Wednesday, November 21, 2018

First Temple tax weight found in Jerusalem

By Amanda Borschel-Dan

“An extremely rare, minuscule biblical stone weight inscribed in ancient Hebrew script with the word ‘beka’ was discovered in rubble taken from excavations at the foundations of the Western Wall.

“’This is a word that is used both inside and outside of the Bible. You don’t need to ask too many questions, just open the Bible and see it. It’s very simple. You can see beka written in the Bible and what it was used for, and there you have it,’ (archaeologist Eli Shukron) said.

“’The Bible, the artifact found close to Solomon’s Temple, north of the City of David, the Temple foundations – everything is connected,’ said Shukron.

Bugs, snow, snakes confuse self-driving cars

By Jack Hellner

“Soda cans can confuse the sensor, bumpy roads can mess up navigation, and snow and frost can reduce effectiveness. Self-driving cars aren’t that good in the dark either, and they have trouble spotting things close to the ground. Bugs on the windshield also confuse the sensor.

“I am having a lot of trouble thinking of anything else that could go wrong.

“I believe self-driving cars and trucks will be ready and safe to go for everyone the same time that bureaucrats and politicians can control temperatures, sea levels, and storm activity forever, not to mention, the huge global economy, if we just hand them trillions of dollars.”

Link at maggiesfarm.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Fire! Got snowballs?

‘Russian Cops Put Out Fire With Snowballs’

"Two traffic police officers have been commended in the Siberian region of Krasnoyarsk for averting a tragedy when they rushed to help put out a fire armed with nothing more than snowballs.

"First Lieutenant Yevgeny Lunin and Lieutenant Pavel Istomin were on patrol in the village of Kuragino when they witnessed heavy smoke rising out of a garage next to a house, police said in a statement Monday.

"They alerted the fire department and helped facilitate the evacuation of residents before the flames spread.

“'The guardians of law and order continued to hurl snow at the burning fence and garage gates before firefighters arrived,' the Krasnoyarsk regional branch of the Interior Ministry said.

"The fire started after a car parked in a garage short-circuited, it said.

"The statement added that the two traffic police officers would be awarded for helping to avoid the tragedy."

Israel says ‘No’ to UN migrant order

By Paul Dijks

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Tuesday that Israel will not be signing the United Nations’ global migration pact set to be signed next month in Marrakech, Morocco, Israel must protect its borders.

The Prime Minister said in a statement: “I instructed the Foreign Ministry to announce that Israel won’t participate [in the Marrakech gathering] and won’t sign the migration pact”.
He further states: “We have a duty to guard against illegal infiltrators.” The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration is due to be formally approved at the 11-12 December meeting in Marrakech.
The United States earlier pulled out of negotiations, as did Hungary, in July. Other nations that have announced refusal to sign include Austria, Australia, Poland, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic and Croatia.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Army’s 1919 cross-country trip

Washington, D.C., to San Francisco.

A turned-over truck around 3:30. Lots of civilians standing around. Some help soldiers righting the truck.

Mud at 5:10. Slipping and sliding.

 Brevet Lt. Col. Dwight D. Eisenhower was in the convoy. Forty-seven years later, President Eisenhower signed the National Interstate and Defense Highway Act. Interstate highways were to be used for rapid movement of soldiers, vehicles and equipment. The highways were constructed to serve as landing strips for fully-loaded military transports.

That convoy would have been a good road trip for a historian. When my time machine is completed...

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Pfc. Nicholas J. Gojmerac’s remains identified

Pfc. Gojmerac was killed during the Battle of Bairoko, July 20, 1943.

“The Battle of Bairoko was a battle between American and Imperial Japanese Army and Navy forces on 20 July 1943 during the New Georgia Campaign in the Solomon Islands during the Pacific War. In the battle, U.S. Marine Raiders—supported by two U.S. Army infantry battalions—attacked a Japanese garrison guarding the port of Bairoko on the Dragons Peninsula on New Georgia. The day-long assault on well-prepared Japanese defensive positions by the Americans was unsuccessful. After calling-off the assault, the Americans withdrew to nearby Enogai. The American forces remained in the Enogai area until the end of the New Georgia Campaign. The Japanese used Bairoko to resupply and reinforce their troops who were guarding an airfield at Munda Point on New Georgia. After the U.S. and its allies successfully captured the airfield, the Japanese evacuated New Georgia and abandoned Bairoko on 24 August.
“Total American casualties were 49 killed, 200 wounded, and 10 missing, the vast majority of them suffered by the raider battalions. PFC Gojmerac is one of the missing.”

From the same site:

“Distinguished Service Cross
“The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Private First Class Nicholas J. Gojmerac (MCSN: 351802), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company Q, FOURTH Marine Raider Battalion, in the early part of the engagement at Bairoko Harbor, New Georgia, Solomon Islands, on 20 July 1943.  Hearing a wounded comrade in the front lines cry out for help, Private Gojmerac, with complete self-sacrifice, crawled out to him through extremely heavy rifle, machine-gun and mortar fire, administered first aid and dragged him to safety.  While removing the man, Private Gojmerac was seriously wounded.  The outstanding heroism and skill displayed by Private First Class Gojmerac on this occasion reflect highest credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.  He gallantly gave his life for his country.  General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the South Pacific Area, General Orders No. 531 (December 26, 1943).  Action Date: July 20, 1943.”

Pfc. Gojmerac was assigned to Company Q, 4th Raider Battalion, 1st Marine Raider Regiment.

Robot vacuum cleaner a different experience

My wife bought one a couple of years ago. Here are some of the things I learned about the thing.

·  *   It does a better job of vacuuming than I ever did. Could be the robot has a better vacuum system than the handhelds my wife and I owned over the years, or maybe it lingers longer. OK, I do a faster job of vacuuming then the robot. But it doesn’t have other things to do, like read a book or post on a blog or watch a baseball game on TV.

·  --     The robot is loud. Much louder than an ancient, handheld style. Don’t think you will successfully watch TV while the robot bulldozers through the living room. You might want to activate Closed Caption while the thing roars around.

·   --    Dogs do not like the robot. Our two put up with it, but they don’t like it. When the robot gets close, they leave the room. The dogs eventually go to every room in the house, but the robot keeps dislodging them.

·  --    It is funny when the robot faces a problem and must ask for human help. “Waltzee requires assistance.” “Waltzee is now lopsided. Please place Waltzee on a level surface.” The thing even tells us when its dirt/lint tray is full.

These things were invented and sold for people who work out of the house. If you are at an office or operating a front-end loader, you don’t hear the robot.

One of these days, a manufacturer will introduce a model that takes care of itself. The new model will have legs to lift the device out of the patio door slider, and it will empty the lint tray on its own. Eventually, the robot vacuum cleaner will decide day and time of cleaning.

I don’t want one of those.