W.O.O.D. – 30 March 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/2022/03/18/happy-st-pattys-day-w-o-o-d-17-february-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/

“Me” News

Water and electricity cut off are for today and tomorrow, so we’re doing the last pack up and get out stuff those days. That includes packing up the computer and monitor. So….

After a few hours from posting this, I’m on Tablet Only. There is unlikely to be any posting longer than a couple of sentences between now and landing in Florida in about a week.

I’m still waiting for news from U-Haul about a Car Carrier to tow one of my cars east. The guy behind the counter said “Since everyone is leaving and nobody is coming back, I’ll put out a request for any that come in. We’ll reserve you a place in the queue.” Yeah, that bad. So I might or might not be towing one of my cars…

It has been very hectic and a lot of good stuff is getting left behind, but Oh Well. The “Free” pile in front of the house has had a pretty good business, so lots of stuff going on to new lives with new folks. Kids Toys and Crafts stuff especially ;-)

More as I can get it finger typed on a tablet ;-)

WatchMaga

As usual has some really good stuff:

https://rumble.com/vyylvc-the-great-american-come-back-top-10-memes.html

https://rumble.com/vyq6pa-whatfingers-7-the-feminine-mystique.html

https://rumble.com/vy58ld-how-evil-takes-root-top-10-memes.html

https://rumble.com/vxytcd-whatfingers-7-quiet-on-the-western-front.html

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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About E.M.Smith

A technical managerial sort interested in things from Stonehenge to computer science. My present "hot buttons' are the mythology of Climate Change and ancient metrology; but things change...
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216 Responses to W.O.O.D. – 30 March 2022

  1. philjourdan says:

    Re: Free stuff in front of the house

    Around here (before Covid), once a year, they had a “neighborhood cleanup day”. Where everyone put the stuff they no longer wanted on the curb, and the county would come by and pick it up.

    Before the day the county picked it up, gypsies would drive around the neighborhood in old beat up pickup trucks and scavenge most of the stuff. One man’s trash is another man’s income.

    Several years ago, my wife had finally had it with the old CRT TVs we had. So she had me buy some flat screens to replace them, and we put the old TVs in the garage, For 2 years I tried to give them away! No one would take them, So one year, I put them out for the county. Not even the Gypsy guys would take them! SO they went to the dump. Apparently old CRT TVs are no man’s treasure now!

  2. H.R. says:

    philj: “Apparently old CRT TVs are no man’s treasure now!”

    In a few years, museums will be wanting them for displays of ancient technology. They’ll go right next to the 8-track tape players.

    Hang on to one long enough and it will become a collectible antique ;o)

  3. H.R. says:

    A prepper suggestion: buy a couple of those old treadle sewing machines. You can use one for sewing clothes and the other can power a lathe, a grinding wheel, or other such tools.

    Oh, and if you can find one, get a rope making machine and a mile or two of jute twine.

  4. Simon Derricutt says:

    https://www.gbnews.uk/news/disney-exec-says-she-wants-at-least-half-of-all-characters-to-be-lgbtq-or-ethnic-minorities/260696
    disney-exec-says-she-wants-at-least-half-of-all-characters-to-be-lgbtq-or-ethnic-minorities

    The link header says it all really. There’s also: “The Diversity and Inclusion Manager at Disney Parks, Vivian Ware, has also spoken out about changes in the theme parks where visitors are no longer greeted as “ladies and gentleman, boys and girls” but instead as “dreamers” and “friends”.”

    I wonder just how much longer that Disney films and theme parks will be regarded as being good for kids.

  5. Simon Derricutt says:

    Meantime, I didn’t get much of a bite on my observation that rockets violate Conservation of Energy, which I think is pretty major. Maybe you all thought I’d finally lost it altogether. Maybe it isn’t seen as important, being a theory point and won’t affect real life much. Much the same sort of response from other people I know, apart from one who sees the point.

    This opens the way to that age-old dream of Perpetual Motion machines that can power something else, and given the electric thrusters it’s obviously possible to actually make such a thing pretty cheaply. Yep, might be better ways than this in future, but the initial step is to prove that it’s possible by building one. Once we’re over that hump of “that thing is impossible so I won’t waste time on it”, someone else will find a better way.

    Whereas I used to think that creating energy would require some really unusual conditions, and maybe those conditions only occurred at the Big Bang, it turns out that the creation (and destruction) of energy can be done using just a rocket, and doesn’t actually require new physics at all, and without violation of CoM. Of course, the bit of new physics in the electric thruster does make it practically useful, and increasing the thrust to power used ratio of that (looks quite possible) will improve that.

    Given a few years of development, I’d expect it to be possible to buy such a free energy generator down at the local hardware shop. As of today, it looks possible to build one that produces a few watts, and we’d really need to get to the few hundred watts to start becoming practically useful. Unlike solar power and wind turbines, these devices will just keep working until you need to replace the bearings. The benefits of renewable energy without the drawbacks of intermittency. Also useful is that you can have your own device and take it with you, and don’t need to be connected to the grid. Manufacturing cost probably a bit lower than a fuelled generator once it’s in mass-production, and of course fuel cost is zero.

  6. Ossqss says:

    For those at high latitudes, you may be able to see a good light show the next day or so.

    https://www.swpc.noaa.gov/news/g3-strong-geomagnetic-storm-watch-now-effect-31-march-2022

  7. barkerjim says:

    Have a very safe and hopefully enjoyable trip!

  8. Ossqss says:

    Well, this just came into my inbox for a X level Sun event too!

    Space Weather Message Code: SUMX01
    Serial Number: 120
    Issue Time: 2022 Mar 30 1824 UTC

    SUMMARY: X-ray Event exceeded X1
    Begin Time: 2022 Mar 30 1721 UTC
    Maximum Time: 2022 Mar 30 1737 UTC
    End Time: 2022 Mar 30 1746 UTC
    X-ray Class: X1.3
    Location: N16W41
    NOAA Scale: R3 – Strong

  9. H.R. says:

    @Simon – The consensus was ‘wait and see’ at least from the comments I read.

    I do read what you post. You’re birddogging the field and that’s how I keep an eye on developments. There are so many topics covered here, and I leave it to those who are most interested to go down the rabbit holes and then report in. I read every comment here.

    I am into mid-1800s tools and tech, making stuff, food/cooking, and fishing. I also am paying attention to posts and comments on the GEBs in order to know which way to jump.

  10. p.g.sharrow says:

    @Simon, sorry about my lack of reaction to your observation of excess reaction that results from a reaction engine such as a rocket. Roman Candle Technology, Rocket power, is far too expensive and dangerous to be practical for extended space travel. My interest is in traction reaction within Electro-Motove-Forces that would result in a true space drive.

    The EMF pulse of energy during Fission and Fusion is exactly the same. Conversion of mass/inertia to occupy more or less space yields an energy event at each change. Mass/Inertia exhibits a locked point in the Aether that takes an energy exchange to change relative position. This indicates to me that mass/inertia is an EMF lock in the Aether that can be manipulated Electronically. We know that an electromagnetic field pushes against the Aether with great “pressure that will return that force back when the field is relaxed. All induction devices depend on this fact.
    As we increase the pressure,voltage, of the event, the greater the pushback pressure. As we add to the current, amperage power, the stronger the power in the pushback As we increase the frequency the shorter the distance the pulse travels before the pushback takes place,

    A Tesla Coil of modest energy should exhibit some amount of traction, while a way to warp the rebound reaction should yield result in relative motion. Basically a shaded pole Linear Motor. This would direct motion. This should not be confused with a method to confuse,reduce, Mass/Inertia with rotating fields…pg

  11. jim2 says:

    RE; TVs on the curb. If you run across an old projection TV, they have a fresnel lens as big as the screen. It makes a seriously intense spot of sunlight that can melt metal. Use eye protection if you try it – like a welders helmet.

  12. cdquarles says:

    @Simon,
    I didn’t comment mostly because I find your statements plausible and have strong logic behind them; but need working devices, so I’m in the ‘wait and see’ group.

  13. another ian says:

    “U.S. Intel and National Security Apparatus Make Moves to Protect Joe Biden From Hunter Biden Laptop Fallout
    March 30, 2022 | Sundance | 191 Comments
    Two extremely devastating accounts from the CIA and U.S. Intelligence Community’s public relations firm, The Washington Post, surface today highlighting and confirming the authenticity of the material contained in the Hunter Biden laptop.

    The first defensive narrative is titled “Here’s how The Post analyzed Hunter Biden’s laptop” and was published at 11:00am ET today. The second effort, intended to defend the administration from the fallout is titled, “Inside Hunter Biden’s multimillion-dollar deals with a Chinese energy company,” and was published four minutes later at 11:04am.”

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2022/03/30/u-s-intel-and-national-security-apparatus-make-moves-to-protect-joe-biden-from-hunter-biden-laptop-fallout/

  14. beththeserf says:

    Hope what you both move on to is as good,and even better, than what you leave behind, EM.

  15. another ian says:

    Another CNN venture

    “CNN+ Already Set to Fail”

    “Brian Stelter called it “the biggest bet any company has made in the news streaming world,” but just one day after “facts first” CNN launched its streaming CNN+ platform, it seems the bet is already proving to be a bad one.

    Heralded as “a historic day” for CNN, Tuesday’s launch of the nascent streaming service has apparently not gone well. As Fox Business’ Charlie Gasparino reported, “lackluster” sales projections had led employees to brace for layoffs as soon as May.”

    https://townhall.com/tipsheet/spencerbrown/2022/03/30/cnn-employees-already-bracing-for-layoffs-n2605272

    Via SDA

  16. another ian says:

    What you’re in for

    “World Government Summit Introduces the New Financial World Order – The Intent of the Digital ID That Follows the Vaccination Passport
    March 31, 2022 | Sundance | 21 Comments
    The World Government Summit 2022 took place on March 29 and 30 in Dubai, hosting more than 4,000 individuals from 190 countries including senior government officials, heads of international organizations, and global “experts.” The invited participants presented ideas and worldviews from within their various fields of specialty.

    One presentation that needs to be highlighted was from Dr. Pippa Malmgren, an American economist who served as special advisor on Economic Policy to President George W. Bush.”

    More at

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2022/03/31/world-government-summit-introduces-the-new-financial-world-order-the-intent-of-the-digital-id-that-follows-the-vaccination-passport/

  17. another ian says:

    A question via Jo Nova – has CNN still got the “airport force feed”?

  18. another ian says:

    “Now Russian TV host calls for ‘regime change’ in US after Biden demanded Putin be removed from power – and clamors for ‘partner’ Donald Trump to be reinstated as president”

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10666625/Russian-state-TV-host-called-former-President-Donald-Trump-reinstated.html

    Via SDA

    Just a sporting reply to “Biden’s inadvertent sporting gesture”

  19. H.R. says:

    Who are the geniuses at Warner who thought that more of CNN via CNN+ would be a hit?

    If your business is tanking on cable, why would you think the same content would do any better streaming?

    Oh sure. The experts are right. People are moving from cable to streaming, but the are watching the same stuff as before, such as movies, but at a cheaper rate and without the cable bundling in 250 channels no one watches.

    If people don’t watch your stuff on cable, they certainly aren’t going to suddenly start watching your stuff, just because they can stream it. And if they are watching it on cable, why should they watch somewhere else when they already have it on cable?

    Getting eyeballs is all about content and people have voted with their feet. CNN doesn’t have the content people want.

  20. E.M.Smith says:

    Time to buy funeral parlor stock? From:https://rwmalonemd.substack.com/p/what-if-the-largest-experiment-on?s=r

    It is starting to look to me like the largest experiment on human beings in recorded history has failed. And, if this rather dry report from a senior Indiana life insurance executive holds true, then Reiner Fuellmich’s “Crimes against Humanity” push for convening new Nuremberg trials starts to look a lot less quixotic and a lot more prophetic.

    Here is what lit me up in this report from The Center Square contributor Margaret Menge.

    “The head of Indianapolis-based insurance company OneAmerica said the death rate is up a stunning 40% from pre-pandemic levels among working-age people.

    “We are seeing, right now, the highest death rates we have seen in the history of this business – not just at OneAmerica,” the company’s CEO Scott Davison said during an online news conference this week. “The data is consistent across every player in that business.”

    OneAmerica is a $100 billion insurance company that has had its headquarters in Indianapolis since 1877. The company has approximately 2,400 employees and sells life insurance, including group life insurance to employers in the state.

    Davison said the increase in deaths represents “huge, huge numbers,” and that’s it’s not elderly people who are dying, but “primarily working-age people 18 to 64” who are the employees of companies that have group life insurance plans through OneAmerica.

    “And what we saw just in third quarter, we’re seeing it continue into fourth quarter, is that death rates are up 40% over what they were pre-pandemic,” he said.

    “Just to give you an idea of how bad that is, a three-sigma or a one-in-200-year catastrophe would be 10% increase over pre-pandemic,” he said. “So 40% is just unheard of.””

    So, what is driving this unprecedented surge in all-cause mortality?

    “Most of the claims for deaths being filed are not classified as COVID-19 deaths,

    Davison said.“What the data is showing to us is that the deaths that are being reported as COVID deaths greatly understate the actual death losses among working-age people from the pandemic. It may not all be COVID on their death certificate, but deaths are up just huge, huge numbers.””

    Take a moment to read the entire article. Now. Then let’s continue on, assuming that you have.

    AT A MINIMUM, based on my reading, one has to conclude that if this report holds and is confirmed by others in the dry world of life insurance actuaries, we have both a huge human tragedy and a profound public policy failure of the US Government and US HHS system to serve and protect the citizens that pay for this “service”.

    IF this holds true, then the genetic vaccines so aggressively promoted have failed, and the clear federal campaign to prevent early treatment with lifesaving drugs has contributed to a massive, avoidable loss of life.

    AT WORST, this report implies that the federal workplace vaccine mandates have driven what appear to be a true crime against humanity. Massive loss of life in (presumably) workers that have been forced to accept a toxic vaccine at higher frequency relative to the general population of Indiana.

    FURTHERMORE, we have also been living through the most massive, globally coordinated propaganda and censorship campaign in the history of the human race. All major mass media and the social media technology companies have coordinated to stifle and suppress any discussion of the risks of the genetic vaccines AND/OR alternative early treatments.

    IF this report holds true, there must be accountability. We are not just talking about running over the first amendment of the Constitution of the United States and grinding it into the mud with an army of artificial intelligence-powered heavy infantry. This article reads like a dry description of an avoidable mass casualty event caused by a mandated experimental medical procedure. One for which all opportunities for the victims to have become self-informed about the potential risks have been methodically erased from both the internet and public awareness by an international corrupt cabal operating under the flag of the “Trusted News Initiative”. George Orwell must be spinning in his grave.

    I hope I am wrong. I fear I am right.

  21. another ian says:

    E.M.

    This goes with that IMO

    “Follow the Science, or Follow the Money?”

    https://amgreatness.com/2022/03/29/follow-the-science-or-follow-the-money/

    “The many sins of Anthony Fauci”

    Via

    http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2022/03/30/follow-the-scienceand-the-money/

  22. Simon Derricutt says:

    The important observation was that we can violate CoE using a single frame of reference if the force used is relative to the accelerating body. It’s always been known that kinetic energy calculations have been dependent upon your frame of reference, and that the rate of accumulation of kinetic energy is different for the same accelerating object viewed from alternate inertial reference frames, so energy calculations using different reference frames will not agree, but it was always asserted that whatever single frame of reference you used, energy would be conserved. I’ve shown that that isn’t true. This logic uses textbook physics, with nothing contentious apart from the conclusion that energy is not actually a conserved quantity. Doesn’t change the fact that it is normally conserved and that in almost all situations treating it as a conserved quantity will predict the right answers, but does mean that we can probably engineer a situation where it isn’t conserved to an extent that is practically useful – providing we realise that the possibility is there and why it is there, and don’t insist that what we learned when young is the absolute truth.

    Basically, using a rocket allows us to produce more energy than we use, provided we get it going fast enough. Classical physics, using a single reference frame. I was somewhat shocked to realise that….

    OK, the electric thrusters are new technology using new physics, so it’s reasonable to not trust that the experiments are well-enough measured or that the inventors aren’t telling the absolute truth so that they can grab a quick profit before fading (or get their moment of fame). Most of the incredible claims I’ve looked at over the years have proven to be mistaken (sometimes fraud, but mostly a mistaken belief). However, the EMDrive has been tested by NASA, and has been replicated by quite a few people now, and Mike’s theory predicts not only why it works but also how well each design ought to work (within a reasonable experimental error limit, that is). Richard Banduric’s electric drive works a lot better than that, and has had third-party testing, but has gone a bit dark while they work on improving it. Last information on his thrust was around 200mN using 25W, which is around 8mN per watt and thus better than the IVO thruster, but less suited to power generation because of the need to spin the disks against each other. The “leaky capacitor” thruster is also predicted by Mike’s theory, as well as the increased thrust to power ratio as the dielectric gets thinner (which was tested and found to reasonably match theory). Thus I have a fairly high confidence that this is a real effect, though I’m not yet certain that it will work out in space until it’s been tested there. I can’t be certain that the forces measured are not a reaction against the materials in the lab or vacuum chamber and that they will work the same when far away from any mass, even though logically I can see that they are pushing against the field and thus should work anywhere. Interesting thing though is that even if they only work on Earth in the lab, we could still use them to generate energy, and energy is no longer a conserved quantity so it’s no longer impossible.

    pg – I’ll send you a couple of files in email, which go a bit deeper than I’ve put up here. I’m OK with holding multiple conflicting theories as being concurrently true while they successfully predict what experiment shows us, and only eliminating a theory when its predictions prove wrong. Took some time to become comfortable with that level of doublethink, but somewhat necessary to avoid missing some data because of a belief in one theory only. AFAIK the equivalent of a 3-phase linear motor has been tried using high voltages and frequencies, and does produce thrust. I suspect this is however ionising the air and pushing it, so is a reaction drive and won’t work in a vacuum. It would be pretty visible, too, and it may have been the drive on the thing I saw flying over here in July 2017 at around 1am. Silent, blue-green light, and moving pretty fast though of course I have no idea of how high it was. I’m thus fairly sure that this has been tested. I doubt that it would be any more efficient than a propeller, though, and would need a lot of electrical power.
    However, a basic point here is that some of our axioms are flawed, so it’s worth reconsidering our foundations of thinking. Energy is not a conserved quantity, though in normal situations it is conserved. Momentum is not a conserved quantity either, though again it normally is (and in the case where it isn’t conserved, then energy will not be conserved in that case). Get the design right, and we can exploit those anomalies and make device that produce energy as well as making transport cheaper and better. One decent-sized asteroid would probably supply the whole Earth’s Nickel demands for a year or more. Not only saves mining the Earth, but also reduces the risks of some lump hitting us.
    One thing about your disk is that you’ll probably need to achieve a resonance in order to get the fields strong enough to get a measurable effect. The loss tangent of fibreglass might be too high to achieve a high-enough Q to get the multiplication-factor you’ll need, and you’ll also need to know the resonance frequency of the disk in order to tune the Tesla coil to resonate at the same frequency. Not going to be easy. The “leaky capacitor” idea on the other hand only needs a high-voltage DC, and is a lot easier to fabricate. Might be worth looking at the Becker and Bhatt paper and seeing if you want to try that yourself.

  23. jim2 says:

    Reticulum is the cryptography-based networking stack for wide-area networks built on readily available hardware. It can operate well both on fast links, and on links with very high latency and extremely low bandwidth. With Reticulum you can build wide-area networks with off-the-shelf tools. It offers end-to-end encryption, initiator anonymity, autoconfiguring cryptographically backed multi-hop transport, efficient addressing, unforgeable packet acknowledgements and much more.

    No kernel modules or drivers are required. Reticulum runs completely in userland, and can run on any system that runs Python 3.

    Reticulum is very well suited to built secure, versatile and advanced networked applications that can run even in extremely resource-limited situations. This includes hardware such as 1200-baud packet modems (OpenModem, for example), data radios, LoRa-based radios (RNode, for example), or even ad-hoc WiFi or ethernet networks.

    Reticulum is a complete networking stack, and does not use IP or higher layers, although it is easy to utilise IP (with TCP or UDP) as the underlying carrier for Reticulum. It is therefore trivial to tunnel Reticulum over the Internet or private IP networks. Reticulum is built directly on cryptographic principles, allowing resilience and stable functionality in open and trustless networks.

    https://unsigned.io/projects/reticulum/

  24. Ossqss says:

    Another blunder or planned demand reduction for the future?

    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/oil-slides-biden-admin-mulls-huge-spr-release-again

    And about that plan to release 1mm SPR barrels a day thing? Is the administration just ignorant of the facts (again) or not telling the truth to embellish capabilities for PR purposes? Either way, it does not address the root problem.

    “Additionally, Saad Rahim, Trafigura Group’s Chief Economist told Bloomberg TV, that the potential SPR release will actually discourage future oil output and could drive forward prices higher, and added that the US is only capable of delivering 400,000 to 500,000 barrels a day of oil from the strategic reserve.”

  25. jim2 says:

    OneAmerica issued that statement in December, 2021. At that time, COVID deaths were peaking.

    You can move your cursor over the death chart to see the date.

    https://graphics.reuters.com/world-coronavirus-tracker-and-maps/countries-and-territories/united-states/

  26. rhoda klapp says:

    Here it is at last, Mr Fusion…

    https://www.geekwire.com/2022/blue-origin-vets-unveil-startup-seeking-small-solution-to-massive-challenge-of-fusion-energy/

    “The system that Avalanche Energy is developing would measure about the size of a large shoe box (one-foot diameter, two-feet long). It could be deployed as multiple units to power cargo ships, airplanes and other sectors of the economy that are going to be tricky to wean off of fossil fuels. They estimate it would take six of the devices, for example, to power a passenger car. ”

    Sooner or later it’s gotta be real, hasn’t it? Hasn’t it? Maybe this time. Link via talk-polywell.org

  27. H.R. says:

    @Ossqss – re drawing down the SPR.

    It’s a feature, not a bug.

    Lessee… leave a 1/4 of our military hardware in Afghanistan, drum out the people in the military who joined out of patriotism and replace them with gender confused snowflakes who can’t fight anxiety, let alone a joe average military adversary, and get rid of our backup fuel in case a war gets real.

    Destroy the U.S. morally, financially, and militarily and a One World Government becomes a cakewalk.

    The only thing standing in the way of the GEBs right now are mule-headed, armed Americans.

  28. another ian says:

    “This is a must-watch video discussion on world events”

    Via

    https://bayourenaissanceman.blogspot.com/2022/03/this-is-must-watch-video-discussion-on.html

  29. Simon Derricutt says:

    On Rhoda’s fusion power link, that looks to be a valid path to getting something working. These days, it’s possible to accelerate particles far more efficiently using an array of antennae with a spacing that varies according to the expected velocity of the particles at that point and driving the array with the right frequency RF. You get pulses of particles, but the accelerator is inches long rather than needing its own building, and the losses are pretty low, and the final energy depends upon the number of antennae (that is, the length) rather than the actual voltage used. Since they’re talking about needing 600kV, seems like they’re currently using a linear accelerator, which isn’t so compact (you won’t need that sort of voltage to get a good plasma). The main problem will be confining the target plasma and getting the heat out, with a secondary problem of neutron-activation making the casing radioactive and of course shielding the user from the neutron-flux. They’ll have heat, but then there’s a problem of converting that heat to electricity, which might be solved by Bellezza’s Thermo-Electric Generator (TEG),which has been measured (by NASA and the DOD) at 94% efficient. They don’t believe the measurement, it seems, but I think it’s probably correct.

    At this moment, Europe is facing an extreme cost of energy problem. War destroys a lot of stuff, but also spurs people to find solutions faster than they otherwise would. Maybe a good time for people to ignore the problem of something being theoretically impossible providing it actually works.

  30. Simon Derricutt says:

    Posted by Jeremy May on Dr. Kendrick’s blog. Seems like it’s logical….

    I found this amusing. Lifted straight from an email from Michael Eades MD.
    Now, allegedly, this is all speculation?? There are a raft of articles debunking the coincidence that ‘the handbag slap’ was all staged. A raft of articles that have managed to spread the word further and wider!
    (Pfizer was a sponsor of the Academy Awards.)

    “Pfizer is giddily popping Champagne over its HUGE win at the Academy Awards this week. Check out this crazy timeline:
    • Between December 2020 and December 2021: VAERS receives over 3,000 reports of vaccine-induced alopecia after first or second dose of Pfizer Covid vaccine.
    • February 2021: Arena Pharmaceuticals begins third round clinical trials for its new drug, Etrasimod, which treats alopecia.
    • December 2021: Pfizer buys Arena Pharmaceuticals for $7 billion. (Arena’s website is gone now, swallowed up by Pfizer; use the Wayback Machine if you go looking.)
    • March 23, 2022: Pfizer issues a press release announcing “Positive Top-Line Results for Phase 3 Trial of Etrasimod” (now called Ritlecitinib).
    • March 27, 2022: The Academy Awards begin, sponsored by Pfizer.
    … Chris Rock makes a joke about Jada Smith’s alopecia at the Academy Awards.
    … Will Smith sissy-slaps Chris Rock on live TV and acts very put out, and says some non-family-friendly stuff, but gets the award anyway. And gets to keep it. And doesn’t have to take anger management.
    … For the next few weeks, corporate media becomes fascinated with alopecia, how it hurts women, and why Jada Smith was so understandably upset about the joke. If only there were a safe and effective treatment! And, everybody’s talking about the Oscars. Bonus.
    I’m not saying Chris and Will faked the slap. Who knows? But it sure was a great night for sponsor Pfizer, a real marketing coup. My gosh, Pfizer is on a roll — it was so lucky that Chris Rock told THAT exact joke, and THAT exact joke made Will Smith mad enough to act out so totally uncharacteristically and coincidentally promoted Pfizer’s new $7B medication that treats a painfully obvious side-effect of its Covid drug. I mean, what are the odds!”

  31. H.R. says:

    @Simon D re the Academy Awards ‘Slap heard ’round the World’:

    That’s the best explanation for what was actually going on that I’ve seen.

  32. cdquarles says:

    Lots of stuff in the ‘news’ is live action role play. That happens a lot in politics. Thus, I wouldn’t be surprised if what Simon reports is true. Just because it is live doesn’t mean it wasn’t staged. Live just keeps some kinds of staging off the table.

  33. YMMV says:

    ” and why Jada Smith was so understandably upset about the joke. ”

    I didn’t get the joke or the insult. I first heard it while browsing European online news. Top headline. I wouldn’t be caught dead watching the Oscars. Especially now that I know it was sponsored by Pfizer. Zelenskyy should have got the best actor Oscar.

    Two things are interesting. First. Jada laughed at the joke. There are videos. It was her macho-man who didn’t. And second. Covid was replaced by Ukraine. (two years and out of the headlines,) Ukraine was replaced by Jada. (two weeks and out of the headlines.) That was quick, even if it seems endless. The immortal crisis is Climate Change. Two decades and still going strong. Almost enough to make you wish for The Big One.

  34. Power Grab says:

    This is supposed to be a link to something I’ve been seeing on Twitter about The Slap:

    The whole thing was staged. It's fake. Watch some professional wrestling – they're way better at pulling off fake slaps than these two. Hollyweird is dramatic and lame.#WillSmithAssault #WillAndChris #WillSmith #ChrisRock pic.twitter.com/BW9Nvaah5C— Alpha Numer0 (@alpha_numer0) March 28, 2022

    https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

    It’s supposed to show up as a still photo from the video with notations on it that show why one might think it was staged.

  35. YMMV says:

    Hollywood staging — “it’s what we do” — how convenient that the slapper was in the front row with the best access to the stage, with the cameras and microphones already on him. Live “reality” TV.
    cool. Good to know.

    But on real topics that are actually worth talking about, this video arises from the faux-women in sports debate. It is a biology lesson in sex, totally different from whatever image that brings to your mind. 100% PG. Just plain G. Starts with does XX or XY mean anything and goes on from there,

    Very entertaining, if you like science.

  36. Jon K says:

    E.M.
    Considering your current travel situation, I figured you could use some road music ;)

    https://rumble.com/vzal6x-van-zant-sweet-florida-official-music-video.html

  37. another ian says:

    “More Scandals Envelop the Scandalous FBI”

    https://amgreatness.com/2022/03/31/more-scandals-envelop-the-scandalous-fbi/

    Via SDA

  38. another ian says:

    “CBDC’s may allow Big Brother to control every cent you spend, and what you buy”

    https://bayourenaissanceman.blogspot.com/2022/04/cbdcs-may-allow-big-brother-to-control.html

  39. Emma, I began my course in life as an historian of comparative studies in ‘how-people-did-things’ – the technology of industry and across the centuries from the ancient to classical to medieval centuries. This also required study of archaeology and so on, and it turned out I had a talent for dating and placing artefacts (sometimes what remained of stolen or war-damaged artefacts) from their materials and any imagery on them. I worked for private clients over most of my working life and was thinking about retiring when someone managed to get hold of my email and asked me to offer an opinion on a couple of images from Beinecke MS 408. That was late in 2008. Part of my training in analytical techniques was what is called ‘Environmental Chemistry’ – another couple of letters to add if I want to swank :).
    I want to thank you for what you’ve written on both those subjects and regret not having seen this blog earlier.

  40. another ian says:

    “In case you have been wondering about Novavax”

    https://newcatallaxy.blog/2022/04/02/in-case-you-have-been-wondering-about-novavax/

    Link concludes

    “This is its title, Novavax – hope or hype? but as a hint of what is to come, this is the sub-head: “Spoiler alert: it’s not what you were sold.” You can read the whole thing at the link. It’s quite detailed, and the writer seems knowledgable, but as with so much you will have to decide for yourself how much any of this can be trusted. This is how the post ends:

    Even if adverse reactions to the Novavax vaccine are rarer than to the AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Moderna shots, any risk at all is, in my opinion, a completely unacceptable price to pay for a product that offers no clinically meaningful benefit to individuals nor any social benefit.

    So, don’t bother inviting me to join your Novastan cult. I’m staying in the control group.”

  41. another ian says:

    Seeing as the “Will Smith Episode” has resurfaced the word “alopecia” –

    Many years ago in an “Ariadne’s Column” at New Scientist it was mentioned that a small goat native to an island in Indonesia was threatened with extinction. Hairs from the male’s beard were used in making fishing lures and, as it suffered from “facial alopecia” during mating, its opportunities were being restricted.

    Further musing mentioned that “facial alopecia” didn’t seem to be reported in humans but that it seemed “a likely answer to Sampson’s problems and his sudden weakness”. (IIRC)

  42. another ian says:

    Returning to the Arena, Sarah Palin Announces She Is Running for Congress
    April 1, 2022 | Sundance | 198 Comments
    Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has announced she is returning to the arena and will run for Alaska’s at large congressional district.

  43. another ian says:

    ” “Regime change” doesn’t work you morons”

  44. another ian says:

    Pointman doing some plain speaking

    “REMIND ME AGAIN, WHICH COUNTRY’S ECONOMY WAS SANCTIONS GOING TO DEVASTATE?”

    https://thepointman.wordpress.com/2022/04/01/remind-me-again-which-countrys-economy-was-sanctions-going-to-devastate/

  45. jim2 says:

    From time to time I see an article in which Jon Stewart is highlighted making statements that make him sound reasonable and even moderate. Now I’m thinking these are just PR tricks to draw in politically moderate viewers. In fact he is an irrational, vicious, progressive, CRT-spouting Not See. Anyone with an iota of fairness and rationality needs to boycott his show and do whatever else is legal to bring him down.

    https://andrewsullivan.substack.com/p/the-problem-with-jon-stewart?s=r

  46. H.R. says:

    I can’t recall the last time I’ve seen anything involving Jon Stewart, jim2. It took me a minute to even think of why the name was familiar. No kidding.

    Stewart could run up to me on the street, bite me on the ankle, and I wouldn’t be able to tell the police who did it.

    It’s tough to boycott someone you never watch. 😉 I would like to boycott Rachael Maddow, but I run into the same problem.

  47. jim2 says:

    I don’t watch his show either, so I can’t boycott it.

  48. beththeserf says:

    ‘It’s tough to boycott someone you never watch. ‘ H.R. “Very funny in a Yogi Berra kind of way.
    A sceptics dilemma.

  49. philjourdan says:

    @ANother Ian – Re: CNN+ – there is no such thing as a sure bet. But betting against fake news CNN is as close as it comes!

  50. philjourdan says:

    Re: CNN Airport force feed

    Yes.

  51. philjourdan says:

    It is not the folks of our generation that watch Jon Stewart. We are too wise to watch it. It is the woke millennials that do. They have no education, only indoctrination, and no mental capacity to become wise.

  52. jim2 says:

    Jose Castillo, a current Walt Disney Company employee who is running for Congress in Florida as a Republican, told Fox News Digital that Disney’s new political activism may come back to bite the company… in its pocketbook.

    Florida legislators have floated the idea of repealing the 1967 Reedy Creek Improvement Act, which gives Disney the autonomy to effectively run its own government in the area around Disney World, in response to the company’s recent advocacy against the parental rights law H.B. 1557, which critics have branded the “Don’t Say Gay” law. Repealing the law would subject Disney World to the government of Orange County.

    DESANTIS BROACHES REPEAL OF DISNEY WORLD’S SPECIAL SELF-GOVERNING STATUS IN FLORIDA

    Castillo warned that, if Disney’s advocacy against the law spurs this repeal, it will hurt the company’s bottom-line, especially if the company continues left-wing advocacy.

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/disney-employee-issues-dire-warning-about-the-economic-consequences-of-new-leftward-lurch

  53. another ian says:

    “It’d be fine if we could put electricity in shoe boxes. (Wind power is 98% unreliable)”

    https://joannenova.com.au/2022/04/wind-power-is-98-unreliable-itd-be-fine-if-we-could-put-electricity-in-shoe-boxes/#comment-2534553

    Roll on small modular nukes

  54. another ian says:

    I’m beginning to think that it would have been a good idea if brain farts had a particularly obnoxious odour

  55. jim2 says:

    Mikea Mouse …

    A flood of families are canceling their Disney memberships — from amusement parks to Disney+ streaming — over the woke entertainment company’s leftist, LGBTQIA+ agenda, with one parent noting, “Walt would turn over in his grave” if he saw what Disney has become.

    Loyal Disney consumers are saying the company has gotten out of control with its wokeness in recent years and now they believe there’s a left-wing political agenda in virtually every facet of the company — from its movies, streaming service shows, to its theme parks and other offerings from its entertainment and media conglomerate.

    Last year, Disney banned gender from its park greetings, replacing “Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, dreamers of all ages,” with “Good evening, dreamers of all ages.”

    https://www.breitbart.com/entertainment/2022/04/02/flood-of-families-cancel-disney-memberships-over-woke-companys-leftist-agenda-walt-would-turn-over-in-his-grave/

  56. E.M.Smith says:

    @Jim2:

    Spouse, as hard core a Disney Addict as they cone, has talked of cancelling Disney Plus AND not getting an annual pass to the park… she has wanted an annual pass for years…

  57. jim2 says:

    EMS – I hope they can start just being an entertainment company again, along with all the other companies hijacked by the woke idiots. It’s getting to be really annoying. Many hard core ones are racist against white people.

  58. jim2 says:

    Elon Musk just upped his Twitter investment to about 10% of the stock. We may see some policy changes at Twitter real soon now!

  59. jim2 says:

    Finally, some female backbone emerges!

    Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the world governing body for international competitive cycling, made the call that Bridges won’t be allowed to compete against real women. The decision was made after female cyclists threatened to boycott the race en masse.

    “It’s not transphobic to want fair sport—it’s anti-female to not,” said Sharron Davies, a former Olympic swimmer for England

    Davies believes the threat of a boycott helped UCI make its decision.

    “It would not have been fair to ask Laura Kenny and the other women cyclists that Bridges would have come up against to have to race a rival with the advantages of a biological man,” she continued. “No amount of testosterone reduction can mitigate that, but we’re being told to turn a blind eye to science and biology, to keep quiet and suck it up.”

    https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/kevindowneyjr/2022/04/01/victory-man-champ-cant-compete-as-a-woman-after-female-cyclists-threaten-boycott-n1586157

  60. another ian says:

    “Mischief Is Important”

    Musk and Twitter – and the comments

    http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2022/04/04/mischief-is-important-23/#comments

    BUT

    “State Dept Launch New Division to “Support U.S. Values Associated With Cyberspace”
    April 4, 2022 | Sundance | 39 Comments

    Whenever the United States government launches a new control agency from within the State Dept./CIA mission, we can always be assured it is not in the best interests of domestic policy. ”

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2022/04/04/state-dept-launch-new-division-to-support-u-s-values-associated-with-cyberspace/

  61. another ian says:

    “NHTSA has put forward an impossible fuel economy standard.”

    https://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=245556

  62. Compu Gator says:

    Disney Corp. now promotes loans of its own, advertised as “payment plans“,  for individuals & families buying or renewing its annual passes. That avoids openly admitting that the successors of Roy Disney, by annually raising the pass prices [💰], had reached price-levels so high that classic middle-class families [⌂] had become unable to keep up financially with those annual increases. And families rationally pondering their (own) budgets might decide to stop buying any (more): An outcome that Disney Corp. certainly can’t allow to happen.

    ——–
    Note 💰 :  I’m unaware of the loan promotion dating back any farther than the last few years. Altho in Central Fla., any thing done or even announced by the 800-lb. Mouse can lead local m.s.m. news.

    Note ⌂ :  I.e., easy-to-identify-with middle-class families that Uncle Walt welcomed to his parks & films, e.g., husband + wife + boy + girl. Where the husband is a biological man and the wife is a biological woman.

  63. another ian says:

    “Empires before World War I | Khan Academy”

    Via SDA

  64. H.R. says:

    Here’s a link to Disney prices. I didn’t see ‘Family Pass’ anywhere. If the pass prices listed are for individuals, that’s pretty eyewatering.

    I’m just not interested enough to go looking for explanations of what each of the passes cover.

    https://allears.net/walt-disney-world/wdw-planning/walt-disney-world-ticket-prices/#two

  65. E.M.Smith says:

    Annual pases were on hold for a while. What has returned pist covid has removed several features and perks… I.e. shrinkflation.

  66. jim2 says:

    Tried to go to Lubos’ site, got error that I don’t have permissions! WUWT?

  67. YMMV says:

    Lubos made a comment that he was going to drop his blog a few days ago. No real explanation, but it seems Google was giving him a hard time. And/or other legal issues regarding free speech or the lack thereof. It is a shame.

  68. jim2 says:

    Well, this sux …

    Democratic Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has cashed in big following her failed 2018 bid for governor.

    Abrams’s net worth is now $3.17 million, according to the Associated Press—about 3,000 percent more than her net worth of $109,000 when she first ran. Her multimillionaire status comes after years of media appearances, speeches, and books, many of which have focused on alleged threats to the democratic process. She has never conceded her defeat in the 2018 race, saying instead the election was “stolen” through “voter suppression.”

    Abrams made more than $3 million in 2021 alone, delivering 37 paid speeches. Many focused on Republican-led voting legislation passed in the wake of the 2020 election, which she has also decried as “voter suppression.” She reported no income from her organization, Fair Fight Action, which she founded after her failed gubernatorial bid.

    https://freebeacon.com/democrats/stacey-abrams-net-worth-up-3000-percent-since-losing-election/

  69. jim2 says:

    Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) is urging parents to reject Disney over its embrace of radical sexual and gender politics, saying families should send Disney executives a message by refusing give the company their money.

    In a re-election campaign e-mail sent this week, which was also posted to the campaign’s official site, Lt. Gov. Patrick even told Texans to sell their Disney stock.

    “Until they change their corporate philosophy, stop spending money with them,” he said. “Cut off the Disney Channel. Cancel your park trip or your cruise if one is planned. If you own Disney stock, sell it. Although I did not own many shares of individual Disney stock, I sold them today.”

    He added: “I know your kids and grandchildren will be disappointed and may not understand. But, would you rather have them indoctrinated by Disney radicals?”

    https://www.breitbart.com/entertainment/2022/04/05/texas-lt-gov-dan-patrick-urges-parents-to-reject-disney-cut-off-the-disney-channel-cancel-your-park-trip-or-your-cruise/

  70. another ian says:

    CREDIT CARD WARNING

    “Apparent Hackery — And You’re Not Going To Like It”

    “If you use Amazon check your credit card billing records very carefully for any card you have stored there.”

    https://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=245563

  71. another ian says:

    Fireworks or fizzle?

    “Tucker: Democrats have decided to replace Biden”

  72. another ian says:

    “Safe and Effective”?

    “VACCINE CARNAGE: 15 TENNIS PLAYERS WITHDRAW FROM MIAMI OPEN”

    https://richardsonpost.com/davidhiscox/26438/vaccine-carnage-15-tennis-players-withdraw-from-miami-open/

  73. H.R. says:

    Hey, hey, folks! Bit of a lighthearted ramble coming on.

    I have some seriously lib neighbors across the street at the Midwest homestead. I just found out that they are putting solar panels on their garage. The panels may be in place when we get home next month.

    The dude is a near Aspe geek Electrical Engineer. We are at 40N latitude. How does this guy NOT do the math and realize that solar panels will never pay for themselves or eliminate more CO2 than it took to make, transport, and install them?

    OK, OK… some incurious people listen to the msm and if even half convinced, buy into “CO2 something-something.., bad… all gonna die… do something… green.” Fine. Buy solar panels, put them up and move on.

    That describes a lot of people who are just trying to live life without caring much about the political BS du jour. They are “very concerned” about global-warming-climate-change-weather-weirding-whatever, and they have some spare change to “do sumpthing” and put their mind ate ease. Just don’t cut their gas or electricity, m’kay? They are “very concerned” about a lot of stuff because they haven’t caught onto the fact that the YSM is indoctrination, not information. I get that.

    But I can’t wait to get home and ask my neighbor to show me the math. It will not add up at 40N. He is easily, easily geek enough to do the math, read the charts, look up the angle of the sun and the average wattage from the sun hitting our neck of the woods. He can do it. All I have to do is ask, and he’ll show me.

    In case you are wondering, I don’t have a mean bone in my body. But I dearly love hearing someone try to explain their thoughts on something to which they haven’t given the least bit of thought. I just think he hasn’t done the math and is going with the flow.

    The month of May is gonna be fun!

    P.S. The neighbors subscribe to the print Sunday NYT. Brilliant people who don’t think. (They don’t. Change my mind.)

    Great neighbors, though. I’d give them the keys to my house.

    P.P.S. They are the smartest people in the room. They know what’s best for everyone else to do. Their hearts are in the right place, right? They only want what’s best for everyone, and by golly, they know what’s best for everyone because -did I mention? – they are the smartest people in the room and know what’s best for everyone. 🙄

  74. another ian says:

    Not too steep a lead in – “softly, softly, catchee monkey”

  75. another ian says:

    “Meet the Mennonites: Inside the Ultra-Conservative Community | ENDEVR Documentary”

    Via SDA

  76. another ian says:

    From the “If brains were dynamite and all exploded at once it wouldn’t lift his hat” school –

    https://www.watoday.com.au/national/wa-gun-owners-demand-apology-for-police-map-showing-their-locations-20220324-p5a7r0.html

    What a pity he didn’t also have on that map the location of the illegal ones so we can get updates on how the knock off flow is going

    The world is watching – tip came from Canada

  77. another ian says:

    Another one on the Ukraine linked here – doesn’t want to give a direct link for me

    https://newcatallaxy.blog/2022/04/06/donbass-2016/

  78. Power Grab says:

    @ another ian re:
    “If you use Amazon check your credit card billing records very carefully for any card you have stored there.”

    I do use Amazon and a few days ago cancelled Prime. They have raised the price to $139 a year, and said they were going to take their payment in a few days. Well, my utility bills have been higher than expected, and I don’t feel like Prime is worth $139 a year to me. I’m not ordering as much stuff, and I don’t care for their streaming stuff, so it feels like a waste of money.

    However, in the last day or two, I had a phone call that Caller ID said was coming from a public school system about an hour away from me. I don’t really have any business with them, but I went ahead and picked it up. After the Telemarketer Delay of a 2 or 3 seconds, a robo voice came on. It sounded female and also sounded rather menacing. It said they were Q Link and someone was trying to use my Apple account to make a purchase of more than $700 (I don’t remember the exact amount).

    First off, I don’t know who the heck Q Link is. And the only purchases I’ve made with “my Apple account” (sic) are for cheap apps, but not even once a year. When I do those, they show up right away in a text from my bank advising me of the amount, etc.

    The message got as far as saying if you want to talk with someone about it, press 1. That’s when I hung up.

    I’m operating on the assumption that the call was an elaborate hoax to get me to interact with some bogus character…but how it benefits them, I have no clue. I thought it might just be one of those scams where they try to get a rise out of you that tells them they got a live on on the line. I don’t play those games. I’m too busy, for one thing, and I don’t believe a word they say.

    So, I have two questions:

    1. Has anyone here had an experience similar to that call? What did you think/do?

    2. The last time I talked to my brother on the phone, he got on a soapbox about how you should never use a debit card, but only use credit cards. Does anyone else here feel that way?

  79. p.g.sharrow says:

    @Power Grab, welcome to the party! I get these calls all the time. Your phone number has been added to the scammers computer call center. They are phishing for account information. Tell them nothing of value. If you are bored string them along to waste their time.
    I sometimes get the same guy from several different call center computers. Now when he hears my voice in his earphone he curses and hangs up.

    The only way I get relief is to disconnect the phone. Or use a recorder to take calls. They have their computers set to drop the call line after 3 rings because it is not setup to deal with an answering machine. Many people I know never answer their phone directly but use recorder/voice mail only.

  80. Jon K says:

    @Power Grab
    I don’t want to minimize your situation because it may be real, but I get calls and emails like that somewhat frequently and I’ve never had an apple product. Maybe this link will help.

    https://consumer.ftc.gov/consumer-alerts/2020/12/fake-calls-apple-amazon-support-what-you-need-know?page=6

  81. YMMV says:

    “As a general rule, it is a good idea not to use a debit card online, but use a credit card instead. This is because it is a simpler process to get fraudulent charges removed from a credit card than to replace money that was stolen from a checking account.”

    from the web.

  82. Power Grab says:

    @ PG and JonK:

    Thanks for the replies! I appreciate your advice.

    I normally don’t get many calls like anymore because of my quirky way of handling my phones. ;-)

    When I’m at work, I forward my cell phone to my landline on my desk. When I’m at home, I forward my cell phone to one of my two landlines at home. But when I leave work, I forward my desk phone to my cell phone and turn its Bluebooth function. While I’m driving, my car radio can use Bluetooth to let me answer my cell calls hands-free.

    When I had to replace the car radio, I didn’t think I would like the Bluetooth (mainly because I’m on a crusade to minimize the close radiation I’m exposed to), but the hands-free function is kinda nice.

    Anyway, when I started forwarding my cell phone to my desk phone while I’m at work, I stopped getting those annoying telemarketer calls. I mentioned it to our phone department and was told that they try hard to repel those calls.

    Of course, those snakes that make telemarketing calls have learned to use some pretty valid-looking spoofing techniques, which must be why some calls get through.

    Before I started forwarding my cell to my desk phone, I used to get unwanted calls a lot. I don’t answer them. I do look up the numbers to confirm my suspicion that they’re bogus, and then I attach them to one of my “Do Not Answer” contacts so they will get blocked from then on.

    The only caveat to my technique is that some friends have told me that when they called and their call got picked up by the work system, it prompted them to press a number for …whatever… I think they’re not hearing the full message about how to leave a voice mail. Ah well. My real friends will then text me if they can’t make it work. That’s OK, too.

  83. Ossqss says:

    Using a credit card limits your exposure to any fraud.

    Debit cards don’t do that as they are directly connected to your checking account that can be emptied in seconds.

    Debit cards are also vulnerable to skimming. That is when they obtain your card and pin information and then can reproduce your card, and if they get the security code on the back, for online use. Chip cards have helped, but many still have a mag stripe as backup that has the card data on it also.

    Gas stations are famous for having skimmers placed on them with tiny cameras to catch your pin number too.

    A tip for cell phone solicitor deterrence.

    If you are in a quiet place, answer the phone and immediately hit mute and just listen in for a bit until they hang up or you decide you want to talk to whoever it is.

    This does 2 things, it prevents them from confirming it’s a good line as the voice mail never gets hit, and it can trigger an algorithm that thinks it is a dead number and may remove them from the rotating call log. They usually don’t call back.

  84. Power Grab says:

    @ JonK:
    Thanks for the link! Those two examples sound like what I heard, only mine was a mash-up of those two.

  85. Power Grab says:

    @ Ossqss:
    Thanks for the tips. I should have thought of the issue of account-emptying being a hazard of using a debit card.

    IIRC, my brother advised using a credit card for all monthly expenses. However, my one credit card has a limit that is about half of my monthly expenses. I just got it for travel expenses, then stopped traveling, probably due to the aftermath of 9/11. After my gold-digger ex-spouse messed up my excellent credit, I thought I’d be better off without any credit cards with big limits.

    Not long ago, I had a “courtesy call” from my bank. Odd. I’d never had one from a bank before. I think their point was to ask if there was anything I might want them to do for me. Maybe I should have a conversation with them about raising my credit card limit so I could put most of my monthly expenses on it and get all my repeating payments moved to a credit card. Hmmm…

  86. Ossqss says:

    @Power Grab

    I use a credit card for as much stuff as I can. I have a rewards card and get up 3% cash back on many items and never less than 1% on any use. Some club type cards give up to 5% back or the do a points thing. I never did like the points systems, but it works for some folks.

  87. u.k.(us) says:

    “no matter where you go, there you are”.

    Best wishes.

  88. another ian says:

    “Primary Witness to Material in Hunter Biden Laptop Flees to Switzerland Fearing Retaliation and U.S. Government
    April 6, 2022 | Sundance | 95 Comments

    Jack Maxey was the first person to receive a full hard drive copy of the Hunter Biden laptop from Rudy Guliani. Maxey has fled to Switzerland in order to complete a full forensic audit of the laptop content in a neutral jurisdiction.”

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2022/04/06/primary-witness-to-material-in-hunter-biden-laptop-flees-to-switzerland-fearing-retaliation-and-u-s-government/#more-231251

  89. another ian says:

    Latest Kunstler

    “A Theory of the Case”

    “You have been boldly lied-to by them with absolute consistency for years now….”

    “https://kunstler.com/clusterf234-nation/a-theory-of-the-case/”

    Edit to link

  90. YMMV says:

    credit card limits — you may be surprised to know they are not as strict as you think. The bank, or its AI, might let you go over, in which case it will charge you a fee for doing that.

  91. another ian says:

    “There Is Something Very Troublesome About the Western Govt, Post-COVID, Rules-Based Order
    April 7, 2022 | Sundance | 57 Comments

    While the western media quickly jumped from the COVID crisis to the Ukraine crisis, in the background of current events there is a lot of activity amid western government that does not look very democratic.”

    More at

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2022/04/07/there-is-something-very-troublesome-about-the-western-govt-post-covid-rules-based-order/

  92. jim2 says:

    Good read about Arizona’s efforts to secure the vote.

    Click to access 2022-04-06%20Fann%20letter.pdf

  93. E.M.Smith says:

    By law, credit cards must reverse fraudulent charges. Debit cards are not so bound.

    I have 3 debit cards in use. One checking account gets my SS auto deposit. Since auto deposit let’s the depositor take out EVERYTHING if they want to, I use that card to spend it fast… can also do auto monthly payments. It is the auto monthly money flow account. Any surplus moved via check (written to to banks only) or via ATM Cash (to pocket or Walmart card).

    The 2nd is another bank checking account (different bank) with no auto anything where I can park money to spend soonish. Bigger items like renting a truck or buying a TV. One offs.

    The 3rd is a Walmart Debit Card. I use it for the auto pay road tolls in Florida and at mystery gas stations. I put on maybe 200 at a Walmart, then buy gas. Repeat. Max I can get hit is what’s left after I buy gas. It is what I use a coffee shops and such. Think of it as pocket cash.

    THE feature of the debit cards used this way is Very Limited exposure and limit controlled by me. Oh, and no “credit” impact.

    On arrival of SS, any not needed soon gets moved, via check to another account or via ATM to cash in hand. This limits exposure both in time and size.

    At NO TIME is a debit card linked to a major account.

    FWIW: I now have a 4 tier financial isolation.

    Most Money in a brokerage account. Only way to get it out is institutional transfer to another account with them. I can write checks from the other account to deposit to debit cards (see below). The ONLY checks written from here are to a bank deposit.

    SS deposits (and target for check deposits, if any). Used up monthly to near zero. At a different institution from the brokerage.

    Backup Checking w/debit. I put between $100 & $1000 in this account for emergencies, as a backup crossing the country (primary card rejected-can still buy gas), or for specific purchases where I don’t want to expose the other card. Also was Florida address where the other bank is California. May consolidate this now.

    Walmart Crap Card. Only filled with cash from bank ATM. Filled at Money Center counter at Walmart. NO connection to anything else. Used for mystery buys and only filled just before use empties it. Not even checks connect it to any other account.

  94. another ian says:

    “Gravitas Plus: The story of Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky”

  95. philjourdan says:

    Fake news is reporting that the first black woman was appointed to SCOTUS. I never knew that Fake news was populated by biologists. I would like to see their diplomas! Otherwise, no one can tell if she is a black woman. We are not biologists.

  96. philjourdan says:

    @another ian – re: I’m beginning to think that it would have been a good idea if brain farts had a particularly obnoxious odour

    LOL!!!

    They do. They smell like hunter biden with a crack whore smoking crack. IN their crack. Making crack babies. And giving crackers a bad name

  97. philjourdan says:

    @Jim2 – re: I hope they can start just being an entertainment company again, along with all the other companies hijacked by the woke idiots

    Before you can remake them, you have to break them, Get woke, go broke. Stockholders are taking notes. They will be the ones to break them. Disney is violating the law – it is called Fiduciary responsibility. And that, in conjunction with boycotts, is going to be the death of woke companies. They will either go back to being regular companies, or be sued out of existance.

  98. philjourdan says:

    @EM – Re: pist covid

    Hehehehe, It is still pist covid! :-)

  99. philjourdan says:

    @H.R. – Re: I don’t have a mean bone in my body.

    NO you do not. But you have a strong “I told you so!” bone in your body!

    Or maybe a ” A fool and his money is soon parted” bone in your body? ;-)

  100. philjourdan says:

    @Power Grab

    Re: Power Grab says:
    6 April 2022 at 5:39 pm

    With VOIP, you can pretend to be any number, so yes it was a scam. That is why I do not answer any calls that are not in my Phone book. Period. If they are legit (and some are), they will leave a voice mail. And even some of the Scams will as well (they have figured out how to tone the call to ring once and bounce to voicemail so they can leave a voice message).

    Seriously, if you do not recognize the number, send it to voicemail! If it is legit, they will leave a legit VM. I a scam, they may leave a VM, but it will be easy to identify. So ignore it.

  101. philjourdan says:

    @Power Grab – Re:
    2. The last time I talked to my brother on the phone, he got on a soapbox about how you should never use a debit card, but only use credit cards. Does anyone else here feel that way?

    OMG!!! Hell Yes! Credit cards you are legally responsible for only the first $50 of a bogus charge (and most will not hold you to that). Debit card? Your money is GONE! NEVER (let me repeat) NEVER use a Debit card on line!

  102. philjourdan says:

    @Power Grab

    “IIRC, my brother advised using a credit card for all monthly expenses. However, my one credit card has a limit that is about half of my monthly expenses.”

    Get one with a large limit. And do as your brother told you. I use mine for everything (they keep a record and I pay it off each month, so they are my bookkeepers for free).

    I have only one fee based card – AMEX Gold. Because it has no limit. I refuse to pay for any other card (and only do that one because my wife wanted to use points on a concert).

  103. Ossqss says:

    “The water out of the tap is very hard to take”.

    Just saying>

  104. Ossqss says:

    “Pocket full of sunshine”

  105. another ian says:

    “Toyota’s $2 billion problem. (Those dodgy DPFs.) | Auto Expert John Cadogan”

    https://4wheeldriveguide.com/ford-ranger-3-2-diesel-engine-problems-solutions/

    “Other Issues

    The EGR and DPF failures experienced on Ford Rangers are not Ford Specific and a common problem across most modern, sophisticated diesel engines.”

    Might be shitting bricks and lightning flashes at at Ford also

  106. jim2 says:

    WUWT is returning a scripting problem, so can’t get to the page.

  107. jim2 says:

    If you don’t like videos on the diesel DPF issue …

    Toyota could end up paying more than $2 billion to customers as part of a class action that challenged the auto giant over faulty diesel particulate filters in some of its top-selling cars.

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-04-07/federal-court-judgment-on-toyota-diesel-dpf-class-action/100973328

  108. Simon Derricutt says:

    Peter Grant has a worrying article on US farming.
    https://bayourenaissanceman.blogspot.com/2022/04/china-and-us-agriculture-robbing-us.html
    The USA has the best politicians money can buy….

  109. philjourdan says:

    @Ossqss – I am not a big Natasha fan. But that song is pure gold when you have had stressed out day! It is a favorite earworm of mine! Thank you for posting it!

  110. another ian says:

    “About That FBI Corruption….”

    https://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=245597

  111. jim2 says:

    The ChiComs will understand when we nationalize their US holdings. I mean, it’s what they do, so it will be familiar, if not welcomed.

  112. another ian says:

    “Fourth dose booster honeymoon all over in just 8 weeks”

    https://joannenova.com.au/2022/04/fourth-dose-booster-honeymoon-all-over-in-just-8-weeks/

  113. H.R. says:

    @cdquarles – helluva link re the pathological nature of wokeness.

    It is beyond pathological. Ummm… what comes after pathological?

    ***shudder*** 😲 Never mind.



    L-o-o-o-n-g P.S. I might be up and ’round ’bouts your way in the next 12 to 18 months. Stay healthy (it’s a fight, I know) and E.M. will get us hooked up ‘behind the scenes’.

    He did that for Ossqss and me. We always have a fun, good ol’ time when I come down. Mrs. Ossqss is a darling (don’t screw it up Ossqss 😉) and his son, after a couple of years, has come ’round and is a really great young man and a nice visit himself.

    Ossqss has a daughter I’ve never met; school, ships passing and all that. She’s a good kid too, or else Ossqss is lying about how proud he is of her 😉 (I don’t think he’s lying at all. I’m just messin’ wid ‘im.)

    Mrs. H.R. has met Ossqss and likes him a lot. I think maybe the meetup has a little something to do with Mrs. H.R. reading here a bit more. After meeting Ossqss, she has taken a little more interest in our discussions and who the regulars are here.

    So…. hope to get up your way, cd.

  114. another ian says:

    “”CEO Devin Nunes Provides an Update on Truth Social Media Platform – Web Based Access Likely in Next Few Weeks
    April 8, 2022 | Sundance | 37 Comments”

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2022/04/08/ceo-devin-nunes-provides-an-update-on-truth-social-media-platform-web-based-access-likely-in-next-few-weeks/

  115. Ossqss says:

    Just sayin, we are seeing crate training in process.

    @Phil, glad to help. I spent the night up wayaaaayyyy too late watching WWII in color. Recommended for the record.

    @HR, couple things. Lodge is supposed to open prior to month end. The hood is planning a tractor run as part of the opening ceremonies. I got about 12 participant who will participate. Could be fun.

    If your still here, let’s talk.

    @Mrs HR, I thought you might enjoy this. :-)

  116. Power Grab says:

    @Ossqss, YMMV, EM, philjourdan:

    Thanks for the replies about credit cards and debit cards. You’ve brought up some things I haven’t considered. :-)

    I will let you know what transpires.

    My offspring was talking about applying for a credit card. I mentioned things like annual fees, interest rates, rewards and points. Do you have any comments for a newbie credit card holder?

  117. YMMV says:

    interest rates — better than your local loan shark? Amazingly enough, if you are careful you will never see an interest charge. Always pay it off in full on time. If you need money, get it elsewhere.

  118. another ian says:

    “TRUCKERS WERE RIGHT: Freedom Convoy protest was legal, judge says, and Ottawa is now being sued”

    https://farmersforum.com/truckers-were-right-freedom-convoy-protest-was-legal-judge-says-and-ottawa-is-now-being-sued/

  119. another ian says:

    “Canada: The Federal Climate Plan – Far Out of Touch with The World, With First Nations, with Its Regions, and The Feds Just Don’t Care”

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/04/08/canada-the-federal-climate-plan-far-out-of-touch-with-the-world-with-first-nations-with-its-regions-and-the-feds-just-dont-care/

    And re the truckers

    “Rex Murphy: Will anyone apologize for falsely accusing truckers of attempted arson in Ottawa?
    The attempt to burn down an apartment building in Ottawa, which was so widely and wildly heralded during the Freedom Convoy protest, had nothing to do with the truckers”

    https://nationalpost.com/opinion/rex-murphy-will-anyone-apologize-for-falsely-accusing-truckers-of-attempted-arson-in-ottawa

  120. another ian says:

  121. Simon Derricutt says:

    Wide grin at Another Ian’s picture above…. Many a true word spoken in jest, since Australia had purchased enough vaccine to give each person 10 shots.

    What I came for though is an alternate derivation of how a rocket violates Conservation of Energy.

    The equation of motion of an accelerating body is
    d=ut+0.5at², where d is distance travelled, u is initial velocity, t is time, a is acceleration.
    Thus if we’re applying a constant force f, W (the work done) is fd. If we start from stationary, u=0, and the equation translates to
    W=0.5fat². Note that W is the output work, and translates to kinetic energy acquired.
    The energy used to produce the thrust is constant with time, so if e is the energy input per second and E is the sum of energy used at any point, then
    E=et (straight line through the origin with slope of e)
    Plot E (energy input) against W (energy output) over time. Fairly obviously, since E is a straight line and W is a parabola, at some point W will exceed E.

    Though a real rocket loses mass as it travels because it’s chucking it out the back end, the rate of work done in our frame does not depend on the mass of the rocket, but only on the thrust and velocity. Thus take the thrust in newtons, velocity in metres per second, multiply them together and you get the watts being produced at that point (why I work in SI units, rather than feet and poundals). (note the auto-spellcheck says I’ve spelt poundals wrong, so looks like it’s not often written)
    Meantime, the rate of energy used to produce the thrust is constant, using a constant mass of fuel per second. In the case of the electric thruster, it’s simply electrical power that produces the thrust.

    Putting the thrust relative to the body being accelerated, rather than in our reference frame, breaks the symmetry and thus breaks Conservation of Energy (see Noether’s Law). The standard laws of motion still apply whether you root the force in the reference frame or the object being accelerated, and the work done in our reference frame remains the same, too. It’s just that the energy needed to produce that kinetic energy differs once you apply the thrust relative to the rocket.

  122. cdquarles says:

    @ Simon,
    Exactly. If I am remembering correctly, we need to remember that while we may be stationary on Earth’s surface, given that the Earth rotates and wobbles about the Earth-moon barycenter and, if we need to, that the Earth-moon barycenter is also moving with respect to the Sun/galaxy & etc, things may seem to be other than what they really are.

    It is also worth remembering that any consistent physical unit framework will work; just don’t mix up the units. One way to know that you’ve made such a mistake is working the units out first.

  123. Simon Derricutt says:

    CDQ – I’ve been hacking at this for around a tenday so far, and getting somewhat more clarity in the explanation. It’s mostly met with incredulity, as in it can’t be that simple. And yep, the units (dimensions in the language Iearnt) match up exactly. I’ve been having a long sequence of messages with Eric on Linked In, and he hasn’t found a logic error either, just goes against the theory he thought was correct. He’s another person developing a thruster powered by electricity and (I think) no moving parts or reaction mass.

    Oh well – you heard it here first….

  124. another ian says:

    “WHY ARE HEALTHY ATHLETES COLLAPSING”

    And

    “Vaccinated Have Up To SIX Times the Infection Rate of Unvaccinated, New Zealand Government Data Show”

    https://dailysceptic.org/2022/04/09/vaccinated-have-up-to-six-times-the-infection-rate-of-unvaccinated-new-zealand-government-data-show/

    And yet health department advertising here is pushing for more jabs

  125. another ian says:

    A book reviewed

    “Saturday Snippet: Demographics and the rise and fall of nations”

    https://bayourenaissanceman.blogspot.com/2022/04/saturday-snippet-demographics-and-rise.html

  126. another ian says:

    “”Bloody energy”

    I’ve said on several occasions that we simply don’t know the truth about what’s going on in the Ukraine war. Both sides are corrupt; both sides are creating increasingly effective propaganda about their and their opponent’s actions; and neither side can be trusted.

    Nevertheless, for students of propaganda, there’s a great deal to be learned from the Ukraine war. ”

    https://bayourenaissanceman.blogspot.com/2022/04/bloody-energy.html

  127. another ian says:

    “It’s Important to let Monsters Speak, So We Know Precisely What They’re Thinking”

    http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2022/04/09/its-important-to-let-cretins-speak-so-we-know-precisely-what-theyre-thinking/#comments

  128. another ian says:

    “Neil Oliver, The COVID Schemes Cost Billions, But the Aftermath Costs are Worse Than Money
    April 9, 2022 | Sundance | 8 Comments

    Neil Oliver takes a look at the economics of COVID and how government intervention and spending has crushed the working class. However, it is not the financial aspects that carry the worst debt in the aftermath, there is a human cost that can never be repaid or recreated.”

  129. another ian says:
  130. another ian says:

    Books that look interesting

    “The “Masters of Rome” series
    by Colleen McCullough”

    https://joannenova.com.au/2022/04/sunday-open-thread-5/#comment-2537064

  131. jim2 says:

    Reuters’ data, and all data taken with a grain of salt, show covid to be on a new upswing in Canada and Mexico, but not in the US. Don’t know what that might mean.

  132. David A says:

    Another Ian, your link here…. https://dailysceptic.org/2022/04/09/vaccinated-have-up-to-six-times-the-infection-rate-of-unvaccinated-new-zealand-government-data-show/
    Is likely worse then it appears, as I think the definition of unvaccinated includes the very high negative results ( negative infection hospitalized and deaths, and negative excess overall morbidity and mortality) during the lowered immune period that occurs post first and 2nd dose, yet counts this time frame as “unvaccinated”

  133. another ian says:

    Gawd! More “We believe”

    “Is the Russian economy really the size of Spain’s?”

    https://newcatallaxy.blog/2022/04/10/is-the-russian-economy-really-the-size-of-spains/

  134. another ian says:
  135. anothyer ian says:

    IIRC this is not all that far from “And quiet flows the Don”

  136. David A Anderson says:

    The Bucha atrocity has do many strikes indicating a false flag.

    And the US monetary sanctions are very likely to have massive detrimental impact on the US and global economy. Just as Canada destroyed trust in their banking system by freezing the truckers assets, so Biden has absolutely destroyed trust in the US dollar.

    “The Deputy Head of Russia’s Security Council warned of the geopolitical consequences of Western sanctions and the weaponization of the US dollar reserve system:

    “Their result will be a destroyed international order and extremely difficult consequences for the world economy and the life of individual countries,” adding that:

    “It will be clear to everyone that the supposed effectiveness of sanctions is an absolute lie.”

    Perhaps even more ominously, Medvedev believes that anti-Russian sanctions can be regarded as an act of aggression:

    “The whole combination of the legal and political circumstances prompts the conclusion that sanctions in the current situation can be qualified as an act of aggression against Russia and a form of hybrid war,” Medvedev wrote, adding:

    “In the first place, when they are aimed at undermining economic independence, and, consequently, state sovereignty, which endangers the very existence of the state. As a matter of fact, as our opponents say, it is a declaration of economic war“

  137. David A Anderson says:

    Wow, IMV this is a must read regarding the current and past global power struggle; and a broad scoped historical discussion about global power, monetary dominance, current events, and future systems, that presents a likely ( and in my view positive) alternative to the One World government serfdom being forced by the EU and US.

    Very curious to hear the thoughts of the respected community here, and I hope EM can review this article as well.

    My brain usually rebels at trying to understand intellectual non sense. I used to think it was I who lacked the intelligence to comprehend. ( Like reading the long winded gibberish of Frank… somebody’s recent posts.) Yet when I read equally long comments by say our host, EM, I see long connected clear logical thought, and my mind feels like it can breath. This article gave that kind of easy breathing clarity to a broad long global history and our current global situation.

    https://theparadigmshifts.substack.com/p/the-power-pendulum-swings-from-west

  138. H.R. says:

    Here’s a 10-minute video on what’s under the Sahara. It’s not comprehensive, but it has some really high-quality images of some of the fossils and cities there. It’s a brief, interesting, and fun distraction for a Sunday.

  139. David

    Interesting article. The trouble is that the decline of the empires of the West (from Spain, Holland Britain and the US) covering at least 500 years, has coincided with -or perhaps were caused by- some of the worst leaders in our histories, who in turn preside over the substructures-senates, parliaments etc- that themselves contain people of limited ability and often lacking in such things as common sense or ability to think strategically. I suspect that being part of a ‘blob’ has had an effect, as with the UK and the EU, which means people are dealing with others of an equally low standard whose ambitions mainly revolve as to how to provide social benefits to as many of their electorate as possible.

    I suspect the crucial ingredient for a dynamic empire and good leaders, is war, which not only concentrates minds, whether that is fighting it, the immediate aftermath, or trying to prevent it again in future. That all then creates a structure that is integrated, with leaders right for their time and military people trained in logistics planning etc, who then often bring those skills to government.

    Unfortunately the US in effect scuttled from Afghanistan, leaving its allies in the lurch and that has weakened the West, demoralised us, and emboldened our enemy. I suspect Putin would not have invaded Ukraine if Afghanistan was still under Western control. China must have also brought forward their invasion of Taiwan by 5 years.

    So as with the Cold war, when Reagan and Thatcher came to prominence, will the current circumstances bring forward leaders of sufficient calibre to stop the rot? Certainly Thatcher came out of the blue and reinforced her credentials with the Falklands war-40 years ago this week. So there may be people waiting in the wings, hopefully sufficiently young and energetic enough to get the West back on track.

    Unfortunately looking at the French elections today, Macron and Le Pen are not those people and nor are the newly elected Govt in Germany.

    Lets hope that there are some powerful candidates for leadership that will come forward somewhere in one or more of the leading western nations, that I am currently unaware of

  140. another ian says:

    “Democracy lives? 28 States in the US working on legislation to promote lvermectin use

    It’s a shock. More than half the states in the US are considering legislation to allow doctors and sometimes even nurses and pharmacists too, to prescribe early treatment drugs “off label”.

    Let’s not forget that doctors were able to do that for decades and it’s largely the medical boards who have become the defacto Praetorian Guards of Big-Pharma — taking away the rights of doctors via threats to destroy their career if they step out of line.”

    https://joannenova.com.au/2022/04/democracy-lives-28-states-in-the-us-working-on-legislation-to-promote-lvermectin-use/

  141. philjourdan says:

    Mrs. H.R. reading here a bit more.

    OMG H.R.!!!! You let a non-member into the inner sanctum? YOu know what must be done. And I shudder to think of you having to do it.

    Kielbasa at 20 paces. And make the first one count!

  142. philjourdan says:

    @Ossqss – Mrs. H.R. will definitely NOT enjoy that. But every husband will know exactly why the ladies do not like it!

    Rule #1 for Wives – never let the men know what you are really saying
    Rule #2- When they do figure it out, change it!

  143. philjourdan says:

    @PowerGrab:

    My offspring was talking about applying for a credit card. I mentioned things like annual fees, interest rates, rewards and points. Do you have any comments for a newbie credit card holder?

    #1 – DO NOT get one with fees.. CC companies are in the business to make money. Fees help them ,hurt you.
    #2 – DO NOT carry a balance on the card (if at all possible). So the interest rate will not matter. But if you have to carry a balance, know 2 things. Whatever rate you sign up for will go up. And they have no sympathy for you when they start charging interest
    #3 – rewards and points – they are all pretty much the same. The fee cards give you more points (rewards), but they make it up by charging you the fee. So just settle for one that has a solid points schedule (CC companies charge their clients – the stores – between 1 and 2% of every charge you make. So they are making money from them, and from you if you pay fees (or let a balance ride).

  144. philjourdan says:

    another ian says:
    9 April 2022 at 7:36 am
    “TRUCKERS WERE RIGHT: Freedom Convoy protest was legal, judge says, and Ottawa is now being sued”

    What? They found an honest Judge in Canada? Talk about a needle in a haystack!

  145. philjourdan says:

    Simon Derricutt says:
    9 April 2022 at 1:23 pm
    Wide grin at Another Ian’s picture above…. Many a true word spoken in jest, since Australia had purchased enough vaccine to give each person 10 shots.

    I only got 2, And the reason I got w was back in that day, they said “2 and you r thru!”. Once I realized it would never end, I just said no (I am slow on the uptake).

  146. philjourdan says:

    another ian says:
    10 April 2022 at 2:08 am
    Pointman

    Did you see where Pointman commented on Chiefio’s blog? The only 2 that I follow regularly are Chiefio and Pointman. And that guy continues to amaze me with his insight of a country he does not live in!

  147. another ian says:

    philjourdan

    I suspect that Pointman learned quite a lot from his mother’s knee and various other joints

  148. philjourdan says:

    David A Anderson says:
    10 April 2022 at 10:42 am
    The Bucha atrocity has do many strikes indicating a false flag.

    I assume you mean “so many”, and yes it does. The western fake news has decided they are only going to bring us poppies and roses from Ukraine and nothing from Russia. Already we see that things are not as they appear. (see links on related blog).

    But then we knew that. How many times do you (generic you) have to be lied to before you question what the liars are saying?

    For me, the “how many” was passed 6 years ago! If the fake news media told me it was sunny outside, I would verify it before believing their lies. If they told me that Someone was dead. I would demand an autopsy! Yet a bunch of the clowns on the right believe these fools!

    I am cutting down who I listen to. I wish Rush was still alive. He at least knew to question always! His newbies forgot that.

  149. another ian says:

    “So You’d Like A Functional Nation?”

    https://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=245607

    On reflection – if that was a vintage car for restoration you’d need a good supply of cans of courage

  150. Ossqss says:

    philjourdan says:
    10 April 2022 at 11:18 pm
    @Ossqss – Mrs. H.R. will definitely NOT enjoy that. But every husband will know exactly why the ladies do not like it!
    _______________________________________\

    I would hope not.

    I think she has a good sense of humor and would enjoy a man’s take on what they think the code is.

    We have no clue, well at least me :-)

    Oh, your comment may now make sense to me, Doh!

  151. jim2 says:

    Tennessee will make ivermectin available without a prescription, despite research showing no benefit for COVID treatment

    https://wpln.org/post/tennessee-to-make-ivermectin-available-without-a-prescription-despite-research-showing-no-benefit-for-covid-treatment/

  152. another ian says:

    “Our Greatest Action Drone Shots”

  153. another ian says:

    “Old Mann Yells at Cloud-Sunday Funday”

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/04/10/old-mann-yells-at-cloud-sunday-funday/

    You can have 3 guesses and the first two don’t count.

    In the spirit of that I had a look at Steve McIntyre’s site

    https://climateaudit.org/

    There are a couple of threads at the top re Climategate reveals since

  154. another ian says:

    “Ultimate portable power solution? New Bluetti AC200MAX – full test! | Auto Expert John Cadogan”

    And I’m not on a “spotter’s fee”

  155. another ian says:


    There’s a French speaking BBC woman interviewing Marie LePen. She eats her alive!”

    https://joannenova.com.au/2022/04/sunday-open-thread-5/#comment-2537201

    And in the next comment

    “What a fabulous final quote by Mme LePen, “The EU is shining by the light of a dead star” how apt are these words to so many causes de Jour. Dead without just knowing it.”

  156. another ian says:

    “A Coming Covid Storm?”

    “File this under ” I hope these guys are wrong”.

    el gato malo – covid is becoming increasingly vaccine enabled”

    http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2022/04/11/a-coming-covid-storm/

  157. philjourdan says:

    @Ossqss – as long as they do not know, we can know. Sen Tsu :-))

  158. philjourdan says:

    @Another Ian – yea, but the French died 200 years ago in a half aborted revolution!

  159. another ian says:

    “EV utopia: Apparently the Greens have a ‘plan’ | Auto Expert John Cadogan”

  160. E.M.Smith says:

    @ Another Ian:

    One of my pet peeves is folks calling a box with a battery and inverter in it either a “generator” (which it isn’t, and the Bluetti review avoids saying) or a “power source” which is tenuously true if you torture the language enough…

    These devices are best called a “power storage device”.

    They are, IMHO, near universally over priced and under capacity.

    Compare my small Honda generator. Runs about 8 hours on one quart of gas at 500 w half power. Call it 4 hours for 4 kW-hrs full power for one quart of gas. 16 hours on a one gallon can, or about $1 per 4 hours or 25 ¢/kW-hr at our present BidenInflation screwed gas prices. For a true electricity generating appliance.

    So instead of 2kW-hrs and “It’s dead Jim”, I can have about 16 kW-hrs from a gallon can or 80 kW-hrs from a standard “Jerry can”.

    IF you need 2kW, the next bigger Honda does that at the same efficiency. But for everyghing but washer / dryer / AC the 1 kW has done it for me for a couple of decades.

    Now compare costs. I bought a 2 kW inverter for about $100 some decades back. I intended to hook it to the car battery if I needed more power (with alternator / charger / giant fuel tank built into the car…). I’ve never needed to use it. Including jumper cables to connect, call it $150. V.S. $2, 400.

    You can geta 2 kW Honda for a price similar to their battery & inverter box, or non-Honda for about 1/2 the cost.

    So which ever way you go, you get A Lot more power for far less money (or about the same with top priced Honda…)

    BTW, my Honda is rated at 56 dB. Speech is about 70 dB. I’m incredibly noise sensitive and find it acceptable. If you want quieter, a baffel box is easy and cheap to make.

    BTW#2: Both my inverter and Honda are about 30 years old and still fine. Ever seen a battery last that long? (I have. One. An Edison Cell. No longer in common use, but easy to make. Iron and nickel in KoH.. but electrode fabrication is a bit tricky and they need maintenance / remanufacturing. Good luck with current commercial batteries..,)

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  162. another ian says:

    Here is his take on a Subaru service problem here in Oz

    “Subaru CVT failure update (full refund for the owner – yessssss!) | Auto Expert John Cadogan”

    Caveat emptor

    A friend has just retired to Brisbane and they’ve been car shopping. Got a Toyota Yaris Hybrid. Subaru also has a hybrid but they were steered off it by the salesmen!

  163. E.M.Smith says:

    I love my old Forrester. I’d not buy a new Subaru at all.

    Why? Two things.

    1) The “Drive By Giant Tablet” control system. I hate it. Could not figure out how to Shut Up! the radio while test driving. Don’t want to learn a new OS to run the AC, radio, or whatever. Give me knobs and buttons and no giant glowing panel blinding my night vision..

    2) The CVT. The idea of a constantly variable transmission is good, but the implementation sucks. On hills old Subarus walk over, the Transmission Computer decides you risk tranny damage, so shuts down the engine. Um, what about if I’m bleeding and need to get to a hospital? Just not interested in the car making executive decisions…. that could get me killed or damaged. Make a robust tranny that can take all the engine can give, not a fragile thing needing protection circuits.

  164. another ian says:

    “The year of collapsing athletes: 890 athletes collapse or die and counting…”

    https://joannenova.com.au/2022/04/the-year-of-collapsing-athletes-890-athletes-collapse-or-die-and-counting/

    And

    “How did that happen? Two minutes of open discussion of vaccine side effects on National TV”

    https://joannenova.com.au/2022/04/how-did-that-happen-two-minutes-of-open-discussion-of-vaccine-side-effects-on-national-tv/

  165. another ian says:

    R.M. Williams is about the top brand of rural wear in Oz

    “Perfect for latte soy boys – Twiggy Forrest’s plant-based RM Williams boots

    https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2022/04/perfect-for-latte-soy-boys-twiggy-forrests-plant-based-rm-williams-boots.html

    We may have another test of “get woke, go broke” coming up

  166. another ian says:

    “It’s probably a bad idea to let environmentalists do your energy planning. They actually prefer for you to be uncomfortable.”

    https://instapundit.com/514765/

    “if people also reduced indoor temperatures more drastically—by something like 8° or 9° C, which would be the amount needed according to the IEA’s estimate that each degree lower on everyone’s thermostats would result in an annual savings of 10 billion cubic meters of gas.”

    Via SDA

  167. Jeff says:

    “each degree lower on everyone’s thermostats would result in an annual savings of 10 billion cubic meters of gas.”

    Typical greeniot thinking.
    “Gosh, turn the thermostat even lower, and we’ll actually GENERATE gas!”

    Only thing the Greens produce is a lot of hot air. Fetid, fatuous, and falsity-filled hot air…

  168. another ian says:

    “FULL OF IT: Breaking down car industry CO2 & climate claims | Auto Expert John Cadogan”

  169. another ian says:

    “Exit the Paris Climate Accord (Marlo Lewis on offense)”

    “Lewis recently proposed “Expressing the Sense of Congress on the Paris Agreement” for serious debate now that Net Zero is fantastical. Global-government central climate planning must stop. No target should be set for carbon dioxide for reasons that are scientifically sensible and well articulated. Let the market decide with methane too, a market rich in pipeline capacity and end-user growth to naturally reduce natural gas release/flaring.

    Lewis’s draft for Republicans and consumer-and-taxpayer-friendly Democrats follows:”

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/04/13/exit-the-paris-climate-accord-marlo-lewis-on-offense/

  170. another ian says:

    “A corrupt invasion ruined by Corruption”

    “Daniel Hannan explains that Putin was undone by corruption”

    https://joannenova.com.au/2022/04/a-corrupt-invasion-ruined-by-corruption/

  171. p.g.sharrow says:

    that “corrupt invasion ruined by corruption” hits the nail on the head.
    That Boss of bosses, little KGB Coronal’ thinks he is a Great General! with dreams of reconstituting the Great Russian Empire. He actually does not have the power to Command the Russian military into all out war but will play out the image that he can.
    Zolinskyy is no doubt a World Economic Forum 4th Reich alumni. but on his way to the party became a patriot and now leads a Nation that will not submit to Putin. Putin will follow his nature to destroy anyone or any place that resists him. As he did in Georgia and Chechnya, but this time his little “private army” is not subduing a country of a couple of millions. This time he invaded a real nation that can fight back.

    Putim will lose and a small band of Chechnya’s seeking revenge for the rape of their country will end the reign of this little coronal.

    Russia’s only hope for their future is for them to join NATO and actually become a vital part of Europe as a partner not as a conqueror. Russia has no reason to make war on the west, it is their Southern neighbors that they should fear. Putin’s dream has stood in the way of this solution for 40 years, Time for this to end. .

  172. YMMV says:

    Good Friday Funnies. Not laugh out loud funny, but gently humorous.
    https://unherd.com/2022/04/was-jesus-a-revolutionary/

    What really did happen that day a couple thousand years ago?
    I leave it up to you to judge this article, because the story it tells is not exactly by The Book.
    It’s more about what that book might have left out of the telling.

    Jesus warns his followers that if they speak out for justice and friendship as he did, then they, too, will be done away with by the state. There are plenty of latter-day Zealots who have learnt this lesson the hard way.

    Can’t argue with that.

  173. E.M.Smith says:

    @P.G.:

    You continue to assess Putin through a western lens. That will always distort an eastern world view. This response on that thread csptures the problem well.

    RobB
    […]
    Hi Peter
    I have been to Russia many times. I don’t think Putin is an angel but he is genuinely popular in Russia, visibly improving the lot of ordinary Russians. I also have friends with relatives in the Ukraine who inform that Azov are real deal Nazis. Azov are backed by the West, and have been at war with Eastern Ukraine since the (US backed) 2014 coup. Eastern Ukrainians have made their choice – they do not wish to remain in the Ukraine. The Ukraine is not free – it is being used as a tool of the “New World Order” to destroy Russia. Because in the end, the New World Order wants to control all of the world, not just the West.
    As for US politics, what do you think the whole Trump-Russia collusion thingy was all about? Why do you think the whole US media/big tech ganged up against him? Why do you think he was cancelled on Twitter? Why did Biden get a free ride? It is clear what will happen if the Dems lose the half-term elections, just ask Donald.
    We are being subject to a relentless propaganda campaign. Don’t believe the climate-change/covid/Putin bad B.S.
    Cheers

    To grasp Putin’s goals, start from understanding his ultimate motivation is protecting Russians from western domination and attack. That leads to his statement about the collapse of the CCCP / USSR being a catastrophe. This matters. A lot. He isn’t lusting for empire. He is seeing it as a security tool lost. There are other ways to get that security….

    He DID ask to join NATO and was rejected. The West slammed the door in his face and called Russia “enemy”. What can he do at that point? Only accept that The West has said invasion or revolution is OK in the future…

    The West then overthrew the Russia friendly government of Ukraine in a “color revolution”. Soros’ NGOs started laying the ground work for one in Russia. The EU & USA invited Ukraine to apply to NATO in direct violation of agreements to the contrary.

    At that point, Putin has a hostile West, vilifying Russia and him, overthrowing friendly allies (or trying… Syria anyone?) And setting up to take down Russia in a color revolution. Were you him, would you just ignore that? Of fight it off?

    Remember too that the Puppet Ukraine Government the West installed begain a campaign of forced Ukrainization. No Russian language or culture to survive.

    IMV, what Putin has done is rational from his POV and a “protect Russians” motivation.

    1) Ejected Soros and his corrupting NGOs.

    2) Deal with the NATO EU at arms length and addict them to Russia’s oil & gas.

    3) The Crimea, Russian for hundreds of years AND illegally given to Ukraine by the Ukrainian Khrushchev (Duma never voted to endorse it), was returned to Russia AS THE RUSSIANS IN CRIMEA WANTED. And in a manner no more illegal than the original removal.

    4) AFTER 9 years of failed negotiations and with 10s of thousands of Russians dead from Ukrainian bombing: Returned the Russians in the Donbass to Russian protection. Returning their cultural and language rights AS THEY WANTED.

    5) IFF news report of destruction can be believed: Made “rump Ukraine” a disabled buffer State (and got a statement from Zelenko it would not join NATO).

    6) Has consolidated his forces in a protective posture where the Ethnic Russians are located.

    I don’t see where that is a failure. Corrupt bureaucrats or not.

    Do remember West Ukraine was hived off of Poland, and some other countries. Not Old Russian. So not something Putin cares to protect or possess. Just so long as it isolates Hostile NATO from the wider European Plane access route to Mother Russis.

    Looked at from his POV and NOT from the Western Dogma of Putin as Tsar Wanbabe: it all makes more sense and looks like a Putin win.

    (Obligatory disclaimer for any dense MSM Reporters and Trolls: UNDERSTANDING someone, or seeing things from their POV is NOT endorsement nor approval. It is establishing a reality based platform for better dealing with your opponents effectively. )

  174. cdquarles says:

    Exactly. Now remember, the old royal houses all intermarried. That included the Russian Romanovs. Who killed them? In part, Western communist revolutionaries. So, Russia *did* have ties to the West. The current GGEBs that run the West don’t want to lose power. So, what does Russia want? What the US wants, that is, security from her enemies as much as possible. A strategic alliance between the new, non-GGEB US and Russia would have been a great counterpoise to China. The GGEBs couldn’t stomach that. Oh well, that’s my opinion; and I may be wrong.

  175. YMMV says:

    cdquarles: “Exactly. Now remember, the old royal houses all intermarried. That included the Russian Romanovs.”

    Wars are “interesting”, as long as you are not in one. Whether we are in the Ukraine one is a good question. On the surface, no, unless (until) Biden does something REALLY stupid. (Biden is the first US president able to trip over his own bow-tie, metaphorically but probably also physically).

    Meanwhile, we are stuck with all the non-nuclear (so far) fallout. The obvious stuff, and also the beneath the surface stuff. Such as, all this is a big distraction from the Great Reset sneaking up on us.

    https://joannenova.com.au/2022/04/a-corrupt-invasion-ruined-by-corruption/
    “Great civilizations are built on trust. Millions of people work most efficiently when they all know the rules, and everyone has a voice. We used to have that.”
    and a comment there:
    “Corruption, like Termites and Rust, never sleeps. It hollows out everything that it touches.
    Only the illusion and facade remain of what once were trusted things.”

    That is a key point. Ultimately, everybody knows everybody is corrupt and justifies their own corruption. But at first, it is hidden. That’s the US Deepstate now. Some know where to look; most just see the surface. A bit dirty and rusted but just as strong inside as ever, right? They even believe the voting system still works. They want to believe. You can fool most of the people most of the time.

    Now, while we ponder if we are in this war, the interesting part of wars is how they get started and how they could have been avoided. Take WW1, the Great War, the War to End all Wars.
    After the fact, we can say it was a disaster. With a trivial trigger point. At the time, everybody was gung-ho. Except some generals.
    https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2022/04/the_war_to_end_all_wars.html

  176. philemon says:

    Jake Sullivan has stated that the $300 Billion of Russian reserves that were frozen will not be returned under any conditions and will be redirected for other purposes.

    Apart from the obvious issue that this makes any deposits in Western banks subject to arbitrary seizure, hence making the entire Western banking system unsafe for any government, corporation or individual who might be subject to sanctions in the future, it is also an end-run around Congress’s control of the purse strings. If the Executive can seize funds to do what it wants with, the Constitutional control on the Executive through the Spending power is null and void. This was the Constitutional issue in the Iran-Contra scandal, but this is orders of magnitude worse.

    The gold standard was properly a gold reserve standard; that is the banking system was leveraged about 10x to its gold reserves. Granted, it did limit monetary inflation, but it was still vulnerable to periodic credit crises and bank runs due to the leverage in the system.

    Further, reestablishing a gold standard on the current monetary base would require a repricing not only of gold, but of all assets. This process would follow, at a minimum, from the demand by gold miners for real assets until mining reached a point of marginal profitability. Unless incomes adjusted accordingly, this would result in most people being unable to buy food.

    A plausible monetary plan that would establish enduring financial stability is the 1933 Chicago plan, which envisioned the full separation of money and banking. In this system, commercial banks operate like mutual funds. They raise equity and borrow funds and make loans, but they don’t create new money. Money is solely issued by a government monetary authority at a defined inflation rate. This is a quite feasible program, and was supported by many economists at the time, including Irving Fisher, but FDR considered it too radical at the time and opted instead for gold confiscation followed by devaluation of the dollar.

    As far as I understand Glazyev’s proposal, the international settlement currency is a currency-commodity derivative that will be issued to member central banks as a reserve asset. The reserve asset would be priced based on the associated basket. It would function as a reserve asset without being a liability. This is how IMF SDRs work. If this reserve asset is issued at a low inflation rate, say 4%, it would be stabilizing for prices. However, national banking systems would still be able to create leverage on top of this asset, so it would be subject to periodic financial crises, just as the classical gold (reserve) standard was. It’s at best a halfway house towards the full Chicago Plan.

    Vide: https://www.unz.com/pescobar/exclusive-russian-geoeconomics-tzar-sergey-glazyev-introduces-the-new-global-financial-system/

    Hardcore libertarians will object to any government issued and managed currency system in favor of whatever currency system the market chooses. A full-on currency free-for-all is certainly an interesting thought experiment, but the real economy might not survive the ensuing chaos. But on the other hand maybe it would..

    Then Governor of the Bank of England, Mervyn King, made a radical speech in 2010, “Banking – From Bagehot to Basel, and Back Again”, that is, in itself, an education in the history of banking. It’s available on both the BIS and Bank of England sites. Quote: “Of all the many ways of organising banking, the worst is the one we have today.”

    Click to access r101028a.pdf

  177. philjourdan says:

    p.g.sharrow says:
    15 April 2022 at 2:19 pm

    Is that a parody? Just want to know.

    It is not reality.

  178. p.g.sharrow says:

    @philjourdan; No, this is not a parody; this is a realistic evaluation of the facts on the ground from the point of view of a tactician. or a war gamer. My evaluation of things are much the same, Putin is playing a losing game. Whether arrogance or ignorance on his part, it is all the same, a bad strategy that will not gain him his objective.
    For those worried about eastern European Nazis. You best be worried about the Washington DC Nazis that have seized control and threaten to turn America into their police state where all opposition is outlawed. If you think Biden/Harris were elected by the people, you haven’t been paying attention. Any NEXT election may well be even more Fixed then the last. It remains to be seen if the people can wrest control of the vote counting back from the Dark State that is fighting to make their new system permanent..

  179. philjourdan says:

    @p.g. – I know you love a good debate, so please read this article – https://thepointman.wordpress.com/2022/04/15/the-ukraine-war-the-military-realities/

    He enjoys a good debate as well.

  180. philjourdan says:

    And just so you know, I am leaning towards Pointman’s argument. I was going to say “you do not get to be leader of a large nation through stupidity”, but of course that is proven wrong with BiteMe. Of course he had to have his minions steal it to get there. He did not actually win.

  181. p.g.sharrow says:

    @philjourdan; Yes I read the Whole thing! tough on these old eyes.
    ” Nor have I all of a sudden forgotten that the fake news media is always wrong as some (Sean Hannity!) apparently have.” You too. 8-)
    Time will tell, I seem to hear Pointman’s arguments almost verbatim from others. I base my opinions on my own research over many years and I stand by them.
    Putin has great support in his media,but I should remind that so did Hitler during most of the 1930s until he attacked the Soviets and then the liberal press and politicians turned on him..The holocaust did not exist in their minds until nearly the end and it could no longer be ignored. Branding Zelenskyy a Nazi might be convenient but I see more of a patriot then a war monger. Putin has proven his psychology over 40 years of actions against any that opposes him and his declared aim to recreate the Russian Empire.
    Putin is shrewd bureaucrat,(mob boss) but no General.and the Russian military is very dull tool.that he is trying to use. .

  182. David A says:

    CD says, A strategic alliance between the new, non-GGEB US and Russia would have been a great counterpoise to China. The GGEBs couldn’t stomach that. Oh well, that’s my opinion; and I may be wrong.”
    Yes. It is my perspective that this was the reason the GEBs of the US left choose “Russia Russia, Russia”, as the tool to attack Trump with; keep it politically infeasible for President Trump, who already had India and, much of Asia, and Mexico and parts of South America moving against China’s mercantilism, from including Russia into a mutually beneficial economic union, as that would be a death blow to this generations One World Government games.

    PG says…
    “For those worried about eastern European Nazis, you best be worried about the Washington DC Nazis that have seized control and threaten to turn America into their police state where all opposition is outlawed. that have seized control and threaten to turn America into their police state where all opposition is outlawed.”

    That is just it PG, the “Washington DC Nazis ( and that is just what they are) installed the current government of Ukraine, and would not abide any sovereign important nation not joining their GEB global games. Ukraine was long gone, the bio labs were real, and a real threat to the world. The US and China developed Covid. (I do not know who released it, or even if accidentally or on purpose) but WE my nation, frigging illegally developed it with China!!!

    The atrocities against Russian speaking Ukrainians since 2014 appear to be real. The bio labs were real, the children trafficking very possibly real, the war crimes appear to be mostly Ukrainian false flags. (some quite obviously) The threats of Ukraine going nuclear, were also real. The threat to a independent sovereign Russia, were very very real. The possibility of another bio weapon release, from the Ukraine this time, was, in my view, very feasible. ( Fauci and Gates kept hinting.)

    And what in hell is China doing now? Was there a true dangerous break out, or are they just insane, or are they punishing a city that is not supportive of their dictatorship? The well predicted possibility of the leaky vaccine developing a deadly OAS enhanced Covid variation is real, and possibly happening around the world. If it manifest in Shanghai, perhaps this explains China’s reaction.

    Yet I think that overall, China convinced the global western GEBs that they would play their rule the world games, and they did for their ascension, yet success is very dangerous to a band of cutthroat thieves, as success invites the struggle for who will really be in charge. The China / western One World alliance may be breaking up.

  183. E.M.Smith says:

    @Daviid A:

    You’ve got it!

    (mow what to do with it…../snark;)

  184. H.R. says:

    David A: “Yet I think that overall, China convinced the global western GEBs that they would play their rule the world games, and they did for their ascension, yet success is very dangerous to a band of cutthroat thieves, as success invites the struggle for who will really be in charge. The China / western One World alliance may be breaking up.”

    I’ve held that opinion and expressed it in some similar form a few times, here and elsewhere. On a smaller scale, that’s why we see mafia and cartel wars from time to time. And that’s why it’s always a bloody body-strewn mess when a capo de tutti capi arises. In the end, the capo always gets whacked and the cycle repeats.

    History and human nature. It’s hard to beat the historical record, and until we get rid of the sociopath gene, there will always be those who will do anything to get to the top of the heap.

    Pro tip for GEBs: Never trust your second in command or that highly competent go-getter, and never trust your own kid; the one that always played quietly in the corner, occasionally tearing the wings off of flies. And wives. Never get married in March. That’s why they say, “Beware the Wives of March.”

    What’s that…? It’s ‘Ides’?… Never mind…😉

  185. philjourdan says:

    @pgsharrow – as for believing the media – that is why I am strongly moving towards Pointman’s viewpoint. Because this war stinks as another Russian collusion. Pointman is not the only person that has voiced this scenario.

    But the “good” part is that if he is right, we will know in a few weeks. An encircled Army cannot last long as there is no resupplying them.

    But good to see both sides of the debate! Sure cant get that in the fake news media without their infantile ad hominems.

  186. beththeserf says:

    Regarding history and human nature, H.R. we do have to contend with that sociopath gene. Perhaps it is ‘peace’ and not ‘war’ that we need to explain. According to Wikipedia, in the past 3,400 years, humans have been entirely at peace for only 268 years, or just 8% of recorded history.

  187. H.R. says:

    @beth – Interesting, but I’m not even sure about the 268 years. I’m guessing that there were regional territorial conflicts that were overlooked in that count.

    Tyrants gotta tyrant.


    Horrible thought! What if all of the Karens band together to take over the World? Civilization will collapse in a smoldering heap of nuclear scolding and very cross looks. We will be pouted to death!

    Aaaaaarrrgghhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  188. beththeserf says:

    Regional conflicts so yes, world peace likely a myth. Aaaarrgghh!!!!!!!!

  189. David A says:

    You know the “woken” are beyond parody when gay men in San Francisco are identifying as lesbians.

  190. YMMV says:

    beththeserf: “Perhaps it is ‘peace’ and not ‘war’ that we need to explain.”

    My guess is that war is natural and follows directly from evolution, at least in animals. And it is quite possible that humans evolved because of conflicts. More intelligence produced better weapons, and it has been an arm race ever since. Include language and reasoning in that evolution, because communication skills are useful for building communities … and fighting other communities.

    Peace — I’ll know it when I see it — doesn’t need explaining, it needs discovering.
    What Wikipedia page missed those 268 years of history? If they exist, which years were they?

  191. beththeserf says:

    Yes YMMV animal evolution, teeth and claws versus speed and camouflage, i’d surmise.
    Peace — doesn’t need explaining,it needs discovering’ :(
    .

  192. E.M.Smith says:

    Chimp tribes have been shown to put together “Hunting Parties” of males that go out and hunt other monkeys to eat. They also will attack males from other tribes from time to time. It is the earliest “attestation” of a ‘war party’ so:
    1) It has been around a VERY long time.
    2) It looks like we come by it honestly…

    https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/a-brief-history-of-the-gombe-chimpanzee-war

    Since they have an “article limit”, here’s the text of it so folks don’t need to blow one article count:

    A Brief History of the Gombe Chimpanzee War
    How the brutal splintering of a primate community echoed human conflict.
    By Matthew Bian Sep 18, 2021 3:38 AM

    For centuries, it was long accepted that humans were the only creatures complex enough to wage war. Sure, other animals might occasionally scuffle over food, territory and other resources, but true war in the anthropomorphic sense, intact with all its violence, brutality and tribalism, was thought to be a unique component of human nature. Perhaps then, it shouldn’t be surprising that this notion was challenged by our closest living relatives. 

    Gombe National Park lies on the western edge of Tanzania, bordered by the vast blue expanse of Lake Tanganyika. Famed primatologist Jane Goodall won renown here for her groundbreaking studies of the native chimpanzee population. The park is also home to a tribe of chimpanzees that Goodall named the Kasekela, and for a bloody time in the 1970s, this tribe turned the woodlands, valleys and rainforests of the park into a battlefield during the first-ever documented chimpanzee war.

    A House Divided 
    In 1971 the Kasekela tribe began to splinter, after the death of its former leader. Over a span of eight months, the separatists, which included nine adults and their young, claimed the southern portion of Kasekela territory as their own, and formed their own clan, dubbed the Kahama. A brother duo named Charlie and Hugh would occasionally lead a war party of six males north into enemy territory, an unambiguous display of strength to the Kasekela.

    Around the same time, the northerners kept out of the area used by the breakaway group, and a borderline was formed. Two years after the split, tensions escalated further. Males from the two groups would screech at each other and display their strength, before retreating back to their home territory. 

    Another year passed until first blood was drawn on January 7, 1974, by a war party of six Kasekela males, who ambushed Godi, a southern male, as he was eating fruit from a tree. The northerners approached silently; Godi was not aware of their presence until it was too late. He jumped down and ran, with the Kasekela males on his heels. A chimp grabbed Godi’s legs and threw him to the ground. The other five caught up, then bit, pounded, and stamped on Godi while he was pinned to the ground. After 10 minutes of the whirling tornado of screeching chimps, the northerners left, leaving Godi on the forest floor to die from his injuries.

    Over the next four years, more of the Kahama males were picked off in a similar manner. The second victim was beaten to death for 20 minutes by three males. Next was old Goliath, a high ranking male back when the two chimp groups were united. Five Kasekela males, his former friends, turned on him. After the attack, his murderers repeatedly drummed on tree trunks, hurled rocks, and threw branches while calling out, as if in triumph. Goliath died from his wounds the next day.

    Contact and Conflict
    Eventually, Hugh, a chimp who founded the sepratist Kahama tribe, went missing, likely killed by the Kasekela. Two more Kahama were killed, and one vanished, either killed by the Kasekela or having left the region altogether.

    Only Sniff, the sole survivor out of the six original males, now remained. For a while it seemed as if he might manage to survive in spite of all odds, but his good fortune would not hold out. He was murdered like the others, and after four years and plenty of bloodshed, the war ended in 1978. The Kasekela had won, and expanded their range into what was previously Kahama territory.

    There’s an old, well known theory in psychology called the contact hypothesis. It holds that contact between two groups, ideally under equal status, promotes tolerance and acceptance. While this model was developed specifically to study human behavior, it also applies here. Once the two groups separated and ceased contact, hostility between them intensified, and any hopes of peace flew out the window. This “us” vs “them” outlook is also mirrored in human behavior. While the Gombe Chimpanzee War isn’t exactly identical to human war, it is strikingly similar in brutality and allegiance to a tribe.

    “For so many years I had believed that chimpanzees, while showing uncanny similarity to humans in many ways, were, by and large, rather ‘nicer’ than us. Suddenly I found that under certain circumstances they could be just as brutal”, explained Goodall, “…they also had a dark side to their nature.”

    Since the war in Gombe, more documented large-scale conflicts between chimpanzee groups have been observed in Tanzania and Uganda.

  193. E.M.Smith says:

    @David A:

    Um…. I’m new to all this bent gender stuff, but don’t “gay men” like men while lesbians like women?

    In which case, it seems to me, maybe, that a straight man, identifying as a woman, would be the one to claim lesbian… so were he to “self identify” as a lesbian woman he could, say, be assigned to a woman only dormitory and still be able to “diddle away the night”? Asking for a friend…. :-)

    BTW, heard on the news that a New Jersey Women’s prison now has two inmates pregnant by a third… a dude who self identified as a woman under their “new law” that puts inmates in with their chosen “gender identity”… Talk about your obvious consequences…

    So, say you had a choice of 20 years with 200 pound hairy Bubba The Enforcer as your cellmate, or wear a dress and be Boy Toy in a group if 100 sexually frustrated women… decisions decisions….

  194. beththeserf says:

    http://generalpicton.blogspot.com/2018/10/2nd-hussars-ascent-of-man.html
    We has a lot to learn from the animals,
    in particular les chimps, so genetically
    close to us.

  195. p.g.sharrow says:

    As a livestock farmer I can attest that all the groups/herds of animals that I have worked with
    have the same reaction to “others”. Also what I call “Pick on George” where everyone attacks/picks on an individual until it collapses and dies. This seems to be the result of living under stress such as crowding or food shortage or boredom.. Chickens, hogs, horses and cows all do it. They all act like people..Hogs and politicians are much alike.

  196. David A says:

    EM says, BTW, heard on the news that a New Jersey Women’s prison now has two inmates pregnant by a third… a dude who self identified as a woman under their “new law” that puts inmates in with their chosen “gender identity”…

    So that must be it, the man identifying as a woman then states they are lesbian. Tis said the human being can reason itself into or out of anything. Rational folk do not buy any of it. Rational parents pull their kids out of any class room that teaches such insanity.

  197. p.g.sharrow says:

    Our new Supreme Court Justice said she can not define a Woman, guess she is a good representative of CRT thinking among modern jurists..

  198. E.M.Smith says:

    Yeah… can’t define one but can demand special treatment, award custody & alimony, demand special “women’s rights” and title 9 sports… etc.

    Guess if I’m ever in court I need to just declare myself a Hispanic Trans Lesbian…. then defy them to prove otherwise…

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