September 2021 Archives

Not to bright - car thief

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Talk about not being that bright - from Florida's First Coast News:

Lake City man steals car, tries to trade it back to same dealership days later
A Lake City man tried to trade in a vehicle this week, but instead of a new car, he ended up with multiple charges.

On Monday, the Lake City Police Department was dispatched to 4325 W US Hwy 90, Lake City Chrysler Dodge Jeep, to a report of a stolen vehicle.

Upon arrival, officers spoke to employees who advised that an individual came to the dealership and was attempting to trade his current vehicle for a new one.

However, employees say upon checking the vehicle’s VIN number, they discovered the vehicle was stolen from the dealership’s lot just a few days prior.

How did he think he was going to deliver the title. Unreal.

Project Veritas - Part 2

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The hits keep on coming.  Part 1 of their COVID whistleblower series was Monday the 20th.
A whistleblower came forward with some inconvenient truths.

Today: Project Veritas - Part 2

FDA Official: ‘Blow Dart’ African Americans with COVID Vaccine is ‘Where We’re Going...Just Shoot Everyone’ … Calls for a ‘Nazi Germany’ Style ‘Registry’ of Unvaccinated Americans: ‘Think About It Like The Jewish Star’

    • Taylor Lee, FDA Economist: “Go to the unvaccinated and blow it [COVID vaccine] into them. Blow dart it into them.”
    • Lee: “Census goes door-to-door if you don’t respond. So, we have the infrastructure to do it [forced COVID vaccinations]. I mean, it’ll cost a ton of money. But I think, at that point, I think there needs to be a registry of people who aren’t vaccinated. Although that’s sounding very [much like Nazi] Germany.”
    • Lee: “Nazi Germany…I mean, think about it like the Jewish Star [for unvaccinated Americans].”
    • Lee: “I’m gonna go door-to-door and stab everyone [with the COVID vaccine], ‘Oh, it’s just your booster shot! There you go!’”
    • Lee: “So, if you put every anti-vaxxer, like sheep, into like Texas and you closed off Texas from the rest of the world, and you go, ‘Okay, you be you in Texas until we deal with this [pandemic].’”
    • Lee: “All of the wealthy white people are getting vaccinated because they're educated.”
    • Lee: “There are political appointees [at the FDA] that are generally scientific advisors or are appointed by the president or the commission…They're being paid based on if the other people are staying in power.”
    • Lee: “Unfortunately, everyone ends up playing politics, but I don't think that the career scientists are -- I think that it's the people that they're unfortunately having to report to because these political appointees are being put in place and that’s part of like -- the Senate confirms the people to then just pick their people.”

Project Veritas released the second video of its COVID vaccine investigative series today exposing U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA] economist, Taylor Lee, who was recorded calling for forced COVID vaccinations and a registry for all unvaccinated Americans.

Lee said that U.S. Government policy could emulate Nazi Germany when it comes to the COVID vaccine.

“Census goes door-to-door if you don’t respond. So, we have the infrastructure to do it [forced COVID vaccinations]. I mean, it’ll cost a ton of money. But I think, at that point, I think there needs to be a registry of people who aren’t vaccinated. Although that’s sounding very [much like Nazi] Germany,” Lee said.

“Nazi Germany…I mean, think about it like the Jewish Star [for unvaccinated Americans],” he said.

“So, if you put every anti-vaxxer, like sheep, into like Texas and you closed off Texas from the rest of the world, and you go, ‘Okay, you be you in Texas until we deal with this [pandemic].’”

Lee said that due to a large portion of the African American community being hesitant to take the COVID vaccine, the solution would be to “blow dart” on them.

And again, much more at the site.  Part 3 coming soon?  Part 4? Can't wait.

Back to the island

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Sucessful day.  Boaty McBoatface set sail this afternoon.  I got it for a buck from a guy who never had the time to rebuild it.  Sat on it for three years and now a new guy will make time to work on it. Engine needs work but the hull is solid and nobody stripped it - it has the original Dickenson Force-10 Heater, the Ships Bell, galley stuff (stove and fridge), electronics, etc...

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The Maple Tree in the background will be getting a trim around the edges this coming weekend and a whole bunch of dead lawnmowers, a pressure washer, roto-tiller, etc.  got hauled away by a guy who fixes small engines. Place is coming together again.

Stopped off for a burrito bowl at Taco Del Mar and home and unpack.  Surf for a bit.  Busy day tomorrow and then the weekend at the thrift store.  The fun never stops.

And nuttin' to report

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Heading out for coffee - meeting up with a friend there.

Off to the farm - got appointments set up with three people.  Getting rid of some junk and having a tree looked at: very old Maple in danger of falling down. Get some nice wood out of it...

More later - probably returning to the island tonight.

You will never get a handle on Carbon Dioxide (otherwise known as Plant Food).
From SciTech Daily:

Deadwood Releasing 10.9 Gigatons of Carbon Every Year – More Than All Fossil Fuel Emissions Combined
Decaying wood releases around 10.9 gigatons of carbon worldwide every year, according to a new study by an international team of scientists.

This is roughly equivalent to 115 percent of fossil fuel emissions.

Co-author of the study Professor David Lindenmayer from The Australian National University (ANU) says it’s the first time researchers have been able to quantify the contribution of deadwood to the global carbon cycle.

“Until now, little has been known about the role of dead trees,” Professor Lindenmayer said.

“We know living trees play a vital role in absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. But up until now, we didn’t know what happens when those trees decompose. It turns out, it has a massive impact.”

Yeah - photosynthesis takes in Sunlight, Water and CO2 and uses these to create the complex carbohydrates that the plants need to thrive.  When the plant dies, the left-over materials are recycled back to nature.  The CO2 is freed up for the next plant that needs it.  Earth once had CO2 over 9,000ppm - we are currently at 450ppm or thereabouts.

And gone to ground - farm

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At the store office - got someone house-sitting the farm so spend nights here. It was originally one of the apartments for the building so one bedroom is for storage and the other bedroom is for me. Uneventful drive up except for a lot of traffic - the road I usually take  was closed and the detour was snotted up with traffic.

Busy but productive day tomorrow. Surf for a bit - see what's happened in my absence.

Someone out there on the internet needs my advice.  I just KNOW it...

Lunch and then on the road

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Had to do some paperwork and load up.  Actually taking the Highlander today - not bringing a load back.  Re-prioritizing my triage operations.  I have a building on the property — the DaveCave(tm) — that can be used for sorting so will start using that.

Quick sandwich and then heading North.

Out the door and points North

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Morning routine and then heading up to the farm.

Good observation

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From 90 Miles:

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Interesting times - a three-fer

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The first headline is regarding the lockdown in Australia and the response.  The next two are the beginning of a series from Claire Wolf on where we are and what to do.  Good stuff...

The pendulum is swinging back.

And it comes out - Project Veritas Part 1

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Looks like a whistleblower came forward with some inconvenient truths.
From Project Veritas:

Federal Govt Whistleblower Goes Public with Secret Recordings: ‘Government Doesn’t Want to Show the [COVID] Vaccine is Full of Sh*t’; ‘Shove’ Adverse Effect Reporting ‘Under the Mat’

    • Dr. Maria Gonzales, ER Doctor, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: “All this is bullshit. Now, [a patient] probably [has] myocarditis due to the [COVID] vaccine. But now, they [government] are not going to blame the vaccine.”
    • Dr. Gonzales: “They [government] are not reporting [adverse COVID vaccine side effects]…They want to shove it under the mat.”
    • Deanna Paris, Registered Nurse, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: “It’s a shame they [government] are not treating people [with COVID] like they're supposed to, like they should. I think they want people to die.”
    • Jodi O’Malley, Insider and Registered Nurse, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: The COVID vaccine is “not doing what it’s purpose was.”
    • O’Malley: “I’ve seen dozens of people come in with adverse reactions.”
    • O’Malley: “If we [government] are not gathering [COVID vaccine] data and reporting it, then how are we going to say that this is safe and approved for use?”
    • O’Malley: I’m not afraid of blowing the whistle “because my faith lies in God and not man…You know, like what kind of person would I be if I knew all of this -- this is evil at the highest level. You have the FDA, you have the CDC, that are both supposed to be protecting us, but they are under the government, and everything that we’ve done so far is unscientific.”
    • O’Malley: “At the end of the day, it’s about your health, and you can never get that back -- and about your freedom, and about living in a peaceful society, and I’m like, ‘no.’ No. This is the hill that I will die on.”

Project Veritas released the first video of its COVID vaccine investigative series today featuring an interview with U.S. Health and Human Services [HHS] insider, Jodi O’Malley, who works as a Registered Nurse at the local Indian Medical Center.

O’Malley told Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe about what has been going on at her federal government facility. She recorded her HHS colleagues discussing their concerns about the new COVID vaccine to corroborate her assertions:

Much more at the site.  And, given Project Veritas' track record, if they are releasing this, they have a bunch more waiting in the wings. We need to turn over all of the rocks and expose what our government is doing. Get the truth out.

Balkanization - an object example

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The Obama and the Biden administrations have been Balkanizing us.  Dividing us into camps - us and them.
They then invent reasons why we should be at each others throats (thaaaass raaacisssss).
This works in their favor as we waste our time there instead of unifying and forcing the Federal Government to reform itself and our elected representatives to stop feeding at the trough and to start doing their jobs and representing us.

An object example of this from Dale Coverly:

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He passed in 2018 - one of the best of the best.  His collection is up for sale this October 27th at Sotheby's:

The Ricky Jay Collection
Magician, actor, scholar, author: the range of Ricky Jay’s accomplishments were as varied as are the formats and subjects of the material in his celebrated Collection: books, pamphlets, posters, handbills, broadsides, prints, ephemera, objects, and apparatus documenting the histories of magic, circuses, jugglers and acrobats, automatons, remarkable characters, learned animals, limb-deficient artists, con men, and scores of other related, if arcane, topics. Featuring characters of the greatest celebrity to the utmost obscurity, The Ricky Jay Collection will offer an astonishing variety of material in a sale that is truly without precedent.

Ricky Jay is one of the very select company of persons who assembled a collection of the very first rank in a field in which he was not only a world-renowned practitioner, but also a scholar of considerable note. Jay documented his collection in a series of books that both highly entertaining and thoroughly erudite, including Learned Pigs & Fireproof Women, Jay’s Journal of Anomalies, Extraordinary Exhibitions, and Matthias Buchinger: “The Greatest German Living.” Jay’s source material for these and other publications will now be available for the elucidation and entertainment of other collectors—as well as the legions of Ricky’s admirers—at Sotheby’s auction of The Ricky Jay Collection, October 27 and 28, 2021. We invite you check this page often for updates.

I would want to go there just to watch people. Here is just one small taste of Ricky's work - more can be found on YouTube

Nothing this afternoon either

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Heading out with the van - the dump is calling my name.

Surfed a little bit but nothing really catches my eye.

Nothing this morning - usual routine

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Doggos and coffee.  Loading up more crap in the van - dump run today, van to the farm tomorrow.

More later.

Getting back to our roots

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Lisa sent me this quote - really resonates:

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Enough social media.  Screw public opinion. Ignore the media. Cultivate that which is within. Polish your heart. Do not feed the state - let it wither and die. Celebrate your neighbors, your community. Live life. Breathe.

Today's "media" on yesterday's "riot"

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From Newsweek - talk about a howler:

Trump's 'Waning Influence' Shown in 'Very Small Crowd Size' at 'Justice for J6' Rally: Ted Lieu
As a sparse crowd gathered in Washington D.C., to support the January 6 Capitol rioters on Saturday, Representative Ted Lieu said the "Justice for J6" rally's poor attendance shows that former President Donald Trump's influence on the Republican Party is finally waning.

"The very small crowd size at the #JusticeforJ6 traitorous rally shows the waning influence of the former President," the California Democrat tweeted.

The "Justice for J6" rally concluded Saturday afternoon without any known major instances of violence. Due to concerns of such possible threats, authorities ensured a hefty police presence at the rally, which was attended by 400 to 450 protesters in support of those who were charged in connection with the Capitol riot earlier this year, according to Capitol Police.

Ted Lieu represents California's 33rd District (the wealthy part of Los Angeles). No mention of nation of origin but his official biography states:

Looking for a better life and opportunity, Ted and his family immigrated to the United States when he was three years old. 

Infogalactic has him born in Taiwan.

Continuing from the Newsweek article:

One man allegedly wielding a handgun was detained at the rally around 1:30 p.m. and charged with unlawful activities, reported Capitol Police.

"At this time, it is not clear why the man was at the demonstration," authorities said.

Actually, it was very clear - the man was an undercover agent.  He was stopped, he presented his badge and was released.  He was not charged with anything.

800+ comments - some fun reading. 

The author was Senior News Editor Christina Zhao.  The link goes to her other stories - she writes with a certain bias to say the least. She is educated in England (read the Law) and practiced law in New Zealand.  No word as to country of origin.  Odd that two Chinese names be involved in an article so slanted against conservatism and American Greatness. Christina should have picked up a phone and done a little research first - find out what actually happened.

Looking back, I think that this bias is wonderful.  Keeps them in the dark until the shit does hit the fan.
They will be caught unawares and helpless. Easy pickins...

Every indication was that this was a false-flag operation designed to advance the narrative that Constitutional Conservatives (as well as President Trump's followers) were a bunch of crazed right-wing lunatics. Finally found the "official" name for the event and that makes this perfectly clear.

From Zero Hedge:

J6 'Chaos' Total Bust For Media As Cops, Journalists And FBI Appear To Outnumber Protesters
Saturday's "Justice for J6" rally appears to have been - in the words of Donald Trump, "a setup" - after police, journalists and FBI agents appear to have been the main attraction, while just a few hundred protests appeared to support those who were detained following the Jan. 6 Capitol breach.

Excuuuuuuuuse me — "Justice for J6" rally

No conservative would EVER use the word Justice in that context.  That use of the word Justice is owned purely by the liberals.  They are using it to bully moderates when they do not roll over and yield to the liberals' Marxist/Statist demands. You are against Justice?

More at the site - some fun photographs.  Once again, the elite beclown themselves.

This is true - they told me

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A bit of goings on in the Canary Islands

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They had been having some earthquakes a few days ago - this was caused by magma movement.
Now, the magma has broken through and is really moving - from GranCanariaTv

But of course - two sets of rules

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The Elite's shit does not stink.  From Breitbart:

No Vaccine Rules for Big U.N. Meeting: Free Pass for World Leaders
The U.N. General Assembly will ignore vaccine requirements for attendees at next week’s big meeting in New York, snubbing NYC rules for convention centers and public gatherings.

Presidents, premiers, monarchs, dignitaries, diplomats and their traveling staff members have been told by organizers they won’t have to show coronavirus vaccination passports or other proof of inoculation on arrival at U.N. headquarters on Turtle Bay, Manhattan.

Instead attendees plus their staff will be waved through and allowed admission free of any checks with more than 100 heads of state and government and over 20 foreign ministers signed up to speak in person.

An honor system — and only an honor system – means dignitaries won’t have to show vaccination cards or other proof of inoculation as they’ll simply attest to it by swiping their ID badges at the assembly hall.

I keep thinking that this is a target-rich opportunity. There are probably only about 500 people who are actively steering us towards world communism.  Remove them and a lot of our problems go away.  The UN could be rebuilt somewhere in Botswana and the Manhattan site could be turned into a Trump Hotel.

It's morning. Time for my routine.

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Dog walk, coffee and back home to putter around doing nothing.

Getting ready for a dump run - heading to the farm on Tuesday.  Everything else is up for grabs.

The real enemy

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Yesterday's "riot"

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Great photo of some extreme right-wing rioters at yesterday's riot in DC

And that is it - feeling very sleepy

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Watch a couple videos and drift off to sleep.  Sleeping in tomorrow morning - a day or rest.

Probably do a dump run - heading to the farm Tuesday for a few days. Bring another load back down.

Update on down under

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From Australian tech website Ambient Irony:

Speaking of company towns, bit of a kerfuffle in Melbourne today. The old-school working class socialists have had quite enough of the new-wave managerial class socialists and decided to break things.

Safe prediction: The Victorian government, which collectively has the decision-making capacity of a week-dead wombat, will promptly step in to make everything much worse.

Update: That was indeed prompt. Victoria has just announced lockdowns won't be lifted until 90% of the population is fully vaccinated.

Riots it is then.

More news from down under

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The "riots" are happening in several places - they are just getting started reclaiming their freedom.
From Sundance at Conservative Treehouse:

Australian Freedom Fighters Battle Totalitarian Tyranny and Government COVID Lockdowns, Protestors Overwhelm Police Efforts to Beat Them
Things are getting spicy in Australia, specifically the town of Richmond in the Melbourne area.  Righteous anti-lockdown protestors took to the streets against thousands of armed police and heavily geared riot squads prepared to beat them into submission and stop their march {Direct Rumble Link}.

As the government stormtroopers corralled the peacefully marching protesters into an ever smaller dead end where there were blocked in all directions, a valiant member of the resistance opened a gateway through a housing division enabling the crowd to continue amassing, assembling more supporters and continue marching.

The police then formed a battle formation in the street attempting to cordon-off the remaining roadway and block the march from continuing.  However, after a few tense minutes of standoff the protesters rushed the police and fought their way through.  Google is attempting to block this video.  WATCH:

Regarding Google's censorship, I love the line from Tyrion Lannister:

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Heh - about that protest in D.C.

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They did catch one guy with a gun there.  This excerpt from The Gateway Pundit:

Police surrounded a masked man who was armed with a firearm.

The masked man told officers where his gun was and pulled out a badge.

“Without disarming or handcuffing him, police extract him from the event.” Ford Fischer said.

“Are you under cover?” the officers asked as the man pulled out a badge.

Video and several other descriptions of the event at the link.

I love how everyone knew this was going to be a false-flag event and just stayed home.
Beclowned all the undercover agents and FBI shills.
That's what you get for trying to push a false narrative against smart people...

Nothing happening out there. I love that there were more media and police than protestors at today's "big" rally. Figured it was a false-flag operation and now all their planning and our money went for naught.  See if they try it again.

Checked the rain guage - got 1.7" of the wet stuff in the last 24 hours.  That is the most that I have seen here in the three years I have been living at this place.  A lot of rain. Even more in the mountains - no word on the snowpack yet but we should have made a good start.

Australia is starting to push-back.  From Reuters:

Australian police clash with anti-lockdown protesters, arrest nearly 270
Australia's police arrested 235 people in Melbourne and 32 in Sydney on Saturday at unsanctioned anti-lockdown rallies and several police officers were injured in clashes with protesters.

Victoria police said six officers required hospitalisation. Several officers were knocked to the ground and trampled, the police said and television footage showed.

About 700 people managed to gather in parts of Melbourne, as 2,000 officers made the city centre virtually a no-go zone, setting up checkpoints and barricades. Public transport and ride shares into the city were suspended.

In Sydney, riot squad officers, highway patrol, detectives and general duties police were also deployed to the streets, preventing large gatherings.

Here is a video of the action:

Nice to see people waking up all over the world.

Good - everyone stayed home

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Was wondering what would happen at today's false-flag operation. 
The FBI spending our tax dollars trying to re-write the American Narrative.
From the London Daily Mail:

Protesters outnumbered by police: 'Justice for J6' rally ends as just a handful of demonstrators turn up after cops launched massive operation to ensure there was no repeat of January 6

  • A sparsely attended 'Justice for J6' rally on Saturday featured more police officers and press than protesters
  • U.S. Capitol Police said there were 'approximately 400 to 450 people were inside the protest area today (excluding law enforcement)
  • About 700 were expected to attend rally to protest the federal charges being faced by the January 6th rioters
  • Police broke up protesters and counterprotesters at the rally, around the Capitol building, moving people apart before fights could break out
  • One person with a knife was arrested as were three others throughout the day
  • Hundreds of U.S. Capitol Police and federal law enforcement lined up around the Capitol building Saturday morning

A sparsely attended 'Justice for J6' rally on Saturday featured more police officers and press than protesters as a few hundred demonstrators gathered in the shadow of the Capitol building to show support for the January 6th rioters who stormed it.

A heavy police presence - officers in riot gear, plain clothes police, law enforcement on bikes and horses - awaited the crowd. Also there were counterprotesters, who carried homemade signs - one read loser which was a reference to Donald Trump, its carrier said - and 'Black Lives Matter' flags. One small group stood on a street corner, blaring the song 'FTD (F*** Donald Trump).'

Police broke up shouting matches between the two groups, moving people apart before fights could break out. There were no reports of violence amid fears the day could turn into another insurrection. One man with a knife was arrested on a weapons violation charge.

A total of four people were arrested on Saturday.

Good - they were looking for provocation.  Something to blat out on the media - those nasty right-wing fascists.

Giving them nothing was the perfect thing to do. Steal their thunder and make them look stupid.

Something to remember - the good guys

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And outta here - walkies, coffee, work

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Back in a couple of hours.

Aftermath of the storm

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The storm blew over last night - cool and heavy overcast this morning but no wind or rain.  Puget Sound Electric has 56,433 customers without power - a lot around Bellingham and Tacoma area. Island and Snohomish are down to 531 - South Camano Island is toast again.

The total for WA State is 59,195, Oregon is 16,080 and California is 14,179.  BC Hydro is around 4,300 customers.

First big storm of the season.

And sleepy

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Heading to bed now - long day today and same for tomorrow.  Two nights of not sleeping very well so dragging my sorry ass right now. Get through tomorrow and sleep in on Sunday.

The wind has let up substantially - still lots of power outages but much lower than two hours ago. The power crews up here are really good.  Farm looks good - some outages in the next town down the road but Maple Falls is pretty unscathed.

Nice email conversation with Lisa.

A simple word

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False flag action - tomorrow

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September 18th is supposed to be a day of "peaceful protest" for those still incarcerated because of the January 6th insurrection and coup attempt at the Capitol Building.  President Trump had these words at The Federalist:

In Exclusive Interview, Trump Calls Sept. 18 Rally A ‘Setup,’ Says GOP Senate Should Fire ‘Disaster’ McConnell
In an exclusive interview with The Federalist on Thursday, former President Donald Trump called for Senate Republicans to fire Mitch McConnell and elect a new leader, unloaded on “radicalized” left-wing Democrats, blasted former President George W. Bush as “one of the worst presidents ever,” and criticized current President Joe Biden’s “grossly incompetent” handling of America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan. Trump also called the planned Sept. 18 rally at the U.S. Capitol a “setup” and said media would use it as an excuse to bash Republicans regardless of its outcome.

Tomorrow's rally:

Trump also characterized the planned Sept. 18 rally at the U.S. Capitol as a “setup” meant to denigrate Republican voters regardless of what transpires.

“On Saturday, that’s a setup,” Trump said, referring to the rally. “If people don’t show up they’ll say, ‘Oh, it’s a lack of spirit.’ And if people do show up they’ll be harassed.”

I would go even further and suggest that it has all the hallmarks of a false-flag operation.  There will be the Democrat brownshirts (paid by the FBI - your tax dollars at work) dressed up in MAGA gear and breaking the law. Causing damage and hurting people.  They will be "arrested" and there will be a show trial.   Can't trust those right-wingers - look at the violence they were doing. Must clamp down on them even further. Tactics out of the 1930's coming to life again before our eyes.

Strange times...

Battening down the hatches

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Gonna be a long evening.
Puget Sound Energy (Whatcom county and Whidbey island) is showing 37,825 customers without power.

Snohomish PUD (including Camano Island) is showing 3,331 customers without power.

Both South Whidbey and South Camano are totally without.  My power is bumping a lot - momentary interruptions less than a second. Enough to cycle the UPS but not enough to require resetting the microwave or oven clock.

Now this would be downright comical...

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...if people were not getting murdered at an increasing rate.

Chicago is having a record year for gun violence:

Year to Date
Shot & Killed: 567
Shot & Wounded: 2764
Total Shot: 3331
Total Homicides: 600

And Mayor Betelguese has a plan - from the Chicago, Ill FOX affiliate:

Mayor Lori Lightfoot wants to sue Chicago gangs, seize their assets
As Chicago's gang violence spirals out of control, Mayor Lori Lightfoot is coming up with a new plan to fight back.

Lightfoot wants to hold the gangs accountable by allowing the city to sue the very people who are pulling the trigger.

Authorities want to take away the guns, cars, jewelry and money from gangs to eliminate their profit motive.

'Scuuuuuse me but the Asset Forfeiture Program has been a tool of the United States Department of Justice since 1984. I do not think that they will take kindly to Mayor Groot stepping in and trying to claim the booty for herself. More here: Asset forfeiture

Another example of someone who is perfectly credentialed for the position: Lightfoot is black, gay, knows the right people, went to the right schools.  Lightfoot is totally unqualified for the position and there is a huge difference between the two.

Signed today 234 years ago.  A good run and let's hope that we get back on track for another couple hundred years at least.  Been sidetricked recently with corruption and Marxism.  Need to get the adults back in the room again.

Two headlines with links to get you started:

Actually, quite an amazing document.  Giants walked the Earth back then.

Now this looks like fun - Bespoke Synth

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From here: Bespoke Synth

I love this line from the product description:

In a way, Bespoke is like if I smashed Ableton to bits with a baseball bat, and asked you to put it back together.

Their pricing matrix is fun too.

Power outages

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Whatcom County has 7,809 customers without power. Along the coast mostly.

Island County is showing 1,253 customers without power - mostly on Camano Island

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So far so good for where I am - just a minor bump earlier this afternoon.  See how it is for the next 24 hours.  Got the candles out and checked the fireplace for matches and kindling. Not my first rodeo.

...people should listen.  From the London Daily Mail:

FDA panel votes 16-2 AGAINST recommending to approve Pfizer booster shots to healthy people under 65 because there is not enough evidence they are safe and effective

    • The FDA's advisory committee voted 16-2 to not recommend approval of Covid booster shots of Pfizer's vaccine for healthy people under age 65
    • Members said there was not enough evidence that a third dose was safe and effective for use in all Americans
    • A second vote unanimously approved booster shots for specific groups including those aged 65 and older at high risk due to their jobs
    • Pfizer said data suggested efficacy of two doses declines from 96.2% to 83.7% after six months but that a third dose boosts antibody levels
    • FDA officials have previously expressed doubt about the need for extra doses and say the vaccines are still highly effective against severe disease and death

An independent panel at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has voted unanimously to recommend approval of booster doses for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine - but only for specific at-risk groups.

These groups include older adults aged 65 and older and those who are at high risk of developing a severe case of the virus.

It comes after a first vote Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) was 16-2 against boosters for all healthy Americans.

Members said said there was not enough evidence that a third dose was safe and effective for use in people under age 65.

Not exactly confidence building...

And back for the day

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Blustery outside - the power went out for a short while while I was at the thrift store. No problems there but had to reset a couple of clocks when I got back home. Forecast for quite the storm.

Making a big bowl of carrot / ginger / lentil soup - late lunch/early dinner.  See what is happening on the internet...

Outta here - busy day

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Quick surf turned into 45 minutes of nothing.

Back in a few hours...

Get them young - the dead

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Interesting news out of Baltimore, Maryland.  A once proud city, now a liberal shithole.
From FOX News:

Bombshell allegations at another City school -Dead students enrolled, Classes didn't exist
A former Baltimore City Schools principal says she believes there’s an organized effort in City Schools to push kids through the system at any cost, even if it means enrolling them in classes that don’t exist. The allegations come as the school district is under fire over so-called ghost students, and now, ghost classes.

Angel Lewis tells Fox45 News she was recruited by Baltimore City Schools in 2016 and brought in to help a troubled school east Baltimore. She says North Avenue knew about ghost student and ghost classes, years ago, because she told them.

Lewis has watched over the past few months as Project Baltimore exposed the massive scandal at Augusta Fells Savage in west Baltimore. For her, it seemed all too familiar.

Why do they do this?  How big is the problem?

By keeping students enrolled, a school can increase the funding it receives from taxpayers. At Claremont, that included students who were dead.

“One of the teachers even mentioned to me that she attended the funeral,” said Lewis.

When Lewis took over, she says 130 students were enrolled at Claremont, but only about 30 were attending the school. Ghost students, as they’re called by educators, are only enrolled on paper.

Getting the taxpayer money - hire your friends, spend money on fun projects.
Probably a little bit of embezzlement in there for good measure.

Meanwhile, the school children are being pushed out the door with worthless diplomas and zero education.  Wonderful way to launch someone into their lives. Give them the foundation they need to make something of themselves.

Democrat-run America.

Raining lightly - calm before the storm

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Literally.  Heading out in 30 minutes or so for an abbreviated dog walk and the usual.  Thrift store today and tomorrow.

Quick surf first - got to see what's happening out there...

And it's lights out for me

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Watch a few videos and then to bed.  Working at the thrift store tomorrow and Saturday so need to get my coffee fix first. Dog walk, etc...

Two quick points of clarification:
►from the previous post: Kerala has a population of around 35 million. Uttar Pradesh is around 200 million
►in Indian measurement, one lakh (something) is 100,000 (something); one crore equals 100 lakh or 10,000,000

From Hindustan Times:

33 districts in Uttar Pradesh are now Covid-free: State govt
Overall, the state has a total of 199 active cases, while the positivity rate came down to less than 0.01 per cent

There are no active cases of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in 33 districts of Uttar Pradesh, the state government informed on Friday. About 67 districts have not reported a single new case of the viral infection in the last 24 hours, the government said, noting the steady improvement of the Covid-19 situation in the state.

0.01% is less than statistical noise. Some numbers:

Overall, the state has a total of 199 active cases, while the positivity rate came down to less than 0.01 per cent. The recovery rate, meanwhile, has improved to 98.7 per cent. As per the state's health bulletin, Uttar Pradesh reported only 11 new Covid-19 cases and zero deaths in the last 24 hours. The fresh cases came out of 2.26 lakh samples that were tested in the last 24 hours. As of Friday, the state government has conducted 7.42 crore tests, according to the data published by Uttar Pradesh's health department.

So that is 226,000 tests in the last 24 hours with 199 positives. As of Friday, the state government had tested 74,200,000 people or about 37% of the population of U.P..

The one difference?  A Nobel Prize winning Horse and Cow De-wormer. They are vaccinating in Uttar Pradseh as well but Ivermectin is a prominent part of the treatment and the prophylaxis.

In India, the state of Kerala has a very tourist-driven economy.  Therefore, they are catering to the wishes of the westerners coming to visit and spend money. This includes a high rate of vaccination and following the "western" protocols for Covid prophylaxis.  Other states in India, not so much.  The numbers are interesting.  Here is a three-part series in California's The Desert Review. They all have lots of links to original sources and data - the third one is where he goes into India in great detail.

From the third story: The Lesson of Kerala

The New York Times reported India’s colossal drop in COVID cases was unexplainable, while the BBC declared that Kerala’s rise was also a mystery. While new cases of COVID in Uttar Pradesh are rare as million-dollar lottery tickets, in Kerala, a tiny state located in southern India, new daily cases are the same as the United States, nearly one case per thousand. Yet, as we have seen in this series, there has been a curious media blackout on India’s overall success against COVID.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-58054124

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/30/briefing/coronavirus-delta-mysteries.html

"Kerala has been reporting over 22,000 new COVID infections in the last three days. No other state in India is even close to the 10,000 mark. The COVID conundrum in the southern state has led to several questions, with no certain answers."

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/this-may-explain-why-covid-cases-are-still-soaring-in-kerala/articleshow/84862049.cms

The Times of India published this statement on July 29. Kerala has continued to have the majority of new daily cases and almost 25% of India's daily deaths despite a population of 34 million, less than 3% of India's total population.

A bit more:

"Uttar Pradesh was the first state in the country to introduce large-scale prophylactic and therapeutic use of Ivermectin. In May-June 2020, a team at Agra led by Dr. Anshul Pareek, administered Ivermectin to all RRT team members in the district on an experimental basis. It was observed that NONE OF THEM developed COVID-19 despite being in daily contact with patients who had tested positive for the virus," Uttar Pradesh State Surveillance Officer Vikssendu Agrawal said.

https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/lucknow/uttar-pradesh-government-says-ivermectin-helped-to-keep-deaths-low-7311786/

Kind of hard to argue with the facts. Kind of hard to believe our mainstream media after all the bullshit they have been handing us for the last 12-15 years.  It is bad enough that they are willing accomplices to one political party in this Nation but that they lie to us and when we do not believe them, they ratchet up the volume louder and louder, more hyperbolic.  Take a step back and really read what they are saying - it is lunacy.

I think that people will look back on this time and call it: "the crazy years" or something a little more to the point.  We have gone off the rails. We need to get some adults back in the room STAT.

About the coming deluge

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Cliff Mass posted some more info about this weekend's deluge. Here is a photo of what is heading our way:

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Wet in anyone's book...

Standing up to the Marxists - Hudson, Ohio

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The Hudson Mayor went animal on the school board - from the London Daily Mail:

Ohio mayor tells ENTIRE school board to resign or 'face child pornography charges' after teachers gave children writing prompt to 'write a sex scene you wouldn't show your mom'

    • Hudson, Ohio Mayor Craig Schubert delivered the harsh ultimatum on Monday
    • Threatened charges against entire school board if they don't resign
    • Parents are outraged over book of writing prompts given to kids aged 17
    • Prompts include raunchy sexual themes such as 'an X-rated Disney scenario'
    • 'Write a sex scene you wouldn't show your mom' another prompt urges
    • Schubert claimed that the material amounted to child pornography

A mayor in Ohio has threatened the city's entire school board with criminal charges unless they resign over highly sexual writing prompts that teachers gave to underage students.

Hudson Mayor Craig Schubert delivered the harsh ultimate during a school board meeting on Monday, garnering loud applause from outraged parents who also spoke out on the topic given to children aged 17.

The meeting?

'It has come to my attention that your educators are distributing essentially what is child pornography in the classroom,' fumed Mayor Schubert during public comments.

'I've spoken to a judge this evening and she's already confirmed that. So I'm going to give you a simple choice: either choose to resign from this board of education or you will be charged,' the mayor added.

The mayor then rose from the microphone and stormed out of the meeting, to loud cheers and applause from parents in the audience.

The Mayor is doing his job.  Representing his constituency.
I do not think he will have to worry about getting re-elected...

Life in the worker's paradise - California

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In the wake of all the black/brown-outs, they are banning (among other things) portable gasoline generators.
I present for your interest, California Bill: AB-1346 Air pollution: small off-road engines

SECTION 1. (a) The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(1) Small off-road engines (SORE), which are used primarily in lawn and garden equipment, emit high levels of air pollutants, including oxides of nitrogen (NOx), reactive organic gases (ROG), and particulate matter (PM). NOx and ROG together contribute to formation of ozone, a criteria pollutant with a national ambient air quality standard set by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) and a California ambient air quality standard and that has adverse impacts on health. Currently, California exceeds U.S. EPA and state standards for ozone in many areas, including the South Coast Air Basin, the San Francisco Bay area, and the County of Sacramento. NOx also contributes to formation of PM, which, along with directly emitted PM, has direct negative health impacts. PM also has an air quality standard set by the U.S. EPA and the state. Many areas in California also currently fail to meet PM standards, including the South Coast Air Basin and the San Joaquin Valley Air Basin.

So no more small engines are to be sold after January 1, 2024

Signs of the times

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Saw this while driving yesterday:

W - with
O - out
K - knowledge or
E - experience

Kind of sums it up - doesn't it...

Well crap - RIP Sir Clive Sinclair

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The guy who invented one of the more popular small computers.  I still have mine:

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From The Guardian:

Home computing pioneer Sir Clive Sinclair dies aged 81
Sir Clive Sinclair, the inventor and entrepreneur who was instrumental in bringing home computers to the masses, has died at the age of 81.

His daughter, Belinda, said he died at home in London on Thursday morning after a long illness. Sinclair invented the pocket calculator but was best known for popularising the home computer, bringing it to British high-street stores at relatively affordable prices.

Many modern-day titans of the games industry got their start on one of his ZX models. For a certain generation of gamer, the computer of choice was either the ZX Spectrum 48K or its rival, the Commodore 64.

Belinda Sinclair, 57, told the Guardian: “He was a rather amazing person. Of course, he was so clever and he was always interested in everything. My daughter and her husband are engineers so he’d be chatting engineering with them.”

He left school at 17 and worked for four years as a technical journalist to raise funds to found Sinclair Radionics.

Genius - also invented a very quirky and fun electric vehicle and a lot of other things.

Got this little bundle of joy from The Weather Channel:

Gale Warning from FRI 5:00 AM PDT until FRI 5:00 PM PDT

WHAT...Southeast winds 25 to 35 kt.

WHERE...East Entrance U. S. Waters Strait Of Juan De Fuca and Northern Inland Waters Including The San Juan Islands.

WHEN...From 5 AM to 5 PM PDT Friday.

IMPACTS...Strong winds will cause hazardous seas which could capsize or damage vessels and reduce visibility.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Gale Warning means winds of 34 to 47 knots are imminent or occurring. Operating a vessel in gale conditions requires experience and properly equipped vessels. It is highly recommended that mariners without the proper experience seek safe harbor prior to the onset of gale conditions.

And Cliff Mass has this - looks like the farm is going to get a little wet this weekend:

Heavy Rain and Rapidly Rising Rivers: The Details on the Friday/Saturday Inundation
If you were planning to take a hike on Friday, forget it. Thinking about painting your house? No way.

It is going to be very, very wet on Friday and early Saturday, and I suspect some daily precipitation records will be broken.

But let me give you the details.

Let's start by showing you the latest accumulated precipitation totals forecast by the European Center model for the period ending 5 PM Sunday. Virtually all of the mountainous areas of the region will get more than 2 inches, with some being hit by 5 or more (particularly the Olympics and North Cascades).

Good - we can certainly use the rain.  Build up the snowpack for next summer as well as a base for this year's skiing.

Fsck Joe Biden

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Becoming quite the popular chant at sporting events, etc...
From Borepatch:

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Looks like a COVID "Death Panel" to me

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A non-vaccine treatment is effective so what do they do? Limit its availability to "problem" states.
From Breitbart:

Biden Administration Send Less than Half the Lifesaving Antibody Treatment Needed to Florida
The Biden administration this week slashed the doses of lifesaving coronavirus antibody treatment to Florida, giving the state less than half of what is needed for a routine week, prioritizing “equitable distribution” — a move some suspect is a form of revenge against Republican governors whom the president vowed to get “out of the way.”

The Biden administration this week began to cut the distribution of monoclonal antibodies to red states, such as Florida and Alabama, contending those states, including Texas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, and Louisiana, are comprising too big a share of the supply in recent weeks — 70 percent.

“HHS will determine the amount of product each state and territory receives on a weekly basis,” a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said.

The real virus is the Democrats.

I have nothing for you

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What can I say - read the internet from one end to the other this morning and nothing grabbed my attention.

Heading out for the morning routine - dog walk, coffee, bank, library and some errands and then home to do paperwork and some phone calls. Getting ready for yet another dump run as well as taking some stuff to the thrift store when I am there tomorrow.

Back in a few hours - see if anything has hit the fan then...

Some interesting news - Canary Islands

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The Canary Islands are volcanic - still very active.  If they let go, they are lined up perfectly to launch the mother of all tsunamis right at our East Coast. I will miss Boston - there are some fun places there.  Cape Cod, Cape Ann, the North Shore. Maine.  But, if NYC and DC get taken out too?  I will not shed too many tears.  Two headlines:

Interesting times...

Heh - try to push the narrative and...

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...and reality pushes back.  From 90 Miles:

Detroit News Station’s Appeal For Stories About Unvaccinated Loved Ones Dying of COVID Gets an Unexpected Response
A Detroit News station’s Facebook query about COVID-19 got an unexpected response when users swamped their comment section with stories that directly contradicted their desired narrative.

“After the vaccines were available to everyone, did you lose an unvaccinated loved one to COVID-19?” WXYZ-TV inquired in the Sept. 10 post. “If you’re willing to share your family’s story, please DM us your contact information. We may reach out for a story we’re working on.”

After WXYZ-TV posted its appeal for stories about unvaccinated loved ones dying of COVID, something remarkable happened.

Thousands of Facebook users shared stories describing alarming vaccine side effects, or posted about fully vaxed loved ones dying of the coronavirus. The viral post appears to have become a popular forum for victims of the vaccines to share their stories.

“My daughter 33 years old died 10 days after getting the shot,” wrote one distraught mother. “She had a enlarged heart and she had a terminal lung disease pulmonary hypertension!”

“My mother passed away 3 weeks ago from covid… she was fully vaxxed back in January,” another woman wrote.

Below is a small sampling from the thousands of Facebook comments that describe severe events that happened after vaccination.

More at the site. The post has 80,000 comments and most of them are critical of the vaccines.

More at American Greatness - the story is getting some traction.  Good.

So true - add Marconi to this as well

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Tesla is one of my heroes.  The guy invented a lot of things that we take for granted - the AC single and polyphase motor, the system of power generation, transmission and distribution that the world uses today, fluorescent light, radio (demonstrated a much more complex version several years before Marconi's three dots). He played around with and took X-Ray images before Roentgen's paper (complained about the radiation burns too).  The number of products this guy invented that we still use today boggles the mind.

This cartoon only begins to sum it up:

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Barkey's family tree

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Turns out Obama's Mom has two separate slave-owners in their history. Wonder if he will be canceled.

More - story developing but this was first discovered in 2008. Buried?

And back to the island - lots accomplished

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Drove the Highlander up - didn't bring anything back down but got a lot done up there.  More crap in the dumpster, met with some people, etc...

Having some apple slices with fresh-ground peanut butter for a light dinner. Stopped at the coop and ground it myself 45 minutes ago. Yummy.

Looks like California will continue its slide into the sea of irrelevance.  Newsom's recall election was hacked.  Of course.

Surf a bit and then unpack the car.

Some good news - stupid totalitarians

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The government of Australia are turning into rabid totalitarians over that Chinese flu. Limiting people's alcohol, enforcing masks, banning outdoor events, etc...  One hallmark of totalitarianism is stupidity.  The people who want to implement this are generally not that well endowed in the brains department.

From ZD Net: (In Oz, the Labor party are the Conservatives)

Labor says government's digital vaccine passport is six months behind schedule
The Labor Party has criticised the federal government's handling of the newly announced Digital Passenger Declaration (DPD), calling for more transparency around the yet-to-be-released platform.

"[Prime Minister Scott] Morrison needs to be clear about what the federal government is paying for, how much it is paying, when it will be delivered, and who will own the capability," Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs Andrew Giles said.

"This project is already six months late -- the contract was supposed to be awarded and successful provider announced in March 2021," he claimed.

Let's hope that they don't blow any more money until they get some adults back in the room.

ZD Net?  Started off as Ziff / Davis Publishing company - they did a lot of the early computer magazines.

Tow staff members had enough and went to Project Veritas:
This is unreal and unfortunatley, probably only the tip of the iceberg
Issaquah, WA - a semi-ritzy suberb outside of Bellevue

BREAKING: Two Healthcare Insiders at Aegis Living Blow Whistle on Alleged Elder Abuse and Medical Fraud ... ‘Aegis Living is Grossly Taking Advantage of Severely Vulnerable Adults’ ... ‘Signature Had Been Forged Multiple Times’
Project Veritas released a new video today that features two healthcare insiders blowing the whistle on their employer, Aegis Living, for engaging in alleged elder abuse and medical fraud. 

Cassandra Renner, who worked as a Medical Technician at Aegis Living, said she came forward because she could no longer bear the corruption in her workplace.

“I came to Project Veritas because I believe that Aegis Living is grossly taking advantage of severely vulnerable adults through fraud on care plans,” Renner said.

“I don't think that the neglect is coming directly from the care managers, as much as it is coming from the facility making the choice to be short-staffed,” she said.

“We can probably, on a good day, get about 50% of what these people are paying for done.”

Scamming money off people unable to fight back has it's own special special level of Hell.
Let's hope that the administrators making these decisions get to move there soonest...

At the farm for a few days

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Up here.  Had a so-so dinner at a local restaurant and sitting here with a lump in my belly.  Oh well... Order something else next time. Spent some time this afternoon wandering through the barn and my shop figuring out the plan of action.  Looking forward to getting back up here - missed it more than I realized.

Do a bit of a surf and then get some sleep - full day tomorrow.

On the road again - farm

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Heading up for a few days.

A friend of mine is picking up an older South Bend metal lathe I sold to him.  I am upgrading to a new Grizzly so win/win. Not doing a load back down - still processing what I have here so taking the Highlander.  Planning to spend tomorrow doing triage up there. Got this nice shiny dumpster to fill up.

Reconnecting with someone I met last year - life continues to be wonderful.

And a hard rain's gonna fall

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Looks like rain this weekend - from Cliff Mass:

The First Heavy Rain Event of the Season
Everything is going to change on Friday

You know change is in the air when the National Weather Service starts warning of clogged drains and gutters, and localized debris flows.

Consider the European Center model forecast for accumulated rainfall through Sunday at 5 PM (see below).

Mama Mia! 2-4 inches in the mountains and .5-1 inch in the lowlands of Oregon and Washington. Even eastern Washington gets some decent rain.

I'l be back from the farm - should be fun. Snow level at 6,000 feet. Got my raingear out for the season.

Why not? We can just print more.

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Besides, like they said, it will be spent wisely. Yeah. London Daily Mail:

The Taliban thanks America for $64million as part of $1.2BILLION international aid package but says the US should 'have a heart' as it pleads for more

    • Acting foreign minister Amir Khan Muttaqi said money would be spent wisely
    • He asked the US to show appreciation to the Taliban for the troop withdrawal
    • Washington donated $64million with China and Pakistan also pledging aid

The Taliban has thanked the world for pledging more than a billion dollars in emergency aid to Afghanistan, and urged the US to show 'heart' by donating more.

Amir Khan Muttaqi, the regime's acting foreign minister, told a press conference the hardline Islamist group would spend donor money wisely and use it to alleviate poverty.

He was speaking a day after the United Nations said a total of $1.2billion in aid had been pledged to Afghanistan, $64million of which came from the US.

I love that they are walking right into China's hands - could not happen to a nicer group of people. If the USA kowtows and gives them this money, there will be quite the protest.  Should be interesting - Blinken and the elites are out of touch.

Markets for everything - stickers

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Put on gasoline pumps next to the price - available here:

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From the ever wonderful Daily Timewaster.

Vaccinations and Deaths - from PBS
Before 03/2021? Zero problem.

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Thanks Joe - my money

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That $20 in your wallet was just magically transmogrified into less than $19. From Breitbart:

Consumer Prices Up 5.3 Percent as Food, Fuel, and Shelter Surge Higher
Consumer prices rose again in August, albeit at a slower pace than earlier in the summer.

The Consumer Price Index rose 5.3 percent compared with a year ago, the Department of Labor said Tuesday. On a monthly basis, the CPI rose 0.3 percent.

Food prices are up 3.7% - got to keep the proles fed.  Gasoline prices are up 42.7%.

New vehicles and used vehicles are up 7.6% and 31.9% respectively.  Got to keep the car companies in business (big donors after all) but screw the little guy trying to get something to drive their familiy around.

Sec. State Blinken was before the House Foreign Affairs Committee and was asked some questions.
From The New York Post:

Blinken left tongue-tied over Hunter Biden question during House hearing
Secretary of State Antony Blinken was briefly left speechless Monday after a House Republican lawmaker asked whether he had been interviewed by the FBI in connection with Hunter Biden or dealings involving Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings.

Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) ambushed Blinken near the end of his five-minute question period during a marathon House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on the recent US withdrawal from Afghanistan.

“I just have a couple more questions for you,” Perry began. “Little off-topic here, but I think it’s interesting. How long was your recent interview with the FBI and was it a deposition?”

“I’m sorry, I don’t know to what you’re referring,” Blinken answered.

Gotta love that deer in the headlights look. Talk about in over his head.

In a deep food coma

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They do a good fish and chips.  Burgers are quite tasty too.  Boxcar

Nuclear dinner

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Have not eaten out for a long time - treating myself to some fission chips.

Just for the halibut...

Now this is interesting - OSHA

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Considering that Biden's handlers are using an OSHA regulation to mandate vaccinations.
From Conservative Treehouse:

Dept of Labor and OSHA Reverse Course, Will Not Enforce Employer Responsibility to Report COVID Vaccination Injuries
An interesting about-face from the Dept of Labor and OSHA.  Previously OSHA stated that any employer who required vaccinations must report adverse reactions as workplace injuries.  However, OSHA is now saying they will not “enforce” that record-keeping requirement until May of 2022.

Not only is the employee forced to take the jab, they lose Workman's Comp if they have a reaction.

WIN/WIN — teachers

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Very good observation - from The Liberty Daily:

Teachers Leaving Schools Over Medical Tyranny and CRT Now Have HIGH Market Value
There have been so many sad stories coming out of Pandemic Panic Theater as well as the filthy residue of anti-white racism, also known as Critical Race Theory. Teachers in particular have been hit hard as they’re being forced to decide between what they know is right and what governments, school boards, and their peers are telling them to do.

But there’s a silver lining, as Jesse Kelly from The First noted on Twitter:

I hope the teachers resigning because of COVID insanity and CRT stuff are aware of their ABSURD market value. There are MILLIONS of parents who want their kids educated by someone like you. Start a group home schooling business. Do private tutoring.”

Very true - maybe not as many additional benefits doing private tutoring (healthcare or retirement) but betting that the pay is pretty good right now for qualified teachers.

That time of the year - Fall

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Dang - I should have thought of that

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From America's Newspaper of Record:

Rednecks Dress Up As Taliban So Biden Will Give Them Billions Of Dollars In Firearms
After hearing that Biden was giving away entire arsenals of weapons to the Taliban for free, Republican rednecks throughout America are disguising themselves as the Taliban in hopes of scoring some AR-15s and maybe some Black Hawk helicopters.

Upon seeing new Taliban outposts spring up in red states throughout the country, a terrified Biden surrendered to them unconditionally.

The surrender was total and immediate, with Biden agreeing to all of the rednecks' outrageous terms such as "stop taxing us an insane amount" and "let's stop killing babies, K?"

"Republicans are just like the Taliban? Then I would like to immediately and unconditionally withdraw from their territories and surrender," Biden said to his aides. "Tell them we'll give them whatever they want. Abandon all federal personnel. We need to get out of there immediately. Leave behind all equipment and facilities. Leave no stone... turned? Whatever the expression is that makes sense here."

Biden then addressed the nation in a moving speech.

"My fellow Americans, we find ourselves in a grave situation," he said. Kamala Harris jumped up, excited, at the word "grave" but aides informed her she misunderstood the context and she sadly sat back down. "Republican redneck Taliban have taken over Kentucky and Texas and all the other red states, and we must meet all of their demands and pull out right away. This is a dark day for America, but I can assure you, it is all Trump's fault. Now, where's my pudding?"

At publishing time, sources at the White House had confirmed that Biden had given Republican rednecks over $80 billion in firearms and other military equipment.

Don't really have the space for a Black Hawk but would love a couple AR-15's and maybe a Barrett.
And ammo.  Joe - send more ammo...

Parasites - spot on

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From 90 Miles:

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If you want it done right - border wall

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From The Washington Examiner:

Texas to award border wall contract as early as this week
Texas may award a massive contract to begin building a barrier that stretches along more than 700 miles of the state’s border with Mexico as early as this week, according to the office overseeing the project.

The Texas Facilities Commission, which oversees state contracts, said in a statement it anticipates awarding the border wall project with more than $1 billion in available funding by mid-September.

The commission selected engineering firm Michael Baker International of Pennsylvania and design firm Huitt-Zollars of Dallas to team up on the project. The commissioners must vote on the decision before the contract for a program manager can be awarded, and the final monetary amount has not yet been determined. The program manager will handle the budget and determine where to build.

Four total companies expressed interest in the contract.

Very good move on their part - we are being flooded with "refugees" who do not bother to follow the existing, established steps for refugee asylum in the USA. Keep them out and let them do what every legal refugee here has done. No special privileges just because you paid some coyote to bring you across.  No living off taxpayer dollars either - learn English, assimilate, get a job.

Betting that the money will be reimbursed by FedGov once Trump or DeSantis gets elected in 2024.

Nature abhors a vacuum

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No leadership from the United States of America so the rats start scurrying out into the light of day:

From North Korea's state media: Yonhap News Agency:

N. Korea test-fires new long-range cruise missiles: state media
North Korea has successfully test-fired a new type of long-range cruise missile over the weekend, state media reported Monday, a low-level provocation amid stalled talks with the United States.

The test-firings, which took place Saturday and Sunday without leader Kim Jong-un in attendance, came right after the North held a scaled-down military parade, and appeared to be intent on demonstrating its military power in a low-level provocation without violating U.N. sanctions.

The North is banned from using ballistic technology under multiple U.N. Security Council resolutions. Cruise missiles, however, are not subject to the sanctions as they are considered less of a threat than ballistic missiles.

"The development of the long-range cruise missile, a strategic weapon of great significance.... has been pushed forward according to the scientific and reliable weapon system development process for the past two years," the official Korean Central News Agency said.

Meanwhile, in Saudi Arabia, Joe keeps making things better for the world - from Associated Press:

US pulls missile defenses in Saudi Arabia amid Yemen attacks
The U.S. has removed its most advanced missile defense system and Patriot batteries from Saudi Arabia in recent weeks, even as the kingdom faced continued air attacks from Yemen’s Houthi rebels, satellite photos analyzed by The Associated Press show.

The redeployment of the defenses from Prince Sultan Air Base outside of Riyadh came as America’s Gulf Arab allies nervously watched the chaotic withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, including their last-minute evacuations from Kabul’s besieged international airport.

While tens of thousands of American forces remain across the Arabian Peninsula as a counterweight to Iran, Gulf Arab nations worry about the U.S.’s future plans as its military perceives a growing threat in Asia that requires those missile defenses. Tensions remain high as negotiations appear stalled in Vienna over Iran’s collapsed nuclear deal with world powers, raising the danger of future confrontations in the region.

Praying that this is not the "new normal"  The election audits are coming home to roost soon.  Keeping my hopes up.

Spawn of pigs and monkeys - from the London Daily Mail:

Bin Laden’s No 2 Ayman al-Zawahiri appears in new video on 20th anniversary of 9/11 - despite rumors he died in Afghanistan in November

    • Ayman al-Zawahiri appears in new video marking 20th anniversary of 9/11
    • Video released on Saturday, according to watchdog SITE Intelligence Group
    • Zawahiri seen praising Al-Qaeda attacks against Russian troops in Syria this year
    • He also noted US military withdrawal from Afghanistan after 20 year war
    • US and Taliban agreed to military withdrawal back in February 2020
    • Security sources in Pakistan and Afghanistan claimed he died last November
    • Known to be in poor health, he was last heard from in a 9/11 anniversary message
    • Zawahiri replaced Osama bin Laden in 2011 but the group's influence has waned

Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri appeared in a new video marking the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, months after rumors spread that he was dead.

The SITE Intelligence Group that monitors jihadist websites said the video was released Saturday.

In it, al-Zawahiri said that 'Jerusalem Will Never be Judaized,' and praised Al-Qaeda attacks including one that targeted Russian troops in Syria in January.

SITE said al-Zawahiri also noted the United States military's withdrawal from Afghanistan after 20 years of war.

This could have been recorded earlier - it's not like he was holding up today's newspaper but still... Our military leadership needs to get their heads out of their butts. This shit is serious.

I love it - pronouns

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Organic farming - a nice idea

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Unless you force its implementation by fiat.  From India's The Print:

How Sri Lanka’s overnight flip to total organic farming has led to an economic disaster
Sri Lanka has been hit by a serious economic emergency even as it struggles to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic.

Dwindling foreign exchange reserves, a sinking currency and soaring food inflation have come together to create a crisis which is unprecedented even by the record of the island nation that was torn by civil war for decades.

The surge in food prices and a real fear of hoarding of essential food items was the last straw that forced President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to impose the economic emergency on 31 August under the public security ordinance.

At the root of this economic catastrophe is a bizarre overnight flip by Rajapaksa’s government on 29 April to ban the import of chemical fertilisers and any other agrochemicals to make the Indian Ocean nation the first in the world to practice organic-only agriculture.

The result: prices of daily food items like sugar, rice and onions have soared over twice, with sugar even touching record Rs 200/kg; kerosene oil and cooking gas prices are surging; tea crops are predicted to fail in October; and there are fears over a hit to production of other crucial export crops like cinnamon, pepper, rubber, cardamom, cloves, nutmeg, betel leaves, cocoa, and vanilla.

These developments come amid a 30 basis points rise in the month-on-month inflation in the country, jumping to 6 per cent in August from 5.7 per cent in July. Its foreign reserves plunged 62% to $2.8 billion in July against $7.5 billion in November 2019. Moreover, the Sri Lankan rupee has fallen 7 per cent against the US dollar this year.

Organic farming is a good thing.  When practiced correctly, it allows the earth to renew itself and it will eventually match commercial production yields with little or no need for outside chemicals. One simply does not implement it Nation-wide with no training and no fall-back options.  Damned stupid move and of course, as with any bureaucracy, there is no accountability.  The idiot responsible for this "sounds good" decision will never be held responsible for the repercussions of his action.

My "mini-rant" again:

Doing something that "sounds" good is a very liberal thing to do. There is little or no thought put into the program, all that is needed is for it to sound good. After the fact, there is no accountability. People do not do the basic research to see if this new program is actually doing what it intended to do. More often than not, it is not addressing the problem and additionally, adding some new layer of confusion and harm.

The liberal reaction when this is brought to light is to expand the offending program. They could not have made a mistake - after all, they are the brightest and the best. It must be that the program was just not given enough money or resources. They need to take the failing program and make it bigger so that it can do even more fail.

It's that damned climate change.  I knew it was up to no good. Yeah.  But...
From Pacific Northwest treasure Cliff Mass:

The Walden Wildfire and Climate Change: Why Are Major Media and Politicians Distorting the Truth?
If the nation and world are going to deal with climate change, it is essential that the public is given accurate information.

Unfortunately, a number of media outlets (e.g., the Seattle Times and NPR), politicians, and activist groups are consistently distorting the truth. There are few better examples of this problematic behavior than claims that the wildfire that destroyed the eastern Washington town of Malden in September 2020 was the result of climate change.

This blog will provide you with facts based on data, peer-reviewed papers, and government reports. You can decide whether some folks are misinforming you.

The Claims
During the past year, a number of media outlets, politicians, and climate activist groups have made unfounded claims that the Malden/Babb fire, which destroyed the town of Malden (roughly 30 miles south of Spokane) was the result of human-induced global warming.

For example, last week the Seattle Times did a long story on the Malden fire and concluded.

National Public Radio, including local NPR station KNKX, did a story with the suggestion that the fires were the result of "global warming hitting us hard."

And then there is our governor, who claimed the Malden conflagration was a "climate fire"

Cliff proceeds to slay all of these dragons with the twin swords of science and historical record. "Climate fire"? no such thing. Much more at the site - photos, links to the actual data. Facts. Inconvenient truths.

From the New York Post:

Vax mandate resignations force Lewis County General Hospital to ‘pause’ baby deliveries
Lewis County General Hospital in Lowville, NY, will temporarily stop delivering babies, after maternity-ward employees quit rather than be forced to get the COVID-19 vaccine, according to reports.

Six employees in the unit resigned over the vaccine mandate, and another seven are undecided about getting the shot, the county health system’s CEO, Gerald Cayer, said Friday, according to WWNY.

“If we can pause the service and now focus on recruiting nurses who are vaccinated, we will be able to reengage in delivering babies here in Lewis County,” he said, according to the station.

Cayer said 27 percent of the hospital’s workers — 165 employees — haven’t gotten the shot.

Good.  Stand your ground and say no to the bullies.

For the recall election - Governor Newsom is having his ass handed to him but unfortunately, the "official" ballots are telling a different story. From Los Angeles station KTLA

This fraud is going as far as the design of the ballot being used. The mail-in ballots have holes in the envelope so that the people recieving the ballots can make sure that there is a form inside.  The envelope has personal identifying information whereas the internal ballot does not.  They can check that your vote has been recieved but yet, once the envelope is opened, your actual ballot becomes anyomous.So far, so good.

Unfortunatly, the California ballot has the question: "Should Newsom be recalled" right near one of the holes so it is entire possible for anyone recieving the ballots initially to check if the vote is the one that the Democrats want and to discretly dispose of it if it is not.

The whole story with video can be found here: LA officials address mail-in ballot concerns after some decry holes found on envelopes.  More here and here.

The Democrat party does not have the popular mandate - this is why they have to cheat in order to win. They do not represent us.

0.7" so far - fall rainfall

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Went up North and went grocery shopping and drove around. The rain had stopped so it was nice going through the farmland looking at all the green.  Saw two skeins of geese in the air.  Migration season is beginning.  Looking forward to giving my new lens a workout this fall and winter.

Came home and the 24 hour precip was 0.7" - pretty respectable for the first serious rain of the season. 

Back home for the day - get some beans on to soak, laundry and clean the kitchen.  Leaving the bay room for another day.   Quick surf first...

Dave and dogs? Meet Door.

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And we are out for a couple of hours.  The rain has let up for now - great time for a dog walk.

Work in the garage.  Need to make some nectar for the hummingbirds - opening yet another 25# bag of sugar for them.

Laundry?  Decluttering and cleaning the kitchen and bay room - a work in progress.
Getting another van load ready for the dump.   That is my sunday.

Slow news day - very quiet out there

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Found three memes for the morning - two new and an old classic

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Rain — Fall

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Just under 0.4" of precip. First major rainfall of this season.  Stopped and started last evening but settled into a nice slow steady shower and has been going through the night.

Day of rest today (tomorrow too) so slept in and have no plans outside of dog walk and coffee.

Doing something, just do not know what as yet.

Why did we just walk away and turn out the lights last July first?
Here, here, here, here, here, here and here for starters.
This was Joe's first step in turning Afghanistan over to our enemy - China

Now, we see that our worst fears have been confirmed - from US News and World Report:

China Weighing Occupation of Former U.S. Air Base at Bagram
China is considering deploying military personnel and economic development officials to Bagram airfield, perhaps the single-most prominent symbol of the 20-year U.S. military presence in Afghanistan.

The Chinese military is currently conducting a feasibility study about the effect of sending workers, soldiers and other staff related to its foreign economic investment program known as the Belt and Road Initiative in the coming years to Bagram, according to a source briefed on the study by Chinese military officials, who spoke to U.S. News on the condition of anonymity.

And of course, this is not a military action - no.  Not at all.  Never even thought of the idea.

A spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry on Tuesday issued a carefully crafted denial of plans for an imminent takeover of the military airfield roughly an hour from Kabul, first established by the Soviets during their own occupation in Afghanistan and which at the height of the U.S. military presence there was its busiest in the world.

"What I can tell everyone is that that is a piece of purely false information," Wang Wenbin told reporters Tuesday morning. China has repeatedly denied many of its other military deployments beyond its borders.

Believe that and I have a nice bridge in San Francisco that you might be interested in buying.  I also had a nice one in Brooklyn, NY but a bunch of Biden supporters put together some money and bought it from me a few months ago.

What amazes me is not that our politicians are able to be bought. 
What amazes me is how cheap is their price.
A couple million to Hunter, to Pelosi, to Schumer and the deal is done.

Pitch perfect - say what you will about mass-produced beer, a nice cold Bud is perfect on a hot summer day.
Their corporate culture is pretty awesome as well - they really do treasure this Nation:

First steady rainfall

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Starting to really come down here - forecast calls for half inch or more.  It has that slow buildup and steady fall that indicates a duration of at least a couple hours. A rainfall signifying a true change of seasons.

66° F outside but it feels to be ten degrees cooler - going to turn on the HVAC a bit to take the edge off. Picked up some fresh pasta a few days ago so making some spaghetti for dinner tonight. A good night for warm carbs. Time to put the electric heating pad on the bed for the season - doing laundry tomorrow so take care of it then.

Time to clean the kitchen and bay room. Getting a bit cluttered and still have not finished emptying out the van - need to have that done by Tuesday.  Three days.

Clever hack - welding

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The primary concern is blocking ultra-violet light from the welding arc.  Just as it gives your skin sunburn, it can do a number on the cornea of your eye.  Glass does an excellent job of blocking UV light.

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About 20 years ago, a friend of mine and I went in on a decent small wire welder setup.  The first time I worked with it, I did not have a fire-proof work surface so I used the garage floor. Squatted down and welded away for the better part of the afternoon.  Wore long-sleeve sweatshirts, jeans, gloves, helmet, etc...  I forgot my feet.  I wore sandals and socks and woke up the next morning with very sunburned feet.  Hurt to walk for a few days - the skin blistered.

Joe today - his handlers are losing him

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He was trotted out to the 9/11 memorial in New York City - his actions bring to mind the old term: Senile Agitation

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Reminds me of those old advertisements for Thorazine - looks like Joe could use a dose.  Love the other faces - Bill is looking straight ahead, Hillary is shooting daggers, Barkey is saying goodbye to his legacy, Joe is being Joe, Jill is looking to Warren Bill who isn't having any of it.

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And this classic:

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A good look at Ivermectin

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Unbiased.  From Science Direct:

Ivermectin: a multifaceted drug of Nobel prize-honoured distinction with indicated efficacy against a new global scourge, COVID-19

Abstract
In 2015, the Nobel Committee for Physiology or Medicine, in its only award for treatments of infectious diseases since six decades prior, honoured the discovery of ivermectin (IVM), a multifaceted drug deployed against some of the world’s most devastating tropical diseases. Since March 2020, when IVM was first used against a new global scourge, COVID-19, more than 20 randomized clinical trials (RCTs) have tracked such inpatient and outpatient treatments. Six of seven meta-analyses of IVM treatment RCTs reporting in 2021 found notable reductions in COVID-19 fatalities, with a mean 31% relative risk of mortality vs. controls. During mass IVM treatments in Peru, excess deaths fell by a mean of 74% over 30 days in its ten states with the most extensive treatments. Reductions in deaths correlated with the extent of IVM distributions in all 25 states with p < 0.002. Sharp reductions in morbidity using IVM were also observed in two animal models, of SARS-CoV-2 and a related betacoronavirus. The indicated biological mechanism of IVM, competitive binding with SARS-CoV-2 spike protein, is likely non-epitope specific, possibly yielding full efficacy against emerging viral mutant strains.

Much more at the site.  It is worth noting that Science Direct is a division of Elsevier Publishing - a major publisher of scientific papers.  This is not a fly-by-night operation by any means. They publish The Lancet, CELL, Gray's Anatomy and some 2,500 other Journals and Publications.

And I am out - morning routine

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Back later this afternoon. Working at home. Yet another cool and cloudy day.

Twenty years ago today

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I was sitting at the bus stop waiting to go to work in downtown Seattle.  A neighbor told us what had happened.  The entire company spent the day glued to the news services - little work was done that week.  Walking along the Seattle waterfront was eerie - no airplanes. Very little vehicle or ship traffic. Dead silence. A city in shock.

That was when I began my journey.  I had been raised by academic liberals and lived in a liberal environment so did not know any better.  I started asking questions. At that time, Charles Johnson was still a conservative and was blogging at Little Green Footballs.  His comments struck home.  I found other sites and my questions were answered. Islam is a barbaric "religion" - one badly in need of a reformation.  Our government - the entire Western world was asleep to this threat.

Started this blog two years later - October 27th, 2003 and here we are today.

I will never forgive.  Never forget.

Too important to risk anything. Besides, they are above it all.  The rules are for the little people.
From Newsweek of all places:

Members of Congress and Their Staff Are Exempt From Biden's Vaccine Mandate
President Joe Biden's new vaccine mandates for federal employees don't apply to members of Congress or those who work for Congress or the federal court system.

Biden issued two executive orders on Thursday requiring vaccination against COVID for federal workers and contractors who work for the federal government. He also asked the Department of Labor to issue an emergency order requiring businesses with more than 100 employees to ensure their workers are vaccinated or tested on a weekly basis.

However, Biden's order on federal workers applies to employees of the executive branch. The House of Representatives and the Senate belong to the separate legislative branch, and the courts to the judicial branch of the federal government.

At least now we know who the "special people" are...

The original is lost to time but this is a 'reconstruction' and it hangs vertically. Rotated 90° to save space.

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From Infogalactic:

The Oriflamme (from Latin aurea flamma, "golden flame") was the battle standard of the King of France in the Middle Ages. It was originally the sacred banner of the Abbey of St. Denis, a monastery near Paris. When the oriflamme was raised in battle by the French royalty during the Middle Ages, most notably during the Hundred Years War, no prisoners were to be taken until it was lowered. Through this tactic they hoped to strike fear into the hearts of the enemy, especially the nobles, who could usually expect to be taken alive for ransom during such military encounters.

Remember this part:  "no prisoners were to be taken until it was lowered"  Should Civil War II need to happen, these would be handy to have.  If push came to shove, I bet people like Schiff, Nadler, Schumer, Pelosi, AOC, Newsom, the squad, etc... would squeal like pigs. Videos replayed over and over and passed around the dark net (the Internet routes around damage dontcha-know)

Looked for one on Amazon and they do not carry it. Lots of board games and a couple of fun flags but nothing like this. I see the need for a cottage industry...

As Australia slips into totalitarianism

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From their Department of Health - Therapeutic Goods Administration:

New restrictions on prescribing ivermectin for COVID-19
Today, the TGA, acting on the advice of the Advisory Committee for Medicines Scheduling, has placed new restrictions on the prescribing of oral ivermectin. General practitioners are now only able to prescribe ivermectin for TGA-approved conditions (indications) - scabies and certain parasitic infections. Certain specialists including infectious disease physicians, dermatologists, gastroenterologists and hepatologists (liver disease specialists) will be permitted to prescribe ivermectin for other unapproved indications if they believe it is appropriate for a particular patient.

These changes have been introduced because of concerns with the prescribing of oral ivermectin for the claimed prevention or treatment of COVID-19. Ivermectin is not approved for use in COVID-19 in Australia or in other developed countries, and its use by the general public for COVID-19 is currently strongly discouraged by the National COVID Clinical Evidence Taskforce, the World Health Organisation and the US Food and Drug Administration.

Ivermectin is about as benign a drug as you can get.  10X the standard dose does nothing to a healthy person. Why the FUD? (fear uncertainty and doubt) Are they afraid of something?  Are their rice bowls being controlled by the vaccine manufacturers? Who benefits by this? Certainly not Australian citizens.

If an Australian citizen is getting a Doctor's prescription for Ivermectin, then, they will certainly be getting it in the correct dosage for their body mass.  No? No overdose danger at all.

Tip of the hat to Sundance at Conservative Treehouse for the link.

Unnh Joe? About that message?

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Just the headline is unreal.  From Breitbart:

Joe Biden Marks 20th Anniversary of 9/11 Criticizing ‘Dark Forces’ in America Against ‘Peaceful Religion’ of Islam
President Joe Biden marked the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks by criticizing Americans for the anti-Muslim anger that occurred in the United States after the attacks took place.

“We also witnessed the dark forces of human nature. Fear and anger. Resentment and violence against Muslim-Americans — true and faithful followers of a peaceful religion,” Biden said in a prerecorded video published for the occasion.

The president said that the principle of “unity” in the country was endangered by the attacks but ultimately prevailed.

This is what his handlers chose to have him say on this date? How much is China paying these people?

Over 2,400 comments so you can tell this has hit a nerve.

Unnh Jen? About your Press Briefing today?

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Jen Psaki is having a little trouble with FOX News reporter Peter Doocy asking some inconvenient questions.
This is an ongoing problem - he likes to pin her down to statements of fact including this howler.
Tip of the hat to RedState for the transcript - they also have video and some more examples:

Doocy: “Why is it that you’re trying to require anybody with a job or anybody who goes to school to get the COVID-19 vaccine, but you’re not requiring that of migrants that continue walking across the southern border into the country?”

Psaki: “Well, look, our objective is to get as many people vaccinated across the country as humanly possible. And so the president’s announcement yesterday was an effort to empower businesses to give businesses the tools to protect their workforces. That’s exactly what we did. But certainly, we want everybody to get vaccinated, and [the] more people are vaccinated, whether they are migrants or whether they are workers, protects more people in the United States.”

Doocy: “But it’s a requirement for people at a business with more than 100 people, but it’s not a requirement for migrants at the southern border. Why?”

Psaki: “That’s correct.”

Yeah - about that. Several thousand people each month coming into this Nation and being bussed and flown all over.  Living off our tax dollars. Not being vaccinated. Why? Who is paying off Biden's handlers?  Who is paying off Schumer and Pelosi?

Unnh Joe? About the Pfizer vaccine?

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Meet Chrissy Clark. She is a staff writer for The Daily Wire. She reports on higher education and college campus issues. Her work is also featured in The Washington Free Beacon, The Federalist and The Daily Signal.

Vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine and she is sick with COVID. For her third time.

So this is now mandatory by your fiat?

Unnh Joe? About that drone strike?

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Yannow the one who took out the suicide bomber a month ago? From The New York Times:

Times Investigation: In U.S. Drone Strike, Evidence Suggests No ISIS Bomb
It was the last known missile fired by the United States in its 20-year war in Afghanistan, and the military called it a “righteous strike” — a drone attack after hours of surveillance on Aug. 29 against a vehicle that American officials thought contained an ISIS bomb and posed an imminent threat to troops at Kabul’s airport.

But a New York Times investigation of video evidence, along with interviews with more than a dozen of the driver’s co-workers and family members in Kabul, raises doubts about the U.S. version of events, including whether explosives were present in the vehicle, whether the driver had a connection to ISIS, and whether there was a second explosion after the missile struck the car.

And the reality:

Times reporting has identified the driver as Zemari Ahmadi, a longtime worker for a U.S. aid group. The evidence suggests that his travels that day actually involved transporting colleagues to and from work. And an analysis of video feeds showed that what the military may have seen was Mr. Ahmadi and a colleague loading canisters of water into his trunk to bring home to his family.

While the U.S. military said the drone strike might have killed three civilians, Times reporting shows that it killed 10, including seven children, in a dense residential block.

Much more at the site.  Some excellent reporting. Our soldiers are the best in the world.  Alas, their leaders are corrupt to the core. Corrupt in thought, word and deed. Time for heads to roll but not until the deep-state gets its power revoked. We need to start turning over the rocks and see what slithers out of the light. Evil is afoot.

Unnh Joe? About those rifles?

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And back home for now

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But I need to run a few errands and the farmer's market is today as well.

Lunch is done - back in an hour or so.  Fun day at the store this morning. Got some regular customers - was thinking of setting up a coffee machine as people like hang out and shoot the shit.

Mailing out a care package out to a good friend stuck in California until next spring.

Another day, another pile 'o crap

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Working at the thrift store this morning after walkies and coffee. Unloading the van and triage later this afternoon.

Thinking that I will move back to the farm.  I really like it down here but the farm keeps calling me.  Aim for next spring. Still keep doing the triage - need to lighten my load. Having the big dumpster up there will make things easier - cheaper too as the rates per ton are less for a bin that size than even as an Island County resident for our transfer station down here.

Nuttin' much happening out there.  Nineteen states have announced that they are filing lawsuits against the Biden admin for yesterday's vaccine diktat. Trying to run it through OSHA shows that they know they do not have a leg to stand on.

Spew will resume in a couple of hours...

That will leave a mark - Fauci

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From Vlad Tepes:

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More at the site - a good collection.

First The Speech - Biden

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Gave a thundering speech yesterday and today? Commissar Biden is singlehandedly raising everybody's prices.
Is there nothing that our Great and Fearless Leader can not do?  From Breitbart:

Producer Prices Soar a Record 8.3% as Bidenflation Runs Hotter Than Expected
Prices charged by U.S. businesses jumped higher than expected in August, data from the Department of Labor said Friday.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Producer Price Index rose 0.7 percent compared with July. Compared with a year ago, the index is up 8.3 percent, the fastest pace of price increases in data going back to 2010.

Economists had forecast PPI to rise by 0.6 percent on a monthly basis, down from the one percent rise reported for July and June. On an annual basis, prices were expected to be up 8.3 percent.

Prices for “final demand” services—those used for personal consumption or exports—rose 0.7 percent. The index for final demand goods moved up 1.0 percent.

And of course, take these numbers and multiply them by three for something approximating the real numbers.

Expecting nothing less from this regime.

Nice doggies

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From Instapundit's overnight thread:

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A thought...

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I get them from time to time.  More cause for an Uh Oh than a celebration.

The progressives are balkanizing us - splitting us into groups so we can be pitted against each other.

Racism is back in fashion. Us v/s them. Socialists v/s the job creators. The latest educational theories.

If we are too busy with that, then we would not stand together and unite against the Deep State.

My thought?
Biden's speech today was pitting the vaccinated against the unvaccinated.

As Afghanistan fails? Blame the unvaccinated.

The economy tanks? It is all the unvaccinated people messing things up.

Job market down?  It's them. Those people. Their fault.  They are why we can't have nice things.

It is stunning to see again and again how stupid Biden's handlers are.  Out of touch with reality.
Out of touch with America and Americans.

But there is hope

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Sundance offers some wonderful words - spot on:

Oh Noes, Don’t Throw Me in The Briar Patch Mr. Biden
Perhaps it’s because we have been discussing this moment for over a decade; or perhaps it’s because we’ve already chosen our tribe amid this league of crazy; or perhaps it’s just because we don’t like ‘them’ in the first place; but whatever it is, this announcement today by the White House to cleave society into vaxxed -vs- non-vaxxed status is actually a little funny. Good luck with it.

Eyes of a mouse. Ears of an elephant. Heart of a lion, and the mindset of an insurgent.

This ain’t new. Or as we say amid my social circle: “We done knew.”

The White House claims that 80 million Americans are unvaccinated, and we are now the enemy of the state.  OK, whatever.   When you get all done with the teeth gnashing part, I’m still unvaxxed.   And if I’m no longer permitted to engage in a social construct that I have been studiously avoiding for the past few decades, well, meh…. a’right then, punish me by barring me from living life amid the Federal Moonbats.   The federal compliance and enforcement part of the mandated worker vaccination will be fun to watch.

And warming to their line of thought:

They can never think clearly through the details of their dictates because they have never operated/lived in the place where the outcomes of those dictates surface. They make rules that are never implemented within their own tribe; this fact makes them extremely vulnerable.

Cleaving society ain’t necessarily a bad thing when my tribe wants nothing to do with you in the first place.

When the SHTF (sh!t hits the fan), these ruling elite types, and those who look down their noses at the unwashed WalMart shoppers, are the first culled by natural selection because they cannot function in a world where their basic needs are not serviced by others.

Stuff yourself into a box filled with like-minded vaccinated intellectuals filled with artificial airs-and-graces; meanwhile me and my tribe, who can clean up well and hold discussion in the snob-set but choose not to, will be having a grand time laughing and enjoying fellowship on the tailgate of a pickup truck.

More at the site - as I said, interesting times...

New. World. Order.

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She really said those words in that order - Australia's Public Health chief Dr. Kerry Chant.

Biden's speech - some excerpts

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Other bloggers are doing an excellent job of excerpting some of the howlers from today's speech.

Gateway Pundit:

“I Will Use My Power to Get Them Out of the Way” – Tyrant Joe Biden Vows to Bully, Harass GOP Governors who Refuse His Vaccine Rules
Joe Biden threatened Republican governors on Thursday to follow his rules or, “I will use my power to get them out of the way.”

Joe Biden went after anyone who stood in his way on Thursday. You either agree with him and follow his unconstitutional orders or you will be destroyed.

Joe Biden, “let me be blunt. My plan also takes on elected officials in states that are undermining you… Talk about bullying the schools. If these governors won’t help us beat the pandemic, I will use my power as president to get them out of the way.”

Why yes, he did just say what I thought he said. From Newsweek:

Marjorie Taylor Greene Invokes Nazi-Era Medical Code in Opposing Biden Vaccine Mandate
Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia pushed back on a looming vaccine mandate, claiming that it violated a World War II-era medical code that addressed medical crimes against humanity.

President Joe Biden is expected to sign an executive order requiring federal employees and contractors to be vaccinated against COVID-19 on Thursday. The goal is to use employment as an incentive for people to get vaccinated in an effort to curb the pandemic, but the requirement has faced backlash for being seen as an encroachment on people's ability to make their own medical decisions.

Ahead of Biden signing the executive order, Greene posted on Twitter, "We don't take orders from Fascist in my office," adding, "Remember the Nuremberg Code Joe?"

Yeah - the Nuremberg code is a thing.  It was codified into law in the 1940's and it is still on the books today. Simple really:

    1. Required is the voluntary, well-informed, understanding consent of the human subject in a full legal capacity.
    2. The experiment should aim at positive results for society that cannot be procured in some other way.
    3. It should be based on previous knowledge (like, an expectation derived from animal experiments) that justifies the experiment.
    4. The experiment should be set up in a way that avoids unnecessary physical and mental suffering and injuries.
    5. It should not be conducted when there is any reason to believe that it implies a risk of death or disabling injury.
    6. The risks of the experiment should be in proportion to (that is, not exceed) the expected humanitarian benefits.
    7. Preparations and facilities must be provided that adequately protect the subjects against the experiment’s risks.
    8. The staff who conduct or take part in the experiment must be fully trained and scientifically qualified.
    9. The human subjects must be free to immediately quit the experiment at any point when they feel physically or mentally unable to go on.
    10. Likewise, the medical staff must stop the experiment at any point when they observe that continuation would be dangerous.

1,2 - violation.  3? First use of mRNA vaccines on humans (VAERS). 4,5 - violation 6 - quibble. 7 - experimental and no liability for the manufacturer. 8 - OK. 9 - violation, 10 - not seeing it. So yes, The Nuremberg Code Joe...

Betting that lots more will show up soon. Hey - at least the prole's minds are off the Afghanistan screwup.

Zero Hedge:

Biden Unveils Most Severe COVID Actions Yet: Mandates Vax For All Federal Workers, Contractors, & Large Private Companies

They have compiled a bunch of people's reactions. Got to love Psaki gathering her papers and bailing out on a very simple question.

Interesting times...

And dinner time for everyone

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Drove up to Costco this afternoon - out of dog food...

Heating up some of the beef stew for dinner.  Half a toasted baguette to go with.

Nothing much happening out there.  Listened to parts of Biden's speech today and still fuming.  Overreach. They want to grab control. How much more will We The People stand before things get out of hand.

Haven't seen much from Antifa lately except for their usual training sessions on the West Coast. They shot a guy in Olympia, WA a week or so ago. Just an injury but how much longer until someone gets killed.  Oh. Wait

The lawsuits will be interesting to follow - time for a big bowl of popcorn.

Biden's speech today - COVID

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The hands inside this puppet are seriously overreaching. Using power that they do not have.

Good day to be a lawyer...

This is going to have repercussions.  Big repercussions. I do not think the tyrants realize what they are fscking with.
From news.com.au:

NSW Health limits residents of locked-down tower block to six beers per day
Residents in apartment blocks locked-down by NSW Health are having their alcohol deliveries policed as part of a policy to limit the number of drinks being consumed each day.

NSW Health has imposed rules limiting people in “NSW Health controlled buildings” to a certain amount of alcohol each day in a bid to “ensure the safety of health staff and residents”.

And it gets worse:

Residents of the social housing estate have complained that care packages sent by friends and relatives have been searched before they are delivered.

“They are searching all bags and things coming into the building … They confiscated a series of gifts. So things like bottles of spirits, we weren’t allowed to have those and we still (aren’t),” Common Ground resident Robin Elhaj said.

And the grounds for this action?

However it is unclear what powers NSW Health has to limit the delivery of alcohol to people isolating in their own homes; public health orders do not mention alcohol limits.

Australia ranks at #11 on this list: List of countries by beer consumption per capita
Eastern Europe (Czech Republic, Austria, Germany Estonia, Poland, etc... are the first ten)

I think that this will be the straw that breaks the tyrant's back.  30 years from now, we will be reading about the Great Beer War of 2021 and how sanity returned to the world.

Nothing rises above the noise floor to catch my eye.

Woke up this morning around 6:00 AM and it was completely fogged in.  Very eerie but very beautiful. Was halfway tempted to get my light-saber a laser and play around but went back to bed and napped for another hour. Starting to burn off and the forecast is for partly cloudy.  Perfect day for unloading the truck and working in the yard.

There is a nice park by the water - heading there with the dogs. Too many people on the weekends but during the week, it is gorgeous. Lots of birds.  Planning to take my new lens there someday when there is good seeing.

are coming for the un-vaccinated.  From My Pensieve:

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A bit of history. A bit of truth.

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There is a reason the radical leftists try to cancel our past.  They do not want us to know our history.  If we learn our history, we would see that every time that the leftists have succeeded in implementing one of their plans, it has failed.  Epically failed. With tragic results.

Rather than change their plans, they try the same things over and over again hoping for a different outcome.
President Trump had this to say:

Just watched as a massive crane took down the magnificent and very famous statue of “Robert E. Lee On His Horse” in Richmond, Virginia. It has long been recognized as a beautiful piece of bronze sculpture. To add insult to injury, those who support this “taking” now plan to cut it into three pieces, and throw this work of art into storage prior to its complete desecration.

Robert E. Lee is considered by many Generals to be the greatest strategist of them all. President Lincoln wanted him to command the North, in which case the war would have been over in one day. Robert E. Lee instead chose the other side because of his great love of Virginia, and except for Gettysburg, would have won the war. He should be remembered as perhaps the greatest unifying force after the war was over, ardent in his resolve to bring the North and South together through many means of reconciliation and imploring his soldiers to do their duty in becoming good citizens of this Country.

Our culture is being destroyed and our history and heritage, both good and bad, are being extinguished by the Radical Left, and we can’t let that happen! If only we had Robert E. Lee to command our troops in Afghanistan, that disaster would have ended in a complete and total victory many years ago. What an embarrassment we are suffering because we don’t have the genius of a Robert E. Lee!

The following has been attributed to Albert Einstein (actually no, he did not say it):

"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result"

So true. Such pretty lies - some people want to believe them.
Useful idiots. They are the first to be lined up and shot.

That's one way to catch the thief...

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From Tampa Bay, Florida's FOX News affiliate:

Milwaukee bakery burglary: Suspect charged, likeness seen on cookies
A Milwaukee man faces charges for allegedly burglarizing a bakery on the city's south side. The charges come after the bakery digitized the face of the suspect captured by surveillance video – and put it on cookies the bakery then sold.

45-year-old Dominic Kolp is charged with burglary of a building and felony bail jumping.

From the police report:

According to the complaint, interior video shows the suspect removing the cash drawer from the register. The video "shows the suspect's face with a high degree of clarity."

The cookies:

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Heh... Use what you have. Perfect.

The whole fustercluck in one panel

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Branco nails it:

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Welcome to dystopia - Los Angeles

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From The Brennan Center for Justice:

LAPD Documents Reveal Use of Social Media Monitoring Tools
The Los Angeles Police Department authorizes its officers to engage in extensive surveillance of social media without internal monitoring of the nature or effectiveness of the searches, according to the results of a public records request filed by the Brennan Center.

And it looks like this is just the beginning. More:

The documents we’re releasing were obtained as part of our effort to increase transparency and accountability for how police monitor people on social media. To that end, we filed public records act requests with the police in Los Angeles and other major cities.

And here is where the LAPD goes overboard:

Documents also show that the LAPD instructs its officers to broadly collect social media account information from those they encounter in person using field interview (FI) cards:

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Much much more at the site.  Downright Orwellian if you ask me.  What would happen to me?  I have email but closed my farceb**k and twItter and have no other accounts. Would they pressure me - thinking that I am not coming clean? Crap like this is sliding under the radar.

And back to the island again

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Did a good day's work.  Ran into a good friend from up there and he enquired about a piece of machinery (an old South Bend lathe) a deal was made and we rendezvoused at my shop and loaded a bunch of stuff into his truck.  Regardless of what I do, I will be upgrading to a better one so this is a win/win for both of us.

Decided to come home today instead of tomorrow. Tacos for dinner tonight. Quick surf while the guac thaws out.

Down on the farm

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Heading out for coffee soon - raining so working inside today.

Minimal posting. More later this evening. The rain feels wonderful - the land is opening up and drinking it all in.

Saw on the island news that one neighborhood is totally without water and another one has very low pressure.  Small island and even smaller aquifers. Lots of construction and people moving there. Push comes to shove.

That is it for tonight

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Long day tomorrow working at the farm.  Load the van up for another session of triage.  Plan for a couple of projects up here before the rains come so making lists and seeing what I have still up here. Already processed an amazing amount of crap and I am not even halfway through.

Spew will continue tomorrow - time for a few videos...

Just wonderful - Bowe Berghdahl backlash

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From Conservative Treehouse:

Four Gitmo Detainees Released in Berghdahl Swap are Now Taliban Ministers for Afghan Government – Interim Government Will Be Officially Introduced on Sept 11th
The official Taliban government of Afghanistan will be celebrated and introduced on September 11, 2021.    Four of the Afghanistan ministers appointed to government are former Gitmo detainees  released during the Obama-era swap for captured U.S. service-member Bowe Berghdahl.

The whole reason behind Guantanamo Bay is that they could house the worst of the worst away from any other people.  Incommunicado. To have these goblins in the Taliban makes the entire planet less safe.

Obama and now Biden's handlers own this and there will be Hell to pay - sooner rather than later.  It will be interesting to see how well communism deals with fundamental terrorism.  A group where the State is their god versus a group where their god is their State. Wish I could convert my assets to precious metals and move to Patagonia for the next twenty years while these morons duke it out.

In the shadow of Mount Baker. Hanging out with the conifers instead of the crabs.

A local restaurant recently reopened and is doing good food - had a very nice grilled chicken, lettuce, apple and walnut salad.  Hit the spot.

Settling in for a bit of surfing.  The pups are all a-twitter as they know that the farm is close by and that they will get to run and run and run and run tomorrow.  Sleep for days afterwards. Need to move back here just for their sake.

Surf for a bit...

Spending tonight and tomorrow at the farm. 

Van is packed for the dump - do that, hit the farmer's market and head North.

Turned into a glorious day. Looks like some evening precip up there.

Looks like Seattle will have even fewer police - from Jason Rantz at Seattle station KTTH:

Seattle Police could lose 200+ officers over vaccine mandate terminations
The Seattle Police Department has lost roughly 300 officers since last year’s push to defund. It may lose 200 more officers over Mayor Jenny Durkan’s COVID vaccine mandate.

The Jason Rantz Show on KTTH has learned that there are just over 200 officers who say they either haven’t been vaccinated against COVID or refuse to turn over their private medical data. That represents roughly 20% of the SPD’s deployable staff.

Under the vaccine mandate, city workers who do not get the shots will be terminated. The SPD, already stretched dangerously thin, cannot stand to lose any more officers.

And this is right now - not after the 200+ are fired:

The SPD is already staffed at record lows not seen since the 1980s. Consequently, proactive policing is non-existent for the majority of Seattle.

Many times, there are only about 70 officers patrolling the city on any given night. This has helped lead to a surge in violent crime with the city on pace to break the 26-year-high homicide rate set in 2020. With just over 1,000 deployable officers, the city is about 300-500 officers shy of where they hope to be.

Glad I no longer live there. Not visiting anytime soon.  Same with Portland. There is an amateur radio conference next June on the Oregon Coast and I will go out of my way to drive around Portland on my way there. Used to stop at Powell's Books but not any more.

Some fun reading ahead - The Intercept

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The Intercept filed for and recieved over 900 pages of documents pertaining to a certain lab in China.
From The Intercept:

NEW DETAILS EMERGE ABOUT CORONAVIRUS RESEARCH AT CHINESE LAB
NEWLY RELEASED DOCUMENTS provide details of U.S.-funded research on several types of coronaviruses at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China. The Intercept has obtained more than 900 pages of documents detailing the work of EcoHealth Alliance, a U.S.-based health organization that used federal money to fund bat coronavirus research at the Chinese laboratory. The trove of documents includes two previously unpublished grant proposals that were funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, as well as project updates relating to EcoHealth Alliance’s research, which has been scrutinized amid increased interest in the origins of the pandemic.

The documents were released in connection with ongoing Freedom of Information Act litigation by The Intercept against the National Institutes of Health. The Intercept is making the full documents available to the public.

“This is a road map to the high-risk research that could have led to the current pandemic,” said Gary Ruskin, executive director of U.S. Right To Know, a group that has been investigating the origins of Covid-19.

Our tax dollars at work here.  Just wonderful... An interesting point is raised:

The documents contain several critical details about the research in Wuhan, including the fact that key experimental work with humanized mice was conducted at a biosafety level 3 lab at Wuhan University Center for Animal Experiment — and not at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, as was previously assumed. The documents raise additional questions about the theory that the pandemic may have begun in a lab accident, an idea that Daszak has aggressively dismissed.

Why is he so touchy about that question.  The last link points to an article at CBS News and there is a link to a video - subscriber only.  Fortunately, there is a full transcription of the episode. They are hiding something.  This is like the Russians during the first months of Chernobyl. Wish I could watch the video as Daszak probably has a "tell" a mile wide.

Interesting article in the New York Post:

George Soros warns BlackRock’s investment in ‘repressive’ China risks US national security
Hedge fund titan George Soros on Monday slammed BlackRock for funneling billions of dollars into China — a move he said imperils clients’ money and US security.

Soros, in a Wall Street Journal op-ed, said BlackRock’s investment in China is tantamount to propping up an oppressive regime. He warned it’s “likely to lose money for BlackRock’s clients and, more important, will damage the national security interests of the US and other democracies.”

BlackRock is the world’s largest money manager, with $9.5 trillion under management.

Late last month, BlackRock introduced mutual funds in China for Chinese investors to buy after getting the green light from President Xi Jinping to launch investment products earlier this year. Shortly after getting approval, BlackRock recommended clients invest more money in China.

But even as China opens itself up to foreign investment following various trade agreements struck with the US, Soros, who’s known for supporting liberal causes through his Open Society Foundations, warns it’s a serious mistake for banks and other financial institutions to expand their presence in the nation.

Soros called out BlackRock CEO and Chairman Larry Fink as well as Blackstone CEO and chairman Stephen Schwarzman and former Goldman Sachs President John Thornton for jumping at “the prospect of business opportunities dangled by Mr. Xi.”

The Wall St. Journal is behind a paywall. Quite the sea-change. Interesting after his long career in currency arbitrage. His 1992 collapse of the British Pound reinforces my belief that he is a sociopath. His collaboration with the Nazis helping to round up his Jewish friends cements it.

Makes me wonder if he is not moving against the Yuan...

Points North but other stuff first

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Heading to the farm today but need to stop in at the thrift store as well as get some information for someone.

Usual routine first...

The United States Constitution

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As preserved by the US National Archives.  Constitution here.
Overall screen-cap of the page at this URL:

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And a little zoomy, zoom, zoom:

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Seriously?  A Harmful Language Alert?  For the United States Constitution?

Librarians are supposed to be 100% neutral.  Preserve the document and do not fscking editorialize.
Statement on Harmful Language you ask?  Here:

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And ready for its closeup:

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So the librarians at our taxpayer funded National Archives are saying that our United States Constitution has words that are racist, sexist, ableist, etc... Are they really doing the job that they were hired for?  I do not think so and I would clean house.  Get rid of the department that thought up this censorious bit of stateism - consign them to some district office in Minden, Nebraska.  Hand them a mop and a bucket and tell them that they will get a performance review in ten years or so.  If we remember them.

The rot is deep. We have much work ahead of us - time to get started cleaning it out.

Government overreach - Holland

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Big protest in Amsterdam. Media?  - - - crickets - - -
From Adam Piggott:

150,000 Dutch protest in Amsterdam
Yesterday 150,000 people took to the streets of Amsterdam to protest the government’s proposed policy of requiring vaccination as a condition to entry for businesses such as bars and restaurants. This approach mirrors the hard line already taken in France which has seen widespread unrest as a consequence.

But if the media was your main source for information, then either the Amsterdam protest did not happen or the numbers were dramatically downplayed. A colleague who attended the protest said that when he got home he turned on the main news bulletin to see how the media would spin the events in which he had firsthand knowledge.

The protest didn’t even make the news.

Corroboration:

I work with many emergency services personnel and my contacts said that the numbers were at least 150,000. The crowd apparently was well behaved and in good spirits but the numbers clearly show that ordinary Dutch people will brook no further tightening of the totalitarian rule-set under the guise of a supposed pandemic.

One media report:

More than 20,000 people took part in Sunday’s demonstration against the government’s coronavirus rules, city officials say. The organisers had said they expected 50,000 people to take part in the protest.

France is protesting.  Australian truck drivers are staging slowdowns.  The world is pushing back.

This is not a pandemic, this is political.

Took some crap good stuff to the storage unit.  Ready now to load up the van with crap good stuff and do a dump run tomorrow. Then? To the farm for a few days.

crap and good stuff are interchangeable most times - a minor point of differentiation.

Had a big lunch so not doing the beef stew for dinner - just a small salad and maybe miso soup.  Got ramen noodles and some veggies in the fridge. Quik surf first, then load up the van and then dinner.

A bit close to home - earthquake

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Deep (14.3 miles) and fairly small (Mag 2.5) - still...

M 2.5 - 13 km WNW of Ault Field, Washington

That is right across the bay from my back door. 1:32 PM this afternoon.

...unemployment benefits.  I think that the people who first implemented these could have chosen a better date to end them.   And why all at once? Odd. London Daily Mail:

Biden takes selfies with union workers during Labor Day weekend trip to Delaware as more seven million Americans see their unemployment benefits end TODAY

    • President Biden made a surprise Labor Day visit to a local electrical workers union, lasting roughly 30 minutes
    • He was all smiles socializing with a friendly crowd as millions of Americans lose COVID benefits the same day
    • Four types of special COVID unemployment benefits all end on Monday, 18 months after the pandemic began
    • They include unemployment that 7million people couldn't previously claim but did over the last 18 months
    • They also include a boost of $300-per-week to people who were claiming regular unemployment
    • It comes after a disappointing jobs report in August - only 235,000 new jobs were recorded
    • Some say ending the payments so abruptly is dangerous given how growth is slowing
    • Morgan Stanley now predicts the economy will grow annually by just 2.9% - down from 6.5% earlier this year

President Joe Biden made a surprise visit to an electrical workers' union hall on Labor Day where he was all smiles socializing with blue collar workers there - as millions of Americans lose their federal COVID pandemic unemployment benefits.

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 313 in Delaware represents 700 active members.

And those benefits:

Meanwhile, more than 7million Americans will lose federal unemployment benefits today and an additional 3million will stop receiving a $300 weekly boost on checks as emergency COVID payments expire.

Four types of specialized unemployment payments that were created because of COVID end on Monday.

They are; the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation ($300 weekly boost on existing payments), Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (for those who already exhausted their state unemployment benefits), Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation ($100-per-week for people who previously worked as a contractor and employee) and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (which widened who could apply for unemployment).

Today, 18 months after they were first created, Americans will no longer be able to claim any of them.

Many say the expiry is overdue and that the inflated benefits drove a labor shortage because people could make more money doing nothing than they did in certain jobs.

Which will be good for the real job numbers. Our tax dollars at work.
Again, I have zero problem with a hand-up but it should not become a lifestyle.

And today is National Be... Oh. Wait.

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From the wonderful compendium National Day:

National Be Late for Something Day – September 5, 2021
It’s September 5, which means National Be Late for Something Day is upon us! This unconventional holiday aims to promote the more positive aspects of procrastination. No longer do you have to succumb to the pressure of a busy schedule, you have the perfect excuse to be fashionably late. The holiday highlights the need for us to slow down the modern hectic lifestyle. It urges everyone to focus on those things we never have time to appreciate or indulge in. For some, this could be blowing off that “important” meeting for some quality time with family. It doesn’t matter what your motivations are, so long as you benefit from that extra time.

Wait - today is September 6th...  Nevermind...

When you start getting flak. From Breitbart:

Hollywood Celebrities Ramp Up Attacks on Larry Elder Ahead of California Recall
As the fight for his political life heads into the homestretch, California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) is receiving a lifeline from celebrities as well as some of the party’s biggest names, including Vice President Kamala Harris and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D), who are hitting the pavement to save Newsom from the state’s September 14 recall election.

Hollywood celebrities are also performing more heavy lifting for the governor by launching an all-out smear campaign on the GOP, specifically Republican challenger Larry Elder. Stars including Alec Baldwin, Ron Perlman, Josh Gad, and Rosanna Arquette have attempted to whip their fans into an anti-GOP frenzy, urging them to vote “no” on the recall.

“Larry Elder is a dangerous idiot. And I mean Trump level dangerous,” warned Baldwin.

Heh - brings to mind this rant from 2017.  Have not posted it in a while so here it is:

Dear Hollywood celebrities: It’s time to wake up now. Get this! The only reason you exist is for my entertainment. Some of you are beautiful. Some of you can deliver a line with such conviction that you bring tears to my eyes. Some of you are so convincing that you scare the stuffing out of me. And others are so funny you can make me laugh uncontrollably. But you all have one thing in common. You only exist and have a place in my world to entertain me. That’s it. Nothing else!

You make your living pretending to be someone else. You play dress-up like a 5-year-old. Your world is a make-believe world—it is not real; it doesn't exist. You live for the camera while the rest of us live in the real world. Your entire existence depends on my patronage. I crank the organ grinder, and you dance.

Therefore, I don't care where you stand on issues. Honestly, your opinion means nothing to me. Just because you had a lead role in a movie about prostitution doesn't mean you know what it’s like to be a prostitute. Your view matters far less to me than that of a someone living in Timbuktu. Believe me or not, the hard truth is that you aren't real. I turn off my TV or shut down my computer, and you cease to exist. Once I am done with you, I go back to the real world until I want you to entertain me again.

I don't care that you think BP executives deserve the death penalty. I don't care what you think about the environment. I don't care if you believe fracking is bad. I don't care if you call for more gun control. I don't care if you believe in catastrophic, human-induced global warming. And I couldn't care less that you supported Hillary for President. By the way, she lost!!

Get back into your bubble. I'll let you know when I'm in the mood for something pretty or scary or funny. And one other thing. What was all that “I'll leave the country if Donald Trump wins”? Don't you know how stupid that made you sound? What did you think my reaction was going to be? Oooh! I better not vote for Trump or we'll lose Whoopi Goldberg? Al Sharpton? Amy Schemer? Rosie O’Donnell? Leave. Good riddance. I don't care! And don't let the door hit you in the keister on your way out. Make me laugh. Make me cry. Even scare me. But realize this: the only words of yours that matter are scripted — just like your pathetic, little lives. I may agree with some of you from time to time, but in the final analysis, it doesn't matter. In my world, you exist solely for my entertainment.

So, shut your mouth and dance, monkey, DANCE!

👍👍👍 100%

Interesting times - China bond market

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From Zero Hedge:

Evergrande Bonds Halted Amid Liquidation Panic As Contagion Spreads To Other Chinese Junk
With algos busy chasing upward momentum in futures and global stocks, the biggest - if largely ignored story - remain the ongoing collapse of "China's Lehman", the $300+ billion China Evergrande, where following our earlier reports (see below) that a bank run emerged among creditors of the biggest and most indebted Chinese developer as its bonds were no longer eligible collateral in the repo market after a ratings downgrade, on Monday the rout went from bad to catastrophic as various Evergrande bonds crashed amid a liquidation frenzy, prompting China's stock exchanges to halt trade.

The Shanghai Stock Exchange said in a statement that it had temporarily suspended trading in China Evergrande Group's 6.98% July 2022 corporate bond following "abnormal fluctuations." The exchange had also suspended trading in the bond on Friday.

More at the site - they seek to emulate Western things but they do not learn from Western mistakes.
Should be fun - make a bowl of popcorn and see how bad this is...

Yet another slow weekend

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Heading out for dog walk and coffee.  Spew will resume in a while.

Nothing happening out there...

About that Oklahoma hospital story

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A nice collection of screen-caps of media who fell for the Oklahoma hospital hoax.
From Drew Holden at Thread Reader:

We’ve got to talk about the Rolling Stone invermectin article. Turns out the story about rural hospitals so flooded with ODs that they couldn’t treat other patients was made up, entirely invented.

A lot of people took the bait, and I’ve got the screenshots.

First, for context, here’s the original piece from @RollingStone and the follow up from the actual hospital saying the story was BS and that the one (one!) person the story quotes doesn’t work at that hospital anymore (and hasn’t in months).

They fell for the hoax because it fit the narrative. Nothing less, nothing more.

First this: Ivermectin is a specific inhibitor of importin α/β-mediated nuclear import able to inhibit replication of HIV-1 and dengue virus

And now this - from our own government - National Library of Medicine, April 3rd, 2020

The FDA-approved drug ivermectin inhibits the replication of SARS-CoV-2 in vitro
Although several clinical trials are now underway to test possible therapies, the worldwide response to the COVID-19 outbreak has been largely limited to monitoring/containment. We report here that Ivermectin, an FDA-approved anti-parasitic previously shown to have broad-spectrum anti-viral activity in vitro, is an inhibitor of the causative virus (SARS-CoV-2), with a single addition to Vero-hSLAM cells 2 h post infection with SARS-CoV-2 able to effect ~5000-fold reduction in viral RNA at 48 h. Ivermectin therefore warrants further investigation for possible benefits in humans.

Now tell me again why this "cattle wormer" is not a suitable treatment?

A Doctor wrote that an Oklahoma Hospital Emergency Room was so backed up with Ivermectin overdoses that it was unable to give care to gunshot victims. Needless to say, this fits the progressive narrative so it was carried by the mainstream media. Fast forward to today and the hospital in question - their website:

Message from the administration of Northeastern Health System - Sequoyah:
Although Dr. Jason McElyea is not an employee of NHS Sequoyah, he is affiliated with a medical staffing group that provides coverage for our emergency room.

With that said, Dr. McElyea has not worked at our Sallisaw location in over 2 months.

NHS Sequoyah has not treated any patients due to complications related to taking ivermectin. This includes not treating any patients for ivermectin overdose.

All patients who have visited our emergency room have received medical attention as appropriate. Our hospital has not had to turn away any patients seeking emergency care.

We want to reassure our community that our staff is working hard to provide quality healthcare to all patients. We appreciate the opportunity to clarify this issue and as always, we value our community’s support.

What is unreal is that the station who put the story out there is still running with it.
Check out this from KFOR - Oklahoma's News:

Patients overdosing on ivermectin backing up rural Oklahoma hospitals, ambulances
A rural Oklahoma doctor said patients who are taking the horse de-wormer medication, ivermectin, to fight COVID-19 are causing emergency room and ambulance back ups.

“There’s a reason you have to have a doctor to get a prescription for this stuff, because it can be dangerous,” said Dr. Jason McElyea.

Dr. McElyea said patients are packing his eastern and southeastern Oklahoma hospitals after taking ivermectin doses meant for a full-sized horse, because they believed false claims the horse de-wormer could fight COVID-19.

“The ERs are so backed up that gunshot victims were having hard times getting to facilities where they can get definitive care and be treated,” he said.

In a just world, Doctor Jason McElyea would become plain old Jason.  Have his license to practice stripped from him. This is malpractice of the worst order. Fabricating a story based on a party agenda and not based on the truth. Here is a screen-cap as they will probably try to memory-hole it when they realize how badly they have been played:

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More on this can be found at these locations - complete with screencaps from the various mainstream media "reports"

I love this tweet from Rolling Stone showing the purported gunshot victims lining up in 90°F weather - all bundled up

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House smells wonderful - stew

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Have some demi-baguettes in the freezer (like them so bought a whole case). Having one of those (toasted of course) with the stew for dinner.  Lots of onions, garlic and other goodies.  The beef is tri-tip. Packaged stew meat is a mix of stuff which cook at different rates.  Use the one cut when I make it.  Also use V-8 juice for the stock. Got this recipe dialed in.

Food coma in 3... 2... 1...

Amazing how little has changed - vaccines

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Mike Wallace and 60 Minutes from 1976:
(the first 15 seconds are black screen with no audio;
be patient, this is well worth watching)

They lied to us 45 years ago, they are lying to us now.

Brings to mind that line: "I will believe that there is a crisis when the people who are telling me that there is a crisis start acting like there is a crisis"

Obama "buying" a waterfront estate, our cultural elite going maskless, the global warmists and their private jets...

His Starlink Satellite Internet service is really really good and it is going to be getting better.
Right now, the birds require a ground station every few hundred miles. His new birds use frickin' laser beams:

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Needless to say - yard work

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Back is still a little sore so not working in the yard today.  Cleaning house and doing some laundry. Sorting through some of the things I brought down last week.  Got to empty out the van for this week's trip. Building a pile for the dump for Tuesday.

There is a decent "Classic Rock" radio station out of Bellingham so have that cranking out loud.

Start fixing dinner in an hour.

The time to prepare is...

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Preferably a year ago but the sooner you start, the more you can avoid the high prices.
From our neighbors to the North: The Vancouver Sun

'Perfect storm' will cause B.C. food prices to rise
Emily-anne King is bracing for her monthly grocery bill to rise — by $10,000.

The vice-president and co-founder of Backpack Buddies, a B.C. charity that provides a backpack of food to 4,000 school kids facing food insecurity each week, has been warned by suppliers that food prices are rising.

“Three-out-of-four of our major supplies have indicated we’re going to see massive increases,” she said Thursday. “We’re expecting to pay $10,000 more in food expenses per month, and we’ve been told it could go even higher.”

The increases range from a five per cent jump on oatmeal, to a 38 per cent leap on cans of beans and pasta.

Many of the reasons for the price increases are global in nature, including the COVID-19 pandemic, challenging weather across the Northern Hemisphere and supply-chain issues.

We are in for some rocky times ahead. You do not have to do everything at once but whenever you are shopping, buy an extra couple cans of tuna or beans or whatever - gradually build up stock in your house (remember to rotate through it - eat the oldest first) so that you have a month or two buffer. Doesn't hurt, not that expensive and it can literally make the difference between being comfortable and extended hunger.

Our Founding Fathers would weep:

Philadelphia's last Republican mayor was Bernard Samuel - in office through January 7, 1952
Pure Democrat rule ever since.

Heh - custom license plate from Florida

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Powerful song

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Just wow. From Breitbart:

Nashville Hall of Fame Songwriter Jeffrey Steele Speaks Out on Biden’s Catastrophic Afghanistan Withdrawal, Releases New Single ‘Afghanistan’
Country music songwriter Jeffrey Steele’s career spans more than three decades and encompasses numerous hit singles, most notably “What Hurts the Most,” and “These Days” for Rascal Flatts. He has written for some of Nashville’s biggest names, including Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, and Billy Ray Cyrus.

Now, Steele has released a single simply called “Afghanistan,” a song inspired by the Biden administration’s disastrous pull out that left thousands of American civilians and allies stranded behind enemy lines and led to the deaths of 13 U.S. service members.

Much more at the site. Steele is not the first musician to release a song in protest. Lots of comments too - worth reading. The rock stars are touching a nerve here. People are starting to wake up and take the red pill.

From Business Insider:

You aren't legally allowed to know which variant gave you COVID-19 in the US, even if it's Delta
Sam Reider, a musician from San Francisco, got a call from the California Department of Public Health in June. Though fully vaccinated, Reider had recently tested positive for COVID-19 after teaching music at a summer camp. The health department asked him to take a second test at a local Kaiser Permanente.

Reider assumed it was because authorities wanted to find out whether he had a Delta infection. He, too, was curious — but when he got the test results back, he was surprised to learn that doctors couldn't give him any information about his variant.

"When I got the follow-up from Kaiser, they said it's positive, but they didn't have any of the sequencing information," Reider told Insider. That "felt odd to me," he said.

A bit more:

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service (CMS), which oversees the regulatory process for US labs, requires genome-sequencing tests to be federally approved before their results can be disclosed to doctors or patients. These are the tests that pick up on variants, but right now, there's little incentive for the labs to do the work to validate those tests.

So they do an initial test for any form of COVID and then do sequencing to determine the variant.  If sequencing is not being done, how the fsck do we have any accurate numbers for delta or Mu?  And what test are they using? PCR with it's known false-positive problem? How many cycles?  35?  More?

If this was a real pandemic, we would be getting 100% solid truth from the scientists.  99% of what we are getting is narrative and it changes day by day.  Ergo: This is not a real pandemic.

And back - lunch calls my name

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But just doing a light one - making a big pot of beef stew this afternoon so will be gorging on dinner.  Save room.

Quick surf first...

And gone - the world calls my name

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And I must answer - the call of the dog walk, the lure of the coffee.

Back in a few...

How many American students in Afghanistan?

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Disgusting.  I could see going over there - despite it being a war zone, the US-controlled areas are quite safe (until this nitwit administration got into power) and it would be the experience of a lifetime to visit. From the Sacramento Bee:

Hiding from the Taliban. Caught in the crossfire. Sacramento children are trapped in Afghanistan
Three students from the Sacramento City Unified School District went to Afghanistan to be with a family member who was having heart problems. The children — ages 6, 8 and 9 — and their mother flew there in February and attended school in distance learning through the spring. They spent seven days crammed outside an airport, trying to come home, before bombs ripped through a crowd last week.

Now they're hiding in Kabul.

Humanitarian reasons - got it. Totally valid.  The story covers a few more and then drops this:

The numbers of those known to be trapped are likely to grow, said David Miyashiro, the superintendent of Cajon Valley Union School District in San Diego County. He, along with a local congressman and a tactical team on the ground in Kabul, helped coordinate the extraction of nearly two-dozen students last month.

It was among the first high-profile cases of students stranded in Afghanistan.

"There are thousands of students and children there in the same predicament that will start to unfold, I think, in the coming days and weeks," Miyashiro told The Sacramento Bee in an interview Wednesday night. "Our story was first because we knew them. We knew they were there and raised attention to it.

"But now that there's no travel out of Afghanistan, I think that Afghanistan families will start to show up as missing in school districts in California, in Virginia ... and in other pockets across the southern United States where there are large Afghanistan families located."

This line: "There are thousands of students and children there in the same predicament"

Words fail.  This administration needs to be held accountable.  Heads need to roll and I would advocate for a literal application of that phrase. Treason is punishable by death. The death penalty should never be taken lightly but I think it applies here.

A quiet morning at home

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Hanging out here this morning.  Slept really well and my back is feeling a lot better.  Still uncomfortable but more of a localized red ache than any stabbing pains.

Overcast and 64°F - only 8% chance of precip so looks like a typical gray fall day.  Good for doing some yard work. Very low tide this morning - new moon.  Taking the dogs out for a walk in a little while and then get a leisurely coffee and read for an hour or two. Been thinking about making a big pot of beef stew.  Do it today - have all the fixings. Perfect weather for it.

Dodged a bullet? Maybe. From Fabio Vighi writing at The Philosophical Salon:

A SELF-FULFILLING PROPHECY: SYSTEMIC COLLAPSE AND PANDEMIC SIMULATION
A year and a half after the arrival of Virus, some may have started wondering why the usually unscrupulous ruling elites decided to freeze the global profit-making machine in the face of a pathogen that targets almost exclusively the unproductive (over 80s). Why all the humanitarian zeal? Cui bono? Only those who are unfamiliar with the wondrous adventures of GloboCap can delude themselves into thinking that the system chose to shut down out of compassion. Let us be clear from the start: the big predators of oil, arms, and vaccines could not care less about humanity.

Follow the money
In pre-Covid times, the world economy was on the verge of another colossal meltdown.

Some history, some current events and some abject stupidity by the financial wizards and we wind up with this:

As claimed by economist Ellen Brown, it was “another bailout”, but this time “under cover of a virus.” Similarly, John Titus and Catherine Austin Fitts noted that the Covid-19 “magic wand” allowed the Fed to execute BlackRock’s “going direct” plan, literally: it carried out an unprecedented purchase of government bonds, while, on an infinitesimally smaller scale, also issuing government backed ‘COVID loans’ to businesses. In brief, only an induced economic coma would provide the Fed with the room to defuse the time-bomb ticking away in the financial sector. Screened by mass-hysteria, the US central bank plugged the holes in the interbank lending market, dodging hyperinflation as well as the ‘Financial Stability Oversight Council’ (the federal agency for monitoring financial risk created after the 2008 collapse), as discussed here. However, the “going direct” blueprint should also be framed as a desperate measure, for it can only prolong the agony of a global economy increasingly hostage to money printing and the artificial inflation of financial assets.

Quite the read.  A bit long but well worth your time. The elite think that they are so smart but in reality, they are just as error-prone as the rest of us.  Painting oneself into a corner is not a unique event. I may be naieve and not as "nuanced" as these people but I can certainly see that what they are trying to do is stupid and prone to failure. They got themselves into this and they are using us as pawns to avoid paying their butcher's bill.

A bit of Kipling this evening

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From 90 Miles - certainly fits my mood these days
And yes, my blood is Lowland Scot, German and English.
Got a bit of Saxon in me...

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News from the alt.medicine crowd

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That Horse Wormer is bad enough - now people are doing this:

Insane Retards taking obscure DOG DRUG “Aspirin” for headaches and joint pain!!! Some even taking it as a heart attack and stroke preventative!!! Can you IMAGINE being THAT STUPID and redneck??? ERs flooded with Aspirin poisonings! Any MD who recommends aspirin must have his license pulled!!!

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Some people have no common sense at all...

Nothing much out there

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The food coop had some nice russet spuds so doing a couple baked potatoes.  I'll have one for dinner tonight and save the others for later - keep them in the fridge and then a couple minutes with Chef Mike and they will be (almost) perfect.  A lot better than nuking them from the start - much better mouthfeel.

Quiet news day out there - uneventful day at the thrift store.  Looking to take Sunday and Monday off.  Up to the farm on Tuesday afternoon.

Weather is threatening rain - had some very light sprinkles but nothing substantive. Nice to have it a bit cooler though. Work on the yard tomorrow if it stays this way.

See how the spud is doing and maybe fix a small salad to go with...

this lousy Tee Shirt. John Kerry - master diplomat. From the South China Morning Post:

China ‘tells US envoy John Kerry it will follow its own climate road map’
Beijing has rebuffed American calls to make more public pledges on climate change before a UN climate summit in November, insisting it should follow its own plan rather than bowing to US pressure, according to a person familiar with the two countries’ negotiations.

During talks with Chinese leaders in Tianjin, US climate envoy John Kerry presented a list of proposals for Beijing to accelerate its climate efforts. They included a public commitment to the 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) limit of global warming targeted in the 2015 Paris Agreement, a definite time frame for carbon emissions to peak before 2030, and a moratorium on financing overseas coal-fired projects.

But the two sides failed to reach agreement, according to the source, who requested anonymity.

“China already has its own plans and road map for achieving its climate goals,” said the person, adding China would not accept Washington telling it what to do and when.

Good on China for not buying into the progressive hype.  All of the horrible things you hear about global warming are based on the outcomes of computer models and not actual measurement and data collection. These computer models are cherry-picked to provide the numbers that the globalists want.  Got to support the agenda.  Meanwhile, there has been no appreciable warming for the last fifty years and we may well be entering into a cold period.  Our sun has been very very quiet recently.

If I had to meet with Kerry, I would tell him to stuff it and I would walk out of the room.  Let him come back when he has some real data to work with. Besides, who is the USA to be throwing its weight around, being such a bully. I thought the liberals were against that sort of thing.  Too colonialist.

And out the door - the usual routine

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Like it says on the box.  Back later this afternoon.

Heading North for groceries - no plans for the next couple of days.

From American Thinker:

Afghanistan fiasco may have been the result of blackmail
Our political pundits are focusing on Biden's disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan as a political blunder by the president and our military leaders, but what if the root cause for Biden's withdrawal is much more ominous and sinister than mere stupidity? The following questions demand an answer.

Why would our military commanders willingly give up Bagram, a strategic airport built by the Russians, and why would they willingly leave $85 billion in military hardware behind?

Why would they leave thousands of Americans stranded behind enemy lines while providing the Taliban a "kill list" of those Americans left behind? Unlike previous withdrawals, where it is customary upon withdrawal to first evacuate our citizens, and then destroy the equipment and blow up the bases, we did the opposite. We did not evacuate our citizens. We did not destroy the equipment. And we did not blow up the bases.

And the thought:

A more likely scenario is that Afghanistan was surrendered at the urging of the Red Chinese, who saw an opportunity to blackmail old Joe for the many kickbacks he and his son, Hunter, had been taking throughout his years in Washington, D.C.  It is no secret that the Red Chinese have had their eye on Afghanistan's mineral deposits.  Just two weeks before the American surrender, a Chinese delegation met in Kabul with the Taliban.  Although the mainstream media have protected and covered for Joe Biden, reports of information contained on Hunter Biden's laptop and emails exchanged between his partner, Tony Bobulinski, and Hunter, are damning proof of illicit wheeling and dealing by the Bidens to provide access to the White House while Joe was vice president.

A lot more at the site including how we shafted the anti-Taliban resistance in Afghanistan and more on Hunter's laptop and Joe's (personally profitable) dealings with China. This bit of American history is going to be taught in schools for many many years.  If we survive as a Nation.  I am hopeful. This level of corruption and just plain bad management has to be pissing people off.

Zzzzzzzz - that is it for now

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Slept longer than I wanted to this morning so getting an early start on my video watching. Back is feeling a lot better.  I do this every couple years so used to it now.  Tried to lift something heavy and off-balance (a sub-woofer for my PA system - 18" driver)

Still thinking about staying on island or moving back to the farm - some real plusses on either side of the decision.  Good people here but good people there too.

So true - apocalypse

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Of course - the Air Force

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Looks like they are a well-run organization.  Or maybe not. From Task & Purpose:

Air Force software is so bad the guy in charge of it all is about to quit
If you’ve ever struggled with a government computer still running on Windows 2000, know that you’re not alone. In fact, the military’s cybersecurity infrastructure and software development enterprise is in such a bad state that the Air Force’s first-ever Chief Software Officer will soon resign because it isn’t worth fighting the entire bureaucracy of the Department of Defense just to get some basic information technology issues fixed.

“We are running in circles trying to fix transport/connectivity, cloud, endpoints, and various basic IT capabilities that are seen as trivial for any organization outside of the U.S. Government,” wrote Nicolas Chaillan in a LinkedIn post announcing his resignation on Thursday. “At this point, I am just tired of continuously chasing support and money to do my job. My office still has no billet and no funding, this year and the next.”

Ho. Li. Crap. I would think that software would be a primary consideration.  So many systems to coordinate. Here is another viewpoint:

“Success in tomorrow’s conflicts will largely depend on how warfighters are able to harness and adapt everything from mission systems on aircraft to sensor packages, networks, and decision aides,” retired Air Force Lt. Gen. David Deptula and Heather Penney who are respectively the dean and senior resident fellow for The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies, in a July policy paper on network and software development.

“To prevail in a dynamic and contested battlespace, warfighters must be able to reprogram and reconfigure their weapon systems, sensors and networks,” they wrote. “Yet the Air Force continues to develop, update, and manage software and architectures in a highly centralized and stove-piped fashion.”

Like duuuuuhhhhhhh... One example:

Although the F-22 and F-35 are the only two 5th generation fighters in the Air Force inventory, they cannot share information with each other machine-to-machine,” because they use incompatible datalinks that were developed 10 years apart, they wrote. “Today, the F-22 and F-35 fleet still cannot exchange information without the aid of an externally hosted gateway, one which is still in the experimentation and demonstration phase.

Our tax dollars at work. We need to clear out the bureaucracy and start over.  The people who have spent the last 30 years there are in no position to lead let alone tread water. They are doing our Nation a disservice by staying. I was expecting it to be bad.  I was not expecting it to be THAT BAD.

Especially for younger people - the small screens are addictive and I mean that in the bad way.
A lot worse than people will admit.   I say: "I can give it up anytime" and other people utter a nervous chuckle.

From Wired:

They saw a YouTube video. Then they got Tourette’s
Kirsten Müller-Vahl had a major mystery on her hands. It was June 2019 and Müller-Vahl, a psychiatrist at Hannover Medical School in Germany and head of its Tourette’s outpatient department, was being inundated by patients with tics unlike anything she had seen before.

Not only were the tics complex in nature, involving several muscle groups, even more bizarrely the symptoms of each patient bore a striking resemblance to one another. “The symptoms were identical. Not only similar, but identical,” she says. Although all had been formally diagnosed with Tourette’s by other physicians, Müller-Vahl, who has been working with patients with Tourette’s syndrome for 25 years, was certain it was something else entirely. Then a student came forward who knew where she had seen those tics before.

All the patients were displaying the same tic-like behaviours as the star of a popular YouTube channel. Gewitter im Kopf (meaning ‘thunderstorm in the head’) documents the life of Jan Zimmermann, a 23-year-old from Germany with Tourette’s. The channel’s raison d’etre is to speak openly and humorously about Zimmerman’s disorder, and it has proven to be a hit amassing more than two million subscribers in two years.

Dr. Müller-Vahl's paper is here: Stop that! It’s not Tourette’s but a new type of mass sociogenic illness

Abstract
We report the first outbreak of a new type of mass sociogenic illness (MSI) that in contrast to all previously reported episodes is spread solely via social media. Accordingly, we suggest the more specific term “mass social media-induced illness” (MSMI).

Not the first, just the first to be recognized. Tourette's is outside the norm enough that cases are easy to recognize.  Other pathologies - sociopathy, Progressive Personality Disorder, etc... fit within the mainstream culture so cases are not as widely remarked.

Eviction and homebreaking

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Had some squatters on my property.  They have moved on so planning to demolish their home. Donald and Daisy and their three children - Huey, Dewey and Louie.

I refer of course to the Barn Swallows who built a nest and took up residency on the spring closer for the screen door on my main doorway. I have not seen them for one month so it is time to demolish their nest.  Sometimes, the parents can return for a second clutch of eggs so wanted to wait for a while.  Will be building some nesting boxes this winter for when they return.

Here is what they left behind - not ideal tenants by any stretch of the imagination but really cute kids:

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Yeah - not the cleanest... A lot of fun to watch the little ones growing up.  They had no fear of me so I could stand and watch them for a few moments when they were active.  Mom and Dad were freaking out but they built their nest there so...  Nest is going away in a day or two.

Happy 200th Birthday - Electric Motor

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Changed civilization. From IEEE Spectrum:

200 Years Ago, Faraday Invented the Electric Motor
In 1820, the Danish physicist Hans Christian Ørsted threw electromagnetic theory into a state of confusion. Natural philosophers of the day believed that electricity and magnetism were two distinct phenomena, but Ørsted suggested that the flow of electricity through a wire created a magnetic field around it. The French physicist André-Marie Ampère saw a demonstration of Ørsted's experiment in which an electric current deflected a magnetic needle, and he then developed a mathematical theory to explain the relationship.

English scientist Michael Faraday soon entered the fray, when Richard Phillips, editor of the Annals of Philosophy, asked him to write a historical account of electromagnetism, a field that was only about two years old and clearly in a state of flux.

A bit more backstory and then this:

On 3 September 1821, Faraday observed the circular rotation of a wire as it was attracted and repelled by magnetic poles. He sketched in his notebook a clockwise rotation around the south pole of the magnet, and the reverse around the north pole. "Very satisfactory," he wrote in his entry on the day's experiment, "but make more sensible apparatus."

The next day, he got it right. He took a deep glass vessel, secured a magnet upright in it with some wax, and then filled the vessel with mercury until the magnetic pole was just above the surface. He floated a stiff wire in the mercury and connected the apparatus to a battery. When a current ran through the circuit, it generated a circular magnetic field around the wire. As the current in the wire interacted with the permanent magnet fixed to the bottom of the dish, the wire rotated clockwise. On the other side of the apparatus, the wire was fixed and the magnet was allowed to move freely, which it did in a circle around the wire.

Of course, I am a big Nikola Tesla fan and we must not overlook his patents from 1988 for the first Practical electric motor. Some primitive direct current motors were built in the 1830's but Tesla was the first person to develop alternating current (single and polyphase current) motors.  These are the first practical substitute for steam.  The foundation of the Industrial Revolution.

Heh - soul food...

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From the London Daily Mail:

Florida diner that posted note refusing service to Biden voters because of his botched Afghan withdrawal is forced to close after it SOLD OUT of food following a boom in customers

    • Angie Ugarte posted the sign in the window of DeBary Diner in DeBary, Volusia County
    • Comes after Thursday's attack by ISIS-K at Kabul airport that killed 13 US troops
    • Now, she says she's seeing an outpouring of support, with patrons inundating the diner on Wednesday offering to buy meals for veterans
    • The support was so overwhelming that the diner ran out of food, forcing the diner to temporarily close due to the amount of donations and diners
    • 'I think that the veterans will be fed for the rest of the year at the rate I'm getting donations' she said of the outpouring of support
    • She intends to keep sign up as long as American's still stranded in Afghanistan

The Florida diner where the owner posted a sign turning away Joe Biden voters after 13 US troops were killed in Afghanistan has had to shut its doors - because so many people called to buy meals for veterans that the small business ran out of food.

'I've gotten so many people calling me from all over the world, from Europe, trying to purchase meals for veterans, which I still haven't been able to organize,' said Angie Ugarte, who posted the sign in the window of the DeBary Diner in the central Florida city of DeBary.

'I think that the veterans will be fed for the rest of the year at the rate I'm getting donations.'

The sign told customers: 'If you voted for and continue to support and stand behind the worthless, inept and corrupt administration currently inhabiting the White House that is complicit in the death of our servicemen and women in Afghanistan, please take your business elsewhere,' the sign read.

I would go in for dinner if they were in the area.  Great idea and great response.  Shows what: "We The People" are thinking (and voting).

From 90 Miles:

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Some questions in WA State - We See You

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Great news - WEiCU

Washington Election Integrity Coalition United, WEiCU pronounced (We See You) is a Washington state non-profit, comprised of election integrity investigators, data analytic specialists, and cyber security experts. We are proud to join forces with other election integrity groups who are also committed to transparent, trackable, secure and publicly verified elections.

They are looking at having 2020 audited as well as tightening up the observation of future elections. WA State has been a vote-by-mail state for several years.  Easy for fraud. Chain of custody is hard to verify.

If the show fits - Taliban

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Fits perfectly.  Too close for comfort for some people:

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Speak the truth, ride the backlash

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Seems like truth takes a back seat to WOKE these days.From Legal Insurrection:

Sweetgreen CEO Smeared as ‘Fat-Phobic’ for Stating Truth: Obesity Increases COVID-19 Risks
Celebrating fat in the era of COVID-19 is the equivalent to celebrating rat infestation in the era of the Black Death
Earlier this week, I wrote about how journalist and COVID-19 analyst Alex Berenson got his wings clipped by Twitter for a tweet in which every line item had its basis in a news report.

Much earlier in my COVID-19 coverage, I cited reports that studies showed obesity substantially increased the risk of poor outcomes for infections. For example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) noted that about 78% of people who have been hospitalized, needed a ventilator, or died from Covid-19 have been overweight or obese. Other studies confirmed this trend, as an extract from that detailed post highlights.

The case-fatality rate was 9.2%, and 21% of hospitalized patients died. Obesity alone almost tripled the risk of death (aHR, 2.7), while obesity combined with other underlying illnesses increased the risk of death and other severe outcomes even further (diabetes HR, 2.79; immunosuppression HR, 5.06; high blood pressure HR, 2.30).

Furthermore, news about another study from Cleveland has just been released….confirming the 3 previous reports that I have already discussed.

And Sweetgreen?

However, what do the Big Tech, social media “fact-checkers” do? They smear a CEO of a business that sells salads for speaking the truth about COVID-19 science.

Sweetgreen co-founder and CEO Jonathan Neman wrote a LinkedIn post Tuesday connecting obesity to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, saying “no vaccine nor mask will save us” and proposing taxes on processed food and refined sugar.

The post was deleted Wednesday, several hours after Vice published a story about it. Even before Vice’s article, commenters on Neman’s original post were calling his argument “fat-phobic.”

Sweetgreen confidentially filed for an initial public offering in June, making this an inopportune time for controversy surrounding the company. Consumer backlash could hurt both its reputation and sales, turning off investors.

Fortunately, the New York Post captured Neman’s post, which is backed up by the data I have offered in previous articles.

Lots more at the site - there is no talking their way out of this.  Overweight and obesity will contribute to fatalities. The comments are worth reading - there are some more links there to further back this up. Afraid of Covid? Lose weight. Simple as that.

And out of here - running late

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Slept in a little bit too long.  Leaving the pups at home as it is forecast to be warm. Thrift store this morning.

Back is still very sore but not as bad - healing.

Declaring a state of emergency

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Looks like the New York City mayor needs to get their priorities straight. London Daily Mail:

Furious New Yorkers slam De Blasio for giving no warning about Hurricane Ida: NYC Mayor only declared state of emergency AFTER seven people - including a family of three - were found dead in their basements as tri-state death toll rises to at least 41

    • 41 people are dead across the Northeast including 12 people in New York City alone
    • Eleven people drowned in their basement homes in Brooklyn and Queens, including a two-year-old boy
    • Their bodies were all found between 10pm and midnight but a state of emergency wasn't declared until 11.30
    • The subway system was not suspended until 10.48pm and a Flash Flood Emergency went out at 10.25pm
    • The NWS in New York had declared it an hour earlier, shortly before 9.30pm
    • Furious New Yorkers blamed de Blasio for not giving them more warning or communicating the severity
    • De Blasio said on Thursday he thought 3 to 6 inches of rain would fall all day - but 3.5 inches fell per hour
    • Governor Kathy Hochul said she was now investigating whether more could have been done to warn people
    • De Blasio, AOC and Senator Chuck Schumer all took the catastrophe back to climate change on Thursday and asked for more commitment from the White House on going green
    • President Biden also spoke on Thursday about Ida but he devoted his speech to climate change too
    • In the meantime, some 25,000 people in NYC were without power and bodies were still being found in water

Furious New Yorkers slammed Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday for not giving more warning for the catastrophic flooding caused by Hurricane Ida and only declaring a state of emergency after the bodies of seven residents - including a two-year-old boy - were found in flooded basement homes.  

Ida tormented the South earlier this week as a hurricane then was downgraded to a tropical storm. Meteorologists predicted that it would shower the northeast on Thursday and Friday before moving off-coast, but the amount of rain that fell was beyond anything any residents had anticipated, and tornadoes that ripped up New Jersey had not been expected.  

At least 41 people have been found dead across the states of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland on Thursday, and the death toll is expected to rise.

New Yorkers were largely unaware of what was in store for them last night and many found themselves stuck on trains when the storm hit. The National Weather Service prediction center blasted a tweet at 2.40pm that a severe rainstorm was on the way, but nothing came from de Blasio's office until around 7.20pm. 

I do not see anything on the New York emergency management websites - this will take a couple week to trickle out but I am amazed that there was not more pre-emptive warning from the Mayor's office. They certainly had ample warning that it was headed thier way. A bit more:

The Governors of New Jersey and Pennsylvania gave earlier warnings but New York Governor Kathy Hochul didn't declare a state of emergency until after midnight, and de Blasio only declared a state of emergency at 11.26pm. 

The good thing is that people will remember this when they go to vote.

And, of course, the usual braying ninnies had to get their two cents in:

Senator Chuck Schumer, who was also at the press conference, blamed the ferocity of the storm on climate change.

He and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez spent Thursday demanding more environmental commitment from the White House.

Schumer would not recognize the truth if it hit him between his eyes.
Living inside a bubble of his own making. Pathetic really...

The article has a good collection of photos - flooding, wind damage. This hit them hard.
The Gulf Coast knew full well what was coming.  New England did not have a clue.

Of course - China

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They want to get their nose in under the tent. Afghanistan has too many mineral resources for them to ignore.
From The Asia Today:

China will be our main partner, say Taliban
China will be the Taliban’s “main partner” and help rebuild Afghanistan, according to a spokesman for the group.

“China will be our main partner and represents a great opportunity for us because it is ready to invest in our country and support reconstruction efforts,” Zabihullah Mujahid said in an interview published by Italian newspaper La Repubblica on Wednesday.

He said the Taliban value China’s Belt and Road Initiative as the project will revive the ancient Silk Road.

He said China will also help Afghanistan fully utilize its rich copper resources and give the country a path into global markets.

Suckers...  Could not be happening to a nicer bunch of thugs.

Belt and Road?   China comes in and offers to build transportation and infrastructure. A new airport, a couple power plants, improve the rail system. All this gets built. And then, the bill comes due. The corrupt politicians who signed for this have since "retired from public service" and decamped with their cash to some other country (no extradition) leaving the nation's citizens holding the bag. China sighs and says, OK but we get to take xx% of your copper and REEs. Pennies on the dollar.

Interesting to watch - this is playing out right now in Tonga: Here, here, here and here  The first link has a priceless headline: China aid to Tonga comes ‘with no string attached’, Chinese president told King   Believe that and I have a bridge for sale in downtown Manhattan that you might be interested in looking at.

Makes me wonder if the Taliban have taken a close look at how China treats its own native Muslim population.

A small observation - return to America

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Sundance had this thought - from Conservative Treehouse:

Something Missing
Just a short note of something rather insignificant in the grand scheme of things….

We are told by the powers that be – that approximately 6,000 to 7,000 American citizens were rescued by daring efforts of the U.S. State Department and U.S. military in evacuations from Kabul airport. Okay, fair enough… That’s a good outcome. Happy to hear it; we can debate the other 116,000 at a later time.

However, it seems a little odd now that there’s no videos of the survivors of the Afghan crisis arriving at airports. No crowds or families greeting the extracted American residents; no human interest stories and local broadcasted news coverage of relieved Americans, husbands, wives, daughters or sons arriving back in their hometown…. nothing.

Six to seven thousand Americans saved from the clutches of the Taliban, and not a single story of those Americans arriving home to the waiting arms of their loving family.

Celebrating someone's return from the 20-year war?  I have not seen anything on my local media either. Where are they?

Something like that would

New England - Ida updates

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More fatalities there than in New Orleans. Not as prepared. From the New York Post:

At least 25 people killed overnight in NYC, NJ during historic flooding
At least 25 people were killed across New York and New Jersey — including a 2-year-old boy and his parents who drowned in a basement apartment in Queens — as the tail-end of Hurricane Ida ravaged the northeast.

The storm knocked out power and flooded streets, homes and subways — prompting the first-ever flash flood emergency for the Big Apple and leaving a trail of devastation across the northeast.

Eleven people died in the city after becoming trapped in flooded basement apartments and one person was found dead in the back of their car on the Grand Central Parkway in Queens.

Lousiana is still showing over 900K people without power - a lot of the primary distribtion lines were damaged. Pennsylvania has 55K out and New York state has 19K, New Jersey is at 39K.

Good news but want some backstory

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From our friends to the North - CTV News - Calgary:

More than 31 kilograms of fentanyl seized as part of 'superlab' bust south of Calgary
The search of a suspected fentanyl 'superlab' in Alberta, as well as homes and businesses in both Calgary and Edmonton, has resulted in the seizure of an estimated $300 million worth of drugs.

According to the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT), the Project Essence investigation into suspected drug trafficking led to the execution of 13 search warrants on July 7 at locations that included a suspected fentanyl lab in Aldersyde, roughly 20 kilometres south of Calgary.

A total of 31 kilograms of fentanyl and precursors were seized during the searches as well as 7,600 kg of chemicals for fentanyl production

Good - nasty shit. 31kg is about 68 pounds. We nabbed 127 pounds of fentanyl at the Southern border earlier in August.

Finding the chemical precursors worries me though - they are moving the production into this continent. That is going to make stopping it at the border that much harder.  The precursors are not themselves illegal.

I would love if they reported on the nationality of those arrested.  Cartels? Muslims funraising for terrorism? Gang activities? We need the backstory...

Shame on you Mr. Leno. From Breitbart:

Jay Leno Says You Either Accept Cancel Culture ‘or You Die’
Veteran late-night TV host and comedian Jay Leno says he will be dropping jokes that may run afoul of the #MeToo movement, stating, “you either change with the times or you die.”

Leno is suggesting comedians will have to curtail their content if they want to survive in the entertainment industry in the era of wokeness and cancel culture.

“When I do a gig in Utah and they’ll go, ‘Look, we don’t want any drug jokes, we don’t want any sex jokes.’ I go, ‘OK, I’ll take those out,’ and I do something else,” Leno said during a recent Zoom call from his Los Angeles home, according to a report by Los Angeles Times.

“With the #MeToo movement, all of a sudden the sexist jokes everybody used to do, you can’t do anymore,” the former Tonight Show host added. “So you either change with the times or you die. You adapt to the circumstances.”

A real pity.  Someone of his stature could have stood up to the bullies and made a real difference.

Instead, he took the easy way out and caved to the six-year-olds. Shame.

An interesting comment on the 'net

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CW2 is Civil War II:

According to Sundance, there are two competing camps in LibCommieville right now: State (plus intelligence agencies) and White House/Pentagon. The corruption and dysfunction of the latter was (is?) due to The Black Jesus. I submit to you, Greg (little Animal House reference there) that the cartoonish buffoonery of the former can be pinned right on the supersized ass cheeks of Vilehelm Jaifferson Clintoine’s ersatz wife. Meaning, they STILL haven’t resolved that internal power struggle. Add in the 30% of Democrat voters who are batshite Gaga For The Bern, and I’d say that party has a nonzero chance of imploding. Which is why we need CW2 VERY SOON. More targets, before they all move to the French Riviera with their - OUR - taxpayer billions. Provoke us more, you folks - ANY excuse will do.

Sundance is Conservative Treehouse - posted it here: Heh - about that earlier post
This is also worth reading for some background: Two articles to read - what happened

Interesting times indeed...

And I am outta here - usual stuff

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A member of the walking wounded this morning.  I was loading the van yesterday and tweaked my back.  I do that every couple of years - same spot, same stupidity on my part.  It popped back immediatly but now the surrounding nerves and muscles are "talking" to me.  Took a really hot shower and a handful of aspirin.  Once I am moving, everything is fine but that first fifteen seconds of getting up out of the chair are pretty painful.

No plans for this morning - leaving the van loaded and taking the Highlander out for my morning errands and dog walk. If it follows history, the back should be feeling a lot better in 2-3 days.

Hurricane IDA really hit the New England states - I'll post more when I get back for lunch.

A shortage of the stuff - CO2

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Wonder what the environmentalists will say or do with this - from Quartz:

US carbon dioxide supply is a bottleneck for Covid-19 vaccine distribution
Over the last few months, industries in the US have had to contend with a troublesome carbon dioxide shortage. From May to July, beer brewers and soda makers across the country were at a loss to source the fizzy stuff.

But as summer turns to fall, a lack of CO2 could cause an even more problematic shortage: one of dry ice.

In early September, the New York Times reported that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expects that at least two Covid-19 vaccine candidates will require dry ice, the solid form of carbon dioxide, for transportation. In order to ship those vaccines, distributors will need to make sure industrial chemical plants can supply enough CO2 gas.

More at the article - couple of different reasons.

Why some people are so up against CO2 never fails to amuse me.  They think that by choosing this gas as the "boogeyman",  they can hamstring our industry and slow down our development.  They fail to realize that #1) - CO2 is plant food and #2) - they are causing grievous harm to 3rd-world citizens and little or no harm to Western civilization. Unintended consequences.

Abject stupidity in full view.

Tip of the hat to Eaton Rapids Joe for the link.  His is a daily read for me.

Hurricane Ida - the aftermath

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One bit of bad news from Bloomberg:

Key U.S. Crop Export Elevator Damaged in Hurricane Ida
A grain elevator damaged by Hurricane Ida in Reserve, Louisiana is responsible for nearly 9% of America’s bulk seaborne exports of corn, soybeans and wheat so far in 2021, according to Bloomberg’s analysis of U.S. Department of Agriculture data.

USDA shipments show a total of 6.45 million tons of agricultural product loaded at the Cargill terminal, with 5.3 million tons of corn topping the list. The primary recipient of crops through the elevator this year has been China, receiving 47% of its output including 2.5 million tons of corn and 485,000 tons of soybeans.

So China is going to be short of food this year.  Will our current regime use that to leverage some concessions?   Don't make me laugh... They will probably take our domestic supply and send it over there to make up the loss.  Got to keep their paymasters happy.

This really rankled a lot of people - one possible reason for Joe's actions is this:

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From 90 Miles

And back to the island for now

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Nice productive day.  D and I worked for a couple of hours and then two of her friends came by for a visit to it was a good time to break for the day.  Here she is on Buttercup the Tractor:

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And the dumpster when I left - lots done but lots more to go.  Feels great.

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Fix some dinner and partially unpack the van - get the rest of it emptied out tomorrow.

Dumpster at the farm

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Holy crap is it big. Heading out for coffee and then spend the next day or so filling it up.

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