Time to get off my a@@

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and get to work. Done with coffee and lunch. Putting on bunny suit and going in.

Wonderful news - public-sector unions

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No need for these. Labor unions definitely had their place in the early 1900's but they failed to evolve and now do not really serve their workers, only their leadership. Private sector unions are still viable - electricians, automotive and aerospace workers, etc. but public sector unions should never have been implemented - teachers, government workers, etc...

From City Journal:

Labor’s Love Lost
Government-union membership fell again in 2019, continuing a decade-long decline. Workers in public-sector unions now number 7.066 million, representing a drop of nearly 100,000 in one year and the smallest government-organized labor membership in 20 years. Since 2009, when the ranks of government-union members peaked at 7.896 million, public-labor groups have lost more than 10 percent of their membership. The percentage of government workers belonging to unions has dropped to 33.6, the smallest proportion of the government workforce since 1978. The most recent numbers illustrate how government unions continue to suffer from the hangover of the recession of 2008-2009, in part because of a slow rebound in government employment during the economic expansion that began in 2010. The numbers may also reflect some losses that unions have suffered in the wake of the 2018 Supreme Court Janus decision, which gave public-sector workers the right to opt out of joining a union or paying fees.

The trends are particularly ominous for public unions because 2019 should have been the year that they started bouncing back. In the tenth year of an economic expansion, state tax and local collections grew robustly, increasing by 9 percent in the second quarter and 5.6 percent in the third quarter, according to government surveys. States and municipalities subsequently hired more workers. The number of local government employees, for instance, jumped by nearly 100,000 in 2019, to 14.573 million. But these gains haven’t translated into increases in union membership, particularly in municipal government, the largest segment of public-sector employment. The total government workforce in America has returned to its pre-financial crash levels, but union headcount has failed to follow suit.

Let's see now - public sector union membership peaked in 2009. What happened on January 20th of 2009
Stands to reason - the Democrats rallied behind him, put him behind the Resolute Desk with his pen and his phone and he proceeded to pay his people back. Belly up to the trough. Here is a sterling example of what happens when the teachers union gets free money to play with - from CATO Institute:

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It comes from page two of this PDF report: State Education Trends - Academic Performance and Spending over the Past 40 Years by the CATO Institute.

The teachers unions are not there for the teachers. They are not there for the kids. They are there for themselves - they have political power and they do not want to lose it.

99 years ago today - robot

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From the Infogalactic entry for R.U.R.

R.U.R.
R.U.R. is a 1920 science fiction play by the Czech writer Karel Čapek. R.U.R. stands for Rossumovi Univerzální Roboti (Rossum’s Universal Robots). However, the English phrase Rossum’s Universal Robots had been used as the subtitle in the Czech original. It premiered on 25 January 1921 and introduced the word "robot" to the English language and to science fiction as a whole.

R.U.R. quickly became famous and was influential early in the history of its publication. By 1923, it had been translated into thirty languages.

The play begins in a factory that makes artificial people, called roboti (robots), out of synthetic organic matter. They are not exactly robots by the current definition of the term; these creatures are closer to the modern idea of cyborgs, androids or even clones, as they may be mistaken for humans and can think for themselves. They seem happy to work for humans at first, but that changes, and a hostile robot rebellion leads to the extinction of the human race. Čapek later took a different approach to the same theme in War with the Newts, in which non-humans become a servant class in human society.

R.U.R. is dark but not without hope, and was successful in its day in both Europe and the United States.

Emphasis mine - 99 years ago today, the word robot entered the language. The Infogalactic page has a story-line of the play - looks interesting. Have to look for a current english-language version of it. YouTube?

The Wuhan coronavirus - not good

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Two articles - first, from journalist Ezra Cheung's twitter:

And second, from the London Daily Mail:

Chinese 'nurse' claims corpses of coronavirus victims are left lying in a Wuhan hospital crammed with patients as she warns 'everyone will end up being infected' in desperate plea for help

    • Self-proclaimed medic filmed three corpses unattended in a hospital corridor
    • In a post, she accused authorities of covering up the truth of the epidemic
    • She claimed doctors refused to issue diagnoses to control the official figures
    • She begged the public 'to save the people of Wuhan' in a heart-rending thread
    • Outbreak of a new deadly virus has killed 26 people and infected 830 in China

Corpses of coronavirus victims are being left unattended in a corridor of a hospital flooded with patients in Wuhan as the Chinese city is ravaged by the deadly infection, it has been revealed.

The chilling scene, captured by a woman who claims to be a nurse, was posted on the country's social media network today but quickly censored.

Dozens of videos posted online appear show people lying in the street after collapsing where they stood as they walked through the streets of Wuhan.

Given the tight censorship in China (isn't socialized central government just peachy), I am guessing that this is just the tip of the iceberg. I was worried about Ebola. I am even more worried about this new coronavirus. It is not as lethal as Ebola but it is carried on the air and apparently does not require physical contact to infect.

You can not have it both ways

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Two headlines - click on them to go to the article:

I will give you a hint. The first link is from CBS News. They are not quite CNN when it comes to pushing the progressive narrative but they are pretty close. Fake News indeed.

The second link is a paper published in the Journal of Polar Biology 

I think the actual reality should be pretty clear.

Heh - great meme

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Found at Powerline:

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So true - Schiff et. al. are being taken apart and called on their lies in the Senate. All of the House's efforts were built on lies and wishful thinking and their own narrative. Living in a bubble is not the way to go through life.

And the day begins

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Slept in a bit - some "interesting" dreams - hope that I am not becoming a precog. Everyone survived but these were two dreams, one with fire and one with torrential rain and flooding (specifically a downdraft).

Out to get coffee and then time for the bunny suit - working on the music room (AKA the mouse mausoleum). Got a lot of extra bags for my shop vac and will put it outside as I vacuum so as to not blow the fines all around the house - I already have 24 feet of hose for it.

Room is going to be really nice when done - house is turning into a home.

We are heading out to an event this evening - looking forward to it.

Quid Pro Joe simply does not get it

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Out of the loop - from The Daily Wire:

Joe Biden: ‘We Don’t Need Standing Armies’; ‘We Should Be Helping’ Communist China
Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden made a series of troubling remarks this week about U.S. national security matters, stating that the U.S. does not need a standing military and that the U.S. should be focusing on helping communist China.

“We talk about China as our competitor? We should be helping, and benefiting ourselves by doing that,” Biden said during a campaign event in Iowa. “But the idea that China is going to eat our lunch, it was like I remembered debates in the late 90s, remember Japan was going to own us? Give me a break.”

The fact that he is the serious cantidate for the Democrat nomination give me a case of the blue-blind paralytic willies. Biden is just pandering to the millenials - he does not understand realpolitik. President Trump does which is why we are signing treaties right and left. Treaties that are benficial to the wishes and policies of these United States.

Long day today and same for the next few. The contractor is working out really well. Was out after getting supplies for my work this weekend - trying to find some simple tools that neither Lowe's (getting more and more dissapointed with them) and Home Depot (liking them more and more) carried. This one in particular: Trim Puller

We are heading out tomorrow evening to a live reenactment of two old radio shows. Looking forward to that.

Anyway, like it says on the label - tea and bed.

Or make that re-muddle... Got the bedroom walls down to bare studs and ready to tear out the old insulation and install better stuff. The old stuff was from the 1960's - the new stuff has much better properties.

Lunch first, shopping and then bunny suit time.

Spending money at IKEA

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Bought some furniture for the living room and then found out about this upcoming opportunity - there has been a very interesting renaissance in analog synthesizers. All of the old patents have expired and the circuits can be made with modern components. You get the same sonorities with a lot less noise, better stability, smaller size and cheaper cost.

teenage engineering is one company in Sweden making these new devices and they paired up with IKEA for a limited run of devices. From this IKEA document (PDF):

FREKVENS
A limited collection in collaboration with teenage engineering

No music, no party, right? Music is one of the most powerful and uniting cultural forces in society. It is something that unites people and amplifies emotions. Social life in homes are often centered around music, so having good sound in every room of the home has become a dream for many. This inspired a limited collection called FREKVENS.

Sales starting February 2020, FREKVENS limited collection consists of products that allow you to start a party easily in your home, or somewhere else. Wherever the music takes you.

The core of the collection, a portable music system was created with the creative collective teenage engineering. Inspired by the movement and ambience of a party, the solitaire speakers have modular possibilities allowing you to turn them into a sound system. Then just attach some LEDs, spotlights and choose your spotlight accessories for a totally unique party.

There are a lot more than just speakers and lighting at the document - some great mugs (tiki and totem) as well as furniture and wear. 

Peace in the Middle East - baby steps

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Amazing bit of news from The Algemeiner:

Muslim World League Chief al-Issa Joins Holocaust Survivors in Historic Tribute at Auschwitz
The head of the one of the world’s largest Muslim organizations paid an unprecedented visit to the site of the Auschwitz extermination camp on Thursday, where he participated in remembrance prayers for the Jewish victims of the Nazi Holocaust.

Dr. Muhammad al-Issa — the secretary-general of the Mecca-based Muslim World League (MWL) — joined with survivors of the Holocaust in paying his respects at the camp as the world prepares for the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz on Jan. 27.

20200124-alissaauschwitz.jpgMohammad al-Issa (center, with black robe), secretary-general
of the Muslim World League, visits Auschwitz, Jan. 23, 2020.
Photo: Reuters / Kacper Pempel.

“To be here, among the children of Holocaust survivors and members of the Jewish and Islamic communities, is both a sacred duty and a profound honor,” al-Issa said. “The unconscionable crimes to which we bear witness today are truly crimes against humanity. That is to say, a violation of us all, an affront to all of God’s children.”

Al-Issa has established the MWL as a leading Muslim partner for dialogue with Judaism and other faiths since he was appointed to take over the Saudi-backed organization in 2016.

In May 2018, al -Issa paid a public visit to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, where he strongly condemned Holocaust denial.

And in an extensive interview with The Algemeiner earlier that same year, he firmly rejected those who present the Islamic faith as a license to engage in sectarian persecution.

Doing so “negates the tradition of the Creator Almighty, who created His universe in such a way that it contains diversity and variety,” al-Issa said.

Dr. al-Issa is most definitley one of the good guys. Nice to see the pendulum swinging back to normalcy again.

The Algemeiner is based out of New York City and is one of the largest English language Jewish newspapers in the world.

Object of desire

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Such fun - M134 Minigun:

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Up and at 'em

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Another day of demolition and rebuilding. Got my Tyvek bunny suit and my PPE and ready to go to work.

From the London Daily Mail:

Beijing CANCELS major Chinese New Year celebrations in desperate attempt to control the spread of the killer Coronavirus
Beijing has today announced major Chinese New Year events will be cancelled to control the spread of the killer coronavirus.

Officials in the Chinese capital have scrapped events including temple fairs – which can attract thousands of tourists.

Residents have been urged to 'strengthen prevention' against the virus, which has killed 25 and potentially infected thousands.

More than 800 people have been confirmed to have the virus, with cases recorded in the US, Singapore, Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau - as well as China.

Wonder how bad it really is for them to do this measure. New Year is a big thing there.

Quite the blow

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It is coming out of the South and my home is shielded by a large bluff so I do not get the full effect but I am seeing 15MPG gusting to 23.

Some numbers: Snohomish PUD (mine) has 508 customers without electricity. Puget Sound Energy (to the south and the north) has about 100. Pacific Power has four customers in Oregon reading by candlelight. BC Hydro (coal actually) has about 150.

Loud gusting wind but no real significant damage - great news. I know around here, the crews have been doing a wonderful job trimming the trees near the power lines. A little infrastructure maintenance goes a long way. Talkin' to you California.

If one forecast doesn't get you, the other one will - from the National Weather Service:

Rock, meet hard place. I was driving North to Home Depot for supplies for this weekend and saw that the water in the irrigation ditches was the highest that I had ever seen. Sample size of two years for what that is worth but still...

Long day today - up at 5AM

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Been getting to sleep earlier and have given up my usual several glasses of red wine when watching YouTube. Sleeping a lot better for some strange reason and also needing less of it.  Getting a lot more done for some strange reason.

We finished the flooring in the loft - looks gorgeous. The contractor demolished the music room and will do the bedroom tomorrow. I have the weekend to make any changes (upgrading the insulation and adding some wiring stubs so rewiring the house will be a lot easier). He found this little tableau in one corner of the room:

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About 40 mouse skeletons - not quite a Rat King but quite the ugghhh factor. Finding lots of mouse poop in the same room. The saving grace is that it shares a wall with the garage and the access panel to the crawl-space under the house is in the garage so these wee beasties probably came in one winter to escape the cold.

UPDATE - Wuhan coronavirus

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From the english language Channel News Asia:

Singapore confirms first case of Wuhan virus
Singapore on Thursday (Jan 23) announced a confirmed case of the Wuhan virus, a new coronavirus that has sickened hundreds of people and killed at least 17.

In a media briefing on Thursday evening, the Ministry of Health said the patient is a 66-year-old Chinese man. The Wuhan resident, who arrived in Singapore with his family on Jan 20, flew from Guangzhou via China Southern flight CZ351.

The genie is out of the bottle...

Just wonderful - from the scientific journal Nature - 2017/02/23:

Inside the Chinese lab poised to study world's most dangerous pathogens
A laboratory in Wuhan is on the cusp of being cleared to work with the world’s most dangerous pathogens. The move is part of a plan to build between five and seven biosafety level-4 (BSL-4) labs across the Chinese mainland by 2025, and has generated much excitement, as well as some concerns.

Some scientists outside China worry about pathogens escaping, and the addition of a biological dimension to geopolitical tensions between China and other nations. But Chinese microbiologists are celebrating their entrance to the elite cadre empowered to wrestle with the world’s greatest biological threats.

And, of course, it was an international body of scientists that certified the lab for occupancy:

The lab was certified as meeting the standards and criteria of BSL-4 by the China National Accreditation Service for Conformity Assessment (CNAS) in January. The CNAS examined the lab’s infrastructure, equipment and management, says a CNAS representative, paving the way for the Ministry of Health to give its approval. A representative from the ministry says it will move slowly and cautiously; if the assessment goes smoothly, it could approve the laboratory by the end of June.

Just wonderful - a virus that would be ideal as a bioweapon shows up in a city that has the first BSL-4 lab in all of China. A lab that was OK'd by Chinese bureaucrats and not a team of independent scientists. When I say bioweapon, I am talking about how it has an asymptomatic incubation time - the guy who flew to the US did not realize that he was ill until some days after he arrived. He was contagious and spreading this around to all the other people on the long flight.

It is not lethal, it just incapacitates the victim. You want to invade but you do not want to kill your future serfs.
Just perfect

Seriously YouTube - WTF???

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Judicial Watch is an organization that exposes corruption in the government. They are conservative but they are specifically non-partisan. They go after Republicans just as much as Democrats. They have been doing excellent work for 25 years. From their President's Twitter Feed:

This is not good. This is trying to promote the narrative and is downright evil.

I like her - Tulsi Gabbard

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She is a classical Democrat in the mold of J.F. Kennedy - if she were running for President, I would have a hard decision between her and Trump. She is not afraid of the outgoing (thankfully) Clinton cartel. From the New York Post:

Tulsi Gabbard sues Hillary Clinton for defamation
Democratic presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard has filed a defamation suit against Hillary Clinton for calling her a “Russian asset,” according to newly filed court papers.

“Tulsi Gabbard is running for President of the United States, a position Clinton has long coveted, but has not been able to attain,” Wednesday’s Manhattan federal lawsuit reads. “In October 2019 — whether out of personal animus, political enmity, or fear of real change within a political party Clinton and her allies have long dominated — Clinton lied about her perceived rival Tulsi Gabbard. She did so publicly, unambiguously, and with obvious malicious intent.”

The former secretary of state has refused to walk back comments she made during an Oct. 17 appearance on a podcast, in which she referred to the Hawaii congresswoman as a “favorite of the Russians.”

I am saddened by the news of her upcoming suicide. She will be shooting herself in the back of the head three times.

L & I got 2/3rds of the upstairs flooring done today - knocking out the rest of it tomorrow. Also tomorrow I have a contractor coming in to do drywall in two rooms. They came highly recomended and their bid was right in the ballpark so try them out on a small job to see how they do. Do they show up on time. Do they clean up after themselves. That kind of thing.

Was up pretty early today so just a quick trot around the internet and then some YouTube videos. Pot of tea and bed.

Heh - Benny Hill and the impeachment

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The video is the House members walking the impeachment to the Senate:
Tip of the hat to Denny at Grouchy Old Cripple for the link.

The Wuhan Coronavirus outbreak

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Tyler has some updates at Zero Hedge:

Coronavirus Deaths Double Overnight To 17, Suspected Case Identified In St. Petersburg
Update 2: Just as we suspected, Chinese authorities have revised the death toll for the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak to 17 on Wednesday, meaning that in under 24 hours, the death toll has practically doubled.

Meanwhile, Russia media reports claim that a passenger from Shanghai has been hospitalized, a sign that the virus may now have spread to Russia.

    • PASSENGER FROM SHANGHAI HOSPITALIZED IN ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIA
    • NOVEL CRONAVIRUS DEATHS RISE TO 17 IN HUBEI PROVINCE:CHINA NEWS

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Update: So much for being 'contained'.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador - better known as AMLO - said Wednesday morning that two cases of coronavirus are suspected in Mexico, and that health officials are scrambling to confirm. He added that one of the patients is under observation in Tamaulipas.

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China's National Health Commission has revised the total of coronavirus cases higher for at least the second time on Wednesday: there are now 473 confirmed patients infected in China alone, though the death toll remained at 9, Reuters reports.

Internationally, the total number of cases has climbed to 481, according to a running count by the SCMP

The clock is ticking - somewhere out there is something that will rival the 1918 influenza pandemic (worldwide with 500 million infections and 50-100 million deaths) and we are woefully underprepared.

Fake News - an insight from an insider

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From Bill O'Reilly writing at Real Clear Politics:

Should You Hate the Media?
1975 was an exciting time to be at Boston University’s School of Public Communication. There we were, about 30 students seeking a Master’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism. All of us thought our quest was noble, that we would become purveyors of truth, skilled fact-finders and truth-tellers in the Watergate tradition. The lessons presented were well worth the tens of thousands of dollars I had to pay for them.

Forty-five years later, having reached the top of my profession, I generally despise my own industry, something I never could have predicted. Here’s why.

The good news is that the pendulum is swinging back towards conservatism and fact-based reality. Was getting worried for a while...

Only in California

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The place was paradise until the Democrats took over - from ABC News:

California considers declaring common pain killer carcinogen
A fight is coming to California over whether to list one of the world's most common over-the-counter drugs as a carcinogen, echoing recent high-profile battles over things like alcohol and coffee.

The drug is acetaminophen, known outside the U.S. as paracetamol and used to treat pain and fevers. It is the basis for more than 600 prescription and over-the-counter medications for adults and children, found in well-known brands like Tylenol, Excedrin, Sudafed, Robitussin and Theraflu.

Acetaminophen has been available in the U.S. without a prescription since 1955. Concerns about its potential link to cancer come from its relationship to another drug: phenacetin. That drug, once a common treatment for headaches and other ailments, was banned by the FDA in 1983 because it caused cancer.

Sometimes you just have to say enough. Whatever agency is promoting this needs to have their budget cut by 90%

Look, I get it - tracking potential carcinogens is a good thing but once you have all the big ones, you need to dial back and not start labeling everything. 90% of everything can cause cancer if you consume enough of it - Paracelcus knew this back in the 1500's when he wrote that The dose makes the poison.

This is good - Flint, Michigan water

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The US Supreme Court is allowing the citizens of Flint, Michigan to sue their city and government officials for not maintaining the infrastructure and knowingly allow high levels of lead to contaminate the water supply. Let's hear it for accountability of public "servants". From Reuters:

U.S. Supreme Court lets Flint, Michigan residents sue over water contamination
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday let residents of Flint, Michigan pursue a civil rights lawsuit against the city and government officials that accused them of knowingly allowing the city’s water supply to become contaminated with lead.

The justices turned away two appeals by the city and the state and local officials of a lower court ruling that allowed the lawsuit to move forward. The lower court rejected a demand for immunity by the officials, finding that they violated the residents’ right to “bodily integrity” under the U.S. Constitution by providing the tainted water after switching water sources in a cost-cutting move in 2014.

What happened?

Flint switched its public water source from Lake Huron to the Flint River to reduce costs during a financial crisis. The corrosive river water caused lead to leach from pipes.

Lead poisoning can stunt children’s cognitive development. No level of exposure is considered safe.

The city switched back to Lake Huron water the next year. The contaminated river water also triggered an outbreak of bacteria-caused Legionnaires’ disease, which killed 12 people and sickened dozens of others.

Bone-headed move that was swept under the rug when the consequences were discovered. They were going to sit back and impare a generation of kids until this was discovered by an outside agency.
Rope. Tree. Some assembly required...

Oh joy - Wuhan coronavirus in the USA

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Just South of here to be exact. From the Seattle Times:

Case of Wuhan coronavirus detected in Everett, first in United States
A Snohomish County resident is infected with the Wuhan coronavirus, the first confirmed case in the United States of a mysterious respiratory infection that has killed at least six people and sickened hundreds more in Asia.

The patient is a man in his 30s who recently had traveled to Wuhan, China, where the outbreak appears to have originated, federal officials have found. He had no symptoms when he arrived at the Seattle-Tacoma airport last Wednesday, but he contacted doctors on Sunday when he started feeling ill, and he was hospitalized with pneumonia, officials said.

Investigators tested samples from the man for the presence of the coronavirus and received positive results. The patient is said to be at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett in good condition and isn’t considered a threat to medical staff or the public.

The newly discovered virus has infected about 300 people, all of whom had been in China, and killed six people in Wuhan. Most of the dead were age 60 or older, and at least some had a previous medical condition.

This is what freaks me out about the highly contageous virusses like Ebola. You can be asymptomatic for a week or more while still being contageous. Wonder how many people on that long flight were exposed. Have they been checked?

Off for the day

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Just got back from the storage unit and library and other places. L is fixing some lunch and we are doing flooring today.

Minimal posting if any...

A really nice touch and a tweet

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From The Last Refuge:

President Trump and Vice-President Pence Make Unscheduled Visit to MLK Memorial…
Moments ago President Trump and Vice President Pence made an unscheduled stop to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington DC to pay their holiday respects.

From President Trump:

Alexandria Occasional-Cortex slipped up on the microphone and actually said what she meant. From NOQ Report:

AOC to billionaires: The people ‘don’t want your money, we want your power’
The radical progressive wing of the New Democratic Party truly fails to understand why their ideas are so horrible. People like Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have this notion that if they could only reach enough people with their extreme message against the rich, they can achieve their goal of complete government control over our lives. You see, to the far-left, authoritarianism is considered a positive so they can protect us from each other… and ourselves.

It’s unfortunate that so many people really are starting to listen to her, Senator Bernie Sanders, and other Marxists who envision a utopia dominated by the upper political classes (not to be confused with the upper economic classes) who will make sure we’re all comfortable in our morphine-drip existence under Gargantuan Government. This is why the push so hard for the Green New Deal, known in conservative economic circles as the pathway to Modern Monetary Theory.

But here’s the problem. Okay, so there are a ton of problems with their socialistic agenda, but here’s the problem as it pertains to the messaging depicted in the video below. Their authoritarianism can only be achieved by utilizing “the people” within a power structure that only benefits the elite. You’ll notice in her little slip that when she discusses wanting the people to take the power from billionaires like Jeff Bezos, she’s framing it within the concept of a “worker cooperative.”

Much more at the site - a good and accurate analysis. People like AOC are not about us, they are about securing power and privilege for themselves.

The Richmond Rally

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Looks like it turned out really well - self policing. A headline:

Only Person Arrested at Virginia Gun Rights Rally Was a Mask-Wearing LGBT Activist

From The Daily Wire:

VA Sheriff: We Will NOT Enforce ‘Unconstitutional’ Gun Control Laws
Attending a pro-Second Amendment rally outside Virginia’s state capitol on Monday, Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan said he will not be enforcing unconstitutional gun control laws.

“Grayson County Virginia Sheriff Richard Vaughan is here with his deputies. He said he won’t enforce stricter gun laws,” The Virginian-Pilot’s Alissa Skelton reported. “We are here to stand up for the Second Amendment, he said.”

The Democrat Governor is not without sin - from Townhall:

Second Amendment Rally Renews Governor Northam's Blackface, KKK Scandal
One year ago, photos from Virginia Governor Ralph Northam's medical school year book surfaced. The photos showed Northam in either black face or full KKK garb. It was also revealed his nickname was "Coonman."

Not good optics in these "woke" times.

I am sure that there will be some good stories coming out in the next day or three - looks like they had a big turnout.

Deception Pass a no-go

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L's gig lasted until well after 1PM and I have a meeting tonight so we went up to the communities of Edison and Bow - gorgeous little places turning into quite the food and arts communities.

Time to wolf down a bowl of lentil soup and head out to the meeting - 6:30 but want to get there a bit early to help set up.

Good words for today

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"Let no man pull you so low as to hate him."
--Martin Luther King, Jr.

Richmond, VA

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Lots of reports coming in but holding off for 48 hours. Looks to be very very well attended and peaceful but there will probably be some false-flag attempts at disruption by the hard left. Need to get all the facts straight first before posting.

Happy days in China - from the South China Morning Post:

China coronavirus: Beijing breaks its silence, but only to ‘deny rumours’
China’s central government has broken its silence on the Wuhan pneumonia outbreak with an online post aimed at “defying the rumours” surrounding the spread of the new coronavirus but without providing any new facts or figures.

In an information poster reproduced on social media and its own website on Saturday night, the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention said the new virus was not Sars (severe acute respiratory syndrome), which killed more than 700 people around the world in 2003.

The centre also dismissed suggestions that hospitals outside Wuhan had been secretly treating people infected with the virus, saying that all known cases were being dealt with in the central China city.

Something out there is waiting to break out. The Ebola epidemic is far from over. What and when will it happen.

Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King

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Mark Alexander has a great essay at Patriot Post:

Martin Luther King Jr.
“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’ … I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. … And if America is to be a great nation this must become true.” —Martin Luther King Jr.

Despite the fact that the Democratic Party claims King’s legacy, and Democrats argue they are the sole protectors of his “dream,” they have turned this iconic sovereign’s message upside down, as if King had said, “I have a dream that my children will one day be judged by the color of their skin, not the content of their character.” They’ve converted it from a dream into a nightmare, and their failed statist “Great Society” programs have enslaved generations of poor, mostly black Americans on urban poverty plantations.

But poor blacks have been a staple constituency, having been inculcated with the belief that they are perpetual “victims of injustice” who must depend on their Democrat masters to take care of them.

King’s 1963 address from the Lincoln Memorial was his most famous, but you have likely never read King’s 1966 assessment of racial violence in Barack Obama’s hometown of Chicago: “This is the most tragic picture of man’s inhumanity to man. I’ve been to Mississippi and Alabama and I can tell you that the hatred and hostility in Chicago are really deeper than in Alabama and Mississippi.” King added, “Those who are associated with ‘Black Power’ and black supremacy are wrong.”

Lots more at the site - talking about race hustlers and poverty pimps (Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, John Lewis, etc...)

There is nothing new about race-hustlers. In his 1911 work, “My Larger Education,” Booker T. Washington wrote: “There is a class of coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs — partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. … There is a certain class of race-problem solvers who don’t want the patient to get well, because as long as the disease holds out they have an easy medium through which to make themselves prominent before the public.”

More at the site and Mark concludes with this:

Despite questions about King’s personal character and his proper place in history, I encourage you to read his letter from a Birmingham jail, which provides a window into the soul of King’s vision for all Americans.

Powerful words in that letter. People like Sharpton, Jackson, Obama need to be truely ashamed of themselves for perpetuating the cruel divide. I am reminded of these inconvenient truths:

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Truth hurts the narrative so must preserve the narrative at all costs.

From Peter Schweizer writing at the New York Post:

How five members of Joe Biden’s family got rich through his connections
Political figures have long used their families to route power and benefits for their own self-enrichment. In my new book, “Profiles in Corruption: Abuse of Power by America’s Progressive Elite,” one particular politician — Joe Biden — emerges as the king of the sweetheart deal, with no less than five family members benefiting from his largesse, favorable access and powerful position for commercial gain. In Biden’s case, these deals include foreign partners and, in some cases, even US taxpayer dollars.

The Biden family’s apparent self-enrichment involves five family members: Joe’s son Hunter, son-in-law Howard, brothers James and Frank, and sister Valerie.

When this subject came up in 2019, Biden declared, “I never talked with my son or my brother or anyone else — even distant family — about their business interests. Period.”

No wonder Obama chose him as Veep - two birds of a feather. Tell me again just how the Obama family was able to afford a $14 million beach-front house?

Busy but productive day

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Stuff to do this morning. L has a class in 30 minutes and we are meeting up to head to Deception Pass around noon. It is gorgeous and she has never been there (new to the area). I have a board meeting later tonight.

The fun never ends 🙂

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