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Once Again, The One And Only Post

May 16, 2021

I think I fixed it

We had a pretty warm day here a couple weeks ago, so I flipped on the A/C. Nothing happened. The fan ran inside, up in the air handler. No coolness. I went outside, around back to the compressor unit, and I could hear the pump running, but no fan. I’d replaced the fan and the multi-capacitor about 5 years ago, and about 2 years ago we had an A/C guy come by and he had to replace those caps again. He’s “my husband”, married to my friend who works in the condo office here. He runs his own HVAC company and they live in a nice house a few blocks from here. So he tells me the unit is on it’s last legs, it might last another season, and it will run about $6000 to put in a new system. So we figured to wait it out. When it didn’t seem to run this year, I gave him a call, guessing it was time to bite the bullet. Took me two calls and 9 days to get him to stop by. He’s Mr. Busy, and doesn’t have time to do ours. Besides, he’s a la-ti-da Lennox guy, and our unit is a lowly Goodman brand. Goodman A/C is the best value units on the market. It’s the same company as Amana, exact same models, but at a lower price. Half the cost of a Lennox system. But he doesn’t have time. So I gave fixing it another try. The motor wouldn’t go, so I searched online and located what seemed to be the right replacement motor. $108 delivered. Good enough. It arrived this afternoon. Got out my tools, turned off the circuit, pulled the top panel off the compressor. Motor is attached to that. Tried to turn the blade, it didn’t move. WTH? Got p/o-ed, gave it a good angry yank, and it broke free. Spun easily. Went back in side, turned on the power, and flipped the switch. Houston, we have ignition. Motor works fine. So I put it back together, and it’s running fine. Of course, it’s a bit too cool right now to tell if any chill is coming out inside, but at least it runs. And I have to figure out whether I should send the brand new motor back, or hang on to it just in case. A $108 insurance policy? Can’t say.


May 13, 2021

Been busy. And she’s had a couple days off, so it’s been like an extended weekend. So extended that I forgot what day it was, and didn’t go to the prize night for Old Guys league last night. Oh well; there will be an envelope for me at the front desk, and both of us have to go up there Friday night.

We’ve been busy in the gardens. Weeding, cutting down the spent tulips and daffodils, and planting annuals. Loads of them. Put in 3 dozen the other day, 2 dozen yesterday, got another 2 dozen to do today. At least we’re finally getting a break in the weather, and the cold rains seem to be over.

Tax time! Yeah, we put it off forever, but now it has to be done. Thankfully, ours aren’t that complicated.

Pig roast at the FIL’s place Saturday. We’re making up a couple of giant salads, one lettuce based and the other a marinated mexican style bean thingy. And taking folding chairs and a folding table. We are NOT going there the day before to help pick up the dead pig and then start roasting it at 6am. Let my BIL do that. We have to stay here and take care of our kittehs

NJ and perhaps the rest of the country is now pushing the Covid vaccines on teenagers. Ages 12-17. This just a week or two after it was changed to anybody over 16, which was a few days after it was anybody 18 or over. The eligibility rules change by the hour it seems. Whatever. Unless a strong majority of the older and more at risk people have been fully vaccinated, I don’t think teens or children should get the shots. Heck, I don’t think teens or kids should get the shots at all, but nobody listens to me.

The Covid Crisis in India ... several more states are now officially approving Ivermectin. Good. Field data from 30 million patients will be hard to ignore, although TBTB and the media have done exactly that so far.

Oh joy, the gas pipeline is open again. Gas prices went up 30¢ in a just a couple days. Let’s see how long they take to go back down. haha, Drew make funny. Prices won’t go back down until Harris/Biden leave office.

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May 10, 2021

Been playing in the garden. Enough. Time for lunch.

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I wanted to pick up some Reed’s Stronger ginger beer, part of my ongoing experiment to find the best ingredients for a Moscow Mule. They had it at the Big Lots over in Phillipsburg, which is right next door to the Acasia Thai restaurant. So going there for lunch was a no brainer. I was the only customer.

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Trying hard to stop reading all this Covid treatment stuff. So of course I’ve been side tracked and am learning about Artemesia Annua, an herb used forever in traditional Chinese medicine. It appears to be an anti-malarial, an anti-viral, a cancer fighter, and even works against herpes. Pretty damn amazing. Covid IVM combo paper. One of several malaria study papers.

I’m not saying you should, but you can get liquid ivermectin 1% solution (1cc = 10mg IVM) from Amazon (Duvet 50ml injectable, $45). 50ml will treat a family of 4. (0.3mg/kg dose is 2cc if you weigh 150lb, 225lb is 3cc. 0.2mg/kg prophylactic [weekly or bi-weekly] dose is 1.3cc for 150lb) They also have 5cc oral syringes (100 for $12). Finding doxycycline 100mg at the pet store is a bit hard right now. The liquid form is purer than the horse paste form. If I went this route, I’d add the weekly squirt to a cup of artemesia tea with honey.

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Hey, remember all those billions Bush 2 spent on post 9/11 cybersecurity and protecting our critical infrastructure? What happened???

May 06, 2021

Bowling Blogging !!

Getting A Happy Ending

We went in to the finals 4 points ahead of our opponents at Old Guys league. We won 5-2 last night. This was enough to move us up to 6th place for the final standings. I had a great time bowling against Frank and John’s team, cracking wise and mouthing off the whole night. Plus a couple shots of tequila because Cinco de Mayo. Two of their guys are moving to Tennessee, and I think maybe our oldest guy Don needs to retire from bowling. He’s got some serious problem with his arm. I think it’s caused by the foolish way he throws the ball, but perhaps he throws that way because of the injury. Whatever. Val really came through for once, rolling a 613 series. He hasn’t thrown a 600 series in over a decade, usually plodding along in the 140s.

So with two openings on Frank’s team, and Don probably gone, I think it’s time to mix it up. Get myself on Frank’s team. We always have a lot of fun. Maybe take Glen and leave Val to fend for himself. Or leave Glen with Val and maybe Don, and try to find a 4th bowler for both teams. Whatever.

We bowl Friday for the last night of Cheap League. Of course we have to go back to both leagues next week to get our money, which is stupid, but that’s how it is. Then it’s a couple weeks off until summer league. Maybe.

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May 05, 2021

Tool Lust

Sthil GTA 26: The CCW Pocket Chainsaw


I saw one of these at the garden center the other day. I have no idea what it costs. Guy behind the counter said it was probably useless but boy oh boy did he want one. That was my reaction too. Total. Man. Appeal.

The STIHL GTA 26 battery-powered garden pruner is not only a completely new tool in the STIHL product range, it is the first of its kind on the U.S. market. With its lightweight and compact design with rubber grips this tool provides ease of use and minimizes wrist torsion. An LED light display provides charge level and status of the tool. With battery, charger, multi-oil, and even a transport bag, the GTA 26 set comes with everything users need to take on a variety of landscaping tasks.

From the reviews I’ve read, you should get at least one spare battery. And there have been reports that the chain doesn’t stay on too well.

The blade guard - literally the front part that goes up - is removable. Do that and it could be as useful as the Bosh EasyCut NanoBlade. Don’t know if bayonet lugs are available as an accessory.

There are several similar no-name micro chainsaws out there, about $80, but none of them is a Stihl. Goes for around $150 I think, when you can find one.

Give one of these to Tim Allen and watch him start doing his ape grunt routine. It’s a natural reaction.

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You had one job. One.


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May 04, 2021

Bridge Post !!  It’s about high time, ain’t it?

1700 feet long, nearly 600 feet above a gorge, and it sways and bounces with every step


Oh, and you could throw yourself over the side to your gruesome death, and the open mesh deck doesn’t even give you the visual security of walking on something solid.

This bridge will take a toll on the faint of heart.

The world’s largest pedestrian suspension bridge — 516 Arouca — opened Thursday in Portugal.  The bridge took workers two years to finish.
Violeta Santos Moura/Reuters

The views of rock-strewn mountains covered in lush greenery are spectacular from the 1693 foot crossing, but the see-through metal grid pathway that wobbles with every step might give many walkers pause.

The Portuguese bridge cost $2.8 million to construct.

The bridge traverses the fast moving River Paiva in the Arouca Geopark, suspended 574 feet above the water.


Mask or no mask, I bet it’s a thrill when the wind howls down that valley and you’re halfway across.

The $2.8 million bridge took two years to build, and officials hope it will attract visitors to the economically depressed region.

“It is a breath of fresh air for our land because it will attract more investment, more people,” said tour guide Emanuel.

The bridge will open to tourists on Monday.

“There were many challenges that we had to overcome… but we did it,” Arouca Mayor Margarida Belem said, “There’s no other bridge like this one in the world.”

Portugal’s highly-anticipated, record-breaking suspension bridge opened to the public last week, with steel-nerved adventurers making the first wobbly treks across.
“I was a little afraid, but it was so worth it,” Hugo Xavier, one of the first people to cross the bridge, told Reuters. “It was extraordinary, a unique experience, an adrenaline rush.”

The current Guinness World Record-holder for longest pedestrian suspension bridge is the Kokonoe Yume Bridge in Japan, which spans 1,280 feet. However, the Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge, which opened in Switzerland in 2017, measures longer at 1,621 feet, according to The Associated Press.

“There were many challenges that we had to overcome… but we did it,” Margarida Belem, the mayor of Arouca, told Reuters at the opening last week. “There’s no other bridge like this one in the world.”

The bridge is part of the small town’s long-term plan to attract more visitors and new residents to the region.

The Arouca Bridge is now open to all travelers, with tickets available online from about $12 to $14.

Portugal is in a “country-wide State of Calamity” due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to the embassy, and some restrictions remain in place. U.S. citizens are still not permitted to enter the country for non-essential reasons.

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Go on, make your own mental health joke about this one.

Thorazine may be an effective treatment against Covid-19

Chlorpromazine (CPZ), a phenothiazine derivative, is also known for its antiviral activity via the inhibition of clathrin-mediated endocytosis. Recent in vitro studies have reported that CPZ exhibits anti-MERS-CoV and anti-SARS-CoV-1 activity.

The whole genre of psychiatric medicines were discovered by accident. They started out as medicines to fight tuberculosis, TB, but the improvements in patient’s dispositions were quickly noticed. So it’s perhaps just that turnabout is fair play, and that drugs used these days primarily for mental health issues could be effective against viral infections.

Chlorpromazine, commonly known as thorazine, is also used to combat tetanus and blood disorders such as porphyria. Porphyria ( poor fear E uh ) is a group of syndromes caused by excessive porphyrins in the body, primarily via the liver. Porphyrins effect hemaglobin, which is the protein that carries oxygen in your blood. Lowered oxygen levels at the tissue level, hypoxia, causes cellular damage and is a known effect of the Covid-19 illness.  So the concept makes sense.

CPZ was identified as a likely medicine for repurposing in the ReCOVery study done about a year ago. Others have been looking at it too. Now they’re giving it a try in India, where the ‘rona is raging, the government is inept, and everything is FUBAR even worse than usual. It’s high time somebody somewhere, India, started giving repurposed meds a real look.


Also of interest:

It’s a blood disease, not just a lung disease. Primarily vascular, not just respiratory.

The presence of the spike proteins by themselves is enough to mess you up, especially fr the long haul. It alters your genes. Forever.

So who wants a vaccine that gives you spike proteins? Um, not me, no thanks.

Oh, and if you wondered why no doctors were telling you about vitamins, supplements, or perhaps even off label usages ... how about a $10,000 fine if they do so?

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May 03, 2021

Oh Canada!

Blame The Beavers

water rodents chew up data cable, cutting off internet for 900 in British Columbia

Beavers are being blamed for an internet, cellphone and cable TV outage in a remote town in northern B.C.

Tumbler Ridge, a four-hour drive north-east of Prince George, with a population of 1,982, is in the midst of what is now a two-day-long Telus coverage outage due to damage on local fibre cables by resident wildlife.

“It feels like a very unusual and uniquely Canadian turn of events,” said Telus spokesperson Liz Sauvé in an email.

“Beavers have chewed through our fibre cable at multiple points, causing extensive damage,” reads her statement.

Internet service for about 900 homes and businesses, as well as cable service for 60 customers, was first disrupted on Saturday, April 24 just after 4 a.m. Soon after, crews were sent to investigate.

What they found is proof that safeguards don’t always work against beavers doing what comes naturally to them.

“Our team located a nearby dam, and it appears the beavers dug underground alongside the creek to reach our cable, which is buried about three feet underground and protected by a 4.5 inch thick conduit (tube),” Sauvé continued.

“The beavers first chewed through the conduit before chewing through the cable in multiple locations,” she said.


VANCOUVER—Update: Service was restored at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 25 according to Telus. The original story follows.

More war stories from BC’s ongoing beaver battles:

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This and that

Yup, still here. Haven’t posted in several days. Nothing really exciting enough to post about. Politics is BS and I can’t do anything about it, and I am beyond sick and tired of the But Covid stuff. Time to get a life again if I can.

We lost 3-4 Friday at Cheap League, that season is just about over, next week is it. Not sure if we’ll do summer league. Maybe I can loose weight and learn to bowl properly if I do. ( I say this every year )

Went out for Thai food Saturday. We go a bit late so the dinner “rush” is over - whatever rush there might be these days - and ate inside. There were a few folks at 2 other tables. Food was good as always. I had the crispy shrimp in cashew sauce, hot. Yum!

Gardening!! Neighbor Carol at the far end of our building has been talking people up, trying to get them involved in the garden up by the garbage corral. Glad to have the help if it happens. I’m ok at putting in plants but not so good at weeding, and terrible about garden design. So I’ll let her run with her plan, which will install a large ornamental rock in the middle of the garden. Meanwhile, we went out and bought a bunch of colorful annuals and spent half of yesterday planting them in 3 of our 6 beds. Moved the hanging basket hanger to a less intrusive spot, and generally cleaned things up outside here. Yes, it was a perfect day so we made the most of it. Later on, after I got back from my Sunday job, I made a nice little marinated pork loin on the grill.

Picked up a bag of 65 gladiolus bulbs for $10. Yes, it’s a bit late in the season to get them in. But they grow tall and are very colorful with lots of flowers. I’ll probably have to dig them up in the fall, as the bulbs are not winter hardy around here. I’m thinking maybe I should build a bulb frame for that, a simple rectangle of 2x4s with some 1/2” or 1” steel mesh ( the concrete rebar cloth stuff ) stapled to the bottom and lightly pinned on top. Dig a trench, turn the soil and fertilize it, lay in the box, pour in the bulbs, and bury it. The top screen will keep animals from digging the bulbs out, they’ll have plenty of room to send up shoots, and come fall all I’ll have to do is scrape down to the top after cutting back the growth, shake out the dirt, let them dry for a couple days, then park them in the back of the garage up high where they’ll sleep for the winter and not get too cold. It could work!

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April 28, 2021



Micheal Collins, Apollo 11 Astronaut, 90

“Loneliest Man In Human History”

The one who didn’t walk on the moon, instead waiting in the orbiting command module. When it circled around to the dark side, he became the most isolated human in all of human history, thousands of miles from Armstrong and Aldrin, and more than a quarter million miles away from earth.

Michael Collins, the man known as the “forgotten astronaut” of the Apollo 11 mission, has died at the age of 90.

Unlike Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, Collins never walked the moon and stayed behind to pilot the command module as it circled above the lunar surface.

In a statement released on Wednesday, Collins’ family said he passed away peacefully after a long battle with cancer.

“We regret to share that our beloved father and grandfather passed away today, after a valiant battle with cancer,” the statement said. “He spent his final days peacefully, with his family by his side. Mike always faced the challenges of life with grace and humility and faced this, his final challenge in the same way. We will miss him terribly. Yet we also know how lucky Mike felt to have lived the life he did. We will honor his wish to celebrate, not mourn that life. Please join us in fondly remembering his sharp wit, his quiet sense of purpose, and his wise perspective, gained from looking back at Earth from the vantage of space and gazing across calm waters from the deck of his fishing boat.”

“NASA mourns the loss of this accomplished pilot and astronaut, a friend of all who seek to push the envelope of human potential,” said Jurczyk. “Whether his work was behind the scenes or on full view, his legacy will always be as one of the leaders who took America’s first steps into the cosmos. And his spirit will go with us as we venture toward farther horizons.”


Bowling Bloggng !!

We lost 2-5 last night at Old Guy’s league. We were simply outbowled. But to be fair, we did poorly. OMG, Don threw an 82 in the 3rd game. An 82. And that’s with 2 marks (strike or spare). Children score better than that. I think maybe it’s time he puts league bowling aside. It’s not like he is there for the socializing. The 3 of them continue to sit there like bumps on a log, saying nothing and having nothing to say. Ok, they all have major hearing loss. Gee, so do I. So I wear my hearing aids, and they’re turned on. And I make it a point to speak clearly, and not too fast, and with clean endings to words, because I know that those are difficult things for the mostly deaf folks to deal with. And I know that not hearing is very isolating. You can’t take part in conversations, and an awful lot of people are very impatient and mocking if they have to interact with us. Deaf doesn’t mean stupid, but stupid means stupid. And senile becomes stupid. And I think the 3 of these 70+ yo guys weren’t the sharpest bricks even in their prime. I won’t be bowling with them again. And there don’t seem to be any vacancies on any of the other teams, so maybe this will be it for me. Not to mention how their terrible bowling and complete unwillingness to improve hasn’t done me any good either.

I did see Rick, Brian’s father. The whole family got the ‘rona. Rick and his wife got over it after about a week, but Brian didn’t. He’s a bit of a special young man, and very overweight. Both of which are strong co-morbidities. I’d heard he was in the hospital a few weeks back. Well, a little good news, while he’s still in the hospital, he’s off the intubation and out of the ICU, and Rick says he took his first steps yesterday with the help of a physical therapist and that guardrail railing thing they use for this. So I was rather shocked, but also relieved. I was not going to be so crass as to ask about what treatment he’d been given, although Rick was one of the guys I spoke to in detail about ivermectin, fluvoxamine, and defensive amounts of vitamins and supplements. A month before they got sick.

Oh joy, the latest standings email came out, and we’ve slipped to 7th place, down from 3rd 3 weeks ago. Which means we do the finals against Frank’s team, and are 4 points up on them going into it. On the end lanes of course. Hexed. And we’ll get about 56 pins in handicap. I have a lot of fun bowling that crew. I’ve Frank and at least 1 other guy on that team for ages, and we always have a lot of fun cracking wise and screwing around. See, bowling can be fun if there’s some social interaction. And maybe even a beer or two. Maybe.


Health and stuff

I got all my blood test and urine test results back from my physical, and I’m fine. I’d asked if they could do a vitamin/mineral level check, but they don’t. I got a referral to one of the adjunct offices at the local hospital for that. Probably have to pay for it out of pocket, but I don’t really care. I think this is something I want to know about. Having taken more vitamins in the past year than I’ve ever taken in my life, I want to find out if I’ve gone to far. OTOH, I’ve hardly even had a headache this past year, and haven’t been sick at all. Ok, I had some sinus pressure and felt a bit groggy and foggy a few weeks ago, but I’m guessing that was allergies when everything started blooming and we had several damp days that woke up all the mold and mildew. Even had a covid test, just to make sure. Negative of course. Other than that, nada.


Gosh, our White House resident Biden* spoke last night in front of Congress. We watched about 20 seconds of it, and wrote the entire thing off as commie BS. Watched some home improvement show instead.

Ace has a pretty good rundown if you’re even slightly interested.

Aside from the fact that we are not a democracy but a representative constitutional republic - or at least we were - and that the “attack” was carried out by agents provocateurs of the Democrats in the form of BLM/Antifa confederates dressed as MAGA rally goers and police who with malice aforethought were either were kept away from the Capitol building or allowed the aforementioned BlaM-tifarians to enter the building and in one case assassinated an unarmed rally goer Ashli Babbitt, the absolute ludicrousness of the statement would be laughable were it not for the fact that a large percentage of our population think 9/11 is a convenience store, Pearl Harbor is a grunge band from Seattle and have no idea what the Civil War is. That’s because to know its significance would be to understand that everything their minds are being poisoned with in terms of “critical race theory” and “structural racism” is the titanic mega-mind-fuck to end all mind-fucks.


April 27, 2021

Yup, still here. Trying to get stuff done around the house. Dentist says to give the stitches another 2 weeks before they come out. Pretzels were a hit at her office, of course. I’m looking at peanut butter filled pretzel bits. Still more stuff to do here first.


I wanted to do a short Covid treatment post, “Charcoal Mellowed And No Stuffy Nose” about two therapies I’d never heard of before today, but the charcoal mellowed part is inaccurate.

The first is hemoperfusion, literally filtering your blood. This is not a new thing, although it isn’t used much in this country. Usually the filter is a column filled with activated charcoal and some kind of resin, which will capture both water and fat soluble toxins. But the one in this case uses microbeads coated with heparin (the blood thinner) because it turns out that the But Covid needs heparin sulphate to bind the spike proteins to the ACE-2 receptor sites. So the viral bits are hungry for it. And the virus is in your blood. Run them through the Seraph Microbind filter and it captures nearly all of them in a treatment or three. Get the virus out of your blood and then other medicines are more able to treat the illness. Works on a bunch of other nasty viruses and fungal infections too.

This thing, developed under DARPA sponsorship years ago, was given an Covid-19 EUA in the US more than a year ago and is slowly becoming standard care in a few hospitals. It’s expensive, but it can be attached to any blood pump or dialyses machine. It is currently used for severely ill patients, but in theory could be an early treatment approach as well. Expensive to buy, and expensive to use.

The second is news that another old generic medicine appears to work exceptionally well against the ‘rona. This time it’s cyproheptadine, one of the first antihistamines, around since Eisenhower was President. Turns out it’s an SSRI, a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor, somewhat similar to fluvoxamine, but effective at more stages of the illness than that one. Managing serotonin levels, like fluvoxamine it excites a brain cell protein called the σ-1 receptor (S1R), which then limits the production of cytokines, thus stopping that cytokine storm thing we always hear about but don’t really understand. It’s all very complicated, which is what real science (not political “follow the science” science) is all about. But it seems to work, quickly and thoroughly. More study is needed of course. As always. Big video at the first link.

numerous studies show COVID-19 risks associated with heightened platelet activation representing higher intensity than with other forms of disease escalation such as acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and sepsis. The doctor argues that elevated serotonin associated with COVID19 is reversible via Cyproheptadine for acute illness. 


April 25, 2021

Emergency Pretzels !!


So early this afternoon she tells me she’s supposed to bring some goodie to work in the morning, so can “we” make pretzels? Um, sure, even though my recipe is a 2 or 3 day affair. So I got her to help, made the dough, and it got about 7 hours to slow rise instead of my usual 28. Dough was too moist, but we managed. Made them half size so there’s more to go around. Besides, the office ladies are always like “I’ll just have a tiny bit”. So smaller is better.
Emergency pretzels. It’s a thing because I say so. Batch made a dozen, but we had to taste test, so we ate the ugliest one. Given that a couple of them in the picture are pretty nasty looking, you can guess just how ugly that one duckling was. And it was one of her low salt ones. Gak. Pretzels are what salt is for, so don’t even think such heretical thoughts. Low salt. Crivens!!


April 24, 2021

Well, no surprises here. I’d call this half an answer, which is better than none.

Natural post-Covid Immunity Level Equal To Vaccinated Immunity Level

H/T to Maggie’s Farm

Observational study of almost 26,000 UK healthcare workers: Recovered Covid patients risk of reinfection about the same as vaccinated but never had the virus folks chance of getting it for the first time. More than 8 times less likely for both groups.

Study published at The Lancet.

No point getting vaccinated if you’ve had this thing. You have natural immunity of the same level.

This was a cohort study carried out in the UK that recruited 25,661 NHS hospital workers and then followed them for an average seven months.
Everyone who had or had previously had a positive antibody test or PCR test for covid-19 at the beginning of the study was placed in to the covid positive cohort, and everyone else was placed in to the covid negative cohort. The covid positive cohort contained 8,278 participants at the beginning of the study, while the covid negative cohort contained 17,383.
Since this was a study of healthcare workers, more than 80% were female, and since it was carried out in the UK, more than 80% were white. The median age was 46 years and 75% had no underlying health conditions. In other words, the results primarily apply to relatively young healthy white women. It’s actually a good thing that the participants were relatively young and healthy, because we want to compare the results we get here with the results from the vaccine trials, and the participants in those trials were also young and healthy.
he goal was to PCR test all participants every two weeks, and antibody test them once a month. In other words, the participants weren’t just tested if they had symptoms. They were continuously screened for covid.
Over the course of 2,047,113 days of follow-up in the covid positive group, there were 78 cases of symptomatic covid-19 (by which we mean a positive test + at least one symptom).

Over the course of 2,971,436 days of follow-up in the covid negative group, there were 1,369 cases of symptomatic covid-19.

This works out to a relative risk reduction 0f 92%. For comparison, the Pfizer vaccine trial reported a reduction of 95%, the Moderna trial reported an reduction of 94%, the Astra-Zeneca trial reported a reduction of 70%, and the Johnson&Johnson trial reported a reduction of 67%.

So, on the face of it, prior infection is equivalent to the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines in terms of the level of protection offered, and much better than the Astra-Zeneca vaccine and J&J vaccine. In light of this, it seems completely unnecessary for people who have had covid to get the vaccine.


Ok, so having HAD the ‘rona, your chances of getting it again are on par with your chances of getting it for the first time if you’ve been vaccinated. And just under an 8% chance of getting for the first time, without vaccination. And these are healthcare workers, who might be exposed at a higher rate than the rest of us, but OTOH may be somewhat better protected (PPE) at work than the rest of us are when out in public.


Yay me! I weeded the whole garden up by the garbage corral. Took out armloads, probably 20lbs, of some hyperactive thing I call runner weed. No idea what it is. Grows little purple flowers like clover, but spreads thin vine-y stems everywhere, and is super prolific, the earliest showing and fastest growing thing I’ve ever seen. Not aromatic. Smooth stems with a leaf or two every half a foot. Not irritating to the skin. Seems to like full sun and good soil. Does not get more than about a foot tall, but spreads out over the ground, quickly becoming very dense. If you know what this is, comment!


click pic for a way bigger version.


Aww, freckles.



1619 Total Debunk

Blogger No Pasaran! summarizes the BS 1619 Project with one sentence, but spends 20 paragraphs killing it in loving detail.

It’s crap, it’s wokest nonsense, it’s a total fraud, it’s a critical race theory lie supported by commie media. If this crap is in your kid’s school program, riot. Screw talking. Those days are over. Let your voices be heard through fire. That’s the right approach for everyone else, right?


Bowling Blogging !!

Well last night was a total bust. We lost all 7 in the last night of Cheap League’s regular rotation. Next 2 weeks are the “finals”, and our newbies will be prebowlng at least the first week. I really have to find one way to roll that works reasonably, and stick with it.


Yeah, I have more covid stuff. India is going belly up with their latest wave. There is no interest on this blog or in this country, so I’m not going to bother writing about it. Maybe the Great Culling / Reset has some value after all.


April 23, 2021

More of the Covid crap

Oh, the horrible but delicious irony if this turns out to be true. An over the counter (OTC) nasal spray, long sold around the world as an anti-viral to protect you against colds and flu, is looking like an effective early treatment solution for the dread But Covid virus. The active ingredient that does the trick is an extract of seaweed called carageenan. This has been used for ages as a thickening agent in canned soups, gravies, syrups, and many other food products that you buy.

The Seaweed Solution: Carageenan Kills The Covid

Marinomed Biotech AG (VSE:MARI), an Austrian science-based biotech company with globally marketed therapeutics derived from innovative proprietary technology platforms, announced today that Carragelose inactivates the new, rapidly spreading variants and SARS-CoV-2 wildtype with similar efficacy in vitro. The Company tested the three variants that currently mostly drive the COVID-19 pandemic, namely the so-called British or B.1.1.7, the South-African or B.1.351, and the Brazilian or P1 variant.[*] The data demonstrate that also with increasing prevalence of virus variants, the marketed OTC Carragelose-based lozenges, nasal and throat sprays will continue to effectively contribute to combatting the COVID-19 pandemic.

In recent in vitro tests, Marinomed included four lentiviruses differently pseudotyped with the spike protein of wild-type SARS-CoV-2 or one of the three variants B.1.1.7, B1.351 and P1, respectively. Carragelose was able to inactivate all four virus forms at concentrations below 5 µg/ml. This is clinically relevant for the use of Carragelose-containing products: The marketed nasal sprays have a Carragelose concentration of 1.2 mg / ml, a more than 200-fold higher dose as shown to be effective in vitro.

Carageenan, iota-carageenan, and carragelose are all names for the same thing, a sulphated polymer extract of red seaweed, otherwise known as Irish moss.

Look, these are in vitro results. Tests in the lab, not on people. But the test was run because they were getting so much feedback from people using the spray against the Covid-19 with good results. It would be an early treatment or a prophylactic treatment.

However, this seems to line up with the earlier IVERCAR study done in Argentina on people, which found great results using a spray made from carageenan and Ivermectin. Maybe the Ivermectin wasn’t needed after all?

The study, formally titled “Usefulness of Topic Ivermectin and Carrageenan to Prevent Contagion of COVID Among Healthy People and Health Personnel” had a start date of June 1, 2020 and an estimated study completion date of August 10, 2020. The study team recruited 1,195 health professionals of which 407 received no treatment and 788 self-administered ivermectin oral drops and an iota-carrageenan nasal spray five times per day over a 14 day period.

The Argentinian study team reported that the study data revealed that of the participants in the control group (e.g. not taking the study drug combination) 58% of the participants were infected with COVID-19 during the duration of the trial. The study team reported no contagions were recorded in the carrageenan and ivermectin arm, showcasing the compounds’ virucidal effects can potentially protect against COVID-19.

This is almost twice as much daily nasal spray as the OTC products suggest. Many of the early studies used a “more must be better” approach.

Since medicine “cocktails” seem to be in vogue with this virus, I wonder if a spray can be made combining carageenan, Ivermectin, and the nitric oxide gel used in the SaNOtize anti-covid nasal spray? I have no idea if that would be any better, or even possible. But all 3 seem to do the job, at least in the early stages.

PS - Betadine’s sore throat spray and their sore throat gargle use povidone-iodine as the active ingredient. Povidone-iodine was found to do a pretty darn good, but not perfect, job killing the covid in the Ulm medical college mouthwash study some months ago. Ok, Listerine was better. But not by that much.


April 22, 2021

Bowling Blogging !!

We split the last night of regular bowling in Old Guys league with a 3-4 loss. I did Ok, G did Ok, V was mostly Ok, D sucked chunks as always. And we were up against a team of semi-pro bowlers with superb skills. But the one skill they didn’t seem to have was flexibility, the ability to adapt to strange lane conditions. And they were strange last night, plus we were on the notoriously awful end lanes. Of maybe they weren’t even trying, knowing they could beat us at any point if they wanted, and that their position in the finals is pretty much locked in place. Whatever. We won the first game by a good margin, then lost the next two games by a few pins. So we got total wood. Next week is the first of two position rounds that are the finals. Then we show up a week later to get our prize money, such as it is. Pretty sure my elderly team came in dead last place in the first half of the season. And we might finish in the middle of the pack in this half, if we can all bowl a little better. I left an open in the 10th frame of games 2 and 3. Really annoying. Threw away a 200 game, and we could have nearly won if I’d been able to put another 18 pins up in either of those. Meh, ok, at least one more of us would have had to do a little better in the 10th as well. So it isn’t all my fault. But we were that close each time.


April 21, 2021

Weather or not, here it comes

So much for the perfect Spring day we had up until now. The weather alert service is going crazy. The sky is dark, the exterior lights came on. The wind is rising, the thunderstorm approaches. Emergency forecast says 60mph winds, tornadoes, hail, and intense rain and flooding possible. Plus the temperature dropped probably 10-15 degrees in a few minutes. So power loss, trees down, the typical weather apocolypse are all on the plate. We’re all gonna die!!!

Yup, instant downpour. I’m doomed !!!

Looks like good time to feed the cats and take a nap.


April 20, 2021

There is no justice any more.

Chauvin Guilty On THREE Counts Of Murder For Death Of Overdosed Druggie Criminal

If Floyd had been white his death never would have even been news.

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty Tuesday afternoon of second and third-degree murder along with second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd in May. Chauvin faces up to 40 years in prison. He will be sentenced eight weeks from today.

The jury was not sequestered. The jury was not chosen from an area where they would be less biased (change of venue); it was a local bunch. They had access to TV and internet news. The trial was televised; how’s that for witness intimidation? The Resident of the White House made statements that he hoped they’d find Chauvin guilty. Maxine Waters outright threatened the city with more violence if the verdict didn’t go the way she wanted. Even the judge reacted to these threats, saying they could influence the trial. Video evidence shows that Chauvin was not really leaning on Floyd’s neck the whole time. The knee press thing is standard procedure in that department. Floyd had enough fentanyl in him to kill a horse. His defense team was pathetic, calling only for reasonable doubt in their summation.

Now you tell me, what the hell kind of justice system do we have where you can be charged and convicted of 3 different levels of causing the death of someone. That’s beyond total bullshit.

And there will be riots anyway, you just watch.


NIH: Masks Don’t Stop Covid-19; They Are USELESS

The existing scientific evidences challenge the safety and efficacy of wearing facemask as preventive intervention for COVID-19. The data suggest that both medical and non-medical facemasks are ineffective to block human-to-human transmission of viral and infectious disease such SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19, supporting against the usage of facemasks. Wearing facemasks has been demonstrated to have substantial adverse physiological and psychological effects. These include hypoxia, hypercapnia, shortness of breath, increased acidity and toxicity, activation of fear and stress response, rise in stress hormones, immunosuppression, fatigue, headaches, decline in cognitive performance, predisposition for viral and infectious illnesses, chronic stress, anxiety and depression. Long-term consequences of wearing facemask can cause health deterioration, developing and progression of chronic diseases and premature death. Governments, policy makers and health organizations should utilize prosper and scientific evidence-based approach with respect to wearing facemasks, when the latter is considered as preventive intervention for public health.

Published in January. Ignored by media and government, just like the Copenhagen study of thousands of store clerks which concluded that masks were at best only slightly marginal and that the downsides probably outweighed any benefit.

But you’d better not mention this on social media, or you’ll be shut down.


Aww crap, am I still here? I’m going to try fermented beet root powder too. See if it makes a difference I can notice. So between that, the mushroom things, and the magnesium things, I think I should feel a lot more energetic and mentally sharp inside 2 months. Or else all this supplement stuff is a load of crap. Speaking of a load of crap, now that I’m done with my antibiotics from my dental surgery, I’m going to have to do pro-biotics and spore-biotics for a week or so. I took 5 days off from all the vitamins too. Starting that again, and am trying to stay inwardly aware, to see if I can feel the slightest difference. Because I’m getting really tired of the whole damn routine.  Somehow I got by for 30 years without hardly any vitamin pills ever, although I did get colds and stuff a few times a year.  A solid year of taking a hefty but balanced load of supplements and I do not feel like Superman. I wasn’t expecting that. But I don’t feel much of anything, and I was expecting more than that.



My first tulips of the season opened yesterday. The Asiatic lilies have not woken up yet. Looks like the Clematis survived the winter; maybe it will actually grow this year. 

We put in a whole bunch of gladiolus bulbs at my mom’s, and it turns out they’re quite deer resistant. Which is important, as she has so many deer that her backyard is covered in deer poop. Several of them spent the entire winter in her yard, eating everything. It’s amazing they didn’t eat the bricks in the sidewalk.


April 19, 2021

W. T. F. ??


Me too, it’s too good to ignore!!

click on the pic

Air show in Cocoa Beach. Pilot has engine trouble in a WWII Avenger, a 3 seat midsize torpedo bomber. Can’t make it to a runway, has to ditch. Puts the plane down in the ocean perfectly, just feet off the beach. And right over the heads of a couple people in the water. Plane not badly damaged, pilot didn’t even lose his sunglasses, no swimmers injured.

Too sweet for words.


Not a whole lot going on here. I’m reading about the health benefits of mushrooms, and what this kind and that kind can do. There are thousands of kinds of mushrooms, and at least 250 edible one. And I didn’t know that they are the only plant based source of vitamin D. Ok, it’s D2 not D3, but once it gets digested and into your blood, it’s the same thing.



We were both watching the bowling videos on YouTube this weekend. This JR Raymond guy from Bowler X explains things real well, and the ones from Brad and Kyle are fun to watch. Who knows, maybe we can learn something. Like playing the inside of the ball. The what??


April 17, 2021

Doctors Who Act Like Doctors

Down in the Imperial Valley in California, right up against the border with Mexico, a pair of doctors have been actively treating the Covid-19 for months now. They have treated thousands of patients, and only a few of the late-comers have needed hospitalization. It appears that they took a really good look at what works and what doesn’t work, and put together a protocol that uses everything that works, if necessary. And it works. And they’ve been at it for over a year now.

And outside of this small area in the southwest corner of the nation, crickets. Not a damn word anywhere.

BRAWLEY – A front-line local doctor treating COVID-19 patients claims to have figured out what works to keep his patients alive. He claims to have answers on better controlling, and curbing, a pandemic that knows no boundaries.

Dr. George Fareed is a physician who can be spotted during football season as local high school’s field doctor working with athletes from Holtville, El Centro, Imperial, and lately, with Brawley Union High School.

Fareed graduated with honors in 1970 at Harvard and pursued medical studies, research, and teaching at Harvard and UCLA in the first 20 years of his career. Fareed returned to clinical medicine in 1991 when he came to the Imperial Valley to establish a general practice. 

No one who knows him well was surprised to see him jump into the COVID-19 pandemic full force. As hot spots jumped from city to city, cases and deaths rose, businesses and schools closed down, Fareed began testing for the virus, followed by caring for patients at home, in the hospitals, and in the local COVID-tents set up by the hospitals and the National Guard.

“I became so frustrated.” Fareed said as he listened to national news and the Task Force. What he was hearing and what he witnessed first-hand did not correlate. He began zoom meetings with other front-line doctors on the east coast and found they had the same experiences he did, finding what worked and what didn’t, finding preventatives before exposures, and keeping his patients alive.

They started out with what is now called the Zelenko Protocol, which is the HCQ/zinc/Z-pack approach. And it works, but it works mostly in the early stages. And early treatment for this virus is almost non-existent in our country.

So, what I am proposing is a drastic shift from our current approach: we need to ramp up our outpatient efforts of treating COVID-19 to decrease the burden on hospitals and save lives. Such an approach requires an effective outpatient treatment — we have that in the HCQ cocktail.

How do we get there? I propose that the Task Force allow myself and a few other clinicians/researchers who have used and/or studied the HCQ cocktail present our plan that focuses on outpatient treatment and prevention as opposed to a hospital-based approach only treating patients when they become ill.

The FDA and CDC should be there as well given that they are the agencies that formulate the drug policies.

We need a medical strategy, not only for now while we are in a crisis, but for the future. There is no guarantee that a vaccine will rid us of COVID-19. If we had a strategy, we would not have to shut down American life, especially schools, every time there is an outbreak.

Their protocol soon expanded to include Ivermectin, and now includes Fluvoxamine and Budesonide. All of them at the same time.

Interestingly, Dr. Fareed feels that the young should be allowed to get the ‘rona, as almost all of them get it only very mildly and quickly recover. And this ... sssh, don’t say this out loud ... builds herd immunity.

Young healthy people do not need prophylaxis against COVID-19. In young and healthy people, this infection causes mild cold-like symptoms. It is advantageous for these patients to be exposed to COVID-19, build up their antibodies and have their immune system clear the virus. This will facilitate the development of herd immunity and help prevent future COVID-19 pandemics.

In other words, he refused to sit back and watch people get sick and perhaps die, and got out there and acted like a doctor should. Treating, learning, adapting, curing. And like every illness ever, treating the But Covid early is the best and easiest approach.

It’s an interesting protocol. It appears that they are doing a combination therapy from the outset that uses HCQ, IVM, and Fluvoxamine together, plus all the helper meds we’re familiar with. I would have expected larger amounts of D3, especially given D’s relationship to blood clotting. Their dose of Fluvoxamine is double what I’ve seen elsewhere, but Fluvoxamine is the new kid on this block so dosage experimentation is to be expected. In one arm of their approach they use IVM on day 1, 3, and perhaps day 5 if needed, but in another arm it looks like the patient is getting IVM up to 5 days in a row. That’s a lot, but this is what the protocol in Uttar Pradesh is, and that one uses twice the dose (0.6mg/kg).

I would really like to see their data; this isn’t just a “kitchen sink” approach but a BIG kitchen sink. Hit them with everything, and lots of it. With thousands of patients treated, they should have enough details for meaningful analysis. Data for patient tolerance for all these drugs at once is very important. I hope they are doing good follow-ups as well, because we need something that works for the Long Haulers, or prevents it entirely.

And what has the media response been? Given that the Imperial Valley is chock full of hispanics (90%), many of whom are migrant farm labor, the media focuses on ... racism. And low wages.

Latinos were denied fair pay, leaving them vulnerable to COVID-19. In this six-part series, USA TODAY investigates how racism killed people of color.
Many of Imperial County’s residents are U.S. citizens yet are often treated in the fields like foreign visitors without basic workers’ rights. They live among industrialized farms surrounded by desert. The opulent mansions of San Diego are a two-hour drive west.

It is one of the poorest and unhealthiest places in California, with high rates of unemployment and child poverty. Nearly a quarter of families depend on federal assistance for food.

Imperial County’s suffering mirrors the struggles of many Latinos across the nation, who are more likely than non-Hispanic white Americans to face poverty and poor nutrition after centuries of being pushed into low-paying jobs and segregated communities. Now, they are also more likely to die from COVID-19. As of Oct. 15, Imperial County had counted 335 COVID-related deaths. That’s 185 deaths per 100,000 residents – nearly triple the national rate of 66 per 100,000.

That terrible death rate in one of poorest and most racist parts of the country is only 2/3 the death rate here in mostly affluent and “wokefully” enlightened NJ, which is about 260 per 100K cases.


Bowling Blogging !!

A good reminder that sucessful bowling means focusing on the game. Put the rest of life in it’s box for a while and pay attention. Put the cell phone away. Stop working remotely on your job. We managed a 3-4 loss last night. None of us did very well in the first game, with Mrs. Newbie throwing an execrable 104. She won the pot for Low Game, but we lost by 4 pins. I threw a 145, which is awful for me. Most of the other team wasn’t in the groove either. Hey, sometimes Game 1 is just an extended warm-up. Things got a little better in the second game. A very little. I threw 7 over average, and we lost that one by 6 pins. But things got better in the last game. The Wifely’s pre-bowling a 190, way over her average, did not hurt. Mrs. Newbie pulled out a 156, which is a really good game for her. And I found the groove finally, throwing a 221. It was mostly strikes with 2 missed spares in the middle. Not a lot of hook, but accurate delivery into the pocket with enough flair on the ball to dig in and do the job. Stay behind the ball!!  And we won that game by more than 100 pins, which easily gave us wood.

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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? *


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.

 *   cultural reference if you’re too young to know this line. Scroll down a bit. 


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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


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.
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 ...
“The party was reportedly held as a celebration of Liberian Independence Day and featured free food and alcohol and a twerking contest.”
“Darius Edwards, 24, of Brooklyn, has been charged with two counts of assault by auto, eluding, obstruction and possession of marijuana”
“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.


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.


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.


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.


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.
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.


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.
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.
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!


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?


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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