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K5WLF – Success on 160m

My buddy K5WLF has had big success on 160 with a Short Coil-Loaded Dipole.  This is great news for those without much room for a big 160m antenna.
K5WLF Blog

Obama – That’s what elections are for.

At the “health care summit” the other day, while talking about his options to get the health care bill he is pushing through congress, President Obama made it clear that he would push it though in any way possible and that if folks did not like “that’s what elections are for”. Yes sir Mr. President! I got your message loud and clear! That is what elections are for!! Mr. President, I believe you must be the most arrogant and self centered leader America has ever had. You do not even care that you just double dared the American people to vote out your party in 2010 and you in 2012. Yes Sir! Message heard loud and clear! I have already early voted in the Republican Party primary here in Texas and am working doubly hard to vote your party and yourself into political oblivion. I hope you enjoy being a lame duck. QUACK!    I wonder how many House Democrats facing reelection in November this year appreciated his comment?!?
Majority of Americans now say NObama second term

Global Warming – The Retraction!

First, there was the scandal of the hacked emails revealing scientist proponents of Global Warming engaging in scientific fraud.

Next, a leading global warming scientist claims he has “misplaced” his data about global warming due to “poor organisation”.

Finally, THE RETRACTION!  Global Warming scientists now have to formally retract an article in a leading science journal that predicted rising sea levels due to global warming.

Scientist Retracts Paper

Hello!  Anybody paying attention??  You have been conned.  Plan and simple, the current Global Warming craze is a junk science con that is rooted in “climate scientists” and assorted agencies desperately trying to justify their jobs and statist governments and leaders around the world using the big “global warming scare” to inject much more government control and regulation into our lives.  WAKE UP PEOPLE!   IT IS A SCAM!!!

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The Mount Vernon Statement

The Mount Vernon Statement

Constitutional Conservatism: A Statement for the 21st Century

We recommit ourselves to the ideas of the American Founding.Through the Constitution, the Founders created an enduring framework of limited government based on the rule of law. They sought to secure national independence, provide for economic opportunity, establish true religious liberty and maintain a flourishing society of republican self-government.

These principles define us as a country and inspire us as a people. They are responsible for a prosperous, just nation unlike any other in the world. They are our highest achievements, serving not only as powerful beacons to all who strive for freedom and seek self-government, but as warnings to tyrants and despots everywhere.

Each one of these founding ideas is presently under sustained attack. In recent decades, America’s principles have been undermined and redefined in our culture, our universities and our politics. The selfevident truths of 1776 have been supplanted by the notion that no such truths exist. The federal government today ignores the limits of the Constitution, which is increasingly dismissed as obsolete and irrelevant.

Some insist that America must change, cast off the old and put on the new. But where would this lead — forward or backward, up or down? Isn’t this idea of change an empty promise or even a dangerous deception?

The change we urgently need, a change consistent with the American ideal, is not movement away from but toward our founding principles. At this important time, we need a restatement of Constitutional conservatism grounded in the priceless principle of ordered liberty articulated in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

The conservatism of the Declaration asserts self-evident truths based on the laws of nature and nature’s God. It defends life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It traces authority to the consent of the governed. It recognizes man’s self-interest but also his capacity for virtue.

The conservatism of the Constitution limits government’s powers but ensures that government performs its proper job effectively. It refines popular will through the filter of representation. It provides checks and balances through the several branches of government and a federal republic.

A Constitutional conservatism unites all conservatives through the natural fusion provided by American principles. It reminds economic conservatives that morality is essential to limited government, social conservatives that unlimited government is a threat to moral self-government, and national security conservatives that energetic but responsible government is the key to America’s safety and leadership role in the world.

A Constitutional conservatism based on first principles provides the framework for a consistent and meaningful policy agenda.

  • It applies the principle of limited government based on the rule of law to every proposal.
  • It honors the central place of individual liberty in American politics and life.
  • It encourages free enterprise, the individual entrepreneur, and economic reforms grounded in market solutions.
  • It supports America’s national interest in advancing freedom and opposing tyranny in the world and prudently considers what we can and should do to that end.
  • It informs conservatism’s firm defense of family, neighborhood, community, and faith.

If we are to succeed in the critical political and policy battles ahead, we must be certain of our purpose.

We must begin by retaking and resolutely defending the high ground of America’s founding principles.

February 17, 2010

from The Heritage Foundation

Incredibly deep fractal zoom

Mandelbrot Fractal Set Trip To e214 HD from teamfresh on Vimeo.

The final magnification is e.214. Want some perspective? a magnification of e.12 would increase the size of a particle to the same as the earths orbit! e.21 would make a particle look the same size as the milky way and e.42 would be equal to the universe. This zoom smashes all of them all away. If you were “actually” traveling into the fractal your speed would be faster than the speed of light.

I have been fascinated with fractals ever since the 1980’s when I was exposed to them in an issue of Scientific American in the Mathematical Recreations column.  I was a young programmer then and would devour the pseudo-code and algorithms found in that magazine.  I began working on writing my own Mandelbrot fractal program and with joy saw it appear on my screen. This was on an IBM XT 8088 clone with a Hercules graphics card and amber screen, so all I had was amber grayscale images, but it was still a thrill!  This was in such computationally ancient times that I had to write my own graphics primitives in assembler for use in the BASIC and Pascal programs because the graphics libraries were not available for my system configuration.   My programs took many hours to produce a single image on that old system.  The the video you are watching here demonstrates how far the science, art, and hardware available to produce these beautiful and intricate images has come.  Bravo!

adapted from the kottke.org blog

Wilkow & Levin on Obama’s big lie in the SOTU

Learn the Consitution-video series

Learn the Constitution, a short 5 part series narrated by Judge Andrew Napolitano. I highly recommend that you watch it!

Khan Academy, awesome Internet educational resource!

I have found a truly awesome educational resource in the Internet, the Khan Academy.
Khan Academy

From the website:

The Khan Academy is a not-for-profit organization with the mission of providing a high quality education to anyone, anywhere.

We have 1000+ videos on YouTube covering everything from basic arithmetic and algebra to differential equations, physics, chemistry, biology and finance which have been recorded by Salman Khan.

I have viewed several of the teaching videos and they are excellent.  Done in a very nice “blackboard” style with Mr. Khan speaking, they are very much to the point and highly interesting.   The vast number of subject areas covered is impressive – most are mathematics and science related.  Done as individual lessons on very distinct topics, one can freely pick and choose any lesson as a stand alone tutorial or pull several together to build a curriculum.  I recommend this wonderful resource!

Revolution OS Movie

Richard Stallman, I love his software but hate his politics!

Obama – “corpse-man”. What a MORON!

Didn’t he learn how to pronounce “corpsman” in those Indonesian elementary schools?!?