Only One Earth . . .

Earth From Orbit, Credit: NASA

Returning from Orbit a Space Shuttle Astronaut wisely observed —

 

“The first day we all pointed to our countries.

. . .

“The third or fourth day we were pointing to our continents.

. . .

“By the fifth day we were aware of only one Earth.”

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I Don’t Give em Hell, I just Tell the Truth and they think its Hell

President Harry S Truman

President Harry S Truman

“I don’t give them Hell. I just tell the truth about them and they think it’s Hell.”
US President Harry Truman

That pretty well describes my experience in local politics.

Mark Twain, my father’s favorite humorist, said

“Always do right. this will gratify some people and astonish the rest.”

Mark Twain and Will Rogers are proof that if you want to tell the truth in politics, it helps to have humorist skills.

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If its Not Coal or Oil – Wind generators must be good, or at least we don’t have any other choice. – NPR Gets it Wrong, So Wrong.

Dead Seagull, torn apart

Dead Seagull, Torn Apart

Would you support an industry that kills millions of birds every year, including Endangered species?

Last night I heard an appalling NPR Radio broadcast on Wind Generators that so deeply disappointed me I wrote a note to the Producer and Reporter.

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James Morrison, Producer
Joshua Johnson, Host
NPR – 1A

Hello James and Joshua,

Tsk, Tsk. Not Up to Your Usual Standards.

Until last evening I have often enjoyed your 1A programs.

But your project last night on Wind Generators “Renewable Energy And Resistance” was painfully awful to listen to (even though I learned one tiny idea).

You should know, and be ashamed of, how your show was terribly biased, totally one-sided in favor of Wind Generators and “let’s ignore the harms.”

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Selfish US

Greedy - taking away from others

Greedy – taking away from others

Less than 60 seconds after I passed the US Border driving back from British Columbia a white pickup pulled out in front of me, making me slam on my brakes.

In Canada, it would never occur to them to do such a rude act.

In that moment I realized Americans are the most self-centered – most selfish people in the world.

In all the years I’ve spent in other countries, I’ve never encountered such systematic blatant, selfishness as I see in the US.

That pickup driver’s act, in a nutshell, is typical, maybe even standard, iconic behavior of Americans.

Of course there are different degrees of selfish intent.

When four of us went camping, three were stunned when Peter would eat two-thirds of all the food for each shared meal. He was apparently completely oblivious to how massively unfair his gorging was.

Others know exactly what they are taking. Others like Tronald Dump and Clint Eastwood demonstrate a selfishness that is breathtaking. And they know exactly what they are doing. Eastwood is worth more than a Billion dollars, yet he demanded to build yet another golf course by destroying an imperiled forest. It was called “Clint Eastwood’s Chainsaw Massacre.”

Benjamin Franklin once wrote “Need wants a few things.”

“Greed wants many things”

But avarice wants everything.”

Clint Eastwood’s selfishness fits the full definition of Avarice.

You can hear American self-centeredness with every TV or radio interview. When concluding the guest never says “Thank you for covering this important issue.” No.

Instead they say Thank you for having me.”

Therein lies the Operatic refrain of America – “Me, me, me, me, me, me, meeeeeeeeee.”

How disgusting.

In my youth I did a lot of thinking on this subject and concluded that it is impossible to decide to do something that is NOT selfish. That means everything we do is a selfish act.

However, sometimes, my dear mother Jean comes to mind, we do things that help other people, or animals, or our environment. Mom would unfailingly rush to the aide of those who couldn’t help themselves.

So there are two kinds of deeds – those that serve only us – with no thoughts for others (any prominent celebrities come to mind?); and those that help others.

Which ones will you do today?

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Arthritis Cured with Apple Cider Vinegar

Joel J Dilworth on Bars at West Point

Joel J Dilworth on Bars at West Point

Joel J. P. Dilworth was a West Point Gymnast who, among other talents, was amazing on the Rings. Although the Pommel Horse (spinning your body horizontally supported only by your hands) is difficult, most gymnasts will tell you Rings are the most demanding gymnastics.

It’s one thing for a person to pull his body up to and through rings with arms that are near the body, but elite male gymnasts do this with their arms completely straight. The farther away from the body a gymnast holds his arms, the less leverage he has to move his body upward… [They] need to have an incredible amount of core strength to counteract that reduction in the leverage.”

Still not convinced? Look up “The Maltese.”

After graduating West Point and serving some decades as an admired well-respected US Army officer, he was assigned to San Francisco’s Presidio where sadly, he acquired a nasty case of arthritis in his feet. Walking the few hundred yards (meters) to his office became terribly painful and took a good half hour. His doctor tried several things, but nothing helped. Continue reading

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Joel John Pershing Dilworth – a Military Diplomat

Setting a High Diplomacy Bar

Lt. Col. Joel J. P. Dilworth

Due to his gracious manners and thoughtfulness, Joel  Dilworth served as a diplomat for the US Army, perhaps the only one they ever employed.

Thanks to General Patton recommending him, General McArthur selected Joel for the job as Liaison with the Japanese Military to help them build their Military academy after WWII. (A Liasion had  somewhat more respect than the “standard” military Attache who assisted State Dept. diplomats.)

The Japanese Military had such a high regard for him, they invited him to design the Academy tower – which still stands today.

One might wonder if that gentle facade had any un-diplomatic moments. Well, knowing him closely for more than half a century, I had the opportunity to hear this gentleman’s most disagreeable comments about others. Here are the worst. Continue reading

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Biden 2020 – Fraudulent Fox in Democrat’s Hen House

Biden Scowling - Caught Lying - Again

Biden Scowling – Caught Lying – Again

Biden 2020 – Fraudulent Fox in Democrat’s Hen House

Research by Biden Fact Squad, Roots Action

Biden vs Students: Making Student Loans Unforgiveable

“Biden was a key architect of the infamous 2005 Bankruptcy [Deform] bill which made means tests much more strict and near-impossible to discharge student loans in bankruptcy.” 

–Journalist Ryan Cooper, The Week (3-20-19)

Biden’s Racism – Disemboweling Affirmative Action

“Much of what Democrats blame Republicans for was enabled, quite literally, by Biden: Justices whose confirmation to the Supreme Court he rubber-stamped worked to disembowel affirmative action . . .”

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BEFORE YOU BUY TRACFONE – you need to know this — (and Never, ever buy América Móvil stock)

Tracfone (owned by América Móvil ) somehow screws up my phone so it can’t make calls.

bellingcat - Using Phone Contact Book Apps For Digital Research ...Then to fix their mistake they try to make me responsible for their error.

After speaking with at least 4 “Support staff” (the earlier ones either cut me off or were incompetent) Tracfone arrogantly tells me the only way to fix it is to Reset my Phone to its origin state.

The gigantic problem with that is there is no way to back up this Tracfone !!!

And Tracfone won’t provide a Backup program or tell you one that works.

So they try to shove the burden on me to find some unidentified program to back up all my data (calls, texts, contacts, photos, documents, downloads etc.) and then restore them with it. But they don’t offer any backup program / app, nor will they help in any way to protect my data.

I patiently explain that they only need to get one tiny piece of information from my phone, that their Android engineers will know how to get. But Nope. They are not going to speak with their engineers.

Since I have found no ability to influence Tracfone / América Móvil by asking for help, I have resorted to writing this Blog article.

Here are the attempts I made to get my phone to call again.

Part of it is verbatim from Tracfone “Support.”

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Signal Sucks – All Kinds of Security Problems. Use Wire.com instead for easy encrypted calls, texts, video chat and super-high quality voice calls.

And so is Signal !

And so is Signal !

Edward Snowden uses Signal for making encrypted calls and emails/texts. So even though I’ll never need to call him, as a backup to Wire, I decided to install Signal while visiting overseas.

I was not happy that Signal invasively wanted a phone to verify an account, but I was using a foreign phone that would expire in a couple months, so ok. Lets give it a try.

Apparently, I successfully installed and verified it on a tablet. It was ready to call or text, but I didn’t yet have anyone to call who also uses Signal.

Fast-forward two months. Finally, a friend wanted to chat with me on Signal, so no problem, let’s fire it up and see how I like it.

Problem 1: Even though I had installed Signal only two months earlier it refused to run until I updated it.

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Richard Nixon Did Something Good ???

Nixon: I am not a crook

Nixon Lying: I am not a crook

I have to give ex-president Richard Nixon credit for one major good thing.

But first let’s put Nixon’s actions in context.

Hunter S. Thompson summarized Nixon so wittily —

“Nixon was so crooked that he needed servants to help him screw his pants on every morning.”

“He was scum. Let there be no mistake in the history books about that. Richard Nixon was an evil man — evil in a way that only those who believe in the physical reality of the Devil can understand it.

“He was utterly without ethics or morals or any bedrock sense of decency. Nobody trusted him — except maybe the Stalinist Chinese, and honest historians will remember him mainly as a rat who kept scrambling to get back on the ship.”

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Mutiny on the Colorado at 60,000 cfs

Colorado Wave

Colorado Wave near Sunset

The mighty Colorado River was thundering. Gushing at one of its highest flows in recorded history; some 60,000 cubic feet per second.

That’s some serious roaring whitewater; towering, tumultuous, treacherous rapids.

But on the paddle boat, raising a few eyebrows, some teamwork skills were notably absent.

Lets pause to backup a moment for some context.

Some years ago, my dear friend and World Class whitewater river guide, Alan Williams  arranged a Grand Canyon river trip for his family and invited me to join in.

Such a rare and eagerly anticipated treat.

What none of us knew in advance was the river would be roaring at its highest flow in recorded history – 60 thousand cubic feet a second.

For reference, 60,000 cubic feet per second is roughly the amount of water to fill four 3-bedroom houses – every second. Continue reading

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DMV – Losing Its Reputation !

Navigating the impossible DMV-Gauntlet

‘Oh…Mostly because we can. Now do you want to get your car registered or not?’

Fasten your seatbelts.
Because I’m going to tell you a true story — that you simply won’t believe.

For context, you may be familiar with the theme of how the California Department of Motor Vehicles (“The DMV”) has a reputation for gigantic wait times; lines that similar to Mountain passes – take literally hours to traverse.

And that’s when you make an appointment. Its worse if you don’t have an appointment, and you get scolded.

Along with staff so overworked, they barely have any sense of humanity, let alone a sense of humor.

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Bet you wrongly believe you know the world’s tallest mountain :-)

What Mountain is that ?

Ok — What’s the world’s tallest mountain ?

Did you know a correct answer to this depends on your definition ?

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Soaring Magnificence – Morning Glory Hang Gliding in Land of Oz

Had a marvelous flying adventure recently – two soaring flights on the magnificent, breathtaking, Morning Glory of Northern Australia. 

Morning Glories can be hundreds of miles long. They are the rarest of five types of soaring and only happen reliably in Northern Australia. Pilots are often understandably addicted to soaring them for their majesty, beauty, and near magical smoothness. Notably, in my opinion only two people can credibly explain how they work.

Morning Glory Sunrise Moment

This is my view under my right wing as dawn first peeks over the tallest Morning Glory wave cloud which is hundreds of miles long. It is swooshing towards me from ocean over the Gulf of Carpentaria. I soared this one for some 40 miles. Continue reading

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“Smart”car Start Process wins Award for Most Vexatious Unwanted Puzzle at The Wrong Time

"Smart"car in Charmel

(c) Copyright 2018 David Dilworth

I relish puzzles. My parents gave me books of them when I turned five, to keep me occupied while we drove cross-country. As they told it – I’d finished them all by the second day.

However, solving puzzles to start a car is not my favorite. I’m happy to leave those to Sherlock Holmes, Mensa, car thieves, or anyone else. Which brings us to the so-called “Smart”car.

There are a lot of pleasant benefits with a “Smart”car.
They are darn cute, lots of people smile and wave when they see it – kind of like driving with a happy puppy hanging out the window. Indeed, they are so short I really have (legally) parked it straight in to a tiny parking spot – rather than parallel to a roadway. Also the cars get good, though not amazing, gas mileage, and (if you like this sort of thing) it feels like driving a Go-Kart, particularly over undulating, curvy roads. Continue reading

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First Wild Wolf in a Century seen in Carmel Valley, Monterey County ?

This is an exciting, sincere narration of an event by a captivating humorist: Daphne Wynne Nixon

Gray Wolf - Courtesy Calif. Dept Fish and Wildlife

Gray Wolf – Similar type and pose to Daphne’s Sighting,
Courtesy Calif. Dept Fish and Wildlife

A very bright, outdoor painter, who has a track record of finding cool  stuff no one else has noticed for centuries (she found California’s missing Mission), Daphne believes she met a Wolf in Carmel Valley this February, at a distance of no more than 30 feet.

Daphne’s observation is very difficult to dismiss because she regularly sees and knows well her local coyotes, bobcats and even mountain lions walking through her yard.

The nearly full moon was out and her outside yard lights were blazing in the animal’s face. She could easily compare the wolf’s size with her Siberian Husky Ziggy, who at one point was only about 15 feet from the wolf (Ziggy was on a leash).

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For context – this is not a Big Foot sighting (no evidence ever), it is not a Mammoth sighting (they haven’t lived here for 10,000 years) or a Polar Bear. It is a possible sighting of a Grey Wolf that not only exist, and used to live right here in Monterey County, they have been sighted very recently only about 200 miles away.

In any case, whether you believe Daphne met a Wolf or not, read on and you will discover she is a delightfully entertaining writer —

“I was walking Ziggy last night at 10:45, or rather, I stood next to my house with all the porch lights on at the top of my driveway hoping my Siberian Husky would hurry up and pee. I felt nervous outside alone in the full moon light. No one around for miles out here in this remote valley of the Santa Lucia Mountains by the Big Sur Wilderness.

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Parmesan Cheese Hard as Brick – Fixed: “Soft” Again

Cheese so Hard Barely Scrape Dust off of it

Cheese so Hard I could barely Scrape Dust off of it

My enjoyment of Parmigiaheno-Reggiano cheese, more often known in America as “Parmesan,” is a bit above average. I’m slightly hesitant to admit how sometimes I enjoy it all by itself.

Today I found a sizeable block of Italian Parmesan cheese waiting in my refrigerator. Was excited about using it on a new pasta sauce experiment.

However, apparently it had grown tired of waiting a few months for me. The Parmesan had turned hard; brick hard. It was so stoney I could barely scrape off a few shards with a sharp cheese grater or a butcher knife. How hard was it? I’ve sculpted statutes from Cararra marble that were easier to chew.

Shame to waste what should be good cheese, so I turned to the web and found – nothing. Even WikiHow was worthless. The only advice was useless: Shave it, dab it with vinegar, put it in soup. Those aren’t solutions – those are what to do after you give up.

I wasn’t about to give up with a simple solution simmering in my mind.  Continue reading

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The Giftmas Tree

(c) by David Dilworth

Opening Presents Under a Giftmas Tree

Opening Presents Under a Giftmas Tree

I love trees. My dear brother does too, but its probably related to how he loves opening presents – which sometimes magically appear under trees. (We’re both diagnosed as genetically happy.)

Of course most of us relish getting presents, but he seems to get extra passionate thrill from it.

He isn’t really bothered much if the present isn’t for him. Its the opening that excites him.

He is so enthusiastic, when he was young, and our neighbors got a head start putting up a Christmas Tree, occasionally he’d quietly wander into their home, settle down under their tree and start opening their presents.

Thank goodness we had such wonderful neighbors who found it charming, rather than alarming. But then many people fall under the spell of his affable innocence and become his admiring cheerleaders and friends.

Our neighbors would just re-wrap their presents, have a fun story to tell – and more often than not they would bring over a special present just to enjoy my brother opening it.

So all was well.

When I moved out and put up my own Christmas / Holiday trees*, of course I’d always have my brother over to enjoy it – and to find a present or two specially for him. Continue reading

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Buying a Home in Pacific Grove? Beware of a Huge Secret Cost.

Bill Kampe-Persistently Harming Public Interests

Bill Kampe-Insistently Harming Your Public Interests

There’s a frighteningly large (and mostly secret) debt that you will have to pay to live in Pacific Grove due to years of horrible politics. This article about how it happened is researched and written by a Pacific Grove resident, a highly respected lawyer, and verified by one of the smartest people to ever serve Pacific Grove: Councilman Daniel Davis.

It is a story about how local government employees gigantically inflated their pensions by deception and bullying enough elected officials to get this approved – however illegally it was done. Before you buy a home in Pacific Grove, you might ask your realtor to officially disclose to you – “how much will this cost me over the next 10 years?

What realtors are not required to tell you is how the City Council has been cutting everything else to the bone to pay these outrageous costs: Cutting Library services, Recreation, Planning, etc. One Council led by Mayor Cort even gave away our beloved Museum.

Every Pacific Grove resident owes thanks to John Moore for painstakingly following this issue and trying hard to fix it.

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Genesis of Pacific Grove’s Excessive pension costs and debt

by John Moore

This is a brief out-line of how Pacific Grove arrived at its ruinous pension cost/pension debt condition: according to its latest financial report, it now spends about a quarter of its budget ($5Million per year) for pensions (including pension bonds and payment to Monterey as part of the fire service contract). Continue reading

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World’s Funniest Compass – a Tates Compass

Tates CompassEver heard of a Tates Compass ?

Originally alleged to work only in the Southern Hemisphere as it points South instead of North – it inspired the saying — Continue reading

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A French Toast to Serendipitous Living

Eiffel Tower - Courtesy Wikipedia

Eiffel Tower – Courtesy Wikipedia

Some years ago, a splendid, incisive article about the French culture appeared in a coffee table magazine written by an American woman who’d lived in Paris for 20 years or so, having married a Parisian and raised children there.

Having lived in Europe myself, including a couple dozen moons in many marvelous regions of France, and having the pleasure of meeting dozens upon dozens of fabulous French folk in their native habitat, I was rather eager to learn of her far more experienced wisdom on it.

With sharp insight, she addressed the American misunderstanding that the French are rude to Americans. Roughly, (wish I could quote the article exactly, but it is filed inscrutably away in some folder in storage) she explained: Continue reading

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Improve – Not Change

Fire Makes

Fire Makes “Change”

You want to “change” the world?

Whoa. That’s frightening.

George W. Bush changed the world . . . acclaimed worldwide for making our world worse. In a horrible way. Continue reading

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