W.O.O.D. – 23 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

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


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 Supremes just recognized Shall Issue or perhaps Constitutional Carry.


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:


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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404 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”


  3. another ian says:

    “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:


    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:

  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

  10. another ian says:

    Not good reading

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


  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”


  20. another ian says:

    Latest Pointman


    “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.”


    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
    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.”


  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.


  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


  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.

    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”?


    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:


    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:


    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


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


  34. Philemon says:


    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):

    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:

    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”


  40. another ian says:

    Well said that man!

    “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


    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





  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.
    “If a Fiberglass Tree Falls in a Forest… Bret Speaks with Dr. Robert Malone”

    To make it easier to find that bit:
    (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:

  46. cdquarles says:

    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
    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….”


  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.


  51. another ian says:

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

    “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”


    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”


  54. cdquarles says:

    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…


    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!!!!”


    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.


  62. another ian says:


    “COVID-19 vaccine updates”


    “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:


  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:


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


  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


    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.


  69. E.M.Smith says:


    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.

    “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:

    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!

  75. Power Grab says:

    @ EM:

    Indeed, the word I was thinking of was “GUN”. Ding! Ding! Ding! Winner-winner chicken dinner!

  76. Ossqss says:

    Here is a share on equipment. I bought 4 of these 10-15 years from Sam’s. I still have one left that works. I just bagged 2 of them today as they are the same as the others I purchased. They worked great and lasted a long time and came on with power loss. I will report back findings as they will be here tomorrow but expect the same performance.

    Amazon link, so expect the direct one to experience wordpress challenges, but here ya go.

  77. Ossqss says:

    As expected failure.

    Here is the link with a delta in front to remove to cut and paste.


  78. E.M.Smith says:


    It is a “feature” (not!) that the link activates and sucks in some of the page contents… ANY space or text in front of it prevents that. Some leave an active link:

    Link: https://www.amazon.com/Capstone-Eco-I-Lite-Rechargeable-Emergency-Flashlight/dp/B00B7974IO/

  79. jim2 says:

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  80. YMMV says:

    “What If People Actually Controlled the Government?”

    It’s not just that important decisions are being made by unelected people (the swamp),
    but that we have absolutely no idea who those people are.

    Who is the president? Obviously not Biden. Obama? Susan Rice? Jill?

    SCOTUS: West Virginia vs. the EPA asks whether important policies that impact the lives of all Americans should be made by unelected D.C. bureaucrats or by Congress.

    A ruling in favor of West Virginia would reverse a decades-long trend in which Congress has handed off to federal agencies decisions our legislators refuse or are unable to make. The usurping of authority by D.C. bureaucracies began with the New Deal in the 1930s, when an ambitious President Franklin D. Roosevelt led the way by creating the TVA, the WPA and a total of 69 other offices and executive branch agencies to do his bidding.


  81. jim2 says:

    Fauci gets Faucied.

    Serhat Gumrukcu faces trial in a purported plot to kill an associate who could have exposed him and derailed a drug-development deal worth millions. From a report:
    Even as a teenager back in Turkey, Serhat Gumrukcu dazzled audiences. In a 2002 video, he opened one of his magic shows dancing with a cane that appeared to be levitating. He was introduced as a medical student and went by the stage name “Dr. No.” A little more than a decade later, not long after Mr. Gumrukcu arrived in the U.S., he had his hand in multimillion-dollar oil and real-estate deals. Yet his best-known venture was in medicine. For a time, he thrilled investors with ideas for groundbreaking treatments and drew special notice from the government’s top infectious-disease official, Anthony Fauci. In America, the magician had found a new, more lucrative audience.


  82. TSA says:

    California doxxes all gun owners

    CA AG today announced new and updated firearms data available through the California Department of Justice (DOJ)’s 2022 Firearms Dashboard Portal. The announcement will improve transparency and information sharing for firearms-related data and includes broad enhancements to the platform to help the public access data on firearms in California.

    The dashboard includes data from the past decade when available on the following subjects:

    Dealer Record of Sales
    Gun Violence Restraining Orders
    Carry Concealed Weapons Permits
    Firearms Safety Certificates
    Assault Weapons
    Roster of Certified Handguns

    If anyone you know bought a gun for protection from an abusive ex or a stalker, please let them know their address and gun information is now publicly available from the government.

  83. another ian says:

    Comedy Central

    “Scott Adams
    So far, Trump’s second term has been a huge success. He has several major SCOTUS victories, looks better than ever compared to Biden, and the Jan6 theater just went full Jussie. You can’t win harder than that.”

    From the string here




  84. Simon Derricutt says:

    Boys can wear skirts at school if they want to avoid overheating….
    Just a bit of fun to leaven the tone here.

  85. another ian says:

    Kilts the go then?

  86. p.g.sharrow says:

    @another ian; we knew that the Riot was a set up nearly a month before it happened. Medicianman and his partner were recruiting for the event and promised that the guards would let them in “we have people on the inside” he bragged. Through the internet we knew about the riot being planned but not the whole plan, except that Pelosie’s office was in on it. “We got the laptops” Her staff was hustled out of their office so fast that they left their laptops on their desks….ON ! While the “Attackers” were surging up the stairs, the “special” operations people can be seen coming down the stairs with loaded backpacks.

  87. YMMV says:

    In vaccine news … South Korea is going ahead with a SK vaccine. not mRNA.
    2.93 times more neutralizing antibodies titers against the virus than AstraZeneca’s vaccine.
    Co-developed with the University of Washington’s Institute for Protein Design and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, SKYCovione is a recombinant vaccine that uses protein antigens.

    “The approval comes under one condition: SK bioscience must submit reports detailing people’s health situations if they show any side effects after they get the vaccines.”

    SKYCovione™ is a self-assembled nanoparticle vaccine candidate targeting the receptor binding domain of the SARS-CoV-2 Spike protein for the parental SARS-Cov-2, jointly developed with the Institute for Protein Design (IPD) at the University of Washington School of Medicine with combination of GSK’s pandemic adjuvant.

    Presumably, this vaccine is still using the original Wuhan strain as the base. Good protection against something that no longer exists?

  88. The True Nolan says:

    @H.R. “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.”

    Hey HR, all of the above to one extent or another. Through much of the winter I was doing rather hard physical work clearing brush, logging trees, clearing land — all at a location which is off grid and just barely (not always) even able to get phone signal. The good news is that I got a lot done and am now thoroughly convinced that hard work when it is 40 degrees outside is MUCH MUCH MUCH preferable to the same work done when it is 90 degrees. The other good news is that I have gotten pretty darn good at driving a tractor and using a hydraulic grapple. Then came spring, and that means putting in the garden at my in-town location, making a couple more raised beds and putting a couple more fruit trees. Just got back home today from up on the mountain after more cutting and moving of downed trees and logs. Am thinking of putting a sign at the cattle gate saying “Sisyphus Farms”. Seems appropriate somehow. Now with summer and extreme heat, I will (hopefully) be able to slack off at least a little from the more difficult physical bits. And yes, reading, reading, reading. Like everyone here I have the big circulating stack of books in the living room. And another in the den. And bedroom. And bathroom. Recently picked up a new book The Psychology of Totalitarianism by Mattias Desmet. See interview here, well worth a watch:
    Here is another interesting interview with Dr. Geert Bossche:
    You may remember he was warning against non-sterilizing vaccine use mid-pandemic, over a year and a half ago.

    Meanwhile, wife and I are healthy and vaxx-free, but sadly I have an increasing number of family, friends and neighbors who are vaxxed and ill, mostly with cancer and undiagnosed swelling, bleeding, and pain in limbs. No heart disease reported among them, however.

    Hope you are well, and I will try to drop by chiefio’s blog more regularly. E.M. (and yourself, and so many of the other regulars) are so DARN insightful and interesting that I find it waaaaaay too easy to burn up hours I cannot prudently spare. Lots of things to do and the clock, as always, is ticking.

  89. another ian says:

    “Deafening Drumbeats for War – Biden Sends More U.S. Troops to Ukraine Border, 101st Airborne Deployed, Six Destroyers to Mediterranean, F-35 Squadrons to U.K.

    June 29, 2022 | Sundance | 594 Comments”


  90. Ossqss says:

    As promised, I am reporting back on the delivered emergency light items referenced above. They are indeed exactly the same as the long lasting, good quality items I purchased years ago.

    So, either they started making them again, or I just bought new10-year-old equipment :-)

  91. another ian says:

    More brilliance here


    IIRC their PM is a WEF disciple

    So a fair chance that by end of winter they are out of gas and not doing too well on local food production and in a world wide market that isn’t looking so good for food supply?

    Head’s for thinking, feet’s for tap dancing

  92. Simon Derricutt says:

    More info for H.R…. https://www.gbnews.uk/news/heathrow-airport-in-total-chaos-as-thousands-hit-by-flight-cancellations/328101 . Also, here in France, CDG airport in Paris has a series of strikes causing a bit of chaos. Not a good time to be flying somewhere, I think.

    Another Ian – the Netherlands are intending to close the Groeningen gas field because they are worried about Earth tremors. After all, they think they can buy the gas from elsewhere. In the UK, fracking for gas is still being blocked by government, though there may be a U-turn on that given that the selling-price of that gas has gone up a lot and the coming shortage across Europe is extremely obvious to anyone with a brain (may not include the government, though). The policies only really make sense (as Jason pointed out) if you propose that the intention is to pauperise the West and reduce it to third-world living standards.

  93. jim2 says:

    This is in regards to the recent movements of Western military towards Europe.

    I’ve noted that European countries are all for “green” energy until they run short of fossil fuels, then they resort to burning coal. So much for “climate goals.” While it’s true the “climate change” virus has infected the West but not Russia, in light of the above I’m not so sure they care so much that Russia dodged that virus.

    Instead, perhaps the West is looking a past mistakes, especially what they did – or more pointedly didn’t do – as Hitler rose to power and subsequently began to wage war. Maybe they don’t want to repeat that mistake with Russia? Especially in light of the fact that China is watching all this with great interest.

    Just a thought.

  94. jim2 says:

    A University of Cambridge study found the “superbug” staphylococcus aureus – resistant to the best frontline antibiotics currently available to medicine – has been evolving over the past 50 years. And it’s because industrial-scale battery pig farms have been dosing their livestock to overcome the spread of disease in overcrowded conditions.

    The CC398 strain is the dominant Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria in European piggeries.

    It’s also starting to appear in human infections.

    And that’s alarming evidence supporting World Health Organisation’s fears that drug-resistant infections are set to explode.

    MRSA first appeared in humans in 1960. Antibiotic-resistant infections now kill about 750,000 people annually. By 2050, the WHO expects this to soar to 10 million.

    Just as the COVID-19 pandemic fulfilled the WHO’s worst “Disease X” fears, the global medical community is on the watch for an almost inevitable antibiotic-resistant plague.

    CC398 isn’t that.

    But it may contain the building blocks for one.


  95. E.M.Smith says:

    Dr. Zelenko hospitalized with “end stage cancer”

    This is the M.D. who was early into it with the N.Y. Jewish community being an early hot spot in the Chinese Wuhan Covid pandemic. He was one of the early advocates for Hydroxychloroquine, Zinc, Vit-D and eventually (after being forbidden HCQ by fiat) the use of Quercitin / Zinc to good effect.

  96. H.R. says:

    @Ossqss – I think you bought some ‘smart’ gear. That’s gear from people who are smart enough leave well enough alone.

    Sometimes, a company will improve a product until it is ruined. Ummmm… Microsoft comes to mind. They had it right at about Windows XP and maybe earlier. They could have continued with just debugging that version and all would be well. But noooooo….

    If there is a hell, I envision it to be a place where Mr. B. Gates is given a choice between an accordion, a Commodore 64, or hellfire and brimstone and told to “take your pick and have at it.”

  97. Ossqss says:

    Well, this will probably start some hair on fire. Malone testified 2 days ago, and I overlooked it.


  98. Ossqss says:

    Why pay for something if you can get it free? I will only do this for the StarTek stuff they paywalled on us all.


  99. Ossqss says:

    BTW, the Malone video on the substack site required me to right click it and open the video in a new tab. Could be the way I have my security set up but thought to share the tip if needed.

  100. Ossqss says:

    What is it called when you have 2 consecutive quarters of contraction?


  101. p.g.sharrow says:

    @Ossqss; you are right , I had to do a monkey dance to get it to work as well. Worth the effort though, Dr.Malone does a very good job of informing the committee on the facts of this COVID-19 program as well as the Sars-corona-2 virus pandemic.

  102. p.g.sharrow says:

    One of the things we learned about the pending pandemic at the start of 2020, was that young solders Thank you Larry Ledwick, was that young solders vaccinated with the COVID , corona sars 2 vaccine, got very sick and died when infected with the virus. The Dr. that made the report was amazed at how these healthy young solders, quickly got sick and died from this virus.

  103. philjourdan says:

    @H.R. Re: “I didn’t realize a gas pump would shoot a stream that far”

    That was probably another country. Most pumps today have the safety nozzle. Gas will not dispense unless the rubber gasket is depressed. So you could still do it here, but it would take 2 hands.

  104. cdquarles says:

    Hmm, phil; I’m not sure about a gasoline pump; but here, locally, I have had dispensing accidents with a kerosene pump. When fully depressed, said pump will push kerosene at the pump’s maximum rate. It will fly quite a distance. Only one hand is needed to activate it.

  105. another ian says:

    Add the Supreme Court clipping EPA on CO2 emissions from power plants to the list?

    Add that to this list

    “Scott Adams
    So far, Trump’s second term has been a huge success. He has several major SCOTUS victories, looks better than ever compared to Biden, and the Jan6 theater just went full Jussie. You can’t win harder than that.”

    From the string here


  106. another ian says:


    Re “This is in regards to the recent movements of Western military towards Europe.”


    “Instead, perhaps the West is looking a past mistakes, especially what they did – or more pointedly didn’t do – as Hitler rose to power and subsequently began to wage war. ”

    The chances of similarity to “yet another go to applying socialism successfully” would be very high I’d reckon

  107. H.R. says:

    @Simon R: Thanks for the link that covers more of the airline flight cancellation fiasco.

    I figure flying safety is about the same as ever. It is very long odds that you will be on a plane that goes down. But it looks like those odds are even longer if you’re not even going to be on a plane.

    People are really pi$$ed off!.

  108. philjourdan says:

    @Cd – The pump was not dispensing Kerosene, but gasoline. I am sure there are still some non-compliant pumps in the US, but not at major brand stations as it is going to get you fined out the wazoo!

    It could be the US, but I doubt it. More likely the EU. Next time you fill up, try doing the ‘gasoline gun’ Trick. Let us know if it works.

  109. another ian says:

    IIRC the original was from South Africa

  110. another ian says:


    “Far too much smoke for there not to be a fire”

    More at


  111. cdquarles says:

    Oh, I’m not going to test it. Still, you can dispense gasoline into a hand held container, if you wish. I have not checked to see if those now have mandatory flap valves in them; but the ones I have used, in the past, didn’t. The pump has a detent to hold it in the dispensing position, though it doesn’t take much force to unlock the detent.

  112. E.M.Smith says:

    California has a hokey rubber boot with sucker ring you must press to the gas tank to get gas, but Florida just has a straight metal nozzle. No rubber contraption. Though that might have been on the Diesel pump… trying to remember last time I filled up gasoline…. (Been running the Diesel for a while ;-) Maybe I’ll check that tomorrow ;-)

  113. Ossqss says:

    No rubber contraption?

    You mean contraception in this case? :-)

  114. E.M.Smith says:

    With the California Rubber Contraption

    it often feels like contraception (of fuel delivery…) due to no fuel if it leaks air in too much or you don’t push it hard enough to compress the rubber enough to close the switch… and excite the pump circuit… One of the great joys of being in Florida is the much greater ease with which the whole process can be begun and carried to completion… without the rubber contraption in the way… It just feels so much better.

    Remember that when the rest of the Nation had an EPA rule change allowing them go naked: https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1076173_gas-pumps-go-naked-as-vapor-recovery-requirement-ends
    California has their own EPA that forbid it… and kept the rubber on the nozzle…

  115. Ossqss says:

    Me neither! :-)

  116. Ossqss says:

    Ya think?

  117. cdquarles says:

    What’s often overlooked, or forgotten, is just how much vegetation emits volatile organic compounds. Here on the Eastern side of the nation, many of us are well aware that plants emit terpenes when under stress (and not just temperatures or light; but predation stress, too). The Great Smoky and Blue Ridge Mountains were named that several centuries ago.

  118. YMMV says:

    and the Blue Mountains in Australia

    “Volatile terpenoids emitted in large quantities by the abundant eucalyptus trees in the Blue Mountains may cause Mie scattering and thus the blue haze for which the mountains were named.”

  119. Ed Forbes says:

    “… VILNIUS/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Trade through Lithuania to the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad could return to normal within days, two sources familiar with the matter said, as European officials edge towards a compromise deal with the Baltic state to defuse a row with Moscow.…”
    It looks as though Europe is looking down the barrel of a gun held to their head on their dependence on Russian NG. Advantage to Russia on disputes with Europe.
    Winter Is Coming.
    Russia is going to supply the minimum amount of NG to Europe over the summer and fall with no extra gas supplied to fill reserves. What happens after the first snow fall between Russian NG supplies and European policy on Russia should be interesting.
    I am Sooo glad I don’t live in Europe !

  120. Ed Forbes says:

    Finland and Sweden entry into NATO is not quite a done deal.
    Politically, the Turkish requirements might be a bit too much domestically for these two nations.
    “.. Sweden and Finland must fulfill their promises to get into NATO”
    ““The key thing is for promises to come true,” Erdogan said during a press conference at the end of a NATO summit in Madrid. “First Sweden and Finland should carry out their duties and those are in the text … But if they don’t, of course it is out of the question for the ratification to be sent to our parliament,”
    “Turkey will closely monitor whether or not Sweden and Finland implement their promises, such as extraditing dozens of individuals wanted by Ankara. “Sweden has promised to extradite 73 terrorists to Turkey”

  121. another ian says:

    “And The Winner Is, Germany!”

    The first to hit “The Power Wall”


  122. H.R. says:

    I bought regular unleaded gas for the lawnmower and pressure washer two days ago and there was no rubber donut. The pressure was not as high as the pump in the video that started tis all, but I’m sure it would shoot a stream 2 or 3 feet.

    It seems that the pumps and pump pressure can vary a good bit. Where I normally get gas is a station at the front of a grocery store lot and it’s owned and operated by the grocery store. You get points at the store and then those points can be used at the pump for cents off the pump price, up to $1.00 per gallon. Not bad.

    The place is always busy and pumping regular unleaded is usually slow. Their pumps seem to be ‘detuned’ a bit and I think with the venting, there might be a small effect when 8 or 10 people are all pumping regular gas. I think there is something to that given cd’s experience with the kerosene pump with strong flow. Those kerosene pumps are usually their own little tank and system off to the side.

    I went to get gas in my container at a different station because I wasn’t going to use any fuel points. The pressure was way higher than at the place where I fill the car. I was paying attention since we’ve been kicking the subject around.

    It appears that using the gas nozzle for self-defense will depend on the place where you are getting gas. And per above, you’re probably out of luck in California.

    Although… if you grab the fuel hose a few feet back from the nozzle and swing the nozzle by the hose, you could do some serious damage if you whacked someone with a high-speed nozzle. Keep that in mind.

  123. jim2 says:

    The Supreme Court refused to hear a case on a California law that would essentially put owner-operator truckers out of business, about 70,000 of them there. Apparently many of them are leaving the state. Supply chain will get worse before it gets better. Big labor unions won, though.


  124. H.R. says:

    This is important information posted over on the Conservative Tree House, for anyone who hasn’t already read it there. There’s also graphic showing 78% of Dims do not approve of the direction our shadow government is taking us.

    85% disapproval, and I think 14% just don’t comprehend the situation, and then there’s the 1% who are in on it.


    Gropin’ Joe is the disposable fall guy put out front to take the blame while the deep state just goes ahead does whatever the GEBs demand in order to bring about the glorious socialist utopia the commies have been trying to implement since the 1920s.

    What we the people think, what we approve or disapprove doesn’t matter.

    BTW, population reduction is baked into the cake.

    I still say that the wrong people – those with critical knowledge – will be eliminated, and the Elites will find themselves in the same pickle as everyone else. The plan being executed here in the 2020s would have worked in the 1950s, but not now.

  125. YMMV says:

    Ed Forbes: “Finland and Sweden entry into NATO is not quite a done deal.”

    More on this. Finland and Sweden agreed to something to keep Turkey from immediately rejecting NATO membership, but they have not agreed to Turkey’s demands.

    “The agreement by Finland, Turkey and Sweden is about facilitating extradition, but mentions that it takes place in accordance with European extradition agreements,” Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto explained in an interview with Yle broadcaster on Friday.

    When we talk about extraditions, it requires that the person has committed a terrorist crime or preparation for such a crime, proven in Finland,” Haavisto said. “Moreover, according to Finland’s commitments, we cannot send anyone to the death penalty or torture.”

    A similar stance has been outlined by Sweden as well. “In Sweden, Swedish law is applied by independent courts. Swedish citizens are not extradited. Non-Swedish citizens can be extradited at the request of other countries, but only if it is compatible with Swedish law and the European Convention,” Justice Minister Morgan Johansson told AFP on Thursday.


  126. H.R. says:

    @YMMV – The Turkey/Sweden/Finland issue (Thanks Ed Forbes) was one of the things that I was pondering in my “WWIII or not?” rambling above.

    It seems the only country who is pushing WWIII is the US and all other countries are reluctant players trying to step carefully through the US DoS minefield, including Russia.

    Poland to the US, for example: “You want us to fly air sorties over Ukraine? Here are the keys. They are parked over there. You fly them.”

    If everyone here hasn’t already done so, lay in a supply of potassium iodide pills. They just might come in handy sooner than you’d think.

    The US DoS/CIA will have their war. If they can’t snooker anyone else into starting it, I do believe they will just go ahead and start it themselves. They need it to go hot by October, in my semi-informed, everybody-has-one opinion. Nothing like a war to bring folks together behind the leaders of the moment, eh? Just in time for the mid-terms.

  127. The True Nolan says:

    @H.R. “Poland to the US, for example: “You want us to fly air sorties over Ukraine? Here are the keys. They are parked over there. You fly them.””

    Sadly I can’t find the link at the moment, but there was one more little publicized stipulation in the Polish offer. “We’ll give them our OLD fighters, but then the US will have to replace them for us with NEW fighters at no charge.”

    Good deal… if you can get it!

  128. H.R. says:

    @TTN – I knew they were old model fighters. I did not hear about the replacement part of the deal.

    You can’t fault Poland for trying so long as the US seemed to be throwing money everywhere.

  129. another ian says:

    “Large-Scale Reforestation Efforts Could Dry Out Landscapes Across the World”


  130. another ian says:

    More on the Netherlands Nitrogen kerfuffle

    “Y2Kyoto: State Of Anorexia Envirosa”


    And comments

  131. another ian says:

    Latest Pointman



  132. another ian says:

    “An army marches on its stomach – and its arsenals”

    With some personal experience


  133. another ian says:

    “Just a reminder to everyone that tonight’s Powerball jackpot prize is one tank of petrol, a 12 pack of TP and your power bill paid for a week”

    Via Jo Nova

  134. jim2 says:

    Over at Yahoo News, it appears its star reporter, Rip Van Winkle, has awakened and discovered Omicron! Next, he likely will tout the latest exercise craze – Hula Hoops.

    BA.4 and BA.5 are now believed to be responsible for most new infections nationwide. The strains are of particular concern because they are not only especially contagious but also capable of reinfecting those who have survived earlier Omicron infection.

    When it comes to BA.4 and BA.5, their “superpower is reinfection,” said Dr. Peter Chin-Hong, a UC San Francisco infectious-disease expert.

    Additionally, “there’s strong evidence they can spread even faster than other subvariants,” said Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer.

    “There also have been some concerning findings in laboratory studies, which found that BA.4 and BA.5 were better able to infect lung cells than the earlier BA.2 subvariant of Omicron,” she said.


  135. p.g.sharrow says:

    One should remember , Poland was the first country that aided the Americans in their war to break free of the British Crown. Bolstering Poland’s ability to defend the eastern edge of NATO is a big plus.

    While rattling his Atomic swords is a Putin tool of War, any use of them would render that threat useless and Putin knows it. And Putin has bigger problems. He had planned on handing the Ukraine as a new partner in the Russian Federation as the topping to the celebration of the Great Patriotic War Victory. A fitting topping to his leadership career. The Military genius of the world assured him that the Ukraine military would fold in less the 3 days and Zelinsky’s government would flee so that Putin’s picked people could be put in-charge. Funny thing is that this invasion is just the latest part of a war that Putin has been conducting for 20years and the Ukraines have been laying for him.
    That and the fact that Putin’s Russian Mob have been looting the Military. The Federation Military runs on graft, it is poorly supplied, poorly trained, it’s equipment poorly maintained. Much of it dating from the Soviet area. The latest, top of the line stuff, is in very short supply. The bulk of the Federation military is stationed across the Federation to hold the 80 Federation entities together as well as hold the Chinese at bay. Putin is very limited in the resources he can call on for his Special Expedition Force. Indications are that he has expended half of the resources he can call on with out a general war., And that requires an invasion of the Federation. Most of the people of the “Russian Federation” do not want to be a part of Putin’s Grand Expedition. So his people are recruiting in poor places of the Federation and the world promising huge signing bonuses to contract into his army.. The only conscripts being used are of the breakaway Republics people.
    A strategic consideration is how do we break Putin without breaking the Federation. The Federation blocks a great deal of Chinese power. Without it, China would gobble up the eastern half of the Russian Federation territory and with it a vast amount of the resources that China craves….pg

  136. YMMV says:

    Poland was the first country that aided the Americans in their war to break free of the British Crown.

    Note that Poland ceased to exist shortly after that. So do we owe gratitude to the new Poland?

    From 1795 until 1918, no truly independent Polish state existed, although strong Polish resistance movements operated. The opportunity to regain sovereignty only materialized after World War I, when the three partitioning imperial powers were fatally weakened in the wake of war and revolution.

    from Wiki

  137. E.M.Smith says:

    Found in a comment on that SDA Y2Kyoto link:

    “Get back to me” Farmer pointing out the ag products used by the folks strangling ag..

  138. E.M.Smith says:

    Interesting interview with Kash Patel per the J-6 Kommission being bogus from the get go.

    Seems the POTUS Trump ordered the transition of government via the GSA per the required process prior to the J-6 events. “Insurrection” is an armed overthrow of the government, so it is literally impossible for Trump to have advocated for an insurrection since he had ordered the DOD to transition to Biden.


  139. jim2 says:

    Good ole Radio Shack!

    Variations of, “What in the world is going on?” peppered the comment threads, but a glance of the company’s Twitter profile partly held the answer: RadioShack is no longer the electronics store Americans ran to for generations, but rather an online cryptocurrency company that also happens to sell batteries.


  140. another ian says:

    “EU Caves Putin Wins, Transportation of Russian Goods to Kaliningrad Through Lithuania Will Resume
    July 2, 2022 | sundance | 20 Comments”


  141. another ian says:

    “Massive Implications, Saudi Arabia in Discussion to Join BRICS Coalition – The Outcome Would be Global Energy and Economic Cleaving
    July 2, 2022 | sundance | 307 Comments”


  142. another ian says:


    “Russia Now Demands Rubles For Grain As World’s Largest Wheat Exporter”


    “How are those sanctions going?”

  143. Ossqss says:

    So, to share from a bachelor and his dog. \

    I found one of these today in the pantry doing some hunting and gathering as a bachelor, which would be expected.


    Low calorie, but interesting.

  144. Ossqss says:

    Ok, it was the pouches since the link did not differentiate as copied.

    Friggin net marketing profits.

  145. H.R. says:

    @Ossqss – I scored some of those pouches and I have several in my pantry. I’ve tried a few different ones, and some are crap and some are quite tasty.

    The best use of those is to mix them with a bit of mayo and make a tuna sandwich. It’s about the right amount for a nice hefty sandwich without the leftovers that you’d get from even a small can of tuna.

  146. Ossqss says:

    @HR, the calorie content was the issue. 60 with no input. Mayo will help.

    I would really like 1000 calorie pouches. Ohoooo, maybe with bacon?

    Just sayin, opportunity knocks>

  147. another ian says:

    FWIW – an awful lot of questions here IMO

    From https://joannenova.com.au/2022/07/weekend-unthreaded-418/#comment-2563425

    “John Connor II
    July 2, 2022 at 12:50 pm · Reply
    Burger that tastes like human flesh, despite being Vegan, wins top award
    If you’ve ever hankered after the taste of human flesh, now you can sample it in the form of an all-new plant-based burger that claims to perfectly replicate the taste and texture of human meat.
    A bizarre “human-meat” flavoured burger has won a top award.
    The bizarre burger is said to taste exactly like human flesh, despite being completely meat free and vegan friendly.
    Its creator, Swedish food company Oumph!, said it had even worked to get the perfect texture of flesh for their cannibalistic creation.
    However a spokesperson for the company insisted: “No humans were injured in the development of this product.”
    Why bother. Just wait until the food supply shuts down 
    Probably tastes like chicken anyway…”
    July 2, 2022 at 8:12 pm · Reply
    “Burger that tastes like human flesh, ”
    Lol!! How do they know??”
    “another ian
    July 3, 2022 at 7:01 pm · Reply
    They asked the “Soylent Green Team?” “

  148. jim2 says:

    Pouch tuna is about 2-3 times the cost of canned, depending on the pouch in question. And there are smaller cans for singles.

  149. p.g.sharrow says:

    @ another ian;; It has been called “Long Pig” for a reason. I was once a pork producer “short pig” 8-) the flavor of which is greatly determined by the food the animal consumes, So I fail to see how their “Long Pig” analog flavor could be anything more then publicity stunt. As to trying it, I’ll pass. Ain’t interested. Vegetarian “meat” analog is glorified sawdust..

  150. YMMV says:

    I had heard that Geert Vanden Bossche predicted bad things regarding BA.4 and BA.5 and it was so different from what others were saying I did not know what to think. This interview clarifies that.
    He makes very good points (not easy to understand though). It’s a “could” versus a “will” prediction, but very scary anyway.

    Non-neutralizing “vaccines” which do not reduce the spread, which target the original Wuhan spike, actually increase the evolutionary pressure for the virus to develop in bad ways.

    For the unvaccinated, Omicron is good, unless you are not healthy.
    For the vaccinated, original antigenic sin applies.

    “We have thrown a BOMBSHELL on this delicate balance (Geert Vanden Bossche & Bret Weinstein)”

  151. cdquarles says:

    I know this is early: https://redstate.com/jenniferoo/2022/07/03/amidst-americas-attempted-destruction-the-songs-of-freedom-remind-us-why-july-4-will-never-be-canceled-n587811. Happy Birthday America. You are not the nation, today, that our Founder’s created. Yet, to this military brat in a multi-generational military family, I cannot forget!

  152. H.R. says:

    @jim2 – The pouches are higher, unless you scored them like I did at a fire sale price.

    I have small, regular, and extra-large cans of chicken and tuna stashed for the protein component of a meal.

    For dietary fat, I have canned roast beef, corned beef, canned hams, and Spam, lots and lots of Spam. Most of that is dated out to 2025.

  153. another ian says:

    Russell B and the latest Phizer

    “Pfizer and the Elite Decision Makers”

  154. The True Nolan says:

    Speaking of cannibalism…

    The most famous cannibal of recent times was the leader of Uganda, Idi Amin. He fathered somewhere between 43 to 60 children, and lived comfortably to the ripe old age of 78. How is it that he lived so well?

    He only ate vegetarians.

  155. another ian says:

    Look out!

    “Aussie ‘Ambassador for Women’ claims ‘climate change’ causes rape! ‘Exacerbates the risks of sexual & gender-based violence’ ”


    The UHI at work?

  156. jim2 says:

    Given the fact that the covid 19 vaccines lose effectiveness after just a few or several months, and I haven’t had a C19 vaccination in over a year, then for all intents and purposes, I am unvaccinated. Right?

  157. another ian says:

    “So The Feds Don’t Want To Obey The USSC?”


    That works both ways.

    Where’s the TVA? Where’s Texas? Where are the Dakotas?

    Tell the Feds to fuck off, and if they don’t like it physically throw them out of the state.

    The finger works both ways and if the federal government isn’t going to obey the Supreme Court then the States should not obey the Federal Government.


    What are they doing to do when you get down to it? Shoot?

    They’re not that stupid — they start that crap and both energy flow and interstate trade is cut off in one hour.

    They try that and its the end of all the blue hives — and they know it.”


  158. another ian says:

    Watch this space

    “Biden Plan to Cap Russian Oil Prices Could Seriously Backfire, Which Means It’s Likely to Happen
    July 3, 2022 | Sundance | 1 Comment”


  159. philjourdan says:

    Contraption or Contraception. Take your pick. VA under the democrat dictators (pushing post partum abortions and dressing up in Klan robes) tried to make us CA East. But I noticed that the states to the north (except NJ where you cannot pump your own gas) also had them. So I do not know how prevalent they are in the free states. Been 10 months since I was down in FLA (when I did my 2k miles in 30 hours). Forgive my fuzzy recollection – I was just trying to get in and out of that state as fast as possible.

  160. philjourdan says:

    @jim2 – Re “unvaccinated”. Hell! My wife had all 4 shots (so far) and she got it. I did not get any past the original when it became apparent they were useless. SHe came home with it 10 days ago. SHe is over it. I have not gotten it yet, So this is a testament to the Zinc Bullet/Gun solution. Zinc is the bullet Quinine/Quercertin is the gun. I have been on it for about 6 months now. Having said this, I may get it tomorrow. But I will add my sister got it, as well as my nephew. And they left for the beach today. And asked me to care for their cats. so I was exposed to them as well (my BIL did not get it).

    And truth be told, I never wear a mask unless required (she wears one everywhere), and do not practice social distancing. I will get it or not. But I will not allow it to dictate my life to me.

  161. another ian says:

    An interesting thought

    “So The Feds Don’t Want To Obey The USSC?”


  162. another ian says:

    The vehicle problem solved

    “The Flatula Backfire”

    Via Jo Nova

  163. The True Nolan says:

    @jim2: “I haven’t had a C19 vaccination in over a year, then for all intents and purposes, I am unvaccinated. Right?”

    I may be a little obtuse, but I am not sure if you are kidding or being serious. Also, I have been absent for almost all of the recent comments, so I may be repeating something already extensively discussed. My apologies if that is the case, or if I misunderstand the facts about this. Please correct any errors on my part.

    If you are serious, then no, you are not the same as unvaccinated. As the recent Pfizer info dump tells, the mRNA injected was NOT the same as normal mRNA. Normal mRNA degrades quickly, say, in a few hours. The vaxx mRNA was chemically altered to not degrade. The longest test so far (as far as I know) found it still active after 60 days. Will it last longer? Will it last for months and years? No information on that yet, but you might expect that any cells still producing spike proteins might be attacked by your own immune system. Additionally, your immune system has now been “trained” to react with higher antibody response and lower T cell response to future infections. Long term consequences? Who can say? But no, you are not now the same as an unvaccinated person, and may very well never be the same. I do sincerely hope you suffer no long term ill effects.

  164. E.M.Smith says:

    Um, given the discussion of certain food choices… A language question:

    If Vegetarians only eat Vegetables, what do Humanitarians eat?….

  165. E.M.Smith says:


    At the pump today, getting gas not Diesel, I inspected the nozzle. No compressible rubber contraption, just a sort of rubber skirt way up at the valve handle part. Doesn’t move (or do much of anything near as I can tell). So that’s what’s in Florida.

  166. Ossqss says:

    A distraction. Good stuff.

  167. jim2 says:

    TTN – The vaccine was widely derided for wearing off after just a few months. Then others come along and say it persists for years. Do you see any contradiction here?

  168. Simon Derricutt says:

    Jim2 – resolve the contradiction: the antibody count drops off at around 40% per month and is effectively zero around the 5 month mark, but the mRNA and spike proteins can be detected much longer. The mRNA was supposed to disappear within hours or days, having done its job, but it appears it doesn’t always do that. It was also supposed to stay at the injection site, but is instead found in various organs including ovaries and testes, along with spike proteins.

    Though we don’t know the long-term effects of either Covid or the vaccines, at least there does seem to be a way of avoiding a bad case of Covid (even though it’s not allowed in a lot of countries). The vaccine does seem to have resulted in sudden onset of cancer in maybe quite a few people (including a friend of a friend) so may be necessary to get a check for that. I suppose that stops people dying of Covid, though….

  169. The True Nolan says:

    Hey jim2! I think a lot of sources say that the beneficial effects of the jabs wear off after a few months, but that does not mean that the mRNA disappears. How long does it last? Current data says at least 60 days. Hey, maybe we will all get lucky and it will be 61 days max. Might be rest of your life. Would be nice to know. I have dear friends and family who are jabbed. I hope it is 61 days… But no one knows, or if they do, they aren’t talking.

  170. YMMV says:

    “Current data says at least 60 days.”

    Because they only tested out to 60 days.

    “The vaccine was widely derided for wearing off after just a few months.”

    It’s commonly acknowledged now to wear off even sooner. That’s the reason they keep demanding you get more and more boosters (of the ineffective “vaccine”).

    No shortage of contradictions!

  171. David A says:

    My 96 year old Dad’s independent living facility, all vaccinated and double boosted, just had the most positive cases to date.

  172. H.R. says:

    I was scavenging the freezer last night and found one of these pot pies.

    In the ’60s they were 8oz and one of the early ‘convenience’ foods. Mom had a family of 6 to feed and we were either at the top rung of poor or the very bottom rung of middleclass.

    They came in aluminum pans that mom would recycle to make mini fruit pies. Mom would get them on sale for ten cents each. That’s 60 cents for dinner; meat, veggies, and a wheat crust. We always had dessert back then, usually Jell-O, pudding and a cookie, pie if mom had made one.

    That’s a pretty complete meal for about 15 cents per head.

    Now they are 7oz and come in a fiber pan of some sort so they can be microwaved.

    I think UK and European pies were foldovers and not actual pies in a pan, but I don’t know that for sure. Anyhow, those pot pies are a blast from the past and they are still quite tasty.

    Dinner for 10 cents!

  173. E.M.Smith says:


    IF one has a pie tin or two (saved from store bought fruit pies?) you can buy pie pastry in the freezer department. Roast a bird. Make gravy from the drippings. Put crust in pie pan, load in cubes of roasted bird and “left over” vegetables from prior meals (or use frozen mix). Then pour the gravy over the chicken / vegetables and put on the top crust. Freeze and done.

    For when you want to go really really cheaply ;-)

    (For uber cheap, make the pie crust yourself and grow the vegetables… use the bones and trimmings to make chicken soup. If really cheap, raise the chickens on the garden ‘slash’ and dinner scraps…)

  174. YMMV says:

    Can you spot the difference? Look carefully.

    First, the corona virus as it is always shown:

    Next, the corona virus spike protein as it actually looks to an antibody:

    The first is naked. The second is in a burka. Any questions about why the antibodies don’t work so well?

    It’s been known for a long time that the virus shields itself with glycans (sugars) which the immune system cannot distinguish as foreign. Like a thief would wear a hoodie. Somehow the media has neglected to mention that. The virus looks like it is covered in moss.

    Here are some quotes. (I’ll leave out the links; you can find them if you are interested)

    Similar to many other viral fusion proteins, the SARS-CoV-2 spike utilizes a glycan shield to thwart the host immune response.

    Glycans decorate microbe glycoproteins to enhance attachment and fusion to host cells, provide stability, and evade the host immune system.

    The 3D structures show that the protein surface is extensively shielded from antibody recognition by glycans, with the notable exception of the ACE2 receptor binding domain, and also that the degree of shielding is largely insensitive to the specific glycoform.

    Enveloped viruses are well adapted pathogens infecting a great variety of hosts from protozoans to mammals that hijack the host cell’s molecular machinery for reproduction. They have evolved together with their hosts and developed various means to counteract the host’s defense mechanisms. A characteristic feature of these viruses is a cell membrane-derived envelope modified with virally encoded proteins glycosylated by the host glycosylation apparatus as they pass through the secretory pathway.

  175. cdquarles says:

    Antibodies can be made to bind the glycans; but as said, they use the endoplasmic reticulum and Golgi apparatus to hijack the host cell’s glycosylation, which makes these look like the host. Recall that the host’s immune system gets trained to *not* attack itself; but wet chemistry is messy, so that can and does go awry. This is likely why, in part, they decided to focus on the spike and its conserved ACE2 binding domain. The flip side of that … appears to be enhanced pathogenicity.

  176. another ian says:

    And so it goes

    “Facing Defeat in Lysychansk Ukraine Military Retreats, Russia Takes Full Control of Eastern Ukraine Region of Luhansk
    July 4, 2022 | Sundance | 123 Comments”


  177. philjourdan says:

    @HR – I hate pot pies! A bane of my poor upbringing!

  178. The True Nolan says:

    Short commentary on reported drop in birth rates nine months after young adults OKed for jabs.
    This is EXACTLY the sort of question which drug companies and health agencies should be keeping track of. Every collection of national health statistics should cross correlated with vaxx status to see the differing status of jabbed vs unjabbed. This type of data collection seems to me to be an obvious first step to just basic scientific analysis.

  179. Ossqss says:

    The demographic winter is well underway.

  180. YMMV says:

    reported drop in birth rates nine months after young adults OKed for jabs

    Young adults might see that as a two-fer.

  181. David A says:

    TTN – “Every collection of national health statistics should cross correlated with vax status to see the differing status of jabbed vs un-jabbed.”

    IMV this is THE most important and still available statistic. All cause morbidity and mortality by demographic and jab status, only two categories, jabbed and un-jabbed. The control group is there. There are about 74 million un-jabbed Americans. Those statistics are there, or can be generated for EVERY vaccine harm outlined in VAERS, and for every Covid result – positive test percentage, symptoms, hospitalized and dead. The fact that they ARE not reported is itself indicative that the jabs are very harmful, very negative and deadly. It is fortunate that this can be done at any time, and so likely will be done as times change, Unfortunately the jabs are still being pushed.

  182. another ian says:

    Rex Murphy in full sarcastic

    “Rex Murphy: Tamara Lich is no danger. Unequal application of the law is”


  183. H.R. says:

    Speaking of pushing Covid, David A, the Mrs. had HGTV on (Home and Garden TV). It’s heavy on commercials but it seems the block are cheap.

    There was an organization called Covenant House that feeds and shelters the homeless. “For only $19 dollars a month, you can take care of one homeless person.”**

    What was weird was that they had added a red banner that said Covid-19 (something) just above their footer with the phone and website information.

    They only shot two commercials and have been running them a long time. The red banner was an add-on after the WuFlu hit.

    And… I have no clue what they had to do with Covid. Vaccinations when the homeless stay? Immune boosters? The staff are all jabbed? What?

    Anyhow, almost like “Climate Change®” it seems everyone has to say something about how Covid-safe they are.

    That banner was just so tacked on and had no meaning or context, but by golly, they were doing something Covid.

    **Whatever happened to Sally Struthers and the “For only $1.00 dollar per day, you can feed 10 starving children in Africa” ads? My guess is that people just quit giving and the organization went bust, but I dunno.

    Oh, and they are running the same sort of thing for abandoned and abused pets.

  184. E.M.Smith says:

    Well, add another one to the “Parallel Economy”. As EeWToob bans, parallel providers rise. In this case, a Russian provider. Rutube. Here’s the link to RT online:


    Top link: https://rutube.ru/

    Near as I can tell all the text is Russian and I’ve not found an English option.

    So I guess Russia is now part of the great movement to freedom of expression and liberty. Who knew… Also guess I need to start brushing up on my Russian. While it is “nice” that I could figure out after a minute or so that Спорт was Sport, it would be nice if I could better understand what was being said and if I could just sight read more of it rather than do a phonetic sounding out…

  185. philjourdan says:

    Most of Western Europe has been on the US to reign in the tech companies as even they realize it is harmful to Freedom of Speech (such as it is in the rest of the world). BUt Russia signed on to that proclamation as well. They all want to limit speech, but they do not want Tech giants making the calls.

  186. Ossqss says:

    Better late than never, on the Tuna pouch thing. They are about 43 cents an oz ($1.08 for 2.5 oz). You sure can get it cheaper, but I figure picking some up for easy light bug out material, volume wise, with no fridge requirement, kind of like those turkey sticks, was a good idea.

    Hey! They all come with a built in Spork too! :-)

  187. another ian says:

    “US constitutional case law says debate on public issues can be caustic — “I don’t have to be nice to you””


  188. another ian says:

    “Dutch Willing to Seize Farmland”


    Links and bulk comments

  189. another ian says:

    “No National Politician Will Go There – However, at Least Tucker Carlson Does
    July 6, 2022 | sundance | 2 Comments”



    “Sky News Rowan Dean Draws the Connection Between Justin Trudeau, Mark Rutte, Dutch Farm Protests and World Economic Forum Global Food Program
    July 6, 2022 | sundance | 10 Comments”


  190. Ossqss says:

    For those Prime folks, “The Expanse” is a good choice. Be patient.

    Link: https://www.amazon.com/The-Expanse-Season-1/dp/B08B49T8TZ

    Good stuff, on the same level of Trek. My 2nd time around here…. and why I say such…

    Proto Molecule >>>>>

  191. Ossqss says:

    So, I forgot the space on the link again. My bad

    Do Do occurs>

    [Reply: Fixed it for you. -E.M. ;-)]

  192. Ossqss says:


  193. YMMV says:

    Ukraine? watching paint dry and grass grow.
    UK on the other hand …

    Mark Stein has some choice words: https://www.steynonline.com/12623/the-long-goodbye

    I don’t really have anything new to say about this failed prime minister because, in the third of a century since I first met him, he has been, in the turbulence of a constantly changing world, eternally unchanging. Here is what I wrote about him upon the occasion of him taking office as PM:

    Is he a nice person? Well, he’s left an awful lot of human wreckage in his wake. Some of the women he’s used and discarded seem to me, without naming names, to be sad and profoundly damaged from their brief intersection with his wandering zipper.

    What does he believe in? Other than himself, not terribly much.

    Would you trust your world to any of these people?

  194. another ian says:

    Priceless local Oz content of which you will get the gist

    “Top Endersays:
    July 7, 2022 at 2:12 pm
    Flaw in Moreland City Council’s rocky road to wokeism


    Moreland Council is changing its name because of its links to slavery. Picture: Supplied.

    The decision last Sunday by Melbourne’s Moreland City Council to change its name to Merri-bek is but another example of confected outrage and ratepayer-funded revisionism.

    But in the council’s haste to act, its members have created a bigger problem in chambers, one that could put the fight for decolonisation back decades,

    The Mocker tells the mayor in this open letter:

    Dear Mayor Mark Riley,

    As one of the many Australians who is blinded by white privilege, I did not at first recognise that the name of an eighteenth-century Jamaican sugar plantation which used slave labour was detrimental to the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung people of Victoria.

    Maybe my ignorance was due to irrelevant considerations such as Jamaica being over 15,000km from Melbourne. Or the fact that Dr Farquhar McCrae, who in 1839 named his newly purchased lands ‘Moreland’ after his grandfather’s plantation, was not a slaveholder but a surgeon. Silly me thought the Jamaican lands in question had as much to do with the plight of Indigenous Australians as you do with reality.

    And never mind that slavery had ended in Jamaica by the time McCrae named his estate. Even a lengthy academic report you commissioned concluded that “No historical record identifies Farquhar’s motivations or intentions for naming his colonial Melbourne property”.

    That was your basis for surmising there was a “very strong link” between slavery and the name of the council. “We really couldn’t just sit on this for too long,” you said in December soon after you were appointed mayor. “We needed to act fairly quickly.”

    Exactly why you and your fellow Greens councillors had to act quickly is not clear. Perhaps you feared the less enlightened elements of Moreland, having discovered this most tenuous of connections, would abduct Africans and enslave them. Thus began your tokenistic and expensive charade otherwise known as a “community engagement process”.

    Instead of asking Moreland residents if they wanted to change the city title, you told them to choose from a list of three names nominated by the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation. Would it be Wa-dam-buk, Jerrang, or Merri-bek? Presumably you would have no objections if in a few years a conservative-dominated council presents residents with a similar fait accompli. Guess what everyone: we are changing the name of Merri-bek, and your choices are Cook, Phillip and Macquarie.

    And this is where it becomes truly farcical. As the minutes of your last meeting note, “Children were consulted about the options for names at five early years centres across Moreland”. Early years centres? Yes, I’m sure that age category could readily and objectively assess the merits of this proposal. Of the 164 children ‘consulted,’ all of them were in favour of replacing Moreland with an Indigenous name. Funny that.

    Expensive as this pretence was, it is a pittance compared to the cost of implementing the name change. You have already set aside half a million dollars for the work to be carried out in the next two years, but that is just the start. The council concedes it will take a minimum of 10 years to make the necessary changes in an area covering 58 square kms.

    One of the dissenting councillors, Oscar Yildiz, estimates the full cost to be around nine million dollars. As the Herald Sun reported in March, you yourself allegedly intervened to stop independent councillor Helen Pavlidis from questioning chief executive Cathy Henderson about the cost of the name change.

    This logistical upheaval for the sake of semantics makes for one enormous carbon footprint. What was it you said last year upon being elected? “A warming planet is a risk to everything we hold dear here at Moreland: our environment, our health, our wellbeing, and our vibrant local economy. This is a critical priority for us.”

    Turn it up. Your critical priority is usurping the resources of local government to advance your undemocratic, militant, and pervasive ideology. And as this case shows, you see the ratepayer not as a constituent but as someone to sponge off to fund your self-indulgence.

    In February, ABC Melbourne reported that school children in Moreland were using pedestrian crossings unmanned by supervisors. Your excuse was you could not find enough people to fill vacancies. When asked by host Raf Epstein how much they were paid you had no idea. After all, that is a local government issue. You are too busy leading the life of Riley.

    Incidentally, you and your fellow councillors might want to consider the ramifications of this decision. For example, when speaking in December in support of a name change, Moreland deputy mayor Lambros Tapinos cited his Greek heritage to empathise with Indigenous Australians. “I understand the pains of past dispossession and I understand that this pain is cross-generational,” he said.

    Evidently Tapinos’s cross-generational pain is such he has forgotten that Ancient Greece was built on slavery. Next time he is invited to the Spartan Community of Brunswick, he might want to consider how helots fared in the society from which it took its name. Should Greek-Australians be forced to relinquish aspects of their heritage on this basis or does that apply only to Anglo-Australians?

    As for you, Mayor Riley, have you ever heard of Centre for the Study of the Legacies of British Slavery? They have a very interesting website. I just discovered that one Samuel Riley owned a plantation in Hanover, Jamaica between 1778 and 1823. And guess what? He also owned around 130 slaves.

    I know this revelation about your heritage must be devastating. But by your own measure, you cannot deny your surname has a very strong link with slavery. As the self-appointed commissar for correct names, you must act quickly and change it. I appreciate this is an obliteration of your identity, but as you constantly remind us, the priority is appeasing Indigenous activists.

    Admittedly there is much inconvenience involved, not to mention considerable expense. You would have to stick your hand in your own pocket, and I know how upsetting that must be for a carefree spender of other people’s money. You will be receiving as much compensation as the many Moreland businesses that have to cater to your folly. In other words, nothing.

    If you have trouble coming up with a new surname, give me a yell. Trust me, I already have a few in mind.


    The Mocker amuses himself by calling out poseurs, sneering social commentators, and po-faced officials. He is deeply suspicious of those who seek increased regulation of speech and behaviour.”


  195. another ian says:

    Not only wood chips!

    “Major loss for Renewables Industry: EU declares nuclear and gas are “Green” too”


  196. jim2 says:

    The Dutch farmers have taken to their tractors to protest new nitrogen pollution regulations, some of them will be losing their farms and their livelihood. This will be coming to the US real soon now.

    Now, it is nitrogen’s turn.

    Last month, in a seminar room at New York University, a score of nitrogen experts from around the world began drawing up scenarios of what a future nitrogen-soaked planet might look like – and to devise simple metrics for encouraging a global effort to head off disaster.

    They met as part of the International Nitrogen Management System, a five-year, $60-million research project from the UN Environment Programme and the Global Environment Facility, that is intended, says its chief Mark Sutton, as nitrogen’s equivalent to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.


  197. jim2 says:

    Greedy businessmen is the real reason China’s military is doing so well.

    BYD, the China vehicle and battery maker backed by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, said on Sunday sales of new energy vehicles more than tripled in June to 134,036 from 41,036 a year earlier, underscoring the popularity of EVs in the world’s largest auto market.

    The company’s sales in the first six months of the year soared by 315% year-on-year to 641,350 EVs, shaking off industry disruption from Covid-related lockdowns in Shanghai. BYD’s sales in June also topped May’s 114,943.

    BYD’s HK-traded shares have gained 35% in the past year, giving it a market value worth more than GM and Ford combined.


  198. jim2 says:

    An aluminum plant in Kentucky has shut down due to high energy prices.


  199. H.R. says:

    @Ossqss – That didn’t take long. The speculation yesterday was whether BoJo would last one more week or two. Anyone who bet on the ‘under one week’ made a nice bit of pocket change.

    I was in the ‘over’ camp, figuring he’d put up a struggle, clawing at the door jambs as they hauled him out of #10, kicking and screaming.

    I wonder who his WEF replacement will be?

  200. Ed Forbes says:

    Russia is turning up the pressure on both oil prices and sanctions. 2 actions for the price of 1.
    “Russian Court Suspends Caspian Pipeline Consortium Over Environmental Violation”
    “.. The pipeline is the biggest outlet for Kazakh oil, which uses to ship most of its crude to world markets, notably Europe. Earlier this year, the pipeline got damaged in a storm, and most of the flow of oil along it was suspended for a mont….”
    “Some analysts have interpreted this ruling as an attempt by Moscow to put pressure Nur-Sultan into providing Russia with relief from Western sanctions. Kazakhstan has instead been acting in ways that Russia might perceive as low-key hostile…”

  201. another ian says:

    “Safe and Effective®”

    “Results: Pfizer and Moderna mRNA COVID-19 vaccines were associated with an increased risk of serious adverse events of special interest, with an absolute risk increase of 10.1 and 15.1 per 10,000 vaccinated over placebo baselines of 17.6 and 42.2 (95% CI -0.4 to 20.6 and -3.6 to 33.8), respectively. Combined, the mRNA vaccines were associated with an absolute risk increase of serious adverse events of special interest of 12.5 per 10,000 (95% CI 2.1 to 22.9). The excess risk of serious adverse events of special interest surpassed the risk reduction for COVID-19 hospitalization relative to the placebo group in both Pfizer and Moderna trials (2.3 and 6.4 per 10,000 participants, respectively).”

    More at


  202. philjourdan says:

    @Ossqss – seen them all. Wish they had done more. Good premise with lots of subplots to explore. BUt they ended it and left you hanging. What about Filip? He should have spelled his name correctly, but his last act of defiance was perfect!

  203. jim2 says:

    windy.com not only shows lightning, it shows thunder.

  204. philjourdan says:

    @AnotherIan – Re: ” EU declares nuclear and gas are “Green” too”
    Before this war is over, the EU is going to declare coal green too!

    Freezing people trump woke idiots.

  205. another ian says:

    “”If the collective governments of the Western world were trying to impoverish and starve their own citizens, what exactly would they be doing differently?” ”


    And a reminder

    “March of the zealots”


  206. philjourdan says:

    In a tangent to Another Ian’s comment about what the EU is classifying as “green energy”, Shazam! Biden just finished Trumps shutting down of the new Pipeline from Russia! And all it took was massive inflation, a war and a recession!

    Trump just used sanctions.

  207. Terry Jackson says:

    The guy who came up with SystenD is now at Microsoft.

  208. YMMV says:

    now at MS and “continuing to work on SystemD” … maybe he was a MS plant all along.

  209. another ian says:

    “Eat bugs, get bugs”


    Looks at potential for parasitic infections

  210. another ian says:

    The latest Pointman



    Might be time the west gave the contract to Blind Freddy?

  211. H.R. says:

    Current discussion around the ‘net is the assassination of former Japanese PM Shinzo Abe.

    That is sad news and bad news. The bad news part is that it happened in Japan. Not a lot of killing goes on there, except amongst the various Yakuza factions.

  212. YMMV says:

    The zerohedge conclusion:

    So what’s going on here? The simple answer: Fewer people working, but more people working more than one job

  213. E.M.Smith says:


    LOTS of folks who were “good enough” on the money front just refused The Jab and quit working ( I am one of them ). Folks who were marginal on money had inflation force them to pick up that $15/hr burger flipping weekend gig to make their numbers.

    That’s my take on it anyway.

  214. another ian says:

    “Far UVC kills viruses in minutes but is safe for human skin, eyes. Chinese are already installing it. Why aren’t we?”


  215. Ed Forbes says:

    Excellent current overview of the eastern front of the Ukraine war
    Österreichs Bundesheer, Austrian Army


  216. another ian says:

    This morning’s edition of

    “Safe and Effective®”

    Paper says

    ““We did not observe an increased incidence of neither pericarditis nor myocarditis in adult patients recovering from COVID-19 infection.” ”

    But read the comments – where the double negative is noted


  217. another ian says:

    Musk walks away from Twitter

    Now read this

    “And Here We Go (Musk)”


    “Needless to say I’m reasonably-sure this won’t be an uncontested divorce, particularly given the presence of a very large break fee in the agreement.

    Oh, and the really nasty part of it? In a lawsuit you get to take depositions and subpoena documents which will include the material that Twitter does not want to disclose.

    And you thought fireworks were a 4th of July thing eh?”

  218. philjourdan says:

    Musk killing Twitter deal. Says they lied to him. DUH! But apparently they could not document that ONLY 5% of the traffic was bots. Before he died, Rush documented where MOST of the twits were bots! Gettr and Truth Social are gaining, and even conservative commentators are no longer advertising their “twitter” feed.

    Twit board threatening to sue. But they do not have a legal leg to stand on because when the case goes to court, they will HAVE to reveal what they refused to reveal to Musk. So AInt Happening, It will survive as a haven for woke idiots. But I think Musk did his job. He destroyed the brand.

    Musk is no conservative. But he is a traditional liberal. He still believes in the Bill of Rights. Which the new liberal woke idiots hate,

  219. philjourdan says:

    @HR – no, the bad news is how the fake news is reporting it. As Trump offered his condolences a full 9 hours before Biden mumbled inanities, they are calling him all sorts of names because he had a good relationship with Trump (Trump merely supported what he was doing, Abe did not voice support or opposition to either Trump or the retarded duo of Obama and Biteme).

    But that is why they are fake news,

  220. YMMV says:

    another ian: ”
    This morning’s edition of “Safe and Effective®” ”

    Trial Site News talks about a French study
    “French Population Study Reinforces Cardiovascular Risk Associated with mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines”

  221. another ian says:

    Dutch journalist explains farmer rebellion – YouTube

  222. another ian says:

    And an interesting more here

    “Elon Musk Terminates Twitter Purchase Deal, Citing Material Breach of Agreement by Company Refusing to Provide Access to Data
    July 8, 2022 | sundance | 220 Comments”


  223. p.g.sharrow says:

    @Ed Forbes says:; Österreichs Bundesheer, Austrian Army report on Ukraine war.

    interesting report on ground occupation and the presenter’s projected tactical Russian moves. He seems to be of the camp that determined at the very start that, Ukraine must surrender immediately because Russia would overrun them in less then 72 hours. He also makes much of The Ukraine’s losses and Russian gains but has no information on the cost to Putin’s forces or possible Ukraine counter moves. The situation is very fluid with the advantage shifting daily. There is mention of the slight increase in troop numbers over the last month but no indication of the quality or source of those replacements.

    Putin’s forces have been expending 20,000 artillery rounds a day , losses of nearly 400 troops, and a like amount of hardware a day to gain very little ground, An expenditure he can not sustain. The Ukraine’s are expending about a forth of that and yielding little ground as they increase in strength. Putin is desperate to drag The Federation into his special expedition while using every form of threat to prevent reinforcement of Ukraine by the West. He is now pushing to to get his gains declared as part of the Federation and protected by them to prevent reclaim of those lost lands by the Ukrainians..pg
    as well as putting the Federation on war footing to commandeer industrial production to replace all the war material that his little expedition has cost.

  224. jim2 says:

    Putin is selling oil to China and India, as well as other raw materials. He’s not moving as many barrels, but with the price around $100, he’s making a killing on it.

  225. Ed Forbes says:

    p.g.sharrow ,
    all signs say Russian losses in the east are much smaller than the Ukraine losses. The adjusted Russian tactics of using recon to fix the positions of Ukraine in place and then pound these positions, with little Ukraine reply, before following up to take the reduced positions is working.
    Also to Russian advantage is that the Russians are fighting on very short supply lines supported by an extensive rail network. Ukraine is fighting at the end of a very long supply line with an extreme lack of fuel and transport.
    Ukraine has used up almost all of its artillery ammunition stockpiles and resupply from the west is not anywhere near the amount needed to hold off the Russian advance. NATO stockpiles of ammunition was expected to last about 3 weeks of combat against the Soviets and these stockpiles are much smaller now than then. NATO, and the US, does not have the ammunition stockpiles to support Ukraine long term. What makes this situation worse is that NATO will have to supply artillery in VERY large quantities to replace the existing Ukraine Soviet era artillery as they take different ammunition from NATO.
    Russia is able to rotate units off the front line to rest and refit where Ukraine units that have taken massive losses are forced to stay on the line and feed in undertrained replacements. This inability of Ukraine to rotate units out of danger to rest, refit, and train replacements can only go on for a relative short period of time before the unit collapses.
    Russian strategic focus is the destruction of the Ukraine army, not taking ground as such other than forcing Ukraine forces into pockets. Destroy the Ukraine army and then Ukraine itself will follow.
    If Ukraine does not surrender, Ukraine will be destroyed and dismembered.

  226. Over the last seven years the UK has trained 22000 Ukraine troops. Over the next few months they will be training another 10000 here in the UK


    There is no shortage of volunteers despite the high casualty rate. Russia has a limited number of professional troops it can send to the front line and is reluctant to start bringing in conscripts. So the forces are more evenly matched than may be thought.

    Ukraine is at last starting to get some of the weaponry promised which hopefully will combat Russia’s undoubted artillery superiority

  227. another ian says:

    “The greatest crime in history?”

  228. another ian says:

    A look at another EV

    “Wow, CNN claims, you can have all the power of a gas mower with electric and its easier and better!

    That’s a damned lie and the people who wrote it should go to prison. NOW.”

    More at


  229. p.g.sharrow says:

    If Ukraine does surrender it will be destroyed and dismembered. Putin said he was counting on the Democracies to force Ukraine to surrender to all his demands to save the world from his wrath. In about 30 days. It will be impossible to hide the reality of the situation.
    During this last week Putin has been lobbying the Federation Duma to put all industry and the Military on a War Time Footing, Does that sound like this thing is a slamdunk for his Special Expedition Force.
    On the ground reports from the Federation as well as Ukraine indicate. that Putin is having major difficulty filling his army ranks with contract solders while the Ukrainians are turning down volunteers. The breakaway “republics” are conscripting all men under 63. to fill the ranks with cannon fodder. Putin’s Wagner group are driving them forward at gun point to fill his ranks.
    From what I can see from satellite reports the artillery battle has begun to equal out. The much greater Russian volume, decreasing, is being matched by Ukraine accuracy and better range as Western equipment is beginning to be used on the front. Putin’s leadership is claiming the destruction of this Western equipment as it arrives but actual information on the ground does not indicate that is a fact. As of the 7th I can see the results of 4 HEMIRs in action from the satellite reports. The Russian artillery have damage a number of the M777s in battery- counter battery actions but it is the Russians that generally lose those gun fights..

  230. Ossqss says:

    I got several pings on an LNG plant in OK that got blowen up or something while still traveling tonight..

  231. another ian says:

    Fair enough!

    Via a comment at Jo Nova

  232. another ian says:

    In the “Interesting” link at SDA below

    Holland – the junior tractor protest

    And the farmers have commandeered the Prime Ministers jet – towed it out of the hangar with a tractor!

    In here – along with other things of interest


  233. another ian says:

    ““Climate Change is not a financial risk”: HSBC Responsible Banking Head Resigns”


  234. another ian says:

    “China has helped spread four epidemics — and COVID’s not the last”


    Via SDA

  235. another ian says:




  236. another ian says:

    And with all this lately woke accenting???

    Or. as seems fashionable, do they think that they can cheat their way through?

  237. YMMV says:

    another ian: richardsonpost mobilising-for-world-war-iii

    “World War Woke is at hand” World War Woke, that’s good. WWW.

    He is right, the analogy is closer to WW I than WW II. I just read a 600 page book about the period leading up to WW I. Way too wordy, so I won’t recommend it. She thought WW I could have been avoided. After reading all the details she documented, I think the opposite. It was still an era of empires and colonialism. What did colonialism have to do with it? Because you weren’t macho enough if you did not have colonies. And empires were about controlling land; the people in them (even your own people) did not count. The opposite of that would be the nation state, where ethnic and language groups were the natural groupings. Forced groupings are unstable.

    So each empire wanted land. Reason not necessary. And each was paranoid because everybody else wanted their land. And then military buildup follows, because paranoid. Explosive atmosphere, just add spark.

    That said, history is immensely complicated and resists good summarization.
    On a lighter note, the YouTube channel “History Matters” is somewhat addicting.

    and before that

  238. YMMV says:

    WW I could have been avoided? I left out the most important point. That all the people in power were either morons, nut cases, incompetent, etc etc. Maybe worse than usual.

    That’s the problem with short summaries. So and so did this. Fact. But why? Why do people do things that are not reasonable, or even sane? Personality.

    “A lot of people died for a whole load of nothing.”

  239. Ed Forbes says:

    On the Russian Ukraine war;
    Logistics will determine the winner of this war and Ukraine is losing the logistical battle. Ukraine is using ammunition and losing equipment faster than NATO can replace it.
    Without artillery or armor, Ukraine forces are basically a light infantry army regardless of what Ukraine lists the individual units as. As such, they are not able to maneuver effectively against the highly mechanized Russian army. Ukraine is forced to dig in for protection against massive heavy artillery fire called directly onto their positions. This allows the Russians the full ability to mass forces at a location of their choosing and operationally outnumber Ukraine at the point of contact.
    This Russian superiority in mobility allows the Russians to attack the Ukraine flanks, threatening encirclement of Ukraine units. This forces Ukraine to withdraw from the forming pocket under fire, causing high Ukraine casualties. Rinse and Repeat.
    The talk of NATO “super weapons” are reminiscent of the Germans in WWII. As in WWII, vast numbers of technically inferior weapons are superior to low numbers of technically superior weapons if the inferior weapons are “good enough” to do the job at hand.

  240. Pingback: World War Woke – With Who’s Oil? | Musings from the Chiefio

  241. philjourdan says:

    @Another Ian – Re: Hunger Strike – the left has no sense of humor. But we do! LOL

  242. another ian says:

    “World Economic Forum- Sri Lanka PM: This is how I will make my country rich by 2025”

    And link at


  243. another ian says:

    “UN Human Rights Report Shows Ukraine Military Used Nursing Home Residents as Human Shields
    July 10, 2022 | Sundance | 65 Comments”


  244. another ian says:

    “U Vil Drive Nuthing Und B Appy”

    EV’s vs electricity prices in Germany


  245. another ian says:


    “E-Vehicles Are Like Covid Vaccines: Sold to Public Based on Wildly Unrealistic Exaggerations”


  246. another ian says:
  247. another ian says:

    Could go on a number of threads here but in keeping with the one above –

    “When Governments Do Truly STUPID Things….”


  248. another ian says:

    Go Vitamin I!

    Bayou Man

  249. jim2 says:

    EIA’s near real time electricity monitoring has been down for a couple of weeks. Wonder what’s up with that?

    EIA’s Hourly Electric Grid Monitor is experiencing a system outage. Data updates are delayed at this time


  250. jim2 says:

    Essentially, Starfish Prime created an artificial solar storm complete with auroras, geomagnetic activity, and blackouts. Much of the chaos that night was caused by the electromagnetic pulse (EMP)–a ferocious burst of radiation that ionized the upper atmosphere. Ionized air over the Pacific pinned down Earth’s magnetic field, then let it go again when the ionization subsided. The rebound created a manmade geomagnetic storm for hundreds of miles around the blast zone.

    Dyer, who is widely known for his studies of extreme space weather events, was still in school when the bomb exploded. “In 1962 the Cold War was red hot, and we all thought the end was nigh,” he says. “Starfish Prime was a defining event.”

    “The explosion led to the early demise of all the spacecraft in orbit at the time. These included Ariel-1, the UK’s first spacecraft, and Telstar-1, a US communications satellite which had the bad luck to be launched the very next day.”


  251. p.g.sharrow says:

    @another Ian; “UN Human Rights Report Shows Ukraine Military Used Nursing Home Residents as Human Shields”

    Did you read the underlying pdf Human Rights report ?
    The short paragraph that mentioned this left a great deal of questions as to who was at fault, BUT the entire report was decidedly anti-Russian.
    Sundance seems to be enthralled by Russian propaganda. most of the time.
    Bottom line remains the same Putin has been conducting a WAR of Aggression against Ukraine for over 10 years. and has been paving the way with propaganda in all forms of media.
    Conducting a war, offensive or defensive is a very dirty business. I look to “on the ground” reports from non-government sources to add or detract from “MSM reports. Reporters are generally lazy people that generally just report on the copy handed to them., often verbatim.

  252. another ian says:

    He’s been found!

    ” Remember this “exclusive” story in the Daily Star about “general Pavel”, who was supposedly “dragged out of retirement” by Putin and sent to Ukraine? So yeah, turns out that’s total bullshit.”


  253. another ian says:

    More covid saga

    “10.6 billion taxpayer dollars down the drain”


  254. another ian says:

    “Political Corruption in The Netherlands and How the Dutch Farmer Protest Connects to the Burning of The Picnic Grocery Distribution Center
    July 12, 2022 | Sundance | 28 Comments”


  255. H.R. says:

    @another ian – 🤣🤣🤣 Yes, it is strange that cows always have girl’s names. 😉

    Another piercing insight from one of our intellectual superiors. It’s a good thing the smart people like her are in charge or we’d really be in a mess. 🙄

  256. Ossqss says:

    Lemme see here,,,,, are not all cows’ girls, unless they are bulls?

    At least there is no debate on cow bathrooms as there is only one for all, and all for one :-)

  257. p.g.sharrow says:

    @ wef-the-colour-of-democracy-is-green
    That certainly nails it. The W.E.F. claims to be a champion of democracy but they strive to rule with an Iron Fist. Klaus Shwaub brags that his Fourth Reich Ecoloon minions are now in control of much of the western world governments. They will protect the world and Democracy from Global Warming and the Evils of Industrial GEBs.. Of course those two nations that destroyed the 3rd Reich must be dealt with first. Maybe by encouraging them to do in each other. China would love that. Parts of the Muslim world would as well. That power mad dog Putin must be put down
    But the Russian Federation must be saved to counter China and Shwaub’s New Nazis..
    I am seeing another hand playing behind the scenes to guide the outcome.

  258. H.R. says:

    @Ossqss – That’s one of those Karens that spouts “The Science® Says” when she actually means “The media told me what to think and I wouldn’t know a scientific fact if it bit me on the @$$.”

  259. H.R. says:

    I was thinking about the looming food shortages and the coming barter economy because I had bought a couple of packages of broad egg noodles on clearance at $0.49 per package.

    It might be a little awkward trading something marked $0.49 for something someone paid a good deal more.

    Then it occurred to me that when bartering food for food, just make the deal based on the calorie content. That package of noodles is about 2,000 calories, so it ought to be worth 2 small cans of peaches or something like that.

    Calories are energy and energy equates to work. 2,000 calories are enough to power someone for a day of light work, so 250 calories are worth about 1 hour of unskilled or semi-skilled time. Higher skilled help may be worth 400 or 500 calories per hour.

    I’m just playing with made up numbers to illustrate the idea, but it seems to me that a copy of a diet book with calorie counts for everything may come in handy at some point.

    Scarcity of course would be another factor. What’s a AA alkaline battery worth when most have been used up and they are hard to come by? Well, at least someone could barter from the point that they’d be willing to work 4 hours to get that battery, whereas 6 months ago they would have only been willing to work an hour for one. So I’m thinking that the battery is worth 1,000 calories, and if desperate, that AA battery is worth a whole bag of noodles. 6 months ago an apple would have fetched that battery.

    People have been bartering for years, but what I am suggesting is that you can trade something you don’t need for something else you don’t need, but you know it can be used later to get something you do need.

    Things may settle down after the coming complete cockup, but it will take a while for anyone to trust some sort of ‘money’. Who was it here that pointed out, “You can’t eat gold?”

    Calories just may become the new currency.

  260. H.R. says:

    And before anyone points it out, yes, a Hershy bar is worth an awful lot of broccoli, regardless of the calories. 😜

  261. E.M.Smith says:


    As a first approximation, calories for calories might work for a given class of food. So, say, “Dry carbs” – trading flour for noodles or noodles for beans.

    But, well, let’s face it: Folks pay up a LOT for prime rib instead of Tube Steaks…

    Form, flavor, vitamins, protein content, etc. etc. all come into the pricing profile.


    FYI, in a couple of weeks escrow closes on the new homestead. About 1/3 of an acre. Septic system (but city water, though in a Real Emergency ™ I could dig a well… this IS Florida after all, so water is about 10 feet down…)

    It has a nice fence around the perimeter of the large back yard, so I’m thinking that I’ll start off with just planing “things that climb” around that perimeter. Beans, squash, whatever…

    If anyone knows what of that ilk likes Florida weather (specific varieties would be nice…) feel free to offer up suggestions. I know there’s a Florida Squash with a very hard shell that grows up trees (the hard shell due to things trying to eat it for a few 100 thousand years, I’d guess); and I’m thinking some kind of Lima Bean (like maybe Christmas Lima that can get a 12 foot vine going) would work.

    Add some kind of heat tolerant water / sand adapted starchy thing ( sweet potato?) and you have a fairly decent food mix…

    I’m figuring my first planting test run will start about September…


    When folks are starving, they want calories, but when they are just suffering, they want “comfort food”. I’m planning on restarting my “Prep Supply” with The Usual BIG bags of Beans, Rice & Flour; but rapidly moving into a selection of canned goods (heavy on canned meat) and along with a load of “noodles of some kind” and many many jars of sauces.

    After that, it’s as much of the “Storage Friendly Goodies” as I can manage. Things like Kraft Mac & Cheese, (with the needed canned milk & “oil” suited to replace butter), Chocolate in a jar (so little things with teeth and / or water can’t hurt it, Jerkey, Gorp, etc. etc.

  262. H.R. says:

    @E.M. – Yeah, calories like-for-like should work. I have planned for the human-side of the equation. I have stocked up on candy bars for bartering. Some people will trade anything for a Reese’s PeanutButter Cup. 😁

  263. E.M.Smith says:

    You have got me thinking…. IF we make it to Halloween without a global collapse… that would be a great time to put away a few of those 10 lb bags of mini-candy bars ;-)

  264. H.R. says:

    What I am puzzling over is why I am seeing a lot of candy at drastic markdowns?

    I do know that Hershy made a lot of specially wrapped candy for Gay Pride month. So like Halloween candy markdowns, they cleared it out starting a week ago. Full size Hershy bars were sold for 25¢, but they also had regular wrapper Hershy bars in the bin, too along with regular wrapper Reese’s Cups and Kit-Kat bars.

    I get the special wrapper clearance deals, but I have no clue why they are clearancing regular stock, too. Oh, today I scored 4 King Size Hershy bars (for a S’mores party next month) at 59¢ each. That’s about $1.00 off from the checkout lane. They also had King Size Milky Way bars for 59c. What gives?

    Two years ago I would have called myself a conspiracy nut, but now I’m wondering if somehow, some way the GEBs have a hand in this for some mysterious reason which will soon become clear.

    Or… maybe it’s just an incompetent buyer at my store and I should just enjoy the bounty until they fire that buyer.

  265. another ian says:

    “Neil Oliver Analyzes the Global Uprisings that are Rejecting the Build Back Better Agenda
    July 12, 2022 | Sundance | 144 Comments”

    Links to video


  266. another ian says:


    “I wouldn’t put this past the CDC at all!

    The CDC and Anthony Fauci have a major new concern. No it is not a Zombie Apocalypse. It is that Americans might no longer be afraid of COVID-19/Coronavirus. As a result something new had to happen. So together using the partnership with CNN and the rest of the Main Stream Media they plan to start by pushing new diseases with cool names.

    Currently Planned Diseases”

    Listed here


  267. another ian says:

    The Golden Rule again

    “The reason why the London Metals Exchange “blew up in March” ”


  268. philjourdan says:

    And ships always have girl names? And Hurricanes always had girl names (until the woke caught up). This not rocket science!

    For us old folk, we remember when we honored our women with the names of ships, and storms! Then the gender confused came along. And so we had to add male names. Why? Because they are stupid.

  269. another ian says:

    “Eva Vlaardingerbroek Summarizes all the Merging Food, Energy and Farming Issues with Stark Advice to Americans
    July 12, 2022 | Sundance | 177 Comments”


  270. another ian says:

    A fine example of the truth in “Renewable Energy” – you get to replace everything about every 15 – 20 years

    https://kunstler.com/cluster you know what goes here to link-nation/its-not-working/

    Mentioned this before

    Before the SWER lines arrived a friend had progressed from 32 volt power to a 24/7 Lister set. It had 58,000 hours up before the SWER line got there.

    I’ll ask the boys about similar for the plants on the big ranches up north

  271. another ian says:

    More to this than meets the TV screen

    “Gerry, England
    July 13, 2022 2:10 am
    Germany is now way out in front in having retarded politicians with a plan to destroy their country. Having decided that coal and clean nuclear were not the way to go alongside the wind and solar insanity, that just left gas. And we can see how good a plan that turned out to be when you have no gas production and rely on a country you have pissed off to supply you. So having lied that the nuclear plants can’t be restarted, it is all in on coal. But….there are no coal stocks at the power stations and the transport barges are already in full use with some having moved to the Danube to transport grain from Ukraine. And it is summer and dry so water levels are at a lower level. Hard not to laugh but I don’t think the German people will be finding it too funny. Did they vote for all this any more than anyone else or was it just foisted upon them by a failed democracy like here in the UK?”

    A comment at


  272. David A says:

    Another Ian, is willful self destruction not now obvious? Destroying GLOBAL food supplies, Global energy supplies, and Global health, instigating wars, while at the same time massive promotion of insane woke social justice ideals which destroy the ideal of family, create gender confusion and physical-psychological identity crisis in millions, and allowing massive influx of more millions of folk with zero ideology to the nations they are entering, and the creation and release of a very damaging virus, plus the tyrannical harmful treatment protocols that further destroy Nations, lives and cultures. All of the above is not accidental. Evil, egotistical, unwise, yes, but the actions taken all have very predicted results,

    And they (The Western WEF led nations) hope to scapegoat Biden, and Russia, and implement their Great Reset? China appears to be cooperating with the depopulation aspects of this plan, yet clearly they intend to direct the reset and control the financial system of the reset. The west is marching ahead and panicking at the same time. Russia is saying NYET. An increasing number of nations are resistant, and the populations within the western nations are finally catching a little clue.

    Somehow the flaws of “WW Woke” (great post and title EM) and who controls the power vacuum you create by such insanity, appears to have escaped the incredibly egotistical Ivy League would be tyrants. So in the end they are both evil and incompetent.

  273. Power Grab says:

    @ EM re: Bunny treatment

    I’m following a couple of bunnies on Twitter who have health issues, including head tilt. (They’re not using the term “wry neck”, but it’s the same thing, right?) They even posted some short video clips of the bunny. It’s afraid to walk. The owner says the rooms is spinning for the bunny, and that’s why they don’t want to move. Sad.

    What treatments did you use for the wry neck and/or e.culi? They’re mentioning vitamin B and antibiotics and panacur. I think I’d favor vitamin I since it’s got such a long, safe record. Antibiotics are concerning since a balanced, diverse microbiome is so important.

  274. Power Grab says:

    Re: bunny

    They also mention metacam with the antibiotics.

    The bunny’s humans think she’s 10-11 years old. Had a tough life. Didn’t trust anyone or anything, but finally the humans gained her confidence. And they finally got her to bond with a younger, male bunny.

  275. E.M.Smith says:

    @Power Grab:

    Yes, it’s another name for Wry Kneck. Here’s the prior write ups and drugs used. Bendazoles (Albendazole / Fenbendazole) and Ivermectin. Yup, that Ivermectin….

    Link: https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2011/06/16/encephalitozoon-cuniculi-rabbits-cure/

    Link: https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2015/06/28/rabbits-e-cuniculi-and-a-rewarding-moment-from-cure/

  276. another ian says:

    “Mexican President Lopez-Obrador Offers to Bail Out the United States from the Biden Created Energy Crisis, and Will Supply Electricity to Texas
    July 13, 2022 | Sundance | 79 Comments”


  277. another ian says:

    “This video rant by Megyn Kelly illustrates several things:

    Whether it’s government or big business, we are living in the Age of Incompetence.
    Businesses, especially airlines it seems, are drastically understaffed.
    Many “managers”, be they in business, the government, or the military, seem to take unaccountability to entirely new heights.”


  278. another ian says:

    e Megan’s rant

    The Belgian airline was SABENA

    Reckoned to stand for “Such A Bloody Experience – Never Again”

  279. Simon Derricutt says:

    Shakespeare now getting trigger warnings, in case students need to go to their safe places after reading it: https://www.gbnews.uk/news/shakespeare-play-brandished-with-racism-and-domestic-violence-warnings/337945 .

    Wonder what they say about “Catch-22”, “Lord of the Flies”, and various other books that make people think?

    On another subject altogether, maybe worth looking up US 9,080,557 B2 in patents. I’m having some conversation with Eddie at the moment. The underlying principle is using a low-power laser to switch superconductivity on and off, which in turn means you either have the Meissner effect (where magnetic fields are expelled from the superconductor) or the material is a normal conductor that allows magnetic fields through. Thus you can produce a varying magnetic field through a coil and produce AC power from *nothing* (OK, it needs a few microwatts of laser power to trigger it). This directly violates CoE, unlike the electric thrusters that first violate CoM in order to produce a violation of CoE and require moving parts. Not surprisingly, Eddie has had problems convincing people it works. However, provided the first effect works, and you can switch superconductivity using the laser, the rest follows on logically. Not something most people could make in the back shed, and takes some expensive kit, but something that chip-fabs could make cheaply in large quantities if asked.

  280. David A says:

    I cannot understand the canceled airline flights. They know their own logistics. It makes no sense to me that they have so many failed flights.

  281. Power Grab says:

    @ EM:

    Thanks! I posted those 2 pages on the thread in Twitter.

    I don’t have the book with me today, but I need to post the story from The Body Electric (the book authored by Dr. Robert O. Becker) about some experiments where they exposed the brains of some bunnies to a magnetic field, and which then led to the failure of their immune system to protect their brains from the protozoa that they say infect the brains all bunnies everywhere. I wondered what it was. Maybe it’s the one discussed in your pages and also the problems that bunny owners talk about on Twitter (head tilt, dizziness, back leg paralysis).

    I also want to post a bit of material from Mark Purdey’s book Animal Pharma, where he explains his experiences with his organic dairy cattle during the days of Mad Cow in the UK.

    Finally, there is a doctor who is a specialist in poo, Dr. Sabine Hazan MD, who recently made the comment that Ivermectin has similarities to bifidobacteria. In a recent article that she and others wrote, they mention several strains of bifidobacteria that are missing in people who have severe cases of the wuflu. When she treated a bunch of wuflu patients (by fixing their microbiome), she has lost none. Her book is called Let’s Talk Sh1t!

    I haven’t written my book yet. ;-)

  282. philjourdan says:

    @OssQss – It is NYC. What help do you need? To show they are idiots? HOw much proof do you need?

  283. H.R. says:

    @Power Grab – You are hippity-hopping down the right bunny trail. No $#!T!.

    If more definitive info comes up, please lettuce know.

  284. Power Grab says:

    @ HR:

    You betcha! :-)

  285. The True Nolan says:

    Just in case anyone needs to send a link to friends who still believe the CAGW hoax, Tony Heller has put out a really good short video on how the Arctic ice continues to be lied about.

    Global warming reminds me of Alice in Wonderland. She was promised, “Jam every other day!” but it turned out that the jam was “jam yesterday and jam tomorrow” but never jam today. For GAGW the data is changed so that apocalypse is always just around the corner, but never quite here.

  286. H.R. says:

    @Jason C. – I’ve long known about “Free beer tomorrow.” I did not recall that bit about the jam every other day. Too much else going on to remember that bit, I suppose.

    The sheeple are holding their breath for the tomorrow that never comes. The sad thing is, public education has been producing brainwashed sheeple when the (false) assumption by mom & pop is that their kids are being educated.

    I kid you not, in our school district, they put litter boxes in the elementary school bathrooms for kids who identify as animals (kitty cats, whatever).

    I haven’t heard if that has been resolved yet. Parents in the district are “not amused.” It seems there are limits.

  287. another ian says:

    “Two More Gone, The Prime Minister of Estonia and the Prime Minister of Italy Tender Their Resignations
    July 14, 2022 | sundance | 45 Comments”


    And more on Italy

    Via http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2022/07/14/showing-up-to-riot-42/

  288. another ian says:

    “Two Weeks After Anthony Fauci Finally Agreed No Further Testing on Beagles, Virginia Humane Society Trying to Find Homes for 4,000 Animal Test Beagles
    July 15, 2022 | sundance | 21 Comments”


  289. another ian says:

    Might be worth keeping an eye on

    “Circle and Square Cartoons”


  290. another ian says:

    Latest Pointman



  291. H.R. says:

    The latest Pointman is one fine link, another ian.

    The key question, that is asked and pointed out as unanswered several times, is what has happened to those billions of dollars and Euros that have been dumped into Ukraine? There is no follow-up, no audit trail for those billions.

    Surprise! Surprise! Surprise! Ukraine remains the money laundromat of the U.S. and, only just a little bit less, the E.U.

    Meanwhile, Ukrainians are being killed as collateral damage as Putin (far, far, far from an angel in all of this) is methodically shelling his way to achieve his own goals.

    Putin is “Russia First” and “Make Russia Great Again.” Trump understood that, respected that, and the counter was “USA First” and “Make America Great Again.” That held Putin in ‘check’ and I believe Putin respected that uneasy position. Power vs power? OK. Let’s make a deal.

    Trump foreign policy was that nations should seek to negotiate what is in their best economic interests, and in the give and take of negotiations of nations holding that view, everyone would come out a little bit better for it.

    My 2¢.

  292. another ian says:

    “Sen. Tom Cotton Warns Companies Joining ESG: “You’d Better Lawyer Up” ”


  293. Ossqss says:

    Enjoy history>

  294. another ian says:

    Note the comment by Alexei in that re Cotton being a WEF graduate –

    Though you have to have heard it from the horses mouth to know what the horse is really saying

  295. another ian says:

    Re survival rations – so long as you’ve got a freezer

    Due to an “overlooking” of bread supply I had to break out the breadmaker.

    Flour kit from the freezer was “best by 2016”

    Bread totally acceptable crusty white

    And while we are on food – our boys are not eaters of offal. So this weekend they are away and so it is liver and bacon night, with the other half tomorrow night

    From BBC Hairy Bikers “Mums know best” recipes


  296. Simon Derricutt says:

    Just came across this from a comment by William Astley at Jo Nova’s.
    Somewhat surprised that this is on the NIH website, since it lists all the failures associated with the Covid official response. Maybe a bit of a long read, but it’s actually pretty concise and well-written.

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  298. jim2 says:

    Tom Cotton and Tulsi Gabbard have been planted by the WEF:

    Notable people who have been part of the Young Global Leaders program include:

    Present and former politicians and civil servants:

    United States

    Daniel Crenshaw (2019) [19][20][21] Congressman from Texas (R)
    Peter Buttigieg (2019) [22] Secretary of Transportation
    Tulsi Gabbard (2015),[23] Congresswoman from Hawaii (D)
    Tom Cotton (2015) [24][25] Republican politician, Junior Senator for Arkansas.


  299. another ian says:

    “Tucker Carlson Reveals Joe Biden Given Pills to Help Counter Cognitive Decline
    July 16, 2022 | Sundance | 476 Comments”

    Video prompted at site at 6:31


  300. philjourdan says:

    @HR – you got it exactly! Geo Politics is not about principals or pals. It is about understanding the other guy, Trump did. Biden is clueless about what he is, much less who he is.

  301. another ian says:


    For reading while you are waiting for the fish to bite?

    “Saturday Snippet: A 19th-century view of money, interest and investment

    Today’s Snippet is from a book that’s not yet published. It’s “The Price of Time: The Real Story of Interest” by Edward Chancellor.”


    And hasn’t this “Big Pharma boom” coincided with a period of low interest rates?

  302. another ian says:

    “Biden Visits Saudi Arabia, Returns with an Empty Tin Cup and Urgent Need for More Windmills
    July 16, 2022 | Sundance | 12 Comments”


    Some nice “wordly” descriptions follow there

  303. p.g.sharrow says:

    A look at resources available to most anyone. For 20 years Putin and his friends have been spreading lies about this forces on the ground and their military activities. But now the view it is available to anyone that can look almost as it happens. There is no hiding from the net.

    There are many such resources. Plus on the ground reports from regular people.

  304. p.g.sharrow says:

    Sorry, you will have to copy and paste; “https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahbnVYro1G8”
    get rid of the quotation marks….pg

  305. another ian says:

    Goes with that IMO

    July 17, 2022 at 12:45 am
    California went big on rooftop solar. Now that’s a problem for landfills

    Roof Top Solar Panels are clogging California Landfills according to the solar panel experts.
    This story also includes multiple paragraphs of corrections by the LA Times.


    Ironic QOTD: “The industry is supposed to be green,” Vanderhoof said. “But in reality, it’s all about the money.”

    Every environmental issue starts as a noble cause, becomes a business, and ends up as a racket. Usually in about a dozen years. — Me 7/16/2022″


  306. Simon Derricutt says:

    Another from Neil Oliver: https://www.gbnews.uk/gb-views/the-race-for-the-leadership-of-the-conservative-party-is-a-farce-says-neil-oliver/339613
    Probably not so interesting to those of you in other countries, given the start-point is the competition to be the new UK Prime Minister, but he makes some other observations along the way that apply in the West generally. Not everyone in the mainstream media is blind to the problems.

  307. another ian says:

    “S&P: Chronic Copper Shortages will “Short Circuit” Net Zero 2050”


  308. another ian says:

    And “Don’t Fall For It (EVs)”


  309. E.M.Smith says:

    @Phil & Another Ian:

    It isn’t just copper. There’s a bunch of metals that are needed in excess of mining capacity for EVs of various sorts. They use more Aluminum, as one example, and high electricity prices are causing Aluminum smelters to shut down… To the extent “Wind & Solar” make up more of the grid capacity, prices spike, and less aluminum will be made….

    Also Lithium, “Rare Earth Metals”, Cobalt, and some others.

    But in the short run, a recession means nobody buying cars means no metal demand for cars means prices drop. Until the recession is over.

    Net effect will be to make various metals prices more volatile and less rational.

    Volatile electricity pricing will also increase that volatility (see aluminum above…) so the metals markets ought to become a “wild ride”…

    So longer run (2 to 10 years) there’s just not nearly enough of several metals to do a big EV Conversion, so it just isn’t going to happen. Shorter run (0-2 years) prices can bounce all over (which, BTW, can discourage increasing mining and refining capacity for those metals…)

  310. David A says:

    These market whip-saws ( shortage, wild inflation, broken supply chains, attempts to increase production, price demand crash – over production, price crash, fear to invest in a broken market, vaccine policy leading to talent production retirement and reduced efficiency) all appear to happen from massive government interference in what was finely tuned markets.

  311. another ian says:

    ” The price of polysilicon, which is crucial for production of solar panels is up 190% in the last 18 months”

    More at


    As the thread heading says “Higher, please:

  312. another ian says:

    Re that Rogers internet failure in Canada

    “Matt Gurney: The Rogers failure wasn’t what you thought it was
    Too much of our analysis and commentary about the major outage has missed the mark — this was bigger than one telecom’s bad day.”


  313. H.R. says:

    @jim2 – So now Pantifa has started a feud with a biker gang.

    I’m gonna go out on a limb here and guess that there aren’t a lot of Mensa candidates in Pantifa.

  314. Ossqss says:

    Atlantic / gulf coast folks, we have continued few weeks of lull on the ATL TS side of the house. MJO and CCKW are coming in August to visit. Heads up>

    Mark that down…

  315. cdquarles says:

    We don’t usually get many tropical systems this early anyway, on the Gulf or Atlantic, though the southern Caribbean Sea can produce some that go west, usually. Peak of the season is four weeks before and four weeks after mid-September. Thus, I’d expect the action to begin to increase a couple to 4 weeks from now.

  316. another ian says:

    “[PROOF] The Great Reset Is HAPPENING!”

  317. jim2 says:

    HR – Looks like most Pantifa belong to another IQ themed group: Pavimentum

  318. jim2 says:

    Ossqss – I’m not seeing it on actual Google. Just red bait, it appears.

  319. Ossqss says:

    Jim2, it is real and on google maps. I just double checked it by typing “Brandon Falls” in the google maps search box.

  320. Ossqss says:

    I would note my search was done on a W10 PC with the Edge browser, not a phone.

  321. E.M.Smith says:

    It is “Brandon Falls House” (Chrome on a Chromebook found it, but only as a search box / drop down selection of things to pick through). After selecting Brandon Falls House, the map came up with the red Pin in it… Near the Cape Henlopen park where Biden did a biden and bit the dirt…

  322. Ed Forbes says:

    For those interested in in-depth coverage of the political and military situation in the Ukraine-Russian war, attached are a couple of podcasts produced daily.
    On the overall political situation
    On the military situation
    Neither are short productions and both get “into the weeds” with deep detail. The focus with both is strategic, not tactical, which aligns with my interest.

  323. another ian says:

    “Vaccines for babies? FDA and CDC staff fear speaking up: “It’s like a horror movie I’m being forced to watch” ”


  324. jim2 says:

    Soros has donated 1 million to Robert Francis O’Rourke’s campaign for governor of Texas.

  325. another ian says:

    Covid in poetic description

    ““Vaxxie, vaxxie, so obsessed,
    Wore your mask and took your tests.
    Still got covid, every strain,
    Spike proteins are in your brain.
    Short of breath at 24,
    “Dr Fauci, give me more!”.
    Proteins tangle and misfold,
    Amyloidosis taking hold.
    Swollen heart at 25,
    “Thank Moderna, I’m alive!”
    There’s no cure for microclots,
    Getting worse with every shot.
    Heart attack at 26.
    Prayed to Pfizer for a fix.
    Vaxxie, vaxxie, death is lurking.
    Doctor says, “That means it’s working.”
    Died of SADS at 27.
    All good vaxxies go to heaven.
    Obituary headline noted:
    “Anti-vaxxer dies of COVID.”
    His family is quite upset,
    But they’re alive, as of yet.
    And they say, “it’s better,
    Without the vax, he would be deader.” “


  326. another ian says:

    The “mousetraps and ping pong balls model of nuclear fission” applied to world politics

    Don’t be roadkill”


    And next thread down


  327. another ian says:

  328. Steve C says:

    An update to an earlier W.O.O.D. item. You mentioned the book “Timechart History of the World”, so I took the ISBN you quoted down to my local bookshop. They found that that number referred to the 4th edition, and that the ISBN of the current (though “between printings”) 7th edition is 9781861189141. UK price quoted as £25.

    I’ve left my email with them (*NB, am also updating you with this comment*) so they can let me know when it’s back in print. Also, the editor has changed in the latest edition – a pity, as I immediately wondered whether the James Ussher you mentioned in that post was a descendant of Bishop Ussher of “The world began in 4004BC” fame. Can’t be that many Ussher families around, methinks.

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  330. p.g.sharrow says:

    @ED Forbes; I watched both of your links. Both decidedly Russian bent. Seems to be that there are 2 totally different wars going on here. One a war of high minded liberation and the other a war of naked aggression.
    For some reason, from what I see on the ground, I tend to agree with the western point of view, As they move forward, the Russian side is creating a ruined depopulated waste land. The Russian side is having a great deal of trouble re-filling their troop ranks out of the Russian Federation while the Ukrainians are turning down enlistments due to lack of weapons and training. A thing that is rapidly being changed.
    At the start of this, the Russian side and Military Genus of the world bragged that Russia would slamdunk this thing in 3 days, We are now over 150 days and the Ukrainians have the Russians nearly at a standstill and it is Putin that that is getting desperate. As I said, when this started 150 days ago, it is Putin that will lose because he is surrounded..

  331. p.g.sharrow says:

    The beginning of the end for Putin?;
    Putin’s first war of Liberation was the Chechen Republic, When they resisted he devastated the country an estimated 160,000 people were killed ( a tenth of the population) and Putin put in place a puppet government. He followed up with Georgia and other small weak republics. Ukraine is just another of his targets. But now the World gets it !
    “The Brothers of the North will Unite and outlaw War”.
    NATO is finally doing what it was setup to do. Put an end to Wars of Conquest..

  332. E.M.Smith says:


    As I’ve said a few times: We have no way to know what’s really happening in the Ukraine war.

    Ukraine has demonstrably lied so many times it is obvious that there’s no way you can believe anything they say..

    Putin has every reason in the world to hold his cards tight and not give a clue what he’s up to. Sun Tsu says to look weak when you are strong. Anchoring movements are a common tactic and I think we’ve seen a couple of them in the MSM being presented as “failure” when they did their job of anchoring Ukrainian troops in place away from the battle.

    So I see no good way to distinguish who is “winning”. A big part of that is just because we DO NOT know “what Putin Wants”. Some assert he is a power mad mongrel out to conquer all around him in a bid to create the great Russian Empire. Others assert he’s a weak and spinless out of touch sick man of Russia. None of this makes any sense or is provable (or even well supported).

    So there’s a few dozen theories of what’s going on, who’s winning (and losing), what is Putin’s “motivation”, how / who is getting corruption money out of the Ukraine Money Laundry. All based on supposition and imagination.

    All I’ve really seen or heard from Putin himself is that he wants to keep Nato out of the part of Ukraine that can easily shell Moscow, and wants to liberate the Ukraine Russians in Donbas from an oppressive Ukraine that has been shelling them for 9+ years. That matches the actual events that have happened and it matches what Putin has said, in Russian, to his population. No speculation required.

    Then the use of very limited troop numbers also matches two demonstrable constraints. One, the statement P.G. has made a few times that Putin can ONLY use a small force for discretionary attacks. He is staying inside that legal constraint. Yet is still gathering the lands he stated he wanted to take when speaking to the Russian people.

    The other is that we’ve seen, frequently, that the NATO parties are essentially conducting a Proxy War and indulging in a lot of provocations of a type that would provoke Russia into a Full NATO vs Russia war. Yet Putin has carefully not taken that bait. Stays focused on what he has said he wanted to achieve, and avoiding any direct military response to such provocations. To me, this speaks to Russia wanting to either avoid a NATO war, or deliberately assuring that IF such a war starts, it is clearly started by NATO. That would then justify a full Russian response and mobilization and it would give Putin the legal authority to use ALL of the Russian forces. Far beyond the present forces in use.

    Those 2 taken together look to me like a leader getting what he said he wanted within the laws he is constrained to follow, while assuring that IF Nato gets in his grill with an attack, he has plenty of force in reserve and it will be legal for him to use those forces.

    One other sidebar: The 3 day “victory”: How do we KNOW he really believed that? Could it not have just been a bit of Psychological Warfare? Did Putin ever say it, or just some media hack? I could see them publishing that on day one just to see if, maybe even if long odds, the government of Ukraine would cut & run. Or that the people of Ukraine would rapidly exit the areas of dispute making them easier to take. (which many did…) Lies in war “for effect” are a major standard technique. Similarly the “slowness”: How do we know that wasn’t the plan all along? To use a small force over a longer period of time? It is an assumption without any foundation data other than a possible psyop posting.

    So, as I have also said several times: We’ll only know who’s winning when it’s over. In large part as we don’t know what the two sides define as a ‘win’.

    IF Ukraine defines a win as reclaiming the Donbas and Crimea, they are guaranteed to fail. Russia will count any attack on Crimea as an attack on Russia, and that will free Putin to use all the Russian military forces.

    IF Ukraine defines a win as giving Russia a good blooding,, then they have already won.

    IF Putin defines a win as “driving Ukrainians out of the Donbas”, he already almost has that done.

    IF Putin defines a win as “moved NATO off Russian border and absorbed FSU States”, he’s never going to “win”.

    So how can we possibly say who is winning or losing?

    So I don’t “root” for any “side” as there is no basis for any position (or against any one, either).

    Sidebar on Chechins:

    IF they are fighting in Ukraine (as the article said) from Putin’s POV that’s a feature as he can just kill them off and then they are removed from the insurgency at home.

    IF they are fighting in Chechnya, that’s an insurrection and Putin can use a whole batch of different forces to put it down. No impact on Ukraine.

    Frankly, it all looks like speculative click bait to me.

  333. The True Nolan says:

    (Sarcasm follows)

    Of COURSE Putin is out on a bloody spree of world conquest! Why else would the Russians have racked up military expenditures almost 1/30th the size of the US military budget?! For God’s sake, the Russians are spending almost as much as Australia and the Netherlands COMBINED! What other plan could they possibly have?!

    (End sarcasm)


  334. The True Nolan says:

    Quick apology for numbers above. For some reason the chart linked above cut off some columns in my display. The proper figures are Russian to US is 1/12, not 1/30. 1/30th is the part of world spending. The Russian spending is approximately the same as Australia, Netherlands, and Spain, combined.

    I do [Typo Fixed – E.M.S. ;-)] think the sarcasm still stands, however.

  335. The True Nolan says:

    Dang! Having a low vision, high typo day today…
    I DO think the sarcasm still stands, however.

    (No, I have not been drinking!) :)

  336. philjourdan says:

    @EMS – Copper is used as a leading indicator because the Internet runs on copper (last mile at least). So when demand shrinks it means folks are not building out! It really has nothing to do with pennies. Just physics. So while Another Ian was saying there is a copper shortage, I was pointing out that was only a supply chain thing as demand has fallen off the cliff.

  337. philjourdan says:

    @OssQss, can we get a small storm?

  338. Ed Forbes says:

    PG, A pro Ukraine site for you

    For months now, pro western sites have stated Russia is about to run out of ammo, but so far no indication this is happening.
    A different story for Ukraine. Ukraine acknowledges the fact that they are about out of their Soviet era ammunition. Furthermore they have about tapped out the available Soviet style ammunition available on the world market. All most all non NATO nations that use Soviet style ammunition support Russia or are staying neutral, so are not supplying ammunition to Ukraine.
    Ukraine is now almost entirely dependent on NATO artillery and ammunition. Russia has artillery and ammunition for thousands of artillery pieces where Ukraine lists NATO supplied artillery in the low 100’s, and these are constantly being destroyed.
    NATO has a historical issue with stockpiling high quantities of ammunition. The Cold War was the high point of NATO ammunition stockpiles, and it was only only expected to last 3 weeks of combat. Many considered 3 weeks to be wildly optimistic. NATO supplied artillery ammunition is limited.
    The 120,000 rounds of artillery ammunition initially supplied by the US to Ukraine amounts to about 3 days ( or less ) for the amount of artillery ammunition used by Russia. About 10-15 days at the current lower rate of Ukraine rate of use.
    This war will be won on logistics and Ukraine is very definitely losing the logistical war.

  339. Ed Forbes says:

    Interesting developments
    Ukraine Kherson Attack Fails; EU Retreats on Russia Food Oil Exports; Ukraine Accepts Putin Demands

  340. philjourdan says:

    @Ed Forbes – re: The war will be won on logistics

    It always is. But the problem with the west is they are believing their own propaganda! That is what happens when you have a sycophantic press. Ukraine is about to go under, due to logistics and graft. Read The Pointman’s latest. He has called this from the beginning. The west is ruled by liars, double talkers, fake news and petty tyrants. That does not win wars and does not assuage the public (hence the 11% rating for the fake news media in the US).

  341. E.M.Smith says:


    The copper used in the internet is very small compared to other industrial / housing demand. We’re talking a couple of strands of thin telco wire vs a LOT of much heavier power cables in a single home, or many 10s of pounds of copper in cars (hundreds of pounds in EVs). Then there’s those folks that use copper by the car load for Copper Pipe in homes…

    It is a critical part of so many big industries, that it’s a very broad indicator of collective demand, and orders for it must appear (or disappear…) months in advance of the products it is used to make appearing on shelves.

    Basically any industry that uses electricity, brass, bronze, or copper pipes (even agriculture where copper sulphate is used as an anti-fungal…) will modulate copper demand.

    BTW, pennies have not been made of copper for many decades. They are now zinc with a copper “wash” over them.

    But yes, it is entirely about Demand. There’s a LOT of copper supply in the ground, but the volume that can be mined and refined has a max constant in the short run; plus high fixed costs. This means that Max Supply is functionally limited in any time scale under a decade. It also means that when Demand falls off, the pressure to keep mining to pay the bills tends to lead to over-supply.

    Basically highly elastic demand meets highly inelastic supply; so prices swings can be very high (true of most ag & mined commodities).

    And yes, demand has fallen a lot. It has a lot further to fall as the recession widens and deepens.

    The Fed is talking another 3/4% rate hike. That’s going to kill housing starts, car sales, and so much more. The knock on effect will be a big copper oversupply for a good while.

  342. jim2 says:

    I believe Ukraine is losing the war. It is their country getting converted to rubble piles. And at some point they will run out of blood to spill. I can’t see the US and Europe supplying arms forever, especially when it is clear there is no way in Hell of winning. Russia has good income and an increasing circle of allies. Ukraine winning just doesn’t add up.

  343. Simon Derricutt says:

    EM (and other people looking at energy) – in the throes of house purchase,you may have missed my post about Eddie Sines’ device. See US 9,080,557 B2. Here, he noticed that when you cool a material below the superconductive transition temperature Tc, a magnet placed on top of it will suddenly lift as the magnetic field lines are expelled from the now-superconductor. Where does the energy come from to do the work of lifting the magnet? Then back around 1999, it was found that when the superconductor was just below Tc (thus superconductive), a low-power laser could switch it off so that it became a normal conductor. See https://www.robkalmeijer.nl/techniek/energie/optical_cooper_pair_breaking%20lee.pdf for the data there.
    Thus we can control the passage or not of a magnetic field through a superconductor, and control the reluctance of a magnetic path using a low-power (microwatts) of laser power. It should be pretty obvious that (a) this breaks the normal symmetry of a change of magnetic field requiring as much energy as you can get out by induction as a result of that changing field (Lenz’s law), and (b) violating that symmetry allows us to also violate CoE. Eddie’s design principle is a bit more complex because he’s using magnetic vortices in the superconductor to connect flux rather than using a superconductor (Meissner effect) to block it, but that’s because it works better that way. Switching speed has been tested at 20kHz, so the transformer cores don’t need to be large to get a large power output, thus a 100kW device would basically fit into a shoebox, though the refrigeration to liquid Nitrogen temperatures would likely make that somewhat larger.

    Standard objection to this is that it violates CoE, and there’s no obvious source for the energy produced. I reckon that since it breaks the right symmetry, that allows violation of the conservation law too, but the question is whether it actually works and produces energy. Should be answered pretty soon, since he’s working on making the the last bits and will be testing it when that’s done. Fairly predictably, he’s been having problems getting finance for something that’s so obviously theoretically impossible.

    Reminds me of that quote from Arthur C. Clarke – when an old scientist says something is impossible, he’s probably wrong, but when an old scientist says something is possible, he may well be right. Bit of a paraphrase since I haven’t the quote to hand. Eddie is certainly very competent, and I think he’s also right. So possibly all that Copper for transmission cables won’t be needed, and quite a few other problems to do with energy supply will be solved as well. We may not need all those batteries, either.

    Yep, I know we were all taught that CoE is always absolutely true and inviolable. However, Noether’s Law (based on logic) tells us that a symmetry results in a conservation law, with the corollary that breaking that symmetry also breaks the conservation law. It’s just a matter of finding the way to break the right symmetry, and (like the electric thrusters) making the effect big enough to be useful.

    Amazing the way technology advances, and impossible things become possible.

  344. jim2

    Don’t forget that Germany had ‘an increasing circle of allies’ and Britain stood alone during much of the second world war. Even Russia was allied to Germany until Hitler invaded in the summer of 1941 and the US did not enter the war until December 1941.

    In contrast Ukraine has many powerful allies but a great need for modern weapons which seem to be arriving at last , no thanks to Germany and France who promised much but delivered little.

    Ukraine is very determined. Although I don’t see them recovering Crimea I suspect they will regain some more of the East.

  345. E.M.Smith says:

    I’d want to monitor the temperature of the cooling gas / liquid very well…

    My suspicion would be that the energy to raise the magnet comes from the environment thermal (or maybe magnetic…) fields, so something somewhere ought to be changing temperature. This could either help or hinder extracting enough useful energy (depending on what’s losing energy… energy loss from your superconductor and/or the cooling bath would be a feature…)

    Basically I’m saying it may not violate CoE as long as it is in contact with an environment.

    Would I care if the table under the device was cooled by enough energy to lift the magnet? Not at a lab scale, but perhaps yes at a GW of table cooling…. Similarly, would I care if some quantum entrainment let the rising magnet cool the sun but an immeasurable or even detectable amount (as an extreme and semi-absurd thought tool)? Not at all even at GW scale.

    My point here is not to say “It can’t violate CoE” but rather “Here’s an idea how to sell the process and get the cash… by not claiming CoE but rather mystical entrainment…”

  346. The True Nolan says:

    “My suspicion would be that the energy to raise the magnet comes from the environment thermal (or maybe magnetic…) fields, so something somewhere ought to be changing temperature.”

    Yes, I agree. This is (in my opinion!) very analogous to the situation where a material is cycled through its Curie point with a magnetic field involved. (For anyone not familiar with a material’s Curie point, some materials such as iron, will lose their magnetic susceptibility when heated above a specific temperature, its “Curie Point”.) Tesla actually patented a generator based on the Curie point principle where high temperature steam was pulsed through iron pipes in a magnetic field. As the iron alternately passed the field when cooled and then dropped the field when heated, a coil surrounding the pipes produced a pulsed current. The magnetic field places an order on electron spin in the material. Just as low temperatures are a form of more ordered state, a magnetic field is more ordered also. The energy needed to raise the material above its Curie point must be enough to both jiggle the atoms faster AND to overcome the order imposed by the magnetic field. In short, TANSTAAFL.

    Click to access 1404.5648.pdf

    Big question: Will this still hold true for superconductors? If I had to bet, I would say yes, and that we WILL NOT see free energy, at least not this way. However… I do see one very small loop hole. Absolute zero means no (other than the jiggle from uncertainty) molecular motion. Suppose you have something which does not become superconducting until VERY close to zero. Could the imposition of magnetic ordering create a state effectively BELOW absolute zero? Some researchers say yes.

    Why does that matter? Because the Second law of Thermodynamics prevents us from converting ambient heat energy into work, but it is based on the idea that nothing can be cooled below absolute zero. If there is a way of dumping heat into a reservoir below absolute zero, maybe we can make that magical air conditioner that will cool our house by converting ambient heat to electricity and simultaneously running our lights and charging our electric car.

    I am not holding my breath, but wouldn’t that be lovely!

  347. jim2 says:

    @Simon Derricutt – It took a lot of energy to cool the superconductor. My guess is the superconductor heated up just a bit as it expelled the magnetic field.

  348. philjourdan says:

    @EMS – re: Copper
    Agreed! But it IS a leading indicator. That is my point.

    And yes as a numismatist, I know where copper has gone! Please cut your readership (based upon your leadership) a break in that,

    Watch the lagging ones (U3) or the leading ones (copper demand). Makes no difference to me,

  349. Simon Derricutt says:

    Eddie has been testing a switching rate of 20kHz, and looking at the ‘scope pictures there it looks like he could run it around twice as fast as that. Jason’s paper on Gadolinium seems to me to put a limit of 10Hz on the Curie temperature-induced magnetic changes.

    The design of the final device has two magnetic paths which have coils around them, with one permanent magnet whose flux is shifted between the two paths alternately using the low-power laser that when it is is on provides the right energy photons to break the Cooper pairs that give rise to superconductivity. Neither the magnet nor the coils move during the process.

    I’m not seeing a source of the energy that’s explained using standard theory, so we’ll see what happens when the complete system is put together and tested as a whole. Maybe worth noting that getting a boiling-off of liquid Nitrogen during the transition would be an indication of energy being produced, and that if this was thermal energy being converted to output power then the system ought to cool down. Eddie has proposed 100kW and 1MW devices, and since he’s been designing compact power transformers for a long time I expect he hasn’t got the calculations for those wrong. The only real question is whether the complete system actually works and delivers energy, since bench-tests of the separate components implies that it will work but you can never be certain until you’ve got the whole thing built and tested.

    I’ve had a bit longer than most to get used to the idea that Conservation of Energy (CoE) may not be absolute, given that I have known of situations where Conservation of Momentum (CoM) has been violated for about 7 years. Recently I’ve become aware of a few more such CoM violations, intended to be used as space drives but can be adapted to generate power on Earth instead. Given one way to violate CoE, it’s maybe not so surprising that there will be others.

  350. The True Nolan says:

    @Simon D: “I’ve had a bit longer than most to get used to the idea that Conservation of Energy (CoE) may not be absolute”

    Personally I would LOVE to see CoE not just bent, but broken completely! I hope you are right, but at present I am not staying up late at night looking! :)

    Meanwhile, I do in fact see evidence of the Second Law being broken, i.e., of heat being turned into usable power without having a lower temperature sink to flow to. I have been keeping a file of such reports for quite a while. From a strictly pragmatic view, either violation of CoE or 2nd Law violation, or even cheap, safe, small scale fusion (such as “cold fusion”, aka LENR) would have a similar impact on society. The important point is “Gimme cheap safe power!”

    Here is a link to an older (my copy is from 2009) paper of 2nd Law violation.

    Click to access 0311104.pdf

  351. Simon Derricutt says:

    Jason – that paper from professor Fu ought to convince anyone, and my friend Phil knew him. His son is carrying on the research. However, the actual power there is measured in femtowatts and it thus only really points to 2LoT being violable and that the way we should do that is to use fields correctly to re-orientate the random directions of the particles carrying the heat energy.

    For Cold Fusion, see
    https://brillouinenergy.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Brillouin-Press-Release-ICCF24-7-20-22-Final.pdf where Bob Godes looks like he’s ready to commercialise it.

    Though I really wanted to be working on the “leaky capacitor” drives by now, Phil had a pretty brilliant idea on 2LoT that basically maintains a temperature difference without needing to do work, so I’m doing the experimental work on that to verify that it actually works in practice. Phil actually didn’t initially realise that it was good, and used a principle that I’ve identified as conflicting equilibria, where you have two equilibrium situations in a system where each one disturbs the other more the closer it approaches its own equilibrium. Thus neither equilibrium can be satisfied, and you get constant movement of *something* as each half of the system tries to approach an equilibrium situation.

    That’s a bit abstruse, so I’ll explain the start-point which has such a conflicting equilibria situation. Imagine an evacuated container, in which you place a tube of salt water with a semi-permeable membrane at the bottom and a drip-tray beneath it. At the top surface of the salty water, the vapour-pressure is reduced by the saltiness, and thus the equilibrium there is when the vapour-pressure of water in the (airless) atmosphere is the same as the vapour-pressure produced by the salty water. If there’s salt-free water in that container (and there will be, since it’s undergoing reverse-osmosis by the pressure of the salt-water column at the bottom and dripping into a tray to evaporate), then water-vapour will condense into the salty water which raises the pressure on the osmotic membrane and forces more pure water through. It also releases the heat of condensation into the salty water. At the bottom, the drip-tray is evaporating and thus cools, and the equilibrium there is that it evaporates until the temperature is depressed enough to drop the vapour pressure to the same vapour pressure above the hotter salty water at the top.
    The field we’re using here is gravity, and that it has less effect on a gas (water vapour) than it does on liquid water. Thus the vapour fills the empty space with a very small pressure gradient due to gravity, whereas the water column has a much larger pressure gradient. Movement of the water molecules in both vapour and liquid states is via diffusion, so it’s not very fast, and the temperature differential for any reasonable height of tube is pretty minimal too. However, it should be obvious that water will travel in a cycle continually with no external energy supply, and that a small temperature differential is maintained by that movement of water, again without putting energy in. Not practically useful, except as explaining the principle. Phil’s idea allows that temperature differential to reach about 20°C and at a power level of kW. The only energy requirement is to be able to move the air to transfer the heat. Pretty cheap air conditioning, cooling, or heating. Actually the second idea he had on that was more fail-safe than the third one that I’m currently getting the data on, and we may need to go back to that one and solve the little problems that made him discard it.

    The thrusters will logically allow us to break CoE anyway, just needs some mechanical stuff that will, after time, wear out. Still, looks like cheap to make, and a Diesel generator has the same problems of wearing out but costs more to make. Funny thing here is that the people I know who have been working a long time of (non-working) Free Energy ideas seem to be ignoring this one, even though it’ll obviously work if the drives do, and more people are confirming that the drives work.

  352. jim2 says:

    This paper didn’t state if the device was in the dark or not. It might just be a variation of a PV.

    Click to access 0311104.pdf

  353. jim2 says:

    Never mind. I see it was in a copper box.

  354. H.R. says:

    @Simon D who wrote: “Phil actually didn’t initially realise that it was good, and used a principle that I’ve identified as conflicting equilibria, where you have two equilibrium situations in a system where each one disturbs the other more the closer it approaches its own equilibrium. Thus neither equilibrium can be satisfied, and you get constant movement of *something* as each half of the system tries to approach an equilibrium situation.”

    OK. You got my attention with the 30,000 ft overview. I understand that, and then you go on to what led you to that viewpoint.

    I admit I can’t say for sure from my limited knowledge, but I am educated enough to know that you have found a place to poke and prod.

    You’ve been good about posting progress on violating TANSTAAFL. I’m thinking it may (but maybe may not**) be too long before we get a definitive “Oh crap!” or a “YAY!! Huzzah!”

    **When you are looking at infinitely small scales but with near infinitely long distances between primal particles, that just may speak to the time it takes to bridge the gap; near infinite. I dunno. I’m just a dumb ol’ engineer watching and cheering from the sidelines. Everything to this point says, “No way, can’t happen.”

    You say, “Well, wait a second. What about this?” And some of that makes one (me!) say, “Hmmm… maybe so.”

    You will either hit a brick wall and flatten your nose or hit that brick wall and break through. We shall see, and I can’t wait to find out. 👍👍

  355. The True Nolan says:

    @Simon D: “The field we’re using here is gravity, and that it has less effect on a gas (water vapor) than it does on liquid water. ”

    Yes. As you say. the principle is that by using a field gradient (gravitational or magnetic, or (I presume) electric) we can impose an added degree of order onto the randomness of the thermal energy. I wonder could your liquid/vapor design get better results if redesigned to be built in a centrifuge of some kind to up the gravitational effects.

    Most people do not understand the nature of physical laws. They think “So-and-so can’t happen because there is a Law against it”. That may be true for human laws, but for nature, the truth comes the other way around. It should be “The Law exists because we never see nature doing so-and-so”. And sometime the law is just an expression of the fact that we have not yet looked into the right place at the right time. Will we see the 2nd law broken on a scale which produces practical amounts of power? I don’t know, but I would love to see it happen.

  356. cdquarles says:

    Key here is that the 2ndLoT is conditional. It works where things necessary and sufficient are present. Our knowledge is finite and discrete. We do not and can not know everything, even if the infinite (which our intellects can grasp, somewhat) isn’t involved. Thus, it is always possible to “break” it, where the conditions are sufficiently different that the usual conditions do not fully apply.

  357. H.R. says:

    TTN – “It should be “The Law exists because we never see nature doing so-and-so”. And sometime the law is just an expression of the fact that we have not yet looked into the right place at the right time. Will we see the 2nd law broken on a scale which produces practical amounts of power? I don’t know, but I would love to see it happen.”

    cdquarles: “Our knowledge is finite and discrete. We do not and can not know everything, even if the infinite (which our intellects can grasp, somewhat) isn’t involved. Thus, it is always possible to “break” it, where the conditions are sufficiently different that the usual conditions do not fully apply.”

    Sounds like there are at least two more in my camp. Maybe impossible, maybe not. But Simon D et al should “go for it” and settle the issue, or at least point to even another new direction.

    We’re pullin’ for ya, Simon. And if Duck tape doesn’t work**, maybe there is another path.

    ** “Duck tape, the handyman’s secret weapon.”
    ~Red Green

  358. The True Nolan says:

    “Duck tape, the handyman’s secret weapon.”

    I was reminded of a joke. I hope it does not offend anyone.

    A man is sitting on his porch when a local teen walks by with something under his arm.
    “Hey boy! What ya carrying?”
    “It’s a roll of duck tape.”
    “What cha gonna do with it?”
    “Gonna go catch some ducks!”
    “You can’t catch ducks with duck tape!”
    But the teen walks on and a little while later comes back with several ducks all taped together in a big bundle.

    The next day, once again the man is on his porch and the teen walks by with something under his arm.
    “Hey boy! What ya carrying?”
    “It’s a roll of chicken wire.”
    “What cha gonna do with it?”
    “Gonna go catch some chickens!”
    “You can’t catch chickens with chicken wire!”
    But the teen walks on and a little while later comes back with several chickens all wired together in a big bundle.

    The next day, once more the man is on his porch and the teen walks by swinging a stick in the air.
    “Hey boy! What cha got?”
    “It’s just a stick.”
    “What kind of stick?”
    “Pussy willow.”
    “Wait a moment while I get my hat!”

    (OK, I think it’s funny, but EM, if you would rather it disappear I will apologize!)

  359. H.R. says:

    @TTN – Nahhh… that was a great joke and with my strict upbringing, I’d still have to rate it no more than PG.

    Re “Duck tape” – Dad taught me that “duck” tape was duct tape, but we lived in an area where there were a lot of ‘immigrants’ from Kentucky and West Virginia moved in because there were no jobs at home. They all called it ‘duck’ tape.

    Then some marketing genius at a tape company trademarked Duck Tape and made it their brand. You now see ‘Duck Tape’ brand tape in the stores.

    Anyhow, I used to correct people who would ask me to hand them the duck tape, until one day I looked at the inner roll and, by golly! it had Duck Tape written on it.

    Times change and ya gotta change with the times.

    Oh by the way, all these times I’ve been using duck tape in comments, my AutoCorrupt wants me to change it to ‘duct tape’. Someone needs to move on from the ’70s.

  360. Ossqss says:

    I can’t stop my mouse after checking this out>>

  361. Simon Derricutt says:

    H.R – yep, the principle of conflicting equilibria is a bit hard to see at first. It’s also why solar cells work, with the internal equilibrium moving charge (from the photoelectrons) to try to negate the internal electric field, which results in a potential difference across the terminals. For the external load, the equilibrium situation is for current to move to negate the potential difference across the external terminals. Thus as long as there are photoelectrons being produced, and there’s a resistance between the external terminals, neither equilibrium can be satisfied and current flows in the external resistance.

    Given that electrons carry heat, and that the electric field is so much stronger than gravity, there will be less of a temperature gradient from the bottom to top of a conductor than for an electrical insulator. Only a minute difference for any reasonable size experiment, and normally swamped by other things, but you can also produce a permanent temperature difference at the top by having two insulated columns connected thermally at the bottom, with one column being an electrical conductor and the other an electrical insulator.

    The difficulty is in finding a situation where there is a practically-useful temperature difference and power transfer capability.

    Jason – Bingo! The fact that things naturally get disordered is well-known, and written into the laws of thermodynamics. However, the various fields we know of counter that by producing order, and if the field is strong enough it produces more order than the natural disordering processes. It’s generally easier to use an electric of magnetic field because we can generate strong ones easily, but a centrifuge can produce most of the same things as a strong gravitational field (it doesn’t affect time the same way). So yes, putting a centrifuge in the salt-water column was the next step in the thinking on getting the temperature difference increased, and it’s pretty easy to get a few thousand g with a not-unreasonable spin-speed and a reasonable size of centrifuge. We could get about a couple of degrees difference using that, but still not really good enough for what we wanted (cheap air-conditioning or heating). Since Phil hasn’t sorted out the legal stuff here I can’t explain more yet.

    CDQ – yep, the idea is that given what we know, can we find that Black Swan where the “natural” laws allow it to happen even though the human-written laws say it can’t happen? For 2LoT, there are quite a number of small-scale violations if we look carefully, which tell us that 2LoT isn’t absolute.

    All – the reason I’ve gone down these paths is experimental evidence that challenged the absoluteness of those Laws of Physics I’d always considered absolute. Thus I got to questioning why those laws normally worked and in what situations they might not be valid. I went down a few wrong paths over the years, before realising that the underlying problem with 2LoT was based on language and definitions, since heat (and kinetic energy generally) can only be carried by some sort of particle and thus isn’t a pure scalar but has a momentum vector associated, even if the (average) vector sum of it is zero. Meantime, momentum is only conserved using constant fields to transfer it, and if you use a varying field then the speed of light makes the action and reaction unequal and possibly not even opposite, thus CoM can logically be violated. If that can be violated, then CoE can be violated too, and if it can be violated in one way then there are likely other ways in which it can be done. From being impossible, these things have become merely difficult to find.

    The various reactionless electric space drives violate CoM, and several alternative principles have been tried and work. A couple will shortly be tested in space to move satellites aorund. The “leaky capacitor” type is however dead simple to make, and could obviously be used to make a rotating motor to drive a generator. Maybe something as simple as anodised Aluminium foil laminated in a home lamination machine would run at around 10V rather than the 5kV that’s currently being tested. Needs a specific power supply designed for this, with low capacitance and high inductance on the output to limit the risk of destructive dielectric breakdown, and I’ll be testing that later. Still, it’s something that’s easy to make and test, and at least some of the people here might want to make one if they see results. Kind of nice to have a home generator that doesn’t need fuel if we get to that SHTF moment. Maybe more useful than the cheap aircon, but I need to get that out of the way first (and others are working on the space-drives anyway).

    Also, meantime, Eddie Sines is working hard on getting his demo system ready. Thus maybe the commercial energy problem will have a high-power solution too, though the need for cryogenics will make such devices a bit expensive if you only need a few kW for your house. Still maybe a use for those leaky capacitor generators at that power level, since they’ll be cheap and easy to fix, and can be built in the back shed. A car alternator gives us around a kW at around 12V, and will be available from scrapyards, so just needs the motor and a controller (and a car battery) to be added to get useful power.

    At this moment, still a bit speculative until the experimental results are in. Some of those experimental results are due pretty soon, and some others probably this year.

  362. p.g.sharrow says:

    We are taught from an early age that the natural flow of things is from organization or Mater.
    towards chaos where energy is released to do work. BUT, if that was the natural flow of things, Creation would have never have taken place.

    When we conduct combustion or Fission we are converting an organization of energies into a chaos of a lot of energy in a small place and we see flow of energy from dense to less dense .that can be used to do work.

    Just because we only “See” organization being converted into chaos does not mean it is a one way street. Creation could have not happen if it was. Modern “Scientists” wave “Big Bang Theory” at us to cover their tracks of wandering around in the wilderness while striving to make Plasma Fusion work even though they have known, since the early 1950s that the last thing that plasma wants to do is Fuse.

    LENR points us in a different direction where fusion takes place in a low energy situation. But even more important, energy is liberated whether Fission or Fusion is taking place. The act of creation in LENR reduces the unstable atomic condition that results in radioactivity a big plus in harnessing Nuclear power for our future needs.

    The bias towards Creation makes much more sense to me rather then a one way trip into chaos….pg

  363. p.g.sharrow says:

    As to converting energy in chaos into organization, s I suggest harnessing gravity to bias things. I have created Gravity batteries that work to create voltage difference , just not current flow. Basically you are harnessing the gravitational warpage of the material’s dielectric. On earth that is about 300 volts per meter of material or atmosphere.. This warpage points us towards using this as an electrical propulsion effect through warping the Aether of space. to gain traction to propel a powered device..

  364. Power Grab says:


    That bunny with the e cuni is practically normal again. The bun’s hoomom is delighted because she thought the bunny was too old to survive.

  365. David A says:

    It took billions of years for exploding stars to turn into human beings. So order does not always move to disorder. ( Although some humans appear hell bent on breaking things )

    3 states things appear to always be in one of; Creation, preservation, destruction.

  366. Ossqss says:

    Bonus> for sync purposes only> don’t hurt me :-)

  367. E.M.Smith says:

    @Simon & TTN:

    Read the Fu paper. Very interesting…

    At first I was going to complain that he showed only circles originating in the material and returning to them for both electrodes… the Electron Accumulating electrode will, in fact, have thermal electrons that depart the far edge, who’s circle will return to well outside the source material. So the “Accumulating” electrode would be losing an equal number off the outside… so you would need a non-emmissive electron accumulator off that side to conserve them. Then I noticed that the emitting surfaces are built on a relatively large bit of copper such that electrons leaving the “Accumulating” emitter will circle around and land on the copper support. A detail that ought to be included in the paper.


    It isn’t a one way street. Even WITH 2LoT. Live can evolve and complexity increase by the simple process of throwing away a lot more entropy in one stream and putting order into another.

    Say you have starting material that is, oh, 50% disordered. You use chemical processes to make one stream of output material 75% disordered and the other stream 30% disordered (the 5% increase in disorder allows for imperfect efficiency). While one output stream is more orderly (life), the other is degraded. All without violation of 2LoT.

    That’s how life works (evolved, etc.). Input energy from sunshine (or chemical energy from rocks / mineral) is used to upgrade the chemical order in plants and drive the machinery. In the process, the photons go from a high energy to a low energy state Animals consume the plants, use some of the energy to upgrade their internal order, and strongly degrade the order of materials in the plant, making them literally shit. Life can evolve and exist as a side path that takes a large flow of energy going downhill to pump a little bit of order back up hill…

  368. E.M.Smith says:

    @Power Grab:

    So nice to hear that the bunny is doing well.

    Depending on how long the E.Cuniculi was chewing on the bunny nerves / brain some functions may be permanently impaired. You may end up with a bunny that has a bit of persistent head tilt or a sloppy gate. BUT, they are no longer infected / infectious and are no longer miserable.

    If you get to it early enough, they recover with no loss of function and no persistent damage.

    Hopefully this cure will inspire some more folks to talk about it… maybe even eventually getting the Vet establishment to break out of the mindset of “there is no cure” and start helping bunnies recover…

  369. E.M.Smith says:

    Oh, and per the Brillouin Press Release:

    According to their schedule and my calendar, the demonstration at the Silly Con Valley History Museum has now completed: Anybody know how it went? Any reports or sales or write-ups or???

  370. Simon Derricutt says:

    EM – yep, you can regard Life as a system that maintains a constant level of entropy inside it by pumping excess entropy out to the rest of the universe. Alternatively, turning good stuff into sh!t also works…

    The turning-point with 2LoT is in treating the particles carrying the heat as individual particles with an identifiable kinetic energy and momentum, rather than considering the average kinetic energy and with no momentum. If there is no momentum (as is normally considered), then it would be impossible to change the direction of it, but if there is momentum then you can change that using a momentum exchange without any worries about violations or needing to put energy in. It’s just a matter of using the right field. If you chuck balls into the air in random directions, one thing you can guarantee is that they will come down again (unless the pig flying by catches it). Importantly, we don’t need to put energy into the gravitational field for this to happen – though work is done by the gravitational field, energy is conserved, though the direction of the balls will change. Much the same if you put electrons into an electric field – the direction they travel is no longer random so statistical mechanics will not apply. The actual current flowing in a conductor is massive (kA/cm²) even when the net current averages out to zero, so you don’t need much of an inhomogeneity to produce a measurable and useful effect.

    Normally, things happen symmetrically. Light will bounce off a mirror at the same angle to normal that it hit the mirror, and the same with a ball bouncing off a wall. If you see a plot of a light-ray going through an optical system, you can’t define which way time is running, since a light-ray running backwards would follow the same path (interesting for birefringent materials, though). What we’re looking for is a situation where there is an asymmetry we can exploit, and because of my background I tend to think of this as a diode function. Give me a wave and a diode and I can get energy because that bidirectional energy flow becomes unidirectional, and thus can do net work – it can move something a distance in a specific direction (and work is also a vector).

    Most of the ideas we’ve had for ways to violate 2LoT have required devices with features at the submicron scale, that need some very expensive kit to manufacture. Once you’re down to this scale, below the mean free path of the particles you’re dealing with, the paths are defined by the geometry and are not randomised too much by collisions with other particles. Still, any way that gets the right field and the right particles will work. Small violations of 2LoT are documented (such as professor Fu’s) and I know another couple which should be large (kW level) and should get into production in the next few years.

    CoE violations are another matter, since it’s a fundamental axiom. However, logically CoM has at least one loophole because the speed of light is finite, and the various reactionless space drives give experimental proof that it can be violated fairly simply. Logically, a CoM violation will also result in a CoE violation, so it’s not such a big hump to get over – just needs the experimental proof. Eddie Sines’ device obviously will violate the symmetry of Lenz’s law, so ought to work, with the advantage that it’s a solid-state device (apart from the cryogenic refrigeration, maybe). He’s had the basic idea since 1987, just needed the time and money to get it built, and the technology needed is difficult and expensive. Maybe end of this year before the data is in. I expect he’ll succeed, which will change the world somewhat.

  371. Simon Derricutt says:

    On Brillouin, see http://www.infinite-energy.com/resources/ICCF24-Solid-State-Energy-Summit.html Wednesday morning session. Maybe also see https://www.iccf24.org/program for the program (which doesn’t mention Wednesday morning).

  372. Simon Derricutt says:

    Seems the Brillouin demo was cancelled – see https://www.lenr-forum.com/forum/thread/6820-iccf24-live-discussion/?postID=181910#post181910 for some reasons.

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