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5G and the Internet of Things — Connectedness We Can Do Without

December 5, 2018

The “5G” hype is getting feverish, which always should inspire caution and skepticism. One of the great “advantages” of 5G is supposed to be improved connection in the “Internet of Things,” itself another buzzphrase with dark corners. Do I want a “connected” refrigerator with a backdoor to China (or to NSA, for that matter)? From an article on CNET:

“5G ‘will lay the foundation for smartphones, later cars and virtually every electronic device that will be connected,’ Qualcomm president Cristiano Amon said during a keynote. ‘That first step (smartphones) is getting to us in the first half of 2019.'”

Maybe it’s because I’m an old, retired IT curmudgeon, but I really don’t WANT my “every electronic device” connecting to China and the NSA, without my knowledge and consent.

Thanks, but no thanks.

https://www.cnet.com/news/samsung-qualcomm-phone-prototypes-tease-our-5g-future/?ftag=CAD5920658&bhid=19125763813015544758985853634092

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Why I Don’t Trust Pre-Election Voter Surveys

October 29, 2018

Models and history no longer work, any more than weather forecasts after a huge volcanic eruption, because the assumptions under which they work no longer apply. (Yes, Trump IS the volcanic eruption.)

Surveys no longer can be relied on because the samples they pull are no longer representative.

Random telephone book samples no longer work, because too many potential respondents no longer have landline phones, and those that do have caller ID and don’t answer calls from unknown numbers.

Cellular phones are not reliably listed anywhere in numbers sufficient to produce answers that are statistically valid, and users also tend not to answer unknown numbers, further reducing the respondent pool.

The geographic confines of a cellular number sample are no longer valid, because cellular users can retain their phone numbers across area codes and can’t be used to reflect opinions in a given Congressional district, county or even state.

Until representative samples can be found that are large enough to be statistically valid (1,000, at a bare minimum, for a geographic area or demographic group), voter preference surveys cannot be trusted. As of now, the only way to get that kind of sample is to send teams out into the field, knocking on doors. That process is so time-consuming and expensive that a sample may have changed based on events or publicity.

I would rather bet on my instincts than rely on the results of any pre-election survey.

Oh, and I did take a Stats class in grad school. Passed it. Not by a lot, but I passed it.

Socialism, Or Sustainability? Pick One.

August 6, 2018

You can’t have both, Progressives, Socialists, SJWs, Socialist Democrats, or whatever else you followers of that fraudulent 19th Century dogma are calling yourselves, today.

Sustainability is one of the favored warm and fuzzy, smokescreen terms used by Progressives to justify population control, wiping out private property rights and — ultimately — controlling every waking or sleeping moment of every member of the proletariat.

““Sustainability in a general sense is the capacity to support, maintain or endure.” —
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sustainability

You do know that Socialism is NOT SUSTAINABLE, don’t you?

Once you confiscate and re-distribute the wealth, there is no more wealth. Then, you have to start confiscating income, but a growing Taker Class and a shrinking Maker Class makes income shrink and disappear, as well.

What else are the Makers supposed to do, when they see the fruit of their efforts taken by force and given to Takers? More and more of them become Takers, too. They would be insane not to, wouldn’t they?

Sooner or later, it always happens in Socialism. Heard of Margaret Thatcher, SJWs? Does she come up in your politically-correct history books? She identified the fatal flaw in Socialism, the flaw that always brings about Socialist countries’ collapse:

“Sooner or later, you run out of other people’s money.”

When the money runs out, things get nasty. Empty shelves. Food riots. Fuel shortages. Labor camps. Mass graves. In other words, Socialism, which promises free stuff for all, only serves up poverty, oppression and death.

Not for the wealthy “leadership” of course. They live in sheltered compounds, on smuggled goods and offshore accounts, and life goes on — for them. For you Useful Idiots who put them in power, not so much.

It always ends that way, in Socialism. There is no “doing it right.” There is no such thing as an endless source of “other people’s money.” No one will ever change that, with all the grand rhetoric and glowing promises in the world.

Socialism is not sustainable.

Don’t Blame Technology. Blame the Way It’s Used.

July 18, 2018

Well, maybe not.

When I was five or six, I thought our table-model radio from the late ’40s was about the coolest thing around… glowing tubes and room-filling sound from around the world (it had AM and two short-wave bands). It was on that device I heard my first foreign languages, and tuning around on AM at night, I was amazed to hear — from my Indiana kitchen — WLS, Chicago, WWL, New Orleans, WSB, Atlanta, WABC, New York, WFAA, Dallas… and a thousand weaker stations, some in foreign languages, fading in and out of the noise. I had begun my life-long fascination with the magic of radio.

On short wave, I got my first good sampling of languages other than English, beginning with Spanish (Havana, Madrid, Mexico City), and eventually, Russian, Swedish, Arabic, Chinese, Polish… and a dozen other language my parents couldn’t even guess at.

Besides hearing the languages, I learned there was a big, wide world, out there. Even at five or six, I understood there was a battle of ideas around that world. Back then, the Voice of America and the BBC were still proud defenders of Western Civilization, freedom, and other quaint concepts. I heard the English language service from Moscow and Havana, spilling their Anti-American vitriol, and I understood they were talking about me and my family.

That RCA table-model radio gave me the picture of the world I carry around today, for the most part, and the ability to make my own pictures to go with the sounds of Roy Rogers, The Lone Ranger, Jack Benny, Abbot and Costello, The Grand Ole’ Opry, The Shadow, and Gangbusters.

Technology in the form of radio made my childhood better. Technology is neutral. It is what is done with it that makes all the difference.

“Hacking” The DNC — That’s Not Saying Much.

July 18, 2018

What with idiots using passwords like “password,” gullible insiders responding helpfully to phishing emails, and disgruntled employees loading data onto a thumb drive and walking out with it, who needs “hacking”?

The Democrats are like some twit parking his Rolls Royce at the curb unlocked, with the motor running and the keys in it, and then being surprised when it’s stolen.

The Russian Collusion Delusion — Why Should We Believe It, Again?

July 18, 2018

Why are we supposed to believe the “Russian hacking and collusion” story, in the first place?

Well, all 17 members of the “intelligence community” made dozens of unsubstantiated assertions to that effect, and they all repeated each other’s unsubstantiated assertions, and the media repeated those unsubstantiated assertions, and then individual media outlets repeated other media outlets’ unsubstantiated assertions, and politicians repeated the media’s unsubstantiated assertions, and politicians repeated other politicians’ unsubstantiated assertions… so those unsubstantiated assertions must be true.

(It’s also called, “The Big Lie.”)

Watching The Media/Marxist/RINO Volcano Eruption Over Helsinki

July 18, 2018

Listening to the establishment types on Fox and the Marxist Useful Idiots on the other networks agree on the falsehood that Trump, in his meeting with Putin, made some terrible faux pas or other, and didn’t deal with topics they wanted him to, just enhances my respect for him, and confirms my disregard for them.

At best, they continue to be baffled by him because he doesn’t fit their model of the typical, colorless, spineless hack we have become used to as president. At worst, they think he is The Enemy, and want him keelhauled.

This peculiar alliance between Neo-Con/Geritaric Oligarch Party Trump-haters and Marxist/Mohammedan Trump-haters at least helps us identify who the real enemies are in this sub-critical civil war currently brewing. Maybe the Republican-Democrat dichotomy was never real; just a convenient way to split the rest of us apart and keep us weak and quarrelsome.

Those of us who want the republic described in the Declaration and Constitution are being delineated from those who want an authoritarian world order, powered by slaves (‘Human Resources’) and run by grand strategists in a scheme that reminds one of The Matrix.

Some of us are willing to face the dangers of freedom. We have already taken the Red Pill. We are a threat to the machine.

Government Killed Eric Garner — but Eric Garner Helped

December 4, 2014

I have some questions about this case. but first, I’d like to restrict the careless use of the terms “chokehold” and “choked” from the discussion. Does nobody bother to understand the difference between CHOKING and STRANGLING? CHOKING is blockage of the airway, usually at the trachea, preventing breathing. Death ensues in a minute, or less. STRANGLING is blockage of blood circulation to and from the brain, by blocking the major veins and arteries in the neck.

Death from this takes a little longer, but results in unconsciousness in much less time. Both choke holds and strangleholds, on an adult. require two, locked hands or some instrument, such as a rope or necktie, to apply pressure to the airway, veins and arteries, in any combination. The video is poor, but the ME’s report denies any injury to the airway or bones of the neck, making it VERY unlikely that either a choke or strangle WAS EVER APPLIED.

The dead man was obese (MORBIDLY obese, I would say, from the video), and it is a matter of record that he had multiple, chronic medical problems of the type associated with obese men, including but probably not limited to, Congestive Heart Failure, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (asthma and “heart disease” are often quoted from the ME’s report), hypertension, kidney failure and other contestants in what was already a horse race to see which killed him before the others could.

The point of the above is to assert that he may have been on the verge of collapse and death before this event. I DON’T rule out that his death may have been made immediate by the stress of his arrest, including wrestling with cops trying to handcuff him, and possibly even sitting or kneeling on his thorax to control him. The continuous pressure of an adult male on Garner’s chest or back, compressing his thorax and impeding return blood flow from his body to his heart, and keeping him from taking a full breath, would have done nothing to help his blood circulation or his ability to breathe.

Whatever happened out of sight of the camera, his respiration was good enough for him to complain loudly enough to be heard in the video that he couldn’t breathe. If you can’t breathe, YOU CAN’T TALK, because it takes moving air to talk. He was talking, and therefore, breathing, during the arrest.

It is entirely possible he was having a heart attack or some life-threatening arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat that doesn’t circulate blood), while the arrest was going on. It may not have been detected until he was in the ambulance, on an EKG monitor, or maybe not even then. Whatever caused the cardiac arrest in the ambulance, the takedown on the street certainly could have contributed to it, but he could easily have dropped dead on the street that day, with no one else to blame, because of his abuse and neglect of his own body.

As far as the force used, that was the result of new laws on the books at the state or city level that were intended to recover lost revenue that was supposed to roll in as a result of absurdly high state and local taxes on cigarettes. As much as New York’s government hates free markets, the forces that drive them are like gravity, and cannot be pushed aside by sin taxes and “revenuers.”

Government greed was the first and most significant contributor to this man’s death, followed closely by his own behavior, short-term and long-term. NOT a police choke hold, but a government choke hold. It probably would not have happened as it did, if New York City and State weren’t trying to choke every last cent of revenue out of their residents, to fund their bloated, inefficient and corrupt governments.

The RNC Is Begging, Again

July 29, 2014

Yes, I have received yet another email from the RNC, begging for money. The tone of this one is a little desperate, suggesting I may have “abandoned the Republican Party.” I decided to reply via this neglected blog, with my responses interspersed in red italics. Enjoy!

 

Dear Friend,

Did you abandon the Republican Party?

To paraphrase another Republican, “I didn’t abandon the Republican Party. The Republican Party abandoned me.”

Chairman Priebus has written to you already this year asking you to contribute to the RNC and renew your membership. But we haven’t received your financial support yet this year.

He didn’t receive it, because I didn’t send it. The GOP only cares about conservatives and the Constitution when it wants our money and our shoe leather to get them re-elected – again. The rest of the time, we are an embarrassment and a burden.

Your past support has shown us that you believe in the Republican Party and the conservative principles we stand for. That’s why we still believe you haven’t given up on the Republican Party yet.

I haven’t given the GOP a dime in over a decade. I HAVE contributed and campaigned for individual candidates I believed in.

So we are giving you one more chance to renew your membership with the Republican National Committee.

Thanks for one more chance to tell you all to go to hell, so I can get on with my vetting of individual candidates, versus the candidates selected by the Party Elite, who are, more often or not, no better than democrats in their actions.

Right now you are handing the advantage over to Democrats. That’s exactly what President Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid want you to do. With committed Republicans like you sitting out in 2014, the Democrats are able to continue their liberal rampage on conservative principles.

There was a time when I believed this pack of lies – that the only choices were the handpicked hacks from the GOP geritocracy, or hand the country over to the Democrats. No longer. As I said, any money I have to spare will go to candidates who respect the Constitution, not to Big Business surrogates and RINOs.

2014 is our last chance to step in, step up, and take back the Senate to regain Republican control in Washington. Don’t turn your back on the Republican Party now.

I don’t intend to give the US Senate to a bunch of Democrats masquerading as Republicans. I don’t WANT “Republican control of the Senate.” I want CONSTITUTIONAL control of the Senate.

Renew your membership with the Republican National Committee now and support our fight to defeat liberal Democrats.

Ain’t happenin’, Scooter. Buzz off.

Thanks,

Tony Parker

RNC Treasurer

RINOs — Always Ready to Surrender

July 24, 2011

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Republican Senators Offer Alternative Plan for Martial Law

Washington, October 29th, 2012

In the wake of President Obama’s declaration of martial law last week, just weeks before the 2012 general election, moderate Senate Republicans have proposed some alternatives to the President’s executive orders authorizing indefinite detention without trial and civil asset forfeiture.

The measures were described as “draconian” by former talk show host Rush Limbaugh, who has not been heard from in several days. Senate Republicans Olympia Snow, John McCain and minority leader Mitch McConnell came forward today with what they call “a reasonable alternative” to the emergency measures. They say they have met with Senators Harry Reid and Dick Durbin to negotiate the release on recognizance of several Republican senators, congressmen, and state governors, all of whom had been “very critical” of the emergency measures.

Senate Majority Leader McConnell spoke for the group:

“In this time of crisis, we must reach across the aisle to our colleagues and come to some sort of compromise on these executive orders. While we appreciate the urgency and severity of the situation that faces the President, we believe it is possible to deal with our unfortunate circumstances with a more moderate, measured approach.”

“We propose to allow those thousands of Americans being held incommunicado and without legal representation or charges being filed, to be released on their own recognizance from the detention camps around the country, after signing an agreement not to participate in political activity. They should be allowed to return to their homes, if they have not been demolished or re-assigned to needy immigrant families. They should wear a GPS-enabled house arrest ankle bracelet and keep authorities apprised of their whereabouts at all times.

“Of course, we would expect the President’s National Stability Police Force to continue to hold anyone who is a real security threat, but we expect that such detainees would be tried and convicted or released within a reasonable period.”

Saying they were trying to reach missing Congressional colleagues to get a consensus in support of the compromise, McConnell expects to be allowed to meet with the President’s chief of staff to present the proposal “within the next few weeks.”

{Note — like my “euthanasia letter” of a while back, I started this out as satire, but, as in that letter,  the events described are not nearly as fanciful or funny as most of us wish they were. The best I can manage is a strong sense of irony. From irony to irons, you might say. — TC}

AndersonVille POW Camp -- Mass Grave

We've done it before -- Andersonville POW Camp, circa 1864 -- Mass Grave http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/11andersonville/11visual3.htm