Your Friend The Handgun

Number 165, unfortunately

This is directed to my friends who tell me whenever the matter comes up that the right to own firearms is what is keeping this country safe. It’s interesting to see how that’s working out:

Tulsa police on Tuesday released body camera footage showing the fatal officer-involved shooting of a man on Interstate 44 who shot two people at a south Tulsa strip mall earlier this month.

The video begins with Tulsa Police Department officers in a police cruiser responding to a dispatcher notifying them that Derrec Shaw, 25, had shot two people at separate locations after being observed “acting erratic and strange” while at a strip mall in the 4900 block of South Peoria Avenue on May 10.

ABC World News Tonight with David Muir had the story on Tuesday this week, featuring video from the police officer’s body camera. The sequence graphically depicts the tragic end of a short life. Derrec Shaw was able to obtain a handgun principally because to deny him that ability would result in the denial of a vast body of responsible ownership. In order to allow responsible owners to possess firearms we are making it possible for people like Derrec Shaw to have one.

So Derrec Shaw did not kill anybody. He was the only fatality that day, a victim of a mindset that is unwilling to admit responsible ownership might be no ownership. I invite readers to relate their own positive experiences due to gun ownership. When have you used a firearm to defend your life? I don’t mean when you used a gun to keep somebody from stealing your car. That would still count as an unnecessary death by firearm. If you have had no such personal experience, then relate an incident you are closely familiar with. Barring that, how about news items or police reports of self defense.

I will get the dialog going from my experience:

  • Close relative shot, not killed—1
  • Close relative shot, killed—1
  • Personal acquaintance shot, killed—3
  • Homicide personally witnessed—1 or more
  • Close relative who killed in self defense—1

Mine is not a good record. Maybe you have a better story to tell. Tell it. I will post it here.

Abusing Science

Number 24 of a series

Billboards in Chicago paid for by The Heartland Institute along the inbound Eisenhower Expressway in Maywood, Illinois. Photograph: The Heartland Institute

People can misuse science for a number of reasons, but the two that come to mind are:

  1. They are ignorant and do not understand the science in question.
  2. It is to their religious, political, or economic advantage to misrepresent scientific findings.

This appears to be a case of the latter:

A MAJOR COAL COMPANY WENT BUST. ITS BANKRUPTCY FILING SHOWS THAT IT WAS FUNDING CLIMATE CHANGE DENIALISM.

THE BANKRUPTCY OF one of the largest domestic coal producers in the country has revealed that the company maintains financial ties to many of the leading groups that have sowed doubt over the human causes of global warming.

The disclosures are from Cloud Peak Energy, a Wyoming-based coal mining corporation that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on May 10. The company had been battered by low coal prices, including in international markets cultivated by the firm.

The documents in the court docket show that the coal giant gave contributions to leading think tanks that have attacked the link between the burning of fossil fuels and climate change, as well as to several conservative advocacy groups that have attempted to undermine policies intended to shift the economy toward renewable energy. The documents do not include information on the size of the contributions, yet, taken as a whole, the list of groups Cloud Peak Energy helped fund are indicative of how the company prioritized pushing climate denialism. The company did not respond to a request for comment.

Regarding the Institute for Energy Research, Wikipedia has this to say:

The IER is the successor organization to the Institute for Humane Studies of Texas, an advocacy group established in 1984 by billionaire businessman and political donor Charles Koch. After failing to pay the Texas state franchise tax, IHST lost its charter in 1989, and was later rebranded as the Institute for Energy Research, or IER, under the presidency of Robert L. Bradley Jr., the former director of public policy analysis for Enron. IER began by distributing quarterly reports to a small but growing list of donors in the early 1990s and eventually expanded its publishing capabilities to include highly publicized studies. It was not until 2001 when Bradley secured funding to make IER a full-time organization. In 2007, IER was moved to Washington, D.C. where it transformed itself into an energy think tank producing research and analysis on global energy markets.

In 2009, an article in Mother Jones magazine said IER was among the most prominent organizations questioning the existence and extent of anthropogenic climate change.

ALEC we have seen before. Wikipedia has this entry:

The shooting of Trayvon Martin on February 26, 2012 led to increased public attention on “Stand-your-ground” gun laws that ALEC had supported. Color of Change launched a new campaign in April to pressure ALEC corporate members to withdraw. More than sixty corporations and foundations, including Coca-ColaWendy’sKraft FoodsMcDonald’sAmazon.comGeneral ElectricAppleProcter & GambleWalmart, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the medical insurance group Blue Cross and Blue Shield dropped support of ALEC in the ensuing weeks or let their memberships lapse. Thirty-four legislative members also left ALEC.

ALEC responded by releasing a statement describing efforts by its critics as a “campaign launched by a coalition of extreme liberal activists committed to silencing anyone who disagrees with their agenda”. Doug Clopp of Common Cause credited ALEC Exposed for the successful campaign, saying that “for 40 years you couldn’t get the kind of accountability we’re seeing now because ALEC, its members, its legislators, its bills were secret.”

Former Visa Inc. lobbyist, Newt Gingrich aide, and GOPAC executive director, Lisa B. Nelson, succeeded Scheberle as CEO of ALEC in 2014.

In late 2014, a number of technology-oriented companies such as GoogleMicrosoftFacebookEbay, and Yahoo! announced that they were ending their ties to ALEC. Multiple companies cited environmental concerns as a point of contention with the organization.

Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt remarked that ALEC was “just literally lying” about recent global climate change.

If you have any doubt remaining, companies with an interest in opposing the science behind anthropogenic global warming are paying companies such as these to misrepresent the scientific argument. It’s well-funded abuse of science.

Quiz Question

Number 205 of a series

I’m late posting this week’s Quiz Question. Monday was a busy day. But here it is. I came across an item posted on the Internet—The Subtle Art of the Mathematical Conjecture. It has some interesting stuff, including proved and yet to be proved conjectures in mathematics. There is a discussion of Fermat’s Conjecture, and there is this:

Counterexamples can lie far ashore, like the one found by Noam Elkies, a mathematician at Harvard University, disproving Euler’s conjecture, a variation on Fermat’s conjecture that states that a fourth power can never be written as a sum of three other fourth powers. Who would have guessed that the first counterexample involved a number of 30 digits?*

The asterisk points to a note:

20,615,6734 = 2,682,4404 + 15,365,6394 + 18,796,7604.

Am I the only one who sees something wrong with this equation? Post your comments below.

Schlemiel-in-Chief

Number 35 in a series

A certain chief executive of the United States is seriously talking about running for the position next year, and since it is my hobby to twist the knife in this paper mache facade, I am bringing back a theme I have not used since last year. Here is more fun with our Schlemiel-in-Chief. Maybe all that will be needed this time out are a few screen shots from ABC World News Tonight with David Muir. The story is from the 8th of this month.

We know The Donald makes his way through the world by telling a stream of lies, but sometimes he tells the absolute truth.

I congratulate myself for my mastery of the English language, but in the above case I can think of no better way to put it. The man is truly a genius. Most spectacularly, his genius appears to be in the art of losing money. He is a true LOSER.

 

There is more.

Some feel. Some gut.

At this point my powers of expression fail me. There is no way I can compete with this.

I don’t know about you, but I feel good about having a financial genius in charge of our nation’s economy. And again my powers of expression fail me.

Bad Joke of the Week

One of a series

Saturday turned rainy, so Tony decided to cancel his plans to go fishing, spending the day doing some stuff around the house. By ten at night he decided to call it a day and turned in. About an hour later the phone rang.

Tony rolled over, picked up the receiver and listened for a few seconds. Then he spoke into the phone. “How would I know? Why don’t you call the Coast Guard?” Then he slammed down the receiver.

“Who was that?” his wife asked.

“He didn’t say,” Tony responded.

“What did he want,” his wife asked.

“He wanted to know if the coast was clear.”

Your Friend The Handgun

Number 164, unfortunately

The above was posted by a Facebook friend. There is a discussion over whether the ready availability of guns will make us safer. For example:

Two men shot in Soho after late-night fight

A gunman blasted two men after a fight in front of a Soho nightclub Thursday morning, police said.

The suspect opened fire at about 1:40 a.m. in front of SOB’s music venue on Varick Street near Houston Street, striking a 26-year-old in his chest and abdomen and a 29-year-old in his upper thigh, cops said.

The victims were rushed to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition, police said. They’re both expected to survive.

A bar fight turning into a shootout? Who would have thought it?

This is one of several I received in the past week. Here are two more.

  • 9 May: Police Investigating After Young Girl Shot In SE OKC – News 9
  • 9 May: Concealed carry holder fatally shoots himself during struggle over gun

Stay safe out their, friends, and keep ’em loaded.

Breathtaking Inanity

Number 14 of a continuing series

This is shocking news. How much lower can people go?

Pence Warns Liberty University Graduates: Prepare To Be Shunned And Ridiculed For Being Christians [VIDEO]

May 12, 2019

Pence, who has been facing criticisms of his own religious views recently, warned graduates that they have to stay strong against the challenges they’ll get from Hollywood, the media and the secular left. “Some of the loudest voices for tolerance today have little tolerance for traditional Christian beliefs,” Pence said. “Be ready.”

“Throughout most of American history, it’s been pretty easy to call yourself Christian,” Pence said. “It didn’t even occur to people that you might be shunned or ridiculed for defending the teachings of the Bible. But things are different now.”

 Imagine the level of humiliation these graduates from arguably the most Christian of all universities will face. Consider the degree of derision that will confront them when future co-workers learn of their deep commitment to our Lord Jesus Christ. What if…

Wait! Additional breaking news has just landed on my desk. Without digging deeper into it, I’m going to put it out for you now. There is no time to waste. Here it is.

College President Deke Jorgensen Cautions Graduating Class

Dr. Deke Jorgensen, president of Fordlee Clown School, spoke to the graduating class today, and he gave them an urgent warning. “Be prepared to be laughed at,” he cautioned students.

See what I mean? It’s a heartless world out there.

Breitbart Mentality

Number 8

You know it already, but I will repeat: I subscribe to Breitbart’s email newsletter, and something pops up in my mail box every day or so. I gave this one a look, and I must say I was impressed. I captured a screen shot. The page showed more, but I cropped down to the item of interest. Here is the story, from other sources.

By Julie TurkewitzJack Healy and Patricia Mazzei

May 8, 2019

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. — It was three days before the last day of school, and the students inside Ms. Harper’s English classroom were whiling away the last period of the day watching “The Princess Bride” when one of their classmates walked in late and pulled out a gun.

“The only thing he said out loud to the students was, ‘Don’t you move,’” said Nui Giasolli, an 18-year-old senior who was in the class at the time.

In that moment, she recalled, Kendrick Castillo, a gentle teenager fascinated by cars and engineering, lunged to stop the gunman and was shot dead. Eight other students were wounded in the shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch on Tuesday afternoon, which the authorities said was carried out by two fellow students.

Yes, two students at the school entered with handguns, and one of them opened fire, killing Kendrick Castillo and wounding seven others. But that’s not what caught the attention of Breitbart News. Not that the two students had access to handguns. For Breitbart the story to headline was that one of the gunmen is transsexual. Yes, he’s not like the rest of us. At the very least, he’s not like the Breitbart audience. He’s not straight. He’s not manly. He’s d-i-f-f-e-r-e-n-t. That’s what matters. in Breitbart mentality.

For the record, and this is directed at whoever is picking stories at Breitbart and whoever is reading these stories, here is the story. Two young men, on the verge of entering the adult world, stepped up where our leaders have failed to.

Quiz Question

Number 204 of a series

Math time again. Some time ago I had the idea to clear out shelf space, so I dumped all the copies of Schaum’s Outline books that are available on Kindle. This is from Schaum’s Vector Analysis, Chapter 2.

2.11. Show that the vectors A = − i + j, B = − ij – 2k, C = 2j + 2k form a right triangle.

i, j, and k are the unit vectors parallel to the 3D coordinate axes. To be clear, imagine each vector as a straight line oriented in space but movable. Can you move the three lines into position to form a right triangle? Give a mathematical proof.

The answer is in the book, but you know better than to look for the answer. Post your answer as a comment below.

Update and solution

First it is needed to demonstrate the three vectors satisfy the Pythagorean Theorem. Square the lengths of all vectors and see if the sums of two add up to the third. So we have:

|A|² = 2

|B|² = 6

|C|² =8

That works.

To form a closed polygon (triangle) the sum of the vectors must be zero.

Sum = (-1 -1)i (1 -1 +2)j (-2 +2)k, which is not zero. But if you reverse A, then

Sum = (1 -1)i (-1 -1 +2)j (-2 +2)k, which is zero.

Also, note the dot product of A and B is zero. The two vectors are orthogonal.

So the three vectors form a right triangle.

Bad Joke of the Week

One of a series

Not really a joke this week, rather a collection of humorous proverbs

NINE IMPORTANT FACTS

Number 9 – Death is the number 1 killer in the world.

Number 8 – Life is sexually transmitted.

Number 7 – Good health is merely the slowest possible rate at which you can die.

Number 6 – Men have two emotions: hungry and horny. If you see a man with a gleam in his eyes, make him a sandwich.

Number 5 – Give a person a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a person to use the Internet, and he won’t bother you for weeks, months, even years.

Number 4 – Health nuts are going to feel stupid some day lying in a hospital dying of nothing.

Number 3 – Everybody can take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism.

Number 2 – In the 60s people took acid to make the world look weird. Now the world is weird, and people take Prozac to make it look normal.

Number 1 – Life is like a jar of jalapeños. What you do today could wind up burning you in the ass tomorrow.

Your Friend The Handgun

Number 163, unfortunately

I post one of these every Thursday—by the counting since about this time in 2016. Previously I was in the habit of posting a number of these in advance, scheduling them for consecutive Thursdays, and allowing Word Press to activate them on Thursday at five in the morning. Then I realized I was posting about a bunch of stuff that was stale by the time it got activated, so I changed the process and saved recent news in my email, and when Thursday comes around I now pick an interesting story from the most recent and post that. For perspective, I also post headlines from recent stories that did not make the cut. Remember, handguns only. For stories about sniper rifles and shotguns you need to check some other sites.

So, here goes for this Thursday. I hope you’re felling safe today with our leadership, at the direction of the National Rifle Association and gun fans across this great country, all working diligently to ensure there guns are readily available to those of us who choose to manage our own protection. And also some others. Here is this week’s story:

‘Hero’ student describes how he, 2 classmates thwarted suspect in Colorado school shooting

A high school student who helped tackle an accused gunman at his Colorado high school this week said his feeling of “absolute and complete fear” evaporated as he watched his friend, Kendrick Castillo, charge forward without hesitation.

Along with Castillo and one other student, Brendan Bialy, an 18-year-old student at the STEM School in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, was able to disarm one of the alleged shooters and pin him to the ground. 18-year-old Castillo was killed as he charged at the accused gunman and threw him up against the wall.

See, we don’t need laws that restrict the right of good citizens to own and carry deadly weapons. We have our children, who have been taught well to step up whenever our leadership fails them. A grateful nation salutes Kendrick Castillo and Brendan Bialy. Thoughts and prayers to Kendrick, but, hey, when the NRA, Senators Cornyn and Cruz of Texas plus others in seats of high power decline to do their jobs, somebody has to make the sacrifice.

People, your sacrifices are much appreciated. From ABC News:

Here are some stories that didn’t make the cut this week:

  • 7 May: Sheriff: Husband, wife, 8th grade daughter killed by shooting inside Winona home
  • 7 May: South Middleton Township couple injured after armed man targets ex-wife
  • 7 May: Little Rock man accused of shooting, critically injuring sibling, 69, after argument over money, police say
  • 7 May: Somerset standoff ends with suspect dead in apparent murder-suicide | The Sacramento Bee
  • 7 May: Man shot in chest Friday night at Not So Boring Bar & Grill – oregonlive.com
  • 7 May: Toddler shot in apparent road-rage incident after dad cuts off another driver and tries to apologize – New York Daily News
  • 7 May: Burlington 12-Year-Old Accidentally Shot By Family Member: Police | wfmynews2.com
  • 7 May: Boyfriend accidentally shot girlfriend and tried to make it look like she shot herself, police say – The Washington Post
  • 7 May: 17-year-old accused of accidentally shooting brother in Steak ‘n Shake
  • 6 May: Gun in woman’s purse fires inside Pasco Publix, husband shot in checkout lane
  • 5 May: 12-year-old charged with murder in shooting of Conroe boy – San Antonio Express-News

Breathtaking Inanity

Number 13 of a continuing series

What a difference a bit of sunlight makes. Back on 12 June 2017 (Newsmax) Donald Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen was proclaiming he would take a bullet for the president. Yesterday morning he had a different perspective:

I hope that when I rejoin my family and friends that the country will be in a place without xenophobia, injustice and lies at the helm of our country,” Cohen told reporters outside his Manhattan apartment. “There still remains much to be told, and I look forward to the day where I can share the truth.

He mentioned “xenophobia, injustice and lies at the helm of our country,” but he meant “Donald Trump..”

So this is what it’s like to live in a “shit hole country.”

Michael, if you are ever tempted to take a bullet for me, take a deep breath first.

Abusing Science

Number 23 of a series

On Sunday, 19 May, Liam Feldman will host a reading/review of Why Intelligent Design Fails by Matt Young and Taner Edis. The meeting will be at Barnes & Noble 321 NW Loop 410 #104 in San Antonio, starting at 3 p.m. Feel free to come out and join the discussion.

With that in mind, the topic of this post is a book by the Discovery Institute, the leading promoter of Intelligent Design. It’s Science and Human Origins, compiled by Ann Gauger, Douglas Axe, and Casey Luskin. They are all associated with the Discovery Institute. From Amazon:

Evidence for a purely Darwinian account of human origins is supposed to be overwhelming. But is it? In this provocative book, three scientists challenge the claim that undirected natural selection is capable of building a human being, critically assess fossil and genetic evidence that human beings share a common ancestor with apes, and debunk recent claims that the human race could not have started from an original couple.

This is an interesting stance for Intelligent Design, because the philosophy was resurrected 30 years ago to pull the creationist movement away from biblical  origins and to disguise it as a science-based endeavor. Intelligent Design and the Discovery Institute Center for Science and Culture were supposed to acknowledge inescapable science and get people to thinking an unknown creator is behind this science. UC Berkeley law professor (now  retired) Phillip E. Johnson is credited with giving Intelligent Design new life and is considered the godfather of the modern movement. Jon Buell is president of the Richardson, Texas, based Foundation for Thought and Ethics. FTE is publisher of the creationist book Of Pandas and People, made famous in the Kitzmiller court case. Both attended a symposium titled ” Darwinism: Scientific Inference or Philosophical Preference?” at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, March 26-28, 1992.

It was an opportunity to ask the pivotal question, and I did. Did these two educated men agree the earth is billions of years old and that humans share a common ancestry with other life forms? Both agreed. The ground may have shifted since then, because outpourings from the DI seem to have dropped the facade of scientific literacy. The book that is today’s topic bears that out.

Reviewing books such as this and picking them apart on inconsistencies and obvious wrong facts is a bunch of fun, but I have no experience in the related science, so it’s best if I fall back on others who do. Someone who seems to have given this book a close look is Paul McBride. From a post by Richard P. Hoppe on the Panda’s Thumb site:

Fortunately for me, I’m spared the chore of reading and critiquing the book. Paul McBride, a Ph.D. candidate in vertebrate macroecology/evolution in New Zealand who writes Still Monkeys, bit the bullet and did a chapter by chapter (all five chapters) review of the book. The book doesn’t come out looking good (is anyone surprised?). I’m going to shamelessly piggyback on McBride’s review. I’ll link to his individual chapter reviews, adding some commentary, below the fold.

The book has five chapters, and the one I appear to have found most interesting is chapter 5, “The Science of Adam and Eve.” I am guessing by he title that all pretense of scientific rigor has been discarded. We are back to Genesis with a bang.

My copy of the book is a Kindle edition, and one thing you can do with these is highlight sections of text. I notice I highlighted entire paragraphs when I first went through the book. Here is one section.

Using population genetics, some scientists have argued that there is too much genetic diversity to have passed through a bottleneck of just two individuals. But that turns out not to be true.

Gauger, Ann. Science and Human Origins . Discovery Institute Press. Kindle Edition.

Here is another.

Now, I am a scientist, and not a theologian, but I feel obligated to speak. The challenge being posed to two first parents is a scientific one, so it deserves a scientific response. My purpose in this chapter is not to engage in Biblical interpretation or to pass judgment on the various views Christians hold about Adam and Eve. Instead, I propose to focus on the scientific argument and its validity.

Gauger, Ann. Science and Human Origins . Discovery Institute Press. Kindle Edition.

And there it is. Genesis is true, and Adam and Eve were real people, and we all sprang from this single pair.

But wait! Real scientists hold a similar view. Richard Dawkins, no friend of the Bible, agrees that today’s human population sprang from one woman, exact identity unknown.

The second conclusion of the Berkeley group is less controversial. No matter where Mitochondrial Eve lived, they were able to estimate when. It is known how fast mitochondrial DNA evolves; you can therefore put an approximate date on each of the branch points on the tree of divergence of mitochondrial DNA. And the branch point that unites all womankind—the birth date of Mitochondrial Eve—is between a hundred fifty thousand and a quarter of a million years ago.

Dawkins, Richard. River Out of Eden (Science Masters Series) (pp. 52-53). Basic Books. Kindle Edition.

The difference is Mitochondrial Eve was not the first woman. Some elementary mathematical analysis will demonstrate to you that, given the branching inherent in sexual reproduction, any two people alive today should be able to trace their lineage back to a point the paths intersect. Dawkins goes further. He uses the rate of mitochondrial mutation to compute an approximate date of our common ancestry, in the female line of descent.

On the matter of common descent, I first noticed a divergence in thinking among the new creationists at a conference in Dallas in November 2003. Ray Bohlin was there, along with creationist Ide Trotter. Bohlin holds a  Ph.D. in molecular and cell biology from the University of Texas at Dallas, and he is also a key person at Probe Ministries in Richardson, Texas:.

Raymond G. Bohlin is Vice President of Vision Outreach with Probe Ministries.

A plenum session gave participants the opportunity to ask questions and to make statements. Ray Bohlin announced to those present he believed all life forms on this planets have a common ancestry. Except humans. People have a different line of descent.

Creationists Ide Trotter and Ray Bohlin in 2003

I yield the remainder of your time to reading Paul McBride’s more thorough examination of this creationist book. Get a copy for yourself if you are interested. It’s a grand exemplar of the abuse of science.

The Golden Shower

Number 37 of a Series

A couple kisses in front of graffiti depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, on the walls of a bar in the old town in Vilnius, Lithuania, Saturday, May 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)

The salacious accounts of Donald Trump’s activities in a Moscow hotel room are not directly related to this story, but the uproar surrounding the Steele Dossier adds some background:

However, there were other aspects to TRUMP’s engagement with the Russian authorities. One which had borne fruit for them was to exploit TRUMP’s person  obsessions and sexual perversion in order to  obtain suitable ‘kompromat’ (compromising material) on him. According to Source D, where s/he had been present, TRUMP’s perverted) conduct in Moscow included hiring the presidential suite of the Ritz Carlton Hotel, where he knew president and Mrs OBAMA (whom he hated) had stayed on  one of their official trips to Russia, and defiling the bed where they had slept by employing a number of prostitutes to perform a ‘golden showers’ (urination) show in front of him. the hotel was known to be under FSB control  with microphones and concealed cameras in all the main rooms to record anything they wanted to.

Apparently, this research, developed as part of an endeavor to dig up dirt on prospective candidate Trump, rippled forward from that time like a row of falling dominoes, culminating in the assignment of a special counsel to investigate Russian activities related to the 2016 election and ultimately to a report from that investigation released in March:

Cohen recalled speaking with Trump after the press conference about Trump’s denial of any business dealings in Russia, which Cohen regarded as untrue.1326 Trump told Cohen that Trump Tower Moscow was not a deal yet and said, “Why mention it if it is not a deal?”1327 According to Cohen, at around this time, in response to Trump’s disavowal of connections to Russia, campaign advisors had developed a “party line” that Trump had no business with Russia and no connections to Russia.

The Washington Post. The Mueller Report . Scribner. Kindle Edition.

If you can imagine this you can imagine Donald Trump paying prostitutes to pee on a bed. My imagination is vivid.

This is your president speaking.

Number 210 in a series

And now a few words from the President of the United States.

For 10 months, China has been paying Tariffs to the USA of 25% on 50 Billion Dollars of High Tech, and 10% on 200 Billion Dollars of other goods. These payments are partially responsible for our great economic results. The 10% will go up to 25% on Friday. 325 Billions Dollars….

….of additional goods sent to us by China remain untaxed, but will be shortly, at a rate of 25%. The Tariffs paid to the USA have had little impact on product cost, mostly borne by China. The Trade Deal with China continues, but too slowly, as they attempt to renegotiate. No!

Yes, the President of the United States really said (wrote) that. Call me a bleeding-heart liberal if you want, but there is something wrong with that statement. Specifically, the Chinese are not paying those tariffs. American importers are, American consumers are. We are paying the tariffs.

Is the President of the United States dishonest or just plain stupid? Both? I think I know the answer.

When Stupidity Is Abused

Stupid does not get much more than this.

In my tireless pursuit of things odd to bring you, I came across this link posted on World Net Daily (WND). The screen shot above is from the first few seconds of the video, which promised great things to come in the next five minutes. I swear, I watched, and I watched, and I kept expecting to see/hear some facts. My patience expired after several minutes of this. During the time I watched the only names mentioned were Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and the Democratic Party. It was the most fact-free experience I have had in recent history. There are no pictures, only page after page of text spelling out what the narrator is saying, and he is assuring us there is criminal activity afloat, and he uses words like “Congress,” “greedy,” “corrupt,” and he mentions the pharmaceutical industry without providing any names.

If anybody would care to watch this through and report back to me, then I will be happy to report any concrete information that comes out. Here is the link.

In the meantime, here is something of substance to reflect on:

July 2016 was also the month WikiLeaks first released emails stolen by the GRU from the DNC. On July 22, 2016, WikiLeaks posted thousands of internal DNC documents revealing information about the Clinton Campaign. Within days, there was public reporting that U.S. intelligence agencies had “high confidence” that the Russian government was behind the theft of emails and documents from the DNC. And within a week of the release, a foreign government informed the FBI about its May 2016 interaction with Papadopoulos and his statement that the Russian government could assist the Trump Campaign. On July 31, 2016, based on the foreign government reporting, the FBI opened an investigation into potential coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the Trump Campaign.

The Washington Post. The Mueller Report . Scribner. Kindle Edition.

 

 

 

Quiz Question

Number 203 of a series

Here is something for those who paid attention in high school physics class. See the diagram below.

This is a metal (wood, plastic, glass) tube. The end on the left is closed, while the end on the right is open. If you blow across the open end sound waves travel back and forth within the tube. The lowest frequency at which the air column in the tube vibrates is call the fundamental frequency of the tube. In this case the fundamental frequency is 420 Hz.

The tube below is the same length as the tube above, but the left end is open. Again when you blow across the open end on the right you get the air column vibrating.

What is the fundamental frequency of the open tube? Why? Hint: wind musical instruments operate off this principle.

Post your responses in the comments section below.