W.O.O.D. – 25 September 2018


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

Immediate prior one here:
and remains open for threads running there
(at least until the ‘several month’ auto-close of comments on stale threads).

Canonical list of old ones here:

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

What’s Going On?

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:

The Kavanaugh Circus is continuing – expect this to get far far worse right up until the confirmation is done, then watch for it to be regurgitated at the midterm elections. One can only hope enough folks are seeing through the Faux Bimbo Eruption for it to be ineffective and grating on the electorate.

Storms have passed, but flooding is only slowly leaving. Snow (early snow) is showing up at higher elevations and latitudes.

https://www.iceagenow.info/1st-day-of-fall-more-like-1st-day-of-winter-on-canadian-prairies/ (and many more at that site).

I’m being under-par on productivity. Why? Left over sloth after a marathon trip. Under-enthused by the petty bickering and character assaults that now constitute “the news”. Faced with a way too long “ToDo List” that got out of hand while I was spending 2 weeks otherwise occupied. Who knows. I’ve barely gotten my office back to functional (it was left in a mess as I searched and just grabbed stuff for the trip) and the yard… Well, the front yard…

We’ll see if I can get myself back to work and away from the Video Feast habit ;-)

The Trump speech at the UN was spectacular.

I had a choice of the CNN YouTube or the RT one, so here’s the RT one. (No reason to even indirectly support CNN…)

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126 Responses to W.O.O.D. – 25 September 2018

  1. Larry Ledwick says:

    On the snow at high altitude, we got light snow on both Loveland and Berthod pass (highway 6 and 40 respectively) both passes are above timber line at the summit. Also a dusting of snow above Breckenridge near Boreas Pass.

    11,990ft for Loveland pass
    11,313 ft for Berthod pass
    11,499 ft for Boreas pass

    We are 2 weeks after earliest historical snow fall here in the Denver Metro area so not a big surprise although the ski areas put out their snow guns earlier than in the past anticipating the cooler weather we are getting this week.

  2. E.M.Smith says:

    I’ve added a “News” tab up top with suggested site links. (Just click on the “News” word in the top banner).

    As folks suggest other sites, I can add them too.

    Interesting alternative news:


    Looks like a right leaning alternative to me…

  3. philjourdan says:

    I heard the ads for CRTV. If I ever get some time, I may check it out. But as it is pay for, I will skip until I can better appreciate it.

  4. E.M.Smith says:

    I’d not noticed their terms:

    Looks like a $10 /month with a “free trial” is about as low cost as you can get an entry…

    Oh Well… I’m not that interested in paying for news and opinions… There’s plenty of other ways to get straight news and I can make my own opinions…

  5. YMMV says:

    Speaking of opinions, Mark Steyn has a strong one, based on his BAD experience.


    And some about Cary Katz too.
    “CRTV’s sugar-daddy and lone investor, the student-loan billionaire Cary Katz”

  6. Alexander K says:

    I just took the time to watch Trump’s speech at the UN – not a word I could disagree with but many of my left-leaning fellow citizens word no doubt disagree vehemently with as they see Trump as the embodiment of everything that is wrong with the world and cannot understand that I and others holding similar views see our current government as not only misguided (in that they view Capitalism as ‘failed’ but are proving to be both dishonest, devious and utterly incompetent.
    Thanks for putting this up, EM.
    I have been following the current nonsense re your supreme court nominees and find the bimbo spectacle absolutely noxious.

  7. Jon K says:

    I like the Western Journal at times.

  8. Larry Ledwick says:

    A few other news outlets (1 of 2)

    https://voiceofeurope.com/ (politically incorrect reporting from Europe)
    http://rsbnetwork.com/ (Right Side Broadcasting Network)
    Riight Side Broadcasting Network Youtube channel – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHqC-yWZ1kri4YzwRSt6RGQ
    https://sharylattkisson.com/ (Sharyl Attkisson independent journalist)
    https://www.longwarjournal.org (reporting on the war on terror)

  9. Larry Ledwick says:

    A few others (2 of 2 )
    https://nationalinterest.org/ (news with an American interest slant)
    https://www.bellingcat.com/ (open source web forensic analysis )
    https://worldview.stratfor.com/ (Stratfor web page)
    https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/map/ (USGS latest earthquakes)
    http://www.jonfr.com/volcano/ (Earth quake volcano news primarily Iceland )

    https://fred.stlouisfed.org/ (St. Louis FED economic research )

  10. Pouncer says:

    There is a bunch of interesting background on CRTV here:

  11. E.M.Smith says:


    Please check out the “Twit” page up top in the title bar area (under the volcano picture). It has your Twitter links in it (active). It loads way too slow on my (SD driven) Mac. I’d like to know if it’s OK on a real computer ™ or too slow there too and I need to make them “click to activate” links…


  12. E.M.Smith says:

    @YMMV & Pouncer:

    OMG! I love Mark Steyn and think him one of the more honorable people on the planet. Given the quotes from the CRTV folks, it looks like they are real slimeballs. Thanks for that “heads up”!

    I’d just looked at a couple of the Names who have shows there and figured it looked like decent folks (for the “talent” at least). That they went after Mark Steyn says the management are not my kind of folks…

    But their top page looks nice ;-0

  13. andrewsjp says:

    Watched Trump at the UN. Liked what he said, but I was disappointed in the delivery. (I kept thinking that Obama would be great spouting those words with the authority he can command. Obama is a great speech reader.)

  14. Larry Ledwick says:

    The “Twit” page up top is a bit heavy for even my desktop here at work (takes a while for all the links to blow up thanks to word press. I just timed the page in a new browser window and it took about 30-45 seconds for all the links to expand. If folks know up front it is going to be a large page it is probably workable.

    What I have been doing today is opening each a half dozen of my most useful links in separate tabs in a single browser session and just watching the tabs, as new posts appear you see the count of new posts in the tabs (on Brave) and can reload that tab if you want to check on them.

    The links I would actively watch would usually only be 6-8 of those links at any one time. If you used the [code] tag would it still make the links active?

  15. E.M.Smith says:

    To avoid passing through Russian waters (near Leningrad / Saint Petersburg) the Poles intend to cut a passage in the spit of land near their mainland so as to let their ships leave through their territorial waters.


    Gotta love the Poles…

  16. E.M.Smith says:


    The easy thing to do (which I had done to about 6 of them, then backed it out) is to just put it inside a regular reference HTML link. href=”twittag/path” and the display text inside angle brackets…

    I’ll make them passive that way over time… Folks can then decide to hit a link, or not…

  17. E.M.Smith says:


    Yeah, Trump is just not a good robot… He’s getting better at speech reading, but his mind wanders from the boredom and he ends up thinking about other stuff (all those ‘digression’ comments he normally tosses out as parenthetical phrases…) and then his cadence gets a bit artificial. He just doesn’t focus on intonation for effect when it’s just read a few words out of context, then a few more and get the context, but too late to intone it right, then a few more words…

    There is an art to the Faux Emotional Loading saying every word as though it had great import even if you are clueless what comes next. A kind of professional lying skill. Obama had a lot of that…

  18. E.M.Smith says:


    OK, try it again.

    I’ve made them “click to link” and made a first cut at sorting them. There’s a bunch of uncategorized at the end because I didn’t know who they were or didn’t know what category to put them in. Suggestions welcome…

  19. Larry Ledwick says:

    I wonder if the folks making all these accusations against Judge Kavanaugh are aware of this outcome to a similar situation.


  20. Larry Ledwick says:

    These would be my notations on some of the uncatagorized folks on the twit page.

    Many of them require much longer discriptions to do them justice, most are examples of he new media that is doing what mainstream media should do.

    For example you would need several paragraphs to properly discuss Lauren Southern, she is very attractive, funny, smart, a good journalists, young enough to talk to the newer younger movers and shakers, willing to discuss things that are not politically correct, (she is banned from Britain even though she is Canadian, because she covered their treatment of Tommy Robinson and the extinction of free speech in Britain), she also supports the European push back against uncontrolled immigration by the Identitarian groups – she did an excellent video covering the organized massacre and land seizures in south Africa. Farmlands 2018

    Same goes for most of the rest complex characters in a new ecosystem of independent media, commentary and journalism.

    Un-Categorized commented

    petersweden7 (accurate reporting of politically sensitive immigration issues in northern Europe)
    JackPosobiec (former Naval intelligence officer, fluent in Chinese, apparent insider connections to Trump supporters in Washington DC, proud of Polish ancestry and the traditional culture of Poland)
    ashtonbirdie (independent conservative reporter-commentator)
    Imamofpeace (Muslim supports true moderate Islam and western cultural adaptation)
    Lauren_Southern (independent [smart funny,guts] investigative Canadian journalist – friends with Stephan Moleneaux – has Identitarian leaning reports on South African farm murders and immigration)
    CaolanRob (assitant to Lauren Southern self identified Gay)
    BrittPettibone (friend and fellow traveler with Lauren Southern, indentitarian leaning, independent reports on europe )
    scrowder (conservative humor and comentator through man on the street presentations)
    Timcast (liberal but fair independent journalist)
    RaheemKassam (reports on things going on in the middle east seems to have connections)
    ThomasWictor (“character” great story teller, notices things others miss, pro trump, student of warfare pro-saudi arabia [the new version] an expert on WWI history)
    HeshmatAlavi (reports on things going on in the middle east seems to have connections)
    staceydash (up and coming Black Republican Woman)
    RealCandaceO (up and coming Black Republican Woman)

  21. Larry Ledwick says:

    One more :
    @mitchellvii (Bill Mitchell) political commentator pro Trump – he was one of the only people who had the outcome of the 2016 Presidential race nailed for weeks, seems to have good instincts (or good info) about how things work in Washington inside Republican circles.

  22. E.M.Smith says:

    @Larry L:

    Feel free to suggest other categories, like “new media” if it would be better. I can see this being a dynamic list, especially at first.

    FWIW, I’m not trying to give a Bio of each person or even a Sellers Puff Intro, just a general way of sorting them so similar things end up more or less together (so, for example, if you are looking for a traditional media outlet you need not wade through all the lines; or if looking for a comentator you don’t need to wade past all the politicians…)

    BTW, that site (westernjournal.com) is interesting. Went down a link to:
    wherein Macron threatens to no try to rope us into even more bogus “trade deals” that are really reductions of sovereignty and parasitic money sucks:

    “We will no longer sign commercial agreements with powers that do not respect the Paris accord,” Macron told the global audience on Tuesday.

    As we discovered early, most of the recent “Trade Treaties” or “Trade Agreements” include language to mandate disputes go to some external authority not subject to US Law for resolution, include by reference any “Climate Agreements” (even if not a treaty) as binding, and generally are just a non-Trade Agreement masquerading as a Trade Agreement. Trade needs no agreement beyond a willing buyer and a willing seller.

    So I say “Great Job, Macron!” Assuring we won’t get roped into more of those “Trade Lie Documents” is a big help!

  23. andysaurus says:

    Explanation for Dr. Balsey Ford’s false memory.
    Hi. I had this thought and posted it to the Daily Wire of which I am a subscriber, but I realised it would probably better suit the smart people here. Please feel free to rip it apart.
    It came out this week that Dr. Ford’s parents were in some legal battle which they won, but was adjudicated by Judge Kavenaugh’s mother, who was also a judge. Let’s say that imprinted on her mind as ‘there is an important person in my life called Judge Kavenaugh”.
    Let’s assume that somebody did try to grope her at a party 36 years ago. It was unpleasant but she pushed it to the back of her mind. I’d like to think that is how I would behave (but I am a man, so I can’t say).
    When she was retrieving the memory of the sexual misconduct at couples counselling, she somehow put the two together. It would be reinforced under questioning until it became an unmovable tenet of her existence.

  24. Larry Ledwick says:

    New media would definitely be an appropriate top level category.
    Withing that you have in my estimation mostly two different subgroups.

    Independent journalists, and analysts. Some of the new media driven by the email dumps and FOI specialize in digging into the dumps and connecting dots (analysts). Then you have the journalists who go digging for missing pieces and build a case sort of like Woodward and Bernstein did in Watergate. In both those groups you have commentary, Then a small category of humor commentary like scrowder who does lots of man on the street things as well as studio commentary

    Lauren Southern, Tim Pool, and Laura Loomer are for example in my mind would be primarily true journalists who go to the story and dig up the who what when where and why, who also do social commentary on what they find. Where folks like ashtonbirdie, Thomas_Wictor are mostly commetators on what they find in the news and through exhaustive research, then you have the folks like Ann Coulter, and Cernovitch who mostly do commentary on what is going on in both the media, politics and the world – each with their own little niche issues.

    So as a first cut I would suggest the following most will be a blend of each and you could like package ingredients list them by dominant style first, secondary second etc.

    New Media with the following sub groups:
    Independent investigative journalist
    Political and media commentary
    Research analyst of current topics and web content
    General social commentary and current issues (sub specialty, provocative commentary like Alex Jones)

    Really hard to put most of these people in a box as they all do a little of each of the above but most have a primary niche area.

  25. E.M.Smith says:


    “Let’s assume that somebody did try to grope her at a party 36 years ago. It was unpleasant but she pushed it to the back of her mind. I’d like to think that is how I would behave (but I am a man, so I can’t say).”

    Um, no… Maybe it’s the proximity to San Francisco, or maybe just that I’m nice to everyone and some folks think that means more, or maybe it’s just I “look that way”? But I’ve been “hit on” by various Gay Guys over the years, including a “knee grab”, as a 20 something, under the table at a meeting I was attending ( the guy was there with his wife, too, so likely looking for a ‘3 Way’…) and another time hitchhiking home after the truck I was riding in (but was not supposed to be in) blew out 2 tires and I had to “be gone before the boss showed up”…. and the Gay Guy who picked up this 18 year old thought applying booze and MJ might increase his odds….

    The point being that just because you are male it does NOT mean you can’t have that experience or have an opinion about it…

    So I’m very very comfortable saying “how I would behave” as I’d had the experience a few times…

    (For me it was a strange mix of “well, someone likes me…” along with “WT? this isn’t what I’m looking for”… and a polite if awkward exit from the scene… )

    Frankly, it’s part of why I stress that if Women ever want ANY man to show the slightest bit of interest in them, they better stop this character assassination of any man who has shown the slightest bit of interest in a woman. LOADS of men and boys are watching this play out (and the others) and saying to themselves “So if I make an advance, I’m evil? and deciding “OK then, let the women make the advances and IF I don’t like them, then I can ruin their lives instead.”

    I had “managers and the law” training every 2 years at Apple (required of all the managers) along with various PC Indoctrination, pardon, training. You want to know what women get from me? I look at their lips (to lip read) and their eyes and nothing else. I will never ever compliment a woman on her appearance, dress, or hair style (despite my Mother teaching me to do just that to be “nice and polite to women”… ) IF women want a whole world full of that, just keep on endorsing the SJW PC Men Evil agenda… You will all be at sterile arms length in no time (at least from all the Nice Guys – the truly horrible guys will be the only ones still expressing interest…)

    Oh, and needless to say, seeing every woman as an inherent risk and potential liability in the workplace is probably not the ideal end state either… Just sayin’… Tell people over and over that “Here There Be Dragons!!” (even if only legal ones) and pretty soon women start to look a lot like Dragons with nail polish…

  26. E.M.Smith says:


    I’ll think about the sub-categories. I’ve gone ahead and divided things based on your first descriptions of them. Then an alpha sort inside of that (more or less, I left POTUS at the top of the politicians and Nigel just below him as just much more interesting – then the rest alpha sort).

    I paid no attention to “real” at the start of a name and didn’t try to decide what’s a first or last name, just straight alpha sort on anything after “real” or start of line.

    I’m going to leave it alone for a little while while I try some bits of it. If something is way out of place let me know and I’ll fix it. Adding too many more headings would end up with only 1 or 2 items per heading and reduce the ability to find a desired link quickly… when everything is its own category, nothing is categorized…

  27. p.g.sharrow says:

    It appears that we are seeing low self esteem women that might have remote imagined connections to Kavenaugh have been coached into “memory recovery” and are being managed.
    They know their risk of perjury so are hanging back hoping Kavenaugh will fold before they actually have to testify. Every effort is being waged to not show up and provide any proof.
    Kavenaugh has a life time of proof of his character.
    I remember a NOW leader,last year, bragging that they would deliberately destroy a good man to prove their strength in manipulating the politics in Washington.
    Kavenaugh can’t back out because that will be taken as Proof of Guilt and his honor is the most important thing he has. He has a life time of being a Boy Scout/ Altar Boy. This is EVIL at work…pg

  28. p.g.sharrow says:

    @EMSmith; I also have walked many paths, some quite dark. encountered many people, some really evil that prey on the young and weak. A few that destroy just for their amusement.
    It was said that the greatest Sin that can be committed was bearing false witness against an honorable man.to destroy him. If Kavenaugh was the kind of person these people claim some real credible witness would have come forward.during the last 30 years. This guy has been investigated by the FBI 6 times over the last 25 years. Nobody has had more background investigations then Kavenaugh . ..pg

  29. Steven Fraser says:

    OT entirely, but here is the stunning rendition of the National Anthem by a 7 year old before a soccer game. This girl has chops!


  30. beththeserf says:

    Take that globalists. MAGA ! :)

  31. H.R. says:

    @andysaurus: If it was a confused or repressed memory for 36 years ago, why did she have all social media accounts and any other online references to her life, including her political activities, scrubbed from the internet and even scrubbed from the wayback machine? That would take money and help beyond her abilities and means and she did that before submitting her letter to her congressional representative.

    It has been noted that the first lines of her accusatory letter are in a different font and the speculation was that the letter was to be used against judge Gorsuch during his nominating process, but the PTB decided not to use it. It was then altered for the Kavanaugh nomination.

    The hinky letter was shopped around to the YSM and nobody was buying it. It was that bad. She is tied to the deep state political structure through her father and brother.

    That’s part of what I gathered from reading various sources over the past two weeks.

    ====> No repressed or altered memories. She consciously made it all up to “help the team.”

    IMO, of course.

  32. Larry Ledwick says:

    Twitter unlocked my account. Regarding your twit page, I will try to build a curated list of account handles but it will take me a few days to parse them into suitable categories.

    I need to build a emergency backup list for my own use anyway.

    Something about their account lock process is hinky, when I got on I could not see any of the accounts I follow until I followed a new account then they all appeared but they don’t show up in the tally (it shows I only follow 1 account), so they are screwing with metrics, because lots of twitter viewers rank the merit of an account by how many follow it and how many the account follows, so by changing the displayed count they are quietly down rating my account for new viewers who look at my account.

    We will see if that changes (perhaps after unlocking it takes a while for the system to rebuild the metrics.)

  33. E.M.Smith says:

    @Steven Fraser:

    As this is an “Open Discussion” page, there is nothing that is Off Topic… Besides, I saw her on some news show and she really belts it out! (Uses some techniques I’m not fond of, like shifting a note 2 or 3 times up scale when it was not written that way, or going a bit “guttural” for effect – but folks seem to like that…) Amazing to see that voice from that body with that much complex technique…


    Oh Hell Yeah! In fact, I’m going to quote it here for future preservation:


    10 Red Flags About Sexual Assault Claims, From An Employment Lawyer


    10 Red Flags About Sexual Assault Claims, From An Employment Lawyer
    It’s not nice or politically correct to say, but people do sometimes lie to get money, revenge, power, attention, or political advantage. False allegations of assault have been documented.
    Adam Mill
    By Adam Mill
    September 25, 2018

    I stand athwart the streamroller of sexual misconduct complaints that crush the innocent, end marriages, and destroy careers. In the Me Too era, I am an employment attorney in the politically incorrect vocation of defending who must pay if misconduct is found.

    My skin is thick, and I do not melt when asked, “How dare you!” I dare because I do not want the innocent to be wrongly punished. I know it’s a very unfashionable to advocate on behalf of the presumption of innocence, and I am often reminded of how insensitive and outdated the principle is in today’s climate.

    Of course, courtesy to the alleged victim is absolutely essential to be effective. To do otherwise is completely counterproductive and quickly turns the focus from the facts to the conduct within the inquiry. So I go to great pains to make my questions respectful.

    I don’t interrupt. I don’t impugn. I just ask the accuser to walk me through what he or she is saying entitles him or her to damages. We know from cases like the Duke lacrosse team that mob justice can trample defense of the falsely accused.

    It’s not nice or politically correct to say, but people do sometimes lie to get money, revenge, power, attention, or political advantage. False allegations of sexual assault have been documented. Even the most pro-accuser advocates acknowledge that 5 percent of the claims are simply false.

    When the complaint is “he said/she said,” we should not helplessly acquiesce to coin-flip justice that picks winners and losers based upon the identity politics profile of the accused and accuser. Experience with a career’s worth of complaints in hearings, depositions, and negotiations has taught me some tells, red flags that warn that an innocent person stands accused.

    Without naming any particular accusation, I offer these factors for consideration to the fair-minded who remain open to the possibility that guilt or innocence is not simply a question of politics. I also remind the reader that politicizing these accusations have allowed men like Harvey Weinstein, Al Franken, Matt Lauer, Les Moonves, Bill Clinton, and Keith Ellison to escape accountability. Nobody seems to care if they walk the walk so long as they talk the talk.
    1. The accuser uses the press instead of the process.

    Every company has a slightly different process for harassment and assault complaints. Often it begins with a neutral investigator being assigned to interview the accuser first, then potential corroborating witnesses. When an accuser is eager to share with the media but reluctant to meet with an investigator, it’s a flag.
    2. The accuser times releasing the accusation for an advantage.

    For example, when the accuser holds the allegation until an adverse performance rating of the accuser is imminent, or serious misconduct by the accuser is suddenly discovered, or the accused is a rival for a promotion or a raise, or the accused’s success will block an accuser’s political objective. It’s a flag when the accusation is held like a trump card until an opportunity arises to leverage the accusation.
    3. The accuser attacks the process instead of participating.

    The few times I’ve been attacked for “harassing” the victim, it has always followed an otherwise innocuous question about the accusation, such as: Where, when, how, why, what happened? I don’t argue with accusers, I just ask them to explain the allegation. If I’m attacked for otherwise neutral questions, it’s a red flag.
    4. When the accused’s opportunity to mount a defense is delegitimized.

    The Duke Lacrosse coach was fired just for saying his players were innocent. When the players dared to protest their innocence, the prosecutor painted their stories in the press as “uncooperative.” If either the accused or the accused’s supporters are attacked for just for failing to agree with the accusation, it’s a red flag.
    5. The accuser seeks to force the accused to defend himself or herself before committing to a final version.

    Unfortunately, this has become the preferred approach of the kangaroo courts on college campuses. It’s completely unfair because it deprives the accused of the opportunity to mount an effective defense. When the accuser demands the accused speak first, it is a strong indication that the accuser wants the opportunity to fill in the details of the accusation to counter any defense or alibi the accused might offer. It’s a red flag.
    6. The accused makes a strong and unequivocal denial.

    In most cases, there’s some kernel of truth to even the most exaggerated claims. When the accused reacts with a dissembling explanation full of alternatives and rationalizations, I tend to find the accuser more credible. Rarely, however, the accused reacts with a full-throated and adamant denial. When it happens, it’s a red flag that the accusation might have problems.
    7. The accuser makes unusual demands to modify or control the process.

    It’s a flag when the accuser demands a new investigator or judge without having a substantial basis for challenging the impartiality of the process that’s already in place.
    8. When the accuser’s ability to identify the accused has not been properly explained.

    In the Duke lacrosse case, the accuser was shown a lineup of photos of potential attackers. Every photo was of a member of the team. None were of people known to be innocent. It’s a red flag when an identification is made only after the accused appears in media and the accuser has not seen the accused for a number of years or was otherwise in regular contact with the accused.
    9. When witnesses don’t corroborate.
    10. When corroborating witnesses simply repeat the accusation of the accuser but don’t have fresh information.

    It is now clear that accusations of sexual misconduct will forever be a tool to change results in elections and Supreme Court nominations. It’s disappointing to see so many abandon the accused to join the stampede of a mob that punishes any who ask legitimate questions about accusations.

    These accusations destroy the lives of the accused, often men, and bring devastation to the women who love and support them. Some of the falsely accused commit suicide. When the mob attacks legitimate inquiry into the accusation, it’s a sure sign that the mob isn’t confident about the truth of the allegation. Rather than shrink in fear when attacked, we should take it as a sign that there is a risk that the accused is innocent, and the questions need to keep coming.

    Adam Mill works in Kansas City, Missouri as an attorney specializing in labor and employment and public administration law. He frequently posts to millstreetgazette.blogspot.com. Adam graduated from the University of Kansas and has been admitted to practice in Kansas and Missouri.
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    As my critique of it / review:

    I find that a remarkable exposition. Some of those I already knew as Red Flags myself. Others I think in a subconscious way made me wonder about some claims. To have them all listed and specifically stated makes it much more obvious what the “game is” with Ford.

    It looks to me like this guy is a source to follow.

  34. p.g.sharrow says:

    One wonders what happened in 2012 to cause Ford to begin her campaign. Kavenaugh up for elevation to DC Appeals Court ? She has been growing this for some time. To bad Kavenaugh’s calendar for 1982 has been published, she now has the ability to fix the date in her story.

    I once had a woman accuse me of bad behavior in high school nearly 40 years after the fact. She a Freshmen, I a senior.at that time, I barely knew she even existed and had nothing to do with her.. She did it in public to impress her friends. I did not go to parties or out on dates. Far too busy with school and work during my high school days…pg

  35. E.M.Smith says:

    I wish I was better at drawing or artwork.

    I can imagine the image, but can’t execute it…

    Picture a fluffy white female Poodle Barking in obvious joy (pink ribbon and all).
    In front of her, a male dog (pug?) laying on the ground, tongue hanging out, eyes glazed, quivering. Around his neck a fat collar labeled “PC Shock Collar”..

    The caption: “Fluffy was so happy to discover the new power of her voice, she just could not stop barking “assault, sex, assault, sex…”

  36. Larry Ledwick says:

    Apparently when twitter turns on an account after putting it in restricted mode, it takes a while to rebuild the metrics. It now shows the proper numbers.

    As noted above I will harvest links soon but they make it difficult (no way to simply print out a list of who you follow) you have to cut and paste each one, from a bunch of thumbnail images.

  37. E.M.Smith says:


    Feel free to post any additions to the “twit” page here. I’ll add them. Anything to thwart Twitter Abuse… ;-)

  38. E.M.Smith says:

    Oh, and if anyone wants to make a meme out of the idea of the poodle above, feel free. I hereby put the idea in the public domain.

  39. Larry Ledwick says:

    I have culled out some 320+ follows in the @abcdef twitter handle format which you just stick on the end of the twitter URL without the @ sign. This format would not be so problematic as the full URLs, but would require the user to glue things back together.

    Going to be a really long post, so I could put it at the end of the previous wood thread, so as not to clutter this thread up so much?
    I need to break them up into suitable sub groups first which will take a while.

  40. Larry Ledwick says:

    Slowly but surely investigators are finding evidence of illegal voting.

    Just now in Colorado story of mismatch in voting records and death records.


  41. E.M.Smith says:


    The other thread would be a bit better, but put it wherever you like and I’ll “fix it up” if needed…

  42. Jon K says:

    I don’t completely agree with this conclusion of an inevitable WW3, but this does a good job of tying together multiple threads.


  43. Larry Ledwick says:

    Large scale war is like a plane crash that ultimately traces its roots to multiple mistakes and failures, which happen to come together in a manner that evades human intervention. The complexity of the world and the foibles of man make such a confluence as close to inevitable as you can get. It is mostly just a matter of time and luck regarding when and where the fuse will be lit and by whom. Could be next week or 30 years from now. Could be China making a move on Taiwan or Russia making one too many mistakes trying to claw back its Warsaw pact buffer states, or some confluence of interests in the middle east under estimating the reaction to some provocation.

    Just like Sadam H. Move into Kuwait pretty much came out of the blue for most of the world and effectively lit the fuse for almost 2 decades of war in the middle east.

    I agree that sooner or later the wheels will come off the apple cart but I am not so sure those things are intentional constructs so much as a calamitous series of miscalculations. No rational person (and even most crazy people) would want a major war, they want to avoid an all out major power war, but they are tempted to make smaller steps to “slap some sense” into their opponent and sooner or later that gets away from them.

    As was the case of WWI when a senior German official was asked how the war started his response was “Ach if only we knew”. Like a waiter carrying stacks of plates you can get away with it for a long time but sooner or later a small slip will cause the whole stack to come crashing down and some unpredictable moment.

  44. E.M.Smith says:


    IMHO it comes when an overly ambitious sociopath doesn’t get slapped back often enough and decides it is OK to push too far… Why I’m in favor of “corporal punishment” as it teaches the little sociopath-to-be that there are punishments if they push too far… To the extent that reality is removed from early life, we have more adults who think they can go too far…

  45. cdquarles says:

    @EM, I agree. The worst thing we’ve done to our progeny is to “keep them from growing up”, and note, I leave off the usual “too soon” part. Coddling children destroys them as rational adults. Pretty much all of the denizens here have had similar experiences growing up. We had enforced boundaries that were realistic. Within those, you were left alone. If you were ‘too hard-headed’, reality generally provided enough punishment itself, so the adults didn’t have to act that often. Even with that, often, the mere threat of punishment worked because we had personal or saw personal enforcement of the rules. Sometimes that was capricious, but mostly it wasn’t.

  46. Jon K says:

    Wow, Kavanaugh’s opening statements are moving and powerful.

  47. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting video clip here – Sen Shila Jackson passes an envelope to the attorney of Blasey Ford.


  48. Larry Ledwick says:

    Sen Lindsey Graham reading the riot act to the Dems.

  49. Larry Ledwick says:

    Someone in Congress just doxxed Republican leadership. Sen. Mike Lee, Orrin Hatch & Lindsey Graham


  50. E.M.Smith says:

    @Jon K:

    Just watched it on a replay on ABC news channel on the Roku. WOW is right. He didn’t pull any punches at all and basically called the Dems toads and cretins for being crude and evil (but in much more professional manner).


    How to win friends in positions of power? /sarc;

  51. H.R. says:

    I watched Senator Graham – live – rip into the Dims and I was CHEERING!

  52. jim2 says:

    Re Graham – Trump’s backbone appears to be contagious. Never that I know of have Redimowits pushed back so hard, and maybe it’s the first time in the past 20 years??!! The Dimowits have sunk so low in the slime, I’m wondering if they will be able to get out this time. This time, it was very public and plastered over every form of media. They don’t deserve to breath the same air as us Deplorables.

  53. p.g.sharrow says:

    I also watched Lindsey Graham live. That may have been his finest moment! 8-) …pg

  54. H.R. says:

    The whole Dem strategy in the SC hearing is to delay any Republican SC nomination… forever. Their tactic was on full display; impossible to substantiate allegations unveiled as needed until Dems once again regain power. Oh, an it’s a bonus is they can make the process so personally destructive to the nominee that no one else would ever consider subjecting themselves to the process.

    The Communist Democrats (But I repeat myself. It’s now the same word with two different pronunciations.) are hoping to regain power, but as we all here know all too well, “Hope is not a strategy.” ~ E.M.

    Sundance, on the Conservative Tree House, and others have pointed out that the political pendulum swings right to left, through a generation or two, and swings back in proportion when it changes directions. I believe the electorate has had enough of how surprisingly far the country has swung to the left, and the political pendulum is now swinging on a long strong path to the right.

    (Left being defined in this case as government control and Right as individual liberty.)

  55. H.R. says:

    I need new eyes, new fingers, and a new keyboard that is unaffected by mayonnaise. A better brain wouldn’t hurt, but that may be asking a bit much. 😜

  56. H.R. says:

    Now I lay me down to sleep,
    I give the Lord my keyboard to keep.
    If I should die before I wake,
    I pray the Lord fixes every mistake.

    ~The 3-Fingered Typist’s Prayer

  57. E.M.Smith says:

    I think the Democrats did not realize just how much of a Christian Boy Scout they were dealing with. A Guy who kept a daily calendar / diary from 9 years old on? OMG! Just being able to show that every day is accounted for is lethal to their claims. They’ve been caught out absolutely red handed…

    Then they picked a guy who was a virgin until well after high school… and had long “sharing” phone calls with a load of women from a Christian school and became their confidant…

    Then the accusations are just so darned fuzzy – clearly lacking any details (like date) as they have figured out if they pick the wrong date, he has documented where he was…

    Were it me, I’d have no way of saying where I was or what I was doing in my Junior year or that summer. Most days were just tinkering at home, working some of the time, or running around playing with friends (movies, drive-ins, what-have-you). All I’d be able to do is say “Did not!”…

    Oddly, they have already succeed in convincing me to never work for the Federal Government.

  58. H.R. says:

    E.M.: “Oddly, they have already succeed in convincing me to never work for the Federal Government.”

    That’s the whole point of this circus. “If you are not a Democrat Apparatchik, don’t even think about running for office. We will destroy you.”

  59. E.M.Smith says:

    FWIW, ATM, I’m getting between 20% and 80% packet losses on pinging a known responder site that’s always up. Don’t know if it is local AT&T or a more broad cyber event…

  60. p.g.sharrow says:

    Looked at Kilauea quake map today,
    No lava flows evident and quakes down to about 10 per day. many very deep, 20+miles, wide spread and far under the Island not within it, A swarm that was under the west end of the West Rift is moving towards the East and the Kilauea Vent I would say that a bubble of magma deep under the island is moving toward the area of the vent.
    Have a WAG that we are about 3 weeks from a major event …pg

  61. p.g.sharrow says:

    @EMSmith; Forgot something, no comments in latest post, Kavanaugh – Statements & Votes…pg

  62. Larry Ledwick says:

    Still no comments allowed on the Kavanaugh post yet :-)

  63. p.g.sharrow says:

    Senator Graham just gave another kick-ass speech in committee, the Democrats are outside politicking with the media. Graham also pointed out that the manipulators are among the DNC Lawyers that are herding these witnesses making claims and politicians making demands to stop filling the Supreme Court vacancies. It would appear that as the coup attempt to take over the presidency is failing they are moving on the Court. Soros money and manipulations run deep.
    The first Supreme Court case on docket would make Soros favored NGOs Sovereign and immune to lawsuit and other legal action. That is why this is a BIG deal to some people…pg.

  64. E.M.Smith says:

    It looks like the network is stable this morning. I found that the “allow comments” bit had been inverted on the Kavanaugh vote posting ( I didn’t do it so who know what gremlin did) and fixed it.

    No idea what the problem was, but suspect it is AT&T local (the number of error frames on my router status report is higher than it ought to be so I think they are using old wire instead of pulling new or their router card is flaking, in some ways most likely the latter as a reboot tends to fix it if done enough times…)

    So modestly late last night I just shut it off and went to bed. That lets someone else get assigned the bad port… on restart this morning, all looks OK.

  65. p.g.sharrow says:

    @EMSmith; There is a lot of that going around. We have AT&T at the apartment in Chico and sometimes must reboot the router several times to get usable service…pg

  66. tom0mason says:

    You may be interested in studies about the sun’s effects on the atmosphere happening now, some NASA people observe and measure its effects.

    Sept. 27, 2018: The sun is entering one of the deepest Solar Minima of the Space Age. Sunspots have been absent for most of 2018, and the sun’s ultraviolet output has sharply dropped. New research shows that Earth’s upper atmosphere is responding.

    “We see a cooling trend,” says Martin Mlynczak of NASA’s Langley Research Center. “High above Earth’s surface, near the edge of space, our atmosphere is losing heat energy. If current trends continue, it could soon set a Space Age record for cold.”


    To help keep track of what’s happening in the thermosphere, Mlynczak and colleagues recently introduced the “Thermosphere Climate Index” (TCI)–a number expressed in Watts that tells how much heat NO molecules are dumping into space. During Solar Maximum, TCI is high (“Hot”); during Solar Minimum, it is low (“Cold”).

    “Right now, it is very low indeed,” says Mlynczak. “SABER is currently measuring 33 billion Watts of infrared power from NO. That’s 10 times smaller than we see during more active phases of the solar cycle.”

    The obvious consequence is the upper atmosphere IS getting colder and quite quickly, soon it will filter down!

  67. Rhoda Klapp says:

    A while ago I found a complete explanation of what started WW1. I saved it and here it is, but I do not know the source. I read it in the comments somewhere, so I guess it’s not intended to be private:

    If only WW1 had been a pub fight

    Germany, Austria and Italy are stood together in the middle of the pub, when Serbia bumps into Austria, and spills Austria’s pint.

    Austria demands Serbia buy it a complete new suit, because there are splashes on its trouser leg.

    Germany expresses its support for Austria’s point of view

    Britain recommends that everyone calm down a bit.

    Serbia points out that it can’t afford a whole suit, but offers to pay for cleaning Austria’s trousers.

    Russia and Serbia look at Austria.

    Austria asks Serbia who it’s looking at.

    Russia suggests that Austria should leave its little brother alone.

    Austria inquires as to whose army will assist Russia in compelling it to do so.

    Germany appeals to Britain that France has been looking at it, and that this is sufficiently out of order that Britain should not intervene.

    Britain replies that France can look at who it wants to, that Britain is looking at Germany too, and what is Germany going to do about it?

    Germany tells Russia to stop looking at Austria, or Germany will render Russia incapable of such action.

    Britain and France ask Germany whether it’s looking at Belgium.

    Turkey and Germany go off into a corner and whisper. When they come back, Turkey makes a show of not looking at anyone.

    Germany rolls up its sleeves, looks at France, and punches Belgium.

    France and Britain punch Germany. Austria punches Russia. Germany punches Britain and France with one hand and Russia with the other.

    Russia throws a punch at Germany, but misses and nearly falls over. Japan calls over from the other side of the room that it’s on Britain’s side, but stays there. Italy surprises everyone by punching Austria.

    Australia punches Turkey, and gets punched back. There are no hard feelings, because Britain made Australia do it.

    France gets thrown through a plate glass window, but gets back up and carries on fighting. Russia gets thrown through another one, gets knocked out, suffers brain damage, and wakes up with a complete personality change.

    Italy throws a punch at Austria and misses, but Austria falls over anyway. Italy raises both fists in the air and runs round the room chanting.

    America waits till Germany is about to fall over from sustained punching from Britain and France, then walks over and smashes it with a barstool, then pretends it won the fight all by itself.

    By now all the chairs are broken, and the big mirror over the bar is shattered. Britain, France and America agree that Germany threw the first punch, so the whole thing is Germany’s fault . While Germany is still unconscious, they go through its pockets, steal its wallet, and buy drinks for all their friends.

    And when Germany wakes up, it goes out to its car, gets the gun out of the glovebox and heads back inside…

  68. philjourdan says:

    @Rhoda – Very amusing! But it was written by a Brit. Still close enough to be funny.

  69. H.R. says:

    Hey, thanks, jim2. Headed to Florida December through February.

    If nothing else, I can swing it around while grilling. Why keep bugs away with spray when you can pile up their bodies in a mountain of little bug carcasses?

  70. jim2 says:

    Yep, it uses all natural electrons!

  71. H.R. says:

    Ooooooooo… organic!

    Collect enough bodies and I can give new meaning to Shoo-Fly Pie! The wings give it that extra crunch.

    P.S. Not the usual recipe fare here, I know, but let’s get adventurous! (Or stupid 😜)

    P.S.S. I don’t know why, but I’m reminded to ask: is Red Lobster’s Shrimp Fest still going on?

  72. E.M.Smith says:


    Isn’t a “shrimp fest” discriminatory against those of us of large stature?… How about a “Big fat guy fest”? I think I need reparations and a ‘safe space’ (with a beer tap…)

  73. ossqss says:

    Ha! Any Lobster you get down here at Red Lobster, is shrimpy! Just sayin from experience.

    I would recommend getting those hand held zappers from the Harbor Frieght stores for the $3.99 that I have done for years (on sale and buy in bulk). They have varied in battery size from 2 AA up to 2 D size over the years ( best so far was the C cell single layer alternate polarity charge bar iteration for longevity). Bottom line, they all break at the handle battery slot (not a tennis racket). Hopefully they improve, but I am not holding my breath. Tape the battery cover and you will extend life. They do work! Just be prepared to stomp the temporarily downed Mud Dobber or Wasp you pissed off. Said from lengthy experience with them. They all have said “Do Not Drop” on them the last several years. Don’t drop them. Enjoy, with lessons learned knowledge.

  74. E.M.Smith says:

    It sounds to me like there is a market for a robotic bug zapper…. one with sonar and visual tracking that swats the sucker out of the air with a satisfying sizzle….

  75. jim2 says:

    The story behind rising Brent crude prices …

    “Potential for a supply shock because of declining oil production in Iran and Venezuela will remain bullish on oil prices, and the second round of U.S. sanctions on Iran in November will further support the sentiment,” said Abhishek Kumar, senior energy analyst at Interfax Energy in London.

    WTI isn’t at new highs but is in a rising trend. Since the US is the world’s most prolific oil producer, there is a silver lining for us.


  76. jim2 says:

    There is an automated laser bug zapper, but I’m not sure I would want one zapping me by mistake.


  77. jim2 says:

    What might be fun would be a small, automated drone with vision and a bug zapper screen. It would identify and destroy only mosquitoes.

  78. H.R. says:

    @jim2: Interesting link with the update on the mosquito-zapping laser.

    But if it is successful, it will put a big dent in the purple martin and bat food supply.

    As Roseanne Roseannadanna would say, “It’s always something.”

  79. H.R. says:

    E.M.: “I think I need reparations and a ‘safe space’ (with a beer tap…)”

    I think Morton’s of Chicago should provide the reparations.

  80. H.R. says:

    I ran across this comment on The Conservative TreeHouse. I have heard this before, but this guy, Dave Sanderson, laid it out nicely. I’ll paste the first part of his comment and if you’re interested, you can hit the link for the full comment.

    The posted article which garnered this comment was about Trudeau asking AMLO to persuade President Trump to accept Canada’s terms.

    Dave Sanderson says:
    September 29, 2018 at 11:33 am

    I don’t know about you folks, but in my business life (advertising; marketing) there is an eternal, absolute certainty that “if it weren’t for the last minute NOTHING would ever get done.” No drop-dead date & time means nothing gets close to the finish line … everything remains like trying to nail Jello to a wall UNTIL there is a life-threatening / job threatening DEADLINE.


  81. Larry Ledwick says:

    On the bug warfare front, might want to look into one of these for those irritating critters that buzz around your head then land on the ceiling out of reach.

    Got one of the for my birthday, so I am prepared the next time I have to deal with that situation. Besides if you are really good and want to practice your instinct shooting skills I guess you could shoot them on the fly while you wait to turn the burgers.


  82. H.R. says:

    Did you get the laser sight, too?

  83. Larry Ledwick says:

    No my lady friend did not include the laser sight with the gift, although snap shooting is preferably done with iron (plastic) sights anyway.

    A couple years ago we had an outbreak of flies that drove me nuts, they got in when I did not fully close the balcony door leaving a crack and I was chasing those little boogers for a week. After a while they got swatter smart and would land on the kitchen ceiling. I eventually found a tactic that worked however.

    Take a large party glass that you have used to drink milk and don’t rinse it out when finished, leave it on the kitchen counter. After a while there will be anywhere from 2 – 5 flies in the cup, take one harbor freight bug zapper racket and hold the button down for a couple seconds so it is at max potential and sneak up to the glass and quickly cover the top of the plastic glass with the charged racket. Then grab the cup with your other hand and while holding the two together give it a good hard shake.

    Result – all flies in the cup attempt to escape through the racket covered opening and get zapped. Not all of them get killed, a few are only stunned, so you need to follow up but it is a quick way to get rid of an influx of flies.

  84. Larry Ledwick says:

    Hmmm interesting – appears Ms Ford misrepresented her professional qualifications under oath before Congress.


  85. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting history here about how the Soviets promoted loss of morals to help break down the structures of power (the Church, the family etc.) and create a culture of rebellion against all the old social norms.


  86. Larry Ledwick says:

    The Chief White House Photographer – her comments on her job and the President.


  87. H.R. says:

    @Larry re Photographer links”

    Great link, sir! There are many other interesting links to follow when you get to the article. I wandered around quite a bit.

  88. Larry Ledwick says:

    On weather – an interesting link about daily temperature spread.

  89. jim2 says:

    This looks interesting …

    This week, Berners-Lee will launch Inrupt, a startup that he has been building, in stealth mode, for the past nine months. Backed by Glasswing Ventures, its mission is to turbocharge a broader movement afoot, among developers around the world, to decentralize the web and take back power from the forces that have profited from centralizing it. In other words, it’s game on for Facebook, Google, Amazon. For years now, Berners-Lee and other internet activists have been dreaming of a digital utopia where individuals control their own data and the internet remains free and open. But for Berners-Lee, the time for dreaming is over.


  90. E.M.Smith says:


    I ought to have thought of Berners-Lee… I knew P2P and distributed computing would eventually be the answer, and that it would come from the developer / hacker world. Just didn’t move that one step further to “and the same guy” ;-)

    The problem the mega-corps / TLAs / Govts have is that they are in opposition to the computer community… Yes, we take their money and do what they want done… on their time. On our own time, we are private contributors to a libertarian internet…

    Wonder if they need a project leader kind of guy ;-)

  91. jim2 says:

    When I retire and if this gets off the ground, I could see contributing dev time.

  92. jim2 says:

    I just dumped Chromium because apparently it has a nasty habit of deleting saved passwords. I don’t have many of those, but still don’t like that.

  93. p.g.sharrow says:

    The pattering of little raindrops was heard on the roof early this morning 😅
    have the weather gods sent a hint of fall rains that herald the start of the Rainy season?…pg

  94. cdquarles says:

    Interesting graph of diurnal variation. Locally, the least spread is 0. Highest? Not sure, maybe 34 or 35 degrees F if no front passes through. 40+ if so. No ‘sharp’ terrain here. Valley floor’s 500 to 600 ft amsl, with ridge heights 100 to 600 ft above the valley floor. Highest elevation near me (about 5 miles) is about 1200 ft. Highest point in the state is about 60 miles ENE of me, and is about double that 1200 ft.

  95. cdquarles says:

    Hmm, I am an old greybeard granddad; am I mistaken in that every web browser in use today is a fork of Berners-Lee’s (and others) Mozilla, ca 1993?

  96. cdquarles says:

    @pg, Well, it is Oct. 1, which starts the water year here. It is still dry season (that doesn’t mean we won’t get rain … ), and will be for about another 4 to 6 weeks, but yes. Rainy season is coming (November through May).

  97. E.M.Smith says:


    Local weather news says 80% chance of rain tonight. 1/10 to 1/4 inch. About 30 days earlier than most years (when first rain comes after Halloween). Not unheard of, but very infrequent…


    Many are, but not all. There’s a list here with a graph that’s nice:

    Click to embiggen hugely…

    Browsers are to some extent assembled from a kit of parts. Layout engine and such. So can be grouped in families that way. Chrome (currently one of the widest used browsers, largely due to Android Phones, but going to sink fast IMHO as they are not doing nice things lately at Google…) has used 2 different layout engines:


    Chrome used the WebKit layout engine until version 27. As of version 28, all Chrome ports except the iOS port use Blink, a fork of the WebKit engine.

    Back at the history / timeline link:

    Layout engines

    Gecko is developed by the Mozilla Foundation.
    Goanna is a fork of Gecko developed by Moonchild Productions.
    KHTML is developed by the KDE project.
    Presto was developed by Opera Software for use in Opera. Development stopped as Opera transitioned to Blink.
    Tasman was developed by Microsoft for use in Internet Explorer 5 for Macintosh.
    Trident is developed by Microsoft for use in the Windows versions of Internet Explorer 4 to Internet Explorer 11.
    WebKit is a fork of KHTML by Apple Inc. used in Apple Safari, and formerly in Chromium and Google Chrome.
    Blink is a 2013 fork of WebKit’s WebCore component by Google used in Chromium, Google Chrome, and Opera.
    Servo is an experimental web browser layout engine being developed cooperatively by Mozilla and Samsung.
    EdgeHTML is the engine developed by Microsoft for Edge. It is a largely rewritten fork of Trident with all legacy code removed.

    So you can see that Apple WebKit as a fork for KHTML that came from the KDE project. WebKit then went on to sprout “Blink” used in Chromium, Chrome, and Opera.

    Microsoft wrote Trident then re-wrote it as EdgeHTML for their browsers.

    Mozilla made the Gecko engine.

    The link goes on to have listings of which browser use what layout engine. Sometimes you get a different engine in the “same browser” (like FireFox) depending on target OS / platform.

    So while there are a lot of browser with heritage back to Mozilla or Gecko, there’s also most of them not having that heritage (chrome, Microsoft, or Apple based browser for example)

  98. E.M.Smith says:

    Oh, and a useful comparison of web browsers here:

    Some of this is repeating what’s in the list (like that graph) but it also covers some historical but now gone browsers and some bits of history not in the list:

    Yes, it’s something I’ve looked at / read about / lived from time to time. It matters when trying to decide what browser to use as they don’t all work on all OS types, or may have different layout engines on different machines (or over time), or just what features work, or don’t, changes.

    When supporting a community of users it’s the kind of thing that comes up more often than I’d like. Then you get into the whole “which browser is secure” issue. Like the recent purchase of Opera by China. They are the dominant browser in Africa (largely due to their compression / buffering facilities on low speed dial-up lines); but now you must ask: Do you want China caching and buffering every page you read? Hmmm? Not me. So were I running a company I’d be de-listing it from the approved browser list. (China is known to use all information possible to “leverage” companies and people doing business in China, so you know that browser data will be used against your company if you “go there”…)

    So yeah, it’s something you get to look at, want to or not.

  99. E.M.Smith says:


    Safari is the second most widely used browser after Chrome… I.E. and FireFox both “the incredibly shrinking market share”…


  100. Larry Ledwick says:

    Long term forecast for coming week, I think I might want to figure out where my snow brush is.

  101. Larry Ledwick says:

    New York Times is going for the kill shot with a tax avoidence by Trump article.

    They seem to forget the IRS has audited him for many years running and the IRS can go back at least 5 years, beyond the date of the audited returns and if they find anything suspect they can go back as far as they need to resolve the issue.

    This appears to be all innuendo and based on interviews and public records like Harry Reids charges of tax issues with Romney they only have to plant the seed of corruption they don’t have to prove anything for the Dems to milk this for all it is worth.

    They completely ignore the question would Diane Finstein or others on their side survive the same sort of probe? Were the deductions and tax avoidance legal under the laws and regulations in place at the time – you know sort of like the GE corporation basically pays no taxes by using legal strategies to reduce their tax exposure.

  102. Larry Ledwick says:

    Flash flooding in Phoenix Az live video stream

  103. E.M.Smith says:

    I notice they have advanced the money received for inflation. Care to figure the actual money he got 1/2 century ago? (or whatever it was). Yeah, a whole lot less.

    Then they call it “tax dodges” – Um, no. It is using the rules of accounting to your benefit. He didn’t make the rules, he just hired good Tax Attorneys and Accountants to use them.

    The biggest win for him, IIRC, was that for many years if you defaulted on a loan it was not counted as income. So he’d toss money at a property and if it failed, sell for “whatever” and give it to the bank. Keeping his winnings and clearing the dogs at no cost. So he’d count all the depreciation and losses against his profitable properties, and then not have tax left to pay. All because the defaulted loan was not counted as “implied income”. ( I may have screwed that up a little… only read it once a few years back and it was a complicated bit of legal kit).

    It was all according to the tax law of the time and perfectly legal.

    Later (decades later) the tax law was changed, and after that he did ot exploit that option.

    So yeah, it is Yet Another Democratic Lie to try to smear him.

  104. Larry Ledwick says:


    59m59 minutes ago
    BREAKING PHOTO: Image confirmed by U.S. officials shows “unsafe and unprofessional” encounter between USS Decatur and a Chinese destroyer in the South China Sea – CNN

    The Chinese ship is with very high likelihood the one in front in this picture. I have seen this happen in real life while on bridge watch. The Soviet Trawlers would do this to us when we were at sea during Vietnam, over take and then cut across your bow. Under international rules of the sea if you collide, like in cars, the one in the rear is by definition at fault.

  105. cdquarles says:

    Since when, Larry? With respect to autos and airplanes, the one who performed a ‘dangerous’ maneuver that results in a crash, in my experience, is the one at fault. I saw a fool on interstate 59/20 one night. He’s headed westbound a few miles away from the Eutaw (Greene County) exit. He was driving recklessly, weaving in and out of traffic. Eventually, he (generic) clipped another vehicle and spun out, coming to rest in the median. The vehicle he clipped didn’t lose control of it, if I am remembering correctly. That was quite some time ago, now; a good 10 to 20 years.

    There was another case that I saw, also on Interstate 59/20. I’m headed westbound near 31st St N in Birmingham. A fool crosses in front of me from the eastbound lane, on the right hand side of the lanes, and, I think, east of the off-ramp that leads to the south. Fortunately, there was enough space and he (generic) made it without death and/or destruction, onto the off-ramp headed north. This one was 30 or 40 years ago, now. Said fool could have just kept heading east and taken the next exit, and either turned around to get on the westbound side or taken side roads back toward 31st St. N.[Just goes to show how unreliable human memories are, especially as time elapses from the date and time of the incident.]

  106. Larry Ledwick says:

    It has always been that way.
    Clipping another car is not the same thing as making a sudden lane change then suddenly slowing down and getting rear ended. The following car is presumed to have not been paying attention or not maintaining adequate following distance, and has a devil of a time shifting blame to the lead car based on their maneuver unless there is some third party evidence of intentional brake check by the lead car.

    This is the basis for thousands of insurance fraud cases.

    In the case of ships, the overtaking ship (the rear ship in this situation) has the responsibility to avoid the collision under maritime law.

    It is a carefully timed and executed maneuver at sea, the harassing ship, approaches from the rear quarter of the ship being harassed, then makes a diagonal cut across the path of the ship being harassed and just as they reach the anticipated track of the ship being harassed, the harassing ship makes a hard turn to follow the same course and cuts engines, presenting her stern to the ship being harassed and creating a situation where they have priority (they established their course in front of the other ship), and also created an overtaking situation by the ship being harassed.

    Usually requires the ship being harassed to make a hard turn and full astern on the screws to avoid contact, if the intent is malicious & trying to actually provoke a collision, if it is only simple harassment, the overtaking (harassed) ship needs to turn away from the other ship to avoid contact or getting into an unsafe close approach.

    The Soviet trawlers used that maneuver to turn us to get light into our superstructure so they could take photos of our ship with full flat lighting from the setting sun. Our skipper had their intent figured out before they pulled into position to get the pictures and had me call down to the engine room to add one turn a minute to the screws (we were diesel electric propulsion ship) so this meant full throttle acceleration on the diesels as they came under increasing load, and heavy black smoke streaming back over the Soviet trawler to screw up their photo run.

    From the looks of that picture, the American ship played chicken and gave as little ground as they could and still avoid contact to get documentary proof of the harassment. (there just happened to be a drone or aircraft in the area to photograph the close approach)

  107. Larry Ledwick says:

    There are several incidents as I recall of the Chinese coming up along side unarmed fishing boats and “shouldering them aside” by intentionally running up into a slightly converging collision course and riding against the hull of the other ship to bump steer them away and send a message they are willing to use dangerous contact to get the results they wanted. Not such a good idea against an armed ship of line though.

  108. E.M.Smith says:

    It varies by State for cars, but in California it is “last opportunity to avoid”. While that often means the one behind, there are exceptions.

    Real case on which I was a witness:

    Driver going way fast passes me ( I’m floored, but in the Diesel that isn’t saying much, other than I was about 5 over the speedlimit…) and in front of me, a lady pulls out of the driveway at the post office I intend to enter. This is in a slight corner and I can see her pull out, but as I’m looking to the right, not tracking the car a little ahead of me. That car tail ends the one leaving the driveway…

    Ruling was that despite “greenery” in the median of the curve blocking the view of the one from the driveway, and despite her being tail ended, and despite the far left lane speeder speeding, the person made an unsafe “lane change” by crossing the right lane to the left on exit of the driveway (to get to the left turn lane…). So they had shared responsibility for the accident. Both could have avoided it (by slowing, or by not crossing to the 2nd lane).

    I don’t remember maritime rules all that much ( I generally worked on the rule of “Cheapest boat has the right of way!” ;-) but I remember that no liability attached to large ships in the harbor if your little boat got in front of them as they simply could not stop or turn fast enough. And yes, I know harbor rules are different from open sea; so no, I don’t know for sure what it is at sea.

    Then there’s that fundamental rule of “If you want that judgement paid, come and take it, I dare you!” for really big boats with guns… Or the other one “What boat did I hit? All I see is an oil slick and some smoke…” /sarc;

  109. Larry Ledwick says:

    I think in theory, boats under sail have the right of way, but as you say tonnage creates a right of way all its own.

  110. Larry Ledwick says:

    Oh man it just does not get much better than this:

  111. E.M.Smith says:


    Oh Wow! that video in the twitter feed ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVk9a5Jcd1k ) is just amazing. 3 self described liberal professors prank the Grievance Studies journals and get 7 papers published, including one that was a feminist re-write of a chunk of Mein Kampf!

    I agree completely with their conclusion: that this needs fixing and it isn’t good academics.

    I’d assert the same thing is true of all “research” done with a political agenda, including most of the “Global Warming” crap.

    Since it looks like “Academia” is hopelessly polluted (especially the “social sciences” sections), one good first step would be for all NFS grants to be limited to physical sciences (though I’d also call “climate science” a “social science”… it’s very un-physical)

    Frankly, it is my considered opinion that there is zero real use for any graduates in things like Gender Studies, Race Studies, Social Science, etc. etc. The entire Grievance Industry. Were it up to me I’d fund them at $0. From any source. We need Engineers, Mathematicians, Physicists, Chemists, Doctors, Nurses, Dentists, Farmers (Agriculture Majors and Veterinarians)… We don’t need more Grumpy SJWs. Just say no and convert those departments to something useful.

    Maybe keep the English department… For those kids who need a do-over of High School English to pass their other classes…

  112. E.M.Smith says:

    Oh, on the right of way thing: You phrased it right as “under sail”. As I had a motor sailer I had to remember that when my sail was up I had right of way but when under motor I didn’t. Oh, and IIRC, paddle boats and such have right of way over sail boats. Basic notion being whoever has the most / fastest maneuverability has the obligation to avoid the collision. So row boats, then sail boats, then motor craft have right of way. (I thought you could extend it to immovable rocks having the ultimate right of way ;-) but other folks didn’t see the value in starting arrays at zero 8-0 ;-)

    In that context, the half mile long cargo ship doing 12 kts is essentially a fast moving rock… nothing is going to change where it goes short of a mile and 5 minutes…

  113. Larry Ledwick says:

    And is this the beginning of a shift to urban warfare tactics in Europe? Given the fact the migrant population likely already has some experienced people who have fought in street battles in the middle east this might be just an early stage of a European Intifada, or more ominiously the first step toward open street battles as the migrants test their strength and begin the process of intimidation their brand of resistance depends on to cow the police and government.


  114. E.M.Smith says:

    There was already one of these where a police car was burned and, IIRC, 2 officers killed. They were responding to {something} in one of the immigrant districts and were firebombed? Something like that… a few months to a year ago.

    Yes, that’s where it’s headed. Policing depends on the support of the majority of the population to function. Otherwise you are just 2 targets in a car (bigger target) with big neon signs saying “attack here”… That’s why in cases where the general population is in riot or revolt (or even just mob-desperate in disasters) the military is called out. IMHO, that’s where this ends up. Military vs immigrant insurrection warfare.

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  116. Power Grab says:

    Re: “Clipping another car…”

    I’d like to take this opportunity to ask “What’s up with that?” about the many cars on the road with 1 or 2 doors on one side sporting sizeable dents. Did someone just hit them a glancing blow? But no one cared to get the car repaired?

    Is it a cottage industry where you get your car damaged just enough to earn a 4-figure payment from someone’s insurance company, then you just pocket the money? Is that a thing?

  117. H.R. says:

    @Power Grab: I believe you are correct about the insurance scam. All you need to participate is an old beater car and you’re in business.

    What that scam has spawned is the rise in the sale of dash cams. I recall reading that in Russia, it got so bad that almost everybody who drives has a dash cam. (That’s why there are so many videos on the net of unusual natural phenomena from Russia. They capture a lot of cool stuff as a byproduct of always having the camera on.)

    I am thinking of getting a dash cam myself to keep my insurance low should someone pick me to cause an ‘accident.’ Perhaps I’ll also capture a few cool things that I’ve seen while driving that are only memories now.

    I just did a quick search and it looks like dash cams are running from $40 to $140. That’s really quite affordable.

  118. E.M.Smith says:

    Also depends a lot on where you are. In the UK it looked like dents were all over the place. Here in Silicon Valley, hardly any and no reports of the “bump and sue” game. NYC? Well… ;-)

  119. H.R. says:

    @E.M. and Power Grab: If you’re in a low-scam area, a dash cam is still protection against overly aggressive drivers (I call them, “NASCAR wannabees”) and cellphone distracted drivers.

    If you’re on the 405 in L.A. during rush hour, an easel, palette, and a brush is sufficient to record any incident. 😜

  120. E.M.Smith says:

    I understand that for “high speed chases” in L.A. the police have gone to the Daguerreotype… ;-)

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