W.O.O.D. – 23 June 2022

Intro

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

Immediate prior one here:

https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2022/06/05/w-o-o-d-4-june-2022/
and remains open for threads running there (at least until the ‘several month’ auto-close of comments on stale threads).

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

“Me” News

Still house hunting. Prices are coming down a little but the market is still rather bubblicious…

WatchMaga

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:

https://rumble.com/user/WatchMaga

News

Looks like the Supremes just recognized Shall Issue or perhaps Constitutional Carry.

https://americanmilitarynews.com/2022/06/supreme-court-rules-ny-concealed-carry-law-is-unconstitutional/

Supreme Court rules NY concealed carry gun law is unconstitutional

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled in favor of the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association when it decided that New York state violates the Second Amendment by requiring gunowners applying for concealed-carry licenses to prove they have a worthy need to carry guns in public. It’s the first major decision on gun rights in more than a decade.

The 6-3 ruling was led by Justice Clarence Thomas, who said, “New York’s proper-cause requirement violates the Fourteenth Amendment in that it prevents law-abiding citizens with ordinary self-defense needs from exercising their right to keep and bear arms.”

“We know of no other constitutional right that an individual may exercise only after demonstrating to government officers some special need,” Thomas wrote. “That is not how the First Amendment works when it comes to unpopular speech or the free exercise of religion. It is not how the Sixth Amendment works when it comes to a defendant’s right to confront the witnesses against him. And it is not how the Second Amendment works when it comes to public carry for self defense.”

Justices Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan dissented.

The gun-rights group – a New York affiliate of the National Rifle Association – had sued the state of New York over the state’s “proper cause” requirement for granting concealed carry gun licenses. The requirement forced applicants to prove that they had a “proper cause” despite failing to define what “proper cause” means under state law.

Several other states require gun owners to prove their need for obtaining a concealed carry permit, including California, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Hawaii, and Maryland.

Thomas maintained that the “proper cause” requirement prevented eligible, law-abiding citizens from exercising their constitutional right to keep and bear arms in public for self-defense. He noted that the right to do so is protected by both the Second and Fourteenth Amendments.

The lawsuit originally stemmed from state resident Robert Nash, whose concealed carry license was granted only for hunting. After his neighborhood was plagued by robberies, Nash petitioned for the license to allow him to carry a gun in public for self-defense. He was denied for not demonstrating his special need for self-defense. He ultimately filed a lawsuit in 2018 to overturn the state’s requirement, and was joined by another resident and the gun group.

I don’t see where it bans States or Cities from requiring a permit, but it does look like it make them “shall issue” instead of “for approved cause”… maybe.

I think it will require some time to see how this works out in practice.

For more recent events, see:

Bongino Report:

https://bonginoreport.com/

Or Whatfinger:

https://generaldispatch.whatfinger.com/

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

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

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

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81 Responses to W.O.O.D. – 23 June 2022

  1. another ian says:

    “Stockhead: SpaceX says Starlink could become ‘unusable’; archTIS wins $7m defence contract”

    Click to access 12GHzInterferenceStudy_062022.pdf

  2. another ian says:

    ” first a trickle, then a flood: the vaccine adverse events dam is breaking that which was recently unspeakable is fast becoming common conversation”

    http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2022/06/23/oops-5/

  3. another ian says:

    “16 July 1945 – The Day the A-Bomb Stopped the War in Europe”

    https://newcatallaxy.blog/2022/06/24/16-july-1945-the-day-the-a-bomb-stopped-the-war-in-europe/

  4. philjourdan says:

    The ruling is logical. The reaction from the left is not. But that is normal.

    HOw about we teach the left how to READ the Constitution? HOw about we bail the ocean with a sieve?

    Same thing.

  5. E.M.Smith says:

    This is not good… Drought in Kansas to Texas killing off wheat fields:

    https://www.sgtreport.com/2022/06/disaster-in-the-heartland-wheat-crops-in-kansas-are-failing-on-a-massive-scale-2/

    Disaster In The Heartland: Wheat Crops In Kansas Are Failing On A Massive Scale
    June 23, 2022025
    by Michael Snyder, The Most Important News:

    Did you know that Kansas is known as “the Wheat State”? In 2021, it produced nearly one-fourth of all wheat that was harvested in the United States. Needless to say, we really need Kansas to come up big again this year because the war in Ukraine and a number of other factors have combined to bring us to the precipice of an absolutely horrifying global food crisis. Unfortunately, things are not going well in Kansas this year. In fact, wheat crops in much of the state are failing on a massive scale…

    This time of year, the wheat growing in this part of western Kansas should be thigh-high and lush green.

    But as a months-long drought continues to parch the region, many fields tell a different story.

    “There’s nothing out there. It’s dead,” farmer Vance Ehmke said, surveying a wheat field near his land in Lane County. “It’s just ankle-high straw.”

    At this point, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is telling us that 41 percent of all wheat in Kansas is in “poor” or “very poor” condition.

    The situation is particularly dire in the western portion of the state. It is being reported that many fields of wheat in western Kansas now resemble “barren wastelands”…

    Across western Kansas, many fields planted with wheat months ago now look like barren wastelands. The gaping spaces between rows of brown, shriveled plants reveal hardened dirt that’s scarred with deep cracks from baking in the sun.

    Of all the years for drought to hit western Kansas wheat farmers, it couldn’t have come at a worse time.

    Even though the price of wheat has soared to crazy levels, it is being estimated that somewhere around 10 percent of all wheat fields in Kansas will not even grow enough crops to bother harvesting them.

    That is really bad news, but the truth is that things are even worse in Colorado and Texas…

    To the west in Colorado, projections say nearly one-third of wheat fields won’t produce enough to bother harvesting. In Texas, around three-quarters of the crop will likely be abandoned.

    Please read that again.

    This is enormous news, and it is going to deeply affect all of us in the months ahead.

    At the worst possible time, wheat crops are failing on a massive scale all over the western half of the nation.

    We have been stuck in a pattern of drought that resembles the Dust Bowl days of the 1930s for many years now, and things are starting to happen which would have once been unthinkable.
    […]

    Time for a 100 year cyclical megadrought? Or what?

  6. jim2 says:

    Is the drought just an effect of the rather extended La Nina?

  7. YMMV says:

    another ian: “”Nursing reports from the COVID front lines” ”

    From the original document linked in the above link:
    https://pierrekory.substack.com/p/nursing-reports-from-the-front-lines

  8. another ian says:

  9. YMMV says:

    another ian: “16 July 1945 – The Day the A-Bomb Stopped the War in Europe”

    To quickly summarize, at the end of WW2, Stalin did not intend to stop at Berlin.
    He intended to conquer France and Italy. It even hints of more.

    And a comment there says it was even worse than that, and links to
    https://www.booktopia.com.au/the-faustian-bargain-ian-ona-johnson/book/9780190675141.html

  10. another ian says:

    Not good reading

    “”Every single nation is getting pounded down, because of globalist extra-national interests” ”

    https://bayourenaissanceman.blogspot.com/2022/06/every-single-nation-is-getting-pounded.html

  11. jim2 says:

    Existing home sales is down 14% from 1/22. The trend is still downward.

  12. jim2 says:

    Building permits are also down.

  13. H.R. says:

    I believe the existing home sales numbers are national. There are still hot regions. Some areas are still going strong.

    The Mrs. was watching the local propaganda/narrative station 2 nights ago to see what the local weather forecast would be. There was a short segment on housing just before the weather came on.

    It seems we are still up, but only by a percent or so now. That’s both sales of existing homes and new builds.

    I expect that to flatten in the next month or two, and definitely start trending down after August’s numbers come in.

    We have a fairly large number of State and Federal employees who are driving the expansion in my neck of the woods. They are already well paid, and they have some inflation protection in their pay packages.

    What I anticipate for my area is that the government employees will still buy but will be cutting back on new builds and start looking for existing housing. Inflation will be slower in hitting the gubbmint employees’ wallets. You can get the same house, albeit with some mileage on it, for 20% less or so.

    We live North of a very blue city. The mayor is on board with the globalist agenda and all of the woke policies. Well so are all those government employees and that’s why they are leaving and moving up our way.

    They don’t want to live with all those woke and globalist policies, but they do think everyone should be following them. “I’m woke. Everyone should be woke. But I don’t want to live with all those woke policies. They are for the other stupid people, not the smart ones like me. But I’m still woke and everyone should be woke. Batty Lunatics Matter” Our schools are rapidly going to hell in a handbasket, thanks to them.**

    That’s why I anticipate our area to lag behind the national trends. It will all catch up everywhere, including here, eventually.


    **I kid you not. Our elementary schools now have litter boxes in the restrooms for the kids who identify as a cat or a dog or something. Un-effing-real!! Parents are up in arms. They were not told about it. I’m waiting to see if that policy stands in the coming school year.

  14. Ossqss says:

    IIRC, I read a paper a while back on drought and the correlation with population and farming increases impacting water supply along with environmental challenges in California. Some sardine or something. Precipitation deficits were not a main driver from what I can recall.

  15. stewartpid says:

    Chiefio …. drought must be the result / effect of the now 3 year La Nina no?
    My cousins up in west central Saskatchewan Canada had almost no rain last spring & summer until it was too late and their crops were non existent …. better this year but the moisture did come late skipping April & May.
    That Pacific ocean has some big time effects on the climate around it’s edge’s.
    Also the never ending La Nina is getting very interesting IMO … especially with the 3rd & current one being quite cold vs fading off.
    Happy house hunting.

  16. jim2 says:

    For past El Ninos, I’ve wondered if they enhance the global average temperature. This sequence of La Ninas may help answer that question.

  17. cdquarles says:

    Within the limits of the techniques, look at Dr. Roy Spencer’s satellite derived products. Big El Ninos enhance atmospheric color temperatures (not necessarily the same thing as thermodynamic temperatures). La Nina’s reduce them. The ENSO then becomes a discharge-recharge oscillator; but there are other factors involved, so the specific conditions vary over time.

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  19. another ian says:

    “New huge study from Qatar shows the vaccine mandates were never justified”

    https://joannenova.com.au/2022/06/new-huge-study-from-qatar-shows-the-vaccine-mandates-were-never-justified/

  20. another ian says:

    Latest Pointman

    “THE SLEDGEHAMMER.”

    “Over last weekend a conference called the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) took place. The chances are you might not even of heard it occurred but it did and what came out of it confirmed my worst fears of how dire a situation the US, EU and the West in general have managed to steer themselves into.”

    https://thepointman.wordpress.com/2022/06/24/the-sledgehammer/

    And Oz wasn’t there either

  21. YMMV says:

    another ian: “New huge study from Qatar

    Dr. Been discusses this paper and another in two recent videos.
    Efficacy of Natural Infection Vs. Vaccine Two Brand New Studies from Israel and Qatar
    video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMS3znRvigw&t=1770s
    and
    BA.4 and BA.5 Have Significantly Escaped Protection From Vaccines and Infections
    video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npQ1X0C3R8w

    The vaccines for the original Covid (which are still the only vaccines available) have zero benefit (and some negatives)

    Someone asked a question in his livestream, which he was not allowed to show, so presumably it was “Does IVM work against BA.4 and BA.5”. That’s just a guess. But the answer was “yes”.

    And there is another of his videos of interest here: “Makes Me Angry”, which is about how CDC promised to monitor for abnormal reactions to the vaccines and never did that.

  22. E.M.Smith says:

    Per that Pointman “Sledgehammer” article:

    I think it is a very very little bit overstated, but generally correct. He basically is predicting that lack of Russian resources will cause the EU to collapse and America to whither and that the “getting together” of all the other nations in Russia to agree to fair trade means the end of US Dominance.

    I agree with that, but think it will take longer, and be less dramatic, than his presentation. Years not weeks or months. A lighting afire of the jigsaw, not a sledgehammer. But that’s haggling over a minor rate variation not the destination…

    Here’s the comment I’m posting there:

    Yup. Exactly right.

    The key word here is “fungible”. You basically never hear it from politicians. Especially when talking sanctions.. A product or commodity is “fungible” if you can treat one unit of it as identical to any other and substitute one supplier for another. Or in this case, one customer for another.

    As soon as I’d heard the things the EU and not-my-potus-America were going to “sanction” I said “OMG, those are all fungible. Russia will just find another customer.”

    So all it achieves when you boycott a supplier of a fungible good, is a change of who buys it from whom. There’s a (very) temporary misalignment as folks change partners, and then the ripple disappears from the product flow.

    China and India buy more Russian oil and less Saudi oil. EU, having a fuel shortage, pays up extra to get that Saudi oil shipped and unloaded (as ships cost more than pipelines). So it goes.

    Will it cause the EU to collapse? The UsSA to return to our roots and a proper POTUS? One can only hope… It is very clear that large power has corrupted hugely. Pretty much all of Europe, N. America, and Australia / New Zealand are in Thrall (original meaning) to some evil manipulators. Certainly WEF, Soros, and increasingly UN Apparatchiks, but with Big Money behind the scenes. I don’t really want my ancestral homelands in Europe and my present homeland in the USA to suffer collapse and ruin, but that’s the only end game of their stupidity. “Play stupid games, win stupid prizes” …. So if we must go through the fire to purge these leaches and worms, so be it.

    I’m just glad somewhere in the world there’s a large segment that is escaping their grasp and can preserve some culture, technology, and wisdom for the next round of civilization when it arises.

    When (and it is a when…) the DNC & Friends steal the mid-term election and it is absolutely clear to everyone: That will be the starting bell for the final round of the collapse of The American Empire. Best to be settled in and prepared for it by then.

  23. jim2 says:

    When Pointman says “When you’ve had 27 million of your people murdered by the West, trusting anything coming from that direction becomes a rare commodity.” Is this in reference to the Germans?

  24. another ian says:

    “The forever vaccine”

    “It’s becoming increasingly clear that the mainstream pandemic narrative is collapsing into a heap of naked contradictions and frantic back-pedalling.”

    http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2022/06/24/the-forever-vaccine/

  25. H.R. says:

    Excellent question, jim2. It’s all rather vague but given our duplicitous Deep Sate/CIA/DoS, I suspect Pointman may be referring to the U.S. and its European patsies.


    I really appreciate tonyb’s comments re the Ukraine mess and Russia. Tonyb knows his history (and a helluva loyt more than just history) and there is a lot of not-so-pleasant history between the UK (England, mostly) and Russia.

    Then there’s pg, who is tapped into different feeds and has Russia holding onto the short end of the stick. he’s got military buds that aren’t on the YSM circuit and have a different knowledge base (quite deep) and interpretation of events, hardware, logistics, and manpower.

    Then there is all the rest of of us who don’t trust nuttin’ from nobody.


    So, jim2, I see something like 27 million killed hanging out there from Pointman, a trusted source, and i just have to join you in wondering… what da heck you talkin’ ’bout?!?

  26. H.R. says:

    There are 3 posts from Sundance on CTH today about the Supreme Court reversing Roe v Wade and tossing it back to the States.

    I heard the verdict and had these thoughts.

    a) Some high level Dem or other told one of the deep state Dem/Lib/Commie justices to thrown in with the conservatives to throw the issue back to the States. This was NOT a prohibition of abortion.

    The reason for the decision was to gin up the Dem base, for which abortion is the sacrament of the Progressive/Socialist/Marxist religion. They want pissed off women storming the polls this November to vote for anything with a ‘D’ attached to it.

    ii) It’s a reasonable decision that should have been rendered years ago, if not in the first place. (Rhetorically) What took so long? Politics, of course.

    Why is it being tossed back to the States now, where it should have relegated from the beginning? Politics, of course.

    3) Will it matter in the coming election? Hard to say, but so many “Abortion? What the hey, hell yeah!” people have had years to moderate their position, and have come down on the side of few, very few cases where abortion isn’t just infanticide as birth control or for the convenience of the preggers who is considering abortion is… hard to swallow, but ok.

    So there are a lot of people for which the issue has pretty much dropped off the radar so long as there is a path for some of the more dire circumstances.


    There are a million shades of nuance on the topic of abortion. Everything from “never ever” to “with care and thought” to “never-never.to be denied”. But I think this was the right outcome – toss it back to the States – for the wrong reason, which was to get the rabid abortion-on-demand demographic riled up for November.

  27. Ossqss says:

    I will not post the Kid Rock We the people. LOL

  28. Pointman says:

    Hi all. When I referred to 27 million deaths I was referencing what’s now taken to be the death toll in Russia of the German invasion of WWII. Every time a respected Russian historian studies Operation Barbarossa, that number creeps up.

    We in the West forget the wounds we inflicted on Russia over the centuries, but they haven’t

    “In WWII, the invading Nazis slaughtered somewhere between a fifth and a quarter of Russia’s population but they never gave up. To give you a feeling for what that means in human terms, apply the same 25% to your own country’s population. Imagine 82 million dead Americans or 16 million dead Britons or 17 million dead Germans or 6 million dead Australians as the price of defeating Hitler. That’s the price they paid. If the West escalates Russia into WWIII, then the West better get used to suffering similar horrific numbers of casualties.”

    Ref – https://thepointman.wordpress.com/2022/03/18/after-the-ukraine-will-russia-kiss-and-make-up-with-the-west/

    The battle cry of “We’ll never forgive, we’ll never forget” is alive and well in Russia to this day.

    Pointman

  29. another ian says:

    “Psychopaths and where to find them”

    “Why would roughly 4% to 12% of CEOs be psychopaths (I’ve seen as high as 20% claimed, implying psychopaths might be statistically around 25 times as likely to become CEOs)? What is it about the human condition, or this era of civilization, that pushes the most potentially destructive people to the top of decision-making hierarchies?”

    More at

    https://bayourenaissanceman.blogspot.com/2022/06/psychopaths-and-where-to-find-them.html

  30. H.R. says:

    @Pointman – Thanks for clearing up that 27 million figure.

    As I mentioned above, I consider you a trusted source, so that was a bit of a puzzler to me as to the who what when and where of the 27 million.

    Yes! I’d say the Russians probably aren’t going to forget that one for another few generations, if ever.

  31. E.M.Smith says:

    I think it matters too to remember that in the Russian language there is ONE past tense. When you say “The West invaded Russia” it is the same phrase whether it was Napoleon, Hitler, or Just Today. You must add circumlocutions to get precision as to when. (So things like dates or “90 years ago”). I think this lends an immediacy and importance to history in Russian. Pulls it to some extent into the “here and now”.

    Per the 20 Million to 27 Million:

    Nobody really knows the full count. Russia had millions of soldiers lost in battle long before the USA was ready to even start an invasion of Europe. Saint Petersburg (Petrograd / Leningrad) was surrounded and essentially being starved out for a couple of years. Millions died of starvation, cold, disease.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Petersburg

    the second-largest city in Russia. It is situated on the Neva River, at the head of the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea, with a population of roughly 5.4 million residents. Saint Petersburg is the fourth-most populous city in Europe, the most populous city on the Baltic Sea, as well as the world’s northernmost city with more than 1 million residents. As Russia’s Imperial capital, and a historically strategic port, it is governed as a federal city.
    […]
    World War II (1941–1945)
    Main article: Siege of Leningrad
    [photo left out -E.M.S.]
    Citizens of Leningrad during the 872-day siege, in which more than one million civilians died, mostly from starvation. Nevsky Prospect

    During World War II, German forces besieged Leningrad following the Axis invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941. The siege lasted 872 days, or almost two and a half years, from 8 September 1941 to 27 January 1944.

    The Siege of Leningrad proved one of the longest, most destructive, and most lethal sieges of a major city in modern history. It isolated the city from food supplies except those provided through the Road of Life across Lake Ladoga, which could not make it through until the lake literally froze. More than one million civilians were killed, mainly from starvation. Many others escaped or were evacuated, so the city became largely depopulated.

    On 1 May 1945 Joseph Stalin, in his Supreme Commander Order No. 20, named Leningrad, alongside Stalingrad, Sevastopol, and Odessa, hero cities of the war. A law acknowledging the honorary title of “Hero City” passed on 8 May 1965 (the 20th anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War), during the Brezhnev era. The Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR awarded Leningrad as a Hero City the Order of Lenin and the Gold Star medal “for the heroic resistance of the city and tenacity of the survivors of the Siege”. The Hero-City Obelisk bearing the Gold Star sign was installed in April 1985.

    Note that there are other “Hero Cities”. Note, too, that the count is “over a million civilians” from one city. When everyone is busy starving to death or fighting, there are a lot of missing records.

    It is certain that the total dead was at least 20 Million about the time the Allied Powers invaded France. It is probable the number reached about 30 Million by the time the war was ended AND the ones who barely held on to the end, then died. What fraction of the people who died of various diseases or malnutrition in the year following the end of the war would have lived a few years longer without the war (and the destruction of farm produce it caused… along with other supplies and services)? Perhaps 40 million total is closer to reality, all included…

    Russia essentially picked up any military / essential industry and moved it to behind the Ural Mountains deep inland. That was an incredible feat. How many died of “industrial accidents” during that? How many froze to death moving goods and material from there to the front lines, while lacking food and heat? The scale and depth of Russian suffering / death are hard for us in The West to grasp. Very few are even aware it happened at all. For Russians it was just yesterday and EVERY family has someone who was a hero to remember.

    For Putin, it was both his Father going to battle and his stoic Mother keeping the family (barely) alive. His story of that experience is very moving (saw a history of it made by someone in The West who was asking, basically, “Who is this man and what formed him?”)

    The Russian experience in W.W.II makes every other loss look small in comparison. In a very real sense, the USA shows up as the war is ending, runs in and says “Look, WE won the war!” and takes nearly no hardship from it (in comparison with Russia).

    Now put that in the context of REPEATED invasions of Russia from The West. Never forget Napoleon et. al. Is it really any surprise Stalin was interested in taking control of it and making sure it was “never again”?

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

    The operation opened up the Eastern Front, in which more forces were committed than in any other theater of war in history. The area saw some of the world’s largest battles, most horrific atrocities, and highest casualties (for Soviet and Axis forces alike), all of which influenced the course of World War II and the subsequent history of the 20th century. The German armies eventually captured some five million Soviet Red Army troops. The Nazis deliberately starved to death or otherwise killed 3.3 million Soviet prisoners of war, and millions of civilians, as the “Hunger Plan” worked to solve German food shortages and exterminate the Slavic population through starvation. Mass shootings and gassing operations, carried out by the Nazis or willing collaborators, murdered over a million Soviet Jews as part of the Holocaust.

    A million dead here, a few million there, pretty soon you are talking real casualties of war…

    Part of the current war in Ukraine comes from the history of collaboration of the Ukrainian Nazi forces in the killing of Soviet citizens in W.W.II, and that the Ukrainian Nazi movement has returned.

    Now think on that for just a moment. Your history is one of horrific sacrifice, dozens of millions murdered by Western Invasion on several occasions over hundreds of years. National Socialists have murdered MILLIONS of your citizens in the Great Patriotic War. Now The West wants to incorporate these evil Nazi forces that have once again arisen on your doorstep into The Western NATO Army and is making statements about the need to return Kaliningrad and other bits of Russia to western control. For 9 years they have been actively shelling and killing Russians in the Donbass.

    Do you really expect the Russian leader to just sit there and do nothing about it?

    Think the average Russian, knowing this history, will be worried about invasion from The West and ready to make sure “Never Again” is front of mind?

    It really helps to know some of this Russian History from a Russian POV to be able to predict what is the likely actions they will take / support. From their POV, it is “Lose a few thousand now to stop this happening again, or lose tens of MILLIONS dead later if we don’t.”

    Most Americans, even those in power, have no clue about any of this.

  32. E.M.Smith says:

    Hey, there’s a Wiki on it:

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

    World War II losses of the Soviet Union from all related causes were about 27,000,000 both civilian and military, although exact figures are disputed. A figure of 20 million was considered official during the Soviet era. The post-Soviet government of Russia puts the Soviet war losses at 26.6 million, on the basis of the 1993 study by the Russian Academy of Sciences, including people dying as a result of effects of the war. This includes 8,668,400 military deaths as calculated by the Russian Ministry of Defence.

    The figures published by the Ministry of Defence have been accepted by most historians outside Russia. However, the official figure of 8.7 million military deaths has been disputed by Russian scholars who believe that the number of dead and missing POWs is not correct and new research is necessary to determine actual losses. Officials at the Russian Central Defense Ministry Archive (CDMA) maintain that their database lists the names of roughly 14 million dead and missing service personnel. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev stated in 2009 that “data about our losses haven’t been revealed yet…We must determine the historical truth.” He added that more than 2.4 million people are still officially considered missing in action, of the 9.5 million persons buried in mass graves, six million are unidentified. Some Russian scholars put the total number of losses in the war, both civilian and military, at over 40 million. In 2020 Mikhail Meltyukhov, who works with the Russian Federal archival project, stated that 15.9-17.4 million civilians were killed on Soviet territory by the Nazis during the war.

    And a whole lot more…

    Then, just to give a bit of flavor to how much Russia has been shaped by external invasions:

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

    Invasion of Russia can refer to:

    Mongol invasion of Kievan Rus’ (1237–1242), a series of invasions that resulted in the Rus’ states becoming vassals of the Golden Horde.

    Livonian campaign against Rus’ (1240–1242), an unsuccessful Teutonic invasion of the Novgorod and Pskov Republics, in order to convert them to Catholicism.

    Russo-Crimean Wars (1570–1572), an Ottoman invasion that penetrated Russia and destroyed Moscow.

    Polish–Muscovite War (1609–1618), Poland gained Severia and Smolensk.

    Ingrian War (1610–1617), a Swedish invasion which captured Novgorod and Pskov.

    Swedish invasion of Russia (1708–1709), an unsuccessful Swedish invasion, as part of the Great Northern War (1700–1721).

    French invasion of Russia (1812), an unsuccessful invasion by Napoleon’s French Empire and its allies, as part of the Napoleonic Wars (1803–1815).

    Crimean War (1853–1856), a series of conflicts between the Ottoman Empire, the British Empire, France, Sardinia, and the Russian Empire, including an Allied invasion of the Crimean Peninsula.

    Japanese invasion of Sakhalin (1905), an invasion and annexation by the Japanese, as part of the Russo-Japanese War (1904–1905).

    Eastern Front (World War I) (1914–1918), Russia was forced to cede Ukraine, Belarus, and the Baltic states to Germany as the Russian Empire collapsed.

    Caucasus campaign (1914–1918), a series of conflicts between the Russian Empire, its various successor states, and the Ottoman Empire during World War I.

    Allied intervention in the Russian Civil War (1918–1925) and the contemporaneous Polish–Soviet War (1918/9–1921), the Polish occupation of Belarus and West Ukraine.

    Japanese intervention in Siberia (1918–1922), an occupation of the Russian Far East by Japanese soldiers during the Russian Civil War (1917–1923).

    Operation Barbarossa (1941), an unsuccessful invasion of the Soviet Union led by Nazi Germany that started the Eastern Front (World War II) of 1941–1945.

    Continuation War (1941–1944), an unsuccessful German-Finnish invasion of the Soviet Union, as part of World War II.

    Kantokuen (1941), an aborted plan for a major Japanese invasion of the Russian Far East during World War II.

    Operation Unthinkable (1945), a proposed contingency plan for an Anglo-American invasion of the Soviet Union developed by the British Chiefs of Staff during the later stages of World War II.

    War of Dagestan (1999), a repulsed Chechen invasion of Dagestan.

    I think this matters…

  33. another ian says:

    “Pfizer CEO Says Annual COVID Vaccine Booster is Almost a Certainty
    June 25, 2022 | sundance | 189 Comments

    This brief soundbite from last week is somewhat of a precursor to the points raised by Neil Oliver this week. The financial interests of the Big Rx corporations are directly tied to government. This is the origin of the biggest issue behind government mandating the forced vaccination program for SARS-CoV-2 and any COVID-19 variant.

    More at

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2022/06/25/pfizer-ceo-says-annual-covid-vaccine-booster-is-almost-a-certainty/

    “Neil Oliver Outlines Madness of New Push to Vaccinate Children 6 Months to 5 Years Old
    June 25, 2022 | sundance | 72 Comments”

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2022/06/25/neil-oliver-outlines-madness-of-new-push-to-vaccinate-children-6-months-to-5-years-old/

  34. Philemon says:

    https://amidwesterndoctor.substack.com/p/who-was-responsible-for-the-botched

    Levine then used these deaths to justify requiring last minute mail-in ballots throughout Pennsylvania (which was in violation of Pennsylvania’s state constitution), and other last-minute voting changes that resulted in Joe Biden winning the state when he most likely would not have done so otherwise.  Levine was subsequently appointed as Assistant Secretary for the HHS and was commissioned as a four-star admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. 

    These appointments were controversial because Levine was not qualified for either position and because Levine was one of the first openly transsexual officials in the United States government (and a strong advocate for “gender-affirming” care for minors highlighted by Rand Paul’s questioning during Levine’s confirmation hearings):

    CSPAN
    @cspan
    Exchange between Sen. @RandPaul and Dr. Rachel Levine on on Gender Transition.

    February 25th 2021
    163 Retweets497 Likes
     I felt the actual issue was that Levine’s appointment to each of these positions was most likely a pay-off for murdering a large number of elderly individuals in order to get Biden elected.

    You can fuel some of the people all of the time. And you can fuel all of the people some of the time. But you can’t fuel all of the people all of the time. Except with coal.

  35. Paul, Somerset says:

    The people of Russia were the most enthusiastic and reliable allies the Nazis ever had. They facilitated the re-equipment and training of the German armed forces between the Wars; they got rich selling the Nazis all the raw materials they ever wished for; and they fought side-by-side with their Nazi allies in Poland in September 1939. It was Russians who shot my Ukrainian grandparents in Galicia in that operation, not Germans. Their ‘crime’ was owning a 7-hectare farm.
    The people of Russia deserved everything they got.

  36. E.M.Smith says:

    @Paul, Somerset:

    I knew Russia used the interwar period to “buy time” (expecting a German resurgence) and I knew they threw Poland under the bus (along with some others); but only recently (days? weeks?) have I started to learn how Russia knew Germany was going to come back via selling them a lot of goods and helping them. I’d not known they were that, um, fickle.

    To some extent I wonder if Stalin thought he could trust Hitler (as a fellow Socialist) and only after Germany attacked decided “National Socialism” as bad…

    After the war, my Dad would curse “those damn Socialists” (referring to both Nazi German and Soviet Russia… ) “and their damn wars…”

  37. E.M.Smith says:

    I think I’m beginning to understand why I’ve avoided getting a good grasp on the inter-war period. It’s just so bloody complicated with everyone lying to everyone else and all sorts of instabilities and machinations. I’m about 3/4 of the way through this:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Germany%E2%80%93Soviet_Union_relations,_1918%E2%80%931941

    It seems fairly objective and perhaps complete, but there’s an awful lot of “maybe this or maybe that” about the behind the scenes diplomatic skulduggery (as one would expect).

    Unfortunately, my key takeaways so far are:

    1) GEBs have been running Europe for a very long time.
    2) They don’t mind at all destroying nations and fostering wars.
    3) They lie like a rug and can’t be trusted to hold any agreement.
    4) It doesn’t matter if they are Royals, Republics, Empires, Socialists, whatever. All are slimy.
    5) It looks a whole lot like what is happening now (what with national destabilizations and generally inciting social discord in each other).
    6) The USA Original Design of limiting Government to the bare minimum was good.
    7) Our present form of Government is way too much like overly powerful European ones of that era.
    8) For all of the above reasons, I think we’re going to have a bumpy ride for many years.

  38. another ian says:

    “When the Wicked Try to Flee”

    “You may be wondering these days if our country can get any crazier. The FDA and the CDC seem bent on killing and maiming as many Americans as possible. Proof (not just evidence, you understand) abounds that Pfizer and Moderna mRNA “vaccines” don’t work and are grossly unsafe. If the people who run these agencies don’t know that, then there has never been a lazier, less competent, worse-informed executive crew running anything in the history of Western Civ.

    So, they press on now with shots for little children that are certain to harm the kids’ immune systems and produce an array of consequent serious disorders ranging from hepatitis to myocarditis to sterility to brain damage. You’d think that if mere rumors of these things reached their ears and eyeballs, these executives would at least pause their injection program to investigate. There is really no analog in history for authorities who act this blindly homicidal.”

    More at

    https://kunstler.com/cluster f u c k-nation/when-the-wicked-try-to-flee/

    (Unspace to connect)

  39. another ian says:

    “The Causes and Consequences of the Ukraine Crisis”

    https://nationalinterest.org/feature/causes-and-consequences-ukraine-crisis-203182

  40. another ian says:

    Well said that man!

    “Distinguished Professor: “Fed Up” With “Religious Climate Claptrap”…”Green Energy Fantasies” “:

    https://notrickszone.com/2022/06/25/distinguished-professor-fed-up-with-religious-climate-claptrap-green-energy-fantasies/

  41. Ossqss says:

    Hummm, putting pieces together. Remember WEF Schwab telling us ” You will own nothing and be happy”? They are doing it by virtue of demand and inventory destruction.

    Been peeking at cars still (a year) but have refined my searches. The new car inventories are still pretty much MIA and they now attach a market adjustment for the few they have.

    Chip shortage, right….. Supply chain, right….. Sanction your energy provider, right…..

    I may have to watch that movie DOOM again :-)

    Looks like a new sequel is coming in the winter for the EU.

  42. cdquarles says:

    I have been pondering the ‘mRNA’ vaccines lately. That LINE report in particular. Given that natural mRNA is supposed to be one way translation, via its chemical composition and rapid degradation by endogenous nucleases when the protein production reaches the internal threshold; I have concluded that calling these mRNA is misleading. Calling the modified RNA a transposon is more honest. So, the question now becomes whether to call this a simple mistake or call it criminal fraud becomes more important.

  43. another ian says:

    Re the Ukraine situation –

    Try this map

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_Europe#/media/File:Grossgliederung_Europas-en.svg

    See the bloody big hole that Ukraine would make in a NATO excursion east?

    Probably makes more sense if you view it as “ICBM’s and Cuba vs the Monroe Doctrine”

    Kyiv to Moscow is about 500 miles

  44. another ian says:

    and Havana to Washington DC is about 1100 miles

    PLUS

    Recognition!

    “MASCULINITY IS ALIVE AND WELL….MOSTLY!”

    https://richardsonpost.com/paulzanetti/27549/masculinity-is-alive-and-well/

  45. YMMV says:

    cdquarles: “I have been pondering the ‘mRNA’ vaccines lately.”
    “and rapid degradation by endogenous nucleases”

    Brett Weinstein had an excellent interview of Robert Malone and they discussed this. I would call it a bombshell. But YouTube took it down, so I don’t have a good link. That was one of Brett’s short clips. The whole thing (two hours plus) is still up on Odysee and Spotify.
    https://odysee.com/@BretWeinstein:f/Bret-Malone2:2
    “If a Fiberglass Tree Falls in a Forest… Bret Speaks with Dr. Robert Malone”

    To make it easier to find that bit:
    Timestamps:
    (00:00) Introduction
    (02:02) People who are awake
    (06:13) Mis, dis, mal information
    (12:40) Sponsor
    (14:21) Why speak out
    (20:10) Event 201
    (22:32) Mass formation
    (28:03) WHO pandemic treaty
    (36:55) RNA modification in mRNA vaccines
    (42:47) Duration of spike protein and RNA
    (48:03) Technical correction from first Malone podcast
    (50:41) I was lied to about pseudouridine
    (54:18) Heart damage and autoimmune diseases
    (56:13) How novel are these vaccines
    (59:19) Acute adverse events after 2 weeks
    (01:02:54) Intra-nuclear spike protein in migratory white blood cells (macrophages)
    (01:07:48) Vaccine injuries
    (01:13:29) Spike duration
    (01:18:20) Omicron spike & GVB
    (01:22:53) Evolution of COVID and Omicron
    (01:27:47) Bizarre behavior of lab made viruses
    (01:38:20) Bill Gates and infectious vaccines
    (01:41:16) Early treatment
    (01:46:30) Ivermectin use in other countries
    (01:52:55) TOGETHER Trial
    (01:54:07) Dr. Malone’s background
    (02:00:22) Truth and Reconciliation
    (02:05:58) Wrap up

    It’s the part about pseudouridine that is super scary. What we were told was mRNA is no such thing. It is similar but in a form that does not occur in nature. So when the body encounters it it has no way of making it go away. And the cells that it infects, the immune system destroys. Good bye heart. The fiberglass tree does not decompose in the forest.

    There are clips from the Dr. Malone discussion on YouTube:
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAWCKUrmvK5F_ynBY_CMlIA/videos

  46. cdquarles says:

    @YMMV,
    I had a vague memory that pseudouridine has been seen in nature before. There is no chemical that man can make that the rest of nature can’t. Take this: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25616362/ as you will, but to say that pseudouridine does not exist in nature or that the human body doesn’t encounter it is not entirely accurate. Maybe the specific modification is a bit different, though.

  47. Ed Forbes says:

    I don’t understand the Ukraine command. They are risking a major part of their most experienced troops to hold an area they have no hope of holding.
    .
    Ukraine withdrew from Severodonetsk across the river into its twin city of Lysychansk due to the intensity of artillery attacks. Now Lysychansk is being subjected to an even higher intensity of artillery attacks as the Russians no longer have to split their fire between these two areas.
    .
    Russia is advancing steadily from the south to cutoff the ability to either supply Lysychansk or allow Ukraine to retreat in good order from Lysychansk.
    .
    If Ukraine had pulled out of Lysychansk at the same time as they retreated from Severodonetsk, they could have escaped from being encircled. As it is, there’s now only 1 minor road open for Lysychansk ,it is under heavy artillery fire, and is also in danger of being physically cut in the next several days.
    .
    Ukraine seems to have gone to a strategic stance of “Not One Step Back”. As current Russian strategic stance is the destruction of the Ukraine army first, then take land, this fits Russian aims perfectly.
    .
    A couple of pro Ukraine sites on the situation
    .
    Have to translate this one
    https://deepstatemap.live/en#12.75/48.9046/38.4051
    .
    View at Medium.com

  48. YMMV says:

    cdquarles: “I had a vague memory that pseudouridine has been seen in nature before”

    It was not the pseudouridine itself that was the problem; it was what they did with it, and that they claim is un-natural and harmful, the psuedo-mRNA. (and not tested for effects either). I don’t think I can summarize Dr. Malone adequately. He convinced me. Can he convince you?

  49. another ian says:

    There is obviously a “behind” to that SC firearms case

    “When There Is No Recourse To The Law….”

    https://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=246203

  50. jim2 says:

    However, Jordan’s questions about the Biden administration’s message on COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness should shock the conscience. Jordan asked Birx if the government was lying or guessing when it told the public that people who received the vaccination couldn’t get COVID. Birx responded that she did not know. However, she continued (emphasis added):

    “All I know is there was evidence from the global pandemic that natural reinfection was occurring. Since the vaccine was based on natural immunity, you cannot make the conclusion that the vaccine will do better than natural infection. Although it can often do slightly better.”

    It is unclear what vaccine produces better immunity to an illness than recovering from a natural infection, nor did Birx expand. Why didn’t she speak up about this while still in office? Public health “experts” like Dr. Anthony Fauci actively tried to convince Americans that natural immunity was inferior to the jabs. It is also unclear what large numbers of reinfections Birx was referring to, since most positive post-infection tests were reported in asymptomatic people. One study in preprint finds that the spike protein, the part of the virus the tests detect, can be in a recovered patient’s body for up to 12 months post-infection. How this could affect post-recovery testing in asymptomatic patients is unknown.

    https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/stacey-lennox/2022/06/26/astonishing-testimony-from-dr-birx-lost-amid-landmark-scotus-rulings-n1608251

  51. another ian says:

    And presumably the TGA here in Oz ran with the same message based on hope, not science?

    “OH OK THEN”

    http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2022/06/26/oh-ok-then/

  52. another ian says:

    And a reminder via http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2022/06/26/up-from-the-memory-hole-4/

    “Making the Most of the Coming Biden Boom”

    https://archive.ph/2022.06.22-205815/https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/19/opinion/joe-biden-economy.html#selection-315.0-315.40

    Comments seem to nominate Paul Krugman for “The World’s Wrongest Economist”

  53. another ian says:

    An art form

    “The Modern Democrat Voter
    June 26, 2022 | Sundance | 66 Comments”

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2022/06/26/the-modern-democrat-voter/

  54. cdquarles says:

    @YMMV,
    Harmful, sure; given the necessary and sufficient conditions; which will not be uniform. To me, unnatural is a horridly poor term. Nothing in this life is unnatural, as such. We are as much a part of nature as the rest of it.

  55. E.M.Smith says:

    Now this is a strategy to remember!

    It’s a very short video clip. Guy putting gas in his car. Van pulls in next to him and 3 thugs jump out, going to bust him up / steal / whatever. He, relatively calmly, pulls nozzle from car and hoses down the Perp-Wana-Bees with a good several gallons of gasoline. They, undoubtedly a bit blinded and having breathing difficulties, jump back in the van and drive away (as he continues to hose gasoline into their open side door!).

    Hope nobody causes a spark or lights up! They will also need to get those windows down so that the fumes don’t overwhelm them…

    https://generaldispatch.whatfinger.com/remember-that-guy-jumped-at-the-gas-station-well-not-this-one-my-fav-of-fighting-back-at-the-pump/

    IF you are in an area where “pump assaults” happen, might be worth it to add a Zippo Lighter in a pocket (or maybe a small road flare). IFF the gasoline soaked Bad Guys don’t run away, you back off a safe distance and “light up”. Now they have a choice of closing with you and going up in flames, or leaving…

    FWIW, it is always good practice to have pre-planned defensive strategies for various kinds of attacks.

  56. H.R. says:

    I didn’t realize a gas pump would shoot a stream that far.

    One place where I buy gas, I’d wager I would only get my toes soaked, the pressure is so low.


    I couldn’t tell for certain from the video, but I think the sunroof was open on the car at the pump.

  57. E.M.Smith says:

    I think it is a closed “Moon Roof”. At about 14 seconds you can see the gasoline stream briefly bouncing off of it…

  58. The True Nolan says:

    @Ed Forbes: “I don’t understand the Ukraine command. They are risking a major part of their most experienced troops to hold an area they have no hope of holding.”

    It makes perfect sense… if you simply assume that their strategy is not designed to protect Ukrainian sovereignty. Ukraine has been a US puppet since 2014. At present, the US and the rest of NATO have sent and are still sending billions of dollars of military weaponry to Ukraine where is being rapidly destroyed, either by the Russians or by being used up. Not even a year ago, the US (and other NATO nations) withdrew from Afghanistan and left behind, what? Maybe 80 billion dollars of military equipment? And last year the US destroyed (to some currently unknown degree) the immune systems of essentially any soldier or sailor willing to stay in the service. And those who remained or who might join in the future are being encouraged to adopt any progressive beliefs which might undermine the traditional masculine values which form the basis of every effective army in history.

    Putin’s sending of the Russian Army into Ukraine cannot be a surprise to anyone; he has repeatedly, for the last 8 years, been very clear about what the US and NATO would have to do to trigger a military response. And the US chose exactly this moment to do it. Conclusion?

    The Ukraine war is not about Ukraine. It is a technique to destroy US and NATO weaponry.
    The Afghanistan withdrawal was not about Afghanistan. It was a technique to destroy US and NATO weaponry.
    The coerced military “vaccine” was not about COVID. It was a technique to destroy US (and I assume other NATO countries did something similar) military personnel.
    The adoption of anti-masculine culture in the military was not about Progressive support. It was a technique to destroy effective military moral, functions, and culture.

    Add in all the other current national trends in evidence. Supply chain disruptions. High inflation. Baby food shortages. Spare parts unavailable. Fossil fuels demonized. High energy prices. Global Warming hysteria. COVID genocide. Cultural dissolution. There are many more, but along with the military disasters they all have one thing in common. They are all being created, disseminated and pushed by legislation from our glorious politicians in power. We KNOW with near metaphysical certainty that our leaders are being bribed and/or coerced by extra-national forces. Why does any of this still surprise us?

  59. H.R. says:

    @Jason Calley – Way to wrap it all up and tie it with a big, pretty bow! Excellent.👍👍

    In any case, our ‘leaders’ are useful idiots who are probably under the impression that they will be around as one of the elites. There’s not a one of them that have enough brains to remember to breathe. They have ‘people’ who remind them. But as it has always been so, the true powers directing them cannot risk giving power to stupid people who can be bribed or blackmailed. They become a risk and must be eliminated.

    The useful idiots are always soooo surprised after the revolution when they are told in no uncertain terms, usually with a convincing bullet, that their services are no longer required.

    P.S Have you been reading and too busy to post or have you been too busy altogether and are just now catching up here? Anyhow, long time no see. But what an appearance!

  60. another ian says:

    “How’s this for an idea? Don’t glue yourself to the road. Good on you French police!!!!”

    https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2022/06/hows-this-for-an-idea-dont-glue-yourself-to-the-road-good-on-you-french-police.html#comments

    What you might describe as leaving a print for posterity

    And see the comment by Jacques

  61. jim2 says:

    The Dimowits continue their incessant lawfare against President Trump. The Dimowits that do this need to be frog-marched to China where they belong!

    The so-called “blank check” company behind former president Donald Trump’s Truth Social platform now appears to be the subject of an investigation by federal prosecutors who are looking into whether the company or its executives violated federal securities laws. Shares of the Special Purpose Acquisition Company, known as Digital World Acquisition Corporation, fell nine percent in early trading on Monday after CEO Patrick Orlando filed a statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission to report that the company, which is pursuing a merger with the former president’s Trump Media and Technology Group, was issued a subpoena by a federal grand jury in the Southern District of New York.

    https://tech.slashdot.org/story/22/06/27/2057240/company-behind-trumps-truth-social-under-investigation-by-federal-prosecutors

  62. another ian says:

    FWIW

    “COVID-19 vaccine updates”

    https://bayourenaissanceman.blogspot.com/2022/06/covid-19-vaccine-updates.html

    “Friends, if you took the Pfizer or Moderna mRNA vaccine, all I can say is, get checked out for any or all of the above problems, just in case. “

  63. E.M.Smith says:

    Oh Dear. When your train hits a dump truck it looks like it all falls over. Amtrak. a few dead, dozens injured:

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/06/developing-mass-casualties-amtrak-train-derails-missouri-hitting-dump-truck-passengers-climb-windows-video/

  64. YMMV says:

    cdquarles: “unnatural is a horridly poor term. Nothing in this life is unnatural, as such. We are as much a part of nature as the rest of it.”

    Along that line, there is the supernatural, and the “mRNA vaccines” are certainly not that.
    Then there is the natural, which is a loaded word, so probably also best avoided.
    ‘unnatural’ was my choice of words, so I will have to go back and find the exact wording that Dr. Malone used.

    Much (all?) of the current environmental politics is based on the simplistic man (evil) versus nature (good). These are not nuanced times.

  65. another ian says:

    FWIW

    “John Waters explains what’s about to happen in Europe”

    https://bayourenaissanceman.blogspot.com/2022/06/john-waters-explains-whats-about-to.html

  66. another ian says:

    What’s the drum on this?

    On line Courier Mail (Oz) headline (behind the Murdoch wall to me)

    “Extraordinary number of deaths avoided by covid vax”

    Might be this

    https://www.vox.com/22894978/covid-19-vaccine-lives-saved-deaths-avoided-omicron-chart

    I see models mentioned

    (Idiom explained in case – What’s the drum = what is the information. Can be abbreviated to What’s the 44 – there being 44 (Imp) gallons in one of our fuel drums)

  67. another ian says:

    My take on Cadillac’s soon to be $300,000 Celestiq EV.

    A mid range EV –

    Mid range fire spectacle – somewhere between a Tesla and a bus

  68. jim2 says:

    People have gone to stupid to the tenth power on this one. Will they ever learn from the mistakes of others? All it will take is a loaded oil tanker ramming a port.

    A maritime disaster didn’t happen that day, but a warning flare rose over an emerging threat to global trade: cyber piracy able to penetrate on-board technology that’s replacing old ways of steering, propulsion, navigation and other key operations. Such leaps in hacking capabilities could do enormous economic damage, particularly now, when supply chains are already stressed from the pandemic and the war in Ukraine, experts including a top Coast Guard official said.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-06-28/cyber-pirates-prowling-ship-controls-threaten-another-big-shock

  69. E.M.Smith says:

    @Jim2:

    Oh Holy Hell! What IDIOT put ships controls on-line with ANY internet connected uplink! There is ZERO reason to do that at all. Bridge to operations ought to be entirely air gap from ANYTHING with an internet uplink.

  70. YMMV says:

    another ian: “John Waters explains what’s about to happen in Europe”

    Summarized in one sentence:
    “a wave of desperate migration invasion that’s going to swamp the Old World altogether”

    Again. Migration is a huge factor, and not only bad. It built the US. It’s all about who and how fast.
    We know refugees can be a big problem. I don’t know what the answer is.

    Australia’s latest census has some surprises, to me anyway.
    https://www.skynews.com.au/australia-news/how-australias-population-has-changed-latest-census-data-provides-revealing-insight-into-who-we-are-as-a-nation/news-story/94508ec1338cb42edf7ad8b8f7316e66

    “More than half of Australians were either born overseas or have a parent who migrated Down Under, new data shows.”

    “The number of us who are first generation Australians, those born overseas, and second generation Australians, those with one or both parents born overseas, has grown and is now over half the Australian population now.”

  71. cdquarles says:

    @YMMV,
    Oh, so very true. Ours is a time heavily loaded with sophistry.

  72. cdquarles says:

    Here is something the “MSM” will not talk about; yet you can count on “the swamp” fighting it tooth and nail: https://brownstone.org/articles/what-if-people-actually-controlled-the-government/.

  73. Power Grab says:

    @ cdquarles:
    Interesting article! I was just saying the other day we are in greater need of “politician control” than … well … that other kind of control they squawk so much about. Can we still use the G-word here?

  74. E.M.Smith says:

    @Power Grab:

    “G-word”? Um…. God? God-Damn (politicians…)? Gubmint? Grain? Grovel? G-String? What?

    Surely you did not mean “Gun”? in the context of “control”… That would be called “hunting” or “target practice”. (Political “Gun Control” is more correctly termed “Gun Rights Removal” or “Gun Owner Abuse” so I no longer utter the “Gun Control” phrase outside of discussions of careful high accuracy shooting – or potentially for using a Machine Gun… they need a lot of control to prevent muzzle rise.) So “Gun Grabbing” is not “Gun Control”, IMHO, and I no longer use the language of the Left.

    Similarly, the homosexuals have already stolen “gay”, a wonderful word that used to mean something good. I’ll not let them steal and sully “pride” too: So it isn’t a “Pride Parade” it is a “Buggery Parade”. They celebrate “Buggery Month”, and have a “Buggery & Rubbery Flag” not a rainbow.

    The direct truth ought to be stated, not some misdirection language hiding the truth.

    BUT, if you want to talk Guns, I’m all for it! Currently contemplating picking up a Black Powder Revolver as I don’t have one ;-) What with Biden & Co going after Ammunition, I’m thinking one of them would be a nice addition (along with a load of caps, powder, and a bullet mold). I know I can use BP in my SS .357 Magnum should I want to, but where’s the fun in that!

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