W.O.O.D. – 3 June 2021

Intro

This is another of the W.O.O.D. series of semi-regular
Weekly Occasional Open Discussions.
(i.e. if I forget and skip one, no big)

Immediate prior one here:

https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2021/04/27/w-o-o-d-27-april-2021/
and remains open for threads running there (at least until the ‘several month’ auto-close of comments on stale threads).

I also posted a “quasi one” as a “Grab Bag”:
https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2021/05/09/grab-bag/ of open discussion.

Canonical list of old ones here:
https://chiefio.wordpress.com/category/w-o-o-d/

“Stuff” Happens

Switzerland has decided that closer ties to the E.U. and more subjugation is not good for Switzerland, and refused to sign a treaty of greater integration. Looks like yet another loss for the New Roman Empire of the E.U. and win for more liberty and self determination.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-57251681

Swiss abandon years of EU talks and reject treaty

After years of talks, Switzerland has scrapped efforts aimed at agreeing an over-arching treaty with the EU.

Switzerland is not in the European Union but has signed up to many of its policies, such as freedom of movement.

The relationship is currently governed by more than 120 bilateral deals, and a failure to replace them with one framework deal could harm ties.

“We regret this decision, given the progress that has been made over the last years,” the EU Commission said.

The EU-Switzerland free trade agreement dates back to 1972.

The Commission – the executive body for the EU’s 27 member states – said that without an EU-Swiss framework agreement, modernising that relationship would not be possible. Existing deals were “not up to speed” and the impact of Switzerland’s decision would have to be analysed, it warned.

I think I’m going to move some of my cash into Swiss Francs…

There’s another “hack” with ransomware looking for extortion payments. This time on the meat supply:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2021/06/02/jbs-hack-meat-supply-chain/

JBS works to restart meat processing plants, easing fears of price increases and shortages

The FBI has attributed a ransomware attack to a Russian-linked group known as both REvil and Sodinokibi

By
Hamza Shaban
June 2, 2021 at 10:04 p.m. UTC

JBS said its systems are coming back online after a massive cyberattack threatened to knock out significant pieces of its global meat supply network, easing worries that the breach would usher in shortages and higher beef and pork prices.

The ransomware attack, which the FBI attributed Wednesday to a Russian-linked group known as both REvil and Sodinokibi, came as consumers already are paying more for steaks, chops and roasts. The coronavirus pandemic disrupted operations for many meat processors, creating production bottlenecks just as demand was surging.

“We saw on Tuesday that prices did not freak out, and what that tells you is that it’s not going to make prices skyrocket,” said Grady Ferguson, senior research analyst at Gro Intelligence. “Right now, it looks like they are getting back on track,” he said, adding “there is not going to be empty store shelves and people looting for hot dogs and things like that.”

At Smart & Final today, they still had their $4.99 / lb. Tri-Tip special and the shelves full of meat. But it takes a few days to propagate from the meat packers to the shippers to the distributors.

It will all depend on how long things are shut down.

When will people learn to NOT put critical systems on the internet? It isn’t worth the risk.

Fauci has had a bit of an ooopsy with a FOIA of his emails:

https://thepostmillennial.com/rand-paul-calls-for-fauci-to-be-fired-after-shocking-email-revelations

AMERICAN NEWS Jun 2, 2021 4:06 PM EST

Rand Paul calls for Fauci to be fired after shocking email revelations
Sen. Rand Paul, who grilled Dr. Anthony Fauci in Senate hearings, and others are calling for Fauci to be removed after thousands of pages of emails were released as a result of a FOIA request.
[…]
In the emails, Fauci said early on that face masks are not helpful, received information that there was reason to believe the virus was engineered, and advocated early for school closures despite evidence showing that kids were not at high risk of contracting or spreading the illness.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene echoed Paul and promoted her bill the “Fire Fauci Act.” In the bill Greene says, “Dr. Anthony Fauci, M.D., earned $434,312 in 2020” the bill continues, “Dr. Fauci is not only the highest paid doctor in the Federal Government, but the highest paid of any of the 4,000,000 Federal employees, including the President.”

Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy… /snark;

In other news, looks like another Looney Left Governor is headed for a recall election:

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2021/06/01/gretchen-whitmer-fails-derail-recall-petitions-appeals-court-rejects-all-arguments/

Gretchen Whitmer Fails to Derail Recall Petitions; Appeals Court Rejects All Arguments

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) failed to stop a series of recall petitions filed against her after the state Board of Canvassers approved them.

Whitmer appealed the approval of seven petitions against her and Lieutenant Gov. Garlin Gilchrist (D), and last week, an appeals court rejected all of her arguments.

According to Michigan law, the Canvassers judge a petition’s language and presentation for clarity and factual accuracy.

One petition, filed by James Makowski, stated the governor should be recalled because “Gretchen Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020–143 on July 1, 2020 closing indoor service at bars.”

Whitmer argued “bars” was an ambiguous and undefined term. But the court noted the petition used precisely the same language as Whitmer’s executive order: Its subtitle was “Closing indoor service at bars.” More:

Then there’s China saying to prepare for a nuclear war with the USA:

https://www.newsweek.com/china-state-media-says-country-must-prepare-nuclear-war-us-after-biden-asks-covid-probe-1596568

WORLD
China State Media Says Country Must Prepare for Nuclear War With U.S. After Biden Asks for COVID Probe
BY JENNI FINK ON 6/1/21 AT 12:14 PM EDT

Hu Xijin, the editor of the Chinese state-run newspaper the Global Times, considers enhancing China’s nuclear program as being vital to the country’s “strategic deterrence” against the United States.

Protests in Hong Kong, Taiwan, the COVID-19 pandemic and accusations China’s engaged in a genocide against the Uighur Muslims are sowing deeper divisions in an already strained relationship between China and the United States. With Beijing one of America’s top concerns, President Joe Biden has sought to strike a stern tone, while China sees much of America’s actions and comments to be an encroachment on its sovereignty.

The increasingly confrontational rhetoric and military maneuvers coming out of the two countries have raised concerns about a potential war.

So that’s the official State Run Newspaper saying prepare for nuclear war with the USA.

Maybe I need to plot likely missile paths to parts of the USA and figure out the safest place to be.

In other news, want to end the Chinese Wuhan Covid plague? Well, we know how to do it. Mexico handed out a small dose packet of ivermectin and got big rewards:

https://trialsitenews.com/mexico-city-wide-innovative-population-level-study-administers-ivermectin-based-home-kits-with-drastic-reduction-in-hospitalizations/

Mexico City Wide Innovative Population-Level Study Administers Ivermectin-based Home Kits with Drastic Reduction in Hospitalizations

TrialSite Staff
May 8, 2021

The nation of Mexico generally, and more specifically Mexico City, one of the world’s most populated cities with 22 million people, experienced a greater spike in COVID-19 cases by December 2020. It was at the end of 2020 that the Mexico City Government, concerned about hospital capacity, implemented an expanded population-based health intervention to manage COVID-19. Based on the growing data available from ivermectin research, the government organized a prehospital home-care program combining early detection with antigen tests, a phone-based monitoring process for positive patients and the provisioning of a medical kit containing ivermectin. Testing, based on World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations, was extended into a massive testing program in 230 temporary mobile units or “kiosks.” Fundamental in the Mexican mission: lower access barriers to identifying COVID-19 at early stages, reduce opportunity for transmission via home isolation and care for patients early, right at onset, even if asymptomatic or mild symptoms. The overall study commenced July 8, 2020 with 3,000 tests administered daily and by the middle of November, the government expanded capacity to 24,000 daily tests. Again, public health workers followed up on those deemed positive via Locatel, (Mexico City Government call center) or WhatsApp text service. During that call, patients are informed if they are positive, asked if they can be in isolation, and the symptoms, if escalated, prompt a more intensive monitoring protocol (e.g. every couple days in more severe cases). Serious cases prompt 911 and hospitalization. Since December 28, the ivermectin-based medical kits were distributed to mild to moderate symptomatic patients. The Mexico City Government sought to measure the effectiveness of this population-wide intervention inclusive of the ivermectin-based medical kit in overall hospitalization during the pandemic. Using a quasi-experimental research design involving a Coarsened Exact Matching method leveraging hospital and phone call monitoring data, the study team estimated logistic-regression models with a range of observational data and found a significant reduction in hospitalizations among the cohort receiving ivermectin-based medical kit. In fact, the range of positive effect totaled 52% to 76% depending on model specification. The team concluded that ivermectin-based interventions in a well-designed population-level scheme mitigates the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the health system in the world’s fifth largest city. TrialSite includes diagrams of the impact these population-level schemes have had in the region. The results should trigger public health discussions in other large metropolitan areas. This study included over 200,000 people.

[…]

Summary
The Mexico City Government sponsored this innovative, population-wide initiative across Mexico City based initially on observations at Monash University Australia in April and from then on, mounting data from dozens of clinical trials and observational studies evidencing positive outcomes associated with ivermectin.

In an effort to produce good covariate balance between exposure groups and hence lessen any impact of cofounding in observational causal inference the public health-led team employed a method known as Coarsened Exact Matching using administrative data from hospital and the comprehensive phone-call monitoring system established for purposes of this public health study.

The study team estimated logistic-regression models with matched observations adjusting by a number of elements from COVID-19 severity and comorbidity to gender and age, etc. They separated the effect of the kit from phone medical monitoring for “robustness checks” as well as modified consumption duration and “subsetted the sample by hospitalization occupancy.”

The Mexico City study team generated compelling results in that they reduced the pressures on hospital system by 52% to 76% depending on a number of factors. These results led to the confident conclusion that this population-level, ivermectin-based intervention in fact worked well, materially lessening hospitalizations, reducing suffering and undoubtedly saving many lives.

Things of interest

Looks like Louisiana is joining Texas and others in Constitution Carry.

https://justthenews.com/nation/states/louisiana-legislature-approves-allowing-concealed-carry-without-permit

The Louisiana Senate gave final passage Tuesday to a proposal to let state residents carry a concealed firearm without a permit or training.

Senate Bill 118 by Sen. Jay Morris, a West Monroe Republican, now heads to Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat who generally favors gun rights but is expected to veto the bill.

SB 118 would apply to adults who are at least age 21 and have not been convicted of a felony or violent crime. Morris’ bill retains the prohibition against carrying a concealed gun while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Concealed carriers still would be required to disclose they have a weapon and submit to a search when asked by law enforcement, which would have the right to disarm the carriers.

For more, see:

https://bonginoreport.com/

Or Whatfinger:

https://generaldispatch.whatfinger.com/

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263 Responses to W.O.O.D. – 3 June 2021

  1. another ian says:

    More Fauci explosions

    ““Update: And Just Like That, Dr. Fauci’s Book Has Been Pulled From Presales

    Since yesterday’s announcement, and the release of the cover art, the news cycle has exploded over the release of thousands of pages of emails from Fauci, and the news — as we have been covering here at RedState — has not been good. While the press has done a noble job in trying to burnish the doctor’s image with cherry-plucked instances from the thousands of pages of communications, there have been a number of realities coming to light since the release of those emails.

    And it appears the publisher of his book is now scrambling to avoid trouble. Over at Amazon, where yesterday they had been enthusiastically pimping the release for this coming November, the title is nowhere to be found.”

    http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2021/06/02/one-flu-out-of-the-wuhan-nest-39/

  2. H.R. says:

    Methinks China is doing a little sabre rattling. Nuclear war with the U.S. over the Wuhan Flu investigation? Pish tosh!

    Why risk having the U.S. destroying half of their country when they are half-way (or more!) along to destroying the U.S. economically? They don’t want to be ruining all that real estate they plan to acquire down the road.

    They’re just checking to see if Biden – well, Biden’s puppet masters – will blink. China is no doubt mightily peeved that Gropin’ Joe is going off script. Gotta get the U.S. employees back in line, eh?

  3. another ian says:

    Two further points raised here

    “Beyond Fauci’s fraud in denying the engineering likelihood, which is a big issue and deserves major investigation, there’s two other points that need to be discussed; and we will not see them in the media.

    ♦ First, the shift that everyone had noticed about two weeks ago – where the White House and media was now supporting discussion of the “lab leak theory” – starts to make sense.

    The release of these emails was part of a FOIA fulfillment. The administrative state knew these emails were going to be released, and that explains why multiple vested interests started trying to get out in front of the information by opening up the “lab leak” discussion. In essence, knowing this information was about to enter the public bloodstream, all of those vested interests had a reason to get out in front of the story. Hence, the previously forbidden discussion(s) and topics were now approved for public debate.

    That starts to bring us to the second point. Why would the Deep State release these emails, instead of just hiding them?

    ♦This second point should be very familiar to CTH readers…. The FOIA fulfillment of these emails has a very distinct fingerprint that implies there is something much larger in the background.”

    More on why at

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2021/06/02/fauci-emails-show-u-s-scientists-knew-covid-looked-engineered-only-days-before-insisting-the-virus-was-natural/#more-212586

  4. AC Osborn says:

    No, Fauci should not be fired.
    He should be tried for crimes against humanity, first organising and getting finance for gain of function studies even tough he new a release would cause a pandemic and second for withholding life saving drugs from dying patients.

  5. another ian says:

    E.M.

    Economics of Oz

    “Lies, damned lies and the National Accounts”

    https://catallaxyfiles.com/2021/06/03/lies-damned-lies-and-the-national-accounts/

  6. jim2 says:

    I need a new email provider and was leaning towards Swiss-bassed ProtonMail. The bow out of the EU’s grasp cinches it, I think.

  7. jim2 says:

    Maybe a new name for COVID-19? The China-Fauci virus!

  8. H.R. says:

    I like how you think, jim2. 👍

    Hmmmmm…. well then, here’s a tweak. How about FauXi’s Flu?

  9. jim2 says:

    H.R. +100!

  10. H.R. says:

    @AC Osborn: I fully agree.

    This wasn’t some typical bureaucrat steering contracts to a relative or frat brother. And it wasn’t the typical waste of time and money by some bureaucrat making up a stupid, counterproductive regulation that burdens all citizens. No one takes the blame or the fall for that stuff.

    The words ‘knowing’, ‘willfully’, ‘against orders’, ‘causing death’ seem to apply.

    It’s clear the Commies-In-Control (CIC; nominally that’s Biden, but in this case, it’s his puppet masters) are throwing Fauci under the bus.

    I am waiting to see if the Dems will put the bus in reverse, back over Fauci, and then run over him yet again. Maybe do the forward-reverse a few times to satisfy all the really pissed off people.

    I’d like to see jail time and all his money gone. With him, it was money and self-promotion first, and then the health of the Nation.. (I thought it over a bit and the strike-through was the right thing to do.)

  11. corsair red says:

    jim2
    I use protonmail. Can’t comment on how private they keep your info, but the pages load quickly, it is easy to use, and there no ads.

    H.R.
    FauXi’sFlu is excellent.

  12. Annie says:

    ‘FauXi’s ‘flu’. This is the best name yet! That’s brilliant H.R.

  13. AC Osborn says:

    another ian says: 3 June 2021 at 4:24 am
    Re Fauci’s emails.
    I have been looking at them and they appear to be very incomplete, he hardly ever responds to emails and there is very little “work related” emails with other NIH/NIAID people.

  14. p.g.sharrow says:

    Fauci is the front-man, but the CIA are his among masters. It appears that the Masters – masters are throwing him under the bus to deflect from themselves. The American part of the Dark State cabal is starting to crumble under the Independent Internet based assault…pg

  15. H.R. says:

    @p.g. – It’s tough going, since the Dark State has a hand on all the government levers of power and the GEBs are funding the civilian thugs and “grass roots” efforts. And then tech is taking care of censorship and cancelling any opposition.

    But there are cracks. And as everyone should know, cracks and leaks only get larger. They never get smaller.

  16. H.R. says:

    Thanks for the props, but jim2 started it.

    (“Mommy, mommy! It’s not my fault! Jimmy started it! He did it first!” 😜)

  17. Ossqss says:

    Ummmm, wait, what?

  18. Jim Masterson says:

    @Ossqss:

    Good to know as I’m allergic to shrimp.

  19. jim2 says:

    That’s a real shame. I was so looking forward to a cicada and spaghetti dinner!

  20. Pinroot says:

    @ossqss – I guess they’re having to let people know because of this:
    Cicada sushi, anyone?

    Fauci: I’ve never cared for that guy and I’m finally glad to see him getting tossed under the bus. First, Bill Gates, now Fauci. I wonder who will be next?

    @HR – FauXi Flu is a classic!!

  21. Pinroot says:

    Just ran across this. The first anagram is too perfect.

  22. jim2 says:

    Thanks for the props, but jim2 started it.

    No, you put me to shame, HR.

  23. H.R. says:

    @Ossqss re eating cicadas – Well it must be good advice. After all, the FDA says so, and our government wouldn’t lie to us now, would they?

  24. another ian says:

    “Behind The SARS-CoV-2 Origination Backstory All Roads Lead to Stop Trump
    June 3, 2021 | Sundance | 448 Comments”

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2021/06/03/behind-the-sars-cov-2-origination-backstory-all-roads-lead-to-stop-trump/

  25. beththeserf says:

    The first anagram is perfect. Sometimes you wonder if you’re living in a simulation!

  26. Robert of Ottawa says:

    Very good. But I prefer the more classic Dr. Faustus

  27. beththeserf says:

    “FauXi’s Flu,- another perfect word blend!

  28. p.g.sharrow says:

    The very first information about the Covid virus was an Internet posting by a Chinese Doctor that had been treating “Young Chinese Army” people that had been vaccinated for SARS – Covid in October – November 2019 as a part of an immunization program. He remarked that they were the ones most sickened by this “New mysterious” infection that he and his people were treating. He listed all the treatments that worked and those that did not. A week later he and his post was “disappeared” by the CCP. Later the CCP said that the virus came from the US Army people that were a part of the Chinese Army athletic games held a bit earlier.
    Present information indicates that a mild version may have been in California by October of 2019.
    The Gates Foundation with Fauci, sponsored a “Corona virus war game” to get ready for the ensuing Pandemic in September 2019, How did they know there was going to be a pandemic several months before it took place and the Chinese Army was already vaccinating their troops for it?
    Things got out of hand as the virus spread more quickly then planned and the variant produced by infection of the vaccinated troops proved much more deadly the the original released. ..pg

  29. The True Nolan says:

    @p.g.sharrow: I know that the current thinking is that China (with or without US help) created and is responsible for COVID-19. I am still suspicious that it is a US creation released in China in order to move the blame overseas. The US reaction has been too perfectly coordinated to create panic, excess deaths, mass vaccinations, and a level of monetary payouts and payoffs bigger than anything the world has ever seen. COVID has been exactly played to give the GEBs almost everything on their dream list, including perhaps mass genocide. In fall of 2019 the financial markets were reaching an explosion point as the overnight repo market had completely failed and the only way the US was keeping liquidity in the banking system was by nightly Fed injections of 85 and 100 billion dollar overnight loans. Just in time to save the day (at least for a while) all the economic rules go out the window, suddenly money is available by the trillions, and the big corporations get fatter than ever.

  30. E.M.Smith says:

    @P.G.:

    Here in Silly Con Valley where there are a LOT of folks traveling to China and a LOT of Chinese buying houses (one bought the house next to mine…) there are also several people known to me personally who had some kind of Very Bad Flu in November to December 2019. I’m pretty certain it was over here in the single digits / day rate at the end of 2019.

    One described her symptoms and they fit, all except “loss of sense of smell”. She reported “loss of some sense of taste” but could still smell stinky stuff. I think that’s close enough. Oh, and younger daughter did not get seriously ill… just sniffles. That was about Thanksgiving…

    The Middle Aged & Later folks report a truly horrific “Flu”… “worst in many years”…

    For what it’s worth.

  31. H.R. says:

    A question for the brain trust here. It’s from my American experience, but the Brits, Aussies, and others might have a twist or maybe a completely different situation.

    Is it just me, or are many of the new build houses featuring 9′ and 10′ ceilings? I am seeing a lot of that in my area where there are a lot of new builds.

    Not only is average square footage increasing – house size inflation – but also ceiling heights, it seems. There are lots of articles and data on average square footage and the changes in various years. I haven’t seen much of anything about ceiling heights. Thus my question.

    During the ’70s energy crunch, many new builds only had 7′ ceilings so there was less volume to heat. The standard height from the ’40s, ’50s, and ’60’s was 8′.

    Once the big natural gas discoveries of the ’80s hit, people went back to 8′ and then 9′ and 10′ ceilings. Two-story areas were popular in the ’90s. Our house has them. We have 12′ and 18′ ceilings in a few areas and 9′ everywhere else.

    Anyhow, with the current pResident-Puppet-In-Chief’s energy policies, those of us with newer houses will be hit hard with heating costs. (We plan to downsize in a couple of years; smaller house and regular ceilings.)

    So is it just my area (Eastern Midwest U.S.) or are the new builds still ignoring volume and the attendant heating costs? What are the ground reports in your neck of the woods?

  32. The True Nolan says:

    @H.R.: Yes, taller ceiling seem to me to be definitely more common for the last ten or twenty years here in the southeast US. Granted there is more volume to heat, but if you have ceiling fans to circulate the air and prevent stratification the extra energy needed should be more a function of surface area instead of volume On the other hand, I think that both insulation and prevention of air leaks is better now than in decades past. Everything taken together, I do not think a recently built home with high ceilings is less efficient (on a floor square footage basis) than an older low ceiling home. Probably even more efficient.

    Best of all? Maybe a newer home with low ceilings, modern insulation, low square footage, and exterior walls shot with foam to seal all air leaks.

  33. Taz says:

    https://reclaimthenet.org/babyon-bee-demands-retraction-new-york-times/

    Babyon Bee’s legal counsel demands retraction of NYT article that paints satire as “misinformation”

  34. H.R. says:

    @Jason C – Thanks for the report from the Southeast. So you’re seeing the higher ceilings there, too.

    With all the Home shows on TV, and houses for sale all over the U.S. listed on the internet – with lots of pictures – I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that people everywhere are seeing similar designs and buying similar houses.

    Come to think of it, I’ve seen a few House Hunter style shows for Canada, and it seems they are slightly different, but share a lot of ‘gotta have’ features that are popular.
    .
    .
    Oh yeah!! I have ceiling fans in just about every room. I even put two in the garage. Can’t have fans in the houses with 7′ ceilings, though… unless everyone is 5’5″ or shorter 😜

  35. p.g.sharrow says:

    Old time houses often had 10′ ceilings because that was the only way to deal with the Summer heat. Winter heating was through radiation so the tall ceilings were not as much a problem in those poorly insulated and sealed homes.

  36. H.R. says:

    The older houses, oh about pre1920 or so, had 10′ and 12′ ceilings (and higher!) so the smoke from the wood burning stoves and fireplaces would rise above head level.

    For the GIs returning from WWII, whole neighborhoods of story-and-a-half Cape Cods were hastily built. They had 8′ ceilings instead of 10′ for the cost reduction. The 8′ ceilings felt roomy enough, but were cheaper than the traditional 10′ ceilings p.g. mentioned. The houses ran about 1,000 sq. ft +/-. Most were sold with an unfinished upstairs (ours was unfinished) to make them even more affordable, and then the buyers would finish it themselves.

    Here is a picture of the houses and the developments that were the start of the ’50s and ’60s ‘burbs. Our development was much smaller than this and was one of the last built. The old typical city block suburbs were to the South and West. Immediately abutting our neighborhood to the North and East were farms and forests. That’s how I wound up at a farm school. Our development fell in the school district along with the farms.

    Raise your hand if you grew up in one of these or if there was a neighborhood of these houses nearby.

  37. H.R. says:

    And the all-time classic… Levittown, NY! Houses a little less spacious and closer together.

  38. Ossqss says:

    Interesting report based upon 2019 data. Ya think that velocity of change increased over the last 18 months? Ubetcha!

    https://wirepoints.org/new-irs-data-reveals-which-states-won-and-lost-the-competition-for-people-and-their-wealth-in-2019-wirepoints-special-report/

  39. jim2 says:

    Like I said, some of the rich idiots are running the country …

    JPMorgan Chase & Co says it will restart making political contributions to lawmakers except to congressional Republicans who objected to the certification of President Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election, reads a memo obtained by Reuters.

    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2021/06/04/jpmorgan-halts-donations-to-republicans-who-objected-to-2020-election-certification/

  40. another ian says:

    Just in case New York is still on anyone’s “possible move to list”

    “California May Be Crazy In Its “Climate” Initiatives, But New York Wants To Be Even Crazier”

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2021/06/04/california-may-be-crazy-in-its-climate-initiatives-but-new-york-wants-to-be-even-crazier/

  41. another ian says:

    E.M.

    A potential model in case you need a real off-road vehicle

    “Tail-End Charlie celebrates 60 years”

    https://www.farmweekly.com.au/story/5671710/tail-end-charlie-celebrates-60-years/

    It was built as the recovery vehicle for a round-Australia rally. Note the speed capability which was helped by those tractors having a sprung front axle.

  42. philjourdan says:

    Re: The death home 5. Ghoulish Gretchen Whitmer seems to be the only one that has dedided to give her people the finger. THe Grim Creeper (cuomo) and Dr. Nuissance (self explanatory) have already made noise to roll back the unconstitutional rules. But Ghoulish Gretchen. I guess she figures she needs to kill more before she can let the rest of her ghetto relax. Just so they know who is Reichs Furher.

  43. E.M.Smith says:

    @H.R.:

    The house I grew up in was built in about 1880 to 1910. Different parts at different times. Really in to about 1970 as Dad moves some parts of it around, too. The back porch became an enclosed wash room. The attic my bedroom.

    When we moved it it had 12 food ceilings and transoms to move the heat around (floor heater). Dad and I installed 8 foot drop ceilings as that was the trend, but the more remote rooms became cooler and the central floor heated room overly warm mid winter. OTOH it did act as a lot of insulation and total gas consumed dropped.

    We were “house hunting” in the ’80s and on and off since. I noted that somewhere in there the “Great Room” design took hold. A combined living room, dining room attached kitchen area often with a “breakfast bar” all with a ceiling that was attached to the inside of the roof. Improved insulation slabs of solid foam and making the space open without an oppressively low ceiling for the width… Don’t know what’s de currant today… Do know that a whole lot of “Agenda FUBAR” condos are going up here. 2 to 4 story things with common walls for the whole block. About 1/2 the needed parking. Tries to look “European”, ends up being oppressive. I’d not live in one.

    Personally, I liked the old 12 foot ceilings. 8 foot made if feel like being in a box, not an enclosed comfortable space. But not enough to do anything about it.

    I’d rather own a house built before W.W.II than after. I grew up on a 1/4 acre lot. At 6 to acre if feels snug. Common now is 1/8 acre lots. The condos are about 1000 feet square divided by 2, 3, or 4 stories…

    @Ossqss:

    The Spousal Twin, who never made ANY noise about leaving, is packing up to leave California…

    OTOH, my sloth has netted me about an extra $1/4 to $1/2 Million over the last few years… but it is time to just “Get ‘er Done”… so it’s a priority now…

    @Another Ian:

    If you get a chance, look up USA “Tractor Races” and “pulls”… We’re talking serious motors… and wheels… Though 100 kph is pretty darned good!

  44. another ian says:

    E.M.

    I think the difference is that Charlie forte is not the likes of pulls etc – it has some serious road km under the belt. IIRC it tended about three round Oz rallys for a start plus actual field time plowing etc.

    Here is another Chamberlain without Charlie’s special final drive gearing

    https://cobahcastiron.weebly.com/chamberlain-champion-9g-tractor.html

  45. Ossqss says:

    @EM, the proper term/slang is “GTRDN” :-)

  46. H.R. says:

    @E.M. & another ian re tractors:

    Here in the U.S., particularly corn belt farm country, tractor pulls are the thing. The competition tractors have ungodly horsepower and often multiple motors. The horsepower runs into the thousands.

    And the other thing is vintage tractor collecting and restoration. I worked out in a rural manufacturing plant for a few years, and about a dozen of the guys had one (or two or three!) beautifully restored Farmall, John Deere, Ford, IH, etc. tractors.

    Ha! In the maintenance shop and the tool room, the pinup calendars were vintage tractors, not scantily clad babes. That always gave me a laugh. (“Oooooo…! Just look at that 1953 Farmall, will ya?”)

    So…… in all my years, this is the first time I’ve run across tractors and speed used together.

    That was fun, another ian. Great story!

  47. jim2 says:

    EM – You mentioned you had an old miners lamp. It made me wonder what packing and loading for FL is going to be like for you :)

  48. E.M.Smith says:

    @H.R. & Another Ian:

    When I was about 7? Dad found a rust pile John Deer in a field somewhere. It was what they had on his farm in Iowa when he was a kid, and the idea of it just rusting away offended him. A 1920-ish something with 2 cylinders slung under the long front. We “rebuilt it together” meaning he rebuilt it and I did “grunt work” while he told me what my “grunt work meant”. I remember learning what made a magneto different from “spark ignition Otto” and distributors….

    At this point I have no idea whatever happened to the tractor we restored, together, I just cherish the memory of doing it. I doubt Dad cared either. He was just happy it ran again.

    Perhaps what My Son felt when we took a couple of 1975-76 ish Honda 360 motorcycles and assembled one good one for him out of the bits….

    Backstory:

    Son, about 17, wanted a motorcycle. Being a Good Parent, I told him: “You can have one if you assemble one or make one ‘go’ with your own hands”… Figuring I had it knocked and there was “No Frigging Way” he could do that, I relaxed in the glory that he would NEVER have the “life of sin” I had on a motorcycle. (Well… 3 really, there were certain “percussive disassembly” events involved…) So, turns out the guy 2 houses down has a Honda 360 he parked 20+ years ago and he gives it to The Kid… Long story short, about 1 KilloBuck later I’ve bought a “parts bike” that actually runs… unlike his “free” bike… and we are about $300 in tools bought into “making it go” in the back yard patio… So now, realizing HE is going to “make one go with his own hands”, I have to be able to Ride With Him… So I buy “my dream” a Honda 500 CC water cooled shaft drive bike for $700 and then, in an OMG what do you mean there are no parts? fit, buy another one for $250 as a “parts bike” that runs… if you wrap the fuses in aluminium foil…

    So… time passes….

    And The Kid and I are riding our respective bikes around the semi-rural roads… I’m getting “Up Close and PERSONAL” with any vehicle that looks like it will approximate 20 yards of The Kid and giving the Evil Eye to the drivers from about 2 feet outside their window… “Hey, I’m OLD, and I DO NOT CARE, so you will pay HIM about $2 million in damages if you get close to HIM as I’m going to lay this sucker down under your tires and scream HALLELUJAH as I do it!!!!” Strange how folks can see “Death Wish” in your eyes… and back off…

    Meanwhile, spouse is at home trying to decide if we are crazy, or just have early onset dementia, or does she love Her Son enough to knee-cap me to prevent The Rides from happening….

    Well, lucky for me, after 1/2 dozen rides, the Son has other things to do and I’m “not available” enough and he goes off to college (as it takes a LOT of time to make one working bike out of two… especially when Dad can’t quite remember what to do at that particular important point… ) so, in short, I’m “relieved of duty” as The Son goes off to college…

    OTOH, my first rides were solo. Not a soul looking out for me. Honda Trail 90, then a Honda 175 (that, IMHO, was the Best Bike Ever and I’d have one today if they still existed. Freeway speed capable and yet light enough you could horse them around…) and the Kawasaki 250? two stroke that would pop a wheely in 1st, 2nd, 3rd without trying hard to stop it, and likely 4th with any encouragement… and didn’t like to run under 70 in 4th without plug fowling and then there was 5th gear…

    Did I ever mention the August Ride to Oregon where we AVERAGED over 100 MPH including gas stops? And only one involved “losing a cop” as we exceeded his speed and then killed lights and exited to under an overpass… All after sundown / midnight in August… 250 miles in a little over 2 hours… I really liked 5th Gear ;-)

    And, it seems, I lived…. Despite 2 out of 3 bikes being effectively destroyed under me… but I digress… only one involved blindness and brain trauma… and that only for a few hours…

    Did I mention I got in the grill of anyone coming close to my kid? I’m talking “I can punch you out from here” close to the driver… Something about knowing the end game “gave me wings’.. or punch reach… or something…

    BTW, many years later The Kid rode a Harley at Sturgis AND got paid for it…

    Seems he was working for K&N Filters at the time and “Had To” work sales at Sturgis…

    Have you ever had that moment where Your Kid is “Living Your Dream” and really are considering whether or not it is legal to have Revenge Killing for them “Living Your Dream”? /sarc;

    Whatever…

    So “Someday” there will be this “Seventy Something” towing a Viagra Banner at Sturgis as I try to capture maybe 1/10 of what The Son had in his moment…

  49. E.M.Smith says:

    @Jim2:

    Yes, there will be A Lot of “Forensic Archaeology” about “crap” stored all over the place. Some of it I will clearly keep. My “Mac In a Sack” from about 1983 at Amdahl when in the UTS / Unix group and we needed ASCII terminals in an IBM “no ASCII need apply” world, so we bought our own. It need not work, I’m keeping it. OTOH, my “canonical collection of Weed Whackers” when I’ve never bought one and others have put them in my garage? Dumpster food.

    I think I have over 5, of which maybe one will work…

    I’m debating if I ought to keep my canonical collection of AOL CDs from the 80s… and the Linux with Media packages in 3.5″ floppy and CD formats… (I still have ONE White Box PC with a 5 inch floppy drive… so reading 3.5″ floppy disks is well in my capabilities… if the machine still boots… )

    So, yes, it will be interesting looking for the Miners Lamp. OTOH, I have a LOT of similar things to watch for…

  50. another ian says:

    And the pot simmers up

    “Reported Chinese Defector With Information About Wuhan Lab Possibly Related to Sun Lijun, Former Chinese Deputy Minister of Public Security
    June 4, 2021 | Sundance | 93 Comments”

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2021/06/04/reported-chinese-defector-with-information-about-wuhan-lab-possibly-related-to-sun-lijun-former-chinese-deputy-minister-of-public-security/

  51. another ian says:

    Might show a reason that Oz isn’t flavour of the month with China too

  52. jim2 says:

    What with such an aged collection of stuff EM, you will probably need 3 – 6 40 yard dumpsters depending on what needs to get cleaned up out of the yard.

  53. H.R. says:

    @jim2 – It is surprising how much stuff one has after 30 years in a house :)

    Sounds like you’ve been there, done that, and got the t-shirt.
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    Don’t forget that E.M. plans to move some stuff each time he transports a car to Florida, but still… that’s going to be a lot of stuff left, eh?

  54. E.M.Smith says:

    FWIW, I’ve been on a Mad Slam to recover an aged Server that died. Just finished the “Hail Mary” and it looks like it worked. (Found replacement 15 year old hardware on Craigslist, transplanted disks… turns out the squealing sound I could not locate was not the disks ( I think maybe the CPU fan bearing and if CPU fan sent fault, it would crash? Maybe… supposedly PSU was recently replaced…)

    Doing clean backup of main data disk now. (Have another backup but not sure the age…) This is a good way to test the disk anyway.

    NOW I can start my “weekend”…

    Per “Stuff”:

    One big feature is that I have a relatively small house. Another is that a lot of the “soft goods” furniture is just used up. It’s going to the curb for “free pickup”. Also we get “free pickup” for any yard waste. Ditto things like cardboard of other recyclables. So not too much furniture not too much “stuff”. It’s just the “garage full of boxes” where I need to go through them and make some decisions, the 4 filing cabinets of “Old Documents” that are likely shredder food now (closed my company a decade+ ago) and the 10 x 10 office full of a collection of old computer “stuff” that has at times been a “lifesaver” (see above story… so I now have 2 more “parts boxes” in the office… yes, I bought 2 as a set cheap) I’d started tossing some of my old gear, but now I need to get serious about it.

    There’s a remarkably large percentage of “stuff” that gets picked up for “recycle” free here.

    I’m down from 6 “White box PCs” of AMD 400 MHz class to just one or maybe two. (One was my original port of GIStemp and there’s a photo of it up… I’ll likely keep that one as a memento ;-) but the HP Vectra from the 80s? is likely “good to go”… And maybe the Compaq Evo with XP on it ;-)

    Then there’s other stuff I’ll likely never use again. My cross country and downhill skiis, for example, and a set of plastic snow sleds / sliding dishes for the “kids” who are now in their 30s…

    The other nice bit is that I have a large workbench and set of wall cabinets in the Garage (installed when a neighbor renovated and was throwing it out) that all will stay. Just need to move the contents (which is a lot smaller). Will likely sell some tools too. Like I don’t think I’ll need 2 air compressors and a 16d Nail Gun anymore… nor the auxiliary air tank. The lawn mower has started making a bit of noise and is wearing through the plastic deck, so it’s for recycle when we leave too.

    But that will be for Another Day…

    Today is just enjoying a computer up, running, no squeeeelling noises and no crashing ;-)

  55. another ian says:

    “Interesting Timing – Obama Administration Lifted Block on “Gain of Function Research” Just Eleven Days Before President Trump Took Office, January 9, 2017
    June 5, 2021 | Sundance | 273 Comments”

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2021/06/05/interesting-timing-obama-administration-lifted-block-on-gain-of-function-research-just-eleven-days-before-president-trump-took-office-january-9-2017/

  56. another ian says:

    “Anyone interested in taking a deep dive into what Ivermectin might be able to do in regards to covid should grab a pot of coffee and start going over the information on this website. ”

    http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2021/06/04/ivermectin/

    Links to

    https://covid19criticalcare.com/

  57. Power Grab says:

    Re: ceiling heights

    A few decades, I went with a group to Belize. The building we stayed in in Belize City had walls that didn’t reach the ceilings. There was at least a foot between the top of the walls and the ceilings.

    Has anyone else lived in a building like that?

  58. another ian says:

    Called out!

    “Thank You North Face”

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2021/06/05/thank-you-north-face/

    Poetry on the run starts at

    “John Bell
    June 5, 2021 2:42 pm
    You know the south side of Detroit is the greenest part of town, and if you go down there you better be aware of a man named Leroy Brown. He has a custom Prius hybrid, and a plug-in Tesla too, he has solar panels up on his roof, and he wears eco-friendly shoes. And he’s green, green Leroy Brown, the greenest guy in the whole dang town…
    So come on and add your own verses. Anyone?”

  59. E.M.Smith says:

    @PowerGrab:

    Strange you would mention that…

    The home I grew up in was a 3 bedroom house. Mum & Dad took the main bedroom. 2 Sisters took the other one. 3rd Sister and me were in the 3rd one. OK at 7 y.o., not so good at later…

    So Dad put up “My Room” in what was nominally the “dining room” via an 8 foot tall partition and end with a door. Ceiling about 12 foot. About 5 foot by 8 foot, maybe. I was thrilled to have my own room, as was my Sister at having a room to herself.

    Later, Dad finished out the attic ( I “helped” ;-) and my “room” downstairs was removed as I had a Very Large upstairs bedroom. One that I loved, as I had a SWL (Short Wave Radio Listener) antenna out my window to the back fence. Probably about an 80 foot “long wire” antenna. Plus I had “clean air” (later figured out I was allergic to Dad’s tobacco smoke, so isolated air space helped A LOT). At the time I thought I “loved the cold” as, in the car, opening a “wing” to blow cold air on me had me feeling a LOT better. Again, Dad smoking, fresh air on me and I could breath…

    Only once in college did I figure out it wasn’t COLD air that mattered, but FRESH air devoid of tobacco smoke. Seems non-smoking women with smoker husbands tend to produce kids allergic to tobacco smoke….

    At any rate… I lived for a year or 2 in a “room” that was basically an 8 foot partition and an end of about 4 or 5 foot with a door in it; all planted in a bigger room of 12 foot ceiling height. And loved it. My “First Room”. And no, I didn’t care that it was “studs” on my side and sheetrock on the other. No enclosed surface on my side. I rather liked seeing how it was made as studs and all in front of me.

    I still cherish that “room” as a memory. My bed was an “army cot”. Wooden legs and canvas. I was happy as could be. Don’t really need more than that, even now. A cot, some blankets or sleeping bag, and an enclosure. Substantially what I’m making in my Subaru, now that I think about it. “Your own space”… still makes me tear up… Thanks Dad!

  60. another ian says:

    Buildings out here progressed from slab huts to sawn timber but only for one cladding. That started as studs inside and moved to studs outside.

  61. jim2 says:

    It’s getting hot in Georgia! One of the individuals caught on tape late on election night in Fulton County, Georgia, Wandrea Shaye Moss, has been subpoenaed for a deposition in a civil trial in Fulton County.

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/06/breaking-ruby-freemans-daughter-election-supervisor-wandrea-shaye-moss-subpoenaed-deposition-fulton-county-ga/

  62. jim2 says:

    The yellow ballot counting section has been removed and replaced with forensic audit tables …

    Now it appears that they are blowing through nearly 2 pallets per day. With this pace, we can expect the hand counting process to be finished this week!

    With the increase in forensic tables, we should see this audit completed in its entirety very soon.

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/06/arizona-audit-third-shift-counts-ballots-night-hand-count-begins-wind-latest-numbers/

  63. H.R. says:

    @another ian re studs outside:

    I don’t recall ever seeing that type of construction here in the States. I can see how that would catch on. There’s no need to add interior wall boards or plaster. If they cared to, exterior siding could be added later. Just guessing… maybe stone walls were put between the studs over time? That would look nice and add some sturdiness. Also, like the adobe houses in our desert Southwest, the stone would help with the heat.

    Perhaps it was different here in the States because the settlers here had a lot of forest to clear so they could farm. Log cabins of various sizes were the norm for starting out; no studs!

    On the prairies, the settlers made sod houses to start. Then they either went bust and went elsewhere, or made enough money to buy lumber and build a house.

    I’ll have to look at old photos in Oz and note the housing construction.

  64. E.M.Smith says:

    I once owned a house built with “California Wall” construction. This was done in the early flood of folks into the State pre-1900 IIRC. Planks running up and down make the wall. Stringers sideways hold them together near the middle. (at least I think that’s what it was). Top and bottom 2 x 4 or 2 x 6 beams frame around the floor planks and around the ceiling.

    The one I inherited had been “updated” by putting drywall on the inside and that had been done so long ago nobody remembered how it was constructed. I contracted some work to be done, and when they opened up the wall, it was an OMG moment ;-)

    In Hawaii, I stayed at a friends home (college age). They had interior studs, exterior planks going sideways. Paint on the inside and outside. That’s it.

    He said it was very common in Hawaii as there was no need for insulation…

  65. The True Nolan says:

    One more good video interview with a doctor speaking of Ivermectin. Best part (my opinion) is from 35:00 on.
    https://www.bitchute.com/video/rULiNFdlyFM1/

  66. The True Nolan says:

    @H.R.: “Oh yeah!! I have ceiling fans in just about every room. I even put two in the garage. Can’t have fans in the houses with 7′ ceilings, though… unless everyone is 5’5″ or shorter ”

    Just a reminder that most ceiling fans have a switch for forward or reverse rotation. I find that in winter it is better to blow the air upward, and in summer to blow the air downward. Also, while an honest 7 feet is pretty low, if you have even a bit higher you can use the fans which mount directly on the ceiling and do not have a hanger lowering them down.

  67. jim2 says:

    The Pentagon gave $39 MILLION to Dr. Peter Daszak’s EcoHealth Alliance – the charity that funded coronavirus research at the Wuhan lab accused of being the source of the outbreak, federal data reveals

    The Daily Mail

    Federal data seen by DailyMail.com reveals The Pentagon gave $39 million to EcoHealth Alliance, which funded a lab in Wuhan, China, between 2013 and 2020
    The Wuhan Institute of Virology is accused of being the source of Covid-19
    The majority of the DoD funding came from the DTRA, a military branch with a mission to ‘counter and deter weapons of mass destruction and improvised threat networks’
    Federal grant data assembled by independent researchers shows that the charity has received more than $123 million from the government in total
    EHA also received $64.7 million from the US Agency for International Development (USAID)
    EHA has also funded deeply controversial ‘gain of function’ experiments, where dangerous viruses are made more infectious to study their effect on human cells

    The Deep State is far too deep:

    In 2014 the Obama administration outlawed gain of function research, such as the experiments funded by EHA, after concerns were raised among scientists that it could lead to a global pandemic from a genetically enhanced virus escaping a lab.

    But EHA reportedly continued to legally fund the practice, using a loophole that allowed for the research in cases ‘urgently necessary to protect the public health or national security.’

    https://joannenova.com.au/2021/06/us-defence-sent-money-to-wuhan-lab-to-counter-weapons-of-mass-destruction-and-helped-create-one/

  68. jim2 says:

    Burn all the fossil fuels we like!!

    Insensitivity of global warming potentials to carbon dioxide emission scenarios

    https://www.nature.com/articles/366251a0

  69. another ian says:

    HR

    No stone or brick involved here that I’ve seen. Outer cladding is now quite common. Might even be insulated.

    Early thinking was the hot summers – forgot the winters which can get down to around -10C here. Enough that there is an old length of 1.5 inch water pipe that was frost split and attempted fix with solder.

  70. jim2 says:

    The Ghillie Kettle is a lightweight, portable, and super durable camping kettle for boiling water outdoors using twigs, grass, pine cones, and other small combustible materials; It was conceived in the United Kingdom in 1928, also known as a Volcano kettle…

    I just discovered this device today. Like a rocket stove custom built to boil water fast. Really cool. There is a video in the link:

    https://thetentairconditioner.com/ghillie-kettle-the-best-camping-kettle/

  71. jim2 says:

    Soros Backed Sheriff Penzone and the Maricopa County Board Wouldn’t Turn Over Router Data to AZ Senate Audit – He’s Now Likely Facing Contempt Charges In Another Case

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/06/soros-backed-sheriff-penzone-maricopa-county-board-wouldnt-turn-router-data-az-senate-audit-now-likely-facing-contempt-charges-another-case/

  72. Quail says:

    @jim2 I have one of those kettles- a Kelly Kettle. It can bring its full load of water to boil very quickly even with wet twigs, grass, and leaves. It is so fast and efficient that there is no standing around it warming your hands since you are scrambling to gather fuel. It just goes straight to boil-pour off-put out fire.

  73. another ian says:

    Quail

    “It is so fast and efficient that there is no standing around it warming your hands since you are scrambling to gather fuel.”

    Overtones there along the lines of the comparison between how the warmth obtained from Indian and white man fires.

  74. jim2 says:

    ian – the Ghillie and Kelly kettles ARE examples of a “white man” fire – just sayin’.

    Not all white men are the same and not all Indians are the same, so there’s that, too.

  75. E.M.Smith says:

    FWIW, I saw a report on this elsewhere first. RSBN? But here’s a written version:
    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/06/new-world-order-g7-finance-ministers-bow-janet-yellen-agree-raise-taxes-serfdoms-international-businesses-fill-government-trough/

    The G7 set of nations have decided to ALL put the squeeze on corporations via an agreed minimum tax. Supposedly to prevent corporations shopping for a lower tax rate. That only leaves about another 130 nations to go… so I’m not all that convinced at their reasons…

    Looks, to me, a bit more like all of the G7 agreeing to leach off of corporations at a guaranteed rate. As usual, devils will be in details. Is the “Minimum 15%” net of deductions? Or a 15% up front take? Is it on revenues, profits, or corporate worth? Right now it looks like just a general agreement to “take a bundle” and just what are the details of “the bundle” TBD by minions. But bottom line is that goods prices will rise as the tax take rises. Then, some companies will just leave G7 countries and go elsewhere. G7 are: Canada, USA, Germany, France, UK, Italy and Japan. Notable in their absence? Mexico, Brazil, China, South Korea, India, Spain, Ireland, and a whole lot more. Pretty easy to “re-candle” to one of them, or move production / profit centers to a “subsidiary” in one of them.

  76. rhoda klapp says:

    So six other nations get to decide tax issues in my nation? Sorry, I need the ability to kick out politicians whose policies I don’t like.

  77. H.R. says:

    Corporations don’t pay taxes. Corporations collect taxes.

    A lot of people know that, but even more people are ignorant of that fact. Those are the living-check-to-check people holding signs and chanting to “soak the rich and corporations.”

    Even low income people who pay no income tax pay taxes; gas, cigarettes, alcohol, sales tax, and anything purchased from a corporation.

    The pollies have been very successful in keeping people ignorant about who pays corporate taxes.

    And then there’s the VAT pyramid scheme… But that’s another rant for another day.

  78. jim2 says:

    Corporations should have zero taxes. A corporate tax is a tax on everyone with an IRA or 401K.

  79. rhoda klapp says:

    | have a universal rule. Expressed in UK English it states: ‘ The punter always pays’. In US English the punter means Joe and Josie Sixpack. The only people who ever pay tax because they can’t pass on it or pass it on.

  80. Ossqss says:

    I was pondering the CO2 footprint of a Tesla and wondered about the recycling costs of the batteries. Well, it was interesting to see how we currently do it, or really not, and what they are thinking. Quite energy intensive no matter. One wonders if the recycling footprint is added to the already fossil fuel intensive manufacturing process for a Tesla, if the ICE car would be greener? Just saying, smoke and mirrors are all around the green cloud.

    “In Europe, the batteries often end up at a recycling plant in Belgium, Germany or Canada. The raw material is incinerated, and copper and nickel from the batteries are recycled. But in this combustion process, the lithium is lost. ”

    https://phys.org/news/2019-12-lithium-recycled.html

  81. Quail says:

    @jim2 and another ian: Since I am both white and Indian, the fire is both. In the end, my cuppa tea is quickly made even in rain and severe cold.

    Just don’t use it in white man’s camper- the heat blasts from the top funnel and fries the ceiling. Stick to teepees.

  82. The True Nolan says:

    @E.M.: “Notable in their absence? Mexico, Brazil, China, South Korea, India, Spain, Ireland, and a whole lot more.”

    While collection of revenue might be a tertiary purpose of federal tax policies, I think the primary purpose is to reward or punish entities based on political reasons. The secondary purpose is to control social development and trends. My conclusion? The GEBs are not looking for revenue. They just want to increase the economic production of “Mexico, Brazil, China, South Korea, India, Spain, Ireland, and a whole lot more.”

  83. The True Nolan says:

    @Ossqss: Article regarding the CO2 of EV vs ICE:
    https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/inconvenient-truth-due-li-ions-heavy-carbon-footprint-evs-may-offer-negligible-co2

    A small turbocharged diesel is probably as good as thing can get, especially of the US relaxed its standards of crash safety and exhaust standards (and BOTH of those standards are, in my opinion, set too high.) And for any idealists out there, NO, “if we save even ONE life, it was worth it!” is not a rational standard.

    And anyway, why worry about CO2? Is that old myth still going around?

  84. jim2 says:

    NCLU … supporting the American way of life …

    https://www.nclu.com/about-us

  85. jim2 says:

    So Quail – r u saying you can get fries with that cuppa? Awesome!

  86. YMMV says:

    The True Nolan: https://www.bitchute.com/video/rULiNFdlyFM1/

    I think I’ve said it before, but it is worth repeating. This interview (Crime of the Century) needs to be spread far and wide. It is still up on YouTube too:

    As with the theory that Covid might have been a lab leak, once the MSM dam breaks, everybody will start talking about this. (And many will claim that they always did agree with IVM!) Too bad they plugged it up (censored it) for a year. Sadly, millions died unnecessarily and billions of others suffered.

  87. The True Nolan says:

    @YMMV: In my opinion (offered freely and worth every penny paid for it) the virus is NOT an accidental leak from China. Whether it was developed in China or developed here in the US and then sent to China, I cannot say. I think it more reasonable to believe that it was released on purpose in China by the GEBs, (aka Deep State, Globalist, etc.). If people did not fall for the natural origin story, then it would be easy to shift to the “China did it!” story. Their purpose? The petrodollar is failing. The virus serves to 1) justify TRILLIONS in free newly created dollars to those who are politically well connected as they suck the last bits of value out of the dollar. 2) give governmental agencies vast new extra-constitutional powers over citizens 3) help facilitate election fraud against Trump 4) cover up the failure of the repo market and the financial ripples coming from that 5) reduce the number and profitability of small businesses 6) give pharmaceutical companies a huge short term profit in vaccine development and sales 7) give pharmaceutical companies new long term sales on people damaged by vaccines 8) reduce the number of older, ill, and retired people requiring Social Security, Medicare, etc. 9) sterilize people of child bearing age to reduce population 10) kill off large numbers of people to reduce population.

    No one reason would be sufficient — but taken together they seem to form a network of inter-related goals, all of which are (at least to a psychopath) at least plausible, and many of them explicitly stated by the GEBs themselves. Time after time the officials have PREVENTED effective treatments from being used. Every action taken by the officials seems to have the effect of increasing the fear and panic to convince people to take the jab. When does a rational observer conclude that this long chain of actions is not ignorance or accident? There are already MANY reports of vaccine related damage and death. How many of the more-than-one-billion vaccine recipients will suffer long term damage?

  88. E.M.Smith says:

    @TTN:

    For me, the INTENSE “Bums Rush” on “vaccination” (really an experimental gene therapy device) and the similarly INTENSE denigration of therapies shown to work pretty much confirms that this is being “promoted for effect”. The only argument I see is “Never let a disaster go to waste” vs “create a disaster for effect then exploit it”.

    From the incidental indicia, it looks very much like this was “in line with a plan”, if not the plan itself. You had the table-top “Covid pandemic” war game, you had Fauci funding “Gain Of Function” in China. You have Gates funding and developing “sterilization vaccines”. That fits a pattern of intent rather well.

    BUT:

    I don’t see indicia that they were quite ready yet. A lot of the actions seem a bit chaotic and ill coordinated. Like Fauci “no mask, yes mask, 2 masks, no masks”. A coordinated plan would have been less full of flip-flops as they would have the play book… Similarly that individual nations were way “off page” implies the GEBs had not yet got “the right people” in all the right places.

    Finally, that “patient zero” looks to have been identified as either a Lab Worker or their spouse… that’s “accidental release” not “planned”. For Planned they would have picked some semi-urban village near the bat range. Enough to have effective spread, but not as suspicious as just across the street from the lab. They also likely would seed a few villages around the perimeter so as to assure effectiveness.

    Yes, I know that’s a “negative space” analysis. (What ought to be but isn’t). Weaker than hard evidence, but often effective at pointing the way.

    My Take:

    Given that, my take on things is that the plan was “in the works” and the GEBs had started the war gaming and indoctrination of The Right People, also had the devo underway in China, hidden from view. Were, most likely, about 6 months to a year away from execution. Then the damn thing got loose on them. Early enough that Trump was able to get on top of finding therapeutics and getting several vaccine candidates into the pipeline. That meant they had to “dirty up:” his actions and the effective therapeutics. Plus they had to leave some details up in the air by country (masks, quarantine protocol) and accept that some countries were off the reservation on therapeutics.

    So it all looks just a bit rushed, sloppy, and with not enough tracks covered.

    IMHO, the Furan Cleavage site, which is entirely alien to the bats covids, is hard evidence of a lab based gene splice. It is from a lab, and the lab is in Wuhan.

    You can argue over the question of “sloppy technique let it out” vs “GEB Operative opened a vial on purpose in the lab”. There’s no way to ever know, sans security video tapes. But after that it sure looks like everything was unfolding according to a scripted plan, even if some places and people had to ad-lib more than hoped. Also unknown is the degree of Globalist European & American GEBs cooperation and coordination with China CCP Families (like the Mafia, it’s 50 families run China). One, the other, both working together?

    The other place where it’s “unclear” to dodgy is the degree of effect on fertility. There is clearly some, in that lower sperm counts post Covid and miscarriage on vaccination are both known. But IMHO it is far far lower than Mr. Gates et. al. have hoped for from their Sterility Vaccine programs (likely tested in Nicaragua, where after a “Maternal Tetanus” program the birth rate dropped for a few years). We’ll find out over the next 1/2 decade or so of birth statistics. Also watch for variations by nation and continent ( I’d not put it past them to ship different types of “vaccine” to different populations…)

    For now, to me, it looks like the fertility reduction goal is a dud, or at best a very small percentage.

    The rest pretty much looks like they were on path to accomplishment. I do also note in passing that folks “getting clue” about therapeutics, and the rapid advance of treatments and nutritional support of the innate immune system has likely also blunted the degree to which the elderly were killed off. Heck, I’m still here.

    IMHO, it was an accidental early release (based on opinion not facts in evidence), then exploited per the “plan in progress” as best they could (based on evidence of their actions), with significant but only partial accomplishment of “goals” (based on observations of effects vs estimates of goals and their public statements).

    But does it really change anything if it accidentally escaped in Oct-Nov 2019 one or two mods short of full function destruction instead of May-June 2020 with most extreme paranoia arriving in time for the election? With proper seeding it would have spread faster than the accidental release, so mostly you lose the time up to April of slow spread…

    So I don’t see the point of worrying that detail. It is the furan cleavage and excessive ACE-2 binding that beg the questions: Who? and Why?

  89. Compu Gator says:

    jim2 commented on 7 June 2021 at 11:53 am GMT:

    Not all white men are the same and not all Indians are the same, so there’s that, too.

    Yay!  The rarely seen but one-&-only logically correct expression of the assertion:

        ¬all(x) ∧ ¬all(y).

    O.k., probably also

        ¬∀x ∧ ¬∀y,

    but I’m anxious that there I’d be overlooking something.

  90. E.M.Smith says:

    A bit more down in the genetic weeds:

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/experts-explain-damning-evidence-that-covid-19-was-deliberately-altered-in-a-lab

    The two explained that in gain-of-function research, a spike protein is altered for the purpose of making a virus more transmissible or lethal. A specific genomic sequence, CGG-CGG (known as “double CGG”), they said, has “never been found naturally” in “the entire class of coronaviruses that includes CoV-2.” They explained that natural processes could not create a sequence combination if it “isn’t present in any other virus.”

    Although the double CGG is suppressed naturally, the opposite is true in laboratory work. The insertion sequence of choice is the double CGG. That’s because it is readily available and convenient, and scientists have a great deal of experience inserting it. An additional advantage of the double CGG sequence compared with the other 35 possible choices: It creates a useful beacon that permits the scientists to track the insertion in the laboratory.

    Now the damning fact. It was this exact sequence that appears in CoV-2. Proponents of zoonotic origin must explain why the novel coronavirus, when it mutated or recombined, happened to pick its least favorite combination, the double CGG. Why did it replicate the choice the lab’s gain-of-function researchers would have made?
    […]
    There is additional scientific evidence that points to CoV-2’s gain-of-function origin. The most compelling is the dramatic differences in the genetic diversity of CoV-2, compared with the coronaviruses responsible for SARS and MERS.

    Both of those were confirmed to have a natural origin; the viruses evolved rapidly as they spread through the human population, until the most contagious forms dominated. Covid-19 didn’t work that way. It appeared in humans already adapted into an extremely contagious version. No serious viral “improvement” took place until a minor variation occurred many months later in England.

    Such early optimization is unprecedented, and it suggests a long period of adaptation that predated its public spread. Science knows of only one way that could be achieved: simulated natural evolution, growing the virus on human cells until the optimum is achieved. That is precisely what is done in gain-of-function research. Mice that are genetically modified to have the same coronavirus receptor as humans, called “humanized mice,” are repeatedly exposed to the virus to encourage adaptation.

  91. Simon Derricutt says:

    On the news is that Jeff Bezos is taking his brother with him to the edge of space in the first passenger flight next month.

    I suppose it’s because he’s not heavy….

    (I’ll get my coat on the way out….)

  92. jim2 says:

    CG – I guess it is true that every man is different from every other man. Also true, some men are different than other men. That being said, English isn’t the same thing as logic … i.e. it’s … well … err … different.

  93. another ian says:

    FWIW

    “Sorry Jo,

    I went too early on the John E Hoover youtube teaser

    The Emergency Use Authority for these ‘Vaccines’ and the tests apparently violate US Code.

    Not because of HCQ & Invermectin, but because they approved Fauci’s Remdesivir.

    Could be expensive for those drug companies. Looks like they tried the fridge gas / Montreal protocol and it has cost many people more than just a new fridge.”

    https://joannenova.com.au/2021/06/us-defence-sent-money-to-wuhan-lab-to-counter-weapons-of-mass-destruction-and-helped-create-one/#comment-2432618

  94. jim2 says:

    Simon Derricutt – let me help you with that coat!

  95. YMMV says:

    I think someone here linked to this (or an article which was based on this):
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9652287/The-Pentagon-funneled-39million-charity-funded-Wuhan-lab.html
    “The Pentagon gave $39 MILLION to Dr. Peter Daszak’s EcoHealth Alliance – the charity that funded coronavirus research at the Wuhan lab accused of being the source of the outbreak, federal data reveals”
    The plot twists. We thought it was CCP creating the Wuhan Virus. And China said, no it was the US. This article says US money to develop the virus in China. How twisted is that?

    “The grant was categorized as ‘scientific research – combating weapons of mass destruction.”
    So the Pentagon pays China to find out what would happen if a virus was released.
    Obviously the thinking was “better to test it in China” (I know, racist).
    Which implies that if China released it on home ground, it was accidental on their part.
    And, nobody expected it to go world-wide pandemic, and certainly not that fast. Not so good for a weapon (unless you have the antidote. Which is IVM, although it is not clear if China knows this).
    As a WMD, you would expect it to be released on enemy territory, by something more fancy than free seeds in the mail.

    But Big Tech, Big Pharma, and Big Govt are all in.

  96. E.M.Smith says:

    @YMMV:

    There’s a curious intersection of Greedy Evil Bastards (GEBs) and Idiots On Parade. (IOP aka Useful Idiots).

    That they interact is not the problem. That the GEBs try to use the IOP is not the problem.

    The problem is that I can’t tell them apart anymore…

    Bezos being a crash test dummy for his rocket AND taking his brother with him for a “2 fer” if anything goes wrong. Gates wanting to sterilize millions with a “vaccine” and publicly talking about it. (Bonus points for wanting to dim the sun during record cold / snow events in a solar minimum) Biden trying to finish a sentence (coherent or not…). Xi saying he thinks a nuclear war with the USA could be a feature for China (glow in the dark much? Know what ONE Trident sub can do?). The EU Collective pissing on the UK as they seem to think that will cause them to want to rejoin that club… Davos Idiots thinking “You will own nothing” is motivating to The Poor of the world. Just amazing…

  97. The True Nolan says:

    @E.M.: “Given that, my take on things is that the plan was “in the works” and the GEBs had started the war gaming and indoctrination of The Right People, also had the devo underway in China, hidden from view. Were, most likely, about 6 months to a year away from execution. Then the damn thing got loose on them.”

    That is certainly possible. I would agree that it does indeed look like it was in the planning but got rushed. The question is, what rushed it? Was it an early accidental release? Or was there some other factor which made them decide to start the program early? As stated, I lean toward the early release but done on purpose, but I am not so certain that I can be dogmatic. It will be interesting to see if any more information leaks out to clarify the timeline. Either way, whether accident or on purpose, I can only hope that the long term effects of this do not outweigh the short term damage already inflicted. GEBs…(shaking my head)

    Shifting gears for a moment. It certainly looks like they are trying once again to bring Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming back into center stage. Your work here on your blog was the deciding factor that truly and deeply convinced me that CAGW was a hoax. I hope that anyone reading here but not familiar with your work on that will dive back into the early years of your blogging and take a peek.

  98. The True Nolan says:

    @SimonD: “I suppose it’s because he’s not heavy….”

    I am stuck midway between admiration and disgust. :)

  99. E.M.Smith says:

    @TTN:

    I’m not very active on the “sciency” part of things lately, largely as I’ve come to understand that the “Science” of Global Warming is entirely a facade for the purpose of giving the patina of Authority to the whole Global Warming Hoax. It was a Very Sad Day for me to realize that Virgo Science was so easily turned into a Money Bitch for those bought off…

    Oddly, I’d seen this in about 1976? when I was talking to “A Guy” at UCD Engineering Dept about the potential of Bio-Fuels in Diesels. This “Professor” was entirely interested in how much someone might grant for such a research. (FWIW, I have a “Thank you letter” from Caricom Caribbean Common Market, for my suggestion that they could make home grown fuels from their native fats and oils via bio-fuels for Diesels… yet they did nothing )

    A good 1/2 Century ago, mid Arab Oil Embargo, I was advocating for home grown fuels and what is now known as “Bio-Diesel”. At least I have a “Thank You Letter” in a frame for it….

    It seems that I am often a few decades ahead of “my” time…

    As per “Global Warming”:

    I’m pretty sure that the world will not hear me, not the hundreds of others with more credentials. We’ve already got record cold and snow and…. nothing changes in the narrative.

    I suppose some are destined to always “lose” and then be found virtuous and right in history. So be it. It is a war between the honest and real scientific vs the lairs, political manipulators, and faux Sciency just give me money whores. Who wins, TBD later…

    I don’t care. I’ll die soon enough. All I care about is a silly addiction to “the truth” and trying to assure the Greedy Evil Bastards do not so screw up the world that my kids have no chance…

  100. Paul, Somerset says:

    It’s the next leak of an enhanced coronavirus which concerns me, owing to the Hoskins effect of repeated vaccinations. This is related to the phenomenon of Original Antigenic Sin, which states that a person’s first exposure to a class of virus determines their subsequent reaction to similar viruses.

    It means that if you later encounter a virus which hasn’t drifted too much from the original one, you’ll be equipped to combat it. This is probably why most people are barely troubled by the Sars-2 virus – it’s similar enough to one or more of the four other circulating human coronaviruses that as long as your general health and immune system are functioning, you can deal with it, because you’re already primed.

    But, if the later virus you encounter has drifted sufficiently from the one which first infected you, then not only will your immune response fail, your body also fails to adapt to combat the new variant, and that’s when you’re in real trouble.

    Now, this phenomenon has been observed with flu vaccinations. Flu vaccines sufficiently similar to the 1918 Spanish flu, for instance, have been found to boost the immune response of survivors of that epidemic. But – and this is the Hoskins effect – repeated flu vaccinations against similar types of flu virus can result in a poorer than normal immune response against a flu virus noticeably different from the one against which you’ve had repeated inoculations. This was especially noticeable in 2009.

    This article explains how this phenomenon has been investigated, and is still apparently rather mysterious:
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5853211/

    Coming back to the current Covid19 vaccines, and their boosters, this paper, from a team at the Mount Sinai Medical Center, were looking at the separate phenomenon of Antibody Dependent Enhancement:
    https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.03.07.21253098v2

    Worryingly they found that the ratio of binding (nonneutralizing) antibodies to neutralizing antibodies increased as the overall antibody titer fell in the weeks past injection with the Covid19 vaccine. So, ADE is still something which is definitely on.

    But they also found something which I found disturbing – that there was, in their words, “an original antigenic-sin like backboost to seasonal human coronaviruses OC43 and HKU1.” In other words, the vaccines boosted the immune response to those old coronaviruses in people who’d previously encountered them. Which, on the face of it, is a nice bonus of the vaccines. But, as Hoskins found, these things work both ways. Repeated booster vaccinations against the current Sars-2 virus will leave you in possibly mortal danger if or when the next enhanced coronavirus leaks from a lab. Could it be that your body will recognize a spike protein on a new virus as similar enough to the one you’ve been receiving these repeated vaccinations for to attack it, but fail to neutralize it if it’s been engineered to be sufficiently different? And, at the same time, would it suppress your body from manufacturing the correct, effective antibodies?

    To go full tin-foil-hat on this, this would make the vaccines themselves the weapon, and any one of the other lab-enhanced coronaviruses the trigger.

    I’d really, really like somebody on here to point out where I’ve misunderstood all this and got it all wrong. Thanks.

  101. jim2 says:

    I’ve been vaccinated. My ivermectin stands at the ready. Biology is very complicated and certainly not entirely understood. Only time will tell.

  102. Ossqss says:

    I would say, knowing if this was genetically enhanced is a central “Need to Know”/

    After this many months, why don’t we? Just sayin>

  103. jim2 says:

    I had a flu shot every year for decades as have many. On that front at least, so far so good.

  104. jim2 says:

    The government has failed us in many ways, including and especially COVID 19.

  105. E.M.Smith says:

    @Paul, Somerset:

    I’d like to poke holes in your understanding. I really would. But I can’t.

    It is all a great unknown what will happen. It is largely, for that reason, that I’ve avoided the “vaccination” and gone with Ivermectin prophylaxis instead. “So far, so good” (almost 2 years into it and being in one of the Hot Bed Centers…)

    My children, unfortunately, have gotten “the jab”. We’ll see where this ends up.

    I’m presently shopping for land where I can set up an enclave for them, or their children, to isolate away from everyone else and just not engage with “whatever” is to come. I’ll be set up in about 8 months (I think).

    I’m doing what I can. Lord knows if that is enough.

  106. YMMV says:

    If you have not yet read this, it looks into the clues that the virus came from a lab and was designed to infect humans.
    https://thebulletin.org/2021/05/the-origin-of-covid-did-people-or-nature-open-pandoras-box-at-wuhan/

  107. Ossqss says:

    I would tell, if you want a distraction, watch “The food that built America” when the opportunity presents itself. No matter the episode, they all are quite interesting. I am part of the equations. and maths. LOL!

  108. p.g.sharrow says:

    The Chinese Dr that published his report on this “New Corona virus at the end of 2019 said that those that had the worst of it were young Army people that had been vaccinated against SARS-Corona. He published as was required by International health treaties A week or so later he and his report were vanished because of Chinese National security. Then the Chinese, WHO, CDC, and others started their propaganda campaign while China seeded the world with their Bio-weapon. Everything that we have seen from Official sources has been to maximize the “crisis” while reading between the lines has taught us a great deal about this actual flu and how to minimize it’s effects.
    Why is the Government using every effort to force us into accepting a unproven experimental shot that by their own words is not a inoculation that will prevent infection from the disease?

  109. beththeserf says:

    Mebbe got a fertility control in it? or Mebbe just $$ ?

  110. another ian says:

    Something different

    “Australian Federal Police and FBI nab criminal underworld figures in worldwide sting using encrypted app”

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-06-08/fbi-afp-underworld-crime-bust-an0m-cash-drugs-murder/100197246

    Via A comment at Jo Nova

  111. jim2 says:

    Ossqss – I would add to that “The Men Who Built America” and “The Cars That Built America.” I really enjoyed those as well as the food-oriented one.

  112. H.R. says:

    p.g.sharrow: “Why is the Government using every effort to force us into accepting a unproven experimental shot that by their own words is not a inoculation that will prevent infection from the disease?”

    The Mrs. watches Tucker Carlson most evenings. If I’m not out fishing, I’m paying my usual half-attention to the T.V.

    Last week Tucker spent a few days roasting FauXi. Tucker played a clip of the Congressional hearings and FauXi testimony.

    This segment perked up my ears. FauXi was asked how many at the CDC had been vaccinated. He replied that it was about 60%.

    Tucker then went into the implications of that: 40% of the CDC are leery of the vaccines! These are the people “in the know” from break room chatter and office gossip, and they’re not having anything to do with the vaccines.

    How many of the 60% felt pressured to get the vaccines? After all, bureaucrats keep their heads down and try to avoid being labeled “not a team player.”
    .
    .
    .
    So to answer your question with a question, p.g., why is the government insisting on “Vaccines for thee and not for me?”

  113. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    Maybe the “underworld” needs to understand why “Open Source” matters and why a “closed app” from some random is not a good idea….

  114. Steven Fraser says:

    @EM: On the effect of Clouds on temperature: Over at NoTricksZone, a new post (about a study) re: the W/m^2 changes associated with high-latitude Northern Hemisphere cloudiness. I found it very interesting, and thought you might as well.

  115. AC Osborn says:

    Steven, then you will probably like the charts on Climate4You, he has a complete section on clouds.

    There is also another study on Albedo by Zoe on Zoe’s Insights here on Albedo

    https://phzoe.com/2021/06/01/on-albedo/

    and an addition to it at Erl Happs site here

    https://reality348.wordpress.com/2021/06/07/questions/

  116. H.R. says:

    @Ossqss – I’m thinking somebody in India got paid or else they “got an offer they couldn’t refuse.”

    The data on Ivermectin doesn’t warrant that kind of abrupt action.

  117. jim2 says:

    Interesting the Delta variant emerged from India, a country with a low vaccination rate – little selective pressure from vaccines.

    The coronavirus variant driving India’s devastating Covid-19 second wave is the most infectious to emerge so far. Doctors now want to know if it’s also more severe.

    Hearing impairment, severe gastric upsets and blood clots leading to gangrene, symptoms not typically seen in Covid patients, have been linked by doctors in India to the so-called delta variant. In England and Scotland, early evidence suggests the strain — which is also now dominant there — carries a higher risk of hospitalization.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-06-07/gangrene-hearing-loss-point-to-delta-variant-being-more-severe

  118. jim2 says:

    New Delhi:

    The Union Health Ministry’s Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) has issued revised guidelines for the management of Covid patients, dropping ivermectin, hydroxychloroquine and favipiravir – three widely-used drugs – from its list of approved treatment options. The guidelines, however, differ from those provided by the Health Ministry, which recommends both ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine.

    https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/ivermectin-hcq-doxycycline-dropped-from-covid-treatment-list-by-health-ministry-2458144

  119. another ian says:

    More on “clouds”

    “Thread for the Broken Web: Many big sites down?”

    I’m linking via this interesting comment

    https://joannenova.com.au/2021/06/thread-for-the-broken-web-many-big-sites-down/#comment-2433001

  120. The True Nolan says:

    @Ossqss: India removing Ivermectin as a treatment?! I am at a loss for words. I cannot help but think of the tens of thousands (maybe more) of people who will now suffer needlessly. My God, what is wrong with these people? Psychopath is too mild a word.

  121. another ian says:

    “Pangolins and Bats, Oh My”

    Wet market sales figures

    http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2021/06/08/pangolins-and-bats-oh-my/

  122. Ossqss says:

    We must recognize Amazon turned on their “I am gonna share your network connection” via our sidewalk app today, unless you opt out before hand. How many people do you think knew about that? Albeit, MS did updates also today.

    So, anyhow.

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/who-chief-scientist-served-legal-notice-in-india-for-allegedly-suppressing-data-on-drug-to-treat-covid-19_3848865.html?utm_source=partner&utm_campaign=ZeroHedge

  123. Ossqss says:

    I think we need a mashup to stay alive :-)

  124. another ian says:

    “Cleveland Clinic Study Shows No Benefit From Vaccine For Those Who Previously Had COVID, No Need to Vaccinate Those With Antibodies
    June 8, 2021 | Sundance”

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2021/06/08/cleveland-clinic-study-shows-no-benefit-from-vaccine-for-those-who-previously-had-covid-no-need-to-vaccinate-those-with-antibodies/

  125. E.M.Smith says:

    Interesting point made at about 16 minute mark.

    Wuhan is 1000 miles from the place the Bat live…

    Laura Trump interviewing Jack Posobiec

  126. another ian says:

    “The silver fox domestication experiment”

    https://evolution-outreach.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12052-018-0090-x

    Note the ending

  127. another ian says:

    Update – 800 crims arrested

    “Magnificent job in keeping this secret for so long.
    Wednesday, 09 June 2021″”

    https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2021/06/magnificent-job-in-keeping-this-secret-for-so-long.html

  128. E.M.Smith says:

    Another creator dumps EwTube and sets up his own site.

    Mahyartousi covers events in the UK from a conservative POV.

    https://mahyartousi.co.uk/

  129. E.M.Smith says:

    Interesting interview w/ Dr. Mornier

  130. H.R. says:

    This one is for Compu Gator (and E.M. and a couple of others)

  131. another ian says:

    Mining SDA

    Seems we’ve had the wrong outlook on “if no double standards no standards at all”

    Actually it seems “Double standards twice as good”

    http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2021/06/09/june-9-2021-reader-tips/#comment-1454771

    And

    “I think everyone asked a health question at a business or similar place ask a question back.

    My fave would be are your tubes tied/have you had a vasectomy?

    Why?

    Because it is not in the greater good you multiply.

    Any other ideas?”

    http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2021/06/09/june-9-2021-reader-tips/#comment-1454763

  132. AC Osborn says:

    Ossqss says: 9 June 2021 at 2:41 am
    The Indian DG of Health has just withdrawn approval for the use of Iveremectin, HCQ, doxycycline, zinc and vitamins.
    The WHO is very happy.

  133. jim2 says:

    On Tuesday Morning, OAN’s Christina Bobb reported that delegations from Georgia, Alaska, and Colorado are inside of the Veterans Memorial Coliseum for a tour of the historic Arizona audit process.

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/06/huge-development-three-different-states-tour-arizona-audit-floor-expected-every-day-week-video/

  134. jim2 says:

    The Mumbai-based IBA is an association of lawyers who strive to bring transparency and accountability to the Indian justice system. It is actively involved in the dissemination of legal knowledge and provides guidance and support to advocates and ordinary people in their fight for justice.

    The legal notice says Dr Swaminathan has been:

    “Running a disinformation campaign against Ivermectin by deliberate suppression of effectiveness of drug Ivermectin as prophylaxis and for treatment of COVID-19, despite the existence of large amounts of clinical data compiled and presented by esteemed, highly qualified, experienced medical doctors and scientists,”

    and

    “Issuing statements in social media and mainstream media, thereby influencing the public against the use of Ivermectin and attacking the credibility of acclaimed bodies/institutes like ICMR and AIIMS, Delhi, which have included ‘Ivermectin’ in the ‘National Guidelines for COVID-19 management’.”
    The IBA states that legal action is being taken against Dr Swaminathan in order to stop her from causing further damage to the lives of citizens of India.

    https://williambowles.info/2021/06/03/the-campaign-against-ivermectin-whos-chief-scientist-served-with-legal-notice-for-disinformation-and-suppression-of-evidence/

  135. jim2 says:

    This may be the straw that broke the camels back in India. People are pissed!

    Will you believe this 97% eradication graph, or will you believe the propaganda pitched by the Big Media, Big Pharma, the WHO, and the FDA, who share massive financial conflicts of interest – those who say there is insufficient evidence?

    What evidence could be any clearer than a 97% reduction in five weeks? That number is better than the current vaccines and beyond the reach of most medicines.

    The WHO cautioned India they were making a mistake by using Ivermectin. They told them it could be dangerous, that there was no evidence it worked. How many lies will you buy before you stand up for the truth?

    https://mykmu.net/2021/06/06/ivermectin-wonder-drug-obliterates-97-percent-of-delhi-cases/

  136. jim2 says:

    It’s worse than we thought!!!

    No antibiotic for mild cases

    No antibiotics or antiviral drug favipiravir for mild patients
    No steam inhalation (people doing this in excess)
    Hydration, good diet, positive mindset, social connection important for recovery
    Remdesivir, tocilizumab use only in severely ill cases, as per fresh DGHS norms

    WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan today hailed the new evidence-based guidelines developed by the Director General of Health Services (DGHS) who said mildly ill Covid patients would be fine with just paracetamol, cough syrup and budesonide inhalation and need not be prescribed any antibiotics or major drugs at all.

    This means the currently in use and much prescribed HCQ, favipiravir, ivermectin, azithromycin, doxycycline, zinc and vitamins are not required clinically and have no evidence of benefit.

    The DGHS advice, however, is at variance with the ICMR advisory, which recommends both ivermectin and HCQ in mild cases. For asymptomatic patients, the new guidelines do not even recommend a blood test or any drugs and clarify “no investigation and no medications are needed at this stage”.

    https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/nation/new-treatment-guidelines-drop-ivermectin-zinc-vitamins-hydroxychloroquine-265244

  137. E.M.Smith says:

    @Per Ivermectin / HCQ / India:

    What I find fascinating in all this is just how blatant the abuse & lying have become. It is clear that “Science” and “Medicine” left the building as soon as Trump said the word Hydroxychloroquin. Ever since there’s been a HUGE push to make this “pandemic” as bad as possible, push the most expensive and least effective “treatments”, and ban any effective therapeutics.

    Despite incredibly obvious and massive improvements in whole populations, with essentially zero Bad Thing from the drug, people in positions of authority are moving to prevent the use of Ivermectin. Lying about the risk profile (which is so close to nearly none that I can’t find the risk). Lying about the efficacy (we’re headed into 100+ scale trials and studies showing it works, plus whole nations having dramatic reversal of rising cases into plunge toward nothing).

    In that kind of context, the only real question is “Why?”.

    Are folks like the W.H.O., Fauci, Soumya Swaminathan, etc. “vested” in the outcome somehow? (Fame, personal stock holdings, power trip,…) or are they being coerced in some way (big ‘bribe-o”, or “nice family you got there…”, or “pictures from a week-end free trip to party time / island”,…)

    It is no longer tenable to think of the “global” medical offices, or even many of the “national” medical offices (and officers) as either moral or competent.

    The range (number of countries + W.H.O.) and degree (banning all working cheap drugs while keeping in experimental and ineffective expensive drugs, and “one way only”) of the changes to “guidelines” makes simple lack of competence beyond reason, IMHO. Incompetence would result in a salad of many different recommendations with some bogus meds included and variation in removal of the ones shown to work. There’s too much uniformity in the changes to be random or from lack of skill.

    IMHO, all that leaves is corruption or coercion.

    That it is global means global actors with global reach. So who are the ultimate string pullers behind the puppets? It isn’t just “Big Pharma”, but they are pushing it somewhat. China is “in the mix” somewhere. I’ve not seen direct evidence of Soros mucking about in drug decisions, but would not put it past him and his NGO Army.

    Is it, like the Global Warming Scam, being run out of the U.N.? Has the U.N. reached the point of being Global Dictator Wannabe pushing to take over the world? Using things like Pandemics and GangGreen to push their agenda (21, 30, whatever)? Or is the U.N. just a vehicle for others?

    I suppose I ought to just enjoy the fact that so many nefarious actors are being “outed” by their horrible actions in the face of clear evidence. But they are just the foot soldiers and the sergeants, not the Generals & Moneybags…

  138. jim2 says:

    What with my personality, it’s difficult to conceive that anyone could be amenable to killing off most of the rest of us with covid alone or covid + vaccine.

    OTOH, I’ve read young Soros used to deliver the your-train-is-ready notes to Jews. He might say he did it so he himself could survive, but in my book that’s enough to make him a suspect. He’s done enough evil that is public enough – another nail or dozen.

    Of course there is Hitler. He proves there are people who don’t mind mass killing.

  139. Power Grab says:

    @ EM re: “So it all looks just a bit rushed, sloppy, and with not enough tracks covered.”

    I agree. It feels that way. It feels like something that was planned by pimple-faced computer geeks in their mother’s basement. Lots of unexpected consequences because the perps weren’t really that wise or experienced in the ways of the REAL world. Or maybe they were hyper-focused on the mayhem they anticipated causing.

    One more motivation that I haven’t heard anyone talk about is that some Mr (or Ms) Big finally got their belly full of the Trump rallies. They just couldn’t take it any more. So they pulled the trigger and started the process before all the puzzle pieces were ready.

    I haven’t seen a lot of James Bond movies, but one of the villains in those movies seems like just the type to overplay their hand because they lost control of their emotions.

  140. cdquarles says:

    Speaking of Bond films, one I find quite prescient given today’s “media” is Tomorrow Never Dies. Guess who the villain is in that one ;p. No, I’ve not seen any since somewhere around 2000. I’ve heard that since Albert Broccoli passed, his wife or his estate has ruined the movies. I may be mistaken.

  141. another ian says:

    More ivermectin graphs here

    “Indias Health dept stops Ivermectin use but others sue the WHO”

    https://joannenova.com.au/2021/06/indias-health-dept-stops-ivermectin-use-but-others-sue-the-who/

  142. The True Nolan says:

    @E.M.: “There’s too much uniformity in the changes to be random or from lack of skill. IMHO, all that leaves is corruption or coercion.”

    Yes, well said. Hanlon’s razor is a principle or rule of thumb that states “never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity”. But stupidity will occasionally do the right thing by accident merely because there is not a functional understanding of how things work. When we see bad things being done time after time after time — well, that’s not stupidity. That is on purpose.

  143. jim2 says:

    Sue the Who?
    Who sued Who?
    Who is Sue?
    See Sue sue!
    See Sue sue the Who!

  144. jim2 says:

    By considering more factors and using new methods, we found that when increased doses of co-administered HCQ and AZM were associated with >100% increase in survival.

    https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.05.28.21258012v1

  145. E.M.Smith says:

    @Jim2:

    Just OMG! from that HCQ link:

    Results By discharge or Day 90, 78.2% of the cohort expired. The most common pre-existing conditions were hypertension, (63.5%), diabetes (59.2%) and obesity (50.4%). Age correlated with death. Comorbidities and clinical status on presentation were not predictive of outcome. Admission markers of inflammation were universally elevated (>96%). The cohort’s weight range was nearly 7-fold. Causal modeling establishes that weight-adjusted HCQ and AZM therapy improves survival by over 100%. QTc prolongation did not correlate with cumulative HCQ dose or HCQ serum levels.

    So instead of just giving everyone the same sized pill, they actually found out that “Drug / kg” is what matters? THE thing in the PDR for just about every drug? That maybe, just maybe, you need to have the threshold therapeutic dose level in every Kg of your body for it to reach the therapeutic dose level?

    I think I need to go break something in the back yard….

    These are supposed to be the M.D.s who KNOW how to calculate dose level needed per mass of patient and prescribe accordingly based on total mass of patient. Heck, for some drugs they are supposed to monitor serum levels and adjust. (Especially those with compromised liver or kidney function).

    Well, I’m glad they found it works. Just wish they had realized “it works at THIS dose / kg” a year ago…

  146. jim2 says:

    EMS – I share you disbelief and general disquietude over the entire COVID thing including how the vaccines were hyped and IVM and HCQ squashed. Unfortunately, this is symptomatic of how many issues are handled by government(s) nowadaze. They who are supposed to serve us instead ignore us. Global warming, (not) green energy, huge immigration, undesirables entering the country, the drug “war,” (not) civil forfeiture, school curriculum, college idiocy, gender stupidity, white guilt, tolerance of violent left-wing gangs like antifa, the list is long what they shove down our collective throat.

  147. Ossqss says:

    My apologies, for the distraction. I could swear that is EM in the hat on the roof. Don’t hurt me >:-)

  148. jim2 says:

    Nice distraction ossqss. However, the kvetching will now continue …

    In May DePerno broke the news that the Antrim County tabulator machines can be reopened after the election. The machines can then run more ballots through the tabulator, print off a new tabulator tape with new ballots, and then backdate that tape to November 3rd.

    On Tuesday Matt DePerno dropped another bomb that he says should disqualify the 2020 Antrim County election.

    According to DePerno the Dominion Voting Machines were accessed from the outside and remotely logged into after the election.

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/06/antrim-county-attorney-deperno-releases-bombshell-report-claims-county-voting-machines-remotely-logged-decertifies-entire-antrim-election/

  149. jim2 says:

    What would be much more criminal would be the intentional engineering and release of a sufficiently harmul virus. There are lots of possible reasons why someone could have done it. China wants to become a real superpower – and maybe the most important one. It would surely help (and it has already helped) to terrify the Westerners and lure them into an insane sequence of lockdowns – which have actually taken place and which haven’t improved the medical situation. (If you happen not to know, the commandment “take on a face mask and hide in the hole” isn’t cutting-edge science that comes from the best brains in the world, it is an unscientific civilization-wrecking medieval ritual.) Many green fanatics want to reduce or exterminate the human population because they think that the homo sapiens species (or the CO2 that mankind helps to emit) is a dirt on Planet Earth. And then you have real Frankenstein-style scientists who really want the power or fame to do far-reaching things to millions or billions of people.

    I don’t follow or understand Anthony Fauci in detail (I know people who read the full articles about these scandals, and many articles a day!) but similar people clearly are close enough to all these dangerous conditions – they are green fanatics, they also feel to be allies of the Chinese communists and other left-wing manipulators, they seem to be thirsty for power and fame, and so on. The investigations of such things should have started more than a year ago. It is really insane that the majorities of the Western nations have allowed a completely different “narrative” to win, at least for a year. It is insane that someone who could have created the whole “pandemics” – Anthony Fauci in this case – has become the U.S. symbol of a heroic fight against the virus instead (he hasn’t done anything useful in the fight against the disease, he is responsible for billions or trillions of wasted dollars, and even if he played no role in the birth of this disease, he has probably done many things that have killed thousands of additional people, too).

    https://motls.blogspot.com/2021/06/lab-leaks-bioweapons-and-gain-of.html

  150. another ian says:

    jim2

    From what I’ve seen ordering the people who caused the problem to fix it likely guarantees that won’t happen

  151. AC Osborn says:

    E.M.Smith says: 9 June 2021 at 3:37 pm
    EM, as I have commented before on the NIH website there have been many trials on Ivermectin (14), Vitamin D (14) and HCQ (35) which have been completed months ago, but not showing any results of any kind.

  152. jim2 says:

    The silence in Big Media is deafening …

    The severity of the crisis facing the Maduro regime is growing. A lack of a state presence, lawlessness, and the existence of illegal armed groups are not only confined to remote parts of Venezuela. Criminal gangs and other armed non-state actors are encroaching on Caracas, threatening Maduro’s control of Venezuela’s capital. According to the New York Times, large well-armed gangs now control various shantytowns and working-class neighborhoods in the capital, even providing basic services including food and water shipments as well as security and justice. Local police are unable to enter the zones controlled by the better-armed and financed gangsters, instead, being forced to negotiate an uneasy truce. This indicates Venezuela’s unraveling is accelerating with the national government even lacking the resources to maintain control of the capital.

    The latest developments in Venezuela demonstrate that despite Maduro defeating his opponents, gaining control of the National Assembly, and cementing his grip on power, he is struggling to control an increasingly fragmented Venezuela. This is another reason for the autocratic socialist regime’s attempts to open a discourse with the Biden administration and seek a détente with Washington. Caracas urgently needs to significantly bolster spending on basic infrastructure, utilities, healthcare, education, policing, and security if it is to blunt the threat posed by illegal armed groups and prevent the collapse of the Venezuelan state.

    https://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/Can-Biden-Pull-Venezuela-Back-From-The-Brink-Of-Collapse.html

  153. jim2 says:

    In the academy the free interchange of competing ideas creates knowledge through cooperation, disagreement, debate, and dissent. Kaufmann’s landmark study proves that the last three in that list are severely suppressed and punished. The pervasiveness of such repression may be a death sentence for science, free inquiry, and the advancement of knowledge in our universities.

    I am led to that dire conclusion because the universities appear to have no way to prevent this fate. No solution can arise from within the academy because it selects its own lifetime faculty, which is largely left wing—increasingly so—and makes the promotion of dissenters highly unlikely. Kaufmann demonstrates profoundly systemic discrimination by leftist faculty against colleagues they find disagreeable.

    https://judithcurry.com/2021/06/09/death-spiral-of-american-academia/

  154. E.M.Smith says:

    @Jim2:

    I noticed that “collegiate” death spiral back in about 1985. I have a lifetime teaching credential at the J.C. level (or Community College…) and was applying for a position teaching computers. The interview was a “panel” of about 1/2 dozen folks. All clearly leaning left. There was no doubt what so ever that any statement leaning to a conservative POV would cause at least one of them to reject the candidate, and any one rejecting means you are out.

    It was in that moment I decided I was not going to work full time at a J.C. and confined my teaching work to part time only after hours at my real job…

    The “panel” was surprisingly willing to indulge in political commentary during the interview. As I had done A LOT of interviews in industry, I had a good base for comparison. We studiously asked NO questions that did not pertain to the job. Nothing about political leanings, or preferences, or even personal interests. In the J.C. “panel” interview, it was much more like a popularity contest than a skills validation. I found it very strange.

    To the extent all of academia is like that, it will end up pushed to the farthest edge as it is a feedback loop of increasing tightness. Whatever starts out even slightly dominating will reject more from the “other direction” (whichever sides those are) and the pool on the “panel” will increasingly concentrate in whatever trait that was that was most “irritated”.

    What is really needed is a real diversity program in school hiring. A diversity of minds and opinions, not of just skin tone.

  155. jim2 says:

    EMS – Although not as well developed, the people in positions of power in the US are also going down the left-leaning path. Conservatives get cancelled, pushed out of business (Mike Lindell for example), and shouted down.

  156. E.M.Smith says:

    @Jim2:

    Yes, it seems to have spread out from academia in the ’80s to Big Corp Management now.

    The only countervailing pressure I see now is the open market pressure. Folks just saying “Naw” to “woke” companies. Folks like us buying anyway (we just ordered our “My Pillow”s ;-)

    Take a look at Disney and the political firing of Gina Carano by Kathleen Kennedy. It has cost them millions AND pissed off a large fan base. Don’t know when they will finally realize that as long as Kennedy is there, the product (Star Wars) will remain shit and the audiences will stay away in droves. Don’t know how long it will take for them to coax Gina back, if ever. But until it happens, the fan base is going to keep the roasting fire lit under them.

    That’s what makes a market economy better than a command economy. The command economy (of any flavor – communist, socialist, fascist, national socialist, etc. etc.) has many problems. Biggest, IMHO, is just information flow and decision point limits. The more central the decision making, the more restricted the possible choices just from information flow limits. But right behind it is the lack of market pressures to repair bad choices. This results in the same kind of feedback loop of concentration of attitudes. Usually this manifests either as increasing “corruption” (using the government to advance personal wealth) or as increasing dictatorial powers (lust for personal power). Occasionally both at the same time.

    Socialists have tried to “fix that” information flow limit with “3rd Way” socialism (of which Fascism was the first – defined as such by its creator Mussolini ) where markets for small stuff are allowed to continue to exist, but anything “big” has a board where the government and labor have seats on the board and can over-ride the 1/3 that are “owners”. It does work fairly well… for a while… Thus Mussolini was lauded and praised by American Progressives and even got a cameo role in a movie in Hollywood. Until it all went to shit in war…

    Fascism so tainted the name “Progressive” that the American Progressives abandoned it and poached the name “Liberal” from the Classical Liberals (who stand for individual rights and freedoms – closer to Libertarian). Then spent a generation driving the word “Liberal” into the gutter with their hard left ideas. Note that this is why “Liberal” means “left wing nut” in the USA but still means “Classical Liberal supporting individual liberty” in other English speaking countries.

    Now they have started trying to resurrect the name “Progressive” as they figure nobody remembers that chunk of history and they have done a pretty good job of brainwashing folks into thinking Fascism is “right wing” (it isn’t. It is a National Market Socialism – 3 rd Way or Lange Type). So running away from the label “Liberal” in the USA since folks still don’t like the “product”.

    What works is free market capitalism for the information flow limits and the ability to have competing “attitude buckets” (i.e. ALL the folks can chose products and chose companies to work for, or start their own) and a government that is as small as possible and with the power seats chosen by the free vote of free people (and frequently changed…)

    How to bring those forces to Academia is a bit beyond me, though. Perhaps start with the “Board” (Regents, whatever) and President of public schools being elected positions instead of political appointments… Also “Tenure” looks to have failed as a way to ensure diversity of opinions. Perhaps instead we need “term limits” in management and professors. You get 5 years at any one school or position, then move on?

    Frankly, it looks to me like the whole system is filled with enough rot that just replacing it with some online recorded lectures, books, and tests would be better. Most of what I’ve learned in the last 40 years has been that way, not in a classroom. Seems to work OK.

    Folks wanting to do “research” can go find a patron somewhere and just not be bothered with the whole academia / teaching part.

  157. E.M.Smith says:

    @Ossqss:

    I can see that… the confusion makes sense… but I’m a “little” heavier than he is… and my hat is brown… ;-)

    @AC Osborn:

    I suspect they are getting the “Peer Review Shuffle” as the journals are assuring they get sent to at least one reviewer who is dead set against the drugs in question, so bounces it (after sitting on it for months). Rinse and repeat…

    Peer Review has been outed as “Pal Review” and as being co-opted to a “control lever” by TPTB. It is corrupted to the core. I get more useful information (and more accurate…) from pre-prints and ‘released without review’ than from anything in “peer reviewed journals”…

    @Jim2:

    I find that story on Venezuela interesting. Looks like they are no longer being supported by any other Communist Buddies… so just sinking into the muck.

    It will be an interesting “tell”. IF the Harris Administration (Biden figurehead) decides to help out Venezuela, then we will have hard proof they are full on Communist Sympathizers. If something like that happens, don’t forget to put on your GreenWash and start shouting about how DIRTY the Venezuelan Sour Crude is and that it “Needs to stay in the ground!!! To Save The Planet!!!”…

  158. The True Nolan says:

    @E.M.: “That’s what makes a market economy better than a command economy. The command economy (of any flavor – communist, socialist, fascist, national socialist, etc. etc.) has many problems. Biggest, IMHO, is just information flow and decision point limits. The more central the decision making, the more restricted the possible choices just from information flow limits. But right behind it is the lack of market pressures to repair bad choices. This results in the same kind of feedback loop of concentration of attitudes. Usually this manifests either as increasing “corruption” (using the government to advance personal wealth) or as increasing dictatorial powers (lust for personal power). Occasionally both at the same time.”

    Not a lot of comment on my part, other than that this is such a nice, succinct summary of the issue that I wanted to see it one more time.

  159. Ossqss says:

    Look what you get when you cross the boarder into Cali! Wow

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/E3iKHibVoAEy5eq?format=jpg&name=large

  160. E.M.Smith says:

    @Ossqss:

    Yup. $2.85 /gallon in Arizona at the Truck Stops there is about right. Then $5+ in Needles is about right too. It will drop down to about $4.50 by Barstow and then closer to $4 and a bit in Bakersfield.

    That’s why I usually try to plot my Florida trips to have the minimal travel distance inside California.

    Where I used to take I-5 to L.A., then 10 all the way to Florida, I now try to take either I-80 in summer or I-40 if 80 is snow and ice but 40 is clear, then work my way across. Also, ALWAYS fill up in either Arizona or Nevada before crossing the State Line into California.

    FWIW, last trip was the first time I took I-40 just into Arizona, then drove down to I-10 on that side of the Colorado River. It is a very pleasant drive. (Flagstaff at 7000 feet was snow… so didn’t want to take I-40 all the way, but still got out of California faster than doing I-10 in California)

    Some folks have added extra gas tanks to trucks and such so as to bring “inventory” into the State to minimize gas bought here. I try to have just enough bought in California to make it over the line to Nevada or Arizona… THEN start the “always fill up” behaviour again.

  161. another ian says:

    Re jim2 says:
    9 June 2021 at 11:08 pm
    By considering more factors and using new methods, we found that when increased doses of co-administered HCQ and AZM were associated with >100% increase in survival.

    Did they get their ivermectin from a sheep drench pack and see the directions say bigger animal bigger dose?

  162. another ian says:

    “It’s three+ hours long. Make the time. It doesn’t matter if you’re vaccine enthusiastic or vaccine hesitant, it’s important to understand the nature of the evidence, how difficult it has been to get public health authorities to acknowledge the risks and disclose data, and why reasonable people find the arguments and evidence concerning.”

    Via http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2021/06/10/the-dog-barks/

  163. another ian says:

    “BBC – Twelve Years Of Covering Up Climategate”

    https://realclimatescience.com/2021/06/bbc-twelve-years-of-covering-up-climategate/

    And still going

    “Now the BBC admits it happened, and says Phil Jones is a hero and victim of cyber terrorism.”

    Film at 11

  164. another ian says:

    The problem of that renewable/spasmodic/ruinable energy explained

    “South Australia leads the way with RE. But where are they going?”

    See the comparison to “the levee problem” where the weak point is the lowest point irrespective of the height of the highest point or even the average height

    https://catallaxyfiles.com/2021/06/10/south-australia-leads-the-way-with-re-but-where-are-they-going/

  165. another ian says:

    A modest suggestion for the BBC film unit item above

    “Open Letter to the BBC: A modest BBC docudrama suggestion”

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2021/06/10/open-letter-to-the-bbc-a-modest-bbc-docudrama-suggestion/

  166. jim2 says:

    BREAKING: FREIGHT TRAIN OF STATE DELEGATIONS COMING FRIDAY — 9 States Will Visit AZ Audit Center – ONLY ONE PALLET LEFT TO COUNT

    The first-ever full forensic audit of Maricopa County’s 2020 election is almost FINISHED with the hand counting process of the audit. There is only one untouched pallet of ballot boxes remaining.

    More paper evaluation tables have been completely set up and they plan to increase the speed of that process. The hand recount is finishing shortly but the paper evaluation will take a few weeks longer.

    Christina Bobb reported on OANN that she expects to see “that the count is not even close to what was certified” due to the fact that some pallets are missing up to 20% of the ballots that should be there.

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/06/vreaking-freight-train-audits-coming-friday-9-delegations-will-visit-friday-one-pallet-left-count/

  167. jim2 says:

    OAN’s Christina Bob goes off on snowflake leftard reporter …

    On Wednesday, unprepared leftist reporter Jen Fifield got WRECKED by former GA State Representative Vernon Jones during his presser.

    Afterward, she stupidly went after OAN’s Christina Bobb for not defending her. What?

    Fifield: At what point is it appropriate for you to say something?

    Bobb: When are you going to say something to Buzzfeed, CNN, WAPO, Daily Beast? You’re upset about this? Go talk to your peers who do this to me every f*cking day. I don’t care.

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/06/fact-upset-really-dont-care-epic-christina-bobb-refuses-take-leftist-reporters-bs-arizona/

    The incident that upset the snowflake it here. The video of this one is worth watching also …

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/06/brutal-vernon-jones-roasts-leftist-arizona-reporter-outside-audit-center-republicans-democrats-make-sure-free-fair-elections-video/

  168. jim2 says:

    “AZ still has over 21k “Federal Only voters” who cannot prove they are a citizen or that they even exist. They are not in the MVD system and all they need is a bank statement (easily doctored) to get a ballot. This will need to be addressed at the Federal level, and I have been working to make this more known for some time. This is the next thing that needs an audit, and voter intimidation is a flimsy excuse not to do it.”

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/06/arizona-2x-undocumented-federal-voters-biden-won/

  169. jim2 says:

    Earlier this week, Xi Van Fleet spoke during a school board meeting in Leesburg condemning the school board for the critical race theory curriculum it is imposing on young students.

    “We are teaching our children to be social justice warriors and to loathe our country and our history. Growing up in China, all of this sounds very familiar. The Communist regime use the same critical theory is to divide people. The only difference is that used class instead of race. This is indeed the American version of the Chinese cultural revolution,” she said at the time.

    https://www.foxnews.com/media/va-parent-survived-mao-critical-race-indoctrination-replay-maos-cultural-revolution

  170. H.R. says:

    @jim2 re Gateway pundit articles: That was fun!
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    I don’t catch many GP articles, but following the links you gave today, I noticed they used a lot of hyperbole and loaded language: “Destroys!” “Brutal” “Epic” and more.

    They didn’t lie about what you’re seeing with your own eyes (are you paying attention WaPo and NYT?), and their transcription of the incidents you linked to are accurate, I just found the breathless purple prose that they surround their reporting with to be a bit much.

    I think I was sensitized to it by E.M.’s earlier comment on the Vanity Fair article, where he had to wade waist deep through the muck of their biased and loaded language to get to the story.

    Does anyone do “Just that facts, Ma’am” anymore? 🤷‍♂️

  171. jim2 says:

    H.R. – you have hit on an topic about which I’m sensitive.

    I get all kinds of emails from conservatives and Republicans wanting money. In the heat of the 2020 election I did contribute here and there. But when conservatives did nothing about the election steal and distanced themselves from Trump, I distanced myself from them. Almost all of those emails contain hyperbole.

    Many other items posted here also contain hyperbole. That’s not to say some don’t contain truth, but the hyperbole is there nonetheless. I dare say some web article about COVID and the vaccines contain hyperbole. There are many other political topics that contain it.

    We have to be careful to scrutinize any information presented as it is obvious there are a lot of people with various agendas who want to manipulate us. These people could be leftards, conservatives, general troublemakers, Soros, the GEBs, or even state actors like China. You just never know. So you have to be very vigilant concerning the information you believe.

  172. jim2 says:

    These guys appear to behind politifact and appear to have fingers in a lot more than that …

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Di20f5csWKuSkCBDxID5s2HawhIAkVQU/view

  173. H.R. says:

    @jim2 – Lately, every mailing from Republicans or the Republican Party goes straight into the recycle bin on the way back from the mailbox. The bin is conveniently located by the entry in the garage 😁
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    OK. That’s at least two of us that are starting to not let the loaded language and hyperbole get in the way of ferreting out the facts that are sparsely scattered through our readings. 😜

    I wonder how many other people are starting to see all those words and dismiss them as the attempted manipulation they are?

    I suppose they’ve always been there. I just don’t recall there being so many of those words and phrases and so SCREAMING at me like they are today.

    Is there some hope? Are they all cranking it up to “11” because regular, sane people have quit paying attention to them?

    Ha! I think so. The more they crank it up, the more noticeable it becomes and the more people it turns off. So next they’re going to crank it up to “12” and even the most unobservant among the population will start to notice and begin filtering out the hype.
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    .
    P.S. I thanked you earlier, but time to do it again: Thanks very much for birddogging the audits and legal challenges of the election ‘Big Steal’. I’m not searching on the topic, but I hit your links and read your comments to keep up.

    Lot’s of encouraging news lately, despite all the roadblocks being thrown up. The roadblocks seem to be getting knocked down. Bad news for the Dems.

  174. YMMV says:

    H.R.: “I think I was sensitized to it by E.M.’s earlier comment on the Vanity Fair article, where he had to wade waist deep through the muck of their biased and loaded language to get to the story.”

    I have not seen either of those articles, but there may be a bright side. If a leftist (MSM) “news” source were to publish an article with just the facts about what they call a conspiracy theory, it would be immediately rejected by all the leftist readers. Therefore, they have to establish their bona-fides first. They have to prove their TDS and show that they are really leftists. Only then can they drop a few facts that go against the party line. “I’m not a XXX, but YYY”. Sneaking it in, but at least it’s in.

    “Does anyone do “Just that facts, Ma’am” anymore?”

    It turns out if you do a search, that that line is one of many which are misremembered. The old “Play it again, Sam” trick. Take the line that was actually used and touch it up a bit.

    Joe Friday never uttered those words. He actually said most often, “All we want are the facts, ma’am.” It’s easy to make up the thought that Friday actually said, “Just the facts, ma’am,” because it sounds like something he might have said.

    It also turns out that that line was used, but in later albums and movies.
    https://www.metv.com/stories/sgt-joe-friday-never-actually-said-just-the-facts-maam-on-dragnet

    And then there is the Blues Brothers movie…

  175. p.g.sharrow says:

    WWIII , China conducts war against the World through commerce and Bio-weapons

    RudyGiuliani’ Common Sense 143 1:30hr

    RudyGiuliani Common Sense 144 1:24hr

    Rudy interviews Doctors about their knowledge of the Chinese Wuhan Virus and the connections into the heart of American politics.
    For the last 18 months we have watched as CCP’s 5th column in the Western World have pushed in favor of the Chinese Communist line as the GEBs line their pockets taking advantage in the chaos of this War.

  176. p.g.sharrow says:

    well crap, that failed to work;
    RudyGiuliani’ Common Sense 143 1:30hr

    RudyGiuliani Common Sense 144 1:24hr

  177. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    I finally got 3 free hours to watch that (way too long) video. In the end, it was worth it. But really… as was noted frequently in the comments, Steve Kirsch (guy on the right) was very impolite to the other 2 guys and could have used either a good 50% edited out, or the “moderator” ought to have told him to Shut Up and let someone else talk.

    Yes, he makes some good points, but often as long meandering disjoint digressions.

    Oh Well… The information content was good. I worked OK at 1.5x though a lot I ran at 1.25x when they were talking over each other…(especially difficult for folks with hearing issues.)

    Though the “solution” seems a bit lame to me. ~”Have Elon make it happen”? Riiiight…

    I’d rather just start a chain letter campaign per the drugs that work.

    @H.R.:

    You got it. Once they started to cross the threshold into a bit of scrutiny, more folks tuned them out, so they got louder and more “outside” in their Bums Rush, that brings more folks into the land of scrutiny and rejection, that drives them to “louder and prouder hype”, that… positive feedback loop.

    Now they are so close to Authoritarian Dictator With Foaming Mouth that many folks just tune out as soon as it comes on. Like hitting the “mute” button on really obnoxious commercials, but you don’t bother so much on nice ones with good music and pretty sets / scenery / actors.

    @P.G.:

    Pretty good summary of where I’ve landed too.

    China is using active promotion of Governmental Corruption along with Cultural Destruction and Economic Warfare to take down the West (really anyone not Chinese) and has added Bio-warfare (either from deliberate release or via exploitation of a ‘natural disaster’).

    They have poisoned governments around the world, rendering them ineffective at doing anything against China, and bending them to self destruction. They have bought off major companies to the same ends.

    It is starting to look a LOT like all roads lead back to China. On Economic decay. On Governmental corruption. On Chinese Wuhan Covid. On Cultural Disruption. etc. etc. Even the whole Global Warming thing and the capture of the UN by socialists.

    IMHO, first step is to just personally STOP buying anything Mainland Chinese or Chinese influenced. That includes a degree from any university with ties to China and supporting their Confucius Institutes. It also includes not buying their Pwned Politician Puppets. Shun them across the board. (Note this is NOT about the Chinese ethnicity. Taiwan and American China Towns are fine. It is about the Communist Chinese National Government.)

    Second step is to start purging them and their influence from our nation. Reject any Hollywood product with SJW / BLM / Critical Theory / Pro-China bias in it. Vote out any politician supporting same. Vote out boards at companies that support the same.

    Not sure where to go after that.

    Sad, really. About 20 years ago I had happy thoughts about China joining the rest of the world and democratizing. In the last decade all that has turned to crap.

  178. YMMV says:

    “Sad, really. About 20 years ago I had happy thoughts about China joining the rest of the world and democratizing. In the last decade all that has turned to crap.”

    looks up the date:

    “The current president is Xi Jinping, who took office in March 2013”

    Yeah, call it ten years ago, year zero, with accelerating power. It’s worse than we thought, and we were slow to catch on to the changes.

  179. E.M.Smith says:

    Tim Pool does a really good job of describing Critical Race Theory, tracing the roots back to Marxism, and pointing out the bogosity of it.

    Seems the Loony Left is all flummoxed because De Santos has banned Critical Race Theory anti-white racism in Florida:

    https://odysee.com/@timcast:c9/desantis-scores-major-victory-for:a

  180. another ian says:

    So you are aware

    “Only Democrats have permission to “clarify”: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that she welcomed a clarification from Rep. Ilhan Omar over a tweet about Israel that critics on both sides of the aisle said had unfairly compared the U.S. and Israel to terrorist groups.”

    Via http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2021/06/11/scratch-a-leftist-19/

  181. philjourdan says:

    @OssQss – Re: Amazon stealing your bandwidth. I refuse to have any Amazon spyware in my house (or google spyware either). Given the documented abuses of those 2 clown car outfits, I can only say that those who do have those devices are a few pints short of a quart.

  182. philjourdan says:

    @QssOss – Re: MashUp – Interesting sidenote to the song “Staying alive”. If you ever have to do CPR on a person, do it to that beat. My CPR trainer told me it had the perfect timing.

  183. philjourdan says:

    @H.R. – German Scrabble – Yep! If you have ever studied the language, you know the truth of that cartoon.

  184. another ian says:

    Hmmm!

    “Color me increasingly suspicious of the sudden ‘uptick’ in cyber hacking reports. The timeline tells a bigger story and my hunch is this is the creation of cover for a future U.S. government position that audit outcomes should be ignored because cyber security breaches are common.”

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2021/06/11/flooding-the-zone-another-report-of-hackers-stealing-personal-data-of-26-million-big-tech-platform-users/#more-212878

  185. E.M.Smith says:

    @PhilJourdan:

    For example “Speed limit”:
    https://www.wordhippo.com/what-is/the/german-word-for-speed_limit.html

    die Geschwindigkeitsbegrenzung

    I think it is something like “that speed beyond which you shall not go”…

  186. another ian says:

    Worth reading IMO

    “Trump Returns”

    https://catallaxyfiles.com/2021/06/12/trump-returns/

  187. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    Liked the comments too ;-)

  188. Ossqss says:

    Wasn’t there some news on stimulus checks getting bagged and tagged falsely? I saw billions to the 100x level on the net. WT*?

    If true, it was redistribution on another level folks. That don’t happen by accident.

  189. another ian says:

    E.M.

    I was looking to add links to some of your derivations of units via fractions to this

    https://joannenova.com.au/2021/06/infinity-woke-is-there-anything-more-racist-than-pushing-anti-racist-maths/#comment-2434013

    but they seem to have become hidden?

  190. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    “derivation of units via fractions”? Don’t know what that means…

    I’ve shown that Pi in various fractions is just different precision (i.e. the same as 3.14 vs 3.1415 vs 3.1415926). They were not “wrong” or “confused”, just using the precision they needed.

    I’ve posted about how fractional math vs decimal math has benefits if you don’t have a calculator and can just cross out factors.

    What units are you thinking about that were “derived via fractions”?

  191. another ian says:

    E.M. IIRC it was cubits etc – didn’t you have a subject category up the top once?

    The point being for that link that any empire they had to do with was a long time before the British one

  192. another ian says:

    Re the Peking Pox and Oz – “The country’s in the very best of hands”

    Judith Sloan on our chief health officers

    https://spectator.com.au/2021/06/bretty-rides-again/

    Via https://catallaxyfiles.com/2021/06/12/bretty/

  193. another ian says:

    Cop That!

    “The World Is Being Run By Stupid People”

    “Actual Photograph of the Peter Principle”

    http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2021/06/12/the-world-is-being-run-by-stupid-people/

  194. H.R. says:

    @E.M. (and another ian)

    E.M., I think you’ve done two posts on fractions/fractional calculations. The post another ian is recalling is one where you went all over the historical map; fathoms, chains, ells, barleycorns, avoirdupois… oh, gosh! you didn’t miss many, and there were some ancient measures I had certainly never heard of.

    Cubits were in there and that’s the post another ian is recalling. It was about 10 years ago.

    There might be a second post on units that certain trades settled on because they were useful in the particular trade. Elsewhere, not so much. But also that may have just been part of the discussion of where all those different units came from in that one post.

  195. E.M.Smith says:

    FWIW, some of the oldest units in the world are from ancient Sumer:

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

    The systems that would later become the classical standard for Mesopotamia were developed in parallel with writing during Uruk Period Sumer (c 4000 BCE)
    […]
    Relationship to other metrologies
    The Classical Mesopotamian system formed the basis for Elamite, Hebrew, Urartian, Hurrian, Hittite, Ugaritic, Phoenician, Babylonian, Assyrian, Persian, Arabic, and Islamic metrologies. The Classical Mesopotamian System also has a proportional relationship, by virtue of standardized commerce, to Bronze Age Harappan and Egyptian metrologies.

    “Oddly”, the basis of their system is an almost exact match to meter measures:

    The royal gur-cube (Cuneiform: LU2.GAL.GUR, 𒈚𒄥; Akkadian: šarru kurru) was a theoretical cuboid of water approximately 6 m × 6 m × 0.5 m from which all other units could be derived.

    So an 18 cubic meter block. It is “approximately” with precision in the 1/10ths place stated. I’ve sometimes wondered if the “error” in calculating the meter based on the earth circumference was really an accident, or someone knowing the ancient units fudged it to match…

    Note that the mina is basically 1/2 kg and very similar to the pound:

    mina 60 504±20 g ma-na

    The ’60’ is the ratio to the shekel or gin in Sumerian. The ma-na is the name in Sumerian.

    Note, too, that the “bowl” or “sila” was basically a litre.

    https://agriplasticscommunity.com/barley-as-the-first-official-currency-in-the-world/

    Barley as the first official “currency” in the world

    Economy has been present in the lives of men since ancient times and has changed over time to become what we know today. When we began talking about “money,” we had to define what money was, and this was done by assigning value to a common element. What could that element be? Barley. That’s right, barley was known as the first official currency in the world.

    The practice of exchanging or bartering is very old, and communities used to exchange goods to meet their basic needs. The Sumerian barley money was the first official currency in history (3,000 BC), and the most common measure to be able to control it was the Sila, which would amount to approximately to one litre. In short, constant amounts that were exchanged as a universal measure for goods and services.

    So good luck with that whole “eliminate currency” thing… Barley, beer, whiskey. Easy enough and traditional.

    When you look into the actual sizes of Sumerian units of measure, it is just a bit creepy how they align with metric.

  196. The True Nolan says:

    Probably all the old timers here know that most humans are NOT rational. Here is a video discussing the subject and the fact that one weak point of bright people is expecting rationality from the masses. As I say, everyone here probably already knows — but if you have some bright young friends, send them the link.

  197. jim2 says:

    One weak point of bright people is they don’t realize they aren’t rational either.

  198. H.R. says:

    Ahhh… so three posts on units and more than ten years ago.

    With my current memory, given that I’ve had bacon, eggs, and toast for breakfast every morning for the past 30 years… and I can’t remember what I had for breakfast this morning:

    1) Recalling two out of three posts isn’t too bad
    B) 12 years ago is close enough for Government work to 10 years ago

    I guess I’m not quite ready for “The Home.”

    😜

  199. H.R. says:

    @jim2 – Most rational people realize they aren’t rational…

    …and that makes them laugh.

  200. E.M.Smith says:

    I think it is all the math training, then the Formal Logic class, then several decades of the discipline and reminders of error of programming… But now I seem to be able to switch on a very rational mode, or let it switch off.

    The biggest issue I see with “Smart People” is that their ability to make up (and believe) Fantastic Stories increases with the I.Q. Only a Very Smart Person could belief the fantasy that “Gender is a social construct”. Never heard of estrogen and testosterone? It’s a biochemical phenomenon.

    Yes, some few folks have defects in their hormonal systems (production, receptors, reaction) and end up in very odd conditions. That doesn’t make them a New Normal Gender. It’s a medical condition. Now the “solution” may be to just ignore it and enjoy the life you get; but that doesn’t make it normal. (The really bizarre one is when the receptor for testosterone is shot throughout the body. You get a physically normal looking female in all respects… except for the XY chromosomes and ovaries that are really testicles…)

    But really really “smart” people can cook up fantastic stories about 37 genders and all sort of other stuff, then convince themselves it is real. A “dumb farmer” who has to “sex” a few hundred chickens or a few dozen bunnies knows there’s only 2 (and how to identify them).

    I never was really good at “believing my own BS”. I can do it a little bit. But the Aspe leaning keeps nagging at me about the logical loose ends… Part of why I have trouble just accepting the corruption of language to political ends. Things either work, or they don’t. P.C. Spin Language doesn’t work.

    @H.R.:

    Oh Yeah. When I’ve been in “emotive” mode, and done something Not So Bright, the rational side speaks up and has a laugh ;-) I think it is taking coup ;-)

  201. YMMV says:

    YT thinks I like videos of the Iceland lava eruption. They got that right. They also keep sending me IVM videos. I think their AI is smarter than they are.

  202. jim2 says:

    Hmmm … if only we could find a way to hook up a huge 3-D printer to that volcano …

  203. jim2 says:

    It’s possible that highly intelligent people have such high faith that what they think is guided by intelligence that they miss the sometimes subtle influences of social needs and emotion. So they may firmly believe that green energy is the right path because of CAGW, but that may under the covers be motivated by a social need to fit in that goes unrecognized.

  204. E.M.Smith says:

    @Jim2:

    Bingo!

    Where I gave up on “fitting in” at about age 12… so it has no attraction nor hold on me.

    I just am. They can deal with it, or not. I don’t care.

  205. beththeserf says:

    Pressure to fit in can lead to doing mean things like scapegoating.

  206. another ian says:

    E.M. and H.R.

    Thanks for that – and the reason for the moderation

  207. another ian says:

    “9 Ways China Created a Pandemic that Have Nothing to Do with the Wuhan Lab”

    https://www.breitbart.com/asia/2021/06/11/9-ways-unrelated-wuhan-lab-china-created-pandemic/

  208. David A says:

    E. M. maybe worthy of a separate post of it turns out to be accurate. With so much insanity going on the possibility of purposeful waste of water resources is, at the least, possible.

    https://waterwars.news/2021-05-27-record-breaking-drought-california-officials-draining-reservoirs.html

    We have seen some of this waste in the past. ( yes, it’s true, they must leave capacity for expected wet season management) yet many times I have seen the drainage to early and extreme. Some say the politicians own lots of vineyards in the lower delta, and don’t want salt water intrusion, and there are substantial low water rates for vineyards. Yet if this past two years drainage is more severe, and as the post says, in 2019 the water supply was full in 2019, then more then incompetence may be at play.

  209. another ian says:

    “Delingpole: No Masks, No Distancing – The Disgraceful Covid Hypocrisy of the G7 Elite”

    https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2021/06/12/no-masks-no-distancing-disgraceful-covid-hypocrisy-of-the-g7-elite/

    Looks like those free states must be on the right track (/s)

  210. another ian says:

    E.M.

    Given the state of the world dong = heavy blow might well fit

    https://www.thefreedictionary.com/dong

  211. E.M.Smith says:

    @David A:

    The “supposed” reason is to “Save” the Delta Smelt.
    https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2015/05/21/drought-or-stupid-rescue-killing-delta-smelt/

    Farmers here have been cursing the State Government for flushing water through the Delta “to keep it fresh” for several years now.

    Supposedly there’s this minnow, the Delta Smelt, that likes brackish water, but was being pushed out of the Delta from salt water intrusion in dry years (when fresh water wasn’t being flushed through the Delta). Never mind that before all the dams were built this was NATURAL.

    So in an attempt to increase their stocks, a batch were imported from Japan (the State at that time finding them the “same” species).

    Well, turns out the Japanese Smelt can live in brackish or fresh water, so propagated up stream in several places and are now endemic. At the same time, the State again, decided they were a “different” species. Even though you can’t tell them apart without a Ph.D., genetic testing, and a specialization in Delta Smelt. (IIRC, one fin has one more bone / ray in it).

    But it gets worse… The new fish, being very successful, are surviving well, so genetically swamping the Delta Smelt as they can, and do, hybridize. Oh, and the Japanese Smelt are happy to eat Delta Smelt eggs…

    The correct thing to do at this point would be to just flat out ignore the Delta Smelt. Let the Japanese Smelt take their niche and move on. But The State can’t just do the correct thing. They are on a Jihad to “Save The Delta Smelt!” – even if that means flushing the entire Sacramento River out the bay (which is what they are doing).

    Anyone want to take a stab at what the actual effect is when you have 2 competing species (or sub-species) where the “desired” fish loves brackish water and the “alien” fish likes it fresher (all the way to pure fresh water) AND you freshen the water body?

    Yeah, that dumb.

    But the question is:

    Are they really that dumb, or are they “creating a disaster to exploit”?

    Hard to say…

  212. E.M.Smith says:

    Oh Dear! Another “Arkancide”:

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/reporter-who-broke-story-on-clinton-lynch-tarmac-meeting-found-dead

    The journalist who broke the story about the controversial 2016 tarmac meeting between former President Bill Clinton and then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch was found dead Saturday morning, according to police.

    The body of 45-year-old Christopher Sign, a news anchor for ABC 33/40 in Birmingham, was discovered by Hoover police and fire personnel at around 8 a.m. following a 911 call about a person down in a residence in Alabama, according to AL.com.

    Hoover police Lt. Keith Czeskleba said Sign’s death is being investigated as a suicide, the report added.

  213. H.R. says:

    Two bullet holes in the back of the head? Gun in his right hand, and he’s left-handed?

    Yup. No doubt about it, definitely suicide.
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    .
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    .
    I’ll wait for more info, but anytime ‘Clinton’ and ‘suicide’ are mentioned together, the initial reaction just has to be “hmm……”

  214. E.M.Smith says:

    It’s Bannon, so a bit OTT, but he does (after a lead in of the opposition that had me wondering what this was..) manage to quote Wendy Rogers Arizona State Senator telling Merrick Garland that if he comes to AZ and touches a ballot or tries to stop the “canvass” he will end up in an Arizona Prison…

    At about 12 minute mark:

    https://generaldispatch.whatfinger.com/merrick-garlands-310-to-yuma-corrupt-biden-regime-panics-over-arizona-audit/

    Confirming print version:
    https://www.pacificpundit.com/2021/06/13/az-state-senator-wendy-rogers-to-panicked-merrick-garland-you-will-not-touch-arizona-ballots-or-machines-unless-you-want-to-spend-time-in-an-arizona-prison/

    AZ STATE SENATOR WENDY ROGERS TO PANICKED MERRICK GARLAND “YOU WILL NOT TOUCH ARIZONA BALLOTS OR MACHINES UNLESS YOU WANT TO SPEND TIME IN AN ARIZONA PRISON”
    June 13, 2021 admin 2020 Election, Corruption

    On Friday, corrupt Biden AG thug Merrick Garland threatened Arizona and other states about their election audits. Some reports have even stated that with the audit expected to be finished tomorrow, Garland is going to swoop in and seize all machines and documents. Well, Arizona State Senator has a message for corrupt Garland. Do not touch Arizona ballots or machines unless you want to spend time in an Arizona prison. This is awesome!

    Again I ask the question. If wonder won legitimately in Arizona, then why the hell is Garland and the rest of the Biden thugs so panicked? A ballot audit would just cement Biden’s “victory” in the once red state.

    Former fighter pilot and Arizona state Senator Wendy Rogers is warning Biden’s Attorney General Merrick Garland to stay out of the election audit taking place in her state unless he wants to spend time in prison there.

    Rogers was blunt, vowing to follow through if Garland violates the state’s rights.

    “You will not touch Arizona ballots or machines unless you want to spend time in an Arizona prison. Maybe you should focus on stopping terrorism. The Justice Department is one of the most corrupt institutions in the USA,” she tweeted.

  215. H.R. says:

    Woo Hoo! Go Wendy Rogers!

    Let’s see if Garland dares to show his face. You got some Fan Belt Inspectors vs. the Arizona National Guard.

    Place your bets, ladies and gentlemen! Place your bets!

  216. E.M.Smith says:

    Interesting… Live Now, Lindell having a rally

    https://lindelltv.com/

    So pitch folks off Ew Tube and they just set up their own platform. Nice.

  217. E.M.Smith says:

    Diamond & Silk just took the stage. Trump seems to have appeared earlier:

    https://wiredailynews.com/2021/06/13/president-trump-delivers-electrifying-speech-at-mike-lindells-frank-free-speech-rally-in-wi-video/

    In a free speech rally at New Richmond in Wisconsin earlier today, many prominent speakers in the conservative movement gave tremendous speeches to a hungry crowd. But the highlight of the free speech rally was undoubtedly when President Trump gave a live virtual address bashing the Biden regime for its wanton dereliction at the southern border and consequently national security, the paramount priority of any official Commander-in-Chief.

    So when the live feed ends, I’ll have to back up and find that part.

    Also, here’s Lindell’s new free speech site for folks who the Silly Con Valley Overlords have attempted to silence:

    https://home.frankspeech.com/

    Interesting set of folks:
    https://home.frankspeech.com/podcasts

    UPDATE:

    I finally figure out it is a “Recorded Live Feed” on a loop. Looks like you can’t forward / reverse / jump in it, but it is repeating.

  218. E.M.Smith says:

    Oh God… Biden “corrects” Boris about the need to introduce the President of South Africa… after Boris had just introduced him…

    And the G7 Leaders laugh at him as it looks spaced out… and out of touch… Then the person recording gets rushed out of the room…

    Watch it while you can:

  219. E.M.Smith says:

    Looks like he’s got a TV section with shows, too. Including Bannon.

    https://home.frankspeech.com/shows/tv

  220. E.M.Smith says:

    Photo of guys loading the recoilless rifle shell. See the perforated case? That’s where some of the gas vents out the back to counter the recoil…

  221. jim2 says:


    Mozilla suggests regulators issue laws that curb recommendations of “conspiracy theory videos”
    Mozilla flirts with censorship as it flounders for a purpose.

    https://reclaimthenet.org/mozilla-suggests-regulators-issue-laws-that-curb-recommendations-of-conspiracy-theory-videos/

  222. another ian says:

    A series by “Tony in oz” from Jo Nova’s blog on the future of coal fired power generation

    “Coal Fired Power Dying – Not So Fast – Part Four – SteamH, The Future For Coal Fired Power”

    And A-USC.

    https://papundits.wordpress.com/2021/06/13/coal-fired-power-dying-not-so-fast-part-four-steamh-the-future-for-coal-fired-power/

    Links to the other 3 posts at the end

  223. another ian says:

    “New York Times Reports Andrew Weissmann and Robert Mueller Sought, Then Hid, Special Counsel Surveillance of Trump White House Attorney Don McGhan
    June 13, 2021 | sundance | 101 Comments”

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2021/06/13/new-york-times-reports-andrew-weissmann-and-robert-mueller-sought-then-hid-special-counsel-surveillance-of-trump-white-house-attorney-don-mcghan/

  224. another ian says:

    And there were “bats in – – ”

    “Sharri Markson Reveals New Footage From Inside Wuhan Lab Showing Live Bats and Research, Disproving Lies From WHO
    June 13, 2021 | sundance | 6 Comments”

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2021/06/13/sharri-markson-reveals-new-footage-from-inside-wuhan-lab-showing-live-bats-and-research-disproving-lies-from-who/

  225. jim2 says:

    Black guys can grow some awesome looking beards!

    Sheriff David Clarke of the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department took aim at the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021 when he spoke at the MAGA Frank Rally on Saturday. Clarke said no republican should attach their name to what he considers an anti-police act.

    Clarke noted how the proposed legislation eliminates “qualified immunity” that protects officers from being sued personally for actions that were made on the job in good faith. He argued the moves to further restrict police are rooted in a false public perception.

    Furthermore, Clarke reflected on so-called “protests” in the name of George Floyd that ravaged cities and incapacitated police officers this past year. The sheriff said glorifying someone who participated in a crime is a disgrace to America’s civil rights leaders.

    https://www.oann.com/sheriff-david-clarke-attacks-the-george-floyd-police-reform-bill/

  226. jim2 says:

    LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell is reviewing its holdings in the largest U.S. oil field for a potential sale, people familiar with the matter told Reuters, marking a key moment in its shift away from fossil fuels as it faces growing pressure to slash carbon emissions.

    The sale could be for part or all of Shell’s position in the U.S. Permian Basin, located mostly in Texas, which accounted for around 6% of the Anglo-Dutch company’s total oil and gas output last year. The holdings could be worth more than $10 billion, the people said.

    Shell declined to comment.

    https://www.oann.com/exclusive-shell-weighs-blockbuster-sale-of-texas-shale-assets/

  227. jim2 says:

    This has been the top story on TGP for a while now …
    A recent election assessment conducted in Pennsylvania’s Fulton County and published in February 2021, found the existence of the Microsoft SQL database on the Dominion Voting Machines in the county.

    According to the Fulton County report, the analysts found “no valid reason” for the software to be installed on the system. They also reported that Dominion failed to fill out the appropriate forms regarding the software.

    ,,,

    This is the same software Michigan Attorney Matthew Deperno’s expert found on the Dominion machines as was demonstrated in Michigan.

    The software allows anyone with privileges to simply change values in the database directly in order to change the outcome of the election leaving no trace whatsoever. The Dominion system looks to the database for the values and uses whatever is there. It is outside of the logs or other election-related auditing record one would look for.

    There may be a problem here, but the findings don’t necessarily point to one. I’ve designed and administered SQL Server databases and used them for front-end applications. SQL Management Studio is what one used to administer the server and databases and create various objects, permissions, etc. All of this is totally normal. SQL Server Management Studio does not allow one to circumvent security. You can open SSMS, but if you don’t have permissions to log on to a database, you won’t be able to open that DB in SSMS.

    “Anyone with privileges” is the key. If the database is well designed and the server set up correctly, if you don’t have privileges you can’t even log in. If you do have privileges it is only right that you can do whatever the privileges allow. So this statement in and of itself tells us nothing of note. It’s entirely possible Dominion voting systems use SQL Server DBs to hold the data. It’s a fairly common practice for applications in general.

    This does not speak to possible issues with Dominion hardware of software, but in this case I’m going to throw a flag on TGP for excessive use of hyperbole!

  228. another ian says:

    “Her Majesty and the Ignorance of the Woke”

    https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/qed/2021/06/her-majesty-and-the-ignorance-of-the-woke/

    Many years ago a Canadian and I were being introduced to 4th July fireworks He made a comment that he was celebrating a few days late (Dominion Day being 1st July).

    The response to the facetious “Well what are you celebrating then” was

    “Same thing you are – the Yanks leaving the Commonwealth”.

    I’ve borrowed that and in the right circles the response is jaw dropping. As I expect it would be with that bloke.

  229. jim2 says:

    Obviously, whoever wrote that Quadrant article is a racist!

  230. H.R. says:

    @another ian – In all my years, I have never considered the thought that any monarch of any country would be necessarily racist if there were multiple races among their subjects,

    I confess to no thinking involved, but I understood that hereditary monarchs are generally raised to feel the responsibility for all of their subjects. I suppose my unthinking ignorance goes back to the Roman times when so many of their conquered peoples gained Roman citizenship and the rights thereof.

    Of course a country would get a clinker for a monarch here and there who didn’t give a rat’s ass about their subjects. Typically that resulted in the end of that line of monarchs and their reign. Their necks were stretched or their heads removed or worse, depending on how pissed of the people were.

    So I learned a bit about Queen Elizabeth that I did not know before. She was and is quite the gal!

    The other lesson I’m learning is that ‘woke’ doesn’t just mean ‘ignorant’ and easily led. I am beginning to think ‘woke’ is an exact synonym for ‘STUPID!!!’

  231. jim2 says:

    Kelli Ward: “WA, GA, VA, PA, NV, UT, CO, WI, OK, AK, MI, SC, MO have all recently visited the first full forensic audit of an American election – THIRTEEN states. #AmericasAudit is soon to be #AmericasAudits! Arizona is leading the way to #ElectionIntegrity in America.”

    13 states have now toured the historic Arizona audit with hope of all 50 states doing the same!

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/06/kelli-ward-az-audit-update-thirteen-states-visited-audit-will-next/

  232. jim2 says:

    An election official in Georgia finally admitted that the chain of custody documents that are legally required are missing in Georgia.

    Brad Raffensperger, the corrupt Secretary of State in Georgia is ultimately responsible (see picture above). For the first time an elections official admitted the chain of custody documents are missing in Georgia per the Georgia Star:

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/06/georgias-fulton-county-election-official-admits-legally-required-chain-custody-documentation-missing/

  233. E.M.Smith says:

    Per Q.E.:

    The Quadrant article lays it out well. She’s the anchor holding much of the world together. I worry what will happen if The Idiot Son becomes king…

    FWIW, Oxford ought to kick The American and his rot to the curb and send him packing. You just do not insult the Queen in that way. (And I’m only 1/2 British via Mum and likely no more than 1/4 British culturally having been so long immersed in the USA.)

    @Jim2:

    I’m very pleased at the progress. But I’m just dismayed that were into it 1/2 a year already and we’ve got nothing (so far…).

    If it takes 2 to 4 years to show Usurper Biden is a fraud, then the damage is already done and what is the point?

  234. jim2 says:

    Truth is power, EM.

  235. jim2 says:

    Speaking of GEBs …

    In a letter to SEC Chairman Gary Gensler on Friday, Google parent Alphabet, Amazon, Autodesk, eBay, Facebook, Intel and Salesforce shared their view in response to a request for public input on such disclosures. The tech industry has been vocal on climate issues in the past, even as employees have pressed the companies themselves to do better. “We believe that climate disclosures are critical to ensure that companies follow through on stated climate commitments and to track collective progress towards addressing global warming and building a prosperous, resilient zero-carbon economy,” the companies wrote.

    https://tech.slashdot.org/story/21/06/14/155210/google-facebook-amazon-and-others-urge-sec-to-mandate-regular-climate-reports

  236. p.g.sharrow says:

    Most people don’t realize that “Elected” officials are “Special” protected species in regard to legal status. Those that have power to do anything about the the fraud are loath to take action against elected officials. In America, elected officials are generally protected from bureaucratic action.
    When enough of the people develop information and demand action, “Vote against” then action will be taken.
    As the public information of the fraud is being developed and enough of the public demands action the media is beginning to shift their stories to get ahead of the public perception. Soon the officials with the power will have to act. This is why there is a hard push to stop the examination / audit of the 2020 election count. They know just how great the fraud was. It can’t be covered up with ” just minor errors and mistakes.” like in previous elections.

  237. jim2 says:

    The Swiss just voted down their governments plan to change the weather with increased car and airline taxes, albeit by only 51.6 to 48.4. That nearly half the population voted yes is testament to thirty years of non-stop propaganda, and the near complete suppression of skeptics.

    Imagine what the vote would have have been if they allowed skeptics equal air time and funded skeptical scientists even at 10% the rate the believer-modelers get?

    BBC reporters were shocked:

    https://joannenova.com.au/2021/06/huge-shock-swiss-voters-reject-climate-tax-and-limiting-emissions/

  238. another ian says:

    E.M.

    Don’t forget that Oxford Union declaration pre WW2 that was an inspiration to Hitler et al

  239. another ian says:

    E.M.

    A comment I got on the rotary diesel pumps on Landcruisers.

    Seems the early ones gave trouble. Seems more on vehicles fitted with double tanks where people were running one tank right out before switching. This caused the diesel to get hot and(I presume) lose lubricating properties. Mention was replacement around 100,000 km or so. I haven’t heard of this lately.

  240. The True Nolan says:

    Just a quick rant: I am putting together a 12volt solar powered fan for my greenhouse. Am wiring the fan straight to the panel. When the sun shines the fan blows. Its a brushless motor, a radiator fan actually. I THINK nothing will fry from having sub 12volt. We’ll see. Anyway, I need to cut a circular hole in some plywood to mount the fan, but I need some new jigsaw blades. Go to the local hardware/lumber yard. They are out of wood blades, although they still have some metal cutting blades. No idea when they might be restocked. Ask about prices on a 6X6 post for another project. “Sorry, we don’t have any. In fact we are getting out of the lumber part of the business. Too much trouble, not enough profit. Every time we order, they send us culls and bad wood.” (As a side note, I have done business with this store for twenty years or so. They were a good place to shop, once upon a time. I leave and go to the local Walmart. Hurray! They have blades! Buy them, go home and… They don’t cut. They LOOK all right, but they don’t cut. I take a closer look. They have been lovingly manufactured in China with no offset to the teeth. No way for the wood chips to spit out and the blade gets HOT fast. BLAST! How can a company manufacture saw blades without doing that one simple step?! How can a major store chain carry a product which manifestly does NOT work properly? Doesn’t anyone check these things before ordering for Walmart? I get my receipt to return the blades and notice that they charged me twice for one set of blades. GRRRR! The good news? The lady at the return desk was polite and efficient and gave me credit for two sets of blades. But now the other local hardware store is closed for the day and so I will get to take another drive tomorrow.

    Moral? There is none, other than “things fall apart.”

  241. E.M.Smith says:

    @Jim2:

    The “Tech Execs” are all about being in the “in” crowd and know that they depend on the fraud GEBs to be legally protected. They also have been “up close and personal” with law enforcement and TLAs at various times handing over data about you. Of course they will sing whatever song is handed to them by the Ruling GEBs.

    @Another Ian:

    I remember something about rotary pumps being particularly sensitive to loss of lubrication and that running dry can be destructive…

    @TTN:

    ANYTHING made in China is subject to sudden and unexpected quality failure. Some Guy has a cousin who gets 20 ¢ / ton “deal” on some essential material, so swaps it without telling anyone…. and the specs are off so the product fails… Or the step that does the tooth offset is being repaired that day, so the “Managers” not wanting to lose bonus money, just skip it and ship it.

    The Japanese learned that the only way to get consistent quality was to park some of their own QA Management at manufacturing sites…

    I now look at EVERYTHING I buy (if at all possible) and if it is “Made In China”, either skip buying it, or inspect it very very closely if that’s the only choice I have AND it is essential to buy.

    Unfortunately, you can’t see the lead in paint on kids toys…

  242. another ian says:

    I saw a comment recently about a serious rise in Chinese businesses that have been paid either supplying faulty products or not supplying at all – and no correspondence will be entered into.

    Not sure that I can find it again

  243. p.g.sharrow says:

    Eric Clapton discusses his experience with taking the Covid Jab;
    https://www.nme.com/en_au/news/music/eric-clapton-discusses-his-anti-vaccination-stance-my-greatest-fear-is-what-will-happen-to-my-kids-2969533
    Be sure to watch the video link half way down in the article.

  244. E.M.Smith says:

    That Eric Clapton video is really something. I find myself wishing I did Social Media so I could find that group he’s hanging out with and let him know that Megadose Vit B Complex (Super-B Vit.) can help with peripheral neuropathy. In general, B vitamins are needed for proper nerve function and repair. More so when you have nerve issues…

  245. E.M.Smith says:

    Have not watched the video yet, but the summary is something… Maybe tomorrow after I’ve caught up on sleep ;-O

    https://nationalfile.com/arizona-bombshell-audit-organizer-reports-boxes-of-blank-ballots-hundreds-of-thousands-missing/

    An organizer of the Arizona Audit reports HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of missing ballots, and says they’re discovering boxes full of blank ballots. And now Biden’s DOJ is threatening to head to Arizona.

    The “missing” ballots will undoubtedly be blamed on the folks who broke in to the storage area (despite the fact that they rapidly ran off and could not have loaded crates fast…) But blank ballots? That will be hard to explain… Especially if they match an electronic number of votes “counted” when that crate was supposedly processed…

  246. another ian says:

    “Oh Boy, This Was Brilliant – Fox Journalist in Texas Uses Live Broadcast Opportunity to Notify Public of Network Censorship
    June 14, 2021 | Sundance | 136 Comments”

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2021/06/14/oh-boy-this-was-brilliant-fox-journalist-in-texas-uses-live-broadcast-opportunity-to-notify-public-of-network-censorship/

  247. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    Nice clip. But nothing new, really. “Reporter complains about Editor” is as old as news. Every news outlet has an Editor and an Editorial Policy and reporters who chaff under it. There has to be some more meat on those bones or it is just a “Dob bites man” story. Coordination with others? “For Political Effect”? TDS? Pushing deliberate lies? Those make it a story. “I don’t want to cover air conditioner breakdown, I want to cover political corruption” is just complaining about your boss…

    But I guess we’ll see whenever the rest of the story drops. This was the teaser, I’ll wait for the main course then decide.

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  249. jim2 says:

    Danny, a boy who struggled with math, wrote that into a test. His old-fashioned teacher, an older woman, did everything she could to professionally teach him that but it was hard. Instead, the spoiled brat’s wrong answer was increasingly violently defended by Danny’s dumb parents, the teacher’s dumb principal, activists on the street, and an Orwellian legal committee of the city hall. The plot ended with a happy end. When the teacher was fired, she got a compensation of $2 thousand for the last month plus $2 thousand for the present one. She could use the new standards to claim that the total is $22 thousand. ;-) She would be even richer with $20002000 dollars.

    I have really liked the video and created the Czech subtitles. Now, in 2021, this satirical video is no longer satirical, at least not in California where a whole movement of staggering, aggressive morons is openly and proudly embracing Danny’s attitude (see the real fights about “math is racist” in the media). The value of the mathematical expressions may be anything and any constraint that “only one answer is right” is an oppression of some kind, they scream. And by “them”, I mean numerous individuals or members of a mob who aren’t safely confined in a padded cell where they belong.

    https://motls.blogspot.com/2021/06/widespread-defense-of-11-isnt-2-means.html

  250. jim2 says:

    Ivory Hecker on Tuesday morning posted audio of the call from her supervisor online.

    Later Tuesday, Project Veritas released recording of Fox News Corp supervisor telling Hecker to “cease and desist” posting on Hydroxychloroquine, the life saving drug touted by President Trump.

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/06/breaking-fox-26-reporter-releases-tape-corruption-censorship-fox-corp-boss-told-cease-desist-posting-hydroxychloroquine-video/

  251. jim2 says:

    The election-shattering Antrim County Michigan audit report of the 2020 Election results in the County, released in December 2020, reported that the Microsoft SQL Server Database was present and was not protected with a password.

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/06/exclusive-yes-sql-found-voting-machines-indicates-election-data-read-manipulated/

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