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The label has been the kiss of death for many of us who loath cheap junk that does not serve intended purposes with a reasonable lifespan. But is that a fair assessment of current Chinese manufacturing today? First off, let us look at the size of China. Rather than a single entity, it could actually have as much variety in the country as many others of the world. I am personally familiar with two significant examples, Optical Coating Labs Inc and Hewlett Packard who over 30 years ago sent high level personnel to transfer technology and production from MADE IN USA to companies in China. I also remember when el Presidente’ Slick Willy Clinton got caught transferring advanced USofA […]

High speed Internet gift – TANSTAAFL

A large cluster of men and equipment are currently spending a few weeks in my neighborhood installing a second, and much farther reaching cable system. Undoubtedly it will be carrying 5G to AND FROM a hundred or so far flung homes in this podunk we occupy. At a couple thousand dollars a day in distribution costs alone, how is this investment of men, equipment operation and hardware cost/benefit justified? Certainly not on fifty or so dollars per month of anticipated subscription fees. So who is paying, and why? Don’t ask. You won’t like the answer. TANSTAAFL – There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch. Said another way, “You buy the product or you are the product.” In […]

Morning metaphor: society as an electronic circuit

I have a passing knowledge of electronic circuits, assembly and the schematic used to represent their inner workings. The resistor and use of the symbol for it have long attracted me and been used to represent my innate resistance for authority, power wielders, bullies, dictators and such. resistor The patch to the right is one I have worn on various clothing and accessory items as a conversation starter as well as personal statement to ‘those who know’. It is, in the schematic world, a depiction of a resistor – that component which resists the flow of electricity. I have used it with the thought that enough resistors can restrict, dilute and eventually destroy the power and control of destructive authority. […]

considering EMP possibilities

I have discussed this topic here before. If you want to know more, check out some of my prior posts and links on the subject here: electro magnetic pulse articles At the most basic, and significant levels, our electrical grid and household power are gone in a blink. They will not return in the foreseeable future. That is a given. What happens next and how we prepare for it has filled many books. That is not today’s topic here. While we touched on the above, I was explaining yesterday to a neighbor how he could set up NOW to recover the use of his vehicle after an EMP disabled it. That refreshed in my mind the things I, too, […]

clock contortions

Sigh … it is our bi-annual forced homage to the ruling class that we all must scurry about our small worlds adjusting every clock therein so we may continue to speak the same language regarding time-of-day as our peers speak… in all actuality, saving no daylight whatsoever. Here is a supremely accurate analog clock to help with your big chore for the day: Do not forget to reset each and every clock in your life today or you will be late tomorrow. I also added it to the Bitterroot Bugle’s left column so you can find it any time of any day … so long as my site and the Internet last. A regular un-favorite day of mine when […]

Today is 123123

Silly, perhaps, but interesting anyway. Written another way it is 12.31.23 Remove the dots and you get 123123.

weather wars

A friend sent me this facebook video link: I watched it, finding reinforcement rather than information that was particularly new to me. I sent him the following response. I have been trying to do what he did for a while now at, and my Brighteon video channel. I am certainly glad he is getting that information out to more people … and using other words, tools and examples. We are clearly under attack … and in ways many people will find difficult to believe. They may have to hear it many, many times in dozens or perhaps hundreds of ways before the information can break through the barriers to comprehension of incomprehensible evil with nearly unlimited resources […]

Radiating Earth experiment plans

  “On December 10th [postponed to Dec 28 at 9:09pm, lasting 180 days], SpaceX is set to conduct a significant test of its Starlink satellite technology, involving the irradiation of populated areas in 13 locations across the USA. Thus creating control groups between different populations of microwave exposure from space. This event, while a leap in technological advancement, raises profound ethical concerns. It mirrors the structure of well-known scientific studies by the National Toxicology Program (NTP) and the Ramazzini Institute (RI), where some rats were exposed to RF radiation while others were not, to assess health risks. The Parallels with NTP and RI Studies: Both the NTP and RI studies were landmark in their exploration of RF radiation’s effects […]

They told us; keep telling us

Last night we watched the 1996 movie Wag The Dog (1997). Some sources call it a comedy while others call it political satire. Both of those miss the mark. It is as real as anything that happens in front of us today, and tells us all we need to know about how politics and social engineering work nowadays. Sometimes they simply tell us the truth… and laugh as we refuse to take it seriously. The use of blue screens, green screens, holograms and computer-aided video editing can make darn-near anything real enough for their intended audiences. We got this video in our normal way by ordering online through the Darby library and picking it up when their ‘pony express’ network […]

taking the CME warning down a notch

Today’s post at makes the coronal mass ejections coming our way over the next couple of days sound far less threatening for those of you not operating satellites or ham radios. Somewhere in their publications or videos this morning I saw the phrase “not the big one”, which sums it up for me. All the things I ought to do before that particular one were just more than I wanted to squeeze into today. That is however a stark reminder that there are quite a few things that should be on my ToDo list, or rather in my case, higher priorities on that list. We’ll see. It is all most important, then again, none of it is. Enjoy the […]

possible CME hit here December 1st

This could be an important event to prepare for. If a massive Coronal Mass Ejection (solar flare) strikes the Earth as is a predicted possibility, electronics could be devastated, along with our entire electrical distribution system. This might be an auspicious time to put some effort into a Faraday Cage or two … and employ them for electronic stuff you value highly. I don’t want to overstate the warning, but I think it prudent to put some time in Friday protecting our electronics and have at least half a plan for a complete grid-down power failure. Hope and Faith are not plans. – Ted – Thank for this warning GEOMAGNETIC STORM WATCH (G3): Three and perhaps four CMEs are heading […]

Time Clock – Mountain Standard Time

Here is a supremely accurate analog clock to help with your big chore for the day: I also added it to the Bitterroot Bugle’s left column so you can find it any time of any day … so long as my site and the Internet last. A regular un-favorite day of mine when the gubbmint reminds us they control our lives… and a day when I have to wear a watch, wandering my world changing the settings on a zillion different clocks, only a few of which are intuitive. I have ranted about “daylight savings time” more than a few times. The ‘Old Indian’ meme says it as well as anything. […]

Waves – best demonstration I have seen

Waves on bodies of water behave similarly to all other waves in nature. Understanding wave behavior is important to radio antenna designers; which is a role I dabble in, and aspire to improve upon. I am currently teaching a class on amateur radio to a group of future hams. For their edification as well as my own I went looking for the video below. It was hard to find, so I saved and uploaded it to my Brighteon video channel. During my search, I watched a lot of instructional videos on waves, and in particular on the electro-magnetic waves such as those that carry our radio signals. I have a lot to learn, and many of those were hard for […]

9 week Darby ham class begins Saturday 10/14

I gave it a three year rest for demand to build up. Tomorrow I begin another of my class series to help local people gain their FCC amateur radio operator technician licenses. It is quite a commitment on their parts as well as mine. We will spend a couple hours of every Saturday now through December 9th building in them the knowledge necessary to become licensed, and competent radio operators. Darby Adult Ed does the heavy lifting for me by mailing fliers out to every resident in the area. That shaking of the bushes got enough interest to make the class worthwhile for their program and for me as an instructor. Our community and their neighborhoods gain a few […]