June 5th, 2017

#5641: Islam Delenda Est

We have the second terror attack in London in under a fortnight. Unarmed police running away from attackers, leaving civilians to fend for themselves. Londoner cursing at "fucking muslims" is taken to task by another Londoner for saying so even as they lay on the floor in a shop, unable to fight back against a knife attack because English subjects have no right to self-defense.

(Yes, "subjects", not "citizens". There are no citizens in England. This is not just a cute turn of phrase but the actual correct way to refer to the public in the UK. That is one reason there's no "bill of rights" there; it's a constitutional monarchy and there is no ruler without subjects.)

This latest islamic atrocity demonstrates that they don't need guns and explosives to perpetrate their savagery, but that was already conclusive after 9/11--using box cutters to commandeer commercial aircraft, which were then used as baka-bombs. The problem is not access to weaponry but adherence to a political creed.

Ann Barnhardt makes the point most eloquently that islam is not a religion but a political system, and any remedy against its depradations must begin from that premise.

Islam seeks to subjugate the world. It does not seek to "divide" but to conquer, using any means necessary. Meek submission is not the answer. Lighting candles and holding hands is not the answer. The only language they understand is violence, and the only way to prevent further attacks is to use the strictures of their death cult against them.

When an islamic terror attack takes place, every attempt must be made to kill the assailants. Once they are dead, their bodies are stripped nude, layered with pork products, and displayed in public for two days before being buried with no honors; instead of a eulogy, a standard public statement is read explaining why "these bodies" (the names of the dead are not mentioned) are being treated they way they are, emphasizing that such treatment will continue as long as islam continues to perpetrate terror attacks.

It worked in the Philippines. It would work anywhere else it's tried. There is no worldly reason for muslims to stop their atrocities, but while the veneer of religion atop their poplitical system has shielded it from proper reprisal, it is also its greatest weakness. We need only acknowledge that they are at war with us and won't stop using every means at their disposal; then we can begin to fight back properly and effectively. Until we do, the savages will continue to commit their atrocities.

#5642: Well, what can I say?

That last post got kind of flinty. Well, I'm sick and tired of the way our elites insist that we have to be complete pussies so as not to offend muslims. Every time there's an attack, their big bugaboo isn't the violent deaths of innocent people but avoiding "anti-muslim backlash". There for damn sure ought to be anti-muslim backlash whenever one of those savages blows himself up or hacks his way through a crowd! Adherents of the death cult give tacit approval to the terrorists, don't do a thing to help prevent their atrocities, dance in the blood of the victims--why shouldn't we blame the entire cult for it?

You show me the mass islamic outcry against these terror attacks, and then I'll moderate my position on this. But you can't, and I won't.

Meanwhile, the elites continue to do their thing because they aren't the ones dying in terror attacks. It's pretty much the same thing as the elimination of the draft; since elites' children don't face having to serve in the military, now we can be at war all the damned time, which is why we're still in Afghanistan even though that country is an unremediated shithole which will remain mired in the 7th century as long as islam holds sway there.

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For some time, in WoW, I've wanted to get a certain mount. It's called "Vial of the Sands", and it's made by an alchemist. The materials for it are hideously expensive, and you can only get the recipe by doing archaeology in one zone on the map. Archaeology sites move around at random, and that one zone rarely has dig sites, so it's a slog.

...until I realized that there is at least one place in the world you can trade previously-found artifacts for artifact fragments.

Had that realization months ago, but last night was when I finally remembered it when I had time to play. Logged on to old Ormus, went to the vendor, traded artifacts for fragments--and then presto, got the recipe for Vial of the Sands after completing three or four artifacts.

The materials list is pretty impressive. Besides needing a special vial (5,000 gold) and eight units of "Sands of Eternity" (3,000 gold each) you need:
256 volatile life
128 Whiptail
64 Azshara's Veil
64 Cinderbloom
12 truegold:
36 pyrium bar
120 volatile fire
120 volatile air
120 volatile water
Current auction house price for Vial of the Sands is about 120,000 gold, which is not terribly surprising. I've got a fiver which says the truegold transmutation can only be done once per day, which means that it's twelve days plus farming that crapton of herbs (whiptail etc) and elements (volatile xyz).

All this gives you the Vial of the Sands, which you then consume, and it gives you the ability to transform into a dragon; you can then carry another player on your back and fly anywhere flying is allowed.

I'm on the fence about putting my first one on the AH (for about 100,000 gold) and then making another for myself once it sells.

Buying the vial and the sands reduced Ormus from about 88,000 GP to 50,000-ish. I don't really mind, as it's just pretend money, but amassing that fortune took some time and a lot of questing in Draenor (before they nerfed all the gold farming). Another avenue to amass money is to buy WoW tokens ($15 each) and sell them on the AH; that makes a ton of money quickly but of course it takes real-world cash.

By and large I don't really worry about in-game money, because I want to hack monsters and go on adventures, not diddle around with a capitalism simulator.

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Well, today is the day I set aside to work in the garage. I suppose I ought to eat something and then get on with it, instead of sitting at the computer and bloggerating.

#5643: You know, I never did adjust the steering box in the Jeep.

They identified three issues: excessive play in steering box, incorrect caster, and a worn control arm bushing.

While I don't doubt that the Cherokee's control arm bushings need replacing, that's a full day's work to correct plus an alignment afterwards. But tightening the steering box is maybe half an hour's job, and I never did try that, so I think I know one of the jobs I'm doing in the garage today.

And I know I've got lots of play in the steering box.

Further bulletins as events warrant.

#5644: Definitive answer at least

Okay, let's review how the day has been since I last posted.

1) Dug into the Jeep. Had to remove the electric fan to get at the steering box, broke a bolt in the process. Adjusted the preload, went to Ace to get more bolts, everything's back together and the wobble is slightly better. There's less room in the steering linkage for shudder, but it's still shuddering at certain speeds. I'll probably have to do the control arm bushings next. That's $80 plus tax for the bushings, plus at least a day's work and a front end alignment afterward.

2) Dug into the bike.

Got the bolt out of the replacement flywheel by carefully grinding away munged threads. After examining the spare motor I realized that there's a shoulder inside the crankshaft which the flywheel removal tool is meant to push on, and my bolt should work, so I pressed the flywheel off the bike.

Could not thread the flywheel bolt in. Said many bad words. Looked things over, said more bad words, and then realized that I'd have to go get a tap to clean up the threads inside the crank. Tap cost $9 and change at Ace--to my surprise they had exactly what I needed, 12mm 1.25 thread--but at least I was able to fix the munged threads and get the flywheel bolted down. Because I had no way to keep the crankshaft from turning, I put the bike in gear, got on it, held both brakes, and with my free hand torqued down the flywheel.

Reassembled and tested. 12.5 volts at battery regardless of RPM. Worse, it would occasionally drop to zero! Contemplated suicide.

Instead, I went inside and got the good DMM, and it reported exactly the same result, but without dropping to zero.

So I got the test jig and set out to test the stator again, reasoning that I never did do an unloaded test with the test jig. And when I started the bike, I got maybe 6v out of the stator at 5k RPM, and most of the time it was below that.

With the good DMM, I measured the coil resistance, and it was 0.9 ohm. That is much lower than the other (Harbor Freight free) DMM says it is but it's still not out of spec.

Here's the thing, though: I have tried two different rectifier/regulators, and two different flywheels. The only possibilities I have left are the battery and the stator. I can get the battery tested (hope to do that tomorrow) but I've done the no-load test twice now; the no-load test takes every other component out of the system and tests just the stator's ability to generate voltage, and it's making less than 10% of what it should be. And that means that the stator has to be the problem, here. What else could it be? Since I get that reading with two different flywheels? (And no one--none of the sites I've looked at or YouTube videos I've watched--has ever mentioned the flywheel as a potential trouble spot.)

Stator costs $150 from these guys. $120 from here. Or this one for $110 but I have the least confidence in it fitting.

Well: with the insurance refund I got, and the generous birthday check from my mother-in-law, I can afford to buy the part, and I expected to do this. So I suppose paying a little more won't kill me.

It's just annoying that it's got to be the most expensive part of the charging system that's failed. The rectifier is like $20-$40 depending on where you get it. I'm worried that replacing the stator won't fix the problem, but I have to keep reminding myself that the no-load test is showing 10% of proper voltage and that means bad stator.


Well, lessons learned: dealing with my improvised flywheel removal tool was such a pain in the ass I've resolved never to do that again. The flywheel removal tool for the GS450 costs $12 and I spent more than that in time and money on my improvised tool and then cleaning up after using it. I'm intending to keep the bike a long time; why not invest in the tool? I was just impatient, but the fact that I had to schedule a day for working on my bike indicates that I could have waited for the tool to come in.

If the troubleshooting steps for a failed charging system don't mention the flywheel--if no one ever talks about it--it is probably not the issue. (Admittedly I wanted to be sure before committing to buying a $150 part.)

And finally, RTFM, because the service manual will point out everything you need to know.

So I'm dejected and kind of pissed off, but there's not a lot I can do about that now. Wife is home and I need to go make dinner, so I might as well do that.