W.O.O.D. – 12 January 2020


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)

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

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What’s Going On?

Australian Fires Continue

A contingent of California fire fighters is off to Down Under to help out. Expected to stay for about a month. Hopefully it doesn’t take that long.

Combustion Triangle - FUEL Oxygen heat

Combustion Triangle – FUEL Oxygen heat

Maybe NOW the Government will realize that in a place that has always been hot, and where you can’t keep the oxygen out, the one thing you CAN do is remove the fuel.

It is absolutely evil and insane to forbid fuel removal in places with a known history of wild fires. The folks responsible need to be sued into poverty.

Harry & Meghan

Took a long while in Canada, then decided they were not keen on actually doing any of those Royal Duties so decided to pack it in… but didn’t do it via protocol. Want to keep on getting the Royal Money though (but with a nod to finding their own funding sources, maybe)

Do have to wonder, if they move to Canada how will they feel about Grams staring back at them from all the money?…


We entered this year with the non-Impeachment and it is still in no-man’s-land. Pelosi sitting on it hoping it grows into something bigger? Trying to hide it? Embarrassed to admit it’s all a fraud?

Giuliani on Fox had an interesting take. Have Mitch take it to the Supreme Court on the grounds that it is an unconstitutional impeachment. No crime (high, low, or misdemeanor) was done nor cited, therefore it does not reach the level required in the constitution. Whole thing just gets erased.

Pelosi says it will be handed to the Senate Real Soon Now. Sure it will…


Trump whacks a Very Bad Man, who’s also a General so as a uniformed officer of an opposing power who has attacked us, is fair game, and the Left has a terrible outbreak of TDS. So much so they are defending terrorists. Go figure.

The PEOPLE of Iran are protesting in the streets about Iran shooting down the airliner, and The Left here in the USA is busy trying to blame it on Trump. Come again? Was trump in charge of the Iranian army? Was he in control of the air space and Iranian airports? Was he running the Ukraine airline company? Just a stunning level of stupid by the Dims and The Left of all flavors.

In the mean time, Iran has become very quiet about the whole thing. They do seem to be doing a bit of “Clean Up On Isle Terrorist” perhaps figuring if they kill the whole command they will get the leaker too? (My guess is we did it with technical means… not an insider).

Still a bit of “watch this space” but hopefully fading out fast.


Looks like the EU has entered the “bargaining phase”… soon to be followed by depression.

This video covers a lot of the current state of affairs. EU demanding free movement of peoples and fishing access, UK saying “Ah, no.”. Even Gibraltar on board with a Hard Brexit if needed. 11 minutes:

Going For Woke

Another franchise you can write off and movies you need not bother seeing. Now I’d not seen any Marvel film since… well… since so long ago I don’t remember when or exactly what it was. I think it was one of the first ones out, back when I was at Disney.

There had been a controversial scene in the first Captain Marvel movie where she (yes, they made Captain Marvel a woman) gets hit on by a guy so of course just beats him up and steals his motorcycle. This video says that scene is now deleted as folks said it made her a villain type. Well, seems the writer for Captain Marvel 2 is a rabid Fem-Lib with rampant TDS on a mission to destroy all things male. So prepare for another round of “Get Woke, Go Broke”…

In the mean time it’s nice to know I don’t need to try any of the Marvel films to see what’s in them. 12 minutes of Akkad:

Snow Season & Cold

We continue in the Loopy Jet Stream mode with things colder and snowier than usual on one side of the loops and warmer than usual on the other. Bit of crap dice at times deciding what to pack for travel.

https://www.iceagenow.info/ does a great job of tracking the places with lots of snow, so I’m not going to list them. Right now the top article says it’s a volcano popping off in Phillipines that’s the big deal. 8000 evacuated:

Philippine Volcano Fires Ash 55,000 ft into the Sky — Direct Cooling Effect
January 12, 2020 by Robert
At least 8,000 evacuated. All flights to and from from Manila’s international airport suspended.

A high-level stratospheric eruption was recorded at Taal Volcano today, January 12, 2020, the volcano’s first eruption since 1977.

The eruption propelled a thick column of ash to 55,000 ft (more than 10 miles, or 16.8 km) above sea level, according to the Tokyo Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC).

Supposedly volcanic activity picks up in times of low solar activity. I guess we’ll see in time.

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168 Responses to W.O.O.D. – 12 January 2020

  1. H.R. says:

    “Pelosi says it will be handed to the Senate Real Soon Now. Sure it will…”

    It was my understanding that McTurtle announced last week that the impeachment trial would start on January 13th, which is tomorrow as of my writing and time zone.

    I believe it was Mitch responding to Nanzi’s attempt to control the Senate which would be a usurpation of Senate power. Not gonna happen on McTurtle’s watch.

    That’s my recollection from last week. Ready or not, the Senate will act and it’s up to the House to keep up with the program.

    As they used to say on the old radio serials, “Tune in tomorrow for the next installment of Impeachment Circus , sponsored by Deep State.”

  2. jim2 says:

    So you are saying Captain Marvel 2 is PMS TDS BS?

  3. E.M.Smith says:

    I must admit that I’ve not been following the details closely for just who and what.. I think you are right that the calendar was set for then, but not done with the needed process steps.


    One politician said he would introduce a rules change to just take the case. But has not done it yet.

    Then on a news show, the talking head said Pelosi and Next Week (so is that tomorrow or 7 days away? English has both uses…)

    So I’m just waiting until something happens.

  4. E.M.Smith says:

    BArump Bump!

    PMS TDS BS. Oh yes. I guess.

  5. Larry Ledwick says:

    So Elizabeth Warren has just affirmed that she is not only stupid but crazy.
    Talk about breaking the economy over night this would completely crater the economy.
    Not to mention the minor details that even if it could be done (which it can’t) it would have zero effect on climate.

    She is a completely clueless ideologue that has no idea how the world works.
    The good news is that she and AOC will split the useful idiot vote.


  6. Another Ian says:

    When you see behind the curtain!

    “On Facebook Greta looks 16, but secretly identifies as two grown men”


  7. E.M.Smith says:

    An interesting video. Randall Carlson has an interesting series of “Lecture” videos about the work he’s done looking at the geology of places like the Scab Lands of Washington State with an eye to explaining it all. He has found what look to me like quite correct explanations. They often use “catastrophism” as opposed to “uniformitarianism”; but not because that’s “his thing” but because that’s what the facts in the dirt require.

    This interview of him is a bit different. He’s talking about his stuff, but also some about him. What causes me to put it up here as a link is the 1:15 or 1 hour 16 minute point. Seems the Wiki page about him has also been subject to political vandalism for Climate Change reasons (since, after all, if you show huge and catastrophic natural climate change that’s kind of not our fault… ) He also got hit with the Peer Review argument and the Credentials attack. Same old M.O.

    But his stuff is generally more right than others… I say this having taken a fair number of geology courses and been very interested in it for decades. (It was, VERY briefly, my major… then mineralogy class persuaded me to move on… ;-) that, and not really wanting to work for a mining or oil company but seeing computers as a better choice here)

    He’s pretty much identified where there are a lot of Younger Dryas impact craters, where the existing scab lands explanation has issues, and even where there’s a probable crater on the bottom of the Indian Ocean that would nicely explain several flood stories… (One of the “dings” put on him is that he’s willing to think that the ancients of the world were not stupid and actually wrote down things that matter… a position with which I agree.) So yeah, some of his stuff touches the New Age Nerve of some folks. BUT he doesn’t advocate for it being ground truth, but rather their interpretation of real natural events. A perfectly valid thing to assume. Like the Cargo Cult folks. There really was a W.W.II and airplanes did exist… even if the folks got their story a bit confused later.

    So the bottom line is that I have seen no errors in his work. Some of it has speculation searching for supporting evidence, but that’s OK too. He often cites papers from the peer reviewed literature and gives his evidence and reasoning. A lot of it lines up with conclusions I’d reached on my own (like there being prior civilizations that knew some stuff we didn’t, hammered by natural catastrophe. Like the Egyptian liquid stone tech that we’ve only now re-created.)

    At about 1:25:xx there’s an interesting discussion of sun grazing comets and their effects on solar activity. (following a general embrace of CO2 skepticism ;-)

  8. Larry Ledwick says:

    Photo coverage of the eruption of Taal Volcano
    Impressive ash plume video from satellite.


  9. Another Ian says:

    “FISA Court Selecting Surveillance State Advocate, David Kris, Shouldn’t Be a Surprise…”


  10. Taz says:

    I use a lot of network storage. It’s just convenient. And for years we’ve used a WORM (write once read many) FTP server for backups and and anything else requiring ransomware protection.

    Just completed another network storage box running on a NUC. Works nice, provides raid 1 level protection (yes, understand that’s not backup). But I cheated this time by going with a simple network share instead of another FTP server.

    If I can get away with it – don’t really wish to change this new box. So is there any clever trick I’ve missed which would allow me to leave it as is?

    I would be willing to assume this risk if ransomware authors were publicly gutted as punishment. Unfortunately – that’s years, maybe decades away :( This whole situation really pisses me off.

    Currently using this FTP server but I don’t like it. It’s just too featured:


    Real easy to forget how you set it up.

    In contrast, Vsftpd is great. But it won’t run on windows and it won’t do WORM. I need both.

    Why do all Windows FTP servers suck? Windows is bad, but FTP apps are even worse.

  11. Larry Ledwick says:

    More pictures of Taal eruption.

  12. Larry Ledwick says:

    By the way click the photo’s in the above post, there are more there (some pretty impressive images and a great volcanic lightning video clip) when you click


  13. E.M.Smith says:


    1) Don’t use windows for your data store. I have a perfectly adequate NFS server running on a $14 (shipping included) Orange Pi One board using Armbian (which is generally aimed at embedded systems and kept up with security patches).

    2) Mount the data storage partitions Read Only unless you need to write something, then remount RW just for that duration. Now someone must crack the srrver, get root, and remount disks before they can hope to write to them.

    3) Power off or unplug disks not in current use. Hard to capture a disk drive that has an air gap and no power.

    4) Power down the NFS / FTP server when not in use.

    5) Put the NFS Server behind a separate NAT firewall inside your home network. Now the bad guy must break through your telco connection, discover the NFS server, figure out it is behind another router, then break through it, then… I use an older router when I upgrade the main one, so essentially free, but figure about $50 to buy or build one. At times I’ve had three of them running…. Telco router with house (TV, phone, etc,) and guest wifi networks, Lab router where my computers are isolated from house net, and storage network router inside the lab network.

    6) When using the NFS server (I.e. powered on) open a terminal session to it via ssh or similar, then launch htop or similar process monitor. Anyone getting onto the box will show up, as will any unexpected increase in disk activity. Then you can just shut it down, pull the wire, or investigate, as you like it.

    Yes, all of this has more operational workload. OTOH, never lost any data or had any problems yet… not even sure how I’d attack it and not get stuck / caught.

    Oh, and update: The Guest WiFi can’t see anything but the internet and is used for any browsing of risky things. I run my own DNS that doesn’t use the telco, google or similar snoops. I have 2 Squid Proxy Servers and all web browsing is via them (so several classes of browser attack blocked). I use non-routing IP ranges internally and each router does a NAT Firewall to the next level of the network.

  14. A C Osborn says:

    E.M.Smith says 13 January 2020 at 5:53 am

    Randall Carlson is a very interesting individual, there is this pod cast with Joe Rogan.

    Absolutely fascinating, but 3 hours long.

    He also did another one with Joe, Randall and Graham Hancock here.


    Which I haven’t watched yet, it is also 3 hours long.

  15. H.R. says:

    Nice fish: 350-pound grouper. Too bad I didn’t hook into it.


    I’m going to fish at Weedon Preserve in Tampa today. I don’t think I’ll be hooking anything like that, though. Best I can hope for is a large Red, a decent shark, or a stingray.

  16. jim2 says:

    TAZ – If you must use Windows, see this article:


    EMS once asked what “shell” windows admins use: It’s Powershell. You can store configuration information with it and use the script to reconfigure your server. It is highly customized for a whole range of admin activities.

  17. E.M.Smith says:

    Has the UK gone crazy? A one hour stroll down the legal black hole of “hate non-crime crime”

    No crime, but you get a crime report against you.

    No due process, so no appeal possible.

    And more.


  18. cdquarles says:

    Excellent article: https://amgreatness.com/2020/01/12/remembering-the-farming-way/, by the way; and something different. Know your limits and be adult enough to say “I don’ know” or “I was wrong”, is the path to wisdom.

  19. cdquarles says:

    About recurrent catastrophes and how humans cope, see Isaac Asimov’s “Nightfall”. An impactor swarm would change Earth a lot. Part of that change would be how life carries on. Much would change and physically embodied life is, if nothing else, inherently and massively mutable. Be fruitful and multiply (lest ye be replaced).

  20. Larry Ledwick says:

    How much money are the “services” that handle refugees raking in?
    The refugee resettlement industry is not charity it is a funds skimming scam that processes refugees like a cattle buyer processes live stock. They are a commodity to the system milking money from government programs.


  21. Another Ian says:

    ” 14 hours ago, sandhiller said:

    “And what alphabet agency is. 😡

    Most seem to run under their own authority with little oversight.”

    or they make up their own rules as they go along until something happens and then it becomes debatable ”


  22. Larry Ledwick says:

    Forty years ago these would have been reported at UFO’s.

    Out here on the high plains distance is very very deceiving even for skilled observers near dusk and at night. It is very common to see aircraft stacked up on landing approach coming into DIA 60+ miles out when they turn on their landing lights, they appear to be nearly motionless spots of light. With no nearby references it is even difficult to realize that they are slowly descending on glide slope. Since the landing lights are quite directional if the plane is on a leg for final approach and then turns onto final approach depending on your location they either suddenly disappear of appear to suddenly accelerate off in a new direction from a hover.

    I like one kilometer from an airport and see planes landing and taking off after dark and sometimes your mind plays some really goofy tricks on you. One evening as I was driving by the airport two aircraft took off at almost the same time on parallel runways. As I watched them go over and head north it appears for a moment as if one of them suddenly did a barrel roll. It was a momentary illusion caused by the relative position of the two planes and one of them turning and climbing to pass behind the other and in the dark your mind tries to fit what it sees with its expectations and for about 2 seconds the best fit was one of the planes doing a climbing barrel roll but a second later it became that they (from my point of view) has passed in front of each other and I briefly associated some of the lights to the wrong aircraft. To reconcile that error my brain thought the closest plane was doing a roll. A couple seconds later it became obvious what was really happening but an observer preconditioned to see drones would have come up with a different mental solution to that ambiguity.

    That said I think some of them are in fact drones, likely locals pranking their neighbors, just like kids in the 1950’s attached flashlights of helium balloons or tossed pie pans in the air and tried to take pictures of them.

    On the other hand there are well documented events of small drones snooping on power plants and such and they are widely believed to be terrorist types gathering surveillance data. A drug cartel or terrorist action cannot be simply tossed out as irrelevant, but I suspect about 98% of the sightings are due to preconditioned interpretation of things that people just used to not notice (like landing aircraft)

    Why do they happen after dusk and into the early hours of darkness – look at flight schedules, that is when hundreds of flights come into DIA and all of their glide approach paths come in from the east and the north over eastern Colorado and Nebraska / Kansas.

    If you look for them, you can see the stacks of aircraft on approach form a string of pearls that just seem to hang there for 20+ minutes, at the final approach speed of a jet liner that means the distant aircraft are maybe 100 miles out when you first see their very bright landing lights.

    Someone needs to correlate the sightings with flight radar information and I bet if you did the vast majority of them would be routine aircraft at a great distance from the observer.

  23. Larry Ledwick says:

    NASA – reports Antarctica has been gaining ice for 10,000 years – (its worse then we thought)
    But if the current increase in glacier outflow continues in 20 -30 years {yeah that’s the ticket}
    it will catch up with the ice gains.


  24. ossqss says:

    Antarctica has 90% of the global ice. The comparative glacial loss is about equivalent to what my newly fixed lower freezer ice maker creates :-)

    BTW, the part was only 67 bucks on Amazon. Did not require a complete new unit. The Samsung only needed the motor and control, which is all in one. 10 minute job.


  25. ossqss says:

    Read a write up on the uptick in recent volcanic activities and though it to be a bit of hype. Maybe not so much.


  26. Larry Ledwick says:

    Looks like Project Veritas is going to drop its first tape tomorrow.

    From the teaser video looks like clues point to an expose on B. Sanders and his communist connections, and possibly plans for street riots in the future.

    https://expose2020.com/ <- – – – web site right now is loading slowly and timing out.

  27. Larry Ledwick says:


    Donald J. Trump
    ‏Verified account

    Wow! Crazy Bernie Sanders is surging in the polls, looking very good against his opponents in the Do Nothing Party. So what does this all mean? Stay tuned!

    12:02 PM – 12 Jan 2020


  28. Kneel says:

    re: E.M.Smith says:
    13 January 2020 at 5:19 pm
    (nanzi cartoon)
    I like the MiB-style response – “Your proposition is acceptable” :-)

  29. Larry Ledwick says:

    The Jacobin mag article about is a glimpse into the socialist / leftist bubble of propaganda.
    In Chicago the home of the US communist party Bernie sanders drew a crowd of 12,000
    While President Trump routinely maxes out capacity at every venue he goes to and people get in line 2 days ahead of Trump rallies just to be sure they get inside, and are not stuck as the over flow crowd that has to watch the rally on big screens outside. Not to mention the thousands that watch live feeds on the web, With total attendance at least 2x what Bernie can muster.

    Average attendance to Sanders rallies is about 6000-7000 averaged over 12 rallies.

  30. philjourdan says:

    Interesting side note to the Harry Megan affair. Megan says no USA until Orange man gone. So as long as they stay in Canada, Canada has to pick up the cost of their protection (about 1/2 mil a year). If they had come to the USA, the UK would be on the hook for it (and yes, the security detaiil will carry guns, even when normal Brits are not allowed to).

    So QEII is glad that Trump is president as is BoJo. Trudeau is not so happy, but then he can console himself with another blackface.

  31. H.R. says:

    @Larry re the Sanders rally numbers.

    Any poll about Trump, you can add a minimum of 10% and maybe more. It’s usually revealed on page … 1,763 of the polling data and methods that the Dems were oversampled by 20% or so.

    Given how in-the-tank for the Commies that the MSM and pollsters are, just how reliable are those Bernie rally attendance numbers?

    Just my opinion, but I’d subtract about 2-3 times the amount that is usually used to under-represent anything Trump, be it approval, rally attendance, or whatever.

    That said, I’m not going to short Bernie’s ability to draw a crowd vs. the rest of the Democrats losers/hosers/posers/loonies. The rest couldn’t draw flies if they rubbed themselves with rotted flesh.

    I’d like to see President Trump and Bernie hold a rally on the same day in the same city. That would be very interesting.

  32. billinoz says:

    Get Brexit Done ! I have a lot of time for this English bloke in the House of Lords, Matt Ridley !

  33. Larry Ledwick says:

    HR – yes published figures for rally size do not mean much but there are some images of Bernie filling stadiums.

    This photo is supposed to be (per snopes) a Bernie Sanders rally in LA August 2015

    Twitter is how ever a useful indicator, followers is a bit more valid than likes, it takes a bit more effort to cook the follower numbers.

    Marilyn ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Retweeted
    Jordan Sather
    Jan 12
    MoreJordan Sather Retweeted Sun_Q_Tzu
    Twitter bot manipulation
    Trump: 70 million
    Bernie: 10 million
    Trump: 100K
    Bernie: 400K {most likely by paid for bots not real people}
    And of course when you compare the rally sizes….
    The maths don’t add up to reality.
    Trump 2020 will be a landslide.

  34. Another Ian says:

    “What a lost prison manuscript reveals about the real Nelson Mandela”


    Via SDA

  35. Larry Ledwick says:

    Well this is going to be interesting!

    RICO charges have been filed. [ I really hope this is real ! Will have to do some vetting but even if it is an elaborate hoax it will force discussion and push the media to take a position. It might also create validation for any whistle blowers and the depth and breadth of the accusation might also provide grounds for impaneling a Federal Grand Jury with the power to look into everything

    The structure of the document looks legit to me although I have no legal background but nothing I have read so far screams bogus.]


    Page (12 of 59)

    Nancy Patricia Pelosi is a United States Congresswoman from the 12th Congressional
    District of California, who is the Speaker of the United States House of Congress. She is also the Official Boss and Capo di tutti capi^ in the organized crime enterprise. She resides and acts in
    multiple residences in multiple jurisdictions. Pelosi is the leader in fact of the organized criminal
    acts and organization that is going on, ex parte, ex ret and a partisan actor who acts outside of
    her role as a congresswoman in illegal acts and thus uses her official position as a protection
    mechanism for the heinous and criminal acts against the United States and the Plaintiff. Pelosi
    decides and directs all of the activities of the Defendants in their illegal acts within their
    organization. Pelosi is a master propagandist and disruptor for the criminal enterprise. The
    actions of ALL of the Defendants involve, inter alia, transnational, national and local groupings
    of highly centralized enterprises run by associated criminals to engage in illegal activity, most
    commonly for profit. Some of these criminal organizations, such as associated terrorist groups,

    Adam Bennett Schiff is a United States Congressman of the 28th Congressional District
    of California and a former Federal Prosecutor with substantial training and experience in legal
    prosecutions. Schiff is also the Acting Boss and Consigliere of the organized criminal enterprise

    Charles Ellis Schumer is a United States Senator from New York and the minority
    leader of the United States Senate. Schumer is also a Co-Underboss and Capo in the organized crime enterprise.

    Jerrold Lewis Nadler is a United States Congressman of the 10th District of New York.
    Nadler is also a Co-Underboss and Cafone in the organized crime enterprise.

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a United States Congresswoman from New York’s 14th
    Congressional District. Cortez is a Co-Up-Front Panelist of the organized crime enterprise,

    Rashid Harbi TIaib is a United States Congresswoman from Michigan’s 13th District.
    Tlaib is a Co-Up-Front Panelist of the organized crime enterprise, acting outside her duties as a congresswoman and at times within for the purpose of enabling her criminal acts.

    Ilhan Abdullah! Omar is a United States Congresswoman for the 5th District of
    Minnesota. Omar is a Co-Up-Front Panelist of the organized crime enterprise,

    The Deep State is a loosely affiliated, yet organized group of bi-partisan existence with
    the specific purpose and intent to steal, kill and destroy the United States of America, through
    slow sedition and slow acts of treason which Thomas Jefferson warned of; “Experience hath
    shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time,
    and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.” The Deep State utilizes individuals in
    positions of power and office to extort, coerce, bribe, silence, falsely imprison and if necessary,
    kill their adversaries.
    One of its most lethal devices used by these Defendants is scheming to
    silence opposition, via false and malicious persecutions against United States citizens, the
    President of the United States, Donald John Trump and the Plaintiff.

    Donald John Trump is the duly elected President of the United States of America by the
    will of the Citizens of our great nation. During his campaign. President Trump vowed he would
    drain the swamp, disrupt and remove corruption within the United States Government and
    President Trump vowed he would return the rights of the Constitution of the United States of
    America to the people. The very day President Trump took office, the Deep State, perhaps for
    the first time in history, became public in their efforts, fearing nothing. As a result, all Hell has
    broken loose!

  36. Larry Ledwick says:

    Some additional notes:
    1.) Note that Obama and Hillery are not listed directly, but could easily be pulled in later under the “deep state” charge.
    2.) This follows close behind the corruption info coming out about Pelosi’s son in Ukraine
    3.) Nancy has well documented affiliation with organized crime through her family
    4.) This might also impact the Senate’s consideration of the the house impeachment as tainted.
    5.) Force recusal of several of the charged from participation in the impeachment trial in the Senate.
    6.) could pull in details of the house’s abusive behavior during the impeachement as Prima Facie demonstration of deep state manipulation in the House proceedings.
    7.) This case was filed in Georgia not Washington DC
    8.) It demands a Jury trial.

  37. E.M.Smith says:

    I doubt it is real. IF it is real, then I’d guess “Faller” is just “some guy” filing a nuisance suit that will be tossed for lack of standing.

    But we’ll see.

    The use of Italian Mafia position titles sets of my “theatrics not real” tingle…

    Also note AOC has not paid her Party Dues of $ hundreds-of-thousands and is pissing off Pelosi. Not exctly acting like an underling of a mob bos…

  38. p.g.sharrow says:

    I would have to agree with EM. Just reading the above, it doesn’t pass my smell test.
    more likely someone’s dream charges not reality…pg

  39. M Simon says:

    Remember back in October when I posted ==>

    “Addiction is a symptom of PTSD. Look it up.”

    I now have an even more authoritative source.

    Addiction is a symptom of PTSD. Says Nobel Prize Winner in Medicine Eric Kandel in his book, “The Disordered Mind.”

    The Drug War is a sham. And a disgrace. Attacking people with PTSD is inhumane.

    So why isn’t it being ended? Well just as it was with Alcohol Prohibition Republicans/”Conservatives” are the last supporters still standing. And they are running the show. Our President has a different idea. “You have to legalize drugs to win that war. You have to take the profit away from these drug czars.” https://www.ocregister.com/2017/02/23/trump-was-right-about-the-drug-war-27-years-ago/

    George Orwell and his “two minutes of hate” clearly had insights into human nature.

    “The fact that these foolish people are often stubborn must not blind us to the fact that they are not independent. In conversation with them, one virtually feels that one is dealing not at all with them as a person, but with slogans, catchwords, and the like that have taken possession of them. They are under a spell, blinded, misused, and abused in their very being. Having thus become a mindless tool, the foolish person will also be capable of any evil and at the same time incapable of seeing that it is evil. This is where the danger of diabolical misuse lurks, for it is this that can once and for all destroy the human soul.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

  40. M Simon says:

    Joe Kennedy was a mob boss. Mobs running the government has a long tradition. Look at how long Drug Prohibition has been supported by our government despite the example of Alcohol Prohibition. Rumor has it that JFK was whacked for wanting to end Drug Prohibition. If you look at Nixon and Reagan it is obvious they understood the threat. And then “CIA” Bush became :President.

    General Tojo was running drugs in Manchuria. Laos used to supply most of the world’s illegal opiates until the operation was moved to Afghanistan.

    US involvement in the trade goes back a long way – although the Brits invented it.

    Opulence and Opium: The Legacy of Harvard’s Drug Syndicate

  41. M Simon says:

    Larry Ledwick says:
    14 January 2020 at 1:36 am

    Council Bluffs, Iowa also means Omaha, Nebraska. I used to go to Peony Park (a water park) in Council Bluffs as a kid. I lived in Omaha. We all did. It was a very short drive.

    2K is not very impressive if you take that into account. BTW Omaha as a big city (300K) is very liberal compared to the rest of Nebraska.

  42. M Simon says:

    “Clean Up On Isle Terrorist” perhaps figuring if they kill the whole command they will get the leaker too? (My guess is we did it with technical means… not an insider).

    The Germans had a similar problem in WW2. Their code was unbreakable. So it had to be a leaker. Periodic purges were in order. We broke their codes.

    That sort of thing (purges) destroys organizational efficiency. Iran, likewise, is being degraded. Spy hunts reduce morale.

  43. jim2 says:

    LL @ https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2020/01/13/w-o-o-d-12-january-2020/#comment-122477

    Faller is a convicted tax evader. I’m not … errr … falling for this.

  44. Larry Ledwick says:

    Faller is a convicted tax evader. I’m not … errr … falling for this.
    Yes he is, but that is also part of the filing of the pattern of weaponization of the government he cites in the filing. Richard Jewel was supposed to be a terrorist or an attention hound, but was rail roaded by the government to server a political agenda.


    The point I raised at the beginning, is whether or not this is a “real” court filing, and will it actually if prosecuted would create any real legal or disclosure jeopardy.

    I really don’t care if the case has a snow ball’s chance in hell of succeeding, only whether or not it is an actual legal action that will have to go through the courts.

    Think of it as a ph test or diagnostic test – what is the reaction you get when you drip the solution into the test tube, or drop acid on the rock?

    Does the major media entirely ignore it?
    Does it get the aggressive ridicule treatment ?
    Does Snopes go all in on trying to burn the credibility of the assertions in the case?
    Do legal authorities comment on it?
    Does it generation chatter on twitter etc.?
    What is the reaction to that chatter? (does twitter start silencing the folks who talk about it?)

    If it creates a real grand jury action, does that create media attention or does it get black balled in media coverage.

    Remember New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison’s investigation of the JFK assassination?
    That was a real grand jury investigation that brought out some interesting information but never went very far but it had secondary consequences.

    (from wiki)
    The end result of Garrison’s investigation was the arrest and trial of New Orleans businessman Clay Shaw in 1969, with Shaw being unanimously acquitted less than one hour after the case went to the jury.[12][13][14]

    Garrison was able to subpoena the Zapruder film from Life magazine. Thus, members of the American public – i.e. the jurors of the case – were shown the movie for the first time. Until the trial, the film had rarely been seen, and bootleg copies were made by assassination investigators working with Garrison, which led to the film’s wider distribution. In 2015, Garrison’s lead investigator’s daughter released his copy of the film, along with a number of his personal papers from the investigation.[16]

    Even totally worthless legal actions can sometimes result in unexpected out comes. They raise pubic awareness and discussion, they provide a vehicle for exposing closely held information.
    Sometimes just the way people involved react to them exposes if they are actually involved in something illegal or unethical.

    Once a grand jury is formed it can go just about anywhere the juror want to go and has the legal clout to dig out info that otherwise would never see the light of day.

    If this case is a legitimate filing that will actually go through the court and trial process, it could have some very interesting out comes even if it gets totally blown out as self serving and a nuisance suit.

    I don’t care about the case itself (I think it unlikely an award of $1.5 billion dollars is likely even if it is a rock solid case) but I want to see who tries to throw water on the case and where smoke starts to rise if it gets traction, if it does not, then to see the lengths and effort invested in crushing it.

    For example Senator Nancy Schaefer who was probing child protective services and child pedophile rings which were using cps to effectively legally kidnap kids for sex trafficking was shot and killed along with her husband under very suspicious circumstances after she published a report on corruption in child protective services. Someone was apparently sufficiently threatened by her actions to silence her. That case is probably the beginning of a general recognition by the public that child protective services is not your friend and in many ways is corrupted and criminal in their actions.

    This is a classic case of looking for negative space. If nothing else, if it gets some media coverage it will serve as one more drip in the process of revealing to the public how corrupt many in the government are, and there is a small but real chance it could blow the top off things in unexpected ways.

    One of the reasons I am up early this morning is to troll through twitter and see if the drop last night on this case is resulting in any interesting chatter.

  45. Larry Ledwick says:

    On a different topic, the Webuildthewall folks are starting on their Rio Grand Valley wall project now.

  46. Larry Ledwick says:

    James O’Keefe is starting the drop on his big release today.
    Strong language in the video clip, Bernie supporters suggesting they will have to set up re-education camps for Trump supporters – asserting the Soviet Gulags were not that bad, and that if Bernie does not get the nomination in Milwaukee (July 13-16, 2020) the city will burn they will force an over reaction by the police and then use it to justify riots.

    (memo we saw this film before in Chicago August 28, 1968 )

  47. ossqss says:

    The case referenced would be public info. I did a quick cursory search and did not locate the filing for it.

    The referenced PDF document owner name and his email is there per the document properties if anyone wants to reach out to him for further details. I would bet he doesn’t know that.

  48. Larry Ledwick says:

    This seems to confirm that the filing is legitimate.
    I found one other post that stated they had confirmed via Justia that it was a legitimate filing.
    See here :


    J Feller Plaintiff is filing Pro se

  49. Larry Ledwick says:

  50. Larry Ledwick says:

    Looks like another Trump rally tonight

    RSBN video feed

  51. Another Ian says:



    “Why is Robert Skidelsky speaking at Mont Pelerin??”


  52. Larry Ledwick says:

    OMG the lunatics are loose!


    This slow tampering with logical thinking and zero evidence assertions taken as fact has become an epidemic the Left is using to skim money and spread FUD to the fools that believe this nonsense.

  53. Larry Ledwick says:

    CNN looses millions again – this time to labor.

    I wonder how deep the pockets are of its backers?
    The Nick Sandmann judgement was also likely in the multi million dollar range.

  54. jim2 says:

    LL – In that “case,” I guess we’ll see what happens.

  55. Larry Ledwick says:

    I am reading this now, – long series of posts but seems very interesting.


  56. Larry Ledwick says:

    Trump just started speaking it looks like at the rally.

  57. Larry Ledwick says:

    Trump is in good form and a fine mood – very relaxed.

  58. Larry Ledwick says:

    Item I linked above:
    “I am reading this now, – long series of posts but seems very interesting.”
    Pretty far out in the woods conspiricy wise, but interesting never the less. 26 pages of text total as separate images. It is attributed to a world wide “One World Government” plan, it very closely follows what has been happening in the real world although supposedly written in two parts in 1967 and 1985.

    I will go with highly suspicious but the contents construct a coherent whole the causes recent historical events to make sense (Note that does not mean it is the only explanation but someone put some time into stitching this all together.)

    Consider it food for thought and an outline to keep in mind as you watch world events.
    I’ve never bought into the world wide Rothschild / Illuminati / evil stanic group of the day, conspiracies, but truth be told, until just a couple years ago I never seriously entertained the CIA and FBI were corrupt to the core and engaged in wholesale black mail of government officials premise either.

    I do note that in the Club of Rome sponsored book “Limits to Growth” it also explicitly postulated that as the limits were reached there would be massive immigration that would cause western governments to break down as they were overwhelmed by the sudden influx of outsiders.

    One has to wonder about consistencies like that on events spanning multiple decades. The current European refugee crisis is almost an exact duplicate of the chaos they predicted in Limits to Growth.

    Not advocating or endorsing the content but I think worth reading as a point of data, to compare against world events.

  59. tom0mason says:

    For other reports of strange weather (mostly snow) see https://www.sott.net/category/4-Earth-Changes

  60. E.M.Smith says:

    Predicting a natural emigration from events, or orchestrating an emigration event for effects?

  61. Larry Ledwick says:

    I think it would be predicting an event they will create when the time is right, by manufacturing chaos.

  62. Larry Ledwick says:

    Well this is unexpected – while the media is in impeachment is coming frenzy?

    Entire Russian government leadership resigns after Putin proposes changes.


  63. Larry Ledwick says:

    Meanwhile in West Virginia they invite 2A sanctuary counties of Virginia to become new counties of West Virginia.


  64. E.M.Smith says:

    OMG, I just love it! No need for a new State, just swap your county to one more in line with your beliefs. Not just Virginia, but I could see this being a fix for the California divide. Peal off the southern rural desert counties to Arizona, the mountain Sierra Nevada and valley farming counties to Nevada (and that puts the very inland Port Of Stockton in Nevada breaking the California local monopoly on ports).

    Similarly, south and East of Portland Oregon and the Cascades of California join Idaho. This lets Portland be crazy without abusing the rural counties. Then Coastal California from the Drug Growing region / Marin through San Francisco and down to L.A. can be nutty socialists without screwing up all those rural farming and forestry areas.

    What a simple solution. I wish I’d thought of just swapping countries around first. I was captured by the new States idea, though.

    Go Greater West Virginia!

  65. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting – literally at this time only CNN is running that Russian resignation story, all the others I have checked have not a word on the topic – even using their search functions.

    Still looking.

    Ahh just now found an item by Reuters


  66. Larry Ledwick says:

    A bit more analysis on Russia and Putin’s recent announcements

  67. E.M.Smith says:

    Looking at this map:

    I could see West Virginia extending to the sea…

    But also a question of perhaps Las Vegas being swapped to California if they can work out the gambling laws…

    It also looks like Eugene Oregon in the middle of the State ought to go with Portland into a block in that corner of the State. Similarly the Seattle Redmond corner of Washington, splitting out the eastern half and southern strip. All that added to Idaho makes it much larger, but puts the Washington Potatoes under the Idaho brand, so that’s a bonus ;-)

    There’s a few light blue counties in California that would end up in Nevada to make the logistics work. That strip in the Sierra Nevada (mostly unpopulated really, but some retired folks with “cabins” bigger than my house who will appreciate ending the income tax). And that really wide county across the middle inland area, Fresno County, that is rural farming conservative over most of it. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fresno_County,_California

    If you really got rolling, Nebraska and Kansas can pick up the farming lowlands of Colorado ( and make Nebraska a proper rectangle too ;-) While Illinois south of Chicago can join Indiana, (maybe some of it going to Missouri) and that southern blue bit of Wisconsin can swap over to the new smaller Chicago-Illinois chunk, while Iowa picks up a county or two width on the other side of the Mississippi.

    I’m sure some more bits could be optimized too, but you get the idea. Basically moving some counties between States so both sides get more accurate representation. The Urban Jungle metroplexes can play with Socialusm all they want, while the rural farming areas can be left alone “clinging to their guns and religion”….

  68. Larry Ledwick says:

    There was serious consideration of the northeastern plains of Colorado counties seceding from Colorado and forming a new state when the gun laws went in on large capacity magazines.

    That sort of thing could completely overhaul the structure of the states if caught on.


  69. Larry Ledwick says:

    Project Veritas Bernie organizer tape #2 is out – guy is obviously a full fledged Communist revolutionary. He would be right at home having una cerveza with Fidel Castro and Che Guevara.


  70. Another Ian says:

    “You think I’m the devils child and you branded me a climate change denier…”


    Global warming education to music

  71. Larry Ledwick says:

    Two interesting video clips.

  72. Larry Ledwick says:

    California accidently changes voter registrations for 100,000+ people from R to D.

  73. ossqss says:

    sooooo,,,,, we had some things happen today. We had the D clan parade the impeach thing to the Senate. That was Yuuuugggge yawn. Just sayin…..

    What else happened today? Oh, did we do the first for us (case used in place) trade deal with China in a very long time?

    What about that Russian thingy?

    I was reminded of a song from long ago. No disclaimer’s needed :-)

  74. ossqss says:

    I would suggest watching that video more than once. Just sayin.

  75. Larry Ledwick says:

    Catchy song!

  76. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting little item here – how about a skyscraper escape pack?

  77. YMMV says:

    “Germany’s other migration wave: the pensioner exodus”

    “Others in that category interviewed by Reuters here cited the perception that asylum seekers were getting more financial support than pensioners.”

    “While German pensions have outstripped inflation over the past decade, inequalities have also grown. The proportion of pensioners living in poverty rose to 19% last year from 16% in 2017, federal data shows.”

  78. Another Ian says:

    Tracking phosphorus

    “Astronomers reveal interstellar thread of one of life’s building blocks”


  79. Larry Ledwick says:

    Sometimes things just don’t work out quite the way you planned.

    Gasoline vs ground hogs

  80. philjourdan says:

    I can see that. The very state of WV is illegal. But if the majority (territory) votes to merge with it, that is legal. There is no love lost between the 2 VAs, but there is less than nothing between the rest of VA and NOVA. Even in the liberal confines.

    I vote we merge the lower 80% of the state with WVA, move the capitol to Staunton, and call our selves “The Original Virginia”.

  81. philjourdan says:

    @EM – NO problem extending OVA to the sea. The problem is where is NOVA going to put its capitol? Maybe they should just merge with DC.

    As for LV and CALI, not a problem. LV does not allow prostitution (I am sure you – as in Cali – will before LV does), just make them a reservation and voila, Gambling is legal1

  82. philjourdan says:

    @Larry L – Re: Changing registration

    Accidentally? Sounds like more paranoia about Bernie! They figure conservatives will vote for the more moderate candidate!

    They forgot about operation Chaos.

    Democrats are getting desperate, not even hiding their illegalities, hoping to escape Trump until they can cheat him out of 2020.

    CTH has some very damning stories over the past couple of days.

  83. Larry Ledwick says:

    Well this is interesting!
    Looks like the government folks are making some serious preparations.

  84. Larry Ledwick says:

    Thought I would do a troll for stuff on Virginia on twitter.



    I think the idea of ANTIFA shills starting something is the most likely scenario.

  85. H.R. says:

    I think the Governor of Virginia had better not wander into one of the Sanctuary Counties in case the Sheriff gets it into his head that the Governor should be arrested for breaking that 2012 law.

    Is that possible? I dunno.

    Idle aside for no particular reason: whatever happened to having a tar and feathers party, you know, where a good time was had by all except the guest of honor?

  86. Another Ian says:

    Pointman on

    “Tinseltown gets a long overdue kicking.”


    I presume RG insisted on payment up front?

  87. M Simon says:

    The cause of all political troubles is an ancient one.

    A Thermodynamic Explanation of Politics

    The City vs Country divide has been a feature of human politics for 5,000 years or more. Too bad we haven’t figured it out yet.

    Two Ecologies

    Cities are classic “behavior sinks” according to Thomas Jefferson.

    “When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.” – Thomas Jefferson

  88. Larry Ledwick says:

    Ken Starr, Alan Dershowitz to join Trump’s defense team for impeachment trial
    (Burn them to the ground Trump – They never expected the Trump inquisition! )


  89. YMMV says:

    Another Ian: Pointman on “Tinseltown gets a long overdue kicking.”

    Hollywood amorals lecturing us on morality gets boring.

    “One of the C-list actresses winning something minor at the awards apparently held it up high and declared to cheers that it was only because she’d had an abortion two years ago which allowed her to keep her career on track, she’d never have won it.”

    I haven’t dug into this muck, but how did a Hollywood actress, presumably a big fan of Planned Parenthood, f-up and have an unplanned pregnancy? I know actresses have the dumb blond reputation, but they know it is a casting couch meritocracy, so what exactly is she bragging about?

  90. YMMV says:

    And “Epstein didn’t kill himself” — latest evidence is that he was strangled. Weinstein better keep himself out of prison. He might have some of the same powerful enemies.

  91. p.g.sharrow says:

    The Democrats have lusted after this trial of President Trump. Fools, they will be the ones on trial. They will no longer be the ones in control of the proceedings. There is a avalanche of evidence that will fall on them that is no longer being controlled by their people. The Republicans have 9 months to milk this for all the exposure of the Democratic / Dark State manipulations before the election. I hope that they use this opportunity to good effect…pg

  92. Larry Ledwick says:

    Looks like Virginia is making progress, proposed bills pulled or modified in face of huge turnout of second amendment supporters.


  93. jim2 says:

    Code of Virginia

    Virginia is one of two states that provide for recall only through state statutes and not constitutional law, the other being Montana.[1]
    Who may be recalled?

    Code § 24.2-233 states that “Upon petition, a circuit court may remove from office any elected officer or officer who has been appointed to fill an elective office, residing within the jurisdiction of the court.”[2]

    The Virginia Law Review in 1975, the year the recall statutes were enacted, noted of the law, “A single Code article now governs the removal of state and local officers, both elected and appointed, except those whose removal from office is specifically provided for in the Virginia Constitution.” The statute can be interpreted to generally mean all locally elected officials can be recalled. However, given ambiguity in the statute language, particularly in regard to court jurisdiction, it is unclear as to what extent the recall process would apply to state officers. There is no precedent of a Virginia state legislator or governor having faced recall, nor has the process been litigated in the courts. Removal of the Virginia Governor by impeachment is provided for in the Virginia Constitution


  94. Another Ian says:

    “The IG Report Documentary: “FISA and Spying on Team Trump” – OAN Broadcast 7:00pm ET Tonight….”


  95. philjourdan says:

    @Larry L , et. al. – Governor blackface has stated that Antifa is expected to show up, hence why the state of emergency was declared and guns suspended.

    Last I checked, however, Antifa uses sucker punches and bike locks. None of those cowards know what a trigger is.

  96. jim2 says:

    The Supreme Court of Virginia has denied a motion to overturn Governor Ralph Northam’s ban on all firearms at the state’s Capitol Square. Justices denied the petition on Friday, which was filed a day after the governor’s executive order was issued.


  97. Larry Ledwick says:

    View with an appropriate helping of salt, but just as an FYI that it is out there.
    The GPS test does not particularly concern me ( they have to figure out how to operate in a GPS denied theater of operations so this is just due diligence I would suspect, and or verifying new technology to get around GPS jamming)


    Some on twitter have asserted that Nancy P. using pens that looked like bullets to sign the impeachment articles were a covert signal to activate a direct action plan against the President.

    I am sure there are better ways to send such a message if that was the intent so interpret that as just speculation, but I didn’t expect President Kennedy to be assassinated in Dallas either. So just fulfilling my due diligence duty to pass on what I have been seeing on twitter for each to make their own judgment on.

    Lots of chatter on the situation in Virginia, so people are wound pretty tight over all this, which opens the door to independent actions of all sorts which are out of the control of the power brokers, so we are entering crap shoot territory that most anything could happen.

  98. Another Ian says:

    E.M. FYI

    “Gavin’s Falsifiable Science”


    GISS gets a serve first up

  99. Another Ian says:
  100. Larry Ledwick says:

    Looks like that redpower magazine forum requires you to sign up just to see the forum – not happening.

    Would you mind giving a quick cliff’s notes summary of that item?

  101. Larry Ledwick says:

    I hope the 2nd amendment folks are smart enough to hold back a QRF and a photographers unit with long lenses outside the chain link perimeter. It would be a shame if all the 2nd amendment folks suddenly showed up some place else and boycotted their fish trap protest area.

  102. jim2 says:

    Facial database with 3 billion images.

    Facial recognition technology is the frontline of the fight between tools meant to promote public safety and Constitutional protections. Companies developing facial recognition tech are evolving more quickly than lawmakers can address basic issues or create consumer guards. Can your online photo end up in a commercial database indefinitely? Could the Department of Motor Vehicles sell your driver’s license photo? Do police departments use this tech to find out where individuals have been and when? For now, the de-facto answer to questions like these is yes.

    In collaboration with Open The Government, MuckRock requested materials from the largest police departments in the country, including Atlanta, Georgia, which first released records on Clearview AI.

    As part of that project, Police Surveillance: Facial Recognition Use in Your Backyard, OTG’s Freddy Martinez then requested information about Clearview’s business in other locations, including Gainesville, Florida and Clifton, New Jersey.

    In one August 2019 record from Atlanta, an estimated 200 agencies were reported to use the Clearview system, and police officers are sharing their access with other agencies, according to documents received through a MuckRock request.


  103. Another Ian says:


    I have no problem getting to that link on Red Power without being signed in

    Go RedPower then Coffeeshop and the thread is Taxes – second item

  104. billinoz says:

    Hey Guys
    I am not seeing anything after January 12th on my screen.. Is there an issue with the Blog Smithie ?

  105. E.M.Smith says:

    Here’s the RedPower image that was at the link:

    2nd item was a link to a tax advice site: https://blog.taxact.com/whats-new-about-the-home-office-deduction-in-2018/


    Last posting was the 16th:

    I’m going to make a new W.O.O.D. “soon”, but have had a couple of family / social things to do (including prepping for a spousal trip to see the new grandkid ;-) She gets to do the meet & greet and I get to babysit dogs… THEN it will be my turn…)

    Catching up on comments now…

  106. Larry Ledwick says:

    Both facial id and those digital license plate readers are creating the same sort of invasion of privacy issues, like you mentioned technology is exploding faster than the legal system can handle the changing landscape.

  107. Another Ian says:

    Those comments on facial recognition bring to mind this SDA thread title

    “When The FBI Does It, That Means That It’s Not Illegal”

  108. E.M.Smith says:

    Hopefully there are enough folks showing up in Virginia that the “caged” area is surrounded by “friendlies”…

    Per the InfoWars thing: Looks to me like his usual slightly over the top imagining…

    Given Iran playing with GPS and our use of GPS munitions, it is important for our military to drill with and without it and to test our own jammers. My guess is that they are just far enough out to sea for minimal interruption on land and most of the notice is precautionary.

  109. Larry Ledwick says:

    The President’s formal response to the Articles of Impeachment by the House.

    Click to access Answer-of-President-Donald-J.-Trump.pdf

  110. Another Ian says:

    E.M. Thanks for posting that.

    What I see is Olldtanker’s post first, then that and then the tax adivce post – so still second to me

  111. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian: you are most welcome. I did it quick, so not carefully, I might have missed that other thing you mentioned…

    Per plate readers: California is rolling out digital plates. They can remotely erase your plate if desired… which implies communication which implies metadata like location…

    Florida turnpike has plate readers and flashes a photo of the driver as you enter (so I now have a big hat, extra large sun glasses and hold a quart sized drink cup to my lips as I enter…)

    This will all get much worse before it gets better.

  112. Another Ian says:

    Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!

    “Such things as will amaze you!”

    Link at


  113. E.M.Smith says:

    Mystery solved… went back to take a second look…the OldTanker thing is the Dos XX Guy, and my scan recognized him and deleted awareness “of a commercial” as I scrolled over it… never saw the text making it a Meme per taxes…. Yes, I have a built in ad filter in my visual processing center…. not 100% effective, but removes a lot of “visual clutter” and mental cycle wastage… In this case, it blocked a valid Meme as the context didn’t flag it enough to drop the filter… Oh Well.

    I’ll take that in exchange for not seeing billboards and photo ads…

  114. Another Ian says:

    I’m beginning to think that Oldtanker has just opened up a new mine of those as per earlier in the thread

  115. Ossqss says:

    FWIW, Florida has been using CCTV validation on toll roads for a couple decades. Even sent me a photo notice when my nephew used my SunPass and his tag did not match what I had registered in the early 2000’s. Anyone remember the use of facial recognition in Ybor city near Tampa a long while back which caused an outcry when the started picking off perps remotely? There are far more breadcrumbs in the digital age to avoid notice. If you have a google account, which you do have if you have an android phone, have you ever looked into your actual set up and historic profile in their database? Apple is even worse, and been around much longer under the database radar.

    I helped someone set up a new phone the other day on Verizon and was dealing with their visual voicemail product. It is amazing how well the voice to text works today. I would imagine every word spoken is documented everywhere. Think NSA. Toss in the metadata you continuously spout out from a digital device, even a so called burner phone as there is no analog anything anylonger, and there ain’t no hiding behind anything anylonger.


  116. jim2 says:

    Meanwhile, in another liberal s***hole city:

    Baltimore’s state’s attorney, Marilyn Mosby, took aim at the city’s police union Saturday after union officials condemned a violent attack Friday night against a city police officer.


  117. billinoz says:

    Re Australian Bushfires…. The Indian Ocean Dipole has switched from positive to negative..East Africa is going to dry out now and we are getting rain on the fire zones..

    It’s been raining here for about 4 hours..Nice and gentle; no hail and no big downpours..Just gentle rain from the South East ! And in the Eastern states as well…

    I think the drought is over.. Could it be climate change ? ;-)

  118. Larry Ledwick says:

    Video stream of the Dragon capsule live test launch for Space-X.
    Launch sequence occurs about 17 minutes into the video stream.
    Crew escape sequence and main rocket engine throttle down about 84 seconds into the launch, just after the vehicle goes super sonic.

  119. Larry Ledwick says:

    Corruption in Puerto Rico, warehouses found full of disaster aid never delivered to the people after the disaster, and they blamed President Trump for not providing disaster assistance.

    How many thousands died due to this aid being impounded and not used?

  120. cdquarles says:

    As much as I didn’t want to read this: https://intelligence.house.gov/uploadedfiles/in_re_president_trump_house_impeachment_trial_brief_and_sof_1.18.20.pdf,
    where does Congress get the idea that it, beyond appropriating money, determines what is or isn’t in the national interest? That is a plenary article II power.

  121. Larry Ledwick says:

    Bit of severe weather in Canada and Iran to add to the tally of recent heavy precipitation events.


  122. Larry Ledwick says:

    A bit more coverage on Virginia –

    Antifa is saying they will march with 2A supporters they point out what the media quietly ignores that their are pro-gun groups inside Antifa and the left. Of course their intent on using them is a bit different than traditional 2A supporters but they exist and they are not all basement dwellers waiting for Mom to cook supper.

    This could be an effort to blur the lines or a setup where there is an open group of Antifa marching in support of 2A and a covert group of Antifa who will blend in with the traditional 2A supporters intent on starting trouble which will be blamed on the traditional 2A supporters aided and abetted by the open Antifa participants. A way to pack the protests with a group of controlled opposition players who at the right moment will point fingers and shield the covert action groups and muddle up the narrative.


    This really does smell like a major set up – it will be interesting to see how this plays out and what counter strategies the traditional 2A supporters have in plan to block that sort of pot stirring.

  123. E.M.Smith says:

    The guy in that P.R. video is pissed, especially about all the pampers, huggies, radios, batteries and even stoves. I could follow most of his Spanish. I suspect that if the people of Puerto Rico see this, it will have consequences.

    Future US Aid needs to be delivered directly to the end points via USA military helicopters and trucks…

  124. E.M.Smith says:

    Watching the post SpaceX abort test news brief. Everyone happy with the results, but said 2 more full system tests before crewed test. So still a while before crew get a ride…

    “Probably 2nd quarter”

  125. E.M.Smith says:

    Per Antifa at Virginia:

    I expect the crowd of non-antifa will “self police” with vigor.

    There likely will be a set-up but I expect if will fail on a self quench from inside…

  126. Larry Ledwick says:

    Seems they have an active shooter situation in Hawaii (day before the big 2A protest) gets nation wide coverage on CNN – will be interesting to see if this is just a routine sort of criminal behavior getting amplified by major media.

    Very few details right now.


  127. Larry Ledwick says:

    Twitter chatter is 2 police officers down, issue is an eviction gone bad, shooter has set fire to home from what I can gather from early reports.

  128. Larry Ledwick says:


    Supposed to be a $1 million dollar apartment that was set on fire.

    This implies it was a setup, arson to draw in first responders then shot the cops when they arrived.
    Implied multiple houses on fire.

  129. Larry Ledwick says:

    Torched some high dollar homes ( since Obama is from Hawaii, this of course will give him an opportunity to toss out his commentary on guns the day before the 2A protest)

    By the way the flight restrictions in Virginia might be the good guys cutting off the use of drones by Antifa to observe police and crowd movements. They have used both drones and bike mounted scouts in the past to keep one step ahead of police tactics.

  130. Larry Ledwick says:

    Alleged shooter has been tentatively identified (no official confirmation at this time)

    shooter: Jerry Hanel, 68
    At least now the Anons have something to work with to do a background check and see what this individual might have on public record.

  131. Larry Ledwick says:

    Likely root cause of the cop shooting in Hawaii

    Nutcase finally snapped.

  132. Larry Ledwick says:

    Sooner or later the info comes out – Epstein and Bill Clinton et al

  133. Larry Ledwick says:

    The social dynamics that are going on due to the Jan 20th protest in Virginia is definitely very interesting.

    Read between the lines on some of these and you will find the pro gun left has the exact same concerns as the pro gun right, they just drape a different color cloth over it of pigeon holing and categorizing the threats.

    It never crossed their mind that except for they leftist rhetoric they slather on top of it, their concerns about being able to defend themselves against those who would impose their will on them are exactly the same as suburban white folks who couldn’t name or find a white nationalist group if you paid them money.


    The autoritarian left is busy meanwhile building an enemies list of likely people that might show up at the rally who they have put on their naughty lists.


  134. Another Ian says:

    On the dietary front

    “The Meat Wars: JAMA Stirs the Pot”


  135. Larry Ledwick says:

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has released rules for impeachment trial in Senate.

  136. philjourdan says:

    And the master is about to spring another trap, just in time for the senate impeachment trial!.

    We know the story of Vindman (nice story, no direct knowledge, but the key witness for the obstruction article). One of his bosses just got the boot – Andrew Peek – a mole who was in it hip deep with Gen John Allen, a toady of Obama. Peek got escorted out of the WH recently and is reported be due to leaking to Schiffless. So much so, that Peek’s recent departure has set off alarms in the Schiff House.


    The incestuous nature of the swamp would never make it as fiction. No one would believe it. Yet the truth is beyond fiction.

  137. Larry Ledwick says:

    So much for being green and energy neutral. I wonder how much fuel is expended driving out to remote wind sites to conduct maintenance and routine service? Not to mention hauling high lift cranes out there to assemble them and replace blades, transmissions and generator parts.


  138. E.M.Smith says:

    A quick check of rental rates has large-ish helicopters at $500 to $1000 per hour.

    Assuming a nickel per kW-hr wholesale, that’s 10,000 to 20,000 kW-hrs production to pay off each hour of helicopter, not including crew and materials. Yikes!

  139. Larry Ledwick says:

    On other topics entirely.
    Scientists tests methods to mine oxygen from Lunar regolith materials with molten salt electrolysis.


  140. Larry Ledwick says:

    Very interesting discovery regarding cancer and T-cells that specialize at killing human cancers


  141. cdquarles says:

    @Larry, yeah, interesting yet not interesting. Cancer killing T-cells have been known for years. Maybe this particular receptor was overlooked, yet somehow I doubt it. More likely is that other kinds were seen as more promising.

  142. ossqss says:

    For the benefit of those in Florida tonight, including HR. This special weather statement. No BS, it happens :-)


  143. H.R. says:

    @OssQss – Mrs. H.R. and I have our hard hats on and we won’t be parking under any trees.

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  145. E.M.Smith says:


    I understand Roast Iguana is rather tasty… I mean, since you have the hard hat and all… might as well call it a feature.

  146. ossqss says:

    @HR, those might not have been frog legs you had a Linger Lodge last week :-)

  147. Larry Ledwick says:

    More insane Leftist behavior – these folks are getting down right dangerous to even be around, let alone be friends with.


  148. Larry Ledwick says:

    Not only Puerto Rico but now in Flint Michigan they have found disaster supplies just sitting in a warehouse instead of having been distributed to those in need.

    There seems to be a pattern here – I wonder is someone is selling this stuff off on the black market?

  149. E.M.Smith says:

    Or maybe they just sell it back to FEMA… from their other business…

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