W.O.O.D. – 14 September 2018

Intro

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

Immediate prior one here:
https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2018/09/04/w-o-o-d-4-sept-2018/
and remains open for threads running there
(at least until the ‘several month’ auto-close of comments on stale threads).

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

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?

I’m back in California. Didn’t see any Tesla’s on the return run either until I reached California. I’m pretty much caught up on sleep (at last…) and starting to catch up on all the things that didn’t get done while I was gone.

in The News:

We’ve got a hurricane hitting the East Coast (and an open thread for it) and one hitting Hawaii that everyone outside Hawaii seems to be ignoring:

https://phys.org/news/2018-09-nasa-tracking-hurricane-olivia-track.html

http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/category/190631/hawaii-news-now-hurricane-center”

Olivia I think is the current one and it was a near miss, but lots of flooding from the rains.

It looks like the Democrats are trying to sink or at least delay the vote on Kavanaugh with Feinstein having Yet Another Mystery Dossier with some unidentified person claiming something unknown (but implied bad) and the “information” sent off to our Besties Frendsies of the FBI… Yeah, right. The play seems to be an attempt to delay a vote until after the midterms in the hope of grabbing the Senate so they can then block all of them. Going all out on the lies and deception, along with a full court press on silencing the opposition and censoring all things conservative.

Really making a reputation for themselves… At this point I don’t see how I can ever vote for any Democrat again. I’m an independent leaning Libertarian and HAVE voted for Democrats in the past. I just can’t vote for that much deception, mean nasty attitudes, and subterfuge.

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171 Responses to W.O.O.D. – 14 September 2018

  1. gallopingcamel says:

    Disgusting tactics by people like Feinstein will never stop until there are negative consequences for dishonorable behavior.

    The GOP leadership should demand that Feinstein be stripped of her committee memberships. I am not holding my breath.

  2. gallopingcamel says:

    Here in Mebane (North Carolina) we have weather maps showing five inches of rain over the next two days which sounds pretty benign given that we have already had two storms (completely ignored by the “Media”) with four inches of rain since March.

    If we are still here on Saturday I will send a report!

  3. gallopingcamel says:

    Even though I lived in Florida for most of the last ten years I considered Rick Scott a spineless RINO, so I was surprised when he jumped on the Trump bandwagon.

    It turns out that his commitment to Trump was dishonorable (Fake Honor). He did not hesitate to support the CNN narrative that 3,000 people died as a result of the Puerto Rico hurricanes last year. The real death toll is ~85.

    Marco Rubio had a great political future until he revealed himself by joining the gang of eight.

    Likewise Ron DeSantis had a great political future until he revealed himself by supporting “Fake News” CNN without hesitation while denying Donald Trump. He needs to walk it back with abject “mea culpas” or switch to the Democrat ticket.

  4. ray warkentin says:

    I’ve made comments recently in relation to some things in America that might make it seem that I have a negative bias but it’s just that I figured it’s mostly an American audience here. Canada has more than its share of problems just like everyone else. Take health care for example since I recently had occasion to engage the system.

    As you know we have universal government run health care here. The governments, provincial and federal, cover all of the costs and supply most of the services such as hospitals as well. Health care is actually a provincial responsibility but the federal government supplies a significant portion of the funding via transfer payments. That way if a province wants to stray from the federal mandates or guidelines in health care they are threatened with funding cuts and brought back in line. In this country people are restricted from providing services from outside the system and you can’t access services outside of the system because they don’t exist. So I can’t even go to a lab and pay them to do a blood panel on me so that I can obtain information on my own health. That would be illegal. It would be unfair to the people who can’t afford to pay for such bloodwork or who don’t have the initiative or understanding to benefit from it.

    Anyway, a while back I contracted a parasite called giardia, a condition known as beaver fever. I’m sure I picked it up from all the swimming I do in a nearby mountain lake. Having been healthy all of my life I didn’t have a family doctor. I was hoping the diarrhea I had would resolve itself but it went on for more than two months and got much worse to the point of dehydration and electrolyte depletion. I diagnosed myself after thorough researching of the symptoms via a process of elimination. The cure is a course of flagyl. If I lived in Mexico or Thailand I could walk into any pharmacy and just buy it but here I need a prescription. So I needed to see a doctor. I called around but no doctor in my city of about 100,000 is taking new patients. The three walk-in clinics in the city are only open 4 hours a day and when I went to two of them they were closed when they were supposed to be open. I finally got to a clinic that was open but there were a couple of dozen people ahead of me and I had to wait 3 hours. The doctor insisted on doing bloodwork, urine work and stool samples and sent me to a lab. I had to wait another week for results, suffering the horrible symptoms all the while, finally got my flagyl and was cured in a few days.

    Most Canadians are proud of our health care system and you often hear it described as one of the best in the world or even as the best in the world. Yes, we have very qualified doctors and the latest high-tech equipment, so what’s the problem?
    Well, there is a severe shortage of doctors and nurses. Lots of people are without a family doctor because they can’t get one. If you have one you often have to wait days for an appointment and if referred to a specialist have to wait weeks to months to see one. Then if you need a CT scan or other imaging you have to wait weeks to months to get that done and then if you need a procedure or surgery you have to wait weeks to months for that. Many people have died from cancer or a heart attack while on waiting lists. Many others have suffered pain or limited mobility or other problems for months while waiting.

    There is also a hospital bed shortage. People can sometimes spend 2-3 days on an emergency room stretcher waiting for a bed or when admitted to a ward are stuck on a stretcher in the hallway or a supply room. The system has also become ridiculously bureaucratized. At one large Vancouver hospital a couple of what were patient wards were remodeled into office space to give residence to all the management and administration types as well as their receptionists and secretaries. When that wasn’t enough room they leased almost all of a six story building a block away for more office space. I know someone who worked in the infection control department. It morphed from one infection control nurse 30 years ago to a couple of dozen people. Every year some of them get sent to conferences around the world with airfare, hotels, and meals picked up by the taxpayer.

    Meanwhile healthcare money spent by the governments goes up every year. For several years it has gone up by more than population growth and inflation combined and is stressing government budgets but few people dare criticize the system because it is considered sacred. On the rare occasion when a conservative politician makes a few peeps about reform to reign in the costs he is immediately disparaged by the health care unions and the progressive press. As far as they are concerned, the problem is not enough money is being spent. If only those heart-numb politicians would spend the money all problems would be solved and we’d have health care nirvana. They really believe this.

    And don’t touch the structure of the system–despite the fact that government limiting the price paid for doctor visits, services and procedures, and limiting seats at medical and nursing schools, thereby guaranteeing shortages–don’t touch the structure of the system.

  5. Another Ian says:

    Jeremy Clarkson has a caustic look at the Canadian hospital system in one of his books

  6. H.R. says:

    @Ray: Thanks for confessing to being a Canadian. 😜

    I like reading here because E.M. has an international following. When the topic involves politics, I like reading what non-U.S. readers have to say. One thing I get out of those comments is a sense of the narrative the YSM (Yellow Stream Media) has been pushing outside the U.S.A. The narrative of course is being pushed so that other countries can squawk and add the appearance that “Everyone in the world agrees that…[whatever]” in order to influence U.S. politics.

    Also, I like getting a boots-on-the-ground report about how things actually are in other countries, such as your comment about your experiences with the Canadian healthcare system. If I only had the YSM reports to go on, all I’d hear about would be the rainbows and unicorns of Canadian healthcare system.

    Thanks, again.

  7. philjourdan says:

    Here in Mebane (North Carolina) we have weather maps showing five inches of rain over the next two days which sounds pretty benign given that we have already had two storms (completely ignored by the “Media”) with four inches of rain since March.

    @GC – We have had a very wet summer in the Mid-Atlantic. That is not good for the bullseye of Florence as there is no place left for the water to go (but flood).

    But while our forecast is lower than yours, 5 inches over 2 days is not abnormal this year and indeed, has already happened. But I am glad they are talking 2-4 inches here. The ground cannot take any more water, so it will all go into the streams and rivers.

  8. E.M.Smith says:

    @Ray:

    I find it pleasant that the participants here range over the prior British Empire + some from Latin America and France. I’m not too “American Centric” and neither is the rest of us.

    BTW, criticism, when accurate, is a good thing… That’s the scientific method in a nut shell…

    For medical care there is one fundamental fact: There is a near infinite demand, especially near end of life.

    Now that one fact means you WILL ration health care services. That, then, leads to the next choice: You can ration via price – A person with a $Billion can choose to spend it on getting an added 3 weeks of life in a fancy hospital ward with expensive equipment (see Dick Cheney who got years more out of exotic heart equipment) – OR you can have waiting lines and lists for all and “death panels” who decide you are just not worth the cost of saving.

    That’s it.

    Ignoring those hard choices because you don’t like them will not make them go away.

    The American system has paid for all sorts of medical advances and equipment as the Rich Folks spend their fortunes for a few more weeks, months, or years of old age. The Canadian / English system just chucks expensive patients into the “Hospice” go off an die wards and buys cheap proven established drugs and generic care from mediocre staff (as the really gifted run off to America to become $Millionaires and play with the newest toys).

    That, too, is something folks just like to ignore.

    Then season with the fact that in the end ANY and EVERY government agency bloats up big time and sucks down massively more money for the comfort of the staff than any competitive industry. The reason is simple and obvious: A competitive industry must compete both for outcomes and for money. A government agency benefits from growing so it gets more budget and perks and spending more of the budget on their own “nest” than on the “service” they are expected to deliver. It is all about the best internal sales job and story, not about the external sales and reputation.

    FWIW, the English system at least allows some external private providers so you get some competition. My experience with their system had me going to the emergency room where nothing was done, then a “clinic” where nothing was done, then an external doctor where £10 got me the advice I needed.

    @H.R.:

    I “confess” to having an aunt and all her clan in Canada… and likely a lot more I don’t know about. They were just the W.W.II exports from England to Canada, and we’ve got a few generations before that moved about the globe. I know of some in Canada, Australia, USA, New Zealand, and possibly some more in between. 3 generations of sailors in HMS Merchant Marine….

    @Phl:

    What folks need to appreciate is that 1/2 foot or a foot of water evenly distributed over rolling land runs all of a few hundred yards / meters down hill and becomes a 6 foot flood in the gullies… EVERYWHERE…

    I was in Texas when a downpour happened “over there” and in about 20 minutes there was a couple of foot geyser coming out the storm drain in the middle of the parking lot, flooding it (despite only a light drizzle where I was.) Needless to say I boogied out fast.

    When rain is measured in feet, you WILL have “flash flooding” of any low areas and even the drainage system becomes your enemy as, at over capacity, it becomes a conduit from high areas to those low areas.

  9. ray warkentin says:

    In a more narrow sense the Canadian medical system can do a good job. It works on a triage basis, so if you are seriously injured in a car accident for instance and brought to the emergency in an ambulance you can expect very good treatment. If you need a CT scan you will immediately get it and the person previously booked will get bumped.
    Also if you develop an acute problem that is severe enough and present yourself at a hospital emergency and convince them that the problem warrants it, you will be pushed to the front and get what you need. Of course this pushes all the routine stuff for people in line back. It also encourages people to present themselves to the hospital emergency for less urgent things to try to front-run the system and all of the delays.

  10. ray warkentin says:

    I don’t like to circle back to a recent old discussion that has become stale but will do it anyway because I cant resist. I won’t elaborate but just paste an excerpt of an article by a Gary Evans because it expresses a view of a possible or even likely future that I have expressed and touches on the role of the federal reserve and the helicopter money I talked about. I won’t post a link because its not important and it’s the content that is food for thought.

    People’s QE Is Coming

    Because the wealth disparity is so vast, as it has become in the past seven years, the efficacy of asset inflating or, what we call “jack asset” monetary policy diminishes, and more and more Fed stimulus is needed; as are higher, and higher asset prices.

    That is why we believe that during the next recession, the Fed will be forced to roll out some sort of “people’s QE.” That is, the direct financing of consumption, possibly in the form of financing a universal basic income, the direct bailout of public pensions, and the funding a massive jobs facility, for example.

    Ray Dalio seems to agree that such policies are only a few years away.

    Of course, the new QE will likely be executed through the direct purchase of Treasury securities earmarked for such programs.

    Smells Like Argentina

    Wow, this smells a lot like late 1980’s Argentina. I was there and witnessed very similar policies. The major difference is the Argentine austral was not a reserve currency.

    A “people’s QE” will supposedly ensure the new liquidity is injected directly into the hands of those who will spend it, generating the demand to lift the economy out of its morass.

    Sticking with the old QE policy, or just augmenting it with the Fed’s direct purchase of equities and corporate bonds, will prove ineffective due to the growing wealth disparity. The marginal propensities to consume of high net worth groups approach zero as wealth increases.

    End Game

    The result will most likely be a disaster. The dollar will tank and its role as the world’s reserve currency will be over. Yes, there will be another deflation scare but it will sow the seeds of inflation as the policies mentioned above are ushered in. Are you listening, deflationistas?

    Maybe the Fed should have never have ventured down this road, transforming the economy into the asset driven beast that it now is, but we are way beyond the Rubicon Crossing, folks.

  11. jim2 says:

    Ray W. – I’m having trouble understanding the problem with “income inequality.” If Jeff Bezos suddenly begins making twice as much money, I won’t suddenly have less monney and I’m still going to have a relatively comfortable lifestyle. It just doesn’t matter to me how much he makes. It matters how much I make.

    In the meantime, he will do something with some, probably a good bit, of his money. He will invest it, start new businesses, spend it, whatever.

    So, could you explain why I should care about “income inequality?”

  12. E.M.Smith says:

    @Ray:

    That’s a load of paranoid bunk. Unconnected to real economics. THE most glaring error is calling what is essentially Closet Socialism “People’s QE”. Quantitative Easing is a MONETARY policy. Spending money, bailouts, and negative income tax (“basic income”) are FISCAL policies. Their statement is like calling gasoline food because they both have “calories” in them. Just nuts.

    Yes, we already know that Socialism and its policies of handing out money fail. Hiding it in a “new” name as “people’s QE” and trying to claim it’s a (soon coming) banking / monetary policy is just crazy talk (though does sell articles to the naive).

    At present, there is ZERO need for any kind of QE. In fact, the thing that is needed now is a very slow and gradual quantitative tightening. We’ve already seen the start of that with a couple of very very small upticks in interest rates.

    As to there being some threat to the $US as a reserve currency: Show me your alternative.

    Euro? – a complex neo-Holy Roman Empire + Socialism Lite in the first stages of disassembly.

    British Pound? – not big enough and under a cloud for the next few years as Brexit winds up. AFTER that, with some stability and a global perspective, it might have a shot as part of a basket.

    Swiss Franc? – Way too small. Gets pushed all over the exchange rates any time someone gets a tiny little worry going.

    Russian Ruble, Chinese Yuan, Indian Rupee, etc. etc. – both too small AND subject to political whim and instability. Frequent exchange crisis historically with exchange freezes. (India most recently).

    Gold & Silver? – not nearly enough for global trade unless you drive gold up to $100,000+ / ounce

    Japanese Yen? – With their demographic implosion baked in the cake? No way.

    The simple fact is that there is no alternative. It’s the best whore in the whore house.

    I suggest finding some less paranoid reading sources.

  13. philjourdan says:

    @Ray – Ever heard of Danny Williams?

    Follow the money (bang for the buck if you are a buyer).

  14. p.g.sharrow says:

    I once tried to point out to a Banker that he “all bankers” chase the winning game of last year. Throwing money at it in their attempts to maximize their ROA. This causes a boom then bust in over speculation in that particular field. He would hear nothing of it. Real bankers, investors, invest in their local economy to grow with it.. Speculators jump in to ride the boom up and cash out causing the bust. They are not interested growing wealth, they are interested in harvesting other peoples wealth creation. Speculators require BIG money to make their plays. This requires the assets from a money center bank, so the push, is to use local banks to gather the money on Main street to be loaned out by the money center banks for speculation while the real wealth creators on Main street. are starved. During the run up, Main, street can borrow money from their local bank but in the speculation and crash faze they are locked out and the local economy crashes as the local money supply contracts. The Federal Reserve was supposed to counter this but they are captive to the money center banks. So the banker induced boom and bust is visited on everyone…pg

  15. E.M.Smith says:

    @P.G.:

    I’d like to respectfully disagree with you.

    I really really would.

    Unfortunately I have no data, proof, information, nor even speculation that is in disagreement with the scenario you painted…

    Maybe next year…. /sarc;

  16. gallopingcamel says:

    ray warkentin, 14 September 2018 at 4:24 am
    “I’ve made comments recently in relation to some things in America that might make it seem that I have a negative bias but it’s just that I figured it’s mostly an American audience here. Canada has more than its share of problems just like everyone else. Take health care for example since I recently had occasion to engage the system.”

    Canada has a single payer system just like the UK. All the problems you describe are depressingly familiar to me given that I lived in the UK until 1982. Even so, single payer systems function better than the “Crony Capitalist” medical system here in the good old USA:

    Here in the USA drug price gouging is on an epic scale yet none of the people who represent me or my son in Washington have responded to my repeated attempts to contact them over the last three months (Burr & Tillis in the Senate and Walker & Price in the House). Here is one of my presentations:

    PRICE GOUGING
    CHARLES SILVER (U. Texas Law Center) AND DAVID A. HYMAN (Georgetown U. Law Center) PUBLISHED “OVERCHARGED” WHICH DETAILS THE WAYS THAT THE HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY ABUSES ITS CUSTOMERS.

    THE BOOK HAS TWENTY TWO CHAPTERS BUT THIS PRESENTATION ONLY COVERS TWO OF THEM.

    THE FOLLOWING IS A SUMMARY OF DRUG PRICE ABUSES THAT HAVE AN IMPACT ON CONSUMERS IN EXCESS OF $500 MILLION. THERE IS A SINGLE DRUG THAT AMOUNTS TO A $3,400 MILLION “RIP OFF” EACH YEAR!

    SO WHY ARE SO MANY DRUG PRICES ORDERS OF MAGNITUDE HIGHER THAN ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD? THE SHORT ANSWER IS “GOVERNMENT” IN GENERAL AND THE “FDA” IN PARTICULAR. THE FDA HAS CREATED A TILTED PLAYING FIELD THAT STIFLES COMPETITION AND FAVORS “BIG PHARMA” OVER CONSUMERS.

    LET’S TAKE A CLOSER LOOK. THE SUPPORTING DETAIL PAGES SHOW SOME OF THE EXTREME EXAMPLES OF PRICE GOUGING THAT HAVE MOSTLY OCCURRED SINCE 2012 BROKEN INTO THREE CATEGORIES.

    1. PATENT LAW ABUSE WHICH ALLOWS BIG PHARMA TO CHARGE MANY TIMES MORE FOR PROPRIETARY DRUGS THAN THEY DO IN EUROPE, ASIA OR LATIN AMERICA.

    2. GROTESQUE GENERIC DRUG PRICE COLLUSION FEATURING MULTIPLE MANUFACTURERS COMPETING TO RAISE PRICES. IN THE RARE CASES THAT THIS GOUGING IS PUNISHED IN COURT THERE IS NO CRIMINAL LIABILITY……..NOBODY GOES TO JAIL. COMPANIES LIKE MALLINKDRODT FORK OVER $100 MILLION (CHUMP CHANGE TO THEM) AND THEN HIKE PRICES STILL MORE.

    3. FDA CREATED MONOPOLIES WHICH ENABLE COMPANIES LIKE MUTUAL PHARMA TO HIKE THE PRICE OF COLCHICINE, A DRUG THAT WAS DISCOVERED 3,500 YEARS AGO BY A FACTOR OF FIFTY (4,900%).

    1. PROPRIETARY DRUGS
    DRUG PHARMAS $ $ UNIT %
    XYPREM JAZZ 841
    EPIPEN MYLAN 2.00 600.00 PEN 29,900
    NALOXONE KALEO 937.50 4,687.50 PACK 400
    THIOLA RETROPHIN 1.50 30.00 PILL 1,900
    ALOQUIN NOVUM 241.00 9,651.00 TUBE 3,905
    ACTHAR QUESTCOR 40.00 34,000.00 VIAL 84,900
    VIAGRA PFIZER 7.00 24.00 PILL 243
    LUCENTIS GENENTECH 60.00 2,300.00 DOSE 3,733

    2. GENERIC DRUGS
    DRUG PHARMAS $ $ UNIT %
    DARAPRIM TURING 13.50 750.00 PILL 5,456
    TETRACYCLINE MANY 0.034 2.36 PILL 6,841
    ERYTHROMYCIN MANY 0.24 8.96 PILL 3,633
    URSODIOL MANY 0.45 5.10 CAP 1,033
    CLOBETASOL MANY 9.99 249.05 TUBE 2,393
    DEXTROSE IV BAXTER 2.00 928.00 BAG 46,300

    3. FDA CREATED MONOPOLIES
    DRUG PHARMAS $ $ UNIT %
    COLCHICINE MUTUAL 0.10 5.00 PILL 4,900
    DEFLAZACORT MUTUAL 20.00 1,712.00 WEEK 8,458
    NEOSTIGMINE FLAMEL 17.00 100.00 VIAL 4,822
    170HP K-V 15.00 1,450.00 WEEK 9,567
    SECOBARBITAL VALEANT 2.00 15.00 CAP 650

    The lack of response is easy to understand when you realize that health care lobbyists spend $875,000 per year for every congressman and senator. That is why lobbyists are heard while voters are ignored.

  17. gallopingcamel says:

    Those tables did not come out as I expected so here it is again. The dollar columns show how prices have changed (mostly since 2012) while the right hand column shows the % increase:

    1. PROPRIETARY DRUGS
    DRUG…………………..PHARMAS……………..$…………..$………..UNIT………%
    XYPREM……………….JAZZ……………………………………………………………841
    EPIPEN…………………MYLAN……………….2.00……..600.00……PEN…29,900
    NALOXONE…………..KALEO…………….937.50…..4,687.50….PACK…….400
    THIOLA…………………RETROPHIN………..1.50………30.00…….PILL….1,900
    ALOQUIN………………NOVUM……………241.00….9,651.00….TUBE….3,905
    ACTHAR……………….QUESTCOR………..40.00…34,000.00…..VIAL..84,900
    VIAGRA…………………PFIZER……………….7.00……….24.00……PILL……243
    LUCENTIS…………….GENENTECH………60.00…..2,300.00…DOSE…3,733

    2. GENERIC DRUGS
    DRUG…………………..PHARMAS………………$…………….$………UNIT………%
    DARAPRIM……………TURING……………..13.50……..750.00……PILL…5,456
    TETRACYCLINE…….MANY………………….0.034………..2.36……PILL…6,841
    ERYTHROMYCIN…..MANY………………….0.24………….8.96……PILL…3,633
    URSODIOL……………MANY………………….0.45………….5.10……CAP….1,033
    CLOBETASOL……….MANY………………….9.99………249.05….TUBE….2,393
    DEXTROSE IV……….BAXTER………………2.00………928.00……BAG..46,300

    3. FDA CREATED MONOPOLIES
    DRUG…………………..PHARMAS………………$………………$……..UNIT……..%
    COLCHICINE…………MUTUAL……………..0.10…………..5.00…..PILL…4,900
    DEFLAZACORT……..MUTUAL…………….20.00…….1,712.00..WEEK…8,458
    NEOSTIGMINE………FLAMEL……………..17.00………100.00…..VIAL…4,822
    170HP…………………..K-V……………………..15.00……1,450.00..WEEK…9,567
    SECOBARBITAL…….VALEANT………………2.00………..15.00…..CAP…….650

  18. ossqss says:

    Keep an eye on Sunspot NM. Strange things going on.

  19. ossqss says:

    Just checkin….

    https://sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov

    10 years and we still have a silent part of the equation. Been a while so, it is what it is.

    https://stereo.gsfc.nasa.gov

    And SOHO

    https://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov

    At least ya got something to check out now many have not see prior. ;-)

  20. E.M.Smith says:

    Sunspot New Mexico? What is happening there?

    Just sayin’ a couple more words might be clearer what I’m supposed to “Go Fish!” for…

  21. jim2 says:

    Given the fact the Post Office as well as the observatory was closed leads me to speculate there may have been a threat or actual delivery of a problematic letter or package.

  22. llanfar says:

    Interesting that Trump is advocating a specific show later today…

  23. ossqss says:

    Sorry, I neglected to insert the link in the first post. Oh well. Here is part 2 anyhow.

    https://www.kob.com/new-mexico-news/sunspot-observatory-to-reopen-following-mysterious-closure/5072677/

  24. H.R. says:

    Here’s a little Sunday night humor to give you a chuckle before you trundle off to bed.

    I can’t really ever recall linking to the YSM Flagship NYTs, but this one, labeled ‘Opinion,’ though it rightfully should have been labeled ‘Delirium, is too funny to pass up.

    Here’s the one that really cracked me up
    Look around, and you can see the lingering effects of the financial crisis just about everywhere — everywhere, that is, except in the most commonly cited economic statistics. So who are you going to believe: those statistics, or your own eyes?

    Uh… I’ll go with “My own lyin’ eyes for $2,000, Alex.” Definitely not this snake oil peddling excuse of a salesman for the GEBs.

    I could be wrong, but I don’t think I’ve gone into any business establishment in the past 6 months that didn’t have a “Help Wanted” or “Now Hiring” sign.

    I need to buy a dime bag of whatever this dude is smoking.
    ;
    ;
    P.S. Fishing has been very strong for the past week or so and will only get better. The fish are definitely on their Fall feed to fatten up for Winter. Just about have to hide behind a tree to bait your hook. My shoulder is very sore from all that casting. I am not complaining… besides, it doesn’t generate an ounce of sympathy from Mrs. H.R. (“Your shoulder is hurting from fishing? Bless your little heart you poor dear.” Drip, drip, drip,DRIP, sarcasm.)

  25. E.M.Smith says:

    Looks like a Bimbo Eruption for Kavenaugh.

    Went all the way back to High School to work up a claim that he was feeling up some girl (who only now manages to say she didn’t like it and was afraid… )

    She did take a lie detector test and passed, but do they have the granularity to detect exaggeration or misrepresentation of actual facts? I don’t think so…

    So let’s see now, to be a future appointee you need to have never had awkward relationships and clumsy approach / attempts in high school? Leaves out everyone I know…

  26. Larry Ledwick says:

    On twitter several reports from former students that she is a total nut case, – bad enough that they dropped her class.

  27. ossqss says:

    The SCOTUS item is ridiculous. The Dem’s had that since July and are trying to maximize anything they can with timing, and will still fail.

    I am just glad I am not running for office, for if they wanted to check my middle/high school history chasing anything, they would probably find something there. Just sayin, who didn’t? LOL

  28. Larry Ledwick says:

    Well this is interesting if it checks out:

    From twitter
    Larry Beech @Larry_Beech

    Folks…Christine Ford’s mom (Paula k blasey) and dad (Ralph G Blasey) we’re defendants in a foreclosure case in Maryland in 1996. Guess who the judge was?

    Martha G Kavanaugh, mother of Brett Kavanaugh.

    You can’t make this $hit up😉

    8:50 PM – 16 Sep 2018

    Larry Beech @Larry_Beech
    32 minutes ago
    It appears there was an ongoing judgement starting at least in 1990….7 c cases culminating in a foreclosure case in 1996, for which Martha Kavanaugh was the judge. There was also a 1982 contract case but I can’t determine the details there.

    Larry Beech @Larry_Beech
    30 minutes ago

    Her father appears to have been an attorney…tons of cases referencing that. His relationship professionally with Kavanaugh should be looked I as well. There’s more to this story than originally appeared.

    Larry Beech @Larry_Beech
    7 minutes ago
    It’s not so much the disposition of a single case but that there is a lot more going on behind the scenes regarding connections between the blaseys and Kavanaugh than has been yet revealed.

  29. Larry Ledwick says:

    https://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/09/16/kavanaugh-accuser-signed-letter-fighting-trump-border-enforcement/

    Sierra_USA @Sierra_AMV

    Replying to @ThomasWictor
    The friend the woman alleged to be in the room with Kavanaugh was writer Mark Judge, who attended Georgetown Prep with nominee. On Friday, Judge told Weekly Standard that no such incident took place.“It’s just absolutely nuts, ”he said.“I never saw Brett act that way.”#SheIsALiar

  30. Simon Derricutt says:

    A C Osborn – Mike told me he’d got the grant, but didn’t tell all the details. I think his explanation makes sense, and the problem is how to make something that actually does block the Unruh waves. I’ve passed Mike the details of Alzofon’s theory and experiment, and it’s (just) possible that he’ll try that. I suspect Alzofon’s theory (and the UFO connection) may be a bit too far for most people, though, and he’d only go for that experiment if I can first demonstrate that it actually works. I feel that if you add Mike’s ideas to Alzofon’s, then they fit together nicely and explain a lot, but of course it goes against General Relativity and the standard explanations of gravity. As such, it needs experimental proof before it’s going to go anywhere, and it’s the sort of experiment that gets people branded as crackpots and loses the reputation – unless it works. I think the chances are pretty good that it will work, and haven’t a reputation to lose, so we’ll see what happens. Mike said he’s interested in the results, so there’s a pathway available to high-powered development once the initial Catch-22 is overcome.

  31. Larry Ledwick says:

    More interesting connections on the Kavanaugh charges:

    https://truepundit.com/kavanaugh-accusers-brother-worked-for-law-firm-that-paid-fusion-gps-for-work-with-russian-lawyer-who-set-up-trump-tower-meeting/

    From twitter:
    Bret Baier Retweeted
    Saagar Enjeti Verified account
    @esaagar
    12 minutes ago

    KAVANAUGH’S high school girlfriend: “In every situation where we were together he always respectful, kind and thoughtful. The accusations leveled against him in no way represent the decent young man I knew.”

  32. Larry Ledwick says:

    Rig the boat for storm weather and high seas – declassification in coming!

    Statement from the Press Secretary

    At the request of a number of committees of Congress, and for reasons of transparency, the President has directed the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Department of Justice (including the FBI) to provide for the immediate declassification…

    Headsnipe01
    ‏@Headsnipe011
    10 minutes ago
    More
    of the following materials: (1) pages 10-12 and 17-34 of the June 2017 application to the FISA court in the matter of Carter W. Page; (2) all FBI reports of interviews with Bruce G. Ohr prepared in connection with the Russia investigation;

    10 minutes ago
    More
    and (3) all FBI reports of interviews prepared in connection with all Carter Page FISA applications.

    In addition, President Donald J. Trump has directed the Department of Justice (including the FBI) to publicly release all text messages relating to the Russia investigation,

    10 minutes ago
    More
    without redaction, of James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, and Bruce Ohr.

  33. Larry Ledwick says:

    Ooops – sucks when you get shot down by an ally using equipment you sold them.

    https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/17/politics/syrian-regime-shoots-down-russian-plane/index.html

  34. Larry Ledwick says:

    Sometimes you just stumble on a fun thread on twitter – enjoy

    https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1001748442119593984.html

  35. p.g.sharrow says:

    Well now we know that Russian AntiAircraft weapons work on Russian planes…pg

  36. Larry Ledwick says:

    SpaceX web cast on the BFR rocket
    (fast forward to about 29 minutes unless you like just listening to music.

    https://www.spacex.com/webcast

  37. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting project tied to his trip to the moon.
    Japanese buisness man Yusaku Maezawa is purchasing all the seats on the first flight and will invite 6-8 artists to ride with him to the moon and then do appropriate art projects on their return to commemorate this first civilian orbit of the moon and their experiences.

    https://dearmoon.earth
    @dearmoonproject

  38. E.M.Smith says:

    @AC Osborn:
    Oh boy… yet more physics I don’t know as it was created after i was graduated…

    It looks interesting. “Unruh radiation” is a new idea for me, and I can see how it could work, but also how it might not. Someone with a $Million needs to test it – which I think was their point.

    That the guy has already found a way to explain galaxy rotation without resort to “dark crap” is a huge point in his favor. If that holds up it’s the kind of thing that real Nobel Prizes are for.

    @Larry:

    Just when I thought my opinion of the DNC was as low as it could get… Now it looks like they have once again gone to the art of Character Assassination using The Big Lie. I’d plead “Have they no honor?” but I already know the answer…

    Per the Russian shoot down:

    “Moscow blamed Israel for putting its aircraft in the line of fire, Russian state news agency RIA-Novosti reported. ”

    So did the Israelis get a “Two Fer” by getting Russia whacked with “friendly fire”? Crafty fellows…

    Per Declassification:

    That’s gonna be fun… So what’s in there that POTUS thinks will make the public go “WT?…” while at the same time causing ‘splody heads at the DNC? Oh My…

    I get the impression the “October Surprise” is about to run headlong into the “Trump Counter Punch”…

  39. philjourdan says:

    “Trump Counter Punch”…

    Re: Kavanaugh

    What bugs me (but not in a bad way) is – Trump’s demeanor. I have not been able to figure out what he has up his sleeve yet. I know that many are combing over Web Archives to see what she deleted in preparation for the letter coming out. So it will not be that simple. But I suspect it will be devastating. I guess we have to wait and see.

  40. E.M.Smith says:

    @P.G.:

    We also know the Russian IFF (Identify Friend or Foe) didn’t work very well…

    @PhilJourdan:

    Watched a round of Network News this morning. LOTS of talking dirt about Kavenaugh (sometimes via association with actual sexual misconduct or by inclusion of words like “rape” that are not what was asserted happened). Not a peep about their family history of his mom, as judge, rejecting her dad’s cases / foreclosure. Not a peep about her DNC connections.

    They did say she had contacted her representative, Anna Echoo who “helped her write her letter” to Dianne Feinstein…

    So how many of US get personal help writing letters from our Congress Critters? Or even get a returned phone call? Or ANYTHING more than a “go away kid you bother me, but give me your vote” form letter?

    This is just looking stinkier and stinkier like a set-up from the start. No crime was even asserted. Just a hyped version of “I didn’t like it”. So riddle me this: What was a 15 year old girl doing at a high school age party where kids were drinking (supposedly unsupervised)? Eh? How about we drag her parents in for Child Abuse and Child Negligence or whatever it’s being called now. Child Endangerment? Why was nothing ever said for 36 years if being grabbed while in a bedroom (why was she in a bedroom?…) at a party (why was she at a party?) was so horrible an experience? Eh?

    There is simply no way a person can “defend” against such an assertion from 2/3 of a lifetime ago and as a minor. Do YOU remember who was at all the parties you attended in High School & College? What witnesses can you call in your defense? What about when you were NOT at a particular party; do you know where you were on that particular day and what you were doing? What if she was drunk too and just got confused as to what boy was grabbing her, who testifies to that, this late in the game?

    Now, knowing that impossibility, and given the clear love of lies, deception, and corruption by the Clinton / Obama molded DNC / Democratic party (see FISA fraud and Russiagate and more…) what are the odds it’s a put-up job? Higher or lower than an “assault” (that doesn’t sound like an assault but more like bedroom play a bit out of hand by novices) being unreported for 36 years and only now becoming so traumatic it just must be put on the national news… just in time to scuttle the vote?

    It just stinks of fraud for effect.

  41. H.R. says:

    @E.M.: Or… Ford just made it all up. She’s a team player for the “Stop Kavanaugh At All Costs” team.

    There really doesn’t have to be any truth or evidence. It’s just the seriousness of the accusation that matters.

  42. Larry Ledwick says:

    The DNC and related political critters don’t realize they are crossing the line into the “boy who cried wolf” region and people are just starting to blow them off when they pull these stunts. They are even getting some blow back from people on the left who still have ethics, they are just not bright enough to see that train coming.

  43. E.M.Smith says:

    Coming?

    That train left the station for me back with Hillary and the Sledge Hammer Phones…

  44. philjourdan says:

    @EM – I actually do remember who was at the parties in HS that we had drinking (it was legal – I went to school in Deutschland). But not college. But then nothing occurred like this at them. Just some kids getting hammered and being carried home by the friends. As it was in Germany, no one drove, we all walked or rode public transportation.

    And I do not believe Ford. I think it is a setup. But proving it……that is the $64 issue. That is why I am watching Trump like a hawk. He is playing this too calmly. He has something, and that is the reason Ford is waffling about testifying now. She has skeletons and Trump knows them. If they do pursue this course, I think the effects will be devastating for Feinstein and Schumer (as well as Ford).

    Notice that there has not been a lot of revelations about her since she went public? A girl that goes to drinking parties at 15 does not change habits over night. The information is there, but someone is sitting on it.

  45. Larry Ledwick says:

    People also don’t factor in that President Trump still has his own private security team in addition to formal Secret Service protection, I bet they got tasked with a deep dive into her background possibly long before this broke if he got leaked that it was coming.

    You don’t survive long in the cut throat environment of big dollar developer in NY if you don’t have all your ducks in a row, and keep tabs on those that would cause you problems.

    I think you are right, someone whispered in her ear about something and she is getting very cold feet.

  46. cdquarles says:

    Best of my recollection of those days, 40+ years ago, is that I’d never attended a house party during my high school years and the college parties were in the dorms or fraternity/sorority houses mostly. There were intoxicants indulged in during those; but if I was driving, I avoided the intoxicants; particularly once I knew what my own limits were. Those that I hosted in my apartment never had such an incident, at least while I was there. If my roomie hosted some when I was out studying or working, I can’t say anything about those.

  47. cdquarles says:

    Now there were rumors of stuff happening on the high school band trips. I’d never seen anything untoward nor participated in such; and that’s with chaperones being present.

  48. philjourdan says:

    Hmmmmmm….. The plot thickens! Twitter has a rumor that this same woman also wrote a letter to DiFi with the same claims against Gorsuch. If true, Trump has a copy of that letter. And that is why he is so calm about it.

  49. E.M.Smith says:

    @Phil:

    How would Twitter know?…

  50. jim2 says:

    Hmmmm … sounds like the makin’s of a phone to me …

    Over on the EEVblog, someone noticed an interesting chip that’s been apparently flying under our radar for a while. This is an ARM processor capable of running Linux. It’s hand-solderable in a TQFP package, has a built-in Mali GPU, support for a touch panel, and has support for 512MB of DDR3. If you do it right, this will get you into the territory of a BeagleBone or a Raspberry Pi Zero, on a board that’s whatever form factor you can imagine. Here’s the best part: you can get this part for $1 USD in large-ish quantities. A cursory glance at the usual online retailers tells me you can get this part in quantity one for under $3. This is interesting, to say the least.

    https://hackaday.com/2018/09/17/a-1-linux-capable-hand-solderable-processor/

  51. E.M.Smith says:

    @Jim2:

    I’d be more inclined to the more expensive SOM as it’s already soldered and has all the parts you need installed…

    https://www.olimex.com/Products/SOM/A13/A13-SOM-512/

    21 € so not cheap… but with a nice small form factor 3.3 x 6.1 cm or about 1.5 by 2.5 inches.

  52. jim2 says:

    SOM – nice.

  53. ossqss says:

    I ran across an old video link produced by the Koch bro’s that may be worth viewing. Some might find it interesting.

    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/earth/earth-from-space.html

  54. H.R. says:

    Here’s stupidity at its finest. I weep in despair for our country.

    The Baltimore Orioles are the first team ever to have Braille jerseys. It’s just printed on their jerseys in large dots. I’m assuming they conducted studies to determine how large the dots needed to be so the Braille is easily visible from anywhere in the ballpark.

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/mlb/orioles-wear-uniforms-with-braille-lettering/ar-BBNwUSi?OCID=ansmsnnews11

    OTOH, it may be for the benefit of the umpires. Every home team fan knows the umpires are blind, right?

  55. A C Osborn says:

    philjourdan says: 18 September 2018 at 5:55 pm
    “Notice that there has not been a lot of revelations about her since she went public? ”

    Phil, there has been loads of “stuff” comung out about her.
    a quick summary
    She admits to sleeping with 200 males between the ages of 15 & 17.
    Her Parents lost a very expensive case where Kavanaugh’s Mother was the Judge.
    She is a Democrat Activist.
    She Contributed to Clinton’s campaign.
    She has had reversion therapy.
    She signed a letter against Trump’s Border policies.
    Her brother worked for Fusion GPS.
    She has worn the Pussy hat in a March.
    That is without going back over all the things in the media, whether they are true or not I don’t know..

  56. A C Osborn says:

    Have you guys read the letter from the 4 members of the Gang of 8?
    Wow, they openly admit to obstructing an Active President in the running of his Government and want even more of the same Obstruction of Justice.
    See
    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2018/09/18/corruption-junction-desperation-amid-democrat-members-of-the-intelligence-gang-of-eight/#more-154239

  57. p.g.sharrow says:

    Not since 1860 has the country been so divided between those that want to preserve our Constitutional Republic and those that want to “Fundamentally” change America into something else, Again the Republicans are the “Conservatives” that want to preserve the Republic and the Democrats want something else based on democratic ” Mob” rule.
    This time it is “Elite” Liberal Progressive Socialists or Communists that have taken over the Democratic party and want to destroy something that works, in exchange for their Utopia that has never worked every time it has been tried. Again they will be turned back, but at what cost? Communists will willingly destroy everything to gain power, Use any means to prevail. They had planned to use to the power of government to force the people into submission with their “new” way. The loss of control over the court system is the loss of their last chance at this gambit….pg

  58. jim2 says:

    Project Veritas has unmasked two socialists in the swamp who are perusing their political agenda using Federal resources and intel. Here’s the second unmasking. Can you say: “You’re FIRED!!!”?

    https://www.projectveritas.com/2018/09/19/breaking-deep-state-unmasked-doj-official-resists-from-inside-cant-get-fired-leaks-at-hhs/

  59. E.M.Smith says:

    @AC Osborn:

    That’s quite a letter… Swamp critters trying to control information flow…

    Rosenstein needs to go. Along with many others…

  60. E.M.Smith says:

    @Jim2:

    From the OMG! department…

    It’s one thing to think they might be doing it.
    It’s something else entirely to suspect that they are doing it.
    Then it’s a whole ‘nother world when you see them bragging on tape about doing it….

    There’s a major major housecleaning top to bottom of government workers leaches that needs to be done. I just hope Trump can get it done. Having the DOJ being used by avowed Socialist Activists to thwart the will of the people through their choice in an election is just criminal. Literally. Some large number of them need to be visibly sent to prison.

  61. p.g.sharrow says:

    As to the punishment of these traitors to the Republic. They took an oath to Defend the Constitution. If they work to undermine Constitutional Government then they must be disgraced. By law a disgraced government official loses position, retirement and benefits for life! and are bared from further government employment. Nearly all of these Deep Staters entered these jobs because their training is in the Liberal Arts fields that have little on no application in the real economy. Government, Media and Education are the fields that attract them and socialist benefits from government employment is their greatest desire. Prison is not a necessary punishment for most of them. Loss of benefits and A real Job will do!…pg

  62. Larry Ledwick says:

    Speaking of government over reach seems even some Obama appointed judges are saying “wait a minute”!

    Obama appointed judge in California tosses out ban on gun ads as being unconstitutional on its face.

    https://www.dailysignal.com/2018/09/18/judge-shoots-down-california-ban-on-handgun-ads-in-gun-shops-as-paternalistic/

  63. E.M.Smith says:

    A fascinating Q&A session by Ben Shapiro at Yale..

    @P.G.:

    I could live with that for some of them….

    @Larry:

    At some point the linguistic gymnastics needed to support a hard Left position inside a Libertarian Constitution become so painful even left leaning judges hurt too much to “go there”…

  64. philjourdan says:

    @AC – that is not a lot. In the age of information where all your secrets are on facebook, that is merely window dressing. I am sure there is a lot out there, but she took pains to hide it. But the internet is forever. It is still out there. And if she makes it to DC, it will come out.

  65. E.M.Smith says:

    I found it astoundingly loud shouting “I’m only in this for effect” when Ford said she would not go to a congressional investigation until AFTER an FBI investigation was completed.

    I see two really big “SHOUTS!” in this:

    1) She does not want to be in front of congress prior to the election as she knows it will go badly.

    2) “They” know they’ve still got functional control of the FBI and investigations.

    My conclusions?

    1) Toss her ass on camera under oath in front of the committee by subpoena if necessary.

    2) The FBI needs a thorough and complete vetting and purge of “partisans”. Publish all their tweets, emails, texts, voice mails, etc. Shine a giant spot light on the rot.

  66. jim2 says:

    EM @ https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2018/09/14/w-o-o-d-14-september-2018/#comment-100669

    Yep, now I know it wasn’t me what was paranoid, it’s all the other people I know are naive.

  67. jim2 says:

    This CD has The Amateur Scientist articles from the late 20’s on. I got one. One from the 20’s is how to make alkali metals. Awesome!

    https://www.amazon.com/Scientific-Americans-Amateur-Scientist-Science/dp/0970347626

  68. jim2 says:

    American Science & Surplus

    https://www.sciplus.com/

  69. ossqss says:

    @EM, the FBI stated it was not a federal issue and they would not address it. It is a BS issue in the end and even the deep state can’t change it.

  70. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting thread on twitter, here in this rollup

    https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1042606315858747394.html

  71. Another Ian says:

    Larry

    Pine Gap is in central Australia. No secret here that it exists.

  72. Another Ian says:

    “Proof of Facebook’s algorithms at work to downgrade our posts.”

    http://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2018/09/proof-of-facebooks-algorithms-at-work-to-downgrade-our-posts.html

  73. Larry Ledwick says:

    Somebody has put up excerpts which supposedly come from the Kavanaugh accusers year books. If true extracts the girls partied hard until they puked or passed out it looks like so no big surprise she cannot remember any details of the party where she was supposedly assaulted.

    From the quotes they clearly had an all girls school “animal house” culture and bent and broke just about every rule that supposedly applied to their age group.

    https://cultofthe1st.blogspot.com/2018/09/why-christine-blasey-fords-high-school_19.html

    I find these bits and pieces not at all surprising given the cultural norms of the rich kid in crowd in almost any big city in the country but especially in the power elite east coast cities.

  74. Jeff says:

    @Larry; Here’s another thread with more background on the school and the tony atmosphere/ bubble in which it exists. I think the excrement is going to meet the air propulsion mechanism soon…..
    http://turcopolier.typepad.com/sic_semper_tyrannis/2018/09/it-will-not-end-well-for-christine-margaret-blasey-by-publius-tacitus.html

  75. Larry Ledwick says:

    And her supposedly corroborating witness is blowing her out of the water – totally denying her assertions.

    https://www.diamondandsilk.com/blog/2018/09/19/the-mysterious-third-witness-named-by-ford-finally-talks-instantly-blows-story-wide-open/

  76. Larry Ledwick says:

    Some more Idiot of Things from Amazon / Alexa

    https://www.cnbc.com/2018/09/20/amazon-announcing-alexa-enabled-hardware-products.html

    So tell me now that it can hear and understand whispers – that makes it an even more effective bugging device to listen in on house hold activity – Right?

    Let’s just pay Amazon money to install an “infinity transmitter” eavesdropping device in our home with no clue who has access to the audio captured. Sounds perfectly reasonable to me.

  77. philjourdan says:

    @AC – the things that Larry has been posting is what I was referring to. Not so much “WHO” Ford is, but what the story was about her school years. Now clearly the information that Larry is sharing does not say Ford did all of it, or even any of it. But there was an attempt to hide that information. Which I knew would come out eventually.

    The evidence cannot be used in a court of law (had it come to that – Statute of Limitations has long since rendered that moot), but it goes directly to the recollections of all parties – and explains why she had a 30 year blackout (it would not be the first time that a liberal got a Doctorate without any memory of it either).

  78. Another Ian says:

    @Jeff

    Oh dear! More here

    “If Women Ran The World”

    http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/index.php/2018/09/20/if-women-ran-the-world-8/#comments

    And the link

  79. Larry Ledwick says:

    China continues its move toward total control of the South China Sea, interesting to contemplate that this area was the primary area of operations of the US Pacific fleet during Vietnam.

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-russia-sanctions/u-s-blacklists-chinese-agency-for-buying-russia-military-equipment-idUSKCN1M02TP

    They have clearly stated that they have a long term plan to replace the US as the dominant military power in that area of the world and eventually the entire world – they are thinking in 50+ year time scales so this is just one chess move in a much larger and longer game. There are also indications that Russia and China are forming a closer military alliance than they have had in years. If back stopped by China, Russia could do most anything they want in the old warsaw pact countries and Europe and the US would be powerless to stop them short of full nuclear war.

  80. E.M.Smith says:

    The Ford stuff was all over Infowars this morning. ( I’ve adopted the habit of leaving it running on the Roku when I’m done with the regular news outlets. Sometimes I have it on mute when the hype and throbbing music are too much. I’m just racking up their numbers since they were subjected to a ban… )

    So it was rather repetitive and breathlessly shoutingly hyped, but it was there.

    Seems she shows up as an 8th grader in one year book so was in 5 of them. One pose has her provocatively propped on an elbow with one leg provocatively opening her skirt… in a clear “come on” pose. The story given was that it was 5 years of heavy duty drink till you drop party time and boys boys boys (supposedly in the low hundreds).

    I’d not believe it but for the copies of the yearbooks that were saved and presented. One wonders how many folks from that school still have their year books and if anyone of them is a Republican… and if they took them out of the school library too… and old retired teachers homes… and… So some news agency with a big budget needs to announce a few $Thousands for a bonafide copy…

    Their plaintiff has some real issues and baggage…

    Oh, and seems she is a lawyer or some such for an Abortion Pill Company that’s deathly afraid of the Supremes moving to make abortions more restricted… So in addition to credibility issues, she’s got big conflict of interest problems too.

    One hopes the Senate Committee just says “Be here Monday at 10 AM to testify, or not. The vote is happening Wednesday.” and just lets it sit there.

    When you KNOW they are playing a run out the clock strategy, the thing you do is accelerate your rate of play.

  81. jim2 says:

    Apparently the more-than-likely lying Ford is trying to negotiate Thursday for her testimony. I hope like hell Grassley sticks to his guns.

  82. E.M.Smith says:

    Thursday so they can hype it and have the counter / response lost in the Friday end of week non-news “cycle”…

  83. Larry Ledwick says:

    They are trying to run out the clock so if he gets approved, he won’t join the court at the start of the next Supreme Court session

    Fall session starts on Oct 1 2018, so if they delay just a few days he will not be seated at the start of the session.

    Not sure if they have any specific case in mind to keep him off the court for, but these are possible cases that the Democrats might be concerned about a conservative judgement on:

    There may be others I missed which would be special interest to the Democrats.

    ( http://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/lorenzo-v-securities-exchange-commission/ )

    Jam v. International Finance Corp.
    Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
    17-1011 D.C. Cir. Oct 31, 2018
    TBD TBD TBD OT 2018

    Issue: Whether the International Organizations Immunities Act—which affords international organizations the “same immunity” from suit that foreign governments have, 22 U.S.C. § 288a(b)—confers the same immunity on such organizations as foreign governments have under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, 28 U.S.C. §§ 1602-11.

    A second case that might be of concern to the big government Democrats:

    Knick v. Township of Scott, Pennsylvania
    Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
    17-647 3d Cir. Oct 3, 2018
    TBD TBD TBD OT 2018

    Issues: (1) Whether the Supreme Court should reconsider the portion of Williamson County Regional Planning Commission v. Hamilton Bank that requires property owners to exhaust state court remedies to ripen federal takings claims; and (2) whether Williamson County’s ripeness doctrine bars review of takings claims that assert that a law causes an unconstitutional taking on its face, as the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 3rd, 6th, 9th and 10th Circuits hold, or whether facial claims are exempt from Williamson County, as the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 1st, 4th and 7th Circuits hold.

    Nielsen v. Preap
    Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
    16-1363 9th Cir. Oct 10, 2018
    TBD TBD TBD OT 2018

    Issue: Whether a criminal alien becomes exempt from mandatory detention under 8 U.S.C. § 1226(c) if, after the alien is released from criminal custody, the Department of Homeland Security does not take him into immigration custody immediately.

  84. jim2 says:

    Here is the Hatch Act summarized in one page. Interesting implications for the FBI/DOJ bad actors.

    https://osc.gov/Resources/HA%20Poster%20Further%20Restricted%202016.pdf

  85. H.R. says:

    @jim2: That Hatch Act poster is a great find.

    It looks like one of those posters that are required to be posted in the workplace, but winds up buried under all the other posters nobody reads that are required to be posted in the workplace.

    I’m pretty sure no one has been prosecuted over the Logan Act. It wouldn’t surprise me to find that no one has ever been prosecuted over the Hatch Act, although I suppose there are a few Letters of Reprimand in personnel files of some government employees guilty of egregious violations. Then again, maybe not even that.

    As far as I can make out, the previous administration was just one big violation of the Hatch Act during the last campaign, let alone all the other laws, rules, regulations, and policies that were ignored.

  86. E.M.Smith says:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Logan_Act

    Only two people have ever been indicted on charges of violating the Act, one in 1802 and the other in 1852. Neither was convicted of violating the Act.

    Lots of interesting detail in this one:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hatch_Act_of_1939

    Like:

    In 2006, the Utah Democratic Party challenged the candidacy of Ogden City Police Chief Jon Greiner for State Senate. The challenge was upheld by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel because the year prior the Ogden City Police Department received a federal grant to help pay for bulletproof vests. Jon Greiner appealed the decision, remained on the ballot, won the election and served one term (2006–2010) as Utah State Senator while the results of the appeal were unknown.[26]

    In January 2007, the United States Office of Special Counsel (OSC) announced the results of investigations into whether certain events during the election campaigns of 2004 and 2006 violated the Hatch Act.[27]

    It found no violation when Kennedy Space Center officials allowed Senator John Kerry’s presidential campaign to use a NASA facility for a 2004 campaign event, because no government employees worked at the facility in question. It found streaming the event to NASA employees and contractors violated the Hatch Act.
    It reviewed a 2006 speech by NASA Administrator Dr. Michael D. Griffin in which he appeared to endorse Representative Tom DeLay for re-election. It determined that he “should have exercised better judgment” and took no further action.
    […]
    In October 2017, the OSC issued a warning to United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley for a June 2017 tweet that Haley retweeted from President Donald Trump endorsing Republican Congressional candidate Ralph Norman.[39]

    In November 2017, former Office of Government Ethics head Walter Shaub filed a complaint against White House counselor Kellyanne Conway charging that her opposition to Roy Moore opponent Doug Jones during a segment on “Fox and Friends” violated the Hatch Act.[40] In March 2018, the OSC announced that Conway violated the Hatch act on that occasion and one other.[41]

    So looks like a lot of “Finger Waggle” notices but no real whacks. Also looks like Dems are big on getting folks poked over this and Repubs are not using the law to effect as much (at least based on a quick scan of the sample). So again differential enforcement issues.

    What I find intriguing is the background paragraph. Seems the Dems have been up to this kind of stuff for a long time:

    Widespread allegations that local Democratic Party politicians used employees of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) during the congressional elections of 1938 provided the immediate impetus for the passage of the Hatch Act. Criticism centered on swing states such as Kentucky, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. In Pennsylvania, Republicans and dissident Democrats publicized evidence that Democratic politicians were consulted on the appointment of WPA administrators and case workers and that they used WPA jobs to gain unfair political advantage. In 1938, a series of newspaper articles exposed WPA patronage, and political contributions in return for employment, prompting an investigation by the Senate Campaign Expenditures Committee, headed by Sen. Morris Sheppard, a Texas Democrat.

    Despite that investigation’s inconclusive findings, many in both parties determined to take action against the growing power of the WPA and its chief administrator, Harry Hopkins, an intimate of President Roosevelt. The Act was sponsored by Senator Carl Hatch, a Democrat from New Mexico. At the time, Roosevelt was struggling to purge the Democratic party of its more conservative members, who were increasingly aligned with the administration’s Republican opponents. The president considered vetoing the legislation or allowing it to become law without his signature, but instead signed it on the last day he could do so. His signing message welcomed the legislation as if he had called for it, and emphasized the protection his administration would provide for political expression on the part of public employees.

    I’d often wondered why the WPA evaporated. Now I know: Its utility as a political patronage tool ended. What good is handing out government non-work jobs if you can’t make political juice out of it? So when it’s just jobs and the money doesn’t buy the politicians anything, why keep it…

    Also note that the history of corrupt Democratic Party operations extends back at least to FDR. With him as one of the party’s Iconic Great Men that all are to laud and emulate, any surprise they keep doing those kinds of things? Any surprise patronage and government corruption are in their “go to” tool kit?

  87. E.M.Smith says:

    @Larry:

    My bet would be

    Issue: Whether the International Organizations Immunities Act—which affords international organizations the “same immunity” from suit that foreign governments have, 22 U.S.C. § 288a(b)

    Is of interest to George Soros and his Open Society (insert socialism…) organizations.

    Also: Just why on God’s Earth would we want to have a law granting blanket immunity to NGOs just because they come from foreign lands? If you are active here or against us you ought to be exposed to our legal system. Don’t want that exposure? Don’t be active here or come here – stay home and leave us alone.

  88. p.g.sharrow says:

    @EMSmith; you are right about the above. An entire empire is at stake here. No wonder Soros Lackeys are foaming at the mouth over this nomination right now! Their entire world wide organization to subjugate the world is at stake. As soon as I started reading that list that case jumped out at me. The Communist Party of America could be devastated through private suits…pg.

  89. Larry Ledwick says:

    Hmmmm looks like Senator Grassly has had enough delay and stalling.
    Senator Chuck Grassley calls Feinstein out in his 3 page letter below

  90. H.R. says:

    From the Grassley letter: “I certainly can understand that Dr. Ford might be distrustful of the Committee’s ability to keep matters confidential based on the Democratic members’ recent conduct, […]”

    Ouch! That left a mark. He certainly is branding them with a red hot irony.

  91. E.M.Smith says:

    That Sen. Grassly letter gives me some real hope. He “gets it”.

    He knows this is a delay, run out the clock, slander and character assassination move designed for Political Theater and as a jumping off point for “protests” (Tell G. Sorors he needs to get out the checkbook for his rent-a-mob again…) and news bites in time for the mid-terms.

    It is, IMHO, nothing more than dirty politics and creating a “honey trap” where none existed. It seems to be one of the “go to” strategies of the Left (see recent teen-trap / escape of the guy pushing 3-D printed guns, and what was done to Assange as probable examples; though they both “contributed” by choosing to enter the trap). Best thing to do is just make sure the strategy fails, and preferably backfires.

  92. jim2 says:

    The sooner the Redimowits ignore these sorts of tactics, the better.

  93. Larry Ledwick says:

    On the economy and EM’s comments about truck drivers the other day.

    Charles V Payne @cvpayne
    3 minutes ago
    More
    Rev Up That Diesel!
    Record Breaking Numbers Orders in August
    Truck trailer 35,300 +27% from July +141% from a year earlier.
    Class – 8 truck orders 52,400 153% better than a year ago and 274% better than August 2016.

    The Economy Keeps on Trucking!
    Discussing tonight Making Money

  94. p.g.sharrow says:

    Larry; A big amount of that impulse in Big truck purchase is the result of the new tax law that permits expenseing of capital equipment investment instead of requireing deprecation over years as well as state and Federal requirements for newer engine technology for on the road use. a lot of older trucks were bared from further use…pg

  95. Larry Ledwick says:

    Filed under the apparent trend of the climate cooling off.

    https://denver.cbslocal.com/2018/09/21/arapahoe-basin-snowmaking-snow-guns-skiing/

  96. beththeserf says:

    That Senator Grassly letter. You can bet there’ll be a hole lotta’ activity by
    the man behind the curtain involving Soros’ funded popular support anti-
    constitution activists., radical media, rise-up / antifa connections, Brennan
    Centre lawyers for anti-constitutional change.

    https://pjmedia.com/jchristianadams/2016/11/07/leaked-documents-reveal-expansive-soros-funding-to-manipulate-federal-elections/

  97. Larry Ledwick says:

    I hate it when my power lines are loose.

  98. Another Ian says:

    Might have interfered with your sleep pattern and a few other things

    “Evidence the Sun may have turned “blue” during 1450s-1460s”

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/09/22/evidence-the-sun-may-have-turned-blue-during-1450s-1460s/

  99. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    The title is misleading. It’s about a possible volcano causing dust causing the sun to appear blue… Fairly ordinary kind of thing, just needs a big enough volcano with the right size / type particles output over the area in question.

    Would be much more dramatic had it actually been the sun turning blue…

  100. Larry Ledwick says:

    Blue sun would be very very hot — I agree atmospherics not a change in the sun itself.
    Doesn’t burning sulfur have a pale blue flame?

  101. E.M.Smith says:

    Yes, sulphur has a blue flame when burning… and don’t smell the fumes ;-)

  102. Larry Ledwick says:

    Here is some intelligence on the Left’s plan for Monday.

    🇺🇸John #KAG 🇺🇸 🚂 👊 🐸
    ‏@JohnCooper0610
    Follow @JohnCooper0610
    More
    RT! @JackPosobiec snuck into the conference call for the protests being ORGANIZED for Monday. Free buses, lodging at the St. Steven’s Cathedral, BAIL MONEY, LEGAL ASSISTANCE, advised to wear ALL BLACK, assurance that the arrest won’t show in background checks.

    It would be funny if a whole bunch of conservatives dressed in black filled the busses up and then did a flash mob protest of the protest just as the media coverage started.

    Conservatives are going to have to start throwing wooden shoes in the Left’s gears to break this behavior. Need to figure out how to bollix up their plans – like put a tracking app on the phone of someone on the buses and arrange for counter protesters to meet them at their destination and bring attention to their activities.

  103. Larry Ledwick says:

    What’s really going on out in the world over the Kavanaugh circus?

    From twitter:

    Jellenne @jellen805
    Follow @jellen805

    At the nail salon today. Things were hopping all the pedicure chairs were full, all the seats at the nail bars, and ladies were waiting. I’d say there were about 35 of us in there, including the nail techs. #KavanaughAccuser
    #HoldTheVote

    2:37 PM – 22 Sep 2018
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    261 replies 1,357 retweets 2,064 likes
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    Jellenne @jellen805
    7 hours ago

    Normally there’s just music on and small talk with your nail tech, or ladies relaxing i the pedi chairs with their eyes closed. Well today, 2 of the ladies next to me started discussing the #KavanaughAccuser and it got interesting. #HoldTheVote

    Jellenne @jellen805
    7 hours ago

    The friends, I’d say ladies in their mid 40s (forgive me if I’m wrong no offense gals) both agreed that this was a political hit job. They’d never seen anything like it. Suddenly a client 2 seats down piped up too. #KavanaughAccuser #HoldTheVote Early 20s. Uh oh, I thought.

    Jellenne @jellen805
    7 hours ago

    She said “I’m disgusted at the whole thing. It’s totally political. And even if something did happen, they are just using that Dr. Ford” #KavanaughAccuser #HoldTheVote The ladies at the nail bar all nodded and agreed…

    Jellenne @jellen805
    7 hours ago

    “Since when are you guilty just from an accusation!” proclaimed a “soccer Mom” from the row of Pedi-Chairs.
    “Exactly!” said an older woman next to her, nodding.
    #KavanaughAccuser #HoldTheVote
    And then all hell broke loose…something I’d never seen before in a nail salon.

    Jellenne @jellen805
    7 hours ago

    The entire salon, clients & techs all started talking at once, with each other, over each other & all about the same thing. Even our cute Vietnamese nail techs agreed, it’s a hit job & they’re disgusted and tired of it. I was stunned but giggling. #KavanaughAccuser #HoldTheVote

    Jellenne @jellen805
    7 hours ago

    I looked at my tech, 20 something Vietnamese-American “Jackie” studying for her nursing degree at ASU. What do you think, Jackie?
    She frowned, pulled down her “mask” and said, “She’s a liar”, pulled her mask back up and continued with my nails. #KavanaughAccuser #HoldTheVote

    Jellenne @jellen805
    7 hours ago

    The entire salon burst out laughing. Then someone’s grandma from the Pedi-Chairs spoke up and said “Why don’t they see this in DC? Why is the GOP so scared?” The conversation exploded again. #KavanaughAccuser #HoldTheVote

    Jellenne @jellen805
    7 hours ago

    This went on, back and forth the entire time I was there getting my nails done–60 minutes at least. New clients would walk in, and join right in the conversation. NOT ONE WOMAN THOUGHT HE IS GUILTY. NONE.
    #KavanaughAccuser #HoldTheVote And they were all pissed off!

    Jellenne @jellen805
    7 hours ago

    A Senior Citizen in a tennis outfit who had been mostly quiet but nodding along, spoke up when the conversation lulled. “I actually was attacked and raped by someone I knew, when I was 16”.
    You could have heard a pin drop. Everything stopped.
    #KavanaughAccuser #HoldTheVote

    Jellenne @jellen805
    7 hours ago

    My stomach fell. A few gasped. Someone said “I’m so sorry, we didn’t mean…”
    She cut her off with a wave. “No, no…not at all. I agree with you.”
    She told how she clearly remembers everything “unfortunately” to this day, “over 5 decades later”. #KavanaughAccuser #HoldTheVote

    Jellenne @jellen805
    7 hours ago

    I’ve never seen people hug a stranger in a nail salon until today. But we all did. She said “Yes, women should be heard. But they must be truthful, and there’s nothing worse than ruining someone’s life with a lie.” #KavanaughAccuser #HoldTheVote

    Jellenne @jellen805
    7 hours ago

    So, there’s a snapshot. These conversations are being had everywhere, but they’re not what you might think. I was surprised at the consistency of opinion, but they were up on the facts. @ChuckGrassley We’re with you. #HoldTheVote
    You too @BrettKavanaugh 🙏🏽🇺🇸

    Jellenne @jellen805
    7 hours ago

    Oh, and my nails look fabulous, thanks for asking! 💅🏽
    #HoldTheVote

  104. E.M.Smith says:

    The Left plan for action? Because looking like fools, violent idiots, and babies with drivers licenses is just sooo good for public opinion… /sarc;

    I thought churches were not allowed to participate in “politics from the pulpit” or lose their tax exempt status? Or has that been changed? I’d suggest an IRS call to the local church hierarchy…

    Would also be interesting for a lot of conservatives to show up in black and camp out on the cots ;-)

    I should think the Capitol Police might be sensitized to people dressed all in black and might wish to subject them to stronger background checks and / or inspections. Would be nice to flood the line with a mix of 50:50 conservatives in conservative dress and conservatives in black who just slow down the inspections OR end up packing the room ;-) Win-win …

    Per the Nails Event:

    While a nice story, it is either made up, or from a very Left Light area. I can guarantee that would not be the case in much of urban California. I’m pretty sure there would be at least one dissenting voice in places like Austin, Texas or a room of dissent in Chicago.

    Yes, I’d like to think it was the way the “Red Counties” are handling things at the moment, but I’d not bet on it.

    We’ll know in a month and a half…

  105. Larry Ledwick says:

    Checking her time line looks like she is in Arizona Phoenix area so a far more conservative community than California is believable. Also some polls have shown 75% of women do not believe the accuser (actually lower than the number of men that believe the accusation).

  106. beththeserf says:

    Mebbe let the tyres down? A kinda’ act of passive resistance? :)

  107. jim2 says:

    The SDA thread led me to this. Australia is circling the drain faster and faster! From the article:

    It is with much sadness that I have read and analysed the Draft Local Government Act 2018 bill (together with the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target 2007 (VEET) legislation) that if legislated, will empower each municipal council throughout Victoria to become an “Authority” and to be able to create and enforce its own laws, which could potentially impose severe Climate Change policies on Victorian households and businesses. If implemented, I believe such legislation will remove significant chunks from our Australian democracy for the following reasons:

    https://www.change.org/p/daniel-andrews-dump-victoria-s-local-government-act-2018-bill-that-will-give-councils-authority-status

  108. beththeserf says:

    Yes jim, I have signed a petition @ change.org and posted a link @ Jo Nova.
    It’s Agenda 21 suss development like Rosa Koire says, Victoriastan, I’m deeply
    worried that we will have a new level of government with octopus reach.

  109. cdquarles says:

    Interesting thing about 501 (c)(3) churches … it was during the Kennedy/Johnson years that they went after churches because of the civil rights movement. That’s right, Christian Churches were prominent in ol’ Jim’s demise. I want to say that President Trump, directly via EO or via the tax law changes last year, relaxed that restriction. My memory is fuzzier about the latter. I do remember the former happening. My mom’s youngest brother became a minister and rose to bishop. He’s been retired now for at least a decade. My mom’s dad was a minister also, so I got to see quite a bit of political stuff from a very young age (which is partly why I know some things about the ’60s Alabama politics that far too many don’t know). Suffice it to say that enforcement actions with regard to 501 (c)(3) organizations has been very one sided, due to double standards for a good 6 decades.

  110. cdquarles says:

    Hash tags for today #ConfirmKavanaugh, #RemembertheScottsboroBoys, and #HighTechLynching :)

  111. E.M.Smith says:

    The fundamental truth is that the Democratic Party has no moral compass (and forget any moral constraints). For that reason, if something works, they will keep on using it, no matter what.

    For that reason you can expect lying for effect, character assassination, non-personing, digital banning, shout down, public forum disruptions, street riots and all to continue until they are broken.

    Social decorum and social order are irrelevant to them or their process. It’s a gutter war and the Republicans need to ditch the Marquis de Queensberry Rules or be gutted (if anyone can find their guts…)

  112. Another Ian says:

    The pot might sizzle a bit from this

    “BREAKING: #Kavanaugh has calendars from 1982 that show he was out of town almost the entire summer, which is when the #KavanaughAccuser alleges the incident is believed to have happened.”

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2018/09/23/sunday-talks-tom-fitton-discusses-mccabe-and-rosenstein-with-maria-bartiromo/#comment-6018770

  113. jim2 says:

    Simon D. Was it you who posted a link or at least discussed an alternative theory for inertia? Something about if the mass if moving, some sort of radiation is partially blocked from the leading edge but not the lagging one? If so, what is the name of the theory or radiation?

  114. p.g.sharrow says:

    If Mass/Inertia is an external effect, then “confusing” Mass/Inertia results in the loss of the effects of Mass/Inertia of anything that encounters the field or warp bubble. Anything external encountered would just bounce off. Whether rocks or photons.size makes no difference, only energy counts. To my way of thinking Mater causes static stress in the fabric of space or Aether. This stress is the thing that has been called Dark mater or Dark energy. It also demonstrates it’s self as Gravity. I basically Quantified energy or charge in chaos to get everything to logically work according to the physics that I know. The concepts that Simon describes are much the same as the ones I reach…pg

  115. Larry Ledwick says:

    Hmmm you just triggered an interesting association:

    If Mass/Inertia is an external effect, then “confusing” Mass/Inertia results in the loss of the effects of Mass/Inertia of anything that encounters the field or warp bubble. Anything external encountered would just bounce off. Whether rocks or photons.size makes no difference, only energy counts.

    Light bulb goes on – totally elastic collisions between atoms and molecules might be a demonstration of that and not just a consequence of electrostatic repulsion.

    At what physical size do particles stop bouncing off each other in totally elastic collisions and begin smashing into each other like cars banging into each other in an intersection.

    Since orbital electrons appear orbit at relativistic velocities (I am seeing approximately 1/137 C in various search results), is that a relevant issue to why atoms and molecules can bounce off each other without physical damage?

  116. p.g.sharrow says:

    Gravity is a Myth, The Earth sucks. is a Post I wrote in 2011 as I started my blog;
    https://pgtruspace.wordpress.com/pictorial-schematic-of-device/gravity-is-a-myth/
    There a number of offerings there that give my POV,. guess I should take a lesson from the Chiefio and better order my library …pg

  117. p.g.sharrow says:

    @Larry; the thing we call the surface of Mater is really the Electronshell, a force field of charge that repulses every other Electron shell. If the proton was the size of a basket ball, It’s Electronshell would be the size of the U.S., 3000miles! lots of room for bounce…pg

  118. jim2 says:

    Larry – In general, collisions between real molecules and atoms are inelastic, although at ordinary temperatures and pressures, the Ideal Gas Law is useful.

    https://chem.libretexts.org/Textbook_Maps/Physical_and_Theoretical_Chemistry_Textbook_Maps/Book%3A_Physical_Chemistry_(Fleming)/2%3A_Gases/2.7%3A_Real_Gases

  119. jim2 says:

    The programmer I don’t want to be, from the article:

    According to Subaru’s recall notice [PDF] filed with the U.S. National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, the welding robots at the Subaru Indiana Automotive plant in Lafayette, Ind., were improperly coded, which meant the robots omitted the spot welds required on the Ascents’ B-pillar. Consumer Reports states that the B-pillar holds the second-row door hinges.

    https://spectrum.ieee.org/riskfactor/computing/it/coding-error-leads-293-subaru-ascents-to-the-car-crusher

  120. Larry Ledwick says:

    Well it looks like the Dems have doubled down on their effort to prevent the Kavanaugh nomination, they just put out a new allegation of sexual misconduct.

    One of the posters on the thread this image appeared in, noted that the font in the first and second paragraph of the top image are not identical.

    I compared them in an image software and they appear to be correct, the physical font looks identical but the size and kerning is ever so slightly off, the words in the second paragraph are just a tiny bit longer than the same word in the first paragraph. That likely indicates the letter is a cut and paste job, and they accidentally stretched the second paragraph slightly as they inserted and pasted it.

    It will be interesting what the autists find as they dissect that image and its meta data. If PDF might show different layers for the two paragraphs or some other hint that that is not a true copy of a physical letter.

    This charge is so hinky not all the liberal media are repeating it.

    The history of the last few months and the next couple months will be very interesting reading in about 5 years after all the dust has settled.

    I am getting to the point that any document released by a Democratic legislator or other office holder is assumed to be crap until proven otherwise. For me they have completely jumped the shark.

  121. Larry Ledwick says:

    Sen Chuck Grassley’s office just released the full original letter. It also has a slight font size difference noted in the first line of the first and second paragraphs.

  122. E.M.Smith says:

    @Jim2:

    From that Subaru article, a comment on Tesla stood out too:

    One might wonder whether the Model 3’s technological complexities played a part in last week’s over-the-air software update that disabled several key vehicle systems including automatic emergency braking. Model 3 owners quickly noticed and complained about the problem. Tesla blamed it on a firmware issue.

    An interesting question this incident raises is: If an over-the-air update erodes safety features in a fully autonomous vehicle of the future, will passengers be expected to notice?

    Sooo…. when you automatic emergency breaking is disabled and you run into something, who’s at fault?…

    @Larry:

    When a party has demonstrated they have no moral compass limiting their behaviour, has a documented history of profound “Dirty Tricks”, is known to promote “Bimbo Eruptions” for effect, is funded strongly by Soros who funds and promotes the MeToo Theatre, has a known strategy of creating dissension between races and sexes, is clearly in an all out life or death assault on anything and anyone Right Wing or Trump related, and has been caught planning all sorts of deceptions:

    I have exactly zero belief that anything produced against Kavanaugh is true.

    Now ask your self, just why this Bimbo is being rolled out just when the first Bimbo has been shown to be entirely non-credible with a story full of holes and a reputation measured in dozens (hundreds?) of men starting in high school (or maybe just before)? Eh? And where are the Republican or Unaffiliated non-political accusers? Is it just accidental that the accusers have all come with Democratic Party connections and credentials?

    IMHO, the whole thing stinks to high heaven. The MeToo was built up and dreamed and made “a thing” starting just in time to reach a crescendo just before the mid-terms. Accidental? Not on your life.

    IMHO, the Senate needs to have their hearing in the morning on Monday, and vote to confirm Monday evening. Then it is over and they move on – Before the dozens of buses of street theater actors and Antifa show up.

  123. H.R. says:

    E.M.: “I have exactly zero belief that anything produced against Kavanaugh is true.”

    Oh, you foolish optimist, you. You’re at zero. I’m in negative territory.
    😜

  124. Another Ian says:

    E.M.

    More re sun turning blue here and following

    http://joannenova.com.au/2018/09/weekend-unthreaded-230/#comment-2048985

  125. Simon Derricutt says:

    Jim2 – “Simon D. Was it you who posted a link or at least discussed an alternative theory for inertia?”

    Yep, this is Mike McCulloch’s Quantised Inertia theory (also called MiHsC to start with, then Horizon Mechanics). Mike has a blog at http://physicsfromtheedge.blogspot.com/ you can explore, and has published quite a few papers on it. Simple intro at http://physicsfromtheedge.blogspot.com/2014/01/mihsc-101.html . I always found the idea of Unruh waves as being the cause a bit *difficult* since they are supposed to be EM waves (but continuous rather than wave-packets), but if you replace the Unruh wave with the actual matter-wave of the particle, then the fit is much better. It still requires you to swallow spooky action at a distance, but this is also required in QM and so isn’t too much of a leap. Mike’s formulae are pretty simple, and they don’t use any adjustable parameters – it’s all based on experimental measurements of stuff we can see, and no “scaling factors” that can be adjusted to fit the experimental results. The fit is remarkable, and so I think there’s probably a lot of truth in the idea.

    This theory won’t immediately seem intuitive, but then not a lot of the other cosmological theories do either. It gets better the longer you have to get used to it, though. If we add that into Alzofon’s universal field theory, and instead of having an infinite extent of the wave function it is limited to the Hubble radius, then the two theories together seem to have a good explanation that can be tested. There are maybe a few other tweaks needed though, since Alzofon seems to have regarded momentum as absolutely conserved, and that isn’t always true. Also, since the Hubble radius is increasing (presumably at the speed of light), that has implications that may be pretty profound and will take a while to work out.

    That level of maths and theoretical physics is not my forté. I’m simply going to test out the predictions for inertia and gravity control, since there looks to be a pretty simple (and cheap) way of doing that. If the predictions are borne out, then maybe the mainstream physicists will actually look at these theories and develop/extend them, and that should lead to things we currently can’t predict, but very useful anyway. At least it will give us cheap space travel, but could also lead to new sources of (very cheap) energy and other useful ideas. Maybe FTL travel, if the logic for that turns out to be real. If the idea of superposition of the matter-waves being equivalent to Aether turns out to hold water, then that would also give a reason for not being able to measure velocity relative to the flow of the Aether (it’s effectively the average velocity of all the mass scaled by the distance away it is, so the local average is almost the velocity of the Earth itself). Maybe therefore the Aether theory will be effectively resurrected, not that it ever really went away but instead got re-named as spacetime. Still, maybe this time it will be a closer approximation to what is actually happening.

    On the “Uranus” thread, it seems quite a few people here have at least an interest in space travel and theories that would enable it. Maybe we’ll actually get to do it. Possibly the universe isn’t stranger than we can imagine.

  126. E.M.Smith says:

    hmmm… went to see if I could add Yippy as a search engine choice in fire fox:
    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/search/?sort=relevance&type=search
    says there are now 3081 search engine addon choices available…

    I think Google has created a lot of space for competition to form..

    FWIW, testing Yippy with “Trump” and “Kavanaugh” gave reasonable and non-hostile results. They also have a tab that shows how many results by each source, so you can scroll down past clearly biased sources trying to flood the search then open the list for a source you like (say, Brietbart?)

    As a minor sidebar: Other than testing bias, I’ve not used Google in months (years?) and not missing it at all… Between the top 3 in my search selector I get a good set of results with different POV so just swaping the search engine in one click lets me see if another one has more of what I wanted.
    My default is MoJeek. It gives thinner more off the wall results (which I interpret as zero bias or tuning),then I swap to DuckDuckGo (just a drop down click in FireFox search bar) that gives more standard results (like wikipedia at the top – nice when I just want the wiki). If still stuck, I’ll use Startpage for another POV. That’s pretty much covered things for me, so I’ve not added more. I do have Google in the dropdown, but not used it other than for bias comparisons. Amazon and Wiki are there as direct searches too – used for specific needs only.

    I’m liking Yippy a lot, but don’t know how to add it to FF (yet…). Then knowing there are 3000+ more choices… Do I “search the searches” or just walk on by…

    THE biggest “take away” from this for me is the realization that Google has trained me NOT to think of “search” as A Thing and generic; but rather a “bias engine tuned to purpose”: so I need to use several, and those that suit me… which is not Google.

    I’ll never use just one search engine again… (Bye bye Monopoly ….)

  127. Larry Ledwick says:

    Not sure if this is the same thing or a sound alike malware but this implies the yippy is not your friend.

    https://www.stopscamware.com/search-scam-search-yippy-com

  128. philjourdan says:

    There is a difference between an entrepreneur and a CEO. Not only in definition, but in demeanor. A CEO can be a bull in a china shop. He is after all, not building anything, just guiding a lumbering beast. And at times that takes a flick of the whip.

    An Entrepreneur is building something. He is charting new territory, and so has to learn fast and accurately. He has no time to rest on what he learned last year, decade or build. He has to learn the new one. And fast.

    Trump is the latter. But the press is portraying him as the former. This past weekend is a perfect example. The Fake News is tripping over themselves once again getting things wrong. The latest being Rosenstein. And Trump is playing them big time!

    Trump may be talked out of his decisions on occasion. But he won the presidency. He has learned a lot. And what his advisors could have talked him out of 2 years ago, they are less likely to do today. And that is why he tweets. He is playing the left and fake news like a harp from hell.

    Rosenstein, Ballsey, Rodriguez…. He knows the game. And he is ready to destroy them. The Fake media will make victims out of the perps. But the country will learn the truth. (and Rosenstein will not be going anywhere – he is playing his part – he is frustrating the left).

  129. Larry Ledwick says:

    Looks like Kavanaugh is in for the whole game, and will not withdraw.

  130. Larry Ledwick says:

    Here is the full letter the above snip came from.

  131. Larry Ledwick says:

    Looks like Judge Kavanaugh is going on attack mode.

    David Folkenflik
    ‏Verified account
    @davidfolkenflik
    Follow @davidfolkenflik
    More
    Judge Kavanaugh to give joint interview with his wife to Fox News’ Martha MacCallum – making case in broadcast tonight not just to public but to Senate Republicans and a key Oval Office demographic.

  132. Larry Ledwick says:

    Will air 7:00 PM Eastern time.

  133. Another Ian says:

    Will be “And no quarter” for anything Democrat if he gets the nomination!

  134. Another Ian says:

    One rule for us and – –

    “AFTER BEING TOLD FOR YEARS THAT CORPORATIONS AREN’T ENTITLED TO FREE SPEECH, WE’LL NOW HEAR THAT THIS IS AN ASSAULT ON GOOGLE’S FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS.”

    http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/index.php/2018/09/24/break-them-up-5/

  135. philjourdan says:

    @Larry – LOL!!! The sad reality is that the Onion is more factual than the YSM!

  136. Larry Ledwick says:

    A look at Debbie Ramirez and the culture she has immersed herself in.

    http://dianawest.net/Home/tabid/36/EntryId/3784/How-Non-Political-Is-Debbie-Ramirez.aspx

  137. Larry Ledwick says:

    A commentary on the current climate of guilty until proven innocent when a woman makes a charge against men and the “believe all women” mentality and the totalitarian society it will breed if not challenged.

    http://thefederalist.com/2018/09/24/women-need-protect-men-unproven-life-destroying-accusations/

  138. Larry Ledwick says:

    Hey I guess I got on twitter’s short list, they just locked my account, says they think I am a robot.
    Want’s me to answer a captcha and give them a phone number to associate with my account.

    Nice try but NO!
    My phone number is none of your d**n business!

    Will see if it remains locked or times out, but will have to settle for what I can see on gab for a while.

  139. p.g.sharrow says:

    @ Larry; I just had Facebook do the same to me. Demanded I provide a mobile phone number! demanded to change my password.
    I have a land line, no mobile phone. I am locked out of my account until I play their game and this sounds like a fishing scam to me.. I am on Ignore them for now and see if anything changes. It did make my chores much lighter. ;-) …pg

  140. Larry Ledwick says:

    That is pretty much my approach, wait them out for a while, and see if it is a timed lock out. I have only posted a couple things today but probably tripped some of their hot buttons as I alluded to how the Democrats have shown that they are really Stalinist totalitarians and if they ever get full control of the government they would be as dangerous as Pol Pot. That might have ruffled a few feathers.

    :-)

  141. Larry Ledwick says:

    I am sure they just want to grab the phone number as a unique identifier, so yes effectively it is a fishing scheme and given their politics who knows who would end up with your phone number.

    I wonder if there is a way to pull a disposable phone number like you can with email addresses?

  142. E.M.Smith says:

    Well, FWIW, I “practiced” having a “burner phone” a couple of years ago on a trip to Chicago. A stop at Walmart and $20 got me the phone, another $25 put it into service. It was all “cash and carry” and no real information about me involved. This was via TracPhone.

    Now, a couple of years later, the sim card has timed out (it seems they have a limited age if not in active service then the number gets recycled) and Tracphone said they would send me a new one if only I give them my information – being unclear on the concept of “burner phone” one presumes…

    They do sell a set of 3 sim cards for Other Vendors phones ( iPhone and a couple of others) provided you can unlock them; for $1 OTC no questions asked…

    So I bought a smart phone for $60 or so mostly just to get another anonymous sim card, but I’ve not activated it (yet). Mostly due to other priorities… (They were out of the $20 cheap phones…)

    Oh, and for $10 / mo. you can have an IP phone from Walmart as a basic phone plan of some sort. I played with that a few years back, but let it expire too.

    That product required identity information then played a sort of Q&A session with me about where I’d lived in the past and prior public info to validate I was who I said I was. (Why is unclear…). It also demanded a “street address” nominally for 911 calls. As, at the time, I was living in an RV park, that was a tiny bit of an issue. It accepted a bogus address (well, not really bogus, but a box at a private mail box store where I had an account / box) so while it knew who I was, it really did not know where I was. It was interesting for about 4 months… Last time in WalMart I did not see them being sold, but who knows. At the time it was about $10 for the device, $9 for a regular phone to plug into it, and $10 / mo. for service. I bought 2 of them. Who knows if the second one can still be activated or not… The first one insisted it was already assigned to someone when I attempted to reactivate it a couple of years later, but would not just let me reactivate… Catch-22.

    So, for about $50, you can get a cell phone at Walmart (provided they have the cheap one in stock) and activate it with a phone number… good for something like 3 months… then just let it lapse, or refill it for about $8 / month… (more if you actually use it.)

  143. Larry Ledwick says:

    I already use trac phone as for my needs it is the cheapest service. I was looking for something like a gmail account where you can just activate a virtual phone number on line and use a web interface to send and receive sms messages.

    It appears there are several disposable “burner number” apps available on line that are basically forwarding services so if you are applying for jobs or selling stuff on line or dating you can give a phone number without really giving out personal information.

    The account locked banner went away when I tried logging back in after closing the browser and waiting for a hour or so, but it still asks for a phone number you “want to associate” with the account.

    I filed a support request via their web support path and they sent me an email repeating that they thought i was a bot. and telling me the steps to unlock my account which included entering a phone number to associate with the account.
    My response:

    ——————
    No!
    I am not giving you my personal phone number and I have done nothing that a rational system would categorize as bot like behavior.

    Unlock my account.

    —————

    We’ll see if they respond.

    All I did today was respond to about 5 or 6 posts, and click about a dozen likes on posts.

  144. E.M.Smith says:

    Watching Trump talking at the UN… not signing up to a global migrant pact, telling them we’re shutting down the wallet, … Sooo many sad faces- Mikey Likey ;-)

  145. cdquarles says:

    Indeed. From the 80s, and likely a much older sentiment: “US out of the UN and the UN out of the US”, pretty much sums up the opinion of many.

  146. p.g.sharrow says:

    Also listened to the Trump UN speech. Wow! That may well be the most important speech of this Century. The American Trump Policy has now been declared to the world. The Grand World of the Socialists was declared a bust right in their faces. America or Venezuela take your choice. American PAX or Warlords pillaging the world.
    Now, will they scream or fold?…pg

  147. E.M.Smith says:

    IMHO they will both scream and resort to subterfuge… Socialists don’t like direct action in the light of day unless they are in 100% control.

  148. Larry Ledwick says:

    I am still on time out, but while looking at alternate sources of information I quite by accident discovered you don’t have to have a twitter account to see other twitter accounts, they are all open if you know the @xxxxxxx handle of the account, so I started following links in accounts I could remember the actual handle for and came up with this list as a starting point. If I go to my own account it says I am under temporary restriction so I am assuming it will open back up in 12 – 24 hours or so, but until then I don’t need it to see what I want to see, I just need to methodically crawl through the direct links to see what is going on rather than getting posts popping up in my feed.

    In no particular order we have these twitter accounts I have found handles for:
    https: //twitter.com/realDonaldTrump
    https: //twitter.com/petersweden7
    https: //twitter.com/JackPosobiec
    https: //twitter.com/PrisonPlanet
    https: //twitter.com/ashtonbirdie
    https: //twitter.com/Cernovich
    https: //twitter.com/MailOnline
    https: //twitter.com/RealSaavedra
    https: //twitter.com/charliekirk11
    https: //twitter.com/Imamofpeace
    https: //twitter.com/FaithGoldy
    https: //twitter.com/Lauren_Southern
    https: //twitter.com/Newsweek
    https: //twitter.com/joerogan
    https: //twitter.com/CaolanRob
    https: //twitter.com/realDonaldTrump
    https: //twitter.com/BrittPettibone
    https: //twitter.com/Nigel_Farage
    https: //twitter.com/scrowder
    https: //twitter.com/globalnews
    https: //twitter.com/washingtonpost
    https: //twitter.com/StefanMolyneux
    https: //twitter.com/Timcast
    https: //twitter.com/TomlinsonCJ
    https: //twitter.com/ASavageNation
    https: //twitter.com/MaximeBernier
    https: //twitter.com/DRUDGE_REPORT
    https: //twitter.com/RaheemKassam
    https: //twitter.com/ReutersUK
    https: //twitter.com/Independent
    https: //twitter.com/CTVNews
    https: //twitter.com/IngrahamAngle
    https: //twitter.com/tedcruz
    https: //twitter.com/ScottMGreer
    https: //twitter.com/AnnCoulter
    https: //twitter.com/realDailyWire
    https: //twitter.com/ThomasWictor
    https: //twitter.com/HeshmatAlavi

  149. p.g.sharrow says:

    @EMSmith; Oh well! I just got done making 4 gallons of “high test” so at least 10 gallons of my Blackberry medication can be made 8-) good news, good news at least some joy to the world …pg

  150. Larry Ledwick says:

    For web site links so far I have this list of alternate news source web pages: Since many of them link to stories in the major media you defacto also are following breaking stories in the majors as well.

    https://truepundit.com
    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/
    https://www.infowars.com/
    https://www.zerohedge.com/
    http://www.foxnews.com/
    https://www.breitbart.com/
    http://www.oann.com/

  151. Larry Ledwick says:

    A few more twitter handles if you are interested in tracking what is going on with twitter and do not have an account.

    https: //twitter.com/staceydash
    https: //twitter.com/i24NEWS_EN
    https: //twitter.com/charliekirk11
    https: //twitter.com/RealCandaceO
    https: //twitter.com/SenateMajLdr
    https: //twitter.com/TheLastRefuge2
    https: //twitter.com/TheScoop_US
    https: //twitter.com/Breaking911
    https: //twitter.com/AccuracyInMedia
    https: //twitter.com/ChuckGrassley
    https: //twitter.com/ChrisRBarron
    https: //twitter.com/FarLeftWatch

  152. E.M.Smith says:

    @Larry:

    Hmmm… I made a TV page “up top” for online tv sources when I was working out my cable cut… might it be befeficial to have a News tab for good places to get non-YSM news?

    I’m thinking so.. easier than digging around in Tips or W,O.O.D. postings to find them…

    What say y’all?

  153. Larry Ledwick says:

    Oops I forgot about the link limit triggering moderation. I have two posts of direct twitter links that got sucked into the moderation bin because they are over the limit.

  154. E.M.Smith says:

    @Larry:

    Fished ’em out… no worries…

    @All, Per Kavanaugh:

    There was an interview (shown on Fox / Tucker Carlson) that had Bret K. saying he was a VIRGIN all the way through college!

    I think they may have picked the wrong guy to try to find sexual dirt about… Looks like he’s a Christian who wanted to “save himself” for marriage… A concept alien to the Left…

    So they could not find him having “questionable sex” with anyone so have rolled out “assault” charges that amount to clumsy foreplay At Most. (All of which can not be proven, and all of the “accusers” being big DNC supporters (operatives?).

  155. Larry Ledwick says:

    The tab reference you suggest for non-traditional news sources sounds like a good idea to me.
    Many times it gets complicated to go back into comments to find a reference from prior days.

    Unfortunately wordpress is expanding all those links (Grrrrr) I should have broken the links with square brackets or something – sorry for blowing up your wood thread.

  156. Larry Ledwick says:

    Looks like twitter is looking to go further on user moderated speech by looking to block all speech that someone finds dehumanizing. I wonder what they do when ever leftist post gets reported for dehumanizing Conservatives / Republicans.

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/twitter-ban-dehumanizing-comments-user-help-170930000.html

  157. E.M.Smith says:

    Interesting alternative news:

    https://www.crtv.com/

    Looks like a right leaning alternative to me…

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  159. E.M.Smith says:

    Oh, and no worrys about the link blow up, it was time for a new W.O.O.D. anyway ;-)

  160. E.M.Smith says:

    OK, I’ve added a “Twit” page up top (in the banner) where I copied all the Twitter link Larry L. posted. I’ve also inactivated the ones here by putting a space between the : and the // characters.

    Try it out and let me know if the “page weight” is too horrible to load… It’s way slow on this Mac, but that’s partly due to it running from an SD card. I don’t know if it’s painfully slow on other platforms. IF it is, I can turn them into real but inactive links where you must click each one to see what it’s about.

  161. p.g.sharrow says:

    before Larry had his runaway with links WOOD was getting to be difficult. after it was really annoying…pg

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