Friday, September 8, 2017

Just in case you didn't have enough news...

Boom, boom, come on....
The sun just belched at you:
NASA has recorded the biggest solar flare for 12 years as the sun unleashed an X-Class flare on September 6. The flare, which peaked at 8.02am EDT, caused a radio blackout following the “shock arrival” of radiation from the sun...
After many months of increasing solar quiet that produced but a single X-class flare in July that went toward Mars, the sun woke up this week.  It did not send just one flare our way, but a progressive series of M-class flares, then an X-3, then the aforementioned X-9, then an X-1 this morning.  For reference, the X-9 is the strongest in a dozen years and the 14th largest ever recorded.  It's big.

Immediate question: Is this the kill shot?  Almost certainly not. There's a CME coming tonight into tomorrow. It will result in a few electrical storms, some airline troubles, and an unhealthy suntan for the guys in the space station, but the power should stay on. In most places, anyway.  If you see an X-20 or X-30, then it's probably time to start loading the farraday cage.

Still, this flare, like others X-class flares that preceded it, is going to inject a whole bunch of energy into our atmosphere.  That means that you should not be surprised if a whole line of big storms appear next week to add to the spinner or three making news this week.  It's gearing up to be an interesting September.

Also, for any who care, I'm back on Twitter @ElBorakKS.  I don't expect this moniker to change much if at all; I set it up as a re-tweet account for Men of the West. Of course, I'll still shitpost a bunch from it but will probably avoid interactions with leftward-leaning individuals*.  It's a broadcast tower, not a battle station.  For now.

* to avoids the shadowbanz this time.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

This is your life on Holiday

Goodbye, Columbus:
The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to eliminate Columbus Day from the city calendar, siding with activists who view the explorer as a symbol of genocide for native peoples in North America and elsewhere.  
Over the objections of Italian American civic groups, the council made the second Monday in October a day in L.A. to commemorate “indigenous, aboriginal and native people.” It replaces a holiday that served as a touchstone for Italian Americans, marking the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Caribbean.
Because genocide is so much cooler when performed with stone knives.


UPDATE: A definition:
White supremacy or white supremacism is a racist ideology centered upon the belief, and the promotion of the belief, that white people are superior in certain characteristics, traits, and attributes to people of other racial backgrounds...
I would argue that holding white people to a moral standard higher than one is willing to hold people of other racial backgrounds is a assertion that white people are morally superior to others, and is therefore a white supremacist act.

Checkmate.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Monday, August 21, 2017

Friday, August 18, 2017

Sane enough for you yet?

Illinois' favorite son
Behold the new iconoclasm:
A ninety-year-old bust of Abraham Lincoln, our sixteenth president, was destroyed in a South Side Chicago neighborhood overnight on Wednesday.
Trump is of course correct that no amount to statue removal will mollify the left, just as no amount of sexual equality will satisfy a feminist. Because it's not really about the statues. It's about using manufactured outrage as a means to power and control.

case in point: I was rather amused yesterday to hear Nancy Pelosi complain about Confederates in the halls of Congress:
The Confederate statues in the halls of congress have always been reprehensible. If Republicans are serious about rejecting white supremacy, I call upon Speaker Ryan to join Democrats to remove the Confederate statues from the Capital immediately.
Let me guess, when Nancy Pelosi was Speaker, she had those reprehensible statues removed and the GOP snuck them back in under cover of darkness, right? If not, then why did not Speaker Pelosi have them removed when she had the power to do so? Because the whole issue is fake.

The political violence is beginning. And make no mistake, this is only the beginning. There are lots of people on both sides who welcome it or at least plan to use it, which is why it will grow. Gutless Republicans are hitting the fainting couches now, but when people have had enough, those Republicans will be replaced. Once the Gracchi arrive, you do not go back to the Republic. You progress to Marius and Sulla.

The hysteria is also only beginning.  Last month was Russian hackers everywhere. This month it's white supremists and Nazis everywhere. It's obvious that the yanking of our populations' emotional strings is being orchestrated, surely to be rid of the deplorable Trump.  But what else will it release? I'm really thinking these folks have not thought that far ahead.

The insanity is also only beginning.  Did I just hear Trump state that we are looking at a military solution to Venezuela? Oh good lord.  How many troops should we send to Zimbabwe while we're at it? At least you can forget about martial law here.  At this rate we won't have a single soldier actually defending our country by 2018. Don't tell Canada, the warmongers. We haven't finished that wall yet.

Time to make sure your preps are in order. US and South Korean joint maneuvers begin Monday, which allegedly include flyovers near NK territory by nuclear-capable bombers. Surely that will go off without a hitch or a reaction.

Any other result would be crazy.

UPDATE: SHTF Stockpile will be free for 5 days starting the 19th.  Because I care.

Cuked out

Spears and chips and wholes, oh my!

So after putting up 5 gallons of pickles this week, I've had about enough of cucumbers for the year. Which is timely, as the most prolific group of vines is just starting to turn yellow... I'm sure they don't have much left in them.  Time to swap them out for a fall crop.

I have an idea I'm going to try this year that I've never done before: very late planting of cantaloupe, pumpkins, zucchini, you know, all those things that the Squash Bug Panzer Divisions tend to devour*.

The way I'm thinking is this. It's not the first generation of squash bugs that gets you, but the second. That's why when I've planted in April or so, by August my leaves are crawling with little grey demons and the vines are not long for this world. The first generation arrives and lays, but it's their offspring that really take it to the plants.

If I plant now, the second generation won't arrive until October or so. It's not quite frosting here (first frost is usually November 11 or so). But the nights are chilly and the days short. It's very unlike August. I expect they'll find the garden a much less comfortable place then.

But is there enough time between now and early November to get a full crop? Maybe. The plants are 4" tall and ready for transplant, and I was harvesting tomatoes well into November last year, so I'm hopeful.

And sure, hope is not a plan, but if it doesn't work out, at least I have lots of pickles.

* Technically, I shouldn't follow squash family with squash family in the same bed, but this is an experiment.

Thursday, August 10, 2017