A Double Fix

They say the carbon dioxide level is too high. So the first solution is to remove some carbon dioxide from the air and put it in large tanks of various sizes.

The second solution is to stage the tanks in strategic locations near forest and airports. In the event of a forest fire, at the correct time, release the carbon dioxide into the fire. Some tanks could be airlifted into location before being discharged.

This would replace the normal air around the fire and would reduce the burn rate, or maybe extinguish the fire entirely.

As a side note, it would greatly reduce the exhaust from the burning wood, which produces more smog than any fossil fuel. This smog, of course, contains carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide.

I doubt anyone would be interested in using such a method. The expense would be far greater than the benefit. The forests are not worth that much. Besides, if it worked, it would take an argument from both the tree hugers and the climate changers.

Maybe a better way would be to remove some of the trees each year, which would decrease some of the fuel. Moreover, the trees that are removed could be put to good use, far better use than if they were reduced to ashes.

Percy Shaw

There are not likely too many who know the name but he provided a very important little invention in 1934. Have ever notice those little reflectors on the highway? Well, we can thank Percy for them.

To be sure, over the years they have undergone many changes. Today if we see white reflectors, we can be pretty sure that we are going the right way. If we are going the wrong way, the reflectors are red. Come to think of it, there are likely not many that know that. I didn’t know it until one day I was riding at night and saw the reflectors were red. With no oncoming traffic, it took me about two seconds to realize I was going the wrong way. I simply thought I was in the center lane.

A short time later, I did see some oncoming traffic and I sure was glad I figured things out.

There are orange reflectors too. Normally they indicate the center line. However they are used for other things too. Blue reflectors indicate a fire hydrant. It makes it easier for the firemen to find them. Occasionally, green markings are used too.

The nice thing is that they can easily be seen in the dark, in the rain and generally in the fog. Before their general use I noticed that when it rained, the white lines had a tendency to disappear. The light from my headlights reflected off the lines and continued away from me. With the reflectors, the light is bounced back to me. This is especially nice because the reflectors do not need any electricity or wiring. They use the light from our headlights.

I cannot imagine what their cost is, though it can’t be much. Somewhere, some factory must be turning them out by the thousands, if not millions. Whatever the cost, it is likely well worth it. I am convinced they save lives every day.

The little reflectors are used all over the world. I would suspect that they are even used in China and Russia, though they both likely claim they invented them. I really don’t believe they were invented in any communist country. The invention was made for profit. In communism, there is no profit. Percy was likely a capitalists. Though he knew his invention would be good, his primary goal was to make a pound or two from them. (He was English) It is called capitalism and without it, the little reflectors would have not been invented for years, maybe never.

Remembering

You Forgot to Remember

Some of you might not yet know that I have an interest in old songs.  Something happened that reminded me of an old song.  I had almost forgotten it, oddly, because the main line in the song is:

You promised to forget me not, but you forgot to remember.

The song was very popular and I have no idea who first recorded it.  Both Frank Sinatra and Dinah Shore had recordings and likely half a dozen more had successful recordings.

Its words do suggest a twist, so to speak.  Nonetheless, it has happened to me a few times.  I have promised to do something, only to forget to remember.  Then too, how about all the friends I used to know who have become faint memories.

Sometimes, I think about looking them up, but I can’t remember their last names.  I only called them by their first names.  Besides, at 72, I don’t remember so well and I had a bad memory for names in the first place.

I thought over the song and figured we have many reasons why we forget things.

First, memories fade.  To some degree, this is a good thing.  Many bad things happen to us and the memory fading does help us cope with them in the end.  Though, it does not always work that way.  My mother died when I was five and I remember every detail as if it were yesterday.  Oddly, it does cause me more grief today than then.  I won’t try to figure it out, other than it is something of a comfort to me too.

Second, memories that are handed down from one generation to the next are rarely incompletely passed along.  In the case of Israel, one generation would learn to obey the God.  Then the next generation would forget him and practice the exact things God told them not to.

Today, nations build statues and memorials.  Whenever I see a statue of someone, it reminds me of what the person did and just why I should remember him.  We also have memorials for WWII and Vietnam War.  Some of us remember.  Some don’t.  Some would prefer to forget the Vietnam War.  They consider it a dark part of our history.

Then again, I got to thinking of the Trade Towers.  It has been but 20 years and already people are forgetting.  They forget the way people jumped, knowing it was a choice of dying by fire or by the fall.  Most preferred the fall.  Each time a person hit the ground it made a distinct thud.

It is as I said, the memories do fade.  Then too it has been a generation.  The history teachers likely spend no more than a day or two about it.  The younger people don’t realize the full scale of what happened and the whys and wherefores.

Even for those who see the memorial, it does not set in the mind the way the actual experience does.  For those who don’t see the memorial, it is even easier to forget.

On the day of the event and for many days after, many promised to forget it not.  The problem is that they forgot to remember.

A few days ago we pulled out of Afghanistan.  Very few even know why we went in there.  Regardless, it was long ago.  Why should we be bothered with it today?

Let me tell you a little story and it just might suggest why we should remember.

In 1968 I graduated boot camp at MCRD San Diego.  Eventually, I was given orders to go to NAS Memphis.  On arrival at LAX, I checked my baggage and went straight back to the gate.  No one asked me for a ticket.  No one cared.  If I had wanted I could have gone to the gate without any need to travel.

You can’t do that today.  You have to show your boarding pass and ID to get to the gate, and by the way, you must also submit to a complete search.

Some say we have stopped terrorism, but we haven’t.  They have succeeded at their goal.  They have disrupted our way of living.  They have all but destroyed our way of life.

So now, my family cannot see me off or meet me at the gate and I can’t take my fingernail clippers along with me.

We need to remember.  We must not forget to remember.  If nothing else, maybe that extra line at the airport will help remind us each time we take a plane.

If I Were a Racist

If I were a racist there are a number of things I would do or not do.

For instance, I would do all I could to make sure that 3 out of 4 black babies were killed before they are born.

Oh!. Let’s see. The dems do that. It is called Planned Parenthood and 86% of their locations are in Black neighborhoods. Moreover three out of four of their abortions are performed on Black women. Moreover, no one dare try to talk any woman, black or white out of and abortion or they will have the law you before you can spell Oliver Wendel Holmes. Just FYI: Planned Parenthood was started by a racist, Margaret Sanger, who had hopes of eliminating the Black race in the US as well as a few other countries. Apparently, her dreams fit right in with the FOC.

For instance, if I were a racist, I would see to it that the Black children did not learn how to read and write.

There is nothing better at controlling a people than keeping them illiterate. The dems love to keep Black kids illiterate. The thought of letting them into private schools causes their blood to boil. If you don’t believe me, just mention school choice around someone in the National Education Association. They will blister your ears with reasons to keep kids out of private schools…especially the ones they have their children in.

For instance, if I were racist, I would want to keep Black people in the downtown area, the slums, the projects.

Now let’s see. President Trump did more to help the Black wager earner than any of the dem presidents. For this he was called racist by the dems. Moreover, he did more to help their education and decrease the crime… everywhere. Guess who that helps… the black neighborhoods, the slums and the projects.

For instance If I were a racist, I would encourage riots in urban areas, where many Black people live. This would help my effort in two ways. First, it would drive businesses out of the areas, many of which are owned by Black people. Second, it would make it far more difficult for those unable to leave the area. It also makes it difficult for the kids remaining to get good jobs.

Now let’s see. Do I really need to expand on this. Have we not all seen what has happened in the FOC run cities? Have we not seen the riots and fires? Does anyone realize what this does to real estate values. Think about it, really. The urban values go down and the suburban values go up. Let’s face it, everyone likes to have their home in a safe area. So the businesses shut down and those who can afford it move out of town to places the FOCs don’t control.

For instance, if I were a racist, I would want my schools to teach racism in schools, as the FOCs do.

So if you really think about it, while the FOCs are so quick to yell racist, they really ought to look in the mirror. It is also a pretty good indicator. If someone calls me a racist, it means they have nothing bad to say about me. They are simply using the attack of last resort. Anyone can call anyone a racist… this without an ounce of proof.

For you I have presented proof. The FOCs are the real racist. Truth be told, we all know it. Just is most are afraid to say it.

Diplomacy

It would seem that Biden thinks he can bring back all of the American citizens in Afghanistan Let’s hope he succeeds before the Taliban starts using them for bargaining chips. The bad thing is, Joe has no bargaining chips.

Let me explain. If I should meet a man in a dark alley that is a foot taller than me who outweighs me by 50 pounds and knows Kung Fu, I might try diplomacy. I might try my powers of persuasion on the man. However, if I have a nine millimeter in the holster in the small of my back, my methods of diplomacy just might be simpler and more fruitful. More important, I just might be able to walk away from the incident.

The problem with Biden is that he does not seem to understand this method of diplomacy. He seems to think that if he says please, the will graciously concede. Maybe he figures if he gets down on his knees and pleads, they will turn all of them over.

To be sure, Biden does have many deadly weapons that he can use. The hitch is, now they do not believe he will use them until he uses them.

It is as I said in a previous post, the more the opponent fears you, the less likely it is that you will have to fight…the less likely it is that the enemy will suffer loss… the less likely Biden would lose one American life.

It is too late to try to bluff. Any bluff that Biden would try would likely be called, which means lives will likely be lost on both sides. It is why it was called a deterrent.

Let’s face it, it would do me little good for me to pull out the nine-milometer gun on my attacker if I won’t use it and my foe comes at me with flying hands and feet. To be sure, if President Eisenhower decided he would not respond to a nuclear attack, then all the missiles in all the world likely would not have stopped the Soviets from launching an attack and we would all be speaking Russian now, those of us that were left.

Incompetence? Motive? Both?

As I think over Biden’s recent decisions, certain facts have come to mind. While he does appear to be incompetent, I am beginning to wonder if there might be a motive involved, that is, beyond the standard democrat ones.

Let us face it. Virtually all his decisions benefit the Chinese. Could it be that the Chinese are the great puppet masters? To be sure, they paid untold millions to Biden’s son, and hence to Biden. Not only that, apparently, they took part in the rigging of the election. To be sure, they were the ones who communicated with the voting machines.

It is obvious that Biden owes the Chi-coms big time. That would mean that Biden is a traitor: perhaps by intention, perhaps by blackmail. So, is Biden incompetent or a turncoat. It is difficult for me to determine for certain. Then again, he might be hiding his lack of loyalty behind his incompetence. Or maybe the Chinese are concealing their control behind his incompetence.

Regardless, it is a question that should never need to be asked. It is a matter which only comes to mind because of his cozy dealings with the Chinese and the utter disastrous decisions he is making.

Either way, he boldly feels he is safe in whatever he does. He always has the media to protect him. Hence, the media must take responsibility for his huge foul-ups. They helped put him in office and they provide cover for him every day that he holds office. This prompts the question, is the media in league with the Chi-coms?

The founders gave freedom to the press to protect us from the government. Now who protects us from the media. The founders never contemplated such all out sedition by the media.

The Doctor Will See You Now?

While I was in the Marines, I did not need to concern myself with the cost of medicine. Uncle Sam paid for it. That meant, if I could see a doctor, I was treated well. It also meant that if I had the flu, I worked sick.

The alternative was to wait three hours to be seen. Most of time, I would see a corpsman, not a doctor. He would give me a bottle of aspirins and give me light duty for 24 hours, which meant I went back to work. I learned the pattern early and didn’t bother trying to see a doctor anymore.

The hitch was that without the light duty authorization, they could make me do some heavy work. Actually, they did that anyway.

It is, sort of, a picture of communism. Everyone gets paid the same and everyone has to do the same amount of work. Unless I was falling down sick, I did as much as everyone else. Also, they had someone with a few stripes making sure I did it.

Once I became a civilian, if was sick, I called in. I was able to do that eight times a year. Mostly, I only used two or three sick days a year. When I worked for a bank, I worked 3 1/2 years straight. Didn’t miss a day. Still, if I got sick, I could take a few days off without getting an excuse from the doctor.

More important, If I felt bad enough, I could actually see a doctor, usually in an hour or two. Nowadays, I do have to wait some, but I still see a real doctor. When I was having chest pains, there was no wait at all.

The real problems with the military medical system started after I got married. I had a four year old that was having problems breathing at night. I did get him in to see a doctor twice. Both times he was diagnosed with tonsillitis. He prescribed some meds and sent him home both times.

The worst part was that the symptoms always got worse at night. If getting into see a doctor was difficult during the day, it was ten times worse at night. Actually, to some degree that is true with civilian doctors too. There seems to be an unwritten law somewhere that if you’re going to get sick, do it between 8 am and 5 pm, Mon through Fri. Fridays are frowned on too.

It was only after taking my son to a private doctor I found out that he nearly died from lack of air. He removed the tonsils and he hardly had another sick day in his life. Bear in mind that I was a Sgt at the time (E5). I cannot imagine what privates and PFCs go through. They can’t afford to go to a private doctor. On the other hand, I cannot imagine a general ever having to wait a minute for a doctor. Indeed, sometimes, I suspect the doctor goes to him.

It is sort of the way it is with social medicine. Most cannot go to private doctors. There are none. Under socialism, the state pays for the doctors. If you want to see a private doctor, you would have to go to another country. It is exactly what the Canadians have been doing for years. When their socialistic system is inadequate, they just visited doctors in the US. Going to a private doctor in Canada is not allowed.

However, if you happen to be one of the members of the Canadian government, your chances of having to wait for bypass surgery are inversely proportional to your position.

I am not saying that private medicine is perfect. It is far from it. But it is better than free medical. Take it from one who has seen it first hand. By the way, when we went on Obama care, it was far worse than private medical for me. I was paying a grand a year for my wife for five years and she only used it once. That is even worse than what I had in the Marines. It was not only bad medical but I had to pay for it too.

By the way, they only thing they can do to make Obama care worse is to put Fauci in charge of it.

If Only

If only the dems could manage foreign policy as well as they can rig elections.

(Wish I could say I thought of it myself. I heard someone quote President Trump.)

Let me add my personal remark. Maybe it would be nice if they could manage the border, improve our schools, control crime, or run an economy. Trump’s remarks make me wonder how they managed to rig the election without anyone knowing it.

Wait a minute. Everyone does know it. The dems just refuse to admit it and the media jumps on anyone who brings it up with both feet. It is the worst kept secret in history.

Whose Fault is It

Certainly, I place a great deal of the fault of the Afghan disaster on Biden. However, the poor man just isn’t all there. Much of the fault belongs to those who stand behind him and pull the strings.

Even so, they cannot completely claim the blame.

Had it not been for the media and the social media, Biden would have never been elected. When all is said and done, they were the ones who put him behind the desk in the oval office. Now, even they are starting to realize their error. Even they are beginning to admit that Biden being in The White House is a blunder.

Don’t expect them to own up to it. Don’t expect any apologies. Don’t expect one word admitting guilt. Before they do that, they will pile on Biden and claim it was all his fault.

Perspective

A number of years ago, I was stationed in Japan. While I was there, I visited Hiroshima twice. Needless to say, it is a very touchy subject for the Japanese to this day. One thing I was told, don’t visit the site of the atomic blast on the annual remembrance of the day when the bomb was dropped. I can understand that. It had to be very devastating.

Nowadays, they do more than remember the event. It seems that each year the Americans become more villainous and the Japanese more the victims. From time to time, I see specials on American TV speaking of the damage we did while leaving out the reasons… and there were reasons.

I don’t mind them going back over their memories but please let me remind one and all of the reasons for it. To me, it is far more important for us to remember the reasons for the strike than the strike. For if there were no reasons for the strike, there would no strike.

However, before I get into enumerating the reasons, let me remind everyone that if Japan had the bomb, they would have used it on us. Moreover, they would likely would not have stopped with two. Besides, they would used it to imprison, not to for freedom.

As for the reasons, let us not forget our history. We did not start the war. The US was full of pacifist, people who wanted nothing to do with war. Hence we did what we could to avoid war. However, the Japanese had started capturing land throughout the Pacific, even to the point that they became a threat to Australia. Moreover, it was well documented that anywhere the Japanese Army went, they treated the captives inhumanly even to the point of raping the women and torturing the men.

Then one day, no one really knows why, but the emperor of Japan thought it would be a good idea to attack the US. And so it was that they launched an attack on the peaceful islands of Hawaii without provication. In the process, they almost made the United States defenseless in the Pacific.

Maybe they did not kill as many Americans at Pearl Harbor as we killed Japanese at Hiroshima but it was not a sneak attack. First, we were already at war. Second, they were twice warned. May I also add that it was in retaliation. It was not a first strike.

The US lost many men in our defense. The Japanese could have stopped their aggression at any time. We had no intentions of adding the Japanese Islands to our country. Indeed, when the war was over, the Japanese way of life greatly improved. I assure you, had Japan won the war, their leaders would have lived better but not the common family. They would likely be much worse off. It was the way of Japanese before the war.

After the Japanese captured the Philippines, they started what was called the death march for the prisoners. To some degree, I can understand the low rations. They likely did not have many to spare. However the mistreatment did not end with the poor rations. They treated the prisoners badly simply because they wanted to and they could.

Then, even after they reached their destination, there are many instances of mistreatment of prisoners without reason.

As if that was not enough, they told their military and civilians that our army was going to torture them–not true. Because they believed it, thousands, perhaps millions committed suicide in preference to fall into the horrible hands of the Americans. Tragically, hundreds of these marines would have rescued women and children throwing themselves off cliffs and into the ocean, or the rocks below the cliffs.

They would have been given food medical aid and shelter. Instead, they believed the lies of the Japanese. I suppose this is better than dying as the result of an atomic bomb, but maybe the bomb would not have been needed if the Japanese leadership didn’t go around telling lies about us.

So far, none of this is about the cost of taking the main islands. If it got to that point, it would have cost tens of thousands of American lives. However, it very likely would have cost at least ten times that for Japanese, mostly civilians. Very likely, there would not be any building of any size left. It would have taken a couple of decades to re-establish a reasonable transit system.

My guess is, that for every five left alive, one Japanese would be dead. That’s not in any one city but all over the islands.

The aftermath would be worse. There would be hunger, disease and horrible wounds. The US would not be able to help much. They would be tending with our problems.

However, that is not the half of it. The Soviets were beginning to bear down. Already they took back much of the land the Japanese forces took. Had they the time, they would have taken all the Japanese Islands. I assure you, the Soviets would not have treated the Japanese nearly as well as we did.

The point is, no other nation on the face of the earth has ever treated her enemies, even our worst enemies as well as we do. Before you go demonizing us too much, first take a quick look at your own history. Before you go complaining too much about how we treated Japan, think of how it would have been under the Ruskies. Finally, you have all your real estate back, even Okinawa. Personally, I believe we should have kept it. We paid for it with the blood of good men.