(The 119th Edition)


Victor Edward Swanson,



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    It is possible that someday people will ride regularly in cars and such that are driven not by the drivers (persons) but by a computer?  The talk that I have been hearing lately is computer-controlled-driving systems for cars and such will be all the rage and commonplace in the future.  I say that the idea is nonsense and is nothing more than talk, and I say that the talk is being pushed by idiots who are simply trying to protect their easy jobs, in which they get to play around with cars and computer systems and with the idea of having cars driven by computer systems and not people directly.   It is all a fantasy and a push for their utopian living, their science-fiction life of  the future.  Implementing the idea will raise the cost of buying a vehicle, and it will raise the cost of repairs for a vehicle--it is something more to repair, such when it breaks down or when a vehicle is in an accident.  If ultimately the system were a central-controlled system, you cannot devise and build a computer system that will be big enough to control all the cars and vehicles on the roads and be able to handle all the destinations, which can change in an instant when people think of some other place in which to go, maybe upon seeing something they had never seen before.  At the moment, it seems a centralized system is not in the works.  If ultimately the system is tied to an each-vehicle-independent system, the moment one vehicle has a computer-system breakdown, it will probably cause a mess, at least in a big city with a lot of traffic--other vehicles will compensate and shut down.  The whole idea is all a waste of money and time, and the whole idea, to me, is nothing more than something that gives "kids" a chance to play and not really work--and they get paid for playing around.  The more complex that you make something, the more things can go wrong or break down or go buggy.  To date, I have heard that test systems (such as in Germany) have shown the possibility of reducing accidents, but, for example, the test ideas have not involved thousands of vehicles moving along on a crowded freeway system, such as the Detroit freeway system.  And then there are "potholes," which computer systems will not be able to detect ahead of time, and when a vehicle hits a "pothole," what will happen if throws a vehicle at least slightly off course or a front-end part breaks?  People who are behind the wheel will get complacent, and people will gain less skill at controlling a heavy vehicle in bad times.  What will happen in snow storms or on snow-covered roads, slippery roads?  I do not what a vehicle with such a system!

    Warning announcement!  Because of incidents at schools for children and incidents at other places for people in general tied to "Sharia" or "Islamic Law" or even the religion/political system known as "Islam," I now regularly have this paragraph as a part of each edition of Michigan Travel Tips.  The governmental system of the United States of America based on The U.S. Constitution and "Sharia" or, informally, Islam law, are not compatible and cannot co-exist, and one reason is "Sharia" (et cetera) is a political system, in which there is one-party rule, and that one party is basically made up or controlled by religious leaders who base all the ways of their culture or society on "Sharia" or "Islamic Law."  Those who uphold and practice "Sharia" have no tolerance for the existence of Christianity or Buddhism or Hinduism or non-religion, and that is a fact, and "Sharia" is a political system in which women are second-rate human bodies and in which clergy can be involved in determining  business transactions, and there is no "freedom of speech" tied to politics in a society related to "Sharia."  When you travel around Michigan and in other states of the country, watch for signs that rotten people are trying to teach you or family members, especially children, that "Sharia" is good and "Allah" is good and teach you or family members that the United States of America is bad and that, for instance, Christianity and Buddhism and Hinduism are bad, which I have evidence is happening and which is being brought about by people who are clearly working to make "Sharia" and "Islamic Law" a dominant political system in the world (it is a political system as rotten as socialism and fascism and communism are, since it promotes violence and thuggery and coercion and killing under the face of religion).  By the way, a society based of "Sharia" really creates nothing in the long run and does not advance the human society as a whole since it is too busy suppressing the ideas of people and keeping that ideas of the society based of ways of only a few minds up front (the political leaders, whose main purpose is too keep themselves enriched through  the work of others, the many)--it is a gang-run society really.  Yes, if you run across people pushing the idea that Muslim-stuff is better than U.S. is, especially to little children, go public and make it known to other good people and fight back against it!

    On Friday, February 7, 2014, I was doing long-distance traveling in Michigan by vehicle, and I ended up, in the evening, at a gasoline station at Exit 136 along I-75.  When I left the gasoline station, I noticed that a business across the street was closed--the business was The Exit Restaurant, a place that had been at the location since the 1950s or so.  Yes, The Exit Restaurant is closed.  The building, which was not the original building for the place, had a "for lease" sign on it.  It must have closed some time since my last trip through the area, which had been in early December 2013.  I thought.  It could have closed because the owners wanted to close it, such as to retire (I had been notice the service had been getting worse over the last few years, and I wondered if the owners had purposely been letting the staffers slack off or get worse so that the owners could take a tax loss on a close down).  It could have closed because the cooks--at least in the evening shift--had been bad or had been purposely working to sabotage the place (a little while back, I and a friend of my were involved in incidents that showed something bad was going on at the place at least in the evenings--for example, on one occasion, it seemed a cook purposely cooked something in rancid grease).  Or the place could have closed down because, generally speaking, the staff was getting worse, because more young people were coming in as employees and not wanting to work and really care about customers (the owners could have been having a hard time finding good employees, since the young generation as a whole, for example, has a poor work standard).  I do not have the answer about why the restaurant closed.  Around four years ago or so, it was a 24-hour-a-day place, and then the hours got cut back, and then the hours got cut back.  Now, there are no open hours for The Exit Restaurant at Birch Run.  Then again, maybe the amount of traffic on the roads nearby has been tapering off greatly, and customers were not showing up.

    Well, the story is not over.  On Thursday, February 27, 2014, I was once again at the gas station at I-75 and Exit 136, and notice a sign over at what was once the Exit Restaurant.  The sign noted something like--We see you in the spring.  It seems someone has decided to lease the building and start up a business in the building.  It will be interesting to see what the business is.

    The 2013-2014 winter in Michigan has most certainly been snowy and cold--if not the coldest and snowiest since the 1990s--and because there has been a lot of snow, not only in the Upper Peninsula but also in the Lower Peninsula, the rivers should really be full of water this spring, during the spring melt, and that means that they should be great for canoeing and kayaking and such this spring.  However, too much water in a river can be a problem for those who want to travel it--the water can be fast and probably too fast for inexperienced river travelers.  Around the state, there are rivers everywhere, and places that rent canoe or kayaks are easy to find.  Honor is a place in Benzie County of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, and at M-22 and the Platte River Bridge at Honor is a canoe livery known as "Riverside Canoe Trips," and it is a place where a person can get a canoe, kayak, tube, or raft to travel the Platte River, maybe as part of a vacation that would include seeing the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, which is, in essence, a long park along Lake Michigan.  People who have traveled through Mio of Oscoda County of the Lower Peninsula on M-33 recently should be aware of the name "Hinchman Acres," which is a business that has been around for decades.  Today, "Hinchman Acres Resort" is the name of the place, and it offers more than only canoes and kayaks that can be used to travel the Au Sable River, which ultimately empties in to Lake Huron.  Hinchman Acres Resort is a place that has nine cottages for rent, two ponds (one of which is stocked with trout), a playground, a sandy beach, a basketball court, and more.  Basically, it is promoted as a family vacation place, which happens to be near the Huron National Forest, such as the Wolf Creek Trail System, which can be used by hikers.  In the Upper Peninsula, many people like to canoe or kayak the Black River in Gogebic County, which is were the Porcupine Mountains State Park Presque Isle River Unit is located.  Also in the Upper Peninsula is a business called "Northland Outfitters."  By the way, in the 1990s, I regularly talked with the then operator of the place--Tom Gronback--when I was working for AAA Michigan and was doing surveys of businesses on the big summer holidays to see how tourism was going.  Others operate Northland Outfitters today, but the place is still is where people go to fish and camp and hike and canoe and kayak.  "Northland Outfitters" is a place to go to start a canoeing trip or a kayaking trip on either the Fox River or the Manistique River, the former of which is not necessarily for beginners and the later of which is more for beginners than the Fox River is.  Along M-77 between Germfask and the entrance to the Seney National Wildlife Refuge--near a place called Curtis--is a cabin-rental area related to Northland Outfitters, which has three main types of cabin for rent, none of which can be called a "rustic cabin," which lacks modern conveniences, such as electricity.  Of course, in both the Lower Peninsula and the Upper Peninsula, a person can find places to set out on a canoe trip or a kayaking trip, using what the person owns for a canoe or a kayak.  A person could go to the Saginaw River in the Bay City area and see from the outside the ship known as The U.S.S. Edson that is anchored at Bay City; the ship is a former war ship and is now a fairly new museum ship in Michigan (it was brought in from the East a short while ago).  A person need not use only a river to canoe or kayak--a person can choose one of the many inland lakes open to the public or even waters of one of the Great Lakes.  It seems very likely to me that, this spring, I will see the water level of Lake Huron is higher than it was year ago because of the results of the winter, but the water level being too slow of any of the Great Lakes is never problem.

    So, as it might be said, use was whatever floats your boat--lake or river.

    And here are some statistics about the amount of traffic at the world-famous Mackinac Bridge.  In January 2013, 169,480 vehicles used the Mackinac Bridge, and in January 2014, 158,283 vehicles used the Bridge.  That means that the amount of traffic in January 2014 was down 6.6 percent over that in January 2013.  One of the reasons for the lower traffic could be there was a lot of snow on the ground in the Lower Peninsula, and snowmobiles who live in the Lower Peninsula did not have to cross the Mackinac Bridge to get to the Upper Peninsula and good snowmobile conditions.

    Stay well!


    P.S. #1: Remember: While you travel in Michigan, remind your children or grandchildren that they should never pledge to be a "servant to Obama" or a servant to any politician or sing the praises of Barack Obama, and to help you remember other matters that you should teach children about bad politicians, such as Barack Obama (who can be described as an "enslaver"), see such other documents of mine as Conservatism for Children and What Conservatism Means (which can be reached through this link: Conservatism) and Lessons for Children about Politics and Dangerous People (which can be reached through this link: Children).  (Note: I first passed along the subject of not being a "servant to Obama" and the like in the publication entitled T.H.A.T. #58, which can be reached through this link: T.H.A.T. #58.)

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