A wonderful evening

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About 50 people in attendence. Light supper, some singing and meditation and then a bonfire. They will be doing one more farmhouse supper as well as an apple-fest next Saturday. One of the aquisitions I made when I initially purchased the farm in Maple Falls was a large second-hand apple cider press. I think it has found a new home as they are making some incredible cider blends.

They do not do alcohol so are not interested in fermenting any of it but we might work out a deal where I get a portion of the cider for my own use. They have over 300 apple and pear trees that are about one to three years old and are just coming into production. Wonderful obscure fruits - some really old varieties.

Anyway, early bedtime for me - a bit zoned out by the meditation and the bonfire and need to get up early tomorrow. Pot luck at 1:00PM tomorrow and I brought some of their cider home to braise the smoked pork shoulder. Bringing a couple pounds of pulled pork for sliders.

Derp - Solstice Equinox

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Going to the Equinox celebration this afternoon - not Solstice.

Revisited the Historical Society today and took their walking tour of Stanwood. It was led by someone who grew up here and whose father, grandfather and great-grandfather also grew up here so she knew her history and had lots of stories to tell. There were two blacksmith shops in town as well as one machinist (much later). Going to have to do some digging - get some photos to use for promotional materials. I already know of one prominent Blacksmith on the island.

Heading out in a few minutes.

Now this is interesting - rattling sabers

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Iran rattled theirs. Now we rattle ours. From gCaptain:

U.S. Orders Large-Scale Turbo Activation Exercise of Ready Reserve Force Ships
The U.S. Department of Defense has ordered a large-scale turbo activation of ships in the U.S. Maritime Administration’s (MARAD) Ready Reserve Force fleet.

The turbo activation is part of a large-scale activation exercise ordered by the U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) on September 16. The activation calls for a total of 28 RRF fleet vessels to transition from reduced operating status to fully crewed and full operating status within 5-days. Activations are commonly followed by immediate sea trials.

Interesting times...

Out for a bit - Solstice party

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Got a solstice party today and the pot-luck is tomorrow.

Solstice party is at the local farm I like - starts at 4:00PM so working at home today until then.

Checked the calendar and saw that the new members party is actually tomorrow - this greatly simplifies my schedule. Cooking some pulled pork for sliders for that. Since I am the VP, my attendance is required.

Out for coffee and the usual.

Suffer from what? Too much crap. From Joshua Becker at Becoming Minimalist:

21 Surprising Statistics That Reveal How Much Stuff We Actually Own
Most of us know we own too much stuff. We feel the weight and burden of our clutter. We tire of cleaning and managing and organizing. Our toy rooms are messy, our drawers don’t close, and our closets are filled from top to bottom. The evidence of clutter is all around us.

Today, data is constantly being collected about our homes, our shopping habits, and our spending. The research is confirming our observation: we own too much stuff. And it is robbing us of life.

Here are 21 surprising statistics about our clutter that help us understand how big of a problem our accumulation has actually become.

    1. There are 300,000 items in the average American home (LA Times).
    2. The average size of the American home has nearly tripled in size over the past 50 years (NPR).
    3. And still, 1 out of every 10 Americans rent offsite storage—the fastest growing segment of the commercial real estate industry over the past four decades. (New York Times Magazine).
    4. While 25% of people with two-car garages don’t have room to park cars inside them and 32% only have room for one vehicle. (U.S. Department of Energy).c
    5. The United States has upward of 50,000 storage facilities, more than five times the number of Starbucks. Currently, there is 7.3 square feet of self storage space for every man, woman and child in the nation. Thus, it is physically possible that every American could stand—all at the same time—under the total canopy of self storage roofing (SSA).

Sixteen more at the site. I am doing a major downsizing and it is hard. You get into the mind-set of accumulation and very difficult to break out. Feels wonderful though.

Sad - Trader Joe's

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Great store but they are caving to the SJW's - from the New York Post:

Trader Joe’s removes pictures of circus elephants from packaging after PETA complaint
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is praising Trader Joe’s after the grocery store chain redesigned some of its packaging, allegedly at the animal rights group’s urging.

In a statement to Fox News, PETA said that it contacted Trader Joe’s about its use of circus elephant images on items such as peanuts, peanut butter and toilet paper, pointing out that it was “standard practice to beat, shock, chain and whip elephants” and other animals used in circus performances.

I find it hard to believe that the circus owners would mistreat such an asset as an elephant so badly. Sadly, yes, there will always be outliers but in the main, elephants would be a much loved and valuable compliment to the circus. I think that PETA is grossly overstating their case and that Trader Joe's acceded to their demands without asking for corroborating information. Classic case of narrative and not facts.

What should Trader Joe's have done?  Mock them mercilessly. Ridicule them and make other people see how silly and impotent their manufactured outrage is.

A dose of reality

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I love this woman:

Quite the system - Oracle

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Oracle makes database software and they are good at it. They also make computers - from Serve The Home:

Oracle Shows 1060 Raspberry Pi Supercomputer at OOW
At Oracle OpenWorld 2019, tucked away in the Oracle Code One area, the company had something unique: a 1060 Raspberry Pi 3 B+ cluster it calls the Raspberry Pi Supercomputer. We had a chance to check this cluster out at the show and it was extremely cool integrating inexpensive components and even 3D printed carriers along with the network booting the Oracle Autonomous Linux distribution to create something bigger.

Oracle Raspberry Pi Supercomputer
One may be wondering why there are 1060 Raspberry Pi 3B+ nodes, not an even 1024. We were told at the show that it was based on the physical dimensions of the solution along with having spares “just in case.” We asked why a Raspberry Pi 3B+ cluster instead of virtualizing an existing Arm server. We did AoA Analysis with the Marvell ThunderX2 versus 190 Raspberry Pi 4s recently. The answer was that a big cluster is cool, and cool it is.

Very cool indeed - no benchmarks as yet but this should be a decently fast system. I love the Raspberry Pi - run several of them here for a couple of projects. Complete general purpose computer for $35 - what's not to love.

Hasta la vista, baby

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Circulation is down. Spanish circulation is even more down. From The Hill:

New York Times shuts down Spanish-language platform
The New York Times on Tuesday announced the closure of its Spanish-language platform, NYT en Español.

“As of today, we’ve discontinued NYT en Español as a separate, standalone operation. Since it launched in 2016, the site published around 10 high-quality original [stories] and translated New York Times stories…in Spanish,” a New York Times spokesperson said in a statement to The Hill.

If they actually wrote about things that us normals wanted to read, they would not be having this problem.

Classical reference in the title.

A lot longer than a couple of hours

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There is a major butt-load of history being well preserved on this little island. A lot of fun today.

Got a Solstice party at the farm tomorrow and then a pot-luck for one of my groups.

Also applied for my Island County ID card today - turned in the paperwork. They will be doing a background check. I carried a Whatcom County ID card for many years so piece of cake. You need this for doing regular emergency services and communications.

Surf for a bit and then to bed. Got a couple pounds of smoked pork shoulder thawing - braise it in apple cider to do pulled pork sliders for tomorrows pot-luck. I get this from Costco, brine it, smoke it and then cut it into half-pound chunks and freeze it. Braise for four hours and it is yummy.

Exploring this but coffee first. Farmer's Market later today. Back in a couple of hours.

Elizabeth Warren - Hillary 2.0

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Two headlines:

Elizabeth Warren Calls for Ending Electoral College

The liberals have nothing to offer so they cheat and game the system.

Elizabeth Warren Hires Lobbyist One Day After Releasing Plan Calling Lobbying ‘Legalized Bribery’

Rules are for the little people. Fscking hypocrite.

Tops - the movie

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A delightful seven minute film of tops spinning:

Filmed by Charles and Ray Eames. Soundtrack by Elmer Bernstein. From the Eames Office:

TOPS
Tops had its genesis in an earlier film produced for the Stars of Jazz television program in 1957.  The Eameses decided to make a longer, color version in 1966, which they worked on in spare moments between other projects.

The film is a celebration of the ancient art and craft of top-making and spinning.  One hundred and twenty-three tops spin to the accompaniment of a score by Elmer Bernstein.  Using close-up, live-action photography, the film shows tops, old and new, from various countries, including China, Japan, India, the United States, France, and England.

Charles’s fascination with spinning tops went back to his childhood; in this film he found a perfect vehicle for demonstrating their beauty in motion and for making visual points about the universality of tops, the physics of motion (MIT physics professor, Philip Morrison, often showed the film to students and colleagues), and the intimate relationship between toys and science.

I used to have tops when I was a kid. I loved Gyroscopes. My Dad taught at University of Pittsburgh and in the lecture hall, they had a great gyro. It was a bicycle wheel with handles fastened to the axle bolt. You would sit in a chair that could spin, rev up the wheel with a motor and then, whenever you tried to tilt the gyro, you would precess around in the chair. If I was wood turning, a bunch of tops would make great Christmas gifts.

Charles and Ray Eames where amazing polymaths. Their film Powers of Ten is a stunning visualization.

The homeless problem in Los Angeles

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Great editorial in the Los Angeles Times:

Here’s the thing about Trump and homelessness in L.A.: He’s right
It’s no secret that when President Trump rails against coastal cities for their vast homeless populations, he’s exploiting the urban-rural divide for political purposes. But less obvious, and more painful, is the fact that he’s right.

That’s right: In gleefully shaming the entertainment capital of the world (Los Angeles) and the uber-wealthy heart of the tech empire (San Francisco), Trump knows that despite our vast resources, we urban elites cannot seem to muster the compassion, courage or political will to provide housing for tens of thousand of our fellow citizens.

He knows we’ve grown quite adept at stepping over sleeping human beings on our way to enjoying artisanal small plates and $15 cocktails.

We can rage at Trump’s crude rhetoric all we like, but until we prove we’re better than that, his words will continue to hit a little too close to home.

Nice to see the confused narrowing of their beady little eyes as they realize that they do not "grok" the seriousness of the situation. That they are living in a bubble of their own making. That the rest of the world (the real part) is starting to impinge on their fantasy world.

Good meeting tonight

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Got a great contact for a kind of antenna I want to build for my ham radio setup (Magnetic Loop). He offered to help me if I had any questions. These have a very narrow range of tuning (are difficult to tune) but are small size (I have a small lot) and are incredibly efficient.

A friend of mine from a different venue was interested in amateur radio (he already did electronics) so I have been helping him study for the license test and he showed up tonight and got a warm welcome. As I left, he was still talking to a bunch of people. This is a really nice group.

A bit on the tired side so quick surf, watch a few videos and then to bed. Got stuff planned tomorrow and Saturday and a radio net on Monday this time.

Yard work today

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Yesterday and today were pretty nice. Temps are still cool but clear-ish skies and no rain. Planning on working on the yard today and tomorrow. Two more days like this in the forecast.

Meeting later tonight - amateur radio group.

Yikes - polio

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From Associated Press:

Philippines declares new polio outbreak after 19 years
Philippine health officials declared a polio outbreak in the country on Thursday, nearly two decades after the World Health Organization declared it to be free of the highly contagious and potentially deadly disease.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said at a news conference that authorities have confirmed at least one case of polio in a 3-year-old girl in southern Lanao del Sur province and detected the polio virus in sewage in Manila and in waterways in the southern Davao region. Those findings are enough to declare an outbreak of the crippling disease in a previously polio-free country like the Philippines, he said.

Not good - this disease is a killer and if it does not kill you, you will have issues for the rest of your life.

Vaccines are a good thing.

Unintended consequences - mosquitos

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Two stories:

First - the concept. From phys.org:

Brazil mutant mosquitoes to breed out diseases
Scientists in Brazil are preparing to release millions of factory-bred mosquitoes in an attempt to wipe out their distant cousins that carry tropical diseases. The insects' method: have sex and then die.

British firm Oxitec says its genetically modified mosquitoes will swarm in among ordinary species such as Aedes aegypti, the insect that carries feared diseases such as Zika, dengue, yellow fever and chikungunya.

They will mate with the females of the ordinary mosquitoes, spawning babies with a genetically inbuilt flaw that causes them to die quickly.

With their work done, the modified father mosquitoes will then give up the ghost themselves—as they are genetically programmed to do.

Nice idea but... From the New York Post:

Plan to kill off mosquitoes backfires, spawning mutant hybrid insects
In what sounds like the plot to a Syfy channel original movie, a plan to curb a mosquito population has backfired spectacularly, making the disease-carriers even more resilient to pest-control measures.

The plan involved genetically altering mosquitoes in Brazil so their babies would die instantly, reported Futurism.

And what actually happened?

For a time, the plan seemed to be going swimmingly. The genetically-modified mosquitoes bred with their wild counterparts, causing a dip in the wild population.

Unfortunately, the numbers came roaring back just 18 months later.

Researchers think that the wild female mosquitoes may have grown wise to the measure and began avoiding the genetically modified males, reported New Atlas.

And if that wasn’t Jurassic Park enough, the wild mosquitoes could have developed a resiliency to the measure, making their population even harder to quash. Now, the region has been left with a huge population of hybrids (combinations of the Brazilian native mosquitoes and the Cuban and Mexican breeds that were genetically altered in the lab) — an outcome that could make the entire population more resistant to the original mosquito control measures.

“The claim was that genes from the release strain would not get into the general population because offspring would die,” Yale researcher Jeffrey Powell, one of the authors of the study, told New Atlas. “That obviously was not what happened.”

Talk about unintended consequences. Time to bring back DDT. Yes, it is bad for the environment and caused problems with bird shells but at that time, we were marinating in it. Carefully used, it would greatly minimize our worst pest with little or no environmental problems.

President Obama and television

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But that's raaaacisssssss...

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Looks like Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in a spot of hot water. From Time Magazine:

Justin Trudeau Wore Brownface at 2001 ‘Arabian Nights’ Party While He Taught at a Private School
Justin Trudeau, Canada’s prime minister, wore brownface makeup to a party at the private school where he was teaching in the spring of 2001. TIME has obtained a photograph of the incident.

And Trudeau backpedals instead of saying it was a joke and everyone needs to get over themselves.
From Associated Press

‘A dumb thing to do’: Trudeau apologizes for brownface
Canadian leader Justin Trudeau’s campaign was hit Wednesday by the publication of a yearbook photo showing him in brownface makeup at a 2001 costume party. The prime minister apologized and said “it was a dumb thing to do.”

And more:

Trudeau, who launched his reelection campaign exactly one week ago, said he should have known better.

“I’m pissed off at myself, I’m disappointed in myself,” Trudeau told reporters traveling with him on his campaign plane.

No. Prime Minister Trudeau needs to be pissed off at himself for caving to the Social Justice Warrior harpies.
You never apologize to SJWs. Vox Day knows this - after all, he wrote the books on the subject. Trudeau needs to mock them mercilessly. Ridicule them and make other people see how silly and impotent their manufactured outrage is.

Looking for this on C-Span

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Comedy gold sounds like - from Don Surber:

Lewandowski owns the Democrats
Corey Lewandowski was so bold, clear, and entertaining in his appearance before Congress that I wondered if Republicans don't have a mole on the House Judiciary Committee who arranged this hearing.

And then I realized that they do.

President Donald John Trump is the only thing on their minds. He is their first thought in the morning, and their last thought at night. The party is obsessed with him that they have become the Washington Generals to his Harlem Globetrotters. Somebody throw a bucket of confetti on them.

Once again, Democrats shopped at Acme. Once again the device they purchased backfired. Bigly.

A long post from Don but worth going there to read. He cites four big media websites and shows their reactions.
The "fake news" journalists are being handed their own front teeth on a silver salver.

To bed soon

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Ran a couple of errands. Picked up two books from the library. Had lunch here and then a burrito out for dinner.

Woke up early this morning so feeling downright sleepy. Surf for a bit and then to bed.

Time for that flu shot

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From NBC News:

This year's flu season may be a bad one. Here's why you need a flu shot
Flu seasons are notoriously unpredictable, but there are already clues that the upcoming season may be especially difficult.

Flu season in the Southern Hemisphere can be an indication of what's to come in the Northern Hemisphere, and the recent flu season in Australia, where winter has just ended, arrived early and with a vengeance. A particularly virulent flu strain, H3N2, dominated.

What's more, a pediatric flu death has already been reported in the U.S. — a 4 year old in California who had underlying health problems.

"We should never forget that the flu still kills," Dr. Cameron Kaiser, a public health officer for Riverside County, California, said in a news release announcing the death.

Cheap insurance. Not a fun illness to have.

Great news - better automobiles

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President Trump tweeted the following a few hours ago:

The increase in safety is a big deal. The automobile engine is running about as efficiently as physically possible so the only way to improve gas mileage is to reduce the weight. This makes the car a lot less safe. Here are just a couple of clickable headlines describing this:

I could go on but you get the drift. Major kudos to President Trump for axing this onerous bit of legislative control.

Chicken Little - climate catastrophe

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No, the sky is not falling. They were wrong then and they are wrong now - from the Competitive Enterprise Institute:

Wrong Again: 50 Years of Failed Eco-pocalyptic Predictions
Modern doomsayers have been predicting climate and environmental disaster since the 1960s. They continue to do so today.

None of the apocalyptic predictions with due dates as of today have come true.

What follows is a collection of notably wild predictions from notable people in government and science.

More than merely spotlighting the failed predictions, this collection shows that the makers of failed apocalyptic predictions often are individuals holding respected positions in government and science.

While such predictions have been and continue to be enthusiastically reported by a media eager for sensational headlines, the failures are typically not revisited.

Some fun reading - they have over 20 images of newspaper and magazine articles claiming that the world is coming to an end and yet, none of these catastrophes have come to pass. Makes you wonder about the green new deal that the retired bartender is trying to ram down everyone's throats.

Licking the spoon - not such a good idea

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From Barfblog:

E. coli O26 and (O121) loves flour
I used to be a lick-the-batter-off-the-spoon kind of guy. I stopped doing that a few years ago. I don’t eat raw cookie dough, or let my kids eat it. I’m probably not the most fun dad, but outbreaks recalls like what is going on right now is why.

General Mills announced today a voluntary national recall of five-pound bags of its Gold Medal Unbleached All Purpose Flour with a better if used by date of September 6, 2020. The recall is being issued for the potential presence of E. coli O26 which was discovered during sampling of the five-pound bag product. This recall is being issued out of an abundance of care as General Mills has not received any direct consumer reports of confirmed illnesses related to this product.

This recall only affects this one date code of Gold Medal Unbleached All Purpose Flour five-pound bags. All other types of Gold Medal Flour are not affected by this recall.

Guidance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) continues to warn that consumers should refrain from consuming any raw products made with flour. E. coli O26 is killed by heat through baking, frying, sautéing or boiling products made with flour. All surfaces, hands and utensils should be properly cleaned after contact with flour or dough.

E. coli can be found in the most unusual places. Sanitation in food preperation is paramount. One of the first things I learned when doing food service back 40 years ago.

Great first paragraph - California

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Here is the first paragraph in a good article about California's push to implement rent controls. A socialist wet-dream but a market failure everywhere it has been tried. From the Foundation for Economic Education:

When you see a headline that begins with “Florida man…,” you know it’s more likely to be about some guy trying to take down a tornado with his Colt Python than it is that a resident of the Sunshine State has cracked cold fusion. In public policy circles, the words “California policymakers…” appearing in a headline are attaining a similar status.

Heh - so true. Here is the thesis of the article:

Rent controls propose using government regulation to solve the symptom — high prices — of a problem — a shortage of housing — which government regulation created in the first place.

Worth reading - excellent example of the unintended consequences of government meddling into private business.

Looking forward to this - the 3rd Annual Historic Sites Tour. Lots of events scheduled and this area is ripe with historical sites.

From reenactment group The Iron Shepherds:

Medieval Meals - Cook & Eat in the 12th Century
What's for dinner? Frumenty? Plumentum? Tardpolene? Or is it beans again? These are just four meals and treats from the middle ages.

Medieval Meals - Eat & Cook in the 12th Century, by Iron Shepherds Living History, is about everyday eating: where food came from, how it changed from the 12th Century onwards, how to cook, how to serve, when to eat and the all important medieval table manners.

With 10 recipes adapted for 21st century cooks, you'll be eating like a 12th century peasant in no time!

This 40 page A5 cookbook costs just £5.00 and all money raised by the sale of this book goes to us, the Iron Shepherds, to help fund our living history displays, events and further books like this.

As a non-profit group all the money we raise through donations and purchases is funneled straight back into the work we do, to bring history to life.

The book is sold out but they have a link to be notified. Great website.

Legalize marijuana they said

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We will tax it and make a lot of money they said. From the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation:

The Ontario government lost $42M selling cannabis in the last year
Ontario Cannabis Retail Corp. lost $42 million in the latest fiscal year, according to newly released public documents.

The provincial Crown corporation tasked with online sales and wholesale distribution of recreational pot reported revenues of $64 million for the year ended March 31, 2019.

However, Ontario's consolidated financial statements show the OCRC, which operates as the Ontario Cannabis Store, racked up expenses totalling $106 million during the period.

Canada legalized cannabis for adult use on Oct. 17 last year, and the rollout was mired by supply chain issues and product shortages, which largely have been resolved in recent months.

Trust big government to take a successful (albeit illegal) private market, nationalize it and lose money.

Quite the fire in Australia

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Bad news for beef ranchers down under - from the Australian Broadcasting Commission:

Genetics laboratory fire in Yarram destroys 100 cryogenic cylinders containing cattle semen
An overnight fire has destroyed 100 valuable cryogenic cylinders containing cattle semen at a genetics laboratory and storage facility at Yarram in south-east Victoria.

The fire in Rodgers Street started about 3:00am and took 10 fire crews more than two hours to contain.

More - from the Fire Commander:

"The liquid inside the cylinders was rapidly expanding and essentially the lids of the cryogenic cylinders were just popping off the top and projectiles were being thrown from the building," he said.

These are dewars containing liquid nitrogen. Not flammable but N2 expands 696 times when it moves from liquid state to gaseous. Builds up a lot of pressure.

The value:

"The actual cylinders are worth between $500 and $1,000 per unit but the semen inside them varies in price," he said.

"We're coming into the AI season so there would have been substantial amounts of semen inside the tanks that we've lost, which was owned by our local farmers, and it can range in value from $5 per straw to $95 per straw.

With each dewar holding maybe 100 straws. Value lost plus the farmers are going to be scrambling to get more for this spring's insemination. It is early spring down there.

Up and at 'em

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Woke up about an hour earlier than usual. Working at home today so putter around for a couple hours and head out for coffee and some errands.

Meetings Thursday, Friday and Saturday so spending the week down here.

A look at modern times

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Things are actually really good:

The most recent Brett Kavanaugh kerfuffle

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Excellent post from Noah Rothman at Commentary Magazine:

Brett Kavanaugh Breaks the Democrats
Rarely does a story implode as spectacularly as the New York Times’ latest effort to resurrect the claim that Justice Brett Kavanaugh was a teenage sexual predator.

By now, you know the facts: The Times published an excerpt from a forthcoming book alleging that another woman suffered the same form of abuse and objectification from Kavanaugh that was alleged by another accuser, Deborah Ramirez. No sooner had the universe of liberal political observers and politicians worked themselves up into a frenzy than the story fell apart. The woman whose uncorroborated experience supposedly substantiated Ramirez’s uncorroborated assertions wasn’t even the one making these accusations. Rather, they came from a Washington D.C. attorney with conflicts of interest who did not contact the Senate Judiciary Committee during Kavanaugh’s confirmation proceedings. What’s more, she doesn’t even remember the experience that was supposedly so traumatizing—a revelation that was inexplicably omitted from the Times’ original draft.

The resurrection of the controversy involving Kavanaugh’s conduct as a teenager has done the New York Times no favors. Nor has it been a boon to Democrats, who have lost control of the narrative and are turning on one another in a failing bid to restore some semblance of competency.

Rothman closes his post with this:

It’s a testament to the impenetrability of the bubble in which they operate that Kavanaugh’s harshest critics don’t seem to recognize how badly this is going for them.

And I hope that they never realize this - they are their own worst enemies. Pure schadenfreude.

News from Wisconsin - from the Madison, WI NBC affiliate:

Wisconsin vineyards hurting after cold, wet spring
September is harvest time for Wisconsin vineyards, but several saw much smaller crop yields this year, or even none at all.

Owners said the weather in 2019 is the problem, especially the bitterly cold winter and a wet spring.

Peter Botham, co-owner and winemaker at Botham's Vineyards and Winery in Barneveld, is one grape grower who struggled this season.

How bad are things:

However, in 2019, for the first time in 27 years, Botham is not harvesting at all.

"For growing grapes, it could not have been worse this summer," he said.

The cold winter burned the buds for the grapes, and the wet spring and summer made it hard for grapes to ripen. Botham's vineyard saw so little fruit that he did not think he could harvest.

"You'd see a lot of purple right now and all you see right now is green," he said.

The article also mentions a second winery that suffered a 60% crop loss. We are entering a time of increased cold.

Facts and data, not narrative.

The guy is an idiot - John Kerry

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Thank God he never was elected President - the guy is an idiot. From The Hill:

Trump: 'Iran is being given very bad advice by John Kerry'
President Trump on Monday took aim at former Secretary of State John Kerry after his administration announced it would crack down on Iran’s oil exports.

The president suggested that Kerry, who has met with Iranian leaders over the Obama-era nuclear deal that Trump scrapped, broke an obscure law banning private citizens from negotiating with foreign governments without permission from the U.S.

“Iran is being given VERY BAD advice by @JohnKerry and people who helped him lead the U.S. into the very bad Iran Nuclear Deal. Big violation of Logan Act?” Trump tweeted.

22K comments - the usual mix of TDS and attaboy

Capitalism versus socialism/communism

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Adam Smith always had a way with words:


"It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest."
--Adam Smith

Out for a little bit

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Last night's meeting was a board meeting (they made me the VP of the organization) so I have some emails to follow through on today. Heading out for coffee and then working at home. Need to make some more nectar for the hummingbird feeders - about half-way through my second 25 pound bag of sugar this year.

Farmer's market later this afternoon but it is supposed to be dumping rain so we will see...

Trade wars work

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From Yahoo/Reuters:

China's slowdown deepens; industrial output growth falls to 17-1/2 year low
The slowdown in China's economy deepened in August, with growth in industrial production at its weakest 17-1/2 years amid spreading pain from a trade war with the United States and softening domestic demand.

Retail sales and investment gauges worsened too, data released on Monday showed, reinforcing views that China is likely to cut some key interest rates this week for the first time in over three years to prevent a sharper slump in activity.

Despite a slew of growth-boosting measures since last year, the world's second-largest economy has yet to stabilise, and analysts say Beijing needs to roll out more stimulus to ward off a sharper slowdown.

All Beijing has to do is normalize their currency and stop the unfair trade practices. Things will rapidly get back to normal. That is all...

The Democratic debate

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From Stilton Jarlsberg - with apologies to The King's Speech:

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