W.O.O.D. – 24 Mar 2021

Intro

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:

https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2021/03/07/w-o-o-d-7-mar-2021/
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:
https://chiefio.wordpress.com/category/w-o-o-d/

“Stuff” Happens

Or “You are not paranoid when they ARE out to get you” department…

So left leaning Muslim’s killing mostly “white guys” is now “white supremacy” and cause to take guns away from “white guys”.

US Military is being turned into a gender bender re-education camp.

$3 TRILLION in more Pork-u-lous spending to send mere $Billions to Friends of The DNC & Joe on on the Taxpayer Credit Card.

And so much more…

It is like watching a magnificent beast being killed slowly by parasites that it can not shake off.

If this is allowed to continue for another 1.8 years before we get to vote again, the USA will be “toast”.

Dear Democrats: You Own This. Congratulations. You will now see what your fondest desires brings. The destruction will be 100% on your resume, not mine, not Trump’s, not the RNC. Me? I’m just working out what my “duck and cover” and “great escape” plans will be.

No, I’m not going to participate in helping you bleed my country dry. No, I’m not going to participate in your “social experiments”. I’m just going to sit back, spend my Government Checks, suck on a few beers, and watch you implode. All that is required to have evil Democrats destroy themselves if for men of good will to sit back and watch.

You got on this insane donkey, now you get to ride it.

Things of interest

In an earlier thread a lot of snow terms came up. There’s a whole lot more here:

https://snowslang.com/glossary/

Just in case anyone was feeling deprived of enough vocabulary to describe every possible kind of snow. Including phrases like:

“Zastrugi – Also spelled sastrugi, this is a wind-sculpted snow formation with irregular grooves and/or ridges.” and

“Sierra cement – Description of wet, heavy snowfall in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains, often held in contrast to the blower and Champagne powder found in the Rocky Mountains.”

Oh, and if you know anyone who uses Zoom, tell them to stop it.

https://neonnettle.com/features/1881-zoom-gave-american-users-data-to-chinese-communist-party

Zoom Gave American Users’ Data to Chinese Communist Party
US video calling platform handed info to China’s government, allowed mass censorship

By: Jay Greenberg |@NeonNettle on 22nd March 2021 @ 5.00pm

American video calling platform Zoom handed over data for U.S users to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), according to reports.Former Zoom executive Jin Xinjiang, 39, worked with Chinese authorities to provide data on users outside of China.Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn have charged Jin with disrupting video meetings and providing information about meeting participants to the CCP.

But I’m sure “Jin Xinjiang” must be a White Christian Male with a BIG Bible in hand… /sarc;

Looks like Trump is going to re-invent the wheel (and Social Media) by rolling his own platform:

https://www.dailywire.com/news/trump-confirms-new-social-media-platform-names-several-republicans-to-watch-for-2024-presidential-primary

Trump Confirms New Social Media Platform, Names Several Republicans To Watch For 2024 Presidential Primary
By Ryan Saavedra • Mar 22, 2021 DailyWire.com •

Former President Donald Trump confirmed news that he plans to launch his own social media platform in the near future, and he named several Republicans that conservatives should keep their eye on as potential 2024 presidential candidates.

Trump confirmed the claim made to Fox News on Sunday by one of his advisers that he was creating “the hottest ticket in social media” that is going to “completely redefine the game.”

For more, just hit the link to Bongino’s site:

https://bonginoreport.com/

Or Whatfinger:

https://generaldispatch.whatfinger.com/

I’m just not in the mood to cope with the volume of crap happening at the moment and filter out what might be more interesting.

I’m “down the rabbit hole” of some tech work ATM and it is sooo soothing to deal with reality instead of the Insane Political Theatre that is in the “news” today.

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202 Responses to W.O.O.D. – 24 Mar 2021

  1. Taz says:

    https://open.tube/videos/watch/b80aac5a-5e2e-49f5-a386-8f9d80ec9682

    I2P – Protocol of Invisible Internet. How the best anonymity network works

  2. Taz says:

    OpenWRT setups can be complex and difficult. It’s a powerful system, but it’s easy to make mistakes.
    These people: https://www.gl-inet.com/ offer products containing both US sourced chips and OpenWRT firmware with a wrinkle. They add a secondary GUI to rapidly configure OpenWRT.

    On my fifth specimen. Haven’t run into any problems yet. As always – you are better off buying product 1-2 years old since all router manufacturers “ship before ready”.

    This is also a Hong Kong company with apparently competent customer service…..

    Until such time as consumer router manufacture returns to the states – this is a reasonable gamble. Otherwise, you build your own via mini-itx boards. PFSense, IPFire, ZeroShell.

  3. Pinroot says:

    Zoom – From Wikipedia: Privacy and security issues

    Zoom has been criticized for “security lapses and poor design choices” that have resulted in heightened scrutiny of its software.[77][17] The company has also been criticized for its privacy and corporate data sharing policies.[78][79][80] Security researchers and reporters have criticized the company for its lack of transparency and poor encryption practices. Zoom initially claimed to use “end-to-end encryption” in its marketing materials,[81] but later clarified it meant “from Zoom end point to Zoom end point” (meaning effectively between Zoom servers and Zoom clients), which The Intercept described as misleading and “dishonest”.[82]

    In March 2020, New York State Attorney General Letitia James launched an inquiry into Zoom’s privacy and security practices;[83] the inquiry was closed on May 7, 2020, with Zoom not admitting wrongdoing, but agreeing to take added security measures.[84]

    In May 2020, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it was looking into Zoom’s privacy practices.[87] The FTC alleged that since at least 2016, “Zoom maintained the cryptographic keys that could allow Zoom to access the content of its customers’ meetings, and secured its Zoom Meetings, in part, with a lower level of encryption than promised.”[88] On November 9, 2020, a settlement was reached, requiring the company to implement additional security measures.[89]

    In December 2020, Zoom announced that it was under investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the United States Attorney for the Northern District of California and that it had received a subpoena in June 2020 from the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York requesting information on the company’s interactions with foreign governments and political parties. Both federal prosecutors also sought information and documentation about security and privacy matters regarding Zoom’s practices.[90]

    At one point I believe I had read that some of their traffic is routed through servers in China, which would be a big security concern to me. All in all, I would stay away from them if I were a big business.

    I’m curious about Trump’s move into social media. I’m sure a lot of deplorables will check it out, but wonder how it’s going to stand out from all the things that are already out there. It will be interesting to see what he comes up with.

  4. E.M.Smith says:

    Also Alpine Linux (formerly linux router project)
    https://www.alpinelinux.org/

    Many years in the saddle as a router… I’ve been running it on a R.Pi Model 1 since… since… well, a long long time ago ;-)

    Zero problems so far. It has the “feature” that changes are not written back to the SD card unless you issue a special command, so a powerfail / reboot works like on my commercial small routers to restore the last saved good config.

    You bet a BusyBox, not a bash at login, too…

    Good for fast “i need a router in a hurry” projects / bump-in-the-night…

  5. Simon Derricutt says:

    I replied to ACO on the old WOOD, since it’s a bit of an essay. Best not to fill up the new one and annoy people. Still, he did want to know about a permanent-magnet motor. Might be sorry he asked….

  6. E.M.Smith says:

    The whole idea of leaving the older threads open is so that topics there can complete there. Especially helpful 6 months later when trying to find a topic / thread.

  7. philjourdan says:

    Zoom is a dead end. But still the vehicle of choice for the woke (i.e. company dictatorials on wokeness). I mostly ignore those meetings.

    As for Trump, he is still our last hope. It would have been better had he not been cheated out of the presidency, but he is smarter than any of the idiots on the left (just not as experienced in the deep state – before).

    They wanted to prop Biden up for 2 years to give Kammy 10. But they know they cannot do that. So they are already starting the transition. Will not make a difference to the damage being caused, as Kammy would not make 6 much less 10 (without the cheating which is still not a given because the only thing that stands between solidifying voter fraud and free elections is Manchin, and surprisingly (so far) Sinema.

    But they are suffering the most pressure ever to cave. So I am not holding out hope for that. Seal the Steal looks like it will get done.

    (Conspiracy theory 101 – Should Manchin survive the pressure – Sinema will not – look for a blue state Republican to become a former associate of Clinton – I figure Toomey).

  8. philjourdan says:

    BTW: You missed one. Pelousi attempting a coup against 2 presidents. She has demanded the Nuclear codes be turned over to her for both Trump’s last days, and all Biden days.

    She prays Trump is not elected again, or she will be before a firing squad. As a traitor. She is one. But he knows the deep state now. And will not wait to clean house.

  9. E.M.Smith says:

    Full of F-Bombs, but I like it….

    (yes, wine is involved to excess ATM…)

    Related, sort of…

  10. Jim Masterson says:

    @EM

    Look! A squirrel!

    Jim

  11. E.M.Smith says:

    @Jim:

    WORF! wORF WORF worf worf… BARK BARK bark bark bark bark…

    Wait a moment… Where’s that damn squirrel? I”m looking, and I’m barking, and not a damn thing in my teeth… Where’s that damn squirrel?… I think I’m gonna bite some nuts off somebody…

    Oh, wait! SQUIRREL!

  12. A C Osborn says:

    Simon Derricutt says: 24 March 2021 at 10:32 pm
    I am not sure whether to respond on here or on the old Wood.
    Thanks for the response, it is fascinating, I was not aware of magneto-caloric materials.
    I get your layman’s explanation, even though my Thermodynamics is limited to the basic stuff.
    Re the cooling problem, this sounds like it would be ideal in the low desert or tropics, (not the high desert with it’s large diurnal swing), with sunlight focused on it.
    As long as the heating process does not generate too much friction. It should retain enough heat to make it through the night.

  13. Simon Derricutt says:

    ACO – the magneto-caloric effect is used in cryogenic cooling for lab use, and there are also projects ongoing to use it for domestic fridges because they can be made with no moving parts and without refrigerant gases (thus gains brownie points for the AGW crowd…). Definitely mainstream science. The only difference I’m adding in is the rotating magnetic field that breaks the symmetry of new spin-waves normally being equal probability to spin left and spin right. If you get more of one direction than the other, then we’ve changed a random situation to a single direction, and once that energy is moving in one direction we can do work with it.

    There are a lot of other xxx-caloric effects, and they all happen as a result of DoFs being enhanced or inhibited. The important thing about the spin-wave DoFs is that there are only two possible ones and that the probabilities can be easily modified, thus allowing only one of them to start. The rest is all standard thermodynamics.

    We can’t do work with energy that is carried by particles in random directions. If we can change that random direction to one direction, then that same energy can do work. The theoretical side is actually pretty simple, with the problem being finding a practical way to do it cheaply and with a useful amount of power. This design for a permanent magnet motor isn’t actually that useful in that way, since the available power is too low. It would however show that it is possible in a way that can’t be denied or hand-waved away as theoretically impossible, and once people realise it isn’t impossible then maybe somebody will find a better way of converting heat directly to usable energy.

    I’ve been thinking about this for a long time. See https://revolution-green.com/free-energy-by-simon-derricutt/ for a way to get power from air-pressure. This idea was produced a long time before I realised that the definitions were inaccurate, but nevertheless once you get down to the scale where we need to treat air as being particles rather than a continuous medium then standard thermodynamics breaks down. The averages that thermodynamics relies on don’t apply when you’re dealing with one particle with a definite amount of momentum, a definite direction, and a definite energy. OK, a little bit indefinite because of Heisenberg…. Still, once you get the scale small enough some extra things become possible. Trouble is actually making something at that scale. I can’t afford to have something like that fabbed professionally.

    Symmetries lead to conservation laws (Noether’s theorem). Figure a way to break the symmetry, and you can violate the conservation law. There may be several ways to break a symmetry, and better ways than I’ve found.

  14. E.M.Smith says:

    My favorite example of using a device to un-average something is the vortex tube cooler:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vortex_tube

    You run air into it of “A” temperature and it sorts the atoms into more and less energetic ones, then spits them out as a hot and cold air stream…

    The vortex tube, also known as the Ranque-Hilsch vortex tube, is a mechanical device that separates a compressed gas into hot and cold streams. The gas emerging from the “hot” end can reach temperatures of 200 °C (392 °F), and the gas emerging from the “cold end” can reach −50 °C (−58 °F).[1] It has no moving parts.

    Pressurised gas is injected tangentially into a swirl chamber and accelerated to a high rate of rotation. Due to the conical nozzle at the end of the tube, only the outer shell of the compressed gas is allowed to escape at that end. The remainder of the gas is forced to return in an inner vortex of reduced diameter within the outer vortex.

    A similar process / device can be used to sort isotopes…

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helikon_vortex_separation_process

    The Helikon vortex separation process is an aerodynamic uranium enrichment process designed around a device called a vortex tube. Paul Dirac thought of the idea for isotope separation and tried creating such a device in 1934 in the lab of Peter Kapitza at Cambridge. Other methods of separation were more practical at that time, but this method was designed and used in South Africa for producing reactor fuel with a uranium-235 content of around 3–5%, and 80–93% enriched uranium for use in nuclear weapons. The Uranium Enrichment Corporation of South Africa, Ltd. (UCOR) developed the process, operating a facility at Pelindaba (known as the ‘Y’ plant) to produce hundreds of kilograms of HEU. Aerodynamic enrichment processes require large amounts of electricity and are not generally considered economically competitive because of high energy consumption and substantial requirements for removal of waste heat.

    As long as you have electricity and can machine a tube, you can enrich Uranium… Just sayin’…

    Sorting atoms based on mass or energy content PER ATOM is something that is done and commercial products are available. All based on differences inside the “average”…

  15. cdquarles says:

    Again, heat is the internal kinetic energy in a defined sample of matter. All you have to do, essentially, is bias the random walk. Ultimately, the effect of that swirling gas in a tube is “evaporational cooling”, where it is the fraction with the greatest velocity escaping faster than the fraction with the lowest velocity, leaving it with a lower total internal KE. This process sounds like doing ultracentrifugation in a different manner. Hmm, GC+Mass Spectrometers do a biasing, too. The carrier gas flows through the stack basically without “sticking”. The sample you are analyzing sticks to varying degrees. Then you ionize the stream as it passes through; and the mass spectrometer separates the pieces by mass/charge. Then you have to figure out which pieces are at which mass/charge.

  16. E.M.Smith says:

    Chasing down references in the wiki, one finds:

    Isn’t that nice… the ‘non-proliferation’ folks provide a nice “how to” with economic considerations to direct you to the Very Best choice of enrichment methods…
    https://web.archive.org/web/20060617132741/http://www.nti.org/db/archives/nuc/eos/tyson.htm

    Describing what to ban tells folks what works.
    “Don’t look here” tells people what to read ( I enjoyed my re-read of Dr. Seuss…)

    So looks like a two technology enrichment program is best, with chemical enrichment up front, followed by one of the more expensive and energy intensive forms (centrifuges …) if you have the money or using one of the less usual methods ( lasers, electromagnetic, vortex) for smaller scale hidden programs.

    Will folks ever learn that putting up barriers points out where the goods are stored?

  17. Taz says:

    Looks like some wish to shut down the Tor network unless they purge all SJW.

    Where do all these dogshit people come from? And how did they ever manage to sway Tor? Could anyone have imagined this? Killed by their own people.

  18. Ossqss says:

    This reads like a fiction suspense novel. Unfortunately, its not. Doh!

    https://www.theburningplatform.com/2021/03/22/who-is-shaking-the-jar/

  19. another ian says:

    A reading list

    https://thepointman.wordpress.com/rolling-headlines/

    Note the Paul Robeson song on the rhs

  20. E.M.Smith says:

    Why you need to get in the habit of leaving your phone at home and turned off… And why I’m doing more on the Dark Web tech front. It started with the PRISM program, but despite that officially being ended, is worse than ever now.

  21. philjourdan says:

    Odysee is now my platform of choice!

  22. A C Osborn says:

    Simon Derricutt says: 25 March 2021 at 11:34 am
    The other area of free energy is that of Atomspheric Electricity.
    see

  23. Simon Derricutt says:

    ACO – yep, that works well, but not really enough power to be that useful. There are other working free energy designs around, including wind and solar, but they are not dense enough to really be economic unless grid power is unavailable. Few are dependable, too, since they vary with the weather. The new physics could provide a lot of power dependably, so it’s worth the effort to research it and find out what is true and what isn’t.

  24. Jim Masterson says:

    @Simon Derricutt
    >>
    The new physics could provide a lot of power dependably . . .
    <<

    It sounds kinda like windmills and solar panels. I can hardly wait.

    Jim

  25. H.R. says:

    Hey cdquarles! Everything OK with you?

    Lotsa tornadoes in Alabama and more expected tonight.

    Might be A-OK but no power to get online. Give us a shout if OK and you have power.

  26. cdquarles says:

    A tornado producing storm passed about 60 miles north of me in an adjoining county, with 5 deaths. Another set roughly 50 miles west. There was some damage along a major highway from Birmingham SE to Columbus, GA. So far, nothing ugly close to me (a tornado producing storm earlier this month passed by about 10 miles south and east). The tornado watch was extended, so I’m not out of the woods yet. This is very like the weather was in 1974.

  27. another ian says:

    Chain down your wallet

    “Clinton Foundation is back with a money-grabbing vengeance baby!”

    https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2021/03/clinton-foundation-is-back-with-a-money-grabbing-vengeance-baby.html

  28. Taz says:

    https://globalmeshlabs.org/
    https://github.com/global-mesh-labs/Mesh_Gateway/blob/main/DIY-Instructions.md

    I like public low bandwidth/purpose built networks. We should expand our palate and quit obsessively chasing only high speed wireless.

    Changing subject – look what GoTenna is doing: https://gotenna.com/blogs/newsroom/gotennas-chief-scientist-featured-in-scientific-american-magazine

  29. Taz says:

    http://www.tourmalinewireless.com/blog

    5/26/2020

    0 Comments

    If you want to help build a more powerful and robust goTenna Mesh network, you should consider setting up a stationary, always-on, relay with backup power and internet connectivity. Sounds like a complicated process, but its actually quite simple! Since goTenna Mesh devices are sold in packs of two, the vast majority of owners will have at least one unit to spare which can be setup as a fixed relay. There are a number of motivations for doing this: First, in a grid-down scenario, neighborhoods and communities will have an immediate backup communications network to rely on. GoTenna Mesh devices each act as individual repeaters, silently retransmitting and routing messages from node-to-node, up to 6 times. This means each stationary relay helps build a more robust network as it extends the reach of the network, allowing messages be delivered with higher reliability. Next, goTenna Mesh users will have the ability to send offline (outgoing) SMS messages to family and loved-ones in locations that still have cellular connectivity. This is possible using the goTenna Plus feature set, which will be discussed later in the article. Another key motivation for setting up a fixed goTenna relay with internet connectivity is you will be helping support and facilitate Bitcoin transactions via TxTenna – providing a censorship-resistant method for fellow users to send and receive payments, in a completely offline manner. We will elaborate on TxTenna specifically in an upcoming blog post – sharing our own experiences and tips on how to use the app.

    https://inthemesh.com/archive/build-your-own-mesh-gateway/

    https://txtenna.com/

  30. another ian says:

    Vegemite related

    The “deadly chemical” used in one UK well fracking was Marmite – a similar product.

    Sounds like E.M. might have sided with the greens there

  31. philjourdan says:

    Sounds like E.M. might have sided with the greens there

    Ok, I am cashing in my chips. Dr. Walter E. Williams died. Rush Limbaugh has died. And now Chiefio is going GND! The world has ended!!!

  32. another ian says:

    Woah there! He hasn’t fessed up

  33. E.M.Smith says:

    I’m NOT in favor of the Green Agenda.

    OTOH, putting Marmite down a hole in the ground to get oil sounds like a very good use…

  34. another ian says:

    Re Road and Track on Tesla’s self driving software

    “My God it’s the same algorithm that controls the Canadian government! It’s so clear to me now…”

    http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2021/03/26/i-for-one-welcome-our-new-self-driving-overlords-76/#comment-1424961

  35. another ian says:

    Evidence that Marmite was used as a fracking fluid.

    https://www.gransnet.com/forums/science_nature_environment/1199391-Marmite-ROCKS

    IIRC it didn’t work very well

  36. E.M.Smith says:

    Long video in the link. Has a bit of conspiracy and anti-vax paranoia in it, but after about 26 to 40 minutes gets into a discussion of using fear to drive people into a controllable state.

    https://thearmageddontimes.com/2021/02/09/explains-how-the-depopulation-mrna-vaccines-will-start-working-in-3-6-months-video/

    While I think there’s some risk of Antibody Dependent Enhancement, we’ve seen no evidence of it yet… But that the virus is way over blown and that the governmnets of the world are exploiting it is not in doubt.

  37. E.M.Smith says:

    Oh, Gee… this round of Ebola is just like the 2014 one. So much so that it is lacking the random gene shifts that ought to have happened had it been knocking around from host to host… Leading to speculation that someone who had ‘recovered” had harbored it for 6 years before passing it on…

    https://pandemic.news/2021-03-21-ebola-outbreak-sparked-by-survivor-guinea.html

    […]
    In particular, researchers who examined samples of the Ebola virus spreading across Guinea found that it bore genetic similarities to the Ebola virus that triggered the 2014–2016 West African outbreak. Until now, the longest the Ebola virus has been known to persist in a survivor is 500 days.

    Had the Ebola virus been spreading across West Africa since 2016, it should have evolved at least 100 different mutations. Because of the genetic similarities between the current and the previous Ebola virus, researchers surmise that a survivor of the previous outbreak might have transmitted the virus via semen to a partner.

    “This is an extraordinary phenomenon,” William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert with Vanderbilt University in Tennessee who was not involved in the research, said in an interview.

    These findings raise the question about whether survivors, not infected animals as experts previously believed, could have sparked other Ebola outbreaks across Africa.

    The possibility that Ebola, which now only largely exists in Africa, is making a reappearance five years after the last outbreak because of a survivor opens new challenges for survivors, families and their communities. Health experts also now have to figure out how to work with survivors without creating further stigmatization.

    The report was posted online on Friday, March 12. It involved researchers from the Guinea Ministry of Health, Senegal’s Institut Pasteur de Dakar, the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Praesens Foundation.

    Current variant too similar to 2014 Makona variant

    The current outbreak in Guinea began in January. The first known case was a nurse who was infected and died after several days. She had experienced headaches, fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite and fever. These symptoms are consistent with typhoid and malaria, which physicians initially diagnosed her with on separate occasions.

    Health authorities said the nurse very likely contracted the Ebola virus after caring for her sick mother. Five of her family members, including a traditional practitioner she visited while sick, became infected after attending her funeral.

    To examine the current Ebola outbreak, health officials sent three samples of the current variant to the WHO’s laboratory at Senegal’s Institut Pasteur de Dakar. Researchers sequenced the samples to identify the exact genes that make up the variant’s genome. They compared those with genes found in previous variants.

    Upon analyzing the variants, they found that the current Ebola variant is very similar to the Makona variant. It had caused the 2014–2016 outbreak that killed over 11,000 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

    In particular, the researchers found that the current Ebola variant only had around a dozen genetic differences from the Makona variant. This is far less than what would be expected during sustained human-to-human transmission, the researchers wrote in their analysis published on Virological, a discussion forum.
    tbreak.

    A more technical article about it:

    https://virological.org/t/guinea-2021-ebov-outbreak/643

    So tell me again how safe it is to haul sick people back here for treatment and then turn them loose in cities…

  38. cdquarles says:

    It isn’t 100%, as is nothing in this life. That said, if I am remembering correctly, Ebola needs close contact to spread via body fluids; so less of an issue than something airborne. Still … this shouldn’t be happening without proper precautions.

  39. Ossqss says:

    I really don’t have much to add.

    So here ya go! ;-p >

  40. another ian says:

    A question posed on Jo Nova

    “In the US system is it POSSIBLE to dismiss a government? I am not asking about impeachment, as an Aussie I know more about that than I should have need, but I mean forcing another election. Ridding themselves of Joe would achieve nothing. Kamala is even less popular, if that is possible.

    No one, no matter how far out, has discussed this so I assume it is impossible. Clearly the US has a flawed system, it should never be impossible to correct an error. The saying is “You can vote your way into communism but you must shoot your way out”.

    In the Westminster System it can be done. Not easy, but not impossible either. Individual leaders can be toppled in a party room coup and the government can be toppled by losing a no-confidence vote on the floor or by denial of supply in the Senate.”

    https://joannenova.com.au/2021/03/weekend-unthreaded-353/#comment-2416532

  41. YMMV says:

    “You can vote your way into communism but you must shoot your way out”

    And the vote was rigged. Considering how every part of the institution has been taken over (maybe even the military), the conclusion is “it’s easier to get out of Alcatraz”.

  42. YMMV says:

    In non-political news today, an electric airplane. This one is interesting because there is no mention of batteries in the test plane. The electric motor uses high-temperature superconductors. The source of the electricity is a “turboshaft gas turbine engine with an electric generator”
    https://www.rt.com/business/519052-russia-first-electric-airplane/

    Of course it won’t fly {warning: metaphor} with the greens because it uses fossil fuel.

  43. E.M.Smith says:

    @YMMV:

    There have already been electric airplanes. Lots of them for a long time. The idea of putting a generator on board is interesting, but why bother? Looks like a bit of a stunt to me.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electric_aircraft

    Small, electrically powered model aircraft have been flown since the 1970s, with one unconfirmed report as early as 1957. They have since developed into small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) or drones, which in the twenty-first century have become widely used for many purposes.

    Although manned flights in a tethered helicopter go back to 1917 and in airships to the previous century, the first manned free flight by an electrically powered aeroplane, the MB-E1, was not made until October 1973 and most manned electric aircraft today are still only experimental demonstrators. Between 2015 and 2016, Solar Impulse 2 completed a circumnavigation of the Earth using solar power.
    […]
    The Velis Electro was the first type certificated electric aircraft on 10 June 2020.

    @Another Ian:

    I believe the only way that would be possible inside the present rule of law would be to have the Supreme Court rule that the election was a fraud therefor the POTUS et. al. were illegitimate and no oath of office was valid.

    As the SCOTUS has already done “duck and cover” on anything related to the fraud that is this election, that isn’t going to happen unless Stumblin’ Usurper Joe and Weasel Kamel-ah manage to do such horrible things that even the DNC (and their owners in the Globalist Class) realize it’s worse with them than without them. As the CCP & Globalists want the destruction of the stable USA and our slide into socialism, I don’t see that happening (“creative destruction” being their thing and all…emphasis on destruction…)

    Essentially there is no official mechanism for removal so you must show that the original installation was invalid and unlawful. Absent that, the Framers supplied us with the 2A solution…

    There’s also the potential for a Convention Of The States. When “enough” States vote for it (2/3 of State Legislatures) then they can assemble and change the Constitution or do whatever they want.
    https://conventionofstates.com/

    Whether the 2A option or the Convention Of The States (where they can do ANYTHING…) is worse is left as an exercise for the student…). But it’s pretty clear both are in the land of potential catastrophic outcomes.

  44. E.M.Smith says:

    Interesting… Looks like the EU rush into debt trap stimulus has hit a legal snag in German court…

  45. YMMV says:

    Electric airplanes, now that you mention it, I remember Solar Impulse 2, that was interesting. But all current electric planes fall into the category of looking at it because it is fashionable now. And perhaps grant money is available. Interesting, but I do not expect to see anything practical for passenger flights come out of it.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Convention_to_propose_amendments_to_the_United_States_Constitution
    Possible? Unlikely? But what’s to stop trying?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secession_in_the_United_States
    Tried once before. But that was then, this time will be different. (sarc?)

  46. Ossqss says:

    Not like it wasn’t obvious to anyone paying attention, but now documented.

    https://starkrealities.substack.com/p/study-us-medias-covid-coverage-slants

  47. another ian says:

    E.M. Thanks for that reply, which I flicked back.

    “How C.S. Lewis Predicted the Woke Nightmare”

    https://townhall.com/columnists/jaredwhitley/2021/03/27/how-cs-lewis-predicted-woke-education-could-turn-democracy-into-dictatorship-n2586801

  48. another ian says:

    “You must understand, the leading Bolsheviks who took over Russia were not Russians. They hated Russians. They hated Christians. Driven by ethnic hatred they tortured and slaughtered millions of Russians without a shred of human remorse. It cannot be overstated. Bolshevism committed the greatest human slaughter of all time. The fact that most of the world is ignorant and uncaring about this enormous crime is proof that the global media is in the hands of the perpetrators.” ~ Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

  49. another ian says:

    More rot

    “https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2021/03/28/senators-on-armed-services-committee-promote-expansion-of-nsa-domestic-data-gathering-and-surveillance-nsa-response-the-fourth-amendment-is-a-key-obstacle-you-need-to-remove/

  50. philjourdan says:

    @Another Ian

    I believe the only way that would be possible inside the present rule of law would be to have the Supreme Court rule that the election was a fraud therefor the POTUS et. al. were illegitimate and no oath of office was valid.

    As the SCOTUS has already done “duck and cover” on anything related to the fraud that is this election, that isn’t going to happen unless Stumblin’ Usurper Joe and Weasel Kamel-ah manage to do such horrible things that even the DNC (and their owners in the Globalist Class) realize it’s worse with them than without them. As the CCP & Globalists want the destruction of the stable USA and our slide into socialism, I don’t see that happening (“creative destruction” being their thing and all…emphasis on destruction…)

    That is @EMS’ answer. But not totally correct. Within the rule of law, Congress can impeach him (highly unlikely). Of they can impeach the vice president (slightly more likely). And then 25 the president (get a majority of the Cabinet to certify he is a loon – not hard to prove).

    So with Kammy making a fool of herself, Impeachment is a real possibility. Once she is gone, Biden will select a new one (but that has to be approved by congress – Pelousi will make sure that does not happen). So when they 25 Biden, Pelousi becomes president.

    You see there are many factors involved with these pretenders. There is the Biden factor (Fake doctor Jill), there is the Kammy experience (designs on power she does not posses), and there is the Pelousi experience – she wants to be king – why else would she demand the Nuke codes not only under Trump, but Biden as well?

    No, for now the opposition (Republicans) want Biden at the helm. The democrats want Pelousi at the helm. And the idiots want Kammy at the helm.

    It is lose-lose-lose. No CG for the US!

  51. E.M.Smith says:

    @Phil:

    The question was about how to “dismiss a government”, not remove a POTUS for cause. That’s why I omitted the 25th and impeachment. (Besides after Trump everyone must know about that already…)

    So yes, you could remove BIDEN via the 25th and possibly via impeachment if you can demonstrate some criminal act (as apposed to just vacant of brain…) but that does not “dismiss the government” as Kamala just steps in to the seat.

    Now if you did an impeachment on her (or found her unable to hold office due to not being Natural Born Citizen as her parents were not citizens at her birth and that whole “born here you are a citizen” was never actually put in law…. Then you get Pelosi as POTUS.

    So in none of those cases are you “dismissing the government” as it stays in the Democrats hands ( in the European / Parliament sense of ‘dismissing a government’ meaning the party in power gets put out of power and a revote other process ensues).

    So while it might be fun to 25th Biden and impeach Kamala, you just give POTUS to Nancy and you have removed the Puppets between her and power… and it is STILL a Democrat Government.

    So in the context of the actual question of “dismissing a government”, in fact, I am “correct”. But if you just want to dump the office holder of POTUS, then yes, the 25th and impeachment are available. But it won’t replace the government…just one cog in it. (Or maybe one seat warmer…)

  52. philjourdan says:

    My mistake. I was taking it as how to get rid of the buffoons at 1400 Penn ave.

  53. E.M.Smith says:

    @Phil:

    I don’t view it as a “mistake” on your part. We don’t have a Parliamentary System here and it was decades before I figured out what was really meant by “remove a government” and “the government fell”. We are so steeped in the notion of “election done for 4 years” that we just don’t think in terms of “temporary governments”… Then there’s the point that removing Biden is probably 3/4 of the job of “dismissing the government”.

    So I see it as more of my using a narrower POV on the question.

  54. jim2 says:

    We are SO SCREWED!

    JUST IN: Supreme Court Denies Bid by Judicial Watch to Require Hillary Clinton Testify Under Oath About Her Emails

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/03/just-supreme-court-denies-bid-judicial-watch-require-hillary-clinton-testify-oath-emails/

  55. E.M.Smith says:

    Somebody has something on the SCOTUS members. Don’t know if it is “Nice family you got there” or just that they all come from the same few Law Schools so all are indoctrinated to the Swamp early; but the notion that the SCOTUS will actually rule based on law is clearly out the window and down the street…

  56. H.R. says:

    @philjourdan – Looks like there’s a restaurant at 1400 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, D.C.

  57. philjourdan says:

    Sorry, 1600. But then I am not president, so you have nothing to worry about. Except DimLIght IS {p}Resident

  58. E.M.Smith says:

    So “take the Cannoli” from 1400 ? ;-)

    Yeah, we was in da Res-tau-rante and, Roberts,he come’s up ta me an’ says there’s this here court case he want’s some “advice” on… So I tell him, that one? Leave the decision, take the cannoli….”

  59. jim2 says:

    Cannoli ;) Love it.

  60. philjourdan says:

    That movie shaped a generation! And it is still giving! @H.R. – Scratch my response. Use EMS’

  61. philjourdan says:

    Latest from WatchMAGA – https://www.bitchute.com/video/lQxtEgznM5ua/

    You got me hooked on that one. Each week is better than the last.

  62. philjourdan says:

    Back to the Godfather (I am an actual godfather 3 times over – but that is just my pride showing through), I am interested to see a thread based upon that movie. There is little wonder why it won Best Oscar for I and II (3 sucked). But the book was even better. There is a lot in there that pertains to real life.

    Just a suggestion.

  63. Taz says:

    Some 4chan poster a few days back wondered out loud why Limbaugh didn’t drive a car bomb to close his last days. Wish i would have screen capped it….

  64. Compu Gator says:

    philjourdan commented on 29 March 2021 at 11:18 pm GMT:

    Back to the Godfather [….]  There is little wonder why it won Best [Picture] Oscar for I and II (III [deeply disappointed]).

    Really, now? 

    “Y’ know, this is quite a fancy awards Academy for Motion Pictures that youse Jouse got here in Hollywood. It would be a reeeal shame if something were, you know, to happen to it.”

  65. Steve C says:

    Just a note to say that when I came to the site on my normal browser this morning, something like half the page area was taken up with a new, huge, WordPress banner trying to force me to agree to them and their ‘partners’ installing cookies to track me round the net. (Funny how none of these people ever give you a ‘No Cookies, Thanks’ option…) Trying to read a web page through the remaining 5″ high letterbox is no fun, and the banner completely blocks access to the comment box at the bottom of the page. I have worked round it for now by using the Tor Browser, and note with interest that my current connection (via Germany, which I would have expected to be “full-EU”) has only the older style, much smaller, hassle banner, allowing me to comment. Not impressed, WP.

  66. E.M.Smith says:

    HTML describes a document in broad recommended terms.

    How it is actually rendered depends more on the particular browser and settings than on the author.

    Now, with number / kind of browsers growing exponentially along with kinds of stuff allowed in web pages, there is more often a disconnect between the author’s intent and the display. Often the author never gets to see the thing you see. IF, for example, W.P. didn’t test that banner with YOUR chosen browser with YOUR settings and all the rest, they almost certainly saw something different.

    An extreme example:

    Lynx browser presents text only. No video. No fancy graphics.

    Less extreme:

    I use larger fonts to see it easily from a distance on the TV. Text is re-flowed to fit the page.

    Even less:

    You can change the preferred font and over-ride that specified by the author. Sometimes ;-)

    Just sayin’ that what you saw:

    1) Has zero to do with me or what I write.
    2) Might or might not have something to do with what W.Press put out.
    3) Likely has a lot to do with the particulars of their design point browser & settings vs what you were running & setting and some mis-match between them.
    4) Could even have to do with changes of specs on things like html4 vs html5 (as an example, not as a diagnosis…) causing a different behaviour.
    5) Will never be fixed or improved by telling me about it since I have zero influence over 2-4 and No.1 has no effect on it.

  67. Ossqss says:

    Steve C

    Try and clean out you browser, cookies and site settings etc., and reboot. Maybe it will help if something corrupted. Ensure you look at what you are cleaning in the checked boxes before you dump stuff you want to keep.

    I also do clean up my C drive periodically also. Right click C and go to properties and click disk clean up, and when it finishes scanning, I usually click clean up system files also on the next pop up box. Be careful what you check in the boxes to clean there also. You don’t want to clean out downloaded files etc., you may want. After completing that step, I usually do an optimize on the disk also (tools tab). You would be surprised how many windows update files are kept on the drive. Many Gigs of them in some instances when I cleaned up the neighbors drives. Windows 10 of course.

  68. Steve C says:

    @EM – Ha! – Not getting at you at all, I only mentioned it for the info – but WP have certainly changed something in the last couple of days. Before that it showed a normal page and only a 2-line cookie flag. Hang it, I’m just using Tor again, this time a US outlet is giving me no trouble at all (old 2-line flag), while my usual Palemoon is still showing me the bizarrely inflated version. I certainly haven’t changed anything (my usual policy when it works ok!).

    However, I shall be starting all over again soon as it’s time for a new HD and fresh OS (probably Mint 20, as 17 has proved stable and easy to use for years now) for my main box. Any weirdness I get after that is my next Linux tutorial!

    Interesting political discussion – unfortunately I think that, in all our civilised countries, once we’ve voted the beggars in they’re there until next time, for better or worse. A vote of no confidence in our government can be passed, but it’s a very high hurdle when it requires a significant percentage of the ruling party to vote against itself. We are just the audience once the show’s started, there’s no way for us to do more than applaud (rarely) or (usually) hiss and shout catcalls.

    As for the show itself, it looks like we in the West are getting depressingly close to the situation Frank Zappa described over 25 years ago: “The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it’s profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater.”

    The only satisfactory system I ever heard of was in a story by (IIRC) Robert Sheckley. When a candidate was elected to a public office, he was fitted with a collar, which he could not remove. When a sufficient number of the voters posted downvotes (starting at zero on election) for a minister’s policies, the collar exploded, removing the problem. I always did like Sheckley!

  69. Steve C says:

    @Ossqss – I’m one of those who blocks everything I can and flushes cookies on closing the browser, a policy which breaks some websites (e.g. the ones using Google functions!) but gives me peace of mind. (Yes, there are 2 or 3 cookies I allow to live in, but the rest not) As for the HD and system decluttering, thanks for the thought but the planned fresh OS install should take care of all that sort of stuff (and I’m putting a 1TB drive in, so I can keep a couple of hundred GB of music ready to hand rather than having to plug in an archive drive … ;-)

    The odd 3/4 hours between your post and mine shows how long I take editing!

  70. Ossqss says:

    @Steve C, gotcha. That would be a full refresh for sure :-)

    I have had a lot of luck with Crucial NVMe drives in M.2 PCIe slots. They are reasonable also compared to the Samsung units.

    Good Luck!

  71. E.M.Smith says:

    FWIW:

    I use “different chips / sbcs for different needs”… so the couple of things where I want to keep a cookie are on the device used for that purpose…

    The others fall into 2 camps:

    1) I don’t care. I go ahead and click accept, or not ( I have an ad blocker via PiHole and set all the “do not track” and “no you can’t use the {camera, microphone, MIDI, location…} options. Then about once every 6 mos. to a year it just gets reinstalled as something else ;-)

    2) Special Needs. A few chips are set to not allow any persistent anything. Flush cache, dump cookies, etc. etc. Some use Tor. Hauled out when I really care…

    I’m pretty sure it isn’t possible to find all the things I do and places I visit. It’s all just too spread out.

    SideBar On Systems Collapse:

    We’d had a bit of discussion on what happens when you lose a bit of HowTo (or place to do it…). Well, seems there’s a Global Semiconductor Shortage as it was kind of centralized on a few players and then the folks of the world started buying a whole lot of tech junk (as designers started putting tech in all sorts of things that didn’t need any…).

    Then a fire happened at one plant and now car companies around the world are shutting down.

    I think they were too dependent on “globalization”… and JIT. Just In Time inventory.

    https://news.yahoo.com/fire-japanese-plant-latest-blow-185349999.html

    Fire at Japanese plant is latest blow to global chip industry

    Ina Fried
    March 22, 2021·1 min read
    A fire at a semiconductor chip plant in Japan threatens to make life worse for automakers already struggling to get critical chips amid a global shortage.

    The big picture: The chip industry was already facing its biggest supply challenge in years amid unexpectedly strong demand, exacerbated by an earthquake in Japan and snow storm in Texas.

    Ina Fried
    March 22, 2021·1 min read
    A fire at a semiconductor chip plant in Japan threatens to make life worse for automakers already struggling to get critical chips amid a global shortage.

    The big picture: The chip industry was already facing its biggest supply challenge in years amid unexpectedly strong demand, exacerbated by an earthquake in Japan and snow storm in Texas.

    Driving the news: The fire, which occurred Friday at a plant owned by Japan’s Renesas, has done serious damage to the facility, with losses estimated at $160 million per month, per the Wall Street Journal.

    Although the fire only directly damaged a small fraction of that plant’s equipment, an entire building will have to be shut down as its operations are all tightly integrated. Renesas said that it aims to get production at the plant resumed within a month. Production at a neighboring Renesas facility can continue without interruption.

    Two-thirds of the chips made there were used by carmakers
    , amplifying the impact as carmakers were already curtailing production.

    Shares of Japan’s three major automakers all fell in Monday trading amid the news.

    https://globalnews.ca/news/7713411/semiconductor-chip-shortage-car-buyers/

    Want to buy a car? The semiconductor chip shortage could affect your selection and price

    By Erica Alini Global News
    Posted March 27, 2021 7:00 am
    Updated March 26, 2021 4:14 pm

    If you’re thinking of buying a new car or light truck in the near future, you may want to check the latest news on the global semiconductor chip shortage that has sent automakers across the world scrambling.

    In your car-shopping experience this spring and summer, you may run into lower inventories, slightly less fuel-efficient vehicles and auto dealers who may be less inclined to haggle over price, says Shawn DuBravac, chief economist at IPC, an electronics manufacturing trade association.
    […]
    The reason?

    Several of the world’s largest automakers are running short on semiconductors, an essential component of electronic devices that have are also vital for new vehicles’ infotainment modules, engines and fuel management systems.
    […]
    How the chip shortage came about

    The chip shortage has its roots in the precipitous collapse in auto sales that followed the onset of the pandemic in early 2020, according to DuBravac.

    In response, automakers around the globe rushed to scale down production, which included dialing back their orders of semiconductors, DuBravac says. At the same time, as millions of people heeded lockdown and stay-at-home orders, the demand for tablets, laptops and cloud-computing services soared, quickly filling in the semiconductor demand gap left by the auto sector, he adds.
    […]
    Fewer vehicles and fewer chips
    General Motors, Ford, Honda, Volvo, Volkswagen and Stellantis — the car company born out of the merger of PSA Peugeot and Fiat Chrysler — are among the automakers that said they’ve had to slow or suspend some production due to the chips supply crunch.
    […]
    GM has announced downtime on all shifts at three of its production plants, including its CAMI facility in Ingersoll, Ont., located about 30 km east of London.

    The Brampton Stellantis plant, which builds the Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger, has also had to temporarily idle production.
    […]
    “The Nissan Kicks, the Toyota Corolla, Honda Accords — those are some of the areas where you’re most likely to see an impact,” DuBravac says.

    But truck lovers may also find some of their favourite models are a little different this year.

    GM said on March 15 it is building certain 2021 light-duty full-size pickup trucks without a fuel management module due to the semiconductor shortage.

    The lack of the module means affected models, equipped with the 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V8 engine with both six-speed and eight-speed automatic transmission, will have lower fuel economy by one mile per gallon, spokeswoman Michelle Malcho told Reuters.

    Then there’s the “once burned” club:

    Toyota, which pioneered the just-in-time manufacturing strategy, surprised rivals and investors in February when it said its output would not be disrupted significantly by chip shortages.

    The auto manufacturer made the decision to stockpile key vehicle components years ago, after experiencing the Fukushima disaster of 2011, Reuters reported.

    After the catastrophe severed Toyota’s supply chains on March 11, 2011, the world’s biggest automaker realized the lead-time for semiconductors was way too long to cope with devastating shocks such as natural disasters.

    “Toyota was, as far as we can tell, the only automaker properly equipped to deal with chip shortages,” a person familiar with Harman International, which specializes in car audio systems, displays and driver assistance technology, told Reuters.

    So let’s see… Carry inventory and have reliable electricity, stay in business. Unreliable electricity or dependence on one supplier and little inventory, shut down.

    I wonder just what daily factory loss of electricity on cloudy or windless days will do to auto production?… Or what a CCP invasion of the center of most chip fab these days, Taiwan, would do to global factory production? Yet another reason not to make / buy / depend on IoT devices…

  72. E.M.Smith says:

    @Steve C:

    I suspect that it is most likely PaleMoon is a older and “something changed” in some spec / package used by W.P. such that it isn’t fully compatible with PaleMoon anymore.

    Try a newer FireFox or Chromium and that will tell you if it is browser related, or not. (I’m not saying dump Pale Moon, I’m saying use the other ones as a diagnostic A vs B test)

  73. Steve C says:

    @E.M.: Yes, I’m using the Tor browser, which updated itself today, to write today’s comments, but even that is behaving oddly. When I was coming out in the US earlier, I got the 2-line banner, then it suddenly loaded the big one. Now I’m in the Netherlands and it’s small banner time again. Most odd.

    Re chips, depending on which plant(s) are down it could affect practically anything. So many products now are 1 special programmed chip, 1 display and however many ticky tacky switches. My Aldi kitchen scale: 1 sheet of toughened glass about 8 x 6.5″, with a plastic moulding stuck to the bottom and 4 feet (sensors) on which it stands. 1 gram to 5 kilos (or 0.01 to 11lb). Under the plastic, 1 chip, 1 display with 2 touch switches to the sides of the display (yeah!). Made in the PRC, shipped halfway round the world and sold to me by a German for £4.

    OK, dumping, but look at what is being dumped. This thing isn’t an iron mangle costing a month’s money, it’s 4-digit accuracy for less than some places charge for a coffee. (When the overlords allow them to open, of course.)

    On the downside, I’ve noticed that all my equipment failures over the last few years have been newer equipment, which is the opposite of what you’d expect. My old 486 MB (late 80s) still works fine, but I’ve had two 21st century ones go pop in quite short order. I wonder whether tin whiskers are to blame – after all, from an economic viewpoint a built-in fail is a feature, not a bug.

    Right, I’m off before the banner bloat gets me again. An old comedy show, a drop of 8 year old nectar and all will seem well with the world! ;-)

  74. philjourdan says:

    FWIW – I use Pale Moon for WP and it seems to work fine.

  75. Taz says:

    https://greenwald.substack.com/p/congress-in-a-five-hour-hearing-demands-0cf

    https://www.iceagenow.info/mainstream-media-exposed-coordinating-identical-mass-shooting-narratives-for-different-states/

    https://tinyurl.com/524ca6ka

    Seems like there’s a need for armed “religion based” hamlets, with their own food and water supply – and internal currency. This new social network communicates and trades freely with the powerful country ONLY from behind a firewall protected space. No a member of the church? You don’t get in. When the noblemen come to shake the citizenry down – they are met with naked unyielding force. Bluntly “Noblemen, your move”.

    How many rural explosions can the elites survive? At some point they’ll run out of men.

    “And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?… The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin’s thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt! If…if…We didn’t love freedom enough. And even more – we had no awareness of the real situation…. We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward.”

    Religion aids their narrative of why they don’t enter such compounds. Gives them a way to save face. One could turn the Bill of Rights into a religion.

    Right now, the control freaks are winning. Hamlets would stop them cold…and enforce local government.

    Parallel to this…efforts must be made to deprive their ability to cut off or intercept communications between hamlets. I’m expecting Tor to go first….but there are many other technologies which will soon be “unobtainium” for normal people.

  76. E.M.Smith says:

    @Taz:

    Download / archive your copy of the source code to Devuan (or other distro of choice) along with Tor and i2p (and any other dark net such as zeronet that you like).

    With the source code, you can always start building out your own dark net infrastructure.

    That’s why I’m running an i2p router now… Build now, have it later.

    “You can’t stop the Signal, Mal.”…

    IMHO, there’s enough folks with the source code and skills to assure they will always be a Dark Net. Likely a few dozen Dark Nets. It’s global and no one country nor collection of countries can stop it. “The Great Firewall Of China” doesn’t even stop all of it.

    I’ve chosen my turf as the computer / technical side. Others can take on the Hamlet part or the border guard part. (I’ll “go there” if all else fails, but for now this is my highest and best use).

    I’ll not go quietly into that dark night after a knock on the door…

  77. E.M.Smith says:

    How to mirror:
    https://www.debian.org/mirror/ftpmirror
    Sizes:
    https://www.debian.org/mirror/size

    Mirror Size
    How big is the Debian archive?
    Numbers on this page are updated daily.
    
    Architecture	Size in GB
    source	109
    all	197
    amd64	428
    arm64	324
    

    So you can get all the source code in 109 GB, and all of the common PC version compiled binaries in 428 more. Under 500 GB. I’ve got an old 500 GB USB 2.0 disk that is “uninteresting” now due to the “small” size compared to my 8 TB disk that cost about $140…

    Versions most folks won’t care about? about 200 to 300 GB per architecture you archive:

    armel	247
    armhf	278
    i386	353
    mips	156
    mips64el	284
    mipsel	254
    ppc64el	324
    s390x	287
    Total	3240
    

    So for about $100 of USB disk you can archive the entire 3.2 TB.

    Or clone the web site for browsing:

    https://sources.debian.org/

    Mirroring Devuan modified packages discussion:
    https://dev1galaxy.org/viewtopic.php?id=1571

    In order to mirror only devuan-specific suites in ascii for amd64,
    your debmirror.conf should have something like:

    $host=”pkgmaster.devuan.org”;
    $remoteroot=”devuan”;
    $download_method=”http”;
    @dists=”ascii”;
    @sections=”main,main/debian-installer,contrib,non-free”;
    @arches=”amd64″;

    I have tried it now myself with:

    $ debmirror -p –keyring=/usr/share/keyrings/devuan-archive-keyring.gpg ./devuan-only

    and it works.

    Also note that FreeBSD is buildable from source at your site and note that Gentoo comes as a source tarball (and I’m pretty sure Slackware can be done that way too).

    Over the years I’ve packratted a few of them, so worst case is I drop back a couple of years in the build process… but I’m pretty sure they will be plenty of time to download a fresh Gentoo or Freebsd archive if that day comes.

    I only stress Debian / Devuan and current as it has i2p already included in the packages.

    Which reminds me, I have a local Devuan ASCII archive, but not a Beowulf (where i2p is first integrated in the repository). Maybe I need to fire up that clone process again ;-)
    https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2017/10/02/debian-devuan-raspbian-repositories/

    Note that Debian advises against a straight rsync as someone might be doing source code updates in an order that is different from your downloads and you could end up with an incompatible state. As I don’t intend to mirror “devo” but rather “old-stable” that’s really a low risk. But there is a script at the Debian HowTo Mirror site to take care of that.

    It will not be easy to block nor sensor the internet… You can change where and how the bits flow, but you can’t stop the bits from flowing.

    Then there’s that other implicit thing that’s a full on failure:

    The notion that the citizens are a passive empty bucket into which you can pour attitudes and beliefs if only you control the media. It doesn’t work that way. People are an incredibly diverse and stubborn collection of groups and they will all react differently. Just look at Disney / Lucas Film being flat out roasted, scorned, vilified, and subscriptions dropped by the Star Wars Fans for their treatment of Gina. They expected an easy skate and nice response to Virtue Signals and all, but what they got was something else. Then they tried shutting off comments on videos about “the issues”… so folks just started Dissing Them on ALL their videos and social media.

    Basically you CAN move people slowly in a direction if they don’t notice or care much, but once they are PISSED OFF at you, it becomes Brittle Failure. And we are way past the brittle failure mode point.

    I’m at the Zero Tolerance point for “P.C. Crap In My Face” and anything censorship. There’s about 100 Million in the USA alone who are there with me too. (Look how fast Parler, Bitchute, Odysee, RSBN, etc. have grown…)

    They want to “bring it”, I’m willing to “cook the bits to roast it”…

  78. Taz says:

    Facebook says even content “in the voice of Donald Trump” is banned, deletes major interview

    https://reclaimthenet.org/facebook-deletes-major-trump-interview/

    Possible this could have the reverse effect? Why do they fear his words?

  79. Taz says:

    “@Taz:

    Download / archive your copy of the source code to Devuan (or other distro of choice) along with Tor and i2p (and any other dark net such as zeronet that you like).”

    Despite operating a relay for nearly two decades – I fear for Tor. They could easily disappear tomorrow. This is not an idle fear, and there is much open source which is similarly vulnerable.

    The people at Tor and Mozilla right now are loons. How could they be trusted?

    Trust can only be restored if evil is eliminated.

  80. jim2 says:

    Well, this is interesting. Ubuntu was top dog for a long time, then Linux Mint, took a look at distrowatch.com today and MXLinux is on top for downloads. SystemD?

    What’s the deal with MX and systemd? How come there are still systemd packages installed?

    Systemd is included in order to allow some important applications to run, but it is not enabled by default. For more information see the Users Manual Section 1.7 and theWiki article.

    https://mxlinux.org/wiki/help-files/mx-faqs/

  81. Taz says:

    @another ian says:
    28 March 2021 at 9:27 pm

    More rot

    “https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2021/03/28/senators-on-armed-services-committee-promote-expansion-of-nsa-domestic-data-gathering-and-surveillance-nsa-response-the-fourth-amendment-is-a-key-obstacle-you-need-to-remove/

    Armed hamlets. Go for broke.

    It would not take more than a couple of Wacos to condition them not to waltz in. No one has called the federal government on our Bill of Rights – yet.

    Follow up if needed to drive home the point – “We know where your families live”.

    ABSOLUTE certainty of blowback makes our homes unobtanium to the fed. There is no easy way.
    Model citizen you leave them alone – fanatical assassins if you screw with them.

    Everyone continues to search for compromise here. There just isn’t. Can’t happen. Citizens must learn to say NO.

  82. jim2 says:

    Well, finally some good news. Arizona will have 4 different groups of auditors, making up one team. One of the groups will use the ballot imaging technology we discussed earlier. Great news, really.

    Finally, we have some great news to share!
    The Republican Senate in Arizona made the courageous decision patriots around the country have been hoping for. These Republicans decided upon the team who will be performing the upcoming audit in Maricopa County and it’s an excellent list of entities.

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/03/huge-breaking-news-arizona-senate-republicans-courageously-announce-team-will-perform-maricopa-county-audit-good-news-america/

    I know this is the right thing to happen after stumbling upon this article at MSN:

    Arizona Senate hires a Trump ninja to do its election audit. No … really

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/arizona-senate-hires-a-trump-ninja-to-do-its-election-audit-no-really/ar-BB1faPuj

  83. YMMV says:

    “There’s a Datsun in the White House garage, but its check-engine light is on.”
    https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2021/04/the_coming_rebranding.html
    AKA Biden her time.

  84. philjourdan says:

    @YMMV – Not quite as old as PorchLight, but I do remember when it was called Datsun. Never owned one. They had a reputation of being the Yugos of Japanese cars. (have owned Hondas and Toyotas and VWs). Other than what my wife drove, never owned a Big 4 Auto – for you young whipper-snappers – Big 4 back in the 70s was – GM, Ford, Chrysler, and AMC).

  85. E.M.Smith says:

    @Jim2:

    Hmmm…. Noticed today while doing downloads of “refresh” copies of OSs:

    https://wiki.pine64.org/index.php/ROCK64_Software_Release#Ubuntu_18.04_Bionic_minimal_32bit_.28armhf.29_Image_.5BmicroSD_.2F_eMMC_Boot.5D_.5B0.9.14.5D

    Cent OS [No Longer Maintained]
    Centos.png
    CentOS-7 Community Build Image [microSD Boot]

    Fedora [No Longer Maintained]
    Fedora1.png
    Fedora Minimal Community Build Image [microSD boot] [Preliminary Build]

    Both (formerly?) THE #1 for commercial / Edu users. Fedora being RedHat for the masses and Centos being the Computing Community Data Center build. BOTH hard core SystemD.

    Yet Slackware, a semi-backwater somewhat campy very old school build, still using the original 1980 era rc.d not even SystemV Init, that they have a lot of. Oh, and no SystemD….

    Somehow I get the impression an increasing number of people are “voting with their feet”.

    I know I will do NO support work nor contributed software nor even “community builds” for SystemD systems. How many other “OLD Systems Admins” who hate SystemD have just walked away from those various communities? Eh?

    I’d rather shove my brains through the sieve of making FrankenSystems and learning how to do “Build from scratch from sources” than deal with the poorly designed and badly implemented drek from Pottering… Just saying… You might not know this but I think poorly of SystemD ;-) /sarc; /snark;

    I’m even putting time into getting past the hump of installing a GUI Desktop on the BSDs. The choices are limited and the process back at about 1999 level of automation, but I’m OK with that, given the alternatives…

  86. YMMV says:

    @philjourdan, when did AMC become part of the Big 4? It was always the Big 3 plus some minor players. I take that back. It was not always the Big 3. That came later. The first American car was sold in 1896, about “485 companies entering the market between 1899 and 1909”. 253 manufacturers left in 1908. Ford Model A in 1903. GM formed by William Durant buying out 30 auto manufacturers in 1908, including Buick and Oldsmobile. Maxwell Motor Company (1904) became Chrysler in 1925. The Big 3 dominance started in the twenties. 1928 Chrysler bought Dodge. 44 manufacturers were left in 1929. AMC was the merger of Nash and Hudson in 1954. The proposed merger with Studebaker-Packard did not happen. It’s a fascinating history of American innovation … and decline. Cars may be better now, but the romance is not the same.

    (BTW, comparing Datsun and Nissan to the Harris-Biden administration is a slur on those brands.)

  87. YMMV says:

    “that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth”
    has been replaced by government in the name of the people. In other words, the elites impose all the governing, saying it’s what the people want without ever asking. “It’s for your own good” comes to mind, which may or may not be true, but it is always for the good of the elite. Marxism is far from being alone in this. I’m for going back to a government which serves the people and not the other way round.

    The US after WW2 has had a nasty habit of subverting democracies around the world. The excuse was that they had socialist leanings, but the end result was always that they supported people who were truly fascist, with death squads and all. Hitler was not the only fascist. Franco should be high on that list of fascists, and Pinochet too.

    https://www.rt.com/usa/519881-us-chile-brazil-pinochet/

    What is new is that the US is now subverting itself. Leaning socialist, going on anarchist, with the goal being a totalitarian state (call it what you want, but it’s fascism by another name).

  88. jim2 says:

    I have literally been covering SCO’s legal attempts to prove that IBM illegally copied Unix’s source code into Linux for over 17 years. I’ve written well over 500 stories on this lawsuit and its variants. I really thought it was dead, done, and buried. I was wrong. Xinuos, which bought SCO’s Unix products and intellectual property (IP) in 2011, like a bad zombie movie, is now suing IBM and Red Hat [for] “illegally Copying Xinuos’ software code for its server operating systems.” For those of you who haven’t been around for this epic IP lawsuit, you can get the full story with “27 eight-by-ten color glossy photographs and circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one” from Groklaw. If you’d rather not spend a couple of weeks going over the cases, here’s my shortened version. Back in 2001, SCO, a Unix company, joined forces with Caldera, a Linux company, to form what should have been a major Red Hat rival. Instead, two years later, SCO sued IBM in an all-out legal attack against Linux.

    The fact that most of you don’t know either company’s name gives you an idea of how well that lawsuit went. SCO’s Linux lawsuit made no sense and no one at the time gave it much of a chance of succeeding. Over time it was revealed that Microsoft had been using SCO as a sock puppet against Linux.

    https://yro.slashdot.org/story/21/04/01/1647259/sco-linux-fud-returns-from-the-dead

  89. E.M.Smith says:

    @Jim2:

    All I can say to that is “Really? Again?…”

    There’s been so much water under the bridge since the first suit, and folks did a major “make sure nothing is copied” purge of Linux source code for a few staff-centuries of effort, that there can’t be very much “there there”.

    THE major problem the suit must face:

    Linus wrote the Linux Kernel. That’s IT. End of story.

    Properly, it is not “Linux” that is being sued as that is JUST the kernel. Properly it is called GNU Linux as it is the GNU “userland” on top of the Linux kernel that is what people actually use.

    GNU stands for GNU IS NOT UNIX. From the very start it was to be NOT UNIX. Stallman and his group set out to duplicate the operation but NOT the source code.

    Then, the bulk of the applications used on GNU Linux are separate creations. Mozilla and Google for browsers (plus a dozen others…), LibreOffice for the office suite, etc. etc. They are not “Linux” nor even “GNU Linux”.

    In short, if they are suing over “Linux”, they are saying Linus copied the Unix Kernel which is patently false. If they are suing over “GNU Linux” they are asserting Stallman copied Unix Userland which he has stated from day one was exactly NOT his purpose. If they are suing over applications, each one has a clear development history separate from GNU Linux. Then you must ask yourself just how IBM relates to Linux, Stallman, and the Aps developers…

    What was true (but is no longer) is that a FEW bits of code were written by folks who LOOKED AT the Unix code then rewrote it. Those were hunted down and purged 20 years ago.

    IMHO the suers are just looking for a nuisance suit settlement.

  90. Jim Masterson says:

    Speaking of lawsuits, I remember two that were big in their day. One was the Franklin-Apple suit. The problem with Franklin was that they copied the Apple BIOS bit for bit–even the nonsense unused code that was added to trap copiers. Franklin lost.

    The other were the Lotus 1-2-3 suits. In this case, Paperback and Mosaic software companies copied the Lotus 1-2-3 look but completely redid the code from scratch. Unfortunately they lost the suit. I say unfortunately because I don’t think a company should be able to copyright the user interface. For instance, book titles can’t be copyrighted. And what if you couldn’t use a standard driver interface for a car. Every car would have a different setup, steering wheels, gas pedals, etc. Lotus 1-2-3 tried to sue Borland because they had a Lotus 1-2-3 look-alike screen, but they lost that suit.

    Jim

  91. Pinroot says:

    I can’t believe that that someone is once again trying to make money off of suing IBM for some type of copyright infringement. It’s like the lawsuit that won’t die. I remember following that years ago, when SCO or Caldera or whoever was suing IBM, on the site Groklaw (the site is still up but hasn’t been updated since 2013, but you can still go through all of the nooks and crannies of the case). I guess whoever owns the code feels like maybe the previous folks didn’t do something right, and they won’t make that same mistake this time around (sounds like socialism doesn’t it?).

  92. philjourdan says:

    News Reports – “Man shoots/stabs/attacks someone or something”. How do you know it is not a white guy?

    Because they did not declare it in the headlines and the first paragraph says they are waiting to learn the identity.

    Noah Green, a follower of the Nation of Islam, was the perp this time. No way to spin that one either.

  93. philjourdan says:

    @YMMV – 1987 (later than I assumed). By the time of the buyout, the only thing of value at AMC was the Jeep Brand. Anyone remember the Gremlin? The Rambler (my mother owned one). They were #4 on the top 4 and not doing well, only barely holding on because the Jeep line was popular. Still is!

    And while I did not compare Datsun and Nissan to Porchlight and Fauxblack, I wish I had of!!!

  94. philjourdan says:

    @Jim2 – Re: Suing IBM – and before them, Novell. IBM has a deep pocket.

  95. philjourdan says:

    @Jim Masterson – Interesting bit of trivia (as the damn things are going out of support this summer). HItachi’s switch blades on the blade servers copied Cisco code so accurately, they even incorporated a bug that resets the switch’s default gateway after a reboot! Given that it is as bad as Cisco’s switch blades, and not a household name, I do not know if Cisco sued them. But I have worked on both and ran into it both times.!

  96. E.M.Smith says:

    @Phil:

    I remember the Gremlin (it was a decent car… take sedan, chop off butt, sell to kids and young adults) and the Rambler (the wagon was reasonably popular and reliable). AMC was a decent car company. It really didn’t deserve the Zombie Death it got…

    BTW, I also like the Nash cars that got mergered into Nash Rambler… Somehow that company was always the rollup king. Sucking in all the Also Ran brands… I really liked the Metropolitan as it was a kid sized car and I was a kid ;-) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nash_Metropolitan it started a 50 year long love of mini-cars. Mini-Cooper, first air cooled Honda, Fiat 500? engine the size of a sewing machine… etc.

    And yes, what carried all that rollup was the Jeep. IMHO it still is. Make a sturdy and reliable and field reparable off road truck at a decent price and it WILL sell.

    Forget all the sizzle that marketing wants to sell. Just show me a decent priced steak that is good to me and my tastes and I’ll buy it.

  97. philjourdan says:

    @EMS – actually since I am your age, and so my mother was a lot older, her Rambler was a Nash. We were poor so it was not a NEW car!

    But I did not follow in my mother’s footsteps. But I married a woman that loves the Jeep! (and I agree, a great brand). Alas now I am buying my cars from Fresno (Toyota Truck plant for NAM).

  98. E.M.Smith says:

    There does seem to be a great cultural divide between the “grew up poor, but not so now” and those who never dealt with limits.

    I went to school with many of the pampered kids of the rich and they all impressed me as a bit out of touch, with the only exception being the children of rich farmers. Seems they had to work the farm for their parents and had clue hammered into them early.

    I once attended a Rich Connected Persons Party in San Francisco. Guest of a guy in the dorms who had a $2 Million inheritance to deal with. (Now about $40 Million in todays dollars). He cottoned pretty quick that I was clueful AND honest. So like me.

    It was a stand up cocktail party. LOADS of Name Names kids all trying to impress the hell out of each other. I “clued up” quick. In one discussion where they were being Oh So PC, just shoved reality shit at the audience. They decided that while I was an amusing distraction that they ought to distance themselves from my pollution… Another couple in the entry, I overheard saying something like “We need to make an appearance but I hate these things. Give it about 30 minutes, then make excuses to leave as I want to go to {real party with real people} that’s happening at {other place}.”

    That was the moment I realized that I NEVER wanted to move in the circles of the Movers & Shakers as it was all shit and deception.

    Like in the movie “The Forgotten Man”. I was the forgotten man on display for amusement…

    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0033622/

    It was an odd moment. Realizing that I did NOT want to “climb the social ladder” into that nest of adders… and in fact wanted to just get out as soon as possible. I have zero regrets about my decision as there is a lot to be said for a fun comfortable life well away from idiots with money and bastard evil wannabees.

  99. Taz says:

    http://www.tourmalinewireless.com/blog/gotenna-mesh-building-the-network

    https://inthemesh.com/archive/long-range-short-burst-mobile-mesh-networking/

    Mesh is overhyped – IF you expect it to deliver the same performance as conventional centralized systems.

    But if you’re comfortable with written word speeds….this is what “cockroach survivable” communications looks like.

  100. E.M.Smith says:

    @Taz:

    Mesh can be any speed you are willing to fund. It all depends on what hardware you are willing to buy / put in service.

    Yes, for “hardware in hand” (literally) it isn’t as fast as folks might want.

    But also yes, “cockroach survivable” is a good enough first level in an Aw Shit.

    I once set up a GigaBit Microwave link between two sites several miles apart. This was when 10 M Bit Eithernet was hot stuff.

    It all comes down to money, hardware, and desire…

  101. E.M.Smith says:

    From Authentic News and Edgy to Skin-Suit. NY Times and Vice:

    https://odysee.com/@TimcastNews:0/vice-media-may-finally-be-over,-company:f

    FWIW I remember the Wendy’s Salad Bar.. and I liked it…

  102. E.M.Smith says:

    This is a bit of a hoot… but also has some technical aspects for both computing and economic issues..

    https://odysee.com/@Styxhexenhammer666:2/sec-attacks-lbry,-tries-to-redefine:7

    https://odysee.com/@samtime:1/us-gov-tries-suing-a-cryptocurrency-lbry:8

    The Socialists In Charge (SIT or maybe Socialist Heroes In Charge SHIT) are suing LBRY / Odysee as they are effectively replacing EewTube AssHoles….

  103. H.R. says:

    @E.M.. philjourdan, and anyone else whose eyes aren’t glazed over by old car talk…

    The Javelin and the Gremlin X were pretty hot stuff. The Javelin was a very hot street machine and I had a yen for one. Sadly, though it could compete on performance specs, it just couldn’t stand up to the marketing pressure put on by the Mustang vs. Camaro Pony Car wars.

    In the ’90s, I worked at a factory where a guy and his son had a Javelin that they drag raced. It won a lot – not all – but was a top competition machine that won on driving skill as much as horsepower, tranny tech, and tire choice.

    The father and son team took home a lot of hardware and enough cash to support their drag racing habit.
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    My neighbor down the street has a ’66 Barracuda, another car I craved. A buddy of mine had one that I rode in many times. Great performance and I liked the fastback look.

    My neighbor across the street has a ’69 GTO and a ’66 Dodge Charger with its original, matching number 426 Hemi Engine. It’s unrestored and in about 90% to 95% condition. Very, very nice. That car is probably worth about 1/2 what his house is worth [gobsmacked emoji here]. He’s given me a ride in both of those cars. Hard to to choose between those two classic muscle cars.

    Still, I wouldn’t turn down a Javelin… if I could find one. Fewer made and sold, so fairly rare.
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    Fun stuff, for those of us that grew up with ’60s muscle cars. The Aussies here had their own stable of ’60s muscle cars that they grew up with. I am only just beginning to get vaguely, fuzzily familiar with their toys.

    No-one was much interested in shipping an Aussie muscle car to the U.S.A. for a little drag racing, and few in the U.S.A. wanted to pay mega-bucks for any Aussie vehicle. Not too many Camaros and Mustangs made it down under either, as best I know.

    The Brits seem to stick with road cars: MG, Triumph, Jaguar (though the E-Type was drag raced in the U.S.), Aston Martin, Austin Healy, and others. I guess there are no roads in GB with a 1/4-mile straight stretch in them 😜

  104. cdquarles says:

    I’ve never thought highly of AMC or Chrysler, though of the two I’ve only had the “pleasure” of owing a Chrysler; and it wasn’t particularly good of a vehicle. Chevrolets, Oldsmobiles, Fords, Toyotas, Mistubishis and Nissans I have had excellent experience owning them. Only Ford I didn’t think much of was the Pinto. I had two aunts that worked for Ford and Chrysler respectively, with one aunt working in the plant. So …

  105. E.M.Smith says:

    @CDQuarles:

    Chrysler was the German Car Maker of America. (Chevy French, Ford British) by ancestry and style. The Dodge “Slant Six” had legendary durability. I still see a couple Valiants driving around.

    They were going into the 200,000+ mile range back when my Ford had an engine rebuild at 80,000 and making it to 100,000 miles was a big deal. My Chevy Impala made it, then had an axle break while parked in the dorm parking lot. Go figure… But it only made it by a little and was burning a quart of oil per tank of gas by then…

    Mom had a Dodge Dart with a small V8 in it. I got to drive it before I got my own car. Lots of performance from a small package, very well designed, and very durable.

    Dad had a Barracuda for a while. I think maybe it was his Mid-Life-Crisis car ;-) Red. I got to drive it exactly ONCE. With him in the passenger seat. Touch the gas too hard it would smoke the tires off the line. I then went away to college and some year or two later he sold it. I’d love to have that car now…

    These were not plush-mobiles and did things like “no fabric trim on windows” so you had painted metal instead in the doors / window trim.. BUT the painted metal did not age and fray like the fabric over ‘whatever’ did, so didn’t get ratty after a few years. Suspension was more what we now call “sport”, i.e. stiffer. (The Chevy Impala Dad gave me when he got the Barracuda had what I called “Boaty suspension” or “marshmallow ride”. Nearly no road feel at all and a lot of body roll in corners).

    The ’60s era Mopar was very special. After the late ’70s / early ’80s it was not the same company.

    Only really bad thing was that if the Chrysler engineers came up with a new idea that was better, they implemented it immediately. So you would often need to give year and MONTH and occasionally exact date of manufacture to get the right part for one of them.

    I have no idea if, now that it has changed hands several times, the Chrysler / Dodge product line is any good at all. Iacocca saved the company but his line of mini-vans and ‘world cars’ were not the same stuff as the Mopar Muscle Cars… Nice basic transportation, but not legendary…
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_Iacocca

  106. E.M.Smith says:

    Oh My… Weekend At Biden’s starring Kackling Kamala…

    It seems Sky News Australia has a better handle on American Politics than any of our “Mainstream” pisswater media…

    Unfortunately, my attempt to save a copy before it gets purged failed. I’m hoping an update / upgrade will fix it… (Youtube mutates things every so often so the copy programs fail…)

    ems@XU4uDevuan3:~$ youtube-dl https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqYK_g23z6I
     YqYK_g23z6I: Downloading webpage
     YqYK_g23z6I: Downloading video info webpage
    ERROR: YqYK_g23z6I: YouTube said: Invalid parameters.
    

    Hopefully someone else can archive a copy…

  107. YMMV says:

    H.R.: “The Brits seem to stick with road cars: MG, Triumph, Jaguar (though the E-Type was drag raced in the U.S.), Aston Martin, Austin Healy, and others. I guess there are no roads in GB with a 1/4-mile straight stretch in them.”

    Two seaters, what was once called a sports car, tonneau cover instead of a hardtop, those were the days. Not only no quarter mile stretch, the roads were not wide enough to fit two cars side by side. But it’s a different thrill. California still has some magnificent roads to make you enjoy driving again. Back roads in the mountains. Sporty two seaters are rare now; that driving niche is mostly filled by motorcycles.

    Brit cars is a whole ‘nother topic. But we can’t overlook Morgan and Land Rover (alt-Jeep).
    You know what they say about Brit cars, they can’t keep the oil in or the water out. Still, they were fun.

  108. E.M.Smith says:

    @YMMV:

    Or the electricity right….

    But I always had a “thing” for the Mini-Cooper… especially in the original Italian Job movie… where the cars where the stars ;-)
    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064505/

    Also, it turns out, the Subaru boxer engine design started out as a British design.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jowett_Cars
    Though Benz had designed a Boxer engine back in the 1800’s…
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jowett_Javelin

    The flat four overhead valve engine of 1486 cc with a compression ratio of 7.2:1 was water-cooled and had an aluminium block and wet cylinder liners. It developed 50 bhp (37 kW) at 4100 rpm (52.5 bhp in the case of the PE) giving the car a maximum speed of 77 mph (124 km/h) and a 0-50 mph (80 km/h) time of 13.4 seconds.[3] Two Zenith carburettors were fitted and PA and PB versions had hydraulic tappets.

  109. Power Grab says:

    @ EM re:
    “Dad had a Barracuda for a while. I think maybe it was his Mid-Life-Crisis car ;-)”

    A guy that I dated right after high school graduation was given a white Barracuda convertible for graduation. His dad joked about having to ask, “Son, can I use the car tonight?”

    One time he had me drive it as our group left a restaurant. I seem to remember that he actually was sitting on top of front hood, hanging on to the windshield. Anyway, I took it out of the restaurant parking lot onto the street in a sharp, 90 degree turn. It responded more quickly than I thought it would. I didn’t lose control of it, even though we whipped through that corner kinda fast. I drove around the corner the restaurant was sitting on and pulled back into the parking lot. His response was, “Where’d you learn to drive? Indianapolis?”

    Ummm… No. But I was used to driving a 1958 Oldsmobile Delta 88, a 1962 Buick something-or-other, and a 1967 Buick LeSabre, . The Barracuda was less boat-like than the other cars I was used to driving. That’s my excuse, and I’m sticking to it!

    I liked the LeSabre best. It was gold. The radio was great. The AC was great. I was supremely happy driving that car on sunny days with the radio cranked up. It was the only one of our cars that had power steering and power brakes at that time. Good times, good times.

  110. Power Grab says:

    Changing the subject…last night I was washing the dishes and broke the glass coffee carafe for our Proctor Silex drip coffee maker. I have a laceration on the outer palm of my right hand that didn’t want to stop bleeding. It was about 2:00 or 3:00 a.m. and my offspring was spending the night with a friend. Since it wouldn’t stop bleeding, and my offspring was absent, I was racking my brain, trying to think of someone who might take me to the ER. Not that I want to go there, but I haven’t had a wound like that before and didn’t know if it would need stitches.

    It took maybe 10-15 minutes of pressing with a big wad of paper towels, and finally elevating my hand, to get it under control. I was able to finally put ointment and a waterproof bandage on it. It has only leaked a little bit from the ends of the laceration since last night.

    I put on some vinyl medical exam gloves and picked up the glass and swept the floor. I briefly ran the garbage disposal, to see if it had glass in it. It sounded like it did, so I switched it off and haven’t tried it again.

    My questions about this are:

    1. How long will it take for a shallow laceration to heal enough that I can immerse my hand in water again? I’ve used waterproof bandages before, and they are fine if you don’t have to do vigorous washing with it on. But tomorrow is Easter and I have to wash my hair when I get cleaned up in the morning before I go to church. I’ve heard of people using Super Glue to seal wounds. Has anyone here ever done that?

    2. How should I deal with the glass in the garbage disposal? Do I need to hire a plumber to deal with it?

  111. philjourdan says:

    @EMS – Schmoozing with idiots.

    Been there, done that and hated every minute; I am, not in the 1%. Never will be and thank my lucky stars I am not. I have been invited, but I was the one that was trying to make a quick getaway. And yes, after the first time, no problems with a second time!

  112. philjourdan says:

    @H.R.

    H.R. says:
    3 April 2021 at 11:43 am

    @E.M.. philjourdan, and anyone else whose eyes aren’t glazed over by old car talk…

    Tim Allen once said that a man and his first car are inseparable. I understand that now; That VW was a pain in the ass! But it was also a great car!

    I want another VW Beetle (not one of the new feminine new ones, an Original).

    No AC, no FM, a broken sun roof so the water slouches back to front when it rains. Yea that baby!

    I am old and nostalgic!

  113. philjourdan says:

    @EMS – the MiniCooper – What those in the know call the Mini Coffin! :-)

  114. philjourdan says:

    @Powergrab

    How long to deal with the wound? Bandage it and be done. Unless It has hit an artery, I do that.

    Glass in the Garbage disposal? That is the bad part, You have to fish it out. Use rubber gloves. Glass in the disposal is a no no!

  115. E.M.Smith says:

    Per the wound:

    Direct pressure usually is what stops a bleed. I also keep a big styptic pencil in the bathroom just in case… But you already have it stopped.

    I got a similar nasty cut base of my left thumb into palm when I ripped the top off of a 1/2 gallon of juice. The lid was stuck and I cranked on it… didn’t realize I could rip jars in half… After pressure and a bit of rinse, checked that things still moved (i.e. no cut tendons) and approximated the edges to perfection. Bandaged it, and went to a Doc In A Box. BIG Mistake.

    I ought to have gotten clue when in a deep Indian accent he asked (looking at it) if i was there for a checkup on how it was healing…. So once he figures out it is a new cut and NOT nicely glued up, he proceeds to put in stitches of such poor technique that the edges were NOT approximated nicely but had bits of ‘pucker’ in them. My next mistake was not taking out those stitches when I got home and just reapproximating the edges and taping it all in place…

    With perfectly approximated edges, I’ve had cuts seal up in a few days. With poor mating of the edges it can take 2 weeks as lots of granulation / scar tissue has to form.

    I’d keep it out of water for at least a week. Also avoid pressure that would pull the wound back open. If it reopens, your timer resets to start…

    Superglue is used as a surgical closure. I’ve used it on small cuts but never anything big. Just a thin layer on the ‘flap’ and put it back in place. DO make sure it is aligned right before you push edges together as the way you remove it is isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) and that’s going to hurt like an SOB. My guess is that by now the wound is glued shut with platelets / scab and it’s a bit late to apply glue. What I’d likely do at this stage is apply a series of “butterfly closures” over it and keep it wrapped and dry.

  116. YMMV says:

    “No AC, no FM, a broken sun roof so the water slouches back to front when it rains.”

    And no fuel gauge.

    All the drivers, especially those who have had some grease on their hands, will like this. Passengers maybe not so much.
    VW beetle with 600 hp Tesla motor. In Wales. He evens talks about drag racing.

  117. jim2 says:

    Pretty large drop in global temperature in April. Of course, you can’t put too much on one month’s data. But the trend right now is down. The global sat temp hasn’t been down to -0.1 since 2014 or so.

  118. jim2 says:

    As of March 3, only 56 of Georgia’s 159 counties have provided ballot transfer form data to The Georgia Star News. The number of absentee by mail ballots delivered to registrars in those 56 counties total only 195,309, or 32.5 percent, of the estimated 600,000 absentee vote by mail ballots deposited in drop boxes and delivered to county registrars and counted in Georgia’s 2020 presidential election.

    In other words, there is no chain of custody for 67.5 percent – an estimated 404,691 – of the estimated 600,000 absentee vote by mail ballots deposited in drop boxes and delivered to county registrars and counted in Georgia’s 2020 presidential election.”

    https://e-militia.com/index.php/2021/03/31/save-america-pac-comes-out-battle-ready-article-about-georgias-400000-missing-ballots-and-corey-lewandowski/

  119. Power Grab says:

    @ jim2:
    Thanks for the links. I wonder if metal broomsticks work as well as wooden broomsticks. (I prefer wooden ones, but they’re next to impossible to find now.)

    @ philjourdan and EM:
    Thanks for the replies. I need to get me some of those butterfly doo-dads. I’m down to one of the waterproof bandages. I also need to do the grocery shopping. I guess the lawn won’t get mowed this weekend after all.

    The music playing this morning went fine, for which I’m grateful! After we finished, the pastor’s wife’s mother came over. She attends a Methodist church in another town. She said that they always sing “The Hallelujah Chorus” at the end of their Easter. When she heard the intro of the piece I ended with, she thought we were going to do that. But, no… However, now I have dug out of my library a piano arrangement of the “Hallelujah Chorus” combined with “Joy to the World”. I know most people would think of those numbers as Christmas music, but I think it’s a nice idea to use them at Easter. They’re all joyous and all, y’know?

  120. jim2 says:

    PG – If you have a wet/dry shop vac, you might be able to jerry-rig a small PVC pipe or some such to it and vac out the disposal. You could even dump a cup of water into after the first go to help move it out with the vac.

  121. philjourdan says:

    DOH! @Jim2 – PG – listen to that man. I completely forgot about a wet dry vac. But make sure it is a good one. Glass is heavy.

  122. jim2 says:

    How do they get rid of this corrupt b*st*rd???

    Georgia’s corrupt Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger sent a request to the courts yesterday requesting that ballot images taken from the voting machines in Georgia be the only source of evidence to be used in an upcoming audit in Fulton County Georgia. Raffensperger doesn’t want the paper ballots reviewed.

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/04/hiding-georgias-secretary-state-raffensperger-petitioning-court-requesting-state-not-hand-ballots-audit/

  123. jim2 says:

    OK, you can audit only the ballots we give you WT???

    After months of delays and distractions, the Arizona Senate finally is able to audit the results of the 2020 Presidential Election in Maricopa County. Once the Senate’s audit team was announced last week, the Board of Supervisors of Maricopa County held an emergency meeting behind closed doors. The only known result of that meeting was that the Board of Supervisors won’t allow the audit to be performed in the Tabulation Center where the ballots from the 2020 election are currently housed

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/04/democrats-arizona-now-attacking-auditors-selected-arizonas-senate-audit-2020-election-results-maricopa-county/

  124. jim2 says:

    See the trend? Yep, me neither.

  125. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    Good one!

    Folks forget that there are conservative hackers. While the major ethos is entirely Center Libertarian, now that being Center Libertarian gets you attacked too, there’s a whole lot of the hacker community who “are not amused”… It is generally the case that abusing power by the powerful is seen as “bad” and something to “avenge”…

    May folks abandon FacePlant in droves…

  126. another ian says:

    ‘There’s a debate going on between doctors on the BMJ website about the new covid vaccines. Here is the original article that kicked it off. ‘

    http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2021/04/05/trust-the-experts/

    And links to the comments there

  127. E.M.Smith says:

    Just an FYI to folks here:

    FWIW, I have gotten a part time job. I don’t expect it to take too much away from here, but there will be times when I’m not approving comments in moderation or when a new article will arrive a day later than expected (not like I’m all that punctual now though….)

    A long term friend, and service provider, has had his I.T. guy move away and he was left hanging. Then add in that there’s a compliance effort needed for HIPPA and he’s in need… So I said “Sure, I’ll be glad to help.” So I’m rapidly coming up to speed on HIPPA (medical privacy / archival stuff) and working to sort out any other I.T. stuff needed. My expectation is closer to 10 hours a week than 40, but there will be times there are bursts of more as I implement changes to networks and stuff.

    I won’t be able to say anything about the who, where, or even the how (as you don’t share security information about a site), but I can occasionally say “how many hours” I might be AFK Away From Keyboard.

  128. philjourdan says:

    HIPPA?? Runs faster than a horse and has the bite of several newtons! :-)

    Enjoy. I guess this means Lamb Fridays are now hamburger casserole?

  129. Power Grab says:

    @ jim2 and philjourdan:

    Thanks again to both of you. As a matter of fact, when I was in Lowe’s recently, it crossed my mind that I might look for a wet/dry vac. I guess it crossed so QUICKLY that it promptly slipped my mind. :-)

    That is an excellent idea. I think I could ought to get one of those wet/dry vacs. Being a homeowner now, I’m sure I’ll get my money’s worth out of it by not having to call repair people all the time.

    My laceration is healing up very nicely. I even stopped dressing it because it seems like they heal more quickly if you can get away with leaving it uncovered. So far, so good!

  130. E.M.Smith says:

    @PhilJourdan:

    More like I will be willing to fork out the bucks for the chops ;-) Or maybe even that big ol’ leg-o-lamb!

    @Power Grab:

    Don’t forget the “dry” part of the wet/dry vac. You can use it for regular old floors and stuff too ;-)

    I’d still put butterfly bandages across the wound. They hold it together while NOT blocking the wound itself (sticky bits only on the tabs). Until a good bit of healing has done, the cut can be pulled back open with only modest force, and eventually you forget it’s not done yet and push hard on something or catch something… About one per inch if it looks good.

  131. H.R. says:

    Ha! I just posted on Leg-O-Lamb over on the FOA Friday thread and come here to see lamb has cropped up.

    So…… howz come I get the feeling that lamb is never off topic on this blog?

    I suppose it’s only a matter of time before it pops up on the Tic-Tac thread…

    Quantum Lamb????? 😜 🤣🤣

  132. E.M.Smith says:

    Food in general is never off topic… that and beer… or wine…or…

    Lamb Uncertainty Principle:

    A lamb is in the paddock. Is it alive or is it roasted? Until it is observed, it is both, then, if the observer is hungry enough, it is roasted. Live lambs never realize this as when observed by a hungry observer, they cease observing and communicating…

    This effect applies to humans as well, though in the context of being in trouble. As when a friend who is clearly in good health and spirits is informed by his friend that when next observed by his spouse “man you will be toast”… Until that moment he is both “toasted” and not “toasted”… and sometimes “like a lamb to the slaughter” if his quantum entanglement with The Bad Thing is strong enough. (Note that due to said quantum entanglement, it is not possible to shield this past event from the future spouse… though exactly when in the future it will manifest is uncertain. Once entangled you are forever entangled and the information flows instantly into the future… Avoid entanglements… )

    ;-)

  133. jim2 says:

    PG – A shop vac typically has two different kinds of filters. One for dry operation and one for wet. You might want to pick up whichever doesn’t come with the machine.

  134. jim2 says:

    Wet shop vac story. Had a toilet that was sluggish flushing and on a hunch, did this. Removed the tank lid and with assistance from son, put shop vac hose over the flush hole and turned it on. Son poured 5 gal bucket of water into the bowl. After a couple of tries, heard a “swoosh” sound. A piece of packaging had somehow fallen into the rim of the bowl at the top and was plugging off the small holes where the water comes out. Shop vacs do have a lot of pulling power!

  135. Pinroot says:

    @EM re: youtube-dl – I was able to save the video you linked to. Sometimes youtube does something which will ‘break’ youtube-dl, but it usually gets fixed pretty quickly. You just need to grab the latest version, usually that will work.

    youtube-dl -U to update.

    I just did it, the latest version was released 04/01/21, so maybe that will work for you.

  136. H.R. says:

    Hey Ossqss – What’s going on with the gypsum waste holding pond in Bradenton?

    It is not a good situation. The dam is going to fail and the stuff is radioactive. People will need to be evacuated and maybe they already have been moved out. 500 million gallons of radioactive waste will go into Tampa Bay.

    That’s all I’ve heard. What’s the real scoop?
    .
    .
    .
    500 million gallons doesn’t mean much if Tampa Bay holds 3 trillion gallons of water. Also, is the waste any more radioactive than bananas? Will the fish in Tampa Bay be self-cooking? Will night fishing be easier because the fish glow?

    I just want to know if it’s all a bunch of YSM sensationalism and scaremongering for ratings or if there really is a big problem.

  137. E.M.Smith says:

    I think that many gallons is about 100 yards x 100 yards x 10 yards or about the size of a US Football Field x sidelines up to the bleachers… i.e. damn near nothing compared to Tampa Bay.

    Further, the stuff is “radioactive” in the same sort of way bananas are “radioactive”…

    Yeah, it will trip a Geiger Counter but it isn’t like it glows in the dark. I’d not want to swim in it every day for a year and drink it, but I’d be happy to swim in Tampa Bay right after the spill is over and where it went in…

    Bigger issue is that it is mildly (acidic IIRC, but maybe alkaline) so you don’t want to bathe in it until it’s mixed with sea water and neutralizes.

    BTW, this sludge from phosphate mining has spilled MANY times before and no bad consequences to the fish eaters… Basically it is almost entirely hype. (The true bits being that it isn’t nice stuff [ but due to pH] and it does have detectable radiation, as does a banana…)

  138. E.M.Smith says:

    Oh, and the evacuation is due to the flood risk, not any radiation risk…

    It does emit a bit of Radon from decay of Uranium / Radium as the decay chain runs. The ocean already has commercially viable levels of Uranium we can extract were anyone really interested in doing it.

    Sidebar On Tech:

    I’m posting this from my Odroid C2 running Debian Buster. (Just upgraded it from Stretch). I’v also run my Odroid C1 today (on Ubuntu also upgraded to Bionic). Looks like Ubuntu is the better base to use for an easier FrankeBuild to Ubuntu boot/kernel / Devuan Userland (as I did before).

    I’ve noticed that despite the cores / Mhz / memory being very similar to the Pi M3 / Rock64, this guy doesn’t seem to wait for Red D “diskwaits” in htop nearly as much. At some point an I/O benchmark comparing them might be useful.

    I intend to convert this one (C2) to Devuan first, then run on it for Daily Driver as I update the C1 and N2 Odroids. It is fast enough to be livable and moves bits fairly fast ;-)

  139. Power Grab says:

    I had another migraine aura when I got to work this morning. I ate a tin of smoked oysters and a small can of tonic water and made it go away in about 10 minutes.

    My sources of zinc and quinine still work! :-)

  140. another ian says:

    “THE INGLORIOUS HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN VOTING MACHINE FULLY REVEALED”

    https://richardsonpost.com/howellwoltz/21219/the-inglorious-history-of-the-american-voting-machine-fully-revealed/

  141. philjourdan says:

    @EMS – re: Wet/Dry vac. Yes it works on dry, but I have found not very well (other than garage floors). We got a Dyson and a Shark (old and 2 floors – nuff said!)

  142. another ian says:

    “Miranda Devine’s book – Laptop from Hell: Hunter Biden, Big Tech, and the Dirty Secrets the President Tried to Hide”

    https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2021/04/miranda-devines-book-laptop-from-hell-hunter-biden-big-tech-and-the-dirty-secrets-the-president-trie.html

  143. jim2 says:


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  144. jim2 says:

    TOKYO (Kyodo) — Cosmic rays are causing an estimated 30,000 to 40,000 malfunctions in domestic network communication devices in Japan every year, a Japanese telecom giant found recently.

    Most so-called “soft errors,” or temporary malfunctions, in the network hardware of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp. are automatically corrected via safety devices, but experts said in some cases they may have led to disruptions.

    It is the first time the actual scale of soft errors in domestic information infrastructures has become evident.

    https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20210405/p2g/00m/0bu/028000c

  145. Ossqss says:

    Well,,, here is an interesting observation from direct discussions.

    So far, about 10 people I have talked to, most liberals, have purchased guns or ammo and attribute it to Biden’s recent gifts. No BS……Just sayin, there is a Yin and Yang to the equations.

    Even CNN can see it>

    https://www.cnn.com/2021/04/01/business/gun-sales-march/index.html

  146. Ossqss says:

    I should have said in a clear manner, Joe bought them guns and ammo. What they said, not me.

    Just sayin>

  147. p.g.sharrow says:

    Mike Lindell publishes a perfect book end to his earlier video on the international manipulation of the National vote count. This County data of Dr Frank and his class exposes it’s effects on the local vote count…pg

    Lindell Strikes Again

  148. another ian says:

    This does not look good

    “One Flu Out Of The Wuhan Nest”

    “Yuri Deigin:

    We examined public sequencing data from Wuhan and discovered contamination of agricultural datasets by viral sequences. We were even able to pull out two novel MERS-like coronaviruses, one of which was in a reverse genetics backbone.

    So much for “they would have used a known backbone” argument of Andersen. Our findings confirm the following:

    • there was massive work on many viruses in Wuhan
    • novel CoVs and backbones remain unpublished
    • biosafety guidelines were potentially breached

    Read and shiver.”

    And more

    http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2021/04/07/one-flu-out-of-the-wuhan-nest-30/

  149. rhoda klapp says:

    osqss, you made me look at CNN. How am I gonna get these tainted brain cells back?

  150. p.g.sharrow says:

    @another ian; Gates and Fauci have promised a train of “pandemics” every couple of years that would require their “New Normal” of lock downs,masking, vaccination and tracking as a permanent condition. To keep this on schedule would require a “factory”of creation.
    Looks like they plan on MSing the world into slavery to force compliance to the New Way. For the “Good of everyone”…pg

  151. H.R. says:

    @Rhoda – I didn’t click the link to CNN. I need to keep the few remaining brain cells I have left. None to spare when it comes to CNN.

  152. Ossqss says:

    LOL, I got vaccinated for CNNitis a while back. I think it was called BSamiasin :-)

  153. jim2 says:

    I’ve got politicitis since Trump had the election stolen from him.

  154. jim2 says:

    Except for these sorts of items …

    The corruption from the Obama years is not over. It’s just beginning. The so-called “Non-For-Profit” group, the Protect Democracy Project, is now involving itself in the Arizona Senate’s audit of Maricopa County. They are connected to Obama, Soros, China, and Biden’s DOJ, and are fighting to prevent an accurate count of the valid votes in the county.

    Yesterday we reported that some legal firms joined the Not-For-Profit Protect Democracy Project in threatening the auditors selected in Arizona by the Senate to audit the 2020 Election results of Maricopa County.

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/04/breaking-exclusive-protect-democracy-project-group-threatening-arizona-auditors-connected-obama-soros-china-bidens-doj/

  155. another ian says:

    Another units system

    “Ahhh, another PIOOTA) number?
    (pulled it out of their arses)”

    Via comments at https://wattsupwiththat.com/2021/04/07/australian-floods/

  156. philjourdan says:

    @Ossqss – Time to take their guns for the glory of Herr Resident Biden!

    Remind them that Herr Resident Biden says guns kill people, people do not kill people. And most of the guns that kill people are held by – Herr Resident Biden people.

  157. Compu Gator says:

    Power Grab commented on 3 April 2021 at 10:11 pm GMT:

    […] last night I was washing the dishes and broke the glass coffee carafe for our Proctor Silex drip coffee maker. I have a laceration on the outer palm of my right hand that didn’t want to stop bleeding.

    Was the bleeding bright red or just crimson (i.e., more-or-less the reddish color of blood drying over a healing cut)? Yeah, I know: You probably weren’t trying to match it to an RGB hex-code at that time [🌢].

    This increasingly medically educated layman guesses that your laceration might have hit arterial capillaries.

    Here’s why:

    The destination for 1 of 2 arterties that supply each hand is approx. the fleshy area (section?) where the thumb joins the palm. Isn’t that approx. where your wound was?

    When an i.c.u. nurse once insisted on inserting a real-time blood-pressure sensor in that artery, I protested, knowing that hands are rich in nerves, and I expected pain in my hand that could be avoided by inserting the sensor higher up on my arm. He explained that my reasoning was more-or-less valid, except that up there, there’s only 1 artery, and if it were regrettably somehow damaged, I’d lose crucial blood flow, thus lose my dominant arm below the point of damage. Can you say “Yikes!” ? [💣] Whereas down at the hand, there are 2 arteries (I assume it branched somewhere), and if 1 were to be damaged, the remaining 1 artery would suffice. At least enough to allow me to keep the hand. So I agreed that into the aforementioned fleshy hand area that sensor would go.

    I imagine (perhaps too tenuously) that as your sense of stress increased over a wound “that didn’t want to stop bleeding”,  that drove your blood pressure upward, providing increasing force behind the blood flowing out of that wound.

    I welcome correction from medically more knowledgeable readers of Chiefio.

    ——–
    Note 💣 : I further suppose that this explains why many Allied soldiers return from war nowadays alive but disabled via loss of limbs: An explosion need not completely separate a soldier’s limb from his body, just wreck the necessary arteries beyond prompt repair. Altho’ the deadline for such prompt repair might be depressingly brief.

    Note 🌢 : Hah!  You might get frustrated if you’d attempted what seems as if it’d be a trivial task. Especially if you’d tried referring to the allegedly official HTML color-names, which is a mongrel compilation whose sources include names on the wrappers of not-yet-woke Crayola crayons, and names dreamed up by interior designers for swatches or brochures published by paint manufacturers.

  158. Power Grab says:

    @ Compu Gator:

    Hmmm…I guess if my offspring who graduated with the art degree had been there, a better judgment as to the exact color of my blood could have been ascertained. :-/

    I guess it was more bright than dark. I have been taking cod liver oil since about 2003, so that might have had something to do with the amount of blood that kept coming…

    I imagine that stress might have had something to do with the continuing flow, now that you mention it. I did feel distressed until I remembered (DUH!) that it would be helpful to raise my hand above my head, in addition to applying pressure to the wound!

  159. cdquarles says:

    Reminder: Heart, aorta/pulmonary arteries, regional tissue/organ arteries, arterioles in the organs/tissues, capillaries, venules in the organs/tissues, regional tissue/organ veins, vena cava/pulmonary veins, heart. The system isn’t quite a closed loop one, so there are lymphatic vessels that carry extracellular fluid back to the vena cava/pulmonary veins.

    The heart and major arteries are quite muscular. An artery cut across its diameter can constrict enough for a clot to stop major blood loss. An artery cut along its length cannot. Naturally, higher blood pressure increases any loss from an artery injury. Veins are not nearly as muscular, so they can be collapsed rather easily (and the flow isn’t pulsatile, either. Said pulse that is transmitted by an artery helps maintain pressure and flow).

  160. another ian says:

    If this works 0 the spirit behind the Peking Pox masks and lockdowns

  161. Steve C says:

    H.R.H. Prince Philip, a.k.a. “Phil the Greek”, died at Windsor Castle, aged 99, this morning. All channels of the BBC are carrying the same programme, which shows how important it is. And the Radio Society of Great Britain has lost its Patron.

  162. E.M.Smith says:

    @Steve C:

    Sad day. Her Majesty will now be alone…

  163. philjourdan says:

    I am not a royal. That being said, I have great respect for Queen Elizabeth II and her now departed husband. This is not the age of royalty, but a tremendous burden on those who are. At least for some. When QE II passes, so will a great monarch. None of her offspring are worthy of that title.

    My condolences to our UK friends. He was a great consort. And made Queen Elizabeth the better Queen for it.

  164. another ian says:

    Some of Prince Phillip’s “clangers”

    https://www.unz.com/isteve/prince-philip-rip/

    I reckon they’d have passed here

  165. Terry Jackson says:

    Back to COVID briefly.
    Wife got her 2nd Moderna shot, weak, sore, achy and headaches next day, lethargic the following day, and intermittent headaches since. It has been since a week ago Friday, April 2. She has been told by friends that the stronger the reaction, the greater her new immunity. The also have told her that little or no reaction to the 2nd shot means that no immunity was achieved. I have suggested that this is wrong, the strong reaction indicate that she was really susceptible, and a weak or missing reaction indicates a very strong immune system.

    Any thoughts on this?

  166. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian

    I don’t speak ill of the dead. I love Elizabeth . Any woman who can fix a truck deserves respect. If He kept Her happy, that is enough for me to respect his legacy.

    @Terry:

    Hard to say. The stronger the reaction, traditionally, the better the resistances. But this disease has issues…

  167. Ossqss says:

    A tidbit for those who have experienced biodegradable rubber/plastic stuff. I had a Q-beam flashlight, an external DVD drive, a knife, and a steering wheel center on my Lincoln, along with lots of other stuff that got sticky after a few years. I will not go down the path of why, but will expose the how to fix it.

    Tonight, I grabbed my sticky Smith and Wesson pocket knife I have left on the table since it got sticky, and cleaned it with Alcohol at a 70% level. Did the trick, plain and simple. Took some force with a microfiber towel, but got un-sticky. You could see the towel pick up all the degraded crap rubbing off in the dirt displayed on the yellow towel. Then I proceeded to the sticky steering wheel of the car and the same occurred. Our Faux solution, was a problem.

    In essence, I found a cure for a cure that was imposed by the clueless, that was a problem.

    I am certain others have experience the sticky stuff from other items in the past. Know now you can fix it. For how long, dunno. I suspect it was simply a layer over the good stuff to make someone happy in the end. I did try ammonia etc. in the past, not good results. This worked.

  168. Terry Jackson says:

    @EM
    Agree. My sense is the basic immune system is strong enough to shut down the “infection” from the MRna shot before antibodies develop.

  169. p.g.sharrow says:

    @Terry; My take is your wife is suffering an allergic reaction, sensitized by the first shot, If exposed to the virus soon she might go into anaphylactic shock. This problem is known and is cautioned for so be warned. The very first reports from China warned of this reaction to this new kind of vaccine. Western Hospital Doctors complain about this problem sending many of their staff out on medical leave because of this reaction.
    One of the reasons I said no thanks to My turn at inoculation is my allergic reaction to many kinds of challenges. I hope your wife recovers quickly…pg

  170. A C Osborn says:

    E.M.Smith says: 9 April 2021 at 3:21 pm
    “Sad day. Her Majesty will now be alone…”

    Not quite, she has lots of kids, grandkids and greatgrandkids to keep her company.
    Also not quite alone with the burden of state as Princess Anne, Charles & Camilla carry out most of those duties now, with William & Kate also starting to take up a share as well.

  171. another ian says:

    “Another Tripwire Crossed – Pentagon Orders Updated Screening of Military to Identify “Extremist” Outlooks in Preparation for What is to Come…”

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2021/04/09/another-tripwire-crossed-pentagon-orders-updated-screening-of-military-to-identify-extremist-outlooks-in-preparation-for-what-is-to-come/

  172. H.R. says:

    My son and daughter-in-law got the Johnson & Johnson one-and-done shot on Thursday.

    They were fine when we checked in to see if it went smoothly. There have been delays where your strict 20-minute window turns into their 2-hour delay. That happened with my mother-in-law. They had a 15-minute wait and were feeling fine.

    Our son called Friday at noon to let us know that they both had a fairly strong reaction at about 11:00 pm on Thursday. Just typical flu symptoms; aches, fever, chills, no energy. I can’t recall if he said they had any respiratory symptoms. It was enough reaction that they both were taking the day off from doing anything and were just resting.

    We’ll be checking in sometime today to see if the symptoms have abated. When our son called Friday, it sounded like he wasn’t expecting the symptoms to go away really fast. He thought they would still be a bit down through today and maybe a bit into Sunday.
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    Mrs. H.R. got the first of her Pfizer shots Wednesday, a week ago and just had the most often reported pain at the injection site. It’s worse pain than any other injection she’s ever had and the pain didn’t go away until the Friday after the shot. No flu-like symptoms, though.
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    They all expect to travel by air, which is why they got the shot. They are very much aware of the risks and unknowns.

    They know why I’m not getting the shot and I’ve assured them that I’m confident my quinine, zinc, D3, Vitamin C, etc. regime will prevent a serious case of the Kung Flu. And I have the Ivermectin drench ready if it gets past that first line of defense.

    If I do somehow get forced into getting a shot of something, there should be enough human guinea pigs that have been injected that I can go for the vaccine presumptive preventative version with the fewest bad outcomes.

    I actually am very interested in the TB vaccine (a true vaccine) that will supposedly be an option and available around this coming July. It is sounding pretty good to me, though I think it might only work in 70-some or 80-some percent of people. I don’t think its effectiveness is in the mid-90% range. But then I’d still have Ivermectin as a backup.

    BONUS! I won’t have to worry about getting TB, either. 😁
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    A-a-a-n-d that’s the weather report from the H.R. household.

  173. cdquarles says:

    @Terry,
    It can go either way. Idiosyncratic reactions happen. Recall that true allergic reactions are immune system responses. Not all reactions called allergic are true allergies.

  174. jim2 says:

    I’ve had both courses of Pfizer. A bit of soreness at the injection site, but even that wasn’t extraordinary. No other reaction. I did take two Tylenol about an hour before.

  175. jim2 says:

    UGE NEWS: Attorney Matthew DePerno Releases Michigan Elections Forensics Report – 66,194 Unregistered Ballots Tallied in JUST 9 COUNTIES

    Modem Chipsets Installed In Voting System Motherboards
    66,194 unregistered ballots tallied in just 9 counties.

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/04/huge-news-attorney-matthew-deperno-releases-michigan-elections-forensics-report-66194-unregistered-ballots-tallied-just-9-counties/

  176. jim2 says:

    The Washington Examiner reported:

    The governor of New Hampshire announced on Thursday that he intends to sign a bill allowing an audit of voting machines used in the town of Windham for the 2020 election.

    Gov. Chris Sununu said he supported the bill, which is meant to address count discrepancies there, during a press conference on Thursday.

    “I think they designed the bill very well,” he said. “And I fully intend on signing it and moving that forward as soon as we can.”

    A hand recount in Windham found that machines shorted every Republican candidate 6% of their total votes.

    Each GOP candidate lost nearly 300 votes.

    Republicans flipped the New Hampshire House and Senate in the 2020 election — yet somehow Donald Trump lost the state.

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/04/go-new-hampshire-governor-will-sign-bill-voting-machine-audit/

  177. E.M.Smith says:

    @Terry:

    I’m particularly bothered by the headaches you reported. This disease attacks the blood cells. At least one of the vaccines is known to cause thrombocytopenia (low platelet level) and throw blood clots occasionally leading to death (sometimes only loss of partial brain function / stroke…).

    I’d be visiting an M.D. had I headaches post inoculation as I basically don’t get them; so something major would be wrong with me. Don’t know about others.

    IIRC the Moderna is not the one known for clotting (Astra Zeneca is) but has had some strong “allergic” type reactions including hospital care and death. (i.e. have shots only given at places equipped to do resuscitation / epi-pens…)

    I’m happy to keep my ivermectin drench on hand and skip it. Efficacy in the 90+% and higher than the vaccines… with ZERO side effects in me so far.

    I’m with whoever said he was back of the line. Back of the line watching those in front of me…

    Spouse is actively searching for a J&J dispensing site. Knows the AZ risks and not interested in being a guinea pig for Pfizer / Moderna but still, it seems, a feared of The Dreaded Chinese WuHan Covid…

    @A.C. Osborn:

    Yes, she has support. But that is different from the person who has shared 70+ years of memories with you. She is now alone with about 40 years to share with no-one, but another set to share with a grown man who was a boy then, and more recent with more grandchildren.

    When she passes it will be the end of traditional grand royalty. What is left are posers, charlatans, actors, and folks with a title from an accident of birth who know not what it means to be king or queen. (Or even prince and princess….)

    I’d not be surprised if the Monarchy ends with her.

    @Another Ian:

    I find it interesting that they think they can see inside soldiers heads. More interesting that they want to… Just why do you need to remove American Patriots from the military, eh?…

    @Jim2:

    Hopefully such actions can end the tyranny of machines voting for dimocrats….

  178. jim2 says:

    Taking the vaccine is a risk as is not taking it. People younger than 60 now make up the majority of people hospitalized for COVID. So, it appears the RNA vaccines do work. What might be down the road? Who knows. But personally, at my age, I decided to get it. At my age, I could easily die of any number of causes un-related to COVID or the vaccine.

  179. philjourdan says:

    @Another Ian – I am no Royal-aphile. Frankly I do not bow or curtsy to any person. But I do respect Queen Elizabeth II – She has well earned it. And because Prince Phillip (As you can see, I am biased about his name) was her strength, I respect him as well. And am saddened by his passing.

    I have no respect for Charles or Andrew, Harry or Megan. I think the only one worth a damn is William. But that is just a Colonial’s view.

  180. H.R. says:

    philjourdan says:
    10 April 2021 at 10:48 pm

    Seconded and thirded and fourthdeded.

    I can’t add a thing to what you wrote.

    Long live the Queen! She is one fine gal.

  181. Terry Jackson says:

    Thanks all for the comments. She will be 80 in a few months, and has rather regular mild sinus-type headaches easily treated with ibuprofen, so these were new, but done now.

  182. jim2 says:

    Jovan Hutton Pulitzer was on “The Professor’s Record” with professor David K. Clements from New Mexico State University. During his interview, Pulitzer said he was recently offered $10 million to walk away from his efforts to scan the ballots and determine the number of valid votes in the 2020 election in various states.

    Inventor Jovan Pulitzer was on with attorney and professor David K. Clements this past week’s “The Professor’s Record”. The professor described the interview as such:

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/04/offered-10-million-not-jovan-pulitzer-offer-walk-away-scanning-ballots-work-2020-election-results/

  183. jim2 says:

    More on the 10 million dollar bribe …

    I am joined by a modern day Benjamin Franklin. Jovan Hutton Pulitzer is a world renowned entrepreneur, inventor, and most importantly, a PATRIOT. Jovan holds HUNDREDS of patents on technology used by billions of people around the world. He is also the chief authority on kinematic artifact scanning. He can detect a myriad of different forms of fraud on any piece of paper. This includes ELECTION BALLOTS. Meet the most feared expert in the world that every corrupt politician is trying to stop. Our country’s future hangs in the balance. We address it all on this episode of The Professor’s Record.

  184. jim2 says:

    Last week we reported that Georgia’s creepy Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger had petitioned the court to request that the state of Georgia not have to provide paper ballots in an audit requested and awarded by the court.

    Yesterday, creative destruction media, listed seven instances in Raffensperger’s letter that are just plain false:

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/04/georgia-secretary-state-raffenspergers-amicus-brief-attempting-prevent-independent-audit-states-2020-election-results-includes-least-seven-false-accusations/

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  186. another ian says:

    “Good Pillow” news – woke and – – – ?

    http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2021/04/11/sad-pillow/

  187. philjourdan says:

    @H.R. – I am coming up on 65, so the only Queen of England I have known is QEII

    I hope it remains that way. I have seen presidents galore. But only one Queen, and she has been what they needed (Charles is what they DON’T need!).

  188. philjourdan says:

    @Another Ian – and this is news?

    Hogg is as his name implies.

  189. another ian says:

    Well aren’t we supposed to publish confirmed results?

  190. another ian says:

    The model for the spirit of the “Little Hitlers” imposing the covid controls (IMO)

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