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calendar   Wednesday - August 19, 2020

Once Again, The One And Only Post

September 19, 2020


Bowling blogging

We got totally smeared at Cheap League on Friday. My bowling was terrible, and the rest of my team did even worse. After it was over, Jason, the anchor on the other team gave me some tips and explained them in a way that actually made sense to me. I’ve known him for at least a decade, and not only is he a very good bowler ( he threw a 270 in game 3 when his knee was in great pain ), he’s also a very smart and analytic person. So while what he said was really the same as the “get ‘er out there” and the “come up through the ball” advice the alley guys have been telling forever, the way he that he said it was clear to me. That getting the ball to hook is not a matter of turning your wrist at all, coming up the side of the ball at the moment of release, but a matter of holding your fingers at a certain angle in the ball relative to your index finger and your wrist’s lateral position. That way when you do do the release, it’s the fingers that are pulling the ball around at an angle, a hopefully vertical angle, as the ball both comes off your hand in a forward direction and falls off your hand to the side because of the unbalanced weights within the ball. With your arm swinging straight and the ball tilting off to the inside, it merely looks like your hand is coming up the side of the ball. But it’s actually the ball spinning off your hand the other way. So it was a huge Ah HA!! moment for me.

The Mrs and I had a big discussion about it this morning, and we’re going to try his way. Why not, as I try to reinvent my bowling nearly every year anyway. So with any luck, we’ll get everything done here today early enough to get up to the lanes and do some training and practice tonight. Because, as Jason told me years ago, practice makes persistent; training makes perfection. So we’ll leave “getting under the ball” for another time, and focus on “staying behind the ball” and not “coming over the ball”, with me also trying to stop squeezing the ball with my thumb. That’s a bad thing, and I’ve done it forever. This new awareness/approach may not gel completely the first time. So more training will be needed. But we ought to be able to see right away if his thesis is at least a little valid. We will wear our wrist braces to keep our wrists straight, and eventually try to do the full follow through movement which combines a finger snap ( the result of curling your fingers strongly against the ball ) with a bicep curl and raising your arm all at the same time, hand finishing up next to your ear, upper arm nearly horizontal with the elbow pointing forward. Which is what the alley guys call “answer the phone”.

There are an infinite number of ways to bowl wrong and still meet with some success. But there are only a couple ways to bowl properly, and those meet with much greater success. A 270 game with an aching knee sounds like success to me.


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[ some posts don’t make it past my first review. this is one of them. ]

I really do miss good old Steamboat McGoo. His blog was a lot of fun and the comments were witty and energetic.

Sometimes he would post these funny pictures that had less than obvious content. “When you see it, you’ll sh*t bricks !”. He also had this manic way with words creating wonderful pseudo-scientific word salad to explain everything.

So here’s to you Steamy, wherever you may be. Take a peak over at The Feral Irishman. Could this be the hallway at Jack Sprat’s corporate office?

[ the tiny picture at Feral’s made me think that this place had bariatric bathrooms, as the one door is much wider than the other. I couldn’t see if the signs were also marked Men and Women, and that other subliminal methods were used. Because Science!!  But digging up much larger versions showed that the gender subtleties were the result of some minor digital editing compared to the original. But the message is still there if you let your brain work, kind of like the Setters | Pointers signs. Whatever. Not the best idea for a post, first cup of coffee and all that, and I analyzed all the fun out of a slightly naught picture while not even showing it. Lame. So ... moving on ... ]




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September 18, 2020



Snakes On A Bus !!

UK man goes on a bus ride wearing a boa constrictor as a face mask. Nice try. But no.

A man boarded a bus using a snake as a face covering. The commuter and his reptilian mask, which was wrapped around his neck and mouth, were seen on a bus from Swinton to Manchester on Monday.

One passenger said she thought the passenger was wearing a “funky mask” until she spotted it slithering over hand rails.

Transport bosses in Greater Manchester confirmed a snake was not a valid face covering. ... the animal did not seem to be bothering any of her fellow passengers. She said: “No-one batted an eyelid.”

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Using a face covering on public transport is mandatory, except for children under the age of 11 or those who are exempt for health or disability reasons.

A Transport for Greater Manchester spokesperson said: “Government guidance clearly states that this needn’t be a surgical mask, and that passengers can make their own or wear something suitable, such as a scarf or bandana.

“While there is a small degree of interpretation that can be applied to this, we do not believe it extends to the use of snakeskin – especially when still attached to the snake.




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September 17, 2020



Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 87

Out of respect for a Supreme Court justice I will not say anything negative about her politics at this point.

But I do hope President Trump can get someone bold and strong, a Christian with intense Originalist views on the Constitution, both nominated and approved by the Republican majority Senate several weeks before the election. And I would want the nominating committee, all of whom are Republicans up for reelection, to do the right thing for the preservation of America, without regard to their personal campaigns.

And while we’re at it, I think it’s high time for a new Amendment, stating clearly that no more than 9 justices ever be serving on the Supreme Court.



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Covid Running Hot and Cold

It takes a degree of latitude. Or quite a few degrees actually.

Murmansk Russia May Be Reaching Herd Immunity

The far northern Russian region believes it is about to get group immunity against the virus. A new study finds that 31,8 percent of local participants have developed immunity, the regional government informs.

The researchers found that 972 of the 3,117 participants were antibody-positive. That is among the highest numbers in the country, a representative of the regional Consumer Control Authority (Rospotrebnadzor) says.

In other Russian regions where similar studies have been carried out, the immunity rate is between 4,3 percent and 50,2 percent, the government official says.

The Murmansk area has hit pretty hard, way up north in the land of cold and dreary.

Meanwhile, testing of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine shows 14% side effects, which is actually pretty good for these rushed vaccines.

Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said more than 300 out of the announced 40,000 volunteers have been vaccinated so far, according to the state-run TASS news agency.

“Approximately 14% have small complaints of weakness, muscle pain for 24 hours and an occasional increase in body temperature,” TASS quoted Murashko as saying. Murashko said the symptoms “level off” by the next day.



Covid Case Growth In India At Exponential Rates, Now Over 5 Million Cases

One day after crossing the 5 million-case threshold, India has reported yet another record single-day jump in coronavirus cases, with 97,894 reported in the last 24 hours, bringing the country’s total to 5.12 million, as the world is roughly one day away from topping the 30 million case mark.

Indian cases are now climbing at roughly double the rate of the US.

Death rate is actually dropping though, currently hovering around 1.64%. Maybe all that HCQ and Ivermectin is helping?

For months, India has been struggling to control the coronavirus pandemic with limited success.

The country of 1.3 billion people has the second-highest number of cases globally (more than 4.4 million), and the third highest number of deaths (over 75,000), according to Johns Hopkins University — and the outbreak shows no sign of abating.

But India’s reported mortality rate — calculated by the number of deaths per 100 confirmed cases — is surprisingly low compared to other countries with high infection rates.

India’s Covid-19 mortality rate stands at 1.7%. For context, the same rate is about 3% in the US, 11.7% in the UK, and 12.6% in Italy, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The Indian government claims India’s lower death rate is a sign of its success in handling the crisis, and has used the figure to support its decision to lift some coronavirus restrictions.

“The average fatality rate in the country is … continuously going down,” said Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a press release in August. “The target of bringing down the fatality rate below 1% can be achieved soon.”

It took almost six months for India to record 1 million cases on July 17. Then, it took another three weeks to hit 2 million, 16 days to reach 3 million, and only 12 days to pass 4 million in early September. [ and then just 5 or 6 days to hit 5 million ]

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Thursday said the government was aiming to bring down India’s Covid-19 mortality rate to less than 1 per cent from the current 1.64 per cent, which is still the lowest in the world.

As I’ve written before, pandemic viruses hit the northern latitudes first and hardest, and then get around to the southern latitudes much later, often at lower severity. This has been known for well over a century.

And try as you might, a virus is going to do what a virus does. There’s no stopping any of them.

India has long had big problems with medical reporting though, so these numbers are at best an educated guess. There’s just too damn many people there. No matter what system they have, it’s always totally overloaded from the get-go.


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Much Ado About Nothing ... perfect phrase for Joe Biden

Saw some little bit on Insty about deciphering Biden-speak. While the comments focused more on an episode of Stark Trek TNG, the link was to a goofy music hall song that made me think of Gilbert & Sullivan. Which of course made me look up Modern Major General, one of the best patter songs ever.

And now I do know the difference between mamelon and ravelin. I guess I’d always assumed they were Jabberwocky words.

A mamelon is one of the three little bumps on a newly emerged human tooth that soon wears away. Probably a bit like the egg tooth that baby chickens use to get out of the shell.

A ravelin is a triangular walled, detached extension of an old style fortress, used as a strong defensive platform, placed a short distance ahead of the gates. The idea is that attackers would have to fight past that to even get near the gates. Implied in the concept that ravelin duty could be completley sacrificial, and kamakaze - ish. Oops.

So one helps you break out, and the other hinders you from breaking in.

Of course, the whole satirical point of Modern Major General, is that even large amounts of useless knowledge don’t prepare you at all for the job at hand. However, the reference in it to Aristophene’s The Frogs might be rather applicable to the media “coverage” of Biden; it is a comedy of errors and ineptitude.

And The Quartermaster’s Song referenced at the Insty link, a silly song for kids, points out that countless major problems can’t be seen if you’re not wearing your glasses.

Oh well. Not every Insty post is a work of genius.


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Stupid Kid Should Have Said “I Can’t Breathe”
Another hoodrat gets payback for passing funny money

According to a media release from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Johnson called a taxi for a 25-mile ride in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Because of the long journey, the unnamed taxi driver requested that Johnson pre-pay for the trip. Johnson reportedly handed over his cell phone to the driver as collateral.

When the driver arrived at Johnson’s requested destination, Johnson reportedly handed over a counterfeit $100 bill as payment. The driver, according to the release, immediately spotted the fake and confronted the 18-year-old over payment.

At that point, Johnson allegedly pulled out a gun, pointed it at the back of the driver’s head, and began shouting. The driver was able to engage the suspect as he was yelling, and a struggle over the weapon ensued.
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Local residents spilled out of their homes to discover the source of the gunshot and, seeing the scuffle, phoned authorities.

Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived on the scene a short time later and discovered a wounded Johnson, who was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Following his release from the hospital, authorities charged the 18-year-old with robbery in the first degree, assault in the fourth degree, menacing, unlawful use of a weapon, criminal possession of a forged instrument in the first degree, and possession of a controlled, schedule IV substance.

Tip to taxi drivers everywhere: if it’s the middle of the night and your fare has a face covered with tattoos, keep driving.

At this point, no spontaneous riots are planned, as the police weren’t involved in the actual shooting part here.


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early week bowling blogging
I bowled terribly at Old Guys League last night. While it’s not actually a senior league - those are usually in the late morning, after the breakfast crowd leaves the Country Crock Senior Breakfast Buffet, I am by far the youngest person on my team. And I turn 60 on Veteran’s Day. G is 67, V is 74, and G is 85 - just a couple months younger than my mother. So let’s just say that they aren’t in the spry, athletic, competitive phase of their lives. We lost all 3 games again, 3 weeks in a row I think. The other team wasn’t even trying in games 2 and 3, which seemed like a good reason for our guys to try even less. A race to the bottom? G didn’t break 100 in game 2, and managed an 89 in game 3. I have to learn to use this league as practice time, and focus on me. Bowling with lousy bowlers can bring your bowling down. I barely made a 400 series last night. Barely. not 600, not 500. Barely 400. Egad.


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Out With The Queen !!

Barbados moves towards fuller independence, soon to eliminate Elizabeth II as mascot monarch

Barbados announced plans Tuesday to remove Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state by November 2021 and transition into a republic.

The Caribbean island nation, which achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1966, said it will now “take the next logical step toward full sovereignty and become a Republic by the time we celebrate our 55th Anniversary of Independence.”

“The time has come to fully leave our colonial past behind,” Governor-General Sandra Mason said before Parliament Tuesday, reading a speech written by Prime Minister Mia Mottley. “Barbadians want a Barbadian Head of State. This is the ultimate statement of confidence in who we are and what we are capable of achieving.”

Barbados gained independence from its colonial ruler decades ago but stayed connected to the monarchy, with Queen Elizabeth II as its legal and practical, but non-political, ruler, according to UK’s The Independent. After establishing its own head of state next year, the nation, like many other former territories in the British Empire, is expected to become a republic within the Commonwealth.

Baby steps. 55 years as a post-colonial and now they’re going “full independent” yet still remaining part of the UK Commonwealth. Maybe in another 100 years they’ll be ready to be an actual country on their own? In the meantime, I think they’ll still get UK social services support, and have their navy on standby if a Falkland Islands situation ever crops up.

So good for Barbados I guess, but they’re mighty slow about going it completely on their own. Maybe if they had some industry, or agricultural production or something. Something more than just tourism and rum.

Honestly though, I would like to see most of the Caribbean islands get some low polluting industries going. Like how Costa Rica makes baseballs. Sure, you might have to build the factories half underground because of hurricanes, but it’s better than sending the business to China, even if it drops the profit margins a little bit. Come on Uncle Sam, help out your neighbors for a change. China is asshoe.


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Related to baseball part of the above story is a perfectly American NJ success story that crosses the generations. There’s even a kid’s book about it. Now on hold due to Covid of course.

Step 1: Collect Mud   Step 2: Sell It For Big Profit   Step 3: Successful Business For Generations

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4 pounds of mud for $100    1/2lb for $25


For nearly three quarters of a century, a special variety of Jersey muck, Lena Blackburne Baseball Rubbing Mud, has been removing the sheen from baseballs for just about every professional baseball team in the country.

It all began in 1938 when an umpire complained to Lena Blackburne, a third base coach for the old Philadelphia Athletics, about the sorry condition of the baseballs used by the American League. Back then a ball was prepped simply with mud made of water and dirt from the playing field. The result? The ball’s cover was too soft, leaving it open for tampering. Something was needed to take off the shine but not soften the cover. Blackburne took on the challenge.
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Soon the entire American League was using the amazing gunk. Later, the National League took to using it. Before Blackburne’s death in the late 50’s, his baseball rubbing mud was being used by every major and most minor leagues in the United States.

Baseball’s disappearance amid the coronavirus crisis has hurt untold thousands of Americans. In the headlines, it’s millionaires vs. billionaires as players and owners battle over money and heath worries. Then there’s everyone else – team employees taking pay cuts, out-of-work stadium staff waiting on unemployment checks, fans just dreaming of when they’ll be able to watch Yankees star Aaron Judge crush another 500-foot home run.

But don’t forget about the New Jersey family that’s been literally the closest to the actual baseball than anybody since 1938.

The owner of the Longport company that has supplied the one-of-a-kind mud MLB rubs on every single baseball to improve pitchers’ grip says it’s taken a beating in recent months.

This time of year, Lena Blackburne Baseball Rubbing Mud would be selling thousands of dollars of product a week. Now? Nada.

“We’re not getting any orders,” owner Jim Bintliff said. “It’s a little bit troubling.”

He said he estimated that business was down “about 80%.”

“We haven’t gotten any phone calls in two months on the business phone,” he said. “That’s not normal. We get three or four a day in the normal season.”

Where the company’s mud comes from is a closely guarded family secret, but it’s not far from the Delaware River.

It started when Lena Blackburne, a former infielder and manager, discovered the stuff near where he grew up in Palmyra. Not long after word spread of Blackburne’s mud, the rest of MLB caught on, using it to de-gloss its baseballs. Blackburne eventually passed the business on to Bintliff’s grandfather and the business has stayed in the family.

What makes it special, Bintliff said, is that is has a high concentration of a feldspar, a quartz-like material in the mud that’s “abrasive enough to take off gloss without being so abrasive that it harms leather.”

Will There Be Sanitary Changes Coming To Baseball In This COVID Era? I hope so. For starters, how about $1000 fine every time you spit? In this day and age, AYFKM???

Speaking of spit ...

Chris Van Zant earns part of his paycheck with his spit. An assistant manager for the Braves, Chris is the team’s only baseball rubber. Before each game, he mixes spit with the mud and rubs the factory gloss off of each new ball.

In his 10 years with the club, Van Zant estimates over 40,000 baseballs have passed through his hands.

“It seems kind of funny,” he said. “When you see fans fighting for a souvenir ball that goes into the stands, you’re like, ‘Well, that ball has my spit on it.’ There’s a little kid somewhere with a baseball on his nightstand and I spit on that ball.”

Surrounded by pictures of his kids, stacks of paperwork and articles clipped from newspapers and magazines, Van Zant sat recently in his office at Turner Field plying his trade.

Working up the spit to rub up nine dozen baseballs a game is no easy task, so he makes sure he has plenty of gum and soda on hand.

According to Van Zant, pitchers like the balls darker and hitters like the balls lighter, so the baseballs can vary from stadium to stadium.

“Every guy who does this has his own way of rubbing the baseballs,” Chris explains. “But no matter what, you have to spit.”



Baseballs are covered in cowhide these days, no longer horsehide. And every one of those bits of leather is alum tanned by the Tennessee Tanning Company in Tullahoma TN. Very likely there is no saliva involved at all.

Wonder how bad they’re hurting right now as well?



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September 16, 2020



Michelle Malkin: “Masks off. Fight on. This is the American way.” And The Paving Stones Of The Road To Hell

Good news: The anti-mask mandate movement is gaining steam. Americans yearning to breathe free are waking up from their pandemic stupor. Common sense and constitutional principles, now more than ever, are vital to a sovereign nation’s health.

On Monday, a federal judge rescinded Democratic Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s shutdown orders restricting gatherings, forcing “nonessential” business closures and directing citizens to stay at home to combat COVID-19. U.S. District Judge William Stickman determined that the sweeping measures violated “the right of assembly enshrined in the First Amendment.” He noted Wolf’s hypocrisy in severely limiting indoor and outdoor fairs, festivals, concerts and other gatherings and condemning a small anti-lockdown protest of small-business owners (whom he called “selfish,” “cowardly” and “unsafe")—while marching with thousands of non-socially distancing Black Lives Matter radicals in Harrisburg in June.

Moreover, Stickman ruled [PDF], Pennsylvania’s stay-at-home order—a sweeping population unlike any “in the history of our Commonwealth and our Country"—violated the 14th Amendment’s due process rights to travel, association and privacy. Similarly, Wolf’s extreme and open-ended power grab designating and closing “nonessential” businesses undermined due process protections “against arbitrary government action.”

While Wolf’s measures may have been “well-intentioned,” Stickman concluded that “good intentions toward a laudable end are not alone enough to uphold governmental action against a constitutional challenge. Indeed, the greatest threats to our system of constitutional liberties may arise when the ends are laudable, and the intent is good—especially in a time of emergency.”


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No, I didn’t post much today. I’ve been too wrapped up in this news story with Chinese escapee Dr. Yan and her claim that the ‘rona was made in China on purpose.

While I think it was too, to be fair, I’ve been trying to read her paper, and several other ones, and frankly, genome sequencing and all that is waaaay over my head. But the holes in the genome remind me too much of that group from India that said something very similar early on, thinking that some HIV DNA had been snuck in there. They were totally shut down by the Wuhan batlady virologist Dr. Shi Zheng Li, the same one from the 2015 Gain Of Function project UNC Chapel Hill lab run by Prof Ralph S. Baric and funded by Anthony Fauci’s NIAID. ( look it up at nature dot com ). The same one who claimed this year to have miraculously found a nearly identical strain in nature years ago, but kept no samples after mapping it, even though collecting bat coronaviruses is totally her thing,and neglected to register this magical anomaly until this year. But as time went on, a whole lot of people looked closely and figured it was a smokescreen.

Dr. Yan’s story is just another layer on story many of us have known about since around Valentine’s Day. Even famous Italian professor Dr. Tritto wrote a whole book on it this Spring, connecting all the dots.

Nothing really new there for me, except for the hard science and genome map graphics. Oh, and the very interesting tidbit ... Dr. Shi Zhengli seems to have been disappeared.

Is it still a paranoid conspiracy theory if it turns out to be true?

But sadly, Hillary’s old quote really does seem to apply; “At this point, what possible difference could it make?”




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calendar   Monday - August 10, 2020

Still Here

No, nothing to blog about today, sorry.

But I’ve been to everybody else’s blog, leaving comments here and there.

Also, I’ve been looking, once again, at soundproofing materials. I don’t think I have a project here, and it would be very small one if I did. I just find the field interesting, how you can make a room or a machine much quieter through acoustic treatments. Sometimes it’s absorptive materials, sometimes it’s mass loading, plus all the research into shaped surfaces that break up reflections, and the multi-density viso-elastic materials. You can even get sound mitigating PAINT. Plus the usual quiet curtains, acoustic carpet pads, and stuffing the walls with fireproof rockwool insulation, and using thicker or decoupled wallboard. You can even get special wallboard with acoustic decoupling built right in. 


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calendar   Friday - August 07, 2020

Ospreys are up, is Trump in town?

It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane, It’s ... A Frog? *

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It’s kind of overcast today, low clouds. There still isn’t much air traffic around here, so when I heard the sound of something flying up there, I looked. It kind of sounded like a helicopter, and it kind of sounded like a jet. Except it wasn’t moving very fast.

And then I spotted a small dark spot moving through the clouds. It came out again, and yup, it was an Osprey, the unusual dual tailed tilt rotor boxy little aircraft that the Marines usually fly. Even far enough away so that it looked 1/4” long, I could still see the giant propellers spinning around. Pretty cool.

The only time I ever see or hear one of these things is when President Trump is visiting his place over in Bedminster, about 15 miles east of us.

Let’s check ...

BEDMINSTER, NJ — President Donald Trump is coming back to Bedminster for the second time in three weeks.

According to the President’s itinerary, he was set to arrive at Morristown Municipal Airport Thursday evening at around 9 p.m. after a day that was to include three separate stops in Ohio, including one at the Whirlpool Corp. manufacturing plant.

Trump was just in Bedminster the weekend of July 24-26. He was returning to Trump National Golf Club Thursday night, but it was not clear whether his stay would last the entire weekend, or whether it would include any tours of storm damage in the wake of the remnants of Tropical Storm Isaias.

Trump is expected in New Jersey this weekend. Temporary flight restrictions have been announced for Thursday through Sunday for Morristown, where Air Force One lands, and for Bedminster, which usually foreshadow a presidential visit.

Heh, this is more fun than bridge spotting. Easier too; all I have to do is listen.



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calendar   Tuesday - August 04, 2020

TNB At Mansion Parties Across America

This kind of crap is why our NJ governor King Murphy is stepping back on his re-opening plan. The ferals mess up everything for everyone every time.

[ woo hoo, Firefox saved me! The power went off for a while right in the middle of this. But the post was still there when power was restored, so happy me. Life during a hurricane, no? ]

Commercial Party Houses Out Of Control, Killings, Robberies, And Neighborhood Mayhem

Wild pool party shut down by police at New Jersey mansion

A massive rager at a mansion in New Jersey’s richest zip code was shut down by cops over the weekend — and neighbors say wild Vegas-like blowouts have been regularly held there despite the coronavirus pandemic.

Hundreds of carefree revelers — most without masks — were spotted outside the home on Hemlock Drive in Alpine for what promoters called “The Lavish Experience Pool Party” Saturday night, NBC New York reported.

Cops eventually were called to break up the bash, which spilled out onto the street with zero regard for social distancing rules.

One person was seen taken away in an ambulance, while others were passed out drunk on the front lawn, the outlet reported.

A neighbor told The Post that the wild affairs have been a regular occurrence since May, at the height of the coronavirus crisis. She said she’s seen party buses dropping off people for the bashes — which are brazenly advertised on social media.

“A few months ago, new neighbors moved in, renters,” the neighbor said. “They started having parties one weekend after another. They were bringing in full party buses, at least 100 people or more.”

Another neighbor who didn’t want to be named told NBC New York the house is practically doubling as a “nightclub.”

Several lifetimes ago I worked in Closter NJ, the next town over. Plenty of money in Closter, but Alpine is the home of serious green. Quite a number of famous movie stars, sports figures, and music legends live there, along with the cream of the fiscal crop.

They must be beyond furious that this kind of thing is going on in their extremely exclusive area.

House parties have definitely been an issue in NJ lately, and have been used as a COVID excuse by the government more than once.

But it gets worse ... much worse ...



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Gangsters storm NFL star’s house Beverly Hills party and start robbing everybody, 1 dead, 2 wounded

A SHOOTING at a flashy Los Angeles mansion party held for an NFL star has left one person dead and two fighting for their lives, reports say.

A terrified partygoer filming as multiple shots rang out at the plush Beverly Crest pad said “a bunch of gangsters came in and robbed everybody and started shooting”.

The shooting occurred hours after cops were called to a gated community in Mulholland Drive after complaints from neighbours.

Scores of people were attending the party - prompting the police callout at about 6.30pm because of the ban on large gatherings in Los Angeles County during the Covid-19 pandemic.

But officers attending did not have a warrant to enter the property so were unable to break it up. Hours later, gunshots rang out at around 12.47am, sparking panic as revellers ran for the exits.

Three people were rushed to hospital with gunshot wounds, according to CBS. One person died from their injuries and two others are said to be in acritical but stable condition.

A man in his 30s and a woman in her 40s were among the victims.A fourth person suffered a non-firearm-related injury while fleeing, it’s reported.

Yet again, as always, this was a short term rental property in a really high end area, and the attendees were ... 100% non diverse. And ignoring every kind of anti-COVID rule in existence. And in two weeks they’ll all be sick. I’m really tired of this BS.

Plenty of pictures and much more to the story at the link.


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Just Mailing It In This Rainy Morning

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I’m such a fan of the PO. Vilmar will understand.

Mail in ballots are flat out wrong, an opportunity rife for corruption. Ballot harvesting - an operative comes around your neighborhood to collect them all - is even worse. Guaranteed corruption.



Simple Solution?


Too afraid to vote in person? Hmmm ... I wonder if ... set up the polling place with one of those counters surrounded by plastic walls. Worker behind the desk all gowned gloved masked. Positive ventilation system blows air outwards. You walk in ... one at a time ... with your ballot envelope ... clerk checks the voter rolls, checks your ID / voter registration, you sign the digital screen with the just wiped wand/pen AFTER you’ve been verified and watched your ballot go into the locked and sealed collection bin. CCTV from 3 angles covers the entire event, cameras run all day, data saved to disk or chip.

Such an arrangement could be built in a couple hours for small expense. When the numbered collection box gets full, several people come in to seal up and evidence sign the old one, count the envelopes several times and sign to that, and put in a new box, identifying themselves on CCTV. GoPro vidcam wearing workers follow the box through the building to the evidence locker, past several locked doors and sign it in with a guard as witness.

The whole Deliver Your Vote process takes under a minute, and the collection box exchange and securing takes only a couple minutes.

No mailing, no lost envelopes, no boxes of votes that magically appear at the last second. This isn’t rocket science.

Of course this will be more difficult in the big cities. But any town or small city under ~~ 50K population should be able to do it. The whole idea is Chain of Evidence, just like the cops do. And CCTV and data chips are so cheap it’s just silly.

Yeah, some people really are not able to get out, and get over to the polling places. Prove it, and you can vote by mail. You “can’t” show up because it’s a minor inconvenience? TFB, then you’re not going to vote.

Naturally the voter rolls would be up to date, matched against the tax records, the credit card company and cell phone address lists, coroner data and the III criminal database etc. As I’ve said a hundred times before, registration closes at least 30 days prior, no exceptions.



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Crivens, it is REALLY pouring out there today. Since long before dawn. Thankfully it’s cooler, and so far not a breath of wind.  But if the big wind shows up later, after 8 -10 hours of ground saturating rainfall, we’re going to lose a lot of trees. Not cool.

The tropical storm winds were reaching the state by 8 a.m. Tuesday and were expected to increase quickly as Isaias was moving through at 33 mph, the National Hurricane Center said.

Heavy rain and the potential for flash floods continues to be a significant threat, but that threat has shifted west as the aniticipated track of Isaias shifted west overnight.

The Jersey Shore is expected to be spared the heaviest rainfall though 1 to 2 inches are still possible. The north and western parts of the state, including Hunterdon, Warren and Sussex counties, are still forecast to receive more than 4 inches of rain.
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The state got a taste of the storm Monday evening as a patch of thunderstorms moved through. A wind gust of 70 mph was recorded at the Robert J. Miller Airpark in Ocean County, and one of 59 mph was recorded at Neshanic Station, according to the weather service’s Mount Holly office.

Neshanic Station is just across the county line here in Somerset County. It’s a sleepy little crossroads semi-rural kind of place, off the beaten track but only a mile or so from a major highway. Situated on the banks of the South Branch of the Raritan River, just a mile or two of where both north and south branches join and flow down to Rutgers, it was a mill town and a produce shipping point back in the long ago day.

There is a rather rare double span lenticular bridge there in perfect condition, with a very old derelict 2 span Pratt through truss RR bridge on one side, and a high plate girder RR bridge, still used daily, a bit downstream on the other side.

There are only about 100 lenticular bridges in the whole country, many are derelict now, and most of them are single span. Binghamton NY has a 3 span one, and Middlesex County CT has a 5 span one. All of these were built 135 years ago by the Berlin Iron Bridge Company.


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calendar   Sunday - August 02, 2020

Nobody Says The “B” Word. Or The “J” Word.

AirBnB To Restrict Party House Rentals In NJ

Airbnb has cracked down on “party houses” throughout the state of New Jersey as the world continues to attempt to stem the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We stand with Governor (Phil) Murphy, and we support his call to action to stop parties and promote behavior that respects the public’s health,” said Chris Lehane, SVP of Global Policy & Communications for Airbnb. “We ban party houses and will not tolerate irresponsible behavior on our platform. We know that there is still more work to be done, we ask that neighbors contact us as soon as possible through our Neighborhood Support Hotline, to directly communicate any concerns, which will help us continue to effectively enforce our party house ban.”

As part of this, 35 listings across New Jersey that have received complaints or otherwise violated policies on parties and events have been either suspended or removed from the Airbnb platform, officials said.

Additionally, Airbnb recently shared out restrictions on some U.S. guests under the age of 25 from booking entire home listings in their local area. As a practical example, if they identify a 20-year old guest who is located in Hoboken, the systems are set up to restrict that user from booking a house, apartment or other entire home listing in Hoboken for a 1-night reservation the following weekend unless they have a history of positive reviews on Airbnb.

However, if that same 20 year-old is booking a stay to visit family in Ocean City, the restriction would not apply.

This kind of thing has been in the news quite a bit lately. It seems some folks have figured out that they can rent a nice place in suburbia for a night, put out ads in da hood, charge people to attend, and make a pile of quick money.

The party animals descend, cause an all night ruckus, trash the house, mess up the whole neighborhood, and go away. Streets parked solid, cars up on folk’s lawns, all kinds of misbehavior, fireworks, and often as not “random” gunfire.

Far be it for me to mention how certain types were prominent at nearly all of these events. Although if you read the stories carefully and ignore the “representational” picture in the above story ...

http://newjersey.news12.com/story/42415924/police-called-to-break-up-massive-mansion-party-with-over-700-in-attendance
“The party was reportedly held as a celebration of Liberian Independence Day and featured free food and alcohol and a twerking contest.”

https://patch.com/new-jersey/brick/2-arrests-officer-hurt-after-400-show-house-party-brick
“Darius Edwards, 24, of Brooklyn, has been charged with two counts of assault by auto, eluding, obstruction and possession of marijuana”

https://patch.com/new-jersey/brick/3-charged-after-party-airbnb-rental-draws-700-jackson-police
“Yaakov Weiss, 40, of Jackson, who owns the home, and Patience Guanue, 23, and Alicia Hinneh, 22, both of Newark, were issued summonses for violating the governor’s executive order limiting gatherings to 500 people or fewer “
“The party was advertised on Instagram as a “mansion party,” and included free food and alcohol”
“It took all of Jackson’s on-duty police officers, along with help from the Freehold, Howell and Lakewood police departments, New Jersey State Police, the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office and the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, to clear the crowd”


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calendar   Saturday - August 01, 2020

NHL Stands Together

Nobody Kneels. Nobody.

Players from the Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Dallas Stars, and Nashville Predators all stood to honor the playing of the national anthem in recent games.

Not one single player kneeled.

On Tuesday, players for the Flyers and Penguins stood together in solidarity before their exhibition opener in Toronto.

The respective teams stood together on the blue lines to show solidarity — and the Penguins made sure the message was clear.

In a tweet, the beloved Pittsburgh team wrote, “The Penguins and Flyers, two of the fiercest rivals in sports, united in solidarity this afternoon, to stand up against social injustice, racism, and hate.”

On Tuesday, NBC Sports reported that the Boston Bruins and the Columbus Blue Jackets had the same plans for their game Thursday night. And the two teams did, indeed, gather — arms linked — in a circle.

“Over the past several months we have been trying to educate ourselves and learn more about racial injustice in our country and around the world. As a team we have decided to lock arms during the playing of the United States and Canadian Anthems as a sign of solidarity with the Black community,” a spokesperson for the Bruins told the outlet.

“This action is solely intended to be a positive sign of support for the Black community, and a way for us to use our platform to help end racism,” the statement concluded.

I think it’s very important to note that these men are standing up and speaking up, not being disrespectful. And they’re not saying they’re supporting BLM, they’re supporting eliminating racial injustice.

And I’m fine with that. Granted, it’s an empty gesture. Especially in empty stadiums. But it’s better than nothing. Let’s see if they actually do anything more than this.

As long as they don’t go all nutso Aunt Jemima Syrup and AOC on everything. And don’t forget that racism works both ways.


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calendar   Thursday - July 23, 2020

another downpour

It’s raining again, unbelievably hard. And it’s almost time to leave for bowling. Of course!

Honestly, it’s hard to believe it’s raining this hard. I can hardly see across the backyard. Total deluge. There will be flooding. 


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calendar   Wednesday - July 22, 2020

Birthday booze

So it’s Stephanie’s birthday today. Yay Steph. She’s 65. OMG. We’re going up there to visit and celebrate on Sunday, so I’ll do my weekend cleaning Saturday night. I’ve shifted my Thursday cleaning to Wednesday so I can do mini-summer bowling league. I think I like Wednesday better anyway.

It’s my brother’s birthday too, woo hoo. He’s younger than she is by a few. But we were up there this past weekend and did b-day then. Chocolate cake, ice cream, fresh sourdough bread.

I have no idea what to get her for a gift, but I think it’s high time her birthday got prominence. Everyone else’s does, except hers and mine. We always go over there to visit, and she cooks, serves, and cleans up. I know she likes to do that, and she’s a really good cook, but I’d like to give her a bit of celebratory respite, nome sane?

I suggested we get take out lobster, as you still can’t sit down to eat in a restaurant in their state or in mine. Such BS. And late July is THE time to get Maine lobsters. A nice 2 - 2 1/4 pounder would be perfect. With a few dozen steamers, some corn on the cob, blueberry pie and some blueberry muffins. Lots of melted butter. A real Maine clambake, hot coals and stones in a pit on the beach, layers of seaweed, and an old chunk of plywood over the hole. Rinse it down with Schlitz beer. Pure heaven. But no, he’s got gout these days, so no lobster for anyone. Crivens.

I remember that she used to like chocotinis. That was ages ago, easily 15 years. I know that booze is a bit impersonal, but other than new tennis or golf balls, what does she need? She gave up curling years ago, just after I found out where to get the big stone things they use. And I don’t think she does the off road bicycle thing anymore. I don’t think they go fly fishing anymore either. And Frank has a closet full of his fancy scotches, but what’s in there for her? So I’m thinking a broad spectrum chocotini kit just for her. Quality chocolate chips, a bar of high end dark chocolate, some Godiva liqueur, some Baily’s, a decent Triple Sec, a good vodka, Kahlua, white or dark creme de cacoa. Chocolate or vanilla vodka, or is that overkill? Because it turns out that there are as many recipes for chocotinis as there are for chicken. Infinite. So cover the bases? Who makes a chocolate shaver?

Guess I’ll have to find some beer and make pretzels. It’s expected that I show up with some kind of bread product. But I’m getting tired of making my 4 flour sourdough. And I’m not sure if an Entemann’s knock-off is the right thing. I haven’t made one yet, even though I have what looks to be a great recipe, and I don’t want to bring a first time bake anywhere, just in case. The pretzels I could make in my sleep, I’ve done them so many times. And they are world class good, but you have to eat them within a few hours of baking. Don’t know if the “newlyweds” are coming or not. They’re both retired now, so they can’t use the “we have to go down the shore every weekend to our beach shack” excuse anymore. 


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calendar   Monday - July 20, 2020

sap be gone

sometimes the internet is right about things.  I had a bunch of sap drips on my car from parking under the pines. Rubbing alcohol took them off instantly. I used a clean microfiber towel, wet the end, and just rubbed them lightly. 99% gone. I’ve also read that a steam gun can do the job, but I haven’t tried that yet. And “claying” will get anything left. I don’t clay, so that’s out.

But the alcohol thing works pretty great, and it’s cheap. After I was done I went straight to the car wash around the corner, just in case alcohol wasn’t good to leave on the clearcoat for long.


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calendar   Saturday - July 18, 2020

still here, just busy

Not much to say, just got too many things to do. We started mini summer bowling league Thursday. It’s a no-tap league, which we weren’t aware of. Whatever, it’s still some practice time before winter league starts. It’s being done with social distancing, which makes things kind of strange. But we’ll manage, and as time goes by (fingers crossed) the restrictions will lessen. Yeah right.


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calendar   Thursday - July 16, 2020

Yesterday’s News Today!!

Been pretty busy around here lately, and I seem to get tired a lot faster than I used to, back in the day.



Bits And Pieces


Here ya go: Tall buildings are sexist. This is what passes as a college professor these days. Ignore the high cost of urban real estate, ignore the efficiency of multistory buildings. Nope, these things are built to celebrate erections. Whacko!!



You should have followed the process. UK removes illegally placed BLM statue after just 1 day. It’s a pretty good statue, although I don’t know if celebrating radicalism is a good thing. Actually, it turns out that Ms. Reid is just a person, one of the thousands who protested. But after the old statue of Edward Colston was torn down and drowned on June 7, she climbed the plinth and stood there looking all Black Power and had her picture taken. So it’s very symbolic. And, of course, by erecting the statue illegally, and having it taken down, more publicity is achieved, and the mantra of oppression and victimhood is enhanced.

I’m interested in how such a detailed and very lifelike statue was made so quickly. It’s resin, so my guess is it was either cast or created with one of those 3D printers, with data points collected by one of those 3D laser scanners. Or perhaps created by laser ablation of a solid block of material . Impressive technology, all of it.

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Another college professor spying for China, caught trying to run away with stolen data. China is asshoe. So is Song Guo Zheng.

Song Guo Zheng, 57, was arrested Friday, May 22, 2020 as he landed in Anchorage, Alaska. He was about to catch a flight to China when he was taken into custody.

According to the FBI, Zheng was involved in a scheme to use approximately $4.1 million in grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to bolster China’s research in the areas of rheumatology and immunology. Zheng is also accused of making false statements to cover up his involvement with China while working at multiple universities, including Ohio State.

I didn’t know we had any flights going to China, not even from Alaska. I thought President Trump put a COVID stop to that a few months back.

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900 days running with no mishaps and NO CARBON EMISSIONS AT ALL . The Candu [ love the name. Can Do!! ] nuclear reactor works just fine. Wind power, solar power, tidal power just don’t cut it, and our nations have become too built up for any more hydroelectic dam projects. Nuke is the only way forward. We’ll just bury the spent fuel rods somewhere deep and stable, and let the radiation bacteria eat it up.

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George Floyd Officer’s Body Cam Footage Released (view by appointment only).. Transcripts of two of the involved officer’s cam footage were released the other day. Floyd was stoned out of his head, uncooperative, COVID positive, multiple co-morbidities, overdosing on fentanyl. Still, the cops should have found some better way to restrain him. Always consider the optics.

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Something to read, an essay of the obvious at American Greatness.

In a way never seen before, America has gone mad.

The Democratic Party, having left the likes of Henry Jackson and Daniel Patrick Moynihan far behind, is being steered by the ideology of Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio Cortez. It’s in thrall to a Maoist mob. It’s tacitly (and sometimes not so tacitly) accepting wholesale destructiveness. It’s in bed with the Black Lives Matter terrorist group, contributions to which end up in party coffers. While the party lets Bolshevik bullies get away with violence, it vilifies decent citizens who try to defend themselves and demonizes cops who simply want to do their job.
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We can’t even be sure that the best president of modern times will win reelection over a doddering fool in thrall to our society’s most dangerous elements.

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I smell a push for more gun control coming. NJ Governor Alarmed By Increase In Shootings

Gov. Phil Murphy said Wednesday he’s concerned about a sharp increase in fatal shootings amid the coronavirus outbreak.
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Col. Patrick J. Callahan, superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, said the state’s fatal shootings have increased 19 percent over last year’s year-to-date number, rising from 84 to 100 victims.

He said there were 39 shooting victims within the past week, with 13 succumbing to their injuries.
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Murphy said New Jersey is “not immune to what we’re seeing around the country in terms of this lethal cocktail of being pent up,” with people coming to grips with closures and unemployment amid the hot summer.

Murphy said New Jersey, like the rest of the nation, is dealing with the fallout over the death of George Floyd, and the country is showing anger and frustration over the lingering “stain of racism.”

“The cocktail could not be more challenging,” Murphy said. “You’ve got gobs of people out of work. You’ve got small businesses that have been crushed.”

Murphy said many people also face numerous mental and physical health challenges as they deal with the consequences of the pandemic.

“That’s almost an unprecedented combination of factors,” he said.


Meanwhile, movie theaters in the state lost their bid to reopen, while more states have been added to NJ’s quarantine list. Also meanwhile, the state is investigating a fatal police shooting. Suicide by cop, the Morristown police had to shoot a guy who had sliced himself and was threatening his mother with a gun. OK, it was an Airsoft gun, but those things look totally real. Especially if you paint over the orange band.


The man fatally shot by police on Tuesday in Morris Township was brandishing an “airsoft” pistol that resembled a Beretta firearm, the state Attorney General’s Office said on Wednesday.

Timothy O’Shea, 24, died at 5:41 pm at Morristown Medical Center, according to a statement from authorities.

Police from Morris Township, Morris Plains and Morristown had responded to a 911 call at 4:14 pm reporting a domestic disturbance on Fairchild Avenue. The caller said a person at the residence had cut himself and had a gun.

“Uniformed officers of the three police departments responded to the residence on Fairchild Avenue where Timothy O’Shea lived. Upon arrival, officers encountered the 911 caller and took that person into safety.

“Shortly after, at approximately 4:19 p.m., officers encountered Timothy O’Shea, who was holding a pistol and bleeding. During the encounter, one officer fired his weapon, striking Mr. O’Shea,” the statement said.

Police rendered medical aid until EMS personnel arrived to transport him to the hospital. The pistol that was in O’Shea’s hand was a replica Beretta 9mm airsoft pistol, according to the Attorney General’s Office.

Replica airsoft pistols resemble the real thing, but they fire plastic projectiles. Airsoft weapons use a gas propellant and are similar to BB guns, but their less-harmful ammunition has made them popular for target practice, war games, and police- and military training.

By federal law, imitations of real guns are required to have orange-colored plugs on their barrels to set them apart. It was not immediately clear if this weapon had such a marking.

There was no riot, no protest, and the story hardly made even the local news, because O’Shea was white. Tru dat!


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Meanwhile, way down the shore in Wildwood Nj, an obviously edited Rodney King style video is getting people upset. He dindu nuttin, as usual. But the end of the vid does look like police abuse.


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calendar   Monday - July 06, 2020

Fiat Lux

A Less Than Bright Idea?

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I finally got around to changing the bulb in one of the recessed light fixtures in our bathroom. It’s been out for months. With all these 3rd generation LED bulbs, they last so long I don’t even remember where the spares are kept. So after looking through the closets and drawers, I remembered that I’d see a pack of them out in the gigantic mess we call our garage when I was looking for some tool or something last week. So I went out and got them. A little dusty, the generic package unlabeled and slightly water stained. Brought them in the house, took one out and screwed it in. And the instant I did that the lights went out.

Aw crooop, what have I done?

So I spent a few minutes using the flashlight from my cellphone to check all the breakers, and then realized that power was out to the whole place. Power was out to the whole condo park. It had happened at that exact instant.

We had a line squall moving in; the wind kicked up from nothing, clouds sprang up, the sky got dark, the temperature dropped 15° in a couple of minutes ... and then the downpour began. One of those short intense summer rains, it was over in a couple minutes. And then the power came back on. So I checked the bulb, and it was working just fine. Yay me.

But what is this, why is it so yellow? Reach up to check it, and the thing is hot! WTH? And then I figured it out: this was an actual lightbulb. Not an LED, not a CFL, not one of those halogens masquerading as a bulb, but an actual incandescent lightbulb. 60 watts, 770 lumens, Sylvania. How many years has that thing been around? They were dead and gone ages before we moved in here 8+ years ago the day before Hurricane Sandy. They went away under Bush 43, right? 2006 or before? Wow. It felt like a “hey let me take my other car” moment and finding an Egyptian chariot in the garage. Something from antiquity.

It’s a nice comforting light. Let’s see if it lasts. IIRC, those old bulbs had a life measured in hours, not in decades. And there’s only one left in the pack. 


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calendar   Wednesday - July 01, 2020

Speed Blogging

Sorry, no time for this today. Here’s a few links to news stories



•   Scientists cure lab mice with Parkinson’s by accident. This could be big, but it will take lots more R&D.


•   Summer snow dumps 6-8” in high rockies. Must be global warming again.


•   CHOP gets the chop in Seattle. Plenty arrests made. I’d treat them as invaders or traitors. Either way, here’s the gallows.


•   Harvey Weinstein buys his way out. $19 million, cases dropped. Did you every really believe #MeToo was about anything other than money??


•   China is asshoe. Hong Kong eaten up like Dim Sum. Life under communism: new “security” law is ex post facto. Bye bye freedom.


•   And the arrests in Hong Kong begin. China reneges on agreement made 20 years ago. And this is a surprise to whom??


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