May 2021 Archives

A fun story - microwaves

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A nice ramble:

The links in the show notes are also interesting.

  1. Be a craven liberal
  2. Get a hefty book advance
  3. Ghost-write a book that nobody ever reads

The latest iteration of this is NY Governor Andy Cuomo - from Legal Insurrection:

Cuomo Received $5.1 Million for COVID Book Despite Nursing Home Deaths
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s tax returns he released on Monday show he sold the rights to his COVID memoir for over $5 million.

$5 million for a book that only sold around 50,000 copies.

American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic came out in mid-October with the virus still going strong in the state.

Crown Publishing gave Cuomo the contract despite investigations into his nursing home mandate at the beginning of the pandemic.

Then we learned Cuomo’s aides kept fudging the nursing home death numbers while he wrote this masterpiece.

The publisher paid Cuomo $3.12 million in 2020. It will give him “an additional $2 million” in the next few years:

Cuomo’s financial records indicate that after taxes and expenses, his net gain from that initial payment of $3.12 million was $1.54 million. He has since donated $500,000 to the United Way of New York State to help with pandemic “recovery and vaccination efforts.”

The remaining $1 million and change has been placed in a trust for his three daughters. They gave him “the strength and love to make it through the crisis every day,” Cuomo adviser Rich Azzopardi said in a statement.

Crown Publishing announced in March it would stop promoting Cuomo’s book due to the scandals

But seriously folks.  This is just another example of money laundering and influence peddling in the deep state. Instead of just giving an out-and-out chunk of cash to the politician (illegal), they couch it in terms of payment for a book. The publisher is probably owned by some cartel that also owns a social media platform or a news media outlet - someone who benefits from legislation that Cuomo would push.

The other way to do this is to give the benjamins to a child - Hunter Biden for one. Nancy Pelosi's daughter, John Kerry's son-in-law, Chelsea Clinton, the list goes on.

From Conservative Treehouse:

Train Carrying Fertilizer and Ammonium Nitrate Derails in Iowa, Town Evacuated, Railway Disabled
If one was conspiracy minded…. A major gasoline pipeline is shutdown due to an unknown computer hack. Two days later, the Mississippi River (I-40) is closed to cargo barges after a major bridge fracture is discovered. And now yesterday:

Train In Iowa Carrying Hazardous Materials Derails and Catches Fire

And their conclusion:

    • Gas pipeline compromised….
    • Mississippi waterway compromised….
    • Midwest railroad line compromised….
    • JoeBama pushing massive leftist spending initiative under the auspices of an “infrastructure plan“…

This sequence certainly has one of my eyebrows lifted.  Curious.

Good meeting - done for the day

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Short and sweet - took 30 minutes and went over a bunch of stuff.  Three motions voted on.

Got the van unpacked earlier and loaded in the tools for tomorrow's work.  Ready to roll out at 7:00 AM - rendezvousing with the rest of the crew at 8:00 AM and putting in a solid 6-8 hours of moving shelving. Going to be stiff and sore tomorrow - maybe get a massage in a day or two.

Picked up two really nice marrow bones at the store this afternoon - the pups are tired from running around the farm yesterday and today. Now, they are blissed out with the bone.  It's a dog's life...

Surf for a little bit and then bed.  I am tired too.

Back home - just busier than shit

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Took care of stuff at the farm. Board meeting tonight plus had a bunch of paperwork to take care of.

Up at 6:00 AM tomorrow - meeting up with a crew to start packing shelving into a rental van at 8:00 AM.

The fun never stops...

And gone to ground

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Dealing with some plumbing issues at the farmhouse but everything else is good.

Quick surf - some busy days this coming week...

Well that time went fast

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Heading North.  Got everything bundled up for up there - doing some maintenence. Dump run first.

More much later tonight.

Working at home this morning

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Getting D's computer ready to roll. Getting the van loaded up with stuff for the dump (and getting the new plates put on (boo hoo)).

Been using Bulk Crap Uninstaller and it works really well.  I had been using The PC Decrapifier for this but they suspended operations and it is no longer available for download on their website. Oh well. Onward and upward.

Head out for dog walk and coffee in about an hour.

We will be scratching our heads over the collective insanity taking control these days. History will not be kind to these morons. The latest? From Military.com:

Space Force CO Who Got Holiday Call from Trump Fired Over Comments Decrying Marxism in the Military
A commander of a U.S. Space Force unit tasked with detecting ballistic missile launches has been fired for comments made during a podcast promoting his new book, which claims Marxist ideologies are becoming prevalent in the United States military.

Lt Col. Matthew Lohmeier, commander of 11th Space Warning Squadron at Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, was relieved from his post Friday by Lt. Gen. Stephen Whiting, the head of Space Operations Command, over a loss of confidence in his ability to lead, Military.com has exclusively learned.

"This decision was based on public comments made by Lt. Col. Lohmeier in a recent podcast," a Space Force spokesperson said in an email. "Lt. Gen. Whiting has initiated a Command Directed Investigation on whether these comments constituted prohibited partisan political activity."

I imagine that there is a special place in Hell for Karl Marx.  His poorly thought out theories sound good to poorly educated people and therefore have remained popular. They are unable to see that he is dead wrong on most of it.

Bringing a computer up for D to use - she is an old friend and is house-sitting the farm, overseeing the work being done and cleaning the place up.  She has worked for me before and we get along great.  Had a spare desktop so installing Windows 10 and some basic graphics and music software for her. Her laptop died a couple months ago and am not using this machine so win/win.

Working at home tomorrow for a while - doing another dump run and then taking the van up North for an overnight - take care of some stuff up there and load up another batch of stuff for down here. Board meeting Monday night so home for that. Renting a 20' box truck Tuesday morning and have a couple hour slog dismantling 100 lineal feet of grocery store shelving and loading it into the van. I have three people coming down in the store truck to do the manual labor so it will not be too bad.  A couple of great restaurants nearby so breakfast and a late lunch will be fun.

Picked up a nice par-baked baguette at the store and had it with the 3bean (kidney, navy and black) and kale soup earlier tonight.  Yummy. Refilled the hummingbird feeders - they are out in vengeance. Hungry lil' buggers.

Time for some videos.

From Space Weather:

100 Years Later: The Great Geomagnetic Storm of May 1921
You know a solar storm is serious when buildings burst into flame. Sounds crazy? It really happened 100 years ago today.

On May 15, 1921, the biggest solar storm of the 20th century hit Earth. Around 02:00 GMT that Sunday morning a telegraph exchange in Sweden burst into flames. Across the Atlantic, the same thing was going on in New York. Flames engulfed the switch-board at the Brewster station of the Central New England Railroad and quickly spread to destroy the whole building. During the conflagration, long distance telephone lines burned out in New Brunswick; voltages on telegraph lines in the USA spiked as high as 1000 V; and auroras were sighted by ships at sea crossing the equator. It was a Big. Solar. Storm.

The outburst happened during the lazy tail end of Solar Cycle 15, an unremarkable cycle that was almost over in 1921. Sunspot numbers were low–but it only took one. Giant sunspot AR1842 appeared in mid-May and started flaring, hurling multiple coronal mass ejections (CMEs) toward Earth. In those days scientists had never heard of “CMEs,” so they were completely surprised when the clouds of plasma struck Earth. Around the world, magnetometers suddenly went offscale, pens in strip chart recorders pegged uselessly to the tops of their papers.

In response to the pummeling, Earth’s magnetic field swayed back and forth, rippling with energy. Fires were a direct result. Physics 101: When a magnetic field changes rapidly, electricity flows through conductors in the area. It’s called “magnetic induction.” Early 20th century telegraph lines suddenly found themselves buzzing with induced currents. In Sweden and New York, wires grew so hot they ignited telegraph papers and other combustibles.

As a quick heads up.  No.  This is NOT the Solar Storm of 1859 (otherwise known as the Carrington Event).  That was 62 years prior. We have had subsequent storms -  the Great Quebec Blackout of 1989. Power outages happen. What concerns me is that the energy from the solar flare will not only black out the power grid, it will also destroy unprotected electronics. This is why I keep a couple of ham radios in an EMP-proof box as well as some hard currency (can not use an ATM when the grid and net are down).

We are overdue.  We had a very near miss in 2012.  Had it happened nine days earlier (Earth in a different position relative to the Sun), it would have taken four to ten years to recover from the damages. Not a thing we can do to protect ourselves - cars with computers? Dead. Espresso machines with computers? Dead. (sob)

Our *Resident (not him really, he is gone. it's his handlers) talks about infrastructure.
Does anything?

Curious - fractal design

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Top photo - Turkish Black carrot / Bottom photo - Mandelbrot Set

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Looks like nature is reusing the basic design but why - what is the benefit.  Curious indeed...

Unreal level of complicity - from Don Surber:

AP was a human shield for Hamas
Israel Defense Forces bombed a Hamas-owned building that the totally objective Associated Press and other news organizations used as offices.

The IDF gave the journalists an hour to pack before the bombing.

AP is all upset over this. Its CEO Gary Pruitt said, "We are shocked and horrified that the Israeli military would target and destroy the building housing AP’s bureau and other news organizations in Gaza. They have long known the location of our bureau and knew journalists were there. We received a warning that the building would be hit.

"We are seeking information from the Israeli government and are engaged with the U.S. State Department to try to learn more.

"This is an incredibly disturbing development. We narrowly avoided a terrible loss of life. A dozen AP journalists and freelancers were inside the building and thankfully we were able to evacuate them in time.

"The world will know less about what is happening in Gaza because of what happened today."

Much more at the site - Associated Press voluntarily served as human shields for the terrorists. Media complicity. No wonder their ratings are tanking. Nobody takes them seriously anymore.  Reminds me of these two memes:

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Of course they do not want it

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From the National File:

Fauci, FDA’s Peter Marks Admit 40-50% Of NIH and FDA Employees Are Refusing COVID Vaccine
When pressed by Sen. Richard Burr about the percentage of CDC and FDA employees who have elected to receive the COVID vaccine, Biden medical adviser Anthony Fauci and the FDA’s Peter Marks admitted that the number who have chosen not take the vaccine is close to half. CDC director Rochelle Walensky dodged the question.

“Okay, this question I’m gonna go to Dr. Fauci, Dr. Marks, and Dr. Walensky,” Burr said. “What percentage of employees in [Fauci’s] institute, [Walensky’s] Center, or [Mars’] agency, of your employees, has been vaccinated.”

“You know, I’m not a hundred percent sure, senator, but I think it’s probably a little bit more than half, probably around sixty percent,” Fauci said.

“I can’t tell you the exact number, but it’s probably in the same range, some people vaccinated at our facility, and others at, uh, outside of the facility,” Marks said.

Video at the site.  Check back with me around - ohhh - 2023 or so...

So true - retail

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Word to the wise - freedom

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Cows do it.

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Halfway tempted to get one of these from the local vet and mock it up with my vinyl cutter. I love our local food coop but they are very "progressive" - tweak a few hippies.

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Thanks to Robert Stacy McCain for the image.

Very nice Digital Logic Simulator

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Work with Digital Logic?  Check out Logisim.  Free software - looks really good.

Runs on Java with special versions for Win and Mac

Thinking about a project and this will be very handy...

And heading out soon

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Yet another really nice day.  Low lying clouds - Whidbey Island is obscured but clear skies and nice cool morning.

Heading out soon - doing some rearranging at the store. Decluttering the shelves. We have been accumulating a metric butt-load of small loudspeakers so need to figure a way to get those moved out of here.  A few fairly decent ones: Polk Audio & Infinity  Mostly just your basic cheap computer audio speakers.  Price these for 25¢ each and see what happens. You too can have your own 27 channel sound system.

Very quick surf over breakfast and out for a dog run.

So goes another day in paradise

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About ready to watch some videos and head to bed.  Working tomorrow.  Supposed to be really nice outside so working in the yard after.

Made a big pot of three-bean and kale soup for dinner earlier - delicious.  Lots of garlic.  Have enough for 5-6 more servings.  Planning to bake some bread tomorrow.

Up to the farm Sunday for two days - do a couple of projects and take another load back down here.

Just not so soon. It escaped the lab before it was finished.  From Australia's Sky News:

This video was published on May 9th - five days ago. It has so far garnered 20,462 comments.
The media in the USA?
. . . crickets . . .

Hmmmm... Interesting move

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The biggest and most innovative chip foundry in the world is Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.  A lot of major companies actually do not make their own silicon, they design it and then have a foundry like tsmc make the actual product (Apple, AMD, Tesla, NVIDIA for example). Makes sense - this way, each company can be as lean as possible and invest money where it does the best good.

China is making expansionist noises and considers Taiwan to be a wayward province that needs to rejoin the flock.  Looks like tsmc is leaving themselves a good out should this happen. From Reuters:

TSMC looks to double down on U.S. chip factories as talks in Europe falter
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (2330.TW) is weighing plans to pump tens of billions of dollars more into cutting-edge chip factories in the U.S. state of Arizona than it had previously disclosed, but is cool on prospects for an advanced European plant, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

TSMC is the world's most advanced chip-maker, and its investment plans are being closely watched amid a global chip shortage and new initiatives in the U.S. and Europe to subsidize semiconductor production. TSMC announced last year that it would invest $10 billion to $12 billion to build a chip factory in Phoenix.

Reuters this month reported that the previously disclosed factory could be the first of up to six planned plants at the site. Now, company officials are debating whether the next plant should be a more advanced facility that can make chips with so-called 3-nanometer chipmaking technology compared to the slower, less-efficient 5-nanometer technology used for the first factory.

Good - if China invades, I bet that they will find the tsmc factory to be a metaphoric glowing crater.  The processes are dealing with nanometer level accuracy so a little tweak here and a gentle shove there and all of their billion-dollar machinery will be rendered useless and China does not have the technology to diagnose or repair.

Good company and I welcome them to America.

Word to the wise - history

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Getting these screens?

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Are you getting these screens all of a sudden?
Just the stupid children working for the deep state trying to be our nannies again.
These sites are clean - they are just trying to "nudge" our behavior again.

Self-centered elitists.  Entitled. Useful Idiots in the truest sense of the word.
Crawl back under your StarWars© blankie in your mommies basement and have a good cry you incel little wanker.

The joke is, once the people like AOC, Pelosi, Schumer, Harris finally manage to seize power, these people will be the first to be lined up and shot. They think they are a component of a coming revolution.  They are its cannon fodder - nothing more, nothing less.  Their graves will not be marked.  They will not be remembered.  They will have no legacy. They are a pawn.

So the question now is...

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...what are they trying to hide.  Elections are supposed to be open. From The Gateway Pundit:

Dominion Voting Systems Releases Statement – Slams Arizona Forensic Audit and States Company WILL NOT Release Passwords to Maricopa Voting Machines
Back on November 30, 2020, Maricopa County elections witness Jan Bryant testified before the Arizona legislature. Jan said back on November 30, 2020, that Maricopa County officials DID NOT RUN THE ELECTION! Two Dominion employees in the audit center ran the election. This explains why Maricopa County officials do not have Admin passwords or access to the Dominion voting machines. They never had them!

America’s Audit Director Ken Bennett told OAN earlier in the week that Dominion was refusing to comply with the subpoena to turn over the passwords. What are they hiding?

Exactly - what are they hiding?   A simple question.  We should be getting a simple answer.

Dog walk, coffee and head to the thrift store - they open at 10:00 AM

More spew later today...

Great move - Israel

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Perfect fakeout.  From the London Daily Mail:

Israel's deadly deception: IDF TRICKED Hamas into believing a ground invasion was underway... then obliterated tunnel network knowing militants would be hiding underground waiting to ambush tanks

    • There was confusion when the IDF suggested troops were on the ground in Gaza, before retracting the statement and saying that forces attacked Hamas tunnels along the border but did not cross it
    • Turned out to be a well-planned ploy get Hamas to send its fighters into its underground tunnel system beneath Gaza City, before bombarding the area, in the hope of eliminating large numbers of militants
    • Still, fears of invasion remain with thousands of troops moving to the border and 9,000 reservists called up
    • Israel stepped up its attacks on Gaza overnight with more than 1,000 bombs and shells pounding northern and eastern areas in the heaviest attacks of the conflict so far
    • Meanwhile Hamas has continued firing hundreds of rockets at Israel from Gaza and was joined overnight by three rockets fired from Hezbollah-controlled Lebanon, though all of them fell short
    • More street clashes took place in Israeli-Arab city of Lod, with fighting reported in Jaffa and Umm al-Fahm
    • Fighting continued this morning as IDF jets struck what they called underground rocket sites and observation posts around Gaza, with Hamas suicide drones sent the other way

The Israel Defence Forces managed to trick Hamas into believing a ground invasion was underway last night and then obliterated their tunnel network knowing militants would be hiding underground waiting to ambush tanks and soldiers, reports in Israel claim.

There was confusion when the IDF said shortly after midnight that ground forces were 'attacking in Gaza', and later suggested that boots were on the ground. A spokesman later retracted that statement - saying that military operations were conducted along the border, but no Israeli troops had crossed it.

However, the announcement was apparently a well-planned ploy to get Hamas to send its fighters into its underground tunnel system beneath Gaza City, before bombarding the area, in the hope of eliminating large numbers of militants in one fell swoop.

Soldiers and tanks with drones equipped with night vision lay in wait for survivors as they surfaced, hitting them with aerial and ground fire. Snipers and missile units were also waiting for them on the ground.

Brilliant.  Israel is very hesitant to send personnel into Gaza as one of Hamas' goals is to capture their soldiers and use them for propaganda.  The corpses are returned but the torture they had been subjected to is inhumane. Why these apes are "heroes" to the left is beyond me.  Just look at their record for treating women and gays. Hypocrites.

News you can use - the jab

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3.. 2.. and done

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Not as productive an afternoon as I was planning but a good one.  Got some paperwork, email and phone calls taken care of.  Visited the auction site to confirm my purchases and take some measurements.  Ordered the UHaul truck for next Tuesday and confirmed my work party.

Poked around a little bit outside - trying to trace a power line that comes out of the wall of the house and disappears into the ground.  I am suspecting a sump pump somewhere but can not find any indication of location.  Big groundwater problem with the house so having to rehabilitate whatever system was in their originally.  A lot easier dealing with the county on that than just installing something new.

When the local electrician was installing my new panel a few months ago, he mentioned that he was getting a new boat.  A new boat showed up in the bay this afternoon and I sent him an email.  Yup - his.  Beauty.  I told him that I was planning to try out my new PA Speakers this evening. Would 3:00 AM be OK and was there a particular kind of music that he did not like. No reply yet...

Clean the kitchen, run the dishwasher and watch some YouTube. Working tomorrow morning.

Sending prayers to Israel.  The current administration is causing all sorts of problems throughout the entire world - not just here.  That the Democrats were able to cheat and get their meat puppet installed in office speaks volumes to the level of corruption in DC at this time.  Some serious cleaning is needed.  Congressional term limits would be excellent too - get back to the original job description.

Some pushback - Michigan

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They have a piece of work for a governor. An Elitist. Corrupt. Entitled. And this is just the short list.
Her management of the Wuhan Flu was spot on.
Here is the latest from The Epoch Times:

Company Defies Michigan Governor’s Order to Shut Down Oil Pipeline
A Canadian energy company has defied an order from Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to shut down a controversial oil and gas pipeline Wednesday amid growing concern that doing so could lead to fuel disruptions similar to those resulting from last week’s cyberattack on an East Coast system.

The Democratic governor gave Canadian pipeline company Enbridge until Wednesday to shut down Line 5, which runs under the Straits of Mackinac, amid fears that it could spill in a channel linking two of the Great Lakes.

“These oil pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac are a ticking timebomb, and their continued presence violates the public trust and poses a grave threat to Michigan’s environment and economy,” Whitmer’s office said in a statement.

However, Enbridge refused to comply with the order, saying that only the federal government has regulatory authority over its operations. It says leaks have never occurred in the underwater section of Line 5, although in 2010, a different Enbridge pipeline spilled nearly a million gallons of oil into Michigan’s Kalamazoo River.

Yeah - there are dangers with anything. The spill from over ten years ago was cleaned up. Enbridge is 100% correct - this is a Federal call, not one for the Wicked Witch. Whitmer wants to crash the economy so the socialists can sieze power. Glad to see that Enbridge is not yielding.

True that - war and peace

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And it begins - Israel

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From the London Daily Mail:

Israeli ground troops attack Gaza as air force bombards targets and officials order EVERYONE living within miles of the border to go to bunkers - after tit-for-tat death toll climbed to 110 including dozens of children

    • The Israel Defense Force tweeted tonight: 'IDF air and ground troops are currently attacking in the Gaza Strip'
    • A military spokesman added that 'there are ground troops attacking in Gaza, together with air forces as well'
    • Benjamin Netanyahu said: 'The last word was not said and this operation will continue as long as necessary'
    • It is not clear if the offensive will be to destroy rocket sites or Hamas leaders or extended campaign to invade
    • Israel called up 9,000 reservists to bolster its forces as it deployed troops to the Gaza border for the assault

Israeli ground troops have attacked Gaza as its air force bombarded targets and officials ordered everyone living within miles of the border to go to bunkers amid fears of fierce retaliation from Hamas.

Fears of an all-out war escalated in the early hours of Friday morning as the military said just after midnight that air and ground forces were attacking the Hamas-run enclave. Rocket barrages from Gaza swiftly followed.

Its statement gave no further details but military affairs correspondents who are briefed by the armed forces said it was not a ground invasion, and that troops were firing artillery from Israel's side of the border.

No help or support from us. Shameful lack on our part. Israel is our best friend and staunchest ally in that part of the world.

Hope they enjoy their 72 white grapes of exceptional purity. From Don Surber:

Biden gave Palestinians $235 million; they fired 1,600 rockets at Israel
Follow the money. On April 7, Al Jazeera reported, "The Biden administration has announced plans to resume funding for the United Nations agency that supports Palestinian refugees, which has faced a dire financial situation since former US President Donald Trump cut US assistance in 2018."

President Trump cut off the aid because Palestinian leaders keep terrorizing Israel.

Arab News said the US gift was $235 million. It said, "The plan calls for $150 million through the United Nations relief agency UNRWA, $75 million in US economic and development assistance and $10 million for peace-building programs, Blinken said in a statement."

That is a lot of money to give to Palestinians whose leaders have refused peace settlements for 73 years.

AJ said, "UNRWA provides aid and other services, including healthcare and education, to about 5.7 million Palestinian refugees in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, Lebanon, and Jordan – and the agency welcomed the US announcement."

Paying for schools and medical care frees up money for Palestinian authorities to buy rockets.

That one month after Biden released the money, the rocket attack began.

There never were any native palestinians.  The people causing the problems are Hashamite Jordanian.  Jordan doesn't want them.  Nobody wants them. I can see why they are uppity - they used to be the big shizzle.  Now? Nope.

History is fun.  It can also be very inconvenient.  I can see why some people study it and why some people willfully ignore it.

Oh: 72 white grapes or raisins?  A small translation error. I hope that the terrorists enjoy their eternity in hell. Those 72 white grapes of exceptional purity must be really sweet.  Imagine the expression on their faces when they find that they killed themselves over a simple translation error.

And out for an hour or three

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Errands and a couple of phone calls. Working outside this afternoon - next couple of days looks really good.

Of course - next question?

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Paging Captain Obvious - from The New York Post:

If you prefer city living over nature, you might be a psychopath: study
City slickers are more likely to be psychotic — or so says a study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology, which found a correlation between people who exhibit darker personality traits and a preference for urban over suburban and rural areas.

Using the crowdsourcing website Prolific, researchers at the University of Derby surveyed 304 UK-based adults on their preferred geographical setting, how connected they felt with nature and their personality type. The resulting data showed a correlation between socially averse personality traits — like sadism and narcissism — and being partial to inner-city living. A second study of another 235 UK-based adults concluded similar results.

“Psychopathy is inversely associated with nature connectedness,” authors wrote in the study’s highlight section, noting that “high scoring on psychopathy was associated with a preference for inner-city living, but did not match residential history.”

Cities can be fun when you are young but once you hit 30, it takes a different mindset to thrive.

RIP - Spencer Silver

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Spencer Silver?  From the New York Times:

Spencer Silver, an Inventor of Post-it Notes, Is Dead at 80
Spencer Silver, a research chemist at 3M who inadvertently created the not-too-sticky adhesive that allows Post-it Notes to be removed from surfaces as easily as they adhere to them, died on Saturday at his home in St. Paul, Minn. He was 80.

His wife, Linda, said that he died after an episode of ventricular tachycardia, in which the heart beats faster than normal. Mr. Silver had a heart transplant 27 years ago.

Since their introduction in 1980, Post-it Notes have become a ubiquitous office product, first in the form of little canary-yellow pads — billions of which are sold annually — and later also in different hues and sizes, some with much stickier adhesives. There are currently more than 3,000 Post-it Brand products globally.

Use them all the time - brilliant.  Great story at the site - took 3M a long time to realize just what they had.

The latest cult to follow

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BLM? Just another cult with its detractors and adherents. Roger L. Simon has some history:

How ‘Woke’ May Be Leading Us to Civil War
The other day, I wrote that “woke” was the new conformism.

It is, of course, but I undersold it. It’s much more than that and more dangerous.

As Tal Bachman notes at Steynonline, it’s now our state religion, a state religion in a country that—constitutionally and for good reason—isn’t supposed to have one.

But “Wokism” is yet more than that, too. It’s a mass psychosis similar to many that have arisen throughout history when the masses followed leaders who, in their zeal or self-interest, took them to disastrous ends.

And BLM specifically? Roger sets the stage talking about an earlier cult: Erhard Seminars Training (est) and proceeds from there:

Although operationally similar, “woke” is exponentially more perilous than the now-defunct est training. Our position in society, our livelihoods, and our children’s educations and futures are being held over our heads, not our mere use of a restroom.

An iron-fisted, ideologically extreme minority has our country under its thumb—play along or face ex-communication. This is stronger than anything in our history and almost identical to what we see and have seen in totalitarian countries.

It’s a psychosis approaching mass hallucination. In Franco’s Spain, they shouted, “Viva la muerte!” (“Long live death!”) Here we are asked to proclaim just as loudly “Black Lives Matter,” to display signs saying as much on our lawns, although we never thought otherwise and always thought (naively, we are told) that all lives mattered.

All key aspects, most parts of them anyway, of our society “get it” as they did in est (i.e., now believe in ”woke”) or, yet more ominously, cynically say they do—the media, the corporations (“Better woke than broke!”), the government bureaucracy, the Democratic Party, the Department of Justice, the FBI, the military (yikes!), entertainment, the university system, the K–12 system, the medical community, the scientific community (incredibly), the religious community (sadly), and on and on.

All, to one extent or another, believe in “woke” except—the people.

Most of the people anyway.

Sorry guys - I do not buy into your fad. I stand with the rest of We The People. All Lives Matter
The Bitter Little Marxists can kiss my posterior.

A bit of perspective - Israel

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The war that Iran is waging on Israel and the West. Israeli writer Martin van Creveld:

Several factors explain the low number of casualties. First, the rockets coming from Gaza are enormously inaccurate. They hit targets, if they do, almost at random. Second, the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system works better than anyone had expected. The system has the inestimable advantage in that it can calculate the places where the rockets will land. Consequently it only goes into action against those—approximately one in five or six—that are clearly about to hit an inhabited area. The outcome is vast savings; in some cases, realizing that the incoming rockets are not going to hit anybody or anything, the authorities do not even bother to sound the alarm. Third, civil defense seems to be working well; people obey instructions and are, in any case, getting used to this kind of thing. Fourth, as always in war, one needs luck.

In turn, the small number of Arab casualties and the limited amount of damage inflicted has enabled the government of Israel to keep the lid on its own actions in the face of extremist demands. It suggests a degree of control and precision never before attained or maintained in any war in history. But while the Israelis have been extremely effective in avoiding collateral deaths, the impact of their strikes against Hamas’ short-range rockets in particular is limited.

Israel’s lucky run will not last forever. Sooner or later, a Hamas rocket that for one reason or another has not been intercepted is bound to hit a real target in Israel and cause real damage. Imagine a school or kindergarten being hit, resulting in numerous deaths. In that case public pressure on the government and the Israel Defense Forces “to do something” will mount until it becomes intolerable.

This was posted July 2014.  Nothing has changed.  Hat tip to Vox Day for the link.

The history of the Palestinian conflict is interesting - basically, a failed KGB attempt to destabilize Israel starting from the 1950's. Lots of corroborating data here and other sites.  The first "Palestinian"  leader was an Egyptian who spent nine years in Moscow at Patrice Lumumba University and then came to Jordan with a nice fat bankroll and began to "organize".

And nothing much this morning

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Socked in when I woke up but it is burning off and the sun is peeking through.

Puttering around the house and getting ready to head out for a nice dog run and the morning libation. Working at home - outside if it clears up, wiring if it does not.

Two morning memes

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From Woodsterman:

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So true - both of them.

That's all folks - long day

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Busy day tomorrow too. Early bedtime and sleep in tomorrow. Wiring and yardwork. Dogs are all tuckered out from a couple hours running at the farm.

Videos and that is it for me...

I had written about this earlier: What are they hiding - Seattle
From The Seattle Times:

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan had phone set to keep texts only 30 days, her office says
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, whose text messages are missing for a 10-month period that includes the peak of last year’s Black Lives Matter demonstrations, at some point had an iPhone set to automatically delete texts older than 30 days, her office acknowledged Tuesday.

cough...bullshit...cough - the deletion or retention of data is set by the server and not the end-user device.  The iPhone may be set to only DISPLAY the last 30 days but the iPhone does not delete the older texts from the server.  That is something handled on the server side of things.  Storage space is dirt cheap. Messages do not take up any appreciable room.  I would have the server set to retain all messages.  End of story. Deleting them only implies that you have something specific that you want to hide.

The missing texts could spur changes in how public records are handled at City Hall, and a mayoral candidate Tuesday asked state Attorney General Bob Ferguson to investigate. The matter would need to be referred by law enforcement for Ferguson’s office to consider investigating, according to his office.

Durkan’s texts were not retained from late August 2019 to June 25, 2020, a whistleblower investigation report revealed last week. In an email Tuesday responding to several days of questions about how that happened, the mayor’s office said a forensic analysis has determined that Durkan’s text retention was set to 30 days “on one of the three phones issued” to her at some point between late August 2019 and July 24, 2020.

I bet that if the shoe were on the other foot - that if Mayor Durkan had done something brilliant in a text and wanted to show it to the world, it would be there for any and all to see regardless of how many days had elapsed.  Something detrimental to the Mayor's reputation however?  Gone. Pffttttt.

What with all of the tech companies in the area, I am surprised that they would try to pass this off as the excuse.  A billion geeks are silently shaking their heads.

Calling a spade a spade - Biden

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They can not hide this.  From the London Daily Mail:

'His mental and physical condition cannot be ignored': More than 120 retired generals and admirals sign open letter questioning Biden's mental health and backing election fraud claims

    • More than 120 signed the 'Open Letter from Retired Generals and Admirals'
    • The letter questioned the integrity of the U.S. election
    • It also questions Biden's mental fitness, blasts the Iran deal, says 'anarchy' cannot be tolerated, and says 'illegals are flooding our country'
    • It echoes Trump's claims that absentee ballots are not secure
    • Other retired military officers slammed the letter as intrusion in domestic politics
    • Said Retired Adm. Mike Mullen, former chair of the joint chiefs: 'I think it hurts the military and by extension it hurts the country'

A group of more than 120 retired military officers have written President Joe Biden to tell him his election was less than legitimate – while questioning his mental acuity.

The letter echoes former President Donald Trump's claims of widespread election fraud – which have not been borne out in the courts – and comes on a day when Rep. Liz Cheney ripped Trump for his claim that the election was 'stolen.'

The truth will come out. Wonder when Biden will melt down in prime-time.  They have him pretty well doped up but neurons are neurons and shit happens.

Yippiee

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I missed out on two lots - the used chainsaw chain and some grinding wheels but got all the shelving I was looking to get.  Came out to be about the same prices as generic shelving from Costco and this is specific to grocery and hardware stores. Very happy camper. Some of the items (chainsaw chain and grinding wheels included) went for way too much money.  Local people wanting something sentimental and not doing their research.

Picked up a fried chicken breast for dinner, met with an "interesting" person and ran a few errands.  Surf for a bit, fix dinner and early bedtime.

Looking at the numbers online - looks like we are headed for stagflation.  Carter years again. Stupid. Glad I pulled out of the stock market - bonds are not great but they are safe.

Two stories that caught my eye:

Wonderful. If he was innocent, why did he bug out from NYC to Florida?

From The Federalist:

Trump: Comparisons Of Biden And Carter Are Unfair … To Carter
Former President Donald Trump said comparing former President Jimmy Carter’s presidency to the Biden administration is unfair.

“I see that everybody is comparing Joe Biden to Jimmy Carter. It would seem to me that is very unfair to Jimmy Carter. Jimmy mishandled crisis after crisis, but Biden has CREATED crisis after crisis,” Trump wrote in a statement Wednesday.

Trump then listed off all of Biden’s self-inflicted crises.

“First there was the Biden Border Crisis (that he refuses to call a Crisis), then the Biden Economic Crisis, then the Biden Israel Crisis, and now the Biden Gas Crisis,” Trump wrote. “Joe Biden has had the worst start of any president in United States history, and someday, they will compare future disasters to the Biden Administration—but no, Jimmy was better!

Carter must be feeling good - he went from the worst president in recent history to third-worst.
Obama's legacy just elevated a notch as well.

And back home

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Inspection was a piece of cake.  The inspector took about five minutes and said that Barron's did "their usual bang-up job"   Lots of email and a couple pieces of paperwork to take care of.  The auction runs out in about an hour.  Heading out to meet up with someone interesting and get some groceries.

Life continues to be interesting and fun.

And outta here

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A bit under a two hour drive and I want to be there at 9:00 AM.  Gotta go.

Hope and change

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Puts a big smile on my face this morning - FOX News:

Liz Cheney ousted from role as House GOP Conference chair; replacement still unclear
House Republicans ousted Rep. Liz Cheney Wednesday morning in a closed-door vote from the No. 3 spot from leadership -- but the Wyoming Republican remained defiant on the way out.

Cheney had remained steadfast in her opposition to former President Donald Trump and his "dangerous lies" about the 2020 election being stolen from him -- putting her at odds with other House Republicans who wanted to move on from the Jan. 6 riot and unite the party to win in the 2022 midterms.

Cheney was removed by a voice vote and took a swing at Trump after the Capitol meeting.

"I will do everything I can to ensure that the former president never again gets anywhere near the Oval Office," Cheney said after the vote. "We have seen the danger that he continues to provoke with his language. We have seen his lack of commitment and dedication to the Constitution, and I think it's very important that we make sure whomever we elect, is somebody who will be faithful to the Constitution."

Don't let the door hit you where the good Lord split you. Delusional to the very end.

And up - gray day

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Forecast is for cleaning and sunshine - see what happens.

Time for a shower, fix some breakfast, surf and out the door. Dog walk and coffee on the road.

So far, I am still the winner for all five lots - see what happens when we get close to closing at 11:00 AM

Up at O-dark-30

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Heading North tomorrow morning. Got five bids at the auction - four are shelves for the store and one for me. Used chainsaw chain - a couple boxes with maybe 30-40 pounds total. Cheap. This is a mix of hard and soft steel so see what kind of Damascus it can make. Here is Dmitry Shevchenko  making a knife with some.

Got to meet someone at the farm at 9:00 AM so on the road at 7.  I'll be doing the final bidding at the auction while the plumbing inspector is checking the work.

Couple of videos first.

An observation - Instapundit

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Seen over there:

VIA A FRIEND: “So a pipeline is hackable, but a voting machine wasn’t???”

A good question...

Got a point there - the 2nd

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Fun and games in the big shitty

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Glad I do not live there - three stories from Seattle station KOMO:

The last one should be interesting - Bellevue is on the shore of Lake Washington and is about as yuppie as can be. Lots of money there both new and old. About as far from the urban core of Seattle as you can get - 10+ miles over a floating bridge as well as culturally. No homeless need apply. Are the Antifa kiddies testing the waters?  My guess.

As good a reason as any

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High gasoline prices are in our future.  Nice that the Biden administration has such a convenient "crisis" to shift the blame.  From The Epoch Times:

Gas Prices Expected to Keep Rising in Wake of Colonial Pipeline Attack
Gas prices, already close to $3 a gallon after a cyberattack on Colonial Pipeline, are expected to keep rising through the week, especially in the eastern United States.

“We’re expecting to see price increases to continue through the week, and in particular in the southeast region and in the northeast, because we are seeing directly impacted areas along the terminals of the pipeline that remain out,” Devin Gladden with the American Automobile Association (AAA) told The Epoch Times.

“And so as we see imports, deliveries from trucks, fill that gap, that may mean that higher costs will be associated with those deliveries and that is certainly causing prices to increase at the pump for consumers,” he added.

I went to Gas Buddy to check prices but they were having some issues - I'll try again later today and see how things are in New York City, Los Angeles and Seattle.

Dropped my membership with AAA about five years ago.  My insurance company offers exactly what I want - basic roadside rescue and towing - for about 1/3rd the cost. AAA used to be focused on car+driver+travel and now, they are trying to diversify by marketing all sorts of other crap.  I get it, they are a business and their core function is to make money for their shareholders. Still - when you dilute the core competency, you dilute the whole business. Not good.

Out with the old, in with the new

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My fault entirely but...  crap...

I have an odd fondness for custom license plates and have them for my car, van, store truck.  Every vehicle.

Totally spaced on the registration for my van and went to get it renewed.  Turns out that after 45 days, the State of WA will release the custom plates back for anyone to get.  Someone got.

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And, of course, all the obvious ones (WELDER, HOTIRON, BLKSMTH, etc) have already been snarfed up.  Grumble...

From The Urban Dictionary:

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Tip 'o the hat to Bayou Renaissance Man

Lunch break

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The shelving looks really good. The contents have been picked over quite a bit so not bidding on them.

Having lunch and then working here for the rest of the day.  Was planning to head up tonight but staying here and leaving tomorow very early. Paperwork and other stuff.

Quick surf.

Heading out shortly - the auction preview opens at 8:00 AM and want to be there before the lookie-loos show up. Get a coffee on the road.

Need to be at the farm tomorrow morning and debating whether to stay down here and get an early start.

More this afternoon. Also have to see about renting a box truck.

It was all a mistake - a simple misunderstanding. A mere bagatelle.  From Barstool Sports:

Bob Baffert Claims A Man Taking Cough Medicine Peed On The Hay In Medina Spirit's Stall And The Horse Ate The Hay, Causing A Positive Test
Well that adds up! It all makes sense now! Give the Derby back to Medina Spirit, it was all one big understanding. It's like when you get a positive drug test because you were in your friend's car who happened to do 1 (one) marijuana cigarette, it's all wrong place at the wrong time.

Medina's handler was feeling a little under the weather, allergies and what not, and was taking copious amounts of DayQuil and drinking a ton of water. And when you're a horse guy, you pee wherever you want. It's all nature. So one thing led to another and the horse ate the contaminated hay, and that's where we're at now. If not for that extra pollen in the air, none of this would have happened.

So I'm glad Baffert cleared this all up. Medina was just tripping on some of the 'Quil, no harm, no foul. And I buy it. Go test that hay, ASAP, and we can put the end to story once and for all. Triple Crown, back on!

Believe that?  I happen to have an historic bridge for sale.  Located in downtown New York City.  It is in use but the city is putting it up for sale to raise money for diversity training. Contact me if you are interested - terms are available with a suitable initial down payment.

The Antrim County election audit

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The Big Orange Guy weighs in - From the desk of Donald J. Trump:

The major Michigan Election Fraud case has just filed a bombshell pleading claiming votes were intentionally switched from President Trump to Joe Biden. The number of votes is MASSIVE and determinative. This will prove true in numerous other States. All Republicans must UNIFY and not let this happen. If a thief robs a jewelry store of all of its diamonds (the 2020 Presidential Election), the diamonds must be returned. The Fake News media refuses to cover the greatest Election Fraud in the history of our Country. They have lost all credibility, but ultimately, they will have no choice!

I was hoping that this would be resolved before J. R. Biden occupied President Trump's seat at the White House but better late than never.  This way, they are being caught with the actual fraud and not just statistical improbabilities.

The results were released earlier today. Pretty damning for the Democrats - no wonder they were moving heaven and earth to stop the audits from happening. They know that we know.

All comes down to another opportunity to virtue signal one's elitism. A tonic for their Ego.
Look at me.  I am so virtuous in my compassion and diversity and WOKEness.

I am reminded of the line from Shelley's great poem:

Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!

The replies are worth reading - only a few are shown so be sure to click the: "show more replies" link. I love this one:

When I see the collective individually take responsibility for their own lives... I’ll care

Yeah - exactly...

Censorship - an infographic

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A related idea is the Overton Window - these two go hand in hand.  One tool to implement the other.

Tip of the hat to Mostly Cajun

He nails the WOKE crowd:

Heh

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From Breitbart:

LAPD’s Topanga Division Station Firebombed in Latest Attack on Law Enforcement
In the latest violent attack on Los Angeles law enforcement, the L.A. Police Department’s Topanga Division station was firebombed with an apparent molotov cocktail early Sunday. Authorities pursued and successfully apprehended the suspect.

An LAPD spokesperson confirmed to Breitbart News that the attack took place at around 12:55 a.m. Sunday morning. The suspect threw a glass bottle containing a flammable liquid at the station’s front window. The act was witnessed by multiple officers who went in pursuit of the attacker.

Curious when you consider this story:

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

From real-estate website dirt.com:

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

More here and here - Topanga is just under 20 sq. miles and has about 8,300 people. Quite the wealthy and/or bohemian hangout. Makes me wonder if Mr. Rosin (the perp - they caught him) is a friend of Ms. Cullors...

From America's Newspaper of Record:

Bounty On Groot Skyrockets Due To Spike In Lumber Prices
The bounty on notorious criminal Groot's head has skyrocketed following a sharp increase in lumber prices across the galaxy, sources confirmed Monday.

The member of the outlaw group known as the "Guardians of the Galaxy" -- wanted for violent assaults, escaping prison, more nefarious mercenary acts -- previously had a bounty issued in the amount of $100,000 in Terran dollars, but that number has shot way up, with bounty hunters now seeking him out for the sum of $10,000,000.

"It's just supply and demand," said one member of a Ravager clan. "Builders are seeking lumber right now, which is in short supply. And Groot is a highly sought-after Flora colossus, desirable for its application in building homes and businesses. While he was previously wanted for his criminal acts, he's now wanted more for his potential as a building material."

Groot strongly condemned the increased bounty on his head, saying, "I am Groot. I am Groot? I am Groot." When pressed, he added, "I am Groot," leaving little doubt as to where he stands.

Reporters also sought comment from Treebeard. He has promised a statement but only got out the word "hello" by publishing time.

Feel kind of sorry for the little guy but I do need some 2X4s...

Slow day today too

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Got nuttin' - heading out for dog walk and coffee. Back home - working outside and doing some more wiring, laundry, house cleaning. Basic maintenence stuff.

More spew later

From Conservative Treehouse:

Direct Evidence of Intentional Dominion Ballot Counting and Tabulation Fraud Submitted to Court in Michigan Following Forensic Audit of Antrim County Ballot Counting Systems
This appears to be a rather big deal. In the Antrim County, Michigan lawsuit, the lawyer for plaintiff William Bailey has just submitted direct evidence of ballot counting manipulation within the electronic ballot counting system.

Attorney Matthew DePerno has submitted the results of a forensic audit showing how votes were manipulated in the county tabulation system. [Supplemental Brief Here] – [Forensic Audit Results Here]

These audits are coming home to roost. As I wrote yesterday:

I do hope that it will trigger an awakening in the American populace.  The media has been gaslighting them in collusion with the deep state. Time to throw the bums out and start over. Both parties.

J. R. Biden is not the legally elected President of the United States. Simple as that. Why do you think that the Capitol building still has razor wire and 30,000 troops guarding it. They know it. We know it and hopefully, We The People will know it soon.

Nuttin' much here

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A nice and productive day even with the shopping run to Costco and other places. Made a solid dent in a couple of projects, doing some loads of laundry and refilled the hummingbird feeders.  Need to get another 25# sack of sugar for them - running low.

Digitizing the last of the CDs - get them back to the Library tomorrow. Spend Monday working at the house, auction preview Tuesday and up to the farm Tuesday evening. Back to the island Thursday and to work Friday and Saturday morning.  Busy. Doing some paperwork for the arts group now.

The skies cleared up and it cooled down - got up to 76°F in the morning and then cleared up and cooled down to the mid-60's for the majority of the day. The next couple days look pretty decent.

Got nuttin' happening online to speak of. The Arizona election audit is going to be really interesting. I do hope that it will trigger an awakening in the American populace.  The media has been gaslighting them in collusion with the deep state. Time to throw the bums out and start over. Both parties.

From the Wall Street Journal:

Melinda Gates Was Meeting With Divorce Lawyers Since 2019 to End Marriage With Bill Gates
The split between Bill and Melinda Gates, announced last week, has been in the works for a long time.

Ms. Gates consulted with divorce lawyers roughly two years before she filed for divorce from Mr. Gates, saying their marriage was “irretrievably broken,” according to people familiar with the matter and documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

The 56-year-old philanthropist has been working with lawyers at several firms since at least 2019 to unwind the marriage of more than 25 years, according to these people and the documents.

The rest of the story is behind a paywall but other sources are reporting that the thin edge of the wedge was BillG's involvement with Jeffrey Epstein and flying on the Lolita Express. Like I keep saying, BillG is not that bright.
Savvy and lucky? Yes.  Bright? No.

Grumble - island problems

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Ran a few errands today - one of which was Costco.  I check their new books section for anything that catches my eye. Log into the library website and reserve it.

Saw that Andy Weir's new one was out: "Project Hail Mary" so went online and... sigh...

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So I gotta wait a whole month or two before I get MY turn.  This island is too literate.

And the usual...

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Turning into a nice day - 74°F and rising. Lots of clouds and sunshine.  Good day for wiring and maybe some work outside the house. Dump run, dog walk and coffee first though - got my priorities.

Peace in the Middle East - Biden

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Looks like things are backsliding right according to schedule - from the London Daily Mail:

Navy seizes THOUSANDS of Chinese and Russian assault weapons, sniper rifles and anti-tank missiles hidden on ship 'sailing from Iran to Yemen' in the Arabian Sea

    • The U.S. Fifth Fleet discovered the weapons aboard a ship in the Arabian Sea off Oman and Pakistan
    • The Navy found nearly 3,000 Chinese Type 56 assault rifles, a variant of the Kalashnikov, hundreds of other heavy machine guns and sniper rifles, and dozens of advanced, Russian-made anti-tank guided missiles
    • The weapons appeared to be bound for Yemen to support the country's Houthi rebels, Navy officials say
    • Navy's initial investigation found the vessel came from Iran. Tehran has previously denied providing rebels with weapons
    • This recent seizure appeared to be among the biggest in recent years amid the long- running war in Yemen

Iran is a sponsor of terrorism.  There are very good reasons why there are economic sanctions against them. They have been providing arms and have been trying to develop nuclear weapons. The Biden administration are enabling them to continue this activity.  Why?   After all, we can't have John Kerry be proven complicit in sponsoring terror now can we.

From Wayne Alan Root at Townhall:

Here are the questions I want answered:

    • If Democrats didn't rig and steal the election, why are they so afraid of forensic audits in key battleground states, specifically the current audit in Arizona?
    • When Trump was an 8-to-1 landslide favorite with bettors around the world late on election night and clearly headed toward a landslide electoral victory, why did five states suddenly announce they would pause counting for the night? And how come Biden was suddenly ahead by morning?
    • How come Michigan apparently had a dump of 149,772 votes at 6:31 a.m. on Nov. 4, 96% of which went to Biden?
    • How did Wisconsin count 149,520 votes for Biden from 3:26 to 3:44 a.m. on Nov. 4?
    • How come Philadelphia vote counters were so desperate to keep witnesses out of the counting room? Why did they refuse entry to witnesses (to Republicans) until those witnesses had a court order in hand?
    • Why were the windows in a vote-counting location in Detroit covered with cardboard so nobody (no Republican) could see inside?
    • There are videotapes filmed in Detroit of vans pulling up in the middle of the night with what obviously look like boxes of ballots. In Atlanta, there are videotapes that clearly show ballot containers appearing at a vote-counting location after a fake water main break was used to force all GOP witnesses out of the counting room. Why can't we discuss these videotapes?
    • How come Twitter banned me for life over mentioning these videotapes?
    • How come the Arizona Senate's liaison for the vote audit says Maricopa County hasn't complied with the subpoena by turning over passwords to Dominion voting machines?
    • How come the Biden DOJ suddenly wants to stop the Arizona audit?

Some good and basic questions.  Why?

Ruining our children - WA State

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Sickening news from Legal Insurrection this morning:

Washington Gov. Inslee Signs Bill Requiring Critical Race Training For Public School Teachers
On May 5, Governor Jay Inslee of Washington signed Senate Bill 5044 into law, which requires Critical Race Theory (CRT) training for all school staff, board directors, teachers, and administrators in public schools across the state.

CRT is a toxic and divisive stew of marxist talking points. I look forward to the day when the adults return to the room.  This stupidity is going to cause untold damage to our next generation.

Loren Culp was not the ideal cantidate for Governor - little political and/or business experience - he was the police chief of a very small town in Eastern Washington.  That being said, he still won over 40% of the vote in 2020.  WA State is tired of the poor leadership and stupidity of Inslee.

Been feeling a bit nappish this afternoon but staying awake for another couple of hours.  Sleep in tomorrow morning though - dump run, long dog walk and leisurely coffee and then back home to do more wiring and clean the house. Quite the auction preview this Tuesday. Local hardware store - family run and been in business for many many years. Want to start carrying hardware at my grocery store so looking at inventory as well as shelving and fixtures. Always needing shelving and fixtures - those puppies are expensive.

Run the dishwasher, let the dogs out and watch some videos. Got a couple CDs digitized - do the rest tomorrow.

Heh - Evergreen State College

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You’ll never finds a more wretched hive of scum and villainy - I had visited there many years ago as they had quite the electronic music department - for a while. The College is notorious for beeing a really bad educational institution - it is consumed by whatever fad or narrative is popular at the time.

I had written about it here, here and here.
Seattle's liberal The Stranger says: Evergreen Ranks as One of the Worst Colleges in the U.S. for Free Speech.
Other media outlets are just as observant: herehereherehereherehere and here for starters.

Well...  It seems that they are trying to reform and to get some better leadership starting at the top.
And then this happened - from Centralia, WA's The Chronicle:

All Three Finalists to Be President of The Evergreen State College Withdraw From Process
A year-long process to find the next president of The Evergreen State College came to a shocking conclusion Wednesday when the college’s Board of Trustees emerged from a three-hour meeting and announced that the three finalists for the job had withdrawn their names from consideration.

Board of Trustees Chairwoman Karen Fraser said all three finalists — Michael Dumont, Catherine Kodat and Lee Lambert — withdrew following recent interviews with faculty, students, staff and alumni.

“We’re still in a state of surprise and disappointment,” she said. “This is where we are at the moment.”

More at the site. Heh...  I would love to be king there for 12 months - shake the place up a bit. Put a big gold TRUMP TOWER sign on the Administration building.  Get rid of any program that had "studies" in its name. Partner with a nearby voc-tec school and require 120 hours of trade training to graduate - welding, electric, culinary, auto mechanics, construction, etc...

Good video on the problem:

A sin of omission

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Listening to music at home and had a hankering for some Nina Simone.

Found out that I only had two of her albums.  Fortunately, the local library had three more so spending tonight digitizing those and a bunch more CDs (Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk). Been into some classical Jazz recently

What are they hiding - Seattle

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The City administration managed last years peaceful protests rioting very poorly.
Literally, I would give them a -1 out of 10.  That poorly.

They could have nipped all of this in the bud if they showed some backbone but, they rolled over and gave in to the shrieking social justice warriors and the loud minority of mentally ill activists.

Now, when people are trying to do a post-mortem of the event and figure out who screwed up, they have entered C.Y.A. Mode and are destroying (or hiding) evidence of their stupidity. From The Seattle Times:

Not just the mayor: Text messages of Seattle police and fire chiefs from June 2020 also missing
Mayor Jenny Durkan isn’t the only Seattle leader whose text messages from a key period last June were not retained and are unavailable for public disclosure, the city’s lawyers have told attorneys suing Seattle over events that occurred during that tumultuous time.

Fire Chief Harold Scoggins’ messages and then-police Chief Carmen Best’s messages also are gone for a stretch of time when police repeatedly used tear gas at demonstrations and the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) zone emerged, attorneys David Perez, Angelo Calfo and Patty Eakes said Friday they recently learned.

That means the texts of three top Seattle leaders during the contentious period can’t be directly reviewed, making it less likely that plaintiffs and the public will know exactly how the officials discussed and made decisions behind the scenes during key moments.

A report on a whistleblower investigation into the improper handling of public records in the mayor’s office revealed Thursday that Durkan’s texts from Aug. 28, 2019, to June 25, 2020, were not retained. The attorneys suing the city said they weren’t provided dates for the missing Scoggins and Best texts, other than much of June.

Dan Nolte, a spokesperson for City Attorney Pete Holmes, said in an email late Friday that Durkan’s text messages are missing “due to a retention setting with her iPhone,” while Best’s texts are gone “for reasons we are still ascertaining.” Scoggins was locked out of his phone because of password issues, and his texts couldn’t be recovered, Nolte said.

Each and every one of these excuses are just that - excuses.  This is abject bullshit. The internet is forever - those texts can be recovered if they do not actively wipe them. My bet? They are wiping them. Destruction of evidence.

So glad I moved out over 20 years ago - you spend lots of money in taxes for what?
Corrupt and ineffective government, no sense of leadership.

Gates divorce meme

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These are going to come thick and fast - here is one:

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Damn good idea - Congress

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Chris Lynch has an excellent idea - get elected to Congress?
Ya gotta do this before you can serve:

I think all candidates for Congress should first have to take and pass the citizenship test immigrants take as part of the Naturalization process. And the results should be made public. That would both weed out candidates who don't know our history or how our system works (looking at you Maxine Waters) but also provide an easy metric for people on the fence to make a choice (pick the candidate with the higher score)...

From CNS News:

Ransomware attack forces shutdown of largest fuel pipeline in the U.S.
The operator of the country’s largest fuel pipeline, Colonial Pipeline, fell victim to a cybersecurity attack on Friday that involved ransomware, forcing it to temporarily shut down all pipeline operations, the company said in a statement on Saturday.

The firm has hired a third-party cybersecurity firm to launch a probe into the incident and has contacted law enforcement and other federal agencies. The cyberattack has affected some of its IT systems too.

Colonial Pipeline, which transports nearly half of the East Coast’s fuel supply, said it is “taking steps to understand and resolve this issue.”

With something like this, it is going to be a week or two before we know what happened.
A bit scary through - this is the real infrastructure that our *Resident needs to be taking care of.
Not lefty talking points and grifting.

An interesting development in the Arizona election audit.  I had written yesterday that the Democrats were not giving the auditors the administrative passwords to the voting machinery.  Either they did not have them (in which case, the voting was run by Dominion and not by the state (sooper illegal)) or they were trying to hide something (something sooper illegal?)

From The Gateway Pundit:

Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Holds Emergency Meeting After AZ Senate Threatens Legal Action for Not Providing Passwords and Routers
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors held an emergency meeting yesterday after the County was reportedly unable to provide passwords to the auditors performing an audit of the county’s 2020 Election results.  They also did not provide access to the routers which were requested in the audit as well.

Probably a closed-door meeting and instead of having pizzas delivered, they are sending out for a couple cases of Depends.  They seriously thought they could get away with it.  That We The People would not notice the huge discrepancies in the numbers. Now that they are being called on it, they are stonewalling every inch of the way.

I wrote yesterday about how the admin access to the database server was crucial to see if the records had been tampered with. The routers are just as important.  There are supposedly records of Internet Protocol traffic to locations in Germany and China.  If this turns out to be true, that means that foreign agents were monitoring and/or tampering at the very heart of where the individual votes were being recorded. No semblance of security.

Going down and could not be happening to a nicer bunch of people.

Got to think that they are just not that bright if they seriously thought that they could pull this off.
I mean now... Biden?
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Dump in the morrow

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Back home. Had some emails to deal with and scheduling my time for next week.

Warmed up a bit (67°F outside), overcast and the occasional sprinkle.

Surf, lunch and then wiring (and some much needed vaccuming).

Doing the dump run tomorrow, not today. Still have a lot of things that can go so loading the van up even more.

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.

Wanted to bring the weed whacker up this trip.  Got it out of the storage unit, fired it up and let it run for a while and promptly left it behind in the garage.  Also, lost one of my keyrings - I have duplicate keys so this is not an issue but a bit bummed as it had one of the first pieces of blacksmithing art I ever made (circa 2004) - a simple leaf but a special one.  I notified everywhere I was today so see what happens.

Picked up some munchies at the food coop and Chef Mike will be doing a dinner entrée for tonight.

See what happened out there while I was on the road...

A simple question

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and a simple answer:

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President Trump - popularity

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Heh - run against President Trump and his policies and see what happens.
Two stories - first? Politico - April 13, 2021:

Meet the Texas veteran who could blaze a trail for the anti-Trump GOP
Criticizing Donald Trump is considered a death sentence for Republican candidates. But Michael Wood’s betting that it will be his lifeline.

Wood is campaigning on an explicitly anti-Trump platform as he competes with 22 other candidates in a special election to fill the seat of the late Rep. Ron Wright (R-Texas), who represented a rapidly diversifying district in the Dallas-Fort Worth suburbs. Wood’s risky strategy centers on a belief there is a healthy slice of the GOP ready to move on from Trump after Jan. 6 — a proposition that will be tested at the ballot box next month.

Wood, a combat veteran and small business owner, has embraced his political identity as a Trump antagonist. He has publicly needled the former president on Twitter, recently declaring that “I’d rather fight for my country and the Constitution on a shoestring budget than kiss that man’s ring at Mar-a-Lago.”

So he has some good points - veteran, business owner.  He is just anti-Trump.
The People spoke - from CNS News - May 3rd, 2021:

Trump-Endorsed Republican Is Top Vote-Getter in Texas Special Election
Susan Wright, the widow of U.S. Rep. Ron Wright, was the top voter-getter in Saturday's crowded race for Texas's 6th congressional seat.

And Mr. Wood?

One of the eleven GOP candidates, Michael Wood, ran on an anti-Trump platform. He received only 3.19 percent of the vote.

The politicians are refusing to listen to their constituency to their own detriment. Pure schadenfreude.

And now I am done for the day

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Had a bunch of yard waste from last fall that was good and dry - nice little burn-pile there.  Already had a few gallons of diesel from my garage space heater so got them taken care of. Soak a roll of toilet paper and it is a great torch for lighting bonfires - do not do this with gasoline.  I learned my lesson once.  2nd degree burns over hands and forearms. WOOF! Diesel fuel has a lot lower vapor pressure and it is a lot safer as a torch.

Dealing with some local politics - always fun stuff...

Up to the farm tomorrow - need to go to Bellingham so driving up tomorrow late morning.  Spending the night there and back down Tuesday.  Big meeting Wednesday so need to be home for that.

Surf for a bit - see if anything turns up.

And somewhat done for the day

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Taking a much-needed Diet Pepsi break. I am about half-way through my fourth case (32 cans) of the stuff.  Still prefer Diet Coke but I seem to be too white for them.

Did some work in the yard and getting ready for Stage Two of the house wiring project.  Stage One was replacing the old breaker panel and putting in all new wiring in the garage. Wiring the upstairs loft (my media computers and will be my office when some furniture is built). This will also encompass the downstairs Music Room - my synthesizer equipment.

I had moved the big modular down here in April of 2020 but only got around to building a stand for them last winter.  Now to get new wiring into the room. I am purposefully NOT getting them set up and playable until I get everything the way I want it to be...  I know myself really well and if I get it kinda-playable, that is where it will stay.  Want to get everything nice and organized first.

Heating up some more of the beef stew for dinner tonight - that and a salad with fresh greens. I love this time of year.  Also, been noticing that the berry stands are starting to set up for their season. Yummmmm...

JP Sears comes out. Courage.

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He has the courage to express his real nature - going through a transition is hard but he is brave:

As the day begins

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Done here - heading out for dog walk, coffee and lingering over a book.  Got the new Clive Cussler action/adventure from the library after a few months wait - popular writer.

Turning into a really nice clear warm day so doing some yard work - batteries are charged on the mower. Rake up the clippings for the compost bin. Change out the hummingbird feeders with new nectar. Clean up some clutter. Good day for just puttering around.

Nothing much happening "out there" - nothing caught my eye.

The Feebs got a Judge to sign a warrant and they busted into his appartment at 6:00 AM a few days ago taking a lot of his electronics equipment. The media was quick to report - they had their own "internal sources" after all.
From the New York Post:

New York Times, WaPo, NBC forced to retract false claims about Giuliani
The New York Times, Washington Post and NBC News all issued retractions Saturday for their coverage of Rudy Giuliani following a raid of his Manhattan apartment by the FBI.

The Times appended their correction to a story about the role Giuliani may have played in the 2019 recall of ambassador Marie L. Yovanovitch and whether he received a warning from the FBI about Russian disinformation.

“An earlier version of this article misstated whether Rudolph W. Giuliani received a formal warning from the F.B.I. about Russian disinformation. Mr. Giuliani did not receive such a so-called defensive briefing,” The Times wrote Saturday in a note attached to the piece.

More at the site - they all got core elements of the story dead wrong.  Funny thing - the reports were all of them MORE damaging to Giuliani than LESS damaging.  It was like they were going out of their way to slam him instead of just making a simple (and random) mistake on their reporting.

Guess they need some new "internal sources"

De Re Metalica

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On the nature of metals.  The first major compendium of everything associated with metalworking - from mining to finished products. First published in Latin in 1556. I ran into a curious note this morning, the first English translation was published in 1950 and was done by Herbert Clark Hoover and Lou Henry Hoover. Husband and wife team. Both engineers. Yeah - that Hoover Dam. Quite interesting lives including a stint as US President.

The Internet Archive has a digitised copy of the Hoover translation here: De Re Metalica - go there just for the illustrations.  Some gorgeous work.

Ten hours of Zzzzzz's

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Delicious.  Fixing some breakfast and then heading out with the dogs for a nice walk. Gorgeous day - sun shining, crisp and cool.  Blue skies, mountains are out, high clouds.

Quick surf, shower and outta here.

And that is it for the day

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Slept in this morning - no problem but really enjoyed the slumber.  Feeling a bit 'drifty' now so watching a few videos and enjoy an early bedtime.

Getting a fire going in the hearth for Beltane in a few minutes - sunset is approaching. Don't know whether to leave an alcoholic drink out or not.  Haven't had any myself in a long long time (since October). Zero desire.  Still have wine and spirits here so will probably leave a neat shot of some decent single malt on the hearth along with a small treat.
Take care of the spirits.   ASM - All Spirits Matter.

Planning to do fsck-all tomorrow.  A day of abject luxurious sloth. Need to fill the hummingbird feeders, have a good run with the pups, get some coffee and that is it for tomorrows agenda. Maybe piddle around the house.  Do some yard work if it is not raining. See what happens.

In these days

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of WOKE and cancel culture.  Let us remember these great words:

I can not imagine a better anthem for Libertarianism.
This is a war and we must learn to fight back.
To punch back twice as hard. To stand up.

A couple of memes

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From various places on the web:

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May First

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Victims of Communism Day - here is a book to commemorate:

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It is also Beltane - a sacred night.
Building a small fire in the fireplace and setting out some food and drink before I go to bed.

From FOX News:

76,000 California inmates now eligible for earlier releases
California is giving 76,000 inmates, including violent and repeat felons, the opportunity to leave prison earlier as the state aims to further trim the population of what once was the nation’s largest state correctional system.

More than 63,000 inmates convicted of violent crimes will be eligible for good behavior credits that shorten their sentences by one-third instead of the one-fifth that had been in place since 2017. That includes nearly 20,000 inmates who are serving life sentences with the possibility of parole.

The largest state correctional system because it is the most populous state - they are not more "into" incarceration than any other state.  I hate to think of what the repercussions will be - high recidivism for sure.

From South Korea's Yonhap News:

N. Korea says Biden 'made big blunder,' warns of 'worse crisis beyond control'
North Korea said Sunday that U.S. President Joe Biden made a "big blunder" after he called Pyongyang's nuclear program a serious threat, warning the U.S. will face a "worse and worse crisis beyond control."

Kwon Jong-gun, director general of the Department of U.S. Affairs of the Foreign Ministry, made the remarks after Biden pledged in his first congressional address last week to work with allies to address "serious threats" from the North and Iran through diplomacy and stern deterrence.

"It is certain that the U.S. chief executive made a big blunder in the light of the present-day viewpoint," Kwon said. "Now that what the keynote of the U.S. new DPRK policy has become clear, we will be compelled to press for corresponding measures, and with time the U.S."

My guess is that the US will comply with whatever North Korea wants - rescind the sanctions, give oodles of "foreign aid" to the kleptocrats in power.  We will be back to where we were in the Carter years.  Except Kim now has nukes and has been working on them for over ten years.

Just wonderful - President Trump actually made some real headway. Now, it's back to square one again.
Liberals never ever learn from their mistakes. They can't study their own history - it would be too depressing.

Back home - good day

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Productive day - ran a few errands and now back home. Picked up some smoked brisket and will have that with pasta (Ditalini, butter and fresh parsley).  Quick surf - making some more nectar for the hummingbirds. Listening to a podcast.

And I am gone for a while

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Slept in - delicious but gotta rush. Dog run, coffee and then work.

So true - these times

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