W.O.O.D. – 31 December 2019 – The End Of The Year As We Know It

When one door closes, another is being locked too so run fast! ;-)

Well, 2019 has been a very interesting year. I’m glad it is drawing to a close, though. Maybe 2020 will be less of an “Inmates Running The Asylum” and the Democrats will be voted out of power in the House. Or learn that the average person in America is just a middle of the road guy or gal wanting to live an ordinary life without them screwing things up too badly or being in our grill all the time.

“That government that is heard from least is liked most”, IMHO.

So in the next few weeks to a month, we ought to hear something about the actual state of the Democratic Pissing Match and Fraud Show. Either from them actually doing something that matters (like forward the Articles) or from Perp Walks.

Brexit is supposed to be semi-Done end of January 2020, but then with a one year “negotiation” of some ill defined “agreement”. At this point a “We’ll See” is about all I can muster. Personally, I’d like to see Trump and Boris announce a Free Trade Agreement to come into force January End and then see what happens, but I know it’s not on the cards.

Christmas is behind us, but it was fairly nice to me. A bunch of Amazon Gift Cards (thus the postings about new stoves ;-) Seems when you buy a new stove every year or two, after about 40 years of it you accumulate a lot of stoves ;-) In fairness, most of them are under $15 and a lot are under $10. At least one stove is just a bent piece of steel on which a fuel tablet sits…

Next up is the New Years Party. I’d guess this is starting in about 10 or 12 hours in the UK? It’s 2:50 AM GMT as I type this, so a bit past noon for starting time?


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What’s Going On?

Snow Season & Cold

There’s a blizzard of sorts hitting the middle of the USA. Alaska has hit a record 60 BELOW F. There’s snow and cold events all over the world, too many to list really.

Yet the Loons are still calling it the hottest year ever. Sigh.

There seems to be no known cure for willful insanity.

Personally, I’m not going to worry about it for at least 3 days. Today is prep. Tomorrow is sozzle. Then something about the next day… but it’s kind of fuzzy… ;-)

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205 Responses to W.O.O.D. – 31 December 2019 – The End Of The Year As We Know It

  1. Taz says:

    I want the immigration act of 1965 repealed. It’s time. Wish I had more confidence in the Republican clownposse.

  2. Taz says:

    Snow Season & Cold

    Wish either side was believable. It’s disgusting how every real question now get reduced to zealotry. Makes us more fragile.

  3. gallopingcamel says:

    What cold season? It was 24 Centigrade in the middle of North Carolina today, I think that is 75 in the Fahrenheit scale.

    This is all so confusing. The USA needs to adopt the “MKS” system…….ASAP!

  4. E.M.Smith says:


    What u mean “adopt”?

    I’ve been using metric since about 1968, taught to me in school. Coke is sold in liters (or grams) depending.

    We just don’t FORCE people to use any given system . Use whatever makes you happy.

    FWIW, my favorite is Rankine. Did my high school chemistry in both Kelvin and Rankine. So I freely move betwen all four systems. F, C, K, R. Just don’t say it too fast ;-)

  5. Another Ian says:

    Years ago I was told that you should approach problems with “a free and uncluttered mind”.

    I liked that acronym better

  6. Another Ian says:

    Goal posts move again already! Yet another “last chance”

    “The Independent: “2020 is our Last Chance to Tackle Climate Change” ”


  7. Nancy & John Hultquist says:

    Regarding metric;
    Wine has been sold in 750 ml bottles for a long time, although I do recall when it wasn’t. Many other things too, or double labeled.
    One of the issues is distance.
    Funny that in England road signs are in miles.

    Anyway, use Google Earth and search for . . .

    Pocahontas, Iowa . . . zoom out a little until you see Havelock to the north.
    Each square is 1 mile on a side, so the two places are 7 miles apart – N to S. Each subdivision of the land and all the ownership records and deeds are based on “feet.”
    The term “back 40” (meaning acres) is used in such places, and does have spatial meaning, but is also a euphemism for not currently available.
    There is no reasonable way to change this system.
    A few regions in the USA use different systems, based on historical settlement. Examples include metes & bounds, and long lots.

  8. Martin C says:

    Hi Chief,
    a long time follower, though I don’t think I have ever commented on your site. I have liked the Dan Bongino links; AND, this one is quite interesting . . .
    The story about Brennan is a little ways into the podcast. And the rest of the podcast is good to.
    Happy New Year !

  9. Larry Ledwick says:

    I have today off, will work tomorrow – will likely be the only person in the building after about 6:00 pm. so mostly a matter of making sure nothing melts in the server room and dodging the amateur drinkers on the way home.
    New Years day off, won’t be too cold over the changing of the years so no surprises expected. My big end of the year project will be changing the date stamp on my cameras and starting the image counters at zero for the new years time stamp. Have not done much photography so not a lot of images in the cameras anyway.

    I also use which ever measure is more useful in the situation, I have a better intuitive understanding of quantities in Imperial measures but am getting better at thinking in metric. As noted above they each have their strengths for certain tasks, often driven by the prevailing measuring units of the materials involved for your location.

  10. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:


  11. Another Ian says:

    Abbreviate to “Free Un-Cluttered Mind” and then – –

  12. A C Osborn says:

    E M, cold in the Northern Hemisphere, but very hot in Australia, they are making sure it stays hot by setting new fires every day.
    I lost count of how many people have been arrested for arson when it went over 100, with quite a lot of them kids.
    It couldn’t be some kind of of conspiracy surely.

  13. H.R. says:

    “Examples include metes & bounds, and long lots.”

    Hey! Those three are new ones to me.

    I like older words. It’s fun to see how the language changes due to necessity, accident, or drift and sometimes it’s just due to a playful or creative mind.

    I suppose I may have run across those terms 50 years ago when I read the property abstract for the deed to my parents’ house. It went all the way back to the original Land Grant to a Revolutionary War soldier. Before that, it was located “in the Northwest Territory.” I don’t remember seeing the terms, but I suppose they may have been in there in the early records.

  14. Bloke in Japan says:


    Here’s Dominic Frisby’s Brexit Song. Warning: definitely NSFW and full of perfectly aimed F-Bombs. The names may not make much sense to non-Brits, but they are all politicians, 2nd rate “experts” and 3rd rate slebs.

  15. M Simon says:

    A manual coffee grinder and Starbuck’s Italian Beans.

    To die for.

    Thanks to my son and daughter.

  16. M Simon says:

    I have been metric since I learned DC electricity.

    Amps. Volts. Ohms. Also Farads and Henrys.

  17. ossqss says:

    Happy Old Year everyone!

  18. Nancy & John Hultquist says:

    regarding land use divisions
    “In the Northwest Territory”
    … sounds like Ohio as the Nation began the official business of paying Revolutionary War soldiers with land, because the USA had no money.

    You can read about this here:

    Long lots are explained at the link below, although not much is said of the physical shape of the land – high ground on the natural levee where, also, there was access to the river, the major means of travel. The back slope of the levee was dry ground and suitable for farming, while farther from the river is low and swampy – animals, fish, amphibians.

    May be of interest also:

    There is a lot of North American history in this topic.

  19. Larry Ledwick says:

    Well things are going sideways in Iraq today

    Donald J. Trump
    ‏Verified account
    5 hours ago
    Iran killed an American contractor, wounding many. We strongly responded, and always will. Now Iran is orchestrating an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Iraq. They will be held fully responsible. In addition, we expect Iraq to use its forces to protect the Embassy, and so notified!




  20. Larry Ledwick says:

    Looks like this is a for media new years propaganda move.

    Embassy is a 104 acre compound, the only parts the Iranian protesters have breached is a couple security entry huts and information center.

  21. E.M.Smith says:

    IFF the Embassy thing were really a big deal, Trump would have a big gunship overhead “controlling” the rioters and Marines dropping down ropes from helicopters inside the grounds.

    He recognizes the Embassy as US turf and doesn’t let his folks twist in the wind like Obama, the Clintons, Democrats in general do / did.

    Frankly, were I POTUS, I’d have standing orders, published, that any attack on a US Embassy would be met with all force neccesary to repel the atrackers AND end their funding sources AND support organization allies.

    Basically: someone starts it, you roll it up 100% and salt the earth it stands on.

    I expect you would only need to demonstrate this resolve once…

  22. p.g.sharrow says:

    We have reached the end of 2019. I want to thank all the contributors here for your enlightenment and entertainment over the past year. May the next year be as interesting as the last.
    May your crops grow well and your children fat,,,pg

  23. E.M.Smith says:

    Thanks P.G.!

    Though maybe without the fat part… don’t want them taking after Dad too much ;-)

    Well, we’re in the last 45 minutes of 2019 in the UK. In just a bit 2020 will start the slow drag around the world. (Slow? At 1000 mph?) I’ve still got 8:45 to go here in California, so y’all give me some time to catch up on the party side, OK?

    Dinner is in about 2 hours, and I’m going to start a bit of juiced vodka somewhere in between here and there.

    Just to kick things off: R.E.M. End Of The World As We Know It

  24. Taz says:

    Hollywood’s sales were down 4% this year. This decline will only accelerate – and those customers lost will be difficult to win back.

    SocJus is Hollywood meth.

  25. E.M.Smith says:

    Gee… things have not changed much…

  26. E.M.Smith says:

    Happy New Year UK! ;-)

  27. Larry Ledwick says:

    We didn’t start the fire
    It was always burning since the world’s been turning
    We didn’t start the fire
    No, we didn’t light it, but we tried to fight it

  28. Larry Ledwick says:

    It is 5:00 pm here in Mountain time zone here in the USA, that loud whooshing sound you hear is everyone leaving early. Only abut 10 people in the building last I checked. Seven hours and counting.

    I will be heading home as soon as everyone is out of here, and close the evening work out from home.

  29. E.M.Smith says:


    What amazes me is just how many companies are willing to toss income, profits, and business under the bus for SJW ideology. It’s almost like someone was giving them marching orders…

    It sure LOOKS like once you are a Major Player, you get A Visit from ?? TLAs? Billionaires with agenda? and suddenly folks “play along to get along”.

    I suspect that we’re in a cold war by proxy with the TLAs of the world who have decided they are in charge as the voting public can not be trusted… JFK, Bay Of Pigs and all…

    So on my “Not doing it any more” is any “Hollywood movie” with an SJW theme, sub-theme, or overtones; a cast that “advocates in my face” on their own time, or just the soft insult to traditional values. That pretty much leaves out most of them. ( I do NOT need to see 2 guys kissing or two women being married, thanks. I have helped such couples to have children of their own, and I’ve slow danced with a guy, and I’m NOT against it. Just doesn’t need to be “in my face” when I want mindless entertainment. It “breaks the fourth wall” of the fantasy and shoves you back into “this is an advocacy PSA not a movie” land). I’m OK with ditching movies as we have a film library of classics I can not finish re-watch in their entirety in my remaining life span ;-)

    (Yes, the VHS deck still works as does the DVD player… then there’s the million and one channels on the ROKU with classic movies…)

    NFL? What’s that? High School and College football is more fun anyway. No need to have $Millionaire Brats complaining to me about the “injustice” in their lives. Besides, Hockey is better anyway ;-)

    NYT, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, ABC News, CBS News, NBC News, etc. etc. Old friends of many years, now in the dustbin of history or circling the drain into it. Lies are not news. Opinion is not news (and “everyone has one”…) Advocacy is not news.

    That’s the beauty of a market, I don’t have any requirement to buy the product nor participate in the bogosity.

    I keep a “Tidy Mind” and that mostly consists of keeping all the trash out of it. Gems of truth or wisdom are cherished and polished and stored forever. Crap not so much. SJW crap is, well, crap.

  30. E.M.Smith says:

    @Larry L:

    Ah yes… the “last one out the door” feeling. I know it well.

    At 8 years old, during the summer, I’d work in the restaurant to closing, then wash up the last dishes, pots, pans, clean the sink, take out the garbage, etc. “Last one out the door”. Waitresses and customers and cooks long gone. Just me and a parent or two. Closing up and cleaning up.

    Later in the computer business, as the “manager in charge” I was doing basically the same thing. Everyone out the door? Everything ship-shape and Bristol Fashion? Ready to walk the building and lock up? Guy with the keys is the last one out.

    It’s a habit now. Last one out after the party. Tidy up and secure the vessel. (Yeah, that livaboard time is still with me…) Somebody has to be the one who checks and secures everything and handles what nobody else thinks about…

    So “Good On You!” and know someone else in the world appreciates it…

  31. Larry Ledwick says:

    Yep one of my last tasks every night is to send a turn over email to the morning crew, walk the building, shake a few doors that are supposed to be closed and locked, check the parking lot to see all the cars are gone and no one is stranded with a car that will not start or some one is using a dark corner of the lot for hanky panky, then set the security and head home.

  32. Larry Ledwick says:

    As we head into the new year I thought this little video would be appreciated by the crew here.

    You ever try to do Christmas cleanup and your dog has other ideas?

    Some days this is what my job feels like, a simple task that for some reason refuses to be simple.

  33. jim2 says:

    Happy New Year! I’m glad there are people like you left in this Crazy World!

  34. philjourdan says:

    “That government that is heard from least is liked most”

    The government that governs least, governs best. – Author – Many

  35. philjourdan says:

    @GC – Re Metric

    What EM said – besides, it forces us to do mental math to convert. At least some of us can still do simple math in our heads. :-)

    And you are correct.

  36. E.M.Smith says:

    @Larry L:

    OMG, how did you get that video of me as a kid?!


    My birthday is in the first 2 weeks of January. We’d keep the tree up through that date. I was always fighting the “take down the tree” moment ;-)


    It also makes you aware of the fact that there is NOTHING special about any given system. They are just artificial creations of people. You can make any or many such systems. “Many such journeys are possible”…

    I admire the people who made all the various temperature measuring systems. The history is fun and interesting. It lets you see how a Tidy Mind works. It is a joy. Trashing all of them but one is a sin against humanity, reason, and history…

    “Someone ought to do something” implies “YOU are someone”. Similarly,
    “FOO made a system” implies “YOU can make one too and there can be many.”

    The Tidy Mind knows that there is no One Pure Right Perfect System. Anyone can make one and one may be just as good as another. Forgetting that is the sin of “MKS and NOTHING else! Uber Alles!”.

  37. E.M.Smith says:

    Then say a payer for Special Friends Long Dead:

    I loved Kodachrome. IF they brought it back, I’d buy it and use it. Over 100 years archival quality and a special character… God I miss KodaChrome…

  38. philjourdan says:

    We reminisce about the pleasures of our past, I know what you mean

  39. jim2 says:

    See the front pages of newspapers of various countries in one go:


  40. Larry Ledwick says:

    Speaking of the past glories – Rudi just put a shot across the bow of the Dems and I find it amusing that the POTUS press secretary retweeted it.

    Who wants to play a game Dems vs RICO to celebrate the new year?

  41. jim2 says:

    Here’s another collection of front pages:


  42. Nancy & John Hultquist says:

    I think I recall writing a comment and posting it, but maybe not, anyway:
    H.R. says:
    31 December 2019 at 11:18 am

    regarding land use divisions
    “In the Northwest Territory”
    … sounds like Ohio as the Nation began the official business of paying Revolutionary War soldiers with land, because the USA had no money.

    You can read about this here:

    Long lots are explained at the link below, although not much is said of the physical shape of the land – high ground on the natural levee where, also, there was access to the river, the major means of travel. The back slope of the levee was dry ground and suitable for farming, while farther from the river is low and swampy – animals, fish, amphibians.

    May be of interest also:

    There is a lot of North American history in this topic.

  43. Larry Ledwick says:

    On the Embassy attack today – now entering the theater from stage left – –

  44. Larry Ledwick says:

    Then say a payer for Special Friends Long Dead:

    Interesting timing for that comment, 33 years ago almost to the minute my older brother died in my living room New Years eve 1986. He could be a royal pain sometimes, but I do miss him.

    He was one of the few people in my life that I could talk about most any subject about – much like we do here, just letting the subject meander down the path that fits the moment.

    You folks have gone a long way toward filling that void – Thanks!
    and Happy New Years to those east of me, I still have 55 minutes for that time change.

  45. E.M.Smith says:

    Sorry I forgot to say Happy East Coast New Year and now it’s Happy Chicago New Year!

    I don’t know why, but I like it:

  46. Another Ian says:


    ” SJW crap is, well, crap.”

    Wouldn’t that be “sloppy crap”?

  47. Another Ian says:

    An early start!

    “Goin’ to the pub!”


  48. Larry Ledwick says:

    I never knew the name of that tune but also fell in love with it in that movie – now I am going to have to dig out my cd of it and watch the movie tonight.

    The other song I love from that movie.

    Clannad_I WIll Find You (Love Theme from Last Of The Mohicans)

  49. Larry Ledwick says:

    The Last of the Mohicans – Promontory (Main Theme)

    Such a grand music score that fit the movie perfectly. Every time I hear this I flash to the movie.

    Happy New Years from Colorado!

  50. E.M.Smith says:

    Happy new years back at you… only about 45 minutes and it will FINALLY reach me!

  51. E.M.Smith says:

    @Larry L:

    When my time comes (and for all of us it is a “when”…) I’d hope it will be away from hospitals with folks I care about. Enjoying the moment.

    I don’t want to miss the moment, drugged up in some clinic, and not get The Final Mystery answer. I’d rather not be 100 miles from nowhere in West Texas on a freeway. I’d rather check out right in the middle of a party.

    Seems to me your Brother got my wish. So no worries, eh?

    Now every year there’s a party in his honour… Salud!

  52. E.M.Smith says:

    Well, at last, the new year reaches me.

    Happy New Year!!!…..

    Now I can go to bed…

    Somehow it just isn’t as special as it was when I was a teenager and got to finally stay up for it…


  53. Larry Ledwick says:

    Now every year there’s a party in his honour… Salud!

  54. Another Ian says:

    An ominous start to 2020! Is this the latest Irish joke?

    “Ireland Fast-Tracks Law Effectively Banning Gas Vehicles Within A Decade. Is The US Next?”


    And a review of 2019


  55. Another Ian says:

    Re Ireland and IC vehicles

    Not to hand atm but there have been a few items looking at this which conclude with that famous Irish travel direction

    “Well the first thing is that you can’t get to there from here”

  56. Another Ian says:

    “ABC deleting facebook posts on how protesters stop prescribed burns “more worried about climate change” than wildfires”


  57. E.M.Smith says:

    Someone expects to pocket a huge wad of cash from selling electric cars to people that do not want them. The question is who.

    Hopefully some European country will fail at it before the USA trys it.

    I know I’m not buying one. Period. I’ll make my own fuel first… (yes, I’ve done it. No I don’t really want to, but…)

    The cost of converting a national fleet is horrific, it will take decades IF we were already doing it, the destruction of value is severe (not just car owners, but the entire fuel chain from oil companies to drillers and pipe makers and seismic survey companues and refineries, truckers hauling fuel, to local gas sration owners; then oil tankers too – ship and rail, and their port facilities).

    IF forced, it will be one giant economic crash and burn.

  58. cdquarles says:

    Unfortunately for me, I had to experience the change at the local hospital. My nephew had abdominal pain such that he wanted to see a doctor. So far, so good. Now to deal with the bill (and I’m looking forward to my own upcoming eye surgery).

  59. E.M.Smith says:


    Glad to hear all is well… you can always have your own celebration later…

    Best of luck on the rest.

  60. pouncer says:

    Happy New Year. Belated contribution to the metric / SAE usage conversation:

    I miss beer in pints. 16 US ounces in a US pint. Six percent beer, by the way. (The supermarket gets LITE beer in pints but the concentration simply means drinking a pint of lite is the same approximate dosage as 12 ounces of full strength beer — pointless.)

    Now, Aussie beer comes in 22 ounce cans, for some reason. But that’s an overdose.

  61. Larry Ledwick says:

    Morning all! – Hope no one has too bad of an “over hang” ;)

    Hoping the new year is peaceful and prosperous for all but there are some lurking worries out there that we should face squarely.

    I just read Willis’s comments on Islam linked above

    Nicely done and conforms with my view, that the west is in the middle of a (so far) 1400 year long religious war, but most people would rather ignore it than to face the facts. The next half century will be very bloody I fear, if the general public does not come to terms with the reality of it before the more militant factions get access to nuclear weapons.

    That is not an if but a when out come – it is just a matter of time and a question of which western cities pay the price. It is a conflict that has been ongoing for most of our modern history, boiling the frog of liberal society slowly two steps forward one step back decade after decade slowly nibbling off the soft edges of western culture.

    On more pleasant thoughts I stumbled across some items for folks to toss in their preparedness stash.

    I got one as a Christmas present and bought the other as I examined what was available.



    The first light link above does not seem to have a removable battery like the second for replacement, is a bit larger and a bit brighter, the operation switch is not as convenient and it does not appear to be intended for use in exposed locations (ie outdoors) it would serve quite adequately as a reading light etc. in the evening.

    The second link (orange lights) have a more convenient operation switch, appear to be a bit more resistant to water exposure of the elements, has three modes (high low and flashing).

    Both come with small solar panels that can be placed a few feet away from the bulb to charge from an appropriate light source and both have external usb sockets for alternate charging power sources.

    I think if I was only going to get one I would go with the second link.

  62. E.M.Smith says:

    Sky News UK says Trump sent 750 troups to the Embassy and showed the rioters tearing up a courtyard of sone sort, overlooked by USA Helmets and guns… bathing in tear gas…

    I guess the idea is to let them tear up some pavement and toss rocks but not let yhem past the interior walls.


    I like a British Pint :-)

  63. E.M.Smith says:

    Ektachrome is back!


    As an owner of several film only cameras, nice to have it again.

    Yes, I’ve mostly moved to digital and not looked back, but my old 120 format makes special photos… and my f 1.2 lens Canon is irreplaceable for anything under $ thousands…

  64. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting chart –
    The general long term trend for atmospheric CO2 over the last 200 million years has actually been downward if you average out the noise.
    In fact we are only slightly higher now than the low excursion spikes that happened during a 25 million year low point between 75 and 50 million years ago.

  65. YMMV says:

    Regarding the “riots” at US Embassy in Iraq

    I speculate that Iran was trying for another Embassy takeover like Iran 1979, or at least a 2012 Benghazi.

  66. Larry Ledwick says:

    Agreed or at least it was a test of President Trump’s resolve and efforts to leave the middle east. They likely wanted to know if under pressure, would he panic and run like previous administrations of if they could get him suckered into a massive war. They really are not sure how to deal with a peaceful counter puncher.

    Iran really needs a shooting war right now to consolidate their hold on the people. The public in Iran is not far from hanging dictators from lamp posts and they cannot crack down like they want to without the cover of a major threat on the country.

  67. philjourdan says:

    From CTH – https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2020/01/01/abc-news-fears-american-people-might-interfere-in-2020-u-s-election/

    Apparently the YSM is more afraid of “American” interference in the 2020 election than Russian. How dare voters think for themselves!

  68. E.M.Smith says:

    @Nancy & John H.:

    Don’t know why your 2 comments went to SPAM:


    But I fished it out…


    It was directed at you.

  69. Larry Ledwick says:

    The climate warriors have a new villain to rage against.
    Stand by for a new public relations push to abolish it and make someone rich who has a financial interest in an alternative which will probably be the mandated “solution”.


  70. E.M.Smith says:

    I like their graph… 9 whole gigantic parts per TRILLION! GASP!!! The Horrors! ;-)

    I think the biggest truth in their article is that SF6 is “cheap” and effective and someone has an expensive alternative they can’t sell and make a bundle from until SF6 is banned. DuPont anyone?

  71. Larry Ledwick says:

    You know what is going to happen people will put in some sort of cistern system that stock piles a few hundred gallons, but will not draw more than 55 gal / day per person using a smart controller to keep the tank full and activate a pump to maintain line pressure drawing from tank. Sort of like the on demand water systems used in RV’s.

    Just moving the problem.

    What they should do is cap usage over a longer time period so you can have brief periods of high water usage but your long term average is lower.

    I wonder how much it will cost to fill a swimming pool now, or how many weeks it will take to fill it?

  72. Larry Ledwick says:

    Hmmm interesting news coming out of Iraq –
    Now how long before major media covers this?

  73. Larry Ledwick says:

    Okay first move in the Senate vs House chess game.
    Deadline for house to present impeachment to Senate or they will be dismissed.


  74. E.M.Smith says:

    So I guess once someone figures out who’s SUVs those were, we’ll know if it was another hit on us, or us ending some Jihadi careers…

    Or maybe just wait to see if some patch of desert ends up hit with a massive air strike…

    Per the Senate:

    Senators get cranky when someone tries to push THEM around ;-)

    And me without any beer or popcorn ;-)

  75. Larry Ledwick says:

    LIVE Breaking News
    37 minutes ago
    BREAKING: PMU relations official Mohammed al-Jabri reportedly killed in rocket attack near Baghdad International Airport – Al Jazeera

    PMU is the shia (Iran friendly Militia component that was involved in the US embassy attack)

  76. Larry Ledwick says:

    Indications suggest one of our drones took him out.

    Message delivered, directly put our troops at risk and pay a price.

  77. E.M.Smith says:

    Works for me. Attack our embassy using your disposable useful idiots, you will get whacked too.

    Just roll up the org chart and eventually it stops. One way or the other…

  78. Larry Ledwick says:

    ABC is saying the attack at the airport involved Katuska rockets ??
    ABC 33/40 News
    ‏Verified account
    1 hour ago
    BAGHDAD (@AP) — Iraq: Several Katyusha rockets have been fired at Baghdad airport, causing multiple casualties amid tensions with US

    This may be a strike and counter strike not a single operation.
    May take a while to sort out exactly who did what to whom.

  79. L says:

    This may be an Iranian false flag, killing their own people and blaming the US ???

    This gal has good intel connections

  80. H.R. says:

    Carjacking outside of porn store – 1 man and a goat are kidnapped in Missouri and driven to Oklahoma.


    And how was your day?

  81. Larry Ledwick says:

    It is beginning to look like this was a legitimate hit on Soleimani but so far no official claim by the US Govt, although several sources are saying they are getting confirmation from sources in the Pentagon etc.


    Soleimani was very powerful – possibly more powerful than the President of Iran, so there will probably be a strong reaction. There are also reports that US Marines have arrested other militia leaders.

  82. Larry Ledwick says:

    Hmmmm –

    This implies other actions are still unfolding in the area of operations or they are waiting for absolute proof on DNA.

  83. Larry Ledwick says:

    In other news the Muslim patrols in New York stepped on the wrong toes.


    I bet the New York Cops were laughing their asses off on the way back to precinct.

  84. Larry Ledwick says:

    Possibility Soleimani was a target of opportunity. He got cocky and appeared unexpectedly at the airport and someone made the call to take him out (probably a standing order to kill or capture him )

  85. Larry Ledwick says:

    One of the very few actual journalists out there on defense and military affairs
    Catherine Herridge

    1 hour ago
    SCOOP: Senior US government official confirms to CBS News the strike was in response to active threat to US interests in the region personally overseen by GEN Suleimani. Official made clear US prepared to take further action if diplomats, soldiers threatened by his replacement.

  86. Another Ian says:

    “Michael Mann — Climate Warlock downunder — coal mines cause wildfires 1,000 km away. Sees giant Petrostate Conspiracy”


    Jo in good form – and comments

  87. Another Ian says:

    And end of the year as AOC knew it – seems

    “Cortez to lose her seat because of census and redistricting.”


  88. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    At least on this FireFox browser, links to specific comments at TCTH just dump me into the article at the top with a link to see “older comments”. You might want to quote a bit of the actual text of the comment or if it links to something of interest, copy the link.

    I suspec this is the article that the indicated comment 7715608 points at:


    I have no idea how to figure out which “last paragraph” of what comment is of interest given how TCTH doesn’t let my browser jump to it…

  89. Larry Ledwick says:

    A bit of background on the Bloods of NY vs Muslim Patrols


  90. Larry Ledwick says:

    “At least on this FireFox browser, links to specific comments at TCTH just dump me into the article at the top with a link to see “older comments”.”

    That is why I rarely even look at TCTH links, I hate their layout, and I can never figure out what people are talking about.
    It drives me nuts to have to read every comment in their threads to try to sift out what they are pointing at.

    If there is no quoted text so you can do a search for the specific, item it is basically a dead link.

  91. E.M.Smith says:

    I think I found it. Hover of mouse over the date gives this one as having the right ID tag:

    spoogels says:
    January 3, 2020 at 5:10 am

    Imam of Peace
    ‏Verified account @Imamofpeace
    1h1 hour ago

    I have received full pictures of the bodies and remains of #QassemSuleimani and his convoy.

    Too graphic to share.

    But, I must say, Trump is killing them in the most humiliating ways possible. He sent a dog after Baghdadi, and the US strike sliced #QassemSuleimani’s male organ.

    The reality is more like “sliced his everything into bits”… explosions are like that.

  92. llanfar says:

    Gotta love that Hellfire missile bladed variant…

  93. Larry Ledwick says:

    I think I have figured out why it is so hard to find things on TCTH

    The comment links constantly change as new comments are added.
    The original link that Ian posted ends with this:
    The actual link that I find that page under now, ends with this:

    As things get pushed off the front page their link changes and you have to know what page they are on when you try to find them to get to the actual post.

    Quoting the date time stamp of the post would really help sort that out hours or days later when someone is trying to follow the link to the source post.

  94. Larry Ledwick says:

    Suleimani had his fingers in just about every pie in the middle east.
    This is going to change things significantly and likely will set off a spasm of reprisal actions.

  95. Larry Ledwick says:

  96. Larry Ledwick says:

    Quds force # 2 is next in line.

  97. rhoda klapp says:

    Quds force now has an interesting job vacancy at the top. There must be considerable competition among the candidates. To not get the job.

  98. jim2 says:

    From yesterday, coincidence?

    Investors in Chesapeake Energy Corporation CHK need to pay close attention to the stock based on moves in the options market lately. That is because the Jul 17, 2020 $1.50 Call had some of the highest implied volatility of all equity options today.


  99. YMMV says:

    I couldn’t figure out which comment/paragraph was intended, so I picked this one …

    Flashback: Israel Wanted to Kill Al-Quds Leader Soleimani But Obama Tipped Off Iran

    Back in 2015 Israel was reportedly on the verge of killing Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Iranian Quds Force but the Obama administration warned Iran of the imminent attack.

    … because the news is full of “you didn’t warn us!” (“us” meaning Democrats/Iran).
    ‘Quislings’ by any other name. ‘Traitors’ would also work. Or even ‘Surrender Monkeys’, if you like nostalgia.

  100. jim2 says:

    Been watching the weather channel report on wild fires in Oz. The mention drought, climate change, and private housing (private housing being a new talking point for lefty nut jobs apparently – see Cali). But of course, no mention of laws preventing people from clearing trees and brush from their own land, preventing the creation of firebreaks around buildings, underbrush clearing by the government, or a lack of adequate controlled burns by the government(s). Lies by omission. And it pisses me off.

  101. Another Ian says:

    Thanks for the lesson on quotes from TCH.

    They use WordPress – just sayin’, so I wonder if sites like Jo Nova where there seems to be some hidden “page structure” might also have problems.

    Re Firefox – my updated copy/Acrobat have taken to not finding .pdf files sent as attachments to emails. The attachment works ok if I “save as” from the option with the email and then open.

    Any clues?

  102. Larry Ledwick says:

    President Trump’s response to the American action against Gen Soleimani.


  103. philjourdan says:

    Hell hath no fury as a woman scorned – or screwed. Sheryl Atkinson has never been a conservative, but when the YSM screwed her out of a great scoop and Obama then decided to kill her career – welll…..


    She actually has 109 of the most blatant ones. Next time a liberal laughs at you about the bias in the media, throw that in their face..They will plug their ears and start yelling lalalalala, but they will have seen it. And the doubt will be with them always.

  104. Larry Ledwick says:

    Hmmm is someone else in the game now?
    Let’s play Whack a martyr!


    It is getting down right hazardous to be an Iran connected terrorist or militia leader.

  105. E.M.Smith says:

    IMHO, the #2 Replacement needs to suddenly become a cloud of Red Mist ….then maybe they will “get it”… if not, #3,… then #4,…. repeat until understood….

  106. Larry Ledwick says:

    So far no official confirmation but I cannot conceive of anyone else in Iraqi airspace taking a shot at militia caravans. Although there is a small possibility the strike was done with ground based systems like TOW or Javalin.


  107. Another Ian says:

    Re philjourdan says:
    4 January 2020 at 2:12 am

    That sounds like an example set for this

    “False Pragmatism in a Neural Network”


  108. p.g.sharrow says:

    It is beginning to look like the Americans and Russians are co-operating in the reduction of The radical Muslims being directed from Iran. Just last week Putin thanked Trump for information about Muslim plots so he could deal with those within his purview..
    A mark of the dawn of the new age is that the “Brothers of the North” would unite to outlaw war with a “PAX” against the use of organized war. Conquest is no longer an accepted option…pg

  109. jim2 says:

    Here’s a chance for Cali citizens to make a differences, Newsom recalls …


  110. E.M.Smith says:

    Sky News UK reported that the funerals of “several commanders” killed with Sulemani, have taken place in Iraq.

    “Several Commanders”?

    First off, looks like the USA took out a whole layer of operational management, not just a guy…

    2nd: just how much of a pisser it must be to get kilked and all you get is 3rd billing as “commander 2 of several…” :-)

  111. H.R. says:

    A lot of goats in the Mideast are breathing a sigh of relief over the news of recent events.

    Has anyone seen any goat anywhere wearing a black leg band?

    … I thought not.

  112. E.M.Smith says:


    Interesting, yes. Useful still a ways off. They mention 91%.

    One of my questions for quantum computing is just how reliable vs stochastic it will be…

    Nice to get FTL, communications over a distance, but if 9% of your words arrive wrong?


    COMMUNIST Russia was our ally in W.W.II, so I don’t understand why we would have any trouble cooperating against common foes now what with Russia having abandoned communism. The whole “Russia Bad” narrative seems simplistic and designed by the Globalist Plotters to to divide us from a potential ally.

  113. Larry Ledwick says:

    POTUS just put out this tweet 20 minutes ago.
    Sounds like they are making a list and checking it twice, to see who’s been naughty or nice.

  114. Larry Ledwick says:

    Aaand now from our Moldy Oldy file as we come up on ten years after the Climate gate scandal broke, we have the “Hide the Decline” video (watch it while you can could disappear at any time)

  115. Larry Ledwick says:

    Bunch of chatter on twitter about red flag and warnings Iran will begin attacking US troops in Iraq.


    Earlier today action against Iranian connected PMU units near the Iraqi / Syrian border.

    Of course nothing about this showing up on the major media that I have seen here in the US.

  116. Ossqss says:

    @EM, on quantum. Gotta start somewhere. Heck we have cheap NVMe drives now vs. those reel to reel tapes of old ;-)

  117. jim2 says:

    And the beat goes on ,…

    Air strikes reportedly targeted Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and Popular Mobilization Unit (PMU) forces at Suwayyah and Hiri, near Abukamal at the Iraq-Syria border late Saturday night.

    There are unconfirmed reports of several dead and others wounded after missiles struck an Iraqi PMU militia base in Syria.


  118. Larry Ledwick says:

    I saw an interesting observation a while ago the poster was speculating that President Trump will stomp the crap out of Iran and Iranian supported militia, and then Iraq will tell the US to leave Iraq.

    He then pulls out of that mess and wipes his hands of Iraq, (face saving exit) which gets our troops out of Iraq. Then the Iraqis find some other outside support perhaps Saudi Arabia or the Gulf Coordination Council.

  119. Larry Ledwick says:

    Heshmat Alavi
    8 hours ago
    -USS Bataan aircraft carrier, with F-35s & nearly 2,000 Marines, heading towards the Mediterranean
    -UK Royal Navy to resume merchant ship escorts through Straight of Hormuz following increasing #Iran tensions

    -Jet activity reported over Erbil, northern Iraq
    Heshmat Alavi

    7 hours ago

    1) #Iran’s IRGC & Tehran-backed militia groups reportedly evacuating bases in Aleppo. May be heading to the Mezzeh Military Airport near Damascus.

    2) U.S. B-52s flying over Iraq

    (for reference it is currently 06:49 in Baghdad {03:49 UTC})

  120. jim2 says:

    I don’t read Axios often, but when I do, I like to see charts like these …


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  122. E.M.Smith says:

    On the theory things may happen fast, I’ve opened a discussion thread for all things Iran / Iraq / and BOOM! Shakalaka…

  123. E.M.Smith says:


    Not just airlines are going to get a whack with the Clue Stick. Trains. Busses. Gas Station Owners. Etc. Electrifying a 2800 mile Diesel Train Line is horrifically expensive…


    Goatnapping? GOATnapping? GOATNAPPING?!? OMG… just omg… I think maybe I’ve been awake too long…



    Nice graphs!

  124. Larry Ledwick says:

    Take a memo a Massey Ferguson tractor does not make a good tow chain.

  125. E.M.Smith says:

    Fun video, but really? Massive tow vehicle pulling on a member designed for low compressive loading?

    They ought to have hooked the big one to the load to unstuck it, then put the tractor back in.

    Just a mix of sloth (unwilling to unhitch / rehitch the tractor, stupidity (not thinking about tractor only being tension from rear wheels to hitch, front end just carries the motor around and steers under compression from the rear), and poor observation skills (noticing front members thin compared to load, think lifting tractor off the ground a bad idea…)

    But they know now…

    Carefully watching the video, it looks like the transmission bell housing fractured with bits on the ground. Wonder how much of the force was through the motor to transmission junction… or once the frame let go, was it a contest between motor mounts and aluminum bell housing…

  126. Taz says:

    The ancients would have been puzzled by most of our wars. They would not be able to understand the necessity of PR. A completely foreign concept to them.

    In their world, an opponent might be warned to stop. But their solution with or without warning would be the same: Kill all the men, take their women, destroy all cities so that they could never arise again.

    Khan used the same method to subdue Afghanistan.

    If the United States made real war – there would be no news. or what news there was would not persist long. Over.

  127. Larry Ledwick says:

    I just had an interesting thought, regarding the Australian wild fires. I wonder what the climatic impacts will be due to the increased albedo of the smoke and reduced transparency of the atmosphere in the southern hemisphere.

    Since most of it will be low level particulate it won’t be as effective as high altitude smoke from a volcano and the sulfur component will be lower, but it should have some impacts on low level winds and surface heating.

  128. Larry Ledwick says:

    Just found this picture of the smoke plumes from some of the fires.

    Meanwhile here is a ground level view of the visibility outside the direct down wind areas of the fires.

    During the Yellowstone fires I remember them commenting on the effect of all that smoke on low level heating as the top of the smoke plumes was much brighter than the ground it obscured.

  129. H.R. says:

    @Larry L re the smoke plumes:

    wOw! It took me a few seconds to pick the plumes out because they were already the size of major cloud formations.

    Particulate clouds are different from clouds of water vapor. For one I believe their persistence is different. At cloud top, not so Much.

  130. Larry Ledwick says:

    I know one of the side effects of heavy particulate pollution is reduced warming at ground level, but increased warming at the top of the pollution layer that tends to create temperature inversions and cap the pollution so it does not mix and dissipate. We had that effect here in Colorado with our brown cloud pollution in the winter until the stopped things like trash burning, and sanding of roads and other sources of particulates.

  131. Larry Ledwick says:

    6.6 earthquake in Puerto Rico

    M 6.6 – 10km S of Indios, Puerto Rico
    2020-01-07 08:24:26 (UTC)
    17.900°N 66.800°W
    7.0 km

  132. H.R. says:

    Puerto Rico was formed by a volcano but there are no active volcanos on P.R. Perhaps that is about to change.

    Another possibility is that part of the volcano is breaking away on a long slide down the side of the underlying cone of the formative volcano.

    p.g. has some nice topo images of the Hawaiian volcanos and the surrounding seafloor. The thing about those volcanos is the slough off the sides is caused by volcanic activity like blowouts or flows that just tumble down the sides.

  133. cdquarles says:

    https://www.fox19.com/2020/01/07/cnn-settles-lawsuit-with-nick-sandmann/ hit a bit ago. The amount was not disclosed, but rumors are that it is an 8 figure (tens of millions) one. $800 million was sought (9 figures). Other suits pending.

  134. E.M.Smith says:

    @Larry L:

    I saw a report that the deposits from the smoke were making New Zealand snow grey, so what the clouds taketh away the dust deposits bringeth back?


    Heard on the radio that their power company automatically shuts down in a quake… so every big quake WILL be a complete power failure. Sigh. DIY on the Island…


    One hopes CNN learned something, or that this helps put them into receivership… one or the other…

    Just Report The Damn Facts. Not your opinion. Not your preferences. Not your assessment, evaluation, expectations, or speculation. Facts. Do NOT become part of the story. Is it really that hard to remember to just STFU?

  135. philjourdan says:

    @CD amd EM – fat chance of learning anything. Right now, the Vegas Odds on CNN reporting on it are 3-1 against.

    But then the song “10 little Indians” comes to mind. I am betting NBC is last to cave. Bezo will get rid of the WaPo for the same reason Trump got rid of the Trump U thing. It is a distraction. But they both know they have lost now.

  136. philjourdan says:

    Krugman is trying to claim his “I” was hijacked and child porn “placed” on his computer. That is bullshit! You can spoof an IP, but spoofing will not complete a 3 way handshake. Spoofing an IP is used to either participate in a DDOS, or to impersonate someone else. But the conversation in the latter case is between the spoofers computer and the fooled host – not the spoofed computer!


    Krugman is a liar. Who just got caught with his pants down. Say hello to Carlos Paul

  137. H.R. says:

    @Rhoda Klapp – a true W.O.O.D. topic

    I thought you might get a grin out of this. Our son is keeping an eye on the house, watering plants (or killing them, depending on your perspective), changing furnace and air filters and whatnot while we’re snowbirding in Florida. We have the house alarmed and under video surveillance and talk to him to remind him to check household crap that we forgot to tell him about in the first place.

    Anyhow, last week Mrs. H.R. was getting ready to ask him if he remembered to water the plants and start up and drive the cars around for 10-15 minutes each.

    He pre-empted that line of questioning with, “Yeah, Mom. I already watered the cars and drove the plants around the neighborhood.”
    Time to ‘fess up. Have you been corrupting my son behind my back? ;o)

  138. Ossqss says:

    @HR, one thing we do when gone for a bit with house sitters is to ensure all of the drain traps stay as such, “traps”, by filling or treatment. Treatment being a dash of vegatable oil in the trap so it slows evaporation if over a longer time than a week for topping off. In my septic tank world, it also can stop the stink ;-)

  139. jim2 says:

    (President) Ivanka Trump said:

    So when I hear employers [who] would come to me and they’d say, ‘We need more skilled workers, we need more skilled workers,’ and then I’d read about them laying off segments of their workforce because they were investing in productivity, and not having spent the time — when they had known three years prior they’d be making that investment and upgrading those systems — not taking the time to take those workers and reskill and then retrain them into their job vacancies, well, I have very little sympathy for that.


  140. Larry Ledwick says:

    Injunction blocking use of military funds for the border wall has been lifted by 5th Circuit court.


  141. Steve C says:

    A Word of Sympathy to the Newly Afflicted.

    It’s all over our media this morning that Woke Harry and his handler are planning to stay on your side of the pond, where apparently the media are kinder to her. What is it, I wonder, about 34-year-old American divorcées and British royals … two encounters, two royals lost so far! ;-D

  142. Larry Ledwick says:

    A bit of follow up to the item I mentioned a few days back that the Muslim Patrol in NY had stepped on the toes of the Bloods gang.

    Here is the out come of that encounter.


  143. Larry Ledwick says:

    And NASA begins the long process of walking back the drum beat of evil CO2


    Measurements of atmospheric carbon dioxide in the tropics are consistently higher than anything around them, and scientists don’t know why, Crisp said. OCO-2 and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Greenhouse gases Observing SATellite (GOSAT) are tracking plant growth in the tropics by observing solar-induced fluorescence (SIF) from chlorophyll in plants. SIF is an indicator of the rate at which plants convert light from the Sun and carbon dioxide from the atmosphere into chemical energy.

    “We’re finding that plant respiration is outstripping their ability to absorb carbon dioxide,” he said. “This is happening throughout the tropics, and almost all of the time. When we first launched OCO-2, our first two years of on-orbit operations occurred during a strong El Niño event, which had a strong impact on global carbon dioxide emissions. Now we have more than five years of data, and we see that the tropics are always a source (of carbon dioxide), in every season. In fact, the only time we see significant absorption of carbon dioxide in the tropics is in Africa during June, July and August. So that’s half the story.

    So much for there being no debate left they have it all figured out!

  144. Larry Ledwick says:

    Hmmm if you want a chain saw in California time to buy it now.


    I wonder if their fire fighting crews will still use gasoline powered chain saws or if they are going to convert them to battery powered chain saws that need to change batteries every 15-20 minutes when they are clearing undergrowth during high intensity operations?

  145. Larry Ledwick says:

    A note on hypersonic weapons as mentioned in President Trump’s statement on Iran’s missile attack to avenge General Soleimani.


  146. cdquarles says:

    Are they sure that solar induced fluorescence is really due to chlorophyll and not some other chemicals; and even then, are they sure they’re not seeing RUBISCO oxygen poisoning causing photorespiration? I’d say we are so close to carbon dioxide starvation for the photosynthesizing forms that we ought to be increasing the atmospheric concentration to get it closer to .5% or even 1% rather than what the alarmists want it to be limited to. Another stadial in the current Ice Age is coming, after all.

  147. E.M.Smith says:

    @Larry L:

    What will be fun is watching all the folks who end up running electric garden gear on a gas generator… Not everywhere is near an electric outlet… And a lot of hired gardeners do not have the keys to the house… So you will end up with a “generator on every truck” and a long drop cord to the back yard…

    None of the homes in my neighborhood were built with exterior outlets. My home has one that was added after the fact, on the patio. So, personally, I’d love to not have the sound of 2 cycle “things” 3 or 4 days of the week (you would think they could coordinate what day for a given neighborhood, like maybe just before “yard waste” pick up day… but noooo….). However, replacing it with the drone of generators will not be much of an improvement.

    I know it is exactly what I would do. Fire up the genny and plug in the e-Thing.

  148. E.M.Smith says:

    Per hypersonics:

    I expect we’ll see a move toward more laser AA facilities, more “shoot down hostiles prior to launch” tactics, and hypersonic anti-missile missiles with automatic “launch on detect”.

    The good bit is that with something already going hypersonic, just put a few pounds of something solid in front of it and the job is pretty much done.

    Say, oh, a “tungsten ball shotgun” with 1 lb balls…

  149. llanfar says:

    And rail guns…

  150. Larry Ledwick says:

    Yes I have thought of that, the best (cost effective) defense against hypersonic attack might be a big shotgun that just lofts a cloud of pellets along the attack trajectory once the device gets close enough to figure out what its target is. Although you would still have to deal with all the flying debris as it breaks up.

    Maybe something like a bunch of tungsten ball maple leafs that just flutter to the ground along the path.

    I am quite sure that hypersonic attack is the major driving force behind high energy laser systems, there have been many references to the fact it is about the only device that has the necessary velocity to effectively target them.

    Once scram jets are figured out perhaps a rail gun firing small scram jet interceptors that fly intercept to anything moving faster than 1000 mph on an inbound course.

    For that matter the interceptor only has to be fast enough to get well away from the launch platform and then loiter in front of the inbound hypersonic device so even a cheap ram jet would work, with the rail gun getting it up to sufficient speed to light off the ram jet. Using an air burning ram jet would give it very significant range for its weight because air burning fuels are 5x more weight efficient than oxygen included rocket fuels.

  151. E.M.Smith says:

    I suspect that once you have a hole in the projectile (and even if it didn’t detonate from the impact…) the hypersonic air flow over and through a ragged object will cause it to slow down “rapidly” perhaps even with “unscheduled dynamic disassembly” ;-)

    Assuming it isn’t just a shaped chunk of tungsten itself, but has an interior with functional bits…

  152. E.M.Smith says:

    I wonder what a 1 oz. lead shotgun slug would do impacting an object going Mach 15?

    Sure, the lead will vaporize and splatter.. but that takes a tiny bit of time. While that’s happening, the object will have moved a good distance and the lead will be inside of it.

    I wonder if we’ll end up with large drones holding up metal cable curtains around a ship while it putters along… like the cages welded onto various vehicles to bust up RPGs. I’d wager that at Mach 15, that steel cable would act very much like a knife. Vaporizing at the impact, but only after doing?

  153. jim2 says:

    Since k=0.5mv^2, m probably could be quiet small.

  154. Larry Ledwick says:

    Yep a rifle bullet only travels at Mach 1 to Mach 2, with a very few reaching high Mach 3 or low Mach 4.

    At those speeds the old fashioned WWII barrage balloons would actually be effective.

  155. Larry Ledwick says:

    Trump has just landed in Toledo for tonight’s rally 7:00pm EST.

  156. YMMV says:

    In other news that you didn’t hear, there was a fire in the car park of an airport in Norway. It started in a diesel car (very suspicious to me; diesel is not easy to light) and spread to 300 other cars. It took down a big part of the parkade. Sola airport in Stavanger, Tuesday.

    Unusual … well maybe not in France. Maybe they should not allow cars in the parkades. Especially those with lithium batteries.

  157. jim2 says:

    Smallish titanium jax, like the tank stoppers on the D-Day beaches, only sharpened to a point. That would up the odds of a stick.

  158. Another Ian says:

    Michael Mann publishes Willis Essenbach

    “Dr. Michael Mann, Smooth Operator”


    Via https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/01/09/how-i-was-manned/#comment-2889837

    And check the comment by Gord

  159. E.M.Smith says:

    My apologies for not getting a posting up for the Trump Rally in Ohio. I’d planned tp, then got pulled into something else.

  160. A C Osborn says:

    E.M.Smith says: 9 January 2020 at 9:32 pm
    I wonder if we’ll end up with large drones holding up metal cable curtains

    Was it on here that I proposed rocket propelled steel nets as anti Torpedo devices?

    For years, at least since the 60s when I was in the MOD and my brother made them, missiles have contained cone heads made of small steel blocks that scatter and would penetrate through 6ft of concrete, tanks and aircraft.

  161. Quail says:

    Way to lose the youth vote, Vermont…

    Click to access S-0212%20As%20Introduced.pdf

    “… This bill proposes to prohibit the possession of cell phones by persons under 21 years of age… The General Assembly finds:(1) The use of cell phones while driving is one of the leading killers of teenagers in the United States.According to the United States Department of Transportation, cell phones are involved in 1.6 million automobile crashes each year, causing half a million injuries and 6,000 deaths. Each day, 11teenagers die in automobile crashes in this country. (2)Young people frequently use cell phones to bully and threaten other young people, activities that have been linked to many suicides. (3) The Internet and social media, accessed primarily through cell phones, are used to radicalize and recruit terrorists, fascists,and other extremists. (4)Cell phones have often been used by mass shooters of younger ages 4for research on previous shootings. (5)In light of the dangerous and life-threatening consequences of cell phone use by young people, it is clear that persons under 21 years of age are not developmentally mature enough to safely possess them, just as the General Assembly has concluded that persons under 21 years of age are not mature enough to possess firearms, smoke cigarettes, or consume alcohol…”

    Introduced by a Dem, Senator Rodgers. Given that he has authored bills allowing the inheritance of high capacity magazines, I assume he is trying to point out the ridiculousness of the current gun ban, but what do I know. I don’t live in that state.

  162. jim2 says:

    Pedophiles also use the internet and by extension cell phones to lure children.

  163. Larry Ledwick says:

    So much for sustainable wind power

    High temperature furnaces could burn them as fuel as the resin component burns quite nicely if it is in a good hot fire (lots of smoke etc. if just allowed to burn in the open)


  164. E.M.Smith says:

    @Larry L:

    “Impossible”? Hard, yes, but impossible? Everything can be recycled with enough effort, IMHO.

    So chop it up with saws, run the bits though a hammer mill, send the pellets into a furnace to “recycle” the plastics via combustion, then the slag is basically glass. You can use it as road construction material if nothing else…

    Is the cost worth it? Most likely not. Then again, it isn’t worth it for me to hand wash my trash (as California wants me to do) in a semi-desert with water shortage issues….


    Yup. There’s an interesting battle shaping up as the “Sanctuary Cities” for illegal immigrants runs smack into Sanctuary Cities for 2nd Amendment fundamental rights… The hypocracy of The Left is just stunning.

  165. Larry Ledwick says:
  166. Quail says:

    @ossqss, EM. Maybe Virginia teens will declare some high schools and colleges 1st Amendment sanctuaries so they can keep their cell phones. Free speech on campus, what a concept.

  167. Another Ian says:

    Re Larry Ledwick says:
    11 January 2020 at 1:16 pm

    “The Beer-Barrel Bombers – Keg Carrying Spitfires Brought Pale Ale To The Troops At The Front”


  168. Larry Ledwick says:

    Yes GI’s figure out a way. My dad told a story of the PT boat bases in the Solomon islands or thereabouts.

    The logistic system being government did not always deliver the right assortment of things. So the PT base had a lot of Coke syrup but no machines to mix it into soda. So the enterprising navy guys in the maintenance shops came up with a carbonation system, using CO2 fire extinguishers as the CO2 source. When the officers found out about it, they confiscated the machine and it got moved to the O club.

    I am not sure if they made a second machine but I suspect they did. Also various stories of torpedo juice (high purity high proof ethanol) finding its way into various non-standard applications.


  169. philjourdan says:

    @ossqss – This will be an interesting test of the blueness of Virginia. The biggest problem with the state is that the Republican party got fat and lazy. The Democrats have a razor thin margin in the Senate (but that is for 4 years) and a small one in the House. And as everyone has seen, a lot of the State really does not agree with them (of course NOVA does which has 40% of the population).

    I hope the democrats do try it. There will be massive resistance which will cause 1 of 2 things to happen. Either Governor Blackface will back off his threat to use the National Guard and the sanctuary areas will be ignored, or he will not, and there will be bloodshed. The latter will reverse the color of this state in a heart beat (and have national implications), and the former will probably garner a few headlines for a few days and then disappear.

    So the smart move would be to humor the 100+ localities. But Governor blackface has not shown much intelligence (Governors cannot run for re-election). So I expect fireworks. And more bad news for national democrats since they are on record as supporting terrorists, MS13 and the enemies of the US, and with this episode, not only a disdain and hatred for Citizens, but actual deaths.

  170. E.M.Smith says:

    The Democrats in Virginia are trying too, or have already, put in law that any law enforcement that refuses their orders, is deemed to have resigned, and can’t be hired again (for some long time) attempting to coerce the Sheriffs et. al. The Sheriffs ought to immediately take that to court. If at all like out here, Sheriffs are elected, and disenfrachising the voters doesn’t sit well with courts…

    At least at one time, long ago, the Sheriff was the top law enforcement in a county. Not sure if those laws were erased too, in the push to Central Authority.

    I suspect we will find out what happens when the Sheriff and Citizens stand off with the State.

    I’d love to see Trump Nationalize the Guard at that point, and tell them to defend the Sheriffs…

    I’d also like to see the 2nd supporting counties start secession paperwork, or just vote to expel the capitol county. Whatever West Virginia did, just have that again… once in process, declare the present Gov. Inoperative ;-)

  171. jim2 says:

    Can’t Trump intervene in this nonsense? From the article:

    Ex-DOJ Official Picked To Assist FISA Reform Was Ardent Defender Of FBI’s Surveillance Of Carter Page


  172. Larry Ledwick says:

    As I understand it as a result of historical precedent (going back to English common law) and the way our government is structured (the Federal government being a creature of the states and the states creatures of the counties in the state) the County Sheriff is actually the most senior law enforcement officer in the country. In Colorado the only person who can arrest the sheriff in the county government is the coroner.

    On June 27th, 1997, the sheriffs won; in Printz v. U.S. (521 U.S. 898) the U.S. Supreme Court struck Brady down. Associate Justice Antonin Scalia wrote the ruling for the Court, in which he explained our system of government at length. The justly revered system of checks and balances is the key:

    Sheriff Mack says it proves that the sheriff is the highest governmental authority in his county. Within that jurisdiction – inside his county – the sheriff has more power than the governor of his state. Indeed, the sheriff has more power in his county than the President of the United States. In his county, he can overrule the President and kick his people out.


  173. Ossqss says:

    I watched this yesterday. Gotta make it past the first few minutes, then the points are made. We let loud, small percentage, people dictate things. Just sayin, this is the same thing we see frequently in many facets of todays life cycles. I call it “Lazy Ass” syndrone. If you don’t care to act, you will need to respond.

    This is a PITA to try and do from my phone, but here ya go.. .

  174. Ossqss says:

    It appeara to start from my last copied position. Start over. I told you this was a PITA :-)

  175. Larry Ledwick says:

    I gave up looking for a point after 31 minutes. I like his gun reviews, but that was just a lot of rambling, mentioned Virginia and that he took a hand gun class but nothing earthshaking that would make me watch the remaining half hour.

  176. ossqss says:

    I don’t disagree with your observation Larry. My point was directed toward what is happening in Virginia. It seems the majority of this country is becoming reactive instead proactive. I don’t know if it is apathy, laziness, ignorance, or fear of being chastised by the vocal minority pushing agenda’s. Perhaps the Obama dismantling of the TEA party movement by using the IRS as a weapon against his perceived enemy is at the root of things? Many folks don’t really understand the impact that prohibiting tax exempt status for a growing grass roots movement had on its future. He killed it. Either way, if our majority does not get off their A$$ and start being more proactive, we will be living in a liberal’s dream here in the future as a small percentage of individuals chisel away at our rights as US citizens.

    And now for something completely different. I was updating my knowledge base and found this quite interesting in todays tech world. The introduction of HDR has had an impact on things.


  177. Quail says:

    @ossqss Aesop has a great proposal on his blog re Virginia. https://raconteurreport.blogspot.com/2020/01/common-sense-resistance.html?m=1

    “…So how about leading with your strength, instead of your chin for a change?

    Dear Sheriff Dawg,
    We, the citizens of Bugtussle County, respectfully require that you come up with a plan to deputize auxiliary deputies, to prevent or oppose any unconstitutional enforcement actions in Bugtussle County, effective ASAP. – signed, 500 registered voters
    If he does it, you’ve just grown fangs for liberty teeth. If not, you’ve identified that he was just paying lip service, and needs to go in the next election, if not sooner.

    Don’t dump it all on his lap.
    How’s about you let him know that your county’s concerned citizens who apply will each pony up some reasonable fee ($20-100) apiece per applicant, to cover the cost for his office to background check each prospective auxiliary posse member, to preclude criminals and crazies from being part of the mix you’re expecting him to sign off on. (What’s that? Liberty’s not worth that little to you? Go f**k yourself.)

    Civil libertardians will chafe at this. They’re idiots, and have self-selected anarchy. Wave good bye to them in your rearview mirror. Say goodbye to the crooks and crazies as well. For a small fee apiece, your group IQ has just gone up an average of 20 points apiece, and you’ve decreased the chance of things going pear-shaped by about 500%….”

    Lots more at his blog, worth a read.

  178. Larry Ledwick says:

    My point was directed toward what is happening in Virginia. It seems the majority of this country is becoming reactive instead proactive. I don’t know if it is apathy, laziness, ignorance, or fear of being chastised by the vocal minority pushing agenda’s. Perhaps the Obama dismantling of the TEA party movement by using the IRS as a weapon against his perceived enemy is at the root of things?

    I think much of the country has actually become more proactive, but in a different way, as noted they now realize that certain factions will use the power of government to intimidate them. So they are being more cautious about where they show their feelings. Also about where they donate money, there are a lot of folks on twitter who refuse to donate to the RNC now and will only send donations directly to President Trump or the campaign of specific candidates that they trust. They no longer consider the RNC an honest broker for conservative principles.

    They are also quietly attacking the deep state, using the left’s own methods. People are now filing very large lawsuits, and getting court awards that the media does not talk about.




    Likewise ANTIFA thugs are going to jail – it takes time when the local authorities are obstructive but they are getting sentenced now.

    More and more of Soro’s dark money operations are being outed and people are connecting the dots.

    The weaponization of the IRS certainly was part of the crib death of the TEA Party but there were two other factors too, a full court press by the media to destroy their credibility and ruin people’s reputations by conflating them with lunatic fringe right wing groups, and the fact that they got burned by Deepstate Necon operatives co-opting the movement for the purpose of manipulating it and servicing their agenda or simply to skim money.

    The death of the Tea party was in many ways the birth of the Qannon movement. People are being more circumspect and less inclined to just jump on band wagons as they now realize that the wagons may be headed over a cliff.

    So you see more independent action, like 200+ people showing up a county commissioners meetings, and a low key behind the curtain insurgency against the deep state has formed. There are a few million folks out there that instead of marching in the streets, they are quietly watching waiting and vetting political players. Turns out many are not what they appeared to be to the TEA party folks but were actually serving other agendas.

    There are literally hundreds of folks on line digging through records and doing what a proper journalist would do, building and documenting chains of events and associations that in the past were either intentionally obfuscated or simply ignored by the media.

    I think there is a silent army out there slowly sniffing out those who are trying to destroy the Republic and building networks. They are also getting web smart about how the major players have been manipulating them, and the news to show a false picture of reality, and they are building systems that go outside those controlled channels.

    In the past the Dems and their fellow travelers would spin things to their advantage and people would wait for the media to expose the hypocracy. Now they realize the Media are part of the opposition, so now when some major player comes on Twitter or other media and tries to sell some twisted view of reality they get pounced on many times within minutes by hundreds of people who will shred their assertions, and call them out for illogical or hypocritical positions.

    The shelf life of a bogus media pitch is now measured in minutes or hours instead of hours or days. As a result they don’t gain enough traction to be adopted into the group consciousness as uncontested truth.

  179. E.M.Smith says:

    @Larry L:


    That’s why I now have more articles on “things political” than on the tech of temperatures. You can look back over the history of articles I’ve done and see the moment I had the penny drop. That it wasn’t about the temperature or the tech or the science; it was all just a political lying operation.

    So I shifted where my efforts went and added a “dig at the political angle” segment.

    Essentially, once it was clear that outing the lies passed as “science” was not going to matter as they didn’t care that the “science” was bogus, they already knew it, I realized it was just letting “them” choose the field of battle. So change.

    I still care about the tech and science of it all, but now more from a personal curiosity angle. So I still whack at it from time to time. But I also realize that I could 100% prove they were wrong on every single point and they would still push the lie for political reasons (as pretty much that proof has already been created by ‘1000’ folks…)

    So now I know, and I know others know. And my focus moves to slowing ensuring those around me know. And endorsing Trump. (Thank God he killed off the Paris barf.)

    I’ve also gone from about 6 hours a day of various MSM news outlets to near zero. What’s the point, when you know what they will be saying (“Orange man bad”) and that there’s little truth in any of their observations? I now get my news fix from various foreign and non-traditional sources. Clearly a lot of other folks are doing the same thing, given the massive layoffs, drop of viewers / circulation, etc.

    Knowing that Twitter / Faceplant / etc. will just silence any conservative voices, I don’t use their platform for anything (and encourage others to abandon them too). I only use Youtube because it is on the Roku and WordPress lets me paste YouTubes in without paying extra (that you must do for generic video embed ability).

    (And yes, Larry, I do appreciate that you are often “first with the news” via Twitter… saves me from needing to “go there” ;-)

    It’s one of those things that The Left Authoritarians just don’t get anymore. Oppression does not recruit to your side, it just creates an underground resistance.

  180. Another Ian says:

    “Will the American Left Follow the Same Disastrous Path as the British Left?”

    Link at


  181. pouncer says:

    “You can look back over the history of articles I’ve done and see the moment I had the penny drop. That it wasn’t about the temperature or the tech or the science; it was all just a political lying operation.”

    Yeah, and incredibly sad and counter-productive however necessary…

    When Bill Gates recognized (had his nose rubbed in the fact) that politicians could wreck his efforts to improve information management by making rules like “can’t code the browser into the operating system” he started hiring lobbyists. He started “doing philanthropy”. He made more public appearances and did P.R. events…

    And Microsoft products (never all THAT great) started going down hill.

  182. pouncer says:

    Larry, regarding the Printz decision, it is insufficient for the current purpose.

    The “Brady bill” required the local officials to do “instant background checks” on gun buyers in their localities until a national background check system could be implemented. The local officials objected on 10th amendment grounds — the feds can’t command the states. SCOTUS affirmed. Fine, so far. But not far enough. It didn’t address the 2nd amendment, and it ignored the 4th.

    Doing an “instant” background check physically requires that some level of government maintain a permanent record on all the residents of the territory. It’s not like the background checks for getting a military security clearance, or adopting a child. In those situations, the official file starts out empty, and the “background” is built up over a few weeks or months as the applicant — who sought special status — answers questions, provides his own documents, and identifies other people who can vouch for his claimed “background”. The “instant” background check system as legislators envisioned for the Brady Bill, and still today, is more like a financial credit history. All your everyday transactions are recorded. All of them. Every day. Whether or not you apply for a new loan, or want a different job, or intend to buy a weapon. Some official is building a dossier on EVERY BODY who MIGHT walk into a gun shop. And the dossier will note EVERY thing in a person’s “Background” that might be a red flag. Ever take medications that warn against operating dangerous machinery? Ever operate a motor vehicle in an unsafe fashion — speeding, maybe? Ever register in or vote in a primary for a “third party” — comrade? Ever been photographed at a political rally held for or by an “extremist” group? Ever yelled at a political office-holder – “liar!” — or candidate? Tweeted or DM’d that candidate? “Liked” a violent meme encouraging insurrection?

    All such “red flag” behaviors must, by intent of the law, be recorded for all inhabitants of the territory whether or not they ever walk into a gun shop. If the records aren’t available BEFORE the moment of need, then the “instant” check can’t be completed. The officials can’t start AFTER the purchase is begun — that wouldn’t be “universal”, but selective and discriminating. Officials must collect every bit of data on everybody — every day. There is no way, otherwise, to prevent evil doers from slipping through the cracks.

    China is now actually attempting this. The English translation of their notion is a “social credit score”. Very like how banks track buyers — but, as we see, on activities more general than merely financial. Even so, in the U.S. a very plausible argument could be made that a financial credit score is reasonable proxy for identifying a “good citizen”. A fine upright, well educated, home owning citizen who has lived at a fixed address, pays bills on time, and never defaulted on contracts might have a smaller risk of abusing a firearm than a dead-beat, check-kiting, drifter with several child support liens, right? Surely a financial credit score SHOULD be part of a universal back ground check dossier for firearms buys, right? If not, why not? And if so, why stop with the finances ? Why stop with the individual — why not backgrounds on entire families and households?

    And so, my fellow citizens, the well-polled and very popular proposal for “universal background checks” the gun control people have been pushing since the Brady bill of the late 1980s is not a problem for the 2nd Amendment. It’s a desecration of the 4th.

  183. philjourdan says:

    @Larry L, EM, et. al. – re: Virginia

    I see the rumors are running rampant and hot. For the record:

    #1 – Virginia Legislature only meets for 45 or 60 days (60 the year after an election, elections are held in odd years). So nothing has been done yet They have not criminalized Sheriffs or Police chiefs, nor will that happen soon. Virginia has the oldest legislative body in the new world and it has hard rules that make the English Parliament look like a free for all. So should they decide to outlaw Sheriffs, it will not occur before July 1 at the earliest,

    #2 – Yes, some Sheriffs have threatened to deputize their entire county as a way around any laws. ANd that is a good idea which is a no cost and defeats the gun grabbers agenda,

    So far the General Assembly (GA) has not done anything (that is the term for the legislature here). Indeed, it took them 2 full days just to decide on the rules for the session (a very perfunctory endeavor that is usually dispensed with in a matter of hours or less). Any proposed laws will have an effective date of either July or January 1st, so there will be time. And of course the gun laws will be tied up in courts immediately. We do have a useless AG (he only defends laws he likes), so I am not expecting too much from him as he is busy suing Trump and Oil Companies instead of seeing to the laws of the commonwealth.

  184. Larry Ledwick says:

    (And yes, Larry, I do appreciate that you are often “first with the news” via Twitter… saves me from needing to “go there” ;-)

    Thanks! Sometimes I wonder if I over do it a bit and blow up threads with breaking news bits that not everyone will find interesting.
    Maybe a separate category for “hot news” or Twitter news bits in addition to the WOOD threads – I enjoy scanning the news, but don’t want to wear out my welcome on that sort of thing.

  185. Larry Ledwick says:

    Background checks :
    Doing an “instant” background check physically requires that some level of government maintain a permanent record on all the residents of the territory.

    It depends on how exactly it is implemented, here in Colorado the background checks go through the CBI (Colorado Bureau of Investigation), they query the FBI data base for derogatory information and if they find none they report a pass, then have a short retention period they destroy the records of the query. The only information give to NCIS is that included on the ATF Form 4473

    If no basis for denial is found, the check is automatically approved (shall approve), if possible problems exist the NCIS has 3 business days to make a determination, if they do not resolve the issue the FFL (Federal Fire arms License holder may make the sale on their own discretion).

    By law the background check info cannot be used to build a firearms registry (yeah I know like FISA)
    By regulation the background check info is destroyed at the end of each day.

    Privacy and Security of NICS Information
    The privacy and security of the information in the NICS is of great importance. In October 1998, the Attorney General published regulations on the privacy and security of NICS information, including the proper and official use of this information. These regulations are available on the NICS website. Data stored in the NICS is documented federal data and access to that information is restricted to agencies authorized by the FBI. Extensive measures are taken to ensure the security and integrity of the system information and agency use. The NICS is not to be used to establish a federal firearm registry; information about an inquiry resulting in an allowed transfer is destroyed in accordance with NICS regulations. Current destruction of NICS records became effective when a final rule was published by the Department of Justice in The Federal Register, outlining the following changes. Per Title 28, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 25.9(b)(1), (2), and (3), the NICS Section must destroy all identifying information on allowed transactions prior to the start of the next NICS operational day. If a potential purchaser is delayed or denied a firearm and successfully appeals the decision, the NICS Section cannot retain a record of the overturned appeal. If the record is not able to be updated, the purchaser continues to be denied or delayed, and if that individual appeals the decision, the documentation must be resubmitted on every subsequent purchase. For this reason, the Voluntary Appeal File (VAF) has been established. This process permits applicants to request that the NICS maintain information about themselves in the VAF to prevent future denials or extended delays of a firearm transfer. (See VAF Section below.)

    Right now there is no direct connection.

    Also the background check only can apply to several guns and record of that only exists at the local sales location and is not transferred to the NCIS, so there is no direct method of mapping a specific gun to a specific background check unless grounds exist for Law Enforcement to go through the process of manually connecting sales with background check data, which creates an intentional manpower bottle neck for large scale capture of that information.

    This has been partially defeated by many large sellers going to digital forms which could be electronically searched quickly.

    Records of gun sales older than a few years would require manual searches through thousands of 4473 forms, prior to Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act (Brady Act) of 1993 and the advent of background check system there is functionally no record of sale outside the individual sale transaction.

    Tracing older guns requires matching the firearm serial to the manufacture, querying the manufacturer regarding where they shipped the new fire arm to, then querying that vendor to see who they sold it to. If that first sale was to a distributor, you would then have to proceed down the retail chain to eventually pin point the point of sale to a specific store, and if their hard copy records are in order, then to the first civilian sale.

    From there it is a total crap shoot if that original buyer sold, traded or swapped the gun with someone and if they have any recollection or records about the purchaser.

    Building comprehensive lists of gun owners would be a nightmare and very leaky, especially if there was a movement by the public to block government discovery.

    People who have purchased firearms with credit cards are a bit more exposed but even those are often listed in sales records simply as “sporting goods”

  186. Larry Ledwick says:

    Well the FBI officially admitted that they wiretapped President Trump and his campaign staff.

    Next question – which will happen first, criminal charges or Massive law suits?

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  188. Larry Ledwick says:

    The IGRC painted flags of the US and Israel on the street, thousands of students refused to walk on them and went around them instead.

    The current government of Iran has collapsed they just don’t know it yet.
    Iranians have been protesting the government for months and every effort to crack down results in more powerful protests.

  189. Larry Ledwick says:

    Teaser from Project Veritas today about noon 1/12/2020.

    James O’Keefe
    8 hours ago
    James O’Keefe Retweeted Donald J. Trump
    Stay tuned everyone. Something very big is going to happen.

    The first bombshell tape is going to drop this week.

  190. E.M.Smith says:

    @Larry L:

    No worries. When a thread gets too slow to load on my ARM SBCs, I open a new one ;-)

    That ought to mean that anyone on anything faster than dog slow never notices much …

  191. Larry Ledwick says:

    When was the last time you played fetch with your whale?

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