Grab Bag

Mother’s Day

First off, in the USA it’s Mothers’s Day, so “Happy Mother’s Day!” to all the moms out there.

We’re planning a drive around some parks (basically an ‘outing’ while staying in the car until we see a sunny patch of park somewhere) then a “take out” meal from some restaurant or other (not interested in fighting what is likely to be a very large crowd for a reduced capacity seating). This isn’t as big a ‘gift’ as for most Moms as I’m the cook in the family. So the spouse gets “table service” every night ;-) But it is special in that it will be something I don’t cook and a fancier meal. (Plus it meets what seems to be an obligatory marker of “spent money”…)

Mass & Flowers

Yesterday we had indoor Mass at one of the Missions of California. It was fairly well attended. We got to drive some fair distance into the country to a rural farm town to find a Mass open to attendance, so a bit of an adventure.

This was a special mass in that there were somewhere over 1/2 dozen kids taking their first communion. There was a “band” of 3 folks set up (piano, guitar, some other instrument I didn’t notice) with live music. This particular mission is in a Hispanic dominated town, so the kids were 2 Asians and the rest clearly Hispanic, likely Mexican in origin.

This brings with it some wonderful traditions. Now I have no idea if the events were traditional Catholic, or Mexican, or what. First off, the kids did a “vignette” of a play. Reenacting the story of a traveler stopped under a tree (one kid holding a branch over another) visited by an angel with bread and water, then walking for 40 days (the story all told by the priest). After the communion, the children lit communion candles from one of the altar huge candles. Everyone in fancy dress too. A whole lot of proud parents receiving commemorative boxes / books.

Then, after that was over, the band struck up a song about flowers (in Spanish) while the Mom’s (since this is the mass of Mother’s Day in the early Saturday version) lined up, each given a rose. My spouse was not expecting this and was very taken with her rose…

The service was mostly in English, with occasional bits in Spanish (that I think were particularly Mexican cultural additions, like the rose song and some around the candle lighting – or possibly just so the Spanish Speakers in the congregation knew what to do next – it’s easy to follow Mass in any language as it is a constant pattern, but off script not so much). Overall it was a charming and in some ways special experience. Even if we did need to drive a long ways for it.

The priest did announce that as of next week all capacity limits were removed (though masks were still required). I think maybe Governor Nuisance, having his recall make the ballot, has caught a bit of clue about pissed off voters. One hopes his tiny bit of clue has arrived too late for such concessions to save him. The usual church we attend for Mass has announced a kind of lottery for who gets to attend. It is usually very packed / over committed anyway and is only running at reduced capacity even into next week. I think that, because it is in a different “zone” for assessing status, it is not yet in the ‘no limits’ category. Spouse has put her name in the hat, so we’ll find out next week which way we go for next Mass.

Ivermectin Buying

I decided to just go ahead and commit to using Ivermectin as a prophylactic. I’m working in a medical office, setting up HIPPA compliance equipment, and there’s a fairly high risk of exposure. I’ve been there a few times during “regular hours” with patients coming and going.

So on the one hand, to meet government compliance mandates, I have to increase my exposure profile. On the other hand, to meet government mandates, I’m prevented from getting effective prophylactic drugs. Gee, Thanks Government! /snark;

Now I have a 250 ML bottle, but it is down to the bottom 1/3 or 1/4 and that’s not going to last long. About 6 weeks at one dose / week. So just went ahead and bought the Big Bottle. That was an interesting experience.

In Florida, at the same Farm Supply Store there was no rigmarole. Just a polite nag from the clerk that it was for “Animals Only”. From Amazon it was just order and move on. Here, in the same brand Farm Supply Store, it was “Phone number, Name, zip code…” when I asked I was told “Because it is a controlled substance”. Well, it isn’t. BUT that’s the cover story Management wants to give, OK, whatever.

Bottom line is I decided to say F’it… and instead of the 250 ml for $20 bought the 2.5 L (hopefully lifetime supply ;-) for $50.

In theory, both the spouse and I could self treat every week for 2 years and still have a bit left over. Since (outside of this contract) I’ve only used it when some suspected symptoms showed up, the reality is more like several years. But I’ve got more than enough now to be prophetically prepared while working this contract.

WHY am I doing this? Because it seems like our CDC / NIH and the W.H.O. are too stupid to read medical literature:

A study by All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)-Bhubaneswar in the Indian state of Odisha found that two doses of potential drug ivermectin prophylaxis resulted in a 73% reduction in Covid-19 infection.

Between 20 September and 19 October, 12 physicians of AIIMS-Bhubaneshwar conducted the study on healthcare workers (HCWs) at risk of virus exposure.

Yeah, 73% reduction in healthcare workers (which, it seems, I am now one of…)

Now of particular note to me is that, IMHO, they were dosing at about the usual, but only ONE interval of doses then nothing for the rest of the MONTH. That using what is basically a ONE A MONTH dose they got this degree of reduction is quite amazing to me. Normal recommendations are one a WEEK.

Performed on two sets of HCWs, the study evaluated the association between the drug and development of Covid-19 infection, The New Indian Express reported.

In the two-cohort study, one set of HCWs received two-dose ivermectin prophylaxis at a dose of 300 μg / kg with a gap of 72 hours while workers in the other group received other prophylaxis.

With around 4,600 employees, over 625 employees of the institute tested positive for Covid-19.

The month-long study took place using 372 participants, including doctors, nurses, paramedics and sanitisation workers.

The dose used if scaled up for a 100 kg person (i.e. me) would be:
600 mcg / kg x 100 kg = 60000 mcg = 60 mg.
So 60 mg over 72 hours then nothing for the rest of the month. The dose more commonly used (at least for worming and parasites) is more like 50 mg for a 100 kg beast.

From their detail sheet “https ://”:

ANADA 200-340,
Approved by FDA
Ivermectin Pour-On for
Cattle Contains
5 mg ivermectin/mL
Ivermectin Pour-On for Cattle
applied at the recommended
dose level of 500 mcg/kg is indicated for the effective control of
these parasites.

500 mcg is 1/2 mg, so a 100 kg critter gets 50 mg, or 10 ml.

Now this is for the “pour on” drench, and I don’t know how much is expected to actually soak into the skin of a cow, vs be absorbed into hair and / or just not soak in, so there’s that.

But I’ve seen similar dosing profiles in other references. My PDR (Physicians Desk Reference) lists 200 mcg / kg for oral dose for strongyloidiasis (which would be about 20 mg for a 100 kg critter or 2/5 of the drench dose rate as an oral pill).

Toxic risk is low, as their is an extraordinarily wide theraputic range. Dosing with 40 x recommended has little effect, toxic dose in mice is 25 to 50 mg / kg or about 100 times the 200 mcg / kg. IF that maps to humans, it would require, for a 100 kg person, absorbing 2500 mg from the drench which is 500 ml. Yes, you would need to absorb, fully, 2 CUPS of the stuff. I think the isopropanol solvent would kill you first…

So given that, a 500 mcg / kg vs a 600 mcg / kg dosing pattern isn’t particularly significant. But the once a month is.

The bottom line here is that, IMHO, this Indian study was using a fairly ordinary dose, but at a very infrequent dosing schedule, and STILL got 73% protection.

I’d love to know what they would get with weekly dosing.

Now, for me, what this means it that instead of a 10 ml “treatment” after suspected exposure or early onset symptoms of “something”, or doing a weekly prophylactic dose: I’m thinking I’ll cut it back to an alternate weekly prophylaxis.

Now do note: This is only what I’m doing for ME. It is not advice nor guidance for anyone else. I’d MUCH MUCH prefer to be getting a human dose pill from my M.D. under proper medical supervision. It is ONLY because our CDC, NIH, etc. etc. are being incredibly stupid and hide bound, and PREVENTING an effective treatment that is shown safe in all sorts of other uses in humans that I’m pushed into this “DIY” necessity (as I’m in a high risk group and now in a high exposure risk setting).

This is not at all a preferred behaviour.

Pipeline On The Internet?

WT? are they thinking having ANY control equipment for a critical pipeline infrastructure connected in any way to the internet?

Ransomware attack forces shutdown of largest fuel pipeline in the U.S.

Colonial Pipeline fell victim to a cybersecurity attack on Friday that involved ransomware, forcing it to temporarily shut down all pipeline operations.

Colonial transports nearly half of the East Coast’s fuel supply through a system that spans over 5,500 miles between Texas and New Jersey.

The pipeline transports gasoline, diesel, home heating oil and jet fuel. It also supplies the military.

John Kilduff, a partner at Again Capital in New York, said the U.S. will see spot shortages of gasoline, diesel and jet fuel develop rapidly if the outage persists.

Is it REALLY that costly to use a private “leased line” for your private company control structures? Is it REALLY that expensive to just pay someone to be there operating the pipeline controls and talk over the phone if needed to get guidance?

Why “Upper Management” is in such a stupid rush to connect everything via “The Internet” and put the corporate essential operations “in the cloud” is beyond me (and beyond stupid…)

Oh Well…

Hope you folks on the East Coast have your tanks full…

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306 Responses to Grab Bag

  1. YMMV says:

    Dr. John Campbell has a recent video about that India IVM study, “Ivermectin prophylactic study from India”,

  2. YMMV says:

    And Dr. Been has a recent video about a study which shows that the spike protein found on the SARS2 virus is bad news, causing vascular damage, even without the virus.

  3. E.M.Smith says:

    Ah, reading the Package Insert, it now contains new verbiage that In California it is a “restricted drug”.

    Nice to know that California is fully engaged to prevent people from saving their own lives… What happened to “My body, my choice”? Eh?

    Oh Well, I’m set for at least 2 years and will have escaped to a Free State by then…


    The Dr. John Campbell video is pointing at the same study. That was what sent me off to do a web search for the text above. He does a great job, but some folks wanted more text…

    Per the Dr. Been coverage: Wow! I’d figured it wasn’t a very good idea to have all those spike bits floating round binding to ACE2 even without a virus attached, but that it is damaging… Hmmm… Probably the root cause of the clotting problems, I’d guess.

  4. H.R. says:

    Based on what you found and presented, I’m thinking that dosing every other week might be a good interval for prophylaxis use of Ivermectin; split the difference between weekly and monthly.

  5. Scissor says:

    There’s always some engineer that wants to watch a process from home.

  6. E.M.Smith says:

    Dr. Been has a long discussion of all the damage caused by reduced Nitrous Oxide in covid.

    Yet Nitrous Oxide is widely available, so why doesn’t treatment include blending a small amount of Nitrous Oxide into the oxygen being given to patients? It ought to be near trivial to get blood levels of Nitrous Oxide back to normal just by inhalation. All that clotting and such kept away.

    IIRC, canned Whipped Cream is pressurized with Nitrous Oxide. Just “huffing” off a can of it ought to be helpful. I predict an increase in Whipped Cream use once this is known ;-)

  7. E.M.Smith says:


    The package insert is focused on parasites (the major use), and lists the “persistence” for different types. This varies from 14 days to 56 days, based on species sensitivity.

    Given that, and that the Indian study got significant infection protection, but SOME escape at 30 days, I’d guess that 14 days is likely the best (starting point?) dosing interval. We know 4 weeks is a little less than good enough. Yet we also know persistence is good enough that the lowest level listed in the insert is 14 days for the most resistant bug. OK, sounds like 1 / week is a little more often than ideal

    Ivermectin topical solution has been proved to effectively control infections and to protect cattle from re-infection with Desophagostomum radiatum and Dictyocaulus viviparus for 28 days after treatment. Cooperia punctata and Trichostrongylus axei for 21 days after treatment. Ostertagia ostertagi, Haemonchus placie, Cooperia onchophora and Cooperia surnabada for 14 days after treatment. Damalinia bovis for 56 days after treatment.

    So persistence is good. There will be a tradeoff between “loading dose” and how long before it drops below protective levels for any given target. With the dose used in the drench, the shortest duration of protection against the parasites is 2 weeks. With the similar dose given in the Indian study, protection against covid was quite good, but not perfect, so I would conclude that 4 weeks is just a little too long in some people.

    The conclusion I’d draw from that is simple. 2 weeks his Highly Likely to be fine. 3 weeks has a very high probability of being sufficient, but needs a little testing to see if that last 27% of cases is “covered”.

    For me, I’m moving to a 2 week interval. (With spot treatment available if any symptoms do show up – but I don’t think it will – for the duration of my job exposure profile. Then “as needed” / upon exposure, after back to retired.) Oh, and doing that, I now have a 4 year supply for the two of us, even if we used it constantly, which we will not be doing… So like I said, I think I have a “lifetime supply”… for $50 something…

  8. jim2 says:

    From what I’ve read, one of the risks of IVM is hepatic. Also, that risk is enhanced if one is on statins, which I am and which works like a miracle. EMS – do you have any info relating to liver and statin use with IVM?

  9. YMMV says:

    IVM dosage and frequency. FLCCC recently updated its protocols:

    The dose of ivermectin was also increased as a result of the latest trials showing faster and more effective recoveries when higher doses are used, particularly in regions with more aggressive variants. Finally, as a result of strong data showing that a weekly dose of ivermectin provides improved ability to prevent contraction of COVID-19, the recommended frequency was increased from the previous bi-weekly recommended dose.

  10. E.M.Smith says:


    I’ll look into it a bit more, but at first glance, it looks “real, but rare”. Note that any compromise of liver function causes all sorts of crap problems with drug metabolism, so anyone with some “liver issues” or on any other drugs needs a Real M.D. to sort it all out. (I’m not one, and don’t even play one on the internet. I’m just “some guy” who can read and do web searches OK.)

    First case of ivermectin-induced severe hepatitis
    Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg
    . 2006 Aug;100(8):795-7.
    Loiasis, caused by the filarial parasite Loa loa, is endemic in West and Central Africa. Ivermectin has been shown to be an effective treatment of loiasis. We report the case of a 20-year-old woman originally from Cameroon who was infected by the L. loa parasite and developed severe hepatitis, identified 1 month after a single dose of ivermectin. Liver biopsy showed intralobular inflammatory infiltrates, confluent necrosis and apoptosis, compatible with drug-induced liver disease. To our knowledge, this is the first case of ivermectin-induced severe liver disease published in the literature.

    So after many thousands (millions?) of doses for River Blindness, they got their first liver disease case in the literature. But that was a good 15 years ago, so maybe more now?

    At least 11 years earlier they were using it, but reference 10 more years of use, so about 20 years to the first literature case of liver malfunction above. Note that it looks like maybe they were giving a daily dose every day, which will have accumulated to something much more? Or maybe one and done then inspected for a few days:

    Bull Soc Pathol Exot
    . 1995;88(3):105-12.
    [Secondary effects of the treatment of hypermicrofilaremic loiasis using ivermectin]
    [Article in French]
    In the last ten years ivermectin appeared an efficient and safe alternative
    to diethylcarbamazine which is known to induce severe adverse reactions in loiasis, including encephalitis. After these results, large scale ivermectin treatments against onchocerciasis were carried out in Central Africa where loiasis is also endemic; and seven cases of severe reaction were reported in Cameroon since 1991, during these mass ivermectin treatments. In order to study adverse reactions in patients harbouring high load of Loa loa microfilariae (mf), we realized careful hospital based treatment in 112 patients with more than 3,000 mf/ml (ml) blood. Patients received once 200 micrograms ivermectin per kilogram at day 0 (D0). Clinical examination was made daily during the four following days (D1 to D4). Blood and urine samples were analysed before treatment and at D1 and D3. Lumbar puncture was made at D1 for 39 patients with more than 10,000 mf/ml; at D3 for the 49 following patients without consideration for the level of parasitaemia, and at D0 and D3 for ten voluntary patients. For analysis the patients were distributed in 3 groups according to initial parasitaemia: the first group included 50% out of the patients, those whose parasitaemia was fewer than 15,000 mf/ml blood; the second group included 25% patients whose parasitaemia was between 15,000 and 30,000 mf/ml; the third group included the last 25% patients whose parasitaemia was higher than 30,000 mf per ml blood. Adverse reactions were observed in 71% out of the patients. Symptoms described were fever, pruritus, headache, arthralgia. Most symptoms appeared 24 to 36 hours after treatment. Temperature increased significantly in group 3. Microfilaraemia decreased by 85% in the 3 groups during the 4 days following treatment. C-reactive-protein increased dramatically after treatment in all patients (p < 10(-4)). Some patients presented blood in urine in three groups but haematuria reached 35% of patients in group 3. Proteinuria is noted among 33% of all patients but 20% in group 1 and 2 versus 70% in group 3. Loa loa mf were observed in urine of half the patients, but in low amounts (< 10 mf per 50 ml urine). In cerebro-spinal fluid (CSF), some mf appeared at D1 or D3 in people heavily infected with Loa loa, reaching 80% of the patients of group 3. LP made at D0 in ten patients with parasitaemia higher than 30,000 mf/ml blood confirmed that CSF was naturally microfilaria free before treatment. One patient presented severe troubles with fever, asthenia and conscience troubles beginning at D3, reactive coma at D4, renal impairment with transitory anuria; progressive improvement in 2 weeks and complete recovery at D22; he presented 102 mf/ml CSF at D6. The study confirmed that ivermectin treatment is generally well tolerated. Among people with high Loa loa parasitaemia the symptoms after treatment are frequent but mild. However severe cases with conscience troubles are possible, and may occur in about 1% of subjects with more than 3,000 mf/ml blood. Severity of adverse reactions was linked to level of parasitaemia before treatment. The critical parasitaemia level which could lead to expect serious adverse effects seems to be 30,000 ml/ml blood. These informations should induce carefulness to carry out large scale treatments against filariosis in endemic areas of Loa loa.

    So looks to me like the paradoxical reaction to parasite death. Once dead, the parasite becomes visible to the immune system and it goes a bit nuts attacking all the dead parasites.

    A “poo poo it’s bad” article that is clearly biased, just for balance:
    As evidence they cite a tweet:

    Last week, the Sociedade Paulista de Pneumologia e Tisiologia (SPPT), Fred Fernandes, published on his Twitter that he was asked to evaluate a patient with medicated hepatitis.

    “Ivermectin medicated hepatitis. 18 mg daily for a week. By light covid in young. Very sad to see a young person on the verge of needing a transplant for using a medication that does not work in a situation that does not need any medication ”, he wrote.

    So 126 mg dose accumulated over one week. That ought not be toxic, despite being 2.5 x to 5 x the dose I’d use. I’d suspect something else was involved. As acetomenophen is the largest cause of liver failure, I’d ask if they were taking any Tylenol and maybe washing it down with wine…

    Then they cite another anecdote:

    Doctors Report Cases
    Another doctor from the state of Ceará reported a case in which a patient took three Ivermectin tablets a day for two weeks to prevent covid-19 and was in the transplant queue waiting for a liver.

    Assuming the pills in question are the usual medical dose, we’ve got a 3 x 14 = 42 x overdose level. That is close to the toxic level, but we don’t know the exact strength.

    Article very long on scare tactics, very short on facts.

    I’m going back to my PDR. While it’s a pain (small type, complicated, jargon rich) it is also rather authoritative on things like what drug interactions to watch out for.

    Under “Clinical Pharmacology”:

    Ivermectin is metabolized in the liver, and ivermectin and/or its metabolites are excreted almost exclusively in the feces over an estimated 12 days, with less than 1% of the administered dose excreted in the urine. The apparent plasma half-life of ivermectin is approximately at least 16 hours following oral administration.

    It goes on, under “WARNINGS” to mention the Mazzotti reaction (that paradoxical reaction do dying parasites) and how in severely infected patients and can be dramatic. Not relevant here.

    Under “Precautions” it repeats that concern, says there isn’t a risk of mutagensis, […] no adverse effect on rats at 3 x maximum human recommended dose of 200 mcg/kg (on a mg/m^2/day basis). So in theory my 50 mg / 100 = 500 mcg/kg dose ought to be delivered over 2 days. I think the “soaking in time” likely takes care of that well enough).

    skipping down, looks like pregnant women ought to avoid it (though they ought to be avoiding most drugs anyway):

    Ivermectin has been shown to be teratogenic in mice, rats, and rabbits when given in repeated doses of 0.2, 8.1, and 4.5 times the maximum recommended human dose, respectively (on a mg/m^2/day basis). Teratogenicity was characterized in the three species tested by cleft palate, clubbed for-paws were additionally observed in rabbits. These development effects were found only at or near doses that were materntoxic to the pregnant female. Therefore, ivermectin does not appear to be selectively fetotoxic to the developing fetus. There are, however, no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women. Ivermectin should not be used during pregnancy since safety in pregnancy has not been established.

    It goes on to say that use in small children is not well studied either (under 15 kg) … then that in HIV and other immunocompromised patients it’s hard to control parasites and repeated dosing may be need at 1 to 2 week intervals.

    I can’t see anywhere in the listing a statement about drug interactions. Normally the PDR is very explicit if there is some known drug interaction and just how they interact metabolically (so that the M.D. can decide which drug to eliminate or how to adjust dose rates if one just slows down excretion of the other, or speeds it up).

    NOTE: This is a 1999 PDR and they typically are issued new each year with updated information. It would be a Very Good Idea to visit the library and look it up in a new one. Or just ask your M.D., they WILL have one… HEY! On a lark, I looked for one online, and there it is:

    This will save me a LOT of typing… (now that I’ve typed all the above…)

    Looks like it starts off with the current Official Nag:

    General Information
    Ivermectin is not an antiviral drug and is not FDA-approved for treating or preventing COVID-19. Off-label use of any drug can cause serious harm. Ivermectin intended for veterinary use in animals has not been evaluated for use in humans. Animal products are often highly concentrated and such high doses can be toxic in humans. Do not use veterinary ivermectin products as substitutes for FDA-approved human ivermectin products prescribed by a health care provider for appropriate indications.[65256]

    Ivermectin is contraindicated in patients with hypersensitivity to any component of the product.[34399]

    Patients with a history of severe asthma should receive ivermectin with caution. Occasionally, systemic ivermectin has been reported to worsen bronchial asthma.

    Hepatic disease
    Although not extensively studied, due to its extensive hepatic metabolism, ivermectin should be administered with caution in patients with significant hepatic disease.

    Yes, it is a Royal PITA to need to do all this myself. Cutting down a 500 kg cow dose to a 100 kg person dose is a bit of work, I know this. Now, how about this: LET MY DOCTOR BE A DOCTOR and prescribe it. Doctors ALL OVER THE WORLD can, and are, and it is working…

    Then on liver interactions just says ~”make sure liver is working”…

    Ah, a MUCH better listing of drug interactions:

    Aprepitant, Fosaprepitant: (Moderate) Use caution if ivermectin and aprepitant, fosaprepitant are used concurrently and monitor for an increase in ivermectin-related adverse effects for several days after administration of a multi-day aprepitant regimen. Ivermectin is a CYP3A4 substrate. Aprepitant, when administered as a 3-day oral regimen (125 mg/80 mg/80 mg), is a moderate CYP3A4 inhibitor and inducer and may increase plasma concentrations of ivermectin. For example, a 5-day oral aprepitant regimen increased the AUC of another CYP3A4 substrate, midazolam (single dose), by 2.3-fold on day 1 and by 3.3-fold on day 5. After a 3-day oral aprepitant regimen, the AUC of midazolam (given on days 1, 4, 8, and 15) increased by 25% on day 4, and then decreased by 19% and 4% on days 8 and 15, respectively. As a single 125 mg or 40 mg oral dose, the inhibitory effect of aprepitant on CYP3A4 is weak, with the AUC of midazolam increased by 1.5-fold and 1.2-fold, respectively. After administration, fosaprepitant is rapidly converted to aprepitant and shares many of the same drug interactions. However, as a single 150 mg intravenous dose, fosaprepitant only weakly inhibits CYP3A4 for a duration of 2 days; there is no evidence of CYP3A4 induction. Fosaprepitant 150 mg IV as a single dose increased the AUC of midazolam (given on days 1 and 4) by approximately 1.8-fold on day 1; there was no effect on day 4. Less than a 2-fold increase in the midazolam AUC is not considered clinically important.

    Boceprevir: (Moderate) Close clinical monitoring is advised when administering ivermectin with boceprevir due to an increased potential for ivermectin-related adverse events. If ivermectin dose adjustments are made, re-adjust the dose upon completion of boceprevir treatment. Although this interaction has not been studied, predictions about the interaction can be made based on the metabolic pathway of ivermectin. Ivermectin is partially metabolized by the hepatic isoenzyme CYP3A4; boceprevir inhibits this isoenzyme. Coadministration may result in elevated ivermectin plasma concentrations.

    Idelalisib: (Major) Avoid concomitant use of idelalisib, a strong CYP3A inhibitor, with ivermectin, a CYP3A substrate, as ivermectin toxicities may be significantly increased. The AUC of a sensitive CYP3A substrate was increased 5.4-fold when coadministered with idelalisib.

    Mirabegron: (Moderate) Mirabegron is a moderate CYP2D6 inhibitor. Exposure of drugs metabolized by CYP2D6 such as ivermectin may be increased when co-administered with mirabegron. Ivermectin has been shown to be a CYP2D6 substrate in vitro. Appropriate monitoring and dose adjustment may be necessary.

    Mitotane: (Moderate) Use caution if mitotane and ivermectin are used concomitantly, and monitor for decreased efficacy of ivermectin and a possible change in dosage requirements. Mitotane is a strong CYP3A4 inducer and ivermectin is a CYP3A4 substrate. Coadministration may result in decreased plasma concentrations of ivermectin; however, ivermectin is administered as a single dose, and significant clinical interactions are not expected.

    Posaconazole: (Moderate) Posaconazole and ivermectin should be coadministered with caution due to an increased potential for ivermectin-related adverse events. Posaconazole is a potent inhibitor of CYP3A4, an isoenzyme partially responsible for the metabolism of ivermectin. These drugs used in combination may result in elevated ivermectin plasma concentrations, causing an increased risk for ivermectin-related adverse events.

    Telaprevir: (Moderate) Close clinical monitoring is advised when administering ivermectin with telaprevir due to an increased potential for ivermectin-related adverse events. If ivermectin dose adjustments are made, re-adjust the dose upon completion of telaprevir treatment. Although this interaction has not been studied, predictions about the interaction can be made based on the metabolic pathway of ivermectin. Ivermectin is partially metabolized by the hepatic isoenzyme CYP3A4; telaprevir inhibits this isoenzyme. Coadministration may result in elevated ivermectin plasma concentrations.

    Warfarin: (Moderate) Concurrent administration of warfarin and oral ivermectin has been associated with postmarketing reports of elevated INR. In 1 case report, a patient who was previously stable on warfarin developed supratherapeutic INR concentrations (greater than 20) and subsequent hematoma after receiving two 3 mg oral ivermectin doses. Although data are limited, ivermectin has been shown to antagonize vitamin K-dependent clotting factors II, VII, IX, and X.

    OK, at this point an M.D. could just look at that list and pick out any Statins. I can’t. I’d need to look up each one and find out what they are. BUT, you ought to know if you are taking one of them.

    Near as I can tell, looking at it, none of them says “Hey, will blow out your liver”. So I’d conclude that’s horse pucky based on a few “Hair On Fire” anecdotes where the patient in question mostly likely didn’t think it worth mentioning they took a bunch of tylenol or advil and washed it down with beer or wine or then went to a party.

    Mostly it looks like “anything that slows liver function” can cause a failure to metabolize of the ivermectin so dose build up might happen.

    Back at my printed PDR, it lists interesting stuff about accidental overdose with farm products. Mostly looks like it lists problems from a good soaking in the iso-propanol (rubbing alcohol) solvent. Skin irritation and such. Some vomiting (ingestion…) and some dizzy inhalation issues. Headache and such. Why someone would want to drink the stuff is beyond me, but it mentions gastric lavage and purgative treatments… Nothing about livers.

  11. E.M.Smith says:


    Yeah, it was from their video that I first went with 1 / week (and IIRC, chose my dose level).

    As I’m not “actively treating known covid patients” up close and personal, I’m kind of OK with backing off to their earlier every 2 weeks. Though looking at the clearance rate from the above PDR listing, “excreted almost exclusively in the feces over an estimated 12 days,” that’s likely 2 days too long.

    OTOH, IF I apply it on Monday, the next Friday is 12 days. Then I get a “weekend off”… so there’s that. I’m only really concerned about “in the medical workplace” exposure as at home it’s just Me and Spouse…

    I’ve been only using it at “early onset of some bug” with 100% success so far (4 times…). So wasn’t really worried about total / max duration.

    In any case, the PDR data implies 1 x week is ideal for guaranteed persistent theraputic dose level, and the 1 x ever 2 weeks looks “good enough for modest prophylaxis” while the Indian study of 1 x MONTH is clearly leaving folks with very little therapeutic dose for 2.4 out of 4.4 weeks… and even with that got a 73% protection level.

    Though I do think the PDR clearance data shows that 3 weeks would also be a bit too long. At that point, you are likely getting almost 2 weeks of prophylaxis and then the dose in the third week would be just nuking any infection that you picked up AFTER it was in you and starting to replicate. Might still have 0 cases, but by a Risky Business method…

  12. jim2 says:

    Thanks, EMS. Actually, the horse IVM version is easy to measure as it comes in a large syringe with a calibrated stem.

  13. E.M.Smith says:


    It isn’t the actual measuring that I found a PITA, but the dose calculation / comparison. Keeping track of mcg/kg vs mg vs mg/ml vs ml vs time…… Once I figured out that I was either 1/2 of a 100 kg sheep (PDR recommended dose ) or a whole sheep (IIRC FLCCC dose), it was easier ;-). Just 5 or 10 ml with 10 marked on the spigot measuring cup.

    The paste looked interesting to me, but I was already familiar with the drench from treating bunnies and was too lazy to take on a new set of ratios and calculations…

    Does the paste have calibrations down to 100 lbs or 100 kg?

  14. jim2 says:

    The plunger is incremented by 50#, so easy for adults. 91 mcg/# or 200 mcg/kg per the label on the Durvet 1.87% paste.

  15. E.M.Smith says:

    Wow! That 200 mcg/kg is the recommended human dose level in the PDR. So with 50 lb increments, it would be easy…

    Maybe I’ll try it next time… when I’ve used up my 4 years supply ;-) (Guess I’m committed now ;-)

  16. E.M.Smith says:

    Reading through the drug interactions, under warfarin:
    “ivermectin has been shown to antagonize vitamin K-dependent clotting factors II, VII, IX, and X.”

    Hmmm…. so IF I’m reading that right, it acts to reduce clotting. In a disease where clotting to excess is one of the big problems. That’s kind of nice to know…

  17. The True Nolan says:

    It was recently pointed out that the PCR test for vaxxed individuals would be held to a more reasonable lower cycle count — which is good except that now we cannot compare the results of non-vaxxed people with the vaxxed patients. It results in making the vaxxed crowd look better than they would otherwise. Looks like the CDC is also changing the standards for counting vaxxed illnesses — and again, the result is to make the vaxxed crowd appear better.

    Here is a little humor and a little information:

  18. jim2 says:

    I haven’t found any public data about that vaccine or COVID that is detailed enough to draw much in the way of solid conclusions. Too many variables unaccounted for.

  19. Elect H.R. says:

    1 teaspoon (liquid) is 5 ml.

    I have teaspoons and syringes marked in ml, so I can either pour out my dose into a teaspoon or suck it up out of the bottle with a syringe.

  20. E.M.Smith says:

    Just Oh My God!

    The lead in has this described as the greatest raid you never heard of, and it is right. The creation of the British Commandos, personalized, and their first big raid that took out an impossible target; and shifted the entire trajectory of the Battle Of The Atlantic and potentially the whole war.


    That was a very biting and very accurate summary of the BS passing as vaccine statistics!

  21. YMMV says:

    @TTN, that video flashes an image of Bill Gates (?) reading a book called “What If?”. That puts me in a quandary. Anything Bill Gates is for, I am against, on principle. But “What If?” is always a good question. A quick WIkiCheck; that book was written by the cartoonist xkcd. So that decides it. It must have been just a Bill Gates look-alike. And here is an xkcd cartoon.

  22. another ian says:

    Via email

    “I saw this comment on a blog
    “The US military can show the world who’s boss by using a windmill bolted to the top of an Abrams tank for propulsion being driven by a blue hair transgender soy boy.”
    We better hope the next war is fought from lounge chairs using drones.”

  23. jim2 says:

    Maricopa County Elections Witness Testifies that Dominion Ran Entire Election – County Officials and Observers NEVER HAD Access or Passwords! (Video)

  24. jim2 says:

    HUGE: Citizens Group in Arizona Drops a MOAB – Sues State for 2018, 2019, and 2020 Elections That Were Not In Compliance with Arizona Law

  25. another ian says:

    Re Jim2Maricopa County Elections Witness Testifies that Dominion Ran Entire Election – County Officials and Observers NEVER HAD Access or Passwords! (Video)

    Now a big FWIW here

    But you get to meet Dominion again towards the end

  26. another ian says:

    As a local expression has it – “I wouldn’t let Dominion run a cooked chook raffle”

  27. jim2 says:

    Pipeline infrastructure hack …

    The BBC reports:
    Experts say fuel prices are likely to rise 2-3% on Monday, but the impact will be far worse if it goes on for much longer… Colonial Pipeline said it is working with law enforcement, cyber-security experts and the Department of Energy to restore service. On Sunday evening it said that although its four mainlines remain offline, some smaller lateral lines between terminals and delivery points are now operational…

    Independent oil market analyst Gaurav Sharma told the BBC there is a lot of fuel now stranded at refineries in Texas. “Unless they sort it out by Tuesday, they’re in big trouble,” said Sharma. “The first areas to be impacted would be Atlanta and Tennessee, then the domino effect goes up to New York…” The temporary waiver issued by the Department of Transportation enables oil products to be shipped in tankers up to New York, but this would not be anywhere near enough to match the pipeline’s capacity, Mr Sharma warned.

  28. jim2 says:

    On SNL Elon Musk Reveals He Has Asperger Syndrome – and Tanks the Price of Dogecoin (—and-tanks-the-price-of-dogecoin

  29. jim2 says:

    CNN tells the story of Luisa Neubauer, a 25-year-old woman who took the German government to court last year — and won:
    On April 29, the country’s Supreme Court announced that some provisions of the 2019 climate change act were unconstitutional and “incompatible with fundamental rights,” because they lacked a detailed plan for reducing emissions and placed the burden for future climate action on young people. The court ordered the government to come up with new provisions that “specify in greater detail how the reduction targets for greenhouse gas emissions” by the end of next year. The decision made headlines across the world…

    “This case changes everything,” she said. “It’s not nice to have climate action, it’s our fundamental right that the government protects us from the climate crisis….”

  30. jim2 says:

    The The Weather Channel thought this was important enough to publish:

    A peer-reviewed research has claimed that global ivermectin use can end the COVID-19 pandemic, as the medicine significantly reduces the risk of contracting the deadly respiratory disease when used regularly.

    Advertisement – story continues below

    The common antiparasitic ivermectin is being touted as a miracle cure for COVID-19 by doctors and campaigners the world over.

    Peer reviewed by medical experts that included three US government senior scientists and published in the American Journal of Therapeutics, the research is the most comprehensive review of the available data taken from clinical, in vitro, animal, and real-world studies.

    Led by the Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance (FLCCC), a group of medical and scientific experts reviewed published peer-reviewed studies, manuscripts, expert meta-analyses, and epidemiological analyses of regions with ivermectin distribution efforts all showing that ivermectin is an effective prophylaxis and treatment for COVID-19.

  31. Jeff says:

    FWIW, Luisa Neubauer is Germany’s version of Snippy Longstocking (Greta Thunberg); indeed she inspired Greta and works with her. The German Supreme Court, sad to say, leans far left, so is likely to side with just about anything the Greens and (not-so-)Greta put up…

    The latest is they want to put up bird-choppers all over the Black Forest, because the Greens took their election victories in Baden-Württemberg as a mandate to further their destructive anti-business (indeed anti-human) policies. Far be it from them to see the election results as a slap to the CDU/CSU and their failed (ironically, leftist) policies… and so our energy prices go up, and up, and up…..

  32. E.M.Smith says:

    A real outdoorsman’s perspective on how nature can save us and on birdchoppers..

    Conservationism vs Environmentalism…

  33. jim2 says:

    A super-idiotic revolutionary manifesto that has hundreds of pages (maybe we are talking about this truly juicy anti-white racist 83-page rant, thanks, Bill, maybe there is another one) was released by the California Health Department and is apparently being embraced by the California’s Department of Education (but the stuff hasn’t been completely approved yet). Words are no longer enough, the authors claim. We must act and erase the inequality by holding back all kids who are better in mathematics than others. All instruction must proceed according to the weakest student in the class because the far left sick animals “reject ideas of natural gifts and talents”. In that state and others, it’s not only tolerated but fashionable to “reject” even the most obvious facts about the real world. According to the plan, the smart kids must be made unable to work on their mathematical talent, at least up to their 18th birthday. Wow.

  34. E.M.Smith says:

    And a follow-on perspective:

    Is the “vaccine” taking communion in the Covidians Church of Woke? The Mask their cross around the neck? Those who are not “Of The Body” the philistines and apostate sinners? The unwashed heretics? Does kind of feel that way…

    Perhaps the Holy Covidians praying to their Savior Faucci and his Father who art in power, Pfizer… Save us!!! Save us!!!

  35. jim2 says:

    I have to wear my St. Fauci medallion every day to ward off the Evil Purple Plague!

  36. H.R. says:

    Don’t forget to hit the alms box on the way out, jim2.

    Which reminds me… I believe the Biden Administration tax plan is to redefine tithing from 10% to “give us all your money.”

    I’m hoping I can empty my 401k before the Feds do.

  37. jim2 says:

    Meanwhile, back at the AZ Audit, they haven’t been able to fill all the new lazy Susan ballot exam tables since they were installed.

  38. E.M.Smith says:

    Hmmm….. Light skin, light eye color, lots of red heads…

    Women and children riding in covered wagons while the men were on horseback herding cattle & sheep.

    Fierce warrior traditions, lots of excellent bowmanship.

    Women fought in battle with men, shooting arrows from horseback too.

    Lots of metalworking, including iron and copper and gold.

    Used burial mounds for their honored ones (shades of Irish burial mounds).

    Liked to party… Lots of “fermented beverage” and “smoke of a certain leaf…”

    Liked fancy hats and tatoos to go with their Ride… (Hmmm… sounds like Bikers to me ;-)

    From the area where we found Tocharians in tartan weave with red hair on over to near Anatolia where the Galacian Celts were found in other times.

    Sure sounds a whole lot like the Celts. Also a lot like the stories of a people who migrated down out of the Steppes of Asia into Egypt bringing wagons and cattle herding with them, also spreading into Europe and displacing the original darker haired peoples. With the “wagon train” image in the video looking a Whole Lot like the migration of similar people (in culture, coloration, lifestyle) into the American West thousands of years later.

    Now mix in the stories / myths that claim the Irish were derived of the Danoi or of Scythians (or that the Sycthian was a Danoi)

    One legend saying that a Prince of the Danoi ran off with the Daughter of Pharaoh (and we know Celtic Mercenaries were employed by Ramesses…) and their group of followers worked their way across southern Europe to Spain where “Mil de Hispania” (Solder of Spain) saw Ireland and then moved the clan there.

    Oddly, Irish has hard to explain elements similar to Semitic languages in it, as though Mom perhaps spoke a language like Coptic (from prior to the Arab invasions) and some of it blended with the indo-european of Dad…

    So who where these people that have perhaps shaped history for thousands of years, even into today? The Scythians.

    Genetic evidence
    In 2017, a genetic study of the Scythians suggested that they were ultimately descended from the Yamna culture, and emerged on the Pontic steppe independently of peoples belonging to Scythian cultures further east. Based on the analysis of mithocondrial lineages, another later 2017 study suggested that the Scythians were directly descended from the Srubnaya culture. A later analysis of paternal lineages, published in 2018, found significant genetic differences between the Srubnaya and the Scythians, suggesting that the Srubnaya and the Scythians instead traced a common origin in the Yamnaya culture, with the Scythians and related peoples such as the Sarmatians perhaps tracing their origin to the eastern Pontic-Caspian steppes and the southern Urals. Another 2019 study also concluded that migrations must have played a part in the emergence of the Scythians as the dominant power of the Pontic steppe.

    Further down, this bit:

    They look to be related to the Alans in their origins, and then eventually were re-absorbed.

    The Alans spoke an Eastern Iranian language which derived from Scytho-Sarmatian and which in turn evolved into modern Ossetian. The name Alan is an Iranian dialectal form of Aryan.

    Ossetian (English: /ɒˈsɛtiən/, /ɒˈsiːʃən/, /oʊˈsiːʃən/), more commonly called Ossetic and rarely Ossete[note 1] (Ossetian: ирон ӕвзаг, romanized: iron ӕvzag), is an Eastern Iranian language spoken in Ossetia, a region on the northern slopes of the Caucasus Mountains. It is a relative and possibly a descendant of the extinct Scythian, Sarmatian, and Alanic languages.

    So the (admittedly very murky) historical arc looks to be that the origin of much of Europe today traces back to the Yamna Culture.

    Yamnaya culture
    (Redirected from Yamna culture)

    “Yamna culture” redirects here. It is not to be confused with the Yamna language of Papua, Indonesia.

    The Yamnaya culture (/ˈjamnaja/), also known as the Yamnaya Horizon,[2] Yamna culture, Pit Grave culture or Ochre Grave culture, was a late Copper Age to early Bronze Age archaeological culture of the region between the Southern Bug, Dniester, and Ural rivers (the Pontic steppe), dating to 3300–2600 BC. Its name derives from its characteristic burial tradition: Я́мная (romanization: yamnaya) is a Russian adjective that means ‘related to pits (yama)’, and these people used to bury their dead in tumuli (kurgans) containing simple pit chambers. The people of the Yamnaya culture were likely the result of a genetic admixture between the descendants of Eastern European Hunter-Gatherers[a] and people related to hunter-gatherers from the Caucasus. People with this ancestral component are known as Western Steppe Herders. Their material culture was very similar to the Afanasevo culture, and the populations of both cultures are genetically indistinguishable. They lived primarily as nomads, with a chiefdom system and wheeled carts and wagons that allowed them to manage large herds.

    They are also closely connected to Final Neolithic cultures, which later spread throughout Europe and Central Asia, especially the Corded Ware people and the Bell Beaker culture, as well as the peoples of the Sintashta, Andronovo, and Srubnaya cultures. Back migration from Corded Ware also contributed to Sintashta and Andronovo. In these groups, several aspects of the Yamnaya culture are present.[b] Genetic studies have also indicated that these populations derived large parts of their ancestry from the steppes.

    This is also the expected origin point of the proto-indo-European language.

    The Yamnaya culture is identified with the late Proto-Indo-Europeans (PIE) in the Kurgan hypothesis of Marija Gimbutas. The Pontic-Caspian steppe is the strongest candidate for the Urheimat (original homeland) of the Proto-Indo-European language, and evidence from linguistics and genetics suggests that the Yamnaya culture may be the homeland of the core Indo-European languages, excluding the Anatolian languages.

    Then there’s some genetic fingerprints:

    Haak et al. (2015) conducted a genome-wide study of 69 ancient skeletons from Europe and Russia. They concluded that Yamnaya autosomal characteristics are very close to the Corded Ware culture people, with an estimated 73% ancestral contribution from the Yamnaya DNA in the DNA of Corded Ware skeletons from Germany. The same study estimated a (38.8–50.4 %) ancestral contribution of the Yamnaya in the DNA of modern Central, and Northern Europeans, and an 18.5–32.6 % contribution in modern Southern Europeans; this contribution is found to a lesser extent in Sardinians (2.4–7.1 %) and Sicilians (5.9–11.6 %). Haak et al. also note that their results state that haplogroup R-M269 spread into Europe from the East after 3000 BC. Studies that analysed ancient human remains in Ireland and Portugal support the thesis that R-M269 was introduced in these places along with autosomal DNA from the Eastern European steppes.

    The Received Wisdom is that it came ONLY from the mainland Celts to Ireland. The mythology has the Danoi derived of Scythians bring it by sea and land along a southern route.

    In any case, be they direct decedents, or distant cousins, it does look like a very similar cultural set and a common origin.

    I suspect some (a lot?) is just grabbing any name with D*N in it and staking a claim, but it is interesting as a pattern matching exercise…

    As the Israelites migrated through Europe, they fulfilled this prophecy, and left “ROAD SIGNS” and “GUIDEPOSTS” along the way, so that we can trace their route! The chief tribe to do this was Dan, because of their proclivity to leave the name of their ancestor “DAN” everywhere they went.

    In Hebrew there are no vowels, so the name Dan is written DN, or its Hebrew equivalent. Thus words like Dan, Din, Don, Dun, Den, or Dn, correspond to the name of Dan.

    Just west of the Black Sea, ancient geographers designated a region by the name of Moesia, which means the land of the “Moses-ites.” These people revered a person whom they called Zal-moxis. “Zal” significes “chief,” so this person, “chief Moxis” or “leader Moxis” was actually “chief MOSES,” the man of YEHOVAH God who led Israel to the promised land, and whom these people remembered as their original leader. The tribe of Dan also passed through this region, and the surrounding territory, leaving its name in Mace-DON-ia, and the Dar-DAN-elles, and to the north by the river DAN-ube. In the territory of Sarmatia (or Samaria, meaning the Israelites), were located the rivers DN-iper, DN-ister, and the DON.

    Professor Totten declares:

    “There is no grander theme upon the scrolls of history than the story of this struggle of the Anglo-Saxons westward. The very streams of Europe mark their resting places, and in the root of nearly all their ancient names (Dan, or Don) recall the sacred stream Jor-dan river of rest — from whose whose hands, so far away, as exiles, they set out. It was either the little colony of Dan, obeying its tribal proclivity for naming everything it capturied (Judges 18:1-29) after their father, or else the mere survival of a word and custom; but, none the less, it serves to TRACE these wanderers LIKE A TRAIL. Hence the Dan-ube, the Dan-ieper, the Dan-iester, the Dan-au, the Daci and Davi, the Dan, the Don, the U-Don, the Eri-don, and the THOUSAND OTHER dans and dons of ancient and early geography, down to the Danes in Dan-emerke, or ‘Dan’s last resting place'” (quoted in Allen, Judah’s Sceptre and Joseph’s Birthright, p. 263-64).

    Denmark, the name of the modern country in Europe north of Germany, means, literally, “Dan’s mark.” It’s people are called “Danes.” In fact, because at one time Denmark ruled all the surrounding region, the whole region took its name from them — the ScanDINavian peninsula! Clearly, here are remnants of the people of DAN, who migrated westward overland from the Caucasus to their present location in northern Europe!

    However, other Danites, who dwelt or abode in ships, and who associated themselves with the sea peoples of Tyre and Sidon, fled westward through the Mediterranean when northern Israel fell. Early Danites fled Egypt at the time of the Exodus, and migrated through SarDINia, and left their trail along the sea-coasts of the Mediterranean. Thus Dan, who was a “lion’s whelp” who would “leap from Bashan,” leaped all the way to Ireland, where historians explain that the early settlers were known as the “Tuatha de Danaan” — literally, the “tribe of Dan.” The Greeks called them the Danoi, the Romans called them Danaus.

    In Ireland, today, we find their customary evidence — their place names — in abundance. Such names as Dans-Lough, Dan-Sower, Dan-Monism, Dun-dalke, Dun-drum, Don-egal Bay, Don-egal City, Dun-glow and Lon-don-derry, as well as Din-gle, Dun-garven and Duns-more, which means “MORE DANS.” Of course, the most famous Irish ballad of all time is the song, “Danny Boy.” It should be plain that the country of Ireland is replete, filled with names which derive from the ancient patriarch of the Hebrews — DAN, the son of Jacob! It should be plain that the ancient Danites settled in Ireland, and most of them dwell in that land, today.

    There is also a river Don in Scotland, and another in England. These countries, also, show the evidence of the presence or passing of the tribe of Dan, who migrated with the other tribes of the northern kingdom of Israel, especially the tribe of Joseph (Ephraim and Manasseh). Here we find such names markers, or “guide posts” as YEHOVAH God called them in Jeremiah — as Dun-dee, Dun-kirk, Dunbar, Dunraven, E-din-burgh, and Lon-don.

    Danites from Egypt!

    The Greek historian Herodotus reveals that some of the ancient Greeks actually came from Egypt, and that the ancestor of the Dorian princes in southern Greece was a certain “Danae, the daughter of Acrisus” (Herodotus, VI, 1, iii). The term “Dorian” apparently comes from the name of a city of Manasseh, in northern Israel, called “Dor,” near the Mediterranean coast. The Dorians were apparently Danites, of the tribe of Dan, perhaps mixed with some of the descendants of Manasseh.

    The Irish word “tuath” means literally “a tribe” or “people.” These people were the tribe of DAN of Biblical fame! They came from the Greek “Danaans,” and were the same people as the tribe of Dan. Hecateus of Abdera says that the Egyptians, troubled by calamities, in order that the divine wrath might be averted, expelled the foreigners — all aliens gathered together in Egypt. Of these, some, under their leaders DANUS and CADMUS, migrated to Greece, others to other regions, but the greatest number to “Syria,” that is, Palestine, their leader said to have been Moses.

    So product of religious fervor claiming everything with a D and N in it? Or a reconstruction of the history / mythology that a prince of Scythia, a Danoi, was in Egypt. Hooked up with a Daughter of Pharaoh, and then the whole troop of them was driven out, across the sea, to eventually land in Ireland?

    Did they start as one of the Tribes of Israel and said Prince had just briefly run off north, then returning “from Scythia” but not Scythian? Or as a Scythian origin person who picked up an Egyptian Princess, a bunch of Danoi, and they all ran off together to Ireland (decades and perhaps generations later…)?

    Lost to time…


    These folks sure sound a lot like my ancestors / history / family stories… and remind me a lot of the people who founded the American West. The cultural roots of Cowboys, Wagons, Horses (or now, Jeeps and Trucks ;-) along with Women Warriors stretch back a very long ways, in any case.

  39. E.M.Smith says:

    In other news…

    Looks like the “grow box” is gone now… Unfortunately, the “new new” method without a grow box and auto-size growing (no slider widget) seems to not work on my Tablet….

    The Dick-With-Factor is strong in the WordPress Minions…

    In other other news:

    Pneumatic Elastic Automotive Archaeology… I was doing my “rounds” checking things in the various cars. Made sure tires were all aired up some week or so back, but has skipped the spares. Decided “Spare Check’ was a good theme for the day.

    First car: 190E 1993 model. I’d done a quick visual on the spare some couple of years back when I bought it. It looked new and the ones on the road were “pretty good”, so figured it was OK. This time went to pull it out to check air pressure. Plenty bouncy, so held air well, but…

    The rim was absolutely pristine. Even had a very faded sticker of some sort on the outside surface. This thing looked like it had never been mounted to the car. Checking the date code… WT? I’ve not seen one like that in decades. Not the usual 4 digit 2 x week 2 x year, nope. 3 digits and a triangle. 452-triangle The 3 digits I vaguely remembered were 2 x month 1 x year, maybe, but the triangle?

    In any case, the tire is way aged out. But what decade was that 2? After checking a half dozen more sites discussing tire DOT codes and ages, ALL of which said “4 digits since 2000. If it is 3 toss it” (which is correct but insufficient for an elastomeric archaeological dig…) it was Tire Rack to the rescue:

    Tires Manufactured Before 2000
    The Tire Identification Number for tires produced prior to 2000 was based on the assumption that tires would not be in service for ten years. While they were required to provide the same information as today’s tires, the week and year the tire was produced was contained in the last three digits. The 2 digits used to identify the week a tire was manufactured immediately preceded a single digit used to identify the year.
    While the previous Tire Identification Number format identified that a tire was built in the 8th year of a decade, there was no universal identifier that confirmed which decade (tires produced in the 1990s may have a small triangle following the Tire Identification Number to identify the decade).

    Ah, yes, I remember now, that 30 years ago some of my tires had no triangle and some did and THAT was how I knew which were new…

    But wait, there’s more…

    So November of 1992 the tire was made. It still has the little nubby mold mark things on the tread. The car was made in 1993 (don’t know the month). So: This is the OEM Spare – NEVER USED.

    A fingernail test of the rubber reports stiffer than new Continentals, but soft enough. The “nubbies” don’t want to break when stretched and pulled. Contis where known for soft rubber, so having hardened with age it feels about like a normal long life tire. Just amazing. AND it still has air in it. (Factory air?…) I doubt any air has been applied for at least 8 years (my ownership and prior years in driveway down the street…)

    No, I’ll not be trying it out. I’ve had 3 or 4 “old tires” come apart on me at various times, throwing chunks of rubber. The bond of tread to carcass can not be assessed. I do think that if I had a flat, I could limp into town on it at reduced speed (say 45 MPH or so) as it is a high speed tire and Contis were originally very soft rubber. But I’d not know for sure that I’d make it.

    So now, on the cards is 2 new tires. The two rears are almost new, the two fronts almost worn out. One is approaching the wear bars “soon”. So I’ll just replace it, and the spare, with 2 that match the rear tires, and move that last “inherited” tire to the spare position…

    I wonder if anyone would ever want a 30 year old tire example, never used…

  40. jim2 says:

    Maybe you could sample the tire air CO2 level and see if any cheating has been going on?

  41. Peter_dtm says:

    WT? are they thinking having ANY control equipment for a critical pipeline infrastructure connected in any way to the internet?

    My current job is remote support for factory automation. It grew from normal field service work (go to site fix problem) as the Just in Time culture and penny pinching took hold in the late 90’s early 2000.
    Penny pinching; means no finding for engineers/technicians/critical equipment but plenty for HR/manglement.
    Whilst we have secure protocols for access; it is frightening to see the number of sites that have NO AV; NO WINDOWS PATCHING and open holes in their firewalls that effectively means they are wide open.
    On the other hand some sites (big farma & high value factories) tend to be almost the other extreme; no engineers; few technicians but expect remote access to require 2 to 3 days notice. GAH !
    Problem: it is easy to save money in the short term by de-skilling; by the time the damage is apparent the accountants/manglement responsible have collected their rewards and moved on.
    We see the effects of buyers/consultants nit picking redundancy/robust solutions down to being extremely fragile and then bitch and moan if we can’t fix the site down issues caused by their refusal to follow best practice. I kid you not; I supported one refinery where the engineer’s laptops were cast off from HR ! With the whole refinery down; waiting for a spread sheet to load (large one; over 2 hours) the DOCUMENTED resulting down time finally sprung ONE new laptop for the whole refinery’s engineers to share!
    It is almost impossible to explain to both manglement and Corporate IT why Process control is not like office support (break the Process system – no jobs; break the office system – well eventually it becomes site critical)

    So whilst Remote support is very necessary (since the operators aren’t properly trained either) the will to implement it securely and properly is about zero; after all; it costs $$.
    Then; there is the complete misunderstanding about remote support; we are not here to ADD VALUE; but to save down time; insurance not profit margin gain.

    (This may come out alright; I am typing in a narrow letter box; can’t see anything more than half the height of the words …)

  42. Peter_dtm says:

    Sorry for all the typos; auto correct and no visibility is a swine..

    [Reply: Fixed it for you. There used to be a ‘grow box’ in the far right. Today that seems to be gone, but the box expands on my Linux Browser. On my Android tablet it does not and no grow box is visible, but sometimes a tiny ‘tick’ of grey and it grows, or not. WordPress, PITA with their DickWith Factor… -E.M.S. ]

  43. E.M.Smith says:


    So this Great Leap Forward for California is a 10 GW storage system Man that sounds huge…

    Fuel Type	California In-State Generation (GWh)
    System Totals	200,475

    So it is 1/20,048 of our consumption. 8760 hours in a year. 525,600 minutes. So it will store 26 minutes of power (IF it is 100% efficient OR they are quoting net storage after recovery and not electricity fed in…)

    Yeah, that’ll get you through the night… NOT! /snark;

    Folks in the “Alternative Energy” world really need to learn some math and discover just how Huuuge things are…

  44. Ossqss says:

    @EM, as long as it is right next to my neighbor hood and doesn’t blow up or collapse in a shaker, it might be worth it. LOL, not>

    BTW, what is up with that comment box? Looks like you got hooked into the cut and paste linkage.

  45. Ossqss says:

    Interesting, people are going to get a good idea of why they need gas. Turd hitting Fan tonight.

  46. H.R. says:

    23 bluegills and 2 crappie tonight. Started at 8:15 and quit at 10:00. They were hitting well after dark, so all the catching was by feel. Fun!

  47. cdquarles says:

    Hmm, I never saw a grow box. Chromium based browser. I am logged in on my own WordPress account, though.

  48. cdquarles says:

    Reports about that pipeline said that the company’s business sites were hit with ransomware. The pipeline controls, though, were not; but shut down for safety. Mind you I do not know how true the reports are. The pipeline does run near me; well there are two of them. One carries propane/butane/natural gas, the other gasoline. There is a tank farm about 40 or 50 miles away from me.

  49. H.R. says:

    We might not be getting good information about the pipeline shutdown.

    Sundance, over on the Treehouse, is a bit skeptical that we are getting the real story. (There’s also a related article posted just after this one)

  50. H.R. says:

    BTW, I have no clue what is going on with ‘grow boxes’ or little slits of a comment box.

    Nothing has seemed different to me. It’s been the same for years.

  51. Simon Derricutt says:

    On “grow boxes”, I’m seeing no difference either on the desktop box (Linux Mint at the moment, with FF) or the netbook (Android 6 with inbuilt “browser”). The comment box starts at around 3 lines deep and grows as needed to fit the comment.

    The problem could be in the various plugins that re-format the display to suit the actual screen-size used and whether it’s a mobile device or not, and maybe change the formatting controls depending upon which browser is used. I’ve noticed that they need to be frequently updated, with a lot more updates needed on the “mobile pages” plugins. Might be worth asking for a desk-top page rather than a mobile one, if your browser has that facility. On the netbook I have that choice, but not on the desktop box.

    When I’m doing the moderating on R-G, Disqus has a pull-corner to increase the size of the comment box on the desktop, but on the netbook that corner becomes so small as to be almost-invisible (around an extra pixel) and almost-impossible to catch in order to grow the box since I tend to write a fair number of lines. Asking for a desktop site doesn’t fix that, so probably a difference in formatting for the browser or some other interaction where the logic isn’t quite right.

    Then again, if you ask to look at the source of the page that’s being displayed, there’s an amazing amount of code that is almost-certainly auto-generated, so it doesn’t take much of a logic error to screw it up.

  52. cdquarles says:

    This:, my friends, is a throwback to the culture I grew up in and remember from the 50s. This, I believe, is what the racist Democrats (redundant) stole by pushing BIG government, destroying the family unit in the process. This, I say, is what we need to leave the “progressives” mired in their false religion and in the past.

  53. H.R. says:


    [begin] fish talk mostly of interest to me and of some interest to a few others here/
    Regarding bluegill, which are excellent eating; very sweet and pretty firm:

    I used to mentally size them as I caught them by calling them snack size (about 3 1/2″ and perfect catfish bait), small (4″ to about 5″), regular ( 5″ to about 6″) large (about 6″ to 7″), extra large (7″ to about 8″), and JUMBO! (8″ and over and you can barely get your hand around them to take out the hook).

    Bluegill can be skinny or very fat, so where those inch measures overlap, I might call a 6″ bluegill ‘large’ if it’s a fat one and ‘regular if it’s a skinny one.

    So… the last couple of outings I have changed my thinking and have been using something akin to shrimp; count per pound. It’s a number that represents how many of the same size bluegill you’d have to catch to make dinner for one, which I put at about 8 to 10 ounces of bluegill meat after the head, guts, and bone is removed. This makes it easier to classify a skinny bluegill that’s the same length as a fat bluegill. The skinny one goes in to the lower count class and the fat one goes into the higher count class.

    So now, I classify a bluegill as, say a 3, which means I’d need to get two more like it to make a serving for one person.

    Here’s how my new system stacks up to the old system.

    – Snack size is still snack size and great for catfish bait.

    – Small is 6 -7 count for a meal

    – Regular is 4 – 5 count for a meal

    – Large is about 3 count for a meal

    – Extra large is 2 count for a meal

    – Jumbo is a meal! I’ll still call a 1 a Jumbo.
    The nice thing about last night’s fishing was that early on, I was catching mostly 4s and 5s. As it got dark, I started catching mostly 2s and 3s. And,… I caught my first true Jumbo of the year. Yay! Hook a jumbo and you think you’ve got a nice little bass on the line. You can’t be sure ’til you bring it in.

    I got into bluegill fishing mostly to get good at it so I could readily catch a supply of catfish bait. It’s also a means of relaxation. The world just goes away as you concentrate on thinking like a fish in order to catch them, and there’s nothing so satisfying as the tug on the line when you hook into any type of fish.
    Recently, I’ve been eyeing bluegill as a food source, which is what everyone did when I was growing up. We caught mostly 2s and 3s and several Jumbos. It seems others are now doing the same, because I’m finding that bluegill sizes are increasing. Starting in the mid-’70s and after, people went bass-fishing crazy and stopped fishing for bluegill. Bluegill size declined remarkably and notably.

    I had read years ago that there was some hormone or something in the fish urine that limited their growth. I don’t buy that explanation now. I think it’s just a matter of food supply. Bluegill reproduce like crazy. If you don’t cull them, the food supply is stretched over too many bluegills, so they all remain small… and hungry. Bait stealers!

    But as people have started catching them for dinner again, there’s more food per fish and they can keep gaining size. I think that’s what I’m seeing because I’m catching bluegill more in the sizes I saw when I was a kid.
    As to bluegill size limits, does anyone recall that video someone posted here a year or two ago of the guy catching a 5-pound bluegill? It used to be thought that their max size was about 2 pounds or so. Most State records were around that size. That 5-pound bluegill disabused everyone of that notion.

    [end] /fish talk mostly of interest to me. Don’t say you weren’t warned 😜

  54. E.M.Smith says:

    Per “Grow Boxes”:

    Also realize a lot of code is “adaptive” to the given browser / era / machine. So, for example, Brave Browser had one “engine” at the start, a different one now. Depending on how old your “Brave” browser install is, you have a different “engine” and get different code downloaded. (Similar to the “mobile” vs “desktop” site choice in code downloaded).

    Also, clearly WordPress is screwing with things. My Desktop Chromium (ARM system so a bit back-level code base and will sometimes flag as ‘mobile’ even though it is my desktop) has reverted to the Old Way of a comment box that just grows as you type. So wordpress has un-done the crap that caused me to get a “grow box” (or corner pull, or…) a few days ago.

    Folks on any of: [Very new, AMD64, x86, Non-Linux] will likely get a different “code base” shoved at you than that being shoved at me. It is possible (likely?) that WordPress is thinking I’m on some kind of tablet or phone, not a PC Desktop.

    I’m just glad the “problem” seems to be leaving.


    Bluegill / sunfish / etc. are closely related to Bass. That’s why they taste the same :-0

    I’ve always loved catching (and eating…) them. I’d be happy to never catch a bass and always catch a mess of “pan fish”. I expect to be instructed in the prime places and methods once local…

    From what I remember of my dig into fish farming, the sunfish tend to over populate then stunt on food supply (as you suspected) not on hormones. OTOH, that’s with plenty of water processing… Tilapia do something similar. The “answer” is to have heavy predation (i.e. stock bass big enough to eat them…). Since many humans will not keep / eat the little ones, a sunfish only pond rapidly becomes overpopulated with runts. Similar problem if the people catch and haul out all the big bass. So tell your bass fisher friends to use a lot of runted sunfish as bait… Then BOTH populations benefit.

    FWIW, I tended to think of them as “a meal”. One big one is “a meal”, but 3 or 4 little ones is also “a meal”… I liked to catch “enough meals” for all expected at the table, individual fish size not important…

    I do remember the monster sunfish, but not the details. There’s lots of room in nature for the unusual. It could easily have been an inter-species hybrid that doesn’t stop growing (like tiger / lion crosses).


    I remember the era when the Black Community was self sufficient and rising. It was expected to follow the arc of the Irish (who were also discriminated against upon arrival. “No Irish need apply” job signs in New York, for example. Why the Irish Cop happened – nobody wanted to be cops… so the Irish took the job.) There were thriving Black Businesses and a growing middle class.

    Then “The Great Society” welfare programs and the drug culture just destroyed it all.


    I forgot (or WordPress removed) a “/pre” html token, so everything ended up in pre-formatted. I’ve fixed it now.


    We will not know for days, if ever, what really happened. It is doubtful that this early even the folks working on it know what happened. First you just shut everything down. Then you start one team inspecting the attack while another team is only assigned to “Get it back up and running NOW” (often with replacement equipment, or via shutting off control loops from the dead gear that isn’t really necessary for basic operation).

    Given the well attested history of Dimocrat Lying and Cheating, and Government malfeasance and complicity is crimes: I have zero belief in anything the FiBbers Inc say.

  55. Quail says:

    Hilarious. I could hear them in my mind, “OMG people can be critical of science! How dare they! Urrr they have some good points and methods… But we must cover our asses in the conclusions!”

    “MIT researchers ‘infiltrated’ a Covid skeptics community a few months ago and found that skeptics place a high premium on data analysis and empiricism… Most fundamentally, the groups we studied believe that science is a process, and not an institution…. Its members value individual initiative and ingenuity, trusting scientific analysis only insofar as they can replicate it themselves by accessing and manipulating the data firsthand…”

  56. E.M.Smith says:


    OMG! that’s a great one!

    “Indeed, anti-maskers often reveal themselves to be more sophisticated in their understanding of how scientific knowledge is socially constructed than their ideological adversaries, who espouse naïve realism about the “objective” truth of public health data.”
    “In other words, anti-maskers value unmediated access to information and privilege personal research and direct reading over “expert” interpretations.”

    In other words: The “skeptics” know and use the Scientific Method and adhere to traditions like “On the word of no one”…

    Show me your data and analysis, or go home.

    Then more gems:

    “The message that runs through these threads is unequivocal: that data is the only way to set fear-bound politicians straight, and using better data is a surefire way towards creating a safer community.”

    “Data literacy is a quintessential criterion for membership within the community they have created.”

    “Arguing anti-maskers need more scientific literacy is to characterize their approach as uninformed & inexplicably extreme. This study shows the opposite: they are deeply invested in forms of critique & knowledge production they recognize as markers of scientific expertise”

    Like, oh, I don’t know, being critical of “NO! DO NOT MASK!!! / Masks Mandatory / 2 Masks / Maybe No Masks Outdoors” Faucci? I’m sorry, but Faucci has NOT presented a scientific position in any of that. It was all expedience for his cohort of admirers.

    “We argue that anti-maskers’ deep story draws from similar wells of resentment, but adds a particular emphasis on the usurpation of scientific knowledge by a paternalistic, condescending elite that expects intellectual subservience rather than critical thinking from the public.”

    And yet in the conclusion they lament “the skeptical impulse that the ‘science simply isn’t settled,’ prompting people to simply ‘think for themselves” to horrifying ends.”

    Uh, yeah. But hardly “horrifying ends”. I have a brain, and I know how to use it. I am EMPOWERED to use it by the God who created it, and me; with thanks to the decades of education in proper maintenance and operation…

    The original PDF of 18 pages:

    Click to access G.Jones%20C.Lee%20et%20al.%202021%20Viral%20Visualization%20pre-print.pdf

  57. E.M.Smith says:

    Oh, and I resent their name of “anti-maskers” for us of the True Science Bent. I am adamantly NOT “anti-mask”. In fact, I regularly use one to:

    1) Make Chad’s and Karen’s feel comfortable.
    2) Avoid pointless technical discussions that will not be understood by the counterparty store manager.
    3) Foil camera surveillance systems and degrade their utility.

    What I don’t use them for is stopping a virus from getting up my nose.

    So I am very much NOT “anti-mask”. I’m just “Anti-Idiocy” and “pro-Truth”.

    Frankly, if the Governor (whom I despise with a passion) were to say “We know masks don’t really stop the virus, but it will help calm people and sooth their fears, so please wear one as a badge of Social Participation”, I’d likely just say “Oh, OK.” Because that is, basically, my position right now.

    But “ANTI-masker”? No way. Pro-freedom. Pro-personal-choice. Willing to sooth others with a placebo, sure.

  58. another ian says:

    Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

    “Is Viagra the Cure?”

  59. another ian says:


    Re “and there’s nothing so satisfying as the tug on the line when you hook into any type of fish.”

    Robert Hughes “A jerk on one end: reflections of a mediocre fisherman”

  60. philjourdan says:

    Filled up Saturday. Hope it Lasts. As we have Gov. blackface wannabee Nuisance, are the hardest hit

  61. H.R. says:

    @philjourdan – My guess is that Robert Hughes would have been lucky to get 3 bluegills last night. Sounds to me that whenever he got a bite, there was a jerk on two ends.

  62. E.M.Smith says:


    Best of luck to you.

    Thanks to being mostly retired, we have one car we fill up about once / month. It is full as of 2 or 3 days ago. The other cars are mostly filled up about once / quarter… unless on a cross country trip.

    As I had good memory of the ’70s Arab Oil Embargo and even / odd fill up days, my cars are a mix of plate ending digits. It is also part of why for a few decades now I’ve attempted to always have at least 2 cars for me, and 2 for the spouse. It also helps when one is in the shop, as we basically don’t notice. The other cars were all filled up about 2 weeks? before the pipeline issue happened…

    Now I’m not in the service zone of the pipeline, so doubt anything at all will be reflected here. This is just me doing my usual “Be Prepared” thing and describing it for others.

    So essentially I’ve got about 60 gallons of gasoline and 16 of Diesel all at the ready. Either for transportation or for running a generator (the one in the car or otherwise). Since I can’t have more than 2 gallons in cans on the property (most house insurance forbids it), I found another way. Store it on the street…

    At our present rate of usage, I NEED to think about filling up again in about August. Maybe September…

    For several decades I was THE guy responsible for bringing several companies back to life after The Big One hit. I figured I’d need at least 2 cars full of gasoline and 2 sets of tires (given puncture risks) to get through that situation. Then on any one day the Daily Driver might be out of gas or in the shop. So I had 3 as the preferred number just for me. Now I could likely drop that by a car or two.

    OTOH, I can get, at MOST, about $1k for the cars I’d want to dump, and that only if they were crushed. So for a few $hundred / year I have a wonderful, fully maintained, gassed up, emergency vehicle. And 18 gallons of gas in it… Cheap insurance, IMHO.

    During the Arab Oil Embargo, Dad picked up a big old flat domestic sedan with a gigantic fuel tank as I think they got about 10 MPG then. It was a “junker” as the engine had LOTS of miles on it and oil consumption was going up fast. OTOH as a “get around town on the wrong day” car, it was great ;-) Part of the purchase decision was the plate number… Chevy Impala? Something like that. Big old V8. Folks were also selling cheap as the gas prices were an issue for it. OTOH, it was a great stand by gas tank for the little Ford Falcon that was driven the most ;-)

  63. H.R. says:

    Right in the title: “Coronavirus Skeptics.”

    What dolts! What idiots! I don’t think anyone with half a brain in those groups they studied is skeptical of the Wuhan Flu.

    It can be quite deadly. It seems well above average in virulence, but we’re not sure because the ‘case’ counts were being buggered with PCR tests with cycles set to detect Covid in a granite statue and anyone with a runny nose was classed as a case. Covid deaths were chalked up if the person died in a country with cases (not quite that bad, not far from the reality).

    The Kung Flu is real. There is nothing to be skeptical about the virus.

    What everyone with half a brain is skeptical of is any “official” information regarding Xi’s Disease. We have been lied to about the number of actual cases. We have been lied to about the number of deaths from Covid. We have been lied to about effective preventive measures and treatments. The lies have been lies of commission and lies of omission. And the mother of all lies, “Two weeks to flatten the curve.” They have made stuff up out of thin air, such as 6 feet for social distancing; no data at all if 6 feet is effective or ineffective.

    And just who were the genius experts who said not to shut down international flights, especially from China? Who was it that encouraged people to get out in the streets and celebrate Chinese New Year? “No worries. Party hearty!” It’s the same people that turned around and locked down and told everyone to shelter in place.

    Only a moron, a complete idiot, or one of the co-authors of that paper would NOT be skeptical of any official information about Chinese Virus.

  64. Quail says:

    The Wuhan virus writes itself into our genes. This explains why some people test positive for a long time after recovering.

    “Prolonged detection of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) RNA and recurrence of PCR-positive tests have been widely reported in patients after recovery from COVID-19, but some of these patients do not appear to shed infectious virus. We investigated the possibility that SARS-CoV-2 RNAs can be reverse-transcribed and integrated into the DNA of human cells in culture and that transcription of the integrated sequences might account for some of the positive PCR tests seen in patients. In support of this hypothesis, we found that DNA copies of SARS-CoV-2 sequences can be integrated into the genome of infected human cells. We found target site duplications flanking the viral sequences and consensus LINE1 endonuclease recognition sequences at the integration sites, consistent with a LINE1 retrotransposon-mediated, target-primed reverse transcription and retroposition mechanism. We also found, in some patient-derived tissues, evidence suggesting that a large fraction of the viral sequences is transcribed from integrated DNA copies of viral sequences, generating viral–host chimeric transcripts. The integration and transcription of viral sequences may thus contribute to the detection of viral RNA by PCR in patients after infection and clinical recovery. Because we have detected only subgenomic sequences derived mainly from the 3′ end of the viral genome integrated into the DNA of the host cell, infectious virus cannot be produced from the integrated subgenomic SARS-CoV-2 sequences….”

  65. another ian says:

    “It is more or less impossible to catch COVID-19 outdoors
    Posted on May 12, 2021 by currencylad
    David Leonhardt in the New York Times has had enough of a lie beloved of quacks and wackos.”

    The New York Times even!

  66. H.R. says:

    @another ian – Dang! I missed that one in my mini rant… masks outdoors.

    Grrrr…. #@!&%# 🧨… 💥! 💥!

  67. E.M.Smith says:

    I had replaced 2 tires on the 190E a year or 2 back, so they are “new”. But on the off chance that the spare indicated a generic issue from the prior owner… I checked the date code on the other 2 tires…

    3413 so yeah, 2013. As in 8 year old tires. As in 1.5 years or so from “don’t even think about it”.

    Now, add in that these are cheap Chinese “Primewell” tires… and one is at the wear bars, the other is close…

    So looks like I’ll be buying 3 new tires (and finally have all tires the same brand and from the same decade ;-)

    I guess something about 3 (or maybe 4 now?) coast to coast runs in a couple of years knocking 20 K miles off the tread or so…

    I guess I’ll be visiting my mechanic in a few ;-)

  68. Quail says:

    Last week I replaced my tires even though they had 6-8 months more tread. I figure they will never be cheaper and are currently available. I went for 65K miles tires- never knew that existed. At the rate I drive they’ll be with me at least a decade, I hope.
    I’ve been trying to buy things which will last through the crash. Long term needs.

  69. another ian says:

    How not to do it

    “The Man Who Ruined the British Film Industry:”

    Link at

  70. another ian says:


    “24 fold increase is miscarriage after mRNA vaccine per New England Journal of Medicine.

  71. Ossqss says:

    RE – tires.

    The tread wear rating on tires is critical to their life. An 800 is the highest rating for tread wear. I went through tires every 15-20k miles on my 4Runner until I looked more carefully at the rating. They were a 220 rated tire, and I then put the higher rated ones on (by the same manufacturer) and they lasted 3x as long. The other ratings are also important, in particular if you have a high speed vehicle, but they don’t vary as much as the tread wear. It is not an exact science however, but meaningful if you spending money to get the most value on tires.

  72. Pinroot says:

    @EM – re: Nitrous Oxide : I was looking at the video YMMV linked to of Dr. Been. He is talking about nitric oxide, not nitrous oxide. The two sound similar, but they are different, obviously. I found this article talking about nitric oxide to be interesting:

    There is also some info in the article regarding nebulized hydrogen peroxide to treat upper respiratory infections (using food grade hydrogen peroxide, NOT the stuff you get in the grocery/drug stores.

    Gas: We’re running out in my neck of the woods, and lines are forming at the places that still have gas. I work just a few miles from a Colonial tank farm, and the area around work seems to have gas, and not too long lines, but where I live (about 25 miles away), most of the stations are shutting down pumps and there are lines at the pumps that are open. Stations are also limiting how much gas you can get, so no filling up jerry cans, I suppose. I gassed up Tuesday so I should be ok till the weekend. After that, we’re hoping that they’ll have worked something out to get gas to the stations. Why would you put critical infrastructure on the internet where anybody can screw with it?

  73. E.M.Smith says:


    With my driving style and vehicles, I’ve generally been able to move the decimal point over one space and get roughly how many thousand miles I can expect. A 440 UTOG will get me about 44 k miles (sometimes a little less like around 38k to 40k but in the ball park).

    I like Sumitomo tires. Sometimes you will see (like on Tire Rack) a review saying they felt squishy or unresponsive in turning (usually on “performance” tires). I had that experience on the first set I ever bought. But the Mercedes inflation pressure was 28 PSI or so… Tire rated to 51 PSI. I aired them up to about 36 psi and suddenly the “squishy” or “unresponsive” was just gone.

    In essence, this is a tire you can run at “20 something” psi for a marshmallow soft ride with a little loss of high performance steering “snap” responsiveness, or put it in the 30-40 psi for taught responsive steering and more road feel (along with the increased vibration from that road feel) or put it up to 50 PSI for extreme gas mileage and a rougher ride. (That was on a W123 body Mercedes so 1,625 kg / 3,582.5 lb curb weight. Not small.)

    IIRC they have a UTOG about 640 these days. I think I was getting into the high 50k miles on them on a heavy car that was driven hard then – I’m a bit more mellow now ;-)

    I’ve run them at 50 psi going cross country just to get max mpg and it added enough to be interesting (1 or 2 mpg IIRC) but prefer to run them about 36 psi where it’s a nice blend of fuel economy, handling, and ride quality. The car placard pressure of 26 or so psi is a little too soft and also tends to wear the shoulders faster than the center – an indication of too low a pressure. So Mercedes was choosing “super smooth ride” over tire life / balanced wear, mpg, and handling in hard cornering. At 32 to 36 the tire wears more evenly, handling is better, and mpg a fraction better. But the ride isn’t marshmallow soft…

    At this point, though, with my driving down at the 8000 – 10000 / year (and that spread between 4 cars… so 2500 / car-year more or less…) I’m looking at 25,000 miles in a decade per car. At that rate, even UTOG 220 tires will be close to “aging out” before I’ve worn them out…

    But why would anyone want a UTOG 220 tire?

    Because to get an 800 tire you harden the rubber so it doesn’t wear fast, but to get sticky tires that really grip to the extreme, you soften the rubber and it conforms to the road surface and grips more… but soft rubber wears very fast. Why Conti Contacts has a reputation for lots of grip but wearing out fast… (don’t know about now, that was 20 years ago when last I owned a set).

    Given that I’m extraordinarily unlikely to put another 50,000 miles on the car in question, I’m wondering about my desire to put a UTOG 640 tire on it… OTOH, my other cars all have fairly new shoes and will age out before wearing out, and if I just buy 3 matching tires, so will this car. Then I am basically done buying tires for a decade (and maybe forever as “driving at almost 80” may become an issue…) So for about $250 I can be done for a very long time. (Modulo road hazards or deciding I want to put a 2nd set of rims and off-road ATV tires on the Subaru ;-)

    Some decades back I had a set of Bridgestone tires that were 880 UTOG rated. Was told “They wear like iron”… Well, that they did. Also didn’t grip well at all especially in rain and snow… After sliding a few too many times, they finally wore out and I put on some “grippy” tires. Dramatic difference in handling. Car no longer sliding with heavy braking on wet pavement… (Banana Boat so a heavy W123 wagon). The Good News is I was doing about 50,000 miles a year then, so it only took me about 1.5 years to ‘burn them up’… and one sliding in the rain into another person… impact was at about 0.5 mph and no damage, but… It really surprised me as my other W123 cars did NOT slide under that much wet braking force…) That was when I swapped over to looking at the Rain & Snow performance rank on TireRack. The Sumitomo tires rank well on wet and snow traction…

    FWIW, the Subaru came with almost new Bridgestone tires… I’m plotting how to wear them out fast ;-) OTOH, I don’t drive it fast in the rain, so there’s that. But maybe I can find some trails with lots of sharp rocks and edges…

    FWIW, the best foul weather tires I ever had were Vredestein. Their Quatrac tire even gets the extreme snow rating triangle-mountains on it. That on a “Grand Touring All Season” tire with a UTOG of 400 AA. I’d be getting those as a set if I didn’t already have 2 x Sumitomo almost new already on the car. I don’t really want unbalanced grip front / rear… I’d rather have all 4 slide about the same and just deal with a simple slide, than, say, lose all steering while the back end is continuing to push forward fine… or have the back end break loose entirely while the front won’t slide sideways but decides to become the rear… (severe understeer and oversteer)

    Were I expecting to stay in Silly Con Valley, I’d not care as most of the cars are just always driven on dry or barely wet pavement in good condition and at modest speeds, so any tire will do. But cross country driving and / or in Eastern snow / tropical storms – that’s somewhere that NEEDS all the grip you can get.

    I’ve driven cheap Chinese hard tires with poor grip all the way down to 1/2 bald just going between construction sites here, and never needed more than that. ( I’d put the crappiest tires in the ‘fleet’ on the car going to construction sites as nails / screws were a thing… There’s an advantage to 3 cars with the same rims. Whatever is almost worn out can go on the crap duty car and new stuff goes on the spousal car. ;-) But I’ve also driven on snow, ice, and 4 inches of torrential rain in minutes… and felt the hydroplane start… So I’m going for new tires on the car. With good wet rating.

  74. E.M.Smith says:


    Aw crap. Yes, I know they are different. Just my hearing hearing being marginal mixed with an accent caused me to “pick the wrong one”. Oh Well…

  75. E.M.Smith says:

    California perspective is “Different” sometimes… and “That right there is funny!” applies to this article:

    Gasoline Prices Hit $3 as Shortages Grow on U.S. Pipeline Outage

    Oh Gawd! I’d love to see $3 / gallon gas! Ours is over $4 (and I’ve seen one station with Premium at $4.75). Gas at $3 / gallon would be swamped with folks looking to fill up. It would be a dream come true…

    Welcome to California… /snark;

  76. Pinroot says:

    @EM – I fully understand ‘marginal hearing’. Too much loud music in my youth :)

    Gas: Down the street it’s $2.89/gal (or was yesterday, it may have changed some). Where I live it’s usually about $.10 cheaper, but right now, there isn’t any to be had where I live, so the price at that point is irrelevant. After filling up Tuesday, I figured I have roughly 6.5 days worth of gas (based on my usual driving) which will get me into next week (if I don’t go anywhere this weekend).

    I don’t know much about gas pipelines, but you would think that there would be manual overrides throughout the system to allow things to work in the event of some type of system failure (such as this one).

  77. E.M.Smith says:


    Gas pipelines have some “issues” that make them different from a plain pipeline.

    First off, they carry many different products though the same pipe. In between, they put a “pig”, essentially a piston that runs through the pipe and keeps the two liquids separated. As the “pig” approaches a junction, it gets diverted into a holding tank (along with a bit of product from both sides) and then the product gets sent to the desired storage tanks. So there’s a bit of tricky “just in time” valve swapping. Don’t get that right, bad ju-ju…

    Also the products are flammable and subject to Government Regulation. So you must have a variety of sensors and such that affirm various properties. These may now be on automated interlocks. Things “out of spec” get diverted to junk mix tanks (with the pigs) instead of knocking your entire inventory of that (nominal) product out of spec.

    Then there’s different viscosities. Diesel and heavier move slower while gasoline flows like water. This means different head pressures (and tail pressures) and different pump settings.

    So yeah, I agree that their ought to be a load of manual overrides, but my guess would be that “automate it all and fire the operators” was the dominant management decision…

    That’s my speculation anyway, and it is not based on actual experience… just some reading years ago…

    FWIW, were I the guy in charge, I’d have required 2 duplicate sets of “control automation” and one set “off line” at any one time. Off line as in powered down and unplugged from the network. (Don’t want a lightning strike on the wires to fry it…). In an Aw Shit, you swap the plug and hit power on.

    Does require people be available though… OTOH how many $Billions are being lost right now?

    I’d also have a (monthly? quarterly?) swap of which equipment was active. That way you know your backup gear was working right at most a (month, quarter) ago. Again, a marginal labor cost is involved. Time this in sync with other maintenance / inspection duties and it ought not be that bad.

    But they didn’t ask me. Nobody ever asks me… (Well, in reality, they have asked me some times but then mostly chose to ignore things with a $cost attached that would reduce their performance bonus…) It isn’t that hard to design and install robust and defended systems. BUT you must be willing to pay for it and you must be able to understand that the consequences of NOT doing it WILL HAPPEN and that even if not “on your watch” it is your responsibility if you quashed the purchase order…

    So while I’d expect there is some kind of “how to fall back and recover” guide for the pipeline, I’d also expect nobody has looked at it in a decade+ and “things have changed” since it was written. I’d also expect that the people who knew how to operate a pipeline “long hand” were let go or retired 20 years ago… when automation was brought in.

    I’ve seen similar at way too many companies over the years. New Executive is hired with a performance bonus based on raising short term profits. Dumps cost centers. Gets bonus and 3 or 4 years later moves to next company. Year 5 to 9 Aw Shit happens due to cost cutting…

    Saw it at Disney. I was working in Team Disney with a load of exceptional people. We did the automation for the “Magic” in Disney World. (My bit was Disaster Recovery. Exactly that kind of duplicate gear / fail-over scenario). My 3rd contract ran out (18 months limit per each, time off in between) and I returned to California. A few months later, New V.P. (whom I had met during my last few months) laid off almost the entire staff and outsourced it. Problem is, there was a HUGE amount of “institutional knowledge” in the group. Most of those systems were hand crafted and unique and required some intimate understanding to operate correctly.

    After a lot of Crap News hitting the papers, some fraction of them were re-hired, at least for a while…

    FWIW, I’ve heard that since then at least one of the programs as been just shut down. DME Disney Magical Express. The one that let you get on an airplane “wherever” and be deposited in the Park-Of-Your-Choice upon arrival with your luggage showing up in your hotel room and your check-in to the hotel done already. A complex ballet of buses, luggage, hotel staff, ticketing. BUT it was magical and did remove most of the crap of arrival and check-in. Guests loved it. (DME was “mine” so I got to assure that they could seamlessly keep running as we swapped to a data center out of State, and back. No guest would be inconvenienced if the local data center went off line…)

    Also the “Disaster Recovery” (that is mandated by law to some extent) has an audit every few years. Near as I can tell, most companies only care about it after they fail the audit, then only do enough to pass the audit at which time they figure “no audit for a couple of more years, dump the cost center.”

    So my natural question is: “Why did Colonial Pipeline not have a Disaster Recovery Plan including fail-over to backup equipment?” I think they ought to have been mandated by law to have that…

  78. E.M.Smith says:

    Some other bits on the pipleline… It is BIG and SLOW.

    It delivers a daily average of 100×106 (100,000,000) US gallons (3.8×108 L) of gasoline, home heating oil, aviation fuel and other refined petroleum products to communities and businesses throughout the South and Eastern United States.

    So 100 MILLION gallons a day. That’s a LOT of inertia. Notice too that it’s a mix of stuff, so there’s a fair amount of swapping output to different tanks along the way and recovering, moving about, the separator pigs, and product QA to meat regulations and all.

    All that complicated “ballet” came to a crashing halt suddenly. At that point, the restart will also involve inspection of ALL of it. Just what product is where? Were any valves or pipes damaged in the sudden hydraulic forces of the halt? Were pumps or seals damaged? Sensors and gauges?

    The main lines are 40 inches (1,000 mm) and 36 inches (910 mm) in diameter, with one primarily devoted to gasoline and the other carrying distillate products such as jet fuel, diesel fuel, and home heating oil. The pipeline connects directly to major airports along the system. Fifteen associated tank farms store more than 1.2×109 US gallons (4.5×109 L) of fuel and provide a 45-day supply for local communities.

    A 40 inch pipe is a pretty big pipe. Now put a steel pig 40 inches in diameter in it… (last I looked they were steel, anyway. Personally, I’d match product density and use a nalgeen sealing ring, but I’m not a petroleum engineer…)

    Notice the bit I bolded “primarily” gasoline. There are 3 grades of automotive plus “white gas”, aviation gas, and solvents. You still get to use pigs… (I don’t know if they blend the additives to make the grades in the tank farms, or at the refinery. I’ve read that it is done at truck filling time at the loading stations, but I would expect some product variation in the base stock based on things like local weather / seasonality changes and to some extent local smog laws – as in California).

    In an “emergency restart”, I’d expect they would just run straight Regular for a week or three as that’s the dominant fuel used, and lets you get the most folks working again, the fastest, with the least use of “pigs”… OTOH, first you have to identify what product already IN the pipeline is where, and get it appropriately “moved on” or moved out… IF all that information was in the automatic computer controls that got locked out / encrypted, you get to do a lot of product sample testing, or run a few billion gallons into “scrap tanks” (that likely are not large enough) to be re-refined or sold as bunker crap fuel.

    For the other line, the 36 inch one, I doubt there’s any heating oil in it this late in the season. What’s needed is likely already in tanks in cold places. (OTOH with the late winter we’ve had back east, might have had an out of the norm order for resupply…). That leaves us with kerosene (jet fuel) and Diesel. Now, were it not for Government Regulations, you can run Kerosene in a Diesel (I’ve done it). Just add about a quart of motor oil per tank (this is done in Humvees running military jet fuel). Diesel in a jet also works, but with issues I’d not want to experience in flight. Such as airplanes get Very Cold and the Diesel would likely gel and then you crash. SO… Were I starting that one up again, I’d divert anything ‘questionable’ into the Diesel farm (and relax the D2 spec to allow some D1, D1 being winterized Diesel with kerosene in it…) and load the pipe with kerosene to refill all the airport tanks (and military) first. Then, later, swap it to Diesel.

    Products move through the main lines at a rate of about 3 to 5 miles per hour (4.8 to 8.0 km/h). It generally takes from 14 to 24 days for a batch to get from Houston, Texas to the New York harbor, with 18.5 days the average time.

    So you have 2 WEEKS to 3 WEEKS of fuel in transit. You probably no longer know which fuel is where in the pipeline and need to find the pigs so they don’t crash into a valve or something… i.e. missed the diversion to the recovery tank and headed to the tank farm…

    Then, and only then, you can start moving parts of that 1.4 BILLION to 2.4 BILLION gallons of product to “somewhere”. Depending on what you can accurately identify and get government permission to blend, into the main tanks for sale / use (i.e. relax a few crazy tight specs to allow for a little more product mixing than usual) or into some kind of re-refine / re-use / sell as generic bunker fuel for foreign ships process…

    I’d likely start draining the pipe at the far north and work back, one segment at a time, then once in Texas, just restart “operations as usual”… That would let you recover the most product the most safely, I think…

    Colonial’s approved product list includes more than 86 different products. Approximately 15 to 20 of these products move with great regularity on the pipeline. Primarily, shipments are fungible, but segregated shipments are possible and occur regularly. Fungible shipments are products commingled with other quantities of the same product specifications. Segregated batches preserve a fuel property not allowed in the fungible specifications.

    What I think that means is that you can, for example, shove “regular” gas in just after “premium” and if some premium gets into the RUG nobody will care. But you can’t put some products together or bad ju-ju, like Diesel in Jet-A.

    All products delivered on Colonial must pass a rigorous, oversight test program to assure quality. Colonial protects the quality of the products it carries to the point of excluding certain products. For example, bio-Diesel contains fatty-acid methyl esters (FAME), which cannot be allowed to mix into jet fuels moving in the same pipeline

    And due to that, you can’t just restart the pipeline running. You need to know what product is where in the pipeline, how much it mixed (if at an interface without a pig for a fungible product) and where the pigs are located (if not fungible).

    IMHO, it is that complexity of the operation along with the financial pain and suffering inflicted if you blow it on Government Regulations and / or a bit of damage that causes a blow out and leak of product somewhere that has the pipeline shut down so long. Not just “how do I turn on the pump manually?”.

    Everything has to be inspected for damage. Safety assured. Product mix, location, destination, and recovery plan figured out (some relief from Government Fuel Standards would help), and then a gradual restart of flow.

  79. chiff says:

    E.M.Smith says:
    9 May 2021 at 5:10 pm
    Dr. Been has a long discussion of all the damage caused by reduced Nitrous Oxide in covid.

    Yet Nitrous Oxide is widely available, so why doesn’t treatment include blending a small amount of Nitrous Oxide into the oxygen being given to patients? It ought to be near trivial to get blood levels of Nitrous Oxide back to normal just by inhalation. All that clotting and such kept away.

    IIRC, canned Whipped Cream is pressurized with Nitrous Oxide. Just “huffing” off a can of it ought to be helpful. I predict an increase in Whipped Cream use once this is known ;-)
    From what I understand the NO has to be delivered at a certain pressure into the lungs. I have a small position in this company (XAIR)
    Beyond Air, Inc., a clinical-stage medical device and biopharmaceutical company, develops inhaled nitric oxide (NO) to treat respiratory infections, and gaseous NO to treat solid tumors. The company is developing LungFit system, a NO generator and delivery system, which is in clinical trials for the treatment of lung infections, persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, bronchiolitis, and nontuberculous mycobacteria.The company was formerly known as AIT Therapeutics, Inc. and changed its name to Beyond Air, Inc. in June 2019. The company is based in Garden City, New York.

  80. cdquarles says:

    In my opinion, nitrous oxide isn’t what you want. I am not aware of human bodies making or using it. I am aware of human bodies making and using *nitric* oxide (from asparagine, if I am remembering correctly). Nitric oxide sythases (mammalian):

    Ground report from Alabama. We do have some stations without gasoline. The pipeline company runs two, if I am not mistaken. through the state, between Montgomery and Birmingham. There is a tank farm about 40 or 50 miles away from me. Local prices are up 10 to 20 cents, depending on the supplier. Main local gasoline jobber handles multiple products and does some blending locally. There were purchase limits posted, too; but no lines.

    Alabama is an oil and gas producing state (I’ve seen the horsehead pumps in Toxey for oil and near Brookwood for coal seam gas, which is mostly methane, I think. There is a large refinery outside Mobile and there were two smaller ones, near Tuscaloosa and Gadsden, respectively, for the tire manufacturing plants there. I think the Gadsden one was shut down. There was a nylon manufacturing plant north of Mobile, too, not far from the Alabama and Tombigbee river mouths that made the three river delta and marshes nearby (Mobile, Middle and Tensaw rivers, if I am remembering correctly) that empty into Mobile Bay.

    What our host said is how I remember it being; though I also have no direct experience in the industry. I just knew folk that did, including a few chemical engineers. Local reports state that the “hack” did not affect control systems, just affected internal business systems; so they shut down out of caution, to 1. be sure that the “hack” didn’t get to internal pipeline control systems (and they should be redundant and not connected to the general internet), and 2. see how much damage to the other business systems, including accounting, were done. Of course, we do not know how true those reports are, and will not, for some time. What I do know, though, is that we are seeing the marked contrast between the *way* more adult Trump administration, in my opinion, compared to the Biden* one.

  81. cdquarles says:

    Oh, that reminds me, winter refinery switch over should be happening now, too; from winter gas to summer gas and heating oil for the upcoming winter. The several dozen “boutique” formulations should go, in my opinion, at least in the Gulf coast areas. We have lots of volatiles in the air anyway as all the plants are now fully leafed out and bloomed. It’ll be that way into November. This is high UV time, and that also will be so into October.

  82. Ossqss says:

    If anyone needs it, an interactive gas outage tracker.

    A trip to FSU this weekend was postponed due to limited gas availability up there. Not so much an issue here as we get gas from shipping port.

  83. Chiff says:

    cdquarles says:
    12 May 2021 at 6:53 pm
    In my opinion, nitrous oxide isn’t what you want. I am not aware of human bodies making or using it. I am aware of human bodies making and using *nitric* oxide (from asparagine, if I am remembering correctly). Nitric oxide sythases (mammalian):

    From XAIR news release

    Lung Fit is a portable device that weighs only 20 lbs and operates with a standard electrical outlet (120-240 volts). Since NO is generated from ambient air that flows through a reaction chamber, there is an unlimited supply. Beyond Air’s proprietary nitrogen dioxide (NO2) filters are required for the system to generate and safely deliver NO. Toxic levels of NO2 can result from high concentrations of NO without proper filtration. The filters also program the system, via an attached RFID chip, with respect to NO concentration, flow rate and duration of therapy. The Company believes this design provides maximum flexibility for NO administration. Filters are single patient use and there are no special requirements for disposal. Alarms monitor system performance.

    * Beyond Air’s LungFit™ is not approved for commercial use. Beyond Air’s LungFit™ is for investigational use only.

    About Beyond Air, Inc.
    Beyond Air, Inc. is a clinical-stage medical device and biopharmaceutical company developing a revolutionary NO Generator and Delivery System, LungFit™, that uses NO generated from ambient air to deliver precise amounts of NO to the lungs of ventilated and non-ventilated patients for the potential treatment of a variety of pulmonary diseases. LungFit™ can generate up to 400 ppm of NO for delivery either continuously or for a fixed amount of time, and has the ability to either titrate dose on demand or maintain a constant dose. The Company is currently applying its therapeutic expertise to develop treatments for pulmonary hypertension in various settings, in addition to treatments for respiratory tract infections that are not effectively addressed with current standards of care. Beyond Air is currently advancing its innovative LungFit™ in clinical trials for the treatment of severe lung infections such as SARS-CoV-2 and nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM). Additionally, Beyond Air is performing preclinical testing of the use of ultra-high concentrations of NO with a proprietary delivery system, separate from LungFit™, to target certain solid tumors. For more information, visit

    About Nitric Oxide (NO)
    Nitric Oxide (NO) is a powerful molecule, naturally synthesized in the human body, proven to play a critical role in a broad array of biological functions. In the airways, NO targets the vascular smooth muscle cells that surround the small resistance arteries in the lungs. Currently, exogenous inhaled NO is used in adult respiratory distress syndrome, post certain cardiac surgeries, and persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn to treat hypoxemia. Additionally, NO is believed to play a key role in the innate immune system and in vitro studies suggest that NO possesses antimicrobial activity not only against common gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, but also against other diverse pathogens, including mycobacteria, viruses, fungi, yeast and parasites, and has the potential to eliminate multi-drug resistant strains.

    About NTM
    Nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) infection is a rare and serious bacterial infection in the lungs causing debilitating pulmonary disease associated with high morbidity and mortality. NTM infection is acquired by inhaling aerosolized bacteria from the environment, and if ignored can lead to NTM lung disease, a progressive and chronic condition. According to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 13% of U.S. cystic fibrosis patients had a positive culture for a NTM species in 2017. NTM is an emerging public health concern worldwide because of its multi-drug antibiotic resistance. Current treatment guidelines suggest a combination of multiple antibiotics dosed chronically for as long as two years. These complex, expensive and invasive regimens have a poor record in the treatment of Mycobacterium abscessus complex (MABSC) and refractory Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) and have the potential to cause severe adverse events. Beyond Air’s system is designed to effectively deliver 150 – 400 ppm NO to the lung, and early data indicate that this range of NO concentrations could have a positive effect on patients infected with NTM.

  84. another ian says:

    From another site

    “What do you call a stolen Tesla?”

    “An Edison”

  85. another ian says:

    “Antrim County Audit Attorney Finds Audit Trail Logs Intentionally Scrubbed to Eliminate Evidence of Fraudulent Electronic Manipulation of Election Outcome”

  86. E.M.Smith says:

    Looks like Colonial Pipeline is back in operation:

    The Colonial Pipeline has returned to operations following a cyberattack that snarled gas supply for the eastern U.S. for days, according to Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm.

    “Following this restart, it will take several days for the product delivery supply chain to return to normal,” Colonial Pipeline said in a statement. “Some markets served by Colonial Pipeline may experience, or continue to experience, intermittent service interruptions during the start-up period.”

    “Colonial will move as much gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel as is safely possible and will continue to do so until markets return to normal,” the statement added.

    Hackers had demanded millions in ransom money – which the pipeline operator refused to pay, enlisting help from the Department of Energy, as well as federal, state and local authorities instead. Earlier this week, the company had resumed partial operations under manual control, according to a Wednesday statement from Deputy Energy Secretary Dave Turk.

    An Odysee video I watched claimed that the company had scrammed the pipeline as a defensive measure when ransomware was found inside the company, but that they figured the pipeline proper was likely air-gapped, and only shut down as a defensive measure since the ransomware had shown up near enough to pipeline ops to have them worried it might jump.

    Makes sense. It is what I’d recommend on detecting ransomware. Shut down everything, then bring bits back up, isolated, inspect them, and return to service what is clean. and restore from backups that which is infected.

  87. E.M.Smith says:

    Tagging on to Another Ian:

    I get emails, direct messages, and even texts every day asking, “What’s next?” What happens if they find voter fraud in Maricopa County, Antrim County, and other places through these audits? Can the election results be reversed? I asked DePerno those questions.

    “Fraud, as they say, fraud vitiates everything. It wipes it out,” he said. “If there is fraud, what happened never happened in terms of the results. So, in Antrim County, our first goal is to ensure that Antrim County is not certified or decertified. It should never have been certified in the first place and I’ll tell you why.”
    “All you need anywhere along that point of any connection is someone to breach the network who has a connection to the internet and they can access everything,” he said before dropping another bombshell. “And we know in Antrim County on Election Night on November 3rd, that somebody left their computer on with an open VPN port.”

    What DePerno revealed in less than three minutes of this 46-minute interview should be enough to prompt a full-blown investigation, let alone a comprehensive audit. The dots simply connect too perfectly to be coincidence. To recap:

    MySQL was installed onto tabulation machines illegally. This demonstrates intent to manipulate the database as there is literally no other reason to do this ahead of Election Day.

    The Michigan system is designed on an antiquated intranet that allows the machines to communicate with each other as well as to the Secretary of State’s office. This leaves numerous vulnerabilities for internal manipulation through the MySQL database software, but also enables an outside bad actor to commit massive voter fraud remotely without being detected easily (more on that below).

    A laptop was left connected to the system that had internet access. Anyone with internet access anywhere in the world, an understanding of MySQL, and a desire to manipulate the vote counts would have been able to do so. It’s important to note here that there is no legitimate reason to connect an internet-connected laptop to the voting system on Election Day.

  88. H.R. says:

    More tire talk – I bought 7 new tires today. They threw in a RAM 3500 dually with a Cummins Turbodiesel for a slight 😲 👀 😲additional charge.

    After that discussion we had a couple of months ago on Ford vs. RAM (I don’t recall anyone sticking up for GMC), I decided on the Cummins. So that meant buying a RAM truck.

    So now I have the truck for a 5th wheel. I just need to buy a 5th wheel trailer.

    My thanks to all you here who gave me a lot of advice, opinion, information, and analysis to help me make a decision.

    OH! – The range on this truck when not towing is somewhere between 700 and 800 miles! That old V-10 (they were notorious for poor mileage, but a great engine nonetheless) and my 29 gallon tank had me searching for a gas station at 140 to 180 miles, depending on if I was in the mountains or on the flats. Many, many gas stops added time to the trip to Florida.

    Now, I’ll probably only need to fill up once or at most, twice on a Florida run. YAY!

  89. Pinroot says:

    Re Colonial Pipeline. I had heard that the ransomware had actually hit their business side, not the control side of the pipeline operation. Most of that would be Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) based stuff, possibly along with SCADA (Supervisory control and data acquisition, which can be hacked, but I don’t know if you could install ransomware on it). You can hack those systems, but all you have to do is reinstall the software in most cases (after hardening things so that the hack doesn’t happen again, of course).

    It’s good to know that things are getting back to normal. I saw a place that wasn’t too busy, so I topped off, just to be safe, especially since Gas Buddy was showing most of the places near me as being out. Nice to know I won’t have to worry about it too much now.

  90. Terry Jackson says:

    Great choice on engine. Transfer Flow makes a nifty 60 gallon replacement tank for under the bed. Towing, I got about 400 to 500 miles between fill-ups in the ’12, terrain and speed dependent. And wind. Just made a trip in a Grand Cherokee across NM, TX and OK on 40, and got 17+mpg in the wind. Going North and West out of Gallup on 2 lane in calm conditions it was over 21mpg. Wind matters a lot.

  91. another ian says:

    Re Liz C – nice play on words

    “Binned Lizzy”

  92. another ian says:

    “Why has Joe Biden not dispatched his secret weapon to solve the gas shortage?

    The man’s son was paid $180,000 a month for his expertise in this field in the Ukraine and we’re not going to utilize that skillset?

    Come on, man.

  93. H.R. says:

    @Terry Jackson – I looked at a used RAM dually that had a 30 gallon auxiliary tank in the bed to supplement the standard 32 gallon tank. But the RAM trucks now have an optional 50 gallon tank, which this one had.

    I also looked at a dually that had the Cummins High Output option, the Aisin transmission, and the 4.10 gear. Overk!ll in my case and a lot more money. It got sold before I could get a look at it the day after I called to come and look at it!

    This one had the standard Cummins and tranny BUT had the 4,10 gears. That’s a hard combo to find. The dealer is in farm country and that combo is probaly something he learned that many farmers wanted. That’s my guess.

    We’re looking at a mid-size+ 5th wheel, not one of the 45′ toy haulers with three axles or any of the palaces with 5 slideouts. The standard engine/trans setup with the 4.10 option is more than adequate for our needs and about $5,000 or $6,000 less. It’s a bit better on fuel, too.

    Ha! The dealers always give a full tank to send you on your way; standard practice since forever. Diesel was only running about $3.20/gal out that way, but still, that was nice to get a $160 fill-up out the door. BTW, closer in town, diesel is running as much as $3.58. They’re just waiting for E.M. to pass through so they can soak him. 😜
    The other odd thing I’m noticing, since I started shopping for a diesel, is that gasoline and diesel prices are converging. In my ‘yoot’, diesel was always cheaper than gasoline. by a few pennies. I forget when that changed – the ’70s fuel shortages maybe? Diesel went higher and stayed there. And over the years, the gap has widened to where diesel can be 30 or 40 or 50 (and 60!) cents more than gasoline.

    But the recent price spike seems to be mostly hitting gasoline and leaving diesel alone. So, my diesel was $3.20, but gasoline is around $3.00 or $3.10 right now. No, it’s not parity, but I don’t know yet why diesel is staying down and gasoline is rising to close the gap. I’m not sure how long the gap will stay close, either.

    Just strikes me as odd.

    ohhhhhhh…. taxes. IIRC, I think diesel went higher due to a change in fuel taxes, as most diesel was sold to commercial users, and that tax was (stealthily) passed through to consumers. Am I remembering that right?

  94. E.M.Smith says:


    Congrats on the new ride! I’ve wanted one of them since they first came out… but never had a justification for the $$$ involved.

    On Wind:

    One trip, decades back, to Florida had me going down slope east Rockies wind at my back behind an 18 wheeler. Got about 32 MPG on that segment (had just filled up, filled up at about 1/2 tank to see what I’d gotten on the run). Normally the car would get about 22 MPG. Wind in my teeth and such it could drop to 17 MPG… So about a 2:1 max range on MPG. I keep a book in each of my cars and record all fill-ups, miles, prices, etc. It’s an interesting history ;-)

    Per Diesel:

    Oil companies have “forever” wanted to price Diesel based on fuel value not market demand. They have tried from time to time to get it priced up with Premium. In prior decades, Government wanted to promote business, so kept taxes on Diesel lower than gasoline. In the Green Manipulations, they have convinced Government (most all Democrats…) to raise Diesel fuel taxes. California did, and I think maybe a Federal tax was raised too (check the sticker on your pumps). That moved Diesel up to middle of the gasoline price range, or sometimes up with Premium.

    Next bit of Aw Shit was that the independent Trucker got slowly absorbed into Big Fleets based on the Fleet Buyer negotiating “discounts” with major truck stops. “I’ll fuel my 3000 rig fleet at your Pilot Stations if you give me a 10 ¢ discount on fuel”. Which they did, and put that cost into the pump price for everyone else. Repeat until pump price is 10-15 ¢ above actual and the discount is a wash… but the Independent Trucker is screwed and the retail buyer often doesn’t notice. That reached completion about 5? years ago. 10 to 15 years ago I’d run across country in my Diesel and KNEW the best fuel prices were at Truck Stops. Last Diesel run I found it wasn’t anymore. The best prices were at the Little Guy stations off the freeway often in farm towns. Now Gas Buddy is your friend on Diesel prices. Usually about 20 ¢ to 25 ¢ / gallon, so worth it to take the exit…

    Right Now, I’m driving my Diesel again (after mostly sitting for a year + ) as Diesel is selling for the same price as Regular gas (or a penny or two less). Realize that with the California Tax Bump it had been consistently the same as Premium or a penny or two higher for the last year or two…

    Partly that is the lack of demand for Heating Oil in spring / summer (same feed stock as #2 Diesel but filtered better), but part is from a lower number of buyers. After a couple of years of no economic advantage to Diesel, and Green Vilification, nobody was buying Diesel cars (and even local trucking was moving to other fuels). My local COSTCO (which had been my main fuel stop for a decade+) just remodeled their pumps / islands… and eliminated Diesel pumps. Then some of it will be the effect of Gasoline prices being jacked a bit due to the pipeline (even though our gas is “special” and only sold in California and some bits of Nevada that get their gas from here, and even though the pipeline has NOTHING to do with us).

    FWIW, my experience as a Diesel driver for about 30 years, crossing the country a few dozen times on all routes available, is that Diesel is widely and easily found outside of Major Cities. Inside Major Cities, it can be a PITA to find at all and is expensive. Farm Country and Freeways are easy and frequent, with better prices. Price can vary A LOT. So shopping is worth it. (Thus Gas Buddy).

    Often, on a price hike, gasoline will jump up and the big stations will jack Diesel too. The Little Guy off the road in Podunk jacks the price when he buys his next load and that can be a month later for Diesel at a slow shop… So he can run 40 ¢ / gallon under the guy at the Truck Stop.

    FWIW, I no longer fuel up at Truck Stops unless that’s the only option Dead Of Night and Middle Of Nowhere. Some COSTCO still have Diesel and it is priced well. Some Walmarts (but not many) also have Diesel at a good price (often branded “Murphy USA”). Ditto Sam’s Club. Using Gas Buddy will tell you if that’s helpful on your regular runs. I now “run the map” and make a list of the cheap stations that are “about 1/2 of a tank” apart along the route. (1/2 because sometimes I find I arrive at a station after closing time – COSTCO – or miss spotting an exit – Houston…) It can save a bucket of money. Especially since I “have clue” what the cheap price is in an area. So I know if I’m “paying up” a nickle a gallon for the convenience at 2 A.M., or getting a deal.

    In general, fuel is cheapest at Texas / Oklahoma and rises in price the further away you get in all directions (then you hit California and add $1 / gallon just because… so avoid California…) That means best fuel strategy is to fill up on the Texas side and try to end near empty close to Texas on the return (i.e. Florida can bump a nickle just as you cross the border… so I fill in Georgia or Alabama most of the time – though the WalMarts in the Panhandle are fairly low priced.)

    As an example of the benefit, ESPECIALLY for Diesel, of Gas Buddy:

    Right now near Valdosta Georgia, Diesel (selected off the filter choice) is showing prices ranging from $3.49/ gallon at Kantor Lake Food Market to $2.69 at Citgo 4-GA-125N. Nothing to sneeze at, especially when sucking down 50 gallons of it…

    Sample National Heat Map (just zoom out the above link enough…)

  95. cdquarles says:

    About diesel prices, a major change that gets forgotten is that many years ago, diesel and kerosene were “exempted” from the sulfur content mandates. Refiners would primarily buy and use “cheap” high sulfur “sour” crudes, such as those Venezuela produced. That isn’t the case any more. Diesel and kerosene have similar low sulfur requirements. So, you either use premium “sweet” crudes to make it or you spend money processing the “sour” crudes or the distillate products afterward to meet the sulfur content regulations. That’s in addition to the “volume discount” effect on the top line, similar to the high top lines hospitals have to do since their “negotiated” contracts pay pennies on the dollar of charges.

  96. philjourdan says:

    @EMS – Well…..I had cataract surgery today, (NBD) – which is not the reason I braved the 70s line. I have a follow up tomorrow clear on the other side of town (about 45 miles away). I had half a tank of gas, but decided I did not want to come home to less than a quarter tank, It took 45 minutes to get gas. And the Costco was out of regular so selling Premium at Regular price. But the regular price yesterday was the premium price last week, so no real advantage there.

    The CIO of Colonial Pipeline should be fired. They caved and paid. I guess they never heard of backups.

    I have been involved with 3 Ransomware attacks. The first, I was in charge of the backup. They lost 2 days for me to clean the network and restore.

    The second, one of the Law Partners was paying for off site backup. Problem: They had not been backed up in 2 years (it was a fly by night outfit). They had to pay. Only $700 in bitcoin at that time (a little over 3 bitcoins).

    The third, was a client college who was backing up their primary Database to the same directory as their production database. They had to pay as well.

  97. philjourdan says:

    @EMS – A year ago gas here was $1.25. I saw a station today at $3. Granted part of that is the pipeline. Most of it is Resident dimwit.

  98. H.R. says:

    @cd – The change in the crude base used vaguely rings a bell with me. That would go a long way towards explaining the crossover I noticed years ago. So diesel would suddenly have a price jump while gasoline would be relatively unaffected.

    E.M. had the likely suspects for the current convergence of diesel and gasoline prices. Gas is going up. Diesel is staying about the same at the moment.
    @E.M. – That’s what I just noticed yesterday, that diesel out in farm country is cheaper than in and around the larger cities. Trailers have lots of wind resistance. Anyone who tows a trailer soon learns that at the gas pump.

    That 50 gallon fill-up will always be eyewatering, but of course it’s the same as a bunch of 15, 70, 20 gallon fill-ups. adding up to the cost of 50 gallons. You just don’t notice the total cost as readily.

    I am going to start a log for this truck. The first couple of trips to Florida, I recorded and calculated fuel economy and cost, mostly so I would know when to start looking for an exit. The stops are different North of Kentucky and Tennessee compared to coming down into Georgia and Florida. And the stops changed depending on the wind direction. I did keep a notebook with the exit numbers of trailer friendly gas stations that were easy off, easy on.

    But since 1/2 ton and up trucks are exempt from putting EPA mileage estimates on the sticker, you have to figure it out for yourself. There are a couple of sites online where owners of heavy duty pickups post what fuel economy that they are getting, a description of the type of driving they are doing, and usually the motor/tranny/gear ratio they have.. It’s all the different makers, so you have to sort through a bit to find people writing about trucks similar to what you have.

    I’ve also seen some “Wait a sec… I’m not getting anything close to that” comments, so they know they have something going on with their truck.

    I’m going to start posting on those sites. They helped me, so I want to add my results and be of some help to others.

    (Note to self: Buy a log book with a semi-hard cover that won’t get chewed up too bad as it bounces around in some storage bin until you need to make an entry. Look for a pen holding loop on it so you don’t have to scrounge around for one.)

  99. E.M.Smith says:


    Oh yeah… In California, IIRC, that happened before everyone else. In about 1985? Something like that. A LOT of folks with Diesels had “pump failure” that wasn’t really pump failure… it was seals designed for sulphur failure.

    Oxygen, or sulphur, containing compounds will soak into natural rubbers and cause them to swell a little. For this reason, the seals were designed to match the fuel spec. Along come Not An Engineer Idiot Politician who decides sulphur ought to just be pulled out of fuel, regardless. Seals shrink, then leak. (This is also how “Tranny repair in a can” works – swells the seals.)

    A friend had a VW Rabbit and it began to leak. Instead of a $1k injection pump repair, I suggested he add 1% ethanol to his gas. (Or iso-propanol). Fixed it Just Fine. He was a happy camper.

    Now folks build Diesel pumps with viton or similar synthetic rubber that doesn’t swell or shrink with sulphur level. All that was needed was new seals in the old pumps, but a LOT of Diesel Repair Shops used it as a way to sell $1k pump rebuilds, or just didn’t know what the problem really was.

    So yeah, the sulphur switch is part of it, but even after that, Diesel was seasonally less than Premium gas. About a match to Regular most of the time, higher in winter (heating oil demand).

    Instead of driving my Diesel year round, I swapped to “except winter” then. Most recent change was “Not in California other than to leave / return” when it became a match to Premium year round after the tax hike… sometimes a tad higher in winter. Seeing it back at “matches Regular” was a real treat ;-) but for all the wrong reasons…


    I’d read that they had not paid. Was that bogus “news”? My God Man (quoting Dr. McCoy ;-) that’s a red flag of stupidity.

    Step 1) Back up everything daily.
    Step 2) TEST your backups at least weekly.
    Step 3) ISOLATE critical system from the internet. Really, you can do this. It’s O.K.
    Step 4) SHUT OFF any system when it is not in active use.
    Step 5) Install Intrusion Detection / Prevention Systems. PAY someone who has clue to operate it and monitor it.
    Step 6) Put important systems behind a secondary INTERNAL firewall. (Leave a honey pot in the middle between your boundary router / main firewall and the internal firewall). PAY someone who has clue to monitor activity on the honey pot and both router / firewalls.
    Step 7) At least annually, have a Tiger Team Attack do Penetration Testing and report risks. FIX THEM and apply whatever money is needed to fix them, otherwise you are toast.

    Rinse and repeat…

    It isn’t that hard. I did it for about 30 years… Both as grunt and as manager in charge.

    I have fond memories of the Run To Florida about 2 years ago. Loved the gas prices in Texas ;-)


    I’ve used all kinds of “Log Books”. Even just a spiral flip pad works OK. Records are very helpful for knowing when something needs a look-see by the mechanic, a tune-up, or just why you ought to watch the weather report and NOT head out on the day with 30 MPH headwinds but just wait a day…

  100. Terry Jackson says:

    The Cummins should get 17-18 most of the time, down around 12 in hilly city traffic. Towing is wind and weight, so 10 for a 15,000lb, 13 if you are closer to 10,000. Those numbers come from 300,000 miles in a 5.9 and the 6.6, all with the 3.83 rear and the stock tranny. On my 60 gallon tank, most fill-ups were around 48 gal with the gage showing E but no low fuel light. Most ever was 52 gallons.

    On efficiency, your truck scales at 9,000lbs+ empty, so 2X the typical car. Add the trailer and you are 4X plus. The 42 MH with a pre-emissions Cat 13 liter and 45,000lbs gets 6.5 mpg on trips to Alaska and return. It has an Allison 6 speed auto.

  101. E.M.Smith says:

    @Terry Jackson:

    I am officially jealous! I’m presently lusting after a diesel pusher motor home. 42 foot or even less.

    I’ve got to sell the California house first to fund it though.

    I’m hoping I can get set up, and do an AlCan run while still physically able. My “dream shot”: is to run up the Pacific Coast to as far as you can go (Nome?) then take a diagonal down to Key West. I think that is as long and far as you can go in North America.

    Start at the top in August, and then just run ahead of the snow for about 6 months ;-)

    That’s the dream anyway…

  102. another ian says:

    A reminder from history – Cromwell to Charles 1

    “You have sat too long here for any good you have been doing. Depart, I say, and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go.”

    Repeated by L.S. Amery to Chamberlain before he was replaced by Churchill.

  103. another ian says:

    Project Veritas

    Likely to disappear I’d think

  104. another ian says:

    Sounds about right

  105. H.R. says:

    @Terry Jackson – I have particularly appreciated your, and Gail’s (thanks, Gail!) input regarding Cummins in contrast to Ford Powerstroke or GMC Duramax.
    BTW, I discussed going to a motor home with the Mrs. We also discussed just buying a place in Florida. We settled on a 5th wheel because any motor home within our reach (35′ to maybe 40′) would not be as spacious as a 35′ to 38′ 5th wheel. You lose too much space to the cockpit. We’d be back down to 30′ of space in a 35′ motor home and we already have that in our current trailer. Also, there are two engines/drive trains to maintain with a motorhome and towed vehicle.

    That said, motorhomes are far superior for those who travel longer distances to see lots of places while making shorter stops. Set-up and pack-up are much easier than travel trailers. Driving is way better than towing. Now a 45-footer is quite spacious (!!), but out of our reach ($$$$) even used.***

    We’ve spent a few years of waffling on buying a 2nd home in Florida. We’d find a nice place at a good price in a good location, but kept coming back to the point that we would then be stuck in one location. If we got tired of or bored with the location, it’s a big deal and expense to sell and go elsewhere. With a travel trailer (or motorhome), you just pick a new location and go. And during the Summer, you can go elsewhere in the U.S., particularly in the Northern States where it is cooler. That’s hard to do with a Florida house or condo 😜
    ***3 years ago there was a motorhome in the lot beside us that the Mrs. and I would have taken in a heartbeat. It was *ahem* very nice. I wasn’t familiar with the maker, so I went to their website. They mostly built to order, but had 5 or 6 motorhomes in stock for any buyers who couldn’t wait for a build. They had one on SALE! It was a slightly lesser model than the one next to us. Regularly $625,000, on SALE! for $585,000. What a bargain! [Insert sad face H.R. looking at empty wallet here]

  106. Terry Jackson says:

    if your budget will tolerate, look at the higher end ones from around 2001 to 2007. They are extremely well built, most have under 100,000 miles on a diesel with a 500,000+ mile life. They should have a 10KW generator, about 20 gallons of propane for the stove, a diesel /electric fired hot water heater that also provides hydronic heat. That system also uses engine heat to warm the interior while traveling, no more frozen bedroom. The turning radius on mine is tighter than the 2012 dually I had.

    You can’t get to Nome via road. Homer on the Kenai Peninsula is end of road, and Prudhoe Bay to the north. For Prudhoe, do not plan to drive the MH, take the towed.

  107. E.M.Smith says:


    My solution was the “vacation cottage” that’s really an immobile mobile home in an RV park. Let someone else own it, I just drive up and use it for a few months of the year ;-)

    Came furnished too. IIRC, about $800 / mo off season, $1200 a month on season. Being in California, it would be about 2800 mi / 10 mi/gal = 280 gallons x $3 / gallon = $840 one way, or $1680 round trip with a big coach. So for 2 months stay or less, the rental made more sense…

    Now once we are relocated to there, and just looking at 50 to 500 mile drives, the economics shift a lot…

    Yeah, spouse and I have drooled over the $1/4 to $3/4 Million motor homes. Not going to happen. Maybe a 5th wheel (for the same reasons as you gave), but most likely a “Main house” and a small travel RV. 20 to 30 foot kind of thing. (And me, right now, as the ‘advance scout’, just prepping a station wagon with a cot in the back… poor man’s RV ;-)

    Oddly, I’ll theoretically be “rich” when I sell the house here. But then have to figure out how to keep the government from taking most of it… I don’t think you get a cap gains deferral for “like exchange” if you roll from Real Estate into a Class A on wheels…

  108. E.M.Smith says:

    @Terry Jackson:

    It is almost a certainty that the Spouse will not wish to accompany on such a marathon journey, so I only need to plan on accommodations for one, me. I’m pretty good about “roughing it” and don’t really care much about creature comforts. So most likely it would be me in some kind of small vehicle fitted out for camping.

    In fact, I’ve wondered about just flying in to Alaska, buying a used van, Subaru, or Jeep, and picking up camping supplies; then just doing the drive from there, ending in Florida. I suspect the total cost would be less as it eliminates the whole “driving there” costs. Then in Florida, sell the rig and likely recover most of the sunk cost. I’d imagine some number of folks per year drive the Al-Can and then decide they are not up for the return drive…

    Were the spouse coming along, then yeah, what you recommended would likely be mandatory…

    Her? Queen sized bed, minimum. Shower for long time on hot. Must have central heat. TV essential. Comfy chair with fireplace preferred…. (Me? Camp stove & mess kit, dry goods, flat of water, sleeping bag. Tent optional).

  109. Terry Jackson says:

    @ H.R.
    5th is great for go, park, play, return. Set-up or tear-down is about the same. Retrieve all the hoses and cords, bring in all the slides and secure the innards for travel. Hook up the two vehicles. Double check everything. Go.

    The total cost of a new(er) truck and trailer is likely a bit less than an older (15+years) upper end diesel MH, but within range. Fuel economy on the truck will be a lot better. Annual service on the MH engine and chassis is not cheap. You can outfit a 5th with almost everything you can put in a MH, but it starts adding weight real fast. and you run out of truck.

    Here is one example:

  110. Ed Forbes says:

    I own a 25’ Class C with a 4 wheels down towed economy car. For travel, I found the towed car a major requirement. It lets one use the RV as a base and have full mobility to see the local areas on extended sightseeing trips. I went with a Class C based on the Ford E350. Love the large V10 engine package for power and gas mileage and the shorter RV for easy of travel.

    I needed easier access and both driver and passenger doors. I had to force open the single door of an RV in an accident I came across once to allow the passengers to escape. No single or hard to access escape points for me thank you very much.

    I can even make u-turns on many intersections with this shorter package.

    My interest in RV travel has waned, so will be selling this RV package. I have bought a 5th wheel that will be parked permanently on coastal beach property owned and rented to daughter & son-in-law, and have bought a Dodge Grand Caravan to go back to car camping for the few events a year that require camping.

    My idea of roughing it is 3 star + beach resorts 😇. If air travel ever opens up without the insane restrictions, I may even be able to use some of the 500k+ air mileage I have.

  111. H.R. says:

    @Terry re an older motorhome – The place we stay at has a ten year age limit on trailers or motorhomes. It’s to prevent what happens at many of the Florida we see. Some people bought trailers, found a park they liked, and then have had them there for 15 or 20 or more years, Those parks start looking junky as the RVs degrade. They make the whole park seem seedy.

    We have seen more of the RV age restrictions when looking at other places. What we’ve noticed is that they will ask what year your unit is. It’s not a real big problem for RVers, but the policy is in play at some of the more desirable locations to stay. That allows them to keep their parks full at a premium. The location is great and the park looks great.

    Where we stay on the Gulf coast, mid-way between Clearwater and St. Petersburg, We book the next year when we check in. You have to or there won’t be a spot for you.
    Oh, yeah and for sure. There are some really nice, well kept, low mileage motorhomes out there at reasonable (quite affordable!) prices, but we like to settle in at the prime locations and an older motorhome would block us from some places, in particular the place we have been staying at for 4 years.
    Oh, we also ran into the 10 year limit on Hilton Head Island, SC, another place we like to go. I’m not sure about the RV park where we stayed in Gatlinburg, but there were no older units there. If they asked, it probably flew right by us because our travel trailer is a 2017 and we stayed there in 2019.

  112. another ian says:

    “Ominous space-weather: A mild Solar CME caused a bigger geomagnetic storm on Earth than anyone expected”

  113. E.M.Smith says:

    On one of the camping shows I’ve watched on U-Tube (I think it was “Camping With Steve Wallis) they stated all of Canada Crown Parks were that way, IF I understood him correctly, with a 10 year limit.

    All of which just makes me wonder WHO will spend $800,000 for an RV that will be worthless in 10 years? That’s an $80k / year depreciation rate. I suspect that’s going to be an issue in Canada. (Here in the USA I’d guess there’s enough places without a limit that it’s still going to have resale value after 10 years, but being blocked from ALL govt camp grounds in Canada? Yikes!).

  114. another ian says:

    “Ghost Forest Tree ‘Farts’ Contribute to Climate Change, Study Finds”

  115. another ian says:

    FWIW – More on the Peking Pox and a plug for ivermectin

  116. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    That is a SPECTACULAR article! I’d thought about making a posting with the Czech Republic graph in it, and that saves me the time.

    I’ve been using Ivermectin for what, about 9 months now? In the heart of the start of the outbreak? with at least 3 treatments for “something starting” that ended immediately. We’ve been talking about it for about a year now.

    Glad to see some countries (finally…) getting on board.

    And yes, the Catalog Of Horrors from partial vaccination during pandemic is exactly right. I’m hoping that we dodge that howitzer, but “Hope is not a strategy. E.M.Smith”….

  117. Terry Jackson says:

    I take your point. Mine (2006) looks inside and out like it might be 2 or 3 years old, not 15. I have been known to claim it to be a bit younger, but no one seeing it has any real clue. My experience has been they use it to keep out the dilapidated ones. Reservations a year out I understand, just have not encountered it. Have fun with it.

    My brief experience in Parks Canada has been lots of places with a sign “24′ MAX”. There is one around Lake Louise that will take any length. They neve batted an eye giving us a spot. Many of the Provincial Parks take larger units, and many towns in AB and BC have a town RV park with nice road signage for directions.

  118. H.R. says:

    @Terry Jackson: Here’s something you may know the answer to. I don’t know for sure.

    All of the KOA campgrounds we’ve contacted have a limit on stays, as do most State and National park campgrounds. I know the State and National parks usually have a two week limit with a few allowing up to a month.

    We’ve not stayed in a KOA because the ones we wanted to stay long-term had a limit and the others were not at the right place for a stop of one or two nights on the way to our destination. So I’m not sure about all KOAs having a limit on stays.

    I do know about State and National parks because they are PRIME real estate. The park is where you went because that’s where you wanted to be! So they limit stays so that the largest number of people can be accommodated.

    Anyhow, the places that limit stays have no need to have an RV age limit. Bring a beater or a palace on wheels, you’ll be gone soon enough and the place will not junk up like some Florida RV parks.

    But I’m asking if you know if all KOA parks have limits to stays. I don’t know. I can see it as a marketing feature to position KOA as “the best place to stop for the night or a vacation (2-3 weeks). And they are always pretty nice because they can’t junk up with a policy like that.
    P.S. We want to visit Canada, but they’re bat-shitCovid crazy right now and I’m not sure when or if we’ll ever be able to go.

  119. Quail says:

    I’m sorry if this article originally came from here- I had the tab open for a while before I got around to reading and lost track of where I found it. Well written, lots of animal studies as examples, lays out the potential problems clearly. Other articles on the site look interesting as well.

    “International Journal of Vaccine Theory, Practice, and Research2(1), May 10, 2021 Page | 402Worse Than the Disease? Reviewing Some Possible Unintended Consequences of the mRNA Vaccines Against COVID-19… Warp Speed brought to market in the United States two mRNA vaccines, produced by Pfizer and Moderna. Interim data suggested high efficacy for both of these vaccines, which helped legitimize Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the FDA. However, the exceptionally rapid movement … raises multiple safety concerns. In this review we first describe the technology underlying these vaccines in detail. We then review both components of and the intended biological response to these vaccines, including production of the spike protein itself, and their potential relationship to a wide range of both acute and long-term induced pathologies, such as blood disorders, neurodegenerative diseases and autoimmune diseases. Among these potential induced pathologies, we discuss the relevance of prion-protein-related amino acid sequences within the spike protein … spike protein “shedding” … whether or not these vaccines could modify the DNA of those receiving the vaccination. While there are no studies demonstrating definitively that this is happening, we provide a plausible scenario, supported by previously established pathways for transformation and transport of genetic material, whereby injected mRNA could ultimately be incorporated into germ cell DNA for transgenerational transmission. We conclude with our recommendations regarding surveillance that will help to clarify the long-term effects of these experimental drugs and allow us to better assess the true risk/benefit ratio of these novel technologies….”

  120. H.R. says:

    @another ian: Ohhhhh… so I’m part of the Phase 3 trials control group AND a transvaxxite.

    I can now say, “Get out of my face, Karen!”

  121. H.R. says:

    P.S. No comments on the Michael Smith link when I clicked it, but I MUST go back later and read the comments when they start appearing. They should be a hoot!

  122. vcmathjm says:

    @Quail: Thanks! Great link. The whole issue of the journal looks interesting.

  123. The True Nolan says:

    @H.R. “After that discussion we had a couple of months ago on Ford vs. RAM (I don’t recall anyone sticking up for GMC), I decided on the Cummins. So that meant buying a RAM truck.”

    Same here. I got a RAM 2500 Cummins about a month ago. VERY pleased so far. My deep-in-the-woods cabin has a dirt road (not gravel) for the last three miles and the 4 wheel drive is wonderful, especially when the logging trucks have chewed the road up a bit. Am getting about 18mpg on the pavement. Only issue is that the wife (and her bad knees) has trouble climbing up into the passenger seat.

    A big THANK YOU to everyone who recommended the Cummins.

  124. E.M.Smith says:


    It is a very big truck… so why don’t you just get an elevator installed?

    barump bump!

    FWIW, I’m getting 5th Wheel Cummins Truck envy ;-)

    “But Dear, all my friends are getting one…”

  125. H.R. says:

    E.M.” ““But Dear, all my friends are getting one…””


    Can’t hurt to try.

  126. another ian says:

    “Wuhan Flu: The Ivermectin Alternative”

    And the links – particularly the second one

    And Tucker opens up

  127. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    That second link is really good:
    I like the way it shows ivermectin binding to the spike protein at the atoms level… and calculates the binding energy…

    The PDF:

  128. E.M.Smith says:

    Makes my heart go pitty-pat when I look over at my “lifetime supply” of Ivermectin:

    In January this year, the several months long, Ivermectin research, meta-analysis of Randomised Control Trials (RCT), commissioned by WHO was released. The paper showed that Ivermectin reduces death by 74% and is 85% effective as prophylaxis. The trial leader, Dr Andrew Hill, was on Zoom meetings saying that governments should secure their source before demand outstrips supply and that it would be immoral, not to roll it out. The same month, two other independent, unsponsored meta-analysis confirmed a similar range of effectiveness at various stages of the disease. While effective at all stages of the disease, Ivermectin is most effective as a prophylaxis and about 80% in early treatment, depending on dose used.

    IIRC we were talking about Ivermectin here about a year ago… I know I used up my “leftovers” from the Rabbit wry neck issues, and then ordered 250 ml from Amazon and it’s almost gone now. As I’m smack dab in the middle of the Early Arrival / First Community Spread / Hot Zone part of California (leader in the nation I think in cases…) having had No Bad Thing is IMHO a decent testimonial. Especially when you consider I’ve not been particularly cautious the last 1/2 year and met with “A Quarter Million Of My Closest Strangers” on Jan. 6th, without a mask, BTW…

    Color me very satisfied with my choices…

    Guinea Pig One, signing off ;-)

  129. another ian says:

    To get a rabbit out of a hat first you have to put a rabbit inbto the hat

  130. H.R. says:

    @Jason Calley – OMG! You have the same powerplant as I have in a truck that weighs a good deal less. That thing would be a beast!

    What trim level did you buy? Tradesman? Bighorn? Laramie? Longhorn? If you’re that far out in the boonies, I’d go for the Bighorn out your way. Plenty of knobs and buttons, but a bit fewer toys to get ruined by rough terrain. I’d hate to pay for extras that get ruined in the sticks. But we’re only doing highway miles. And if you’re really going to work it hard, I’d just go with a Tradesman. It’s the best for payload and towing and you just hose all that dirt road mud out of the cab. So, do tell! Do tell!

    Mrs. H.R. didn’t care what I bought so long as it had heated leather seats. She hates cloth seats. Best I can figure, you don’t get leather until you get to the Laramie trim, so Laramie it was. She didn’t care if I had to go out and lockout the hubs, manually adjust mirrors, or make 10 trips outside the cab to align the hitch with the trailer, so long as she had a heated leather seat. Hey! I could have bought a Tradesman and got a heated leather passenger seat from the scrap yard, Doh!
    I just put my nerf bars on my truck today. I’m beat up! I don’t crawl around on the ground so good anymore.

    It seems there’s a running board shortage right now. I asked the dealer to quote me running boards, because my truck didn’t have them. That’s just something you won’t normally see. You really need them to climb in. The dealer was smart enough to order the truck without them so the vehicle would ship. Anyhow, they still haven’t been able to quote me price and delivery on factory running boards. I think the problem is delivery, and who knows what the price will be when they can get some? I got mine online. They still had some stock, but for how long?

    I doubt that you had that problem a month ago. Yours probably came with them and nobody gave it a second thought.

    So… did you go Laramie or Longhorn and get the toys? Did you go Limited and get ALL of the toys?
    I’m still lovin’ that Cummins. My car nut neighbor across the street came over to check out the truck when he saw me pull up with it. He’s working from home right now and was doing his cool down walk from his lunch jog when I pulled into my drive. He saw the Cummins badge and was surprised. He didn’t think I had a diesel because it was so quiet when I went by him.

    Not only our discussions here, but other online buzz favors the Cummins over the Duramax or PowerStroke. But not on Ford or Chevy/GMC forums, of course.

    I think it was Terry Jackson who advised to get a SRW 3500 instead of DRW if I could swing it. Maybe it was you. Anyhow, the RV forum consensus was that the SRWs could handle the load, but in crosswinds, it was DRWs hands down. I get Spring and Fall winds a lot on our trek to and from Florida, so I went DRW. The SRWs are skitterish in wind. DRW eliminates the white knuckles.
    Next thing up for me is the EGR delete decision. An EGR delete voids the factory warranty, but you get the most out of the motor. As I understand it, the delete gives mor power without sacrificing mileage, but I could be all wrong about that. Decisions, decisions…

    I was looking at a 2018 6 weeks ago and the off-the-record recommendation of the salesman, who had a Cummins in his truck, was for the EGR delete. But that truck was going out of warranty anyhow in a month or two, so it didn’t matter.

    I’m also going to look at tuning. It seems tuning diesels is a thing. As best I can figure, you can get the motor tuned for mileage, but you lose towing power, or tuned for more power, but you lose mileage. If you can shift on the fly between programs, I’d be really inclined to go that way.

  131. another ian says:

    A line of thought




    When did Stalin stage his big purge of the military?

    Who helped him decide he had to do it?

    What happened next and how well did it turn out?

  132. AC Osborn says:

    I am still having arguments with a UK Professor of Chicken Vaccines who will not accept any evidence that Ivermectin works to prevent COVID hospitalisations and deaths.
    With him the ONLY way to fight COVID is via Vaccines, regardless of how many people have died or will die before they are vaccinated.
    Which in the case of India is about 3 years at 1 million vaccinations per day = a lot of people.

    I have presented Studies, testimonials and stats for both HCQ & Ivermectin and all he does is attack the sources, study sizes, study types etc.
    This guy has a following who think he is godlike in his knowledge even when I prove he is mistaked and giving wrong information.
    This is what the world is up against with these “experts”

  133. Simon Derricutt says:

    ACO – maybe bring up the problem of Marek’s disease in chickens to demonstrate that vaccination isn’t always the best strategy.

    This also links to the Jordan Peterson post, in that it’s very hard to change a religious or political belief. It’s not too hard to fool people, but much harder to get them to accept they’ve been fooled. It’s not as if this is a new thing, though, and we’re still here to talk about it, so though it’s maybe not the optimum thing to happen it obviously hasn’t resulted in humans going extinct.

  134. E.M.Smith says:


    So SRW is Single Rear Wheel and DRW is Duel Rear Wheels?

    With Diesels you can tune them up for excess power and blowing a lot of smoke via mostly burning the hydrogen off the carbons, or for greater efficiency by under fueling the burn so it burns 100% early and takes a bigger expansion before exhaust. Best is somewhere in the middle…

    FWIW I had the chance to get a Chevy Suburban for essentially free. It didn’t run. Nice Diesel engine in it. Looking it over, found the wire to the starter was off ( disgruntled male spouse had buggered the car before bugging out). I put that back on and fixed a couple of other minor things and it started right up… BUT…

    In the process noticed that all the Spade Lug electrical connectors were naked. Open to the elements. Not a plastic cover in sight. Now that can’t cost more than a fraction of a penny, but GM chose not to do it. Cleaning a few of them fixed some other issues. Even the original cheap Honda Trail 90 that I had in ’68 had those over wire junctions. Also, while working on one thing, gently tapped with an elbow a pipe going into the radiator… it popped right out and began dribbling transmission fluid. WT? Seems the tranny cooler just has a bit of bent sheet metal that is the “nut” this pipe fitting screws into. Too cheap to just weld a regular nut on it, Chevy built in a potential catastrophic transmission failure via modest vibration or impact. I screwed it back into place.

    I informed the nice lady that she now had a RUNNING truck to sell, instead of one that would not run, but that I was not interested in it any more.

    After that I never wanted a Suburban again. Or any other GM product.

  135. Ossqss says:

    I have a neighbor that chipped his turbo diesel truck and expanded the exhaust from 3″ to 4″ and it turned into a rocket.

  136. The True Nolan says:

    @H.R. “What trim level did you buy? And if you’re really going to work it hard, I’d just go with a Tradesman. It’s the best for payload and towing and you just hose all that dirt road mud out of the cab.”

    Yup, you called it, got the Tradesman, hard plastic interior, easy to hose out. Still more luxurious than the 2002 4 Runner I traded in. Very nice ride, even on gravel. About the only thing I DON’T like is the wheel base is quite a bit longer than I am used to and I have to remember that I can’t make those tight turns anymore.

    “I just put my nerf bars on my truck today. I’m beat up! I don’t crawl around on the ground so good anymore.”

    Luckily, mine came with the nerf bars. I am considering getting a bull bar for the front. Would really like to get a front trailer hitch as well — always a very handy option to have when maneuvering trailers into position, and gives a nice place to mount a winch as well.

    “Not only our discussions here, but other online buzz favors the Cummins over the Duramax or PowerStroke.”

    That is encouraging. I am relatively ignorant on the subject so I feel better when I can get the opinions of the more informed crowd. This is the first diesel truck I have owned — although I do have a recently purchased diesel tractor as well. (By the way, I don’t have a trailer for the tractor yet, so I recently had to drive it 15 miles on public roads. Top speed? 14 mph going down a hill. Most cars backed up behind me at one time before I found a spot to pull over? Five.)

    “I get Spring and Fall winds a lot on our trek to and from Florida, so I went DRW. The SRWs are skitterish in wind. DRW eliminates the white knuckles.”

    I have the SRW, but wind not really a factor in my case. Mostly wanted something that had 4WD and would PULL hard. It does. Chained it up to an old oak tree that had fallen in the wrong spot. I barely had my foot on the gas when the log started sliding along. Yahoo!

    “Next thing up for me is the EGR delete decision. An EGR delete voids the factory warranty, but you get the most out of the motor. ”

    HR, you are waaaay ahead of me in possible changes, upgrades and modifications. I am still at the “what the heck is THAT knob? I don’t remember that… Where’d I put the owners manual?”

  137. another ian says:

    Military recruitment lined up for inspection

  138. another ian says:

    “Roadrunner Condemned For Disproportionate Use Of Force Against Coyote”

  139. another ian says:

    “Covid cases falling in the parts of India that approved Ivermectin use”

  140. another ian says:

    “Chinese Prof says US was defeated in 2020 “in a Biological War” ”

  141. Compu Gator says:

    Not being an RV person, and in fact someone who despises them when tent campsites are not separated from RV campsites, and the latter crank up their generators near enough to dawn. So I decided to do brief & narrow research to help me understand the exchanges here in Chiefio blog”:

    Summarizes the self-propelled vehicles (arranged by decreasing size):
    • bus-like “Class A”,
    • pick-up truck-like “Class C”, typically with over-cab sleeper, and
    • van-like “Class B”.
    And towed trailers (arranged by decreasing size):
    • “5th wheel trailer”,
    • “travel trailer” (absent guidance from the cited article, I suppose the classic Airstreams fit this category),
    • “tiny” & rounded “teadrop trailer”.
    Just to confuse things, the “toy haulers”, so named for their spacious garages, can be made in any of the above forms. [🚐]

    Note: 🚐 : All summaries are my words, based on, which is quite deliberately not the Web site of any RV vendor nor campground.

  142. E.M.Smith says:


    Last on the RV vehicle list is the “Car Camper Build” where you put a platform and miniature “facilities” like stove holder and pull out table in the back. That’s what I’m going for since it is as close to tent camping as you can get without actually setting up a tent.

    Why am I avoiding the tent set up? I’m planning to “camp while traveling” where speed of “set up” matters a great deal. I’m also expecting some of it be more, um, “informal” and the ability to stealth in the occasional parking lot matters. Then there’s also the “do not need a flat cleared area free of mud, water, rocks, lumps, weeds, bugs,…”. Just pull off on a dirt road and crawl in back.

    I’m still going to carry a tent, and use it when the weather is nice and the ground is appropriate.


    That’s an interesting build!

    FWIW, My Dad had a pickup cab-over camper when I was a kid. All made out of plywood. I think he bought it already made, but did some repairs on it. I think that was when I first got the notion you could make a vehicle into a house on wheels ;-) and DIY if desired.

  143. jim2 says:

    Flash! This just in from the Desk of Captain Obvious …

    Close to a fifth of all EV drivers in California have switched back to gasoline cars because charging their electric cars was a hassle, according to a new study bound to send ripples across an industry that has plans for market domination.

    The study from the University of California, published in Nature Energy, looked at drivers who bought EVs between 2012 and 2018 and found that 18 percent of battery electric vehicle buyers switched back to gasoline-powered cars, as did 20 percent of plug-in hybrid buyers. The main problem cited by respondents to the surveys that the authors conducted was with charging times.

  144. H.R. says:

    Okay, this is the thread for Cummins diesels and RVs.

    We settled on a 5th wheel today. We’re “in process” buying it. I have to move some stuff ($$$) around and get our travel trailer over to them. We traded in on it and got whet we wanted (shoulda asked more, though it took a bit of doing to get them up to our number).

    Here’s the layout of the base model.

    The dealer ordered it with about $10k of popular upgrades, and we had them throw in a backup camera, and a washer and dryer to sweeten the pot.

    So the way we look at it, it’s way cheaper than buying a 2nd home or condo in Florida, it’s more towable than a 2nd home if we ever get tired of our current Florida location, we can take our home out West or New England in the Spring, and if TSHTF (possible), we can just go hide out in the boonies.

    So…. we’re almost done with truck/trailer buying.

  145. another ian says:

    More “and the science is settled”? (/s)

    “Scientists Discover a New Type of Biochemical That Could Be in All Life on Earth”

  146. another ian says:

    Another Tesla find

    “In the meantime, James May of Top Gear fame has found out about an unwanted design “feature” of his Tesla Model S:

    Apparently, Teslas have a standard 12 volt battery that can go flat if the car is not driven regularly. What happens next is more like Keystone Cops than a well engineered concept. ”


  147. Terry Jackson says:

    @ H.R.
    Nice home. The washer dryer will be most welcome. Looked at front living and did not have the head room needed, but yours is a bit taller than what we saw 11 years ago. Best wishes and have fun.

  148. H.R. says:

    @Terry Jackson – Thanks for the good wishes. Much appreciated coming from a pro. I have strongly considered your advice, as you have ‘been there, done that, got the t-shirt” on a lot of different rigs. Ed Forbes and Gail Combs had some good insights. I’m sorry to here Ed is going to ditch the rig and just keep the t-shirt.

    One of the things – i believe it was you, but I’m not going to go looking – was SRW vs DRW. The recommendation was SRW if possible. I looked at the specs and capabilities and then checked some RV forums. The majority favored the DRW for 5th wheels; much less skittish in cross winds. Some had both, so I put a bit more weight on their opinion.

    The hitch weight on the unit we bought is #2,750. Max GVW is 16,500. Either DRW or SRW will handle that. But max towing is a little higher on the DRW and as I read on the RV forums, made the DRW drivers much less white-knuckley.

    I’ve got a question that I’ll put in a separate comment.

  149. H.R. says:

    Question for the diesel owners here:

    While reading and weighing opinions (and some facts) on towed RV forums, I ran across a thread on diesels with a really good discussion of Duramax vs Powerstroke vs Cummins.

    Two things I found interesting:
    1) Someone pointed out that the favored motor seemed to be regional. In farm communities, sometimes the only thing anyone would buy or own was GM. Other places would be Ford, and some Dodge and the Cummins. The commenter also noted that it seemed to his eye that contractors favored the F-450 and F550 over all others. With 20-20 hindsight, that rings true to my memory.

    2) That same someone was of the opinion that those near-tribal loyalties for one diesel and the trashing of the other two had more to do with driving habits and how word got ’round to treat the favored units.

    ,His key point was that probably any of the three were stout enough and he thought people got into trouble with any of the 3 diesels because they drove them like gas trucks instead of diesel trucks.

    That was it. No further elaboration, and being ignorant on the difference, I’m stuck wondering WTH?!? What’s the difference?

    The only thing I can think of is allowing longer idle before taking off. Instead of 15 or 30 or 60 seconds before putting a vehicle in gear and taking off, from what I know it would seem that heating up a diesel a bit longer (2 – 3 minutes?) would be good for a diesel.

    Are there any other differences between how one drives a diesel vs a gasoline vehicle?

  150. Terry Jackson says:

    The big thing in my experience is start it up and go, but keep the load light I had a Freightliner Class 5 with a noisy small Cat, and we leave early, so all set to go, start engine, go in gear, exit the park at park speed, gently accelerate on to highway , and good to go. The park folks would not appreciate a long warm-up, so this worked. Temps were usually mid 30’s.

    After a long pull or working the diesel hard, the turbo needs time to cool off to normal operating temp, so if you pull over at the top, keep it running while it cools down. Also, despite what you see (and hear) at truckstops and such, prolonged idle is not a good thing. There is an on/off switch for a reason, and we are not Ice Road Truckers at minus a whole bunch a lot.

    I put an oil/water separator on my Cummins, the Cat engines already had it. I was dealing with unknown fuel locations to and from Alaska, you may not need it .

    The old advice was to drive a diesel like you are mad at it, but that is less true now. The big thing is keep the rpms up and don’t ‘load’ the engine. The computer now handles that just fine, downshifting as required. I always ran with Tow/haul and engine brake engaged, and usually went downhill a bit under the speed limit and sometimes had to use the go pedal to maintain speed. absent the engine brake, a diesel has little slowing power downhill, which is why the signs Trucker use lower gear. Cruise is great in the flatlands, and should be off in hill country. When you hit an exit and apply a bit of brake (cruise off) it will downshift furiously and may try to stop you (almost) a bit early. Brakes last a long time on those newer diesels.

    Do pay attention to engine and exhaust temperature when really loading the engine, a diesel is very sensitive to over-temperature. As the temp rises, downshift one gear for greater fan speed and better torque. I never had an issue with the Cummins, but have had one with the C13 Cat. Had the shop check it for coolant leaks and they fond a number of them with pressure testing and resolved all of them, much better now.

    Turbo Diesel Register (TDR) is a great site for Cummins

    You can never have too much truck.

  151. another ian says:

    Re UFOs

    “William Ward
    May 22, 2021 10:12 am”

    ” I suspect we are witnessing plasma phenomenon. In the lab, plasma takes on geometric shapes, it moves (following flows of ions), changes modes (glow, dark), and can do the things we see these UFOs doing. ”

    And more In comments at

  152. Terry Jackson says:

    For those still with a passing interest in Climate stuff, a review of a new book

    I found it interesting that sometimes minds can be changed.
    “Two decades ago, when I was in the private sector,” Koonin writes, “I learned to say that the goal of stabilizing human influences on the climate was ‘a challenge,’ while in government it was talked about as ‘an opportunity.’ Now back in academia, I can forthrightly call it ‘a practical impossibility.’”

  153. H.R. says:

    Re owning and driving a diesel: Thank you, Terry!

    I will have those suggestions tattooed on… OK. Maybe the Mrs. would prefer having a nice tattoo there instead. Her body, her choice. 😜

  154. E.M.Smith says:


    A lot of the Duramax vs PowerStroke will just be the traditional Ford vs Chevy tribes.

    GM did push forward the “Diesel Rotary Pump”. This is like a distributor, but of Diesel fuel at high pressure. I MUCH prefer the Bosch type pump (one pump chamber per injector…) but both seem to work OK for general use. The rotary pump has much more opportunities for pump failure / seal (as it is rotating) failure etc. And, IIRC, development and early models were “problematic”.

    GM were also the folks who gave the world the truly HORRIBLE “Dieselized gas engine” in the ’70s cars that tended to blow up and gave diesel cars a bad reputation and essentially killed that market in America, so I have an issue with their competency, or lack there-of…

    Personally I’d take ANY other maker over GM just based on their clearly present poor design choices that prioritize cheap manufacture over durable in use.

    That said, I’m a Mercedes driver, so not in the Truck types you listed. It is a precombustion chamber type:
    which makes it more forgiving of “Funny Fuels” ;-) and also have somewhat different behaviors than swirl chamber or other designs.

    That said, a lot ought to be in common:

    1) Per startup. When cold, a Diesel does not like to idle nicely to warm up. It is just barely igniting the fuel load and that can make soot deposits along with rough idle and knock (of a wimpy sort that is more annoying than damaging). This goes away at just a little more fuel and RPM. So, Start it up, and as pointed out, just drive gently for the first mile or so getting out of the park. Mine seems to like about 2 to 3 blocks at 10 to 20 MPH though up to 40 MPH doesn’t seem to be a bother.

    2) Once warm, they are much more accepting of “funny fuel” and out of spec fuel and even Dirt Cheap low Cetane Diesel fuel. So buy that cheap fuel when driving steadily across country and buy the good fuel at your last stop before parking it. You will value that load of good easy lighting fuel at Very Cold Start…

    3) When leaving the warm coastal valley and driving to 6000 Feet and 10 F do not forget to fill up with LOCAL WINTER #1 Diesel high Cetane rating. I didn’t (ONE TIME) and spent about 15 minutes trying to get the Wagon started in the morning. Grind Grind grind chuf grind grind chuf grind chuf chuf (ether in the air intake) grind CHUF chuf chuf rrrrrrr chuf grind grind (more ether) grind CHUF CHUF chuf chuf rmmm chuf rmmm rooom ROOOM! Success!! (but extended over 15 minutes of OMG can I get this started while using a LOT of glow plug time…) If frequently at high altitude or below zero, consider a block heater.

    4) You CAN put a gallon or two of kerosene, lamp oil, or jet-A in the tank to winterize the fuel if there is no local fuel option. (On that trip, before shutting the engine off again, I stopped at a hardware store for 2 gallons of lamp oil… worked a champ at the next start)

    5) My Diesel is a BIG IRON BLOCK. So on a cold start, it takes about 2 – 3 miles and a few minutes to make any warmth in the cabin. On ice mornings, be prepared to scrape a spot to see out of, get the car / truck started, and maybe keep wiping or in worst cases, pull over to clear the outside again, before you get enough heat to defrost the window reliably. Driving will warm up a LOT faster than trying to idle enough to get warm. That’s when I get started closer to 40 MPH than 20… as the return of the ice is time dependent more than speed…but heat is very speed dependent. So just go faster on very cold ice day starts and get it warmed up quick.

    6) Biodiesel has components that solidify before the bulk of the fuel at low temperatures. Mostly not a problem anymore, it can show up in Minnesota at parked out doors in winter below freezing by a LOT. The bits of solid fuel will clog up the fuel filter and you get a fuel starved engine at cold start. (In normal use, at least for the ones I’ve seen, excess fuel bypasses the hot injectors and is returned to the fuel tank, eventually warming it and fixing fuel viscosity or flocculent solid fuel bits issues. ) Frequent Nome Friendly Drivers will add hot water warming coils around fuel filters… Better to just not buy Biodiesel in frozen winters.

    7) The Mercedes never does get hot, so I can’t speak to heat management on hotter engines. I’ve driven at 85 MPH to 90 MPH through West Texas and Arizona Deserts with the AC on in August with no issue. Engine seemed to just love it.

    8) On Hills, it seems to pull better as RPM drop from high cruise toward ‘low middle range’, then it starts to lug and not be as much pulling power (falling off the backside of the power band). So downshift at the point where you feel it pass peak pull. It took me a while to realize that “winding it up” like a gas engine was not peak pull. It was full fuel at mid-range on the RPM dial. IIRC, about 2000 to 3000 RPM. Most hills I can just leave it in high gear and let the added torque as you slide down toward peak torque on the torque curve take care of it. On a few in the Sierra Nevada I get to shift more… Oh, and a Turbo makes a lot of difference. The Turbo Wagon would just climb over The Grapevine on cruise control and all I’d notice is the turbo spinning up more ;-0

    9) Remember: Your gas gauge is NOT broken. You are just using a lot less fuel and often from a much bigger tank. I get about 60 miles on mine before the needle even thinks about dropping off of FULL!!! Give it at least 100 miles before you wonder if something is wrong with the gauge…

    10) Don’t be surprised when, despite power dropping off over 5000 ft elevation (from less air) you still get about the same gas mileage. Ditto city vs highway. You don’t have a throttle plate restricting air flow creating pumping losses in the engine. Just accept that fuel burn is proportional to load and not much else.

  155. another ian says:


    Rotary diesel injection pumps have been around a while.

    We’ve got a PSB pump on an Allis Chalmers 45 grader – unfortunately parts are made of that rare element unobtanium.

  156. another ian says:

    ‘Fauci Flip Flops On COVID Origins, Now ‘Not Convinced’ Virus Developed Naturally.”

  157. another ian says:

    ” “I have never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings,” Biden said on the campaign trail in Iowa in the summer of 2019. ”

    Unsaid and unreported at the time “But I did listen to him” ???

  158. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    The image in your link looks like an in-line multiple piston injector pump. Yes, it has a rotary shaft drive, but each injector gets its own injector pump piston. The description covers both types.

    The GM Stanadine is more like a rotary distributor. There is ONE injection piston and SEVERAL pipes out to the injectors. Internally, a physical L shaped port rotates to deliver the high pressure fuel from the ONE injection piston to the SEVERAL lines. Which see:

    Unfortunately, the terminology to describe exactly what it is, is a bit lacking. Thus the circumlocution of “Like a distributor”.

    As the single pump piston runs 8 times as often as an in-line 8 piston pump, and as having a rotary fuel port switching the outlet pipe at 1/2 the RPM as the engine is prone to high wear too, this just doesn’t last as long as a “Bosch Type Linear multiple injection pistons pump” (or whatever the correct jargon might me).

    I like the “one pump piston per engine piston” pumps A LOT more than the GM “only one injector pump piston plus rotating high pressure distribution valve” pumps.

    As I remember it, GM was the company who brought the rotary distributor type to automobiles, and it was prone to early wear / failure compared to the Bosch inline types. (that can easily go 1/2 million miles).

    The only big feature of rotary types is low cost to manufacture (reduced parts count) and rebuild. I’d rather have the one that doesn’t need rebuilds…

  159. another ian says:


    “The wife and I went to a wedding reception last night and the couple sitting across the table from us were talking about the covid shot , she asked if we had gotten ours and I said no and we don’t intend too, I said how about you guys, she said yeah watch this. She gets a quarter from her husband and put it on the spot where she got the injection and it stuck there- WTH? No trick, she did it to the couple sitting next to us too, she moved it around on their arms a little until it found the spot and just stuck there. Has anyone heard of or tried this? I did it to a younger gal today and it’s no joke, felt like a magnet grabbed the coin, did it with a nickel and a penny also, coins aren’t magnetic so what’s going on here?”

  160. jim2 says:

    another ian – in science, you want some sort of control. I’ve been vaccinated. I can make it stick to the vaccinated arm, yes. For the control, I tried the arm not vaccinated. Stuck there, too.

    Skepticism will serve you well, my friend.

  161. E.M.Smith says:


    I usually check the contents of SPAM before dumping it as there is usually just a few to a dozen after a couple of days.

    At present there’s some kind of SPAM Storm going on (something like ‘tadaphil’ or whatever) where I’m getting about 100 / hour, and have dumped several hundred already.

    Needless to say I am NOT checking user / content before dumping now. I’m just hitting the “Dump SPAM” button.

    This behaviour will continue until the SPAM Storm ends.

    So if you post a comment and it just seems to disappear, that means it went to the SPAM Folder, and know that I’m not fishing those back out, fixing the mis-categorization by WordPress, and just dumped the lot, with yours in it too.

  162. jim2 says:

    Not verified and not verifiable by moi …

    Then Barr appoints some special council a month before Biden goes to the White House, and now Durham is simply, in my opinion like I said I don’t talk to Durham, he’s waiting for the right moment to expose what he has learned and I think it is going to be tantamount to conspiracy in the Obama Administration. I truly believe that. I think he is incredibly real and I would actually put my entire reputation on the line saying this… It’s going to be very interesting to see when and how that information comes out, how the media tries to deflect or cover it up.

  163. another ian says:


    ‘Tis an inline picture – rotaries are in the words.

    PSB pictures here

    That small control assembly he picks up from the bench at the start caused a problem with ours. It would start ok but when brought back to idle and then opened up would die. It took our very patient diesel mech son most of a day to find a small burr on the shaft in that unit which grabbed when primary pressure was up and prevented the governor opening the fuel supply.

  164. another ian says:

    International Harvester had a variation on the inline pump where the pressure was generated by a single (4 cylinder) or twin (6 cyl) piston pump(s) and the camshaft activated valves that proportioned the fuel.

  165. p.g.sharrow says:

    @EMSmith; !00spam an hour ! OMG. I hundred a day was bad. Yes, some group is spamming us with come-ons for cialis by using generated gmail addresses. Big pain in the rear blocking and deleting them. So far I’m only seeing 4 actual location addresses…pg

  166. E.M.Smith says:


    Yeah, it looks like it is generating a big batch with various machine generated “user names” against any open article that allows comments (why I started to expire comment periods and close comments after about 1/2 a year in the first place, limit SPAM targets).

    So it will depend on just how many articles you have open, at present, for comments. I have a lot, so I’m getting a lot. I’d guess about 100 open articles (not quite 1 / day more like 1 every 1.5 days) x (names generated). Eventually they will run out of target articles…. I hope…

  167. jim2 says:

    Politifact has just withdrawn its Wuhan-Lab theory ‘fact check.’ [link]

    What is concerning about this episode is not so much that a consensus has been overturned, but that a fake consensus was so easily enforced for year. This occurred during a key period when understanding the origins of the virus had implications for how it could best be fought. Scientists who understood that there was a great deal of uncertainty surrounding the origins of the virus did not speak up. Probity came from knowledgeable individuals that were outside of the field of virology.

    Matthew Crawford states, ” Regardless of how the question of the virus’s origins is ultimately decided, we need to understand how the political drama surrounding the science played out if we are to learn anything from this pandemic and reduce the likelihood of future ones.”

  168. another ian says:


    I don’t know what happened with that video – wasn’t Project Veritas when I posted it

    If this posts take the 123 off for the link


    [Reply:Don’t know what Project Veritas thing you are talking about. I get a video of a Tractor Guy working on an injector pump… -E.M.Smith ]</b]

  169. Jim Masterson says:

    @E.M.Smith says:
    24 May 2021 at 2:21 am

    Thanks for that comment. I noticed a very slight increase in spam on my site (from 2 to 10 a day) and wondered if you were having spam problems. My site gets no traffic, so I guessed you’d have a much greater amount to deal with.

  170. jim2 says:

    The AZ audit is steaming right along. Looks like they finally recruited enough people to populate almost all the new tables.

    Good news all ’round.

  171. E.M.Smith says:

    @Jim Masterson:

    I counted 16 different “names” on one set of postings to one open thread. IF I have 100 open threads, that would end up being 1600 total spam to dump… I’ve dumped about 800 so far as a guess… They are arriving at a steady rate, and I’m dumping them as fast as they arrive… in about 1 hour batches.

  172. H.R. says:

    Re AZ audit: Thanks, again, jim2.

    I have run across some other (and different) links about the audit, but I have been depending on your updates here. One stop shopping, so to speak.

    Not much to comment on your links, so I’m letting you know that I click for the updates. I suppose many others others do so, too.

    I’m not searching on AZ audit because I figure you’ve taken the lead on this, so thanks 👍
    Gee… no one has noticed? I’ve been searching on trucks and 5th wheels. Not much more than passing interest to the regulars here, but I’m almost done with that business. Hmmmm… trucks do seem to garner a bit of interest, though. But trucks are useful in different ways, so it’s no surprise that everyone has their own uses and opinions on them.

    I have been surprised at the number of camping/RV-ing responses. I guess most people do have some bit of wanderlust in them somewhere.

  173. another ian says:


    When I checked back there it came up as a Project Veritas – will check tomorrow

  174. AC Osborn says:

    another ian says: 25 May 2021 at 8:30 am
    FWIW on pre and post jab blood analysis

    If that is real it is horrendous and it should be easy enough for others to verify.

  175. H.R. says:

    Re the post jab blood analysis:

    If that article is accurate, it will get some legs and take off. There are enough people who have been jabbed for there to be lots of available blood samples. And there are enough skeptical researchers out there that a few of them will look into the matter.

    I’m putting that info on ‘Hold’ for now. I do think we’ll see some follow-up info fairly soon.

  176. jim2 says:

    AI, ACO, HR –

    Red blood cells have a disc shape, with a raised edge. I’ve seen them under a microscope. The center is thin, the rim is thicker. The bottom image looks more normal than the top one, as you can see the thinner middle of the cell.

  177. E.M.Smith says:

    @H.R. & Jim2: (Per Az & Trucks)

    I’m checking the video of the Audit Jim2 posted as well. Just not much that I have to say about it. They are doing it. Nothing to do but watch until the report comes out. Nice to have links and commentary but my value add will be low until after the report.

    I had a Ford F350 Crew Cab 4 x 4 big Gas V8 at one time. Loved it, hauled a lot of stuff in it. Didn’t like the 7 MPG or so… Also, had some Gawd Only Knows customizations for a 5th Wheel and I didn’t have a 5th Wheel (bought it used). Road like a Brick Shit House on the freeway. Bumping and bucking and shaking your kidneys out. Tried all sorts of things. $1000 of tires. Flipping a leaf in the leaf springs. Etc.

    Eventually traded it in for a Mercedes Wagon. My First Ever Mercedes (also used) that lasted me about 20 years after that. I think the kids were about 5 / 6 when we got it, and it only died a few years ago, which would put them in their late 20’s… A 1984 model year, to about 2014 or 2018. Call it 30+ years and several hundred thousand miles.

    I’ve wanted a Cummins basically since they came into existence. Not enough $$$ to buy one new, and used they are hard to get in decent condition without paying up too.

    Now the Spouse has issues with climbing stairs, so while the discussion got us interested, looking at a Dodge Cummins she basically said “no can do”. Not unless they come with an elevator.

    On the weekend just past, we toured some RV parks, a sales site, and a bit more; looking at RVs.

    Turns out ALL the current crop of Class-A coaches have a “Full Basement” and a flight of stairs to get in that’s just too tall an order. The only Class-A that would work is the old ’70s GMC type that had a front wheel drive and very low floor. Those are essentially a cult collectable now and if you do get one, you get lots of old rubber goods to deal with along with unobtanium parts.

    The Class-B coaches we looked at were deemed “too small” (but would work with a step stool of some sort). We may have to revisit just what “too small” really is…

    The Class-C models look to have also started sprouting “basements” and a flight of steps to climb. Could not find anything with a low step height and less than 3 or 4 stairs.

    So on to trailers…

    Well the 5th Wheels all had a fairly large staircase. Not going up that with a walker… and not climbing it in 2 or 3 “low rise” steps. Skipping to the end, it looks like Airstream is a maybe. The dealer was closed (on a weekend!) so we just looked through the fence and at parks (figuring they would not think a nice looking Mercedes was casing mobile homes ;-) They have a few fairly shallow steps and modestly low floor, so might work. Waiting for the Dealer to open when we are ready to look again, to find out.

    So a “choice of one”, or rebuild a very old GMC…

    But that still leaves “Tow Vehicle”…

    EVERY pickup we looked at had high suspension / climb up. BUT, it does look like maybe the Ford Expedition / Excursion set can pull a mid sized Airsteam and maybe has a low enough step height to not be in pain from climbing stairs all day on a road trip… The Explorer can only tow the smaller Airstream and it was deemed “too small”. Again a subject for future “negotiations”…

    So, if anyone has more clue about a low rider tow vehicle or a trailer / RV without a lot of stairs, please advise.

    FWIW, I’m also looking at some kind of “fold up ramp” or EZriser stairs that I could deploy instead of the built-ins for an RV / trailer of some sort. Also looked at a Toy Hauler with full ramp in the back that was an acceptable entry; however it had an “upstairs bedroom” with narrow tall stairs, so another “No Go”.

    It does look to me like the RV industry is missing a huge market in older folks who don’t like or can’t do a lot of stairs anymore.

  178. E.M.Smith says:

    Per the blood article:

    The bottom picture looks somewhat manipulated to me. It has obvious “pixelation” artifacts as there are faint “lines” that make a box like artifact. I suspect that the “white dots” are an artifact of that processing. I’d not base anything off of an image so low res as to have pixel squares showing up in it and claiming information in things smaller than those squares. I would suspect some kind of interaction between the resolution of the original imaging source, and the post processing bits up to and including the final display or printing.

    It IS known that the injections cause spike protein to manifest on cell surfaces. The injection is supposed to be IM only so only (or almost only) local muscle cells make the spike proteins. It is suspected than an accidental IV injection puts it into the blood and infects the blood cells instead, and that causes the folks who are very ill to dead as they get things like Thrombocytopenia and other things (stroke, heart failure, …)

    It is also known that for some folks the red cells start to stack up like a stack of coins. Rouleaux:

    So there ARE a few well proven “side effects” involving the blood. Part of why I’m not interested. There’s somewhere around 4k deaths in the USA and over 6k in the EU. That’s way higher than the more usual “Pull the vaccine at 50 dead” rule… most involving some kind of blood issue.

    But I don’t believe it is “white specks” causing it…

  179. H.R. says:

    @E.M. – Did I read “walker” up there somewhere? That would make steps a toughie.

    Mrs. H.R. had a stroke in 2008 and still has left side issues. Stairs are hard for her. Our travel trailer has the long time, bog standard perforated metal steps and they have been difficult for my wife. The first step was too high. They make a little platform with folding legs that goes right inside the door when traveling. First thing at a stop, I get that out and fold down the steps and she manages – a bit rough – but she manages.

    The newer trailers of all sorts have steps that reach the ground, so very solid, and they have the more normal stair-step pitch. I don’t know if you’ve seen those yet.

    Or, you could get an aluminum ramp about 8′ long and store it in a 5th wheel or motorhome basement. Cut a couple of holes just inside the door and insert some SS cups/sockets to hold the hooks at the top of the ramp. For an even more gentle slope, you could attach the ramp at the next-to-top step if one last step is doable.

    That’s enough to give you the idea; think ramps like the U-Haul trucks have on the back of their box trucks.
    As for trucks, I’d think someone is making a two step attachment for extra tall trucks, but they could be used on regular heavy-duty trucks. It would reduce your ground clearance but if you don’t plan on off-roading the truck (definitely won’t happen with the trailer; gravel roads at most) it won’t matter.

    Also, our RAM 3500 is 4-wheel drive, but not an off-road package. It is tall, though. Since it didn’t have nerf bars, they rounded up a 2-step step-stool at the dealership so she could get in the truck to get home!

    Anyhow, we shopped for nerf bars with about 4 or 5 inches of drop. The drop does vary so you have to look for one that splits the difference. Also, the F-250 had two granny handles to help get in the truck. This RAM has only one, but the step is an inch or two lower than the F-250 so the one grab handle seems sufficient.

    Ohhhh… if your Mrs. has mobility problems due to both legs being affected, I’m not sure I can fully appreciate your predicament. Mrs. H.R. only has the bad (weak) left side, so she has one normal strong leg to make the 1st step, and then she has the grab bar and the good leg again to get into the seat.

    Hmmmmmm…. maybe you could get a ramp for the passenger side. You have a truck bed to store the ramp when not in use. Or, since most trucks will be crew cabs and you won’t be hauling kids anymore, just put it in the back seat area.

    Just throwing stuff against the wall to see if anything will stick.

  180. Ossqss says:

    You guys need to think outside of the box :-)

  181. H.R. says:

    Yeah, Ossqss!

    And you get the lowrider sparks all the way down the highway when you hitch up your 5th wheel. Bonus!

  182. Terry Jackson says:

    On my trucks, all 4WD, I just slid sideways into the truck, but I am vertically enhanced. Had a full width step running board on the dually, most found that easy. Now have a 2011 Grand Cherokee with V-8 and a tow package. It is regular sedan height, so I have to fold a bit to get in. Factory tow gets better cooling for engine and tranny, and a bigger alternator for the load from the trailer.

    Most anything on a Sprnter chassis should meet your needs. They are a bit longer and can be higher for inside headroom. Here is a picture of the side entry, a normal van size step, plus one more inside..

  183. jim2 says:

    I’ve seen the “halo” and other artifacts when using a microscope. Nothing out of the ordinary. I followed the link to the originating web side. Looks like a nut job to me.

    Here are a couple of link titles from that site:

    EMF Meter Held Over Injection Area And Shows
    Man Is Emitting-Broadcasting Some Kind Of EMF

    Man Gets Vaxxed – Now Every Bluetooth Electronic
    Device Tries To Connect With His Body – Watch

  184. another ian says:

    “I became interested in the whole Covid drama last year when it seemed that the issue was being overdramatised here in Australia and governments started f**king with peoples civil liberties. Earlier this year I found and read two books that opened my eyes considerably. The first is “Virus Mania” written by Torsten Englebrecht and Dr Claus Kohnlein, (ISBN: 978-3-7519-4253-9), and the second is “Corona False Alarm” written by Drs Sucharit Bhakdi and Karina Reiss, (ISBN 978-1-64502-057-8).”

    More at

    And the injection pump video is ok this morning

  185. Quail says:

    @EM Re clambering into a tallish car.
    When I blew out my knee, I use a wide single step stepstool like this one to get into my 4WD Tahoe. It has running boards but I couldn’t use them without pain. The wide top and stable base made it easy to use. There are also folding ones available but I have not tried them.

  186. another ian says:

    A FYI – filed under “great moments in socialism”

    “Butter made from coal….mmmmm…sounds yummy….”

    And other recommended watching

  187. jim2 says:

    Can I get my coal butter with extra mercury?

  188. H.R. says:

    @Quail – I have a folding plastic one-step stool. I tied some paracord in a loop through the handle and tied a largish loop on the other end at about waist height when in the truck.

    You use the stool to get in the truck, while holding the end loop. When you’re seated, you just haul up the stool by the rope. It folds flat as you are lifting it.

    I made that up on the Saturday after we got the truck. The next day – Sunday! – the nerf bars arrived so my little solution never got used.

    This is pretty much what I have, but not the same brand.

  189. Quail says:

    @HR great idea!

  190. another ian says:

    “Pfizer Fine Print”

    “Have a look”

    And the comments where the Wayback Machine has been tapped

  191. another ian says:

    Tony Heller’s site has been down for about a day

  192. E.M.Smith says:

    Folks, those are some really GREAT ideas! Thanks!


    Depending on “how far”, there’s either nothing, a cane, a walker (with built in seat for extended distances), or a “scooter” for doing 12 miles of Disney World …. and wearing me out completely…

    Um, “Low Riders” usually have hydraulic suspension so you can “raise” it for DMV inspections then drop to below legal for street scene use… So the idea of a “Low Rider” that can bottom on the pavement to get in, then hit the hydraulics for 12 inch ground clearance is just stellar!

    Then, having a folding step stool on a rope until you drop the $KiloBuck on low rider suspension mods is good too.

    I also need to take a look at the Sprinter…

    Then that whole idea of hydraulics got me thinking about getting a BUS that’s being sold used and has the “Kneeling” feature and doing a “conversion” ought to work too.

    Finally, the idea of a simple ramp with hooks into the top stair works for a whole lot of stuff.

    All of that collectively turns mild despair into “Hey, I got this!” smiley face: 8-)

    FWIW spousal issues are mostly arthritic. She can do the stairs, just a limited number / day without pain the next… So 5 / cycle (out of truck into RV, out of RV into truck) x 4 cycles / day is too much. Then Basement RVs have 5 to get in, and steep big steps at that. (Also a problem).

    A Class A reduces the in / out cycles, but with bigger hike in and steepness too much. Tow + trailer has fewer and shallower steps for each, but you take both to do a nap or use the “little room” if driving.

    Deployable ramp solves Class A and 5th Wheel size of climb issue. Kneeling solves tow vehicle issues. Decisions decisions replaces “only one choice maybe”.

    Again,thanks to all. I have renewed hope.

  193. YMMV says:

    Since tailgate lifts are common on trucks and you can get wheelchair lifts for minivans, and stairway lifts for houses are also sold, I thought there must be something for RVs. There is. At least for a price. Just as one example,
    It’s more impressive if you speed up the video 2x. There are fancier ones; this one might be a DIY idea.

  194. H.R. says:

    Nice, YMMV!

    After watching I went down through the queue and found this one. Since Mrs. E.M. isn’t in a wheelchair, just the arthritis pain from steps, this one seemed perfect.

    Looks to be off-the-shelf and not too expensive. Seems to be a tiny bit faster than the one you found. I like the engineering, from what I could see of it. I think it can be installed on any type of RV. They also showed simple options that configured the lift to better match the particular disability of the user.

    Well, E.M. can scroll through the queue himself. He might find even better ones or one he can riff off of with an even better idea.

  195. H.R. says:

    @jim2 – wOw! Those ramps shown in the image you selected are light and strong.

    The 6-footer of the version you have pictured is 19 pounds for each section, and you don’t have to use both sections.

    And then there are those roll-up designs…

    They have really thought these things through.
    Plus there are all those other types on the site you linked to. I’m fine just now, and so is the Mrs., but as we age, these solutions just might add a couple of years to our RV-ing.

  196. E.M.Smith says:

    That’s an awesome collection of RV options guys. Looks like we can, in fact, do just about any kind of coach / RV / trailer / whatever we like as long as we are willing to customize.

    In other news:

    Tim Pool has a nice rant on “Get Woke, Go Broke”:

    Seems there is now a conservative group that is buying about $Million of advertising directed right at the CEOs of “Woke” companies. American Airlines, Nike, Coke, etc. In their HQ Cities local news, online, and some national.

    So not just “Get woke go broke” from folks generally not interested in buying a package of political crap with the product, but also “Get woke, get personally shafted in the public square”. Nice, that.

    I agree entirely with his position about company “speech”. He illustrates it very well at the end of the segment. Basically, if given a choice between buying a ~’can of woke politics and maybe finding soda in it, or buying a can of RC Cola devoid of politics’ I’ll chose the politics free product first. I don’t want to buy “woke” and I don’t want to fund “woke”. Why would I ever want to have any portion of my money go to fund or support an ideology that hates me?

    ANY Company that is endorsing the “Woke” agenda is stating up front “loud and proud” that they DO NOT WANT MY MONEY and hate ME. I’m NOT going to endorse them by buying their products. I’m not going to fund, directly or indirectly, an ideology that is out to attack me. Period.

  197. YMMV says:

    Dilbert has a series on this topic, starting at and going through 2021-05-21.

  198. Ed Forbes says:

    I have the ramps shown by Jim. They sit at way too much of a slope to use as access to a trailer or motor home. I bought them for access to my class C and they are dangerous to use if mobility impaired. They are now stored away.

    Slopes at greater than 8:1 become difficult, 4:1 downright insane for those with mobility issues.
    Consider that ADA requires 12:1 or less for ramp access.

    The ramps shown work for their intended function which for someone to push a wheelchair into a van.

  199. E.M.Smith says:

    @Ed Forbes:

    Yup, but one could make a “landing box” and use multiple ramps to get the right slope. Coach to box, box to ground… Not that I’d want to though…

    I’m most enamored of the “lift” (though cost is something I don’t know yet) as it works for anyone at any time. But for longer term fixed location (i.e. a few months in a nice park) having a ramp to landing, then landing turn 90 degrees and to ground along the coach… That has promise…

    But a lot will depend on the particulars of what kind of RV we decide we like the most. Basically, now we have choices in RV, which will each need different choices in “accommodation”.

    As one “woolly idea” I find curiously attractive:

    Cummins Dodge with “low rider” hydraulics. Ramp anchor slots on step rail. For quick stops, just lower the hydraulics and it’s a couple of “shallow enough” steps. For things with some going and coming (like unloading into a picnic area or ‘whatever’) hang a ramp on the rail. Now it’s one small step to the ramp and as easy as you want the rest of the way. And no, absolutely not, this has nothing to do with the fact that then I could get my truck… ;-)

    (Put a lift on the trailer…)

  200. Ed Forbes says:

    For my Class C, I built a series of nesting boxes that stack inside of each other and fit flat through the door, holding each step to 4 inches . This worked fine with a grab railing that folds to the motor home.

    As I have gone static with a permanently parked 5th wheel for vacation, I am building a 5×5 deck in 4×4 legs and 2×8 decking. I will buy a 16 foot ramp with hand rails from Home Depot to finish. Works to about 7:1 slope. If Ruth finds the slope a problem, I will add an additional 8 ft section. She is fine with an 8:1 ramp on the back door at home so we will see.

  201. H.R. says:

    @Ed Forbes – Nesting boxes!

    Doh! Now that’s thinking inside of the box. I will remember that one.

    So for a 32″ rise, you’d only need 8 boxes. If you made 2 sets of 4, you could keep each box fairly wide as opposed to a nested 8 boxes, where the 8th box would be much smaller.

    How did you do it?
    P.S. At the place we stay, there are a lot of parked 5th wheels and a lot of ramps-to-a-small-deck outside the door. The construction is much as you described. Several others have made them with steps only just because it’s safer and easier than negotiating RV steps.

    One place installed a lift. This is our 4th year at this park and it seems like every year they have to call for service on the lift. That means the guy who stays there is either stuck inside or outside and can’t get in until a tech gets there. (Wait… maybe there’s a manual winch for those cases. I’ll have to look when we’re down this Winter.)

  202. Ed Forbes says:

    I only had to rise 24 inches, so 6 boxes

  203. another ian says:

    Sort of goes with that Jordan Peterson a while back

    “Keynesian economics with Chinese characteristics”

  204. another ian says:



  205. Ossqss says:

    Sky News, frank take today.

  206. another ian says:

    “”RRP Explosion”: Fed Reverse Repo Soars To Third Highest With “Incredible Amount Of Cash”

  207. jim2 says:

    BREAKING EXCLUSIVE: The Windham, New Hampshire 2020 Election Audit Was Over Before It Started – Two of Three Auditors Have Conflicts with Pelosi and Schumer

  208. jim2 says:

    Bennett: I think we’re at over 800,000 ballots counted and things are running very smoothly. We’ve had some of the highest number of counting tables since the audit began, yesterday afternoon, 33, and 37 new people are being trained today. Over 300 new workers and volunteers were trained last week. The pace is starting to ramp up but the speed is not our goal, accuracy is our number one goal.

    Conradson: So, what’s going on with these deleted databases? Are we ever going to find out who did it?

    Bennett: Well we don’t know that it was inadvertent or intentional. We never tried to imply one or the other but the contractor that was looking at that data does have a confirmation that some directories were deleted on April 12th. And computers keep track of when you add things and when you delete things. So that there’s a record of those being deleted but also happens in computers when you delete something it goes to a temporary file and they were able to recover it. If Maricopa County wants to see the data that proves that it was deleted, our contractor would be happy to share that.

  209. AC Osborn says:

    EM eat your heart out over gun ownership, look at this photos to see how it is realy done LOL.

  210. another ian says:


    Looks like he has to leave California first though

  211. H.R. says:

    @AC Osborn – What’s so odd about that photo?

    There’s an old saying that if you know how many fishing rods you have, you don’t have enough fishing rods (I actually don’t know how many rods and reels I have, but it’s somewhere North of 30 of them. And I just added a new reel 2 days ago, so I now have… whatever… plus one.)

    The same is true for firearms.

    BTW, it’s perfectly legal to own a fully-automatic machine gun here in the U.S. There are hoops to jump through, but in the end, if your County Sheriff gives the OK, you can buy one.

    Think of the expense, though. The shooting range we go to has them as rentals. It’s $100 dollars and you get 100 rounds of ammo with the rental, which makes for……….. about 3 minutes (or less!) of ear-to-ear-grinning fun. You can burn through a few hundred dollars of ammo in a hurry with a full-auto.

    Most go to collectors and are often just Display Case Queens seldom fired, if ever.

  212. H.R. says:

    OH! The red-eyed cicadas, locusts is what I call ’em, hatched out yesterday.

    It’s so weird how they all somehow get the word to all come out of the ground at the same time.

    U.S. Wednesday, we had rain off and on throughout the day. U.S. Thursday (yesterday) I went out for my morning walk. It was a clear, dry, gorgeous day. I cut through my backyard to walk the cemetery that adjoins our property, corner to corner. There are some old fir trees I walk under that shade the ground and the grass is sparse under the trees.

    I looked down and there were all these little round in the bare dirt. It looked like someone had taken a machine gun to the ground, there were so many. I was thinking the earthworms really came out from that rain. Then it hit me that the locusts had come out.

    Sure enough, when I went over to get a closer look at the tree trunks, the were covered with the husks of locusts that had molted and there were some cicadas still in the process, A few were half popped out. All of them would be out and about by mid-day.

    It is just so strange and wonderful how nature’s alarm clock goes off 17 years after they burrow into the soil and they all come out at exactly the same time.

    After my walk, while cutting back to our yard, I saw two squirrels at the base of the trees. I didn’t see it, but I suspect the squirrels might have been eating the stragglers who were still trying to emerge from their casings. I’m thinking that squirrels are not the cute little furry critters they make themselves out to be.

  213. jim2 says:

    Pennsylvania County Appoints Top Prosecutor to Investigate Dominion After Voting Machines Mislabeled Republican Ballots

  214. jim2 says:

    Across the nation, weak and corrupt legislators don’t want to get to the bottom of the election fraud that occurred in their states. This is typical of many of the state legislators in the swing states. They didn’t want to uncover the fraud because many of them, Democrat and Republican, are afraid they will get found out.

    The Washington Examiner is reporting that Wisconsin is instituting another worthless audit. One of the top legislators is behind this exercise.

  215. another ian says:

    “A message for the school strikers: Get serious, and tell your teachers to switch off the air con…”

  216. jim2 says:

    BREAKING: Observer at Windham, NH ‘Audit’ Identifies Auditors Backdating Voting Machines and Performing Additional Suspicious Actions

  217. jim2 says:

    Most would find it hard to believe that Maricopa election officials and their “IT Teams” don’t have access to their election system above the user credentials of a “Poll Worker”. But this is exactly what Maricopa has said in several hearings and letters. Hard to believe, right? Senate auditor CyFIR said, “This is the highest level the County has provided us”. It would be similar to having only “Guest” access to all the PC’s, Tablets, or phones used by your entire family.

    If it was discovered that a Maricopa employee had Admin User or Technician (Super User) level access, the Senate subpoena requires they hand it over. These highest user credentials were critical to many discoveries in Antrim County. So Maricopa continues to say this type of access is in the sole possession of other people, two full-time contractors. Coincidentally, they are not part of the subpoena and are both employees of Dominion.

  218. H.R. says:

    So… who will audit the auditors?**

    **There’s a Latin phrase for that, I’m positive.

  219. another ian says:


    IIRC it is usually “watchers” in the Latin version

    You think there could be a difference in job description maybe?

  220. AC Osborn says:

    H.R. says: 28 May 2021 at 11:22 am
    @AC Osborn – What’s so odd about that photo?

    H.R. I didn’t say it was odd, “eat your heart out” is synonymous with be green with envy.
    As am I.

  221. another ian says:

    For the record

    “Ahhh, camping in the rain.. now time for another fun filled round of “what’s leaking now?” ”

  222. H.R. says:

    @AC Osborn – Keyboard transmission problems – I was just teasing you (and other readers) about the photo, as if that collection was typical.

    Tongue-in-cheek doesn’t always come through on the other side of the digital world when I type it in on my side of the digital world. It gets stuck inside the keyboard sometimes. I should have thought to add a winky.

    Yes, that’s a lot of guns! Very nice. 😁

  223. Ossqss says:

    @HR, I believe the Cicada’s emerge when the ground temp they are in at depth gets to 68F.

    Note, machine guns come in many formats :-)

  224. E.M.Smith says:

    I never really understood the fascination with machine guns. Empty your clip in 2 seconds with a bunch of poorly aimed bullets going ever higher over the target? Why bother?

    Now a gun where you can change your rate of fire as desired, that’s a fun gun:

  225. Ossqss says:

    That thing is cool….. Hummmm, if it has a reversible crank handle, I think I could mount and operate that on my Zuma handlebars! Right side is the throttle. That would be a spectacle driving down the road on a scooter with that mounted on the front :-)

    Not quite the same thing, buuuuttttt…. I like it!

  226. another ian says:

    “Is Ivermectin The New Penicillin?”

  227. another ian says:

    Efficiency of coal fired power stations goes up again. The first of three posts linked here

    And your EPA is having another attack of “magic numbers” on the “social cost of HFC”

  228. another ian says:

    “Brilliant Move, California Restaurant Charges Customers Wearing Masks Extra $5”

    Check the reasoning

  229. another ian says:

    “Ivermectin, The Drug That Cracked COVID and Treated President Trump”

    The “Egg on Face Problem” explained

  230. jim2 says:

    【PORTABLE RASPBERRY PI TABLET】An ideal programming Raspberry Pi tablet perfectly compatible with Raspberry Pi 4B. RasPad with internal 10.1 inch IPS Pi touchscreen LCD monitor, high resolution of 1280×800 pixels, 10-finger touch, 5 hours long battery life. Easily assemble with 2 steps to get started anytime anywhere.

  231. H.R. says:

    @another ian – I was over at the Treehouse a few hours ago and read those two articles. Yup. They are good ‘uns. I’d recommend them, too.

    The restaurant owner was a good interview. There is one thing that jumped out at me though.

    He said he doesn’t believe in masks. There wasn’t any further remarks from him about that or why.

    I don’t say anything like that. I just say that masks don’t work. The effectiveness of masks isn’t a matter of belief. The evidence from tests, trials, and studies is that masks don’t work.

    The best that can be said is, as my Dr. told me, they can reduce the viral load. They can’t stop transmission for reasons we’ve discussed and read about here over the past year or so.

    But the YSM, politicians, and narrative engineers are framing the use/non-use as a matter of belief. That causes people to infer that they do work, but the rejection of masks is political or based in superstition.

    So……… the few casual, “how about this weather?” conversations with strangers out in the wild, except the topic was masks, not weather, I’ve pointed out that the virus is much smaller than the mesh, the masks aren’t tight fitting enough, people don’t don and doff them correctly, and they wear them too long.

    So I just do whatever little thing I can to fight the narrative of believing or not believing in masks, and try to get people to absorb that it’s a fact, not a belief that masks don’t work.

  232. another ian says:


    I liked the Red Power cartoon comparing mask use to erecting a chain link fence to keep out mosquitos

  233. E.M.Smith says:


    Now that’s interesting!

    I may have to buy one of those just to play with! After all, it has been over a year since my last computer bit buy….

    Guns, Fishing rods, Computers…. if you know how many you have, you don’t have enough! 8-)

  234. another ian says:

    As a friend was known to say

    “I’m very fond of anything I like”

  235. another ian says:

    “My Rooster Earl is More of an Expert than Dr. Fauci”

    Via a comment at SDA

  236. another ian says:

    “Covid19 has revealed the fragility of sane society.”

    A comment at SDA

  237. another ian says:

    By the way –

    How many ivermectin production factories in China?

  238. another ian says:

    How not to

  239. H.R. says:

    another ian posted a link to “My Rooster Earl is More of an Expert than Dr. Fauci”.

    It discusses fear, which has been intentionally inflicted on the U.S. population and in many other countries abroad.
    I recall the initial reports and reactions here.

    First was “Whoa! This is some serious stuff!”

    Second was “Just exactly what are we up against and and what can we do?”

    Third was “How bad is it?”

    So there was lots of looking around for bits and pieces to answer those questions.

    First up, we found it was indeed serious, but hmmmm… not so much for the young, the healthy and fit, and those with good immune systems. Many here are a bit up in age so we had a little more reason to worry. The ‘rona was hitting older people the hardest.

    While trying to find out how bad it was, we soon discovered we were being lied to about the number of cases and who was dying from the Kung Flu.

    The first “what to do” was gloves and masks, when nobody was wearing gloves and masks. Then we caught on to HCQ, Zinc, D3 and other immune boosters. Then Ivermectin came up a little after that, as well as some other treatments.

    So – I can’t speak for everyone – I was ready to ditch gloves and masks in about…… March/April just when OMG! “We must shut down for two weeks to flatten the curve and everybody must wear a mask, no matter how ineffective it was!!!!!”

    I was confident that, worst case, I’d be sick with a bad flu but I was in no danger of dying from Wuhan Flu, even though I have a couple of comorbidity issues.

    And we learned more and more here. Most of us have a strategy to beat Xi’s disease and some of have had it for sure or suspect we’ve had it. But our preventive measures made for very mild cases.
    So back to that ‘Fear’ thing. It didn’t work on us here. I don’t get a sense of panic from the denizens of this blog. Concern, deep concern, yes, but only in that it was a driver for answers and solutions.

    Out and about running errands, I have been surprised by the number of people who are wearing masks the the very healthy percentage that are no longer wearing them.

    Officially, all masked mandates in our State are null and void on June 2nd. But many people have ditched the masks already. What’s the difference between May 18th and June 2nd. None of course.

    Every store I’ve been into has a ‘Masks Required’ sign, nobody at the stores cares. And it seems the stores have already given the ‘Go’ to their employees to mask or not mask as they see fit with no repercussions from management.

    Oh, restaurants are still having people wear masks until seated, but their licenses and permits can be pulled on the spot, if a County Health hard-ass wants to, so they comply and ask customers to comply.

    And not every county in my State has mask mandates. Some counties just refused to follow the Governor’s edicts. Those are mostly rural counties. They say “Come and make us comply, dufus.”

    So we still have a bunch of sheeple out wearing masks and probably still quite fearful. And we have some who obviously aren’t buying the fear-pushing narrative.

    I think there are also some who will just obey orders and ditch the masks on the 2nd, when it’s officially OK. They’re not afraid of Covid as much as they are afraid of government.
    I will be curious to see just how many people have been damaged by the fear propaganda onslaught and will be out on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th etc. still wearing their masks.

  240. jim2 says:

    BREAKING: Alarm Went Off at Secure Building in Fulton County Georgia Where Ballots Are Kept – Building Found Wide Open

  241. YMMV says:

    another ian: “How many ivermectin production factories in China?”

    Wouldn’t that be a kick, to find out that China has no Covid cases because of IVM? While we thought that it was the welder lockdown and lies. China makes everything, so why not IVM? They make most of the fentanyl, so why have I not heard of IVM smuggling from China?

    BTW, Dr. Been had an expert guest from Argentina recently. He said their govt party used the IVM on themselves while it was mostly banned in the country. I wouldn’t put it past Fauci to do that

  242. YMMV says:

    Another great Dr Been IVM video. This time he chats with a data analyst about the Covid data for Mexico and India, looking at the relationship with IVM use. Amazing.

  243. jim2 says:

    The covid event has caused more people than ever to order on-line. This in turn has no doubt spawned a run on delivery trucks. After people get out again, on-line orders could slack off? There might be number of step trucks or box trucks hit the used market with relatively low mileage? Might be good for a RV conversion.


  244. E.M.Smith says:


    Good idea… but they will sell the oldest most used trucks, not the newer low mileage ones.

    FWIW, I’ve been watching DIY / conversion videos about Ambulance to RV conversions. Seems a lot of places sell at a fixed number of years (like 10) or miles (like 100k) when 100K on a Powerstroke Diesel is just barely broken in…

    So some folks have got them for $5k to $10k complete with box and all… Built in shelves, lots of exterior “lockers”. High build quality. Existing cabinets, heater, AC, power system (though often the inverter gets removed, but I already have one…), lighting, etc. Some even have a bed platform (for one…) that can make a dandy counter too. Even come in 4 x 4 ( I’d not thought about that, but it makes a lot of sense in severe weather places, as accidents happen even during snow storms…)

    I’m not “There Yet”… but can see it from here…

    Per delivery vans:

    Biggest issue is that the interior is just sparse. You will do a “ground up total build”. No insulation, nothing. Secondary issue is that for some, they have poor doors (think UPS and the drivers often have no door closed… I think it is a “pocket door” but who knows…) and often no passenger seat. So again, you will build from the ground up. (Ambulances often have legal jump seats already installed in the back complete with seat belts et. al.)

    The other issue I’d worry about is all the “stop and go” use of a delivery van. Hard on transmissions. Running up and down the gears about once / block (certainly once per delivery). I’d expect a transmission inspection minimum and likely a clutch pack replacement “soon”.

    I would point out that the Sprinter model (was Mercedes / Dodge, now who?) can come with a Mercedes Diesel engine, has a low floor height and high top, and is very durable. I’d not be bashful about using one of them for the build… I’m just hoping that as places “Go Gang Green” and gasp in horror at their non-electric delivery vans, a flood of Mercedes Diesel Sprinters get dumped all at once ;-) For that, I’ll add insulation, walls, shelves, etc….

  245. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    Ivermectin is very easy to make (or so I’ve been told by videos…) and out of patent. It is made in ton quantities all over the world as it is dumped by the gallon on cattle all over the world. Human use is a fraction of the farm use, so “supply” is already everywhere. It just needs “certification”…


    Interesting summary.

    I’d just point out there are “people like me”. I’m happy to wear a mask for 2 purposes:

    1) Defeat public cameras Just way too much privacy being violated by “cameras everywhere”.
    2) To let the Chads and Karens of the world stay calm and not go off on me.

    So I put one on going into stores and take it off as soon as I hit the exit.

    BTW, long after Chinese Wuhan Covid is in the rear view mirror, I’ll continue to wear a mask into stores and other places (like the Florida Turnpike and California Ag Inspection stations) that insist on taking my photo without my permission…

    Someone asks me to take it off? “Cough COUGH COUGH!!! Thank God! Doctor said I had to keep this damn thing on to protect others from TB…” I’m pretty sure they will change their demand…

    So factor into your study the percent who are “just being polite” to Chad and Karen and the percent who like masking “for other reasons”…

  246. E.M.Smith says:


    Given that we know the “Elite” want the rest of us dead (they have said so publicly), and we know they are happy to lie for effect (caught at it countless times – like “No Mask” Faucci wanting to hoard the N95 for medical staff, then demanding masking with useless cloth), and we know they are happy to have “Rules for thee and not for me”, and further we know for certain that there is a GIANT “Bums Rush” for the vaccines and a rabid assault on treatments that DO work:

    The necessary conclusion is that “This behavior is by design”. The only real unanswered part is “What is the design they have on us?”

    So, given the extraordinarily low number of maskless congress critters who have NOT come down with Chinese Wuhan Covid, I can only conclude they are using an effective preventative, and that would be HCQ or Ivermectin.

    Also look at the European Parliament cases and the Chinese Party confab whatever it is called. Not seeing those old codgers dropping like flies either…

    Yet in South Africa, they don’t have any effective approved vaccination program yet have made it a Criminal Offense to import and use Ivermectin. Now why might that be…

  247. jim2 says:

    EM – maybe a used food truck? Might have more kitchen than you need, though :)

  248. jim2 says:

    The ‘elites’ have replaced the common man in the not-free market.

    The oil industry, long a political heavyweight in Washington, suffered a series of extraordinary blows on Wednesday after shareholders, customers and the courts turned on the industry out of concern over climate change.

    In the space of a few hours, Exxon Mobil Corp. was bested by an upstart shareholder seeking to shake up the company’s board. Chevron Corp. investors instructed the company to cut its greenhouse gas emissions. A Dutch court ordered Royal Dutch Shell to slash emissions by 45 percent. And while the oil industry was taking its hits, longtime ally Ford Motor Co. widened its distance from fossil fuels.

  249. E.M.Smith says:


    That’s a worry. Especially where they said that the oil company needed to cut emissions of it’s customers. When your product IS Carbon, there’s only one way to reduce it.

    @Another Ian:

    I hope Trump does do just that.

    One minor quibble though: That author makes it sound like his idea. Many folks have already suggested Trump run for the House and displace Nancy. So it has been talked around for a while.

  250. p.g.sharrow says:

    Trump does not have to be an elected member to become Speaker of the House. The members can elect anyone as Speaker ! So all that is necessary is for Trump to win a majority of the elected members vote for him as Speaker.
    Wouldn’t that be special, Donald Trump replacing Nancy Pelosi and taking HER gavel.

  251. Ossqss says:

    Masks have pretty much disappeared here. Maybe 1 in a hundred…

    People have been trained however, just wait for the next push of the button.

    I see stats now on the chances of this item being natural Zoonotic at 13B to 1. I say none after a year of evaluation.. Back to what is important I suppose.

  252. another ian says:


    “Two More Coffin Nails and 100% Certainty of COVID-19 Fraud – Can Anyone Prove It Isn’t?”

  253. another ian says:

    An interesting question

  254. H.R. says:

    @p.g. – The current Republican House membership are largely Uniparty and would vote for Pelosi before they would vote for Trump.

    We have to replace the Uniparty ‘Pubs (Decepticons, as Sundance calls them). Word is getting around which “Republicans” to primary and which candidates are MAGA and should be voted in.

    What I do see is that President Trump could have enormous influence as a member of the House, but only if the House goes majority Republican AND they are MAGA Republicans.

    Otherwise, he’s better off working from his current position.

  255. AC Osborn says:

    YMMV says: 30 May 2021 at 6:48 pm
    That is a very good video, the take out chart is the Chipas one, it should be plastered over evrey news outlet in the world.

  256. jim2 says:

    Various media sources, including the Wall Street Journal at the two links above, are reporting these developments as significant defeats for the oil and gas industry, and even as harbingers of its impending rapid decline in the face of mounting legal obstacles. But is such a decline really likely? The recent developments are certainly significant for the shareholders of Exxon and Shell respectively, but I will confidently predict that the industry of large-scale production of oil and gas is not going anywhere any time soon. Indeed, that industry is highly likely to continue to grow for many decades as fracking unlocks more and lower-cost resources, and as developing countries get a taste for things like automobiles, air travel, home heating and electricity.

    If you look into the various branches of the legal attacks on the oil and gas business, you quickly realize that almost all of this is focused on one relatively small corner of the industry, which is the major oil companies headquartered in Western developed countries. Exxon in particular makes a great bogeyman for anti-fossil-fuel activists, and finds itself on the defense in most every legal attack. Others regularly on the defensive include Chevron, BP, Shell, and ConocoPhillips — with headquarters in either the U.S., UK, or the Netherlands. Thus, for example, in the many cases brought by local governments around the U.S. seeking to hold oil companies responsible for damages from global warming, the defendants are generally the five named, or some subset of them.

  257. philjourdan says:

    @H.R. – to a layman, “does not work” and “don’t believe in” are the same thing. He is basically saying they do not work.

  258. philjourdan says:


    First up, we found it was indeed serious, but hmmmm… not so much for the young, the healthy and fit, and those with good immune systems.

    SO you had the ghoul 5 decide to ramp up the numbers early. You may know them as the blue state democrat governors who purposefully sent WuFlu infected folks into the most vulnerable places to ramp up the numbers. Fake news ran cover for them, and so thousands died in those 5 states due to either supreme incompetence, or outright murder.

  259. philjourdan says:


    Trump does not have to be an elected member to become Speaker of the House. The members can elect anyone as Speaker ! So all that is necessary is for Trump to win a majority of the elected members vote for him as Speaker. Wouldn’t that be special, Donald Trump replacing Nancy Pelosi and taking HER gavel.

    Oh please do!

  260. another ian says:

    “It’s the biggest medical scandal since 1850 — there are even claims the US President was treated in secret”

    Just remember Jo is a virologist ,trained by one of the Gods of that field

  261. philjourdan says:

    Gave up 2 lives. T

  262. philjourdan says:

    To complete. Gave u 2 lives. A sacrifice we will never know.

  263. AC Osborn says:

    another ian says: 31 May 2021 at 11:10 pm
    “Just remember Jo is a virologist ,trained by one of the Gods of that field”

    Is that sarcasm or just a mistake?

  264. Steven Fraser says:

    @EM:, @another ian:

    A very interesting case study, about the rising use of Ivermectin, and its proponents:

    Articles like this give me hope that the malfeasance of the pharma establishment, social media and FDA will soon be exposed.

  265. The True Nolan says:

    @philjourdan: “SO you had the ghoul 5 decide to ramp up the numbers early. You may know them as the blue state democrat governors who purposefully sent WuFlu infected folks into the most vulnerable places to ramp up the numbers.”

    Last year (actually, it was year ago today) I took the Johns Hopkins COVID death numbers and compared them to state populations and their controlling political affiliation. The Dem states had death rates approximately THREE TIMES that of the Repub states.

  266. jim2 says:

    Oregone? 7 Oregon Counties Vote To Back Seceding, So Citizens Can Vote GOP In Idaho

    Bill Chappell, NPR
    Greater Idaho Map


    In rural Oregon, voters in several counties want their state to go from Democratic blue to Republican red — and to do that, they hope to leave Oregon altogether and join neighboring Idaho. Five counties approved ballot measures this week, joining two others that had already voted in favor of the idea.

    “This election proves that rural Oregon wants out of Oregon,” said Mike McCarter, president of the advocacy group Citizens for Greater Idaho.

    He added, “If we’re allowed to vote for which government officials we want, we should be allowed to vote for which government we want as well.”

  267. another ian says:

    From Canada

    “Is This The Incentive Program?”

    If vaccination needs a back-up program like this why risk vaccination?

  268. Jim Masterson says:


    “**There’s a Latin phrase for that, I’m positive.”

    With the post about Robert Heinlein on WUWT, I dragged out my old “Space Cadet” novel, and there on page three is exactly what you want. It’s the Latin motto of the Space Patrol: “Quis custodiet ipsos custodes.” –Who will watch the guardians?

  269. another ian says:

    “There are but two ways of forming an opinion in science. One is the scientific method; the other, the scholastic. One can judge from experiment, or one can blindly accept authority. To the scientific mind, experimental proof is all important, and theory merely a convenience in description, to be junked when it no longer fits. To the academic mind, authority is everything and facts are junked when they do not fit theory laid down by authority” – Robert A. Heinlein in the short story Life-Line.”

  270. philjourdan says:


    Last year (actually, it was year ago today) I took the Johns Hopkins COVID death numbers and compared them to state populations and their controlling political affiliation. The Dem states had death rates approximately THREE TIMES that of the Repub states.

    Exactly my point. Democrats are like Nazis. They will kill to advance their cause (but then anyone familiar with lynching, the KKK, and their latest toadies – BLM and Antifa – know that,)

  271. jim2 says:

    There is more than the normal amount of uncertainty in the data, but here it is – covid hospitalizations are lowest since the first few weeks of the pandemic …

  272. jim2 says:

    And there is this …

    Third Wave? Zero Daily Coronavirus Deaths Recorded in the UK For First Time Since Pandemic Began

  273. H.R. says:

    @Jim Masterson and another ian – I learned the Latin phrase “Quis custodiet ipsos custodes.”

    I learned it as “who will guard the guardians.” But I was just making light of the ringer auditors that the Dems got in and I wondered what that saying would look like tweaked for auditors. Somebody needs to be watching them. Things always sound more important and wise in Latin 😜

    I never took Latin. It wasn’t available at our cow-town school. But I’ve picked up a lot of phrases and words, since many are roots of English words. I can’t recall ever running across a Latin word for auditor, though

    I suppose when I get a minute, I’ll plug ‘auditor’ into a translator and see what happens. 😁

  274. H.R. says:

    Huh… according to this Yandex translator, the Latin word for auditor is auditor.

  275. another ian says:

    Things in Texas

    “On late Sunday night, Democrats in the Texas House walked out to prevent a GOP quorum to pass a voting rights bill. The midnight deadline to pass the measure expired and Democrats celebrated what they thought was a “victory.”

    Things then took an unexpected turn”


  276. AC Osborn says:

    Yet another study designed to knock a product.
    This time it is Vitamin D, the study has made big headlines that Vitamin does not help fight off COVID19.
    The study did not measure a single level of patients Vitamin prior to infection by COVID or during the infection.
    Instead it used the Genetic makeup of the patients to “decide” whether they had high or low Vitamin D levels.

  277. E.M.Smith says:

    Just watched a Dr. John Campbell video about Ivermectin in Mexico. They used a very low dose (significantly under the FLCCC dose) in people already with the disease and STILL had about a 75% reduction in hospitalizations. Handing out “DIY at home” kits of Ivermectin & Acetomenophen.

    So that’s ALL it takes to cut hospitalizations (and thus deaths) dramatically? And that, IIRC, was with a 12 mg dose (2 1/2 ml of the Cattle Drench or 1/4 of the dose I used. About 1/2 of the FLCCC dose as IIRC theirs is about 1/2 of what I used – and oral vs drench)

    2.5 L cost me about $50, so that’s about 5000/1000= 5 ¢ per person…

    A whole dime if you want to be at the FLCCC dose.

    IMHO, the entire 2nd & 3rd world ought to be using this stuff weekly and end this now. (The “2nd world” is synonym for the “new world” i.e. the Americas). Let the EU be the control group (or the experimental group for the vaccine).

    Wonder if I can find the video… Yes, there it is. Peru and India too:

  278. E.M.Smith says:


    That link has a shocking chart in it:

    And we did! This is what happened to cases in the areas that chose Ivermectin:

    Delhi :                   ¯  97%          [28,395 to 956]
    Uttar Pradesh:         ¯  95%         [37,944 to 2,014]
    Goa:                      ¯  85%         [4195 to 645]
    Karnataka:             ¯  60%         [50,112 to 20,378]
    Uttarakhand:           ¯  87%          [9,642 to 1,226]

    Observe what happened to those areas that DID NOT choose Ivermectin:

    Tamil Nadu               ­  173%      [10,986 to 30,016]
    Odisha                      ­  50%       [4,761 to 7,148]
    Assam                      ­  240%     [1,651 to 5,613]
    Arunachal Pradesh    ­  656%     [ 61 to 461]
    Tripura                     ­  828%     [92 to 854]

    That is just a damning indictment of all the media, politicians, and “Official Organization” such as the W.H.O. / C.D.C. et. al. who “talked dirt” about Ivermectin.

  279. cdquarles says:

    To add to the above, from a FOIA: There it is, it seems.

    Mind you there are complications with the “data” that happens to be almost unusable. PCR tests do not detect pathogens, and now-a-days PCR tests are used for influenza detection, too. Horridly loose case definitions, incentives to list COVID instead of or in addition to other conditions, and the absolutely horrible politics involved.

  280. jim2 says:

    I see the Pennsylvania delegation live at the AZ audit now …

    HAPPENING NOW: Pennsylvania Legislative Delegation Sits Down with Arizona Lawmakers to Discuss Election Integrity And Replicating the Audit

  281. another ian says:

    “Report: White House Actively Looking to Dump Anthony Fauci Amid Revealed Emails and Flip-Flopping”

  282. another ian says:

    I haven’t seen or heard any of this on “Their ABC” et al


  283. The True Nolan says:

    @E.M. “That link has a shocking chart in it:”

    Yes, it is difficult to imagine any other plausible explanation other that of cause-and-effect from Ivermectin. I don’t know whether to weep or cheer. Maybe both. It may turn out that Ivermectin is a good defense against all sorts of viruses. CHEER!! But the fact is, there have been concerted efforts for the last year to keep this treatment out of the hands of literally BILLIONS of people. That deserves some tears, and more than a little anger.

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