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March 03, 2021

Biden Blogging!!

By which I mean, I plagiarized it from elsewhere but won’t provide the links so you think I came up with them. Hey, you know, it’s a thing, man.

Racists here and racists there!
They see the racists everywhere!
Some in syrup, some in rice;
Racists, racists aren’t nice.
Sometimes they feel it in their bones--
This book has racist undertones!
Do not object! Do not say no!
It’s time for Dr. Seuss to go!
And Shakespeare next and Homer, too
Of course you know, they’re far from through!
They start with just some dirty looks;
But soon they’re out there burning books.
They’ll come for you; they’ll come for me.
You’re racist if you don’t agree!
It would be better-- and this I know
If the books would stay and the leftists go!


March 02, 2021

Damn. It’s Winter again today. Cold system moved in last night with the winds howling for hours. No snow, none even predicted. But it’s 21° with the wind blowing, giving us a face numbing wind chill of 8°. To heck with that. Forecast says it will be in the 50s and 60s in a couple of days. Hurry up already!!


Life After The Nuclear Winter?

VDH writes a medium length essay on looking forward, weighing in the economy, politics, people’s pent up emotions against the current decline and hopefully end of the ‘rona as vaccinations increase and herd immunity peeks over the horizon. A good 10 minute read, wondering if the pandemic was akin to a neutron bomb.

Yet natural processes are underway that Joe Biden likely will be unable to thwart immediately by his redistributionist policies. So we should imagine that the now labeled “Trump virus” will at some point sooner than later grow dormant. The “Trump quarantine” will then lift, and with it the “Trump recession.” The “Biden vaccination” will help to end the pandemic, along with the number of those previously infected with “Trump antibodies,” as the “Biden recovery” will take off, at least for a few months.

All sorts of known unknowns follow. When will Biden’s tax hikes, new regulations, subsidized green add-ons, gas and oil curtailment, and massive accumulating debt begin to slow things down?

Will a near $30 trillion debt growing at $2 trillion a year, with a progressive laundry list of ever more “essential” entitlements, finally lead to inflation, or stagflation, or permanent zero interest rates—or an abrupt recession, or worse?

No one knows.


Similar, yet entirely different. The NY Times pens a huge essay on the pandemic situation, what it might mean, where things could go, hope, fear, all the rest. Informative but at least 2 cups of coffee long.

random quotation, not on cases, deaths, schools, politics, or the economy, but on the new J&J vaccine -

The way it works

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine uses a different method to prime the body to fight off Covid-19: a viral vector called Ad26. Viral vectors are common viruses that have been genetically altered so that they do not cause illness but can still cause the immune system to build up its defenses. The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines use messenger RNA to do that.
How well it works

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is rated as highly effective at preventing serious illness and death, as the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are. It is also very effective at preventing milder illness, though a bit less so than those two. It appears to do well against the highly contagious B.1.351 variant, first identified in South Africa, that has given at least one other vaccine candidate trouble.

If I had to choose one of these vaccines right now, in a get-the-shot-or-go-to-the-gulag situation, I’d take the Janssen-19. I want to keep a sharp eye on upcoming side effect stats, if they’re released.


Meanwhile, Big Tech, um, I mean Social Media, um, I mean The Ministry of Today’s Approved Truth, continues it’s war against HCQ and IVM, effective treatments being used all around the world, that you aren’t supposed to know about or talk about. Better you should die. Seriously. Budenoside? Never heard of it, no such thing exists.


March 01, 2021

Signs and Portents

I went to my dentist today. Hadn’t been there since November 2019. The “pandemic experience” there was kind of startling. I know, we all see this every day. And I’m working in a doctor’s office every week, and was just there as a patient the other day. Don’t know why this one just hit me, how weird life has become.

I got there a touch early, and phoned in from the parking lot as instructed. Come on up. They are the only tenant in the two story building, so the elevator goes to their reception area. I press the button with my knuckle. Nobody else is around, so I’ve got the elevator to myself. Inside the door is this sign:


Sweet. A happy golden retriever reminds us how to properly wear a face diaper.

So I go in, and this once swank office is now a plexiglass fortress like everywhere else. I’m immediately instructed to use hand sanitizer. Then I’m given a pen and a form to fill out. I do, and hand it back. The pen goes in the Dirty Pen cup. There are two other people in the waiting room. We sit far apart in the low leather chairs. I’m over on the far side by the calming falling water rock sculpture wall hanging thing. My hygienist calls me in a minute later and it’s down the hall to my exam room. They’re now got an air filter/purifier thing going, and I notice that the HVAC vents are now red lettered with “return air is UV sterilized”. Big time HVAC upgrade. She’s got her mask on behind a face shield, latex gloves, the cap thing doctors wear, a paper gown over her clothes. Wow. Must be a deadly plague going around. Pretty sure I didn’t see any piles of bodies in the parking lot, and not even one carrion vulture anywhere ... and the turkey buzzard ought to be NJ’s official bird. We’ve got billions of them, kept busy eating up all the roadkill deer.

So I suppose it was just another day at any medical office anywhere. But this time it just struck me how warped out the world we live in has become. And I really doubt that any of it is necessary or does the slightest bit of good. But it must meet “the rules”, and makes the sheep more relaxed as they line up in front of the abattoir.


February 28, 2021

link to a totally squee baby aminal vid.


February 27, 2021

The Covid Crap. Good news and bad news

•  J&J Vaccine “Janssen COVID-19” to get EUA this weekend. 70K doses to be delivered to NJ by next week.

Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine trial results have shown:

The vaccine provided complete protection against COVID-19-related hospitalization and death, as compared to those study participants who received a placebo.
The vaccine demonstrated 85 percent effectiveness overall in preventing severe disease, including across countries with newly emerging variants.
The vaccine demonstrated 72 percent effectiveness in the United States (and 66 percent effectiveness overall) at preventing moderate to severe disease.

Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine functions more like a traditional vaccine in that it puts a strain of the adenovirus into the body, according to the CDC. Adenovirus is the virus that causes a common cold.

This is a single dosage vaccine that only needs regular refrigeration, not the dry-ice super cold storage that the two mRNA vaccines have. And it’s pretty much a regular vaccine, not something more akin to gene therapy. So less scary perhaps.

The Company’s Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine leverages the AdVac® vaccine platform, a unique and proprietary technology that was also used to develop and manufacture Janssen’s European Commission-approved Ebola vaccine regimen and construct its investigational Zika, RSV, and HIV vaccines.

Standing on the shoulders of giants. They took a successful method they already had and modified it. Cool.

•  Latest study from Boston: only 1 in 10 chance of catching the ‘rona in your home, lower if you have bigger family.

US researchers analysed data from more than 7,000 homes in Boston and found more than 25,000 people lived there between March 4 and May 17, 2020. In this time frame 7,262 people caught Covid but they only passed it on to a further 1,809 people they lived with, a transmission rate of 10.1 per cent. The paper also found the likelihood of passing the virus on to someone you live with was lower for bigger hosueholds. For example, someone in a home with three to five people — one of whom was infected — was 20 per cent less at risk than a two-person house.

On the other hand, if you have co-moribidities, especially liver disease, your risk increases. This latest study lines up with earlier studies from around the world that showed the same results, a risk factor between 16.6% and 19.5%, although those number may not have been adjusted for pre-existing conditions.

•  Jamaica: with Covid cases on the rise, lackadaisical citizens, no vaccine until nearly next year, top national health folks tell Ministry of Health: get on Ivermectin.

A local politician has come out and declared that the spike of cases is the result of “rampant indiscipline” on display by individuals exhibiting “scant regard for the COVID-19 health and safety protocols.” Dr David Stair was on record recently at a ceremony: “This crisis we face, ladies and gentlemen, is real, it is not only a health issue but it also affects the economy even more significantly, and also it has exposed the glaring indiscipline that exists in our society.” The local authority was critical of a certain “looseness” of Jamaican society and “refuses to conform to rules and regulations.”

Until now there hasn’t been much of the ‘rona down Jamaica way. So they haven’t lost all the tourism money like some places have. An outbreak there could cost them that, and of course all the illness and suffering of their population.

Tomorrow is the end of February. It’s warm enough to rain today, lightly so far. At least it isn’t more snow. Or snow yet. We’ve had 7 snow events this month, adding up to 3 feet of the white stuff hitting the ground. Enough already.


Bowling Blogging !!

Another fun but not spectacular night at Cheap League. We had a good time socializing, yapping it up so much that we were the last teams to finish. Our side didn’t do so good last night. We managed to lose the first two games, one by a hair and one by a little. And while half my team threw nearly as awful in the third game as they did in the first game, I managed to pull out a 208 as the other team was just in play mode, shaving points off their average. So my game gave us the win, and it was enough win to give us the wood. So we went 3-4 for the night. Actually I was above average on all my games. I just missed a 600 series, running up a 595 for the night. That’s a 198 average, 36 over. Good for me.


I’m considering having a new blog column called Oh Shut Up. It’s pretty easy finding stories to fit that category:

•  Pop singer Demi Lovato: Gender Reveal parties are transphobic.  Oh shut up.

•  Black woman on CA school board: Having kids back in classrooms is white supremacy, slavery. Better check dat pribelige, yo.

Parents in the La Mesa-Spring Valley, California, school district are calling for the resignation of a school board trustee who referred to plans to return to in-person learning as “white supremacist ideology.”

Reopen California Schools tweeted about trustee and board Vice President Chardá Bell-Fontenot (pictured), who said during Tuesday’s virtual board meeting that plans on how and when to bring children back into the classroom for in-person learning “seems like a very white supremacist ideology.”

Oh shut up.

•  DC needs even more troops, more AA hire guards, more fences, more barbed wire. Forever!!

A series of substantial changes will be recommended to bolster security at the U.S. Capitol following a review, including adding additional fencing, according to a report.

In addition to the recommendation of “rapidly deployable and removable” walls and fencing around the complex, the draft proposal will advise hiring more than 1,000 additional Capitol Police officers to staff the building and regional offices in members’ districts, CNN reported, citing two sources.

The price tag for the additional officers would be close to $100 million, the network reported. The fencing could be in the tens of millions.

Long-term, the review may suggest building a wall around the Capitol – although one of the sources cautioned it would likely not be permanent.

A government that cowers in fear behind walls and guns is not a legitimate government. So not only Oh Shut Up, but Just Go Away.

Maybe this isn’t the greatest blog idea. Or maybe it’s such an easy, obvious idea that I could just rename BMEWS as Oh Shut Up.


February 26, 2021

Unmasking A Problem

A year into the pandemic, the disposable, virus-filtering N95 mask remains a coveted piece of protective gear. Continuing shortages have forced doctors and nurses to reuse their N95s, and ordinary Americans have scoured the internet — mostly in vain — to get them.

But Luis Arguello Jr. has plenty of N95s for sale — 30 million of them, in fact, which his family-run business, DemeTech, manufactured in its factories in Miami. He simply can’t find buyers.

After the pandemic exposed a huge need for protective equipment, and China closed its inventory to the world, DemeTech, a medical suture maker, dived into the mask business. The company invested tens of millions of dollars in new machinery and then navigated a nine-month federal approval process that allows the masks to be marketed.

But demand is so slack that Mr. Arguello is preparing to lay off some of the 1,300 workers he had hired to ramp up production.

“It’s insane that we can’t get these masks to the people who desperately need them,” he said.

In one of the more confounding disconnects between the laws of supply and demand, many of the nearly two dozen small American companies that recently jumped into the business of making N95s are facing the abyss — unable to crack the market, despite vows from both former President Donald Trump and President Biden to “Buy American” and buoy domestic production of essential medical gear.

This kind of story is pretty widespread. You can search up plenty more stories if you want:

I owe 3M an apology. It turns out that they’ve made more than 2 billion N95 masks this past year. But the demand is for at least 3.5 billion, so they’re still in short supply. And even though more than 30 small businesses have stepped up to the plate, government certification takes ages. So much for “war time footing”. And the hospital bean counters get in the way, unwilling to go with new vendors and always looking to save a penny if they can. So they buy from China, where the CDC says at least 70% of the masks made don’t meet spec, and many are fraudulent knock-offs. Plus “re-training” for a slightly different mask would be sooo expensive. Seriously? “Put mask on face, make sure it’s sealed around the edges.” There you go, trained. If you’re smart enough to be a doctor, surely you can figure out how to wear a damn mask.

I’m all for freedom and an open market, but maybe just maybe the government should run distribution. Of course, they’ve made a total mess out of the vaccine channels, so maybe not. But a letter, a web page, a push, a reminder, to hospitals et al to buy local first, even if it costs a tiny bit more, and here’s a list of approved companies? Could it hurt?

30 million masks going unsold? Golly, remember when Cuomo sent in his goons to raid the supplies of small businesses who had stockpiled these things? Because of suspected price gouging? Hey Amazon, how much did they sell for in bulk in 2018? Add 10%. That’s a fair price. So maybe price controls on this one specific item?


February 25, 2021



OK, the chicken parms came out just fine. I used an unusual kind of Italian shredded cheese, type unknown, as they’ve moved everything around again in the cheese arena in the grocery store. And the deli next to it is still only doing phone in orders, because the ‘rona. So with a lot of effort I was able to find some sliced provolone and some sliced mozzarella, and this shredded cheese stuff. Could not find the good, freshly grated parmigiana or romano. I could find the cheap Kraft stuff over in the spaghetti aisle, so I got “Italy’s #1 cheese” mystery shred instead. And it tastes pretty good.

Ok, so I’ve got 6 of them left over, so we’re set for a few more meals.


Late Night Plumbing

Some folks get to relax after dinner and watch TV. Not me. The kitchen sink has been draining slowly the past week or so, and this afternoon it clogged solid. I did the usual plumber’s helper plunging thing, but that might have made things even worse. So do I call the drain guys now, or wait until morning, to see if they can come Friday or on the weekend, when I’m sure I’ll pay double?

First, I have to at least try. So I got out my big plastic bucket, got everything out from under the sink ... and everything lives under the sink, OMG, including a big bottle of rum I haven’t seen in months .. .tried to find my giant jaw ViseGrip pliers, which are the greatest thing ever for unscrewing pipe couplers. Naturally I couldn’t find it. It’s out in the black hole known as The Garage (cue Twilight Zone music). But I could find a medium pair of crappy ChiCom slip joint pliers, and I made that do. Got everything apart, gallons of water pouring into the bucket. Pour that down the toilet. Ok, the down pipe and the P-trap weren’t so bad, so the clog has to be down the line somewhere. Back to the garage to find my medium big electric drill (I’ve got a 3/4” hammer drill in there somewhere, used it once to drive screws into concrete), and what’s left of my homeowner grade power auger. That’s a plumbing snake with a rotating handle. It’s supposed to be 25’ long, but it took a serious kink ages ago and is now only good for about 9 or 10 feet. So I found them, brought them in, and assumed the position. Because working under a sink is the worst, most uncomfortable body position imaginable. Now do it so you can use this auger thing attached to a drill, which requires two hands to hold it and another hand or two to feed the wire. Yeah, comfort. No.

I found about 6 hard spots and carefully worked the wire spring whip back and forth across them, clearing them half an inch at a time. Finally I’d cleared the full usable length of the spring wire, and given the pipes a good internal thrashing to scrape off all the yurk. Put everything back together, ran the water enough to wash my hands 3 times ... plumbing is disgusting, what lives inside your pipes ... and it seems to be cleared. Woo Effing Hoo!! And as I’m drying myself off ... any pipe job will eat half a roll of paper towels, always ... there’s G Cat outside the kitchen slider, patiently waiting by his empty food dish. Seems the hawk ate his food, or perhaps one of those skunks came by earlier to finish off what the big bad bird left behind. So G got a whole can of fishy pate, and he chowed most of it down. Then I had to feed our indoor girls again, who come running to eat because they can tell their brother/cousin is on the other side of the glass. But they ignore him. Typical females. And have their own eats. When he was done, they were done. Cats have ESP or something.

So I didn’t put everything back under the sink. I’ll let it sit for a bit, run the dishwasher tomorrow. No leaks so far that I can find, but let’s see how it holds up. No point putting all that stuff back under only to have to pull it all out again.

So I’m giving myself a pat on the back. Good Dad Task, done. And if it works, I saved a couple hundred bucks for the weekend service call. Because pipes never clog on Monday mornings.

And now that I’ve found the rum ...


Wish me luck, I’m making chicken parms tonight.

Actually, I’ve done it many times before, but not in a long time. And I have my new iron skillet to try out. I got one of those with the polished interior. Came pre-seasoned with flax oil, but I’ve given it 4 treatments with grapeseed oil this past week, so it should be good. And I’ve got lots of high temperature grapeseed oil to use.

Ok, time to go and beat my meat. Then season it, bread it, dip it in egg, crust it with breadcrumbs and let it chill for a while before going in the frying pan. Brown it, put it in a greased glass baking dish, parm and prov, then some sauce, then mozz on top, bake it. Who needs a recipe for that?


I need to be faster with my phone camera.

Life In The Friggin’ Jungle, Part Eleventy Seven of The Kibble Khronicles


So I’m sitting here typing away at the PC. CLONK! What was that? CLONK!! Oh God, the lady upstairs is moving stuff around again? But it sounds like something hit the window. CLONK!! Ok, WTF is going on?

I get up to go see, and head to the kitchen to look out the slider. There’s a big red shouldered hawk eating the chunky meaty cat food she put out this morning for Ginger cat. And he sees his reflection in the window and thinks it’s a threat. So he’s grabbing a bite, then slam-pecking at the window in defense. He sees me and flies off. This bird lives in the area; I’ve seen him around for years. It’s pretty cool how such a large winged bird can fly through the tree branches so easily.

Everything that lives outside eats cat food. Except squirrels. And now I can add great big hawks to that list.


Happy MoneyDay!
It’s not Monday, it’s Thursday. No, not Monday. Money Day. Oh.


Some might see this as a dark anniversary.

On February 25, 1862, the U.S. Congress passes the Legal Tender Act, authorizing the use of paper notes to pay the government’s bills. This ended the long-standing policy of using only gold or silver in transactions, and it allowed the government to finance the enormously costly Civil War long after its gold and silver reserves were depleted.

Soon after the war began, the federal government began to run low on specie. Several proposals involving the use of bonds were suggested. Finally, Congress began printing money, which the Confederate government had been doing since the beginning of the war. The Legal Tender Act allowed the government to print $150 million in paper money that was not backed by a similar amount of gold and silver. Many bankers and financial experts predicted doom for the economy, as they believed there would be little confidence in the scheme. There were also misgivings in Congress, as many legislators worried about a complete collapse of the nation’s financial infrastructure.

The paper notes, called greenbacks, worked much better than expected. The government was able to pay its bills and, by increasing the money in circulation, the wheels of Northern commerce were greased. The greenbacks were legal tender, which meant that creditors had to accept them at face value. In 1862, Congress also passed an income tax and steep excise taxes, both of which cooled the inflationary pressures created by the greenbacks.

Another legal tender act passed in 1863, and by war’s end nearly a half-billion dollars in greenbacks had been issued. The Legal Tender Act laid the foundation for the creation of a permanent currency in the decades after the Civil War.

mo money, mo money!!


Bowling Blogging !!!

We did OK last night at Old Guys League, winning 5-2. Took the first game and the last game and total wood. Nothing special from me, but I ran a few points over average for the night.  I made a couple of impressive spares, but no miracle one. I did get a reverse domino strike, very rare, which is always fun. You make a lousy shot, but the pins topple slowly, one hitting another hitting another across the deck. My last two pins, the pocket of course, fell forward just as the bar came down, thus the “reverse” part. I had a good time, busting chops and mouthing off with the guys on the other team. My team still sits mostly in silence.

Of course, our wins last night may not be permanent. We bowled the team that was out last week due to the Covid, and only two of them were back last night. It’s the other two who are actually sick, and we hear that one of them is already well and itchy to be done with his quarantine period. Didn’t hear anything about the other guy other than that he’d been in contact last week, was getting treatment, and wasn’t doing so bad. Right, great. But these guys are being allowed to post-bowl indefinitely, an act of compassion because of the pandemic. I guess I’m OK with that, at least a little. But if they’re out for another week and get the same exception, it’s going to start screwing up the standings for everyone. Usually, if you make arrangements, you can post-bowl, but you have to do it before the next week’s regular bowling, or else. And nobody gets an exception for any regular kind of illness. Our guy Val was out for 3 or 4 weeks with a leg injury. We had a sub a few times, but the last time he went down as an absentee score. So let’s bend the rules too far, m’kay? [ “Smokey, this is not ‘Nam, this is bowling. There are rules.” ]

I encouraged Val to keep his hand at the 5 o’clock position instead of his usual 3 o’clock position. He’s a slow roller, more of a hip tosser with a finger jerk, and the full side hand means his ball hooks extremely in the last few feet before the pins. This makes him miss the 10 pin leave very often, and to cross over on his strike ball. I think it helped, as he was throwing in the 150s last night, instead of his usual 130s. He still needs to play a bit more angle across the lanes on his corner spares, and visualize that line, so that he doesn’t plant the ball in the gutter 20 feet before the pins.  I made all my 10 pin leaves last night, and most of my 6-10s as well. So at least on spares I can throw an accurate ball.


February 24, 2021

Yay, routine eye exam this morning. Nothing wrong with my vision, but my glasses lenses are worn out. The coatings last about 2 years, and then it’s like looking through a dirty window screen.


February 23, 2021

Upon Reflection, It Was All Projection

Every MSM criticism of FL Governor DeSantis was untrue, and actually applied to NY Governor Cuomo. Did you expect anything different?

After it has become clear that Cuomo’s handling of the pandemic was not just criminal in the metaphorical sense, but perhaps in the literal sense, the press has begun, only reluctantly and belatedly, to abandon its long-running Cuomo hagiography.

It never made any sense to lionize Cuomo at the expense of DeSantis, except that one had a “D” after his name, and the other didn’t, and one hated President Donald Trump, and the other didn’t. The national media also labor under the assumption that New York must be competent, while the Sunshine State is the preserve of the embarrassingly boorish “Florida Man.”

Finally, the media loved the way Cuomo talked about the pandemic at his take-charge news conferences. This was taken as the opposite of Trump’s approach, which it was — Cuomo talked a good game, while utterly botching the substance of the response, while Trump talked irresponsibly about the pandemic, while handling the substance pretty well (or, certainly, not as badly as advertised).

All this meant that the press made both Cuomo and DeSantis into something they weren’t — a hero and a villain, respectively — when it should have been obvious all along that this wasn’t remotely justified.

Anyone who hasn’t drunk the blue kool-aide knew 11 months ago that Killer Cuomo was a loudmouth sleazebag thug. And since then we’ve learned that DeSantis has been doing a pretty good job. But the MSM is inside out. If they say the sky is blue, you’d better go outside and check.


Perhaps the last Melania Trump magazine piece done, 2 weeks before the 2016 inauguration. And I have no idea if she got the cover. Harper’s ran a short piece on the soon-to-be First Lady, focusing on how she disagreed with her husband a lot of the time. Gee, a proto-trope in the making?

Still, it was a great picture, and Melania looked fabulous as always. After the Trumps moved in to the White House, she was swept under the rug. I’d be amazed if she got 1 or 2 covers in the whole time. Whereas Big Mike was on everything, every week.


The full interview is here.


Space News!!


The view from Mars. Panoramic shot of Jezero Crater, taken by the Perseverance rover. For an animated pic, plus more info, click here.

NASA’s Perseverance rover, which landed on the surface of Mars last Thursday (Feb. 18), just beamed down its first panoramic image of the Martian surface, the agency reported today (Feb. 22).

The car-sized rover snapped the panorama on Feb. 20, 2021, just two days after landing in Jezero Crater, an ancient lake on the Red Planet’s surface, using its onboard Navigation Cameras (or Navcams). The panorama was created here on Earth with six individual images taken by the interplanetary robot’s cameras.


Perseverance will continue to take photos and videos on Mars, and the rover will also record, for the first time ever, audio using a microphone on the surface of Mars. The rover, which is slated to last at least two years on the Red Planet (though previous rovers have far outlived their expected end dates), is taking detailed and plentiful images for a number of reasons.

With detailed images of the Martian surface, scientists back on Earth can explore what types of rocks and material are actually in Jezero Crater. They can also use these images to support one of the mission’s primary science objectives: to find evidence of ancient life on Mars.

Scientists think Jezero Crater was once a massive lake and delta system, roughly 3.5 billion years ago. Because of this, and because life as we know it on Earth depends on the presence of things like water, they estimate that if life did exist on Mars at that time it likely lived in this ancient crater. This means that, in the panorama image taken by Perseverance, you are looking at an ancient lake bed where Martian life could once have thrived.

Pretty cool. OTOH, this looks like the worst dried up fill dirt I’ve ever seen. Yeah, 3 billion years without rain or an atmosphere will do that, I’m sure.


Meanwhile, the space programs back here on our blue marble go woke. Woker? Inclusionist? Whatevs.

•  Cargo rocket named after “Hidden Woman”, Katherine Johnson, who did some calculations for Apollo 11. Remember the movie? Unmanned rocket is a food delivery truck, to be sent back filled with poop and garbage. Um, maybe that’s not quite as much progress as we were looking for??

•  Handi-nauts wanted!! European Space Agency announces call for ‘parastronauts’ with disabilities. I suppose this is a good thing, equal access and all that. Pity that they can’t select astronauts based on their abilities, and instead have to choose them based on their disabilities. Oh, sorry, reading the article it seems that candidates will already have all the Right Stuff, and some other significant usually-disqualifying physical attribute.

The European Space Agency is diversifying its astronaut pool with its first call for astronauts that is open to candidates with physical disabilities.

In this call for new astronauts, the agency’s first recruitment drive in over a decade, ESA announced that it plans to accept four to six career astronauts (who will be permanent ESA staff) and about 20 “reserve astronauts,” who could fly for shorter missions to destinations like the International Space Station.

As part of this call for astronaut applicants, ESA Director General Jan Wörner revealed during a recent news briefing that the agency is aiming to bring its first “parastronaut,” or astronaut with physical disabilities, on board, according to SpaceNews.

As part of what it calls the “Parastronaut feasibility project,” “ESA is ready to invest in defining the necessary adaptations of space hardware in an effort to enable these otherwise excellently qualified professionals to serve as crew members on a safe and useful space mission,” the agency said in a statement, adding that it will open up this opportunity for one or more applicants.

I’m thinking ADA-compliant zero gravity bathrooms. Yeah, that’ll work. Hey, no wheelchair ramps needed in zero G. No wheelchairs needed either!! This could be a cool thing maybe.


February 22, 2021

A Truly Texas Solution: Pickup Trucks Save Lives

Texan uses his new Ford F-150’s built in generator to power his home. Worked so well every dealer in Texas with F-150s with generators rented them out to help.

Randy Jones of Katy, Texas has lost track of how many reporters have called to hear his personal story about powering his home with his pickup truck during the Texas blackout; It has run in English, Spanish and Chinese.

“I saw myself on Fox News this morning,” he said Friday. “It has created a lot of interest. Amazing. All I wanted was a little comfort.”

As Texans finish up a week of struggling with undependable power supplies, frigid temperatures and uncertainty about clean water as frozen pipes burst, Jones isn’t the only one who sees truck ownership as essential during uncertain times.

“You always have to be prepared,” said the 66-year-old retired refinery worker.

He and others endured a blackout from Sunday to Wednesday with the help of his 2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid truck with Pro Power Onboard. Even later in the week, electricity was still sketchy, residents said.
Ford confirmed it had seen an 18% spike in online searches for the F-150 by late Thursday. The F-Series has been America’s bestselling franchise for ages, so seeing a traffic spike from consumers is notable.
Ford sent letters to its Texas dealers on Thursday encouraging them to use the hybrid trucks as needed for emergency purposes.

“Due to the urgent and unprecedented weather situation in Texas, a number of our local dealers are using all-new Ford 150s equipped with Pro Power Onboard to help in their communities. Approximately 415 trucks fall within this effort. We’re proud to pitch in to help Texas in this time of need,” Levine said.

So dealers may sell the vehicles as needed or they can qualify for $600 in financial compensation from Ford corporate if the trucks with Pro Power Onboard are used in the community for an extended period of time. It allows dealers to discount the vehicle if slightly used. How the trucks might be used locally is left up to dealers, Ford said.

Ryan Laskowski, 38, general manager of AutoNation Ford Katy in Texas said he has 17 hybrid F-150s in stock and the dealership is ready to support customers with loaner vehicles as needed.

Granted, this is a $70,000 hybrid pickup truck. But everything is bigger and better in Texas, right?



One Spritz, no needles, no refrigeration

U Alabama Covid vaccine goes to Phase 1 Trial

known as AdCOVID, ... the novel, single-dose intranasal vaccine candidate was actually tested during preclinical studies at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Contributing to the ultimate FDA greenlight of the IND, the UAB research team discovered potent serum neutralizing antibody responses, T cell responses, and robust induction in mucosal immunity in mice after a single intranasal dose of the novel candidate.

A nasal spray vaccine that needs no dry ice levels of freezing cold would certainly be easier to distribute. That it works directly and firstly on the mucus membranes of your nose, throat, and lungs means it would get to work right away directly at the illness sites.

The power to elicit mucosal immunity at the linings of the nose and lungs would protect not only against infection but also against transmission. Existing intramuscular COVID-19 vaccines are not known to elicit this kind of immunity.

Altimmune says it expects that these simple and convenient handling requirements, together with the potential ability to block SARS-CoV-2 transmission, could position AdCOVID as a leading intranasal COVID-19 vaccine.

“We believe deployment of intranasal vaccines like AdCOVID will be essential to a successful global response to the pandemic,” said Vipin K. Garg, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of Altimmune. “Developing vaccines that can effectively prevent transmission is a growing imperative to block the spread of disease and combat the emergence of new variants.”

FranLund JoomlaFran Lund, Ph.D.Altimmune’s Phase 1 clinical trial will evaluate safety and immunogenicity of AdCOVID in up to 180 healthy volunteers between the ages of 18 and 55. AdCOVID will be administered as a nasal spray at one of three dose levels.

Now let’s see how it works on people. These things take time. And I’ll see if I can find out how the vaccine works, whether it’s one of these mRNA ones or not.

AdCOVID’s point of differentiation compared to OWS vaccines: [ OWS: Operation Warp Speed. The first Trump vaccines use this mRNA thing, which frightens the daylights out of people. The next vaccine coming along uses it too, but does the mRNA thing in moth cells, not your body ]

1. Only the intranasal route of administration can prevent both infection and transmission. This is because intranasal vaccines can induce mucosal immunity ((IgA)), which is imperative for reducing transmission.

2. Convenience: AdCOVID is a single dose vaccine that may be self-administrable. Patients may not need to visit a clinic, and the vaccine could be mailed to the patient’s residence. This characteristic is well suited for children and senior patients.

3. AdCOVID is stable at room temperature for 3 months to 1 year and does not need a negative 30-70 degree cold chain like other OWS vaccines. This is well suited for developing countries and hot-climates.

4. Strong safety with mild side effects: AdCOVID and T-COVID haven’t published results from the human studies yet, and the safety data is not available. However, we can use Altimmune’s NasoVax as a benchmark; NasoVAX’s Phase IIa trial data released in March 2018 showed that it was well-tolerated at all doses tested. Because AdCOVID shares the same platform, I believe it will likely show a similar level of safety profile to NasoVax. Also, another study showed that intranasal rAd vectored vaccines have no systemic adverse events in humans.

AdCOVID stimulates a type of localized immunity called mucosal immunity, which can act to prevent both SARS-CoV-2 virus infection and transmission. In preclinical studies, AdCOVID produced a 29-fold increase in mucosal IgA [ antibody ], well above the level associated with protection observed in several clinical studies from influenza, another respiratory virus.

Based on clinical experience with Altimmune’s vaccine platform technology, AdCOVID is expected to provide durable immunity of up to a year or more following a single dose and to have an excellent tolerability and stability profile.

That’s about all I could quickly come up with, although I did see a chart of a bunch of vaccines (link 2 above) and this one was not listed. So it isn’t a mRNA vax as far as I can tell, although that hard to read chart reinforces my support for the NovaVax product, a recombinant protein vaccine that shows a higher level of antibody response than either of the two mRNA vaxes currently available, but the NovaVax PREVENT-19 vaccine is just entering Phase 3 trials, as of today, with 30,000 volunteers in the US and Mexico.

About PREVENT-19, aka NVX-CoV2373

NVX-CoV2373 is a protein-based vaccine candidate engineered from the genetic sequence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 disease.  NVX-CoV2373 was created using Novavax’ recombinant nanoparticle technology to generate antigen derived from the coronavirus spike (S) protein and is adjuvanted with Novavax’ patented saponin-based Matrix-M™ [ a plant based foaming agent ] to enhance the immune response and stimulate high levels of neutralizing antibodies. 
NVX-CoV2373 contains purified protein antigen and can neither replicate, nor can it cause COVID-19.


Off Again, On Again, Here Again, SNOW

Last week weather report was for a big but short snowstorm today. Over the weekend they changed it, not predicting snow at all. Early early this morning the forecast was for maybe a dusting. Snowflakes lightly fell from the sky beginning around 10am, but by 11 it started to really come down. It’s 1:50 in the afternoon. We’ve had 5 inches so far. And it’s still snowing, hard. I think this is snow event #7 for us this month. And there’s still a whole week of February left.


5pm: Is it over? Seems to have stopped, at least for now. Looks like we had 4.5”, but it’s suddenly warmer, so the snow is compacting rapidly.


February 20, 2021

Time To Cancel Killer Cuomo

AOC Calls For Investigation

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) on Friday threw her support behind an investigation into the Cuomo administration’s handling of the coronavirus in New York state’s nursing residences.

Ocasio-Cortez said in a statement:

I support our state’s return to co-equal governance and stand with our local officials calling for a full investigation of the Cuomo administration’s handling of nursing homes during COVID-19. Thousands of vulnerable New Yorkers lost their lives in nursing homes throughout the pandemic. Their loved ones and the public deserve answers and transparency from their elected leadership, and the Secretary to the Governor’s remarks warrant a full investigation.

The Cuomo administration is under investigation by the FBI and the U.S. Attorney in Brooklyn following reports the governor’s top aide privately apologized to Democrat lawmakers for withholding the nursing home data, admitting that officials “froze” over concerns that the figures could “be used against us” in a federal investigation. The bombshell admission was first reported by the New York Post.

In the wake of the scandal, New York state lawmakers have called for Cuomo’s emergency powers, granted to him amid the coronavirus pandemic, to be stripped from him.

Autophagy, the act of the body eating itself, is so much fun to watch in politics.

Cuomo ordered the sick people back into nursing homes on March 25. IIRC, this was after he had granted the nursing home bosses immunity, which was after they had donated heavily to his campaign. Two months later the facts were buried, when this order was mysteriously removed from the NY Health web site.

Not to mention that he blamed Trump the whole time, while his pal DeBlasio ignored the hospital ship President Trump sent to NYC and ignored the emergency field hospitals that Trump also built, like the one in the Javits Center.

Lost in this ugly shuffle is the awareness that Cuomo also banned the use of HCQ and chloroquine for public treatment of Covid-19 on the very same day.

It’s like he was purposely trying to kill people. Well, duh. Anybody with a brain figured that one out immediately back then. It just took the Democrats ELEVEN MONTHS to catch up.


Bulgaria joins the Ivermectin team. This makes them the third Balkan nation to get aboard in as many weeks. Slovakia and Macedonia already using in. But in Bulgaria it’s free.

Queues Form In Bulgaria To Get Free Covid Treatment

Health authorities there have accepted the position that this drug has an exceptional effect when used in the early stages of treatment after infection with coronavirus infection. It is no accident that luminaries under the direction of Assoc. Prof. Georgi Popov and Professor Ivo Petrov “Huvemek” gave a positive rating.
There is strong evidence that ivermectin blocks the virus’ transport protein from entering the nucleus and makes it difficult to multiply. The drug has helped tens of thousands of men and women recover from COVID.

Ivermectin is currently approved for human use in the United States, France, Austria, Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, and other countries.

Bulgaria did their own small trail, just to make sure. When that worked, they went for it.

Let’s see how the numbers run in the Balkans over the next month. I’m also curious about their treatment protocol, as the dosage they used in their trial seemed a good bit heavier than usual. OTOH they reported viral clearance in 4 days.


Another reason why we like living here in the rural red corner of NJ. We have so little crime that we’ve consolidated jails with our northern neighbor Warren County, which is even more rural and red than we are. This has saved our county more than 3/4 of a million, compared to the previous jail consolidation we had with our more suburban, more blue, neighbor to the east, Somerset County. 125,000 people live in our county; county lockup usually has 30-45 inmates. That’s around a 0.03% incarceration rate. And more than half of those criminals came from somewhere else.

Hunterdon Sheriff: Jail Consolidation With Warren County Saving Costs

Hunterdon County Sheriff Fred W. Brown reported, at the February 16thBoard of County Commissioners meeting, that the shared services contract with Warren County to house county inmates approved one year ago has been successful and has resulted in significant cost savings for the County.Sheriff Brown reported, “The first year of the change over from Somerset to Warren County for housing inmates has achieved over $765,000 in savings for the County of Hunterdon. While some of the savings was due to the pandemic with fewer number of inmates on average, the cost reductions were realized in every budget category from monthly inmate charges to inmate medical expenses and medical security costs.”Hunterdon County’s expenditure for jail consolidation”
The Sheriff also reported, “There have been no complaints from anyone regarding the handling of inmates. There have also been no COVID-19 positive tests for any inmates.”


February 19, 2021

Even more bowling blogging!!

We won all 7 tonight in Cheap League. Our team did pretty well, most of us rolling a bit over average most of the time. Out opponents weren’t having that kind of luck; one was absent, two were on average or a bit below, and one was rolling poorly, blaming everything but himself.

I did fairly well. No super high game like in my other league, but fairly consistent in an above average way. So maybe that means I’m actually improving? Time will tell. I threw two 190 games and a 159, giving me a series average a hair under 180. I carry a 162 average in this league. So, happy me.

And the snow stopped around the time we left here to drive up to the alley tonight. And all these hours later, and it’s not snowing. Sweet.


Various links:

Cuomo is a bully with everyone. Gosh, really??

Gen Z needs to kick start their brains and start thinking for themselves. Gosh, really?

In a tiny Red corner of Connecticut, the First Amendment lives. Anti-Biden flags accepted as free speech. Nice.

In the past two presidential elections, while Connecticut as a whole was mostly blue and Democratic, Plymouth voters chose Trump by wide margins over Biden (60.4%) and Hillary Clinton in 2016 (64.8%).

Local police, Benecchi said, will protect the flag flyers’ rights as they would the rights of any citizen.

Love those Red pocket zones. We live in one 5 counties wide, and it’s ... normal. Like regular America. Outstanding!


Ok, today’s snow seems to be over. Ok, not over over, but reduced to light and steady, hardly dusting the sidewalks after hours of it.

And according to this op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, it might be time for the pandemic panic to be over too. It ain’t over over either, but it’s lots better. This is called “herd immunity” and it’s happening.

Oh Oh The Herd Immunity Wagon Is A Coming!

op ed at the WSJ

Dr. Makary is a professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health, chief medical adviser to Sesame Care, and author of “The Price We Pay.”

Amid the dire Covid warnings, one crucial fact has been largely ignored: Cases are down 77% over the past six weeks. If a medication slashed cases by 77%, we’d call it a miracle pill. Why is the number of cases plummeting much faster than experts predicted?

In large part because natural immunity from prior infection is far more common than can be measured by testing. Testing has been capturing only from 10% to 25% of infections, depending on when during the pandemic someone got the virus. Applying a time-weighted case capture average of 1 in 6.5 to the cumulative 28 million confirmed cases would mean about 55% of Americans have natural immunity.

Now add people getting vaccinated. As of this week, 15% of Americans have received the vaccine, and the figure is rising fast. Former Food and Drug Commissioner Scott Gottlieb estimates 250 million doses will have been delivered to some 150 million people by the end of March.
Covid-19 deaths in the U.S. would also suggest much broader immunity than recognized. About 1 in 600 Americans has died of Covid-19, which translates to a population fatality rate of about 0.15%. The Covid-19 infection fatality rate is about 0.23%. These numbers indicate that roughly two-thirds of the U.S. population has had the infection.

In my own conversations with medical experts, I have noticed that they too often dismiss natural immunity, arguing that we don’t have data. The data certainly doesn’t fit the classic randomized-controlled-trial model of the old-guard medical establishment. There’s no control group. But the observational data is compelling.
I have argued for months that we could save more American lives if those with prior Covid-19 infection forgo vaccines until all vulnerable seniors get their first dose. Several studies demonstrate that natural immunity should protect those who had Covid-19 until more vaccines are available. Half my friends in the medical community told me: Good idea. The other half said there isn’t enough data on natural immunity, despite the fact that reinfections have occurred in less than 1% of people—and when they do occur, the cases are mild.
Some medical experts privately agreed with my prediction that there may be very little Covid-19 by April but suggested that I not to talk publicly about herd immunity because people might become complacent and fail to take precautions or might decline the vaccine. But scientists shouldn’t try to manipulate the public by hiding the truth.

Funny how just a few months ago you could get banned from social media by even trying to discuss herd immunity.

Also funny how within a day or three of creepy sleepy call a lid Biden* occupying the Oval Office, the FDA came out with new guidelines about reducing the number of cycles on the PCR test, which were known to be way too high, resulting in such a huge number of false postives that the media had to invent the term “pre-symptomatic” to keep the fear rolling, as people realized that “asymptomatic” really meant “not sick at all, false positive on the test”. Not that those falsies had any impact on the Official Scary Daily Case Counts.

So to an extent I agree with this doc. Give the vaccine to those who want it who have not had the virus. Encourage widespread usage of prohylactic treatments.

And yes, we have peaked again. Here in NJ cases have been falling since around the start of the year. And we’re STILL one of the hottest spots in the nation. And while the number of cases in our dreaded “second wave” were several times more than the ones in early 2020, the number of fatalities was hardly a fourth as large.


Surprise! It’s snowing again. ;-(

After 4” yesterday, then a slight bit of misty rain, just enough to make a crust, we got about 15 hours off. And now it’s snowing again, with a couple more inches forecast, followed by a bit more ice. That will last into Saturday, but they’re saying we’ll get Sunday off and it will warm up. Not to worry, more snow is forecast for Monday. Today’s snow is the 6th time this month enough white stuff has fallen from the sky to accumulate.

Global warming my frozen mittens. At least we’re not in Texas. Those poor folks. But I read that Gov Abbot is saying the power is coming back at a really good rate.



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calendar   Wednesday - August 19, 2020

Gee, Oops

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

NYC Ship Sinking, Rats Long Gone

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

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


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


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


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


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The ‘Rona Song

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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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. 


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

toldja so

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

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

And here it is.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[ Editor’s note: Some readers reacted strongly to this essay, seeing it as an attempt to ignite a racist conspiracy theory. ]
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).


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

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

How Dare You!!

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

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

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


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