After 5 weeks…

I flew a Cherokee 180 for an hour. The choices of rental planes is pretty slim…one can rent 172’s in 2 hour blocks, or there is a 180 with limited availability..That is pretty much it.

Man, I never realized how good I had it with the 340 (or the 182 previously) . The differences are tremendous. Not only is the power to weight ratio significantly different (and the Cherokee is a pretty decent airplane in that respect) but the cockpit is wider and much more comfortable in the  340.

The bigger twin (340) is more stable in both pitch and roll, and is just smoother to fly. While the 180 has a decent set of radios, I do miss my Garmin Nav equipment and the Aspen…

I so miss my plane.

It’s like going from a fine educated elegant lady to dating trailer park girls….

12 BILLION

12 Billion dollars to Ukraine as foreign aid.

COngress can’t help Americans, can’t stop the border from being overrun and causing economic damage tot he US economy. Can’t understand how to fix inflation.

But they can give 12 BILLION DOLLARS (which we don’t have, so they are making them out of thin air) to Ukraine…and they wonder where the inflation comes from.

Nordstream issues

Lawdog has an interesting viewpoint on it.

Can’t say his scenario is unlikely. IN fact, he may well have hit the nail on the head.

Lots of possibilities. This one is more likely than true sabotage or outright blowing the things up by a nation’s military.

Likely we will never know for sure though.

But if I were in Germany, I’d be buying wool socks and blankets right now. Warm jackets too.

If yer not prepared

And haven’t bugged out…

Then it is almost too late. Bail or hunker down, but at this point, pick one and stick with it.

Of course, if one lives near the coast in Florida, then hurricanes are one of the weather phenomena that you are signing up for. Don’t expect sympathy.

It is sad that the media hypes the hurricanes so much, but not the blizzards and ice storms and other weather events in other parts of the country.. unless, of course, one hits the East Coat…then it is news.

 

 

 

Planning for blackouts this winter

If I were in England, I’d be hoarding cash…..

 

Banking and financial firms in London are closely studying and updating contingency electricity supply plans to protect themselves and their customers in case power outages hit the UK this winter

So they (the banks) plan on blackouts…apparently bad enough that they are buying backup generators.

Of course, all the stores won’t be able to process payment cards without power to the terminals, and the data infrastructure and internet won’t have power to transmit that payment data from the store to the banks. I suppose that wireless can take up some of the slack, but that requires power too….

Without cash, the economy as a whole will grind to a halt pretty fast. I doubt that there is enough cash to supply the need, either.

Oughta be interesting, if they do have long term blackouts.

 

 

 

And even the Mail can see it:

The shocking numbers that show the unprecedented impact of illegal immigration into America that should make EVERY politician wake up to the crisis

Seven Million by the end of Biden’s term.

Under Biden, the average is 139,000 illegal immigrants per month.

In and around New York City, a significant surge of 5,000 immigrant children flooded into four counties in a single 11-month span through August 2021, posing a $139 million additional burden on New York taxpayers to educate them.

To put this unprecedented migration in even sharper perspective — consider that over nearly six decades, 12 million legal immigrants were admitted to the US through Ellis Island in New York City’s Hudson Harbor. At its peak, those numbers reached 1,004,756 in 1907, an average of 84,000 legal immigrants a month.

Reread those above numbers. Think about it. Those legal immigrants paid their own way after arriving. Not so much these illegals.