American Elephants

When it bakes, it pours! by American Elephant
July 29, 2022, 10:05 am
Filed under: Blogging, Movies, News

Big apologies! SO sorry for not posting. We are having computer problems (may be forced to get a new one) at the same time we’re dealing with a heat wave, trying not to get covid, and trying not to roast!

Reminds me quite a bit of Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window. An excellent film anytime, but especially for hot summer nights–preferably viewed outside! Jimmy Stewart, laid up with a broken leg in the sweltering armpit that is NYC in the summertime. And without air conditioning? How did they do it? I would die! Anything above the 70s is torture for us rainforest elephants!

If you haven’t seen Rear Window, make sure to do so–it’s one of Hitchcock’s very best. If you can’t see it on the big screen in a vintage theater, then I really do recommend watching it outside on a summer night if you can. Makes you feel like you’re almost there.

Back to posting, lickitty-split! Promise! Thanks so much for your patience!

Are You Feeling A Need to Protect Yourself? by The Elephant's Child
July 21, 2022, 7:46 pm
Filed under: Politics

Received a letter in yesterday’s mail. Very neat script apparently in ink, (also apparently computer generated script intended to “look handwritten”). Apparently a real estate agent trying to drum up residents for a meeting at one of our more prestigious hotels. I don’t know about you, but I’m getting very annoyed at computer attempts to fool me into action that I would not choose to take. Lots of “apparently”s there. But it is a new kind of assault and requires a different kind of protective action.

And that seems to be the essence of it. I’m feeling today that I have to constantly take protective actions, and that’s new, and more than annoying. Is that just me or is that most everybody?

The Biden Administration Needs an Overhaul. by The Elephant's Child
July 20, 2022, 7:00 pm
Filed under: Politics

The Biden administration is falling apart.. President Biden keeps chasing the wrong goals, for the wrong reasons and nothing is working. Gas prices are outrageous, but in pursuing climate goals that will do nothing about the climate, he cancelled the XL Pipeline, putting thousands out of work, but unfortunately that will do nothing for the climate at all, It just contributed to the rising price of a gallon of gasoline. The climate of the earth is controlled by the action of our sun, not by the exhausts of our automobiles. The sun is just fine, shining away up there, even on cloudy days when you cannot see what is going on up in the sky.

Afghanistan was a disaster, and the Afghans settled in this country as refugees may not do too well either. Time will tell, but The Afghan religion is quite different than ours in minor things like the treatment of women and girls. and that’s going to cause trouble. Americans are not accustomed to little girls being espoused to old men, and that’s not going to go over well.

ABC News has declared that Biden’s executive orders on climate change aren’t going to accomplish anything, but most people already recognize that there is nothing we can do to change the climate in any case. The climate of the earth is controlled by the action of the sun, and our sun is just fine.

ABC News has declared that Biden’s executive orders on climate change aren’t going to accomplish anything, but most people already recognize that there is nothing we can do to change the climate, but there is no “climate crisis” anyway.

It has been reported that the White House is “considering a major overhaul of its press and communications shop in the coming weeks”, which is clearly a good thing, if effective. The presidency not only has to accomplish something. but provide evidence that something has been accomplished.

Do look up Solyndra for Yourself. by The Elephant's Child
July 19, 2022, 9:02 pm
Filed under: Politics

One of my most popular posts is from 8 years ago, and features a photo of a bunch of abandoned wind turbines in southern Hawaii. They are probably not even still there, but I do not know. “Environmentalists”keep pushing “wind energy”, as if the wind blew constantly right next door, and all you had to do to end any environmental problems was to “Harness the Wind”. Well, sorry. That does not work. even in the windiest passes. The wind does blow, and you have probably driven through a part of the country where farms often have a windmill in their fields. The windmill probably pumps some water up from underground when the wind decides to blow. You may have also noticed that the windmills, when you drive past, are not spinning vigorously, but probably just sitting there rusting in the fields.

The “rusting in the fields” part is probably more accurate. Windmills work well for jobs that are only lightly dependent on some energy when the wind happens to be blowing. Quite a different thing than something we are depending on to heat or cool our houses or supply the energy for cooking regular meals at the prescribed time. They got all excited about a major demonstration of the potential of wind energy a number of years ago in Southern California called Solyndra. It’s something you can look up online Massive expenses, total flop.

It’s Getting Bad Out There, And It’s Probably Going To Get A Lot Worse! by The Elephant's Child
July 18, 2022, 9:57 pm
Filed under: Politics
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I have something to mail, and I had already forgotten about the price of a postage stamp! 44 cents! Need some evidence about inflation? There you go. The Postmaster General has decided that the Post Office should become self-supporting. And the people, unimpressed with his desires, will pay their bills online, and what will happen to the Post Office? Will you continue to send Christmas cards to all of your friends at Christmas? Or send them an email?

There are a lot of these seemingly minor changes that I suspect are not going to sit so well. We know already about inflation! Or at least if you’ve been to the grocery store you know.

There was a major upset over the absence of baby food on store shelves. A lot of babies ended up in the hospital because their parents couldn’t get formula for them. The factories are producing formula as fast as they can, But the wrath of parents who can’t buy food for their babies is going to shake the country. All these seemingly minor changes will not seem to legislators to be a very important deal, but you star adding the price of a gallon of gas, the cost of baby food and the difficulty of finding it on the shelves, will add up.

Add on some of the stuff the schools are trying to teach the kids, the blather about changing one’s sex and putting tampons in the men’s room, all this stuff will add up, and I have no idea where it will end up, but beware. Could get very bad. I have no young kids in school, but it sounds like parents are moving out of the public schools when they can to something more dependable. I don’t know, but these are bad signs. I’m pessimistic!

We’ll get used to the 44 cents. Some people will get dropped from your Christmas card list. The cost of a gallon of gas will change lives. All there small annoyances will pile up. Things will change. We’ll see.

Carbon Dioxide, Misunderstood Completely! by The Elephant's Child
July 15, 2022, 8:03 pm
Filed under: Politics

In Holland, the farmers are demonstrating, taking to the roads and highways in their big farm equipment. The Netherlands is a major farming country, as I have been told, and very productive, and the farmers don’t like all the interference with their use of fertilizer and gasoline. Takes a farmer a long time to get the equipment he wants and needs, and develop just the right quantity and mix of fertilizers and pesticides, and a great deal of what is going on seems, I’m sure, to be a bunch of people who don’t know diddle-squat about farming or growing food crops trying to tell them how to grow their crops and bring them to market. Which is probably precisely the case.

Strange things happening in the world. Russia has for whatever reason invaded Ukraine. Ukraine is, literally, the breadbasket of Europe because of their bountiful wheat crops. The Russian invasion has messed up the Ukrainian wheat crops that were exported to the world.

Since the advent of computers and programs, we’ve had a lot of people who are very good at computer programs trying to tell people who are skilled in other directions what to do, because they devised a computer program. There’s a lot of that going on, and it’s causing major problems.You have probably noticed that suddenly there are all sorts of “emergency food supplies” available online, to tide you over the great famine or whatever dramatic starvation period they have in mind. Well, we are Americans and entrepreneurs, and when we see an opportunity to cash in, we drum up what seems to be a new bread ticket. How many emergency food supply offers have you seen today? A little of that and people start getting nervous, and there you go.

Climate and Environmentalists and CO2, Oh My! by The Elephant's Child
July 15, 2022, 6:03 pm
Filed under: Politics

The climate of the Earth is controlled by the action of our sun, and the sun seems to be just fine, shining away up there. The concerns about the climate arose largely because there seemed to be slightly more CO2, (carbon dioxide) in the atmosphere. “Concerns” was too mild a word by far. A fairly large group of people have become “environmentalists”. That is, they identify themselves as caring deeply about the environment, and assume that the rest of you out there are deeply lacking because you don’t care enough about the environment. So what does that mean? Different things to different people. Some just like the untrammeled wilderness, or a stretch of good hiking in the local mountains. Some don’t have “local” mountains and go to some on vacation.

I live on a hill in a Seattle suburb. About four blocks down the street you run into a patch of about 10 acres of woods with trails, which on the far side is connected to a botanical garden, and there are trails through the woods. The “botanical garden” is pretty much just all natural growth and woods, with a stream flowing through. With the “environmental movement” the railroad that serviced the East side of Lake Washington has been turned into a “trail” (no more trains, trucks are cheaper for deliveries of goods). As a trail, it’s a major flop. Never seen anybody “hiking” it. Lake Washington is a big lake and many separate towns surround it, and on the East side, the suburbs stretch to a second lake, Lake Sammamish. Makes for nice communities and lots of waterfront, streams and some beach parks. If you go just a little further East, you are in the coastal range of mountains. which extend pretty much from Canada down to Mexico. Nice territory, come visit sometime.

“Environmentalists” seem apt to be city people who have only become familiar with mountains and woods in recent years, and feel that caring deeply somehow sets them apart from the uncaring. Officialdom has turned the abandoned railroad grades into “trails” which makes them feel good, but there seem to be few people actually “hiking” on the trails. I grew up in the mountains of Idaho, familiar with the outdoors and everything that goes with it. Had a horse for transportation, and never learned how to ride a bicycle. Too many logging trucks on our road in too much of a hurry. When I got old enough. I learned how to drive on a Model T truck that we equipped for plowing the snow in the winter. We have coyotes here, but they are fairly adaptable in many American cities, as I learned when I was posting pictures of our native wildlife. I’ve lived in quite a few cities too, but never run into an urban coyote. Don’t like cities!

CO2, carbon dioxide, is a natural fertilizer for plants, all over the world. The slight increase that has panicked environmentalists, has meant record crops all over the world. Australia has written up their splendid crop yields this year for the international press. In the midst of an unpleasant war, Afghanistan still had record crops, and there was no problem for food for the people.

Inflation! Why? Where Does it Come From? by The Elephant's Child
July 14, 2022, 6:35 pm
Filed under: Politics

Vastly oversimplified, some scientist has a computer program keeping track of the composition of the atmosphere of the Earth, and notices that the amount of Carbon Dioxide is slightly elevated.

From that observation somebody gets a little excited and expands a little on the “slightly elevated” bit in an attempt to clarify. At some point journalists notice and try to make a more interesting story of it.

Where does all the CO2 come from, obviously auto exhausts, and those who are deeply concerned start wondering how to cut back on the numbers of cars running around on the nation’s highways. Politicians shut down major pipelines, like the great XL pipeline, and enough of that kind of action, and gasoline becomes a little harder to get and a little more expensive, and state and local governments try to assist or at least take some action, and gas becomes more expensive and presidents start complaining that gas stations have to stop gouging.

When the price of gas goes up, the cost of transporting anything and everything becomes a little more expensive, and so it goes and grows, and lo and behold we have — inflation!

So who do you slap down and when? Does knowing how it all comes about help any? Probably not! Not really anyone to blame anyway.

Bidenflation, Causes and Cures? by The Elephant's Child
July 13, 2022, 4:43 pm
Filed under: Politics

Breitbart headline:“Bidenflation Much Worse than Expected: Consumer Prices Rise 9.1%” If you have shopped for groceries, you have probably noticed! The Department of Labor said this is the highest rate since 1981. Economists had expected CPI to rise at an annual rate of 8.8 %, so it’s even higher than expected.

Grocery store prices were up 12,2 percent annually and one percent for the month. Energy prices are up 41.6 percent annually and 7,5% since May. Gasoline prices jumped 11.2 percent in June compared with May for a 59.9 percent year over year increase. From Breitbart:

Inflation only began to accelerate last March after years in which it typically came in below the Fed’s two percent target. The Fed had decided to keep interest rates low in 2021 although the economy was recovering at a faster than expected rate. What’s more, the Biden administration pushed through billions of dollars of deficit spending in the American Rescue Plan. These combined to fuel demand for goods and services faster than supplies could expand, pushing up prices.

The public’s perception of President Biden’s competence has collapsed. Many Americans interpreted the administration’s confidence that inflation would pass to be a sign that it did not care about the hardships inflicted upon families paying more for gasoline, groceries and Fourth of July cookouts. Recent polls have shown that Biden is now the least popular president in 75 years.

There’s a point at which even those who don’t pay a lot of attention to the Federal Government sit up and take notice, and it’s when it starts hitting the family pocketbook. Mr. Biden seems unaware of the problem. He is beginning to take notice, however, in his rapid decline in popularity. They’ve tried to blame higher prices  on “corporate greed”  You probably noticed when he tried to blame the rise in the cost of gas on Gas Company gouging rather than rather obvious mistakes like shutting down the XL Pipeline, putting pipeline workers out of a job and dependent on Federal Welfare.  Nice Going!  The Fed will be fighting inflation, raising rates. We’ve been there, done that. Wish somebody learned something from past experience, but that is apparently too much to ask.

You might want to pay very close attention around the upcoming election to what the candidates know about inflation and its causes,  We probably won’t learn much, but it’s worth a try. And might well be a good guide for your vote.

Is The World About to End? Are These the Final Days? by The Elephant's Child
July 12, 2022, 8:13 pm
Filed under: Politics

A ten-year old post here continues to draw attention, although it’s badly our of date. The picture of broken up wind turbines was in Hawaii, and way older than 10 years. And obviously no longer pertinent to anything at all.

There is enormous confusion out there about the climate. The climate of the Earth is controlled by the action of our sun, and the sun seems to be just fine, with no signs of diminishing splendor. The concern arose when someone noticed a slight increase in the amount of CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) in the atmosphere, and made the erroneous conclusion that meant that we were all going to die and the Earth had gone all haywire. I’m not sure about the increase in CO2, but if it has increased, that’s good. CO2 (carbon dioxide), is plant food and makes plants grow stronger and better and helps to feed a hungry world. Nurseries pump extra CO2 into their greenhouses to make their plants grow better for more profitable sales, and you surely have not noticed the ambulances flocking to the local nurseries to rescue the attendants.

Used to be photographs of people gone to sit up on the side of a local hill to wait for the approaching end of the world. Strange panics do arise now and then, often from some religious zealot, that catch on, frighten some people, and then fade away. There have been some cults that were noted in the press when the followers went off to await the end in some distant place. But we’re still here, the sun seems to be just fine, usual sunspots and all. Just don’t fall for any strange cult that is selling the idea of the ending of the world. No signs yet that is upcoming.

Now The Post Office is Changing Their Function! by The Elephant's Child
July 10, 2022, 7:59 pm
Filed under: Politics

I didn’t know this was coming, did you? “US Postal Service rate increases takes effect today, Sunday” It will now cost you more to mail a letter. or pay your bills. Postcards will now cost $0.44. First Class Mail increased ten cents to $.40 International (1 oz.).

In May, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said Americans should get used to “uncomfortable” postage rate increases in coming years as the U.S. Postal Service seeks to ‘become self-sufficient’. So much for Birthday and Christmas cards. I suspect this is a very bad idea, .

The Post Office is also going to officially slow down nearly a third of first-class package deliveries. The goal is apparently to make the Post Office into a “self-sustaining enterprise” rather than a government service. My guess is that communication will just move online, and the Post Office will be even less self-sustaining than ever. But that’s just a guess.

There are already many more delivery services out there than ever, in many cases because the Post Office was not the bet way to get something delivered. But government officials seldom notice ordinary things like that. Even ordinary fast food restaurants are delivering, as are some drug stores. That wouldn’t be happening if things weren’t getting screwed up. Ordinary citizens are apt not to notice either, until it starts effecting them directly. Goodness, the Biden Administration is already deep in the tank with public approval, somewhere down in the 20% range.

A lot of ideas coming out that are going to be very unpopular with the American people, today. Toss in a few very big deals (like unavailable baby formula), and you have some very big problems. My grocery store delivers, and I order online. I could also order online and pick up the groceries at the store’s front door. More of that coming all the time. Even smaller stores are beginning to deliver, and more restaurants are now offering to deliver. Are we moving towards a total delivery, when stores do not have to maintain a store, but just a warehouse? Interesting times. Government officials seldom realize that there will be changes from their edicts, and the public may well not like what they are doing.

We had a major problem with mail theft for quite a while. Had to buy a locking mailbox to protect the mail. I do not receive any funds by mail, but that didn’t keep my mail from being stolen. Whether that is city-wide of just a neighborhood thief I don’t know. How are things in your neighborhood? Oddly enough, it’s little things like this that effect the way people vote, and there are going to be some changes made.

Marc Morano Explains A Bit About Climate: by The Elephant's Child
July 10, 2022, 4:02 pm
Filed under: Politics

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