A fun evening - picnic

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About 50 people showed up.  Nice to get the group back together again as well as to welcome new members.

A good time was had by all. The venue was nice too - an art gallery and a ten-acre sculpture garden. Good people.

Busy day tomorrow - got stuff happening all day. Time for a couple of videos and I am outta here...

Heh - so true - Linux

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Found this on the web:

  1. Download Arch Linux
  2. Read Wiki
  3. Cursing
  4. Format SSD
  5. Go to step #2 x 42 times
  6. Success
  7. Let everyone know aka “btw, i use arch”
  8. Switch to Gentoo
  9. Try LFS
  10. At some point, declare systemd is evil
  11. Switch to FreeBSD
  12. Share Linux memes and often insult other oses on social media
  13. Suddenly declare love for OpenBSD
  14. Get a job in IT to pay bills
  15. Start using RHEL/Docker/K8S for the job
  16. Often think that you could avoid all pain by using RHEL from day #1 @ step #1
  17. The end.

From Military.com:

Celebrate the U.S. Coast Guard
Each August 4 the U.S. Coast Guard celebrates its birthday.

The Coast Guard is one of America's five armed forces and traces its founding to Aug. 4, 1790, when the first Congress authorized the construction of 10 vessels to enforce tariff and trade laws, prevent smuggling, and protect the collection of federal revenue. Responsibilities added over the years included humanitarian duties such as aiding mariners in distress.

And many many more.

Senator Rand Paul delivers the goods - from FOX News:

Sen. Rand Paul: Mask mandates and lockdowns from petty tyrants? No, not again. Choose freedom

They can’t arrest us all. They can’t keep all your kids home from school. They can’t keep every government building closed – although I’ve got a long list of ones they should.

We don’t have to accept the mandates, lockdowns, and harmful policies of the petty tyrants and feckless bureaucrats. We can simply say no, not again.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi — you will not arrest or stop me or anyone on my staff from doing our jobs. We have all either had COVID, had the vaccine, or been offered the vaccine. We will make our own health choices. We will not show you a passport, we will not wear a mask, we will not be forced into random screening and testing so you can continue your drunk with power rein over the Capitol.

President Biden — we will not accept your agencies’ mandates or your reported moves toward a lockdown. No one should follow the CDC’s anti-science mask mandates. And if you want to shutdown federal agencies again — some of which aren’t even back to work fully — I will stop every bill coming through the Senate with an amendment to cut their funding if they don’t come to work.

No more.

More at the site. Over 1,100 comments to this so he has definitely hit a nerve.  Good.

A new television show with Mike Rowe?  Ratings will be through the roof. From FOX Business:

Fox Business Network announces new primetime lineup focused on success stories across key American industries
Fox Business Network will debut a new primetime programming slate, "FBN Prime," that will celebrate American industry and ingenuity when it premieres on September 20, the network announced on Wednesday.

"We are thrilled to introduce a new engaging and inspirational primetime lineup focused on success stories across key American industries to our loyal viewers," FBN president Lauren Petterson said.

The long-form series lineup will feature a variety of Fox News Media stars, including Stuart Varney, Cheryl Casone, John Rich and Kacie McDonnell, along with TV veteran Mike Rowe, a longtime advocate for the nation’s unsung heroes. 

"How America Works" is a new hour-long series narrated by Rowe that will showcase the Americans that work nonstop to keep our infrastructure in working order. "How America Works with Mike Rowe," will air on Mondays at 8 p.m. ET. 

Nice that they are giving him the full hour to develop the story. I will be watching it. The other lineup is good too.

I think that they will find that most people are tired of this WOKE bullshit being shoved down their throats 24/7

So true - our government

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From 90 Miles:


The gloves are off - Wuhan Flu

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From America's Newspaper of Record:

Biden Says New Lockdown Will Only Last For One Month Or Until The End Of The U.S., Whichever Comes First
Many Americans are frightened of the Biden administration’s talk about a new lockdown, as they’re still reeling from the economic effects of the previous lockdowns, but President Biden is assuring people that this one will be quite temporary.

“This lockdown will only last one month or until the total collapse of our country,” Biden told the press, “whichever is sooner.”

According to Biden, this new lockdown could last up to thirty days but most likely would end even sooner than that when, due to further economic and political pressures, the federal government completely collapses and the country is taken over by QAnon warlords. In that situation, the lockdown would also not be enforced and would be officially over.

“For this lockdown, I’m just asking you to hold out a little longer,” Biden said, “just until I’ve completely lost all my power and anarchists storm the White House and imprison me in the White House kitchen walk-in refrigerator. Or for one month. But no longer than that.”

Though the lockdown will be over in one month or at the destruction of the United States of America, many think it will still be wise to socially distance by locking oneself in a bomb shelter after that.

We can wait (checking ammo stores).

Governor Cuomo - the real reason

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Don Surber sums it up:  Cuomo's sin is being an outsider

To whit:

Cuomo's problem is not sexual harassment. His problem is Democrats see him as a threat if he chooses to run for president.

Democrats in Washington want no part of playing second fiddle to an outsider. They had their fill of outsiders as presidents with Bill Clinton. Democrat senators want the White House all to themselves. In the 6 presidential elections since Clinton, Democrats have nominated a senator or former senator for president and vice president each time.

Governors need not apply.

Congressional Democrats can control a Biden or an Obama.

Cuomo would be a wildcard.

And there 'ya go...

Out the door - long day

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Nothing catches my eye this morning.

More spew this afternoon. Got a picnic this evening - the arts group has its general meetings on the first Wednesday of each month.  Today will be outside at a large gallery and sculpture garden on the island.

Meh... A big nothingburger

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No precip last night. Humidity is still really high (89% and holding) so the possibility is there but the barometric pressure has gone up and the sun is starting to burn through the clouds so looks like another glorious summer day.

Lightning is still happening but it is centered on the border between Washington, Idaho and Canada.

Really humid though - will be interested to see what we get for precip.

Video time - long day tomorrow.

Sobering article in the Santa Monica Observer:

California Women's Prison Passes Out Condoms to Inmate Population As Arrival Of "Transwomen" Causes Explosion Of Risky Sex
This is every bit as bad as it sounds and looks. Men are now in the women's prison's for the first time. And the worst parts of nature are taking their course...

These trans-women have been at CIW for about 2 weeks. Already, what supporters said would never happen has happened almost immediately. The transwomen have begun using their PENISES to have sex with multiple women. One has even received oral copulation on the recreation field outside in the open.

It's been announced that prison officials are making available CONDOMS to the entire population. To be specific, 3 condoms per person will be allowed to have on person. The California men's prisons have been doing this practice for decades. However, the female prisoners have never had any reason to have condoms. Until now.

More at the site. Especially this little item:

3 of the 4 transwomen subjects of this story are HIV positive, according to an officer at CIW. Thus, CDCR's rush to get out the condoms to the population and avoid liability. Too late. The condoms were not yet available when the sex began even though CDCR knew these 3 transwomen had HIV, and it was possible to spread through sexual intercourse. Most of the population does not know this as it is protected by Federal HIPPA legislation.

The author knows whereof she speaks - she has been a resident of the California Prison system for 16 years. Her posts are worth reading if you want to see how a clueless administration mismanages everything it touches. No accountability so no impetus for improvement. More of Amber's story here: Amber Jackson’s story

What do the landlords do?  They are still beholden to pay their mortgage, insurance, taxes, etc...
From My Pensieve:


That is, after all, the first in this list of the ten goals:

1. Abolition of private property in land and application of all rents of land to public purpose

Go and read the remaining nine - we are getting a lot closer than is comfortable.

Looks like rain

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The sky is turning dark.  Looks and feels gravid.  Feel the pressure drop. Clouds moving in from the South.

We can use it and it will be nice to clean the air.

From the History Channel:

Nautilus submarine travels under North Pole
On August 3, 1958, the U.S. nuclear submarine Nautilus accomplishes the first undersea voyage to the geographic North Pole. The world’s first nuclear submarine, the Nautilus dived at Point Barrow, Alaska, and traveled nearly 1,000 miles under the Arctic ice cap to reach the top of the world. It then steamed on to Iceland, pioneering a new and shorter route from the Pacific to the Atlantic and Europe.

The USS Nautilus was constructed under the direction of U.S. Navy Captain Hyman G. Rickover, a brilliant Russian-born engineer who joined the U.S. atomic program in 1946. In 1947, he was put in charge of the navy’s nuclear-propulsion program and began work on an atomic submarine. Regarded as a fanatic by his detractors, Rickover succeeded in developing and delivering the world’s first nuclear submarine years ahead of schedule. In 1952, the Nautilus’ keel was laid by President Harry S. Truman, and on January 21, 1954, first lady Mamie Eisenhower broke a bottle of champagne across its bow as it was launched into the Thames River at Groton, Connecticut. Commissioned on September 30, 1954, it first ran under nuclear power on the morning of January 17, 1955.

Rickover was one of those people who show up every so often to show the rest of us how it is really done.
Absolute genius - in the same league as Tesla, Feynman, Einstein, DaVinci, Newton, Bach...

Here comes the rain again

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Falling on my head like a memory

Looks like measurable precip tonight.  Lots of lightning to the East of here.

A thought - Gov. Cuomo

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All the chatter about him being tossed under the bus.
Not a peep about what he was trying to do that precipitated their dropping this bomb on him.

They had to have had the goods on him for a long time.  They have the goods on everyone which is why so many supposed conservatives roll over and play dead when something critical needs to be pushed through (Senator from Kentucky?  Looking right at you.)(Justice Roberts? Looking at you too.)

Again, why now? What was the good Governor looking to do that precipitated this.

Art imitates life - Iceberg

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From the New York Post:

Titanic museum visitors hospitalized in Tennessee after iceberg wall collapses
Three visitors to the world’s largest Titanic museum in Tennessee have been hospitalized after an iceberg wall collapsed, the owners said.

“Tonight, an accident occurred at our Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge,” wrote Mary Kellogg Joslyn and her husband John about their museum about 30 miles outside Knoxville.

“Our iceberg wall collapsed and injured 3 guests who were taken to the hospital. At this time, we do not know the extent of their injuries,” the owners wrote late Monday.

The museum looks interesting - they are claiming to have 400 artifacts from the ship. The museum's founder dove on the ship a few years after Bob Ballard first located it.

Happy Lughnasadh

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Turning of the seasons. Beginning of the harvest season.  Lughnasadh

I love Summer but I love Fall more. Winter is a time for introspection and working inside on small projects.

He showed people for who they were at heart:


Brought down some music stuff and a lot of old clothing. Bring the clothing to the thrift store and put up some Criagslist adverts for the synthesizers. Clean out some of the stuff I no longer use. Feels really good.

Quick surf, unpack a few things and head out to the local farmer's market, mailbox and grocery store.

As the day begins

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Nothing online that I can see - some fun memes but not set up on the laptop to deal with images.

Coffee, read for a little bit and then load up the van. Back on the island later this afternoon.

Nuttin.  Time to watch some videos and call it a night.

From Conservative Treehouse:

Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Responds To Arizona Senate Subpoena – Go Spit, “It’s Time to Move On”
Last week, the Arizona State Senate sent a subpoena to Maricopa County election officials asking for information and voting material the county previously refused to turn over [See Here].

Today, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors responded to the legislative subpoena:

Facsimile of the letter is at the site - really worth going and reading if only to see how eloquently they were able to say: "Go piss up a rope". They know that they are facing jail time when their malfeasance is proven - defiant to the end.  When you have nothing - push the Big Lie.

300+ comments at the site.  Some fun reading...

And at the farm

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Down for the day - had a very nice burger at Hal's Drive In. A very classic American Drive-In - worth checking out if you are ever in Sedro-Wooley.

Pleasantly stuffed.  Surf for a bit and then an early bedtime.  A lot hotter here than by the water - dogs were panting as they were running around.  Got the air conditioning running so nice and comfortable.

Long and winding road - points North

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Heading directly to the farm. Bite to eat on the road. Working there tomorrow and back home via Bellingham.

Bringing the laptop.

Crimes against humanity

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An inconvenient truth - from Newsweek/MSN:

Hate Crimes Documented by Police Disproportionately List Black People as Attackers: Report
Released Wednesday, the report is a comprehensive national review of hate crime laws that shows where laws variate. It also cited widespread flaws in data collection and reporting. Though the majority of hate crimes in the U.S. are committed by white people, motivated by racial or ethnic bias, the crimes disproportionately reported Black Americans as the attackers.

In at least 13 states, Black Americans were listed by law enforcement as the perpetrators in hate crimes at a rate roughly 1.6 to 3.6 times greater than the size of the state's Black population, the report said.

"These repeated disparities ... show that — despite the fact that people of color are far more likely to be the victims of hate violence — the instances of hate violence that are actually documented by police ... are disproportionately those alleged to have been committed by Black people," it read.

Same thing for gun violence - black on black. The USA has a high number of murders by firearm but drop out Chicago, St. Louis, Baltimore and a few other Democrat shithole cities and the number drops way down. We are not a violent nation, some of our cities are.

Showing their True Colors

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From My Pensieve:


Of course, they yanked it when someone pointed out how tone-deaf it was but the internet is forever.

Psychologists call this "Projection" and this is an epic example.

Duuhhhh - they are breaking the law in the first place.  Why should they start being law abiding citizens now?
From The Federalist:

Shocker: Nearly 90 Percent Of Illegal Immigrants Let In By Biden Have Refused To Report To ICE As Required
Nearly 90 percent of the 50,000 migrants released by the Biden administration have not yet reported to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement within the required 60-day window.

While at least 27,000 of the illegal aliens still have time within their allotted 60 days to report to ICE, Axios reported that at least 16,000 of those whose window of time has expired have disregarded the honor system and “not showed up.”

“That’s 2.4 no-shows for every one that has checked in,” the report states.

Disaster. Biden's legacy.

Two from the Olympics

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UPDATE at the bottom...

A bit of schadenfreude for this morning:

Heh - Gavin was a so-so lifter.  He decided to identify as a woman.  He failed there too.

Why is it always the marginals who try and pull this WOKE shit.  Kaepernick is a mediocre football player whose only claim to fame is that he took a knee. The hammer thrower. The race car driver. The list goes on.

UPDATE: Had an interesting thought over coffee this morning.  What if Hubbard lost on purpose. This allows the tranny movement to say that there is a level playing field.  That gender doesn't mean anything. That it is totally OK for trannies to participate in events as they do not carry an inherent advantage from their birth.

Taking care of stuff on the island for a few hours and then heading to the farm late afternoon. Working Tuesday and then driving through Bellingham on my way back home - a possible camera lens and some items being held for me at Hardware Sales.

Usual morning routine first though - I got my priorities.

Busy but fun and productive. Picnic on Wednesday evening with the arts group.

First actual F2F meeting since the whole Chinese flu scamdemic.

Videos.  Zzzzzs. Get up and do it again.

Attributed to Mark Twain but not an actual quote. I like his actual aphorism better:

History never repeats itself, but the Kaleidoscopic combinations of the pictured present
often seem to be constructed out of the broken fragments of antique legends.

From The Gilded Age: A Tale of To-Day (Page 430)

Case in point - Mao's communist government.  This image is a mashup of the original and the current.


Provincial Party Secretary Wang Yilun, being criticized by Red Guards from the University of Industry and
forced to bear a placard with the accusation “counterrevolutionary revisionist element,”
Harbin, China, August 23, 1966

If the current crop of commies get their wishes, that will be Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer wearing the sign and being shouted at.  Right alongside of them will be all of the the Gender Studies professors as well as Zuck and that twitter guy.  The leadership of Antifa will be taken out and shot (too dangerous now that their usefulness has passed) and BLM?  Screw them - they are gone into an unmarked grave. Their 15 minutes are well passed. All the LGBQ activists?  Bullets are expensive - live burial in an unmarked pit for them.

People today are playing.  Unfortunately, they are playing with fire and they do not realize that the fire burns those it loves.  It burns them the worst. Beyond recovery, beyond redemption.

Every so often, the Gods smile.

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Today? They are beaming.  Go here and work your way up to the top - start at 06/09/2021:


Here is the full text of what is being rammed through Congress:

H. R. 3684  To authorize funds for Federal-aid highways, highway safety programs, and transit programs, and for other purposes.

All 2701 pages of pork, glorious pork. Read the Table of Contents and it looks pretty good:


But dig into the details?  I spot-checked through a couple random locations and there was nothing that I saw to improve or remediate existing infrastructure.  It is all pork to be delivered to the bag-men who fund these Senator's lifestyles.  Pay to play.

America has sunk deep into the waters of corruption and self-interest.  Term limits need to be instituted.
Get the incumbents out and start over. Clean slate.

Of course not - COVID

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From the MIT Technology Review:

Hundreds of AI tools have been built to catch covid. None of them helped.
When covid-19 struck Europe in March 2020, hospitals were plunged into a health crisis that was still badly understood. “Doctors really didn’t have a clue how to manage these patients,” says Laure Wynants, an epidemiologist at Maastricht University in the Netherlands, who studies predictive tools.

But there was data coming out of China, which had a four-month head start in the race to beat the pandemic. If machine-learning algorithms could be trained on that data to help doctors understand what they were seeing and make decisions, it just might save lives. “I thought, ‘If there’s any time that AI could prove its usefulness, it’s now,’” says Wynants. “I had my hopes up.”

It never happened—but not for lack of effort. Research teams around the world stepped up to help. The AI community, in particular, rushed to develop software that many believed would allow hospitals to diagnose or triage patients faster, bringing much-needed support to the front lines—in theory.

In the end, many hundreds of predictive tools were developed. None of them made a real difference, and some were potentially harmful.

More at the site.  The article does not mention this but I am betting two things:

#1) - the failure was much worse than they are letting on and
#2) - the reason was GIGO - they were not getting honest input data

The "science" floating around was and still is corrupted by the political narrative. There are no clear numbers to be found without a lot of digging and reading between the lines.

Finally - arrival

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Took four months longer than anticipated.  From American Shipper:

Ever Given containers finally being offloaded at Port of Rotterdam
Despite the early-morning hour, 5:15 a.m. Thursday in the Netherlands, the Ever Given “arrived amid great interest,” according to a Port of Rotterdam statement. 

Normally a container ship’s arrival in port does not warrant a press release. But the case of the Ever Given, which will be forever infamous for getting stuck in the Suez Canal, is anything but normal and prompted Port of Rotterdam officials to post a brief statement and two photos of the Ever Given’s arrival Thursday.  

The statement said the berthing of the Ever Given in Rotterdam went according to plan — well, a revised plan. The Evergreen Marine-operated container ship had been due in Rotterdam some four months earlier. The vessel was waylaid, of course, when it was lodged between the banks of the Suez Canal for six days in March.  

The Port of Rotterdam said containers will be offloaded at its ECT Delta terminal. Boxes bound for Hamburg, Germany, will be loaded onto the Ever Utile over the weekend to finally continue their journey. 

Like they say: Better late than never but better never late. Wonder what the total overall cost will be.

The deferred rent/mortgage/bill payment has ended and people are going "How could this happen to me"

From The Washington Post/MSN:

A tsunami of deferred debt is about to hit homeowners no longer protected by a foreclosure moratorium
Only one week after New Orleans enacted a citywide stay-at-home order in March 2020, Laura Landry was hospitalized with covid-19, putting her out of work. Before she could recover, she was furloughed from her jobs as a nail technician and hotel employee.

When she found out she could enroll in forbearance — a provision that allowed those with federally backed mortgages facing covid-related hardships to defer their monthly payments — she took the opportunity. But now she owes over $20,000 on her home, and her forbearance ends next month, since the federal ban on foreclosures expired Saturday.

Landry is one of about 1.8 million homeowners still in forbearance as the safety net is removed. About a fifth of them will not be able to extend their forbearance past September. And 1.5 million more are at least three months behind on their mortgage without the protection of a forbearance plan.

More at the site.  Most forebearance plans were for 12 months, some up to 18 months. I understand that COVID hit the economy but the end of these programs did not take anyone by surprise.  If I was in that position?  Tighten my belts, sock as much money away in savings for when the program ended. Contact my mortgage holder to work out some kind of plan for repayment while resuming current payments.

There is zero need for a "Woe Is Me" attitude. In the example they gave, Ms. Landry worked as a nail technician and hotel employee. She is $20K in the hole. Assume a 12-month forbearance, that would be $1,600 monthly mortgage payment. A bit much for that level of income. Half her income?  What was she doing to further herself - was she taking classes at a local community college for welding or HVAC? Wages in these fields start at $60K and go up fast - big demand. Did she seek to refi her house?

So many options and from the article, it sounds like she spent the "extra" $1.6K and there is nothing left. Again, I feel sorry for her but there is only one real source for the majority of the blame.

I am reminded of the sober history lesson from Robert Anson Heinlein:

“Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty.

This is known as "bad luck.”

So true - the socialists and mask-ninnies (but I repeat myself) want to drag us into the dark ages.
The better to manage our lives. To "nudge" us into proper behaviour.
They know so much more than we do about how to run our own lives - we should be grateful for their concern.

Believe that and I have a bridge for sale - you might be interested in it.

And out for the day

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Been puttering around here this morning - ready to head out for the usual routine.

Nothing much happening out "there" that I can see. Working at home on some stuff.

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