Mussolini himself described fascism as corporatism, harnessing corporate power to the servicing the needs of the state. Given that he was a longtime socialist, raised by radical socialists his fascism was but a modification/evolution of what up to then was pretty much standard European socialist thought.
Tuesday, September 21, 2021
I have been speculating for quite some time now that the so-called Delta varient is either delayed physiological damage resulting from vaccination or, given that the purpose of these mRNA vaccines is to modify the human genome, the result of the vaccines themselves modifying the genetic structure of the virus. Seems a logical explanation of why there are so many "breakthrough" infections among the vaccinated. If not at least a question that needs exploration.
Monday, July 26, 2021
My latest model. This is a Tamiya 1/48 scale F4U1D Corsair. I did some research to make sure I had both the ship designation markings and fuselage numbers were correct for the plane my uncle flew on July 26th 1945. On this date he led his squadron on a raid on Kure harbor in Japan where he dropped a 1000 pound bomb down the stack of the hybrid Battleship/Aircraft Carrier Ise. It exploded in her boilers breaking her keel. He was awarded the Navy Cross for this action.
The carrier deck section was made from stained balsa wood strips interspaced with plastic channel painted to simulate the tie down strips used for securing aircraft to the deck during heavy weather. Thin strips of plastic were then used to create the deck markings.
The case was made from a pine base and basswood angle moulding and .020 clear PET sheet plastic.
I always found it a historical curiosity that the Arizona and the Ise were both launched in the same year. The Arizona being our first battleship lost and the Ise being Japan's last.
While the Arizona remains an honored memorial the Ise was raised, scrapped and turned into Toyotas.
Tuesday, June 22, 2021
Google has been caught installing tracking apps on phones in Massachusetts without the permission of the user. Don't expect them to stop just because they got caught. I have no doubt that the events in Massachusetts are just a test run. Soon these apps will be embedded in the next round of mandatory system updates. The cover story will be that a "flaw" has been found that would allow hackers into your phone. The "flaw" is they can't yet trace who you might be communicating with outside the systems they control. I.e. they want to be able to track who you might be talking to in person.
Anybody who thinks these tracking apps are about the Sino-Lung-Rot or that the technology will just be put back in the the box if and when the stinking government says covid is no longer a threat is naive at best or a complete irredeemable fool at worst.
The bureaucratic state is working hand in glove with big tech to build there 1984 dream state.
“Everything in the State, nothing outside the State, nothing against the State.”
Mussolini is smiling up from hell. When first asked to define fascism he said it would be better described as Corporatism. A union of Corporate power and state authority. What I would better define as collectivism under a state banner rather than collectivism under the phony bologna of "internationalism."
Any from of critical thinking that leads to questioning of corporate (Google, Facebook, Twitter etc.) or state structure, policy or authority is already being defined as treason. The 1st Amendment be damned.
Should anyone gain traction doing so, they will soon find government popping out of the wall just as in Orwell's book. Then just to make sure any such dangerous thinking doesn't spread they will also come down on any and all who so much as may have listened to the thought criminal AND THEY WILL USE THESE TRACKING APPS TO FIND THEM! They will then knock on their doors and demand to know what if anything you talked about and threaten them with nebulous "conspiracy" charges if they so much as deny knowing the thought criminal or refusing to divulge the conversation or even acknowledge that you were even in the same place at the same time.
We have allowed the bureaucratic state to violate the law using a "crisis" as an excuse and they have gotten away with it. They have no incentive to not continue doing so. Only a fool would now think they won't manufacture more crises to continue breaking the law and destroying your rights until the constitution itself is utterly and irreparablly broken. Which has been their goal all along.
They most certainly aren't out to protect you from the Sino-Lung-Rot. They are out to protect themselves from you!
Sunday, May 23, 2021
Kane the owner of CFP has asked me to leave and not come back. Imagine my surprise. The following was my reply.
Fat chance. It's a term many use to distinguish between decent hard working honest blacks and the criminals who lack any measure of decency and self control. I don't hesitate to call whites with the same problem cracker trash either. I dare say I've spent more time working with blacks and dealing with their everyday problems than you ever will.
Tell us then how many times have you been sued by blacks for trying to protect them under contractual obligations just because the final legal decision didn't go their way or they didn't want the rules that applied to everyone else to apply to them?
So maybe try to prove my contentions wrong. Or have you just become another sanctimonious fool pounding his chest saying "look at me I called out a racist?" Or are you just another coward afraid of being cancelled by silicon valley?
Truths can be ugly and they don't know color or race. I thought you knew that but I guess I was wrong. The 13-50 problem is real and it is racial not racist, like it or not. Refusing to acknowledge it is a form of racism far worse than saying groid because it perpetuates the suffering of the victims, both black and white and creates even more of them. The sooner we admit it and address it openly the sooner if can be fixed.
You need to do some serious thinking. You're either part of the solution or you are part of the problem. That problem being refusing to face ugly truths head on and instead pretending they don't exist.
During the last election cycle and new news aggregate site called "Citizens Free Press" came on line as an alternative to the Drudge Report. Up till very recently it has been unabashedly conversation and open and freewheeling. But now they seem to have become infected with the silicon valley disease of "moderation" and are apparently afraid of harsh truths that some might take offence at and call racist. Below find a post I put up in there open comment section. It almost immediately went into the "awaiting moderation" pile where it will no doubt remain.
Is CFP now going woke? I’m not a racist by nature. Never have been. I spent a good piece of my career as a shop steward and union president in an over 40% black industrial plant. BUT, I am among the growing number of people who are sick and tired of governments giving a free pass and or making excuses for all manner of not just bad behavior but outright criminal behavior especially to blacks.
Nobody but nobody wants to admit or discuss the fact that we have a serious 13-50 problem. It’s not even a 13-50 problem. More like a 5-50 problem.
50% or more of murders and violent crimes are committed by blacks. And no it’s not all blacks. It’s primarily young black males between 18 and 35.
If white society is to bare any blame for this it’s because for a long time there had been an attitude if as long as they were victimizing each other we didn’t care. And yes that’s wrong. But it’s also wrong that black society in general has largely refused to cooperate in ridding there own community of the criminals in their midst.
Mix into this bleeding heart judges and prosecutors who file reduced charges and hand out probation etc. for violent crimes. Of course then these criminals become even more contemptuous of the system and turn right around and commit more crimes. And those they prey upon don’t believe there is any justice either when they see the thug that robbed them or assaulted them right back on the street.
As a result many inner city black families end up living in conditions of fear and criminal oppression worse than the conditions of any plantation of the antebellum south.
If the problems in black communities are ever going to be solved it going to have to start with them and yes more policing not less. Blaming whitey and demanding more welfare has failed. Time for another path to be found.
If this little rant gets me banned from CFP so be it. It needed to be said.
Friday, May 14, 2021
So what good is a vanity table or a desk without a place to sit? As no chair or stool was found with them this question necessitated my venturing from furniture refinishing and into furniture making.
The legs are made from pine 2x2 stock. The corners are routed with a cove bit and the faces routed with a 1/4" straight bit these face cuts were then inlaid with strips of Bradford Pear. These legs were then fitted into a plywood and pine top frame. As the legs we cut at a compound bias of 5° the frame parts had to be cut at matching angles to create tight pockets that the legs were fit into.
After applying lots of glue in the pockets the legs were further secured with a 2-1/2" screw through the top of the frame.
The outside of this frame was then wrapped with pieces of poplar recycled from the drawer sides mentioned in the previous post. A centerline support rail was also added made from the same 1/4" poplar. These were a left standing proud by about 3/8" to facilitate the attachment of the seat slats that are made from the same Bradford Pear that was used on the leg inlay. These are attached with glue and brads set below the surface and filled with plastic wood stained to match the color of the stained wood. As with the previous pieces numerous coats of polyurethane were applied and then polished with 2500 grit sand paper.
This second piece was a more complicated task. It was also in far worse condition. It suffered from years of abuse as well as some poorly executed previous repairs.
As can be seen below the finish was all but gone and there were numerous stains and splits in the wood.
The pulls on the side drawers were about as cheap and featureless as could be imagined
Those on the other drawer were missing entirely. In short there was nothing that set this piece off or gave it any visual appeal.
Fortunately the rolltop itself still worked fairly well with only some minor sticking. When I disassembled the top from the base the canvas strips on the back of the slat sections was still intact. They was a big of fraying of the edges but there was no evidence of cutting or dry rot. Not having to replace them was a great relief. The refinishing it then became just a matter of careful manipulation while sanding, re-staining and polyurethane finish.
Where the vanity had been made entirely from pine the desk was made entirely from poplar. Even the side, center panels and back were made from single pieces of 3/16" poplar. The edges of the side and centers there were edge reliefs on both sides to fit into 1/8" slots in the legs.
Unfortunately for me, unlike the vanity table most all the joints were glued as well as nailed together. This made made disassembling of the base a slow pains taking task.
One of the panel edges broke off completely necessitating both having to fashion and carefully glue up a replacement edge as well as having to chisel out the broken edge from the slot.
Two of the drawer supports were replacements were made from pine and both poorly made and poorly attached. These I replace with poplar. The finished drawer slides were all lined with strips of UHMW so that everything moved with ease.
The back panel was to far gone once I got it disassembled. One corner was missing and it had several splits that were beyond repair. This was replaced entirely with some 5mm plywood.
The other parts that had to be replaced were the side panels of the two main drawers. The original's dato joints broke apart when disassembled. These were replaced with 1/4" plywood. The original sides were to find a recycled use to be seen in part 3.
The pigeonholes inside the desk were very plain and non-descript. This I addressed by fabricating a small drawer to make it more useful and eye appealing.
The pull was made from a hollow wood button that was drilled out for a screw and covered with a small disc and then painted. This design was also used in the other drawer pulls.
As with the vanity all the parts were sanded with increasing finer grit and finished with 1500 grit before reassembly, staining and finishing with polyurethane. The main desk and rolltop were finished sperately before being reassembled.
All in all it came out very nicely and will make a nice side table until my grandneice gets older and starts school.
Thursday, May 13, 2021
I found a couple of discarded pieces of children's furniture by the side of the road a while back and have had them in my shop covered up in a corner for a couple of years.
Now that my niece has a daughter of her own I thought it was a good time to do something with them.
Both pieces appear to date from the post WWII baby boom era and we're quite well used if not abused.
Although of that age they weren't exactly built with a fine eye towards craftsmanship. Such would not be the case in rebuilding and refinishing them.
|My grandneice is going to get a surprise from Santa!|
All the parts were then lightly stained and the given another finish sanding to remove and raised grain coming from the staining. The reassembly was done using modern wood glue, finish nails and clamps. Places that had previously been held together with screws were carefully drilled out and filled with wood plugs and sanded smooth. Exposed nailheads were set and then filled with plastic wood and sanded smooth along with the plugs.
The finishing was done with spray gloss polyurethane and polished with 2000 grit between coats and then 2500 grit after the final coat.
Next up was a far more complicated child's rolltop desk.
To be continued...
Friday, May 7, 2021
Somewhere out there in the vastness of America's political landscape there has to be a dawning taking place. Not just that the insistence that the supposedly vaccinated must continue to wear masks is not just absurd but defies all logic and common sense and that beyond that the reason for it has nothing to do with science but rather is purely political.
Posit it then that they are waiting for the software and documentation to be created for the Federal imposition of a vaccination passport system in defiance of those states that have already banded the very notion. They feds will of course argue that federal law supercedes all state laws.
Think it's not possible? Look at all the fool's that already think your rights and freedoms come from government and accept without question what ever the "experts" tell them they can and can't do and where and with whom they can do it.
And where would that lead us to next? Why a vast and growing network producing forged vaccine certificates which has already started of course.
Critically then this will lead to one of two things. Either the revelation that the "vaccine" leaves a distinct genetic mark that can be scanned for with a simple blood test like something out of the 1997 movie Gattaca. Or by the CDC suddenly determining that you need yet another jab to "protect" you from a newly discovered "mutant" strain. A jab that will contain this marker that the passport system can track... Or maybe they will just go full "Mark of the Beast" and demand we all get chipped like a family pet.
The intersection of Orwell and Huxley is truly frightening. But now that the education system has been so systematically dumbed down how many out there have actually read Orwell and Huxley never mind know of Saint Augustine's question; "If justice be removed, what are governments but great bands of robbers?"
Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Monday, March 22, 2021
While ships like the one in the previous post are my usual forte when it comes to model building I have, over the years built a few armored pieces. One I built but sadly have no pictures of was an old WWII US Army halftrack set up as a mortar carrier that I combined with an LCM that I sent to an old friend from Rhode Island. I believe he in turn donated it to his local National Guard armory for display there.
This one however is more recent in both construction and historical context, an M1A2 Abrams.
Having inspired myself I went looking for something a little more of a complicated build. I soon settled on the latest upgrade of the M109 self-propelled gun known as the AT Paladin.
Now as my covid boredom set in even deeper I decided to make display cases for them. That and I hate dusting!
Stay tuned. More to come!
Friday, March 19, 2021
From the very beginning of this Sino-Lung-Rot nightmare we have been told we have to listen to the science. This has included St emphatically that we must wear masks. Now this particular piece of propaganda has been increased to wearing two masks.
I can't see be the only one who is reaching their Howard Beale breaking point. So before anyone starts throwing open windows and banging on pots I thought maybe it was time for some basic ammunition for conservatives and simple arithmetic that even idiot leftist might understand. (Don't hold your breath on that.) So here we go.
Numerous published sources have stated that the diameter of the covid virus is 0.125 microns. The diameter of the openings in your standard surgical mask is 75 microns. The linear ratio between these two numbers is 600 to 1. But we're not talking about linear ratios. We need to look at this in terms of cross-sectional areas.
We were all taught at a very young age that the area of a circle is determined by a very simple formula. A=π×r2.
For the virus...
.00390625×π=.0122718463 square microns.
For the mask openings...
1406.25×π=4417.8646691 square microns.
So now when we divide the cross sectional area of the mask openings by the cross sectional area of the virus we get...
A ratio of 360,000 to 1 !!!
To put it in language even a leftist troll might, and I say only might, understand...
This is not the equivalent of expecting to stop a mosquito with a chain link fence, it's expecting to stop a dust mote!
If you think this massive ratio is going to be reduced by wearing two or three or twelve masks I doubt even a remedial class in arithmetic is going to help.
Friday, January 15, 2021
More toys from the model shop.
This first one is a model that Revell first produced in conjunction with release of the movie "Away All Boats" in the mid '50s.
The model of USS Montrose APA212 was part of Revell's "flat bottom fleet" that raised questions whether they were intended for display or for father's to build and kids to play with until all the small parts broke off and then demand that their father build another one.
The latter was probably the more lucrative business model initially but over the years it has continued to be produced by Revell, it's sister company Revell Germany and by at least two subsidiary companies under different company names.
In spite of this unrealistic design flaw and others, the model does lend itself to some serious detailing possibilities.
|Overview of the aft boat/#3 hold deck,|
main super structure and
gally/#2 hold deck.
|Aft deck with a 5" mount,2 twin 20mm Bofers and|
2 LCMs nested with an LCVP and a LCP.
The detailing done her starts with the 5" mount which while the original piece is used, it now sits in a more realistic raised gun tub.
All of the life rafts here and throughout have had a fine open mesh fabric added to simulate the hemp/canvas straps that were used.
The embarkation nets were made using a slightly larger open mesh fabric with pieces of .015 steel wire painted brown and woven through to simulate the 4x4s used.
|Gally/#2 hold deck and forward boat/#1 hold deck from port side.|
|Focasle deck with a quad 40mm Bofers forward and|
2 twin 40mm Bofers mounts.
The careful weaving of lines around bollards and drapped along the hull can be seen here. Most all of the holes through which these lines pass had to be hand drilled as most were depicted as a raised edge that could be painted black. A short section of fine jewelry chain is used to depict the anchor chain on the forward winch. Both the quad and twin 40mm mounts came from other models. The original ones were poorly executed to say the least. The center stack of life rafts likewise came from other models. The two range finder tubs were completely empty originally so again holes were drilled and units from other models put in place.
|Aft main boat/3 hold deck.|
In this starboard side view can be seen the Captain's barge, again scrounged from another model is rigged up and ready to be put over the side. Another of the flaws in the original model design was deck railings that were molded into the parts. These were all carefully removed with an exacto knife and replaced with photo etched brass parts. All of the crane rigging is done with regular sewing thread stiffined with lacquer. This was without a doubt the most painstaking process in the entire build. Looking at the main boiler stack can be seen a searchlight platform supported by more photo etched brass. This feature is a detail not found on the original model.
Now as to the real USS Montrose. She was one of some 238 ships designated as APAs. Her design was a modification of the liberty ship design that was vital to supplying Britain and Russia. She was one of over 100 ships in her class that were built primarily for the invasion of mainland Japan that never came. Her actions in World War II came at Okinawa and later occupation duty.
She later found service ferrying supplies and troops for the Nationalist Chinese in their fight with Mao's communists. Fighting communism would be her calling for the rest of her career.
Next came service in the Korean war ferrying troops and supplies to the Pusan Pocket and McArthur's end run landing at Inchon.
After a long maintenance and refit she again saw service against the communists, this time in Vietnam where she supported both ARVN and American troops in amphibious operations for nearly four years.
I built this as both a gift to an old Highschool friend who went to Vietnam and is now president of the local American Legion lodge. It will be going his way once I finish making tags for the display and figuring out how to best ship it some 3000 miles.
To be continued...
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
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So why, after all this, do so many of us _still_ believe the election was stolen?
In the first place, there are two things we mean by “the election was stolen.” They’re mutually reinforcing, yes, but they’re not the same. The first of these is via the influence of media and social media. It was not illegal for them to have been Biden’s campaign, but they _were_ Biden’s campaign. What that means, in practice, is that they used their privileges under the first amendment to violate the intent of the first amendment. I say “privileges,” by the way, rather than “rights” because by their conduct they have undermined the first amendment to the point we can calmly consider killing it, as regards the media, as so many lefties want it to be killed for the common citizenry. It no longer serves its purpose.
The second factor is our belief that actual spurious ballots were introduced into the system by both mailing in and other means. And the numbers were not even that large; Trump “lost” by about twelve thousand in Georgia, eighty thousand in Pennsylvania, and under twenty-one thousand in Wisconsin. Let’s not pretend that those were particularly difficult numbers to have illegally come up with.
But there’s not a shred of evidence…the courts…
Look, friends, we live in the age of MiniTru and Comrade Ogilvy. We have precisely zero sources of reliable direct information. Don’t believe me?
Answer these questions:
What was on Hunter Biden’s laptop?
What party and philosophy ruled the states that drove United States’ Covid stats into the stratosphere?
Who took the blame?
How much evidence did there turn out to be of Russian interference with the 2016 election?And, conversely:
How many Arab states has Israel recently signed peace treaties with?
Who got NAFTA replaced with a treaty that more carefully guards US workers’ interests?
Who hasn’t gotten us into any new wars?
Under which presidency did the United States regain energy independence, so we DON’T get into any new wars?
Why are illegal immigrants largely going or staying home?
And how much do we hear about this: USPS worker charged with dumping ballots, as mail carriers perform extra trips before Election Day | Fox News
And, if you don’t know the answers to these, ask yourself why you don’t?
Moreover, why did Facebook and other social media suppress any notion of election fraud? One doesn’t need to suppress a lie; “a lie will not stand.” There’s only benefit in suppressing “inconvenient truths” (to steal another fraudulent Democrat meme).
Of course, when you control the media, a lie most certainly WILL stand…if it’s your lie.
Instead, we are thrown back on secondary increments of data, because the left isn’t clever enough – well, not YET, anyway – to have doctored those. (“Call for Comrade Ogilvy from Democratic Party Headquarters! Comrade Ogilvy please pick up the red phone in the lobby…”)
Among the secondary sources of information are:
The railroading of secession through various Democrat-run southern states by careful selection of those who would be allowed into the secession conventions.
“Vote often and early for James Michael Curley.”
The Battle of Athens and the E. H. Crump (Democratic Party) political machine.
Cook Country, which is to say, Chicago, 1960.
Princess Nudelman, the dead goldfish (yes, I know the fish didn’t cast a vote. What’s important is that someone TRIED).
Look at the heritage.org election fraud map.
In short, election fraud is so completely a part of the Democratic Party and the left, more generally, and has been for so long, that it would only be remarkable if there were a close election where there wasn’t any. We expect it. If we can’t easily see it, we expect it to be only because it’s a little better hidden than usual.
The Democratic Party is and always has been a party of corruption, heavy on power, short of or bereft of principle. The only difference between it and any given sub-Saharan African kleptocracy is in the shade of skin.
But what about the courts?
No, wait; you didn’t know that the legal profession is up there – or down there – with college sociology departments for its tendency to lean left? You didn’t know that coming up with direct evidence is often quite difficult? Investigations take years to uncover single instances of discrete bank fraud; we’re expected to find evidence of massive voter fraud quickly? See below.
Then, too, one might well wonder just _which_ John Roberts it was that visited Epstein’s pedophile island. Epstein didn’t waste his efforts on nobodies, you know; oh, no, he turned over the use of his harem of barely post-pubescent teens to the already powerful and the up and – you should pardon the expression – comers.
I don’t know that it was him. I will not insist it was him. I want to see an honest investigation into whether or not it was him.
Of course, to be more fair than he probably deserves, Roberts probably does think he’s heading off a civil war. He’s wrong, of course, as Roger Taney was before him; he is bringing the war closer and ensuring it will be worse.
Difficult to come up with evidence? Enter the mail-in ballot, a positive Godsend for would be election fraudsters. Just think about what’s required to prove effective fraud on that scale. It’s not the mere one hundred and thirteen thousand vote that allegedly swung things in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Georgia.
We’re not talking here about railroading Jefferson Washington Lincoln III, the small-time dope dealer and occasional fence. Oh, no; this is a much more – an infinitely more – difficult problem.
For one thing, the investigators would have to scrub the voting rolls themselves. Then they’d also have to scrub the obituary columns and social security death register for the last century or so…or three. Add in the birth and naturalization records. They’d have to match not just the one hundred and thirteen thousand votes in question, but every mail in ballot AND every other ballot too. (No, the mere likelihood of most of the fraud coming via mail does not rule out more traditional methods.) And they’d have to do all this in a country that has an automatic revulsion against keeping and consolidating those very kinds of records, and often where the government in charge of the states in question will interpose every possible obstacle. And all of that with MiniTru ensuring that no adverse information ever sees the light of day.
Has anyone put that kind of effort into the investigation? No, they have not. Hence, with the best will in the world, the courts had not enough to work with. Hence, none of the investigations can be said to be valid. No, none of them. Neither can any of the court decisions, even where legally sound – and they were not all legally sound; Roberts, you swine, I’m looking at you – are dispositive, either.
So forget it; the information coming from the media is doctored and dishonest, with anything contrary studiously suppressed. The investigations were trash. The court’s refusal to hear cases prejudiced where not just outright unconstitutional.
Now some ignorant toad is going to scream, “Conspiracy loons! Conspiracy theory!”
Not on your life. People are not competent to conspire at this level, while Biden, cowering in his basement, certainly wasn’t. No, no; this is not a conspiracy but a consensus or, rather, several of them. A consensus exists when similar people, with similar values, backgrounds, and educations, see similar issues and problems, similarly, and come up with similar programs and solutions. A consensus doesn’t rule out conspiracy (“Adam, should we introduce spurious bit of bullshit X as people’s exhibit A, for the impeachment trial?”) but doesn’t depend on it either. It was sufficient in this case for enough middle and lower party workers and sundry activists, plus the media and the vile and filthy denationalized rich to a) believe that the only legitimate directions for the United States to go were further left, more globalist, less nationalist, more feminist, less nativist, etc., b) to recognize the promise of mail-in ballots, c) to deny for themselves that any principle is more important that continuing to move in those directions, and d) a resolve to do it, each in his or her or s/h/its individual capacity. No, Facebook did not conspire with Twitter; there was no need. No, X judge didn’t conspire with the Democratic Party; there was no need. No, Buffet and Bezos and Billzebub Gates didn’t conspire with Soros; there was no need. There was no need because they share a consensus.
And, so, no; we do not have any faith in the election results. Nor will we have, especially since we are quite certain that election fraud is now the way of the future. Soon to be President Harris (does anyone, anyone at all, have any illusions about that? Did anyone, ever? I have no more doubt of it than I have that she gives the best blowjob in the world, if the payoff is right) will never be considered legitimate. And she, and we, can expect everything from civil disobedience to nullification to riot to resistance in arms until the war commences. (Bet you didn’t know that the South was not the only region the states of which engaged in nullification.)