It’s Official. The New Red Solo EV Is Awesome!

Beautiful machine with a lady driving. All they need to do now is start shipping them to consumers. I’m ready.

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Fear

CNN’s Fear and Greed Index has dived down to 36, a level not seen since the turbulent days of the recent USAian election. The lowest at the depths of the recession/depression was 20. How low will it go? Judging by the recent performance in Congress, Trumpism is shaky indeed, all words and no action. Heck, there’s a criminal investigation going on that’s too big to hide. That kills optimism and everyone knows they’ve over-bought the KoolAid™ Trump was asking the world to drink.

See Fear & Greed Index – Investor Sentiment

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Traitor Trump

“US President Donald Trump’s one-time campaign chairman secretly worked for a Russian billionaire to assist President Vladimir Putin, the Associated Press (AP) news agency reports.
 
Paul Manafort is said to have proposed a strategy to nullify anti-Russian opposition across former Soviet republics a decade ago.”
 
See Trump ex-aide Paul Manafort ‘offered to help Putin’
Extreme vetting? Yep. That’s what Trump wants yet he hired a traitor who helped Putin take over Eastern Europe when USA was sworn to come to the aid of NATO countries if attacked. It’s hard to believe Trump hadn’t checked out Manafort. So he knew what Manafort was up to and was an ally with Putin when he said all those sweet things about Putin. The Trump administration is a pack of traitors to USA, lying, cheating, destabilizing behind enemy lines.

Impeach these bastards, the sooner the better! In the process eliminate the nepotism, self-serving and profiteering that goes with them. Drain the new swamp.

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Planting Seed

About now, it’s two months until serious planting occurs in my garden. To prepare for that invasion of aliens, I began to plant seed indoors:

  • 1000 onions
  • 50 tomatoes
  • 25 hot peppers
  • 25 hotter peppers
  • 25 petunias

I have ~40K marigold seeds, too many to start indoors but I may plant a tray or two to give prominent areas like the doorstep and patio a head-start.

I’m going to try some desperate measures to try to save the hare-damaged trees in the yard. I’m going to take cuttings from what survived and try bud and stick grafting. I’ve not done that successfully before but the apricot and the dwarf apple were doing very well. I expected them to fruit this year or next. I want to give them an optimal chance to survive. This guy did “bridge grafting” to help a young tree survive girdling.

I will buy some chicken wire and protect the young trees this year. I’ve lived here 8 years and this is the first year I’ve seen this kind of damage in the yard. I guess no good deed (planting fruit-trees) goes unpunished.

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Walking, Hares And Apple Trees

I felt like going for a walk today but the bitter wind didn’t like the idea. Instead, I toured the yard, inspecting my favourite trees that I planted from seedlings.

I found one Siberian Apricot that’s four years old had been “barked” all the way around about rabbit-high… I found a year old apple with similar treatment. There were a few nibbles elsewhere but apart from a plum I didn’t see anything as bad as the apples. Fortunately, I’ve found Peavey Mart sells chicken-wire (They call it poultry-wire and it costs $39 CDN for 150 feet of 2inch mesh 48 inch wide.) so I’m going to buy a roll and erect a cylinder around each delicate and valuable tree. They also sell “live traps”. Interestingly, the rodents didn’t touch any maple, which I prize almost as greatly as the fruit-trees.

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Racist Chickens Come Home To Roost In Trump’s White House

“Sebastian Gorka, President Trump’s top counter-terrorism adviser, is a formal member of a Hungarian far-right group that is listed by the U.S. State Department as having been “under the direction of the Nazi Government of Germany” during World War II, leaders of the organization have told the Forward.
 
The elite order, known as the Vitézi Rend, was established as a loyalist group by Admiral Miklos Horthy, who ruled Hungary as a staunch nationalist from 1920 to October 1944. A self-confessed anti-Semite, Horthy imposed restrictive Jewish laws prior to World War II and collaborated with Hitler during the conflict. His cooperation with the Nazi regime included the deportation of hundreds of thousands of Jews into Nazi hands.”
 
See Nazi-Allied Group Claims Trump Aide Gorka As Member
Despite denials of racism, Trump’s administration keeps having dead bodies of racist origin float to the surface or Trump’s new swamp. Why do Trump’s “fighters against terrorism” have to be haters? Why can’t they just be good old boys who love USA and all for which it stands? Nope. Instead Trump brings on board folks steeped in racist ideology and no particular experience dealing with terrorism or any other desirable skill in government.

See also, Why Is Trump Adviser Wearing Medal of Nazi Collaborators?

He wore that medal to Trump’s inauguration…
The founder of the organization wrote,
“As regards the Jewish problem, I have been an anti-Semite throughout my life. I have never had contact with Jews. I have considered it intolerable that here in Hungary everything, every factory, bank, large fortune, business, theatre, press, commerce, etc. should be in Jewish hands, and that the Jew should be the image reflected of Hungary, especially abroad. Since, however, one of the most important tasks of the government is to raise the standard of living, i.e., we have to acquire wealth, it is impossible, in a year or two, to replace the Jews, who have everything in their hands, and to replace them with incompetent, unworthy, mostly big-mouthed elements, for we should become bankrupt. This requires a generation at least.”

Do you think Trump even knows what “Extreme Vetting” means? Should Trump, who takes advice from such trash, pass anyone’s vetting to be POTUS? Leader of the Free World? Commander in Chief?

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Ignorance, Delusion, Or Poor Maths, Choose One Or More

“According to CNN’s ongoing whip count, 12 House Republicans have flat-out said they will vote against the current version of the bill, while 11 more have indicated they are likely to oppose it. That’s 23 lawmakers opposed to or leaning against the bill.”
 
See Which Republicans are opposing the Obamacare repeal bill?
While Trump repeats endlessly that he will come through on his promises of wonderful healthcare in USA, and coos that his healthcare bill will pass Congress, yesterday, CNN reported 23 representatives were voting “NO!” or leaning that way. Today they report the number is 25…

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Solo Progress

“For the first time ever we will have the 2017 Electra Meccanica Solo on full Autoshow display for people to see, touch, sit in and order! First Solo deliveries are now planned for May, and with over 500 orders already on our books I expect new orders placed will deliver around July 2018 when we have our production lines ramped up.”
 
See Electra Meccanica CEO Update
I was hoping for news that deliveries to buyers would start this month but delay happens. I suspect the last remaining issue is USA/Canadian governmental certification. I don’t know whether they’ve been forced to remedy some deficiencies or it’s the sluggish bureaucracy of paper-pushers. Whatever. This probably means I can take delivery of my red beauty in summer when I will be able to drive it everywhere immediately. I was just in conversation with a documentarist about ways and means of exploring Manitoba electrically and documenting my travels. That should be fun, much better than wait-wait-waiting… In the meantime I’m working on getting a bunch of seeds to germinate. Another growing season may keep me sane during the wait.

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Shawed Again

Shaw gives us great service, except when they don’t. Yesterday at ~0800, most of our TV channels and all of our telephone and Internet service died. I have to go to TLW’s office just to watch CNN because it’s not available on my own TV. We’ve lost more than half our TV channels on my TV. The loss of the Internet and telephone is dreadful. This is the 21st century. We can’t live without those.

This is the problem with cable. When you’re near the end of the line you get the weakest signal. If someone upstream does something to suck more juice, a marginal connection gets worse. Finally, the service guy came around and determined the signal at our end of the cable was just too feeble. Apparently this kind of problem develops every spring and fall when the ground thaws/freezes. The cable parts somewhere. It’s not laid in a conduit but just buried in mud… Can’t lay a cable across the street. Can’t go through the culverts. They’re flooded. Plan B is tapping the neighbour’s cable where it enters their home. If that doesn’t work, we’re back to MTS, I guess…

That such things happen is OK. I get that but it keeps on happening. Every year or two, we get another lengthy disruption and one or two long telephone calls via the cellphone… It’s tedious. This time, for instance, it’s affecting my ability to spend my annuity which arrives today. Get between me and more peanut-butter/a new smartphone/tools/another Odroid-C2… and there’s a problem. The bigger problem is that there’s no good alternative to Shaw cable except the phone company. I guess we’ll have to go back to them. While they give poorer service for Internet and no TV, at least they are reliable for what they do. On top of this annoyance, we had a really bad experience with a snooty person who answered the phone at Shaw. It was very strange. TLW received a message to call Shaw on her smartphone and when she did this guy gave her no end of grief about account authentication etc. He wanted us to reseat all the connectors in the system. He even questioned my permission to talk to him even though TLW handed me the phone for the technical stuff… We don’t need that. OTOH, the person who came to our home was polite, courteous, competent… In an organization as big as Shaw, I guess it’s just difficult to be perfect. Sigh…

UPDATE After three days of acute Internet withdrawal symptoms and exhausting several possible solutions, Shaw tapped the cable at the home of a neighbour and ran a line over to us. Everything works. Download speed is ~182mbits/s in the middle of the day. Upload speed is not wonderful, just 10mbits/s but the most we upload are a few images and this blog mostly. I can wait… Life is still not back to normal though. I am having flashbacks… 😎

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OMG! Chocolate Price Hike!

“Chocolate prices could rise if the UK does not secure a trade deal post-Brexit, according to Mars’ top boss.”
 
See Chocolate price hike if Brexit deal fails, warns Mars
Be still my beating heart! I was aghast to read the headline on the article on BBC. After a few seconds, it dawned on me that they were talking about prices of chocolate in Europe, particularly “Mars Bars”. I can live with that as long as they don’t raise prices here, in Canada. I am old but eating is still something I can enjoy in moderation. Chocolate, nuts, cheese, fruits, vegetables, meat,… I love them all and I resent arbitrary increases in price. UK leaving EU is a silly reason to raise prices but with no trade agreements, that’s what you get, random percentage increases in prices at each border-crossing.

That’s just silly but that’s what Trump wants, to exclude foreign products/services or to tax them. He should go straight to Hell for that. Raising the price of chocolate or anything just because he can is a sin. That’s right up there with murder by the state, confiscation of property and all that. Let’s hope Canadians retain their senses and never fall for that nonsense, and keep importing chocolate and other good things at reasonable prices.

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Mirage

“Our highly levered financial system is like a truckload of nitro glycerin on a bumpy road,” Gross wrote.”One mistake can set off a credit implosion where holders of stocks, high yield bonds, and yes, subprime mortgages all rush to the bank to claim its one and only dollar in the vault”
 
See Top investor says don’t be fooled by Trump mirage
A lot of talk and no action has inflated investors valuation of equities to the breaking point. Let’s hope the jobs report published tomorrow doesn’t burst the bubble. Still, I’m glad I’m sitting on gold.

According to today’s news, TrumpCare is DOA. It doesn’t please a large enough voting block to pass it. It purports to keep some of the good things about ObamaCare but it doesn’t do anything to fix the bad things in ObamaCare like spiking premiums/declining coverage, and providing health insurance to the poor, millions of them, but still not getting them all. Sure, they can give tax credits the poor can’t use because they don’t have the money to pay for insurance in the first place, and yes they can lower insurance premiums for healthy people by sending sick people to Hell, but they’re capping MedicAid so that won’t work. Guess what? A lot of those poor sick people believed Trump and voted for him. Think they’ll be a little annoyed? Think a -3million vote margin will be big enough next time? What about mid-terms? FAIL!

No. Trump and friends will have to put up or go home. About the only hope of Trump is to convince supporters that Canadian MediCare is the way to go. The Democrats would probably support that. GOP blood-pressure would spike but who cares? He’s a populist, eh? Letting ObamaCare fail is not an option. The next elections are too far away for them to blame Obama. They did promise to do a better job. Get on with it!

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More On M$’s Servery Moving To ARM

“Redmond’s desire, over the next few years, to see the majority of its Bing web search and indexing, Azure cloud platform and database services, online storage, machine learning, and other features, powered by Windows Server on beefy ARM chips.

We found that [ARM servers] provide the most value for our cloud services, specifically our internal cloud applications such as search and indexing, storage, databases, big data and machine learning. These workloads all benefit from high-throughput computing.”
 
See Microsoft: Can’t wait for ARM to power MOST of our cloud data centers! Take that, Intel! Ha! Ha!
I commented earlier on this story but I didn’t know the magnitude of the migration. It’s huge. M$ earns $billions from cloud and web-applications and about half will go to ARM over the next few years. That’s a refreshing “refresh”. It’s about the best tools for the job. It’s also about not having a monopoly in chips for servery. M$ is doing us all a big favour, but then, again, probably M$’s competitors are doing the same so M$ had to compete. It’s all good.

On other ARM-related news, Softbank is selling a large portion of ARM to the Saudis, my old friends from the 1980s… They are diversifying from oil and you can’t get much further from oil than chippery. Going further down the rabbit-hole, I wonder how all the Trumpist Muslim-haters will feel about using M$’s stuff when a Muslim country benefits. Weren’t they going to put “‘Merica First” or something? Who knew life/IT/business “could be so complicated”™?

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