atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,
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#7678: Yet again, a point I've made time and again

John Wilder asserts that The Exorcist is a "feel-good" movie based on what the author of the book said:
William Peter Blatty summed up the reason I like horror films with this very simple quote:

"My logic was simple: if demons are real, why not angels? If angels are real, why not souls? And if souls are real, what about your own soul?"

Blatty even described The Exorcist as his ministry--it seems he's religious.
I've said, time and again, that movies about demons, exorcisms, portals to hell, and so forth, have as their very first principle that God exists, and He loves you.

And that is simple to noodle out. Look at The Exorcist. Girl is possessed by a demon, which is then cast out by a priest. (Oh..."spoilers", right? *rolleyes*) So:

A) You don't have demons unless there are angels, because demons are former angels.
B) You do not have angels without God.
C) The point of demonic possession is to corrupt humans, either directly or indirectly. There is no point to demonic possession unless humans have souls. Evidence: notice that the reported incidence of demonic possession of pets or livestock are vanishingly rare. (I can think of one, offhand: when Jesus cast Legion into a herd of sheep. Notice that the demons did not pick the sheep as targets to possess.)
D) Humans can invoke the name of God to drive out demons. God would not have allowed this to humans if He did not care about us.

Far from being a horror movie, The Exorcist is good news. One of the things I like best about The Prophesy, where Christopher Walken plays the archangel Gabriel, is that it starts from the same place: God exists. And no matter how much Hollywood tries to lampshade this by making Catholic priest characters into weirdos and perverts, they cannot obscure that basic premise when they make movies like these.

There was some movie a few years back in which nearly everyone on Earth just died, suddenly; and those who did not were being stalked by invisible horrors seemingly at random. Eventually the characters realized that belief in God was what lured the unseen monsters, that the mass die-off had been the Rapture. There was really only one logical conclusion at that point, though the makers of the movie did their best to obscure it. It was pretty inept because if you're starting with 80% of the people in the world die instantly because it's Armageddon you really can't ignore the rest of the story, but they did, instead reducing it to a simple case of "Now you're stuck on Earth until and unless you start believing in God." That was kind of dumb. But again, the basic premise was that God exists and humans have souls. Otherwise, the story is utterly nonsensical.

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Bonus points for his pun: "What don’t demons wear hairpieces? Because there would be Hell toupee."

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I don't doubt it, but it doesn't matter. 3,000 votes for Biden came from an empty building--a student residence which was closed because of the Wuhan Flu lockdown. Ballots were mailed to the addresses in that building, someone illegally filled out 3,000 "vote by mail" ballots, and mailed them back. Vote fraud, plain and simple. I doubt it's a unique case.

But the last chance we had to fix that shit was when Pence cucked and counted the votes. The supreme court doesn't care, and won't take any vote fraud case. The military is busily purging itself of patriots so that only leftists remain. There is only one way to fix it now, and I quail at the thought of what that would be like.

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It is actually much, much worse than that. You see, articles that talk about how wonderful it is that the United States now generates X much of its power with windmills always cite the rated capacity of the installed windmills.

So, you have a windmill, and it's rated to produce one megawatt. That means it can, in theory, harvest one megawatt of power from wind blowing past it. But when you look at how much it actually generates, after you build it and put it into service, you find that it never reaches that rated capacity, but instead generates about 200 kilowatts. A megawatt is the maximum amount of power its generator can pump out under ideal conditions. Unfortunately, the windmill itself cannot harvest a megawatt of power from the wind, because the whole works has mass and friction and the blades are not perfect airfoils and the wind rarely blows at a constant speed from a single direction across the entire diameter of the rotating assembly.

And so?
At 2 MW capacity per wind turbine (optimistic), 2000 of them could be good for 4000 MW of capacity. With 8760 hours in a year, that means you could get about 35,000 GWH of electricity out of the 2000 turbines if they operated all the time; but of course they don't--a 40% capacity factor would again be optimistic. That would give you 14,000 GWH of electricity from the 2000 wind turbines (at random times, and requiring full backup, but that's another issue). According to the EIA, the U.S. uses about 3.8 million GWH of electricity in a year, so these theoretical 2000 offshore wind turbines will with luck generate some 0.36% of our electricity by 2030--if we started today on a crash program to get them built.
Doing the math there, the writer notes that the 4000 MW installed capacity is good for 1,600 MW of generating capacity--but his numbers are extremely generous. As mentioned above, 20% is much more realistic, which means 800 MW of real instantaneous output, or 7,000 GWH, annually, of electricity. Or, some 0.18% of the American total annual electrical consumption.

0.18% is barely even a rounding error.

Zion nuclear power plant, just north of Chicago, generated 1.1 megawatts of power by itself. Continuously, controllably--you could schedule downtime because it had a throttle and an off switch--safely, and sufficiently carbon-negative (if you care about such things) that it more than made up for the carbon expended in its construction by eliminating the need for coal. A lot more compact, a lot less unsightly than a horizon filled with wind turbines.

The article I linked to does not go into how much 2,000 windmills will cost, instead discussing the fact that the United States does not have the construction equipment needed to build offshore windmills. Somehow, though, I doubt that these 2,000 windmills will cost less than one good nuclear power plant would.

Even with the NIMBYs and the econazis and the NRC's stupidly adversarial permitting process.

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Two comments about this article. The first: telecommuting is the growth industry right now. The simple fact is that for many "information worker" jobs there is absolutely no need for people to go to an office to do their jobs. WTF, I worked from home as a help desk technician, something that was impossible even fifteen years ago; if you can do a call center job from home, you can do just about any job that doesn't require hands on hardware. (Okay, jet mechanics can't telecommute. Sorry, guys.)

My current job requires that I go do things with physical computer hardware, so it's easiest just to go to the plant every day. Yet half the work I do from my office at the plant could literally be done from anywhere on the planet that has a good Internet connection. Yesterday I closed two tickets from my desk chair, without ever having to look at the user's system, just by accessing the right server and issuing the right commands. Then sent an email, "Hey, did that fix it?" When they replied in the affirmative, ticket resolved.

Second: two-thirds of the world semiconductor manufacturing occurs in Taiwan, that little bit of land that China desperately wants everyone to think is not a separate country. If China takes Taiwan, they have a chokehold on the semiconductor industry. And if they get it, everyone in the world is screwed.

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Another thought prompted by that post: remember how, a few years ago, everyone was saying that the PC was dead and tablets were the future? Remember that I said that was complete horseshit, because you can't use a tablet for content creation? Remember that I said tablets were useful but cannot take the place of a PC?

Well, in the wake of the lockdowns, suddenly PC sales are up some 73%. I can't believe it, but buying Iscandar and Mrs. Fungus' PC in October means we upgraded to new PCs before the shortages hit. And why are people buying computers? Because they need them to work from home, among other things.

I also have to wonder, though: the shortage of semiconductors seemed to start only after Biden was installed. I can't shake the feeling that the semiconductor shortage is an effect of something else I can't see, that's being carefully not talked about or reported by anyone. I don't have anything I can point to; it's likely that I'm just conflating two things which are completely unrelated.

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In Apocalyptic Visions, one of the main characters has a collection of documents that comes to be called the "Wailing Wall". In that world, it's common for one wall of an office to be a computer display, called a "VieWall" (though I rarely use the fancy capitalization, as it's a product name that became the generic term, like xerox or kleenex or bandaid), and this character has his computer display thumbnails of all the documents he's amassed which point to a serious downturn in...well, everything. He gets a visitor from another individual who has a similar collection, and that visit is when it gets its name, "Wailing Wall".

I keep thinking I should establish my own "Wailing Wall", because it might help me to figure out WTF is going on...and then I remind myself that I have a full-time job which actually pays me to work, that I already have too much else to do besides my job without adding nonsense...and besides, I have absolutely no power to do anything with whatever I might figure out.

Besides, by the time I did figure it out, it'd be upon us.

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A worthy read because it makes a point about slavery and its abolition that no one on the left ever mentions.

The left wants to blame American whites for slavery. That's a huge stretch, of course, but if we allow them that American whites are responsible for slavery, how then are American whites also not to be praised for fighting to end slavery? A lot of white people died in the Civil War. Are the sins of the whites who died on the rebel side not expunged through their deaths? Are the virtues of the whites who died to fight the rebels not martyrs to the cause of abolition? Credit where credit is due, guys?

Ha.

The central tenet of Critical Race Theory is that white people are inherently racist and that other races are not. Whites are, by virtue of being white, irredeemably racist and cannot ever be reformed; they can only become "good" by acknowledging their innate flaw and ceaselessly struggling not to be racist.

...that this position is, of course, nothing but pure racism is not discussed.

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Oh, wow:



The Jeep has been doing that. Og suggested it was the bushings in the leaf springs (not an unlikely cause) and I was thinking that I've got a sticking brake shoe. Maybe I ought to have a look at the slip yoke, too.

The Ford F-150 has a slip yoke in the rear driveshaft and the Jeep does not; the Jeep uses a slip yoke in the front driveshaft. Still, I don't think I've lubed the slip yoke much. Might be something to look at.

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Anyway, it's now noon on my extra day off. I've got a couple minor chores I want to take care of before the Orkin guy gets here around 4 (HA HA I AM SUCH AN OPTIMIST) so I'd better get moving.
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