W.O.O.D. – 3 October 2018


This is another of the W.O.O.D. series of semi-regular
Weekly Occasional Open Discussions.
(i.e. if I forget and skip one, no big)

Immediate prior one here:
and remains open for threads running there
(at least until the ‘several month’ auto-close of comments on stale threads).

Canonical list of old ones here:

So use “Tips” for “Oooh, look at the interesting ponder thing!”
and “W.O.O.D” for “Did you see what just happened?! What did you think about it?”

What’s Going On?

The Kavanaugh Circus may have the main show this week. The Senate is set to vote on the nomination, and the FBI is supposed to finish up their “investigation”. Then a pause while the Dims decide what lies to spin for the midterms and how best to use whatever happens this week as fodder.

Phoenix got some flooding rains. In the desert. But remember, this is a drought and the snow in the Western Mountains is a warm snow /sarc;

In Indonesia, the place that had the tsunami (Palu) now has a volcano erupting behind it. Quake, tsunami, volcano… when is the plague of frogs due?…

I’ve discovered an informal movement of MGTOW (pronounced Em-gee-tao or Mig-tao) for “Men Going Their Own Way”. Seems to be mostly made of “20 somethings” with a few from decades each side; basically saying “Women are too much of a PITA and the laws are screwball so I’m just going to not go near it.” (Where “it” is women and their demands). Interesting to watch the Feminist sorts struggle with the idea of men just deciding to say “not interested” and there is no “leadership” to attack… Gee, create a space where any woman at any time can slander and accuse of crimes and “must be believed” and they are surprised that some women abuse that system and then men decide to just walk away? Hope the women like cats… Lots of stuff if you search on MGTOW.

Related, there is a meme of being “Red Pilled” gaining currency. I’ve posted a video that ‘splains it. Basic idea is that the top 20% have started to live in a fantasy world and use their media / government ownership to spin a story that is divorced from reality. The bottom 80% see this disconnect and think “they are bat shit crazy”… but it takes a while. As the 80% individuals move from embracing the narrative to BSC Awareness, it is called being Red Pilled. So now I have a name for what happened with me. Moving from “global warming might be bad” and “Agenda 20 what?” to seeing the UN corruption and AGW as perpetrated fraud for money and the Agenda21 and Agenda30 as fraudulent control freaks breaking minds for power.

As the video points out, when this disconnect between the 20% and the 80% gets big enough with enough folks aware of it, that is when revolutions begin. IMHO Trump is the first step in that process, and the last peaceful point before the point of no return. Either Trump is allowed by TPTB to clean up their mess and make things work for the 80% (“Deplorables”) or the next cycle runs to the French Haircut mindset. That is what has been the pattern in history.

Perhaps we need vests or maybe even hard hats with a red pill image on them…

It is October and now comes winter. I expect this one to be very cold and snowy. Watch for increasing reports of cold, ice, snow and general bad weather with crop losses – and folks claiming it is caused by all the heat…

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122 Responses to W.O.O.D. – 3 October 2018

  1. cdquarles says:

    The flooding rain in Phoenix was the aftermath of the remnants of a tropical system that hit Mexico a few days ago. Joe Bastardi nailed it.

  2. Larry Ledwick says:

    I’ve discovered an informal movement of MGTOW (pronounced Em-gee-tao or Mig-tao) for “Men Going Their Own Way”. Seems to be mostly made of “20 somethings” with a few from decades each side; basically saying “Women are too much of a PITA and the laws are screwball so I’m just going to not go near it.” (Where “it” is women and their demands). Interesting to watch the Feminist sorts struggle with the idea of men just deciding to say “not interested” and there is no “leadership” to attack… Gee, create a space where any woman at any time can slander and accuse of crimes and “must be believed” and they are surprised that some women abuse that system and then men decide to just walk away? Hope the women like cats… Lots of stuff if you search on MGTOW.

    Interesting reversal or what we discussed some time back about benevolent tit for tat, the Feminists started the “we don’t need men” thing and now they are getting the pay back of, “Women are not worth the hassles.” If you are not going to play by a set of rational rules, we will just go play some other game.

    That is pretty much why I am single, I just got tired of the silly games and just decided until I found a sane woman who shared some of my interests I just was not interested in playing the games.

  3. H.R. says:

    E.M. (bold, mine): “As the video points out, when this disconnect between the 20% and the 80% gets big enough with enough folks aware of it, that is when revolutions begin. IMHO Trump is the first step in that process, and the last peaceful point before the point of no return. Either Trump is allowed by TPTB to clean up their mess and make things work for the 80% (“Deplorables”) or the next cycle runs to the French Haircut mindset. That is what has been the pattern in history.”

    It’s been far too peaceful in the West for far too long. I am wondering if the GEBs have convinced themselves that “This time, things will be different.” Things won’t be different.

    Until we eliminate the GEB gene from humans, history will continue to rhyme, and the elites that have emerged in the current spin of the turning wheel will suffer the same fate as all of their predecessors.

    P.S. I like the Red Pill on a hardhat idea. I had a custom t-shirt printed during the 2016 campaign that read “Deplorable.” I’ll have to see if someone has custom printed hardhats for sale and will put a Red Pill on one for me.

  4. Larry Ledwick says:

    Just think this is the one day in your life that you can legitimately say:
    Sorry can’t do that right now, I am waiting for a call from the President!”

  5. H.R. says:

    2:17 pm EST and my wife just got the “Presidential Alert”.

    I’m going to check my cell phone and see if/when I got one.

    I’m gonna go up in flames. I never hear my cell phone unless it’s sitting on the table beside me, and I have it sitting beside me only about a half-dozen times per year when I am expecting a call.

  6. Larry Ledwick says:

    12:29 mp MDT and still waiting for my call to arrive.

  7. H.R. says:

    Coincidentally, or not, our internet connection began dropping in and out around the time my wife got her notification. After about 20 minutes or so, we were back to a stable connection.

    @ Larry: I still haven’t received “The Call” yet either. My area code is different from my wife’s area code. Her’s starts with a six. Mine starts with a seven. Did 1-000-000-0000 get the first notification and everyone gets their notification in ascending order?

    What’s the first number of your area code, Larry, if you don’t mind saying? If it’s five or lower, that blows the ascending order theory.

  8. H.R. says:

    Oh! My wife just told me that someone on the news said the notification is only going out to smart phones. I don’t have a smart phone.

    I’m D-O-O-O-M-E-D! 😜

  9. Larry Ledwick says:

    I never got an alert (Trac phone using Verizon as the provider), my co workers got hers right at 12:18 MDT but she said it was a pop up alert so perhaps my phone is incapable of getting the alerts. It may only go to smart phones, and my phone is not smart enough (even though it is capable of web access).

    You would think they could do a text push easier (lower bandwidth too).
    I am in Colorado so our area code is 303, my co-worker is also on 303 and she got it, she is also on Verizon.

  10. H.R. says:

    We’re on Verizon, too and it looks like, if I have my time zones correct, that the threes got the message before the sixes. A sample size of two isn’t much to go on, though.

  11. Larry Ledwick says:

    Apparently the Presidential alert notification piggy backed on the amber alert system, so if you do not have a phone capable of receiving amber alerts – “Your gonna DIE!”

    My coworker has a newer phone and she has a setting for “alerts” in the phone settings, which I do not have. I guess I have to decide if I want access to amber alerts enough to upgrade my phone.

    Here in Colorado near Boulder the 720 area code also got the alert at 12:18 local time.

  12. E.M.Smith says:


    You can also get a sticker and stick it on… I’m thinking of doing that on my “Cowboy Hard Hat”… especially if going to a Trump Rally or similar event. (Why I got the hard hat… so Antifa can whack it with a bike lock from behind and discover my response… all while not looking like a hard hat so doesn’t “trigger” anyone.)


    I like it ;-)

    Note to self: Remember to send email to select folks saying “Finished my call from the President of the USA… so what was it you wanted?”


    Ah, that explains why I didn’t get one either… old flip phone… (theoretically semi-smart in that it has a web browser… and a screen about 1.4 inches square…)

    I suspect it depends on newer protocols than SMS and thus old phones are out…

  13. H.R. says:

    Ok. If sevens and threes got it at pretty much the same time it looks like the push-out is within regions.

    I get Amber alerts on my dumb phone. Maybe I’ll get warned… tomorrow. 😆

  14. E.M.Smith says:

    If you get a chance to see the press conference today, it’s worth it. Sara has a reporter accuse her of not being truthful and she responds with (roughly) “I don’t have a problem stating facts. […] I know that’s something you probably do have a problem with, but I don’t.”

    I get the impression that Sara has been given the green light to roast a few beta-balls after the Dimocrats Dirty Tricks and the positive response to Linsey Graham reading them the riot act ;-)

    Go, Sara, go! Let me know if you need your blowtorch polished, it would be my honor ;-)

  15. Larry Ledwick says:

    Is it a bad sign if the Press Secretary enters the room wearing a flame thrower?

  16. H.R. says:

    I was thinking about sending Sarah Brass knuckles.

  17. E.M.Smith says:

    The particular quote is just after the 31 minute mark (though there’s good stuff throughout).

    The press conference:

  18. Larry Ledwick says:

  19. philjourdan says:

    “when is the plague of frogs due?…”

    After the plague of locusts.

  20. philjourdan says:

    Ok, on the call from the president.

    I have 2 SMART phones (one mine, one the company). I got the alert on mine. I never got it on the Company (but the company said we would). Both have gotten amber alerts in the past (at the same time). Both are the same Area code.

    The system still has bugs.

  21. Jon K says:

    @ Larry,
    I absolutely love that meme. My kids are wondering what I am cackling about :)

  22. llanfar says:

    I have an iPhone X (iOS 12) on AT&T. No alert.

  23. E.M.Smith says:

    Spouse reports her iPhone on Verizon did not go off but another teacher in the room did have the alert show up.

    My conclusion would be: “Has issues. Please try again later.”

  24. Larry Ledwick says:

    I am sure it is a work in progress, I am not willing to drop over $100 to get an up to date phone with all the bells and whistles, – I don’t even us a fraction of the features on my obsolete phone. It would be relatively simple for those of us who get Code Red SMS messages but do not have a full featured phone should be able to opt in to a Code Red SMS echo of the official alert.

  25. Larry Ledwick says:

    As a handy reference: A partial List of violent acts and threats by the Left against Republicans

  26. Larry Ledwick says:

    Major power outage tonight in Denver, the interesting item here is apparently there are 22 different outages in the area. Not sure how they are counting those.


  27. E.M.Smith says:

    Interesting… we had a 15 minute or so power chop for 3000 folks here tonight. Just got all my candles lit and flashlights distributed and sat down at the computer cluster to start an orderly shutdown with the UPS cheeping (ought to have a couple of hours…) and had just told the DNS server to halt… and the lights came back on…

    Spouse was watching YouTubes on her laptop in the living room as the WiFi was on the UPS and telco did not go down… patiently waiting for me to plug in the inverter and get the TV back up… when the power returned.

    Where other folks have a reason to panic in power outages, I see it as a drill for “the big one” and enjoy exercising the preparedness kit. This outage would have been more fun had it lasted an hour… ;-)

    Wonder what’s up with grid stability…. P.O.d Leftists? North Korea / China cyberwar games? Rain?

  28. E.M.Smith says:

    Frnace24 has an on location report from Indonesia (2 Indonesians with heavily accented English one with the microphone and one responding…) and the bottom tittle says “Hundreds of Thousands with little food or water”

    Likely true, not just a play for aid money. With a 7.x quake and poor masonry structures, then poor infrastructure (roads & power) that’s easily broken; I’d expect a lot of damage just from that. The Tsunami will then wipe out lots of near shore stuff. Given their population density, it ought to be a big number of people.

    Wonder if they will be wanting “The Great Satan” to deliver a load of very expensive Navy equipment, personnel, and supplies… (Indonesia is THE most populous Muslim nation… yet folks with huge money, like the Saudis, seem to think it isn’t their problem. The again, they don’t have a big fleet in the area…)

    How do you feed 100,000 folks for a couple of weeks without a pre-positioned depot of large size, anyway? Call it 2 meals a day for 2 weeks, that’s 2,800,000 meals and about the same number of liters of water. Call it 1/2 dry kilo of grains / beans per person per day, that’s about 700,000 kg. Call it 700 dry tons. Not too bad if you can divert a bulk shipment of rice and beans. Hard to do as MREs. 2 kg / person-day of water. 2,800,000 kg or 2,800 tons of water. Call it 2,800 cu m of water. Delivered… OK, doable, but not easy. Transport without working roads and facilities will be a pain. I suppose it will end up being US Cargo Helicopters…

    Somehow I think it’s going to get a lot worse before it gets better.

  29. Larry Ledwick says:

    Looks like it was a short of a power station by wind blown debris. One person reported seeing a bright flash just before the power went down.


  30. E.M.Smith says:

    Ah, the start of Fall / Winter weather – when all the things that become marginal in summer get uncovered (be it worn insulation, accumulated dirt on ceramic, or a weak tree branch…)

  31. p.g.sharrow says:

    last weekend our power went down, 2400 accounts lost service for over 8 hours, no reason given, PG&E the provider…pg

  32. p.g.sharrow says:

    this is beginning to remind me of the 1980s when the providers would cut the power for extended periods,every month. No reason given,. the surge on startup would spike the demand meters long enough to max the rate charges for every month. It became cost effective to put delays on larger equipment and circuits…pg

  33. E.M.Smith says:


    Guess it’s time I got my inverter out of the box and started knocking together a battery box again… I was hoping to avoid that by moving to Florida… It has the nice secondary effect of preventing startup surges from hitting the power meter. Only the steady charger draw is seen at the meter.

    Also hides VA phase issue from the meter. The inverter may see a large inductive or capacitor load, but that stops there. The meter just sees the charger and if well designed, it looks nearly resistive (balanced L & C ) so meter “excursions” caused by lousy power factor handling are avoided (i.e. the charge for power factor not Watts gets dumped).

    So will it be worth it to me for the $200 worth of batteries in the next year? $20 / month? Hmmm…

  34. Larry Ledwick says:

    Stop the presses !!!!
    wind power and solar power not as low impact as thought!


  35. Larry Ledwick says:


    Based on what my co-worker was telling me yesterday since that presidential alert was piggy backing on the same settings used to enable amber alerts, if your phone does not receive or you do not have amber alerts allowed you would not get those alerts.

    IMHO should be like 911, everyone should get it regardless of settings, or for that matter if you have minutes on your phone. It should also work even if you don’t have a smart phone which only supports sms messages. If nothing else trigger a special ring tone that no other application uses.

  36. Another Ian says:

    “Warning! Wind power warms local climate for next hundred years, needs 5 – 20 times as much land”


  37. Another Ian says:

    The trials and tribulations of an electric car

    “Next time, buy a proper car, Isabel!’


    Via a comment at Jo Nova

  38. E.M.Smith says:

    After following the links to:


    What makes less sense, however, is how the power-charging network for electric cars operates in this country. It’s a bit like having an iPhone on wheels: you’re constantly worrying whether the battery is going to run out and so always on the lookout for a socket to plug into.

    With a top speed of 90 mph, the range of my car is about 160 miles but this reduces quickly if I’m on a motorway, driving uphill or the weather is cold.

    So going over 50 mph (motorway) cuts range… and cold weather…

    confirms my belief that these are a nice commuter car or city car but not a touring car…

    IFF California had cheap electricity I’d be happy to commute to work in one, especially to some Sillycon Valley company with free charging. But since California leads the nation in overpriced electricity and I don’t commute to anywhere, a 100 mile car isn’t much use to me…

    Wonder when “range” in North Dakota Winter figures will be published…

  39. E.M.Smith says:

    Yet Another Video Service … wonder how many will pop up now that YouTube has pissed off 1/2 of their customer base…

    An interesting video there, from Ireland, about changes in their school administration laws that forbid Catholic Schools from making admissions choices based on your kid being a Catholic or not… Um, isn’t that what a Catholic School is supposed to be doing? Educating Catholics first, others as space is available?


    Shared October 4, 2018

    The minister for Education, Richard Bruton says that religion has been removed as a factor that can be used in admissions in “virtually all” schools. What he means by “virtually all” is that only Catholic schools be banned from giving enrolment priority to members of their faith — a so-called ‘baptism barrier’.

    However, minority faiths such as Church of Ireland, Muslim and Jewish schools will still be able to give priority to children of their religion in order to “protect their ethos” where they are over subscribed.

    Minister Bruton says this means one in twenty current schools will be excluded from the new rules although that number will grow with the migrant population.

    He has said that this will allow children of minority faiths to still have access to schools of their religion.

    Only when minority religion schools have extra capacity will they have to take on children regardless of their religion.

    then has links to an article and a twitter link.


    Schools for all ‘Baptism barrier’ for entry into Catholic primary schools set to be removed

    The School Admissions Act will prevent most schools from giving enrolment priority to children have been baptised for the 2019/2020 academic year
    By Elsa McEvoy
    3rd October 2018, 10:27 am

    THE ‘baptism barrier’ for entry into all Catholic primary schools is set to be removed.

    The School Admissions Act will prevent most schools from giving enrolment priority to children have been baptised for the 2019/2020 academic year.

    Education Minister Richard Bruton tweeted: “I will sign an order this morning to remove religion as a factor that can be used in admissions in virtually all primary schools.

    “This applies from today. I will also bring into operation other key parts of the School Admissions Act to ensure greater fairness in admissions.”

    However, minority faiths such as Church of Ireland schools will still be able to give priority to children of their religion in order to protect their ethos where they are over subscribed.

    Minister Bruton has said that this will allow children of minority faiths to still have access to schools of their religion.

    Maybe their is something about how the Irish school system works, but this sure seems wrong to me. How can you tell a religious school that they built and staff that they can’t give preference to their own kids? Just seems a bit fruit-cake PC to me…

  40. E.M.Smith says:

    Hmmm…. Looks like invidio.us is not a full on video site, but a “front end” to YouTube.

    In some ways, even better. You get all their content minus some of the “problems”… and it is open source:


    I’ve bolded a few interesting features:

    Invidious is an alternative front-end to YouTube
    Invidious is an alternative front-end to YouTube

    Audio-only (and no need to keep window open on mobile)
    Open-source (AGPLv3 licensed)
    No ads
    No need to create a Google account to save subscriptions

    Lightweight (homepage is ~4 KB compressed)
    Tools for managing subscriptions:
    Only show unseen videos
    Only show latest (or latest unseen) video from each channel
    Delivers notifications from all subscribed channels
    Automatically redirect homepage to feed
    Import subscriptions from YouTube
    Dark mode
    Embed support
    Set default player options (speed, quality, autoplay, loop)
    Does not require JS to play videos
    Support for Reddit comments in place of YT comments
    Import/Export subscriptions, watch history, preference
    Does not use any of the official YouTube APIs

  41. E.M.Smith says:

    Yup… tested by searching on Lady Gaga and there it was, the VEVO video you get at youtube. This one is Poker Face:

    I think my direct use of YouTube has just taken a giant hit ;-)

    For embeds I’ll still need to “go there” as WordPress Lite only lets their embeds work (you must pay up for generic embed functions) but that’s not that much.

    It also looks like the invidio.us “suggestions” and such is not as effective (which would make sense if it isn’t profiling you and keeping history on you) just giving more generic “similar” options. Still, quite good enough.

  42. E.M.Smith says:

    Saw a care in the shopping center parking lot with a bumper sticker that I presume is anti-Trump:


    Made me think… what would they think of a bumper sticker saying:

    “Resistance is Futile.”

  43. E.M.Smith says:

    hmmm….300,000 Filipinos in the USA subject to deportation as they are illegally here… out of 3.4 Million total (so about 10% illegal, 90% entered legally or are dual citizens). I’d not heard about that number.

    So “a million here a million there, pretty soon you are talking solid Democratic Majority”…

    (Anyone who thinks there is no voting by illegals hasn’t got a clue… There is zero check and lots of activists pushing for it. Once one gets away with it, they tell all their friends. Rinse and repeat.)

  44. E.M.Smith says:

    Six minute video of Clarence Thomas on C-Span telling about how life was for him starting out. I find the man compelling. ~”when you are on the floor there’s not a whole lot further you can go down” as a paraphrase of one line. A real rags to riches story. (Literally. No food and no heat and no prospects at one point, then SCOTUS now.)


  45. E.M.Smith says:

    Gee… knowing I’m free of tracking and intrusive ads makes wandering the political videos a much freer experience… I’d not realized how much I was “aware” of my choices profiling me to YouTube until I didn’t have to think about it. Like tracking which device thinks I’m Hispanic and which one thinks I’m a 20 something watching music videos and where I can look political… Don’t worry, I’ll move on to something else soon enough ;-) But for now:

    I can see why the Dems are unhappy about losing control of the committees:

    Trey Gowdy gives a law enforcement witness time to answer a question from Johnson despite Johnson wanting a limit to a y/n only for a “here is why y/n does’t work” answer… as Johnson runs out of time. On point of order, he tells Johnson that yes, the Chair can let a witness answer a question once asked. Rather bluntly,


  46. E.M.Smith says:

    Oh Man, Diamond & Silk rip a new one for Johnson as he tries to $money Diss them:


    13 minutes….

    Don’t you be messin with Diamond & Silk ;-)

  47. Larry Ledwick says:

    I just tripped over this on twitter – bitchute link
    32 minute conservative comedy called Intellectual Frog Legs
    (hard to describe – I bet you will chuckle)


  48. Another Ian says:



    “First audit of global temperature data finds freezing tropical islands, boiling towns, boats on land”


  49. E.M.Smith says:


    Yeah, I caught an Intellectual Frogs Legs some many months ago and loved it. Wonder why I never got back to it…

    Anyway, that one is a hoot too… Thanks for reminding me they exist ;-) I’ll likely watch more of the now too ;-)

    Here’s another one


    @Another Ian:

    Yeah, it’s pretty crappy data. When I slogged through it, the biggest issue I saw (that is essentially ignored) is that darned few thermometers have consistent reporting over long periods of time.

    There’s lots of short records. Records with big holes in them (like wars). Moving thermometers all over the place. Thus all the efforts at homogenizing and infilling / interpolation. There’s just no way to get valid trends out of time series data that has been averaged, infilled, interpolated, has big holes in it, and has specious start / stop times for cyclical variable data.

  50. jim2 says:

    Reading the tea leaves on Meet the Press this morning, it appears the left may push the filibuster rule for court nominees. Lamar Alexander was on this morning and Chucky asked him if there are any unintended consequences for a simple majority approval. Alexander’s answer, paraphrased, was that the USA is a success, so it must be working out :) !!

  51. Larry Ledwick says:
  52. Larry Ledwick says:

    Found on twitter:

    The Political Economy of Hatred
    Edward Glaeser
    Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics

    This paper develops a model of the interaction between the supply of hate-creating stories from politicians and the willingness of voters to listen to hatred. Hatred is fostered with stories of an out-group’s crimes, but the impact of these stories comes from repetition not truth.
    Hate-creating stories are supplied by politicians when such actions help to discredit opponents whose policies benefit an out-group.
    Egalitarians foment hatred against rich minorities, opponents of redistribution build hatred against poor minorities. Hatred relies on people accepting, rather than investigating, hate-creating stories. Hatred declines when there is private incentive to learn the truth. Increased economic interactions with a minority group may provide that incentive. . . .


  53. jim2 says:

    Taylor Swift just came out for Tennessee Dimowits. I think she’s about to get a lesson in political action. Next thing you know she’ll be doin’ ‘shrooms with Wee Willie.

  54. Larry Ledwick says:

    Gabe Hoffman
    27 minutes ago

    Did you know:
    Senate recess still cancelled
    Mitch says will confirm more judges B4 midterms
    30 Circuit & District nominees ready 4 Senate vote
    Schumer obstructs = Red-state D’s can’t get home & campaign
    Kavanaugh = 69th judge confirmed for Pres Trump


  55. llanfar says:

    @Larry throw in the FISA October surprise I linked in the K thread and everyone is in reach…

  56. Larry Ledwick says:

    Space X web cast for Falcon 9 launch now active (Chief can you see launches from where you live?)


    First attempt for a land landing in California on this launch.

    SpaceX’s Landing Zone 4 (LZ-4) at Vandenberg Air Force Base

  57. Larry Ledwick says:

    Falcon 9 just stuck the landing back at Vandeberg.

  58. E.M.Smith says:

    Vandenberg launches are barely visible from here on days with exceptional visibility and when the launch is a night launch (so the bright light is easier to see). Basically it is a vaguely flare like light low on the horizon for a minute at most and gone. Unless you know to look there AND conditions are right, you wouldn’t know.

    Now drive due south on 101 for about 5 hours, its a great view ;-) Unfortunately, as most of the launches are military, the schedule is often not published in advance…

    IIRC I’ve seen 2 launches in the far distance over about 40 years. One of them when I was a couple of hours drive south but not all the way there. Then again, having seen one as a vague white line in the distance on the horizon, I wasn’t particularly interested in looking for more…

  59. Larry Ledwick says:

    Really interesting video clip of Ann Coulter doing an interview on a Scandinavian TV station (in New York)

    Listening carefully to the questions asked and how they are asked, also the things that make the interviewer do a double take. It is really clear that the European view of America and President Trump is an artificial construct of the major media talking points. For example they really think Americans categorically hate immigrants. The subtle point of being legal or illegal immigrants or being willing to acculturate to American social norms is totally lost on them.

    The closing segment where he asserts America is all about immigration misses the point, the whole point of America is immigration of people who believe in the American cultural touch stones of individual responsibility and achievement by effort, not gender or race based immigration.

    He obviously does not understand that most Americans could care less if you are Italian or Lebanese or Irish as long as you are willing to embrace the principles of a Constitutional Republic founded on limited government and individual freedom, & meritocracy through hard work. He clearly sees the wall as a symbol of xenophobia not a necessary right of a sovereign country to select who they admit to the country, and to keep out those who would not be beneficial to the country.

  60. Larry Ledwick says:

    Voyager 2 showing signs of nearing the transition point into interstellar space and crossing the Heliopause.


  61. Larry Ledwick says:

    China trade tariffs might be a black swan event for their economy?
    Could lead to some unanticipated shocks to China’s economy (and US imports) especially if instead of providing an excuse for altering trade terms, China decides to just push the pain down to the little guy to punish the US through import contractions or slow downs.


  62. Rhoda Klapp says:

    Larry, those same journos don’t understand why immigration is an issue within Europe. A Swedish journo who was seeking such understanding could easily ask his neighbours in Sweden. IF he wanted to know, not just parade his snotty superiority.

    BBC radio yesterday interviewed Conrad Black on the Trump phenomenon. Black educated the interviewer who clearly had not heard the economic figures or employment numbers.

  63. H.R. says:

    Here’s an update for p.g., E.M, and others from an old W.O.O.D. several months ago.

    We were talking different woods for b-b-q flavor and cooking and manzanita was brought up. p.g. graciously offered to box up and send some to me if I payed shipping. I’m cheap and there are other woods I haven’t tried yet, and I also looked online to see if manzanita was available locally so I could avoid shipping. (I might yet take up p.g. on his offer.)

    I mentioned in some reply or other that I was going to try grape vine, which got favorable mention on the wood-for-barbecue sites, and sassafras, which is very aromatic and sweet but I had not seen it mentioned anywhere being used for its smoke flavor.

    I spent Saturday on the lower Muskingum River fishing for Ol’ Man River catfish and the fellow I met up with for fishing had 4″-5″ diameter grape vines and loads of sassafras trees on his property. I got a small bundle of each to try out in my fire pit/b-b-q. The wood needs to dry out first, but when I give it a try, I’ll give my review on grape vine and sassafras as smoke flavoring.

    Per the fishing; I used a 9/0 hook baited with a 4-6 ounce chunk of skipjack herring. I got several bites from smaller catfish, who were unable to get the chunk into their mouth. No luck on a 30+ pound catfish.

  64. Larry Ledwick says:

    Yes it is clear the globalist media has tunnel vision when it comes to immigration, they only see the mythical down trodden immigrant struggling to breath free – they are intentionally blind to that small but important fraction of those immigrants who are grifters, thugs and predators.

    As the analogy goes, if I put a bowl of jelly beans on the table and told you most of them are delicious but 3% of them would kill you would you take a handful and pop them in your mouth.

    The question is, are they willingly blind because they are gullible idealists or because they are used car salesmen trying to sell you a lemon that is about to puke its engine all over the street. I suspect it is a little of both.

    Many average folks that strongly support uncontrolled immigration fall in the gullible idealist category, but the public relations types and political types trying to sell it to the public are using that gullible wishful thinking to sell the dangerous lemon, knowing full well that a significant percentage of those immigrants are not the sort of people you want as neighbors or dating your daughter. Some of them are intentionally moving the most dangerous folks into western countries to sew the seeds of chaos with full appreciation of the risks as they sabotage a productive society to prepare it for revolution.

    In that sense this is related to the immigration debate, something I have wondered about for some time, has finally happened, some folks have set up a crowd funding operation to raise money to be passed to DHS for construction of the wall. They are currently at $90K donated.

    (full disclosure I have not donated myself, as I want to see confirmation the money is really going to be donated starting at the end of this month and do a little due diligence)


  65. Larry Ledwick says:

    Stephen Crowder for Prager University, video on Columbus day.

    Columbus Day video – or let’s go on a guilt trip

  66. Larry Ledwick says:

    And for today’s lesson on Naval technology we have a video explaining how a sonar man analysis a torpedo launch audio track. Really kind of cool analysis here.

  67. Larry Ledwick says:

    As Paul Harvey used to say “The rest of the story”


  68. H.R. says:

    I mentioned on the Hurricane comments that we’re headed to Gatlinburg, TN.

    Restrictions against moonshining were relaxed and now there are a bunch of small moonshine distilleries in the area. Most of them have tastings where you can try a flight of several of their different flavors.

    I am willing to bet a nickel that p.g.’s blackberry ‘shine would stand up to the best of them.

    Hold on a sec…
    Here’s one of them: Sugarlands.

    Oooooo… they have an un-aged rye at 100 proof (Cowboy Coffee time!), a Blackberry ‘shine, and get this a Maple Bacon ‘shine.

    I’ll definitely have to stop in at Sugarlands. There’s a trolley that makes the rounds of all the tourist spots and it stops at the RV Park, so I don’t have to worry much about driving back.

    Oh, it seems they have a cask strength rye. I’ll have to take a sip of that one.

  69. E.M.Smith says:

    Per “the rest of the story” link:

    I wanted to just quote one small paragraph as “teaser” but their idiotic Systems Admin has blocked a simple “mark and copy” operation on the text. However, there are other ways… but that results in a full copy of all the text. So now I can spend even more time trying to edit down, or just say “screw it, they were a pain to me” and not bother…

    With that, here’s the text in case anyone else wants to just quote a paragraph somewhere…

    Happy Columbus Day, a day in which many Americans of Italian heritage take pride.

    Of course our sad, angry, progressive, socialist leftists find this day an affront to their ideological agenda. All that aside, let’s remember why it all happened. Why did Christopher Columbus set sail across the ocean blue in 1492 in those small ships, the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria?

    It had taken the Spaniards some 600 years to throw off the rule of the invading Islamic jihadists, the Moors of North Africa. Thanks to Charles “the Hammer” Martel, the global Islamic conquest of Europe was turned back in 728 AD, at the Battle of Tours.

    The Spaniards were successful in breaking from under the conquest of the Moors, followed by the consolidation of the throne of Spain with King Ferdinand, of Aragon, and Queen Isabella, of Castile.

    As this was happening, the global Islamic jihad took sight upon what had been the Byzantine Empire, but had become the Eastern Roman Empire, seated in Constantinople. Early on, circa 628 AD, after his conquest of Mecca, Mohammed sent a letter to the Byzantine Emperor, Heraclius, demanding their conversion, subjugation, or surrender by death. Mohammed’s dream was finally completed by the Ottomans who overtook Constantinople in 1453.

    As the Ottomans controlled what was then the all important gateway to the east for trade, they demanded heavy payment, jizya tax, a tax of submission. It was 39 years later when a young Italian man named Christopher Columbus brought the idea to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella to find a passage to the east by sailing west . . . what seemed an insurmountable feat, and folly to many. The persuasive Columbus won out and the rest, well, it is history.

    What we must always understand, and realize is, the strategic impetus behind Columbus’ voyage was due to global Islamic jihad, which had cut off the eastern trade route. As a result, the Spanish were vehement about establishing Catholicism in the new world, to prevent the spread of Islamism, which they had suffered under. As well, the dark side of the aftermath of the Moors rule was the Inquisition, where the Catholic Church attempted to purge out any other religious belief . . . and, therefore, set in motion another flight of the Jewish people and expanding the diaspora.

    It is my hope that this history, not the revisionist version, is being shared with our students — your children — today. I doubt it, hence the reason I am sharing it with you, each and every Columbus Day.

    Some would say that ol’ Christopher Columbus got lost, well, I am just glad that he had the courage and conviction to challenge the orthodoxy of the day. He saved western Europe from being forced into hostile trade negotiations with the Ottomans who renamed Constantinople to Istanbul.

    © 2018 | All Rights Reserved | THE OLD SCHOOL PATRIOT | Design: Black Patriots’ Media

    It is VERY important to remind folks that it was NOT just an evil expansionist white European drive to take over the New World – it was also an escape from Islamic Domination…

  70. Larry Ledwick says:

    Strange how the perception changes when you see a full picture of what was going on at the time. Also remember that even 300 year later, the Barbary pirates were still extorting passage taxes out of other nations who ventured into the Mediterranean until the US refused to submit to their punitive taxation and selling our sailors into slavery.


  71. Larry Ledwick says:

    While we are on the subject of a full picture that the media does not like to expose, this is a thread on twitter by a person that grew up in a communist country documenting how wonderful socialism was, and why he is now a US citizen.

    A Wonderful Socialist Life – Part I
    Thread dedicated to all leftists who believe the grass is greener and cows are fatter inside the collectivist pastures.

  72. Larry Ledwick says:

    For those interested in trying to keep track of who is supported or supports who in the upcoming election. Katica on twitter has an excellent research resource of candidates and their endorsements.

  73. Larry Ledwick says:

    I wonder how the open border politicians are going to spin this?


  74. Larry Ledwick says:

    Another interesting note on the Columbus voyage and why it happened – this also shows that the Muslim invasion of the eastern Mediterranean and holy land was in another sense a driving force, not only did they cut off trade routes, but Christians felt compelled to take back the holy land before the second coming (which they thought was imminent.) the funds (gold and silver) from the new world were intended to help spread the Christian (Catholic) faith to prevent the Muslims from taking over the known world.

    Reaching Asia from the west would in effect be a flanking move on the Caliphate and block their spread to the east, as well as providing a secondary route for trade with Asia.


    First Crusade (1096 – 1099)
    Second Crusade (1147 – 1149)
    Third Crusade (1189 – 1192)
    Fourth Crusade (1202 – 1204)
    Fifth Crusade (1217 – 1221)
    Sixth Crusade (1228 – 1229)
    Seventh Crusade (1248 – 1254)
    Eighth Crusade (1270)
    Ninth Crusade (1271 – 1272)

    Muslims driven out of Spain 1492 (the same year Columbus set off for the new world to open the door to America (yes he thought it was the eastern most lands of Asia but that was the result).

    In doing so the wealth of the new world allowed Spain to rebuild and re-arm

    (from wiki https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_history_of_Spain)
    The challenge of the Barbary Pirates encouraged defensive and punitive expeditions across the Mediterranean, resulting in the conquest of various outposts in North Africa, including Melilla in 1497, Mazalquivir in 1505, Oran in 1509, Algiers in 1510, Tripoli in 1511 and the smaller Plazas de Soberania.

    Backed by the financial resources drawn from the Americas,[16] Spain could afford to mount lengthy campaigns against her enemies, such as the long running Dutch revolt (1568–1609), defending Christian Europe from Ottoman raids and invasions, supporting the Catholic cause in the French civil wars and fighting, England during the Anglo-Spanish War (1585–1604). The Spanish army grew in size from around 20,000 in the 1470s, to around 300,000 by the 1630s during the Thirty Years’ War that tore Europe apart, requiring the recruitment of soldiers from across Europe.[17] With such numbers involved, Spain had trouble funding the war efforts on so many fronts. The non-payment of troops led to many mutinies and events such as the Sack of Antwerp (1576), when unpaid tercio units looted the Dutch city.

    In the east, Habsburg Spain fought alongside other Christian allies against the Ottoman Empire, taking part in numerous actions and campaigns in and around the Mediterranean over the period. The naval competition culminated in victory for the Christian alliance at the battle of Lepanto in 1571, the last naval battle in the Mediterranean to see the large scale use of galleys by both sides. In the middle of the century, Spain developed the galleon for naval warfare, using them in convoys to link her possessions in the Philippines, the Americas and Europe.[18][19] The Manila galleons sailed once or twice per year across the Pacific Ocean, whilst the Spanish treasure fleets linked Mexico back to Europe.

    Spain reached her military zeneth in the 16th and 17th century funded by new world wealth.

  75. Larry Ledwick says:

    Breitbart and Lindzen on global warming:


    Great summary of Lindzen’s position that global warming is completely unsubstantiated by empirical evidence, and is mostly the result of media and agenda driven propaganda rather than any demonstrable scientific basis.

    By the way notice that once the Kavanaugh circus collapses all of a sudden the last couple days the globalist talking heads have been all over global warming as a filler piece so folks forget how stupid the Democrats are?

  76. E.M.Smith says:

    @Larry L:

    Just like the way a “movement” evaporates once the utility isn’t there. Remember “Black Lives Matter”? How about the Confederate Statues & Flag thing? I suspect eventually MeToo will fade since it failed to work this time (depends on a couple of more failures to frame…) and Antifa was a hot property during the election but haven’t been a big deal lately. All the “Occupy Crap” efforts? Sigh. There’s a couple more but I’ve forgotten them already ;-)

    I suspect they will try a retread on each of them as the mid-terms approach. Trying to find a wedge issue to upset, er, motivate, their base…

    Heard some talking head on NPR today. She was basically profiling the two big parties. It was hilarious. It sounded like the biggest load of echochamber crap I’ve heard in a long time. Republicans are “mostly for men”… and Whites…and only straight ones… and the Democrats are for women, LBQTQetc and “everybody else”… Supposedly based on some kind of analysis…

    So what about al the Republican Women? Log Cabin Republicans? Blacks for Trump?

    What gets me is just how you can watch the news and see which group and which “meme” are being ordered into play. They decide to run the Bimbo Eruption on Kavanaugh and it’s all MeToo all the time on the news and in the riots ( I’m no longer willing to call them demonstrations). Deciding to run the Confederate Theme it was Antifa in the streets to stir up riots. You only get what is being paid for today…

  77. Larry Ledwick says:

  78. Another Ian says:

    Wood you believe it?

    “Hillary Clinton says sexual assault allegations against Bill “are different” ”


  79. p.g.sharrow says:

    Of coarse they are different! They are REAL! with evidence and witnesses and records….pg

  80. Another Ian says:

    “By A Super Weird Coincidence, Largest Supporters of Net Neutrality Restrictions on ISPs Are The Largest Free Riders of ISP Bandwidth”


  81. Another Ian says:

    “What Seems To Be Going on At @Tesla, and The Risks Of Buying (and Shorting) $TSLA Stock”


  82. Another Ian says:

    Some more items that might be of interest there at coyote

  83. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    NOBODY is a “free rider” on ISP bandwidth. I pay full price for my ‘spigot” at an advertized speed and companies like Netflix pay full price for their spigot from their ISP. The interconnects between different providers are subject to negotiations between them, so if (for example) AT&T is getting a load of traffic from some other ISP (that services Netflix say) then they can raise any issues at the point of negotiating the terms of their interconnect.

    Again: I PAY FULL PRICE FOR MY BANDWIDTH as does every other AT&T home user. If we all want to use it to get Netflix, that is our right as we BOUGHT THE BANDWIDTH. Similarly, if Netflix wants to use their bandwidth to send me movies that is their right as they BOUGHT THE BANDWIDTH from their ISP.

    What AT&T wants to do is give DirecTV (that they now own) priority to homes and give Netflix (and other Roku channels) poorer service and then blackmail those providers to pay extra and put them at a competitive disadvantage to DirecTV. Despite my having PAID for the bandwidth to use those other services.

  84. Larry Ledwick says:

    Google internal document admits they have moved toward active censorship as a publisher rather than just a media platform which would have special protections.


  85. jim2 says:

    Just as I thought, Taylor Swift is getting her lesson on political action. Lovin’ it!

    “Pop star turned Democratic activist Taylor Swift headlined the American Music Awards Tuesday night, and the ratings dropped to a new all-time low.

    The Wrap reports that ratings for the American Music Awards telecast fell to “a new record low in TV ratings,” even lower than the previously record-holders for the lowest rated AMAs in 2017 and 2016.”


  86. E.M.Smith says:

    Interesting… Today I booted up the Chromebox for the first time in many months, and I’d bookmarked “Periscope TV” on it, so decided to look at it again. Found “Infowars” with an episode showing under the “#news” heading.

    Seems like yet another Wack-a-Mole place for open speech ;-)


  87. philjourdan says:

    I had to run home to “batten down the hatches” (Michael is coming and I do not mean EM), and heard some news head (ABC) wondering why Trump has not fired Rosenstein based upon the revelations. And it hit me! And I laughed out loud!

    Trump is keeping him around to vex the media. Trump knows you keep your enemies closer, so he is not fooled by Rosenstein. But he has a use for him. To cause the idiots in the fake media to run around chasing their tails! I bet he laughs every time one of those SJW snowflakes whines about what he is or is not doing with Rosenstein.

  88. E.M.Smith says:

    On CBS Live news web site, Kanye just did one heck of a pro Trump rant!

    Per prison reform, but ripped a few “new ones” for Democrats and their policies…

  89. Larry Ledwick says:

    Inch by inch they get closer to confrontation.

    British citizens protest construction of a huge mosque in Worcester city, get met by a large group of Muslim counter protestors.
    (could not grab a direct link to the video some on twitter do some don’t)

  90. Larry Ledwick says:

    Well the UK has finally crossed the line into full totalitarian – they are regulating pizza.


    It just dawned on me that the recent efforts toward controlling foods is a small step wise process to normalize food rationing (one of the best ways to control a population). Between this sort of thing and seed patents etc. in a decade or two people won’t bat an eye when they issue ration coupons.

  91. Larry Ledwick says:

    Burgess Everett @burgessev

    Senate reaches deal on confirming 15 judges (3 Circuit, 12 District) as price for Democrats to go home and campaign

    STEW @StewSays
    11 minutes ago
    Stat of the Day:
    After tonight’s votes, roughly one out of every six circuit court seats in the country will be filled by a judge appointed by this @POTUS and confirmed by this #Senate.

  92. E.M.Smith says:

    “One Flew Over The Democratic Party” – Intellectual Froglegs:


  93. E.M.Smith says:

    24 min long version of Kanye w Trump. Kanye is clearly a bit OCD… plus you get to see Trump doing a sort of personal relating gig not the usual on stage person.

  94. jim2 says:

    Add this to the list of reasons to call them DIMO’WITS:

    “Please join us for a public hex on Brett Kavanaugh, upon all rapists and the patriarchy at large which emboldens, rewards and protects them,” its Facebook events page reads. “We are embracing witchcraft’s true roots as the magik [sic] of the poor, the downtrodden and disenfranchised and it’s [sic] history as often the only weapon, the only means of exacting justice available to those of us who have been wronged by men just like him.”


  95. Jeff says:

    @jim2, Magik (or, more properly, magick) is black magic(k), as opposed to show magic, such as David Copperfield. Usually there’s no connection between the two. Usually…..

    It’s nothing to mess with. Hillary and Bubba have been Black Magick practicioners for decades (look up the articles about the Clinton White House, its Christmas Tree Ornaments, and that book by a fellow named Aldrich who was stationed there as an FBI agent. They’re a LOT darker than anyone can imagine.

    Having said that, I hope and pray that a lot of folks PRAY for Judge Kavanaugh, not just as a counter to those nutcakes, but for his safety, protection, and that of his family. The level of “unhingement” we’re seeing in Europe and the US is as bad as it’s been since the late 60s.
    And “Georgie-Boy” seems to be at the bottom of it. As usual…..

  96. Larry Ledwick says:

    This might be an interesting read and reference on economics for the average person.


  97. jim2 says:

    Trump exacts revenge on the Dimowits that persecuted Kavanaugh. I love that he’s such a fierce fighter and doesn’t forget BS like the SC circus. This will be a high price to pay in Dimowit eyes and a big win for the rest of us.

    But in a snub to California Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris, the White House announced Wednesday that Trump had nominated Patrick Bumatay, Daniel Collins and Kenneth Kiyul Lee (all from the Golden State, and reportedly all members of the conservative Federalist Society) to the influential circuit. The court, with a sprawling purview representing nine Western states, has long been a thorn in the side of the Trump White House, with rulings against the travel ban and limits on funding to “sanctuary cities.”


  98. ossqss says:

    What an absolute establishment puke scumbag this guy is. I hope this kills his election chances ever further. POS!


  99. Another Ian says:

    “More Than 97% Of Experts Agree ….”

    Trump can’t win


  100. Larry Ledwick says:

    I just love some of the memes coming out lately.

  101. Larry Ledwick says:

    Another priceless meme

  102. Larry Ledwick says:

    Before / after Power outage in Florida

  103. E.M.Smith says:

    What I find amazing is how little the lighting changed.

    Yes, on the line a little dimmer, but not dark…

  104. philjourdan says:

    Here is the old Dominion, I never lost power, but my 2 sisters did. About 150k lost power in the area.

  105. ossqss says:

    It has been quite interesting seeing all of the insurance commercials for healthcare lately. Humana, devoted?, and of course Florida Blue, who I dumped a few months back. I suppose it’s that time of the year again.

  106. beththeserf says:

    If not today, reely soon, we’re tellin’ yer…

  107. p.g.sharrow says:

    @Simon and others: I posted my “artist concept”
    to visualize my EMF drive proposal. I think we are getting close to the right concept of the needed effect…pg

  108. jim2 says:

    If u watched the Beto add on tips, u know he is like a white (or brown?) Obama. Same affect and same meaningless verbiage. But genius actor Of Niro wants to run him for President. I haven’t checked it out, but someone of Fox News said today the Republicans picked up 1,000 state legislators, mostly in flyover states, during Obummer’s Eight Year Obamination. That’s what they think of Obummer and partly explains Trump’s coup. From the article:

    Actor Robert De Niro floated the idea that perhaps Beto O’Rourke can take on President Donald Trump in 2020, despite the fact that the Texas Democrat likely won’t win his race for Republican Ted Cruz’s Senate seat.


  109. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting little project by the NY times – a map of nearly every building in the US.

  110. Larry Ledwick says:

    What ever you do, don’t touch this button!
    This button?


  111. Larry Ledwick says:

    Remember watch their hands that is where the damage is done!
    Also the hips to detect balance changes that precede a move.

  112. E.M.Smith says:

    @Larry L.

    From Karate class: Every block is a strike and every strike is a block.

    The guy that blocked that punch did it with a strike movement of his own. Looked open hand, but it was a straight up strike movement.

    While I’m a bit out of practice, I’ve noticed the instincts are still there. After years of it, something changes in the mind. I’ve knocked a glass over and stood it back up before 1/2 the water was out, and wondered how. I’ve had stuff fall at me and blocked it without thinking.

    My suspicion is that Mr. “Repent” has martial arts training. First, his situational awareness is very good. Second, this is an 11 second clip and I think it is running slowed some. I make it about 1.5 seconds from start of punch to intercept. It takes 0.5 seconds to react at best ( 1/4 each recognition and muscle command) plus some for physical travel. You don’t react that fast without already knowing what to do. There is no “think time” available. Finally, he isn’t even excited by the punch. Just catches it and then razzes the guy. My kind of person ;-)

    FWIW, I got especially good at catching kicks if folks were at all slow pulling their foot back. Then I’d hold their leg up and out while they bounced around on one foot until Sensei noticed. He enjoyed it too, I think. He’d often tell us to have snap in our kicks or ‘someone will catch them’ and I just decided “I was someone” ;-) All it took was changing the hand form of our usual kick block to an outward facing hook shape… Essentially slightly opening the usual fist shape and adding 1/4 turn more so the palm pointed outward.

    And then I’d get that same “gotcha didn’t I” look that Mr. Repent had… I think he’s done that before…

    Our punch kid clearly has no training. BIG pull back wind up, lots of telegraphing his punch, no body / hip rotation (that’s where the power comes from) so also no power in the punch. Stopped by a single outstretched hand. A trained fighter launches the punch with NO windup and no pull back. Power comes not from the arm, but the body. Instant launch straight at the target THEN rotate the whole body as you put all your weight and legs behind the punch. The “catch” would then have ended up in the targets face, slowed but with more mass… If done fast and well, about 1/2 to one second and nearly no time to react to it (defense must already be in position, arms up in boxer position to be effective).

    Hmm… IIRC, 3 times a week so about 150 / year. 2 hours each so 300 hours. 6 years so 1800 hours. After that much practice I guess it is no surprise it’s now a built in… Were I the speaker (punch target) I’d have never taken eyes off the kids center of mass. Threat situation goes to “splatter vision” and full situational awareness… (Also ‘relaxed ready pose’ with feet in fighting stance and hands in “ticket writing position” as our police Sensei called it. One nestled in the other about 1/2 way from waist to shoulders – looks like writing a ticket or relaxed conversational pose, but it is also great for blocks and strikes without looking like a threat posture…)

    Mr. Repent has great situational awareness and as soon as punch kid move forward, he’s locked on (from broadly watching the whole crowd) and enters primed to respond mode. That’s training in something…

  113. Larry Ledwick says:

    They say to accomplish muscle memory for an action you need to repeat it about 2500 times, then it gets hard wired into the direct reflex pathways and little thinking is involved.

    If you watch closely “Mr. Repent” is observing and something makes him look down toward the kids feet or hands, glance up, then look down again just as the kid begins the wind up. He had the kid pegged as someone who was going to make a move from the git go. I saw his fist catch as very much like a reflexive catch of a line drive into the stands at a ball game.

    The eye motions indicate something (possibly foot movements to get set for the punch) alerted him that something was going to happen, but like you, I got a chuckle about how unperturbed he was, he’d been in similar situations like that often enough to turn on his radar and put his quick reaction loop in operation but was not at all threatened by the kid.

    I’ve seen guys in martial arts do the same palm catch of a fist by reflex, it was if anything a trapping block rather than a block to deflect, like your catching slow kicks.

    One of the most difficult things to learn, is when to step into a kick and cut it off at the pass as it develops (especially the round house or spinning kicks). Rather than step back and try to get out of range. The instinct is to step back which almost always puts you in the most dangerous part of the arc of attack where the kick delivers real power.

    After I had been studying for about 3 years I guess, we were in a sparing match and the gal I was sparing with was very flexible and good at high kicks, she was also a little taller than me so had a reach advantage, she threw a right round house kick and I picked up the motion of her rising knee and reflexively used a block designed for that kick, (left arm straight down along the rib cage muscles tight and right arm across the chess to form a vertical block that ran from the shoulder to the head, while you lean away) so that the kick strikes a glancing blow along that barrier. The kick connected, but it was harmless as it just glanced over my head as I leaned to my right. The instructor stopped the match to make sure I was alright, but there was really no hard contact, just a glancing blow. It was a pure reflexive response – no conscious evaluation at all in the OODA loop more an O – – A loop, there was only one proper response for the attack she initiated, and I responded with that drilled response as a pure reflex.

    I was actually surprised it worked so well, but repeated exposure burns those traces into your nerve pathways and once it gets that well drilled, it does not go away (maybe gets a bit rusty until the adrenaline gets spiked, but like riding a bike, is always there in a latent form.

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  115. E.M.Smith says:

    In Karate our training goal was to “be of no mind” or “be the empty vessel”. To reach the state where there is no “orientation” or “decision”. Just observe and the act comes of its own.

    I eventually reached that state in sparring. I’d see my block stopping a strike or my kick pulling back from a chest at just the right time to not do damage – yet “i” was just along for the ride. An observer or sorts. Pondering some strategic bits sometimes, planning an attack maybe. While the body just moved… clearly running down at the brain stem level somehow…

    I was never devoted enough to make it all the way to black belt. I was ready to test for Brown when I left Apple (layoffs) and could not continue in the free on campus program. Never quite go around to the off campus paid classes (well, did try a couple – but that while searching for a new job and then working it was just too much time sink.) My speed was good ( I pointed on a black belt once ;-) in a kumite (one on one sparing for points) and I had decent technique, but didn’t have the devotion needed to do the physical training that much nor the innate physical build. I’m more the grappling type than the kicks type – short legs… but my reach is long and my strikes fast ;-)

    One black belt Tae Kwon Do trained with us and sparing with him was interesting. Much of his style matched, but other bits were odd and unexpected. He had a spinning leaping axe kick that I just could not stop. He would leap up in the air and this foot would come down from the ‘wrong’ side and clop me up side the head. I eventually noticed a ‘tell’. A slight ‘set’ where he’d shift weight back about a 1/2 inch just at the launch. IF I IMMEDIATELY leapt backwards, the foot would miss me by about a foot… After a couple of weeks of him being frustrated, I told him about the “tell” – but also that unless someone sparred against him for months they would never figure it out ;-) Even after I noticed it, it took a while to get the “leap” at the instinctive no think time level.

    I think it is that kind of thing that gets you aware of someone stepping in a few inches to prepare a punch or shifting weight in an odd way… I find I’m now always aware of folks posture and movements. That situational awareness never leaves.

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