W.O.O.D. – 3 July 2021


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

Immediate prior one here:

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

Canonical list of old ones here:

“Stuff” Happens

This is the American Independence Day Weekend. I’m posting this on the 3rd of July, splitting the difference between the “most likely when the deed was done” 2nd of July and the “official date” 4th of July.

( H/T Compu Gator for the July 2nd history)

There’s rampant paranoia among our “Dear Leaders” in The D.C. Area (District Of Criminals, now). They’ve been prattling on about a “new insurrection” they expect, despite there having never been an old one.

When Antifa and Marxist Black Lives Matter Minimized riot and burn down many blocks of Portland, Seattle, Minneapolis and more, even throwing fire bombs at a Federal Court, and with several shot and killed in the "Chaz autonomous zone" – that stuff, the Marxists Democrats define as a "Peaceful Protest".

When unarmed conservatives use their voices to ask for The Rule Of Law to be upheld, have the door held open for them by police, and enter a building, or even just stand in front of it waving flags; that they brand as an "insurection". (Instigated in a False Flag event by FBI informants / agitators / instigators, Antifa plants, and,more. I was there and had at least 3 such folks attempt to "jin up the crowd" to enter the building. One clearly Antifa. The other looked more Junior FBI agent. I chose to stand my ground and stay on the road in the "approved" pathway.)

But looks like even Crazy Uncle Joe isn't buying it:


Biden Hosting Huge July 4th Party After Telling States, Citizens Not to Hold Large Gatherings
Way to change your mind at the last minute, Biden. States now have two weeks to establish their own celebrations of independence.
Posted by Mary Chastain Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at 07:00am

President Joe Biden will host a large Independence Day gathering on July 4 after telling states not to have celebrations and even denying some permits to hold fireworks.

The White House encouraged officials to host their own events, but I cannot imagine anyone would have an easy time organizing something so big in only two-and-a-half weeks.

Nor can I imagine anyone, with a choice of Beer & BBQ with friends vs. trudging off to The D.C., choosing the latter over the former. Ether to make a fuss OR to attend whatever Creepy Joe thinks is a party. I’ve got better things to do with my time than that. I need to fill the propane tank and get the stuff ready for the grill, among other things.

Russian Ransom-Ware Strikes Again

When you pay ransom, you get more attacks. The ONLY correct response is a scorched earth policy toward anything and anyone involved in the attack. Make it hurt so much they don’t dare do it again. But, it seems, most “management” are just too much the coward and too little the warrior to do the right thing.


I’ve bolded the key bits:

Jul. 02, 2021 20:48 PM EST
Ransomware Hits Hundreds Of Us Companies, Security Firm Says
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — A ransomware attack paralyzed the networks of at least 200 U.S. companies on Friday, according to a cybersecurity researcher whose company was responding to the incident.

The REvil gang, a major Russian-speaking ransomware syndicate, appears to be behind the attack, said John Hammond of the security firm Huntress Labs. He said the criminals targeted a software supplier called Kaseya, using its network-management package as a conduit to spread the ransomware through cloud-service providers. Other researchers agreed with Hammond’s assessment.

“Kaseya handles large enterprise all the way to small businesses globally, so ultimately, (this) has the potential to spread to any size or scale business,” Hammond said in a direct message on Twitter. “This is a colossal and devastating supply chain attack.”

Hey, Biden! How’s that letter to Putin working out for you? /snark; Did you forget to say “Please and thank you”?

Such cyberattacks typically infiltrate widely used software and spread malware as it updates automatically.
“This is SolarWinds with ransomware,” he said. He was referring to a Russian cyberespionage hacking campaign discovered in December that spread by infecting network management software to infiltrate U.S. federal agencies and scores of corporations.

Cybersecurity researcher Jake Williams, president of Rendition Infosec, said he was already working with six companies hit by the ransomware. It’s no accident that this happened before the Fourth of July weekend, when IT staffing is generally thin, he added.

“There’s zero doubt in my mind that the timing here was intentional,” he said.

Hammond of Huntress said he was aware of four managed-services providers — companies that host IT infrastructure for multiple customers — being hit by the ransomware, which encrypts networks until the victims pay off attackers. He said thousand of computers were hit.

“We currently have three Huntress partners who are impacted with roughly 200 businesses that have been encrypted,” Hammond said.

Hammond wrote on Twitter: “Based on everything we are seeing right now, we strongly believe this (is) REvil/Sodinikibi.” The FBI linked the same ransomware provider to a May attack on JBS SA, a major global meat processer.

The federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency said in a statement late Friday that it is closely monitoring the situation and working with the FBI to collect more information about its impact.

That last line translates to: “We phoned up the FBI guy and he’s going make coffee for us as we watch the folks actually trying to fix this. Oh, and we’re going to bring the donuts.”

CISA urged anyone who might be affected to “follow Kaseya’s guidance to shut down VSA servers immediately.” Kaseya runs what’s called a virtual system administrator, or VSA, that’s used to remotely manage and monitor a customer’s network.

The privately held Kaseya says it is based in Dublin, Ireland, with a U.S. headquarters in Miami. The Miami Herald recently described it as “one of Miami’s oldest tech companies” in a report about its plans to hire as many as 500 workers by 2022 to staff a recently acquired cybersecurity platform.

Brian Honan, an Irish cybersecurity consultant, said by email Friday that “this is a classic supply chain attack where the criminals have compromised a trusted supplier of companies and have abused that trust to attack their customers.”

IOW “Ooops. Our bad. I guess we aren’t really very good at this “cybersecurity” stuff after all.”

IMHO, the very first mistake in this chain is to put anything really important on machines that have any connection to the internet at all. The second one is to outsource the management of it. The third one is to have Root Authority housed at that offsite / outsourced location.

Then again, I’m sort of a Surly Curmudgeon sort on computer security.

Active since April 2019, the group known as REvil provides ransomware-as-a-service, meaning it develops the network-paralyzing software and leases it to so-called affiliates who infect targets and earn the lion’s share of ransoms.

REvil is among ransomware gangs that steal data from targets before activating the ransomware, strengthening their extortion efforts. The average ransom payment to the group was about half a million dollars last year, said the Palo Alto Networks cybersecurity firm in a recent report.

Some cybersecurity experts predicted that it might be hard for the gang to handle the ransom negotiations, given the large number of victims — though the long U.S. holiday weekend might give it more time to start working through the list.

Were I POTUS / TLAs: I’d first off shut down all routed traffic from Russia for a few weeks. Make it clear to Russia that when we can correctly finger it as a group IN Russia doing the deed, it is up to THEM and THEIR police to shut that group down. Or just not be connected to the USA and allies. PITA for companies doing business there? Sure it is. OTOH repeated ransomware attacks are a PITA too. So “Share the pain”.

I’d also do my best to identify individuals and facilities involved and task the TLAs with arranging appropriate “accidents”. Send spyware back up their wires. Empty their bank accounts. etc. In short, counter attack. Hard. People stop doing things that are painful and not profitable. Make it so.

Anyone identified as related to the crime, if they ever leave Russia, pick them up and cart them off somewhere for a few years.

Climate Models Are Lousy

Yeah, real “news at 11” stuff, huh? But now someone inside the club is admitting it.


Dr. Mototaka Nakamura received a Doctorate of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and for nearly 25 years specialized in abnormal weather and climate change at prestigious institutions that included MIT, Georgia Institute of Technology, NASA, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, JAMSTEC and Duke University.

In his book The Global Warming Hypothesis is an Unproven Hypothesis, Dr. Nakamura explains why the data foundation underpinning global warming science is “untrustworthy” and cannot be relied on:

“Global mean temperatures before 1980 are based on untrustworthy data,” writes Nakamura. “Before full planet surface observation by satellite began in 1980, only a small part of the Earth had been observed for temperatures with only a certain amount of accuracy and frequency. Across the globe, only North America and Western Europe have trustworthy temperature data dating back to the 19th century.”

And that’s even assuming that the average of an intrinsic property, temperature, has any meaning. Samples of many different things, averaged, mean nothing. Only if it were the exact same thing, measured repeatedly, would you have some meaning. So the average of temperature reading for a single billet of steel when averaged will give a better estimate of the temperature of that billet of steel. It is a constant mass, specific heat, phase of matter, composition, etc. Measure the temperature of it, a cup of tea, the top of a cloud, and my car engine; average it and you get complete trash. Temperature is intrinsic to each single item.

The whole surface of the earth is not made up of one single thing. Air density, humidity, phase of water in it (from vapor to liquid to ice) and more all change from spot to spot. You absolutely can not under any circumstance use that “meaningless average of temperatures” as a proxy for heat gain or loss.

It would make about as much sense as measuring the average temperature of engines on the freeway to determine if you are speeding up or slowing down.

But now we have Nakamura.

The good doctor has accused the orthodox scientists of “data falsification” in the form adjusting historical temperature data down to inflate today’s subtle warming trend — something Tony Heller has been proving for years on his website realclimatescience.com.

Nakamura writes: “The global surface mean temperature-change data no longer have any scientific value and are nothing except a propaganda tool to the public.”

The climate models are useful tools for academic studies, he admits. However: “The models just become useless pieces of junk or worse (as they can produce gravely misleading output) when they are used for climate forecasting.”

Climate forecasting is simply not possible, Nakamura concludes, and the impacts of human-caused CO2 can’t be judged with the knowledge and technology we currently possess.

The models grossly simplify the way the climate works.

As well as ignoring the sun, they also drastically simplify large and small-scale ocean dynamics, aerosol changes that generate clouds (cloud cover is one of the key factors determining whether we have global warming or global cooling), the drivers of ice-albedo: “Without a reasonably accurate representation, it is impossible to make any meaningful predictions of climate variations and changes in the middle and high latitudes and thus the entire planet,” and water vapor.

The climate forecasts also suffer from arbitrary “tunings” of key parameters that are simply not understood.

He writes:

“The real or realistically-simulated climate system is far more complex than an absurdly simple system simulated by the toys that have been used for climate predictions to date, and will be insurmountably difficult for those naive climate researchers who have zero or very limited understanding of geophysical fluid dynamics. The dynamics of the atmosphere and oceans are absolutely critical facets of the climate system if one hopes to ever make any meaningful prediction of climate variation.”

Solar input is modeled as a “never changing quantity,” which is absurd.

“It has only been several decades since we acquired an ability to accurately monitor the incoming solar energy. In these several decades only, it has varied by one to two watts per square meter. Is it reasonable to assume that it will not vary any more than that in the next hundred years or longer for forecasting purposes? I would say, No.”

Finally some off what we have been pointing out for over a decade is filtering into the Citadel…

Send In The Suits, There Must Be Suits…


By Howell Woltz -July 2, 2021
As first disclosed here, the Chinese Communist Party—CCP—purchased controlling interest in Dominion Voting Systems from Staples Street Capital in Canada, via UBS Bank on October 8th, 2020, less than a month before the biggest vote fraud in American history.

We showed you the SEC filings last year, so that’s not a rumour, it’s a fact that this business deal occurred. The CCP owns controlling interest in (and over) Dominion Voting Systems and its many subsidiaries.
The U.S. Census Bureau estimates there were 153.07 million registered voters in 2020 (including dead, ghost voters, non-residents, etc—and even dogs in PA)—that’s the number registered to vote last year.

On Dec. 5th, 2020, totals were announced:

Biden-   81.2 million
Trump- 74.2 million
Independents- 2.9 million
Total            158.2 million

Got it? But there were 158.2 million votes for president on Nov. 3rd, 2020

Do you see a problem here? That’s 5 million more votes than voters even including the massive fake and illegal registrations now being removed from voter rolls by the hundreds of thousands.
In fact, only 66.7% of all ‘eligible’ voters actually showed up according to statista.com —which is a record in American history if true—but let’s use that number.

At a 66.7% turnout of an estimated 200 million eligible voters, that means only 133.4 million voters—
including all the illegal and dead ones—cast 158.2 million ballots for president of the United States.

Friends and neighbours, that’s 25 million more votes than voters, which is why when the overpaid liars on CNN, ABC, MSNBC and NPR say “no evidence of fraud in the 2020 election”—I say, “no evidence of brains or integrity on cable and network TV”. None.
So, Mike Lindell—and any who allowed him a voice in the public square—were sued by the CCP’s voting machine company in American courts.

All who allowed Mike on TV (or helped tell this story)—like FOX News got sued ($1.6 billion), Rudy Giuliani ($1.3 billion), Sidney Powell ($1.3 billion) and NewsMax (who grovelled at the CCP’s feet to get off the hook and including every chicken-stuff outlet in the nation) were silenced by China but one who stood up to them—Real America’s Voice.

Desperate to shut down these independent findings of fraud, the CCP’s Dominion also sued Mike Lindell ($1.3 billion) and his company, My Pillow (also $1.3 billion) to stifle any truth or opinion of his findings.

The CCP subsidiary’s lawyers then sent over 150 threatening letters to businesses and individuals to scare them into silence—and it worked—but not with Mike Lindell.
The Federal District Court in Minneapolis just shut down the CCP’s effort to have Mike Lindell’s $2 billion lawsuit against their company, Dominion, dismissed.

The court is just doing its job, but I applaud them nonetheless, as that is a very rare thing today in my homeland.

On June 28th, the court ordered the case to move forward to full discovery—meaning Lindell will have access to everything—yes, everything—in any way related to Dominion’s operations which dealt with the 2020 election.

FWIW, I’ve just gotten a quick short education in “Trusts” as a relative is selling a house, in a trust, that is shared with my spouse. Key takeaway in this context?

IF you have an asset, like a house, in a Trust, it is not available to your creditors. This does vary with the type of the trust, so apply lawyers as needed, but basically some kinds of Trusts become the legal owner of the asset held for your benefit, and they are not you.

Anyone who has a high profile exposure to China, The DNC, or any nutjob on the left ought to have the bulk of their assets in various “Trusts”. What do I own, personally? A few old cars and some household junk. Most of the rest is in some kind of “Trust” or in a retirement account.

So hopefully those lawyers, politicians, political hangers on, and Mike Lindell have done that kind of Estate Planning.

But “Watch this space” for tremendous gnashing of teeth, shrieks of horror, and head banging as Dominion and the CCP learn what “Discovery” means ;-)

A 26 minute video on what Mike Lindell is persuing. A Ciber Attack from China.


To download the video as an MP4 file:


For me, that last link pops open the video in a new widow where you can “rightclick to save as” the file.

For more, see:

Trump Social Media site: https://gettr.com/


Or Whatfinger:


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229 Responses to W.O.O.D. – 3 July 2021

  1. another ian says:

    “Microsoft Warns of Critical Vulnerability Called ‘PrintNightmare’”


  2. jim2 says:

    Businesses and governments love what technology can do for the bottom line, but hate having to staff their IT department – tech is not what most of them do, so they see it as a pain. So, they are loving the trend to let Amazon, Microsoft, or Google host their data so they don’t have to buy, upgrade, and generally manage servers. Same story for programs as there are off the shelf solutions for various business activities.

    However … centralized management means a centralize weak point. But none of this will stop the trend to out source.

  3. jim2 says:

    Antifa is currently attacking protesters at the Korean spa in California that allowed a biological male customer to flash their penis at women and girls because of their “gender identity.”

    Among those attacked by the militant leftists, so far, include a woman, a journalist, a preacher and a Latino couple.


  4. philjourdan says:

    Compu-Gator is correct on the dates. But “Independence Day” is designated by when it was signed, not written. And again, as Compu-Gator said, only John Hancock (there is debate on whether the second person signed it that day or later) signed on July 4th, that was the date they picked as Independence day.

    It was not when the DOI was agreed to, it was when it was signed.

    It is also why folks are told to put their John Hancock on official documents. Not because he signed with the flourish, but because he signed first.

  5. E.M.Smith says:

    Sparky Smokey Flamey Locking Cars:


    This is a new car, and something of a new model. It burst into flames all on its own, and refused to unlock the doors…

    Report: Driver Trapped in Tesla After It Bursts into Flames, Electronic Doors Fail

    A Tesla Model S Plaid reportedly erupted into flames outside of Philadelphia, trapping the owner inside after electronically activated doors refused to open, the car owner’s attorneys claim. The driver escaped from the Tesla, but the fire took more than two hours for the fire department to extinguish.

    The Washington Post reports that a Tesla Model S Plaid erupted into flames as the owner was driving down the road, the owner’s attorneys claim that the man was briefly trapped inside the burning vehicle after the car’s electronically activated doors refused to open.

    So you have a car that can, does, and has several to many times, spontaneously burst into flames.

    It takes up to an hour to assure it won’t just reignite even with flooding it with water.

    The doors are electronically locked. (I’d guess with that automatic lock over 5 mph ‘feature’ too) but then can’t or won’t unlock when the battery is failed / on fire.

    Um, sounds like a problem to me…

    The chief fire officer of the Lower Merion Township Fire Department, Charles McGarvey, confirmed to the Post that there was a fire Tuesday involving a Tesla Model S Plaid and it took over two hours to extinguish.

    “With the Teslas, you’ve got to just put copious amounts of water on it,” he said. “After that, you’ve got to sit 45 minutes, an hour, [and] once it stops smoking you can release it to second responders. We had it towed to a location that was secured.”

    Sounds like he’s had experience putting them out. Wonder just how many…

  6. John Hultquist says:

    HAL: I’m afraid I can’t let you do that Dave.

    Tesla: Dave, I’ve locked the doors and don’t know how to unlock them.

  7. Compu Gator says:

    Well!  It looks like Tropical Storm Elsa is headed straight not only for ‘OSSQSS’,  but also for the winter refuge of ‘H.R.’:


    That written, the National-Hurricane-Center forecast ‘cone’ is very tentative, esp. now, while this storm is so far from Florida. The trail of circled ‘S’ and eventual ‘H’ is not really the most likely track of the storm. So it’s foolish for folks to the east, e.g., in Central Florida, to interpret being at the inner edge of the ‘cone’ illustration as meaning that there’s little chance of them being affected by this storm.

  8. another ian says:

    “Here’s How Kids Are Using Soft Drinks to Fake Positive Results on COVID-19 Tests”


  9. another ian says:

    “Why do I get the feeling they’re getting desperate?

    We’ve heard a great deal about the new “Delta variant” of COVID-19, which is being hyped around the world as a major threat. It’s said to infect even people who’ve been vaccinated, and has even led some areas to reimpose mandatory masking and other precautions.

    Trouble is, the symptoms of the Delta variant are indistinguishable from plain, ordinary, seasonal hay fever. The fact that the Delta variant was identified precisely during hay fever season in the northern hemisphere makes me suspicious, to put it mildly. Is it possible that the powers that be, desperate to hold onto their illegitimate emergency powers seized willy-nilly during the first COVID-19 outbreak, have invented the whole Delta variant schemozzle? If not, is it at least possible that the Delta variant is a less harmful variant than earlier ones, and is being hyped up as a political excuse? One writer went so far as to describe it as “panic porn dressed up as science”. ”

    More at


  10. AC Osborn says:

    another ian says: 4 July 2021 at 5:45 am

    In the UK we have the Delta variant stats separate from the rest of COVID (supposedly) they do not make good reading for the Government narrative, because not only does it infect more young people it also infects single and double vaccinated people as well, although not as many.
    It also Kills more of them if they do get, which is not doing the “get vaccinated” message much good. It also kills more double vaccinated than single vaccinated, maybe because they are much older, but that also isn’t getting the right message across for the Government.

  11. AC Osborn says:

    Compu Gator says: 4 July 2021 at 5:00 am
    “Well! It looks like Tropical Storm Elsa is headed straight not only for ‘OSSQSS’, but also for the winter refuge of ‘H.R.’:”

    Take a look on the NuSchool Earth Wind map and see if you can pick it out from the rest of the winds.
    I am not sure why it is being hyped at this early stage unless the government want an excuse to demolish the Miami block of flats early and cover something up.
    It is very odd indeed.

  12. Simon Derricutt says:

    ACO – I’d think it would be a good idea to deliberately collapse the rest of that tower block, to protect the rescue workers. Figure that that block collapsed without any obvious cause except that its strength had decayed, and thus that the rest of it may also come down at any time because it’s similarly only just staying up. Meantime the rescue workers are removing surface weight and thus changing the stresses on the remaining structure. I think those workers are at a pretty major (but unquantifiable) risk working close to it since the ground conditions underneath it aren’t known. Brave people. A higher than normal wind may be all it needs to tip over what’s left.

  13. Ossqss says:

    The real challenge here will be with the rain. We have been getting lots of rain for the last few weeks and things are quite saturated. Flooding will be an issue. The dirty side of the storm is on the right side normally. If you would like to peruse the various modeling, here ya go. Drop downs and control buttons required. I usually look at the MSLP anomalies on the global models. Additionally, the center is quite small and may be open at this point with such disorganization.


    The Dvorak (sat band 14) usually tells the tale of health in these types of systems. This one doesn’t look healthy right now.


  14. another ian says:

    Worth following IMO

    “Preview, The Fourth Branch of Government
    July 4, 2021 | Sundance | 274 Comments”


  15. Compu Gator says:

    E.M.Smith commented on 23 June 2021 at 6:18 pm GMT [*]:

    In Orlando, Florida Friend and I had a Looong night at the Beers Of The World (where some of us met before) with none of the customers wearing masks.

    From sketchy details you gave elsewhere at the time, I believe that was the “Dr. Phillips” B.o.t.W.. Therefore not the B.o.t.W. genuine-downtown outpost that occupies the former ballroom of the Cherry Plaza Hotel. But you reasonably chose easy parking after a demanding drive, sparing yourself the stress of continuing from there into Orlando’s genuine downtown.

    It wasn’t easy to be granted freedom to unmask for customers of pubs & bars.

    I believe that the State of Florida owed the customers & owners of pubs & bars, whose businesses had been decreed , with surprising suddenness, to shut down at 5 p.m. on 17 March 2020. Yes, indeed: The Feast of St. Patrick, a Tuesday. Not some easily explained beginning or end to the civil week. Ummm, what percentage of the annual income of pubs & bars is earned on that 1 day, hmmm?  Owners were not freed from legal obligations to pay rents or mortgages, electricity, &c. That looked to me like expression of some kind of personal vendetta.

    But soon afterward, the State allowed only “restaurants” to resume openly tapping & serving alcohol in substantial amounts, at least outside, without requiring masks on their customers once a drink was in front of them. So “restaurants” should have been recognized as epidemiologically indistinguishable from pubs & bars serving the same drinks under the same conditions. Never mind that, e.g., Universal Orlando instructs its trainees that “restaurants on its City Walk earn the majority of their profits from alcohol sales. Ah, no! 

    Pubs & bars were sensibly & broadly granted their freedom at last on 25 Sep. 2020 [🍻︎]. The impact, could anyone have doubted it, was plenty clear within 2 days [Note 🍻︎🍻︎ : ]

    Note * :  Over yonder in https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2021/06/22/yes-pilots-dying-but-company-says-it-is-fine/#comment-146835. I mean, really!  Why would even Chiefio‘s regulars think to look over there for this discussion?

    Note 🍻︎ :  E.g., “Florida Lifts COVID-19 Restaurant Rules, Halts Mask Penalties”.  By Spectrum News Staff Pinellas County. UPDATED 6:02 AM ET Sep. 26, 2020 PUBLISHED 12:10 PM ET Sep. 25, 2020. https://www.mynews13.com/fl/orlando/news/2020/09/25/no-restrictions-for-restaurants-as-desantis-moves-florida-to-phase-3-reopening. Spectrum [cable] operates cable-only local news channels. Its cable-only local news channel is also numbered 13 for its metro Orlando monopoly.

    Note 🍻︎🍻︎ :  :  E.g., https://nypost.com/2020/09/27/florida-bars-packed-after-state-lifts-covid-19-restrictions/.

  16. E.M.Smith says:

    As Florida Friend has moved and address is now deprecated,, I can now divulge to the world that the Beers Of The World in question is the one in Clermont, Florida. Pardon my prior indirections so as to obscure actual physical locations to the Cancel Culture Trolls.

    FWIW, Florida Friend and I have in fact been to the Dr. Phillips one from time to time. Especially when we were working at Disney and I was in hotels nearer that area. Nice one too! Will likely be my next BotW since F.F. is now in Orlando proper…

  17. another ian says:

    E.M. To go with your “stove collection”

    Some history on the hurricane lamp

    And note that the third world puts about as much kero through them as the US does jet fuel.

    No doubt “fossil fuel free” will be a hit.

    Also explains why Tilley lights are still being made – https://tilleylamp.co.uk/

  18. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    FWIW, I have 2 “Hurricane Lamp” in my disaster kit.
    I also have 2 Coleman Lanterns. One is a “multifuel” for unleaded gas, gasoline, stoddard solvent. The other is an old school one for Kerosene. (My propane mantle lanterns are Primus, not Colman, and very small single mantle ones…)

    Basically, I got set up to use any fuel from propane through gasoline to kerosene for light and cooking. Also Diesel, wood and charcoal for cooking, and wax (i.e. candles) for lighting.

    Yeah, way overkill. But it was interesting.

    (And yes, I’ve got a wide collection of electric lamps and flashlights too ;-)

  19. another ian says:

    I progressed from Tilley light to 32 volt electric for homework.

    Tilley has been around a while – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tilley_lamp

  20. stewartpid says:

    Another Ian …. we had a bunch of Tilley like kerosene lamps at our cottage in the 1950’s … I loved it because it seemed so rustic. I especially liked having an ice box that took real blocks of ice …although I know my dad hated the endless getting ice in the hottest part of the summer. We got electricity in the cottage about 1960 and the fun stopped …. still had an outhouse until the 70’s!!

  21. another ian says:

    “In Mexico deaths were 50% higher for 8 months, then it starts Ivermectin…”



    “Repulsive and incoherent”

    Links to a WHO production


  22. jim2 says:

    We aren’t hearing much about it, but Biden’s Rasmussen daily Presidential poll numbers are pretty horrible.

    Date Approval Index Strongly Approve Strongly Disapprove Total Approve Total Disapprove
    06-Jul-21 No Polling – Fourth of July
    05-Jul-21 No Polling – Fourth of July
    02-Jul-21 -11 30% 41% 48% 50%
    01-Jul-21 -10 30% 40% 48% 49%
    30-Jun-21 -11 29% 40% 48% 50%
    29-Jun-21 -11 29% 40% 49% 49%
    28-Jun-21 -13 28% 41% 49% 49%

  23. E.M.Smith says:

    ANOTHER video channel: https://www.howtube.com

    Also Randall Carlson (kosmographia stuff ) is not being paid by the old web site,(sacredgeometry international), so is no longer providing it content. Sales there are not approved. He is now at: https://randallcarlson.com

  24. Jon K says:

    Deja Vu :(

    Intentional destruction of the economy continues.

  25. Simon Derricutt says:

    Seems there’s a bug in Windoze that applies to all versions, where the print server can give hackers system privileges. https://msrc.microsoft.com/update-guide/vulnerability/CVE-2021-34527
    Probably won’t affect a lot of people here who aren’t using Windoze, but some are. Patches available for a lot of versions back to W7.

  26. E.M.Smith says:

    Trump live ATM:


    Also, FWIW, Windowz 11 only runs on newer Intel procssors. i8? Something like that. But right now you can buy new Windows computers that can not upgrade to W-11…

  27. E.M.Smith says:

    Trump filing a Class Action lawsuit against Facebook, Twitter, Google and their CEOs. Wants end of censorship, shadowbans, etc. and damages.

  28. jim2 says:

    Note that this isn’t a comment on IVM, as I’m a believer in it. However, the vaccine does appear to be keeping people from hospitalization and dying from COVID.

    About 95% of hospitalizations and 98% of deaths over that time have been among unvaccinated people, the governor added.


  29. Jon K says:

    Purely local experience from a suburban Chicago hospital, but the vaccine is not preventing hospitalizations here. My wife is a nurse on the Covid floor and 95% of the Covid patients have been fully vaccinated. At this point, any numbers a governor or some other government flunky puts out for the puts out for the public, I’m assuming is a lie designed for some political purpose and/or scare tactics.

  30. jim2 says:

    Jon K. In the Utah instance, there are multiple sources that back up the number quoted.

  31. jim2 says:

    RE: Chicago. Unless you believe they are lying, COVID hospitalizations and deaths are way down there.

  32. Jon K says:

    Yes, the cases are down in Chicago, which confirms what my wife is seeing. That doesn’t change the fact that the vast majority of hospitalizations are vaccinated. I’m not offering this as a peer reviewed study, just a real life, unfiltered, unbiased data point that doesn’t fit the majority of the reporting on this issue.

  33. jim2 says:

    Jon – I didn’t find any info on vac vs non-vac in hospitals, so not contradicting your assertion.

  34. E.M.Smith says:

    @JIm2 & JonK:

    The key here, IMHO, is “playing with statistics”

    Unless there’s a big surge in vaccinations over the next several weeks, it’s looking unlikely that Utah will reach Gov. Spencer Cox’s goal of seeing 70% of adults in the state have at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine
    over the past three months are occurring among those who are not vaccinated.
    About 95% of hospitalizations and 98% of deaths over that time have been among unvaccinated people, the governor added.

    So first off, well under 70% have been jabbed. My guess would be that NOW we are at about 55%-60%. But what were we at 3 months ago? 30%? 40%. AND that is for “one dose” in many cases. How many first doses were handed out just in the last month to people self selected for healthy and didn’t get it yet?

    Also note that treatments have improved over time. Does that factor in to skewing toward more deaths 3 months ago when most folks were not jabbed?

    What I’d ask is just WHEN was the 50% mark reached? 2 Months ago? One?

    In which case, why would anyone at all be surprised if folks who are unvaccinated are the majority of the population? Then, you also have a self selection bias. Folks who are rushing out to get injected with experimental juice are likely also hiding in their basements and wearing BL3 Bunny suits /sarc; But you get the idea. They likely are also taking care to get vit-D up and not “some bum” sleeping on the street.

    Finally, I cray BOGUS on those percentages. 95%? 98%? You can’t get that large a percentage just from errors in recording data…

    While I have no doubt that the shot confers some significant protection against having a hard bad case of Chinese Wuhan Covid, the statistics that Politician quotes are bent. How far bent I do not know, but definitely skewed for effect.

    As a side note:

    This will also be “Pre-Delta / India variant” where the UK data show more deaths among the “vaccinated” than among the un-jabbed. That story still needs to play out to tell us if that statistic is from “more old in the jabbed population” or is “early signs of ADE”. (I’m suspecting aged vs kids).

  35. Terry Jackson says:

    Back to Hydroponics, via Instapundit
    THE LEFTIES ARE PUSHING FAKE MEAT AND NOW HYDROPONIC VEGETABLES. There’s just one downside: “Hydroponic production is not growing because it produces healthier food. It’s growing because of the money. Anyone who frames this as food for the people or the environment is just lying.”

    Okay, two downsides: “Although the nutritional profile of hydroponic produce continues to improve, no one yet knows what kind of long-term health impact fruits and vegetables grown without soil will have.”

    Okay, three: “Frankly, the vegetables and fruits such as strawberries have almost no flavor. Tomatoes taste like red sponges. It’s efficient but that’s it.”

    So why are they pushing it? “Vertical farms can be built next to urban centers.” Maybe it’s part of the urban/rural war. Protecting the supply lines.

  36. another ian says:

    “Just road out a 4.8 magnitude earthquake maybe 25 miles away. ”


  37. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    Put this in context that I’ve got my 7.x badge… It was exciting, but I’m no longer worried about anything under an 8…

    I don’t even notice 4.x quakes anymore. A 5.x will be a fun ride and no worries. 6.x starts to be a bit of excitement, but not a worry.

    We have gotten phone calls from family far far away asking how are we after a 4.x quake. Or constant answer is “We had a quake??”…

    But the humor in the link was good ;-)

    @Terry Jackson:

    Hydroponic vegetables are actually quite good. The tomatoes are very tasty and the lettuce is divine. (I’ve done hydroponic lettuce and more, there are links up).

    Plants are simple creatures with simple needs. They take very well to hydroponics. Provide the minerals they expect, you get superior products. There is no political aspect to hydroponics.

    Hydroponics First Harvest Time?

    And it all was quite tasty…

  38. another ian says:

    It is getting a bit like this!

    “Mr Subliminal comments on current events …

    I think this Justin Trudeau is one of the best prime ministers we’ve had in a while (except for all the other ones) and his opposition counterparts are uniformly excellent (material for satire), and an election will settle who is best suited to run the country (into the ground) and allow the people to set a new course (the people at Microsoft that is).

    I certainly look forward to the Olympics, in fact I can’t wait for them (to end), and I am sure we will see some dazzling displays of sportsmanship (in old highlight reels) and patriotism (if they show the 1936 games anyway). Canada as always can be expected to do very well (at finishing fourth).

    This COVID continues to concern a lot of people (named Karen) and thank goodness there are now effective vaccines (for tuberculosis) to help contain this terrible illness (I’ve heard it can take a couple of days to stop sneezing). I look forward to a return to normal so we can travel (to the camps) and meet up for drinks (once again at the camps).

    Like most of you, I hope there will be justice for all (Hillary Clinton) and that people of all races, colours and creeds can get along (armed standoff) without all the name calling and violence (what am I smoking?) that have been an inevitable consequence of recent events (agitators on speaking tours).

    Finally I’d like to say what great people all of you must be (comment removed by moderator).”


  39. tom0mason says:

    Dr Dolores Cahill gives a heartfelt video interview to Mike Ryan of Asia Pacific Today stating that millions will likely die from the COVID ‘vaccines’, 1.6 million in Europe are already ‘vaccine injured.’
    See https://rumble.com/vjiao9-professor-dolores-cahill-says-over-1.6-million-injuries-from-vaccines-in-eu.html

  40. jim2 says:

    It would be nice if Dr. Cahill would supply text of her videos. Most of the alternative video platforms have no sub-titles.

  41. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    Good ones!


    For the present, all we have is Fear Porn vs Rational (but unproven) Fear.

    It will be nice once we have actual understanding…

    (I’m dodging both sets of fear with prophylactic ivermectin)

  42. another ian says:

    A user report on GETTR



  43. another ian says:



  44. another ian says:

    Re GETTR

    What is the betting?

    That in 3, 2, 1, there is a raucous chorus of democrat support for controls on social media?

  45. another ian says:

    The logic of bureaucracy – or the bureaucracy of logic?

    “Me: at the Supermarket:

    Why is there plastic on the payment keypad?

    Cashier: to protect people from Covid.

    Me: but isn’t everyone touching the plastic keypad the same way they would the regular keypad?

    Cashier: no words. Confused look.

    Me: Why Don’t you pack the grocery bags anymore?

    Cashier: Because of Covid -19 to reduce the spread of catching or spreading the virus.

    Me: But a shelf packer took it out of a box and put it on the shelf, a few customers might have picked it up and put back deciding they Don’t want it, I put it in my cart then on the conveyor belt, YOU pick it up to scan it… But putting it in a bag after you scan is risky??

    Cashier: no words, confused look


    Me: at the drive through

    Server: (holds a tray out the window with a bag of food for logical friend to grab)

    Me: why is my bag of food on a tray?

    Server: so I don’t touch your food because of Covid.

    Me: didn’t the cook touch my food? Didn’t the person wrapping my food touch it and then touch it again when placing it in my bag? Didn’t you touch the bag and put it on the tray? Didn’t you touch the tray?

    Server: no words. Confused look.


    Me: in society

    Society ; If you cough or sneeze do it in your elbow or sleeve,

    Also society : Don’t shake hands or hug anyone or you will spread the virus.. To greet people do an elbow tap instead.

    Me : Elbow tap ? Isn’t that where you tell people to sneeze or cough? into their elbow? Now you want people to tap each other with that elbow wouldn’t it be safer to sneeze into elbow and shake hands like we did before Covid


    Me: at a restaurant:

    Hostess: OK, I can seat you at this table right here (4 feet away), but I will need you to wear a mask to the table.

    Me: what happens when I get to the table?

    Hostess: you can take off the mask.

    Me: then it is safe over there?

    Hostess: yes.

    Me: are those fans blowing above the table? Is that the air-conditioning I feel? Is the air circulating in here?

    Hostess: no words. Confused look.

    Me: in society:

    You are not allowed to stand and drink at the pub you have to sit down.
    But at the shopping centre you are not allowed to sit down, all the chairs are roped off.
    Who thinks this sh#t up?

    Life is hard for logical people right now.

    We are being raised without the ability to process and execute logic. I can’t take the credit for this as I copied & pasted it, but just thought it sums up the current restrictions so well’

  46. tom0mason says:

    I do not believe in what Dr. Cahill says but it sure seems to have merit.
    My family thinks it rather strange that I can find non-government, non-MSM sources of news, evidence, opinion and contrary arguments to their received (biased) knowledge. They all seem to think I ‘believe’ in something very counter to their beliefs and (MSM) given opinions. I’ve told them many times ‘I do not believe in one side or the other’, they always think that this is some form of denial, whereas I keep reminding them that if you can not see all sides of an argument you can not make a rational decision of what true reality probably is or where it leads. This week has been a barrage of noise from them to get ‘vaccinated’. No I will not! My immune system already tells me it’s too excitable.
    On the whole I would rather be tending the garden than argue with them.

  47. another ian says:


  48. p.g.sharrow says:

    @another ian;
    During military training you are required to do pointless things over and over at command so that later you will just do what ever is ordered immediately and without question. You are being indoctrinated to follow any directive with out question. Most people will just do as commanded without thought,….for a while. Some of us are just contrary and demand “WHY” ;-) This ain’t the military…pg.

  49. H.R. says:

    @another ian – That one is really good!

    Removing all the zeros to make it look more like what people actually deal with was a masterstroke on the part of the person who came up with that one.

    Peoples’ eyes glaze over at ‘X’ billions or ‘Y’ trillions. Sez average Joe/Jane: “Meh. I suppose they know what they are doing.”

    Put it in terms of where they live and it becomes a real eye opener.
    I can’t find my bookmark right now, but Iowa Hawk had a post on ‘taxing the rich’ at 100%. It seems that if we taxed all of the U.S. billionaires at 100%, we wouldn’t couldn’t cover current spending. And that current spending was based gummint expenditures in… oh, about the year 2010 or so, maybe 2015.

  50. Ossqss says:

    The 2 at the bottom right corner opened my eyes wide shut.


  51. Power Grab says:

    This is a long video, but it’s full of details about the dozens of patents related to SARS-COV2:


  52. another ian says:

    Sounds about right

  53. jim2 says:

    AZ is doing a third audit. This one will merely count ballots, not votes, by machine.

  54. beththeserf says:

    Here’s a concise summary of Trump and the swamp by MatyrMade, Douglas Cooper –
    no relative! https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1413165168956088321.html

  55. another ian says:

    Just a touch of sarcasm here

    “Kamala Harris on Voter ID Says Rural Rubes in America Ain’t Got No Fancy Photocopy Stuff
    July 10, 2021 | Sundance | 171 Comments”


  56. tom0mason says:

    Very good video I found by commenter David Maddison on JoNova’s site (https://joannenova.com.au/2021/07/weekend-unthreaded-368/#comment-2441734 ).
    Please watch. Text from video follows.
    The title is Covid and the Clash of Ideologies



    The foundations of the bogus Covid narrative are crumbling. The novel recipe of lockdowns, masks, fear campaigns and lots of stickers turns out not only to entail horrific collateral damage, but to worsen Covid outcomes. An edifice of lies has been sustained by ruthless censorship, media blankets, and extensive conflicts of interest at our institutions of public health and science. As the lies are exposed, we stand at a crucial junction in history. Down one road lies a painful repeat lesson from history—that technocratic centralisation and surveillance deliver only stasis and gross inequality. Down the other lies an opportunity to cast off the yokes of woke critical theory, concentration of power and safety culture, and to reassert the generativity afforded only by personal agency, freedom of expression, decentralization and an evolutionary approach to knowledge and economy.

    Find full resources for this presentation at: https://www.pandata.org/covid-and-the-clash-of-ideologies/

    LBRY URLlbry://@PANDA#3b/CovidandtheClashofIdeologies#c

  57. another ian says:




  58. another ian says:

    The Fourth Branch

    Via CTH

  59. another ian says:

    Re Kamala’s “rural rubes”

    “Comment on ZH this morning
    Out here in Apple Country we had 3 injun scalpings yesterday, including my neighbor. This morning Fred Flintstone drove by in his foot-powered rock car. When we want the latest news we go to the regional cave and try to read the wall carvings by the light of burning tumbleweeds. Sometimes it takes us a week to get one burning, after knocking lots of different rocks together. Joe told us you city folk have something called a “knife” made out of “metal” you use to cut things with. Maybe one of you could lend us yours for awhile. We have something called “rope and lamppost” we’d be happy to lend you for your “Kamala” problem”

  60. AC Osborn says:

    For a whole new take on the so called Novel Sars virus youi need to watch this video. It is a bit of a shocker regarding it’s origin.

  61. E.M.Smith says:

    Per the clip from ACOsborn above:

    Well worth watching, though starts slow and a bit detail audit like… then this from the same folks:

    With the same “cuts” as they translate to German cut out… It seems Google has a financial stake in the Chinese Wuhan Covid “vaccine”…

  62. jim2 says:

    RE the ACO clip. Did anyone see a download for the paper/report discussed in the video? I know I would like to see it. It is difficult to determine what he means by “novel” corona virus. To me, it would mean the ENTIRE genome of the virus is novel. He seems to be talking about individual pieces of the genome that have been involved in patents over time, as researchers study corona viruses. So it is difficult to determine what he is talking about without the paper.

  63. cdquarles says:

    Well, since it is said to be a corona virus, the entire genome can not be novel. Parts, yes; wholly, no. Again, nucleic acid strings are not unique, and that is more true of short ones. Finally, there is no chemical that man can make that the rest of nature can’t; and vise-versa. Just because we have not run across a sequence before does not mean that said sequence has never existed before we do run across it.

  64. jim2 says:

    The entire combination of genes would have to be novel. No letter in the alphabet is novel, but one can still make up new (novel) words.

  65. jim2 says:

    And of course, novel has to mean new to us – if it had existed in the wild before this pandemic, we would have known about it, so I’m pretty sure it’s novel to the wild, if nothing else.

  66. vcmathjm says:

    This site
    has a summary of a long PDF on the safety of the current vaccines. It has a detailed look at the VAERS data, now over 9000 deaths. The link to the full vaccine-safety-faq is here

    Click to access Vaccine-safety-FAQ-1.pdf

  67. cdquarles says:

    My point, jim2, is that we truly do *not* know everything that there is to know about the chemical or biological world, for there are chemicals that we cannot detect. Tell me, how many chemicals are there in any mammalian body, let alone ours? List them, please. /rhetorical

  68. E.M.Smith says:


    By “novel” they mean ~”Just enough different to be different in action from what we have seen before” It cannot mean “entirely new” as most all traits are shared with precursor forms.

  69. jim2 says:

    Yes, EMS, exactly what I was saying. Like a new word, the combination of the entire number of genes has to be unique.

  70. jim2 says:

    Combination AND sequence.

  71. another ian says:

    The next (big) brotherly step

    “Major Escalation – Biden Allies and DNC Instructing Cell Phone Carriers to Filter and Censor Text Message Content
    July 12, 2021 | Sundance | 190 Comments”


  72. another ian says:

    “Biden’s new executive order was signed on Friday before these fools could realize, that they are no longer needed. Biden signed a new executive order to crack down on Big Tech, under the name of capitalism to boost competition across the board. Biden signed this new executive order aimed at cracking down on anti-competitive practices in Big Tech, labor, and numerous other sectors. There are 72 actions and recommendations that involve a dozen federal agencies, that are intended to reshape the thinking around corporate consolidation and antitrust laws.”


    Via SDA

  73. another ian says:

    Looks like “lawyer up” if you get in this situation

    “Interesting comment on what could happen in the US if an employee of a company gets sick or dies from a COVID19 vaccine:

    You cannot sue the vaccine companies and the government will not pay any damages either. They demand you get the jab, but have not done any research to ensure it is safe. However, if an employer insists that you get vaccinated, this is really quite foolish for they are NOT under the immunity blanket. If an employee missed work due to any side effects from receipt of the vaccine, the employer has a problem. Such an illness could be considered a compensable injury under workers’ compensation laws. If the employee dies because of a manadatory vaccine, the family may line up to sue the employer. Businesses better watch what they are doing. They can end up being responsible in many ways. Nobody asks if you got the flu shot or the Polio vaccine when you were a kid. Why is COVID so different when it is on par with the Flu insofar as being lethal. At the very least, this will become a Workman’s Comp claim which could seriously jeopardize the company long-term.


    Via Jo Nova

  74. Rienk says:


    I think it’s the bottom link on this page but that is just a literature review of the patents involved.


    The 2 papers named at the top are here:


    an here:


    Not sure if any of that helps your question.

  75. jim2 says:

    Rienk – Thanks. It would take a really deep dive to unravel the COVID-19 origins. But I’m not surprised there are elements of genome modifications patented over time, since C-19 is related to MERS and SARS-1.

  76. AC Osborn says:

    jim2 says:
    12 July 2021 at 12:23 pm

    Click to access The_Fauci_COVID-19_Dossier.pdf

  77. YMMV says:

    Novel vote analysis, for your entertainment. A foreign journalist noticed the similarity between the graphics of results in the election and that of vaccine uptake: States that voted Dem have higher vaccine uptake. Here’s the twist: note the states that do not follow this pattern, such as Georgia and Arizona.




    And speaking of rigged elections, here’s a claim that it happened in England too:

  78. jim2 says:

    Just got back from lunch with EMS in Tennessee. He is alive, well, and headed South.

  79. H.R. says:

    @jim2 – Great! Isn’t it nice to put faces to the people you ‘talk’ to on this blog? I’m glad you got a chance to meet and visit with E.M.

    E.M. did a segment on the March of the Thermometers (IIRC, and posted on WUWT), so anybody who saw that piece already got to put E.M’s face to his name.

    Anyhow, it’s also great to touch base in person and not have the delays in conversation that goes with the blog territory; comment…wait….. reply….wait…… reply…wait… and so on.

  80. jim2 says:

    Yes. I’m not the world’s most sociable guy, but I enjoyed meeting him.

  81. another ian says:
  82. jim2 says:

    ACO – I’ve been trying to vet the Fauci document. There is a lot there.

    First, the patent on the SARS-1 genome. That was acceptable when the patent was granted, but not after 2013 when the Supreme Court ruled that natural substances could not be patented. However, there are other aspects of the patent, such at the methods to detect the virus, that are still patent worthy.

    As to this statement (from the document): “In short, with Baric’s U.S. Patent 6,593,111 (Claims 1 and 5) and CDC’s ‘852 patent (Claim 1), no research in the United
    States could be conducted without permission or infringement.”

    It is, er, patently wrong. Anyone could and can do research on SARS-1, but couldn’t say create a commercial test for it that conflicted with a test outlined in the patent. But the patent wouldn’t hold back pure research in any way.

    I don’t have time to do much more on it right now, but as a group, I’m sure we could take parts of it and dig in.

  83. beththeserf says:

    Good news for a change, EM and Jim2 meeting.)

  84. jim2 says:

    One possible reason that the CDC patents biologicals – of course we can all imagine other reasons …
    Researchers around the world are racing to patent the SARS virus and its genetic material, rekindling criticism of laws that allow people to claim intellectual property rights on living things.

    Several biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, the U.S. government and researchers in Canada and Hong Kong have filed SARS-related patent applications in recent weeks, claiming ownership of everything from bits of genetic material to the virus itself.

    Nonprofit and government agencies said their applications are intended to keep the SARS work in the public domain, while private companies said patents will protect their research and development, and possibly lead to drug royalties.

    CDC claims ownership of virus
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for instance, claims ownership of the virus and its entire genetic content. Rather than trying to profit if such a patent were awarded, the CDC says its application is to prevent others from monopolizing the field.

    “The whole purpose of the patent is to prevent folks from controlling the technology,” said CDC spokesman Llelwyn Grant. “This is being done to give the industry and other researchers reasonable access to the samples.”

    Regardless of motive, the race to patent the SARS virus has revived the debate about the ethics of a pivotal U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 1980 that cleared the way for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to award patents for living things, most notably individual human genes.


  85. another ian says:

    Worth viewing IMO

  86. another ian says:
  87. another ian says:

    Fair comment IMO

  88. another ian says:

    Careful E.M. (/s on)

    “Guardian: The Florida Building Collapse was a George Floyd Climate Action Turning Point”


  89. p.g.sharrow says:

    After examination of pre-collapse videos ,In my opinion, the cause was age of poor quality concrete and poor design. Rain water leaking through cracked concrete rusted out the Steel Rebar of the pool deck over the parking garage. That deck shifted as it broke and sheared the supporting columns and caused a cascade failure of shifting loads on the buildings columns and decks, There was no water seal or drainage built into the exposed pool deck so that rain water tended to poolup and drained into cracks and leak into the garage below. Over 40 years this rusted out the crack pinning steel re-bar. ..pg

  90. jim2 says:

    Michigan resident Robert Williams testified about being wrongfully arrested by Detroit Police in an effort to urge Congress to pass legislation against the use of facial recognition technology. Williams’ testimony was part of a hearing held by the House of Representatives’ subcommittee on crime, terrorism, and homeland security, which dealt with how law enforcement uses the highly controversial surveillance technology. Congress recently introduced the Facial Recognition and Biometric Technology Moratorium, which would indefinitely ban its use by law enforcement. Williams was wrongfully arrested in 2020 for federal larceny after he was misidentified by the Detroit Police Department’s facial recognition software after they used a grainy image from the surveillance footage. He was then picked from a photo lineup by the store security guard who wasn’t actually present for the incident. According to his testimony, Williams was detained for thirty hours and was not given any food or water. […]


  91. AC Osborn says:

    jim2 says: 14 July 2021 at 12:36 am

    “Anyone could and can do research on SARS-1, but couldn’t say create a commercial test for it that conflicted with a test outlined in the patent. ”
    Can they work on a virus that the CDC say they own the rights to without permission, because they are admitting it is not a natural virus, they made it?

  92. jim2 says:

    Hi ACO. Patents on natural genomes were permitted when the patent was granted. Only in 2013 did SCOTUS determine they couldn’t be patented. So, the mere existence of the patent doesn’t mean the genome was man-made.

    Anyone who could isolate or otherwise obtain the isolate could do research on it, patent or no patent. They just wouldn’t be able to commercialize it.

  93. jim2 says:

    After a bit more research, it does appear that a patent would prevent someone from using the patented item or idea. So maybe the CDC could have prevented researchers from using the genome in their research. The CDC stated at the time they patented the genome in order to ensure it would be available for research. Learn something new every day!!

  94. another ian says:

    “Moderna Will Begin Study to Determine if it is Safe to Vaccinate Pregnant Women
    July 14, 2021 | sundance | 16 Comments”

    “Thousands of pregnant women have been force-vaccinated due to work requirements, peer pressure and demands by the U.S. government. Now the vaccine makers will do a clinical trial to determine if it is safe. [Clinical Trial Announcement Here] Call me crazy, but doesn’t that seem backward?”


  95. another ian says:

    For the record – way back in BC there was


    Which, it can be argued, helped spawn the “grey literature by showing how easy it was to wreck any sensational tale that gave traceable references.

    But now – see


  96. another ian says:


  97. another ian says:


  98. another ian says:

    A surfing disaster

  99. another ian says:

    The Tatra T87

    Totally unfair on the Czech Army as politics, Chamberlain and Co didn’t give them any chance to beat it

  100. jim2 says:

    I wonder what EMS will think about this? /sarc

    ZOMG announced on Tuesday that it is awarding the privacy-focused Tor Project a $670,000 grant to continue to develop Arti, a Rust coding language implementation of the Tor Client… Arti should make it simpler for third parties to embed and customize the Tor Client than the current implementation in the C coding language… “Arti is a project to make an improved version of Tor that will be more reliable, more secure, and easier for other software to use,” said Nick Mathewson, chief network architect and co-founder of the Tor Project. “We hope that within the next several years, Arti will become the preferred implementation of the Tor protocols….”


  101. jim2 says:

    The Freedom OS Phone is out. $500.

    The Freedom Phone is a free speech and privacy first focused phone. With features like tracking blockers and an uncensorable app store.


  102. another ian says:

    “US Surgeon General Asks Big Tech to Restrict Voices That Challenge Biden Regime Narrative on Vaccinations
    July 15, 2021 | Sundance | 195 Comments”


  103. another ian says:

    “Tucker Carlson Outlines Fulton County, Georgia, Ballot Fraud
    July 15, 2021 | Sundance | 61 Comments”


    Probably worse

  104. philjourdan says:

    Arizona is starting to release the audit findings. And they are everything that was promised. MOre than enough fraud to show AZ was stolen by Biden. None of the majors are reporting on it, but TGP has videos of the results. There is no spinning this unless you are the AZ SOS who is trying to say that it depends on what 2+2=

  105. philjourdan says:

    @EM – WIndoze 11 is not processor picky, but MB picky. SO it will run on the 3, 5 & 7, but not on most of the MBs being mass produced before now.

  106. E.M.Smith says:

    No Australia Friday posting tonight. Could not find an Outback Steakhouse in time, so sushi instead…

  107. jim2 says:

    Viewing the AZ Senate audit hearing. Someone ran 37000 queries so that the entries in the Windows event log would roll off, making the most recent date in the log Feb, 2021 – well after the election. The event log will hold a fixed volume of information, so the old entries roll off as new ones come in. The routers should tell the auditors who ran a script (as administrator) to make those log entries, but they can’t get the passwords from Maricopa county. The plot thickens.

  108. jim2 says:

    All the Dominion system admin users had the same password, so any individual with the password could log into a given system and carry out administrative tasks – and that would not be traceable.

  109. jim2 says:

    On the admin password issue, there is a hardware fob that is necessary to log on as admin on a given machine. Even so, the admin passwords should also be different. I’m guessing the fob were probably left plugged into the machines, but don’t know for a fact.

  110. another ian says:



  111. another ian says:

    For E.M.

    Judith Curry “(did i tell you i HATE the new wordpress editor. ”


  112. another ian says:

    “The best part of EV’s is that you can charge them at your home.”


  113. jim2 says:

    Two classes of AZ ballots for Maricopa County were pre-printed and on-demand printed. The ballots have a circle with a partial X on the front and a smaller X on the back that is supposed to line up with the X on the front. This ensures proper alignment of front and back, and also helps ensure that any bleed through from one side to the other won’t generate false votes or otherwise interfere with the machine-reading of the ballot. The X’s didn’t line up for many of the on-demand ballots.

    Earlier today the Arizona Senate held a hearing on the ongoing Maricopa County forensic audit.

    The audit team announced there were 74,000 ballots that were received and included in the 2020 Election in Maricopa County than were mailed out.
    Logan reported this along with other issues already identified per their work.

    They found 74,243 mail-in ballots with NO clear record of them ever being sent!

    The audit team also announced that ballots were counted that WERE NOT on the proper paper stock and WERE NOT in proper printing alignment.

    Other ballots were marked with Sharpie pens that bled through the paper.


  114. philjourdan says:

    @Another Ian – I have bought Toyotas for the past 45 years. But i have bought my last one. Thanks for the link. I sent them a letter telling them that I am no longer a customer of theirs.

    I am not alone.

  115. another ian says:

    An interesting question even given the source

    “Interesting article in The Guardian regarding seasonality and epidemic equilibrium. Berenson is of the opinion that the vaccines work for 3-4 months . And…

    Something really odd is going on: In Europe we are seeing surges at many places where most of the population has already been vaccinated. At the same time, the 15 least vaccinated countries don‘t seem to face any problem. (long twitter thread, follow it down)”


  116. H.R. says:

    @another ian – Interesting stuff, re vaccines.

    I am voluntarily in the control group, so so I am providing a useful data point. I’m also using Ivermectin as a preventative, which is another data point.

    That said, I am wondering about all the spike-shedding business.

    Mrs. H.R. is sensitive to pollen and takes an allergy pill per day. In Florida, there’s pollen when we’re there in the Winter, and when we come home, there’s pollen firing up here.

    I’ve never been particularly allergic to pollen, ragweed, or have had much of any sort of hay fever. It varies. Sometimes, I’m very, very mildly allergic and other times, a bit more so. But so far, all this year, I’ve been dripping like a faucet from morning until afternoon or even the whole day.

    Mrs. H.R. got the two-jab vaccine and I am wondering if the Mrs. is shedding spike proteins and I’m reacting to them and not just having a bad allergy year. I dunno.

  117. AC Osborn says:

    another ian says: 16 July 2021 at 9:31 pm
    That smalldeadanimals link has a link to some shocking information on Israeli COVID data.
    It appears that their Pfizer Vaccine in not working at all for their Delta variant.

  118. p.g.sharrow says:

    It appears to me that the Delta variant is actually the allergic result of after effects of the “Jab” as it strikes mostly the “vaccinated” or people that have been near them.
    Now we are seeing the mime being created that the un-vaccinated are the cause of variants that are sickening the vaccinated and so they MUST be forced into vaccination to protect the vaccinated.
    Every “Booster shot” will make the condition worse and these “Officials” will claim that “New ” variants have been found that require “New” booster shots must be applied, and lock downs be extended to protect people from the ever worsting “Pandemic” that is actually caused by the “Jab ”
    Interesting is that the original report published, on the Internet in late 2019,..pg by the Chinese Doctor treating the first victims of this virus said, That it seemed to have originated among a group of young Solders vaccinated with a new SARs-COVID vaccine.

  119. p.g.sharrow says:

    Is this the New Normal planned for us?

    The thrust is to have everyone in the world on a regime of lockdowns and”Booster shots” as a ” New Normal” until their desired result is reached. Population reduction, enslavement of the survivors into a CCP lead system and Vast enrichment of a few of the vaccination services providers through this Government funded program.

    Wow ! Small wonder Gates bragged about the possibilities of this program.

  120. jim2 says:

    pgs – as a counter exmaple, Iraq has a low vaccination rate, 1 in 40, but has a surge in Delta variant cases. In contrast, the US is still faring quite well.



  121. jim2 says:

    So now we are saddled with Socialist puppet Biden who (meaning his puppeteers) will follow a “solution” that is harmful to common people and the US more generally. I know what Trump would do in this situation. He would slap on an import tax tit-for-tat on these leftist EU greenies. And they would back down.

    The European Union’s leadership is set to unveil a proposal on Wednesday to tax imports from countries — including the U.S. — that lack aggressive carbon-reducing policies. That move has sparked fears that protectionism will derail hopes for a new era of international climate change cooperation ushered in by Biden’s presidency.


  122. jim2 says:

    More on the AZ audit …

    Final results are coming soon:
    Arizona Audit Finds Massive Irregularities, Including More Than 74,000 Mail-In Ballots Counted Than Mailed Out

    By Debra Heine, American Greatness

    More than 74,000 mail-in ballots were received in Maricopa County, Arizona than appear to have been mailed out, a forensic audit has determined. According to the auditors, 74,243 mail-in ballots were counted with “no clear record of them being sent.”

    18,000 voters disappeared, 11,326 voters appeared — after the election

    Logan went on to say they found around 18,000 voters who participated in the election, but were removed from the rolls soon after.

    “They were on the voter rolls, they showed as voted, and then they were removed,” he said. “There could be a good logical explanation for that, but it seems like a large number to me.”

    Another 11,326 voters in Maricopa County were not on voter rolls on Nov. 7 but mysteriously appeared on voter rolls on Dec. 4 and were marked as having voted in the Nov. 3 election, Logan said.

    Strange poor quality paper

    The auditors also found that large numbers of ballots bled through to the other side, potentially impacting votes. Maricopa County, Logan explained, announced before the election that it would be using special “VoteSecure” paper that that did not allow ink to bleed through to the other side of the ballot, yet they found thousands of ballots that were not on VoteSecure paper.


  123. cdquarles says:

    Why do these people want to send us back to the dark ages? /rhetorical

    Folk seem to not know or forget that corona viruses are seasonally epidemic in the *summer* in the tropics and subtropics. Tell me, again, where Iraq is located on the globe? Yeah, it is a subtropical nation, as is Israel, Egypt, Mexico, Cuba, and etc. So, if there is a true increase in prevalence, the tropics and subtropics would be where you’d see it; vaccine or no. The flip side in this happens to be that sporadic outbreaks can, and will, occur elsewhere during times seasonally epidemic viruses are not in their seasons.

  124. E.M.Smith says:


    Go fishing for the weekend. Leave wife at home. If your nose clears up fishing and starts again once home, you have your answer…

  125. jim2 says:

    cdquales – Israel is close to Iraq. Israel is north of 80% vaccinated adults and the case rate it up a bit, but not soaring. In Iraq cases are soaring. The only point is that for any information I read (from left, right, or center), I like to put it in context – in this case, how are other countries doing vis-a-vis their vaccination rate?


  126. jim2 says:

    I had an organic chem prof who came down with GBS, I believe it was from a flu shot. He was very weak, but nevertheless showed up to class every day and did his job. He eventually recovered, but it was no fun at all.

  127. another ian says:

    This might help explain

    “Rapper Zuby posted 21 things he learned about humanity through the ‘Rona and it’s”


    From a comment at


    Worth reading that and the other comments too (IMO)

  128. another ian says:

    “They Thought They Were Free”


    “I could not find this on bitchute, rumble or odysee. And yes there are a lot of ominous parallels to today.”

  129. jim2 says:

    “The [attorney general] has not received any information from your office regarding potential double voting in the 2018 or 2020 election,” Wright wrote in the email to Hobbs, obtained by the Republic, noting Hobbs withdrew from a program intended to ensure proper voting.

    “Notably, this is the first time in over a decade the AGO has received no referrals from the Secretary of State regarding double voting.”

    “Additionally, please provide any and all records your office possesses related to potential violations of Arizona’s election laws.”


  130. another ian says:

    One way of labelling

  131. another ian says:

    From comments at

    “The science proves beyond reasonable doubt that 1 in 3 lefties are just as loopy as the other 2!”

  132. jim2 says:

    The 3 Dimowits who got The Covid WERE vaccinated!!

  133. another ian says:

    Re that Delta variant photo

    One has to be careful with giving “V for Victory” sign – remember that Churchill usually gave it while holding his cigar, which gives you the appropriate finger orientation for that

    Notice in that photo above that the woman on the front right seat is giving you the Commonwealth “Two to the Valley” sign – which is equivalent to your single finger salute

  134. another ian says:

    Direct link for that

  135. another ian says:

    “Popular New Ejection Porch Automatically Launches Vaccine Evangelists Into The Stratosphere”


  136. AC Osborn says:

    Jim2, take a look at Thaiwan they started vaccinating in March, I have no idea why as they had hard!y any cases or deaths.
    Look at where they are now
    A coincide or what?

  137. jim2 says:

    Hard to say, ACO. The Devil is in the details!

  138. cdquarles says:

    Taiwan, being tropical/subtropical, should be seeing true case increases now; vaccine or no, if the true prevalence is increasing. For corona viruses, in the tropics or subtropics, their epidemic season is the local *summer*, not winter.

  139. AC Osborn says:

    cdquarles says: 18 July 2021 at 5:36 pm

    Compare to this time last year.

  140. jim2 says:

    I always thought these “animal rights” “activists” were crazy.

    Jennifer Emmi, 43, is charged with solicitation to commit second-degree murder, menacing, heat-of-passion strangulation, attempting to influence a judge, violating a bail bond, retaliation against a witness, and stalking – all felonies.


  141. cdquarles says:

    I see little point in doing that due to the horridly FUBARed nature of the reported numbers, which is why I stopped looking at them late last year. Yet my point remains valid. If the true prevalence is increasing, the true cases should also be increasing, vaccine or no; and somewhat regardless of what happened last year. The rate of increase does not matter as much. We are talking about the Hope-Simpson epidemic seasonality where respiratory virus epidemics are known to occur. For corona viruses, this season is the local summer, not winter; in the tropical or subtropical areas. Other factors will make the true numbers vary also.

  142. another ian says:

    Saturday, July 17, 2021
    Saturday not-Snippet: The Day After Trinity”

    ” I don’t think there’s ever been a better documentary movie about the atomic bomb.”


  143. another ian says:

    History says

    ““Issue assignats” is always the answer to the economic ignoramuses of the left”


  144. another ian says:

    “Israel’s top officials are warning that Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine is “significantly less” effective at combating the “Delta” variant of the CCP virus.

    “We do not know exactly to what degree the vaccine helps, but it is significantly less,” Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett told reporters and cabinet members on July 17. He didn’t elaborate.”



    “Facebook says it should not be blamed for U.S. failing to meet vaccine goals”


  145. another ian says:

    “Whatever the case, we clearly need a New Law of Climate Change:

    Climate alarmism (CA) increases exponentially as time, T, to the next United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP) or atmospheric Armageddon (AA) declines to zero; where CA is measured by the frequency of MSM and social media amplification occurring in a specific period of observation, P.”

    More at


  146. another ian says:

    Arizona audit video here – U-tube – for how long?


  147. beththeserf says:

    Here’s a MUST READ story – is it a fiction? The author has given me permission to spread it around. https://withtwist.wordpress.com/2021/07/13/boiling-your-frog-final-simmer/

  148. another ian says:

    Looks like worth watching from what I know of S Afr.

    July 19, 2021 at 2:26 pm · Reply
    What’s really happening in South Africa?


  149. AC Osborn says:

    another ian says: 18 July 2021 at 10:30 pm
    That Israeli is severely understating the case.
    The table here shows that there appears to be ZERO immunity to the Delta variant.

    More here

  150. AC Osborn says:

    We had this from Dr Charles Hoffe in Canada

    and then this from a Dutch doctor working in the UK Philipe van Wellbergen.


    I thought Hoffe was being a bit dramatic, but now I am not so sure as those microscope slides show the same blood cell irregularities from the vaccines as from COVID itself.

  151. jim2 says:

    Long overdue antifa beat down …

    Los Angeles cops in riot gear went toe-to-toe with antifa yesterday outside the Wi Spa, where a transgender man took off his clothes in the women’s locker room two weeks ago, setting off a firestorm. The riot was clearly planned.


  152. H.R. says:

    @jim2 – Wilshire Blvd. = $$$,$$$,$$$,$$$.

    Lessee… If I’m a mayor or a city council member, I have to figure… who donates more to my campaign; Antifa or those women at the spa? Who has the money and connections to make sure heads will roll if Antifa disrupts the spa?
    Hard to say what the police response would be if Antifa went after some business in a less affluent part of town. I just don’t know if the police have had enough of Antifa disruptions or if they stand down on a case by case riot by riot basis.

  153. another ian says:

    On drug testing

    “The real world patients were between 300% and 400% more likely to experience a serious event than the participants in the trials! That is in spite of the fact that the trials, as mentioned above, were using a broader definition of what constituted a serious event. If the trials were representative of reality, then they should have a higher rate of events than is seen in the real world data. Instead they have a rate that is several times lower!”

    More at


    Via SDA

  154. jim2 says:

    Results indicated patients taking a statin alone saw a 46% lower odds of death, and about 25% lower risk of developing severe COVID, versus patients on neither class of medication. Patients taking both a statin and anti-hypertensive dropped risk of death by 40%.


  155. another ian says:

    From an email

    “Imagine if you will a world where every Tweet and Meme must be fact-checked but not a ballot.
    They call it the twilight zone”

  156. E.M.Smith says:


    My trip is now over. A bit of a Trip Report when I’m more enthusiastic. Summary of the last day or two? Um, arrive at airport about 3 AM after being up from about 6 AM, do an OJ Run across Phoenix airport and arrive just as my “group” is being boarded, find out on landing that Light Rail is not running anymore, so getting home was different than expected…

    So I’m thinking maybe a nap…

  157. another ian says:

    “Swiss CO2 law defeated at the ballot box”


    Via SDA

  158. jim2 says:

    Welcome back, EMS.

  159. H.R. says:

    @jim2 re statins and BP meds – That’s some good news for Mrs. H.R.

    I passed that along to her. I think it may negate some of the possible ill effects of the two-jab “vaccine.”

    IMO, it probably will be of some help to those who got two jabs.
    Just my Professional Ignoramus opinion (I have a PhD in Ignoramousity), but I think this Covid bug was engineered for virulence as much as it was for its Malthusian-delighting cull-the-herd effects.

    So I figure we (U.S. but who knows what other countries) are approaching saturation for ‘Rona exposure. I think the usual easy victims (elderly) are about played out, though there are still some to go.

  160. H.R. says:

    @another ian re the Swiss vote.

    In the linked article, they mention that Switzerland’s temperatures are rising twice as fast as everywhere else.

    What a bunch of maroons! Everywhere is warming twice as fast as everywhere else, if you only read the YSM. Yeah, right. What a bunch of hooey!

    It’s just getting plain, downright ridiculous to those who are paying attention. The sheeple? Not so much. They may never catch on to the impossibility of all that.

  161. beththeserf says:

    Ditto, welcome back, E.M.

  162. another ian says:

    Re World Ivermectin Day

    I’m not “green with brown arms” as an old joke had it but I’ve been advising politicians to “put that on their events calendars”

  163. E.M.Smith says:

    Glad to be back… FWIW I’ve been asleep most of the time since the last comment I made and a couple of hours ago ;-)


    Yeah, Monkey B / Herpes B is a bad one. They had signs up warning about it in the Monkey Lab at UCD when I visited it in the early ’70s. Almost entirely gotten from “wet contact” with a Rhesus monkey (or macaque). For them, it is like a “cold sore” in humans. But if they spit or “fling stuff” and you get it on a mucus membrane (such as the eye), you get your brain toasted…

    There have been no known cases of transmission from human to human, so there’s that.

    OTOH, we have folks fiddling virus genetics “over there”…

    @Another Ian:

    Don’t know the brown armed green reference, but I think I get the idea.

    Really like the idea of World Ivermectin Day ;-)


    Given the supposed transmission properties and the entirely maskless population (modulo maybe a half dozen masks TOTAL seen between Nevada and Chicago, then Chicago to Orlando on regular folks, though ‘service staff’ in some chains were mandated to wear them) I’m pretty sure anywhere not under direct Federal Mandates (Airports / airplanes) and not Democrat Run Hell Holes (urban cores of shame) has already reached 100% exposure.

    Then, in major cities, you have all these mass riots (sorry “protests with fire and rocks”) and such so that cohort is exposed. Then the major housing will be “shared air” handlers so pretty much anyone in an apartment block or working in a high rise will have low level exposure.

    Not sure just who can have NOT been exposed as we approach the 2 year marker… (Let’s see, we have Aug, Sept, Oct {then it is unclear as there were what sure seem like cases in Nov and certainly by Dec…} so 1/4 to go? Just who and how has managed to never be exposed in all that? Certainly not me nor anyone I know.

  164. jim2 says:

    We are seeing China act just like pre-WWII Germany. They have threatened Japan if Japan intervenes on behalf of Taiwan. And just like before WWII, the West is doing nothing.


  165. another ian says:

    E.M. The answer is “a Martian shitstirrer”

    One might summarise that William Briggs item as “coRONA for idYOTES”

  166. another ian says:

    From an email

    “Out of the goodness of their hearts (bold emphasis mine):

    Mologic, a UK business specialising in the development of lateral flow and rapid diagnostic technologies including tests that can help combat tropical diseases, and for Covid-19, is set to become a social enterprise after its acquisition by prominent social impact funders and investors.

    A group of philanthropic funds and investors led by the Soros Economic Development Fund (SEDF), with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has announced the launch of Global Access Health (GAH), a social enterprise that will seek to expand access to affordable medical technology through decentralized research, development, and manufacturing in and for the global south.


  167. Ossqss says:

    Ok, food share for those interested.

    I have been testing a Wallyworld Burrito, hot beef, for the last 6 months. I give it high ratings. Burrrp!

    You can freeze the nearly 1lb item for delayed use, and it is actually pretty good. It is $1, in the sandwich section near the Pizza. Just sayin, good short term survival grub you can heat up with the Sun, and I don’t want to know what they call beef in a $1 burrito that fills you up for the day and tastes good. Doesn’t matter at that point. :-)

    Did I say, they are $1 and good?

  168. Ossqss says:

    BTW, if you freeze them, and intend to eat them, you can use them in a cooler to chill your beer like ice too. Bonus use! LOL

  169. H.R. says:

    @Ossqss – I have bought a few of those burritos and I’ll see your “not half bad” and raise you a “quite tasty, actually” if you dump enough hot sauce in as you are eating one. They are just kidding about the ‘hot’ part.

    I didn’t think of freezing them. Good idea.

  170. another ian says:

    FWIW – from an email

    “> https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/so-much-freedom-day-uk-health-authorities-bar-unvaccinated-patrons-nightclubs
    > 1 hour ago
    > Is the Covid Vaccine safe?
    > 1. Are there possible adverse event outcomes? 543,000 in VAERS database (7/15/21) – https://vaers.hhs.gov/data.html
    > 2. Do the pharmaceutical companies have total indemnification from liability? Yes, congressional “PREP ACT”
    > 3. Is this a vaccine? No, mRNA messenger is a lab synthetic
    > 4. What additional chemicals are in the injection? Moderna SM-102 proprietary
    > 5. Is the vaccine FDA approved? No, emergency approval only
    > 6. Were drug interaction studies done? No
    > 7. Were single dose toxicity studies done? No
    > 8. Were toxicokinetic studies done? No
    > 9. Were genotoxicity studies done? No
    > 10. Were carcinogenicity studies done? No
    > 11. Were pre/postnatal studies done? No
    > 12. Is the mRNA injection effective? Mild reduction in symptoms
    > 13. How long does it protect against Covid? Don’t know
    > 14. Does it help people who contracted and survived Covid? Don’t know
    > 15. Does it prevent transmission of Covid? Don’t know
    > 16. Are there medical treatments for Covid? Yes, ivermectin, hydroxichloriquin, vitamins D, C and zinc
    > 17. What are Covid survival chances? 0-14 99.9998%, 15-44 99.9931%, 45-64 99.9294%, 65-85 99.6297%
    > 18. Is the PCR test accurate? Cycle threshold must be less than 35, FDA approved up to 40. Fauci – over 35 is dead nucleotides, not able to cause infection
    NOTE: Re 40. above: Higher cycling of PCR test samples will give positives on test……….and could be used manipulatively to give such results if that were wished for, or mandated.
    For this reason the test has been stated by its inventor to be totally unsuitable for the use/s it is being put to………….”

  171. AC Osborn says:

    another ian says: 21 July 2021 at 6:01 am
    “17. What are Covid survival chances? 0-14 99.9998%, 15-44 99.9931%, 45-64 99.9294%, 65-85 99.6297%”

    Are those numbers “Of COVID” only?
    Because the mortality associated with COVID worldwide is 2%.

  172. another ian says:

    “‘One of the most damaging invasive species on Earth’: wild pigs release the same emissions as 1 million cars each year”


    ACO – FWIW – I didn’t write the email so no info

  173. Ossqss says:

    ACO, the mortality # is based on known cases. We know there have been many more infections than positive tests. Hence, my guess is they are extrapolating the % as a proportion of the estimated total global infections.

  174. jim2 says:

    Here’s a good one …

    Qualys has discovered a new systemd security bug that enables any unprivileged user to cause a denial of service via a kernel panic. Slashdot reader inode_buddha shares the news via ZDNet’s Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols:
    As Bharat Jogi, Qualys’s senior manager of Vulnerabilities and Signatures, wrote, “Given the breadth of the attack surface for this vulnerability, Qualys recommends users apply patches for this vulnerability immediately.” You can say that again. Systemd is used in almost all modern Linux distributions. This particular security hole arrived in the systemd code in April 2015.


  175. E.M.Smith says:


    One (of many…) of the early bugs shown in SystemD was the ability to crash the system on demand with some simple Linux commands. Now I wonder if they were just an indirect exploit of that “kernel panic” bug. That the quote included “Given the breadth of the attack surface” I’m suspecting maybe it was…

    Oh Well, not a big problem for me. My “daily drivers” are Devuan. I have a couple of minor servers running SystemD releases (Armbian on an Orange Pi One NFS server, for example) that will eventually be replaced with something else (and in the mean time are not heavily used nor do they have any logged on users).

    But sometimes I do wonder why so many folks continue to embrace it when it has the System Critical Bug Du Jour problem… and has for years…

  176. jim2 says:

    I’m running Devuan on my machine at home. On a different topic, I read the other day that the Tor browser was going to be re-written in Rust. Says it will be “easier to update” than C … is that a feature or a bug?

  177. cdquarles says:

    Speaking of this, it looks like I am going to move over to Devuan in the next few years. I am on an old BIOS based machine. It has a 2015 made motherboard with a 2013 style BIOS chip. I am not in a position to buy a new machine just for a new version of an OS. I am looking for a cheap external drive to make a system image, then I am going to get a larger SSD to boot from. The Debian system I am playing with uses systemd. Ugh.

    A pissed customer of more than 30 years.

  178. E.M.Smith says:


    Check your local Craigslist. You can get machines dirt cheap. I bought a 2 GB memory, 2 big disk with RAID controller, Dell Server for $50. More than enough for Devuan.

    Update: Oh, and note that as Windows 11 rolls out, all manner of fine gear will be dumped as it can’t run the upgrade… so watch for a firesale price competition then ;-)

    FWIW, I’ve had nice results and no failures with Toshiba disks. Decent results with Western Digital and only one failure (and that was likely my bad. About 15 years ago, moving a 100 GB disk back and forth between ufs on BSD Unix and ext2 or ext3 on Linux. Somewhere along the line with various combination of reformatting and such, got a blown MBR that I could not replace. I think maybe something in that era Linux didn’t “get it” about the BSD changes to the MBR and it ended up neither fish nor fowl and both now refuse to touch it…). All my other Western Digital are still running. I did have a Seagate 8 TB with about 10 hours total use on it over about 6 months just die flat out. Looks like electronics died as no lights light up and even the built in USB hub doesn’t do anything. I suspect the internal power chip / electrolytic capacitors.


    It is likely inevitable since Tor was, IIRC, based on FireFox and FireFox has gone to Rust.

    So either they take on 100% of maintenance issues, or they move to Rust and just work out a new “prune and patch for security and privacy” package.

    THE big “feature” of Rust is that it supposedly manages memory for you. This DOES reduce the “maloc forgot to release” type bugs and exploits. But… Automation is not free and is not as good as an actual expert doing the same job. My experience with FireFox was that it became even more of a memory hog after the transition.

    The “Rustians” were adamant and vociferous that I must be wrong (and when I didn’t fold, an idiot) as clearly the memory management in theory was superior(!!) to doing it by hand. “Memory is released as soon as an item is released”… But what I saw was that every open tab hung on to lots and lots of memory as long as the tab existed, even if it was not in use. I.e. no “drop memory on idle tabs after hours of not needing it so some active tab doesn’t blow out to swap”… After all, you have a copy in cache so no real need to keep it in memory…

    I’m also quite certain that the Rustians programming FireFox think a 16 GB memory with a 1 TB SSD is a nice “small size” machine to target at the bottom end, and the notion of running it on a 512 MB machine with an 8 GB uSD card is just alien to them.

    So, IMHO, in the end, the only really big thing you might notice is that you can only have open a half dozen tabs before you are swapping like crazy, and on small memory Linux machines (at least on the ARM CPU) at about 1 GB of swap your machine will slow dramatically and between 1 and 2 GB of swap it will halt. That’s been my experience across several SBCs from many makers with many chip sets and 3 or 4 different distributions (Armbian, Devuan, Debian, and a few more).

    That behaviour, BTW, is why I’ve largely swapped over to Chromium (NOT Chrome… the libre build with the googly crap removed) and Brave. Right now I have about 38 tabs open, some with video (memory hog) in Chromium (on an ARM v7 Odroid XU4) is still running fine. 1.48 GB in use, out of 2 GB total, and 134 Meg of swap used. I can go to about 1.2 to 1.5 GB of swap before it slows and starts to stall. On my (dozen year old small memory) Android Tablet, using Brave, I have somewhere north of 100 tabs open (I decided to test it…). It seems it is smart enough to just cache stuff and not care. I really like Brave ;-) It seems to be unlimited in tabs vs memory issues. I think I’ve not “cleaned up” or done other than “close uninteresting tabs” in a couple of years. It does act slow when first launched after a shutdown as it reloads each tab. So for a few minutes it’s madly recreating all the tabs and during that time the response in your active tab is a bit slow, but OK. I probably ought to call the experiment done and go see what tabs I was looking at 2 years ago ;-0 then close them.

  179. another ian says:

    Re ivermectin in Australia



    “It is legal for Australian doctors to prescribe ivermectin “off label” (meaning for non-standard uses). Even the Minister for Health said so:”

  180. another ian says:

    A new explanation!

    Ph D = “Passed Highschool with Difficulty”

  181. jim2 says:

    Ideally, ivermectin would be an option for prophylactic – and by that I mean a generally accepted option. It isn’t. So, at this point most older folks have had the shots or had covid. From what I’ve read lately, the Delta variant is more contagious but less harmful overall. I say let it run its course. No masks, no lockdown – just let everyone who can get it. It won’t be good for some, but that is inevitable no matter what we do.

  182. Ossqss says:

    I read the Delta variant is more contagious all the time, but with no data to back anything up. Is it smaller and more aerosolized and abundant? Nothing from any source, quantifies anything at all.

    Let’s take a different approach on math. How many people did not get any Covid as a % of the total populous. I believe I had it for a brief time, with all of my family, and shrugged it off in short order. Just sayin, we still have no discussions on who has natural immunity.

    Every person on this globe has been exposed by now, with few, if any, exceptions.

    Do ya know what the current cycle count is for a PCR test globally? Yeah, that’s right, nobody knows. It is at 28 for breakthrough vaccine infection candidates now in the US. 28, and we ran well over 35-40 for a looooonnnnngggg time for reporting purposes. Everybody is guilty at that level. One wonders if they use a different CT scale for the Delta, or id it revert to last years standards that produced hundreds of thousands of positives per day?

    Trust is a perception at this point.

    Think about it.

  183. Steve C says:

    @EM – 38 tabs? Over 100 tabs? Ye Gods and little fishes. My browser wonders what’s going on if I have as many as half a dozen tabs open – and that only happens in the cricket season, when three of them are BBC Cricket homepage, text commentary on today’s match and scorecard of today’s match. Right now? Two. This page and my homepage of links to my day-to-day ‘needs’. And scads of memory left for anything that might need it.

    BTW, I went back and looked at your earlier ‘Privacy Oriented Phones’ page again, as you linked to it in your more recent post. You may want to cross Sailfish off your ‘possibles’ list: item 2 on their current homepage (a third tab a couple of minutes ago!) has an image showing a ‘Systemd sandbox’ …

  184. another ian says:

    “Just read about a chap who might have found a way out of the “you can’t work here without the jabs'” policy of so many businesses.

    Through his lawyer he made it clear to his company that he would be demanding to know the status of all other employees’ health conditions with regard to communicable diseases. He would be demanding information on employees with flu, hepatitis, measles, mumps, STDs, etc.

    “If they were going to take responsibility for stopping the spread of Covid-19 in the building they were now liable for the spread of anything else …

    …. within 24 hours we were all informed that they would no longer demand to see our vaxx papers.”

    Via a comment at Jo Nova

  185. jim2 says:

    Delta variant –

    A new study, published online this month, sheds light on why. It finds that the variant grows more rapidly inside people’s respiratory tracts and to much higher levels, researchers at the Guangdong Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported.

    On average, people infected with the delta variant had about 1,000 times more copies of the virus in their respiratory tracts than those infected with the original strain of the coronavirus, the study reported.

    In addition, after someone catches the delta variant, the person likely becomes infectious sooner. On average, it took about four days for the delta variant to reach detectable levels inside a person, compared with six days for the original coronavirus variant.


    In this study, we characterize a large transmission chain originated from the first local infection of the SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant in mainland China. A potential higher viral replication rate of the Delta variant is proposed, which leads the viral loads in Delta infections to be ~1000 times higher than the 19A/19B strains infections on the day when the testing turns to be positive.


  186. David A says:

    Apparently the vaccines are failures on almost every level, and we are still early in the process.


  187. Ossqss says:

    Jim2, while the paper is interesting, the sample size used is miniscule (62-63) for comparison. Try and find a clear indication of the total sample size in the paper itself. Not easy to find. Additionally, I am skeptical as it is a Chinese lab using PCR tests. Their claims of the 1,000% is also contradicted by what they write about in terms of days and testing, to me (4~6).


  188. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    Oh, that’s a good one!

    I’ll pocket that strategy for later use, if needed.

    FWIW, in the USA, we have the HIPPA law.

    It basically says that your health providers, their employees, and your workplace if you have a health plan, must maintain privacy of your health information. The fine for non-compliance is about $10,000 but I’m not sure if that’s “per day” or “per offense” or what. But it’s a decent cudgel anyway. Note that “public health” along with “serious health risk” and “muh govt” get a pass under some circumstances.

    My response to that is that with vaccination already wide spread, and shown to be ineffective, my vaccine status is not a matter of “public health”, only my state of contagion might be. Further, as we have ended the pandemic stage and are now in low level endemic disease status, this is no longer a public health “emergency” nor is is a “serious health risk” as death rates are now quite low, especially with appropriate theraputics (i.e. ivermectin, HCQ, Zinc, Vitamins, anti-inflammatories, etc.) So… Any business who asks for my “vax status” will be asked “What is your HIPPA compliance status? Have you, as an employee of this company, signed your HIPPA training documents? IF any health information of mine is shared without my agreement, you will be subject to a $10,000 HIPPA non-compliance fine, are you aware of this?”

    Having just brought a medical care provider into compliance with HIPPA, it is a Royal PITA and I doubt 1 in 10 who are subject to it really know their status and are not fully compliant. (Big kicker? INTERNAL Firewall with full security logging, logs to be secured and saved for 6 years… Do you really think the local grocery store is doing that?)

    I like the approach you cited better, but this one has immediate in their teeth presence without the need to engage a lawyer to wave at them…

    Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)

    HIPAA Security Rule
    The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is a federal law that required the creation of national standards to protect sensitive patient health information from being disclosed without the patient’s consent or knowledge. The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued the HIPAA Privacy Rule to implement the requirements of HIPAA. The HIPAA Security Rule protects a subset of information covered by the Privacy Rule.

    HIPAA Privacy Rule
    The Privacy Rule standards address the use and disclosure of individuals’ health information (known as “protected health information”) by entities subject to the Privacy Rule. These individuals and organizations are called “covered entities.” The Privacy Rule also contains standards for individuals’ rights to understand and control how their health information is used. A major goal of the Privacy Rule is to ensure that individuals’ health information is properly protected while allowing the flow of health information needed to provide and promote high quality health care and to protect the public’s health and well-being. The Privacy Rule strikes a balance that permits important uses of information while protecting the privacy of people who seek care and healing.

    Covered Entities
    The following types of individuals and organizations are subject to the Privacy Rule and considered covered entities:

    Healthcare providers: Every healthcare provider, regardless of size of practice, who electronically transmits health information in connection with certain transactions. These transactions include claims, benefit eligibility inquiries, referral authorization requests, and other transactions for which HHS has established standards under the HIPAA Transactions Rule.

    Health plans: Entities that provide or pay the cost of medical care. Health plans include health, dental, vision, and prescription drug insurers; health maintenance organizations (HMOs); Medicare, Medicaid, Medicare+Choice, and Medicare supplement insurers; and long-term care insurers (excluding nursing home fixed-indemnity policies). Health plans also include employer-sponsored group health plans, government- and church-sponsored health plans, and multi-employer health plans.

    Exception: A group health plan with fewer than 50 participants that is administered solely by the employer that established and maintains the plan is not a covered entity.
    Healthcare clearinghouses: Entities that process nonstandard information they receive from another entity into a standard (i.e., standard format or data content), or vice versa. In most instances, healthcare clearinghouses will receive individually identifiable health information only when they are providing these processing services to a health plan or healthcare provider as a business associate.
    Business associates: A person or organization (other than a member of a covered entity’s workforce) using or disclosing individually identifiable health information to perform or provide functions, activities, or services for a covered entity. These functions, activities, or services include claims processing, data analysis, utilization review, and billing.

    Permitted Uses and Disclosures
    A covered entity is permitted, but not required, to use and disclose protected health information, without an individual’s authorization, for the following purposes or situations:

    Disclosure to the individual (if the information is required for access or accounting of disclosures, the entity MUST disclose to the individual)
    Treatment, payment, and healthcare operations
    Opportunity to agree or object to the disclosure of PHI (Informal permission may be obtained by asking the individual outright, or by circumstances that clearly give the individual the opportunity to agree, acquiesce, or object)
    Incident to an otherwise permitted use and disclosure
    Public interest and benefit activities—The Privacy Rule permits use and disclosure of protected health information, without an individual’s authorization or permission, for 12 national priority purposes:
    When required by law
    Public health activities

    Victims of abuse or neglect or domestic violence
    Health oversight activities
    Judicial and administrative proceedings
    Law enforcement
    Functions (such as identification) concerning deceased persons
    Cadaveric organ, eye, or tissue donation
    Research, under certain conditions
    To prevent or lessen a serious threat to health or safety
    Essential government functions

    Workers compensation
    Limited dataset for research, public health, or healthcare operations

    Note that just recently (about 2015?) HIPPA was extended to providers of services to covered entities, so, for example, as a contract computer services provider who touches their HIPPA work area, I would be forced to be HIPPA compliant too (including 6 year logs on my site…) so instead I’m an employee of theirs under their HIPPA compliance requirements.

    So as a follow on question if they are “just collecting the data” as a service provider, you can then ask “So is your company HIPPA compliant as required too?”

    Then if still not getting through, ask to see their HIPPA Compliance Audit Logs & Results…

    Make asking for Vexing Vaccine Status a legal and bureaucratic Pain In The Ass.

  189. E.M.Smith says:

    @Steve C:

    Remember that part of what I do is benchmarking and performance evaluation of hardware and software. I was QA Manager at a small software company for a while… A large part of a good QA operation is to be radically abusive of the software. You don’t find the limits and the bugs if you don’t push things, hard. Your customers will, so best if you do it first…

    Do I have some browsers on some gear with just a couple of tabs open? Certainly. In fact, I’ve got about 4 or 5 other browsers just on the tablet with maybe 3 or less tabs. (One is the only one that gives me the “yes I accept your terms” panel at Kaiser to use their WiFi and is used almost exclusively just for that… and their web page for patients.)

    There are three browsers, total, where I run a LOT of tabs. For 2 different reasons.

    First, Brave on the Tablet. I was just curious. Where other browsers were getting cranky at anywhere from 4 to a dozen tabs, it didn’t care. I just had to know… Where is its limit? Well, a couple of years of leaving open just about anything interesting, I’ve decided its limit is cache space on your built in storage device and your patience at first launch as it runs through all that cache. Thus my saying I think the “experiment” is now over and I can go back and clean it up ;-)

    Second, my Daily Driver and its backup machine. This is where I have oodles of bookmarks and were just managing bookmarks can be a bit of work. Periodically I copy the lot to the backup Daily Driver so in case of a LOCA – “Loss Of Coffee Accident”- as recently happened, I’m still able to run “next day” at the latest and reasonably current. To reduce Bookmark Maintenance, when I’m interested in some potential posting topic and hunting through a load of pages about it, I’ll just leave those tabs up. Once a posting is made, the “keepers” are in the posting anyway, so I just release the tabs. No bookmark maintenance needed.

    Now, as is often the case, I’ve got 3 to 5 potential “topics” nudging at me at any one time. Say 5 tabs average each. That’s 15 to 25 tabs just there. (Currently I have 5 World-o-Meter Covid + 3 or 4 specific Covid subtopics; 4 General Purpose News (Whatfinger, Bongino,…), 4 “Blog Management” (edit posting, current posting, comments, special page that indexes into other pages), 3 or 4 on Ivermectin and other therapeutics, 5 on the effects of being Vegan on the brain, and a few single idea pages (“omerta”, origin of Raised Fist, 2 on the audits, and 2 on memes). Plus some odd bits like my PiHole management panels on 2 DNS servers.

    Which (if any) of those will end up in a posting depends on what I run into, what happens, what’s interesting, and when I get a round tuit thingy… But not really interested in bookmarking them and then trying to figure out what was the “maybe worth exploring” vs the “old and stale but bookmarked to know where it was” in a sea of bookmarks.

    Every so often some topic will have aged enough without my being inspired enough and I’ll just dump those pages. (Usually when some other topic is very interesting and the browser is starting to use over 1 GB of swap ;-) Every so often I’ll finish a topic and dump the links. Every so often some New Thing is interesting and the link list blows up long… Every so often I decide I’m not going to make a posting of it, but it is still interesting, and I bookmark it and close them.

    Essentially it’s my “work area” and “pre-bookmark scratch area”.

    Yeah, TMI and all that. But I think it gets the point across that this isn’t what I do when it’s just recreational browsing of a couple of pages “on the road”… It’s an editorial / writers / research workbench; and that has more “stuff” on it.

  190. cdquarles says:

    Well, this is interesting: https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2021/07/gaining-depth-on-gain-of-function.php. What do I glean from this, if true? That all of those years studying how these things work in nature has allowed some to replicate some of how nature works without leaving certain kinds of traces. Does that mean we will not be able to pin down a lab leak? No, it just makes it harder, especially when it will go against certain PTB politically. And yes, like other examples of politics in science, this will be applied against those who question the current secular religions, in my opinion.

  191. another ian says:

    “Men worse for climate change than women (so if enough transition, will that stop the floods?)”


    And comments

  192. another ian says:

    “Are you more likely to die from the “vaccine” or from Covid?”


  193. another ian says:

    “Immunity Debt”

    “Is what you get when you lock people down and keep them isolated from one another. New Zealand is finding this out the hard way with an unprecedented outbreak of RS virus. And as it has yet to peak they’re getting worried about treatment supplies. Here is the NY Times story on it. Check out this chart, the bump of blue lines in the middle are normal years, the green line across the bottom was 2020, basically zero all year, and the red line is up until July 12 this year.”


  194. E.M.Smith says:

    From “Just a thought” in the SDA link from Another Ian:

    Zelenko: Arrest Schwab, Soros, Fauci
    Mordechai Sones
    posted by Mordechai Sones
    July 19, 2021
    7:21 pm

    Responding to the newest Israeli data showing nearly all serious COVID-19 cases and deaths now among the vaccinated, Zelenko Protocol discoverer Dr. Vladimir Ze’ev Zelenko today called to arrest and prosecute several prominent officials and private sector figures for “Genocide, crimes against humanity, mass murder, capital murder, manslaughter, conspiracy to commit all of the above.”

    Zelenko wrote: “I am calling for the immediate arrest, prosecution, and conviction of all the devolved pagans that have committed Genocide, crimes against humanity, mass murder, capital murder, manslaughter, conspiracy to commit all of the above, etc.

    “My partial list of devolved criminal pagans include but are not limited to:

    -Klaus Schwab
    -George Soros
    -Stephen Hahn
    -Scott Gotlieb
    -Janet Woodcock
    -Rick Bright and his BARDA team
    -Scientists at Wuhan
    -Ralph Baric and his team
    -Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey
    -Executives at CNN, NYT. Wash Post, Google, FB, Twitter,
    -most of the past and current Israel, Australian, French, Canadian, British governments
    -Biden, Harris, Pelosi, Schumer, Sanders, Nadler, Schiff,
    -All the Academic fraudsters including the editorial boards of Lancet, and NEJM, the entire leadership of John Hopkins university, AMA
    -all the doctors who were ‘just following orders’
    -all the heads of CDC, NIH, FDA, WHO”

    Has interesting graphs in the original.

    Looks like a decent start to me ;-)

    But I wonder if maybe it would be best to just skip the “prosecute” step and go straight to “judgement delivery”… /snark;

    Is mass murder any less heinous if done via deception of others and for profit? /sarc;

  195. jim2 says:

    @From “Just a thought” in the SDA link from Another Ian:

    Don’t forget Al Gore, Michael Mann, and those of that ilk.

  196. jim2 says:

    Most thoughtful Americans recognize the appalling double standard that is being applied. If we look back through history, however, this is not the first time that the FBI has tried to subvert a patriot. Just look back at what they tried to do to Martin Luther King. They tried to paint him as an agent of the Soviets. But Martin Luther King was not trying to destroy America. Notwithstanding his shortcomings as a man, he was fundamentally committed to peacefully challenging a system of racial oppression put in place by Democrat politicians. His profound insights still resonate to this day–he wanted a country that would judge people according to the content of their character rather than the color of their skin.

    I will make this very simple. Do not trust the FBI. Do not help the FBI. Do not cooperate with the FBI. If you must talk with someone from the FBI only do so with an attorney present.


  197. jim2 says:

    Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID) issued a scathing argument against President Joe Biden’s controversial Bureau of Land Management (BLM) nominee, Tracy Stone-Manning, during a committee meeting Thursday, illustrating the dangers of tree spiking amid revelations of Stone-Manning’s involvement in a past tree spiking crime.

    Risch spoke ahead of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee voting along party lines, 10–10, for Stone-Manning after heated debate about the nominee’s role in delivering a letter in 1989 on behalf of a since-convicted ecoterrorist.

    The Idaho senator, who earned a forestry degree before becoming a successful trial lawyer and later governor of Idaho, explained during the meeting that tree spiking can be deadly because saws explode the way “a hand grenade goes off.”

    “Shrapnel goes every direction. It destroys the saw, be it a band saw or a circular saw. … It will either kill or injure anyone that is within range of the shrapnel,” Risch said.


  198. jim2 says:

    A full course of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was just 39% effective at preventing infections and 41% effective at preventing symptomatic infections caused by the Delta Covid-19 variant, according to Israel’s health ministry, down from early estimates of 64% two weeks ago.


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  200. Steve C says:

    @E.M. – Thanks for the overview of your usage! – I guess it’s the difference between the ‘old professional’ ‘radically abusing’ a machine and just picking up another one if it falls over, and my ‘old amateur’ approach, get the newest machine carefully set up so it *doesn’t* fall over and guard it jealously (maybe I should call it the ‘old Windows user’ approach!). I tend to keep ‘dig lists’ of links in text files with explanatory notes – takes up fewer resources than leaving all their tabs open! (And yes, my bookmarks also tend towards a disorganised pile …)

    Re Another Ian’s comment about the relative lethality of covid and ‘vaccine’, my money’s on the ‘vaccine’ being the real weapon, the engineered virus just being to scare people into being ‘vaccinated’. I think I’ve recommended ukcolumn.org before – they’ve got a good analysis of UK data as of a coupke of weeks ago, broken down and searchable by types of damage. As of then, the UK had 1470 deaths and over a million bad reactions, subject to the usual undercounting of the reporting system. The MSM (all of whom also need to be on that list) are still keeping silent about all of it, natch.

    I think calling the perpetrators “devolved criminal pagans” is being needlessly rude to pagans. Proper pagans might sacrifice the odd goat, but not most of the human race. That is downright satanic (see also Gotthard Base Tunnel, elite child abuse, etc.).

    Reiner F is already aware of the twenty year trail of patents behind this “novel” virus, see also the same writer’s /the-racketeering-and-corruption-that-led-to-man-made-covid-virus-being-unleashed/ on the same (also highly recommended) site. The whole business stinks to high Heaven. This is the greatest and most monstrous crime in history IMO, and must be stopped.

  201. E.M.Smith says:

    @Steve C:

    The last “new” machine I bought was about a dozen to 15 years ago. An HP Chromebox as an emergency replacement for an HP Laptop that flaked while I was on the road.

    One of the great joys of Linux is that it can run on just about any old piece of junk with good enough performance. I have a LOT of old “used up” machines that I’ve bought over the years, then used for the next couple of decades. (About a half dozen, I’d guess, ranging from a 400 MHz AMD White Box PC where I swapped out the 486 Motherboard for something “faster” ;-) up to a Dell 440 I just bought as a spare, spare parts box for work – not yet installed anything on it though. I bought two for them as spares in recovering a dead server, on their dime, then found another one for $50 and put my own money down for it. 2 Disk Raid controller and all ;-)

    I suspect at this point my “newest manufacture date” computer is still that Chromebox. It went out of support a few years back. I have instructions on installing linux, but just have not gotten around to it yet. I expect to still have it, and likely be actually using it, a few years from now.

    It was the laptop dying and the emergency Chromebox buy that got me motivated to launch down the ARM SBC path. I resented the “horrific” $500 or so it cost me ;-) I had 2 x original Raspberry Pi boards then, and could see the promise. So I started buying ever faster boards finding out what was good enough for a nice Daily Driver. So far I’m most happy with the Odroid XU4 and N2, though annoyed at the work it takes to get Devuan going on them. The RockPro64 is pretty nice too, but the China Connection has me no longer interested. It’s Korean, Taiwan, or USA makers for me now. (Does the EU make any decent cheap SBCs anymore or are they all outsourced to China?)

    Yes, your pattern sounds like someone well schooled by Micro$oft to pay up big, buy new with the latest approved by them software, and expect to throw it all away on demand in about 4 to 5 years.

    With Windows 11, a whole raft of non-iCore8 boxes will be dumped. (Yes, I saw the comment that it’s the motherboard not the actual core, but the MS software to measure compliance and the accompanying statement in the test release said i-Core8 IIRC, per the guy testing it and failing…) But I don’t really care what the exact details will be. In any case it will mean a LOT of relatively new high end hardware being “administratively useless” due to Microsoft.

    One really big issue is that I’ve not kept up on the attempts to have firmware prevent installing “unapproved” software, so don’t know just how hard it is these days to just toss a Linux on a box locked to MicroSnot… Nor do I really want to learn it all over again… So I many not bother picking up any of that gear unless there’s a helpful page that details what works fine and whats a PITA…

    I’m a “satisficer”. Just good enough is more than fine. So at this point, I can buy a whole new machine that is “more than fine” for my needs for about $60. I have trouble trying to see something wrong with that ;-) I may have just engineered myself into a “convenience trap” where I can’t find a reason to buy anything more than $50 ;-)

  202. jim2 says:

    I have a relatively new box running Devuan. Linux can handle the ‘security’ features OK. The firmware has a ton of settings, though. Many more than I need or want.

  203. jim2 says:

    I forgot. I did get a relatively new Dell model. Couldn’t get Devuan to install on it, so sent it back.

  204. E.M.Smith says:


    That’s the problem with a BIOS / EUFI setting that locks the machine to one “approved” OS signature. It is essentially “broken by design” since they could not secure the box without breaking the ability to run a different OS.

    Some are like that. Some are not. Some are like that but allow you to override the PC Board setting (sometimes only if you possess some “magic cookie” that only the manufacturer has), etc.

    But I don’t care. I’m unlikely to need any more computers the rest of my life, and IF I buy more, it will likely be already set up to run Linux. I just don’t need a Desktop or Deskside box anymore.

    My 15+ year old Chromebox will let me install Linux, but only via blowing away the ChromeOS on it (there is a way to run Linux under it as a VM of sorts, but what’s the point of that? Just puts an out of support hypervisor like thing as the attack surface…). That, BTW, is the major reason I’ve not done it (yet). At present, it is kind of a “backup archive at EOL”…. But maybe it’s time… Or not.

  205. Steve C says:

    My newest/main box is ca. 2015, a 4-core AMD at 3.6GHz with 8G RAM, which has rather impeded my attempts to learn more Linux because it ‘just works’ very well despite the BIOS/EUFI nonsense and I don’t want to break it. I ‘built’ it myself, in the usual PC sense of ‘you get to screw the bits together’.

    Machine No.2 is a dual core Athlon 64X2 ‘3600’ (~2GHz) with 2G memory, originally intended to be my main audio box, the ambition rather spoiled by fan scream in warm weather (like now)! It runs XP both for Winamp (still the best player I’ve ever used) and an ancient but very useful copy of Sound Forge for editing and processing audio files. My acid test for audio player software is playing smoothly through file joins without glitches, as quite a few of my (mainly classical) recordings need just that where CD track marks come within the music. Winamp: perfect. Everything else I’ve ever tried (even VLC) mucks that up.

    I can’t not mention my own trusty old 486DX66, with a few (4, IIRC) MB of RAM and running 4DOS 7.5 / MS-DOS 6.22. It boots in the blink of an eye and has ‘proper’ I/O via ISA slots to make playing about with hardware ports super easy – Maplin (R.I.P.) used to do a nice ISA card with an 8255 chip, 24 TTL-compatible lines in or out, so I got two. Blinking lights, clattering relays, fun!

    At the slowest end of the scale, imagine a Cyrix 100MHz ‘mock 86’ chip starting Win95 – takes 15 minutes or so, time for a meal, never mind making a cup of coffee. It’s actually slower in DOS than the 486. But all these (and too many others not mentioned) are desktop machines, so clutter, clutter, clutter. Thank the Lord for KVM switches, or the situation would be completely out of hand.

    Just the 2 laptops (the only commercial ‘puters I’ve ever owned) – a 10+-y-o HP (XP) on permanent weather satellite duty on the attic staircase (Rx on a dongle & image decoder) and a little Dell Latitude for playtime, currently on antiX, which is okay and systemd-free for learning real Linux.

    The Pi range (etc) are great, I love the size and the power requirements, but they all seem to lack my No.1 requirement – decent audio, especially inputs. My old M-Audio Delta 44 soundcard (currently in the 64X2) thoroughly spoils me with its 4x mono/ 2x stereo balanced line 1/4″ jack I/O connections, to which I’ve become addicted! What I really need is, say, a mini ITX MB with a PCI Mk.I slot to plug the ’44 into (PCI-X MBs can give ‘bad timing’ glitches with Mk.I cards like the M-Audio), but such things are pretty thin on the ground these days.

    It’s all good fun, though I really need a house about the size of an aircraft hangar – 100 linear feet or so of bookshelves, 50-odd feet of CDs/LPs/78s, half decent workshop, radio shack, listening room …

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