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Once Again, The One And Only Post

November 28, 2022

Nope, not right now, no matter what!!

Right now I’m living without a toilet. The tile uncoupling membrane went on this morning, so the bathroom is shut until that dries. And the toilet had to come out for the membrane to go in. Lucky me, there are decent public bathrooms at the local grocery store, Walmart, diner, and the Tiger Mart gas station 2 miles down the road (open 24-7), and we have a really great neighbor. So I’ll manage.

We can’t shift the new toilet over 4” as planned, as the offset flange was already right shifted ( I thought it was left shifted ) and is set in concrete. So it can be done, but at a huge effort and cost. Not worth it. And it will meet lateral distance code as it is. So, whatever. There are always little setbacks in a reno project; some things you want just can’t be done. Move on.

And soon we’ll have a really nice tile floor. On the contractor’s advice we zipped out yesterday to find a stone threshold that coordinated better with the floor tiles. Found something is brilliant white. Better than the almond one that was there. But I solve project dilemmas in my dreams, so I woke up with the solution. Called up the stoneyard that’s doing our countertops, and there’s enough in the remnant slab we’re having the vanity countertop made from to do a threshold too. So it’s a perfect match, and that stone (Cambria Ironsbridge) is just right with the Satori gris hexagonal tile going on the floor. It’s going to be swank.


Helluva coincidence

Just Day After Bidens Left Martha’s Vineyard After Thanksgiving Getaway, All 5 Secret Service Rented Vehicles Catch On Fire

President Biden’s rented Secret Service vehicles burst into flames in a parking lot Monday, just one day after he left his Nantucket vacation.

Biden spent Thanksgiving on the ritzy Massachusetts island with his family last week. The Secret Service rented five vehicles from Hertz to carry the president and his family, and all five of them caught fire in the parking lot, according to footage first obtained by the Nantucket Current.

Footage shows firefighters spraying down the smoldering remains of one vehicle’s engine block. The five vehicles included a Chevy Suburban, Ford Explorer, Infiniti QX80, Ford Expedition, and a Jeep Gladiator.

The vehicles were parked at the Nantucket airport and the blaze reportedly spread to just 40 feet away from the facility’s jet fuel tanks. It is currently unknown what caused the fire. Fox News reached out to the White House for information, but they did not immediately respond.

“At approximately 5:22 am Airport shift staff observed an active fire in the rental car overflow area through the Airport’s Closed Circuit Television System,” the airport said in a statement to the Current. “Staff activated the Alert system and responded to the fire in Airport-3, where they were met by responding units from Nantucket Fire Department and Nantucket Police Department.”


The future of public toilets has arrived in San Francisco!

72 hours later ...

San Francisco’s new space-age public toilet breaks down after three days


No, it wasn’t overloaded. Something went wrong with the seat lowering mechanism. “Mechanism”? You mean a hinge? Maybe. Maybe some seriously heavy person sat on it, or somebody vandalized it. I dunno.

But it was free!! Not the $1.7 million lie that disinformation campaigns had been circulating. No, while SF didn’t pay for the loo, they did allow the contractor company to put up 117 advertising kiosks, which otherwise would have cost ... about $1.7 million.


Hire a freak, get freakish behavior?

Genderfluid Deputy Assisant DOE Secretary Arrested For Stealing Luggage


How’s this for a career ender?

Sam Brinton, a senior Energy Department (DOE) official, was charged with stealing a traveler’s luggage in the Minneapolis airport in September, shortly before quietly taking a leave of absence.

Brinton — who serves as the DOE’s deputy assistant secretary for spent fuel and waste disposition — allegedly took a Vera Bradley suitcase worth $2,325 from the luggage carousel at the Minneapolis St. Paul Airport (MSP) on Sept. 16, according to a criminal complaint filed on Oct. 26 in Minnesota state court and obtained by Fox News Digital. Brinton had traveled from Washington, D.C., to MSP that day.

After the suitcase’s owner alerted police, officers reviewed video surveillance of the carousel and identified Brinton taking the luggage before removing its tag identifying the owner, the court filings stated. Law enforcement observed Brinton using the luggage during at least two other trips to Washington, D.C., on Sept. 18 and Oct. 9.

Then, on Oct. 9, Brinton denied stealing anything when a police officer called to discuss the incident. Brinton confirmed still possessing the suitcase.

Brinton was ultimately charged with felony theft of a movable property without consent, a charge that could result in a five-year sentence, $10,000 fine or both.

Minnesota-based outlet Alpha News first reported the charges against Brinton on Monday.

Brinton was placed on leave about a month ago and another official was named as a replacement in the interim earlier this month, according to the Exchange Monitor which tracks government hires. The DOE originally didn’t explain why Brinton took leave at the time.

Flight records show that he had no luggage when he boarded this flight, so he had no reason to go to the baggage claim area. They have video of him picking up this super expensive bag, tearing off the baggage tag and putting that in his purse. They also have several CCTV vids of him carrying that bag on several flights, including IIRC one to Europe.

Don’t know what hotel he went to after “accidentally” taking the bag, but it’s a good bet that hotel saved the clothes he claimed he left in the hotel dresser when he realized they weren’t his. Odds are pretty good that they were a whole lot higher quality than Old Navy or Walmart duds, packed into that $2,300 bag.

And isn’t it just too darn slick that DOE didn’t bother to mention WHY Brinton was on a leave of absence just 4 months after taking this position? That he stole the bag so casually makes me wonder if he has a long standing theft habit, on top of all his other charming quirks. Hope he hasn’t been stuffing his other stolen bags with nuclear waste.

Deputy assistant secretaries at Cabinet agencies are the kind of positions, which do not require Senate confirmation. Brinton has had an infamous history of promoting sexual kinks related to animal role-playing. In 2017, they gave a talk on ‘kink exploration’ at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Describing their personal experience with ‘pup play,’ domination, and ‘safe choking,’ Brinton talked about one of their fetishes involving tying up their partner like a table and eating dinner on him while watching Star Trek.

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November 28, 2022

Attempted Jailbreak !!


No, nothing happened. But today was our kittehs’ every other year trip to the vet. So we had to corral them both into the same cat carrier at the same time. One was mostly complacent about it, the other was having none of it thank you, this is war, you have to sleep sometime and I will get revenge.

We got them in, with only a small scratch or two and a bruised finger.

A whole pile of money later, they’ve been poked, prodded, temperature probed, stethoscoped, and had blood drawn for testing. Sniffles has a cold or something, so she got a shot and eyewash and some pills. Oh yeah, I am SO looking forward to giving that cat a half pill twice a day.

We’ll get the test results tomorrow.


Going into Day 4 without a problem.


I haven’t done a Covid post in a long time.

How To Say “The Jabs Are Poison” In 2,800 Words Nobody Can Understand

Well, not every nobody obviously. This fairly long essay delves into the disruptive and damaging mechanism of the covid spike protein, shows what may be the root underlying cause of all the side effects of the disease and the “treatment” offered. In short, you don’t want these spike proteins in you, no matter where they come from or how they were created. And it all boils down to their destructive work on your cell’s ability to transport oxygen.

 “Recent evidence shows that SARS-CoV-2 is capable of affecting the genetics and dynamics of erythrocytes and this coexists with a non-homeostatic function of cardiovascular, respiratory and renal systems during COVID-19. In hypothesis, SARS-CoV-2-induced systematical alterations of erythrocytes dynamics would constitute a set point for COVID-19-related multiple organ failure syndrome and death.”


Plasmodium falciparum is a deadly species of Plasmodium that causes malaria in humans. It does its damage by infecting red blood cells (RBCs) and causes extensive changes in these cells which can ultimately result in hemolysis (rupture of the RBC). Plasmodium falciparum can enter RBCs via the receptor Cluster of Differentiation 147 (CD147). Once inside RBCs, Plasmodium falciparum feasts on hemoglobin. Subsequently, hemolysis causes a reduction in oxygen supply to all the tissues and organs in the body that require oxygen, which is literally all of the tissues and organs.

No oxygen supply = death.

Interestingly, SARS-nCoV-2 has also been shown to infect cells via CD147. SARS-nCoV-2 has also been associated with disruption of hemoglobin levels. The mechanism of action may involve the ability of SARS-nCoV-2 to attack the 1-beta chain of hemoglobin to capture its porphyrin and subsequently inhibit heme metabolism.

The disease induced by Plasmodium falciparum, Malaria, is curable using (Hydroxy)chloroquine.

“Antimalarial drugs such as chloroquine and possibly artemisinin inhibit hemoglobin detoxification by Plasmodium, underscoring the importance of this process for malarial viability”.  Interestingly, studies have shown that hydroxychloroquine is also effective in the context of SARS-nCoV-2 and COVID-1

Funny, this was known, or at least hypothesized (backed up by research) two years ago. And hotly denied by TPTB, with those saying this heresy canceled and silenced. Same thing happened to those who figured out early on that the ‘rona was a blood disease, probably more than it was a lung disease. And all those doctors and researchers who said the spike protein all by itself was harmful, or that the massive blood clots coroners keep finding, or the enormous jump in myocarditis cases .... tinfoil hat wearing anti-vax heretics who need to be burned at the stake.

No kidding ... the spike protein is poison, of a kind. The new awareness in this essay is that it works in a similar way to one of the flavors of malaria, which is a parasitic bacteria. And we know what works against malaria, and what works against parasites.

Still, this essay is worth a read even if you don’t know most of the terms. When your blood can’t carry enough oxygen all sorts of bad things happen.

Hypothesis: The SARS-nCoV-2 virus infects the RBCs using the spike protein via the CD147 receptor on RBCs causing hemolysis. This causes the release of massive amounts of hemoglobin. The spike protein, due to its amyloidogenic peptides, triggers mis-folding of the hemoglobin into amyloid fibrils causing subsequent systemic blood clots. If this pathology is spike protein induced, then there’s no reason not to implicate the spike protein arising from the COVID-19 injections in systemic micro-clotting observed clinically.

Question: Is SARS-nCoV-2-associated systemic micro-clotting due to spike protein-induced hemolysis resulting in amyloid plaque formation?

My opinion is YES.

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November 25, 2022

So we survived the holiday. Me, just barely. Too much to eat and waaay too much to drink. Bit of a hangover this morning.

I am going to swear off the booze for a while. I drink too much. I developed a drinking habit during the lockdown, and it might be approaching a kind of alcohol dependency by now. I’ve been having 2, sometimes 3 or 4 drinks every evening. And sometimes when the panic attacks hit over the stress of this home improvement project, I’d get up in the middle of the night, solve whatever the latest problem was, and have another belt to get back to sleep. Sometimes I’d have another belt to get to sleep. And that’s too much. I think it’s impacting my judgement and my emotions at this point, even when I’m not having any. Time to stop.

So I’m cutting myself off. I’ve made it through 27 hours now, and the urge isn’t really there. Some things are habit forming because you build a habit around them. It’s like smoking. Half the cigarettes you have, you have because you always have one or two at this point in the day. If I’m outside grilling, I always have a Manhattan. Or two. Habit. Break the habits. We’ll see how I fare in another couple days, but I’m going to take it a day at a time. And if it gets real itchy, an hour at a time. But I can beat this. And it’s probably less of a habit than I fear it is, so beating it can be done. I hope. Big words now after just a day. If I can go a couple months without any of it, then I’ll feel I’ve beaten it. And if I start really going crazy, then I’ll know the situation is worse than I thought, going from regular use to dependency to addiction. And that will mean fighting the fight every day, forever. But I’m worth it.


Bowling Blogging!!
First position round at No Longer Cheap league. Which means we’re 12 weeks into the season of 35 weeks, and we have 13 teams on this league. So we played the Management team, who we rolled against on the first night of this season and beat them 7-0. They seemed to be having problems in the first 2 games, so were we, but to a lesser extent. So we won those. We were up by 179 at the end of G2. Then they somehow “remembered” how to bowl. Yikes. But we pulled it out a bit too, and in the end, while they won G3, they didn’t quite take wood. So we won 5-2 tonight. They’re still in 3rd place, we’re still in 4th place, but we’ve closed the gap to just a point or two. It’s nice to not be in dead last place for a change. Hope this lasts.

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November 24, 2022


Happy Thanksgiving Everybody!!

I’ve been at work in the kitchen since 6am. I’ve got two pies done and cooling, and the bread is on it’s second rise.

And that’s it. Nothing fancy this year. I made the excuse that our house is torn apart, and my mixer broke. Both are true. But then she brings home a new mixer. So I came up with a recipe, and messed with it until it came out right. So the final version uses a bit less whole wheat flour, replaced with a little AP, a 65% hydration rate, activated yeast, bakes at 450 for 20 minutes in the Dutch Oven with the lid on after being spritzed with water, 20 minutes with the lid off, then comes out to cool for a couple minutes while I give it an egg wash that has a small pinch of salt in it. Back in a 400 oven for 10-15, then onto a cooling rack cantilevered over the slightly open oven door to cure as the oven cools. And all that gives a nice firm and tall loaf with a really crisp crust, nice and shiny.

This is where I do my annual Thanksgiving gripe. The pie recipes all call for a pie shell considerably larger than the joke things they sell in the grocery store as “deep dish”. They ain’t. Not even close. Made pumpkin pie this morning, the standard Libbys recipe: one regular can of pumpkin (used to be 16oz once upon a time) and one can of Carnation condensed milk. Makes 1 pie. Um, no. It now makes a pie and a half. So I made another iteration, and baked 2 pies, and have enough filling in a covered bowl in the fridge to make a 3rd pie. I was going to take a picture of how the commercial pie crust is lost inside an actual glass deep dish pie pan, but if you bake then you already know.

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November 23, 2022

Personal humor

As I sit here at my PC, isolated behind a mountain of boxes containing all our new kitchen cabinets, the new sink, and other kitchen bits, Home Depot sends me a sales email titled “Your New Kitchen Is Within Reach”. Yeah, no kidding. It’s only inches away from my left elbow actually.


Getting ready for Thanksgiving. We’re going to her dad’s place, so I’ll make a pumpkin pie and a loaf of bread. Wifely picked up a new mixer so I’ll use that, but then it’s going back to the store. Although the motor is nice and strong and the unit doesn’t vibrate or walk across the countertop, the dough hook does a very poor job of getting dough off the bottom of the mixing bowl, and the beater height is not adjustable. So fail, which means take it back. I’m ordering the safety gear for my KitchenAid. Maybe I should buy 2, because I know it will fail again. This is all my fault, because I’m using an aftermarket dough hook made from a 1/2” bar of stainless steel that weighs about 2 pounds. That’s more mass than the mixer can handle with another 2 pounds of dough, and it’s just too much at the higher speeds I use to get that “slap and fold” kneading action.

I should do a couple loads of laundry so I have clean clothes to wear.


Meanwhile the contractor is off until Monday. The building permits should be ready by then. I hope. Get them, and schedule inspections.

Meanwhile we have no finished floor in the bathroom, as he’s starting on the tile, and removed all the old stuff. So it’s pretty raw in there. And cold. At least he cleaned up pretty good, so there’s no chips or concrete dust.


I have to spend quite a bit of time today organizing project parts and their receipts, to try to take them back to the stores. I think there are bits from about 4 orders at this point, but as the ductwork is complete, I don’t need the extras. And HD was slow with an order, so I have to cancel that in person, as it came in after the contractor took an alternate approach to get the job done. Can’t really blame this on “supply chain issues”; the parts were in stock at their central warehouse. They just took too long to get them to their local store for me to pick up. So, too bad. No sale.


Plenty of other clean up tasks to do here too. The entire house is a rolling disaster area, and things need to be put away, thrown away, put back in the garage or in closets ... heck, we need to put the hall closet back together for the 4th time now, as that’s where the hatch to the attic is, and he’s done up there. For now.


I’ve got to get up to Walmart to get a few things. Cat food, refill prescriptions, etc. Not much of a trip, and the place is hardly a mile away. I just have to make the time to get over there and get it done.


Did you see this one the other day? Local school board elections, most of the Berkeley County SC schoolboard is now members of Moms For Liberty members. They came in on day one, took over, fired several people and replaced them with conservatives, banned CRT and trans BS, explicitly sexual books in the school libraries, and so on. Too bad, so sad. Let’s see how this plays out.

Heck, maybe they’ll go so far as to set a pro-America scholastic agenda and cut out all the Marxist nonsense. Wow.

On Tuesday evening, the Berkeley County School District in South Carolina swore in the board members who were elected last week, six of whom were endorsed by the conservative activist group Moms for Liberty.

Within two hours, the school board had voted to fire the district’s first Black superintendent (replaced by another Black superintendent BTW), terminate the district’s lawyer, ban critical race theory and set up a committee to decide whether certain books and materials should be banned from schools.

In addition, the board voted to replace the chair with Mac McQuillin, a local attorney and one of the board members backed by Moms for Liberty.

The rapid moves Tuesday in the Berkeley County district, the fourth largest in the state, showed the impact of Moms for Liberty’s focus on electing conservative school board members, and prompted uproar among some community members in attendance.


Too Big To Fail, But Not Too Big To Bail Out

US FED pumps billions into Credit Suisse. Company is going belly up anyway. >88% of the money has been pulled out this quarter so far.

One month ago, weeks before the crypto sector was shaken by the crushing FTX bankrun which led to a quick and painful bankruptcy, and revealed that one of the world’s biggest crypto exchanges and its “JPMorgan-esque” owner were nothing but hollow shells of fraud, another bank was suffering from a far bigger bank run.

Readers will recall that in mid-October we reported that the Fed was quietly wiring increasingly greater dollar amounts to the Swiss National Bank - which eventually peaked at around $11 billion weekly - which in turn was then using these dollar swap lines to plug USD funding holes within one or more Swiss commercial banks.

One didn’t need to be a rocket surgeon to figure out that the bank in question was Credit Suisse, which had seen its stock tumble amid a relentless barrage of scandals, corporate mistakes and the occasional fraud (that we know of), and which we said was likely suffering from a painful behind-the-scenes bank run.

Fast forward one month, when this morning the 2nd largest Swiss bank confirmed our worst-case speculation, admitting that it had just gone through a staggering bank run in which clients pulled as much as 84 billion Swiss francs, or $88.3 billion, of their money from the bank during the first few weeks of the quarter, underlining ongoing concerns over the bank’s restructuring efforts after years of scandals.



Yeah, when the environmental destruction is in the far corners of the world, it doesn’t count.


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November 21, 2022

Hi blog. Not much new to report. I’m really tired and my knees hurt like mad. I don’t think I’m sick. Feel ok, just the knee and thumb joint pain really drag me down. Hard to walk more than 50 yards. A couple Aleve and a swig of Polish blackberry brandy helps a lot.


project update

OTOH, we now have 3 fully completed ducts in the attic. Sealed, taped, insulated, properly suspended, and of the right diameters to meet the darn IRC codes. Plus vent caps, spray painted to nearly match the vinyl siding. Installed “good enough” for now - it’s really cold out and vinyl can shatter if you cut it when it’s too cold - with a promise to put in the J channel when it gets warmer. Not that anyone here really cares. But I do. I want it done perfectly.


The little bit of blue tape along the shingles marks the point directly across the breezeway from the vent cap on the neighbor’s unit. So we got pretty close, but there’s no headroom in the attic at that point. And they’re further down the roof than we said we’d try for, so everybody better be happy.

I know, this looks like nothing, and my excitement seems meaningless. But all this is the result of 4 days of work, a week of neurosis over the building codes, several hundred more dollars spent on duct, mastic, tape, hangers, etc., plus cutting, fitting, and crimping. And it’s code compliant from one end to the other, all 3 lines. (the little fan in the laundry room has a proper vent cap on it with a flap, but it’s mounted underneath one of the roof vents in the attic, so at least in theory it also vents directly to the outside. That one is a rarely-ever-used fan, so good enough. The dryer and the bathroom vent come out the side wall).

So when the permits come through, we ask for an inspection. Which we will pass. Then we can put in the switches, the ceiling, the walls, the tiles, etc, and actually make them into rooms again. Trust me, I am SO tired of looking at raw insulating and wiring, while using a shower with great big sheets of heavy plastic hanging on it.

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November 20, 2022

We, all of us, are living in whacko world. The inmates in charge of this asylum get crazier every day. I could on and on, but if you even graze the news, or any commentary site online, then you’re already aware of it, in every aspect of the world and phase of your life. And it’s only going to get worse before it gets better, but that won’t be until a few generations after the Great Die Off. I mean great reset, and the inevitable purge, wars, starvation, vax effect aided deaths and birth rate declines, the ever increasing stupidification of everyone, and the next several engineered killer pandemics.

Human population passed 8 billion the other day. That’s 2 and 2/3 as many humans as when I was born. Maybe we do need a massive culling. Problem is, the ones that will be culled won’t be the right ones. The hordes of useless hungry mouths will the ones that survive. The ones who work, create, and try to improve things will be the first to go. So bye bye. And then another 1000 years of darkness will ensue. There’s no escaping that. The poor, stupid, and starving won’t be able to even use, much less maintain the existing systems or improve them or think up anything new. In 100 years, clean running water from a pipe will be a miracle. We will fall, just like Rome. The barbarians always win.

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We won 4-3 in No Long Cheap league Friday night, missing out on total wood by 5 points.  Ouch. I was a little under average all night, 503 series. But everyone else was having a hard night too. But we’re actually in 4th place, so that’s not bad. Position round next week.


Project update:

The vent caps have been painted to as close to the “pebblestone clay” color of the siding as we could find. We got a few lengths of J channel from the maintenance guys to make the install look nice. Our contractor has finally had his license renewed by the state, and he’s filing the building permits for us Monday. That’s about as backwards as it gets, but it’s good now. Hopefully he’ll have a contract written up for us to sign as well.

We’re pretty much ready for plumbing, electrical, construction, and fire code inspection at this point, at least at the first “pre-closure” level. Which means the code guys come over and look at stuff, say yes or no, and if they say yes we can start putting up wallboard and tiles, and start putting down flooring. So who knows, we may have a finished bathroom and laundry room by Christmas.

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November 17, 2022

Bowling blogging!!

Well, we took 5 at Old Guys league last night. It wasn’t easy, but we managed. I was a hair over average in the first 2 games, and the only reason I did as well as 3 hairs under average in the last game is because I went X XXX in 9 and 10 and put another 60 points on my score. I just couldn’t find the right line, couldn’t even get a mark, and just gave up and slammed the ball down the lane in the last frames. And it worked. I finished with a pathetic 157 for a 508 series. Everyone else on my team rolled over 200 for Game 3.

More importantly, we won the beer frame, which is truly a rare thing for us. So we move up to 11th place, and we’re facing a really tough team next week.


The contractor is up in the attic all day again, running the 3 ducts and hopefully doing things right. At some point he’ll have to drill through the outside wall to mount the vent caps. Not sure if that’s going to happen today or not. Like everything else in this project, half the job is figuring out what the problems are and how to solve them. Then, once I run out and spend more money for more stuff, they can be solved. Mostly.

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November 16, 2022

Busy time here, as usual. Ducting going in up in the attic space. Waiting on deliveries is becoming the norm, and that slows everything down. A fair number of standard materials and items are not in stock anymore. Oh sure, we can order you some. And they’ll be here in a few days. This is why I purchased as much as I could ahead of time, and that made me take a bunch of guesses on what would be needed. And I didn’t always guess right. Doing the best I can.


So Donald Trump has declared 2 years out that he’s running for President again. Well that will shake up a lot of people, and it gives him a long time to put out his ideas and views, which hopefully will convince people to put this country back together the way it ought to be.

My secret hope is that he puts together a panel of smart folks behind the scenes, and develops and tests (at small and large scale) abuse resistant voting methodologies and systems. Make it for 3 cost levels. Shouldn’t be that hard; the ideas have been out there forever. Then he needs to go on and on about it everywhere every day. Find people from every county in every state, have his people learn each local system. And point out the problems publicly. But try to do it the nice way, not the loud mouth grating NYC asshole way. More flies with honey, right? My point is, if masses of people learn the frailties of their local voting and counting system, and have it brought to their awareness often enough and publicly enough, then maybe they’ll want action. Of course, if the entire GOP picked up an election integrity plank, would it hurt?

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November 13, 2022

What kind of detergent do you use to launder digital money?

a href="">The first huge scandal to blow up in the face of the Democrats after the midterms has happened even before all of the votes have been counted - as I write this, only 72% of the votes have been counted in Alaska and only 88% have been counted in Arizona.

FTX, a crypto exchange, has filed for bankruptcy, with only $900 million in liquid assets and $9 billion in liabilities. Among the list of dubious other “assets” held by the exchange is a $7.3 million bet for Trump to lose the election in 2024. This bet is a real head-scratcher, as Trump has not officially announced that he is running in 2024, which presumably would be a prerequisite for him to lose in 2024. It is also odd, even for Wall Street, for bets on election outcomes to be listed as assets owned by companies.

[ follow this link and watch the video.

FTX was being run by children. Ok, youths in their early 20s, who broke all the rules, and dressed like campus bums ]

The head of the company, until he resigned on Friday, was Sam Bankman-Fried. He was the second largest individual donor to the Democrats in the 2022 election cycle, with total donations to them of $36,793,956. Only George Soros, with a total of $128,475,971, gave that party and its candidates more money.

This is a really weird thing. And another crypto currency that went belly up, this one just after the mid-term elections. which is likely to have funneled millions to the DNC. Through Ukraine of course. And Brinkman-Fried may have run off the Argentina. SSDD.


Your Daily RACISM !!

subtitle in internet-speak: play stupid games, win stupid prizes
categories: media-bias, minorities, you were trying to create a situation, and everything is racist to you

911 Called on BLACK girl spraying bugs

Nine-year-old Bobbi Wilson was hoping to do her part in the state’s battle against lanternflies. Using a home remedy she’d discovered on TikTok, the girl went out in her Caldwell neighborhood to fight the invasive species, spraying the trees and sidewalks with a solution of dish soap and apple cider vinegar.

Yet that simple act got the police called on Bobbi, who is Black, after a neighbor dialed 911 saying he was suspicious and scared, according to her mother, Monique Joseph.

On Nov. 1, Joseph appeared at a Caldwell Borough Council meeting and told her daughter’s story, saying she hopes it will spark a conversation in the Essex County community about racial bias, diversity and equity.

“Racism, intentional or not, is still racism,” Joseph told borough leaders.

In the Oct. 22 police call, the neighbor told dispatchers, “There’s a little Black woman, walking, spraying stuff on the sidewalks and trees. … I don’t know what the hell she’s doing, scares me though,” according to Joseph’s account to the council.

“I’m not here to label anyone, only to share my point of view as a Black woman, a Black mother and a Black resident in this town, to bring awareness on racism and implicit bias that we experienced on the very street that we live on,” Joseph said.

Joseph said her neighbor, Gordon Lawshe, used triggering words during the 911 call when he reported he was “scared,” and that Bobbi was wearing a “hood.” Those words have resulted in the deaths of Black and brown people at the hands of police before, Joseph said.

The neighbor, Gordon Lawshe, lives right across the street. With that name, my guess is that he’s white. You’d think he’d recognize the kid who lives right across the street, and maybe venture out to ask her what she’s doing? Or maybe he took the “safe” way out, having been the recipient of the death glare, the mouth, and buckets of attitude from these neighbors in the past? We’ll never know. His lawyer says he wasn’t doing racial profiling, merely providing a description. In the video you can see that at least 3 cop cars showed up.

And if some kid was spraying unknown stuff on my trees and sidewalk, you’re damn right I’d call the cops. WTH. Did she have a permit? Did she have adult supervision? Probably not.

And it turns out that Lawshe is a local politician. A Republican. And a white guy. And I’m sure you’re aware of the acts of violence and protests etc that have occurred at politician’s homes. Remember a year or so ago when “an abundance of caution” was the watchword? [ pull up 15 Elizabeth Street on Google Maps Street View. Note the “Love Lives Here” sign in his front yard ] Lawshe, the “politician”, had been a councilman for the community, a position that he resigned from more than 12 years ago, and then took a job as the sports membersjip director at the local community center. Yeah, he’s a big political player for sure.

But no, let’s make it about race. Because we’re always the victims. And some of us are professional victims, going out of their way to provoke situations they can cry about.


Texas Air Show Collision, Lives Lost, WWII B-17 Bomber And P-36 Fighter Destroyed

an instant before the P-36 fighter hit the B-17 bomber

Two World War II-era planes collided and crashed while performing a flyover at a commemorative event in Texas on Saturday, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement. It was not immediately clear how many people were on the planes.

A Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and a Bell P-63 Kingcobra were participating in the Air Force’s Wings Over Dallas air show when they collided mid-air near the Dallas Executive Airport just before 1:30 p.m. local time, the FAA said.

Many short videos of the collision on social media:

Tragedy has struck at a Texas airshow, with two antique aircraft colliding in midair.

A World War II-era P-63 Kingcobra fighter struck a Boeing B-17 bomber during the airshow in Dallas on Saturday, according to KXAS-TV.

Cellphone video of the catastrophic crash reveals the fighter approaching the bomber from above, possibly out of the bomber pilot’s line of sight.

Both planes plummeted to the ground in pieces after the collision and exploded on impact.

And the ace reporters at MSN get things exactly backwards of course:

The Wings Over Dallas Airshow was on full display when a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress crashed into Bell P-63 King Cobra from behind. Both planes immediately went into a nose dive before crashing into a runway and exploding.

There were six crew members in the planes that did not survive the crash, according to a report. Fatalities have not been verified by local authorities.

[ I’m not expecting anyone to be a history buff or a plane spotter or anything like that, but if you don’t know what a B-17 is and what one looks like, you are not an American. ]

There were two things going on in the air at the time. The bomber was doing a slow flyover, and the fighter was doing a high speed pursuit fly-by with another plane.

Both airplanes were at low altitude. The fighter came down from 8 o’clock (relative to the bomber) and was executing a banked turn up and to the left. Due to the long nose of the fighter and it’s low mounted wing, it’s possible that the pilot never even saw the bomber. The impact was just at or aft of the B-17’s left wing root; the collision shattered to fighter to pieces and cut the bombers fuselage in half. Both planes hit the ground less than 2 seconds later and fireballed. I don’t think anyone in either airplane survived.

There are very few B-17s left and almost no P-36s.

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November 12, 2022

So, what’s new with you? I turned 62 yesterday. And I was feeling every one of those years. I really wanted to go find some kids somewhere and yell at them to get off my lawn. Instead I tried on some ill fitting pants and pulled the waistband halfway to my armpits to see how it looked. Sadly, it’s not a fashion statement I’m quite prepared to embrace. I am at the stage though where I feel my New Balance sneakers (official old guy shoes) can go with everything.


We lost 3-4 at No Longer Cheap League last night. Conditions were unbelievably bad, due to a freshly laid odd oil pattern and very rainy weather. The approaches were super sticky and the lanes were dead most of the way down and then the back end just ahead of the pins was hyper reactive. To get anything to happen with my (freshly cleaned) ball, I had to stand 4 to 6 boards left of my usual spot and target my throw 1 -2 boards right of my usual. And still the ball would rip too far to the left most of the time. It was like open bowling on a Sunday afternoon when the lanes are totally burned up. It was a good night to use your spare ball or your least reactive strike ball. Sadly, I only had DV8 with me, and that one is a hook monster. So I did what I could to spaz throw it as flat as I could. And that mostly worked; my first game was only a couple under average but my next too were in the 190s, so I pulled a 550 series for the night.

One of the other really challenging parts of bowling is learning how to quickly adapt to nasty lane conditions. I’m not there yet, but at least I’m no consistent enough that I can spot them.


Project Update: The happy rainbow after a dark night of despondent insanity and panic

The bathroom plumbing passed the leak and pressure test, so that’s all good. The wiring is nearly all in, as far as it can go before inspection, although we do have to put in a couple circuits and they need AFI/GFCI ($$) breakers, as bathrooms and laundry rooms are damp environments. So a 20 amp 120v one for the washer circuit, a 30 amp 240v one for the dryer circuit, the whole bathroom becomes a 20 amp 120v circuit, and probably a 20 amp 240v one for the electric baseboard heater, which is only a foot away from the side of the bathtub but not in a water spray direction. Still, that GFCI will make the code guy more complacent, even though there is no actual code for electric heater distance from a water source. It’s just Best Practices. OTOH, the only other location is behind the door up against the wall, and that’s a fire hazard. We have the slightly charred door to prove that.

But the really good news is that I have figured out the IRC 2015/2019/2021 codes and how to meet/beat them. And we got permission from the condo board here to put the duct vent caps on the opposite outer wall of our unit. This has been driving me crazy, giving me an ulcer, destroying my sleep, and giving me panic attacks. I am not exaggerating. This entire project is predicated on getting the washer/dryer upstairs, and that is contingent in getting the dryer duct properly laid out. And there are a bunch of rules and regulations for that, which it didn’t seem possible to understand. But now I do, and we will win this game.

Dryer vent ducts are limited to 35 feet effective length, with every duct elbow counting as 5 feet. We were always going to have a longer run than that, so I bought a booster fan. Then it gets worse. This place was built with the dryer vent cap only 18” above our front door. Big no-no; it has to be at least 3 feet, and that rule has been around forever. Many decades. ( I swear, the only way this condo park passed inspection when built was through bribery ) And any new work you do, even if it hooks up to old work, has to meet current code. So I had to get “emergency permission” from the condo board to put in a vent cap in a legal location. And I got that, and one for the bathroom ceiling fan too.

But the effective run was still quite long, and code says residential units cannot use booster fans. Nightmare time, especially since the wickedly expensive one I bought a while back is past the return-by date. (I bought it early to avoid inflation; the price has gone up $100 since then) But there are several caveats in the IRC code, if you read chapter after chapter and connect all the dots. No, booster fans are not allowed. But power ventilators are. What’s a power ventilator? It’s a booster fan. But a well made one, with all the modern bells and whistles ($$$). IRC code specifies that these must be UL code, UL 705 DEDPV specifically. DEDPV is an acronym that means Dryer Exhaust Duct Power Ventilator. What it really means though, is that this new kind of booster fan a) be of a no lint clogging design, b) not be made of plastic, c) have a motor that plugs in, not hard-wired, d) have a temperature sensor that shuts the thing off if it gets too hot, e) turn on and off based on an air pressure activated switch, f) have a cool down circuit that runs the unit for a few minutes after the dryer stops, g) has a remote LED status panel you mount near the dryer that shows you on/off/fire/clog conditions, with it’s own label that says the unit is UL 705 DEDPV compliant, and h) you have to stick up a permanent sign that states how long the duct run is, how long the effective duct run is, and that there is a UL 705 DEDPV unit X feet downstream.

And it turns out that the Tjernlund LB2 booster I purchased meets all of those criteria. Sadly, the stubborn Scandis up there in Minnesota who make the thing still call it a booster fan, and only mention that it meets IRC2018. This is a bit confusing to a clueless homeowner like me. Call it whatever you want, but change your webpage so that it says “This is a DEDPV machine, meets IRC 2015, 2018, 2021” or something like that.

So, given that, the 3rd caveat in the code says that I can if I used one of these DECPV units, installed according to the manufacturer’s instructions, I can run the ducts as long as the booster fan spec says. Which is 160 effective feet for this model. I only need 43. So I’m golden.  And of course, the dryer duct will be galvanized steel, assembled without screws, held together with both fire code compliant duct mastic and top of the line fire code compliant ducting tape, fully insulated with fire code approved sheathing, and supported far more frequently than the minimum once every 12 feet. That’s a lot of hurdles to clear, so you can see why it’s been giving me fits. OTOH, a better contractor might have been more conversant in the building and residential codes and just explained things to me.

Compared to this, meeting code for the duct run for the bathroom ceiling fan is easy. Turns out there’s a table, the ever popular M1504.2. Which says that, at the “high” 110CFM setting our dinky little ceiling fan can run, my 4” duct allowable maximum length is a bit under 10 feet. Dude, it takes 10 feet just to get past the bathroom and the laundry room. BUT, and it’s a really big but, if I use a larger diameter pipe I can run a longer duct. I could do the job with 5” duct. But 5” vent caps are impossible to find. 6” ones are becoming ubiquitous. And 6” duct will fit between our ceiling joists, and only cost a few cents more than 5” ducts. And with a 6” duct there is NO LIMIT on how long the duct can be. Yeah, because there will never be any pressure in the duct. Fully insulated and connected the same way as the dryer duct of course. So I’ll get an4"-6" adapter cone, 10 or 15 feet of 6” rigid duct, run that across the joists and into the attic, and then switch over to insulated flex duct (table allows me 91 feet of that) and run that over to the wall cap. Which of course has to be screwed and adhesive silicon caulked to the outer wall, and then have official fire block foam where it’s pipe comes inside.

The laundry room fan, which counts as “whole house ventilation”, can vent to the attic just 2 feet away, but we’ll run an insulation 4” flex duct up to one of the attic roof vents and fashion a plate under it to mount the upper end of the flex duct. That one is easy.

So it’s time to go shopping again, and spend a few hundred bucks more.

See, meeting code is easy. [ Drew you sarcastic bastard ] All you have to do is go crazy, then study the heck out of all the code books, then throw another ton of money at the problem. Ta freakin Da.

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November 10, 2022

Bad day today. Running up against conflicting building codes, chapping my ass. May have a solution. Might not. Have to wait on the condo board, meeting Monday night.

We won 5-2 Wednesday in Old Guys league, against the 2nd place team and with 2 no-shows on my team.

Rib roast is cooling. I want to sleep. Please God send me a solution to the vent duct problem.

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November 09, 2022

i don’t want to talk about the election defection inflection. WTF happened? Who knows? But let’s face it, half the country hates this country, are communists but don’t even know it, wants the freebies and no responsibility, and can’t do basic math, or write cursive, and never reads a book. Zombies, sheep, morons. Your choice.

cheating? Oh please. How many DECADES has this country - all parties, all levels of government - had to develop, test, and implement a more foolproof system? It never happens. In other countries, you get a purple finger when you vote. In other countries, you get shot for voting illegally. In other countries voting is seen as your civic duty (if not required by law) and you go and do it. They don’t have mail-in ballots, early voting, same day registration, voter IDs (which nobody considers racist) or any of that “it’s soooo hard to vote” BS. Heck, Brazil counted up all their ballots in one day. And 90% of those votes are on paper.

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November 08, 2022

It’s Election Day !!


We got over to town hall first thing this morning and voted, so we’d have that out of the way before the contractor gets here. The place wasn’t crowded, but there were several early birds in there casting their ballots before work.

And then we found out that we have new voting machines. I never had a problem with the old machines, which had touch screens and allowed you to vote quickly. But they didn’t print out a receipt or a paper copy. And the new ones do.

I just learned that our old machines were from Dominion. That’s all the reason I need to approve their replacement.


Our county purchased 136 of these things, and the tabulation equipment. Top of the line. Great big 32” screen, and it makes a paper copy of your vote.

The ES&S ExpressVote XL. They bought the whole system, not just the voting machines. No more paper voter roll log books; there’s an electronic sign in system. You get issued a notched strip of paper, rather like the old-time punch cards (Hollerith cards), but larger and without holes. That card gets fed into the slot on the side of the voting machine, and just like depositing checks at your ATM, it gets pulled right in. And you can see it through the clear window. So now you vote. Touch the buttons, choose your candidates and your position on any bond issues etc. Look it over, press the Cast Vote button. And it asks you if you’re sure, and reminds you that once you say YES you don’t get to change your mind. So you press Yes, it tabulates the vote, and prints it all out on the paper card too. There may have been a “Is the paper the same as your vote? Y/N” choice, I don’t remember. But there’s your choices, printed right on the card, along with a quick-scan barcode. Tap the ACCEPT button and the card goes in the hopper and you’re done. As I was voter 43 this morning, it’s my hope that the cards get shuffled before they are processed.

So it’s electronic tabulation, and there’s a scanable paper backup which can also be read by hand. So it’s triple redundant. And the machine is only plugged in; it’s not online to anything. So it seems pretty good to me.

Heaven knows how much these things cost. Plenty, I’m sure.

See More Below The Fold


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calendar   Wednesday - August 19, 2020

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.


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.


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.


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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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


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.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/19/2020 at 09:22 AM   
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eye candy, high plains edition


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


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?

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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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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. ]
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.


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.


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:


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


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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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.


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