And out for a bit

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Coffee, mail box and a few errands.

From Amazon:

From Reuters:

Turkey will no longer stop Syrian migrant flow to Europe: Turkish official
Turkey has decided to no longer stop Syrian refugees from reaching Europe by land and sea, a senior Turkish official told Reuters on Thursday, in anticipation of the imminent arrival of refugees from Syria’s Idlib where nearly a million have been displaced.

Turkish police, coast guard and border security officials have been ordered to stand down, the Turkish official added. Earlier on Thursday, a local Turkish governor said an attack on Turkish military in Idlib killed nine soldiers.

I wonder just how much longer the poor citizens of Europe will stand for this nonsense from Brussells. There go several once-great nations if this is not stopped.

Something to remember and act on

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Wise words - need to keep remembering this:

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The joys of centralized planning - China

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China is a communist nation and its current "President for life" Xi Jin Ping has consolidated his power and is now the top dog of a very corrupt government (all centralized ones are - this is why socialism always fails). From PJ Media:

The virus that challenged the world
The coronavirus crisis is testing political systems all over the world. In China it is challenging Xi Jin Ping because he 'owns' the system, Melinda Liu writes in Foreign Policy. "The party has something to do with everything in China, especially under Xi Jinping—and suddenly, for Xi, that has become a double-edged sword. As president, party head, and top military commander, Xi has consolidated his authority, centralized decision-making, abolished presidential term limits, and promoted his loyalists. People expect Xi, China’s 'chairman of everything,' to fix everything when it goes wrong."

And there's a lot wrong. The virus is devouring the entire Chinese medical system. NPR reports that patients requiring urgent surgery, even cancer treatment are simply turned away because the epidemic has used up all available Chinese resources. If you arrive in the hospital with a heart problem, too bad.

Wretchard also looks at Iran, Europe and California - he closes with this:

The alternative to the contraction as readers of the Belmont Club already know is componentization. Like applications on your smart phone, each has to be separated from the others by standard interfaces so that corruption in one does not destroy them all. That is the future political parties must envision instead of rehashing Marxist manifestos from the early 20th century. Chief among componentization's needs must be a world wide text only satellite based system, unfettered by prior censorship open to every fully attributed person on the planet.

Bad as it is, it's not the coronavirus we should worry about so as much as what might come after it. The reason Xi did not see the fatal black swan approaching despite ubiquitous surveillance and AI is because information is surprise, not the carrier wave but something unknown as yet or else it would be in cache. But one has to be open to one's own ignorance to listen and that is something authoritarians can't do, even when their survival depends on it.

Some interesting observations and ideas - good writer.

Up and at 'em - slow day today

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Having dinner with L later this evening and have a meeting at 3:30 this afternoon but that is it for me for today.

Working in the garage and taking care of some paperwork. Coffee first.

There is recycling and then...

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There is epic recycling - from Seattle station KING-5:

Old trees at Deception Pass State Park get new life as picnic tables
Deception Pass State Park is helping old-growth trees find new life after they fall or have to be removed.

The park is in the process of replacing 375 deteriorating picnic tables, many of which have spent season after season weathering the elements. The park is replacing the outdoor ones with a design that honors an original Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) plan from when the park was founded. These are assembled by volunteers and park staff.

A bit more (quoting the Park Manager):

“This tree is actually older than the state of Washington. So, this tree was here before 1889,” he said. “Just to think about that whole process and who was wandering the woods, the critters and creatures here, this tree has touched probably many of those people.”

Very cool. Deception Pass leads from the mainland to the North end of Whidbey Island - a gorgeous park and spectacular bridge between the two landmasses. Here are two photos from a June 2015 trip.

Coronavirus - some cautionary thoughts...

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From a 20-year veteran of the California Health Care system. From Raconteur Report:

My End Of The Stick
1) Orange County declared a health emergency yesterday. I have no wild idea what that means, and I've worked health care here for 20 years, including about 2/3rds of the E.R.s in the county. Best guess, it simply means TPTB in the county have officially freaked the f**k out about the slow roll out of Kung Flu we've been covering here for over a month, and which we warned our own hospital management about, in detail, over two weeks ago was going to put a serious cramp in our ability to treat patients, indefinitely, even if we never had to treat a single case of Kung Flu in person.

Much more at the site. If this plays out to one tenth of what Aesop is saying, California will be a fustercluck of epic proportions. Especially the cities. Especially, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Glad to be living on an island and have a month or two of boring but nutritious food on hand.

Coronavirus - a couple of headlines

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And dinner time

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Running a few local errands - some things came in today so picking them up at the mailbox.

Working on drainage issues tomorrow and Saturday - L and I start back on flooring Sunday.

News you can use - aspirin

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Too much aspirin can be bad for you. Turns out it might have been responsible for the high fatality of the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918. From Oxford Academic:

Salicylates and Pandemic Influenza Mortality, 1918–1919 Pharmacology, Pathology, and Historic Evidence
The high case-fatality rate—especially among young adults—during the 1918–1919 influenza pandemic is incompletely understood. Although late deaths showed bacterial pneumonia, early deaths exhibited extremely “wet,” sometimes hemorrhagic lungs. The hypothesis presented herein is that aspirin contributed to the incidence and severity of viral pathology, bacterial infection, and death, because physicians of the day were unaware that the regimens (8.0–31.2 g per day) produce levels associated with hyperventilation and pulmonary edema in 33% and 3% of recipients, respectively. Recently, pulmonary edema was found at autopsy in 46% of 26 salicylate-intoxicated adults. Experimentally, salicylates increase lung fluid and protein levels and impair mucociliary clearance. In 1918, the US Surgeon General, the US Navy, and the Journal of the American Medical Association recommended use of aspirin just before the October death spike. If these recommendations were followed, and if pulmonary edema occurred in 3% of persons, a significant proportion of the deaths may be attributable to aspirin.

Interesting...  The more we discover, the more we find out that we do not know as much as we thought.

News you can use - prepping

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National Public Radio has a nice report on how to prepare for a pandemic. Today's pandemic de jure is the Coronavirus (Kung Flu) but this is good solid information and is simple and cheap to implement. From NPR:

A Guide: How To Prepare Your Home For Coronavirus
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is telling Americans that they should be prepared for the possibility of a COVID-19 outbreak in their community.

But what does preparedness look like in practice? The short answer: Don't panic — but do prepare.

That "means not only contingency planning but also good old-fashioned preparedness planning for your family," says Rebecca Katz, director of the Center for Global Health Science and Security at Georgetown University. In other words, what you'd do in case of a possible hurricane or another natural disaster.

We spoke with Katz and other health experts about common-sense things you can do to be ready should the virus hit where you live.

Common sense stuff - avoid crowds, wash your hand obsessivly, maintain two weeks of food and medicine.

I would add: have a stash of books or games to occupy your time. Get a ham radio license and buy a cheap handheld - cell phones have no guarantee of continued operation.

Floored

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We only got one room done today - took our time getting started. This is the music room. It still needs work - a couple of touch-ups on the paint and install the molding and trim but it is coming together really nice:

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The red wall is the creative wall - fire and passion. My keyboards and modular synth will be here. Other side of the room has a dark blue wall - that will be the computers and editing desk - cerebral and cool. The flooring is really nice - hand scraped and feels good under the feet.

The whole world is watching - again

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Democratic National Convention - from the New York Times:

Democratic Leaders Willing to Risk Party Damage to Stop Bernie Sanders
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer, the minority leader, hear constant warnings from allies about congressional losses in November if the party nominates Bernie Sanders for president. Democratic House members share their Sanders fears on text-messaging chains. Bill Clinton, in calls with old friends, vents about the party getting wiped out in the general election.

And officials in the national and state parties are increasingly anxious about splintered primaries on Super Tuesday and beyond, where the liberal Mr. Sanders edges out moderate candidates who collectively win more votes.

Dozens of interviews with Democratic establishment leaders this week show that they are not just worried about Mr. Sanders’s candidacy, but are also willing to risk intraparty damage to stop his nomination at the national convention in July if they get the chance. Since Mr. Sanders’s victory in Nevada’s caucuses on Saturday, The Times has interviewed 93 party officials — all of them superdelegates, who could have a say on the nominee at the convention — and found overwhelming opposition to handing the Vermont senator the nomination if he arrived with the most delegates but fell short of a majority.

The whole world is watching? The rallying cry of the riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. The rioting was at night and the cops beating up the protestors did not realize that the news reporters had next-generation video cameras that could see in very low light levels. Their brutality was broadcast world-wide.

Busy day today

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L is coming over and we will be installing the flooring in the bedroom and music room. FInal stage of remodeling those two rooms - got the rest of the house to go. Bathroom next.

Have some fun this afternoon - a welding project. She has been interested in learning to weld and blacksmith.

Found on the web - Bloomberg's debate

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Says it all:

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No more sucking up to the govenment teat. From FOX News:

Court hands Trump win in sanctuary city fight, says administration can deny grant money
A federal appeals court on Wednesday handed a major win to the Trump administration in its fight against “sanctuary” jurisdictions, ruling that it can deny grant money to states that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York overturned a lower court ruling that stopped the administration’s 2017 move to withhold grant money from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program, which dispenses over $250 million a year to state and local criminal justice efforts.

“Today’s decision rightfully recognizes the lawful authority of the Attorney General to ensure that Department of Justice grant recipients are not at the same time thwarting federal law enforcement priorities,” a DOJ spokesman said in a statement. “The grant conditions here require states and cities that receive DOJ grants to share information about criminals in custody. The federal government uses this information to enforce national immigration laws--policies supported by successive Democrat and Republican administrations.”

“All Americans will benefit from increased public safety as this Administration is able to implement its lawful immigration and public safety policies,” the statement said.

Good - hit them where it hurts. The subsidies. I have zero problem with immigration but it needs to be legal and the immigrants need to assimilate into our society - not the other way around. Time for everyone to stop virtue signalling and grow up.

Well crap - RIP Clive Cussler

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Got an email that he passed away this Monday. One of my favorite writers - nothing profound but you knew that when you started one of his novels, you were in for a good couple hours of solid entertainment. Good character development and enough widgets to make Q drool.

The thing that I really liked is that he had a fictional agency: NUMA - National Underwater and Marine Agency and with the profits of his books, he funded it and did really good marine archeology. The Civil War submarine Hunley that was discovered off the coast of Virginia in 1995? It was Clive Cussler's team that discovered it, raised it in 2000 and provided funds for its preservation and curation and built the museum that houses it today. All out of the public eye. No publicity.

NUMA has been doing other exceptional work - here is their website: National Underwater and Marine Agency

The New York Times has an obituary:

Clive Cussler, Best-Selling Author and Adventurer, Is Dead at 88
Clive Cussler, the author and maritime adventurer who captivated millions with his best-selling tales of suspense and who, between books, led scores of expeditions to find historic shipwrecks and lost treasures in the ocean depths, died on Monday at his home in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was 88.

His death was confirmed by a spokeswoman for his publisher, Penguin Random House. No specific cause was given.

Mayan jungles, undersea kingdoms, ghost ships, evil forces out to destroy the world, beautiful women, heroes modeled on himself — Mr. Cussler’s vivid literary fantasies and his larger-than-life exploits swirled together for four decades, spinning off more than 85 books and locating almost as many shipwrecks.

A college dropout who once pumped gas and wrote advertising copy, Mr. Cussler resorted to a hoax to get his first book published. But his work — mostly action thrillers of the James Bond-Indiana Jones kind, plus nonfiction accounts of his marine quests and a few children’s books — made him a global celebrity.

Eighty-five books? Thank you Mr. Cussler - you kept me entertained for many wonderful years. Rest in peace.

If I had any single-malt in the house, I would raise a toast.

Dinner - that is it

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Sitting down to dinner in a few minutes - half a baked potato, some barley/corn soup and a small salad.

More work to do tonight - L is coming over tomorrow and we start flooring. Date night Friday. We have both been busy so setting some time aside for ourselves.

Nothing catches my eye on the internet so that will be it for the evening.

Tucking up to the government trough

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The mayor of San Francisco is looking to get a handout from the FedGov to deal with the CoronaVirus problem.
Only problem, they have no cases of CoronaVirus. From The Hill:

San Francisco declares state of emergency over coronavirus
San Francisco Mayor London Breed (D) declared a state of emergency for the city on Tuesday amid concerns over the international coronavirus outbreak.

While no coronavirus cases have been confirmed in San Francisco, “the global picture is changing rapidly, and we need to step-up preparedness,” Breed said in a statement.

“We see the virus spreading in new parts of the world every day, and we are taking the necessary steps to protect San Franciscans from harm,” she added.

Hey Mayor? How many of your citizens are dying from disease caused by the unsanitary conditions? How many people are dying from the flu? How many people are being murdered by illegals? These are far greater problems that you need to address but you are simply kicking the can down the road. Disgusting.

What is truly sad is that when they do get a case, it will rip through that city like a bat out of Hell. There will be no stopping it. Although most of the deaths so far have been older people (60-80), I bet that there are a lot of compromised immune systems in SF, walking around being very proud that they can live out their lifestyle fantasies in such a liberal city. They will not know what hit them.

Now this could be interesting - medicine

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An interesting observation regarding common OTC heartburn medications. From United Press International:

Heartburn meds linked to drug-resistant bacteria
Common heartburn meds may foster the growth of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the gut, a new research review suggests.

In an analysis of 12 past studies, researchers found that, overall, the evidence supports a link: People who use acid-suppressing medications -- particularly proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) -- are more likely than nonusers to harbor antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the gut.

The findings do not prove that PPIs -- which include popular brands such as Prilosec (omeprazole), Prevacid (lansoprazole) and Nexium (esomeprazole) -- are the cause, experts said.

But they are the latest to raise safety questions about the top-selling prescription and over-the-counter medicines.

We need to remember that this is a research review and not a full-fledged paper so this data is preliminary. Also, Correlation does not imply causation: "Correlation does not imply causation" is a phrase used in statistics to emphasize that a correlation between two variables does not imply that one causes the other."

But still...

Now this will be fun - a lawsuit

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From President Trump's Election Campaign:

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Jury Trial demanded so that means the Discovery Process and that will be a bitch for the New York Times. Full disclosure of what they knew and when they knew it is not in their interest - does not fit the narrative.

Full complaint can be found here: NYT Complaint

President Trump is sitting on a huge pile of things like this and will be metering them out over the next nine months until the election - this is going to be a very fun time...

It's the economy stupid was the rallying cry of Bill Clinton in his sucessful campaign against Bush, G.H.W. It was coined by James Carville.  I really wish Carville was a conservative, the guy is a brilliant strategist. The Prime Minister of Canada could learn some lessons from him. From this Editorial by Lorne Gunter at Canada's Toronto Sun:

Now that climate crusaders have ruined the economy, what's their solution?
Who’s going to invest in Canada now that the blockades continue and the Teck Frontier mine has been killed?

Are the environmental activists and unelected, unaccountable Indigenous blockaders going to make up the hundreds of billions in lost economic activity they have cost our economy?

Are the rich, lefty, American foundations that fund this activism going to cough up the missing cash?

What are the “green” politicians who warn of “climate emergencies” and insist Canada live up to its Paris accord emission commitments going to do to put to work the tens of thousands of Canadians who have lost or will lose their high-paying jobs in the energy sector?

And the nuts and bolts:

When investors here and in the rest of the world see how feebly Ottawa has handled the blockading of our economy by a few hundred rent-a-mob, fringe players, they are going to decide Canada is not the place to risk their new auto assembly line, grain mill, distribution centre or yogurt plant.

The loss of Teck Resource’s Frontier oilsands project means a loss of 7,000 construction jobs (1,000 outside Alberta) and 2,500 operational jobs (about 600 in other provinces) for the mine’s 40-year lifespan.

Teck Frontier would have meant an additional $12 billion a year of GDP for Canada and upwards of $70 billion in revenues to three levels of government over the next four decades.

“Green” protestors who also demand more money for public education and health care need to ask themselves where are governments going to come up with the $70 billion in government revenues their eco-activism has cost from this one lost project alone?

Much more at the site - time to wake up from your dream people...

And up for the day

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Shower, breakfast and ready to roll. Heading out for coffee and a couple of errands and then back home to work on the garage and the house.

L is coming over to help with the flooring tomorrow - we will also be working on a welding project so that will be a lot of fun.

And that is it for me

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Still feeling the dregs of whatever this crud was - tired. Heading to bed in about an hour.

Nothing caught my eye on the interwebs. Tonights Democrat debate sounds like it was a bunch of 6-year-olds in a school playground. Thank God that we have an adult in the room with President Trump. You may not like him personally but he is doing wonderful things to get this nation back on its feet again. I shudder when I think of what another Clinton presidency would have done for us.

The Coronavirus scare story

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An interesting connection - from The Last Refuge:

Odd Coincidence – Rogue CDC Official Pushing Coronavirus Panic Button is Rod Rosenstein’s Sister…
Earlier today Dr. Nancy Messonnier, an official in the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), held a conference call with media and pushed a panic narrative around the Coronvirus that ran counter to the Trump administration.

What makes the statements by Dr. Messonnier even more interesting is the fact she is the only sister of former DOJ Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Dr. Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (link) told reporters on the call:

“We are asking the American public to work with us to prepare for the expectation that this could be bad.” … “I understand this whole situation may seem overwhelming and that disruption to everyday life may be severe. But these are things that people need to start thinking about now.” (link)

The alarming message from Dr. Messonnier was quickly picked up by most major news organizations and pushed into all reporting on the issue.  The tone of the alarm is also counter to the message of the Trump administration and HHS Secretary Alex Azar, as outlined in a press conference with leadership from U.S. Health and Human Services.

This is very interesting. I ran into a source that was reporting this and went to the CDC website to follow up but did not see anything there. You would think that such a hyperbolic press release would have a followup on their site but nothing.

Now, I find this.
For some background on Rosenstein, here is an excerpt from his entry at InfoGalactic (talking about May of 2017):

Later that month, Rosenstein appointed special counsel Robert Mueller to investigate ties between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 election.

Is this just sour grapes that Rosenstein hired the moke who spent a couple years and over $30 million US taxpayer dollars for a big fat nothingburger? He failed to bring down President Trump so now his sister is going to make the USA look bad. Unreal the bubble some people live in...

Needless to say, much more at the site.

A clever hack if you are not mobbed and beaten to a pulp first:

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From RACONTEUR REPORT

Free images from America's Attic

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The Smithsonian Institution has been called America's Attic as it has an incredible collection of everything.

They just put a bunch of images online - how many? About 2,800,000.

Check out Smithsonian Open Access

Welcome to Smithsonian Open Access, where you can download, share, and reuse millions of the Smithsonian’s images—right now, without asking. With new platforms and tools, you have easier access to nearly 3 million 2D and 3D digital items from our collections—with many more to come. This includes images and data from across the Smithsonian’s 19 museums, nine research centers, libraries, archives, and the National Zoo.

Quite the collection - could spend some serious time going through...

We have wood

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6' by just under 4' by 4'

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Opened two boxes at random and it looks good - the house will look really nice when it is installed.
Fits the "beach house" style perfectly.

Bernie's campaign contributions

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Shocking I tell you. From America's Newspaper of Record - The Babylon Bee:

Bernie Sanders Disappointed To Learn Millions In Campaign Donations Were All In Venezuelan Currency
On Wednesday the Bernie Sanders campaign was disappointed to learn that the nearly $6 million in campaign contributions was donated in Bolivars---Venezuelan currency. When converted to US dollars, the Sanders campaign actually raised only $22.

The press marveled at how, in just 24 hours after Bernie announced his 2020 bid for president, his contributions reached such high totals. “The Bernie Bros are definitely the most passionate bunch in the progressive party,” said political analyst Doug Parson, “but typically they take other people's money, not voluntarily donating their own."

“It was quite the letdown,” said Sanders’ campaign manager Faiz Shakir. “That country hasn’t been doing us a lot of favors lately, but this takes the cake. Technically, we just spent our entire war chest on this morning’s parking,” he fumed.

Saw that one coming from a mile away...

Some pesky numbers - Cuban literacy

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In the news because of Breadline Bernie's love for this failed state. Here is a blast from the past when Obama was praising Cuban literacy in 2016 - from CNS News:

Obama Parrots Discredited Myths About Cuban Education and Health Care
In Cuba last week, President Obama offered glowing praise to institutions in that communist country that did not deserve it. Obama called Cuba’s “system of education” an “extraordinary resource” that “values every boy and every girl.”

But there’s nothing “extraordinary” about the Cuban educational system. Children are taught by poorly-paid teachers in dilapidated schools. Cuba has made less educational progress than most Latin American countries over the last 60 years.  According to UNESCO, Cuba had about the same literacy rate as Costa Rica and Chile in 1950 (close to 80%). And it has almost the same literacy rate as they do today (close to 100%).  Meanwhile, Latin American countries that were largely illiterate in 1950 — like Peru, Brazil, El Salvador, and the Dominican Republic — are largely literate today, closing much of the gap with Cuba. El Salvador had a less than 40% literacy rate in 1950, but has an 88% literacy rate today. Brazil and Peru had a less than 50% literacy rate in 1950, but today, Peru has a 94.5% literacy rate, and Brazil a 92.6% literacy rate.  The Dominican Republic’s rate rose from a little over 40% to 91.8%. While Cuba made substantial progress in reducing illiteracy in Castro’s first years in power, its educational system has stagnated since, even as much of Latin America improved. Educational attainment is particularly lackluster among Afro-Cubans, judging from a recent New York Times story.

Obama also promoted the myth that Cuban health care is excellent, saying that the “United States recognizes progress that Cuba has made as a nation, its enormous achievements in education and in health care.”

In reality, Cuba has made less progress in healthcare and life expectancy than most of Latin America in recent years, due to its decrepit health care system. “Hospitals in the island’s capital are literally falling apart.” Sometimes, patients “have to bring everything with them, because the hospital provides nothing. Pillows, sheets, medicine: everything.”

Cuba lost the big edge in life expectancy it once enjoyed over other Latin American countries, as a result of communism. It led virtually all countries in Latin America in life expectancy in 1959, before a communist regime took power in Cuba. But by 2012, Chileans and Costa Ricans lived slightly longer than Cubans. Back in 1960, Chileans had a life span seven years shorter than Cubans, and Costa Ricans lived more than 2 years less than Cubans on average. In 1960, Mexicans lived seven years shorter than Cubans; by 2012, the gap had shrunk to just two years.

Hey you! Pipe down! Those numbers are interfering with our narrative.

Another example of socialism/communism as a failed form of government. Has never worked. Will never work. Just like Bernie and all the other socialists. Not a successful businessman or entrepreneur in the whole lot of them.

Heh - bumper stickers

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Seen on the web:

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Nothing happening out there

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Shower and up for the day - quick surf and nothing catches my eye.

Time to set up the sump pump. Ran it for a little bit last night as a proof of concept but need to do a proper drainage for it. Joys of home ownership...

And up and at 'em

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Become quite the morning person in the last 5-6 months.

Meeting up with L later this morning to pick up 1.5 tons of hickory flooring for the house. Now the fun begins... Doing the bedroom, music room, hallway and living room for now. Still need to drywall and paint the rest of the house plus some engineering and drainage issues to fix first but the flooring will be sitting here acclimating. Later this summer.

Gorgeous morning - lots of stars out earlier.

Enough slacking. Still have some muscle aches but the congestion is gone so calling myself well again.

L is coming over tomorrow morning for breakfast and then we head up north to pick up two pallets of flooring (3,000 pounds). Getting it for all of the house so the colors will match and it will have time to acclimate to the local temperature and humidity before we install it. Should look really good - a pre-finished natural hickory.

Ran a few errands this evening - picked up another sump pump as I found standing water under the house. Not uncommon with all the rainfall we have been having. I have been in the crawl space several times and only once was there damp ground, all other times have been dry. The recent rains were above average so will need to pump that out. Dealing with general drainage issues this summer so that will fix it.

Skynet told me to post this:

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Great infographic from The Blog:

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And this is what Breadline Bernie is trying to implement in the USA. Just no.

Do not hold your breath - from Megan Fox at PJ Media:

Trump Inspires Former Prisoners: 'You Are Made by God for a Great and Noble Purpose'
President Trump spoke at an unusual graduation ceremony on Thursday and inspired the class of graduates, all former prisoners. HOPE for Prisoners assists formerly incarcerated people with reentry into society by providing long-term support and services. Founder Jon Ponder experienced significant challenges on his release from prison and noted the lack of resources for others in his situation. He started HOPE for Prisoners to help others.

Trump has often expressed his support for criminal justice reform, signing into law several acts that reduced sentencing, shortened jail terms, and stopped the chaining of women in prison as they give birth. His appearance at the HOPE for Prisoners graduation affirms his commitment to second chances and investing in people who have been incarcerated as worthwhile members of our community.

Sometimes people are just in bad situations or they make stupid mistakes. They pay the penalty and turn their lives around. Glad to see that our President is recognizing this and supporting the ones who take this path.

A very uplifting message about our President so of course, the mainstream media is ignoring it. Doesn't fit the narrative.

You choose - I'm going with Naomi

More at The Washington Post:

The anti-Greta: A conservative think tank takes on the global phenomenon
For climate skeptics, it’s hard to compete with the youthful appeal of global phenomenon Greta Thunberg. But one U.S. think tank hopes it’s found an answer: the anti-Greta.

Naomi Seibt is a 19-year-old German who, like Greta, is blond, eloquent and European. But Naomi denounces “climate alarmism,” calls climate consciousness “a despicably anti-human ideology,” and has even deployed Greta’s now famous “How dare you?” line to take on the mainstream German media.

Classical Newtonian mechanics at work in public discourse - for every action, there will be an equal and opposite reaction.

A breath of fresh air. Greta has well-documented mental issues. She does not speak for me. She is a tool for the one-world globalists and when she realizes this, it will crush her. I really feel bad that she is being used like this.

And to work

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Feeling a bit better - working in the garage today. Setting up the welder - got a couple projects.

L is very interested in learning how to weld so win/win.

Bite to eat first...

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