June 2021 Archives

222 - trolling...

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Any idiots out there?

Home for the evening

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Ran up North to get some frozen veggies to replace those I lost in the chest freezer.  I'll be going to Costco Wednesday and will pick up a couple of TriTips and some chicken - ditto. The restaurant wholesaler for the Ahi Tuna steaks - bring the big cooler and stop at my welding store for some dry ice before doing the run.

Big salad and a protein bar for dinner - the height of culinary adventure.  I have yet to break down the chuck steak or to make the pot roast - maybe tomorrow or maybe Wednesday.  See how the flow goes.

Surf a bit while I eat - just sitting down.

Time to step up hummingbird nectar production and put out the rest of the feeders (2 out now, do 4 max) - refilled them on the morning of the 12th - two days ago. They are more than half empty already. Greedy lil' buggers.  Love them to bits.

Heh - get woke? Go broke.

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Latest business to discover this is the television network Nickelodeon - from The Daily Wire:

Nickelodeon Ratings Crash Amid LGBTQ Push
There’s growing evidence that Nickelodeon’s hard push to promote the LGBTQ agenda to children is having a negative impact on the network’s ratings.

In the last two weeks, both Nickelodeon and its preschool-targeted network, Nick Jr., have released videos championing “trans,” “queer,” and “pansexual” inclusion. One video that sparked mass outrage depicted a cartoon version of drag queen Nina West singing about various LGBTQIA groups “[loving] each other so proudly” on “Blues Clues and You,” a show for two- to five-year olds. That same video showed a female-to-male transgender beaver who appeared to have post-operative surgical scars on its chest. 

In a separate live action video Nickelodeon posted to YouTube last week, West explains the meanings behind various LGBTQ Pride flags through a song. These latest videos come after the network began overtly celebrating “Pride” month several years ago and implied in 2020 that its most popular character, SpongeBob SquarePants, is gay.

The company also recently announced that its reboot of “Rugrats,” a popular series that originally ran throughout the 1990s to 2004, will feature a single lesbian mom. Natalie Morales, the actress who plays the character, commented, “I think it’s just so great because examples of living your life happily and healthily as an out queer person is just such a beacon for young queer people who may not have examples of that.”

And the numbers?

Since July of 2017, Nickelodeon’s viewership has dropped from 1.3 million average viewers per week to a June of 2021 average of only 372,000. In only four years, Nickelodeon has dropped more than two thirds of its audience.

The evidence speaks for itself.

From Seattle station KING 5:

Wildfire 'smoke taint' compromises Woodinville winery's 2020 vintage
Wine that tastes like an ashtray -- that's what happened to a Woodinville winery's latest vintage, due to last year's wildfires in Washington, Oregon and California.

Betz Family Winery announced Tuesday it will not release wine from its 2020 vintage due to "smoke taint," which impacted their grapes used for wine.

Betz Family has a tasting room and winery in Woodinville but their vineyards are located in drier eastern Washington, along the Columbia River valley, Walla Walla and Yakima Valley.

Wildfires from September and October last year impacted their grapes in varying degrees. "You can just smell the smoke literally on the bunches," said Bridgit Griessel of Betz Family Winery.

Changes to the flavor profile of the wine became apparent during the fermentation process and lab tests confirmed the smoke taint, Griessel said.

Yikes - they knew about it going in but fermentation completely rewrites the flavor profile so maybe they were hoping to get lucky. A bit more from the story:

Hundreds of barrels of red wine from the 2020 vintage will not be bottled and potentially be kept for an indefinite amount of time to further study the impacts of smoke taint, according to Betz Family Winery.

That is going to suck big-time too - the barrels are $400 each or thereabouts (wide range in price/quality) and once the taint gets into the wood, it will color anything else put into it.

Who knows, the wine might clear up after a few years.  They could always sell it to a blender (hello? Mogen-David?) or a rectifier and have them distil it down to pure ethanol but that would be a huge loss of revenue.

Their website is here: Betz Family Wine and we can see that their "entry-level red wine" sells for $35/bottle. Other offerings are in the $50-on-up range.  This is a big loss of revenue for them.

The difference 252 days make

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From one story to another - not surprising really:

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It was never about the facts.  It was about pushing the narrative and getting that Orange Man out of D.C.

China nuke plant - update #3

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These are what I am using - pack of 14 for $10: IOSAT Potassium Iodide Tablets USP, 130 mg

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Transport across the Pacific is going to take 3-5 days so you will be fine if you order now. Some of the comments note that what they recieved had a bad expiration date and was packed differently than what is pictured in the listing. Caveat emptor.

China nuke plant - update #2

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WHOOPS!  I was confusing this reactor with the one coming online in Finland.  Both of these are the new generation pressurised water reactors but the Chinese unit has been online for four years already - not a few months.

More about the design here: EPR Nuclear Reactor

China nuke plant - update #1

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Curious - from the Hong Kong Free Press:

‘Imminent radiological threat’: French firm seeks to resolve issue at Chinese nuclear plant near Hong Kong
A French nuclear firm said Monday it was working to resolve a “performance issue” at a plant it part-owns in China’s southern Guangdong province following a US media report of a potential leak there.

Yadda yadda yadda...   And then this caught my eye:

EDF later said that there was an “increase in the concentration of certain noble gases in the primary circuit of reactor no. 1” at Taishan, referring to a part of the reactor’s cooling system.

Noble gases are elements like argon, helium and neon which have low chemical reactivity.

Errrr...  'ya all forgot to mention Xenon.  Xenon is critical. Remember this:  Iodine Pit - it's a thing.  Google it.
From the entry at InfoGalactic:  Iodine Pit

Iodine pit, also called iodine hole and xenon pit, is a temporary disabling of a nuclear reactor due to buildup of short-lived nuclear poisons in the core of a nuclear reactor. The main isotope responsible is xenon-135, mainly produced by natural decay of iodine-135. Iodine-135 is a weak neutron absorber, while xenon-135 is the most powerful known neutron absorber. When xenon-135 builds up in the fuel rods of a reactor, it significantly lowers their reactivity, by absorbing a significant amount of the neutrons which provide the nuclear reaction.

The presence of iodine-135 and xenon-135 in the reactor is one of the main reasons for its power fluctuations in reaction to change of control rod positions.

The buildup of short-lived fission products acting as nuclear poisons is called reactor poisoning, or xenon poisoning. Buildup of stable or long-lived neutron poisons is called reactor slagging.

Again, this is a new reactor design.  This is not an established design, this is a so-called "3rd generation" PBW Reactor. You can run the core hot to get rid of the Xenon but its rate of decay is not known for this core (new reactor design - duhhh) and the danger of overshooting and overheating the core is a possibility.  This is what started the whole ball rolling at Chernobyl.

I am getting my iodine pills out this afternoon - they are in my prepper stash.  Just to be safe.

Just keep moving along

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Nothing to see here folks - from the South China Morning Post:

China’s Taishan nuclear plant ‘operating safely’, French firm says
A French company responsible for maintenance at a nuclear power plant in southern China said the facility was operating safely, amid reports of a “radiological threat” at the plant.

Framatome, a French designer and supplier of nuclear reactors, said on Monday that the Taishan Nuclear Power Plant in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong, was operating safely.

“According to the data available, the plant is operating within the safety parameters,” it said.

The company also said staff were working to help fix a “performance issue” at the plant.

The reactor is brand new - this is their 3rd generation PWR which just came online about a month ago.  That they are still using Uranium boggles the mind.  Thorium in a molten salt reactor is so much safer and much more efficient. Night and day - much cheaper to build and run too.

If there is a release, it will show up on the West coast in about a week given the prevaling winds. Got some iodine pills - see if they are needed...

Celebrations

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Flag Day

Birthday of US. Army

Birthday of President Donald John Trump

Less rainy today

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Forecast is showing only 40% chance of precip. Overcast and cool - visibility about 3-4 miles. Can't see Whidbey Island.

Day two of puttering around - need to visit the bank and make some phone calls but that is the extent of my to-do list. House cleaning, defrag the van if it stays dry. Fun stuff.

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When a major mainstream media outlet reports on it, it is serious. From NBC News:

'Don't ban us for being Jewish': Jewish TikTok creators say they feel silenced by the platform
Since early May, every Friday evening, Julia Massey said she gets the same notification from TikTok: She’s been banned from posting for a week.

Massey, 19, of California, a Jewish creator on the app, said she could be posting a video of herself baking a loaf of challah or a clip of her cat, but the outcome is always the same.

“It just repeats and repeats until I’m basically entirely incapable of interacting whatsoever on the app,” she said. Massey consistently uploads videos to her account, but she said it's been a fight to get those videos to stay up.

And not just her - not by a long shot:

Comment sections on the content of Jewish TikTokers are often filled with antisemitic remarks, stereotypes and slurs. Some Jewish creators say they have to think about whether they want to disclose their Judaism on the app, knowing the harassment they’re likely to be subjected to.

And TikTok itself:

But recently some Jewish creators said they feel the app is subjecting them to a type of censorship by regularly flagging and removing their content. Nearly a half-dozen Jewish creators told NBC News that their videos are being banned and removed for allegedly violating TikTok’s community guidelines for things like hateful behavior, hamstringing their ability to use the app. Most of those creators said when they appeal their bans or video removals, the app says the punishment was made in error.

More stories at the site - the article closes with this:

"Jews don’t feel safe on TikTok," he said. "We feel it’s very toxic to us just for the same basic, fun TikToks we’re posting like everybody else."

And if this is what one mainstream media outlet is covering, you can only imagine how much more is going on.  Talking tip of the iceberg here.

The people teaching our children have been failing in their jobs.  If these kids were taught history, they would understand what evil this is and they would not go there.  It is like they are worshiping the devil - turning away from the light.  They may assume a position of power that way but it is very transitory and the repercussions are something I would not want to wish on anyone.  Actions have consequences whether you like it or not.

Compromise - dinner

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Picked up a baked chicken breast.  Cheap, good protein and will be tasty with the rice and sesame oil and bok choi.

Not the Ahi I was salivating for but one needs to be able to adapt in this ever-changing world.

Well crap... Freezer fun

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Was thinking about doing some Hawaiian food for dinner tonight.  I have some really nice frozen sashimi-grade Ahi Tuna steaks in the freezer.  Lightly pan-seared in some toasted sesame oil and plated over some rice and some steamed Bok Choi.

Make that HAD...  Opened the freezer and everything was at room temperature.  Failed.  Power is good to it and it must have failed in the last few days or so as I have been using it.  Looking at about $150 worth of tuna plus another couple hundred for some steaks and such.  Have to re-buy my staples too - WalMart carries a really nice frozen pearl onion I love for soups and stews. Chopped organic Kale. Bunch of good food gone to waste.

Promptly placed an order for two of these: CDN TA20 Audio Visual Refrigerator Freezer Alarm  Pack of two for under $30 - I have another freezer in the garage. Should have done this years ago.

Was heading to the store to check my mailbox - I'll see what they have for seafood.  I have some Spam here - also a nice taste of the Islands. Not what I was thinking about though...

Puttering around

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Raining off and on - had a front move through about 90 minutes ago. Got really warm (+15°F), burst of rainfall and is now slowly cooling down again.  Was up to 81°F - is now 71°. Day started at 63°.

Working inside - decluttering the kitchen and living room. Vaccuming.  Basic house maintenence.  Van still needs to have the crap processed and triaged but will wait for a sunny day for that.

Picked up a chuck roast at Costco a few days ago - going to portion that out and freeze a bunch.  Have not done pot roast in a long time and this is very good weather for that.  Sous Vide of course.  Yummy.

Back to work...

Was reminded of this today - decent software: uBlock Origin - Free, open-source ad content blocker

I go a different route and use MVPS HOSTS

Gotta love this little-reported news item from Associated Press:

US closes Trump-era office for victims of immigrant crime
The Biden administration said Friday it has dismantled a Trump-era government office to help victims of crimes committed by immigrants, a move that symbolizes President Joe Biden’s rejection of former President Donald Trump’s repeated efforts to link immigrants to crime.

Trump created the Victim Of Immigration Crime Engagement Office, known by its acronym VOICE, by executive order during his first week in office in January 2017.

This was and still is a major problem - Trump did this as soon as he could.  His whole Presidency was spent advocating for the rights of legal American Citizens. But wait, they are going to use the globalist trope of: "Build back better"

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said it was replacing VOICE with a “more comprehensive and inclusive victim support system.”

VOICE will be replaced by The Victims Engagement and Services Line, which will combine longstanding existing services, such as methods for people to report abuse and mistreatment in immigration detention centers and a notification system for lawyers and others with a vested interest in immigration cases.

The new office will add a service for potential recipients of visas designated for victims of human trafficking or violent crimes in the United States.

So they have disbanded the original office - people with five years experience have been scattered to the winds. They are starting over from scratch and one of their core principles is to treat incoming illegals as victims.  To spend our tax dollars taking care of them when many of our own citizens are being predated on by these "helpless refugees".

The Democrats require a dependent under-class to survive.  The party was born in the Southern Plantations and they have not evolved. They still require their slaves to function.  People who think what they are told to think. People who act how they are told to act. People who say what they are told to say.  People who do what they are told to do.

They can not survive on their own merits, on their own ideas, on their own philosophies.  They have nothing so they have to cheat and drag our civilization down into the gutter.

A point of clarity - gender

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From ABC News:

Millions of rounds of ammunition stolen on Mexican highway
Two trailer loads of small-caliber ammunition bound for the United States were stolen by armed assailants on a highway in Mexico’s most violent state, Guanajuato, the manufacturer said Friday.

A company representative said about 98.5% of the millions of rounds of ammo stolen earlier this week were .22 caliber, which is seldom used by Mexican drug cartels.

“These will be of no use to them, given that they don’t use these weapons,” said security analyst Juan Ibarrola, who also acts as spokesman for the Tecnos Industries company

The .22 rounds are used mainly in rifles for target practice or extremely small game. Mexican cartels prefer larger, high-velocity ammunition for AK-47 and AR-15 rifles or 9 mm weapons.

The total quantity was not clear, but was estimated to be about 7 million rounds. The ammunition is sold in the United States under the Aguila brand.

A lot to unload - .22 sells for just under 25¢ / round. 7 million rounds = $1.75M MSRP  Figure they are going to have to transport the two trailers, unload and repackage them and fence them, they would be looking at about $500K.  A nice chunk of change but a lot of work for it. Lots of people to buy off.

One of my pistols (rather, one I had before that horrible boating accident of 2014), is was a Kel-Tec PMR-30 - a lot of fun to shoot. Not a defensive round by any means.

Good news from the G7 meeting

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From America's Newspaper of Record:

World's Economy Saved As Giant Crack In Earth Swallows Up All G7 Conference Attendees
A time of peace and prosperity has broken out across the earth after a sudden earthquake opened up a crack in the earth's crust and swallowed up all G7 world leaders in mere seconds.

Witnesses reported feeling a low rumble beneath their feet as Joe Biden, Justin Trudeau, Angela Merkel, and others gathered on the green grass for a photo op. The rumble grew to a roar as the ground below them opened up and dragged every G7 leader into the depths of the earth. The ground then closed up over them and they were never heard from again.

"Hey guys, please remember to use my preferred pronouns," Trudeau had begun to say. "We need to be sensitive to-- AAAHHHHHHHHHHhhhhhhhhhhhh!"

Experts are unsure who will be taking over the important work of running the planet, issuing random lockdown orders, and fighting climate change in the absence of such brilliant and courageous leaders.

"This is such a disaster. What will we ever do without them?" said 1 or 2 people around the world.

World governments have assured their citizens they will continue the important work of building back better for everyone. American citizens will be mourning the terrible loss this weekend with backyard barbecues.

News like this just warms my heart.  The best thing these people could do is just get back and stand out of the way.  They are not elite, they are just credentialed and know nothing about the real world.

Arkancide body count: +1

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From The Gateway Pundit:

Reporter Who Broke Clinton-Lynch Tarmac Story Found DEAD in His Apartment
The ABC journalist who broke the infamous story about the 2016 tarmac meeting between Bill Clinton and then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch has been found dead in his apartment.

The body of Christopher Sign, 45, was found in his Birmingham, Alabama apartment on Saturday morning around 8 a.m. His death is being investigated as a suicide, according to police Lt. Keith Czeskleba.

He wrote a book about the event: Secret on the Tarmac
From the Amazon book description:

“The plan was perfect. No cameras, no microphones, no prying eyes and plenty of security. The setting for a clandestine meeting could not have been better. Former President Bill Clinton exited Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s private plane 20-minutes after he boarded. Both thought they got away with it. Both were wrong. Amid a heated Presidential race, federal investigations involving emails and Benghazi and society looking for clarity on the future of the country, the secret tarmac meeting would only complicate things. The secret meeting would have never been revealed if it weren’t for a veteran journalist and a trusted source.” 

Arkancide? From the website:

Arkancide is the unfortunate habit of potential witnesses to the Clintons' dirty dealings in Arkansas suddenly deciding to shoot themselves twice in the back of the head. Police and Coroners in Arkansas, notably Fahmy Malak who answered to Governor Bill Clinton, automatically described these shootings as "suicides."

After Bill Clinton became President the phenomenon spilled over to Washington D.C. when Hillary Clinton's ex-lover Vincent Foster was "Arkancided."

Our political system has been too corrupt for too long. I want my Nation back again.

Woke in Austin, Texas

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Austin is a liberal redoubt in the heart of conservative Texas. Former Texas Governor Rick Perry referred to Austin as “a blueberry in the tomato soup”. Their media certainly reflect this. There was a major shooting on Saturday. One of the suspects is in custody and the other is still at large.  The Austin American-Statesman had this to say:

What we know about the suspect
Police have only released a vague description of the suspected shooter as of Saturday morning. The Austin American-Statesman is not including the description as it is too vague at this time to be useful in identifying the shooter and such publication could be harmful in perpetuating stereotypes and potentially put innocent individuals at risk. If more detailed information is released, we will update our reporting.

From Breitbart (Chacon is the Austin Police Chief):

Chacon said his officers are attempting to locate the suspected shooter described as a “skinny” black male with locs-style hair. No motive has been released at this time.

Perpetuating stereotypes?  What?  Black gun violence? Look at any of the analyses and blacks are more than twice as likely to die by gun than whites. Also, about 70% of all white gun deaths are suicide - 19% for blacks so the initial numbers are even worse. This is a major problem in America and nobody has the political stones to address it.

And the fun begins

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A few weeks early.  A nearby neighbor seems to have visited a local reservation and returned with several boxes of things that go Ka-Boom. Fun.  There are a few houses that must spend several thousands on their 4th of July displays.  Beats going out to watch any municipal display.  Glacier, WA does a really nice one but these are just as good.

Truffle has been having some issues with the sudden noise but she is quieting down.  She has had no problem with me shooting so it's just an acclimatization thing, not a fear response.

Head outside to fill the hummingbird feeders and see what is happening out there - still pretty light out. Put T-Dog on a lead just to be sure. Bear is zero problem.

Been working on the new garage computer - installing some utilities (here, here, here, here, here for starters) the bookkeeping software as well as the shop management software.  Drivers for the two label printers. Various handy utilities.

Microsoft really really really wants you to join the Borg Collective.  It forces you to assimilate set up an account with them and uses that to log in.  Only later can you go into the admin functions and change your account to a local log-in.  Click yes, I really wanna do that.  Click confirm, I understand that I am choosing to leave the Borg. Click verify, I am certain that I want to set up a local account.

I understand that they have to monetize their investment but sheesh - they are driving a lot of people right into the Linux community. I wish they would put a Sod Off button - start from the very beginning with a local login. Also grumbling to myself as I wanted to put a new battery in the motherboard.  I have a pack of about 10 of them but can not find them. Oh well...

Raining lightly - stopped working on the van around 5:00 - soup for dinner. Sleeping in tomorrow - two days of rest and relaxation but there are worries on the horizon.  I finished the book I was reading (fascinating story well told) and have nothing queued up for next. Browsed the library this morning after coffee but nothing caught my eye. Starting to go through withdrawal. Deep slow breaths...

They are not winning.  They are advancing but the night is still young.
From The Liberty Daily:

State Senator to AG Garland: ‘You Will Not Touch Arizona Ballots or Machines Unless You Want to Spend Time in an Arizona Prison’
Arizona State Senator Wendy Rogers is known for speaking her mind. Democrats, Republicans, it doesn’t matter. She feels how she feels and represents the people of her state the only way she knows how: Through decisive action and clear words.

Her latest message was to Attorney General Merrick Garland who has threatened to get the Department of Justice involved in stopping the Maricopa election audit.

“You will not touch Arizona ballots or machines unless you want to spend time in an Arizona prison. Maybe you should focus on stopping terrorism. The Justice Department is one of the most corrupt institutions in the USA,” she Tweeted.

Heh - we have had some really "stellar" AGs in recent history. Even under President Trump.
Classic case of "Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?" That saying has been popular since the first century.
Nothing happens without a reason and that reason should be pretty evident - nothing new.

What really grinds my gears is thinking about how much more productive, how much happier, how much more creative we as a Nation would be if we did not have all this stupidity and corruption in our government. Even if there was just some small measure of accountability for people's works and deeds. Get rid of the overhead and the dead weight.

A day of triage

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Unloading the van - did a bunch when I got home a few days ago but since today turned out nice (sunny and warm), I'm setting up a table and going to town. Here is what I am dealing with:

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Finished a light lunch (apple slices and peanut butter) and time to get my butt in gear.

Planning to spray some weeds too - just received a garden sprayer rated for acid use.  Been using dilute Muriatic Acid to get rid of the horsetails.  Their physical structure is silica based and the acid dissolves this.  Knocks 'em out. Tried a regular sprayer and it worked but failed after 20 minutes or so.  See what happens. I had been using a plastic watering can before but that didn't pinpoint where I wanted the spray to go - wasted a lot. This puppy costs about 3X what a Home Depot cheap sprayer costs but it is really solid and if it works? Buy Once, Cry Once.

Nothing happening out on the intarwebs - slow weekend.  G7 is the usual deep-state love-fest. Biden is right at home.

Good point there:

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Pushback to the grift - good news

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Not reported by the mainstream media but....  From the London Daily Mail:

Father of police victim Michael Brown joins anti-BLM leadership movement as more chapters demand to know where $90MILLION is being spent after $3m property empire of Patrisse Cullors was exposed

    • The original ten chapters of Black Lives Matter are demanding accountability and transparency from the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation
    • Michael Brown Sr. is perhaps the most notable name to join the BLM 10 Plus movement
    • His son Michael Brown, 18, was killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014
    • Brown's death and the violence between police and protesters in the aftermath have been largely credited for the early spread of BLM
    • The revelations of Black Lives Matter infighting comes after co-founder Patrisse Cullors announced her resignation from the foundation
    • News reports revealed Cullors owns four residential properties in upscale - and predominantly white - California and Georgia neighborhoods

The father of a black teen shot dead by police has joined-in demands to know what Black Lives Matter's $90 million funds have been used for after its co-founder's $3 million property portfolio was exposed.

Michael Brown Sr - whose 18 year-old son Michael Brown was shot dead by a cop in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014, added his name to the BLM 10 Plus movement. It is comprised of the original 10 Black Lives Matter chapters, and is seeking transparency and accountability from BLM about how its cash has been used.

Much more at the site - the founders are living large.  It was all a grift - for them, not for the people.
Typical - "trained marxists" indeed. True colors.

Outlets like the Daily Mail are covering these stories.  CNN? NY Times?

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Red skies in morning

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Sailor take warning - glorious sunrise this morning but rain is in the forecast for tomorrow. Something is moving in.

Bit of a temblor near Olympia, WA but it was about 30 miles deep so no appreciable damage.

Woke feeling nice and rested - take care of some stuff here, fill the hummingbird feeders and head out for some coffee before work. Breakfast and surf first.

Asset tags - having some fun

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I have been looking at getting some non-removable plastic asset tags for my tools. Inventory them and allow for positive identification if I am out working at a site.  Looks like some people have been having fun - a few photos:

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Pretty cheap too - couple of bucks.  Get a few and sprinkle them around.

Feeling it - downright sleepy

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Definitely feeling the lack of sleep - time for a few viddies and an early bedtime.

Working tomorrow - supposed to be less rainy than today but another "leg" of this wet front is due Sunday so not making any outdoors plans. Cooled off quite a bit too - got the suplemental heaters running in the bathroom and the bedroom.  Take the chill off. Spending Sunday and Monday puttering around the house - sorting through crap and getting ready for another load from the farm.

Looks perfectly legit doesn't it?

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Looks interesting: Photopea

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Adware unless you want to pay for it - web based photo editor. Looks reasonably powerful.
Check out Photopea

I prefer the Affinity line of software - works great for me and reasonably priced. Photo, Designer, Publisher

All you need is the headline

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Sending VP Harris to South America was a disaster.
Don Surber has an excellent take on the whole matter but, all you really need is his headline:

WH sends someone to clean up Kamala's mess

We are sending another diplo mission down there.
This time, someone with a brain.
History is not going to be kind to either Ms. Harris or Mr. Biden. Or their handlers for that matter.

Out for a few errands

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Bank, county permit office, storage unit, mailbox, library.

Back in a little while. Absolutely dead out there.  It's like the rest of the world is at 0°K - nothing moving.

From Dr. Tony Philips at Spaceweather:

The Termination Event
Something big may be about to happen on the sun. “We call it the Termination Event,” says Scott McIntosh, a solar physicist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), “and it’s very, very close to happening.”

If you’ve never heard of the Termination Event, you’re not alone. Many researchers have never heard of it either. It’s a relatively new idea in solar physics championed by McIntosh and colleague Bob Leamon of the University of Maryland – Baltimore County. According to the two scientists, vast bands of magnetism are drifting across the surface of the sun. When oppositely-charged bands collide at the equator, they annihilate (or “terminate”). There’s no explosion; this is magnetism, not anti-matter. Nevertheless, the Termination Event is a big deal. It can kickstart the next solar cycle into a higher gear.

“If the Terminator Event happens soon, as we expect, new Solar Cycle 25 could have a magnitude that rivals the top few since record-keeping began,” says McIntosh.

More at the site - this might make things interesting for our weather.  Also good news for ham radio as increased solar activity makes for much better long-range communications. The more we learn, the more we realize that we don't know squat...

And nothing on the web

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Eating lunch and surfing - nothing there.

Someone dropped off some Mitutoyo boxes at the thrift store and I started seriously drooling. There are a lot of retired professionals on this island and occasionally, some good bits get donated.  These were just some part-specific Go/NoGo gauge blocks. No dial indicators or Jo Blocks or anything like that.  Not today anyway. Darn.

Nothing online.

Dashing all the way

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Insomnia last night - got a good five hours in but that was it.  Heading out for some coffee and to work.

More this afternoon...

Curious - plastic resin

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The feedstock for much of what we use.  Bags, Bottles, Clothing, Cutlery, Straws, etc...
There is a shortage starting to show up so availability of these is going to be grim.

The enviros will be happy with the shortage of these obvious uses but when they start missing tool handles, laptop cases, insulating spacers and brackets in their electronics, hiking and camping gear, eyeglass frames, TV chassis, automobile parts.  Looking at a multiple-whammy with inflation, scarcity, stoopid politicians and know-nothing economists. Time to hunker down and ride it out.

That @#$% Computer - postponed

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Brought down two more of the same computers and Windows 10 upgraded just fine on both of them. One of them had a Magic Smoke issue with the power supply but had a replacement unit and worked fine after swaping out. The @#$% machine will go back to the end of the line - probably install Linux only and run it as a dedicated file server for the music and photo machines. Getting to the point where that would be a handy thing to have.

Puttering around with some stuff here - brought a bunch of clothes down so sorting through those.  Too much crap...

A good question - the 1%

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If you want it done right...

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Do it yourself - and they are perfectly within their rights. States Rights trump the Federales.  From Breitbart:

Texas to Build Its Own Border Barriers, Says Governor
Texas Governor Greg Abbott told Breitbart Texas the State will immediately begin building border barriers in areas where migrants can easily cross the Rio Grande border with Mexico. The barriers will, in part, enable state law enforcement to arrest migrants for violations of state law.

“The influx across the border is out of control, and the Biden Administration has shown that is not going to step up and do its job,” Governor Abbott told Breitbart Texas shortly before Thursday’s border summit in Del Rio, Texas. “And amidst reports of even more people coming in across the border, we know we have to step up and do more.”

Abbott said Texas will immediately begin construction of border barriers in areas like Del Rio where migrants can easily cross unsecured sections of the border with Mexico. The governor picked Del Rio for the Border Summit due to the massive increases in illegal border crossings in this region. Del Rio Sector agents apprehended 27,890 migrants — a 1,118 percent increase over the May 2020 report of 2,289, Breitbart Texas reported on Thursday.

Good - the people running Biden have no interest in stopping the flood. Up to the good citizens of Texas.

Back from the farm

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Productive trip - van is full so heading to the storage unit tomorrow after work.

Quick surf and get some dinner...

More fun and games - ransomware

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Latest kerfuffle from the script-kiddies.  From the London Daily Mail:

Cyber criminals target Congress: 60 members from both parties are left UNABLE TO ACCESS data for weeks in latest ransomware hack

    • In latest ransomware attack, members of Congress are hacked
    • At least 60 lawmakers left unable to access constituent data for weeks
    • Target was iConstituent, a tech vendor that provides constituent services
    • Issue is still being resolved as lawmaker frustration grows
    • Unclear who is responsible for attack
    • US government and companies have been targeted by Russian cyber hackers
    • President Biden will discuss matter with Putin when they meet next week

At least 60 members of Congress from both parties have been unable to access data for weeks in the latest ransomware attack to strike the United States.

The target was iConstituent, a tech vendor that provides constituent outreach services to dozens of House offices, including a newsletter service that allows lawmakers to communicate with residents in their districts and a service to track constituent casework.

It's the latest cyber attack after a series of hacks against the US executive branch and American companies have left many institutions feeling vulnerable and the Biden administration struggling to deal with the situation.

Simple solution really - back up your fscking data. Early. Often. Simple really.
Ransomware hits?  Give them the finger and restore your data - back to normal in 20 minutes or so.

Industrial businesses have no need to expose their internal network to the internet.
If they get hacked, it's their own damn fault. Really really really need to access it?  Use a VPN.

Got another large operation up there. From the Sacramento, CA CBS Affiliate:

Nearly $100 Million Worth Of Marijuana Eradicated From Illegal Grows Across Stanislaus County
Authorities eradicated nearly $100 million worth of marijuana from several illegal grows throughout Stanislaus County.

According to the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office, the operation resulted in 74,088 plants destroyed from 34 grows. That included 39,883 fully budded plants, and more than 1,687 pounds of fully processed plants.

Authorities also seized 46 guns, $172,347 in cash and either arrested or cited 83 people.

This is several hundred miles north of the bust in Antelope Valley.  Got zero problem with pot - do not smoke it myself as it just puts me to sleep.  Illegal operations run by criminals are a different story - crime needs to pay.  Get these goblins off the street - they have no benefit to society.

I love that these operations are being rolled up at the beginning of the growing season.  They spent all their money on the infrastructure and will not reap any profit.  Much better than hitting them after the last harvest in the fall.

First Operation Ironside and now this.
Got a very large Mexican Cartel operation near Los Angeles - from LA Station KTLA:

Deputies plan to bulldoze 500 illegal marijuana grows in Antelope Valley after massive bust
Authorities seized tens of millions of dollars worth of illegal marijuana grown in the high desert Tuesday as part of an effort to curtail the black market’s grip on Southern California.

Twenty-three people were arrested in the crackdown Tuesday in the Antelope Valley, 70 miles north of Los Angeles, and officials planned to bulldoze 500 illegal grows in the area over the coming days.

So-called recreational marijuana became legal in California in 2018, but the black market continues to flourish.

They could have continued flying under the radar but they got greedy:

Villanueva did not have an immediate count of the amount of marijuana seized Tuesday, but he said officials were measuring it by the tons. Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris said Tuesday’s operation had found $380 million worth of infrastructure and marijuana in the area.

Unspecified cartels operating the illegal marijuana grows were stealing millions of gallons of water, the sheriff said. Armed cartel members were taking from wells maintained by alfalfa, potato and carrot farmers in the middle of the night, as well as breaking fire hydrants and operating their own illegal wells.

Villanueva said the illegal grows breed violence, citing several murders related to the Antelope Valley’s black market. In April, a robbery at a cultivation site resulted in a shootout.

Best and brightest. A stirling example of open borders and what they bring us.

Pandemic? What pandemic?

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This pandemic?

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Thanks to Ann Barnhardt for the link. A lot more good ones at the site.

It's his texts.  From the London Daily Mail:

Hunter Biden addressed his white lawyer as 'n***a' multiple times, used phrases like 'true dat n***a' and bantered 'I only love you because you're black,' in shocking texts unearthed days after Joe's emotional Tulsa speech decrying racism

    • Text messages obtained by DailyMail.com reveal Hunter Biden used the n-word multiple times in banter with his lawyer
    • The president's son, 51, flippantly addressed corporate attorney George Mesires, who is white, by the racial slur, with phrases including 'true dat n***a'
    • In a December 2018 conversation, Hunter asked Mesires: 'How much money do I owe you. Becaause (sic) n***a you better not be charging me Hennessy rates.'
    • In another chat a month later, Hunter cracked jokes about his penis and then told Mesires 'I only love you because you're black'
    • 'It's so annoying when you interject with frivolity,' the Chicago lawyer replied
    • The damning texts have emerged just days after his father, President Joe Biden gave a speech decrying racism on the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa massacre
    • Biden has sought to portray racial justice as a top priority for his administration
    • Hunter also saved a meme with a photo of his father hugging Barack Obama with a caption describing a joke conversation
    • 'Obama: Gonna miss you, man Joe: Can I say it? Just this once? Obama: *sigh* go ahead Joe: You my n***a, Barack'

Much much more at the site.  This guy is entitled and corrupt as hell. Toxic.
The whole family is a piece of work.

And at the farm

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Uneventful journey up North - took the back road; the scenic route. Early dinner enroute so spending the evening surfing.  In town tomorrow morning and then to work emptying out a room at the farmhouse.  D has been stuffing all my crap in there so I take a van load down to sort through whenever I am up.  The place is looking really nice and could not have a better person working up here.  Known her for a long time. Good people.

See what has happened in the world during my long absence  from the WWW

Two photos from Costco - same cut of meat.
I love Tri-Tip - lends itself to smoking as well as Sous Vide cooking:

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Three weeks and one day. One dollar/pound price increase. 110% increase.

Oh no; says the government hacks.  Inflation is only a percent or two says the government hacks.

This is looking more and more like the Carter presidency every single day.
At least, after Jimmy, we had President Reagan.

Done with morning routine & lunch, final bit 'o crap loaded into the van.

Dump run. Back home for some emails and then heading North to the farm.

Feels good to be getting rid of this stuff.  I am selling things on Craigslist too.

Backup early and often

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With all the stories about large organizations being held for ransom, computer backups are in the news again.

Backing up your data is not hard.  Just backup the stuff you want to keep.

A hard drive crashing is not a matter of "IF", it is a matter of "WHEN"

I use disk imaging software for my backups but was recently turned on to Cobian Gravity - an excellent and free backup tool.

Trying it out after I get back from the farm and will let you know how it goes...

Good news from Don Surber:

Minneapolis citizens file a mostly peaceful lawsuit
A Minneapolis couple and their neighbors sued the city and Democrat Mayor Jacob Frey for failing to keep residents safe amid a 21% spike in violent crime over the past year.

Defund the Police may prove to be very expensive.

The George Floyd riots created a wave of lawlessness, as well as the departure of police officers en masse because they now know the city does not have their back. Minneapolis is a zoo. George Floyd Square is at times a shooting gallery. A mostly peaceful shooting gallery.

The city had 48 homicides in 2019.

It had 84 in 2020, a 75% increase.

Hence the legal action.

Make the people running these shitholes suffer the consequences of their actions. It would take courage to first stand up to the mob but after those first few times, the mob will dry up and blow away.  They only have power if you yield it to them.

A reader had this wonderful Fargo reference:

MPLS used to be inhabited by Marge Gundersons. Now the city is run by a bunch of Jerry Lundegaards.

So true - apt characterization.

Helmets - great commercial

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An observation - some people

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From 90 Miles:

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So true

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As well as making Obama the 2nd worst President in recent history:

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From Reuters:

Spy phones 'in gangsters' back pockets' betray hundreds to police
A global sting in which organised crime gangs were sold encrypted phones that law enforcement officials could monitor has led to more than 800 arrests and the confiscation of drugs, weapons, cash and luxury cars, officials said on Tuesday.

The operation by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, Australian and European police ensnared suspects in Australia, Asia, Europe, South America and the Middle East involved in the global narcotics trade, the officials said.

Millions of dollars in cash were seized in raids around the world, along with 30 tonnes of drugs including more than eight tonnes of cocaine.

Simple and clever - the best way to go:

In a pattern repeated elsewhere, one Australian underworld figure began distributing phones containing the app to his associates, believing their communications were secure because the phones had been rebuilt to remove all capabilities, including voice and camera functions, apart from ANOM.

As a result, there was no attempt to conceal or code the details of the messages - which police were reading.

"It was there to be seen, including 'we’ll have a speedboat meet you at this point', 'this is who will do this' and so on," Australian Federal Police Commissioner Reece Kershaw said.

Get these mokes off the streets. Very clever use of tech.

Curious for several reasons

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This story from the Wall Street Journal raises more questions than it answers:

U.S. Retrieves Millions in Ransom Paid to Colonial Pipeline Hackers
U.S. authorities have recovered millions of dollars in digital currency paid to the hackers who hit a major East Coast fuel pipeline with a ransomware attack last month, in a law-enforcement operation that officials said demonstrated progress undermining criminals’ ability to disrupt American commerce and critical infrastructure for profit.

Investigators seized about 64 bitcoin, valued at roughly $2.3 million, from a virtual wallet—the alleged proceeds from the ransom hack carried out by a suspected Russian-based criminal gang on Colonial Pipeline Co., the Justice Department said.

“The extortionists will never see this money,” Stephanie Hinds, acting U.S. attorney for the Northern District of California, where the seizure warrant was obtained, told reporters. “This case demonstrates our resolve to develop methods to prevent evildoers from converting new methods of payment into tools and extortion for undeserved profits.”

#1) - So... Despite what they say, Bitcoin is not secure. The USA can get into anyone's wallet.

#2) - I love the phrasing: "suspected Russian-based criminal gang".  What if it was the USA to begin with?

#3) - What if this was a false-flag operation by agents in the USA to paint the Russians in a bad light?

#4) - What if this was a dry-run?  What if agents in the USA were planning to take down large swaths of the economy and the infrastructure and in the ensuing chaos, institute a totalitarian regime.  One World Government whether you like it or not.

Just thinking out loud here...

Happy 30th Birthday - PGP

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PGP? Pretty Good Privacy - Philip Zimmermann's cryptography program.
From Philip's Blog:

PGP Marks 30th Anniversary - 6 June 2021
Today marks the 30th anniversary of the release of PGP 1.0.

It was on this day in 1991 that Pretty Good Privacy was uploaded to the Internet. I had sent it to a couple of my friends for distribution the day before. This set in motion a decade of struggle to end the US export controls on strong cryptographic software. After PGP version 1.0 was released, a number of volunteer engineers came forward and we made many improvements. In September 1992 we released PGP 2.0 in ten foreign languages, running on several different platforms, upgraded with new functionality, including the distinctive trust model that enabled PGP to become the most widely used method of email encryption.

I became the target of a criminal investigation for violating the Arms Export Control Act by allowing PGP to spread around the world. This further propelled PGP's popularity. The government dropped the investigation in early 1996, but the policy debate raged on, until the US export restrictions finally collapsed in 2000. PGP ignited the decade of the Crypto Wars, resulting in all the western democracies dropping their restrictions on the use of strong cryptography. It was a storied and thrilling decade, and a triumph of activism for the right to have a private conversation.

I wanted PGP to be used for human rights applications. I wanted it to spread all over the world, especially to places where people needed protection from their own governments. But I couldn't say that out loud during the criminal investigation, because it would help the prosecutor prove intent.

The most dramatic PGP stories came from outside the US. PGP helped enable the safe evacuation of 8000 civilians from mortal danger during the Kosovo conflict. While attending the 2014 Cybersecurity Hall of Fame ceremony, a guy from the HUMINT community approached me to thank me because he said he had some colleagues who were alive today because of PGP. Human rights groups documenting war crimes in Guatemala, protecting witnesses from reprisals from the military. Human rights workers in the Balkans. Political resistance in Burma in the 1990s. There were so many stories like that over the years.

Groundbreaking software - putting communications security in the hands of everyone.  The deep state was very active back then too.  It was pissed but the cat was out of the bag.  Phil was put through Hell for this but there was nothing that they could do.

Read the whole thing as this is coming into play again with the current deep state machinations. We trust our phones and our social media but we really should not.  You never know who might be listening - especially when 95% of your electronics is manufactured by one nation.  The iPhone may be designed in the USA but who knows what might have been added to the design when it went into production - back door?

And almost done for the day

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Van all loaded up and ready - hit the dump and recycling before coffee tomorrow.  There is a large ag field nearby and will take the pups for a run there.  They are doing grass for hay so no crops to worry about. Not good to have them frolicking about in a strawberry patch or some such.

Nothing worth commenting on out there - surf for a little bit and see if anything new has cropped up.

Early start tomorrow - want to be at the farm in the afternoon.  Meeting with someone at 2:00 PM and leaving immediately after.

And almost done for today

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Got the van ready for a big dump run tomorrow and then up to the farm tomorrow afternoon. The fun never stops around here...

Putter around a bit more - some email as well as attempt #347 to get that @#$% computer to upgrade to Windows 10. This has been interesting.

Shopping went well - bought the first 25# bag of sugar this season for the hummingbirds - had about 10-15 pounds left over from last winter. Usually go through two bags. I was running really low about a month ago but picked up a 10# bag at WalMart to tide me over until now. Also picked up some dog food. Stopped at Home Depot as well: a better grass shear and some drain cleaner.

Still decluttering the garage - work on that while it is still light out. Rain stopped and sun came out so turned into a nice day.

Me in a nutshell

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A sobering wake-up call. From RedState:

High-Ranking Chinese Defector Has 'Direct Knowledge' of Several Chinese Special Weapons Programs
A person believed to be among the highest-ranking defectors ever to the United States from the People’s Republic of China has been working with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) for months, sources inside the intelligence community have told RedState on condition of anonymity. The defector has direct knowledge of special weapons programs in China, including bioweapons programs, those sources say.

And many of our "intelligence services" were kept in the dark - a bit more:

RedState’s sources say that’s partially true. FBI Director Christopher Wray was “ambushed” with the information, they say, and Langley was also unaware. Sources say DIA leadership kept the defector within their Clandestine Services network to prevent Langley and the State Department from accessing the person, whose existence was kept from other agencies because DIA leadership believes there are Chinese spies or sources inside the FBI, CIA, and several other federal agencies.

Emphasis mine - that is our problem. The deep-state has its tendrils in our most important agencies.

The moke is a walking scandal factory.  THIS one from 2016 - London Daily Mail:

Hunter Biden was hired by a Romanian real estate tycoon to overturn his bribery conviction through a massive propaganda campaign with help from VP Joe's government connections and former FBI director Louis Freeh

    • Romanian real estate tycoon Gabriel Popoviciu was convicted in his home country in 2016 of bribery
    • He bribed a university official to buy a 550-acre plot of government-owned land for a drastically reduced price
    • Popoviciu hired Hunter Biden that year as part of an influence campaign to persuade anti-corruption prosecutors to cut a deal or drop the case
    • DailyMail.com can now reveal the extensive propaganda and persuasion campaign planned for the Romanian criminal
    • Hunter brought in political heavyweight Louis Freeh, the former director of the FBI, to use his US law enforcement contacts for Popoviciu's advantage
    • Hunter's involvement included meeting with U.S. officials and plotting a media blitz in favor of the foreign tycoon, all while his father was Vice President
    • Despite the planned influence and media campaign, Hunter and his colleagues' attempts failed and Popoviciu was sentenced to nine years in prison in 2016

Hunter Biden and a former FBI director were hired by a Romanian tycoon later convicted of bribery - and represented him in meetings with top U.S. officials - emails from Hunter's laptop show.

A bit more:

Emails show Hunter's colleagues, partners in law firm Boies Schiller Flexner, Christopher Boies and Michael Gottlieb, seeking to set up meetings with the US Ambassador to Romania, after discussing among themselves whether he would intervene in Popoviciu's case.

Hunter brought in political heavyweight and family friend Louis Freeh, the former director of the FBI, to use his US law enforcement contacts for Popoviciu's advantage, and was offered a referral fee as a result.

Hunter and his colleagues also discussed a media campaign, including to major U.S. publication the Wall Street Journal, to support their client who was later found guilty of bribery.

Quite the rogues gallery in all senses of the phrase.
Much much more at the site - screen-caps of the emails, names, places, dates. Jailtime anyone?

Still cloudy but the sun is peeking through and it has stopped raining.

Dog walk and coffee. Getting some things from Home Depot and Costco.  Maybe even prepare for a dump run tomorrow before I go to the farm.

Back later this afternoon for more puttering and maybe some crap-gathering.

Zero problem with people coming in - they just need to go through channels.
From the London Daily Mail:

Supreme Court unanimously BLOCKS 400,000 immigrants who entered the US illegally and were allowed to stay on 'humanitarian grounds' from applying for a green card

    • The justices were acting in an appeal from a married couple from El Salvador
    • Jose Sanchez and Sonia Gonzalez entered the US illegally in 1997 and 1998
    • They were granted protected status after they fled after a series of earthquakes
    • Liberal Justice Elena Kagan said status 'does not come with an admission ticket'
    • Biden administration had opposed the immigrants in this case
    • Decision comes on the first day of VP Kamala Harris' trip to Guatemala

And a bit more:

The justices, acting in an appeal by a married couple from El Salvador who were granted so-called Temporary Protected Status, upheld a lower court ruling that barred their applications for permanent residency, also known as a green card, because of their unlawful entry.

Yeah - they were in the US of A but did nothing to qualify for citizenship. Did not try to make their status legal. The clock runs out and all of a sudden, they are the aggrieved party. It does not work that way.

Some curious numbers about the border - from The Epoch Times:

10,864 Venezuelans Pour Into Texas Border Region, Up From 135 Last Year
On any given day in Del Rio, hundreds of Venezuelans wade across the Rio Grande from Mexico into the United States. They’re carrying more belongings than illegal aliens from most other countries. One woman, who said she was a photographer back home, had her professional Nikon camera equipment in her backpack.

And a bit more:

Many Venezuelans told The Epoch Times they flew to Cancún then Monterrey, in Mexico, before crossing the river into Del Rio. Some came via Colombia.

A large portion intend to live in Florida—in particular Orlando, Tampa, and Miami—where they already have family members.

The surge has mainly occurred over the last few months. On March 8, the Biden administration said it would grant temporary protected status to Venezuelans already in the United States, allowing an estimated 320,000 people to apply to legally live and work in the country for 18 months.

And of course, they will turn around and go home after the 18 months have elapsed.

This is classic Cloward-Piven strategy - collapse the system and in the ensuing chaos, you can install your own choice of government without having to go through the usual pesky procedures like elections and congressional approval.

Also wonderful news from Fort Worth, Texas - FOX News:

Mattie Parker wins over Deborah Peoples in Fort Worth mayor race
Mattie Parker has defeated Deborah Peoples in Saturday’s runoff election to decide who will replace longtime Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price.

Parker won over Peoples with 54% of the vote, and will be sworn in as the mayor of Fort Worth on June 15.

This race a nonpartisan race, but there were partisan overtones.

Peoples, a former executive with AT&T and the former chair of the Tarrant County Democratic Party, has been backed by Beto O’Rourke and the Texas Democratic Party.

And the differences between the two were pretty much party-line divisions:

Peoples focused on her message, called One Forth Worth, wanting all voices to be included.

All Hail Diversity - how about something specific? No? All she had was some feel-good narrative

Parker said she wants the city to take off and not be in the shadow of Dallas anymore.

"It’s the economy, it’s the world class infrastructure, it’s education for every neighborhood, and offering growth and opportunity for all residents and cutting that red tape that is there," Parker said. "Back to working together, being consensus builders because that is the number one job as a mayor."

Specific. Promises and accountability.
Fort Worth is the 14th largest City in the USA - it deserves a strong leader.

Turning around and reporting the COVID numbers accurately. Finally.
What has it been? Over 500+ days of fraudulent numbers? Eighteen months? A year and a half?
From Alameda County, California - Health Care Services Agency
The final paragraph is the money shot:

Example scenario to illustrate the difference between the current practice of reporting COVID-19 deaths in
Alameda County and how this differs from the State’s guidelines: Using the older definition of COVID-19
deaths, a resident who had COVID-19 but died due to another cause, like a car accident, this person would
be included in the total number of reported COVID-19 deaths for Alameda County. Under the updated
definition of COVID-19 deaths, this person would not be included in the total because COVID-19 was not a
contributing factor in the death.

Yes, you read that correctly the first time.

Now that this manufactured crisis is past, now that they were able to ram through a fraudulent election, now that that nasty Orange Man is no longer living at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, now that they can get on with their communist agenda... NOW, they can report the numbers accurately.

More Dr. Fauci emails

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From America's Newspaper of Record:

Exclusive: The Babylon Bee Has Acquired More Leaked Dr. Fauci Emails
By now, you've probably seen the Dr. Fauci emails that were leaked to the media.

We are pleased to announce we have obtained additional Fauci emails that are much juicier than the ones the media has shown you so far! These emails will give you an unprecedented look behind the scenes as Dr. Fauci responded to the global pandemic!

Fifteen at the site - here are three of them:

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Twelve more at the site - newsworthy.

Over three million views since June 4th, 2021 - two days. Epic.

100% Spot On. Lyrics here. Love this line: 

Damn dog, we're all afraid to speak the truth
And the more afraid we get, the more we hate the ones who do
You're ashamed to be American, okay that's cool
'Cause honestly, we are all ashamed of you too

A voice for our time. Really like his work.

Mmmmm - Chinese food

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Hate the current tyrants - love the cuisine.  Heading out out North for some dinner and a wee bit of retail therapy.

Made good progress on the garage.

Wonderful news - had enough

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Looks like some people have had enough crap - from Conservative Playbook:

Harbinger? Texas Border Town With 85% Hispanic Population Flips Red, Elects Republican Mayor
McAllen, Texas, is a blue city. At least it was. Yesterday, it officially flipped to red as Javier Villalobos defeated Democrat Veronica Vela Whitacre by a narrow margin in the mayoral runoff election.

Despite being safely blue with a huge majority of Hispanic voters, the border town has been one of the many to experience massive human smuggling activities ever since Democrats took control in Washington DC. Illegal immigration was at the heart of the campaigns on both sides, but it’s hard for a Democrat to have credibility by opposing illegal immigration when their party is embracing open borders policies.

For those in cities and states affected by the Democrats’ border crisis, this race could be a harbinger for future elections as well as a roadmap for future Republican success. With the economy fading fast after showing signs of recovery in the last few months under President Trump, the border crisis will act as a separate reminder of the Democratic Party’s failures.

Pay attention to McAllen, Texas, GOP. If opposing open borders in a city with an 85% Hispanic population can resonate, it should be the rallying cry for a red wave in 2022.

Good.  The Democrats are playing lip service to We The People but they are not representing their constituents. Witness the long-term Democratic strongholds - Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Detroit, Chicago and more. All qualify for being shithole cities with rampant crime and violence. Drug use. Mental health.

Looks like people are waking up.

BSL-4? Biosafety Level 4 - think Wuhan Institute of Virology and their safety track record.
From Financial Times:

Scientists fear future leaks as top-level labs proliferate
Maximum security laboratories used to carry out the most dangerous biological research have proliferated in the past decade, scientists say, warning that lax controls at some locations could lead to another pandemic. 

At least 59 maximum biosafety level 4 labs (BSL-4) are planned, under construction or in operation across the world, spanning 23 countries including the UK, US, China, India, Gabon and Côte d’Ivoire. They include the Chinese facility at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, now at the centre of a renewed US intelligence investigation into whether Covid-19 could have leaked from its lab.

Gregory Koblentz, an associate professor of biodefence at George Mason University, and Filippa Lentzos at King’s College London, who mapped the facilities, found that of the 42 labs where planning data was available, half were built in the last decade.

Three-quarters of all the BSL-4 labs were in urban centres. And only three of the 23 countries have national policies that provide oversight of so-called dual-use research, where experiments that are conducted for civilian purposes can also be adapted for military ends.

Now this just gives me the warm fuzzies.  Makes me feel good all over.
To quote the old joke: Be assured that absolutely nothing can go wrong, go wrong, go wrong...

Got a point there - the CIA

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Heading out for dog walk and coffee - just a couple hours later than usual.

A very decadent morning spent doing nothing.

Working in the garage a little bit this afternoon - need to declutter. An ongoing need.

Curious - VAERS

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VAERS?  =  Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System
The VAERS Website has been down for over 48 hours now. Routine maintenence?

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Inconvenient truths?

UPDATE: The last recorded screen capture at The Internet Archive was on Thursday, June 3rd. Up until then, they had been capturing four and five copies of the site almost every single day.  After that last capture on the 3rd? Nothing.  They have been monitoring this site since their first capture on May 20th, 2005.

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Hmmmm...  Very curious

Pause to remember

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77th Anniversary of D-Day today. Memorial Day is not just one long weekend.  It is every day.

Time to do a bit of hoarding

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Usually sleep about 7-8 hours - wake up for a bit around 2-3 AM or so and drift back to sleep. Sometimes I'll get up for an hour or two. Went to sleep last night knowing that I could sleep in and was out for ten hours. Decadent but luxurious.

Cool and overcast - rain sprinkles off and on. Your basic spring in the Pacific Northwet. Puttering around here today and tomorrow - farm on Tuesday.

Karl Denninger hits it out of the park - a blast of truth:

Ransomware: Cut The Head Off The Snake

... ... deletia ... ...

Ransomware is rather simple, really: Don't do stupid things with critical control and infrastructure equipment.  As I've said before the real problem isn't "ransomware" per-se; it has no value unless the ransom can be paid and further, unless said infrastructure is connected to the Internet either directly or indirectly (e.g. through some other device) it can't get on the network in the first place.

I'd be more than happy to redesign anyone's infrastructure so that this can't happen.  You could run Windows XP on that network if you wanted to and, other than by direct, intentional sabotage by an employee nothing's getting in there.

But -- your snowflakes that work there couldn't use their computer on their desk to play on Facesucker, Instascrew or the myriad other time-wasting things they do.  They couldn't run their "side hustle" on the company dime or play around on Tinder.  Their phone wouldn't work in the building network and the USB ports would either be disabled in firmware or stuffed full of hot glue to prevent someone from jamming a thumb drive in there contaminated with whatever.  And there could be no exceptions, including out of the CEOs and CTO's offices, which is where a lot of them originate these days because, well, privilege with office.  Nope.

Without both policy and enforcement you have nothing and that means putting a stop to the cryfest from people up and down the line.  You're here to do a job, period, and here are the parameters.  Violate them, you will get caught and my boot is going to be up your ass ejecting you out the door no matter who you are.

What he said. Simply put - the employee has absolutly zero need to connect to the internet on a work machine during working hours.  Emails and connections to other sites can be surveiled and routed through a good firewall. Privacy? Don't make me laugh - this IS work related is it not?

Have a couple of older systems set up in the break room if you must.

I have listened to these "ministers" from time to time - fascinating in their grift.
They wear the cloak of righteousness to cover their venal lust for money and power.
That lust is so transparent too - people should be able to see through it.

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So very true - fact checking

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Found at 90 Miles:

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A news aggregator will crawl the web looking for news items of interest and they will compile these (aggregate them) and display them on a website - usually, just a headline and a teaser 'graph or two. They make their money via advertising and promotional placement. Drudge Report is one of the first and best known.

NewsBreak is more recent (six years old) and seems to cover the news pretty well.
Turns out they have a deep dark secret.
From The Epoch Times:

News Break App Founded, Controlled, and Backed by Chinese Entities
Connections between China and News Break, a top news aggregation app in the United States, have been exposed.

On May 23, the Boston-based The Wire China website published an in-depth investigation revealing News Break’s deep ties with China.

News Break began in 2015, when Jeff Zheng founded Particle Media Inc. in Delaware.

Jeff Zheng is also the founder Chinese news app Yidian Zixun.

Before the investigation was published, the Yidian’s website listed the establishment of Particle Media as a milestone in the company’s growth, with the following description:

“In April 2015, Yidian Zixun established Particle Media, an affiliate company in Silicon Valley, to launch its global strategic deployment, and the English version of Yidian Zixun, News Break, was recommended by the U.S. App store twice in a row and has become a popular news aggregation application in the United States.”

Much much more at the site - lots of links.  They are a house organ of the Chinese Communist Party.  They are being careful to not be blatant about it but I bet that the "nudge" is happening all the time in their reportage.

Doubt me?  I can prove it with one image:

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I cropped my screen-cap so you can read the URL clearly. I am searching newsbreak.com for Tiananmen Square and they are returning zero results. Does not exist. No historical significance. Nope. Nada. Nothing to see here.

Not a peep about the June 4, 1989 massacre by the Communist Chinese army of from 300 to "thousands" of students and protestors with 10,000 arrested. Brings to mind this quote:

To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.
― Kevin Alfred Strom

I do not agree with Mr. Strom on 99.9% of what he has to say but on this particular matter, he absolutely nails it.

Errands done - clouding over

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Ran into someone from Seattle - small world.

Back for the evening - sleeping in tomorrow.

Getting blustery outside - temps have risen from 52°F to 60°.  Front moving through. Winds out of the NNW which is unusual - usually the South in this neck of the woods. Small craft advisory until late tonight.

Doing some soup for dinner - toast some bread to go with. The local grocery store carries a brand of demi-baguette that I like.  These are par-baked and arrive at the store frozen.  Picked up a box of 32 a couple of weeks ago. Fresh-baked bread in about 20 minutes. I thaw them out overnight - they will keep in that state for 2-3 days. Toaster oven to finish off...

Getting stuff done here. Sunshine but lots of clouds.  Cool. Basic spring weather with lots more on the way.

I am a climate skeptic.  I do not deny that we have been in a warming trend from the early part of this century through the last 10-20 years.  To me though, the idea that we are responsible for this and that our un-checked actions will cause catastrophic climate change is just pure hubris.  We are not that powerful - the Earth's climate mechanisms are more powerful and larger than we could ever aspire.

A great look at The Greenhouse Effect from a Physicist:

Mathematical Proof of the Greenhouse Effect
I am sometimes shocked by the number of climate change skeptics who are certain that the “Greenhouse Effect” (GHE) isn’t real.

As a physicist, I’m as certain of the reality of the Greenhouse Effect as I am that 1 + 1 = 2.

The GHE depends on physical principles that have been well-known and well-tested for 137 years. There really should be no question as to its reality, among anyone who knows and respects science.

Note that being certain about the GHE being real is different than being certain about Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW), the hypothesis that human-caused increases in the concentrations of “greenhouse gases” in the atmosphere are causing highly problematic changes in the Earth’s climate.

AGW is a far more complex phenomenon than the GHE alone. One can be skeptical about AGW while totally accepting the reality of the GHE.

I know many readers are deeply skeptical about AGW. I encourage you to consider finding a way to honor your beliefs without denying the reality of the GHE.

The writer:  Bob Wentworth, Ph.D. takes us through an analysis of our climate dynamics, a look at the Stefan-Boltzmann Law and he runs the numbers.  The conclusion is interesting. A wee bit of explanation first.  The sunlight that warms us is referred to short-wave radiation.  Visible light.  The Earth absorbs this energy and warms. The Earth then re-radiates or gives off its heat through long-wave radiation.  Infrared light. The greenhouse gasses are those gasses which block the long-wave or LW radiation and trap all of the heat inside the Earth's atmosphere.

Bob's conclusion:

In other words:

    1. If there were no LW-absorbing (or LW-scattering) materials in Earth’s atmosphere, and it emitted the same average LW radiant exitance (upwelling LW radiation) to space (which would be expected in steady-state if the absorbed insolation was held constant), then the average surface temperature could not be warmer than Tₑ = 259 K (-14℃).
    2. Given that Earth’s atmosphere does include LW-absorbing and LW-scattering materials which allow there to be more LW radiation emitted by the surface than what reaches space, the average surface of the Earth can be no higher than 294 K (21℃).

Given that the average surface temperature of the Earth is typically estimated to be about 288 K (15℃), this satisfies the constraint of being no higher than 294 K (21℃).

So - given absolutely zero greenhouse activity, we would be a snowball.  -14°C is pretty damned cold.
Our present "average" temperature is 15°C which pencils out to 59°F - sounds about right.

Given an absolute balls-out maximum warming, CO2 production cranked up to eleven, our average temperature could only rise to 21°C - 69.8°F. Somewhat warmer but not dangerous by any stretch of the imagination. Not catastrophic. Not at all. What's the worry?

Bob gives all the math if you want to work through it yourself.  Basic high-school algebra and the relationships being used here have been known for the last 137 years.  They have been tested and tested again and have been shown to be perfect. Accurate. No fudging or cherry-picking allowed in science.

As a Coda here, my concern is that we are heading into a period of cooling similar to the Maunder Minimum.  Our sun has been very quiet recently. Our governments need to explore this and take action as more people die from cold than die from heat.  If this is going to be happening, we need to prepare.

This had its genesis in December 2020 with this story: A bit of irony - The North Face clothing

Fast forward to this wonderful thank you from Chris Wright, CEO of Liberty Energy:

The millenials say whatever is fashionable at the time but they do not understand the realities or the history. A bad combination. Clueless.  Give up their polypropyline clothing?  Their iPhones? Not on their lives.

Counting some votes - California

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Stories like this make my blood boil - from the Santa Barbara News-Press:

Anatomy of an investigation into a non-investigation
Approximately 3,000 mail-in ballots counted in the Nov. 3 election were supposedly cast by UCSB students residing in a voting precinct that, along with other dorm buildings, includes the Francisco Torres/Santa Catalina Residence Hall at 6850 El Colegio Road in Goleta.

Problem: Due to COVID-19, the Torres Building, which normally accommodates 1,300 students, was empty and locked down through most of 2020, as were all other UCSB dorms.

This means no students/voters were residing inside the Torres Building (nor any of the other dorms) during the election season.

It also means these ballots were fraudulent.

That’s because there’s a second problem: These ballots could not legally have been forwarded to students where they were actually living.

Why not?

Because forwarding ballots to alternative addresses is a felony.

Some good points - crap like this is rampant. Time to make it not cool.
Time for these people to suffer the consequences of their actions.

And back - working

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Fun day at the store -  having a light lunch and heading out to the library and bank. Working at home today through Monday.

Surf's up?

Another day, another cuppa coffee

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Heading out - dog walk, coffee and volunteering at the thrift store.

Overcast and cool - rained last night. More of same forecast for the next week.

Farm Tuesday - picked up some strawberries at the farmer's market yesterday but they were a ways from being ripe.  Nice color but still very woody mouthfeel. Still wolfed down the bowl though.

Working at home today - more spew later.

Presented for your consideration - from the London Daily Mail:

Conservative commentator Matt Walsh raises $104,000 for AOC's Puerto Rican grandmother after she blamed Trump for her 'abuela's' falling-apart house - but now she's REFUSING to accept the donations

    • Matt Walsh, a blogger for right-leaning Daily Wire, raised more than $104,000 to help repair home of Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's grandmother
    • 'One cannot be certain of the cost to repair grandma’s house, but most of the work could be completed for the price of AOC’s shiny Tesla Model 3,' he wrote
    • Walsh wrote that he would donate the money if AOC accepted it, though there is no indication she will; DailyMail.com has reached out to Walsh and AOC
    • GoFundMe and Walsh confirmed on Saturday that the donations were rejected and that all donors will have their money refunded
    • Ocasio-Cortez was slammed on Twitter for posting images of her grandma's hurricane-torn house in Puerto Rico instead of helping her
    • Several users excoriated AOC for choosing to spend money on a new Tesla instead of sending part of her $174,000 congressional salary to her grandma
    • One user pointed out that she rents two apartments, including in a luxury building in Washington D.C. where one-bedroom units start at $2,500 per month
    • 'Honey, you drive a Tesla and have two apartments,' a congressional candidate tweeted. 'If your grandmother is living poor that's because you don't help her'
    • AOC blamed Trump for the condition of her grandma's home, claiming he needed to send more aid to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria

These stories write themselves - she is clueless.

A very fine whine

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This guy still around? From Breitbart:

Recent Attacks on Me ‘Really Very Much an Attack on Science’
On Friday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show,” White House Chief Medical Adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci stated that the recent criticisms of him are “really very much an attack on science,” and “the thread going through what’s happening now is very much an anti-science approach.”

Perfect venue to complain too - nobody watches her show - ratings are way down.

Good news for hoplophiles everywhere - from the New York Post:

US judge overturns California’s ban on assault weapons
A federal judge on Friday overturned California’s long-standing assault weapons ban on constitutional grounds.

US District Judge Roger Benitez of San Diego ruled that the 1989 ban on military-style rifles deprives state residents of their right to bear arms.

“Under no level of heightened scrutiny can the law survive,” Benitez said.

“Like the Swiss Army knife, the popular AR-15 rifle is a perfect combination of home defense weapon and homeland defense equipment. Good for both home and battle,” the judge said in his ruling’s introduction.

More murders are committed by pistol than by rifle.  More murders are committed by blunt-force trauma than by rifle. From the good Judge:

“This is an average case about average guns used in average ways for average purposes,” the ruling said. “One is to be forgiven if one is persuaded by news media and others that the nation is awash with murderous AR-15 assault rifles. The facts, however, do not support this hyperbole, and facts matter.”

“In California, murder by knife occurs seven times more often than murder by rifle,” he added.

Indeed. Nice to see common sense prevail.

A quotable man - Thomas Carlyle

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Lived in Scotland from December 4, 1795 - February 5, 1881
Here are just a few:

Man is a tool-using animal. Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.

No pressure, no diamonds.

A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.

And a few that are especially germaine today:

I do not believe in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.

Teach a parrot the terms 'supply and demand' and you've got an economist.

In the long-run every Government is the exact symbol of its People, with their wisdom and unwisdom; we have to say, Like People like Government.

You may not remember his name but you certainly remember the Killdozer.
From All That's Interesting:

The Story Of Marvin Heemeyer’s Revenge And His Killdozer
When Marvin Heemeyer of Granby, Colorado, reached a dead end in his fight with the zoning commission, the logical response would have been to petition them again and await a future response. After all, Marvin Heemeyer was said to be a logical man, so it makes sense that he would take a logical approach.

Instead, Marvin Heemeyer went home, outfitted his Komatsu D355A bulldozer with armored plates, and drove it through the town knocking down 13 buildings and causing $7 million worth of damage with his makeshift “killdozer.”

Marvin Heemeyer’s fight with the city had begun three years before his killdozer rampage.

I have posted about him before here and here, on the original date (and this update) as well as this local copycat.
Don't piss off your local welder...

We do not like your narrative.  It does not jive with our narrative. We are only concerned with our narrative.
From Nick Clegg, their VP of Global Affairs:

In Response to Oversight Board, Trump Suspended for Two Years; Will Only Be Reinstated if Conditions Permit
Last month, the Oversight Board upheld Facebook’s suspension of former US President Donald Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts following his praise for people engaged in violence at the Capitol on January 6. But in doing so, the board criticized the open-ended nature of the suspension, stating that “it was not appropriate for Facebook to impose the indeterminate and standardless penalty of indefinite suspension.” The board instructed us to review the decision and respond in a way that is clear and proportionate, and made a number of recommendations on how to improve our policies and processes.

Gonna take our ball and go home.  Sniffle.
Don't want to play with you meanies any more.
Fscking six year old kids.

It would be laughable if there were not so many millions of ill-informed people hanging off their every word.

And thinking about it - they must be really afraid of what he has to say.  That in and of itself says a LOT

Gain of Function

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More coming to light - from the London Daily Mail:

State Department staff warned officials NOT to investigate Wuhan lab's gain-of-function research because it would 'open a can of worms' and expose US funding

    • New report in Vanity Fair exposes the tug-of-war over COVID origin investigation
    • Trump appointee in State Department was warned by staff to back off lab theory
    • Staffers feared it would expose US funding for gain-of-function research
    • WIV received grants for the research through nonprofit EcoHealth Alliance
    • EcoHealth head Peter Daszak spearheaded effort to crush lab leak theory
    • Top WIV scientist admitted in 2019 that some Chinese labs were 'neglected'
    • Former Trump Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the National Institute of Health tried to suppress the department's investigation
    • Pompeo said there was pushback in his own department from people who did not agree with him or Trump
    • He also said he had to deal with 'internal debate' from the NIH

Career staffers at the State Department 'warned' officials not to investigate the possibility that COVID-19 leaked from a Wuhan lab, fearing it would expose U.S. funding for gain-of-function research there, according to a new report.

Thomas DiNanno, former acting assistant secretary of the State Department's Bureau of Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance raised the concern in a memo reported by Vanity Fair on Thursday.

DiNanno wrote that staff from two bureaus, his own and the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, 'warned' leaders 'not to pursue an investigation into the origin of COVID-19' because it would 'open a can of worms' if it continued.

Waiting for the heads to start rolling but not really holding my breath.

Dr. Fauci didn't hang himself

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Not if. When. Arkancide:

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Here's your list - approved

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From My Pensieve - nails it

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Yeah - he changed his birth name to something else - pandering to the Latinx crowd (who hate that term BTW).
From FOX News:

De Blasio hits back after 7 of 8 NYC mayoral candidates say they don't want his endorsement
During a bitter debate, Wednesday night over who would be the next leader of the nation’s biggest city, almost all Democratic candidates for New York City mayor were on the same page about one thing: steering clear of the incumbent's endorsement.

"It just proves they’re politicians now," Mayor Bill de Blasio shot back during a press conference Thursday morning.

Only Andrew Yang, an entrepreneur, who first ran for president in the Democratic primary, raised his hand when asked who would accept an endorsement from the mayor, though he continued to rail against him throughout the night. Yang also said he would accept an endorsement from embattled Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

"Candidates do what candidates do. Sometimes they think they’re doing the smart thing or the clever thing and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t," de Blasio said of the candidates’ resounding rebuke of him throughout the night.

Heh - if I was following in his footsteps, I would want as much distance as possible as well.

What a moron.

And out for work

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Nuttin' on the internets. Back this afternoon.

The big farmer's market starts up this afternoon so attending that - a social event as much as a shopping one.  A lot of fun.

Still dealing with that @#$% computer - more on that later. Looks like Linux and WINE. And yes, I did update all the drivers and the BIOS. Grrrrr...

China owes us big-time. From Newsmax:

Trump Says Fauci Exposed, China Should Pay $10 Trillion in Damages
Former President Donald Trump on Thursday blasted infectious disease expert and White House medical adviser Anthony Fauci for early misinformation on the coronavirus pandemic — and demanded China pay the United States $10 trillion for ''the death and destruction they have caused.''

In statements issued on his Save America website, Trump laid into Fauci after the release by news outlets of thousands of emails Fauci sent and received since early last year.

Much more at the site. Is Fauci a traitor working for the Chinese Communist Party or is he just in way over his head.  My guess is actually the latter. His alliance with the Chinese government is just based on money and not ideology.  The end result is the same though - he needs to be spending some serious time behind bars.  Serve as a reminder to people that incompetence will not be rewarded any more.

Now this is curious - Ivermectin

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Looks like it has another trick up its sleeve.  Not bad for the by-product of a bacteria found near a golf course in Kawana, about 80 miles southwest of Tokyo (and no where else in the world so far). It won its discoverers the 2015 Nobel Prize for Medicine. From the US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (January 2021):

Ivermectin, a potential anticancer drug derived from an antiparasitic drug
Ivermectin has powerful antitumor effects, including the inhibition of proliferation, metastasis, and angiogenic activity, in a variety of cancer cells. This may be related to the regulation of multiple signaling pathways by ivermectin through PAK1 kinase. On the other hand, ivermectin promotes programmed cancer cell death, including apoptosis, autophagy and pyroptosis. Ivermectin induces apoptosis and autophagy is mutually regulated. Interestingly, ivermectin can also inhibit tumor stem cells and reverse multidrug resistance and exerts the optimal effect when used in combination with other chemotherapy drugs.

So we know it does parasites both internal and external.  We know that it is relativly harmless to mamals (side effects are more irritative - itching skin, red eyes, etc...). Here is a bit about it's anti-virus properties:

IVM not only has strong effects on parasites but also has potential antiviral effects. IVM can inhibit the replication of flavivirus by targeting the NS3 helicase; it also blocks the nuclear transport of viral proteins by acting on α/β-mediated nuclear transport and exerts antiviral activity against the HIV-1 and dengue viruses. Recent studies have also pointed out that it has a promising inhibitory effect on the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which has caused a global outbreak in 2020. In addition, IVM shows potential for clinical application in asthma and neurological diseases. Recently scientists have discovered that IVM has a strong anticancer effect.

Emphasis mine.  Now we find out that it has anti-cancer properties.  Is there anything that it can not do?
A gift from God? I would not be surprised.
Tip of the hat to Ann Barnhardt for the link.

Sad really:

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If Kennedy (or someone like him) were running today, he would get my vote in a heartbeat.
No wonder the deep-state had him killed.

And out until this afternoon

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Heading up to Bellingham to pick up an order. Dog walk and coffee first of course.

UPDATE:  The order was scheduled to be there today but they do not have it.  Grumble...
Running a few errands today but no long trips up North.

This tells you all that you could ever want to know about AOC - from the London Daily Mail:

'Sell your $70,000 Tesla': Critics slam 'Learjet liberal' AOC for not 'helping' her grandmother after she posted photos of her Puerto Rican home ravaged by Hurricane Maria - and blamed TRUMP!

    • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was slammed on Twitter for posting images of her grandma's Hurricane-torn house in Puerto Rico instead of helping her
    • Several users excoriated AOC for choosing to spend money on a new Tesla instead of sending part of her $174,000 congressional salary to her grandma
    • One user pointed out that she rents two apartments, including in a luxury building in Washington D.C. where one-bedroom units start at $2,500 per month
    • 'Honey, you drive a Tesla and have two apartments,' a congressional candidate tweeted. 'If your grandmother is living poor that's because you don't help her'
    • AOC blamed Trump for the condition of her grandma's home, claiming he needed to send more aid to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was slammed on Twitter Wednesday for not helping her grandmother and instead posting images of her dilapidated home in Puerto Rico and blaming Trump for not sending aid after Hurricane Maria.

Critics were quick to jump on the post questioning why the progressive congresswoman, who makes $174,000 and drives a Tesla, isn't sending money to help her grandmother.

'Just over a week ago, my abuela fell ill. I went to Puerto Rico to see her- my 1st time in a year+ bc of COVID,' Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter.

'This is her home,' she continued, posting two pictures of mostly-empty rooms where the ceiling is falling in and plastic buckets on the ground are collecting water. Also in the images are one chair, one dresser and a tarp on the ground.

'Hurricane María relief hasn't arrived. Trump blocked relief $ for PR. People are being forced to flee ancestral homes, & developers are taking them,' the New York congresswoman wrote.

Using her own grandmother's misfortunes for personal gain and Trump bashing. Much much more at the site including her furiously backpedaling. Schadenfreude is delicious.

MABA - Make Alexandria Bartend Again - That her major in college was Economics boggles the mind.

More fun in Iran

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Turns out, it is not just the ship and the refinery.
Don Surber puts two and two together - a fun post:

Mossad chief retires. Iranian ship catches fire.
What do you get a spy who is retiring from Mossad after 28 years? A gold watch seems insufficient.

How about a steep drop in Iran's production of enriched uranium?

Or maybe the sinking of an Iranian ship.

Or maybe destroying an Iranian oil refinery.

Can't decide? Do all three.

DEBKA reported, "The nuclear watchdog reported a substantial drop in production at Natanz, Iran’s main nuclear enrichment site on Monday, June 1, at the same time as a farewell event was taking place in Tel Aviv to mark Yossi Cohen’s departure from 28 years as a member of the Mossad spy agency and the last five as its director.

Quite the retirement gift. Interesting that the Mossad chiefs serve a single term of five years.  No entrenchment there.  Our own government could do well by doing this. No term limits is about 80% of how the deep-state stays in power.

Penultimate meeting as President - woo hoo!!!

Our Studio Tour starts on the 25th of this month so a busy couple of weeks.  I am still not ready to exhibit so will be "floating" from studio to studio taking photos.

Met a couple new members this afternoon - we set up outside and distributed several thousand brochures and posters. Left about a thousand at the library for members that were not able to make it today. Went well.  Good people at the library.

The pups are wondering what is up as I have been leaving them at home - for the first time in Truffle's time with me. Six months. Her previous "person" had put her in a crate every single business day so was worried that she might regress and really freak out.  She had major separation anxiety but she is doing a lot better. A little manic this last time today but earlier today and yesterday were fine.

One of the new members has a 12-year-old son who is majorly into the Forged in Fire series. We talked about blacksmithing for a while. She does jewelry - same stuff, just a different scale.

Got the laptop charging up - use that for the meeting.  Google meets runs really well on a Chromebook.  I also run Linux on it so a fun little box - long battery life and very lightweight.

Quick lunch and heading out to the storage unit to pick up two dollies and a hand truck for this afternoon's labors.
Meeting up there at 3:30 or so.

Gorgeous day - not as hot as yesterday. Sunshine is wonderful. Nice breeze blowing.

Working at the library until 6:00 PM and then home for a 6:30 PM meeting.

Off tomorrow - that day will be filled with advanced puttering. Been getting really good at puttering.

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Here are over 3,200 pages of emails to and from Dr. Fauci - some good stuff there and very little redaction.

I figured that his usefulness to the regime was about over and that he was going to be made the fall-guy in a show trial.  This puts the lid on his coffin.

Curious - Iran refinery

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Seems to be a bit of a fire problem over there.  From the Associated Press:

Massive fire breaks out at oil refinery near Iran’s capital
A massive fire broke out Wednesday night at the oil refinery serving Iran’s capital, sending thick plumes of black smoke over Tehran. It wasn’t immediately clear if there were injuries.

The fire struck the state-owned Tondgooyan Petrochemical Co. to the south of Tehran, said Mansour Darajati, the director-general of the capital’s crisis management team.

Firefighters believe it struck a pipeline for liquefied petroleum gas at the facility, Darajati told Iranian state television. He did not elaborate.

Associated Press journalists in central Tehran, some 20 kilometers (12.5 miles) away, could see the black smoke rise in the distance. Another AP journalist saw flames shooting into the sky from the site.

Heh - see how you like terrorism now that it is happening to you instead of the other way around.
Sucks doesn't it...

And I am outta here - dog walk

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Going to be another very hot day so taking the pups out for an early walk before it heats up.

Busy today - volunteering for the local community center, accepting delivery of the brochures for our Studio Tour later this month and then running the monthly General Meeting for the org.

Broke out the tee shirts and short pants yesterday but still keeping the space heaters out until end of this month - we could easilly have another cold snap or two.

Nothing else happening out there.

Fun news to wake up to - from FOX News:

Iran's largest warship catches fire, sinks in Gulf of Oman
The Iranian navy's largest warship caught fire and sank Wednesday in the Gulf of Oman, according to reports.

The support warship Kharg sank under unclear circumstances near the Iranian port of Jask, about 790 miles southeast of Tehran, semiofficial news agencies reported.

Firefighters tried to contain the blaze, which ignited around 2:25 a.m., but efforts to save the Kharg – named after the island that serves as the main oil terminal for Iran – were unsuccessful, according to the Fars and Tasnim news agencies.

Just a little spot of bad luck - that's all... 😁

My kind of camping

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Still not drinking alcohol but this does sound like a nice way to close out the day:

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Had some time so I burned a Blu-Ray disk successfully.  The burning software read through the disk and verified it so I know it was an error-free burn.  Went to run setup.exe and it errored out on me - telling me to reboot the machine and run it again.

I do not know what it is about that particular machine but it is being nothing but trouble.  Going to download MalwareBytes and do a deep system scan.  Went through and uninstalled anything and everything I could think of.  It had been a home machine for a long time (almost ten years) so there were a lot of crufty files and old odd bits of software. This is Windows 7 we are talking about so maybe it picked up something along the way.  I'll know in an hour or so.  Running the Windows Disk Cleanup utility to nuke any old files first.  Defrag and then try the deep scan. Turning the network connection off when I do not need it of course...

Then, some videos and an early bedtime - volunteering tomorrow morning, meeting up with some people at the local library for the Arts Group and then moderating an online meeting that evening. Tomorrow's forecast calls for Hot Hot Hot.

Gorgeous sunset - finally cooling off outside and nice colors in the sky. The dogs are staying home tomorrow - they will be pissed but better that than suffering in a hot car.

Nothing that does not agree with the destruction that we are seeing. From the Washington Examiner:

Obama says Biden is 'finishing' the job of his administration
Former President Barack Obama said President Joe Biden is "finishing the job" of his administration in an interview released on Tuesday.

Obama told the New York Times that his former vice president is finishing the goals laid out during his time in office, noting that 90% of his former staffers "are continuing and building on the policies we talked about, whether it’s the Affordable Care Act or our climate change agenda and the Paris [climate deal]."

“I think that what we’re seeing now is Joe and the administration are essentially finishing the job,” Obama added.

Joe is just a meat-puppet at this point. They change his depends regularly, give him pudding on Thursdays and let him ogle the very young girls so he is happy. He is not aware of what he is doing or where he really is. The good news is that he does have people telling him what to do, what to say and what to think.  Hate to think of what we would have if he were really running the show by himself.

This is Barky's third term and it will cement his legacy as a failed ideologue and the worst President in recent history.

Hot day today

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Got up to the high 80's - car had the air temp at 92°F

Kept the pups at home - too hot for them and the pavement would have been bad on their feet.  They hung out in the garage while I went to the market.

Feel like taking a nap. Got some really nice salad fixings for dinner tonight.

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Curious... Very very curious...

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It is not a conspiracy theory if it actually happens. From Russia Today:

Trump expects to get reinstated as president by August, New York Times’ Maggie Haberman claims, sparking storm
Maggie Haberman, a CNN analyst and Washington correspondent for the New York Times, sparked controversy on social media after she claimed former President Donald Trump has been telling people he will soon return to the presidency.

“Trump has been telling a number of people he’s in contact with that he expects he will get reinstated by August,” claimed Haberman on Twitter Tuesday, adding that she was “simply sharing the information.”

I would not mind that at all.  It would also bring the scandal to a boil during the November election cycle.  Hopefully, a lot of people would not get the results they wanted and/or paid Dominion for.

Pray for India

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Our new Ambassador is a braying ninny. From Legal Insurrection:

Biden Will Nominate LA Mayor Eric Garcetti as Ambassador to India
The last few times the Legal Insurrection team covered Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, we called for his resignation over the appalling homelessness crisis and reviewed his harsh COVID-restrictions.

However, incompetence and thuggish behaviors are Democratic Party qualifications. This could explain why Biden wants Garcetti to serve as ambassador to India, one of our foremost allies.

Garcetti, a close Biden ally who served as co-chair for the president’s 2020 campaign, had been considered for a cabinet position, but a sexual harassment lawsuit against one of his aides may have lessened his chances, Axios reported Tuesday.

In December, Garcetti said he turned down a potential position at the White House because of the coronavirus crisis.

“As the administration reached out to me about serving,” he said, “I let them know early this week that my city needs me now, and that I want to be here, and that I need to be here.”

Perhaps this is India’s punishment for its explicit support for President Donald Trump?

Perhaps - we do import a lot from India.  Mahindra is the world's largest manufacturer of farm equipment and tractors. India's machine tools are a not as good as those from Taiwan but they are a hella lot better than those from China. I have a fly-press from India and love it. Lots of tooling for my lathe and mill too.

Very clever - from The Epoch Times:

Texas Counties Start Charging Illegal Aliens With Child Endangerment, Trespass
The tens of thousands of illegal aliens that evade Border Patrol every month—hoping to slip undetected to large cities up north—are now being confronted by sheriffs who are starting to charge them for trespassing, evading arrest on foot, and endangering the life or health of a child.

Seeing no solutions to the border crisis from the federal government, some counties are looking at all possible means to rein in the high-speed vehicle pursuits, trespassing, break-ins, vehicle thefts, and other crimes that are increasing in their communities.

“I’m going to start here, locally. If we catch them, we’re going to start prosecuting these people that are trespassing on y’all’s property,” Kinney County Sheriff Brad Coe told an appreciative crowd in Brackettville, Texas, on May 22. “And whatever other legitimate charge we can stack on there to try to deter them from coming to Kinney County. We’re going to try to hold these people accountable.”

Neighboring Edwards County is doing the same.

And word will get back across the border. Want to move here?  There are perfectly legal ways to do this.  There is a lot of support from charitable organizations to do this.  Doing this illegally wrecks the system and costs us taxpayers a lot of money that we do not have to spend.

And, lest we forget - the Mexican prisons are being opened shades of the Mariel boatlift (hint: it's not all "helpless" children)

Most of the illegal aliens passing through Kinney County are adult males who have crossed the border in the Del Rio Border Patrol Sector—usually into the small cities of Del Rio or Eagle Pass.

The sector is experiencing record-breaking numbers, and so far in the current fiscal year (which began on Oct. 1, 2020), Border Patrol has apprehended illegal aliens from 70 countries, according to information obtained by The Epoch Times.

Border Patrol in the Del Rio Sector has apprehended 95 sex offenders this fiscal year, compared to six during the same period in fiscal 2020. Apprehension of criminals has topped 813 compared to 161 in the same period in fiscal 2020.

Best and brightest. Come here, go on the dole, don't assimilate. Recipe for greatness.

And out - farmer's market

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Pick up some veggies and salad fixings. Socialize and maybe get a dish of ice cream.

Got some books waiting for me at the library and need to check in there about tomorrow - meeting there with some other people.

I'll try burning the disk when I get home.

The fun never stops.

Some headlines - Iran and Israel

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Thank you *Resident Biden - you did this.  You own this. You are just Obama's third term of office.

Disgusting. Our tax dollars going to fund terrorism against one of our greatest allies.

Back from WalMart

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Nobody had what I was looking for.  WalMart had some single-layer DVDs for a great price but they were 4.7GB capacity.  The ISO I need to write is 5.7GB. Not gonna happen. Ditto for Office Depot and Best-Buy. I did pick up a pack of ten Blu-Ray disks at Office Despot for $18 which is an OK price - see if they work.  I have a stand-alone reader/writer.

Ordered a spindle of dual-layer disks from Amazon - 8.5GB capacity.  I might be taking a couple day break in getting that computer up and running.  Not that there is any dearth of stuff to do around here. Having a light lunch (apple slices and fresh-ground peanut butter + protein shake) and head out to the Farmer's Market. Surf's up.

A quick coffee - heading to WalMart

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Did not linger as long as I usually do over coffee - had to get a couple of emails out regarding tomorrow's meeting. Heading out to pick up some blank CDs (the local computer store is only consulting - they do not stock anything - if it were me, I would carry a couple hundred bucks worth of various cables, consumables, etc. but...)

Gorgeous cloudless day - the local Farmer's Markets are opening up - today is the small one and planning to swing by to shop on my way home. Will take some photos of course.

And out for a bit - WalMart

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Dog walk, coffee and pick up some CD blanks.

Got the agenda written and sent out - meeting is tomorrow night.  Big one - elect the officers and board for 2022.  I am bowing out - was President for a while and now it is time to move on.

Nothing much happening.  The Georga election audit is 50% done - announced that yesterday evening. It will be interesting to see the outcome - all of the signs point to massive fraud.

From The Gateway Pundit:

Biden Imports Oil from Iran After Shutting Down Keystone Pipeline and Putting US Oil Workers Out of Work
Canceling the Keystone Pipeline costs over 11,000 construction jobs and 42,100 jobs throughout the US during the construction process according to the US State Department.

Then in May Joe Biden and his handlers waved American economic sanctions on Russia in order to streamline construction on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline to Germany.

And then this past weekend we found out Joe Biden imported oil from the terror regime in Iran that is committed to destroying Israel and has murdered tens of thousands of its own citizens.

Iran is a sponsor of terrorism throughout the world. There are laws in place prohibiting any business in the USA from doing business with them and we have very stringent Federal sanctions with them - no foreign aid, no business with them, etc.. Especially, no buying oil from them.

Looks for the Middle East to erupt in violence as more money is put into bombs. 900+ comments. This is evil.

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