This is another of the W.O.O.D. series of semi-regular
Weekly Occasional Open Discussions.
(i.e. if I forget and skip one, no big)
Immediate prior one here:
and remains open for threads running there (at least until the ‘several month’ auto-close of comments on stale threads).
Canonical list of old ones here:
For just general FYI notices, use to “tips” pages. All the old ones remain for historical reference:
What’s Going On?
The Sloe Gin Story
At somewhere near 17 ish, a group of us, roughly 4, who were in an Eagle Scout Post, were the “traffic cops” at the Jamboree up in the hills of California. We’re talking huge…
One guy decided to pack some booze. Yup, Sloe Gin. It supposedly went well in citrus juice, but how could we pack O.J., or worse, frozen O.J., in our “backpack and tent” gear? The solution? Dehydrated orange substance mostly sugar. Yes, Tang.
Now none of us really had much of a clue at all about what drinks were supposed to taste like. I’d had a couple of beers in my life, and smelled whiskey once. And I do mean ‘a couple’. Nearly none. The others were not much more experienced. BUT one of them had older brothers & friends and got the Sloe Gin.
So we all just poured some into the Tang until it turned a rather hideous blood color, then drank it. In fairly short order we achieved the tipsy stage. At that point, we did a patrol around the perimeter of the camp. UN-fortunately, our driver, this being night time, didn’t see the tent guy ropes off the end of one set of pup tents… A significant row of tents got suddenly less tall at one end…
Needless to say, we got a bit of a talking too about that.
Now if you ever have the desire to actually TRY a “Sloe Gin & Tang”, realize that you may find yourself unable to drink Tang again for several years. To this day, it’s not easy. The flavor isn’t particularly bad, just horridly sweet and cloying. Especially when served warm (no ice in camp either…). Then there’s what happens when you combine a glycaemic bolus with ethanol…
Oddly, I’ve not had Sloe Gin since then either…
Chinese Wuhan Covid
This has been beat to death in a bunch of postings.
At present we’ve got renewed “outbreaks” based on a lot of testing with a test that has some number of false positives too. Deaths not going up much though.
Biggest issue seems to be that The Swamp wants to make this as bad as possible in the hope it will damage Trump. Rather like all their other “Do Crap And Shout” TDS efforts, it just makes them look evil. Oh Well.
Plus, folks are catching on that HCQ works, Ivermectin works, and several other things help. It is looking ever more like a fraud being committed by the Swamp Creatures and normal folks do not appreciate being pawns in a game of Political Chicken that’s killing off their friends and relatives when that could all be avoided. Oh, and the feeding of $Millions to Big Pharma for Remdesivir that only sort of works or a vaccine that doesn’t exist yet and may make it worse.
It’s just become rather obvious that it is a put up job. Only unclear bits are “by whom” and “deliberate or exploiting an accident?”.
There is now what is being called “The Quad”, of Australia, India, Japan, and the USA all setting up mutual support processes for both military and economic needs. The Philippines is getting in on it a little too. The UK has started dumping China from projects, and even Germany has reluctantly started to make less-than-happy noises at China.
In an interview (in Russian) Putin said they were working with China to upgrade its Early Warning systems, but stressed it was only purely defensive weapons where they were helping China AND stated that they were NOT “allies” with China. I think this means China has basically pissed off the world.
IMHO it’s going to cost them their illegal bases on the artificial islands they built around bits of rock in the South China Sea. Japan is paying $Billions for 87 or so Japanese companies to pack up and leave China. They have also, thanks to a threat a few years back to cut off supplies from China, set up and / or bought Rare Earths from mines is several other countries. India has banned something like 80 Chinese cell phone apps, Australia has stopped being neutral on the South China Sea, and the USA has put a few Carrier Battle Groups around them.
Then there’s the ongoing floods. China has started breaching levees and flooding farms to save their cities. They have lost a few city areas already and more to come. Several key farming provinces are flooded. They have stopped buying selected foods from Australia and the USA, so not sure where they expect to get food. This will get grim in fall.
The E.U. isn’t budging much. The U.K. has rumours of giving up on a clean pure BREXIT. Time to start paying attention again. If the UK doesn’t just walk away, but gives up any sovereignty, it will be the hook used to reel you back in. It would be better to just say “We’re off” on WTO terms and let the EU come begging.
Italy is also polling majority leave now too, so exactly what will there be in the EU once that happens? And who gets stuck with all the Euro Debt?
The USA Colour Revolution
The Dimocrat Mayors of Seattle, Portland, Chicago, Los Angeles, etc. etc. are happy to let their city centres be looted and burned. They seem to think, somehow, failing in their duty to police their cities and giving a free pass to all the brats and criminals doing the looting and burning by not prosecuting them is somehow going to reflect on Trump.
Notice that when Trump was NOT doing anything, his numbers were dropping a little. When he announced more Fed Police & FBI going into some cities, his poll numbers went up a lot. Notice too that BLM Riots are resulting in falling approval of the BLM Marxist Communist movement and organization. Riots increase the Conservative vote.
I know, it’s part of the Colour Revolution Playbook. Create mayhem and chaos, try to provoke over-response from the Leader. Then claim the Leader is mean and evil and a despot. But the story just isn’t selling here. Trump is staying on the “not enough response” side and avoiding “over reaction”. Then the Stupid Yellow Stream Media tries to juice up the story with flat out lies and fabrication, the video comes out showing it’s lies and fabrication, and it just looks worse for the Democrats.
In the mean time, the USA has more guns than people and Normal People are just arming up and waiting for November. An Idiot Rioter was in the middle of an Antifa “surround the car and bang on it” while preventing the driver from getting past. UN-fortunately for him, he decided to point a big rifle at the driver. A few quick shoots later the rioter was dead.
Pointed Lesson: Even if Marxist District Attorney and Mayor let the rioters run free and lock up the Police, then charge with great crimes anyone who does use a gun to prevent a mob from attacking them: Citizens are going to defend themselves since it is “Better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6.” The driver will be judged by the system. The rioter will be buried.
I now have a loaded gun in a locked case near at hand. About 4 seconds to open it. It has been VERY quiet here compared to other cities. Seems the Silicon Valley types are too smart to be Useful Idiots. But even with that, I’ve upped the protection profile “just in case” I’m not watching the news when that changes. I know of a couple of Millennials that are now packing when at home. Once I’m in Florida, I’m going to apply for a CCW. I’m also going to order Bear Spray for the car. All that, and I”m not even in a hot spot. Just imagine what folks in the Bad Areas are doing!
Feds have started arresting 100s on Federal Charges. These will not get out of jail on the Democrat Revolving Door program. Think the Antifa BLM Marxists will be happy to keep on being Useful Idiots in a faux revolution when it consists of jail time and a few shot dead because they picked the wrong cars?
The Spouse has become aware of the car trap practice. I’m pretty sure she will pick a hole and floor it if she sees a crowd in the street. No more “just stop and let them get out of the way” because it’s now “Stop and you get pounded or killed”. Even just hitting reverse and backing up fast is worth it. That’s going to become more common too. Mob in the street getting run over or having cars just refuse to stop one way or another. I know I’m not stopping for any crowd. You have a few seconds before you are the target, during that time you pick a hole and go through it (even if that hole is behind you via reverse).
People Adapt. And there’s a whole lot of folks who are veterans, cops, fire fighters, ambulance crews, and all of their families, who are more than ready to avoid the mob attack by the best means available. The Mob attacking random citizens is NOT making their Democrat Protectors and Funders look better, nor do they make Trump look worse. They do make themselves look evil, their enablers more evil (or in some cases inept and weak) and give Trump a win when they are arrested on Federal Charges.
Oh, and in one city a Left Wing Militia was trying to put on a show of force against the local Police. Seems a pro-peace Militia group joined up with the cops. Faced with much more opposing firepower than they expected, the Left Wing folks decided to leave… Expect to see more of that. There’s a much much larger group of folks who are pro-Police. The Sheriffs in a couple of Florida Counties have outright said they would welcome help from their armed citizens. Either deputized or not. A couple of percent of armed Left Wing Nuts are more than countered by the 1/4 of the population who are both armed and support the Police. That we are being quiet is not a sign of weakness, it is a sign of good gun discipline and strategic preparation. We are not needed, yet.
I hope the lesson is learned early and hopefully just from the couple of dozen already killed and half dozen cases where the Marxist Useful Idiots discovered the meaning of Opposing Force In Strength. The folks “On The Right” (and increasingly “from the Middle, like me) are also far more disciplined and well practices in martial arts / firearms discipline. From what I’ve seen of The Left, it is largely inexperienced Wanna Bees who have not handled guns much, or very long. To the extent they succeed at making this a Shooting Colour Revolution, they will not last long. With any luck, the Dims will realize they have embraced a losing strategy and tell the nutbars to stand down, then turn the police loose to do their job and arrest any who ignored the memo…