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Once Again, The One And Only Post

October 26, 2020

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


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.


October 24, 2020

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


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.


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.


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.’
Other footage recovered by the police showed Baig sexually abusing a dog.
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.




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?


[ 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 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.


October 22, 2020

Selfie Time



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.


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.

rolleyes  LOL  rasberry crazy

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.


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.


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.


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


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:

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

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.


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.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 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%.


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: 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.

~~~~~~~~~ 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.


October 20, 2020

Rockland County NY Moves To Control Those Dirty Joos

Wonderful. Kristallnacht in the suburbs. Cuomo is some piece of work. Funny how he doesn’t touch the muzzies one bit.

Beginning today, members of the new task force will begin patrolling Rockland’s red zone areas.
Ramapo town employees are joining forces with the state to crack down on non-compliance of COVID-19 safety guidelines in Rockland County, especially in the designated red zone areas.
Beginning today, members of the new task force will begin patrolling Rockland’s red zone areas. Six employees have gone through training to become part of a COVID-19 enforcement task force and have the ability to hand out fines of up to $15,000.
According to Ramapo town officials, the employees are from code enforcement and parking enforcement, with at least one person fluent in Yiddish.
Due to a spike in COVID-19 cases, Gov. Andrw Cuomo launched enforcement zones, or red zones that included portions of Ramapo. The Village of Spring Valley, located within Ramapo, saw one of the biggest spikes in the state.
As a result, strict regulations were issued, schools were closed, and religious gatherings limited to just 10 people. All have been designed to stop the spread of the virus. But, non-compliance has been a problem.

Red zones, really? Was Team Cuomo apt enough to not make them Yellow zones? And no mandate for badge wearing? What kind of a feeble neo-Nazi is this guy, anyway??


This is not going to end well. But it’s what you get when your culture is broken to the point that certain groups are beyond any kind of criticism. It will be almost impossible for anyone to see this action in any other kind of light.


Trump Gets Blunt. Blunter?


Let me tell you something. Joe Biden is a criminal, and he’s been a criminal for a long time. And you’re a criminal [ the reporter ], and the media for not reporting it.


Rudy Promises To Drop The H Bomb Tomorrow

Steve Bannon: In the next 24-48 hours are you going to bring forward potential other information related to non-financial criminal activity?

Rudy Giuliani: We’re going to do both. There will be more financial criminal activity, more proof on the subjects we already have and even bigger deals that are eye-popping. And some personal conduct that has to be brought to the attention of the public to make sure people are safe. And that has to be handled appropriately before it can be discussed.

Steve Bannon: Do you believe that personal activity is criminal?

Rudy Giuliani: I have no doubt it is. All you have to do is look at it and figure that is true.

Steve Bannon: I take it people will want to watch Maria Bartiromo tomorrow?

Rudy and Bannon have the hard drives, or at least copies of them. And there is a ton of bad stuff on them. Bad bad. Like jail-time bad.

Like Hunter being involved in Russian money laundering, pocketing $2.5 million as his take.

Or more than 25,000 dirty selfies of his drugged soaked, depraved lifestyle.

The part I “like” the best is how the computer store guy turned over Hunter’s PC to the FBI back in December ... during, or before, the impeachment nonsense ... and the FBI sat on it. And is still sitting on it. Come on Donny, win this election and then purge the FBI. Might have to fire them all and start over, but it’s pretty damn obvious they are as corrupt and biased as can be. Dump them.

Hunter Biden left his laptop at a computer shop and then neglected to pick it up after several calls. The owner of the computer repair company handed over Hunter’s laptop to the FBI last December.  The FBI hid this evidence from congress and the executive branch during the Pelosi impeachment hearings.  But before the computer store owner, John Paul Mac Isaac, turned over the computer to the FBI he first downloaded much of its contents.  He later gave this information to Rudy Giuliani’s attorney who then worked with Steve Bannon to deliver the information to the New York Post.

Bannon’s website. Lot’s of links there worth taking a gander at.


An “Honest Reckoning”

Minorities in San Diego Schools Get Poor Grades. RAYCIS!! Cure: No grades for anybody

Students will no longer be graded based on a yearly average, or on how late they turn in assignments. Those are just some of the major grading changes approved this week by California’s second-largest school district.

The San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) is overhauling the way it grades students. Board members say the changes are part of a larger effort to combat racism.

“This is part of our honest reckoning as a school district,” says SDUSD Vice President Richard Barrera. “If we’re actually going to be an anti-racist school district, we have to confront practices like this that have gone on for years and years.”

According to data presented by the district, under the old grading system, teachers fail minority students more than White students – a lot more.

During the first semester of last year, 30% of all D or F grades were given to English learners. One in four, 25%, of failing marks went to students with disabilities.

By ethnicity, 23% went to Native Americans. Another 23% of failing grades went to Hispanics. And 20% of D or F grades went to Black students.

By comparison, just 7% of failing marks went to White students.

In an effort to change that racial imbalance, the school board voted unanimously this week to make several big changes to its grading system.

Academic grades will now focus on mastery of the material, not a yearly average, which board members say penalizes students who get a slow start, or who struggle at points throughout the year.

Another big change, teachers can no longer consider non-material factors when grading. Things like turning work in on time and classroom behavior will now instead count towards a student’s citizenship grade, not their academic grade.

Who knew San Diego had so many wheelchiar bound Indians who couldn’t speak English in their school system? Gosh. grin

But look at the other side of the numbers: 70% of failing grades went to kids who could speak English. 75% of fails went to kids who weren’t disabled. 34% of fails went to kids who weren’t black, illegal Mexicans, or Indians.

All of these measures are guaranteed to harm non-white students, not help them. By way of the bigotry of low expectations, predominantly white liberal education officials are enacting policies that will increase the chances of Native American, Hispanic and black students leaving school with lackadaisical mental attitudes and poor skill sets, making their entry into the jobs market even harder.

“This epitomizes the liberal strategy for eliminating the racial disparities they endlessly obsess on: bring everyone down to a lowest common denominator. This debases education, as moonbattery debases everything it touches,” writes Dave Blount.

“Allowing progressives to take over the schools was a catastrophic error.”

rolleyes  LOL  rasberry crazy

October 19, 2020

I took the weekend off from the blog. But I made several loaves of bread! I’m not sick, but I was just ... really low energy for a couple of days. I just hung around, did some housework and read a James Patterson murder mystery novel.


This is today’s loaf, my hybrid 600 bread recipe that baked up to 28oz when cool. 200gm bread flour, 200gm all purpose flour, 200gm starter, 11gm salt, 1/2tsp instant yeast. About 85% hydration. It’s the kind of loaf I make when I have too much sourdough starter, which is most of the time actually.


OMG, the Biden Thing

Hunter’s been a bad boy for a long time. In so many ways. And it looks like all the super high paying jobs he got, daddy got a 50% cut. That has nothing to do with Hunter banging underage Chinese girls, all of which the CCP has on video. And tons of other dirt, plots, details, bribes, corruption. Sleepy Joe is totally under their thumb. And it looks like quite a few other representatives are as well. You could call it international blackmail from China’s end, or outright treason from our end.

And as much as Sean Hannity and Zero Hedge rant and rave, not a damn thing is going to happen. Other than at least two of Hunter’s associates being convicted and going off to jail. And THEN he flips? Better not put him in Jeffry Epstein’s cell.

When I see these asshats doing the orange suit perp walk TO prison, then I’ll believe. Until then, it’s a guarantee that the FBI and other players at the DOJ are covering for them both, and have been for decades.

So is the media, mostly ignoring or trying to discredit the story. Or the heavily left leaning Debate Commission, which has JUST NOW shifted the topics for the next debate, the one where they control the mute button and the moderater is a leftist activist, so that foreign policy is no longer on the agenda. Just in case that somehow got bent into a China/Ukraine/Burisma/Hunter situation.

Senior Advisor to the 2020 Trump campaign Jason Miller called out the Presidential Debate Commission for changing the topics of this second, and final debate between former Vice President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump.

On Monday morning, he wrote “Good morning to everyone except Presidential Debate Commission members who changed focus of final debate away from foreign policy so Joe Biden wouldn’t have to answer to being compromised by the Chinese Communist Party, supporting endless wars and sending pallets of cash to Iran.”

Writing in the National Pulse, Raheem Kassam said “The news of the third debate leaving a major foreign policy focus out was met with further derision from the Trump campaign, which has already lambasted the Commission for attempting to make the debates virtual, and for choosing moderators with a track record of bias.”

It is notable that foreign policy is not on the agenda. Trump has recently had some foreign policy successes, with the establishment of normalized relations between Arab countries in the Middle-East and Israel, despite the lack of a peace deal between Palestinians and Israel, and hostage releases.


Typical Liberal Elitist? Total Sleezebag.

CNN pundit / New Yorker Magazine writer Jeffrey Toobin Suspended For Masturbating During Company Zoom Meeting Call.

Hope he’s still current on his child support payments for the child he fathered on some younger woman, a redhead lawyer Yale alumnus.

The New Yorker magazine has suspended one of its long-time staff writers, legal expert Jeffrey Toobin, while it investigates a report that he was allegedly masturbating during a Zoom work call earlier this month.

“I made an embarrassingly stupid mistake, believing I was off-camera,” Toobin said in a statement on Monday about the situation, first reported by Vice.

He added: “I apologize to my wife, family, friends and co-workers. I thought I had muted the Zoom video, I thought no one on the Zoom call could see me.”

He has so far declined to confirm details.

Toobin is one of the most well-known media legal analysts in the US. He has has worked for the New Yorker for more than 25 years, and is is also a senior legal analyst at CNN.

A spokeswoman for the magazine said in a statement that Toobin “has been suspended while we investigate the matter”.

Baby drama! CNN star Jeffrey Toobin offered Casey Greenfield money for abortion: sources

Greenfield is a pretty, ginger-haired, Yale-educated lawyer and writer who last March gave birth to a love child. The baby’s father is married CNN star and best-selling New Yorker writer Jeffrey Toobin. (Casey’s father is esteemed political pundit Jeff Greenfield.) Ever since we broke the news of her pregnancy, Casey has remained silent about the baby drama. But now some of her friends are fed up with what they claim is less-than-gallant behavior on Toobin’s part.

Greenfield, now 36, was in her 20s when she fell for Toobin, now 49, even though he was wed to Amy McIntosh, the Harvard sweetheart he’d married in 1986 and who gave him two children.

“Jeff and Casey saw each other off and on over the years,” says one source. “She was married to someone else for two years. After her divorce, she started seeing Jeff again. He said he was going to leave his wife for her. But, by then, Casey had begun to distrust him. She suspected he had several other mistresses.”

In 2008, when Greenfield became pregnant, and when she told Toobin the news, he offered her “money if she’d have an abortion,” says a source.


Hey, maybe he was on his way to Venezuela to get some rectal ozone therapy. Gotta pay for it somehow.

India guy caught smuggling a kilogram of gold bars up his poop chute.

He must have had remarkable self-control.

A man flying in from Dubai was caught trying to enter the Indian city of Kerala with nearly 1 kilogram (roughly 2.2 pounds) in gold bullion hidden inside his rectum. The man arrived at Kerala’s Kannur airport on a GoAir flight from Dubai.

According to the National Journal, airport intelligence officers spotted the man waddling through the airport and decided he looked suspicious. After executing a search, they soon found 972 grams of flattened gold coins inside the man’s rectum.

Another passenger on the same flight in from Dubai was caught trying to smuggle roughly 1.5 kilos, though the report didn’t provide any details on his situation.

The following day, the customs office seized 386g of gold from a passenger who landed in the coastal city of Kozhikode on an Air Arabia flight from Sharjah, another city in the UAE.

Local officials said the gold was hidden in the traveler’s underwear in an attempt to avoid declaring it.

Indian police have reported a surge in criminal gangs trying to smuggle gold into the country in recent months, presumably as India’s punishing COVID-19 lockdown ravaged the country’s economy. Customs officials said smugglers returning to India typically mask the gold in chocolate boxes, purses, umbrellas or even in pens in attempts to try and evade taxes.

Rectal ozone may actually have some potential, as recent papers I’ve read tell how the ‘rona can live in your gut much longer than anywhere else in your body. And ozone is a major germ killer. But is it a selective one, or does it kill everything it comes in contact with?

Either way, if Maduro is pushing it, my Doubt-o-Meter suddenly pegs to 11.

rolleyes  LOL  rasberry crazy

October 15, 2020

I live in a picture postcard town

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View of most of downtown Clinton from The Bluffs, a small ridge behind the Red Mill and the Clinton House restaurant. I call it Radon Ridge, as this is the radon hotspot of the planet, and where the whole radon panic thing started.

But aside from that, Clinton hasn’t changed much in over 100 years, other than taller trees and some suburban crawl since around the time the west end of Route 78 went in in the late 60s. The picture doesn’t show Old Route 22 a block to the right of the picture, which is the real main street, older than the town itself, and home to a good number of stores and businesses and even more picturesque homes from the mid to late 19th Century, plus Bonnell’s Tavern right under the highway, home to colonial minutemen and finally getting a nice renovation. I don’t know if that means that the 280 year old building will go forward with their old plan to re-open as a brew pub and small restaurant, but they do hold the oldest tavern license in the state, going back to colonial times.


Yes, the taxes are steep. And there’s always been a youth curfew M-F. And we have a very well equipped and paid little police department. It keeps the riff-raff out. All of it. There is no crime here. No graffiti, no dilapidated buildings, no real homelessness. And sure as heck no antifa.


Should Have Voted Her In Two Weeks Ago

Barret Vote Next Thursday

At the top of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s meeting Thursday morning, Chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., introduced and passed a motion setting a time and date for the committee to vote on Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination.

Graham announced that the committee will hold a vote at 1 p.m. ET on Oct. 22, one week after the conclusion of the confirmation hearing. Democrats objected, claiming that the process was being rushed to satisfy President Trump’s wishes, and raised doubts over whether they would even hear from a panel of witnesses who were prepared to give testimony on Thursday.


For us out here in Hunterdon County, which passes for agricultural rural in New Jersey, Flemington is the big city. While the town itself may cover a couple square miles on the map, it’s really only about 8 streets. We’ve got the war memorial with it’s old cannon on one end of Main Street by the lovely old church, a number of botique shops and eclectic restaurants, our famous 1828 courthouse where the Lindbergh baby kidnapping case was tried, several factory outlets, a brew pub, and a number of very quaint Victorian homes. We also have a tiny railroad that runs seasonally on weekends, with it’s little steam engine. The big box stores are out on the highways a couple blocks over. But like any “city”, Flemington attracts the liberals, even out here in this very Red corner of True Blue NJ. And our libs have just as little elegance, humility, and graciousness as any of their ilk in the really big cities. Sad. Embarrassing.

The Low Class Foul Mouthed Hate Filled Mayor Of Flemington NJ

A New Jersey mayor has come under fire for a private Facebook post that condemned President Donald Trump and likened his supporters to “religious zealots” who want to “enact the Christian version of Sharia law.”

The post, allegedly from Flemington Mayor Betsy Driver, was shared Saturday on the Hunterdon GOP’s website.

“This is day one of the new SCOTUS terms – the religious zealots want to enact the Christian version of Sharia law,” the post reads. “If you voted for the orange monster with COVID, go f--- yourself. If you plan on voting for him again, unfriend me and go f--- yourself again.”

Charming how inclusive, compassionate, patriotic, and understanding she is, isn’t it?

Hunterdon GOP Chair Gabe Plumer, who shared the post online, derided it as “shameful” and “insulting,” and called on Driver to resign.

“Your statement is antithetical to the principles of representative democracy,” Plumer wrote in a statement. “It is further proof that you do not represent the people of Flemington, the character of Hunterdon County, and the values of at least part of the Democrat party.”

Jack Ciattarelli, a former assemblyman and candidate for New Jersey Governor, tweeted Saturday that he joins “Chairman Plumer in calling for Driver’s resignation & (urges) leaders across our state to do the same.”

Driver, who is part of the LGBTQ community, has pushed back on calls for her to resign, telling TAPinto that her shared post was cropped and was originally in response to an NPR article from earlier this month regarding Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito being against same-sex marriage.

And of course she’s a lesbo. And of course it wasn’t her post, but some malign act by those evil Rethuglicans.

She said that the Hunterdon County GOP calling for her resignation by using a cropped image of the original post “speaks volumes to their ongoing dishonesty and duplicity.”

“That they are triggered and clutching their pearls over my being upset and angry at the threats to my LGBTQ family by a Supreme Court enabled by their support of a president who is hate-filled and unhinged every day is sad,” Driver said. “It reflects their privilege that refuses to acknowledge America’s diversity and their own intolerance of anyone who disagrees with them.”

The GOP are the intolerant ones? Riiight.

Oh well, at least it’s not another story about the Milford Nazi.

rolleyes  LOL  rasberry crazy

October 14, 2020

bowling blogging

We lost all 3 tonight on Old Guys league but I had fun. I could not have bowled any more wobbly if I’d tried. I threw a 189 in the first game, which is pretty decent for me. Then I threw a 237 in the second game, which is awesome. The strikes were coming left and right, and when I did leave a pin or two I picked up the spares right away. My 10 pin game was doing really great. Then it all went to hell in the 3rd game. I’d put the ball into the pocket time after time, but I’d leave a couple of pins. And my spare shooting just fell apart. I wound up with a pathetic 118. Gak. I wasn’t the only one having trouble with the lane conditions tonight, and I’m very happy that my 237 in Game 2 was better than Doug The Slug’s 230 in Game 1 on the lanes next to us. Because he’s a jerk. We’ve known him for years, and he’s always been a jerk, even when he and his sister were our teammates once upon a nightmare. So in your face Dougy wuggy.

Glen made the 6-7-10 split, which is a rare and impressive thing. There’s no prize for that, but I wrote it down on the scorecard anyway.

Hide and go seek, going in circles, or tinfoil hat time once again?

In early October there was an emergency at one of the viral research labs in Wuhan. It is possible that some kind of virus escaped at that point. Spy satellites noticed a much higher parking lot density at local hospitals, and a much lower parking lot density at the virus lab. Mobile phone usage at the lab ceased.

From October 17 to 28 Wuhan hosted the World Military Games. 138 soldiers from Spain attended, several got sick with a flu-like illness. Months later, when people realized that their symptoms were very similar to those of Covid-19, they were tested and found to have the Covid antibodies. A similar thing happened with soldiers from France. and ( use a translator )

On November 19 China issued a new health directive, telling hospitals to stop collecting viral samples of what was assumed to be flu. At the same time they instructed them to also start looking for several unusual symptoms that are rather Covid-19 specific, and instructed them that a negative influenza antigen test does not rule out a flu as the cause of the patient’s illness. In effect, they were hiding Covid cases in their flu case numbers.

Hospitals were told to stop isolating virus specimens from respiratory disease patients testing negative for influenza in November 2019.
The below analysis of influenza guidance seeks to partly explain why the virus was not reportedly detected until December 2019. On 13 November 2019
China’s National Health Commission (NHC) issued new influenza guidance instructing hospitals to check the blood-oxygen levelsof patients with respiratory disease-related pneumonia and to look for what are also COVID-19 symptoms. These included: pneumothorax and mediastinal emphysema; acute necrotizing encephalopathy; and multifocal brain damage, including of the bilateral thalamus and white matter around the ventricle. The 2019 plan reversed previous guidance on testing by telling hospitals thatisolating virus specimens from patients who test negative for influenza was no longer recommended, and said that a negative antigen test cannot rule out influenza.

China only let the world know about “ncov-19” at the very end of December.


Flash forward most of a year, and focus on England, where their hospitals are a disease filled mess and where those institutions are given a bonus for Covid cases and intubations, just like in the US.

It turns out that even back in May, at least 20% of the hospitalized Covid patients acquired the virus in the hospital. They had been admitted for other ailments and tested clean, but picked it up inside. Thus they were guaranteed to be part of the “other comorbidities” groups.

Up to a fifth of patients with Covid-19 in several hospitals contracted the disease over the course of the pandemic while already being treated there for another illness, NHS bosses have told senior doctors and nurses.

Some of the infections were passed on by hospital staff who were unaware they had the virus and were displaying no symptoms, while patients with coronavirus were responsible for the others.

However, now that time has passed and treatments have improved somewhat, the HCAI (healthcare associated illness) situation hasn’t gotten much better. Get sick, go to hospital, get sicker. While the hospital numbers are way down, the “positive swab” test numbers are way up, this being the UK term for PCR testing in all it’s gory glory. Except of course, the PCR test isn’t a diagnostic tool, doesn’t tell you if the viral bits found under mega-amplification are new or old, says nothing about symptoms or not, and of course the media will not ever see a difference between positive tests and cases.


Most of us hold an image of the pandemic in the UK as being thousands of stricken souls being ferried to overcrowded hospitals on a daily basis. We have the mainstream media to thank for this, along with the rawness of image pouring into our social media feeds from China and Italy.
Here I reveal what actually happened across all 315 service providers that make up the NHS England bed pool using official data; to say I am surprised by what I am finding is a serious understatement.
In a nutshell we may say that the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK has primarily been an in-hospital disease. At the peak of the outbreak between 1st April and 10th April just over five times as many existing inpatients were diagnosed with COVID-19 as were coming in through the front door with a diagnosis of COVID-19 (x5.35). This is not the image that had been painted by the mainstream media.

There is quite a bit more to the above article, and a follow-on article can be found here.

So now that the hospital numbers are way down in the UK, but TPTB want to keep the panic going, what do they do? They do the same now as China did back then, only backwards. They’re merging the Covid and flu numbers and reporting that as the daily case numbers.

If ever there was an opportune moment to claim that the alarmist official narrative was unraveling in Britain then you need look no further than the latest step by Public Health England. The government body has officially begun combining the reporting of COVID19 with seasonal influenza as of October 08, 2020.

What does this mean?

On it’s face this step demonstrates the further downgrading of the claimed seriousness of the SARS-COV2 virus as a public health threat. By lumping both sets of weekly data reports together we must reasonably conclude that there is no longer sufficient medical, scientific or data difference between these supposedly distinct pathogens.

UK report:

I’m not sure I’ve put this together properly, but it seems that governments have been fooling us on this thing one way or the other since before the beginning.

rolleyes  LOL  rasberry crazy

October 13, 2020

Starter Wars: A New Beginning

After close to 6 years, I neglected my sourdough starter in the fridge for so long that it died.

So I made a new one.

This one runs on Pumpernickel flour, otherwise known as Organic Whole Dark Rye flour.  And it took off like a shot, showing bubbles after just 2 days, and doubling in volume after feeding every day after just 4 days. So it’s been going a week, sitting in my temperature controlled proofing box next to the PC, driving me crazy with the aromas. So even though it’s still very young and sweet, I had to bake with it. And the results were pretty good. I extended my standard yummy 4 flour sourdough recipe into a 5 flour recipe, and threw something together. It wasn’t a super high hydration loaf, somewhere around 77%, just into the “no knead” realm. But I kneaded it anyway, and after about 7 hours of rising and forming, in it went.

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It’s very interesting bread. It smells like it will be insanely whole wheat tasting, but it isn’t. It’s about 1/3 rye flour overall, but it doesn’t taste like rye bread.

Ok, it’s not a super crisp crust, and the crumb isn’t really big and wide. But it’s just a trial loaf, something I slapped together. And the taste is outstanding.

rolleyes  LOL  rasberry crazy


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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.


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.


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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.


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