W.O.O.D. – 20 July 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?

Global Warming / Global Cooling

The YSM (Yellow Stream Media) continue to push The Narrative and have every warm spot reported loudly. Summer snow in Europe / Siberia and bad weather in the mountains of South America never make the page… Despite what they say / report: It has NOT been hot. If anything, it’s getting colder. Just very slowly.

Clearly the Perpetual Drought is over / dead / buried. What with their being global floods all over the place. Strange how nobody has recanted on the incessant shouting about Perpetual Drought…

Lots of snow up in the mountains, globally. Cattle lost to freezes in Mongolia this last winter. Glaciers growing. Not a peep.


So it looks like it is down to “Does Boris get elected and suspend Parliament?”. So we’re waiting, and we’re waiting…


The leader of the group that’s been the most violent has been arrested and charged. May this be the start of something bigger…


Has left the building…. My condolences to the people of Venezuela.

Trump Triangulates

It has been hilarious to watch the SJW Mob and their Captive Democrats go into full hysterical melt down over a couple of tweets. Trump has now fully married The Squad to the DNC and made them the public face of it. IMHO, there’s no way the DNC can shed them and recover any kind of central policies prior to the election. Couple that with a stellar economic performance and I think Trump just won the election.

Now ALL the candidates have to choose between distancing themselves from The Squad and ALL The Squad nutty policy positions (and losing the primary) or embracing The Squad and their nutty polices and losing the General Election. Knight Fork!

In some ways, just an amazing bit of manipulation of the Emotional Trigger handed to him by the SJW Mob. Simultaneously showing the Right Wing Base that he’s not shrinking violet and is quite happy to grasp the wasp nest and toss it on the dump heap; while showing the Center Undecided that the Democrats are Crazy Loons and not for them; while forcing the DNC to go Hard Left Loud And Proud in a way they can not later escape. All for the minor cost of pissing off those SJW TDS folks who are already pissed off and never going to vote for him anyway. Well played, Sir. Remarkably well played.

Ignite SJW Emotional Bomb – toss into middle of DNC / Candidate Race. Collect reward…

Iran & UK Ship

Iran has captured a UK Flagged Swedish ship outside of their territorial waters. Given the mines on other tankers and the shoot down of one of each sides drones by USA / Iran: This is on the edge of a Hot War.

My suggestion? Put a row of combined forces from every nation getting oil from The Gulf right along the edge of Iranian Territorial waters. ANY Iranian military boat that cross the line gets sunk on the spot. They picked the fight and the battle ground, let them live with it. Yes, an embargo is an act of war. So is attacking merchant shipping in international waters or territorial waters of other nations. Simply state: Your military is not playing well with others, so it is being sent to it’s room. You can come out into international waters again when you can play nice. Anyone crosses the line will be spanked with a missile or 50 Cal. machine guns, as needed to sink it. That goes for military aircraft too.

I’m pretty sure the combined forces of the USA, EU, UK, Japan and a few others are larger than the combined forces of, well, the Iranians… and nobody else.

Hard rules for hard people. Softer rules for softer people. Be The Mirror philosophy in action.

Grand Solar Minimum & Crops

The reports are now more mixed. Much higher planting rates, but how much of that is “Planting for insurance” and will never reach harvest? Nobody knows.

Reports divide between official “everything is looking good” with single digit crop loss percents, to Dire Failure paranoid sites advocating “The End Is Neigh!” behaviours. Brazil harvest has been good (but they are much much smaller than the USA corn production) and Canadian Wheat has done well. USA MidWest corn and soybeans not so much. China having lots of corn problems. China and the USA are by far the two biggest corn producers.

But there is far more to world food supply than corn. Barely 20% of corn is for human food. We feed 30% of it to cars and about 1/2 of it to food animals. A drastic loss would be bad news for chickens and pigs, but people not so much. I did watch one farm life live channel from Montana ( I Think) where the farmer and spouse were lamenting their poor hay conditions. Not enough money to buy in some hay (as prices are way high due to everyone being short) so they plan to do herd reduction. I suspect we’ll be seeing more of that over the summer and into fall. Those cattle that are with calf will be grown out to market size, then sold off to market. The big shortage of cattle will show up next spring when breading stock is down and new calves lower.

Between now and then I plan to watch animal prices. I’ve done a set of test canning and I’m ready to “put up” a few gallons of canned meat IFF it becomes clear that things are continuing to decay. It is quite possible that things will recover and everything just gets back to normal by October…

Hydroponic Lessons Learned & Updates

I’ve harvested my first peas today. The hydroponic pea plant is growing great guns and has pods all over it. The dirt grown ones are struggling. Partly this dirt failure is from being in full sun in California in July. Peas hate that and don’t like the way the soil dries. Partly it is from the potting soil not being the best and Miracle Grow not enough to fix it. The mass of all 4 of the dirt grown is less than the ONE transplanted from that same dirt to a hydroponic grow out.

The ones in the pot have also not even made flowers yet. So I’m planning that in my indoor/winter grow room I’ll have a full tray of peas. I really really like peas, and not doing well growing them in California has been a pain. Since I can even get them to grow in full summer conditions in hydroponics (probably due to the unlimited water for cooling) I’m pretty sure I can do Just Fine in lower light and cooler indoors.

Several YouTube videos doing an A/B compare of “just white light” vs the red-blue “optimal for chlorophyll absorption” spectrum bulbs have ALL shown the white light working better for various plants and various reasons. Is this a proof of experimental evidence over theory? Or just experimental failure? I suspect it’s reality vs theory. One guy asserts that the red-blue LEDs were just “too strong” and that was why. Stronger than the full sun at high noon? I don’t think so, Tim…

So what’s the deal? It looks like RED provides a lot of “grow now” energy. (Some folks tested just red and just blue). That results in long spindly plants. The BLUE provides signals to stop growing now as you have reached sunlight. This resulted in compact stems, short compact growth, and a kind of ‘warty’ looking lettuce as the area between leaf veins continued to grow while the plant overall didn’t so much. Red-Blue often seemed to combine some of these issues (likely as the ratio of the two changed). In one example, tomatoes grown under white vs red-blue had the red-blue elongate more but with less strong stems until it collapsed under it’s own weight. In others, the plain white light would produce better and higher weight yields. So, for my winter grow space, I’ll be ordering LED Shop Lights from Amazon with over 100 Lumens / Watt at a dirt cheap (near $20 / fixture with over 4000 lumens!) and not bothering with fancy red-blue lights at $BIG Bucks (often in the $100 to HundredS range).

Another lesson learned: Shade Loving plants still love the shade. I’ve had a couple of herbs die / get leaf browning while other things in the same tub were fine. The difference? The ones “with issues” were “shade tolerant” and I had them in full sun in California in July over white styrofoam. OK, the peas example does not generalize. Got it.

Then there were the tomatillos. Since I didn’t intend to eat these, no big loss really. But: I had 3 in a 5 gallon bucket. One was looking all wilted. Checked the bucket and found the water near zero… Oh Dear. First lesson: Kratky Method MUST have plant size matched to a relatively LARGE bucket size, or you run out before full growth. Having 3 LARGE plants in a Kratky Bucket was way over that point.

So I took the hose and just shot a bunch of water into one of the other unused holes (normally filled with a plug). Next day, the wilted plant is looking FINE. the other two, however, are all wilted. WT? Lifting the lid, their roots are all covered in a thick green slime. Shooting the water into the bucket stirred up the algae that had grown and it was filtered out / deposited in their roots, by the “swirl”. I knew the blue bucket was too transparent and planned to paint it after the Tomatillos were done growing… So Note To Self: PAINT any translucent bucket before planting, or cover it in aluminum foil. Later today I’ll be trying to recover those plants by washing their roots…

I had originally used liquid nutrient from Dyna-Grow with zero issues. I’ve just swapped over to the solid / powder nutrient from General Hydroponics “Maxi-Grow”. The amount recommended seemed a bit high to me, but went with it anyway. There was a small amount of white that didn’t dissolve well in the water. This tended to collect in the roots of the plants with the bubbler, but didn’t seem to be causing trouble. In the very small ( 4 gallon) tub, 2 x cilantro that had been doing fine in the big construction tub looked a bit burned and wilted (one may be dead). I’m pretty sure this is nutrient burn from too much. I took out 1 gallon of solution and topped it up with just water. Things look a bit better now. So “lessons learned”? Not all nutrients are the same especially on the forgiveness axis. Be SURE you know what mix is best for a given set of plants. the “One size fits all” on the label does NOT fit all as all plants are different to some degree. Too little to start is likely better than too much. Do Not start with the high end of recommendations, start with the bottom end. Not growing fast enough is better than fertilizer burned. Pick a nutrient system, learn it, and stick with it. IF you plan to change, change ONE experimental tub first and learn that system before just dumping it into several…

The good thing out of these failures is that I’ve found the limits of the goodness. I can now more accurately grow various things. I’m now more aware of the fact that each variety of plant really wants a particular light and nutrient profile, and it is my job to find what that is and provide it. So while in the experimental mode I’ve tossed a dozen kinds of plants and 4 or 5 different grow systems with 2 different nutrient systems (and learned a fair amount fast), for “production” I want to dial it back to a more limited set of 3 or 4 plant types in a couple of grow systems with one well understood nutrient. That will be the Next Step.

I’m still quite happy as I still have a bunch of happy lettuce, cole plants, peas, choi, and herbs. So learning how inattentive you can be and how flexible are the limits before you hit them is a lesson that didn’t cost too much of the plant life.

Oh, one other minor note: In harvesting the Kalards for “sauteed greens” I checked out the roots. Oddly, many had adhered to the underside of the foam float. I don’t know if that’s a “Kale Thing” or a brassica thing or a styrofoam thing, or what. It will mean that “cleaning the floats” for reuse will be more than just hosing them off, and it will mean that it’s harder to change plants (and I can’t just pull the net-cup out and plop in another – it’s stuck.) It also implies I might want the replacement foam core to either not actually float on the water (lay on the rim of the tub) or have it with the metal foil down instead. So that’s a “learning point” for the future. As it was, I just left the cup in place after cutting off all the leaves and most of the stem… and it’s already got a flush of new leaves on it. So OK, I didn’t need to change the cup / plant…

My quasi-career as a car painter

I’ve decided to get started on the cheap. Bought some Meguire’s compound, a wool buffing wheel that fits in a drill (so avoiding $150 of polisher cost) that’s good enough to learn some with (and cost all of about $4) and bought an $18 6 inch Palm “polisher” at Harbor Freight. NOT double action so it will be up to me to assure it doesn’t sit too long in one place. Plus some “bonnets” and such.

This will be enough to get me through the first round of: Clean, Compound, Polish of a small area and let me do some decent learning. Then I’ll be more likely to know what I want instead, and what tool provides it. I’ll be starting out on some pretty trashed paint, so it isn’t like there’s anything at risk.


If you have NO stored foods, shame on you. It doesn’t cost much At All to put enough in the pantry to last out a One Month Aw Shit. For about $10 you can cover all the oatmeal & jam for a month. I’ve been eating that for breakfast for a couple of weeks now and I’m feeling better than I have in a couple of years, so this isn’t a hardship. In fact, it will likely be my preference “going forward” just due to being so much happier and energetic. “Feeling my oats” as it were.

A lunch of beans runs nearly nothing. I was very surprised to find that about a 24 ounce volume cooked serving with a “pat” of bacon grease on it and a squirt of about a tsp to Tbs of Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce was GOOD! I find my self wanting it more than my more usual ham sandwich… So about $25 for 25 lbs of beans, and that gives you about 1.5 quarts cooked / day. I figure that makes it about $20 for a “beans lunch” including the BBQ sauce and some bacon to get the grease… Dinner of a box of dried Scalloped Potatoes with SPAM bits and peas mixed in is similar in cost. So can you afford $1 / day for a full stomach IF a Food Emergency / Aw Shit happens? Can you afford NOT to?

If you don’t like beans, a few days I’ve had a Rammen Soup Cup and it was actually nice. Had a couple of shrimp and some vegetables already in it. At about 25 ¢ / meal it’s darned cheap to put a few flats of them on the shelf. You will eventually use them up when just in a hurry anyway. I’ve already gone through a dozen just because I like them, they were fast and they were there… Microwave a cup of water, pour it in one. Let sit 3 minutes and eat. About $8 for a month.

It’s incredibly easy find some meal you like that’s “dirt cheap” and where you WILL eat it anyway, over time. Then buy a 1 month’s worth of it and stick it in the cupboard. Maybe it will take you 2 years to get through that stock in normal times. That’s OK. So if 6 months from now the world is talking about bumper harvests and all, have your steak and baker… but with a small side of Bush’s Baked Beans instead of a big main course of beans…

I’ve also dusted off the canner and canned up some chicken. It worked well. Lessons learned? Use 1 1/2 inches head space, not 1. Pack a bit loose so that steam bubbles in the cooling do not force liquid and fats out the top. Fill the canner water to the top of the food level (so it cools by conduction to the canning water and relatively fast). I suspect canning pint jars or 1 1/2 pint jars might work better than quarts, but have not tried it. Caning beans was nearly trivial.

Next step is to find where all my jars have gone. Many were put in boxes “somewhere”. I need to start regularly filling them with something. Cooked beans are easier to prepare in an AwShit than dry beans. So slowly over the next 1/2 year+ I’ll be rebuilding some of my Prepper stuff that was used up during time “on the road” in Florida and after return. As the jars are already taking up the storage space, might as well fill them with something useful.

Then there’s the food dryer. Got it for a Christmas gift about 6 years back. Never used it (that whole “off to Florida” to work thing). Some YouTube folks, especially backpackers resentful of $12 freeze dried lunches…, have put up videos of how to use a dryer to make dehydrated trail food meals. Chile with beef and beans. Chicken & Mac. Spanish Rice. Lots more. I’ve not done it yet, but I’m thinking maybe it is time to try it. The Betty Crocker Potatoes Au Gratin that we like is essentially a small packet of dried potatoes and a dehydrated cheese sauce. As they are only $1 / box (and make 2 big meals or 4 small meals with sides) it isn’t worth my time to make my own. But there are other similar meals I’d like to have that are not available in the stores. Especially those where dried chicken or beef would be involved. I’ve was very surprised at just how much stuff can be home dehydrated and then has a lot less bulk to store. Especially useful after I’ve got my “wet stored” inventory up and start running low on space ;-)

Do I think we’re on the verge of collapse or other horribles? Not at all. I just think it’s time for my periodic “rebuild the stock” as a quick check showed we’d used up most of it over the last few years. Do I think there’s a chance of some horribles? Oh Yeah. More than enough to make it important to have some inventory. I’ve never had the full Year recommended by the Mormon Church, but like to have 3 months worth if possible. ( I figure that in 3 months either we’ll have “fixed it” whatever “it” is; or I need to be farming my yard and that’s enough time to get it rolling enough for 2 people.)

Mostly though, it’s just a fun hobby involving things I really like. Cooking and eating ;-)

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153 Responses to W.O.O.D. – 20 July 2019

  1. philjourdan says:

    Item: 400 anniversary of representative democracy in America in 10 days. Trump was invited, but Va democrats threaten to boycott if he attends. I so hope he attends! This is election year in VA and the race is tight. Democrats boycott and that will hand the election to the republicans by simply campaigning on the truth – democrats are divisive and exclusive.

    As well as racists (Gov and AG in blackface) and misogynist (Lt Gov rapist).

  2. philjourdan says:

    BTW: I was going to comment on the Odd Squad dust up and was going to use the knight fork analogy (did not have time to get to it earlier). So 2 thumbs up for making that point!

  3. Bill in Oz says:

    Re Iran, the Revolutionary Guards there in Iran are just crazy enough to do utterly crazy stuff like seizing an oil tanker in the straits of Hormuz…

    Wonder if they have been on the MJ too long ? It was Shia muslims from Iran who in historic times, made up the ‘Assasins’. And their craziness was fuelled by liberal doses of MJ.

    The weird thing is that Iran is still exporting crude oil to places like China, Japan. Vietnam. Places which can afford to ignore the US attempts to shut down Iran’s oil exports… So the seizure of the UK registered oil tanker just makes things worse for them in the future.. The UK was one of the countries trying to keep going the 2015 treaty that Obama negotiated… I suspect that policy has now gone over board…

    I wonder what Boris Johnson will do when he takes over… May will do bugger all..She doesn’t want it on her record. Yet another cockup for her to do nothing about.

  4. Another Ian says:

    “Buzz Aldrin’s 2nd best landing – conspiracy theorist pest harassing the astronaut gets a love-tap”


  5. Larry Ledwick says:

    Meanwhile South African street crime does not go as planned.

  6. jim2 says:

    RE: Iran. Just hit the port facilities and military ships. That will stop crude shipments as well as attacks on tankers. Limited but effective.

  7. John S Howard says:

    Regarding food prices… meats; chicken, beef pork and even farmed fish of all kinds will go up, substitutes for corn oil and corn syrup, possibly and increase in gas due to ethanol costs rising. Crop failures around the world will have an impact overall on food prices.

  8. jim2 says:

    Watched a bit of Fox News Sunday. Chris Wallace is so in the tank for the Dimowits now. He’s got nothing to say about the Odd Squad. OTOH, the conservative commentators on Fox take every opportunity to point out the antisemitism, racism, anti-Americanism, anti-Israeli, and terrorist loving beaches for what they are. The Odd Squad should be recalled, but unfortunately Idiocracy has a strong foothold here in the US in this day and time.

  9. YMMV says:

    “Venezuela — Has left the building…. My condolences to the people of Venezuela.”

    Black hole, there is no escape. Not even the news it seems. Or is that because the news has given up on it and written it off? Lost cause, so let’s just concentrate on Trump?

    The path is clear: Prosperous. Socialist. Sh*t Hole. Black Hole.

    It’s not the first. Once you get sucked in, that’s it forever. NK, Cuba, Zimbabwe, and so on.
    The only exception I can think of is Russia. After about 100 years, they have made some recovery, although to what I am not sure. I still would not want to live there.

    BTW, you can replace ‘Socialist’ in that list with ‘Islamic’. Same result.

    Perhaps the no-news from Venezuela has something to do with the death squads.

    The U.N. report said that here have been at least 6,856 suspicious deaths of government opponents between January 2018 and May 2019, most of which were extra-judicial executions. As a native of Argentina, the pope should know well that this figure is bigger than any number of political killings in the region since the days of Argentina and Chile’s military dictatorships in the 1970s.

    So what did the pope say? That they should try to get along. That’s his take-home from his Argentina experience?

  10. Larry Ledwick says:

    It is hard to navigate the North West passage when it is blocked with 2 meter thick ice.
    (take a memo, Al Gore was wrong and is an idiot).


  11. Another Ian says:

    “EU Extracts Billions More from UK with ‘Eye-popping’ 20 Per Cent Increase to Budget Contribution”


    Looks like the EU needs a new reader of the tea leaves

  12. jim2 says:

    Venezuela news, the US is still enacting sanctions to pressure Maduro and supporters.


  13. H.R. says:

    Larry L: “(take a memo, Al Gore was wrong and is an idiot).”

    Fat Albert Gore is certainly not the sharpest bowling ball on the rack, but he was smart enough to listen to whoever it was that pitched him on the CO2 Exchange scam. He’s not an idiot, but is instead, a cynical, sociopath, dumbass GEB with good advisors.

    He missed pulling off the greatest scam evah! i.e. the Chicago CO2 Exchange by… |—| that much.

    Since I post anonymously, I do my best not to ad hom anyone in my comments. I no doubt I’ve failed a few times. But I make an exception for Algore. There is no scorn too deep, no criticism too scathing, and no insult remotely beyond the pale that can be cast Albore’s way. He was scraping the bottom of the barrel when he callously used his sister’s death from cancer to further his self-serving interests, but it turns out that once he scraped a hole through the bottom of the barrel, the Crazed Sex Poodle found he could keep digging lower. SPIT!

  14. Larry Ledwick says:

    Well this is interesting – it appears that the Clinton private email server setup included an “intrusion detection system”, and did from time to time IP ban certain addresses – so they should have known they were being breached by out side unauthorized entities.

    I wonder if those intrusion detection logs were preserved in backups?

  15. Larry Ledwick says:

    Idiot does not necessarily mean lacking in intellectual capacity – it can also mean average or above average intelligence used to pursue really stupid objectives. Many times being willingly blind to obvious negative consequences of actions (ie clueless) or as you say totally self centered and simply does not care about negative collateral damage to others.

  16. H.R. says:

    @Larry L – In case you couldn’t tell for sure, Gore is not on my Christmas card list.

  17. Larry Ledwick says:

    Well this could get interesting

  18. Larry Ledwick says:

    Yeah Al Gore would definitely be on my gets a lump of coal list too.
    Con man and snake oil salesman in my book.

  19. E.M.Smith says:

    FWIW, today I’m canning some plain beans and an experimental batch of “baked beans” ( molasses, vinegar, salt, mustard in the jar).

    A bag of dry beans makes a LOT of canned beans :-)

  20. E.M.Smith says:

    Well this is gonna leave a mark:

    Subverse News
    Published on Jul 22, 2019
    Hackers Break into Russian Intelligence Agency Projects for Mass Surveillance

    Hacking group 0V1RU$, was able to penetrate the system of Russian intelligence contractor SyTech, releasing data on Russian efforts to control social media and anonymous internet servers. In Bulgaria, hacker instakilla released the personal data of five million people from the country’s National Revenue Service. The Kazakh government instructed local internet service providers to force their customers to install a government developed certificate on their personal devices, in every browser.

  21. Ossqss says:

    NHC declared TD3 at 5 today just East of Miami. Take a look for yourself. I think they are just trying to keep the ACE adding up this year any way they can. What, you can’t see it? ;-)


  22. H.R. says:

    @Ossqss – That radar shot looks suspiciously like the radar shot over my area 1,000 miles away. All we got were some sprinkles. I was hoping for more. The lawn and garden could use a little soaking.

  23. Larry Ledwick says:

    Sad to hear this news, Chris Kraft NASA flight director of the early manned missions to space died today in Huston. He lived to see the 50th anniversary, and hopefully got to hear the announcement that the US was returning to the moon and on to Mars.

    God Speed Chris! You were a role model for millions who served in high pressure technical management fields.


  24. billinoz says:

    As Boris prepares to replace May and forge a new way for a UK Brexit, two of May’s Remainer Cabinet flunkies are spitting the dummy.
    Spiked has an informative perspective on these two Remainer Tories : Good Riddance !
    By the way, the result of the ballot of Conservative party members for the leadership of the Party will be made public at midday London time Tuesday the 23/7/19.

    Will a Conservative Party & Brexit coalition emerge ? It’s a good possibility if the Conservative party is to survive the electoral disasters the Conservative Party has suffered at the hands of May & her Remainer mates. .

  25. billinoz says:

    And Boris won the ballot by 45,000 votes of Conservative party members.
    He is the new PM of the UK.

  26. E.M.Smith says:

    I’ve put up a posting about Boris, well, really, asking questions about Boris…

  27. E.M.Smith says:


    They Do seem to be declaring just about any collection of clouds to be a Tropical Storm.

    Look at when Barry was off of L.A. and just a swirl… they were already saying it was going to be a horrible Hurricane when it was barely a Tropical Storm. IIRC it came ashore as barely a 1 and immediately fizzled. So I’m left wondering if even the 1 was a cherry pick of a burst of wind.

    @Larry L:

    Well, I’d have been happier had he seen the launch for the moon happen… but I guess Trump declaring we’re back will need to be enough.

    OTOH, India has launched an orbiter / lander / rover combo at the moon. Due to arrive about September. Why 2 – 2.5 months when Apollo did it in a couple of weeks? Robots don’t need air, water, food and other supplies, so they can take a low energy orbit / process and reduce tons lifted by a big amount. They are in an elliptical orbit doing periodic burns to extend the ellipse until captured by lunar gravity.

    So at least Chris got to see that other nations were “going there” again as they built out their programs.

  28. Ossqss says:


    Barry had one small area that had flight level winds on its SE quadrant that showed Cat1 winds at the threshold. No ground station ever showed sustained winds anywhere near hurricane force.

    I recalled this from Cranky on said subject. The image explains things. Click in to enlarge.


  29. E.M.Smith says:


    HOUSE “ethics” complaint… “Facts not in evidence” ;-)

    HOWEVER…. perhaps Ms. Omar is about to learn why as a junior house member she ought not to have Pissed On Nancy’s Shoes… Ms. Pelosi carry a grudge? Surely not! /sarc;

  30. Larry Ledwick says:

    This is interesting

  31. E.M.Smith says:

    So next rally the chant will be “Break Them Up!!!” (and scatter the pieces to the winds…)?

  32. Larry Ledwick says:

    This is going to get interesting – if / when it finally gets so big the major media have no choice but to cover it.

    That will probably take the issuence of an actual indictment and some perp walks to get so much momentum they will have no choice – (they will of course assert that they had no idea and prattle on about how it was kept secret from even the media).


  33. Another Ian says:

    “You have to look at this from a perspective of “how is this beneficial to the Democrats”. They, obviously, were aware of Mueller’s mental state (having met with his representatives and him continuously over the last month) and, they also know, that he didn’t select the investigative team. In fact, the investigative team selected him as the front man. But, how is this beneficial to the Democrats?

    The only thing I can suggest is that they are going to throw Mueller under the bus. This is merely an apparatus to suggest that their own ongoing and obsessive investigations (Congressional House) are clearly warranted and necessary since the Special Investigator was so inept. They are going to go full retard on subpoenas etc. And, the entire time they are going to cite the improperly done Mueller investigation as their justification. ”


    And more in comments

  34. E.M.Smith says:

    Something else to watch… an identity hidden in the OS:

    A discussion has been opened up on the Devuan mailing lists concerning the topic of machine IDs. The FreeDesktop documentation indicates there should be a file (/etc/machine-id) on every Linux system which uniquely identifies the computer. While the documentation says the file should be considered confidential, it appears some applications, such as the Chromium web browser, may report an error if this file is not present. This has led some developers to question whether the unique identifier should be removed, for security purposes, or if it holds any value for administrators. Some have suggested the value should be randomized to prevent the file from being used to track Devuan users.

    I always was bothered by the “FreeDesktop” folks style. Now that has become full blown suspicion of evil.

    Privacy is a fundamental human right necessary for liberty.

  35. jim2 says:

    Yep, my Linux Mint Mate has such a file. Looks like it would be easy to set up a batch file to generate and copy a unique one on boot, but I haven’t tried it.

  36. E.M.Smith says:


    On my ToDo list now… “call random” …

    @Another Ian:

    Watching some video of the “hearing”, then news reports of it, then Trump talking about it, then The Dims Leadership doing a rant for the press in a media event: They are ALL divergent from reality.

    Pelosi et. al. were clearly pre canned as “Now we are justified in continuing the investigation as crimes were found and we have oversight on ALL other branches of government.”

    Trump was all “Hoax and exonerated”

    Various media were lauding or pannig Muller.

    The reality impressed me as a slightly out of touch distracted old guy who had flushed his memory as he’d headed to the vacation beach bar, now resented being forced to remember stuff he’d forgotten, and failing. Dodging and ducking. Using the simple obvious Dims leads to say “Ah, sure, you can indict him post presidency…” while ducking Republicans points.

    He didn’t justify the Dim Leadership’s goals of persecution, nor Trump’s exoneration, and mostly looked like he had not written the report and wanted some staffers to answer as he was without clue.

  37. philjourdan says:

    @Larry Ledwick says:
    23 July 2019 at 5:50 am

    You know it is bad when I do not believe any link to CNN and have to verify it before I believe it.

    I was not doubting you, just your source.

  38. philjourdan says:

    E.M.Smith says:
    23 July 2019 at 4:25 pm

    If she comes from a glass of water district, I suspect she will be primaried. Hell hath no fury as a democrat pissed off.

  39. Larry Ledwick says:

    Looks like that file is generated at install of the OS. it exists on Centos7 systems but not Centos6
    it is world readable, so anyone can see it.
    Looks like a 32 character hash digits and lower case alpha

    l$ xxxxxx xxxxxxx > cat /etc/centos-release
    CentOS release 6.10 (Final)
    $ xxxxxx xxxxxxx > ls -l /etc/machine-id
    ls: cannot access /etc/machine-id: No such file or directory
    $ xxxxxx xxxxxxx >

    $ xxxxxx xxxxxxx > cat /etc/centos-release
    CentOS Linux release 7.5.1804 (Core)
    $ xxxxxx xxxxxxx > ls -l /etc/machine-id
    -r--r--r--. 1 root root 33 mmm d yyyy /etc/machine-id
    $ xxxxxx xxxxxxx >

    MACHINE-ID(5) machine-id MACHINE-ID(5)

    machine-id - Local machine ID configuration file


    The /etc/machine-id file contains the unique machine ID of the local system that is set during installation. The machine ID is a single newline-terminated, hexadecimal, 32-character, lowercase machine ID string. When decoded from hexadecimal, this corresponds with a 16-byte/128-bit string.

    The machine ID is usually generated from a random source during system installation and stays constant for all subsequent boots. Optionally, for stateless systems, it is generated during runtime at boot if it is found to be empty.

    The machine ID does not change based on user configuration or when hardware is replaced.

    This machine ID adheres to the same format and logic as the D-Bus machine ID.

    Programs may use this ID to identify the host with a globally unique ID in the network, which does not change even if the local network configuration changes. Due to this and its greater length, it is a more useful replacement for the gethostid(3) call that POSIX specifies.

    The systemd-machine-id-setup(1) tool may be used by installer tools to initialize the machine ID at install time. Use systemd-firstboot(1) to initialize it on mounted (but not booted) system images.

  40. Ossqss says:

    This was a very good write up. Scroll down past your specific irrelevant parts and read it all. We need him here ;-)


  41. Larry Ledwick says:

    Well I give up I cannot find the recent comments you made about lettuce getting old and tired of the heat and bolting and my follow up comments about timing for continuous harvest.

    Poking through the Ferry-Morse seed web site found this lettuce variety that is supposed to resist bolting and turning bitter in hotter climates.

    Might be what you need where you currently live and where you plan to move.


    Seeds are pre-spaced in bio-degradable tissue tape to allow even planting, which virtually eliminates the need for thinning. Salad Bowl Lettuce is a loose-leaved lettuce that is good for hot weather areas because it is slow to bolt to seed. Crisp, tender leaves have an appealing apple-green color. High in vitamins A and B.

    Flavor: Sweet and doesn’t get bitter in hot weather

    Preparation Ideas: As the name suggests, toss it into a bowl to start off a great salad
    Plant Type: Vegetable
    Pelleted Seed Count: 340+ Seeds
    Grows Best In: Sun/Partial Shade
    Days to Germination: 7-10 Days
    Days to Maturity: 45-50 Days

    They have quite a range of maturity dates ranging from 35 days to 80 days
    Ferry-Morse seeds
    Arugula / Roquette HEIRLOOM Seed
    Days to Germination: 8-10 Days
    Days to Maturity: 40 Days

    Lettuce Bibb Seed
    Days to Germination: 7-10 Days
    Days to Maturity: 57 Days

    Lettuce Black Seeded Simpson (Sow Easy) Seed
    Days to Germination: 7-10 Days
    Days to Maturity: 45 Days

    Lettuce Grand Rapids Seed
    Days to Germination: 7-10 Days
    Days to Maturity: 45 Days

    Lettuce Great Lakes #118 (Crisphead) Seed
    Days to Germination: 7-10 Days
    Days to Maturity: 82 Days

    Lettuce Green Salad Bowl Seed
    Days to Germination: 7-10 Days
    Days to Maturity: 50 Days

    Lettuce Iceberg HEIRLOOM Seed
    Days to Germination: 7-10 Days
    Days to Maturity: 62 Days

    Lettuce Parris Island Cos Seed
    Days to Germination: 7-10 Days
    Days to Maturity: 68 Days

    Lettuce Salad Bowl Seed Tape
    Days to Germination: 7-10 Days
    Days to Maturity: 45-50 Days

    Mesclun Mix Seed
    Days to Germination: 7-10 Days
    Days to Maturity: 40-80 Days

    Organic Arugula / Roquette Seed
    Days to Germination: 5-8 Days
    Days to Maturity: 35 Days

    Organic Lettuce Parris Island Seed
    Days to Germination: 7-10 Days
    Days to Maturity: 68 Days

    Organic Lettuce Salad Bowl Seed
    Days to Germination: 7-10 Days
    Days to Maturity: 50 Days

    Organic Spinach Bloomsdale Long Standing Seed
    Days to Germination: 8-10 Days
    Days to Maturity: 45 Days

    Rocket Salad Coltivata Da Orto Seed
    Days to Germination: 8-10 Days
    Days to Maturity: 60 Days

    Spinach Bloomsdale Long Standing Seed
    Days to Germination: 8-10 Days
    Days to Maturity: 45 Days

    Spinach Matador Seed
    Days to Germination: 8-10 Days
    Days to Maturity: 45 Days

    Spinach Round Leaf Seed
    Days to Germination: 8-10 Days
    Days to Maturity: 60 Days

    Spinach Teton Hybrid Seed
    Days to Germination: 8-10 Days
    Days to Maturity: 45-50 Days

  42. Larry Ledwick says:

    I have a co-worker who’s job it is to resolve conflicts on merges which will wholeheartedly agree with that gif/

  43. Larry Ledwick says:

    I think President Trump should bring this character back to do a bit on the democratic party hearings.

  44. Larry Ledwick says:
  45. Larry Ledwick says:

    Follow up to the body count to which we need to add the FBI agent Salvatore Cincinelli, who investigated the finances of the Clinton Foundation, and supposedly committed suicide on a crowded nite-club dance floor – really does that make any sense at all? Great place for a targeted hit which will result in 100 witnesses who saw nothing though.

  46. Larry Ledwick says:

    Oh boy this is going to get interesting! Tulsi Gabbard suing Google for $50 Million.

    Ms. Gabbard and her campaign are seeking an injunction against Google from further meddling in the election and damages of at least $50 million.

  47. llanfar says:

    ‘‘Tis why I prefer rebase to merge. Both can be done frequently while developing, but at least rebase keeps the branch right off of master.

    I hated when multiple devs were scrambling to get their work in before the other devs could – just to not have to deal with that gif.

  48. E.M.Smith says:

    Made a quick Ramen Cup (Maruchan Instant lunch) for lunch, and returned to the desk (having finished the posting about installing R).

    Looked at my hydroponic Basil Kratky jar on the shelf.

    Been wondering when to start using it, get oriented to Basil…

    Ripped a few leaves into strips, into the noodle cup.


    That’s a keeper!

  49. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting item here – I wonder if this is preparing the ground for other capital punishment cases in the future?? (think coup conspirators)

  50. E.M.Smith says:

    @Larry L:

    First you rattle the grass to drive out the snakes….

    It will be interesting to note what “Friends Of Bill & Epstein” suddenly decide an extended vacation and cottage / mansion in Ecuador sounds attractive… (Or other non-extradition Nation…)

  51. Larry Ledwick says:

    The just dropped the first volume of the report on Russian active measures for election interference efforts during 2016 election.

    Click to access Report_Volume1.pdf

  52. Larry Ledwick says:

    Yes a possible death penalty will greatly increase leverage on plea deals for those in the know about the most senior rats in the network.

  53. Larry Ledwick says:

    Just because it is fun!

  54. E.M.Smith says:

    Watched StarHopper make its first unteathered hop. It worked but now a big and growing brush fire all over the site.

    Watching live on youtube “Everyday Astronaught”


    “Everyday Aastronaught” has packed up for the night. On another video during daylight with the same perspective, it looks like that area is full of low weeds. It’s green, but it’s also Texas and dry, so who knows how flamable (or if it’s dry NOW).

    I think the tanks the fire is near are likely water tanks. There are three much taller tanks further back and away from the fire area that I think are the fuel and oxidizer tanks. It would make sense to put them furthest away and have the water tanks near the fire hose ;-)

    So looks like they won’t have to do any brush clearing…

    There is a road in the proximal foreground, so the fire ought to stop when it hits that. Makes for interesting video anyway. Likely some good edits will show up tomorrow.

  55. Bill in Oz says:

    That electric train is a real perpetual motion device
    At least until the battery runs flat !

  56. Ossqss says:

    I never really knew how this was broken down. It certainly paints clear picture of the EU and Brexit.


  57. Steve C says:

    May I propose a moment or two’s reflection on just how darn good we can get when we want to?

    I think I’ve mentioned before that one of my radio-related activities is the reception of the weather satellites on 137MHz. Three days ago, at about 7:30am, there was a seriously unwelcome sight on my screen as NOAA-15 flew overhead: in place of the usual view of cloud formations, there was an ugly display of broken-up horizontal lines – there is a sample here – which looks horribly reminiscent of the images we got from NOAA-17 just before it died nine years ago. An advisory from NOAA confirmed a similar problem, probably due to the Scan motor (yes, it’s as important as its name suggests) stalling and drawing excessive current.

    When a satellite dies, it’s good to look back over its history and reflect. NOAA-15 was launched in May 1998, with an anticipated service life of five years (military satellites aim at 10). That this bird has now been circling above us for twenty-one years, having completed over 100,000 orbits, is surely something to celebrate – an outstanding piece of engineering.

    I’ve been thinking that such superb performance deserves a toast, so, ladies and gentlemen, I ask you to raise a glass, when convenient, to this humble, ordinary, working satellite, which has gone so far beyond the call of duty – NOAA-15, and to her designers and builders, who did such a perfect job late last century.

    And then this morning, as I expected another “splurge” display, there was a proper picture again … OK, we’re probably living on borrowed time now, but good grief, watching these satellites is getting darn near as stressful as following the England circket team, from delight to despair and back again in no time at all. Fortunately, the new information came after I had raised a glass or several to the good ol’ bird, so do join me anyway! ;-)

  58. Bill in Oz says:

    So when the UK leaves, there will be a huge hole in the EU budget.
    The remaining nine countries ( Germany, France, Netherlands etc) which contribute more than they receive will be under pressure to provide even more to the other 17 EU countries. While the 17 EU countries who get EU money in excess of their contributions will be under pressure to put up with a lot less as there will be 7 billion less to share around.

    It provides a real insight as to why the EU are so opposed to Brexit. It will make life harder for them all.

    Poor dears !

  59. jim2 says:

    So, the Genius Musk’s auto company is still losing tons of money, but idiots continue to invest in it. From TFR:

    Tesla has avoided the bankruptcy by selling the cars at discounted prices that were guaranteed to lead to a huge loss. You can surely estimate the profits or losses with the precision of 10% of the revenue. This is clearly a strategy that has no future. If Tesla tried to sell the cars at prices that would create profits, the inventories would grow and it would already have been bankrupt. Instead, the company is trying to extend its life – with the full knowledge that the future is gonna be worse and worse. And many people still support this behavior.


  60. E.M.Smith says:

    At 8 minutes in, nearly the end, Sen. Cruz calls for a RICO investigation of ANTIFA and the government officials in some local governments who have “denied police protection” to folks based on the politics of the event…

  61. Larry Ledwick says:

    Food for thought
    An asteroid the size of a jumbo jet flew by Earth Wednesday (July 24) at a distance closer than the moon is to our planet.

    It was discovered just two days before its close approach to Earth but posed no threat to our planet.


  62. E.M.Smith says:

    Interesting comments on increasing hay shortages around the world and reduced grain crops in Australia in this article:

    I also watched another Youtube from a Midwest farmer who was having real problems getting his hay in as they couldn’t put 3 dry days together in a row… (Once hay is cut, it needs several dry sunny days before you can bale and store it. IF it rains on the cut hay a few times, you either end up with rotted hay or very low quality that doesn’t feed animals well and can’t be used for milkers at all. Thus the old saying “make hay while the sun shines”.)

    I’m uneasy about this. Hay is one of those things only farmers think about, but it is the basis for a lot of the cattle, dairy, and horse farming. Basically any ruminant needs hay.

    It also implies there will be troubles with other crops. If you can’t dry your cut hay, the standing corn crop will be more prone to various kinds of fungi and spoilage, and wheat is more likely to have “blow down” in the winds bringing the rains… and ergot as in the L.I.A….

    It is still just anecdotal and not much showing up in things like meat and grain prices, yet… but the anecdotes are scattered all around the world. It isn’t just the weather in Indiana….

  63. H.R. says:

    As I mentioned, E.M., they got the Winter wheat in around here and there was more than the usual planting of Winter wheat planted for this year. It was a combination of good luck and good forecasting.

    However… even with double and triple the Winter wheat planting, it doesn’t mean much to the national supply since triple a smidgeon is still just a smidgeon of Winter wheat.

    They are getting the hay/alfalfa in, too. We keep missing the rain train now. It’s usually 4-6 days between rains, which are sometimes just sprinkles, but again our area is not contributing much to supply of grasses, either.

    This is corn and bean country, and it was only yesterday that I spotted my second field of corn. Only two; that is highly unusual! And the corn looks late, only about chest high, and it appears to be a race to get anything out of the corn crops. Corn may turn out to be a futile effort this year.

    The beans are coughing the Spring rains out of their lungs, but it appears those who planted beans will get a so-so yield this year. If prices are up, they should get the same money on a lower yield. A little bit of farmer’s luck there.

  64. Larry Ledwick says:

    Speaking of wet weather interesting pair of events.

    Too much rain and not enough dry time, results in unstable mountain slopes getting saturated and turning into mud flows.



  65. jim2 says:

    Something from TRF that some of you will like …

    Blow has shown the negative side of the trends that are considered “progress”, especially the transition towards the higher-level, humanities-like or bureaucracy-like programming languages. You know, most machines use the same microprocessor but the systems are incompatible. You can’t just transfer a program (a sequence of microprocessor instructions) from a PC to a Mac even if both use the same Intel microprocessors. Why not? Well, there’s the whole infrastructure of the OS and similar things around it. So programs have to be made compatible – and it actually makes things (compatibility etc.) worse and harder although this infrastructure was (also) designed with a simpler life in mind.


  66. Larry Ledwick says:

    In fairness some of this is normal every year somewhere but this seems to be a bit more than typical and these events are pretty much world wide.

    I could post more but you get the point.

  67. E.M.Smith says:


    What an excellent article! I stongly agree with the notion that too much abstraction leads to brittle failure of societies. We are one prolonged grid failure away from chaos. How many people know how to make the parts to fix a broken grid? If they are caught up in the chaos, who fixes it?

    The green new deal brings that collapse. (And my be its purpose…)

    Reading this bit:

    It’s terrible when an increasing number of people is becoming ignorant about these fundamental values and prerequisites for a working civilization. And it’s horrifying when these people who actually don’t understand and don’t respect – and sometimes even explicitly and loudly attack – the important values and prerequisites are gaining an increasing power over the society. If this trend continues, the collapse of our civilization is a matter of “when”, not “if”.

    Brought the names Pelosi, Soros, Algore, The Squad… to mind.

    That kind of person has no place in the management of a technological economy…

  68. YMMV says:

    jim2: “Something from TRF that some of you will like …”

    ” the increasing role of bureaucracy and increasingly complex systems of laws, tax code, and many similar things”

    Progress is not sustainable.

    Note the change in what society values. We used to value people who could do things, invent things, build things. As opposed to valuing the people who can just buy stuff. The transition point was invent here make there; now we just sell the stuff to ourselves; it’s all made elsewhere.

    “Our civilization may be in the process of the decline also because the technology will be increasingly breaking as software is increasingly complex and unfixable by increasingly incompetent people.”

    “And if the trends towards comfort really encourage people to be increasingly stupid and increasingly lazy, are they really good things?”

    “Civilizations collapse because they get overwhelmed by the people who are no longer good enough to maintain the complex mechanism that has been created.”

    The previous posting on TRF is also relevant.

    “I have found myself thinking about how much the world’s stability and equilibrium, so intricately built up, has been changing in recent years.”

    “For my generation, freedom, diligence, an entrepreneurial mindset and respect for traditions are the fundamental tenets on which we have shaped our opinions and stances. These are also the values that helped us to create our business and build companies around the world. However, today’s Western society, and Europe in particular, is increasingly swayed by the ideology of individual entitlement, egalitarianism, and the relativisation of traditional values. Modern ideologies tend to hobble freedom, creativity and critical thinking.”

  69. Larry Ledwick says:

    Yes the important point is that even with today’s sophisticated detection systems, they only had 48 hours warning of its pass. Given that short warning what was the precision of its estimated trajectory as it approached earth closest approach?

    So what would the government do to warn the public if they had only 48 hours notice of a city killer likely to hit central Europe or the US east coast or Japan etc.? (how about only 24 hours due to some technical glitch?)

    Would the warning cause more chaos than the impact?

    For major government agencies 48 hours is like in 10 minutes to a person. Barely time to notify the decision makers and set up a video conference let alone coordinate a response or evacuation plan (assuming they had a high reliability estimate of the impact point.

    They may only be able to estimate impact to an ellipse several hundred miles long depending on angle of approach.

  70. jim2 says:

    RE: City killer asteroid. Assuming the path could be calculated in time, would a government decide whether or not to nuke it based on if it will hit a city or ‘just’ the countryside?

  71. E.M.Smith says:

    Any asteroid impact big enough to cause TPTB to sit up and take notice in under a few hours of pestering will have a damage zone at least the size of a hurricane. Now look at how many days it takes to evacuate a hurricane path … and that is when the know what it will be day sin advance and now it is doing to hit somewhere weeks in advance.

    My best guess is that what “Government” will do is that the “management” layer will whip out the Government AMEX card and book a “getaway today” flight for them and family to Far Far Away and then, maybe “phone it in” to the rest of us… While telling us to “shelter in place” as it will be more risky to try to evacuate…

  72. Larry Ledwick says:

    Nuking incoming asteroids is a very dangerous and difficult problem.

    The incoming object has a very high approach speed which could be as high as 60 – 72 km/ second for objects coming in from deep space. So if the action of the nuclear warhead must occur within 1 km to be effective at obliterating the object (not at all guranteed) then the precision of both the weapon trajectory and timing of the fusing have to be very good as your margin for error is only 1/60 – 1/72 of a second of closest approach.

    Assuming you accomplish that the high approach speed and the limited burn time to accelerate the out going weapon means it will detonate at altitudes which could generate huge wide spread EMP effects on the ground, as you don’t have time to intercept the object more than a few hundred miles above the surface.

    Then assuming you are willing to do that, you still have the risk that the weapon detonation only manages to fragment the object and one of two things happens.

    Hundreds of pieces hit the atmosphere simultaneously like a shot gun blast and produce intense wide spread thermal emissions and cause simultaneous fires and flash burns over hundreds of square miles, and if they survive re-entry you now have hundreds of smaller impacts over a wide area like the foot print of a MIRV missile warhead lay down which spans an ellipse about 60 -100 miles wide and 400-500 miles long.

    Unless you can intercept it well away from earth (say near lunar orbit which takes days to achieve) you end up with lots of choices all of which are bad to catastrophic.

  73. jim2 says:

    So, if you want a truly simple language, here it is …

    The language consists of eight commands, listed below.


  74. jim2 says:

    I have a comment that got buried. It was due to language, but the problematic bit is in a link … a link to an article about a programming language. No kidding.

  75. jim2 says:

    JAI programming language, written by Jonathon Blow:

    jai is an exciting new programming language being developed by Jonathan Blow (Wikipedia, Twitter). The stated aim of the language is to be a better language for programming games than C++, but the language really is a general alternative to C++ with the following goals:

    high performance
    joy of programming
    low friction
    designed for good programmers

    This website contains resources and information about this new language.


  76. Larry Ledwick says:
  77. H.R. says:

    My sister lives in Lakeland. She has a 12 ga. pump and a well-trained pit bulldog (big sweetie, if you are ‘friend’, otherwise, not so much).

    She did have one break-in a several years ago while no one was home. She also had an attempted break-in a few years back until they heard her rack the 12 ga. and she said, “Don’t open that door. I.Will.Shoot.” One other attempt at a home invasion from front and rear door was taken care of by the dog at the rear and her with the shotgun at the front. Lately, it’s been rather quiet around her place ;o)

    Maybe it has something to do with the fact that they quit giving out bus passes to the homeless, unemployed, and welfare recipients. It didn’t take long for the Lakeland police to notice that the spike in burglaries was at places within 1-2 blocks of the bus line. I believe my sister said the bus pass program was dropped; not sure, though.

    I’m going to check in with her and see if the Lakeland PD has tried pushing a doorbell cam on her. She’s a flip-phone kind of gal so I doubt if she’d take one if it was offered.

  78. E.M.Smith says:


    Fished it out.

    Yeah, I’ve seen that one before. At one time I went down the Strange Language Rabbit Hole…

    IMHO it could make an interesting secret message system… Write a program that creates a BF program that prints out your message…. Almost nobody on the planet would know what it was or to just feed if to a BF compiler or interpreter….

    Seems like every programmer wants to create their own language at some point. At one (very boring) job I made a trivial token substitution filter a so I could write the “approved” language in terms that read like medieval English… (call to “system” replaced with “Overlord” and “let” became “commandeth”, logic test was “yea verily”,etc.)

    What bored programmers do…

  79. Ossqss says:

    @HR, give her my number if she needs anything. I am an hour away.

    On the asteroid number, I think the equivalent Hiroshima numbers would prove to be useful. C’mon, it was used in climate articles, no?

    Considering we know basically nothing of their composition, from Ice to Iron or whatever, that’s gonna be a bit hard to calculate. However, the OK 2019 one the other day was estimated at 59-260 m, so I guess we could start there statistically.

    I would think something 500′ wide, they typically are not round, would be an issue globally through different mechanisms. IE., what if one hit in Cali right on a fault line and was Iron, not an ice mix, to the landing? Would subsequent techtonic impacts from a sudden quarter mile+ deep boom, make something happen?

    So, we may need a new acronym, instead of, but still applicable, SHTF ~ AHTF ;-)

    It is quite different, but the same.

  80. E.M.Smith says:


    How about BBaB for “Big Badda BOOM!”

    My apologies to any 5th Element fans….

  81. E.M.Smith says:

    Oh, and don’t forget about antipodal focusing… there’s many cases of a big crater in one place and historic volcanism / lava flows on the opposite side of the globe. Like the Deccan Traps are opposite a big strike IIRC….

    The only real hope is to spot the rock several days away and “nuclear nudge” it enough to miss us…

  82. Ossqss says:

    It is interesting to evaluate a head on vs. following asteroid. Like a rear ender at speed vs. head on in a car. Never really thought about that before until viewing the paths of some. Yikes……

  83. Ossqss says:

    Em, a nudge will make it spin, IMO.

    In a no atmosphere/no gravity environment, nukes just are not the same from a physics standpoint.

  84. Ossqss says:

    BTW, not that you can’t throw a curve ball ;-)

  85. E.M.Smith says:

    Yea verily(armor> 0)
    Sayeth commandeth mightysteed = armor
    Sayethnot Overlord(knight defeated);

    Or something like that… it was 40 years ago :-)

  86. E.M.Smith says:

    I’m thinking 50 megaton 100 yards off the port side… the “light pressure” ought to change trajectory without much spin effect… a few days out it doesn’t take much vector change… or do it head on to slow it so it arrives after we are past the intercept time / pkace.

  87. H.R. says:

    @Ossqss – Nice of you to offer aid to my sis, but her hubby is retired now so she/they don’t present as a vulnerable target so much nowadays. All that hot mess happened while he was still working. Another neighbor retired recently and yet another neighbor lady is almost always home. I think word is out that their portion of the neighborhood is always being watched. The past two years have been quiet.

    (And besides the shotgun, they both carry concealed; her any time she’s out of the house, him all of the time. It is a mistake to mess with my sis or my brother-in-law.)

  88. Ossqss says:

    We only had 2 days till we actually vetted it. Albeit, we saw it a month ago at 1,000th the expectation.

    Oh well, there be rocks, so ……….. I can’t stop my mouse ;-)

  89. Larry Ledwick says:

    That was one of the original ideas (although a lot smaller warhead), the prompt xray gamma and neutron flux would blow a layer off the near side of the asteroid creating a thrust effect.

    But when they started doing the numbers the variablity of composition made it almost impossible to compute the outcome. Some asteroids and comets are more like rubble piles flying in formation and such an input would just scatter the pieces a bit then they would try to re-assemble due to mutual gravity.

    That was one of the key problems they tried to solve by crashing that impactor into comet Temple 1 a while back.




  90. Larry Ledwick says:

    Looks like Austria remembers the siege of Vienna in 1683.


  91. cdquarles says:

    Points about complex societies collapsing were all made in book one of Asimov’s Foundation series, ca 1950s. The more things change, the more they stay the same. (See also Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, also ca 1954, or some of RA Heinlein’s stuff.)

  92. jim2 says:

    CIO: I like and appreciate your D&D program language translator.

  93. Larry Ledwick says:

    Okay you folks will be hearing about this for the next 24 hours or so, a shooting at the Gilroy California Garlic festival this evening (7/29/2019 about 5:30 pm local time)

    Very little info getting out – that is usually a signature that the shooter does not fit the typical media profile they normally condemn for these sorts of events.

    Only info so far is 4 dead (including the shooter) single male green shirt with a gray neck scarf and some sort of long gun. Apparently dodged the security for a gun free event by cutting a hole in the fence.

    I am sure more will be out but historically if this shooter fit the profile of the media likes to blame for these things he would have already been outed on line by leakers. The silence tells me this probably has a different than expected back story.

    The usual rabid calls for gun control are already in full play in spite of no useful information about what happened and why.

  94. Larry Ledwick says:

    Minor update, San Francisco chronicle lists the time of the shooting at approx 5:41 pm local time.


    Reports showing up that the left are pushing hoax id’s of the shooter on social media
    ( that fit the expected narrative)

    Eye witness interview said the shooter was intent and acting very purposefully.
    See third video clip this link


  95. Larry Ledwick says:

    On gilroy shooting eye witness without hesitation identified the weapon as an AK-47 family weapon.

  96. H.R. says:

    Larry L: “Very little info getting out – that is usually a signature that the shooter does not fit the typical media profile they normally condemn for these sorts of events.”

    The Mrs. was watching Mark Levin last night when they broke in about the shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival. They had 3-4 short phone-video clips that they kept running through which just showed people getting the heck out of there. Nothing useful in any of the videos. They interviewed a couple of people who heard the shooting but didn’t see anything, essentially interviews of, “Yup… whole lot of shootin’ goin’ on.”

    After over 20 minutes of essentially no information being looped repeatedly, the Mrs. was POd because Levin was interviewing Ed Meese and it was really good, and they weren’t really giving any info on the shooting. Meese is on top of the coup and knows exactly what is going on, including the illegalities of the ‘soft’ coup. Meese hasn’t lost a step and is on top of what is going on in D.C., thus a POd Mrs. H.R. She wants real info (Meese) vs. breathless non-information.

    As time was running out to get back to the Levin show, she remarked on that fact that there was just a looping repetition of, “Shooting at Gilroy Festival. Lot’s of sounds of gunshots. Everybody skedaddling… that’s it. That’s all we know.”

    So this morning I’m looking for updates, and as you point out, there’s nothing much added other than a more accurate count of the dead and wounded.

    Let the YSM propaganda and spin begin, except… with the internet and social media, some of the witnesses with actual useful info will tweet or post something that puts a wrench in the YSM narrative gears.

  97. Larry Ledwick says:

    Well a little more info out there the shooter has been identified as a local 19 years named Santino William Legan.

    It is now clear why the Left is black balling info on this shooting I suspect it will get pushed under the rug shortly.

    Shooter posted this item shortly before the shooting:

    Santino_williamlegan Read Might is Right by Ragnar Redbeard
    Why overcrowd towns and pave more open space to make room for
    hords of mestizos and Silicon Valley white twats?

    Not exactly complimentary to the internet moguls who control out information.

    When you go onto wikipedia to look up the book he mentioned it is an 1890 vintage book:

    First published in 1890, it heavily advocates egoist anarchism, amorality, consequentialism and psychological hedonism. In Might Is Right, Redbeard rejects conventional ideas of human and natural rights and argues that only strength or physical might can establish moral right (à la Callicles or Thrasymachus). The book also attacks Christianity and Democracy. Friedrich Nietzsche’s theories of master–slave morality and herd mentality serve as a clear inspiration for Redbeard’s book written contemporaneously.[1]

    Individualist Anarchist historian James J. Martin called it “surely one of the most incendiary works ever to be published anywhere.”[2] This refers to the controversial content such as the viewpoint that weakness should be regarded with hatred and the strong and forceful presence of Social Darwinism in the text. There are also controversial parts of the book that deal with race and male–female relations, claiming that the woman and the family as a whole is the property of the man and proclaiming the innate superiority of the Anglo-Saxon race. The book also contains many strong anti-Semitic statements.

    Portions of Might Is Right comprise the vast majority of The Book of Satan in Anton LaVey’s The Satanic Bible, the founding document of the Church of Satan.[8]

    Though it is no longer included in current printings of The Satanic Bible, early printings included an extensive dedication to various people whom LaVey recognized as influences, including Ragnar Redbeard.[9]

    Note regarding above – a lot of recent chatter on the web has discussed lots of circumstantial evidence that many of the GEB’s are Lucifarian Satanists – which would explain some of their actions, but certainly would not play well as a pretext for a mass shooting when they are trying to convince the teeming masses that they care about them and want to protect them.

  98. Larry Ledwick says:

    One other little complication if this is accurate:

    Open Source News

    Follow @OpenSourceNews_
    One of the Gilroy Garlic Festival suspects has been identified as Santino William Legan, supposedly a self-described Italian Iranian.

    That would obviously not play well with the cult of Obama and Valerie Jarrett who is of Iranian origin.

  99. Larry Ledwick says:

    Follow up on the shooter:

    Seems there is enough here to show this shooting will not fit well with the Progressive gun control agenda. I am sure more will follow but this is enough to classify the situation and give a bit of necessary context.

  100. E.M.Smith says:

    Someone in Japan sets a building on fire and causes a mass death. Nobody tries to ban gas cans. One nutjob shoots a couple of people and it is 24 x 7 demands to ban guns. This, to me, shouts “political agenda”… More people died in the region in car accidents that day than in shootings. And the car accidents happen every single day…

  101. Larry Ledwick says:

    And here is the final piece of the puzzle I have been waiting for – I knew someone would clarify that image on the lower right of his instagram.


    Now we know why it is Progressive hands off – what shooting? all of a sudden.

  102. Larry Ledwick says:

    Meanwhile back at the computer security training seminar –

  103. jim2 says:

    Capitol One! Who’s in YOUR wallet???

  104. Larry Ledwick says:

    Maybe they need to change their passwords:

  105. E.M.Smith says:

    For anyone who does not know:

    Gilroy is a sleepy farm town that’s grown into a little bit of a marginal “bedroom community” for the south end of Silicon Valley. It’s about 30 miles south of me. It is moderately conservative / rural generally, with a large and growing Hispanic population. The major claim to fame is they grow a lot of garlic, so have a ‘Garlic Festival’ with such strange things as Garlic Ice Cream.

    There’s basically NOTHING there for any Right Wing Radical to be upset about / upset over. Odds are more people at the Garlic Festival were wearing cowboy hats than spandex… though there are a fair number of garlic fanatics from further north that run down to the event (sometimes just to find out how much garlic they can stand ;-)

    As soon as I’d heard about the shooting I thought:

    Either it is a domestic dispute, or it is like that Vegas shooting where a conservative cowboy hat type group was the target…

    Oh, and THE thing you will NEVER hear in any news report about it is that California has among THE most horribly onerous gun laws in the nation. It is essentially illegal to hold a gun in public (brandishing), transport in a car outside of a locked container with the ammo in a separate locked container (bullets in a magazine not anywhere NEAR a gun is a crime of “possession of a loaded weapon” – really…), or discharge a gun anywhere other than a shooting range or on your own property (or very limited hunting venues IF you can jump through enough hoops…). I once estimated that at the time the first shot is fired, the shooter has had to violate about a dozen different criminal laws. Oh, and you must show ID and a quasi-license to buy any bullets… AND there’s a whole book more of stuff that gets you arrested, like having more than a 10 round magazine…

    So you will NEVER hear about that as the natural question would be: Why didn’t all those Dream Gun Banning Laws prevent the shooting?…

  106. Larry Ledwick says:

    This could be epic if what I think is going on is actually what is happening.

    Jeffrey Peterson 🇺🇸

    8 minutes ago
    MORE RUMORED NEWS–We heard from a political insider today that the Mexican press is reporting that the former President of Mexico, Enrique Pena Nieto’s marriage was a sham, he is on the run in Europe, and his “wife” recently bought a house in Italy. *BREAKING* #MAGA

    Jeffrey Peterson 🇺🇸
    13 minutes ago
    The fact that Pelosi has reportedly been spotted dining with such individuals on the same exact date as Chapo’s wife posting selfies in the same exact city in Italy is quite extraordinary if true. I am having a difficult time believing it myself, it seems so insane.

    Jeffrey Peterson 🇺🇸
    16 minutes ago
    about Pelosi’s closeness to Pena Nieto considering the fact Pena had been bribed by Chapo and then shortly thereafter, Pelosi led the entire U.S. Democratic party in strong opposition to Trump’s proposed border wall.

    Jeffrey Peterson 🇺🇸
    18 minutes ago
    I can not be sure if the third to fourth party eyewitness report we received this afternoon is true. There is nothing we can find online, so far. It is true the former President of Mexico, Enrique Pena Nieto was reportedly in Spain as recently as a week ago. Many people know


    There has been lots of chatter over recent months that the Dem’s specifically Pelosi et al were on the pay roll of the cartels (why they were backing open borders all of a sudden).

    Just supposed Pelosi and Pena were all together on the take from the cartels for open borders and that story is about to break (declass is going to start on Wed supposedly).

    If true it would be logical for Pena to run while he could and perhaps get Mafia protection in Italy ??

    No matter how this breaks will be fun to watch the play by play.

  107. Larry Ledwick says:

    I figured Gilroy was not very far from where you live when I checked the map. Your description fits pretty well with my perception. Like you I knew it was probably some odd ball situation – turns out the kid had major anger problems, and was directing them at what to him were “out groups” the rich silicon valley geeks and as he put it the Mestizo portion of the population.

    I know here in Denver the old Italian neighborhoods were not fond of the sudden influx of Mexicans and other south of the boarder Spanish speakers into their neighborhoods. The new arrivals were of course attracted by the abundant catholic churches in those neighborhoods, but the two groups maintained and uneasy relationships as they are both strongly clannish populations, not to mention friction between the old school Italian crime families and the new Hispanic gangs pushing drugs likely was a significant issue, but those problems were handled within those two cultures here and did not break out much in general crime and disorder – although some of the radical Hispanic leftists did a lot of bombings in the late 1960’s, unfortunately for them they were not very good at it and mostly blew themselves up.

    He also apparently on his mothers side has a radical Shia Islamic influence (that is his grandfather in his instagram image) Sources in Iran have stated he was a well known Shia Zealot in his day.

    Not clear which source of ethnic friction was dominant but it has all the indications of a kid who was very intolerant and blamed others for problems.

  108. E.M.Smith says:

    Oh Dear! Stage 19 tour d’France canceled… due to… snow!


    “Violent Weather Forces Early Halt to Tour de France Stage 19,” reads the headline. At the end of July!“Snow in France causes cancellation of a stage of Tour de France,” reads another.

    Stage 19 of the Tour de France was halted on Friday when the roads became covered in snow and a hail storm near the finish line forced cancellation of the remainder of the stage. Crews quickly brought out snowplows to try to clear the slush on the roads, and some were buried under the remains of a large landslide.

    Snowplows! At the end of July!

    At about 13 minutes into the above video, the announcers become aware of snow on the roads. At about 14:15 minutes in you see the first snowplow. And at about 14:50 minutes, you learn that the snow has forced cancellation of the race. At the end of July!

    [Videos in original]
    Snow, and a snow plow, show up at about 3:45 in the above video. At 4:08 you can actually see the falling snow.

    “This has never happened in modern history,” says one of the officials.

    Must be that new hottest ever global warming heatwave climate chaos snow… /sarc;

  109. Bill in Oz says:

    Utterly amazing that a T de F stage has been cancelled in July because of snow & hail !

    The world is cooling !

  110. Bill in Oz says:

    An interesting post by Joanova with lots of comments on the incompetence of the BOM here in Oz. It turns out my home town’s BOM weather station is completely NON compliant with the BOM’s own guidelines. And looking back at the history of the Mt Barker BOM sites, has probably not been compliant for the past 40 odd years…


  111. H.R. says:

    Help! (But this should be fun.)

    I finished cleaning up 1/2 the garage. Besides the styrofoam sheet and a bunch of other things I’d long forgotten about, I found not 1… not 2… but 3 120v AC input/12v DC output power supplies.

    They were for my low-voltage landscape lighting, which I ditched because of the PITA factor as the lines kept getting cut or the lighting unit tie-ins shorted to ground.

    What kind of trouble can I get into with these? I am looking for maximum mayhem suggestions. If you’re stumped and can only think of something practical and useful, well I’ll take that suggestion, too ;o)

    Oh. one is 600w, next is an 800w, and the last was a 1200w supply. I kept adding lights and having to upgrade the output to feed the additional lights. Wait…’I’? ‘I’??? More like Mrs. H.R. wanting to add another light here and another light there. I’m just labor. She’s Management :o)

    All suggestions welcome but diabolical suggestions will receive priority consideration.

  112. E.M.Smith says:

    You have a dandy start of a large car charger (just add very large diodes ;-) and can also use them to build a Whole House UPS with a load of RV batteries, but…

    Think about what you like to do most…. yeah, fishing.

    What do you fish with… yeah, bait.

    What bait just just about every fish like… yeah, worms.

    What happens when you put a stake in a chunk of lawn about 10 feet to 20 feet (depending on soil moisture) and run 800 W of 12 VAC through it? Yeah… worms flying out of the ground ;-)

    Personally, I’d use it for garage lighting. I have 2 old headlights in my garage already (run from a car charger). When the low beams burned out, I kept them for the high beam as workbench lighting…

    Also note that if you wire them in parallel (make sure you get the phasing right…) you’ve got 2600W total. That’s about 216 Amps if I’ve done my math right. That would make a dandy welder… Just add “jumper cables” and a welding rod… You might want to use them as three different power levels though: 100 A, 67 A, 50 A is a nice set of power choices… There’s a lot of fun to be had with welding… You know, welding a friends car door shut… welding spikes on top of the car… welding scrap iron into “sculptures” and then when birds land on them turning on the 2kv “decorations” ;-)

    IF you can’t find a suitable use for them, I’d be glad to take them of your hands next time I’m out that way ;-) After all, they would make a very nice “input” for a giant Tesla Coil ;-)

    (Here birdy birdy birdie… ;-)

  113. H.R. says:

    E.M.: “That’s about 216 Amps if I’ve done my math right. That would make a dandy welder… Just add “jumper cables” and a welding rod…”

    That’s what I’m talkin’ ’bout! I was going to buy a stick welder, but it would be far more fun to make my welder than to buy it. And a welder in a wooden case would look very Amish ;o)

    So far, that’s at the top of the list

    Oh, I just remembered. I have another power supply for an electric fence buried somewhere in the other half of the garage. Bought it at Tractor Supply to keep the racoons out of the koi pond. I also have 6 feet of ground rod still stuck in the ground near where the unit was mounted. If I don’t have to rig up a fence around the garden to discourage the deer from eating my tomatoes,

    I’m a mechanical and carpentry kind of guy. Never really was interested in electricity or electrical things. Maybe the fact that when I was about 3 or 4, I got blown halfway across the room after experimenting with safety pins and the wall socket. I don’t know who was more shocked; me or mom. That possibly is the reason behind my lack of interest. Hard to say, though.

    I can probably do more than a couple of things with all those units and I just realized that with a little planning, I can make “attachments” for a unit so it will have multiple purposes. Starting to think a bit ‘electrical’ here, but I’ve no experience so I’m not good at that thinking.

    Thanks for starting the ball rolling. I know some of the others who comment here would have a use in mind for a spare power supply or two. All I could come up with was wiring the doorbell for unwanted door-to-door solicitors.

  114. Another Ian says:


    Re fun with welders.

    WW2 New Guinea. How to transfer a US Jeep to Australian forces. When parked by engineers unit weld back brake drums to backing plates

  115. Ossqss says:

    Get ya a 12v motion detector, a relay and you can make your own motion light, or a mesh ground grid to shock critters away from the garden. Just be careful of the AC circuit capacity and load you end up using. ;-)

  116. H.R. says:

    Oh, per car chargers, E.M.: I already have two of those plus one of those portable jump-start battery/12v accessory ports/USB charging ports/air compressor units.

    That keeps the power supplies freed up for dubious nefarious sketchy diabolical practical other uses.

  117. H.R. says:

    Ooo, yes. There’s an input for a light sensor so the supply could run the landscape lights dawn-to-dusk. It shouldn’t be a problem to use that ready-made input for a motion detector.

    Now all I have to do is wire it to a 12v slime launcher, mount it at the corner of the garage where the walk to the front porch passes by, and when someone comes to the front door, well… they don’t make it to the front door.

    The down side is that after a short while, we won’t be getting any online orders delivered.

    Have to figure out some sort of AI that can distinguish between UPS/FedEx and lawn treatment salesmen, though.

    Friends and neighbors just walk in through the garage, so there’s no danger of me becoming a pariah in my own neighborhood.

  118. E.M.Smith says:

    Get yur sef a Really Big 3-way ‘Fridge from a junker RV / repair shop. Put it in your garage running on 12 volts. (Probably needs big rectifier… I think I have some 100+ amp diodes I the garage if it becomes necessary…) Now you have a bigger garage beer stock and will get a propotionate increase in new friends and distant relatives visiting. (Let me know when it is set up and running and where to put up my recovery tent camping spot ;-)

    Yeah, being a 3 way it could just be plugged into the wall, but where’s the fun in that?

    Oh, and find a Really Big neon sign transformer (mine is 18 kv and about 15 pounds…) and run it on 12 vac instead of 120… now you have a dandy 1.8 kv source. Mine, driven by a model train 18 vac transformer made a nice wood burning tool (and “cat persuader’… a stray cat that liked to enter my room and bother my cat and me “discovered” he didn’t like it anymore… after comming down off the screen door (where he landed….))

    Oh, and remember you can hook them 12 vac to 12 vac to make a fully isolated 120 vac circuit. Need an isolated circuit to power your computers inside your Faraday Cage? Sticking a big fat 12 vac wire with two iron cores on each end (inside the transformers) and a loop or two in the middle will pretty much isolate all higher frequency components… add a nice ground on the final transformer case and your cage, you may not be NSA Proof, but you are close! (Need optical internet isolation too for that level…and 12 VDC into an inverter…) Ought to be good for Carrington++ and most other intrusive agents…

  119. H.R. says:

    Funny you should mention Faraday cages, E.M. I’ve made a few in my time to protect production machinery boards where they were getting interference.

    Anyhow, I was at the garden store yesterday to get birdseed and in this clearance bin, they had roll of adhesive-backed copper tape for $1.00! It’s a 15′ roll as I recall or (hope, hope) 15 yards. It was the only roll in the bin or I would have snagged more than one roll. Regular price was $10.99.

    They were selling it as a slug barrier for gardens, but I figured the copper tape has better uses. I’ve never had a slug problem here. But I can see some wisdom in setting up a Faraday cage and this tape is just the ticket.

    Dang! I wish they had several more rolls of that tape at that price.

    Oh! Oh! I was also interested in a wood burning tool set up differently than the hobby wood-burner I have. I wanted to do one of those that burns a tree-like fractal pattern in wood that’s brushed with a baking soda/water mixture. Is that what you had? See link for example

  120. Sera says:


  121. Larry Ledwick says:

    Wow this is going to put the leaders of China in a big bind if this really catches on.
    Could lead to a crack down comparable to Tienanmen square if the public begins to show this sort of public defiance of the leadership.

  122. E.M.Smith says:

    @Larry L:

    Yes, IF…

    The “problem” for liberty is that this is in Hong Kong only. The vast bulk of the Chinese people are completely powerless and cowed. The Central Authority of The Party will take their own sweet time about crushing Hong Kong and stamping out those “nasty” British ideals of independent thought and action. But crush it they will…

    Just have to go slow enough that the rest of the world doesn’t care too much and that the locals have a 10% or so who protest and complain while the majority “go along to get along”…


    Why I like RT… That’s the kind of gem they have from time to time…

    Soros ought never to have P.O.ed Putin with his meddling in Ukraine with his Color Revolution. Cost him / Ukraine Crimea and the eastern 1/4 of Ukraine…and counting.

    I’d not be at all surprised if Russia “did the hack” as part of a slow “take down” of Soros by Putin. It’ sin their style.

    I hate to say it, but the survival of a Libertarian Europe and USA may well hinge on Russia and their actions to save us from Soros and his ilk.

    It is The Great Game (again…) but this time with the roles a bit swapped…

    Maybe i ought to looking for where all those docs are available for download ;-)

  123. jim2 says:

    That hack is from 2016, unless there is a new one.

  124. tom0mason says:

    Just a little video about truth, theft, Clinton, government, law, patents, computers, the technology groups and the dark state … https://www.youtube.com/embed/MjSxEkez31o

  125. Larry Ledwick says:

    On the topic of political corruption this is interesting.

    Democratic congress person gets a large donation from a guy who has been dead for a decade.


  126. Larry Ledwick says:

    Meanwhile the Democrats are engaged in a race based purge of their staff.


    Boy talk about looking for a way to drive long standing Democrats out of the party and into Trumps orbit. Given about 76% of the population in the US identifies as white this does not appear to be a well thought out strategy.

  127. Power Grab says:

    @ HR re:

    “Maybe the fact that when I was about 3 or 4, I got blown halfway across the room after experimenting with safety pins and the wall socket. I don’t know who was more shocked; me or mom. ”

    OMG! I did the same thing. I had 2 hair pins in my hands and was sitting on the floor next to an outlet. I thought it looked like I could put one pin in each opening. It worked. Of course, the next thing I remember was doing a back somersault across the room and seeing grown-ups dashing back into the house through the back door.

    It was my earliest memory. I think I was about 1-2 years old. The house we lived in at that time was a rental. But the house I spent most of my first 10 years in was not a rental.

  128. Larry Ledwick says:

    So more Democratic voter fraud exposed in New Hampshire during the 2016 election.


    Sounds like probable cause to charge them with voter fraud to me.

  129. Power Grab says:

    @ HR re ideas for playing with electricity:

    It makes me think of the episodes of “Home Improvement” where Tim Allen’s character (Tim Taylor) put excessive lights and Christmas decorations on top of his house because he was always competing with a neighbor to come up with brightest and flashiest Christmas display.

    This isn’t the most blinding display he ever came up with, but it still gives the idea:

  130. Power Grab says:

    @ Larry Ledwick re Tlaib article:

    Pictures of her always remind me of angry Hawaiian tikis, like this:

  131. Larry Ledwick says:

    Meanwhile in China / Hong Kong

    China military breaks silence to warn unrest should not be tolerated
    Chief of the Chinese military garrison in Hong Kong says army is determined to protect China’s sovereignty


  132. Bill in Oz says:

    The Chinese are also gathering troops on the border between China & Hong Kong.

    I tend to the view that when the British handed over Hong Kong back in 1995-6, with limited autonomy ( and two systems ) for 50 years, they assumed that the Chinese
    1: Could be trusted to keep the agreement
    2: That in another 50 years that China under the CCP would have developed into a tolerant democratic country.
    Both these assumptions are now being to be naive and misguided.

    I fully expect that within a few year Chinese control of Hong Kong will be complete..
    And fear of this has already precipitated . a capital flight which will be followed by a flight of people whether as migrants or as refugees.

    This whole process will not a good look for the Communist party’s People’s Republic of China.

    It will be a big challenge for them along with the challenge of Trump’s trade war to stop the Chinese destroying US industries and steal technology.

    All in all, not a good prognosis. especially for us here in Australia as a huge chunk of our exports, coal, gas, iron ore, sundry other minerals, plus wine, grains, dairy products, etc. go direct to China or indirectly via Hong Kong.

    But as in 1989, we may benefit from refugees fleeing Hong Kong due to PRC oppression

  133. Bill in Oz says:

    PS : I am surprised that the Guardian has reported this story. It is actually being useful for a change. Meanwhile our own MSM are sitting on this story. Hong kong just doesn’t rate. but our local Chinese language media are abuzz with it.
    Other places where migrants & refugees will move ro from Hong Kong : Taiwan ( yes it still exists ) the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Laos, Canada, New Zealand, the UK & the USA.

    But probably not Malaysia, Indonesia, other Islamic countries, ( they love their pork too much to go without it in such places! ) or Vietnam which has it’s very own animosities against Chinese people.

  134. A C Osborn says:

    Plenty of MSM coverage for Hong Kong and virtually none for France & Paris.

  135. E.M.Smith says:

    @Bill in Oz:

    One of the largest groups of “new arrivals” here in California are “Ethnic Chinese”. It is unclear if their origin is Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, or other. The folks who bought the house next to me are such and speak with the thick “new arrival” accent. Promptly rented the house to a group of single guys from India imported to do the programming jobs that were supposed to be the future for American’s getting a new career… but that cost more than the “American” companies were willing to pay to locals… The Chinese keep the sales prices up though; so I ought to get a very nice price when I sell out to the next one who wants to move in…

    So it isn’t clear if they are escaping the mainland, or just looking for a place to stick a lot of money and like the California Climate. They clearly are the richer cast, as California isn’t cheap.

    Obligatory Disclaimer:

    Any Left Wingnut who thinks the above is in any way “Racist!!!!!” needs to stuff it. My first big crush was on a Chinese Girl in my home town. Eventually she was my date to the high school reunion. I made a pass, but she was already enamored of another guy. Oh Well. But for that, I’d likely have 1/2 Chinese kids now. Later, for about 15 years, my main partner on contracting gigs was a guy from Hong Kong. We’d first worked together in about 1982 when I was employed at a company and he did a contract there. Last time was about 1997 ish and then he returned to Hong Kong. I find Chinese and Japanese folks to be generally polite, intelligent, and reasonable people. Just don’t be on the other side of the negotiating table from them ;-)


    I’ve noticed even France24 has dropped coverage of the Yellow Vests. I don’t know if it is because “it isn’t new anymore” or because Macron didn’t like it… Or, really, if it is tapering off (as there is no news to let me know…)

    I could probably get something from YouTube… I’ve gotten pretty good at “Directed Search Terms” to bypass their down-weighting of “political news” shows. BUT you must deliberately execute the search and have a good sense of what terms will work.

  136. E.M.Smith says:

    looks like “Euronews” covers it. 2 weeks ago on July 14:

    So it ain’t over yet…

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  138. Larry Ledwick says:

    Also lost in the major media news is the slow transformation of European society from one where women are relatively safe on the streets or when traveling unaccompanied to a society where females are dominated and terrorized by a large group of the population and law enforcement has lost the plot and only marginally in control of the streets.

    The burden for individual safety of women has fallen entirely on their shoulders as society at large is unwilling to dirty its hands to push back on the endemic violence of certain groups.


  139. Larry Ledwick says:

    Also use of fraud following changes initiated by the Obama administration regarding charitable giving, to transfer US tax payer funds overseas to support terror groups.

  140. Larry Ledwick says:

    Just parking this here for future reference and to avoid blowing up the current wood thread as this might trigger a few rants.


  141. E.M.Smith says:

    @Larry L:

    The problem with those “x% more psychosis among users of MJ” stats is the correlation vs causality mistake. It is HIGHLY probable that folks with some psych issues will try the drug in order to escape their existing conditions.

    Then, the “rise of violent crime” stats just ignores the issue of folks who like being high and running wild choosing to go to the States where they can do it most easily.

    It needs a lot more rigor than was given in the article to show a MJ / causality / psychosis link.

    That said: I’m not keen on M.J. It strongly clouds judgment and interferes with thinking well. And yes, absolutely, the present crop of stuff is incredibly more potent than in the ’60s and ’70s. Just a few years back a friend wanted to “share” so silly me I went ahead “just to not be anti-social”. Well, on what ought to have been a couple of minor tokes, I was then unable to finish putting a battery in my car. (The job was 1/2 done when the friend came by…). Yeah, that bad. The battery was already in the carrier and the cables laying in place. I was unable to put two nuts on the carrier hold down plates and tighten the two nuts on the power cables. I had to close the hood and come back the next day. (We won’t go into where I found the wrenches and the hold down clamp strip of metal…)

    It was 2 days before I felt normal again.

    So that was a “warning shot” for me to no longer do the “just a toke to be friendly and you will hardly notice anything”. I’d not been “involved” in the whole scene since the ’70s and the last “just to be friendly” had been sometime in the ’90s and it was not like now (though I was asleep on the couch inside an hour… just not toasted first…)

    So just “be advised” that the stuff today is way over the top more than the stuff then. We’re talking “can I remember how to walk and where is the door anyway” land.

    So for me, when offered I’ll be saying “Uh, thanks, but no. I don’t react to it well and just suddenly wake up and it’s tomorrow…”

    Oh, and what I’d REALLY like to know is how many of the shooters had an SSRI prescription or history (or other anti-depressant drugs prescribed) and how those might interact with the rest of their lifestyle. There’s a large over-representation of SSRI users in the cases that are known from recent mass shootings. (And of those not positively known to be on SSRIs and related, we simply do not know, they could be also…)

    Basically: It is a Very Bad Idea to remove worry about consequences from folks as then they don’t consider the consequences of doing horrific things anything to worry about.

  142. Larry Ledwick says:

    Yes I got warned off MJ when I was in Navy boot camp by a guy named Charlie (Chinese last name) who was from Frisco, he had been a regular user prior to enlisting and told me he had bad experiences with it – his exact statement was “It left holes in my mind” the implication of the context of that, is similar to what you mentioned just not being in control and able to function normally and what scared him most, is like an alcohol blackout not being able to remember what he did when high.

    People forget reactions to drugs are in some cases highly individual and dependent on prior exposure. A hit that makes a frequent user get a little high can knock an unconditioned user to their knees.

    Same with other recreational drugs. A former room mate did wedding photography and someone spiked his drink with something and it totally wrecked him. He had to sit in his car for several hours before he could put his key in the ignition and think he was back to normal enough to drive home.
    We have no idea if that was their intent, but those things happen.

    The problem is the topic is so poisoned by agendas that there are almost no high quality studies, just lots and lots of apocryphal stories.

    I decided a long long time ago after watching people I know wreck their lives with recreational drugs that it was just too unpredictable and high risk behavior, I can screw things up all by myself I don’t need any random chemicals to help be make mistakes.

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