W.O.O.D. – 4 June 2022


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:

“Me” News

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.

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
Home Business News
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
Home Russia & FSU
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…’

Tony Sifert
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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Bongino Report:


Or Whatfinger:


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” ;-)

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218 Responses to W.O.O.D. – 4 June 2022

  1. AC Osborn says:

    EM, re the UK ONS report, it also shows something that we discussed last year.
    The data shows that not only do the Vaccines apparently initially save thousands of lives from COVID19, but they also save thousands of lives from every other desease as well, especially in the old & frail.
    Truly miracle drugs?
    Here is an example of NON COVID mortality rates
    January 2021 ages 70-79 Unvaxxed mortality 2432, single vaxxed 1265, double vaxxed 589, ages 80-89 Unvaxxed mortality 11712, double vaxxed 1817, 90+ unvaxxed 31020, double vaxxed 4879.
    February 2021 ages 70-79 Unvaxxed mortality 9495, single vaxxed 1166, double vaxxed 1309, ages 80-89 Unvaxxed mortality 29596, double vaxxed 2886, 90+ unvaxxed 52581, double vaxxed 7126.

    There are only 2 answers to how those massive reductions can possibly happen, the vaccines truly are miracle cures or as we know any deaths immediately after vaccination are NOT added to the vaxxed total and instead ADDED to the unvaxxed total causing a double whammy in differences.

  2. rhoda klapp says:

    ACO, in those months practically nobody was in the jabbed category, let alone double-jabbed.

    EMS, we in the UK have never been sold beer in metric. It’s pints, and proper 20oz pints too, not 16s. Steak is bought in Kg in the butcher’s but invariably appears on ounces on a restaurant menu. Distances in miles, speed in MPH. For shorter distances, old folks use yards and kids metres. Consistency is the hobgoblin of the small-minded. (Or something like that, I couldn’t be bothered to look it up.)

  3. E.M.Smith says:


    I was happy to learn that both pints are traditional and valid. The USA just kept the Wine Gallon (and pint) while the UK used a gallon (and pint) that was pronounced in 1824 for The Empire…


    A wine gallon is a unit of capacity that was used routinely in England as far back as the 14th century, and by statute under Queen Anne since 1707.[1][2] Britain abandoned the wine gallon in 1826 when it adopted imperial units for measurement. The 1707 wine gallon is the basis of the United States’ gallon, as well as other measures.[3]


  4. rhoda klapp says:

    We used to learn: ‘ A pint of water is a pound and a quarter, a gallon of water weighs ten pounds.’

    Imagine when I first heard ‘A pint is a pound the world around.’ Not here it ain’t.

  5. Simon Derricutt says:

    Ossqss – yesterday’s news included the gem that the price of a pint of beer in London has reached £8, with the cheapest pint in the UK at £1.76 in Lancashire somewhere.
    It would be cheaper drinking petrol….

  6. rhoda klapp says:

    |n the pub a pint is indeed four or five pounds. But at least it isn’t Busch Lite.

  7. H.R. says:

    Busch Lite… it’s an acquired taste… acquired under duress… acquired by those who survive interrogation in some CIA black prison where they were forced to drink it.

    You’d be surprised how many hardened spies and mercenaries spilled their guts within the 1st half-can of Busch Lite. The CIA just shot the ones that acquired a taste for it. Those m-effers were never going to break. 😉🤣🤣

  8. H.R. says:

    P.S. Most of us know Ossqss has acquired a taste for Busch Lite. You don’t mess with Ossqss.

    The stories he can tell of those black op prisons…… 😲

  9. E.M.Smith says:


    Not even seeing it when it is right in front of me in the store… The spouse marvels at my ability to not see a McDonald’s when she’s looking for lunch, too… Seems that I can disappear all sorts of unpleasantness from my world view ;-) “Always look on the bright side of life. Da do da dum…”


    This is a really good one from WatchMaga. At the end, Denish D’Souza says some arrests are coming in Arizona. One can only hope… and hope it spreads nation wide (and perhaps even up the food chain to the Foreign GEBs driving this mess in Canada, Australia, UK, etc.):


  10. E.M.Smith says:

    Yeah… guy in a Mullet…looking confused… that’s about right ;-)

    BTW, because it is made of corn, Corona has a metallic taste to me. I think it is due to the immune system reacting. In any case, I can’t drink it and the taste is not good. I’d actually rather have a Busch anything than it. Then again I’d rather have a Coors anything than a Busch… And a Moosehead over Coors… Also, “lite” beer is pointless. I’d almost rather have water, and I would rather have a good cold fizzy mineral water… Being vaguely reminded that I could have had a real beer by the faint aroma of Near Beer is just cruel…

  11. Ossqss says:

    Sooooo, to clarify my Busch Light journey, here ya go.

    When I first moved into my neighborhood some 30 years ago, I was a Michelob man. Upon settling in and meeting many of the neighbors, it was enjoyable to have a beer with them on a regular basis. They seemingly felt the same and we all developed a code (garage door open) to signal when it was time for a beer.

    This went on for a while and I noticed my beer budget was way over. It was directly related to the neighbors all liking my beer. Strategically, I changed to Mich light. They stayed out of it for about a week. Then I moved to Bud, that lasted 2 weeks. Then Bud light and that took a month for them to acquire a taste for that.

    Facing what I considered to be a relentless assault on my beer stocks, I made a dangerous but necessary move. I went to Bush.

    The reprieve from assault took almost 3 months from the evil hoard coalescing and diving into my Bush supplies.

    I was shaken that the masses followed the path they did. Now desperate, I moved to Bush Light. I can sing the songs of success to the tune of thousands of dollars saved, as nobody would touch it.

    To this very day, when neighbors approach the open garage door, they all come with their own beer.

    Thank you, Busch Light! :-)

  12. E.M.Smith says:


    IIRC a “pint is a pound” was using the density of wine in the wine gallon. It was about 8 pounds. From that same wine gallon wiki:

    Some research concludes that the wine gallon was originally meant to hold 8 troy pounds of wine. The 1707 British statute defines the wine gallon as 231 cubic inches (3,790 cm3) – e.g. a cylinder 7 inches (178 mm) in diameter and 6 inches (152 mm) high,[nb 1] c. 3.785 litre – and was used to measure the volume of wine and other commercial liquids such as cooking oils and honey.[4] A 14th-century barrel of wine contained 31.5 US gal (119 l; 26.2 imp gal), which equals one-eighth of the tun of 252 gallons.

    I rather like that my preferred measurement system is based on Wine and multiples of 2 and 8 ;-)

    Because both wine and milk have similar density, you will also hear it said that a pint is a pound of milk.

    Though I find that statement of “troy pounds” to likely be a bit wrong. The Troy Pound is about 21% lighter than an Avoirdupois Pound, and a gallon of water is 8.3 or so pounds, so probably about 8 pounds of wine, but not Troy pounds…


    Troy pound (lb t)
    The troy pound (lb t) consists of twelve troy ounces and thus is 5760 grains (373.24172 grams). (An avoirdupois pound is approximately 21.53% heavier at 7000 grains, and consists of sixteen avoirdupois ounces).

    Milk and wine are both about 1.04 Av. lbs to the wine gallon pint. About 8.16 Av. pounds to the Wine Gallon. So I’m pretty sure they blew it claiming it was Troy pounds.

    Oh, and since the density of both wine and milk vary with temperature, they might well be almost exactly 1 Av. pound if measured at “cow temperature” ;-)

    The traditional units were made comfortable for daily tasks where you did not have a lot of calibrated things like pumps and pyrex buckets. Having a scale and pound weight was easier. So there were different “gallons” to match the different things that were commonly measured via a scale. Thus the Wine Gallon, Dry Gallon, etc.


    Many measures of capacity were understood as fractions or multiples of a gallon. For example, a quart is a quarter of a gallon, and a pint is half of a quart, or an eighth of a gallon. These ratios applied regardless of the specific size of the gallon. Not only did the definition of the gallon change over time, but there were several different kinds of gallon, which existed at the same time. For example, a wine gallon with a volume of 231 cubic inches (the basis of the U.S. gallon), and an ale gallon of 282 cubic inches, were commonly used for many decades prior to the establishment of the imperial gallon. In other words, a pint of ale and a pint of wine were not the same size. On the other hand, some measures such as the fluid ounce were not defined as a fraction of a gallon. For that reason, it is not always possible to give accurate definitions of units such as pints or quarts, in terms of ounces, prior to the establishment of the imperial gallon.


    In 1824, Britain adopted a close approximation to the ale gallon known as the imperial gallon, and abolished all other gallons in favour of it. Inspired by the kilogram-litre relationship, the imperial gallon was based on the volume of 10 pounds of distilled water weighed in air with brass weights with the barometer standing at 30 inches of mercury and at a temperature of 62 °F.

    So you see, our choice of gallon just reflects our more common drinks… Beer for the UK Gallon & Pint, Wine & Milk for the USA….

  13. E.M.Smith says:

    I had a list of things stacked up in my browser that didn’t make it into the top posting set. I’m going to put some more of them here, rather than hold them over for the next W.O.O.D.:

    This tends to confirm the notion of Alzheimer’s as a kind of Diabetes (sometimes called “Type 4”) as a Diabetes drug is shown as a likely therapeutic.

    Diabetes drug’s target protein can be a candidate for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease

    The researchers began by identifying genetic variants that mimic the pharmacological effect of diabetes drugs, namely lowering blood glucose. This was done through an analysis of data from over 300,000 participants in the UK Biobank register.

    The analysis identified variants in two genes that together code for the target protein of a class of diabetes drug called sulphonylureas. The researchers validated these variants by showing their association with, amongst other phenomena, higher insulin release, lower type 2 diabetes risk and higher BMI, which is consistent with the drug’s effects.

    The researchers then examined the link between the identified genetic variants and the risk for Alzheimer’s disease. They did this by analyzing data collected previously from over 24,000 people with Alzheimer’s disease and 55,000 controls. They found that the genetic variants in the sulphonylurea genes were linked to a lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

    Then we have the FBI being outed a bit more:

    FBI Gives Fishy Response to Inquiries over Shared Perkins Coie Workspace

    ‘In certain instances, the FBI coordinates with non-government, third-party entities, such as law firms, that represent service providers which receive these classified Court orders…’

    By Molly Bruns June 3, 2022

    (Molly Bruns, Headline USA) In the immediate aftermath of Clinton campaign attorney Michael Sussmann’s not-guilty verdict from a federal trial in Washington, DC, two conservative congressmen dropped a bombshell that Sussmann’s lawfirm, Perkins Coie, had furnished the FBI with office space.

    BREAKING: In response to a letter sent by Rep. Matt Gaetz and @Jim_Jordan, Perkins Coie, the legal arm of the DNC and Hillary Clinton, admits they have been operating an FBI workspace in their Washington, D.C. office since 2012. pic.twitter.com/D2k19wQ2n5

    But other than being a direct arm of the Clintons & Obama, what could possibly go wrong…

    Impact of “sanctions” on Russia? Well, damaging to The West with dramatically higher oil / gas prices and lower food availability production. Russian Impact? Oh, they are just swapping to China as a reliable customer…


    3 Jun, 2022 15:27
    Home Business News
    Russia-China trade to hit $200 billion this year — official
    Moscow continues to pivot to Asia as ties with the West crumble

    Trade turnover between Russia and China is expected to reach $200 billion as soon as by the end of the current year, according to Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov as quoted by TASS.

    “We, quite obviously, will be able to achieve a trade turnover of $200 billion earlier then it had been set by our leaders. We can achieve this goal much earlier, it is possible by the end of this year,” Morgulov said on Wednesday at the 7th international conference ‘Russia and China: Cooperation in a New Era’.

    One can expect that any “shortage” of “high tech” parts they need will be made available by the same Chinese Companies that do all the manufacturing used in The West… even if they have to steal a few more designs…

    I’ve noted before that several “mass shootings” when you dig into them show the kid was on an ADHD drug or similar, and when you look at them (and anti-depressants) you find listed things like “suicidal ideation” as a side effect. Is it the GUN, or the drugged up person with mental issues being given a pill and told to suck it up? A teacher asks about mental issues:


    IF / WHEN they hide it, you know it is bad department: Officials had a secret call to discuss the origin of Wuhan Covid. A FOIA request about it got 6 pages of redaction… So what is SO bad it must be 100% hidden? Perhaps where it actually came from?


    Put a semi-colon where a period belongs, lose your license to sell firearms. Biden weaponizes another agency against you:

    Points to: https://thefederalist.com/2022/06/03/500-percent-spike-in-biden-administration-shutting-down-gun-retailers-over-typos/

    The Biden administration is using minor paperwork typos to shut down a huge number of gun stores across the country
    Gun Store Shutdowns Spike 500 Percent Under ‘Zero Tolerance’ For Typos
    Firearm license revocations for retailers have increased greatly, and overzealous inspectors risk retailers’ cooperation with law enforcement.

    More a bit later…

  14. another ian says:

    “Climate Nuttiness: IPCC Scientist Peter Kalmus Unglued (‘Scientist Rebellion’ a dud)”


  15. philjourdan says:

    I am not at all surprised that a former KGB agent knows more about Economics than the GEBs. He can be open and honest. They have to push a narrative that does not survive even minimal scrutiny.

  16. philjourdan says:

    @Ossqss – no self respecting Mexican drinks Corona! That is the crap they ship to Norte Americano woke idiots who do not know a hops from a hips. Most Mexicans drink Dos XX or Modelo.

    And before EMS starts telling us about Southern Mexicans and their tastes, I will qualify that my statement is for Norte Mexicanos. Until they get too far Norte and become Southern Americans (not South Americans). Then they switch to Bud and Bud Light. ;-)

  17. another ian says:

    And now you know for sure!

    “Remarkable Admission, Pete Buttigieg Announces Biden Inflation Plan is to Create Increased Dependency State and Apply Socialist Economics, Biden Led Govt to Provide Medicine, Childcare, Housing and Food
    June 5, 2022 | Sundance | 310 Comments”


  18. another ian says:

    Forget “Build back better”

    Run up “F*** it up finer”

  19. rhoda klapp says:

    I notice that 282 cubic inches is an Ale Gallon. Now I only see cubic inches in the context of engines. We use cc and liters here, the US uses cubes. And I wondered why, when if we in Europe can use a drink measure for engine capacity, why can’t the US? I suggest that the 289 Ford of old should have been the 1.25 US Gallon Ford

  20. Sandy McClintock says:

    On the subject of baby formula… In Australia the cheaper brands of milk became unavailable a month or two ago. We were curious to know why. It turns out that recently, Australian dairy factories are working extra shifts to supply the USA with baby formula. We are happy to buy the (identical) expensive brands of milk in the knowledge that it’s in a good cause. All in a good cause ;)

  21. another ian says:

    “A Scientist Explains Why Being Cold Makes You Need to Pee More”


    Via Jo Nova

  22. E.M.Smith says:


    I like the idea of a 2 gallon engine ;-)

    (462 cu in)

    I think you could make one from a bored out 444… the 7.2 L Diesel… but I’m not sure… he searches… OMG! Somebody made one:


    Ford 462 V8 Engine
    The Ford 462 V8 was the replacement for the long produced Ford 430 V8 but it wasn’t around long. This engine was used only in Lincoln Continentals from 1966 to 1968.

    Supposedly the engine was very smooth and worked well in large vehicles like the Lincoln but undoubtedly it was not smooth enough and production was stopped in the late part of 1967. One interesting fact about this engine was the incredible amount of torque it produced. Official ratings put it at having 485 foot-pounds of torque at only 2800 rpms. So if you felt like dragging a battleship behind you in your new Lincoln back in 1966 then you would be okay.

    I have a sudden urge to buy a 1966 Lincoln Continental…


    Yeah, ’cause the USA doesn’t have enough milk… Sigh. Wonder who in Australia got the Biden Bucks Kick Backs?

  23. H.R. says:

    E.M.: “Wonder who in Australia got the Biden Bucks Kick Backs?”

    Ohhh, I’m fairly certain the joy was spread around at least a little bit. It’s not necessarily a “who” but probably more of a “how many”.

  24. H.R. says:

    Regarding this bit that another ian linked to:

    “Remarkable Admission, Pete Buttigieg Announces Biden Inflation Plan is to Create Increased Dependency State and Apply Socialist Economics, Biden Led Govt to Provide Medicine, Childcare, Housing and Food
    June 5, 2022 | Sundance | 310 Comments”

    I keep trying to figure out how, if the current regime is successful in destroying the U.S. economy and the U.S. dollar, a socialist government can pay for anything.

    Oh, the GEBs can turn us all into serfs and slaves. The “Will work for food” survival factor is pretty strong. But even then, after a time, history tells us that it’s human nature to get tired of that arrangement and the serfs and slaves put a stop to that arrangement and put a permanent stop to the people at the top.

    Just guessing, but I suppose the plan is to turn N. America into a source of raw materials and agricultural products. So the ‘slaves’ will be used as miners and farm laborers. For that, a few million people will do. Anyone with a ‘Studies’ degree will be eliminated as useless.

    All of that “Eliminate Fossil Fuels” nonsense will go out the window, of course. Not that any heavy mining and farm equipment will be made in N. America, but it will be used here so that the remaining people can mine and farm efficiently with minimal labor.

    In the end, such systems always devolve into, “We pretend to work and they pretend to pay us.”

    Hmmm… I’d forgotten about the job of “Police State Goon”. Usually there are a lot of people needed to fill those positions and a lot of sociopaths willing to fill them (cf FBI).

    Interesting times ahead. Maybe this time we can just go straight to the usual end game of tyrannical regimes and skip all of the pain and suffering that goes on in-between.

  25. another ian says:

    “Safe and Effective tm” /s

    CJD now

    “TWO New Studies Show Link Between Incurable, Degenerative Brain Disease and the Experimental Covid-19 Vaccine”


  26. another ian says:

    Hypocrisy for the day

    “EU’s New Climate Change Tax Will Exempt Private Jets”


  27. YMMV says:

    Recently, there was a Covid conference in Bath, with all the big names in IVM.
    This video was recorded the day after, a conversation between Bret Weinstein and Neil Oliver, about the instant demonization of anyone who doubted the official line at the start of Covid and the demonization of IVM. Fascinating.

    and part two.

  28. YMMV says:

    But wait! There’s more!
    Brett while he was in London also dropped by the UnHerd studios and had a chat with Freddie Sayers.

    Does the Devil exist? Here they look into the unseen malevolent powers that be, that gave us Covid and the absurd response to it.

  29. another ian says:


    “Jesse Kelly interviews Naomi Wolf about what’s been found in the documents Pfizer tried to keep hidden for 75 years.

    If you’ve had the jab(s), or know anyone who has, or anyone even considering it, this might be the most important thing you’ve ever listened to. This appears to be the biggest, nastiest crime ever committed. And they’re still doing it.

    Follow the link – his interview with her starts at 22:00 minutes. The interview lasts 13 minutes. Please take the time -we have to make people aware of what these monsters have done, and are still doing.


  30. Taz says:

    “Can’t Find Baby Formula? Blame Tariffs and the FDA.
    This crisis is the result of protectionism, regulation, and central planning.”

    Real crisis is women have children late in life and failing to breastfeed. No good comes from this. Have you seen the estrogen content inherent in these “baby foods”? That gets no media attention.

  31. AC Osborn says:

    rhoda klapp says: 5 June 2022 at 12:13 pm
    “ACO, in those months practically nobody was in the jabbed category, let alone double-jabbed.”

    rhoda, I suggest you look at the data, February single dose Person Years was higher for over 70s than unvaxxed person years, but double vaxxed were considerably lower.
    As well as that these are “Rates” ie Deaths per 100,000 person years, not deaths.

  32. another ian says:

    Truth will out!

    “The largest Climate-Crank alarmist outfit in Oz is the CSIRO, with all their shrieking that climate change will soon destroy us, and there will shortly be no snow in the Oz Alps. They get hundreds of millions per year to constantly claim this, and yet….

    The CSIRO has it’s very own expensive Ski Club in those same Oz Alps.. One large chalet complex in Jindabyne and another in Perisher. Every share in it is held very tightly and is very valuable should one come onto the market. The lodges are booked solid
    At the annual AGM, the ski club is bound by law to report the truth about it’s activities and it’s prospects. It said the following at last year’s AGM in October…. And our members did not disappoint us – solidly booking both lodges from
    June through to September….

    The report also had the following to say : “The company expects to maintain the current status and level of operations, and there are no likely (detrimental) developments in operations in future years”

    OK, so the lying CSIRO hounds out spreading the BS with a trowel, do not expect any change in ski condition AT ALL. The snow will still be there, and none of the members have disputed this finding at an AGM, since there might be fines and even gaol-time if they continued with the ACC lie in a company report.

    No more discussion is needed. the CSIRO has admitted reality. The Ski resorts know it too. End of story, FFS!”


  33. another ian says:

    It seems to me that this would be similar to the bind various US municipalities got themselves into in those “Exon Knew” lawsuits.

    On the one hand they were claiming damages caused by those emissions while not mentioning them as risks in their bond issue advertising

  34. another ian says:

    How bad things are in Russia (/s)

    “Interesting Video, A Walk Through a Russian Supermarket
    June 7, 2022 | Sundance | 27 Comments”


  35. another ian says:


    “More on Energy Fantasy Versus Reality in Woke-Land”


    “Here’s a great quip on the CCS fantasy:

    One of the highest ratios in the world of energy science: the number of academic papers written on carbon sequestration divided by the actual amount of carbon sequestration (~0.1% of global emissions at last count).”

  36. another ian says:

    Another swing set

  37. Ossqss says:

    All I gotta say about everything :-)

  38. Ossqss says:

    Just so ya know where the Busch Light song was lifted from. LOL, it is pretty good>

  39. another ian says:

    More democrat logic

    “Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) Has her EV, so Gasoline Prices Don’t Matter”


  40. another ian says:

    Goes with Senator Debbie above

    “Is It Ethical to Purchase An EV Lithium Battery Powered Vehicle?”


  41. jim2 says:

    One I like.

  42. jim2 says:

    When you use Rust, it is sometimes outright preposterous how much knowledge of language, and how much of programming ingenuity and curiosity you need in order to accomplish the most trivial things. When you feel particularly desperate, you go to rust/issues and search for a solution for your problem. Suddenly, you find an issue with an explanation that it is theoretically impossible to design your API in this way, owing to some subtle language bug. The issue is Open and dated Apr 5, 2017.

    I entered Rust four years ago. To this moment, I co-authored teloxide and dptree, wrote several publications and translated a number of language release announcements. I also managed to write some production code in Rust, and had a chance to speak at one online meetup dedicated to Rust. Still, from time to time I find myself disputing with Rust’s borrow checker and type system for no practical reason. Yes, I am no longer stupefied by such errors as cannot return reference to temporary value – over time, I developed multiple heuristic strategies to cope with lifetimes…

    But one recent situation has made me to fail ignominiously. […]


  43. philjourdan says:

    @Ossqss – No way Jose! I would be drinking Busch Light in Natasha was singing its song!

    Thanks for that interlude!

  44. Ossqss says:

    Ok,,, I just did some global maths. We are seeing redistribution of Wealth as Obama promised. Who is writing this stuff up for review? Let alone the complete lack of TES discussions and maths for Net Zero.


    Perhaps we can ask Jo (who may see this) , or somebody to do so…. I mean, really, what does that graph tell you?

    I don’t think TES is a fantasy…. but nobody will touch it.

    Yes, Aldo Nova, nor Mariah didn’t make this cut :-)

  45. E.M.Smith says:


    Perhaps there is no discussion of Total Energy Supply by power source simply due to the fact that is is just a bit of data, and one that has been pointed out a dozen time ago.

    I think my first “push” on it was about 15 years ago on WUWT. Posted the QUADS version of the energy flow and how there was just no way ever to replace all the Fossil Fuels with “gang green” approved options, and you could flat out forget about doubling the electricity supply while simultaneously shutting down all the existing generators running on Coal, Natural Gas, Diesel, and Nuclear. Just not going to happen.

    Essentially, the “discussion” consists of “look at the graph” then the math: “How can you take 2% (being generous) and turn it into 100% in under 100 years? You can’t.”

    After that, not a lot to discuss. And I’ve said it about every 6 months for over a decade, one place or another (and here again now).

    Total Quads (Quadrillion BTU) of energy in Electrical Grid of USA ~= Total Quads of Transportation fuels (mostly gasoline, oil, some nat gas and propane). To replace all that Fossil Fuel with Electricity requires a 100% capacity duplication of what we already have in the electric grid. And all the grid. Wires, towers, distribution sites, transformers, etc. etc. etc. Down to the coal, nuclear and natural gas turbine generators. We can’t do that even if we Don’t Go “Gang Green”. Add in replacing those generators with windmills & solar and the whole thing collapses before it hits 20%.

    Copper, tin, iron ore, aluminum, etc. etc. all mined with Diesel powered giant machines and transported in Diesel powered trains & ships. All things that are NOT using electric power. How you going to swap them over? Lay a long power cord across the ocean? /sarc; for the /sarc; impaired…

    At that point, I run out of anything more to say on it. Perhaps you have something more?

    FWIW, I’m fairly certain (article in the mulling stage but not yet done) that mining the needed metals rate limits E-car production (forget the trains, planes, ships, trucks… just the cars…) to about 1 UK worth per year GLOBALLY MAXIMUM. And that only if you curtail other uses for some of them or dramatically increase capacity mined. (And not just Lithium or “Rare” Earths. Things like Cobalt and Copper and Aluminum too…) But I need to finish the article to put numbers on it….

    So since neither the SUPPLY capacity nor the DEMAND devices/vehicles can be built anywhere near the rate “demanded” by “gang green” (and that’s about 1/2 the rate / double the elapsed time demanded by Greta Of The Gargoyle)… it just is not going to happen. You can’t even try to make it happen as the supply chain will constrain you right out the gate at about 1/100 th of demanded rate.

    At that point the only thing you can do is complain about the intense stupidity of turning off the existing plant before bringing on line the replacements (as in the UK with blowing up coal plants and in the USA with the present Diesel Shortage – which I’m going to comment on shortly…)

    In short, per Going Green on Fuels : It’s dumb. It can’t work. Trying to do it will fail spectacularly. “They” are going to try anyway. Expect collapses.

    Not seeing what else to say… (maybe it’s just me…)

  46. jim2 says:

    The sad part is that all the resource being poured into unreliable energy sources could have been utilized for something that is actually useful. I believe this expense is termed “opportunity cost.” And of course, it, like the backup reserve gas plants, won’t be factored in to LCOE for the unreliables.

  47. jim2 says:

    COVID is still mutating like crazy. Even though the most recent mutations are relatively benign, there is no guarantee this will always be the case. A given set of future mutations could render the virus deadly. Just sayin’.

  48. Simon Derricutt says:

    Jim2 – relative to that, seems Moderna have a new vaccine out. See https://www.gbnews.uk/news/modernas-new-covid-vaccine-five-times-better-than-original-scientists-say/313915

    Antibody production is about 5 times higher than their earlier version, so only needs a booster every year. Looks to me that producing that many antibodies (that were already around a couple of orders of magnitude higher than a natural infection) will depress the immune system dramatically for other diseases, and also lead to an explosion in cancer cases. Win some, lose some….

  49. H.R. says:

    @Simon – Well, at least you won’t die from Covid.

    Wait… 😲

  50. Simon Derricutt says:

    H.R. – I almost put down the same words, but decided against that….

  51. jim2 says:

    A win!

    Missouri Governor Mike Parson (R) on Tuesday signed legislation that will prevent state licensing boards from disciplining physicians who prescribe the wonder drugs Ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine.

    The new law also prohibits pharmacists from questioning the prescription and its effectiveness.


  52. Jon K says:

    I was an x-files fan back in the day when I actually respected the FBI. Anyway, re-watching this clip is a little disturbing.

  53. E.M.Smith says:

    @Jon K:

    Just OMG! So X-Files nailed it way back when… I hope the part that hasn’t happened yet doesn’t happen too! Very Creepy!

    Per EVs:

    Spouse says “never” too. I usually chime in that I’d be fine with adding an EV to the “fleet”. With some Caveats.

    1) We have 2 “real cars” for going long distances or reliable midnight run to the E.R. if I’m out of town in the other one.

    2) The EV is used ONLY for around town short trips. Grocery run, hair cut, that kind of stuff.

    3) Electricity is cheap (increasingly not the case) and I can charge it at home without spending a bundle on a fancy charger and upgraded “service” (wires and panel to the building).

    4) It isn’t one (like Tesla) where the battery is your skid pan and FOD (Foreign Object Damage) can make it a flaming sparky car (as has happened), but the battery is At Least as well protected as a gas tank. Oh, and it either uses some non-flaming battery tech like LiPhospate or it stays parked outside under a cover / roof NOT attached to the house…

    5) You can always stop and bail out rapidly even if it has a total electrical failure. I.e. no electric door locks.

    6) We are not living where it snows or does “below” in winter.

    7) It costs less than my good cars to buy (typically the used market not over $10k) and has at least a 4 year service life left before significant repairs / battery replacement.

    Other than that, no problem!

    Unfortunately, when those are required there are zero E-Cars that I could buy… Except maybe a Golf Cart. Yeah, I think a Golf Cart can meet those goals ;-)

  54. jim2 says:

    If you run out of juice on the road, I guess you have to hitch somewhere and bring back a 1/20 size battery for a bit of juice? Wait, might need a golf cart for that.

  55. another ian says:

    Look what you can’t say!

    “Censored Jokes: Its not that Facebook doesn’t get the “Socialism kills” joke, the problem is that everyone gets it”


  56. philjourdan says:

    @Ossqss – OMG! Thank you for the trip down memory lane! I love EWF! But you never hear them on the radio any longer. I spent 4 minutes in “extacy”!

  57. philjourdan says:


    @Jon K:

    Just OMG! So X-Files nailed it way back when… I hope the part that hasn’t happened yet doesn’t happen too! Very Creepy!

    No, not creepy. Reality! The difference between conspiracy theory and reality is 6-12 months. We know that. The X-files of the last century is the play book for the democrats in this century.

  58. another ian says:

    More covid

    “The guilty are throwing one another under the bus now: The World Health Organization says its latest investigation into the origins of COVID-19 was inconclusive — largely because data from China is missing, another blow to its years-long effort to determine how the pandemic began. ”


  59. another ian says:

    “Where are the men of courage? They’re gone thanks to ‘toxic masculinity’ ”


    Via SDA

  60. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    That “toxic” link had me looking up “Epsilon” men. Found this interesting:

    A weak willed male in a position of authority.
    Hereditary rulers who defer to their advisers are the typical example. Counterpart to Epsilon female, though these are comparatively rare.

    He only ever got the nomination because the party insiders knew he’d be easy to control. He’s a typical Epsilon male.

    Sure sounds like Biden to me!

  61. YMMV says:

    Dr. John Campbell is in top form today:

    “Neanderthal gene probably caused up to a million Covid deaths”
    (headline from the Telegraph)

    One single change on chromosome 3, blamed on Neanderthals, doubles the risk from Covid.

  62. jim2 says:

    It is difficult to believe that after almost two years of control of the Presidency and Congress, all the Dimowits cling to for help in the upcoming mid-terms is Trump, in the form of the J6 circus.

  63. philjourdan says:

    Re: “Sure sounds like Biden to me!”

    He is not hereditary. He is an original that the mold (both plaster and fungi) should be broken.

  64. YMMV says:

    another ian: “Not your average insurance claim!”

    But pretty average for juries these days. Strangely, the links did not go back to a parody site.
    There are so many things that don’t make sense, you have to wonder.
    Is this trying to get Trump somehow? Is Critical Race Theory involved? How about #MeToo?

    Just to throw in a few facts, “Prevalence of infection with any HPV was 40.0% overall, 41.8% in men, and 38.4% in women” and in the sexually “active” that’s probably over 70%. Other studies have other numbers. The bottom line is $5.2 million dollars. I think that explains a lot.


  65. another ian says:


    “They Can’t Power A Smartphone For More Than A Day”

    “But the battery scam geniuses would power the grid.”


  66. E.M.Smith says:

    An interesting POV by Tim Pool.

    The crib note version: He was Swatted for the 9th or 10th time, and Timcast IRL was interrupted for 3 hours. A “credible threat”. He thinks it was the same folks going after Kavenaugh. Jeremy (of The Quartering) sent him $1000 in the “super chat” stream while the studio was empty. Then, likely the same folks, sent an anonymous TEXT to the PD and Jeremy was swatted. (Put in handcuffs on his lawn…) The text had claimed he had shot his wife, but his wife answered the phone when the police called and was clearly alive at the scene.

    Tim then points out how this is bad, and there’s no good way to stop it. The leverage is one text message (presumably from a burner phone) to shutting down a show to an audience of millions.

    He then goes on to point out that the Feds are NOT enforcing the law against protests outside of the home of a Justice of the SCOTUS.

    While I think he’s overstating it a bit, it isn’t too much OTT. His facts are accurate and his predictions have generally happened, just a long while after his first statement..,. So is it going to escalate even more? I guess we’ll see.

  67. Ossqss says:

    I don’t know why but I think I should> upon talking about this tonight with some folks.


  68. another ian says:

    A lemon story

    “Saturday Snippet: The Curse of Christine”


  69. p.g.sharrow says:

    Yes, I’ve Been Swatted several times for attacking a woman, First time I was 40 miles away and found out about it from the neighbors, second time I was home but the “Victim” was not in the area. after that the COPs were apologetic but were required to respond. A real annoyance.

  70. another ian says:

    “Ukraine Has LOST, And So Have We”


  71. another ian says:

    Seems a useful term

    “Climate primitives’ are destroying our standard of living”


  72. p.g.sharrow says:

    “” Ukraine Has LOST!” !!
    Lol ! What a diatribe of falsities. Western Ukraine is not using “Draft” They have more volunteers then they can train and arm. Men and women. The eastern Republics have instituted a mandatory draft of all men under 62 in any physical condition, but not women. These are being sent to the front with little training and OLD equipment to “Fight the Western Nazis”, mainly to be cannon fodder in place of the badly depleted Russian infantry. .Putin can not call up Russian reserves without a “Declaration of War”. so he is limited in his ability to refill the ranks for his “Special Expeditionary Force”, But he does have access to large amounts of old equipment.
    Interesting situation, the Westerners, Ukraine have few but modern Nato weapons and munitions, the Russians have old but well supplied artillery. The west has about 6 kilometers of better range and nearly pinpoint accuracy. The east has massed fire, poor accuracy but shorter range. The westerners have lots of willing man power but a shortage in weapons while the east has a shortage in man power but huge amounts of old weapons, so at present nearly a stalemate on the ground.
    Best guess is about 120 days until the situation changes as the west gets stronger and the east runs out of men and material.
    As I said over a hundred days ago, The Russians can not win, they are surrounded…
    They can not win because the “Brothers of the north have united to outlaw war” as a means of adjusting national borders, solving international disputes.

  73. philjourdan says:

    Just read on Bookwormroom.com. re: Russia hack of Hillary’s server:

    “They did not hack it. She SOLD access. That was the purpose of getting the server in the first place. We are living through the largest and most severe treason event in living history.”

  74. another ian says:

    Tucker on Red Flag Laws

  75. another ian says:




  76. another ian says:

    Mark Steyn 0n monkeypox and SADS

  77. AC Osborn says:

    p.g.sharrow says:
    13 June 2022 at 3:35 pm
    “Best guess is about 120 days until the situation changes as the west gets stronger and the east runs out of men and material.
    As I said over a hundred days ago, The Russians can not win, they are surrounded…”

    Russia may not be able to win, although I believe he can, but the Ukraine can certainly lose big time. Putin has not authorised outright war on Ukranian cities yet, but if he does they can be flattened in weeks.
    You seem to think he doesn’t have air superiority but he does where it matters. He can use stand off bombing to completely destroy cities like Kiev.

  78. another ian says:

    “The American Problem”


    And one of the problems of Oz

  79. E.M.Smith says:

    FWIW I’m house hunting today & tomorrow so will be AFK a bit. Y’all talk amongst yourselves! ;-)

  80. another ian says:

    “Goal Posts Moved”


    In comments

    June 14, 2022 at 11:36 pm

    So 2 doses doesn’t work. How do we make the jackass understand that 10 doses doesn’t work any better?

    another ian
    June 15, 2022 at 3:57 am

    A double job there – he thinks it is the same as more wind turbines overcome the wind droughts”

    Prove me wrong

  81. jim2 says:

    Cold Fusion conference next month:


  82. philjourdan says:

    @EMS – sorry for the bad news! But I guess you are ok, Sitting on a nest egg so do not need to borrow! Those that do, are screwed! n Wait another 6 months! Prices are going to be going down fast!

  83. another ian says:

    “The Doolittle Raid | Full Documentary | Jimmy Doolittle | North American Mitchell B-25”

    Via SDA

  84. jim2 says:

    If I had kids living at home, they sure as H*** wouldn’t be going to see the movie Lightyear!

    Lightyear star Chris Evans called critics of the movie’s gay kiss “idiots,” adding, “those people” are going to “die off like dinosaurs.” The Disney-Pixar animated children’s movie has been banned in Middle Eastern countries, such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), over a scene featuring a kiss between two female characters.

    “The real truth is those people are idiots,” Evans told Reuters. “There’s always going to be people who are afraid and unaware and trying to hold on to what was before. But those people die off like dinosaurs.”

    “I think the goal is to pay them no mind, march forward and embrace the growth that makes us human,” the actor added.


  85. H.R. says:

    Mrs. H/R. and I were discussing the Buzz Lightyear movie. We didn’t see why any marriage (Buzz’s partner is ‘married’ to a woman) would add to the story. We couldn’t see how gay was necessary to the story, either. It’s just gratuitous PC pushing.

    The Mrs. mentioned she had read that the two women kissing had been cut from the movie, but some Pixar employees threw enough of a fit that it was put back in. It seems that will cost them a good number of ‘dinosaur’ viewers.

  86. jim2 says:

    I keep seeing where there has been a massive rise of Covid in the UK, but it appears to be at an all-time low according to Reuters.


  87. philjourdan says:

    @jim2 – Re: Chris Evans.

    Chris who? That is a story looking for an audience! Woke will love the kiss. The other 75% will just ignore it.
    Over time the idiots will understand that Woke is Broke. But it will take time. Idiots are slow to learn.

  88. another ian says:

    From a while back – Pointman on carbon



  89. another ian says:

    Climate change in 3, 2, 1 –

    “Tucker Carlson Interviews American Rancher about Extreme Kansas Heat Causing Cattle Loss
    June 16, 2022 | Sundance | 61 Comments”


    10,000 + head

  90. YMMV says:

    Woke will love the kiss. The other 75% will just ignore it.

    Wait… who is the audience? This is a PG movie, presumably for kids.
    Kids used to say, when they saw any kissing, even the old fashioned boy-girl thing, “Eeeww, gross!”

  91. another ian says:

    “How to have SEX with monkeypox: CDC releases bizarre guide telling patients to ‘keep their clothes on’ or ‘masturbate six feet from their partner’ if the urge arises while infected”


    Via SDA.

    Sounds like a copybook use of that famous model for books of advice –

    “How to do it and not get it”

    Written by

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

  92. E.M.Smith says:


    What bad news? Fed bumping rates 3/4% is not bad for me. I’m a cash buyer so any rate hike just squashes the sales price more ;-)

    Looked at a bunch of houses. Fine tuned what we’re looking for. Eliminated some areas. All good, I guess.

    @Another Ian:

    Just OMG! How about if you have a contagious disease that has you covered with oozing POX you just don’t bother with sexual encounters for a while? Eh?

    Oh, and “Biden crossover point” is fun! But 12? Really? How about 8?…

    @Per Buzzed Lightleer:

    I think it will be more like “The other 75% are not going to see it as they are not going to buy tickets to that kind of Woke Trash.”

  93. jim2 says:

    The demise of the housing bubble is nigh …

    On the edges of US Sun Belt suburbia, the wait lists for new houses are gone. And homebuilders are doing something they haven’t done in years: slashing prices.

    The fastest-rising mortgage rates in decades have cooled demand so abruptly in many hotspots that it took the industry by surprise. Builders that were artificially limiting sales and auctioning houses to the highest bidder now have inventory to move.
    Wealth for You

    In the Austin, Texas, and Nashville, Tennessee, metro areas, for instance, the share of new-construction offerings with price cuts has quadrupled from a year earlier, according to Redfin Corp. They tripled in Phoenix and doubled in the Tampa, Florida, region.


  94. E.M.Smith says:


    And this is just the start… Figure we’ve got about 1.5 years of Stock Market Bear Market, and about 2 years of Fed Rate Hikes to finally stop inflation (assuming they actually want to… though not in evidence yet…) so there’s likely about 1 to 2 years of home price erosion ahead.

    I saw this coming which is why I “suddenly sold my house” and didn’t work hard to maximize my offers. Turns out, I sold at about the top of the market… (April close… now June. Inside of 60 days… cutting it a bit close as it was!).

    Now we’re likely to rent for just a few more months as things cool off a LOT … and then finally buy. Details TBD.

    Oh, and anyone remember my call of a market top a few months back? I think I got that one pretty good too ;-)

    Link: https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2022/02/27/market-top-correction-or-drop-tbd/

    Maybe I’ll do a stock market update next ;-)

  95. another ian says:

    Earthquake response at Twitter?

    “SpaceX Fires Woke Worker Activists Who Attacked SpaceX Boss, Elon Musk
    June 17, 2022 | Sundance | 186 Comments”


  96. H.R. says:

    @E.M. – We are working on clearing out and fixing up my mother-in-law’s place. We need to sell it now that she has moved into assisted living.

    We would like to sell our current home, but two houses at once isn’t doable. We will work on selling our house next year and are looking for a smaller house with acreage and an outbuilding.

    The way I see it is that housing prices will be much lower next year. We’ll be selling in a down market and buying in a down market, so I expect that it will be pretty much a wash.

    Our neighbors of 22 years downsized this year. They just moved out at the end of last month. I think they got two or three acres and a single floor house that’s about 1,000 sq. ft. less than their old 2-story center hall colonial. He’s a car nut with a ’66 Charger with the 426 hemi (matching numbers) and a ’69 GTO with a crate motor. He’s looking to build a standalone 3 or 4 car garage with a work bay and a lift. The market being so hot, they sold their house for more than asking and never had to list it, but they paid more for the new house.

    Actually, since we aren’t desperate to sell, we can hold out for a reasonable price in a down market and then look at properties where they are a bit more eager to sell. We might just come out slightly ahead and I’m fairly sure we’ll have a better selection of properties.

    Herd to say, but I don’t think the wait is going to make much difference to us.

    Oh, and I wasn’t planning on cashing out much. I was looking to sell square footage in a house for acreage of land. I was only looking to clear a little bit to have some fix-up or tractor money.

  97. another ian says:

    “Things NASA climate scientists say:”


    Could be called peeing on his paycheque?

  98. philjourdan says:

    @EMS – What bad news? Fed bumping rates 3/4% is not bad for me. I’m a cash buyer so any rate hike just squashes the sales price more ;-)

    That it was not a higher bump. That was the speculation, Stay out for as long as you can! You will maximize your profit. You bailed at the exact right time! Now maximize it (this is going to last a lot longer than 2 years which unfortunately is the government time limit)

  99. philjourdan says:

    @Per Buzzed Lightleer:

    I think it will be more like “The other 75% are not going to see it as they are not going to buy tickets to that kind of Woke Trash.”

    Ding! Ding! Ding!

    The money quote. Ok, so queers want to see gay sex. That is about 2% of the audience. And then there are the Queer lovers. Say another 5%. So you are going to turn off 92% of the audience to play to 8 % of the audience? And where did you get your business degree? WOke U?

    yea, Woke U is going to find out real fast that stupid is as stupid does! And that movie came out over 20 years ago! But that phrase is still relevant!

  100. another ian says:

    Latest Pointman



    Any bets on where it will migrate to?

  101. YMMV says:

    @philjourdan: The conclusion is not wrong, but the numbers are out of date.

    “Gallup’s latest update on lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender identification finds 5.6% of U.S. adults identifying as LGBT.”

    That’s overall. For younger age groups it is higher. For Gen Z it’s 16%.

    Lesbians are much more accepted than gays, so a cartoon of two lesbians kissing may not be as much of a turnoff for the young liberals who want to see this movie. I think it is a deliberate woke wedge attempt.

    LGBT stats:

  102. E.M.Smith says:


    My intent (we’ll find out if it works out…) is to put about 1/3 of money on hand into the Dream House for me and spouse “soon” as we need someplace to live in any case. Another 1/3 goes into investments / trades and likely spends a while in Swiss Francs… Then about 1/3 stays “liquid” (how to hedge inflation tbd perhaps in TIPs).

    So about 1 year from now one of those thirds gets redeployed into much cheaper real estate.

    But we’ll see. No battle plan long survives contact with the enemy, and that will happen at least 3 times in the next year….

    The really good thing is that, given the money taken out of California, about 1/3 of it gives a 2 x as big and nice house, easy ;-)

    So “we’re good” … even if I don’t execute perfectly. OTOH, I’m really really happy with my exit timing from both the stock market and the California housing market 8-)

    I’m a little bit tempted to say “Maybe I’ve got skilz” 9-)

    Per Buzzed Lightleer & related:

    Yeah, it’s not going to be a big hit in Utah or Texas… I’m not going to see it. Nor will spouse, nor the kids & grandkids…. “Hey! Disney! Enjoy your 2% market share!” comes to mind.

    Spouse and I, a year or two ago, had planned to move to Florida, get Annual Passes to the parks and buy a home no more than 20 minutes away. (Remember we have both worked for Disney, though only the spouse as a Cast Member… ) Now? Um… We’re now looking at houses between 50 and 900 miles away from Disney and not going to get annual passes. We’ve been here about 3 months already and neither one of us has bought a ticket to the park….

    Now the parks are very over crowded, so maybe they can afford to lose 80% of folks desiring to attend and still make all the money they want. Maybe….

    But it won’t be with our dime.

    FWIW, part of my “trek” this last few days was up to Knoxville and Dollywood (pre-trip prep). We’re planning on a week or so visiting Dollywood. Not disney… Dolly… Think about it…

    Folks will just “move on” as needed from what was once great and has become bent / wicked and find a new greatness to embrace.

  103. another ian says:

    An Oz cartoonist in action. His father was legendry too


  104. cdquarles says:

    Personally, I’ll think you will find Dollywood to be very much like Disney used to be. Enjoy the Blue Ridge/Smoky Mountains!

  105. YMMV says:

    Interesting quote:

    “What would an operation be — either a pornography investigation or predator operation or human trafficking operation — without a Disney employee? We always have a Disney employee,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd told local media.


    Buzzed Lightleer: the English call it “grooming”

  106. p.g.sharrow says:

    @EMSmith, I’m Glad to hear that You and your wife are being debased of that dream of Florida being THE place. Florida is now in the position of being what California was in the 1950s a well run conservative state before the Socialist Carpetbagers moved in, just as they are doing to Florida now.
    It does vex me that so many conservatives of California have turned chicken and ran away from my home state, but you got to do what you got to do and I’m glad to hear you made your escape at this time.
    In my experience the best places to live are those where it is “hungry” hard to make money, “Fat” places, easy to make lots of money, attracts Socialist parasites and they always suck their host areas dry and then move on to the next get rich quick area. As you can make money anywhere through the NET find a pleasant spot that it is cheap to live and socialists parasites avoid and report…. We may join you. Look for 200plus days of growing season…. I must have a garden…pg.

  107. Ossqss says:


    I recently entered into a contract for some land that I invested in about 10 yrs ago. We will close in the next 60 days.

    The challenge is where to park the proceeds in an inflationary and down-market cycle. I will be meeting with my advisor next week to discuss some 1031 options (housing related investment portfolio) or temporarily delaying some of the capital gains. I am not comfortable in anything at this moment and keeping cash is like paying interest with the dilution of the dollar that is still going on (hear about the gas cards they want to hand out to the country yet?).

    Commodities and energy seem to be where the herd is moving towards, but I don’t know about that either. Maybe Bitcoin, which has taken a beating, or the exchange COIN, which has also taken a beating. Gold or other precious metals maybe, or a lithium battery recycling business which should thrive in the years to come. Well, at present they basically incinerate those or just put them in the dump next to the solar panels and windmills.

    I have also thought of selling my home and moving into the newly remodeled Linger Lodge. My wife confidently said, have a nice life on your own. That was that!

    @EM, let me know if you would have interest in the Polk County and South area. My neighbors son is building neighborhoods in that region and they are somewhat reasonable. You have my #.

  108. H.R. says:

    @pg re E.M.s search – That’s some good advice for anyone.

    @Ossqss – Smart to cash out that property in at the top. Very smart. They have built out to your neck of the woods and that’s a hot locale. I have been amazed at the difference in growth in the area just in the few short years I have been visiting with you.

    Question: How can the missus tell if you are living at the Linger Lodge and just visiting the house from time to time, or living at home but hanging out at the Linger Lodge most of the time?

    What you don’t want to hear is, “Honey, we need to talk.”

  109. H.R. says:

    Mrs. H.R. had a homerun idea today. It leverages the ‘green everything’ scams.

    There’s a cemetery that abuts our property at one of the corners. I have been doing laps there to keep my sugar levels down and Mrs. H.R. has recently started walking with me.

    Today I was talking about the difficulty of placing monuments in a crowded cemetery. The rows are too close to get a truck through, and it’s even tough to muscle in a modest monument by hand.

    She said, “Why don’t they start making them out of plastic?”

    After I was done laughing – I did laugh out loud and quite heartily – I realized that it was a perfect product to market to virtue signaling greenies. Sell headstones and even quite large monuments made from recycled water bottles and whatnot. And you can place even a very large plastic monument in the most crowded of cemeteries with minimal labor and equipment.

    It could be a game changer that puts the traditional marble and granite headstone makers out of business. Just don’t mention that the plastic will degrade and break down eventually in all that UV and inclement weather. 😉

  110. philjourdan says:

    File this under ROFL! Left shooting themselves in the face! Censoring a J6 video because Trump is in it! LMAO!


  111. philjourdan says:

    @YMMV – I purposely used old statistics because of the #metoo crap. The latest generation is no more LGBTABCSY than previous generations. Every generation has its abnormalities. But what the latest has is the #metoo stigma. SO more identify as that since they can (they are still sucking at the teats of their parents).

    Once they get out into the real world, the percentages will moderate. Why? Because reality is a bitch slap on all your baby ideals.

  112. Jeff says:

    @H.R. Would it be something like this? (Complete with plastic grass) :)

  113. philjourdan says:

    @EMS -Re: 1/3, 2/3, Disney the floor!

    Yep, that is why I read your blog! Because you know where the crap is landing!

    I have been to Disneyland more times than you can count! And I did want to go to Disneyworld. Until now. Off my bucket list. And given my better half’s aversion to heat, so is Fla! But as I am a daughter and grandkids in ND, that is my next destination!

  114. philjourdan says:

    @p.g.sharrow says:
    18 June 2022 at 4:14 pm

    Shut your mouth! I am old enough to understand your truth, And old enough to not be around when it happens. I pray you are wrong. But your history is correct

  115. H.R. says:

    @Jeff – I’m thinking giant blow-molded Tyrannosaurs or Lincoln monuments or full-size unicorns or something. Maybe even bog standard traditional but made of plastic.

    I dunno, but I can see emptying “concerned” greenies’ wallets because… it’s recycled!

    Do note that at the point that they need recycled plastic for a headstone, they will be starting on their own journey to being recycled by Gaia.

    P.S. The recycling truck picks up on Thursday. Be sure to put funerary ashes in the purple bin. That’s a fly in the ointment, eh? Zero revenue off that.

  116. H.R. says:

    @philj (and pg and tonyb and others)

    pg definitely knows his history and in particular, the parts that he has lived through. Same for tonyb, though his perspective is from the Brits POV and they have lots of *ahem* history with both old Russia and communist Russia.

    It’s all valuable info-plus- opinion-plus-interpretation to me. I am still seeing precious little verifiable images or reports from boots on the ground in Ukraine, or Russia for that matter. Definitely Not.A.Single.Thing that’s not propaganda from the U.S. YSM.

    It seems everyone here is contributing a little something and some of the links people have chipped in are to obvious laughable propaganda. But then that’s just fine because you can then figure the real info is pretty much at right angles or dead opposite. We’ve had a few links to solid info, like jim2’s link to the artillery damage, but there is not much of that.

    All that said, IMO I think the GEBs have underestimated Mr. Putin, and the whole Ukraine ting is going to go to Hell in a handbasket much sooner than anyone expected. That’s when we’ll find out what the real scoop is.

  117. E.M.Smith says:


    I know that, you know that, the spouse does not agree… and as it is HER choice for the “dream house” it will be where she wants to be.

    FWIW, we just turned in an offer on a house. We’ll see if we get it, or not. (After that, I get to find my chunk of “rural land and an RV” and that will be in some place “hungry” and away from any significant (and most insignificant…) cities. The “bug out” destination.


    There are inflation protected bonds: TIPS. Paying large coupon and indexed to inflation so as inflation goes nuts, they pay more. As it is based on “official” inflation is isn’t as good as it ought to be, but probably good enough for a parking spot.

    As an example: https://www.treasurydirect.gov/indiv/products/prod_tips_glance.htm

    Series I Savings Bonds Rates & Terms: Calculating Interest Rates
    NEWS: The initial interest rate on new Series I savings bonds is 9.62 percent. You can buy I bonds at that rate through October 2022.
    Learn more.

    KEY FACTS: I Bonds can be purchased through October 2022 at the current rate. That rate is applied to the 6 months after the purchase is made. For example, if you buy an I bond on July 1, 2022, the 9.62% would be applied through December 31, 2022. Interest is compounded semi-annually.

    REMEMBER! You can only purchase up to $10,000 in electronic I bonds each calendar year.
    If you buy I Bonds exceeding that limit, we will process a refund, which may take up to 16 weeks.

    Then, the Swiss Franc (that was 25 ¢ vs $ when I first started watching them about 40 years ago and now trades at about $1.05 or some such…) will get some chunk of my cash.

    Then, there’s land / realestate. With any luck, about 1/3 will be in that this next month. Then I parcel out the rest into filling the house with stuff we want, buying my “bugout ranch” (with RV to get us there with full facilities in it). The remainder likely split between TIPS, Swissy, and “TBD later” after more Research…

    Oh, and some short position trades as things indicate.

    But start with looking at that set of things.

    In inflationary recessions, with rising FED rates:

    CASH loses.
    STOCKS lose.
    Regular BONDS lose big time.

    What goes up:

    “Collectibles” like coins, art, antiques, “stuff”
    Land & real estate.
    Even cars … especially rare and collectible ones.
    Metals: Gold, Silver, Copper, etc. etc. Even lead (think casting…), tin, solder…

    Oh, and on my “Bugout Ranch” I’d be inclined to put a LARGE propane tank and a decent sized Diesel Tank as for a tractor… but need to work out the security angle so they don’t get drained in the night.

    Also I’ll be fully stocking up the Pantry, Trade Goods, “prep” supplies…

    IF I had a big Pickup Truck, I’d put that fuel bunker in the back for an added 100 gallons or so… Diesel can store for a few years, and it will hold value very well ;-) Ditto bottles of good drinking liquor… but you must have discipline … 8-)

  118. E.M.Smith says:

    Oh Gawd:

    It looks like we are in a 2 front proxy war with Russia:

    Russian Escalations in Syria Risk Direct Conflict With U.S., Military Officials Warn
    Recent Russian airstrikes and other operations in Syria raise alarms amid high tensions over Ukraine

    AL-UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar—Russian forces have conducted a series of operations against the U.S.-led coalition in Syria this month, including one this week at a strategically located base in the southern part of the country, U.S. military officials said.

    The Russian actions have alarmed U.S. military officials, who are concerned that a miscalculation might escalate into an unintended conflict between the U.S. and Russian forces in Syria. Tensions between the two countries are already high following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February and American efforts to arm the Ukraine military to defeat Russian forces there.


    Last Updated: 17th June, 2022 14:48 IST
    Russia Warned US Before Conducting Airstrikes Near Its Military Base In Syria: Report
    Russian Federation had warned Pentagon earlier this week, that it was going to conduct airstrikes against local fighters allied with the US in Southern Syria.

  119. YMMV says:

    @philjourdan: “The latest generation is no more LGBTABCSY than previous generations.”

    But would you agree that the latest generation is more woke? It’s hard to tell the alphabet crowd from the others, although sometimes you can guess. There are clues. One thing for sure: the woke LGBT groups are more outspoken. The survey organizations should be able to get good numbers. It was interesting how they gave numbers for the individual letters of that alphabet soup.

  120. Graeme No.3 says:

    @ H.R.
    It was tried in the 1960’s with (light weight water filled polyester resins). The ones normally used for making fibreglass products. There was a vogue for using water as a ‘filler’ for polyester casting resins. What could go wrong? Cheap filler, low exotherm hence low shringage and accurate reproduction of a mould. Insert personalised ‘plaque’ with name and dates etc.
    Touble was that the Heat Distortion Temperature was now lower than the maximum ambient temperature in, say, summer in California. Result water evaporating, shrinkage and distortion.
    According to a senior technical visitor to Australia (who had avoided the fiasco) it resulted in hundreds of bent and twisted gravestones, in fact one site he visited was “not what he would like to be in at twilight, let alone night. Cost the resin company lots of dollars.

  121. H.R. says:

    @Graeme No. 3 – Hmmmm. didn’t know that.

    Oh, I was foreseeing problems, not necessarily the one you brought up. But I was just getting in touch with my inner P.T. Barnum, “There’s a sucker born every minute.”

    Anyone with a ’50s or ’60s 6th grade education should know that the whole green CO2-basesd CAGW religion is a crock; just not possible. Not many of us old geezers do buy into the whole climate alarmism thing.

    But those born in the ’80s and ’90s are ripe for the picking. Since you can’t fix stupid, then you might as well get rich off of them, eh? 😁

    P.S. In the ’60s, plastic was the ‘miracle material’. Everyone was trying to use plastic for anything and everything they could think of. Plastic was ‘better’ than old-fashioned wood or stone or metal, just because it was ‘modern’. I hadn’t heard of it, or if I did, I just don’t recall it, but an attempt at making headstones from plastic way back when doesn’t come as a complete surprise to me. Now, I’m just older, wiser, and more cynical. 😉

  122. jim2 says:


  123. YMMV says:

    “LBGBATSH*TCRAZY” good one.

    Thinking about those stats. Maybe the survey companies got it wrong because older generations are less likely to come out of the closet. Self-reported surveys would have that problem. But that would mean that the percentages are higher than reported.

    Gays have been around since Sodom and that other one.

    God sends two angels to destroy Sodom. Lot welcomes them into his home, but all the men of the town surround the house and demand that he surrender the visitors that they may “know” them. Lot offers the mob his virgin daughters to “do to them as you please”, but they refuse and threaten to do worse to Lot. The angels strike the crowd blind.

    (from Wiki) (“know” … nudge, nudge, wink, wink)
    How generous of Lot to offer his virgin daughters instead!

    Here’s the theory. Choose one.
    a) The percentage of gays has never changed. That is, it is somehow built-in or genetic, although there is no science for that. It’s a reasonable assumption. Or,
    b) Gayness is a choice. Which means you could un-choose it too. Youth can be groomed. And with the increase of woke, the percentage of gays is increasing.

    Unfortunately, there is also
    c) The percentage of gay-tempted men is fixed over time, but the percentage of men who act upon it is increasing as it becomes more socially acceptable, or even socially valued.

    BTW, if you look at those stats sites, much of the percentage increase in LBGT is from women

  124. YMMV says:

    Video of The Big Guy falling off his bike. The bike is not moving. The left foot is out of the toe straps. You can’t see the right foot, but from timing and appearances, it is still in the toe straps.
    Then he falls over to the right, where there is no foot on the ground. Did he mean to get off on the right, in which case it’s a brain fart. Or did he mean to get off on the left, in which case he lost his balance. Again. In either case the secret service should take away his toe straps. Or not.

  125. E.M.Smith says:


    Why on earth is he riding a bike with toe clips? Yes, useful IFF you are a great rider with lots of quads and using them to lift the pedal on the upstroke, but just a hazard for anyone not riding 4 or more times a week for a few hundred miles a week… Biden is not a hard core biker dude with custom shoes and locking in as a habit…

    My guess is hubris. He’s inexperienced with clip ins and got himself into a situation where he forgot about those newfangled clip things and ‘fell right over’ before he could figure out how to get out again…

    Per “Gay” percentage:

    I’ve often said “Boy, Girl, or Doorknob: Rub things the right way and it feels good.” It takes a certain degree of discipline to avoid the perverted forms of that.

    There are a couple of “faults” that do create obligatory homosexuals. In particular, for males, there is a ‘testosterone flush’ at key stage of fetal development. Individuals with defective testosterone creation, or with defective testosterone receptors, can end up with a female brain, or an entirely female body while being xy chromosome (the testes are still testes not ovaries in that case, but in the wrong place, so they are sterile) This is a very very small fraction of even the small portion of the population who are homosexuals.

    That’s why I say gender is simple: You have innies, outies, and oopsies (and there are very very few oopsies – hermaphrodites and such).

    Now, among the innies and outties, you can have folks who “got the wrong brain”. The body testosterone or estrogen receptors worked right but the ones in the brain did not. These, too, are a very small percentage.

    But here’s where IMHO things matter:

    For a larger part of the population “rubbed right” is all that matters. You see this in the wild where there are Bulls mounting a tractor, or a dog going to it with a pant leg or even a tree. It is used to great effect with pigs where a vaguely cylindrical object is sufficient for collecting semen for artificial insemination. Female on female happens in the wild too. Along with a lot of different other actions. (Dogs and licking come to mind…)

    So how much of that shows up in people? I doubt anyone really knows. It is likely subject to “learned behaviour” forces.

    Which brings up the real issue:

    To what extent is it important for Humans to distance themselves from Animals and their Animal Nature? For some of us, that is A Lot. I don’t want to chase down animals and chew holes in them while still alive to get my dinner. I don’t want to wallow in mud to stop bugs from biting. I also don’t want to try mounting the tractor… We are people and we know better. We also know that buggery and such is a big way to spread various horrible diseases and maybe it’s smart to avoid that. We know that “cheating” is harmful to our mental state so not to do that either. We know that the society needs some or most of us to raise children to perpetuate the race and that buggery and such doesn’t do that. How we “feel” about those things does not change them.

    So is the potential “Buggery Pool” for “Gay Buggery Month” 1%? or 3% or 30%? I don’t know though I’d guess closer to 3% than 30%. And I also know that doesn’t change the fact that with a decent set of conservative / religious values as we grow up; we avoid a lifetime of miseries from bad decisions. There’s a few thousand years of accumulated experience in those cultural guidelines. I am pretty sure I can save a LOT of personal risk and damage by just taking that advice and not testing it out myself.

    Per the ~1% who are actual biological “oopsies”: My condolences and I wish you a happy life made as you like it.

    Per the 1-4% of biological normies with perversion tendencies: Stay the hell away from my kids and conduct your perversions in private, please. Rather like the rest of us.

    Per the potential 4% to 30% of “curious normies”: There’s a few thousand years of accumulated experience you can draw on without the risks and damage of a walk on the wild side. Just like I won’t eat wild pig raw “for the experience”, there’s little to gain and a lot to lose just because you choose not to read first…

  126. another ian says:

    “A Peek Behind the Curtain of the Fascist Mindset”

    Suggested watch quickly


  127. E.M.Smith says:


    More on that (it’s gonna be hard to hide…)

    From way back in February, so this has been known for a few months:


    Presently saying that it’s all because people were afraid to go to the Dr. during the pandemic. Yeah, right… so M.D.s are keeping deaths down by 40% every year, eh? Of course, the Socialists lay this at the feet of Capitalist greed, but they are quoting Wall Street Journal… which I would quote by they have this free article limit that makes it unreadable to me…

    Life insurance companies report a sudden rise in non-COVID-related deaths
    Benjamin Mateus
    23 February 2022

    According to a report Wednesday in the Wall Street Journal, US life insurance companies saw nearly a 40 percent rise in death benefit claims in the third quarter of 2021 compared to the pre-pandemic baseline, the largest such increase (so far) in the coronavirus pandemic.

    While claims for COVID-related deaths were expected to jump, and did so, up 18.7 percent over the pre-pandemic baseline, there was surprise at the sudden jump in non-COVID death claims, which rose even more, up 19 percent.

    The peak in COVID-19 death claims actually occurred in the fourth quarter of 2020 and the first quarter of 2021. Each quarter showed a rise of almost 22 percent over pre-pandemic levels, coinciding with the brutal winter peak that killed a quarter-million Americans [See chart below]. By comparison, claims for non-COVID-19 deaths only reached 6.4 percent over baseline in the fourth quarter of 2020 and were at baseline in the first quarter of 2021.

    This sudden jump in non-COVID-19 death-benefit claims was stunning and unexpected to life insurance analysts. Industry executives and actuaries speaking to the Journal speculated that these “additional non-COVID fatalities” were a byproduct of delays in medical care due to lockdowns in 2020 and more recently due to people’s fears to seek medical attention or delays associated with going to their doctor.

    With barely a mention in official political and media circles of COVID-19’s continuing deadly impact in every community across the country, only an analysis of death claims by life insurers suggests the dimensions of another massive crime against the population: the sudden rise in non-COVID-related deaths. Notably, the financial claims arising from these deaths are what drew the attention of the financial executives and the media, rather than the lives lost.

    Funny that nobody is mentioning The Jab Side Effects up to and including death…

    Need another reason to NOT get the clot shot? Your life insurance is likely to just refuse to pay out if you die:

    https://nonvenipacem.com/2022/01/18/life-insurer-refuses-to-cover-vaccine-death-as-the-number-of-excess-deaths-soars/ Though it looks like they point to their source as being:
    https://freewestmedia.com/ and looks like it is this one:

    Life insurer refuses to cover vaccine death as the number of excess deaths soars
    Posted onJANUARY 18, 2022

    The fully double jabbed and boosted might want to check the fine print on their policies…

    An explosive case is currently being hotly debated on social media: In France, a rich, older entrepreneur from Paris is said to have died as a result of a Corona injection. Previously, he had taken out multi-million dollar life insurance policies for the benefit of his children and grandchildren, according to a media report.

    Although vaccination is recognized as the cause of death by doctors and the insurance company, it has refused to pay out. The reason is because the side effects of the Corona jabs are known and published. They argue that the deceased took part in an experiment at his own risk. Covid-19 in itself is not classed as a “critical illness”.

    According to the company, an experimental vaccination resulting in death is like suicide

    The insurance company justified the refusal of payment to the family by stating that the use of experimental medication or treatments, including Corona injections, is expressly excluded from the insurance contract. The family’s subsequent lawsuit against the insurance company has been unsuccessful.

    The court allegedly justified its ruling as follows: “The side effects of the experimental vaccine are published and the deceased could not claim to have known nothing about it when he voluntarily took the vaccine. There is no law or mandate in France that compelled him to be vaccinated. Hence his death is essentially suicide.” Since suicide is not covered by the policy from the outset, the insurance refuses to budge…

    So… if they can legally claim doing it voluntarily is suicide, can we claim that MANDATED jabs is like murder? Eh?

    The refusal to pay for a vaccine-related death may not be surprising since globally the life insurance industry has been hit with reported claims of $5,5 billion in the first nine months of 2021 versus $3,5 billion for the whole of 2020, according to insurance broker Howden. Dutch insurer Aegon, with two-thirds of its business in the US, said its American claims in the third quarter were $111 million, up from $31 million a year earlier.

    Vaccine deaths may force insurers to raise premiums and some have indicated that they intend to punish the unvaccinated for their financial woes.

  128. philjourdan says:


    But would you agree that the latest generation is more woke?

    Indoctrinated – yes. Not educated, just mind numbed idiots.

  129. philjourdan says:

    @EMS: Why on earth is he riding a bike with toe clips?

    Because he is an idiot! Other than his staff and the idiot RINOs now (which is not all democrats as the Clinton and Obama democrats are bailing like sand fleas!), they expect the Fake news to push the narrative, and the drooling mentality (most with a 1/4 million degree) idiots to buy it!

  130. Ed Forbes says:

    Saw this over at Blackboard and have to share
    “Imagine oil producers are a man and Biden is
    a woman. She demands a $10k ring, a $20k
    dress, a $5 million house and a 600-guest
    wedding, all at your expense, while publicly
    announcing she’s planning to divorce you as
    soon as she finds someone she likes better.
    And she already has that someone picked
    out, and she’s gonna bang him in the coat
    room at the wedding.”

  131. David A says:

    “ The refusal to pay for a vaccine-related death may not be surprising since globally the life insurance industry has been hit with reported claims of $5,5 billion in the first nine months of 2021 versus $3,5 billion for the whole of 2020, according to insurance broker Howden. Dutch insurer Aegon, with two-thirds of its business in the US, said its American claims in the third quarter were $111 million, up from $31 million a year earlier.
    Vaccine deaths may force insurers to raise premiums and some have indicated that they intend to punish the unvaccinated for their financial woes.”

    Those excess mortality numbers reflect a great deal more then a 22 percent increase. The report for specific age groups was a 40 percent increase. It is Highly likely that the dead were most all vaccinated, as I read that the 40 percent excess mortality number was working age from a company with large company plans and yes, mandatory vaccination.
    To attempt to blame the unvaccinated and raise their rates would bring up an interesting discovery of vaccinated excess mortality verses unvaccinated excess mortality.

  132. David A says:

    Also it should be fairly simple to chart the vaccinated by age group and time, and find a correlation to the excess mortality time in that demographic.

  133. Ossqss says:

    Where can we find how many drilling permits have been approved since the election? Perhaps it would be better asked, how many drilling permits were initiated and approved by the Biden administration that were not already in process prior to the election?

  134. another ian says:


    IIRC there were things like that a while ago at WUWT

  135. another ian says:

    Search with Brave on the string

    “how many US drilling permits have been approved since the election 2020”

    brings up a few things inclusing


  136. H.R. says:

    @Simon Derricutt – I mentioned that my wife’s cousin and her hubby have retired to the same region of France where you are located.

    What, if any, would be some of the difficulties for Americans to visit?

    Also, note right up front that I am unjabbed and the Mrs. had the 2-jab ‘vaccine’ but no boosters.

    Any info you have would be appreciated.

  137. Simon Derricutt says:

    H.R. – https://www.jet2.com/en/flights/safe-travel/travel-requirements/france gives you the requirements for travel from the UK to France, so you should be able to get away with a negative test. These things are however subject to change at very short notice (sometimes hours or days) so there’s really not much surety on this.
    The current official recommendations are at https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/coming-to-france/coming-to-france-your-covid-19-questions-answered/ last updated 13th June. Currently the USA is marked as “green” so no major problems. May be worth also checking on whether you can get back into the USA, though….

    Apart from that, shouldn’t be too many problems. Quite a few people can speak and understand English well enough to get by, even out here in the sticks, though of course a bit of French is good to know. You may also find an app for instant translation of speech. You might not need such things that often if you’re staying with your wife’s cousin and hubby, especially if they pick you up from the airport so you don’t need to take a taxi or public transport, but nice if you go on trips on your own.

  138. David A says:

    Regarding LGBTABCSY generations.
    Just my (not PC) observations. Gay men tend to be sex addicted, and have a rather extreme number of partners. Lesbians generally are either passive, IMV looking for closeness and affection, and possibly coming from an abusive male relationship, or they are aggressive “Butch” and often controlling and even abusive. Unfortunately the passive ones often end up with aggressive partners.

    The increase in percentage of gays may be partially to more that were so inclined, now feeling comfortable, yet I often see and have met confused adolescents, young men unable to “score”, who hit by an ideological barrage of anti male ideas, and experimenting in mind altering substances, then “experiment”. These men – boys are deeply disturbed and miserable. Also many who go this route were abused by gay men and the stories from the priest hood are many. The GEB ideal of destroying the family has long historical content. The current rainbow celebrating anything goes, push is, IMV, deeply harmful to young people and culture. Miss-educating our very young children in this manner is deeply harmful and misery producing. If I still had young children I would home-school for certain if at all possible.

  139. jim2 says:

    Ossqss – You didn’t state as much, but I don’t believe permits matter much. The overarching problem is the green energy extremists are strangling the oil business in the US with regulations, including the XL pipeline debacle, but there is much more. Anyone can see, Dimowits in particular don’t want the oil business to thrive, they want wind and solar and they don’t care how many people go hungry, without medicine, without food, or simply die because of their stupid policies. We need to vote out any politician of any stripe who promotes “green” energy at the expense of petroleum. Frankly, we should get rid of any of them that want “all of the above.” Big wind and big solar are a humongous waste of resources, including making the grid the devil to manage. To hell with them.

  140. another ian says:

    “Do Babies Lives Matter? Did the FDA approve the use of Pfizer vaccines in babies based on almost no benefit, in almost no children

    Was the data Pfizer sent, really this bad?”


    Reads like a real WTF job and seems it has to do with the indemnity. By comments there will be more on that coming

  141. another ian says:
  142. H.R. says:

    @SimonD. – Thanks for the info. I wasn’t particularly aware of this problem, but it seems that the U.S. airlines are cancelling flights left and right and all without warning.

    I was running errands and listening to drive time talk radio (3:00 pm to 6:00 pm) and that was the topic. People called in with really bad experiences. The show host also had a story, and he was pretty hot under the collar over it.

    He had booked and paid for airfare, hotels, and whatever for a big extended family vacation to Florida, no doubt to the beach since it’s summer. It was a Christmas present to him and his family. I think his mom & dad paid for it and some siblings, too. They were all supposed to fly down on Saturday for a the big all-family vacation.

    Today, the airlines notified him the the flight was cancelled. 😡😡😡

    The airlines are saying they are short personnel, which I don’t doubt carries some truth. But I also think the less-than-full flights and flights booked well in advance of these recent skyrocketing fuel prices are being cancelled due to fuel costs.

    Anyhow, France may be doable from the Covid nonsense standpoint, but may be out of the question due to limited flights. Hard to say.

    Thanks again for the “our man on the scene” report.

  143. pilemon says:

    Oh, wait… Now, I get it! They think they can con people into believing that it’s Gore-bull warming and not the clot-shot.


    Which, given how many young people believe the crap they learned in high school… Uh oh!


    Okay, this is just too precious. Remember mumps? Well, the U.S. armed forces didn’t like it because it caused servicemen to have to go into the infirmary sometimes.

    Well, we can’t have that now, can we?

    So, all of a sudden, mumps was a dread disease that could not only affect sperm count and render a man relatively sterile (if he had severe orchitis, which was vanishingly rare), but might also render him impotent! Which really never happened. But conflating impotence with sterility was great propaganda. So, the armed forces, who never read the scientific study because it wasn’t their day job, got the mumps vaccine.

    And then it was approved for kids. Because, god knows, we don’t want parents taking time off for sick kids.

  144. another ian says:
  145. philjourdan says:

    @Ed Forbes says:
    20 June 2022 at 12:32 am

    OMG! He has them to a Tee! LOL

  146. philjourdan says:

    @David A says:
    20 June 2022 at 3:06 pm

    I have a brother that is gay. It is sad that he broke his mother’s heart because that is all he wanted (what you said).

    I had a failed marriage after 20 years, and date a woman who was best friends with a lesbian (she was not). While her best friend welcomed me with warmth and love (she had been abused as a child and that is why she never trusted men), her (BF) never accepted me.

    I understand that. Indeed, we had a wandering cat, that a lady couple found our name on his collar and called us about. We went and retrieved him. Me being a totally clueless idiot did not notice they would not direct any discussion to me, but only to my wife (she pointed this out later). Still they were decent. So I thought of the lady I date (before I married my wife) and her friend. The “L” in the mix is not at all happy with the letter salad. And they are going to be its downfall. Lesbians do not want to have sex with stunted males. PERIOD. Most of them have an intense hatred of all things with a dick. And those that do not (like my date’s best friend) do not want to have cross gender intercourse!

    The breakdown in the alphabet soup is going to be the women. They do not want dick females taking their spots in Olympics, and they do not want to have sex with Dick Females.

    Many moons ago, we called those with penises that dressed like women – transvestites. They still are. Renee Richards is a transgender. and her compatriots can be counted on the fingers of one hand!

  147. H.R. says:

    @philj and Ed Forbes – Sooo… the wedding is off?

  148. philjourdan says:

    Do you have a dick?

  149. E.M.Smith says:

    Hey, about that Total Energy:

  150. E.M.Smith says:


    The name typo had your comment (on sperm motility being cut in the vexxinated) stuck in moderation. I’ve freed it.
    link: https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2022/06/05/w-o-o-d-4-june-2022/#comment-157688

    Quite an interesting bit of a hunt needed to tease out the “yes but it recovers” from the actual data that seems to show otherwise… I like the way they describe that game of “hiding the truth in the data tables so the abstract will pass the review censorship” ;-)

    BTW, there’s a followup on median vs average and how it may well be that a few men got to ZERO sperm count while most do nothing vs a small drop across everyone:

    If this is real, it is a direct assault on both sperm count and testosterone levels. Just what I’d expect from the folks who want to feminize men and kill babies.

  151. E.M.Smith says:

    Gee… Western Nations take Russia’s money, so Russia says ~”OK, we’ll just keep all those leased jet liners”…

    Russia draft law raises doubt over fate of $10 bln of jets
    By Tim Hepher and Jamie Freed

    Draft law could stop Russian airlines returning leased jets
    425 jets most immediately at risk – Ascend by Cirium
    Lessors fear lengthy battle with insurers
    March 10 (Reuters) – Russia published a draft law on Thursday that could prevent its airlines returning leased aircraft, raising the stakes in a showdown with Western finance over $10 billion of jets.

    Russia is saying they will honor the lease payments, but in Rubles as they are locked out of $US.

  152. H.R. says:

    $10 billion spread over 425 leased aircraft, and Putin says they will honor their lease payments. Nice sidestep there, Bad Vlad.

    Our DoS is throwing nothing but spitballs and beanballs (both illegal in U.S. baseball) at Putin in order, I believe, to start WWIII. Putin has shown remarkable restraint and some clever counters to those provocations. This Ukraine mess could have been stopped day one with negotiations and the DoS (Department of State) not announcing they were fast-tracking Ukraine’s admission to NATO (while telling Zelensky behind the scenes that there was no way in hell it was going to happen).

    In the U.S., the two ways out of recession/depression are war or a construction boom. The problem with war is the war effort requires most of the resources. You wind up with fuel and food rationing, same as we’re headed without the excuse of war.

    pResident Biden’s handlers have tried to get Americans to accept the sacrifices of inflation, high food and fuel prices, and scarcity of many goods by appealing to patriotism. “We must accept this goat ropin’ turd-filled swimming pool because all patriotic Americans Must Stand With Ukraine. If you don’t, you are rootin’ for Pootin’, Besides, all those sanctions biting us in the @$$ are all Putin’s fault and had nothing to do with our insane policies.”

    Well, that hasn’t played out as planned, so it looks like our DoS is prodding Putin into a real WWIII so there will be a reason/excuse for the misery we are experiencing. Now the mantra becomes, “America itself is at war. All patriots must sacrifice starting with your Lucky Strike Greens.”

    Personally, I’d just as soon work through the pain of the GEBs intentionally destructive policies without the war, thank you very much.

  153. E.M.Smith says:

    Hmmm… In Vitro, Dandelion leaf extract interferes with ACE2 receptor binding by Chinese Wuhan Covid viruses…

  154. YMMV says:

    Top Gun Maverick. Good entertainment. A few points I liked personally:
    The Who song in the soundtrack at the beginning. They don’t make ’em like that anymore.
    The P-51 — so I’m a romantic.
    The J-125 — nice sailing scene. But I did not notice them wearing life jackets. Bad form.

  155. YMMV says:

    “transvestites” Wiki says this term is obsolete. (if you care)

    Cross-dressers are men who wear female clothing and often both admire and imitate women, but self-identify as different from both gay men and transsexuals, and generally deny having fetishistic intentions.

    …. and may even be heterosexual …
    Funny, that page ignores drag queens, which seems to be a popular large group.
    My question about them: why is that not regarded as cultural appropriation?
    It seems they imitate females to the point of mocking them. Is that PC?
    Or does dressing as a woman make them a women in the woke world?
    Why is it not regarded like black face?

  156. H.R. says:

    Dandelion leaf, eh? Too bad this is the year that, now the dogs are gone, I put weed & feed on the lawn.

    No worries, though. The State Park next door doesn’t treat the grassy areas so there are no toxins going into the reservoir or into the little bellies of the critters that live there. Thy just mow the grassy areas occasionally.

    So, no lack of medicinal weeds for me. I just can’t pick them out of my yard now.

    I’ve told before how mom would send us out to pick dandelion greens for a meal. She wilted the greens in bacon grease. Yummy! We weren’t the only ones to pick a mess of greens, but it was not for everyone. Po’ folks food, it was.

    Back when, very few people treated their lawns. So the greens were quite safe to eat. You got a dandelion digger and popped them out of the ground. We’d get a penny per each when someone wanted their yard done. With our attention span shorter than a gnat’s, we’d earn enough for a nickel candy bar and a 12 oz Coke. Then we’d go play pickup baseball.

    I wonder how much good those dandelion green dinners did us?

  157. cdquarles says:

    My maternal grandmother grew poke salad. Young greens are edible. Old ones are not and stay away from the berries. Foxgloves killed people, yet, properly dosed and monitored, digoxin is good for heart failure.

  158. Simon Derricutt says:

    H.R. – reports over here of various airlines cutting flights at short notice, and today there’s news of a massive pile of luggage that didn’t get onto the right flights. Just can’t get the staff…. I do suspect that fuel prices may have something to do with flight cancellations, too – they’re likely to cancel flights that aren’t full enough and consolidate them to get the same number of passengers (thus fares) on fewer actual flights all stuffed to the gills.

    The background story is that during the Covid shutdowns, a lot of the staff either left to get a job or were quietly sacked, so now there aren’t enough support staff to handle the luggage or even run the check-in desks. Takes a while to train new staff, and surprisingly unemployment is officially very low and thus even hiring new staff is difficult. Maybe they’re also taking on people they otherwise wouldn’t have, just to get the numbers up.

    If you reduce a business to around 10% capacity for two years, getting it back up to full capacity will take a while. I figure on around a couple of years at least before travel is back to normal. Also of course there’s much the same problem with hotels, restaurants, and any other tourist-y thing, given that they’ll be short of trained staff too if they’re still actually there. Then there’s chicken and egg – if the facilities aren’t there, tourists will find it less attractive to go travelling, and if they don’t travel and use the facilities, the businesses won’t be viable and will go out of business. Thus the time-scale for things getting somewhat back to normal.

  159. jim2 says:

    This is pretty cool, real-time lightning map, plus a whole lot more …


  160. Ossqss says:

    @Jim2, here is the lightning site I use.


  161. jim2 says:

    They both work. I can see the individual strikes better on Windy. They look kind of “lighteny”

  162. H.R. says:

    Here’s an inflation fighting tip.

    The setup: We like hamburgers (mince beef) on the grill. Lettuce, tomato, pickle, onion, cheese, mayo, mustard, ketchup… yum.

    80/20 (lean/fat) hamburger has been running from $4.50/lb to around $5.00/pound. Lean ground beef such as 95/5 or 90/10 has been close to $6.00/lb. Demand is high because it’s pretty much the cheapest form of beef.

    We haven’t had hamburgers because I’ve managed to score some steaks on sale for around $6.00/lb. and chicken and some pork cuts are still reasonable. But there’s nothing like a good ol’ hamburger on the grill now and then.

    The tip:
    I bought a small brisket to throw on the smoker grill on the July 4th Holiday. It was $3.47 per pound. I got to thinking hey, I could make brisket burger out of this for less than the cheapest hamburger. Brisket burgers are now a thing at casual food joints. They cost a little more, but brisket has a great flavor.

    I went back to the store several days later and the brisket was still on sale. Yay! I bought an 8.5 lb brisket and just finished grinding it all up for mince.

    We had two patties I whipped up and threw on the grill for dinner. Brisket burgers are soooo good!

    I’ll form and freeze patties from most of the rest of it, and I’ll save a little in bulk to use in an Italian meat sauce or meatballs. The brisket flavor profile is perfect for Italian dishes.

    Keep your eyes peeled for the hunks o’ meat that are on sale and use them in your own grinder to make hamburger. I saved a dollar+ per pound.

  163. Ed Forbes says:

    One of my local markets has had porterhouse steaks for $6 lb now for the last couple of months.
    I am now getting “steak again tonight “ :-( . “We’re tired of beef” !

  164. YMMV says:

    More Top Gun. I thought this interview was good.
    Jocko the seal with Dave the topgun.

  165. another ian says:

    “Speaking of war… the “Joe Biden” regime is already at war with its own citizens, you know, so we’re poised on the edge of the worst sort of a two-front war: at home and abroad. Late last week, and surely with the connivance of the FDA, CDC, and the NIH, the American Board of Internal Medicine threatened to yank Dr. Peter McCullough’s medical license for “providing false and inaccurate information to patients.” ”

    More at




  166. another ian says:

    E.M. – looks like a post with a couple of Kunstler’s is held up

  167. Ossqss says:

    A distraction from all the other stuff :-)

  168. another ian says:

    Amended recycling –

    “Did you hear that the Biden administration is now funding musical appreciation classes?”

    “Yes, they are heavily into Dire Straits”

  169. another ian says:

    “Trump’s reaction to Biden’s bike incident”

  170. another ian says:

    Your “Western water problem” – and others

    “Sorry, But No (Western Weather)”


  171. another ian says:

    Grim economic reading in today’s threads here


  172. another ian says:
  173. Ossqss says:

    The issues with water in the West is about population and consumption changes over time, not precipitation, per the data.

    Unfortunately, on the economic side of the house, many companies are halting hiring and or laying off folks to compensate for the impact of the Democratic penalties of being alive with inflation. The flood gates are opening in that area. Hold on to the hats when that starts showing up in data soon.

  174. another ian says:

    The King of obsolete reports on Starlink from northern Manitoba

    “first i would like to thank elon musk for his mother being canadian which means he remembered about us canadians at the end of the world paying for high speed internet that was not high speed or not even close. the staff got elon musk’s starlink internet dish a week ago and told me i had to get one. i thought they were all the same with big promises and no speed. well i was wrong and ordered a dish for the Kingdom. last night after the staff hooked up the new high speed dish, i made my daily tik-tok video of 3 minutes which only took 3 minutes to up load compare to the 90 minutes it took on the xplornet dish. when loading up on the old dish, i usually cooked and burned supper for the guard dogs and me and did other things in the house not to be on the internet that would slow the upload speed. now i am not sure what to do with all this extra time i will now have not waiting for things to load up since the starlink dish is so fast. ”


  175. jim2 says:

    Tesla’s China battery company has a new 1,000 km battery. It’s water cooled. What could possibly go wrong?

    Disruptive Water Cooling Design. By placing liquid cooling functional parts between adjacent cells, the trailblazing large-surface cell cooling technology increases the heat transfer area by four times, cuts thermal control time in half, and supports a hot start in 5 minutes and fast charging in 10 minutes. It enables the cell to cool down rapidly in extreme circumstances, effectively preventing abnormal thermal conduction among cells. Moreover, it has achieved thermal stability and thermal safety for all chemical systems, making it compatible with materials with higher energy density.


  176. jim2 says:

    “It turns out if you don’t want to have to take a vaccine, just get a job enforcing the vaccine mandate,” says former Trump Administration chief of staff for the Department of Health and Human Services, Texas state representative Brian Harrison.

    Harrison says the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, charged with enforcing tyrannical shot and testing mandates, have exempted their own employees.

    You read that right.

    Harrison acquired a memo that reads in part, “CMS is rescinding and hereby removing the January 25, 2022 Memo regarding Vaccination Expectation for Surveyors Performing Oversight (QSO-22-10 ALL) from HHS’s guidance repository.”

    The memo says that, while there’s now no requirement for people to have a COVID shot to perform the CMS surveys, “we commend all the entities who have established COVID-19 vaccination programs for their surveyors and we continue to encourage vaccination of surveyors performing federal oversight surveys.”


  177. Jon K says:

    This is an interesting comment on the Sri Lanka situation. I’m sorry for the format…

  178. stewartpid says:

    Jim – Tesla’s batteries have always been liquid cooled so I don’t know what the big deal is except perhaps better designed cooling. The cooling is one of the things tesla did right vs Leaf’s crappy cooling that killed their early cars in the desert / hot areas.

  179. E.M.Smith says:

    The Cray XMP/48 supercomputer I managed a few decades ago had a 750 KVA transformer to feed it power and s 4 inch water line to a 16 x16 foit or so water tower to cool it.

    You can mix water and power, but it is tricky…

    It used copper slabs to take heat from the chips to the water channels.

    Given the weight penalty of water, I would expect aluminum to cool better per pound but then you have to electrically insulate…

  180. jim2 says:

    Thanks for that, stewartpid. I didn’t know that. I always wondered why, when a EV battery catches fire, it looks like a rocket launching. Steam would explain that.

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  182. E.M.Smith says:

    Be aware that some batteries use an organic liquid, not water. So you can get that burning too.

    The Cray2 used a fluorinated liquid called “Fluorinert” IIRC and the whole thing sat in a transparent cube of the stuff. We called the computer “bubbles” as there were tiny air bubbles in the liquid..


    So there are ways… except the Warmistas will go BSC (Bat Shit Crazy..) over this extraordinarily useful coolant as they claim it’s a super-D-duper “greenhouse gas” (sic)…


    The Cray-2 was the first of Seymour Cray’s designs to successfully use multiple CPUs. This had been attempted in the CDC 8600 in the early 1970s, but the emitter-coupled logic (ECL) transistors of the era were too difficult to package into a working machine. The Cray-2 addressed this through the use of ECL integrated circuits, packing them in a novel 3D wiring that greatly increased circuit density.

    The dense packaging and resulting heat loads were a major problem for the Cray-2. This was solved in a unique fashion by forcing the electrically inert Fluorinert liquid through the circuitry under pressure and then cooling it outside the processor box. The unique “waterfall” cooler system came to represent high-performance computing in the public eye and was found in many informational films and as a movie prop for some time.

    I don’t agree with their statement that it was the first to successfully use multiple CPUs as our XMP had 4 and it worked fine…

  183. jim2 says:

    From what I’ve read, the battery in Tesla S model uses water and a glycol.

  184. jim2 says:

    Lithium also reacts with water to give hydrogen, a true rocket fuel :)

  185. another ian says:

    “It’s Happening! The NETHERLANDS”

  186. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    Yeah, Dutch farmers are very P.O.ed about being told to stop growing animals and food crops due to “nitrogen”. Saw a video of them spraying poo / manure spreading all over Government Buildings.

    They also have a lot of big power machinery suited to lifting and moving police cars, barricades, etc. I think that’s a point that the GEBs and Euro-WEFers forget… just who knows how to run bulldozers and their efficacy against limousines…. Forget the 9mm, if I’m in a Soros mob and need effective defense, give me a D9 Cat !

    Even has AC and a good stereo! ;-)

    I think it was in this article:

  187. another ian says:

    “You’re Not Going To Like This….”


  188. another ian says:

    “Reading the signs: November 2022 will see electoral manipulation like never before”


  189. another ian says:

    “Showing Up To Riot”

    “Dutch farmers have purchased a tank to use to block distribution centres”


    I wonder if from Ukraine?

  190. another ian says:

    More diddling

    “Biden Energy Agency Quietly Starts Manipulating Weekly “On Highway Diesel Fuel Prices”, Looks Like an Effort to Block Higher Fuel Surcharges and Control Transportation Inflation
    July 5, 2022 | Sundance | 77 Comments”


  191. another ian says:

    “An inflation vacation”

    Via Bayou Renaissance Man

  192. jim2 says:

    As if we need more evidence …

    What qualifies the majority of the Court as extremists? It is not merely their decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 case that recognized a woman’s right to choose whether to give birth. What qualifies them as extremists is the arguments they used to justify their decision and the indications they gave of how far they might be willing to go in carrying out those arguments.

    Justice Samuel Alito, the author of the majority opinion, based his ruling on the assertion that the Fourteenth Amendment protects only those rights that were generally recognized in 1868, when the amendment was ratified. But this argument endangers many other rights that have been recognized since then, among them the right to contraception, same-sex marriage, and LGBTQ rights.

    Carried to its logical conclusion, this line of reasoning could even allow states to ban inter-racial marriage, as some did until 1967. It is also clear that this Court intends to mount a frontal attack on the executive branch. One of the most consequential rulings of the Court’s just-completed term denied the Environmental Protection Agency the authority to issue regulations needed to combat climate change.


  193. jim2 says:

    And then there is this tripe from 538. 538 says that after voting in Obama, those voters got upset that Obama achieved? greater racial equality??? Maybe I missed that. Also, I’m white, and I support racial equality. I just don’t support having people burn down personal property and interfere with my daily life.

    These messages, though, are unlikely to work on their own because the dividing line in the American electorate is not economics; it’s race and culture. Democratic strategists often point to Barack Obama’s presidency and his response to the Great Recession as a turning point for the party’s appeals to working-class white people. After all, Obama won many of the Rust Belt states partly on the strength of the white working-class vote, but after his presidency, many of those voters turned to Trump and the Republican Party. That’s because Obama’s presidency marked another big turning point in American society: a step toward greater racial equity. And on this issue, Democrats and Republicans could not be further apart. It’s why Democratic appeals to win back the working class are unlikely to work, too.


  194. another ian says:

    “Are shippers making a fortune out of the supply chain crunch?”


    Looks like a strong possibility that “Yes” is the answer

  195. E.M.Smith says:


    The Supremes in finding in Row v. Wade “discovered” a hidden Right To Privacy. (One that isn’t enforced for things like Covid Vexxination status or Breathalyzers or damn near every other invasion of my privacy by The Government (NSA? FBI Fisa abuse?) and that was the “right” that was “violated” in that a woman would need to tell the law she had an abortion (or was going to have one) for the law against them to be enforced (or something like that… I’ve not done a deep dive on it so some of that is semi-hear-say).

    I’d not have a problem with them finding that implied “right” if they then went on to enforce it in all the OTHER abusive cases of government over-reach (IRS anyone? ALL your papers are belong to us!!!) but it is only applied to PC Left Holy Icons… So IMHO better to just junk it and start over.

    FWIW I could see a better case that abortion only applies to women so a law against it is violating “Equal Protection” clause. Section 1 is the one that applied to Row. Section 3 is what they are trying to apply to Trump (but that I think applies far more to many of the Dems & RHINOs):


    Fourteenth Amendment
    Section 1
    All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

    Section 2
    Representatives shall be apportioned among the several States according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in each State, excluding Indians not taxed. But when the right to vote at any election for the choice of electors for President and Vice-President of the United States, Representatives in Congress, the Executive and Judicial officers of a State, or the members of the Legislature thereof, is denied to any of the male inhabitants of such State, being twenty-one years of age, and citizens of the United States, or in any way abridged, except for participation in rebellion, or other crime, the basis of representation therein shall be reduced in the proportion which the number of such male citizens shall bear to the whole number of male citizens twenty-one years of age in such State.

    Section 3
    No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who,
    having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.

    Section 4
    The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned. But neither the United States nor any State shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave; but all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal and void.

    Section 5
    The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

    So how many of the Dems & RINOs have given “aid & comfort” to China? Eh?

    I’d also like to see section 1 applied to the 6-Jan Political Prisoners… (or used to cudgel the DAs letting Antifa / BLM rioters walk free while attacking Proud Boys for defending innocents.)

  196. philjourdan says:

    Carried to its logical conclusion, this line of reasoning could even allow states to ban inter-racial marriage, as some did until 1967.

    Uh, no. Except to morons and racists (i.e. the left). The ban on interracial marriages is expressly prohibited by the 14th Amendment. Brown v BOE, which overturned Plessy v Ferguson, relied strictly on the 14th Amendment and not some nebulous made up right. And Loving v Virginia is the same way. As much as it will shock the liberal white racist females out there, there were interracial marriages even back in 1776. They knew what they were banning back in 1865, but it still took almost 100 years to get rid of the liberals attempt at circumventing that amendment via their Jim Crow and Poll taxes.

    But do not expect either truth or intelligence from fake news and liberal racists.

  197. jim2 says:

    Government entities routinely deprive people of property without due process on an old legal theory that the property has committed a crime. I’m speaking of civil forfeiture.

  198. E.M.Smith says:

    Gee… Looks like someone is finally doing something…

    The “Georgia Guidestones” that said we needed to keep population below 500 Million has been blown up.


    Another article says they tore down the rest of it as it was a hazard…

    I guess now we’ll find out how the Satanic side feels about it when their monuments get destroyed.

    Though I had thought I’d stop by and look at it sometime in the coming year now that I’m on the same coast. Guess that’s out the window now ;-)

  199. philjourdan says:

    You know me well enough that you know I have nothing but contempt for the Malthusians.

    But I also have less respect for those that destroy monuments they do not agree with, Sorry, I will not be mine enemy or their allies, the taliban.

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