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August 29, 2009

High beams

Filed under: A Tought — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — dansideas @ 6:08 pm

Have always wondered just which idiot put the high beams switch on the steering column. I spent many years driving on narrow mountain roads wishing I still had the old foot button on the floor so I wouldn’t have remove my left hand from the steering wheel. Who thought this idea was a safer way to drive? They told us in high school driving class to keep our hands at 10 and 2 o’clock, guess the designers of the column high beam switch didn’t go to school when I did back in the 60s. I would think that the insurance companies would have forced the auto makers to return to the foot switch for safety reasons, wonder why they haven’t?

August 23, 2009

Cash for clunkers

Filed under: A Tought — Tags: , , , , , , , , — dansideas @ 9:44 pm

Seems like an other way to get more people deeper into debt to me. Sure I would like to get  more money for my clunker than it is worth, but I do not need the debt of a new car nor the cost of insuring and newer car not the cost when it comes time to register it each year or so. So what is the real point of doing this clunker idea? One will spend much more than one saves on the gasoline being used by these older cars.

August 21, 2009


Filed under: A Tought — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , — dansideas @ 2:50 am

Got all of 8 views on my post about Salmon fishing and gold dredging. Not one comment. Does no one care about freedom any more? Or is it a freedom that none of you who are in here care about? Too busy posting and bloging to worry about what goes on outside your own little world I guess. True there are not many people who still hunt for gold in this country, but it sure would be a shame to lose one of the freedoms that made this country happen. Don’t know if the governor of Calif. will read the message I sent him, but I did as I said I would do, I also sent one to that county that I would said I would do. If you need to know what I am posting about, look at the post before this one.

August 19, 2009

Dredging and Salmon

Well Well, Looking here people. The Governor of Calif. has stopped dredging in Calif to help protect the Salmon fish. But there is an add I saw today where Del Norte County is allowing Salmon fishing off it coast line. They even want you to go to www.exploredelnorte.com and see what they have to offer. How is it that, that county in Calif. can allow the fishing of Salmon when everyone is worried about what a little dredging might do. Seems to me if people can catch the damn fish and kill them for eating, they are not in too much danger. So what is the real reason dredging has been stopped? It can’t be for the fishes sake can it? Please, anyone who reads this, send a message to the Governor of Calif. and tell him how screwed up this is. Also send a message to Del Norte County and tell them you don’t think it is fair to the gold dredgers to allow Salmon fishing. For every one caught, there is one less to reproduce the species. Can’t get more fish to spawn if they are being caught and not allowed to go up the rivers. I am sending my messages today just as soon as I finish this post.

August 14, 2009


Filed under: A Tought — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , — dansideas @ 6:39 pm

Money, a man made concept. Worth given to something that is not even real. Once upon a time at least it was made of gold and silver, some stuff that is somewhat rare, but still made into a round flat shape and given a value. Barter was once a real trade value, a fair trade of value for value. But today money is hardly even seen, it all goes through computers as numbers and isn’t even touched by human hands. As a very young man I wish I had had a card I could use instead of having to carry cash around with me all of the time, well I got my wish in the ATM card I carry today, I am not sure I like it, but it sure is handy to have. I just need to be sure that I have that imaginary money in the bank to cover what I spend. And to not lose the receipts so I can keep track of what I have spent. I wonder with the computer age if the idea of money has become so unreal that is the reason the big banking corporations have made a mess of the world? It is not like the money is held in their own hands and they can count it like Scrooge McDuck. Money like so many things in this world are just man made ideas, things we have made important to keep us going. Once the real value was being able to hunt and grow food and make shelter for our families. If one had these things, you were as rich as you needed to be. I wonder where the idea of having to have more stuff than someone else became so important and why is it important? It doesn’t make you a better person, more often than not it makes you a worse one. So what is the point of having money? Sure you can buy what you need, but so many buy what they don’t really need. And those with the money just keep trying to get us to buy what ever it is we don’t need just so they can have more money. Maybe we need to go back on the gold standard and have a set value of what our money is worth instead of an imaginary value that changes everyday. So one can know what they are really worth instead of being rich one day and poor the next.

I think about what I used to spend on things as a child and as a young man and am amazed by how much they cost today. If the money were stable as it used to be, maybe the cost of things would not so high today. I think the price my mother paid for a house we lived in when I was about 5 years old was around $5,000, now that house is most likely worth near a million, just because of where it is. It is the same house, on the same street as it was then and a lot older now, so why is it worth so much now? With all of the for sale sign I see around, houses are not worth very much these days. And if no one can afford to buy one, it isn’t worth anything if no one can live in it. Its value is in being lived in and used, not what some people have decided it is worth.

Speaking of being used and worth while, it sure would nice if all of the closed military bases were turned in homeless shelters. All of that living space just sitting around doing nothing. Think of the jobs that could opened up having cooks in the mess halls cooking for the people. Grounds keepers to keep the bases looking good. The shops could be opened up and used again to make whatever is needed for the base and the towns they are in. Well it seems like a good idea to me.

Thinking of jobs, I have wondered why in California they do not do as Oregon does and have people who pump gasoline at the stations? How many jobs would be opened up if there a least two people working at each gas station? Thousands of people could be employed who are not right now. Thousands of people who could paying taxes into that state,which is broke right now. Seems like a simple idea, hope some one brings it up in that state.


Genealogy, what a concept. Trace one ancestors back to the old country. And unless one is an American Indian, all of us go back to another country. So lets here none of the idea of “go back where you came from”! After all if you want to send people back, you would have to do the same. Doesn’t matter if you were born here, your ancestors at some point weren’t. As for my ancestors I have traced them back to before this was the United States of America. all except one who came over from Germany just before the Civil War. They come from Ireland, Scotland, England, France, Germany and all over Europe, they go back to the blue bloods of royalty. I guess I am as white a person as there is to be and haven’t got a prejudice bone in my body. Never understood the idea of prejudice, what is there to be prejudice about? Why are the Asians so prejudice against other Asians? Why are the Africans so prejudice against other Africans? For that matter why do different nations hate other nations? Religious differences I can understand one level, but to kill over those differences I do not understand.

Just what makes the white man so special that they think they are so much better than all other people? I would like to hear from the special ones, give me a reason that makes sense, just one. More if you got them, but one will do for a start.

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Filed under: A Tought — Tags: , , , , , , , — dansideas @ 2:45 am

Well I had a real good post going the other day and some how hit some key on my computer and lost the whole damn thing. Needless to say I was pissed about it. So pissed I didn’t even try to write it again. How can one lose every written word? If any of you have ideas, let me know. Seems a shame to have a place to post that is able to lose the post with any trouble.

August 9, 2009

gold dredging in California

Well once again the uninformed public has won a battle that they know nothing about. In California they have put a stop to gold dredging. I was a gold dredger in California for some 15 years and had to fight the Department of Fish and Game for most of those 15 years about what dredging was doing to the river and the salmon fish. They did an environmental report which supposed to show just how bad it was for the fish, but that report never once proved anything bad was happening to the fish, in fact in many places it said it was doing some good for the fish. I went to meetings with the DFG and not one person there had ever dredged or been under the water to see what was going on. Not one of the people who had made the environmental report for DFG had either. Some of the data was years old. The words that kept coming up were; maybe, could, might, possible and so on, not one word that said YES, it is harmful to the fish. Well the miners beat the DFG that time, but it now seems they have lost out to the same scare tactics that were used back in the 80’s.

Strange that it is the Indians who have gotten this passed in Calif. It is the Indians who use gill nets  and catch thousands of salmon each year before they get to the spawning grounds. But do the Indians have to stop, not that I have heard of. They did stop the salmon fishing in most of the rivers in Calif, I understand, this at least saved thousands of more fish who could get to the spawning grounds, one good thing done for the fish. There are still the commercial fishermen out in the ocean who catch thousands of the salmon before they even get into the rivers, enough said about them. How many of the dams built in Calif. have fish ladders, not many I understand, so how can the salmon get up river without them, they can’t, but is anything being done about that? I have heard that Oregon is going to remove some its dams so  the salmon can return to there spawning grounds, be nice if Calif. would do the same. But I doubt that will ever happen.

There were and are mining laws from the Department of Fish and Game that wont allow the gold dredgers to dredge in spawning grounds already, no laws about fishermen walking in and over those same spawning grounds. There are season for dredging for almost every river in the country, so the fish wont be bothered during there spawning time, so how can dredging harm the fish if one is not dredging at that time. I used to mine on the Trinity River in Trinity County, Calif. were there was no season for dredging. But I was on the main river far from the spawning areas. I can say from experience that nothing I did ever stopped any salmon from getting passed me and on its way up river. Many of the salmon would rest in the holes I made under the water. Have always wondered as to how the environmentalists thought that dredging was causing stress to the fish, when it was ok to catch and release those fish. I would think that being hooked and fought until one is to tired to fight any more just might be a stressing thing to a fish. After all the fish need all of there strength to fight their way up rivers and streams to get to there spawning grounds, but I never once heard a thing about this from the DFG or the environmentalists.

There was talk about the turbidity of the water behind a dredge, turbidity is how much sediment is in the water. But Mother Nature on her own does fill the river with turbidity with the run off from heavy rains many times a year, even during the salmon runs. The Trinity dam lets go with a huge amount of sediment each year to keep the dam from filling up with the stuff, most often during the salmon run times.  One thing I can say for certain about dams and dredging, dams keep the rivers in a dead state by not allowing the needed water to clean out the sediment and turn in over and all around. The river bottoms become dead areas of movement, dredging at least turns this stuff over and gets it moving again just like natured intended. And yet the environmentalists and the DFG think that stopping dredging will save the salmon. Here I should mention just how much lead, from the fishermen lead weights and mercury left over from the 49’ers, is being removed by the gold dredgers, is there any other way this poison is being removed from our rivers? I believe there is something else going here, just what I am not sure, it could be that the big mining companies don’t want the competition from the small miners so they can get more money for their gold, after all if no small miners can get gold, there is just that much less on the market. Cannot say this the truth, but it does make sense, doesn’t it?

Enough for now on this subject, but if you want freedom to stay alive in this country, you had better help keep the small gold miners alive in the areas where you live. In all of California there were only some 3500 dredge permits issued and lots of those were people from out of state, that is not vary many for an entire state, just how much damage do they really think could be done by that amount? Come on folks, think, use those minds and look at the real facts on this subject. Dredging is good for the local economies and good for the rivers.

August 7, 2009

Army games

When I was a child I played kill-em army games with all the gear I could get my hands on, land mines included. At the age I am now, I have to wonder just how I got the idea it was cool to pretend killing  was ok. I know it came from all of the WWII movies I saw as a child, movies where they did not really show the horror of war. They made it out as if death was not so bad and it was good to be a hero. It took the Vietnam war to open my eyes to just how bad war really is. I am glad I was in the Navy and not the Army or Marines. I saw way to many maimed and hurting people in the news on TV and newspapers and magazines, plus the ones I saw while in the hospital after getting impaled by a forklift myself. Don’t know how many WWII vets suffered after that war or the vets from Korea either like the ones from Vietnam whose minds were disturbed by what they had done or seen. But it sure became a big issue in my time. It might have just as bad after those other two wars, but I was to young to know about that. But I see it happening now with the wars we are now fighting. It makes me think that it is the same for any and all wars. Have got to wonder if the video war games are as bad as the old WWII movies were in making war just a game and not a reality for the children of today.

The only movie I can remember that didn’t make war out to be cool was Gone With The Wind, it did show some of the horror of the aftermath of war, but again I just thought that is was a movie and not very real. It took the movies of the Vietnam war to start showing just how bad war is and could be, but children never believe what adults say to them it seems. After all, that was then and this is now, things are different today. Right, and when they grow up, then they know just how wrong that idea was. Why is it that all children seem to believe this way? I cannot think of anything that could have been said to me to make me think different than I did when I enlisted. I was planning on getting into McHales Navy, an old TV war comedy, that is what I had as an idea of what life was sort of going to be like in the Navy. Surprise, it wasn’t.

I have a hard time understanding just how the older folks who run countries can send their children off to fight in wars. I would think that having been in one themselves (or at least some of them) that the horror would be to much for them to take. We want to keep our children safe, yet will send them off to be maimed, psychologically harmed and killed. And mankind has been doing this for thousands of years, when will we ever learn that it the long run it does no good. I can see where there is a time to fight, but most wars have in my mind been for nothing real at all. It is time for the world to grow up.

August 6, 2009


Filed under: A Tought — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , — dansideas @ 9:39 pm

So many channels these days and there is nothing I want to watch. Sit-coms are too dumb for me, I quit watching those back when 3’s company was on. It was the same idea every week, misunderstandings of what what said or heard, it got boring. I think that maybe when I was a child the sit-coms were better, at least I remember them being so. They dealt with more of the things that go on in one daily life. Hate to say it but most TV these days is designed for mindless beings. Reality shows sure have no point to them, I don’t even see where they are entertainment at all. But there are sure a lot of them. I remember hearing that TV was designed for an 11 year old mentality even back when I was a child. I grew up with TV, starting back in the early 50’s, so have watched it change over the years. I am glad that we have stuff like the History channel and the Discovery channel, but I get tired of seeing the same shows that are years old being shown over and over again. I hate the monster hunts that never come up with any answers to the questions they are supposed to answer.  All in all, I am not a big TV watcher any more. Thank goodness I have video games to play.

Have been playing video games ever since pong came out and playing computer games since I had my Apple II E and a playstation 1. So I know a little about them also, sad I am not as young as I used to be though, for today one needs eye and hand coordination that I no longer have, just getting to slow in my old age. Oh well, I still enjoy the games when I find one I can play. Got to love the way the graphics are today over what used to be. To date the best game I have played is Oblivion, can’t believe the freedom of movement I have playing that game. It is what has been missing from games all of these years.

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