Blackjack

One of the topics discussed in the Ratburger Audio Meet-up on 2018-10-30 was gambling. Blackjack was a part of this discussion and as I couldn’t very well share a scan in an Audio Meet-up, so I’m posting it here.

 

It’s a cheat sheet as to when dealers are supposed to hold, double down, stay or take a hit etc.

Maybe someone can use it…. I don’t play Blackjack.

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TOTD 2018-10-30: Car Inspection

Every two years I part with $1,000 or more getting my Toyota inspected. It is a tune-up, correcting problems, and paying for a low level liability insurance inspection. The good news is this keeps junkers off the road. The bad news is I am out 10,000 dimes. I like those dimes a lot.

What is your area’s inspections cost? Make me feel good and be higher, please.

Bryan, do you do long distant counseling for the penniless?

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Live with Regis and Hillary

Remember a few weeks ago when the big splash was announced that Bill & Hill were going on a speaking tour? it was called “An Evening with President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.” Just out of curiosity I googled it – it was being produced by a company called “Live Nation” and the first date was Nov. 18 in Las Vegas. I went to the site and –

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If True, ruh-roh…

Emerald Robinson on Twitter:

“BREAKING: Source tells me that NeverTrumper mags took cash from top Internet company to suppress stories of bias against conservatives & Trump supporters. Audio recording of top tech executive explaining strategy has leaked to major newspaper.”

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Fox Network employs censorship to keep George Soros free of blame

Censorship spreads to FOX News Network itself – as it bans Chris Farrell

Recently Lou Dobbs had Chris Farrell of Judicial Watch on his show. Farrell then commented on how George Soros is funding the migrant caravan.

From the article up now on “The Wrap” —
Chris Farrell accused Soros of funding the migrant caravan in Central America on “Lou Dobbs Tonight”
Jeremy Fuster | October 28, 2018 @ 1:15 PM Last

Updated: October 28, 2018 @ 4:41 PM
from the article: Fox News and Fox Business announced on Sunday that they have banned guest Chris Farrell for making false accusations against Jewish billionaire and Democrat donor George Soros this past week on “Lou Dobbs Tonight,” the networks told TheWrap.On the Thursday broadcast, Farrell falsely accused Soros of funding the migrant caravan that left Honduras earlier this month and is currently traveling through Mexico toward the U.S. border.SNIP
“We condemn the rhetoric by the guest on ‘Lou Dobbs Tonight,’” Gary Schreier, senior vice president of programming for Fox Business Network, said in a statement. “This episode was a repeat which has now been pulled from all future airings.”

Farrell did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s requests for comment.
https://www.thewrap.com/fox-news-bans-chris-farrell-

However there is nothing false about this. George Soros funds “The Open Society” which in turn has helped fund the migrant caravan.

Any thinking person knows that such a  caravan, made up of desperately poor people coming from The Honduras, a nation off in the Caribbean, must be getting funding from someone. Otherwise, how is it that poor  people can travel such great distances and arrive at the Texas border, rather quickly, in clean clothing and appearing  well fed?

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Great News From Home!

O Ratty, I’m still in Ireland  (and 10Cents, sorry, I don’t really do pictures..Like Yeats, I believe “words alone are certain good”! I do have a few photos on my IPhone, but right now it isn’t speaking to my Ipad. )

i will be home just in time to vote!

BUT:

what’s this I hear?  Our Don is going to end birthright citizenship!?!?

Okay let’s look at the language of the 5th and 14th Amendments (from memory). The 5th binds the fed gov’t to grant “any person” equal protection of the laws. The 14th binds the states to grant “any person” equal protection of the laws.  BUT: the 14th does not make just “any person”  born or naturalized here a citizen.  Unlike the other two clauses, the citizenship clause requires that the neonate be “subject to the jurisdiction” of the US and the state.

An exception to this was always children of diplomats, and, in other countries where the  jus soli was recognized, children born to members of an invading force.  We haven’t had that situation much since 1792, until now.  The mother ( let’s face it, dad usually isn’t in the picture)  has to be here because she is “allegiant” to the US. Che can’t merely be within  US jurisdiction, in the geographical sense; she has to be subject to its jurisdiction,   in the sense of acknowledging the primacy and supremacy of the judicial power of our courts and laws.

(i know there is some SCOTUS  case, Wong Kim Ark or sump’n, where the court said children of LEGAL residents here could be citizens, and in dicta opined that it might apply to even illegals–but so what?  If that IS precedent, it can be overruled, and it should be. )

What I’m sayin’ is, based on the plain language of the 14 th(which everybody knows was adopted during Reconstruction to prevent the sore-loser states from disadvantaging children born to former slaves)  I think Trump’s legal advisers are right.  The Constitution does not require us to  confer citizenship on the spawn of any non-citizen who managed to sneak in here, or remain here illegally.

That’s my humble legal opinion.  I’m so excited that it looks like the issue will be litigated soon!

Let’s  hope Kavanaugh doesn’t pull a Roberts if the constitutionality of Trump’s  promised EO comes before SCOTUS. C’mon Brett baby, let’s  see some of that promised strict constructionism!!

Interesting times! 

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Electromagnetic Discovery May Demystify Quantum Mechanics

Here’s a press release from Q-Track on my discovery and publication… Hans

Physicists have long been troubled by the paradoxes and contradictions of quantum mechanics. Yesterday, a possible step forward appeared in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A. In a paper, “Energy velocity and reactive fields” [pay wall, free preprint], physicist Hans G. Schantz, presents a novel way of looking at electromagnetics that shows the deep tie between electromagnetics and the pilot wave interpretation of quantum mechanics.

Schantz offers a solution to wave-particle duality by arguing that electromagnetic fields and energy are distinct phenomena instead of treating them as two aspects of the same thing. “Fields guide energy” in Schantz’s view. “As waves interfere, they guide energy along paths that may be substantially different from the trajectories of the waves themselves.” Schantz’s entirely classical perspective appears remarkably similar to the “pilot-wave” theory of quantum mechanics.

Schantz’s approach to electromagnetic theory focuses on the balance between electric and magnetic energy. When there are equal amount of electric and magnetic energy, energy moves at the speed of light. As the ratio shifts away from an equal balance, energy slows down, coming to a rest in the limit of electrostatic or magnetic static fields. From this observation, Schantz derives a way to quantify the state of the electromagnetic field on a continuum between static and radiation fields, and ties this directly to the energy velocity.

“The fascinating result is that fields guide energy in a way exactly analogous to the way in which pilot waves guide particles in the Bohm-deBroglie theory,” Schantz explains. “Rather than an ad hoc approach to explain away the contradictions of quantum mechanics, pilot wave theory appears to be the natural application of classical electromagnetic ideas in the quantum realm.”

His solution to the “two slit” experiment that has perplexed generations of physicists?

“Fields behave like waves. When they interact with the two slits, they generate an interference pattern. The interference pattern guides a photon along a path to one of the screen. It’s not the photon interfering with itself. It’s the interfering waves guiding the photon.”

So which slit did the photon pass through?

“If the photon ends up on the left hand side of the screen, it went through the left slit. If it ends up on the right hand side of the screen, it went through the right slit. It really is that simple.”

Schantz applied these electromagnetic ideas to understand and explain how antennas work in his textbook, The Art and Science of Ultrawideband Antennas (Artech House 2015). He’s also co-founder and CTO of Q-Track Corporation, a company that applies near-field wireless to the challenging problem of indoor location. “There are things you can do with low-frequency long-wavelength signals that simply aren’t possible with conventional wireless systems,” Schantz explains. “Understanding how static or reactive energy transforms into radiation has direct applications to antenna design as well near-field wireless systems.”

Schantz chose an unconventional way of popularizing his ideas. “I was amazed that my electromagnetic perspective was not discovered and adopted over a hundred years ago. It was as if someone had deliberately suppressed the discovery, so I undertook to write a science fiction series based on that premise.” Schantz’s Hidden Truth series debuted in 2016, and he released the third volume in the series, The Brave and the Bold, in October.

Schantz’s next project is a popular treatment of his physics ideas. Edited by L. Jagi Lamplighter Wright, Schantz’s book Fields: The Once and Future Theory of Everything will appear in 2019.

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TOTD 2018-10-29: Motozukin Chan

If you are wondering what Motozukin Chan is it is the mascot for the shopping streets in Motomachi section of Kobe. A shopping street is a street that has been blocked off from traffic and has a roof. You have to cross a street to go to the next block. This shopping street goes for 7 blocks.

Here is a link to the shopping street.
https://www.kobe-motomachi.or.jp/about-us/en/

For those who want to know more about Motozukin Chan.
https://www.kobe-motomachi.or.jp/photo-gallery/motozukin/

Pick the language for a machine language translation.

The name Motozukin comes from Moto as in the name of the area Motomachi. Zukin is hood. If you replaced “Moto” with “Aka” you would have Little Red Riding Hood. (Aka means red.)

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Brasil

Brazil elected a more-or-less conventional conservative with populist inflection to the presidency yesterday by a solid margin (55%/45%). There are a few interesting elements:

  1. His base of support includes young voters (16–24; 16 year-olds can vote in Brazil).
  2. He’s an immigration skeptic, favoring more restrictions.
  3. He favors gun rights.
  4. He opposes affirmative action/racial quotas.
  5. He favors privatization of state-owned enterprises.
  6. He is characterized as “far-right” by the media, including Fox.* Of course, the usual suspects also characterized him as an extremist.

Add this to the ascendancy of somewhat similar parties in Europe (e.g., AfD) and it’s starting to look like a movement of global extent. President Trump has already congratulated the president-elect.


*The title of this item, Brazil elects far-right president, worrying rights groups, was subsequently revised but is still visible in the URL:
www.foxnews.com/world/brazil-elects-far-right-president-worrying-rights-groups.amp

The memory hole is not what it used to be.

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