses himself because this is so important. To me, that admission invalidates everything else he says.

Not that I like Mr. Trump. He's crude. But is he actually dangerous to the country? I don't know. I consider any government to be a danger to the world, so I'm not the one to ask.

I think it's EXTREMELY dangerous to use the opinions of psychologists to control people. I don't consider psychology to be an actual science. Experiments aren't repeatable, and it matters hugely who does them, what they're looking for, and which model of psychology they believe in. There's no way to separate experimenter from experiment. This is also true of particle physics, but less so. Much less.

Psychologists can help people, but only if they want help, and ask for it, and work hard on it, for a long time (cue lightbulb joke). Psychologists should have no input into public policy (not that there should be such a thing as public policy, but that's a deeper issue).

Taxation is extortion, a heinous crime. End it.


Lightbulb joke: How many psychiatrists does it take to change a lightbulb? Only one, but it takes a long time, and the lightbulb has to really want to change.

[This short essay is also posted on Medium]

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Hillary's New TV Show

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sun, 29 Jan 2017 13:46:34 GMT  <== Humor ==>   <== Politics ==> 

Will Hillary Clinton's new TV show be called "The Sorcerer's Apprentice"?

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