Wed. Nov. 27, 2019 – kids home, wife at work, me home too…

Another warm day, with plenty of moisture is a safe bet…. [after getting rain spatters through the night, it’s currently 64F and 40%RH with sunshine and wind]

And I’ll be home with the kids. Wife saw a chance to get out of the house, and earn some points at work by going in today, when the chances of working were slim. That means I’ve got the kids. And that usually means I’m trying to do stuff around the house while they watch how-to vids on youtube, or play minecraft. I know, not recommended.

For peace in the house, I need to keep plugging away at the pile. Can’t take a day off.

And the world continues on its way toward upheaval and madness. I just watched a vid from REI, where I used to be proud to be a coop member, with a (drag queen?) very queer in every sense of the word, actor scolding us for not doing enough about plastic in the ocean. Presented as a poem and very dramatic reading it felt like a parody but wasn’t. I’m not gonna link, google Patty Gonia if you want to see it. It ended with credits and a bizarre message about Hawaii and native peoples and implies much more than it said- about a whole ‘nuther bucket o crazy that must be out there.

People have truly lost their minds. They have no sense of proportion or history. They are easily swayed by emotion and dismiss fact as unimportant. We cannot continue to support a high tech society without science and fact-based reasoning. We cannot feed our current population without a high tech society and all that comes with it. Once broken, it will take a long time to get it back, if it’s even possible. What would it take for the Midwest to look like sub-Saharan africa? For Detroit to look like Lagos?

How far down the path are we already?

n

41 thoughts on “Wed. Nov. 27, 2019 – kids home, wife at work, me home too…”

  1. I just watched a vid from REI, where I used to be proud to be a coop member, with a (drag queen?) very queer in every sense of the word, actor scolding us for not doing enough about plastic in the ocean.

    The Pacific Garbage Patch is documented as being mostly Asian waste. Of course, it is still our fault.

    On the subject of drag queens, I saw from one of your Mirror links that Jenner is plying his/her schtick on British TV audiences as of late.

    The American market is over Jenner, but the UK obviously loves US freak shows.

  2. More reasons to keep children out of public school.
    Fairbanks used to be a bastion for tough no nonsense working people. Very conservative. Maybe the university influence?
    This is madness.
    Looks like a curriculum on porn, frankly. Not where I want pubic dollars spent.

    https://www.alaskawatchman.com/2019/10/31/explicit-lgbtq-courses-planned-for-fairbanks-students/

    This is also interesting, from last year
    https://mustreadalaska.com/lgbtq-month-schools-form-month-long-sex-ed/


  3. Looks like a curriculum on porn, frankly. Not where I want pubic dollars spent.

    My condolences, your tax dollar$ at waste!

    Fortunately, with one at last year in high school and the other at second year in university, my grandchildren will not be subjected to that.

  4. “From perverted, to protected, to promoted by government; all in the span of less than one generation.”

    –from the comments on the linked article, succinctly spelling out the continuum that we’ve talked about here for a while.

    One of the reasons I volunteer, and will be taking the school board training program, is to see what’s actually happening in the school. Our school doesn’t do homework for grades, doesn’t use textbooks, and doesn’t send any classroom materials home with the kids. There is literally no way to monitor what they are teaching. We frame it as “how can I help my student learn the material if I don’t know what they are learning” whenever we interact with officialdom, but what I really mean is WTF are you teaching?

    n

  5. Well y’all, work to elect new school boards. Kick the bastards out.
    Slim, your grandchildren may be safe but it’s still your tax dollars, and everyone elses.

  6. Speaking of Schlock, I found two of the Schlock Mercenary board games at Goodwill, $7 each, with a marked MSRP price of $89! Brand new in the shrink wrap….

    Too bad they don’t go for that on ebay.

    n


  7. Slim, your grandchildren may be safe but it’s still your tax dollars, and everyone elses.

    Roger that, 10-4, over & out.

  8. Interesting thoughts over at Sarah’s place…

    https://accordingtohoyt.com/2019/11/27/the-flaw-at-the-center/

    “Empty Planet: The Shock of Global Population Decline” by Darrell Bricker and John Ibbitson
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1984823213/

    “An award-winning journalist and leading international social researcher make the provocative argument that the global population will soon begin to decline, dramatically reshaping the social, political, and economic landscape”

    Science fiction or science fact ?

    No, I have not read the book nor do I plan to do so.

    No matter what happens to the world population, the USA will have more than enough people wanting to immigrate here. I’ve posed @Greg’s statement that once we get open borders that 300 million Chinese will immigrate to the USA to a couple of friends. One outright agreed and the other was shocked at the concept. Then he agreed that it would happen.

  9. “Stand aside, hyperloop: This cross-continental train aims to replace flying”
    https://www.fastcompany.com/90435778/stand-aside-hyperloop-this-cross-continental-train-aims-to-replace-flying

    “Dubbed the AeroSlider, it’s an elevated train line that passes through a series of unobtrusive magnetic loops instead of running on a track. Much like the principles behind a rail gun, the loops speed up the train sequentially, propelling it up to speeds of 500 mph—or the average speed of a plane. It was conceived by creative director Jens Martin Skibsted.”

    Um, I’ll pass. And of course, there is the old how do we cross deep water thing.

    Hat tip to:
    https://www2.smartbrief.com/servlet/encodeServlet?issueid=2FE7379E-555B-4390-AA5C-E7DF9EA91A76&sid=fc5d239e-bea0-4c9c-a2b4-0b243d0520f8


  10. “Dubbed the AeroSlider, it’s an elevated train line that passes through a series of unobtrusive magnetic loops instead of running on a track.

    Total fraud, what they don’t say is that each train concept which is x times faster that the previous fast concept, is x-squared more expensive. Current example: CA Bullet Train, to go from LA to Frisco in 2 hr, 20 min.


  11. passes through a series of unobtrusive magnetic loops instead of running on a track

    What could possibly go wrong?

    (Do you want the list alphabetically or in decreasing order of severity?)

  12. More reasons to keep children out of public school.
    Fairbanks used to be a bastion for tough no nonsense working people. Very conservative. Maybe the university influence?
    This is madness.
    Looks like a curriculum on porn, frankly. Not where I want pubic dollars spent.

    https://www.alaskawatchman.com/2019/10/31/explicit-lgbtq-courses-planned-for-fairbanks-students/

    “Students would read from a selection of several dozen gay and lesbian authors. Proposed readings include highly controversial novels and poems that have been criticized for sexual explicitness, explicit language, sexual violence and scenes of homosexual sex.”

    Wow, high school has really changed since the 1970s.

  13. passes through a series of unobtrusive magnetic loops instead of running on a track

    What could possibly go wrong?

    (Do you want the list alphabetically or in decreasing order of severity?)

    I was thinking sinkhole underneath one of the magnetic loops myself.

    BTW, this is an old idea. Heinlein proposed this exact concept in the introduction to “Starman Jones” if I remember correctly. And, yes I do.
    https://www.amazon.com/Starman-Jones-Heinleins-Juveniles-Book-ebook/dp/B00APA1MLQ/?tag=ttgnet-20

  14. “Microsoft provides tips on developing for dual-screen devices”
    https://sdtimes.com/msft/microsoft-provides-tips-on-developing-for-dual-screen-devices/

    “Last month, Microsoft revealed that they were entering the foldable device market, with two new Surface dual-screen devices: Neo and Duo. Surface Neo includes two 9” screens that unfold into a 13” display, while Surface Duo has two 5.6” screens that unfold into an 8.3” display.”

    “As part of this announcement, the company also revealed a new operating system, Windows 10X, that is designed for dual-screen devices.”

    Wow, this sounds complicated.

  15. I used to have endless troubles with nvidia drivers because the devs didn’t have dual screens or 3d capable monitors. Each release would break something that they clearly didn’t test.

    n

  16. “Stand aside, hyperloop: This cross-continental train aims to replace flying”

    Meanwhile, “Florida Man” is getting rail done between Orlando and Miami.

  17. I used to have endless troubles with nvidia drivers because the devs didn’t have dual screens or 3d capable monitors. Each release would break something that they clearly didn’t test.

    The newer Nvidia drivers have not properly supported their recent chips running with Windows 7 for several years. Lots of weird glitches, specifically when coming out of hibernation in my experience.

    Nvidia probably figures “Why bother?”

    I’m still running a GT240 card in my Windows 7 desktop until Microsoft finally pulls the plug on the OS. Though, I don’t think it will be January.

  18. We drove to San Antonio. Gonna have Thanksgiving at daughter No 3’s place. The rest of the family is flying in today. We brought our dogs with us. Doxies and Cheehoohahoohas everywhere.

  19. I don’t think so either. DISA has changed their deadline for having all Windows 7 systems gone from the end of this year to the end of next year. It’s a good thing too, as I may know of one or two places that have a crap ton of them around still…

  20. I’ve got several win7, one win8.2 and one win10. One chromebook for daughter #1 and some apple products. I have a winXP machine for my vinyl cutter, but it isn’t turned on most of the time. Various others including a winXP toughbook loaded with ham radio stuff, that don’t get booted most of the time.

    n

  21. No matter what happens to the world population, the USA will have more than enough people wanting to immigrate here. I’ve posed @Greg’s statement that once we get open borders that 300 million Chinese will immigrate to the USA to a couple of friends. One outright agreed and the other was shocked at the concept. Then he agreed that it would happen.

    I’d put the initial figure at an order of magnitude lower, 20-30 million, a mix of Indian and Chinese Number One sons, but it will still be a problem since the families will stake the offspring with the goal on establishing a presence in the US. Count on a new visa category being established which will allow them to work after a certain time period, and, of course, they will get to vote in California local and state elections.

  22. “Stand aside, hyperloop: This cross-continental train aims to replace flying”

    Meanwhile, “Florida Man” is getting rail done between Orlando and Miami.

    “Full steam ahead for construction on high-speed train service to Orlando”
    https://www.clickorlando.com/news/2019/11/21/full-steam-ahead-for-construction-on-high-speed-train-service-to-orlando/

    “Extension between Orlando, West Palm Beach set to open in 2022”

    Are you being sarcastic or do you think that this new rail system will be in service in 2022 as planned ?

  23. “Fired Navy leader highly critical of Trump in SEAL case”
    https://www.clickorlando.com/news/politics/2019/11/28/fired-navy-leader-highly-critical-of-trump-in-seal-case/

    “Richard Spencer, who was fired this week for his handling of a SEAL war crimes case championed by President Donald Trump, wrote Wednesday that the commander in chief “has very little understanding” of how the American military works.”

    Translated, Trump may be the Commander in Chief of the armed forces of the USA but he don’t run things here at the puzzle palace (Pentagon) with all of the perfumed princes (admirals and generals).

    Uh, yes, Trump does run the armed forces of the USA. Fired your ass didn’t he ?

  24. Interesting thoughts over at Sarah’s place…

    https://accordingtohoyt.com/2019/11/27/the-flaw-at-the-center/

    “Empty Planet: The Shock of Global Population Decline” by Darrell Bricker and John Ibbitson
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1984823213/?tag=ttgnet-20

    “An award-winning journalist and leading international social researcher make the provocative argument that the global population will soon begin to decline, dramatically reshaping the social, political, and economic landscape”

    Science fiction or science fact ?

    No, I have not read the book nor do I plan to do so.

    No matter what happens to the world population, the USA will have more than enough people wanting to immigrate here. I’ve posed @Greg’s statement that once we get open borders that 300 million Chinese will immigrate to the USA to a couple of friends. One outright agreed and the other was shocked at the concept. Then he agreed that it would happen.

    I posted this elsewhere and got the following answer:

    “Until recently baby production was largely dependent on slave labour; as soon as women are allowed to answer the question “Would you like to squeeze as many objects the size of a watermelon out of your body as it takes to kill you?” they generally answer “No, thank you.” This leads to falling birthrates everywhere women are not kept enslaved and ignorant of the alternatives.” – James Nicoll, 2005

  25. “Until recently baby production was largely dependent on slave labour; as soon as women are allowed to answer the question “Would you like to squeeze as many objects the size of a watermelon out of your body as it takes to kill you?” they generally answer “No, thank you.” This leads to falling birthrates everywhere women are not kept enslaved and ignorant of the alternatives.” – James Nicoll, 2005

    So, motherhood == slavery?

    Has anyone tested this idea on actual human females?

  26. So, motherhood == slavery?

    Judging by recent events, most women would like to have none, one, or two babies. A few would like to have more than that.

    One hundred years ago, most women had seven to fifteen babies. Most not by choice.

    BTW, I was told by my mother last summer that I was five years premature. I was born a month before their first wedding anniversary. Wanted, just early. Apparently birth control in 1959 sucked.

  27. Both of my grandmothers had 4 that lived. My mom had 3, I have 2…

    Both of my uncles had 8. Mom saw that and had her tubes tied, otherwise, I’m sure I’d have a few more siblings.

    Slavery might be deliberately inflammatory, but the quickest way to decrease births is increase economic success. Except in cultures where they are literal slaves, and there are multiple wives. Then you get a bunch of kids for every male.

    n

  28. Re: motherhood
    We have one child. Married late, started family late. I would have liked more up to four, but being pregnant with child #1 at 41 precluded that.
    We wanted to be stable and well established before we brought a child into the world. We darn near missed the boat completely.

  29. @jenny, I hear you 🙂

    My wife was 41 for the second birth. We hit the jackpot both times, and didn’t want to risk a third at 43. We got to replacement, but my siblings didn’t, so net loss for my family line.

    We were both stable and successful and on our first for each of us. I have an ex-girlfriend with a 28yo daughter that could have been mine if things were different. Wealth and comfort, and a culture that delays marriage and childrearing combine for lower birthrates. And that’s the facts.

    n

  30. Somebody claiming to be Res is posting SteveF at:
    https://accordingtohoyt.com/2019/11/27/the-flaw-at-the-center/#comment-636576

    “Depends on the 20% we lose. Keeping tech civilization alive requires, as near as I can tell, the following occupations: miners, farmers, mechanics, engineers, and soldiers. As long as a critical mass of those survive, what’s left of civilization will be able to rebuild.”

    ====================================

    “I’ve got a little list.

    They’d none of them be missed.

    They’d.

    None.

    Of.

    Them.

    Be.

    Missed.”

  31. Re: motherhood
    We have one child. Married late, started family late. I would have liked more up to four, but being pregnant with child #1 at 41 precluded that.
    We wanted to be stable and well established before we brought a child into the world. We darn near missed the boat completely.

    Married early (I was 21 and she was 23), started early. We’ve got a 36 year son and 32 year old daughter. The first daughter did not make it, died at term in the operating room. The wife wanted to have a fourth but the baby doc begged her not to due to the accumulated damage with all of the surgeries (four by age 27). I sided with him, may have not been the best thing to do. Hard to reexamine those decisions three decades later. We don’t have any grandkids, probably won’t.

  32. “Fireball erupts over city after petrochemical plant blast”
    https://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/news/2019/11/fireball-erupts-over-city-after-petrochemical-plant-blast

    There is an awesome youtube video. I cannot believe that no one was killed. The industry has armored the control rooms and break areas over the last couple of decades to make survivability of the personnel a priority. Sounds like it worked in this case even though this is probably an old plant.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yosSaBMHLKc

  33. Married when I was 24, wife was 20. Waited 7 years to have a child. Just one child. Then I had a vasectomy when the child was 1.5 years old. Wife had a c-section delivery and we both decided further risk was not justified.

    Son had a son 1.5 years ago when he was 36. They will have no more as that pregnancy was almost fatal to mother and child, some how they were toxic to each other. Emergency surgery to deliver the child with the son being told that one, or both, may not survive. That removed all desire for another attempt.

    Off to visit the son for Thanksgiving. So y’all have a wonderful time over the holidays doing whatever makes you happy.

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