Lots of talk lately about global warming, or as the collectivists prefer to call it--climate change.
President Obama and the EPA appear to be gearing up on another tyrannical land grab over businesses and individuals, all in the name of stopping global warming.
"The science is settled." Translated that means, "Help, the debate is raging, and I am getting my ass kicked."
If you study the recent history of global temperatures, the last few million years, you will come to one conclusion: The next major change in global temperature, if and when it comes, will be an ICE AGE! We're living in a 10-20,000 inter-glacial period of unusually warm temperatures. The next Ice Age is likely just around the geological corner, due any time in the next few thousand years.
The fact is that climate on the earth is changing, as it always has, ever since it first had a climate. The solution to climate change is NOT trying to stop it, it's advancing our technologies and civilization so that we can survive whatever changes come. The exact wrong thing to do is to shut down progress to prevent a degree or two change in temperatures over the next century.
But that's not the motivation of these Global Warmongers. They don't care about the planet. They care about themselves.
Remember: "Green is the new Red." These people who want to control everything and shut down modern civilization supposedly to save the planet (as if that motivates them) --they're just
"watermelons". They're eco-green on the outside (and green with envy of the success of others), but commie red on the inside.
In a prior show I talked about the first winter storm at Liberty Ridge, the first test of our emergency preps. We got through that storm unfazed--everything worked as planned.
That storm, however, did not take down the utility power. But a more recent storm DID.
Our backup power system worked fine, but we did experience some complications and we learned a few lessons.
Due to a series of unforeseen circumstances, we were caught short in one key aspect of our preps. The good news is that we had an adequate backup available, and we were fortunate that the outage did not last longer than it did.
Remember, Murphy's Law says that your next emergency will happen just when you are the most vulnerable.
You can always learn something when a real emergency puts your preparations to a live test. Make sure you do, so that you are that much better better prepared next time.
Chris Christie's staff-inspired traffic tie-ups on the GW Bridge, and what it says about government
A report on white poverty in Appalachia on the 50-year anniversary of the "War on Poverty"
The latest government employment statistics showing the work force participation rate has fallen back to what it was in 1978.
The last item inspired me to talk about the year 1978, and what things were like for Americans back then, in comparison to now. Not exactly the good old days. In fact, a lot of bad things started back then (and earlier) have become a whole lot worse. Not all Jimmy Carter's fault, but he sure didn't help.
Winter came early this year to Liberty Ridge, in the form of a major early December storm.
Pre-storm hype had this event rivaling the infamous ice storm of 2008, which knocked out power to outlying areas in Oklahoma, Arkansas and points beyond for up to a month. Would that happen to us? And if it did, how would our preps hold up?
Also on tap was the first truly cold weather (single digits on the Fahrenheit scale) since the home and the well and plumbing were put into operation, so there was a significant concern that a lapse in design or construction had left these things subject to freezing.
On this show I talk about a host of pre-storm concerns we had, how we fared, and what lessons we learned.
If you find this show interesting, you might also give episode 73 a listen (Handling a Winter Power Outage).
Winter is here, so now is the time to get the vegetable garden beds set up in time for the first spring planting.
We're building our grow beds using concrete blocks, stacked three high and interlocked, but without mortar.
We're going to try Hugelkulture techniques in a couple of the beds for better moisture control, superior soil structure, and promotion of beneficial insects and microorganisms.
We're working our way towards an ambitious but achievable goal of growing half of the food we eat, other than meat, within a couple of years.
We'll also be raising chickens and possibly goats, but that is a topic for a future show.
Gardening is a lot of work, but the payoff is that you are converting your labor directly into something of value which is not taxed as income. It's like printing your own money. It's a great way to be productive while withholding your consent from a rogue government in love with the Dependency Culture it has spawned.
Also in this show: a little "tractor talk" and an analysis of the most flexible of towed work trailers, the dump trailer.
I call it OTIS--Obamacare Technology Information System. As an IT project, OTIS is a failure.
Large software projects often fail. They commonly wind up way over budget, way behind schedule, and well short of functionality goals. Many end up abandoned entirely.
That's the history of computer programming, going back to the earliest days. Surprisingly, things haven't improved that much over time. Even today you will find failed efforts that in hindsight should never have been attempted, at least under the circumstances.
Obamacare as a technology effort will write another chapter in the history of failed software projects. With interfaces to large, complex, and poorly understood government systems, OTIS is much more than a website. OTIS is a major system layered atop multiple other systems. The goals for OTIS were overly ambitious, the timeline ridiculously tight, and the leadership lousy at all levels. We know this, because that's always the case when something as big and messy as OTIS crashes.
If you've ever been a programmer on a large project, you can imagine what it was like for the OTIS project team. They were on a death march. Everyone working heads down, writing code, testing code, logging errors--watching the list of problems grow as the go-live deadline loomed. And on the fateful day, holding their collective breaths, watching it all collapse.
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