August 3rd, 2017

#5772: Relaxed

So, after finishing the attic over the garage, I hit the shower, and then the pool.

Pool temp was approximately 80 or so, nice and warm without being bathwater. I spent a few minutes skimming the bugs and leaves, then got in, skimmed a little more, and then sat down. Took my Pepsi in with me, and noticed (again) how the index of refraction turns an air bubble highly reflective in spots. Lensing effect made the liquid in the bottom of the bottle look far away, and there was a ring of total reflection around the neck of the bottle.

Wondered if it's a perfect reflector? Probably not. Thought about the similarities between the optics and the light cone in relativity. Discovered that if you have an empty 17 oz bottle, and hold it under the surface with the bottom up, and let go, it will shoot out of the water like a Polaris missile. Did that until the bottle flew out of the pool, then relaxed.

I really don't need a pool much bigger than this one, because what I like doing most is just to sit in the water and let myself relax completely, so that my arms are floating weightlessly. It takes a bit to get arranged so that I don't slide all the way under, but then I can close my eyes and relax and just let the water drain away the excess heat.

I have no idea how long I remained like that. Long enough for the sun to go behind the house. When I finally crowbarred myself out of the pool I felt a little cold, but I sat at the patio table with my towel wrapped around me and my legs on the table. Relaxed like that for a while.

When I went inside, my swim suit was nearly dry, and it was 6:30, so I changed clothes and geared up and went to get dinner as requested by Mrs. Fungus: Brown's chicken, with "hush puppies" (corn fritters).

Had a very pleasant evening thereafter.

Everything hurts now, of course, but I expect a good night's sleep will take care of that. Tomorrow is a day of rest. Friday, back at it.

No problem.

#5773: It's about time someone pointed that out

So the big news circling the Dextrosphere today is how there was a little contretemps about immigration policy between a CNN stooge and a Trump advisor. During said exchange, the CNN stooge did what open-borders people always do: quote the poem on the Statue of Liberty's pedestal, The New Colossus. You know, "Give us your tired, your poor...." And the Trump advisor FINALLY took the tack I have yearned to hear a government official take for decades.

Simply put, the poem on the Statue of Liberty is not law.

It is not law, it never was law, and it has absolutely no legal binding on immigration policy whatsoever. The poem is a sentiment, it's an expression of America's willingness to accept legal immigrants regardless of their background.

It does not obligate us to accept every last person who manages to cross the border. It does not require us to clothe and feed and house people from other countries who only come for the free stuff and don't intend to assimilate or become citizens; in fact when the poem says "Give us your tired, your poor...," it is assuming that the tired and poor people are coming here to make a new life and become citizens. Certainly when France gave us the statue and they put that poem on the base, that was the expectation of immigrants: learn English and assimilate into the culture, or go back.

And not to put too fine a point on it, but there's one more expectation: COME HERE LEGALLY OR BE DEPORTED.

AoSHQ on the issue:
That's pretty special--confusing illegal and legal immigration policy. But the left seems to have completely eradicated the distinction between them in their own minds, so it's not surprising [CNN stooge] Acosta would conflate them.
That's what the left does. They conflate legal and illegal immigration, consider it the same thing. So "Give us your tired..." becomes the law of the land in their minds, and applies to anyone who manages to get here.

The thing is, people like the CNN stooge who want the poem to be our immigration policy know how well that will play with 90% of the country, so they can't come out and say it. The people wouldn't stand for it, not at all; and anyone who tried to make it the policy would find himself out of power at the very next election, so they want to make it the policy without telling anyone that's the policy.

I have to agree:
These people really are stupid. Every day I'm just shocked anew by how horrible our self-declared cognitive elite are at cognition. They're stupid people who seem to have learned nothing in college, and more importantly, nothing since.
The worst part about it is that their utter ignorance is willful. They consider themselves the bestest and the smartest, because after all they went to [elite university] but when they open their mouths they immediately "remove all doubt".

But this is the best part:
"Surely, Jim, you don't think that a wall affects green card policy," Miller said. "Do you really at CNN not know the difference between green card policy and illegal immigration? You really don't know that?"
The video I watched didn't show that part, damn it. No wonder everyone's saying the exchange was hilarious. All I saw was a CNN stooge talking over the answer to the long-winded douchebag question he just asked.

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This is the correct response to illegal immigration. Do you know why Italy is bearing the brunt of the tide of illegal migrants trying to get to Europe from Africa?

There are two reasons.

1) Europe is letting them in by the boatload. No restrictions, no real questions asked, either. "Oh, come on in! There's plenty for everyone!"

2) Italy is closest to Libya, from which most of the illegal migrants depart Africa, because--thanks to Obama--Libya is an anarchistic shithole.

(Yes, the Straits of Gibraltar are tiny by comparison. Anyone departing Morocco will naturally cross there. But Libya is a long way from there.)

Italy doesn't want all those foreigners, not even if they're passing through on their way to Germany and France and Switzerland; but the problem is, too many of them get to Italy and stop there. As a soverign nation, Italy has the right to say "no, you may not enter" to anyone. Their interdiction efforts have not worked in Italian waters, and they therefore are now trying them in Libyan waters.

The usual suspects are tearing their hair and rending their garments over it: "Italy’s decision was met with outrage from leftist open-borders activists and aid groups." The paragraph continues:
Amnesty International called the move to dispatch naval ships into Libyan waters "a shameful attempt by the Italian authorities to circumvent their duty to rescue refugees and migrants at sea." The naval mission will "endanger migrants," lamented Human Rights Watch.
Simple fact is, "the Italian authorities" have no duty to "rescue refugees and migrants", whether they're at sea or anywhere else.

If you set out for my country from another country in a ship or boat, uninvited, with no papers or visa or anything, and your boat sinks and you die, why am I at fault? Why is it the responsibility of my Coast Guard to save you? Whose fault is it that you died while illegally trying to get here?

Seriously, where do you draw the line? Because if you have to rescue them once they're at sea, if you are forced to allow them into your country, and if you're not allowed to deport them once they get there, but are forced to feed and clothe and house them? That's what the open-borders people want; but who pays for all that food and clothing and housing? For damned sure Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch do not.

Simple fact is, the illegal migrants are endangering their own lives by doing what they're doing. It's not Italy's fault. Their interdiction efforts have not worked in Italian waters; now they must go to the source in an attempt to stem the tide. And like any sovereign nation, Italy has a right to control who comes in and who is kept out.

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Here's a good point:
Hey, if Acosta wants to get into what the Statue of Liberty doesn't say, let's have at it (I haven't seen anything about "free" health care or abortion on demand but maybe CNN can do some research).
If we want to make statue poems law of the land, we gotta do it all, right?

#5774: Fails the same way every time it's tried

Socialized medicine kills. It doesn't kill the elites; it kills the proles, the very people the elites claim that it helps.

Do you think that if Charlie Gard had been Tony Blair's son (he's the only Brit pol whose name I can recall offhand, other than Margaret Thatcher and Winston Churchill) he would have been allowed to expire by NHS, and prevented from getting care outside the system? Of course not: Charlie Blair would have received the treatment necessary to safe his life.

Socialized medicine is always sold on the premise that it will make everyone healthier. But all it does is kill the very same poor people it purports to help.

If you need to know how well socialized medicine works, you need only look at the VA hospitals in this very country. That is the true face of socialized medicine.

And I've said time and again that Obamacare represents the single largest tax increase in US history. Obamacare is one step removed from socialized medicine, and the strictures it places on insurers require them to raise prices in order to remain solvent.

Under Obamacare, everyone pays for everything. You may be a single woman aged 63, but you have to pay for prenatal care as part of your health insurance. You may not want to have to pay for psychiatric services, but the federal government has mandated that you must. Regardless of who you are, or what your circumstances are, one size fits all.

The GOP has demonstrated that it's just fine with all this, because it can't be arsed to repeal Obamacare. Someone pointed out that if the GOP had a larger majority, more Senators would have voted against repeal. We had exactly the number required to vote against repeal to keep the thing in place because the GOP likes Obamacare just fine. Having a Senator who is not likely to live to his next election cast the deciding vote suits them; they can wring their hands about not having enough seats in the Senate and "Oh, just vote for us and we'll get rid of it!" but the fact remains that if they wanted to repeal it they would have done so. It's just more political theater.

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That's right; blacks suffer because white people are mean. It's never their own fault.
For example, the opening text for the new movie Detroit, which opens nationally on Friday, pins the blame for the black riot of 1967 on the economic devastation caused by the 22,000 whites who had presciently left Detroit the year before, apparently taking all the magic dirt with them, leaving only the tragic dirt.
22,000 out of how many living in Detroit in 1967?

And what actually happened:
But in 1967 the police, at the encouragement of black Baptist ministers wishing for their neighborhood to be cleaned up, raided an unlicensed after-hours bar. Interestingly, the movie, which often shows a different view of reality than it tells, depicts the raid as being led by a black officer. Still, neighbors threw bottles at the cops, who, following Detroit’s then-celebrated liberal doctrine of not provoking riotous ghetto dwellers, retreated. To celebrate their victory over the forces of law and order, the locals began looting shops.

The rioting spread as the police stayed back. Mayor Cavanagh, Governor Romney, and President Johnson were each reluctant to agree to send in more force. And when they finally realized the need, they were then still averse to cooperating with their potential rivals. (Romney was widely considered the GOP front-runner to meet LBJ in November 1968. In reality, however, none of the three liberal politicians’ careers recovered from the Detroit Riot.)

Eventually the riot got so out of control that military tanks were sent in. Reportedly, one shelled a church steeple from which sniper fire was said to be coming.
Yep. White racism, definitely.


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Al Gore, champion of the ecosystem, used 230,889 kilowatt hours (kWh) at his Nashville residence in the last year. 231 megawatt hours. That's 22 years worth of electricity for you and me, because we're not super-rich like Al Gore is.

So you, prole, you need to learn how to make do with less power. Swelter in the summer and freeze in the winter, because OMG THE GLOBAL WARMENTATION!!! Meanwhile, Al Gore will relax and enjoy using all the energy you didn't use.

Gee, a hypocritical leftist. Who could have seen that one coming?

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Surgically-altered man froze his sperm so that he could still reproduce after having his testicles cut off. Will undoubtedly refer to himself as the child's "mother".

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If California actually seceded from the US, it would still be highly dependent on the US. I mean, it can't supply its own drinking water, let alone energy or food or anything else. The idiots who are pushing for California's secession think that filling the state with illegal immigrants will more than make up for the loss of productive citizens.

I propose that we let them have their way, with one stipulation: no tap backs. They leave the union, they must not be allowed to rejoin the US for one century from the date of secession.

Further, there will be a wall built along the entire California border, and anyone caught crossing that border without permission (once secession is completed and California's no longer a US state) will be shot. You don't like living in California? Go to the US consulate and apply for an immigrant visa. Don't figure on coming here illegally, because if you manage to get past the wall and the land mines and the snipers and the vicious dogs, we'll send your ass right the fuck back.

American companies will be allowed to sell electricity to California, but with a stiff "environmental arbitrage" tariff added. We don't want to import California's pollution. They're a sovereign nation now; they should be able to build their own power plants.

One of two things would happen. Either the whole thing would collapse--in which case the US could wade in and clean it up, making it a US territory, with some new rules in place to prevent a repeat--or the moonbattery would cease and it would become a reasonable facsimile of a functioning state.

But yeah, my money would be on "banana republic" because that's the kind of government leftists love best.

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While dumping the ferrous scrap metal at the recycler yesterday--for which you park on the scale on your way in and out, and unload between--I saw a huge pile of empty computer cases. Someone's been upgrading!

There's always something interesting in that pile, though. I recall seeing a complete lawn tractor, once. After all those Mustie1 videos on YouTube where he picks up something like that for free and gets it working perfectly in a couple of hours, it kind of makes me regret not asking about it--but I was there to get rid of junk, not get more. Heh.

Anyway, it's Thursday, and tomorrow makes one week since Maki's surgery. The cat has the energy of a quasar, and once he gets going the only thing I can do is put him in his kennel until his jets assume room temperature again. We have three weeks to go. Plus side, this time next week we should be able to take the cone of shame off him for the last time.