Fast Food Workers Push For Automation

Well that is not what they think they doing. They think they are striking for higher wages.

The next round of strikes by fast-food workers demanding higher wages is scheduled for Thursday, and this time labor organizers plan to increase the pressure by staging widespread civil disobedience and having thousands of home-care workers join the protests.

The organizers say fast-food workers — who are seeking a $15 hourly wage — will go on strike at restaurants in more than 100 cities and engage in sit-ins in more than a dozen cities.

But by having home-care workers join, workers and union leaders hope to expand their campaign into a broader movement.

Home care workers? Doesn’t that mostly come out of government budgets? Well extorting taxpayers is never ending.

And what is this civil disobedience stuff? Do they plan on breaking windows or just tying up traffic?


Things You Can Do For Your Brain

The first mate sent me this link. I like # 6.

6. Too much TV: Watching TV is a ”no brain” activity and the research is compelling.


Nice Jewish Boy Sings A Sweet Tune

Another version

Happy Labour Day.


Huff Po Linked To

Back before the ‘net got irretrievably crazy I used to correspond with Ariana Huffington about the Drug War. She was putting on a drug war conference around 2000. Shadow political conventions she called them. I think she was still a Republican back then.

In any case the link was to this Reason article: The Literal War on Drugs.

It had this image:

Drug Warriors


It Is an Armed Doctrine

From the comments at Samizdata.

Paul Marks
August 29, 2014 at 7:51 pm

The Islamists are what Edmund Burke called an “armed doctrine” – they make no secret of the fact that (like the Jacobins and Nazis and Marxists) they seek to spread their system by force – all around the world.

Peace is not an option – because the enemy exists and the the peace they are interested in is complete submission.

One can debate tactics (for example I was AGAINST intervention in Iraq in 2003), but a Rothbardian denial of the existence of the enemy (a pretence that it is all a “neocon plot” or whatever) is insanity.

Commenter Frank left a link to Bill Quick who had a link to Angelo Codevilla.

The Islamic State’ video-dissemination of one of its goons beheading an American is an existential challenge from which we cannot afford to shrink. Until the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS) did that, it made sense for the U.S. government to help contain it because the Islamic world, which the IS threatens most directly, must destroy it sooner or later. But internetting that beheading was a gory declaration of America’s impotence—a dare-by-deed that is sure to move countless young persons around the globe to get in on killing us, anywhere they can. The longer the Islamic State survives, the more will take up its dare. Either we kill the IS, or we will deserve the wave of terrorism that will engulf us.

Killing the IS requires neither more nor less than waging war—not as the former administration waged its “war on terror,” nor by the current administration’s pinpricks, nor according to the too-clever-by-half stratagems taught in today’s politically correct military war colleges, but rather by war in the dictionary meaning of the word. To make war is to kill the spirit as well as the body of the enemy, so terribly as to make sure that it will not rise again, and that nobody will want to imitate it.

That requires first isolating the Islamic State politically and physically to deprive all within it of the capacity to make war, and even to eat. Then it requires killing all who bear arms and all who are near them.

Sadly I do not think Americans have the stomach for it. At least not yet. It means wiping out the Wahabis, the Salafis, the Muslim Brotherhood, all their kindred spirits and anyone who supports them. We must not be like the Israelis who are far too kind to their enemies.


Peacemongers Are More Dangerous Than Warmongers

Obama was going to avoid being another George Bush. He has succeeded.

Obama has made no effort to hide his antipathy to open-ended engagements in the Middle East, despite potent but limited campaigns against Al-Qaeda in Pakistan and in Libya.

Well he got us out of Iraq. And thereby opened the gates of hell.

There were actually some of us who knew this was very likely back in 2008 and we voted for Palin. With the side benefit of getting McCain. But the American people were tired of war. Evidently war is not tired of us.


Tar and water

P.J. O’Rourke (in a Reason article) offers a very cogent explanation as to why libertarianism is such a hard sell.

A prominent libertarian, O’Rourke also discusses the difficulties in selling a political philosophy devoted to taking power away from politicians.

“If libertarianism were easy to explain and if it weren’t so easy to exaggerate the effects of libertarianism—people walking around with ‘Legalize Heroin!’ buttons and so on—I think it would’ve been done already,” says O’Rourke, the H.L. Mencken fellow at the Cato Institute. “But the problem is, of course, is that libertarianism isn’t political. It’s anti-political, really. It wants to take things out of the political arena.”

Libertarianism (especially my variety) tends to abhor politics, so it isn’t surprising that people who are attracted to politics tend to abhor libertarianism.

Those who oppose telling people what to do and those who make a career out of telling others what to do simply cannot find common ground. (But at least the busybodies on the left and the busybodies on the right can find common ground where it comes to libertarianism.)

If only libertarians could make the Republicans live up to their endless promises of small government, individual freedom, and free markets…


Racism Rears Its Ugly Head

Evidently over 1,400 girls have been raped in Britain over the course of a few years. Why was nothing done about it by the authorities? They feared being called racist for singling out Asians. Which Asians Chinese? Burmese? Well no. Muslims.


Republicans Run Against Themselves

You can read the whole post here. I thought I’d just leave you with the tagline:

Instead of accusing their Democratic opponents of being Republicans, the GOPers might want to take a moment to ponder why that charge is such an effective negative attack?


They Lied About The Beatings

There is no racism among our police. Well maybe just an isolated incident. Well maybe just a few isolated incidents. Well maybe just a lot of isolated incidents. But they are isolated. And rare. And isolated.

When asked if he did something to threaten the police officers, he responded, “No, actually I was pinned to a position where I couldn’t even move. … I hear an officer shout, ‘He’s reaching for her gun. He’s reaching for her gun.’ All I could do was say, ‘No, I’m not. I’m not reaching for anything.’”

He expected to die that night.

The beating required 45 stitches, left him with a concussion and a traumatic brain injury

So is it SOP for officers to claim “he was reaching for my gun” ? It has gotten so bad that it is called testilying.

So what was going on that was so dangerous?

Police found marijuana on his passenger, who is white. They began searching the car. Landau said when he asked if they had a warrant, three white officers – one of whom was female – started beating him.

Now this was in Colorado.

In November of 2000, voters of the state of Colorado passed Amendment 20 to the state’s constitution, codified in article XVIII, section 14. This article effectively legalized limited amounts of medical marijuana for patients and their primary caregivers.

So marijuana has been quasi legal in Colorado since 2000.

None of the officers were prosecuted or disciplined in the Landau case. However, Landau did receive $800,000 from the city of Denver. Two of the officers were later fired for lying about other beatings. One of those was captured on videotape. Hathaway quit her job as a teacher to join her son’s fight against racial profiling and excessive force.

“I never intended to spend this part of my life studying police brutality, but that’s what has happened,” said Hathaway.

Never question authority or you will meet the fasces. They are wielded by people called fascists.

Update: Reason Magazine chimes in on the issue.


Jerusalem Liberation Front

Harm Us: Our War is For Liberating Jerusalem, Not Lifting Blockade.

Hamas’s true objective in Operation Protective Edge – and negotiations that may follow – is in “liberating” Jerusalem from the Jews, a Hamas spokesman stated earlier this week.

The folks in Harm Us must be really delusional. Either that or some one is forcing them to continue. Well war is not an exact science you can never tell exactly when a breaking point will be reached. But it will be reached eventually.


Creating A Headwind

The Republicans hope to take the Senate. Colorado is one of the States up for grabs. Cory Gardner, the Republican candidate for the Senate, voted to continue DEA raids in States that have legalized medicinal cannabis.

Last week, we shared news about the U.S. House voting to defund DEA medical marijuana raids in states where the substance is legal. But that doesn’t mean the count was unanimous — even here.

Indeed, three of Colorado’s seven representatives voted against the defunding amendment, including U.S. senatorial candidate Cory Gardner — and a representative for NORML, among the nation’s most prominent marijuana-advocacy organizations, confirms that it hopes to target officials like him for anti-pot votes.

Legalization got 55.3% of the vote in Colorado. That is a heck of a head wind to run against. Especially a self created headwind. Why? Especially for a medical cannabis vote. Support for medical cannabis in the US is even higher than support for recreational. By 10 or 20 points. Florida numbers show 88% support among those of voting age for medical cannabis and 66% to 70% support among likely voters.

As documented in the official-count document, accessible here, the Colorado representatives voting to defund included three Democrats — Jared Polis, Ed Perlmutter and Diana DeGette — as well as one Republican, Mike Coffman.

The latter is embroiled in what’s thought to be a tough reelection campaign against likely Dem standard-bearer Andrew Romanoff, which may lead some observers to see his support for defunding as politically calculated. But even though Coffman opposed Amendment 64, the 2012 measure that legalized limited marijuana use and possession by adults age 21 and over, he backed a measure asking that Colorado be exempted from federal marijuana policy mere days after voters approved it. A statement explaining his support quotes him as saying, “I voted against Amendment 64 and I strongly oppose the legalization of marijuana, but I also have an obligation to respect the will of the voters given the passage of this initiative, and so I feel obligated to support this legislation.”

Jeeze. The will of the voters. Now there is a novel idea. And a Republican who can count. Mr. Gardner might want to bone up on math. I’m hoping Rand Paul gets the nod in ’16. I’d really like to vote for a Republican for President. And yes. For the time being I’m pretty much a one issue voter.

“NORML is in a great position to highlight individual voting positions and things officials have said publicly,” St. Pierre told us during an interview about the organization opening a new office in Colorado. He adds that “even three or four years ago, some might say it would be a badge of honor to be attacked by NORML, but that’s not the case now.”

In Pierre’s view, “the worm has turned” due to increasing popular support for marijuana legalization in Colorado and nationwide, and as a result, “it’s likely that we will have the ability to direct people to these votes” — particularly in the case of Gardner, whose race against Udall “has huge national implications.”

Whether highlighting a politician’s anti-pot stance might be enough to sway an election is unknown at this point. But no longer can such a prospect be dismissed out of hand.

I was talking about this back in 2011 at a major Republican leaning publication – I guess I was a few years ahead of my time.


This Has No Bearing On It

Bearings: The Achilles Heel of Wind Turbines.

A few years ago, I used to know a senior wind turbine engineer. One evening, over a few beers, he told me the dirty secret of his profession:

“The problem is the bearings. If we make the bearings bigger, the bearings last longer, but making the bearings larger increases friction, which kills turbine efficiency. But we can’t keep using the current bearings – replacing them is sending us broke. What we need is a quantum leap in bearing technology – bearing materials which are at least ten times tougher than current materials.”

Us electrical engineers have the same problem, heat (temperature actually) is a life killer. We try to avoid using components at their maximum rating. Because with that rating comes a life. And life is an exponential factor of temperature. The rule of thumb is that a 10°C rise halves the life. It doesn’t take too man halvings to have very little useful life.

It any case – wind turbines. Evidently they are not quite fully paid for.

Further, I worked on a magnetic bearing project back around 2004. They have zero metal to metal contact. Which is a good thing in some cases. But they do have energy losses. And I don’t think they are yet up to supporting wind turbine blades with acceptable sizes and losses. And they require a control system. If you are interested in a control system see the “Further” link above.


Go Further

LPC1114-48 to USB

I have just launched another IndieGoGo campaign called Go Further. It features our latest MCU Board the LPC1114. Also included is our latest FISH Forth development software which you can get for free here.

Referenced in the campaign is our plan to develop a set of stepper motor boards for Desktop CNC and 3D printers. You can see the initial discussion of that plan at Forth and Stepper Motors and Forth and 3D Printing.


How To Rule The World

From a comment I made here. (revised and edited)

Thing is, Drug Prohibition was built on a similar tissue of lies but previous to the Global Warming scam. The lies have been similarly debunked. But Prohibition lives on.

Maybe they (the Powers) thought – “well if we have pulled this off, we can pull that off as well” CAGW and the Drug War are mirror images of each other.

At the street level each side is convinced of the sanctity of its motives and the perversity of the opposition.

And at the top? It is all bankable. Think of the Drug War cash flows. Think of Al Gore’s cash flows.


Who’s winning?

This is messed up.


As of 16 August 2014      Areas controlled by the Islamic State      Areas claimed by the Islamic State      Rest of Iraq and Syria
As of 16 August 2014     Areas controlled by the Islamic State  [shown in red]
It seems that when you fight and take out one enemy in the Mideast, another, bigger enemy springs up and takes the old enemy’s place.What the fuck are we supposed to do? Make an alliance with Iran?Reminds me of what Churchill said about the alliance with Stalin.MORE: And what the hell is up with the so-called “Caliph” being a released U.S. prisoner? (“Environmentally friendly” Camp Bucca my ass!)

Are we nuts? Or are we doing these things deliberately?

What worries me is that I don’t think the United States — as a country — is psychologically capable of fighting a war like this, even if we had a wartime mentality.

Which (with all respect to analysts like this guy), we do not.


Carrier Ops

I was visiting Micahael Totten’s and some one left the video in the comments.


Disillusion With Obama

From the comments:

“I was OK with the lies about Obamacare. I liked the fact that the IRS was persecuting Obama’s political opponents. I didn’t care that he was arming Mexican drug cartels. I could understand how his foreign policy betrayed our friends and sucked up to our enemies, and got nothing in return. I’m fine with a porous border that lets in gangsters and diseased welfare cases. But killing Islamic terrorists who would kill me in an instant if they got the chance? That’s more than I can take!”


What Creates Wealth?

Jccarlton dropped a link to this video in the comments.


Latest Reports From Ferguson

Ferguson Cop Who Killed Michael Brown Was “Beaten Very Severely” Before Shooting. Really? Really!

Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Mo., police officer whose fatal shooting of Michael Brown touched off more than a week of demonstrations, suffered severe facial injuries, including an orbital (eye socket) fracture, and was nearly beaten unconscious by Brown moments before firing his gun, a source close to the department’s top brass told

“The Assistant (Police) Chief took him to the hospital, his face all swollen on one side,” said the insider. “He was beaten very severely.”

Boy. O. Boy. This sure looks like the police officer was totally justified. Just look at how badly beaten the officer looks in this video taken not too long after the shooting. You have to wonder why he wasn’t taken to a hospital at once.

If the officer was injured as reported how did it happen? A commenter from the above article has a theory.
It makes perfect sense if the enforcer had a comrade (co-conspirator?) work him over a bit in order to cover his ass after the fact. Of course, no police officer would ever do anything like that in order to whitewash his malfeasance, would he? Seeing as how there’s no dash cam video or other record of the incident, it’s a case of he-said, swine-said and we will probably never know the answer.

It will be interesting to see how this all plays out. Because the truth – what ever that is – is getting buried. Deep.

Well it is getting verrrrry interesting. There was no robbery of the convenience store.

There was no crime. A customer may have called the police, but the owner never filed any charges. In order for a crime to have happened, the victim needed to make a report. The shoving of the store owner, which is a misdemeanor battery, cannot be used against Brown if he were alive.

Still, there is confusion leading up to the shooting, and it was the statement made by Jackson who said, “The officer who shot and killed Michael Brown last weekend, confronted Brown after the teenager was identified as the main suspect in a convenience store robbery that occurred Saturday morning” Jackson recanted the story, because, the store owner never pressed charges and Jackson said that the confrontation occurred because Brown and a friend were walking in the street and “blocking traffic.” Jaywalking is an infraction: cited and ordered to pay a fine or a misdemeanor which means, the convicted can serve jail time.

Apparently Jackson had to change his story because the Hacktivist group Anonymous hacked the Ferguson Police Department communications and uploaded the audio: Full Version. After hearing the audio, there was a call placed to Ferguson Police, but once again, there were no charges filed.

It is getting difficult to believe anything. Especially where police are involved.

The store owner has a few words on the subject.

As well, in addition to clarifying that they never said they believed, nor identified the suspect with Michael Brown, they claimed that the St. Louis County issued the warrants for the hard drive of surveillance video Friday, based on the police claiming that Brown fit the description of the person in the video… the person who the owners and employees of the store were not even going to call the police on. Again, the owner clarifies that neither the management, nor any employee ever identified Brown as the suspect in that video.

They simply never said they believed that, this was a claim made by the police alone. So the real question is why the media has been taking the word of the police on this matter, even over the word of the eye witnesses and the store owner?

There is some video at the link of the store owner giving a statement through reporters.