January 13, 2017

Making Western Water Great Again

President Trump is not even President yet and he's already inspiring positive change to the drought conditions in the western United States. Almost all of the average precipitation measurements on this map of the west shows readings between 100 percent and 200 percent of normal for the last three months.

Colorado is doing nearly as well as California, as evidenced by the map below. (Source)


Sources found at The Water Report's snowpack research page.

Posted by JohnGalt at 2:21 PM | Comments (0)

February 11, 2016

Prosperity's Dark Side

*Rant Warning*

Indoor plumbing and the washing machine may have heralded a longer, happier and healthier life for all mankind, but these labor saving advances come at a price - detachment.

We tend to think of youth arriving in waves by generation, every twenty years or so. In reality, the waves are five times as frequent - every four years another class of know-nothings matriculates from the academy. So while the naïve waifs who elected President Obama may now actually, for the most part, recognize their error, two more waves have washed over top of them. And since nothing has been done to correct their curricula, the tide of egalitarian socialism is on the rise, making each successive wave that much stronger than before.

Witness the rise of Senator Socialist, the Independent-In-Name-Only from Vermont, who offers nearly everything as reward for one's vote, deftly stopping short of promising to outlaw war and neckties and long pants. One wonders how his followers might change their thoughts and attitudes and priorities if they had to wash their own clothes, by the river, by hand. Or if they had to defend their village from armed invasion by hungry hoardes from beyond the horizon.

I'm for making the viewing of History Channel's 'Vikings' a mandatory precondition for voter registration. All four seasons. The fourth of which, begins a week from tonight.

(Either that or they have to charge their iPhone with a bicycle generator for a month or so.)

Posted by JohnGalt at 3:13 PM | Comments (10)
But johngalt thinks:

"Already paid for? Certainly. May I see your receipt?"

Posted by: johngalt at February 12, 2016 3:19 PM
But jk thinks:

Hahahahaha -- now I have to try twice as hard to find it so I can steal your joke.

Posted by: jk at February 12, 2016 4:01 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Seriously! I hope you do.

Is he/she suggesting that government is some kind of "subscription shopping service?" Pay a nominal monthly fee and you can come in and pick up whatever you want or need whenever you want? I hear they're doing that in Caracas right now.

Here's how "paying for" something works:

1) Look at price tag.
2) It's worth it, here's my money, take it away.
3) It's not worth it, negotiate or shop around at competitors.
4) Find the lowest price is higher than you are willing to pay, decide to pay it after all, here's my money, take it away.
5) Live. Without. It.

Posted by: johngalt at February 12, 2016 5:17 PM
But johngalt thinks:


According to this, youts are the problem after all.

It is safe to say that billions of dollars have been spent over the past two decades promoting and educating the public on the benefits of capitalism and free markets. There are publishing imprints, media companies and new conservative news sites everywhere. Yet, something has gone horribly wrong.
Posted by: johngalt at February 12, 2016 5:42 PM
But jk thinks:

A problem. The problem?

I think the meme was posted by my biological brother -- perhaps just "liked" because it does not show in his feed. I like your quaint and classical concept of purchase as well. But the word we're looking for is "entitled."

They flipped burgers in high school and took unglamorous jobs out of school. Had the greedy capitalist bastards paid them what they were worth and not cheated them, they would all have nice cars and live in mansions.

Posted by: jk at February 12, 2016 6:02 PM
But johngalt thinks:

From paragraph 2: "No other age or ethnic demographic preferred socialism over capitalism."

Other than Millennials, that is.

Now re-read the excerpt two comments previous, followed by nb's excellent 'Socialist Schooling' post.

The problem. Worse than ISIS.

Posted by: johngalt at February 12, 2016 6:17 PM

November 9, 2015

New Category - Hail Hail Fire and Snow...

This could as easily have gone under "politics" since it has become a prominent feature in Democrat strategy, but I put it under "philosophy" because it has an epistemological basis - in the name of the "pure principle" of the prophet of equality, anything goes. Including "The enemy have discovered our operation. They must be annihilated."

"Hail hail fire and snow. Call the angel, we will go... far away... for to see... friendly angel come to me."

Posted by JohnGalt at 3:26 PM | Comments (0)

The problem with democracy...

Well maybe not the problem with democracy, but one of them at least... and a big one at that, is that people like this are entitled to vote.

[warning: Language]

In a just society, what is the proper response to this child-like anti-social behavior?

Posted by JohnGalt at 3:01 PM | Comments (6)
But jk thinks:

Baa, baa, baa...

Posted by: jk at November 9, 2015 3:16 PM
But johngalt thinks:

"An invasion of civilization..."

Posted by: johngalt at November 9, 2015 3:38 PM
But nanobrewer thinks:

What were they protesting?

Posted by: nanobrewer at November 10, 2015 12:33 AM
But jk thinks:

Well, it's not as if it was frivolous. The dean said they were not going to prosecute inappropriate Halloween costumes and that people should chill a bit.

Posted by: jk at November 10, 2015 11:19 AM
But johngalt thinks:

"BE QUIET!" That's what got me.

Silence, knave, while I lecture you about your duty to silence others. Who am I - the student, the malleable mind who sought out the confines of this academy (for what purposes one can only imagine) - to so demand your immediate obedience to my will? I am the Master of the Universe: the member of an officially recognized, sanctioned and protected class of putatively oppressed persons - empowered by the very denizens of this academy, and others like it.

Posted by: johngalt at November 10, 2015 3:09 PM
But jk thinks:

That struck me as well. The profane screaming seemed banal although one would hope for better from a Yale senior. The Marie Antoinetteish truncation of his defense spoke to an entitlement that is discomfiting.

As Taranto would say" "Shut Up, she explained."

Posted by: jk at November 10, 2015 3:34 PM