Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Biden’s space policy: One giant leap for climate change

China hunting in America...

Federal authorities unveiled criminal charges Wednesday against eight people who allegedly served as part of a covert Chinese repatriation squad that sought to forcibly return fugitives to the Beijing government.

The suspects, whose mission was allegedly sanctioned by the Peoples Republic of China, worked for more than three years as part of a campaign known as "Operation Fox Hunt" to coerce Chinese nationals living in the United States to return to China where they were wanted for various government offenses, said John Demers, chief of the Justice Department's National Security Division. 

Five of the suspects, including a New Jersey private investigator who allegedly assisted with surveillance, were arrested earlier Wednesday and charged as illegal agents of the PRC. The three others are believed to be living in China.

"The Chinese government's brazen attempts to surveil, threaten and harass our own citizens and lawful permanent residents while on American soil are part of China's diverse campaign of theft and malign influence in our country and around the world," FBI Director Christopher Wray said.

London Has Fallen | Financial Collapse

A Biden Admin Would Stop Deportations, Undermine Immigration Laws

I listened to the first half of this.

Fwd: That was me...

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Fwd: Political Terror

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From: Larry 

7 Open Leftist Threats That Political Terror Is Coming To America Whether Trump Wins Or Not

Examples of hostilities toward Trump and his supporters abound, but leftists' threats of terror are even greater should Biden win the presidency.

Trump Resistance Plans 'Mass Mobilization' After Election To Shut Down The Country If Biden Doesn't Win

Shut Down DC's 'Strategic framework for action following the 2020 election' sketches out their plans for rioting and attacking American institutions and life unless and until Joe Biden is installed as president.

1. A Think Tank Guy Should Meet…A Firing Squad

First, in a chilling Twitter incident, agitator Nils Gilman called for the execution of journalist and former Trump adviser Michael Anton. Gilman publicly stated, "Michael Anton is the Robert Brasillach of our times and deserves the same fate." Brasillach was a Nazi collaborator in France whose fate was execution by firing squad. Neither Gilman nor Twitter took down the tweet, despite many protests, including a public letter of grave concern from the Claremont Institute, where Anton is a senior fellow.

Gilman is head of the George Soros-funded Berggruen Institute and a co-founder of the "Transition Integrity Project," which war-gamed the ouster of Trump from office regardless of whether he wins re-election. Anton's crime, in Gilman's mind, was publishing an article about Gilman's project in the American Mind, titled "The Coming Coup."

Why is Gilman's Sept. 21 death threat against Anton still up on Twitter an entire month later? Will it remain up after the election?

2. Shoot This CEO For Not being Woke Enough

Second, former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo objected to the company Coinbase's decision to ease up on forcing employees to engage in social justice agendas such as critical race theory. Costolo accused Coinbase's CEO Brian Armstrong of being among the "me-first capitalists" who would be the first lined up and "shot in the revolution."

Costolo, who has 1.5 million Twitter followers, added that he would "happily provide video commentary" of the executions. The tweet has disappeared, although there is no mention of it being deleted. One response comes with a screenshot though:

3. If Trump Loses, His Supporters Remain 'An Existential Threat'

Third, if the Democrats take over the reins of power — in an election, a coup, or a bought-and-paid-for "color revolution" — what happens to those who have supported Trump?

Take a look at this Aug. 1 Salon article, which argues that even if Biden wins, Trumpism "will survive the election and continue to be an existential threat." Author Paul Rosenberg examines the arguments in writings by John Feffer and other anti-Trump pundits who believe there is a lot of work to be done to force the "de-trumpification" of America. They compare Trump supporters to Nazis or the Baathists of Saddam Hussein's Iraq and describe America under Trump as a "pathocracy."

Rosenberg cites Feffer, who says the solution is "to drain the swamp Trump created, bring criminal charges against the former president and his key followers, and launch a serious campaign to change the hearts and minds of Americans who have been drawn to this president's agenda." He even brings up the Nuremberg trials as instructive, trials that resulted in death sentences for 37 Nazis.

That isn't good enough, however, according to Feffer. It's important to go after "low-level participants" to root out Trumpism. It recommends enforcing this changing of "hearts and minds" so that there is "an attitudinal shift that could lead to lasting transformation." This is not a far cry from re-education camps and coercive thought reform.

The formula appears to be threefold and on a large scale, "the scale on which we need to be thinking," according to the Salon article. First, divide the so-called redeemable Trump supporters from those intent on keeping America great. Second, send those who are problematic to virtual education camps. Third, stomp out all the ideas the power elites don't like.

In the same vein, former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, who has 1 million Twitter followers, recommended that a "Truth and Reconciliation Commission" be established to rid the nation of Trumpism.

4. Prosecute Everyone Who Supported Trump

Fourth, former MSNBC host Keith Olbermann recently ranted that everyone associated with Trump, including his enablers and supporters, must be "prosecuted and convicted and removed from our society." To many, Olbermann might seem to be a has-been, but he has nearly 1 million Twitter followers. He represents the viewpoint of many in the propaganda media that control more than 90 percent of the megaphones. Olbermann referred to Trump supporters as "maggots" who needed to be chased from the stage.

5. Trump Supporters 'Must Be Eradicated From Society'

Fifth, on Aug. 4, 2019, a supposed religious scholar and CNN contributor Reza Aslan announced on Twitter — a tweet still up as of Oct. 22 — that all Trump supporters "must be eradicated from society" along with Trump, and that there is "no longer any room for nuance." Aslan has nearly 300,000 followers.

His extremely defamatory and threatening tweet reads verbatim: "The President is a white nationalist terror leader. His supporters — ALL OF THEM — are by definition white nationalist terror supporters. The MAGA hat is a KKK hood. And his evil, racist scourge must be eradicated from society."

7. Plots to Dox Political Opponents

Seventh, the left is now using doxing tools to invite widespread targeting of Trump voters. A recently unveiled database called "The Media Manipulation Casebook" is described as a means of gathering personal information that exposes anonymous Trump supporters. NBC News reporter Brandy Zadrozny appears to use it to find "addresses, property records … even Amazon wish lists" that can be a "goldmine for learning about what a person reads, buys, and wants."

At the same time, open-source materials, such as donations tracked by the Federal Election Commission, are being used to invite the targeting of Trump donors, either by name or address on a hostile site. The information can be used much like the Southern Poverty Law Center's "hate map," which triggered the attempted murders at the Family Research Council and the GOP baseball practice.

Terror Is Predictably Increasing

Examples of hostilities toward Trump supporters abound. Many are connected to the potential for violence should Trump win re-election. As the examples above show, however, the threat of terror is even greater should he lose. If Democrats gain control of the White House and other branches, the left has spoken openly of their intent to punish a huge swath of Americans with a program that threatens to cancel them, impose thought-reform programs on them, and worse.

How far will this go? Members of the domestic terror organization Weather Underground, headed up by 1960s radical Bill Ayers, explained some 50 years ago that when "the revolution" came, a lot of Americans would have to be located to education camps. This sounds eerily like what Reich and others are now proposing after they oust Trump. Weather Underground members said that those who didn't comply despite re-education, which they estimated would include about 25 million Americans, would have to be eradicated, as in killed.

Of course, that could never happen here, right? Just remember that history is littered with societies filled with decent, normal people who descended into chaos and murder, often incited by propaganda from a heavily controlled media. However unlikely this seems, we must pay close attention to these patterns so we don't repeat some of the darkest days of history.

Fwd: 1 minute political video montage

From Larry:

Watch the montage of democrats from 20 seconds to 1:30

Free country?

Sixty years ago I was born into a free country. Not absolutely free, since everything is a continuum, and we have been sliding toward bigger and ever more excessive government for at least 90 years.

Nevertheless, I consider it my birthright to live in a free country. This means being able to conduct your affairs with little interference from the government. It means that the burden of government is not excessive.

We have reached a point where a very sizeable group of people advocate socialist policies that wouldn't have been entertained by either main party in past decades. If these people win, then we might as well throw away the constitution, which is already being ignored because the federal government has far exceeded its enumerated constitutional powers.


Old article I wrote

I found something that I wrote about five years ago...

First, let me say that you will be happier if you never worry about politics and only concern yourself with how to make your life better because no matter what you say or do, you will never change anything at the political level.  That, however, is not going to stop me from ranting for a couple of minutes, so please grant me this indulgence.  

Everywhere I look, I see people in poverty and suffering.  No matter what political system you live in, Capitalist or Communist, you have different degrees of the same problem where a tiny percentage of the people own maybe half of everything while a great many others are struggling.  What causes this problem?  The answer might surprise you.

Nowhere on planet Earth does limited government exist anymore, except maybe in some tiny provinces like Liechtenstein and Luxembourg, which by the way
are doing quite well.  

The American experiment in self-government worked really great for a couple of hundred years, but it has long since died and was replaced by European style socialism. When the government spends 43% of the nation's income, what effect do you think that this has on your ability to provide for your family, yourself, and your future?  See the youtube video "Why big government is bad government" and also Stephen Molyneux's video "You are being farmed."  That tiny percentage of people who own half of everything are usually the ones who are smart enough to make government largesse work to their advantage.

In my retirement, I started a couple of self-employment projects.  My point is that people are happier, more productive, and generally more prosperous when they can work for themselves.  However, excessive government regulation makes owning your own business so difficult that most people would never try, and those who do often give up.  It takes economies of scale to make running a business workable, which is why we have the current corporate culture to which most people find themselves "wage slaves."

The Keynesian idea that government spending drives the economy has failed over and over again.  Free people engaging in Free Enterprise drive the economy and make us prosperous.  The only way we can get back to that is to reign in excessive government.  (We should scrap all regulations and start over with simpler replacements.  We should start with the tax code.)

Unfortunately, it might not matter, because the excessive and failed policies of government have driven us so far into debt that we will forever be paying off that debt.


Trump vs Biden: Which Candidate is RACIST?

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Re: 3 months to Mars

The original cost of going to the moon was around 20 billion dollars.  Adjusted for inflation this is over a hundred billion.  We need that money for things on Earth, or to put it more accurately, those resources can be put to better use.  These expenditures either come out of our pockets or put us further into debt.  Either way, it is financially bad for us.

On Sun, Oct 25, 2020 at 1:40 PM Larry Trout wrote:

New nuclear engine concept could help realize 3-month trips to Mars

Seattle-based Ultra Safe Nuclear Technologies (USNC-Tech) has developed a concept for a new Nuclear Thermal Propulsion (NTP) engine and delivered it to NASA. Claimed to be safer and more reliable than previous NTP designs and with far greater efficiency than a chemical rocket, the concept could help realize the goal of using nuclear propulsion to revolutionize deep space travel, reducing Earth-Mars travel time to just three months.

According to Dr. Michael Eades, principal engineer at USNC-Tech, the new concept engine is more reliable than previous NTP designs and can produce twice the specific impulse of a chemical rocket. Specific impulse is a measure of a rocket's efficiency.

To fuel the concept, UNSC-Tech uses a Fully Ceramic Micro-encapsulated (FCM) fuel to power the engine's reactor. This fuel is based on High-Assay Low Enriched Uranium (HALEU), which is derived from reprocessed civilian nuclear fuel and is enriched to between 5 and 20 percent – greater than that of civilian reactors and less than that of naval reactors. The fuel is then encapsulated into particles coated with zirconium carbide (ZrC).

Monday, October 19, 2020

Response to herd immunity post.

I made these comments in response to the notion that the way to fight COVID is for enough people to get the disease to develop herd immunity. It was claimed that the death rate in New York has gone to almost zero... We can look at stats here: As of today, New York state has 892 new cases compared to 1584 cases for Indiana, despite New York having roughly 3 times the population. The total death rate in New York compared to cases is 6.4%. The total death rate in Indiana is 2.65%, which matches the US rate. However, in both states, if you compare deaths to recovered+deaths, which reflects the total number of resolved cases, then you get a higher percentage because this factors out unresolved cases. In New York, I get 7.5%, and in Indiana, we get 3.5%, and for the whole country, we get 4.1% If you compare new deaths to new cases, then you get 1.55% for New York and 1.45% in Indiana. Since these are only one-day figures, the numbers could be way off, but this is a long way from zero. You could attribute lower death rates due to better health treatments. Early death rates were spiked by mismanagement, especially in New York. It is not proven that the number of new cases in New York is is lower due to herd immunity, especially since only about 2.5% of the population has been infected. New York has been in lockdown for months, and they have been stricter than most states. It has been claimed that there are a larger number of asymptomatic cases, and there likely is, but I don't think that we have good evidence of what that is. The World Health Organization thinks that 1/10 people have been infected, but that still leaves 90% of the population who can spread the disease. The most optimistic projection that I have seen for the death rate of COVID is around 0.7%. This comes from the CDC. Infect 300 million people and you still have 2 million deaths.

We are so close to a vaccine that we should be trying to prevent more people from getting sick and dying.


Star Trek: Lower Decks Showrunner Claims Every Starfleet Officer Is "Baseline Bisexual"

McMahan did a recent interview with Variety, where he discussed quite a bit of his plans for the second season of the animated show while also confirming that they're planning to explore Ensign Mariner's sexuality more prominently.

During the interview, McMahan revealed that Mariner was romantically involved with Captain Amina Ramsey when the two were at the Academy.

The showrunner stated, "The thing about privilege is that some people have it, some people don't. But everybody has their own story as well."

He continued, "There's an episode in the first season where you meet Mariner's close friend, confidant, and probably lover from the Academy days, who literally says, 'You used to be the best of us, you were going to be a captain, what happened to you?'"

That character is Captain Amina Ramsey. And McMahan would be asked a follow-up on that revelation confirming if she is indeed her lover.

He responded, "We weren't explicit about it, because most of the relationships in this show are familial or friendship love. It's not physical love. That character showing up, the story we're telling about them has nothing to do with any previous relationships they've had."

He then went on to reveal that all the Starfleet officers on the show are "baseline bisexual."

He stated, "For me and for the writers as we were making this, we didn't intentionally mean for anybody to be strictly heteronormative or straight or cis. Every Starfleet officer is probably at the baseline bisexual, in a way. That being said, I am not the most amazing person at writing those kind of stories. I think we get a little bit better about it in the second season."

McMahan would also discuss the show's inclusiveness. He stated, "It's something I think we need to be better about. If there's anything I can say about inclusiveness — whether it's about sex or gender or race or anything — is that I know that I can always learn more and be better about it, and I'm always trying to do that."

He then specifically stated they should have made it clearer that Mariner had a female lover, "This is one of those cases where we could have done a better job of explicitly stating the things that the writers always knew about Mariner. It seeps in there in little ways, which even irritates me even more, like you start off the season with Mariner saying, "Whoa, she's like the hottest girl on the ship, are you nervous?" —  that's one of her first lines."

McMahan continued, "That doesn't put a stake in the ground, which I wish we had done a little bit more explicitly. It's always a learning experience. We're going to be trying to be better about it. And we are more explicit about it in the second season."

Friday, October 16, 2020

Spike in new COVID cases.

Not long ago in Indiana, we were looking at 500 new cases per day. I was kind of surprised when it crept over 1,000. The latest includes 300 cases whose reporting was delayed for technical reasons, but that still leaves us with 2,000 new cases.


Saturday, October 10, 2020

Mark Ruffalo Accuses Israel and America of ‘Apartheid’

Mark Ruffalo has been extremely outspoken lately, mostly trashing Trump and Republicans with some really rude comments. As much as I like the actor, this lowers my opinion of him. Unfortunately, he is not the only one.

Best wishes,

John Coffey

The Rush Limbaugh Show | iHeartRadio

Rush welcomes President Trump for the largest Radio Rally in history.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

The Side Effects of Vaccines - How High is the Risk?

Declassified docs show CIA briefed Obama on Hillary's plan to link Trump to Russia

AOC Threatens Americans: "You're Not Going Back to Brunch"

The secret history of dirt

This is a bit environmentalist but interesting nevertheless.

It would be reasonable to assume that farmers have some training in how to take care of their soil as well as some incentive to do so.  Otherwise, they would be getting lower yields every year.  It is possible that they rely heavily on chemical fertilizers, which is mostly just nitrogen, instead of natural ones.  Chemical fertilizers are derived from fossil fuels, which are a finite resource.

Thursday, October 1, 2020


This is especially relevant to anyone who has seen the movie "A Boy and his Dog."