Nice neighbors

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Some wonderful people moving in - from Seattle station KOMO:

Notorious Mexican drug cartel trying to gain foothold in Seattle, Pacific Northwest
Federal drug investigators say there are many homegrown, illegal drug makers who are operating in the Seattle area and the Pacific Northwest, but violent Mexican drug cartels are moving in and also trying to establish a foothold in the region.

Officials from Homeland Security Investigations, the principal investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security, told KOMO News that they are eyeing one group in particular because of its brazen activity.

That group is known as Jalisco New Generation Cartel, or CJNG, and its members are active in Mexico with operations that extend through the U.S. and all throughout Washington state.

Federal law enforcement said the cartel is now the primary group trafficking fentanyl into the U.S. across the southern border and into the Pacific Northwest via the north/south Interstate 5 corridor.

Gee - isn't there something that we can do?  Like close the border?
Still want to know how much Pelosi and Schumer are getting to keep it open.
That is the only explanation for the mess that we are in.

Quiet morning - sunny and cool

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No rain last night. Nothing (much) on the internet. Finishing breakfast and getting ready to head out.

Great five minute rag on our *Resident from Sky News:

This comment from J.B. sums it up:

Joe Biden's mind is like a web browser. 19 tabs are open, 17 are frozen and
he has no idea where the music is coming from.

Tip of the hat to Borepatch

Heh - so true

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Old-school televisions had mechanical tuners with lots of moving electrical contacts; tube pins in their sockets were a weakness too.  They would oxidize and giving them a good thump from time to time would get a better connection - improve the reception:

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I can think of a few people that need this treatment.

The Arizona Election audit

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Getting hinkier by the minute - from The Gateway Pundit:

AZ Audit Director Ken Bennett: Dominion Refuses to Comply with Subpoena and Turn Over Password to Their Maricopa County Machines
The Maricopa County Election Board claimed this week they do not have ‘Admin’ access to their county’s voting machines.

If this is the case, then the County did not own the election process they ceded it to their external vendor.

System administrators are individuals who have access to the systems at their highest levels. These individuals are able to perform all sorts of duties. They are able to perform most all the functions and changes in a system. They have complete and total control and can even delete or alter system logs.

I am betting that this last item: "and can even delete or alter system logs" is why they are withholding the access.  My SWAG is that the voting systems use some form of database and I am betting it is some dialect of SQL Server. These databases record every single operation that has ever happened from their day of creation to their last event. It would record if and when the system logs were altered or deleted.  Only an admin (root) would have the ability to read the database at that level of detail and granularity.

Here is Ken talking about the problem:

The roadblocks that they are throwing up indicate to me that there are significant problems with the accuracy of the 2020 Presidential Election. There are 2,700+ comments to the Gateway Pundit article that agree with me.  The Democrats knew that they did not have a chance - that the American Voters would not stand for their ideology. So, they did what they always do - they cheated.

They will continue to do this until we make it very painful for them to break the law.

Down in the dump

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Time for a dump run this afternoon.  Got the van full 'o crap.

Turned into quite the nice day - lots of rain this morning. Got almost a half-inch overnight.  A guy I work with at the store got an inch - they live about 400 feet above sea level and face the prevailing winds.  Microclimates are interesting.

Sunny and cool - Small Craft Advisory is still up but not seeing it here.  Again, microclimates - it can be blowing a squall on the far side of Whidbey and I will not see any of it. Got a few isolated lightning strikes in British Columbia but nothing within 100 miles of here.

Been eating a large lunch around 2:30 or so and just snacking for dinner.  Maybe a salad tonight.

WHOOPS: Closes at 5:00 PM - do the dump run tomorrow after work...  Glad I doublechecked before heading out.

Downside to mask wearing

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The Chinese know what makes Hunter tick - hookers and blow.
From the London Daily Mail:

EXCLUSIVE: 'Your doggy chain necklace is waiting for you.' Flirty messages from Hunter Biden's Chinese-American secretary, 29, who worked for him when he partnered with the 'spy chief of China' are revealed

    • DailyMail.com can reveal messages between Hunter Biden and young Chinese-American woman who worked in his business venture with Patrick Ho
    • In an audio recording, Hunter described Ho to a friend as the 'spy chief of China'
    • The young secretary, JiaQi Bao, worked for Hunter during his partnership with Chinese oil giant CEFC in a multi-million-dollar deal
    • Bao, then age 29, scheduled flights, hotels and doctor's appointments for him
    • She sent him opposition research to help Joe Biden's 2020 election bid and wrote flirty and personal messages and ended up with his military dog tags
    • She also encouraged him to draw from the company's accounts before they was shut down
    • Hunter and Joe Biden's brother Jim partnered with CEFC in 2017, in a deal that was meant to generate billions of dollars
    • But the joint venture collapsed the following year when CEFC's secretary general Ho was arrested and convicted of bribery in a US federal prosecution
    • It's unclear whether Bao was aware of CEFC bosses alleged links with intelligence services at the time and she has not responded to requests for comment

Hunter Biden's emails reveal his close relationship with the Chinese-American secretary who worked for him when he went into business with the man he called the 'spy chief of China.'

The mysterious young assistant wrote the president's son flirty messages, sent him opposition research for Joe's White House run and encouraged him to draw funds from the company's accounts when the joint venture collapsed and even ended up with Hunter's military dog tags.

In 2017 Hunter went into business with Patrick Ho, secretary general of Chinese oil giant CEFC.

Hunter described Ho in a call recording on his abandoned laptop as the 'spy chief of China', and the Chinese businessman was later surveilled by US law enforcement as a foreign intelligence threat before he was convicted of bribery in 2018.

After launching his multi-million-dollar joint venture with CEFC, Hunter was assigned a 29-year-old Chinese-American assistant, JiaQi Bao, who quickly struck up a close and intriguing relationship with her Biden boss.

At first, emails show the New York-based Bao diligently scheduled flights, hotels and even doctor's appointments for the president's son.

Much more at the site - the whole family is dirty as hell.

Raining lightly - got a bit over 0.4" last night.

Want to be at work at 9:30 (the store opens at 10:00 AM) so heading out now - dog walk, a nice leisurely coffee and then off for a half-day of poking around various electronics bits.  A lot of media stuff - TVs, stereos, small radios. Some good, some really cheap - the cheap stuff gets blown out for a buck or two and it sells. Music for the garage. Occasional computer stuff - tablets, phones, GPS receivers. Had one nice ham radio come through, had some strange electronics - a fun way to spend two mornings.

Funds from the sales go to the local community center and they do really good work so glad to be helping here. Nice change of pace from my grueling daily grind...

Nothing much happening online - the Arizona audit is getting interesting.  More when I get back.

It is grift all the way down.  From the Daily Caller:

BLM Co-Founder Patrisse Cullors Has Funneled Business To Company Run By Father Of Her Only Child, Records Show
Patrisse Cullors, the co-founder and executive director of Black Lives Matter’s national arm, has funneled business to a company led by a man she identified as the father of her only child, a Daily Caller News Foundation review of business records, interviews and social media posts found.

The company, Trap Heals, was formed just days before partnering with Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation and later became the charity’s “lead developer of the art & cultural efforts,” according to business records, interviews and an archived version of Trap Heals’ website. Two other activist groups Cullors led paid Trap Heals a collective $238,000 to produce an election night livestream and for consulting services, campaign finance records show.

In numerous public mentions of their work, Cullors and Turner did not disclose that they had a child together. But in at least one instance, Turner said Cullors was directly involved in Trap Heals’ partnership with BLM Global Network.

A little bit of nepotism going there.  Eithics be damned. BLM is a funraising tool for Cullors and her cronies.

17°F drop in 90 minutes

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Went from 71°F down to 54°F and it is still dropping but not as fast.  Wind has let up a bit - still no precip. Getting some nice color from the sunset:

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See what happens as the evening progresses.

Was thinking that a glass of wine would go real well just now.  Passing on it though - it has been seven months since quitting alcohol entirely and I feel much better for it.  Much more productive.

Idée fixe???  Definition     A great quote from Jeff Goldstein at protein wisdom (December 2005):

DEFINING THE TERMS:  RACISM, FEMINISM, AND THE PROBLEM OF IDENTITY POLITICS
An obvious problem with the grievance aspect of identity politics is that the grievance needs to be perpetually maintained in order to justify the identity aspect of the politics.  And in an era of academic specialization wherein just about every individual identity group has its own set of researchers and theoretical champions—as well as a widely accepted generic narrative of grievance—the observation that continued relevance (which translates into political power) is contingent upon the nursing and care of the grievance is something that too often goes unexamined by a society that, at base, really does wish to understand and fix the problems and frustrations expressed by individual identity groups.

So true - the groups suffer from the same problem that all bureaucracies have.  If they fixed the problem that they were created to address, they would be out of a job and on the streets trying to come up with a new hustle. It is not in their interest to fix problems - War on Poverty? War on Drugs? Environmental Protection Agency? Department of Education?

Milch cows each and every one of them.  Same thing as we are seeing with Black Lives Matter - the founders are getting rich and the supporters on the street are getting squat.

More at David Thompson's site (December 4th, 2013):

Because Lying and Resenting is What Angels Do
Many moons ago, in a post on classroom radicalism and the grooming of students, I wrote,

The problem is that adversarial role-play, like that of leftist academics Grover Furr and Rhonda Garelick, has little to do with reason, refutation or how the world actually is. It does, however, have a great deal to do with how those concerned wish to seem. In order to maintain a self-image of heroic radicalism - and in order to justify funding, influence and status - great leaps of imagination or paranoia may be required. Hence the goal posts of persecution tend to move and new and rarer forms of exploitation and injustice have to be discovered, many of which are curiously invisible to the untutored eye. Thus, the rebel academic tends towards extremism, intolerance and absurdity, not because the mainstream of society is becoming more racist, prejudiced, patriarchal or oppressive – but precisely because it isn’t. As mainstream society becomes less fixated by race, gender, sexuality, etc., so peddlers of grievance and victimhood must search out - or invent - something to oppose. Overstatement and escalation are all but inevitable.

Much more at both sites - some insightful comments too.  Quite the trip down memory lane.  These are from around ten years ago and people are still pulling this shit.  Nobody has called them on it so they are getting away with it and making some very serious bank. Sometimes, I wish I did not have scruples.  I would be a lot better off financially.

A big shift - weather

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The wind was out of the South all day today - overcast skies.  Dull gray.

In the last 30 minutes, the temps have dropped about ten degrees, the wind is out of the Northwest and some very well-defined clouds are moving in.  Feels like a downpour in the offing.

Weather forecast now has the chance of precip at 96% and there is a Small Craft Advisory out for the local waters. Be some great sailing if you didn't mind getting wet.

Heading outside to check the car windows and then indoors to enjoy the show.  They are forecasting a wave height up to 10' although I am in a sheltered bay so will see a lot less. Getting some candles and flashlights out just in case. There are a lot of new leaves on the trees so greatly increased wind-load. Branch snaps and falls against the power line?
Fun times for the unprepared.

Tip of the hat to The Gateway Pundit:

Nice that so many people turned out to greet him. After all, he did get 81 million votes to be elected.

Much more at the site - several more videos from different vantage points. No one came out to see him.
Pitiful really...

Not surprised at all - once the bloom is off the rose, people get hit with the reality.
From Business Insider:

1 in 5 electric vehicle owners in California switched back to gas because charging their cars is a hassle, new research shows
In roughly three minutes, you can fill the gas tank of a Ford Mustang and have enough range to go about 300 miles with its V8 engine.

But for the electric Mustang Mach-E, an hour plugged into a household outlet gave Bloomberg automotive analyst Kevin Tynan just three miles of range.

You are trying to pump a LOT of electrical energy back into the battery bank.  Household wiring is not set up for this kind of draw - even if you tap into the 220 leg used for water heaters, ovens and clothes dryers. Tesla's Supercharger stations run on commercial 480 and still take more than one hour for a full charge. Versus under five minutes for a petrolium fuled vehicle.

Not mentioned in the article is that after about eight years (in good weather), the entire battery pack needs to be replaced - north of $16K. Especially now with inflation kicking in.

I would love to have a little runabout for the island but for anything further?  Make mine gasoline (or diesel).

Although, one of these would be a lot of fun to have...

From The Washington Free Beacon:

Major Sanctions Relief on Table for Iran, State Dept. Says
The Biden administration is considering granting Iran significant economic sanctions relief, according to U.S. and Iranian officials, confirming that Iran is making headway in its demand that America unwind many of its most crippling measures.

Negotiations with Iran in Vienna are centered around the scope and scale of sanctions relief, a State Department spokesman told the Washington Free Beacon, confirming similar comments issued this week by Iranian officials. Iran is pushing the Biden administration to nix nearly all of the sanctions applied by the former Trump administration, including those targeting the country’s nuclear program, terrorism operations, banks, and oil trade. The Biden administration says it is willing to lift all sanctions necessary for America to make a full return to the original nuclear accord, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which provided Iran with billions in cash assets.

A few steps forward with President Trump and now, sliding a few miles back down the mountain.
Biden's handlers are continuing Obama's program of appeasement.
How many millions is this going to cost us - taxpayer dollars and human lives.
Do not forget:

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Missing something?

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*Resident Biden issued this - from The White House:

A Proclamation on National Day Of Prayer
Throughout our history, Americans of many religions and belief systems have turned to prayer for strength, hope, and guidance.  Prayer has nourished countless souls and powered moral movements — including essential fights against racial injustice, child labor, and infringement on the rights of disabled Americans.  Prayer is also a daily practice for many, whether it is to ask for help or strength, or to give thanks over blessings bestowed.

Seven paragraphs and not one mention of God. Curious.

The Arizona Election audit

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Outta here - dogs need runs

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The last couple days of dog walks were a bit abbreviated so taking them for a nice long walk today.  56% forecast of precip and it is not raining now so time to go.

The usual coffee, mailbox, reading, errands, etc...  Starting some electrical wiring today - having the new main panel is a joy to work with - keep everything nice and neat and clean.

Bunch of children in Colorado - from Conservative Playbook:

Radical Racist ‘Black Hammer’ Group Has ‘Liberated’ 200 Acres In Colorado
A recently formed group of far-left radicals have claimed 200 acres of land somewhere in Colorado. It is unclear if they are occupying the land in similar fashion to Seattle’s Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP) last year or if they’ve acquired the land through legal means. Either way, it appears they’re moving in and raising money to build their city.

The Black Hammer organization, as they call themselves, has been posting videos and images from the mountainous land that they claim to have “liberated” in some form or fashion. As self-proclaimed anti-colonizers, it seems likely they have simply claimed the land rather than having gone through a legal purchase, but there’s no indication on their website or Facebook page about how the land was acquired. We do know they are attempting to raise $500,000 to build earthbag houses and other buildings for their new city.

Much more at the site.  This is either kiddies running a big LARP game, they are serious or this is just some gigantic troll.  Either way, fun to see while it lasts.  I will give them one late-season snowstorm for them to disband and go back to their mommie's basements.

Talkin' 'bout my g-g-generation

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From Summit News:

Roger Daltrey: The ‘Woke’ Generation is Creating a Miserable World
The Who legend Roger Daltrey says the ‘woke’ generation is creating a miserable world that serves to stifle the kind of creative freedom he enjoyed in the 60s.

The iconic frontman made the comments during a recent appearance on Zane Lowe’s Apple Music 1 podcast.

“I don’t know, we might get somewhere because it’s becoming so absurd now with AI, all the tricks it can do, and the woke generation,” said Daltrey.

“It’s terrifying, the miserable world they’re going to create for themselves. I mean, anyone who’s lived a life and you see what they’re doing, you just know that it’s a route to nowhere,” he added.

The singer noted how he was lucky to have lived through an era where freedom of speech was encouraged, not silenced.

Yeah - no shit. Thanks Millennials. Complain about us Boomers?
You did this.  You so totally own it.

Fun and games - hacking & China

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Asleep at the wheel - from Ars Technica:

More US agencies potentially hacked, this time with Pulse Secure exploits
At least five US federal agencies may have experienced cyberattacks that targeted recently discovered security flaws that give hackers free rein over vulnerable networks, the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency said on Friday.

The vulnerabilities in Pulse Connect Secure, a VPN that employees use to remotely connect to large networks, include one that hackers had been actively exploiting before it was known to Ivanti, the maker of the product. The flaw, which Ivanti disclosed last week, carries a severity rating of 10 out of a possible 10. The authentication bypass vulnerability allows untrusted users to remotely execute malicious code on Pulse Secure hardware, and from there, to gain control of other parts of the network where it's installed.

Security firm FireEye said in a report published on the same day as the Ivanti disclosure that hackers linked to China spent months exploiting the critical vulnerability to spy on US defense contractors and financial institutions around the world. Ivanti confirmed in a separate post that the zero-day vulnerability, tracked as CVE-2021-22893, was under active exploit.

No complex software is 100% bug free.  Shit happens.  Still, there is no reason they need to be relying on complex software for doing a simple task like establishing a Virtual Private Network and managing a decent level of encryption. There are plenty of established open source packages to do that. This software has been picked over with a fine-tooth comb and is secure. Creeping featuritis is catnip to bugs and exploits.

"Could you add just this one little feature"
      NO

Shit like this is why.

I had heard that the uppity lawyer was out but had not heard the backstory until now.
From Legal Insurrection:

Coca-Cola Racial Quotas For Outside Counsel Fizzle Out After General Counsel Reassignment
The ex-General Counsel who devised the possibly illegal quotas reportedly received a $4 million payout and is now a special consultant to Coca-Cola earning $666,666 per month for a year. That works out to $12 million this year for screwing up. Woke failure pays well.

What do Coca-Cola and academia have in common? Failure is rewarded, so long as you are woke.

Bradley Gayton failed in less than a year as General Counsel at Coca-Cola. While not all the details are known, Gayton’s imposition of racial quotas on outside law firms doing work for Coca-Cola was an unmitigated public relations disaster, building on Coke flubs in attacking the Georgia voter integrity law, and employee training how to “be less white.”

Considering that the moke was: "a recent hire from the top ranks of Ford" - why did Ford let him go and how much did he get paid to go away quietly? Ford is a very well-run corporation - they do not let fools linger in their ranks. What do they have against Coke - they could have dropped a hint or three.

Wonder where he will show up next - floating his way to the top like a turd in a punchbowl.

Trying out a new setup - different camera and audio.

Had a big lunch today so can of Progresso soup for dinner tonight. Split pea with ham. Yummy.

Quite the dinner date

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True words - Malcom X

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A very wise and prescient man - he was Republican:

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Back home - productive day

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Processed a bunch of electronics - some hifi equipment, a tote full of old (1990's) Apple ][e accessories (no CPU), a GPS and some other fun stuff.

Picked up some electrical wiring gubbins for the music room and loft. Start in on that tomorrow.  Overcast and a bit warm - maybe do a bit more mowing. Meeting at 6:30

And it's work this morning

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Quick dog walk, coffee to go and then voulinteering at the thrift store sorting electronics donations.

Going to run some errands after that - working at home Thursday.  Meeting tonight. Busy.

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Common sense in one meme

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Tales from the deep state

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A couple of headlines:

The total was around $10,000 in several contributions from several people.  What gets me is NOT that our putative leaders can be bought but for how little they recieve for selling us out.

Yeah - long hot summer all over again. Brought to you by the commies in 1967.  Brought to you by the useful idiots of today 54 years later. Fscking activists. A kind of mental illness.

Some good news.  Don't forget that she is making very good money pushing this crap. Great photo at the link - what a harpy.

She is the St. Louis Circuit Attorney - released all those "peaceful" protestors.

Geee - if there was only some way to - 'ya know - restrict travel at the border?
The precursor chemicals are coming in from China and the cartels are making it.
How much money are they paying Pelosi and Schumer to keep the borders open?

This is my surprised face.

And dinner was good

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Truck unpacked, did the chicken with some pasta and some fresh garden peas.  Stopped at Trader Joe's in Bellingham and picked them up along with some other culinary treats.

Putter around for a little bit and then surf some more - quiet news day so far.

Turned into a really nice day - tomorrow is supposed to be good as well.  Working at the store in the morning and then spending the rest of the day working outside and planning Stage Two of the wiring - music room and loft.  A few more outlets in the garage too. Tracing a wire outside - may need to rent a beeper.  These attach to the wire and transmit a low-powered signal.  You then use a probe to follow the signal and the wire.  It heads out into the yard somewhere - suspecting that there is a sump pump at the end of it. Getting the drainage issues sorted out this summer.

Always something new to deal with - fun...

From Minneapolis, Minnesota station WCCO:

Derek Chauvin’s Attorney Files Motion For New Trial
Attorney Eric Nelson has filed a motion for a new trial for former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd.

Nelson filed the motion on the grounds of juror misconduct, and that the court abused its discretion for failing to agree to the defense’s requests for a change of venue and sequestering the jury.

The filing comes in the midst of a controversy surrounding a photo of juror Brandon Mitchell at the March on Washington last August, which included speeches from George Floyd’s family members. He is seen wearing a T-shirt that says “Get Your Knee Off Our Necks.” In his juror questionnaire, Mitchell wrote that he had not attended any protests about police brutality. Mitchell told WCCO Monday that he was at the march in support of ramping up voter turnout for the 2020 presidential election.

Pants on fire. This was a show trial straight out of the Communist playbook.  People need to understand that history repeats.  People did this back in the 1930's and they are trying to do it again.  There is no rational explanation.  Shades of the French Revolution. The history books are littered with cases like this.

Happy Star Wars Day

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May the 4th be with you.  Two memes:

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From America's Newspaper of Record:

Report: Melinda Gates Filed For Divorce After Discovering Windows 95 Launch Video
According to anonymous sources, Melinda Gates filed for divorce from her husband Bill after discovering a shocking video of him dancing on stage to "Start Me Up" by The Rolling Stones during the Windows 95 launch.

"Oh my gosh- my husband is a total dork," said a shocked Melinda Gates, according to one witness. "How could he have hidden this from me for so long? How could I have been so blind? Why did Bill hide this dark secret from me?"

Friends of the family say she quickly filed for divorce citing "irreconcilable differences", likely due to Bill's dark and dorky past.

"He always told me he was a cool guy and really great dancer, and I believed him. I've been living a lie."

Sources also say that since the couple had no prenuptial agreement, Melinda will get Bill's entire fortune, leaving him only with Zune.

The entire clip has been leaked on YouTube and can be viewed below.

Wonderful news - Oregon

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Finally showing some backbone - from the Multnomah County District Attorney:

DA Mike Schmidt files charges after May Day civil unrest in Portland, Oregon
Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt charged three people connected to the civil unrest that occurred on May Day.

The Portland Police Bureau announced the arrest of six people on May 1, 2021:

    • Three of the arrestees were charged today, May 3, 2021 (see individual case details below.)
    • Two of the arrestees had outstanding warrants. There is no allegation that either committed a new crime on May 1, 2021.
    • One case is referred back to law enforcement for additional investigative follow-up.

The release goes to list the goblins involved - nice people. They need to be seperated from the rest of us for 10-20 years.  Make anarchy not fun. Make people responsible for their actions.  Simple as that.

And back to my Island Home

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"Interesting" day.

Back home - got some stuff to deal with.  Quick surf and then unpack the truck and fix dinner - picked up some baked chix breast at the store.

Got nothing this morning

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In Maple Falls - slept in.  Heading out for coffee and then to the farm.  Meeting with someone later afternoon and then back to the blessed island.

And that is it for tonight

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Full day tomorrow. Back to the island tomorrow afternoon.

She was the project manager for Microsoft Bob! - a half-way decent idea but poorly executed and the laughingstock of geeks everywhere.

They are divorcing after 27 years and three kids.  Wonder what precipitated it and what her chunk of the change will be. BillG has been acting a little off the rails for the last 10-15 years.  Monomaniacal.

I have this theory that he read the Foundation Series when a kid and he envisions himself to be Hari Seldon personified.  Put here on God's green Earth to "nudge" all of us into better behavior. Only he knows what the problem is.  Only he can help fix everything.

The problem is that BillG is just not that smart.  He has a killer business sense, he will out-compete everyone.  Plus, he had the great fortune to be at the right place at the right time (and that Tim Paterson was willing to sell 86-DOS to him). As for creative spark?  Not really there.  MSFT's original core components - MS-DOS, Windows, Word, Excel (subsequently Office) and SQL Database all came from other sources, were purchased and rebranded as a Microsoft Product.

I wish them both well and I especially wish that BillG would get the fsck off the world stage and let things evolve naturally.  Meddling always has unintended consequences and he is surrounding himself with some less-than-optimal people.

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