Got My Tow Vehicle

As I sip my First Coffee Of The Day …

Just an FYI to folks that “I’ve bought my tow vehicle”. It was not the one I expected. Monday it goes to The Mechanic for a checkup and spruce up.

I’d set out to get a used Truck. Especially a Dodge Ram Cummins Diesel 4×4 (or possibly FORD Powerstroke). When those were priced insanely high for their age due to unobtainum silicon for new Trucks, I moved on to “quasi-Trucks” like the Dodge Durango, Lincoln Navigator, etc. We’re talking $15k-$25k vs $5k-$10k for same age and condition.

Even looked at repurposed School Buses and Box Trucks. That was where I found out about the CARB (California Air Resources Board) rules forbidding any Commercial Diesel older than 2010 from operating in the State. LOTS of acceptable options in this bunch, except I could not register them in California OR use them in California if registered in another State. In Theory there is an exemption for “personal use of personal vehicle to move only your stuff”, but I had no desire to fight the DMV on the reg nor every border ag station, weight station, and random cop. Educating the world to an arcane point of law was not on my bucket list…

Oh, and the newer than 2010 Trucks were all going for insanely high prices as the old ones were sold out of State and the food fight over the remainder was going on.

The quasi-trucks and pickups proved a bit problematic in a couple of ways (often relating to spousal comfort and “step height” to get into them – arthritic knees not liking high steps). The Air Suspension of the Lincoln Navigator was a big plus in the smooth ride department, and the 5.4 L Hemi in the Durango (and Chrysler Aspen) gives it something like 8600 lbs Towing Capacity. But… the one Lincoln Navigator that I thought was in good enough condition to buy (for the price) had replaced the air suspension with coil springs. Rode like a big truck. Sigh. I learned a lot about aftermarket air suspension and retrofits to the Durango line. I also learned about 14 mpg freeway… less when towing. Both the Navigator and the Durango are “gas only” in my area ( I found ONE newer Navigator offered with a Diesel engine. WAY more expensive than I wanted and in black, which the spouse does not abide).

I had a “Preferred Features” list that included 4×4 or all wheel drive, Diesel, and towing capacity for a mid-sized Airstream (in case of need to buy & bug out…). I started trying searches with various bits left off the list, like no Diesel in the Durango / Navigator used market. Or no 4×4 drive.

We’be become quite fond of our 4Matic wagon (Mercedes) and the Subaru Forester all wheel drive. It just changes the whole risk profile in sloppy weather or just slop in general. Then the extra 20% to 30% fuel economy of Diesel… Decisions decisions.

I was almost ready to by an old Durango (for about $5000 – California market has a LOT of “old but still fine” cars with zero rust issues owned by low mileage drivers…) and accept that the low price to buy it would cover the gas suckage. I got to go down the Rabbit Hole of “SKIM” – the Engine Interrupter device. Since about 2000 many cars have had a device in them that kills the engine if it gets unhappy. The Durango & Jeep have one that can be removed and reprogrammed, the Navigator not so much. But they tend to fail around 10 years old+ and make the vehicle a brick for a week or so.

But…

I managed to find ONE listing of a Mercedes ML320 CDI (not BlueTec). This is what I’ve bought.

It has a 7200 lb Towing Capacity. This is just 100 lbs shy of the GVWR of the 25 foot to 28 foot Airstreams and well over the dry weight. So, OK, leave out 12 gallons of water or drain your grey / black before moving; or just buy a 23 footer instead. Heck, we’d not be loading up 1000+ lbs of stuff in it anyway for a “bug out”. It, 7200 lbs, is way more than enough for the box cargo trailer I’m looking at to “move my stuff”. I’m not going to stress about GVWR for a trailer I don’t have. Just buy smaller or a different lighter weight rig should that event arise.

Sidebar on Bug Out: The issue here is that we’re going to be Bi-Coastal for a while. New home in Florida being set up, spouse having medical procedure and recovery through about February before she gets to do the move. What happens if, say, the Austria Rules come to California in January or February and “all our stuff” is in Florida; except the bed, used recliner, camp cooking, and one old TV (just enough for ‘recovery’)? Do we just get locked into the house here and God Only Knows what happens to the house / stuff in Florida? Nope. It’s “load up in a trailer and bug out” time. I can be in Arizona in about 10 hours. Nevada in about 3, maybe 4 towing. So wanted a vehicle able to do that job “For That Day”… while hoping it remains a theoretical. Seems crazy to need to prepare for an “Escape to the Free State of Florida”, but it’s clearly prudent these days. Heck, we could even do the Bug Out over rural back roads sans trailer and buy one “along the way”. Route planning for that already done and the 4×4 helps on the dirt roads… but I’m not expecting that level of policing.

The CDI is NOT subject to the Blue Goo emissions scandals and lawsuits. It isn’t just VW. Mercedes BlueTec and some FORD Powerstroke are caught up in it too. IMHO they ought never to have “settled” but instead stood the ground of “You said to pass the test, we did, you don’t like the way, then specify a new test.” But whatever… It is, IMHO, the best Diesel engine Mercedes has made since the 240D (4 cylinder in-line iron block and iron head million mile engine). The 320 CDI is a V6, turbo, with Common Rail Injection.

In theory it gets about 24 MPG on the freeway (if not at insane speeds ;-) and the on-board computer says 19.x combined in actual use. Claimed to drop to about 16 when towing. Still pretty good. Plus the height to step in is acceptable and the ride quality is pretty good too. Price is about double that Durango, but it’s a vehicle that hits all the marks. Diesel – Check. All Wheel drive – Check – 4Matic. Towing Capacity – Check. Just enough, with the requirement to buy a smaller Airstream IFF that need ever shows up.

So now I can move on to the next step. Buying a cargo trailer and “moving my stuff” to a place in Florida. Meaning Yet Another Road Trip is in my future before too long.

This process has taken a couple of months longer than I expected. Largely due to “Lessons Learned” being large and CARB screwing up vehicles. Oh Well.

Lessons Learned?

1) Every vehicle year, engine, model, etc. has a different Towing Capacity. You can’t just say “ML” or “Durango” and be done. Over the years, to meet ever higher Fuel Economy Standards, vehicles were made lighter with smaller engines and towing capacity drops. Jeep especially shows this (there were fewer Durango models). The Diesels have much higher Towing Capacity than the Gas Engines for any given size, but Diesels can be harder to find. (i.e. any Gas ML was not good enough.) This site was helpful in that regard:

https://trailers.com/tow-capacity/index.php?action=do_search&year=2006&make=Dodge&model=Durango%20SLT%204WD&template=normal

You can put in other make / model / year selections at the bottom of the page. This is just one example.


Year	Make	Model	Engine	Tow Capacity
2006	Dodge	Durango SLT 4WD	4.7L V8	5700 lb
Notes: Automatic transmission 3.55 axle ratio
2006	Dodge	Durango SLT 4WD	5.7L V8	7150 lb
Notes: Automatic transmission 3.55 axle ratio
2006	Dodge	Durango SLT 4WD	4.7L V8	7200 lb
Notes: Automatic transmission 3.92 axle ratio
2006	Dodge	Durango SLT 4WD	5.7L V8	8650 lb
Notes: Automatic transmission 3.92 axle ratio

Yeah, towing capacity can range from 5700 lbs to 8650 lbs and to know what you got, you need to know the axle ratio, transmission, and exact engine size… Things like “Durango with V8 Engine” are not enough to know.

Similarly these folks:

https://towratings.net/make/jeep

As it runs to several pages, I’m just going to give some excerpts showing the big range that happens:

Year Make Model TowLimit Notes
2020 Jeep Cherokee 2000 lbs. See additional tow rating details for 2020 Jeep Cherokee
2020 Jeep Cherokee 4000 lbs. See additional tow rating details for 2020 Jeep Cherokee
[…]
2020 Jeep Gladiator Overland 4000 lbs. See additional tow rating details for 2020 Jeep Gladiator Overland
2020 Jeep Gladiator Overland 6000 lbs.
See additional tow rating details for 2020 Jeep Gladiator Overland
2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon 4500 lbs. See additional tow rating details for 2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon
2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon 7000 lbs. See additional tow rating details for 2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon
[…]
2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee 2WD/4WD 3500 lbs. See additional tow rating details for 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee 2WD/4WD
2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee 2WD 7400 lbs.
See additional tow rating details for 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee 2WD
[…]
2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee 2WD 7400 lbs. See additional tow rating details for 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee 2WD
2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee 2WD 3500 lbs. See additional tow rating details for 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee 2WD
2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee 2WD 6500 lbs.
See additional tow rating details for 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee 2WD
[…]
2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee 2WD/4WD 5000 lbs. See additional tow rating details for 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee 2WD/4WD
2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee 2WD/4WD 6500 lbs.
See additional tow rating details for 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee 2WD/4WD
2004 Jeep Liberty 2WD/4WD 2000 lbs. See additional tow rating details for 2004 Jeep Liberty 2WD/4WD
2004 Jeep Liberty 2WD/4WD 3500 lbs. See additional tow rating details for 2004 Jeep Liberty 2WD/4WD
2004 Jeep Liberty 2WD/4WD 5000 lbs. See additional tow rating details for 2004 Jeep Liberty 2WD/4WD

It can become a “Whack-A-Mole” problem with each used vehicle trying to figure out the actual towing capacity of it. Most owners do not know their “Axle Ratio” for example, and many don’t know about other options either.

2) Then I also got to learn about the CARB 2010 ruling, and how that screwed up the Box Truck options for me. But it did enlighten about the “Supply Chain” issues… Oh, and heard on a Sebastian Gorka radio segment, a caller claiming to be a Cargo Trucker in the Carolinas said that under Trump, they had suspended hours limits to avoid a problem, but Biden Admin had issued an order that he could only move ONE Container a day (when his normal capacity was 3 a day). IMHO that’s big “Dig Here!” that might show deliberate intent to damage supply chains.

3) Silicon Shortages and the ripple of prices down into the used market as used supply dried up since folks were not buying new and thus not selling used. This had big differential impact in work trucks vs “recreational trucks” like SUV things.

4) That the VW “scandal” had extended to others. I knew I was not fond of “Blue Goo”, but now was added the desire to avoid the whole legal quagmire that might also extend into registration issues and / or performance not matching “spec” post “fix”:

http://www.yourlegaljustice.com/mercedes-benz-emissions-scandal-bluetec-diesel/

Companies based in the United States and abroad have found themselves accused of manufacturing trucks and cars that cheat emission standards. Volkswagen is the most commonly known example, though others have found themselves in legal trouble since. A later investigation involving Fiat Chrysler already reached a massive settlement involving nearly a billion dollars in fines and penalties. Ford’s Super Duty trucks still remain under investigation with a class action lawsuit rolling forward in the courts. But one emissions scandal that has not been on everyone’s radar involves Mercedes-Benz. The Mercedes-Benz emissions scandal, impacting thousands of the company’s BlueTEC diesel vehicles, involves the cloud of a governmental probe and class action case, not only concerning owners, but leaving a very murky future ahead for how the vehicles, their performance following any attempted “fix” and re-sale values will be impacted by class action settlements and governmental investigations.

The government set the test criteria, the makers met it. They ought to have just said “Then gives us a new spec to meet for the new model years”.

There were other things learned along the way, but those are the “big lumps”. Other littler things were that the Cummins used in RAM trucks comes in 12 valve and 24 valve versions, the 24 being newer and less robust. The FORD Powerstroke going steadily down hill in reliability from the 7.3 L Navistar to the 6.0 L Common Rail to the one today. More electronics dependency and blue goo issues accumulating over the years. Other vehicles having lower GVWR over the years to meet CAFE (Combined Average Fleet Economy) numbers giving lower towing capacity as a result. SKIM and related “security features” failing over time and bricking cars as the electronics fail – and different makers having varying degrees of recovery possible. So it goes.

Sidebar on SKIM: This module is used in Dodge Durango / Chrysler Aspen / Jeep Cherokee and related products over many years starting in the late 1990s. It CAN be “deleted” and looking for “SKIM Delete” is enlightening. FORD Navistar lookups claim their’s can not be deleted. Mercedes seems to work better and longer… But deliberately designing cars to not run seems, um, an issue.

I also learned that the Durango, Cherokee, and ML / GL from Mercedes shared a “platform” starting in 2011 and on to recent years. They are now starting to drift apart. Early Durangos built on a Dodge Dakota frame, then a RAM Truck frame (so they ride like a truck…) and then in 2011 going to the common platform. So mostly the same, but with towing capacity varying widely with exact engine, axles, etc. installed. Similarly MLs started on one platform, then went through generations until the 2011 common one. Best years after 2000; and before the Blue Goo for Diesels.

At any rate, now I’m on to getting a cargo trailer ;-)

Only compromise I had to make was “lower GVWR for a hypothetical travel trailer in the future, maybe.” I’m good with that.

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Friends Of Australia Friday / USA Turkey Day: 25-26 November 2021

It’s once again an Australia Time Friday! It’s FRIDAY!!!!

The Tucker

The Australian Dinner was moved to Wednesday night, preparatory to the Thursday (California – Friday Australia) USA Thanksgiving Feast.

Australian Dinner was a “mild burrito” spiced as the spouse likes them – i.e. not much – so I get to add hot sauce to mine ;-)

1/2 an onion, browned in a skillet with a little olive oil, butter or left over lamb fat, then about a volume of mushrooms equal to the volume of a lb of ground (minced) lamb. Diced. As the mushrooms shrink a LOT in cooking, they end up at roughly the same volume as the onions after cooking.

When the onion & mushroom mix is about 3/4 done (i.e. the onions are becoming clear / transparent but not yet browned heavily), add the ground lamb in tsp (5 ml or so) sized bits. This isn’t precise and ‘bits’ can range from a single ml up to an ounce. Just wherever it breaks in the grab really.

Yes, this makes your hands greasy and yes, you could just plonk the whole pound in and use the spatula to cut it up, but that’s messing with the stuff in the pan and starting to cook the big lump while you chop it. Doing it this way, steam from the onions / mushrooms will gently start the little bits cooking, they all cook more evenly, and when it’s cooked some, flipping over spatula full chunks of it puts the lamb mostly on the bottom so it can brown some. Then some more turning and flipping to finish evenly.

Somewhere in that process I ‘sprinkle over’ with salt & comino / cumin and put a couple of grinds of pepper into it. Plus a light sprinkle of dehydrated garlic granules. A fresh garlic clove or two works also, but I’ve not been able to tell much difference between the two in this dish.

When cooked through, that’s the basic filling. A Tortilla is laid in a cast iron skillet that’s warmed up on medium (drop to low to ‘keep hot’ if you have a bunch of these being made) and heat through, turning in the middle of about a minute (or maybe less if very hot). As a kid, at Miguel’s house, I learned to cook tortillas over an open gas flame, but with the electric range a skillet in the middle helps even it out. I just grab the edge for the “flip” in the traditional way, but you can use a spatula if you like. When to turn? When put in the pan, they will be cold. Touch the center of the tortilla ever 15 seconds or so, when it’s getting significantly warm, flip it, then let it go about the same amount of time.

Put the tortilla on a plate, filling in the middle in a line (about 2 ounces I think, varies with the size of tortilla ;-), top with whatever you like: Mexican cheese shreds, olives, lettuce, salsa, hot sauce, tomato bits, whatever… Then pull one edge (on your side) from behind the line over the the top of the filling, press gently into the tortilla on the other side and pull back to tighten the roll of goodies. Fold each end in to block their escape, and roll! That’s it. With practice the “roll” becomes one smooth movement that takes about 10 seconds. Repeat as needed ;-)

We had a side salad with this. Regular old Bag-O-Salad with Ranch dressing.

The Wine

With the burrito, I had a very nice “Mr. Riggs” 2014 Lamane Cabernet / Merlot blend from South Australia. About $10 at the Bargain Market (and no doubt more elsewhere…) Yes, I went “upscale” for the holidays ;-)

The other wine on offer was an easy drinking Chardonnay from Lindeman’s. Bin 65, 2019 “limited release”. Also very nice. It pairs better with Turkey… but the Lamane stands up to burritos better. Both very nice wines, and yes, I’m on the hunt for more of both.

Thanksgiving in the USA

Found a small 10 lb Turkey. Stuffing was croutons made from home made bread. A mix of light and dark. Sprinkle over with poultry seasoning, salt, and pepper. 1/2 onion in 1 cm or so bits. 2 carrots scraped, then use a peeler to make wafers or strips of carrot. Chop about a cup of celery into bits. Mix it all together.

At that point there’s 3 optional things I add that you can leave out if concerned about either of them. I add one egg, beaten, to help hold the dressing together. IF you really want a loose dressing, you can leave that out. I’ll melt butter (about 1/2 a stick, or 4 Tbs, or 60 cc for a 10 lb bird, a whole stick for a big bird) and drizzle it over the mix. I like the richness and flavor it brings, but you can leave it out for fewer calories and less fat. Finally, I’ll add enough moisture to make it damp. About 1/2 cup for the small bird, a whole cup for the big one. This avoids dry dressing issues. I’ve sometimes put a tsp of Chicken Bullion into the warm water if I want to jack up the flavor even more. This time I added a bit of garlic granules instead of the bullion.

Mix it all again, and then stuff the bird.

I also do “Larding and Barding”. Mix butter (1/2 stick for a 10 lb bird, whole stick for a 20+ lb. bird) with seasonings. Parsley, sage, thyme, if you add rosemary make sure you run it through a chopper first so it isn’t hard little needles… This gets shoved under the skin over the breast meat and down the sides.

Sprinkle the bird with a bit of salt, pepper grinds, poultry seasoning, and a light bit of garlic granules. Into the oven at 325 F for 3.5 hours for a 10 lb bird. (275 for longer with heavier birds). I cook it covered until the last 30 minutes when I let it brown up. Keeps it more moist ;-)

Sides? Oh, did we have sides:

Buttered Parsnips.

Home made mashed potatoes (turkey gravy or butter as you like it. Gravy made with pan drippings from the roaster. Cooled fat mixed with flour to make a roux. This is put in a skillet and warmed, then the other pan juices are added and the whole thing whisked. Optionally you can add some minced bits of meat or gizzard.)

Asparagus steamed.

Cranberry Sauce.

Steamed Red Chard stems.

Pickled Beets.

I think that was everything ;-)

The News

Tim Pool has some choice rant words about Australian Detention Centers / Concentration Camps:

https://odysee.com/@Truthspreader:3/8bp7AqMbk_8:4

Starts off with a bit about Austria (not Australia) using police to round up citizens who violate their Hard Lockdown, then transitions to Australia swapping their “International Arrival” centers over to concentration camps for folks they don’t like. “Quarantine” they say. Uh Huh… With the military rounding people up and putting them in “camps”.

Not seeing any reason now to visit Australia ever again. By the time this cultural shift is reversed, I’ll be past my traveling days.

Given that the covid tests have a fairly high false positive rate, rounding up anyone who had contact with anyone who got a positive result can end up with rounding up everyone. If it’s 1 in 50 that’s a false positive, and you have 50 contacts, that explodes to everyone.

Sadly, at this point, at least in Europe and Australia, the reality in the world has caught up with the Alex Jones rants from last year. Sigh.

I suspect that somewhere, in one of those countries with draconian lock-downs and military oppression / camps; the time of the French Haircut may return… It looks like about that time now.

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W.O.O.D. – 24 November 2021

Intro

This is another of the W.O.O.D. series of semi-regular
Weekly Occasional Open Discussions.
(i.e. if I forget and skip one, no big)

Immediate prior one here:

https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2021/10/29/w-o-o-d-29-october-2021/
and remains open for threads running there (at least until the ‘several month’ auto-close of comments on stale threads).

Canonical list of old ones here:
https://chiefio.wordpress.com/category/w-o-o-d/

FYI …

The Weekly Memes

I really really like these guy’s “top 10 memes”. They watch what is going on on Gab and Patriot.win and select the ones that they like best. A nice filtering service if nothing else; but the way they match music to the theme is also good. Unfortunately, can’t do an embed that works with my free WordPress plan (it does do free EwTube embeds… but only them, so you get to ‘Hit the link’!

[To be filled in with an Update later, as I’m way behind on “stuff” and being Chef on Thanksgiving was a time sink…]

22 November

https://rumble.com/vpmbyt-top-10-memes-no-common-ground.html

10. A little kid knows more about Human Rights, Liberty, and personal choice than a school board. Mandates = Growing Resistance.

9. The Government – Protecting & Serving the shit out of you.

8. 2076 for Pfizer to tell us the truth? Or 1776 redux? Decisions decisions. Children with heart attacks, All Cause Mortality higher in the vexxinated than in the Purebloods. Just say no.

7. In German with subtitles. M.D. says vexxine is a genocide. Checks out.

6. The Kyle verdict. I was alone in my car and missed the opportunity to be in a Bar with a few hundred compatriots. But the feeling was the same.

5. Folks on the Left, watching the trial, catch up with Truth. Discover that The Media lies for “clicks”.

4. “Hold my beer” moment about the Media Libel Suits to make Kyle very rich.

3. The “heros” of The Left – not a good look for the NPCs. (NSFW as it has F-Bombs). FAFO is F- Around and Find Out.

2. BLM ironically kills Black People. Go figure… “Kyle’s Law” looks to be a way to strike back at Government Gun Persecution.

1. Reading of the whole verdict. What I missed only hearing it on the radio was his slow dawning of Getting His Life Back. Realizing that there can still be Justice in The USA. Just a joy to watch. Unfortunately “The Left” can’t accept The Truth, so lashes out in anger. Maybe there is “No common ground”. Maybe it is time for The French Haircut. Authoritarian Leftism is a mental disorder, treat it accordingly.

15 November

https://rumble.com/vp8tei-top-10-memes-america-on-trial.html

10. Pushback begins in EU Parliament over Vexxine contracts & demands. The fight for liberty begins.

9. 2 Years to flatten your life… er, um, “the curve”. Mandates will continue until morale improves. Obedience is the “new liberty”…

8. Footballers dropping like flies from post vexxine heart attacks.

7. Biden bumbles on Negro. Is it now an “N-word” too?

6. Durham actually doing something now. Nice bit on how Dimocrats follow the “Rules For Radicals” of accusing your opponent of what you do.

5. “Selling” the vexxine to children with puppets (of all sorts)…

4. Trucker takes down a Major Dim in New Jersey. There is hope.

3. The Kyle street cleaning… Some on The Left actually noticed that the guys shot were WHITE street thugs and the business being protected was owned by POC. Oh, and that The Media lied about it all.

2. When your “Star Witness” says under oath he was shot for pointing a loaded gun at Kyle. When another says “yes, you did ask me to change my testimony”.

1. Kyle on the stand, having a “moment”. Maybe he needs a few $Million for his trauma of being hunted by a pack that night.

1 November

10. LGB! A new meaning…

9. Dimocrats Fake Racists – Recruiting a Black Guy as “white nationalist”… The stupid is strong in them…

8. META: Make Everything Trump Again! How to dis Faceplant in their name change…

7. How you treat dogs is how you treat people. Fauxi and the Beagles vs Trump. Would you trust a man who tortured dogs to say whats best for your kids?

6. Ray Epps – One of the Fed Instigators of 6-Jan?

5. Poopy Joe & Popey Show… “Well, it Depends…”

4. The most orderly and polite “Insurrection Show” ever?

3. In Drag lap dancers in school. Grade School kids visit gay bars. Thought you needed to be 21 to go to a bar, gay or otherwise.

2. Children & Myocarditis. 5 year timer to 1/2 of them dead.

1. FDA Approves of killing children, slowly…

https://rumble.com/vokb7l-top-10-memes-make-everything-trump-again.html

Some News Bits

Seems Biden is handing multiple $Hundred Thousand Dollars to illegal immigrants.

https://odysee.com/@MidWestly:1/joe-biden-screams-at-reporter-over:e

https://odysee.com/@MidWestly:1/joe-biden-busted-lying-about-450,000:6

Bonus Bit: How are these our leaders?

https://rumble.com/vpr123-this-is-beyong-a-joke-now-how-are-these-our-leaders.html

Rumble — As Boris Johnson makes a bizarre speech about Peppa Pig, and Joe Biden’s approval ratings continue to fall, we ask, how are these two of the most powerful men in the world?
#BorisJohnson #JoeBiden #gaffe #PeppaPig
[…]
Elites are taking over! Our only hope is to form our own. To learn more join my cartel here https://www.russellbrand.com/join and get weekly bulletins too incendiary for anything but your private inbox.
*not a euphemism

For more recent events, see:

Trump Social Media site:

https://gettr.com/

Bongino Report:

https://bonginoreport.com/

Or Whatfinger:

https://generaldispatch.whatfinger.com/

I’ve also gotten addicted to the Top Ten Memes of the week from WatchMAGA here:

https://rumble.com/c/c-285381

They have interesting “bite” to them, along with a tendency to highlight the news of the week in memes, so good as a social attitude pointer too. Plus they are “way fun” ;-)

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Global Warming “snowed in” B.C.

One show I really like is “Camping With Steve” by Steve Wallis.

He does stuff like a normal person would do, you know, like lighting your camp fire with a blowtorch or “stealth camping” next to a police station ;-)

What’s interesting in this video is that he was headed for Vancouver and ran into a “once in 200 year” storm damaging roads. I found it particularly interesting that he visits a Walmart to find the fresh meat and vegetables all sold out.

It is a good lesson on “when things go wrong” why prepping matters, even when on the road. Even for a guy making camping videos.

I wonder how many 200 year and 1000 year cold wet and miserable events will need to happen before the “World On Fire!!!” narrative finally implodes?

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