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Friday, September 17, 2021

Mustard: What Happened To The Antarctic Snow Cruiser?


[VIDEO] Before switching to Mr. Beat this morning I saw this latest video by Mustard which seems to cover a lot of videos discussing transportation projects such as trains, airplanes or even vehicles such as this Antarctic Snow Cruiser. That vehicle was constructed in Chicago by the Armour Institute of Technology (if you don't know that institution is now known as Illinois Institute of Technology).

Regardless as Mustard stated this does look like something out of a Jules Verne movie the design being perhaps very influenced by the then in fashion art deco/stream moderne styling. The unfortunate thing is that as the construction of this beast was rushed the cruiser itself had some issues involving speed and traction on the snow & ice that eventually it was abandoned.

According to this Wiki page we don't know about the current fate of this vehicle after 1958:

During Operation Highjump in late 1946, an expedition team found the vehicle and discovered it needed only air in the tires and some servicing to make it operational.

In 1958, an international expedition uncovered the snow cruiser at Little America III using a bulldozer. It was covered by 23 feet (7.0 m) of snow but a long bamboo pole marked its position. They were able to excavate to the bottom of the wheels and accurately measure the amount of snowfall since it was abandoned. Inside, the vehicle was exactly as the crew had left it, with papers, magazines, and cigarettes scattered all around.

Later expeditions reported no trace of the vehicle. Although there was some unsubstantiated speculation that the (traction-less) Snow Cruiser was taken by the Soviet Union during the Cold War, the vehicle most likely is either at the bottom of the Southern Ocean or buried deep under snow and ice. Antarctic ice is in constant motion and the ice shelf is constantly moving out to sea. In 1963, a large chunk of the Ross Ice Shelf broke off and drifted away; the break occurred right through Little America. It is not known on which side of the ice shelf the Snow Cruiser was located.

I don't know how often during our geography lessons how much we were taught about Antarctica which is the only uninhabited continent on the planet owing to its position at the very bottom of Earth. The conditions there are inhospitable for people although as noted in the above video it's home to a number of natural resources such as minerals and fossil fuels (oil/petroleum). Quite a few nations have sent expeditions there and even laid a claim to the continent. 

I wish I.I.T. could rebuild this amazing vehicle the right way and perhaps get it rolling on Antarctica.

Mr. Beat reacts to Prager U videos livestream


[VIDEO] For your viewing pleasure today at least through 3:00 PM. Prager U is a YouTube channel that has a conservative slant. I view that channel as very informative on social issues, history, and even politics on occasion.

As with all things we consume for news/information whether a newspaper, a cable news network, a YouTube video, a History channel documentary, etc they all have a slant/bias. When you consume the news/information you might find yourself wondering if what you may read or hear is factually correct.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

I guess Rauner is still out there!

Bruce Rauner
I don't think Illinois has heard much from the previous Governor a man by the name of Bruce Rauner. In 2018 he lost his bid for re-election to our current Governor J.B. Pritzker. If you read these two posts from this year regarding any interviews Rauner has given he has a different idea of his accomplishments as Governor.

Problem is that in my view and the views of many others has been of being very ineffective. Gov. Pritzker I may not agree with his many policies especially his pandemic policies but he's been a far more effective Governor as of late. Especially as far as bad luck with a couple of governors. His one defeat has been as far as trying to change the income tax structure of this state.

During last year's Presidential Race a referendum was on the ballot that would change the state's constitution to allow for a graduated income tax. The state's income tax is currently a flat tax and if it wasn't the pandemic economy I do think this amendment probably would've passed. It didn't and this was one major defeat for the Governor and so far I doubt that any candidate in the growing Republican field can defeat the Democrat Pritzker.

BTW, a new candidate a venture capitalist who's firm reputedly is based in San Francisco has joined the race. And he has to answer charges of being from San Francisco although he's from downstate Illinois.

Regardless I wanted to share one interview former Gov. Rauner had with Dartmouth Alumni Magazine discussing how he would run for office again. This other one that came out recently I haven't had the chance to listen to it however he blames then President Trump for his loss to Pritzker in '18 and paints himself as a guy who wanted to make things better. 

After his electoral defeat Rauner has since moved to Florida and even has donated money to the campaign of future Republican superstar Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. It was even reported that Rauner has allowed his voter registration in Illinois to lapse. And still says people have asked him to run for various offices in a variety of locations.

Well good luck to our former Governor. In his case, just as many of us had to learn how to do our jobs it's probably time he learns about politics.

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Mr. Beat explains 9/11


[VIDEO] Today is the 21st anniversary of this lethal terrorist attack on U.S. soil. I saw it unfold live on TV and was listen to the radio when another plane hit the World Trade Center in New York. I was going to school in downtown Chicago at the time, and was headed for class on that day. The reaction of my professor when in class on that day was seemingly stunned and I went home early that day.

Had a class in the evening that I opted to not attend was no longer in the mood for it. I couldn't exactly process what happened it was truly stunning to find out that the World Trade Center were destroyed and many more were stuck in those buildings when they collapsed. It was also stunning that one plane hit the Pentagon in Virginia and another plane crash in a farm field in Pennsylvania.

In this video which Mr. Beat premiered on Friday he discusses the many events and responses as a result of Sept. 11, 2001. The "War on Terror", the Afghanistan campaign, the Patriot Act, etc. The War on Terror is still ongoing and to inject some world affairs onto this blog.

Afghanistan has made the news a lot as of late when Biden withdrew from that trouble nation last month. Depending on what news sources you follow you hear that American's and various Afghan allies were left behind over there amidst the chaos of the American withdrawal and the insurgency of an insurgent group known as the Taliban.

In late 2001, President George W. Bush announced the start of military operations against the Taliban in Afghanistan and in a short time perhaps a month or so American-led forces gained control of Afghan terrority. The Taliban never went away even as ultimately an American backed regime was put into place over Afghanistan. Of course there have been charges of corruption as far as this goes, and besides to install a regime doesn't always seem to go without a hitch.

Either way the Taliban never went away and had an ongoing insurgency against the American led forces there. And 20 years later they've regained control of the country as the President of the American backed regime left the nation. 20 years earlier the Taliban effectively had control over most of the Afghan nation fighting a civil war against the Northern Alliance who wanted to restore the original gov't.

The Taliban then as now seek to install a regime with a very strict adherence to Islamic law. Perhaps like their neighbors in Iran or even like Saudi Arabia. There are videos of Taliban authorities seemingly using whips against women in public.

And that's another thing the reason why we went to Afghanistan in the first place was because there was a connection with the group named Al-Qaida who were responsible for the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the U.S.A. Have you had enough of the history lesson? 

I hope you watch the video above.

Saturday, September 4, 2021

There's a nearby nat'l monument I can visit soon


[VIDEO] The Pullman National Monument will open in the long shuttered Pullman Co. administration building and clock tower on 111th Street. I've listed places I'd like to share with you on this blog well this is one great place in Chicago that is part of the National Park Service that I can share with you. Hopefully I can do so before the weather really cools off.

The Grand Opening is today and tomorrow and sadly I won't be able to make it for that. However, this is a place to visit soon! 

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Star Trek wisdom

 As a long time Star Trek fan I just have to share this tweet from @Roddenberry. Gene Roddenberry created Star Trek in the 1960s and he's been gone for 30 years and this year marks his 100th birthday. Roddenberry created a pop culture phenomenon that people still follow to this day.

Take heed this wisdom and other than Capt. James T. Kirk or Capt. Benjamin Sisko, Capt. Jean Luc-Picard is one of my favorite Star Trek Captains.

As school is starting back this month and especially with the current conditions of this pandemic I think this quote is relevant. We might still be in unprecedented times it's still true to live now, time is very precious and please use it wisely! 

I'm also sorry it's no longer Wednesday as I share this. :P 

Friday, August 27, 2021

Mr. Beat talks taxes


[VIDEO] Well we already started off talking about income in the earlier video though more specifically it's about compensation aside from salaries/wages. This time we see the different types of taxes a gov't may levy on businesses and citizens. The primary role of taxes is to allow a gov't to maintain their functions or in Mr. Beat's words to buy stuff.

I hate having to pay an income tax which was first enacted in the U.S.A over a century ago at the same time it's unreasonable to expect gov't to function without allowing it to maintain their functions which goes from peace and security (i.e. military/police) to even providing a social safety net (i.e. welfare, health care, education, etc.). 

If we have to live under a gov't anywhere on this globe - let alone in this nation assuming we move to another state - we will have to deal with taxes. Whether sales, income, or even property taxes - which are usually utilized to pay for schools.

Perhaps some of you have a gripe with regards to taxes. Anyone want to share their issues with taxes? Perhaps someone out there doesn't mind having to pay taxes. Discuss that also.

Two Cents: How to weigh job benefits


[VIDEO] Many students have started college or indeed quite a few high schoolers are looking for jobs. I think this may well be good for college students to weigh the types of jobs they want and what kind of benefits they need. You get a decent salary and other benefits such as health care, retirement fund (401K or pension), perhaps you want to work from home, or free tacos???

Either way Two Cents gives you a look at the costs of any benefits from any job that you might choose to pursue in the future. A good salary/wage is nice but then what else does a company offer to retain talent.

Monday, August 16, 2021

Chicago by 'L' w/ Geoffrey Baer


[VIDEO] I have always been fascinated by the CTA L trains, especially the operations. Geoffrey Baer of WTTW goes a bit further and explores the various parts of Chicago that the L travels through. The city is very large and expansive with many places to visit not just downtown but various neighborhoods.