Saturday, June 29, 2019
The attitude she projected about this was quite positive. She is building endurance, professional skill, and self-confidence... all before starting college. This is the key to success.
The gulf between her attitude and the "I want free stuff" attitude that certain of our politicians are trying to inculcate in us is enormous. She's building strength and self-reliance; they ask us to adopt helplessness and dependency, the route to individual failure and national disaster.
I was sufficiently impressed that I mentioned this to one of my colleagues. He responded "Good social norms have huge staying power. Unfortunately we are still doing our best to undermine them. Just think what the talk about debt forgiveness is doing to her incentives..." Yes, although I think the attitude and behavior of the clerk aren't social norms. They are individual -- they exist at the individual level, and if one wants to be successful this is the attitude and behaviors one must adopt, social norms be damned. Even as society is falling apart (perhaps especially if) the key to success is to set good goals, then work hard, consistently, and competently to achieve them. Be self responsible.
Speaking of working towards goals, I took four days off from running for recovery purposes (did some easy hiking, walking, shooting, and a death-defying kayak trip down the Gallatin with Jeff "Kayak Geek" Ross to celebrate his birthday). Today I ran four miles; highlight was 4x0.25 miles (400m) intervals, just to push my aerobic conditioning and leg strength. I'm faster with better recovery than last year, I'm pleased to report. I also did 130 pushups and 70 deadhang pullups to round out the month. Onwards!
Monday, June 24, 2019
Google is Evil. Their plug should be pulled.
Except Google (owner of You Tube) already censored it. (It worked this morning!) You aren't supposed to know, says Google. Fortunately, Project Veritas makes it directly available. It's chilling. Google is evil.
Update 25 June: Blogger blocked the embed code from Project Veritas; I've now put in the Vimeo embed. Guess who owns Blogger.
Update 26 June. Disabled again. They really don't want anyone to see this, do they? Loading again.
Uploading for fourth time. Those bastards really are scared of this, aren't they! (All the white space is what the html code from the latest banned version leaves.)
Update 29 June: Wow, still up after two days! Is Goople losing it?
Friday, June 21, 2019
Running: First Day of Summer !
As I might have mentioned earlier, I'm training for the Woodstock 100 Mile trail race in early September. Yesterday, the last day of Spring, I did a 17 mile run up Sourdough Creek, just south of Bozeman MT. Today, the first day of Summer, I did a long 8 miler up South Cottonwood Creek, west of there. These were great opportunities to run with one of the locals and enjoy the warm late Spring/early Summer weather, such a relief after the harsh winter. I've documented my runs with photos for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Meanwhile, the Democrat candidates are falling over each other endorsing every sort of socialist policy. The list of terrible things endorsed by Democrat candidates boggles the mind. Most have signed on to the Green New Deal, with would destroy the American economy and starve Americans. They also insist on raising taxes, abolishing private health care, censorship, more censorship, and -- of course -- mass citizen disarmament. That last one is a necessity for them, because the rest of their agenda constitutes a declaration of war on Americans.
It's astonishing that socialism has become the Democrats' big issue. It's a terrible, vile, and failed theory. Concentration camps and death camps were invented in the 20th Century, and every single one of them was produced by a socialist system. The socialist has little choice. Socialism is about engineering society -- it necessarily treats people as building material, and recalcitrant building materials with minds of their own tend to upset the great plan. Such eggs must be broken for the socialist omelet. Today's Democrat leaders seem to be all-in on this.
Thank heavens that Donald Trump, for all his faults, is actively fighting these people and winning. "We" at Unforeseen Contingencies endorse Donald Trump for re-election, and hope that the Republicans -- little as we like them -- sweep Congress. No socialism. Go Trump!
Monday, June 17, 2019
Climate policy for famine
I chimed in on an email Sterling sent to a few of us who follow his work,and added the following:
"...this climate change madness needs all the pounding we can give it. The WMD propaganda is baseless (the actual piece laments winters and summers that are too hot, too cold, too wet, too dry... claiming all must be caused by climate change, apparently assuming there never was bad weather before). Even worse, it promotes the "organic" idiocy and complete elimination of fossil fuels. But consider that:
- The average American farmer feeds about 160 people, using modern methods.
- 100% of farmer equipment is powered by fossil fuels, and there's no "green" replacement
- 100% of truck transport to move food to urban populations is powered by fossil fuels, and there's no "green" replacement
- Almost 100% of fertilizers are made from fossil fuel feedstocks, and there's no "green" replacement
- 100% of pesticides are made from fossil fuel feedstocks, and there's no "green" replacement
- Organic farming with has substantially lower yields for staple crops, e.g 34% for wheat, and that assumes the producer has *access to fossil fuels* (for implements, equipment, transport, etc.) as well as the specialized knowledge needed for this specialized form of agriculture.
The rogue elephant that WMD ignores is the 'Green New Deal' insanity proposed as the alternative to modern agriculture. If implemented, GND would starve millions of Americans; if WMD really were about promoting health & well-being, GND would be the target. This is also why I'm skeptical of analyses that say 'GND would cost $X trillion.' It would be better measured in terms of numbers of deaths, b/c sufficient food and energy for other uses wouldn't be available at any price."
I can send sources for the points above to anyone who wants them.
This is a crucial point. The climate socialists are proposing policies akin to those of Mao Tse-tung's "Great Leap Forward," which caused the greatest famines of the twentieth century, likely exceeding those of Joseph Stalin's Holodomor. If the climate socialists' hubris is allowed free reign, they'll give Mao's record a run for the money.
Photo: Cows in corn. Both will be things of the past if Green New Deal is implemented.
Milestones: the passing of Mohamed Morsi
Good riddance. May the rest of the Muslim Brotherhood follow him soon.
Wednesday, June 05, 2019
June 6, 1944
The accompanying photo shows my aunt, Johane Heise Tucker, and my father. Aunt Johane was possibly the first Allied woman on the Normandy beaches. She was a U.S. Army nurse officer, and landed on Omaha beach on June 6, 1944. She was in charge of a field hospital. She told me how it was strafed and bombed by the Luftwaffe, while she, her staff, and patients ducked in foxholes. She had many stories from the war, but the one thing she wouldn't talk about was what she saw when they entered German concentration camps. She said it simply could not be repeated.
My father, Charles H. Steele, was a U.S. Navy pilot in the war, flying a PBY Catalina and commanding a crew of eleven. He didn't see combat; his unit was stationed in Florida and did anti-submarine patrols and search and rescue. Both my aunt and my father told me something that has stuck with me. Both of their units received orders to begin packing for the invasion of Japan, and both expected to be in midst of brutal combat. When the atom bombs were dropped on Japan, they both felt relief and realized they and their fellow Americans would survive the war. Both told me the atom bombing of Japan was a good thing. They are right; it ended an evil and saved many lives.
I had an uncle who was one of the very last Americans killed fighting the Germans. In the last couple of days of the European war, he had entered German-controlled territory, met with a German general, and arranged for surrender of a German division. On the way back to American lines, his jeep was ambushed by an SS unit and he was killed instantly. He never saw his son, my cousin Sam Paton.
Aunt Johane's husband, Colonel Tucker (Uncle Tuck to us) was a U.S. Army engineer. He volunteered for the Army, and while gone lost his hardware store in Kansas to competitors. During the war he salvaged at least one B-17 that had been shot down and returned it to combat, and built bridges that Allied troops used to invade Germany. He returned to the U.S., started a new lumberyard, and was a successful entrepreneur.
What to make of all this? Justin Raimondo, a Rothbardian anarchist and lead writer for Anti-War-dot-com (I won't link to these phony libertarians), once claimed there was no difference between the young Americans, British, Canadians, French, et al. who landed on Normandy and the Germans they fought. To Raimondo, all were simply brutal murderers.
Twenty-nine years ago, I traveled with a good Canadian friend, Mark Deacon, to Normandy to tour the beaches on June 6. On June 5th, we checked into a small hotel in Carentan. The proprietress checked us in coolly and matter-of-factly. After we inspected the room, we agreed to take it and, as is the rule, returned to the desk to show her our passports and complete the transaction. "You're not Germans?" she exclaimed (I speak French with a distinct German accent, but that's a story for later), and then "you're Liberators!" She began telling us excitedly how as a little girl she saw combat between American and German soldiers, and how Americans liberated -- note that word -- Carentan. Carentan was the scene of brutal fighting. Much of the town was destroyed. And there was no doubt in the mind of this woman who was good and who was evil. I was slightly embarrassed to be called a liberator, since I was born long after the war, but her enthusiasm was genuine.
Later in the day in our travels around the beaches, we stopped in a small cafe, I'm unsure where, for coffee. The only people were locals and we chatted with them a bit. When we explained we were American and Canadian, they pointed out this area had been liberated by Canadians. The woman serving us told us how two Canadian soldiers had stayed in their home and how wonderful they were. She then choked up as she told us how both were killed shortly after.
So...what do we make of this?
The great libertarian John Stuart Mill put it this way. "War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself."
Every person I've mentioned in this bit -- my aunt, two uncles, and my father -- is deceased. None were warriors by profession. They simply fought because it was necessary. That we have any freedom today is because of them and many more people like them. Let's continue the tradition.