Sunday, May 1, 2016

Chinese Students in Oakland March For Socialism

From Weasel Zippers

Yeah, I know, it's Oakland, but in 1989, Chinese people in China protested for the end of communism.

May Day

May Day was originally used to celebrate Spring. Communist groups around the world have used it to push their agenda. It should, as The Volokh Conspiracy suggests, be called Victims of Communism Day.

The Real Che Guevara
"The blacks, those magnificent examples of the African race who have maintained their racial purity thanks to their lack of an affinity with bathing, have seen their territory invaded by a new kind of slave: the Portuguese. And the two ancient races have now begun a hard life together, fraught with bickering and squabbles. Discrimination and poverty unite them in the daily fight for survival but their different ways of approaching life separate them completely: The black is indolent and a dreamer; spending his meager wage on frivolity or drink; the European has a tradition of work and saving, which has pursued him as far as this corner of America and drives him to advance himself, even independently of his own individual aspirations."

Pol Pot and the Marxist Ideal
Mass death is certainly no stranger to Communism; even today a terrible famine stalks North Korea to remind us of the lethal nature of Marxism. However, Pol Pot has earned a special place in the history of Marxian Communism as his Khmer Rouge earned the special distinction of being the one Communist movement in history to actually attempt the full and consistent implementation of the ideals of Karl Marx.

Stalin's Collectivization
Stalin gave orders that the kulaks were to be "liquidated as a class". This was to take the form of exile either to Central Asia or to the timber regions of Siberia, where they were used as forced labour. According to the historian, Sally J. Taylor: "Many of those exiled died, either along the way or in the makeshift camps where they were dumped, with inadequate food, clothing, and housing." Thousands were executed and an estimated five million were deported. Of these, approximately twenty-five per cent perished by the time they reached their destination.

The Great Leap Forward
In the end, through a combination of disastrous economic policy and adverse weather conditions, an estimated 20 to 48 million people died in China. Most of the victims starved to death in the countryside.  The official death toll from the Great Leap Forward is "only" 14 million, but the majority of scholars agree that this is a substantial underestimate.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Hillary Clinton's "Woman Cards"

From Weasel Zippers

False Empowerment

Hillary, loves to pander and almost always fails at it. She tried to take the subway and was clueless about how the metro card worked, and she tried to pander to blacks as well. However, not only is this card sexist, it is also hypocritical as she helped a rapist walk free.

Also, by wanting to ban guns, she wants to disempower women.

Real Empowerment

The "Smart" Gun Push

Fox News

The Obama administration is locked and loaded for a fresh push on gun control initiatives – reportedly moving to advocate for so-called "smart gun" technology as early as Friday, despite concerns from the gun lobby.
Politico reports President Obama is set to release findings on the technology from a multi-agency review, and White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett was previewing the material to a select set of groups on Thursday. 
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest confirmed to reporters that the administration would be making an announcement on Friday, without going into detail. 
“We'll have more that we can talk about tomorrow," he said. "… Under discussion was exploring what kind of technology could be effectively used to make guns safer. So this is something that that a variety of federal agencies have reviewed and they'll have some findings to share.”
“Smart-gun” technology overhauls guns so they can only be fired by authorized users. The multi-agency review was ordered as part of Obama’s Jan. 4 executive action on guns.

Beyond all the fluff about guns being "smarter" and "safer," this would turn a mechanically simple device into a rube goldberg machine. Computerized guns will at some point in the future have a disable feature built into them, which is probably the real goal behind this.

However, this push will fail because criminals will just use "dumb" guns to commit their crimes, and law abiding citizens will defend themselves with "dumb" guns for reasons of reliability.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

30 Years Ago Today


On April 26th, 1986, Reactor 4 of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor exploded. It was caused by a combination of a test gone wrong and the design of the reactor, and its effects amplified as a result of Soviet policy.


About 7% reactor's heat is produced by the decay of fission products, even when there is no fission occurring. Though this is small, it is still enough that an inactive core still needed to be actively cooled by water pumps. The reactor had diesel generators to operate the water pumps, but the time it took for the generators to to fully rev up was between 60 and 75 seconds, long enough to be considered a hazard.

It was thought that the residual energy of the steam turbine could be utilized to bridge the gap, and three tests were run - one in 1982, another in 1984, and the third in 1985 - by cutting off the flow of steam to the turbine, but these ended in failure despite numerous modifications. The test procedure required that the reactor's thermal output would gradually be reduced from 3,200 megawatts to 700 megawatts before the steam was shut off. On April 25th, a fourth test was to be done, but was postponed at 4:00 PM when a regional power plant in Ukraine shut down. Despite this, preparations for the test were still carried out, which included the shutting down of an emergency cooling system.

At 11:04 PM that evening, the go-ahead was given to resume shutting down of the reactor, but instead of the gradual shutdown that was planned, the control rods were inserted rapidly, leading to a buildup of Xenon-135, a "poison" that inhibits the nuclear reaction, causing a greater than expected power drop. Control rods were removed to compensate.

The test began at 1:23:04 AM. Shift supervisor Alexander Akimov opposed the test, but his objections were overridden by Anatoly Dylatov, Vice Chief Engineer (who would serve five years in prison as a result of his role in the disaster). As the turbines wound down, so did power to the pumps. At 1:23:40 AM, the reactor was "Scrammed" and the control rods were inserted into the core. The control rods were tipped with graphite, which increased fissioning in the core, and displaced the neutron-absorbing water, compounding a problem caused by steam voids (bubbles) in the water. Both fuel and control rods fractured under the intense heat, stopping them at 1/3rd their way into the core. The water inside the core boiled with explosive force, and the tips of the rods, made of graphite, ignited in the intense heat. A second, more powerful explosion occurred three seconds later, caused either by a runaway chain reaction in the nuclear fuel or the production of hydrogen. The explosions threw radioactive material into the air, while the fires sent more up in the smoke.

The firefighters were not informed of the radiation danger, though even when it became known, some decided to "kamikaze" themselves. The population of nearby Pripyat however were not warned and the city was evacuated until 11AM that morning, when illness struck some of the residents. Despite the policy of Glastnost, the Soviet government maintained a tight restriction on the media, and the disaster was not admitted to the outside world until two days later, radioactive fallout from Chernobyl set off radiation alarms in Sweden. In fact, Reactor 1 of the Chernobyl complex suffered a partial meltdown in 1982 that itself was not publicly known until 1985.

The Elephant's Foot, made of previously molten fuel and concrete

31 people died directly from the radiation, mostly firefighters sent to extinguish the fire, and at least 4,000 cases of cancer are believed to be attributed to it. The cost of cleanup was a major factor in the fall of the Soviet government.

Though there has been an exclusion zone around the reactor complex ever since the disaster, the other three reactors continued to operate for years after the disaster. Reactor 2 operated until 1991 when it was decommissioned after a fire, while reactor 3 was decommissioned in 1996 and the final reactor shut down in 2000.

Though the exclusion zone remains uninhabited by people, life has returned.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Heavy Metal Monday

Sci-fi theme tonight.

The Toilet War

The economy is shrinking, the border is open to criminals, China, North Korea and Iran are getting antsy, and the government is using all of these things as justification to suppress the rights of the people. Despite this the regressive left and the religious right are quite obsessed over who can use what restroom, turning it into a national issue.

This and many other social issues are something that property owners, local communities and states should decide.