W.O.O.D. – 30 April 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/2022/04/12/florida-first-w-o-o-d-12-april-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

The House Hunt is ongoing, so expect things to be terse a while longer.

I’ve already given a boat report and you know I’m working on learning how to Fish Florida.

I’ve got 2 cars that need to be run through the mechanic for tune-up class stuff.

I’m finding I really like the Hot Tub and an afternoon nap… Florida is starting to sink in…

WatchMaga

This will be DIY for a while as editing HTML and urls is a Royal Pita on the Tablet.

News

Also will be terse.

Russia / Ukraine has entered the “old news” realm. Just not a lot of New News and what there is seems to be 100% fabrication. Biden & Co. are, of course, trying to talk down the potential of a nuclear war. (Bloomberg saying it was bad of a Russian to talk about the risks… Um, no, it’s a Good Idea to talk about how likely it is to be nuked and how bad that would be. At least if you want to make a wise decision about starting W.W.III)

Biden has announced the new Ministry Of Truth (in the Dept. of Homeland Security). So you can now rest easy that Biden and his hand picked lessers will be deciding what is Truth ™ and what you will be allowed to say. All Hail Dear Leader! (can we use /sarc; tags anymore?…)

In keeping with the New Ministry Of Truth Guidelines:

Puppy’s have been found to be fun.

Food supplies will be plentiful for everyone (and new recipes for polenta with beans and rice with toast are being published for your pleasure in cooking…)

There are no “men” and “women”, only fellow person objects. Pronouns are sooo last administration. “IT” is all you need. As in: “I’d like you to meet my Cousin It”. This has been a normal usage since the era of B&W TV, though in limited circulation.

Dear Leader will be establishing a new Election Truth Committee to assure the 2028 election is the correct one. (2024 has been postponed due to, um, Covid, or Ukraine, or, well, something will be announced).

And of course, there’s a 97% approval rating for everything done by Congress.

Enjoy Your Day! (or else…)

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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179 Responses to W.O.O.D. – 30 April 2022

  1. E.M.Smith says:

    Another “Get Woke Go Broke” starting?

    https://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory/amazon-reports-rare-quarterly-loss-online-shopping-slows-84383924

    Amazon reports rare quarterly loss as online shopping slows
    Amazon reported its first quarterly loss since 2015 on Thursday, its money-making juggernaut stalled by a slowdown in pandemic-induced online shopping and a huge write-down of its investment in an electric-vehicle startup

    By HALELUYA HADERO AP Business Writer
    April 28, 2022, 7:23 PM

    It would take decades of such to shrink the giant. OTOH, every journey starts with a single step.

    I know I’m not interested in funding more Bezos Political Action, so don’t buy there unless there is no choice.

  2. philjourdan says:

    YOu cannot use /sarc tags because today’s /sarc is tomorrow’s facts.

  3. another ian says:

    More things covid – like replicating in gut bacteria.

    A mention og gluten in comments as well

    http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2022/04/30/wuhan-poo/

  4. Power Grab says:

    We’re having Shepherd’s Pie a la Chiefio tonight!

  5. H.R. says:

    Here’s a great meme from the Patriot Post. With pResident Brandon, sometimes it’s just too easy.

    https://patriotpost.us/memes/87875-remember-these-2022-04-29

  6. another ian says:

    “Trevor Noah at WHCA Dinner–Under Joe Biden Everything Is Looking Up: Gas, Food, and Rent”

    Etc

    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2022/04/30/ttrevor-noah-at-whca-dinner-under-joe-biden-everything-is-looking-up-gas-food-and-rent/

  7. another ian says:

    Via Jo Nova – almost like in this case “Truth is halfway round the world before lies gets their pants on”

  8. another ian says:

    “Trudeau is a Tyrant & Canada is No Longer Free – Viva Clip”

  9. another ian says:

    “Google Chrome Warns Users of Dozens of Security Vulnerabilities”

    https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2022/04/30/google-chrome-warns-users-of-dozens-of-security-vulnerabilities/

  10. philjourdan says:

    @HR – President initials. For the polite society, it is LGB. Bless his heart!

  11. jim2 says:

    (Disclaimers of your choice here.)

    New omicron sublineages show an ability to evade antibodies from earlier infection and vaccination, a South African laboratory study has found.

    The findings could signal a fresh wave of infections by the BA.4 and BA.5 sublineages of the omicron variant that were discovered this month in South Africa.

    Blood samples from people who had been infected with the original omicron variant saw an almost eightfold drop in neutralizing antibody production when tested against the BA.4 and BA.5 sublineages, the study, led by the Africa Health Research Institute in South Africa, showed.

    Samples from people who were vaccinated showed about a threefold decrease, according to the study.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-04-30/omicron-sublineages-can-evade-antibodies-from-earlier-infections

  12. Ossqss says:

    @jim2 says:2 May 2022 at 1:28 am

    Does that equal sniffles?

  13. jim2 says:

    Ossqss asks: Does that equal sniffles?

    Probably. My brother and wife both had some sort of “head cold” for a week. Very thick mucus, but didn’t really slow them down much.

  14. philemon says:

    Gotta love a guy who thinks it’s all going according to plan: https://alt-market.us/food-shortages-in-six-months-the-globalists-are-telling-us-what-happens-next/

    Also, saw a comment about a silver-bug who is now saying canned tuna fish is the go-to inflation hedge. The commentator wryly observed that since the silver-bug’s predictions in re silver hadn’t panned out, the tuna fish prediction might be much of a muchness.

  15. E.M.Smith says:

    I guess I neeed to revisit the “food shortage” topic…

    It has been almost a decade since:

    Grains, and why food will stay plentiful

    The bottom line is that any food shortage in advanced meat eating nations would be engineered, not natural. Thumbnail why: most crops grown go to animal feed. Animals convert this to meat with very low efficiency. Another big batch is burned in vehicle engines. Both of these can be cut back freeing gigantic mountains of food for people.

    Yes, “feed corn” can be used for human food (corn tortillas, polenta) though not preferred. It is edible. At feed conversion ratio of 10:1 (dry grain to wet beef): the grain used to make a 1 pound steak will feed a person for 10 whole days…. and we would still have some meat from feeding silage and grasses people can’t digest, to animals that can…

    We grow way more grain each year than is needed to keep people alive. About 10 x more…

  16. philjourdan says:

    @Jim2 re: New Omicron – Eff it! No reflection on you, but no, I am not going to be panicked into any more lockdowns, mask mandates, shot boosters or any other crap. Let them yell “Wolf” as many times as they want

    I am over it. If I die, I die. I don’t give a F*ck.

  17. philjourdan says:

    @another ian – Re: another ian commented on W.O.O.D. – 30 April 2022

    OMG!!!! That made not only my day, week and month! But year! ROFL! That is perfect!

  18. E.M.Smith says:

    Canned Tuna as food hedge:

    Well, ocean fish are not subject to fertilizer shortages nor Ukrainian planting failure, so I’m not seeing what drives their price higher beyond simple inflation.

    Me? I buy chicken when cheap and can it myself… eat it when prices are higher. I do buy tuna to excess when on sale, but usually not more than 2 dozen cans, or about $25. Not going to hedge the family budget with that….

    I have moved to a fishing mecca so as to have the potential for cheap protein… learning to catch fish here in progress.

    I’d rather have a 100 x 100 foot garden established than a gross of canned tuna.

    To hedge Wheat: We eat about a lb of noodles per week, max. Closer to 25 lbs a year really. I might buy 20 pounds of various noodles and store it in jars, then work it off if prices rise. Put another 25 lbs of bread flower in 1/2 gallon jugs. (That’s enough bread for us for about 4 months. IFF flour prices spiked up, maybe add another 25 lbs. I’d not do that if you do not already bake bread…) But realistically, the folks who will feel a food shortage or wheat shortage live on $2 / day, eat couscous as their main food, and don’t have a house… likely live in Africa.

    Folks filling their gas tank for $125 are unlikely to even notice their spaghetti at dinner cost 50 ¢ more per pound. Or that they had pork instead of beef one night a week…

  19. E.M.Smith says:

    OMG! After 2+ years looking all over Silly Con Valley and finding NO Green Lima beans in cans.. the Publix across the street has them! In both regular and 1/2 size cans, Buttered Baby Limas it is for my late dinner tonight.

  20. jim2 says:

    @philjourdan – If you think I’m suggesting masks, lock downs, or vaccinations from what I wrote, you might want to schedule an appointment with a highly skilled optometrist. :)

  21. another ian says:

    A face like a stewed prune is not a good start

  22. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    So that would be a Stewed Prune speaking with a Pickled Blobfish?

    https://untamedscience.com/biodiversity/blobfish/

  23. E.M.Smith says:

    Current Tantrum Du Jour in the USSA is over a “leaked” draft decision by SCOTUS to punt Roe v. Wade and leave abortion as a States Rights choice. So States like Texas could ban it, while States like California can make it a Holy Rite….

    The Progressive Eugenics movement is in Hair On Fire mode outside SCOTUS trying to influence the court. They can’t stand the idea of not killing babies, especially black ones or those of the poor. Been that way from the start. (Look up Sanger and founding of Planned Parenthood, that ought to be called Planned Infanticide)

    You can now expect zero privacy in Supreme Court deliberations over any decision leaning conservative and rest assured the Court has a direct channel open, and flowing during deliberations, to the DNC & MSNBC on any decision the radical socialists don’t like (including the Biden Diversity Hire judge).

    SCOTUS is now a corrupted institution. Though only modestly… so far.

  24. H.R. says:

    @E.M. re regular and half-size cans of veggies:

    I started buying the small cans of veggies because Mrs. H.R. and I could not finish a whole can of veggies with dinner. So it’s a bit more per ounce, but the little bit left from the big cans that got stuffed somewhere in the refrigerator until they died is no longer often wasted.

    Pro tip: Get the plastic pet food lids that are sized for both dog and cat food. The dog food ring fits a standard can of veggies, so you can heat 1/2 a can of the veggie of choice and seal the other half in the fridge for a day or three later, sealed with the plastic lid.

  25. jim2 says:

    Thanks for the pet food lid tip, HR. Gonna try it!

  26. H.R. says:

    We are back in the Frozen North. The trip home was pretty much uneventful.

    The range on the truck was fantastic. I added fuel at our overnight stop. We had used a bit more than 1/2 a tank and were a bit less than 1/2-way home. Diesel was about $3.00 more per gallon on the way back than on the trip down.

    We got about 19+ mpg on the first leg, which was through the relatively flat terrain of Florida and Georgia. We went down to about 18.something-small mpg when we hit the mountains. We were hauling about 500 lbs in the bed of the truck and our cat in the back seat. I figure empty and on flat terrain, the new truck gets about 20 mpg highway. With the 50-gallon tank, that’s just under 1,000 miles of range. Take THAT, Tesla owners!

    Speaking of Teslas, we spotted a few on the Interstate Highways, maybe 3 or 4 total in 1,100 miles. We noted that they were near the larger cities and the plates were in-State, not traveling from some other State. I know some Tesla owners will make long trips across several States, but I’m fairly confident that it’s only a few hardy, adventurous owners that do that. I’m pretty sure most Tesla owners fly or take “the other car” on long trips.



    Note to self: Report on the neighbor who installed solar panels while we were away when I get settled in. Day one back at home is heavy overcast with periods of rain. Should be much the same for the next 2-3 days. The panels face close to due-South and are within 15 degrees of the best angle, so pretty good static install. Need to get details when I have a chance to ask questions.

  27. President Elect H.R. says:

    @jim2 re lids – I first tried that just about a year ago on a can of pizza sauce. Normally, it would have gone to waste before I got around to making pizza again. That bought me some time to use it on round 2 of pizzas. Then I tried it on cans of veggies.

    Anyhow, E.M. was mentioning standard can sizes when we were talking about stocking up on canned goods when on sale. “Hey… these look to be about the same,” sez I. So I tried it.

    There are a few cans, foreign or custom-fancy for frou-frou food products that don’t work. But it works on most of the 14oz (?) size cans. Is that the #10 can?

    Hmmmm… I’ve never tried the cat food size ring on a can of tuna or chicken. We generally use up a whole small can of tuna or chicken because it’s the right amount for two sandwiches. But I’ll bet those are both standard sizes, too.



    Just went and tried it on a small can of tuna and it worked. Cool! It also worked on a large can of Vienna sausage bites; the double+ size, not the single serve.

    I also noted that the particular pet food lid I grabbed had 3 ring sizes. Most just have the two sizes. There’s a smaller size I never noticed or used before. I’ll have to go find what it fits, if anything. It may have just been molded in for rigidity.

  28. E.M.Smith says:

    @H.R.: I’ve got 2 or 3 of those food lids, presently in storage… They work OK, but for acid foods left a bit long, the air in a 1/2 can can lead to corrosion of the metal lining. Not so much in modern plastic coated cans, but some foreign stuff is just zinc plate. I’ve seen it with acidic marinara sauce left way too long.

    A #10 can is just shy of a gallon. A 2 1/2 can is the not quite quart sized seen for fruit and such. The about 14-15 ounce is a 300 or 303 I think:

    https://www.thespruceeats.com/can-sizes-for-recipes-4077057

    Why fractional oz sizes? I was told 1/2 century ago that it was so they held the same amount of product as the common glass jars used in canning, allowing for the empty “head space”.

    So a quart canning jar has 1 qt to the rim, but you leave about 1/2 inch empty to not overflow or break the glass. Thus the 30.5 0z instead of 32 ounce. And the 15.25 oz instead of a 16 ounce pint.

    When cans were new, the competition was home canned and commercial jars and folks wanted direct comparisons and direct use in recipes.

    Also note the “oz” on the can are usually weight while I’m talking volume…

    FWIW: I have a bunch of 1 cup and 1 pint jars with lids (some canning lids, but you can also buy screw on plastic of the right size intended for non-canning storage) and will dump left over canned vegetables or fruits into them, and into the fridge. Especially useful for stuff hot from a pan as they are heat tollerant. I also havd a BUNCH of KFC tubs that they mark as reusable. These I use for cold or modestly warm stuff.

    It is very easy to accumulate a bunch if you eat Kentucky Fried Chicken meals from time to time. Individual meals give small tubs. Bigger meal buckets get the medium and large tubs. I’ve reused some of these for years and they are top rack dishwasher safe.

  29. H.R. says:

    @E.M. – Yah, but… you’re looking at ‘yet another thing’ to have around if you save into another container. And if they are recycled freebies, you had to wash them as well. One pet lid and you’re done with nothing to wash and save. I’m not talking about cooked leftovers, but 1/2 cans of green beans when you know you’ll never finish the can in one meal.

    Good point about the acidic foods. I had some tomato-something go South once, so I always plan to use the rest really soon.

    I figured I was off on the can sizes. I don’t know the sizes at all. Looks like the #10 can needs the pet food lid you have to use for the “pack of wolves” size can. 😉

    Hmmm… now I’ll have to try that that large ring on the larger Chunky Soup-ready-to-eat cans. I rarely want a full can of that and the Mrs. and I have different preferences in those soups. I hope it works.

  30. E.M.Smith says:

    @H.R.: Yes but….

    In Kalifornia, we were expected to wash our recycled trash anyway. Yes, in the highest labor cost place, in a natural desert, in drought… hand washing cans and such for recycle… So figued if I was going to wash it anyway, keep it and use it. Then found they wash nicely top rack. A dozen nest into about 2 inches so storage efficiency is some of the highest I’ve found.

    Do note that I said I have some of the pet lids. While currently in storage pending finding a home, we do use them.

    Since I do food canning and use jars as canisters, I always have a bunch of them around anyway. Sometimes the “fridge storage jar” is just the one the stuff was canned in…frequently, one from the drain board just washed after something else was used up. Once you start canning, jars are pretty much a daily use item. Like pots, pans, and dishes.

    I’d say I use all 3 systems about equally. Maybe jars a bit more… but depending some on if the meal was tin cans or home made… The KFC tubs better for very small quantities like 4 oz or less up to a cup. Jars mostly cup to quart and often hot stuff (home made soups & stews in 1/2 gallons). Lids on things that don’t decant easy (like refried beans) or where the usage happens bit by bit (olives) or I’m just being lazy ;-)

  31. Ossqss says:

    I peeked on Amazon and found this 4-size lid for a buck delivered? It will probably screw up presenting when wordpress gets a hold of it :-)

  32. Ossqss says:

    Yep, it did. Try this link less the delta ~https://www.amazon.com/Petmate-26124-Kitty-Colors-Vary/dp/B000084E66/ref=sr_1_8

  33. another ian says:

    Willis E with

    “A Sense Of Proportion”

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/05/03/a-sense-of-proportion/

  34. another ian says:

    “That Which Is Blatantly Unconstitutional….”

    “Mayorkas can claim whatever he wants as to “who this new board” will monitor, but it matters not.

    The very attempt to “police” that which the government claims is “false” is unconstitutional and therefore illegal, and any such act violates not only the First Amendment but also 42 USC 1983 which provides no exception for any member of the government and in fact is directly alimed at officials of the government.”

    More at

    https://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=245772

  35. another ian says:

    “A sports car test drive after a vasectomy? Sure, why not?”

    https://bayourenaissanceman.blogspot.com/2022/05/a-sports-car-test-drive-after-vasectomy.html

  36. philjourdan says:

    @jim2 – If you think I was suggesting you were suggesting that we do any of that shit, Well we both need glasses!

    I was agreeing with you! But I do need glasses!

  37. philjourdan says:

    @EMS
    SCOTUS is now a corrupted institution. Though only modestly… so far.

    Not yet, DC is, Fat Sotomayor is. But not SCOTUS. She will not be impeached, but she is as skanky as a crack whore.

  38. David A says:

    Interesting video on the man who accidentally killed the most folk in history. I have not studied this, so I am curious as to others thoughts.

  39. another ian says:

    “Musk Goes Full Galt, Challenges Woke Activists Who Pressure Corporations with Sunlight
    May 3, 2022 | Sundance | 176 Comments”

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2022/05/03/musk-goes-full-galt-challenges-woke-activists-who-pressure-corporations-with-sunlight/

  40. E.M.Smith says:

    @David A:

    I got suckered into watching it a couple of nights ago on the ROKU.

    The basic premis is that leaded gas contained a poison so we can mathemagically attribute number of deaths to it via lead poisoning. Never mind that I am in the most lead filled demographic and I’m not dead. I.e. small exposures do not extrapolate to big deaths.

    It then applies the same thing to freon invented by the same guy and finds that via the “ozone hole” and “global warming” zillions more will die. Except that is even more crazy guessing and fantasy. Nobody has died ftom global warming and the “ozone hole” is a Birkland current landing spot unrelated to the freon THEORY.

    Oh, and there’s a “correlation is causation” moment on leaded gas aggression / crime.. that ignores little things like population aging means less crime as Boomers become old.

    Basically it is amusing video as long as you recognize it is click bait based on lying with statistics and logic fallacies.

    Oh, and it doesn’t mention the kilotons of lead based paint….

  41. E.M.Smith says:

    @PhilJourdan:

    A SCOTUS that can not rule via private deliberations of LAW has bern corrupted via the mechanisms of leaks for effect, employee disloyaty and violation of trust, along with politicized decisions from political street theatre. It is no longer a court, but a streef referendum reporter.

    Yes, it still has several honest and professional justices (for now). Yes, it might be recovered (in 40+ years after the leaking “justice” retires or dies and those bending to the mob too…). But for now it is corrupted. Early stage, not 10% of Biden, the DNC, or Clintons. But not looking at only the law either, and not keeping a clean house of professional ethics…

  42. jim2 says:

    This one will need some “external” peer review.

    People who have been hospitalised with Covid may be left with difficulties in thinking comparable in magnitude to ageing 20 years, research suggests.

    https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/may/03/covid-hospitalisation-thinking-ageing-cognitive-decline-illness

  43. jim2 says:

    Yep, we used to paint the house with lead based paint, as kids, and then wash up with leaded gasoline. Like dissolves like :)

  44. another ian says:

    E.M. Re lead in petrol

    Animal nutrition used to view blood levels with a somewhat jaundiced eye.

    Way back in BC New Scientist published on such studies on children in Scotland. IIRC blood levels were cause for concern. Tooth enamel levels not so much

  45. another ian says:

    “Two more food processing plants have caught fire following a strange series of similar incidents in the United States.

    https://neonnettle.com/news/18965-another-food-processing-plant-explodes-in-flames-amid-string-of-mysterious-incidents-

  46. H.R. says:

    @jim2 – If I read that correctly, all of the ones suffering cognitive decline were on ventilators. The ventilators were dropped in favor of oxygen therapy as the Docs realized that the WuFlu was causing oxygen deprivation. The ventilators weren’t getting any extra oxygen to the patients.

    Could the brain damage have been caused by the choice of treatment and not from Kung Flu? Oxygen deprivation tends to mess with the brain.

  47. another ian says:

    “Voters Will Not Pay Extra to Achieve Boris’s Net Zero Targets – POLL”

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/05/04/voters-will-not-pay-extra-to-achieve-boriss-net-zero-targets-poll/

    The more appropriate gesture would be the two finger salute (the reverse of the Churchill version where that “V” is built around how you hold a cigar)

  48. jim2 says:

    HR – that study included only 46 patients and didn’t have an IQ measurement before the subject fell ill. So, I’m not putting much stock in it anyway.

  49. jim2 says:

    The Delaware computer repairman who blew the whistle on Hunter Biden’s laptop — filed a multi-million-dollar defamation suit Tuesday against Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, CNN, The Daily Beast and Politico, saying they falsely accused him of peddling Russian disinformation.

    The former shop owner, John Paul Mac Isaac, decided to fight back after losing his business and being harassed for 18 months by Big Tech, the media and Delaware locals in President Biden’s home state.

    https://nypost.com/2022/05/03/repairman-who-revealed-hunter-biden-laptop-sues-schiff-cnn-politico-beast/

  50. jim2 says:

    When it comes to abortion, I hear people say “My body, my choice.” Any time I hear that I can’t help but think of a truth that will upset some people or make them uncomfortable: The baby’s body is not the mother’s body. The baby is a separate human being that is connected to the mother, but the two bodies are genetically distinct.

  51. p.g.sharrow says:

    Any government that can outlaw abortion can make it mandatory. Be careful what you wish for.. It is not a purview of the Federal government. .

  52. cdquarles says:

    Indubitably, jim2, indubitably. A new human being’s life begins at conception (the joining of a human ovum and a human sperm cell). It is a being in its own right. Thus, all abortions are homicides by definition. The question is “When is this kind of homicide justified?” and the strictest answer is: “When the mother’s life is endangered and only that, with the addition of the baby can’t be saved, too”. Cases like incest and rape are hard edge cases; but you should see that putting those children up for adoption is also an option that does not require the death of the new child. So, when properly justified, like any other justified homicide, it isn’t murder at all. When not justified, then it is murder.

    The slogan “Safe, legal, and rare” is fine. The problem is the “rare” part; which isn’t the case. Right now, it is about 1 million abortions out of 4 million pregnancies (US) annually, resulting in 3 million live births. It should be closer to 10,000 abortions per year.

    If we hadn’t aborted so many of our native children, we likely wouldn’t have needed to import so many others to take their place (yes, immigration, legal and illegal, has essentially made up the difference).

  53. E.M.Smith says:

    @Jim2:

    Been there done that… Painted a couple of houses and fences with lead paint at about 8 to 16 years old. Commonly used leaded gasoline as solvent and cleaner. Swallowed about 1/4 tsp once in a siphoning oversuck event… and burped fumes for a day or two (yuck!).

    Also have done a lot of lead solder and cast some bullets. I’m sure lead is toxic, but there seems to be some degree of protective body response to small exposures.

    @P.G.:

    As I understand it, that is what the leaked SCOTUS deliberation does to Roe. Just says “not a Federal right, power, or duty. Punt back to the States.”

    @Per Life Begins:

    Life began a few billion years ago. We are all an unbroken chain from that moment.

    Each sperm and egg is alive, but not human as they have 1/2 the genes and are single cells only. A new HUMAN life begins at fertilization and unfolds into an adult over decades. If one wishes to define a point in the unfolding where that human life transitions from disposable to worthy of protection, remeber it is a continuous process and without many clear points on the line.

    Personally, I think that point will be near when distinct organs manifest ( heart beating, brain forming) but I can see a case for “viable if born”. The problem with viable is it varies with technology applied. But it is clear the baby is a living human prior to 9 months.

    I’m glad I’m not the one choosing the point.

  54. jim2 says:

    Lead metal is actually pretty benign. It’s lead compounds that tend to be toxic.

  55. jim2 says:

    A bombshell new study by a distinguished team of Danish researchers led by Prof. Christine Stabell-Benn suggests a surprisingly nuanced answer. In the randomized trials of the covid vaccines, the adenovector-based vaccines, including the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, reduced all-cause mortality of study participants relative to people randomly assigned a placebo. Indeed, the reduction in mortality is larger than expected from the Covid effect and may suggest additional beneficial “non-specific effects” from those vaccines against other health threats.

    On the other hand, Stabell-Benn and her colleagues found no statistically meaningful evidence in the trial data that the mRNA vaccines reduced all-cause mortality. The numbers of deaths from other causes including cardiovascular deaths appear to be increased in this group, compensating for the beneficial effect of the vaccines on Covid. Stabell-Benn is keen to stress that the sample is relatively small and is calling for further investigation, and also that the study took place during very low levels of Covid, so the relative advantage of protection against Covid would have been smaller at that time compared to at other points in the pandemic.

    https://unherd.com/thepost/study-into-mrna/

  56. another ian says:

    Great moments in education!

    “The Toronto District School Board is planning to do away with entrance exams, grade evaluations and auditions, as a means of deciding who gets admitted to dozens of highly sought after specialty schools and programs…”

    http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2022/05/04/what-could-possibly-go-wrong-27/#comments

  57. another ian says:

    “Column: A Stake Through the Heartland – Inflation and Supply Chain Issues Are Greatly Stressing the Country’s Producing Class”

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/05/04/column-a-stake-through-the-heartland-inflation-and-supply-chain-issues-are-greatly-stressing-the-countrys-producing-class/

  58. another ian says:

    Another “Green perpetual motion machine”

    “Samantha Power and the Green New Famine”

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/05/04/samantha-power-and-the-green-new-famine/

    And there is a reading list on the latest try in Sri Lanka at the end

  59. another ian says:

    More covid

    “As we are now discovering the odds are that significant percentage of those who took the jabs are ****ed and there’s nothing you can do about it if you did so; what’s done is done.

    If you took these jabs, read this, and your blood doesn’t run cold — or hot enough to get the people who did it to you — your IQ is smaller than your shoe size.”

    More at

    https://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=245779

  60. phile,pm says:

    Oh, dear. Pfizer has been naughty, again! Not to mention J&J. Why would anyone in their right mind trust Pharma conducted trials of their own stuff, with no liability because, hey, EUA, and PREP.

    As another Ian says: https://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=245779

    Some highlights:

    Maddmaxx
    Posts: 949
    Incept: 2021-05-31

    Interesting thread:

    “I’ll just keep repeating – all 44,000 “patients” were numbered with an 8 digit number:
    [Site number e.g. 1006][Patient number, e.g. 1001]
    The patient numbers are CONSECUTIVE.

    Can you see the problem?”

    He expounds:

    “I’ll help.
    The screenshot shows all the “site 1006″ patient files uploaded in this week’s document dump. They are now being uploaded as 1 pdf = 1 patient.

    There were only 6 files = 6 patients.

    The randomization log shows 181 patients at that site”

    Then from another contributor:

    It would appear that out of 181 trial participants, only 6 of them had files indicating they’re actual people.

    “The other 175 were either fabricated, synthetic data, or proper records were not collected.”

    Then another:

    Court orders Pfizer to release FULL patient trial data from 4 sites.

    Pfizer releases dataset which is “missing” most of the patients they claimed existed.

    Strong hypothesis is that the other “patients” were synthetic (made up).
    Potential for severe distortion of trial results.”

    A question posed:

    They faked the whole trial?!”

    And the answer:

    “Only 97% of it”

    This is a very good twitter to follow:

    https://mobile.twitter.com/Jikkyleaks/st….

    Tickerguy
    Posts: 183503
    Incept: 2007-06-26

    @Maddmaxx — Oh Sweet Jesus… the alleged 30,000 in the trials were not?

    Oh…….. my.

    Now I understand why they didn’t pull bloodwork. They would have been instantly busted since each one of those is unmistakably unique, and if you try to fake it you’ll almost-certainly get caught due to repetition or other evidence that it wasn’t really pulled and was “generated” instead.

    Ugrev
    Posts: 931
    Incept: 2010-03-08

    Freer state of NC
    Online

     
    As someone who worked in the clinical trials field (my wife as well); my wife and I could not come up with the proper gymnastics to figure out how they tested this, this fast. Patient recruitment for CT’s takes MONTHS alone and this is why I suspect they fabricated the ‘lives’ for the trial. For ref, my wife was actually ON the phone call with Theranos when they wanted to do recruitment for Walgreens, just to give you an idea of how high up she was and who she was interacting with.

    We kept telling people, there is NO ****ING WAY ON EARTH this ‘product’ was fully tested much less tested properly. No.way.in.hell. Now we know the truth and now we feel vindicated.

    ———-

    My take was that there was no way any of the “vaccines” got passed animal trials. Like Ugrev, I worked in clinical trials. Much of the problem of getting volunteers for clinical trials is that they have to be suffering from a very deadly, terminal disease to begin with, else, why would they undergo experimental treatment?

    So.

    Somehow, healthy. young people thought they were doing the “right thing” if they wore the worthless and injurious masks and got the clot-shots. And now we have a generation who can’t pronounce phonemes.

  61. jim2 says:

    I read The Gateway Pundit pretty often. If there is an article that interests me, I always double-check because the site can stretch reality a bit. So, I’m reading on TGP that Fox News is not mentioning “2000 Mules.” So, I check and this is what I find:

    Given the ability of liberal activist groups, including the teachers’ unions, to field large groups to harvest votes and create mischief, such practices constitute a serious threat to our democracy.

    A threat, by the way, documented by Dinesh D’Souza’s movie “2000 Mules,” in which the filmmaker shows groups of “mules” scooping up ballots from activist organizations during the 2020 election and jamming them into numerous drop boxes under cover of darkness.

    https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/elon-musk-threat-democracy-elizabeth-warren-liz-peek

  62. another ian says:

    “Brannon’s War Room- Dr. Wolf: COVID Vaccines and Pregnancy

    Safe and Effective®”

    Rumble link

    http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2022/05/04/rats-2/#comments

    And comments

  63. another ian says:

    “University midwife students taught to care for men giving birth ‘through their penis’ ”

    A male friend has just had prostate surgery.

    He said to the nurse who was explaining the procedure “How in the hell do you get enough room?”

    The answer was “Modern technology”.

    Might be a very large stretch needed for it to be able to cater for that birth idea as –

    A female friend described giving birth to a large baby as “Like shitting a watermelon”

  64. jim2 says:

    Some food for thought. If the government is allowed to define the beginning of human life by some arbitrary standard, say for the sake of argument the heart begins beating; then it could also define an arbitrary standard for death. Maybe when your eyesight and hearing deteriorate below a certain threshold. Then you are legally dead and can be “terminated.”

  65. jim2 says:

    If vaccinations are killing people long after the fact, it’s not showing up in excess deaths.

    https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/covid19/excess_deaths.htm

  66. E.M.Smith says:

    @Jim2:

    There are already criteria for death. And, while rare, every so often, someone wakes up in the morge… or worse. For “assisted suicide” aka friends who will murder you… there are also guidelines for those in places where it is allowed. Not to mention DNR which could be interpreted as approved malpractice.

    The slippery slope is in the rear view mirror and up hill…

  67. E.M.Smith says:

    Oh! And I forget to mention triage…or “I’m too busy, so someone has to die. I think it will be the oldest ones with the most medical issues.”

    Basically Doctors make death decisions everyday. Part of the job. I’ve been at the bedside for a few slow deaths from cancer. I was very thankful for the decision to continue pain killers after kidney clearance was failing… and for hospice providing mophine in another…

    There’s a time when you know it is over and time one ought to get off the ride. For Doctors that happens every day. I’m just glad it has been more rare for me.

    I worked on the wards for a while and sat in the Doctor’s lounge. It changes you some… there are times when death is a welcomed friend. Others where it is a tragedy. A few where it is just an annoying surprise. Many where it is simply expected process.

  68. cdquarles says:

    As I have said before, our gracious host has nailed it, again. I’ve seen lots of death. Most of the death was expected, though the how wasn’t necessarily expected so much. And the span of a man’s years shall be 120. After conception, we begin being subject to bodily death … 1 hour at a time. If potential cause A doesn’t get you, you get to pick from one or more of B to Z … and beyond.

    Triage is a trade-off process. You only have so much ability, time, and other resources. When the demand exceeds the supply …., decisions must be made, under uncertainty. Plus, diagnosis isn’t gnosis, it is just a guess; an informed one, but still a guess.

  69. Jon K says:

    The world is getting scary…

    Anatoly Shariy, an ethnic Ukrainian YouTuber, was just arrested by Spanish federal police for the crime of “discrediting the state policy of Ukraine.”

    https://national-conservative.com/spain-arrests-youtube-star-with-3-million-subs-for-criticizing-the-ukrainian-government/

  70. E.M.Smith says:

    @Jon K:

    OK… So, note to self: Scratch Planned Trip to the EU with Spouse.

    Since I’ve criticized various “policies” by several governments, I’m sure I’m up for such in the EU. Guess my money is staying this side of the pond.

    Looks like Spain (and by extension the rest of the EU given some of their other bogus behaviours) has gone full on Brown Shirt. Nice to know.

    Of course, the USA is only slightly better. Having arrested and held without charges, bail, or hearing a few hundred folks for the crime of acting like BLM… but for the other side…

  71. another ian says:

    A fine rant on covid et al (IMO)

    https://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=245781

  72. philjourdan says:

    @jim2 – re: TGP – I read them as well, but do take them with a grain of salt. When they say Fox is not mentioning them, what they are really saying is that Fox is not PROMOTING them. TGP is right of Trump! But that is ok. When you realize that, you can actually get some good data out of the site. Just as you can from CNN or MSNBC – for the latter 2, whatever they say, just believe the opposite! In 6-12 months, you will be proven correct!

  73. philjourdan says:

    @jim2

    Some food for thought. If the government is allowed to define the beginning of human life by some arbitrary standard, say for the sake of argument the heart begins beating; then it could also define an arbitrary standard for death. Maybe when your eyesight and hearing deteriorate below a certain threshold. Then you are legally dead and can be “terminated.”

    They already do. They define death as lack of brain wave activity. Terri Schiavo anyone?

  74. another ian says:

    More covid

    “US FDA limits approval of Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine due to risk of thrombosis”

    https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2022/05/us-fda-limits-approval-of-johnson-johnson-covid-19-vaccine-due-to-risk-of-thrombosis.html

  75. jim2 says:

    I don’t believe Fox News has a plot to suppress information about “2000 Mules.” I think they are just waiting to see how the movie’s impact and credibility shakes out. In fact, Carlson had a segment on it recently. But the TGP moves the goal posts and complains about how Tucker handled the interview. It’s always something!

    True the Vote founder Catherine Engelbrecht joined Tucker Carlson on Thursday night. This was after the premiere of Dinesh D’Souza’s “2000 Mules” on Wednesday at Mar-a-Lago. In the film, Dinesh D’Souza and True the Vote provide answers and evidence of the stolen 2020 Election from President Trump.

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/05/catherine-engelbrecht-joins-tucker-carlson-following-premier-2000-mules-tucker-misses-important-statement-video/

  76. another ian says:

    “PfizerGate: new documents confirm vaccine goes to liver, spleen and ovaries in animal studies”

    https://joannenova.com.au/2022/05/pfizergate-new-documents-confirm-vaccine-goes-to-liver-spleen-and-ovaries-in-animal-studies/

  77. another ian says:

    And goes with “Pfizergate”

    “Pandemic of the Vaccinated”

    “Quit clogging up our hospital system and stealing beds from the people who really need them.”

    http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2022/05/06/pandemic-of-the-vaccinated-2/

  78. Ossqss says:

    Wow, this was quite interesting. What could possibly go wrong with a coordinated pack of autonomous drones? Just add weapons…..

    https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/scirobotics.abm5954

  79. E.M.Smith says:

    @Osswss:

    Yup. https://www.thedefensepost.com/2022/04/26/us-army-drone-swarm/

    There’s one use case that was tested sometime ago, where a jet fighter dumped a lot of them from a pod (barely vidible in the video). They then swarm on a ground air defense system. Some cluttering up radar and confusing it. Others with munition payloads to disable it.

    Skynet is being built now….

  80. another ian says:

    For something different in propulsion

  81. another ian says:
  82. another ian says:

    “Trust” the Process: IPCC AR6 WG1 Edition

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/05/07/ar6-wg1-final-revised-report-and-expert-review-comments-have-just-been-released/

    “If you scroll down to the bottom you can find the heretofore secret list of Expert Reviewers:”

    “Note that, until now, even the Expert Reviewers, themselves, were not permitted to see any of this material. Even while reviewing the SOD (Second Order Draft) we were not permitted to see the authors’ responses to even our own FOD (First Order Draft) comments.

    In the case of our FOD comments, we’ve had to wait nearly three years to see the authors’ responses.

    The IPCC’s “expert review” process, despite the similar name, does not resemble peer review for academic papers. The IPCC treats its own “expert reviewers” like mushrooms. The IPCC’s authors needn’t even take reviewer comments into consideration.

    Imagine an academic journal which ran its peer-review process the way that the IPCC runs their “expert review” process:”

  83. H.R. says:

    The steampunk video was fun, particularly watching the pipe start to get a little red, then cherry red, then white hot.

    I was waiting for the pipe to just melt altogether and his pants to catch fire.

  84. another ian says:

    Strange things

    “Don’t believe the headlines: Google Trends for “climate change” are not rising, but something very weird is going on…”

    https://joannenova.com.au/2022/05/dont-believe-the-headlines-google-trends-for-climate-change-are-not-rising-but-something-very-weird-is-going-on/

  85. philjourdan says:

    @jim2 – Spot on!

    And the rest. You have to understand that Fox is not a Right wing news org! So stop buying the left’s talking points! It IS a NEWS Org. So it will not report innuendoes and (for the most part) unverified information. Their opinion hosts will comment on them, but until the rest of the news is verified through other sources it will not report on them! So do not expect them to be a MAGA outfit! They are NOT. They are also not a left wing propaganda mouthpiece either. Which is what the rest of the MSM is.

    Understand what you are reading/listening to. Stop listening to what others say about them. just get the facts, then see who reports them. And understand that they are not going to be a parrot of TGP. Even when TGP is correct 99% of the time (within 6-12 months).

  86. philjourdan says:

    p.s. And no, I do not trust Fox to report all the news. Just what can be verified by non-real news sources. (i.e. fake news). So they are semi-fake news. At least they report what has been verified by official sources, whereas Real Fake News does not.

  87. beng135 says:

    Ossqss — there was a youtube of a hovering drone firing an automatic handgun. I think youtube removed the video, tho.

  88. beng135 says:

    Chiefo, cast lead soldiers with the lead-melter casting “toy” as a kid. Hard to believe they sold that as a “toy” into the 60s (used with adult supervisiion).

  89. Simon Derricutt says:

    I don’t recall hearing of that many children die on the football pitch over my lifetime. Looks like it’s starting to become less uncommon. I’ve seen several reports this year.
    https://www.gbnews.uk/news/junior-footballer-dies-after-suffering-sudden-cardiac-arrest-on-pitch-during-under-13s-game/289383

  90. another ian says:

    2000 Mules canned by Twitter

    ““Don’t we all vote at 1 o’clock in the morning?” ”

    http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2022/05/09/dont-we-all-vote-at-1-oclock-in-the-morning/#comments

    Various alternative links in comments including

    “Here as well without any paywall…

    https://bestnewshere.com/2000-mules-by-dinesh-dsouza-documentary/

  91. jim2 says:

    “2000 Mules” on Youtube …

    Not that I expect anyone to watch it there :) But it is there.

  92. Ossqss says:

    Thx, Jim2!

  93. another ian says:
  94. jim2 says:

    I can still find “2000 Mules” on U-tube, but the previous link appears to be dead. One may have to search on U-tube each time to find it.

  95. jim2 says:

    Here’s another link to 2000 Mules.

    https://ugetube.com/watch/ElnLVOFcSCUaC4J

  96. another ian says:

    “Donald Trump Jr’s. – new free speech news platform – (it’s free to get).

    mxmnews

    “Mainstream News without Mainstream Bias”

    https://mxmnews.com/

    A comment at SDA

  97. another ian says:

    ““BillGates #Pandemic #Covid

    Is He Serious?!”

    And then

    “Oh the irony – Bill Gates has Covid

    Fully vaxxed and boosted, yet…

    https://www.npr.org/2022/05/10/1098066371/bill-gates-positive-covid

    Via Jo Nova

  98. another ian says:

    Seems Bill is following that famous book on giving advice called

    “How to do it and not get it”

    Written by

    “One who did it, got it and can’t get rid of it”

  99. jim2 says:

    Somebody needs to tell Bill he ain’t a doctor, that’s for sure.

  100. another ian says:

    “Wow. Wow. Wow. Watch JetSuit Mountaineering — 2,200 foot climb in 3 minutes”

    https://joannenova.com.au/2022/05/wow-wow-wow-watch-jetsuit-mountaineering-2200-foot-climb-in-3-minutes/

  101. another ian says:

    Maybe Bill should read this for something else to worry about?

    “If you get insulted with disease often enough eventually you’re going to get hammered.

    STILL SAYING “IT WOULD HAVE BEEN WORSE IF I DIDN’T” EH?

    Exactly how damned stupid are you?

    Oh, and that’s likely permanent too. Congratulations, walking corpse.

    Do stupid things, win stupid prizes — specifically, take a number for your turn in the crematorium, it’s a bit busy these days.”

    https://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=245817

  102. another ian says:

    How many more?

    “BREAKING: Justin Trudeau caught funding the World Economic Forum with tax money

    https://thecountersignal.com/justin-trudeau-funding-world-economic-forum/

  103. another ian says:

    “Joe Biden Labels Donald Trump “The Great MAGA King”
    May 11, 2022 | Sundance | 134 Comments”

    With added videos

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2022/05/11/joe-biden-labels-donald-trump-the-great-maga-king/#more-232947

  104. jim2 says:

    Some DumbA$$ at Bloomberg slimed the name of a man who literally was God’s gift to women.

    By Kriston Capps
    May 10, 2022, 10:38 AM EDT

    For more than 80 years, a statue on the grounds of the state capitol in Montgomery, Alabama, has recognized J. Marion Sims as the “father of gynecology.” The South Carolina-born Sims was a physician who launched his career in the Montgomery area in the mid-1800s, where he developed a series of groundbreaking surgical techniques and tools; later, he founded New York’s Women’s Hospital, the first hospital for women in the U.S.

    But the monument makes no mention of why Sims is now among the most vilified figures in American medicine: He honed his experimental surgical techniques on the bodies of enslaved women, without anesthesia and without their consent. From the antebellum era until today, those women — most of whose names have been lost to time — have never received the same recognition for their unwitting contributions to medicine and history.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-05-10/forging-a-memorial-to-the-forgotten-mothers-of-gynecology

    This guy is as dumb as a box of hammers. The truth of the matter is the African women in question were afflicted with great suffering, the doctor paid for their upkeep in his hospital for years, anesthesia was under development at the time and not widely used for anyone, and the women in question wanted nothing more than for him to figure out how to fix the problem. You couldn’t find a bigger idiot writer if you tried!!

    Here is the account written at the time by the Dr. himself. You can draw your own conclusions.

    https://play.google.com/books/reader?id=kaYNAAAAYAAJ&pg=GBS.PP6

  105. jim2 says:

    Here’s a downloadable version of Sims’ biography in case Google cancels it.

    Click to access storyofmylif00sims.pdf

  106. Simon Derricutt says:

    …and in other news, just when you thought things can’t get weirder, there’s
    https://www.gbnews.uk/news/nursery-rhymes-like-ba-ba-black-sheep-rewritten-for-schools-to-be-more-vegan-friendly/292773
    Can’t have our kids absorbing all those racist, white supremacist, carnivorous, or animal-exploiting ditties when they learn to talk.

  107. another ian says:

    Morning email from a friend on things economic

    “Arguably, no sector lavished in monetary excess with such flagrance as the indomitable tech sector. More evidence this week of serious leakage from a historic Bubble. Get ready for one brutal and protracted bear market. Losses will be unprecedented.”

    https://creditbubblebulletin.blogspot.com/2022/05/weekly-commentary-global-quagmire.html

    And a nice downward set of graphs on Bitcoin

  108. philjourdan says:

    @jim2 says:
    9 May 2022 at 10:43 pm

    It is gone now! One mustn’t speak the truth in google land!

  109. philjourdan says:

    FYI – the link now shows “this video violated EweToobs Terms of servitude.” Forgive my editorial license.

  110. Ossqss says:

    So, do we have any studies yet on the efficacy of the Vaxx vs not having it at all?

    Seeing studies on the negative efficacy up in boosterland, is troublesome.

    A virus is gonna virus, and it did, again>

  111. Ossqss says:

    So, do we have any studies yet on the efficacy of the Vaxx vs not having it at all?

    Seeing studies on the negative efficacy up in boosterland, is troublesome.

    A virus is gonna virus, and it did, again>

  112. another ian says:

    “Hazaddeds”

    “Monster trains and the risks they entail”

    https://bayourenaissanceman.blogspot.com/2022/05/monster-trains-and-risks-they-entail.html

  113. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    Per that economic link… Yeah, I called a top some weeks back. Likely need to do an update on timing shorts.

    Thing that interested me most in that link was the sovereign banking issues. Especially how stealing the wealth of Sovereign Russia was pretty much guaranteed to tell EVERY other sovereign that the USA and $US were no longer safe places to store your wealth. Right when inflation was saying the same thing to individuals… I’m not putting enough time into where to move my $ US holdings…

    So the 2 biggest holders are starting to slowly step back. It starts with not buying, letting some securities mature without replacement, then moves to active selling. Japan pushing back from the buying table. China figuring it needs to dump $1Trillion or so before invading Taiwan.

    May 2 – Bloomberg (Michael MacKenzie and Chikako Mogi): “In times of Treasury turmoil, the biggest investor outside American soil has historically lent a helping hand. Not this time round. Japanese institutional managers — known for their legendary U.S. debt buying sprees in recent decades — are now fueling the great bond selloff, just as the Federal Reserve pares its $9 trillion balance sheet. Estimates from BMO Capital Markets based on the most recent data show the largest overseas holder of Treasuries has offloaded almost $60 billion over the past three months. While that may be small change relative to the Japan’s $1.3 trillion stockpile, the divestment threatens to grow.”

    There are dynamics at play that have fundamentally altered global demand for Treasuries. My confidence that we’re witnessing a secular shift will be further solidified with confirmation that the Chinese have begun shaving Treasury holdings.

    April 30 – Financial Times (Sun Yu): “Chinese regulators have held an emergency meeting with domestic and foreign banks to discuss how they could protect the country’s overseas assets from US-led sanctions similar to those imposed on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, according to people familiar… Officials are worried the same measures could be taken against Beijing in the event of a regional military conflict or other crisis. President Xi Jinping’s administration has maintained staunch support for Vladimir Putin throughout the crisis but Chinese banks and companies remain wary of transacting any business with Russian entities that could trigger US sanctions. The internal conference, held on April 22, included officials from China’s central bank and finance ministry, as well as executives from dozens of local and international lenders such as HSBC… Senior regulators including Yi Huiman, chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission, and Xiao Gang, who headed the CSRC from 2013 to 2016, asked bankers in attendance what could be done to protect the nation’s overseas assets, especially its $3.2tn in foreign reserves. China’s vast dollar-denominated holdings range from more than $1tn US Treasury bonds to New York office buildings.”

    Thanks, Biden &Co., for starting a run out of US Treasuries and the $US via stealing the Russian’s money and telling the world the USA is now a Banana Republic Kleptocracy.

    I’m thinking maybe Swiss Francs is the place to be… I liked using Swedish Krona in the past, due to the Swissy being more news driven, but with Sweden painting a NATO Target request on itself, that’s off the table for me.

  114. E.M.Smith says:

    A quick check of forex rates shows $US strength pretty much accross the board over the last month. So my sloth has been rewarded on war-in-Europe fear driven trade exceeding (so far…) Central Bank bond dumping.

    Surprising how even AUD and NZD reflect the same. It comes in a recent spike. Perhaps artificial bank intervention? Or maybe just the specter of war from UK across Europe to the Asian Pacific doesn’t leave much of safe haven land to choose from…

    Or maybe it is just a spike in $US demand from the sudden spike in oil prices…

  115. another ian says:

    Take that!

    Via Jo Nova

  116. another ian says:

    Plant based protein maker “Beyond Broke”

    “They got millions worth of free product placement in the news cycle, and people still won’t eat the crap.”

    http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2022/05/13/beyond-broke/

  117. another ian says:

    More economics

    “I wish the resemblance weren’t so close…”

    https://bayourenaissanceman.blogspot.com/2022/05/i-wish-resemblance-werent-so-close.html

  118. another ian says:

    “That Sinking Feeling
    What will avail in the face of these treacheries and hardships? Oppose. Refuse. Resist. This is getting personal….”

    “https://kunstler.com/clusterf u c k-nation/that-sinking-feeling/ ”

    (Take out the obvious spaces)

  119. another ian says:

    Mark Steyn on latest covid

    “My bottom line is that the last two years must never happen again’ says Mark Steyn”

  120. H.R. says:

    @another ian re “Plant based protein maker “Beyond Broke”.

    I haunt the clearance and markdowns at the grocery store. There are all sorts of ‘plant-based’ meat products in the frozen food Clearance/discontinued/markdown case. And There are STILL no takers!

    I have noticed since the “Beyond Meat” products were introduced that it was definitely a “marketing thing” and a novelty. No one else was fooled, either. But it was interesting to all and sundry. Eh, give it a try… once.

    It has failed at Burger King and McDonalds. It failed in grocery stores. No one wants to pay twice as much for fake meat when they can pay half as much for the real thing. Ground chuck: mmmmm…! Fire up the grill!

    The grocers are having the devil of a time getting rid of the stuff at any price.

    The fast food places probably order in a couple of pounds of the fake meat ‘burgers’ on the off chance a vegan might be inspired to order one, but then… how many vegans actually line up at the fast food burger-joint drive-thrus?

    Yup. Order a couple of pounds of fake meat a month and that outa do it.

  121. H.R. says:

    Just a note of passing interest to some; I filled up the truck (diesel) having last filled up in Northern Georgia on the way home from Florida.

    Since I wasn’t towing on the way home, though I did have a bit of a load in the bed, I was getting about 18.5 mpg and 1/2 of that was mountain driving.

    The bill was $156.xx for a little over 1/2 a tank. OWIE, MOMMY!!! 😲😶‍🌫️😥😥

  122. another ian says:

    “The worst thing about owning an EV (electric car) | Auto Expert John Cadogan”

  123. another ian says:

    JHC!

    Would $350 million from Big Pharma be enough to buy Fauci and NIH approval — Who knows, it’s a secret”

    https://joannenova.com.au/2022/05/would-350-million-from-big-pharma-be-enough-to-buy-fauci-and-nih-approval-who-knows-its-a-secret/

  124. another ian says:

    Tucker on the US baby food problem

    And

    “Ingraham: The coming lockdown retribution”

  125. another ian says:

    And no lesson from deplorables – via CTH

  126. another ian says:

    E.M.

    A question that has come up on Jo Nova – can you install Linux on a Mac with M1 chip set?

    https://joannenova.com.au/2022/05/weekend-unthreaded-411/#comment-2547451

  127. another ian says:

    “Neil Oliver, W.H.O Assembles Pandemic Treaty to Control Global Human Parasites
    May 14, 2022 | Sundance | 53 Comments”

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2022/05/14/neil-oliver-w-h-o-assembles-pandemic-treaty-to-control-global-human-parasites/

    More UN

    “Another Year, Another U.N. Scandal”

    https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2022/05/another-year-another-un-scandal-bruce-bawer/

  128. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    Here’s an efficient way to do it in a virtual machine:

    https://www.comptia.org/blog/using-linux-on-your-m1-based-mac

    https://www.howtogeek.com/767684/how-to-install-linux-on-apple-silicon/

    But I doubt there’s a native port yet. These folks claim to have one running, but it doesn’t look like shipping and no GPU yet…
    https://www.thetechherald.com/tech-news/apple-m1-mac-pcs-can-now-run-macos-windows-10-and-linux-distros-corellium-installs-and-boots-groovy-gorilla-ubuntu-20-10/

    Hmmm… hardware support in kernel 5.13 supposedly in summer 2021

    https://www.linux-magazine.com/Online/News/Apple-M1-Hardware-Support-to-be-Merged-into-Linux-Kernel-5.13

    https://www.kernel.org/category/releases.html says 5.15 is out and long term support…

    So I’d say yes, it definitely runs in an emulator (QEMU) but likely still a young port in progress native on the hardware. It is usually a year or so for new ports, up to 2 years for comfortably stabile. But there’s a LOT of good software guys on Macs, so likely will go faster than most.

    Last August it was in hacker demo (alpha) mode, so likely soon, if not already beta:

    https://news.itsfoss.com/debian-linux-with-gnome-now-runs-on-apples-m1-mac-mini/

  129. another ian says:

    Way back in BC there was a saying “Think – it might be a new experience”.

    Quite a list here that some higher pay grade people ought to read.

    “Understand This About War…”

    https://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=245855

  130. another ian says:

    And it was pointed out recently how well Russia makes do with limited imports

  131. another ian says:

    What?

  132. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    I’ve thought about the ocean shipping exposure in a different scenario. What happens when a major rock fall from space hits the Pacific Ocean making a 400 foot high impact wave?

    It WILL happen. Maybe only once every 20000 years? More or less? But at some point, certainly.

    That will sink almost all ships at sea, anchor or in port in said ocean. It will also destroy the docks and cargo handling ports. Not to mention wiping out all the trained crews and navigation aides, radio beacons, weather stations, etc.

    Not going to recover from that for many decades, if ever.

    There is evidence for this happening near South Africa toward India, thousands of years ago. Speculated to be the cause of epic floods recorded in Noah and Gilgsmesh legends.

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

    Similar reasoning applied to the Atlantis legend…

    So one wonders when the Great Pacific Legend will be born, of a global power ended by God with a mighty flood and famine, almost instantly.

  133. philjourdan says:

    “Not going to recover from that for many decades, if ever.”

    Oh, there will be recovery. As long as man survives. But what that recovery looks like is the real question.

  134. jim2 says:

    People who are vaccinated and then get infected with omicron may be primed to overcome a broad range of coronavirus variants, early research suggests.

    A pair of studies showed that infection produced even better immune responses than a booster shot in vaccinated patients. Teams from Covid-19 vaccine maker BioNTech SE and the University of Washington posted the results on preprint server bioRxiv in recent weeks.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-05-15/how-omicron-infection-turbo-charges-vaccinated-people-s-immunity

  135. another ian says:

    Read before leaping on “Belt and Road”

    “Ian Cumming: Before there is too much admiration, the real background story of Kingston Chinese plant”

    http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2022/05/15/this-is-the-time-at-sda-when-we-refresh-our-memories/

  136. another ian says:

    “Trump Lord of the Rings Meme”

    https://dailystatuss.com/trump-lord-of-the-rings-meme/

    Via Jo Nova

  137. another ian says:

    Also via Jo

    “Biden laptop email now online and searchable.

    https://bidenlaptopemails.com/

  138. another ian says:

    “Inconvenient: The four pillars of civilization all require fossil fuels, and more of them”

    “Not the kind of article we’d expect to see in Time Magazine. A 100% endorsement of the inescapable need for fossil fuels?”

    https://joannenova.com.au/2022/05/the-four-pillars-of-civilization-all-require-fossil-fuels/

  139. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    While generally accurate, and it is true that using the methods we choose to use now all of those are entirely dependent on fossil fuels:

    There are alternative pathways to make all of the materials in the “4 pillars”. They just cost more (sometimes a lot more) and are going to take a long time to convert over (if ever).

    Examples:

    Plastics can be made from any carbon source. Even trash. We have no shortage of trash. We can grow all the plants needed easily if we were to convert plant waste to “synthesis gas” (and, in fact, probably already do as a lot of plants just get tilled back into the soil after we harvest a tiny part of it…)

    Cement: There are currently produced and used “geopolymer cements” that do not take anywhere near the amount of fuel needed to cook limestone for regular cement.

    Ammonia: (Really nitrogen fertilizers) You can use a variety of starting materials, and in particular “plant waste”. PITA to haul to a site, clean it up, and then process when compared to a methane pipeline, but doable.

    Steel: Originally made with wood. A big part of why Europe is deforested today. No, I’d not want to go back to that… but do realize “coking coal” is a very small part of total coal mined. All you really need is a good cheap reducing agent, and it turns out carbon is one of the better cheaper ones, but carbon is available in many ways.

    For the heat source in many / all of these processes one can use nuclear power. As an electric arc in steel making. As process heat flows via working fluids in others. HTGCR would likely work best for that.

    Note that I’m not advocating for changing to those pathways. They are more expensive and frankly a bit stupid as long as we have fossil fuels; but they are available to us if needed.

  140. jim2 says:

    Former President Donald Trump has put media giant Fox News in his crosshairs, highlighting their reluctance to cover Dinesh D’Souza’s new film “2000 Mules,” which displays damning evidence of designed election irregularities during the 2020 presidential election.

    Trump had harsh criticism for the network that, he said, “won’t even show or discuss the greatest & most impactful documentary of our time, ‘2000 Mules,’” saying definitively that, “Fox News is no longer Fox News.”

    The statement was sent to his supporters on Truth Social, the former president’s social media platform.

    The former president even suggested CNN fill the void that exists in mainstream conservative media, suggesting they “go conservative,” since nobody is watching their “Fake News” in its current state. He added, “As I say, what the h— have they got to lose?”

    D’Souza has been vocal recently about both Fox News and Newsmax reportedly banning discussion of his important film and not having him on to discuss it, with a partner on the documentary, True the Vote Founder and President Catherine Engelbrecht, stating that she was asked not to mention the film while being interviewed on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

    On Thursday, D’Souza addressed the issue on the “Dinesh D’Souza Podcast.” By his own admission, it seems that Carlson intended to show a trailer for the movie during an interview with Catherine Englebrecht on the topic of her work during the 2020 election.

    Apparently, the issue arose from D’Souza, correctly or incorrectly, interpreting the terms of using parts of his film to be such that the trailer would not mention the documentary by name. According to D’Souza, a representative of Carlson’s show sent him a text, saying that, “If you want a full 90 seconds for your trailer, then buy an ad on the show for a full 90 seconds. No more free ads for you.”

    https://bigleaguepolitics.com/trump-targets-fox-news-for-silence-on-fraud/

  141. Ossqss says:

    My question is…..

    Why does nobody talk about TES? Life as we know it, isn’t just about neighborhood electricity folks.

  142. E.M.Smith says:

    @Ossqss:

    I’d be happy to talk about TES if I has any idea what the letters stood for…

  143. E.M.Smith says:

    Ah, I see. On the graph in the link you posted. Total Energy Supply.

    Um, I have talked about it several times over the years. Mostly to point out how massive fossil fuels are and how much Transportation depends on petroleum. That oil for transport roughly equals total electric supply, so to electrify transport needs a grid doubling, that can’t be done in 10 years (and worse, trying to do it without coal, nuclear, oil, gas and hydro is double dumb failure mode).

    It is simply impossible to “decarbonize”, so I have mostly not worried about how stupid it is. Lately, though, having seen folks like Britain and Germany blow up their existing plant before building working replacement capacity, I’ve begun to think that level of Stupid In Charge may deserve worry…

  144. Terry Jackson says:

    Total Energy Supply?

  145. Ossqss says:

    Here ya go on the waterfront. I just saw a commercial for Smart Water 9+. One wonders if that Alkaline water could alter trajectories of pathogens by virtue of changing your body PH?

  146. another ian says:

    This goes with that “”Gun violence”: putting the blame where it’s due”

    https://bayourenaissanceman.blogspot.com/2022/05/gun-violence-putting-blame-where-its-due.html

  147. E.M.Smith says:

    @Ossqss:

    One of the big clues, for me, that the whole Global Warming and de-carbonizing thing was just a giant scam: The orders of magnitude more power we get from fossil fuels, compared to the max solar snd wind we fould even theoretically build in 2 decades. Just no can do.

    Then excluding China from reductions and banning the only energy source with a chance of replacing fossil fuels: nuclear. Thaf told me if was all about money redistribution and enriching Friends Of China….

    Per alkaline water: It is very hard to shift blood pH, and if moved very far, it is very bad… So I’ll pass.

  148. YMMV says:

    Just a thought … what if we outsourced Covid testing to the mafia or something?

    https://www.newsmax.com/newsfront/covid-testing-nevada/2022/05/16/id/1070116/

  149. another ian says:

    Well we could do this

    “If Bill Gates and the WHO are allowed to take control of international pandemic policy we’re in deep trouble, says Dan Wootton”

    https://www.gbnews.uk/gb-views/if-bill-gates-and-the-who-are-allowed-to-take-control-of-international-pandemic-policy-were-in-deep-trouble-says-dan-wootton/295663

    Remember those ongoing hole fixes for Windows?

  150. another ian says:

    That and this via SDA

    “Microsoft hires up in China for secretive, ‘revolutionary’ real estate project”

    https://nypost.com/2022/05/16/microsoft-hires-up-in-china-for-secretive-revolutionary-real-estate-project/

  151. another ian says:

    Maybe a pointer to things in Canada – I posted that “gun violence” item on SDA. Went into moderation and looks like limbo

  152. another ian says:

    Not Ukraine

    “Amir Tsarfati: Breaking News: Israel just put Iran on notice!”

  153. Ossqss says:

    Distraction>

  154. Ossqss says:

    Ok, 2 distractions>

  155. E.M.Smith says:

    I’m sure it is nothing…. /sarc;

  156. philemon says:

    But wait… There’s more!

    https://roundingtheearth.substack.com/p/defining-away-vaccine-safety-signals-55a

    Gee, why does this remind me of Climate Science (TM)?

  157. another ian says:

    FWIW

    “A totalitarian onslaught against freedom on a worldwide scale”

    https://bayourenaissanceman.blogspot.com/2022/05/a-totalitarian-onslaught-against.html

  158. another ian says:

    “Humor: Why You Should Not Move to Florida!”

    Via SDA

  159. another ian says:

    Moonbat from another planet?

    “George Monbiot says farming should be ABOLISHED to save the planet: Climate change activist says meat can be replaced with lab-grown food like protein pancakes”

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10828875/George-Monbiot-says-farming-ABOLISHED-save-planet.html

  160. another ian says:

    “Pictorial portrait of an environmentalist.”

    https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2022/05/right-there-in-one-photo.html

  161. another ian says:

    “Definition of the day”

    “Religious Fanatic (n): “A person who does what God would do if only He understood the situation.”

    https://bayourenaissanceman.blogspot.com/2022/05/definition-of-day.html

    Yep!

  162. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    Yean, MoonBat doesn’t “get it”. Without farming there’s about 8 Billion dead on the planet and the survivors will not be the “elite”. It will be folks who know how to hunt and dig in the dirt…

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