Pumpkin design

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Some good ones out there but this one tickled my funny-bone:


Evil people - Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg

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This is downright deplorable. From Foreign Policy:

Facebook’s Free Basics Is an African Dictator’s Dream
NAIROBI — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s surprise visit to Kenya and Nigeria in September saw him eat ugali fish with his hands and crash a Nollywood music video shoot in between whirlwind tours of innovation hubs and tech incubators.

“Hey Africa,” he seemed to say. “I get you. Facebook gets you.”

Zuckerberg’s lighting public relations blitz contrasted sharply with Facebook’s under-the-radar expansion in Africa, which is built around a no-frills internet app called Free Basics. India’s government rejected the same app, which provides access to a low-data version of Facebook and a limited number of pre-selected websites, on the grounds that it amounted to a two-tiered internet system, one for the rich and one for the poor. But Facebook continues to roll it out quietly in Africa — so quietly, in fact, that many of hundreds of millions of people who now have access to the app in 23 different African countries don’t even know they do.

On the surface, Free Basics seems like the answer to many interconnected prayers. It’s a cheap, easy way to get millions of people online at a time when the internet is not only a daily necessity but increasingly thought of as a human right. The app piggybacks on the rapid adoption of mobile phones in Africa and is made available for free through partnerships with local mobile telecom providers. Those who sign up for a Facebook account through Free Basics are then able to log on to a pared-down version of the internet on their phones.

But there’s a dark side to Free Basics that has the potential to do more harm than good — a side that suggests that Zuckerberg doesn’t get Africa after all. The app is essentially a cheap version of the internet, a fact that by itself implies that some people aren’t good enough to merit the whole thing. Even worse, it’s a version of the internet that gives Facebook — and by extension the corporations and governments that partner with Facebook — total control over what its users can access.

Wait until people learn how to set up mesh networks and long-distance point-to-point routing. The internet was designed to route around damage and cencorship certainly counts as damage. The technology is cheap and not difficult to set up. I give this scam about three years until it is totally hacked and beaten to the ground. Information wants to be free.

My two favorites? SR-71 Blackbird and A-10 Warthog. Both at the acme of their intended design goals.

The F-35 fighter has been an amazing waste of money and it is unfortunately draining resources that need to go to other airplanes. They were looking at shutting down the A-10 - phasing it out of service. Fortunately - from Popular Mechanics:

U.S. Air Force Fires Up the A-10 Depot Line to Keep Warthogs Flying 'Indefinitely'
On paper, the Air Force plans to start mothballing the A-10 in 2018, with the last Warthogs sent to the boneyard by 2021. But last month Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James said that the retirement of the A-10 would likely have to be delayed further as the military continues to rely on the low-and-slow attack plane for close-air support (CAS) missions flown against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. Even more telling, the Air Force Material Command (AFMC) is bringing the depot line for A-10 maintenance and repair back up to full capacity, according to Aviation Week.

The Hawg isn't going anywhere.

"They have re-geared up, we've turned on the depot line, we're building it back up in capacity and supply chain," AFMC chief Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski recently told Aviation Week. "Our command, anyway, is approaching this as another airplane that we are sustaining indefinitely."

More emails from WikiLeaks

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A doozy of a one was released yesterday - pay to play on parade. From the Los Angeles Times:

An aide says he once arranged for $50 million in payments for Bill Clinton
A close aide to Bill Clinton said he arranged for $50 million in payments for the former president, part of a complicated mingling of lucrative business deals and charity work of the Clinton Foundation mapped out in a memo released by WikiLeaks on Wednesday.

The report was written by Doug Band, who has transitioned from his job as a Clinton aide to a partner in Teneo Consulting, a firm whose client roster now includes some of the biggest companies in the world. Along the way, Band wrote, he also pushed his clients and contacts to donate millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation, and to help win business deals for Bill Clinton.

Band wrote the memo in November 2011 to John Podesta, now chairman of the Hillary Clinton campaign, and sent copies to other key Clinton aides, apparently to explain and justify his work in the face of criticism from others in the Clinton orbit — notably Chelsea Clinton.

And another WikiLeaks email backs this up:

Earlier that month, another hacked email shows, Chelsea Clinton had written Podesta, saying it was time to professionalize the foundation’s operations and complaining that her father had heard of “multiple examples of Teneo ‘hustling’ business” at Clinton Global Initiative meetings.

In the memo, Band depicts himself as the indispensable linchpin of the Clinton family’s finances even as he acknowledges that the arrangement is unusual: “We appreciate the unorthodox nature of our roles,” Band wrote.

Time to clean house - throw the all of the bums out.

Some great news - Ammon Bundy

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It seems the government is having its ass handed to it by We The People - from Associated Press:

Jury acquits leaders of Oregon standoff of federal charges
A jury delivered an extraordinary blow to the government Thursday in a long-running battle over the use of public lands when it acquitted all seven defendants involved in the armed occupation of a national wildlife refuge in rural southeastern Oregon.

Tumult erupted in the courtroom after the verdicts were read when an attorney for group leader Ammon Bundy demanded his client be immediately released, repeatedly yelling at the judge. U.S. marshals tackled attorney Marcus Mumford to the ground, used a stun gun on him several times and arrested him.

Emphasis mine - always classy. It will be interesting to see if a video surfaces - see what the provocation was. A bit more:

Said defendant Neil Wampler: "This is a tremendous victory for rural America and it is a well-deserved, overwhelming defeat for a corrupt and predatory federal government."

The U.S Attorney in Oregon, Billy J. Williams, issued a statement defending the decision to bring charges against the seven defendants: "We strongly believe that this case needed to be brought before a Court, publicly tried, and decided by a jury.

I find it curious that Associated Press would run this story as it is counter to their progressive bias - using this photograph is unusual as well:

20161027-Ehmer.jpgDuane Ehmer rides his horse Hellboy at the occupied Malheur National Wildlife Refuge
on the sixth day of the occupation of the federal building in Burns,
Oregon on January 7, 2016. Rob Kerr/AFP/Getty Images

I have been covering this story for a couple of years - the Bundy family have been paying the Federal Government for grazing rights since the 1890's

Back from town - good meeting

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And got meetings tomorrow at 10:00AM and another at 5:30PM - unload truck, crack open a bottle of wine and surf in a few minutes...

Happy Blogo-versery to me!

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On October 27th, 2003 I posted this: Hello World

It has now been 13 years, 23,666 blog entries and 1,680 viewer comments.


I fell in love, got married and divorced; quit my IT job in downtown Seattle and moved up to the rural countryside; dealt with the deaths of both parents; fell in love again (five years and going strong  - Lulu, you bring me joy!), had a hip replacement, had cataract surgery; done some amazing travels; purchased a grocery store and built the business; took up amateur radio and became active in the emergency communications community (I think I found my tribe); learned blacksmithing and built a forge.

Life has its ups and downs but I am still having a blast and it is fun sharing it with all of you readers - bring you along for the ride...

Off to town today

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Have a meeting in town this evening. Heading in early to do some shopping and get a bite to eat.

More posting later this evening.

I can dream can't I

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Dinner was really good

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Finished two bowls a while ago - really good and cheap to make, couple bucks worth of ham steak and a pound of dried split peas, an onion, some vegetable stock and garlic. Lots of fresh ground black pepper. I have soup for the next couple of days. Five minutes preperation, 20 minutes in the pressure cooker and it's done.

Price is still too high for these drones but the technology is getting really wonderful:

The Alta-8 is a top of the line professional drone and costs around $17,500

Think I'll wait a few more years...

Curious events - the Clintons

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Just because you are a conspiracy theorist does not mean that people are not actually out to get you. From Freedom Outpost:

Are the Obamas, the Clintons and the Bushes going to seek refuge in Countries that don't Extradite to the US if Trump Wins?
It appears Bill and Hillary Clinton are making plans to flee the country in the event Donald Trump wins this election. Reports are circulating that the Clintons have transferred 1.8 Billion dollars from the Clinton Foundation to the Qatar Central Bank, via a facilitation/abatement of JP Morgan Chase & Company for reasons not revealed.

This move of such a large sum of money to the country of Qatar says in itself, Hillary Clinton knows she is going to lose the election, and she doesn't plan to allow herself to be prosecuted for various high crimes and treason under a Trump Administration.

The country of Qatar happens to be one of a handful of countries that does not have an extradition treaty with the United States, thus would be a perfect place for her to run to in escaping justice.

Donald Trump has said many times during his campaign and at the Presidential debates that once he gets into office, he intends to prosecute her on various high crimes from her latest crimes of sending classified material via a personal e mail server. All the way to gun running to terrorist groups in Syria resulting in the deaths of 4 Americans in Benghazi.

Apparently, Hillary is not the only person in Washington who has made plans to escape justice under a Trump Administration. John Kerry has quietly been selling his property in the US for millions of dollars of late, with an announcement of the sale of his $25 million dollar Nantucket mansion in June 2016, as well as the sale of his yacht for $3.9 million in July 2016.

President Barack H Obama has also apparently been making exit plans with his purchase of a $4.9 million dollar seaside mansion in Dubai in January 2016, another non extradition country.

Snopes and other supposed fact checking sites have debunked both the story of Obama's purchase of the mansion and the firing of Rear Admiral Rick Williams. However, over the last several months, these sites have been busted for lying in trying to debunk such information as the before mentioned, when in fact the information is true. Snopes and other sites try their best to keep incriminating information from being believed, but the truth has a way of coming out on its own, as it always has.

More at the site including links to data. Again, Snopes has lost their credibility several years ago - they are biased on a lot of things that simply can not be backed up with hard data.

Emojis in an art museum?

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From the Los Angeles Times:

Emojis join Van Gogh and Picasso at Museum of Modern Art
Nearly two decades ago, Shigetaka Kurita was given the task of designing simple pictographs that could replace Japanese words for the growing number of cellphone users communicating with text messages.

Kurita, who was working for the Japanese mobile carrier NTT DoCoMo at the time, came up with 176 of them, including oddities such as a rocking horse, two kinds of umbrellas (one open, one closed) and five phases of the moon. He called them emojis.

An estimated 74% of Americans now use emojis every day, nudging the written word to the side in favor of a medium that can succinctly and playfully convey emotions in a society often more adept at texting than talking.

A bit more:

“These 12x12 pixel humble masterpieces of design planted the seeds for the explosive growth of a new visual language,” Paul Galloway, a collection specialist in MoMA’s Department of Architecture and Design, wrote in a blog post Wednesday.

“Shigetaka Kurita’s emoji are powerful manifestations of the capacity of design to alter human behavior,” he added.

Museum officials say emojis are the modern-day answer to an age-old tradition of communicating with pictures.

Part of our culture.

Cute Halloween costume

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Meet Princess Cumulus AKA Glowy Zoey

Fun on the horizon

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Regardless of who wins the election, Hillary is going to have a tough time ahead. From The Washington Post:

House Republicans are already preparing for ‘years’ of investigations of Clinton
Jason Chaffetz, the Utah congressman wrapping up his first term atop the powerful House Oversight Committee, unendorsed Donald Trump weeks ago. That freed him up to prepare for something else: spending years, come January, probing the record of a President Hillary Clinton.

“It’s a target-rich environment,” the Republican said in an interview in Salt Lake City’s suburbs. “Even before we get to Day One, we’ve got two years’ worth of material already lined up. She has four years of history at the State Department, and it ain’t good.”

If Republicans retain control of the House, something that GOP-friendly maps make possible even in the event of a Trump loss, Clinton will become the first president since George H.W. Bush to immediately face a House Oversight Committee controlled by the opposition party.

A bit more:

“The rigorous oversight conducted by House Republicans has already brought to light troubling developments in the [Hillary] Clinton email scandal,” the office of House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) said in a statement to The Washington Post. “The speaker supports [Oversight’s] investigative efforts following where the evidence leads, especially where it shows the need for changes in the law.”

And the Oversight Committee may not be the only House panel ready for partisan battle. While the Select Committee on Benghazi appears to have finished its work, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), a committee member who says Clinton might have perjured herself on questions about her email, said recently that he wants the committee to continue.

If she wins, Clinton would enter office with low favorability ratings and only one-third of voters considering her “honest and trustworthy.” As a result, Republicans are not inclined to give her a political honeymoon. To many of them, a Clinton victory would mean that Trump threw away an election that anyone else could have won.

When RINOs like Ryan want to prosecute, things are really not going your way. Orange is becoming the new black.

Making soup

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Last weeks split-pea and ham soup came out so well that I am making another batch of it. Perfect dinner for a cold rainy evening. Pressure cooker and twenty minutes - easy as can be...

If it ain't broke - Obamacare

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Economist Jonathan Gruber was one of the key architects of Obamacare.
He is the moke who talked about The Stupidity of the American Voter (more here):

He was recently interviewed by CNN’s Carol Costello and had this to say:

Gruber: ‘Obamacare Not Collapsing,’ System ‘Largely Works’
The architect of Obamacare, economics professor Jonathan Gruber, praised his creation on Wednesday and said that it is largely working for Americans.

Hey Johnny-boy - do not try to piss on me and tell me it's rainfall. He proceeded to do the usual shuffling of facts and then made this comment:

“It’s a system which largely works,” Gruber said. “You now have 20 million Americans or more who are now getting insurance that they like.”

The population of the USA is 324.7 million people. 20 million people are being well served by Obamacare. That is 6.17% of the total population. Only in the mind of a clueless elite would this ever be considered to be a success story. Time to sweep this worthless abomination off the lawbooks and start up some competition.

From The Gateway Pundit:

SILENCED! Bill Clinton’s Alleged Son Danney Wiliams PERMANENTLY BANNED from YouTube
Danney Williams was banned on YouTube today.


He will no longer be able to tell his story.

It’s too damaging to the Clintons.

Much more at the site - the kid looks a lot like Bill and the timelines match up.

Just under a half inch this morning and no signs of letting up. Slept in for a while - the sound of the rain on the metal roof is wonderful.

Heading out for coffee and then working at home today.

Planetary K Index is still very high - aurora watch tonight if the clouds break at all.

He is a machinist with a wicked sense of humor and very good at shooting videos. Check out This Old Tony

Great point - Vladimir Putin

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She does have a point

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Great video from Praeger University:

Many of America's legal and illegal immigrants fled nations that were ruined by corrupt politicians and failed government policies. But once here, they support the same things. Why? Gloria Alvarez, Project Director at the National Civic Movement of Guatemala, explains.

Video in Spanish: Immigrants! Don't Vote for What You Fled

Electronic voting machines

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The joys of dealing with them - two Facebook messages from Amarillo, Texas station KISSFM:

Early Voters From Amarillo Are Saying Their Votes Were Changed On the Ballot
Early voting for the 2016 election started today (Monday, October 24th). The people of Potter and Randall County are taking this opportunity to skip the long lines that always file out of the voting locations on Election Day.

It’s common to see pictures of the “I Voted!” stickers on social media. It’s not as common to see the stories I’ve been seeing today.

Here are the two Facebook messages:

20161025-vote.jpgThis is trivially easy to do - these machines display the candidates on a touch screen display. The programmer of the machine sets the boundaries of the touch screen - anywhere within this box will register as a vote for candidate one and anywhere in that box will register as a vote for candidate two. It is trivial to make one box much larger than the other and this is invisible to the voter. They think that they are selecting one candidate but in reality, their vote is being recorded as for the other.

They call this calibration error - a very benign term. Makes it sound like the voting machine's programmer didn't sleep very well the night before and was just off a little bit. Do not believe them - this requires intentional forethought and planning and constitutes pure intentional voter fraud.

Look up tonight

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The Planetary K Index is high tonight - good chance for Northern Lights. The sky is unusually clear too - great evening for observation. Six is a good possibility of aurora. Seven is very unusual.


Back from town

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Got a bite to eat for dinner at the Pita Pit and finished all of my errands. Our local Value Village has a substantial discount on Tuesdays for old farts and picked up a nice air purifier for $3.60. This does not remove particulates, it generates ozone which eliminates odors. Sometimes the dogs and cat have accidents in the house (we leave the door to the outside closed or something) and this will go a long way to neutralize any pet odor.

Did some banking, pulled out some walking-around money and returned the dollies. Next project is re-wiring the lighting box at the store and getting that all traced out and fixed up.

Off for coffee and then into town

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Got Lulu on her way home - heading out for coffee and then into town for some banking and to return the dollies.

More posting later this evening.

Clinton's fixer - Jeff Rovin

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I had written about it before on October 18th, here is the video of him being interviewed by Sean Hannity:

A tale of two rallies

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From The Gateway Pundit:

WOW! Tim Kaine Holds Rally and ONLY 30 PEOPLE Show Up!
Hillary’s VP pick Tim Kaine Held a Rally today AND NOBODY CAME!

There were literally like 30 people there — in West Palm Beach, Florida. And that includes journalists and operatives.


Meanwhile, Trump regularly draws 10,000 people - 20,000 people showed up for his rally in Tampa. Here is the crowd outside of yesterday's rally with just Mike Pence - Salisbury, North Carolina.


A bit of a difference there...

Awww crap - RIP Steven Den Beste

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Not exactly a household name but one of the early bloggers and a great mind. The world is a little darker today.

He had this to say about left-wing causes:

Isn’t it interesting that no matter what the current global crisis is, according to leftists, the solution is always the same: a benevolent world dictatorship of the enlightened elite, and mass transfer of wealth from rich nations to poor nations.

That’s what they want to do about global warming. It’s what they wanted to do about overpopulation. It’s what they wanted to do about endangered species.

A friend's obituary: Steven Den Beste

Want to buy an apartment cheap?

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Downtown San Francisco - from the Associated Press:

Pamela Buttery noticed something peculiar six years ago while practicing golf putting in her 57th-floor apartment at the luxurious Millennium Tower. The ball kept veering to the same corner of her living room.

Those were the first signs for residents of the sleek, mirrored high-rise that something was wrong.

The 58-story building has gained notoriety in recent weeks as the "leaning tower of San Francisco." But it's not just leaning. It's sinking, too. And engineers hired to assess the problem say it shows no immediate sign of stopping.

A bit more:

Completed seven years ago, the tower so far has sunk 16 inches into the soft soil and landfill of San Francisco's crowded financial district. But it's not sinking evenly, which has created a 2-inch tilt at the base - and a roughly 6-inch lean at the top.

And it is in an earthquake zone. More:

Several documents involving the downtown building were leaked in recent weeks, including exchanges between the city's Department of Building Inspection and Millennium Partners, the developer. They show both sides knew the building was sinking more than anticipated before it opened in late 2009, but neither made that information public.

And this:

The tower's troubles are apparent in its five-floor underground garage, where Porsches and Lamborghinis sit near walls bearing floor-to-ceiling cracks, many bracketed by stress gauges to measure growth.

Follow the money:

Dodson and other residents blame developers for what they say is a flawed design. The tower's foundation, for instance, uses piles driven 60 to 90 feet into landfill, rather than the pricier option of going down at least 240 feet to bedrock.

And he said, they said:

Jeffries blames the building's problems on an adjacent construction site where a city rail terminal is being built. He says the Transbay Joint Powers Authority, the public agency building the $4.5 billion transit hub, dug a 60-foot hole to create a dry construction site and pumped out millions of gallons of groundwater that wound up compressing and weakening the soil under the Millennium Tower.

Transbay says the tower's "inadequate foundation is the sole cause of the excessive settlement and tilt." It released a statement saying the building had sunk 10 inches and started to lean before the agency broke ground in 2010.

Emphasis mine - kind of hard to refute those facts... Someone is looking at spending a lot of money to fix this. My bet is that the developers tried to cheap out on the foundation and will be paying the price for it. If the buildings foundation is buoyant and floating in the soil, the first Mag 8 earthquake to hit will cause significant damage regardless of internal bracing. It will be interesting to see what the original engineers specified for the foundation - going to bedrock for a 58 story building is a zero-brainer.

Climate change - follow the money

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Quite the nice scam if you can get it - from the London Daily Mail:

Exposed: How top university helped secure £9 million of YOUR money by passing off rivals' research as its own... to bankroll climate change agenda
One of the world's leading institutes for researching the impact of global warming has repeatedly claimed credit for work done by rivals – and used it to win millions from the taxpayer.

An investigation by The Mail on Sunday also reveals that when the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (CCCEP) made a bid for more Government funds, it claimed it was responsible for work that was published before the organisation even existed. Last night, our evidence was described by one leading professor whose work was misrepresented as 'a clear case of fraud – using deception for financial gain'. The chairman of the CCCEP since 2008 has been Nick Stern, a renowned global advocate for drastic action to combat climate change.

Everything points to a long stretch of cooling in the future - how much of that £9 million could have been spent on insulating houses of the poor and elderly? Retrofitting efficient heat pumps, etc... You know, actually doing something instead of more self-sustaining "studies".

Much more at the site including links to the actual papers and proof that they were swiped from other people's work. The agency in question gets a lot of other funding from private donors as well as other British agencies - total of about £30 million.

I hope that they are disbanded but I know that there will be some tsk tsk noises made, a period of public quiet and media avoidance and then it will be back to business as usual. Some people will be publicly "fired" from their positions but they will be then hired at some other position in the agency a few months later, frequently at a higher salary. This is how bureaucracies take care of their own.

Did tacos (left over chicken) and watched the last two episodes of season one of Person of Interest - some excellent writing.

Starting to feel really stiff from moving the freezer - it will be a fantastic addition to the store though. Add another 33% to our ice cream capacity.

Heading into town tomorrow (Tuesday 25th) to return the moving dolly and to do some banking and errands. Lulu is heading back to her house so I get to play the wild and crazy bachelor for a couple of days. Zzzzzzzz...

Right on schedule - Obamacare

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Obamacare is crashing right on schedule - the government wants to scrap it and institute a single-payer like they have in England. That was their intent all along. From the Associated Press:

Premiums will go up sharply next year under President Barack Obama's health care law, and many consumers will be down to just one insurer, the administration confirmed Monday. That's sure to stoke another "Obamacare" controversy days before a presidential election.

Before taxpayer-provided subsidies, premiums for a midlevel benchmark plan will increase an average of 25 percent across the 39 states served by the federally run online market, according to a report from the Department of Health and Human Services. Some states will see much bigger jumps, others less.

Moreover, about 1 in 5 consumers will only have plans from a single insurer to pick from, after major national carriers such as UnitedHealth Group, Humana and Aetna scaled back their roles.

That was Emanuel's and Gruber's intent all along - build it up into some monstrous unsustainable program, let it crash and out of the rubble, build a centralized government program that will take care of everybody. Right - I have some ocean-front property for sale in Colorado if you believe that.

A moving experience

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Got the old freezer out and the new freezer in place - chilling down nicely, ready to stock tomorrow (want to make sure it stays at temp). Took the old freezer to the food bank - they are going to have to wire a line for it but this is a brand new building so this will not be an issue - plenty of capacity in the conduit.

Did not have time for my morning coffee so got it moved and running, went out for coffee and then came back and programmed it. Looks really nice with LED lighting and full digital control.

Just say no - EPA and government waste

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From The Washington Free Beacon:

EPA Hiring 15 ‘Diversity and Inclusion Specialists,’ Will Pay Six Figures for Each
The Environmental Protection Agency is looking to hire 15 “Diversity and Inclusion Specialists,” each of whom will make $100,000 or more per year.

The agency will hire employees to set up diversity and inclusion “advisory bodies” across the country, according to a government job posting.

“Earth Day is every day at EPA!” the agency said. “At EPA, you can protect human health and the environment of all Americans, and you’ll discover that EPA is one great place to work!”

And the salaries in question:

The salary range for Diversity and Inclusion Specialists is between $99,785 and $146,570 per year. If all 15 positions are filled, the hires would cost taxpayers between $1,496,775 and $2,198,550 each year.

And diversity and inclusion has what to do with safeguarding the environment? Stick to your damn jobs people.

Running a bit late

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Moving the freezer in 15 minutes so no morning coffee for this guy.

More later...

Bob Woodward on the Clinton Foundation

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When someone like Bob Woodward says that they are corrupt, it is time for everyone to listen. From Tyler at Zero Hedge:

Watergate's Bob Woodward: "Clinton Foundation Is Corrupt, It's A Scandal"
It's one thing for the right-wing press to accuse the Clinton foundation of cronyism, corruption, and scandal (especially if the facts, and internal admissions by affiliated employees, confirm as much) - it tends to be generally ignored by the broader, if left-leaning, media. But when the Watergate scandal's Bob Woodward, associate editor at the liberal Washington Post, says very much the same, Hillary Clinton's campaign has no choice but to notice. This is precisely what happened today when journalist Bob Woodward told a Fox News Sunday panel that the Clinton Foundation is "corrupt" and that Hillary Clinton has not answered for it.

Here, courtesy of RealClearPolitics, is the transcript of today's exchange:

CHRIS WALLACE, FOX NEWS SUNDAY: Then there are the allegations about the Clinton Foundation and pay to play, which I asked Secretary Clinton about in the debate, and she turned into an attack on the Trump Foundation.

But, Bob, I want to go back to the conversation I was having with Robby Mook before. When -- when you see what seems to be clear evidence that Clinton Foundation donors were being treated differently than non-donors in terms of access, when you see this new -- new revelations about the $12 million deal between Hillary Clinton, the foundation, and the king of Morocco, are voters right to be troubled by this?

BOB WOODWARD, THE WASHINGTON POST: I -- yes, it's a -- it’s corrupt. It's -- it’s a scandal. And she didn't answer your question at all. And she turned to embrace the good work that the Clinton Foundation has done. And she has a case there. But the mixing of speech fees, the Clinton Foundation, and actions by the State Department, which she ran, are all intertwined and it's corrupt. You know, I mean, you can't just say it's unsavory. But there's no formal investigation going on now, and there are outs that they have.

But the election isn't going to be decided on that. I mean Karl was making the point about this, I'm not going to observe the result of the election. I mean that's -- that’s absurd. I mean it has no consequence. If Trump loses, they're not going to let him in the White House. He’s not going to have a transition team. And -- and to focus on that, I think, is wrong. I think the issue is, what's going to be the aftermath of this campaign.

So it's corrupt, it's a scandal, and... it will have no consequences at all. It's time to look up the latest definition of Banana republic again.

A bit of schadenfreude that it is Bob Woodward denouncing her as being corrupt - remember this from the Watergate Investigation? From Ed Morrissey at FOX News; February 25, 2014:

Hillary Fired for Lies, Unethical Behavior from Congressional Job: Former Boss
Dan Calabrese’s new column on Hillary Clinton’s past may bring the curtain down on her political future. Calabrese interviewed Jerry Zeifman, the man who served as chief counsel to the House Judiciary Committee during the Watergate hearings, has tried to tell the story of his former staffer’s behavior during those proceedings for years. Zeifman claims he fired Hillary for unethical behavior and that she conspired to deny Richard Nixon counsel during the hearings:

As Hillary Clinton came under increasing scrutiny for her story about facing sniper fire in Bosnia, one question that arose was whether she has engaged in a pattern of lying.

The now-retired general counsel and chief of staff of the House Judiciary Committee, who supervised Hillary when she worked on the Watergate investigation, says Hillary’s history of lies and unethical behavior goes back farther – and goes much deeper – than anyone realizes.

Jerry Zeifman, a lifelong Democrat, supervised the work of 27-year-old Hillary Rodham on the committee. Hillary got a job working on the investigation at the behest of her former law professor, Burke Marshall, who was also Sen. Ted Kennedy’s chief counsel in the Chappaquiddick affair. When the investigation was over, Zeifman fired Hillary from the committee staff and refused to give her a letter of recommendation – one of only three people who earned that dubious distinction in Zeifman’s 17-year career.


“Because she was a liar,” Zeifman said in an interview last week. “She was an unethical, dishonest lawyer. She conspired to violate the Constitution, the rules of the House, the rules of the committee and the rules of confidentiality.”

More here: HotAir Disgusting.

Fun fun fun. 900 pound commercial freezer. We are selling a lot of ice cream so expanding from a two-door to a three door and donating the old one to our local food bank.

Got a couple large guys showing up tomorrow morning and rented a piano-mover's dolly plus I have a bunch of pipe rollers and comealongs and bars. Gotten to be OK at rigging with stuff at the farm.

Surf for a bit more and then an early bedtime - took some sleeping pills to knock me out. The little gray cells conspire to keep me up too late most nights...

Heh - Samsung

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Venezuela - things are heating up a bit

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From Russia Today:

Venezuela's Congress accuses President Maduro of staging ‘coup’ by axing recall referendum
Venezuela’s opposition-led National Assembly has declared at an emergency session that “President Maduro’s regime” staged a coup by blocking a referendum on Maduro’s recall. The parliamentary meeting was briefly interrupted by pro-government supporters.

The lawmakers passed a resolution announcing a "break of the constitutional order and the existence of a coup d'etat committed by the Nicolas Maduro regime," AFP reported.

On October 20, the Venezuelan National Election Assembly announced the blocking of the preparations of a recall referendum for the current president.

The emergency meeting on Sunday was briefly interrupted after alleged pro-government activists rushed into the session, shouting “The Assembly will fall.”

Reuters reports that several people were injured in the standoff, before the intruders were forced out.

End game of socialism. I hope that the citizens do not suffer and that they get some wise leaders in office. This is going to take more than ten years to recover and it will be hard for everyone but my heart goes out to the poor people who were deluded by the free government stuff for so long - this is a heady intoxicant but it never lasts for any length of time. The money always runs out.

It works great if you have a lot of national income and a smallish population (scandinavian countries) and it worked for a while in Venezuela while oil prices were abnormally high but new technologies brought the prices down low and Venezuela's market crashed. Had Chavez and Maduro been investing in infrastructure instead of bread and circuses, Venezuela would be in fine shape. Spending their national income on free government stuff? Not so much.

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