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Once Again, The One And Only Post

October 30, 2020


I hope this blog isn’t becoming an every other day kind of thing. My enthusiasm has been waning lately. I blame the never ending dreary weather. Now we’re getting a few days of hard rain and cold, the remnants of the latest hurricane. Whatever. A couple days of sunny crisp Fall would be nice, please.

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Oh boy, more Covid stuff!!

Regeneron antibody treatments appears to work well

•   Significant reduction in viral load, most effect with high risk patients

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. said data from a late-stage clinical trial suggest that its antibody cocktail therapy for COVID-19 significantly reduces virus levels and the need for further medical care.

The results offer another encouraging signal in the race to find treatments for the deadly virus. Patients outside the hospital who got the therapy were 57% less likely to need medical care later, with 2.8% of those given the antibody and 6.5% of those on placebo seeing a health-care worker within 29 days.

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The treatment appeared to be the most potent for those at higher risk, including older patients and those with other medical conditions including obesity, heart, lung, liver or kidney disease, the company said. Patients who had the highest viral levels, or produced the lowest levels of antibodies themselves, were most likely to respond to treatment.

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•  Yeah, but Trump used it, so maybe we should ban it because OrangeManBad

When President Trump emerged from Walter Reed Medical Center, he seemed pretty convinced that the treatment he was given was a cure for COVID-19. He reported feeling better almost immediately after being given Regeneron, a polyclonal antibody formula. Yesterday, Regeneron published the results of the first three phases of their trials for treating COVID-19.

Regeneron has completed the required randomized, double-blind studies that Dr. Fauci insisted on. At the end of September, the company reported that the treatment reduced viral levels in a study of 275 patients who had no evidence of an immune response before receiving the therapy:

“After months of incredibly hard work by our talented team, we are extremely gratified to see that Regeneron’s antibody cocktail REGN-COV2 rapidly reduced viral load and associated symptoms in infected COVID-19 patients,” said George D. Yancopoulos, M.D., Ph.D., President and Chief Scientific Officer of Regeneron. “The greatest treatment benefit was in patients who had not mounted their own effective immune response, suggesting that REGN-COV2 could provide a therapeutic substitute for the naturally-occurring immune response.

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Once again, patients with the highest viral load and no native immune response demonstrated the most benefit. The antibody cocktail reduced COVID-19-related medical visits by 72% in patients with one or more risk factors. The preexisting conditions included being over 50 years of age, obesity, cardiovascular, metabolic, lung, liver, kidney disease, and immunocompromised status.

The study also showed there was no difference in outcomes between the high-dose and low-dose treatment. The low dose also had no infusion reactions.

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Any significant delays in the authorization must be viewed skeptically at this point. The FDA still has a warning regarding the use of HCQ for COVID-19 outside a hospital setting on its website. This causes politicians and professional boards to interfere with its use to treat COVID-19 in the outpatient setting in some states.

This dishonest attack on HCQ, even though millions of patients worldwide have taken this medication safely for decades, is an indictment of the agency.
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The barriers to effective outpatient therapy are becoming unconscionable, and everyone should be concerned that the FDA will drag its feet on Regeneron as well. Our agencies should be making every effort to reduce hospitalizations and the progression to severe illness.

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•  Low dosage works just as well as high dosage

The randomized, double-blind trial is measuring the effect of adding REGN-COV2 to usual standard-of-care, compared to adding placebo to standard-of-care. A descriptive analysis from the first 275 patients was previously reported. Today’s data, involving an additional 524 patients, show the trial met all of the first nine endpoints in the statistical hierarchy, which assessed virologic endpoints based on viral load, seronegative status and dose group, as well as the key clinical endpoint of COVID-19 related medically-attended visits, in patients who had laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 at baseline. Results showed no significant difference in virologic or clinical efficacy between the REGN-COV2 high dose (8 grams) and low dose (2.4 grams). Based on this finding, Regeneron is reviewing potential changes to dosing in the ongoing outpatient clinical trial given the current limited supply of REGN-COV2.
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The Phase 3 portion of this trial continues in non-hospitalized patients. REGN-COV2 is also being studied in a Phase 2/3 clinical trial for the treatment of COVID-19 in hospitalized patients, the Phase 3 open-label RECOVERY trial of hospitalized patients in the UK and a Phase 3 trial for the prevention of COVID-19 in household contacts of infected individuals.



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More Covid crap

Meanwhile, Better Patient Treatment Equates To Fewer Fatalities. DUH.

The fatality rate among COVID-19 patients in the United States has fallen dramatically since last spring, from 6.1 percent in mid-May to 2.6 percent yesterday. That downward trend partly reflects a younger, healthier mix of patients, whose median age fell from 46 in May to 38 in August. But two new studies suggest that improvements in treatment also have helped reduce the case fatality rate.

Leora Horwitz and other researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City looked at outcomes for more than 5,000 hospitalized COVID-19 patients, taking into account age, sex, comorbidities, vital signs at admission, and the results of laboratory tests. Controlling for those variables, they found that the fatality rate fell from 25.6 percent in March to 7.6 percent in August—a 70 percent drop.

“Changes in demographics and severity of illness at presentation did not fully explain decreases in mortality seen over time,” Horwitz and her collaborators note in the Journal of Hospital Medicine. “Even after risk adjustment for a variety of clinical and demographic factors, including severity of illness at presentation, mortality was significantly and progressively lower over the course of the study period.”

Surprising, isn’t it? Not jamming ventilators down people’s throats, leaving them to die, or trying every whack-a-doodle treatment idea any intern comes up with may have actually paid off. Of course, very few hospitals in the USA are paying attention to what works in the rest of the world, or have any awareness of what worked or at least helped on other viral outbreaks in the past. Holy cats, in March the South Koreans were saying that supplemental oxygen was enough, that ventilators were dangerous because of the extended time Covid patients were on them. And nobody listened until all the old folks in NY and NJ were dead. And Killer Cuhomo is still out there blaming Trump for all the deaths he himself caused in the nursing homes. Disgusting, criminal, deliberate. Total hypocrite. ( Where’s a Dalek when you need one? “Exterminate! Exterminate! Exterminate!!” )

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Related: Let’s take a good look at the risk factors and crunch a bunch of numbers

Lots of cool graphs at that link. This is what I tried to do myself early on but failed. They’ve looked at tons more data. Bottom line: don’t be fat, old, or sickly. Again, duh, right? 

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rolleyes  LOL  rasberry crazy


October 28, 2020



bowling blogging

Another meh night at Old Guys League. We played the 1st place team, and managed to win 1 game. I threw a hair over average series. The approaches were much nicer tonight, well scrubbed and dry. It’s still rather damp and grey outside here. We had about an hour of broken sunlight yesterday, and the weather folks are now saying we’re going to get more rain, the remnants of storm Zeta or whatever. So it will work out to almost no sunlight for 3 weeks. Good thing we take a fat daily dose of vitamin D.


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Another Day, Another NEWMAN

“Hello Sienfeld.” “Hello Newman.”

Another employee for the U.S. Postal Service is facing federal charges in the latest instance where mail-in ballots were discovered dumped in the trash in Kentucky.

Similar cases have been seen in the key battleground state of Pennsylvania over the past few weeks, as a record number of Americans are casting their ballots by mail this year amid the coronavirus pandemic. Ballot drop boxes have also been set ablaze in separate incidents in Boston and outside Los Angeles recently.

Meanwhile, USPS workers were directed Tuesday to perform late and extra trips to “the maximum extent necessary to increase on-time mail deliveries, particularly for election mail.” A federal judge said the USPS must rescind rules set in place by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy over the summer and carry out the extra trips, as well as ordered USPS to distribute information to staff regarding each state’s deadlines for accepting ballots so that they can ensure timely delivery.

The Newman the mailman from Sienfeld meme - the guy who dumped the mail - has become such a popular search in Google that it comes right up when I type S I E N. Tells you something.

Tells me I’m taking my ballot over to the polling station on election day and putting in somebody’s hand. Fuq the Post Office, and forget those ( apparently highly flammable ) “secure” drop boxes.


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So Philly is burning, again. Some crazy-ass feral attacked some police after they tried to talk him down and get him to put down the weapon. Instead he charged them with a knife. And got his ass shot to pieces. While his neighbors stood around in the street taking videos. And this was an instant excuse to riot and loot. Riiight.

Feral blacks are above the law as far as they’re concerned. Or at least outside it. Every cent of the trillions of dollars spent on education, opportunity, and tolerance has been a waste, for my entire life. .This is the choice these animals have made. They are a barbaric subculture. And that’s the truth, like it or not. Maybe 1 in 10,000 rises up out of the fetid stew, escapes the crab bucket and makes something of their life. The rest live like animals because they want to.

Cut them off. Period. In all aspects. Go look at the numbers, look deeply. And figure out just what the crime stats would be if this element was not around. ( hint: crime would be about 75% lower. All crimes. Not to mention the improvement to the school system, public transportation, saved tax money, etc.)

Gosh, this is terribly racist of me. Um, no it’s not. It’s the truth.


https://www.breitbart.com/law-and-order/2020/10/28/watch-looters-flood-philadelphia-area-walmart-after-breaking-pipes/



https://pjmedia.com/columns/stephen-kruiser/2020/10/28/the-morning-briefing-philly-riot-thugs-make-final-push-for-trumps-reelection-n1099004

We’re less than a week away from this ever more important election. As if on cue, more civil unrest has broken out to remind us of the stark contrast between the two major candidates that the last five people who didn’t vote early will choose from next Tuesday.

Philadelphia — the one part of Pennsylvania solidly in the Biden camp — endured another night of rioting because police officers who were being threatened defended themselves.

Once again, America is looking at a large, Democrat-run city going up in flames because law enforcement officers were confronted with violence and had to respond in the moment.
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This kind of violence has not only been condoned by Joe Biden and his fellow Democrats, it’s been embraced. Every urban conflagration that’s happened since May has been celebrated by the upper echelons of the Democratic Party.

This is the choice we face as a country going forward. Do we want the party that has a very casual relationship with violent mobs to be in charge of everything or would we prefer some adults in the room? The Democrats have been so supportive of the violence since May that there is no reason to believe it will end, even if they win everything next week. Rioting has become their modus operandi now.



https://freebeacon.com/latest-news/30-officers-injured-in-anti-police-protests-in-philadelphia/

At least 30 police officers were injured in Philadelphia on Monday night—including one sergeant who was hit by a truck—while responding to anti-police riots.

Unrest broke out in West Philadelphia after police fatally shot a black man who, they say, had brandished a knife while running toward officers. NBC 10 Philadelphia reported that rioters then set police cars and dumpsters on fire and looted stores and restaurants.

Rioters also threw rocks and other projectiles at dozens of officers, who were later taken to the hospital. The sergeant who was hit by a truck sustained a broken leg but is in stable condition.

On Monday afternoon, police confronted Walter Wallace Jr. while responding to a domestic incident. Footage captured by a bystander shows two officers telling Wallace to drop a knife before Wallace ran toward them. The officers then opened fire.

Danielle Outlaw, Philadelphia’s first black female police commissioner, said there is an investigation underway.



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October 27, 2020



Actual news!! The wheels of justice turn slowly, even slower when the ‘rona gums up the works, but they do turn.

Keith Raniere, NXIVM Sex Slave Cult Leader: 120 Years In Jail

Nxivm leader Keith Raniere was slammed with 120 years behind bars Tuesday for running a twisted sex-slave cult where women were branded like cattle and forced to sleep with him.

The 60-year-old convicted sicko — who billed himself as a Ghandi for the wayward, only to be unmasked as a perverted master manipulator — had faced as little as 15 years on seven felony charges ranging from sex-trafficking to racketeering, child pornography and forced labor.

But Brooklyn federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis ensured that Raniere would remain in prison for life, saying he has yet to show any remorse for his crimes.

“To him, the brave victims … are liars,’’ Garaufis said in bringing down the gavel on the sex-trafficker, including ordering him to pay a $1.72 million fine.

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Financial accomplice Clare Bronfman was sentenced to six years and nine months in the pokey just a couple weeks ago.

Clare Bronfman, the heiress who helped finance NXIVM for over a decade, was sentenced to six years and nine months in prison for her role in the organization that’s become known as a “sex cult.” That’s nearly two years longer than federal prosecutors requested — and legal experts say Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis is sending everyone involved a strong message.

Bronfman, 41, was the first prominent member to be sentenced as she pleaded guilty to concealing and harboring aliens for financial gain and fraudulent use of personal identification information. Prosecutors argued Bronfman, an heir to the Seagram’s liquor fortune, used her wealth and social status to promote founder Keith Raniere’s “self-help” organization that really operated as a criminal enterprise.

“The judge is sending a clear message — that Bronfman’s wealth, status and influence could not protect her from justice and punishment by the court,” Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Silva Megerditchian tells Yahoo Entertainment. “Bronfman acted essentially as an ATM machine for the organization.”

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Meanwhile, former Smallville actress Allison Mack, chief lieutenant of NXIVM

who copped a plea last year, is facing a possible 40 years, but her sentencing has been delayed by the pandemic and a new date has not yet been set.

Mack has become one of the most prominent faces of NXIVM as she was a first-line “master” in DOS, the secret women-branding sorority within the organization. During rituals, “slaves” were branded with Raniere and Mack’s initials while saying, “Master, please brand me, it would be an honor.” Multiple victims have claimed she directed them to engage in sexual acts with Raniere.

“Allison Mack should be worried,” Megerditchian says. “Her defense counsel will likely advise her to apologize for her actions, to be contrite in court and to somehow make amends for her actions. Any cooperation with prosecutors will help her get more sympathy from the court.”

Mack pleaded guilty to racketeering and racketeering conspiracy, but how much she’s working with the government is unclear. If Mack denounces Raniere and NXIVM, it may help her in the eyes of the judge.

And the fates are still unclear about Nicki Clyne, another actress and top operator of NXIVM, who was Raniere’s bed partner for years until she suddenly married Allison Mack just before criminal charges came down, is still defending NXIVM and denying anything wrong took place.

However, Clyne has not been charged with any crimes, and at this point it’s unlikely that she will be. So her fate will be being a jailhouse widow, and trying to find a job. Pretty good for a former leader of this sicko cult.

Allison Mack’s wife, Nicki Clyne, swears that NXIVM wasn’t a ‘sex cult’ for Keith Raniere and the former ‘Battlestar Galactica’ actress claims she was ‘a partner’ of his for ‘over a decade.’

“I find this idea completely absurd and even offensive — as a woman and a partner of [Keith Raniere’s] for over a decade,” Nicki Clyne, 37, reportedly wrote in a letter of support for the NXIVM leader, according to Page Six. In the letter, which Page Six reports was unsealed Tuesday (Oct. 20) in a Brooklyn federal court, the Battlestar Galactica actress said that it was “absurd” to claim that NXIVM was created as a way to “for Keith to have sex partners.”

So it must be pervo day. At least this story is only slightly about the Covid.


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A flash in the pan.

Let’s put a lid on “lid”. It’s another one of those made up or misused terms. You can put a lid on something, like a jar. You can take or buy a lid, which is an old old term for a bag of illegal drugs. But you can’t call a lid. You can call for a hiatus, you can ask for a break. And I don’t think it’s excessive for me to expect that “our betters”, the elites, TBTB, have a fine grasp of the language and a superior vocabulary.

PS - “a flash in the pan” dates back to the flintklock muzzle loading rifle era, and means a misfire. “Going off half cocked” is from the same era, referring to the same kind of firearm. These have stood the test of time, even if not so many people these days know a mizzen from a frizzen, or a mamelon from a ravelin.


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And yeah, I think this is Ashley Biden too. You can tell by the ear and by her hairline. Which means Hunter is just like his dad, and that sister Ashley’s psycho-nympho diaries are probably quite accurate. The Biden family are all incestuous pedo-pervs. Eww eww eww.


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I hope you all watched Justice Barrett’s swearing in ceremony and listened to her short speech. I was LMAO noticing how many times she said the word “preference”, which is a nice bitch slap of that crazy pineapple commie Hirono. Meanwhile, Schumer is vowing revenge, for the high crime of following the Constitution, and Teh Squad is squawking about packing the courts. Al Sharpton is complaining that the audience was the least diverse thing ever, even though Clarence Thomas gave her the oath. There was only a small camera pan of the crowd, all seated with social distancing and many wearing masks. Pretty sure I saw a black guy in the front row though, and that the petite woman with the red blazer is Asian. At least half the crowd was female. So stuff it Al. Crivens, what a buncha maroons.


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And the project upstairs continues. Now that the workmen have her new hardwood floor in, replaced the tile and carpet, they’re power washing her balcony. Maybe they’ll do her siding too, one can hope. Being on the north side, under the trees, there isn’t much direct sunlight on that side of the building and the algae grows real good on the vinyl siding. I let them use my hose reel for their washer, as it’s village water not mine. But I can hear it running, and the roar of their machine. Hey, for all I know she’s getting the place spiffed up to put it on the market. Whatever.

Arrgh, the place is starting to smell like exhaust fumes. Better go make sure all the windows are closed tightly.

And when this part is done, they’ll start on her upstairs tomorrow. That’s out over the garages, so that racket shouldn’t be quite so bad.

I’d like to borrow a power washer to see if I can clean up the concrete out on our patio. It’s rather black, whether that’s mold, or just grime I can’t tell. Dose it with D-128 first, then blast it with detergent water? I do not want to have to scrub it with a shop broom. OTOH, I don’t want to drop 3 or 4 bills to buy one strong enough to handle concrete. Rent? Maybe. I think I’ll think about it until Spring.


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October 26, 2020



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Little Johnny might be in danger. Little Akio is giving him some good competition.

Teacher in the classroom ...

The teacher said, “Let’s begin by reviewing some American history. Who said: ‘Give me Liberty, or give me Death’?”

She saw a sea of blank faces, except for little Akio, a bright foreign exchange student from Japan, who had his hand up: “Patrick Henry, 1775,”he said.

“Very good”, acknowledged the teacher.  “Who said: ‘Government of the People, by the People, for the People, shall not perish from the Earth’?”

Again, no response except from Little Akio: “Abraham Lincoln, 1863.”

“Excellent!” said the teacher continuing. “Let’s try one a bit more difficult. Who said, ‘Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country?”

Once again, Akio’s was the only hand in the air and he said: “John F. Kennedy, 1961.”

The teacher snapped at the class, “Class, you should be ashamed of yourselves. Little Akio isn’t from this country and he knows more about our history than you do.”

She heard a loud whisper from the side of the room: “F___ the Japs.”

“Who said that? I want to know right now!” …she angrily demanded.

Little Akio put his hand up, “General MacArthur, 1945.”

At that point, a student in the back said, “I’m gonna puke.

“The teacher glares around and asks, “All right! Now, who said that?”

Again, Little Akio says, “George Bush to the Japanese Prime Minister, 1991.”

Now furious, another student yells, “Oh yeah? Suck this!”

Little Akio jumps out of his chair waving his hand and shouts to the teacher, “Bill Clinton, to Monica Lewinsky, 1997!”

Now with almost mob hysteria, someone said, “You little shit! If you say anything else, I’ll kill you!”

Little Akio frantically yells at the top of his voice, “Michael Jackson to the children testifying against him, 2004.”

The teacher fainted.

As the class gathered around the teacher on the floor, someone said, “Oh shit, now we’re screwed!”

Little Akio said quietly, “The American public if Joe Biden gets elected.”



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And She’s In !! Barrett Confirmed For SCOTUS 52-48, Vote Split On Party Lines

What else needs to be said? Good for you Mrs. Barrett, now put on the robe and do the job right. Justice Thomas will administer the oath.

The U.S. Senate voted to confirm President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett. Trump nominated Barrett to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Every Democrat voted against Barrett, while every Republican except Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) voted for her. The vote came down to 52-48.

Democrats have excoriated President Trump and the Republican Senate for nominating Barrett and holding a confirmation vote despite the looming election.

And she has now been sworn in, in a nice little ceremony a bit after 9pm tonight. President Trump was there at the White House ... busy man, he was in Allentown PA at lunchtime, and gave two other rally speeches today.

Mrs. Barrett will have another swearing in tomorrow within the Supreme Court, then she’ll put on her official robe and get to work. Nice.


PS: Happy Birthday Hillary Clinton! Hope you liked this present from President Trump. . Now choke on it and die.


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What happened to yesterday’s posts? Crivens, this blog is a messed up old thing.


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Condo living

Tap tap tap. Scrape scrape scrape. Hammer hammer hammer.  Power saws or big drills or something. The lady upstairs is getting new carpet installed.

This is the 3rd day of it. Some guy in a plain white van, no company, no contractor label on the vehicle, PA plates, is doing the work. He starts at 8am. Friday he filled the entire garbage dumpster with her old carpet chunks, so the thing is overflowing with garbage at this point, waiting for today’s pickup.

The cats are a nervous wreck, not being able to sleep from all the noises. I’m getting pretty tired of it myself, so I hope he finishes today.

And it’s another dark and dreary damp day, at least the 10th one in a row. I can’t remember what the sun looks like. Perfect weather for mold and mildew too, so I’m dealing with a bit of a sinus headache.

Lunch date today, where I’ll get an education in Ball canning jar lids. Apparently most of the ones on the market are junk. I don’t can anything, but the MIL is like Farmer Jane, raising loads of vegetables and potting them, making jams, freezing sauces and all. She harvested 5lb of garlic this year, and over 100lb of tomatoes. Plus herbs, figs, squash, cukes, lettuce, on and on. And she’s got a huge flower garden with a koi pond and a fire circle, giving us a couple dozen iris bulbs a year. We plant them, and they don’t come up hardly at all. I am not Mr. Green Thumb.


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rolleyes  LOL  rasberry crazy


October 24, 2020


Suck ‘Em Out, Wrap ‘Em Up, Gas ‘Em Dead, Rawhide Murder Hornets

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BLAINE, Wash. (AP) — Heavily protected crews in Washington state worked Saturday to destroy the first nest of so-called murder hornets discovered in the United States.

The state Agriculture Department had spent weeks searching, trapping and using dental floss to tie tracking devices to Asian giant hornets, which can deliver painful stings to people and spit venom but are the biggest threat to honeybees that farmers depend on to pollinate crops.

The nest found in the city of Blaine near the Canadian border is about the size of a basketball and contained an estimated 100 to 200 hornets, according to scientists who announced the find Friday.

Crews wearing thick protective suits vacuumed the invasive insects from the cavity of a tree into large canisters Saturday. The suits prevent the hornets’ 6-millimeter-long stingers from hurting workers, who also wore face shields because the trapped hornets can spit a painful venom into their eyes.

The tree will be cut down to extract newborn hornets and learn if any queens have left the hive already, scientists said. Officials suspect more nests may be in the area and will keep searching. A news briefing was planned Monday on the status of the nest.

Despite their nickname and the hype that has stirred fears in an already bleak year, the world’s largest hornets kill at most a few dozen people a year in Asian countries, and experts say it is probably far less. Meanwhile, hornets, wasps and bees typically found in the United States kill an average of 62 people a year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said.

The real threat from Asian giant hornets — which are 2 inches (5 centimeters) long — is their devastating attacks on honeybees, which are already under siege from problems like mites, diseases, pesticides and loss of food.

The invasive insect is normally found in China, Japan, Thailand, South Korea, Vietnam and other Asian countries. Washington state and the Canadian province of British Columbia are the only places the hornets have been found on the continent.

The nest was found after the state Agriculture Department trapped some hornets this week and used dental floss to attach radio trackers to some of them.

The before dawn raid had the crew, wearing specially armored suits, vacuum the bugs out of their nest tree. Then the trunk was covered in plastic wrap, and CO2 was piped into the nest to knock out the remaining hornets.

Another damn bothersome insect from China. Every year we get another kind or two. China bugs is asshoe too.

https://fox8.com/news/crews-vacuum-murder-hornets-out-of-washington-nest/


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Crivens, I didn’t post anything all day yet again. Grrr.



Ok, bowling!! We won all 7 last night. After more than a week of damp chilly grey weather, the approaches at the bowling alley were like glue. You couldn’t slide at all. Feet stuck to the floor. It isn’t so much the weather, it’s also a lack of maintenance. They’ve cut back, trying to save money. The HVAC isn’t on as often or as strong. The pinsetters have been acting up. The approaches need to be scrubbed and sanded several times a year, but they haven’t been. Even those of us with fancy bowling shoes weren’t able to overcome this by switching to extra slick slide soles. Back when they reopened in July, I was rather taken aback that no maintenance had been done at all during the lockdown. The building is 200 feet wide; I’m sure there was safe room for at least a couple of workers. No, they just barred the doors, but kept the bar and restaurant open for take out.

But it was interesting, because the better bowlers could not manage this. The not so good bowlers don’t have that graceful, fully controlled approach, trusting in a proper surface on the approach. So while it sucked for them too, it wasn’t that big a deal. I threw a 505 series, which is a 168 average, so I guess I’m somewhere between both groups.


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October 23, 2020



Ok, now this one is clucked up in so many ways ...



3 Years Jail For UK Chicken Rapist; Wife Filmed Dozens Of Assaults

Husband, 37, who was jailed for three years for making wife film him having sex with 29 CHICKENS can still keep hens as pets due to legal technicality

Pervert Rehan Baig, 37, was jailed for three years this week after killing the poultry during intercourse with several white and brown chickens.

As part of his sentence, the judge had banned Baig, from Bradford, West Yorks, from keeping animals for life but has been forced to make a U-turn.

Despite the ‘depraved’ and ‘perverted’ acts against the chickens, Baig wasn’t charged with any cruelty offences and the lifetime livestock ban has been lifted. 

Judge Richard Mansell QC said: ‘I have no power to prohibit him from keeping any animal.’
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Other footage recovered by the police showed Baig sexually abusing a dog.
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His wife pleaded guilty to three aiding and abetting counts by filming her husband having sexual intercourse with a chicken.

Total pervo pedo whackjob, and his sentence is a poultry three years.


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So tired of this. At this point I’d assume that social media also controls the scientific community

Giant Danish Face Mask Study Complete. NOBODY WILL PUBLISH IT.

Golly, I wonder why? Because if it supported the orthodox view, you know it would be fast tracked to the lead TV news story and the front page of every paper on earth.

Medical Journals Refuse To Publish Landmark Danish Mask Study

Three leading medical journals have refused to publish the results of the first major scientific investigation into the effects of wearing masks on the spread of COVID-19. The authors of the long-awaited “gold-standard” randomised controlled trial have admitted their findings are “controversial” and are keeping them secret until their paper has been peer-reviewed and published.

The researchers behind a large and unique Danish study on the effect of wearing a mask are having great difficulty in getting their research results published. One of the participating professors in the study admits that the still secret research result could be perceived as ‘controversial’.

For weeks, the media and researchers around the world have been waiting with increasing impatience for the publication of a large Danish study on the effect – or lack thereof – of wearing a mask in a public space during the corona pandemic.

Now one of the researchers who has been involved in the study has said that the finished research result has been rejected by at least three of the world’s leading medical journals.

These include the Lancet, the New England Journal of Medicine and the American Medical Association’s journal JAMA.

“They all said no,” says the Chief Physician in the Research Department at North Zealand Hospital, Professor Christian Torp-Pedersen.

However, the Professor does not wish to disclose the journals’ reasoning.

“We cannot start discussing what they are dissatisfied with, because in that case we must also explain what the study showed – and we do not want to discuss that until it is published,” explains Christian Torp-Pedersen.


Maybe these three big guns of the medical research publishing world aren’t interested in research done that won’t make anyone any money?


Maybe they just don’t want to embarrass Denmark, which apparently suggested using sanitary napkins as mask filter media. Bet it works too, but the optics are pretty awful. And where do you put the wings?


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[ source link is in Danish. Use a translator like the one at Google ]

During the current COVID-19 pandemic with coronavirus, the Danish health authorities recommend the use of sanitary napkins when dealing with infections in the health sector, but outside the healthcare system, sanitary napkins are not recommended. According to one of the researchers behind the project, professor, chief physician and dr.med. Henning Bundgaard from the Department of Cardiology at Rigshospitalet, the study can contribute with significant knowledge about the potential in the use of bandages.

- If this study shows that such a simple and inexpensive measure as the use of sanitary napkins reduces COVID-19 infection, this could save lives and save resources in the healthcare system. At the same time, it could potentially make a significant contribution to reopening the communities if participants in the study with mouth guards are protected. This of course applies both in Denmark and elsewhere, says Henning Bundgaard.


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October 22, 2020


Selfie Time

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How mature. How professional.

flag  Barret Gets Unanimous Approval Vote From Judiciary Committee flag

Because crybaby Dems pouted and wouldn’t attend or vote

What else needs to be said?

“We did it! Judge Barrett is going to the floor,” Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) announced following the vote to send the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the full Senate.

Democrats on the Judiciary Committee threw a hissy fit and didn’t even bother to show up for the vote on President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, therefore the vote was unanimous in favor of advancing Barrett’s nomination. In a ridiculous stunt, Democrats on the committee filled their seats with human props— posters showing people Democrats falsely claim will lose all their rights if Barrett is confirmed to the Supreme Court.

Sen. Mike Lee excoriated Democrats for their “judicial culture wars” and appalling behavior toward Republicans’ nominees in the past, beginning with Judge Robert Bork and most recently with Justice Bret Kavanaugh. Lee noted that while Democrats have gone “cruelly, disgustingly low” in nomination after nomination, “Republicans took the high rod.”

Paper people in the seats? Like the MLB? So pathetic. I’m amazed that some of those cardboard cutout people weren’t in Handmaid’s outfits? Which is another turbo-moron concept from the left, right up there with wearing vajay-jay costumes. ISTG, the entire Left is about 3 years old mentally.

Actually, this boycott BS was Upchuck Schemer’s idea, as the committee rules say there have to be at least two members from the other party present to conduct business. But Mitch, having a majority quorom at the meeting, got approval for a motion to waive that rule for today’s meeting. And so it’s done, and Schumer looks like the petulant ass he truly is. He’s running around calling it illegitimate, but they followed the proper, long existing rules. So he’s a jerk, which we already knew.


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Oh gronk, half of Central America is in my parking lot doing pavement patching. The noise is thunderous and the smell of diesel exhaust, hot tar, and asphalt is heavy and cloying on this cool misty day. OMG, the noises. They’ve got some kind of grinder thing that shrieks, a compacter that bounces up and down and hammers the ground so hard it shakes the building, and some kind of little steam roller with a built in clank. I think there were jackhammers before, which sound like heavy machine guns, and are powered by an extra loud giant air compressor. Horry Clap.

They’ve got our whole little street parked up, so I’m stuck here for a bit. On the good side, it’s nap time for the cats, so they’re out cold and not panicking at the noises.




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October 21, 2020


Now this took brains.

One New Jersey County Spending $27 per envelope trying to deliver nearly 10,000 ballots

Oh, and the brain trust in Trenton set the final ballot mailing date more than a week before voter registration closes. DUH? Duh!!

New Jersey county clerks and boards of election are struggling with thousands of ballots that have been deemed undeliverable for a number of reasons.

Monmouth County Clerk Christine Hanlon estimates there are 32 trays holding a total of 9,600 ballots representing people who very likely haven’t received a ballot for the election.

“We open every one and see if there is any way to remail the ballot,” she says. “Some come back because the voter may be deceased. A lot come back because voters think the post office will forward their mail, but ballots are not forwarded.”

Often, voters move out of town or out of state and do not update their registration. Out-of-staters, like college students, are proving difficult, because ballots can take two weeks to get to voters.

“So those voters we are sending priority mail to get them their ballots,” Hanlon says.

At $27 per ballot, this is proving to be expensive.

Monmouth is one of NJ’s 22 counties. Let’s see, $27 X 10,000 X 22 = $5,940,000. Six million bucks wasted on lazy/stupid voters and government idiocy. Because people are stupid, but government workers are even stupider.

Of course, this will let the libs wet their undies screaming about “disenfranchisement”. And in the long run, it would have been easier, cheaper, and far more accurate to just have the polls open. Open the windows, turn on some fans, wipe the booths clean constantly. Done. But that would make it a little harder to cheat ... right, as if Trump stands a chance of winning this left wing shitpit of a state. Oh he’ll get the NW and the SE, no problem. But all the people live in the NE and SW.


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Screaming Blue EEEWWW !!!

The Underage Girl Hunter Is Discussing In Email With Joe That He Was “inappropriate with” Is His Dead Brother’s Wife’s Daughter - His Own Niece???

So he’s banging his brother’s widow, and going after the little girl, and at the same time knocking up some floozy? What a piece of work. Total scumpuppy.

LINK

Rudy Giuliani turned this email over to the Delaware State Police. Just as a reminder, the FBI has had this hard drive since LAST DECEMBER.



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I have a sick kitteh I think. Certainly an incontinent one. Little poops all around the house. Gee thanks catzo.


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Fight Mask Mouth And The ‘Rona Too: Studies Show Listerine Antiseptic Mouthwash Kills Covid-19 >99.99% After 30 Second Rinse

Ok, this is a loose post patched together from a bunch of links. I don’t have time for a better put together one right now. Listerine seems to work as well or better than diluted Betadine, and both work a whole lot better than hydrogen peroxide. So does strait ethanol. However, none of these would make a painless nasal rinse. 0.5% H2O2 can do that job, and some of these studies say the same about really dilute nasal rinses made from Johson’s Baby Shampoo. Mmm, foamy!!

TLDR Bottom Line: All of these rinses work reasonably well, but the Listerine works the best, with an acceptable taste. You really want to swish iodine around in your mouth for 2 minutes? Yuck.

As a nasal wash, hydrogen peroxide diluted to 0.5% - 1%, nebulized, spritzed, or delivered via a Neti pot, will kill a lot of germs and viruses in your sinuses. Most, but not all of them. So you might have to do it a few times a day. I’d go with the food grade stuff, but the 3% OTC is dirt cheap.

Basic story without many details: https://www.foxnews.com/health/human-coronaviruses-inactivated-mouthwash-oral-rinses-study


These are the details, results of several studies from around the world:

https://academic.oup.com/function/article/1/1/zqaa002/5836301

Three industry-sponsored studies from the Universities of Maryland, Texas–Houston Health Sciences Centre, and State University New York tested this using a widely available formulation that combines 21%–26% ethanol with essential oils (eucalyptol 0.092%, menthol 0.042%, methyl salicylate 0.060%, and thymol 0.064% w/v). Notably, there is published evidence that eucalyptus oil and thymol have significant antiviral properties toward herpes simplex virus at these concentrations, hypothesized to relate to disruption of the viral lipid envelope.

Povidone-iodine (PVP-I) mouthwash has been widely studied in relation to broad-spectrum antimicrobial and virucidal actions. At 0.23%, which is routinely used in Japan, this rapidly inactivates SARS-CoV, MERS-CoV, influenza virus A (H1N1), and rotavirus in vitro.72 A second study also showed that PVP-I (0.23%) is equivalent to 70% ethanol in inactivating SARS-CoV in vitro.73 Indeed, based on in vitro and limited clinical studies, in Japan, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare supported daily gargling as a protective measure to prevent upper respiratory tract infections

Hydrogen peroxide causes oxygen-free radical-induced disruption of lipid membranes and is widely used as an agent for tooth whitening. Studies, including a recent systematic review, report that coronavirus 229E and other enveloped viruses are inactivated at concentrations around 0.5%.19,83 While higher concentrations of hydrogen peroxide (>5%) will induce damage to both soft and hard tissues, within the range of concentrations used in mouthwashes for whitening at 1%–3% little damage is reported.84 Within the oral environment, hydrogen peroxide is rapidly inactivated due to the presence of host- and bacteria-derived catalase activity in saliva and other endogenous peroxidases.85 The impact of peroxidases could theoretically be reduced by using a prerinse with water, although this is untested.

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https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jmv.26514

Listerine Antiseptic mouthwash decreased viral load >99.99% after 30 second rinse.
Listerine Antiseptic is an alcohol‐based eucalyptol, menthol, methyl salicylate, and thymol formulation that historically has claimed numerous antimicrobial properties. It currently lists only a claim to kill germs that cause bad breath. Our tests show that it is highly effective at inactivating HCoV in solution. Even at the lowest contact time of 30 s it inactivated greater than 99.99% of HCoV.

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https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jopr.13220 06/3/2020

To evaluate the in vitro inactivation of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS‐CoV‐2) with hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and povidone‐iodine (PVP‐I) oral antiseptic rinses at clinically recommended concentrations and contact times.

SARS‐CoV‐2 virus was completely inactivated by PVP‐I oral antiseptic rinse in vitro, at the lowest concentration of 0.5 % and at the lowest contact time of 15 seconds. Hydrogen peroxide at the recommended oral rinse concentrations of 1.5% and 3.0% was minimally effective as a viricidal agent after contact times as long as 30 seconds. Therefore, preprocedural rinsing with diluted PVP‐I in the range of 0.5% to 1.5% may be preferred over hydrogen peroxide during the COVID‐19 pandemic.

Most of the common over‐the‐counter mouth washes/gargles tested demonstrated at least a 90% reduction in infectious virus at 1 min of contract time with the majority of products showing increasing virucidal activity with longer contact times. The products had varying active ingredients and formulations. Interestingly, three of the products tested (Peroxide Sore Mouth, Orajel Antiseptic Rinse, and 1.5% H2O2) all contained 1.5% H2O2 as their active ingredient (Table 1). With these three products there were variable results with a reduction of infectious virus ranged from below 90% to 99%.

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My Notes And Observations:

The reduced viral loading in these test results is based on logarithms, so a “3 log” reduction is 10 times better than a “2 log” reduction. Reductions near or beyond “4 log” have essentially eliminated the virus completely.

Knock off versions of the mouthwashes did not show the same, or as good, results as the name brand product, even though they list the same ingredients in the same amounts. Quality control issue, false labeling, impure ingredients? Who can say. Buy the Listerine product.

IMHO: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jmv.26514 09/17/2020 does not agree with jopr.13220. Study 26514 used a surrogate virus, H-cov-229e. Study 13220 used the real thing. Both are in vitro studies. 26514 used 5% PVP-I (Betadine), 13220 used several dilutions. Betadine has citric acid (vit C) and sodium hydroxide (lye) as “inactive” ingredients. 13220 used PVI and distilled water.

26514 showed <90 - <99% 30 second effect for 1.5% H202, 99.9-99.99% 30 second effect for Betadine. 60 second effect for H2O2 was 1 log better, 1 min and 2 min effect for Betadine was 0.1 better than 30 second effect.

For 26514 Listerine Antiseptic was the winner at any rinse time length.

13220 showed even 0.5% PVP-I reduced viral load >3.63 log at 30 sec. So did straight pure ethanol (200 proof !!). No tests were run using 80 or 100 proof ethanol, but the “drink some whiskey” approach may be somewhat valid as a mouth rinse and gargle. 3% H2O2 as tested managed 1.8 log.

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https://academic.oup.com/function/article/1/1/zqaa002/5836301
https://pennstatehealthnews.org/2020/10/mouthwashes-oral-rinses-may-inactivate-human-coronaviruses/

https://academic.oup.com/jid/article/222/8/1289/5878067 07/29/2020
This is the Ulm Medical Center study from Germany. Tested mouthwashes against not one but three strains of SAR-SoV-2. Best results went to Dequonal, a multi-quat based rinse, 1% Betadine PVP-1, and Listerine Cool Mint. All had 30 second reduction over 3.11 log.

NOTES: any reduction approaching 4 log is in the 99.99% range or better.

Povidone-Iodine is usually sold as a topical solution. The “scrub” versions may contain detergents. The “topical” ones are Betadine copies. Whatever the solution strength is, they need to be diluted down to the 1% range.




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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/19/2020 at 11:09 PM   
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Gee, Oops

A total non-surprise. We saw this coming back in early March. The richer you were the earlier, faster, and further you ran. Problem is, it’s worse than anyone thought at the time.

NYC Ship Sinking, Rats Long Gone

New York City is home to 118 billionaires, more than any other American city. New York City is also home to nearly one million millionaires, more than any other city in the world. Among those millionaires some 8,865 are classified as “high net worth,” with more than $30 million each.

They pay the taxes. The top one percent of NYC taxpayers pay nearly 50 percent of all personal income taxes collected in New York. Personal income tax in the New York area accounts for 59 percent of all revenues. Property taxes add in more than a billion dollars a year in revenue, about half of that generated by office space.

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The budget for a city as complex as New York is a mess of federal, state, and local funding sources. It can be sliced and diced many ways, but the one that matters is the starkest: the people and companies who pay for New York’s poor are leaving even as the city is already facing a $7.4 billion tax revenue hit from the initial effects of the coronavirus. The money is there; New York’s wealthiest individuals have increased their net worth by $44.9 billion during the pandemic. It’s just not here.

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While overall only five percent of residents left as of May, in the city’s very wealthiest blocks residential population decreased by 40 percent or more. The higher-earning a neighborhood is, the more likely it is to have emptied out. Even the amount of trash collected in wealthy neighborhoods has dropped, a tell-tale sign no one is home. A real estate agent told me she estimates about a third of the apartments even in my mid-range 300 unit building are empty.

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Fewer than one-tenth of Manhattan office workers came back to the workplace a month after New York gave businesses the green light to return to the buildings they ran from in March. Having had several months to notice what not paying Manhattan office rents might do for their bottom line, large companies are leaving.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/19/2020 at 10:52 PM   
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The ‘Rona Song

Leave it Country music to be perfectly topical and metaphorical at the same time






When the dogwoods start to bloom
And the crickets hum their tune
That’s usually about the time
That I feel most alive

But the news has all been bad
And the whole world seems so sad
I ain’t had much else going on
So I sat down and wrote this song

I miss my mom, I miss my dad
I miss the road, I miss my band
Giving hugs and shaking hands
It’s a mystery I suppose
Just how long this thing goes
But there’ll be crowds and there’ll be shows
And there will be light after dark
Someday when we aren’t six feet apart





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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/19/2020 at 10:27 PM   
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Follow Me !

One of the benefits of our universally computer driven modern world is package tracking. Mated with theoretically optimized routes and warehousing, we now can get our deliveries much faster than in decades past. For the impatient, most of the deliver services allow you track your boxes or letters step by step as they wend their way in your direction. [ OTOH, this also allows you to watch the Post Office send your stuff all over the country willy-nilly, leave it at distribution centers for days or weeks at a time, and sometimes take days to move something just 7 miles from one center to the next, and then take a full week to deliver it a whole 42 miles away. Sorry, my pet peeve, after recently pulling my hair out when a letter took more than a month to get delivered. Just wait until the whole country tries to vote by mail this November. Guaranteed disaster. ]

Now UPS has brought out “Follow Me”, a real time, self-updating, GPS driven mapping application, that let’s you see the big brown truck driving all over with your package in it. Not sure if this is going to help or hurt, because most people won’t realize that there are 300 other boxes in that truck, and yours is almost guaranteed to be last in line. It was already a bit frustrating just following the data, watching my box go from Florida to Edison NJ in hardly over a day, but then on to Allentown PA, right past my home, and then have to go on to another truck to come back to NJ days later and to get delivered ... later today?  Maybe. “Out for delivery” for 3 days? Oy vey.


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eye candy, high plains edition

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I thought I posted this the other day, but it seems to have evaporated. Whatevs.

Anyway, this is actress Kelsey Asbille Chow. She had a small but regular role in the One Tree Hill drama a few years back, and was in the 2017 film Wind River. Currently she has a supporting role on Paramount’s cowboy drama / Kevin Costner vehicle Yellowstone.

We watch Yellowstone, it’s great, and it’s interesting to see her character developing from a whiny liberal into someone more normal. That’s going to be long journey. She is super attractive though. 


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calendar   Monday - August 17, 2020

Flowers For Algernon?

Leftist InstaHate For COVID Flower Cure

because Trump mentioned it

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Funny, I kind of thought it was the President’s job to keep people aware of new possibilities and to give them even temporary hope. But the Left may be right on this one. Like the blind squirrel ...

Most Americans have been praying for a cure to the Chinese Communist Party virus. Such a prospect turns out to be horrifying, however, if you are a Deep State bureaucrat, someone invested in open-ended and lucrative research into unpromising medicines or vaccines and/or a political opponent of President Trump.

Hence the vehemently hostile response of a leftist publication called Axios to information about Oleandrin, a natural supplement that has proven in clinical experiments and limited human trials in Texas to crush the CCP virus. Rather than celebrate this development and call for an urgent effort to validate such findings with widespread, life-saving trials, Axios touted the uninformed criticisms of naysayers determined to snuff further work on this apparent breakthrough.

To the alarm of some government health officials, President Trump has expressed enthusiasm for the Food and Drug Administration to permit an extract from the oleander plant to be marketed as a dietary supplement or, alternatively, approved as a drug to cure COVID-19, despite lack of proof that it works.

Driving the news: The experimental botanical extract, oleandrin, was promoted to Trump during an Oval Office meeting in July. It’s embraced by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson and MyPillow founder and CEO Mike Lindell, a big Trump backer, who recently took a financial stake in the company that develops the product.

OMG, if Mike Lindell is behind it, you know it’s deathly anathema.

Oleandrin is an extract from the oleander plant. Researchers have suggested that it could be useful to treat cancer because of the way it affects cells, and that it could enhance the effects of other cancer therapies.

Professor Sharon Lewin, the director of the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity at the University of Melbourne, is an international authority on antiviral drugs and has a laboratory working on COVID-19.
Asked about oleandrin’s potential efficacy as a COVID-19 treatment, Lewin told Axios, “Oleandrin looks to have antiviral activity at high doses in a test tube model. You’d certainly want to see more work done on this before even contemplating a human trial.”

A July 2020 study from the University of Texas at Galveston shows, in a laboratory setting, that oleandrin can inhibit the coronavirus in monkey kidney cells. This study has not been peer reviewed and one of the authors of the study, Robert Newman, is chairman of Phoenix Biotechnology’s scientific advisory board — the company developing the oleandrin product.

The bottom line: Scientists around the world are in a race for cures, treatments and vaccines for COVID-19. Government regulators are investigating hundreds of products. When a biotech executive like Whitney can take his case directly to the president, it casts doubt over the scientific rigor of the drug development process.

From the research study:

Using Vero cells, we found that prophylactic oleandrin administration at concentrations down to 0.05 μg/ml exhibited potent antiviral activity against SARS-CoV-2, with an 800 fold reduction in virus production, and a 0.1 μg/ml dose resulted in a greater than 3,000-fold reduction in infectious virus production. The EC50values were 11.98ng/ml when virus output was measured at 24 hours post-infection, and 7.07ng/ml measured at 48 hours post-infection. Therapeutic (post-infection) treatment up to 24 hours after infection of Vero cells also reduced viral titers, with the 0.1 μg/ml dose causing greater than 100-foldreductions as measured at 48 hours, and the 0.05 μg/ml dose resulting in a 3578-fold reduction.The potent prophylactic and therapeutic antiviral activities demonstrated here strongly support the further development of oleandrin to reduce the severity of COVID-19 and potentially also to reduce spread by persons diagnosed early after infection.

In years past the FDA has been dinged for major slow walking and foot dragging when it comes to testing and approving new medicines. Many drugs are available to the rest of the world that are not yet available to us. With this pandemic that slowness has become an issue, but I don’t think the best idea is to throw caution to the wind and let anything fly. That way leads to snake oil. There has to be some level of significant proper, fair, testing.

OTOH, the Axios article does mention how this could easily be marketed as an herbal supplement, which could NOT focus on any curative ability. To which there’s an easy work around; “We’re NOT ALLOWED to mention that this cures Covid, and thus cannot recommend a dose of 2 pills a day for 2 weeks. This product is for dietary supplemental use only, and we bear no responsibility for it’s use in any other manner.” kind of advertising.

OTTH, shouldn’t President Trump know by now when to keep his fat mouth shut?



BIG FAT WARNING FROM MEMORIAL SLOAN KETTERING:
Oleandir is poisonous !!! !! !

Consumption of even one Nerium oleander leaf can be fatal. Onset of toxicity occurs several hours following consumption. Symptoms include vomiting, abdominal pain, cyanosis, hypotension, hypothermia, vertigo, respiratory paralysis and death.

However, a carefully controlled tea made from the flowers could be an effective cancer and AIDS treatment. But more trials are needed!!

A hot water extract of the plant, known as Anvirzel™, has been developed as a potential treatment for cancer, AIDS, and congestive heart failure. It consists of a mixture of oleandrin and the glycone oleandrigenin. Experiments suggest that a combination of Anvirzel and cisplatin may be more effective than cisplatin monotherapy . In an earlier study, Anvirzel appeared safe in humans when injected intramuscularly, although adverse effects such as injection site pain, fatigue, and other GI symptoms were reported.

Anvirzel™ is not an approved cancer treatment in the United States. Until more data regarding its efficacy and toxicity are available, this product should not be used outside of clinical trials.

Anvirzel may be a modern version of a medicinal extract of oleander that goes back to the dawn of history.

Historical records prove that Oleander plant has healing powers; thus it was highly regarded by the Mesopotamians in the 15th century B.C. During the age of the Babylonians up to the Romans it was used as a relieved for hangovers. To the Arabs it has better worth since the plant was used for cancer medication in the 8th century A.D.

OTOH, the Romans also used it to commit suicide.

I looked up the entry at Wiki ... and I think I’ll pass on this one. There may be too much risk in a cure made from just a little bit of deadly poison.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/17/2020 at 01:06 PM   
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The Death Of NYC?

This is what happens when you elect a communist as mayor. One who encourages rioting and lawlessness. Riots after weeks of extended lockdown. Retail is dying. Populations are fleeing. Violence is everywhere, at unprecedented levels. It’s anarchy and depression.

Beirut DeBlasio

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De Blasio’s New York has finally hit an all-time low: the once bustling city is now on the verge of looking like a demilitarized zone. Between the pandemic and the riots in the city, iconic 5th Avenue now looks more like a dystopian nightmare in a recently shot video posted to Twitter.

The video follows a car driving down a deserted 5th Avenue, with almost all of the area’s high end stores boarded up and shut down. There are few people seen on what is usually a busy street.

“Look at everything. Everything’s boarded up. Even the hotel. Boarded up,” the video’s narrator, who is obviously fed up with how the city looks, says.

He continues: “This is all Manhattan, boarded up. Have you ever seen Manhattan look like this? The media will not report this.”

“Everything boarded up. They don’t want to show this to you people because they’re afraid. Saks 5th Avenue - boarded up from end to end. They put up barbed wire. Everywhere you see boards, windows are gone. Look at New York City - what happened,” he says.

The video runs over 2 minutes and shows dozens of boarded up businesses.




Check the video. Manhattan is boarded up. Block after block of high-end retail closed down and barricaded.



This isn’t exactly new. Similar video from more than a month ago.

No, it’s not a war zone — it’s Manhattan.

Video shows once-bustling Big Apple streets nearly deserted and dotted with boarded-up, spray-painted and bashed-in buildings after days of looting.

The footage taken Tuesday and Wednesday in Midtown and Soho shows the windows of popular stores shattered while others — such as Burberry, Sephora and Sunglasses Hut — are covered in plywood to protect against looters.

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Only a handful of masked pedestrians and police officers are seen walking on eerily empty sidewalks. Some plywood panels put up by shops were tagged with graffiti reading, “Justice for George Floyd” — the black man who died after a white Minneapolis police officer pinned him to the ground for nearly nine minutes.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many Big Apple retailers have been closed for months prior to protests over Floyd’s death.



These riots happened at the end of May ...

Sidewalks across the SoHo neighborhood, Union Square and Fifth Avenue were covered in broken glass. Multiple police cars had been burnt to nothing but ashes. Stores, including a Duane Reade, Urban Outfitters and Swatch, were looted. Banks were ravaged. An Equinox gym had been broken in to. Graffiti covered retailers’ logos up and down some of the glitziest shopping districts, which normally would be hosting a hotbed of tourist activity this time of year.

The New York Police Department has since said it arrested almost 350 people Saturday evening, following protests across parts of Harlem, Brooklyn and Staten Island. NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said in a press conference held Sunday that more than 30 officers suffered minor injuries due to clashes with demonstrators.

It’s now the middle of August. More than 11 weeks later. And these businesses are still closed, still boarded up. Whatever stock that wasn’t looted has been sold online.

Do you really think these storefronts are coming back? Even if the beneficent dictator of NYC allows them to open, with 25% customer capacity and ridiculously paranoid levels of isolation and plexiglass protection inside the stores? Somehow, I kind of doubt it.

Greatest city in the world, killed by policy in half a year. This was not an accident.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/17/2020 at 09:11 AM   
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Very Funny Officer

So I got another ticket yesterday. Me and my red car manage to get pulled over a couple times a year. Yes, I’m an inveterate speeder, but I do it properly. I don’t tailgate, I don’t cut people off, I use my turn signals, I almost pass anyone on the right, and of course my car is in perfect working order and my papers are current. And I don’t go flying around corners on two wheels, or anything close to reckless driving. I’m just an impatient driver, like everyone else in the state.

In NJ, everyone speeds. Everyone. Nearly everywhere. The only place we make up for it is in those 25mph zones near schools, parks, and downtown. People generally do about 17 in those.

NJ has a scheme in place on the highways. They “let” you drive 65mph, but fines are doubled. Should there be a traffic cone by the side of the road, or a permanent sign saying that bit of highway is also a construction zone, fines are doubled again. So getting a speeding ticket on the highway can be a darn costly experience.

Generally, highway traffic moves at 75mph in good conditions, even in the slow lane, but on the weekends it flies. 85 is typical, 95 is not unheard of, with cars maybe two lengths apart traveling in packs.

And NJ keeps points for 5 years, with a big long list of how many points for whichever of the 65 or so moving violations they have. Get more than 6 in a 3 year period, and get an extra fine to pay. There are a fair number of 0 point offenses, but they are not on the list. Good luck trying to find them, although we all know that the seatbelt one and the red light camera one are no-pointers.

How many points are on your license? Like many other states, you have to pay the DMV to find this out. Gosh, wouldn’t you think that this would be part of their regular job? Available online for free, given that this is a microscopic database inquiry? Heck no.

But there’s a game involved. There are a good number of offenses that don’t have points. Just a fine. So most cops short circuit the plea bargaining process, and give you a break and just write you up for some 0 point offense. It puts donut money in their coffers, nobody wastes time going to court, an you just go online and pay the fine with your credit card.

So I got pulled over for doing 85 in a 65 zone on a demarcated highway. I wasn’t racing, or playing artful dodger, or zooming down the road alone. I was just cruising along with traffic. The Statey did his job in about 2 minutes and I was back on my way.

He wrote me up for the 0 point offense of Delaying Traffic.

Haha, very funny.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/17/2020 at 08:23 AM   
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calendar   Saturday - August 15, 2020

Rhubarb !!!

She came home from work with an armload of rhubarb that a coworker had brought in from their garden.

I haven’t had rhubarb in ... probably 45 years. Pretty sure my parents used to grow it in the vegetable garden, but that’s loooong ago in the past.

So we’re making strawberry rhubarb pie, and, since we have so much of the stuff, we’re making a strawberry rhubarb crumble as well. Both are a great excuse to get hold of some good vanilla ice cream.

Rhubarb has an unusual taste, but it’s one that I’ve always loved. Can’t wait to get to baking things up and trying them out. Might even have enough to send her to work Monday with another crumble.




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Oh goody, and I guess I’d better go look outside. Amazon says my copy of Law of Nations and John Locke’s Two Treaties of Government were delivered today. Along with my new Solo 2L hand sprayer, as the old one died after a decade of use.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/15/2020 at 05:41 PM   
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Fauci Gets One Right

Fauci: Voting In Person OK If Social Distancing Done

Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser for the White House coronavirus task force, said this week that there is “no reason” Americans are not able to vote in person for the 2020 presidential election in November.

Fauci emphasized that voting in person would not need to be avoided as long as voters followed CDC guidelines and maintained social distancing.

“I think if carefully done, according to the guidelines, there’s no reason that I can see why that not be the case,” Fauci told ABC News. “If you go and wear a mask, if you observe the physical distancing, and don’t have a crowded situation, there’s no reason why shouldn’t be able to do that.”

Fauci noted, however, that those who are at high-risk if exposed to coronavirus or have a compromised immune system should stay indoors and use mail-in voting.

OK, 99% right. I think most absentee ballots should be dropped off well ahead of time at the polling centers, logged in, and signed for ... once proper ID and voter registration is checked. The USPS is highly leftist, so I would not trust them too much. 


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/15/2020 at 01:04 PM   
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calendar   Friday - August 14, 2020

toldja so

As reliable as the coming dawn, the willfully stupid and the left biased media and “the experts” have once again yelled real loud to subvert the proper understanding of the law. And that noise will do the job.

I said it yesterday: This application of the Constitution will be ignored and denied by the media and everyone else. Because “birthers”. People are so terrified of being called a name that they are willing to ignore the law, the history of the law, and the true meaning and intent of the law. That’s beyond sad. It’s beyond cowardly. It’s apathetic, pathetic, and bathetic.

And here it is.

Trump slammed for not rejecting conspiracy theory Kamala Harris is ineligible for vice presidency
Biden campaign calls Trump comments ‘abhorrent’

That’s right; it’s a conspiracy theory. And he’s abhorrent. Because he referred to a statement made by somebody about the natural born issue, and then said he didn’t know if that was correct or not. So slam him for even implying that this could be a problem.

And then the lies come out by the bucketful. And the overwhelming noise of indignation and implicit raycis drown out the truth, once again. We are totally fucking doomed.

President Trump would not reject a conspiracy theory Thursday that Kamala Harris is ineligible to serve as vice president because her parents were born outside the United States.

Asked about the unfounded and widely refuted claims during a press briefing at the White House, Trump responded, “I heard it today that she doesn’t meet the requirements” before adding, “I have no idea if that’s right.”

Harris is a United States citizen born in California in 1964, making her eligible to serve as president or vice president under the Constitution. [ Fox you are wrong ]

However, a professor of law at Chapman University, John C. Eastman, wrote a piece for Newsweek this week after she was named to the Democratic ticket questioning whether Harris is a “natural born citizen” because her mother was born in India and her father was born in Jamaica.

[ Editor’s note: Some readers reacted strongly to this essay, seeing it as an attempt to ignite a racist conspiracy theory. ]
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The fact that Senator Kamala Harris has just been named the vice presidential running mate for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has some questioning her eligibility for the position. The 12th Amendment provides that “no person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice-President of the United States.” And Article II of the Constitution specifies that “[n]o person except a natural born citizen...shall be eligible to the office of President.” Her father was (and is) a Jamaican national, her mother was from India, and neither was a naturalized U.S. citizen at the time of Harris’ birth in 1964. That, according to these commentators, makes her not a “natural born citizen"—and therefore ineligible for the office of the president and, hence, ineligible for the office of the vice president.

Newsweek also ran a counter essay by noted lawyer Eugene Volokh. IMO, as its typical for greasy lawyers, and all lawyers are greasy because the law is merely a tool to them, and not something held sacrosanct, Volokh makes his counter from the wrong direction. He’s throwing shade and puffing smoke, and emphasizing aspects that have no real bearing. Argument by non sequitur. 

Some people have argued that Kamala Harris is ineligible to be vice president of the United States. The Constitution requires presidents and vice presidents to be “natural-born citizens”; Harris was born in the U.S., but her parents (who had come to the U.S. to study) weren’t U.S. citizens at the time. Does “natural-born citizen” include Harris, and others like her?

It does. “Natural-born citizen” was a familiar legal phrase to the Framers—an adaptation of the English term “natural-born subject.” Sir William Blackstone, an English treatise writer who (in Justice Scalia’s words) was “the Framers’ accepted authority on English law and the English Constitution,” explained:

Natural-born subjects are such as are born within the dominions of the crown of England, that is, within the ligeance, or as it is generally called, the allegiance of the king. ...The children of aliens, born here in England, are, generally speaking, natural-born subjects, and entitled to all the privileges of such.

It’s possible that “natural-born citizen” has since been broadened to include children of U.S. citizens born overseas (a 1790 Act of Congress specified that, “The children of citizens of the United States, that may be born beyond sea, or out of the limits of the United States, shall be considered as natural-born citizens").

He is wrong. It is not an adaptation of natural born subject, even though natural born citizen shares two of the three words with the other concept. Oh, and that 1790 Act was overturned in 1795, which he fails to mention. Even the best lawyer is a weasel dick. They argue for or against a topic. Searching for and declaring the actual truth has nothing to do with it.

What is a natural born citizen? It is someone born in this country whose parents are already citizens of this country. Period. Full stop. And that’s all there is to it.

I am a natural born citizen because I was born in this country and both my parents were born here as well, and their parents were citizens when they were born which thus made them natural born citizens. All my grandparents were born here too, although one of them might not have qualified as natural born because her parents came here from Germany, and I have no idea who things worked in the 1890s and I don’t know if they were naturalized citizens by the time granny popped out. But that was generations ago, so it isn’t germane.

It seems we go through this every presidential election cycle. I think what is needed is a SCOTUS decision. And that will never happen, because an honest decision, true to original intent would also torpedo the anchor baby concept that’s been around for 4 decades now. And probably squash the legality of dual citizenship too. And we do not have brave, honest, true Americans on the Supreme Court who are willing or able to make bold, proper decisions. Without the slightest doubt in my mind, this should be a 5 minute, 9-0 decision, made for clarification purposes alone - not delayed forever until some case with standing worms it’s way upwards.

I’m going to add this to my list of life truths:

•  Sulfur is properly spelled sulphur.


•   Eohippus is the Dawn Horse. No other taxonomy name is correct. There is no relation to the rock hyrax, so putting the original horse in the order Hyracotherium was a mistake.

•  The big long dinosaur was a brontosaurus

•  A shark is not a fish, dammit, it is an elasmobranch. Real fish have scales, gill pumps, and a swim bladder. Creating a new intermediate order called “bony fishes” to include both is cheating, especially if you don’t also include dolphins who, by that redefinition should also be fish. Fish who are mammals. No, this is wrong.

•  Ok, I now grudgingly nearly accept that Pluto is not an actual planet, “merely” a dwarf planet or planetoid, because somebody either moved the definition goalposts or because science has advanced enough to go there and find out how big the thing actually is. Pluto 1473 miles across, 2/3 the size of our moon. Mercury still counts as a planet. Mercury is 1516 miles across, a whopping big 43 miles larger. Oh puh-lease. So my grudgingly is very grudgingly. OTOH, given that Pluto has 5 moons, one moon called Chiron which is half the size of Pluto, perhaps it should be called a double planet or a multi-planet.


•  A natural born citizen is someone who is born within the desmenses of a country and both of whose parents are already citizens of that country.

I got so worked up about this yesterday I went out an bought a copy of Law of Nations, and while I was at the digital bookstore I got a copy of the writings of John Locke.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/14/2020 at 10:43 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - August 13, 2020

Of course she isn’t, but you’re uninformed and intellectually lazy so she’ll get away with it

Here we should be going again with the natural born citizen thing. And just like Obama, Kamala Harris does not qualify as such.  Not that most anyone else can understand the concept, or knows that it is very important to care about this and why. So should be going won’t even get off the ground. This will not even be brought up in passing, much less discussed, debated, and ruled on. It. Does. Not. Exist. Because ... raycis!!!

Les ancres ne sont pas les naturelles

( The anchors are not the naturals )

“All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.”

14th Amendment, Section 1, 1868

It is abundantly clear that “subject to the jurisdiction thereof” means exclusively subject to the jurisdiction thereof, which means not in any way beholden to the whims or powers of a foreign government. This was clearly understood by all until fairly recently.

Yes, she was born in the USA. Neither of her parents were citizens at the time. This makes her an anchor baby. According the the 14th Amendment, anchor babies are not citizens. This isn’t a “strict” reading of the amendment, it is a plain reading thereof. Original intent is easy to find in the Congressional Record of the day. The only “reason” that they are considered such these days is due to a single footnote in the 5-4 1982 SCOTUS decision Plyer v. Doe, added to the majority opinion by Justice Brennan:

“no plausible distinction with respect to Fourteenth Amendment ‘jurisdiction’ can be drawn between resident aliens whose entry into the United States was lawful, and resident aliens whose entry was unlawful.”

This weakening of the meaning of jurisdiction within the 14th - that it sees the term as meaning subject to the laws of this nation, and not solely subject to those laws (ie not being also subject to the laws of some other country, as is the legal situation of illegal immigrants) - was a part of the Plyer case, which dealt with Texas’s claim that school funding should not be granted to illegal immigrant children. And of course, Brennan’s footnote comment overlooks that such illegals have no right to be here at all.

Right.

Harris’ parents were a citizen of India and a citizen of Jamaica. While she herself was born in California, and shortly thereafter went to Canada, where she spent nearly all her formative years, she qualifies as a citizen by the anchor baby misconception. Being a citizen does not make you a natural born citizen.

The entire concept of natural born citizen comes from a French book called The Laws of Nations, which was written in 1758 and is the only book or exterior document referenced in the US Constitution. It was used extensively by the Framers, far more than the code of English Common Law, which they strongly felt did not apply to the USA, although they borrowed large parts of it ... as our own law.  Anyway, in The Laws of Nations it says:

“Les naturels, ou indigenes, sont ceux qui sont nes dans le pays, de parens citoyens”

A direct translation is “The natural, or indigenous, are those who are born in the country, of parents who are citizens”.

While there was an 1797 update to the english version of the book, which clarified that line to read “The natives, or natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens.”

This is a rather strict definition. To be a natural born citizen, you need to be born here and both your parents need to be citizens when you are born. Not just born here, and not with just one parent a citizen, regardless of where you were born.

Later extensions to the concept allowed “here” to include territories of the country (eg Guam and Puerto Rico), areas controlled by the country (eg military bases), land considered part of the country that was in other countries (eg consulates and embassies), and things controlled by the government of the country (eg military aircraft and ships that happen to be outside the confines of the country at the moment of birth). This is how John McCain, born at a military base in another country, was deemed a valid candidate.

[ “naturels” is the masculine form of the word, “naturelles” is the feminine form. French is so sexist, but both words mean the same thing. ]

Merely being born to two citizen parents is insufficient. Merely being born within our country is insufficient. This is a precise and sharply focused concept, and about the only time it every applies is when someone is considering running for President or Vice President, although it should probably apply to any elected representative who could possibly be in the chain of succession.

This application of the Constitution will be ignored and denied by the media and everyone else. Because “birthers”. People are so terrified of being called a name that they are willing to ignore the law, the history of the law, and the true meaning and intent of the law. That’s beyond sad. It’s beyond cowardly. It’s apathetic, pathetic, and bathetic.




Read more if you want, in great detail with clear explanations of case law over the years, plus how we’ve now been lead astray, when and by whom:

http://www.conservativehq.com/article/30722-kamala-harris-anchor-baby-not-%E2%80%98natural-born-citizen%E2%80%99-united-states

https://www.dagnyintel.com/post/kamala-harris-is-not-eligible-to-be-president-the-natural-born-citizen-requirement

https://naturalborncitizen.wordpress.com/2008/12/06/urgent-historical-breakthrough-proof-chester-arthur-concealed-he-was-a-british-subject-at-birth/


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/13/2020 at 11:25 AM   
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calendar   Wednesday - August 12, 2020

Walter White Moved To Holland?

Netherlands Cops Find Giant Crack Cocaine Lab In School


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Dutch police have uncovered what they described as the biggest cocaine laboratory ever discovered in the Netherlands, leading to the arrest of 17 suspects from Colombia, Turkey and the Netherlands.

The drug lab was hidden at a former horse riding school in Nijeveen, some 75 miles from Amsterdam, police said in a statement Tuesday.

Police raided the riding school on Friday, discovering tens of thousands of liters of chemicals and 220 pounds of crack cocaine. Sleeping quarters and recreation areas were also found at the site.
The facility was equipped to produce up to 440 pounds of cocaine a day, officials said.

The facility was equipped to produce up to 440 pounds of cocaine a day, officials said. (Politie Landelijke Eenheid)

“This is the largest cocaine laboratory ever found in the Netherlands,” police chief Andre van Rijn said in the statement.

Van Rijn said the lab was equipped to produce 330-440 pounds (150-200 kilograms) of cocaine a day, with a street value of $5.3-9.4 million (4.5-8 million euros).


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/12/2020 at 11:29 AM   
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TLH? Typical Leftist Hypocrites

This sounds like it could be one of those urban legends.

How Dare You!!

An anonymous poster on Reddit’s “Am I the A--h---” subreddit said he started a meat-eating club at his job in response to a coworker’s vegan-only club.

He claimed that one of his colleagues started a vegan dinner club exclusively for their coworkers following a vegan, vegetarian or pescatarian diet. Other coworkers “will not be able to join the club,” the poster said the group’s “statement of purpose” read.

In response, the poster claimed that he and some other meat-eating coworkers started a burger and steak club to go out and try new restaurants each week. They only allowed meat-eaters to join. However, members of the vegan club filed a complaint with the company’s human resources department.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/12/2020 at 11:20 AM   
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