NPR vs Conservative radio, a journalism-free contest

Builders,

In my previous story: Thought for the Day: Idiocy on the airwaves. I tested the theory that your mind could remain neutral by subjecting it to equal amounts of NPR and Conservative radio. I found instead they combine to form a particularly strong mental poison. To validate my findings, I again conducted the same test while driving back to Florida.  Please don’t try it, it has the same horrific results headed southbound as it did going northbound.

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NPR- They spent a lot of time covering tragic event where an Ohio police officer shot and killed a 12 year old boy who had a “pellet gun”.

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The story was repeated numerous times but failed to mention two critical elements: The Officer who shot the boy had previously been determined to be too emotionally unstable for duty by a different department, and the “pellet gun” was actually an Airsoft gun, which are intentionally made to look exactly like specific models of actual guns. Any intelligent writer or producer would understand that any story, even a brief one, should contain these salient facts.

When I was 12, we lived at Quarters ‘C’ Hale Alii drive, about 1/4 mile inside the main gate of Pearl Harbor. I walked through the gate every day on the way to school. My father warned me in the harshest terms, NEVER to goof around in any way near the Marines who guarded the Gate.  While we were there, two people where shot and killed, one an Officer who refused to show ID, and the other was one of the Marines. He bet a fellow Marine he could kick an M-1 carbine out of his hands before he could close the bolt and shoot him. He wasn’t right. My father, who was acting base commander that night, used the event to reiterate to me, in harsh terms, that I must never fool around near the gate, and that not all Marines had perfect judgment. To this day, I am very careful around police officers and other armed people. In an ideal world, it wouldn’t be needed, but we don’t live in that world.

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Conservative Radio:  – They covered the story of the Korean and Japanese government’s coming to an agreement about “Comfort Women” They mentioned several times that the Japanese Government is going to pay a total of 8 million dollars to 50 women, over some type of complaint they have that is 70 years old. They made it sound that four dozen 90 year old women are trying to cash in of some government hand out reparation payment.

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In reality, what is euphemistically called “Comfort Women” was a Japanese Government program that systematically abducted women from their conquered lands, mostly 15-17 year olds, to be sex slaves servicing the Japanese soldiers in their expanding savage empire. It wasn’t 50 women, there are reliable estimates that it was two hundred thousand women who were abducted in a 20 year period. Also not mentioned, was the fact the program had a 75% fatality rate, and that the Japanese government has spent 70 years systematically lying and denying that any program existed at all. They used women as young as 12; on average, the slaves were raped more than 10,000 times, and then considered worn out, they were ‘disposed of on location’ (bullet to the back of the head, dumped in a ditch.) Many people consider this the largest single crime committed against women in history. If you think I am making it up, read this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comfort_women. I spent my childhood in Thailand, there Japanese tourists were detested, because this crime had affected countless families just 30 years earlier.

As horrific as the Holocaust was, everyone understands that the Germans of today, make absolutely no attempt to cover it up. The ‘own it’ and take responsibility for it. Today only a tiny group of people in the world are “Holocaust deniers”, and those people are considered sick. Conversely, the entire nation of Japan, it’s people and government, have engaged in an absolute denial of the holocaust they inflicted on Asia in WWII. I am not just speaking of sex slaves, but of the millions of civilians they intentionally killed. To this day in Japan, serious death threats are made against any individual who dares to criticize anything about the nations behavior from 1931-45.  For this exact reason I have never owned a Japanese car. I have friends who own Toyota Prius cars, and they often state the made the purchase they believe it shows people they care about the environment. It might, but it also shows me that they either don’t read enough, or they are just fine with holocaust deniers, as long as the holocaust only involved Asians not Europeans.

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Your Aviation Connection: Between TV and Radio, the average adult American male consumes more than 2 hours of programing per day, about 800 hours per year. If the exact same person made the willful decision to put that 800 hours into something productive, such as the construction of the homebuilt aircraft in their garage, they would make some real progress. As a side benefit, they would be a lot less negative and pessimistic, since the real goal of almost all “news” is to get the public to blindly mood swing between abject fear (Ebola, ISIL, Sharks, tornados, etc.) and righteous indignation at anything the other team (party) is supposedly doing. It is a hamster wheel that many people spend a life time running on, righteously indignant at the poo on their paws, not making the connection that it is the same substance that came out from beneath their own tail on a previous revolution, when they were told to be afraid and run faster.

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2016 Corvair College sign ups open soon

Builders:

I have been speaking with Shelley Tumino, and we are going to have the on line sign up for the 2016 Corvair Colleges open on 1/10/16. We will post the info on this website that day.

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In addition to co-hosting 4 colleges and being awarded The Cherry Grove Trophy, Shelley has also run the on-line sign up for many Colleges. She has offered to cover this same task for the 2016 season.  She made a good case that we should have a dedicated, year round, web location for this, as we had previously run the sign up through a site we rented by the month. Having our own site will actually lower the overhead cost of this, while having longer sign up periods. If that explanation wasn’t clear, try this one “Things will be smoother in 2016 because Shelley is in charge” 

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I have done some work to update many of the links on the main college page. When you look all the way down, it has many linked stories on how to get the most out of colleges. Get a coffee and give it a long look:

Corvair College reference page

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From our Oshkosh 2015 coverage: “Above, Shelley Tumino, Co-host of Corvair Colleges #22, 25 and 32, stands in front of the tear drop trailer she hand crafted at Brodhead.  Nearly everything in the picture was packed into the trailer for the trip from Texas. The woman is seriously into organization, logistics and deployment. Shelley had a long career in the Armed Forces.  Shelley takes having fun and camping more seriously than some countries take mobilizing for conflicts.”

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Forming a PAC to support the best candidate to represent you.

Builders:

The title above may sound like politics, but it is just the reverse. My own version of “PAC” is “Personal Aviation Constitution”. It is your own individual written document where you define what your personal goals in aviation are.

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Most people in homebuilding spend several hundred hours a year, listening to other people’s ideas about people in aviation should be doing, or be envious of. I am merely proposing that it is more productive to start the new year, investing several hours in yourself, defining your own path, and affirming your right to do so, even in the face of almost certain criticism and peer pressure. If someone tries to mock or judge your work to define your own goals in writing, quietly know this: They are the enemy of your dreams and plans, no matter how strongly they portray themselves as ‘helpful.’

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You don’t need the prose nor the penmanship of the founding fathers; start by writing down the things you plan to do this year. This can be broken down into books you read, events you attend, and things you will build.

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Be bold enough to write down the next 3 planes you will build and finish. Ignore the inner negative voice, trained by others, which interjects pessimistic budgets or possible negative outcomes. This is a valuable exercise in believing in yourself, and taking a moment to notice how everyone, you included, have unconsciously absorbed many of the attitudes of pessimistic people.

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Go ahead and write down the 8 airports you will fly your airplane to when it is done. Get maps of these places, print Googe earth satellite views of them, and make it a goal to visit two of them by land this year, and arrive at one of them in a plane (flying in with a friend in his C-172 is just fine) This will keep you focused on what you will be doing with the plane when it is done.

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Last actually write down a pledge to yourself that you will not take advice from anyone this year unless they have personally built and flown a homebuilt 100 hours. This includes not even reading posts from alleged people like “Flyboy26@stupid.com” Go ahead, and write down the names of one magazine, one website, and one discussion group, that because of their alarmist or negative attitudes, you will not read once in the next year. While your at it, make a list of the four people who have built and flown the exact same airframe/engine combination you are working on, who you will follow, get to know by asking polite and thoughtful questions by email, and decide to meet at least one of these people in the next year

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Thinking that this all sounds funny, like work, and worse like thinking? That line of thinking sends you back to blindly wasting hours reading about “industry trends”, makes you feel like a spectator, and gets you to alter your path instead of carefully defining it, then you have sold your dreams to another person for the great sum of….. absolutely nothing. I may never have met you, and I may sound like I have strange ideas, but I think your dreams are valuable, and that makes me a better friend to you than anyone who though direct or subtle attack, or infusion of negativity would have you give up or mutilate your dreams, just because they gave theirs up long ago.

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Forming your  “PAC” to support the best candidate to represent you, is merely defining how you will come to be the champion, protector and provider of your own dreams and plans. Making this transformation to be in charge of this facet of your life is an enormously important benefit of successful homebuilding.

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A young person in my family recently asked me about Jimmy Carter. All they knew of him was repetitions of judgments pundits had made 35 years ago.  I surprised them by saying I admired the man, not because I agreed with everything he did, but because he wasn’t fake. He promised only to be an honest simple man, and even if you don’t like some of the things he did, one must admit he kept his word.  I pointed out that he was followed by a man who traded arms for hostages, a pathological philanderer, a man who stated the longest and most expensive war is US history, and a man who proved to bring very little of the change he spoke of. There are good things about each of these men, but they didn’t set the bar on honesty, Carter did. When the people get really tired of politics, the most frequent cause is being near continiously  lied to to, not the lack of effective action.

If anyone is tempted to consider the positive works of a leader first, please take a minute to read this story: Thought for the day: Virtue vs Depravity , it includes the quote below and some good notes on who not to get into a plane with.

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 “One should judge a man by his depravities. Virtues can be faked. Depravities are real”

Klaus Kinski, German actor and artist, 1926-1991.

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Outlook 2016, Corvair College #39, Barnwell SC, 11/11/16

Builders,

I am just putting this out as a long distance place holder now. Right after CC#35 in November, I had a personal meeting with P.F.Beck, the leader of the local teams that have hosted 6 colleges at Barnwell, and he told me to put his team down for a 7th event in November of 2016. It will fall on November 11-13th. I will further update this page in 2016, you can expect the sign up to open just before Oshkosh in July.

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Above, Bob Lester’s Corvair powered Pietenpol sits on the ramp at Barnwell at sunset on Saturday night at Corvair College #31.

There are many links to Corvair College stories here: Corvair College reference page.

For a look at the 2015 Barnwell College, check this out: Corvair College #35 Barnwell builders video.

For a look at the EAA film about the 2013 Barnwell College, click here: New EAA video on Corvair College#27, Barnwell 2013.

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Ibrahim Parlak Granted 90 day extension.

Builders,

Would you like some great news for Christmas that confirms the power of good people speaking up on behalf of an individual they have not yet met?  Ibrahim Parlak has been granted a 90 day extension to his deportation case. This Christmas, he will be with his family. I would like to personally express my great gratitude and admiration for everyone who shared this story and signed the petition. It worked.

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This man is Ibrahim Parlak, pictured with his daughter. The image doesn’t indicate that he is only 52 years old. He has been a resident in the US since he was 28 years old. Read the story behind the picture at this link: On the eve of Christmas, spend 5 minutes to save a man’s life.

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On the eve of Christmas, spend 5 minutes to save a man’s life.

Builders:

On the eve of the second holiest day of the Christian year, a simple question: Would you take 5 minutes of your time to save the life of the man pictured below?

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Reform Immigration FOR America's photo.

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This man is Ibrahim Parlak. Pictured with him is his daughter, a US born and raised citizen, Who’s mother is a member of my extended family, herself born and raised in the US. In 1991, Ibrahim was brought to the US, and in 1992 he was granted political asylum by our Department of Justice. He is an ethnic Kurd, the only group in the entire Arab world that has been a reliable friend to America, and willing to fight like dogs for their own freedom.

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He had previously been imprisoned and tortured by the government of Turkey, for simply advocating an autonomous Kurdish homeland, a policy that the US was also in favor of. After 24 years as a model US resident, the Obama administration has opened his deportation back to Turkey on December 24th. He faces certain imprisonment and probable summary execution.

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Many of you know my brother in law, Col. John Nerges.  John served 30 years in the US Army, including two years as the head of Intensive Care nursing at Walter Reed and a tour in Iraq. John knows Ibrahim, and states that he is fine human being, a man who came here legally, who has been a model immigrant, who’s deepest wish was to earn a place here, and to be an American citizen. This same man’s life is now a bargaining chip in the hands of this administration, to be used to appease the corrupt government of Turkey, the very same country we saved him from 24 years ago, when we still had a government which stood for human rights and individual liberty.

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Below are several links, and a very important petition to sign. Read them and decide for yourself. If you pause before signing it because the administration might keep that list, let me point out that that is exactly how they want you to feel, afraid to speak up for what you know to be right. 

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If you read it but don’t sign because it isn’t worth 5 minutes of your time, I ask just this: When your own family gathers on Christmas eve, look at your own children and imagine that it is the last night you will spend with them on earth, That you will be sent to a torture cell in a merciless Islamic country unless, by chance, someone who has never met you, reads about your story, and is a good enough human being to spend 5 minutes reading and signing a petition for your life. If it was your last hours with your child, imagine how you would pray that this country still had decent people in it. Tonight is the hour where you discover if you are one those people.

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From the family website:

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“We are asking you to READ, SIGN and SHARE the petition below to stop the deportation of our family member, Ibrahim Parlak.

This situation is as urgent as it can be. Information has been shared with the family that the impending arrest and deportation will be occurring within the week.

Please read this Chicago Sun Times editorial for more information and backstory: http://chicago.suntimes.com/opinion/7/…/1192382/editorial-53

Sign the petition here: https://www.change.org/p/dhs-secretary-jeh-johnson-barack-o…

And join the Facebook page for more information here:https://www.facebook.com/groups/442413885946426/?fref=nf

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If you choose to do nothing, and in a few weeks you read that a tragedy has happened, please don’t be reluctant to privately share your inaction with me. If you read my story: Thinking of Mike Holey, an Aviator and a friend. you understand that I have bitter personal experience in living with the burden of not having done enough to save the life of a good man. Having made the identical moral error, I will not judge anyone for it, and I will share what I have learned about coping with things one can not apologize for.

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Merry Christmas.

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Outlook 2016, Ordering a Completed Engine.

Builders:

Although our work is primarily about providing the parts, information and training to builders who are assembling their own engine, we have always had a complimentary line of completed and test run engines for builders who elect to have us assemble and run the engine.

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Over the years I have built a great number of these engines, and 2016 will be no different, however the procedure for ordering one will be new. The new path will smooth the process, and organize the scheduling, but it will also allow builders to specify the exact engine they would like.

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Previously we offered 3 different engine outputs, and a few options for each choice. We are moving to a new system, where any sensible combination of parts can be selected, and we will assemble these, and test run the engine for a fixed labor cost.

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After reviewing the manual, and this web story: Sources Reference Page, and writing or calling us or the Wesemans, a builder proceeds with the following steps;

Contact Dan and Rachel Weseman at SPA/Panther (http://flywithspa.com/contact-us/) and order these parts:

A) Group 1000 crankshaft  either Billet or GM forged. prepped for a ‘Gen II’ 5th bearing. Sources: Group 1000, Crankshaft

B) Group 3000 5th bearing assembly

Sources: Choosing a 5th Bearing

C) Order a set of heads Group 1500

Sources: Group 1500 – New cylinder head source

D) pay the Core engine fee, which covers the cost of the engine that your engine will be rebuilt from. What is a core engine worth?

Paying for these items has several functions; it acts as the deposit on the engine, it gets the process going on the long lead items, and gets a projected date for the engine’s assembly and test run.  The Wesemans also offer several other options, such as Group 1300/1400 3,000 cc engine kits, and Group 2950 rear alternator kits.  Rachel will be glad to cover the options.

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The second phase is working with us to specify all the other components for the engine, such as all of our Gold Systems., the Group 1100 cam kit and ignition.We will provide a detailed list of every part going on the engine.

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The assembly labor will be priced at the following fixed rates:

Closing the case, installing the 5th bearing, installing the safety shaft, hybrid studs prop hub and ring gear, putting on the HV-2000 rear oil case and installing the balancer: $600.

To do the work listed above, and also install the rods, pistons, rings and cylinders, $1,000 ($600 for closing the case, plus $400)

To do all of the above, plus install the heads, valve train, and finishing components, and test run the engine $2,000. ($600 for closing the case, plus $400 for the pistons/rods/cyls., plus $1,000 to finish and run the engine.)

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In the next few weeks I will give some examples of builds and costs, and link them to the bottom of this story

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Top view of a Corvair built in our shop, showing 2400-L starter arrangement. Engines built in 2016 will follow the path of ordering the main parts from the Wesemans, selecting the systems parts from us, and choosing the level of assembly labor. This format offers better scheduling, customization, and a better understanding of which items are included on a finished engine.

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