W.O.O.D. – 20 June 2019


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?


After almost certainly being the folks who tried to sink some oil tankers in the shipping lane out of the Arabian Gulf, they have now shot down a US Drone that was keeping an eye on them. Trump has sent all of 1000 troops more over near them, and the YSM (Yellow Stream Media) are having a heart attack over it and darned near declaring we are in a war. Ah, no. 1000 guys is almost enough to be liaisons with the locals in whatever they are doing.

Were we prepping to be in a war with Iran, there would be an entire fleet or two shipping out a few thousand tanks and other vehicles, a few Marine Expeditionary Forces loading up, and a whole lot of flights out of Missouri headed to Diego Garcia to pre-position our B2 bomber fleet.

At most, we are doing some aireal survey of things to whack with some missiles to knock out the ability to put limpet mines on ships. Perhaps also increasing our liaison ability with other nations of the area (the folks who’s shipping is at risk) to aid them with intelligence gathering for their actions.

Key Point: The U.S.A. is now the world’s biggest oil producer AND we are a net exporter. We don’t give a damn if the oil out of the Arab States gets shut off. We don’t give a damn if Iran sinks oil tankers in the Gulf. Not our oil. Not our ships. Not our problem.

What we DO care about is how that would damage our friends. Japan, Europe. Both highly dependent on Gulf Oil. Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, etc. Their shipments outbound stop, bad things happen to their economies, their political stability, and as they sell financial assets to keep running, global financial markets take a hit.

So we have reason to help them; but little reason to do the heavy lifting. The days when we were the “Best Army Money Can Buy” for Kuwait and Saudi are behind us as the Bush Dynasty is over. The days when we were the foil for Soros and his “color revolutions” managed by The Big Obummer and Hillary are also over. Trump has a keen eye on getting the most for the least cost and he knows our being the “boots on the ground” in a big way is also a big cost. He knows our biggest gain is from being arms merchant to The House Of Saud, Kuwait, etc. etc. and providing logistical support (at a price).

Us, having a ground war in The Gulf? That’s sooooo last Administration / last Dynasty. We’re not the Globalist Type anymore.

But we are open for business…


“God Only Knows” continues.

Has it fallen completely off the radar?

Will it resolve? Will anyone notice? Does anyone care anymore?

Probably not.

Put it’s nice to have it hanging around as an “example to others” of where Socialism takes you. So unlike prior administrations, we don’t see much US direct involvement. It’s up to the people of Venezuela and the countries around it to decide their future.


Well, finally caught enough clue to get tired of whacks with the Clue Stick.

Not only doing enforcement of their Southern Border, but signed / approved the Mexico, Canada, US, trade agreement. Now if only Congress can stop having TDS Apoplexy long enough to actually do their job…

Sidebar On Sky / France24

During the State Visit of Trump to the UK and France, both Sky and France24 showed their Globalist Anti-Trump colors. It was mildly revolting. Maybe it’s my sensitivity that’s shifted, but it feels like their “news” coverage has also shifted and they are now being more blatantly Globalist / Anti-Trump.

Could it be a reaction to the recent European Parliament vote that saw the Globalist / Left lose hard to the Nationalists?

Could it be the loss of {Italy, France, Hungary, Czech Republic, Austria, and maybe a couple of others} from the New Holy Roman Empire with it’s desire to Demographically Flood Europe with Africans and Muslims? Could it be a reaction to just losing?

Whatever it is, I find I’m now much more selective in what I get from them. I’ll sample the current story, then if it isn’t interesting (and now it often is very much not interesting), I’ll drop down and scan the stories they have “up” on the Roku channel. Typically now I’m finding maybe one in the list that is worth a look.

Not too surprisingly, I’m getting ever more real news from YouTube channels. (Bitchute on the computer but the Roku has no app for them). It is a very sad day when “recently uploaded” has more recent and more accurate news reporting than actual news corporations with $Billion sizes.

The “amateurs on the street” may not be as polished, but it is Real News and without the spin. Real “You Are There!” coverage of things often as they are unfolding.

Global Warming Push

The Dimocrats are full on pushing for some kind of Gang Green New Deal. It would seem none of them can actually “Do Math”.

We have a manufacturing ability for about 12% electric vehicles. That’s after a few decades of pushing on it, hard. You can not change that in under 5 years to any significant degree. (Tooling must come first. Increased mining of copper and lithium and cobalt and Rare Earth Elements must come first, and that means new mines opened and permitted, and THEIR mining equipment ordered and built and delivered…)

So folks like Creepy Uncle Joe and Occasional Cortex want to replace all oil burners with electric cars and do it in a decade? Sorry, not going to happen even with a full on W.W.II style mobilization. Math just doesn’t pencil out.

Similarly, losing the entirety of the Gas, Oil, Coal, and Petrochemical industries would toss us into a recession deeper than The Great Depression.

Then there’s that minor problem of needing to at least double the entire electrical grid AND generation capacities. With who’s $Trillions? Eh? The Government is already broke and with more debt than can ever be paid off. China has an economy in free fall (manufactures down 17% per one headline) so not likely to loan us the money. Europe is having its own hard times and their banks are dodgy at best, so no joy there. The Saudi’s are pumping ever more water with their oil, and having some budget issues caused by a too large population with too few jobs and lots of Welfare Costs. They are needing to be their own Piggy Bank and not ours. So just where is the money to come from, eh? Lord knows “We The People” don’t have it.

Speaking of Coups…

Will the Dims ever catch a clue that the whole “Impeach Screech” is NOT helping them? Just makes them look The Fools that they are and pisses off the 1/2 the country who voted for Trump while making another 1/4 wonder why the hell they are not doing something helpful to the country. Plays well with the 1/4 with TDS (Trump Derangement Syndrome) though… But that isn’t going to help them much.

The Weather:

Snow in British Columbia, Alberta, Utah, Wyoming… Um, isn’t this supposed to be summer already? Are we not at the Solstice?

It is still raining in the Midwest. Corn and Soybean planting percentages have improved from disastrous to horrible.

It’s a Grand Solar Minimum pattern. More red / IR causing prompt surface evaporation in the seas and oceans, that then falls as rain. Less blue / UV going to depths in the oceans and causing gradual warming with sequestration for 100+ years.

It will take a few years to get the oceans cooled back down. Until then, lots of rain, snow, and flooding. Just like at the start of the Little Ice Age.

UK, Australia, and others having a bit of cold and wet too.

I would encourage folks to at least have a minimal food storage system in place. A few months is very easy to set up. I’ve described it a few times. If anyone want’s a repeat, let me know, and I’ll describe a low cost rapid model system.

I’m not too worried about food shortages in the USA, since we grow way way more than we could ever eat. We feed 1/3 of our corn crop to cars. Most of the rest to cows, pigs, chickens and farmed fish. As they only convert a fraction of the calories in the feed into their body stored calories that we eat (Feed conversion ratios from 1/3 to 1/10 of dry feed to wet meat mass) we can easily take a 1/2 loss of corn and soybean production by just not feeding ethanol to our cars (we have the oil…) and eating a few more tortillas / tofu chunks and a few less steaks, chops, and chickens.

That does NOT work so well for folks in places like North Africa which can not presently feed itself and where most of the food calories are already of the “beans, rice, and couscous” type. It is worse in sub-Saharan Africa, where they are already having food issues. Similar issues exit for parts of Asia and some parts of South America.

The major food exporters are North America, Brazil, and Australia. Everyone else is at risk (with a few smaller exceptions).

A 25 lb sack of rice and a 25 lb sack of beans will feed a person for about 50 days. 100 on reduced rations. It costs about $50 bought in bulk at places like COSTCO. Stored in glass jars it will keep for a few years easily. Add a bottle of vitamin pills and you can survive well, if not happily, longer than all the unprepared. Then, if No Bad Thing actually happens, worst case is you have chicken & rice one day a week and chili beans another, for a year. Not exactly a hardship.

In the short run ( a few weeks to months ) a 5 or even 10 lb bag of beans or rice can just sit in the pantry without any special storage done. It’s easy enough to then put it in jars as time and opportunity presents. Similarly, there are a great many packaged foods that are shelf stable for a year or 2 easy. Everything from cans of tuna and peas to Mac N Cheese to Scalloped Potatoes and Vietnamese Pho soup bowl kits. It’s more of a financial hit, but easier on the taste buds, to just buy 2 times as much of the shelf stable foods you like each shopping trip. Put the extra in a closet. After 6 months, you have a 6 month supply of things you already like to eat. Buy it at a Big Box Discount place instead of your usual local market, and the total $$ spent doesn’t actually rise much. (My local “Full service grocer” runs about 2 x the price of Walmart or COSTCO on most stuff).

IF the problem suddenly gets better and you decide you don’t need all that stuff in the closet, then you just don’t buy more, and after a few months of no spending, the supply is gone ;-)

This isn’t rocket science, but it is worth doing. It is what everyone did until recently (about the 1960’s folks started depending on The Store instead of the pantry and root cellar). Store enough food to get through the winter until the spring planted food could be harvested was the standard behaviour for my parents generation. It is still what we need to do on a collective basis. Most of the land is in the Northern Hemisphere, so we can’t just depend on Australia and Brazil to get through the winter. There’s still a lot of “storage while in process” going on. So moving some of that from a warehouse in Arkansas and into your spare closet isn’t exactly problematic.

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182 Responses to W.O.O.D. – 20 June 2019

  1. Bill in Oz says:

    E M Good post & deals with the issues well…The USA issues I prefer not to get involved in. ( It’s so easy to find TDS folks even here in Oz where whatever he does is whacked by the MSM.) Much better to simply not go there. As he is not our president there is bugger all we can do for good or bad.

    Re Coming food issues : you missed one big player on the global food trade : Argentina. having lived a while there and knowing folks there I’m giving them a plug here.. They have a huge cash crop agricultural sector and make really good wine and cheeses. Their food exports tend to be far less subject to erratic weather which is good fortune. But they also need all the US dollars they can get from exports as the current Macro government has sold the country down the river.Not that the previous Kirchner mob were much better. And national elections later this year will probably see Kirchner regain control of the government…Rightwing tweedly dum versus left wing tweedly dee ! Sigh !

  2. John F. Hultquist says:

    Food supply should include water. I know your past posts have mentioned this.
    Still, many folks do not think of this and it isn’t pushed by those selling the “doomsday” food pails.
    RE: Survival Food

    A vast supply of freeze-dried goods and no water (or means of boiling water) is a plan with a big hole in it.

  3. E.M.Smith says:

    @Bill in Oz:

    Had to put a cut off on the list somewhere. Argentina didn’t make my cut. Yeah, reasonable regional grain producer and nice beef. However, it is rather small and economically has been a basket case for years. Not going to save the world, but could save themselves and a couple of neighbors.

    @John F Hultquist:

    For general emergency prep, absolutely. Your need for a substance is inversely related to physical state. Air is most critical and you can go without it for a minute or three. Water is next critical at hours to a few days. Food? Most of us can go a week without food. Actual starvation takes months.

    But the present “scenario” is excess rains causing crop failure. In that context, the problem will be food supply over years… water not so much. Though individual situations will vary. Urban breakdown at the desert end of a long pipeline has water critical a lot more than does someone living in Florida with daily rain.

  4. Another Ian says:

    “Finally “world first” study on nine houses shows wind towers make pulsing noise for 3.5 km”


  5. Larry Ledwick says:

    Hmmm this is interesting – never heard of this possibility before.


  6. philjourdan says:

    2 quickies- Re: Mexico – not congress. Pelousi has nothing to say. Little Chuckie does. Only the Senate has to approve.

    and 2 – I would not want to be manning the site that fired the missile. I give it about 18 hours..

  7. philjourdan says:

    @Larry L – not cell phones doing it. Just reaffirms that the millennials are bone heads. ;-)

  8. Larry Ledwick says:

    Yes poor headline, it is poor usage that is causing it – apparently there is now an official syndrom called tech neck, from the same cause.


  9. The Quiet Farmer says:

    Any comments on Libra, Facebooks digital private currency? Not sure how to link of phone but it’s up at Cattalaxy files. Not sure of spelling either.
    Keep up great work and enjoy your salads.

  10. Larry Ledwick says:

    Given the behavior of Face Book and others in the Tech monopolies the last thing I want them to do is have any influence on digital currency. Control of money is control of commerce and people, If I can’t trust them to not manipulate data they have access to, according to their political agenda, I absolutely positively cannot trust them with a digital currency.

  11. E.M.Smith says:

    What Larry said…

    Then season with the inherent high risk of digital currency. One govt rule away from worthless…

  12. H.R. says:

    Barter goods and labor/skilz
    – Precious metals and gems
    – – Printed currency
    – – – Digital currency, where even if all the players keep it on the up-and-up, you’re still just an EMP away from dead broke.

    I have a mix of the first three.

  13. YMMV says:

    BREXIT: I was glancing through The Economist. Their take on it was (not in so many words) “I would encourage folks to at least have a minimal food storage system in place.”

    Maybe Jean-Claude Juncker’s replacement will change things. Lacking that the UK has a constitutional crisis; their sort-of constitution is too easy to change and the self-restraint is all used up. Could be bye-bye Northern Ireland and Scotland. The muddle-on approach isn’t working.
    They say Ireland has referendums, but they don’t vote on vague concepts, they vote on final drafts.

    Here’s an interesting viewpoint. Sir Ivan, former UK Permanent Representative to the EU, says some mistakes cannot be fixed, and Ms. May made them right from the start.

    Click to access ivan%20speech%20final.pdf

    The bottom line is that a hard exit is now the default. Unless there is an extension, but what would be the point of that? But without an extension, ““no deal” is a certainty, because no new deal can be reached and passed by October 31. There are only 9 working days between what will be the new PM’s first meeting with all his oppos and October 31.”

    Tell me again why anyone would want to be PM?

  14. Bill in Oz says:

    @YMMV: Sir Ivan who ?
    T’ would seem clearly that his time in Brussels as a Eurocrat has completely undermined his own belief in Britain as an independent nation.

    In which event why bother to read his speech. Frankly he would not be on my Brexit invitation list.

    In the referendum, the British people decided by a majority of those voting that they wanted out of the ‘EU empire’; that they wanted to kiss goodbye to all the Brussels eurocrats and it’s petty fogging regulations.

    Ever since may has been trying hard to say yes to Brexit while doing No.

    for this dishonesty she was given the red thumb in the Commons on three separate occasions. And in the EU elections forced on the British people last month, it was the newly formed Brexit party which emerged as the party which most Britain trust.

    And there are a significant number of continuing Labor & Conservative party voters who also still want Brexit ASAP after not getting it three years after the referendum when the British people voted for the Brexit..

    Out of that faulty flawed, dishonest process an enormous amount of frustration has been created.
    Popular feeling is I suggest now at the stage of telling the dishonest bastards to bugger off completely. The people are waiting with steel capped boots for the next general election when those boots will connect with Remainer pollies bums.

    From far off Australia, I will enjoy watching that dose of political medicine administered by the British people.

  15. Bill in Oz says:

    @HR : Who among us does not have the vast majority of our assets in digital currency ? Globally that is the case. So I wonder who would be the beneficiaries of an attempted EMP event ?

  16. H.R. says:

    @Bill in OZ – Nahhh… The Mrs. and I rarely have more than $4,000 or $5,000 in digital currency. That’s money in a bank account, but you’re right, it’s digital.

    However, you do bring up an interesting point about equities. Used to be you or your broker held actual, physical beautifully printed shares of stock. I always insist on paper statements, but I’ll have to check with my holding company what plans, if any, they have to retain records of my equities in the case of an EMP.

    The other major asset we have is our house/property and that is recorded on paper at the county offices with a copy in our home fireproof safe.

    Good point, Bill. People need to ask their money sources how they have prepared for an EMP. I suspect the answer is “Poorly”.

  17. H.R. says:

    Just because we now have the technology to detect some substances in our water at concentrations that we could never detect before, why are any of us still alive? I can’t recall the last time I read about someone dying of arsenic poisoning from drinking bottled water. Oh wait… maybe it was never.

    Hair on fire over 3+ppb (that b!) of arsenic in bottled water.

  18. jim2 says:

    H.R. Arsenic aside, bottled water is the biggest con in History. People won’t drink tap water that has minerals from the source, but will buy “mineral water” no questions asked. Bottled water is a waste of money for drinking, but it’s making some people a lot of money.

  19. H.R. says:

    @jim2 – My favorite water is straight from the garden hose. It has a nice tang to it from the brass fittings and the rubber.

    We have some really nice water in our region that’s percolates up from limestone formations; touch of iron in it for a little zing. It’s really, really good. Most of our state parks have hand pump wells that tap into that same aquifer.

    Now that I think about it, I should go to one of the nearby parks with a 5-gallon water jug and fill it as needed with that nice well water. I think the nearest park with the hand pumped well water is only about 15 minutes away or so. Oh wait, there’s a new park opened about 6-7 minutes away. I’ll have to check to see what they have.

  20. corsair red says:

    Wikipedia has a list of poisonings. FWIW, that list does not show anyone in the United States being killed by arsenic poisoning.

    For all of the legends about rain in Florida, we do have periods of no rain which may last up to 12 hours. I have seen 2 weeks without rain. Residents believed the End Of Time had come, and churches were filled. ;-)

  21. corsair red says:

    Just saw your post about the garden hose. There is a picture on Facebook of my granddaughter, 3 yrs old, drinking from the garden hose in my backyard.

  22. jim2 says:

    The Supreme Court once again ignored the Constitution. Thomas said this, but voted opposite. ??

    Adhering to an incorrect decision “disregards the supremacy of the Constitution and perpetuates a usurpation of the legislative power.” It doesn’t matter if millions of Americans have relied on a certain precedent and ordered their lives around it. It doesn’t matter of hundreds of lower courts have applied it throughout the country, or if dozens of SCOTUS justices have affirmed it. Thomas continued: “When faced with a demonstrably erroneous precedent, my rule is simple: We should not follow it.”


  23. YMMV says:

    Bill in Oz: “his time in Brussels as a Eurocrat has completely undermined his own belief in Britain as an independent nation” and “In the referendum, the British people decided by a majority of those voting that they wanted out of the ‘EU empire’; that they wanted to kiss goodbye to all the Brussels eurocrats and it’s petty fogging regulations.”

    On the first, he is not the only one to wonder if Britain can revert to being an independent nation. There is a lot of fear in the air; it takes more than just bold talk and promises to make that go away. He makes a point that a no-deal brexit is not a destination, it is an intermediate point between getting rid of the old ways and making new agreements. It could be bad, many fear it will be bad, and judging from past negotiations, making new deals won’t be easy. On the other hand, if Britain wants out, there isn’t any way to avoid passing through that state that anyone has found yet. It’s the price that has to be paid.

    I think the yes vote in the referendum can be interpreted as you say. The no vote might be those who like the idea of the EU more than they like the idea of the UK. That vote says that almost half of the UK do not believe in being an independent nation. The problem with that referendum vote is that it didn’t clarify what parts of the EU deal they wanted to keep, it was all or nothing. And ever since then, it has been all or nothing.

    Was there ever a time when a compromise could have been made, keeping just the good parts (whatever they are) and rejecting subservience to the bureaucrats in Brussels? It’s gone now.

    It’s another case of regression to the status quo. The popular cause (like getting rid of the monarchy in Oz) loses in the end as voters get cold feet.

  24. E.M.Smith says:


    “And ever since then, it has been all OF nothing.”

    There. Fixed it for you…


  25. ossqss says:

    Bottled water is required to designate it’s source in the US. About 25% of bottled waters reference “Municiple” as a source. Translation = Tap water

    You have to pay extra to get Municiple hose water ;-)

  26. llanfar says:

    As a software developer with 3 brain surgeries, I’m quite careful of neurotoxins. Most municipal water supplies add fluoride… I’m not sure whether this gets absorbed, but until shown conclusively otherwise, I’ll stick to reverse osmosis AquaFina.

  27. Another Ian says:


    Re the quality of bottled water. a scientist in a lab here had a project for his work experience students which was for them to go and buy sample of bottled water and then compare it to tap water, which usually won.

    Do you get the brand “Evian”? Now spell that in reverse.

  28. Bill in Oz says:

    @YMMV “The popular cause like getting rid of the monarchy in Oz loses in the end as voters get cold feet.”

    No we did not get cold feet mate. I am Australian though born in the UK . I voted in the referendum against becoming a republic. Why ? Simple ! Because the pollies in Canberra stopped us voting for an independently elected president. And instead tried to foist on us a president they selected for us.Bugger that idea.It was a joke.

    As for Brexit, it’s coming soon for the UK. Once done the people of Britain can turn off the mass media indoctrination that has been happening in the UK since the early 1980’s and get back to being British.

  29. Larry Ledwick says:

    Oh goody a new magic solar powered fuel cycle (same chemistry as producer gas which has been made for over 100 years) – water gas reaction discovered in 1780’s.



    And our clueless media have no idea this is very old news and using solar power to do this has been “discovered” about every 20 years for most of my life time.

  30. Foyle says:

    If you have a slightly bigger freezer you can just keep your few months of dried survival foodstuffs (beens, rice etc) in there for decades. No need for any turn-over.

  31. H.R. says:

    @Foyle – I would, but the obnoxious neighbor (you know… there’s one in every neighborhood) who mysteriously disappeared without a trace 8 years ago is taking up too much room in my freezer.

    Hey! Not my fault. He ran into my house because some other neighbor was after him for a piece of his hide, so I said, “Quick! Hide in here. He’ll never find you.”

    Well, gosh darn-it! All this time and he never once has asked if the coast is clear to come out. Not once!

  32. H.R. says:

    I’m building a workbench in the basement out of materials I’ve had around for years. I have some polyurethane to seal the plywood top, but I don’t have any stain around.

    What to do… what to do….

    Made up some octuple-strength espresso, then reduced it further at a simmer on the stove for an hour. I brushed that in and it looks really nice.

    I’ve seen “Espresso Finish” sometimes as a choice when some furnishing can be ordered in a variety of finishes. Now I know how that came about.

    Bonus! No one will ever know if I spill coffee on my workbench. :o))

  33. Larry Ledwick says:

    I was talking to a guy who was a military buff years ago and he said during WWII and Vietnam the GI’s would dye their white GI undershirts with coffee to make home made OD brown shirt that did not stand out like a beacon in the jungle before they became official issue.

    Vegetable dyes have a long an honorable history.

  34. YMMV says:

    Bill in Oz: “Because the pollies in Canberra stopped us voting for an independently elected president.” I stand corrected.

    It was around the same time that a discussion on the matter of Australia becoming a republic began to emerge, later culminating in the 1999 Australian republic referendum, which was defeated by 54.4% of the populace, despite polls showing that the majority supported becoming a republic. It is believed the proposed model of the republic (not having a directly elected president) was unsatisfactory to most Australians.

    The proposed republic was pretty much the status quo but without the Queen, and the Queen is mostly symbolic anyway, so we can safely say it was not the republic that voters had in mind. Not such a big deal compared to brexit.

  35. Another Ian says:

    Re Brexit – looks like Boris might have blotted his copybook

    “Police called after row with girlfriend”

    Behind the Murdoch wall at


  36. Another Ian says:

    Those in California better schedule generator checking and supplies by the look of this!


  37. Graeme No.3 says:

    @Larry Ledwick:
    They would need to join the queue of people who’ve announced such a process in the last few years. All of them have one thing in common, there is never any discussion about the cost.

  38. Graeme No.3 says:

    I went into the Republic debate as a republican and was converted against the proposal because all questions were brushed aside, usually with snide remarks about lack of maturity or patriotism, and the whole thing was so obviously to the benefit of those in Canberra that I switched, as did many others.
    My objection was, and is, that the present system has some checks and balances e.g. at present if the P.M. dons a cocked helmet and announces that he wants to invade the south Island of NZ the Governor General sacks him and lets the Queen know next morning.
    if the G.G. dons a cocked helmet and announces that he wants to invade the south Island of NZ the P.M. calls the Palace and they sack the G.G. If King Wingnut** ever dons a cocked helmet and announces that he wants to invade the south Island of NZ then he is rushed off to Higate Farm as seriously ill and Prince William takes over as Regent.
    Under the proposed scheme the Prime Minister could sack the G.G. anytime he said boo, in other words he became a dictator.
    ** Obviously our present monarch wouldn’t do that. That headware wouldn’t be to her taste.

  39. Another Ian says:

    Graeme No.3 says:

    ” Obviously our present monarch wouldn’t do that. ”

    Reckon she’s smart enough to leave that to the North Island?

  40. Graeme No.3 says:

    She has been there. Have you seen the size of some of the locals?
    A friend of mine, a wandering doctor wound up in Dunedin. Local male wandered in wearing shorts and short sleeved shirt, complaining of a sore shoulder. Friend, no shorty (about 1.87m) had to get him to sit on a stool so he could examine for the cause, diognosis collarbone fracture. Under questioning local (farmer) admitted that it was probably falling off a 30 foot cliff a few days ago that might have caused his broken collarbone. Comment by friend, then dealing with the local summer by wearing longjohns and vest under shirt (and jumper, coat, scarf to get to hospital) summed up situation “No bloody wonder they beat us at rugby”.

  41. jim2 says:

    @ https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2019/06/20/w-o-o-d-20-june-2019/#comment-113684
    (Graeme No.3)

    Checks and Balances are all well and good until one looks around to discover all actors of political, or other types of, power have donned cocked hats! That process has played out to a large extent here in the US. It’s extremely frustrating to say the least.

  42. Bill in Oz says:

    REvBoris Johnson : It seems he & his girlfriend had an argument. And a neighbour did them the favour of ringing the police, taping the voices he heard and providing the tape to the Guardian.
    The police wnt to the address and spoke to the residents. Nobody there made any complaint to the police. And nobody was injured. So they departed the scene.

    We humans are not perfect beings. And yes it happens that we have rows. An embarressing aspect of being not yet dead and through the pearly gates…

    But in the meantime ain’t it good to have such nosy parker neighbours !

    And so willing to provide tittle tattle to the Guardian so spontaneously !
    Sarc off

  43. Larry Ledwick says:

    Final victory in an old battle, True the Vote wins against the IRS and is awarded maximum attorneys fees.


  44. jim2 says:

    I’m aware that Chrome is on the s*** list of most if not all on this blog, but it may be worse than we thought …

    Over a recent week of Web surfing, I peered under the hood of Google Chrome and found it brought along a few thousand friends. Shopping, news and even government sites quietly tagged my browser to let ad and data companies ride shotgun while I clicked around the Web.


  45. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    Yes, we discussed that a while ago. P.G. has already had one cut.

    Every PG&E customer got a letter telling them, basically, welcome to the 3rd world power utopia…

    @Graeme No.3:

    My Dad, Irish German mix, was the runt of his brothers (13 kids total) at just shy of 6 feet. The rest were over 6 feet, usually by a few inches. I’m about the same height and about 230 lbs (call it just over 100 kg when I’m in good shape). Neither of us notice pain much. Often dicovering a cut on the back of the hand when someone hollers about bleeding, or drops fall on a workpiece.

    Dad fell off a roof about 16 feet. Tore a tendon that lets you raise the arm out sideways. At the time was told nothing could be done (50 years ago they could not reattach to bone sockets if it pulled free). After just living with it for a year or so, the retracted muscle started to elongate again and he regained that function. It grew back.

    I’ve smashed a thumb hard enough the nail was lost and it hurt like hell for a week. Eventually the smashed bone solidified. That thumb is now thicker than the other, and a little straighter, but fine. I’ve been blown up, destroyed 3 motorcycles, and jumped off a bridge about 70 feet to water getting great bruises on my upper inside arms from not quite getting them pressed fully to my sides. (It was fun, so I did it again….)

    I don’t mind cold much. I was in 10 F in a ski lodge parking lot. Decided not to bother with a coat. Business slacks and dress shirt were fine. Too lazy to get the trunk open for a jacket, and only a few minutes walk to the lodge. Another time, spent hours in the Pacific Ocean at about 45 F water temp. Eventually turning rather red after I got out. Was thoroughly chilled and shivering, borderline hypothermic. Drove 30 mountain miles home with the heater on high and was still cold to the touch on arrival. Event started about 10 AM and I got home about 7 PM… lot of cold time… but it was lots of fun. There was basically me and a Neander like young woman in the water. Other folks would dip in and run out….

    BTW, I really liked playing rugby in high school….



    I won’t run Chrome (other than on the Chromebox I rarely use where there isn’t an option). I do run Chromium (open source Linux derivative) on the R.Pi for web page editing. I HOPE the Linux version has the worst stuff turned off. FFox (the only other choice without roll your own) has some open loop spell check code that pegs a core and makes it nearly unusable.

    My big win comes from “rotating shield frequencies”. There is no one “me” to find on my platform.

    I have no social media to speak of. I have a variety of logins on more systems than I can count, used for different things. At $5 for an SD card that can multiboot a half dozen OS images with several IDs each, the only reason not to do it is the loss of continuity, but that is also the purpose. Every year, some identities / systems expire and new are added. There is no “forever me”.

    My main phone has no browser at all. My burner phone does, but has no logins to anywhere and is paid cash via update cards. My tablet was deliberately bought without a telephone radio in it. I use WiFi or a separate cash n carry hot spot. No Me information in the tablet. I do have a gmail account on it, but never read or send any mail from it (lets me use Google services like app store).

    NO device has any credit card or financial account info saved or stored.

    When a device dies or is depricated, that identity dies with it. Only exception is my workstation where the data are carried forward, even as the hardware and OS change. But it is only used for Boring Tech Geek Me.

    Overkill? Well, I’ve not had any “problems” in over 40 years of doing computer stuff… I’m happy with the workload for that result…

  46. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting video on how a country becomes successful.

    How Singapore went from 3rd world to 1st world country in 70 years

  47. Graeme No.3 says:

    For a measure of how accurate predictions can be, especially by those who believe in Global Warming, after the event:

  48. beththeserf says:

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/06/trump-approved-cyber-attacks-iran-drone-downing-190623054423929.html No need to kill the cits, just prevent Dr Evil Guvuhmints from killing other nation’s cits.

  49. ossqss says:

    @Larry, yeppers. I just finished up the W10 update to version 1903. It took a while on the 3 laptops I did, but the one with the NVMe drive I put in was way faster doing the updates. If you have a Dell, in particular, check to ensure you are running the fixed iteration of support assist newer than in your box. You can also just delete the whole thing, or do a fresh root install of Windows 10 and clean all the crap out.


  50. E.M.Smith says:

    When I first read that on a quick scan I thought it said Windows blah blah “suppository” blah…

    Curiously appropriate…. :-)

    Every one of those reports makes me happy I don’t DO Windows…

  51. E.M.Smith says:

    BTW I’m getting over some kind of trivial virus. Just sort of slow, stuffy nose, dizzy if I move too fast. Oddly, temperature low about 1 F at 97.5 F.

  52. Another Ian says:

    “Qld Govt says it owns rainfall once it hits the ground on your property”


    Didn’t your EPA try to pull something like this and got it canned?

  53. Larry Ledwick says:

    In the US it has been a part of water law for years in many parts of the country. It only became legal to collect rainwater in Colorado on Aug 5, 2016, and then only 110 gallons/year in one or two rain barrels.
    It was based on the assumption that all the water that falls on a property eventually gets to some navigable water way. By that assumption if you impounded rain water on your property you would be interfering with water rights of users on the nearest tributary / river/ aquifer.

    That has been recently proven to be false. The vast majority of the water gets captured by local plants and returned to the atmosphere as evaporation and transpiration. In light rain conditions only a few percent of rain fall actually makes it to rivers or the aquifer.

    It is also due to a complete lack of context. Here in the Denver area, annual precipitation is about 15.7 inches / year.
    So if you captured all the water on a standard 1/4 acre lot, you would end up with 0.32708 acre feet of water a year, which is 106580.57 gallons. Even filling a small pond would be a drop in that bucket, (not to mention all that water would eventually be subject to the same evaporation and percolation as it would when it fell), and the 110 gallon limit on a 1/4 acre lot with normal rainfall is almost exactly 1% of the precip that falls in a year.

  54. Larry Ledwick says:

    ossqss says:
    23 June 2019 at 6:39 pm

    I just did my update on this computer, thanks for the link.

  55. Larry Ledwick says:

    Unspecified incident involving a bird takes out 84% of the power capacity of a solar farm and causes about $8 – $9 million in damages.

    That was one big bird or the bird got in the wrong place and made things go sparky, followed by flames and destruction.


  56. E.M.Smith says:

    In California it was mostly deed restrictions on surface water. When you sign up for “city water” you (collectively) deeded over water rights.

    Then Governor Jerry “moonbeam” Brown pushed through a water collectivization law so ALL ground water is under State control and your historicsl water rights are toast. Farmers not happy even though not a lot of effect so far as it is relatively new law. Biggest impact is on central vally farmers being told when and how much of “their water” they can use.

    No idea the impact on riparian rights for those with rivers and streams. BUT given the Clinton power grab attempt by the EPA to make every puddle a “wetland” and all water in any trivial creek a Federal Domain, it is clearly part of Gang Green Agenda 21/30 to sieze ownership of all water (and control of the air too…) so as to facilitate driving folks off the land and into urban ghettos.

  57. E.M.Smith says:

    Common problem.

    Really Big bird sits on very high voltage and amperage wire. Spreads wings to take off (or during landing) bridging the 12,000 or 120,000 volts and turns into a wet plasma path… toasting bird and wires. Then falls to ground starting a fire (wooden poles turned to carbon path to ground).

    Putting a ground wire above the powered set both protects from lightning strikes and reduces bird zapping as they take the higher perch. Guess the solar people are learning that all over again.

    Isn’t it fun to watch them discover objective reality and concepts like risk/reward ratio, ROI, risk mitigation, actions have consequences, “a stitchbin time saves 9”, and so much more. Maybe someday they can even take the BIG bus to work like the other kids…

  58. H.R. says:

    What I find interesting that wasn’t said in the bird fire article was that the cost to the facility was $8-$9 million after the insurance paid up.

    If it’s say, a 10% deductible, that’s $80-$90 million of roasted and toasted birdie. No bonuses at the solar farm this quarter, I’m thinking.

  59. Larry Ledwick says:

    Looks like Darwin Aus just had a 7.5 earthquake

    Has not shown up on USGS yet but seeing man on the street interviews and videos from the area.
    Not seen any significant damage yet either.

    The interesting point is that Darwin is near the middle of a crustal plate, no major plate boundaries near south west Australia.

  60. Larry Ledwick says:

    Ahhh the quake was in Indonesia area of the Banda Sea – only felt in Darwin.


  61. Bill in Oz says:

    Larry Darwin isn’t in the middle of the crustal plate..The shallow seas & island to the North of it ( ~ 200- 300 ks away are the leading edge of the continental plate… And that’s where the Earthquakes happen..

  62. Larry Ledwick says:

    I was thinking Darwin was where Perth is for some reason – never mind ;)

  63. Larry Ledwick says:

    Very interesting Veritas video on Googles efforts to intentionally skew reality to achieve “fairness” which in their world is to intentionally skew results to modify reality.


  64. Larry Ledwick says:

    The tech industry has a cancerous growth that is rapidly metastizing into 1984 like totalitarinism of digital data censorship and intentional manipulation of data exposure to skew the public square and drive the public to “acceptable conclusions” – ie the sort of manipulation Prava only wished they had during the cold war.


    Unfortuantely these Stalins in training will be influencing media and the internet for 20-30 years, we are only seeing the beginning of a huge social impact.

  65. tom0mason says:

    You may wish to check out https://lbry.com/ .
    This video site is looking to be a kind of replacement for YouTube, and seeks to monetize video content for creators via a block-chain crypto-currency called LBC.
    I’ve downloaded the software, got it running, and ran 1 video that stalled (well it is beta software, it does like my desktop choice (LXDE), and I’m on the end of a very slow connection). When it ran the sound and video quality was very good, also there doesn’t seem to be much content, yet. There is an vaguely interesting Linux channel on there which is what I tried running.

  66. Another Ian says:


    “Tampering Past The Tipping Point”


  67. H.R. says:

    That’s a good graph, Another Ian. One would think the plots would be identical up to each end year, but noooo….

  68. Another Ian says:

    A look at HADCRUT link in the first comment

  69. Larry Ledwick says:

    A fun look back at the TV series Connections by James Burke.

    James Burke Connections³, Episode 1 Feedback

  70. Larry Ledwick says:

    My link above on this video now is dead, Google (youtube) has removed it.

    Mark Dice
    ‏Verified account
    2 hours ago
    YouTube just censored the new @Project_Veritas video exposing how YouTube is suppressing conservative channels!

    The Orwellian irony is just too much.
    The video is still up on their website.


  71. Larry Ledwick says:

    President Trump put up an alternative secure web site to gather donations for him and other republicans independent of the S J W outlets which are cutting off funding access to conservatives.

    Donald J. Trump
    ‏Verified account
    13 hours ago
    I am pleased to announce the launch of http://tmagac.winred.com . This new platform will allow my campaign and other Republicans to compete with the Democrats money machine. This has been a priority of mine and I’m pleased to share that it is up and running! #KeepAmericaGreat


  72. E.M.Smith says:

    New Words:

    On France24 they interviewed some UN Climate raconteur. Seems it is now “Climate Apartheid”, “Climate Crisis” and “Climate Catastrophe”.

    I guess their goto answer to folks NOT believing the sky is falling, is to scream louder and more gory horrors are on offer…

    And here I thought it was barely warmer by a fractional degree, plants were growing better, and without the fear mongering, nobody would even notice….

  73. Steven Fraser says:

    @EM: sorry to put this here, but had to post somewhere:

    Temp data-diddling is getting wider comment elsewhere. Over at
    https://notrickszone.com/ A nice article about ‘adjusted unadjusted’ temp data. Thought you might enjoy.

  74. Larry Ledwick says:

    For those of you using the new Dissenter browser, they are moving pretty fast on updates. I had build 118 on my system and today downloaded :
    Version 0.65.121 Chromium: 75.0.3770.100 (Official Build) (64-bit)

    Since they have gone to manual updates you have to periodically down load the new version to keep current.

  75. E.M.Smith says:

    @Steven Fraser:

    Thanks for the link. BTW, as an “Open Discussion” page, any topic can be put here, so no worries, eh?

    @Larry L:

    I’d love to use it, but need an x86 or an ARM version before that can happen… In Theory I could set up my old AMD 64 bit box, but the fan makes a bit of a racket and it wasn’t all that stable last time I ran it…

    Still, I’m interested in any reports on how well it works.

    I’m now running Brave browser on my Tablet and Android phone and I’m quite happy with it. That one came from your talking about it… so keep on talking! ;-)

  76. jim2 says:

    RPi4! And it will work with dual monitors!

    The speed and performance of the new Raspberry Pi 4 is a step up from earlier models. For the first time, we’ve built a complete desktop experience. Whether you’re editing documents, browsing the web with a bunch of tabs open, juggling spreadsheets or drafting a presentation, you’ll find the experience smooth and very recognisable — but on a smaller, more energy-efficient and much more cost-effective machine.


  77. jim2 says:

    RPi4B specs:


    Broadcom BCM2711, Quad core Cortex-A72 (ARM v8) 64-bit SoC @ 1.5GHz
    1GB, 2GB or 4GB LPDDR4-2400 SDRAM (depending on model)
    2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz IEEE 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 5.0, BLE
    Gigabit Ethernet
    2 USB 3.0 ports; 2 USB 2.0 ports.
    Raspberry Pi standard 40 pin GPIO header (fully backwards compatible with previous boards)
    2 × micro-HDMI ports (up to 4kp60 supported)
    2-lane MIPI DSI display port
    2-lane MIPI CSI camera port
    4-pole stereo audio and composite video port
    H.265 (4kp60 decode), H264 (1080p60 decode, 1080p30 encode)
    OpenGL ES 3.0 graphics
    Micro-SD card slot for loading operating system and data storage
    5V DC via USB-C connector (minimum 3A*)
    5V DC via GPIO header (minimum 3A*)
    Power over Ethernet (PoE) enabled (requires separate PoE HAT)
    Operating temperature: 0 – 50 degrees C ambient

  78. E.M.Smith says:


    Yeah, I saw a video on that. Been thinking of doing a posting on it. Has A72 cores that are more power / heat efficient. Still, given the experience to date, I’d say it will need a heat sink (not included…) and likely one bigger than the tiny typical “just package sized” ones usual for the Pi.

    I have one of them on a Pi M3 and it was Just Fine until we had our 2 hot days at the start of the month. Then it would sporadically toss up the “hot” icon on the monitor under load. So I doubt a faster core set will run cooler…

    So put the biggest heat sink on it that fits. IMHO.

    I’m torn about it.

    I’d like to get one “just because”, and it will drive the support for A72 cores to be more complete (so likely my RockPro64 and Ordoid N2 will benefit on the software issues side). OTOH, my Pi M3 works just fine for 90%+ of what I need to do and why take on “young software issues” with the M4 (even if they will resolve much faster than on the other platforms due to the large community size and huge support).

    So for now I’m just not ready to buy “Yet Another SBC” as I have too many already! ;-)

    They sell a “PC Kit” of it that includes a Raspberry Pi brand keyboard, mouse, case, and PSU along with HDMI cables. Somewhere just over $100. I’d buy one of them were i just starting out (and if ALL of it were not so bright red!). HOWEVER, I did not see a heat sink in the kit…. A horrid omission.

    I’ve observed that the Raspberry Pi folks are NOT very interested in “heat management” and regularly accept heat issues and just down regulate the clock rate. Just stupid. So you buy a 1.5 GHz machine that can only run at 600 MHz ro 900 MHz if you actually use it to full performance load”? Really? That’s a “good design choice” in there mind? Sigh. Most likely so they can keep the price $35 and not stick a $2 to $5 heat sink in the box. (So you get to buy one for $5 to $8 plus $4 shipping and handling….)

    The case in the kit looks to have zero allowance for air flow, heat removal. That alone makes the “kit” offensive to me. So when I finally get around to buying one, I’ll not buy their kit as I’d have to toss the case (or cut holes in it) AND get a nice fat heat sink somewhere. So better to just buy a case with vents in it when I buy the heat sink. And since I’m doing that, might as well get a non-Red mouse / keyboard. (I’ve gotten very fond of the small size Logitec KB with built in track pad that connects via a dongle nubby;. This little single USB Chiclet thing you plug in. Then you have wireless KB/trackpad with no software to configure as it’s a proprietary dongle mated to the board. This one looks like it:


    I probably ought to test it on the Pi… I’m presently using it on the ChromeBox that is only being used as a media player and occasional web browser on one of the TVs…

    Hmm…. maybe I do need to do that article…

  79. Another Ian says:

    Numbers? Who needs numbers?

    “The $600 Socialist Sympathy Watch”


  80. E.M.Smith says:

    Just an FYI:

    As France24 & Sky UK have both joined the “Orange Man Bad” and “Climate Death Cult” with a “Global Warming Disaster” story every day (one wonders what event is up coming that needs a political boost…) I’m now dropping them, too, from my “News” rotation.

    France 24 still has some news, but not enough. Sky UK looks to be a goner.

    I guess it was only a matter of time, what with “journalists” globally being almost all ( 97% ? ;-) Hard Left Wing. Oh Well.

    There’s still pretty good news on the non-English language news, and both Al Jazeera and RT cover the more important bits OK. (though with their own “hard core Islam does no wrong” and “Russia Is Wonderful – Western Democracy not so much” biases, but those are easy to read around).

    For Real Journalism ™ it looks like you must search out the individual web sites, and their Youtube (increasingly only on BitChute) video sources.

    Oh Well. They don’t need my business, I don’t need to watch them.

    You would think the dramatic and unrelenting death spiral in the Woke Print Media would have caused someone to notice. Then, CNN being under the viewership of tome and garden channel, that’s just sick (especially as it runs in airports globally… without that, I think it would be “family and friends of CNN and the DNC only).


    I can live without them. But can they live without the “middle of the bird” and Right Wing audience? Is Alt Left and Friends Of Antifa only enough to support them all?

    @Another Ian:

    Nice one ;-)

  81. jim2 says:

    I wonder if you could fashion a set of pipes to remove heat by convection feed from a few machines to get more heat and a faster air flow?

  82. jim2 says:

    feed should have been fed.

  83. jim2 says:

    Be sure to take the poll on Drudge on which Dimowit won the debate. I’m not watching it, but voted for the Irishman – O’Dork.

  84. Larry Ledwick says:

    Well apparently the Democratic debate is on tonight. I have not intention of validating by watching in any way, but based on comments on twitter it is a complete clown show.

    Sounds like 11 year olds competing for student council with ridiculous promises that they have absolutely no chance of getting done. (sort of like most in Congress).

  85. E.M.Smith says:


    You can get “heat pipe” CPU coolers. Usually only used on very hot very high end gaming or hard core production systems. They have a working fluid in them that evaporates over the core and condenses out in the cold air, then wicks back to the area of the CPU core again.

    It’s about the most heat extraction you can get. Way overkill for small SBCs like these.

    For these, about a cubic inch of aluminum or copper shaped as fins is more than enough. The problem with the Pi M3 is that I bought the very cheap 1/2 inch on a side by 1/4 inch tall barely finned aluminum heat sinks before I did any testing and found out they strongly heat limit under full load. There are way better heat sinks available for about $1 more that I ought to have bought. Most folks don’t get any at all (as Pi Foundation doesn’t tell folks they suck at heat management…) and never realize there 1.2 or 1.4 GHz Pi is running at 600 MHz to 900 MHz most of the time…

    In fact, the Pi M2 and Pi M3 (older models that I have) come configured with the CPU speed limit set at 900 MHz so as to avoid heat limiting. Just stupid. They think it a feature for a “toy board for education” and that anyone needing speed will know to change the default clock settings and add a heat sink…

    There’s a guy does videos “Explaining Computers dot com” that did one on the Pi M3 and various heat sinks. Pretty much shows it’s wrongly designed for the asserted speed…

    So, FWIW, I’ve just moved back onto the Odroid XU4 for the summer (or until I need to do more graphs in Python ;-) as it is darned fast and has a BIG proper heat sink ;-)

    One of the joys of computers that only cost $35 to $65 is that you can treat them like clothes in the closet. Just take out the one that suits what you need today… Nobody thinks twice about having 5 pairs of pants at $35 each (or so…) but the same folks are reluctant to spend money on more than one SBC. Go figure. I look at them as “one fill up of the car”. But unlike a car fill up that is gone in a week or three, the computer is around for years.

    BTW, it isn’t just the Pi Foundation that is a bit weak on heat management. Pretty much all of them except Odroid and to some extent Pine64 (who offer the right heat sink, but as an added cost item…) are lousy on heat management. Selling and shipping boards without heat sinks and not really making it clear that without adding a heat sink your board will run at about 1/2 to 2/3 of advertised speed.

    THE cheapest computes you can ever buy is a nice fat heat sink for your SBC. About $5 for about 1/3 of your CPU Computes… (or a 50% increase over how fast it runs without one…)

    Yes, you CAN get full speed without the heat sink… for about 1 second. FINE for all sorts of short burst computing. Rapidly shot passed with any real work, and any browser running spell checking of video. Then the heat sensor / governor kicks in and throttles your clock rate back to balance the heat transfer rate…

  86. E.M.Smith says:

    @Larry L. & Jim2:

    I’ve not watched the Clown Car Show. (Someone opened the door to the debates and the clowns just keep piling in…)

    I’ll wait until the bulk of them are kicked to the curb to watch a few of them. Or maybe catch a highlight real of the most incredibly stupid things said ;-)

    I’d rather do “computer maintenance” (happening now) than watch them.

  87. ossqss says:

    @EM, those NVMe drives rock! Just sayin……

    Storage (whatever) access bottlenecks are no longer present in the house @3,500 mb/s…..

    The TW ratings matter however, for heavy users. Not so much, for the casual ones.

    2 Cents

  88. Larry Ledwick says:

    Bummer – research attempting to quantify global temperature going back 450 my ago, demonstrates that life flourishes under warm conditions.

    Who’d a thunk?


  89. tom0mason says:

    You may be interested in the volcanic eruption in Papua New Guinea

    Ulawun volcano (New Britain, Papua New Guinea) activity update: Major subplinian eruption- ash to at least 19km (63,000ft). https://t.co/AskqvWhZhe
    — Marcel Müller (@WeatherNews2016) June 26, 2019

    This after June 25, powerful high-level eruptions have been ongoing at Raikoke volcano, Russia ever-since the massive unexpected explosion that took place on June 21-22.
    According to the Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Tokyo, today’s eruption sent volcanic ash to an estimated 38,000 feet (11.6 km) above sea level, which is now shifting at 20 kts in a NNE direction.
    And June 18, Multiple major-level eruptions have taken place at Mexico’s Popocatépetl volcano over the past 24 hours, continuing the stratovolcano’s powerful uptick of late.
    According to the Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington, the largest eruption fired a thick ash column to an estimated 42,000 feet (12.8 km) above sea level, and comfortably into the stratosphere.
    And June 9 Sumatra’s incredibly active Sinabung Volcano has exploded in spectacular fashion again today, , sending volcanic ash high into the atmosphere. The explosion also coincided with a minor G1 geomagnetic storm.
    The Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Darwin is warning of a thick ash plume rising to a lofty 55,000 feet (16.7 km).
    Particulates ejected to altitudes above 32,800 feet (10 km) have a direct cooling effect on the planet.
    From https://electroverse.net/category/volcanic-seismic-activity/

  90. E.M.Smith says:


    If only I had something to put one in…

    As I’ve moved away from PC hardware, that’s one of the limits that bites. All the PCie stuff I can’t use…

    There are some boards out with PCI bus support, but out of my price range ATM. Eventually though…


    Yeah, I’ve seen some vague reports about one or two of those popping off. I’ve not had time to figure out if this is enough new or bigger to be an issue, or just the regular run of the mill rate.

    There’s a history of more volcanic activity in Grand Minima times, but nobody has a clue how it works.

    One theory is that more cosmic rays somehow change the nuclear decay rate / heat production. We have measured changes in decay rate with solar changes. It’s all very mysterious as that’s supposed to be a constant…

    Hopefully we’ll get enough more volcanic activity to be able to work out the hows and whys, but not so much that we all get smothered in ash…

    So watching in a circumspect manner, but not sure what to make of it yet…

  91. Ossqss says:

    @EM, they make external cases that have USB 3.0 connectors if an option.

  92. E.M.Smith says:


    You are saying there’s a case in which you put an NVMe stick that presents as a USB 3.0 connection? Hmmm…. ;-)

    How’s that different from a fast USB memory stick?

  93. Another Ian says:

    Political research!


    “The photos show an emotional AOC holding her face and appearing to cry. Her attention appears to be directed towards whatever is on the other side of the fence…”


    The link headline:-

    “Photos Reveal AOC Was Crying Over an Empty Parking Lot”

    And “Tone Deaf Democrats”


  94. ossqss says:

    @EM, looks like it has an advertised theoretical max transfer rate of 10 Gbps in a USB 3.1 port. You don’t find that in a thumb drive ;-)

    I would assume it has a better TW (terabyte write) rating also. Being non-volatile with a bunch of capacitors on board, it is probably safer to use for OS applications. I never used an external case with one, so I am regurgitating what I read a while back.

  95. Another Ian says:

    “EPIC – President Trump Tweets Hilarious Video Mash From Magnificent Meme Artist Carpe Donktum…”


  96. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    I just love this picture from that link:

  97. Larry Ledwick says:

    Project Veritas gets an insider google document on how to do street protests.
    So much for their assertion of being politically neutral.


    LInk to the full document as pdf

    Click to access GoogleResist.pdf

  98. E.M.Smith says:

    Hmmmm… just a small “note to self” about aliums (onions, garlic, leaks, chives,…)

    For a survival garden, it can be desirable to have plants that are very easy to grow, perhaps to the point of being “invasive”. Even if they are not as tasty as hard to grow cultivars. I’ve only had modest success with aliums. I have succeded with onions, shallots, and garlic, but with much effort. (Mostly due to their shallow roots and very dry conditions in my micro climate)

    Well, reading up on them, it looks like as long as it smells like an onion or garlic, it is edible, even if sometines too stong or tough for market. In the Western USA a “look alike” is toxic, but lacks the smell.

    Then there is this “invasive” garlic that is known to be edible. My kind of plant! Bear Garlic.


    “Many of the species of Allium have been used as food items throughout their ranges. There are several poisonous species that are somewhat similar in appearance (e.g. in North America, death camas, Toxicoscordion venenosum), but none of these has the distinctive scent of onions or garlic.”

    “By contrast, other species (such as invasive A. triquetrum and A. ursinum) can become troublesome garden weeds.”


    Has a nice photo and also says it is edible with culinary uses…

    So it looks to me like there are opportunities for less troublesome aliums in the decorative plants and yes, even the weedy ones.

  99. E.M.Smith says:

    Ah, someone else who’s already “gone there”!


    These are all very worthwhile and productive crops but there are also many other members of this genus that are more than worthy of a place in the food garden. Many of these alternative species are also very ornamental and are often grown in the flower garden.

    Edible Uses

    All members of this genus are, at least theoretically, edible.

    Their flavours range from mild onions and leeks right through to strong onion and garlic. All parts of the plants are edible – we normally confine ourselves to the leaves and the flowers, but many species produce bulbs and these can also be eaten, though they will be much smaller than cultivated onion bulbs. The flowers tend to have a stronger flavour than the leaves and the young developing seed-heads are even stronger.

    The leaves and flowers can be eaten in salads, and you can have a plentiful supply all through the year. The leaves can also be cooked as a flavouring with other vegetables in soups etc. or they can be used as a cooked green, though this is probably too much of a good thing for most people.
    The Species

    This section includes some of the species grown successfully by the Ferns in Cornwall.

    Allium ampeloprasum: The wild leek is a native of Britain, growing in hedgerows. The leaves are a bit on the tough side, but the plants come into growth in the autumn and can therefore be harvested in the winter and spring. There are two forms of the wild leek that are probably of more interest to the food grower. Elephant garlic looks like a gigantic garlic bulb with four huge cloves. It is much milder in flavour than the true garlic, you might be relieved to hear, and makes a nice flavouring in food. The cultivar ‘Perlzwiebel’ is grown in Germany for the bulbils it produces instead of flowers. These bulbils are solid rather than made up of layers and are popularly used for making pickles.

    Allium canadense : Called wild garlic in N. America, though not to be confused with the British native wild garlic, A. ursinum. This species grows about 18 inches tall and can spread quite freely when well sited. There is a form that produces bulbils and this is a pernicious weed in America. The form available in this country, however, is much better behaved. Both leaves and flowers have a delicious mild flavour whilst the bulb is crisp and mild with a pleasant flavour that is a leek or garlic substitute, according to taste.

    Allium cepa: As well as the common onion and the shallot, this species also includes a number of other interesting forms. Allium cepa ‘Perutile’ is the everlasting onion, an evergreen form that is capable of supplying fresh leaves all winter. These taste much like spring onions. Allium cepa proliferum is the tree onion, it produces bulbils instead of flowers, these bulbils have a nice onion flavour and can be used raw, cooked or pickled.

    Allium cernuum: The Nodding Onion grows about 18 inches tall. Not only is it an exceedingly beautiful plant, but both flowers and leaves have a delicious strong onion flavour – the flowers look especially attractive in a mixed salad. The leaves are available from quite early in the spring until late autumn, and the flowers in mid-summer.
    The cultivar ‘Major’ is a more vigorous form with larger flower clusters.

    Allium fistulosum: The Welsh Onion is a very hardy species that is sometimes cultivated in the garden for its edible leaves and small bulbs. These are used as a spring onion and can be produced throughout the winter if the weather is not too severe. This is a very popular cultivated vegetable in the Orient, the forms grown there are known as bunching onions and tend to be hardier and more robust than the Welsh Onion.

    Allium moly: This bulb grows about 1ft tall and is often grown in the flower garden. It is probably not hardy in the colder parts of the country, though the dormant bulbs will withstand soil temperatures down to at least -10 c. The bulbs are rather small but are very freely produced and have a pleasant mild garlic flavour. Some forms of this species, especially A. moly bulbiferum, produce bulbils in the flowering head and can be invasive. The species type is sometimes also considered to be invasive, though it has not proved so with most people and in at least one wet garden has proved to be useful for naturalising between shrubs, and also grows well at the base of a beech hedge.

    Allium neapolitanum: Daffodil Garlic is only hardy in the milder parts of the country, tolerating temperatures down to somewhere between -5 and -10 c. This bulb grows about 1ft tall, coming into growth in the autumn and providing edible leaves all through the winter so long as you do not over-crop it. A pleasant mild garlic flavour, the flowers are produced in the spring and have a stronger flavour. In favourable conditions it can self-sow, both by bulb and seed, to the point of nuisance.

    Allium sativum: Garlic is well known so it is not necessary to say much about it here. However, it is not only the bulbs that can be used. The Chinese often cultivate garlic especially for the leaves, which can be produced in the middle of winter in mild winters and have a mild garlic flavour. The flowering stems can also be used as a flavouring, whilst the sprouted seed can be added to salads. Some of the plants non-edible uses include the juice from the bulb, which is used as an insect repellent. This does have a very strong smell – some people might prefer to be bitten! If you do get bitten, then the juice can also be applied to any stings in order to ease the pain. In the past, 3 – 4 tablespoons of chopped garlic and 2 tablespoons of grated soap were infused in 2 pints of boiling water, allowed to cool and then used as an insecticide. An excellent glue can be made from the juice, which is used in mending glass and china.

    Allium schoenoprasum: Chives is another well-known plant that is well described in mainstream gardening books. You may like to try a more vigorous sub-species A. schoenoprasum sibiricum. These plants can provide an abundance of leaves from early spring right round to late autumn.

    Allium triquetrum: The three-cornered leek grows about 1ft tall and is naturalised in hedgerows and woodland edges in parts of Britain. It provides a very good source of edible leaves from autumn to spring, plus its flowers in the spring and its small bulbs at almost any time of the year. The plant is not hardy in the colder areas, tolerating temperatures down to about -10 c.

    Allium tuberosum: Garlic Chives is widely grown in the East for its leaves and flowering stems, there are many named varieties. It is becoming more widely known in Britain, but is still not grown anywhere near as widely as it should be. A very adaptable plant, garlic chives succeeds in tropical and in temperate climates – it appears to be fully hardy in temperate areas. Plants remain green until temperatures fall below 4 – 5 C, then they die down and come into new growth in spring when temperatures go above 2 – 3 C. In warmer maritime parts of Britain that means you may be able to harvest the leaves for most of the year.

    Allium ursinum: Wild Garlic, or Ramsons, is a native woodland plant growing about 1ft tall that often forms large dense green carpets of growth in the early spring. You do not normally need to cultivate it – give it the right conditions and it can more than look after itself. The leaves have a mild garlic flavour and appear in late winter; they can be eaten both raw and cooked. As the leaves grow old in spring you could then eat the flowers, and finally the much hotter young seed-pods as spring turns into summer.
    (See our leaflet on Wild garlic for more information about this plant.)

    The database has more details on these plants: Allium ampeloprasum, Allium ampeloprasum porrum, Allium canadense, Allium cepa, Allium cepa aggregatum, Allium cepa ascalonicum, Allium cepa proliferum, Allium cernuum, Allium fistulosum, Allium moly, Allium neapolitanum, Allium sativum, Allium schoenoprasum, Allium schoenoprasum sibiricum, Allium triquetrum, Allium tuberosum, Allium ursinum.

    So it looks like lots of possible choices for an edible flower garden too…

  100. E.M.Smith says:



    Christophii or Schubertii (I forget which) smells & tastes like petrol :-) All alliums contain sulphur, in varying amounts & combinations; I once heard they’re all edible, but not always tasty :):)
    Check out http://www.pfaf.org/leaflets/onions.php: I grow & love eating the following:

    A. Carinatum (my favourite)
    A. Oleraceum
    A. Zebdanense
    A. Moly
    A. Paniculatum
    A. Ampeloprasum: Babbington’s leek
    A. Sensation & some other big headed ones: I’ve tasted a few; they’re quite ok to me, but then the wild perennials are so much hardier.
    Warning: some alliums, like A. vineale (including A. vineale ‘Hair’) produce loads of bulbils, which will spread all over the garden. A. carinatum does that too, but we eat most of the young plants ;-)
    Post Options Post by zeedman on Sep 18, 2013 at 10:32pm
    I have an ornamental allium around my house; not sure what species, it was there when I bought the house. It gets a 6-8″ stalk of bright yellow flowers in late Spring. Several years ago, after reading that all alliums were edible (and confirming that at my local Extension office) I tried some of the flowers. They were wonderful – like honey/garlic. I enjoy them in salads when they are blooming (which might be a tasty, colorful way to eat other ornamental alliums). The bulbs multiply like mad, and are about the size of pearl onions… and since they are hardier than pearl onions (which I also grow) I’ve been tempted to try pickling them. The bulbs are dormant now, I’m curious what they would do if divided & Fall planted into a prepared bed, like garlic.
    Post by zeedman on Sep 21, 2013 at 12:08am
    Thanks for the references. I checked out more photos of A. moly (including the leaves) and read the description on the PFAF site… that looks like the one. Nice to finally give it a name! They gave a pretty good endorsement of its flavor, I’ll definitely be trying the bulbs. The “sometimes considered to be invasive” backs up my observations; that degree of multiplication could be a good thing, if cultivated as a crop. It would also look pretty in bloom – think I’ll put a test planting in my garlic bed.

    Their pfaf link is dead, but the top page looks interesting:

    Plants For A Future with a searchable database of uses….

    So, looks like my muse has been confirmed by others who have already done it. Nice to know.

    I think dome “ornamental” aliums are in my future….

  101. E.M.Smith says:

    Edible ornamental plants:

    And Edible Shrubs:


    Could be useful in “hard times” to have a garden that does not look like food, but is edible…

  102. Another Ian says:


    Re “Jackpot”

    Years ago I read an article by your then Justice William Douglas on some native onions which was “Now there’s an onion that will strong you”

  103. H.R. says:

    Re: wild onions: About 5-6 weeks ago I drove my daughter-in-law to a Dr. appointment. It was a short, follow-up appointment, so I just waited in the parking lot. In one of the planted divider islands, I saw some grass growing up through the low shrubs they had planted and wondered when or if the grounds crew took any pains to deal with the weeds.

    After fiddling with the radio a bit and a bit of fidgeting around, I looked again realized it wasn’t grass poking up, but wild onions. I hopped out of the car and harvested about a dozen. I gave half to my daughter-in-law and took the rest home with me. I chopped mine up to use as extra flavor on sandwiches, in salads, and sprinkled in some soup. DIL reported back later that she had done the same, particularly on her noodle bowls.

    These had tougher leaves and small bulbs, so I sliced them a little thinner than I would slice cultivated chives or green onions. The odd thing I noticed was that this bunch had a much milder flavor than the wild onions/garlic that we’d find and bring home from a nearby field when we were kids. Those puppies were strong!
    And don’t forget dandelions when it comes to edible forage plants. Dandelion greens wilted in some bacon grease… yum! The trouble is that nowadays, most people treat their lawns to get that weed-free golf course look. I’d probably have to forage the whole neighborhood to come up with enough greens to fill a frying pan.

  104. Bill in Oz says:

    Very interesting ‘alternate’ versions of Britains political future in the Quadrant
    “Fragments of Future Histories ”
    I especially like the Lord Farage memoirs part. Highly likely scenario !

  105. Larry Ledwick says:

    Internet routing and security risks of old protocols are becoming an issue with the internet.


  106. E.M.Smith says:

    @Larry L:

    Yes, BGP ( Border Gateway Protocol) is based on the assumption that large companies and governments will be moral and trustworthy. That assumption is now falsified… So something needs to change.

    It is possible to configure BGP to be less susceptible to route poaching. In the limit case folks can just static route and ignore BGP. (For example, I could just static route all my home traffic to my ISP and they could just static route all YouTube stuff to Google.) But it takes labor (that BGP was created to reduce…) BGP includes a level of trust method (distance) but it is not granular enough, IMHO. Generally folks just set it up to assume their “upstream” and “downstream” are trusted. They don’t have to be. So some of the story is about lazy administration.

    Or I could just establish a VPN to a trusted router and run all my traffic (or even just selected traffic) through that. I’ve actually done this. At various companies where I was working / consulting, when they had remote sites, bought another company, or formed partnerships: I would set up a VPN (Virtual Private Network) between the two sites. Then configure the boundary router to route all traffic between those sites via the VPN. Nothing changing in the routing tables of the ISPs would disrupt that traffic (unless it was a take-down or strong throttle of the VPN itself).

    At times, I’ve had a couple of dozen sites “knitted together” via various routing methods and VPNs and none of it dependent on BGP. We did this mostly for speed and security, but the same thing could be done by other major players to stabilize against BGP hijacking.

    Were I designing a replacement for BGP, I’d include facilities for listing “trusted routes” (change if from “any advertised route from anyone on the distance / accepted list” to “from this menu of accepted”) and include PGP like authentication of route advertising routers AND a VPN option (establish a pipe to the best routing node, but put it all inside an encrypted tunnel so nobody can intercept and inspect along the way).

    None of that is particularly hard to do. The only hard bit is getting folks to agree to a) Spend the money, and b) Do it.

  107. E.M.Smith says:

    I *think* I’ve figured out why PulseAudio sometimes fails on the XU4. I had audio working fine. Booted today, logged in and launched the browser as fast as I could. No Audio.

    Reboot. Let it sit for a few minutes while doing other stuff. Then log in. Wait a minute or two. Launch browser. Now audio works.

    I suspect (like all things Pottering…) there’s a race condition of some kind in it. Launch the browser before it has finished playing with itself, you get no audio. Wait longer, it gets done with the “self admiration”, and you get sound.

    Probably doesn’t show up on high end super fast PCs…

    Needs more test cases to confirm this happens regularly and was not just a random event, but it sure looks promising.

  108. E.M.Smith says:

    Per “strong” wild / ornamental onions:

    IMHO, that’s a feature. Means you can use less and still get some onion flavor in the stew.

    I’m not looking to eat these things out of hand…. (Though I have done it, especially with scallions and sweet onions).

  109. Another Ian says:


    Re “Onion flavour in the stew” A story from outback in more primitive times. Scene is a mustering camp and the camp cook is also the station manager.

    A ringer asks “Whats for dinner Boss?”

    “I think we’ll have a stew”

    “Nah. You need onions for a stew”.

    At which the boss goes to the pack bags and produces a greaseproof paper wrapped onion, carefully carves off a few slices into the camp oven, rewraps it and returns it to the pack bag with the comment

    “Yair, you need onion for a stew, but not too much onion”.

    His nickname became “One Onion”.

  110. E.M.Smith says:

    FWIW, I once bought a big (like 24 oz or so big) jug of dried onion granules and another one of garlic granules. I don’t remember how many years ago it was, but it was a lot. 15? Who knows.

    I finally used up the onion about 2 years back. I used some of the garlic a couple of days ago and it’s still fine. Probably another decade of it left….

    In reality, as a “preparedness” thing, it would work a lot better to run to COSTCO or Walmart and buy a couple of those than to try growing “emergency onions”… $5 or so and you are done for years…

    OTOH, I only really like using fresh onions in things like stews or my slow cooker chicken… or omelettes… or …

    For me it is more a “principle of the thing” than it is “best prepping”. I just like the idea of having my own home grown fresh onions & garlic. One less “issue” when it comes to cooking time.

    Sidebar on Weather:

    We’re having significant overcast here in SillyCon Valley. Usually (for the last 30 years at least) it has been much more likely to be crystal clear blue sky and hot. This year not so much.

    Has anyone seen an update on Svensmark and evidence for validity?

  111. Larry Ledwick says:

    I have been using dried onion and garlic for years, rarely buy fresh.

    At the grocery store you can get both in bottles of small bits, and if you order online from the dried foods suppliers you can get onion dices, a large pinch is enough to add to a dish to give it onion flavor.

    This one gallon can will provide a year or two of daily onion usage.


    For garlic bits I use

    Onion bits

    For onion powder (nice for mostly flavor)

  112. tom0mason says:

    Just keep the volcano eruption record up to date for this week, another Papua New Guinea one just popped —

    Manam Volcano just Exploded to 50,000 feet (15.2 km)
    June 28, 2019 Cap Allon
    Yet another high-impact eruption took place at Manam volcano, Papua New Guinea on Friday June 28 — following on from the previous day’s explosion to 12.2 km, and the general uptick which began last year.
    A thick volcanic ash plume, rising to at least 50,000 feet (15.2 km) above sea level, was spotted by the Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Darwin at 06:59 UTC on June 28 using HIMAWARI-8 satellite imagery.
    The eruption comes hot on the heels of yesterday’s ejection to 40,000 feet (12.2 km).

  113. philjourdan says:

    @EM – Static routing can work for small networks, but not the internet. That is because – the very nature of the internet – is multiple independent pathways between networks. Your ISP could not even static route you to YouTube since large sites like that are both CDNed and load balanced across the globe.

    But there are ways to prevent the Cloudflare outage from Monday. That was a case where a tier 2 ISP used route optimization software for a client who also had a backup connection to Verizon. So the client fed the route into the Verizon network. The fix for that is route verification. IN other words, Verizon should never have accepted the route from a customer. So that was just sloppy or lazy on Verizon’s part. However the outage took out Cloudflare and part of AWS, but did not directly impact Verizon, so why should they care?

    And THAT is the problem. How to make them care. I suspect if Cloudflare and AWS bring a suit against Verizon for damages, Verizon may start caring.

    BGP is a very open EGP, but the times of innocent trust on the internet are long past and there ARE policies and procedures that can eliminate almost all of the issues that being open and trusting have created. It is just a matter of getting the Tier 1 ISPs to start using them.

  114. E.M.Smith says:


    I wasn’t saying to use static routes on the whole internet. I was saying (or thought I was) that static routes can fix some issues or harden some routes against disruption for a little while.

    I’m not a noob at this. I’ve configured multiple ISP links with multiple routers and load balancers at customer sites. I’ve also shoved some static routes into a sick system to keep things functioing while we figured out what was hosed in the dynamic routing.

    My ISP can static route youtube IP Numbers to the youtube ISP if needed. Ideal? Not at all. Fix everything? Nope. Emergency 80% patch? Can be. Like sticking your transmission in 2nd gear and wiring the throttle likage at 50 % power to get you to the repair shop? Pretty much.

    CDN (Content Deliver Network) issues would impact their delivery of content to me more than my traffic to them, but if my corner of the internet is disrupted, having me bypass the local Akamai cache and hit their central server directly has a shot. (If the whole internet is disrupted the load on a central site would break it)

    Essentially, if your routing is hosed, it is like tossing everthing to your router of last resort upstream for them to sort it. Or their router of last resort. Only you can have a bit more selectivity and granularity.

    Say some small pipe advertizes that it is THE preferred route to everything. I’m at the Big Pipe ISP and see all my traffic going to them (and being dropped on the floor). I can push a preferred route to my syatems saying “use my big outbound pipe to ISP#2” while I figure out what and why things are hosed. Will that fix everything? Not at all. But it can relieve some of the mess while I work the real issue. (It does risk pissing off ISP #2 so hopefully you are on good terms…)

    I’ve done this on a smaller scale while working broken network issues. Forced traffic to one ISP bypassing the load balancer. Hard routed blocks of numbers to another site / router for it to sort out where to send them. Not SOP but sometimes “off script” is needed.

    Unrelated war story:

    At a major Coffee Company who’s name you know, we did a complete renumber of their internal network as part of bringing them up on 2 new ISPs and installing load balancers. We did this live during business hours and without downtime or business disruption… while their remote coffee stores were pkacing stocking orders over the internet… Yeah, highwire act, no net. Customer requested it… My point being that there are alternatives to “the usual way”. We were successful because we knew the details and how to be audacious. Also had a crew of several in coordinated communications doing the dance.

    In a major AwShit similar techniques can mitigate disruption while the root cause is found.

  115. Larry Ledwick says:

    Oh this is cute, the Democrats are trying to turn border processing centers over to the UN????


    This shows their long term goal is to make us beholden to international groups we have no control over.

    The Democrats have gone completely over the cliff and are proposing things which are completely out of bounds for any sane American. They have absolutely no clue about the sort of back lash this sort of move would make (or they want that backlash to happen to trigger authoritarian crackdowns that suspend normal provisions of laws and rights),

  116. Another Ian says:

    May fit with “weather” above

    “Solar Cycles, Planetary Cycles, Sunspots, Solar Flares,
    the Global Climate & Geoengineering
    & the Evolution of Human Consciousness”


    Just arrived on an email – I haven’t read it.

  117. Larry Ledwick says:

    This is interesting (if true) – question is this a real concept/theoretical technology, or a spoof of the Chinese to sucker them into wasting effort and time chasing a technology which we don’t really have but want them to believe we have or are investigating?


    Much like the cover story for the Glomar Explorer suckered a lot of companies and governments into investing in metallic nodule harvesting from the sea bed when it was really just a cover story for the CIA to hide in plain sight their effort to recover a sunken Soviet Submarine.


  118. E.M.Smith says:

    Well that was fun….


    At about 10 PM the hot water faucet in the bathroom sink decided to shoot out of the body of the valve and make a hot water “geyser feature” in the bathroom. The spouse, who had been attempting to turn on the water at that time, let out a mighty hollering for “HELP!”…

    So at first I just grabbed my “main valve tool” and a flashlight and ran to the entry to the house and turned it off. Then I got to discover that the tap under the sink does not turn the water off, but does turn it down to a modest dribble… AFTER recovering some of the bathroom to damp, not puddles, and turning the water heater down to pilot light, I realized I could turn the HOT off at the heater turn the main back on, and still have cold water. I’ve now done that.

    This means that now we can continue to “Flush With Pride”, and make coffee or cook things that need water. I can even hand wash some dishes if needed. We can even wash clothes on cold.

    What we can’t do is take a hot shower or wash hands in warm water… Maybe I’ll put a big pot on the stove and a plastic tub in the sink so we can do warm dish water the old fashioned way of heating buckets on the stove…

    Tomorrow, when the “Just one more thing and I’ll be done” Recursion Hardware Store is open, I’ll get a replacement faucet set and replace the busted one. It was a cheap one when I put it in about 30 years ago… so it’s time I guess ;-) Plumbing is not my favorite trade…

    (Inspection of this one showed a plastic interior valve body parts, and no obvious means of reassembly. I suspect something broke through all around the valve body releasing it from captivity in a plastic shell… In any case, it’s toast and repair is not possible.)

    Oh, and did I mention this was after dinner and a fair sized serving of Hard Apple Cider? No?

    Great for the digestion and nervous disposition… /sarc;

    Well, now it’s about 1 AM, the adrenaline is wearing off, I’m starting to feel like I really need sleep, and I’m thinking an aspirin wouldn’t hurt…

    Ever wonder why things go all “Splody in yer face” late on a Friday when it is the maximum time until services and parts are available?

    Oh, and then there’s that other big question:

    Do I want to bother changing out the under-sink shutoff valve? Even if it worked, I was not about to lay under a hot geyser to turn off the hot water there… It is likely to be another 30 years before someone wants to use it again anyway, and that won’t be me… I think I’ll just let it be…

    So time for bed, and tomorrow I’ll wake up as a plumber… Hopefully by evening I’ll be back to being a computer programmer or car mechanic…

  119. E.M.Smith says:

    Oh, and I was going to make a short posting about the “debate”, but instead I’ll just leverage ff of the Larry L. comment above:

    Several news outlets decided the Winner of the Democratic Presidential Debates was… D.J.Trump!

    I watched some summary reports w/ clips of it. Just OMG they are all certifiable. ALL of them said they want no border enforcement, and some even want to make illegal entry not illegal. AND they ALL want universal Health Care Coverage for EVERYONE including the illegal invaders.

    So let me get this straight: Anyone, Anywhere in the world, who is sick, just hops on a plane to the good ‘ol USA as a “tourist”, then says “Not going home”, and they get full medical care for free? Do they not see that that is going to result in ever significantly sick person on the planet packing up and moving here? Completely and entirely breaking our medical care facilities, our budget (what there is of it), and our country / culture? Not to mention turning out cities in to hell holes packed with every disease on the planet….

    The Statue Of Liberty does NOT say “Send use your Cholera, your Typhus, your Ebola Masses yearning to get Free medicine”… Think maybe the entire NHS backlog in the UK for things like replacement hip joints or significant surgery might just hop a $400 flight to La Guardia and skip that whole 6 months waiting thing? Or Canadians just nip over the border for that gall bladder surgery and avoid the wait for it, too? Everyone with AIDS who doesn’t like their drug cost can just come on over and sign up for Free Drugs…

    You think the “Caravans” are bad now, just wait until it is “Zero Penalty to enter” and “100% free medical care” once here. About 1/2 (and not the strong healthy half…) of Mexico to Argentina will head this way almost immediately. The various malaria and fever cases from Africa will be on “NGO Rescue Boats” headed for Miami in only slightly longer time. Though it would relieve the “Migrant Crisis” in the EU… They’d all just head here instead.

    Just OMG insanely STOOPID.

    So yeah, of course the UN would be put in charge of the new “Welcome Centers” as there would be no police function involved. Just relocation services and handing out Medical Care cards… The UN is great at squandering other peoples money and handing out “Free Stuff” that someone else has to pay for.

  120. Steve C says:

    “every significantly sick person on the planet packing up and moving here” … That’s OK, you then deal with that by importing loads of underqualified “doctors” to run your health service, like we now do in the UK. The results are quite eye-opening, see here f’rinstance.

  121. cdquarles says:

    @EM, about the overcast …
    Yes, there has been an update of sorts. On WUWT, people have been talking about the high galactic cosmic ray count because of 1. Earth’s magnetic field shifting and 2. Solar wind changes that happen near the minimum. Noctilucent clouds have been seen way south this year and that occurs due to 1 and 2, in part; if not in whole. The last cloud like that I saw was a man-made one (southern sky and at an announced time).

  122. jim2 says:

    I also discovered no valve at the meter or in the house would fully shut off the water – always a drip. I have a regulator on the water line, but it isn’t knocking down the water pressure enough. It should be around 60 PSI. Mine use to be 100 psi before the regulator was installed.

    High water pressure may be your problem also, EM.

  123. p.g.sharrow says:

    @EMSmith; as someone that has been a “Plumber” nearly all his life, I would suggest you consider replacing everything from the shutoff valve up Even the valve or at least it’s washer. 30 year old fittings and connector tubes and seals tend to get brittle with age, specially on the hot side. You may find cascade failure as you work on it. Good luck to you on this new career.( temporary), change. …pg

  124. ossqss says:

    What PG said, unless it’s copper to the fixture. Many older valves can washer swap. Buy the variety pack of washers if you do it as I am sure it is gone if it is/was a washer and it will be a temporary size/shape mystery. I always hated seeing the black water washer run out of a fixture I was working on. That only meant one thing, more work on the plumbing hamster wheel! ;-)

  125. jim2 says:

    A government report on Friday showed U.S. production grew 2.1% in April to 12.16 million barrels a day. Booming shale production from places like the Permian basin of West Texas have enabled U.S. oil output to overtake Saudi Arabia and Russia.

    At the same time, trade disputes and escalating tensions in the Persian Gulf have clouded the outlook for the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, which is expected to extend current output cuts next week.

    “It really means that OPEC has to make a decision to balance the market or shale will do it for them,” said Jim Lucier, managing director of Washington, D.C.-based Capital Alpha Partners LLC. “Despite all the talk about Wall Street forcing capital discipline, we’re not seeing any diminishing production yet.”

    Crude output from the Permian is expected to jump 50% by 2025, according to BloombergNEF. ESAI Energy forecasts crude and condensate from the Bakken, another prolific play, will surpass record output into next year.


  126. YMMV says:

    E.M.: “Ever wonder why things go all “Splody in yer face” late on a Friday when it is the maximum time until services and parts are available?”

    There are rules about this in computer centers, not making big changes on Fridays, especially before a long weekend. I wonder if Dilbert ever covered this.

  127. Larry Ledwick says:

    currently working from home baby sitting a major recovery of a system due to an obscure bug in mysql that a recent software change tripped over.

  128. YMMV says:

    Larry Ledwick: “it was really just a cover story for the CIA to hide in plain sight their effort to recover a sunken Soviet Submarine.”

    I recommend the book “Blind Man’s Bluff: The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage” by Sherry Sontag, Christopher Drew. It details the use of hydro-acoustic signals to hear the hulls imploding and “triangulate” (wrong word) their location. The other spy stories are good too.

  129. E.M.Smith says:

    Well, I finished up the bathroom about 2 hours ago (then had lunch and a video break ;-) and all looks good. No leaks, good flow.

    I basically bought the same faucet. “Glacier Bay” something or other made in China. Not the greatest, but this way some of the parts from the old one were “spares” for the new one (like if I broke the plastic washer nut that they use these days to bolt them to the sink…)

    Also, despite being cheap, the old one lasted at least 1/4 century so when this one fails it will be someone else’s problem ;-)

    I decided not to replace the valve at the wall. It has no clearance to the pipe in the wall and that means a chance it would unscrew IN the wall. This one was not leaking externally either. Also, it is an odd size at the sink hose. 7/8 inch I think. So I’d have needed a new sink hose too. All up it would have roughly 50% increase to doubled the cost of the job and dded risk of “just one more pipe further, this time for sure!” cascade upstream. So I went for “fast and likely to work until after sold” ;-)

    We we staying here, I’d have done it all (and used Stainless Steel hose instead of the plastic stuff. This hot line was Stainless Steel weave, but the cold is newer plastic with a thumb nut).

    So about $50 and one morning and it’s done. Spouse is happy. Shower is hot again.


    This isn’t just the noctilucent thing (though we had some of that). This is cirrus and thin deck cumulus like at maybe 10,000 feet? It is early afternoon and looking out my office window, I only see very small bits of blue showing through the clouds. Very unusual compared to the last few decades here were June / July were typically zero clouds clear dark blue.

    This is more like ocean cloud cover pulled in (that San Francisco gets as fog) but lifted higher by the mountains. But instead of “burning off” it just stayed.

    (Almost all our weather comes in off the Ocean about 40 miles West. There’s a minor mountain range in between (Santa Cruz Mnts. I think), so we don’t get the fog like S.F.; but still we get whatever the ocean is done with ;-)

    The exceptions are when there’s no air movement and we are a temperate desert, or very rarely mid-winter a Canada Express has enough momentum to make it over the Sierra Nevada and our inland Coast Range mountains. Then we get a very brief freeze. Maybe once every 2 or 3 years that happens (though it threatens most years).


    Wish it were that simple. To “conserve water” the local water company has started reducing water pressure in the summer. That way sprinklers on times deliver less water. It also reduces the carefully set coverage area of your sprinklers and lets your expensive landscaping die around the edges, but hey, small price to pay for flushing that water out to sea to save a bait fish that’s already replaced by their Japanese Cousin that was the real cause of their demise…

    @OssQss & PG:

    Yes, you are both right. Were I planning on a 5 year+ stay that’s what I’d do. As it is, I’m hoping for “under 2 years, maybe one” and just wanted this part fixed NOW and any complications avoided. I’ll deal with the rest when the Spouse is in a new place and I’m camping here puttering while the sale happens… Maybe ;-)


    Depends on the computer center. I ran one for Apple Engineers and they worked week days… so we scheduled most of our “risky stuff” for “Friday to Sunday” (AFTER making sure no project was in crunch time on that week end…). The idea being that we, the Mr. Fixer, were already there to do that work and if we broke something, well, we just needed to fix it by Monday.

    True Story:

    As an independent contractor some years later at another Engineering Company, I was at a site in Fremont. Their “Network Guy” (only really knew Microsoft, and that mostly by rote) had royally screwed up their network (but it still mostly worked) as he didn’t really understand the basic concepts at an intuitive level.

    So, for example, they were running 2 sets of IP numbers for their internal network over THE SAME wires and routers… Yes, you CAN do that, but is really rather silly for my computer to take two router hops to get the the computer next to it on the same switch. Not to mention some of the issues when the network gear starts to do things based on MAC Address… And it had some router loops where packets would just cycle forever until they died… sometimes… So a lot of “mysterious sporadic issues and failures”.

    So we came in and started work Friday 6 PM as they “shut down” for the weekend. When we were done, Sunday about 7 PM, the network was all clean, one set of numbers, no router loops, no gratuitous routing all over hell and gone. Everyone could get to all the services. All the crazy BS stuff gone. Only thing left was to reboot their Boundary Router to the ISP so it was clean and pristine status. (We had done NO work on it…)

    It failed POST. (Power On Self Test).

    The hardware had died on a power cycle.

    Now it is usually a Good Thing to find out some hardware is ready to die during downtime and not at “middle of the executive presentation to venture capitalists”…. BUT, having the whole company scheduled to start showing up at work in about 12 – 14 hours, on a Sunday, with everything “support” closed or closing… That is “not so good”.

    I looked at their guy (and “brilliant him” asked what we had done… I got to explain that failing POST was a hardware failure and we had done nothing to cause it.) and I said: “Well, lets look in the Bone Yard and see what you’ve got.”

    FWIW, I have built a 5 port QOS (Quality Of Service) feature set enabled router out of a PC running Windows, and I’ve made several routers out of Linux machines. So basic routing was not my big worry. Connecting to the T1 Telco line was…

    In the bone yard closet was an older somewhat slower CISCO router. Not quite the same “Gazintas and Gazoutas” (input and output), but I could work with it. We then proceeded to evaluate the bits of the older router, move some bits from the dead router, and discover that, why, no, he didn’t have a printed copy or backup copy of the router configuration…. Sigh.

    About 3 AM we had working hardware and I was creating “their” router configuration from scratch, asking Their Guy questions he sometimes understood about what they wanted, or had, or did he know what I was talking about when I said “ACLS”? (Access Control Lists.)…. We had a hard limit of 8 AM when official company business began….

    At 7 AM the first early birds arrived and Their Guy (VERY worried) informed them we were still inside the scheduled maintenance window. About 7:45 his Boss called, and I got to tell him we were going live on the Kludge Router Real Soon Now… We did miss the 8 AM time, but it was booting and running at about 8:05 to 8:10 AM.

    It all worked perfectly.

    Generally speaking, nobody at the company even noticed that there had been any issue at all. His Boss “got it” that failing POST was hardware, not us (and then Their Guy got a lot less nervous). I was thanked for being able to bail them out based on “Crap in the Closet”; and The Boss understood my request that he save the printed copy of the router config that I handed to him… and reconsider their CISCO service / support plan that was something like “within 24 hours” or maybe 48 hours… “Would the President of your company be happy if you were down until late Tuesday waiting for CISCO support?”… They sent the router off for hardware fix, and decided having the one in service stay in service and configuring the replacement as a spare might be a good strategy…

    I went home and slept until Tuesday…

  130. jim2 says:

    Michelle Malkin is organizing this fundraiser on behalf of Andy Ngo.

    My friend, Portland, Oregon-based journalist Andy Ngo, was beaten and robbed today by Antifa while covering the latest paroxysms of left-wing violence. Andy has been singled out, doxxed, and targeted by SJW thugs while police stand by and do nothing.


  131. Bill in Oz says:

    E M Australia had it’s adventures in Greenist land from 2009-2013 when our Greenist Labor government abandoned all attempts to stop boat people coming to Australia without passports or visas or health checks…..The Greenists said it was inevitable and unstopable…
    And so in July 2013 we the voters here in Oz put a steel capped spike up the bum of that government and replaced it with a far more conservative government which implemented a policy of turn backs and no permanent resident visas ever for such queue jumpers..
    And guess what, wonder of wonders. the boats stopped coming from Indonesia.

    It looks to me like your Dimocrats have been heavily infiltrated by Greenists. And it make take quite a while in opposition & powerless, to clean out the infestation…

  132. Larry Ledwick says:

    Andy Ngo free lance journalist was beat up and had his camera gear stolen by Antifa protesters in Portland today.

    Michele Malkin created a gofundme account for him to replace his camera gear and fund him some security. It has gone viral and is accumulating about $10,000 / hour


  133. philjourdan says:

    @EM – even on a small part of the internet, static routes are of very limited or no use. The case I referred to, the impacted users were 2 or 3 ISPs away, so even if ISP 1 had made a static route, there was no guarantee that ISP 2 and 3 would do it. Nor likely they would since that would break the dynamic aspect of the internet.

    But the cloudflare outage was actually a good demonstration of how good the tools have gotten for diagnosing the problems and honing in on the culprits. It took less than 2 hours from start to finish.

    Static routes on an internal network are easy to do (if not that efficient – my previous company did it due to security reasons), but when you are connected to thousands of other transient (Tier 1) ISPs, you are only pushing the problem downstream.

    As for the coffee company, I have been there (State Community Colleges – moving data centers). But there are other reasons. Companies merging. Been there, done that. We did plan and execute during the least utilized time, but we remained live during the transition.

    Then there is the DR Scenario. Recently a mid-major bank lost its primary data center (Tornado in Kansas). They actually failed over to the backup with minimal problems. Not like the Major Bank that had a Halon accident in the Primary DC. It took them about 4 days to completely transition to their DR (an interesting study in how DR drills fail at times).

    This stuff is getting worlds more complicated for one primary reason – well maybe 2. #1 is the cost of bandwidth has fallen through the floor! So every problem is fixed by throwing more bandwidth at the problem (redundancy, triple redundancy, etc.) And the possible #2 is the cost of storage also falling through the floor. But #1 is why static routing on the internet is of very limited value.

  134. ossqss says:

    Saw this show on the Roku tonight. Facinating what pattern recognition, memorization, and practice can do.

  135. Larry Ledwick says:

    Looks like the ANTIFA thugs hit Andy Ngo hard enough to cause a brain injury. Hopefully it is minor.

    Harmeet K. Dhillon
    ‏Verified account
    Follow @pnjaban
    More Harmeet K. Dhillon Retweeted Andy Ngo
    Update to @MrAndyNgo supporters — he is being admitted to the hospital overnight as a result of a brain bleed. You sick “journalists” and other hacks gloating about this should be ashamed. As for the rest, please pray for @MrAndyNgo who we need back in health — brave man!

    The gofundme account just broke the target amount of 50K a little bit ago.
    $51,183 raised of $50,000 goal

  136. Larry Ledwick says:

    Portland police checked all the boxes except the one where they actually start arresting these goons and locking them up.

  137. E.M.Smith says:

    @Larry L:

    Why I bought my “Cowboy Hard Hat”. While I need to add a chin strap to it to assure retention, it looks like a regular brown cowboy hat (until you notice the hard hat suspension inside of it – but the Antifa folks have likely never seen a hard hat and have no idea what the suspension looks like…)

    It now lives in my car. IF I’m ever anywhere with such folks or such things going on, it goes on the head and the tire iron goes on the seat next to me…

    In any case with a head impact, the protocol ought to have had him observed for brain bleeds and potentially a prophylactic MRI scan done. I’m a bit surprised they seem to have waited for symptoms to do an admission…

    It ought to be OK. It looks like they found it early, so simple evacuation of the blood relieves the pressure and usually things are recovered on the spot. Where folks get in trouble is leaving it so long it clots and the pressure is long enough the brain cells die. I doubt it was that long for him (given the time between your first comment and now).

    It does look like “The Left” is busy eating their own… Antifa in particular is busy generating such a bad reputation for The Left collectively as to be assuring several swing states will Go Trump. Then the Dimocrat Non-Debate All Sing From The Immigrant Hymnal (FREE Medical Care for anyone who’s not from here – Citizens? Screw you.) has given a BIG boost for Trump.

    Tim Pool pointed out the problem: Dmocrats can’t do math. They are pandering to the people hard left who would vote for them anyway. Every “middle of the bird” person they piss off, becomes a GAIN of one for Trump. Every radical Left they pick up is offset by the loss of a moderate. So Trump gets a Gain Of One, and they get a wash with a leftward side step.

    Then the Media are busy dissing the more moderate candidates that had the most “Google Searches” during and just after the debate, while pushing the most Loony Of The Dim. Like that’s gonna get them more moderate voters… /sarc;


    I really wish I could understand how they could be so tone deaf as to think it will sell to the Average Voter to say: “We want to raise your taxes a LOT, so we can throw open the border to a massive influx of folks to ruin your kids school, drive down your wages, collapse our social support systems, and then we want to take your money and buy this invading hoard Free Health Care. Oh, and IF you have nice private health insurance you like, we are going to take that away.”

    In what kind of insane world view does that make me want to vote for them?

    Sigh. I’d really like to have a choice… I’m almost certainly going to vote for Trump (He’s been doing a great job), but I like to feel like I made a decision and didn’t just get herded into the “no real choice” group.

    As it stands now, it’s looking like the “front runners” are Sleepy Creepy Old Joe Biden retreaded a bit, or Camel-O-Harris the rich brat who was bussed in a place where nobody wanted bussing and there weren’t really any race issues to speak off anyway ( I think one news guy said her Dad taught at Stanford…) and who is a token “Women Of Color” who’s about as dark as a Sicilian… I mean, really? She of the olive drab with dark brown slightly wavy hair is “black”? I’d say, at most, about 25%… The Wiki says:

    Kamala Harris was born on October 20, 1964, in Oakland, California, to a Tamil Indian mother and a Jamaican father. Her mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris, was a breast cancer scientist who immigrated to the United States from Madras (present-day Chennai) in 1960. Her father, Donald Harris, is a Stanford University economics professor who emigrated from Jamaica in 1961 for graduate study in economics at University of California, Berkeley. Recalling the lives of his grandmothers, Donald Harris wrote that one was related to a plantation and slave owner while the other had unknown ancestry. In a 2019 interview, Kamala Harris said, “‘I am black and I am proud of it.'”

    So Mom is from India and a professional class “scientist”. One of the ancestors was a plantation and slave owner “relative”. But She is “black”? How’s that work again?

    Frankly, I’ve known a lot of 100% Mexicans who are darker than her. Even folks from India who are a lot darker than her. But boy can she play the Race Card.

    The Left have gone off the deep end and are not coming up for air…

  138. E.M.Smith says:

    Now that’s a surprise.

    Trump just stepped over the border into North Korea. 1st US President to do it.

    He and Kim then crossed back into South Korea.

    Trump is normalizing how Kim feels about The West.

  139. Bill in Oz says:

    As a teenager Kim spent years at a boarding college in Switzerland.

    I wonder if he speaks, or understands at least, English.

    This would certainly help him in feeling normal about dealing with Trump.

    trump taking the initiative in this way over the Korea problem is not what I was expecting him to do in his time as president of the USA. Technically no peace treaty has been signed. There is just a cease fire agreement dating from 1954.

    And that makes the Korean war the longest war I know about.

    So this initiative by Trump is pretty good IMO.

  140. cdquarles says:

    Here, especially this time of year, cirrus would be much higher in altitude. Say 20 to 40K feet. 10K would be alto-cumulus or alto-stratus. Both are often seen as sheared off thunderstorm remnants.

  141. cdquarles says:

    The standard head injury protocol, in the past, was observation first. You could do that at home or in the ER. Generally home observation works. Intra-cranial bleeds are often missed by CT and MRI, especially early, given the time needed for the injury to exceed imaging thresholds (and, don’t forget, the inevitable false negative and false positive rates for these things). If in doubt, though, about the severity of the injury, you would lean toward ER observation; with full admission later if conditions worsen. Distance from help would factor, as well as distance to the necessary level trauma center.

  142. cdquarles says:

    Oh, forgot about Kamala Harris; well, back in those days (she’s the tail end of Boomer Bs) the one-drop rule was still around. One drop of “black” blood made you black. Now, they’e brought it back, just like they’re reviving ol’ Jim. The one drop rule makes you either white or ‘hispanic’; when useful, though it didn’t help Lieawatha much.

  143. Larry Ledwick says:

    Andy Ngo’s gofundme tally is now up to north of $89,521 raised of $50,000 goal, hardly slowed down over night!

    I don’t know about others, but I bet a lot of those donations are simply votes of an alternative kind to get the attention of the political class.

    A final warning to the EB to clean this crap up, or folks are going to give up on the police and clean it up for them.

  144. Larry Ledwick says:

    Two year old article but still worth a read to get a grip on the politics and mind set of the violent left.


  145. Larry Ledwick says:

    And it looks like Andy Ngo has legal representation now. Will be interesting to see how this plays out.

    Harmeet K. Dhillon
    ‏Verified account
    15 hours ago
    More Harmeet K. Dhillon Retweeted Andy Ngo
    This is what @PortlandPolice allowed the criminal enterprise “Rose City Antifa” do to my @dhillonlaw client @MrAndyNgo today. The police stood and watched and did nothing other than tweet. The criminals handed out concrete-laden milkshakes openly. @USDOJ — will you act?

  146. Larry Ledwick says:

    This is going to get interesting:

  147. Larry Ledwick says:

    Item about the short distance between benign assaults like pies in the face and lethal assaults.



  148. Bill in Oz says:

    Can an Australian journalist in China suffer from TDS ? Yes indeed !I seems to be a disease that is picked up merely by being in the presence of other journalists. This ABC journo needs to go somewhere remote for a long holiday ! Maybe Mac Quarrie Island ! https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-01/donald-trump-and-kim-jong-un-meet-for-border-photo-op/11265786

  149. POUNCER says:

    The “journo-list” conspiracy is over, but somewhere behind the scenes somebody has decided that it’s time to do a whole bunch of stories about the infrastructure of the US electrical grid. I’m seeing stuff in the Dallas paper, the local NPR affiliate is interviewing people, etc. They are actually kind of factual: the supply MUST balance the demand, the tech for storage isn’t there quite yet, the frequency of the AC power is important and hard to maintain … those of us skeptical of renewable recognize all these “disclosures” but it’s interesting to see so many emerge into the mainstream at once.

    I wonder what’s going on?

  150. philjourdan says:

    @EM and LL – in elections past, both sides ran to get nominated, which meant playing to the base. But that 20-30% cannot get you elected in the general, so once they get the nomination, they pivot to the center (Obama did it, even though he broke his campaign promises once elected – another trait of elections). In the primaries, Obama embraced single payer. In the general he moderated that and even campaigned against the plan that eventually became Obamacare.

    But a weird thing happened in 16. Trump pretty much kept the same campaign both in the primaries and the general election. It helped that his campaign was primarily on one issue – MAGA. And each position was in support of that, so he really did not have to change anything (he did not campaign on reversing social items like Gay marriage, or Abortion, so did not have to moderate come the general).

    But Trump is unique. He IS his campaign. It is not a bunch of staffers or talking heads. He is something we have not seen in 200 years – a citizen president.

    Not a single other candidate can say that on either side. So the normal course for the democrats is to run to the left to get the nomination and then swing to the center.

    But there is a problem. The YSM. They have forgotten how the game is played, so they are forcing all the candidates to the hard left and keeping them there! The left has always had a free pass with the media and now is no exception (the hilarity of Politifact saying there were no whoppers in the 2 debates proves that). But who is running he show? It does not appear to be the democrats. Instead it is the media who has decided that a left wing idiot can run and win. This is not democrats vs Trump. This is the YSM vs Trump. And whichever puppet wins the nomination, they will not win the general because the hard left is still not a majority.

    Being in bed with one side never works. Just ask blacks who have gotten nothing from democrats in the last 50 years. Ask the citizens of LA who just negotiated a huge “settlement” with the homeless, yet nothing has changed. Ask the denizens of SF who harbor murderers but cant keep the shit off the streets!

    But the press is special because it is the one institution that is mentioned in the Constitution. So they have gone from supporting democrats, to running democrats. The problem is they were losing credibility for the past 30 years, but that has accelerated in the past 10 as reality has not conformed to their reporting. So in the past when they could drive elections, they no longer have that power (some say Google does – but they are unraveling faster than a cheap sweater).. People do not need google or Acosta to tell them the economy is in terrible condition when they just saw double digit raises for the first time in their lives (for many).

    So why are the polls so sour? Asked and answered – who is doing the polling? Most people (the silent majority) do not want to be doxxed or have antifa beat them over the head with bike locks. So they will say what those cretins want them to say. But no one can see who they vote for in the voting booth.

    We know that is what is happening because it happened in 16. People claim Trump lost the popular vote. But if you remove California (where there was illegals voting – and no republican on most of the ballots on the lower offices), Trump won the popular vote. (and hence why the small states will not allow the EC to be abolished).

    I really do not see any of the 24 announced candidates having either the strength of character or the support to pivot the platform to the center. Most because they are too stupid to understand that the YSM is an echo chamber and not representative of most of America. But a few because they have no chance in hell of winning the nomination.

    I see another McGovern (albeit not a 49 state loss) repeat. McGovern is actually far to the right of the current crop of democrats. But you cannot tell the YSM that. They cannot even read their own graphs.

  151. Larry Ledwick says:

    If anyone is motivated there is another guy that got mugged by the Antifa Blackblok direct action thugs who needs some help too.


  152. Larry Ledwick says:

    Info is out confirming that Antifa was assaulting people with spiked milkshakes.

    Of course there is a very simple solution for that, the police need to require that anyone carrying anything like a milk shake or bottle of water drink a large slug of it before go into the event area or dispose of it.

    Random sampling of them would be good to.

  153. Larry Ledwick says:

    Guadajara got a hail storm (By they way same thing has happened many times here in Colorado, lots of small hail with heavy rain, hail floats on run off and pools where the flow slows down enough to dump the hail in drifts.)


  154. E.M.Smith says:

    I wonder to what extent this Democratic Party parade of fools came about because when, under Clinton domination, the DNC was pushing Hillary (and anyone moderate and sane was kicked to the curb to clear the path): The only alternative allowed was the crazy Socialist nobody liked. Then Bernie got ALL the ABC protest votes. (Anyone But Clinton). Then the idiots in charge decided it meant folks wanted socialism. Completely missing thd point that we really just hated Hillary that much.

  155. E.M.Smith says:

    Per cement shakes: cows gain about 10% more when some cement is included in their diet. Nobody knows why, but calcium and magnesium are suspected.

    The point? A dedicated radical likely can drink some with no bad effect other than flavor .

  156. Larry Ledwick says:

    Hmmm interesting – tweet on data manipulation in Europe.

    barry prins

    46 minutes ago
    de KNMI heeft de warmste 16 hittegolven geschrapt
    dus niet zo vreemd dat nu de warmste juni ooit is
    Translated from Dutch by Microsoft
    The KNMI has deleted the hottest 16 heat waves
    So not so strange that now the hottest June ever is

  157. YMMV says:

    E.M.: “The Statue Of Liberty does NOT say “Send use your Cholera, your Typhus, your Ebola Masses yearning to get Free medicine” “Or Canadians just nip over the border for that gall bladder surgery and avoid the wait for it, too?” “You think the “Caravans” are bad now, just wait until it is “Zero Penalty to enter” and “100% free medical care” once here.”

    Interesting, the story behind that poem. It was written by Emma Lazarus, created to sell at an auction to raise money to build the pedestal for the statue, but it did not become famous and was not put on the statue base until after her death.

    Here’s a story about a caravan to Canada for cheaper insulin. I have no idea why insulin is cheaper in Canada. “the price of insulin in the United States per vial was $320, while in Canada the same medication under a different name was $30.” Let me guess, the cheaper one is generic?

    Somehow, I think illegal aliens getting free medicine when citizens do not is never going to happen (and free medicine for everyone cannot happen). But then I look at California, and no, in Obama’s words, anything is possible.

  158. rhoda klapp says:

    The insulin is probly the same product exactly. Mine is, it was $700 in the US and 30 gbp at home, same packaging and everything. Once I flew home from TX to get some, cheaper than buying there even with air fare included.

  159. E.M.Smith says:

    I’ll be putting up the next WOOD soon, this one is getting too slow ;-)

    But for now, interesting video clip of a Pack Of Antifa attacking Senior Citizens…

    So why are they not already branded as a Terrorist Group and in court under RICO? Eh? Seems to be plenty of video evidence…

  160. Power Grab says:

    I believe the YSM are the biggest part of the problem with our society today. Since their mantra is “If it bleeds, it leads”, then they’ve gotta have some bleeding going on to stay afloat. IMHO, they don’t necessarily care who bleeds, as long as people keep watching/reading their stuff and get riled up.

    I gets tons of “sic-em” messages (to coin a phrase) every day at my various email accounts, and if I read them all I would get pretty riled up. I don’t like to operate in “riled up” mode, though. So I’m trying on the idea that it’s all just Street Theater, for the benefit of the YSM.

    Here is another excerpt from Mark Twain’s “Roughin’ It” book:

    “…I moralize well, but I did not always practice well when I was a city editor; I let fancy get the upper hand of fact too often when there was a dearth of news. I can never forget my first day’s experience as a reporter. I wandered about town questioning everybody, boring everybody, and finding out that nobody knew anything. At the end of five hours my notebook was still barren. I spoke to Mr. Goodman. He said:
    “‘Dan used to make a good thing out of the hay wagons in a dry time when there were no fires or inquests. Are there no hay wagons in from the Truckee? If there are, you might speak of the renewed activity and all that sort of thing, in the hay business, you know. It isn’t sensational or exciting, but it fills up and looks businesslike.’
    “I canvassed the city again and found one wretched old hay truck dragging in from the country. But I made affluent use of it. I multiplied it by sixteen, brought it into town from sixteen different directions, made sixteen separate items out of it, and got up such another sweat about hay as Virginia City had never seen in the world before.
    “This was encouraging. Two nonpareil columns had to be filled, and I was getting along. Presently, when things began to look dismal again, a desperado killed a man in a saloon and joy returned once more. I never was so glad over any mere trifle in my life. I said to the murderer:
    “‘Sir, you are a stranger to me, but you have done me a kindness this day which I can never forget. If whole years of gratitude can be to you any slight compensation, they shall be yours. I was in trouble and you have relieved me nobly and at a time when all seemed dark and drear. Count me your friend from this time forth, for I am not a man to forget a favor.’
    “If I did not really say that to him I at least felt a sort of itching desire to do it. I wrote up the murder with a hungry attention to details, and when it was finished experienced but one regret–namely, that they had not hanged my benefactor on the spot, so that I could work him up too.”

    If that isn’t an honest description of the attitude of today’s media critters, then I don’t know what is.

  161. E.M.Smith says:

    An interesting background story on the Portland Antifa Mob Attack. It’s on Bitchute, but by InfoWars. The Antifa folks are openly saying they want to blind as many people as possible. Also saying they will go to the July 4th event in D.C. for more attacks.


    Quick Concrete is a caustic substance and throwing it on anyone is a big criminal deal. Alex Jones calls it an “acid attack” but it is really a caustic alkali (like lye) attack.

    I’d say the MSM isn’t reporting on this, except I’ve stopped watching them so I don’t know ;-)

    But Antifa looks like they are moving to Chemical Weapons attacks and openly using clubs / pipes / bars of some sort.

    Guess I need to add some goggles to my “car kit” of Cowboy Hard Hat and padded motorcycle jacket…

  162. ossqss says:

    It is amazing to see what is called anti, being exactly what they say they oppose. They are fascists in the most basic form hiding behind masks. Remove the mask, they disappear. Just like trolls on the net. Pass the law.

  163. philjourdan says:

    re: Insulin. I had a diabetic cat, and paid $75 for a month’s supply (that was $60 plus shipping). Granted cats use less, but it would have lasted a normal person about a week.

  164. p.g.sharrow says:

    These are paid solders in uniform. They are the shock troops for the Liberal Progressives and are trained it tactics of intimidation and attack, Those ruck sacks they wear contain their street clothes or visa-versa while they are street people. The Hillary Clinton Campaign paid 5 of these groups to disrupt Trump events. If you look closely you will see their Directors in street clothes with clipboards and cell phones as the keep track of their troops and direct their attacks…pg

  165. Larry Ledwick says:

    Guess I need to add some goggles to my “car kit”
    I have taken to wearing ballistic rated wrap around sun glasses at all times for that very reason, and carry a skate board type helmet in the car.

    These are the glasses I wear most:
    They are ballistic rated to ANSI Z87.1 +2015 and ballistic MCEPS GL-PD 10-12 compliant, and fit close enough to my face that it would be very difficult for me to get stuff in my eyes if someone spit on me or they threw something at me.

    These are also available (often used by motor cycle folks to protect eyes)
    A bit more expensive but they use a dark smoked grey lens and I prefer the copper brown of the other brand.

    They do how ever make a clear version.

    The helmet is similar to this low cost generic skateboard and bike helmet

  166. Larry Ledwick says:

    For maximum protection you can also upgrade your kit to include something like these
    Wrap around snow board goggles (mirror lenses are nice as no one can see where you are looking.

    Or add one of these full face neoprene masks intended for snow boarding or snow mobile use.


    Or for serious get out of the riot use, add one of these paint ball face protectors.


    The two masks above along with good wrap around sunglasses or goggles gives you essentially 100% face coverage.

    A bit of one of the protective barrier creams might be good to have handy too to protect the throat and exposed skin areas like the ears.


    You know it really sucks that normal people even have to consider this sort of protective gear to avoid being victimized by these bone heads.

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  169. E.M.Smith says:


    Problem with Snow Gear is that it is designed to ventilate a lot. Not so good for bear spray…

  170. Larry Ledwick says:

    Yes that is true they are ventilated but they also have fine foam filters on the vents to keep snow dust from getting inside the goggles. Main worry is to keep a direct stream of that stuff out of your eyes. A few micro droplets that find their way past the snow filters might be uncomfortable but are not going to completely incapacitate you.

    They are also designed to fit over conventional glasses so if you wear wraparound style safety glasses under them you have a double layer barrier that the pepper spray has to get past.

    Not saying they are perfect but their ventilation is more protected than many common cheap rubber goggles that just have a series of open holes to vent them.

    Not to mention you can always modify the venting to improve the barrier so a direct stream of spray cannot directly impact the vents. A bit of old tee shirt taped over the vents or some similar extra filter barrier.

  171. E.M.Smith says:

    As part of some training I had (Law Enforcement …) we got to have a very small exposure to MACE. A patch about palm sized was sprayed on a door, then we put our face about 1 foot from it. I had to run to the water fountain and wash my eyes and nose… It took a good 1/2 hour to be functional again.

    Now this was MACE that has a “nerve gas” agent in it and not pepper spray. I also (lucky me) seem to be far more sensitive that the other folks in my group. But that said, I suspect I’ll only really be OK with a full on gas mask…

    Like the idea about goggles over safety glasses. As a non-glasses person that feature had never occurred to me…

  172. YMMV says:

    Bill in Oz, Graeme No.3: regarding the referendum on the monarchy in Australia twenty years ago.
    Mark Steyn reprints an article he wrote back then.

    The devil is in the details — and to demand that the electorate reject an actual specific monarchy in favour of a vague, unspecified republic is as absurd as asking them to vote for a monarchy and reassuring them you’ll let ’em know afterwards whether they’ll be getting Elizabeth II, Emperor Bokassa or Mad King Ludwig of Bavaria.

    I can think of a few other cases of vote for this now and we will work out the details later.
    Including of course, banning fossil fuels by 2040 or so, we will have something better by then.

  173. jim2 says:

    Considering how little the monarchy is helping the Brits, I wouldn’t get too worked up over the loss of it.

  174. YMMV says:

    Hereditary rulers doesn’t make much sense in the alleged age of reason, and we could debate whether the monarchy has had some unseen calming effect, but all that is history. It is fading away. The question is more about what to replace it with. Prince Charles?

    “Queen Elizabeth considering retiring in 2021”
    “the 93-year-old queen fading into history as her 71-year-old son and heir, Prince Charles, moves aggressively to assert his control”

    “Almost half of the British public believe Prince Charles should stand aside and let his eldest son William become the next king, polling shows.
    The survey by BMG Research on behalf of The Independent found 46 per cent of Britons want the first in line to the throne to abdicate immediately to allow the Duke of Cambridge to take the throne.”
    “Charles has received criticism in the past for airing his views on talking points such as the environment and architecture – a stark contrast to the Queen, who has gone to great pains to keep her political views private in the name of neutrality.”

    ““She’s just been so much part of everybody’s life for such a long time, she has maintained this sense of fairness, of honesty, of fair play, of an old Britain that perhaps thinks it’s slightly more important than it is. And I think with her gone, all that is blown out of the water and I think that will hit people almost immediately, that nothing will ever be the same again. I think there’ll be a great baring of souls and fear, in a sense of ‘what happens now?’””
    “Prince Harry is the most popular member of the royal family, with an approval rating higher than the queen’s, but he is sixth in line to the throne”

    It’s always between the devil you know and the devil you don’t know. The monarchy is just one example. Another is Brexit. Part of that problem is the scare of what happens after it happens. In the case of climate change activism, it’s the other way around. Predict a wonderful renewable future and get everything committed before everybody catches on that it is a lie. (cf. 72 virgins)

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