W.O.O.D. – 7 June 2018


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:
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:

So use “Tips” for “Oooh, look at the interesting ponder thing!”
and “W.O.O.D” for “Did you see what just happened?! What did you think about it?”

What’s Going On?

Hawaii is in the midst of a significant eruption with no end in sight.

Trump is oh so slowly turning the ship of State in the right direction.

Five days to the end of The Korean War, or the start of the next one… tick tick tick…

The percentage of Eu Members still embracing the flood of immigration is dwindling fast.

Soros is abandoning / getting kicked out of, more States including his native Hungary.

And of course in the USA the Democrats are fixated on all things sexual and anti-Trump, anti-Russia, anti-Putin. Not like it’s gaining them anything. We are having a variety of elections (mostly primaries) and in a while (months?) we’ll know if Trump is getting a renewed mandate, or the Democrats are clawing back something, anything…

Oh, yeah, and Iran is saying they will do what they were always going to do anyway.
The EU is in a panic over it, and The Donald (and many of the rest of us…) are saying “Yeah, so?”.

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180 Responses to W.O.O.D. – 7 June 2018

  1. Larry Ledwick says:

    One of the top independent investigative journalists on twitter just put out an article on her investigation of the Las Vegas mass shooting. It reveals (if it checks out to be true) a strong likelihood that the FBI and LVPD had reason to believe the shooter was in fact connected to terrorism.


    It will be interesting to see how this shakes out over time, something about the behavior of law enforcement leads folks to suspect they are covering something up, this might be that embarrassing info they have been fighting to keep from the public.

  2. ossqss says:

    Hummm, I am hearing of a significant rebellion against the Pope and his liberal ways on just about everything. Keep an eye on that the next few weeks.

  3. E.M.Smith says:

    Vague memory of some news program somewhere saying some kind of planning / preparation was started for the Pope to retire… One might wonder why… (A big “Dig Here!” for someone more in tune with Catholic things to find out what’s really happening…)

  4. ossqss says:

    Let me say first, I am not a religious person. I was raised as such until I rejected the basic premise at about 12. No specific (of the thousands over time) religions made sense overall, but I understood and acknowledged the higher power part. Whatever that ultimately means….

    Many in my family are devout Catholics. Several sent me this as part of their concerns about the Pope last year. Now, considering his recent explanations of current events (not hard to find), I fully understand their continued growing concerns. I checked out this speaker and she is no slouch. Judge for yourself what she conveys. I kept it a mobile link from my phone, so it would not populate as a video if some did not want to see it. It was interesting from my shoes no matter. ;-)

  5. ossqss says:

    So much for not populating as a video! LOL

    Be well all. Friday is upon me.

  6. E.M.Smith says:


    I’m only 15 minutes into that 60 minute video and it’s a real keeper.

    I’d suspected some of this, from what I’d seen the Pope say on TV, to what I’d heard from the pulpit when the spouse drug me into mass with her. This all kind of confirms it.

  7. Larry Ledwick says:

    On the issue of light and its impact on computer users, I am now using a firefox extension called Dark Night Mode 2.0.2, it automatically changes web site colors to a subdued color scheme, dark background lighter text and the ability to adjust the brightness with a slider. So far I like it.

    Also Brave browser has had multiple requests to come out with a night mode extension or add on apparently a work in progress. Those of you who are night owls like me (E.M.) might want to give this or similar extensions a try, much much easier on the eyes late at night.

  8. ossqss says:

    Silence like a cancer grows.

  9. p.g.sharrow says:

    For those that don’t know, the early Christian Church was communal/communist. Karl Marx did not invent communism, it is as old as the human race. The Catholic Church has always been a communist organization. A prime feature of all cults is communal/communist organization with an infallible leadership. The very reason they all fail…pg

  10. E.M.Smith says:

    This one says some Bishops are revolting against this Pope based on marriage doctrine:

    This one claims a Nostradamus prophesy that Francis will abdicate (then goes off to lala land about him joining the NWO as pope of the antichrist… but it is an interesting perspective on some folks beliefs…)

    The general theme seems to be that he’s moving way too much toward the NWO and “secular humanism” as acceptable, is surrounded by folks who are not Catholics, and is making doctrine that is the inverse of what Catholics see themselves as being.

    I can see that in what edicts he has issued, so no surprise, really.

  11. p.g.sharrow says:

    Guess I should have added that when I was young I attended a Catholic school for 3 years. A good vaccination against the brain disease of belonging to a cult. The Sisters were not pleased to to have a snot nosed kid correct the illogicalness of their dogma that they Demanded I memorize.
    “The Holy Father speaks for GOD! He has declared this dogma is Gods word .” was their answer…pg

  12. p.g.sharrow says:

    Malachy; prophesy on the line of popes;
    If the signs are right, this is the last Catholic Pope…pg

  13. Another Ian says:

    “Prolonged Wind Drought Crushes British Turbine Output”

    “Britain Has Gone Nine Days Without Wind Power

    By Rachel Morison
    7 June 2018, 14:00 GMT+10

    Forecasters see wind output staying low for at least two weeks
    Wind generating 4.3% of U.K. electricity on Wednesday”


  14. philjourdan says:

    Dilbert posits a “What-if” for the mid terms. He seems to get a lot of joy about it,

  15. philjourdan says:

    Pope Francis forgot his base. He romped around the US and did NOT condemn the selling of baby parts (which was big news at the time). That played well to some cradle catholics (call them CINO), but not to the devout. Since then, he seems to want to alienate the devout. And it is showing up. And that is what has the Cardinals concerned.

  16. p.g.sharrow says:

    The Catholic Church was officially established by an edict of Emperor Theodosius’s in 380 AD as his pontifex maximus in Rome. Before that the Christian Church was guided by a Senate of Bishops that still exists. The Pope is the chief Bishop of Rome, The last vestige of Imperial Rome.
    There is no reason that the office of Pope can not be eliminated.
    There is also the possibility that GOD will eliminate the Vatican with renewed activity of the volcano that Rome is built on.
    Malachy; prophesy on the line of popes indicates that this is near it’s end…og

  17. A C Osborn says:

    There are very strong suggestions that there was a second shooter.

  18. ossqss says:

    Just heard the sad news about Charles Krauthammer on Fox. I always respected his opinions, even if I didn’t agree with all of them.

  19. E.M.Smith says:

    Oh Dear! He has always been one of my favorites…

  20. Another Ian says:

    “The Bigger Story Behind the Jame Wolfe Indictment…”


    “softly softly catchee monkey”?

    According to a CTH comment last night there are some 35000 sealed indictments

  21. E.M.Smith says:

    Just a reminder:

    In all this fuss over the DOJ and the attorneys and Trump having a deck stacked against him by Mueller with all the added attorneys being Democrats and contributors to Hillary, Bernie and fellow travelers:

    Remember when little Billy Clinton fired 93?


    1. Nets Ignored Clinton Firing 93 U.S. Attorneys, Fret Over Bush’s 8
    The broadcast network evening newscasts, which didn’t care in 1993 about the Clinton administration’s decision to ask for the resignation of all 93 U.S. attorneys, went apoplectic Tuesday night in leading with the “controversy,” fed by the media, over the Bush administration for replacing eight U.S. attorneys in late 2006 — nearly two years after rejecting the idea of following the Clinton policy of replacing all the attorneys. Anchor Charles Gibson promised that ABC would “look at all the angles tonight,” but he skipped the Clinton comparison. Gibson teased: “New controversy at the White House after a string of U.S. attorneys is fired under questionable circumstances. There are calls for the Attorney General to resign.” CBS’s Katie Couric declared that “the uproar is growing tonight over the firing of eight federal prosecutors by the Justice Department” and fill-in NBC anchor Campbell Brown teased: “The Attorney General and the firestorm tonight over the controversial dismissal of several federal prosecutors. Was it political punishment?” Brown soon asserted that “it’s a story that has been brewing for weeks and it exploded today” — an explosion fueled by the news media.

    So got to pack the DOJ with “Friends Of Bill”…

    Perhaps Trump ought to say “As I deeply admire Bill Clinton, I’m going to apply his style to the DOJ” and fire 93 of the Deep State Creatures..

  22. u.k.(us) says:

    93 might be a start, but how do you really put the fear of god into the rest of them ??

  23. E.M.Smith says:

    Maybe do 93 each year in each department?

    Call it the Clinton Memorial Restructuring 8-,)

  24. ossqss says:

    Hummm, so Soros owns part of Justify? I am out.

  25. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    That link, and the comments, were very enlightening (if a bit volatile at times…)

    I was surprised at all the folks who seemed to be surprised that the FBI were not “straight”… Do they not know the history of J.Edgar and his rampant dossier creation / blackmail / cross dressing?

    The agency has been tainted from nearly the start. IMHO, we don’t need a Federal Police Force. I don’t see one authorized by the Constitution… I’m sure effective “treaties” between the States could be made to allow for things like cross border chases and prosecutions…

  26. jim2 says:

    At the G7, there was a photo-op for the leaders. Merkel and Trudeau were sitting there with their plastic smiles with Trump in between with a pronounced frown that says he means business. So, Canada and Germany bitch about tariffs, but when Trump proposes to eliminate all of them, their true colors come out.

    On another but related topic, the best thing we could do is to severely draw down our military presence in the EU. That might force them to spend more money on their own defense and less on migrants and (not) green energy. We will need them to be armed up when China makes its move. It seems India might make a natural partner. They don’t seem to want all the world to be them and are generally not too obnoxious. The US-EU-India team might be able to resist China.

  27. jim2 says:

    Oops, forgot …

    Trump floats end to all tariffs, threatens major penalties for countries that don’t agree


  28. jim2 says:

    “George Soros recently lamented the rise of President Trump and anti-establishment parties across the globe, saying “everything that could go wrong, has gone wrong.”

    The activist billionaire also made the bizarre claim that President Trump would be “willing to destroy the world.””


  29. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting picture comparison on twitter:
    Same meeting different views.

    Donald J. Trump

    Verified account

    26 minutes ago

    The United States will not allow other countries to impose massive Tariffs and Trade Barriers on its farmers, workers and companies. While sending their product into our country tax free. We have put up with Trade Abuse for many decades — and that is long enough.


  30. Power Grab says:

    A long time ago, when the Internet was still young, I came across a page where someone was saying that “666” could be interpreted as “lateinos”, or people who speak Latin.

    I thought of who still uses Latin:

    1. Catholics – they used to, anyway. I don’t know if they still have a core that uses Latin. I’m pretty sure they still have writings in Latin stored away in secure locations.
    2. Doctors – medical-industrial complex, anyone?
    3. Lawyers – they will use lots of Latin terms, right?
    4. Colleges – again, they used to. Of course, it costs so much nowadays to attend college, it might as well be necessary to speak Latin to get in.

    Are there other industries that still incorporate lots of Latin in their knowledgebase?

    It seems to me that the thing these 4 have in common is that they function as gatekeepers, to exercise power and prevent the uninitiated from taking part.

    Catholics traditionally are perceived as preventing the layperson from approaching God without their assistance.

    Doctors want to prevent people from being healthy on their own, without their assistance.

    Lawyers want to prevent people from having justice or making laws without their assistance.

    Colleges want to prevent people from entering lots of professions without their assistance.

    It puts a whole new light on the concept of “Anti-Christ”, doesn’t it?

  31. p.g.sharrow says:

    @Powergrab; If I understand the Koran correctly it is composed of 666 verses. The recitation of all 666 verses in one effort is supposed to confer great power/blessing on the reciter. In the late 1980s I read a WSJ article about a young Muslim that was gaining acclaim in North Africa by constantly reciting those 666 passages.
    “The number of the man is 666”. As I remember it was a back page filler of about 4 column inches so not really much information in it. about 2 years before the WWW. was kicked off by A.Gore..;-) …pg ……………………………..maybe Obama knows

  32. H.R. says:

    Nice comment, Power Grab, although Dr.s wrote prescriptions in Greek. Not so much anymore. I don’t know when they stopped.

    A true, classical education used to prepare a smart person person to think deeper; to stand upon the shoulders of those who had gone before so that others could stand upon their shoulders.

    Language and letters served as the gatekeeper of knowledge, as you point out. You needed to learn Latin and Greek to join the elite club of Educated Persons. (All through grade school, when we learned vocabulary we also were taught the roots of the words; Latin or Greek generally. But we still weren’t taught our Greek letters in public school.)

    Nowadays? You just have to regurgitate the PC points of indoctrination to get a piece of paper that proclaims your expertise in memorization of PC doctrine. Thinking isn’t even an option even in mathematics.

  33. philjourdan says:

    @Power Grab – the Vatican does use Latin, and all priests are required to take it (although most do not become fluent in it). And there is Tridentine liturgies which are in Latin, but for the most part, it is not used outside of the Vatican.

    And I am glad you said “perceived”. It is a false perception. But a popular one. The Catholic Church has a few more rules to follow than most Christian sects (which basically say accept JC as your savior), but the hierarchy of Catholic Church is administrative, not redemptive. The concept of “confession” (it has changed but is now back to its origins) is the same as a Shrink. Many people find it helpful to confess to another than to do so to themselves. Adds an extra burden to make sure you are not repeating past mistakes.

  34. E.M.Smith says:

    @Power Grab:

    Don’t know how one would get from 666 to Latin, but all sorts of things are done with 666…

    Medical terminology is a mix of Latin and Greek. (As a medical records technician I had to learn both sets to be able to read the medical record and assure it was accurate and complete. But it isn’t so much actual Latin or Greek as it is Latin and Greek roots, prefixes and postfixes mixed into words in English sentences).

    Botanical names are substantially all Latin, with some faux-Latin mixed in. Botany itself is not in Latin, though.

    The Mass has gone to local vernacular. There are still a few churches that do the traditional Latin mass, but you have to hunt to find one.

    Colleges today are pretty much 100% Latin Free other than left over bits from the past (like botanical names and medical terminology). Greek limited to the letters of frats and sororities…

    Lawyers? Dunno… Much of it seems to me to be English with some dribs and drabs of left over Latin words and the occasional Law French that crossed the channel…


    Survivals in modern legal terminology

    The post-positive adjectives in many legal noun phrases in English—attorney general, fee simple — are a heritage from Law French. Native speakers of French may not understand certain Law French terms not used in modern French or replaced by other terms. For example, the current French word for “mortgage” is hypothèque. Many of the terms of Law French were converted into modern English in the 20th century to make the law more understandable in common-law jurisdictions. However, some key Law French terms remain, including the following:

    Then there’s a table of pretty good size. Strangely, I like Law French… it makes me feel vaguely like I’m in a Mont Python sketch ;-)

    Richardson Chief Justice de Common Banc al assises de Salisbury in Summer 1631 fuit assault per prisoner la condemne pur felony, que puis son condemnation ject un brickbat a le dit justice, que narrowly mist, et pur ceo immediately fuit indictment drawn per Noy envers le prisoner et son dexter manus ampute et fix al gibbet, sur que luy mesme immediatement hange in presence de Court.

    (“Richardson, Chief Justice of the Common Bench at the Assizes at Salisbury in Summer 1631 was assaulted by a prisoner there condemned for felony, who, following his condemnation, threw a brickbat at the said justice that narrowly missed, and for this, an indictment was immediately drawn by Noy against the prisoner and his right hand was cut off and fastened to the gibbet, on which he himself was immediately hanged in the presence of the Court.”)

    Tee Hee ;-)

    So the thesis that it’s a Latin thing is interesting, but you would be hard pressed to find anyone actually using Latin today, other than as leftover jargon terms where it would be more work to make up new words anyway.

    There ARE huge numbers of volumes written in Latin on library shelves all around the world. At one time I was trying to learn enough to read Newtons De Principia Mathematica in the original Latin, but that got put on hold from other things demanding time.

    But if you ask “To whom would I speak and what would I read?” about any given candidate language to learn, it turns out Latin is THE connection to the educated past from about 500 BC to about 1800 AD. Pretty much all of things learned then were in Latin. (And some Greek – especially in the Byzantine Empire). Not much use for talking to people now, but highly useful to hearing the voices of the Renaissance and before.

    FWIW, Spanish and French both have a large body of literature and many speakers world wide worth talking to. German is dying out. Russian is still common from about Poland to China, and they have some interesting things written. The other two major language blocks are Arabic and Chinese. The Arabic libraries suffer from religious purge problems and the Chinese were heavily purged by the Mao Revolution, but some interesting stuff still remains. Each has about 1 Billion speakers, so lots of folks to talk with; but most of them don’t have much of interest to say (being largely poor peasants in the middle of somewhere remote).

    So at the end of the day, I learned Spanish, French, and a bit of Russian (and tiny bits of some others like Italian and German). Also enough Latin to realize I really like it, but not enough to do much with it. It’s demanding of accuracy and precision. Slightly change the pronunciation and you said something different ;-)

    Personally, I’d look elsewhere for the 666 meaning.

    Interesting question, though. Thanks for that!

  35. Another Ian says:

    “President Trump Responds To Justin Trudeau G7 Press Conference…


    See what happens when you play in the big boy’s sandpit?

  36. Sera says:

    Interesting talk about the sea peoples…

  37. Universities (one language) used to have people from many countries when travel was far slower and more difficult. By choosing Latin, they ensured that the students could all talk to each other and it had the side effect of self-selecting people who had put the effort in to learn the language. Since the language you speak tends to drive the way you think, this may also have imposed some precision on thinking that was also useful. Reference the scene of “Romans go home” graffiti in Life of Brian. Latin was the language used for scholarship, and once you’d got over the hump of learning it then the scholarship of the world was open to you.

    Used to be that Oxford and Cambridge still insisted on Latin, but by the time I became a student in ’72 they’d recently reduced that to having at least one foreign language. At the time I had French, German and Russian (really haven’t needed the Russian much so mostly forgotten by now) so was OK, but I see the benefits of demanding that language qualification which does seem to have been largely dropped by now. Understanding what people are actually saying yourself, rather than relying on a translation, probably leads to fewer misunderstandings, since some words can be non-translatable. In English, we often import such words rather than attempt a clumsy phrase that approximates the meaning. English does seem to be a more-flexible language than most, and allows a greater range of thought and methods of sentence construction whilst retaining comprehensibility. That may be the reason why a disproportionate number of inventors speak it – it allows more freedom of thought.

  38. A C Osborn says:

    “Another Ian says: 10 June 2018 at 1:49 am
    “President Trump Responds To Justin Trudeau G7 Press Conference…”

    It also sends a very strong message to Kim, ie don’t mess with me.

  39. Steve C says:

    Nobody’s mentioned Nuntii Latini! – Nuntii Latini, conspectus rerum internationalium hebdomadalis, est programma Radiophoniae Finnicae Generalis (Yle) in terrarum orbe unicum.

    I passed my Latin Ordinary Level exam over half a century ago, and while I never reached the linguistic heights of someone like Enoch Powell (who was said to translate all his speeches into Latin and back to check that they were grammatically correct) I’m glad I did it. Mostly, it has helped my understanding in that new (to me) Latin-based words explain themselves: if something is egregious it is e (e, ex: out of) grex (flock, herd) … OK, not one of the crowd. I can then wonder why English usage seems to use the word mainly unfavourably – one can be egregiously offensive, but you never hear of someone being (say) egregiously generous.

    There was a programme years ago on BBC radio called “The High Priest of Latin”, about (IIRC) Father Reggie Foster, who at the time ran the Vatican’s Latin department. It was an interesting half hour, covering everything from reading your Latin history right to creating new words for things like zip fasteners, which arrived a little late for the classical language. (Occlusorum fulminem, since you ask – a “lightning closure”!) I still have the cassette (somewhere …) and can MP3 it if anyone’s interested.

  40. Steve C says:

    (Oops. E.M., could you put the errant slash (errare: to go astray, make a mistake) into the /a after Nuntii Latini, please? An interesting effect, though … )

    [ Reply: It doesn’t look like it was your fault. For obscure reasons, WordPress sometimes duplicates the prior html opening command after the close. It had stuck in an errant <a> after your properly formed one. Usually this shows up as <blockquote> or <b> but sometime other things. -E.M.Smith ]

  41. jim2 says:

    I recall having conversations in the 60’s and 70’s with both Americans and foreigners about why the US is so prosperous while many other countries have people cooking over wood or dung fires. The stock answer seemed to be the US has more resources than other countries. I would advocate that it was due to the free market system.

    Decades later we see countries like Brazil and Venezuela tanking while sitting on top of oceans of oil.

    Was the “stock answer” back then just part of the organized socialist/communist narrative?

  42. p.g.sharrow says:

    Long ago it was recognized that government was the impediment to prosperity. America was established with the concept that a citizen had the RIGHT to acquire and own property without government restriction.. Government was prohibited from OWNING property except for restricted military needs. Any property put into the possession of the Federal Government was to be transferred into private ownership as soon as the people on site were ready to utilize it. This allowed a wondrous flowering of civilization in an area that was a backwards wilderness 300 years ago. It is free people that is the most Valuable Resource. Free People create more wealth than they consume. Everything done by the founders of the American form of government was designed to limit government interference in the people’s lives.
    The People were the Sovereign and government was Servant. The outcome of the American Civil War was that the Federal Government was Master! The Federal Army was the power that made government Master! From time to time there has been successful push back on this but the march of Bureaucracy to control everything is relentless. Sooner or later Bureaucracy will destroy the society they guide. They must control, it is their nature. Total control is Slavery and then destruction in rebellion. A civilization can only prosper as long as the bureaucrats are slave and the people are their Master…pg

  43. p.g.sharrow says:

    When the Obamanation swept into the Federal Government and seized the reins of power they thought they could execute a standard Communist take over of change and eliminate all opposition. They neglected to really study the full extent of the American form of government of defused governmental power as well as built in impediments to central control. Even with Socialists seemingly in charge at every agency, inertia prevented their ability to push everything off the cliff. Obama said “Maybe they tried too soon.”
    American Body Politic swings to the right then, to the left an back. Just like a pendulum. If you push too hard in one direction it will come back harder in it’s return swing. Now the shoe will be on the other foot. The followers of “More” will be fully discredited. Time to repair our society…pg

  44. E.M.Smith says:


    What P.G. said!


    The USA has had many advantages. English derived culture is one of them (rule of law, general avoidance of riot and mayhem, property rights, liberty) and IMHO the language helps (fluid, adaptive, comprehensive – try to imagine coming up with the words to describe the engineering of a computer using Hawaiian… too much missing of the whole industrial revolution in the language). It also had / has massive natural resources and a self-selected ambitious population.

    However, none of that matters if The Masters are busy corrupting everything to aggrandize themselves and keep the “deplorables” down. Rome flourished as a Republic, then went into long decay as an Empire, and eventually expired. Not for lack of resources, people, ability, or even language (as theirs is as good as English for engineering & science) but due to the rise of the elites to positions of control.

    Similarly, Russia has vast resources, a very capable people, and a long history of stagnation and cyclical collapse. Why? An alternation between the greedy exploitative Central Authority (be it Czar or Premier / Central Committee) and mob-rule / chaos.in revolution.

    Repeat for Brazil, CHina, etc. etc.

    The basic problem is The Evil Bastard. Given a strong Central Authority, they WILL occupy it and they WILL use it to advance their interests. (See the present EU unelected Central Authority, the China Central Committee, the UN, and George Soros for current examples).

    The USA had the bright idea of making the Central Authority weak and uninteresting to them. Basically an underpaid referee position. Then the Evil Bastards would have to fight among themselves in various State governments, private Corporations, whatever. That keeps them busy and out of the way (and out of most folks way…) At any one time, some State like California might elect a Governor Moonbeam, but then folks would move in droves taking their property with them and eventually the State would get the message. Similarly, a J.P. Morgan or Rockefeller would come along and abuse one industry for a while, but eventually get displaced by other Evil Bastards. This prevented any one mini-dynasty from taking down the whole country.

    Unfortunately, we’ve been on a long march away from that since just before the Civil War. Jefferson designed the decentralized system but Hamilton wanted a strong Central Authority. They fought over it and Hamilton lost the first round, but won the war…

    We are NOW on an accelerating slide into the abyss (I’d not realized how far and how fast until the Obama / Clinton abuse and FBI / CIA / DOJ corruption was clarified) and the only thing slowing it down right now is Trump for the USA and some voters in the EU saying “No!” to their Task Masters; and then some Eastern nations tossing out Soros.

  45. jim2 says:

    Polio has been reported in Venezuela, a crisis-wracked country where the disease had been eradicated decades ago, the Pan-American Health Organization reports.

    The organization said the child had no history of vaccination and lives in an under-immunized extremely impoverished Delta Amacuro state.

    Polio, or poliomyelitis, is a crippling childhood disease caused by the poliovirus, and preventable through immunization.


  46. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting blog post from dilbert creator Scott Adams about how different audiences see Trump and how that filter affects the conclusions they jump to when the see news on President Trump.


  47. philjourdan says:

    @Steve C – “I passed my Latin Ordinary Level exam over half a century ago”

    LOL? Seems you were ahead of the internet as well! :-)

  48. Steve C says:

    @philjourdan – Oh, well spotted! Completely unintended and serendipitous. ;-D

  49. E.M.Smith says:

    For those of us in the “colonies” who don’t know what a “Latin Ordinary” is, or why one is examined for it; perhaps you could explain the joke?

  50. H.R. says:

    Latin Ordinary Level

    LOL being used 50 years ago, E.M.

  51. E.M.Smith says:

    Ah, got it. The abbreviation in use before the leet of LOL…

    So is there a Latin Extraordinary Level and a Latin Really Super Duper Level and a Latin Papal Level and… ?

  52. Another Ian says:

    “President Trump Leads The ‘Great Trade Awakening’…”


  53. H.R. says:

    Just witnessed “The Handshake Heard ‘Round The World” about 3 minutes ago.

    Now watching the sit-down photo op inside and there are some good smiles going. Kim looks quite relaxed.

    History in the making, no matter how it goes.

  54. jim2 says:

    I read that ntop is out of commission. Anyone know if that is correct and if so why?

  55. Power Grab says:

    EM, I studied French because I liked the sound of it better than the other languages my school offered.

    My high school offered Spanish, French, Latin, and German. My kid has spent the last 5 or so years studying Japanese. One of my siblings studied German and Spanish…and Spanglish. Another sibling studied Korean. I dabble at learning Spanish and have quite a few Spanish-language music CDs.

    I think it’s great fun to learn other languages. If and when I retire, I would see if I could at least audit some courses in other languages.

  56. Larry Ledwick says:

    Drvuan ships second stable version of linux without systemd.


  57. Larry Ledwick says:

    From twitter at 10:44 pm MDT

    Evan Rees
    4 minutes ago

    #Trump just came out w Kim, says “we are going right now for a signing” and will be announcing in “a couple of minutes.” #TrumpKimSummit

  58. E.M.Smith says:


    Not that I know of (assuming you are talking about the ntop software that shows networks..)




    See my experience in the posting of today about installing it…

    @Power Grab:

    I looked at a few dozen languages. Just a few sentences and the language description. Many of them are loaded with strange baggage. Some are reasonable and elegant. It’s very clear that most languages “just growed” and have lots of strange bits; yet the regular constructed languages lack soul and spirit. Little “art” in them.

    There is no perfect language, IMHO. But French and English do remarkably well ;-)

  59. Larry Ledwick says:

    It appears the agreement was a simple four point agreement on basic principles.
    From twitter:
    Jonathan Cheng
    6 minutes ago
    Four points of the Trump-Kim Declaration:
    1. The United States and the DPRK commit to establish new U.S.-DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity.

    Jonathan Cheng
    5 minutes ago

    2. “The United States and the DPRK will join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.”

    Jonathan Cheng

    3. Reaffirming the April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration, the DPRK commits to work towards the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

    12:29 AM – 12 Jun 2018

    Jonathan Cheng
    5 minutes ago

    4. The United States and the DPRK commit to recovering POW/MIA remains including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.

  60. E.M.Smith says:

    So yet another agreement to work on an agreement…

  61. Larry Ledwick says:

    I presume that there are some side agreements not mentioned that give N Korea certain assurances of non-agression by S Korea and the US, and possibly some outlines for demilitarizing the boundary between the two Koreas some time in the near future if the denuclearization takes place as planned.

    (no basis for this other than I don’t think the above would have been signed without some such side agreements which understandably would be secret)

  62. Larry Ledwick says:

    Yep but after 68 years of formal state of war, this is the first concrete agreement with actual head of state participation in all those years.

    The actual end of hostilities agreement will take a lot longer to happen, including working out an incremental plan to demilitarize the demarcation line, and get Seoul Korea out from under NK guns.

  63. E.M.Smith says:

    One minor problem is that the actual entity that is “at war” in the south is no longer constituted. I covered that in my look at what prevents, if anything, the USA just picking up where we left off and dropping bombs. It is a UN directed body that is running the “police action” but it’s not got any members at the moment…

    I’m sure, though, that folks would be just fine with S.K. and the USA signing a peace treaty for a war that wasn’t a war but a UN “action”…

    Frankly, if both sides just start moving 5% of their border facing forces, per week, 1/2 way across the country away from the border; that would go a long way to making things happen / be believed.

  64. David A says:

    The leftist media is in expected anti Trump mode over all this, continuously belittling Trump’s hand in this. ( He orchestrated it all via what he calls good diplomacy – in essence telling China to accept this or VERY REAL economic hammers will fall on them, and, oh by the way, support this and economic growth and prosperity from a transformed NK will be shared, and no matter what, NK nukes are gone.
    ( Carrots and sticks presented with will and the clarity to convey that yes, the U.S. can do this at will.)

    So despite amazing praise from disparate heads of state – SK, Egypt, S.A. the statist media continues to implode.

    I shared this before but perhaps was late in posting, so once again, metaphoric illustration of how Trump lives in the deep state – deep media heads…

    How Trump triggers statists… https://youtu.be/CmZAyMx7vjQ

  65. Annie says:

    I tried to forward a link to my husband for this thread, twice separately and btinternet both times rejected it as spam. Is it being censored by them?

  66. philjourdan says:

    @EM “But French and English do remarkably well ;-)”

    For different reasons. English because it is not afraid to grab any word or idiom from any other language (some say that is the lazy way), and French because the keepers of the “code” insist upon purity, so they keep creating new words and reject any injection from other languages.

    And the Germans just keep adding syllables to existing words. ;-)

  67. H.R. says:

    @phil re German: Ofcourseundvatisswrongmittdat?

  68. Steve C says:

    @E.M. – Re those exams. The “Ordinary Level” exams are our nominal-age-16 exams, above those are the “Advanced Level” exams, the ones universities judge their applicants on (nominally age-18). Along with several others in my year, I took Latin and Maths at age 15, so as to clear timetable space for doing another 7 (one full timetable’s worth) the following year in preparation for 3 A-levels before Uni.

    The same lowering of standards has been evident as in university degrees. Twenty years or so ago, I showed a young friend an old A-level Physics paper I’d come across in a clearout – he was a college student himself, in his early twenties, at the time. That occasion is still the only incident in my life where I witnessed the blood literally draining from someone’s face as he realised the magnitude of the gap between us. And there are twenty years’ more lowering of standards since …

    @philjourdan – The Germans have other weapons too. My German teacher at school had a “special” sentence he’d prepared, which went on for about a minute of increasing puzzlement before a veritable fusillade of about a dozen verbs at the end (from all those earlier clauses) suddenly made it all make sense!

  69. E.M.Smith says:

    While beating up on German, just a reminder that other languages are just as silly on some things.

    The “run on sentence” that is so reviled in English, per one thing I read, is a sign of literary skill in Polish, so you get an entire novel written, including the history of what lead to that moment in time where the sentence might, at some future time, come to a logical conclusion; but only when the writer has decided the impact will be greatest; and, at that moment and not before, the writer will gracefully lead the sentence to a close.

    Russian has one past tense. Circumlocutions make the rest of it work. French has 7 past tenses (including the simple past, used only in novels and fiction writings, never in speech); so you want to talk about things in the past, French is your best vehicle. Russian not so much. Yet French is almost as lacking in future tenses as it is rich in past tenses…

    Some Polynesian languages have (variously) from 9 to 14 total sounds in them. Thus the Hawaiian words that look like repeating babble. Haniakanihakalabi… There isn’t any other sound to work with in the language so it’s the pattern of them that does the work.

    Then in Latin you can put the words in whatever order you like. Folks, like me, from languages where position make the meaning find that a challenge. Folks from highly inflected languages find the position limitation of non-inflected languages limiting.

    There is no perfect language and they all have limitations and “issues”. The closest to perfection is Sanskrit. There is some evidence that it was artificially polished and improved over time to make it “more perfect” (i.e. didn’t start out that way). Yet in the process you end up with so many inflections and so much grammar that it’s a challenge for anyone to learn it all right. (Then, like all languages, it changed over time so you get to learn 2 or 3 variations of it to actually read things in it…) It also takes a lot of syllables to get something said.

    BUT, if you really want to see inflections, look at the Finno-Ugaric group. 16 to (some have claimed) up to 50 case endings. Hungarian even has a case ending for “asymptotic’. You can say “go toward and never quite reaching the wall” with a case ending on “go”… But both Finnish and Hungarian are notoriously challenging for the non-native speaker to learn…

    So it goes…

    At least in English we dumped the whole gender marking system. No need to memorize 10,000 gender markings for your vocabulary… (“gender” is in fact a left over from the proto-indoeuropean system that showed “active”. Thus, in Russian, the river is one gender and the river bank another. Active river, inactive bank. Neuter is used for things like leaves that do not move on their own, but can be moved by the wind. Calling it “gender” is in fact misleading. BTW, I’ve not found out if “masculine” was the active or inactive but suspect it was the active given the male tendency to hyperactivity… )

    It is great fun to learn about languages. But in the end I mostly learned that whatever language you grew up with is the best for you to think in, as you are familiar with all the pitfalls in it and know the needed circumlocutions to get around limitations.

  70. cdquarles says:

    I have to agree with our host about English and French :). I never studied German, though both of my parents did. I have studied Russian, Latin, Greek, and Spanish. The exposure to Latin (inflected) helped some with Russian (inflected). English, I am told, dropped its inflections because they interfered with understanding dialects that were similar other than the usage and sound of the inflections.

    The most difficult thing about learning any language other than your ‘mother’ tongue, is idioms. Those do not translate well, and often do not translate at all. English, to its credit, adopts the idiom whole and often maintains the original’s pronunciation as the proper one, grammatically, when used in English.

  71. E.M.Smith says:

    When the Vikings came to Britain (think Swedes and Danish) there was a collision of pronunciation of case endings. Dutch, German (Angles / Saxons), Swedes, Norwegians, Danish… all very similar languages but with very different pronunciation; which caused confusion when different sounds were used for the same case ending…

    The solution (as in many pidgin dialects) was circumlocution. We loaded that task onto the ‘little words’. “to the wall” “from the wall” “of the wall” “about the wall”. “by the wall”

    This, it turns out, gives a highly flexible system. It is also more easily extensible (you need not create and teach everyone a new case ending inflection for “near the wall” or “way from the wall” or even “what wall” ;-)

    You can see this same process today in other places where pidgin is used, and even in pidgin English. More circumlocution of smaller words, less grammatical finesse.

    All because the Vikings and the Anglo-Saxons didn’t inflect the same way and it was confusing in commerce…

    There is a theory that over time languages move from inflected to agglutinative then back again. That eventually “of wall” and “to wall” and “by wall” become ofwall towall bywall inflections. So the cycle turns… Takes a few thousand years though.

    BTW, IIRC, Turkish is an agglutinative language as is much of the central Asian area:


    The hypothesis being that some ancestral form was inflected.

    Which is “better” is a constant time waster in linguistics ;-)

  72. Steve C says:

    For me, there are two thoroughly weird things about French / the French:

    1. The way that syllables which are silent in speech re-appear in song. If I’m talking about my brother John (frère Jacques), he’s pronounced (approx) “Frair Zhack”. But in the song, he’s “Frair-eugh Zhack-eugh”. Strange.

    2. We English find the sound of a French person (esp. of the opposite sex) speaking English distinctly sexy. Ages ago, a French friend confided in me that the French, equally, find that English accented French sounds sexier to them. OK. So why have our two countries spent so much of the last few centuries beating seven bells out of each other? (“Oh, zese sexy ennemis!” ;-)

    As for English, we have pinched so many words from other languages we’ve forgotten most of them. Glam. Metagrobolise. Podex. To name but 3 gems! (Hint: You are probably using two of them right now, and the other is what I’ve just done to you … ;-)

  73. E.M.Smith says:

    Oh, and there is good evidence that German is a pidgin based on an earlier Indo-european language blending with “something else” (IMHO Phoenician as we know they were up the coast on the Atlantic side). Thus the ablaut and umlaut. Words like king and knight and sea (not mare).

    The resulting collision resulted in German having 4 cases instead of the original 7 or 8, and with things like overloading the functions of “sie” and their confused use of gender markings.

    French has also tossed most of the complexity of Latin (perhaps due to the Franks being Germanic, and the Gauls being Celts and that language mix needing some circumlocution patches to make it mutually workable).

    Then the German and French met in Britain… I’ve heard it said that English is just German after the French got through with it ;-) 400 years of Norman French domination will do that to you ;-)

    There is much in that. We soaked up a large French dictionary (adding it to the German base) along with further simplification of markings. Since the Norman French were the aristocracy, and the basically Germanic peasants the poor folks, we use the German word for rude things and the French word for fancy things. We slaughter swine but eat pork. We love our “boufe” (beef) steak but poor folks have “ox” tail soup.

    So German is likely a pidgin that grew up, then French is a sort of simplified Latin via the pidgin process, then the two of them get mingled, further simplified in the grammar, but with a big expansion of the fine grain of definitions (as the source of the same word changed the detail meanings – lingerie vs underwear…) and you end up at English…

  74. Steve C says:

    A plus point for English is that we use a range of related words to give a range of related meanings. For example, from Latin rex we have three adjectives of differing shades: regal, royal and real (think real tennis). Pleasingly, from lex we also have legal, loyal and leal (OK, the last isn’t much used, but exists). Linguistic fuzzy logic!

  75. ossqss says:

    This should prove to be an interesting conversation tomorrow.


  76. Another Ian says:

    Warning for anyone using Quickbooks etc. Link at

    “Cold, Robbed Hands”


  77. Larry Ledwick says:

    The IG report will be released on Thursday.

    Not sure it that or something else might be the trigger for another negative step change in bitcoin.


  78. jim2 says:

    DOJ lost a bid to prevent a merger of AT&T and Time Warner. They can take further legal action.

    If this merger isn’t a monopoly, who are the competitors?

    Now AT&T is even harder to avoid and will no doubt make terms even worse for consumers.

  79. Another Ian says:


    ossqss says:
    12 June 2018 at 5:34 pm

    “This should prove to be an interesting conversation tomorrow. ”

    ” “Climate Debate of the Decade” at UWV – not so hot”


  80. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting observations about the KJU – DJT summit.


    I think this might be a very key observation, that KJU, is not personally the sort of person who would engage in brutal behavior. It is said that when he was in school in Switzerland he was a popular but slightly shy fellow. He may have in effect been born into a type of slavery as the designated leader and the real dirty work was done by senior military and government deep state in his own country in his name but actually driven by their own agenda. If true he was constantly walking on a razors edge to avoid a misstep that in that sort of country would have been fatal.

    The proof will be in the coming months and years as we see how the transition to normal government proceeds in NK and if some sort of uniification or perhaps confederacy develops between the two Koreas.

  81. p.g.sharrow says:

    @Larry; interesting read on the summit and KimUn. This could very well be correct. Remember Un fired his 3 top Generals last week. The existence of the North Korean government for the last 80 years has been to support the Military’s effort to drive outsiders off of the peninsula and cause reunification of the Korean people. Maybe the best way for Him to win is surrender. He would need Trump to protect him from the Chinese 8-) as well as others looking for vengeance on his family.
    This could be a very strange outcome indeed! …pg

  82. Larry Ledwick says:

    Related to the above post.


    It is very likely a very complex game is being played. China being “forced” to let peace break out in N. Korea for some reason? Economic black mail from President Trump, perhaps to staunch the economic bleeding of keeping N. Korea alive as a totally non-productive country who’s only value to China is that they are a pain in the ass to Japan, and the US, and provide a buffer between S. Korea and US military forces in Korea.

    China has on several occassions stated it intends to get Taiwan back under Chinese control by about 2020, which is part of their recent rearming and build out in the South China Sea. Are they seeing N. Korea as a hinderence to that or perhaps its irritation of the US is not what they want right now because it could induce the US to be more militarily active in the region and has already pushed Japan to begin the process of softening its pacifist interpretation of its constitution and started to become more willing and able to spend money on military assets and change its behavior to being more aggressively defensive rather that totally passive dependent on the US umbrella.

    Or is China playing us and setting up N Korea for eventually being declared a risk to China by moving closer to S. Korea and the US & Japan – establishing pretext for another move into N. Korea as a diversion or second front issue when they move on Taiwan?

  83. Larry Ledwick says:

    AI and radio frequency imaging allows tracking individual movements through opaque walls.

    I wonder how it handles foil covered insulation board?

  84. philjourdan says:


    It is said that when he was in school in Switzerland he was a popular but slightly shy fellow. He may have in effect been born into a type of slavery as the designated leader and the real dirty work was done by senior military and government deep state in his own country in his name but actually driven by their own agenda.

    Sorry, I do not buy that. He killed his way to the top (Uncles and others). He does remind me of 2 others however. Pol Pot and Che Guevara Both appeared as meek folks in their youth. Both responsible for more deaths (as a percentage of population) of any other men in history.

  85. jim2 says:

    Europe is so down the tubes … from the article:

    The head of Germany’s most powerful cultural body has called for the plug to be pulled on the nation’s multitude of political talkshows for a year, arguing that their populist agenda has helped fuel the rise of the far right.


  86. Larry Ledwick says:

    I mentioned light color and wakefulness the other day in a post about blue light, as part of that, I picked up one of these monitor filters to try.


    A bit more expensive that I wanted for just a piece of slightly tinted plastic, and only available in one size, but since I spend a lot of time on the computer much of it late at night for work, I thought I would give it a try. It does help take the harshness out of the monitor white without having to fiddle with color balance controls and can easily be removed when you want a clean bright white.

    If anyone knows of other similar screen filters to reduce glare (block extreme blue) I would appreciate any links you happen to find.

    It is sort of a very pale pink (sort of like those glasses intended for computer users).

    These are a lot more affordable and might be worth a try as well.


    Or this slightly more expensive version.


  87. Another Ian says:


    Support for old Mercs (etc)!!

    “I, For One, Welcome Our New Self-Driving Overlords”

    ” I’m in the UK. My software update (2018.21.9) completed this morning. 2018 Model S 100D.

    On an ‘A’ road drive today in dry, clear weather using Autopilot on a stretch of straight, clear, flat well marked road at 40mph the car suddenly and for no apparent reason tried to swerve off the road sharply, I had to grab the wheel (my hands always rest lightly on the wheel while AP is engaged) quickly to get the car back on track. This happened twice 45 minutes apart in similar conditions.

    There was no break in the white lines and no apparent reason for it to do this.”


  88. Serioso says:

    There’s a new algorithm for modeling the effects of clouds on climate which is advertised to be faster, better, cheaper. May be of interest to our host.


  89. Larry Ledwick says:

    A note on the up coming IG report from one of the leading new media investigative reporters.


  90. E.M.Smith says:


    That AT&T thing, coupled with the end of Net Neutrality, means AT&T will own very significant content properties, AND can give them 100% quality of service for delivery, while shafting other content providers (Netflix, Amazon, CBS, Disney, etc. etc.)

    Between what they will have as exclusive provider, and what they can slow down from “everyone else” over a major chunk of the internet, their opportunities for Monopoly Mayhem are now huge and essentially unavoidable.

    I think I’ve already noticed a slower “load time” on some things on the Roku. It looks like AT&T is already starting to prioritize service to themselves. Only a few minor issues so far, so might just be incidental, but time to watch for a pattern. (In theory, on my 40 Mb service, stuff ought to just fly, all the time… It doesn’t.)


    Come-on, guy, embrace the blue, indulge your inner insomniac ;-)

    (FWIW, on the Mac I just changed my wallpaper to a reddish brown sunset over a lake image…)

    @Another Ian:

    Yeah, not quite ready for prime time yet… I’m sticking with my 1980 Diesel and me as driver…


    Thanks! Always interested to look at how models run / are improved.

  91. Larry Ledwick says:

    First bits on the IG report are starting to come out, this should blow the lid off those in the FBI who attempted to stop Trump from becoming President. This level of obstruction reveals they are really crazy obsessed with Trump or have something even bigger to hide.


  92. philjourdan says:

    The IG report is due to be released at 3pm. I think many will be disappointed. While not a whitewash – it will be a “glossing over” of key facts about the investigation.

  93. H.R. says:

    @ossqss re cord cutting: If you’re penalized with slow streaming for cutting cable, I’d expect huge memory devices to be sold to cord-cutters.

    Then someone will provide a service to download what you want to watch and then you watch it on your schedule.

    Oh wait! Isn’t that just going back to DVR days? 😜

    Seriously, people were ecstatic with DVRs but then On Demand streaming came along which eliminated that piece of hardware.

    I’m predicting new antennas and new DVR boxes that will record 5-10 broadcast channels while at the same time downloading your selections of viewing material off the internet. (Our current DVR will only record two broadcast channels at a time but nothing from the internet at the same time.) Then there will be an app that you open and while you’re browsing and see something you want to watch, just click on it and it will be downloaded to your DVR while you continue to browse.

    People HATE the cable companies. They will adjust their behavior to avoid paying the cable companies and if there is a device for sale which will help them do it, they’ll buy it.

  94. ossqss says:

    I remembered this from several months ago. Things may have changed a bit, but this had a good breakdown on some. I had read one also on OTA units also. Tons of info out there on various for purpose DVR units. One in this listing can do 16 simultaneous recordings. I don’t even watch that many different shows ;-)


  95. Larry Ledwick says:

    Breitbart on the recent push news items on sea level rise and Antarctic Ice loss.


  96. Larry Ledwick says:

    This is how not to build a high security digital lock.


  97. E.M.Smith says:

    Interesting signature line from a comment on the Devuan news & announcements forum:

    “Political Correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.”

    I’d say that sums it up nicely ;-)

  98. Another Ian says:


    Re Antarctic

    “NASA glaciologist Jay Zwally puts the hammer down: ‘Antarctica is gaining ice’”


  99. Larry Ledwick says:

    Editorial on why the Trump train doesn’t give a crap about if President Trump is “Presidential, or proper, or dignified”, that is not why we hired him.


  100. jim2 says:

    Watched Meet the dePRESSed this morning. I like watching it because there the libtards bare their grievances and don’t they wear their heart on their sleeve. They are livid that Trump a) gets around them and b) continually misleads them. The theme today is how Trump lies and how awful that is. Poor souls.

    Also on was RINO Mark Sanford who just experienced his first loss at the hand of Trump who recommended his opponent. He is totally gobsmacked at his first loss ever! Stunned is what came across the telly. Among his many whining points was the tariffs. He is a rabid “free trade” advocate.

    I do get what the “free trade” cure is about. If some other country can make product X more cheaply than we, then we should buy it from them instead of make it at a higher price at home. It keeps inflation down and we can spend the money we save elsewhere. But it seems they never consider the side effects of this, what is to them, magic elixir.

    1. It has made China a world power, mostly through trade with the US. They probably would have gotten there anyway, but much more slowly. This interaction also facilitated the stealing by them of our IP. We invited the wolf into the fold when we should have opened up a can of McCarthy on their collective ass.

    2. It has left us at a strategic disadvantage for some materials needed for war. Even on the energy front, we can’t even make a nuclear power containment facility here.

    3. It has gutted the middle class of the industrial states.

    I appreciate that Trump understands this. I’m sure he knows the value of free trade, but he also gets the down side.

  101. ossqss says:

    HFD to those applicable ;-)

  102. Larry Ledwick says:

    Another interesting information source. A searchable archive of all of President Trump’s twitter “tweets”


  103. E.M.Smith says:


    I heard it as “Give a Dad a fish and you have fed him for a day. Teach a Dad to fish and you will not see him for days on end and most weekends.” ;-)


    It is crticially important to understand the difference between free and OPEN trade vs mercantilist predatory trade.

    What China does is a deliberate, State sponsored and subsidized, predatory practices bundle.

    1) Subsidize an industry so that it is THE cheapest in the world and drive all other providers out of business, then, and only then, worry about prices and profits.

    2) Build vastly over capacity factories to assure nobody can get any economies of scale to compete with it. (They built ONE factory complex in “Sock Town” with capacity to make 100% of ALL socks used in the entire world. Now realize this is “sunk cost” to the industry… Just how do you compete with that with private money anywhere else in the world?)

    3) Require zero or low tariffs of your customer countries, but have significant tariff and non-tariff barriers to selling in your country. Everything from outright bans to strange “specifications” to monetary tariffs to the requirement for a “domestic partner” to make sure you can “work well in the local culture”… i.e. cream the profits and steal your methods.

    4) Require a 50+% stake in any China operation to be owned by the State or the local “Partner”. You want to open Bob’s Big Computers in China, it WILL have full rights to the name and other trademarks yet you will only own a minority stake in it. Unsurprising, after about a year or two of being in business, the “2nd Cousin” and party member of your “Partner” will open a nearly identical operation with a Chinese name and 100% owned by Chinese (and The Party affiliated… )

    5) Require that all “intellectual property” in your products sold into China OR made in China be “shared” with the China Partner (and also ends up “leaking” into the new competitor…)

    etc. etc.

    It is NOT a “free market” and has nothing at all to do with “free trade”. Trump is 100% right to start a Trade War with them. When someone is busy extorting you for your skills and methods, picking your pocket, and flat out stealing your companies, you are already losing. Stopping that is the first step to winning.

    When a thief is in your house ripping off your goods, you do not ask what he will give you in trade and just take whatever crap is tossed on the floor. First you stop them. Then you negotiate the restitution vs incarceration…

  104. Larry Ledwick says:

    File this one under really interesting tech:


    Teamed with modern low cost hovering drones you could very quickly sweep an area and declare it clear, or at least define a safe path across the mined area to use until clearing operations could make the area safe.

  105. jim2 says:

    @E.M.Smith says:

    EM. RINOs like Mark Sanford and Jeff Flake refer to what we have as free trade and chafe at any tariffs, on our side at least. I agree with you about China’s unfair trade practices. I noted Trump suggested to our more Western trading partners that no one have tariffs. That was a non-starter with them also. They like their own protectionist policies. Trump rocks out with his Glock out!

  106. jim2 says:

    When it comes to free trade, it can’t exist with a Communist country. Any enterprise is controlled by the state even if it is nominally “owned” by a non-governmental entity. In any case, it can be made the state’s at the drop of a hat. We should just stop all trade with China.

  107. jim2 says:

    I think Mule-ear will wind up his “investigation” by about August. He has failed to dislodge Trump and antagonizing Trump’s base further will just mobilize them to the polls – even more so than they are mobilized now.

  108. ossqss says:

    So, here is a father’s day success story for ya. I have a big screen TV on the porch. It died a few days ago. Faced with a replacement cost for the large 70″ TV, which was a lot 4 years ago, I decided to troubleshoot. Upon taking said journey, I found there are basically 3 parts to our high tech TV’s today. Power suppy, main board, and the T-con, at least for my model. So, with a screw driver, a volt meter, and some extra hands, I was able take the big TV down and disassemble and ID the power supply was the problem. That part was $40 bucks. 6 screws and 3 removable plug-in connectors (not inclucing the back skin screws) and it was fixed. $40 bucks for a renewed 70″ TV.

    I declare Victory over Technology!

    BTW, I could have ordered the $17 board level parts, but didn’t want to solder anything, but certainly could have easily at higher risk if you will.

    Next time you have something electronic take a dive, look a little bit deeper before you replace it. What do you have to lose except money?

    Just sayin, they even have idiot proof videos out there! I found this one after I fixed the same one! LOL

  109. ossqss says:

    I had mentioned Lighter Knot, fat wood prior. Supplimental. I think it comes down to spark or flame starter. Buy those 5 packs of Bic lighters for 4 bucks at Wallyworld and it is a moot while they last, but eventually, ya know……

  110. E.M.Smith says:

    I think that fatwood is what we used to call sap wood or tar wood. Sometimes resin wood. The resin filled wood in a pine stump.

    I think you can make something equivalent just by soaking paper in some wax (if you have time to prepare something…) or even paper or cardboard dampened with cooking oil (though kerosene is better). Essentially an absorbent cellulose material and a heavy flammable soaked into it.

    OTOH, if you DO find a pine stump, well worth investigating with an ax…

  111. E.M.Smith says:

    Oh, also of note:

    A “used up” BBQ lighter still has a great piezo striker in it. This near instantly starts a small dribble of alcohol or gasoline. A one pint can of alcohol and a used up striker can light fires for weeks to months… Since I travel with an alcohol burner, I can use it, and my fuel can, for a week+ of cooking, or months of fire starting. I also use one to start Sterno…

  112. Another Ian says:

    “China’s new aircraft carrier is in for repairs — and its project manager faces corruption charges”


    Likely more research needed

  113. A C Osborn says:

    ossqss says:
    18 June 2018 at 2:52 am
    I declare Victory over Technology!

    Not so much “Technology” as built in obsolescence, well done.

  114. A C Osborn says:

    philjourdan says: 14 June 2018 at 4:35 pm
    The IG report is due to be released at 3pm. I think many will be disappointed. While not a whitewash – it will be a “glossing over” of key facts about the investigation.

    Fortunately you were wrong, the Summaries, who we don’t who wrote them are glossed over with excuses.
    But the Nitty Gritty detail sure is a condemning collection of facts.

  115. H.R. says:

    @A C Osborn. You know those fancy, pretty gift bags they sell for gifts that are too oddly shaped to wrap? Well, the IG report summaries were the gift bag, and the contents of the bag was a shovel-full of FBI dirt. Hard to say how many people looked past the pretty bag to see all the dirt.

  116. philjourdan says:

    @AC Osborn – I am frequently wrong. But you are right in this case. The summary was pure gloss, but the report has the diamonds in it.

  117. E.M.Smith says:

    What I think is missed by the I.G., Wrey, Mueller, etc. etc. is that all the glossing over Clinton Crimes and all the Get Trump! stuff just just got a huge slow burn Pissed Off going in the 50% that voted for Trump. We keep seeing more and more that the Deep State is real, is immoral, does illegal things, and is NOT being spanked for it. That just makes the burn worse. WHEN (not if…) that catches fire it will be an uncontainable thing and the conflagration will certainly not stop with them.

    The arrogance of it is just so stupefying.

    But at least now I’m learning how Rome fell. The influx of barbarians. The government corruption. The infighting among the Citizen Aristocracy families for power and wealth.

  118. ossqss says:

    Based upon many of the comments above, this IG scenario is similar to the IPCC reports vs. the summary for policy makers.

    BTW, if interested, this was quite a good read today.


  119. Larry Ledwick says:

    This is really interesting The Southern Poverty Law center decided to pay a $3.375 million dollar settlement rather than face a lawsuit about its practices.
    Translation we dare not go to court and face discovery of how we do business. I predict open season on the Southern Poverty Law Center now from other aggrieved parties.


  120. Another Ian says:

    “Do Quebec Dairy Farmers Control Canada’s Prosperity?”


    And comments

  121. Larry Ledwick says:

    Hmmm wonder if this tracks with UV exposure and population Vit D blood levels?


  122. Larry Ledwick says:

    On the tech front Sandia Labs is building a super computer using the ARM architecture


  123. ossqss says:

    Say what? Courtesy of Willis’s twitter feed.


    He linked this from Judith also. Unreal…..


  124. Larry Ledwick says:

    Sorry this is just too funny to pass up, especially given the Democratic party mascot

  125. H.R. says:

    I’m for smaller government, Larry. Let’ reduce the number of ‘Burros’ in D.C.

    P.S. the last taco I had was delicious, but it didn’t taste exactly like beef. Do you think…? Nahhhhh… couldn’t be.

  126. ossqss says:

    I had a similar issue @HR the last time I went to, well you know…..;-)

  127. H.R. says:


  128. E.M.Smith says:

    It’s called a burrito (“little burro”) for a reason guys…

    The Air Force Survival Manual has the “fins, fur, feathers & scales” guide to what is edible. You know, “If it moved, eat it, if it doesn’t try!” ;-)


    One of the peculiar things is how New Mexico and Colorado became government centered and liberal / progressive destinations and became “Californicated”.

    so “Oh Well”…

    Find, buy, and keep up a very nice old car and tell them to “suck it”…

    I’ve settled on a 1980 Mercedes Diesel as my “keeper”. I’m also fond of my Subaru, and it is likely a “keeper” on the gasoline front too. (Though I may seek out an even older one with less computers and crap in it…” )

    I figure 2 is likely “enough” for the keep forever group.

  129. Another Ian says:

    “White House Releases Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy Report: USA v China…”


  130. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    Nice one on the trade report. Someone at last “gets it” what China is doing.

    The “News” reported China was applying equal tariffs to ours, breathlessly saying how stupid a trade war was as nobody could win one… Completely oblivious to the FACT that we are several HUNDRED $BILLION / YEAR in the hole on trade with China. If trade just HALTS, we are up about $1/3 Trillion / year. That alone is called “Winning!”

    So sure, China, “bring it on” with the equal tit-for-tat. We win that in the $Hundred $Billions.

    Trump is basically saying “This shit ends.” and China is saying “No it doesn’t, we win you lose.” Now we wait and see if the rest of Congress has had enough whacks with the clue stick to ‘get it’ or not.

    One thing the “news” pushed was that China was the big importer of soybeans and we are the big exporter (or 2nd biggest). Pushing FUD at farmers. (Fear Uncertainty & Doubt). Completely missing the fact that soybeans are a FUNGIBLE product. China will buy them somewhere, most likely Brazil. But that means whoever WAS buying from Brazil has to buy from some other supplier… which would be US. China has a choice of “not eat or buy Brazil” and will NOT choose hungry people. That by definition keeps total market demand for soybeans constant.

    Compare imports of Chinese plastic crap. I can easily do without the Chinese “toy” in the happy meal, or the Chinese stamp on the flip flops at Walmart. We have idle capacity in several industries and can ramp up manufactures of many things if needed. Like, oh, steel & aluminum.

    That’s the downside of a mercantilist policy that just uses your trading “partner” for raw materials. Raw materials are fungible.

    Where they might feel a pinch is Boeing. Sold something like 1/3 of last year’s planes to China. BUT, China will be trying to make copies of those anyway. For now, if they swap to Airbus, then given relatively short term fixed manufacturing capacity, that means someone else can’t get Airbus… so goes to Boeing. (It’s an oligopoly with limited total capacity from few sellers.) Maybe a one year disruption as sales forces realign.

    A bit disruptive? Yes. So? Winning is like that some times…

  131. jim2 says:

    It’s not how many punches you can throw, it’s how many you can take. I think our economy can take more punches than theirs. And frankly, the stock market needs to cool off a bit anyway.

  132. Another Ian says:

    EU Crisis

    “Off Topic but students of irony cannot let pass this apotheosis of the fight against “climate change”.
    Despite totally failing to reduce emissions the EU has managed to run out of CO2!


    The dire consequences of this crisis could be the breakup of the EU ahead of Brexit and the final discrediting of the Global Warming Narrative.

    Imagine this happening in OZ, never mind the lights, who cares if they go off – but to run out of Beer?”


  133. ossqss says:

    Pertaining to a prior conversation on Ridgid cordless tools from a while ago, I gave my 2004 cordless screw gun to the local warranty center (on its last leg after 4 sets of NiCd batteries) and recieved notification today they are replacing it complete with 2 batteries (Lithium ion) and a charger today (along with a continued lifetime warranty on the replacement stuff). They really meant lifetime when you register it properly. Just sayin, value long term.

  134. ossqss says:

    Just to clarify, all 4 sets of replacement batteries were warranty items also over 14 years.

  135. ossqss says:

    Upon watching the POTUS speak in Minnesota, I felt it appropriate! ;-)

  136. gallopingcamel says:

    What a great video. Whatever happened to those very talented guys? Here are two more of their gems:

  137. Larry Ledwick says:

    I think Minnesotans for global warming got black balled from video because of Michael Mann complaints but I am not positive of the details. (just my recollection)

    Well it is time for the periodic release of information on earthquake risk in California. A bunch of items showing up about the so called Durmid ladder structure fault zone and newly verified confirmation of a slow creep process that was not fully identified in the past.

    One thing about dailymail they do a much better job with visual graphics than most other media, with nice easy to interpret graphics, and photos.


  138. E.M.Smith says:


    Good article, but like most it is all focused on the San Andreas. There’s a long historical alternation of the San Andreas (northern section) with the more inland Hayward / Calaveras system

    Since we had a “partial” on the San Andreas in the Loma Prieta quake, that ought to mean next stress release is on the Hayward / Calaveras system.

    But it gets worse. On the other side (north) of the San Pablo bay the Rogers Creek fault system is known to be a problem too. Well, no surprise to me but I guess to others, all the faulting on that side of the bay (east) tends to connect:


    Now think a minute… A & B are “one” and B and C are “one” so… A B & C are all one big fault system just as nasty as the San Andreas… and it is “their turn”. WHEN (and it is a when) this lets loose, it demolishes a large chunk of the UC Berkeley campus. The stadium there has the two halves offset by about a foot as it is directly on top of the fault and the two sides have moved that much since it was built..

    The other big problem is the area south of where the Northridge quake happened. That chunk right under the L.A. Basin. Way over due from it’s usual periodicity and likely to make a 7 to 8 range event when it goes. Ought to bring down some big buildings in Los Angeles.

    BUT, geologic time laughs as human lifetimes. These things can skip 100 years and still be ‘normal’. So an average repeat time of 400 years might well be “from 200 to 700” +/- 100…

    So we know both the SF Bay area and the LA Basin are both going to be catastrophically shaken. Just no idea in who’s lifetime…

    FWIW, I chose my home based on soil types and geologic maps. I’m as far from the San Andreas as you can get before getting closer to the Hayward Calaveras system. As a 7ish on the San Andreas in the section “near me” was quite livable, I’m pretty sure when the H/C lets loose I’ll also be fine. The LA section will do nothing up here, and the San Adreas north of San Francisco is also too far away to matter (and since the chunk ‘near me” has already done its thing, it will not participate for another 100 years+) So basically I’m pretty much in the clear. Despite disaster looming all around, but not near, me. ;-)

    Were I betting on it (and to some extent I am as I live here), I’d bet the Hayward / Calaveras will be the next to go, and the LA segment will be another 50 years. But in reality, it could be exactly the other way around…

    The really fun bit to consider is that sometimes the compression on the two plates lets up a little (or forms a disjoint tearing area) and we get volcanoes sprouting. 6 million years ago about 20 miles from my home town in the Central Valley, the Sutter Buttes were an active big volcano. 10,000 years ago some sections down east of LA were spouting small lava flows. It’s pretty clear there’s magma activity under the Salton Sea and it could pop a volcano too. (They happen very regularly just a little further down that spreading zone in the Gulf Of California… in Mexico). So just a slight change of the present pressures and we return to the rifting volcano forming actions of not that many thousand years ago.

    Remember that Mount Lassen Volcano spit rocks back in 1914… and Mount Shasta formed a new little cinder cone (next to I-5 on the drive north) just a few thousand years back… Black Butte about 9000 years old.


    Black Butte is a cluster of overlapping dacite lava domes in a butte, a parasitic satellite cone of Mount Shasta. It is located directly adjacent to Interstate 5 at milepost 742 between the city of Mount Shasta and Weed, California. The highway crosses a 3,912 ft (1,192 m) pass, Black Butte Summit, at the western base of the lava domes. The lava domes were extruded at the foot of the cone of Shastina following the period of its major eruptions about 9,000–10,000 years ago


    In the last 8,000 years, the Hotlum Cone has erupted at least eight or nine times. About 200 years ago the last significant Mount Shasta eruption came from this cone and created a pyroclastic flow, a hot lahar (mudflow), and three cold lahars, which streamed 7.5 mi (12.1 km) down Mount Shasta’s east flank via Ash Creek. A separate hot lahar went 12 mi (19 km) down Mud Creek. This eruption was thought to have been observed by the explorer La Pérouse, from his ship off the California coast, in 1786, but this has been disputed.

    Volcanic status

    During the last 10,000 years, Mount Shasta has erupted an average of every 800 years, but in the past 4,500 years the volcano has erupted an average of every 600 years. The last significant eruption on Mount Shasta may have occurred about two centuries ago.

    So maybe only 400 more years to go before it lets loose again. Or maybe next week ;-)

    I find that 800 year period remarkably similar to the “1/2 Bond Event” period and it is exactly 1/2 of the 1600 year lunar tidal period found in that PNAS paper (Keeling & Worf?) I frequently cite.

    So lunar tidal or solar wind / GCR induced or what? Who knows why volcanoes seem periodic.

    But most everyone in California is oblivious to the fact they live in a Volcano Arch that stretches from the Gulf Of California to Oregon (and on up to Seattle…) Despite water from The Geysers and despite known volcanoes and all…

    I grew up in an area where you could go see large volcanic boulders that were ejecta from Mount Lassen and where there were ‘table top’ mountains made of old lava flows. Got me interested in geology ;-) But where most folks here say to themselves “that’s all old and history and done” I look at it and see there is nothing to prevent it happening again. We just live very short lives compared to continents…

    So I watch the earthquake processes, but I’m really hoping for a volcano or two ;-)

  139. Larry Ledwick says:

    Yes same here in Colorado, if you drive I-70 west up into the mountains you drive past a little town called Dotseo, literally right off the highway is a quarry for cinder, that cone was active as little as 4,150 years ago


    People do not realize that all the hot springs activity in Colorado is due to still hot magma not far below the surface. The Silverton, Creede area is actual a very old volcano crater in the San Juan volcanic field complex.

    Click to access report.pdf

  140. Larry Ledwick says:

    This is worth a chuckle on the gun control front.

  141. H.R. says:

    @Larry – I just love it when the media publishes those heartwarming stories; long lost dogs returned, firemen handing out toys to kids, Americans having 100 times more firearms than the military… puts a smile into your day. 😊

    P.S. It’ better than that. If push came to shove, I believe the Military is behind President Trump. Civilians with air and armored support would make quick work of the ‘resistance’, who aren’t even sure which bathroom to use. I’m optimistic that any attempt to overthrow the U.S. government during President Trump’s tenure will be put down quickly and with extreme prejudice.

  142. philjourdan says:

    @H.R. -If their aim is anything like the clown that shot Scalise, we have little to worry about.

  143. Another Ian says:

    Reading tip here plus this comment


    “Max Hugoson

    Along these same lines, is this marvelous article by a company involved in “thermal analysis and measurement” methods and software. https://www.mentor.com/products/mechanical/engineering-edge/volume7/issue1/bitcoin-mining-a-thermal-perspective Yes, it’s a SPOOF! But it’s a good “test spoof” to use on “friends” (or enemies). It’s so smoothly done, it “looks real”. If you show it to someone, and they “bite”, you can then explain (note the paragraph as to why “Bitcoin Mining” is being done in Iceland!) “If you are taken in by this because it looks good…think Climate Change, the words and presentations on same.” ALL THAT GLITTERS IS NOT GOLD BITCOINS!

  144. E.M.Smith says:

    @Guns Topic:

    Well, it’s even more so than they think. There’s at least a half dozen guns from pre-anyone-tracking that I know of personally kicking around the family. My Dad had a .257 Roberts hunting rifle that went to someone other than me. (I’m OK with that, it had a recoil cushion on it but sill bruised my Dad’s shoulder…kicked like a mule) plus a few others. My first .22 LR and deer rifle too. (It came UPS “bought” with stamps…)

    So figure that’s about 1 per population just there. Without even trying.

    I could outfit a squad just with what I have at home. Mixed calibers and gauges, but still. Two shotguns, a few handguns, a couple of rifles. And I’ve not even bought anything in the last 20 years or so. I got tired of buying more than I was shooting and decided I could not buy anything new until I shot everything I had… Never did get an AR-15 (wanted one, but in California?) and mostly stayed with “Politically acceptable” features. Levers and bolts and such. I almost got a Lee Enfield in .308 NATO from India. With the “mad minute” and that round it would be more lethal than an AR-15 in most folks hands, while being very PC Bolt… but didn’t get the scratch together in time. Last check, they didn’t make them anymore (or didn’t sell them here).

    So yeah, Joe Sixpack is generally also Joe Soldier Well Armed. Oddly, not so much crime in those rural areas…

    FWIW, my “combat rifle of choice” would be my Lever Marlin in .357 Magnum with scope. I did the DCM qualification with it. (Rounds on target at 100 yards) But didn’t turn in my ‘free gun” paperwork before the program ended. Sloth on my part. As it can be fed through the gate, it’s a 10 up the tube and how big is your pack magazine size ;-) Just big enough for “deer sized animals”, and just enough for wild pigs ( .357 Handgun is the lower bound, and the rifle has much more V and MV ). Would likely be enough for black bear too, if you met one in the wood who thought you looked tasty. Very light and quick to handle. I have the Lee Loader and can “roll my own” ammo indefinitely. (I also have a mold and cast some bullets as proof of concept. The big case is from black powder days and while I’d not want to resort to home made powder, I can do it. Have done it. Well, cordite actually…) All that and looks very Old West PC. ;-)

    Now the scary thing is that I’m not even that much of a ‘gun nut’ compared to a lot of the guys I grew up with… There’s a reason nobody invades Switzerland and the USA. It’s the number of guns in the hands of citizens. A militia of 300,000,000 is a formidable force, even if some of them are 16 and a few are 70 year old women. An armed society is a polite society AND one that need not actually shoot their guns…

  145. H.R. says:

    Well, folks… what the government doesn’t know can hurt them. That’s why registration and background checks are being pushed the hardest, in lieu of outright bans.

    The really amusing (heartwarming?) part of Larry’s post was that those are are probably only the numbers the deep state gummint knows about. I’d think there is a team out there in bureaucracy-land that is tasked with finding out how many firearms are really in the possession of “We the people.” Right now, I’d guess they are using up-to-date data and a WAG on the fudge factor for inherited, unreported, and homemade guns to add to their number. What’s the fudge number; double, triple? Who knows?

    The NWO isn’t coming to a town near you until they can pry most of the extant firearms from the cold dead hands of U.S. citizens.

  146. E.M.Smith says:


    Can you weld? If not, take a Community College class in welding.

    I have an oxy acetylene rig in the garage, but a “stick welder” with a car battery and jumper cables is “enough”. A 2 foot long pipe with 2 smaller pipe welded on for holding and pointing. Then a (several options I’ll not share until I know you better) propellant charge with a wick and you have a hand held mortar. ( Please search on “Potato gun” which I made in about 1973 often called “spud gun”)

    You see, the problem is that “knowing” can not be limited. ANY data path is enough. Speech. Text. “That guy over there”. “My friend”. It has an exponential expansion.


    Ve con Dios, mis compañeros

    The notion that banning some thing or another will ever work is incredibly wrong. Yet “The Left” continues to embrace it. Thus do they die…

  147. philjourdan says:

    The evidence has been revealed. It was NOT only Obama that went after the tea party, but the Republican establishment as well -https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2018/06/21/stunning-confirmation-judicial-watch-obtains-irs-documents-showing-mccain-staff-urging-irs-to-target-tea-party-groups/

    Idiots is the best I can say about them (the worst would send this straight to moderation). But like all over inflated egotistical idiots, they over played their hand. And we got Trump for their dishonesty and illegalities.

    The rubber band is snapping back.

  148. H.R. says:

    @E.M. – I had welding equipment up the ying-yang at my disposal at my last gig. I taught welders to weld. I can tell a welder what was going on during the whole weld just by looking at the finished bead. I had to analyze all weld failures and assign cause to contaminants, welder actions, weld settings, be it arc amperage, ramp down, overlap conditions, arc distance… whatever.

    However, I did very limited welding myself BECAUSE I AM BLIND! (Releasing a little of my inner Sam Kinnison there 😁)

    I have about 25% of the central part of my vision, in both eyes, that is completely dead. The areas were lasered out to prevent total blindness from histoplasmosis. The upshot is that I have horrible depth perception and can only use telescopes, binoculars, and microscopes with great difficulty. I do not pull out in front of people when driving. I have no clue whether or not it is safe, unless they are a good 1/4 to 1/2 mile down the road.

    Anyhow, I can produce a lovely, highly professional TIG-welded bead… about 1/4 inch away from the seam I am trying to weld. The few times I had no choice but to weld a couple of inches, I flipped up the helmet (auto-darkening lens of course) positioned the torch, started the arc, then flipped down the helmet and went to town. I mean, c’mon! What was there to damage? Arc flash means nothing to a blind guy.

    Safety note: I used proper eye shielding when watching the progress of a bead being laid down. Obviously it is too bright to observe directly. But I never ever had the ‘sand in the eyes’ from arc flash. Multiple observations of arc starts before turning away? Meh. To anyone else; you must protect your eyes at all times!

    So, I can weld, TIG and MIG but actually I can’t, really, due to visual impairment.

    That said, I have been considering buying a stick welder because I got to thinking that maybe I could weld by feel. But if not, Mrs. H.R. is a hands on kind of gal and might want to learn to weld so she can make up a few things up for the garden… and then lay a few beads for me if I ask nicely.
    Addressing your ending comments, we had a lot of educational fun on the two threads where homemade guns-n-ammo were discussed and weapons-at-hand that are ordinary, innocuous objects were discussed. Somehow, we didn’t get around to homemade mortars. We can fix that oversight 😜

  149. jim2 says:

    Well, this week is almost done. Now what? From the article …

    On Sunday on Fox News, Devin Nunes, the House Intel chairman, made clear his “patience has run out.” The good news is that he and the other House chairmen at the Friday meeting—Judiciary’s Bob Goodlatte and Oversight and Government Reform’s Trey Gowdy —were fully backed up in their demands by Speaker Paul Ryan. Mr. Ryan sent Messrs. Rosenstein and Wray an unambiguous message: Comply with Congress’s orders this week.


  150. ossqss says:

    RIP Charles Krauthammer!

    You will be missed!

  151. E.M.Smith says:


    So you are “blind” and I am “deaf”. Quite the pair, eh?

    Per “fix the oversight”:

    It is not at all hard to cast an 1800’s cannon. It is somewhat less hard to make a welded mortar. It is even LESS hard to make a solvent welded “spud gun”… and the “spud” is trivially made into an explosive potato…

    IF needed, I have formulae for making cordite, black powder, and more from public sites. it is neither hard nor hidden. It is the notion that “stuff” is the problem and that “stuff” can be banned that’s the problem. Neither stuff nor known-how can ever be banned or suppressed. At most it can be made a bit slower.

    I didn’t even try hard and I’ve likely got everything needed in terms of “know how” to make a nuclear weapon. It really isn’t very hard. Hell, North Korea did it (!) with a 1700s era economy and Socialism as their guiding force.

    ANYONE with 1890s era technical skill can make a very nice cannon.

  152. Another Ian says:

    “Just wait till the Tide pod generation hears about it:

    https://nypost.com/2018/06/20/woman-claims-drinking-her-dogs-urine-cleared-up-her-acne/? ”


    I’m glad I’m passed the acne age in case it becomes mandatory

  153. H.R. says:

    A visit to the Bing page is worth it today.

    I think a lot of the readers here will be able to relate to the image of the day.

  154. E.M.Smith says:


    Take your dog to work day? Maybe something that says just what you saw might help. As it is MOTD related (Message Of The Day) it will be different as different folks run into it on different days.

  155. philjourdan says:

    I got the dog one as well. I could relate to it. :-)

  156. jim2 says:

    Yeeeeeeesssssssssss! From the article:

    The US Supreme Court has ruled in favor of digital privacy.

    In a 5-4 decision on Friday the justices decided that police need warrants to gather phone location data as evidence for
    trials. The Supreme Court reversed and remanded the Sixth Circuit court’s decision.


  157. ossqss says:

    Bing search?

    How did that song go? There was a farmer had a dog? :-)

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  159. E.M.Smith says:


    Just give folks a switch that turns off the GPS in their phone. I’ve pondered building my own phone just so that I could have real, hard, physical switches on the main power, GPS chip, microphone, and speaker. There is only one reason to NOT let me turn off the GPS and microphone. That’s spying.

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