Friday, December 2, 2016

Can You See This Page?

A potential British ScopeRoller customer reports he can't get to this page.  Anyone else having trouble?  What error are you seeing?

Thursday, December 1, 2016

If I Reported This As a Rumor, It Would Be Irresponsible

One of Clinton's big fundraisers admitted himself to a psychiatric hospital in response to the Trump victory.  11/29/16 Huffington Post:
A while before, during the final hour of November 8, I had committed myself to institutional psychiatric care. A generation or two ago they would have said I was suffering a nervous breakdown: catatonic, plagued by involuntary jerking motions (my head furiously shaking “No! ”), speech patterns disjointed, weeping uncontrollably.
Terror drove me to this interrupted state. I was afraid for the nation, for the stigmatized and oppressed. I was also afraid for my own life. Because the values and principles I hold dear felt fatally incompatible with the hate and bigotry that Trumpism has come to stand for. I did not want to live in a world that would elect such a man as president.
I tumbled from quite the perch of high expectations. An official “Hillblazer,” I raised $187,000 for Hillary Clinton and down-ballot Democrats, mostly by selling tickets to events headlined by first-name-basis gay icons — Cher, Barbra, Hillary herself. (I was at the September gala when she dropped the “deplorables” line.) I canvassed in New York for our state’s primary and in Pennsylvania during the general. I phone banked, I recruited. To social media, I became The Hillary Guy, famous for my ever-buoyant posts and pictures about my candidate of choice.
And the Left wonders why many Americans think of progressivism as a mental problem?  Self-beclowning.

The comments at Instapundit's link to this are hysterical.  A few:
This fellow is not at all a walking, talking, breathing, complete confirmation of a stereotype of a drama queen.
It's either the most epic troll job in history or we've officially reached Peak Pansy.
"I'm sorry, we have no available beds. If you urgently need to hide from reality, you'll have to get tenure at a small liberal arts college."
Let me see if I understand this, this dweeb is representative of the legions of liberal milktoasts that are threatening us with 'violence' if we don't do the right thing and make Hilly the President ...anyway.
Let's be honest, how long do you really thing a replay of the Civil War would last today?
Keep in mind my wife's reaction: someone so focused on himself that he wants to be the center of attention.

Today's Investment

CORTS TR PECO ENERGY CAP TRIII CORTS 8.00% KTH:NYSE has only a 6.35% annualized yield, but 
 Fixed dividend payment over the life; stated in the prospectus as an annual dividend percentage rate
But no Call Date or Price, and an A3 Moody's rating.  A bit of security for a lower yield.  I am also running out of high yield preferred stocks with adequate diversification.

Fun With Batteries

I tried to recharge the Jaguar X-type battery, and the charger displayed a code that the manual said indicated "THERMAL RUNAWAY."  Doesn't that sound like something that might happen with the Terminator?  Not really:
Thermal runaway occurs in situations where an increase in temperature changes the conditions in a way that causes a further increase in temperature, often leading to a destructive result. It is a kind of uncontrolled positive feedback.
This sounded worrisome enough to disconnect the charger and replace the battery myself.  It is an Interstate Batteries Megatron with a 6-year warranty, but whatever mechanic installed it failed to knock out the dots that show month and year installed, so I knew there was no hope of making an effective warranty claim.  So I went on Internet to find out what I needed.  As usual Jaguar Forums had the answer: Type 94R, at least 720 CCA.  O'Reilly auto parts had one.  I've not bought and installed a battery since Nixon was President, so the almost $200 was a little breathtaking, but after only 30 minutes working in a 30 degree telescope garage, I had it installed, and the X-type started right up.  One of the bolts that holds the retention strap in place disappeared during removal.  It seems to be a 4" long M6 or even M4 bolt (1/4"-28 is too thick). Next time I go to the hardware store, I will buy one.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Snowing Up A Storm Out There

The poor UPS drivers climbing our steep but at least paved driveway.

Latest Spam/Scam

We have written a program that makes money on the stock exchange without human intervention!
It does not make mistakes and takes a decision only after analyzing all the world markets.
It is beyond ordinary individual power.
While you are sleeping, the program is working.
Please, do not rush to make a lot of money; otherwise you will attract attention of somebody who could understand that it is trading machine.
Most of these show a weak knowledge of English.  Even when not technically wrong, they read "funny."

Is anyone stupid enough to be taken in by these?  Progressives are dull enough, but usually well enough off from their trust fund that I assume they don't bother.

Attitudes About Rape

Progressives keep using Europe and its social democracies (really welfare state capitalism--most democratic socialists abandoned socialism long ago) are the model for the U.S.  11/30/16 RT (yes, I know they are effectively Putin's propaganda arm):
A Eurobarometer survey has shown alarming tendencies in attitudes towards sex without consent, with about 27 percent of respondents across the EU saying sex without consent is justifiable.
Most respondents cite reasons like being drunk or on drugs (12 percent), agreeing to go home with someone (11 percent), wearing revealing clothes, or not clearly saying no or physically fighting back (both 10 percent).
Sorted by country, those surveyed in Romania and Hungary tended to be the most likely to say each situation could justify sex without consent, while respondents in Sweden and Spain were among the least likely to say so.
Russia has become, at least in its own mind, a defender of social conservative values.

As a number of the commenters on that story point out, a large percentage of Europeans now are Muslims, which might explain these numbers as well progressive desires to increase their numbers here.  Violent crime is always the argument for gun control, even when it involves a car and a knife.