September 2019 Archives

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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Some interesting news from Mexico

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Pushed far enough, people will take things into their own hands - from American Thinker:

Mexicans are starting to turn on their cartels...
Most Americans have a soft spot for posses that take up the critical dangerous threats to the locals that the state won't bother about. We like people who take risks in the name of "protecting the people." We tell discontents abroad to pick up a rifle.

In cartel-infested Mexico, whose current presidential administration and last presidential administration both made a point of not bothering the cartels much, spontaneous self-defense forces fighting the cartels are suddenly appearing, with the rise of "kill the killers" vigilante groups. No doubt about it, a Mexican public sick of the cartels has created an opening.

A new Daily Beast story opened with this:

First he trained and worked as an assassin for Mexico's most powerful crime group; now he uses that training to "clean up" cartel infestations.

And according to the Yucatán Times:

A new study by Mexico's National Human Rights Commission suggests vigilante activity is up by more than 300 percent since the start of 2018, and blames the increase on "insecurity, violence, and impunity."

Much more at the site. These people are showing a lot of courage by going up against such an organised criminal and government element. We talk about the rampant corruption in our government. We are lucky.

An explosion in a lab. Not just any lab. From Russia Today:

Blast & fire hits major virus lab in Russia, where HIV, Ebola & anthrax strains are stored
One of the world’s largest virus research centers, located in Siberia, was reportedly engulfed in flames after a sudden explosion rocked the secretive compound, known for its stores of Ebola, HIV, anthrax and other strains.

Firefighters and rescue services were scrambled on Monday to respond to a fire that broke out in Koltsovo, a scientific hub several kilometers from Novosibirsk. The situation was quickly upgraded from an ordinary emergency to a major incident as the explosion and fire affected Russia’s research center of virology and biotechnology, often referred to as the Vector Institute.

The laboratory is known for having developed vaccines for Ebola and hepatitis, as well as for studying epidemics and genera issues surrounding immunology. During the Cold War, it was thought to be part of now-defunct Soviet biological weapons program, meaning that some of the most dangerous strains – including that of smallpox, Ebola, anthrax and certain plagues – are still being kept inside the Institute’s building.

With that in mind, a local branch of the Emergencies Ministry swiftly responded to the call, sending in 13 fire engines and 38 firefighters, who entered the six-story building minutes after arrival.

Yikes - brave first responders. The Vector Institute is well known in the west now - lots of nasty stuff there.

There is another story at a Russian site but Google Translate no longer accepts URLs to translate a website - it only handles blocks of 5,000 characters at a time. Sad that Google is no longer offering this service as it was really helpful.

Russian news site here.  The Vector Lab home page here.

Punch back twice as hard

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The liberal media has gotten away with sliming political figures for too long. Some of them are punching back.
From National Public Radio:

Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax Files $400 Million Lawsuit Against CBS
Attorneys for Virginia's Democratic lieutenant governor, Justin Fairfax, filed a $400 million defamation lawsuit against CBS on Thursday, accusing the network of amplifying sexual assault claims that Fairfax says are "false, defamatory and politically-motivated."

The lawsuit centers on CBS This Morning's airing of two interviews with Meredith Watson and Vanessa Tyson, who in February accused Fairfax of separate incidents of sexual assault.

Fairfax's attorneys allege the network didn't fully vet the accusers' claims and omitted information that would exonerate him. The suit repeats Fairfax's claims that the women "unambiguously" expressed their consent. The suit also alleges that a CBS lawyer who knew Fairfax from college knew the encounter with Watson was consensual because he was told about it by an eyewitness.

CBS was pandering to the #METOO crowd and overstepped the bounds of reality. Time for them to get a strong reminder to do their fscking job and not pander to the progressive narrative.

And back again

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Noce drive through some gorgeous farmland. Impressive clouds - we have a large front moving in. Gale winds and lots of rain in the forecast for tomorrow.

Picked up a nice crusty baguette at Costco today so having some of that with the last of the Minnestrone soup. Planning to make it with bacon next time around. Walmart didn't have what I wanted so ordered it from them online.

Running a load of laundry and finishing off some filing - meeting at 7PM.

Heading out in a little bit

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Paid some bills so drop them off at the post office. Coffee and library as well. Doing a run up to Costco for some food and fill up the car. Food co-op too. Walmart as well.

Was raining pretty hard when I woke up but stopped and clearing a little bit.

Stormy weather - Gale warnings

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Looks like we are in for a spot of weather - from the National Weather Service:

...GALE WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY AFTERNOON...
* WIND...Possibly rising to 25 to 35 kt after midnight tonight into Tuesday morning.

A Gale Watch is issued when the risk of gale force winds of 34 to 47 knots has significantly increased, but the specific timing and/or location is still uncertain. It is intended to provide additional lead time for mariners who may wish to consider altering their plans.

Timing is everything - Brett Kavanaugh

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Yesterday's hit piece by the New York Times gave me an idea - I wonder how Ruth Bader Ginsburg's health is these days. She is not in good medical condition and if she is going to die soon, this would be exactly what the liberals would be doing to muddy the waters.

She could have retired while Obama was still president but didn't - major tactical error.

Yikes - high rainfall

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It hasn't rained very much here but in the Cascades?

Here is the current flow of the Stillaguamish river near Arlington, WA:

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Somebody got dumped on. That is a lot of water - over ten times the daily average.

Youtube and then to sleep

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Nothing much on the internet tonight.

A bit of fact checking - Brett Kavanaugh

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Seems like the accuser is a Clinton tool. From PJ Media:

Latest Kavanaugh Accuser Was Hillary's Lawyer in Clinton Impeachment
On Saturday, The New York Times ran a story repeating allegations that Brett Kavanaugh was drunk at a party in college and had his genitals thrust into a woman's face. The allegation has not been confirmed, and friends of the alleged victim say she has no recollection of the events. The man telling the story, Max Stier, represented Bill and Hillary Clinton in the 1990s when Bill Clinton was accused of exposing himself to a woman in a hotel room.

Stier's story appears in the forthcoming book The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation by Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly. "A classmate, Max Stier, saw Mr. Kavanaugh with his pants down at a different drunken dorm party, where friends pushed his penis into the hand of a female student," the authors wrote in a New York Times article teasing the book.

Interestingly, the alleged victim is not quoted in the article, and neither are any corroborating witnesses. In fact, The Federalist's Mollie Hemingway reported that "the book notes, quietly, that the woman Max Stier named as having been supposedly victimized by Kavanaugh and friends denies any memory of the alleged event."

The words Fake News come to mind.

Decades of liberal rule - Chicago

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The bill is about to come due and Chicago does not have the money. From PJ Media:

Will Chicago Be the Largest U.S. City to Declare Bankruptcy?
The city of Chicago is in dire fiscal and financial straits with an almost billion dollar budget deficit, bonds rated at junk status or below, numerous extremely costly legal judgments, a shrinking tax base, and unfunded public pension liabilities to the tune of an astonishing $42 billion.

Other than that, it's a great place to live.

The state of Illinois has its own financial troubles, so the city can expect little or no help there. And good luck getting a federal bailout through the GOP Senate and signed by a president who's been called a "racist" by the mayor.

The shrinking tax base is clear proof that citizens are already over taxed. And since it's Democrats in charge, there won't be much cutting of city services.

The only option for Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the city council is restructuring the city's massive debts. In other words: bankruptcy.

More (including links to the numbers) at the site. The author offers this:

From my 40-year observations of the Chicago political scene, I have my doubts whether Mayor Lightfoot could do what needs to be done. The powers that be are just too entrenched. It's not only politicians, it's bloodsucking businessmen, organized crime, and now street gangs who also get a cut of the action. This is the way the "City that works" has worked for more than 90 years.

Since the days of Big Bill Thompson, Chicago has been a cesspool of graft and corruption. Can waving the magic wand of bankruptcy cure the city of almost 100 years of amoral governance?

Big Bill Thompson was Chicago's last Republican mayor and was totally corrupt. Since then, it has been an 88 year slide into financial ruin and corruption under democratic rule.

The soup and salad were good

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The two pints of beer were also good - ran into some people from the organization so we chatted for a little bit.
Board meeting tomorrow evening.

Fall is definitely in the air - been listening to a lot of Loreena McKennitt today. I am a lowland Scott so what can I say - Celtic is in my blood. This one is singularly beautiful and powerful:

Lyrics here: Breaking Of The Sword

A bit of background at Reddit  Be sure to hit the VIEW ENTIRE DISCUSSION button to see the full story.

Seems that she is not a fan of "social media" either - from the Toronto Star:

Loreena McKennitt: Why I’m leaving Facebook
I remember as a rambunctious red-headed tomboy running around the house with my playmates and my mother admonishing me, “Don’t run so fast, you’ll break something!” And sure enough, sometimes we did.

Now, decades later, those words come flooding back as I reflect on the defining motto of Silicon Valley, “move fast and break things.” In particular, I think of Facebook.

In response to the recent revelations of its misuse of personal data, I’ve decided to leave the platform and encourage my half-million-plus followers to instead keep in touch through my website. I’m told this is a path of professional suicide, especially as I’m about to release a new recording.

Times have certainly changed in the music business since I started out busking in the 1980s. Some would argue we were the first industry to be broken.

Much more at the site - some very thoughtful observations.

From our President:

Be sure to visit the above link - there are some good comments to President Trump's tweet.

Earth-shattering KaBoom? Marvin the Martian of course:

An interesting survey - the media

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Exactly what I have been thinking - us normals are fed up with the mainstream media.
From San Francisco PR Company Bospar:

Bospar Study: Nearly All Americans Are Troubled by the Current State of the Media
SAN FRANCISCO – SEPTEMBER 9, 2019 – Bospar, the boutique PR firm that puts tech companies on the map, has released the results of its Ethics in Media survey. The new data comes as Bospar hosts its Ethics in Media panel with the San Francisco Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America and the San Francisco Press Club on Sept. 19 at 6 p.m. The event will take place at Werqwise on 149 New Montgomery St. in San Francisco.

ABC Veteran anchor Cheryl Jennings will moderate the discussion. Panelists include former Wall Street Journal reporter and Message Lab CEO Ben Worthen and former KRON Executive Producer and Bospar Principal Curtis Sparrer.

Bospar and Propeller Insights surveyed 1,010 American adults and discovered that more than 95% are troubled by the current state of media. The reasons for their concern include the following:

    1. Reports on fake news – 53%
    2. Reporting gossip – 49%
    3. Lying spokespeople – 48%
    4. Celebrity opinions – 36%
    5. Left-wing agendas – 34%
    6. Gotcha journalism – 33%
    7. Right-wing agendas – 32%
    8. Puff pieces in exchange for access to other important interviews – 31%
    9. Blind items being reported in the news – 30%
    10. Hit pieces – 21%
    11. Rise of independent contributors versus on-staff media – 14%

And an overwhelming majority (67%) believe ethics in journalism will be worse during the 2020 presidential campaign. When asked about the impact unethical journalism has on the country, Americans cited four chief problems:

    • 64%: It creates division and partisanship
    • 63%: It fuels inaccuracies
    • 60%: It incites hate
    • 57%: It creates fear

Heh - could have told you that a long time ago. The media pushes the liberal narrative and not the truth.

Nothing new... Remember Rathergate?

The Killian documents controversy (also referred to as Memogate or Rathergate) involved six purported documents critical of U.S. President George W. Bush's service in the Air National Guard in 1972–73. Four of these documents were presented as authentic in a 60 Minutes broadcast aired by CBS on September 8, 2004, less than two months before the 2004 Presidential Election, but it was later found that CBS had failed to authenticate the documents. Subsequently, several typewriter and typography experts concluded the documents were blatant forgeries, as have most media sources. No forensic document examiners or typography experts have authenticated the documents, and this may not be technically possible without the original documents. The purveyor of the documents, Lt. Col. Bill Burkett, claims to have burned the originals after faxing copies to CBS.

Typewriters that produced true proportional output were hellishly expensive back in the 1970's and no Air National Guard office would have one ($120K in today's money). The supposed memo was visually identical to the same memo typed out on a computer using Microsoft Word with the default settings. Dan Rather pushed and pushed and pushed the story as it was before President Bush's election. Fake News.

Printer online

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Got my shipping label printer working just fine now - it needed cleaning after sitting for a couple of years. The cleaning pads arrived from Amazon today.

Cold and raining outside - 54°F and about an inch of precip over yesterday and today.

Time for a quick surf before dinner - cooking some minnestrone soup with TVP. Got the fixings for a salad at Friday's farmer's market.

An "art" theft

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Interesting - from The Beeb:

Gold toilet stolen in Blenheim Palace burglary
An 18-carat solid gold toilet has been stolen in a burglary overnight at Blenheim Palace.

A gang broke into the Oxfordshire palace at about 04:50 BST and stole the artwork, Thames Valley Police said.

The working toilet - entitled America, which visitors had been invited to use - has not been found but a 66-year-old man has been arrested.

The burglary caused "significant damage and flooding" because the toilet was plumbed into the building, police said.

It was part of an exhibition by Italian conceptual artist Maurizio Cattelan that opened on Thursday.

The 18th Century stately home is a World Heritage Site and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. It is currently closed while investigations continue.

I hope they retrieve it before it is melted down for scrap. Fun piece. Not my taste in art but still, a fun cultural prank.

Last week's deluge was just a foreshadowing. From Cliff Mass:

Two Strong Fronts will Bring Unusual Amounts of September Rainfall
If the model forecasts are correct, this is going to be one of the wettest Septembers in recent memory. And it is clear: wildfire season is over.

The first act starts tonight as a strong front moves in this evening. The coastal radar is being overhauled--so I can't show you an ominous radar view. But the latest infrared satellite image is impressive--particularly for September.

And the quantity?

Now...are you ready to be meteorologically shocked?  Here is the accumulated precipitation total through 5 PM Tuesday.  Amazing.  Big areas of 2-5 inches.  Lots of rain in eastern Washington.

Lot's more at his site - satellite photos and forecasts. Wet.

We need this. July and August were drier than usual so we can use the replenished groundwater. Also glad that the burn-ban is over. I have been cleaning up a lot of downed trees and limbs in preperation for getting the farm listed this spring. Got quite the burn pile going - time for a bonfire.

Quiet day tomorrow

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Working here tomorrow - got a board meeting on Monday. Planning to head to the farm for a few days this week. Radio meeting on Thursday so back down but I need to get the well problems figured out before it gets really cold. Also ready to move some more of the music equipment down. 

The Fire and Rescue open house was a lot of fun. The prep and the CERT people were there - I talked to some people about amateur radio and got some interest. Met the new Fire Chief. Recognized a couple of the fire fighters from my Tuesday radio nets. About 50 general public showed up while I was there (two hours).

Ran into a new program that is incredible: Camano EMI

You get a sticker and a cardboard tube with baggie with a sheet of paper.

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Put the sticker on or near your front door and fill out the sheet of paper with your medical information, emergency contact info, medical history, preferred Doctor, etc... Stick this into the baggie and the tube and put it in your refrigerator. If you need to call 9-1-1, the responders will see the sticker and know to look in your 'fridge for the tube with your information. Bonehead in its simplicity but pure genius in the design.

This is a well managed community.

Farm dinner tonight

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Yummy as always - here was the menu:

  • Hot and spiced Apple and Pear Cider
  • Roasted Tomato Soup with heirloom tomatoes and herbs
  • Farmhouse sourdough bread grilled with cheese and Zabergou apples
  • Mixed greens with Asian pears and hazelnuts
  • Rosemary Focaccia with lemon sorrel pesto, oven roasted garlic and herb infused olive oil
  • Roasted garden vegetables - squash, scarlet runner beans, purple peacock beans, tomatoes, carrots, golden cauliflower and pearl onions
  • Corn on the cob (from a local farm)
  • Mashed potatoes with cashew gravy
  • Baked Pear Crisp with apple butter, walnut rosemary shortbread and goat milk marscapone.

Incredible food and delightful people. We are seated at tables of six or eight and the conversations are wide-ranging and very intellegent. A lot of professionals retired to the island and are fascinating to talk with.

The grains for the bread were not grown on the farm but nearly everything else was.

Out the door

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Heading out to the Camano Island Fire and Rescue’s 4th Annual Fall Safety Celebration/Open House Event. The local preparedness group is hosting a tent as well as the local CERT team. Bringing a radio for show and tell for anyone interested. Last year it was a lot of fun.

Farm dinner later this afternoon - should be yummy.

Coffee first - expecting some cleaning pads for a printer I want to use. It had been sitting for three years and need to get it up and running again. Shipping labels for some eBay sales.

Great news from The Daily Wire:

Trump Confirms Osama Bin Laden’s Son Is Dead
President Donald Trump announced on Saturday that Hamza bin Laden, son of Osama bin Laden, had been killed.

"Hamza bin Ladin, the high-ranking al-Qa'ida member and son of Usama bin Ladin, was killed in a United States counter-terrorism operation in the Afghanistan/Pakistan region,” Trump said in a statement.

“The loss of Hamza bin Ladin not only deprives al-Qa'ida of important leadership skills and the symbolic connection to his father, but undermines important operational activities of the group,” the statement continued. “Hamza bin Ladin was responsible for planning and dealing with various terrorist groups."

Great news for today. The only good terrorist is a dead terrorist. I remember the wonderful surprise waiting the 9/11 murderers as chronicled by The Onion (Seriously, go and read. Multiple drink alert.)

Staying classy - Portland

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Looks like Portland, OR is devolving into a liberal shithole. From FOX News:

Portland Thorns fans boo US Armed Forces enlistees after they pledged to obey president's orders
Fans at a National Women’s Soccer League game rained down boos during a U.S. Armed Forces swearing-in ceremony Wednesday after the enlistees were asked to pledge they would obey the orders of President Trump.

The ceremony took place at Providence Park in Portland, Ore., while the Portland Thorns were facing the North Carolina Courage. The event was scheduled ahead of the 2019 season when the club discovered it would be playing on Sept. 11, according to The Oregonian.

The crowd applauded the group after it took the Oath of Enlistment but booed when the enlistees were asked to “obey the orders of the President of the United States.”

There was a little bit of karma:

The Thorns lost the match, 6-0.

What a bunch of self-absorbed  NPCs. These men and women were being inducted into the US Armed Forces. They were committing their lives to serving this nation and, by proxy, ensuring the freedom of everyone in the stadium. If you do not like who the president is, I get it. Orange Man Bad. But still, STFU and let these wonderful people have some respect for the commitment they are making.

Move over 99.96% - meet 99.995%

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Vantablack just met its match - from Science Alert:

Engineers Just Unveiled a New Blackest-Ever Material, Even Darker Than Vantablack
You might think you already know black – even super-black Vantablack, previously the blackest material known to science – but researchers just came up with a material that takes black to a new level of blackness.

The new, as-yet-unnamed ultra-black material is made from vertically aligned carbon nanotubes (CNTs), microscopic carbon strings that are a little like a fuzzy forest of tiny trees, according to the team behind the project.

And here's the rub – this CNT material can absorb more than 99.995 percent of incoming light, beating the 99.96 percent that Vantablack is able to absorb.

"In other words, it reflected 10 times less light than all other superblack materials, including Vantablack," explains an MIT release.

Like some of the best scientific discoveries, this record-setting black stuff was discovered by accident.

More at the site. Lots of uses in optics and spy cameras.

An interesting look at life

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You can find it everywhere. From the Beeb:

The desert soil that could save lives
Staring out across the desolate landscape of Valle de la Luna, the idea seems counter-intuitive.

What could the world’s driest desert, home to some of the most extreme levels of ultraviolet radiation on Earth, have to do with fighting disease? But as Michael Goodfellow, a microbiologist at Newcastle University, explains, the Atacama Desert’s inhospitality is exactly what could make it useful to us.

“The premise was that since the conditions are so harsh in the Atacama Desert, organisms become adapted to those conditions,” he says. Goodfellow hoped that if bacteria had managed to survive in such a hostile environment, they would likely produce novel chemical structures which could have important medical applications.

In 2008, he was handed a soil sample taken from the desert’s hyper-arid core, parts of which are thought to have experienced virtually no rainfall for millions of years and were once considered beyond the dry limit for life. “Quite frankly, we didn’t expect to isolate anything,” Goodfellow admits. But to his surprise, he was able to grow a diverse population of bacteria from the sample, sparking a decade of research into the desert’s microbial fauna.

The Atacama is in the public eye as it is the site of the Large Millimeter Array and the Cosmology telescopes. Fascinating place - would have loved to visit there.

Seriously? For fsck's sake - Middle East

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If it was not for their oil reserves, these nations would be nothing. From Zero Hedge:

Oil To Hit $100? Half Of Saudi Oil Output Shut After Drone Strikes Cripple World's Largest Oil Processing Facility
Update: The WSJ is out with an update hinting at just how much the price of oil is set to soar when trading reopens late on Sunday after the Saudi Houthi false-flag drone attack on the largest Saudi oil processing plant:

Saudi Arabia is shutting down about half of its oil output after apparently coordinated drone strikes hit Saudi production facilities, people familiar with the matter said, in what Yemen’s Houthi rebels described as one of their largest-ever attacks inside the kingdom.

The production shutdown amounts to a loss of about five million barrels a day, the people said, roughly 5% of the world’s daily production of crude oil. The kingdom produces 9.8 million barrels a day.

And while Aramco is assuring it can restore output quickly, in case it can't the world is looking at a production shortfall of as much as 150MM barrels monthly, which - all else equal - could send oil soaring into the triple digits. Just what the Aramco IPO ordered.

And a bit more:

Fires burned into the morning daylight hours, with explosions also reported at the Khurais oil field, in what the Houthis said was a successful attack involving ten drones. "These attacks are our right, and we warn the Saudis that our targets will keep expanding," a rebel military spokesman said on Houthi-operated Al Masirah TV.

Glad to hear that President Trump is opening up ANWR to drilling. Now if we would just go forward with nuclear, things would be wonderful and we could kiss that 9th century culture goodbye.

And YouTube

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That's all for tonight

Fauxcahontis - a bit of history

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Not what she is wanting to promote. From Breitbart:

Elizabeth Warren a Direct Descendant of Militia ‘Indian Fighter’ Who Fought Seminole Tribe
Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) great-great-great grandfather Jonathan Crawford served in Major William Lauderdale’s Battalion of Tennessee Volunteer Militia from November 1837 to May 1838, a six month time period during which it fought two battles in Florida against the Seminoles.

Today, there are two federally recognized Native American Seminole tribes, the Seminole Tribe of Florida, which has 4,000 enrolled members, and the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma, which has more than 18,000 enrolled members.

Lauderdale’s battalion fought against the Seminoles at the Battle of Loxahatchee River, in present-day Jupiter, Florida, on January 24, 1838. Then on March 22, 1838, they fought against the Seminoles again at the Battle of Pine Island, in present-day Fort Lauderdale.

A native of Virginia, Lauderdale moved to Tennessee, where he was known as the latest in a long line of Indian fighters, as the Daily Press reported in 1992

Much more at the site. As Al Gore would say, an inconvenient truth.

As I said in my last post, the internet is forever. Something published in 1992 is just as true and important now as it was almost 30 years ago. Warren is Big Chief Walking Eagle. Too full of shit to be able to fly.

Fake news - PolitiFact

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Much loved "independent" "debunking" site proves itself to be just another purveyor of the progressive narrative.
From The Washington Times:

Ted Cruz reminds PolitiFact of prior 'False' ruling on 'Beto wants to take our guns' claim
Sen. Ted Cruz isn’t about to let PolitiFact forget an old “false” ruling in the wake of Beto O’Rourke’s gun control comments Thursday evening.

The Texas Republican reminded the nonprofit group that it rated his claim that Mr. O’Rourke wanted to “take” guns as “false” in March 2018.

“We saw no language authorizing or directing officials to take existing guns,” Politifact wrote at the time.

The Democrat, then vying for the Senate seat held by Mr. Cruz, told the nonprofit that his “intent is for AR-15s not to be sold to the public.”

That changed during this week’s Democratic primary debate hosted by ABC and Univision.

“Hell, yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47,” he said when asked about his endgame regarding gun control laws. “We’re not going to allow it to be used against our fellow Americans anymore.”

Silly humans, the internet is forever. We remember.

Well that was fun - Friday the 13th

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Was working at home and the internet went out on me. Tried calling their 1-800 number (actually, 1-866) and was told that there would be a wait of more than 20 minutes. Some companies let you key in your telephone number and they will call you back but not WAVE!

They have a physical office in town so after running some errands and visiting the farmer's market, I swung by there only to find that my monthly automated bill payment had been wiped out because they changed their bookkeeping system last spring and that I was five months overdue on my bill. I did not see any statements in the mail to me. Hell of a way to run a company. Their service is otherwise good and nice and fast so not really complaining but still...

Oh yeah - the initial person who set me up fat-fingered my telephone number so it took the poor clerk today about five minutes to locate my account. Looks like their new system was sold by the lowest bidder.

Dinner was good (carne asada) and beers were nice and cold - back home for the duration.

Camano Island Fire and Rescue is hosting an open house tomorrow morning. Attending that as a CERT member.
Got a farm dinner tomorrow evening.

Also, fun bit of astronomy geekdom. Tonight is the full moon (Harvest Moon). Last full moon on a Friday the 13th was in 2006 and the next one will be in 2049.

Nothing this morning

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Surfing around the web and do not see anything that catches my eye.

The big Dem debate seems to have been just a bunch of posturing. Nothing substantive, just handing out free shit in exchange for votes. Business as usual.

Farmers market today and a couple of events tomorrow. Do a bit of yard sailing. Coffee first.

Finished sorting yesterday's laundry - need to make some more nectar for the hummingbird feeders. Pups are bumbling around - they need to go out.

Good meeting tonight

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Island meetings tend to be really well run. This is a local CERT group and we are planning a live drill sometime in October so doing some preliminary planning. The training materials offered by FEMA just keep getting better and better.

I love that amateur radio is now welcomed by the fire, police and rescue forces. Because of the FEMA materials, we are trained using the same organization as they use so if we are the first people to an event, they can take over seamlessly and integrate us into their chain of command.

Ten years ago, it was: "thank you but we will take it from here". Now it is: "thank you; keep doing what you are doing, we will dispatch our officers to work with your various teams and take over from there. You radio guys keep handling the local traffic while we take over the state channels." We work together as a team. Some really great people.

Also interesting is the wide range of ages - one girl was a high school student, some people in their 30's and 40's and some older retired farts like me. Those that are prepared stand a much higher chance of survival. Not if. When.

Mental illness in the news - a two-fer

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Nothing else explains it fully. First, from Russia Today:

‘Bigoted trash!’ Transgender coffee shop employee fired for kicking out conservative customer
A coffee shop in Nebraska has fired a transgender employee after she began “yelling profanities” at a regular customer over their conservative and “bigoted” political beliefs.

The customer, Marilyn Synek, 23, who works for the Nebraska Family Alliance, said the employee asked her to leave the Cultiva Espresso & Crepes premises and warned that she would be “denied service” if she ever returned, due to her conservative opinions.

“You are f**king bigoted trash, and we do not want you in our restaurant. Over 80 percent of the people who work here are queer. You are not f**king wanted in our restaurant, so get out and don’t come back!” Synek said she was told.

And from the store owner:

That, evidently, did not go over well with management, who promptly fired the employee, identified as Natalie Weiss. In a statement posted to Facebook, the coffee shop wrote that Weiss was fired “almost immediately” and an unreserved apology was made to Synek.

While we're proudly liberal personally, and believe in human rights and diversity to the fullest degree, let it be known that we would *never* condone treating a customer this way,” they said.

The coffee shop added that despite the political viewpoints of its staff and management, they are still “running a business” and try to instill professionalism in their employees, “usually successfully.”

Talk about self-centered little bitch. It demands "tolerance" for it's identity problems but is 100% intolerant of anyone espousing another viewpoint.

Today's second example - from America Online:

Vegan activist who 'rescued' 16 rabbits killed almost 100 in process, report says
A vegan activist who claimed that she was attacked by an angry mob for freeing 16 rabbits from a farm might have caused more harm than good. She has now been accused of causing the deaths of nearly six times as many baby bunnies in the process, the New York Post reports, citing Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia

Last Sunday, the woman, who goes by the name "Mythical Mia" on Instagram and is based in Barcelona, posted a video of herself, with blood on her face. 

"This is what has just happened to us, look, I’m documenting the whole thing," she says in the video, which has since been made private. "I’m covered in blood. This is what the farmers have done. They shot through our window and chased us down the motorway. Oh my God, I’m literally covered in blood."

And it's all about her. Acting without thinking. Mentally ill. Shows you what a continued state of malnutrition will do to a person. Not pretty.

Now this should be interesting - yawn

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To read about tomorrow. In excerpts. From ABC News:

Democratic debate live updates: All 10 candidates now at Houston debate hall
The 10 highest-polling candidates will appear for a single night of debate in Houston hosted by ABC News and Univision -- the smallest roster yet in the third matchup of Democratic National Committee-sanctioned primary debates, with a field that still counts 20.

I am reminded of this:

Out again - library and store

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Got #4 of the Preston & Child Pendergast series waiting for me. Finished #3 last evening so looking forward to continuing the saga. Wonderful writing and very well researched. Fifteen more in the series so got some reading to look forward to.
Meeting at 7PM tonight.

Things are quiet today - CA quakes

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For once, California is very quiet - from the USGS Earthquake map:

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Just one small quake today and this one was far away from the Ridgecrest storm that has been going on since early July.

Brilliant design - corner cabinet

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Remodeling my kitchen and just saw this - outstanding idea for what is usually wasted space:

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Quote of the year - academia

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"The object of the university is to develop character — to make men. It misses its aim if it produced learned pedants, or simple artisans, or cunning sophists, or pretentious practitioners. Its purport is not so much to impart knowledge to the pupils, as whet the appetite, exhibit methods, develop powers, strengthen judgment, and invigorate the intellectual and moral forces. It should prepare for the service of society a class of students who will be wise, thoughtful, progressive guides in whatever department of work or thought they may be engaged."
--Johns Hopkins University President Daniel Coit Gilman, in 1876

Vox Day said it best:

In academia there is no difference between academia and the real world; in the real world there is.

California is sliding down the tubes. From The Sacramento Bee:

Sacramento trying to kill packs of enormous rats that infested city lot near downtown
The city of Sacramento has started exterminating more than 100 rats that have infested a vacant lot in Sacramento’s River District where the city plans to build a new fire station.

Many homeless encampments typically line the lot, located on Ahern Street between North A and North B streets, causing city officials to worry the rats could also cause a health crisis.

The Centers for Disease Control has a list of rat-borne diseases. Some wonderful ones besides the plague.

Convective weather

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We have been having some pretty spectacular weather last week. Saturday's thunderstorms were wonderful. There was also quite a rain event in Everett last Monday night. From Cliff Mass:

Super Heavy Rain in Everett Causes Flooding
On Monday night, an intense convective cell parked itself over Everett producing very heavy rain, sewer overflows, and flooding that closed some roads and Everett High School.

Steve Link's twitter feed showed some of the action:

How much rain?  During the 11h ending 11 PM Monday, there was about 3 inches (see below)..and much of that fell between 5 and 7:15 PM Monday.  Surrounding areas had a few tenths or less.

Three inches? I would start building an ark. Quite the deluge.

I agree

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Saw this earlier today:

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Got my vote...

Russian hoax - as the prosecutions begin

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From FOX News:

US attorney recommends proceeding with charges against McCabe, as DOJ rejects last-ditch appeal
U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu has recommended moving forward with charges against CNN contributor Andrew McCabe, Fox News has learned, as the Justice Department rejects a last-ditch appeal from the former top FBI official.

McCabe -- the former deputy and acting director of the FBI -- appealed the decision of the U.S. attorney for Washington all the way up to Jeffrey Rosen, the deputy attorney general, but he rejected that request, according to a person familiar with the situation.

Heh - rolling up the deep state one criminal at a time.

Good news - illegal immigration

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From Yahoo / Agence France Presse:

Trump's immigration crackdown starts to gain traction
With a little help from the Supreme Court and Mexico, US President Donald Trump's fitful crackdown on immigration is finally gaining traction.

Trump has spent his entire presidency promising to stop illegal immigration, shut out asylum seekers and wall off the Mexican border.

The far-reaching policies sparked an avalanche of court challenges, complaints from human rights organizations and derision from opposition Democrats ahead of next year's elections.

Undeterred, Trump has hammered away, making construction of a US-Mexican border wall one of his presidency's centerpieces -- and a key part of his 2020 reelection platform.

And this week he celebrated a string of victories.

A couple of decisions and actions - all wonderful news.

Heading out for a while

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Run to Mt. Vernon today, meeting this evening. Doing some laundry this afternoon.

Nothing much happening on the interwebs - quiet out there.

Heading out for a bit

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Working at home today. Got a meeting tomorrow and friday plus another farm dinner on Saturday so down here for a few days. Doing bills and paperwork. My favorite things...

Eighteen years ago today

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The Muslims staged a huge terrorist attack on American soil.

Have they reformed? Have they apologized? No. No.

More clouds

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The atmosphere is still shifting:

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Some gorgeous countryside - I love that there are still working farms here.

Back to work

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Heading out in an hour for the farmer's market and to pick up a book from the library.

Been reading the Preston & Child   Pendergast series. Picked up one of their later books and saw that it was #1) - wonderfully entertaining and #2) - somewhat chronological so went back and am reading from volume one. Finishing up with volume two today or tomorrow and picking up vols. three and four today.

James Cameron in the media

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The guy will not shut up - from Jim Treacher writing at PJ Media:

James Cameron Wants You to 'Wake the F*** Up' About This Supposed Climate Crisis
James Cameron hasn't made a good movie since Bush was president. The first Bush. But Cameron is far richer and more famous than peasants like us, so he gets to scold us for simply trying to live our lives. The society that made him insanely wealthy hasn't reverted back to living in caves, and he's madder than Sarah Connor in an Apple Store.

Matt Donnelly, Variety:

Suzy Amis Cameron has led a charge toward plant-based eating in efforts to reduce the dramatic carbon footprint that meat protein creates. James Cameron, the filmmaker behind classics such as “Titanic,” has woven climate-conscious themes into franchises like “Avatar.” He tells Variety the forthcoming three sequels will do the same.

The two are investors in the plant-based company Verdient Foods and contribute to numerous eco-causes, including Global Green and Oceana. Cameron does not mince words in sharing his thoughts on apathy about the climate crisis.

“People need to wake the f–k up,” the Oscar winner says. “We’re going the wrong direction as fast as possible. I like to say that we’re like Thelma and Louise. We’re driving straight toward the canyon at 90 miles per hour with the radio cranked up and the top down.”

It's fitting that Cameron referenced a movie that's better than anything he'll ever do again. Then he flew back to his massive compound on his private jet.

If Cameron really believed what he's saying, he'd stop making movies. That industry has a huge carbon footprint. But not only is he making a sequel to Avatar, a movie everybody has forgotten about already, he's planning four sequels. Avatar 5 is scheduled for release in 2027, which will be tough to do if we've already driven off the cliff with the radio cranked up and the top down. He doesn't actually think we're all doomed, or there'd be nobody left to buy tickets for his crummy movies.

I have said it before and will say it again. I will believe that there is a climate crisis when the people who are telling me that there is a climate crisis start acting like there is a climate crisis.

Case in point - Obama's $14 million dollar beachfront compound in Martha's Vinyard.

A bit dark but...

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Saw this nice convective cloud on my way home last evening.

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No lightning but conditions were there.

An interesting copyright loophole - books

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From Motherboard:

Libraries and Archivists Are Scanning and Uploading Books That Are Secretly in the Public Domain
A coalition of archivists, activists, and libraries are working overtime to make it easier to identify the many books that are secretly in the public domain, digitize them, and make them freely available online to everyone. The people behind the effort are now hoping to upload these books to the Internet Archive, one of the largest digital archives on the internet.

As it currently stands, all books published in the U.S. before 1924 are in the public domain, meaning they’re publicly owned and can be freely used and copied. Books published in 1964 and after are still in copyright, and by law will be for 95 years from their publication date.

But a copyright loophole means that up to 75 percent of books published between 1923 to 1964 are secretly in the public domain, meaning they are free to read and copy. The problem is determining which books these are, due to archaic copyright registration systems and convoluted and shifting copyright law.

As such, a coalition of libraries, volunteers, and archivists have been working overtime to identify which titles are in the public domain, digitize them, then upload them to the internet. At the heart of the effort has been the New York Public Library, which recently documented why the entire process is important, but a bit of a pain.

Very cool. Information wants to be free.

Out for a while

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Working at home today but heading out for a break - coffee, &c.

A change at the White House

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From Tyler at Zero Hedge:

Trump Fires John Bolton After "Disagreeing Strongly With His Suggestions"
While there was some feverish speculation as to what an impromptu presser at 1:30pm with US Secretary of State Pompeo, Treasury Secretary Mnuchin and National Security Adviser Bolton would deliver, that was quickly swept aside moments later when Trump unexpectedly announced that he had fired Bolton as National Security Adviser, tweeting that he informed John Bolton "last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House" after "disagreeing strongly with many of his suggestions."

According to sources, while Trump had been growing displeased with Bolton's belligerent recommendations and overall demeanor (recall "Bolton 'Deep in His Heart' Believes Trump Is a 'Moron,' Former Aide Claims"), the tipping point happened when Bolton expressed his displeasure with Trump's impromptu invitation of the Taliban to Camp David on the week of the Sept 11 anniversary, a peace overture which as we reported over the weekend, collapsed in the last moment.

President Trump wanted to approach this as a business negotiation while Bolton wanted to through the full force and might of our military. He did great work as our United Nations ambassador but not so much as our Security Adviser.

I will be looking forward to reading his book when it comes out.

Expanding your vocabulary - Scottish slang

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Some fun words - from Mental Floss:

28 Scottish Slang Words You Should Know
If you’re thinking that the slang people use in Scotland can't be that different from the slang in England — it’s the same words, just pronounced differently, right? — well, neeb, have a swatch below and find out just how wrong you are.

Here are a few:

    • Glaikit: someone who is gullible and/or lacks common sense. “She’s alright, but a bit glaikit.”
    • Heid-the-baw: an idiot
    • Bampot: an unhinged idiot.
    • Diddy: a spineless idiot.
    • Fandan: a pretentious idiot.
    • Radge: a dangerous idiot.
    • Walloper: an idiot (again).

My Dad's family was low-land Scot - I will be incorporating some of these into my vocabulary.

Another scholarly scandal brewing - 1619

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Seems that someone was making up data to fit the narrative - again. From The College Fix:

Cornell scholar cited in NYT’s ‘1619’ series charged with fabricating quotes, evidence
A Cornell University scholar cited in a recent New York Times piece tying slavery to capitalism was previously found to have inflated statistics, invented facts, and altered quotes, according to fellow academics in his field.

In an October 2016 paper, scholars Alan Olmstead of the University of California Davis and Paul Rhode of the University of Michigan harshly criticized the research of Cornell’s Edward Baptist presented in Baptist’s 2014 book “The Half Has Never Been Told.” In the book, Baptist argues that modern capitalism still contains many of the remnants of slavery and America’s current economy is still influenced by the exploitation of slaves.

Among charges leveled by Olmstead and Rhode were accusations Baptist concocted numbers out of thin air and that Baptist fabricated research to fit his narrative. At a public event at Dartmouth University in 2016, Olmstead decried Baptist’s work as “hocus pocus” while he waved an imaginary wand in the air.

And of course, because this fit the political narrative, it was used without anyone checking the facts:

Baptist has also been cited by influential opinion journalists such as Ta-Nehisi Coates, who recently used the scholar’s figures to argue in favor of reparations for African-Americans.

“By 1836 more than $600 million, almost half of the economic activity in the United States, derived directly or indirectly from the cotton produced by the million-odd slaves,” Coates testified at a congressional hearing in June.

Yet according to Olmstead, Rhode, and others, the $600 million number appears to be fabricated, using double and even triple-counting to arrive at an inflated figure.

Shades of the Michael Bellesiles scandal,  Professor Stephen Ambrose,  fake indian Ward ChurchillThomas Piketty and I could go on. All of these people were respected in their field and published a book that was later thoroughly discredited. They published them because they fit the political liberal narrative. They made up the data to support their claims and were busted for it. Time to add Edward Baptist's name to the dustbin of history.

Now this could be interesting

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The Chinese have the largest radio telescope in the world. They heard something. From Xinhua:

China's giant telescope picks up mysterious signals from deep space
Chinese astronomers have detected repeated fast radio bursts (FRB) - mysterious signals believed to be from a source about 3 billion light years from Earth - with the largest and most sensitive radio telescope ever built.

Scientists detected the signals with the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST) and they are carefully cross-checking and processing them, according to researchers at the National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (NAOC).

FRBs are the brightest bursts known in the universe. They are called "fast" because these blips are very short, only several milliseconds in duration. But there is no reasonable explanation for their origin.

Might be just a leak from the break-room microwave oven but you never can tell. Things might get interesting...

Here is a blurb about the building of the scope and here is the English website for FAST

Pushing back twice as hard

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The liberals have been using Saul Alinsky's playbook for hammering on conservatives. Now, finally, conservatives have gotten wise and are using the same techniques to hammer on the liberals and they are crying fowl. From The Hill:

Liberals haunted by social media tactics they use against the right
The people who have made an industry out of destroying ordinary people’s lives over old social media posts and out-of-context comments are very upset that it’s happening to them. The New York Times, clearly worried by the recent exposure of blatantly anti-Semitic tweets posted by one of its reporters, and clearly worried that even more embarassing material is in reserve, tried to stop the hemorrhaging with a rambling article demonizing the independent journalists who uncovered the tweets.

In fact, much of the liberal media sphere went into panic mode, vehemently declaring that this particular exercise of the First Amendment is actually an attack on the First Amendment. The reason why liberal editors are so distraught that independent conservative journalists are publishing evidence of the racist, anti-Semitic, and otherwise vile sentiments expressed by their supposedly “objective” employees comes down — as it usually does — to power.

Many journalists are in the profession not to inform the public, but to gain the power to destroy people who question them — and they don’t like those tactics being turned against them. “[U]sing journalistic techniques to target journalists and news organizations ... is fundamentally different from the well-established role of the news media in scrutinizing people in positions of power,” the Times wrote in its article — which was of course labeled “news,” not “opinion.”

The newspaper’s publisher, Arthur Sulzberger, added that “The political operatives behind this campaign will argue that they are ‘reporting’ on news organizations in the same way that news organizations report on elected officials and other public figures,” but he roundly rejected that claim, insisting that his antagonists are trying to “manipulate the facts for political gain.”

Pure schedenfreude - cry you may. Become one with the butthurt you must. Don't dish it out if you can not take it.

BOHICA - the 2020 elections

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BOHICA - has a nice Caribbean lilt to it. Actually an acronym standing for Bend Over, Here It Comes Again.

What? A DOSSIER!!!!!! - on President Trump. An embarrassing dossier. Compiled by the fake news mongers at the Democrat Party. From Business Insider:

Democrats are reportedly preparing an embarrassing dossier against Trump before the 2020 election
The Democratic National Committee's research team is conducting research of lawsuits on President Donald Trump that span across the US, according to an Axios report on Sunday.

The DNC reportedly investigated 7,000 lawsuits and composed a document of Trump's seemingly uncompromising statements during the 2016 campaign trail, in which he told supporters that Mexico would pay for the US-Mexico border wall.

News of the opposition research comes amid intense scrutiny around Trump's decision to divert $3.6 billion for military construction projects in order to pay for nearly a dozen projects on the border. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Tuesday approved the transfer, citing that it would "allow [the Defense Department] to provide support to [Homeland Security] more efficiently and effectively."

After all, the Steele Dossier in 2015-16 worked so well. Paid for by Hillary and the Democrat National Committee and totally discredited within hours of publication. Fake Fake Fake.

Can they not learn from past mistakes? Are they just that dense and out of touch?

Outta here for a bit

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Something I had ordered is available for pickup now at the Burlington Home Depot. Heading up north to get it. Get some Chinese food on my way back home. 

Back in a couple hours...

Great quote

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"It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe."
--Mohammad Ali

Cute idea for a cat bed

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From the US Patent Office #10,398,125

Laptop or keyboard simulating pet bed
A bed for a pet comprises a computer keyboard simulating enclosure having a top side having a plurality of simulated computer keys, a bottom side adapted for laying on a horizontal surface, and a peripheral edge. A heating element is fixed within the enclosure and is adapted to heat at least the top side of the enclosure. A power conduit traversing the enclosure is adapted for connecting the heating element with a power source. The bed further includes pressure-activated switch for activating the heating element, a keyboard sound simulating device, an illumination device, a vibration device, and/or a simulated laptop display projecting away from a rear side of the enclosure.

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I do not know what it is about cats and keyboards but there is an affinity.

Saturday's thunder and lightning

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Great time-lapse video from Greg Johnson of Skunk Bay weather:

Greg's site is on the other side of Whidbey Island from me in Hansville, WA about 40 miles South. An amazing all-around website for Puget Sound weather and maritime activities. I have it bookmarked in my weather folder. Great stuff.

All the rains - the Stillaguamish river

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This is the flow gauge for the Stillaguamish River at Arlington, WA. You can see the extremely low flow resulting from the autumn lack of rainfall. You can also see the results of the recent heavy rains. The little triangular dots are the average water levels:

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Heh - ship of fools

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People looking for global warming find themselves trapped in arctic ice. From Climate Change Dispatch:

Ship Of Fools VI – Arctic ‘Global Warming’ Mission Scuppered By Hard White Substance
Yet another greenie expedition to the Arctic to raise awareness of ‘global warming’ has been scuppered by unexpectedly large quantities of ice.

This brings to a total of six the number of Ship of Fools expeditions where weather reality has made a mockery of climate theory.

According to Maritime Bulletin:

Arctic tours ship MS MALMO with 16 passengers on board got stuck in ice on Sep 3 off Longyearbyen, Svalbard Archipelago, halfway between Norway and the North Pole.

The ship is on Arctic tour with Climate Change documentary film team, and tourists, concerned with Climate Change and melting Arctic ice.

All 16 Climate Change warriors were evacuated by helicopter in challenging conditions, all are safe. 7 crew remains on board, waiting for Coast Guard ship assistance.

The reporter, Erofey Schkvarkin clearly has a sense of humor. He adds:

Something is very wrong with Arctic ice, instead of melting as ordered by UN/IPCC, it captured the ship with Climate Change Warriors.

You can read more about these expeditions at this post from August, 2016

Finally, temperature is just one factor controlling the behavior of the ice pack. Wind and currents play a huge role as well. There was that 2013 Russian exploration ship that got stuck in the ice at Commonwealth Bay and had to be rescued (this happened in Antarctica). Here is a film of the same bay in 1912 shot by the Douglas Mawson expedition:

Choked with ice.

Seriously - they deserve each other

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Clueless alcoholics. From NBC News:

Warren and Clinton talk behind the scenes as 2020 race intensifies
Elizabeth Warren's team doesn't want to talk about Hillary Clinton, but that doesn't mean the 2020 presidential candidate isn't talking with her party's 2016 nominee.

The two women have kept a line of communication open since the Massachusetts senator decided to run for president — though only a conversation around the time of Warren's launch has been previously reported — according to several people familiar with their discussions who spoke to NBC on the condition of anonymity because of the political sensitivity of private interactions.

Zzzzzzz  Wake me up when the Dems have a real candidate to offer.

Best and brightest - Mumps

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Looks like we are getting some healthy and productive future citizens. From the Centers for Disease Control:

Notes from the Field: Mumps in Detention Facilities that House Detained Migrants — United States, September 2018–August 2019
On October 12, 2018, five confirmed cases of mumps among migrants who had been transferred between two detention facilities were reported by the facilities to the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS). By December 11, eight Texas detention facilities and six facilities in five other states had reported 67 mumps cases to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Health Service Corps (IHSC) or local health departments. On December 12, TDSHS contacted CDC to discuss mumps control in detention facilities and facilitate communication with IHSC. During January 4–17, 2019, six more state health departments reported new cases in detention facilities, which prompted CDC and IHSC to launch a coordinated national outbreak response.

And this disease is spreading to the general population:

Since 2015, approximately 150 mumps outbreaks and 16,000 cases have been reported in the United States, typically in close-contact settings such as universities, schools, and athletic events.

The word you are looking for is: Epidemic. Next up will be bubonic plague and ebola. Not if, when.
Get out of the big cities - the shitholes.

Opposite ends of the spectrum

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Aaaand back again

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Got a couple projects this week as well as a trip to the farm. See if there is water in the well or if the pump needs to be replaced.

Quick surf, a couple of videos and then to bed.

Gorgeous sunset tonight - nice colors in the clouds. Supposed to be wet for the rest of this week. Tuesday's farmer's market will be interesting.

Miller time

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Dinner was a salad and some ahi poke. Delicious but now there are two pints of beer with my name on them.

Back in a while.

Hansen Disease? You may know it as Leprosy. From the Journal of the American Medical Association:

Characterization and Outcomes of Patients With Hansen Disease Treated at the Los Angeles County Hospital
Although endemic elsewhere, Hansen disease (HD) is a chronic infection caused by Mycobacterium leprae and Mycobacterium lepromatosis that is rarely seen in the United States. Few domestic reports offer long-term follow-up of patients with HD, who sometimes develop significant morbidity owing to delayed recognition of their illness. The Los Angeles County HD clinic, in operation since 1963, offers an archive that allows the description of the disease courses of a large group of patients with HD.

The full article is behind a paywall. All that we need is for the bubonic plague to rear its ugly little rat head and Los Angeles is done for. All the medieval plagues are returning as we stand by with our collective thumbs up our asses.

I know. A real shocker. From the Beeb:

Iran tanker row: Released ship wanted by US 'seen off Syria'
The Iranian oil tanker at the centre of an international incident has been sailing just off the Syrian coast, satellite images appear to show.

The Adrian Darya-1 was seized by Gibraltar in July with the aid of British forces over fears it was bound for Syria, violating EU sanctions.

It was eventually released after assurances were given that it would not head for the war-ravaged country.

But images released on Saturday seemed to show it two nautical miles offshore.

The images, from US company Maxar Technologies, appeared to place the tanker very close to the Syrian port of Tartus on 6 September.

US National Security Advisor John Bolton tweeted that anyone who believed the ship was no longer headed for Syria was "in denial".

"Tehran thinks it's more important to fund the murderous Assad regime than provide for its own people," he said, alongside another satellite picture. "We can talk, but #Iran's not getting any sanctions relief until it stops lying and spreading terror!"

Iran appealed to the United Nations Security Council and those fools believed them.
Haven't they heard about Taqiyya? Right there in their Quran.

President Trump - their worst nightmare

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Journalist Don Surber has an excellent point:

What they fear most about Trump
A story this weekend showed the worst nightmare for opponents of President Donald John Trump is coming true.

Breitbart News reported, "More than 6.2 million individuals dropped off food stamps since President Donald Trump completed his first full month in office, according to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

"The most recent USDA data shows that 6,268,285 individuals discontinued their participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — the program in charge of food stamps — since February 2017 when Trump finished his first month as president.

"Individual and household food stamp participation has consistently declined since 2013 back when the Obama administration was in power and enrollment in the program reached its highest point in U.S. history."

Those are 6.2 million more Trump voters. Obama gave them food stamps. President Trump got them jobs.

Don talks about the deep state for a bit and closes with this:

A job — or better yet, owning a business — leads to financial independence, which leads to self-reliance, which leads to (dare I say it?) independence. If the people ever realize they do not need a $4 trillion government, Washington is dead.

So true - the deep state needs us normals more than we need them. Much much more. They feed on us for their very existence.

Major drug bust involving Bellingham

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From The Bellingham Herald:

Feds indict 30 in alleged drug-trafficking conspiracy with Whatcom County ties
Thirteen people were arrested Thursday, Sept. 5, and a total of 30 charged in two federal grand jury indictments alleging a conspiracy to traffic hundreds of pounds of cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine from Mexico through Southern California and to Canada in exchange for cash and MDMA or ecstasy.

At least some of the narcotics were moved through or exchanged in Whatcom County, according to the indictments.

Law enforcement also seized approximately 944.7 pounds of cocaine, 19.8 pounds of heroin, 102.7 pounds of methamphetamine and 106.1 pounds of MDMA or ecstasy, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Central District of California. Approximately $811,000 in Canadian currency also was seized.

Good news - get that shit off the street and make the perpetrators do hard time for their crimes.

An appropriate trade-show graphic

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From these people: Allegheny Shredders - hat tip to JWZ for the link.

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A nice dystopian thought for your Sunday morning...

An interesting meeting cancelled

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There is a lot that President Trump is doing that we simply do not hear about - from MSN:

Trump Says He’s Called Off Negotiations With Taliban After Afghanistan Bombing
President Trump said on Saturday that he had canceled a secret meeting at Camp David with Taliban leaders and the president of Afghanistan and was calling off monthslong negotiations that had appeared to be nearing a peace agreement.

“Unbeknownst to almost everyone,” Mr. Trump wrote in a series of tweets, Taliban leaders and the Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, were headed to the United States on Saturday for what would have been a politically fraught meeting at the president’s official Camp David retreat in Maryland.

But Mr. Trump said that “in order to build false leverage,” the Taliban had admitted to a suicide car bomb attack on Thursday that had killed an American soldier and 11 others in the capital of Kabul. “I immediately cancelled the meeting and called off peace negotiations,” he wrote.

“If they cannot agree to a ceasefire during these very important peace talks, and would even kill 12 innocent people, then they probably don’t have the power to negotiate a meaningful agreement anyway,” Mr. Trump added. “How many more decades are they willing to fight?”

And Associated Press:

Pompeo: Taliban ‘overreached’ in attack that killed American
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday that Taliban “overreached” with a car bomb attack in Kabul that killed an American soldier, leading President Donald Trump to call off closely-held Afghanistan peace talks planned for Camp David.

Pompeo said the Trump administration has recalled envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, who has been negotiating with Taliban leaders for months in Qatar, and it will be up to the insurgent group whether talks will resume.

The fools. All they love is war. Reminds me of this quote from Golda Meir:

We can forgive the Arabs for killing our children. We cannot forgive them for forcing us to kill their children. We will only have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us.

The Taliban is stuck in the ninth century. A culture of fear and hate.

Last night's thunderstorms

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Seattle meteorologist Cliff Mass had an excellent post-mortem on last night's storms.

Major Convective Event, with Heavy Rain, Lightning and Thunder, Moving Through Puget Sound
An unusual major lightning/thunder event is occurring over Puget Sound, delaying the UW Husky Game.

And interestingly, the UW WRF model forecast the event earlier in the day.

The radar at 8:15 PM shows the action, with the red colors being very heavy precipitation within convection.

More at the site. An unusual event for this area. A welcome one for me - I love lightning.

Wonderful storm

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Much better than YouTube - one for the records.

Our local power company has about 400 people out. Looking at a slightly smaller number for the Seattle Tacoma system. BC Hydro is reporting under 200.

The lightning was intense -- a bolt every ten seconds for a long time - cloudy and a lot of the bolts were obscured but some great hits on Orcas Island and sky to sky.

Substantial T-Storms

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Kept hearing noise and went outside to look - major thunderstorm activity all around - this storm is big. Bellingham down to Tacoma. Here is a realtime map.

Heading outside to spend some time in a lawn chair with a glass of wine. Rain just started so I will be under the awning.

Cute: Microsoft the Musical

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Some of the 2019 summer interns produced this video:

From the YouTube listing::

You Can, You Should, You Will
"Microsoft the Musical" was dreamt up and led by interns spending the summer of 2019 at Microsoft. This Tony Awards-style musical theater opening number is just one of many passion projects that came to life because we were encouraged to bring our whole selves to work. And that’s what we did: 150 interns and employees came in on mornings, weekends, and nights to create this outside of (and in addition to) their day jobs.

Microsoft’s mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. We hope that this speaks to every person who dreams of being part of something big—and especially to those who’ve been wrongly told they can’t be. At some point, we were all in your shoes. You CAN, you SHOULD, and you WILL.

Spent five years working there - loved it. Got to play with some incredible hardware.

True North - first time in 350 years

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Interesting press release from the British Geological Society:

Hold onto your compass: true north and magnetic north cross at Greenwich for first time in 360 years.
Compasses at Greenwich will point to true north for the first time in 360 years at some point within the next two weeks.

The angle a compass needle makes between true north and magnetic north is called declination. As the magnetic field changes all the time, so does declination at any given location. For the past few hundred years in the UK, declination has been negative, meaning that all compass needles have pointed west of true north.

The line of zero declination, called the agonic, is moving westward at a present rate of around 20 km per year. By September 2019, for the first time since around 1660, the compass needle will point directly to true north at Greenwich, London, before slowly turning eastwards.

We live on a wonderfully dynamic and fluid planet. All sorts of things are in continuous flux - the magnetic poles, solar output, variable climate, sea level, composition of our atmosphere.

Turned on the heat

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Got back home and it was downright chilly with light rain falling. Turned on a space heater for the first time in a while.

Have a heat pump but only need to take a chill off so using the room heater for now.

Heading out for some dinner

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Had a late lunch so just doing a burrito. Stop by my local for a couple pints and that is my evening.

Back in a couple of hours.

Cooled off a lot today and there are showers forecast for the next week or so.

The enemies among us - Islam

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From Breitbart News:

Exclusive–American Airlines Mechanic Accused of Sabotaging Flight Came to U.S. from Iraq
An American Airlines mechanic who is accused of sabotaging a commercial flight originally arrived in the United States from Iraq, Breitbart News has confirmed.

On Friday, federal court records revealed that Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani allegedly tampered with a navigation system on a plane filled with 150 passengers set to take off from Miami, Florida and bound for Nassau, the Bahamas on July 17

And there are still people out there that think multiculturalism is a good thing. It is not. It is a failure of thought. People need to be taken on a case by case basis.

Jeffrey Epstein - still making news

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He hung himself was arkancided (here, here and here) but he is still very much in the news. From OAN Network:

Head Of M.I.T. Media Lab Resigns After Being Accused Of Concealing Donations Made By Jeffrey Epstein
The head of M.I.T.’S media lab resigns, amid claims he was part of an effort to cover up donations made by Jeffrey Epstein.

Joichi Ito stepped down Saturday, just one day after a bombshell New Yorker article revealed he continued to work with Epstein, despite him being listed as “disqualified” in the university’s donor database.

M.I.T. previously acknowledged it had received $800,000 from Epstein. However, the university was reportedly unaware that the late financier helped secure more than $7.5 million in donations for the lab, including two million dollars from Bill Gates.

Ito has had a very interesting life. Being director of the MIT Media Lab is a plum position. Screwed it up.

Heading out for a bit

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Been puttering around the house this morning. Heading out for coffee &c...

An interesting observation

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From The Atlantic:

Elite Failure Has Brought Americans to the Edge of an Existential Crisis
In 1998, The Wall Street Journal and NBC News asked several hundred young Americans to name their most important values. Work ethic led the way—naturally. After that, large majorities picked patriotism, religion, and having children.

Twenty-one years later, the same pollsters asked the same questions of today’s 18-to-38-year-olds—members of the Millennial and Z generations. The results, published last week in The Wall Street Journal, showed a major value shift among young adults. Today’s respondents were 10 percentage points less likely to value having children and 20 points less likely to highly prize patriotism or religion.

The nuclear family, religious fealty, and national pride— family, God, and country —are a holy trinity of American traditionalism. The fact that allegiance to all three is in precipitous decline tells us something important about the evolution of the American identity.

The author's basic thesis is this: The nuclear family, God, and national pride are a holy trinity of the American identity. What would happen if a generation gave up on all three?

An interesting (and well documented) read.

Agent of the deep state - Robert Mueller

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He has been portrayed as the upstanding pillar of virtue when dealing with the so-called Russian collusion. (Orange Man Bad) He is just another tool of the deep state. From the New York Post:

Robert Mueller helped Saudi Arabia cover up its role in 9/11 attacks: suit
After a lengthy investigation, special counsel Robert Mueller charged Russia made “multiple, systematic efforts to interfere in our election” and said the incursion “deserves the attention of every American.”

But former FBI investigators say their old boss didn’t feel the same concern when they uncovered multiple, systemic efforts by the Saudi government to assist the hijackers in the lead-up to the 9/11 attacks — a far more consequential, to say nothing of deadly, foreign influence operation on America.

As the head of the FBI at the time, they say Mueller was not nearly as interested in investigating that espionage conspiracy, which also involved foreign intelligence officers. Far from it, the record shows he covered up evidence pointing back to the Saudi Embassy and Riyadh — and may have even misled Congress about what he knew.

9/11 victims agree. “He was the master when it came to covering up the kingdom’s role in 9/11,” said survivor Sharon Premoli, who was pulled from the rubble of the World Trade Center 18 years ago.

“In October of 2001, Mueller shut down the government’s investigation after only three weeks, and then took part in the Bush [administration’s] campaign to block, obfuscate and generally stop anything about Saudi Arabia from being released,” added Premoli, now a plaintiff in the 9/11 lawsuit against Saudi Arabia.

In fact, Mueller threw up roadblocks in the path of his own investigators working the 9/11 case, while making it easier for Saudi suspects to escape questioning, multiple case agents told me. Then he deep-sixed what evidence his agents did manage to uncover, according to the 9/11 lawsuit against the Saudis.

Good that this is coming out - too little too late but still, sunlight is needed.
Our government has become corrupt at the highest levels. Started with the Kennedy administration.
Really got going with Lyndon Johnson.

Vaping - from the CDC

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Straight from the horses mouth. The Centers for Disease Control:

Outbreak of Lung Illness Associated with Using E-cigarette Products
CDC, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), state and local health departments, and other clinical and public health partners are investigating a multistate outbreak of severe pulmonary disease associated with e-cigarette product (devices, liquids, refill pods, and/or cartridges) use. This investigation is ongoing and has not identified a cause, but all reported cases have a history of using e-cigarette products.

Latest Outbreak Information

    • As of September 6, 2019, over 450 possible cases of lung illness associated with the use of e-cigarette products have been reported to CDC from the following 33 states and 1 U.S. territory: AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MI, MN, MT, NC, NE, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WI, WV, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). These numbers may change frequently.
    • Five deaths have been confirmed in California, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, and Oregon.
    • CDC worked with states to create a case definition to classify cases in a consistent way. State investigators determine if cases are confirmed or probable after examining the medical records of suspected cases and consulting with the clinical care team to exclude other possible causes. Unlike nationally reportable conditions, these cases are requiring clinicians and public health to interview patients to determine product use and individual behaviors.
    • CDC will report numbers of confirmed and probable cases once states have finalized their classification of cases.
    • We expect that states and clinicians may look back for older cases based on CDC’s case definition. States are in the process of classifying current possible cases as well as older cases.
    • No evidence of infectious diseases has been identified; therefore lung illnesses are likely associated with a chemical exposure. Initial published reports from the investigation point to clinical similarities among cases. Patients report e-cigarette use and similar symptoms and clinical findings. These align with the CDC health advisory released August 30, 2019.
    • The investigation has not identified any specific substance or e-cigarette product that is linked to all cases. Many patients report using e-cigarette products with liquids that contain cannabinoid products, such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
    • These investigations are ongoing. CDC will provide updates when more information is available.

Want to quit smoking? Use the patches or gum - much safer.

Got nothing

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Full day today. Ahi was wonderful (a local restaurant supply was having a sale on frozen 6oz filets so bought a case) - a true taste of the other island. Beers were cold and wet. Picked up some wonderful tomatoes at the farmer's market. Planning to do a Panzanella Salad with them.

Nothing on the internet so heading over to YouTube for the night.

Emergency preparedness kits

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Amazon has a nice selection.

Remember, it is not "if".  It is "when".

As it says. Heading out in a little bit for the farmer's market and then back home to cook the Ahi tuna for dinner.

Out for a couple beers at my local after that.

Not a good move by our government

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A little too tyrannical and big brother-ish. From Forbes:

Exclusive: Feds Demand Apple And Google Hand Over Names Of 10,000+ Users Of A Gun Scope App
Own a rifle? Got a scope to go with it? The U.S. government might soon know who you are, where you live and how to reach you.

That’s because the government wants Apple and Google to hand over names, phone numbers and other identifying data of at least 10,000 users of a single gun scope app, Forbes has discovered. It’s an unprecedented move: Never before has a case been disclosed in which American investigators demanded personal data of users of a single app from Apple and Google. And never has an order been made public where the feds have asked the Silicon Valley giants for info on so many thousands of people in one go.

According to an application for a court order filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) on September 5, investigators want information on users of Obsidian 4, a tool used to control rifle scopes made by night-vision specialist American Technologies Network Corp. The app allows gun owners to get a live stream, take video and calibrate their gun scope from an Android or iPhone device. According to the Google Play page for Obsidian 4, it has more than 10,000 downloads. Apple doesn’t provide download numbers, so it’s unclear how many iPhone owners could be swept up in this latest government data grab.

If the court approves the demand, and Apple and Google decide to hand over the information, it could include data on thousands of people who have nothing to do with the crimes being investigated, privacy activists warned. Edin Omanovic, lead on Privacy International's State Surveillance program, said it would set a dangerous precedent and scoop up “huge amounts of innocent people’s personal data.”

I sincerely hope that the unelected bureaucrat who came up with this gets fired immediately and fired, not promoted to a lesser position for six months and then quietly reinstated with a raise in pay as is done frequently.

This is federal overreach on a grand scale.

Vaping in the news

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Proponents claim that it is safe but I have my doubts. They also claim that it is a way to reduce nicotine consumption but everyone I know has increased the concentration over time. From The New York Times:

Cases of Vaping-Related Lung Illness Surge, Health Officials Say
Medical experts and federal health officials on Friday warned the public about the dangers of vaping and discouraged using the devices as the number of people with a severe lung illness linked to vaping has more than doubled to 450 possible cases in 33 states. The number of deaths linked to vaping rose to four from two on Friday.

The Indiana Department of Health announced the third death, and hours later, officials in Minnesota confirmed that a fourth person had died. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said Friday that it was investigating a possible fifth death, saying that the fatality was “associated with the use of e-cigarettes.”

“There is clearly an epidemic that begs for an urgent response,” Dr. David C. Christiani of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health wrote in an editorial published on Friday in The New England Journal of Medicine.

We simply do not have enough history. It took several hundred years of tobacco use to get the laws that we have today. Vaping is going to get much worse before it will get better.

The wicked witch is dead. Three headlines:

I bet Satan has some nice surprises for him when he arrives... He came to power when Zimbabwe was a prosperous nation and Africa's breadbasket. When he left, the Zimbabwean economy was shattered and the nation had to beg for food for its people.

A couple years ago, I purchased a ten billian dollar banknote for about $20. Now, you can get them on Amazon for $4 and they have printed more currency - their banknotes now go up to $100 Trillion Dollars - worth about $85 USD.

Get woke, go broke - ThinkProgress

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Didn't make a profit for its owners - from The Daily Beast:

ThinkProgress, a Top Progressive News Site, Has Shut Down
ThinkProgress, the influential news site that rose to prominence in the shadow of the Bush administration and helped define progressivism during the Obama years, is shutting down.

The outlet, which served as an editorially independent project of the Democratic Party think tank Center for American Progress (CAP), will stop current operations on Friday and be converted into a site where CAP scholars can post.

Top officials at CAP had been searching for a buyer to take over ThinkProgress, which has run deficits for years, and according to sources there were potentially three serious buyers in the mix recently. But in a statement to staff, Navin Nayak, the executive director of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, said the site was ultimately unable to secure a patron.

Pure schadenfreude. That site did not need a patron. It was brain dead and on life support. Someone, out of mercy, finally pulled the plug. Pushing a narrative might get a week or two of traction with the general public but we are smart and if the narrative does not support the facts, we will ignore it after a while. Pushing just narrative 24/7 for many years will cause the perceptual equivalent of nasal fatigue.

Out the door

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Running a couple of errands today. Working at home this afternoon. Coffee first.

Gun laws - Maine

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A perfect article on why guns lower crime. From American Thinker:

Four years after allowing universal ‘concealed carry’ law, Maine rated the safest state in the nation for crime
Since 2015, residents of the state of Maine have been allowed to carry a concealed firearm without any special permit, and now the results are in: crime has fallen to the point where the state is now rated the safest in the nation from the threat of crime. The Maine Examiner reports:

When Maine passed a “Constitutional Carry” law allowing Maine residents to carry a concealed firearm without any special permit in 2015, opponents of the law forecast a dangerous future for the state. They said the new law would hurt public safety and put Maine kids at risk.

One state representative who opposed the bill went so far as to say it would give Mainers a reason to be afraid every time they went out in public or to work.

Another state representative suggested the law would lead to violent criminals with recent arrests and convictions legally carrying handguns.

Well, there is the narrative and then there are the facts - let's look at them:

The US News &World Report rankings of the safest states has named Maine as the safest state in the nation.

Public safety makes up 50 percent of the Best States for crime & corrections ranking. This subcategory evaluates both the violent crime rate and the property crime rate in each state, as measured by the FBI in 2017. Though some major cities, such as Chicago and Baltimore, have seen drastic increases in homicides in recent years, overall violent crime and property crime rates remain near historic lows.

A higher state ranking indicates a lower crime rate for these metrics. Maine ranks first in the nation for public safety. Fellow New England state Vermont places second in this subcategory, followed by New Hampshire, New Jersey and Idaho.

It keeps bearing out - more guns, less crime.

Argentinians love their steak

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Video from a rodeo - vegetarian protestors interrupt the event:

From the YouTube link:

Vegans stage protest during a rodeo...
Argentinian cowboys put their whips to good use..

"Vegan and Animal Rights Activists Stage Protest at Exposición Rural.

This Saturday at La Exposición de Gandadería, – commonly known as Expo Rural – more than 40 vegan activists staged a peaceful protest interrupting a dressage contest.

The activists walked onto the central track, bearing posters with slogans against the exploitation of animals.

Less than a minute later, a tense and violent altercation ensued: using their horses, gauchos ran them off and out of the area.

Most audience members repudiated the protest, erupting in applause when the activists were kicked off"

Heh - silly vegans...

An interesting look at soy

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A lot of people are relying on soy protein for their diet. Here is an look at why this might not be such a good idea
From Natural Foods:

Fermented Soy is Only Soy Food Fit for Human Consumption
Writings about the soybean date back to 3000 B.C., when the Emperor of China listed the virtues of soybean plants for regenerating the soil for future crops. His praises centered on the root of the plant, not the bean. These ancient writing suggested that the Chinese recognized the unfitness of soybeans for human consumption in their natural form. Now 5000 years later, we are once again catching on to the anti-nutritive qualities of the soybean, and realizing that the only soybean worth eating is one that has been fermented.

About 1000 B.C. some smart person in China discovered that a mold, when allowed to grow on soybeans, destroyed the toxins present and made the nutrients in the beans available to the body. This process became known as fermentation and led to the creation of the still popular foods tempeh, miso, and natto.

A few centuries later, a simpler process was developed to prepare soybeans for consumption. After lengthy soaking and cooking, the beans were treated with nigari, a substance found in seawater. The end product was tofu. During the Ming dynasty, fermented soy appeared in the Chinese Materia Medica as a nutritionally important food and an effective remedy for diseases.

A bit more - some symptoms:

Unfermented soy has been linked to digestive distress, immune system breakdown, PMS, endometriosis, reproductive problems for men and women, allergies, ADD and ADHD, higher risk of heart disease and cancer, malnutrition, and loss of libido.

Groups most at risk of experiencing negative effects from the anti-nutrient properties of soy are infants taking soy baby formula, vegetarians eating a high soy diet, and mid-life women going heavy on the soy foods thinking they will help with symptoms of menopause.

I wonder if this is in part the cause of the ills of modern civilization. Everyone is so triggered all the time, people needing anti-depressants, panic attacks, etc... Our soy intake has certainly spiked over the last 20 years. I use it myself but use it as tofu and do a minimal use as TVP.

As for a simple vegetarian diet, there are these two headlines:

I could go on but you get the idea...

Tired - time for YouTube and bed

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Off to the land of Morpheus...

Party like it's 1992

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Microsoft just released an update to WINFILE.EXE - the Windows 3.1 File Manager application. Runs fine on Win10

MSFT Company Store or GitHub

Talk about coming a long long way...

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Update to an earlier post

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Earlier today, I wrote: Throw another shrimp on the barbie?

Denny Wilson writing at Grouchy Old Cripple links to the same story and also this one - from FOX News:

Texas Man Stages Pig Races to Protest Islamic Neighbor's Plans to Build Mosque
KATY, Texas – When an Islamic group moved in next door and told Craig Baker the pigs on his family's 200-year-old Texas farm had to go, he and his swine decided to fight back.

In protest of being asked to move, Davis began staging elaborate pig races on Friday afternoons — one of the Islamic world's most holy days.

Craig's neighbors, the Katy Islamic Association, have plans to build a mosque and community compound on the 11 acres they purchased alongside his farm.

Baker, 46, a stone-shop owner whose family has owned the farm for two centuries, says the association knew about the pigs when they bought the property, and it's not fair for them to ask him to get rid of the animals.

"I am just defending my rights and my property," Baker said. "They totally disrespected me and my family."

Like Baker said, they knew about the pigs when they bought the property. End of story.

Respecting someone's culture is very much a two-way street.

Futile? Impotent? Worthless?

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Some liberal activists are in the news - from The Washington Post:

Hundreds protest against Wal-Mart in 15 cities, demanding higher wages
Hundreds of people protested at a suburban Maryland Wal-Mart over wages and worker protections Thursday as D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) weighed whether to sign legislation that would force the nation’s largest retailer to pay a 50 percent premium over the city’s minimum wage.

The national day of action, which spanned 15 cities, was the latest in a running battle between Wal-Mart and activists backed by national unions.

Oooooooooo - they staged a National Day of Action and only managed to drum up hundreds of people. These morons have nothing. They are living out the bitter ends of their communist fever-dreams in the safety of their parents basements tucked under their Star Wars© blankie and raging, raging I tell you, against the evils of that Orange Man

As a reality check, Walmart employs 2.2 million people worldwide. From their website:

Opportunity
Walmart employs 2.2 million associates around the world. About 75% of our store management teams started as hourly associates, and last year, we promoted more than 215,000 people to jobs with greater responsibility and higher pay.

Bring willingness to work to the table, you will get promoted to positions of higher responsibility and higher pay.

Let us be generous and say that four thousand people showed up to protest. These people represent 0.18% of the number of people that Walmart gainfully employs. In most engineering analyses, this would be considered to be well below the noise floor.

The unions like to raise the minimum wage because a lot of union contracts are pegged to this number. Something not mentioned in the mainstream media.

Throw another shrimp on the barbie?

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Sounds like a fun gathering in Australia - from The Epoch Times:

Thousands of Meat Lovers Plan Mass BBQ At House Of Vegan Who Sued Neighbors For Cooking Meat
Thousands of meat-eaters are planning to attend a mass barbecue outside the home of a vegan woman who had sued her neighbors over a series of perceived provocations—most notably the odor of meat and fish sizzling on their backyard grill.

“This is the Aussie version of ‘storm area 51’ and she can’t sue all of us!” wrote one of the commenters in a Facebook community event headlined “Community BBQ for Cilla Carden,” which over 3,300 people have said they plan to take part in, while over 8,000 have said they are “interested” in coming.

Carden told 9News that she had taken her fight against neighbor Toan Vu and his family all the way to the Supreme Court of Western Australia, demanding they put a stop to a range of behaviors in their backyard that she finds upsetting—including children playing and meat cooking on the barbecue.

The massage therapist said her neighbors have spoiled her ability to enjoy her backyard in the suburb of Girrawheen by intentionally letting their barbecue meat and fish smells waft into her yard.

A bit more:

Likely adding to Carden’s distress is the prospect of the event, which is due to take place on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 3 p.m., with one member of the online community suggesting they go “full Ron Swanson and slaughter a live pig on site,” while another chimed in with “oh yes and some cigars, yes every neighbour loves the smell of pungent cigars wafting into their airspace.”

Heh - Ron Swanson is one of my spirit animals. Sounds like a delightful party. Also sounds like an asshole neighbor. The Vu's would have probably been very happy to toss a slice of zucchini on their grill, pop open a Fosters, and laugh about various dietary foibles but Ms. Carden decided that she would control them and lawyer up. Stupid little tyrant.

Party like it's 2008 - financial crisis

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Looks like the home mortgage market is going to go pear-shaped AGAIN... From Wolf Street:

Fuel for the Next Mortgage Bust?
For a moment this morning, I thought I was back in 2005 or early 2006, when I listened to a dazzling radio show, hyping cash-out refinancing of your mortgage.

The show was funded by a shadow-bank specializing in mortgage lending. They were promoting their efficient service, that didn’t involve the normal hoops to jump through, and it was a fantastic deal, to not only refinance your mortgage to capture the lower mortgage rates currently available – the lowest since November 2016 – but also to use the home as an ATM once again to cash out the equity that the home had accumulated, due to years of sharp price increases.

That this date of November 2016 keeps popping up is interesting by itself, because on November 10, 2016, according to Freddie Mac data, the average conforming 30-year fixed rate mortgage had an interest rate of about 3.6%, same as now. But six weeks later, December 22, 2016, that average mortgage rate had jumped to 4.3%. That was a jump of three-quarters of a percentage point in just six weeks. Mortgage rates can get very jumpy when the market figures out that they’d been mispriced.

The promo this morning acknowledged this jumpiness and pushed listeners to act now on a cash-out refi at these ultralow mortgage rates, or miss out forever.

Needless to say, there are two issues at play:

#1) - there is much more at the site. Go and read the whole thing if you are thinking about this  -and-

#2) - the 'folks' offering you this great deal are blowing smoke up your ass and calling it magic.

In those immortal words: "caveat emptor"

A bit of a rumble

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Three hours ago - this is along the fault line that has a lot of people concerned.

Magnitude 5.9 off-shore of Bandon Oregon

From the Bellingham Herald:

Did you feel it? Second moderate-sized quake in a week rattles Northwest region
For the second time in approximately a week, a moderate-sized earthquake struck off the Oregon coast Thursday morning, Sept. 5. Just like last week, the U.S. Tsunami Warning Center is not issuing any alerts following the 5.9 magnitude quake that struck at 8:02 a.m.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey website, Thursday’s seismic activity was centered 10 kilometers beneath the surface and approximately 182 miles west-northwest of Coos Bay, Oregon. The epicenter was approximately 433 miles from Bellingham, according to googlemaps.com.

According to the USGS, the quake was centered near the Blanco Fracture Zone, which according to Oregon State University is part of the boundary between the Juan de Fuca-Gorda and Pacific plates.

As of 9:30 a.m., nine people had r reported feeling the quake to the USGS, but one of those was in Tacoma.

Fortunately, my coffee place is about 300 feet above sea level - should be safe there...

Something to keep in mind - islam

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Talk about being a self-centered and entitled little bitch. It is all about her and her narrative.

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Nothing catches my eye

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Went from the first page of the internet to the last page and nothing caught my eye.

Watch a couple videos and try again tomorrow.

Back home for the evening

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Got a lot accomplished today - trip to Bellingham was productive.

Didn't get back in time to cook the Ahi as I had planned so had dinner on the road. Meeting was good - our group is planning a major event for November and things are coalescing nicely.

Surf for a bit and an early bedtime.

Out for a bit.

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Working at home today but heading out for my morning routine. Got some ahi tuna thawing out for dinner tonight. Sear that and plate with some rice and vegies. A taste of a different island.

Supposed to be nice weather so getting my WSPR antenna up tomorrow. Been reliably getting 1K-2K miles with a short length of wire dropped outside my window. It will be interesting to see what kind of range I can get with a 15' wire that has been impedence matched with a balun and a proper ground.

Wonderful news - unions

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Looks like the heads of the labor unions are a bit worried. From Breitbart:

Union Bosses Fear Workers Will Stick with Trump: ‘It’s a Serious Problem’
Union bosses, closely tied to the Democrat Party, say American union workers sticking with President Trump in 2020 and his economic nationalist agenda is “a serious problem” for them.

A report by the Wall Street Journal reveals how union bosses and Democrats are looking to peel off Trump’s support from American union workers who back his agenda, where most recently he has demanded multinational corporations move their production in China to the U.S.

The Journal reports:

“It’s a serious problem for us,” said Alan Netland, president of the North East Area Labor Council in Duluth, Minn., which represents 40,000 union members. “People may say, ‘I voted Republican and the world didn’t fall in, so maybe I better keep doing that.’”

Union officials, along with Democratic presidential candidates, are now trying to highlight what they see as a yawning gap between the president’s pro-worker rhetoric and his policies.

Democratic candidates have put appeals to working-class voters at the front of their campaigns. “I am a union man,” declared former Vice President Joe Biden, who leads in 2020 primary polls, during his campaign kickoff in Pennsylvania in May. [Emphasis added]

Vice President of the United Mine Workers of America in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, Chuck Knissel said based on the current 2020 Democrats running for president, it will be difficult to get union workers to vote for anyone other than Trump.

Good. Maybe the union bosses will listen to their constituents for a change. They have been listening to the power brokers in D.C. and look where it has gotten them.

Alexandria Occasional-Cortex and Antifa

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Another example of fellow travelers. From The Lid:

AOC Fund-Raised For Antifa
The face of the Democratic Party, Squad member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, got involved with raising bail money for  Antifa terrorists, some of whom were in jail for attacking the police. The Antifa terrorists were arrested in Boston while attempting to disrupt a straight pride parade and committing assault and battery on a police officer.

Not very grounded in reality...

Selling guns

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From Justin Maloney's Twitter feed:

So true...

She discovered the truth about her fellow travelers. From Breitbart:

Marianne Williamson: ‘I Didn’t Think the Left Lied like This’
Presidential candidate Marianne Williamson (D) revealed that she did not think the left was “so mean” and “lied like this” until she ran for president as an outsider candidate.

“I know this sounds naive. I didn’t think the left was so mean. I didn’t think the left lied like this,” Williamson told the New Yorker’s David Remnick in an interview. “I thought the right did that. I thought we were better.”

A bit more:

Williamson has in recent weeks criticized the “political-media industrial complex” and warned Democrats that nominating a conventional or establishment candidate to go up against President Donald Trump in 2020 could be disastrous.

So true. This is what the Democrats do. They have nothing to offer except a constant stream of ad hominem attacks. If there is something that they cannot debate with facts, they fling poo and hope that it sticks.

Ms. Williamson should consider changing parties - not only are conservatives a lot more resonable and caring, we have milk and cookies...

From Bloomberg:

Hundreds of Names in Sealed Epstein Materials, Judge Told
A lawyer for alleged victims of Jeffrey Epstein told a judge that hundreds of names of people associated with the late money manager should be made public in documents that are currently sealed in a defamation lawsuit.

Sigrid McCrawly, who has represented victims for five years, said at a hearing Wednesday in New York that only social security numbers, medical information and the names of minors should be kept secret as more documents are unsealed in the case, and that everything else should come to light.

“Anybody whose information is in the documents would be notified so they could object,” McCrawley, of the law firm Boies Schiller Flexner LLP, said at the hearing.

And the list is leaked in 3... 2... 1...

Got a group meeting at 6:00PM tomorrow. Stuff to do earlier so getting up a bit early. Trip to Bellingham.

Farmer's market was a lot of fun today - the farm I like is having an eight day Natural Farming Retreat with Larry Korn who was a disciple of Masanobu Fukuoka who was one of the first proponents of no-till farming. He was a scientist who carefully documented his techniques and the resulting crop yields (better than with commercial, chemical farming). Korn was at the market today making seed balls for people to take.

Gets a great review at Slashdot:

Why the Amazon Basics Keyboard Is My Favorite Keyboard
Full stack developer and teacher, Nick Janetakis, says the Amazon Basics keyboard is one of his favorite general purpose/programming keyboards. "It hits all the major points that make a keyboard good and it also happens to be only $14," he writes.

Amazon also lists the option to by quantity 10 of them for $81.65. Ordering one to try and see how it performs. I type reasonably well and am fussy about my keyboards. The one I am using on my media machine is a Walmart house-brand gaming keyboard for $45. The thing has a great feel and is bulletproof. It is a monster.

Get woke, go broke - Walmart

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It is not like Walmart will actually go broke (shop there regularly myself) but their decision today is nothing but pandering to the vocal minority of gun grabbers. From CNBC:

Walmart plans to dramatically step back from ammunition sales after ‘horrific’ shootings
Walmart said Tuesday it will discontinue all sales of handgun ammunition and sales of short-barrel rifle ammunition that can be used with military-style weapons, following two “horrific” shootings at Walmart stores this summer.

Excuse me but the one horrific shooting in El Paso happened at a Walmart located in a mall managed by the Simon corporation. Simon's published Code of Conduct specifically states:

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In other words, a gun-free zone. How did that work out for them. Had one or two people there been armed, the toll from this mentally ill a**hole would have been substantially less than what transpired.

And then, there is this (from the same report):

The biggest retailer in the world also is asking customers at Walmart and Sam’s Club to no longer openly carry firearms in stores, in states where “open carry” is allowed, unless they are authorized law enforcement officers. Open carry legislation is currently on the books in more than 26 states, Dan Bartlett, executive vice president of corporate affairs, said during a call with members of the media.

Walmart said it won’t be changing its policy for customers who have permits for concealed carry. And it will be adding signage to stores in the coming weeks to communicate the updates.

Thank heaven for small favors - they are still allowing permitted concealed carry. What a dumb move. Pandering to a minority while making their stores less safe for us "normals".

James Comey - the rat

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Three clickable headlines:

SHOT:
Inspector general finds James Comey did not release classified information to the public

CHASER:
Yes, Comey did leak classified information
James Comey: Another government elite treating public records like private property

The first link is from major Fake News outlet CBS of course. Pushing the progressive narrative 24/7.

Great quote - Robert Anson Heinlein

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"Progress doesn't come from early risers - progress is made by lazy men looking for easier ways to do things."
--Robert Heinlein

Out for a bit

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Farmer's market, library and some errands.

Have a burrito for dinner - late lunch today.

Ho. Li. Crap - new processors from Intel

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Pin count is an interesting way to look at chip complexity. The new CPUs being developed by Intel bring this up to a ridiculous number: 4,189. From AnandTech:

Intel’s LGA4189-4 and LGA4189-5 for Cooper Lake & Ice Lake CPUs Now Available
TE Connectivity, a maker of various connectivity solutions, has introduced its newly-developed LGA4189 sockets for Intel’s next-generation Xeon Scalable processors supporting PCIe Gen 4. The products have been validated by Intel and are therefore ready for production of motherboards aimed at next-gen servers. It is worth noting that we already know some Cooper Lake systems are already deployed at large companies, suggesting that some LGA4189 sockets have been validated already.

TE offers LGA4189-4 and LGA3189-5 sockets (which are called Socket P4 and Socket P5), appropriate backplates, compatible bolster plates, mounting mechanisms, and dust covers. As discovered previously, Intel’s next-generation Xeon Scalable processors in LGA4189 packaging will feature a native eight-channel memory controller and PCIe 4.0, with at least eight channel memory on standard configurations.

The original CPU, the 4004, had 16 pins. The first practical CPU, the 8080, brought this up to 40 pins. Intels first 16-bit CPU was the 80286 was available in either a 68 pin or a 100 pin version. Now we are at 4,189 pins. Pretty major growth over almost 50 years.

Dead people vote Democrat

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They have nothing to offer us "normals" so they resort to cheating. Voter fraud. From OAN News:

Ohio Democrats File Lawsuit To Stall Voter Roll Purge Approved By SCOTUS
The Ohio Democrat Party filed a lawsuit to stop the state’s purge of infrequent voters. According to the lawsuit, in addition to a restraining order to block the purge, state Democrats also want Secretary of State Frank LaRose to manually review each voter scheduled to be removed.

The current law, which was deemed “constitutional” by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2018, says a voter is at risk if they haven’t voted in six years. However, Democrats pointed out the system removed active voters, but LaRose said those issues were fixed.

LaRose also said many of the voters being removed had either passed away or moved out of state, but they all received mailers notifying them of their pending removal.

Every state needs to do this. When I moved to the island, it would have been so easy to maintain voting status in both counties but I did not. The rolls need to be purged.

Good meeting - local group

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Met with a potential new member of one of the groups. I am the Vice President of this group so was wearing my "official" hat. Good people.

Out the door

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9:00AM meeting - run a few errands and back home for the day.

David Chappelle on Jussie Smollett

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David is one of the best comedians out there - excellent analysis:

And that is it for the evening

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Nothing catches my eye. The Tuesday meeting is at 9:00AM so setting the alarm for tomorrow. Got to get coffee first.

Working at home next couple of days. Meeting a friend for dinner over the weekend (no firm date yet). Getting ready to sign with a builder for the shop. That will be an expensive proposition but a great one. Get this puppy started.

Really looking forward to putting the farm and the store on the market next spring. They are more of a weight than a joy these days.

I did bring the pruning ladder down today so will erect the WSPR antenna in a few days. On to stage two of my WSPR experiments. Also brought down the last of my big radio station today. Need a different antenna for it. I do not have the real estate for a 300+ foot long wire antenna. Getting a vertical.

Hurricane Dorian update

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Back from the farm

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Everything was fine up there with one exception. No water. I didn't have much time to look into this but will next time I am up. It has been a very dry summer so the well itself might have gone dry but that would be unusual as it is 190 feet deep. Either that or the well pump is about seven years old so it might need replacing - they usually last 10-15 years so that is a bit early.

The joys of country living. Anyone out there want to buy a nice 30 acre farm with a couple good outbuildings?

Meetings tomorrow morning and Wednesday evening.

Out for coffee &c

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Heading out for coffee and a few errands.

Running up to the farm today to get the mail and check on a couple of things. Back in the late afternoon.

by a higher power. From National Geographic:

Hidden earthquake risk found lurking beneath Los Angeles
The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach bustle with activity—their colorful array of shipping containers are stacked and unstacked in a never-ending, multibillion-dollar game of Tetris. But a previously overlooked danger lurks below this frenzy: A fault capable of generating earthquakes magnitude 6.3 or greater.

The Wilmington fault, as it’s called, is an elusive type of fracture. Unlike many faults, which crack Earth’s surface like an egg, the Wilmington fault is “blind,” which means it’s concealed beneath the surface, making it especially difficult to study. So while scientists have long known the fault is present—stretching 12.4 miles under southern Los Angeles into San Pedro Bay—it was presumed to have sat quiet for millions of years.

Now, a new analysis of the system, published in Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, suggests that isn’t the case. Using a cluster of clues incorporated into a three-dimensional model, the study authors posit that the fault has been active much more recently than once thought —and likely still poses a risk to people on the surface.

6.3? Come on - how about a nice 9 Mag... Clean out all the vermin - Hollywood? Pop culture? The media?
Time to start over again with a clean slate. Gorgeous state, bad people.

Having it both ways

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From the New York Post:

Angry Muslim voters clamor for Democrats’ attention at annual conference
Angry Muslim American voters are tired of being ignored by the Democratic Party’s presidential candidates — even though they make up a fast-growing source of Democrat votes.

Only two of the party’s White House contenders, Bernie Sanders and Julian Castro, agreed to speak at Saturday’s presidential forum at the annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) which has drawn 30,000 attendees to Houston, Tex. this weekend.

And at the very bottom of the page:

Federal prosecutors named ISNA as an unindicted co-conspirator in their case against the Holy Land Foundation, a group that was convicted of raising millions of dollars for Hamas, a State Department-designated terror organization.

Time for the Muslims to do a reformation. Us Christians used to be pretty bad people and we had our reformation and are pretty mellow these days - we even have milk and cookies. Time for the Muslims to own up to the radical factions that have hijacked their faith and are keeping their people pig ignorant.

And norora

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Went outside a couple of times last night and didn't see anything. K-index was nice and high but nothing showed:

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Some people would do a mic drop - I guess this is a radio telescope drop.

Just the headline from a Wired article regarding a conversation about AI between Elon Musk and Jack Ma:

Elon Musk: Humanity Is a Kind of 'Biological Boot Loader' for AI

This gives me the a good case of the blue-blind paralytic willies because it hits so close to the mark.

SKYNET? here

Fun music

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Going to have to track down more of this:

Big tip of the hat to Musings from the Chiefio who has two more videos at his site. The last one is really cute.

I also like that first instrument in the video above - the flat one. Looks like a stiff learning curve but nice sound and chromatic as hell...

Submitted without comment - from the London Daily Mail:

Millionaire model agency boss thought to have key information into the Jeffrey Epstein scandal 'has disappeared like a ghost without a trace'
A millionaire model agency boss who is thought to have key information about the Jeffrey Epstein scandal 'has disappeared like a ghost without a trace'.

Jean-Luc Brunel, 72, has vanished as police seek to ask the Frenchman 'urgent' questions about the paedophile.

More at the site.

Get woke, go broke

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I wonder how long these videos are going to be up. Looks like the House of Dior planted their stiletto heels on a lot of SJW's little crotchal areas and they are howling in outrage... outrage I tell you...

Hey - Johnny Depp playing air guitar. Nice visuals. Not into fashion so not my circus, not my monkeys.

It will be interesting to see their 4th quarter returns.

Aaaaand back home again

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Dropped off the unit. Had a nice dinner and then out for two pints.

Still looking good for aurora borealis tonight so will be checking outside in an hour or so. Very nice that the moon is just past New with only 11% of the lunar disk showing. Not a lot of light to drown out the aurora. Skies are cloudy but there are breaks so hopeful.

Heading out now

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Changed my mind and will return that unit today instead of waiting for Tuesday. It is up near my favorite Chinese buffet restaurant and I have not eaten there for a while. Stop by another local (Conway Boxcar) for a beer on the way home.

Got a meeting on Wednesday (general public meeting for the group of which I am Vice President so need to be there) so spending the next couple of days down here. And yes, I like to torture grammar until it squeals.

Look up tonight

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Chance for aurora borealis - the Planetary K-index is above 6

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And from NASA's Spaceweather:

G2-CLASS GEOMAGNETIC STORM--UNDERWAY NOW: A stream of high-speed solar wind is lashing Earth's magnetic field, blowing at speeds near 700 km/s. This is sparking geomagnetic storms around the poles. At the moment, G2-class storm is underway. If this storm persists until nightfall, sky watchers in the USA as far south as WisconsinMichigan and Montana could see Northern Lights. Aurora alerts: SMS Text.

We live on an interesting planet. Love it here!

Working at home today

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Picked up the wrong thing the other day. Right idea but not the droid I was looking for. Ordered the right one online but it will be a few days for delivery. Drive up Tuesday to return it. Good thing that I have so many projects stacked up - switch to another one...

Turned into another hot day - started off cloudy with showers but the sun came out around noon and it warmed up from mid-70's to almost 90. Been doing that a lot the last two weeks.

Taking a break - time to head downstairs to sort all the laundry I did a couple days ago...

From Canada's Global News:

City of Edmonton declares climate emergency
Edmonton city council officially declared a climate emergency on Tuesday.

Ten councillors voted in favour of making the declaration, while also paving the way for actionable steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Edmonton.

Council passed two resolutions Tuesday: a plan to respond to climate change – with a revised Community Energy Transition Strategy – and the climate emergency declaration.

“This is a response to science first and foremost,” Mayor Don Iveson said. “I’m very comfortable in taking an evidence-based approach to this policy question.

Hey Mayor Iveson, which science are you talking about?
The computer model forecasts or the actual boots-on-the-ground collected data? There is a big difference...

Hate to think of what this will do to their economy.

Hurricane Dorian

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A look at Mayor Pete's home town

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Don Surber quotes a New York Times article about Mayor and Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg 

Buttigieg alienated black voters
The New York Times was dismayed to learn that people in South Bend, Indiana, expect their mayor, presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg to do his job. Crime is up. Homicides rose 30% in his seven years as mayor. And his police force is getting whiter while his city is getting blacker.

The Times reported, "Policing problems in South Bend came to national attention on June 16, when a white sergeant fatally shot a 54-year-old black resident, Eric Logan. The officer’s body camera was not turned on, which was widely seen as a sign of lax standards in the department. Mr. Buttigieg found himself flying home again, regularly, to face the fury of some black citizens and the frustrations of many others.

A telling number:

26% of his town is black.

6% of his police force is black.

The Times reported, "On another front, minority police hiring, South Bend under Mr. Buttigieg took a step in reverse. There are now just 15 black officers in the police department, down from 29 in 2012, according to city data and local news reports."

Mayor Pete is the incarnation of the Peter Principle:

The Peter principle is a concept in management theory formulated by Laurence J. Peter in which the selection of a candidate for a position is based on the candidate's performance in their current role, rather than on abilities relevant to the intended role. Thus, employees only stop being promoted once they can no longer perform effectively, and "managers rise to the level of their incompetence."

That's our boy!

Out of here for a bit

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Coffee &c.

Happy 50th birthday - the ATM

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From FOX News:

90-year-old inventor of the ATM celebrates its 50th birthday, admits wife has never used one
It was a cool Friday afternoon in 1968 and businessman Donald Wetzel needed money to travel before the end of the weekend.

The then-40-year-old examined the long line snaking through the bank and out the door, the clock was etching close to 5 o’clock, and his agitation was only growing.

“So much of what they were doing was withdrawals, and it struck me as I was standing in line, that there ought to be a machine that could do that,” Wetzel, who is 90, told Fox News. “And something that didn’t need the bank to be open – customers could get money 24 hours, seven days a week. I thought it would be marketable, and it turns out it was.”

And so the idea for the Automated Teller Machine, better known as the ATM, was born – and would radically change the way people all over the world conducted bank transactions, and how every financial institution functioned.

First one went live September 2nd, 1969

Move 'em out - Florida

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They are evacuating. From the Orlando Sentinal:

Brevard County to begin mandatory evacuations this weekend
Brevard County will begin mandatory evacuations this weekend as officials and residents brace for Hurricane Dorian’s arrival.

Homes in the county’s barrier islands and other flood-prone areas and residents living in manufactured or mobile homes are told to leave the area 8 a.m. Sunday, Sheriff Wayne Ivey said in a video posted to Facebook.

“While I know that no one likes to leave their home, I really believe in my heart that given the current forecast, this is the best course of action to take to keep everyone absolutely safe,” Sheriff Wayne Ivey said.

Be safe. You can always rebuild.

Life in the North (Korea)

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Looks like they have a bumper crop this year - from the Daily NK:

Middle school students in North Korea mobilized to harvest opium resin
The Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) continues to cultivate large opium fields in the northern region of North Korea and recently mobilized school students to harvest the crop, according to sources inside the country.

“Most of the students were middle schoolers aged from 14 to 15 years old,” said a South Pyongan Province-based source. “The students collected the resin from the crops on orders from party and school officials at the farm, and also helped dry out the opium to produce opium powder.”

Poppy plants normally bloom in June and July, yielding fruit. Farmers must extract resin from the unripened fruit before they fully ripen in September in order to produce opium.

And why are they growing this?

As part of efforts during the 1980s to earn foreign currency, North Korea built an immense opium farm called Paekdoraji in the northern region of the country sprawling over the two Hamgyong provinces, Jagang Province and Ryanggang Province. A considerable workforce is needed to collect the opium resin and so the North Korean authorities appear to have resorted to mobilizing students in their teens.

Selling heroin overseas to make hard currency. Nice people. Wonder if they are selling fentanyl too...

Entitled little children - the royals

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Christ on a Corn Dog - these people. From the London Daily Mail:

Meghan and Harry 'speed up plans to leave Britain and consider Los Angeles' in snub to Prince Charles plans for an estate in Herefordshire
Friends of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex fear the pair have accelerated plans to leave Britain – after apparently snubbing Prince Charles’s plans for them to take on an estate in Herefordshire.

Land had been earmarked for Harry as part of a long-standing scheme by the Prince of Wales to help his son create a country estate for his family near the Welsh Borders.

But his second son has so far shown little interest in making the move, raising fears among friends that the couple may be preparing to head abroad – with LA high on the list of possibilities.

Sheesh. What part of "Royal Family" do you fail to grasp? Do you comprehend the word "responsibility" at all?

One of the comments nails it perfectly:

The only connections to the monarchy Meghan is interested in are the title she now has, the use of Harry as her source for the title, and as access to the First National Bank of Windsor, and using him as the platform to launch and now maintain her worldwide fame, status, and privilege. She had Archie to use as a secondary bargaining chip for the future. The next child will be her spare bargaining chip. The citizenry who fund this dumpster fire are of no use to her. She never planned to live in the UK after she rushed Harry down the aisle. This narcissistic woman plays the long game. After all, she spent two years stalking Harry and worming her way into his social circle to get where she is today.

Thank God they have Prince William in line. He is of Royal blood and acts the part.

A Vegan diet

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Totally bad for you. Now, with even more bad news. From the London Daily Mail:

Trendy vegan diets could LOWER IQ due to lack of a nutrient that is critical to brain health, leading nutritionist warns
Trendy vegan diets could be putting the IQ of the next generation at risk, a leading nutritionist has warned.

Dr Emma Derbyshire said the growing fad for 'plant-based' diets risks creating mass deficiency in choline – a dietary nutrient that is critical to brain development.

Choline, found in meat, fish, eggs and dairy products, is particularly important in pregnancy, when it contributes to the healthy growth of a baby's brain.

Dr Derbyshire, writing in the BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health journal, warned of the 'unintended consequences' of moving away from diets based on meat and dairy.

A bit more:

She added: 'We are at risk of dumbing down the brain power of the next generation. Plant-based diets are great and brilliant for the environment.

'But in terms of reducing intake of choline - which is vital for foetal brain development - no-one had given it much thought.

'The train is moving so fast, and more people are ditching meat and eggs. But it could leave many women of childbearing age deficient in this key nutrient.'

But if you have been eating vegan for a few years, you are already dumbed down to where the importance of this does not register to you.

I once managed a bakery for a couple years (long story) and we had a vegan customer. I always paid attention to my customer's dietary needs (have a few myself) and one day, XXX came to me and said that the pastry they had the other day was so wonderful. It gave him energy and made him feel so good. I checked with the wait staff and it turns out that what he ate the other day had a lot of butter in it - about a half-ounce. Did not have the heart to tell him that. He still lives in the area and still looks like crap - sallow skin, greasy stringy hair and shambles when he walks. I think he is in his 30's but he acts like he is 50.

Some shellfish issues

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Algae bloom - from the local newspaper:

Biotoxin closes shellfish harvest throughout Skagit County
Due to the growing presence of a marine biotoxin, shellfish harvest is closed throughout Skagit County.

Skagit County Public Health on Thursday announced a closure of all recreational shellfish harvest in the county due to potentially dangerous levels of the marine biotoxin that can cause paralytic shellfish poisoning found in shellfish samples taken from area beaches.

The biotoxin is produced by a type of algae found in marine water and that tends to bloom in the region during the summer.

A seasonal problem and not linked to any pollution or human causes.

Trying to outrun a pyroclastic flow

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Short but intense:

From the YouTube description:

Boat outracing Stromboli volcano eruption (August 28, 2019)
This is wild - boat fleeing from the eruption of the Stromboli volcano in Italy (08/28/19). A giant explosion from an Italian volcano sent locals and tourists running for cover.

It is obvious that they survived (otherwise, no video) but still... Need some new underwear.

The ultimate cheat sheet for business

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Great list of 100 rules for running a business. From James Altucher writing at Quora:

The Ultimate Cheat Sheet For Starting And Running A Business
No joke. This is going be a bullet FAQ on starting a business. If you're a lawyer, feel free to disagree with me so you can charge someone your BS fees to give the same advice.

If you can think of anything to add, please do so. I might be missing things. If you want to argue with me, feel free. I might be wrong on any of the items below.

There are many types of business. Depending on your business, some of these won't apply. All of these questions come from questions I've been asked.

The rules are: I'm going to give no explanations. Just listen to me.

    1. C Corp or S Corp or LLC? C-Corp.
    2. What state should you incorporate in? Delaware.
    3. Should founders vest? Yes, over a period of four years. On any change of control the vesting speeds up.
    4. Should you go for venture capital money? First build a product, then get a customer, then get friends and family money (or money from revenues which is cheapest of all) and then think about raising money, But only then. Don't be an amateur.
    5. Should you patent your idea? Get customers first. Patent later. Don't talk to lawyers until the last possible moment.
    6. Should you require venture capitalists to sign NDAs? No. Nobody is going to steal your idea.
    7. How much equity should you give a partner?
    8. Divide things up into these categories: manage the company, raise the money, had the idea, brings in the revenues, built the product (or performs the services). Divide up in equal portions.
    9. Should you have a technical co-founder if you are not technical? No. If you don't already have a technical cofounder you can always outsource technology and not give up equity.
    10. Should you barter equity for services? No. You get what you pay for.
    11.  How do you market your app? Friends and then word of mouth.

Excellent advice from a master. 90 more at the site.

Yikes - hurricane Dorian

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How fast things can change. Tropical storm Dorian was forecast to be a weak storm. Now, hurricane Dorian is Cat 5 - the maximum. From AccuWeather:

Hurricane Dorian closes in on Bahamas with 200-mph wind gusts
Hurricane Dorian continued tracking toward the Bahamas early Sunday, as it strengthened to a catastrophic Category 5 hurricane. President Trump warns it could be among 'strongest' to hit in decades.

As of early Sunday morning, Dorian was located about 35 miles east of Great Abaco Island in the Bahamas. The powerful Category 5 hurricane had top sustained winds of 160 mph.

"Conditions across Abaco Island, as well as Grand Bahama Island are expected to rapidly deteriorate Sunday as Dorian continues its track west," AccuWeather Meteorologist Brandon Buckingham said.

Since 1851 the Treasure Cay area in the Abacos Bahamas has experienced three major hurricanes, all of which were Category 3 hurricanes, according to the NWS Charleston. Dorian, currently a Category 5, would be the strongest by far to affect the area. Hurricane Andrew in 1992 is the only Category 5 hurricane to pass through the Bahamas.

And the cone of doom:

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Looks like a fun labor day for the East coast. Prayers going out...

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