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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/what-happens-die-brain-activity-life-heart-beating-death-after-eeg-study-research-a7620131.html

 

Another reason certain people should have held their contempt for my wife’s wishes for at least another 5 minutes.

You know, beyond the fact that those of us still living, have feelings, might want to honor her wishes, might have throat punched you if we didn’t have such solid self control in place.

The best thing I can say about certain people, at least Dawn died poor.  So I didn’t have to fight them over THINGS, as well.

 

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March 12, 2017 · 12:31

CRA

Congress seems to have finally been shamed into doing their job by Trump.  It looks like some of the people we sent to Congress with the MANDATE to make smaller government are now actually working at it around the edges.

I am hoping this is just the first confidence building baby steps.  I hope they grow bolder with each success and dismantle much of the Regulation Nation (John Stossel).

The article has a distinct jaundice towards not being in favor of this, but it is the source I have.

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February 25, 2017 · 12:40

Shinseki – Oh hell no!

http://sultanknish.blogspot.com/2014/06/green-energy-for-dead-vets.html

 

I felt bad for Mr. Shinseki, a little bit anyway.

Let me clarify by saying, that he FAILED at his job.  The job of fixing the corruption and shady dealing at the VA.  But, there was always a valid point to the argument about being constrained by the law.  He could not fire anyone for poor performance or any other reason.  The civil servant laws generally require fatal gun fire to permit termination.  He also had a second layer of out of control federal unions and their inbred apathy.  So I gave the man some slack on a personal level.  As in, I didn’t think he was a bad guy, perhaps just a guy who wasn’t capable of beheading all the hydra’s heads at once.

This completely changes things.  He was out parading around the country christening solar energy initiatives at VA cemeteries.  Which in and of itself is not so bad, but when you are spending +$800,000 at a clip for these solar play toys.  His goal.

“We are investing in clean energy and renewable energy projects at our national cemeteries to reduce our environmental footprint,” Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki declared.

Let me ask, exactly how much are you paying per month for the electricity at the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery?  The VA spent $787,000 on the solar array there.

Assuming $2500 per month in electricity, the break even point (not including time value of money) is +/- 315 months or +/- 26 years      the average warranty period (read as productive use cycle) of a solar panel is 20 years.  Of course the battery storage component, the DC to AC converter, etc usually need to be replaced at least once in that time frame.  So we are looking at a negative return on investment no matter how you slice it.  Not to mention that I really doubt the cemetery was using $2500 per month in electricity.

Oh and most of the sales pitches for solar state that moving to solar is not a good idea if the ROI / break even point is much past 6 years.  We likely quadruple that time frame here.

I formally retract any misgivings I may have expressed regarding the malfeasance, political boot licking and traitorous treatment of Vets under the watch of Shinseki.

When he dies, may the Hounds of Hell be slow, as they rend the flesh from his bones.  May he also have the regenerative powers of Prometheus, but without the eventual release.

 

 

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June 19, 2014 · 17:33

More money for the VA???

http://washingtonexaminer.com/the-senates-failed-irrelevant-plan-to-throw-20-billion-at-veterans-affairs-problems/article/2549159

 

The VA needs more money like a drowning man needs a drink of water.

The Senate democrats want to throw $20 BILLION extra dollars at an organization that has roughly $4.5 BILLION in carry over from the last 5 years.  That will help how exactly?  They already can’t fraud, corrupt, bonus or misuse the money fast enough so we will add an additional $2 BILLION per year for the next 10 years.

I do realize we are talking about Senate democrat, but really.  Who possibly thinks that is a good idea?  Show of hands.  Anyone?

Didn’t think so.

Now, lets set down some basic figures then do some basic math.

Annual VA budget  68.3 BILLION in discretionary resources — 95.6 BILLION in mandatory funding  or $163.9 BILLION                    2015 presidential request numbers from the VA site.  An increase of roughly $2 billion from last year

There are currently about 23 million people in the VA system.  That means the per capita expense is roughly $7200 per person / per annum.  The increase would be roughly equal to $87 per capita / per anum.

The $87 is fairly meaningless when you look at it that way.  What is important is if you look at a VA alternative.

One such option is to Close the VA effective immediately.  Sell the assets to private companies: hospitals, equipment etc.  Then take  the budget and use it to fund / subsidize insurance vouchers for the Vets to purchase their own private insurance coverage to be used in private healthcare systems.

At $7200 per year, that provides $600 per month in premiums per Veteran.  It also allows for self determination of benefit levels required.  It allows the vet to shop for services and pick the provider and time frame of their choice.  There may need to be some scaling of premium voucher based on injury / age / … but the basics are there.  The rest is just fiddly bits.

I realize my idea is not as simple as I have stated it.  I realize that a federal agency has NEVER been closed, so the likelihood of it happening is approaching ZERO.  But I see way more upside to my plan then I do with the socialized disaster that VA is.

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June 2, 2014 · 21:15

Yay New Orleans

New Orleans

Is that the place that anyone thinks of as the hotbed of educational reform?  Hell, reform of any kind.

I know my friends who are from Louisiana and those who love the Big Easy will be a little uncomfortable with my next statement; but, that is a hotbed of corruption and political intrigue – well since the French.

I have to say this KICKING TO THE CURB of the educational establishment, the education unions, teacher tenure and all the other fossilized relics that kill the process of properly educating our youth is an AWESOME THING.

http://www.examiner.com/article/new-orleans-closes-public-schools-charter-schools-only-urban-education-study

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June 1, 2014 · 13:19

Contempt of cop (linky)

So when I am out and about living my life, I have no expectation of privacy.

Go to Lowes, they can video tape me.  Go to work, they can video tape me.  Drive through a toll booth, they can video tape me.  Drive on the highway and have a member of the LEO community take notice, they can video tape me.

Now lets say said LEO decides to pull me over.  How does that suddenly become a private situation?  Is said LEO no longer taping the event with his /her dash cam?  Does the LEO have a duty and responsibility to inform me that I am being taped?

In case you aren’t sure, the answer is no to both questions.

So why is it that if I have a Gopro pointed at the driver side window, I am potentially a felon?  If some random stranger decides to video tape the encounter (third party), that is legal; but as an active participant, somehow I am not allowed to self protect with video.  Help me understand how that makes sense?

This woman will win a five figure award.  Good for her.

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February 21, 2014 · 08:45

corrupt blue line (click link)

And you think there aren’t some in the LEO community who aren’t abusing their information data bases?

Tell me how you think the people at the NSA are using their access to data and ability to gather data.

Stop for a while and think.  pause and reflect. 

Now focus your mind on the 2012 Obama re-election machine.    Focus on their access to the NSA.  Think through the implications.

 

Now take a few seconds to refocus your thoughts on how these type of actions can be used to mold peoples actions.  Think about how this level of drilling down can be used to influence your actions, both indirectly (herding) and directly (see the article).    If this doesn’t scare the piss out of you and make you ANGRY, you either aren’t paying attention or you live in a fantasy world.  I live in the real world and know this is just one data point in a very scary continuum.

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February 13, 2014 · 08:24