Antifa thugs in Portland

This is yet another story where there really isn’t too much for me to add, I just felt like posting up some stories of what Mayor Ted Wheeler is seemingly allowing Antifa to get away with. I feel as though the photos, videos, and pathetic responses from Portland politicians say far more than I could offer up…

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Below is a short clip of journalist Andy Ngo being interviewed by Tucker Carlson after being beaten down by Antifa terrorists:

Take a gander at the tweet below and the video I’ve embedded right after…

Another laughable response from Mayor Wheeler; press X to doubt:

A few photos of those arrested. Is it just me, or are almost all of these Antifa types lily-white leftists?

Don’t try to find stories concerning Antifa on CNN though, at least not until Andy Ngo was so publicly pummeled:

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Here are a few insightful stories into the recent events surrounding Portland and its Antifa criminal gangs:

Portland Tribune – Police seek clues on robbery, assault suspects at protest

The Oregonian – Bloody bedlam in downtown Portland puts police, mayor on defensive

Fox News – Journalist violently attacked by Antifa recalls ‘complete anarchy and lawlessness’

CNN – Three arrested and eight injured as Portland protests turn violent

But hey, Oregon Democrats have their focus on all of the right topics such as giving driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants:

Fox News – Oregon bill granting illegal immigrants driver’s licenses heads to governor’s desk

This may or may not be a worthwhile question, but do Antifa thugs who are looking for a fight really not expect to receive a whirlwind at some point?

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Rubberized undercoating removal, part two

A few weeks ago I typed up a post about cleaning up the frame of my truck and am posting a quick update. I took off the front skid plate and proceeded to alternate between working on the front and rear ends of the frame. I spent some more time chemically dissolving the rubberized goop previously applied to the frame, used a lot of wire wheels and flap discs, and spent so much time cleaning all to spend just a small fraction of the total time actually laying down any paint. In an endeavor such as the one I’m am working on the preparation work is what is the most important. Here are the photos of the forward end (before):

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During:

After:

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I only took a few photos of the rear:

I’ll post up some more progress photos, a few opinion pieces, and another soldering video soon!

A court-ordered abortion in the U.K.

In another news story concerning the degeneration of society here’s a story from Britain about a woman in her early 20s is being ordered to have an abortion at the 22nd week of pregnancy. Apparently, Justice Nathalie Lieven felt it necessary to give such a grim order due to the woman in question having the mental capacity of a 6- to 9-year old. To quote the judge:

I am acutely conscious of the fact that for the State to order a woman to have a termination where it appears that she doesn’t want it is an immense intrusion,” “I have to operate in [her] best interests, not on society’s views of termination.

Right, so it’s in the best interests of the woman to force the abortion on her? I’ve only looked through a few articles about this story and am really curious as to what British law allows such an order? From the Fox News article:

She has been described as being in her 20s and is in the care of an NHS trust, as part of the country’s National Health Service. The woman’s mother, a former midwife, opposes the abortion procedure and told the court that she could take care of the child with the support from the daughter, Sky News reported. A social worker who works with the woman also said the pregnancy should not be terminated.

The mentally disabled woman got pregnant under the auspices of NHS care, it really gets the mind turning? Here’s another gem from this story:

“She added that having a child would be more traumatic for the woman than aborting it, as she wouldn’t be able to take care of the child due to the risk posed by her mental health problems and it would have to be put in a foster care.”

So, an abortion at 22 weeks is going to be less traumatic to her than giving the child up for adoption/having family take care of the kid? All because of her mental capacity? Here are a few more quotes from our esteemed judge:

Pregnancy, although real to her, doesn’t have a baby outside her body she can touch,

would suffer greater trauma from having a baby removed,

It would at that stage be a real baby.

Wait, is she saying that the baby isn’t real until born? The pregnancy is “real to her” as if it could be something else other than what is growing in her body? Would this woman never be allowed to see her child while in foster care? Well, it seems that the child will actually be removed from this world now. Here’s some basic info on when Justice Nathalie Lieven achieved her position for anyone who is curious.

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If you are looking for some good laughs, one should take a look at the issues she talked about at the Justice Human Rights Law Conference 2018 hosted by the Centre for Women’s Justice. She specifically discussed her opinions during the Life, Death, and Human Rights workshop.

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In some other news from the U.K. is this BBC story about how churches should become safe havens from knife crime and should have “knife amnesty bins” as an added fixture.. You can also read up on the “knife crime battle” and “Ten charts on the rise of knife crime.” Oh, what a time to be alive…

The New York Times – U.K. Court Says Mentally Disabled Woman Must Have Abortion

Fox News – British judge orders disabled 22-week pregnant woman to have abortion

BBC News – Knife crime: Call for churches to provide safe havens

BBC News – Knife crime: Tony Blair says police losing knife crime battle

BBC News – Ten charts on the rise of knife crime in England and Wales

 

 

Thoughts on rubberized undercoating…

Oh boy, are we in for a good post today folks. Tonight’s post is about the laborious task of removing the rubberized undercoating that the previous owner of my truck applied to the frame and lower portions of the body and bed. I am not a fan of rubberized undercoating as it can make a lot of electrical plugs or bolts difficult to remove, lowers the ability to easily inspect some parts, and cracks over time which allows water to get under it but not easily evaporate. I long ago began the project of removing all of this gunk from my truck and it has been slow going and I still have much left to do. Attempting to use any type of wire wheel, grinding disc, flap disc is ineffective at removing these types of coating as the removal media is rapidly clogged. The use of a chemical means of dissolving the rubberized coating (I just recently noticed that the methylene chloride formula is no longer available in California) is necessitated by this problem and is very miserable and time-consuming.

Here’s a quick video for anyone who is thinking about using rubberized undercoating on their on vehicle:

Here are some of the photos of the work I’ve been doing on the truck most recently:

I had a little mishap as I was removing some rust from the rear axle…

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While I really do need to finish this project I probably should have thought a little harder about the variable-gauge wire wheel I was using next to the wheel speed sensor cabling. It would have been so easy to unplug but I decided to test fate instead. I am fairly certain that no harm was done to the sensor but I bought that as well; hopefully I can just return it.

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This photo is unrelated to the post, but do you like my custom exhaust mod?

“Praise single mothers”

Every so often I venture to and look around at the articles that are posted up on CNN.com just to look for the most inane piece that I can find. In this case it’s a non-news story entitled “Let us now praise single moms” written by one David G. Allen. Mr. Allen starts off by rattling off how he was raised by a single mother who bought weird health food, getting made fun of for “fake Nikes“, getting in fights with others kids about not having a dad, and of course being “demonstratively, the poorest kid in my school” (12 years of Catholic school, by the way).  After a few paragraphs describing his own childhood Mr. Allen starts discussing research that looks at the socioeconomic status of single-parent families, decries the lack of federally mandated paid paternal leave and claims to cite studies that supposedly illustrate single parenthood has no long-term effect on children. The first research article that Mr. Allen misuses is entitled “Growing up with a single mother and life satisfaction in adulthood: A test of mediating and moderating factors” by David Richter and Sakari Lemola and is free for anyone to view (PDF here).

Mr. Allen claims that the study found “nearly no impact on general life satisfaction” and also quotes only a single part of the research article: “supporting the widely held notion from popular science that boys are more affected than girls by the absence of their fathers.” I did something that most people clicking on this clickbait article probably did not do and actually decided to read some of the study. Here’s the Abstract:

Single parenthood is increasingly common in Western societies but only little is known
about its long-term effects. We therefore studied life satisfaction among 641 individuals
(ages 18±66 years) who spent their entire childhood with a single mother, 1539 individuals who spent part of their childhood with both parents but then experienced parental separation, and 21,943 individuals who grew up with both parents. Individuals who grew up with a single mother for their entire childhood and to a lesser degree also individuals who experienced parental separation showed a small but persistent decrease in life satisfaction into old age (emphasis mine) controlling childhood socio-economic status. This decrease was partly mediated by worse adulthood living conditions related to socio-economic and educational success, physical health, social integration, and romantic relationship outcomes. No moderation by age, gender, and societal system where the childhood was spent (i.e. western oriented FRG or socialist GDR) was found.

It seems pretty apparent from the beginning that Mr. Allen misrepresents what the research article delves into but let’s through a little more of it. The study states that their are three main methods in which being raised by single mothers affects children in the long term: “less effective guardianship“, a “generally lower socioeconomic status“, and the “missing-father hypothesis. ” This study interestingly took data from families in the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) and the former German Democratic Republic (GDR) to account for vastly differing variables.  The study goes onto describe how the data was sampled, variables considered, and how to analyze “life satisfaction.” The paper described how parents being divorced for the child’s entire life, separated part of the time, and how parents who never separated affected the future happiness of the child.

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Here are a few good quotes from page 10:

However, the differences in general life satisfaction between respondents who lived with both parents for their first 15 years of life and either group of respondents reared by a single mother remained significant in all models, even when all adulthood life circumstances were controlled for.

This is the first study to show that growing up with a single mother is related to a stable
although modest reduction in general life satisfaction across the adult life-span until old age when adjusting for poor childhood SES

From page 12:

The reduction in adulthood life satisfaction was partially mediated by the individuals’ living conditions, including their lower socio-economic status and educational level, lower physical health status, and poor social integration and romantic success in adulthood.”

It seems that economic factors partially account for lower happiness, but I don’t really think that it adds to the argument that being a single parent is a better option.

The last tidbit that I’ll take from the study is on page 13:

In conclusion, the present study shows that growing up with a single mother in particular if the father is absent for the entire childhood predicts a small but stable decrease in life satisfaction across adulthood that is partly explained by lower socio-economic status and educational achievement, inferior physical health, poor social integration, and lower likelihood of romantic relationship success in adulthood. Contrary to expectations this effect was not moderated by sex, age, or the societal system in which the childhood was spent.

I wonder if Mr. Allen is intentionally lying and misrepresenting the report or if he didn’t read past the first few pages? The author at CNN goes on to cite another “study“, but this one isn’t really a study. From page 3 of 4 of this very colorful paper:

Given the diversity of families within these groups, further analysis is needed before we can suggest that living in a single parent household has a positive impact on a child’s wellbeing.

OK then, so it’s not a study but rather just a regurgitation of a dataset with no analysis. It has lots of graphs though…

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Well, at least the kids of single parents get to see grandpa and grandma more.

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Our low-testosterone author goes on to state how being raised by a single mother made him the adult that he is today though. Mr. Allen received an “Emersonian amount of self-reliance”, figured out how to apply to a college, and some other stuff that lots of people figure out how to do on their own as well. I suppose that I’m not as “class-conscious” as our male feminist author. I don’t think that I’m going to take Mr. Allen’s lead and praise all single mothers; he makes them all sound like their heroes who never, ever do anything wrong to their children (or their ex). If you want to get one last laugh out of this guy, be sure to read his article on “Why Jeanette Rankin should be on the $10 bill.” Just for reference, she was the only member of Congress to vote against the declaration of war against Japan in 1941.

 

 

Simple Soldering Projects ~ “Flashing LED Sweethearts

About a week ago I decided to start a soldering project; something that I haven’t done in over two years now. I spent about three hours assembling this “Flashing LED Sweethearts” project but could have finished faster if I had more batteries or a different camera. All of the equipment I used in the following videos was purchased at Fry’s Electronics though very recently I have started going to WE-Supply for some more specialized equipment (I’ll post some more about that at a later date). I would type out all of the details of assembling this fun hobby project, but then I already did that in all of these videos I just made. Enjoy!

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The Carl Benjamin Twenty Year Plan to Win Elections

The nations that make up the European Union just had parliamentary elections and the results in the U.K. were good for Nigel Farage and the Brexit Party and awful for the Conservatives and Labor. However, I wanted this post to focus on a very exceptional individual by the name of Carl “it depends on the age of the child” Benjamin and how he has been the harbinger of death to UKIP. Carl Benjamin (a.k.a. Sargon of Akkad) is guy that makes YouTube videos who at some point decided to go from basically being a shock jock and complaining about feminists/SJWs to tarnishing a political party that took 20 years to build up. Carl has grand, big-brain ideas of “Saving the West“, “dealing with Pan-European politics“, and getting back at anyone that makes jokes of or slights him. Carl believes himself to be an excellent leader, an ingenious philosopher, a grand politician, black, a great debater, and a free speech martyr.

Here’s exhibit A of Carl’s sophistry on display:

Carl “muh citations” Benjamin couldn’t be bothered to provide his sources for any claims or discuss policy details at any level. It’s really kind of astonishing that a man who built his YouTube “fame” off of dissembling the blue-haired SJW feminists and their lack of logical arguments was thoroughly crushed by Kristi Winters. Carl should have had a simple time doing some basic research and coming up with a logical argument but I suppose that Sargon got sleepy.

Let’s look at Exhibit B, or “it depends on the age of the child”:

What a set of galaxy-brained comments for our wannabe politician to make. I’m sure that these comments would never come back to bite Carl. Moving onto Exhibit C, “I wouldn’t even rape you“:

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Not only did Carl say that “I wouldn’t even rape you” but he chose to double-down on previous comments and say something even dumber:

That’s right, Carl decided to state that he might reconsider “not raping Jess Phillips.” What a smart and charming guy. Here’s an example that Soygon has deleted from his channel where he blamed the murders committed by Elliot Rodger on feminism:

These are the kinds of videos that Soygon got his e-fame from; yelling at a video made by someone else but failing every time at actually debating anyone in real time. Isn’t this the kind of man that you would want to vote for? Well, it looks like no one else in the U.K. wanted to vote for UKIP either anymore. UKIP lost to the CUKs, how hilarious is that?

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Here’s the main video that I’m here to showcase in this post though, it’s pretty hilarious and worth watching all of the way through:

Soygon of Akkad decided to make some videos that are not a direct response but based upon the titles he gave them (The Twenty Year Plan and Exactly as Planned) where you can see the veneer and mask of his faux-intellectualism slipping. The response of Soygon’s loyal Akkadians leaves me incredulous; it’s really kind of amazing:

I think that I’ll close this post out with some random memes that I’ve found:

Bonus:

Coronado Bridge drive and Tidelands Park

Good evening everybody, tonight’s post is just about the most recent photos and videos I took from the Coronado Bridge and Coronado Tidelands Park on the eastern side of the island. The ride up and down the Coronado Bridge is awe inspiring and quite beautiful at all times of the day and is well worth your time if you ever pass through San Diego. Bridge traffic to and from Naval Base Coronado can be terrible from about 0500-0800 and 1500-1800 on a weekday so be sure to avoid the bridge at those times. The Coronado Tidelands Park is a quite and calming place to spend the afternoon and I’ll have to take my bicycle and explore island and Silver Strand in a more personal way. I’ll leave a few photos below and you can enjoy the rest of them on the dedicated page here!

Toyota Tundra 5.7L engine oil analysis results

A few weeks ago I typed up a post about drawing an engine oil sample from the 3UR-FE in my Tundra and just got the results back a few days ago. It would seem that all is well with my ten year old engine that has 111,000 miles on it even with all of the off-road and idle use I put the truck through. I also had the Total Base Number determined for an additional $10 with a total price of $38 for this oil analysis. The oil analysis seems to be a good way of finding problems prior to a catastrophic failure and I may have these tests performed on my transmission and differential oil as well. I would highly recommend the services of Blackstone Laboratories to everyone.

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Mister Metokur watches a Cuckumentary – State of Degeneracy

I recently stumbled across two very insightful videos that she some light on where Western Civilization is at and where it may end up in the near future. The two videos that I’m embedding in this post are simply amazing and as with many such posts there is very little that I could add to the commentary. How should I even feel about what is displayed in the following videos? Sad? Angry? Confused? Maybe I should just get a good laugh out of this…

The first video is rather short:

The second video has a very unexpected ending. This one is worth watching all of the way through:

The previous channel that hosted the video was deleted but I managed to find another copy: