The recent DoS attack on Typepad has made reading and commenting tough on RR and countless other blogs on that service. In this interval I have had a chance to put some serious effort into one of my other lives – investor in and technical consultant to a rapidly growing financial engineering start-up that develops and licenses decision support products to the investment advisory community. My job is to continue inventing new products, and help solve thorny technical problems as they arise that involve a lot of equations, data, and coding. The work is actually the sweet spot of what I’ve done all my life – I get to ‘push squigglies’ and not worry about sales & marketing, facility issues, staff relations, hiring, regulatory & legal matters, financing & cashflow, …, well, maybe a little bit. But I do get to worry a lot about why a certain solution is not converging, and how to deal with some pretty ugly looking probability distributions that impact serious decisions. So as we are taught – the Lord giveth as He taketh away.
Well, it looks like the move to dividing California is neither treasonous nor dead as our progressive pundits have continued to assure us. I have no idea where the initiative to form the new state of Jefferson out of northern California will go. But I and everyone who is paying attention understands what the prime motivation is behind this effort. The main drivers of splitting the state are unequal representation, divergence of interests and values, and overreach of government (state and fed) into people’s lives. Yuba county is the latest to join the already declared counties for forming a new state. Nevada and Placer counties are being actively recruited to also join the movement by organizations like the Norcal Tea Party.
As long preached on these pages, people like to live in smaller communities populated by others who believe and act more or less like they do – i.e. ideologically more cohesive communities with the ability to effect local control. In its present configuration California is way too big even if we forget that it is heading toward an economic basket case under the perennial leadership of a cohort of corrupt collectivists determined to achieve the social, economic, and political objectives summarized under Agenda21 (see RR A21 category for more).
According to an email from its former executive director Chuck Shea, CABPRO is back in the hands of the Board that had allegedly resigned. Mr Shea and his supporting former Board members have withdrawn their lawsuit asserting their leadership of the organization. Readers were informed of the controversy here. No word yet on what the structure and direction of the revived CABPRO will be. In the interval we are enjoying a peace that passeth all understanding.
[update] “Back-door gun control” is what some are calling the ongoing massive ammo purchases and orders by Homeland Security and other government departments that has now exceeded 2.5 billion man killing rounds. Their latest is the addition of 25 million shotgun shells including 5 million deer slugs. The ongoing government purchases that have no stated ending has caused an historical shortage and usurious price increases of ammunition for civilian markets. For a government that expects its social policies to instigate civil unrest, all this makes sense – constructively disarm the public while adding guns and gun-toting personnel to government ranks. DHS alone fields an army of over 100,000 armed agents which is the equivalent of about seven Army/marine divisions. And the nation’s numbnuts are being told that all of this is to protect them from terrorists. More here.