07 April 2018

My Life and Guns

I was born in 1946 in South Dakota, and spent my first few childhood years on a sheep farm.

Guns were an everyday necessary tool.  Predators and vermin plagued our sheep; coyotes, foxes and weasels killed their share of our livelihood.  Dad killed as many as possible with a trusty 22 semi-automatic, which I still have.

It's never shot or killed any man, woman or child; nor did my father, who safely discharged more than 16,000 rounds through it.  He also hunted ducks, pheasants, geese, and deer that we ate providing much needed nutrition.

I received my first BB gun for Christmas at 6 years old, Dad taught me gun safety Christmas Day.

For my eighth birthday I received a 22 caliber pellet pistol.  I wore it out after several repairs 5 years later.

At nine, Dad gave me Mom's over/under single shot 410/22 to use.  It shot a lot of delicious quail and rabbits.

At ten, Dad said I could use his 300 Savage to hunt deer.  I killed, gutted and skinned my first buck that season.

By eleven, my Grandfather had given me his old double barrel, side-by side, open hammer, 12 gauge shotgun.  He almost never gave anything away.

On my 12th birthday, Mom and Dad gave me a 9 shot, 22 caliber, western style, revolver and custom holster.  I slept with it near me and loaded for 10 years when I had worn its action out after about 12,000 rounds.

Since then I have rarely been without a loaded hand gun at my side.

I shot in Trap Shooting competition for fifteen years, running 100 straight, eleven times in 3 different State and Regional Championships, shooting about 55,000 rounds in practice and competition

Two years later, my father and I bought a Savage, model 99e, lever action, 243 caliber.  Very fast, very accurate; a great deer rifle.  I shot 37 Mule deer bucks and 2 does, which were donated to the needy and the Humane Society.  A few years back I gave the rifle to my oldest son, he still has it.

Today I have and use several long guns and several hand guns.  I have had for many years, and still have a Concealed Carry Permit.  I test fire hand guns nearly every month, long guns a couple times per year.

I never had to shoot anyone; I've come close to it a few times.

My guns have never deliberately or accidentally shot, or shot toward, anyone.  Never transported themselves or ammunition anywhere, never loaded themselves, never aimed themselves, never fired themselves.

In 66 years no one has ever been harmed by any of my numerous guns, and never will.  They are inanimate tools.

In the same time; many evil, ignorant and careless people and governments have murdered, maimed and injured millions of innocent people, and some guilty ones, with a wide variety tools including guns.

For some reason, some very ignorant people think the problem is the guns. 

People wake up!

Guns cannot kill anyone!

People kill people!


   


29 March 2018

Preparing for Climate Change, not fighting it

In this Solar system, Earth is certainly a planet of Climate Change.  
During its history our planet has undergone many rapid and robust
climate changes.

Historically, and currently our sun gets hotter and hotter on its way
to eventual Supernova. The sun is the primary source of energy
and heat on earth.  Earth's orbit is in the zone where water can
normally be a liquid, not always vapor, not always solid ice.  
The Liquid Water Zone is moving away from the sun as it grows
hotter. I’m told we are about 60% away from the very cold
always frozen boundary, and 40% from the too hot, no liquid
water on the surface boundary.


Physical proximity and solar chemistry realities mean; in a few
billion years no liquid water on this planet's surface, and not
much else anyone would recognize.


That means there is little if anything mankind can do about
persistent warming.


The next most important source of heat and energy on this
planet is it's molten core and tidal forces from our beautiful
singular moon.


Volcanic eruptions spew heat, various gases, pyroclastic
ash and debris, and molten lava heat blobs and ribbons
onto land, under seas and under ice fields in about 20
places, plus or minus a few, around the world day and night.  
Thanks to our moon’s tidal forces on earth’s crust and core,
our molten core and its related products can always find
their way to the surface and into the atmosphere.


I can’t imagine anyway the inept, incompetent and
uncooperative creatures on this planet could do
anything to change planetary, solar, or cosmic physics.


What should humans be doing?


First, stop thinking we collectively or individually, can
do any perceptible thing about the powerful planetary
and solar forces of the cosmos.


Next, make plans and conserve resources needed to
avoid the effects of climate changes.  Like; changes
in food growing regions, increased energy generation
for food distribution and long-term storage and much
greater habitation air conditioning; more energy for
making and moving clean water to widely dispersed
human populations.  

Enormous infrastructure needs will increase
dramatically as people migrate toward polar regions
to avoid insect borne diseases and low nutrient foods
as the Tropic and Subtropic regions grow wider and
hotter. Waste handling and treatment, crowd control,
policing and punishment; medical treatment and its
training, facilities and equipment must expand
exponentially in new regions with many new demands.

Next, some new social systems; nothing like the weak
ineffectual national and world systems of today.
Reliable and sustainable for millennia; in some
incorruptible organizational way to assure that wealth
is conserved, set aside, safe guarded carefully,
and wisely disbursed to accomplish the gigantic
projects and programs needed to sustains human
population in the late stages of mankind on this planet.


This planet will get hotter each millennium, regardless
of what human populations do or do not do in their
imaginary fight with the global climate.


The only logical effort is preparation for cataclysmic
impacts; opposing cosmic forces by tinkering with
climate manifestations is wasteful, ignorant and futile.


Save for, and be prepared to, make massive
adjustment as changing climates and their
advantages and penalties will certainly impact the
unprepared and immobile very harshly.  


Be prepared to move toward polar regions and
away from sea level coastal regions.


Humans vs Solar Physics; who are the easy winners?
Solar Radiation and Gravitational Forces.

It's not Gun Control


The issue is not gun control.  The issue is people control.
I’ve been to many schools in the past 60 years.  Very few had even the simplest effective security measures.  Many had silly signs telling visitors to check in at the office.  Some had bored teachers reluctantly hanging around gates not verbally challenging anyone’s reasons for being there trying to gain access.

Only one new school in Las Vegas, NV had single point access, enforced by fencing and barricades, into an Administration building with architectural features that prohibited further access without interaction with assigned staff.

Single Point Access being the first point.

This same facility and grounds were completely surrounded by an 8 foot chain link fence topped with three strands of barbed wire.  The vehicle gate and people gate were adjacent each other and attended by a uniformed guard with what looked like a Taser and a spray repellent.  The grounds were supervised by two assigned staff when children were present. They were attentive, vigilant, and physically and verbally active. Either of them may have had concealed lethal weapons as well.

The second point being; active, assigned, visible Security Staffing.

Cameras were visible inside and out.  I assume they were monitored and recorded.  If not, it was a tragic waste of money. At least six cameras covered the entry point, playground, playing field, and outdoor common areas.  All hallways, walkways and classrooms had visible cameras.

The third point being; complete visual surveillance of all facilities inside and out.

It did remind me of some minimum security detention facilities I’ve seen.  But most security devices and structures that could be reasonably incorporated into architectural features had been.  

The point being security features and human behavior were considered and planned for in advance of construction, not an afterthought.  

The presence of a patrol vehicle and uniformed visibly armed guards patrolling the perimeter would have been an additional measure I would strongly suggest anywhere; inner-city, suburb or rural setting.  

Visibly Armed is the point.  

These features and staffing taken together should change the mind of any amateur with evil intent.  It might not discourage a hardened criminal or experienced terrorist. Not many of those have attacked schools, so far.   

These features need to be present always, not 20 minutes after a mass shooting when millions of dollars of police, sheriff, FBI, emergency response equipment and personnel are all over the place accomplishing little, if any, preventive security.  

13 March 2017

Maligning People with Phobia Names

I’m not afraid of much; but in recent months I’ve been labeled by politicians, celebrities, media commentators, and supposed journalists with every popular, politically correct, phobia I had ever heard of, and some I had not.


Let’s get some easy one’s dispelled first:


Homophobic; I’m not now, nor ever since early post adolescence, had any fear of homosexuals of any definition. Genetic abnormalities have always fascinated me.  I took, like many undergraduate students, Human Genetics and Abnormal Psychology with enthusiastic interest in the huge numbers of human behavior and physiognomy variations.


Xenophobic; I had to it lookup. No one in my rather large family, and no one in my work or social circles had used the word in my 65 years of paying attention.  It is defined as fear of foreigners or the unfamiliar.  I grew up in the tourists industry and worked there a third of my life.  I have travelled to, worked and studied in 34 foreign countries.  I have always sought the unfamiliar with curiosity, and for comparative analysis of things I felt, witnessed, or believed.  Never once was I afraid to learn something contrary to what I had thought, or to consider thoughtfully someone else’s values or views.  


Bigotry; as a student of life-long learning obsessively since childhood, it is very doubtful to me that I have not considered carefully every thought, belief or value I have encountered differing from and often modifying my own beliefs.  A fear of learning something new or contrary to held beliefs is something I can’t imagine.


Misogynist; had to look it up too.  My fascination with and consideration of women’s values, behaviors, feelings and beliefs is boundless and still intrigues me after 65 years of observations and 52 years of marriage to the same woman.  I have always enjoyed working with and being with the women in my life, and I have always tried to be thoughtful and considerate of their amazing skills, talents and intellect.  I’ve always encouraged female contributions, achievements and confident independence.  Hatred, envy, control of women, not in my list of behaviors.


Now on to a harder one and excessively used one in recent years:


Islamophobic; as a student at a famous Christian University I was required to take a class in World Religions.  It was the most interesting “required class” I’ve ever taken.  I read all the major religious writings in English, studied their leaders, prophets, deities and histories.  I chose as my term project to read the Koran, accounts of Muhammad's life, and his attributed writings, and report what I learned.  It was an A+ paper.  


What I learned did not instill one moment of fear of Islam or Islamists.  I have no irrational fear of any terrorists regardless where they come from, or why.  


Those who have attempted to malign me and others by insinuating subhuman behavior or motives by name calling me are way off base.  


Implying mental deficiencies because I and many others that voted for President Donald Trump are uneducated is ludicrous.  In my case, with 4 college degrees, 2 science and 2 business 1 an  MBA; and many other “deplorables” I know, voted for President Trump having multiple graduate and postgraduate degrees.  It is utterly ridiculous to assert that only the non-college educated voted for Trump.


Another elitist miss-perception of those they disagree with politically.


It seems like an attempt to ease their own anxious misunderstandings, by ascribing motives to others that they don’t have using neuro linguistic programing language to demonize and disparage those they think they disagree with, rather than earnestly considering why they themselves may  have chosen poorly.


They may be the ones with an irrational fear of knowledge, not one of the listed phobias here, but one I think creates many social and class bigots.


Here might be my only phobias, in order of the scariest first:


Elected politicians, deadly poisonous snakes; but I repeat myself, and poor vehicle drivers, and very large unruly crowds.  I know why I fear elected politicians, poisonous snakes and poor drivers, so I guess those don’t count as irrational fears.


So, fear of large crowds (Agoraphobia) may be my only inexplicable fear, in that I have never been hurt or seen anyone harmed by a large crowd.  It has always occurred to me when in crowds, that crowd behavior could easily result in unintended injuries or deaths, sort of like poorly written and unnecessary enacted regulations and laws by a crowd of elected and unelected government officials.


I think the evidence of history shows that “Unintended Consequences” have often harmed the innocent and unaware.

I guess,I have no irrational fears!

12 March 2017

Abundant Health Care is Cheaper

The current Government Health Care program (Insurance, taxes and regulations) and its planned amendments do nothing to reduce the cost of Health Care.  The current efforts, when fully executed, may lower the cost of Health Insurance slightly.


The focus of all this thrashing about concerning the costs of Health Insurance are badly misguided.


Health Care costs are what matters.  Nothing is being done about Care costs and nothing is planned to be done.


Millions of people must travel hundreds of miles to get to very limited modern Health Care in the rural parts of many states, in the inland west and central states.


Health Care costs, once you account for taxes, regulations, restrictions, administration, patents on medicine and equipment, corruption and cronyism, are about Supply and Demand.


Good old supply and Demand market forces.


The past 7+ years much has been done to increase Demand. (ObamaCare)  And if it can be believed, millions of more people have easier access to insurance coverage, and therefore millions more demanding much more care. (scarcity)


Scarcity of supply + (plus) rapidly increasing demand = (equals) unnecessarily high prices + (plus) ignorant subsidies and arcane unnecessary government regulations = (equals)  the foolish mess we have now!


Little, if anything, has been done to increase supply:


No additional funding to educate more doctors per thousand people.
No increase in the rate of nurses trained per year, say an additional 10,000.
No increase in the number of Physicians Assistants, say 10,000 more annually.
No rapid increase of new Hospitals, expansions, (5,000) or branch clinics (10,000).  In fact many have been restricted, closed or withdrawn from rural locations; or stripped of diagnostic capability.


If lower Health Care costs are desired, lower Health Insurance won’t do it.  It just increases Demand.


What’s needed is increased Health care supply.


More facilities, many more doctors, more PA’s, more nurses, much more widespread modern diagnostic equipment, and modern communication for remote analysis.  More widespread medical transportation and many more emergency medical response personnel.


With an overabundance of actual Medical Care, you will see dramatic declines in care costs.


And simple easy access to good modern Health Care for all our citizens, for less Federal tax money which is currently being wasted on subsidizing ridiculously over priced Health Insurance.


And maybe a lot less fraud and a lot fewer extremely wealthy doctors, hospitals, medical associations, and insurance companies.  
 

If you must subsidize something, make it abundant Health Care.

01 January 2017

More Health Care, not more insurance

Affordability or accessibility to Health Care is what's needed, and little has been done to improve either.

Not more access to Health Insurance that fewer people that actually have to pay can afford now.

It's simple supply and demand.

For many decades little has been done to train and educate extra Physicians, Nurses, and more recently Physician's Assistants.  It's consistently been made harder and more expensive to become any of these.

Less supply

Much was done the past eight years to close hospitals and clinics restricting access in much of the less populated parts of the country, making Health Care both less available or affordable for many.

Much has been done to increase demand for Health Care.

Advertising new medicines, new ailments and diseases, new treatment, new research; along with an aging population, and constant government advertising for Health Insurance, and a constant political and media campaign insisting that Health Insurance is a constitutional/human right for those who can't afford it, whether they are citizens, or not.

More demand

Anyone who has studied economics will tell you; more demand than supply, prices will go up quickly.

More Additional government requirements, more unnecessary costs; means higher prices.

Higher prices means less affordability and less access.

What's needed for faster, better and cheaper Health Care; and perhaps Health Insurance?

More Health Care!  Train more Physicians, Nurses and PA's!  Encourage more medical facilities (Hospitals and Clinics) especially in rural and remote locations.

Decide what's more important?

Poor and elderly people without Health Insurance, or getting actual Health Care.

Access to actual Health Care; or Public Broadcasting, National Endowment for the Arts, Department of Energy, Bureau of Land Management, Farm/Crop subsidies, Department of Education, The Boundary Commission, and poverty, mental illness, and drug abuse encouraging programs.  

People with serious pre-existing medical ailments getting actual Health Care; or weapons the military has already told you they don't need or want, and politicians getting repeatedly re-elected.

More diagnostic equipment, labs and staff; or more taxes, regulations, political campaigns and media advertising.

I think we all know the answer.

Help those who really need it, and drop the ridiculous, self serving, useless, and archaic regulations, regression programs, destructive practices, corrosive waste and corruption, and punitive excess bureaucracies, and oppressive taxes

Drop the income redistribution scheme known as Affordable Care Act, Government Health Insurance, or whatever neuro-linguistic crap you come up with next.

If it was insurance, you couldn't manage it anyway.  It's just another oppressive mandatory tax and another wasteful Ponzi scheme. 

16 November 2015

Federal Government, Much Smaller!

Many Fewer and Much Less


That’s what I think is needed and quickly.


Many fewer Departments, Agencies, Divisions, Bureaus, Institutes, Offices and Committees, and many fewer named and unnamed meaningless subdivisions.


Much less of the things specifically enumerated by the Constitution as Federal Government, and none of the things not listed.  


Especially not those reserved for the several States; and none of the things you think the people would want so they might vote for you.  None of things special interest groups or lobbyists tell you they want that are not enumerated in the Constitution as Federal, and very few of the things are enumerated.


Cut actual spending to no more than revenue received.  Never add anything to the National Debt again.  If you don’t have it, you can’t spend it.  Use all surpluses to pay down the National Debt.  Repeal the authorization to borrow, you have proven repeatedly you cannot manage borrowed money.  You can’t even manage regular tax revenue


Reduce Federal regulations to very few meaningful (meaning they accomplish their stated purpose without unintended consequences) and cost efficient (meaning they cost less than they are worth to all affected parties) determined by a consortium of professional private sector accountants of well known integrity.


Reduce Federal Entitlements to the minimum helpful allotment. Reduce associated staffing.  Limit lengths of eligibility specific each kind of aid.  It’s a hand up!.  Not a lifetime contract.


Phase out all Federal Government Insurance programs, Social Security, Medicare, Disability, Loan, Flood, Crop, and Tornado, etc.  Get the Feds out of the insurance business; they’re are not authorized and they’re very poor at it.


Stop borrowing money to fund deficit spending.  Stop creating money unsupported by our economic value.  


Repeal most taxes, simplify the remainder.  Establish a single tax rate percentage.  Stop taxing income.  Tax expenditures of every kind from every source, individual, business and all non-profits.at a single rate whether you like the product or service, think its good or bad for people, or just don’t like it.  Start at a fraction of 1%, never to exceed 1% for any reason.  


If you buy nothing, you pay nothing!


Repeal all excise taxes and hidden taxes; or make them known by labeling every affected product or service with the hidden tax amount so everyone can see how much is tax and how much is actual product costs, and repeal most.


Collapse most organizations into their parent Departments, substantially reduce missions and staffs.  Repeal massive amount of enabling legislation and regulations, severely cut all budgets.  Size staffs at no more than 80% of remaining missions and functions.


Stop buying or seizing land and building facilities.  The Federal Government owns or controls much more land, equipment, material and buildings than can possibly be used, especially in the States west of the Mississippi River.  Sell all land and property not used for valid Constitutional purposes for 2 years or more.  


Close the Bureau of Land Management.  Absorb its few meaningful functions directly in Department of Interior.  


Halt all new facility construction indefinitely and cancel all facility expansions.


Cancel all Federal Government hiring, cancel all replacement hiring, cancel all new recruitments, appointments, or labor contracts.  Severely limit volunteers.


Stop doing most all of things the Legislative, Executive and Judicial Branches initiated without any significant forethought the past 85 years.  


Virtually all of them have failed to achieve their once noble purpose, and have since become gigantic, hideously bloated, zombies doing much more actual damage than any imaginary good.

If it's not equal liberty, equal justice, or equal treatment for all; I'm against it.