Two’s a Crowd

My wife and I had just sat down to eat.  We were in a fast food place.  I won’t mention any names.  It makes no difference anyway.

Suddenly, I was glad we didn’t arrive five minutes later.  Two busses pulled up.  Likely somewhere around a hundred or so people came pouring out of the buses and into the restaurant.

In this case, I say two is a crowd.  That is to say, two buses.

The thought came to mind; what if it were a hundred buses…5000 hungry people.  Just how long would it take for a McDonald’s or Burger King to feed a crowd like that?

Yet, Jesus fed 5000 and it likely didn’t take but around a half an hour.  When we read or hear of the biblical passage, most of us look at the miracle of the food quantity and few think about the logistics.

Yet the Bible makes it quite clear how Jesus did it.  He was very methodical about it.  First Jesus had the people sit in groups of fifty.  After blessing the food, He distributed it to His disciples.  Then, the disciples distributed the food to someone each group.  Finally, the food was distributed the food with the group.

You can do the math yourself.  Each disciple only needed to distribute to five or less groups.  (50 divided by 12 is less than 5)  It would only stand to reason that whoever received the food distributed the food to seven or eight groups within the group.

Slightly, hidden within the miracle is an important object lesson.  Jesus often refers to the Word of God as bread.  It only stands to reason that if we distribute it the same way as when Jesus fed the 5000, it would not take long before it would be distributed throughout the world.

I don’t know why, but God decided to use us to distribute the Gospel.  Unfortunately, we don’t do so good a job of it.  Certainly, I am more guilty than most.  It is just so easy to let the other person do it all.  Moreover, it is so easy to think of excuses.  I know.  I have as list as long as my arm.

A New Use for a Robot

With a background in electronics, computers and the Marines, it is only normal I should have an interest in robots.  Already robots have changed the way we fight wars.  A drone is nothing more than a specialized robot.  It is certainly nice to be able to send out a drone to have a good look to see what enemy assets are in the area.

I saw on TV a robot that looks a lot like an ox.  The Pentagon looked at it as a vehicle to carry a soldier’s ammunition and equipment while walking behind him.  The robot they demonstrated actually had the ability to follow the soldier automatically.  It sounded like a good idea to me, but with two changes.  First, I would like to ride on the back of the robot and I would like to have two fifty-caliber machineguns mounted out in front of me.  From what I understand the defense department discontinued the idea.  The robot was too noisy.  Still, I would guess they are still looking into it.  A robot capable of running thirty or forty miles an hour for a few hours is something I would want to have on my side.

I also noticed they have two-legged robots.  They walk, run and even do flips.  I am sure there are a few Vietnam vets that wished they had something like that walking out in front of the squad.  First, the robot might be better at spotting the enemy and booby traps.  Even more, if the robot tripped one, the robot would be lost.  That would be bad, but not nearly as bad as a soldier setting one off.

The robots have many other uses too, that is, besides the assembly lines.  Think of it.  A surgeon in Seattle can perform procedures on a man in Nome, Alaska.  In addition, the surgeons can use the robots locally because the movements can be more precise than a human’s hands. Also, they can access very small places.  I suppose the robots have other advantages in surgery, but I’m no expert on it.

In a related field, bionics are making large strides.  In the near future, people who are paralyzed, or even missing legs, will walk as well or better than those of us who still have our legs.  It beats using crutches.  I know.  I had to use them for quite a while after breaking my ankle.

Of course, one new field for robots is in cars and trucks.  In the near future, most of us might not drive our own cars.  Though it produces a whole new set of problems, the robots will likely be much safer.  They have instant reactions and they don’t get distracted.  Some people would likely insist on doing their own driving, but eventually, all cars will be driven by a computer.

I suppose I’m not telling most of you anything new.  Most of what I have written is common knowledge.  However, I think I have a new use for a robot; one that no one else has thought of.  They could build one that would MC the OSCARS.  Just think; it would have no prejudice.  It wouldn’t laugh at its own jokes, and its feelings wouldn’t be hurt if people made fun of it.  Then of course, the biggest advantage would be that it would have no history.  No one could find something that it did forty years ago while in the first grade.

“The New Green Deal?”

First, there is nothing new about communism.  It is as old as Marx, though it has been called by many different things.

Second, though it has been tried dozens of times, it has never succeeded.  I’m not saying it usually failed or even most of the time.  It has always failed.

Finally, it is a means to an end.  Vicious people have used it to gain control over people.  Stalin, might have been the first, but he was not the last.  In the name of the ideal society, he killed millions, many of them farmers.  Indeed, he killed more than Hitler.  History is full of people who promised the heaven and presented hell.  In each and every case, it has ended in a dictatorship where even thoughts are controlled.  What I say has been true 100% of the time.

In each case, those who rose to power climbed over the poor and abused.  A person would have to be blind to see that it is the same method they would like to use in the US.  Of course, they say they are different than the dictators.  Yet, they have no scruples.  They use lies, deception and trickery in every direction.  It is not to make things better for us, but rather to acquire power for them.  If they succeed, they will live in luxery while the rest of us suffer.  It is the pattern.  They don’t care about the poor and abused.  They are nothing more than tools.  When they have control, they will be worse off than before.  By the way, so will the rest of us.

An Alert to the Citizens of N.Y. City

Trucks and freight trains run on fossil fuel.  Trucks and freight trains carry food into the city of New York.  If we do away with fossil fuel (Diesel fuel) the people will starve.  Simple fact.

…and people people have a hard time believing my books.  At least I label my books as fiction.  The Dummycrats expect us to accept this fiction as science.

Bottom line… it is about power, not saving the planet.

Cars, Planes and Trains

I have always had a fascination with trains.  I guess most kids do, but most people grow out of it.  If I had it to do over again, I might have chosen to work, in some way, with trains.  I think I would have really liked to be a conductor.

I especially like the old steam trains.  Most think that the old steam locomotives were replaced because they didn’t have the power that the Diesel does.  Actually, that isn’t true.  The old steam engines had plenty of power.  …and by the way, they were fast too.  Casey Jones often pushed his train at one-hundred miles-an-hour.  Besides, his engine was not the newest.  The newest engines were powered by steam turbines.  They were not only powerful, but they were also very efficient.

The downfall of the steam engine was maintenance.  If they could have used good clean water, they would not have had to have nearly so much maintenance, but the old boilers required a lot of regular work.

That aside, the dummycrats would like to see us abandon our cars and planes and use trains.  That won’t work.  A 747 can carry around 350 passengers.  It seems odd and counter-intuitive, but that is about the number of passengers that the average train carries.  That means, while trains are okay for short runs, they are horrible for the long haul.

Besides, there are just some places trains can’t go.  The tourist’s trade of Hawaii might have some real complaints if we did away with planes.  Moreover, train tracks require a lot of maintenance and, oddly, they are nowhere near as safe as commercial airlines.

Finally, it would never happen anyway.  Those congressmen would never let it happen.  It already takes Pelosi five hours to fly between San Francisco and D.C.  I do not think she would want to spend three days riding a train each way.

Oh yes, one more thing.  You try taking those keys away from those California drivers and you will have a fight on your hands.  That is not going to happen.  I would like to see them try that.  It would turn the state from blue to red overnight.

Oxygen Generaters

I have come to the conclusion that oxygen generators are likely the greatest medical invention in recent history, though the name is a little misleading.  They don’t generate oxygen.  Oxygen is an element.  There is no way to create it or destroy it, that is, without resorting to fision or fusion.

Some call them oxygen concentrators.  You see theywork by filtering out the nitrogen in the air.  Once that is done, the vast remainder of what is left is oxygen.  The concentration is enough so that it is considered pure oxygen, though it does still contain some carbon dioxide and other trace gases.

Though the advantages of concentrators are many, some are not quickly noticed. Certainly, the tanks are heavier and don’t last as long. …but more than that, they are safer. Oxygen in its pure state is very dangerous. One small tank of oxygen can cause devistating damage.

Though oxygen does not burn, there are compounds that burn vigorously in the presence of pure oxygen. Steel wool smolders in normal atmosphere. In pure oxygen, it bursts into flames. A few hospitals have had blankets saturated with oxygen burst into fire. (one of many reasons to keep smoking from hospitals)
The concentrator pumps the oxygen only to the nose of the patient. This drastically reduces the volume of oxygen at any one time. Moreover, the concentrator does not increase the oxygen levels in the room. If you put an oxygen concentrator in a room and turn it up all the way, there will not be one bit more oxygen in the room, even after hours of letting it run. I must admit that the tanks generally don’t add much oxygen to a room, but they do add some.

Most people, however could care less about this aspect of the concentrators. The things are small, lightweight and simple to operate. Best yet, when plugged into a wall socket or cigarette lighter in a car, they will continue to run for months with little or no maintenence.

Although I don’t use them, nor do I know anyone that does, I would definately give this invention five stars, maybe six.