Sunday, January 15, 2017

The Trump Haters

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When I think of the Obama supporters who have berated me for my blogs the last 8 years calling me a racist and complaining I should just give him a chance. And now they want to disrupt the inauguration, march and demonstrate, call names and get hysterical. Now who are the haters? I'm so ashamed of some of my unhinged friends. At least I wrote about policies--failing, socialist policies. Trump has threatened to save babies, to keep out terrorists and fight drug trafficking. He's unhinged Washington, even the Republicans because it is a closed club, not responsible to the people who voted for them. What low income or minority American is better off because they had the emotional boost of a black president? Only if they are celebrities who performed at his events or worked in the investment companies he favored.  The Trump haters are like a lynch mob with media support--they won't stop until they've killed someone and blamed him. I thought they went round the bend with Bush, but it's an addiction.

Gather your little Democrat club and go march and demand change in Chicago. It's all theirs. Hasn't been a Republican administration in my life time. You can really get that 60's feel you old timers are looking for.

Chicago by Moses Lambert

"Chicago was a perfectly symbolic setting for Obama to give his last official speech; the city is a petri dish of the failed radical policies Obama attempted to impose on the country as a whole.

Of course, Chicago was an appropriate locale for the goodbye address. It’s a violent, one-party city that is collapsing under the weight of its own corruption.

Ruled by his White House chief of staff, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, in 2016 there were 762 murders in Chicago, more than all the murders recorded that year in New York City and Los Angeles combined.

There were 4331 people shot in Chicago in 2016, up from 3550 in 2015, in a city where politicians blame inanimate objects, instead of criminals, for homicides and work relentlessly to deprive helpless residents of their Second Amendment rights.

Chicago is a so-called sanctuary city that goes out of its way to shield illegal aliens from immigration authorities and make their lives as comfortable as possible at the expense of everyone else. Obama protégé Emanuel is a strident, in-your-face supporter of the sanctuary city movement that gave illegal aliens permission to rob, rape, and murder Americans.

Chicago’s debt has junk-bond status and residents are fleeing the city in droves in search of greener pastures.

It is home to failing public schools made worse by the militant, rapacious Chicago Teachers Union and spectacularly unsuccessful public housing complexes.

They should really just rename Chicago “Obama City.” "

From his Facebook page.

The Future

My sister-in-law sent me this guy's summary, which he says came from Singularity University summit. Very interesting, and some you've heard before. Those in the automotive field particularly need to pay attention--things are changing more quickly than you can say, "retirement." Technology is wonderful, but it does come with challenges. I watched what it did to my profession (library science) 25 years ago. At first it was fun; when I left I was just tired of relearning my job every day.

I (Udo Gollub) just went to the Singularity University summit and here are the key learnings.

In 1998, Kodak had 170,000 employees and sold 85% of all photo paper worldwide....
Within just a few years, their business model disappeared and they got bankrupt.
What happened to Kodak will happen in a lot of industries in the next 10 year - and most people don't see it coming. Did you think in 1998 that 3 years later you would never take pictures on paper film again?

Yet digital cameras were invented in 1975. The first ones only had 10,000 pixels, but followed Moore's law. So as with all exponential technologies, it was a disappointment for a long time, before it became way superiour and got mainstream in only a few short years. It will now happen with Artificial Intelligence, health, autonomous and electric cars, education, 3D printing, agriculture and jobs. Welcome to the 4th Industrial Revolution. Welcome to the Exponential Age.

Software will disrupt most traditional industries in the next 5-10 years.

Uber is just a software tool, they don't own any cars, and are now the biggest taxi company in the world. Airbnb is now the biggest hotel company in the world, although they don't own any properties.

Artificial Intelligence: Computers become exponentially better in understanding the world. This year, a computer beat the best Go player in the world, 10 years earlier than expected. In the US, young lawyers already don't get jobs. Because of IBM Watson, you can get legal advice (so far for more or less basic stuff) within seconds, with 90% accuracy compared with 70% accuracy when done by humans. So if you study law, stop immediately. There will be 90% less laywyers in the future, only specialists will remain.

Watson already helps nurses diagnosing cancer, 4 time more accurate than human nurses. Facebook now has a pattern recognition software that can recognize faces better than humans. In 2030, computers will become more intelligent than humans.

Autonomous cars: In 2018 the first self driving cars will appear for the public. Around 2020, the complete industry will start to be disrupted. You don't want to own a car anymore. You will call a car with your phone, it will show up at your location and drive you to your destination. You will not need to park it, you only pay for the driven distance and can be productive while driving. Our kids will never get a driver's licence and will never own a car. It will change the cities, because we will need 90-95% less cars for that. We can transform former parking space into parks. 1,2 million people die each year in car accidents worldwide. We now have one accident every 100,000km, with autonomous driving that will drop to one accident in 10 million km. That will save a million lifes each year.

Most car companies might become bankrupt. Traditional car companies try the evolutionary approach and just build a better car, while tech companies (Tesla, Apple, Google) will do the revolutionary approach and build a computer on wheels. I spoke to a lot of engineers from Volkswagen and Audi; they are completely terrified of Tesla.

Insurance companies will have massive trouble because without accidents, the insurance will become 100x cheaper. Their car insurance business model will disappear.
Real estate will change. Because if you can work while you commute, people will move further away to live in a more beautiful neighborhood.

Electric cars will become mainstream until 2020. Cities will be less noisy because all cars will run on electric. Electricity will become incredibly cheap and clean: Solar production has been on an exponential curve for 30 years, but you can only now see the impact. Last year, more solar energy was installed worldwide than fossil. The price for solar will drop so much that all coal companies will be out of business by 2025.
With cheap electricity comes cheap and abundant water. Desalination now only needs 2kWh per cubic meter. We don't have scarce water in most places, we only have scarce drinking water. Imagine what will be possible if anyone can have as much clean water as he wants, for nearly no cost.

Health: The Tricorder X price will be announced this year. There will be companies who will build a medical device (called the "Tricorder" from Star Trek) that works with you phone, which takes your retina scan, you blood sample and you breath into it. It then analyses 54 biomarkers that will identify nearly any disease. It will be cheap, so in a few years everyone on this planet will have access to world class medicine, nearly for free.

3D printing: The price of the cheapest 3D printer came down from 18,000$ to 400$ within 10 years. In the same time, it became 100 times faster. All major shoe companies started 3D printing shoes. Spare airplane parts are already 3D printed in remote airports. The space station now has a printer that eliminates the need for the large amout of spare parts they used to have in the past.

At the end of this year, new smartphones will have 3D scanning possibilities. You can then 3D scan your feet and print your perfect shoe at home. In China, they already 3D printed a complete 6-storey office building. By 2027, 10% of everything that's being produced will be 3D printed.

Business opportunities: If you think of a niche you want to go in, ask yourself: "in the future, do you think we will have that?" and if the answer is yes, how can you make that happen sooner? If it doesn't work with your phone, forget the idea. And any idea designed for success in the 20th century is doomed in to failure in the 21st century.

Work: 70-80% of jobs will disappear in the next 20 years. There will be a lot of new jobs, but it is not clear if there will be enough new jobs in such a small time.

Agriculture: There will be a 100$ agricultural robot in the future. Farmers in 3rd world countried can then become managers of their field instead of working all days on their fields. Aeroponics will need much less water. The first petri dish produced veal is now available and will be cheaper than cow produced veal in 2018. Right now, 30% of all agricultural surfaces is used for cows. Imagine if we don't need that space anymore. There are several startups who will bring insect protein to the market shortly. It contains more protein than meat. It will be labeled as "alternative protein source" (because most people still reject the idea of eating insects).

There is an app called "moodies" which can already tell in which mood you are. Until 2020 there will be apps that can tell by your facial expressions if you are lying. Imagine a political debate where it's being displayed when they are telling the truth and when not.

Bitcoin will become mainstream this year and might even become the default reserve currency.

Longevity: Right now, the average life span increases by 3 months per year. Four years ago, the life span used to be 79 years, now it's 80 years. The increase itself is increasing and by 2036, there will be more that one year increase per year. So we all might live for a long long time, probably way more than 100.
Education: The cheapest smartphones are already at 10$ in Africa and Asia. Until 2020, 70% of all humans will own a smartphone. That means, everyone has the same access to world class education. Every child can use Khan academy for everything a child learns at school in First World countries. We have already released our software in Indonesia and will release it in Arabic, Suaheli and Chinese this Summer, because I see an enormous potential. We will give the English app for free, so that children in Africa can become fluent in English within half a year.

From Facebook post. 

The Blue (Democrat) Church Ladies

I read that the blue church ladies are going to march in DC to protest President Trump. My loyal, to the death, Democrat friend is marching in solidarity with others who just can't imagine life without Obama. Their beliefs could classify them as a cult--hysterical, closed minded, bigoted fundamentalists, worshiping leaders with feet of clay and hands outstretched for tax money. They are late to the party. The real church ladies have been marching for life in DC in the freezing January cold for the last 40 years. They march to save the unborn. The same reason they and I voted for Donald Trump. Although Trump's not well known as an advocate for life, we're hoping he'll make the right decision for SCOTUS appointments. Could be our last chance. We know Ms. Clinton's stance--anytime, any sex (but mostly female), and especially if minority or disabled. She stated it clearly in the debates. Deplorable, that's her.

Planned Parenthood isn't just a killing field, it's a money laundering scheme with tax money returned to Democrat candidates and causes. There are 13,540 non-abortion, federally-funded health clinics that serve low-income, medically under-served populations in the United States in comparison to 665 Planned Parenthood centers. Do you really think poor women will suffer if that half a billion in our tax dollars benefits them and their babies in federal free clinics instead of PP which charges huge fees?  If you do, you're blind and deaf or marijuana is legal in your state.

7-up and antenna TV for 5 days

Five days in the guest room with antenna TV and 7-up. But it wasn't all bad. On "Decades" channel I watched an old documentary (PBS Nova 1999) "Lords of the Mafia: Russian Mafiya" about the Russian criminal network and how it had spread throughout the world after the break-up of the USSR. It had long existed and wasn't Communist, but sure weren't nice guys either. At that time they had infiltrated almost every industry and level of government of the U.S. The documentary was old enough that cyber-hacking wasn't part of the scheme--just the old fashioned spies, moles and criminals, theft, torture and death. Not hard to see it in the DNC or RNC, or any of our intelligence agencies. No Putin necessary.

Obsessed with sex

Why is what's between your legs more important to Democrats than what's between your ears? Democrats are protesting, harassing, vilifying, destroying careers, businesses, and employment for millions in religion, academia, education, medicine, investment, the arts, design, fashion and military if the politico-sexual views don't agree with their own. It's gone beyond the toddler tantrum and middle school mean girls. You could almost assume they want the country to fail, particularly for those most vulnerable and insecure. If the Democrats lose that voting block, . . . well, probably the world as we know it would end. Millions of mid-level, well-paid hacks out of a job pushing papers and grants.

Since Trump won they've gone after the fashion industry, Milo Yiannopoulos (gay writer, but not socialist), a blind opera singer, all conservatives in film and theater, LL Bean's employees and owners, and before that innocent school children wanting to pee in privacy while Democrat bureaucrats advocate for sexually mutilating confused children and pressure the medical profession with loss of grants and publishing research.

Good-bye, President Obama

Good-bye, President Obama. I do have some positive things to say. I loved your family (as promoted by the mainstream media, about which I hope they were accurate). I wish more young men would live up to your example of a faithful husband and involved father. I loved that the American people, black, white, young, old, Republican and Democrat had put the past behind them and voted a black man into the White House. But your party came before your race, honor and your country. It was a huge disappointment for millions. Race relations, as all the burning cities, cop killings, rising crime rates and demonstrations show, have never been worse. But maybe it helped break the mold of politics as usual--the Republicans fielded the most diverse group of candidates in the history of the country--female, black, Hispanic, Indian, leaders of industry, doctors, a pastor. It was fabulous. Democrats brought out same old, same old. Former FLOTUS. Aging socialist.

Being a retiree living on investments (either pension or private) we did well, as did anyone with investments. Especially the super rich. I hope under Trump, more Americans, particularly those who've been added to SNAP and unemployment roles (millions more than 2008) can also start to save and invest and pay off debt.
You did fail us in all matters of security--foreign wars, border, and cyber. You schmoozed with our enemies and stabbed long time friends in the back. It's nice to have a glib sense of humor and charming speeches on the telepromptor, but we needed much more. You are with the party of bullies and bigots and I hope as the titular (and only young) leader, you could turn that around. That would be real change.

We conservatives had 8 years of pain and frustration while your socialist, tired, boring ideas destroyed your national party. That "popular" vote Ms. Clinton got was made up of only a few boroughs in NYC and LA--otherwise she lost by 500,000 popular votes. We are United States, don't let your party of poopers destroy the country with marches, demonstrations and fake news. If you are as much a patriot as you say, you can do it.

Time out for shingles

It's been a rough week.  Friday night I noticed a small sore spot on my forehead.  Did all the normal week-end stuff--dinner with friends, church, congregational meeting. Monday noticed a few more spots but thought I had pink eye.  By Tuesday got the diagnosis of shingles, possibly in my eye.  Lots of meds, more doctor visits. Spent most of the week in the guest room in the dark.  Shingles vaccine, which I've had, is 51% protective, but we hope it lessens the break out. Today my eye is open, so that's progress. Thank God for adult children living near by.

Monday, January 09, 2017

The Golden Globes propaganda show

FBI document dump (not Wikileaks) of Clinton e-mails during the Golden Globes and football, as Meryl "The Devil wears Prada" Streep whined that Hollywood stars are being maligned. By whom? Actors have fancy award shows for themselves holding the TV audience hostage while they condemn the next president of the United States.I didn't watch the show--just saw the juicy, slimy parts on Fox.  I was catching up on "The is Us" and one of the actresses who plays Kate the obese daughter, Chrissy Metz, was up for an award (didn't win).  The new season starts Tuesday on NBC.  It really is a quality show--let's see if they can keep it up.  The obligatory gay character/problem was introduced in the last minutes of the 10th episode of season one and one of the favorites seems to be dying in the hospital. And that's all I'll tell in case you have seen it.

Saturday, January 07, 2017

Two years later, we're still vulnerable

Two years ago after the Sony hack, Obama announced a new cybersecurity agency. Yesterday I watch two security experts on the opposite side of the political fence tell why there was or wasn't evidence that Putin either did or didn't influence the recent election, both having read the exact same report. Since the intelligence report was released (not leaked as before which was evidence enough of its failure) now the American voter knows how Obama was helpless or ignored a perceived threat to our election because he thought voters would accept the worst of two flawed candidates. It's in the Constitution that the President is supposed to protect us, and he has failed.
 Here's my take.  It makes no difference--we'll never find a person who changed her vote; we'll never find a news report that isn't biased.


Americans knew who they were voting for; they knew which candidate insulted the voters; they knew which candidate would continue to use their tax dollars to kill the unborn while doing little to clean up the VA scandals; they knew which candidate would continue the scare stories about climate and which one would try to stop the drugs coming from Mexican drug lords and which would call out Islamic terrorism.
Now the American voter wonders what else we're not being told about threats to our power grid, our military, our research records, our health records which he force on to the internet in a cumbersome system,
That said, those same Americans who were sick of the lies and hate knew they would be vilified and ridiculed if they spoke their views to pollsters and anonymous callers. They knew the hate the leftist were directing at them; they'd read about CEOs who'd lost jobs for how they voted in California. 
I think the surprise at the Trump win, even from his supporters, had nothing to do with Putin. It had everything to do with the hate, fear and scorn directed at ordinary Americans. It was our very own political power house Democrats from the very top in the White House, to the candidate they chose, to the DNC's Podesta, to the media lap dogs to the Republican never Trumpers and Congressional swamp dwellers who ignored the sluggish economy with all the part time jobs, the street riots and protests, rising health care costs, and illegals pouring over our borders.

Winter Squash--Butternut

We love Butternut squash, but I think it is a pain to cut it up and prepare, so I'm dropping this in my blog so I can find it.  Tips for preparation from World's Healthiest Foods.
Rinse winter squash under cold running water before cutting.

All varieties of winter squash require peeling for steaming except Kabocha and butternut squash. You can peel winter squash with a potato peeler or knife.

Butternut squash has a unique shape that requires a special approach to cutting. To cut into cubes, it is best to first cut it in half between the neck and bulb. This makes peeling it much easier. Cut bulb in half and scoop out seeds. Slice into 1-inch slices and make 1-inch cuts across slices for 1-inch cubes. This is the best size and shape for steaming.

If you are baking your squash you don't have to peel it. Cut the ends off, cut the squash in half lengthwise down the middle, scoop out the seeds and bake. Alternatively you can leave the squash whole, pierce a few times with a fork or tip of a paring knife, bake and scoop out the seeds after it has been cooked. You can peel cooked squash easily with a knife and then cut into pieces of desired size.

Save those seeds that you scooped out! Seeds from winter squash can make a great snack food, and can be prepared in the same way as pumpkin seeds. Once scooped out from inside the squash and separated from the pulp, you can place the seeds in a single layer on a cookie sheet and lightly roast them at 160-170°F (about 75°C) in the oven for 15-20 minutes. By roasting them for a relatively short time at a low temperature you can help minimize damage to their healthy oils. Linoleic acid (the polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acid) and oleic acid (the same monounsaturated fatty acid that is plentiful in olive oil) account for about 75% of the fat found in the seeds.

Friday, January 06, 2017

Kellyanne Conway--the woman who put Trump in office

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Kellyanne will turn 50 the day her candidate becomes president. She was raised on a farm by her mother, grandmother and aunts. Married at 34, she had her four children in late 30s and early 40s. She's a success in a business overwhelmingly owned by men, shutting out all the talking heads and experts (even Rove who seems to be wrong more than he's right). She turned down contracts for data sets she thought immoral. She's strongly pro-life. She says family time should not mean everyone is looking at a different screen.

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Cyber security and Obama

Russia, China and North Korea have been cybersnooping for years. Why is Obama drawing a line in the cybersand now? He won't do anything. He just wants to discredit Trump. Podesta's e-mails with the password of "password" were virtually unknown to those who watch the MSM--CBS, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, CNN. How much time did they give to the DNC sabotaging Sanders or giving information to Clinton for the debates or bad mouthing Catholics? 2 minutes? 3 max?
"The administration uses only diplomatic and law enforcement means that have had little or no effect in deterring massive hacker attacks, primarily from China, along with those originating in Russia, Iran, and North Korea. China’s cyber attacks continue unabated, despite an announced agreement last year in which Beijing promised to curb some cyber spying. Vice Adm. James D. Syring, head of the Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency, revealed to Congress in April that Chinese military hackers are relentless, conducting cyber attacks on his agency’s networks “every day.” . . .
 Feckless Obama administration cyber security policies already have produced massive losses of U.S. data to foreign states, including valuable intellectual property from the private sector, and sensitive strategically valuable sensitive data from U.S. government networks."


Prof. George Yancey: "I have been studying Christianophobia — a highly intolerant form of antagonism toward Christians and Christianity — from the perspective of a sociologist for the past few years, and while I do not know if Clinton herself has Christianophobia, I am confident that many people in her political circle do. Those with this type of bigotry tend to be white, highly educated, politically progressive and wealthy — characteristics that probably describe Clinton's team."

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Dr. Elaina George explains how to fix health care

"The stated intention behind Obamacare was to improve the healthcare system. However, it has become apparent that the changes implemented were based on incorrect assumptions: first, that having health insurance equals access to quality affordable healthcare; second, that central planning via government regulations and mandates could be used to control costs; and third, that the behavior of doctors and patients could be controlled by implementing rigid practice guidelines (i.e., value based medicine, care driven by algorithms instead of physician judgement) and increasingly shifting the cost of healthcare to patients leading them to self-ration by pricing them out respectively.

The end result has been an increase in healthcare costs, decreased competition among insurance companies with monopolies in some states, and a decrease in both primary care and specialist physicians. Whether you like Obamacare or not, an honest assessment would conclude that it is simply not sustainable.
There is a solution which would provide a solution for everyone."

Then she lists 14 points, from block grants to states to price transparency to tort reform to expansion of Health Savings Accounts.

Winter has returned

Yesterday it was spring-like with mid-50s and rain. He got to use his new supersize umbrella.  Today it's in the low 30s and dropping, so all the other new Christmas gifts were appropriate--new slim line jeans, new socks and new ski mask.  He says the socks are like walking on clouds.

"Dear Members of Congress" public announcement from Hillary supporters demanding obstruction

Celebrities who gave us 50 years of violence and immorality in films, theater, advertising and literature are now going all squishy and prissy, making a filmed public announcement against Trump, claiming anti-this and anti-that. Islam is not a race, and drug lords don't deserve our protection of an open border and sanctuary cities.  The popular vote majority was all from their territory and not the other 49 states, but even if he'd won the popular vote in California, they would still be just as vicious. They are better than the rubes in fly over country and this is about power. They are losing across the nation in every state house, suburban house and school board. Sorry folks, you lost me in those staged, bloody murder scenes torturing and raping women, blowing up innocents and sweaty sex scenes--all for money. No credibility to get on your high horse now.

"The video was created by Humanity for Progress, formerly known as Humanity for Hillary, and directed by Liz Garbus. The featured players, including Sally Field, former The View co-host Rosie Perez, Jeffrey Wright, Keegan-Michael Key, Steve Buscemi, Lea DeLaria, Zoe Kazan and fashion designer Naeem Khan, refer to themselves as speaking for the majority of Americans, reminding their prospective audience that Trump lost the popular vote."

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Link rot and content drift

I've been blogging for over 13 years, and link rot and content drift are problems when I go back to search my archives. You may not like pulling books/journals off the shelves of libraries, but you'd like them even less if after you opened them, certain pages had been ripped out or marked over with black ink, you discover that you need the 4th ed. and you're holding the 2nd. I often get comments asking me to check a certain entry because the links don't work. That's just the internet. I referenced a lot of government sites before 2009 and as soon as the new administration came in, they disappeared. There is a "graveyard" somewhere, but I don't search it.

The inauguration

"President and Mrs. George W. Bush will attend the 58th Presidential Inauguration Ceremony on January 20, 2017, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. They are pleased to be able to witness the peaceful transfer of power - a hallmark of American democracy - and swearing-in of President Trump and Vice President Pence."  From the President's Facebook wall.

Velveteen jeans from Talbot's

If those terrific jeans you got at the resale shop are a little snug, put them on while they're still damp (always wash those bargains) so they can stretch a bit. Loving these velveteen jeans I bought yesterday at Volunteers of America on Henderson Road. Talbot's, $1.50.   I checked on line.  A 5 pocket straight leg fit below waist velveteen pants is about $90 new, on sale $47. I love a bargain.

I think the color is "indigo." I called them navy.

Christmas is over--putting things away

Hand made from 40 years ago, wreath and tree
Birds made by Mom for the kids
Lazzy Bear reading through the x-mas cards

Old table cloth used again--maybe 40 years old?
The tree is back in the attic and the decorations are put away.  I still need to wash the table cloth and pack away and go through the Christmas cards and letters in the cardboard mailbox.  Lazzy Bear is from 1986, and he's holding up well.

It's that time again

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Marriage and the Culture Warriors

"We can ask, till we are exhausted from asking, what they mean by “marriage,” if the thing is not rooted in the fundamental biology of the human race, and exactly what justifies any boundaries at all wherewith they suppose they can limit the definition. If man and man, why not man and woman and woman?

Why not plan for and even intend impermanence? Why not plan for and intend what used to be called adultery? Why not two elderly brothers who live together and do not engage in sodomy?

It won’t matter. The aim was never rational coherence, or even a concern for the common good. The aim was power: to get what they wanted, to keep it, and to crush those who would question their right."