W.O.O.D. – 13 February 2022

Intro

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

Immediate prior one here:

https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2022/01/23/w-o-o-d-23-january-2022/
and remains open for threads running there (at least until the ‘several month’ auto-close of comments on stale threads).

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

FYI …

So Toronto Dominion Bank has decided to side with the Globalist Communists against the working class, frozen the Truckers money / accounts and petitioned the courts to take it. Since when does a bank ask the court to take money? I thought they waited for a court order?

OK, I looked into TD Ameritrade and found out it WAS part of Toronto Dominion until it was sold to Charles Schwab in 2020. No need to worry about the stock portfolio. BUT… It looks to me like a great number of Canadians who support the truckers need to move their money from TD Bank to somewhere else; somewhere that doesn’t steal your money.

Looks like folks in a lot of other countries have the “opportunity” to support a local bank instead, too:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toronto-Dominion_Bank

In 2021, according to Standard & Poor’s, TD Bank Group was the largest bank in Canada by total assets and also by market capitalization, a top-10 bank in North America, and the 23rd largest bank in the world. In 2019, it was designated a global systemically important bank by the Financial Stability Board.

Since they are “systematically important” they will be bailed out with your tax money. Good for them I guess. Take your money out, the government will take it via taxes and hand it back. But it would be a fun show to watch and can not go on forever.

Looks like over half their customers are outside Canada:

The bank and its subsidiaries have over 89,000 employees and over 26 million clients worldwide. In Canada, the bank operates as TD Canada Trust and serves more than 11 million customers at over 1,091 branches. In the United States, the company operates as TD Bank, which was created through the merger of TD Banknorth and Commerce Bank. TD Bank serves more than 6.5 million customers in the United States with a network of over 1200 branches in sixteen states and the District of Columbia.

Americans who support the truckers and have accounts at “TD Bank” be advised just who you are doing business with.

I find it funny they are Soooo worried that the Trucker money, used to buy food, fuel, and lawyers; might be used for something criminal (like illegal parking and horn honking – GASP! /sarc;) yet don’t seem so bothered about other depositors:

Controversies
[…]
A TD Bank document became the focus of a 2012 contempt hearing in Miami federal court. In a civil lawsuit against TD Bank, a jury found the bank liable for aiding alleged Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein’s $1.4 billion fraud.

I especially like the hypocrisy in this next one!

In 2015, the Canadian news website the Halifax Examiner reported that a Political action committee (PAC) established by TD Bank had donated over $50,000 to the campaigns of anti-LGBT rights politicians in the United States. The article suggested that this was problematic given TD Bank’s status as a sponsor of 41 LGBT Pride events across North America; TD Bank made no comment. In response to this article, on October 6, 2015, a motion was brought at the Annual General Meeting of Halifax Pride to sever ties with TD Bank if it did not provide a satisfactory response to the concerns; the motion was ultimately defeated.

On March 10, 2017, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s (CBC) news programme Go Public reported that TD Bank employees had admitted that, under pressure to achieve sale’s targets, they had increased customers’ lines of credit, overdraft amounts, and Visa credit limits without advising them which is against the law. One TD financial adviser says she “invested clients’ savings into funds which were not suitable, because of the SR [sales revenue] pressure”. Another admitted downplaying the risk of products saying: “I was forced to lie to customers, just to meet the sales revenue targets.” In an internal letter to employees, Andy Pilkington, executive vice-president of branch banking, wrote: “We don’t believe the [CBC] story is an accurate portrayal of our culture,” but the report provided an opportunity “to pause, reflect and ask ourselves … how we can do better for our people and our customers.” The bank’s stock lost 5.55% of its value on March 10, declining by $3.88 (Cdn) per share to close at $66.00 (Cdn).

Following his ended relationship to private-banking with JPMorgan, which was headed by his friend Jes Staley, and his relationships later for over 20 years through Thomas Bowers at The Citi Private Bank and subsequently the Thomas Bowers headed private wealth management division of Deutsche Bank from 2013 until early 2019,[note 2] Jeffrey Epstein established a close relationship during 2019, allegedly through Darren Indyke, with wealth management and private banking at TD Bank which was Epstein’s bank while he was under investigations in the United States, Brazil and France at the time of his death in August 2019.

But hey, we all know Pimps & Pedos are just like everyone else and need a helping hand when they have been caught and are under investigation / arrest. It’s not like he was parked illegally or honking a horn after all… /snark;

Some News Bits

These will return in a future posting. Right now I’m really swamped with boxing and packing and such. Maybe in a day or two.

The only real news right now is the Canadian Truckers and that is evolving so fast that the best place to pick it up is from these folks:

https://www.rebelnews.com/tags/convoy_reports

Who are on the ground with the Truckers and following it closely.

For more recent events, see:

Trump Social Media site:

https://gettr.com/

Bongino Report:

https://bonginoreport.com/

Or Whatfinger:

https://generaldispatch.whatfinger.com/

I’ve also gotten addicted to the Top Ten Memes of the week from WatchMAGA here:

https://rumble.com/c/c-285381

They have interesting “bite” to them, along with a tendency to highlight the news of the week in memes, so good as a social attitude pointer too. Plus they are “way fun” ;-)

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278 Responses to W.O.O.D. – 13 February 2022

  1. E.M.Smith says:

    Just a stray thought:

    Truckers travel everywhere. They know each other. Set up the Mobile Truckers Bank to move the money.

    Designated Truckers are the “Tellers”. Using a form of 2 factor authentication, you validate they are an approved agent (Hash of their name or number with the public key of the operation validates at the secure web site. Optionally also you can include the public key of a designated Trucker). You give them cash. Your key is hashed in with that first hash of theirs as a token that moves with the money. They take it to the person in charge of funds OR to any other designated trucker going in the direction of Canada / Ottawa / truckers. The delivery is validated on the same web site with the same original hash function (that was moved with the cash to the next “teller” or “transport”). You can check on the site that the money got there (or to a designated trucker, depending on the original hash function done) AND any individual Trucker who gets the cash can create a return thank you message using your public key and the original hash function.

    Kind of like Blockchain Crypto Currency, but not. I’m talking actual cash in hand. The crypto / blockchain is only on the outgoing contract side and the return receipt side. The “wallet” is an actual box of money so it can’t be hacked nor electronically confiscated.

    I know, still a bit rough and lacking precise technical details. That’s because I’m only a so-so crypto-currency guy. Get a couple of the folks who do blockchain stuff every day on this and it can likely be written in a couple of days to a week. There are already blockchain contract and ledger codes out there being used, so this is just a small re-purposing.

    Consider it similar to the Knights Templar. Folks would put gold in the hands of a local Templar and get a receipt. Travel over dangerous routes to far away places (like on a Crusade…) and at the other end another Knights Templar would accept their receipt and give them the same amount of money. (Eventually this ended up in Swiss Banking, IMHO). Along the way, no gold could be stolen from them as they didn’t have it.

    It’s the same idea but replacing trust in a Religious Knights Order with trust in the blockchain and encrypting tech. You could even replace the “box of money” with all sorts of other transactions as desired. So Trucker A uses the money to buy Diesel, but sends the “accounting record” to another Trucker, along with a Debit Card Number with the same amount of money on it. (Breaking the audit / government tracking link between the actual debt instrument, the card, and the cash donation) At the other end, that Debit Card Number is used to get cash to hand out physically to local truckers and get the return receipt.

    There’s a hundred variations… First trucker takes cash, writes a check to his cousin in Ottawa, who uses it to buy groceries, but does a bank withdrawal for cash that he hands to Trucker B. The key is in the crypto keys for assuring the transaction goes where intended and the return receipt.

    Of course, if you wanted, you could just have a Trucker Vetting Group that picks “A Guy” and designates him as trusted. Local chapters collect money. The Guy moves it (as a box of cash or on a debit card or in his personal account). At the other end, their local Guy distributes it and creates return receipt. Skips all the high tech stuff and is back like the Knights Templar in that The Guy is moral bound to his Brothers In Arms who have chosen him (and assure his honesty…)

    IF Cash becomes problematic, one could even return to shipments of “highly trade-able goods” like copper, gold, silver, aluminum, lithium batteries, SIM Cards, iPhones, whatever. Trying to stop a truck for “Carrying valuable commodities” is not going to work well… Heck, right now, you could likely just use Steaks & Avocados as cash ;-) Locals in, say, Montana, buy a load of burgers, steaks, Polish Dogs and sends it to the convoy at the border. Convoy says “Look, we are letting some traffic through”. It stops in the middle and unloads. Rinse and repeat.

    There’s a lot of ways…

  2. E.M.Smith says:

    Think of it as a Hawala system with digital receipts…
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawala

    Origins
    The hawala system originated in India. It has existed since the 8th century between Indian, Arabic and Muslim traders who operated alongside the Silk Road and beyond, as a protection against theft. It is believed to have arisen in the financing of long-distance trade around the emerging capital trade centers in the early medieval period. In South Asia, it appears to have developed into a fully-fledged money market instrument, which was only gradually replaced by the instruments of the formal banking system in the first half of the 20th century.
    […]
    How hawala works
    In the most basic variant of the hawala system, money is transferred via a network of hawala brokers, or hawaladars. It is the transfer of money without actually moving it. In fact, a successful definition of the hawala system that is used is “money transfer without money movement”. According to author Sam Vaknin, while there are large hawaladar operators with networks of middlemen in cities across many countries, most hawaladars are small businesses who work at hawala as a sideline or moonlighting operation.

    The figure shows how hawala works: (1) a customer (A, left-hand side) approaches a hawala broker (X) in one city and gives a sum of money (red arrow) that is to be transferred to a recipient (B, right-hand side) in another, usually foreign, city. Along with the money, he usually specifies something like a password that will lead to the money being paid out (blue arrows). (2b) The hawala broker X calls another hawala broker M in the recipient’s city, and informs M about the agreed password, or gives other disposition of the funds. Then, the intended recipient (B), who also has been informed by A about the password (2a), now approaches M and tells him the agreed password (3a). If the password is correct, then M releases the transferred sum to B (3b), usually minus a small commission. X now owes M the money that M had paid out to B; thus M has to trust X’s promise to settle the debt at a later date.

    The unique feature of the system is that no promissory instruments are exchanged between the hawala brokers; the transaction takes place entirely on the honour system. As the system does not depend on the legal enforceability of claims, it can operate even in the absence of a legal and juridical environment. Trust and extensive use of connections are the components that distinguish it from other remittance systems. Hawaladar networks are often based on membership in the same family, village, clan or ethnic group, and cheating is punished by effective excommunication and “loss of honour” that leads to severe economic hardship.

    Informal records are produced of individual transactions, and a running tally of the amount owed by one broker to another is kept. Settlements of debts between hawala brokers can take a variety of forms (such as goods, services, properties, transfers of employees, etc.), and need not take the form of direct cash transactions.

    Or perhaps in the presence of Abusive Tyrannical Corrupt “legal and judicial environments”…

    I’m just suggesting using formal digital receipts instead of informal, and having a variety of money movement options from moving actual cash, to checks, debit cards, commodities, or even the “settlement at the end of the month” between two Hawaladeers. Though that would be harder in this case as the money almost exclusively flows one way… so you can’t just net out transactions.

    Globalist Bankers? Just say no…

  3. another ian says:

    For something different in vice

  4. another ian says:

    “Biden Admin requires US citizens to be vaccinated to leave Ukraine via land border to Poland
    Monday, 14 February 2022”

    https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2022/02/biden-admin-requires-us-citizens-to-be-vaccinated-to-leave-ukraine-via-land-border-to-poland.html

    More from “The Nuthouse”?

  5. another ian says:

    Canada

    “Predictions on How/When This Will End?”

    http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2022/02/13/predictions-on-how-this-will-end/

    Particularly the first video

    But then in the light of the item above Biden might well not fill that predicted role

  6. H.R. says:

    I have never heard of or seen a fractal vise.

    I want one.

  7. another ian says:

    Neither had I.
    Go to the end and looks like you can buy one

  8. another ian says:

    I read the “Fine print” there

    “69 x $4.20 plus S & H $350

    150 year money back guarantee”

  9. E.M.Smith says:

    Oh this is a hoot! Dr. John Campbell /snarks; at the “fact checkers” at Faceplant… who said the British Medical Journal was wrong, as decided by a Junior College English Major (A.A. degree pending… /sarc;)

  10. E.M.Smith says:

    I’ve lost the plot on how I ended up with this video. It’s almost 2 hours and a bit slow at times, but has a very important bit of information in it. I need to watch it again and take down the URL for the web site of the US Govt that they reference.

    The “bottom line” here at the top is that the U.S. Department Of Folks Who Call You Terrorists has published a web page defining mal-information, dis-information, and one other class (apparently unable to say “what is wrong”, and “what we don’t like even if true”.) and defined folks who participate in these things as “Terrorists”. Then they cite a bill signed by Obama that grants the Govt the power to take anyone they claim is a terrorist and disappear them forever with no right of appeal, no court case, and no requirement to even tell anyone that they kidnapped you. Shades of Soviet Russia and China Today!

    It’s creepy stuff but well researched.:

  11. Ossqss says:

    I don’t know what to say, so I won’t. :-)

  12. YMMV says:

    I did a search: “is td bank woke”

    yeah.

    https://stories.td.com/us/en/article/a-message-from-our-ceo-additional-actions-to-combat-racism-and-its-impacts
    Bharat Masrani, Group President and CEO, TD Bank Group : “We are a purpose-driven Bank, committed to enriching the lives of all those we serve and employ.We are a purpose-driven Bank, committed to enriching the lives of all those we serve and employ.”
    unsaid: and that purpose is Social Justice.
    Bharat Masrani: “TD also has an important role to play in the fight against systemic racism and bias in society.”

    Anti-racism is fine, if you pay attention to the fine line beyond which your solution becomes a problem.

    “… posts greetings for Hanukkah & Kwanzaa, but snubs Christmas… also refers to “snowperson” instead of snowman”

    And this one is awesome:
    https://www.boston.com/news/local-news/2019/03/21/td-bank-ad-dorchester/
    “TD Bank is apologizing” for and ad which read “When you’re Downtown, but your debit card’s somewhere in Dorchester”
    Because in Boston, “lost in Dorchester is code for stolen”

    It was the bank Jeffrey Epstein’s used.

  13. AC Osborn says:

    another ian says: 13 February 2022 at 11:34 pm
    “For something different in vice”

    What a brilliant video and what a brilliantly engineered device.
    The video brings back memories of my toolmaking apprenticeship 58 years ago.

    So thanks Ian.

  14. beththeserf says:

    Another video. The Selectorate and how the incumbent works to keep in office. At the end a question on Covid, the political tactic of lockdown. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzsGdGHahkI&ab_channel=AcademicInfluence

  15. Simon Derricutt says:

    Some computer problems here. A refund issued to some electricity customers was miscalculated as over £2.3T (yep, that’s trillion, not a typo):
    https://www.gbnews.uk/news/energy-supplier-accidentally-issues-2-trillion-storm-arwen-compensation-cheques/225179
    The cheques were cancelled before they could be cashed, but I wonder if they’d have been cashable anyway, since they’d have bounced.
    Computers, of course, don’t make mitsakes….

  16. jim2 says:

    On December 31, 2011, President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), codifying indefinite military detention without charge or trial into law for the first time in American history. (To learn more about the NDAA, visit http://www.aclu.org/NDAA).

    The law is an historic threat because it codifies indefinite military detention without charge or trial into law for the first time in American history. It could permit the president – and all future presidents – to order the military to imprison indefinitely civilians captured far from any battlefield without charge or trial.
    This kind of sweeping detention power is completely at odds with our American values, violates the Constitution, and corrodes our Nation’s commitment to the rule of law, which generations have fought to preserve.
    The breadth of the NDAA’s worldwide detention authority violates the Constitution and international law because it is not limited to people captured in an actual armed conflict, as required by the laws of war.
    Under the Bush administration, claims of worldwide detention authority were used to hold even a U.S. citizen captured on U.S. soil in military custody, and many in Congress assert that the NDAA should be used in the same way. The ACLU does not believe that the NDAA authorizes military detention of American citizens or anyone else in the United States. Any president’s claim of domestic military detention authority under the NDAA would be unconstitutional and illegal.
    Nevertheless, there is substantial public debate and uncertainty around whether Sections 1021 and 1022 of the NDAA could be read even to repeal the Posse Comitatus Act and authorize indefinite military detention without charge or trial within the United States.
    The law does not require even an allegation that a detained person caused any harm or threat of harm to the United States or to any U.S. interest. Mere allegation of membership in, or support of, an alleged terrorist group could be the basis for indefinite detention. Under the American justice system, we don’t just lock people up indefinitely based on suspicion.

    https://www.aclu.org/other/talking-points-2012-national-defense-authorization-act-ndaa

  17. jim2 says:

    A video review appeared online yesterday for the ArcFlash Labs GR-1, an electromagnetic Gauss rifle that surfaced last year when its manufacturer began taking pre-orders from the general public. We did a story about it then which you can read here. While the largely 3D-printed battery-powered rifle may at first glance appear to be almost toy-like, the review makes it clear that it is anything but.

    The full video can be found on YouTube and was made by small arms expert Ian McCollum, who is a researcher for Armament Research Services and runs the popular blog Forgotten Weapons, the latter of which focuses on obscure, experimental, and prototype small arms. In the review of the GR-1, he walks through the Gauss rifle’s features and capabilities before taking it to a range for target shooting.

    https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/44269/3375-electromagnetic-rifle-declared-a-serious-weapon-during-expert-range-report

  18. watersider says:

    Co0me on Our Great Chief,
    You should not denigrate banks and accuse them of stealing our money – you know full well it is only the government who steal our money!

  19. E.M.Smith says:

    @Watersider:

    I think there’s a minor bit of precision missing:

    Only the government is allowed to steal our money. (Lots of other folks do it too, but they are not allowed. Direct theft by robbers. Usury is typically illegal, but done. Excessive fees all over the place. Etc. etc.)

    So yeah, I think banks are happy to steal our money whenever they can get away with it without too much penalty.

  20. jim2 says:

    Just as Biden took a fake victory lap when Omicron conquered COVID, he will take another fake victory lap when Russia finishes its military training exercise and disperses.

  21. Graeme No.3 says:

    jim2:
    That would be after Putin has got what he wants from the EU. I’ve pointed out before that Putin isn’t insane and no way would move troops with publicity when he intended a “surprise” invasion in the middle of a Russian winter. I think he wants Nordstream 2 approved and delivering gas to Europe (and Euros back to Russia). There are about 60 pipelines for Russian gas into Europe but only this one is not allowed to deliver.
    And as for the claim from the EU bureaucrats that they will shutdown all pipelines if he doesn’t do what they want, I wonder what planet they are living on. The reaction of the public would destroy the EU.

  22. another ian says:

    Important IMO

  23. another ian says:

    And

  24. anotherr ian says:

    More on the “Canadian emergency” via SDA

    “Must go thru Parliament and Senate
    Thanks Mr. Peckford for clarifying.
    Do we have any reason to hope it won’t go thru?

    Reply
    PJF
    February 14, 2022 at 6:49 pm
    The act comes into effect immediately without parliament. It must be approved by parliament within seven days or it is then void.

    A lot can happen in seven days.”

  25. philjourdan says:

    AAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Someone stole Whatfingers’ laptop! So no new memes this week.

    I have the sads.

  26. another ian says:

    More on the “Canadian emergency” via SDA

    “Must go thru Parliament and Senate
    Thanks Mr. Peckford for clarifying.
    Do we have any reason to hope it won’t go thru?

    Reply
    PJF
    February 14, 2022 at 6:49 pm
    The act comes into effect immediately without parliament. It must be approved by parliament within seven days or it is then void.

    A lot can happen in seven days.”

  27. E.M.Smith says:

    @PhilJourdan:

    What with being mid-packing in a seriously junk-all-over way and prepping for, well, today (Valentines Day), I decided on a shorter format yesterday. BUT, with the intent to put up a meme’s posting tomorrow or the day after. So no, no laptop missing.

    Though I do have to point out that there’s these ads that run which want you to interact. Pick what you like more or ‘which of these do you know’; which I NEVER do as that fingers you as a sucker for them and you get more things trying to peg you into a type box. Well…

    Seems that on Chromium on that particular release of Devuan, they would often cause a corruption of the audio driver software (my guess) when you click “skip ad” or just let it time out without clicking. Then I’d get no sound on videos no matter how many ‘reload the page’ I did. Sometimes it would spread to audio on other channels, sometimes not. (Probably some kind of flag set that didn’t get unset but some other web pages would unset).

    This meant that, despite my trying to listen to the more recent memes so as to do my typical write up (I was trying to get a new W.O.O.D. up about Feb.10…), it was at best frustrating, and often impossible (depending on number of said type of ads). OK. 10 goes to 11 goes to 12 … Short Form!

    Then I did an update-upgrade to the operating system (hoping someone had fixed something, maybe) and tried again. As of late last night, sound seemed more reliable. OTOH, it has had good days before…

    So I’m hoping that tomorrow or the day after I can do a “meme summary” of WatchMaga (that has alternate Whatfinger summary and Top Ten segments). Until then, you can get them here:
    https://rumble.com/c/c-285381

  28. jim2 says:

    @Graeme No.3 says: 14 February 2022 at 8:50 pm

    Five Stars!

  29. Power Grab says:

    I just learned today from a co-workers that their offspring put diesel in their gas car. It sounds like it’s been having serious problems ever since. :-(

    Anybody else ever done that?

  30. jim2 says:

    And you thought all that other crap was bad …

    The Pentagon is slated to host an event on Wednesday making “the case for global justice and democratic socialism” as a means to combat China’s rise, sparking ire on Capitol Hill.

    The event, titled, “Responding to China: The Case for Global Justice and Democratic Socialism,” is being hosted by the Institute for National Strategic Studies, a department of the National Defense University, the Pentagon’s top policy shop. The event is open to the public and will be held on the Pentagon’s Strategic Multilayer Assessment platform, a Defense Department initiative that studies global challenges, according to an invitation for the event posted online.

    Featured speaker Thomas Piketty, a French economist, “will argue that the right answer” to addressing China’s rise “lies in ending Western arrogance and promoting a new emancipatory and egalitarian horizon on a global scale, a new form of democratic and participatory, ecological and post-colonial socialism,” according to the event invitation. “If they stick to their usual lecturing posture and a dated hyper-capitalist model, Western countries may find it extremely difficult to meet the Chinese challenge.” Piketty is the author of the book Time for Socialism.

    https://freebeacon.com/biden-administration/pentagons-latest-strategy-promote-socialism-to-combat-china/

  31. another ian says:

    “A legend in his own lunch time”

    “Russian Military Drills Conclude, Troop Withdrawal Begins, White House Proclaims the Stunning Strength and Brilliant Strategic Thinking of Joe Biden Averted Thermonuclear War
    February 15, 2022 | Sundance | 259 Comments”

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2022/02/15/russian-military-drills-conclude-troop-withdrawal-begins-white-house-proclaims-the-stunning-strength-and-brilliant-strategic-thinking-of-joe-biden-averted-thermonuclear-war/

    And would this have anything to do with batch effects?

    Via http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2022/02/15/safe-and-effective-48/

  32. E.M.Smith says:

    @Power Grab:
    I’ve done it, but experimentally and “bit by bit” in a ’67 VW air cooled engine.

    Diesel has HORRIBLE octane rating. Cetane rating is backwards from octane. It is to make it spontaneously combust better, not worse as in octane.

    Now, the good bit, you can fix most of it by just siphoning out most of the Diesel and filing up with Super.

    Then the bad bit: It will, IF it runs, ping / pre-detonate Like Crazy and smoke a LOT. This may do nothing but piss off the neighbors, or it can put flat spots on rod and main bearings, bend rods, crack heads, pull head bolts, etc. Oh, and in cold weather it may not start at all…

    Hopefully they just did a bit of a test start and then shut it down pre-damage.

    Depending on how much Diesel vs how much Gas was in the car (and how empty the tank is…) you can just put a bunch of Octane Booster in and “get by” to burn it up.

    Examples:

    90% full of gas, added 10% Diesel: Did you even notice?

    10% full of gas, added 10% Diesel, 80% empty: Fill it with Super and ought to be OK, if not, add a LOT of octane booster.

    10% full of gas, filled it on Diesel. That started and ran? OMG! Drain the fuel tank and fill with Super.

    30% full of gas, and put in 70% Diesel: Probably need to drain and refill.

    40% full of gas and added 20% Diesel, 40% empty? Fill with Super, octane boost and go.

    50% gas, filled with Diesel. Um, you need to drain some stuff to get room to work with this. BTW, a 50/50 blend is what my Mercedes manual says I can use as winter Diesel in my 240D (no turbo).

    Let the smoke in the exhaust be your guide.

    Sidebar On Tech:

    Cars with a “knock sensor” will handle this better (though maybe not good enough) by retarding the spark as much as possible (which may not be enough).

    HOT engines like air cooled in summer, handle this worse as the “ping” risk is higher. OTOH, they do vaporize the heavier Diesel better so smoke a little less.

    COLD engines in winter will just sulk about the heavy hard to evaporate Diesel until they warm up A Lot.

    High Compression engines (like “require premium” Mercedes) will do a lot worse. LOW Compression engines (like my old VW) handle it better as they are less prone to ping.

    Your 4 basic problems are:

    1) Much richer mix from the denser Diesel fuel – Smokes a lot

    2) Much harder cold start from the high evaporation temperature of the Diesel – hard cold starts.

    3) Poor mix especially when cold as Diesel is hard to evaporate – various things from stutter / stall to backfires to running too lean when cold but too rich when hot.

    4) PING!!! Like Crazy – depends on mix% and car knock sensing. Can do physical damage to the engine if it is not “robust”. Diesel has horrible “Octane” rating and gas has horrible “Cetane” rating.

    Your “fix” is to raise the octane as much as you can by whatever means you can, and to dilute the Diesel with lots more gasoline (or remove it entirely via siphon).

    FWIW, I did my experiments with about 1 gallon of gasoline left in the VW, then added Diesel from a can. Precisely so I could just dump in 2 gallons of Super from another can when I’d gone too far.

    IIRC, about 10% Diesel ran “OK if a bit rich” and at 20% to 30% it started to have some smoke and harder starting. Then at about 30% to 40% the hard starts became horrible starts (with misfires and backfires and stutters) while the smoke became horrible and pings started to be in the worry range. This will vary by car.

    Good luck with that.

  33. E.M.Smith says:

    @Jim2:

    OK… so… Combat Chinese Communism by adopting the “Soft Communism” half way step of Socialism so as to get there in a slower controlled manner? Who’s running our Military, China? (Don’t answer that… I know…. Biden is pwned by China…)

    @Another Ian:

    I think it has more to do with the EU approving gas pipelines from Russia or not…

    I’m in agreement with the thesis that Putin just wants the EU to agree to become more dependent on Russian Gas and approve all pipelines (keep those Euros coming boys!) and far less on anything actually involving Ukraine. So put a scare in folks about Ukraine Gas being cut off by a winter war in Ukraine (i.e. COLD Germans might not like that…) and get pipeline approval. Then go home.

    There’s probably a “sub text” for measuring NATO response so when the real Balloon Going UP happens they know how best to plan. (i.e. very fast, don’t telegraph build ups, and ignore France and Biden)

  34. Ossqss says:

    Well, this certainly helps with the mask discussions, but not for some folks.

    https://ianmsc.substack.com/p/can-someone-ask-the-experts-why-masks

  35. Ossqss says:

    My bad, the source feed is kinda paywalled on the data part, so here is an alternate with more.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/why-did-masks-stop-working-japan-and-south-korea

  36. Ossqss says:

    So here ya go, how much energy generation can you get from a portable hydro-electric plant?

    From backpack to boat size?

  37. another ian says:

    “Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Refuses to Bring Emergency War Measures Act to Parliament for Authorization Vote
    February 15, 2022 | Sundance | 98 Comments
    Earlier today Conservative Party opposition leader Candice Bergen asked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau when he planned to bring his declaration of the Emergency Act before parliament for authorization. The Canadian Prime Minister refused to answer the question. ”

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2022/02/15/prime-minister-justin-trudeau-refuses-to-bring-emergency-war-measures-act-to-parliament-for-authorization-vote/

    IIRC he has 6 days left

  38. another ian says:

    A must watch (IMO)

  39. another ian says:

    Maybe Trudeau should have looked more at transportation in Canadian history. Their last major uprising was by

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

    Transport had a big part in dealing with that, as the not quite completed eastern part of the Canadian Pacific Railway allowed the arrival of troops from the east in an “unprecedented” short time

    And when this is sorted out I guess these new financial rules mean the Trudeau Foundation is fair game?

  40. jim2 says:

    The truckers are helpless against the bank account theft. That law should be limited to foreign entities. This is yet another case where extreme laws were written due to terrorists being applied to common citizens. In the US, the RICO act was passed to get the mafia. But now it’s being applied to any group targeted by politicians. Hopefully, Canadians will vote in people to throttle this law.

  41. another ian says:

    “Communications Upgrade” in Ottawa

    http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2022/02/16/communications-upgrade/

    Starlink

    More Canada situation threads at SDA

  42. another ian says:

    “Canadian Provinces rebel against Trudeau — Quebec says “No Emergency Powers Here””

    https://thezman.com/wordpress/

  43. another ian says:

    “Canadian Provinces rebel against Trudeau — Quebec says “No Emergency Powers Here””

    https://joannenova.com.au/2022/02/canadian-provinces-rebel-against-trudeau/

    The one in moderation linked to Zman is my error

  44. E.M.Smith says:

    Looks like Rumble is branching out into Cable-Internet News Live Delivery.
    https://rumble.com/live-videos

    LIVE NOW: Newsmax Live Stream

    The First TV LIVE

    WarRoom – Live

    Bannons War Room

    TBN LIVE

    REAL AMERICA’S VOICE (RAV) REAL NEWS – HONEST VIEWS

    RealAmericasVoice

    🚨RE-BROADCAST🚨 SANTILLI BROADCASTING NETWORK STREAMING THE PETE SANTILLI SHOW 24/7 @ PETELIVE.TV
    The Pete Santilli Show – LIVE Show

    The Ramsey Show (February 16, 2022)
    The Ramsey Show – Full Episodes

    LUTV
    Liberty University

    Sebastian Gorka LIVE: Was the CIA spying on Candidate and President Trump?
    AMERICA First with Sebastian Gorka

    HOWIE CARR SHOW – FEB 16, 2022
    The Howie Carr Show

    That’s the first page of at least 62 pages (before I gave up paging…)

    So essentially EwTube and the Cable Nazis are building the Rumble Catalog of programs. Nice ;-)

    Though it looks like “recorded live” is more accurate…

  45. Power Grab says:

    @ EM:

    Thanks for that response. I shared it with my co-worker. Two thumbs up!

  46. another ian says:

    “Russia Asks Joe Biden for Next Ukraine Invasion Dates So They Can Coordinate Vacation Plans for Moscow Officials
    February 16, 2022 | Sundance | 130 Comments

    The Russians are having a little fun at Joe Biden’s expense” More at

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2022/02/16/russia-asks-joe-biden-for-next-ukraine-invasion-dates-so-they-can-coordinate-vacation-plans-for-moscow-officials/

  47. Ossqss says:

    Seeing some interesting stickers showing up on gas pumps. I hope the trend continues. Gonna get some myself for the beer isle also :-)

    I hope the pic shows up.

  48. David A says:

    Another Ian, this bank run, if it takes hold, may cripple the GEBs And a complete self goal. Who would leave their money where the government can, on a whim, take your funds anytime for any created reason to call you a terrorist for “Wrong think” Wow, this kind of scenario, once going, can spread like wildfire in a Santa Anna. And most anyone would see the GEBs as responsible.

    Just watching what the Canadian government did, and I contributed, makes me want to limit my institutional holdings, and have more cash. A perfect illustration of why going digital with all currency is enslavement. They may have shot the total power play too soon. Any government attempt to go digital and cashless may now be met by massive social refusal to participate with the official currency. Go long for any effective barter system, more cash, gold and silver, bullets and TP.

  49. Ossqss says:

    “Silence like a cancer grows”

  50. Ossqss says:

    That cut and paste didn’t work. Little help there EM with the brackets?

    [Reply: Done. EMS.]

  51. another ian says:

    “Canadian Justice Minister David Lametti Says Supporting Trump Is Reason for Government to Seize Bank Accounts Under Trudeau Emergency Act
    February 16, 2022 | Sundance | 265 Comments”

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2022/02/16/canadian-justice-minister-david-lametti-says-supporting-trump-is-reason-for-government-to-seize-bank-accounts-under-trudeau-emergency-act/

  52. another ian says:

    Ossqss

    This?

  53. another ian says:

    “Dynamite: “There is almost a billion dollars a year going into the FDA Budget from the people we regulate” ”
    Dynamite: “There is almost a billion dollars a year going into the FDA Budget from the people we regulate”

    Link to Part 2 in

    http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2022/02/17/safe-and-effective-50/

  54. another ian says:

    Now would you believe?

    “Standing Up to Pee Gives Boys an Unfair Advantage in Physics”

    https://www.diogenesmiddlefinger.com/2022/02/standing-up-to-pee-gives-boys-unfair.html

    Via https://bayourenaissanceman.blogspot.com/2022/02/headline-of-day.html

    In this area there is an adult legend of such abilities – over a semi-trailer, on a bloke jeering across the street as two examples. And a long list of other deeds with that “mighty weapon”

  55. another ian says:

    A comment at SDA

    “When you lose Ilhan Omar, you know you have really fucked up: https://www.foxnews.com/media/ilhan-omar-canadian-freedom-convoy-donors

  56. another ian says:

    Vote on “emergency”

    “Vote is on the Commons order paper for Thursday. Senate meets next on Friday, and I expect to see the motion on their order paper for that day if it passes the Commons.”

    http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2022/02/17/february-17-2022-reader-tips/#comment-1591831

    And from comments there

    “Two more Babylon Bee articles came my way today. Both are pretty good. Hopefully no one has posted them here yet.

    8 Tips For Keeping Money Safe If Your Fascist Prime Minister Tries To Freeze Your Bank Account

    Trudeau Having Difficulty Teaching Canadian Mounties To Goose-Step
    https://babylonbee.com/news/trudeau-having-difficulty-teaching-canadian-mounties-to-goose-step

  57. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    Yeah, helium… We’ve been on the verge of “RUNNING OUT!!!” since at least 1973 when I first looked at it….

    FWIW, one of my Financial Rules is this: ANY promotion that is based on a “Running Out” scare is most likely a Pump and Dump scheme.

    Has not failed me yet.

    Why?

    Well, 2 reasons.

    1) Resource Substitution. THE cheapest alternative is used when available. When the price exceeds that of the next option, people swap to the other option. This can happen in very short term (so need an inert gas? Helium works. Or Argon that is available from the air in large quantities. Welding swapped to Argon shield gas decades ago). Or longer term (Not a lot of high end solid mahogany available? Develop the tech to use verniers of it, and now to make synthetics that look like it.)

    2) Technical Advances. These are directed preferentially at places where there is a need. Anyone finding they are missing their horses? How about the great Whale Oil Shortage? (Think kerosene…) Remember when Copper Telephone Wires were going to use all the copper? (Now glass fiber) or when long distance power lines were copper? (Now steel core for strength wound with aluminum current carrier wire). My favorite is the Rare Earth Scare (it isn’t rare at all, the beaches from the Carolinas down to Florida are covered in rare earth sands – just a lot cheaper from China) but a close second is the Lithium Shortage Scare ( you can use potassium with a bit of work, or even sodium, or entirely different battery tech as desired. Remember when Cadmium – as in Nickle Cadmium batteries – was a “problem” supply issue? The original Edison Cell used Nickle and Iron, the Cadmium just makes it a bit better…).

    The simple fact is that the Entire World (solar system? universe?) is a resource and the ultimate resource is our ability to imagine new ways of doing things. We can make houses out of wood, or concrete, or “liquid stone”, or straw bales, or mud & sticks (wattle & daub), or paper (Japan) or cloth (plains Indians), or mammoth tusks, or Calcium Sulphate & paper (“sheet rock”), or Steel (used for studs instead of 2×4 wood) and “stucco” (sand and cement), or roasted clay (bricks) or….

    The entire field of Engineering can be seen as “Making what you need or want out of what you have”. The key point being “what you have”.

    Nobody solves a problem that doesn’t exist. So nobody goes looking for alternative solutions as long as a given resource is cheap and available. BUT, as soon as it is dear or unavailable, we solve that problem.

    During W.W.II, rubber was a key material in short supply. You needed somewhere around 100 lbs of it to make a war vehicle (ANY war vehicle from trucks to tanks to airplanes to…). Japan captured the major US Supply in Indonesia. The end result? The USA created a synthetic rubber (now used for about 90% of the “rubber” in a car tire. We can also make the equivalent of natural rubber that makes the tire better in that remaining 10%, but don’t, because the stuff from rubber plants is still cheaper.) One of hundreds of such resource substitution / tech advance stories.

  58. another ian says:

    Thanks for that. By the map might be another resource that Alberta adds to its list

  59. Ossqss says:

    Speaking of cheap alternatives.

    Product alert for those who may be interested. My old Motorola Finiti BT earpiece is on its last leg. It has been great for many years of reliable use for phone calls etc., but alas it is having trouble charging.

    So, being frugal (cheap), I was doing some homework on a replacement and found this little ditty on Amazon that had praise as a good value in many site reviews on the interwebs. For $20 bucks I took a chance as opposed to spending over $100-$200 for the name brands. Got it and tested it and it does its job well for the money. Now we will see about reliability and longevity.

    Thought to share if anyone needed it.

    Crap, this is probably going to put up some kinda Amazon graphic, but here ya go anyhow.

    Link: https://www.amazon.com/New-bee-Bluetooth-Cancelling-Headsetcase/dp/B07FMSJZ3R

  60. Ossqss says:

    Well, that didn’t work out. Let me try and cut the https off the link and see what happens.

    http://www.amazon.com/New-bee-Bluetooth-Cancelling-Headsetcase/dp/B07FMSJZ3R

  61. jim2 says:

    another ian – I saw in one of your links that males have an advantage in physics because of the way they pee. The article was serious and written by two women and one man. I know for a fact that women can pee standing up. And for more control, a woman can get one of these …

    https://www.backpacker.com/gear-reviews/the-complete-guide-to-female-urination-devices/

  62. E.M.Smith says:

    @Ossqss:

    Fixed the first link for you. It wasn’t the https, but the ‘…’ that was the problem. For reasons known only to them, WordPress assumes a link ends at the first ‘.’ and the rest is not put in as active link text. Match that with sites that abbreviate the visible part of the link text (delete visibility and substitute ‘…’ for the missing bits) and there’s no end of broken links that happen when the two meet.

    Interesting side note:

    The https: link gets auto pre-load of a preview (i.e. shoves the link contents into the window) unless you prefix it with some other non-link text, but the http: version did not get expanded / pre-loaded. Odd that.

    And thanks for the link, I may bet one ;-)

    @Jim2:

    I guess women are denied the opportunity to use a hose to wash the car or water the yard…

  63. philjourdan says:

    @PowerGrab – must be an older car Newer ones have restrictions that prevent that.

    But yes, I know of someone. Way back in the 80s, I had an employee that drove a tank! It was a 60s era car that would survive a nuclear blast! Her “Boy Friend” thought it was a diesel, so filled it with same. It almost blew up! Cost her a fortune to get it back in running condition.

    I would have it towed (not driven) to a good mechanic.

  64. another ian says:

    The forked tongue

    “Trudeau Government Officials Confirm Donors to Crowdfunding Platforms Are Specifically “Designated Targets” for DeBanking, Social Media Posts To Be Used as Evidence
    February 17, 2022 | sundance | 374 Comments
    NOTE: before getting to the heart of the biggest headline, I just want to note that when Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland speaks in French, she says things she never repeats in English. The French language Canadian audience hear a much stronger declaration in the framework of government action, including language that says, “The Canadian government, and the heart of Canadian democracy is directly being attacked by foreign groups.” Freeland does not say this in English, only in her French delivery.”

    More at

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2022/02/17/trudeau-government-officials-confirm-donors-to-crowdfunding-platforms-are-specifically-designated-targets-for-debanking-social-media-posts-to-be-used-as-evidence/

  65. another ian says:

    From KOO’s page on shipping drums of oil over a winter road

    http://www.kingofobsolete.ca/King_today_webpage2.html

    For more contemplation the dozer in the first picture spent 3 years under water.

    “yesterday’s fun was getting barrels of the expensive oil from the broken lube truck ready to be shipped over the winter road. up here in the Great White North we can not just toss the barrels on the lowbed trailer and strap the barrels to the equipment in hopes the barrels arrive un-damaged and not leaking. we put 1 barrel in a plastic tote then the staff shoveled snow off the roof of the shop which she would have had to do next week any way. then we stomped the snow in the tote as if it was grapes to make fine wine. final thing we did was pour pails of water in the sugar snow to make ice that will hold the barrel secure. we are working smarter not harder and having fun “

  66. Ossqss says:

    @EM, that earpiece is a good bugout item, if nothing less for other BT enabled devices. Came with an attachable 2nd earpiece too for stereo. I will report on it again as use increases. Don’t expect some audiophile quality, but it works well.

    So, no takers on the portable hydrodynamic power source from anyone? No Dammers here eh….

    And nobody has seen those “I did it” stickers on gas pumps?

    Sound of silence is loud>

    C’mon man!

  67. another ian says:

    “Radical Leftist PM Uses Radical Leftist Government-Funded Media to Justify Power Grab”

    http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2022/02/17/radical-leftist-pm-uses-radical-leftist-government-funded-media-to-justify-power-grab/

    And

    “Breaking: Convoy Organizer Tamara Lich Arrested”

    http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2022/02/17/breaking-convoy-organizer-tamara-lich-arrested/

  68. Ossqss says:

    Here is one vector of some hydro applications I was pointing towards. Fascinating stuff.

  69. E.M.Smith says:

    @Ossqss:

    As I presently live in a functional desert, nope, no water wheel for me…

    Per the “I did it:” stickers: Saw them a couple of months ago on a gas pump here. Then someone put up a Trump sticker with similar finger point from the other side with “I can fix that!”… Then a week later there were only bits of paper fluff stuck in the glue…Someone got peeved ;-)

    @Another Ian:

    But…all those things he lists as “not dominant superpower” are exactly what China would want us to do and EXACTLY what the China Pwned Bidet POTSINO has done. This is simply a listing of the Chinese accomplishments in their 5th Generational War on us.

  70. H.R. says:

    @Ossqss – I thought we did water power within the past year and I know we’ve kicked it around within the last couple of years. Even that unit shown in the crusty old photo would power someone’s off grid living. It was in line with a modern video or two that was linked here.


    The kids were down for a week in Florida to visit us. We went to the Florida State Fair yesterday, Feb 16, 2022. There’s a steam museum that I think I wrote about last year. It’s a really cool collection of old steam engines.

    Anyhow, steam engines are another topic we kicked around briefly. Ya gotta have one for power to run just about anything you need if you are truly off grid. You can hook it up to a generator, threshers, saws, pumps… whatever.

    The beauty of a small steam engine is you can run it on anything that burns that you can put beneath the boiler; wood, coal, kerosene, trash… whatever.

    Anyone in Florida during Fair time should drop by if only for the steam museum. It is not all that big, but it covers most of the types of steam engines from small 1-2 HP to 200+ HP giants. It’s a pretty thorough display.

  71. E.M.Smith says:

    An interesting page that seems to have a good grasp on the actual root problem (WEF):

    https://tritorch.com/takeover/

    @H.R.:

    Want a steam engine? Got an old Briggs & Stratton motor on a worn out lawn mower?

  72. H.R. says:

    Rats! I meant to point out that my computer-generation kids were really impressed with the steam engines. It did not take much for them to see how important steam was to industrialization.

    They were quick to realize what a giant step up steam power was from horse power, with steam then leading to the internal combustion engine.

    I thought I was going to get a “Yah, OK, sure, can we go now?” Didn’t happen, so that says it’s a very good display.

    Be sure to catch the exhibit if you ever get the chance.

  73. H.R. says:

    @E.M. – I think it was that or something similar that set us off on steam the last time. The B&S rings a bell.

  74. another ian says:

    Erza asks some interesting questions

    And

  75. another ian says:

    Tucker on Joe and Russia

    The second one above followed Ezra – I’m learning slowly – going from rarely ever watched a video

  76. another ian says:

    E.M. Maybe a job opening as a scrutineer

    “Gab Announces ‘Parallel Economy Fund’ to Back Tech Startups Opposed to Silicon Valley Leftism”

    https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2022/02/17/gab-announces-parallel-economy-fund-to-back-tech-startups-opposed-to-silicon-valley-leftism/

  77. Power Grab says:

    @ philjourdan – 18 February 2022 at 12:31 am
    @PowerGrab – must be an older car Newer ones have restrictions that prevent that.

    I’m sure it isn’t brand-spanking-new. I remember their looking for a car for this offspring, but I don’t remember finding out what car they got.

  78. another ian says:

    No suprise here

    “The computer chip supply chain crunch as a security threat”

    https://bayourenaissanceman.blogspot.com/2022/02/the-computer-chip-supply-chain-crunch.html

  79. philjourdan says:

    Well the scammers are trying to exploit the car market now! My wife got an email from someone wanting to sell a 2009 Honda Accord XL for $1000. Supposedly it was through eBay. So we told them to send us the information.

    What I found is that they wanted ebay money cards (just the numbers) emailed to them at eBay@customers-department-protection[dot]com. Well the gift cards were an immediate stink bomb, so I checked the domain. Registered 5 days ago. At NameCheap. To an outfit in Iceland. Who has made all their email addresses (POC, Technical Assistance, etc.) private. The web site? Generic page that you get with you use NameCheap.

    So I told my wife forget it. It was a scam.

    Just for grins and giggles, I searched KBB for that make/model and listed it in fair (the lowest condition) condition, with high miles. The KBB came back at over $3k (I did not have enough information to check KBB before they sent the email to get paid).

    The ides of March are fine. My wife has to learn that there is nothing on the market right now that works for that price. Except for a 30 YO Mercedes I heard about. :-)

  80. another ian says:

    “Here is a short explanation of the invocation of the state of Emergency Act by a lawyer.”

    https://www.bitchute.com/video/lYY3yiysWk57/

    And Rex Murphy

    https://nationalpost.com/opinion/rex-murphy-trudeaus-wild-misuse-of-state-authority

  81. Power Grab says:

    I snagged a document that purportedly is the account of a fellow who found favor with a kazillionaire and spent a few days schmoozing with them and was told that the end game of the last couple years was to have every citizen in every country rise up and burn down their own government. No names were given, of course, but it was definitely food for thought. In fact, IMHO, it ties together all the stupid and destructive events in recent years in a package.
    My thought is: Who will take over to fill the vacuum of government after the existing governments have been eliminated, hmmmm??? It wouldn’t be those unelected, unaccountable bozos with too much money and power, and nothing better to do than destroy the other bozos who helped them get into power?
    Isn’t that how this sort of thing rolls?

    Sometimes I wonder if they want to reduce the world population to 500,000,000 because their control-freak digital toys won’t do the job if they were to truly outfit every human with something to attach them to the IOT. I mean, look at WIFI now? Whenever it’s in a densely-populated location, it is just hit-and-miss insofar as connectivity goes.

  82. philjourdan says:

    @PowerGrab

    Those who talk about “every citizen in every country” Rising up against their country?

    They are the globalist. Just the very nature of the statement reeks of it! They want a massacre (the kind that Castor Turdoh is trying to create). They do not want a CHANGE in government, They want to root out the “Jews” so they can exterminate them and fulfill their one world government.

    Castro Trudoh jumped the gun due to his immaturity and impotence. But by doing so, he has exposed their duplicity. Morons will continue to be morons, but truck drivers have been put on full alert. Let turdoh jail all the truck drivers. Canada will have a bee line to Venezuela that will shock the world! If the goods do not flow, the nation does not grow!

  83. E.M.Smith says:

    It is an amusing thing to me, that Truedoh! doesn’t understand the problem he is facing. Really. He MUST have the truckers busy moving goods, not stopped in the street. So what does he do? Freeze the bank accounts of those who contributed to the Truckers AND the Truckers themselves? Does he not realize that LOTS of other truckers will have contributed? Does he not understand that “No bank account” means “no fuel bought” means “truck not carrying goods” means “his government is toast as things collapse”?

    Apparently not…

  84. another ian says:

    “Truckers threaten to blow up the narrative that the Socialists care for the Workers”

    https://joannenova.com.au/2022/02/truckers-threaten-to-blow-up-the-narrative-that-the-socialists-care-for-the-workers/#comment-2520791

  85. another ian says:

    If this is right Trudeau scores another own goal

    http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2022/02/18/trudeaus-canada-2/

  86. another ian says:

    And, as per my previous posting from the Malaya Emergency, this is NOT “winning the hearts and minds of the people”

    Check the poll results

    http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2022/02/18/pollspotting-ctv/

  87. cdquarles says:

    This: https://twitter.com/Parsifaler/status/1494374824122195974 is an interesting thread. This reminds me of the “is it the inflammation (for heart attacks) that causes the issue, chicken or egg, scenario” from way back before medicos focused on cholesterol only (and again, not as one of the inflammatory system cascade chemicals). Given my own history with hyperactive immunity (scarlet fever, pyoderma gangrenosum) and the family history of multiple sclerosis and rheumatic fever; I find this suggestion plausible. Teasing it all out, though, requires some ‘out of favor’ thinking. Like much elsewhere in biology, too little is suboptimal, too much is suboptimal, but just right for each individual is optimal and just right is going to be a ‘moderation in all things’ situation.

  88. another ian says:

    Willis E on “Humanoids And CO2 Levels”

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/02/19/humanoids-and-co2-levels/

    A Mark Twain quote also

  89. another ian says:

    “Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Invoked Emergency Act to Charge Leaders of Protest Group with “Mischief”
    February 20, 2022 | sundance | Leave a comment”

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2022/02/20/canadian-prime-minister-justin-trudeau-invoked-emergency-act-to-charge-leaders-of-protest-group-with-mischief/

  90. another ian says:

    Trudeau’s got a song which he probably won’t like

    Links to performance and words here

    http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2022/02/20/february-20-2022-reader-tips/

  91. another ian says:

    Sky News Australia:
    “We have gone from two weeks to flatten the curve to two weeks to flatten protesters.”
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inPEY_PS4kU

    Via SDA

  92. Ossqss says:

    An interesting write up on renewables below.

    But first, look at this graphic and put things into perspective as we make solar deserts and clear-cut forests for turbines.

    https://www.iea.org/data-and-statistics/data-browser/?country=WORLD&fuel=Energy%20supply&indicator=TESbySource

    https://ourfiniteworld.com/2022/02/09/limits-to-green-energy-are-becoming-much-clearer/

  93. another ian says:

    In case you hadn’t heard of him

    “National Socialism is a form of Fascism which is a form of socialism modelled by the philosopher of fascism, Giovanni Gentile, who was written out of history by the Left. Dinesh D’Souza has a short video about this. https://youtu.be/m6bSsaVL6gA

    https://joannenova.com.au/2022/02/privacy-dissidents-get-doxxed-and-abused-but-supporters-of-the-state-can-hide-away/#comment-2521278

    And the rest of the thread too

  94. another ian says:

    More houses of cards with “The Misledia” in action

    “Ron Klain Organizes a Stunning, Massive and Magnificent Biden-Putin Peace Summit Certain to Bring Nobel Peace Nomination
    February 20, 2022 | Sundance | 172 Comments

    To understand why there has been so much escalating rhetoric about Russia going to invade Ukraine at any moment, you must realize the intent. The motives of the crisis narrative are crystal clear.
    Everything about the Russia invasion of Ukraine has to be increasingly imminent, horrible and loomingly catastrophic for the planet, so that when it doesn’t happen the glorious victory for Dear Leader Biden can be proclaimed and amplified from the mountaintops.” More at

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2022/02/20/ron-klain-organizes-a-stunning-massive-and-magnificent-biden-putin-peace-summit-certain-to-bring-nobel-peace-nomination/

  95. another ian says:

    Decisions! Decisions! The first one could have connections with “Oz Friday”

    “Venn diagram career choice analysis”

    “Life After Death by PowerPoint (Corporate Comedy Video)

    “The Users Guide to Relationships by Don McMillan

    The lead came from SDA

  96. Power Grab says:

    @ philjourdan: 19 February 2022 at 12:39 am

    “Those who talk about “every citizen in every country” Rising up against their country?

    “They are the globalist. Just the very nature of the statement reeks of it! They want a massacre (the kind that Castor Turdoh is trying to create). They do not want a CHANGE in government, They want to root out the ‘Jews’ so they can exterminate them and fulfill their one world government.”

    Indeed!

    My ex used to talk about this sort of thing all the time. It always left me wondering what in the world I could do about it. The thing is, though, the farther along we go, the more likely it is that what he said is true.

    BTW, when I read reports that the nose swabs have been stockpiled to allow analysis of their DNA, the more I wonder if that is part of the strategy of extermination you mentioned.

  97. another ian says:

    Yesterday’s house of cards abuilding

    “Ron Klain Organizes a Stunning, Massive and Magnificent Biden-Putin Peace Summit Certain to Bring Nobel Peace Nomination
    February 20, 2022 | Sundance | 473 Comments”

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2022/02/20/ron-klain-organizes-a-stunning-massive-and-magnificent-biden-putin-peace-summit-certain-to-bring-nobel-peace-nomination/

    Today’s construction problem – more from Eastern Europe

    “You have to admit that our so-called “experts” at State didn’t foresee this one. It puts the US and the rest of Europe into an entirely-untenable situation, but isn’t far from what I expected — recognition of the parts of the Ukraine that were and want to be Russian as, effectively…. Russian.

    By “recognizing” their Declaration of Independence the label aggressor can no longer be applied to Russia since an independent nation can ask for military assistance and there is no harm or foul (Kuwait anyone?); if any of the other fine folks start shooting to stop it Russia’s response to that is now defensive. Reports are that they have done exactly that, inviting in the Russians as “peacekeepers.” How true that said request was made is, of course, unknown.”

    More at

    https://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=245233

  98. another ian says:

    CDC covid rules applied to cold deaths

    https://phzoe.com/2022/02/21/yes-indeed/

  99. another ian says:

    Video on that Russian move

  100. philjourdan says:

    Rush died a year ago last Thursday,. For a period of time, they continued with Guest Hosts, and used clips of him to bolster their points. Then about 9 months ago, the 12-3 time slot splintered. Bongino, Clay and Buck and Dana shows now compete for his time slot – along with Todd Starnes.

    The local Rush Station went with Dana Loesh while 90 miles to the east, Clay and Buck won out.

    Dana said something today that makes me think she hates Russia to the exclusion of rationality. I am fully aware the RT is a Russia mouth piece. But that does not mean you cannot get good news from them KNOWING that. She said today that she would never believe anything from RT.

    Which can only mean she has bought into the Democrat lie.

    I am switching to Clay and Buck.

  101. philjourdan says:

    And Biden just sold Ukraine out for $50k/month. There is no bottom to the depravity this idiot will sink to.

    And the Liberals will cheer him keeping us out of war. When his own rhetoric was the only war drums beating! But now he will declare victory and Putin will have another piece in the USSR puzzle.

  102. YMMV says:

    This is a good one.
    https://dilbert.com/strip/2022-02-21
    “Dogbert recommends panic”

  103. another ian says:

    “Joe Biden” Wins World War Three”

    “https://kunstler.com/clusterfcuk-nation/joe-biden-wins-world-war-three/”

  104. another ian says:

    Ukraine and more

    Tucker: These are the realities that actually matter

  105. David A says:

    EM, from your link… “Look for the freedom-loving truckers and their supporters to be methodically arrested and carted off to prison one by one. That’s what happened with the January 6 protestors in Washington D.C. So what do the people do about it? We can stop participating in our own demise. We must be willing to lose our jobs, bank accounts, and creature comforts in order to regain our freedom”

    I think possible Trudeau really screwed Canada big time. And “Bank accounts” are the key. I think, ( don’t know) but think that many billions of dollars were flying from Canadian financial institutions, leveraged at what, 10 to 1?

    If you disagree with me, I will freeze all your funds and impound your means of making a living. Since I have that power, would you not be insane to leave your capital where I can get it?

    Seriously, the Canadian government threatened Trump supporters as well. Word is the withdrawals were happening and not stopping. Personally I think it is too late. You can’t regain lost trust, and Trudeau broke trust, broke the rule of law, the right to defense, and in a MAJOR way, and many will NEVER allow him access to their accounts again, as they are moving them off shore and out of the nation, and or small folk, into cash.

    Canada, just doing this, convinces me to be very careful and likely keep more cash and a more diversified portfolio.

  106. David A says:

    Folk keep money in banks for the earned interest, and safety. The first left a long time ago. The second is now irrevocably (with out massive dismissal, prosecution, and new politicians and new laws) destroyed.

  107. E.M.Smith says:

    @David A:

    I am not in Canada. I’m not in any Canadian bank. I was unable to get a donation processed into GiveSendGo prior to the Freeze and Hack, so I’m not on the “known contributors” list. It is only by luck and poor (DDOS Driven?) performance of their web site… but I’m not “involved” in the legal crap. Yet I’m actively looking into where to move my money. OUT of US “banks”, into some other jurisdiction or into objects with innate value.

    In a month (maybe less) a lot of it will be in real estate in Florida. Unfortunately, between now and then, it is in a bank… but the desire to confiscate and steal or inflate away value is now glaringly obvious, so I’m going to be “de-banking” myself and moving to whatever “store of value” is safe and secure. Just don’t know what yet.

    (So far it has been a roof and a boat and a tow vehicle ;-) But more “stuff” is likely in my future ;-)

  108. David A says:

    EM, I am thinking the same way. Just bought a home. Will be spending on assets and improvements as I can, keeping diversified cash adequate to pay off remaining owed on house, including necessary energy independence – duplication – elect, NG, and maybe propane, lots of wood, good generator and fuel supply and lots of local farms and supplied markets. I don’t see both city supplied natural gas and electrical outages easily happening simultaneously, yet we should likely have propane as well. ( Can generators go back and forth from NG to Propane?) A large freezer, plenty of healthy edible seeds for healthy fat, frozen proteins, healthy Keto foods, lots of super foods like spirulina. And growing some as well.

    It is getting to the point that a neighborhood action plan is possibly necessary as well. A poster, perhaps HR I think, pointed out the truth that government can still take your home, or tax it to insolvency. True, yet at that point possession is 9/10th of the law, and the law is what the neighborhood – community says it is, not what your enemy says.

    I still consider one more last minute desperate injection to the junkie (capitol markets) likely, or at least possible, with interest rates potentially forced down or even possibly going negative. ( I am speculating this will finally kill the petrol dollar) I will refinance any remaining mortgage then as opportunity may allow. If, the monetary jab is not done, and the markets die, deflation of some assets is possible, but if one OWNS an asset, its appears to me that “monetary value” is irrelevant, and it real worth is its usefulness. ( in a barter system, home and land and food are worth what they are worth.) Besides, it appears much of our inflation is supply side, or “lack of supply” driven. ( New cars for instance)

    If, post inflation, we go deflationary, cash will be king, so good to have that as well. ( A few hundred silver coins and a gold one or two as well may also be acceptable as a store of value) I simply don’t see how crypto will eventually be anything but a government owned, ran, controlled and tracked system. ( I consider it likely they are allowing it, partially to study it, and see how they may utilize it) I think they will (If they manage to retain power) try this in the “great reset” and the underground economy will become THE economy.

    Does anyone know if Canada froze individuals government bonds or government securities as well? If so they really went insanely insane, which is more then just insane.

  109. another ian says:

    “Whistleblower lawsuit alleges that Pfizer’s vaccine trial was fraudulent.

    Federal court unsealed the lawsuit only a few days ago. It was filed a year ago.

    Court filing here:

    Click to access 47656_e41yu6vd2x117dq.pdf

    Allegations include falsification of clinical trial documents.”

    Pascal20
    February 24, 2022 12:29 am @
    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2022/02/24/february-24th-2022-presidential-politics-resistance-day-401/#comments

  110. another ian says:

    Another from there

    “German Insurer Warns: “More Vaccine Side Effects Than Previously Known”

    FTA – “The numbers that resulted from our analysis are very far away from the publicly announced numbers. It would be ethically wrong not to talk about it.”

    https://uncoverdc.com/2022/02/23/german-insurer-warns-more-vaccine-side-effects-than-previously-known/

  111. another ian says:

    Blunt

  112. another ian says:

    And

    Both from CTH

  113. H.R. says:

    “David A says:
    24 February 2022 at 6:14 am

    I think possible Trudeau really screwed Canada big time. And “Bank accounts” are the key. I think, ( don’t know) but think that many billions of dollars were flying from Canadian financial institutions, leveraged at what, 10 to 1?”

    Yep. Trudeau and Freeland really screwed the pooch. (Freeland is Sparkle Socks’ handler, it would seem).

    The cashless economy and subsequent social scoring is a key to the Great Reset. That’s when the GEBs will have complete control over almost everyone. The GEBs are not amused that the Dynamic Duo let the cat out of the bag.

    The GEBs planned to boil us frog-serfs slowly and instead, Blackie and the Eggplant not only revealed the plan to the serfs but rubbed their faces in it. It would have been bad enough if it had just messed up the plan in Bananada, but it is spreading Worldwide.

    We here are not the only ones discussing the financial targeting of political enemies as happened in Canada. The just-going-along everyday sheeple instantly sit up and take notice when their wallet comes into play.

    Watch social medja for censorship of anyone discussing “I’m worried about the banks and will be taking my money out.” The GEBs must keep that chatter from going totally viral, where even the babysitter is taking notice and mulling over the situation.

    That’s why Neauclu and Chrystia were called on the carpet by their masters and near immediately revoked the Emergency Act and the powers that went with it. “You IDIOTS!! You gave the game away! Now go out there and try to put the toothpaste back into the tube.”

    Too late. The The GEB’s stealth advantage is gone thanks to a couple of Bumbling Buttheads.

  114. H.R. says:

    Something else in the serfs’ favor.

    The GEBs are very smart and have carefully built their plans. However, their puppet politicians are not the sharpest knives in the drawer. They must be clueless and greedy so they can be controlled by the puppet masters. They can’t hire really sharp cookies because of the potential of a double-cross or the off chance that they may try to think for themselves.

    Through their hubris, the plan was laid out for all to see; Agenda 21, Agenda 2030, The Great Reset. Yup, the sheeple can’t read more than 160 characters without losing interest. But everyone pays attention to the Three Stooges when they are onstage, and the GEBs are stuck with hiring stooges.

    I’m thinking that the GEBs drink antacids by the bucket as their idiots are out front executing the Master Plan. Small comfort, that.

  115. another ian says:

    @HR

    The Peter Principle will be in full flight before you get to the top of that chain of command

  116. philjourdan says:

    @David A

    Folk keep money in banks for the earned interest, and safety. The first left a long time ago. The second is now irrevocably (with out massive dismissal, prosecution, and new politicians and new laws) destroyed.

    Agreed. You can beat people, you can enslave (jail) people. But when you start messing with their money, you have crossed the line. I do not trust any Canadian bank with my money Right now (ok come get me Gestapo FBI!) I trust my money more with Russian banks than I do with US or Canadian Banks (no confidence).

    See that last word? Confidence. It is not a coin you can spend. It is sometimes called “Good Will”. And right now, no American bank above the level of Ma and Pa Yokel bank, and NO Canadian bank has it.

    Turdoh went half Chavez. And he is about to choke on it!

  117. philjourdan says:

    @EM and David A – Where to park your money.

    I agree. I have a ton of money and am moving it all to real estate A Nuke can take it out (and given Resident bubbles, that is a distinct possibility), but Heil Hitler Turdoh cannot, nor can “gone missing” burbles cannot either.

  118. YMMV says:

    Where did Covid come from? No answers, just more mysteries. Moderna has a patent on one of the most important sequences in the spike protein — and it dates from way before Covid hit us.

  119. Ossqss says:

    Anyone remember this? Were you invited?

    Nope, you just showed up later>

    https://www.centerforhealthsecurity.org/event201/

  120. Ossqss says:

    So, Russia Veto’d a UN resolution on the current situation at hand?

  121. another ian says:

    YMMV

    “Hm? A tiny part of the Covid spike is the same as something Moderna patented in 2016”

    https://joannenova.com.au/2022/02/hm-a-tiny-part-of-the-covid-spike-is-the-same-as-something-moderna-patented-in-2016/

  122. David A says:

    Regarding, “Where to park your money?”
    EM, perhaps you may consider a post on this pertinent subject. While you have done many excellent financial posts, the Canadian governments actions force a cautionary review of wealth protection.

    What specific investments did the Canadian asset freeze affect?,,,
    Bank Savings accounts? Checking Accounts, Stocks? ( Only if invested in banks or all financial institutions.) IRAs? Government issued, backed fixed income securities? Disparate Investment accounts held in various brokerages like Ameritrade, Charles Schwab etc…? Various Municipal Bond funds? Insurance company accounts? Etc… Cash? What to do if cash is outlawed?

    How and where is Government action likely to spread beyond what ever the answer is to those means of wealth storage and investment that Canada attacked this time?
    How safe is Property? Gold? Silver? Crypto? If such is called in by the GEBs, does one keep regardless, as it was ” lost in a boating accident”? Or turn some in for the government sanctioned money they plan, keep some for ease of barter or use? Are there current “barter technology systems” that offer investment potential” (Go long barter technology?)
    SHTF must haves…? Cash, and what denominations?, Gold or silver and in what most likely to be trusted format? Bullets, what will be the top three calibers most universally desired, and make good barter stock? Food stocks? etc…?

    What are the considerations I have not mentioned? Governmental direct confiscation of wealth of political enemies is a common historical realty. Some say, “This is the hill I will die on” Others, with a more optimistic bend say “This is the hill some GEB will die on” This leads to local community organization and the ability to resist tyranny, as well as the ability to group communicate safely and privately. What if the government created a currency, and no one bought it? Is CB or other SW radio an important asset to have, secure, and stock up on? Is it available? Is dark web communication easy, possible, practical? Go long local communication group technology.

    EM has covered much of this in the past, but perhaps not one consolidated post and in light of recent tyrannical government actions. EM recently posted a comment about how somebody’s thoughts on the current Russia Ukraine situation was akin to his own, but more in depth. I had to LOL, as that is what I think about 90 plus percent of EMs posts.

  123. Simon Derricutt says:

    Seems that the Covid spike-generating RNA can be reverse-transcribed into the human DNA after all. https://www.mdpi.com/1467-3045/44/3/73/htm .
    “In the BNT162b2 toxicity report, no genotoxicity nor carcinogenicity studies have been provided [26]. Our study shows that BNT162b2 can be reverse transcribed to DNA in liver cell line Huh7, and this may give rise to the concern if BNT162b2-derived DNA may be integrated into the host genome and affect the integrity of genomic DNA, which may potentially mediate genotoxic side effects. At this stage, we do not know if DNA reverse transcribed from BNT162b2 is integrated into the cell genome. Further studies are needed to demonstrate the effect of BNT162b2 on genomic integrity, including whole genome sequencing of cells exposed to BNT162b2, as well as tissues from human subjects who received BNT162b2 vaccination.”

  124. cdquarles says:

    @Simon,
    I looked at that paper. They published the primer sequences. Note well how *short* they are. They cannot be sure that they’re getting little or no false amplification with the PCR tests. Nucleic acid strings are *not* unique, particularly short ones. Yes, reverse transcription seems to be possible. This study’s limitations don’t demonstrate that well, just well enough to do more work.

  125. E.M.Smith says:

    @David A:

    I’m considering that rather strongly. I’m about to have a big pile of cash from selling a house and need to put it “somewhere”.

    Per “What was frozen”: At present, we (meaning I) don’t know. For sure it was cash accounts (savings / checking / credit cards) but don’t know about stock / investment / retirement accounts.

    I’d expect it to be anything in your bank… and most stock merchants are also some kind of bank now…

    While not perfect protection (now that the Swiss have been blackmailed out of their Bank Privacy Laws) it would at least slow things down to put some of your money in an overseas bank account (Swiss, Cayman, whatever) as it requires 2 governments to agree with a “mandate” and you may have some time gap there to move things.

    Brokerages have been trying to get rid of “certificate issuance” for a long time, but I don’t know if they have succeeded, so for longer term stock and bond investments, you can see if you can get your certificates issued instead of held in street name. Last I looked you could still buy US Savings Bonds, but they are redeemable only by the original purchaser, so only a way to dodge immediate confiscation not long term. Also, IIRC, they have stopped issuing Series E paper bonds…

    The question really breaks down into two parts:
    Money (medium of exchange and store of value)
    Currency (medium of exchange only).

    So Money would include things like metal coins, where currency is the bits on a debit card that the government is inflating away…

    It also varies by size… Finding an alternative for $10 of US Currency is easier than $1M… $10 can be 10 cans of tuna but $1M likely requires land, gold bars, or “collectible art”.

    There’s also a question of “protection from what?”. Confiscation or unavailability? Anonymous debit cards are hard to make unavailable, and while hard to trade a gold bar for daily needs, such a bar in with the rebar in the cement of your new BBQ pad in the back yard is hard to confiscate..

    So for small amounts, prisons have solved this with many common consumable items. Cigarettes are a favorite, but also things like chocolate bars. Throughout history many common “trade goods” are used for currency. The Mises School (IIRC) holds money naturally is the most easily traded commodity. With that in mind:

    Common commodities easily traded of recognizable value and hard to counterfeit would include:

    Soap (bar bottle or shampoo)

    Perfume

    Gold & silver coins. Also platinum coins and ingots.

    (Any metals really, even copper and lead / solder, fishing lures come to mind)

    Spices (Especially Sugar, Salt & Pepper used in preserving foods if things get that bad) But note that some spices do not “keep” for more than months / 1 year… so not a long term store of value.

    Bullets and assembled cartridges. As to best caliber: Usually whatever your local Military has chosen as standard. Globally that is almost certainly the 9mm Parabellum, followed by the .223 Remington (5.56 NATO) and the 7.62 x 39 (SKS and AK-47) with honorable mention of the .308 NATO. I have a bullet mold in 9 mm and lead to cast with… Other popular calibers will likely fetch higher values but finding a person who needs that odd caliber will take more searching…

    Diamonds, rubies, etc. Harder now that artificial stones are impossible to detect without skill and special equipment.

    Hard Candy can serves as pennies.

    Fish hooks and lures.

    In the South Pacific during the time of sailing ships: iron nails were worth one lay with a lei… so you might consider Standard Hardware for small change.

    So for pennies, nickles and dimes: Things like hard candy, lead sinkers & fish hooks, sewing needles. As you get into Dollars: thread, yarn, paracord & rope; bullets, spices, bar soap, base metals. For $5 to $100 you start getting into precious metals and stones, perfumes & such. Also bolts of cloth are useful (in bulk or traded by the “quilt patch”…).

    It is the $1000 and up range where it starts to get harder. Known good art can work, as can high end stones with serial numbers and appraisal paperwork. Larger size gold and platinum coins. There is also the option of anonymous “Debit Cards” that you can still buy in the USA at least, and “Gift Cards”. I’d also consider common car repair parts (brake shoes & rotors, oil & filters, tires & rims, etc.) especially if you have a big garage or storage space (though note that rubber goods have a 10 year shelf expiration).

    Then there’s always booze. At $25 / fifth for OK Whiskey and $100 for the good stuff, it doesn’t take much space to store $1000 and it keeps forever (as long as I don’t know where I put it ;-)

    Some folks collect guns, as they can run $1000 or so each for really good ones, figure 10 handguns fit in a small suitcase and is $10,000. More if they become Black Market items (and less if the government steals them and melts them down…)

    My intent with the bulk of the cash I get is to convert it into Florida Land and file homestead on it. Under Florida law, that protects it from creditors (even the property tax collector). I’ve already put a chunk into a big boat (also useful as an AwShit escape method) and I’m considering a used RV (New ones depreciate at a frightful rate…). I’ll also be adding a couple of Black Powder firearms and likely a larger stock of both bulk lead and various caliber ammunition. Coins TBD. I’ll also be increasing my stock of Fishing Tackle by a fair amount.

    I’m considering an overseas bank account, but don’t know enough about the legal reporting requirements and what country is best. Used to be Swiss, but now? Donno…

    Oh, and spread it around to several banks if you use a bank. One might have a run while the other is still working at the ATM…

    .. and don’t forget that foods can be money too. Canned goods keep for a year or two at least. Dry goods too. Since Russia & Ukraine account for something near 1/2 the world wheat supply, that might be disrupted… so long duration storage of canned wheat (up to 25+ years…) can be good longer term “store of value”. Especially if you like whole wheat bread and can bake ;-) Figure cans of tuna as $1+ and cans of soup about the same.

    I’m sure there’s other stuff, but you get the idea. I’ll work more on the idea for a more complete article “someday”…

    Almost forgot: Some drugs,too. A big bottle of aspirin keeps for a few years and if not available, will be more valued… Some MJ seeds and knowing how to grow it might get you arrested, or rich, depending on local laws and attitudes. Gardening tools and bags of fertilizer may become dear if the logistics of the food chain break down. Seeds too (frozen they keep for many years to decades).

  126. E.M.Smith says:

    And a note on communications:

    Radio is not private, but is effective especially at shorter ranges. CB and “Family radio” (I have some of each). Shortwave is good for getting news from other countries, but not so good for talking to Joe down the street unless you get a Ham Radio Licence which WILL identify you fully when used (your call sign). I have SW radios, though in the last couple of decades they have sat idle due to the internet taking their role.

    It is relatively easy to communicate privately over the internet, as long as it is not shut down.
    VPN (in both your own and one overseas country), then an encrypting mail site like Protonmail. Or set up i2P on a computer. You can also just use an encryption program (like “crypt” on Unix) to encrypt a letter as an attachment to an open in the clear email that just says “see attached”. Communicate the encryption key separately (like, in person, say you will be using the name of your favorite food concatenated with the color of their car, or whatever…)

    Book ciphers have been used for decades (centuries?). I’ve thought of using a series of numbers to identify the key. Like ISBN:Page:Line:Word. So what’s seen in the clear is just a set gibberish, but you know to pick off the ISBN, get that book, then look up page, line, and word for each number to get the word at that point in the text. You could also agree to use the KJV or American Standard Bible and only give “chapter, verse, word” numbers. (Or the Koran if using Arabic…) You can also agree that every message will have a date, and the “book” used will be a given newspaper in common circulation. Then it is just page, column, line, word numbers.

    And, of course, you can just set up private VPN connections from home to home and then use whatever video, audio, or text method you like over that VPN. This is what I have set up dozens of times for corporations. Company A buys B, and I had to set up a VPN between them to join their two networks. Then “Corporate email” on their internal mail server is all private just inside the company and encrypted in the VPN between sites. Maybe an article on “site to site” VPN set-up is in order…

  127. another ian says:

    “Might be some downside there: Stock market bubble bigger than 1929”

    https://joannenova.com.au/2022/02/might-be-some-downside-there-stock-market-bubble-bigger-than-1929/

  128. David A says:

    Thank you EM! Lots to digest but certainly see tactical and practical lines for different situations, including ours.

    Yes on the communication. I think privacy and private conversation is going to be a growing need.

    Worse case, the neighborhood community has a help alert, and when certain tyrannical forces show to confiscate property, 35 well supplied militia show up and inform said bogeys to vacate the premises. Politely of course, inviting them pledge allegiance to freedom loving people.

  129. another ian says:

    On the coral front

    “One New Coral Reef Study Wipes Out Four Climate Alarm Narratives In One Fell Swoop”

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/02/26/one-new-coral-reef-study-wipes-out-four-climate-alarm-narratives-in-one-fell-swoop/

  130. jim2 says:

    Whether they realize it or not, about 200 million people in the United States now likely have access to a Covid-19 digital vaccine card.

    The digital pass known as the SMART Health Card is voluntary and minimal by design to protect personal information. It has a person’s name, date of birth and the dates and brands of vaccination doses, all contained within a type of scannable bar code known as a QR code.

    And after a relatively quiet start, it has built momentum in recent months as more states and companies have signed on, making it something of a de facto national digital vaccine card.

    “The beautiful thing about this is that this multistate coalition is a coalition of the willing,” said Dr. Brian Anderson, chief digital health physician at MITRE, a research nonprofit, and an architect of the health cards.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/national-covid-vaccine-card-quietly-emerged-rcna11678

  131. E.M.Smith says:

    @David A:

    Note that the Amish, for emergency communications, have a bell or large TriAngle bell hung in the yard. If they need emergency help, the ring the bell (it’s loud). Might consider that for neighborhood watch purposes…

  132. jim2 says:

    This might confuse the enemy if they haven’t heard one before. Plus, it can be heard for miles.

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

  133. Simon Derricutt says:

    CDQ – thanks for checking that paper. A while back EMS noted that reverse transcription wasn’t impossible as was claimed, and that it might be a risk here. More work needed to be certain, but if that “short sequence” is the Moderna-patented sequence then it’s not naturally found anyway in human or bacterial cell lines. I don’t have the depth of experience to understand “wet chemistry” other than on a superficial level.

  134. jim2 says:

    Simon – at one time companies could patent biological molecule they discovered in nature. So the fact that it’s patented may not imply it is man-made.

  135. cdquarles says:

    Yes. There is no chemical that the rest of nature can make that man cannot make. There is no chemical that man can make that the rest of nature can’t make either. That said, conditions matter. Patents involving chemicals does not exclude the chemical being found naturally nor does it entail that it is manufactured only.

  136. Simon Derricutt says:

    Jim2 – AFAIK this is the “furin cleavage site” that does not occur in human cells, or any virus or bacterium that we’d encounter. Also appears to be the reason the spike protein is so damaging. However, I may have misunderstood exactly what the paper says, which is why CDQ’s opinion is very useful.

    I think that the people actually responsible for the fustercluck are going to keep quiet and use misdirection when needed, though it’s pretty obvious that Wuhan Institute of Virology had a failure of containment. The question of what happened before that, and why they were working on it, probably won’t get a truthful answer. I suspect that this was part of an attempt to produce a vaccine for AIDS, and recently there’s been news of such a vaccine being tested. Connecting the dots….

    After that, EM’s latest post (Get your Program!…) covers how this opportunity wasn’t wasted. More dots being connected. What’s the difference between conspiracy theory and fact? Getting down to around 6 months now…. Of course, through history people have been putting forward plans for improvement of the world, and getting followers and at times getting loads of followers. A century or so ago Eugenics was flavour of the day, and most people thought it was Truth. Lysenkoism also had a large following with pretty disastrous consequences. Common thread is that there’s a belief that an idea is the only right way to go, and people hold to that belief despite the evidence that accrues. These days it’s CAGW, with the actual data being adjusted to match the accepted theory. For me, I also accepted CAGW until (with the help of this site) I looked at the actual historical data – the consensus for CAGW seemed overwhelming and whilst working for a living I didn’t have the time or inclination to dig deeper, and I expect a lot of people thought the same that all those people in white coats wouldn’t be so totally wrong.

  137. E.M.Smith says:

    Oddly, we’ve lately discovered that Lysenkoism / Lamarckism has a minor truth in it. “Methylation” can change which genes are expressed and that some of that information can be transmitted to offspring (epigenetics). So while wrong on the big bits (DNA is the carrier of the genes and experiences do not change it) a given small bit of conditioning of a parent can be transmitted to offspring as a selection of which genes to emphasize and which to suppress via methylation changes and status.

    This fact (relationship to Lysenkoism / Lamarckism) is essentially ignored in any discussion of methylation and epigenetics. I find that a bit funny ;-)

    So while in fact Darwin and Modern Genetics were the right answer, even they missed the fact that there was a tiny bit of inheritance based on parental experience going on…

  138. jim2 says:

    Abstract

    The spike protein is a focused target of COVID-19, a pandemic caused by SARS-CoV-2. A 12-nt insertion at S1/S2 in the spike coding sequence yields a furin cleavage site, which raised controversy views on origin of the virus. Here we analyzed the phylogenetic relationships of coronavirus spike proteins and mapped furin recognition motif on the tree. Furin cleavage sites occurred independently for multiple times in the evolution of the coronavirus family, supporting the natural occurring hypothesis of SARS-CoV-2.

    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1873506120304165

  139. E.M.Smith says:

    @Jim2:

    Saying “supporting the natural occurring hypothesis” is misleading. Poor wording with bias at best.

    What it really says is “allows for the natural occurring hypothesis”. It is equally possible that someone in a lab picked up such a cleavage site and engineered it in. There’s no “support” for either hypothesis from finding it in nature. That it exists in other Corona Viruses says, at most, that the CLAIM it does not exist in nature in corona viruses is voided.

  140. The True Nolan says:

    @Simon Derricutt: “though it’s pretty obvious that Wuhan Institute of Virology had a failure of containment. ”

    I would politely disagree. Possible, but not obviously the case. The timing of the “pandemic” is just too convenient in terms or what was happening in the financial sphere (failure of the repo markets for overnight lending), various agreements between governments, training sessions for possible pandemic reactions, etc. etc. While the virus might have accidently escaped at just the right time when a crisis was needed for financial reasons, I see no reason why it might not have been released on purpose, or (my personal favorite just because it includes another layer of misdirection) it may have been duplicated from some other source (we know now that the US has bioweapons labs in Ukraine) and released in Wuhan exactly so that the Chinese would be first in line to be blamed.

    I have to continually remind myself that we are dealing with psychopaths and ethical constraints are nonexistent for them.

  141. E.M.Smith says:

    Maybe it’s nothing..,. but attempting to reach the BonginoReport:
    https://bonginoreport.com/
    is giving:

    Error establishing a database connection

    Wonder if the Cancel Culture folks are after him…

  142. YMMV says:

    You already know this. How do we wake up the others?
    WEF — “So They DO Run The World”

    The Ukraine invasion is just a distraction
    (John Kerry said a distraction from Climate Change, which is in itself just a distraction)
    from the Great Reset. In progress, do not adjust your set.

  143. Simon Derricutt says:

    TTN – yep, it’s always difficult to be certain. The news that researchers at WIV had become very ill could have been invented, as could the information about the local hospital. The timing seems a bit off, considering the Wuhan military games in October where again a lot of competitors had some Covid-like disease (mentioned in French news because France sent athletes).

    I still think it was a mistake, since before releasing a biological agent anyone with any sense would first make sure that there was an antidote available. Fairly obviously, China did not have that, and still doesn’t. Seems they’ve followed WHO advice and not allowed either HCQ or IVM, since their strategy involves only masks and lockdowns. If it had been released by some other country, same sort of logic applies, unless the purpose was to remove people living on a pension and thus reduce the “useless eaters”, which gets us into NWO territory.

    I’m not seeing who gains without heading into wild ideas of shady people with dreams of one-world-government and population control. There’s of course evidence that some organisations are working towards that (Soros, WEF, etc.) and that they have been getting into positions of power. Also evidence of “social credit” systems being desired, so the vaccine passport has far more information than simply the vaccine status. They may not have planned the virus release, but took advantage of the crisis (as well as bigging-up the severity) to implement stuff that was already in planning.

    Given all that, I think it’s more likely an accidental release, with a lot of ass-covering to protect the people who made the mistake since the people in charge cannot be seen to have made an error. Still, your explanation could easily be right. I really can’t see the reason for persistent calls for everyone to “take the shot” when its protection only applies to the original spike protein and not the later mutations, and where the vaccine never stopped transmission anyway so there was no chance of reaching herd immunity even at 100% coverage.

    On top of that we have the UN promoting CAGW again and that there are only 10 years left to make a difference before we all die from the heat. Another non-scientific claim that unless we all follow the rules we’ll die, yet it’s obvious that the solutions proposed are impossible to implement (and China won’t comply).

    Seems that most people accept the consensus that has been manufactured by governments, media, and Big Tech, and so believe what they’ve heard from many directions. That includes what seems to be a majority of scientists – selection of the data you trust is driven by belief and not logic. I’m not getting a picture that hangs together about the reasons for these things, and maybe there isn’t a simple analysis possible.

    One thing the Ukraine crisis has produced is a row-back on the headlong rush to renewable power, and the realisation that each country needs to produce its own energy by whatever means available. The risks of relying on Russia (or anyone else) as a supplier were always obvious, but now it’s become visceral. Maybe also a realisation that Taiwan supplies most of the leading-edge chips, and that a country can’t survive without them. It’s an ill wind that blows no good….

  144. E.M.Smith says:

    Interesting compilation of “Fake News Photos” (with appropriate /snark; ;-)
    Has a Joe Rogan reaming of Billy Boy Gates with an “F-Bomb” in it…
    https://www.bitchute.com/video/59BHKlTWg6Rk/

    CNN reporting a reporter killed in Ukraine… unfortunately they ran the same photo of the same guy killed a few years ago in another political put up job…

    @Simon:

    There’s a psychological process (who’s proper name I forget) that says something like: If you force people to accept ideas that are in conflict with each other, you create cognitive dissonance, and if done often enough, people will stop applying logic as it just frustrates them. They become more compliant with authority and less willing to “think for themselves” as that just causes them frustration.

    It does take a certain amount of courage and grit to refuse to “go along to get along” with all this nonsense.

    Then, once you have the herd running the way you want with fear and confusion, you can do whatever you want with it… They will give you their money (buy New Shiny Expensive GREEN!), their children (CRT and gender dysphoria anyone?), everything.

    Now say you have built the world dominating country controlling system of SPECTRE the WEF: What does a psychopath do with it? Why, make the whole globe your own little perfect garden, without all those tacky undermenchen deplorables hanging around. Get them into a nice little Urban High Rise Prison Cell Apartment and feed them a ration of Grass & Bugs (at least until the soylent factory is set up) and make sure they don’t have a replacement rate of kids as the population just drugs itself to death. You will own nothing and you will be happy (for a while…)

    What they do IS what they want. Agenda 20/30/Now is to create the Green Utopia where they own everything and you are in an urban box with Universal Near Zero Income… and they own and get to enjoy everything else.

    We know that Sociopaths / Psychopaths (recently redefined into one unified category) have a tendency to concentrate at the top of power structures. I believe that what we are seeing is the end result of that process, carried out globally, on the entire population; leading to very excessive concentration that then got into a feedback loop as the ones at the top then only allowed others “like them” to rise. Basically, Klaus Schwab and Soros selected for fellow travelers who wanted to take over the world. As did the DNC et. al.

    @Per Ukraine:

    It was the nice little money laundry for this operation, and now that is being shut down. In the video above, one image shows the children of the Rich & Powerful Politicos getting jobs with Gas Companies (at least some in Ukraine).

    We know the EU is in this farther than the USA (we only got roped in firmly with the election steal that put Puppet Biden in place) and it is obvious that the Davos Crowd love the EU power structure (look at how hard they fought to keep the UK from bailing on them). Putin has been watching all this for decades.

    Putin is a smart cookie. He is NOT emotional nor is he “unstable” as the Fake News is now pushing. I’ve watched him for decades too. He is a calculating and strongly self controlled person who I would not want to play chess or poker against. Remember that he was a KGB Spy with all the intelligent self control that requires. So looking at the world through what I know of his values:

    This isn’t a big power grab, this is to return to the Status Quo Ante. He KNOWS the West is gunning for him. He tossed out the Soros NGO operation and the EU / USA installed “Oligarchs” in Russia (and was vilified in the press here for doing it). He loves Russia with a passion, and restored the Russian Orthodox Church (his mother was very religious, him I don’t know about… but whether “for Mom” or for himself, he did it.) He has watched the EU / USA / UK make promises and break them everywhere. The promise of “NO NATO on the border of Russia (which was mandatory to get the agreement to dismember the USSR / CCCP and create the CIS instead) has been completely trashed and he faces the prospect of NATO missles in Ukraine able to END MOSCOW in 5 minutes with no ability to prevent that. Russia NEEDS those “buffer States” on the European Plain to prevent the destruction of Russia.

    Then add in the historical truth that Kiev was once the Capital City Of Russia, and that Ukraine has been a region of Russia since about 850 AD (with the only exceptions being during about 100 years of Mongol Invasion, a few years when the Bolsheviks hived it off as the Ukraine Soviet during the revolution, before they stuck it back in the USSR as “one country” again, and since 1991 under western dominance. There IS a very strong case that it IS a part of Mother Russia writ large, like it or not.

    So what do you do? Let The West do to Ukraine what they are trying to do to Australia, Canada, EU, USA, etc. etc.? Leave Belarus as a Salient poking into NATO and subject to loss at the drop of a bomb? Have as your border an entirely indefensible broad swath of flat plain, instead of a much smaller gap between mountains, and KNOWING that The West is gunning for you, next? You are already under economic and political attacks daily…

    Or do you say “No! Here it ends.” and go remove the Color Revolution installed government, kick out the NGOs, end the Oligarch Corruption of Ukraine, stop the money laundry funding your enemies, and get a more defensible border with NATO farther away?

    That IS the only logical way out that I can see, for Putin, from his POV.

    I know I’d not want to surrender my country and my culture to this mob of sociopaths. Look at the Trucker Convoys in Canada, Australia, USA; and the street protests in the EU. Are these folks HAPPY with their masters? Do THEY want those masters to have full control over them? Same GEB Masters have their eye on Russia and want to do there what they did in Ukraine. And to us.

    I hope we can avoid a nuclear war. I hope the EU / USA are not so stupid as to get into a shooting war with Russia ’cause then many major cities will glow in the dark. I find myself hoping that this recapture of Ukraine stops the GEBs in their tracks and causes their current plot (to dominate and control the whole world) in its tracks. I hope Ukraine stops the fighting before getting a lot of people killed and just accepts that their geography makes it impossible to be in NATO and have peace. Pick one.

    “But hope is not a strategy. -E.M.Smith”

    So hope for peace, but prepare for the alternatives…

  145. jim2 says:

    That’s true EMS. Ukraine can stop the killing, well, most of it anyway, by just surrendering to the Russians.

  146. YMMV says:

    Simon Derricutt:
    I’m not seeing who gains without heading into wild ideas of shady people with dreams of one-world-government and population control. There’s of course evidence that some organisations are working towards that (Soros, WEF, etc.) and that they have been getting into positions of power.

    The US and China doing biological weapons research together? Part of that program would be to create a antidote (vaccine) to any weapon they developed. Which would point to an accidental release. On the other hand, China did not have many Covid victims. Nobody believed their numbers. Or, they do know something about how to counteract it that we do not.

    One of the first phases of the eco-movement was the Population Bomb. That fizzed. The idea of not having babies was not popular at the time and only China could enforce it. It did not go away; it’s still there, unspoken: too many people is the root cause of all problems. Maybe they thought what if we could accidentally wipe out a large part of the world population? Would some eco-genius go for it? Do you have to ask? Pol Pot invented the Great Reset. He called it The Super Great Leap Forward. Like the Chinese Great Leap Forward, but this time featuring genocide. If you are not with us, you are dead. His great reset started over from scratch. Year Zero.

    all culture and traditions within a society must be completely destroyed or discarded, and a new revolutionary culture must replace it, starting from scratch. In this sense, all of the history of a nation or a people before Year Zero would be largely deemed irrelevant, because it would ideally be purged and replaced from the ground up.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Year_Zero_(political_notion)

    moral: All utopias end up as dystopias.

  147. another ian says:

    “Nothing Says “Safe and Effective” Like 9 Pages of Side Effects”

    Next Pfizer document drop of 10,000 pages – those we weren’t supposed to see till 2097

    http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2022/03/01/nothing-says-safe-and-effective-like-9-pages-of-side-effects/

    Plus http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2022/03/01/pfizer-document-drop/

    And looks like Anthony Watts is now ex-California

  148. another ian says:

    “Timing is everything: Local news has the perfect lead-in to President Biden’s SOTU address”

    https://twitchy.com/brettt-3136/2022/03/01/timing-is-everything-local-news-has-the-perfect-lead-in-to-president-bidens-sotu-address/

    Via Jo Nova

  149. H.R. says:

    Don’t kid yourself about the existence and goals of the GEB sociopaths/psychopaths. They have been around since forever.

    Historically, they have not been truly ‘Global’ GEBs only because the World was smaller then. Wasn’t it Alexandar the Great that bemoaned the fact that there was nothing left to conquer?

    With the advent of near instantaneous global communications and travel anywhere around the globe measured in hours rather than months or years, it’s now possible for the inevitable appearance of a nutbar GEB or two or three. The present does not contradict history and we’ve got ’em; true GEBs.


    I’ve yammered on about this enough before, so I’ll only just mention it here. As a side effect of our highly interconnected and interdependent technological society, any GEBs who culls the herd and eliminates opposition will get rid of a few key people that make the Modern World possible. Also, they need help, and their loyal and obedient minions will have many brilliant and capable people among them but will also contain many dumb, useful idiots, emphasis on the idiot part.

    For a recent example, there’s useful idiot Sparkle Socks’ recent use of the Canada banking system to punish the truckers and their supporters. Oopsie! Too much too early. The Canadian banking system is in deep trouble and may yet collapse.

    The GEBs must believe they are the smartest people in the room and are capable of running the World. They are not. There are sane and sober people who are just as smart or smarter than the GEBs and who have no desire to rule the World. They also comprise a percentage of the group of people required to make the modern World function. Those bright, essential people will be eliminated because they oppose the GEBs or they just disappear themselves and refuse to participate anymore.


    I think that the GEB’s plan to tear down modern society and all of its systems has an excellent chance of succeeding.

    But I believe they will have overestimated their ability to build back a ‘perfect’ society with them at the helm.

    The World is littered with the bones of prior ‘global’ civilizations and empires, global such as they knew it to be. Their fall also set back human progress, often for centuries.

    I don’t see any reason to believe it will be any different this time.

  150. H.R. says:

    Did anyone watch the SOTU Address last night? There’s always one or two that will take one for the team, so I know the ratings weren’t zero point zero.

    I did see a bizarre clip of Nanzi rising up when our pResident was talking about the burning pits of bodies, and start rubbing her fists together all while smiling with some weird semblance of pleasure or glee or… something.

    Kamalalala was also visible in the clip. For those that think she’s brainless, graceless, clueless, and perpetually stoned, she appeared not to disappoint.

  151. jim2 says:

    Stupid taken to the nth degree! They sell you the cooker, the groceries, and it’s “in the cloud.” Talk about a skill-killing app! How about just learn to cook?

    No waiting around while your oven preheats or worrying about overcooking. Just scan and press start to cook your favorite grocery store finds.

    The Tovala Smart Oven pulls chef-programmed cooking from the cloud, then automatically shuts off. Your food always comes out perfectly.

    https://www.tovala.com/

  152. H.R. says:

    @jim2 – Next step is a machine that not only automatically cooks the food but chews your food for you.

    Watch that station. They’re going to add a blender to that oven. 😜

  153. Simon Derricutt says:

    YMMV – ” It did not go away; it’s still there, unspoken: too many people is the root cause of all problems.”
    Yep, and I think this unspoken mantra is totally wrong. We only get a few people in each generation who think outside the box and thus give us the advances that improve life for the majority. At the moment, too, a large proportion of those thinkers won’t get the education or opportunity to do their thing because they’ll be dirt-poor or otherwise suppressed (some societies treat women as chattels and thus lose half their intellectual capital from the off, and others suppress sections of their population on racial or cultural grounds). Britain’s culture obviously got something right way back, when you look at how many of the scientific and technical advances were from UK people, and of course the USA took that a bit further. If you have the right culture, and more people, the advances will come faster.

    “moral: All utopias end up as dystopias.” Also true. Most of the politicians haven’t actually worked in industry, and don’t understand the true complexity of the supply-chain and just how far back in time it reaches, or that everything depends on everything else once you get sufficiently above subsistence-level farming where you make your implements from locally-available wood and stone and don’t rely on imports from distant suppliers and specialist trades. Patrimony – it takes generations to build up from a total breakdown.

    H.R. – this is why the idea of tearing everything down is such a bad idea. You won’t get a perfect society growing back under glorious leaders. Instead, you get subsistence level farming because the supply-lines for energy have been removed and cannot be restored because the support-systems have broken down too. Of course, you can’t farm that much in a city without a supply of energy, so you lose a load of people to starvation and when you don’t have enough people recovery will be much slower. History shows that failures of a civilisation happen fast, but the recovery is slow. The majority of people can’t repair the devices they use every day and mostly don’t understand how they work, so when they break they are gone. Though I know how my stuff works, repairing them needs supplies that I wouldn’t be able to get hold of after a total breakdown (unless I have it in stock), so to a large extent I’d be in the same boat as the majority. We all depend on each other, and also on the work of generations before us who made the tools and structures that support daily life.

    Not a good idea to meddle with such a fragile structure.

  154. Simon Derricutt says:

    May be useful to those using Windoze:
    https://www.cybereason.com/blog/adobe-worm-faker-uses-lolbins-and-dynamic-techniques-to-deliver-customized-payloads
    Hard to see that this method would work for Linux, but I’ve seen increasingly that there’s a tendency to make things happen automatically (see a new device inserted, read it and execute an executable) so could be the time will come that this attack method would work.

    Incidentally EM, your comment on cognitive dissonance being generated seems to have the ring of truth. Beliefs don’t need to be self-consistent. They survive a logical refutation. I put up a file on Linked In showing that momentum is logically not a conserved quantity, since if the field that transfers the momentum doesn’t have an infinite propagation velocity and the field strength varies over time, then the action and reaction cannot be equal and opposite. Momentum is not conserved except when the field is constant strength, and though this is the normal situation it is not all situations. Looks to me that the logic is irrefutable, yet seems that people retain the belief that momentum is somehow still a universally-conserved quantity. OK, I wouldn’t have doubted it without the experimental evidence, but at least I then looked at my axioms to see if they were justified. Maybe I can hope that the file will reach the right person who understands it, but hope is not a strategy…. Since that shows a possible way of violating COM, it also implies there’s a way to create energy from nothing, too, and if it’s possible then someone, sometime, will make that work. That will change the whole situation as regards energy resources, sometime in the future. It does however need us to keep this civilisation running long enough for that scientific/technological advance to happen.

  155. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    I missed that about Anthony Watts. Got a pointer to where he went?

    @H.R.:

    Yup, we’ve had megalomaniacle tryants for a very long time. But not quite forever.

    FWIW, the “oldest city” ever found was very odd in one way. There was no evidence of any defenses against an invader. No walls, berms, trenches. No war weapons. It looks like originally a small town was just a place where folks gathered together for trade in things like fish and fish nets. Folks inland had stuff to make nets, but not much fish. Fishers needed nets and had too much fish.

    Only a couple of thousand years later did cities show evidence for armies, walls, swords, etc.

    So it looks like after a couple of thousand years of city life, the sociopath types managed to exploit everyone else enough to start raising armies to attack other people and steal their stuff. The world has been plagued by armies and invasions ever since…

    But now they are going for the ENTIRE world as a team effort…

    Per SOTU Address:

    Not me. I could not think of a single reason to even listen to it. Figured I’d just wait for the Gaff Reel to come out ;-)

    @Jim2:

    I know some folks who will buy it. But what happens when it is 7 PM, you get home from work, but the sun is down and the wind has stopped? Will those folks just skip dinner? Just asking…

    @Simon:

    Saw a chart somewhere once… showed technical advancement vs population. The more people you have the faster your tech advances. Thesis was that there’s a fixed percent of folks who can invent and discover things per 1000 population, so more people means more progress. Another chart was tech progress vs wealth. Turns out only a wealthy society can make progress as poor ones are busy grubbing for grubs to eat…

    One thing that bothers me is the rate at which we are losing the “boot strapping skills” needed to recover from a society collapse. Ever fewer people have any idea at all, for example, of how to heat treat metal, or refine iron from ore. I’m probably one of the last who knows how to make a vacuum tube from glass & metals.

    Worse still is that the original Bronze Age can’t happen again. We’ve mined all the easy to get copper and tin ores. Now were using ore that needs high tech like flotation separators to work. IF we take a “reset”, we can’t make the metals to extract the metals to make the metals… One hopes there’s enough inventory above ground in scrap yards to get past that hump…

    I’ve been packing up the house. Found some archives… On 8mm Tape and floppy disks… So how do I get that information out, now? Hmmm…. Also a couple of odd cartridge drives… and some Round Tapes (yeah, those big round things from 1960s movies…) After a fall, ALL that stuff on folks cell phones and computers will be unusable without electricity and chargers. Where will the paper books be in another dozen years? Libraries are now throwing out “old reference books” that don’t get checked out frequently. They only keep in inventory recent books that are popular…

    Sigh.

    Remember the Internet Worm from about 1988? Before we had to start naming them:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morris_worm

    So it is quite possible to make Unix / Linux worms. I don’t have any “auto launch” anything on my computers, so the LOLbin (Living Off the Land binaries) are not an issue for me, but eventually that will come to Linux too.

    BTW: Note that Advance PhD. Physicists are quite happy holding 3 conflicting beliefs at once:

    1) Newtonian mechanics are correct.
    2) Eisenstein Relativity is correct.
    3) Quantum Mechanics is correct.

    In reality, none of them can be complete and correct. Relativity invalidates Newton. QM invalidates Relativity & Newton. QM does not correctly describe observed macro events and conflicts with the proofs that Relativity is accurate.

    These are supposedly some of the best logical thinkers we can produce…

  156. YMMV says:

    Anybody remember the last crisis? Covid? The lost two years?

    Here’s the video we needed two years ago, when everybody was so gung-ho on mRNA vaccines.
    They should not have bothered. mRNA vaccines have a design flaw that looks insurmountable.
    (among all the other mRNA problems)

    This video gets off to a slow start and it is long. It is worth it. If you never got an mRNA vaccine, pat yourself on the back. If you did, this will worry you. It is devastating for mRNA vaccines.

    Brett says it is just an idea, not a fact. He is an expert and I don’t see anything wrong with his argument. Other experts have had the same idea. One of those they have tried desperately to cancel.

    Brett goes into how viruses work and how the immune system can tell your own cells apart from pathogen cells. In the mRNA vaccine case, your own cells are made to act like they have been taken over by a pathogen. The body’s reaction to this is to kill those cells. If the vaccine stayed where it was injected, that would not be a big deal. But it does not, especially when the injection is not aspirated. So it can be carried to the heart. And the heart cells are more apt to pick up those vaccine particles and much more vulnerable. Damaged heart cells do not get replaced. When the immune system kills those cells, they are gone forever. We have noticed that many young male athletes suddenly drop dead. What we do not notice is everybody else may have sub-clinical heart damage. Those people will have reduced heart capacity and probably shorter lives.

    There’s a lot we do not know here. I’d say that a huge study is called for to find out how many people have heart damage from the vaccine. I’d call for an immediate end to the use of mRNA vaccines until this is fully understood.

  157. cdquarles says:

    Even if an injected vaccine is aspirated, the lymphatic system will, eventually, dump its fluid into the regular vascular fluid. From there, it will still be circulated throughout the body. Main point, here, is how much is still circulating at that time and even if that’s very small, how much immune activation at the cellular/tissue level still happens. Dose and route make the medicine or the poison. Another point: respiratory system viruses should be, wherever possible, be made via sprays or other inhalation methods, not injections.

  158. cdquarles says:

    Oh, another key point: there is a bit of a blood body barrier. It is the vascular endothelium with its tight junctions and the basement membrane adjacent to the endothelium that make it. Damage, any damage, breaches this. This is how migrating cells get to the damage point and vascular elements like circulating immune factors (this includes antibodies) get there as well. Local inflammation recruits more of these elements, which are somewhat damaging themselves. The whole thing is a very intricate and delicate chemical balance. Off in either direction, sufficiently, causes more trouble that it cures.

  159. YMMV says:

    E.M.Smith:
    BTW: Note that Advance PhD. Physicists are quite happy holding 3 conflicting beliefs at once:
    1) Newtonian mechanics are correct.
    2) [Einstein] Relativity is correct.
    3) Quantum Mechanics is correct.

    For those who know Heisenberg: either at once, or at the same place, but not both.
    All three are very correct — in their own range of validity, but have a limited range of validity.
    “quite happy”? not so sure about that. Obviously it’s a good research topic — if you like hard and being frustrated — because the solution is certainly not easy. There is work being done on #4…

    4) String Theory. Which is too hard for mere mortals, so they study something easier, like Fusion, or Cold Fusion, or Women in STEM, or Climate Change.

  160. another ian says:

    “Prominent Chicago Illinois Democrat Mike Madigan indicted on federal corruption charges”

    https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2022/03/prominent-chicago-illinois-democrat-mike-madigan-indicted-on-federal-corruption-charges.html#comments

  161. another ian says:

    “11 Steps To Survival civildefence.ca”

    Via SDA

  162. Simon Derricutt says:

    EM – “The more people you have the faster your tech advances.” Yep, matches my experience and makes logical sense. Maybe also worth noting that for the most part those few people who produced the advances were either rich enough to be able to afford the time and materials, or were funded by some rich person who could afford to throw money away. Sometimes it’s been government money (always easier to invest Other Peoples’ Money than from your own pocket). Still, you need the bright people and they need to be able to pursue their research without needing to spend too much time on essentials such as growing food, building shelter, and keeping warm. Thus it also follows that to get maximum rate of advance you need a relatively prosperous society where a larger percentage of the bright people can find such sinecures.

    “Physicists are quite happy holding 3 conflicting beliefs at once:

    1) Newtonian mechanics are correct.
    2) Eisenstein Relativity is correct.
    3) Quantum Mechanics is correct.

    In reality, none of them can be complete and correct.”
    Yep, the necessity for doublethink caused me problems as a student.
    YMMV speculates String Theory as the underlying theory that will bind these conflicting theories together and resolve the disagreements. Unfortunately, looks like we won’t be able to actually measure or otherwise perceive those strings since they’re way smaller than anything we could use to image them, so it’s not falsifiable and not really science but philosophy. The only thing you can do is to look at what it predicts and see if the predictions are experimentally measurable. In any case, String Theory itself implies an even deeper reality since in order to vibrate those strings must have some sort of inertia and springiness, so it is in fact a recursive theory anyway and philosophically unsound. What causes that inertia, and what sort of fields produce the springiness? Incidentally any wave-based theory has that recursive nature, including QM, but it’s simply ignored because the maths seems to give right answers. I think it’s necessary to acknowledge that at the moment we simply don’t know. It’s OK to use these models where they give answers that agree with experiment, but not to think that they actually explain things or are the truth.

    So far, cosmological observations (and ground-based experiments with extremely-high accelerations involved) seem to show that Mike McCulloch’s QI theory predicts well. The implications of this are that there’s some almost-instantaneous transmission of information from a huge distance away, and that possibly each “particle” is a unit that is “instantly” (or at least as near-instant as we can currently measure or impute) affected by everything that happens anywhere within it, and that the total extent of each “particle” is the current size of the universe even though we see the particle itself as almost a point object. That’s a pretty hard proposal to grok. Of course, an instantaneous transmission cannot be described in terms of wavelengths or waves (wavelength would be infinite), yet it seems there is a wavelength associated here. Though we can sort-of hand-wave that away by invoking extra dimensions that are different from the dimensions we currently see, and where distances are different than the dimensions we see (similar to String Theory) it looks like again we won’t be able to measure those dimensions so again it’s not science but philosophy. We can possibly propose an explanation that fits what we see, but it’s risky to believe that that’s the true answer. Once you’re invested in one answer, there’s a risk of ignoring evidence that that answer is wrong, and considering something as “impossible” when it is in fact possible.

    There’s experimental evidence that we can send a signal (that is, energy) down a coax at greater than the speed of light in free space. Thus we really need to drop the idea that nothing can go faster than light. There’s also experimental evidence of momentum not being conserved, and that tells us that energy isn’t always conserved, either. AFAIK String Theory treats both CoM and CoE as absolute Laws, so does not currently describe the actual reality we live in. I’m however not saying it’s going to be easy to produce a theory that better-describes reality, but the start-point is to be able to explain the reasons those laws don’t always apply.

    Currently I’m thinking that maybe the extended matter-stuff of the particles, that all overlap up to the extent of the particle (Hubble horizon) could actually be the medium that supports the waves, and that the density of that matter-stuff determines the local rate of time. Starts to hang together. That also gives us a reason that particles bounce off each other (refraction of the wave in a time-gradient) rather than simply pass through each other without mutual interference as a wave should do, as well as explaining gravity as being caused by a time-rate-gradient. Might also imply that a force (which is always generated by a field with a density variation) acts by affecting the local time-rate-gradient. Might change the locations of the horizons of the particle, and thus produce an acceleration of the centre of the resonant spherical wave that we see as where the particle actually is. Of course, this could all be balderdash, and the reality could be very much different. Still, using wave equations does seem to have had a load of success in explaining what happens, so looks like a good start-point. May be good enough to predict new possibilities.

  163. E.M.Smith says:

    @Simon:

    I know it’s simplistic, and that I’m way behind on the road you are traveling so well, but my current thinking is sort of this way:

    1) There is no matter. Not at any scale what so ever.

    2) Everything is just forces. Call it waves, energy, EMF, light, wavicle stuff, whatever.

    3) The Force Carrier is TBD but likely fits wave properties better.

    4) Let’s call this wavicle / Force Carrier stuff “essence”. When a lot of essence is in one place, NOT moving linearly, it changes time (since it is a creator / carrier of time, space, etc.) and you get “gravity” but time slows and space shrinks. When moving linearly, it is “energy”, when spinning it is “matter”.

    5) Most of what we see and characterize as “stuff” and “waves” and “forces” is 2nd and 3rd and 4th order artifacts of whatever those essence forces are doing. Conversion of matter to energy (or back) is via turning spin into linear essence. An electron in a wire creates light by having a bit of spin essence shot out as linear via a “collision” of their packets of spinning essence.

    6) Time is a variable produced by these interactions.

    7) None of our conservation laws or SOL or any of that is real as it is based on those artifacts. They are derived variables from our current state.

    8) At the limit, you get a Black Hole where time goes toward infinite slow (zero rate) and space goes to zero. But the essence is still there… Where does it go?

    9) With space near / at zero, velocity can become infinite, and the essence was infalling to the black hole. It comes flying out at Zero Time and Zero Space in the “start of the Universe” White Hole. As it creates some new time and space, velocity starts to come down and we again start to get a little bit of gravity showing up. This feedback loop continues in the manner of the present Big Bang theories / start of the Universe.

    10a) On the other side (in all the black holes at the end of time…) all the essence is coming to a full linear halt at the singularities ending time and space (so all spin); and thus a dark world of gravity, no velocity, and thus no “energy” in our current sense of things. Space itself is being stretched out of existence as it is created by the motion of the essence that is increasingly halted / gone at black holes. This causes the various holes to merge at the end of time and that Universe winks out of existence with no time and no space and all the essence in the singularity. As this becomes zero space, even spin can not exist. At the halt of spin, it’s on the other side of time.

    10b) In this new Universe, the essence has no mass yet, as it is all velocity. There is also no space (both being creations of the essence). So it can fly away from the gravity free White Hole. Only as it has enough showing up to create time and space does the creation of non-infinite velocity allow it to “slow” from increasing gravity at the White Hole.

    11) This can happen due to things being quantized. You may have zero mass and infinite velocity due to zero space, but a single quanta can wink into and out of existence, and once one does, the cascade starts.

    12) The essence has the ability to exert itself on all other essence over anything we call time and space as it is the creator of them. The Spooky Interactions of QM are just minor windows into the essence. We don’t know what it really is as it exists outside of our time and space.

    13) “Particles” are just interactions of essence that is spinning in a point. I suspect that the essence is always in motion, but if linear it is “energy” (like photons) and if rotational it is “particles”. Perhaps “mass” and “gravity” (and weak, strong, etc. forces) are just artifacts of spinning essence and how that changes local time inside the spinning eddy. (Yes, this bits a bit vague…) All the “quarks” and other imagined particles are just what you get when you break one spinning bit of essence into a bunch of others via a “splat”. There is no “smallest particle”.

    14) At this point I start to run out of steam… I can see where essence could, via spin vs linear, become mass vs energy, and how as it gathers in ever greater wads of spinning essence in black holes, become “all spin” as space shrinks toward zero (no linear space to move in, but enough to spin), then with zero space even in the smallest bit there can be no spin as there is no reference for it, so it (at zero time) comes out as all linear, all energy.

    In this view of things, the entire history of the Universe, from start to end, is just one big oscillator of the essence between all linear motion (energy) creating time & space as some of it transitions to spinning and turns into “particles” (that are really just spinning essence) and then slowly ends in all spinning. Rinse & Repeat in a Bang!

    We just exist at a half way point in this process where the spinning bits we see as “matter” and the linear bits we see as “energy” and we take gravity, time, and space as constants and the current properties of the Universe as constants too, since they change on Billions of Years scale and we live on single years of observations. (There’s a tiny bit of evidence that some of the “constants” of the universe are not actually constant…)

    Yes, there’s a lot of loose ends in this idea. Like how does essence influence other essence at a distance in time and space (i.e. the QM Spooky Interactions); but we know they happen in QM experiments. I’m thinking it is just that we study the artifacts (“matter” in “time” and “space”) while the essence is existing in its own way, and a bit of “spin” in a fragment that gets split in two is still “entangled” with its other half through their own “dimensions” outside of the time and space they create. I think this is where all those Hubble Horizons and waves inside them fit. Just with a sidebar that waves vs matter vs energy may be artifacts of the essence in motion, or not, or linear vs rotational.

    Assuming the essence is quantized then all other things are quantized as they are derived from it, and things like COM, COE, etc. etc. are quantized and via that you can violate them (with a lot of work and perhaps only in very small ways). This view of the universe requires a quantized (and uncertain..) event to work, as the White Hole is initially nothing but a point of “essence” and it requires a spark of a tiny bit of creation of matter spinning in a tiny bit of space to start the cascade of gravity, space, and time creation. An imperfection in the zero.

    And at that point I reach a halt. End of the speculative chain. Every so often I give it a bit more of a think, but as it gets harder at each turn, the progress slows. Kind of like a black hole of thought ;-)

  164. Simon Derricutt says:

    EM – I’ll need to read that a few times…. Could well be a problem here that we haven’t got the words or concepts because the reality is significantly different to things we can see. The “as above, so below” assumption may not be valid.

    Spin, at this scale, is obviously different to the spin we normally define. It’s quantised, and half spin particles are much different to full-spin particles. We get energy-band splitting for electrons since unless they all have a different wavelength/energy they cannot be distinguished. Bosons can however all sit at the same energy level. I don’t however have a better definition of this type of spin, just see that it’s *something else*.

    Rather than having essence spinning or not, I’d suggest that instead we’re flipping between a spherical wave and a linear one. Why does matter have a gravitation effect and a linear EM wave doesn’t? I think that the resonant spherical waves would fill space to the horizon, and thus we’d get an essence density gradient, and then if time slows the more density of essence there is that would generate the effect of gravity.

    I’d also identify your essence as energy itself. The interchangeability between 2 511keV gammas and a positron and electron moving in opposite directions tells us they’re likely the same actual stuff. Currently I don’t have an explanation of how charge works, or why it only comes in one amount, and of course the standard model for an EM wave requires a continuous distribution of charge which looks to be unphysical and doesn’t exist. Digging in the foundations gets muddy.

    Black holes must actually have no space inside, since there’s no time for matter and space to exist. Thus you won’t get the “naked singularity”, but instead the surface of the black hole is all there is.

    The purpose of trying to get a better description of what actually happens is that some very useful things (that a while back I thought were impossible) might actually be not that difficult.

    More later when I’m back on the desktop box with a real keyboard.

  165. YMMV says:

    Theory of Everything. 14 steps before running out of steam. Not bad.
    Reminds me of trying to explain the Trinity.
    I only trust the mathematics. Any explanation that needs words ends up in philosophy and hand waving. It is easier to start at the other end. Why does anything exist? What was there before it existed? (not to mention who created it and who created the whatever that created it and so on.)
    All of a sudden, the various creation mythologies of different cultures don’t seem so silly.
    See? Only a few questions before I Give Up. Much easier. It is, period. I’m not going to worry about it. Unless I get paid to do that of course.

    It’s interesting to watch String Theory from the outside. Whatever Lubos says is good enough for me. Not everybody agrees. At least they are not killing each other over it. Skim through the comments here, just the first few sentences of each.
    https://www.quora.com/Is-it-true-that-many-physicists-are-abandoning-String-Theory

    Back down to earth, some other scientists have discovered the mystery of Stonehenge. Or so some journalists reported.
    https://www.newscientist.com/article/2310095-stonehenge-may-have-been-a-giant-calendar-and-now-we-know-how-it-works/

    A month is 3 weeks of 10 days each and a year is 365.25 days. They neglect to say why that is so important in a pre-agriculture society

  166. E.M.Smith says:

    @Simon:

    As my first bounds was “there is no matter” the question of what is a spinning energy becomes an obvious issue. I suspect it will end up the same as your “spherical waves”. Similarly linear motion / linear waves….

  167. Simon Derricutt says:

    YMMV – even if you define some period as “this is when the universe began”, the question comes up of what was there before that. Also what happens afterwards. Unanswerable questions. You end up with infinities in the maths, and thus no real answers. Where there is a boundary, *something* is the other side of that boundary. Of course, people hand-wave that problem away by stating that time didn’t progress then, or that there is no space beyond the edge of the universe, but really those explanations duck the question. Still, we weren’t there to witness it, so there’s no way of being certain.

    However, if we get a description of reality that is closer to what reality actually is and how it works, I think a lot more things will become possible. Some of that would look like magic, maybe, as in A.C.Clarke’s statement that any sufficiently-advanced technology will look like magic. Possibly some of the civilisations that came before knew some things and used them to perform tasks we couldn’t do today, such as move massive rocks. Not many things survive thousands of years, so largely were left with stuff built of rock to tell us what the technology of the day could do. Maybe also a lot of the ancient cities are currently under water, and thus not easily found.

    EM – if there is no matter as such, which certainly seems to match the ability to treat matter as both a particle and as a wave at the same time, and you can perform a double-slit experiment using individual particles instead of light, then the question is why particles collide with each other. Initially seems a silly question, in that we are so used to that happening, but waves pass through each other without affecting each other. However, particles and EM waves are obviously the same stuff (essence, energy) so it’s necessary to figure out how the configuration changes to let us see either a gravitation-generating particle or a wave that doesn’t generate gravity but does respond to it. In passing, worth noting that angular momentum and spin for a particle are significantly different from the angular momentum and spin we’re used to at human scale. The analogy is pretty close, but not perfect, and because we use the same word and concept for both there’s a pretty good chance that those words distort our understanding of what’s really happening. Words define what we can think about, and if the word-definition is imperfect then the thinking will likewise be distorted and things missed. This was after all the basis of the loophole in 2LoT, where the definition of kinetic energy as a pure scalar misses the point that that kinetic energy cannot be measured unless it is carried by a particle, so that particle will have a momentum vector. We cannot treat kinetic energy as a pure scalar and expect to be able to predict all that is possible, though it obviously works for the majority of situations. Going beyond requires seeing if the words and concepts we currently use are in fact valid, and changing them to more-closely represent reality.

    I’ve also been wrestling with the question of what a force actually does, and why the particle accelerates when a force is applied. Once we’ve decided that the “particle” is actually some sort of wave (and maybe defined that as a spherical wave), it’s actually not that easy to see how a force would affect that. I’m currently tending to the idea that it’s something to do with the rate of time, since a time-gradient will have the effect of refraction and thus change the direction of the wave and also be able to change the location of the maximum intensity of a spherical wave. I haven’t yet gone far enough down that path to figure out the mechanics, just seeing that there’s a possibility there.

    The spherical wave would almost certainly be resonant, and have a boundary where the wave is reflected. That boundary is “nothing”, somewhat analogous to the open end of an organ-pipe or unterminated coax, which reflects either a sound-wave or EM wave and produces a resonance. Just to complicate things, seems that that boundary is receding at the speed of light, too. This gives us a picture where “reality” is always expanding at the speed of light, and that maybe outside that boundary we have space that hasn’t yet been disturbed by energy and thus will not support an EM wave. That horizon was a theoretical construct until fairly recently, when Becker and Bhatt used extremely high acceleration of electrons to bring that horizon to around 2cm away and found an anomalous force exerted depending on what was placed within that limit.

    It looks like it may be possible to explain this using time-gradients. Funny thing about a force is that when you apply a force to an object it pushes back with exactly the same force, so a sum of the forces at that point of application will be zero. Also, if you use the object as your frame of reference, then nothing obviously happens. In its own frame of reference, any object or particle is stationary. Thus the force is doing *something else* than we intuitively think, and it seems likely that changing the locations of the horizon by changing the wavelengths of the resonating wave could be an answer.

    Did you notice you have two point 10s? Of course, we need to state why things are quantised, and one thing that generates quantisation is a pair of boundaries on a linear wave (or a boundary all round a spherical wave). The boundary is where there’s nothing to support oscillation.

    Though it’s not easy to see why the first particle was generated, it would produce a wave of “reality” spreading out at the speed of light, thus allowing more oscillations to start. That maybe implies that there’s a way to create a new universe when this one is all black holes. Something for future physicists to ponder, when it becomes needed.

    Yep, the “constants'” we know are probably variables that depend on the size of the universe (thus its age). A lot of loose ends need to be tidied up. Stuff that used to be so intuitively obvious that it didn’t need explaining, such as what a force is and what a particle is, turn out to not be as simple as expected. Inertia is actually pretty hard to explain, and I think the Higgs field is not the right explanation.

    The glittering prizes on offer if we get an explanation that is closer to the truth sound like a sci-fi wet dream. Production of energy without any fuel, levitation of objects without needing much of a power-source, FTL travel to the stars, cheap travel in space, asteroid mining rather than digging holes in our planet, etc.. Though I initially thought that the EMDrive was actually impossible, and it was just systematic error in the measurements, enough people have replicated it that I needed to accept the experimental measurements and work out why it was possible. The loophole in CoM is obvious once you’ve seen it, but it seems most people don’t see it. I also had evidence of a device that was far better at doing the job, which spurred my efforts in figuring out why. Odd how cosmology, looking at galaxies from 6 billion years and older, could make such a massive difference in our understanding of how the universe works and have such spin-offs. Looks like the James Webb Telescope could be a great investment, since it will enable more-accurate measurements of what things were like a very long time ago and thus what has changed as the universe (as we know it) expanded.

  168. Simon Derricutt says:

    EM – incidentally, if the barrier that reflects the wave is in fact an absence of “random” energy in the background field, then Alzofon’s idea of using an analogue of the refrigeration cycle to remove that energy might give us a way to produce an artificial horizon. The technique is basically to periodically re-align the nuclei spins of something like Aluminium, then allow the background random energy to randomise those spins again. Each cycle removes a bit of that random energy, until there’s none left and it can no longer support the waves of matter passing through that Aluminium and reflects them instead. This would affect all particles in the vicinity and produce something that looks and acts like a force. Such a barrier all around an object would also remove inertia and gravity from that object.

    The background field itself (call it the quantum field just to have a name for it) isn’t yet defined as to what it is made of. However, rather than having a lot of different fields around, we now only need one, which is at least more satisfying logically. Energy (or essence) is oscillations in that field. The matter form is spherical waves, the energy form is linear waves. Still a lot more digging needed to get the reasons for charge and for the different sorts of particles and effects, but maybe it’s a reasonable starting-point.

  169. E.M.Smith says:

    @Simon:

    Some thoughts on the conundrums:

    1) Starting and ending time… and what was before. IF Time is a derived variable of “essence” in spin, then there was no “before”. There is essence “out of time”, then time as it transforms to “matter”, and then ending of the existence of time as it all goes “POOF!” into the back hole / white hole interface. (Perhaps “time runs backwards” at that instant to the beginning, or ‘time’ is just our way of perception of an infinite transistion).

    2) How do waves collide: My reason for using the term “spin” is in analogy to vortexes in water. Two opposite spin vortexes can annihilate, or can shove each other away as the edges pile up a higher water level between them. The idea being that you might have some kind of “spherical spin” of essence energy that, when opposed, really mostly wants to push apart. BUT if thrown fast enough at each other and exactly spot on, annihilates into linear motion essence, i.e. the energy we see from some collisions. (There’s room here, too, for matter / antimatter as “spin essence” that doesn’t build up any resistance between two approaching blobs of it.) This is why I resist calling “essence” either a wave or energy. We have preconceived notions about how those act when they are “derived properties” of particular packages of whatever “essence” is… in a particular mode.

    Perhaps that “something” that builds up between two opposing rotating bits of essence is a conflict in their time vectors…Spin on one making “right hand” (for lack of a spherical analog) time and the other “left hand” time. We just see the aggregate as “time passing” but at the smallest scale it might make a “can’t cancel time” repulsion if they get too close and the opposing “spin” is interacting. Just spit balling here… Or maybe like anti-matter, most “stuff” in the universe is of one time handedness and that’s what repels, and perhaps anti-matter has an opposite time handedness so doesn’t repel, and thus annihilates…

    2 x 10: No, didn’t notice. I’d moved a point up for clarity then renumbered and continued. Most likely that’s when it happened… I’ll fix it.

    EM Drive: It does seem to have put a burr under a lot of “Settle Scientists” ;-)

    Per “barriers”: IF “time and space” are the creations of “essence” as it spins, then in theory a barrier could be made between two sets of time and space via a layer (perfect layer…) of linear only essence… I.e. enough of the right kind of “energy only” without any particles at all in it. Ought to decouple one “space & time” from another… I think… But how to do that? Or test it? You can’t use electrons (so electricity is out), but perhaps photons or the wave form of electricity, the EM Wave… Pull a hard vacuum inside a double wall shell, then flood it with energy? At some point the few particles remaining are too few to support coupling the two “space and time” bits to each other?

    But how do you make two shells that do not touch each other at any point and contain a vacuum… Seems one will tend to sit on the other at the bottom. Hmmm…. Need a repulsing force between them. Both charged the same polarity?

    The major problem I see in all of this is that we live in a world of constants with immutable time and space; but reality does not. Makes it hard for us to define it.

  170. E.M.Smith says:

    I renumbered the 2 x 10s as 10a and 10b, since they really are both trying to describe the interface / transition from infinite black holes at the end of time to one white hole at the start of time.

  171. Power Grab says:

    @ EM:

    Here is a link to an article about Linus Torvalds moving Linux to modern C.

    https://www.zdnet.com/article/linus-torvalds-prepares-to-move-the-linux-kernel-to-modern-c

    Just FYI.

  172. Simon Derricutt says:

    EM – there’s maybe a difference here between what time is and what we measure. We measure it by using the oscillation of *something* that we assume to be a constant rate. Initially, Galileo measured the pendulum swings to be of constant duration by using his heartbeats as the clock, assuming his heartbeat was constant. These days, we use a Caesium resonance to define the length of a “tick”. Given that the things we use as clocks do agree, it looks like a pretty good assumption that those atomic resonances are in fact of a constant rate, but we cannot really just assume that they actually are. It is possible that using a different method of measurement we might see something different happen. For example, a capacitor charged by a resistor and discharged to a certain voltage when it reaches the threshold voltage, though I’m still not certain that that is different enough (does capacitance depend on the local essence density?). In any case, it would need temperature-stabilisation and some good design in general to get a reference clock of sufficient stability. Still, with modern atomic clocks able to measure the difference in rate of time over a 10m difference in height in our gravity-well, it would be interesting to compare the atomic clock with the capacitor clock as the height changed.

    One experimentally-measurable prediction of the “essence density controls rate of time” idea is that we’d measure a slower rate of time at a Lagrange point. Possibly this might turn up as an anomaly of the clock-rate with the James Webb telescope, though that is at L2 so the net gravity there is not zero. Really needs to be at L1, with a net zero gravitational field. With net zero gravity, Einstein would predict a faster rate of time.

    The problem with using the vortex idea is that a vortex depends on fluid mechanics, which in turn involves both springiness and inertia. Effectively gets us into a situation where the underlying field that supports the wave is made of particles that repel each other using some sort of field we can’t see. It’s quite possible to build up a good model of the way things work using this type of Aether model and the equations of fluid mechanics, but in the end it cannot explain what a field is, just moves the explanation one step further back into Goddidit territory. Probably better to say we don’t know how the field works than to explain it using something we can’t see or measure but has the right properties to make the maths work.

    That problem of recursion is extremely knotty. I’ll define a field as a condition in space that can support a wave by some unknown process. There’s thus an analogue of springiness (permittivity) and inertia (permeability) that together define the propagation-rate of the wave. There seems to be a problem in that some waves can travel a lot faster than light (for example in the sub-1/4-wave region of an unterminated coax) and that gravity appears to be of almost-infinite velocity. Yep, I know Einstein’s General Relativity defined that as setting up a curvature in space, with gravitons proceeding at the speed of light, but that explanation seems to me to have loopholes even though that distortion of space is in fact measurable. FTL transmissions are scientific fact these days. Not difficult to replicate, either. Thus in the theory of How Things Work we need to allow for FTL to be possible.

    Antimatter is simply matter with the opposite charge. It’s still made of positive energy. There doesn’t seem to be negative energy, which would produce true antimatter that annihilates with matter to produce nothing. Anti-energy would save CoE being violated in a huge way at the Big Bang, after all. Still, it looks like CoE can be violated in the right circumstances, so it’s possible that we’ll go back to Fred Hoyle’s idea of continuous creation, with the proviso that there was indeed a creation-moment for the energy that went into our solar-system and that our ability to perceive the rest of the universe spread out from that point in time at the speed of light. Some galaxies have been seen that appear to be older than the age of the universe. Thus possibly the universe overall isn’t expanding as we thought, but that the light from further-away galaxies just loses frequency. Known as the “tired light” theory.

    Back to the problem of not being able to find the right word to enable the thinking to proceed. If it’s not analogous to something we have seen before or otherwise defined, there’s no word for it. It’s quite possible that the stuff that supports the functionality of space has no analogue at human scale, and may also have functions we can’t find an analogue for as regards how it works, though we can describe the end-results OK – for example a wave travelling. There’s more stuff needed in there, though, such as the near-analogues of spin and angular inertia that seem to exist. Also the way that almost-infinite velocity seems to be supported too. I’m not yet finding a model that works.

    For the barriers, Alzofon’s ideas would seem to logically work. You don’t after all need a vacuum between the barriers, but instead a state of the background space that won’t support an EM wave. Logically, this would also reflect light perfectly, so it would be experimentally visible if it works. Could be different time-rates inside the bubble as opposed to outside (see Vernor Vinge’s “bobbles” which were stopped time inside) but more likely just allows what’s inside to run at normal time while travelling at relativistic speeds (or above) and thus allow you to take a trip to Proxima Centauri and be home for tea, though a failure of the generator equipment in the middle of the flight would produce an amazing light-show to arrive home in a few years as the signal that the flight ended badly.

    Seems a reasonable chance that the “reactionless” space-drive experiments may produce something useful fairly soon. Maybe a decade or so, but could be less. That opens up a whole new field, providing we don’t knock ourselves back to pre-industrial before that research comes good.

  173. another ian says:

    “Mark Steyn Discusses the Ukraine Conflict and Bigger Stuff, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
    March 4, 2022 | Sundance | 164 Comments”

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2022/03/04/mark-steyn-discusses-the-ukraine-conflict-and-bigger-stuff-the-four-horsemen-of-the-apocalypse/

  174. another ian says:

    “Pfizer Follies”

    From that recent data release

    http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2022/03/04/pfizer-follies/

  175. jim2 says:

    “The notice asks the companies to submit “exactly how many users saw or may have been exposed to instances of Covid-19 misinformation,” as well as aggregate data on demographics that may have been disproportionately exposed to or affected by the misinformation.

    The surgeon general, Dr. Vivek Murthy, also demanded information from the platforms about the major sources of Covid-19 misinformation, including those that engaged in the sale of unproven Covid-19 products, services, and treatments.

    “Technology companies now have the opportunity to be open and transparent with the American people about the misinformation on their platforms,” Dr. Murthy said in an emailed statement. He added: “This is about protecting the nation’s health.”

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/03/bidens-surgeon-general-launches-latest-crusade-purge-dissent-orders-big-tech-provide-federal-government-personal-data-americans-spreading-covid-misinformation/

  176. another ian says:

    Some on spike protein detoxing via Jo Nova

    “Some commenters on this site have been asking if there is any detox for the spike protein. Dr Geert Vandeen Bossche provides this article with a detox guide.”

    https://worldcouncilforhealth.org/resources/spike-protein-detox-guide/

    Vitamins I and Q get the nod

  177. another ian says:

    “Dr. Andrew Hill, The Man Who Killed Millions?
    March 4, 2022 | Sundance | 153 Comments”

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2022/03/04/dr-andrew-hill-the-man-who-killed-millions/

  178. philjourdan says:

    @H.R.

    automatically cooks the food but chews your food for you.

    They have already invented it. It is called a Ferengi Female.

  179. cdquarles says:

    For me, in this mutable part of the universe, time is the rate of change and only the rate of change. What kind of change seems to be key, to me. This is, to me, where the “frame of reference” would also matter. Also, when I do a quantum experiment and therefore determine a state, if there is an entangled state anywhere else in this mutable universe, I know what that state is now. No information has been exchanged. Only my knowledge state has changed.

  180. another ian says:

    “All Time Secrets Of The CIA Documentary”

  181. another ian says:

    VISA Suspends All Operations in Russia, We Are One Step Closer to Losing the Dollar As Global Trade Currency
    March 5, 2022 | sundance | 124 Comments”

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2022/03/05/visa-suspends-all-operations-in-russia-we-are-one-step-closer-to-losing-the-dollar-as-global-trade-currency/

    And

    “VISA and Mastercard Will Announce The Next British Prime Minister Tomorrow at 4:00pm GMT
    March 5, 2022 | sundance | 195 Comments”

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2022/03/05/visa-and-mastercard-will-announce-the-next-british-prime-minister-tomorrow-at-400pm-gmt/

  182. E.M.Smith says:

    Now that right there is a very interesting bit of information about the JFK assassination..
    Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OsItiPfnzLI
    Lee Oswald made a phone call to person with Agency ties…

  183. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    Finally got to watch the video in that Dr. Andrew Hill video (at ConservativeTreehouse) above;
    Link:https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2022/02/13/w-o-o-d-13-february-2022/#comment-155067

    Just OMG what a stunning video. Dr. Hill looks so sheepish in that recording, clearly he knows he sold out for money. He tries telling himself his “needs more study” recommendation will be overridden soon-ish, but knows people are dying as a result. Now, a year+ later, he is still causing deaths by his stance saying Ivermectin isn’t tested enough.

    So Billionaire Donors can buy whatever “science” they want, control the Peer Reviewed Literature, and kill people by the millions while raking in more $Billions, and nothing is done about it.

    OK, note to self:

    You can no longer trust “Peer Reviewed Literature” to not be a pack of lies for profits. Period.

    Thanks, GEBs, for corrupting, destroying, and shitting on truth and the benefit of knowledge. Way to show your true colors.

    But at least we get more evidence that Bill Gates via the BILL & MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION is really as much of a sociopath as we thought he was… and that Big Pharma can not be trusted with your health…

  184. H.R. says:

    It seems the People’s Convoy has reached the outskirts of DC.

    The last place I’ll go for news is the YSM. The factual goings on will have to come from citizens on the scene.

  185. another ian says:

    One opinion!

  186. another ian says:

    That was via a comment at SDA

    ““The freedom convoy is what you get when you stand up to authoritarianism early. War in Ukraine is what you get when you stand up to it too late. “”

    http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2022/03/06/quote-of-the-week/

  187. another ian says:

    “Are You SURE This Is A Good Idea?”

    “Much-more ominous, however, is this:

    ICANN on Wednesday rebuffed a request from Mykhailo Fedorov, First Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine, to revoke all Russian web domains, shut down Russian DNS root servers, and invalidate associated TLS/SSL certificates in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.”

    More at

    https://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=245342

  188. H.R. says:

    @Ossqss re the Covid link – It’s not clear to me what strain is hitting so hard. Is it the ‘Original’ or a ‘New and Improved’ strain?

    And what happened to the regular seasonal flu? Did Covid cure the common flu?

  189. cdquarles says:

    @H. R.
    Covid displaced other respiratory viruses. They never went away. That displacement happened in a number of ways, of which one was heavy Covid testing on any and all and that viral competition happens, just like any other competitive situation involving predators and prey.

  190. another ian says:

    “Evil or just greedy? Time to talk about The WEF”

    https://joannenova.com.au/2022/03/evil-or-just-greedy-time-to-talk-about-the-wef/

  191. H.R. says:

    @cdquarles – It’s still not clear to me which variant is making another run through the population. The dominance part of covid vs. other flu strains I get.

  192. H.R. says:

    @beththeserf – Yup. Good one. I happened to catch it over on Small Dead Animals.

    I does need to go wider.

  193. cdquarles says:

    There has been a modest H3N2 influenza this year, if I am remembering correctly.

  194. another ian says:

    E.M.

    For your “concrete collection” if not already there

    “The Secrets of Ancient Rome’s Buildings
    What is it about Roman concrete that keeps the Pantheon and the Colosseum still standing?”

    https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-secrets-of-ancient-romes-buildings-234992/

  195. AC Osborn says:

    Ossqss says: 9 March 2022 at 6:00 pm
    “Fascinating irony, through statistics on Covid. ”

    Someone should lbe ooking at Hong Kong, they are in big trouble, they appear to have hit the Vaccine threshold where it all goes wrong.
    Which appears to around 60%-65% of the population.

  196. AC Osborn says:

    EM, should these COVID posts be on the Dr Cambell thread?

  197. jim2 says:

    In Hong Kong, 91% have one dose, 79% have two doses.

  198. E.M.Smith says:

    @AC: Here or there, either is fine.

    What bad vexxine thing is happening in Hong Kong?

  199. jim2 says:

    Despite Hong Kong’s “net zero” policy, Omicron has taken hold and taken off. No government can stop it.

  200. AC Osborn says:

    It is also the very high mortality rate in Hong Kong that is a surprise, they are saying this is mark 2 strain of Omicron.

  201. jim2 says:

    If you look at the vaccinations by age group, for some reason the elderly weren’t covered very well. The real problem is they won’t use ivermectin along with zinc. There are even more effective common drugs that can be employed along with IVM and Zn.

  202. jim2 says:

    Here’s something to chew on.

    That leads to the other reason Zelenskyy’s reminders that he may be days or hours away from his own death are so arresting. His message is a barely cloaked taunt for everyone cheering him from a distance: How much are you willing to sacrifice for your beliefs?

    The fact that Zelenskyy — joined by vast numbers of his fellow Ukrainians — is willing to sacrifice everything makes him a clarifying agent in the great contest of the age, between free societies and despotic ones. For the past generation, liberal democracy and individual freedom have been defeated by tyranny in multiple arenas. The reasons are diverse, but unified by a common truth: Most people, on most occasions, aren’t willing to follow the Ukrainian example.

    Never mind risking death or prison. In general, people aren’t willing to sacrifice career prospects or everyday material comforts by standing up to autocrats.

    https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2022/03/10/zelenskyy-ukraine-courage-00015972

  203. another ian says:

    Watch out!

    “Diet Google: DuckDuckGo Will ‘Down-Rank’ What It Decides Is ‘Disinformation’ ”

    https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2022/03/10/diet-google-duckduckgo-will-down-rank-what-it-decides-is-disinformation/

    Trust – very hard to earn and very easy to lose

  204. another ian says:

    Another “Long march through institutions”

    “Guest Post by Rafe Champion: Soviet Sabotage of our Energy Supply

    There is talk about Soviet funding for green groups to block shale gas fracking and coal mining. This is not a new thing.”

    More at

    https://joannenova.com.au/2022/03/guest-post-by-rafe-champion-soviet-sabotage-of-our-energy-supply/

  205. another ian says:

    “Duck Duck Gone”

    For anyone looking for a replacement check this and the comments

    http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2022/03/11/duck-duck/#comments

  206. another ian says:

    For the net-zero fans

    “A Cautionary Tale: Good Idea, Disastrous Results”

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/03/10/a-cautionary-tale-good-idea-disastrous-results/

  207. another ian says:

    “One of the best-equipped and most experienced “preppers” I’ve ever encountered”

    https://bayourenaissanceman.blogspot.com/2022/03/one-of-best-equipped-and-most.html

  208. H.R. says:

    Fuel prices have been rising so rapidly that I’ve taken to “dollar cost averaging” my fuel purchases.

    I have a 50-gallon fuel tank and normally I’d wait until my tank was down to around 1/4-full before filling up. Of late I’ve been topping off when only down to 3/4-full.

    I paid $4.999 per U.S. gallon of diesel last night. I expect that’s the last time I’ll pay under $5.00 per gallon for a long time to come. Most stations I passed by were already at $5.19 to $5.39 per gallon.

    The last week of January I paid $3.429 per gallon, the price diesel had been at for most of January. It took all of February to get t ~$4.00 per gallon, a roughly 50¢ increase. These 12 days in March saw the rapid rise to over $5.00 per gallon and I am expecting diesel to go over $6.00 per gallon before the month is out. Heck! Maybe even over $7.00 per gallon.

    Has anyone else been filling up more frequently to keep down the average price of the fuel in their tank?

  209. Jon K says:

    Cheapest gas around me is consistently at Sam’s Club. Like you H. R., I would normally wait until the gas light came on, but now I fill up every time I pass Sams (usually at 3/4 tank left). Hopefully news like this stabilizes the prices a little bit. https://www.westernjournal.com/montana-takes-matters-hands-restarts-dormant-oil-wells-amid-bidens-gas-price-explosion/

  210. another ian says:

    “Coming to a civilization near you: The totalitarians wet dream — A Central Bank Digital Currency”

    https://joannenova.com.au/2022/03/coming-to-a-civilization-near-you-the-totalitarians-wet-dream-a-central-bank-digital-currency/

  211. another ian says:

    Just saw this

    “If you’d like a search engine that doesn’t try to tell you what to think, consider Presearch dot com.

  212. another ian says:

    Hmmm!

    “All of a sudden student athletes are now required to get an “Electrocardiogram”

    https://rumble.com/vx1lkx-all-of-a-sudden-student-athletes-are-now-required-to-get-an-electrocardiogr.html

  213. cdquarles says:

    While I won’t say that intercollegiate student athletes have been required to have EKGs, I do want to say that they’ve been recommended for decades, particularly if a student athlete had certain conditions in their family history. I do recall mandatory health evaluations from the 70s, if I’m not mistaken. While not an intercollegiate student athlete, I want to say I was around 20 when I had a baseline EKG done (family history of certain cardiac conditions). I also want to say that now, some 4.5 decades later, it hasn’t changed much; though there may be some residuum from that saddle embolus I suffered nearly 4 years ago.

  214. another ian says:

    cdquarles

    Things like this might have to do with those ecgs?

    https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1455320859753787396.html

  215. E.M.Smith says:

    @H.R.:

    For odd reasons, mostly being the cars are very old and would fetch near nothing if sold, I’ve accumulated near a half dozen. 3 of them get driven very little most of the time and were filled several months back. The others are usually kept full and re-upped any time under 1/2 tank or when rotating into the idle pool. I have about 1500 miles of fuel at most times…

    I’m likely to swap to one of the idle pool cars on returning home to run on the old cheep gas for a couple of weeks. I’m already choosing to store stuff in Santa Clara for now (moving it when fuel drops later) instead of schlepping it to Fl. now. Plus may skip moving them to Florida, but buy replacements here if needed.

  216. jim2 says:

    Good stuff OssQss. Looks like an alternative energy source to me ;)

  217. cdquarles says:

    Looks like an EMP mitigation method, to me.

  218. Ossqss says:

    This is comforting from yesterday. NOT!

    https://earthsky.org/space/asteroid-discovered-hours-before-earth-impact-eb5/

    Even if a DART type program was fully implemented, it could not respond on such short notice.

    https://www.nasa.gov/planetarydefense/dart

  219. jim2 says:

    Larger asteroids should be seen earlier. If its big enough, it won’t matter anyway.

  220. another ian says:

    “J6 Fishing Expedition and 2022 Election Goals Could Reveal Why Pelosi Opened Satellite DC Police Offices in Key States
    March 13, 2022 | Sundance | 175 Comments
    This post is an assembly of previous research, in preparation for what is likely to surface soon.”

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2022/03/13/j6-fishing-expedition-and-2022-election-goals-could-reveal-why-pelosi-opened-satellite-dc-police-offices-in-key-states/

  221. The True Nolan says:

    For anyone who has way too much time on their hands and wants a new rabbit hole to go down, I just ran across an old connection I had completely forgotten about. Back in 2009 there was a very odd incident where a foreign microbiologist was arrested in California after claiming he had whistle blower information about deadly vaccines being produced. At the time, the thing which stuck in my mind was not the vaccine bit, but was that when he was arrested, he was pepper sprayed in a MASSIVE quantity and just sat in his car for hours. Speculation at the time was that he had been trained in some way to be resistant to it. Anyway… that was long enough ago that I had almost forgotten about it, but today, while looking at some info about Ukraine, I ran across this video:
    https://www.bitchute.com/video/URrxUgBf5Wpd/
    Apparently, the vaccine in question was (so he claimed) being produced in a biolab in Ukraine, and was designed to be presented as a H1N1 Swine Flu vaccine, but actually contained something which would damage the immune system. Hmmmm… Sounds familiar, huh? That led me to what I can only call a “conspiracy site” which had a long thread (14 pages) of comments from back in 2009. Makes me wish I had paid more attention to what some folks were saying 13 years ago.
    https://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread493785/pg1

    So — what gives? Darned if I know. The wife and I both came down with the H1N1 in February of 2009, and I can say that it was the most miserable, long lasting flu I have ever had in my life. We did NOT take any flu vaccines then or since then. (As a side comment, neither the wife nor I have taken the COVID jab, nor have we had so much as the sniffles (although I do use Ivermectin and she does not).)The arrest of Moshe later that year was a three days wonder to me, and soon fell off my radar. Looking at the comments on the “abovetopsecret” site reminds me so strongly of much of the speculation current in the last two years that I cannot help but suspect there may have been some truth to Dr. Moshe’s claims.

    As I say, I do not vouch for anything concerning the 2009 vaccines, but the specific reference to production in a Ukraine biolab is interesting. One more rabbit hole for anyone who wishes.

  222. Ossqss says:

    @EM, Looking for some confirmation on events tomorrow on time and locale. Email or whatever.

  223. H.R. says:

    @Ossqss – Place was the one on the North side. (There is another location on the South side of town, but that ain’t it.)

    Over on the week in Florida thread are the details. But yeah, confirmation that E.M. hasn’t drowned at sea… yet… would be nice.

  224. another ian says:

    “The Republican Guard Prepares Offensive Weapons Against MAGA Influence – The Right Wing of the National UniParty Begins Assembling
    March 14, 2022 | Sundance | 17 Comments

    With the Sea Island professionally republican convention completed we now enter that time in republican politics where the people who assembled for the gathering begin to seed the next election narrative.   The timing is not coincidental, yet few people pay attention, that’s where we come in.”

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2022/03/14/the-republican-guard-prepares-offensive-weapons-against-maga-influence-the-right-wing-of-the-national-uniparty-begins-assembling/

  225. E.M.Smith says:

    @Per Meet & Greet:

    Sonny’s BBQ North (just off I-4). I’m going to try to be there a bit before 1 PM (traffic today was horrid, so I’m shooting to be there before anyone nearer noon, but expect the same traffic jam to eat an hour). Yes, I was in Lakeland today… looking at apartments. I’m planning to stay several hours so if folks are late, no worries.

  226. another ian says:

    I’d love to be there – so in spirit only

  227. another ian says:

    E.M.

    This from a blog

    “https://itsfoss.com/best-linux-beginners/ this is what i was referring to, its ubuntu

    you can download and run it like windows from a usb stick if desired and keep your current system installed

    most folks use firefox for browser but I am sure there are plenty others ”

    What is the status of System “whatsit”?

  228. H.R. says:

    Aw c’mon, another ian. Just put a really long snorkel on the tractor and drive on up. 😉

    (Were that it was really all that simple.)

  229. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    I’ve run Ubuntu many times. It is really just Debian with a fancier skin over it. So it is SystemD infested…. it was pretty good up until SystemD was adopted.

    FWIW, most Linux releases can be run from a thumb drive on PC class hardware. It is a little trickier for Single Board Computer ARM devices as the boot sequences & methods all differ. I’ve had various thumb drive builds since about 1994. Good for recovery systems.

    FWIW, Ubuntu is built a bit fat. Likes to suck up a lot of memory . OK on big PC’s but slow on small SBCs.

  230. another ian says:

    E.M. Thanks and relayed

  231. another ian says:

    Another look at MH370

  232. Ossqss says:

    Well,,, I met with EM, Florida Friend, and HR today, and I can attest that they are not AI.

    They are America, along with me too :-)

  233. Ossqss says:

    Bonus>

  234. Simon Derricutt says:

    Can’t remember where this text came from, but might amuse some of the denizens here. Satire is sometimes hard to differentiate these days, where what I thought was satire turned out to be true.

    *****

    British Royal Navy is proud to announce its new fleet of Type 45 destroyers:

    Having initially named the first two ships HMS Daring and HMS Dauntless,
    the Naming Committee has, after intensive pressure from the European Union in Brussels,
    renamed them HMS Cautious and HMS Prudence.

    The next five ships are to be HMS Empathy, HMS Circumspect, HMS Nervous, HMS Timorous and HMS Apologist.
    Costing £850 million each, they comply with the very latest employment, equality, health & safety and human rights laws.
    The Royal Navy fully expects any future enemy to be jolly decent and to comply with the same high standards of behaviour.
    The new user-friendly crow’s nest has excellent wheelchair access. Live ammunition has been replaced with paintballs to reduce the risk of anyone getting hurt and to cut down on the number of compensation claims.
    Stress counsellors and lawyers will be on board, as will a full sympathetic industrial tribunal.
    The crew will be 50/50 men and women, and will contain the correct balance of race, gender, sexuality and disability. Sailors will only work a maximum of 37 hours per week as per Brussels Rules on Working Hours, even in wartime.
    All the vessels are equipped with a maternity ward, a creche and a gay disco.
    Tobacco will be banned throughout the ship, but recreational cannabis will be allowed in wardrooms and messes.
    The RN eager to shed its traditional reputation for “Rum, sodomy & the lash” so the rum ration has gone, replaced by sparkling water. Sodomy remains, now extended to include all ratings under 18. The lash will still be available on request.
    Saluting of officers is now considered elitist and has been replaced by “Hello Sailor”.
    All information on notice boards will be in 37 different languages and Braille.
    Crew members will now no longer have to ask permission to grow beards and/or moustaches.
    This applies equally to female crew.
    The MoD is inviting suggestions for a “non-specific” flag because the White Ensign may offend minorities.
    The Union Jack must never be seen.
    The newly re-named HMS Cautious will be commissioned shortly by Captain Hook from the Finsbury Park Mosque who will break a petrol bomb over the hull.
    She will gently slide into the sea as the Royal Marines Band plays the Village People’s ”In the Navy”.
    Her first deployment will be to escort boatloads of illegal immigrants to ports on England’s south coast.
    The New Prime Minister Jeremy Corbyn said,
    “Our ships reflect the very latest in modern thinking and they will always be able to comply with any new legislation from Brussels”.
    His final words were – “Britannia waives the rules.”

  235. Simon Derricutt says:

    See if this picture from Bayou Renaissance Man shows:
    https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEj9nzQoSlNuDi7OS4lJt0-2k1dy0NNqBESYWOX6PCE0Sph1FwXiVWDMxEq-uY7kbtWRZmujMTg67-0LxzU9_zrI8C2y8Lpv6Kg543r_obdREC5qx6z6YQvMk4OJMUzZXOnrzoX5Sbf3rRKw1oswvcN7kYZhsTOK26kVpHtjQTY11S7TR4LmpTJ1BvdQ=w361-h400

    Like a lot of people here, I was influenced by Robert Heinlein’s books. A quote might be apposite:
    Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded – here and there, now and then – are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of society, the people then slip back into abject poverty.
    This is known as “bad luck”.

    Lazarus Long. (Robert Heinlein, “Time enough for love”, 1974)

    I just got a message today that the owner of the site I used to moderate for (Revolution-Green) has just noticed that the site has been down for over 3 months, and promising a renaissance. Yep, I sent emails at the time, but no replies. During the 9 years or so that it was running, though, I dug into the physics and economics of renewable energy and found a lot of worms. I’m pretty certain that the whole AGW and Green ideas were actually financed and driven by enemies of the West, in a good example of Sun Tzu’s “Art of War”. Defeat the enemy without them noticing. Possibly China or Russia, but certainly people trying to install communist ideals. Though many people (including EM) have exposed the bad science involved in AGW, the argument isn’t really about science and reason can’t compete with beliefs. I’m not at all sure that the site will actually be worthwhile, given that it will be necessary to go against a lot of beliefs, with the real physics seeming so unbelievable and going against intuition.

    I think it was Mark Twain who stated “you can’t reason a man out of a position he hasn’t reasoned himself into”. True, whoever said it.

  236. Simon Derricutt says:

    Seems that we can no longer celebrate the history of steam trains because it’s involved with slavery and colonialism. Cancel Trevithick, even though he had no connection with slavery at all….
    https://www.gbnews.uk/news/steam-trains-cancelled-national-museum-of-wales-says-invention-rooted-in-colonialism-and-racism/248661
    Wales was of course developed for mining coal (and slate) and the working conditions were pretty close to slavery. As usual, the owners made a massive profit from the workers having long hours, low pay, and dangerous working conditions. People had a choice whether they worked in the mines, but it was a choice between making some money or having no money – there wasn’t much other employment. These days it’s hard to appreciate just how hard people used to have to work to make a living back then. Some people of course got rich, built huge houses and patronised the arts, and they are the people we tend to remember because they left some achievements behind.

    Wales is still a relatively poor area. There’s some money from tourism, but the hill farms there are almost as hard to make a profit from as they used to be. Some money to be made from hand-cut slates where there’s a premium available over concrete tiles or slate from China, and where conservation rules mean that you need to recover a listed building in the original slate (and the new owners have made their fortune somewhere other than Wales and can afford it). The original miners’ houses in Wales are however pretty small and currently regarded as being of little architectural significance. Given the amount of rain in Wales, though, the roof does need to be good.

    Tevithick’s ancestors in Cornwall would have had a risk of being captured into slavery themselves, as would almost anyone who lived near enough to the coast. AFAIK the first slaves sent to the USA were Irish, not from Africa. Even the indentured workers sent over there were effectively slaves for the first decade or two before they’d served their time. Personally, I feel no need to apologise for history I cannot alter and had no hand in, though I do think we need to know it, warts and all.

    It’s said that cream rises to the top. Unfortunately, so do turds….

  237. RichardB says:

    @Simon D: à propos of Sun Tzu and the Art of War, it’s clearly impossible that President Xi might have decided to help Mr Putin whilst rowing his own boat a bit. So it is no doubt entirely coincidental that the Ever Forward is currently hard aground in Chesepeake Bay, not that far from Washington DC. She is owned by Evergreen Marine, a Taiwanese company and flagged out of Hong Kong. It’s most unlikely, of course, that some ill-intentioned party has managed to slip a nuclear weapon aboard. But how Sun Tzu would laugh if that happened. And if such a hypothetical bomb were to be hypothetically detonated it is well-placed to decapitate the US Government. And if that were to happen would a decapitated USA feel inclined to defend the country which owned the ship, were that country to be invaded by a nearby Power? Even the name of the ship is appropriate!

  238. rhoda klapp says:

    Richard, just how many Americans wouldn’t laugh at the idea of their nasty intrusive freedom-hating government getting decapitated. The best plan would be keep it secret and carry on without them.

  239. another ian says:

    “Where has Dr Fauci gone?”

    Via SDA

  240. Simon Derricutt says:

    Richard – with suitcase-sized bombs that could be back-packed into an area and hidden somewhere, and the difficulty of finding such a thing in a shipping-container if someone decided to hide it in one, seems that the risk of such an event must be considerable. If you don’t know it’s there until it goes bang, and don’t even know who put it there, it would also be impossible to visit retribution on the perpetrators afterwards. It’s also of course possible to set up a chain of crumbs of evidence pointing to some other actor, and the TLAs would likely believe a Russian explanation even if it had been placed by someone else.

    Things do seem somewhat fragile at the moment. Looking for “who gains” is not that easy, since a lot of the gains might be based on imposing a world order (basically communism/totalitarian) rather than material gains. You’ll own nothing and be happy….

  241. another ian says:

    “The Curtain Close on Covid 19”

  242. another ian says:

    “New York Times Admits Hunter Biden Laptop Evidence Was Accurate, The Intelligence Community Was Lying

    March 17, 2022 | Sundance | 125 Comments”

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2022/03/17/new-york-times-admits-hunter-biden-laptop-evidence-was-accurate-the-intelligence-community-was-lying/

    “To the extent that any institutional credibility remained, all of that is now gone – as the house of cards collapses.  However, there is a more consequential aspect that needs to be emphasized.  When you accept that our government, all intelligence agencies and officials, and all of the collaboration with media and big tech was built on a foundation of manipulative lying, WHAT DOES THAT SAY ABOUT THE CURRENT NARRATIVE AROUND UKRAINE?”

    And more.

  243. another ian says:

    “When The FBI Does It, That Means That It’s Not Illegal”

    http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2022/03/17/when-the-fbi-does-it-that-means-that-its-not-illegal-228/

    Read the link and marvel!

  244. jim2 says:

    Loss of “talent?” More like a loss of people who can’t really do science. They are better off in some other field.

    All routes to STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) degrees run through calculus classes. Each year, hundreds of thousands of college students take introductory calculus. But only a fraction ultimately complete a STEM degree, and research about why students abandon such degrees suggests that traditional calculus courses are one of the reasons. With scientific understanding and innovation increasingly central to solving 21st-century problems, this loss of talent is something society can ill afford.

    https://science.slashdot.org/story/22/03/16/1727200/to-keep-students-in-stem-fields-lets-weed-out-the-weed-out-math-classes

  245. philjourdan says:

    @Simon Derricutt – flash quiz – what do the original writers of Superman and Robert Heinlein have in common?

    Both have a love for folks with the initials LL

  246. another ian says:

    “Australian doctors get immediately suspended for Wrongthink, must publicly renounce unpermitted Association”

    https://joannenova.com.au/2022/03/australian-doctors-get-immediately-suspended-for-wrongthink-must-publicly-renounce-unpermitted-association/

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