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Once Again, The One And Only Post

August 2, 2021

You Go, white girl.

Alternate US Gymnast Skinner Replaces Bails Biles, Practices For 2 Days, Takes Silver At Tokyo


While there has been plenty of controversy surrounding Simone Biles’ decision to withdraw from several events due to her mental health, one of her teammates has made the most of her newfound opportunity.

Mykayla Skinner of the US Women’s Gymnastics Team was done in the competition and was preparing for her flight home to Arizona last Tuesday night when she received a text asking her to change her plans.

Simone Biles still had not confirmed if she would be competing or not in the individual vault final and Skinner was her back-up. In just a matter of days, Skinner trained and trained to be available for the vault final, all while still unsure if Biles would compete or not.

Finally, on Friday, she got news that she would be standing in for Biles. Her road to this moment was a long and arduous one. Skinner attended the 2016 Olympics in Rio as an alternate but never competed in an event. Four years went by and Skinner made a name for herself in the NCAA as she won two national titles for Utah. Once again she turned her sights to the Olympics.

One year of training turned into two when the Olympics were delayed last year and Skinner was feeling more prepared than ever. Until she was hospitalized with pneumonia and the coronavirus in early 2021.

Sknner bounced back and made the Olympic team in June but as one of the individual competitors. Her time in Tokyo would be short but at least she would be there. When Biles elected to forego the vault final, it was Skinners turn to step in.
“[Simone} was like, ‘I want you to make podium, I want you to medal,’” Skinner said.

And that is exactly what she did. When the event was all said and done, Skinner found herself on the podium with a Silver medal being placed around her neck.


Another election revelation that will be ignored or blasted as fake. Did Trump win the election? By a fucking mile. 10 miles. Was there intense cheating all over the place? You betcha. But the entire government is a corrupt lying bunch of fascists, so nothing will happen. Other than a certain data cruncher accidentally committing Arkancide in a couple months when nobody is paying attention.

Seth Kessel Finds 8.1 MILLION Excess Votes Across Nation

And that doesn’t include “cyber flipping”, whatever that might be.

Trump won. No shit.


Thank goodness my main weekly social interaction is at the bowling alley in Warren County.

CDC: Mask Up In 20 Of 22 NJ Counties

Um, how about ... GFY.

As of July 31, all of New Jersey’s 21 counties except one have now entered “high” or “substantial” levels of coronavirus transmission, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, meaning that the CDC wants residents in those counties to wear face masks again in indoor public settings — even if they’ve been vaccinated.

This means face masks are now recommended in workplaces, public buildings and stores for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. The CDC is also recommending universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students and visitors to K-12 schools regardless of vaccination status given the most recent public health data.

“Children should return to full-time in-person learning in the fall with layered prevention strategies in place,” the CDC has said.

The only county in New Jersey not seeing substantial coronavirus spread is Warren County, which has been classified as “moderate” spread. Two counties in New Jersey — Monmouth County and Cape May County — are seeing “high” viral spread.

“High” spread indicates over 100 new cases per 100,000 people in the last seven days. “Substantial” means between 50-99.99 cases within the same time period, and “Moderate” means 10-49.99 new cases.

A new case is defined as a positive test result from the notoriously inaccurate, high false positive rate PCR test. As I’ve said before, the other side of this latest CDC counterfeit coin is that your area can get BAD status if the positive test rates themselves are high. But if you look at the data, you’ll see that the rate of testing is still very low, although it’s up from the just about nothing amount of early July. For NJ, which once upon a time was nearly bragging how they were giving 70,000 to 120,000 tests per day, the statewide daily total barely reaches 1000. Which means that many of the tests are being given to patients that the doctors are already pretty sure have the ‘rona. It isn’t even close to a number that represents the population overall, or even that part of the population that feels they may have the virus, or is worried enough to drive to CVS and get a test.

The garbage masks that the public is allowed to buy don’t do a damn thing. It isn’t about “doing your part” or “protecting others”. It’s your sheep symbol, showing your submission to Big Bother.

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August 1, 2021

Another Olympic Sized Embarrassment

Let’s Play Spot The Pariah


A life in ruins over Title IX “justice”? A sexual predator or just someone accused so that someone else could get ahead? There is no more innocent until proven guilty and the extra-legal results of these highly biased Title IX things make it worse. 

Sorry, I can’t write this post, it’s a travesty and it upsets me too much. I just threw away 9 paragraphs, and that was my third attempt. My bullshit bucket is overflowing; I just can’t take any more.

Here are the links, figure things out for yourself:

The guy is now a pariah for life, based on a couple of possibly bogus, possibly vengeful, possibly opportunistic #MeToo style allegations made against him, one of which was handled by one of these utterly biased Title IX review boards that resulted in his academic suspension for a year in 2013. The other allegation is that two other fencing women went back to his room in 2015, already knowing what he’d been suspended for in the past, and that one said she had her butt squeezed by him.

This was enough to get him suspended from this Olympics, but that suspension was overturned, and he was allowed to join the team, but only as an alternate.

The rest of it is under exclusive “investigation” by this SafeSports group, who has the blessing of the Olympic Committee, so USA Fencing isn’t allowed to look into it themselves. Somehow Hadzic is being treated as a pariah at the Tokyo Woke-O-limpics, having had to travel there by himself, and forced to stay by himself outside of the Olympic Village. In this entire Olympics he is the only athlete being treated this way.

And now he had to be in a group picture wearing a black mask, while the other 3 were given pink masks to wear, in support of sexual assault awareness. Oops, sorry, we don’t have a pink mask for you. Golly, what a coincidence. What a subtle statement they are making by not making a statement.

This is such BS. And this is the worst Olympics ever, with the worst viewership ever. Everyone competing is either woke or pimping their pet cause, taking knees, dissing their host nation, etc. Suckville. No fans in the stands, nobody watching on TV, endless amounts of BS from the Japanese hosts, and so on. Just cancel the whole damn thing and write it off to another once popular event destroyed by the destructive wokester cancel culture.

Maybe Hadzic can get a lunch date with Justice Kavanaugh when he gets home. Looks like they have plenty to talk about.


Don’t wanna go here either. I’m just sick and tired of all of it.

The establishment has squandered its credibility, which is why its demand that everyone take the shot is getting shriller and the attempts to force people more punitive. Imagine if they had been honest from the beginning. Imagine if they had been held accountable. But to do that, you have to imagine having a ruling class that doesn’t suck. And that’s more imagination than anyone can muster.

Yeah, no kidding.


July 31, 2021

Climate Change News!!

Greenland is Melting, Will Flood Florida !!

Greenland lost a massive amount of ice on July 28, with enough melting to cover the entire state of Florida in two inches of water, scientists say.

Some 22 gigatonnes of ice melted making it the third-biggest ice loss for Greenland in a single day since 1950.

The Arctic is warming faster than the rest of the planet [ !!!!! ]

Scientists estimate that melting from Greenland’s ice sheet has caused around 25% of global sea level rise seen over the last few decades

No mention of whether there has been any increase in geothermal activity under the glaciers. Greenland has a number of hot spots and sort-of volcanoes, similar to Iceland.

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Snow In Brazil !!

You wouldn’t expect Brazil to be the place to build a snowman, but for the first time in 64 years, the country’s streets have been overtaken by a rare winter phenomenon.

A fierce cold snap prompted snowfall in southern Brazil, with snow accumulating on streets of cities where the wintry phenomenon is rarely seen. The last time a blizzard hit Brazil was in 1957, when 4.3 feet of snow was recorded in the Santa Catarina state.

At least 43 cities registered either snow or freezing rain late Wednesday, according to information from Climatempo, a weather service. Temperatures are expected to keep dropping, with more snow possible.

The Brazilian government’s meteorological institute says low temperatures should endure until the start of August. There may be frost in Mato Grosso do Sul, Sao Paulo, Minas Gerais and Goias states by Friday.

Other than Goias, these are the southernmost states in Brazil, and mountainous. Rio de Janiero is actually south of Minas Gerais, but it coastal. Many Americans may not realize it, but nearly all of South America is mountainous, other than the Amazon Basin or the Paraguay Basin.

And it is the dead of winter down there. So, winter mountains snow. Not totally unexpected. Nothing I saw in any of the pictures or reports mentioned accumulation, so it was probably only a couple inches or less.

More than 40 cities in the state of Rio Grande do Sul had icy conditions and at least 33 municipalities had snow, reported the meteorology company Somar Meteorologia.

On Friday, there were warnings of cold temperatures as a polar air mass traveled toward the centre-south of the agricultural powerhouse, threatening coffee, sugarcane and orange crops with frost.

The unusually cold temperature in the country has already forced coffee prices to rise.

Cars, streets and highways were this week covered in ice while people took the opportunity to take pictures and play in the snow, building snowmen.

Local television footage showed Brazilians building a snowman in a plaza and having a snowball fight in Bom Jesus, a city in Rio Grande do Sul state.

Sixty-four-year-old driver Iodor Goncalves Marques told the TV Globo network “I am 62 years old and had never seen the snow, you know? To see nature’s beauty is something indescribable.”

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July 30, 2021

The latest issue of Imprimis is pretty frightening

Gender Ideology, a Social Contagion

Gender dysphoria is certainly real. It is also exceedingly rare. It afflicts about 0.01 percent of the population, most of whom are male.

For nearly 100 years of diagnostic history, gender dysphoria typically began in early childhood, between the ages of two and four, and usually involved a boy who insisted that he was not a boy but a girl. Children afflicted are insistent, consistent, and persistent in the feeling that they are in the wrong body. It is by all accounts excruciating—I’ve talked to many transgender adults, most of them biological males, who describe the relentless chafe of a body that feels all wrong.

Historically, this has been the classic presentation of gender dysphoria. When these children were left alone—when no one intervened medically or encouraged what we today call “social transition”—over 70 percent of them naturally outgrew their gender dysphoria. Most of those who outgrew it became gay men. Those who did not outgrow it became what used to be known as transsexuals. They did not believe they were women, but they felt most comfortable presenting themselves as females.

Today, however, we don’t leave these children alone. Instead, the moment children seem not to be perfectly feminine or perfectly masculine, we label them as “trans kids.” Teachers encourage them to reintroduce themselves to their classes with new names and new pronouns. We take them to therapists or doctors, nearly all of whom practice so-called affirmative care—meaning they think it is their job to affirm the diagnosis of gender dysphoria and help the children medically transition.

Of course, if you live in Bizzarro World where everything is inside out, then being dysphoric becomes normal, cool, celebrated, desired, a status item, and is pushed on kids by their parents and teachers the moment Tommy picks up a Barbie doll.


Spirit of Ron: “Well, I’m dead. I guess that’s it then.”
God: ”But wait, there’s more!!

Ron Popeil, Inventor And TV Pitchman, Dies at 86

With a sales technique honed as a sidewalk hustler, hypnotic TV pitchman Ron Popeil made a fortune hawking such offbeat yet oddly clever contraptions as the Veg-O-Matic and Mr. Microphone.

As he pioneered, in the middle of the 20th century, what became known as the infomercial, both Popeil and his fervently promoted products became part of the pop-culture landscape.

With typical aplomb, Popeil called his 1995 autobiography “The Salesman of the Century,” a grandiose title that, quite possibly, reflected the truth.

Popeil, who helped create many of the gadgets he sold, died Wednesday night at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, his family said in a statement. He was 86. No cause of death was given.

Popeil’s gated Beverly Hills home was partly a shrine to silly-sounding devices that the silver-tongued Popeil sold over and over with such signature lines as “But wait, there’s more!” and “Isn’t that amazing?”

The quirky products certainly sounded like inventions Americans could live without — an Inside-the-Shell Electric Egg Scrambler, spray-on fake hair in a can, the Pocket Fisherman (“the biggest fishing invention since the hook … and still only $19.95!”), and the counter-size Showtime Rotisserie & BBQ (“Set it and forget it!”), one of his biggest successes.


Weather Or Not

Up to 4 tornadoes touched down around Bensalem PA, just outside Philadelphia, in yesterday’s intense rain storm. The roof collapsed at a GMC dealership and extensive damage was done at a Lowe’s. And of course a trailer park was impacted. However no one was killed or seriously injured. Tornadoes have always been pretty rare here in the North East, but they do happen sometimes. The increased technology available to the weather people has shown this, whether global warming is to blame or not.

On the other side of NJ too, “down the shore”:

I guess we’re the new Kansas.


White people with guns

Olympics: US Gunners Win 3 Gold Medals So Far

Shooters from the United States have claimed three gold medals so far in the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo. The trio of first-place finishes include Men’s Skeet, Women’s Skeet and Men’s Air Rifle.

William Shaner captured the first Olympic medal ever claimed by the United States in Men’s Air Rifle. He did it in style, too, claiming gold in his first Olympics.
Colorado Springs, CO, native Amber English claimed gold in Women’s Skeet. Her final score of 56 hits also set a new Olympic record.
Vincent Hancock won his third Olympic gold medal in Tokyo. He also became the first man in history to earn three golds in Men’s Skeet.


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July 29, 2021

And so it begins ... I mean continues, gets worse, whatever. Decline of civilization, the fragmentation of society, further divisiveness, etc.

Shake Shake CEO: Customers Must Show Proof Of Vaccination

Rot in Hell you commie fascist, and I hope you starve and die penniless and naked in the snow.

The founder of Shake Shack, Danny Meyer, said his Union Square Hospitality Group will require indoor diners and drinkers at its restaurants to show that they’ve been vaccinated against COVID-19.

Employees will also have to get the vaccine, Meyer said, although he didn’t say whether they would be fired or be forced to wear masks.

However, the policy will not be extended to Shake Shack, a hamburger fast-food restaurant that has a number of locations in the northeastern United States.

The policy will be implemented at the Union Square Hospitality Group, which oversees Gramercy Tavern, Manhattan, and Union Square Cafe. The group operates Anchovy Social in Washington, D.C., as well.

Meyer made the announcement about his restaurant’s vaccine policy on CNBC, saying the vaccine requirement is “the most logical thing I’ve ever seen.”

“I’m not a scientist, but I know how to read data and what I see is that this is a crisis of people who have not been vaccinated, and I feel strong responsibility, on our part as business leaders, to take care of our team and our guests, and that’s what we’re doing,” he added.

Meyer, who is the chairman of Shake Shack’s board, added: “We’re going to give our employees 45 days to make the choice and hopefully this will be the incentive that really makes them say, ‘You know what, now I’m going to do it.’”

Regarding Shake Shack’s policy, Meyer told CNBC that the fast-casual burger chain “will make the appropriate decision for them at the appropriate time.”

So the vaccine passport idea continues to gain momentum, now invading public retail and customers. And still not one goddam word about acquired or natural immunity (better than the jabs) or proof of prophylaxis or recent negative test results. Not a word. Get the jab or wear the Scarlett Letter and become a pariah. So much for “inclusion”.

I want a vaccination against these people. They are a worse virus, a far more damaging disease, than any little bundle of evil bat proteins cooked up in a lab with a side of pork fried rice.


Bridge Post !

Amsterdam installed a 3D Printed Bridge


A 12-meter long steel pedestrian bridge opened last week in Amsterdam. Unlike other steel bridges around the world, this was not forged in a furnace. It was 3D-printed.

The first of its kind, the bridge was fabricated using stainless steel rods that was welded by robotic arms at the workshop of the Dutch technology company called MX3D, in collaboration with engineering firm Arup. It was designed by Dutch studio Joris Laarman Lab. The structure weighs 6 tons and needed six months to be 3D-printed by robots, before it was craned into position over the Oudezijds Achterburgwal, one of the city’s oldest canals in Amsterdam’s Red Light District.


A most magnificent time waster, Sometimes Interesting is a deep fount of esoteric information and history. Long posts abound on many topics, with pictures and all kinds of cross references.

Abandoned castle on the Hudson River that used to be a gigantic surplus arms dealer? Until it blew up? It’s in there.

The oldest airplane factory on earth, started by the Wright brothers, which eventually became Inland Manufacturing and made M-1 carbines in WWII, having earlier made motors for what became AC Delco? Yup.

The full story of the steamship SS America, from her birth through multiple owners to her demise and slowly eroding hulk in the Canary Islands? That too.

The eco-friendly Dome Homes of Cape Romano near Naples FL, once futuristic and nearly hurricane proof but now abandoned? Yup. They survived, but the hurricanes changed the coastline, and now these oddball homes are sinking into the ocean.

The early railroads that served the iron mines of northern Minnesota, eventually driving the conglomeration of the entire US steel industry (not to mention a failed venture currently called 3M, which made sandpaper from the poor quality ore they found)? That too.

Part history, part urban archeology, it’s an illustrated treasure trove of the arcane.

Totally worth a visit, but if this kind of thing strikes your fancy, you won’t want to leave. You’ve been warned.


Ok, I’ve done my daily effort at spreading the word on the Covid situation and the latest crop of misinformation and lies from the media and government. I do what I can. Things are not as bad as TPTB want you to believe.


We had the bye at summer league last night, in which we had no opponent. But we were only able to beat ourselves 2 games out of 3, so we went 5-2. This keeps us in 2nd place by 2, with 4 weeks left to go, and widens our lead over the 3rd place team. My bowling continues to be unimpressive. I really need a coach, and I really need to get other life issues and home projects and housework behind me enough so that I can find time to get some training practice in. Yeah right.



Vibration absorbing pads !! These things are great. I’ve got an entire box of them around here somewhere. Bought the 2"x2" blocks for the stereo, but they’re strong enough to support a washing machine and stop it from walking. They really work. Sadly, they also really smell for a year or two, so open the box and leave them in the garage.

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July 28, 2021

Aww crivens, must I?

CDC’s New Mask Guideline Might Not Apply In Your Area

OTOH, who you gonna believe?

People seem to be forgetting that warmer areas get their viral surge later than cooler areas. Not only has this been known for over 150 years, we saw it last summer with the Covid in the south and in Hawaii. That’s just how it is. But we’re all so good at ignoring reality and history these days, right?

Next, it is very important to know what the terms mean.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now recommending that fully vaccinated people put their masks back on when indoors in public, at least in the areas of the country where COVID-19 is spreading fastest.

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said Tuesday that “the Delta variant behaves uniquely differently” compared to other versions of the virus, and that vaccinated people “may be contagious and spread the virus to others.”

But the CDC isn’t recommending that everyone mask up again.

The agency’s new guidance is limited to places where COVID-19 transmission is deemed “substantial” or “high,” meaning that there are either more than 50 cases per 100,000 people in the area, over a seven-day period, or that the COVID-19 test positivity rate is higher than 5%.

Try to ignore the divisive fear porn against those evil unvaccinated killer scum!!!

While it may look as if 50 (new) cases per 100,000 is the same as 5%, these are different things. In the CALI system, which your state has, a case rate over 25 counts as very high, while a 5% positive test rate counts as only moderate.

And you can check here to see the national and local numbers. But this is NOT the official CDC site.

So while Louisiana and Arkansas, and almost Florida are the only 3 states in the country with an over 50 case rate, half the nation is at or above the 5% positivity rate on a state average scale.

( Alabama, Florida, Oklahoma, Nevada, Mississippi, Louisiana, Missouri, Texas, Nebraska, Utah, Arizona, Tennessee, Kansas, Arkansas, South Carolina, Idaho, Georgia, Kentucky, South Dakota, North Carolina, Iowa, Indiana, Montana, Puerto Rico, Virginia, and Alaska ).

Better yet, the CDC guideline (note that it’s NOT a law, merely a guideline) is effective at the county level. So pick your state and drill down to find your county. But be prepared to be confused. Using Nebraska as an example, one of the “mask it up” states, we find Morris County with a 60% positive rate, but only 6.2 cases per 100K, and a vulnerability assessment of Very Low. Which means they’re only testing people they’re already pretty sure have the ‘rona. Over in Dakota County, with a 0.9% positive rate and 6.9 cases per 100K, they’re given a vulnerability rating of High.

Go figure ... is it the level of vaccination that causes this? No, not really. And please be aware that the vulnerability assessment rating is NOT the same thing as the CDC “mask up and be afraid” level. But they use the same data.

Let’s take wonderful California as an example.

Marin, San Francisco, and Santa Clara counties all have a positive test rate of well under 5%. All of them have vaccination rates of at least 75%. Yet one county is High, one Medium, one Low vulnerability.

Lassen, Tehama, and Kings counties are at the low end of CA’s vaccinated scale. All have a positive test rate well under 5%. None of them have anywhere near 50 cases per 100K. But they’re rated Low, High, and Very High.

New York is another one.

Hamilton County with 81% vaccinated and no new cases gets merely a Low, while New York County with 73% jabbed and a positive test rate of just 1.5% gets a High rating.

Allegany County, NY’s least vaccinated county at 36% and a positive test rate of 1.2% gets a Medium.

So there is no real correlation between vaccination %, positive test %, and vulnerability level.

Good thing the CDC isn’t depending on numbers crunched by They have their own site. Don’t worry, it’s just as confusing as the previous site.

Over in Leake County Mississippi things are not looking good at all. RED level at CDC. Case rates up enormously, positive tests way up, number of tests given way up, all the hospital numbers are vastly higher. But NOT ONE PERSON HAS DIED. Yet. CDC red, covidactnow Very High vulnerability.

Elko County Nevada gets the RED level treatment on the CDC map. While cases are up, and positive tests are way up, actual number of tests given is nearly zero. Which again shows the bias in the CDC approach; if tests are limited to those certain to have the ‘rona, then those percents are going to be sky high. So it’s not a fair indicator at all. Hospital numbers in Elko did spike, but have all been dropping for over a week now. And no death numbers are reported there either. And Elko gets a Low vulnerability rating from covidactnow.

Where I live, Hunterdon County New Jersey, 64.7% vaccination rate, we get a yellow Moderate from CDC, even though all our numbers are great, hospitals empty, positive test rate “way up” to only 2.5%. Covidactnow gives us a Very Low rating. Same numbers. I give up.
But at least the new mask mandate doesn’t apply to us. Yet. Even though I saw people start wearing masks again 3 weeks ago, more and more every time I go to the stores.

So it’s all a crapshoot. The numbers can be twisted to mean whatever someone wants them to mean.

I’m so tired of this.

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July 25, 2021


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This blog is not dead. Nor am I.

I just need a bit of time off to recuperate from the A/C project, and some time to put the house back together. We had to move a whole lot of stuff both inside and outside so the crew could do their job. Not to mention several projects that got pushed aside due to that calamity.


Did you know yesterday was International Ivermectin Day? There were meetings, speeches, symposiums all over the world. But unless you’re a Covid news junkie, I bet you didn’t hear a word about it.


Did you know that there are huge protests going on all over Europe over vaccine passports and nascent lockdowns? Hundreds of thousands of people are turning out in dozens of cities from one end of the EU to another. I bet you didn’t hear a word about that either.

Anti-lockdown and anti-vaccine passport protests erupted across Europe on Saturday, according to media photos and videos.

Thousands upon thousands of demonstrators were seen in London, Dublin, Paris, Rome, Athens, and other cities across Europe, according to footage and news reports.

The demonstrations in France appeared to be the tensest, with riot police firing tear gas as clashes erupted in central Paris.
The reason for the protest, in part, was due to pending legislation in France’s Parliament that would set up a vaccine passport system as well as a vaccination mandate for all healthcare workers. The passport bill would force people to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test result to enter restaurants and other public areas—which critics have described as needlessly draconian.

Protesters railed against the proposed bill, saying, “no to shameful pass” while denigrating French President Emmanuel Macron as a “tyrant.”

Thousands of Italian demonstrators gathered in Rome, Naples, Verona, and Milan on Saturday, according to videos and photos published online.

In Verona, thousands chanted, “No Green Pass,” referring to Italy’s government decision to implement a vaccine-passport-like system for people to enter local fairs, stadiums, theaters, and other gathering areas.

Thousands of protesters rallied across Italy on Saturday, from the major city of Turin in the north to Naples in the south.

In Greece, around 4,000 people protested outside of the Greek parliament in central Athens against mandatory vaccinations.

Police used tear gas on some of the protesters. One Greek official told Reuters news agency that some of the demonstrators were throwing petrol bombs.

Similar demonstrations have previously occurred in other European countries such as Germany, which is the home of the Querdenker (lateral thinkers) anti-lockdown movement.


Meanwhile, over in Israel, the Pfizer vaccine efficacy is down to 39% against the Delta strain, falling more than 40% from last week’s 64%. Both are a far cry from the 95% that it was sold to us.

Pfizer and BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine is just 39% effective in Israel where the delta variant is the dominant strain, but still provides strong protection against severe illness and hospitalization, according to a new report from the country’s Health Ministry.

The efficacy figure, which is based on an unspecified number of people between June 20 and July 17, is down from an earlier estimate of 64% two weeks ago and conflicts with data out of the U.K. that found the shot was 88% effective against symptomatic disease caused by the variant.”


And gosh, what a surprise. The Dem’s utterly corrupt DOJ minions are refusing to investigate the 4 Dem mass murdering governors who sent tens of thousands to nursing homes to die.

The Department of Justice will not be opening a probe into several Democrat-led states’ nursing home regulations and COVID deaths.
(link goes to video news report)

More news that didn’t get reported much

Another Massively YUGE Trump Rally !!!

Tens of thousands showed up to listen to and support the duly elected President of the United States.

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July 22, 2021

Pandemic Panic: There’s An App For That

Food and goods shortages appearing in England because nobody is around to stock the shelves. They all went home to isolate because a government supplied contact tracing app told them to shelter in place.

The Great “Pingdemic” of 2021

Supermarkets and wholesalers in the U.K. are beginning to face shortages after the government’s official health app told hundreds of thousands of workers to self-isolate after contact with someone with COVID-19, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: The “pingdemic” disruptions pose a new challenge to the highly vaccinated U.K., which is reporting more than 50,000 new COVID-19 cases per day as the Delta variant tears through the country.

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson lifted virtually all pandemic restrictions in England on July 19, threatening to exacerbate the problem further.
87% of adults have received at least one vaccine dose and 68% have received two doses, per Reuters. 60% of all COVID-19 hospitalizations are among unvaccinated people, according to health officials.

Driving the news: The National Health Service’s contact tracing app that notifies people to isolate for 10 days after COVID-19 exposure has tarnished Johnson’s plan to fully reopen England’s economy.

And this is just 48 hours after PM Boris finally re-opened the economy. Hella coincidence, ain’t it?

LONDON, July 22 (Reuters) - British supermarkets said on Thursday that some products were in short supply and petrol stations had been forced to close after the official health app told hundreds of thousands of workers to isolate following contact with someone with COVID-19.

British newspapers carried front-page pictures of empty shelves in supermarkets, declaring a “pingdemic”.

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng told Sky News the government was “very concerned” about the situation but that he did not recognise the network’s characterisation of “bare"supermarket shelves.


“It’s not bare, it’s only mostly bare!” *




Bowling Blogging !!!

We’re back in 2nd place after last night, just 2 points out of 1st with 5 weeks to go. We won 5-2 last night, first game and last, in part because of my 213 in the first game and Seamus’s 253 in the last game. Sweet. But we had a good time, and absorbed as much air conditioning as we could.


It’s A/C day !!

The crew showed up at 8:30 this morning and is getting right to work. The new condenser is HUGE, as all the high efficiency ones are. We’re going to have to cut down at least half of the rhododendron out there in the corner to make room. Oh well.

8:30 is fine by me, as I’ve been up since 5am. Kitteh Dizzy is having seizures again, a double last night, one just after we went to bed, and another one at 5am. We got some extra meds in her, she ate like a starving wolf, and is still grumpy and hiding under the bed. She goes feral for a while after each episode, and the episodes are triggered by the hormone changes when she goes into heat. Which she is doing now. We’re going to have to get her fixed and take the risk of surgery. Thank goodness she only goes into heat every few months, unlike little microcat Sniffles, who gets the urge twice as often, and then turns into Opera Cat for 10 days straight.

I’m getting as much benefit from the portable A/C unit these guys dropped off the other day, as the power will be out for a while while they do the electrical breaker box. We need a new one, the breakers are from 1978 and the power bars are all corroded. Extra expense, but it needs doing.


The new condenser is huge, quite a bit bigger than a washing machine. Horry Clap!  The air handler is going in now and then the coil goes inside it once it’s in place. The new line set was run through the fascia, not under it. Too bad. It will get covered with a multi-piece plastic affair running up the side of the unit, which is about the size of a downspout. Much easier than opening up a wall, plenty of protection, and it’s a close color match to the tan siding here.

I think they might even get done today. I am very happy.

Contractor is using Little Giant King Kombo non-conductive fiberglass ladders. “1AA” rated for 375lb, this may be the smartest ladder I’ve ever seen. Folded up, it’s a 6ft flat ladder designed to lean against a wall at a safe angle. The front legs are on locking pivots. Opened up it’s a regular step ladder, with the top plate having all the right holes and slots for holding your tools, paint buckets etc. Swing the front legs out all the way and it becomes a 13ft extension ladder. And the really sweet part is that the front legs fit between the studs on a 16"OC framed wall. Sweet. They make a larger model and a stubby one too. My ladders are good, also fiberglass, but “only” 1A rating, 300lb, which was the best when I bought them.


Dizzy cat has had 4 or 5 seizures today, most of them pretty tiny. Her spasms under the bed sound just like the workman doing the electric panel just outside the bedroom, so I didn’t notice. But now that he’s done and we have power again, YAY!!!, when she pitched a big one I noticed. And I dragged her out and held her and comforted her until it passed, and got several perforations for my trouble. After she did her eating thing ( we moved their bowls and the litter pan into the bedroom this morning to keep them out of the way ) I gave her her pheno pill and a full squirt of the keppra. And that’s all I can do. Poor kitteh.

Sniffles snuck out of the bedroom when I was comforting Dizzy, so she’s around the house somewhere. She doesn’t try to get out of the house too much, but guys are going in and out all the time. I will play cat catcher if I can.


The Covid Crap

your daily lie from the government

,CDC: VAERS shows 12,313 post-vaccination deaths ... but NO CAUSAL LINK

The CDC has stated that based on a review of the relevant information, including the death certificates, medical records, etc., the agency has declared that there are no causal links between the reports and the vaccine. Hence the federal government is on record that there are no direct ties between the events

Independent analyses have demonstrated that a sizable number of the total reported deaths have occurred within 36 hours of the administration of the vaccine. However, the government won’t acknowledge any correlation—that’s the formal declaration for now.

Any other vaccine in history that has caused as many as 100 deaths has been pulled from the market. Usually it doesn’t take anywhere near that many. But when you move the goalposts and deny reality, then all these deaths are just a random coincidence. Nothing to see here, move along.

After word got out about the 12,313 number, CDC/FDA which supervises the VAERS site, quickly cut the number in half to 6,207.

WTF. And who do they think they’re fooling at this point??


July 20, 2021

Just a little of the Covid Crap

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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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