April 2021 Archives

Not evil.  The core constituant of all life on this planet.  From William Briggs:

The Looming Decarbocalypse — Guest Post by Uncle Mike
It goes without saying, but must be said anyway, that Carbon Dioxide (CO2) is the fundamental building block of all life. Every atom of carbon in your body (we are all carbon-based lifeforms) was once atmospheric CO2. Every molecule of Oxygen (O2) that you breathe (without which we would rapidly expire) was once atmospheric CO2.

The way life works is this: green plants (and algae) take in atmospheric CO2 and via photosynthesis turn it into plant sugars and free O2. Sunlight and water are also required for photosynthesis. Complex proteins including RuBisCO (see here) catalyze the reactions that capture CO2 and fix it into plant food. Green plants are the foundational base, the first link in the Food Chain. All animals ultimately rely on green plants for food. That includes fish and people. Even carnivores that never eat plants must consume animals that do eat plants.

Thus CO2 is the fundamental, essential, indispensable, crucial, all important substance for Life. Without CO2 there would be no life. Planet Earth would be a dead planet. Everybody with just a minuscule education knows this. Every scientist, whom we must assume has more than a minuscule education, knows this. It’s a fact if ever a fact there was.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has declared CO2 a “pollutant”. Ditto the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPPC). Scads of politicians, lobbyists, Big Media morons, and general idiots are bugged out of their minds about CO2. They want to eliminate it, despite the FACT that life depends utterly on CO2. How’s that for crazy? It’s worse than crazy, however. It’s deadly stupid. These ignorant savages want to eliminate Life Itself. That’s ABSOLUTE EVIL with all caps.

Much more at the site - lots of data and links.  Uncle Mike is speaking the truth. Our political elites are gearing up for a big push about "climate emergency" over the next couple of months. Be prepared. Be armed with the facts. Do not yield to these idiots. They are tryely clueless and are only jockying for political gain and using the crisis de jour as their lever. This will blow over and some new crisis will come over the horizon.

The single fact to take away from all this?  Carbon Dioxide is Plant Food.
Without it, you and I would not be alive.

A look at Gun Laws

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And how effective they are.  Found this at Woodsterman:

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No idea who the cartoonist is but they really nailed it perfectly.
Odie's website is a daily read for me - fun stuff.

Looting has a new term of art

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From Bayou Renaissance Man:

Really???
From Black House News, described on Twitter as "a Liberation News resource hub":

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So looting, arson and general mayhem are now "acts of material liberation", are they? Well, if they try that in my area, the perpetrators are likely to be liberated from their material bodies by irate citizens - which is almost certainly why they haven't tried it around here. Apparently some "material" is too precious to risk "liberation" . . .

Many of the people I know on the island are armed. This is a very quiet peaceful community and we like to keep it that way.  Material liberation is frowned on and would be discouraged if it started to happen.

Also on that front, it seems that Amazon has stepped up to the plate.
From America's Newspaper of Record - The Babylon Bee:

Amazon Creates Online Looting App To Allow The Timid To Loot From Home
Amazon is taking a giant leap towards greater equity with the addition of a brand new "Loot" function. Customers will have the option of proceeding to the checkout to pay normally, or clicking the "LOOT IT!" button for social justice.

"If a looter is too timid to smash a window in person, or just too lazy to go outside, we should not be suppressing their important voice by preventing them from looting," said outgoing CEO Jeff Bezos. "We are proud to announce our new app: Amazon Loot."

Customers who select the "LOOT IT" option will be given a list of injustices and microaggressions they can select from that would justify their looting. Items will be promptly shipped in 1 day, just like Amazon Prime items.

The Bee is right on target.

The "activists" never ever want to fix anything.  If they did, they would be out of a job.

They make mouth-noises about the problems but their direct actions do nothing but intensify and exacerbate those problems.  They seek chaos, not relief.

Do not read the media stories that are published about these activists. Look. Watch. Listen. See what they actually do.  You will see that the media is lying to you and that what I just said is true.

Want to see something really sad:

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Imagine all the healing that could be happening right now. All the building.  What these activists are doing is counter to the interests of the people.  It is counter to the interests of civilization. Counter to the interests of life.

They are beclowning themselves and not realizing it. From Robert Stacy McCain:

Nothing Can Placate the BLM Riot Mob, and ‘Journalists’ Are Part of the Mob
No matter what the facts are, the Narrative must always triumph — this is what “journalism” means in the 21st century:

Reporters loudly objected to the use of the word “riot” by a Minnesota police chief after his officers were assaulted and injured by bricks, rocks, and frozen soda cans, he explained. The chief defended the term by describing the incidents encountered by officers at the station Sunday night.
“Just so everybody is clear, I was front and center at the protest, at the riot,” Brooklyn, Minnesota, Police Chief Tim Gannon told reporters during a press conference Monday. His response came to a question from reporters about why he authorized the use of gas canisters following the issuance of a dispersal order.
In the video tweeted by the Washington Examiner Monday, one reporter exclaims, “There was no riot.” Another shouts “Don’t do that!” Multiple other reporters joined in with those objecting to the word “riot.”

Robert also brings up the inconvenient truth that this latest martyr to the Black Cause was by no means a choirboy and had an outstanding warrent for his arrest. But...  It's good for ratings - gotta sell that advertising space. How can you sell any advertising space if you don't have good ratings.

Oh yeah - Newspeak. It's a thing. Google it. Learn it if you don't want to get sent to the joycamps.

Telling the truth - CNN

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Overheard on the net...

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Need to come up with some new conspiracy theories.
All of the old ones are coming true...

A bit of a breather - IRS

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Usually get my taxes done on time but do not like paperwork of any kind - taxes least of all so...

Nice that FedGov is giving us all a month extra.  Got everything together, just have to do it. But the weather is so nice outside.  Sunny and warm. The birds are singing. The warm ocean breezes are wafting through the sky.

Living room and garage. Laundry too. Heading back to the farm tomorrow early afternoon.

Follow the money - the border

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Not surprising - from the Washington Examiner:

Ron Johnson launches investigation into $600M worth of no-bid contracts given to group with Biden ties
A Senate Republican has launched an investigation into the Biden administration's awards of two no-bid contracts for handling migrants, worth more than $600 million, to an organization whose senior director has ties to top Biden officials.

Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin ordered Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Department of Health and Human Services to turn over all emails related to the contracts, as well as “any communications” between and among ICE and HHS employees or representatives of Family Endeavors, the group that was given the two massive contracts.

Someday, I would like to know who is making all the money off this.  Who is paying for the migrants to come here, who is profiting.  There is a huge scandal happening right under our noses and nobody is reporting on it.

And off to work

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Dog walk, an abbreviated sit-down at coffee and then to the thrift store sorting and testing various electronica. Do that until around 1:00 PM when the groceries are ready and deliver those.  Last day for that program - it has been a year.

Back home to work on some stuff here - starting on getting the outside whacked back. Pruning and mowing. Getting rid of some horsetails - very vigorous and invasive but they do not like Muriatic Acid diluted 50% with a bit of dish soap.  Keels them right over. The whole island is built on limestone rock so any acid that does drain down will get buffered. Gorgeous day - got down to 38°F last night but only 8:00 AM and already up to 46.

Ran into this cartoon last night. At the store, there is an ongoing accumulation of various wall-warts.  Trying to think of a way to re-home them - these would be perfect for kids experimenting with electronics but that demographic is not inclined to come into a thrift store. Really hate to just throw them into the dumpster.

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Good news - House margin

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The Dems hold on power just slipped a notch or two - from FOX News:

House Democratic margin shrinks to 2 votes with swearing-in of Republican Julia Letlow
House Democrats are barely holding onto their majority, with Rep.-elect Julia Letlow, R-La., set to be sworn in Wednesday morning.

Letlow will be joining the House in the seat originally won by her husband, Luke Letlow, who died in September from COVID-19 before he was supposed to be sworn in. Julia Letlow won a special election in March.

This gives Republicans 212 seats in the House, catching up to Democrats' 218. Since tie votes fail in the House, that means Democrats cannot lose more than two votes from their party to pass legislation if the GOP fully opposes them.

That slim margin of error could prevent Democrats from passing more progressive bills that moderates in their party may not support.

Good - let's hope that the Biden/Obama legacy is ashes and dust. They tried. They are failing.
Time to make sure that the communists never try again. Zu Asche zu Staub

Gun control?

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Change my mind.   From My Pensieve:

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From Bruce Tinsley's Mallard Filmore:

Interesting to note that Tinsley's strip has been canceled by a few media outlets. They do not like conservative voices.

20210413-biden.jpgLike the old saying goes, "If you're taking flak, you're over the target"

To be played often and LOUD

It'll be a memory you're trying to remember to forget

Mick's YouTube channel

They have nothing that people want - no leadership, no love, no liberty. Once they are in power, they rule as a despot.
Bring forth an opposing voice and watch out.  The Epoch Times is based in Hong Kong - an excellent English Language news source for all things China. Recently, the Chinese government has been taking a dim view of their work.
From The Epoch Times:

Hong Kong Epoch Times Forced to Suspend Printing After Violent Attack
The Hong Kong edition of The Epoch Times is temporarily suspending distribution to repair damaged equipment after an attack on April 12 — the fifth attack on the printing plant since it was established in 2006.

In the early hours of April 12 local time, four masked intruders barged their way into the warehouse, wielding two sledgehammers and a knife hidden inside a plastic bag.

The four men smashed printing press equipment and tossed construction debris on the equipment before fleeing in a white van. Among the items damaged were multiple computers and the printing press’s central control panel. The men warned a print shop employee to “go away,” with one saying, “Don’t force me to do anything.” They also stole a computer as they left.

Police officers arrived shortly afterward and told Epoch Times employees that the department’s crime unit would investigate.

The Hong Kong edition of The Epoch Times has decried the attack as a crime against Hong Kong’s liberties and the rule of law.

“These thugs are not just targeting The Epoch Times Hong Kong, but also the independent media outlets in Hong Kong,” the outlet said in a statement. “It’s a malicious attack on basic societal norms such as … press freedom.”

Supression in the US is kinder and gentler. They do not smash the presses (yet) but try to get a word in at Twi**er or Faceb**k that does not toe the party line and you will be cut off so fast it will make your head spin. An interesting time in our history.  I have hopes for 2022 and 2024. We The People have had enough of the corruption and games playing. These idiots need to be smacked down so hard they forget about trying this bullshit for the rest of their lives.

Some fun computer oddities

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Great collection - go here and start clicking.

The meal with a-peel - dinner

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Doing a baked potato with some canned baked beans on top for dinner tonight. Simple, cheap and nutritious if a bit carb-heavy. Might break down and build a salad if I feel like it.  A bit tired from my labors in the Augean Garage (where they parked the chariots)

Last grocery delivery tomorrow as well as working at the thrift store. Back to the farm on Thursday.

Gorgeous weather this week and supposed to stay nice through the weekend.  Temps in the 70°'s are possible.

Good to know - plan for the future

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Looks like the 'rona is going to be with us for a long long time.
From America's Newspaper of Record - the Babylon Bee:

'It Is Still Not Safe To Go Outside,' Says Fauci's Head In A Jar In Year 2739
An intercepted transmission that appears to be from the year 2739 shows footage of Dr. Anthony Fauci -- or rather, just his head, which has been preserved in a jar. In the video from the future, Fauci says it's still not safe to go outside, go to movie theaters, or eat indoors.

"Honestly, even if you've been immunized and are quadruple-masking, per current recommendations, I don't think I would risk it," he said. "Although we eradicated the virus some seven centuries ago, we can't be too careful. We must remain vigilant."

"If we let up even a little bit, we could end up right back where we were in 2020."

More at the site and the last sentence nails it:

Despite the grim outlook for the pandemic 700 years in the future, Fauci says he is optimistic that he will remain in the public spotlight at least until the heat death of the universe.

He is another grifter.  No real substance to his career.  Graduated Med School and went right into administration.

Looks like even the color of your skin will not be enough to avoid the purge.
Content of character went by the wayside decades ago.
From The London Daily Mail:

Twitter BANS black reporter for criticizing BLM founder for buying $1.4m home in '88% white LA neighborhood' - as he slams big tech for making the movement a 'sacred cow despite its financial GRIFT'

    • Patrisse Cullors, 37, has bought an expansive property in Topanga Canyon
    • The district in which the BLM founder will now live is 88% white and 1.8% black
    • Critics accused her of abandoning her social justice and activist roots
    • Sports journalist Jason Whitlock was among those remarking on her purchase
    • Twitter on Friday locked him out of his account in response to his tweet
    • Whitlock told DailyMail.com he remains blocked by the social media network
    • Twitter is demanding he delete his tweet linking to a celebrity real estate blog
    • Whitlock says he remains 'in Twitter jail, because I won't post bail'
    • The action is the latest draconian step in censorship by the Silicon Valley firm

A prominent black sports journalist barred from Twitter for the 'crime' of discussing the $1.4 million house bought by a Black Lives Matter co-founder slammed the company for trying to silence legitimate debate.

Jason Whitlock, 53, told DailyMail.com on Monday that Twitter was 'going too far' by blocking him from posting to his account, which has nearly 450,000 followers.

The censorship by Twitter comes as social media companies, including Twitter and Facebook, have increasingly 'de-platformed' figures who stray too far from opinions they consider acceptable.

'BLM is one of Big Tech's sacred cows,' Whitlock told DailyMail.com 'I’ve been harping on the fraudulence and the financial grift of BLM for years.'

'I think Twitter has been looking for an excuse to de-platform me,' he said.

Pure marxism - grift and power.  Everything for the people until you cement your position at the top. Then?
Screw the people. Time and time again. Russia? Cuba? China? Venezuela? All the same.

The advantage with marxism is that it sounds reasonable to dumb people. They buy into it and enable the tyrant their power.

From Knucklegraggin'

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Those little fuckers need to remember that they work for us.  They campaigned, we elected them and they need to get back to their jobs.  They are not there for personal enrichment or power grabbing.

A good day made even better

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Picked up my stuff from the library and cruised the new books section.  Saw that Simon Winchester had a new one out.

Looking forward to the next couple of mornings:  Land: How the Hunger for Ownership Shaped the Modern World 
I have yet to read anything bad from him.

Website here: Simon Winchester

Agree 110% - the good stuff

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From Woodsterman:

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And back again - dump run next

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Got the van full of valuable possessions abject crap - got a couple of bags of same here so taking a quick lunch break, loading them up and heading over to the dump.

Got some music CDs waiting for me at the library so pick those up on the way back home.

Got a lot done - the plumbers are doing excellent work and the local contractor has torn down my old pump house and is doing an excellent job replacing it - build back better as it were...

Whew - worked my butt off...

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And got the tireds to show for it. Quick surf, a video or two and that will be it.

Dug up some very fun stuff - taking photos and will post soon.

And to work

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Coffee first - to the farm and work.  Up here tomorrow too. Big push.

Great catch from Chris Lynch at A Large Regular:

The White House Correspondents Dinner was supposed to be April 24th but guessing from the zero discussion about it that there will be no event this year and no explanation as to why it was canceled.

The dinner is kind of a big thing - been held since 1920. For a President to miss this is very much out of the ordinary. I could not imagine our current *Resident not going off the rails during the four hours. No wonder they are trying to ignore the event - hoping it will just go away.

Short but excellent video - the big multi-national corporations are not capitalist. They hate capitalism. They want a monopoly so they do not have to work as hard.  Amazon. Google. Microsoft. Capitalism benefits the consumer.

Tip of the hat to Sundance at The Conservative Treehouse who has a lot more on the subject.

Sometimes, blogging takes curious turns. Some of these include litigation.
An interesting case is about to happen - go here and read:

Lawfare: Do We Need to Have ‘Everybody Blog About Rebekah Jones Day’?

Ms. Jones is about to find out what going full-retard feels like. You never ever go full retard.
Ms. Jones is also about to find out that The Internet Is Forever.
Whether she likes it or not.

Beautiful Maple Falls

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It is a gorgeous small community - nestled in the Cascade foothills at the base of Mt. Baker. Went out for pot roast at a local restaurant and settled in for the night.  Surf, some videos and that is it.  Bright and early tomorrow morning - both HVAC and Plumbing contractors are scheduled to start. No need for a dog walk - they have 30 acres to rumble around in but I will need my coffee...

Surf for a bit - see what has happened while I was on the road.

And out the door

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Up at the farm for a few days. Posting much later.

Turns out she has been spending a lot more money on other real estate - from The New York Post:

Inside BLM co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors’ million-dollar real-estate buying binge
As protests broke out across the country in the name of Black Lives Matter, the group’s co-founder went on a real estate-buying binge, snagging four high-end homes for $3.2 million in the US alone, according to property records.

Patrisse Khan-Cullors, 37, also eyed property in the Bahamas at an ultra-exclusive resort where Justin Timberlake and Tiger Woods both have homes, The Post has learned. Luxury apartments and townhouses at the beachfront Albany resort outside Nassau are priced between $5 million and $20 million, according to a local agent.

The self-described Marxist last month purchased a $1.4 million home on a secluded road a short drive from Malibu in Los Angeles, according to a report. The 2,370 square-foot property features “soaring ceilings, skylights and plenty of windows” with canyon views. The Topanga Canyon homestead, which includes two houses on a quarter acre, is just one of three homes Khan-Cullors owns in the Los Angeles area, public records show.

It's all about political power and self-enrichment. She is telling "her people" what they want to hear - that she is leading them.  That she cares for them.  They are sending her money for "the cause". As soon as she cements her power, screw them and take over.  Communism - it sounds good to dummies.

And outta here for a little while

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Heading out for dog walk and coffee and read for a little bit. Gorgeous day - temps are officially supposed to get to 61°F tomorrow (but it's been to 63 here a couple times before). A week of perfect springtime.

Back here for lunch and then up North to Mt. Baker later - spending a few days there this week. Contractors.

It's all in the name

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Cages despite what you call it - from Gary Varvel

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Aaaand here we go - power grabbing

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Grab the guns and force them to take vaccinations. Population control. Classic communist tactics.
22 seconds of video from CBS News - the last few seconds is the kicker: "only those vaccinated against Covid"

And this excerpt from ABC News - Gonsalves is Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves:

Many worried that evacuation efforts would be hampered by the pandemic, with Gonsalves noting that the cruise ships and other islands would require evacuees to be vaccinated.

Must follow the narrative.  Narrative takes precedence over actual physical safety.  If you fall into a pool of lava, you will die.  If you catch COVID, you have a 99.99% survival rate.  The survival rate for vaccination is a lot worse. Must follow the narrative. Narrative Uber Alles.

This era - two memes

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Caught my eye:

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That second one does make a lot of sense - you act on what you know.

Fun time to be alive - meet Pager

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From Neuralink:

Waxing philosophical - this era

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So true on so many levels:

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From The New York Times:

Michigan’s Virus Cases Are Out of Control, Putting Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in a Bind
Nowhere in America is the coronavirus pandemic more out of control than in Michigan.

Outbreaks are ripping through workplaces, restaurants, churches and family weddings. Hospitals are overwhelmed with patients. Officials are reporting more than 7,000 new infections each day, a sevenfold increase from late February. And Michigan is home to nine of the 10 metro areas with the country’s highest recent case rates.

During previous surges in Michigan, a resolute Gov. Gretchen Whitmer shut down businesses and schools as she saw fit — over the din of both praise and protests. But this time, Ms. Whitmer has stopped far short of the sweeping shutdowns that made her a lightning rod.

“Policy change alone won’t change the tide,” Ms. Whitmer said on Friday, as she asked — but did not order — that the public take a two-week break from indoor dining, in-person high school and youth sports. “We need everyone to step up and to take personal responsibility here.”

Heh - lockdowns do not work.  They make matters worse - look at Michigan, New York. California as opposed to Texas or Florida or the Dakotas - much fewer cases per 100,000 people. So now, in a great burst of brilliance, she is calling for "lockdown light"? She says all the right things to get elected but she can not administrate or lead her way out of a wet paper bag.

A good Texas v.s. Michigan post can be found here:

Texas Has Fewer COVID Cases Than Michigan—Despite Nearly 20M More People and No Restrictions

This is an example of factual reporting, not narrative, no computer models.  Truth, data, hard numbers.

About that vaccine - two headlines

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Veeeery interesting:

Marines aren't stupid - you go not gain entrance to an elite force by being stupid.

Dog walk, coffee, work.

Word...

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100% true - as simple as that

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From Vanderleun:

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A fun commercial from Japan

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Latest from Pocari Sweat:

Wow! Looks like a lot of CGI doesn't it. Nope - all practical:

Nice work if you can get it - BLM

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Starting a brand like Black Lives Matter is highly lucrative.  It was never about adjusting past wrongs, it has always been about grabbing power and money. Cullors is using race to grift the American population.

From real-estate website dirt.com:

Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors Lands Topanga Canyon Compound
A secluded mini-compound tucked into L.A.’s rustic and semi-remote Topanga Canyon was recently sold for a tad more than $1.4 million to a corporate entity that public records show is controlled by Patrisse Khan-Cullors, 37-year-old social justice visionary and co-founder of the galvanizing and, for some, controversial Black Lives Matter movement.

Kahn-Cullors, a UCLA and USC graduate married about five years ago to social activist (and amateur boxer) Janaya Khan, co-founder of Black Lives Matter Toronto, created the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag in 2013 in response to George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the 2012 shooting of Trayvon Martin. Since then, the largely decentralized movement has been at the influential forefront on issues of police brutality and racially motivated violence against Black people, particularly in the wake of George Floyd’s killing last summer that sparked massive protests across the United States and around the globe. Kahn-Cullors’ published “When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir” in 2018.

Some photos at the site.  Nice digs. I'd live there. Great comments - lots of WOKE and BASED people weighing in.

A nice cheery quote

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Quote of the month - from Larry Correia:

I used to think America was heading for a Bosnia style civil war. But that was me being too optimistic. Now I suspect we will wake up one day and it’ll be Rwanda.

Tip of the hat to Peter at Bayou Renaissance Man who adds a lot more.  Stuff to think about and plan for. Now!

And here we go - the Supreme Court

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Back this afternoon

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Gotta run - back home later this afternoon...

Well crap - RIP Prince Philip

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I am sure there will be good obituaries - no time to look for them right now.

He was quite the character - a man's man. Spoke his mind. The snowflakes today would go into spontaneous combustion if they heard a small fraction of what he said. The world has lost a true leader.

Gun grabbing - two memes

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From My Penseive:

*Resident Biden is looking at using Executive Orders to get around Congress and institute restrictive gun control.

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And that is it for now

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Working tomorrow - two display racks are being tossed and they are made from standard sizes of steel tube and angle iron.  Bringing a cutter tomorrow - break it down and take it home.  A good $50 worth of steel there for the taking.

Weather is turning wet - supposed to be crappy for the next week or so.  Working at the farm starting Monday.

Nothing much catches my eye - time for some videos and then to sleep.

You know - the *resident's son.  That Hunter. Great article from the London Daily Mail:

EXCLUSIVE: What WASN'T in Hunter Biden's book: How he got unauthorized Secret Service protection, begged Joe to run for WH to salvage his own reputation and made porn films with prostitutes. Forensic experts prove laptop IS President's son's

    • Hunter Biden released his 'tell-all' memoir Beautiful Things on Tuesday, but left out shocking details
    • DailyMail.com can reveal those secrets after contents of his abandoned laptop - including a cache of 103,000 text messages, 154,000 emails, more than 2,000 photos - were verified by top forensics experts
    • Hunter left his MacBook Pro laptop at a Wilmington, Delaware computer repair shop in April 2019 and never returned for it
    • In texts from 2019, Hunter begged his father to run for president to salvage Hunter's own reputation
    • Hunter repeatedly dodged police action against him, despite constantly dealing with drug dealers and prostitutes and having multiple run-ins with the law
    • The president's son was guarded by a Secret Service agent while on a 2018 drug and prostitute binge in Hollywood, despite not being entitled to protection at the time
    • Hunter appeared to be obsessed with making porn films with prostitutes, videos and photos on his laptop show
    • Texts also show Joe Biden was afraid his conversations with Hunter were being hacked even as they discussed his White House bid

Hunter Biden's 'tell-all' autobiography promised the unvarnished story of his struggles with drugs, family turmoil and his controversial love life.

But there were many shocking details of his debauched life that the president's son chose not to share with readers, including details of his fragile relationship with his father.

Now DailyMail.com can reveal the secrets Hunter chose not to divulge, exposed in the contents of his abandoned laptop and verified by top forensics experts.

The bombshell cache of 103,000 text messages, 154,000 emails, more than 2,000 photos and dozens of videos are packed with revelations conveniently missing from the memoir

Why is this being released right now?  Is Joe fading faster than expected and they want to offer a plethora of reasons for Congress to 25th him and install Harris as queen?  I am sticking to what I wrote a little over a month ago:

It is obvious that they want to get Kamala Harris in as POTUS but she could never be elected. Too much baggage. They put up Sleepy Joe and will use the 25th Amendment to retire him when his dementia is too obvious.

What the conservatives should do is stick to their guns. The 25th requires a 2/3rds vote of both houses - they could easily keep Joe in office. The Democrats did this. This was their grand strategy. Let them enjoy the consequences - good and hard. Without flowers, dinner or even a bit of lube first.

Yeah - hold off and let America see who they elected and who is running him. A good Blue Pill moment.

Caffeine level? Low.

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Heading out to remedy that right now. Cloudy day - intermittent sprinkles. Working at home today but dog walk, coffee and make some phone calls first.

Immigration - news from France

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I wonder if they will follow Frank Rizzo's maxim:

A conservative is a liberal who got mugged the night before.

From 90 Miles:

Pro-immigration French tycoon and his wife assaulted by four migrant home-jackers
French tycoon and former Adidas owner Bernard Tapie and his wife were attacked by four immigrants in a violent burglary at their home in Combs-la-Ville (Seine-et-Marne) near Paris. According to a police source, of the four suspects, three were of an “African type” and one of a “North African type”.

The four attackers reportedly gained access to the couple’s estate before entering through the window of one of the bedrooms on the first floor. An item belonging to them was found there. They allegedly knew the lay-out of the home.

The couple were tied up with electrical cords, physically assaulted and robbed. Bernard Tapie, 78, who was briefly a government minister, has always been a vocal advocate for immigration. And Tapie tried to reason with his torturers to make them aware of this fact. But when Tapie told the attackers that he had always stood up for migrants, one of the torturers replied: “Fuck you, that time is over!”

That last line is chilling.  The criminals know that they have the upper hand.  They came into France, refused to assimilate, went on the government dole and are now trying to take over. What's not to love. At least the criminal element coming over our border are not burdened with islam and sharia law.  They are just thugs.

Everything is going as planned - from Breitbart:

Jobless Claims Unexpectedly Jump to 744,000, Much Worse Than Expected
New weekly jobless claims rose to 744,000 for the week that ended April 3rd, the Department of Labor said Thursday.

Economists had forecast a decline to 680,000 from the previous week’s 719,000. This is the second consecutive week in which initial jobless claims moved up in contradiction to expectations. The upper end of the range of forecasts in the Econoday survey was 705,000.

I miss our President.  Say what you like about the man, he knew how to lead.

Sobering news this morning - Taiwan

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China sees a flacid weakling at the head of this administration and they may be moving.
From CBN News:

Crisis in the Taiwan Strait: Is a Chinese Invasion of Taiwan Imminent?
Taiwan's foreign minister warned China on Wednesday that the island nation will defend itself "to the very last day" if attacked.

China has ramped up military operations in the Taiwan Strait significantly and there are fresh fears of a Chinese invasion of Taiwan.

Beijing views the island nation as a renegade province and could be tempted to make a move because according to some experts, Beijing sees the Biden Administration as weak.

This period in our history is going to go down as "crazy time" - definite lead-in with Carter and then the ineffectual Bush dynasty. Downright oppression with Obama, a last bright hope with Trump and circling the drain with Biden.  I have hopes for the mid-terms and for 2024 but a lot can happen between now and then.

Part of me wants to avoid using Google products.  A major part. For very good reason.  But...
They keep coming up with such cool stuff - from Google:

Organize your documents effortlessly with Stack
Have you ever lost a receipt you needed for a refund? Or misplaced an important tax document? Or forgot a bill and incurred a fine? I’ve done all three. (More than once!) 

As we go through life, we come across many documents that we might need in the future. Organizing these documents takes time and effort. So, if you’re anything like me, you might end up with piles of papers lying around your house (or PDFs scattered across your computer desktop). And good luck finding them when you actually need them. 

I joined Google a couple of years ago when my education startup, Socratic, was acquired. At Socratic, we used Google’s computer vision and language understanding to make learning easier for high school students. I wondered if we could apply the same technologies to make organizing documents easier.

To experiment with this idea, my colleague Mathew Cowan and I joined Area 120, Google’s in-house incubator. We worked with DocAI, a team in Google Cloud whose artificial intelligence has helped companies analyze billions of documents. We found that by applying DocAI’s enterprise technology to personal documents, we could help people get organized.

Take a photo of the receipt with your cell phone.  Stack automatically crops it, saves it as a PDF, "reads" it and allows you to extract the data. Sounds great for businesses and for people who want to keep track of their finances.

Can be found here: Stack: PDF Scanner + Document Organizer

Good work - big bust in Seattle

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From Seattle's KOMO News:

21 arrested, dozens of guns seized in connection to drug dealing investigation
Twenty-one people across the Puget Sound region were arrested Wednesday in connection to a cocaine and crack cocaine drug dealing conspiracy, the U.S. Department of Justice says.

The FBI, DEA, the Seattle Police Department, and several other law enforcement agencies issued a total of 90 search warrants across the region. Those arrested will make their initial appearances at the U.S. District Court in Seattle and Tacoma sometime this week.

Quite the haul too:

Over the course of the investigation, the DOJ says law enforcement agencies have seized 73 firearms, over ten kilos of cocaine, more than two pounds of methamphetamine, more than $610,000 in cash, fentanyl pills and a fentanyl pill manufacturing lab.

Got to love those open borders.  Fentanyl precursors are probably from China - the stuff is stupid easy to make.

Dinner and meeting

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Soup is done and smells wonderful. Getting ready for the meeting tonight - full agenda but it should move pretty quick.

Pretty sleepy so not staying up too late - nothing planned for tomorrow.

From Newsmax:

Biden Plans to Unveil Executive Action on Guns on Thursday
President Joe Biden is expected on Thursday to start rolling out executive actions regulating guns after a slew of mass shootings early in his White House tenure put pressure on the longtime advocate for gun restrictions to act.

The announcement is expected to include a presidential declaration that could ultimately require people who buy untraceable, self-assembled "ghost guns" to undergo a background check, said one person familiar with the situation.

The measure is one of several the administration has been working on for months to try to limit gun violence without starting a legal battle that could lead to courts quickly dismantling the policies.

Rotsa ruck...  Like I said, this will be interesting to say the least.

Long day today. Meeting at 6:30 PM. Making some red-bean and kale soup. The kale was growing in the ground yesterday morning - fresh.  I love spring.

Quick surf while I wait for the beans to cook...

And out for the morning

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Working and then grocery deliveries.  Today is the penultimate delivery day - the program sunsets on the 14th.  Been doing it for a year, great way to meet people and to get to know the island. If the blacksmithing business goes tits-up, I could be a good Uber driver now.

There is an early meeting this morning so short dog walk, coffee to go and get on with my day.

Back sometime around 2:00 PM

Online meeting at 6:30 - the fun never stops...

From National Today (fun website):

National Beer Day – April 7, 2021
Every April 7 is National Beer Day, a time where we can raise a toast to the oldest and most venerable of all beverages. People have been making beer for over 5,000 years; in fact, the oldest recorded recipe we know of is for beer.

A bit more:

National Beer Day celebrates the day in 1933 that the Cullen-Harrison act was signed into law, reversing the prohibition on selling beer in the United States. In 2009, a Virginian man named Justin Smith decided to commemorate this historic day, and created his own unofficial National Beer Day. Since then, it has been recognized by the state of Virginia, and unofficially by millions of brew aficionados nationwide.

Beer - let us not forget the words of that philosopher and sage Dr. H. Simpson:

“Here’s to alcohol: the cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems.”

What a wonderful way to start the morning - reading this story from The Washington Times:

Biden's DHS chief vows to defend ICE, battle sanctuary cities
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas says he’s preparing to take on sanctuary cities that refuse to work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and he wants to see more illegal immigrants face criminal prosecution for jumping the border.

He also rejected abolishing or splitting up ICE, rejecting calls from some in President Biden’s political base to eliminate the government’s deportation agents altogether.

Mr. Mayorkas revealed the hard-line stances last week during a virtual town hall forum with ICE employees. The Washington Times has reviewed notes of the conversation, in which Mr. Mayorkas said he’s working on a new set of deportation guidelines to govern how and when officers can arrest and attempt to deport illegal immigrants.

Pressed by ICE employees worried about public resistance to the agency’s work, Mr. Mayorkas said ICE has a “noble mission.”

“I’m 100% opposed to the abolition of ICE,” he told the employees. “It is the opposite of what I think needs to occur. I think we need to strengthen our policies and practices and communicate more effectively what we do and why we do it.”

Wonderful - standing up to the swamp. Giving some push-back to the liberal fever dream.

From Robert Stacey McCain - talking about journalism and channeling his inner Hunter S. Thompson:

Journalism and Mental Health

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Dear Ms. Aviles:

What you need here, ma’am, is an expert analysis, and you’ve found the right guy for the job because — ask around — I’ve always been crazy.

One spring afternoon in 1986, I put on my three-piece suit and walked into the offices of the Cobb News-Chronicle. I walked out with a $4.50-an-hour job as a staff writer and an assignment to cover that evening’s Austell City Council meeting. I had no idea what I was doing, but it was better than driving a forklift, which was what I’d been doing for the past year-and-a-half, saving up money to buy P.A. gear for my rock band.

Thirty-five years later, I’m still at it and, some would say, I still have no idea what I’m doing, but I am by God doing it, aren’t I?

My point here is that journalists have mental health problems because no genuinely sane person would ever get into this miserable racket. Some people pine for the Golden Age of Journalism, but this “profession” (if you can call it that) has always attracted more than its fair share of kooks and cranks who, if they actually became successful at journalism, were politely called “eccentric,” which is just a word for crazy people who make good money. But these were rare exceptions, and the bulk of the people in America’s newsrooms were always a mix of neurotics and drunks, supervised by sadistic sociopaths known as “editors.”

A truly wonderful rant - small taste:

Nowadays, every 23-year-old J-school grad thinks he’s qualified to be a pundit, telling us How to Save Our Democracy. They don’t want to do any actual work, so they haven’t paid their dues covering the police beat or city-council meetings or whatever, but you can find them on Twitter 24/7 snarking away about national politics and how utterly oppressed they are, because they’ve got $60,000 in student-loan debt. And then when they get axed in the latest round of layoffs, we’re expected to take seriously the wailing about the Death of American Journalism because some 26-year-old lost his/her (they/them?) job writing clickbait for HuffPo.

Spot on and he had a lot of fun writing this.

Alaska GOP Senator Lisa Murkowski has seen better days.  She certainly has the credentials - her dad was a US Senator and Alaska Governor (Frank Murkowski) but she has been too long in Washington D.C. and is a bona fide swamp thang.
She voted to convict President Trump in his 2nd impeachment trial. The voters are remembering this. From Disrn:

Alaska GOP senator trailing Republican challenger by double digits after voting to convict Trump
Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) is experiencing a decline in support after voting to convict former President Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial, trailing Republican challenger Kelly Tshibaka by 15 points in a Monday poll.

A bit more:

Murkowski has served in the Senate since 2002 when her father first appointed her to his seat. She currently only has a 10% approval rating among Republicans, but has fended off primary challengers before.

She is up for reelection in 2022.

She could have kept her seat.  All she had to do was do her job and represent her constituency. But noooo.  She had to join the swamp. Now, she gets to enjoy the consequences. Good. Stupidity should hurt.

I guess if the fraud is so egregious and so public, they have to arrest the perp.
From Cincinnati, Ohio station WCPO:

Three local women, including ex-mayoral hopeful Kelli Prather, charged with PPP fraud
Three Cincinnati women, including former mayoral hopeful Kelli Prather, received hundreds of thousands of dollars from federal pandemic relief funds after lying in their applications, according to federal prosecutors.

Prather, 48; Toni Wright, 34; and Melissa McGhee, 37, each stand charged with bank fraud in connection to their loan applications and could be sentenced to over 30 years in prison.

Prather applied for six Paycheck Protection Program loans — one for each of the six businesses she claimed to own: Enhanced Healthcare Solutions, Life Skills Enhancement, Prather Property Management, Reliable Ambulette Services, Rich Glo Management Services and Tots R Us.

She asked for $600,000 but only received $19,800, according to prosecutors.

According to court documents, Prather spent more than $8,000 on non-business expenses, at places like Kroger, Staples, Krispy Kreme, AAA Car Wash, and Park Place restaurant in Forest Park.

An ex-boyfriend told special agents Prather gave him a check for $8,000 for payment on a Madisonville house she bought previously then put in his name. It needed serious work and was not conducive to housing a business, he told investigators. The Kenwood Road address was used on the loan application for some of Prather's businesses.

Prather stands charged with bank fraud, aggravated identity theft, making false statements, making false statements in connection to credit or loan applications and false representation of a social security number.

And of course, that old reliable standby:

WCPO reached out to Prather for comment on Tuesday but did not hear back.

I am surprised that they are talking about 30 years.  Of course, being a member of the old boy's club, she will get a slap on the wrist and drop out of public view for a few months but still...

The full complaint (16 pages) can be found here: United States of America v. Kelli Prather

So true - information

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Prefer my dogs over many people I meet:

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From Law Enforcement Today:

California receives 261 transgender prisoners transfer requests under new law – including 255 to women’s prison
261 California inmates have requested transfers to prisons aligning with their claimed gender identity since Gov. Gavin Newsom signed S.B. 132 into law in September allowing prisoners to choose their gender for prison placement.

S.B. 132 requires California correctional facilities to house prisoners in a “correctional facility designated for men or women based on the individual’s preference.”

255 of the 261 inmates requested to transfer from a male to a female correctional facility. Some officials and women’s rights groups are concerned that such transfers are being made “under false pretenses,” according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.

Nice try guys but...

Remember the failure that was the Obama American Reinvestment and Recovery Act?
That worked so well that the Democrats are looking to do it all over again.
A trip down memory lane with Don Surber:

Remember all those shovel-ready jobs that weren't?
Democrats plan to spend $2 trillion on infrastructure. Before we do that, let's look back on the $787 billion Democrats blew the last time they controlled Congress and the presidency.

The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act was supposed to save jobs and improve our roads, bridges, and airports.

Obama sold it as a preventative to further job losses. He told ABC, "Here's what we know though, that the sooner a recovery and reinvestment package is in place, the sooner we can start turning the economy around. We can't afford three, four, five, six more months where we're losing half a million jobs per month.

"And the estimates are that if we don't do anything, we could see 4 million jobs lost this year."

Instead we blew nearly a trillion bucks and lost 3,443,000 jobs anyway. The numbers are here.

He said if we did nothing unemployment would hit 9%!

It hit 10%.

In fact, the recovery act slowed down the recovery. The unemployment rate was 7.8% when he took office, and 7.8% when he was re-elected.

In between times was a lot of pain and misery for the people, and pockets lined with cash for Democrats.

Much more at the site - the parallels with the bill that the current administration is trying to ram through are sobering.  Don also reminds us that it was VP Biden who "ran" the first stimulus.  A 12 years younger and less-senile Joe Biden.

Had fun over coffee - met up with a couple friends and spent an hour shooting the bull.  Solving world problems, etc...

Drove past a local farmstand and they had the first Kale of the season - picked up some and will be soaking some red beans today.  Soup tomorrow.

Unloaded the van and did a really nice re-org of the storage unit - segregating it out into stuff for deep storage, crap to get rid of, crap to sort through, things for the new shop when it is built. The stiffness went away once I started moving stuff around - feels good to be physical.

The arts group has a General Membership Meeting tomorrow so getting the agenda ready for that - busy day tomorrow.  Volunteering, grocery deliveries, running the meeting.  Fortunately, the deliveries sunset next week (14th is the last) and my tenure as President expires in June.

Quick surf and then work on the agenda.  Good group and good people.

And out the door for a few hours

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Taking a day of rest with the exception of unloading the van - that will be fun.

Gorgeous day - supposed to get close to 60°F - spring is coming. Great morning for a dog walk followed by sitting down and having some coffee and reading for a while. Need to make some telephone calls as well as develop an agenda for tomorrow's general meeting of the arts group.  Tomorrow is gonna be a busy day.

Don't be Evil

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Used to be Google's motto but...  From Forbes:

Why You Shouldn’t Use Google Chrome After New Privacy Disclosure
If you’re among the billions of people using Chrome, then Google’s stark new data harvesting disclosures should come as a nasty surprise. Worse, a new Chrome revelation, one that hasn’t yet made headlines but which is detailed below, should serve as an even more serious warning. Here’s what you need to do now.

Google is under fire this week, after the surprising amount of your data harvested by Chrome has been disclosed. This is a genuine threat to your privacy. Worse, a more serious issue for Google, detailed below, hasn’t even made headlines yet. Chrome is totally out of step with Safari, Edge and Firefox, shattering Google’s “privacy first web” claims. All of which should give you a serious reason to quit Chrome today.

Story is about two weeks old and this has been covered before in the tech media.  Nice to see Forbes wising up. Best solution out there? Switch to Brave Browser - based on Chrome and all the plug-ins work but built around security and preserving your data. It just works.  Been using it for a while.

Nice good sleep - stiff as a board

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Feeling better than I was expecting but still stiff and achy.  A good day for aspirin and plenty of fluids. Pick up some Brawndo (The Thirst Mutilator) at the store when I am out today.  Good stuff - It's got Electrolytes (more here, watch the movie here).

Bite to eat, quick surf, take the dogs out for a run, the Blessed Sacrament of Coffee, return something to Amazon and unload the van and that is my day.

Zzzzzzzz... Off to dreamland

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Woke up early this morning and put in a solid day's work.  The phone and internet are up and running and while I was there, I loaded up the van and did a bunch more sorting.  Getting a dumpster for the property - loads of crap to get rid of.  Also doing several yard sales this fall.

When I get something at an auction, a lot of times it is in a "lot" with other stuff.  The auctioneers - smart cookies that they are - will lard this "lot" with a bunch of stuff that they would otherwise have to pay to have hauled away in their dumpster on their dime. Stupid moke that I am, I held onto this crap for many years so now the dumpage fee is a lot higher.  Should have done triage when it first came home. Saved a lot of money buying that turbo encabulator (cool device - more here) at auction.  Yeah... Riiiiight...

Watching a couple of videos - early bedtime.  I will be sore tomorrow - worked hard for nine hours. Need to keep this up - used to be in really good shape. Time to get back.

Would not want to be a scofflaw now would I. From the horses' mouth to your ears (well, eyes):

If You Make or Buy a Fake COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card, You Endanger Yourself and Those Around You, and You Are Breaking the Law
The Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG) and the FBI are advising the public to be aware of individuals selling fake COVID-19 vaccination record cards and encouraging others to print fake cards at home. Fake vaccination record cards have been advertised on social media websites, as well as e-commerce platforms and blogs.

yadda, yadda, yadda...

Van is full - sleeping in tomorrow and then taking it to the storage locker.  Dropping off a camera there so if it gets robbed again, I'll have some photos (unless they spot it and steal it too)...

Picked up some chix at the grocery store - making some pasta to go with.  Easy dinner.

And nuttin'

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Out for coffee and then to the farm to wait for the phone people.

Posting later this evening.

As dawn breaks

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Waiting for my coffee place to open at 7:30 - phone people said that they will be there from 8:00 to 1:00 PM. Probably closer to 1:00 PM but got to be there in case...

Clear skies - light frost on the ground. Surf for a bit and see what is out there.

And that is it for me

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Watch some videos - need to get an early start tomorrow.  Phone company's start time may be as early as 8:00 and gotta getta coffee first...

Chauvin will be acquitted - the evidence for overdose is overwhelming.  The usual suspects will riot. This little data point will make for an interesting summer. From the Minneapolis Star-Tribune:

Handgun permits surge in St. Cloud area, state
A record number of Minnesotans received permits to carry a handgun last year, a surge that came in a year that brought anxiety over the COVID-19 pandemic, an economic slowdown and rioting in the Twin Cities after the police killing of George Floyd.

That anxiety was mirrored in the St. Cloud area, where the number of permits issued jumped 44% in the tri-county area over 2019. While the number of permit renewals was relatively stable, the number of people applying for new permits more than doubled in Benton and Sherburne counties and came close to that mark in Stearns County.

As Robert Anson Heinlein once said: An Armed Society is a Polite Society.
Very true words...

Gone to ground for the night

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Keyboard makes a big big difference in typing. This one is a spare so it will live up here for when I visit.

Went out for a burger and fries - surf for a little bit and see if anything new is happening.  Ran into a couple of friends over dinner - good people. I do love the island but this is an awesome place too.

And out the door for reals this time

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Heading North soon - pack up and on the road. Need to do a few things around here first.

More posting later this evening.

Three quotes and a comment

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From No Moss Here:

BIDEN SAYS HIS MASSIVE TAX INCREASE WILL MAKE THE ECONOMY ‘BETTER’
“I do not believe that Washington should do for the people what they can do for themselves through local and private effort.” – John F. Kennedy, 1960

“It is a paradoxical truth that tax rates are too high and tax revenues are too low and the soundest way to raise the revenues in the long run is to cut the rates now … Cutting taxes now is not to incur a budget deficit, but to achieve the more prosperous, expanding economy which can bring a budget surplus.” – President John F. Kennedy, 1962

“The final and best means of strengthening demand among consumers and business is to reduce the burden on private income and the deterrence to private initiative which are imposed by our present tax system, and this administration pledged itself last summer to an across-the-board, top-to-bottom cut in personal and corporate income taxes to be enacted and become effective in 1963.” – President John F. Kennedy

I can see why a socialist shot President Kennedy.

Pandemic - a two-fer

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Two really good points from My Pensieve:

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So true - especially the second one.  I tell people the data from the CDC and it just goes out their other ear.  It doesn't fit the narrative so they do not bother to even try to comprehend it. Sad really - critical thinking is a lost art these days.

Whoops - coffee place was closed

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Oh Noes!

Nice dog run this morning and got one to go at the drive-through. Was coming home anyway to pack and take care of a few things. No sitting and reading and people watching but oh well...

And points North

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Heading up to the farm today - back tomorrow. Meeting with someone to do some construction as well as bring another load down from the garage.

Dog walk and coffee first - got my priorities.

Kicking the debt can down the road

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All this government spending is not going to go away.  They can not print more money to pay for it. The debt is something our children will be thanking us for as they will have to deal with it (and the accumulated interest).

Michael Ramirez brings this home:

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From the Los Angeles Times comes this story of a small business in Beverly Hills, CA:

Beverly Hills store let criminals stash guns, drugs and cash in vault at strip mall, prosecutors say
When federal agents descended on a Beverly Hills strip mall last month, it took them five days to seize the contents of hundreds of safe deposit boxes inside a store called U.S. Private Vaults.

On Friday, the government revealed why it was so interested in the seemingly mundane business wedged between a nail salon and a spa: It was laundering money for drug dealers and letting them stash guns, fentanyl and stacks of $100 bills in security boxes that were rented anonymously, prosecutors alleged.

In an indictment against U.S. Private Vaults, Inc., the U.S. attorney for Los Angeles accused the company of marketing itself deliberately to attract criminals, saying it brazenly promoted itself as a place customers could store valuables with confidence that tax authorities would be hard-pressed to learn their identities or what was stored in their locked boxes. To access the facility, customers needed no identification; it took just an eye and hand scan to unlock the door.

“We don’t even want to know your name,” it advertised, according to prosecutors.

I do hope that the federales had the foresight to stake the place out and shoot photos as people came and went.
Could build up quite the database from that. Must be some politicians or elites involved as they report:

None of the people who are allegedly behind the operation were named in the court records. It is was not immediately clear whether any individuals will face criminal charges as well.

Hunter?  Is that you?

Quiet Saturday

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Nothing much happening out there. Hanging out here puttering around.

Heading up to the farm tomorrow and Monday - clearing out crap.  Feels wonderful. D. is doing an amazing job there - this worked out well.

More surfing later tonight. Maybe.

Just wonderful - glad I dumped them

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Deleted my facebook account 5-6 months ago - no loss whatsoever. Interesting news today - from Business Insider:

533 million Facebook users' phone numbers and personal data have been leaked online
A user in a low level hacking forum on Saturday published the phone numbers and personal data of hundreds of millions of Facebook users for free online.

The exposed data includes personal information of over 533 million Facebook users from 106 countries, including over 32 million records on users in the US, 11 million on users in the UK, and 6 million on users in India. It includes their phone numbers, Facebook IDs, full names, locations, birthdates, bios, and — in some cases — email addresses.

Verified.  This is true. The vulnerability was first reported on January 2021 - Motherboard:

Bot Lets Hackers Easily Look Up Facebook Users' Phone Numbers
A user of a low-level cybercriminal forum is selling access to a database of phone numbers belonging to Facebook users, and conveniently letting customers look up those numbers by using an automated Telegram bot.

Although the data is several years old, it still presents a cybersecurity and privacy risk to those whose phone numbers may be exposed—one person advertising the service says it contains data on 500 million users. Facebook told Motherboard the data relates to a vulnerability the company fixed in August 2019.

Social media - it's like a herpes infection. The gift that keeps on giving...

In related news:

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Not surprising at all - from the New York Post:

Study declares AOC one of the least effective members of Congress
She’s the queen of Twitter — but less successful at lawmaking.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was among the least effective members of the last Congress according to a new survey from the nonpartisan Center for Effective Lawmaking — a joint project of Vanderbilt University and the University of Virginia.

AOC introduced a total of 21 bills which the center defined as “substantive” — but that is where the story ends. Her legislation received no action in committees, no floor votes, and none ever became law, according to the center, which takes its data from Congress.gov.

“She introduced a lot of bills, but she was not successful at having them receive any sort of action in committee or beyond committee and if they can’t get through committee they cannot pass the House,” Alan Wiseman, a Vanderbilt political scientist and co-director of the center, told The Post.

“It’s clear that she was trying to get her legislative agenda moving and engage with the lawmaking process,” Wiseman added “But she wasn’t as successful as some other members were — even among [other] freshmen — at getting people to pay attention to her legislation.”

As they say in Texas - All Hat and no Cattle. She certainly advances the narrative but that is not to be confused with governance.  Big difference between the two. A difference she is not aware of.

Quiet morning

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Slept wonderfully - heading out soon for dog walk, coffee and work.  Work is getting very expensive. 

This is a thrift store that operates under the aegis of the local center and helps to raise funds for community services.  Someone dropped off an incredible telescope setup - Meade 7" with all sorts of accessories, digital camera, computer controlled mount, etc... I already have a nice older 12" scope but it is too large to casually set up on nights when the seeing is good.  This will be perfect. My bank account is now a couple hundred bucks poorer.

Heading out soon to see what comes in today. Back this afternoon...

Black Lives Matter was founded by Patrisse Cullors and Alicia Garza. They are both ardent Marxists and communists.
From Breitbart:

Black Lives Matter Founder Mentored by Ex-Domestic Terrorist Who Worked with Bill Ayers
The co-founder of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, Patrisse Cullors, was the protégé of a communist-supporting domestic terrorist for over a decade, spending years training in political organizing and absorbing the radical Marxist-Leninist ideology which shaped her worldview.

Remember, Obama started his campaign in Ayers' living room and when pressed on this, claimed that Bill was just some guy "who lives in my neighborhood".  Anyway, there is a video from 2015 in which Cullors says (from the New York Post):

“The first thing, I think, is that we actually do have an ideological frame. Myself and Alicia in particular are trained organizers,” she said, referring to BLM co-founder Alicia Garza.

“We are trained Marxists. We are super-versed on, sort of, ideological theories. And I think that what we really tried to do is build a movement that could be utilized by many, many black folk,”

Turns out that Alicia has a side-gig.  She is the Principal at Black Futures Lab:

WHO WE ARE
The Black Futures Lab transforms Black communities into constituencies that change the way power operates—locally, statewide and nationally. The problems facing our communities are complex—the solutions require experimentation, innovation and political power. We deserve a government  that represents us, policies that improve our lives, and politics that reflect our lives.

Fun website - professionally designed. Lots of words but very little meaning.  Lots of feel-good handwaving but zero hard data.  "We strive to empower" instead of "From August of 2019 through September of 2021, we did this, this and this".
All promises and no deliverables.

Money - here it gets interesting to say the least. In the upper right of the home page there is a DONATE button:

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Click on that and you go to this page:

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And the third paragraph makes for some very interesting reading:

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The text states:

Black Futures Lab is a fiscally sponsored project of the Chinese Progressive Association. CPA is a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization. Our tax identification number is 23-7404756. This contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law.

Seriously?     What. The. Fsck.

How many other organizations seeking to "fundamentally transform" America are also funded by the Chinese?

Tip of the hat to Firehand for the link.

A thought - Biden's Dog

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*Resident Biden's dog is having some problems while living in the White House.  He is biting people.  I was talking with a few people this morning and had a thought.  Most dogs are pretty perceptive. I have had German Shepherds for most of my adult life and they can be downright spooky when it comes to reading people.

My thought this morning is that Major is in an incredibly confusing situation. Nearly 100% of the people he comes into contact with are outright lying. First of all, his "person" has dementia and is no longer there.  This is something that a dog can understand and process and they will try to help.

For everyone else around Slow Joe? Everyone there has some sort of agenda - if not pushing the narrative and moving towards communism, they are out for what they can get for themselves - money or power - and are playing fast and loose with the truth to get it.

No wonder poor Major is feeling very confused - he is surrounded by cyphers. Surrounded by criminals. Surrounded by ideologues. I would be snapping at people too.

Sad but true - kids these days

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The Capitol Hill whackjob who murdered the Policeman? Muslim. Facebook is scrubbing that fact. Can't go against the narrative. From The Daily Wire:

Facebook Quickly Scrubs Capitol Assailant’s Facebook Page Praising Farrakhan As Jesus
Facebook quickly removed self-described “follower of Farrakhan” Noah Green’s profile page shortly after media identified him Friday as the assailant who was shot dead after driving into U.S. Capitol Police officers and lunging at them with a knife.

Describing himself on the since-deleted page as a follower of the Nation of Islam, the 25-year-old Green effusively praised the radical Farrakhan and his predecessor, Elijah Muhammad, as incarnations of Jesus Christ whose teachings changed his life.

Of course.  The social media sites are in league with the progressives.  Maintain the control over the proles.  Get them on the government dole, living on the Democrat plantation. Thinking what we want them to think.  Saying what we want them to say. Doing what we want them to do.

Must be nice not having to think. Or having to give a shit about what is happening to our Nation.

Object of desire

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Found a similar product on 'zon but not the style of mug I like:

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This has me chuckling - so true

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Good to know where the money is being spent - from America's Newspaper of Record, The Babylon Bee:

Biden Proposes $2 Trillion Infrastructure Project To Build A Tower That Reaches To The Heavens
President Joe Biden is determined to pass a large infrastructure bill, though no one had been certain what infrastructure is so direly needed that trillions must be spent until Biden finally revealed his plans: a giant tower that reaches the heavens.

“Yea, we are of one people,” Biden said, “with fifty votes in the Senate. And nothing will be restrained from us... as long as we get rid of the filibuster. And we have trillions for buying brick for stone -- or at least can have the Fed grant it to us. So let us build a tower whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad at the mid-term elections.”

And so Biden proposed the Tower of Biden, a $2 trillion dollar structure to be taller than any other and prove the government’s superiority at providing jobs by having people build things no one needs. Republicans are opposed to the plan, though, as they call it “wasteful spending” and an “affront to God.”

And there has been some concern that God will take offense. At one point, it even seemed that God had confused people’s language, as many of the people planning the tower started babbling incoherently. It turns out, though, that they were just directly quoting President Biden.

And of course, it will be completed before the deadline and under budget as this new administration is running at Warp Speed.

Out for a little bit - errands

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Bank and post office.  Back shortly. Quiet news day today.

There was a guy who murdered a Capitol Hill police officer - rammed him with his car.  The media are quiet as he was a follower of Screwy Louis Farrakhan. Now if he were a conservative Trump voter, that would be a different story indeed.

I am sure his Manifesto will be found and printed. There is always a Manifesto with the mentally ill.

This keeps me up at night

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Seriously:

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Coming? Hell - some of them are here.

This is my shocked face - from The Federalist:

Pete Buttigieg ‘Bikes’ To Work After SUVs Drive Him Part Of The Way
If you ever wondered what would happen if that white, upper-class student body president, you know the one who used your student activity fees to pay for bike lanes on campus, were actually in charge of a federal bureaucracy, look no further than our Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg.

CNN reporter DJ Judd shared a video that appears to show a team of Secret Service agents unloading Buttigieg’s bike from the back of an SUV, then at least two SUVs following him as he mounts the bike and rides to the White House.

More at the site including videos (of course) and this comment about the swamp in general:

While “biking to work” in a way that is neither a shorter nor a more environmentally-conscious commute is extremely on-brand for a millennial college-town mayor-turned-McKinsey consultant, it also perfectly encapsulates the role of D.C. bureaucrats: Devise the more expensive, more complicated path to accomplish a simple task, all for the sake of optics.

These morons are not doing their jobs and working for us. Pete is just one example of the level of moral and intellectual corruption. Time to drain the whole thing and start over.

I would look at this story another way - from Seattle station KOMO:

Zero flu deaths reported in Washington for first time
It appears the extensive precautions Washington residents have taken to fight the COVID-19 pandemic have worked to prevent other illnesses from spreading as well, including the flu.

As the typical winter flu season begins to wane, the state has made it through the entire fall and winter without a single flu-related death, according to Washington Department of Health. It's the first time that's ever happened since the Department of Health has began reporting flu illness statistics in 2009, when the H1N1 pandemic struck.

In fact, state health officials say they haven't even seen a positive flu test since the last week in December, when they had one confirmed case -- though they say that other labs in the state may have recorded cases that were not ultimately reported to the DOH.

In the past four weeks, the state has received reports of over 1,400 tests for flu with zero positive results.

How about this scenario:
We had a normal flu season.  We also had the Wuhan variant to deal with.  Unfortunatly, the testing protocols were so bad (some reports of a 90% false positive rate) that everything got lumped into the COVID-19 column. Besides, the State got Federal money for every COVID-19 patient and death so we sorta fudged our numbers.  More money is nice.

Stunningly bad science.

Waking up from WOKE - Seattle

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Nice to see some common sense prevail.  The kiddies have had the chance to run their little experiment.  It failed as marxism/socialism/communism always does and now, it is time for the adults to pick up the toys off the floor and get on with life. From The Seattle Times:

Recall effort against Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant can move forward, state’s highest court rules
The Washington state Supreme Court on Thursday allowed the recall campaign against Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant to move forward, paving the way for signature-gathering and, potentially, an election this year that could oust Sawant from office.

Recall petitioners now have 180 days to collect more than 10,000 signatures from residents of Sawant’s Council District 3. If they collect the signatures, a recall election — an up-or-down vote on Sawant — would be held, either with the general election in November or by early next year.

It could be the first effort to recall a Seattle City Council member to reach voters. A search of municipal archives by the City Clerk’s office couldn’t find any recall elections for a council member.

Good.  I am seriously inclined to consider socialism as a form of mental illness.  On the face, it seems nice and fuzzy - equality for everyone but the slightest examination will show a profound ignorance of basic economics, governance and human nature.  They fall prey to Marx's big screw-up - they do not realize that capital is fungible. They want to believe that they have the solution and that we are just to dim to see what they see. Actually, they are laboring under a severe delusion and refuse to educate themselves.

300+ comments - here is just one of them:

As a liberal Democrat and lifelong Seattleite I am 100% in support of the recall.  Although I don't disagree with everything Sawant stands for I do disagree 200% with the way she goes about her job.  Time to make Seattle a great city again and the best thing we can do is get this person out of City government!!

Exactly. She is not good for Seattle or its people. She just likes being on the public stage.

A little bit of history

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Seems to be repeating itself...

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And nothing much out there

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Quiet news day so far.  Puttering around the house and waiting for the sun to rise (the downside to daylight savings time). Take the dogs for a nice long walk.  Start work at 10:00 AM.

Another one bites the dust

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The bloom is off the rose for french philosopher Michel Foucault.
Why do intellectuals always choose stupid people to look up to?
From the London Daily Times:

French philosopher Michel Foucault ‘abused boys in Tunisia’
The philosopher Michel Foucault, a beacon of today’s “woke” ideology, has become the latest prominent French figure to face a retrospective reckoning for sexually abusing children.

A fellow intellectual, Guy Sorman, has unleashed a storm among Parisian “intellos” with his claim that Foucault, who died in 1984 aged 57, was a paedophile rapist who had sex with Arab children while living in Tunisia in the late 1960s.

Sorman, 77, said he had visited Foucault with a group of friends on an Easter holiday trip to the village of Sidi Bou Said, near Tunis, where the philosopher was living in 1969. “Young children were running after Foucault saying ‘what about me? take me, take me’,” he recalled last week in an interview with The Sunday Times.

“They were eight, nine, ten years old, he was throwing money at them and would say ‘let’s meet at 10pm at the usual place’.” This, it turned out, was the local cemetery: “He would make love there on the gravestones with young boys. The question of consent wasn’t even raised.”

Sorman claimed that “Foucault would not have dared to do it in France”, comparing him to Paul Gauguin, the impressionist said to have had sex with young girls he painted in Tahiti, and Andre Gide, the novelist who preyed on boys in Africa. “There is a colonial dimension to this. A white imperialism.”

Disgusting. Here is one wonderful put-down:

Foucault is the most cited scholar in the world, often associated with the rise of identity politics in America, where MC Hammer, the rapper, is one of his fans. “It is almost invariably Foucault to whom contemporary activist studies departments trace their intellectual foundations,” wrote Daniel Miller in The Critic magazine. “At the most basic level, Foucault the famous French professor supplies a signature of seriousness for disciplines without clear academic standards or traditions.”

Got to love that line: "a signature of seriousness for disciplines without clear academic standards or traditions"

And then, there is this from Sorman:

For Sorman, Foucault’s behaviour was symptomatic of a distinctly French malaise dating back to Voltaire. “He believed there were two morals, one for the elite, which was immoral, and one for the people, which should be restrictive.”

Which we see to this day.  The elite. The entitled. These are not people to look up to. These are people to be reviled. The foundation for much of what is wrong today. And don't get me started on The Frankfurt School...
I long for the day when humanity and common sense returns to academia.

Good morning world!

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Could not keep my eyes open - went to sleep at 8:00 PM. A nice solid eight hours of sleep and here we are.

Surf for a little bit and then get on with my day...

Well crap - Mills College closing

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Mills College closing?
Say that to anyone interested in experimental music and watch the tears flow down their face.
From the New York Times:

Is the Music Over at Mills College?
Even the concert hall at Mills College is different.

Looming at the back of the stage is a huge, bright mural of a forest opening onto a deep blue lake. The ceiling is painted in geometric patterns and vivid colors. Frescos of Gregorian chant scores flank the stage.

We are not in sedate, monochromatic Carnegie Hall. No, Littlefield Concert Hall at Mills, in Oakland, Calif., is a vibrant, even eccentric place, where it is clear from the surroundings that music outside the mainstream is not simply tolerated, but celebrated.

“There was a real atmosphere of comfort and support for whatever it is that you wanted to do,” the composer David Rosenboom, who led the music program at Mills in the 1980s, said in an interview.

Now that program and the electronics-focused Center for Contemporary Music, together among the most distinguished havens for experimental work in America over the past century, are facing possible closure. On March 17 the college, founded in 1852, announced that ongoing financial problems, exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic, would mean the end of its history as a degree-granting institution made up of an undergraduate women’s college and several coeducational graduate programs.

Pending approval by its board of trustees, the school’s final degrees are likely to be conferred in 2023. The statement announcing the proposed closure alluded to plans for a “Mills Institute” on the 135-acre campus, but the focus of such an institute — and whether it would include the arts — is unclear.

You might not recognize the names of the graduates but you certainly have heard their music:

It has been an astonishing run. The school’s faculty over the years has been practically an index of maverick artists, including Darius Milhaud, at Mills for three decades beginning during World War II; Luciano Berio, who came at Milhaud’s invitation; Lou Harrison, who built an American version of the Indonesian gamelan percussion orchestra; the “deep listening” pioneer Pauline Oliveros; Robert Ashley, an innovator in opera; Terry Riley, a progenitor of Minimalism; the influential composer and improviser Anthony Braxton; James Fei, a saxophonist and clarinetist who works with electronic sounds; and Maggi Payne, a longtime director of the Center for Contemporary Music, Mills’s laboratory for electronic work since the 1960s, when Oliveros was its first leader.

Among the alumni are Dave Brubeck, Steve Reich, John Bischoff, William Winant and Laetitia Sonami; several former students ended up returning to teach after graduating.

“What Mills College had was unique,” said Riley, who taught there from 1971 to 1981. “I have never in my travels encountered another institution like it.”

Crap - I hope that they are able to preserve their archives.  They have an incredible collection of musical instruments and recordings. They were the source. The fount. Mills had always been on my horizon. A place for a pilgrimage.  Never got there though.

Headline says it all - Philadelphia

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Gun violence - this would be funny if it did not involve the murder of a human being.
From the Philadelphia ABC Affiliate:

Man shot and killed while working on video about Philly gun violence
Philadelphia police are trying to figure out who shot and killed a man while he was working on a video about the city's gun violence.

It happened around 8 p.m. Monday on the 1900 block of West Page Street in Strawberry Mansion.

"This 55-year-old male was working for a production company. They were inside of a private residence. They were interviewing and filming some family members whose children were victims of gun violence in the last two to three years," Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said.

The victim has been identified as Anthony Merriett from the 2100 block of N. Marston St.

Action News is told the anti-violence video was being made to stream on Netflix.

Merriett had exited the home to get more equipment from his van when he was shot multiple times, authorities said.

He was taken to the hospital by police where he was pronounced dead.

We have a criminal problem, not a gun problem.  Forks do not "make" people fat.

Missing out on some interesting programming:

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April Fools

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About sums it up:

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Dump run

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Got a van full of old crap from the farm - heading to the dump this afternoon.

Feeling really sleepy for some reason.  Did not sleep well again last night. Tempted to take a nap but forcing myself to stay awake - need to stay on my normal sleep schedule. Back in a couple of hours.

And back on the island again

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Just Wow - my friend is doing an amazing job at the farm - night and day.

Back home and taking care of some stuff here - working tomorrow and Saturday mornings. Late lunch break and surf. Need to dig out another keyboard to bring up for there.

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