A Little Question About EVs

During the late 1800s and early 1900s, cars mostly used gas. There were a few electric cars but they did not go over well. The reason is a different subject.

I’m not sure. I have not done a great deal of research on the matter but I don’t think the federal government did a thing to help establish gas stations. I suspect they did not pay for one of them. It did not require so much as one pork-barrel project to get them started. Even so, they did build them from one coast of the nation to the other. It was sort of done as a result of capitalism. People saw the need so they built gas stations. Others saw the need so they started hauling the gas to the stations. Still others saw the need so they started refining it. Oddly, some people actually started drilling for it… all without any help or encouragement from Uncle Sam.

Now. My little question. Just why is it that the FOCs think the federal government needs to subsidize charging stations for electric cars? (For those who don’t already know, they are trying to put it in one of the infrastructure bills.) My suspicions are that the FOCs have figured a way that it will fatten their wallets and enhance their power.

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.

Ecclesiastes 9:11

The chapter and verse are easy to remember, the date of the attack on the World Trade center. The meaning of the word, Ecclesiastes is traditionally teacher or probably more accurate, preacher. Being as preachers do teach, it might mean both. Most attribute the book to Solomon. If, after going to heaven, we find out he was not the author, we will be a little surprised.

In the passage of 9:11 and a little beyond, the preacher tells us something a little unusual. He says in many ways that the winner of a contest is not always the one best equipped to win. The swiftest might not win the race. It does not give a reason, but my is guess three fold. First, desire does play an important part in winning any contest. Indeed, even the training is prompted by desire. Second, the swifter just might pull a muscle. It has happened. Third, the faster contestant just might trip or stumble. Even a momentary loss of footing can slow the runner enough to lose the race.

In the passage, the preacher attributes it to chance. Now let’s see. I’m 73. do you really think I stand a chance against a well trained 20 year-old. I don’t think it will happen. Yet, when David slung his stone, he brought down a giant much larger, better armored and better trained then himself. The Bible is full of passages where the Israelite armies overcame armies much greater than their own.

I think we can say, without doubt, God can and does determine the outcome of battles and wars. I do believe that our Revolutionary War is an example, though it is not written in stone. On the other hand, look at how the Jew did battle with those who tried to push them out and into the Med. I mean, that first effort by those Arabs was ridiculous. The Arabs had all the training, all the tanks and planes. On the other hand, the Jews didn’t even speak the same language. If you can’t accept that God had a part in that, you can’t see too well…and I don’t mean with your eyes.

I am not saying that God takes a direct part in all wars, though he always knows and permits the results. Sometimes, as the preacher said, it is coincidence. However, when a small army overcomes a large army, I think we can attribute it to divine intervention, poor training or a matter of desire.

Let’s look at how quickly the Taliban overtook the larger and better equipped Afghan army. I’m not sure, but I don’t think God played a direct role in it. Nether the the Taliban nor the Afghan worship the one true God. I may be wrong. God might have had another reason to intervene, one I don’t see.

However, looking at it from the purely human aspect, I attribute it to desire and training. The Taliban, might not have had the equipment but they did have experience and desire. The Afghans certainly had the equipment, but as soon as the fighting started, they turned and ran. That is lack of desire and training. To some degree, from my own experience, desire is part of training.

I do think it does say something about our generals. As one anchor person said today, while the Taliban were busy overrunning the Afghans, our generals are busy teaching woke-ism. It would appear that we are too busy performing social experiments in our military today to teach fighting. If we don’t stop it, we will look just as bad as the Afghans. Our enemies will be able to walk over us and they will not even need the help of the Almighty…nor coincidence.

The priority of our military should be to train to fight. That means teaching. That means toughening, mentally as well as physically. That means making those who fight for us to be as steel. We should always put our faith in God, but not luck. Coincidences will not always work in our favor, especially if we turn away from God.

A Thought About Ice Cream

Picture this, a boy, 8 to 10 years old. You can chose your own age. He sits in front of a big banana split with lots of sauces, whipped cream and nuts on top of it. As he digs in, in between bites, he complains about how horrible it is. Then, when done, he stomps off and shouts how horrible it was, though he left very little behind.

Now, let’s shift things a little. Maybe we are talking about a professional athlete. Maybe we are considering a wealthy actor. On the other hand, maybe we are just speaking of a wealthy person, a self made millionaire. All the time they enjoy their freedoms and privileges as an American citizen, they complain about the nation in which they lives Come to think of it, we might be referring to a US representative, one who came from a third world country, one which is dangerous to live in and knows no freedom, especially for women.

He or she, all the time while enjoying one of the most highly prized citizenships worldwide, they simply complain about this and that and the other thing. Unlike the boy, they do not go away. I wished they would. Instead, they hold onto all that is theirs, all that this county has provided for them.

Do you see any similarity?

A Whole Lot of Disseminating Going On

Something to remember about disseminating info.

When someone is disseminating accurate info, or likey accurate info and you keep them from disseminating it while claiming it is not accurate, in effect you are disseminating a lie. In some cases, this might involve the lives of people.

Well, let’s see, the FOCs and their social media refused to let out the info on the lab production of the China virus, for over six months. They derided the Hydrocortisone only to find out it was effective in the early treatment of the virus. It would seem that one cost a few thousand lives. Then again, they don’t care. It was all about making the president look bad. I mean, how can they win the election when President Trump is doing such a good job.

Then there is the mask theory. Personally, I believe they do a little good, though I suspect it is hard to prove. There is no way a mask will stop a virus 100 thousands of an inch in diameter. Occasionally one will get caught on a fiber but if the virus is in the air it will go through that mask as if the mask isn’t there. The only way it might work is by catching droplets that contain the virus. I have no idea how effective that would be.

Let’s not forget the thing about Black Lives Matter. Sorry, the statement elevates African-Americans above all others, including Latinos Indians Israelis and Asians. (Sorry if I left any out.) Moreover, the statement has holes in it. No one in the organization seems to mind when one Black man shoots another, even if the other is only 1 or 2 years old. If some ninety year old black woman is killed, it doesn’t matter because she was not killed by a white policeman. If Black lives matter, then they matter, and they do, why don’t they matter when abortionists kill them, at the beginning of life.

These social media, AKA Big Tech, have a lot of blood on their hands. People genuinely try to save lives and big tech destroys these people, thereby disseminating bad info, thereby , in effect, killing people. We are not talking two or three lives. We are not talking hundreds, but thousands.

But then their lives matter not, no matter what their color they are. It is truly about the power. When it is discovered that the social media made a mistake, there is no apology. There is no one who pays a price. They simply make the change so that people can again make posts about the virus starting in the lab.

There is to be that there is one person who has truly disseminated bogus info for over a year and in a criminal way. Why is Fauci not in prison yet? Why isn’t he wearing an orange jumpsuit?

The Epitome of Efficiency.

When Biden was elected president, I knew the stock market would turn south. Being as I do have a 401k I had hoped it would take 2 or 3 years maybe.

He did fool me. Looks like he has managed it in about 6 months. I guess he really knows how to do some things fast and efficiently. Now I shall have to rely much more on my Social Security. Maybe I need to rephrase that. I just might have to go back to work. I don’t know if that will be enough.

My guess is that I am not the only one in my situation. Anyone out there need a computer operator? I suspect I may have to settle for flipping hamburgers. I did it a fore. I suppose I can do it again. Just is, I will have to settle for shorter shifts at my age.

A Rash Decision

Nothing political or religious this time. Indeed, most folks have no interest in this. Just kind of a personal note for the right people.

My wife fought a skin rash for over six months. We went through two doctors of internal medicine and three skin doctors. They tried this and that and the other thing but nothing seemed to help

Some of the doctors thought it was something she ate. One doctor thought it might be a medicine she was taking and she suggested discontinuing meds for a while. That did not sit will with my wife. She has high blood pressure and diabetes. Not a good idea to discontinue any of her meds. It would send her blood pressure sky high and/or her blood sugar.

None the less, as I said, she and the doctors piddled around with all sorts of things.

Then, I made a rash decision. We changed laundry detergent. We switched from Tide to another. Within two weeks, the rash went away.

Don’t get the wrong idea. I am not a doctor. If you have a rash, I likely can’t treat it. In order to confirm it was the detergent, I would need to go back to Tide for a little while. I didn’t much care for that. Once the rash was gone, I was thrilled regardless the reason.

I will say this, however. It has been years and the rash has not returned. Moreover, I noticed that Tide has come out with a new milder version. I’m glad for them. It is sort of admission of guilt. However, if they think we are going to return to mild Tide, they can forget it.

I do have a word in favor of tide. Their detergent was effective and none of the rest of us had any problems with it. To me, it would appear that not many have any problems with it.

However, if you or anyone you know is having a stubborn rash problem, you just might try making a rash decision and change laundry detergent. Or, if you are reluctant to do that, you might add another rinse cycle or two. Just a guess.

Maximo Alvarez

After a brief look over the Web, I think most agree with me that Maximo Alvarez had the best speech so far during the Republican convention. He said he saw it all before. He knew the pattern. To be sure, he spoke many of the same words I did, but he spoke from first hand experience. He fought back tears as he saw the history being repeated.

It is proper to make sure that your realize that his parents escaped Spain during the civil war there. Then he escaped Fidel Castro’s Cuba. He said he saw people around him suffer and die before he left the island nation. At the end of his speech he said, “There is nowhere left to go.”

Now, may I add my words?

I have seen people become indignant because we dare to call Biden a communism. Well, when he speaks the words of a communist, in my book, that makes him a communist.

New York tried socialism and it didn’t work. California is trying socialism and it isn’t work. At one time both states had massive successful economies. By the day, their economies are crumbling. The worst part is that they aren’t satisfied with that. They expect to force their communism on us all while expecting us to bail them out.

They cannot manage their forests, so now, the California governor begs us for money to help them fight their fires. Because New York could not manage their medical supplies, the governor begged for money and supplies from the rest of us. Then he blames the president for the problem that came from a communist country. Tell me that makes sense.

If you want to know what the soviet union of the United States would look like, look at what New York looks like now. People are leaving the state in bunches. New York used to be the most populace state. Now, it follows California and Florida. If things continue, they could end up with less people than Mississippi.

Then as Maximo Alvarez said, where do we go when all the states resemble New York. What do we do when the US resembles China or Russia. What do we do when we go to the store and can’t find a loaf of bread? What do we do when there is no gasoline at the stations? What happens when they turn off the electricity as they do in California?

Right now, it only happens in other countries. Right now, it only happens in other states. What do you do you do when it happens here? What do we do? Where do we go?

We all make mistakes, small and great. Most of our mistakes we can recover from. Letting Biden and his friends take over would be a major mistake that we would never recover from–ever.

Experience

Without a doubt, we can say that the wise person learns from his experience.  However, as for me, I like to profit from the experience of others.  Mostly, it costs me less.  Then again, maybe I am wrong.  After all, I am hardly one to give advice.  I am basically living off my Social Security at 72.  (Some retirement)

Nonetheless, I have no bills other than insurance, utilities and taxes.  Unless some unforeseen disaster comes along, I’ll do just fine.

Then I look at all these cities governments that want to do away with their police.  OK.  Fine.  I don’t think it is such a good idea but if that’s what they really want, it is their decision to live with.  Even so, I suggest they hold off for a month or two.  When the other cities meet with disaster, then the cities that hold back will be able to learn from the mistakes of the others.

On the other hand, if your city officials launch right out and do away with the police right away, then the other cities will learn your mistake and so will you.  Then, all the police you did have will be gone and reorganizing a new department will take far too long, not to mention the time it will take to replace all the police officers.

By the way, in this case, the cost of the experience might be more than money.  It will very likely cost lives as well: black, brown and white.  It will likely hit the blacks worst of all.  That would make the lesson very expensive for you and even more for your constituents.  Then again, I have been wrong a time or two.  It just might cost you far more than you would ever have ever thought.

Then, we all will be able to file this under dumb ideas.  The tragedy is that still won’t learn.  It is the nature of dummycrats.  They keep trying the same old things and expecting something different.  The fact is, there are some folks who are bad and need to be locked up, for their good as well as society.  To do this, we need police, district attorneys and courts.  Without them, even some honest people break the law.

An Instant Change In Direction

I have been told a time or two that nothing can make an instantaneous change in direction.  For Instance, consider a baseball thrown at 100 mph.  After it is hit by a bat, it goes 100 mph in virtually the opposite direction.

The ball takes some time to make that change in direction.  Moreover, at some instant in time, the ball stands still.  I suppose, for a fraction of a second, the ball must decelerate to nothing.  Then, it spends, likely about the same time accelerating to 100 mph, but in the opposite direction.

Of course, we humans see it as instantaneous.  It all happens so fast we can’t follow the change.  Even the mathematician would have a difficult time with it.  Determining just how long it took the ball to make the turnaround would be very difficult with even the best slow-motion camera.  I don’t know.  I don’t know if it could be measured or calculated at all.

One thing I do know.  The change in direction is slow compared to those dummycrats when it comes to determining if a woman has been sexually abused or not.  Consider, the Clintons.  He admitted guilt and lying about it.  Then, his wife and all the dummycrats got behind him and said, “It’s okay.”  …and of course, any other woman that made any accusations were instantly turned into trailer-park trash.  Hillary simply waved her magic wand and the threat to her husband disappeared faster than that homer I was considering earlier.

Then, Judge Cavanaugh is accused of all sorts of sordid things with absolutely no evidence…

BANG!!

The ball instantly stops and heads the opposite way.  The man is, of course, absolutely guilty and should never be allowed to be dogcatcher.

Then Bidden is accused with some evididence…

BANG!!

The ball reverses again, this time faster.


I’ve figured it out.  Justice is far simpler than I ever thought.  If the man has a D after his name, he didn’t do it.  Even if he did, it doesn’t matter.

If the man has an R after his name, he is automatically guilty and should be hung from the nearest tree.

That settles it.  If I am ever accused of anything, I will make sure there is a D after my name.  That will result in a short trial, if any, even if I’m guilty.

I figure that a D after my name would give me a license to do all sorts of things.

Then again, I wouldn’t be the first to use that tactic.  Somehow or other, I don’t think I would be the last.

If you don’t think it works, consider the Keeting five.  In this case, McCain and four dummycrats got caught with their hands in the cookie jar.  The result was the downfall of the savings and loan system.  Had it not been for the four dummycrats, McCain would have gotten what he deserved, prison time.  Then again, they could hardly throw him in jail and let the others go.  So they let all five go.

Unlike most, I remember the incident.  I was in my mid-twenties. I had money in Lincoln Savings, one of the institutions McCain robbed.  (only he used no gun or mask)  I thought sure that they would all go to jail.  It was the first time I got a good look at how things really work in politics.

The way things are today, they would have still let the others go free.  However, because McCain had an R after his name, he would have gone to prison, or at least he would have lost his seat in the Senate.