Octane and Missionaries

One of the problems our overseas extended “family” had while in-Country, was dealing with a culture of people who were not well-versed in the production of high-octane comestibles. That inexperience with Western Culture’s vices meant that primitive production methods could veer-off horribly wrong, with the difference between methanol and ethanol meaning being drunk or dead.
In our particular back-woods locality in “Appalachia-India,” we also had among the highest population-percentage of Aboriginal peoples. The folks were mostly non-Caste and lived in the jungle, spoke a language all of their own other than Bengali or Hindi, and practiced very different life-ways than the local standard “Hindu-ized” Indians in the villages. Their appetite for jungle-juice combined with distillery-inexperience meant that entire wedding parties were sometimes found out in the woods dead, the lucky survivors only blinded. With no kind of social or Governmental safety-net whatsoever, blind people simply add to the beggar population.
What all this get’s around-to is another facet of Missionary work: Western Technology and Manufacturing. The original predecessor to our family’s job, was an earlier family that established the big house and was a few “generations” removed from us, who in-fact became the first Ford dealer in West Bengal under “the Raj” and prior to India’s Independence. After raising a family of seven (with five survivors) they ultimately left the Mission Compound, and in their unique capacity drove-off cross-country and back to The West via Tashkent in an early Ford touring car. Somewhere there is a book with some very exciting stories of their travels.
At any rate when we were there our Mission Vehicle was an old (1957?) Willy’s Wagon, into which we all piled whenever we had somewhere to go that the Train couldn’t take us – which was a lot of places. I remember Dad almost always had to lift the folding hood and smack the carburetor a few times with a heavy screwdriver before the engine would maintain a running pace.
Lousy low octane and horribly expensive fuel by Govt. ration, meant that we didn’t often just hop in the buggy and hit the road. Also the roads were 90% un-paved, so the 4×4 was useful in a pinch.
One of the Mission Stories often heard around the campfires was about, “Those old Fords” that would run on just about anything, and any mix of anything – enough to drive over to the beach 9-miles away. My recollection from somewhere deep and hidden in the recesses of my mind is of a conversation about how Henry Ford originally (pre-Prohibition and pre Gasoline-reliability) had designed the vehicles to run on whatever a farmer could rake-up and mix-up in a barn-still, from hay-field clippings and vegetable rubbish. Not something you would ever mistake for a beverage, but the ATF and Prohibition put an end to that practice…

Not so fast there Immigration-man

15. November 2015, 18:19 Uhr

Demolierte Autos und starke Polizeipräsenz – Foto ©Hans Breitegger

Not everybody is happy in the countries where the tidal-wave of immigration and border-jumping is occurring. Plus it’s Winter almost and those from hot-lands physically (and culturally) are unprepared for their assimilation – indeed they resist assimilation, so why move? Because progressives have decided that assimilation is “unfair”? Maybe it’s time to re-open Ellis Island, so the proposed 160,000 Immigrants can begin assimilation with a common base of experience and proper orientation and expectations can be addressed: like learning English – and you can only have one wife. All things Progressives hate. And Old-What’s-His-Name (Ken Burns) can do a fine PBS documentary about it, set to violins tugging at heartstrings.
Meanwhile riots and marches against the huge influx are occurring in southern Austria.
Demos escalated: riots around Train Station (Google translate)
“The situation in the field is escalating: Shortly after four clock in the afternoon, left to right around the station-pitch came demonstrators who were waiting for the train. They beat each other with a wooden slats.”
In Comments: “Why does not every Green politician take a refugee family to live with him? Talking without data?”
“This incompetent government, with its unbridled immigration policy is to blame for these situations, and has made it so to drive a wedge into the population.”
“Precisely…And in the “Left” are seemingly back again, masked professional demonstrators.”
“As I understand why we need the immigrants anyhow, the few remaining working on minimum wages do so to finance the whole mess. Thank policy, thank Austria, thank EU failure.”
UPDATES – some format edits for clarity, plus: With the vacancy, incapacity, and inaction of Obama and NATO, we see an emergent alliance of four Central European states – the Visegrád Group: the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. All have grouped forces together recently to counter the human-wave onslaught and protect each others’ borders. Meanwhile The The French interior minister says he’s going to start the “dissolution of mosques where hate is preached.” The French don’t have a 1st Amendment (or a 2nd Amendment for that matter), so they can do that – and they have already banned headscarves too. The “Refugee Crisis” is not just a Trojan Horse onslaught, it’s structural. They are building cultural INFRASTRUCTURE person-by-person, using Human Capital as a weapon, and every visible Hijab & Burka signals to Terrorist that he’s in a relatively Safe-Place where his ideals resonate and are not condemned.

UPDATE: More Blow-back and Fallout

– Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says he is suspending efforts to bring Syrian refugees to Michigan in light of the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday. “Given the terrible situation in Paris, I’ve directed that we put on hold our efforts to accept new refugees until the U.S. Department of Homeland Security completes a full review of security clearances and procedures.”

Hope there’s more like that coming. States who don’t have any way of reviewing or determining the process are helpless to the invasion.

UPDATE-PUSHBACK-UPDATE: Alabama also declines the “opportunity” to recieve thousands of undocumented Syrian aliens as Gov. Robert Bentley ‏says,

I will not stand complicit to a policy that places the citizens of Alabama in harm’s way. We refuse Syrian refugees. After full consideration of this weekend’s attacks of terror on innocent citizens in Paris, I will oppose any attempt to relocate Syrian refugees to Alabama through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. As your Governor, I will not stand complicit to a policy that places the citizens of Alabama in harm’s way,”

TEXAS-UPDATE-PUSHBACK-WITH-COWS: From Texas Gov. Greg Abbot Dear President Obama:

As governor of Texas, I write to inform you that the State of Texas will not accept any refugees from Syria in the wake of the deadly terrorist attack in Paris.
Further, I – and millions of Americans – implore you to halt your plans to accept more Syrian refugees in the United States. A Syrian “refugee” appears to have been part of the Paris terror attack. American humanitarian compassion could be exploited to expose Americans to similar deadly danger. The reasons for such concerns
are plentiful.
The FBI director testified to Congress that the federal government does not have the background information that is necessary to effectively conduct proper security checks on Syrian nationals, Director Comey explained: “‘We can query our database until the cows come home, but there will be nothing show up because we have no
record of them.”

And more, now it’s Winter in Sweden…Sweden will impose temporary border controls starting Thursday in response to an influx of refugees, a turnaround for a country known for its open-door policies that also threw down the gauntlet to other EU nations hit by a migration crisis.Sweden’s prime minister is defending his decision to reintroduce border controls, saying it is no longer possible to properly control the country’s borders.
This cannot go on and it won’t – and winter (and Europeans) in Europe can be bitterly-bitterly cold – just ask Napoleon who tried to attack Russia in winter, and the Germans at Stalingrad. They did not expect the US to prevail the Battle of the Bulge, but we know Winter too…
(Not me, I suck at cold weather)