August 2022 Archives

Brilliant solution to the electric grid / gasoline automobile / climate change problem.
From America's Newspaper of Record:

With Energy Grid Unreliable, Governor Newsom Announces All Cars To Be Wind-Up By 2035
Governor Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday that he would be requiring all cars in the state of California to be fully wind-up by 2035. Experts agree that wind-up vehicles will put less strain on the state's weak power grid and help cut back on childhood obesity.

"I heard on the news that our state's electrical infrastructure cannot support millions of people charging their electric vehicles simultaneously," said a concerned Newsom. "Losing electricity at my winery is the last thing I want, so I've decided to alter the plan. New vehicles will no longer have to be electric."

"Instead," he continued, "all Californians will need to drive wind-up cars. Only then can we be truly independent of both gas and electricity."

More at the site.  Pure genius.  The newspaper, not Governor Newsom.

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So which is it - California

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Cognitive dissonance - from the Washington Examiner:

Californians asked to keep AC at 78 and nix electric vehicle charges to spare grid
California grid operators warned residents to prepare for voluntary energy cuts and other emergency measures, such as turning down the air conditioning and forgoing electric vehicle charges, as the state braces for a period of excessive heat expected to last through Tuesday.

The California Independent System Operator said in a statement it is taking measures to bring “all available resources” online ahead of the heat wave, which is expected to be the longest and most severe high-heat period to hit the state so far this year.

An excessive heat warning is in effect through much of Southern California, with the National Weather Service warning of “dangerously hot” conditions that could climb as high as 115 degrees in some parts of the state.

Meanwhile, from the Bay Area NBC affiliate:

California Phasing Out Gas Vehicles in Climate Change Fight
California set itself on a path Thursday to end the era of gas-powered cars, with air regulators adopting the world's most stringent rules for transitioning to zero-emission vehicles.

The move by the California Air Resources Board to have all new cars, pickup trucks and SUVs be electric or hydrogen by 2035 is likely to reshape the U.S. auto market, which gets 10% of its sales from the nation's most populous state.

Hydrogen is a joke.  So how are they going to support electric cars when their power generation capacity is in the terlit.  alt.energy is not baseload.  Never has been.  Never will be.

And down South again

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Done here - getting really hot so heading down to where it is cooler.

Back up Thursday.

From Conservative Brief:

Supreme Court to Hear Two Cases On College Race-Based Admissions Policies
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear challenges to the University of North Carolina and Harvard’s race-based admissions.

The nation’s highest court set a date of Oct. 31 to hear the arguments.

Alex Deise, an attorney and policy manager at FreedomWorks, said the Supreme Court can deliver a “historic” decision to abolish the “ability for higher education to use race-based affirmative action in admissions.”

Both UNC and Harvard have been sued over allegations of discrimination against Asian and white Americans, with some arguing their civil rights were violated in the admissions process.

“By taking these cases, the Supreme Court has a historic opportunity to eliminate the ability of colleges and universities to explicitly discriminate on the basis of race in their admissions process,” Deise said.

Liberals be like:  But but but but...  (sputter)
The Judges be like:  Sorry but that's raayyycisssss

Got a point there - fascists

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From 90 Miles:

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And on with my day

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Heading out for coffee and then to the farm.  Going to be extra-hot today (in the 90's) so just unload the van and trailer.  Back to the island.  Running some errands tomorrow and back up later this week for another load.

More posting in a couple of hours...

I hate to say "I told you so" but...

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alt.energy meets the pavement in Europe - from Breitbart:

Climate Crazy EU Faces up to Decade of ‘Terrible’ Winters Thanks to Russian Gas Addictions
The European Union now faces up to ten years of “terrible” winters of energy insecurity as a result of its green agenda, with many nations in the bloc having gotten themselves addicted to Russian gas in service of climate crazy ideals.

Nations across the European Union could be facing a future of five-to-ten years of energy insecurity thanks to its climate crazy energy policy, something that saw many countries within the bloc addict themselves to Russian gas in service of their green agendas.

Fears are already spreading in many countries in Europe and beyond in regards to the possibility of public unrest as a result of expected financial hardship this coming winter, with government bigwigs in France and Germany expressing concern that citizens could react poorly to what has been termed by the President Emmanuel Macron as the “end of abundance“.

However, according to Belgium’s energy minister, problems in the EU look set to last far longer than one year, with the government official saying that the bloc could face up to a decade of energy insecurity if action is not taken now.

This is what you get when your leaders only do first-order thinking.  This is the hot issue? Do that.

There is never a question of what would happen next.  What if that doesn't work out. Most "elites" simply double-down if something doesn't work — after all, their solution is the smart one so it just wasn't given enough resources or funding.

Global warming is a fallacy to begin with.  History will not be kind.

From the New York Post:

Top FBI agent resigns amid claims he shielded Hunter Biden from probe
A top FBI agent at the Washington field office reportedly resigned from his post last week after facing intense scrutiny over allegations he helped shield Hunter Biden from criminal investigations into his laptop and business dealings.

A bit more:

The agent was escorted out of the field office by at least two “headquarters-looking types” last Friday, the sources said.

Good - we will never hear the full truth but glad that parts of it are finally starting to come out.

Electric cars - the reality

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I wish...

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And back to the farm - woo hoo!!!

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Another day in paradise.  One step closer to being off Camano Island.

Quick trip today - up, overnight and back to the island tomorrow.  Got stuff to do Wednesday.

Surf a bit - see what has happened in my absense...

And back to the island

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Was planning to spend another night up here but reached a good breaking point and need to bring more stuff up.  Back up here Tuesday sometime - supposed to be another hot spell but only a few days.

No posting until then...  Looking forward to getting the last of the stuff off the island - time to get back to life...

A simple question - the 2022 Election

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From Catturd on Truth Social

Is the FBI going to interfere in the 2022 election and blame Russia again?

Anyone?  Bueller?

The affidavit - our President's reply

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Speaking truth to power

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Hunter Biden and the affidavit

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Starlink V2 - some more information

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They are partnering with T-Mobile   I was with T-Mobile for many years, switching to Verizon when I could not get a reliable signal on Camano.  Cell service at the farm is still a joke for all carriers.

This press release from T-Mobile:

T‑Mobile Takes Coverage Above and Beyond With SpaceX
In a live event today, T-Mobile (NASDAQ: TMUS) CEO and President Mike Sievert and SpaceX Chief Engineer Elon Musk announced Coverage Above and Beyond: a breakthrough new plan to bring cell phone connectivity everywhere. Leveraging Starlink, SpaceX’s constellation of satellites in low Earth orbit, and T-Mobile’s industry-leading wireless network, the Un-carrier plans to provide near complete coverage in most places in the U.S. – even in many of the most remote locations previously unreachable by traditional cell signals.

Today, despite powerful LTE and 5G wireless networks, well over half a million square miles of the U.S. in addition to vast stretches of ocean are untouched by cell signals … from ANY provider. And as anyone who has ever encountered a mobile dead zone knows, the wireless industry has struggled to cover these areas with traditional terrestrial cellular technology, most often due to land-use restrictions (e.g. National Parks), terrain limits (e.g. mountains, deserts and other topographical realities) and America’s sheer vastness. In those areas, people are either disconnected or pay exorbitant rates to lug around a sat phone. SpaceX and T-Mobile share a vision where these uncovered areas are a relic of the past, and today, the companies are taking a first step to make that vision a reality.

From the middle of Death Valley to the Great Smoky Mountains or even that persistent neighborhood dead zone, T-Mobile and SpaceX have a vision to give customers a crucial additional layer of connectivity in areas previously unreachable by cell signals from any provider. And the service aims to work with the phone already in your pocket. The vast majority of smartphones already on T-Mobile’s network will be compatible with the new service using the device’s existing radio. No extra equipment to buy. It just works.

Very cool - time to switch back to T-Mobile once this gets deployed.  I know several people with Starlink and they are beyond happy with it.  This will make Search and Rescue a lot easier too - Satellite phones (and compact messaging devices) are available but very expensive so a lot of hikers do not carry one.  I can see a market for similar small devices that plug into this network.  I would sell my Iridium stock if I had any.

Fun time to be alive - very clever application of existing technology. Musk has vision.

Wish we had more of him and fewer Bill Gates' - Gates is not that bright and he has morphed into genuinely evil person.  Not from intent, from stupidity and narcissism.

The affidavit is out and the reductions are unreal. Orange man bad and that is all they had.

Waiting for the leak in 3... 2... 1...

A bit of a slip - AGAIN?

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Wonderful news - Starlink V2

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Addendum:

Note, connectivity will be 2 to 4 Mbits per cell zone, so will work great for texting & voice calls, but not high bandwidth

And to work...

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Coffee first of course - unload the van and trailer and then start clearing out the big equipment barn (40' by 100')  Start to stage things for the garage sale.  Lots to do.  Spending tonight up here, maybe Saturday too.

Looks like the censorship of the Hunter Biden laptop might get some traction in the mainstream media.  A lilttle bit early for the mid-term elections but...  You never know what will come out when... From the London Daily Mail:

Furious Republicans demand Mark Zuckerberg testify before Congress after his astonishing admission that Facebook willfully censored Hunter Biden laptop revelations for 10 days in run-up to election - after FBI's 'Russian disinformation' warning

    • Mark Zuckerberg admitted Facebook deliberately suppressed stories about Hunter Biden's laptop in 2020
    • He changed the algorithm so the story would appear much further down people's newsfeed on the site
    • Facebook CEO said the FBI had warned him of potential Russian misinformation in the run-up to the election
    • Comments sparked fury among Republicans saying the move may have cost Donald Trump the election

Mark Zuckerberg has sparked outrage with his bombshell revelation that Facebook deliberately used an algorithm to suppress stories about Hunter Biden's laptop in 2020 before the November election after an intervention by the FBI.

Republican politicians and voters have accused the FBI and Facebook of censorship, adding further questions about whether Americans should have been aware of the laptop before going to the polls and the impartiality of the bureau head Chris Wray, who ordered the raid on Mar-a-Lago this month.

The GOP have torn into the quashing of the story and have vowed to investigate Zuckerberg, the FBI and Hunter if they retake the majority in the House in the midterms.

Republican Representative Andrew Clyde of Georgia said: 'This isn't just insane, it's election interference. The Oversight Committee must immediately invite Mark Zuckerberg to testify—under oath—about the FBI’s attempts to circumvent the First Amendment. The American people deserve answers and accountability.'

Things are going to get interesting...

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From OilPrice:

Climbing Natural Gas Prices Could Force U.S. To Slash Exports To Europe
Natural gas prices in the United States hit the highest in 14 years this week, with the Henry Hub benchmark temporarily topping $10 per million British thermal units. And demand is not going down anytime soon.

The United States has emerged as the biggest supplier of natural gas to troubled Europe, as the latter first slipped into a gas crunch after demand outstripped supply last year. Then it slapped seven packages of sanctions against Russia—its main supplier—for its invasion of Ukraine.

U.S. gas, liquefied and transported to the LNG import terminals in Europe, has been instrumental in filling up Europe’s gas storage caverns ahead of schedule. At the same time, it has highlighted Europe’s vulnerability in the gas supply department: it has virtually no alternatives to U.S. gas, and this has pushed its gas bill ten times higher than what European countries normally spend on gas.

The vulnerability was also highlighted by the production outage at Freeport LNG, which supplies about a fifth of U.S. LNG and which has now said it will not restart production before November. Prices continue higher.

And of course, the ruling elites are not impacted - they have enough money so they are not worried.  The poor are already receiving the dole from the state.  Good dependent little slaves citizens.  The Communists want to eliminate the middle-class - that is their primary threat.  People who are fiscally intelligent enough to recognize the bullshit that the Communists are trying to push. Grind them into poverty.

Kind of hard to stand up to the tyrants when you are starving and the temperature inside your house is freezing.

This cheery little item from Seattle station KOMO:

King County health officials confirm case of infant diagnosed with monkeypox
King County health officials said Thursday that they have confirmed another case of an infant who has contracted monkeypox

According to a statement posted on the Public Health - Seattle & King County health update website, the infant who has the ailment is currently hospitalized, stable and receiving treatment.

According to the public health agency, the infant "was likely exposed to monkeypox through an infected family member. This child did not get the infection from school, childcare or other public setting."

The newest report means there are two confirmed cases of pediatric monkeypox in King County.

Given that 98% of cases are men and given that 93% of cases are men who have sex with other men, the vector is pretty obvious. And of course, it is not just WA State, California and DC have them too.  OK Groomer...  This is just plain perverted.  To use an innocent child for your sexual pleasure is perversion regardless of what "gender" you identify with.

It is the season after all - mid-terms

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From 90 Miles:

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And back at the farm again

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No internet on the island so posting (and surfing) is minimal.  Final push to get everything cleared out of the barn.

Up to the farm for two days.  Brought up a big load of stuff to sort through - clear out and organise for the big yard sale too...  Fun stuff...

More posting this evening.

One step ahead of the jailer - Fauci

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Getting out while the getting is good.  The house of cards is collapsing and he wants to avoid prosecution.  Go out on a high note.  Probably a lucrative book deal in there somewhere too...
From the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases:

Statement by Anthony S. Fauci, M.D.
I am announcing today that I will be stepping down from the positions of Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and Chief of the NIAID Laboratory of Immunoregulation, as well as the position of Chief Medical Advisor to President Joe Biden. I will be leaving these positions in December of this year to pursue the next chapter of my career.

It has been the honor of a lifetime to have led the NIAID, an extraordinary institution, for so many years and through so many scientific and public health challenges. I am very proud of our many accomplishments. I have worked with – and learned from – countless talented and dedicated people in my own laboratory, at NIAID, at NIH and beyond. To them I express my abiding respect and gratitude.

Over the past 38 years as NIAID Director, I have had the enormous privilege of serving under and advising seven Presidents of the United States, beginning with President Ronald Reagan, on newly emerging and re-emerging infectious disease threats including HIV/AIDS, West Nile virus, the anthrax attacks, pandemic influenza, various bird influenza threats, Ebola and Zika, among others, and, of course, most recently the COVID-19 pandemic. I am particularly proud to have served as the Chief Medical Advisor to President Joe Biden since the very first day of his administration.

Good riddance.  I only wish that he would be spending some time in jail for his crimes - he bungled the AIDS/HIV epidemic and his quality of work has not improved with time.

Post title?  Channeling my inner Jimmy

Back to the island for a day or two

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Going to be a couple of hot days here so heading back to the island to pack up the storage barn.
Getting stuff done...

Coffee first - quick surf this afternoon

I love it - common sense in Education

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Alabama is doing it right.   If they (the State) are setting the standards for the education of their children, they are making sure that the children graduate with useful skills. 
From Birmingham, AL station WBRC:

Alabama looks to change high school graduation requirements
The Alabama Department of Education is looking to update its high school graduation requirements.

The new requirements would ensure students are ready for their next step, whether that is higher education or going straight into the work force.

“We’re very excited about all students being successful in life. And in that could be going to a four-year college, going to a two-year college, going to a technical program, but it could be going straight to work,” said State Superintendent Eric Mackey.

Students would need to either show a qualifying score from one of various standardized tests, take an AP or college credit course, have a technical credential or acceptance into the military.

Excellent - nothing wrong wtih getting a trade.  Good money and high job-satisfaction.

Winter is coming - Europe

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They decided to go with alt.energy and to snub Russia's natural gas.
Now?  It is August and people are starting to wake up and go ruh-roh...
From Russia Today:

Swiss police warn of winter riots
Swiss people may revolt and resort to looting if the Alpine nation is hit by a severe energy crunch this winter, the police chief of one of its cantons told local media on Saturday.

Fredy Fassler, the head of the Security and Justice Department in the canton of St. Gallen, told German-language daily Blick that a blackout would have “far-reaching consequences.”

Imagine, you can no longer withdraw money at the ATM, you can no longer pay with the card in the store or refuel your tank at the gas station. Heating stops working. It’s cold. Streets go dark. It is conceivable that the population would rebel or that there would be looting,” he said, adding that the country’s authorities should take measures to prepare for such extreme scenarios.

And a bit more:

Fassler’s comments come after Swiss authorities said last week that they may place restrictions on energy consumption this coming winter, signaling that “power shortages [are] among the most serious risks” for the landlocked country.

Earlier, Werner Luginbuhl, the head of Switzerland’s electricity regulator ElCom, complained that electricity was being used “completely thoughtlessly,” and urged citizens to stock up on candles and firewood due to possible power outages in the country this winter.

Classic liberal line there:  electricity was being used “completely thoughtlessly  Sure, blame the end user.  It is their fault.  Not yours, you are only the person in charge of producing it and seeing that it is a reliable utility.  Switzerland has lots of hydro power.  Why not nukes too?

Now this should be fun - My Son Hunter

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Release on September 7th - website here: My Son Hunter

Color me surprised - NBC poll

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And NBC is one of the mainstream media outlets devoted to pushing the liberal narrative.
From Breitbart:

NBC’s Chuck Todd: Americans Are Angry, Disappointed, 74% Say Country on Wrong Track
NBC anchor Chuck Todd said Sunday on “Meet the Press” that a new NBC News poll finds “Americans are angry” with a graphic showing 74% of those polled say the country is on the wrong track.

Todd said, “We are less than three months before the Midterms and our brand new NBC News poll paints a pretty bleak picture. Americans are angry. They are disappointed, and they are worried about the future of this country.”

Midterm elections are going to be interesting to say the least. We The People are pissed.

Coffee & Covid - Mandates

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Been a daily reader of Coffee & Covid email list for over a year.  Author and lawyer Jeff Childers sends dispatches home from the front lines.  Really well written and would recomend it to anyone interested in the behind-the-scenes truth.  Subscribe here: Coffee & Covid

Today? Jeff hit it out of the park.  Action without representation - from the website:

THE MANDATE GOLD RUSH
Over the last two years, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how mandates work, where they come from, and why politicians go along with them. My thinking started with the covid mandates — masks, distancing, jabs, and all their odious relatives — but I quickly realized the mandate problem began much, much earlier than that. Like with wacky energy regulations that hollowed out our appliances since the 1970’s or so, ultimately leaving wet cups and silverware dripping in my expensive dishwasher EVERY SINGLE TIME we run a load (but neatly creating a brand-new endless market for liquid drying agents).

The loopy European Union recently pushed the appliance technique a little too far by mandating that toasters must make the bread perfectly limp instead of toasty, which arguably led to the whole unfortunate Brexit incident.

Famously, and more recently, Obamacare mandated that everyone buy expensive health insurance. But long before government mandated health insurance, it mandated auto insurance, seat belts, motorcycle helmets, corn additives in gasoline (“ethanol”), safety features in cars increasing prices to starter home levels, and mandatory devices to “clean up” your auto exhaust while also helping out by making your car run more inefficiently so you burn more fuel, creating more exhaust.

So here is my basic theory: We’ve allowed our capitalist Republic to be hijacked by a mutant form of neo-fascism, wherein corporations bribe or convince local and federal governments to mandate consumers purchase or consume their products, making the corporations fabulously wealthy while slowly leaching out our liberties through a million mandatory pinholes in our bank accounts.

First I’ll prove it exists. Then I’ll explain why this problem should be high on our list of issues to deal with, because so many of our other problems can be traced directly back to this one.

A bit of a long read but an excellent one.  Jeff is a lawyer and knows how to do his research - the facts are backed up.  We have our work cut out for us.  There is hope though - he ends today's post with the following observations:

The pandemic gave world governments a chance to declare an international emergency, which started a mandate gold rush that makes the original one look like a grainy 1960’s sci-fi movie.

So long as the government can unaccountably spend our money on anything they can describe as “for our own good,” we are involuntary toboggan riders, heading straight down, fast, toward socialism or full-on fascism. I wish I were exaggerating.

The good news is our opponents are not, well, intellectual dynamos.

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So true - even BillG is not that smart.  Something I have commented on before.
Truly interesting times...

From Chris Lynch:

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Farm again - it never stops...

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Feeling like a #$%^ yo-yo.  Up-down-up-down-up-down...

New restaurant in town - see what they are doing.  Surf in a little while.

And back to the island again

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Cooler weather now so going to try to get a couple of trips up and back before it gets hot again on Wednesday. Load up and back to the farm tomorrow.

alt.energy in one photo and caption

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People are touting hydrogen as the new "fuel"  What they are not saying is that we have no natural resources of hydrogen to consume.  Any hydrogen that we do have is either a byproduct of petroleum extraction or is manufactured either via steam reformation of methane or by brute-force electrolysis. Unfortunately, none of these are very efficient - electrolysis requires 52.5 kWh to produce one kilogram of hydrogen.  One kilogram of hydrogen holds 39.4 kWh of energy.  Steam reformation is a lot more efficient but you are destroying the natural gas to manufacture something that has a whole host of problems.  Natural gas (methane) is a much better fuel.

The IEEE/Spectrum Magazine has an article that really shows the cognitive dissonance at play:

2022—The Year the Hydrogen Economy Launched?
Among the technological visions that seem perpetually futuristic (think commercial nuclear fusion and maglev trains), the hydrogen economy has always been tantalizing. Hydrogen produced from renewable energy or nuclear power, with minimal greenhouse-gas emissions, could be piped or transported pretty much anywhere, using mostly existing infrastructure. It could power trucks, cars, planes, and ships and generate electricity, either in fuel cells or combustion turbines. In short, it could do anything fossil fuels do now, but with substantially reduced climate impact.

All fantasy and handwaving.  Grand new future...  And then there is this picture with this caption:

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A massive substation at the coal-fired Intermountain Power Plant in Utah
links the facility to transmission lines that deliver power to Southern California.
A $2.65 billion project, just getting underway, will install facilities there to generate electricity
from cleanly produced hydrogen.

That is $2.6 billion dollars of yours and my money.  Taxpayer money being used to subsidize energy rat-holes.  Make a few people very rich and screw the rest of us.  Nuclear energy is the way to go - specifically Thorium.  Molten salt reactors.  The uranium lobby has been blocking these for years - time to pull their teeth.

Another day at the farm

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Heading out for some coffee and then up to the farm.  Clearing out the equipment barn and getting ready for the yard sale.  Going to finish loading the dumpster there.  This is the third 20-yard dumpster I have filled up with various junk that I accumulated over the last 20 years. What can I say, I like going to auctions 😁

Heading down to the island later today.  The heat wave is supposed to break today - rain and t-storms in the forecast but next Wednesday?  Back up to the 90's.  Just a reprieve...

From Seth Dillon:

Seth is CEO of America's Newspaper of Record - The Babylon Bee

I have decent operational security when traveling through a given area - I know when it is safe and when to get the hell out of there.  I visited Vancouver, BC about ten years ago (2011) and when in Chinatown and neighboring Gastown, we were walking for about 30 minutes and I made the call to get back to the car and leave.  Did not feel safe and this was in the afternoon on a fall day.  I had been there in 2000 and it was a gorgeous and fun tourist area.  I was amazed at the decline in ten years.
Now?  From The Daily Hive/Urbanized:

“Post-apocalyptic scenes": Poor tourist reviews hurt Chinatown businesses
It seems businesses in Vancouver’s Chinatown neighbourhood just cannot catch a break.

Recently, Daily Hive uncovered the reviews that tourists have been leaving on the neighbouring community of Gastown and they weren’t pretty.

Well, Chinatown’s reviews are just as sharp, and local businesses say they are getting the brunt end of the stick as a result of the bad publicity.

If you visit websites like Yelp and Tripadvisor, tourists are leaving unflattering comments about the historic neighbourhood.

Descriptions like “dangerous” and “disgusting” have become common terms used to describe the area.

Life under liberal rule.  It is always the same - shithole cities.

Monkeypox - some numbers

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Looks like it is very specific in its choice of victims - and the media is strangely silent.
From Associated Press:

US offers extra monkeypox vaccine doses for gay pride events
The U.S. is setting aside an extra 50,000 doses of monkeypox vaccine for places with upcoming gay pride events, health officials said Thursday.

The number of doses sent to each place will be based on factors like the size of the event, how many health workers will be available to give shots, and how many of the attendees are considered at highest risk for catching the virus.

So nice of the USA to take care of this population.  Scoll down to paragraph #10 and #11 for these numbers:

There have been more than 39,000 cases reported in countries that have not historically seen monkeypox. The vast majority have occurred in men who have sex with men, but health officials stress that anyone can get monkeypox.

The U.S. has the most infections of any country — more than 13,500. About 98% of U.S. cases are men and about 93% were men who reported recent sexual contact with other men.

OK - the transmission seems to be via gay sex between men.  Which begs the questions in these two headlines:

At Least 8 Children in the U.S. Have Now Tested Positive for Monkeypox

Family pet tests for monkeypox as first human-to-dog transmission case confirmed

Begs the question: Is nothing sacred?  I guess not. So wrapped up in their lifestyle that they cannot abstain for a few weeks.  Or get a monogamous relationship.

Leisurely lunch and back to work...

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Heading back to the farm.  Hot and humid day today - staying hydrated and taking breaks.

Spending the night here - back to the island tomorrow afternoon...  More posting later

Aaaand he's out - Mr. Potatohead on CNN

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UPDATE BELOW:

"Journalist" Brian Stelter was one of the major propaganda organs for the deep state. His "analysis" of the Hunter Biden Laptop story was that it was "a manufactured scandal and possibly a Russian disinformation operation".  That agreed with the narrative but now, too many people know the truth for that narrative to be effective any more.  Like any other dinosaur, he was unable to adapt to the new narrative so now? Has been canned.  From FOX News:

Brian Stelter out at CNN as network cancels media show 'Reliable Sources'
CNN is parting ways with "Reliable Sources" host and media pundit Brian Stelter, with his last show airing on Sunday.

"CNN will end its ‘Reliable Sources’ program on Sunday, August 21st. As a result Brian Stelter will leave the company. We appreciate his contributions to the network and wish him well as he embarks on new endeavors," a CNN spokesperson told Fox News Digital.

Stelter said in a statement to NPR that he was grateful for his time at CNN and the show's examination of the "media, truth and the stories that shape our world." A former New York Times reporter, he joined CNN in 2013 and took over the Sunday media affairs show at that time.

He will not suffer any loss - he was a faithful servant of the deep state.  They will wait for six months and he will have another media position.  Probably get a very lucrative book deal out of it too.  $10Million advance for a book that will sell less than 10,000 copies.

UPDATE:

Sundance has found the absolute perfect quote - his analysis of Stelter's firing is spot on too.
Just go and read.  Here is the quote from the master:

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In a nutshell?  Petroleum.  Drill baby, drill...
From the New York Times via the internet archive (defeats the paywall):

Mexico Sees Its Energy Future in Fossil Fuels, Not Renewables
On a recent scorching afternoon in his home state of Tabasco, the president of Mexico celebrated his government’s latest triumph: a new oil refinery.

Though not yet operational, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador hailed the refinery as a centerpiece in his grand campaign to secure Mexico’s energy independence.

“We ignored the sirens’ song, the voices that predicted, in good faith, perhaps, the end of the oil age and the massive arrival of electric cars and renewable energies,” he told the cheering crowd.

At a moment when scientists are sounding alarms about the need to move away from fossil fuels that contribute to catastrophic climate change, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has sparked a global shift in the opposite direction, with the United States and European countries moving to increase oil and gas production to counter bans on Russian energy.

But Mexico is going even further.

This is what intelligent leadership looks like.

That raid?  I keep going back to this meme:

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Now this from Newsweek of all sources:

FBI Sought Documents Trump Hoarded for Years, Including about Russiagate
The FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago last Monday was specifically intended to recover Donald Trump's personal "stash" of hidden documents, two high-level U.S. intelligence officials tell Newsweek.

To justify the unprecedented raid on a former president's residence and protect the source who revealed the existence of Trump's private hoard, agents went into Trump's residence on the pretext that they were seeking all government documents, says one official who has been involved in the investigation. But the true target was this private stash, which Justice Department officials feared Donald Trump might weaponize.

"They collected everything that rightfully belonged to the U.S. government but the true target was these documents that Trump had been collecting since early in his administration," says the source, who was granted anonymity to discuss sensitive issues.

Russiagate was always a fabrication.  President Trump dealt strongly with Russia - why would that nation seek to get him in power.  Much better to get a doddering figurehead like Biden or a BFF who already sold 20% of our Uranium production to them (Hillary).  I am betting that President Trump has enough documentation to leave most of DC a smoking crater and they know it.

I am also betting that the real documents are safe somewhere in the USA but not at Mar Al Largo.  The next two+ years are going to be epic...

Heads up - literally

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People in Northern latitudes have a very good chance of seeing a nice Northern Lights display.
Seattle meteorologist Cliff Mass has the details:

Significant Aurora Possible Tonight
Folks in the northern half of Washington State may well see an impressive auroral display tonight.

A major Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) on the solar surface has resulted in a flux of particles moving into the earth's magnetic field.

A measure of the disturbance of the earth's magnetic field is Kp: auroral activity moving southward into our area generally requires Kp of 5 or more. The estimated value right now is 6.

Heading out around 9PM tonight.  Sit for a while to dark-adapt my eyes and see what is happening...
We do live on an amazing planet

The three branches of Government

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Sure feels like it these days:

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Read the label: ...crickets...

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No, really - from Don Surber:

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And at the farm again - woo hoo...

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Quick surf - take care of a bunch of emails.  Up here for the night.

More posting later...

From America's Newspaper of Record:

Sources Allege Trump Stole Plans Revealing White House’s Thermal Exhaust Port
Anonymous sources are alleging that among the documents confiscated from Trump's residence were the top secret plans to the White House. These plans are said to reveal the building's only weakness: a thermal exhaust port only 2 meters wide.

"It's impossible to overstate just how close we came to losing our fully armed and operational Washington D.C.," said FBI Director Wray. "A direct hit from an AR-15 on the thermal exhaust port on the southeast corner of the White House roof would set off a chain reaction that would destroy the entire District of Columbia."

Sources also claimed that since Trump's sons had extensive experience bulls-eyeing baby elephants in Africa that are no larger than 2 meters, it was only a matter of time before "insurrectionist scum" made a move to destroy the entire facility.

"Just think — Washington D.C. could have been destroyed!" said Director Wray. "The FBI just saved Washington D.C.!" Reports confirmed that FBI approval plunged another 12 points after Wray's statement.

At publishing time, sources confirmed that Trump also had possession of the One Ring, which is now being safely returned to the nation's capital.

Makes better sense than what the other media is telling us.

Another day at the farm - say hi to Bigfoot, move stuff out of the barn and get ready for stuff from the island.

Quick surf and didn't see anything that caught my eye except for anecdotal information that #1) - some of the seized documents from the Trump raid were privileged communications and the FBI should not have taken then and #2) - there have been 14 whistleblowers from within the FBI come forward... So far...

Back to the island today for a day or two.

And that is the A#1 unvarnished truth

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The lament of machinists and fabri-cobblers everywhere:

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Productive day at the farm

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Spending another night up here.  Have been camping out in the storage barn on Camano Island - it has a washer and dryer and bathroom so I am not sleeping 100% rough but I have not been getting a good rest.  Slept about ten hours yesterday and spending tonight up here too - make sure I am fully energized before going back down to load up more stuff...

My 20 Yard dumpster is getting full - this will be the third one at the house.  I got too much crap...

Woooo hooo!!! DALL-E

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DALL-E is an AI based image generator.  You send it a description and it returns an image based on that description.  Access has been by invitation only and this morning, I received a wonderful email.  I have been doing blacksmithing since 2006 and the crow is a major spirit animal for me.  Here is what it came up with:

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Heh - the test

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The raid - best explanation yet

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Via Don Surber:

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Back to the farm for the day

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Been feeling a bit of fatigue - I thought it was associated with the unseasonably hot weather but that has let up and I am still tired.  Did not bother loading the trailer today - just a light load and take care of that tomorrow.  Get a good night's sleep and sleep in as late as I wish for the morrow. No chills, anosmia, stomach cramps or other symptoms of the 'rona.  Already checked.

Quick surf to see what is up and then, maybe a nap.

And out for the day

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Coffee and then to the farm - clearing out trash from the equipment barn. Make room for good stuff from the island.
Back to the island tonight. Lather, rinse, repeat.

Nothing much happening out there - the FBI raid on President Trump's home continues to blow up in the faces of the Democrats.  Good.

Tonight's meme

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From Diogenes' Middle Finger comes this canonical list - the first ten:

What Your Favorite Classic Rock Band Says About You
Complied by Middle Finger News Entertainment Reporter, Roach Clip Johnson, During a Series of Recent Lucid Moments

The Doors: You have been bitten by an animal while trying to get it stoned.
Jimi Hendrix: You are under 20 or over 65.
Black Sabbath: Your greatest joy is painting in unventilated rooms.
The Grateful Dead: Your stories about the ‘70s make your daughter’s roommates at Tufts very uncomfortable.
T-Rex: No matter how much you clean, there will always be trace amounts of glitter on your stove and blender.
Pink Floyd: Your garage is full of failed versions of your stereo/barbecue hybrid.
ZZ Top: Your favorite Hank Williams is Hank Williams, Jr.
Chicago: You are incapable of talking about Chicago without mentioning their horn section.
Crosby, Stills & Nash: You own an oversized hat.
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: You own three or more oversized hats.

Twenty-five more.  100% spot on...

If Yang can see the light, so can the people who share his politics:

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Pendulum swinging back and all that good stuff...

Of course. Nancy Pelosi and her son

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From the London Daily Mail:

Nancy Pelosi's son - who secretly joined mom on her controversial trip to Taiwan - is a top investor in Chinese telecoms company, despite House Speaker's campaign to tackle China's corporate influence in the US

    • Nancy Pelosi's son Paul Pelosi Jr, 53, is the second largest investor in a $22million Chinese company
    • Paul secretly accompanied his mother on her controversial trip to Taiwan last week and is seen in photos alongside Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen and other top Taiwanese officials
    • Paul worked for the telecoms company, Borqs Technologies, in a board or consultancy role, and was awarded 700,000 shares for his services, making him the fifth - and later second - largest shareholder
    • His ties to the Chinese firm are revealed as Pelosi campaigns to tackle the Chinese government's aggression abroad and its corporate influence in the United States
    • Paul's name was not listed in the official delegation sent out by the Speaker's office, but in a statement the Speaker admitted her son was her 'escort' on the trip in lieu of her husband

This is my surprised face.  Lots more at the site including photos and copies of documents.
Yet another corrupt and dirty DC household.

At the farm again

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Looks like the President Trump raid has really pissed people off.  Overreach.

I'm going to unpack the van and trailer and will surf and post later this evening.

From ERJ - a daily read for me:

Where do the puppeteers live?
Lori Lightfoot, Eric Adams, Occasional-Cortex and Joe Biden are not the puppeteers.

Inconveniencing Lightfoot, Adams et al will not "control" the outcomes although vexing them can be entertaining and might dilute the impact of the cold water.

The puppeteers, for the most part, crave the safety of anonymity. They stay behind the curtain and pull the strings.

What is certain is that their brown-nosing tools LOVE to be close to the richest puppeteers and only the most loyal and productive tools are allowed to be close. The bee-keeper finds the hidden beehive by following the foraging bees back to it.

The tools are Nancy and Hillary and Obama and others of their ilk. They are not the pressure points. They are the worker-bees who lead us to the queen, the strings that lead back to the puppet-masters.

Those are the neighborhoods that need to be flooded with illegal, unemployed immigrants. Not the neighborhoods filled with working-stiffs but the posh (and not-so-posh) enclaves of the string-pullers.

Not-so-posh because many of those string-pullers are lifer, impossible-to-fire bureaucrats rooted in the Deep State.

These are the people who need to be identified, mocked and driven into the river. Preferably with a thick coating of tar and well-dusted with feathers.

And the details come out - Trump raid

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From the London Daily Mail of course:

Eric Trump tells DailyMail.com what REALLY happened in FBI raid: President's son says 30 agents REFUSED to hand over warrant, kicked lawyer off property, rifled through clothes - and how Mar-a-Lago staff refused to turn off security cameras

    • Eric Trump recounted the Monday raid of his father's Mar-a-Lago residence in an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com
    • He said that they kicked Donald Trump's lawyer Christina Bobb off the property and made her wait at the end of a driveway during the raid
    • Also said that FBI agents refused to provide a copy of the search warrant
    • The former president's son said contrary to FBI direction, they refused to turn off security cameras at the Palm Beach estate

Much more at the site.  The good news is that the progressives keep ratcheting up their tactics and eventually, people will have enough.  I am hoping that this is the proverbial straw.

A warm reception in Seattle - Fauci

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Seattle Mariner's Game - quite a good number of booo's from the crowd:

And out for the day

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Clearing out the equipment barn at the farm.  Need to make room for all the stuff from Camano Island.

Sun is starting to break through the clouds - raining early this morning.  We need it.  Coffee first.

Truth

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Looks like a serial killer out there - someone is targeting members of the Religion of Peace

Whoops, it is one of their fellow congregants - someone from the other side of the aisle
From the London Daily Mail:

Prime suspect, 51, arrested for Albuquerque Muslim serial killings moved to US from Afghanistan 'a few years ago' and knew his male victims: 'Sunni' to be charged for two of the four killings after murder weapon found during home raid

    • A suspect who moved to the U.S. from Afghanistan has been arrested in the serial killing of four Muslim men in Albuquerque over the past nine months
    • Ahmad Assed, president of the city's largest mosque, said police told him that the suspect is a Sunni Muslim angered by his daughter marrying a Shiite Muslim
    • The brother of one of the victims told DailyMail.com their family was Sunni, not Shiite, and he did not believe the hypothesis
    • Muhammad Syed, 51, was arrested on Tuesday after police sought information about a grey sedan seen at the murder scenes, and the community offered tips
    • Syed was charged with domestic violence in May 2018 and aggravated battery in December 2018, DailyMail.com has learnt, but both charges were dropped
    • The victims include Mohammad Zahir Ahmadi, 62; Aftab Hussein, 41; Muhammad Afzaal Hussain, 27; and Naeem Hussain, 25
    • Each of the men were immigrants to the United States - two from Afghanistan, two from Pakistan: all were fatally shot within a five-mile radius of each other
    • Albuquerque Police Chief Harold Medina announced on Tuesday the police department tracked down the suspect's vehicle and detained the driver

Look for this story to disappear from the mainstream media in 3... 2... 1...
Doesn't fit the narrative after all.  Got to promote the narrative.
Reminds me of this from Mark Twain:

“Man is the Reasoning Animal. Such is the claim. I think it is open to dispute. Indeed, my experiments have proven to me that he is the Unreasoning Animal... In truth, man is incurably foolish. Simple things which other animals easily learn, he is incapable of learning. Among my experiments was this. In an hour I taught a cat and a dog to be friends. I put them in a cage. In another hour I taught them to be friends with a rabbit. In the course of two days I was able to add a fox, a goose, a squirrel and some doves. Finally a monkey. They lived together in peace; even affectionately.

Next, in another cage I confined an Irish Catholic from Tipperary, and as soon as he seemed tame I added a Scotch Presbyterian from Aberdeen. Next a Turk from Constantinople; a Greek Christian from Crete; an Armenian; a Methodist from the wilds of Arkansas; a Buddhist from China; a Brahman from Benares. Finally, a Salvation Army Colonel from Wapping. Then I stayed away for two whole days. When I came back to note results, the cage of Higher Animals was all right, but in the other there was but a chaos of gory odds and ends of turbans and fezzes and plaids and bones and flesh--not a specimen left alive. These Reasoning Animals had disagreed on a theological detail and carried the matter to a Higher Court.”

Not that far off.  Three - first, from The New York Post:

Judge who OK’d Mar-a-Lago raid Obama donor once linked to Jeffrey Epstein
The Florida federal magistrate judge who signed off on a search warrant authorizing the FBI raid of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort donated to Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign — months after he left the local US Attorney’s office to rep employees of convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein who had received immunity in the long-running sex-trafficking investigation of the financier.

All you need to know.  Second - a bit of a flashback from Daily Caller:

FLASHBACK: Schumer Warned In 2017 The FBI Would Have ‘Six Ways’ Of Getting Back At Trump
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer predicted in 2017 that the intelligence community would have “six ways” to get back at former President Donald Trump after Trump pushed back against allegations of Russian interference in the election.

Trump had tweeted that an intelligence briefing over Russia’s alleged interference into the 2016 election had been delayed because the agency needed more time “to build a case,” according to The Hill. The tweet came after authorities said Russia tried to interfere in the election.

“You take on the intelligence community, they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you, so even for a practical, supposedly hard-nosed businessman, he’s being really dumb to do this,” Schumer said to Rachel Maddow while speaking on MSNBC.

“What do you think the intelligence community would do if they were motivated to?” Maddow asked.

The deep-state in action.  President Trump was disturbing their rice bowls.
Got to keep that sweet sweet ca$h flowing into their off-shore bank accounts...

Third: this meme tickled my funny bone - would have been wonderful to do if he had the heads-up and the wherewithal to do this.  From Don Surber:

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And back to the farm again

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Up here for the evening - back to the island for another load tomorrow.

Snack and surf for now...

Heading back to Camano for another load.  Back up here Tuesday afternoon...

Once you wake up to the fact that our "elites" are pushing a narrative and that all of the major media outlets are complicit in pushing it, it becomes fun to observe from an outsider's perspective.  Watch it shift over time.  Watch our "elites" change their stories to aid their attempt at world domination.

For a couple of years, *Resident Biden was the level-headed, tried and true man of the people.  He served as VP and was groomed to serve as proxy for Obama's third and fourth term as shadow president. Unfortunately, Joe is demonstrably senile and Hunter is demonstrably corrupt.  So the narrative shifts.  From Breitbart:

CNN’s Stelter: Hunter Biden ‘Not Just a Right-Wing Media Story’ — ‘A Real Problem’ for Joe Biden in 2024
CNN anchor Brian Stelter said Sunday on his show “Reliable Sources” that the ongoing federal investigation of President Joe Biden’s son Hunter is “not just a right-wing media story.”

Stelter added Hunter’s legal jeopardy could endanger his father’s chances in his 2024 re-election run.

Stelter said, “Maureen Dowd’s column in this morning’s New York Times basically says that Joe Biden should not run for re-election. This has been a narrative for months, and it is getting louder and louder, including from some Democratic lawmakers saying Biden should basically hang it up and say he is a lame duck and not run in 2024.

Much more at the site - fun stuff.  Crumbling.  Obama's "legacy" will be ashes when this is all over and done with.

Unloaded everything yesterday.  Spending today clearing out space in the barn up here.  Bringing things up from Camano and sorting and packing them up here. Quite a hot day yesterday with more in the forecast for today - start early, head back to the island this afternoon and work down there.  The storage space down there gets really good afternoon shade so it is a lot cooler. Try to be out of there this month.

Coffee first - heading out for that in a few minutes...

Minimal posting for the next few days...

The children are the bag men

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When there is the faintest taint of corruption, look for the children.
Biden, Robert Hunter is the current prime example.
John Kerry’s stepson, Chris Heinz was in business with Hunter and the Chinese.
Now? Paul Pelosi, Jr. - son of Nancy.  Two from The Gateway Pundit - clickable headlines:

It’s Conclusive – Paul Pelosi Jr. (Speaker Pelosi’s Son) Traveled with Her on Her Recent Trip to Asia

Did Nancy Pelosi Travel to Taiwan to Increase Her Family Fortune? It Appears Her Son Paul Was With Her in Asia

The second one is: "Of course"  Duuuhhhhh...  The second post also has photos of Paul, Jr. in Malaysia, Singapore and has appeared on Ukrainian television in 2017.  The London Daily Mail also takes a look — this is from January of this year:

Nancy Pelosi's son Paul was involved in FIVE companies probed by the feds as shocking paper trail connects him to a slew of fraudsters and convicted criminals

    • A shocking paper trail shows Nancy Pelosi's son, Paul Pelosi Jr.'s connections to a host of fraudsters, rule-breakers and convicted criminals
    • A DailyMail.com investigation can reveal that Paul, 52, was involved in five companies probed by federal agencies before, during or after his time there
    • He joined the board of a biofuel company after it defrauded investors, according to an SEC ruling, and whose CEO was convicted after bribing Georgia officials
    • Paul was president of an environmental investment firm that turned out to be a front for two convicted fraudsters, documents reveal
    • He served as vice president of a company previously embroiled in an investigation of scam calls that targeted senior citizens
    • A medical company Pelosi Jr. worked for was accused of testing drugs on people without FDA authorization, DailyMail.com can reveal
    • A source close to a firm Nancy's son worked for told DailyMail.com that Pelosi Jr. received $2.8 million of shares allegedly issued as part of a massive $164 million fraud in July 2016

Much more at the site...

From the London Daily Mail:

The new Yellowstone: Chris Pratt's new Navy thriller The Terminal List defies woke critics' scathing reviews to shoot up ratings chart with 1.6 BILLION minutes of streams

    • While critics turned their noses up at 'The Terminal List,' viewers have loved the Chris Pratt-led series and made it the second-most watched show in the country
    • The show stars Pratt as a US Navy Seal who returns home and tries to put together how and why his platoon were ambushed and killed
    • Rotten Tomatoes showed an average rating of 40/100 by critics but a glowing 94/100 from viewers
    • The contrast between critics and viewers is reminiscent of the reaction to 'Yellowstone,' a cowboy series also hated by critics but loved by viewers
    • Pratt has drawn the ire from woke commentators over his devout Christianity and love of hunting, although he's never discussed his political views

One "critic"

They included The Hollywood Reporter writer Daniel Fienberg, who called it 'the entertainment equivalent of a charred hockey puck, with the same limited range of flavor and aesthetics.'

Of course, Mr. Fienberg's job is to promote the narrative so he is not in danger of unemployment. He will just raise another drink and commiserate with his buddies on the stupidity of the "rubes" in flyover country.  Clueless.  Utterly clueless.

Sounds like a good show.  I like Chris Pratt as a person and as the characters he plays.

Megapod territory

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The Annual Sasquatch festival was today after a couple—year hiatus
About 800 people there when I came up around 1PM - lots of booths spread over three properties.  Live music.  Lots of local artwork. Very good mood overall - people really glad to be out in public again.  Only a few people wearing masks.  Some people do have medical conditions and compromised immune systems but my guess is that these were just sheeple.

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The line of popups went all the way around the building.  Lots of good stuff...

Still here... Stuff on plate

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Much stuff on plate.  Employee problems but sometimes they solve themselves.  They quit.

At the farm and the store through tomorrow.  Back to the island and then shuttling all my crap precious belongings up here.

Short post now - much more later this evening.  Got stuff to do first...

From Breitbart:

Ron DeSantis Suspends Woke State Prosecutor: We Will Not Allow ‘Pathogen of Ignoring the Law’ in Florida
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) is taking action against woke prosecutors who put themselves above the law, announcing the suspension of State Attorney Andrew Warren.

DeSantis, speaking from Tampa, detailed the growing emergence of woke prosecutors across the country and the frustration it has caused within the law enforcement community. These prosecutors, he explained, are effectively nullifying laws with selective enforcement, allowing crime to run rampant across the country. The governor asked for an examination of such actions in the Sunshine State and said the results pointed to the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit in Hillsborough County with State Attorney Andrew Warren.

DeSantis detailed some of the egregious instances of his disregard for the rule of law — from refusing to enforce any prohibitions on sex change operations for minors, regardless of action from the legislature, to asserting that he would not enforce any laws relating to protecting the right to life in the Sunshine State.

“It’s not for him to put himself above that [the legislature’s action] and say that he is not going to enforce the laws. We don’t elect people in one part of the state to have veto power over what the entire state decides on these important issues,” DeSantis explained.

Lots more at the site - the reactions have been wonderful.

The communists have been working to install their operatives at critical control points.  We know this and have done nothing. Until now.  Let us hope that this is the first of many...

We are winning - WOKE media

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Looks like the general public is sick of WOKE as much as We The People.
From the London Daily Mail:

Holy woke, Batman! Warner Bros SCRAPS $100m Batgirl movie because of shockingly bad test screen reactions - making it one of the most costly Hollywood castoffs EVER (and it won't even go to streaming)

    • Warner Bros executives have scrapped its $100 million Batgirl origin film after it received poor test reviews
    • Executives thought the film would hurt the future of the brand as they seek to streamline the DC Extended Universe
    • According to those who have seen the film, Michael Keaton's Batman was only featured in a few scenes, and did not serve as a mentor to Barbara Gordon
    • The studio now wants to go back to big theatrical event releases

Warner Bros executives have dramatically scrapped its $100million Batgirl origin film after it received poor test reviews.

The decision to axe the film — which was slated to be released on HBO Max later this year — came after a series of test screenings were panned by audiences, an unnamed source told the New York Post, and studio execs thought it would hurt the future of the brand as they seek to streamline the DC Extended Universe.

The pull-quote:

'I'll say I'm not that surprised Batgirl got canceled as it features a woke Latino Batgirl and Barbara Gordon in a story that sounds downright awful,' Matt McGloin wrote for Cosmic Book News.

Get WOKE?  Go BROKE - time and time again.  Never fails.  There are only a few people pushing this narrative but they are well organized, have the media in their pockets and are currently enjoying the limelight.  They are enjoying their fifteen minutes of fame - time for them to go back under the rock they came from.  Losing $100M will certainly bring that point home to the Warner Bros. shareholders.

And slept for ten hours.  Finally done with the house on Camano Island.

I still have way too much stuff in the storage barn on the island and will be heading down later today to spend a few days starting in on that pile...

Coffee first - I may be done with the island but I still have my priorities 😁

Hello farm

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Dropped the small trailer off at the farm and sleeping at the store office tonight - 2br apartment so one bedroom is kept for me when I come up.

Tired so a quick surf and then to sleep - sleep in tomorrow...

Pulling the plug - bye bye Island

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Heading out for coffee in a little while.  Last of the packing - clean house after I get back from coffee.

Farm this afternoon - up there for a few days.  Basically sleep in and fsck-off and do nothing.
Back down to the storage barn for a few days this weekend - start in on that project...

Posting late this evening

Final surf on the island...

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Was hoping to be out by 4PM but events conspired.......  Sleeping on a camp cot in an empty house. The dogs are wondering what is up - never seen this behaviour before.  Bear moved with me to the island (and Grace - RIP) but that was done over the period of many months so not a sudden uprooting.

Still have internet so see what has happened in the world...  Early bedtime.

UPDATE: Nancy Pelosi's husband apparently had drugs in his system and also handed the police a "get out of jail free" card - a card showing that he had given money to a Law Enforcement charitable organization.  Nothing else catches my eye

Final day on the island

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Been here for four years - had some good times and some not-so good times.  The sale closes at 9:30 this morning - three hours away.  The buyers take posession at 3:00PM. 

Needless to say, posting will be nonexistant for today at least.  Going to the farm for a day or two to bring the last load of valuables (music synthesizer, barrels of fun, camera stuff, etc....) and to take stock of what I need to do up there (get rid of 90% of the crap and pack the rest up for shipment).

Feels good to be out.

And it is back on - Pelosi to Taiwan

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Good - stick a thumb in the eye of the Chinese. We do not kowtow to them.
From FOX News:

Pelosi set to visit Taiwan, triggering dire warning from Chinese media personality
After rampant speculation, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will be visiting Taiwan and meeting with government officials this week, according to reports, and the former editor of a Chinese state-run publication has issued a dire warning.

While certain details remain up in the air, Pelosi is expected to go to Taiwan following her current stop in Singapore. She is reported to have planned meetings with Taiwanese officials and others on Tuesday evening and Wednesday.

Begs the question though - why is she over there.  We are getting close to mid-terms.
What is the reason for this junket (on the taxpayer dime too)?
Collecting campaign contributions?  Wired funds leave a trail of breadcrumbs. 
Bearer bonds are not tracable.
Wonder if she waits for a month or so and then does "a fact-finding junket" to Ukraine.
That is where people are laundering their money these days...

Last full day

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I got this.  Getting the bedroom taken down today - got a few things in the garage (shelving units, tool cabinet and two smaller welding tables).  Tomorrow?  The valuable stuff - synthesizer, camera and assorted fun things.

Nothing much happening out there.  Will Pelosi visit Taiwan and what is the reason for her visit?
Picking up some "campaign contributions"?

Work around the house and then I am off for coffee...

Plant-based meat - the truth

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From Bayou Renaissance Man:

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What gets me is that there is such a huge culinary library out there of delicious and nutritious vegetarian food, why would people try to force the plants into mimicking something that they are not?  If you want to be vegetarian, eat plants.  Don't expect to continue to eat a meat analog - expand your horizions a little bit for cryin' out loud.  It's a big world out there...

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