Lewis Loflin

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Welcome to my website. This is my 17th year on the net and this site covers a vast number of subjects that I find interesting mainly relating to applied science-engineering, history, religion, and some local events. The goal is to invoke thought and I reject any form of correctness - political, theological, etc.

I'm a classical liberal and that will put me at odds with what I call statism - the belief through government we can "fix" whatever crisis or problem real or invented.

Thus my political and religious views reflect the following: liberty first and always over "equality". The interest of the individual overrules special rights for selected groups dictated by the State - our rights derive from God not man.

Equal treatment under the law without regard to race, social position, etc. Merit and character only matter and government sanctioned racism and discrimination (affirmative action, etc.) is strongly rejected. Political correctness is a violation of free speech and is fascist in character silencing discussion on important issues. One shouldn't face losing their job or be prosecuted for exercising their God-given rights.

Rejection of religious fundamentalism including Christian, Muslim, and Jewish. Complete separation of religion and state in particular Muslim Sharia Law, Christian fundamentalism, and religious Environmentalism. See Why Christian Morals Need to be Rejected.

I reject political environmentalism as being permeated with statist' fascism, socialism, and pantheist' theology. This I consider far more dangerous than fundamentalist' Islam. See Defining Religion in American Politics 2016.

There's no such thing as outcome equality because individuals are not equal in talent or ability. This is simply a fact of biology influenced by environment. See Intelligence Predicts Economic Social Outcome. Half the population is below average and what to do with those people where there's no real jobs or opportunity for their skill sets must be honestly discussed.

A quick word on Muslim terrorism in America - the threat is way overblown. More people are shot in a typical weekend in Chicago (about 1100 as of May 1, 2016) by black and Hispanic criminals and gangs than all the Jihad attacks in 2015 on American soil. Islamic nations are violent and dysfunctional, but don't reflect most individual Muslims. Many individual home-grown Islamic Jihadis are likely influenced by radical hate-filled Leftism on college campuses as the Koran.

I'm former US Army and here is A picture of my duty station in West Berlin and was a military occupational specialty was 33S intercept systems technician and I held a top-secret SI clearance.

I grew up in Norton, Virginia and graduated high school from John I. Burton High School in 1977. For more on Norton Virginia area see Remote Area Medical 2008. I left King College in Bristol due to financial reasons and graduated with honors from Northeast State Technical Community College in Computer Information Technology and university parallel.

I've been married for over 30 years and my wife is severely disabled and I'm on income restrictions due to her having to be on Medicaid. So we had to learn to live on a limited income and the secret is simply being responsible and getting a job and sticking with it. We both grew up in poverty and I have little sympathy for those today with their cell phones, cars, and air conditioners demanding free stuff.

Yes I'm on Facebook and Skype.

Electronic porject by Lewis Loflin

I've had been a part-time adjunct professor at a local community college teaching electricity and electronics. I have 40 years experience in electronics from vacuum tubes to modern solid state and industrial controls. In college I had a year each of physics, chemistry, and biology along with C, C++. Pascal, and assembly.

Hobby electronics today can seldom be separated from micro-controllers and computers. Unlike the vacuum tube and later transistor eras digital logic and computer programming have become dominant. It makes little sense to wire up 100 small parts by hand for say an audio amplifier when a single integrated circuit and a handful of passive components will do the job - at a fraction of the cost. Hardware is cheap.

In the above picture we have the Raspberry Pi a miniature computer similar to what is found in smart phones and tablets and can run Android or Linux - for $35. In this case I use Debian Linux as an operating system which is identical to the Debian used on a home PC except some hardware specific features. I've attached a number of modules to the Raspberry Pi and programmed them in C and Python. Or the Raspberry Pi can be used as a low-end PC, music box control system, etc. Yes it plays MP3s.

New May 1, 2016:

I'd say my job title would be applied technologist. See Electronics Projects for Students and Hobbyists

Recent YouTube Videos:
MCP4725 12-Bit DAC Interface to Raspberry Pi
ADS1115 4-Channel ADC Uses I2C with Raspberry Pi
Interface I2C LCD to Raspberry Pi in C
Pulse-Width-Modulation with Raspberry Pi
Using Geany Text editor C Programming
Raspberry Pi Blink Demo
MAX6675 Raspberry Pi Demo

White Leadership is racist.

Mistreatment of working class has created Trump

by Lewis Loflin Saturday, April 30, 2016 Bristol Herald Courier

The New York Times published a list of the most powerful people and most of them are white, including leaders in industry, government, media, academia etc. There are very few faces of color.

The Democrats run a racial and racist pandering machine to defeat Bernie Sanders that's OK, but when fired and replaced, white IT workers at Disney and other companies object to "immigrants" they are tagged racist.

Why do the white elite so revile lower-income blue-collar and white workers? Why are we so expendable in this progressive economic and social engineering nightmare? When we dare question it, we're tagged as racists and xenophobes.

Mass immigration has destroyed American labor and is simply another form of crony capitalism, while liberals see it as a way to further engineer replacement voters based on race, so isn't that racist?

According to New York Times columnist Thomas B. Edsall, writing in a piece published Nov. 27, 2011:

"All pretense of trying to win a majority of the white working class has been effectively jettisoned in favor of cementing a center-left coalition made up, on the one hand, of voters who have gotten ahead on the basis of educational attainment - professors, artists, designers, editors, human resources managers, lawyers, librarians, social workers, teachers and therapists - and a second, substantial constituency of lower-income voters who are disproportionately African-American and Hispanic."

That same working-class is reviled by hostile Republicans and their Reaganomics religion. 51 percent of American workers now earn under $30,000. We have a 40 percent real unemployment rate (considering the rate of people over the age of 16 with jobs, compared to the overall 16-and-over population) while reports state "Once Again Foreign-Born Jobs Are Up, U.S.-Born Jobs Down."

That has created Trump.

March 2016:

What could be more fundamental to science than the assumption that the explorability and thereby the cognizability of reality arises due to its bearing the handwriting of its author? God speaks the language of his creation, and our spirit, which is likewise his creation, is able to perceive it, to hear it, to comprehend it.

Christoph Cardinal Schonborn

Social Justice and the Borg

Letter to the Editor

Published Bristol Herald Courier January 2, 2015

RE: GOP dominates SWVa. The sheeple of SWVa. Tri-Cities vote for Republicans determined to cut their throats, pilfering millions of public dollars for corporate welfare at the same time bitterly opposing expanding Medicaid.

"We don't want socialized medicine." What's Medicare, Medicaid, and the Veterans Administration?

"They are working for jobs." Really? Republican dominated Tri-Cities- SWVa. labor force is imploding, disability roles explode as thousands turn to that for a living, and the region continues to rank in the bottom of the nation in most social demographics. Check with Dr. Steb Hipple at ETSU. Check the Sullivan County Jail - we even got our own TV show! (Southern Justice)

Republicans refused to defund the Obama amnesty - they support more replacement workers to further depress wages for the working poor. Where were you Mr. Griffith?

Republicans have reduced public office to private fiefdoms. "Economic development" is catch-phrase for corporate welfare, lucrative jobs, and a bonanza for contractors, consultants, and their friends - and zero accountability.

$150 million plus looted for the Falls, Pinnacle, etc. BVU using ratepayer funds to underwrite millions (most of it hidden) for The Falls, a stupid music program, etc.

An $8 an hour call center crosses State Street, get millions in incentives, and we call them "new jobs."

Why is the Tobacco Commission even paying Dominion Energy $10 million? The $2 million being wasted to fund the so-called "Center of Excellence" I predict will produce nothing like the last $2 million. Other than bailing out a non-profit and the Abingdon Incubator the program suffers from vague goals, no measurable standards, and zero public oversight. The Phil Puckett scandal aside when will the public shut this scandal-ridden agency down?

Now back to Obama's birth certificate.

"We can not command religion, for no man can be
compelled to believe anything against his will."

These words from Theodoric the Great are my motto. My beliefs are stated as follows:

I reject the authority of religious leaders to dictate belief to anyone. Be aware of those with political or social agendas. Study the works of the heretics and put these great works in proper context. Many conclusions about the Bible, etc. are based on reason and the "literal" word - claims of special revelation is simply opinion of the claimant.

I believe in the separation of religion and state. There's no such term as "church" or such terms in the Constitution. The State is to remain neutral which is not the case today. Ongoing efforts to de-Christianize the culture and substituting other secular pseudo-religions (environmentalism is the most common) is not neutrality.

Anyone that thinks environmentalism isn't a religion needs to read Al Gore's Earth in the Balance for proof on that. I bought the book, read it, and can prove it.

To quote Frank Furedi Professor of Sociology at University of Kent, "...the authors of children's books and school officials also use environmentalism as a vehicle for socializing youngsters." This is not a function of schools that today produce millions of dysfunctional and illiterate graduates. If the Religious Right did this there would be screaming in the faculty lounge. What happened to separation of church and state?

Reason keeps us sane, but the spiritual makes us human. I understand people differ and have differing views of reality, but any time society attempts to enforce conformity history shows this leads to tyranny and eventually ruin. Just be aware and be moderate on these issues.

So make no mistake I reject Environmentalism when it involves any form of spiritualism or enters politics. The other belief system I have zero tolerance of is Leftism.

'Leftism' is a term coined by Dennis Prager. He writes,

You cannot understand the Left if you do not understand that Leftism is a religion. It is not God-based (some left-wing Christians' and Jews' claims notwithstanding), but otherwise it has every characteristic of a religion. The most blatant of those characteristics is dogma. People who believe in Leftism have as many dogmas as the most fundamentalist Christian ... dogma - a belief system that transcends reason...



Science versus religion

Science and Why I'm an Evolutionist

We are often given a choice of two extremes - either one must have blind faith in some book with dictated nonsense or in atheism. Both are false choices and I'm not buying it.

Science has been a life-long love and I'm very defensive of it. I reject the abuse of science to bolster various political claims and the invasion of money, religion, and politics into research. I define science as strictly the description of the physical operation of the universe as defined by my chemistry professor in college, a devout Christian.

Science is no more about "truth" than the computer gadgets I build on my other website. Those divices do give some indication of their builder-creator, but are hardly objects for worship in themselves.

I've had college level physics, chemistry, and biology, but claim no expertise in these fields. I've read every science text in the school library and have been an amateur geologist since I was a kid. I loved collecting fossils and rocks from the coal-mining sites near Norton, Virginia. Strip mines are great for collecting fossils.

I'm very strict on the scientific method and the proper use of it. To quote, "It is a process for making observations, recording data, and analyzing data that can be duplicated by other scientists...If a theory cannot be tested, it cannot be a scientific theory." That makes me a big skeptic of any claim that refuses to follow it. Without verifiable scientific proof I'm not going to buy into it for the same reason I reject literal Six-Day Creationism.

The problem is that democracy is not freedom. Democracy is simply majoritarianism, which is inherently incompatible with real freedom. Our founding fathers clearly understood this, as evidenced not only by our republican constitutional system...Simply put, freedom is the absence of government coercion.

Ron Paul

To quote a visitor to this website:

I think it is safe to say, that with the election of Barack Obama as president, that there is no way that a tiny elite of rich powerful Jews controls the world. The conspiracy theories that say a tiny elite of rich powerful Jews controls the world are undeniably flat wrong. If there was such a powerful group they would have never let him become president. The Jewish conspiracy theory is completely busted.

D.C. RN, BSN

The Wall Street Journal reports (April 22, 2002) that some colleges are recruiting Jewish students to give them higher status in terms of SAT scores. The Journal also reports that highest three groups in SATs are Unitarians, Jews, and Quakers.