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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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[ old posts are now in the MORE area, “below the fold”:

[ sorry, snipping off old posts sometimes messes up the html. trying to stay on top of it ]April 9, 2021

Acquired Immunity Is Broader Than Vaccine Immunity

New study shows that the jab “protection” has some major holes in it.

a large group of prominent New York City-based researchers recently completed a study ... investigating the impact of the Pfizer-BioNTech BNT162b2 mRNA vaccine as compared to natural immune response to the SARS-CoV-2 pathogen.

While noting that both the mRNA vaccine and the virus itself triggers healthy and natural, not to mention adaptive, immune responses, the New York City-based scientists found “significant qualitative differences between the two types of immune challenges.” For example, the natural immune response, that is, an individual that fell ill from SARS-CoV-2 infection, recovering on their own could be “characterized by a highly augmented interferon response,” which for the most part didn’t materialize in vaccinated recipients. This and other deltas between the two responses lead to significant questions about the differences between vaccine-induced or natural immunity to SARS-Cov-2.

Vaccine immunity is missing “High augmented interferon response” and “Dramatic upregulation of cytotoxic genes located in peripheral T cells & innate-like lymphocytes”. Also there is a marked difference in the “Clonal B & T Cells”.

The authors concluded that “far-reaching implications for immunity to SARS-CoV-2″ are implicated from their research: that is, the gap in two immune responses, transcriptional variance in the key immune populations, and the delta in maturation of adaptive immune cells call for further investigation.

But of course. No study ever says “no more research needed”. It’s always “this calls for further investigation.”

I think a whole lot of new immune system knowledge has come out of this pandemic, and a lot of that knowledge has gained public awareness. These folks no longer work in obscurity.


“O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!” *
He chortled in his joy.

In which most of my stress goes away, we get a super efficient system, she gets the multi-stage tech she wants, and we get a super good price for a quality system, and we get a fast start date.

The other company (Goodman A/C system) finally got around to sending us an updated bid. Last night at 8:30pm. Srsly? They did NOT give us a start date and they did NOT verify that components were in stock or readily available. So, you lose.  I had already written the other company and told them they had the job, for the basic system choice, but that the wife had really wanted a two stage system, so maybe you could give us a HUGE break on the price?

So the Coleman A/C contractor writes back early this morning (I’m up with the birds these days since my window is open for air and the light comes in which wakes me up), that he checked his distributor and that they just got 2 of the AC19 units in. And he’ll cut us a break and take $400 off. And he start today. TODAY.

So we get a 2 ton Coleman AC19 system, a very well made two-stage condenser with a 19.5 SEER 15.5 EER system, for about $1000 more than the 2 ton Goodman GSXC18 two-stage system, a budget brand condenser that has a 18 SEER 13.5 EER rating. And the Coleman has slightly more cooling power to boot, and runs a hair more quietly.

We win. Great price, awesome contractor, super efficient system for an acceptable price, and we get it NOW.

Callooh! Callay! And a Crivens!! too.

Horry Clap I am exhausted by this whole process and so glad that it’s over. Now I just have to deal with the headaches that come with the installation.


July 19, 2021

Coolness Envy


Wish I was as cool and composed as Ms. Clover here in this weather. Right now I feel more like that grubby critter in the Mucinex ad.



I left a voice mail message and sent two emails over the weekend trying to get somebody at the one HVAC contractor to talk about the bid they emailed me at 4:45pm on Friday. Please call me. Please call me first thing Monday!!

Spoke to the woman at just after 9. Please check availability of the condenser, thermostat, and air handler. And check availability and find me a price increase for the next model up. But most importantly, PLEASE give me a real date when you can start the job.

It’s quarter to 5. Not a word all day.

My patience is running out, and that will cost us at least another $1500. But the other guy can start Wednesday, and will even drop off a portable AC unit until the job is done.

I don’t know what to do. But I know what I want to do.


Weather or not, here’s yet another A/C update

Well at least the rain is past. Pretty sure it rained every day for the past 12 days, sometimes in torrents.

We had a very lengthy discussion about our A/C options and worked out a detailed plan. Go with the much lower bid for a high tech high efficiency solution IF they can start soon, or else go with the equally efficient, older tech, quite a bit more expensive but higher quality components solution if they can’t. The “old tech” guy can start Wednesday. Both contractors are top notch and fully licensed home improvement, HVAC and electricians. Both will do a proper and precise job. Both systems are high efficiency with great warranties. But we’re sweltering here; we cannot wait 3 or 4 weeks and will spend an extra thou or two to get it done ASAP if we have to.

I’ve been spending at least 6 hours a day, every single day for the past 11 days, doing online research, making calls, and meeting with contractors. I can’t take it anymore.

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July 16, 2021

More A/C Project

Yes, this is all I do anymore. We’re looking at a ten thousand dollar job, so I’m researching the heck out of it. And I’ve learned a tremendous amount of stuff about air conditioning that I never wanted to know.

We have one more bid in process, and one more contractor showing up tomorrow. So two more bids hopefully by early next week. One of the earlier bids we’ve rejected already, as that place did not give us a competitive price even on their budget brand system and their lack of knowledge about the HVAC world is bothersome. And these are supposed to be one of the top vendors around here, all HVACR NATE certified and they all wore booties to come in our house. And their van has a cool logo.

I’ve learned about coolant line sizes, why you need to replace an old freon (R-22) based air handler when you put in a new R410A coolant system, load calculations, quality levels, the general extreme mark up of the components, on an on. But the best thing I learned about is AHRI, a HVAC ratings place where you can look up any air conditioner (the outside thing is called a condenser, and inside the condenser is the compressor, and nearly all brands use the same 3 models of compressor made by Copeland) or air handler (the inside part, a big metal box, usually in your attic, that has a fan at one end and a radiator at the other, and a drain pan to catch condensation in the middle) and see what’s what. And this cuts through the hype. Also I’ve learned to locate, read and understand the dealer specification sheets, which tell you everything about any unit you could ever want to know. This way you can compare fan motor power, fan blade size, how big the cooling fin area is, how much coolant is inside, what pressure the system runs at, how much air can it pull over the cooling coils, on and on.

So far, out of all the brands we’ve heard about from contractors, Carrier , Bryant, Payne (all the same company), Goodman, York, Lennox, and Coleman, the Coleman single stage models seem to give the best quality bang for the buck, while the Goodman models do a pretty darn good job for quite a bit less money. The multi-stage super high efficiency models just aren’t worth it for a poorly insulated little condo like ours. And as always ... there’s always a schmoo out there trying to take your money and baffle you with BS. “Oh you don’t need new lines. The old R-22 lines are fine with a 14 SEER unit.” WRONG. Sure it will run, but using the wrong lines screws up the pressures, voids your warranty, destroys efficiency, and can take years off the life of the unit. And without a doubt, if you’re replacing an old freon system (R-22) with a new Puron system (R-410A) you want a new air handler, because the new refrigerant runs at 70% higher pressure, which could blow out an old R-22 coil. Ooops. Just what you want, a whole attic full of “let’s hope it’s not poisonous to breathe” environmentally friendly coolant. Um, no. Get a new air handler.

Sadly, none of these folks seem to have taken a chemistry class and learned the Ideal Gas Law of PV=nRT. Oh oh oh, R410A is so much better because it’s environmentally friendly, and it cools so much better. It’s “thermally efficient”!! Yeah, because of the pressure, and only because of the pressure.

The ideal gas law formula states that pressure multiplied by volume is equal to moles times the universal gas constant times temperature.

This means that when you raise the pressure (P) for the same volume of gas (V), the temperature goes up. Now add in that new systems use larger pipes than the old systems, so more coolant flow. In a radiator situation like an air conditioner, this means the same only backwards: when the liquefied gas turns back into vapor it will absorb more heat. R410A isn’t significantly any better thermally than
R-22, it just runs at much higher pressure. Outside in the condenser, it takes a bit more energy to compress the stuff back into a liquid, and it dumps that heat there. So these new systems do work better. Most of the other high efficiency gains have come from using DC motors instead of AC ones, and multi-stage compressors that can run at 65%, 40%, 25% instead of the binary on or off of 100% you get in a single stage unit. And you’ll NEVER actually save enough electricity to offset the increased cost of these units, but they do do a better job at humidity control, because the air handler’s coil stays ice cold even when the unit is just running a little, and that condenses water out of the indoor air. Dryer air feels cooler, because lower humidity lets the moisture on your skin evaporate faster.

And here in the swamp of a NJ summer, humidity control is a must. But for us, a higher SEER single stage will do a better humidity job than our old unit, without the much larger up-front cost of a mult-speed system.

And it turns out that most new air handlers are wired to be multi-speed anyway. That’s just a couple more power taps on the motor; lower volts equals less speed. You just need a more complex thermostat to use that feature, and it’s almost pointless with a single stage condenser. They’re also multi-position too, which makes sense. The fan and the coil don’t care how they’re oriented, so a vertical handler or a horizontal one are really the same thing. And swap the coolant line attaching point to the other side and a left hand unit becomes a right hand unit. And these things have had just 3 or 4 industry standard sizes for ages anyway. And most of them are modular if they have to be, so for really tight installs they can go in in pieces and get bolted together later.  Efficient production ... more profit, less parts to stock. Good for them.

Otay. Dryer vent guy came while I was writing this. So that’s all done. Paid the guy and gave him a couple bottles of cold soda to take with him. It’s beastly out there today.


July 14, 2021

A/C project

OMG, a new line set too? I have to measure and verify, but our ancient little A/C may have been built with 1/4” liquid, 1/2” suction pipes. Every single 2 ton unit out there uses 3/8” | 3/4” lines. Another headache. Rip open the walls, or take off the siding.


July 11, 2021

The Air Conditioner Saga Continues

While doing mad amounts of housework to get ready for the consultation visit from the air conditioner folks tomorrow, I’ve been doing more A/C research. These guys specialize in units from Carrier. A company called UTC owns both Carrier and Bryant, and several of the models are identical except for the grill and the badge. Same warranty, same parts, made on the same assembly line. The two companies also use the same air handlers, the part that goes inside your house. Those even share the same model numbers. But Bryrant costs 10% less, which is quite a lot of money for this kind of spendy project. So I’ve got calls in to several local HVAC shops that do Bryant, looking for bids. We’ll see if anyone calls. Even if they don’t, just playing that card ought to get me a better bid from the Carrier crew.

Air conditioners have come a long way in the past few years. What was once a binary machine - on or off - became a 2 speed machine, and is now a multi-speed machine or a variable speed one. This applies to the compressor and the air handler/coil. Some of them use “Inverter technology” which is a fancy way of saying DC current instead of AC. A DC motor can be made to run at any speed just by varying the voltage, and letting the system run at 15% power saves a lot of electricity and does a better job of dehumidifying the air and keeping a constant temperature. The top models even have variable capacity, but those are likely out of my price range. Naturally those systems cost more, so it’s a matter of figuring out if the power savings exceed the unit cost increase.

I’ve got 3 fans running here, with the windows open. The weather is cooler and it’s stopped raining, so that’s a plus. But it’s still rather warm and sticky here. I want my A/C.


The Covid Crap, again, but good news this time

Top Korean Researchers: Acquired Immunity Lasts At Least 10 Months

Well duh, right? But they proved it.

Researchers out of Korea have identified in a study that a person’s protective immune memory T cells generated while recovering from a COVID-19 infection lasts over ten months. The study is purportedly the world’s first one to investigate the development of stem-cell-like memory cells related to the novel coronavirus.
While many suspected that memory T-cells as well as neutralizing antibodies form the basis of COVID-19 protective immunity, researchers haven’t been clear on what the sustainability of memory T cells is. Thus, in this study, the research team conducted a follow-up study after 10 months in subjects recovering from the coronavirus in Korea.
The group confirmed that in most patients, regardless of the severity of the underlying coronavirus infection, they continue to produce memory T cells. They noted even after 10 months that if the memory T-cell interfaces with the COVID-19 virus antigen that they interact, multiply, and trigger protective immune functions, activating multifunctional T cells in parallel.

Interestingly, and what looks to be novel findings, the Korean research group noted that patients that recovered from COVID-19 actually developed stem cell-like memory T cells, which also possess a regenerative function bolstering memory T cells for a much longer duration.

Going forward, the Korean group will investigate how the memory T cell formation works in those currently vaccinated as well as compare memory T cells with those who have recovered naturally from COVID-19. In other words, they’re looking to see if vaccine immunity is as good as acquired immunity.

I hope they can test some of these patients at 2 years, but we’ll have to wait for that.

Here’s a link to the published study. They followed 101 recovered patients for months. About half of them were asymptomatic to mild, about half were moderate to critical, so there is a slight skew towards the sicker patients. And their responses showed strong responses from all the protective kinds of cells until about 8 months, then some of them tapered off, but never actually stopped, while other kinds remained robust.

The real bottom line is that the severity of the illness did not seem to play a roll. This is quite different from what was learned about the antibodies a year ago. They stuck around longer in people who had been sicker.

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July 10, 2021

The Campbells Are Coming    Going

Killberry castle, owned by the Campbell clan since 1540, is up for sale. It’s a 10 bedroom affair, set near the ocean, with a billiard room and a guest cottage. Needs a bit of work but is in livable condition.

Except that it’s an actual castle, and that means no central heating. A few dozen fireplaces instead.

A 15th-century castle on the west coast of Scotland, which has been owned by the same family for almost 500 years, is up for sale for less than the average London home.

Kilberry Castle has 10 bedrooms and is set in 21 acres but has no central heating, which the current owner, Charmian Campbell, said she is used to but anyone from the South of England would “notice straight away”. Original features include a grand wooden staircase and Italian marble fireplaces.

According to the Knight Frank listing, the £650,000 castle is in need of significant restoration but Campbell said it is liveable now. Charmian, her husband John and their children moved there from London more than thirty years ago.

John’s relatives, the Campbell clan, took ownership of the estate in 1550. Kilberry Castle was burned down in 1773 and lay almost derelict until 1843 when it was restored and extended into a family home. A western wing and billiards room were added in 1873.

Arranged over four levels, connected by a grand wooden staircase and galleried landings, the castle is packed with original features.

Italian marble fireplaces can be found in the library and a drawing room, while more unusual perhaps are the horns and heads adorning the upstairs walls.

“There’s plenty of stuff in the house which we haven’t changed because we haven’t had to — history is on the walls, it’s written in the house —there has been no reason to remove any of that,” said Charmian.

Outside, there’s a separate cottage, a private woodland and a plot with recently-renewed planning consent to build a four-bedroom home.

Kilberry Bay, with its white-sand beach, is around a 10-minute walk away over neighbouring farmland.

How much is £650,000 in US dollars? Only a bit more than the video cartridge in the post below sold for. Tough decision isn’t it? (um, no)

• Killberry Bay is in Argyl, in western Scotland, and Argyl is the historic home area of the Campbell Clan. But this grand bit of stone is not the home of the clan, merely the home of one bunch of Campbells for the past 500 years.

Don’t forget this. ( “forget not”? Ne Obliviscaris! )


Far More Money Than Brains

Somebody just paid $870,000 for a $5 video game cartridge from 1987.

A sealed copy of The Legend of Zelda for the NES just sold for $870,000 at Heritage Auctions, breaking the previous record for the most expensive game ever sold (as far as I am aware, at least). That record was just raised quite a bit in April when a copy of Super Mario Bros. was auctioned for $660,000, a price that more than quadrupled the previous known record.

But it was one of a kind! And first edition!!

How do you get to be this rich and still be this foolish? Maybe it was the same person who paid $120,000 for a banana duct taped to a wall? That was even less art than this bit of garage sale crap is a valuable collectable. People are really stupid ... or maybe it’s me: watch this thing get resold for $3 million in a couple years.


I wonder how much a “first edition” Bic ballpoint pen from the early 60s is worth? The ones with the clear plastic body and the solid brass “Dyamite” points? The ones in the TV ad where they used a rifle to shoot the pen through a board, and it still wrote, “first time every time”? They used to cost 19¢. I’m sure they’re worth at least $50,000 now, even without ink. Not only was it a reliable pen, it was a weapon. So was their first lighter, which sold for $1.29 in the early 70s. The ones with the adjuster. You could peel the wind guard back, open the adjuster even more, and make a flame thrower out of them.

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July 09, 2021

Excessive Petrichor

Petrichor being the word for the scent of the world after it rains. And it rained here. And then some. And then some more. Tropical Storm Elsa moved up the coast and we got caught in band after band of it. It rained hard and short at least 8 times yesterday from mid-morning on, and then it rained again earlier this morning. The storm is now centered a bit south of central Long Island NY and is moving up towards New England. So it looks like the rain is past, and it’s pulling in cooler drier air behind it. Several days worth. And I’m glad because we won’t have any A/C until the week after next at the earliest. A “comfort consultant” is coming here Monday to make the sales pitch and throw prices around, but we’ve pretty much figured out what system we want. It’s tempting to look into the dehumidifier option or the UV sanitizing option, but only if they’re reasonably priced. OTOH, the place is offering 3 year financing with 0% interest, so that cuts the bite into 36 smaller pieces. Tempting.


July 08, 2021

Bowling Blogging !!


Not, not a post about Old Guys league.

A post about summer league.

We got creamed last night 0-7. I learned a new approach to tactical bowling. The team we played had one bowler with a “205” average, who threw a 744 series against us, which is nearly 250 pins per game. He may as well be a professional bowler. Two other people on the team are pretty low average, almost beginners, in the 110 - 130 range. The fourth person on their team is a newbie with a 104 average, but she wasn’t there, so she sent her brother instead as a sub. He’d never thrown a ball before, thus was bowling for average (itself a tactical advantage) and managed a 91 average for the night. So we wound up giving them 104 pins handicap, yet they beat us in scratch pins in all three games. Truly, they are a team of one, with the other three there to keep their team average in the subbasement. Very tactical. I looked through the standings sheet and noticed that there’s another team just like them on this league, only that their placeholders are a little bit better. We bowl them next week.


He’s Dead, Jim

Sweating my tail off in here today. I think the A/C gave up the ghost last night. Fan blows on the compressor outside, but the air coming out is not hot; the thing is no longer cooling. And it’s getting pretty hot and muggy inside.

The compressor is 25 years old, runs on freon. I don’t even know if it can be repaired at this point, or if an HVAC guy can fit me in. Will have to make several calls.

Update: One place called me back, they’re overloaded with work and not taking new clients. Another place can have somebody here next Friday.

Holy cats, there is money to be made in homeowner HVAC. There are a dozen companies in my general area, but it’s nowhere near enough. Around here a tech can earn $45-75,000 a year, and after a couple years can start his own business, after which the sky’s the limit. The guy in our neighborhood who runs a small HVAC company has a very nice house of more than adequate size on a nice bit of property. Put their kids through college, he has a nice boat, his wife drives a Caddy, they take fancy vacations. Not bad.

So if I was 20, maybe not a certified genius, but maybe getting tired of unloading trucks in the summer heat for $17/hr, I’d look into it. You don’t need a college degree, although plenty of community colleges over the training as part of an AAS program. So 2 years of school to learn the trade, and you can say you’re a college graduate. Start working out while learning, because some strength and stamina are likely required.

Update update: Air Professionals can come today, giving me a 5 hour window, weather dependent. And of course it’s pouring now. But the rain might cool this place down some, and it probably won’t last all day.

I see the Air Pros truck in our neighborhood all the time. Their colorful penguin is very recognizable.


Downside? They’re a Carrier dealer. If I need a new unit it will be a Carrier. Not sure if that’s a downside, but the units do cost more than a Goodman. The nice lady on the phone says it’s hard to get new units from anybody right now, another shortage, but they stocked up the common models when they could. And ours - a 2 tonner - is as common as it gets.


Gee, I wonder

Container ship catches fire and then explodes in Dubai port. Ship just arrived from Iran. Hmm...

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A container ship anchored in Dubai at one of the world’s largest ports caught fire late Wednesday, causing an explosion that sent tremors across the commercial hub of the United Arab Emirates, authorities said.

The Twitter post from Dubai’s state-run media office said the fire occurred on a ship at the huge Jebel Ali Port, which sits in the Persian Gulf on the eastern side of the Arabian Peninsula.

Authorities posted a video of firefighters dousing giant shipping containers. Flames could be seen rising in the background as emergency services hosed down the area.

The media office said that the fire was under control by early Thursday and that there were no immediate reports of casualties. The extent of damage caused to the port and surrounding cargo was not immediately clear.

People in Dubai recording with their phones from their high-rises posted frantic videos on social media showing a fiery ball illuminating the night sky.

Witnesses reported shaking buildings across the city. Residents of neighborhoods as far away as 25 kilometers (15 miles) felt the blast around 11:45 p.m. Associated Press journalists felt the sudden explosion rock the glass windows of their apartments.


July 07, 2021

OMG, The Ocean Is On Fire !!!

Quick, spray water on it???

PEMEX gas pipe leak fire under the Gulf Of Mexico


Underwater fire.

A fire on the ocean surface west of Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula early on Friday has been extinguished, state oil company Pemex said, blaming a gas leak from an underwater pipeline for sparking the blaze captured in videos that went viral.

Bright orange flames jumping out of water resembling molten lava was dubbed an “eye of fire” on social media due to the blaze’s circular shape, as it raged a short distance from a Pemex oil platform.

The fire took more than five hours to fully put out, according to Pemex.

The fire began in an underwater pipeline that connects to a platform at Pemex’s flagship Ku Maloob Zaap oil development, the company’s most important, four sources told Reuters earlier.

Mexico’s state-owned oil company [Permex] said a fire caused by a rupture in an undersea gas pipeline in the Gulf of Mexico is over, but videos showing efforts to put out what appears to be an underwater caldron of fire live on.

The “fire in the sea” was put out at 10:45 a.m. following a gas leak about 500 feet from a drilling platform, Pemex tweeted. No injuries were reported and the company said it took about 5 hours to bring the incident under control.

The company said it used boats to pump water over the underwater blaze, although nitrogen was also used to control the fire, Reuters reports, citing a Pemex incident report.


CDC: Delta Variant Now Dominant, 51% Of All New Cases

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identified the more contagious delta variant as the most dominant strain in the United States, comprising the majority of cases in the country for the two weeks ending Saturday, July 3.

The prevalence of the delta variant, B.1.617.2, jumped significantly from June to the beginning of July, going from comprising 30.4 percent of the cases in mid-June and jumping to 51.7 percent for the two weeks ending in early July.

Back on May 22, Delta was 2.7%. By June 16 it was 10%. By late June it was 30%. I’m expecting it to be almost the only game in Covid Town by the end of this month.

Way back when, a couple months ago, the “70% more infectious” UK B117 Alpha variant took just under 90 days to go from 0 to dominant in the US. It took about 8 weeks to take over the UK. This one is signficantley more infectious than Alpha.

Good news is, it appears to be far less lethal. Which is really good news, as the vaccines don’t seem to slow it down much.


Haitian President Jovenel Moise Assassinated

Witnesses claimed shooter spoke with American accents in English and Spanish, and claimed to be DEA agents


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Haitian President Jovenel Moïse was “mortally wounded” and his wife shot during an armed attack in the early hours of Wednesday at their private residence above the hills of Port-au-Prince, the country’s acting prime minister, Claude Joseph, said.
a man wearing a neck tie and a hat: Haitian President Jovenel Moise walks on the tarmac of Toussaint Louverture International Airport in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on May 7, 2020, as coronavirus aid from China arrives in a cargo plane. © PIERRE MICHEL JEAN/AFP/Getty Images North America/TNS Haitian President Jovenel Moise walks on the tarmac of Toussaint Louverture International Airport in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on May 7, 2020, as coronavirus aid from China arrives in a cargo plane.

Several sources told the Miami Herald that Moïse was killed during the attack, and that his wife, Martine Moïse, was shot.

In a statement from the prime minister’s office, Joseph said the attack occurred around 1 a.m. Wednesday, and some of the unidentified assailants spoke Spanish. The head of state, the statement said, was “fatally injured.”

First Lady Martine Moïse was wounded and is being treated, the statement said.

The assailants claimed to be agents with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, according to videos taken by people in the area of the president’s home. Moïse, 53, lives in Pelerin 5, a neighborhood just above the hills in the capital.

On the videos, someone with an American accent is heard saying in English over a megaphone, “DEA operation. Everybody stand down. DEA operation. Everybody back up, stand down.”

Sources said the assailants, one of whom spoke in English with an American accent, were not with the DEA.

“These were mercenaries,” a high-ranking Haitian government official said.

Residents reported hearing high-powered rounds fired with precision, and seeing men dressed in black running through the neighborhoods. There are also reports of a grenade going off and drones being used.

The president’s death will throw Haiti into further disarray. Moïse had faced mounting protests over his governance amid a deepening political and constitutional crisis, questions about his legitimacy and accusations that he used armed gangs to remain in power.

“There is no constitutional answer to this situation,” said Bernard Gousse, a former justice minister and legal expert.

There are only 10 elected officials in the country, all senators. Joseph, the current interim primer minister, has not been ratified by the country’s parliament and has resigned. The new prime minister Moïse appointed this week, Ariel Henry, has yet to be sworn in. There isn’t even a president of the Supreme Court: René Sylvestre, the president, died last week from COVID-19.

Haitians awoke to the news Wednesday morning in shock. Streets in the capital, normally teeming with vehicles and public buses, were empty and void of traffic. A photo of Moïse lying on the ground dead and covered in blood was circulating on social media.

No president, no actual prime minister new or old, no leader of their Supreme Court. This is a big tragic mess even for a place used to big tragic mess.

The Dominican Republic, which is the east side of the island of Hispanola, has sealed it’s border with Haiti. Are they expecting a revolution to break out? I am.



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calendar   Wednesday - August 19, 2020

Gee, Oops

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

NYC Ship Sinking, Rats Long Gone

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

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


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


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


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

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The ‘Rona Song

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

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

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

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

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Follow Me !

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

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

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eye candy, high plains edition


I thought I posted this the other day, but it seems to have evaporated. Whatevs.

Anyway, this is actress Kelsey Asbille Chow. She had a small but regular role in the One Tree Hill drama a few years back, and was in the 2017 film Wind River. Currently she has a supporting role on Paramount’s cowboy drama / Kevin Costner vehicle Yellowstone.

We watch Yellowstone, it’s great, and it’s interesting to see her character developing from a whiny liberal into someone more normal. That’s going to be long journey. She is super attractive though. 

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calendar   Monday - August 17, 2020

Flowers For Algernon?

Leftist InstaHate For COVID Flower Cure

because Trump mentioned it


Funny, I kind of thought it was the President’s job to keep people aware of new possibilities and to give them even temporary hope. But the Left may be right on this one. Like the blind squirrel ...

Most Americans have been praying for a cure to the Chinese Communist Party virus. Such a prospect turns out to be horrifying, however, if you are a Deep State bureaucrat, someone invested in open-ended and lucrative research into unpromising medicines or vaccines and/or a political opponent of President Trump.

Hence the vehemently hostile response of a leftist publication called Axios to information about Oleandrin, a natural supplement that has proven in clinical experiments and limited human trials in Texas to crush the CCP virus. Rather than celebrate this development and call for an urgent effort to validate such findings with widespread, life-saving trials, Axios touted the uninformed criticisms of naysayers determined to snuff further work on this apparent breakthrough.

To the alarm of some government health officials, President Trump has expressed enthusiasm for the Food and Drug Administration to permit an extract from the oleander plant to be marketed as a dietary supplement or, alternatively, approved as a drug to cure COVID-19, despite lack of proof that it works.

Driving the news: The experimental botanical extract, oleandrin, was promoted to Trump during an Oval Office meeting in July. It’s embraced by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson and MyPillow founder and CEO Mike Lindell, a big Trump backer, who recently took a financial stake in the company that develops the product.

OMG, if Mike Lindell is behind it, you know it’s deathly anathema.

Oleandrin is an extract from the oleander plant. Researchers have suggested that it could be useful to treat cancer because of the way it affects cells, and that it could enhance the effects of other cancer therapies.

Professor Sharon Lewin, the director of the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity at the University of Melbourne, is an international authority on antiviral drugs and has a laboratory working on COVID-19.
Asked about oleandrin’s potential efficacy as a COVID-19 treatment, Lewin told Axios, “Oleandrin looks to have antiviral activity at high doses in a test tube model. You’d certainly want to see more work done on this before even contemplating a human trial.”

A July 2020 study from the University of Texas at Galveston shows, in a laboratory setting, that oleandrin can inhibit the coronavirus in monkey kidney cells. This study has not been peer reviewed and one of the authors of the study, Robert Newman, is chairman of Phoenix Biotechnology’s scientific advisory board — the company developing the oleandrin product.

The bottom line: Scientists around the world are in a race for cures, treatments and vaccines for COVID-19. Government regulators are investigating hundreds of products. When a biotech executive like Whitney can take his case directly to the president, it casts doubt over the scientific rigor of the drug development process.

From the research study:

Using Vero cells, we found that prophylactic oleandrin administration at concentrations down to 0.05 μg/ml exhibited potent antiviral activity against SARS-CoV-2, with an 800 fold reduction in virus production, and a 0.1 μg/ml dose resulted in a greater than 3,000-fold reduction in infectious virus production. The EC50values were 11.98ng/ml when virus output was measured at 24 hours post-infection, and 7.07ng/ml measured at 48 hours post-infection. Therapeutic (post-infection) treatment up to 24 hours after infection of Vero cells also reduced viral titers, with the 0.1 μg/ml dose causing greater than 100-foldreductions as measured at 48 hours, and the 0.05 μg/ml dose resulting in a 3578-fold reduction.The potent prophylactic and therapeutic antiviral activities demonstrated here strongly support the further development of oleandrin to reduce the severity of COVID-19 and potentially also to reduce spread by persons diagnosed early after infection.

In years past the FDA has been dinged for major slow walking and foot dragging when it comes to testing and approving new medicines. Many drugs are available to the rest of the world that are not yet available to us. With this pandemic that slowness has become an issue, but I don’t think the best idea is to throw caution to the wind and let anything fly. That way leads to snake oil. There has to be some level of significant proper, fair, testing.

OTOH, the Axios article does mention how this could easily be marketed as an herbal supplement, which could NOT focus on any curative ability. To which there’s an easy work around; “We’re NOT ALLOWED to mention that this cures Covid, and thus cannot recommend a dose of 2 pills a day for 2 weeks. This product is for dietary supplemental use only, and we bear no responsibility for it’s use in any other manner.” kind of advertising.

OTTH, shouldn’t President Trump know by now when to keep his fat mouth shut?

Oleandir is poisonous !!! !! !

Consumption of even one Nerium oleander leaf can be fatal. Onset of toxicity occurs several hours following consumption. Symptoms include vomiting, abdominal pain, cyanosis, hypotension, hypothermia, vertigo, respiratory paralysis and death.

However, a carefully controlled tea made from the flowers could be an effective cancer and AIDS treatment. But more trials are needed!!

A hot water extract of the plant, known as Anvirzel™, has been developed as a potential treatment for cancer, AIDS, and congestive heart failure. It consists of a mixture of oleandrin and the glycone oleandrigenin. Experiments suggest that a combination of Anvirzel and cisplatin may be more effective than cisplatin monotherapy . In an earlier study, Anvirzel appeared safe in humans when injected intramuscularly, although adverse effects such as injection site pain, fatigue, and other GI symptoms were reported.

Anvirzel™ is not an approved cancer treatment in the United States. Until more data regarding its efficacy and toxicity are available, this product should not be used outside of clinical trials.

Anvirzel may be a modern version of a medicinal extract of oleander that goes back to the dawn of history.

Historical records prove that Oleander plant has healing powers; thus it was highly regarded by the Mesopotamians in the 15th century B.C. During the age of the Babylonians up to the Romans it was used as a relieved for hangovers. To the Arabs it has better worth since the plant was used for cancer medication in the 8th century A.D.

OTOH, the Romans also used it to commit suicide.

I looked up the entry at Wiki ... and I think I’ll pass on this one. There may be too much risk in a cure made from just a little bit of deadly poison.

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The Death Of NYC?

This is what happens when you elect a communist as mayor. One who encourages rioting and lawlessness. Riots after weeks of extended lockdown. Retail is dying. Populations are fleeing. Violence is everywhere, at unprecedented levels. It’s anarchy and depression.

Beirut DeBlasio


De Blasio’s New York has finally hit an all-time low: the once bustling city is now on the verge of looking like a demilitarized zone. Between the pandemic and the riots in the city, iconic 5th Avenue now looks more like a dystopian nightmare in a recently shot video posted to Twitter.

The video follows a car driving down a deserted 5th Avenue, with almost all of the area’s high end stores boarded up and shut down. There are few people seen on what is usually a busy street.

“Look at everything. Everything’s boarded up. Even the hotel. Boarded up,” the video’s narrator, who is obviously fed up with how the city looks, says.

He continues: “This is all Manhattan, boarded up. Have you ever seen Manhattan look like this? The media will not report this.”

“Everything boarded up. They don’t want to show this to you people because they’re afraid. Saks 5th Avenue - boarded up from end to end. They put up barbed wire. Everywhere you see boards, windows are gone. Look at New York City - what happened,” he says.

The video runs over 2 minutes and shows dozens of boarded up businesses.

Check the video. Manhattan is boarded up. Block after block of high-end retail closed down and barricaded.

This isn’t exactly new. Similar video from more than a month ago.

No, it’s not a war zone — it’s Manhattan.

Video shows once-bustling Big Apple streets nearly deserted and dotted with boarded-up, spray-painted and bashed-in buildings after days of looting.

The footage taken Tuesday and Wednesday in Midtown and Soho shows the windows of popular stores shattered while others — such as Burberry, Sephora and Sunglasses Hut — are covered in plywood to protect against looters.


Only a handful of masked pedestrians and police officers are seen walking on eerily empty sidewalks. Some plywood panels put up by shops were tagged with graffiti reading, “Justice for George Floyd” — the black man who died after a white Minneapolis police officer pinned him to the ground for nearly nine minutes.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many Big Apple retailers have been closed for months prior to protests over Floyd’s death.

These riots happened at the end of May ...

Sidewalks across the SoHo neighborhood, Union Square and Fifth Avenue were covered in broken glass. Multiple police cars had been burnt to nothing but ashes. Stores, including a Duane Reade, Urban Outfitters and Swatch, were looted. Banks were ravaged. An Equinox gym had been broken in to. Graffiti covered retailers’ logos up and down some of the glitziest shopping districts, which normally would be hosting a hotbed of tourist activity this time of year.

The New York Police Department has since said it arrested almost 350 people Saturday evening, following protests across parts of Harlem, Brooklyn and Staten Island. NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said in a press conference held Sunday that more than 30 officers suffered minor injuries due to clashes with demonstrators.

It’s now the middle of August. More than 11 weeks later. And these businesses are still closed, still boarded up. Whatever stock that wasn’t looted has been sold online.

Do you really think these storefronts are coming back? Even if the beneficent dictator of NYC allows them to open, with 25% customer capacity and ridiculously paranoid levels of isolation and plexiglass protection inside the stores? Somehow, I kind of doubt it.

Greatest city in the world, killed by policy in half a year. This was not an accident.

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Very Funny Officer

So I got another ticket yesterday. Me and my red car manage to get pulled over a couple times a year. Yes, I’m an inveterate speeder, but I do it properly. I don’t tailgate, I don’t cut people off, I use my turn signals, I almost pass anyone on the right, and of course my car is in perfect working order and my papers are current. And I don’t go flying around corners on two wheels, or anything close to reckless driving. I’m just an impatient driver, like everyone else in the state.

In NJ, everyone speeds. Everyone. Nearly everywhere. The only place we make up for it is in those 25mph zones near schools, parks, and downtown. People generally do about 17 in those.

NJ has a scheme in place on the highways. They “let” you drive 65mph, but fines are doubled. Should there be a traffic cone by the side of the road, or a permanent sign saying that bit of highway is also a construction zone, fines are doubled again. So getting a speeding ticket on the highway can be a darn costly experience.

Generally, highway traffic moves at 75mph in good conditions, even in the slow lane, but on the weekends it flies. 85 is typical, 95 is not unheard of, with cars maybe two lengths apart traveling in packs.

And NJ keeps points for 5 years, with a big long list of how many points for whichever of the 65 or so moving violations they have. Get more than 6 in a 3 year period, and get an extra fine to pay. There are a fair number of 0 point offenses, but they are not on the list. Good luck trying to find them, although we all know that the seatbelt one and the red light camera one are no-pointers.

How many points are on your license? Like many other states, you have to pay the DMV to find this out. Gosh, wouldn’t you think that this would be part of their regular job? Available online for free, given that this is a microscopic database inquiry? Heck no.

But there’s a game involved. There are a good number of offenses that don’t have points. Just a fine. So most cops short circuit the plea bargaining process, and give you a break and just write you up for some 0 point offense. It puts donut money in their coffers, nobody wastes time going to court, an you just go online and pay the fine with your credit card.

So I got pulled over for doing 85 in a 65 zone on a demarcated highway. I wasn’t racing, or playing artful dodger, or zooming down the road alone. I was just cruising along with traffic. The Statey did his job in about 2 minutes and I was back on my way.

He wrote me up for the 0 point offense of Delaying Traffic.

Haha, very funny.

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calendar   Saturday - August 15, 2020

Rhubarb !!!

She came home from work with an armload of rhubarb that a coworker had brought in from their garden.

I haven’t had rhubarb in ... probably 45 years. Pretty sure my parents used to grow it in the vegetable garden, but that’s loooong ago in the past.

So we’re making strawberry rhubarb pie, and, since we have so much of the stuff, we’re making a strawberry rhubarb crumble as well. Both are a great excuse to get hold of some good vanilla ice cream.

Rhubarb has an unusual taste, but it’s one that I’ve always loved. Can’t wait to get to baking things up and trying them out. Might even have enough to send her to work Monday with another crumble.


Oh goody, and I guess I’d better go look outside. Amazon says my copy of Law of Nations and John Locke’s Two Treaties of Government were delivered today. Along with my new Solo 2L hand sprayer, as the old one died after a decade of use.

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Fauci Gets One Right

Fauci: Voting In Person OK If Social Distancing Done

Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser for the White House coronavirus task force, said this week that there is “no reason” Americans are not able to vote in person for the 2020 presidential election in November.

Fauci emphasized that voting in person would not need to be avoided as long as voters followed CDC guidelines and maintained social distancing.

“I think if carefully done, according to the guidelines, there’s no reason that I can see why that not be the case,” Fauci told ABC News. “If you go and wear a mask, if you observe the physical distancing, and don’t have a crowded situation, there’s no reason why shouldn’t be able to do that.”

Fauci noted, however, that those who are at high-risk if exposed to coronavirus or have a compromised immune system should stay indoors and use mail-in voting.

OK, 99% right. I think most absentee ballots should be dropped off well ahead of time at the polling centers, logged in, and signed for ... once proper ID and voter registration is checked. The USPS is highly leftist, so I would not trust them too much. 

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calendar   Friday - August 14, 2020

toldja so

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

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

And here it is.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[ Editor’s note: Some readers reacted strongly to this essay, seeing it as an attempt to ignite a racist conspiracy theory. ]
The fact that Senator Kamala Harris has just been named the vice presidential running mate for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has some questioning her eligibility for the position. The 12th Amendment provides that “no person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice-President of the United States.” And Article II of the Constitution specifies that “[n]o person except a natural born citizen...shall be eligible to the office of President.” Her father was (and is) a Jamaican national, her mother was from India, and neither was a naturalized U.S. citizen at the time of Harris’ birth in 1964. That, according to these commentators, makes her not a “natural born citizen"—and therefore ineligible for the office of the president and, hence, ineligible for the office of the vice president.

Newsweek also ran a counter essay by noted lawyer Eugene Volokh. IMO, as its typical for greasy lawyers, and all lawyers are greasy because the law is merely a tool to them, and not something held sacrosanct, Volokh makes his counter from the wrong direction. He’s throwing shade and puffing smoke, and emphasizing aspects that have no real bearing. Argument by non sequitur. 

Some people have argued that Kamala Harris is ineligible to be vice president of the United States. The Constitution requires presidents and vice presidents to be “natural-born citizens”; Harris was born in the U.S., but her parents (who had come to the U.S. to study) weren’t U.S. citizens at the time. Does “natural-born citizen” include Harris, and others like her?

It does. “Natural-born citizen” was a familiar legal phrase to the Framers—an adaptation of the English term “natural-born subject.” Sir William Blackstone, an English treatise writer who (in Justice Scalia’s words) was “the Framers’ accepted authority on English law and the English Constitution,” explained:

Natural-born subjects are such as are born within the dominions of the crown of England, that is, within the ligeance, or as it is generally called, the allegiance of the king. ...The children of aliens, born here in England, are, generally speaking, natural-born subjects, and entitled to all the privileges of such.

It’s possible that “natural-born citizen” has since been broadened to include children of U.S. citizens born overseas (a 1790 Act of Congress specified that, “The children of citizens of the United States, that may be born beyond sea, or out of the limits of the United States, shall be considered as natural-born citizens").

He is wrong. It is not an adaptation of natural born subject, even though natural born citizen shares two of the three words with the other concept. Oh, and that 1790 Act was overturned in 1795, which he fails to mention. Even the best lawyer is a weasel dick. They argue for or against a topic. Searching for and declaring the actual truth has nothing to do with it.

What is a natural born citizen? It is someone born in this country whose parents are already citizens of this country. Period. Full stop. And that’s all there is to it.

I am a natural born citizen because I was born in this country and both my parents were born here as well, and their parents were citizens when they were born which thus made them natural born citizens. All my grandparents were born here too, although one of them might not have qualified as natural born because her parents came here from Germany, and I have no idea who things worked in the 1890s and I don’t know if they were naturalized citizens by the time granny popped out. But that was generations ago, so it isn’t germane.

It seems we go through this every presidential election cycle. I think what is needed is a SCOTUS decision. And that will never happen, because an honest decision, true to original intent would also torpedo the anchor baby concept that’s been around for 4 decades now. And probably squash the legality of dual citizenship too. And we do not have brave, honest, true Americans on the Supreme Court who are willing or able to make bold, proper decisions. Without the slightest doubt in my mind, this should be a 5 minute, 9-0 decision, made for clarification purposes alone - not delayed forever until some case with standing worms it’s way upwards.

I’m going to add this to my list of life truths:

•  Sulfur is properly spelled sulphur.

•   Eohippus is the Dawn Horse. No other taxonomy name is correct. There is no relation to the rock hyrax, so putting the original horse in the order Hyracotherium was a mistake.

•  The big long dinosaur was a brontosaurus

•  A shark is not a fish, dammit, it is an elasmobranch. Real fish have scales, gill pumps, and a swim bladder. Creating a new intermediate order called “bony fishes” to include both is cheating, especially if you don’t also include dolphins who, by that redefinition should also be fish. Fish who are mammals. No, this is wrong.

•  Ok, I now grudgingly nearly accept that Pluto is not an actual planet, “merely” a dwarf planet or planetoid, because somebody either moved the definition goalposts or because science has advanced enough to go there and find out how big the thing actually is. Pluto 1473 miles across, 2/3 the size of our moon. Mercury still counts as a planet. Mercury is 1516 miles across, a whopping big 43 miles larger. Oh puh-lease. So my grudgingly is very grudgingly. OTOH, given that Pluto has 5 moons, one moon called Chiron which is half the size of Pluto, perhaps it should be called a double planet or a multi-planet.

•  A natural born citizen is someone who is born within the desmenses of a country and both of whose parents are already citizens of that country.

I got so worked up about this yesterday I went out an bought a copy of Law of Nations, and while I was at the digital bookstore I got a copy of the writings of John Locke.

Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/14/2020 at 10:43 AM    avatar
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calendar   Thursday - August 13, 2020

Of course she isn’t, but you’re uninformed and intellectually lazy so she’ll get away with it

Here we should be going again with the natural born citizen thing. And just like Obama, Kamala Harris does not qualify as such.  Not that most anyone else can understand the concept, or knows that it is very important to care about this and why. So should be going won’t even get off the ground. This will not even be brought up in passing, much less discussed, debated, and ruled on. It. Does. Not. Exist. Because ... raycis!!!

Les ancres ne sont pas les naturelles

( The anchors are not the naturals )

“All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.”

14th Amendment, Section 1, 1868

It is abundantly clear that “subject to the jurisdiction thereof” means exclusively subject to the jurisdiction thereof, which means not in any way beholden to the whims or powers of a foreign government. This was clearly understood by all until fairly recently.

Yes, she was born in the USA. Neither of her parents were citizens at the time. This makes her an anchor baby. According the the 14th Amendment, anchor babies are not citizens. This isn’t a “strict” reading of the amendment, it is a plain reading thereof. Original intent is easy to find in the Congressional Record of the day. The only “reason” that they are considered such these days is due to a single footnote in the 5-4 1982 SCOTUS decision Plyer v. Doe, added to the majority opinion by Justice Brennan:

“no plausible distinction with respect to Fourteenth Amendment ‘jurisdiction’ can be drawn between resident aliens whose entry into the United States was lawful, and resident aliens whose entry was unlawful.”

This weakening of the meaning of jurisdiction within the 14th - that it sees the term as meaning subject to the laws of this nation, and not solely subject to those laws (ie not being also subject to the laws of some other country, as is the legal situation of illegal immigrants) - was a part of the Plyer case, which dealt with Texas’s claim that school funding should not be granted to illegal immigrant children. And of course, Brennan’s footnote comment overlooks that such illegals have no right to be here at all.


Harris’ parents were a citizen of India and a citizen of Jamaica. While she herself was born in California, and shortly thereafter went to Canada, where she spent nearly all her formative years, she qualifies as a citizen by the anchor baby misconception. Being a citizen does not make you a natural born citizen.

The entire concept of natural born citizen comes from a French book called The Laws of Nations, which was written in 1758 and is the only book or exterior document referenced in the US Constitution. It was used extensively by the Framers, far more than the code of English Common Law, which they strongly felt did not apply to the USA, although they borrowed large parts of it ... as our own law.  Anyway, in The Laws of Nations it says:

“Les naturels, ou indigenes, sont ceux qui sont nes dans le pays, de parens citoyens”

A direct translation is “The natural, or indigenous, are those who are born in the country, of parents who are citizens”.

While there was an 1797 update to the english version of the book, which clarified that line to read “The natives, or natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens.”

This is a rather strict definition. To be a natural born citizen, you need to be born here and both your parents need to be citizens when you are born. Not just born here, and not with just one parent a citizen, regardless of where you were born.

Later extensions to the concept allowed “here” to include territories of the country (eg Guam and Puerto Rico), areas controlled by the country (eg military bases), land considered part of the country that was in other countries (eg consulates and embassies), and things controlled by the government of the country (eg military aircraft and ships that happen to be outside the confines of the country at the moment of birth). This is how John McCain, born at a military base in another country, was deemed a valid candidate.

[ “naturels” is the masculine form of the word, “naturelles” is the feminine form. French is so sexist, but both words mean the same thing. ]

Merely being born to two citizen parents is insufficient. Merely being born within our country is insufficient. This is a precise and sharply focused concept, and about the only time it every applies is when someone is considering running for President or Vice President, although it should probably apply to any elected representative who could possibly be in the chain of succession.

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

Read more if you want, in great detail with clear explanations of case law over the years, plus how we’ve now been lead astray, when and by whom:

Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/13/2020 at 11:25 AM    avatar
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calendar   Wednesday - August 12, 2020

Walter White Moved To Holland?

Netherlands Cops Find Giant Crack Cocaine Lab In School


Dutch police have uncovered what they described as the biggest cocaine laboratory ever discovered in the Netherlands, leading to the arrest of 17 suspects from Colombia, Turkey and the Netherlands.

The drug lab was hidden at a former horse riding school in Nijeveen, some 75 miles from Amsterdam, police said in a statement Tuesday.

Police raided the riding school on Friday, discovering tens of thousands of liters of chemicals and 220 pounds of crack cocaine. Sleeping quarters and recreation areas were also found at the site.
The facility was equipped to produce up to 440 pounds of cocaine a day, officials said.

The facility was equipped to produce up to 440 pounds of cocaine a day, officials said. (Politie Landelijke Eenheid)

“This is the largest cocaine laboratory ever found in the Netherlands,” police chief Andre van Rijn said in the statement.

Van Rijn said the lab was equipped to produce 330-440 pounds (150-200 kilograms) of cocaine a day, with a street value of $5.3-9.4 million (4.5-8 million euros).

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

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

How Dare You!!

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

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

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

Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/12/2020 at 11:20 AM    avatar
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calendar   Tuesday - August 11, 2020

Biden Picks Kamala Harris For VP

I can’t. I just can’t.

Biden VP Choice: Kamala Harris

“She makes history as the first Black woman to serve as a major political party’s VP pick”

Oh how brave, how strong, how empowering. How false and hollow an accomplishment.

And Fox’s headline ... OMG ... “Biden taps Kamala Harris as running mate”. Heels up!

Kamala Harris, the politically shrewd California senator with a law enforcement background that has caused some tensions with the progressive left, was announced Tuesday as Joe Biden’s running mate.

She makes history as the first Black woman to serve as a major political party’s VP pick. The Biden campaign said Biden and Harris will deliver remarks together on Wednesday in Wilmington, Delaware.

“I’ve decided that Kamala Harris is the best person to help me take this fight to Donald Trump and Mike Pence and then to lead this nation starting in January 2021,” Biden said in an email to supporters.

Biden also tweeted: “I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate.”

He added: “Back when Kamala was Attorney General, she worked closely with Beau. I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse. I was proud then, and I’m proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign.”

The Trump campaign also released a statement from Katrina Pierson, a Trump 2020 senior adviser, that said: “In her failed attempt at running for president, Kamala Harris gleefully embraced the left’s radical manifesto, calling for trillions of dollars in new taxes and backing Bernie Sanders’ government takeover of health care. She is proof that Joe Biden is an empty shell being filled with the extreme agenda of the radicals on the left.”

This shouldn’t come as a surprise to any of you. Politico made the call at the beginning of the month, and many others had figured out that from Biden’s limited field of choices, seeing how his search was utterly sexist and racist in demanding a black woman, this one was the least atrocious of a stupefyingly horrible bunch. 

Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/11/2020 at 03:56 PM    avatar
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Feral Child Killers

The Little White Kid Next Door

A five-year-old boy is dead after a Wilson, North Carolina, man reportedly ran up to the child while he was playing in a neighborhood street and fatally shot the child in the head. According to a report from WRAL-TV, the shooting took place on Sunday.

Cannon Hinnant was playing outside his father’s house on the dusky summer evening when their neighbor — 25-year-old Darius N. Sessoms — charged Cannon, produced a handgun, and shot him in the head.

The child’s seven-year-old and eight-year-old siblings witnessed the murder.

First responders came to the scene and transported the little boy to Wilson Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Doris Labrant, a neighbor, said she witnessed Sessoms running up to Cannon, putting the gun to his head, and firing the weapon before fleeing the scene into his own home.
Authorities took Sessoms into custody on Monday night and charged him with first-degree murder.

“5 yr old Cannon Hinnant was executed in front of his sisters for accidentally riding a bike on his neighbors lawn,” producer and director Robby Starbuck posted. “There’s no pain our justice system can impose on his killer Darius Sessoms that‘ll equate to justice. CNN & MSNBC haven’t even covered it.”

Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/11/2020 at 01:45 PM    avatar
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