This is another of the W.O.O.D. series of semi-regular
Weekly Occasional Open Discussions.
(i.e. if I forget and skip one, no big)
Immediate prior one here:
and remains open for threads running there (at least until the ‘several month’ auto-close of comments on stale threads).
Canonical list of old ones here:
The new ChromeBooks have helped greatly for all things computer and posting related. I’m sure folks have noticed the return of the long comment and an increase in postings.
I’ve still not converted either of them to live Linux, but have run “command line Linux” in a VM container. Nice, but lack of full GUI makes it inadequate for most things..
House Hunting continues, hopefully with the Official Start Of Hurricane Season on 1 June, and our first tropical storm of the season now happening (flooding in Miami…) along with The Fed raising interest rates so more folks priced out of higher “payments”, there will be a slowing of sales and increase in available homes / rentals.
This will be DIY for a while still. I did do a Binge Watch catch up session and there’s a bunch of good ones, so well worth going there:
Looks like the US Military is expecting ports and ships to be whacked by China in any kind of dust-up. Wants a Seaplane equivalent of a C-17.
Looks like soon Folks in Britain will once again be able to order a Pint ‘o Beer and have a 1 pound steak. We in the USA have been running a Free System Of Measures without much problem at all. Sell things in grams, pounds, ounces, drams, grains, kilos, whatever you like. Either customers will like it, or not, and you can react accordingly.
I see no reason to force people into any given system. They can pick what they like.
NBA “Ass Kisser Of China” had low ratings on their Big Show… maybe time for a re-think on that whole ass kissing thing?
The TV ratings for game one of the NBA Finals between the Celtics and Warriors were absolutely horrible.
According to TVSeriesFinale.com, the Boston Celtics earning a huge 120-108 victory over Steph Curry and the Warriors in game one of the NBA Finals averaged 8.13 million viewers on ABC in the early data. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)
The Hollywood Reporter reported that the final data showed the game had north of 11 million viewers, which is a huge tick up.
Still, about 11 times that of CNN Prime Time, but out of 349+ Million people in the USA? That’s pretty lame. About 3%. Really.
Apple has started to get a bit of clue. Maybe realized that their whole sales of product would be halted if China invades Taiwan, as it eventually will. But moving to Vietnam, another Communist Country? Guess slave labor and poverty are a thing…
Well, it’s been almost a week since my “Gas at $7 a gallon in California” posting, and now it’s at $8…. Next week? (Diesel at $9.19 so hope you are not trying to ship anything from Port of L.A. or Long Beach via truck…)
I’m so happy to be in Florida. Now if the other Red States can just get their Governors to be as effective at illustrating “quick karma” and “get woke, go broke”… or even just some “We don’t have to pay for your shitty behaviour”…
Dear Whimpy RINOs: This is how a Real Conservative Republican acts.
Seems a $27 MILLION boot to the head got their attention. Note that Special Needs kids are often very medically fragile and on a lot of various meds. There’s no way to know what a mystery jab would do to them, but it would kill or further maim some of them and be a challenge for almost all of them. Politicians and Business Managers need to stop pretending they are qualified to dispense Medical Advice and stop pretending to be M.D.s.
The Special Olympics dropped its vaccine mandate after the organization faced $27.5 million in fines, according to a report.
The organization dropped the requirement late Thursday night ahead of the Orlando games over the weekend after facing state fines for having a vaccine requirement, ABC’s Jay O’Brien reported.
The state argued the vaccine requirement broke state law and confronted the organization after athletes and their family members allegedly complained of the violation, according to O’Brien.
“This letter is notice that the Special Olympics International is assessed a $27.5 million fine for 5,500 violations of Section 381.00316 (1), Florida Statutes, after the Department of Health made repeated attempted to avoid imposing fines against this charitable organization to ensure the 2022 USA Special Olympics could be held in Florida without requiring proof of vaccination from delegates,” a letter from the state read.
Then there’s that whole “Biden Baby Milk Fiasco”. Shut down 45% of supply for months and expect that there will be no consequences. Way to go, Biden Government! /snark;
REP. SCOTT PERRY (R-PA): [00:40:58] Well, Todd, it’s great to be with you. Thank you so much for the opportunity. And unfortunately, in this case, the President of the United States is clueless. He’s completely disconnected. Most families know that have had children, that formula comes mostly in these cans that you mix. Some of it is incredibly expensive due to whatever special need your child has, so to speak, whether it’s a lactose allergy or something like that. I mean, this stuff can be difficult to come by in the best of circumstances. Of course, when he says he didn’t know about it, he might not actually be lying about that, because there’s at least a reasonable chance that the rest of the people in the administration that did know something about it just never briefed him, because it’s not important to them. What is important that I think your listeners know is, that this is a government created problem. One company essentially makes about 45% of the baby formula, which is used for the WIC program, the Women and Infant Children program. So, you subsidize that, and then that one company gets a kickback from the federal government every time a person that is subsidized to get the WIC formula goes ahead and picks it up at the store. The federal government shut that plant down, essentially 45% of the production market and cluelessly thought that it was going to have no impact on the greater market. And, of course, they’re completely wrong. And their answer is to ship it in from overseas after, you know, we have spent huge amounts of money and regulatory process in making the American food supply safe, so to speak. Now, when the chips are down, I guess we don’t care about safety and we can just get it from anywhere but all the rest of the time, you know, we prevail on these companies to make the food safe which costs us a boatload of money, not only in regulation itself, but in the cost of the regulation when you go and buy the goods and services. And so as usual, the government creates the problem and then spends more money and makes it worse by their solution to the problem, which is now shipping it from overseas on airplanes. [00:43:17][139.2]
Can’t Find Baby Formula? Blame Tariffs and the FDA.
This crisis is the result of protectionism, regulation, and central planning.
ERIC BOEHM AND REGAN TAYLOR | 6.3.2022 11:55 AM
President Joe Biden has invoked the Defense Production Act and ordered the U.S. military to fly pallets of baby formula into the country from Europe.
But if the federal government just backed off and let the market function like it’s supposed to, we wouldn’t need military intervention or emergency policies designed for war to stock grocery store shelves with baby formula. This crisis is largely the result of protectionism, regulation, and central planning of the sort that both Democrats and Republicans want more of in Washington.
Reporters like CNN’s Jake Tapper have been pressing officials to explain why the government didn’t respond more quickly to this shortage—but the actual solution is for the government to be less involved entirely.
A better question is why didn’t the Biden administration clear the way for the private sector to react to price signals, like it does in every other industry? Food suppliers would have started stockpiling European-made formulas months ago if only U.S. tariffs and regulations weren’t an obstacle.
So how does this work in practice? First, the federal government prohibits importing many European-made baby formulas simply because they fail to meet the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) labeling requirements.
But Europe is the world’s leading exporter of baby formula, thanks to major producers based in Germany, the Netherlands, and Britain. If the FDA’s labeling regulations are so necessary, why is it that infants all over the globe safely consume formula made in Europe? Meanwhile, about 98 percent of the formula sold in the U.S. is produced domestically. We’ve sealed ourselves off from a robust, and safe, global market.
In addition to the labeling requirements, the government imposes huge tariffs on foreign-made formula to protect domestic manufacturers and the American dairy industry.
Now the U.S. is heroically flying in European-made baby formula. But just a year ago, customs officials were bragging about heroically seizing it at a port of entry.
These two policies of regulation and protectionism work in tandem to scare aware foreign suppliers. For example, let’s say you’re running a baby formula manufacturing firm in Germany. You would have zero incentive to spend the money to earn FDA approval for your labels because high tariffs would make your product too expensive to compete in the U.S. market.
Brian Deese, director of the National Economic Council, says the White House has acted quickly to “waive a whole bunch of regulations that traditionally make sense, but don’t make sense in this crisis.”
“Don’t make sense in this crisis?” Wait a minute. Did European-made baby formula suddenly become less hazardous? Does passing formula through the hands of the U.S. military magically makes it safe for American babies to drink? Or maybe the regulations and tariffs are designed to protect big businesses, not babies, and never should have existed in the first place?
Sen. Mike Lee (R–Utah) introduced a bill that would temporarily waive the tariffs on baby formula and remove the FDA labeling regulations.
How about scrapping them altogether?
“Would you like a side of Heart Attack with that Jab?”…
Israel study links vax to increase in cardiac arrest events
by: Free Press International News Service 2022-06-03 Source: FreePressers
FPI / June 3, 2022
Israeli researchers in a new study found a 25 percent increase in cardiovascular-related emergency calls in the young-adult population following the rollout of the Covid vaccines.
No similar increase was found due to Covid infection alone, according to the study which was published on April 28 in the scientific journal Nature.
Major media, which have long insisted that Covid infection causes cardiovascular-related problems at a much greater rate than the vaccines, have ignored the study.
In their study, the Israeli researchers used data from Israel National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) related to “cardiac arrest and acute coronary syndrome EMS calls in the 16- to 39-year-old population” between 2019 and 2021. This enabled them to compare baseline (pre-Covid epidemic) to Covid epidemic without vaccines, to Covid epidemic following widespread vaccine injections.
An increase of over 25% was detected in both call types during January–May 2021, compared with the years 2019–2020, the researchers found. That is to say, “increased rates of vaccination … are associated with increased number of CA [cardiac arrest] and ACS [acute coronary syndrome],” the researchers said. By contrast, the study “did not detect a statistically significant association between the COVID-19 infection rates and the CA and ACS weekly call counts.”
Wonder what happens when your blood cells, arteries, heart muscle and control nodes are made Spike Factories via the mRNA being incorporated into their DNA and your immune system starts to attack and destroy them. Asking for a friend… /snark;
Young Males Have Highest Risk of Heart Damage From Pfizer, Moderna Vaccines, Large Study Confirms
by Julie Comber, Ph.D., Childrens Health Defense:
Young males are more likely to report heart damage following vaccination with an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, and the damage is more likely to be reported after the second dose, according to research published May 25 in The BMJ.
The researchers based their conclusion on a systematic review of scientific literature and of vaccine injury data collected by passive reporting systems in the U.K., Europe and U.S.
The goal of the systematic review was to better understand risk factors for developing myocarditis and pericarditis following vaccination with Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines.
Other than death and debilitating cardio vascular failure, no problemo! /snark;
Ever wonder what happens when you send $40 Billion of unmanaged unaudited armament to a corrupt Money Laundry country?
Photos: Ukrainians Are Selling US Heavy Duty Arms On The Black Market – Can Take Out A Tank/Helicopter, Discount Sale Price 30K
June 3, 2022 Bruce Hoenshell
Russia is being hit hard by Ukraine‘s Javelin anti-tank missiles. What makes this weapon so powerful? The U.S.-made FGM-148 Javelin is one of the premier portable anti-tank missile systems in the world. It’s also an expensive piece of kit, with each missile typically costing more than the targets it eliminates.
However, corruption is the main problem that every country has to fight with and the Ukrainians are no different!
The expensive javelins have allegedly found their way into the black market on the Internet.
Telegram channels have repeatedly reported that military equipment is being sold by the Ukrainians. The sales market is often the Middle East or North Africa.
The information already has more than one confirmation. For example, you can inquire about this ad on the Internet, where you can buy the expensive weapon for a discounted price.
This information surfaced after a local Turkish station reported that The anti-tank weapons and assault rifles that Western countries sent to Ukraine came out of Syria. The arms dealer, who stated that he bought from Ukrainian commanders and brought the weapons to Syria’s Idlib region, quoted a price of 15 thousand dollars for anti-tank weapons, including the US-made Javelin.
The station reports that an arms dealer living in the Idlib region, which is under the control of the jihadist Hayat-Tahrir Al-Sham organization in Syria, offered the weapons he procured from Ukraine for sale via Telegram.
The cost of a Javelin is 178,000 dollars with its ammunition and smart missile launcher system that can lock on the target.
$15,000 for a $178,000 system? I’m wondering if I can get one… Oh, wait, Biden has his panties in a bunch over US Citizens having access to 9mm pistol ammo… /snark;
Though really, I can afford a couple of them… Might be useful. Wonder if there’s someone trustworthy in Syria who could score a couple of known good ones for me… After all, the biggest things I have right now are a 12 Gauge pump shotgun and a .357 Sig. /sarc;
(The /sarc; is for any FBI drones who can’t tell a sarcastic joke when they see one. Yes, we’re really in that bad a state of terminal decay that I have to put “note to TLA” to tell them that I’m just an old retired guy snarking at them… the idiots. (NO snark on the idiots dig. If any of you had a shred of moral compass or integrity or even pride left, you would be outing your bosses, their unconstitutional orders, and their illegal plans on display; “leaking” to save our country.. Yet it is all crickets all the way down.))
Then there’s the old “You know it is bad when” thing. So San Franciso, the most Woke of the Woke in Uber Woke Kalifornia is having a recall? What did the guy do, vote Libertarian?
San Francisco holds recall election for progressive head prosecutor
JUNE 3, 2022
San Francisco’s progressive district attorney, elected on a platform of reducing incarceration, faces a recall election driven by a pandemic in which brutal attacks against Asian seniors and viral footage of smash-and-grab robberies tested residents’ famously liberal political bent.
Recall proponents say Chesa Boudin is inexperienced and ideologically inflexible, often seeking to avoid charging criminals and siding with offenders over victims. His prosecutors are not permitted to seek cash bail, try juveniles as adults or seek longer sentences for perpetrators with gang affiliations.
Boudin’s office has been locked in open battle with San Francisco police, which accused his office of withholding evidence in a case against an officer. Boudin says police often fail to bring thorough cases to the DA’s office for prosecution, making arrests in just 5% of cases. He made headlines when he disclosed that police had used DNA collected from a rape to arrest the victim in an unrelated property crime.
He is backed by the San Francisco Democratic Party and most of the 11-member Board of Supervisors.
Gee, arrest the VICTIM of a rape via her DNA and let the rapist run free. Wonder why the people of SF find that a bit too far…
Oh Well. Not to worry, the most Vexxinated Liberal Compliant Drone Democrats will be dying off soon:
New UK Gov. report confirms COVID Vaccination significantly increases the risk of Death and kills hundreds of thousands after five months
by Rhoda Wilson, Expose News:
New figures published by the UK’s Office for National Statistics reveal the Covid-19 vaccinated population are much more likely to die of any cause than the unvaccinated population in England among all age groups.
This is unequivocal proof that the Covid-19 injections have been and are still killing people, and patterns within the ONS data suggest it takes five months after vaccination for the deadly consequences to be fully realised.
Gee… it was about 5 months (maybe 8) for the Spousal Twin to have had her cancer removed while the spouse has No Problem. Our own Twin Study of sample size 1 pair. Spouse doing Ivm, twin having the jabs…
On the 17th May, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) published its latest dataset on deaths by vaccination status in England, and it has revealed a whole host of shocking findings.
For example we now know that according to the ONS, 70,000 people have died within 28 days of Covid-19 vaccination in England, and 179,000 people have died within 60 days.
We also now know that Covid-19 vaccination increases children’s risk of death between 8,100% and 30,200%.
But it turns out that once you dig a little deeper into data, you find that Covid-19 vaccination actually increases the mortality rate of everyone within approximately 5 months.
Unfortunately, my two children both chose to have the jab… I hold out a small hope for the two grandchildren.
Then there’s this. Germany having Inflation? Um, I thought the Euro was a European Wide Currency, not just the Neue Deutsche Mark…
3 Jun, 2022 15:43
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Germans forced to cut spending – media
Half the population can no longer afford their former lifestyles
Nearly half of German citizens cannot maintain their former lifestyles amid record high inflation, Bloomberg reported on Friday, citing a survey conducted for public broadcaster ARD.
Poll data shows that some 47% said they were strongly cutting back on spending. Among low-income Germans, the proportion of citizens who were forced to tighten their belts was almost 75%. The survey was conducted among 1,337 respondents between May 30 and June 1.
As reported by the Federal Statistical Bureau of Germany, inflation in Europe’s top economy reached a historic high of 8.7% in May, propelled by the costs of energy and food. In order to stabilize the situation, Berlin has come up with a number of measures, including a temporary reduction on fuel taxes and the cost of public transport tickets, but the initiatives have not yet eased the public’s concerns.
German inflation nears 50-year high
According to the ARD survey, Germans consider the fight against inflation a more urgent task facing the government than the fight against climate change and social inequality. The only bigger problem, according to those polled, is Russia’s military operation in Ukraine, which is partially responsible for the price hike, as the conflict itself, along with the EU’s anti-Russia sanctions and Moscow’s countermeasures, are jeopardizing the supply of grain, fertilizers, and energy to the global market.
According to a recent study from Allianz SE, German households may face additional monthly expenses on food of more than €250 ($268) per person this year, as inflation in the country is expected to be higher than in other EU states. Analysts say this is due to the fact that Germany is more reliant on manufacturing than its EU peers, and thus more susceptible to disruptions in Russian energy supplies.
Interesting. Germany can have an inflation rate different that other nations on the same EURO currency? How does that work? I suppose it is possible. For example, housing rents can go up faster in one place than another. But really, isn’t it a currency that inflates? Well, it is RT after all… but quoting Bloomburg…
Then there’s that whole “NO Evidence of Ballot Fraud!” thing… Oh, wait, is confession to a crime “evidence” or just hear say? As in “I heard him say he did it.”?
Democratic operative pleads guilty to illegal ballot harvesting in 2020 Arizona primary election
A well-known Democratic operative pleaded guilty Thursday to ballot abuse — or ballot harvesting, which was made illegal under a 2016 Arizona state law — during the 2020 primary election, the Associated Press reported.
What are the details?
Guillermina Fuentes, 66, could get probation for running what investigators with the Arizona attorney general’s office said was an operation in the border city of San Luis to persuade voters to let her gather — and in some cases fill out — their ballots, the AP said.
Well “probation” as a “maybe”… that will put the Fear Of God in them, I’m sure. /snark;
In a plea agreement, prosecutors dropped three felony counts alleging Fuentes filled out one voter’s ballot and forged signatures on some of the four ballots she illegally returned for non-family members, the outlet reported.
Well, “only” 3 FELONY counts, reduced to “maybe probation”. I guess that’s “fair”… NOT! But at least we known now that it really did happen, I guess having the obvious confirmed is worth, uh… what exactly did we get for this non-charge?
Then there’s that whole GLOBAL not global as it is just some African and Muslim net wheat importing countries “food shortage”; that is really just a cheap wheat shortage and us in the Rich West thinking it is more important to feed grain to COWS, Chickens, Pigs and our CARS as ethanol, than poor people in Africa “distribution shortage”…
3 Jun, 2022 17:26
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Russia not to blame for global food crisis – Putin
Moscow is ready to aid in transporting Ukrainian grain, but Western sanctions make it impossible, the Russian president has said
The restrictions imposed by the US and its allies against Russia and Belarus will only exacerbate the looming global food crisis by affecting the fertilizer trade and sending food prices even higher, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said.
In a special TV interview on Friday evening following a meeting with African Union head Macky Sall in Sochi, Putin accused Western leaders of trying “to shift the responsibility for what is happening in the world food market.”
The root causes of the crisis lie with US financial policies during the Covid-19 pandemic and Western Europe’s over-reliance on renewables and short-term gas contracts, which have led to price hikes and rising inflation, Putin has said.
The unfavorable situation on the world’s food market did not begin to take shape yesterday, or even from the moment Russia launched the special military operation in the Donbass and Ukraine.
“It began to take shape as early as February 2020 in the process of combating the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic,” he added.
Global food crisis a result of policy mistakes by US and EU, Putin aide tells RT
High gas prices, which came as a result of under-investment in the traditional energy sector, have forced many fertilizer producers to shut down their businesses because of unprofitability, the Russian president argued. Such developments have shrunk the fertilizer supply, which, in turn, has pushed food prices higher, he added.
Yet, instead of taking any real steps to remedy the situation, Western nations just pin the blame on Moscow, Putin has said. The Russian president has dismissed all claims that Moscow is preventing Ukrainian grain from being exported to other nations as a “bluff.” He also said that Russia was ready to increase its own grain export up to 50 million tons.
Putin pointed to the fact that there are several ways to safely transport the grain from Ukrainian territory, including through Poland and Hungary. He also said that Russian forces are about to finish demining the areas of the Black Sea it controls in order to facilitate the safe passage of goods through the Azov and Black Seas.
It pains me greatly to say it, but Putin has a better grasp of economics than the Idiots In Charge of the USA. What I hear him say, and the statements of policy and more; all of it: It just is much more reality based than the crap I get from the DNC / Biden / Idiots In Charge.
That an ex-KGB former communist has a clear understanding of global economics beyond the crap spouted by the WEF / UN / Biden & DNC et. al. is just stunning. I console myself with “Reality just is. -E.M.Smith” and similar. It’s all nutty, but it is the reality of the day.
Then there is “Mark Your Calendar” for this:
Yes, the folks who think burning down downtown Kenosha and Minneapolis while rioting and looting is a “mostly peaceful protest” and think folks with the doors held open for them by Capitol Security and walking INSIDE THE VELVET ropes through the capitol building is an “insurrection” are going to have a “public televised lie fest”. How Special…
As I’ve said before: I was there. We were 1.8 miles away still listening to Trump SPEAK when shit started happening at the Capitol building. It was NOT trump supporters as we were all still with Trump at the other end of the mall. I was also accosted no less than 3 times by folks urging me to go into the building who all impressed me as being “TLA or something dodgy” types.
But yes, it will be useful to hear their lies, spin and crap ideation as it will tell us what illegal and immoral crap they are trying to pawn off on us. So mark your calendars for this “Opposition Research” opportunity..
Then there’s a bit more from the “What Fraud?, oh THAT Fraud…” election departement:
BREAKING: Georgia Hand Count Changes Election Results!
by Anthony T 1 day ago
Massive news has just surfaced from the Peach State.
Multiple outlets have reported that a recount of the Dekalb County District Commission race shows major differences between the hand count and the machine count.
After the Dekalb County’s District 2 Commission Race had some reported machine malfunctions a hand-count was demanded immediately.
DeKalb VRE Executive Director Keisha Smith then reportedly sprung into action and issued hand recount tabulations that ultimately changed the election results.
What? NO! YOU mean that the election machines OWNED BY CHINA counted something different than the USA Citizens actually marked on there ballots? “I’m shocked, shocked I say”…
About as shocked as I am to find out Krab sushi isn’t actual Crab meat…
‘Sophisticated’ Ariz. Vote Fraud Operations Exposed in at Least 2 Counties
‘From this one case alone we can extrapolate the extreme likelihood of voter fraud on a scale that could easily have stolen the state for Biden…’
June 3, 2022
(Tony Sifert, Headline USA) Newly emerging evidence of vote fraud in several Arizona counties has fueled growing outrage among supporters of former President Donald Trump that could factor into the upcoming primary and general elections.
“Sophisticated” vote-fraud operations have been proven in at least two counties in Arizona, leading to speculation that fraudulently obtained and counted votes may have swung the November 2020 election in President Joe Biden’s favor, as well as potentially swinging the Senate by electing Democrat Sen. Mark Kelly.
The Associated Press reported that a Yuma County woman was convicted for illegally collecting early ballots in the 2020 primary election.
Guillermina Fuentes, 66, a former San Luis mayor and current school board member, pled guilty to “ballot abuse”—aka “ballot harvesting“—in a case brought by Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich.
According to a press release from Brnovich’s office, Fuentes admitted that she and another woman “knowingly collected ballots from another person, and those early ballots belonged to individuals for whom I am not a family member, household member, or caregiver.”
Fuentes used her status as a well-known local political to get voters to allow her to fill in ballots on their behalf.
But hey, it’s only ONE swing State and only ONE POTUS election… and only one admitting it so far…
It could all just be a big error, maybe some kind of “malfunction”, yeah, that’s it, a “malfunction”….
Um, honest question: When does a long series of “malfunctions” and “mistakes” that ALL go in the same direction become a “Conspiracy To Fraud”? Is it 2? 3? 10? ‘Cause I think we are there already…
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I’ve also gotten addicted to the Top Ten Memes of the week from WatchMAGA here:
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” ;-)