Science Sunday?

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Bullet Points:

** Florida has been impacted by 119 hurricanes since 1850, but the last one was due to climate change.

** Richard Feynman: “Science alone of all the subjects contains within itself the lesson of the danger of belief in the infallibility of the greatest teachers in the preceding generation … When someone says, ‘Science teaches such and such’, he is using the word incorrectly. Science doesn’t teach anything; experience teaches it. If they say to you, ‘Science has shown such and such’, you might ask, ‘How does science show it? How did the scientists find out? How? What? Where?’ It should not be ‘science has shown’ but ‘this experiment, this effect, has shown’. And you have as much right as anyone else, upon hearing about the experiments – but be patient and listen to all the evidence–to judge whether a sensible conclusion has been arrived at … The experts who are leading you may be wrong … I think we live in an unscientific age in which almost all the buffeting of communications and television-words, books, and so on are unscientific. As a result, there is a considerable amount of intellectual tyranny in the name of science … Science alone of all the subjects contains within itself the lesson of the danger of belief in the infallibility of the greatest teachers of the preceding generation.”

** I didn’t realize that my parents teaching me to tell the truth as a child would lead to me being a domestic terrorist as an adult. If only they taught me to be a mountebank and a scoundrel. I could have risen to high office and become one of the illuminated elite. Mental giants like the ladies of The View, a catamite like the Butt Guy, John Kerry the climate czar, Al Gore, Klaus Schwab, or Larry Fink. If I was a pedo there would have been a place for me in politics.

** Spitfire with a German Heart – The ‘Messerspit’. Once the DB605 engine was installed, the modified Spitfire underwent a series of test flights. The results were intriguing. The DB605 engine, with its higher horsepower, improved the Spitfire’s speed and climb rate. However, the changes also impacted the aircraft’s balance and handling characteristics.

** The House voted Thursday afternoon in favor of legislation striking down environmental regulations in California mandating electric vehicle (EV) purchases.

In a 222-190 vote, the House approved the Preserving Choice in Vehicle Purchases Act with 214 Republicans and eight Democrats voting in favor. A group of several Republican lawmakers led by Rep. John Joyce, R-Pa., first introduced the bill, which has been endorsed by the energy industry, in March, arguing EV mandates would hurt the economy and violate consumer choice.

** Black Markets Emerge – Trust me, if USGOV transitions to digital currency something will emerge to replace it. I don’t know what that will be but nature abhors a vacuum. One of the more obvious effects of the ‘social credit’ scheme in China today, though none of the usual pundits seem to have predicted it, has been to drive large chunks of the economy back into the black market. The collapse of Imperial China (Old China) came about partly because the Imperial government did not maintain a proper currency and every market was black. The opium trade was part and parcel of this. Thousands of Chinese merchants who never used opium as a drug still wanted it as currency, because it was far more valuable than any of the cheap coins minted by provincial authorities, and unlike them, was accepted everywhere in China.

In this scenario, which is not farfetched,  wouldn’t “criminal organizations” replace the constituted government in this way and reap a reward?

Then again, anyone with arms and ammunition will be a criminal, so jump into the pool, the water’s warm.

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The Sunday Sermonette

“Life is pain. Anyone who says differently is selling something.”

Beans will understand even if you don’t.

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31 thoughts on “Science Sunday?

  1. i guess pedo joe would be shocked to know even many enlisted troops have college degrees nowadays. …black markets? there’s tons of silver coin and bullion floating around already. i wonder if they’ll ban purchase of same when they flip the switch. likely ban a whole host of items like guns, ammo, excess amount of food, alcohol etc. i suspect. but yeah, make me a criminal. i always strive to be the best at whatever i do. at my age a life sentence has less and less deterrence, death even less.

    1. X3. Decades ago, my now late father was at our house for a visit and we were chewing the fat. At one point he made an off hand remark that he could see the way things were headed, and he was glad he wouldn’t be around to see it. Now, I get it. Our young grandson will turn three in a few months. There are things from my past I wish I could give him, but likely that will be out of my hands.

    2. > amount of food, alcohol

      Guns and ammo? Sure. But excess food and alcohol? I doubt it. Booze and empty-calorie slop for the subhumans are great for maintaining a docile and demoralized population. Those, and probably marijuana, will be encouraged. Ubiquitous free pornography is another arrow in the quiver of control.

      Gaming (video, online) I’m not sure what role that plays yet. There was an interesting essay on someone’s substack called “Pixel Valhalla” that was thought provoking, but I’m not sure I buy into the conclusion. (Quick summary was that actual Norse Valhalla after death was aspirational. Be strong and bold in this life so that when you die you go on to fighting all day and feasting and wenching each night, in the company of similarly manly men. Pixel Valhalla is a trap: sit in your basement 24/7 getting soft and socially isolated (from physical contact), fight in virtua, feast on junk food delivered to your door, and wank to porn. So you DO get the “fighting”, feasting, and “wenching”. RFN in fact, but it sucks the Viking spirit out of you in your real life.)

      1. This!
        No skin in the game.
        I am proud of the fact that I stayed in the Disneyland hotel while attending a conference for diving instructors and never considered visiting Disneyland itself.
        However, several of we likeminded folks charted a boat and went lobster diving off of the Channel Islands.
        Why engage in make believe safe scenarios when one could actually risk life and limb having a real adventure?
        At least re-enactors of their various ilk sweat, bruise, and occasionally bleed during their activities.

        I rail against the grandkid’s unfathomable obsession with The Mouse.
        Pay good money to in line for hours for an artificial thrill? No thank you!
        And, now, The Mouse greats one with drag queens at the gate? I just can’t…

        I am 29 and no longer as able, but I have mental file to peruse while sitting in my rocking chair that do not include standing in line fo the Tilt A Whirl.

  2. House Vote- More meddling by DC in matters not in their purvey. But I suppose a win is a win considering the new rules of Incestuous American Industry and DC. The insanity that a bill is even needed to protect consumers rights to purchase whatever vehicle one chooses showcases the tyranny of The Uniparty, Inc. Could this be a harbinger of a bailout for the flailing Big Three automakers…because, you know, those guys are too big to fail and need rescuing from their own crappy business models and poor decisions to embrace social idiocy…on our nickel of course. Rich Man North of Richmond cometh to save the day.

    Pain…ahhh…nothing but a mere construct to be transcended, especially now when getting out of bed and getting dressed could cause injury and emotional distress when we realize we’re not 18 anymore (reaches for the Ibuprofen washed down with strong coffee).

  3. Larry, is the statement regarding parents teaching a child to tell the truth one of your originals?
    If so, well said.
    Cletus

  4. We lost Richard Feynman way too early. A truly wise man.

    Black markets. Nature abhors a vacuum. If digital currency comes to be then something, or perhaps a lot of somethings will fill in the gap. It does seem that there is a lot more bartering.

    Pain. I like Paul M’s comment above. It is a good as any. “Pain…ahhh…nothing but a mere construct to be transcended.”

    1. My dad would say about me getting hurt because I was always pushing limits, like falling out of trees… “No sense, no feeling.”…followed by…“Just wait until it catches up to you, at 60 you’ll be walking around like an old football player.” Mostly true.

  5. I had to look it up…

    >>How did the Romans deal with Hannibal’s war elephants?
    Roman war elephants – Wikipedia
    The Romans eventually developed effective anti-elephant tactics, leading to Hannibal’s defeat at his final battle of Zama in 202 BC; his elephant charge, unlike the one at the battle of Tunis, was ineffective because the disciplined Roman maniples simply made way for them to pass.

    Roman war elephants – Wikipedia<<

  6. re Richard Feynman & “Science”
    my two pennies – OK one steel cent
    I was very lucky; my college (major) advisor was a guy who could translate anything into the American idiomatic vernacular, even/particularly complex organic chemistry reactions.
    His comment on “Science” (sort of like The Impressive Clergyman defining “wuv, tru wuv…” :
    “Science is very much like the three blind men examining the elephant each certain of exactly what type of animal it is they’ve found.”
    re truth:
    “O tempora, o mores”
    unfortunately the word can only be defined though the myopic, dypeptic eyes of those seeking one end of the camel and finding the other.

  7. The ‘Messerspit’. Interesting, I had not read about that before. Apparently they removed the armament as well, so it was somewhat lighter than combat trim. Likely gave them a taste of what the later Spitfire marks could do. I recall an interview with German ace Günther Rall in which he remarked about their first encounter with the Mk IX, “We got a lesson”.

  8. Shield Wall vs Cavalry. Smart critters, like horses (barely) and elephants don’t want to throw themselves on sharp spiky things and will balk at sharp spiky things.

    Of course, no matter how smart elephants are, you can defeat them with a 2′ wide by 2′ deep trench. So maybe not as smart as people think. Yes, seriously, elephants African or Asian do not like trenches, the bigger the better to defeat said ‘phants.

    As to pain, well, I’ve had this discussion with doctors over the years. What is ‘normal’ pain? Seriously, sinus induced headaches and sinus infections, joint pain from really good (very legal) drugs as a kid and other issues have given me a base level of pain that is wildly higher than normal. Foot pain? What’s neuropathy and what’s normal for me? I mean, I’ve walked around with broken toes before. Weeee….. Ain’t life grand?

  9. >wouldn’t “criminal organizations” replace the constituted government

    Hasn’t this already happened at the federal level?

    >If only they taught me to be a mountebank and a scoundrel

    If only they’d taught you that you were a victim. Look how well that’s worked out for multiple groups of people. The dumb ones are out for revenge, the smart ones are all about “pre-venge” (see also immediately above).

  10. Pain. Every year the VA insists I prove I’m still alive. It involves lots of questions.
    Young CNA. “Are you in pain?”
    Me. “I’m 78. I’m always in pain”. Blank stare.
    Of course, the follow up, “on a scale of 1-10………?”
    If you are alive, you feel pain. Deal with it.

        1. Recruiter from the feature film, STRIPES: “Are either of you gay?”
          Bill Murray: “No.”
          Harold Ramis: “But we’re willing to learn.”

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