W.O.O.D. – 14 August 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

All my “Florida Stuff” is in the new house. I have all but 2 of my cars here (the 2 in California at the mechanic’s). I’ve started the garden (really “Edible Landscaping” where it looks decorative but is really edibles).

We’ve bought some new beds, though the guest room is still an air bed. I’ve got a rudimentary office set up (still needs a desk… I’m using a folding tray table at present…) We’ve got a “card table” in both the dining room and the breakfast nook (pending arrival of our real tables / chairs) and I’ve got a set of 2 folding card chairs and 6 “lawn chairs” made of plastic to finish out the temporary furniture…

We have a new couch and love seat (with recliner sections ;-) on order, but delivery will likely stretch out to about Christmas… Oh, and we have one recliner in the house and one TBD later, after I’m done with the Road Warrior stuff.

Also we’ve bought a selection of cheap dishes (like really cheap… 50 ¢ plastic bowls kind of cheap) to expand on the 4 person Disney Decorative Set so we can actually get through the day without running the dishwasher. The rest of our dishes will be part of the first run to the California storage.

In short, the house is now “livable”, though not yet completely comfortable and a long way from Goal State. But we can see that end point from here.

In about a week I fly to California, rent a big truck, load it, and drive it back. Florida Friend flies with me, loads with me, then drives my Subaru back. That will leave just a Mercedes 240D that’s getting some restoration done for “someday” bringing out too.

After that first load, I think I’ll have over 1/2 of the “goods” moved. While loading, a bit more assessing and perhaps triage will be done on the rest. In any case, the most important “stuff” will be moved into the house.

The downside of this is that I’ll be “on the road” for about 1.5 weeks, and with most of the time spent sitting behind the wheel of a big truck, unable to do much on the computer…

The ML 320 got back from the Dealer. They want about $10,000 to fix it. Not going to happen. They think maybe, possibly that the EGR valve is sticking causing the hiccup in the turbo, so want to replace the EGR Valve AND the whole turbo for $6k. That’s nuts as the turbo isn’t the problem, it is being administratively turned off after the engine hiccups enough times.

The other $4k is to replace the “hind brain” and fuse box. This car has something like 4 fuse boxes, and one is in the rear quarter panel along with one of 3 or 4 “SAM” (Signal Acquisition Modules). The minor computer that actually turns on / off various things like gas gauges and turn signals after the front computer relays your requests from the switches via the car area network…

Seems that particular critical box “can get water in it” and mine did, so is a bit of a rust bucket…

Think about that. A $70,000 (new price, I paid far less used) car that dies if the little box leaks, and it tends to leak… but “only” $4,000 to fix it after it does.

I’ll be looking into independent mechanics (or a DIY) to fix it instead…

I can only say that this level of design stupidity is epic. I’ll never buy any Mercedes newer than 2002 or so again.


This will continue to 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:



It looks like the CDC has decided that Chinese Wuhan Covid is over now and everyone can just forget about it all. If flopped and failed to deliver a slave race, so they are moving on to Monkey Pox. (AKA “buggery pox” or “schlong pox” as it seems to have a preference for Buggery Indulgers. Oh, and I’m not interested in calling it “gay” anymore. The abuse of language has to stop somewhere. What it is, is buggery and lesbians.) I predict that nobody much is going to get excited about Buggery Pox when they don’t “do” buggery.

THE big news seems to be that the FBI went fishing at Trump’s House and came up with nothing. The Left Media demanded that IF Trump were innocent, he’d release the search warrant and inventory sheet… which he did… and now they are livid as he did NOT redact them. Yup, agent’s names and all. Hey, they didn’t demand he release it redacted, now did they.

It looks for all the world like Yet Another Nothingburger Investigation.

On the plus side:

It is now absolutely clear that:

1) The FBI is the Political Goon Squad of D.C. Federal Bureau of Intimidation at best. I will give no help to any FBI agent no matter the circumstances; after all, they mostly seem to do entrapments and instigation of crimes, so best not to be proximate to that kind of thing.

2) The DOJ is a Political Persecution Tool. Nothing more. When only Conservatives are prosecuted, and clear dramatically obvious crimes by Democrats get not even a finger waggle, well, ANY good Tyranny is like that.

3) We know Trump is incredibly Squeaky Clean! since after 6 years of trying they got nothing. Even this raid is turning up nothing.

4) Perhaps most important, we know that the USA is now a Banana Republic Tyranny, nothing more. Tyranny Rules apply. Offer nothing. Do not feed the animals. Keep your head down and figure the best way to escape or hide from The Machine.

After all, with an added 87,000 ARMED Tax Goons looking for someone to rob and shake down for the king POTUSino, they have to bother somebody. So me? I’m 100% on the Government Dole now (Social Security / Medicare ) with ZERO employment income. That’s the safe place to be, I hope… Maybe I can convince them to take my newest car… a nice little 2008 Mercedes ML…

Oh, and the Ukraine War seems to have drifted off to Background Noise in the news. America has a new Squirrel! to look at. Despite Yet Another $BILLION in arms being sent over for destruction. I can only think Putin is loving it. NATO delivering all their toys and ammo for him to destroy in a war of artillery where his side is unmatched.

I suspect the world will be a bit more dull for the next month or two. About the middle of October, things ought to get exciting again. Ukraine will be running out of soldiers to operate those $Billions of weapons and Putin will be happy to bomb them into fragments, then shut off the flow of oil & gas to the EU and watch it implode.

Only wild card likely to be when China invades Taiwan. IIRC, there’s only one month where the weather for that is favorable. March? Something like that I think… I ought to look it up, but it’s late…

Oh, and sometime in the next day or two Liz Cheney gets the official count and notice that she is retiring from politics to go write a book and work at pMSNBC or CNN as a RINO TDS Presenter… I think that will leave just 2 of the RINOs who voted to impeach Trump still in office. So a little more work to do…

Global News about things like Farmer Protests and such seems to have dried up (along with their rivers…). One wonders if folks are taking a break or if it is just that August is vacation time in Europe?

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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325 Responses to W.O.O.D. – 14 August 2022

  1. another ian says:


    A selection of suggested names for monkey pox starts here –


    Starting with an “I see what you did there” around local idiom

    ” Even thinking them may get me erased, gone in a poof. Pox be upon the thought police.”

    “Hankey Panky Pox”

    ‘monkey business pox’

    And likely more

  2. Simon Derricutt says:

    EM – since my father-in-law’s ML320 seems to be from 2000 with bits from 2002, and the SAM failures and other failures look to be design faults that shouldn’t have passed QA, I’d suggest an earlier cut-off for getting a Mercedes car than 2002. Did I mention that the clutch pressure-plate had spring failures that stopped the clutch working, and the new part cost over 700 euros? There’s also a problem on front-wheel tracking where despite adjustments the tyres are obviously scuffing on the inner edges. There’s also some noise in 4th and 6th gears that may turn out to be expensive – may be something like a spacer-washer that’s cheap in itself, but needs a lot of dismantling to replace it. Looks to me that the whole ML range are likely to cost a lot in maintenance and carry a risk of sudden unexpected failures that are expensive to fix.

    Maybe recent designs have done the failure analysis and eliminated the unreliability, but it would take some looking at the user fora to be fairly sure of that, and life’s too short to spend a lot of time on the research when other cars are available with better reliability. Maybe better to get an old 190 and replace all the rubber bits and air-tubes that standardly get unreliable after a couple of decades of use, thus getting reliability for the next 20 years or so. There should be better technology available by the time that starts to get unreliable again.

  3. another ian says:

    For something different –

    I saw an ad recently where Rolls Royce has extended the time to first major overhaul of their new marine diesels to 96000 hours and possibly up to 25 years depending on use.


    It was 30,000 hours on some of their not that earlier ones.

  4. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    “Classical” Diesels often go for decades without an overhaul. The “modern” computerized 10,000+ PSI common rail / piezo-electric injector types are not as robust; but that is mostly in small Diesels. Ocean going engines are incredibly robust and expected to last longer than the hull.


    Mercedes tends to change the designs on a 10 year cycle with the window on the 5’s, so the W123 ran from about 1976 to 1985 (for example). Though I don’t know if they have carried that forward at present.

    The Wiki has a pretty good summary of the “issues” and generations (though didn’t cover what bit me…). The first version was a very different platform (the one that “starred” in the Jurassic Park movie). It “had issues” that were resolved in later ones:

    The W163. Notice that it ran from about 1996 / 97 to 2005.

    Despite the accolades, Mercedes-Benz received considerable criticism with respect to the substandard quality of the W163, resulting in the car being nicknamed Alabama Trashcan. Quality improved over the years, especially after the facelift in 2001 for the 2002 model year. DaimlerChrysler spent US$600 million on improvements at the Alabama factory before launching the second generation ML in 2005.

    It has less of the ‘Electronic Quagmire’ you find in newer designs, with most of the “quality” issues not being design failures but implementation issues; so you can “fix it up” and have a decent car most of the time. It is a classic “body on frame”, so has both the benefits and limitations of that.

    Because the 2002 model year is the “facelift” and the quality improvement, that’s why I put my “cut off” for any replacement about there. (Though in reality, I’m thinking an older model Jeep from decades past might be even better… All old school mechanical design and 6 cyl gas – just forget the Diesel… or do an engine retrofit… since I’m now dropping the “heavy tow” requirement.)

    There was a total redesign (i.e. nearly nothing the same) for the 2nd Generation:


    The W164. In Gen 2 (the one I have) things like the Diesel Injection system can cost a fortune to fix when it starts to fail (as opposed to the old mechanical one on my 240 D where any shop can change / fix injectors and the Bosch pump).

    Daimler & Chrysler were combined from about 1995 to 2007. I wonder how much of the changed design processes and disruptions from the merger were causal of the somewhat overly complicated and sometimes a bit daft design choices for this Gen. (like battery under the passenger seat where you cut the carpet to get to it, and fuse boxes / computer modules spread all over…)

    Note that Gen 2 is the result of the combined Chrysler / Mercedes design efforts. Also note that my particular car is a bit of an “odd duck”. It is from near the end of the cycle so has the “pre facelift” design, and is one of the last ones to get a non-Blue Goo (Blu Tec) engine.

    The 2009 Mercedes-Benz M-Class got a minor facelift as it debuted at the 2008 New York International Auto Show in March 2008.

    This facelift includes new front headlights, redesigned front and rear bumpers, new exterior mirrors, new rim choices, a larger front grille, restyled interior, and a new ML 420 CDI engine choice. The ML 280 CDI became the ML 300 CDI, the 320 CDI became the 350 CDI, and the 420 CDI became the 450 CDI.

    Models using Bluetec Diesel engine with urea injection were introduced in 2008 for the 2009 model year.

    So by putting the “cut-off” before 2005, I’m out of that design cycle / era. Supposedly there’s a “sweet spot” at the end of Gen 1 (after teething issues were resolved) and before Gen 2 (with the various Electronic complexity) or Gen 3 ( Blue Goo annoyances).

    But this was what was available locally when I was looking…

    Then there’s Gen 3, but I don’t know much about it as it is out of my price range at present:


    It’s the ones with “teens” in the years ;-) So 2011 or newer.

    The W166 was one of the last vestiges of the joint venture between Daimler and Chrysler while they were a consolidated company. DaimlerChrysler developed the core platform and technology, benefitting from Chrysler’s strong SUV sales and R&D domestically. The underlying platform work was largely completed in 2006, as the two companies were separated. Chrysler uses the same platform to power the Jeep Grand Cherokee (WK2) and Dodge Durango. Because of the separation however, the cars are extremely different in terms of interior and body design as well as engine choices. Aside from engines, the three SUVs share many powertrain components, including some transmissions.

    I did look at Durango / Aspen cars and some Jeeps; but they suffer from a mandatory Engine Shutdown system (nominally to prevent theft… mandated since about 2005 in Europe) that isn’t as reliable as the Mercedes one. (LOTS of articles about how to defeat the SKIM: https://www.jeepforum.com/threads/remove-skim-permanently-for-real.3967473/kk ) So I decided to “avoid that electronics problem” by getting the ML… not realizing the ML had “electronics problems” of its own…


    Since I’m now going with the Fly / Rent solution to getting stuff moved, the need to tow anything has left the building…

    So I’m unlikely to be buying anything for quite a while.

    I have more vehicles than I need at present, and the ML is completely redundant, so the intent is to just “fix it up enough to sell it”. (I.e. I can’t live with sticking someone else with known issues so fix anything known wrong. Design issues are their decision to accept or not.) Then one of the other 3 “daily drivers” ought to go too.

    We did get the “grunt” removed from the Spousal 4Matic wagon, so it has become a keeper. That leaves 2 from the 1989 – 1993 range. Both with inline 6 engines. One a sedan the other a wagon. I’ll likely just keep driving both of them until one of them dies as selling one is unlikely to be worth the effort.

    We’re moving toward the 4Matic wagon and the Subaru Forester as the two main cars, the 240 D as an Antique Show Car (and emergency EOTWAWKI Diesel that runs on anything just about ;-) as the end state. So the 2 x straight 6 cars just run until gone… But by the time we “get there” we’ll likely be done driving.

    Essentially I think I’m now in a “race condition” between cars wearing out and me wearing out. We’ll just have to see which of us ages out first ;-)

  5. jim2 says:


  6. Jeff says:

    Seen on one of the “trees”: WrongBoxPox…..

  7. jim2 says:

    @Jeff says: 15 August 2022 at 2:06 pm

    ! LOL !

  8. philjourdan says:

    Saw a woman with strange tattoos on her hand. It looked like Monkeypox! Makes you wonder what some folks are thinking when they paint their skin.

  9. jim2 says:

    Texas is taking donations from the public to cover the cost of buses which will be used to send illegal migrants crossing the southern border to liberal cities Washington D.C. and New York City.

    According to the website, Gov. Greg Abbott’s Border Transportation Funding has already raised $118,297 as of July 22, a big jump from the $64,000 it collected in April.


  10. philjourdan says:

    I do not recall seeing this, but if someone already posted it, my apolgies for the duplication – controlled fusion confirmed:


  11. H.R. says:

    @jim2 re busing illegals to D.C. – The Mrs. likes to watch Tucker Carlson and a couple of weeks ago, he had a clip of the D.C. mayor, Murial Bowser, demanding that the busloads of illegals being sent to D.C. be stopped.

    The whining, pleading, demanding from the mayor was comical. It’s all too much for her to handle.It’s Just Not Fair!!

    It’s typical of the Dem Regressives. They want the illegals to go to other cities, not their city.

    We’ll probably be sending a small donation to the Texas Bus Fund. 😁

  12. E.M.Smith says:


    I’d seen it, but had my “usual” reaction. Yet Another Media Event to promote ongoing $$$ to Infinity & Beyond!… /snark;

    About 50 years ago I was told that Nuclear Fusion would be making power in about 50 years. Now we are told it will be making power in about 40 years… so in another 50 years it will be down to 30 years left to go… and then in another 50 years…

    As per economically making power? Crickets…

    It’s a nice lab trick. It lets them play with theoretical physics at the conditions inside a Fusion Bomb without blowing one up. But the conditions required will never allow for making money rather than burning it up.

    Here’s just ONE of the issues with the laser confinement approach. Note that this is a solved issue (per the article) in that they have mastery of it enough to get ignition. They state that they made big improvements in the “Hohlraum”… Basically a little metal can with a fill pipe on the side into which the DT fuel is loaded, then you shoot a laser storm at it.

    While reading this, imagine the cost to manufacture just one of these things. Then realize their 1.3 MegaJoule is about 1,232 BTU. Enough to raise 120 lbs of water by 10 F. Not boil it. Not make steam. Just warm it by a little bit.


    Inertial confinement fusion

    Mockup of a gold-plated hohlraum designed for use in the National Ignition Facility:

    The indirect drive approach to inertial confinement fusion is as follows; the fusion fuel capsule is held inside a cylindrical hohlraum. The hohlraum body is manufactured using a high-Z (high atomic number) element, usually gold or uranium. The hohlraum walls must have surface roughness less than 1 micron, and hence accurate machining is required during fabrication. Any imperfection of the hohlraum wall during fabrication will cause uneven and non-symmetrical compression of the fuel capsule inside the hohlraum during inertial confinement fusion. Hence surface finishing is extremely important, as during ICF laser shots, due to intense pressure and temperature, results are highly susceptible to hohlraum texture roughness. Therefore imperfection during hohlraum fabrication is to be carefully prevented. Inside the hohlraum is a fuel capsule containing deuterium and tritium (D-T) fuel. A frozen layer of D-T ice adheres inside the fuel capsule. The fuel capsule wall is synthesized using light elements ( like plastic, beryllium, or high density carbon, i.e. diamond) . The outer portion of the fuel capsule explodes outward when ablated by the x-rays produced by the hohlraum wall upon irradiation by lasers. Due to Newton’s third law, the inner portion the fuel capsule implodes, causing the D-T fuel to be supercompressed activating fusion reaction. The capsule must be precisely spherical , with texture roughness less than one nanometer, for fusion ignition to start. Otherwise instability will cause fusion to fizzle. The fuel capsule contains a small fill hole with less than 5 microns diameter, to inject the capsule with D-T gas. Depending on hohlraum design, during ICF laser shots, various parameters like shock timing, fuel capsule implosion shape, implosion velocity, and ratio of the cold fuel to the hot fuel core are measured. The radiation source (e.g., laser) is pointed at the interior of the hohlraum rather than at the capsule itself. The hohlraum absorbs and re-radiates the energy as X-rays, a process known as indirect drive. The advantage to this approach, compared to direct drive, is that high mode structures from the laser spot are smoothed out when the energy is re-radiated from the hohlraum walls. The disadvantage to this approach is that low mode asymmetries are harder to control. It is important to be able to control both high mode and low mode asymmetries to achieve a uniform implosion.

    The X-ray intensity around the capsule must be very symmetrical to avoid hydrodynamic instabilities during compression. Earlier designs had radiators at the ends of the hohlraum, but it proved difficult to maintain adequate X-ray symmetry with this geometry. By the end of the 1990s, target physicists developed a new family of designs in which the ion beams are absorbed in the hohlraum walls, so that X-rays are radiated from a large fraction of the solid angle surrounding the capsule. With a judicious choice of absorbing materials, this arrangement, referred to as a “distributed-radiator” target, gives better X-ray symmetry and target gain in simulations than earlier designs.

    All to heat a big bag of potatoes by 10 F…

    It’s the cost ratio of the labor, machining, and material needed compared to the heat out (not electricity yet, just heat…) that makes this approach a bad one for anything practical. But it’s great at turning tax money into large physicist salaries and interesting published papers…

  13. E.M.Smith says:

    Oh, and per Texas donations: Sounds good to me!

  14. Rudolph Hucker says:


    As some of your WOODs have included some great music links, I’d like to return the favour and offer a few songs of hope.

    David Gilmour – High Hopes

    Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush – Don’t Give Up

    Paolo Nutini – Iron Sky (with a beautiful segment of Charlie Chaplin’s “Great Dictator”)

    [Reply: Seems to work as a link to YouTube, so likely restricted to viewing on Youtube by the poster to assure monetization. Try “hit the link”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELKbtFljucQ&list=RDMM&index=5 E.M.S. ]

    We are proud individuals living on the city
    But the flames couldn’t go much higher
    We find gods and religions to
    To paint us with salvation
    But no one
    No nobody
    Can give you the power
    To rise over love
    And over hate
    Through this iron sky
    That’s fast becoming our minds
    Over fear and into freedom
    Oh, that’s life
    Left dripping down the walls
    Of a dream that cannot breathe
    In this harsh reality
    Mass confusion spoon fed to the blind
    Serves now to define our cold society
    From which we’ll rise over love
    Over hate
    From this iron sky
    That’s fast becoming our minds
    Over fear and into freedom
    You just got to hold on!
    You just got to hold on!
    Oh oh oh oh

    (To those who can hear me, I say, do not despair
    The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed
    The bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress
    The hate of men will pass, and dictators die
    And the power they took from the people will return to the people
    And so long as men die, liberty will never perish
    Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men
    Machine men with machine minds and machine hearts!
    You are not machines, you are not cattle, you are men!
    You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful
    To make this life a wonderful adventure
    Let us use that power!
    Let us all unite!)

    And we’ll rise over love
    And over hate
    Through this iron sky
    That’s fast becoming our minds
    Over fear
    And into freedom
    Into freedom!
    From which we’ll rise over love
    And over hate
    Through this iron sky
    That’s fast becoming our minds
    Over fear and into freedom
    Oh, from which we’ll rise over love
    And over hate
    Through this iron sky
    That’s fast becoming our minds
    Over fear and into freedom
    Rain on me!
    Rain on me!

  15. another ian says:

    “US Queen-of-Witchdoctor-Congress legislates so Mother Earth does not get angry”


  16. another ian says:

    Starbucks and a ringing endorsement of mail in voting!


  17. Rudolph Hucker says:

    Not sure why the Paolo Nutini – Iron Sky link says “Not available” – other versions are available. How about this instead? With a special mention of what to do with a Mercedes Benz ;-)

  18. E.M.Smith says:


    Some folks restrict their videos to EwTube so they get monetized. Others have a hoard of copyright lawyers assuring they get no play…

  19. another ian says:

    FWIW – Ukraine


    Links to on-ground reporting


    “Ukraine’s fate​ won’t be decided in Donbas, where the biggest part of Ukrainian and Russian forces are concentrated, but hundreds of miles away, on the more obscure battlefield of the south-west. The country’s future turns on Russia’s ability to hold on to a piece of land on the western side of the Dnieper, between two port cities: Russian-occupied Kherson, and Mykolaiv, less than forty miles north-west. If Ukraine manages to sweep the Russians from Kherson, the western half of the country will be protected by the great barrier of the Dnieper, Putin will suffer a politically damaging defeat and Kyiv will be closer to freeing its biggest ports from Russian blockade. European leaders sceptical of Ukraine’s ability to resist the invaders may think again. If, however, Russia clings on to its western bridgehead, it will retain the potential to swallow more of Ukraine, threatening Mykolaiv, Odesa and the rest of the Ukrainian Black Sea coast all the way to the Danube, and, eventually, the whole country.”

    More there

  20. another ian says:

    “Depression, I was wrong”

    Dr John Campbell

  21. jim2 says:

    I may have miscalculated somewhat, but this should be in the ballpark.

    What took thousands of scientists and hundreds of billions of dollars to produce 0.0000168969 hp, perhaps enough to power an ant’s motorcycle?


  22. Simon Derricutt says:

    Jim2 – the 1.3MJ gets produced in a short time. I didn’t see mention of that time, but likely in the ns range so the power generated would be in the GW range. On the other hand, if we take a cup of tea as being 200cc, with water starting at 20°C and rising to 100°C, this amount of energy (1.3MJ) is enough to make about 19.3 cups of tea.

    As EM stated above, though, the cost of making the container for confinement fusion makes this method of fusion totally impractical. You’d use far more energy making the Hohlraum than you’d get out of blowing it up with the frozen D and T inside it. Then there’s the problem that Tritium doesn’t exist naturally and needs to be made in a nuclear reactor. Thus fuelling the “clean” fusion reactor needs a load of fission reactors or some other way of making the fuel, and also a fair amount of energy expended in purifying the materials.

    As an English engineer, I figure if it costs too much to get a cup of tea made it’s not worth it….

  23. E.M.Smith says:

    Another Example of why I like RT. NOT because I think they are pristine and trustworthy (though they lie less than the Western LSM / MSM) but because in their form of subtle “Bias by selection” (emphasizing stories detrimental to western interests, shoving anti-Russian stories to the background) they have a selection bias on stories. BUT it is one that highlights just those stories The Controlled Western Media (including Tech Oligarch Sites) are trying to hide. It makes my searching for “the dirt” much easier.

    So they find some relatively obscure story on page 12 of some MSM source, put it “front of page” AND they cite the MSM source to assure some credibility. Essentially they are a “find what is being hidden or downplayed” filter on most stories (those not directly about Russia).

    So here’s one on German industrial problems. Note they cite an AP article. Pay attention to what is quoted and what is their “add” for better “spin detection”:


    We’ve already heard about the rivers getting low, in a sort of “it is CLIMATE CHANGE !!!” hysterical kind of way. RT puts emphasis on the economic and political impact sides:

    16 Aug, 2022 13:48
    Home Business News
    German industry at risk as Rhine dries up – AP

    Plunging water levels in lakes and rivers are making commercial shipping untenable

    Germany’s main industry lobby group, BDI, warned on Tuesday that some factories may have to curtail production or even halt it completely due to dwindling water levels on the Rhine River that are making it harder to transport cargo, the AP has reported.

    Water levels on the Rhine at Emmerich, near the Dutch border, reportedly dropped by a further four centimeters (1.6 inches) over the last 24 hours, hitting zero on the depth gauge. Such a reading does not mean a river has run completely dry but rather that the depth has gone below an established level.

    The authorities have pointed out the shipping lane itself still has a depth of almost 200 centimeters (78 inches), but the record low measurement of Tuesday morning highlights the extreme lack of water caused by months of drought throughout much of Europe.

    “The ongoing drought and the low water levels threaten the supply security of industry,” deputy head of the BDI, Holger Loesch, was quoted as saying by the AP.

    He explained that shifting cargo from river to train or road was difficult because of limited rail capacity and a shortage of drivers.

    “It’s only a question of time before facilities in the chemical and steel industry have to be switched off, petroleum and construction materials won’t reach their destination, and high-capacity and heavy-goods transports can’t be carried out anymore,” Loesch warned, adding that this could lead to supply bottlenecks and loss of seasonal work.

    The falling water levels of Europe’s second-largest river have affected ferries and forced companies to seek alternatives for the freight they send via the waterway.

    The Rhine River is vital for the transportation of raw materials including grain, chemicals, minerals, and coal and oil products, which form the base of many production chains. Two coal power plants have already been unable to run at maximum capacity because barges cannot bring in full loads, according to media reports.

    Their “spin” is only really in the subtle emphasis on coal loads not making it, now that Germany is restarting coal plants due to the embargo of Russian oil & gas.

    It is a small “dig” by implication.

    Then they also make the point of listing industries that are going to be having big trouble. From Agriculture to Steel to Chemicals & Oil. All things that are central to keeping a modern economy working.

    Paints a rather different (though accurate) picture than just Climate Change!!! Hysteria and a bunch of Oh Nooos!!!

    German Industry is on the ropes, and it could easily go SPLAT! if Russia turns off the gas this winter.

    I also found the point that the river is now limited to the dredged shipping channel and it is only about 6 foot deep (dropping almost 2 inches per day, almost a foot in a week) useful data points.

    You will need at least a couple of feet of ground clearance for propellers, hull and such. That leaves about 4 foot of theoretical load height. BUT for anything more dense than water (say, steel) you need even more empty space to provide the needed buoyancy. Figure for a lot of goods you have about a 2 to 3 foot “cargo depth” (and that only if your barge / tug do not have significant draft when empty…)

    FWIW, my old boat had 27 inches of draft and it was a shallow water boat. It is quite possible that the load depth is only 2 to 3 feet even for coal.

    Those numbers matter and are helpful to understanding the degree of the problem (typically numbers are missing from Western MSM drivel written by arts and grievance majors who can’t understand numbers, so left out…).

    Basically, if this keeps up for a few more weeks, industry and coal fired power will be forced to shut down.

    Another article puts emphasis on how sanctions on Russian fuel are driving up EU / German electricity prices:


    Again note that they cite their source so you can see their facts are clean. The “spin” comes in with the editorial decision to put the consequences of the sanctions on Germany on the front page rather than bury it; and in pointing out the sanctions are hurting Germany, Russia not so much.

    16 Aug, 2022 11:15
    Home Business News

    EU electricity costs double
    Day-ahead prices in Germany set a new record on Tuesday

    Power prices across the EU jumped to a fresh record high on Tuesday, as natural gas costs climbed further on falling supply from Russia, data from the European Energy Exchange AG shows.

    Benchmark day-ahead prices in Germany advanced to €490.79 ($497) per megawatt-hour, from June’s average of €218.03, according to market data provider Nord Pool.

    The current prices are almost six times higher than in August 2021.

    The EU’s energy market is rattled by fears over whether power plants will be able to provide enough electricity this winter amid the tightening gas supply.

    Gas prices in the region have quadrupled this year, driven by the drop in deliveries from Russia due to Ukraine-related sanctions and technical setbacks. EU countries have been trying to diversify imports by buying more liquefied natural gas (LNG), as well as increasing supplies of pipeline gas from Norway, Algeria and Azerbaijan. However, according to the EU’s top diplomat, Josep Borrell, the bloc is “approaching the limits of what extra gas” it can buy from “non-Russian sources.” Meanwhile, France has increasingly turned to nuclear power to generate additional electricity, while other EU states have been reviving coal-fired plants.

    Nevertheless, according to Rystad Energy analyst Fabian Ronningen, there are no signs of the “extreme” price rally abating, as the additional nuclear, hydropower and coal capacities aren’t enough to offset the effects of diminishing Russian gas supplies.

    “Prices will continue to increase towards the winter, on the condition that the supply situation from Russia is not improved. That is still the big joker and will continue to be a price driver in the power market,” he told Bloomberg.

    So the spin in it is that things are not going to get better until Russian gas is flowing again. Then again, that’s also likely the truth, but just being emphasized rather than focusing on LNG and future hand waving as is done in the MSM.

    So that’s why I like to read RT some times. It puts emphasis on just what the other folks are hiding. Yeah, you must read it with an eye to “de-spinning” it some; but frankly my “de-spinner” gets a whole lot more of a workout on Legacy Media…

    Taken together, these two articles paint an approaching bleak time for Germany as their industry takes big hits on water and power. I think that is, in fact, the truth. Could it be “not so bad” if Europe gets a load of sudden rain, and by some miracle finds enough gas & oil & coal to keep the lights on and machines running? I suppose that could happen. But I think reality will be closer to the Bleak scenario than to the Honey & Milk one…

  24. p.g.sharrow says:

    @another ian; “Ukraine’s fate​ won’t be decided in Donbas”

    That appears to be correct., They now have a 24,000 man army and their Heavy Equipment trapped on the west side on the river, all bridges cut, and the army’s high Command has bugged out to safer positions further south, Much further south.!
    The new Western rocket munitions can drop into a 20foot square from 300km away while delivering 300 hand grenade size bomb-lets into the area. If they can get the GPS of a structure, they can hit it and take out anyone inside or out. General Staff or ready room of pilots plus their aircraft. Supply centers, truck convoys and ammo-dumps. Nothing is safe and winter is coming.
    Putin has committed his reserves and for the most part the Federation members have refused to add their strength to his little Special Expedition Forces.

  25. another ian says:

    “Ever get the feeling we’re being manipulated, and taken for fools?”


    A collection of examples

  26. another ian says:

    “Dare to Disagree with the Biden Administration?

    Then you’ll be labeled as a “Domestic Violent Extremist”: ”


    Blast! Another expense – another cap and T shirt outfit!

  27. AC Osborn says:

    EM, I seem to remember you (and others) doing these calculations on EV Charging losses a few years ago, now backed up by measurements.


  28. Simon Derricutt says:

    Seems that some people prefer the feelz to what science tells us: https://www.gbnews.uk/news/tony-blair-institute-says-government-must-be-prepared-to-bring-back-mandatory-face-masks-on-public-transport/353129 . Unless people are prepared to use respirators that actually filter out viruses (which standard face-masks don’t do) and change the filters at the recommended intervals, the face-mask edict only produces more overall illness.

    However, some people are looking at the evidence and saying the Emperor is naked: https://www.gbnews.uk/news/doctor-who-promoted-covid-vaccines-on-tv-calls-for-all-remaining-mandates-to-end/353161 but I don’t hold out a lot of hope that he’ll get listened to until it’s too late.

  29. E.M.Smith says:

    @AC Osborne:

    Yup. I’ve run through the loss calculations at various times over the years, starting back about 2011? at WUWT. The killer for low use vehicles is “self discharge” while standing unused. It is roughly like parking your car but leaving it idling… Some battery tech is better than others, and some so horrible that you “run dry” in just a few weeks. Note too that the article you link only looks at Wall Power vs Battery Storage.

    Missing? Transmission Losses from generation to the wall (transformer losses, line losses, leakage losses, etc.). IIRC that’s about another 5% lost. Battery DISCHARGE losses (when you go to take that, say, 100 kW-hr stored in the battery back out to use it, you get about 90 kW-hr (if warm) and down closer to 50 kW-hr if frozen.

    Now at that moment you have DC power on the battery bus… it still has inverter losses turning it back to AC and then controller and motor losses before it becomes torque at the wheels…

    So they did a good job of covering “Charging cable and charger losses” along with “battery charging losses” (though ought to have tested at -10 F, 32 F, 72 F, and 110 F to get a good temperature profile as losses increase at both colder and warmer temperatures… batteries charge best at ONE ideal temperature…) but there’s still a bunch of other losses to document.

    I’ve also done the math on Limits Of Vehicle Replacement over the years (and just read an article where someone else noticed it recently…) along with Grid Limits (i.e. need to double the grid to support eCars), and a little bit on mining and metals but need to do more.

    Bottom line is just that the eCar simply is not a solution to anything. Can’t make enough of them to do any effective change in the fleet composition in under 1/4 century. But that’s a good thing as we can’t double the grid fast enough to charge them if we could make them. But both of those are OK ’cause we can’t mine enough metals (especially copper and rare earths) to do either of those two things (cars, grid) even if we had the industrial capacity to build them both, which we don’t. (And doing it with wind turbines and solar panels is entirely silly and impossible too ;-)

    Get anyone who’s an Engineer and ask them to figure the limits on resources / manufacturing to do the build out in 10 years. You will either get laughed at, or they will present the numbers showing it just can’t happen.

    Just making the giant gears (like 12 foot diameter…) and wheels / tires to make the mining drag lines, shovels and haul trucks to mine the ore will take too many years. There’s only enough capacity at present to make replacements for the present fleet of mining gear. So you would need to start back at “Make a factory to make the parts to make the mining equipment to mine the ore”… And in about 5 years (crash program) you can worry about not having enough ore refining and processing facilities to handle that ore when it starts to come on line… so no sooner than about 2028, or about 2035 with a more reasonable schedule (for land acquisition and plant building).

    Basically it’s just not going to happen as it is physically impossible.

    What they can do is shift about 10% to 20% of production to eCars, and get about 10% of the car fleet charging capacity, all while dramatically destabilizing the grid and spiking travel / shipping costs higher along with metals prices and more.

    It will be amusing to watch as so many car manufacturers have announced they will swap to 100% eCars in the next few years. The giant sucking sound of all of them fighting over scarce metals and eParts will be a thing to behold… Plus I’d plan on rolling blackouts in about 2 years as we start to learn that the combination of too much variable supply wind / solar mixed with a big uptick in charging demand that tends to arrive synchronized with “home for dinner” on the Duck Charts will mean a lot more “Candle light cold dinners”…

  30. cdquarles says:

    There is a reason why electricity powered vehicles died a century ago. A word: economics. ICE vehicles were just more economical then and more economical now. Can that change? Sure. Don’t hold your breath.

  31. H.R. says:

    I’ve mentioned before, My grandparents had a 1910 Baker Electric. My grandmother drove it around town. But, as cdq mentions, they don’t stack up in all areas against ICEs.

    When my grandfather switched to a Model T, my grandmother never drove again. The steering was too hard compared to the tiller steering in the Baker and she could not crank-start it.

    My grandfather drove up to see the wreck of the Hindenburg in his ICE. My dad once pointed to a news photo clipping where my grandfather and his car was visible. That clipping is long gone, and I see old news photos from time to time of the onlookers examining the wreckage, but I can’t recall which photo he was in.

    Anyhow, that electric car wasn’t going to make the trip to the crash site. It was a great town car for their smallish town (pop. ~10,000), and dare I say superior to any ICE for that at the time, but that was it.

  32. Ossqss says:

    Interesting article on a subject that came up here long ago, prion diseases


  33. jim2 says:

    If you were hoping that EV credit would help you get that EV Ford F-150 you’ve been dreaming about, think again.

    Posted by
    2 days ago
    Ford just raised the price of its electric F-150 by up to $8,500

  34. another ian says:

    “Sick Codes has jailbroken a John Deere and this is just the beginning. Turns out our entire food system is built on outdated, unpatched Linux and Windows CE hardware with LTE modems.”


  35. another ian says:

    IIRC that sounds a lot like the bloke who was doing similar with electronic voting machines. He was NOT impressed with what he was finding.

  36. another ian says:

    “Something is Looming Geopolitically, and We Better Start Taking It Seriously”
    August 18, 2022 | Sundance | 23 Comments


  37. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian;

    I think that John Deer is going to run into the same thing many other High Tech Vendors are running into (i.e. my Mercedes ML…). Things will break mysteriously, the “owner” will be confronted with insane repair quotes from The Dealer, and they will go to an independent (even if that means a ‘jail break’) for the fix while vowing to never buy that Dealers product again.

    Note that in the comment thread, several folks referenced other vendors without the lock in ( from India and Japan IIRC) as their new tractors.

    Frankly, having just read about the J.D. lock in software, I’d never buy one.

    As Per Hacking:

    There’s a lot of folks now getting into the business of hacking various “smart” devices, embedded computers, and even cars & tractors.

    I happen to know that the IOT world is full of weak device security. Ditto most vehicle makers. The Tech Folks are at least a decade ahead of the “appliance” folks on both defense and offence. (How many tractor drivers and ‘smart lightbulb’ makers issue daily software updates in response to CERT advisories?…)

    So J.D. can either have the same level of software developers as Apple Computer (and pay them as much….) or it can have relatively easily hacked software. Pretty much all car & truck & tractor & IOT & etc. makers choose “cheap and ship it” over “secure but expensive”… Which makes for a great hackable space to play in.

    FWIW, I’d expect that just applying the “script kiddies” toolz would achieve break-in to a J.D. Tractor in about a day, probably much less.

    @Per “looming geopolitically”:

    I first cottoned to that several years back. (You could date it from the moment this blog went from nearly 100% science & tech to about 40% and rising “Political & Social” in postings – that was entirely from my realization that the “science” was not the battle field, it was a distractor time sink, the real battle was political and “their side” was not interested in anything but “winning by whatever means necessary”.) That was when I realized I was wasting my time arguing “code” and “science” as that was just their smoke screen cover and they would just keep the smoke coming. It was not about truth, so proofs of truth were irrelevant.

    FWIW, at this time, I’m also of the opinion that the BRICS are the saviours of the planet & civilization as they are not playing this stupid Malthusian self destruction game of the WEF & the Globalist Evil Bastards (GEBs). Unfortunately, they will be happy to stand back (or maybe even “help” us) while we commit cultural suicide and / or “cull” the 95% of us with a bit of clue and / or a real job.

    What I think will happen (perhaps needs to happen?) to get The West to “recover sanity” is just this:

    Winter comes. Germany collapses. With it, the EU & NATO become paralyzed. The EU breaks up (shades of fall of the Roman Empire part 4…) with the PIIGS bailing when no more money is available from Germany, the Eastern Block deciding that NATO and insane EU Gang Green Rules are going to get them killed so going their own way is better, even with Brother Russia at the gates, and the UK sitting with their thumb of their bottoms (while sucking the other one) wondering what went wrong…

    China will move on Taiwan during the best weather month (that I think is in Spring but needs checking) as the USA will have shipped their ready military gear to Ukraine for destruction by Russian Artillery and gave a load of it to the Taliban. The Middle East will erupt in Muslim Revolution since they don’t like starving any more than the rest of us, and the USA will be so spent and spread thin (plus on the Chinese Bribo Money Teat…) that they will only do tepid “support” for Taiwan as they try to figure out what to do with the North Africa to Iran “problem” (possibly involving the first use of Iranian nukes…)

    Hopefully South America / Mexico can keep their heads down enough to come through this with only local riots (ala Venezuela & similar) as they toss out the Globalist Agenda in favor of more food.

    Non-Muslim Africa will “have issues” with corruption and foreign exploitation, as they always have, but will likely avoid anything much worse than they have at present. Who would want to invade a place full of dependent population and nothing worth stealing that isn’t already stolen? There will be a wide push from the Muslim North toward the south, but the Sahara will temper that…

    As the Global Population looks around at the destruction caused by the Gang Green and Build Bogus Broken, they will choose food over stupid and replace what stupid GEB policies and people that they can (as most of the ‘intelligentsia’ of that group are Europe based and will be coping with that collapse rather than looking to the Southern Hemisphere). India, China, Brazil will be the center of that recovery / preservation. Russia would like to be, but…

    Russia will be busy with the European collapse and the likely wars to come out of it. They will also have the Muslim Insurrections on their south to hold at bay. There’s a small possibility of EU-USA / Russia nuclear war as the Euro-GEBs refuse to give up and stop attacking everyone. And that is where the Crystal Ball bifurcates…

    One path is Nuclear War, after which South America and China inherit the world (being the non-glowing technically capable bits). The other path is conventional war – in which case Russia absorbs the collapsed EU (one tranche at a time…) and it is a BRICS consortium that inherits the world with a Rump USA bitching about it as China takes the Pacific (over about 40 years I’d guess) and the USA has a not-so-civil war of Red vs Blue. (I,for one, will not go quietly into that dark “good” night of GEB sponsored starvation and poverty… I’ll be part of the Free State Of Florida movement first.)

    There are other scenarios possible, but not the most likely IMHO. Why? Due to the pervasive influence of the WEF, UN, and related Socialist Utopians in most country “leadership” of The West – it will not be possible to remove them / that influence without military force, and that “leadership” controls the military forces… So they are not going to just quit and go away… A “revolt” will not be enough either due to the force disparity. So most likely is is the WEF Collapse that dominates The West (leaving the door open to all the above).

    But: It is remotely possible you could get things like:

    1) Several States cancel their POTUS votes and Biden gets tossed out for fraud.

    2) A Convention Of The States gets called and then actually fixes this mess.

    3) We The People have a successful General Strike.

    4) The EU decides not to do the whole WEF / BBBogus thing, and gets back on a path of growth & prosperity.

    etc. etc. But I just don’t see any effective movement toward actually fixing any of this stuff or tossing the WEFies out of governments from Canada & Australia to the EU. There is a small to modest possibility of a Midterm Red Wave landslide followed by a Trump Win in 2024 fixing this for the USA – but that’s a lot of things that must line up Just Right and in the face of a very effective Voter Fraud Machine run by the present government.

    I HOPE some of my “unlikely” is what actually happens: “But hope is not a strategy. -E.M.Smith”…

    So my Strategy is pretty simple. I’ve moved to The Free State Of Florida. To a defensible place with just enough land to last about 3 months longer than “The Other Guy”. And I’m “hunkering down”. Getting to know the neighbors. Starting a Victory Garden of sorts, and planning how to help them do the same if food supply becomes endangered. Essentially building a Neighborhood Food & Defense set of relationships. I think it will take about a year, maybe two. I’m hoping we have that long, but I’m ready to move at the pace of change if needed.

    I can’t change the world, but I can change my local group and area. So I did.

  38. cdquarles says:

    Out in the “sticks”, where I am, we have about 6 acres of land in two sections. It is mostly wooded, but there is a pond on the west 3 acres. If stuff goes bad, we have neighbors who we can help trading wood for chickens/eggs/cows/vegetables while we clear some trees away to grow stuff, but the dirt isn’t the best for growing much other than trees. I’m old and not in the best shape, but I am willing to work to the extent I can. Much of the area, that hasn’t been cleared for hay/cattle/goats/chickens is wooded. We are not the only ones with ponds, too. It would be rough, but we have survived rough before. My children are another story. They live in the big city. Oh well. They are grown and make their own choices.

  39. jim2 says:

    The smart bulbs are actually dim bulbs.

  40. The True Nolan says:

    @EM: Per your analysis of geopolitical realities —

    I realize that consensus is no basis for determining truth, but I want to say that your thumbnail summary is VERY close to my own. And of course a lot of that agreement is because I have been considering your writings since you first started this blog. Actually a little earlier. I think you were commenting quite a bit at WUWT before you started blogging. Regardless… I would just add that there is a fairly high chance that the GEB will roll out another pandemic now that they have a fairly large part of the population already trained to panic upon command. I think the determining factor will be whether they feel confident enough in their ability to steal the mid-term elections. If they need a pandemic to justify more election fraud (or even “postponing” the election all together) they will. Pandemic or not, that will not change the basic outlook, merely modify its timing or details.

    Still, yes, it looks like the West is absolutely determined to shake itself to death. At this point, I would willingly give up a cohesive nation and a cohesive West if that is what it takes to bring down the GEBS. I absolutely DO NOT WANT a civil war, a nuclear war, or any other kind of violence and blood in the streets, but if the only choice we have is either perpetual slavery (and no, that word slavery is not exaggeration at all!) or blood in the streets, I will be out in the streets.

  41. H.R. says:

    @TTN – Next year will be my Biblical “three score and ten” although most people nowadays get an extra 10 or 20 over that.

    The way I see it, it would be worth making sure that there was a bit less tyranny for my kids to deal with, possibly at a cost of those few extra years over the promised 3-score and ten.

    All it would take is a million or so with the same attitude and I would think that most jackboots would start considering a career change.

    I would not be happy about it. It’s nothing I’d seek out. But it is always worth considering some options when the kids are involved.

  42. cdquarles says:

    It also says: “The span of a man’s years shall be 120” and that’s what counts. You can shorten your Earthly time, by your choices. I am past 60, so have fewer years ahead of me than I have behind me. Family history gives me 10 to 30 more years, with a longer shot at 40. Our bodies live as a series of hours, and you may have that last one at any time.

  43. The True Nolan says:

    @HR: “I would not be happy about it. It’s nothing I’d seek out. But it is always worth considering some options when the kids are involved.”

    As a youth, Robert Heinlein was my favorite author. Several of his characters, in several books, speak to a common attitude when considering going into battle against a foe. “I expect to die fighting, but if I can take down just six of the SOBs, that will be enough to carry my casket to the other side!”

  44. another ian says:

    FWIW – re computerised cars


  45. philjourdan says:

    @EM – your long post – I do not see a Nuclear war. But I do see the rest. the EU will collapse. The US will be marginalized. The BRICS will ascend.

    And that will be the end of the GEBs and the Green ideocracy, Sad that it will come to that. But it is inevitable.

  46. philjourdan says:

    @TTN – My favorite is Isaac Asimov, but Robert Heinlein is #3! Notice that he did the Superman thing? All his major characters are LL. But he is definitely one to read all his books! Lazarus Long!

  47. The True Nolan says:

    @philjourdan: “My favorite is Isaac Asimov, but Robert Heinlein is #3!”

    Well, that is sort of a tease there! I have to ask; who is #2?

  48. H.R. says:

    @TTN – I wasn’t going to write that out loud, but yeah…

  49. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    Finally got time to watch the Dr. John Campbell video about “Depression, I was wrong”.

    link: https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2022/08/15/w-o-o-d-14-august-2022/#comment-159109

    I’d set low priority on getting my Round Tuit for that video as I don’t have depression, nor does anyone in my family, nor do I care much about someone “being wrong” and realizing it. (My major reaction being “good on you”, moving on…)


    The video isn’t so much about him being wrong as it is about the whole SSRI theory being wrong. Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitors are widely prescribed for “Depression” AND are found in use by many (most?) “mass shooters”.

    They are a drug where you must keep prescribing more over the years to keep the effect going, and where large doses can lead to a toxic mental breakdown (some folks without the ability to properly metabolize the SSRI drug can “go nuts” just weeks after they start taking them – and several examples exist of such folks killing others, even their own children, during that psychotic break. About 1 in 10,000 folks are of that genetic type.)

    So my big takeaway from that video is just this:

    The study shows the theory behind SSRI drugs is wrong. Depression is NOT about serotonin levels being too low. Yet these drugs are designed to raise serotonin levels in the synapse. We have no idea how the drug “works”. In fact, I’d assert that since we can’t actually know what the person taking them is “feeling”, they may not “work” at all and the effect could be anything from Placebo to hiding the ability of the drugged to know their feelings to just screwing around with brain chemistry in some unknown way that isn’t all that good. (Or it is possible they have some entirely unknown effect on some other metabolic pathway that is involved in depression… maybe…)

    So, in short: Based on a wrong theory the drug companies have made a variety of drugs that muck about with the fundamentals of how brain chemistry work, and have conducted a huge experiment on the population by issuing those drugs in huge amounts (without any real clue what they are doing). Resulting in a LOT of folks having angry / psychotic / violent ideation and going on killing sprees. That it is down around 1:10,000 (or maybe 1 in 5000) isn’t helpful when prescribing to the 10’s of millions as the math says you will get about 1,000,000 / 10,000 = 100 such reactions going on per million prescriptions. 100 violent breaks with death at the end of it is just too much for a drug based on a mistake…

    That’s a huge thing, IMHO, and deserves a lot more attention than one Dr. saying “I was wrong”. The whole SSRI mass prescribing needs a good trouncing and likely a halt.

  50. Simon Derricutt says:

    EM – would the sudden emergence of very cheap energy change the prognosis? There are several projects running at the moment that I think will work, and we should be seeing commercialisation of some of the enabling technologies in a few months (electric thrusters used for satellite acceleration). Two other methods are fairly close to being proven, too.

    Yep, I know that these violate some theoretical laws, but experimental evidence trumps theory anyway (and most of the people working on them have found ways in theory that their systems do not violate those laws, even though they do).

    Although this also opens the door to hoverboards and flying cars, it also makes propulsion of standard aircraft and cars a lot simpler and less energy-intense, meaning that batteries for such things would be dramatically smaller if they were needed at all, since it also means that the energy could be generated onboard.

    Though building large power-stations would need maybe a decade to get all the approvals and to build if they were rushing things, and a couple of decades in the normal situation, generators sufficient to run a house could be mass-produced and bought by individuals, which also removes the need for increasing the power-delivering capacity of the grid. Reduces the amount of new mining by a lot, making it possible to increase the energy availability using current capacities.

    This will mess up the economics of countries who make their income from selling energy, so has political consequences. I’m not sure about whether the much lower cost of energy for people there will counterbalance the loss of income selling energy to other countries. It will however tend to throw a spanner into the finances of companies making a huge profit on selling energy, and those heavily invested in wind and solar power (both in manufacture and selling the power they generate).

    Time-scale is literally a few months for one way of doing this to become commercially-available. Maybe not surprisingly, there’s been some resistance to my suggestions that using those electric thrusters to drive a generator and thus producing more energy out than is put in would be a useful experiment, since it’s obviously theoretically impossible. However, someone will do it and show that it is indeed possible and works, and that will cause some head-scratching before it’s accepted and commercialised. Thus maybe mass-production will take a few years before it happens. Hard to predict that.

    This sort of technology change will be pretty disruptive. May be some difficulties because of the major change, though overall should be good in the end for the common people.

  51. David A says:

    EM says, “They are a drug where you must keep prescribing more over the years to keep the effect going, and where large doses can lead to a toxic mental breakdown”

    I have long noted that the description of drug dependency appears to work in social science and economics as well. The entire social PC Karen movement is like that, ever more extreme, (larger doses) ever more psychotic mental breakdowns.

    And it appears we are in final stage addiction to fiat dollar monetary debasement. A tiny blip of a 200 or 300 basis point increase in interest rates, while still in historically low territory, and all the economic wheels start to come off. Instead of billions required, trillions are needed just to keep the game moving. (Ever more psychotic) The required fix is ever larger, the withdrawal ever more painful, the dose ever more likely fatal. Will they give one more round of trillions injected, will that break the dollar finally. Will the reset be what the One world Government wants, ( Some form of Government issued digital currency) or will the BRICS have their way, or will ALL plans fail, and an entirely new system painfully emerge.

    I tend to also see the global possibilities as discussed. However I would add, as EM has pointed out, the US infrastructure is there, and that wealth is real. The US resources are real as well, and honestly it will take a will like Trump’s to develop that. My perspective is that Trump was winning decisively on the economic front, and benefiting many other nations as well. His relationship with India was very very strong. His relationship nearby, with Mexico was developing very nicely , as with many other nations as well. The border issue was coming under control. ( Man he worked hard on that from multiple angles) His bilateral and trilateral international commerce agreements were very strong. And everything he was accomplishing was against a tremendous resistance of bureaucratic deep state federal agencies and International corporations. The pharmaceuticals were spending many billions fighting his reforms. Some criticize his deficit spending, He had ZERO choice. None of the good could pass without being joined with wasted trillions. Military spending was necessary after years of Obama. ( And a strong military was necessary, not to counter Russia, who could have been allies, but to counter China, and keep them honest. The corrupt lobby run system would not allow anything productive on its own,so also funding tremendous waste was required.

    My hope is that this blueprint will be remembered, even if Trump does not get another round.

    I tend to think the systemic global break downs that appear to be coming, will wreck all plans, East and West, And how nations respond will potentially and very painfully eventually manifest as a far better system, both with more international understanding, and more sovereign free nations at the same time.

  52. David A says:

    Oh, and the “vaccines” appear to have a very similar addictive drug like dependency, and also no real way out once addicted. The natural immune system breaks down, the shot induced immunity is ever shorter, the non sterilizing antibodies generated ever more dangerous, with OAS and ADE ever more likely, and viral evolution roulette ever closer to the fatal point.

    And this is a giant global wild card. If society faces a potential 100 percent plus increase in mortality, I think we are at 15 to 40 percent now, and a large decrease in conception and fertility, (unknown now, just indications) then billions will rebel, and who knows how that will play out with all the above geo-politics at the same time. I think the globalists are absolutely insane, with no chance to control the world they arrogantly built and fueled. I really think they already lost, it will just take time and pain for all before their defeat is manifest.

  53. H.R. says:

    I used to get SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) working in manufacturing. It’s caused by a shortage of natural light.

    Most factories have few windows except for the offices and sometimes windows are shy there, too. Factory hours have you going to work in the dark and coming home after dark.

    I wouldn’t get it every year. It depended on if I was working on the shop floor a lot or maybe traveling outside while sourcing new equipment, or maybe working on new product or problems with a customer.

    When SAD would hit along around November, my doctor would call in a low dose of Citalopram, which is a SSRI. She cautioned me the first time she prescribed it that you must ease up to the the dose and must taper off when stopping usage.

    I’d take it until sometime in March or early April and then I’d be done. It was my call for when to stop and I’d taper off and let the doc know I was done for the year. As I mentioned, I’d call in for an Rx the next year only if it was occurring.

    After retirement, I got plenty of daylight during the Winter and have never had another bout of SAD. I haven’t taken that SSRI in years.

    Oh, I almost forgot. She initially prescribed one of the classic SSRIs. I can’t remember which one, but I was aware that many people had gone around the bend while taking it. I did not like it or the effects. I was feeling like “this stuff will make you crazy.” I told the doc and that’s when she switched me to Citalopram in the lowest dose they make. It worked great and didn’t seem to make me “feel funny” in a very dark and bad way like the other one.

    I’m just pointing out from experience that some of those SSRIs can really, really mess with the brain while a different formulation may work fine and be helpful.

    Nowadays, doctors who are on the ball prescribe light therapy (daylight bulbs) instead of antidepressants for SAD.

  54. H.R. says:

    @David A regarding the clot shots – The ironic thing is that the unimaginable masses of people who meekly took all the shots and boosters and the Karens and Kens that insisted everyone should be vaxxed will be the first to go.

    The independent thinkers and those wary of government and government solutions will be the ones left standing. The pure bloods and those who got clue after the initial shot and refused the boosters are precisely the population that the GEBs don’t want or need. The easily-led-by-the-nose sheeple they were counting on to do as they were told will be gone.

    The law of unintended consequences strikes again. 😁

    It is a sad thing that those who were coerced into taking the shots such as athletes, medical personnel, and some employees of on-board corporations threatened with job loss will have to pay the price. That coercion was just plain evil.

  55. E.M.Smith says:


    My opinion (worth all you paid for it ;-) is pretty simple.

    1) This is a political war on The West / Democratic Republics / Capitalism and not a natural evolution of general public attitudes.

    2) It is funded by, and driven by, folks with a huge amount of political power and money.

    3) It has a big Agenda and that Agenda comes first, not reality; not truth.

    4) Anything that gets in the way of The Agenda is to be crushed (in various ways, by lawfare, political manipulation, “enforcement” raids, buying it out, etc. etc. perhaps even up to and including assassination like Clintoncide…)


    Any disruptive Tech that would derail The Agenda would not be “allowed” to do so. It will be “regulated to death”, or “propaganda-ed to death”, or just “bought and buried” or worse case, certain folks will have “accidents”…

    I expect the first approach would be “buy and bury”. ANY new tech needs a huge amount of capital to reach a mass market. So someone like, oh, GE (in the thick of it with Govt contracts and GEB connections) just offers $10 Million to the “inventor” and then says it worked hard for 5 years and could not make money off of the effect, nor even get any scale up to happen. That can at a minimum delay it 5 years and likely would “poison the well” of interest by others via patents, lawfare, and the notion you might have to spend $100s of Millions and get nothing. “If GE can’t make it work, nobody can”…

    The other major “first possible” is just that the US Military shows up, says it is a national security item, and takes the tech. Classifies it, and the public can’t use or get it. (They did this with stealth and polymer aircraft… invented in about the 1960s by a Dentist and then classified for at least 20 years that I know of.)

    IF the inventor doesn’t “play along to get along” there’s always the choices of incarceration on bogus / various charges (see Assange to Snowden as examples of what happens when you cross the Deep State / TLA State…). Most folks will just go along with getting $Millions instead of prison when first given the choice.

    Frankly, I’m not sure I could choose the hard path over $Millions… I’d like to think I would, but the notion of a nice Villa and a big yacht with fishing trips to anywhere in the world and a wine cabinet of Great Wines ‘has certain attractions’… None of us really knows what we would do until the proposition is in front of us. I’d like to think I’m a Spartacus, but I have to recognize that like most folks, I have a weakness for money…

    Lucky for me, nobody has ever offered me enough to matter ;-) so I don’t know where that limit is for me. But while probably in the $Millions, we’re talking about folks with $Trillion sized budgets… so the reality is in that range. The Biggie thing, though, is that an assassination is in the $10k to $100k range (depending on target and difficulty) so rarely would $Millions be on offer when cheaper ‘solutions’ are commonly available…

    The only way I’d see such a disruptive tech (that threatens the core of The Agenda) making it to market / changing anything instead of being buried: It would need to be published to the world, from several locations / sources, with easy ability to replicate it. By doing that, countries like the BRICS who are already outside The Agenda could “run with it” and then it becomes an existence proof that can’t be hidden.

    If working inside the (corrupt) systems of The West, then the GEBs will suppress or oppress it as it threatens The Agenda.

    But I could be wrong… and just a bit depressed about the way the world is going right now…

    So “Assume a COM or COE tech is discovered and in use in the BRICs”, what happens to the projection / prediction?

    A huge effort would go into trying to destabilize the relevant countries, so it would have to be in a Big One. Russia, Brazil, China… One that can stand up to the assault.

    Give it about 2 years for conflict to simmer… then The West would start adopting the tech (as otherwise it goes out of business… and 2 years is enough for the Political Class and their friends to ‘adjust their portfolios’…)

    It would take about a decade to make a significant swap of the infrastructure from Coal & Oil to “new sources”, but there would be a big incentive to do so. Smaller tech would move faster. So you would see the “hoverboard” like things showing up first (unless the military classified it… but they couldn’t do that if it was already flying in the Russian Air Force… ) Military gear would adopt it rapidly IF it was an advantage, so the Weapons Companies would do OK. (Exxon not so much …)

    Most “home appliances” are now made in China, so to the extent China was not able to “lock it up” for their own use; it would show up in all sorts of appliances. (Note that GE sold their Appliance Division to Haier in China along with rights to the GE Brand for 50 years!. So I’d expect to see a lot of the change coming from China and with their industry benefiting.

    Would it Save Germany and / or the EU? Likely not. Yes, the tech could be displayed in a few months, but it would take at least 5 years of lots of manufacturing, sales, and distribution before Germany could install enough to not be subject to Russian Gas shortages. They have about 3 months… So that part sits unchanged.

    Would it stop the GEBs push to end oil via wind and solar? Well, it would accelerate the push to end oil & coal… Put a small damper on wind & solar via a theoretical argument of “this is better”, but it would not have an effect on immediate manufacture or installations. That would only come when volume sales were happening. Likely in about 2 to 3 years at least. (The USA Agenda of fundamental destruction will be over and done by then, one way or the other…). So I see 1/2 a loaf here, maybe.

    Wars between East & The West? That’s going down now in Ukraine. To the extent the Tech is happening in the BRICS, the push to military solution / destruction of it gets stronger not less. To the extent both use it, you get “no change” in the war dynamic over political ends (NATO domination of Russia as Russia is not buying The Agenda). To the extent The West can bury / delay it: no change.

    IFF it is rolling out fairly fast in many points in the 3rd World / BRICs / non-aligned nations (i.e. India, Pakistan, Peru, Argentina, Kenya, etc.) it is a direct threat to the Oil Economies of the world. They will start to have “issues” with dropping demand / income. USA, Saudi, Russia… Iran, Iraq, Brazil… Venezuela… That would imply that the BRICS (where only China & India are really not energy / oil producers) might have an internal cat fight over “allowing” this to disrupt their oil money flows.

    Thinking about that point: Who has a lot of oil & coal and so would see this as a big threat to their income? USA, Canada, Brazil, Ecuador, Australia, North Sea EU, south east EU / Ukraine offshore, Russia, most of the Middle East / Muslim world including parts of North Africa. Nigeria and some other bits of Africa. Indonesia.

    It looks like a whole lot of the world would feel a big money threat out of this. That increases the difficulty of finding a “Friendly Home” for the tech and increases the pressure to bury it / ban it / end it. I think the developers need to keep their heads down if they create a working device, and keep it secret until they can do a global data dump that can not be rolled back.

    10 to 20 years out, I think the effect would be huge. A Lot of legacy industries would need to convert or die. The whole PetroDollar / Oil Economy thing would be dying / dead. Energy wars would end (though if special minerals were needed…) There would be a huge scramble to “control it” and depending on how that worked out, things bifurcate. “More of the same but with a different control point” vs “A world of abundance and destruction of the control apparatus of oil & petro$.”

    That’s the “off the top” ramble about it anyway…

  56. Simon Derricutt says:

    EM – thanks for the analysis. Yep, I figure the full effect won’t happen for a decade or two. I think it may be hard to keep this secret, though, even though the GGEBs might want to. The easiest one to actually make at home is after all already published, though maybe not that many people have looked at it or understood it. However, you don’t need to understand the theory in order to make them, and it looks like this is a kitchen-table build. Comments on http://physicsfromtheedge.blogspot.com/2022/08/glimpses-of-qi-in-lab.html show the direction I’m heading, and that this should be pretty easy to manufacture by hand and then modify a standard generator to replace the motor (or use a car/lorry alternator) for a quick and dirty system of a kW or so. Really needs microcontroller added to make it stable, though there are mechanical ways of doing this. If my modification of the design works, I should be able to put up a “recipe” of what you need to do to make it.

    It’s probably so unbelievable that the knowledge can spread long before the people in charge realise it actually works.

    Yep, I see the attack on cheap energy as being political, though not sure whether the impetus comes from China, Russia, both, or somewhere else. There is however a strong whiff of communist sneaky ways to destroy the free world about that, even though it’s the West destroying itself through unfounded beliefs. With this sort of home energy production possible, I’m reminded of the laws in the past against people owning querns to grind their own flour, so they had to take their grain to the mill and pay (a lot of) tax on it. Those laws worked then, but I’m not sure if they would work so well when it comes to energy production. Then again, if there were laws against it, we’d be pretty certain it worked.

    I’m fairly certain that this knowledge will go world-wide pretty fast after it’s proven. Thus the BRICs countries would have the knowledge too. Japan is so short of natural energy sources that I’d expect them to manufacture devices ASAP. Should be able to be home-made in Africa, too.

    Despite the experimental evidence, I still think this is pretty unbelievable that it’s possible. I’ll be certain when I’ve measured it myself. After that, getting the data out needs to obviously be pretty fast so it can’t be squashed.

  57. E.M.Smith says:

    Or on an I2P server…

  58. another ian says:

    Getting more specific

    “CRIMSON RHINO and The Raid on Mar-a-Lago”


  59. another ian says:

    “Insightful Wisdom from Steve Bannon”

    “Breaking the machine”

    Link at


  60. another ian says:

    “Is WSJ Quietly Practicing More Balanced Reporting on Climate Change?”

    With examples


  61. another ian says:

    “Hacking ballot papers even before they’re counted”



    “War over Taiwan may be imminent as China’s domestic problems balloon out of control”


  62. another ian says:

    Latest Pointman



  63. philjourdan says:

    @TTN – Arthur C. Clark of course!

  64. another ian says:

    “Help Wanted”

    “Okay hive mind let’s see what we can come up with.

    Alex Berenson- Covid has caused a new psychiatric disorder and it’s not what you think. Please help me name it.

    It is a low- to medium-grade anxiety disorder caused by the realization that the bureaucrats and politicians who are nominally in charge do not really know what they’re doing, cannot read or understand data, and will not course correct in response to new information.”

    More and link at


  65. David A says:

    HR says
    “The ironic thing is that the unimaginable masses of people who meekly took all the shots and boosters and the Karens and Kens that insisted everyone should be vaxxed will be the first to go.”

    Said group likely includes family members and loved ones. I do not know how bad it will get. Worst case is unimaginably bad, compared to that a potential situation where only 1 in 100 died would be a giant blessing. This virus, highly likely man made, and the associated vaccines could decimate the global population, or it could fade, and medical help to repair the many disparate harms of Covid and of the vaccines could develop favorably.

  66. H.R. says:

    @DavidA re clot shot fallout – I was painting a worst-case scenario. The current data, which you have to collate yourself from bits and bobs you run across**, is very bad when compared to all other vaccines. But then, people aren’t piling up in the streets, so it looks like, in the short term the toll is unacceptably high, but not the mass killer that could have been.

    The vexx-associated deaths also seem strongly correlated to the various batches. Mrs. H.R. got the two-shot version and has had no problems. The kids got the one-and-done and felt pretty sick for three days after and then have been fine.

    I’m still pi$$ed off that they were coerced into the shots. The Mrs. needed to get her mom into assisted living, and she could not even walk through the front door of potential places to stay without the shot. The kids travel a lot on business and could not fly without the shot. That changed, but early on, it looked like that’s how it would be. It was coercion nonetheless.

    As for your family, and of course I don’t know them, but there are still too many people who trust the gub’mint. I did, sort of until some years ago. I mostly thought government was just a horribly wasteful inefficient tax burden who wasted almost every penny it raked in. Now I know that a large portion of the bureaucracy and all of those at the top of it all hate us and just want all our money. Then we can go occupy space in a landfill somewhere. We are just a cash cow to be milked.

    So, I suspect that your family that your family just believes the YSM and that the government is trying its best to help people. They will be that way until they have the scales fall from their eyes in their own “road to Damascus” moment.

    The good news is that even the most inattentive are starting to see that a lot of things don’t add up. Some will deny what they see, but every day, more people get clue. But there is always that base percentage who will say, “Oh look! Isn’t that nice? We’re going to get a wonderful hot shower after that terrible ride in the box car.” They’ll wear masks and take every booster until the bitter end.

    **It’s been like pulling teeth right from the start trying to get any info related to the vexxines. The GEB minions have hidden information and data about anything that would hinder giving the shot to everyone on the planet. The reason being… $$$$$. Bastards!

  67. philjourdan says:

    @Another Ian – Great rip off of the Beach Boys song! Good advice to EMS – it may be cheaper to rent the U-Haul in FLA and drive it out and back to FLA!

  68. philjourdan says:

    @H.R. – I will try to find the story of the casket maker who claims he has never had a mass order for sub sized caskets – until now. Those are the stories I rely on nothing from fake news (and that includes Fox, which is accurate when it suits them).

  69. philjourdan says:

    Use this link as it has tons of stories:


    Yes, children are dying from the Vexxine. Because they have immunity from prosecution and the government is covering for them (and when I say Government, I mean BIden and fake news)

  70. The True Nolan says:

    @philjourdan Most people are very weak at any form of math. If you told them “the COVID shots have already killed a half million people in the last year!” they would respond that it is impossible for so many extra people to die without there being bodies in the streets and mass burials with the help of bulldozers. Of course that is not true. As a very rough estimate, there are probably about four million deaths per year in the US. Add an extra half million and unless you are a mortician, or (more importantly) keeping statistics, you would never notice. So who would notice? Morticians, yes, and funeral home directors, and life insurance companies, and casket manufacturers, and cemetery operators. If you had an extra MILLION deaths each year most people would not notice. Two million? Still not immediately obvious to most people. An extra four million, doubling the death rate? My guess (just a guess) is that maybe the average person would start to notice something about there. Maybe not. Ask yourself, “how many people do I personally know who die each year? How many services do I attend? If I go to one funeral a year, would I even notice if it happened to be TWO funerals this year? Or would I just write it off as a bit high?”

    I am all in favor of keeping track of what morticians and insurance companies say. They are probably a more trustworthy source of information than our official agencies.

  71. Ossqss says:

    Add to that post, what is happening with fertilizer across the globe?

    Things that make ya go, Hummm…>

    Deception is an art in politicking and life>

    I couldn’t stop the mouse>

  72. Ossqss says:


  73. another ian says:

    “The Meaning of Incredible”

    “The CDC seems to think nobody will notice its crimes, and the crimes of its sister agencies, FDA, NIAID, NIH (and the White House Task Force) if it strolls jauntily into the fall season whistling a happy a tune: Nevermind Covid anymore, la la la…. Did I say crimes? Yes, I did. As in gross violations of the law and the basic social contract.”

    More at


  74. another ian says:




    Via SDA

  75. another ian says:

    Marketing of a different kind

    “What We Now Know About The Mar-a-Lago Raid

    A failing Biden Administration, facing a rematch against Trump and a pro-Trump Republican Congress in January, has launched a politically motivated assault.”


  76. another ian says:

    More “bore it up the CDC”

    “CDC and Fauci Minions Should Face Criminal Charges”

  77. David A says:

    TTN, excellent point that even doubling the death rate would not be obvious to the average person. IMV accurate all cause mortality morbidity numbers, vaccinated verse unvaccinated, is a necessary and achievable metric that would prove vaccine harm.

    As a side, what is happening in Antarctica?

  78. Simon Derricutt says:

    Jason and David – people may start to think a bit when too many friends and family die suddenly and unexpectedly. Someone else I know has just died from an unexpected heart attack. Not overweight, fit and normally active, and no obvious pointers that he would have been at risk (early 70s). Yep, I’d expect he had all the required jabs, but never asked.

    The again, this sort of unexpected death will at least fix the financial problem of all those retired people needing to be paid their pensions…. Always look on the bright side of life.

    Most of my family have had the Covid jabs (no, I’m not going to call them vaccinations). Requirements of the job etc., or thinking they are safe and effective because that’s what’s officially claimed. I’m thus thinking I might be hearing quite a few tales of illness and maybe some more unexpected sudden deaths, since more than a few of them are definitely overweight and thus at a higher risk anyway.

    I can’t point people at https://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=246656 (Karl Denninger pointing out the various official lies throughout the last few years on Covid and vaccinations) since although he’s absolutely right it’s stuff that will be censored on any of the social media.

    Funny thing is that those vaccinated family and friends still get Covid, but of course say “it would have been worse if we weren’t vaccinated”. They can still pass it on, too. Maybe odd that they can’t connect the dots, since they were promised that they wouldn’t get the disease and wouldn’t pass it on to others, if they took the jab.

    It seems as if the strategy is that enough people believe that the jab will work, then somehow magically that will become the truth. It won’t.

  79. Chiff says:

    “Of particular concern, are those deaths which relate to body-wide regulatory systems as opposed to specific organs or causes. In other words, cancer and lymphomas, heart, autonomous myocarditis/pericarditis/conductive disorders, injuries to the liver and kidneys, etc. These are not only the canaries in the coal mine in terms of pathology, but may serve to indicate as well that a pervasive systemic disruption is at play inside the average US citizen human physiology, especially over the last 71 weeks. These are the death groups which exhibit the most stark trend of increase post MMWR Week 14 2021. I sincerely wish to be wrong in this, and would be the happiest person on Earth if I found a critical flaw in the underlying data or methodology which served to refute it all. Unfortunately, after months of challenging my own work from every angle I could conceive, and patiently waiting for the CDC/NCHS to fix their MMWR reporting systems and processes, I sadly fear that I am not wrong. Hence the need for this article…….
    The charts of particular concern, I have highlighted with a yellow background and listed below. These include the charts featuring stark post MMWR Week 14 2021 rises in mortality. Specifically, they are

    Excess non-Covid natural cause, 5+ sigma
    Cancer and lymphomas, 9+ sigma
    Other respiratory conditions, 2 sigma
    Nephritis/Nephrotic syndrome, 4 sigma
    Septicemia, 2 sigma
    Heart diseases and ailments, 2 sigma
    All other ICD-10 tracked natural cause deaths, 4 sigma


  80. another ian says:

    “US ARMED government tax collectors training video – must be seen to be believed”


  81. another ian says:

    More covid hanky panky?

    “Fraud At The Highest Level Of The DOD”


  82. David A says:

    Chiff, thank you fir the link, I will save and study it. It is my perspective that all cause morbidity mortality studies, jabbed vs un-jabbed, is the definitive evidence needed.

  83. H.R. says:

    @David A & Chiff (Hi, Chiff! Long time no see.)

    When philj linked to the casket maker, I did a search on total US deaths by age. The only thing I found right away was on the CDC site and it listed 2020 and 2021 AND had a disclaimer that 2021 might not be accurate. Hoo boy. I just don’t trust the CDC anymore, anyhow. And kids weren’t getting vaxxed at a high rate in 2021.

    I’d like to do a search on funeral industry stats, year over year, but haven’t had time for that. I’d imagine that would be pretty useful, but I also think some small town, mom ‘n pops funeral homes may not report. There might also be some religious groups that take care of their own and don’t report. Maybe that’s so small as to not make a difference. I dunno.

    The all-cause deaths go up or down a little each year and I did see a chart in deaths per 100,000. That takes care of the population growth issue. But if, as pointed out above, if there’s a one-point-something increase, that’s a lot of people from a population of 330 million or so.

    I know there have always been some damaging reactions and deaths from vaccines, but I think the absolute number is small. So far as I can tell, even though bodies aren’t stacked like cordwood in the streets, it still seems that the clot shots carry an unacceptably higher risk. It’s just really hard to put a number on it.

  84. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    Found in the signature line of a comment by “Goldbrick” in that market ticker link:

    “The higher I go, the crookeder it gets.” –Michael Corleone. “We now live in a nation where doctors destroy health, lawyers destroy justice, universities destroy knowledge, governments destroy freedom, the press destroys information, religion destroys morals and our banks destroy the economy.”–Chris Hedges

    FWIW, I’m in California ATM to get some of my stuff… Seeing Gasoline / Diesel back up in the $6 / gallon range is a bit startling… how quickly I forgot ;-)

    Priced a few things I’d recently bought in Florida: Generally running about 30% to 50% higher. All at Walmart, both States… so not a store or buyer issue (as all Walmart stuff is bought out of Arkansas)

    I’ll be very glad to get out of here as quickly as I can.

    Oh, one other data point: A rental truck is now about 1/3 higher than when I priced them about 3 or 4 months ago. Same vendor, same truck…

  85. Pouncer says:

    HI, I read this about the new Webb telescope and had 2 thoughts:

    Article: https://iai.tv/articles/the-big-bang-didnt-happen-auid-2215

    1) sounds like the claim “science has been settled” is wrong about another thing

    2) Whatever happened to our frequent commentor here, Herman Something or Other? He was sort of a heretic on solar physics. “The Electric Sun?” One of the most polite fanatics ever, in my experience. Anyhow, I’d be interesting in how the heretic reacts to this most recent challenge to the orthodoxy, albeit a challenge from a whole new direction.

  86. Jon K says:

    @ Pouncer,
    Wasn’t his moniker omanual? Haven’t seen him in a while either.

  87. Terry Jackson says:

    RE: Big Bang. From Instapundit today

  88. cdquarles says:

    Oliver Manuel stated, often, that he was a part of the Apollo program. He may be deceased now. That said, his thing was packing fraction versus binding energy, if I am remembering correctly; which is, to me, saying the same thing using different words.

  89. cdquarles says:

    Oh, and neutron repulsion.

  90. cdquarles says:

    Crude population death rates in the USA has been about 0.9% for decades. It fluctuates some and was a bit less than 0.9% for several years before covid (which the numbers were, and are, badly corrupted). Current USA population should be around 335 to 337 million and grows a bit more than 1% per year (births – deaths + in migration – out migration).

  91. H.R. says:

    Oliver Manuel posted as Omanuel. IIRC, a good portion of his obsession was the ‘iron Sun’.

    Anyhow, he would carpet bomb threads with his message, which was rarely on topic. He joined in on topic every now and then and was an insightful, smart man with a fairly broad knowledge base, and would make some really good comments.

    E.M., as tolerant of a blog host as you will ever find, gave him a few warnings – more than a few – and then put him in timeout(?), and then I think had to ban Oliver or maybe Oliver just took the timeout as that he was banned and quit posting.

    He was the same on many science-based blogs and was banned sooner or later depending on the tolerance of the host.

    A likeable guy, he was just obsessed and couldn’t take “take it easy there” for an answer. It’s been at least 6 or 7 years since any comment by him has appeared.

  92. The True Nolan says:

    The link you posted to “the big bang didn’t happen” is WELL WORTH a read. Sounds like some very telling, difficult to refute, points made there. Personally, once the Big Bang gets a more rational investigation (and maybe refutation) I hope we see a reexamination of the fashionable idea of Black Holes.

  93. H.R. says:

    @cdq – The all cause mortality table I found was as you said, around 0.9% +/- a smidge. But the last 3 (4?) years were 1.2-something%. Three up-years and all about 30% higher. I wish I’d bookmarked it, but I didn’t trust it so wasn’t going to post it here.

    Then there is that never-before-heard-of SADS hitting young, healthy athletes. Last I saw the count was 938 IIRC, and that was a bit ago. It’s probably around 1,000 by now.

    Things that make you go hmmm…

  94. Pouncer says:

    Herman, Oliver; Electric suns or Iron ones. I’m on chemo. I have an excuse for confusion. Nevertheless I beg pardon for making MY confusions contagious. And I thank all who took the time to respond for the polite corrections.

    It seems to me we’re about a century on since the last major revolution in physics. Overdue. When we get it, it’ll be as consequential and rapid as the decades intervening from Curie’s discoveries to Oppenheimer’s applications.

  95. cdquarles says:

    H. R. based on stuff I saw, greater than 0.9% could only be possible for 2020, 2021, and possibly 2022; but that’s only from late 2020’s numbers and early 2022’s numbers. Last CDC stuff was still based on pre 2020 estimated populations and estimates weekly deaths from that, despite the 2020 census and that the population has continued to grow since then, despite the higher than typical crude death rates. That said, net in-migration may be most of that. I have not seen anything yet to show that deaths have exceeded births since 2020.

  96. cdquarles says:

    CDC stuff here: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/index.htm and related links (WONDER database).

  97. another ian says:

    Re that grain in Ukraine

    “Whose Grain Is Being Shipped from Ukraine? America’s GMO Agribusiness Giants to Take Control of Ukraine Farmland”


  98. H.R. says:

    @cdq – Yes, the jump was for recent years. Prior to that, everything hovered around the 0.9%.

    I did note one year maybe 10-ish or so years ago where there was a DROP of -1.1 0r ,2%.

    I didn’t think to look if the previous year was high, thus leaving fewer vulnerable people for the following year.

    P.S. FauXi is OUT at the end of December. He’s cashing out, but I wonder if he wasn’t being given a little push.

    If the clot shot SHTF, he would make a great already-gone scapegoat. Nothing to point at those remaining in pResident Brandon’s administration.

  99. another ian says:

    “ALL THE INSTITUTIONS HAVE BEEN CORRUPTED: WSJ: The Trump Warrant Had No Legal Basis: A former president’s rights under the Presidential Records Act trump the statutes the FBI cited to justify the Mar-a-Lago raid.”


    More at


  100. another ian says:



    E.M. – similar to your look at the history

  101. The True Nolan says:

    @another ian
    I hope you saw this comment in one of your Mar-a-Lago links:

  102. jim2 says:


    In India, a large number of children have been diagnosed with a newly discovered infectious disease, and even professionals are uncertain as to where the outbreak may have originated.

    According to a report published in the Lancet Respiratory Medicine Journal, “tomato flu” was first discovered on May 6 in India and has since infected more children ages 1 to 9.


  103. Ossqss says:

    For a change of pace, here is an analysis on my air weapons.

    Here ya go.

    Air Soft shotgun. 150 shot (20 gram ammo) magazines with a wheel feeder that provides 20+ loads before wheeling to reload. Forget sights, just learn it. It works well as a point and shoot deterrent. It hurts at 30 feet, but not lethal.

    Daisy 426 or 415 BB pistols. Both work, but only the 415 allows for easy CO2 cartridge activation through open access grip twist for activating the cartridge (in my garage drawer due to such), but it is 15 shots vs. 21 shot capacity before reloading. I still have my Starbucks straws with pen caps as speed loaders for them both. Fresh cartridge and close range will have a significant impact on the end of the BB journey.

    Red Ryder BB rifle. What can I say? 600 rounds on board. Effective for pretty much everything within 30 feet. 600 rounds make that happen. Gonna feel it, but once again, forget sights for the most part.

    Crossman 1077 Co2 repeater (.177). 12 shot clips, and you can get about 3 clips with effective terminal velocity per cartridge. So, you get about 1,440 shots with a package of 40 Co2 cartridges. Nice scope makes it very effective. Key is to sight in with ammo you will use moving forward. Different weights impact accuracy. Additionally, the cartridges for any Co2 unit are use it or lose it. They all leak in short order.

    Benjamin nitrogen piston break-barrel .22. This moves into very effective territory. Good scope makes it happen every time. Same accuracy weight challenge with ammo. I only use 14.3-gram hollow points as the lighter alloy ones were out of sight compensation order. They work great for pretty much everything.

    I would note, lubrication definitely helps with performance (seals in particular) and reliability with any pneumatic. Do it. Albeit the air soft has never seen any and still going strong protecting my dock through training critters. LOL

    2nd side note, I used Copperhead BB’s initially and they actually rusted over time and impacted (obviously) shooting. The Daisy silver ones never did cause problems to this day.

    Anyhow, no BS here.

    I believe HR experienced everything I just verify again in person.

  104. H.R. says:

    Yeah, a couple of years back Ossqss and I had an air/co2 shooting competition. Ihad brought my Remington scoped break barrel pellet gun down, all sighted in… and I couldn’t hit crap. I was missing by a foot or so to the side and a little less than that high.

    We fiddled with the scope a bit, but I was making huge adjustments for little gain. I’m blind in both eyes, about 25% of my central vision in both eyes was lasered out, so I turned the gun over to Ossqss and he improved on the shooting, but it was still considerably off, and corrections didn’t improve things much for him, either. My best guess was the scope got messed up in the back of the truck on the 1,000-mile trip to Florida. We gave up.

    We shot the Red Ryder and it got me laughing. The velocity is slow enough that I could see the flight of the BB even with my bad eyes. It was a breezy day and those BBs hooked and curled like a major league curve ball. Ossqss is pretty good with that gun! Me not so much, but I claim my aim was off due to laughing so much.

    His soda straw loader works a treat, BTW. And the copper-plated BBs were rusted. We tried them in the 10-shot gun and some stuck. He was just making the point about the rust problem.

    The final results of the shooting contest had Ossqss coming in next-to-last while I came in at 2nd Place. 😉

  105. Ossqss says:

    LOL, you are truly talented with descriptions of reality HR. We salute you!

    Regardless, we rocked that day!

  106. another ian says:

    And we have a new drug for Alzheimer’s but read all about it before diving in


  107. jim2 says:

    After careful review and thoughtful deliberation, Duke Health has decided it will not provide aducanumab for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease at this time.

    This decision was made after evaluation by Duke’s Pharmacy Medication Management Committee, which includes providers from various specialties and medication experts, who review all medications for their availability at Duke Health.


  108. Jon K says:

    I’m so sorry to hear you’re on chemo. You are in my prayers.

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  110. E.M.Smith says:

    I never banned Omanuel. His last comments were in 2018, one on
    Link: https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2018/05/23/the-incredibly-shrinking-cnn/
    and another on;
    Link: https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2018/05/09/global-warming-about-the-money-agw-investment-club/

    I did “encourage” him to consider his audience more in his posting / commenting volume and “style” and he looked to have done just that and moderated the thread bombing.

    In general, I found his ideas quite interesting.

  111. H.R. says:

    @E.M. – Same here on Oliver’s ideas, and I recalled that you admonished him about the carpet bombing. I didn’t think you banned him, but I thought he got a timeout. That was my assumption, since the carpet bombing stopped. I guess not, and Oliver stopped on his own.

    Thanks for the update. He was always polite and as I mentioned, had some good insights when he participated on topics other than his obsession.

    Hmmm… I’m not hopelessly senile just yet. It seems I was close enough on how long since his last post was made.

  112. E.M.Smith says:

    Frankly, I don’t remember if I just threatened a “pause” or actually did something like a 1 or 2 day “timeout”. whatever. He and I were both polite about it and he caught clue well enough, so things continued…

    I’m pretty sure his physics points were valid. I’m just not real sure what to do with them ;-)

    The JWST results are supporting the Electric Universe folks positions. It would be very interesting to find out a lot of the stars are just “iron stars” heated by immense electric currents…

    His points about the isotope ratios being “wrong” in space pointing toward our sun being the remnant of a nova were also intriguing. But how do we know if it was our sun, or one that blew up Very Nearby, but a billion or two years ago, seeding space with a lot of “wrong” isotopes? And other than arguing the theoreticals, what’s the benefit to me of knowing which answer is “more right”?

    We know all the planets are the products of prior Nova events, as they have elements heavier than helium in them. So narrowing it down to just which Novas and when? Maybe a bit of a bridge too far ;-)

    Looks like his blog is still up, but with about a 2017 last comment:


    Oliver Kieth Manuel publications:


    Looks like his linked-in account is still there too:


    So there’s that…

  113. The True Nolan says:

    @EM: “But how do we know if it was our sun, or one that blew up Very Nearby, but a billion or two years ago, seeding space with a lot of “wrong” isotopes?”

    How? Because some of the isotopes have a relatively short (thousands of years?) half life. If they were the result of a nova which occurred recently enough to produce the measured isotope ratios, the star which produced them would still be in the immediate neighborhood and detectible.

    You are probably at least moderately familiar with the Suspicious Observer folks. I am fairly sure they have been mentioned here in the past.
    Their theory is that our Sun (and most stars too) have long cycle mini-nova events. In our case, the explosions are enough to produce a lot of anomalous isotopes, but not enough to wipe out life on earth. There seems to be an increasing amount of evidence and papers supporting the idea. They feel that the cycle timing is related to an accumulated dust cloud around the Sun, one which is periodically carried into the solar system by a wavy galactic current sheet. The solar system crosses the current sheet about every 12 to 13 thousand years.

  114. p.g.sharrow says:

    From time to time I encounter Oliver Manuel on the internet, but he rarely comments at any length anymore.
    I find his “Iron Sun” theory very compelling, at least a lot more compelling then the standard theory of a Hydrogen Sun. Based on the evidence of the planetary bodies there is no way to wind up with a Hydrogen central Sun/Star. I developed a theory where a nebula condensed into a hydrogen central body with stony/Ferrous orbiting bodies., but it was very dis satisfying. It has to be a solid Ferrous core just like the rest of it’s orbiting bodies, An overgrown Gas Giant ! with a solid Ferrous core.

    My studies of seismic data indicates a solid Ferrous core, with an upper layer of “sand/gravel” covered by a “Liquid layer”, the top of this is about 75% of the apparent diameter. This is then topped with a gaseous atmosphere, the tropophase of which is what we call the “surface” this is the level where conduction gives way to radiation as the principal means of energy transfer into space.

    I “see” two levels of energy creation. a lower layer where Mater/energy density would result in Fusion and an upper layer where Mater/Energy density would result in Fission and O.Manuel’s Iron Sun results.

    As to the Electric Sun proposition, I see a lot of evidence that points that way, Gravity as an manifestation of EMF.in bodies would mean that gravity works in the same manner as other forces. A EMF field causes the same warpage of the atomic dielectric as gravity does, so “Gravity is the result of an linear accelerator warpage. A “negative”predominate Aether of space over a “positive” predominant Mater. All of that photonic radiation in space is basically negative energy in motion.

    All of this would indicate to me that Big Bang Theory is too full of holes and constant creation is more in line with what we see.

  115. another ian says:

    Not quite as far back as the Big Bang

    “Mysterious mounds in the southwest corner of the Amazon Basin were once the site of ancient urban settlements, scientists have discovered. Using a remote-sensing technology to map the terrain from the air, they found that, starting about 1,500 years ago, ancient Amazonians built and lived in densely populated centres, featuring 22-metre-tall earthen pyramids, that were encircled by kilometres of elevated roadways.

    The complexity of these settlements is “mind blowing”, says team member Heiko Prümers, an archaeologist at the German Archaeological Institute headquartered in Berlin.”

    More and comments at


  116. another ian says:


    “2022-08-23 FJB ImpeachmentCast Vol 1”


  117. The True Nolan says:

    @another ian
    As a boy I read a book recounting the trip of Francisco de Orellana down the Amazon in 1540. His chronicler, Gaspar de Carvajal, described numerous very large cities, extending along both banks of the river for miles and miles. In the early 1970s I discussed Orellana’s trip with a gentleman who had spent a lot of time with Amazonian tribes, and asked him “what happened to all the cities?” While I have no way to verify this, here in brief is what he said the tribal elders had told him about that subject. They told him that with the coming of the Spanish and the associated pandemics, that a conscious decision was made to abandon the cities and move to a dispersed tribal structure in the jungle. I still find that surprising and difficult to believe — but so he told me.

  118. another ian says:

    “No, China isn’t about to collapse: and yes, China is a very real threat”


  119. another ian says:

    And wisdom here IMO

  120. p.g.sharrow says:

    @The True Nolan, yes I read about that same book.and the remarks about the vast cities along the reaches of the Amazon River drainage. As to the dispersal, new story to me, but the pandemics and constant warfare did destroy all organized civilization in much of Central and South America. The Indians could not understand the Spaniards lust to loot and destroy everything. The civilized Indians were very well organized. In their wars you just changed the people in charge but society was kept intact and functioning. The Spaniards destroyed all organization to enslave the locals into gathering up the wealth of the area and ship it to Spain.
    Also of interest to me was the chronicler, Gaspar de Carvajal, listed the family names of the Spaniards that did the looting and their battles between each group to secure a bigger share of their loot. Amazing to me is that even 500 years later the same “Spanish” families are still fighting over looting the same areas in Central and South America. And they are still Spaniards! not Indians ! .

  121. David A says:

    Chiff, looking at your link… Really good stuff, a bit complicated as it has to be BECAUSE of ZERO all cause mortality morbidity jabbed verses unjabbed.

    From your link;
    “As of the publishing of this article, 9,290 death records posted in the June 2nd MMWR update showed as redacted four weeks later and still remain missing from the data. Another 13,245 deaths were re-categorized by the CDC from primarily cancer and heart death, to other codes such as Alzheimer, kidney, or respiratory deaths, as can be seen in part inside this chart. It is hard to envision a scenario explaining this 52,000-record data tampering across the most at-risk weeks (MMWR Weeks 4 through 20) of 2022, as not constituting malicious obfuscation of US citizen mortality data. As a former intelligence officer and strategist for nations facing some pretty tough corruption challenges, I am a skeptic of power, and no eager subscriber to Hanlon’s Razor.

    Keep in mind that the charts in this article do not even reflect the addition of the CDC-shorted death records redacted for MMWR Weeks 4 through 20 of 2022.”


    “This defacto concealment of 20,600 death records (inside the R00-R99 code group), is independent of the 22,535 records which were removed from the June 2nd 2022 death data and have either yet to be placed back into the database or were reassigned to non-threatening ICD codes.

    That makes for a total of 43,135 potential myocarditis, cancer, pericarditis, conductive, nephrosis, liver, and/or lymphoma deaths which still have not even yet posted into the data over which this article is sounding the alarm.

    That is 7% of the total deaths for the period in question, and possibly 15 to 25% of these highly concerning death ICD-10 groups’ trend data – missing. Even absent this data however, the entailed trends are alarming.”


    “Finally, we end with the most important chart of all – the chart which indicates deaths which are not from accidents, suicide, addiction, assault, abuse, despair, disruption, nor Covid-19. The Excess Non-Covid Natural Cause Mortality chart which we began monitoring on May 29th 2021. What I called then, the ‘What the hell is this?’ chart. As one can see, we have lost 344,000 younger Americans to something besides Covid and non-natural death, during the period from 3 April 2021 to 6 August 2022. The current rate of mortality in this ICD categorization, is around 5,000 or more per week (the database shows a most recent five-week, weekly average of 7,887 deaths – subject to lag of course) – which exceeds most weeks of the Covid pandemic itself (save for the absolute peak periods).

    By now, if all these mortality excesses were indeed a holdover from Covid-19 itself, they should have already begun to tail off. Unfortunately they are not only not tailing off, in many cases they are still increasing.”


    “Exhibit E – Excess Non-Covid Natural Cause Deaths are at an all time high as of MMWR Week 31 of 2022. 344,000 US citizens have died of some additional factor since MMWR Week 14 of 2021. The current rate of excess mortality represents a five week average of 5+ sigma in excess (hedging conservatively for lag). (See PFE Footnote7)

    And that is with a massive number of yet to be reported deaths?

  122. Simon Derricutt says:

    Another sudden unexpected death of an elite sportsperson:
    Seems to me this is happening much more often than I noticed before. Schools are also agitating to get defibrillators available at their sports fields, which implies that kids dropping dead on the field is being seen as something that’s expected.

  123. H.R. says:

    I hadn’t heard about the defibrillators for school sporting events, Simon.

    I knew about the professional athletes keeling over because they are known and notable and get regular press anyhow. H.S. and college students, not so much.

    I suppose the H.S. school deaths get local coverage, much like those killed in an auto accident, but the news doesn’t travel far.

    And there’s always the thought that the ‘onside’ national YSM is intentionally not connecting the dots and won’t report on these deaths. They can’t suppress the pro athletes’ deaths, though.

  124. jim2 says:

    Even before covid, young athletes would occasionally have heart issues due to cocaine use.

  125. jim2 says:

    From 2018:

    Myocarditis is a non-ischemic inflammatory heart muscle disease that can result in cardiac dysfunction and arrhythmias.1 The etiology of myocarditis is heterogeneous but can be broadly categorized into infectious, toxic or autoimmune insults. Viral myocarditis is the most common etiology in the developed world and the focus of this discussion. However, in the context of young athletes, toxins such as catecholamines and cocaine should be inquired about during history taking.2 The pathophysiology is primarily mediated through myocardial inflammatory infiltrates and necrosis.1


  126. Simon Derricutt says:

    H.R – https://www.gov.uk/government/news/every-school-will-have-a-life-saving-defibrillator-by-2223 gives the official position in the UK. Also see https://americasfrontlinedoctors.org/2/frontlinenews/500-increase-in-sudden-cardiac-and-unexplained-deaths-among-fifa-athletes-in-2021/ saying there’s been an increase in the USA. I haven’t found a graph of such deaths in the UK or Europe, though.

    Jim2 – useful to know the background and that it’s always been there, problem is the reason why it’s suddenly increased. Maybe also that that sudden increase isn’t being investigated, when it also seems to apply to non-athletes too. Given that an old friend of mine just died from an unexpected heart failure where none of the normal explanations (overweight or a bad history) would apply, I’m maybe a bit more sensitive to such things at the moment.

  127. jim2 says:

    Notice one cause of Myocarditis is viral infection. This includes COVID infections. Since young people can have COVID and not even know it, it’s difficult to disentangle causes.

    Among nearly 43 million people in England, ages 13 and older, who received at least one dose and up to 3 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, fewer than 3,000 people (0.007%) were hospitalized or died with myocarditis, inflammation of the heart muscle, during the study period of December 1, 2020 through December 15, 2021.
    Only 617 (0.001%) of the nearly 3,000 cases of myocarditis occurred during days 1-28 after receiving a COVID-19 vaccination. Individuals with COVID-19 infection were at least 11 times more at risk for developing myocarditis in the 1-28 days after testing positive if COVID-19 infection occurred before COVID-19 vaccination.
    The risk of developing myocarditis was substantially lower in the 1-28 days after COVID-19 vaccination than after COVID-19 infection, except for after a second dose of the Moderna vaccine.
    The risk of COVID-19 vaccine-associated myocarditis was higher in men younger than age 40 after a first dose of an mRNA vaccine or after a second dose of any of the 3 vaccines.


  128. cdquarles says:

    Yes, myocarditis, pericarditis, and endocarditis may be caused by infections. All kinds of infections. The rate I remember is on the order of 1 to 10 per million. Myocardial infarctions happen, too, at any age; though most common between 30 and 90. Yes, some got it from one or more corona viruses. Some got it from other viruses, which were not in the news. Some got it from bacterial infections. Some got it from something else, including the inoculations. We will never know what did what with any certainty. Misattribution will be common.

  129. rhoda klapp says:

    We don’t know the rate of myocarditis, we only see the obvious cases. You can have it without knowing, until you want your heart to exert itself more than normal. That’s why it kicks off in athletes.

  130. Power Grab says:

    @ TTN re:
    ” They told him that with the coming of the Spanish and the associated pandemics, that a conscious decision was made to abandon the cities and move to a dispersed tribal structure in the jungle. I still find that surprising and difficult to believe — but so he told me.”

    I find it easy to believe. My ex farmed land that he rented from nearby tribes. He often talked about how hard it was to find them to give them the rent.

    Besides that, this week a friend of my offspring was hard to find because they were off doing tribal stuff with fellow tribe members. No cameras are allowed at these events. They like to preserve their privacy. They can’t be contacted while taking part in these events.

    Then there have been administrative encounters that helped reinforce the idea that they value their privacy very highly and are not reluctant to abandon one identity for another.

    I read recently that there was a 30,000-person “village” somewhere in south-central Kansas. A story was told that their “enemies”(?) hired European soldiers to take out those villagers because they wanted their land and stuff. They told the soldiers that they were bad and needed to be taken out. I don’t know how true that was. I can imagine that sort of thing goes on a lot in these modern times.

    I reckon if you allow your enemies to run your PR, it won’t be long before lots of bad things befall you and yours.

  131. Chiff says:

    Hi H.R. I’m not online much nowadays. Hope everything is well here.

  132. another ian says:

    Economics for today

    “The dark bubble: There’s a reason everything seems to be going off the rails simultaneously”


  133. The True Nolan says:

    @P.G.Sharrow Lots of interesting stories from the Amazon. You might want to read “Wizard of the Upper Amazon”.

    It purports to be the true story of a man who was kidnapped by an uncontacted tribe as a teen while he working as a rubber harvester in the early 20th century. The tribe leaders had seen how the Europeans were moving closer and closer to their jungle area. They kidnapped the young man and initiated him into their tribe — their plan being that he would OBVIOUSLY prefer tribal life once he experienced it, and his knowledge of how the Europeans lived would enable him to protect the tribe from the outsider’s incursions.

    Good book.

  134. David A says:

    Cdquarles says
    “Yes, some got it from one or more corona viruses. Some got it from other viruses, which were not in the news. Some got it from bacterial infections. Some got it from something else, including the inoculations. We will never know what did what with any certainty“

    CD, that is just it. I keep harping on it, as it the key. We can know, and very precisely. We have millions of control in every morbidity and mortality category, so it would be SIMPLE to get very accurate numbers, vaccinated verse unvaccinated.

  135. The True Nolan says:

    @David A : “We have millions of control in every morbidity and mortality category, so it would be SIMPLE to get very accurate numbers, vaccinated verse unvaccinated.”

    Yes, exactly. It is not necessary to know whether any SPECIFIC case is due to vaxx or to some other cause. At this point we are just trying to determine whether vaxxed is more likely to have health problems vs unvaxxed. As you say, that should be a simple matter to gather that information. The fact that NO ONE has that information already available is, in itself, an important indication that someone WANTS that information to be unavailable.

  136. Ossqss says:

    We will never see any Gov admit failure.

    So, did Jill B experience a double whammy, just like Joe?

    Paxlovid maybe?

  137. Ossqss says:

    One thing that no one has brought up is immune system exercise.

    What happens to an average humane system when it is not exposed to anything for a couple years.

    I am talking pathogen exposure and response.

    Does that lack of exposure/practice have an impact on excess mortality?

    Ya Think>

  138. David A says:

    TTN – “The fact that NO ONE has that information already available is, in itself, an important indication that someone WANTS that information to be unavailable.”

    Yep! And from there the various high incident VAERS illness (investigated) and deaths could and would have autopsies (unfortunately very few done) and the majority showed spike protein harm. That would take us from correlation to causation in a big hurry. The entire purpose of VAERS was to lead to the studies that reporting system gave correlation evidence of.

  139. David A says:

    Ossqss, I think I read about this being strongly indicated in children pulled from school and isolated.

  140. another ian says:

    “The cult of Fauci” lives on in Queensland

    The pay docking of unvaccinated Qld teachers gets legs

  141. Ossqss says:

    Interesting read on advertising. Check your settings! Another reason I will never use Apple.


  142. cdquarles says:

    From personal experience, before the massive corruption we see now. That someone died is unambiguous. Why someone died may be very ambiguous. Death certificates involve guessing. Sometimes a lot of guessing, sometimes not much guessing.

  143. another ian says:

    And while we’re on Queensland and health

    “The Queensland Health Practitioner Regulation National Law and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2022 (Reference No. 2) intends to refocus the well established principle of patient-centred care to “public confidence in health services”.

    This legislation will end the practice of medicine as we know it and will result in the death of informed consent, medical ethics, and the very lives of many Queenslanders and Australians.”


  144. another ian says:

    To put it bluntly – looks like more turds rising

    “Is Something Else Going On In Wuhan?”


  145. another ian says:

    And other things brewing up

    “Queensland law tries to make “public confidence” in health bureaucrats more important than public health”


    If they make it retrospective there is a guaranteed arse cover here – after all there is a state premiership and a governorship at stake here (newly appointed governor was the last chief health officer for the state)

  146. Pouncer says:

    Hi Chief, and party-guests,

    It’s been a while since there’s been discussion of the Raspberry Pi and clones, Linux, and the personal security advantages of very cheap — nearly disposable — computers.

    I saw this thing about turning a $30 Android “set top” TV box into a Debian 11 / XFCE desktop environment and thought you’d be amused.



    And, of course the “featured project” is the ad-blocker “Pi-Hole”


    We are not QUITE into the future far enough that vendors are putting PCs in as toys or gifts in boxes of CrackerJacks or laundry detergent. But we are sure headed that way fast.

  147. H.R. says:

    Has anyone here seen a $1,000 dollar bill? I saw one at a flea market/gun show and another time at a coin/stamp show.

    I was just hanging with dad and both times, the dealers had them at their booth as buying money; one at the gun show and two at the coin show. They were in a secure case with their best goods for sale and dad said it was to show they were serious if someone brought something valuable to sell to the dealer.

    This was about 1970 +/- and I’ve not seen them before or since. I just looked, and they are still legal tender, but no one will use them as such, because they are worth about $20,000 on the currency collectibles markets.

    If inflation keeps up, they may need to start printing them again. How else will we be able to pay for a Big Mac, fry, and a Coke? 😲

  148. jim2 says:

    A Google study finds that training people to recognize misinformation makes them more resistant to it. However, what is one of the “red flags” used to ID it? One is “use of conflicting explanations.” However, any alternative scientific explanation of something like “climate change” will necessarily be a “conflicting explanation.” It appears they are training people to ignore genuinely true information if that information goes against the popular explanation. Tricky.

    The researchers found that psychologically “inoculating” internet users against lies and conspiracy theories — by pre-emptively showing them videos about the tactics behind misinformation — made people more skeptical of falsehoods afterward, according to an academic paper published in the journal Science Advances on Wednesday…. The users were taught about tactics such as scapegoating and deliberate incoherence, or the use of conflicting explanations to assert that something is true, so that they could spot lies. Researchers tested some participants within 24 hours of seeing a pre-bunk video and found a 5 percent increase in their ability to recognize misinformation techniques.


  149. Pouncer says:

    If inflation keeps up, they may need to start printing [ $1000 bills] again.

    Just for fun: Whose face would we put on the front? Salmon P Chase or other bankers being old white capitalist males unworthy of the honor…

    Harriet Tubman on the $20, some day.

    Martin Luther King on the $1000? ( America has given our people a bad check, a check which has come back marked ‘insufficient funds’. )

  150. The True Nolan says:

    @HR: “Has anyone here seen a $1,000 dollar bill?”

    I have never seen one, but tried to get one about 1974 or so. I had borrowed $1000 from my brother and was ready to pay him back, and thought “wouldn’t it be neat to pay him with a $1000 bill!” I went to the bank to get one and they treated me like a criminal. “Why do yo need that? What are you going to use it for?” Turns out they didn’t have one anyway. The Treasury had withdrawn all the $1000 bills (and $500 as well) starting with Nixon in 1969, and they were no longer distributed. They CLAIMED it was to fight drug dealers — so they took out anything larger than a $100 bill. How has inflation reduced that buying power? A hundred dollars of buying power in 1969 would take $780.21 to be equaled today. Put the other way around, a $100 bill TODAY will only buy what $12.82 would have bought in 1969. And those figures are based on the obviously lying inflation figures the government tells us after their “hedonic adjustments”. The REAL inflation rate is higher, meaning the real exchange rates would be worse.

  151. H.R. says:

    Here’s a link on ‘vaccines’ and excess mortality based on Germany’s data. I think this may be a good deal more trustworthy than CDC US data.

    Also, Germany has a high vaccination rate, so there is much less confounding with the unjabbed. It’s the most believable analysis I’ve run across so far.


  152. The True Nolan says:

    Hey HR, that is a good link to the German data, and, if correct, pretty encouraging! Granted a two sigma increase in death rate is not good — but it not nearly as bad as some reports recently have sounded. Even better would be if the rate drops for 2022 compared to 2021. I don’t think it will, but I would love to be wrong.

  153. H.R. says:

    Two items:

    1) Here’s a great link on US currency ($2, $500, $1,000, $5,000, $10,000, $100,000 bills). Also, there a mention of the $1 Silver Certificate bill with Martha Washington’s portrait on it. I’ve never seen a $500 dollar bill. I just now found out because I was curious if one ever existed and found this link.


    b) Regarding a mortality rate drop in 2022, there are a lot of people who had little info on the clot shots when they were released. It was supposedly safe and effective and would prevent getting the FauXi Flu (🤣🤣🤣 pull the other finger). The boosters were taken in lesser numbers, and there have been a lot of people who have refused all boosters after learning more about the mRNA therapy shots.

    So, we might expect mortality rates to improve a bit in 2022 because more people who have escaped any serious effects from the shots are refusing the boosters.

  154. another ian says:

    And here we go again!

    “Pharmacological Madness”

    “Madness, I tell you.

    Aug 22 (Reuters) – Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) and German partner BioNTech said on Monday they had sought U.S. authorization for a COVID-19 vaccine booster retooled to target the Omicron variant, and would have doses available to ship immediately after regulatory clearance.

    Note that the FDA has said they will not require separate studies on this formulation, much as is the case for annual flu shots.

    That’s nuts.

    We already know the existing formulation is dangerous and damages immune response generally, meaning it is likely more harmful than protective, particularly given its rapid waning of effectiveness — and this is giving the data the best slant available for the jabs.

    There is plenty of data out in the public, which the CDC is trying like Hell to obfuscate, that as many as 300,000 excess, non-Covid deaths have occurred over the last 15 or so months with most of these being cancers and circulatory problems.

    That’s a roughly 10% increase in the expected all-cause mortality in the United States and to make it worse a large percentage of these deaths are occurring in people who historically do not get hit by these types of mortality — specifically, those who are in younger age brackets. When one looks at age-adjusted cohorts the data appears to show an utterly stunning several-sigma event in several categories which, in any sane world would lead every single person in the epidemiological world to be jumping up and down screaming at the top of their lungs since the only actual change that occurred concurrent with the initiation of this mortality was the widespread roll-out of the original version of the jabs.

    Yet, with few exceptions, there is silence.”

    More at


  155. another ian says:


    A follow-up coding question re that “Cluster*1*2” addressing.

    I can see that the first “*” will be taken as a wild card but how did it handle the “1” and “2”?

  156. Simon Derricutt says:

    Another nice rant from Neil Oliver at https://www.gbnews.uk/gb-views/dont-be-fooled-into-thinking-this-disaster-movie-is-coming-to-an-end-says-neil-oliver/358614

    I’m still surprised that he’s not being censored. Too much truth there.

    Though things for common people seem less of a problem in France than the UK, because EDF is government-owned and has limited the electricity bills despite the fuel price increases, since the fuel cost increases are being reflected in the price of food and everything else, the inflation is still very noticeable. When the cost of energy rises, everything goes up too, and government price-caps only defer the payment of the bills. You can’t fix a global price rise of something in short supply, and the only reasonable thing to do would be to fix the supply problems. The oil and gas companies aren’t going to put in investment that needs amortising over 20 years in order to fix a supply problem now when they’re also being told that in 10 years their product will not be required at all. Thus they’ll make what profit they can and run down their wells, and not drill new ones for future supplies. If you want those new supplies, you need to contract for them over a sufficient timespan for them to make a profit. Otherwise they’ll say “bugger that for a lark” (or the equivalent saying in American English, or Arabian, or whatever) and find something else to do.

    Another Ian – used to be that a ? gives a single-character wild-card, and * replaced any number of them. That would still not match correctly, though, so maybe there’s a bug in the code and it’s not doing what the programmer intended to happen. Thus maybe it works for now but may suddenly cease to work at some point when there’s a code update.

  157. H.R. says:

    There’s a new series on Sling, the AMC channel, that the Mrs. stumbled across last night. It’s called Moonhaven.

    It is the most amazing display of woke, socialist, greenie narratives that I have ever seen strung together in one continuous brainwashing cycle.

    It is worth watching the first episode just to exercise your jaw as it will drop every few seconds as you spot all the sustainable, anti-white male, SJW rolled into one show.

    It hasn’t been pissing me off much because I am too busy being gobsmacked by how much magical thinking and how many narratives are packed into the set, the characters, and the storyline. You will be amazed should you decide to take a gander just for grins and giggles.

  158. E.M.Smith says:


    Well, I’m in Utah driving a van load of stuff home… so don’t have access to Sling ATM nor really any TV… Maybe when I get home ;-).

    @Per Wildcards in CF:

    I’ll have to look at it after I’m home. I’ve only had about 3 hours of cat-naps in the last 24… so a bit ditzy. Having “dinner and a room” now ;-) MAY wake up tomorrow 8-}

  159. another ian says:

    Obviously not reached a limit of what Big Phama will try on!!!

    “From Hell’s Heart…..”

    Read it all


  160. another ian says:


    Drilling down to the real reason for the Ukraine conflict


    Via Jo Nova

  161. AC Osborn says:

    Simon Derricutt says: 28 August 2022 at 11:25 am
    “Though things for common people seem less of a problem in France than the UK, because EDF is government-owned and has limited the electricity bills despite the fuel price increases”

    Simon, one major reason is that France have mostly Nuclear power generation. therefore not so affected by Gas prices.
    But in the UK we pay the same for Nuclear, Wind & Solar as we do for Gas generated elecricity.

  162. Simon Derricutt says:

    ACO – when I moved here about 18 years ago, nuclear was about 82% of the generating capacity. At the moment, down to about 70% or so, since there was a political will to shut the nukes. Luckily there’s been a re-think on that, and some of the planned shutdowns have been delayed.

    Yep, the UK prices charged for electricity depend on the most-expensive bid needed to complete the power required at any time, and so the price largely depends on the gas peaker price which used to be a reasonable price. Probably also some Diesel generation in that peak price, too. Thus the nuclear generators there are making a lovely profit, and the windfarms who haven’t yet gone for CfD are also raking it in, especially since anything they produce is paid for. The UK method of working out the charges is a bit of a mess. Unless it’s sorted out PDQ then many businesses will go bankrupt and you’ll have a major depression there as well as a lot of deaths this Winter.

    Meantime, the big gas-field in Groeningen in the Netherlands is AFAIK still being shut down because of the risk of earth tremors, and fracking in the UK is still stopped by government. See https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2022/08/28/ed-davey-destroyed-our-energy-security-on-a-fake-assumption/ . Maybe these idiocies will get reconsidered.

    What’s needed is a giant U-turn on the Net-Zero ideas, but since that was based on belief and beliefs are not normally subject to logical arguments, I’m not hopeful.

  163. Ossqss says:

    How does this happen?

    “Only 24 of the 56 reactors operated by energy giant EDF were online on Thursday.”



  164. jim2 says:

    Last I read about the EDF situation was the rivers were getting too hot to use for cooling, but I think mostly there were some leaks and other maintenance issues for those old reactors.

  165. Simon Derricutt says:

    Ossqss – AFAIK there were a lot of cracks found in the cooling systems during inspection, so EDF are busy repairing them before Winter. Normally this time of year there is spare power, so a good time to run maintenance. IIRC they found some cracks in several old ones, then thought they’d better check others of the same design, and found more. Maybe a shortage of engineers to do the repairs since it wasn’t expected. Should be fixed by Winter, though.

  166. Ed Forbes says:

    America Defeats Germany for the Third Time in a Century: The MIC, BARE and OGAM Conquer NATO.”
    “The U.S. idea is to isolate Europe from its Eurasian hinterland, to move Europe’s industries to the U.S. and to buy up the rest for cheap.”

  167. another ian says:


  168. another ian says:

    “Listening to European Electricity Traders Is Very, Very Scary”

    “Prices are worrying enough. British households were told on Friday that their power and gas bills will increase from Oct. 1 by 80%.”

    More at


  169. another ian says:

    “Tucker Carlson: Things are falling apart every quickly – YouTube”

  170. another ian says:

    That Tucker reminds me of the comment that if the collective brains of government were dynamite and exploded at the same time it wouldn’t raise one hat.

  171. another ian says:

    Safe and reliable

    “Oregon wind farm sees blades, bolts fly off as failures mount: report”


  172. beththeserf says:

    Re things are falling apart very quickly,

    Professor Wolfgang Streek’s historical analysis of problems in The European Union between centre and periphery and Germany’s energy plight, having succumbed to pressure from Green policies and with Russian gas no longer available. He describes the situation for Russia following NATO’s redirection in 2000 from territorial defence to an alliance ready to actively intervene in war situations any place, any time and
    Russia’s response. He foresees likely global geopolitical world where there’s a split btw Russia alligned with China and nations to the east, opposed to America, a crumbling Europe and including Australian region in the west. He is VERY concerned.

  173. H.R. says:

    I still don’t get it. If everything crashes, who is going to make the Mercedes or Bentleys for the GEBs? Where will they get spare parts for their private jets and helicopters?

    They might still get fine watches from Switzerland, but no Belgian chocolates as the cacao won’t get delivered from South America.

    Oh sure, the GEBs can continue to acquire toys from the failed wealthy who thought they were on the inside, but soon enough there will be no fuel for their minions to run and fetch the loot. And they can’t send their planes because all of the airport runways will soon fall into disrepair.

    I suppose they will still get prime rib and filet mignon from the cattle on their estates, but eventually their 10,000 gallons of LPG for heating and cooking and 10,000 gallons of diesel for the generators and their fleet of work trucks and farm equipment and 30,000 gallons of Jet A for their private planes will run out.

    I suppose the Saudis will be happy enough to load up an oil tanker here and there and ship it to Europe or North America, but with no grid how will the oil get offloaded and processed?

    I just don’t get it. I just don’t see how knocking out the people that make and transport things, and killing the energy needed to make and transport things will work out. All it takes is one or two missing cogs in the gears and everything comes to a halt regardless of how much money you have.

  174. cdquarles says:

    They won’t, but the just *know* that they’ll still have the life they live, *somehow*; for they live by faith … it is just that their faith is misplaced.

  175. H.R. says:

    @cdq – You and almost everyone else have seen this essay called “I, Pencil; My Family Tree” by Leonard F. Read that posits and then demonstrates that no one person possesses all the knowledge necessary to make something as simple as a pencil. I think pg posted it here, but I really can’t recall who it was. Maybe Simon, maybe you.


    It’s a short enough essay and is what’s behind my belief that the GEBs, who envision all of us serfs herded into cubicles and eating insects while meekly producing the luxury the GEBs desires on their command, have screwed the pooch. Things are much more complex and interconnected now than when this essay was written in 1958 and all it takes is one, just one of the wrong people to go Galt or get starved or frozen out, and it will set off a domino effect that will ripple throughout the World.

    Cell towers, for example. Well, who cares? The GEBs will use satellite phones, except who will launch and keep the satellites in orbit? What goes up eventually comes down and you need the right people in the right place with the right knowledge to keep the coms satellites working. We’ll see how that works out if just a couple of key people are missing.

    The GEBs don’t even know how to make a pencil, yet they are going to run a Global Economy to their sole benefit. Ummm…I don’t think so.

  176. The True Nolan says:

    @ HR: “I just don’t get it. I just don’t see how knocking out the people that make and transport things, and killing the energy needed to make and transport things will work out. All it takes is one or two missing cogs in the gears and everything comes to a halt regardless of how much money you have.”

    I agree. It seems crazy. But then again, you and I are not psychopaths. I can not think of a REASONABLE explanation, but I can think of a few possible explanations.

    1) They are so evil they simply do not care whether they shoot themselves in the foot or not. They just want to kill people.
    2) They feel they have stockpiled enough goods to last through their lifetime, and that is all that really matters. As the sociopathic Lord Keynes phrased it, “in the long run we are all dead.”
    3) They think they have stockpiled enough goods to last until automation and robotics can kick into production of what they need.
    4) They believe that automation and robotics are already at a stage to supply their desires.
    5) They believe they can limit genocide to the useless eater class and retain enough worker bees to keep the system productive.
    6) They do not understand the complexity of the self-organized system of 7 billion people who comprise the world market. They have spent so much of their lives in a state where good things simply appear when they call for them, that (whether consciously or unconsciously) they expect that is a timeless principle, or at at least very easily achieved.

    Looking at that list, I seem to have ranked them in roughly the reverse order of how likely I think they are, that is, 6 is most likely and 1 is least likely. I would be interested if anyone has additional possibilities to add to the list.

    No matter how difficult I set the bar, the crazy just jumps higher.

  177. jim2 says:

    They could have their own “Galt” camp set up anywhere in the world and Google could hide it from the masses.

  178. Power Grab says:

    @ TTN:

    The thought that keeps coming to my mind is that the GEBs don’t want anyone to surpass what has already been achieved.

  179. H.R. says:

    @TTN – The GEBs think they are gods and obviously off-the-charts smart and right about everything because they are so rich.

    I mean, whenever they have an idea or suggest something, everyone around them lets them know how brilliant they are. “Oh, that’s genius! I’ll get on it right away, sir!”

    I’m inclined to believe your #6 is #1. Yeah, they are pretty smart, very smart, but not smart enough to direct the making of a pencil top down.

    Even now, destroying the West, some things have come off the rails before they were supposed to and their puppet, pResident Brandon, has backtracked on a few things, such as exporting LNG to Europe.

    The one thing they do know is that they are walking a tightrope between pulling off their plans to create a feudal utopia for themselves and the mob rising up and pulling a Sri Lanka on them.

    They may have misjudged the US, because a lot of people they need for their plan to work are waiting for November to see if we can vote our way out of this mess. If the fix is in, there are people who will not be going along with the GEB plan, if ya know whaddah mean, Vern.

  180. The True Nolan says:

    @HR “If the fix is in, there are people who will not be going along with the GEB plan, if ya know whaddah mean, Vern.”

    I have had conversations with Vern and his extended family. He has a big family.

    But yes, I think that the GEBs have spent their lives in a bubble. I am reminded of a reported meeting early in the Bush Jr. White House. This supposedly took place just after Sept 11, and Bush was having a strategy meeting with advisors and cabinet members. Military resources of Europe were being discussed and someone mentioned Switzerland. Bush: “Yeah, I think they are the country that doesn’t have an army.” Advisor: “No, Mr. President. Maybe you are thinking of Sweden?” Bush: “No. It’s Switzerland…”

    The powerful may (perhaps) get ignored now and then, but they seldom get corrected. The Kings of old claimed that God Himself put them in power. Modern atheists just assume that Darwin put them in power.

    jim2: “They could have their own “Galt” camp set up anywhere in the world and Google could hide it from the masses.”

    True. Could be deep underground, or, as you say, just hidden on satellite photos. There was a airliner crash back in the late 1970s where a plane literally flew into a mountain in Virginia or West Virginia. I really do not remember the details at present, but it must have been during a storm or at night. Turns out the mountain was misplaced on the official navigation maps. It had one of the “continuity of government” villages inside, and it had been “relocated” to make it more confusing for the USSR to target. These days a LOT of countries have access to raw satellite data, so it would be more difficult to hide a Galt Camp from other nations, but if most of the nations are in on the scam, the only people who need to be misled are the civilians. Back in the first decade of the 2000s I saw lots of places where Google hid things, usually by crude cut and paste. I am sure they are much better at it now.

  181. cdquarles says:

    About “I, Pencil”, the economist Milton Friedman popularized it. Some of us thought about it, too. While I never formally studied economics, I have formally studied human nature, human biology, human psychology, and human physiology. For me, the Austrian School of economics stated the truth best.

  182. another ian says:

    “Leave aside all the points made in the Fox article (all valid, by the way; the grid can’t support this, at the same time they’re doing it they’re also damaging base load capacity severely by shutting down reliable generation currently in use, cost issues for even the most-modest EV and more) is this: It has been upheld by the courts that one of the most-important personal rights is the right to travel in and between states for personal purpose using the common means of the day without unreasonable interference.

    EVs basically destroy that because of their range limitations and charge times.”

    More at


    And seems NASA was fiddling on that launch that didn’t


  183. another ian says:


    “If you use cooking oils, it’s time to stock up”



    “Michael Yon and Tucker Carlson issue blunt warnings”


  184. another ian says:

    Re the cooking oil situation –

    If caught short there is always butter

  185. another ian says:

    Don’t look before bed!

  186. The True Nolan says:

    @another ian: Butter is great — but if you live close to an Indian grocery story, get a big can of ghee. Maybe two. Or more.

    Yes, you can make your own, and these days you can often buy it at big box stores, but if you get imported ghee from India I think you will find it to be a higher quality than the American sources. I suspect that they are still using grass fed non-Holstein cows. I prefer the brands packed in metal cans. Look for the gaudy colored Indian brands!

  187. The True Nolan says:

    “Young doctors in Canada are dying at a rate 23X normal after the second booster”

    Some obvious issues with small sample size here, but as EM says, a good marker for “dig here”. How big a hole does one have to dig before the hypnotized sheep stop walking around it without looking?

  188. E.M.Smith says:

    Just another quick note:

    I’m home, with the first 20 foot of cargo / 26 foot of truck. I’ll be recovering from this marathon before writing up a trip report (and unloading the truck happens tomorrow, so recovery a day or three later.

    It was a very interesting drive. Some teasers:

    Was a few hundred pounds over GVWR, so got to practice scale avoidance coast to coast.

    This resulted in a “mountain climb” up hwy 50 in California, a wonderful night sky view in Nevada on “The loneliest road in America” on a moon-less night, and an accidental climb over an 11,000 foot summit in Colorado with 10 mph curves and nearly no clearance…

    Then there was the Rainstorm From Hell on I-49 crossing Louisiana when the Truck began praying the rosary… (Honest! It did!)

    More after I actually get to sleep a whole night …

  189. H.R. says:

    I figured The Eagle was about to Land.

    Didn’t know about the scale avoidance issue, though if you had mentioned it, it might have put some Smokies on the lookout.

    Funny thing, for several years of back and forth to Florida or Hilton Head Island SC, it seemed that the truck weigh stations were always closed in every State.

    Last year and since, it seems they are all mostly open now.

    What changed that they were closed? And what changed to get them all open again? I dunno.

  190. David A says:

    Glad you arrived safely. A bit overloaded with only 20’ in the truck!
    Sounds like quite the adventure.

  191. another ian says:

    For contemplation

    “Understanding the tyrannical mind”


  192. E.M.Smith says:


    There are still a fair number closed, but a whole lot have re-opened. I think they closed a lot during the Covid Scare and are now trying to make up for lost time.

    For me, several States were “easy” as they don’t care about “under 26,000 lbs”. A couple were a challenge due to being picky about everything and with stations everywhere (California, Arizona, a bit of Colorado), and then Florida has lots of stations, but mostly is checking for Agricultural Risks like dirt with bugs in it.

    I had 3 or 4 “close calls” where I was “saved” by the station being closed (mostly in Florida where I’d reached the “Screw it” stage and was not doing close planning; 2 were on my list of things to bypass and I just didn’t plan it out when I changed my routing…).

    I likely would have “Skated” anyway, but it kept the trip interesting…

  193. H.R. says:

    Re weigh stations: The Wuhan Flu explanation coincides and makes sense, but we were noticing this before the Kung Flu nonsense.

  194. H.R. says:

    Oh, this bit on Ivermectin over at Small Dead Animals…


    It’s down the page a bit at that link. I’m thinking that the TICs (Tyrants In Charge, imagery is of blood sucking parasites) are counting on everyone to forget ‘horse worming paste’ ridicule of people who thought Ivermectin was effective based on what limited evidence lipped through the YSM filters.

  195. E.M.Smith says:


    I suspect that many stations were built when more local shipping happened, and are now a bit less relevant. Trucking has moved to more “last 400 miles” and less “South Carolina Manufacturing to rest of nation”. More “Ports from China” to “Major City Stores”.

    Also, there’s a whole lot more “shipping centers” popping up near freeway clusters, so patterns changing.

    Also trucking has moved to “weigh in motion” and “prepass transponders”, so physical weigh and inspect are diminished a lot. A truck gets weighed, has a pre-pass transponder code, and just runs down the road being tracked as it goes – so gets to skip the scales along the way.

    One result of this is that some stations are entirely gone. One, for example, at the border of, IIRC, New Mexico to Texas. Going the other way is a newer giant station (west bound) while going east is abandoned. No need for New Mexico to check trucks leaving the State as they were already checked coming in; and Texas has their own stations further on. But Texas has a wide network of bypass roads, so New Mexico checks carefully those entering the State. At the same time, I suspect there isn’t much heavy shipping / manufacturing happening in New Mexico…. at least in the north where it’s gone more touristy / fru fru Taos Mountain chic…

    Basically a LOT more stuff is shipped by containers on ships & trains and that leaves trucks for the last 400 miles, with major distribution hubs in the middle. Means a lot of the weigh stations that were built when the USA did long haul trucking from US Makers to US stores is just sort of out of place and obsolete; and the electronic track / trace / and tag has meant a lot less trucks stop anyway. So as a station doesn’t find much to do, they leave it closed more, especially on slow hours…


    from your link;

    The sections on Chloroquine or Hydroxychloroquine and/or Azithromycin, Lopinavir/Ritonavir and Other HIV Protease Inhibitors, and Nitazoxanide have been archived. The Panel will no longer be updating the information on these therapies. The Panel recommends against using these agents to treat COVID-19.

    So not going to look at the fact that they work, just going to keep on recommending the newest Drug Company Patent Products…

    I think it’s pretty clear that the FDA / CDC et. al. are now just Drug Company Profit Shills and no longer practicing medicine for improving health. Nice to know… “for planning purposes only”…

    Ever wonder what ever happened to Gentian Violet and Mercurochrome? No longer GRAS (Generally Regarded As Safe). The FDA (IIRC) made a ‘new rule’ that they needed to be clinically proven, so they have left the market place. (There is still a product NAMED Mercurochrome, but it is a different material than the prior mercury / chromium product and doesn’t work as well.) Also gone are things like ‘coal tar soap’ for the same reasons. Worked well on all sorts of scalp / skin issues… But cheap and effective threatens “new, patented, and very profitable”, so they had to go…

  196. H.R. says:

    Also trucking has moved to “weigh in motion” and “prepass transponders”,

    Yeah, I forgot about the transponders. Only a few trucks pull into an open weigh station while most just drive by in the lane with the receiver on a boom over that lane.

    So the link behind those cheap treatments is a dead end, eh? Smells of CYA to me.

    Those that use them won’t click because hey, it’s there and must be OK. Those that heard they were crap but have heard good things about them from others will click and say hey, I got a bum steer. This stuff isn’t even worth looking into.

    I think they are betting that no one will call them out.

  197. The True Nolan says:

    Looks to me like high inflation in food and energy is happening right on schedule to implement a Central Bank Digital Currency. This crisis was COMPLETELY predictable and avoidable — which is just another way of saying “we have this crisis because The Greedy Evil Bastards chose to create it”. I predict this will be the (attempted) series of events, first in Europe and then in the US.

    1) Inflation rages in food and energy.
    2) Cold hungry people demand relief.
    3) Officials allow crisis to continue.
    4) Cold hungry people REALLY demand relief, rioting takes place
    5) Officials release a plan to RATION food, gasoline, and power to all. “Everyone gets a FAIR share!”
    6) Plan is based on a phone app (not papers or coupon books)
    7) You phone app account is automatically given credits each week for food rations, gasoline, and electric usage.
    8) Account credits are denominated in new Central Bank Digital Currency (aka CBDC).
    9) Officials tell you how convenient and FAIR new system will be since it automatically tracks food, power and fuel. No need to worry that other (mostly conservative) Bad Citizens will buy more than their account allows them to.
    10) App is updated after a while. If you transform ALL your bank account in CBDC, you will no longer be required to file a tax return “because we know you are not cheating”.
    11) Anyone who wastes fuel by traveling too far from home has their account cut off, even if they have fuel credits in their account.
    12) After CBCD is the norm, anyone who does NOT use CBDC is automatically assumed to be a criminal.
    13) In the interest of public safety and anti-terrorism, anyone who speaks out against the system will find that their app will not let them buy food, power, fuel, or anything else.
    14) Food, fuel, power, books, internet access, medicine, clothes — NOTHING will be available to you unless the officials approve.
    15) You will own nothing. You will “eat ze bugs”, and you WILL be happy — or else. And you will be dead anytime an official decides to kill you.

  198. another ian says:

    “So, Someone Thought This Was A Good Idea”


    And “Pedohitler” is trending on Twitter

  199. Ossqss says:


    I know many are not fans of Norton, but I put it on most friends and family devices, so I don’t have to disinfect and fix them any longer. It works no matter what you think. Typically, a BJS wholesale deal for 5 devices for less than $30 if you shop it.

    They all do subscription models now, so you subscribe and drop the next day and your good for a full year. They will then bait you into additional months free if you go back, so I do and then drop it. 15 months for about $6 a device in the end.

    This is not about Norton; it is about if your VPN is working. You do get a VPN with Norton also, I would add.


  200. another ian says:

    As Leonard Cohen put it

    “That’s right, it’s come to this, yes it’s come to this, and wasn’t it a long way down, ah wasn’t it a strange way down?”

    “And Now Europe Shall Freeze”

    “Oh well.

    The last turbine on NordStream I, which was shut down for maintenance for a few days, has an oil leak and cannot be restarted safely. It therefore will not be restarted. As a result there will be no gas through it. It was running at 20% of capacity (because the other four compressors are also tied up by sanctions), now its zero.

    There are no spares as a direct consequence of the sanctions, thus no way for Russia to fix it.

    Europe is boned.

    By the own hand.”


  201. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    What a surprise… We’ve only been saying it was coming for about 5 months now…

    Though I do have to admit I was wrong about the start date. I’d said October. Looks like September is the winner instead.

    Germany, welcome to a long cold winter of “not Global Warming”…


    I’ve got no problem with Norton on PCs. My only “issue” with it is that I don’t have a PC… No Windoze in my world, so not much use for any software that runs on it. But I have installed it at client sites in the past.


    I’ve seen lots of folks talking about it, but I’ve not yet found the actual speech to watch it myself. OTOH, I was more interested in unpacking boxes and making / eating dinner… Yeah, Tuna Noodle Casserole beat out No-Noodle Bidofile talking…


    Sounds about right. I do expect it to fail in the attempt though. I know I’m never going to go for a “Digital Wallet” with someone else holding a kill switch. I’d do Bitcoin first (and I don’t like Bitcoin…)

  202. p.g.sharrow says:

    I wouldn’t get too worried about Europe Freezing in the dark. Their storage is up to 80% of capacity full, they are bringing shutdown Nuclear and Coal back on line, LNG shipping is being ramped up., and their own Natural gas is being increased and shared.
    It looks to be some shortages to be shared but not severe.
    Putin has been planning on squeezing Europe to force Ukraine to surrender to his demands. He is losing militarily and politically. Europe will stand and Ukraine will fight. Russia will ride themselves of the Moscow Nazis and leave Ukraine.

  203. jim2 says:

    pgs – I’ve thought Ukraine is toast and said so here. But with the advent of more advanced weapons for Ukraine, I would hedge my bets. It does appear Russia is suffering a great deal. Time will tell.

  204. another ian says:


    Are you going to send that re-assuring message to the UK? They need it –

    “”On September 30th, my energy bill would go from £14,000 a year to £131,000″

    Annette Dolan, owner of Bath Aqua Glass, tells #R4Today her bills are ‘unmanageable’ and she is anxious about what the rising costs mean for the 17 members of staff she employs.”

  205. p.g.sharrow says:

    @another ian; My remark was about availability not charges. quite a number of places are involved with a bidding system well designed for power brokers to gouge customers. It will take government action to limit that, As I understand it France is well insulated from this. The above Price gouging should be criminal.

  206. Ed Forbes says:

    Ukraine is getting its throat cut in their counter offensive in the south.

    Russia has upwards of 7:1 in artillery advantage (11:1 in some areas) which Russia is using to full advantage. Russia is only moving to attack after everything is pounded into plup. Losses for Ukraine is much higher than Russian because of the artillery.

    Current Ukraine war map

    Map Update on Ukraine assault
    Ukraine major break through cut off and being cut to ribbons.

  207. David A Anderson says:

    Jim 2, my perspective is that the only thing the west is good at, or relentless at is propaganda! Take CAGW, no matter how many predictions fail, no matter how. beneficial CO2 is KNOWN to be, they just double down on more alarmism. That is perhaps why it may be best to always assume their story is a lie.

    When I read on a topic, even, or especially one I have no expertise in, I look for writing that flows, that makes logical sense, that makes clear assertions and provides cogent information backing those assertions. So much of the left is pure BS that leaves the brain tired from reading it.

    Here is what, IMV, is an excellent summary of the current war in Ukraine…

  208. rhoda klapp says:

    Here’s something I posted last week over at Samizdata. I think it stands up about the situation in Ukraine.

    World War I was an artillery war. Only at the end did it break up into a battle of combined arms. The war in Ukraine seems to have become an artillery war too. When artillery is dominant, you can defend by digging in just as the WW1 armies did. But it is difficult to attack because you need to expose your forces to shellfire. Even the old-style unguided shellfire the Russians bring to bear will freeze movement. To attack you will need combined arms again. Ukraine probably hasn’t got enough tanks and APCs to do anything more than local attacks. Russian doesn’t have the kind or numbers of skilled infantry to support their tanks in the face of long range anti-tank missiles. In the old days you had to clear about a hundred meter radius to protect against bazookas and rpgs. Accompanying infantry could do that. Nowadays the radius is in km and the infantry can’t do it. If they are in their own vehicles they are as vulnerable as the tanks. If they walk you need a lot more of them and they are vulnerable to everything else on the battlefield.

    This war is critical for Ukraine, they can’t afford to lose and they will commit everything. Russia doesn’t have to win except for pride and position. Further they must keep a major part of their forces intact, for the next special operation Vlad has in mind.

    I see only stalemate unless, of course, something happens to tip the balance.

  209. The True Nolan says:

    @Rhoda Knapp: “Russia doesn’t have to win except for pride and position. ”

    I would respectfully disagree. Russia is not just fighting Ukraine. They are fighting a NATO puppet with the expressed desire to place nuclear weapons 5 or 10 minutes travel time from Moscow. As much as it hurts me to say, NATO, Europe, and the US, have proven themselves to be militarily aggressive and totally untrustworthy to comply with any agreements or treaties. There is no diplomatic solution and the issue is existential for Russia.

    If China were in the process of placing nukes in Juarez, how would Americans feel?

  210. p.g.sharrow says:

    Interesting… NATO is asked or begged by Russia’s weaker neighbors to protect them from Putin’s 20 year campaign to eradicate them from the world of nations and it is NATO that is painted as the aggressor. Ukraine did not want to join NATO. They were invaded by Putin’s private army 10 years ago. And Putin’s government has been avowed to rebuild the Russian Empire for the last 20 years. They also use the Hitler Nazi argument that all Eastern European areas should only be peopled by good Russians, all others must be eradicate or driven out. Russia needs their land and resources to grow a strong and prosperous RUSSIA.

  211. p.g.sharrow says:

    As far as I know there have been no western,NATO Atomic weapons setup in old Soviet republics. A part of the treaties with the Russians that they agreed to, when they pledged to respect the agreed to national borders. Borders that Putin has rejected as being Anti Russia. These treaties were the reason those Republics agreed to, in exchange for giving up their share of their Soviet Atomic weapons.

    Far too many people have bought into Putin’s 20 years of propaganda to justify his ignoring those treaties. His private Wagner Army has been conducting “false Flag” operations to inflame passions in the contested areas to create the need to protect ethnic Russians from those Evil Western Nazis.

  212. David A says:

    PG, sorry, I just don’t know how you have ignored EVERYTHING E.M and others have written over and over.

    I regret what NATO and the US has become.

  213. Ed Forbes says:

    An intelligent podcast on Europe & Ukraine crisis

    Ukraine Disaster Troops Surrounded on Ingulets River; Europe Disaster Gazprom Suspends Nord Stream 1

  214. rhoda klapp says:

    The ‘nukes ten minutes away’ thing is a red herring. Any one of the border countries, on either side, could have an aircraft overhead loaded with nukes ready to fire. The threat doesn’t change if weapons are on the ground. NATO and the West have certainly done some crass things but Russian fears are overstated. And as I’ve said before the problem with Germany or Japan in the thirties was not unpleasant ideology but that they kept invading their neighbours. If Russia intends to keep invading her neighbours that is a problem for NATO and the West. Russia has expressed openly further territorial ambitions. If they stopped, there wouldn’t be a problem but Europe has a long history of countries disputing this or that piece of land. USians don’t always appreciate how that tends to lead to war, because the US took all it could of its own neighbours a long time ago. Countries’ borders have to be respected. Casting covetous eyes on your neighbour’s land or resources (or wife or ass) or keeping on about historical grievances over territory is wrong and dangerous.

  215. jim2 says:

    The wife has set up to record Gutfeld and The Five on FNC. Recently, they disappeared from the recording schedule and she had to put them back. Can’t help but wonder if Spectrum dropped them on purpose, those shows being pro-MAGA Republican and all.

  216. The True Nolan says:

    @rhoda klapp: “Countries’ borders have to be respected.”

    Were Ukraine’s borders being respected in 2014 when the US bankrolled at least three billion dollars to overthrow the elected government?

    If China financed an overthrow of the Canadian government and began moving in Chinese military trainers, Chinese military equipment, and supplied the equipment used to kill 14,000 pro-US Canadian civilians near our border, what would be a proper US response?

  217. rhoda klapp says:

    TTN, obviously the US has an unfortunate history too. However in your Canada example it wouldn’t be the first time the US invaded Canada but the third country really needs to be one which had a prior claim in Canada. I don’t think China makes a good fit but the current Canadian government seems to be working for them already..

  218. rhoda klapp says:

    Further, Russia has a long list of disputed territory. Pretty much every one of the ex-socialist republics, border areas in former warsaw pact countries, the Baltic nations including Finland wherever there is a population of implanted russian speakers. And all of those are subject to Putin’s ambition. Any one could be set up as a NATO/nuclear site threat. That’s why Russia has to stop. That’s why Ukraine is receiving western support. NOT because of the wholesomeness of the Ukraine regime current or past.

  219. E.M.Smith says:


    20 year campaign to eradicate minor nations now in NATO? OK… so what was going on 22 years ago:


    Putin Says He Asked Bill Clinton About Russia Joining NATO In Year 2000
    Posted By Tim Hains
    On Date February 22, 2022

    Russian President Vladimir Putin confirmed rumors that Russia sought to join NATO after the end of the Cold War, revealing during a speech on Monday that he asked Bill Clinton about it during a visit to Moscow in 2000.

    VLADIMIR PUTIN: I will say one thing that I have never said before in public. I will say for the first time that in 2000 when President Bill Clinton was visiting Moscow at the end of his term, I asked him how would America see Russia joining NATO. I would not give you all the details of that conversation, but the reaction to my conversation — look, well, let me put it this way. How did Americans really look at this possibility? You can see it in their practical stance. Open support of the terrorists in North Caucusus, ignoring our demands and concerns, withdrawing from the arms limitation treaties, and so on.

    There’s plenty of other links confirming that Russia asked about joining NATO so “mutual defense” would apply to all.

    What happened after that?

    NATO members continued to treat Russia as a criminal. Fostered “color revolutions” in nations all around Russia. Expanded toward Russia DESPITE treaty agreements saying they would not. Overthrew an elected pro-Russia government in Ukraine, and then began bombing the Ethnic Russian areas of the Donbass. About a decade later of that conflict between a NATO sponsored Western Ukraine and a Russian oriented Eastern Ukraine, Russia invaded that part of Ukraine.

    Those are just facts. No emotional loading to them. No attribution of “attitude” to any of the leaders. No bias nor spin.

    Where in those facts is NATO being honest, pure of motive, and respecting agreements and treaties?

    From the Russian perspective (NOT propaganda, just ask yourself if YOU were in Russia and saw that happening on your border with a hostile NATO, what would be your POV) it sure looks like NATO can not be trusted, throws away treaties and agreements on a whim, and is actively trying to turn Eastern European nations into pro-West NATO armed blocks against Russia.

    So what do you think Russia ought to do in that context? Just let NATO surround it with armies and nukes? Let the Soros NGOs come in and screw up their culture as it has done to The West? Let the GEBs run wild in their economy? Just give up and die like the USA and EU are busy doing?

    From my POV, it looks more like Putin tried to “Play Nice”, was rebuffed, had Soros & his NGOs starting to “do what they do” so tossed them out, and has waited at least 9 years before taking any military action in the face of the abuse of the Donbass. (IF you do not consider bombing of the Donbass by Western Ukraine NATO “color revolution” installed government to be an abuse, please explain why…)


    The GEBs / EU / USA didn’t like the result of the 2004 election, so did “what they do” and sponsored a Color Revolution in Ukraine. (Similar to the thing they did here last election, BTW, what with BLM / Antifa riots approved and patriotic protests vilified).

    It is now 18 years later. Putin has only occupied the Russian Ethnic areas of Ukraine and only after a LOT of shelling of those folks by the Ukraine Biden Money Laundry.

    Yet somehow you find that evil, and all the rest just fine. Strange that.

  220. E.M.Smith says:


    IF I’m reading this right:

    P.G. is correct that European Winter Storage is on track to be normal.

    So, OK, assuming that’s true and I’ve not read it wrong:

    Were are they getting all that gas from?

    And why are UK et. al. gas prices through the roof if they have full alternative supplies?

    Something doesn’t add up… but I don’t know what.

    Is it just the added costs of buying Spot Gas and shipping it as LNG with emergency urgency? It is a cost vs supply delta?


    So maybe UK & EU will not shut down due to no gas this winter, but The Folks will be bankrupted by the cost of adapting?

    I smell another “Dig Here!” coming on…

  221. jim2 says:

    European nat gas prices dropped after it appeared Russia was to resume shipments via the key pipeline. But then Europe banded together and by some peyote fueled dream said they would put a price cap on Russian oil. Suddenly, the only surviving fourth compressor developed an “oil leak” that will put the pipeline out of service indefinitely.

    Before all that, LNG ships typically headed to Asia were rerouted to Europe. There may be more to the story, but that’s it by my lights.

  222. The True Nolan says:

    @EM: “So maybe UK & EU will not shut down due to no gas this winter, but The Folks will be bankrupted by the cost of adapting?”

    They will be kept (as planned by their own governments) cold and hungry. The MSM will broadcast 24X7 that it is all Putin’s fault, (perhaps with an assist from a new virus, or maybe from Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming). When the home front gets bad enough and people get desperate enough, the politicians will announce their plan to save everyone. What is the plan? I suspect it will be rationing based on Central Bank Digital Currency distributed through phone apps.

    Eat ze bugs!

    Lots of people will say “NO!”

  223. David A says:

    China is reselling Russian natural gas to Europe. ( Clown World )


  224. another ian says:

    “UN thanks Russia ‘for keeping nuclear inspectors safe from Ukraine’ ”


  225. another ian says:

    Things to watch out for

    “From Sri Lanka to Salinas”


  226. Simon Derricutt says:

    Latest Neil Oliver at https://www.gbnews.uk/news/to-seek-to-persuade-generations-of-children-that-they-and-their-kind-are-a-plague-upon-the-earth-is-an-unforgivable-wrong-says-neil-oliver/361407
    Also worth reading Mark Dolan there at https://www.gbnews.uk/news/failed-eco-policies-have-empowered-tyrants-like-putin-and-autocratic-regimes-like-saudi-arabia-says-mark-dolan/361438

    I’m still somewhat surprised that GB News is allowed to publish these, and point out the nakedness of the emperor. Still, I’d expect that the majority of people in the UK still won’t read it because it goes against their beliefs and they won’t go look at the actual data.

  227. p.g.sharrow says:

    “PG, sorry, I just don’t know how you have ignored EVERYTHING E.M and others have written over and over. ”

    I read everything that everyone posts here. and visit most of the links offered, A few times landing me into a hacker’s trap. I also dig very deeply into the net that covers the world, as I once did in books and periodicals before the computer information era. .

    When I was 9 years old I was captive of the Catholic parochial school system and quickly learned what cult brainwashing was like. And that “Calls to Authority” equaled, BS was being presented. So Simon’s call to be an Outlaw beings a smile to me.

    I report on what I read or know, what my evaluation from that information is. No one has to believe me, but you should note what I say, just for your information…pg

  228. E.M.Smith says:

    @David A:

    Thanks for that link, it’s the “explainer”:

    This circuitous dynamic not only means China is helping Russia skirt sanctions, enriching both nations in the process, it also means Europe is still buying Russian gas. But since Europe is doing so indirectly, though China, it can maintain a facade of continuing its boycott on Russian energy. And Europe is apparently willing to pay two to three times more in order to keep this virtue signal blazing.

    ZeroHedge called it a “circuitous bypass of Russian sanctions by a hypocritical Europe,” adding that the whole dynamic with Europe, Russia and China “makes a mockery of U.S. geopolitical ambitions to defend a liberal international order with its own energy exports.”

    So the winter gas storage is filling nicely, but at prices double or triple. Russia and China are doing just fine, thanks, and the only losers are the EU & UK Citizens who get screwed over with 2 x and 3x (or maybe even 4x with added profits?) power bills.

    Nice for the Chinese, Globalists, and Greedy Evil Bastards of the world. Not useful at all as a “punishment” for Russia. Damaging to European citizens and their economic competitiveness…

    But it does look like Germany may get through the winter without a complete collapse; just an economic strangle or two…

  229. rhoda klapp says:

    I can’t account for the actions of the Clintons, Bidens and Soroses of the world. That is all wrapped up with payoffs, personal advantage and political monkey business above the heads of the rest of us. Coups here, revolutions there and interfering with the internal politics of another country everywhere. But invading another country because of (even if justified) paranoia is another level. Ordinary folks get dead.

    Japan had grievances about US policy but that does not excuse Dec 7 1941. It is the shift to that level which is the problem.

  230. jim2 says:

    I’m not familiar with the web site kiwifarms, but Cloudflare has blocked it due to alleged violent threats.

    We have blocked Kiwifarms. Visitors to any of the Kiwifarms sites that use any of Cloudflare’s services will see a Cloudflare block page and a link to this post. Kiwifarms may move their sites to other providers and, in doing so, come back online, but we have taken steps to block their content from being accessed through our infrastructure.

    This is an extraordinary decision for us to make and, given Cloudflare’s role as an Internet infrastructure provider, a dangerous one that we are not comfortable with. However, the rhetoric on the Kiwifarms site and specific, targeted threats have escalated over the last 48 hours to the point that we believe there is an unprecedented emergency and immediate threat to human life unlike we have previously seen from Kiwifarms or any other customer before.


  231. E.M.Smith says:

    @David A:

    P.G. does not ignore the statements made, he just devalues them compared to others.

    P.G. and I start from 2 different places (different premises) so end up at two different conclusions.

    I start from the premise that I can not know what is inside another person’s head if they do not honestly tell me (and honesty is often in short supply) so I look first (and second and third…) at their actions.

    P.G. starts from the premise that Putin is a megalomaniac devoted to reconstituting the Former Soviet Union and is hell bent on doing it. Therefor all actions and motives must fit that assumption.

    So I look at what Putin has done and ask myself “What would I do were I in his position facing these external factors?” and assume Putin is a rational actor (as I am) so my motivations and conclusions would likely map to his. I base this on having heard the man speak, evaluated what he said (in Russian to Russians) and how does that match his actions. I also base it on reading his life story / history. My evaluation of Putin is that he loves Russia, he is very smart, he is a rational actor, he is mostly moral (but is quite capable of evil actions if they are necessary to achieve his desired ends – so “the mostly moral / pro Russia ends justify the means even if they include assassination and such”; likely from his KGB training). His Mother was religious and I believe that shaped his core morality, but the Reality of Soviet Russia shaped his “flexibility” of immoral responses.

    These two basic orthogonal assessments of Putin cause 2 very different approaches to evaluating “all the known facts”. For example:

    The West paid for and got the Orange Revolution in Ukraine and installed an evil GEB Friendly government. This government then (in cahoots with The West) proceeds to do things like be a GEB Money Laundry, shell / bomb the Ethnic Russians in the Donbass, outlaw the Russian Language in schools and government, cozy up to NATO and get ready for membership (in violation of prior agreements with Russia) and eventually lead to Euromaidan:

    Euromaidan (/ˌjʊərəˌmaɪˈdɑːn, ˌjʊəroʊ-/; Ukrainian: Євромайда́н, romanized: Yevromaidán, lit. ’Euro Square’, IPA: [jeu̯romɐjˈdɑn] [nb 6]), or the Maidan Uprising, was a wave of demonstrations and civil unrest in Ukraine, which began on 21 November 2013 with large protests in Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) in Kyiv. The protests were sparked by the Ukrainian government’s sudden decision not to sign the European Union–Ukraine Association Agreement, instead choosing closer ties to Russia and the Eurasian Economic Union. Ukraine’s parliament had overwhelmingly approved of finalizing the Agreement with the EU, while Russia had put pressure on Ukraine to reject it. The scope of the protests widened, with calls for the resignation of President Viktor Yanukovych and the Azarov Government. […] The Euromaidan led to the 2014 Revolution of Dignity.

    Sound like what has been pushed on us here in the USA? Biden shoved down our throats illegally, GEB friendly changes to government, etc.

    Then comes:


    The Revolution of Dignity (Ukrainian: Революція гідності, romanized: Revoliutsiia hidnosti), also known as the Maidan Revolution and the Ukrainian Revolution, took place in Ukraine in February 2014 at the end of the Euromaidan protests, when deadly clashes between protesters and the security forces in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv culminated in the ousting of elected President Viktor Yanukovych, the outbreak of the Russo-Ukrainian War, and the overthrow of the Ukrainian government.

    P.G. interprets this through the lens of Evil Putin Manipulation of Ukraine, while I interpret this through the lens of Rational Putin acting to protect Ethnic Russians (in Crimea at this point) from a GEB bought and lead revolutionary fervor.

    Which is true? IMHO likely some of each, so it’s a balancing act and even minor biases in weighting lead to the other conclusion…

    Basically, it could be either way, or both. It is a conflict between a Russian Centric eastern Europe (desired by the Ethnic Russians in Eastern Ukraine / Crimea) and a NATO Centric eastern Europe (desired by the Polish / Western Ukrainians).

    Each fought over control of the Ukrainian government. The West heavily supported and funded the Western Ukrainians (parts of which had been Poland prior to W.W.II) and likely helped run / organize the Orange Revolution that put a “western friendly” government in place (after a re-vote… ). Later, in 2010, the original winner of the 2004 election was elected President:


    In the 2010 presidential election, Yanukovych became Yushchenko’s successor as President of Ukraine after the Central Election Commission and international observers declared that the presidential election was conducted fairly. Yanukovych was ousted from power four years later following the February 2014 Euromaidan clashes in Kyiv’s Independence Square.

    So I look at this history and see GEB fingerprints all over the “revolution” and the “re-voting” and then the Euromaidan revolution dumping a Russian Friendly government in Ukraine. Then the abrogation of agreements and pushing NATO right up the face of Russia, and finally, after a couple of decades, Putin / Russia saying “Enough of this shit” and “We’re going to let Ethnic Russians stay Russian”; so they take back Crimea and the Donbass. (I also note in passing that the “gifting” of Crimea to Ukraine by Khrushchev (of Ukrainian origin…) was done illegally as the Duma never ratified it).

    P.G. looks at it and sees Putin manipulation all over the various governments of Ukraine and knowing inherently that Putin want’s to put the CIS back together again, sees this as just a land / power grab by Putin to fulfill his destiny.

    The Truth is likely a modest dose of each, with Putin trying to manipulate the Ukrainian elections / influence the government, to keep Russian Buffer States in place. The GEBs running their Color Revolution Playbook and working to set up for the take down of Russia too eventually. The major difference just being attribution to Putin of an evil intent and egotistical lust for power, v.s. just “doing the right thing for Russia & Russians”.

    So, in the end, P.G. concludes that Russia / Putin must be stopped as evil is to be opposed, Russia can not be allowed to consume all of Eastern Europe, and that The West will win as they are good.

    I conclude that the best outcome is for Russia to protect Ethnic Russians in Crimea & Donbass, and for the GEB designed Ukrainian Money Laundry government to collapse. ( I also think it would be a Good Thing if some other GEB Controlled governments in the EU were to have a regime change, but that’s for another day…).

    I’d also like to see the GEB Installed illegitimate Biden Regime to be turned out of power and this “color revolution” to fail as well. But that, too, is for another day… as I see the GEBs and The West (WEF et. al.) as profoundly evil.

    So short form:

    Different premises lead to different weightings of events lead to different conclusions.

  232. E.M.Smith says:


    Interesting… I’ll have to find a way to visit Kiwifarms and see what it’s all about ;-)

    Streisand, start singing! 8-0

  233. jim2 says:

    The Chinese contribution to LNG in Europe is about 7%, although under the circumstances that is significant, and it does put some change in Putin’s pocket.

    Local media have said that Sinopec alone has sold 45 cargoes of LNG, or about 3.15mn tonnes. The total amount of Chinese LNG that has been resold is probably more than 4mn tonnes, equivalent to 7 per cent of Europe’s gas imports in the half year to the end of June.

    Make no mistake: all of this “excess” LNG was soured in part or in whole in Russia, but since it has been “tolled” in China, it is no longer Russian. It is instead – drumroll – Chinese LNG.

    The good news is that the 53 million tonnes that the bloc purchased surpasses imports by China and Japan and has brought Europe’s gas-storage occupancy rate up to 77%.If this continues, Europe is likely to reach its stated goal of filling 80% of its gas storage facilities by November (at which point it will start draining the reserves at a breakneck pace to keep warm during the winter). But while China’s economic slump has brought much-needed relief to Europe, it comes with a major footnote. As soon as economic activity bounces back in China, the situation will quickly reverse, and Beijing will no longer re-export Russia LNG to keep Europe warm.


  234. jim2 says:

    I tried getting to kiwi farms using Tor browser, got the Cloudflare “blocked” message.

  235. E.M.Smith says:


    WARNING: Likely has language offensive to some folks (some of it I just don’t have a clue what it means…)

    In Theory this browser is using Cloudflair DNS, yet it connected. (I’ll have to work out just why / how later…) Looks like it is hosted in Russia but conducted in English:


    Here’s a sample from the top page ” forum”. All I can see is some Sacred Cows being milked (in particular the “trans” and “pedo” “communities” look to be poked at a lot). There’s a report of someone else making a threat to kill, that I’ve bolded, plus some F-Bomb editing I’ve done. What else?:

    ”Yeah [the Kiwi Farms is] so far right that right wingers had to run away and hide in a hugbox because they were afraid of meanrates from some dude with a Hulk Hogan avatar.”

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    So, OK, a whole lot of opaque “inside slang” that I presume has some sexual innuendo in it. Like “mukbangers” that I’m pretty sure is something rude, though what is beyond me (and no, I don’t want to know more about it…). Lot of references to “persons” and “personalities” that I don’t know either.

    Definitely not a place I’d want to hang out (mostly as I see no reason to insult and they seem based on insults… and secondarily as I just don’t care AT ALL about what other people do with their sexuality. Just no interest to me. I don’t care who’s with whom doing whatever. If I’m not in the action, I certainly don’t want to watch it, hear about it, or even know what it was… )

    So hopefully this “sample” will save other curious folks the trouble…

    There is a wiki:


    Kiwi Farms, formerly known as CWCki Forums (/ˈkwɪki/), is an American Internet forum dedicated to the discussion of online figures and communities it deems “lolcows” (people who can be “milked for laughs”). The targets of threads are often subject to doxing and other forms of organized group trolling, harassment, and stalking, including real-life harassment by users. Harassment stemming from Kiwi Farms has been implicated in the suicides of three people targeted by users of the site.

    Kiwi Farms’ connection to several controveries and harassment campaigns has caused the forum to be blocked by Internet service providers or refused service by companies. After the Christchurch mosque shootings, the site was blocked in New Zealand; in 2021, after the suicide of someone they were targeting, DreamHost stopped providing their domain registration services. The following year, their DDoS protection, provided by CloudFlare, was cancelled due to the continued harassment of streamer Clara “Keffals” Sorrenti.

    So there’s that…

  236. E.M.Smith says:

    this looks like an interesting angle;


    Especially the part where they say that if any damaging information was not found, they could plant some or fabricate something….

  237. Pouncer says:

    any damaging information was not found, they could plant some or fabricate something

    Yep. So I would join my voice to the BLM movement on the segment of their manifesto that calls for law enforcement to always wear recording equipment while exercising their authority. ESPECIALLY, now, the FBI.

    Not because FBI agents used choke holds on shoplifters. But because they, apparently, incite the dim-witted to plant bombs or kidnap public officials. They conduct interviews (formal or informal, with or without counsel present) with no audio or video track but a day or so later fill out, from “memory”, quasi-transcripts of that conversation, later used in evidence of the charge “lying to a federal agent.” FBI agents borrow the military’s armored vehicles and break into private building filled with disabling (and, it turns out) incendiary gas, setting fires that kill children — then can’t establish who ordered the action. The FBI issues cell phones to agents that have no offline ‘backup’ and then get “accidentally” destroyed leaving little record at all of who said what to whom, when.

    If somebody told me the LAPD’s Mark Furman was now training FBI cadets in procedures for gathering evidence, I would not be surprised.

  238. another ian says:

    “An Important Message for Joe Biden”


    And on the Vitamin I front

    “A peer reviewed paper. Note the large sample size.

    The Daily Sceptic- Ivermectin Cuts Covid Mortality by 92%, Major Study Finds – Why is it Still Not Approved?”


    A thought of just now – with the need for no approved treatment to get the EUA for the “vaccines” I guess the rest of the world had to be bludgeoned into not giving approval too or questions might have arisen?

  239. E.M.Smith says:

    Oh this is a good one:

  240. David A says:

    @ E.M. and PG, perhaps ignore “ everything “ is too strong of a word.

    E.M, I appreciate your detailed balanced response. My approach is generally quite direct. I like the idea of quoting what is said, and a direct response to that. I also like to ask the assertion. For instance “What do you think of the genocide committed against 10 to 14 Russian speaking citizens in Ukraine?” Or, do you agree with the expressed history of Russia in the disputed territory? Or what do you think of CIA US action in 2014? Of course the responses to such direct inquiries often open up both deeper insight and increased understanding.

    I generally agree with PG on most issues, and more then that, I have zero doubt as to his sincerity. It just seams that coming from, as you expressed, a different perspective, can be cause to what should be crossroads remaining orthogonal, and as such, lacking the direct acknowledgement of what you have expressed so well, I then fail to understand PGs “ Putin Bad” perspective.

    I did not easily come to EMs perspective on this issue. Yet I am convinced that Ukraine was a deeply corrupt state, and corrupted by MY Government, and my government has become in many many ways, evil. Putins “evil” side may indeed be heavily mitigated by coming to power of a broken great nation, where money and corruption ran rampant, and from what I can tell, and what many Russian citizens say, he restored some order ( perhaps brutally at times) and deserves great credit for getting the Russian economy moving. A historical figure that achieved a similar dichotomy of opinions is William The Conqueror. Depending on who’s history you read, he was a bloody villain, or a bloody hero that led to England’s great rise.

  241. E.M.Smith says:

    Looks like a small, and per P.G. tired and insignificant Russian Force, has managed to drain the EU of weapons stocks. Now, what with the lights about to go dim and factories shut to conserve power in the EU, folks are saying time to make more munitions? How’s that going to work? Natural Gas is used to make the nitrates in gun propellants and explosives and the EU is fresh out of extra gas.


    EU states have given so many weapons to Ukraine that they’re running low at home, the bloc’s top diplomat said.

    Josep Borrell called on EU states to work together to restock.

    He also said he regrets the EU did not start training Ukrainian troops a year ago.

    European Union member states are running low on weapons at home because they’ve given so many to Ukraine, the bloc’s top diplomat said, renewing calls for a restock.

    Josep Borrell, the EU’s high representative for foreign affairs and security policy, said on Monday: “The military stocks of most member states has been, I wouldn’t say exhausted, but depleted in a high proportion, because we have been providing a lot of capacity to the Ukrainians,” the Associated Press reported.

    If this keeps up just a few more months, Putin would be able to call up his Standard Army (that hasn’t been used at all yet) and just stroll over the EU.

    Cold, hungry, dark, manufacturing shut down, weapons stocks used up. Not exactly the kind of situation suited to fighting a W.W., now is it? Yet that’s what looks to be on the cards for the EU given their current policies, sanctions, and lack of actions.

    One Hopes they can keep the lights on (see article just posted:
    https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2022/09/05/european-energy-shortage-france-restarting-reactors/ ) but given that power use cuts are being planned, I’m not seeing where they will get the power to manufacture a new load of weapons…

    All this from a relatively minor expeditionary force in one modest country? Looks like Putin can take the EU any time he wants just by pissing them off, then waiting while they do a lot of stupid self harmful things.

  242. Ossqss says:

    I thought I shared this here, but nope.

  243. another ian says:



  244. jim2 says:

    Embalmers around the country are reportedly finding staggering increases in the number of corpses presenting with “fibrous” clots post-mortem.

    Alabama funeral director Richard Hirschman told The Epoch Times that, prior to 2020, he found these clots in around 5% to 10% of the bodies he embalmed. This number has since increased to between 50% and 70%, Hirschman said. According to results from a lab in Texas, clots lack a number of key health markers for human blood, including iron, potassium, zinc, and magnesium. This suggests that the clots were not formed in blood, but further research is needed to identify the root cause and origin of these clots in bodies, The Epoch Times continued.

    “It wasn’t until May or June of last year that I started to say, ‘something is really different about the blood’ and then later in September, I took my first picture [of one of the clots], since I couldn’t come out with just one piece of evidence because what if it’s just a fluke?” Hirschmann told 1819 News, and reiterated similar sentiments to The Epoch Times. “Now, I have been gathering evidence and I have pictures of over 100 cases. And it’s not stopping. It’s not slowing down.”


  245. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    Quite the ad, that…


    I’ve been pondering doing an article on “Funeral Business Conditions” but been too busy rearranging my life… I do think that’s where the truth will show up in a way that can not be hidden.

    Unexplained death numbers, excess casket sales, shortages of embalming fluids, higher profits for Funeral Parlors, etc.

    FWIW, I’ve noticed a few folks “suddenly dead” without good reason. Some of them have the odor of “clot shot” about them, but proof lacking. Robert Felix (of iceagenow.info and Not By Fire But By Ice) dead from a sudden and massive return of an auto-immune disease that had been fully controlled a couple of months earlier when he got the shot, for example.

    One that I’m presently coping with is a YouTube show I regularly watch. “Camping With Steve”. He’s a relatively young guy (maybe late 30s to early 40s?) who has made a success of camping videos. (Often with a bit of humor, like lighting a camp fire with a huge propane blowtorch ;-) He had a series just a couple of years ago of his Honeymoon trip with “Beautiful Wife”.

    Well, last video was titled “Rest In Peace Beautiful Wife”. They both went to bed, but only he woke up…

    Now I have no idea what their shot status is. Being Canadian, and prone to travel, I suspect they have had the vexxine. But who knows.

    Still, I can’t shake the notion that maybe, just maybe, “Beautiful Wife” was victim of a blood clot from the clot shot…


    If folks have the time, watch a few of his camping videos. It would be a nice way to send a bit of money his way via the ad revenue during a time where he’s not going to be “in the mood” at all do do more of them. Besides, a lot of them are fun ;-)

  246. cdquarles says:

    Speaking of this, I’ve now seen local reports of deaths exceeding births in 2020 and 2021, though I’ve not seen the numbers personally. Obviously, 2022’s numbers are provisional.

  247. Ossqss says:

    Ok, I found a solution for the pronoun challenge.

    Younz if in Pittsburgh

  248. Ossqss says:

    Yinz, dangit. LOL

  249. Ossqss says:

    And somehow this video got replaced in my prior post. Thank you Youtoogle!

    I would add “Getatta My Yard”>>

  250. Ossqss says:

    Ok, so here Ya go also.

    Found, from deleting links from 6 months ago. Worth a watch and telling!

  251. jim2 says:

    This Antifa dude needs a refund on that gun safety class … scores own goal …

    In addition to the elderly man who appeared to be shot, two participants of the takeover were also injured by gunfire, leading to the death of 20-year-old Cameron Taylor. A $20,000 GoFundMe campaign for his funeral says he was “struck by a stray bullet.”

    On Twitter, Antifa accounts have been promoting the fundraiser. Antifa in Portland have expressed support for street car takeovers as they have become more frequent following the Antifa-BLM riots in 2020. Antifa view it as one of the ways to undermine law and order, and use up police resources.

    “My boys (sic) lifelong friend was killed last night at the street takeover,” said Portland Antifa account “@burn_itdown_161” in a post promoting a candlelight vigil and GoFundMe for Taylor on Monday.


  252. E.M.Smith says:


    What happens when anti-gun folks, who lack the experience and discipline of having been raised in a “gun culture” environment, decide to start using guns in the way they see in Hollywood pictures – i.e. divorced from reality…

    Personally, I’ll no longer visit, even in daylight, those Dimocrat ruined cities that are now run for the benefit of Antifa / BLM. Basic rule of thumb? IF a Soros sponsored DA is in charge, don’t go there. Corollary: If police have been reduced, Antifa types or BLM Rioter types have had big actions, or if there is a history of street riots and shootings (as in Berkeley / Oakland California); that is, if Soros DA Policy is in evidence, do not go there at all.

    Let the Lords Of Chaos rule their domain and live with the consequences. Just don’t put yourself, your goods, or your money at risk by going to their turf. Do not fund them. Do not spend money in their businesses. Just don’t go.

    There are some places where a major freeway goes through the city and it is hard to avoid that. But there’s usually a bypass available. IF all else fails, make sure the gas tank is full at one side, cross during mid-day, and check the news first. Examples?

    San Francisco sits on top of both I-280 and Hwy-101 freeways (N/S) and I-80 ends down town (E/W). You end up at some point dumped onto the city streets. If your destination is not actually S.F., just don’t go there. Yes, it is out of the way, but there’s several freeways inland from them (other side of the bay). Some, like hwy-17 / I-880 pass through the similarly to be avoided Oakland California; but you can just move inland a couple of dozen miles more and be on I-580 or I-680 instead.

    Other cities can be easier or harder to bypass.

    Portland, for example, is harder as there’s only so many bridges over the Columbia river. Both I-5 and I-205 pass through the city. (Numbers with 3 digit I, or Interstate, numbers are “bypass” freeways that usually were added to bypass the downtown core areas and are to be preferred for bypassing; even if they do pass through the city. They tend to more suburban areas and not the core old downtown areas). You would basically need to either take the (more scenic) coastal Hwy-101 many miles away, and cross at Astoria; or take minor rural roads to get to Hwy-30 and cross at Rainer / Longview.

    Compare Austin: Not only does Hwy-130 neatly run around the Eastern edge outside the city, but Texas is a square grid of rural highways and you can get just about anywhere without taking a major Interstate through a major city (and speed limits are often up near 70 mph on them, and largely ignored anyway…) Heck, I typically bypass cities like Houston and Dallas / Ft. Worth just due to traffic issues…

    I’ve found that I enjoy the rural drives much better and that the smaller rural roads, while a little slower in theory, are often just as fast or faster when urban traffic is avoided.

    So just give the Democrats their dis-Utopian Enclaves and bypass them. Gas up in rural locations and have meals there too (prices are typically better anyway). Let them riot, burn, and piss all over their own home, and just don’t go there. Not worth the trouble, cost, and risk to enter a Democrat Run / Ruined City. Take your money elsewhere to places that are safe and that like you.

  253. Ossqss says:

    Interesting read. Albeit I question some of these numbers.


  254. jim2 says:

    Dutch farmers still at it …

    The Minister of Agriculture for the Dutch government has resigned amid the ongoing dispute with the nation’s farmers and the globalist EU-driven green agenda of Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

    On Monday, Henk Staghouwer, the Agriculture Minister in the Netherlands, said that he believed he was “not the right person” to carry out the high-stakes negotiations between the government and the nation’s farmers, who have risen up in protest over plans to impose stringent curbs on nitrogen emissions to comply with climate diktats from Brussels.

    “When I started as Minister of Agriculture I knew that the sector faces enormous challenges,” Staghouwer said. “I asked myself the question: am I the right person to lead the tasks that lie ahead as Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality? I came to the conclusion this past weekend that I am not that person. That’s why I’m stepping back.”


  255. H.R. says:

    @E.M. – Yup. The Texas county roads have a speed limit governed by the available horsepower of your car and the top gear ratio. 😲

    You’ve been in Texas enough to know about the ‘Texas rolling stop’. That’s on those roads where, as you are approaching the intersection, you can see a mile+ in either direction but you slow down at the stop sign just a bit for one last look in case someone pulled out from an oilfield road or some farm or grazing land.

    If you’re local, you know where to look for the sheriff and just how much to slow down before blowing through. If you’re turning, you slow down enough to make the turn and check that no cross-traffic is coming along at 100 or so mph.

    My Texas grandmother did not drive. Church was the next town over. The wife of a local minor oil baron went to the same church and would pick grandma up. (Papaw was not a church goer.) We rode along when we were in Texas visiting the grandparents.

    Anyhow, ‘Miz Stone’ drove a ’61 (airconditioned woohoo!) Cadillac and would drive a sedate 80-85 mph between the towns so as not to give grandma white knuckles. With no road salt and no freeze-thaw cycles, there weren’t any potholes and the roads were pretty smooth. Windows up and it was a quiet, fast ride to church.

  256. jim2 says:

    West Texas + vehicle = diesel.

  257. another ian says:

    From shit heap to shit puddle

    “Scientists claimed the algae bloom in the San Francisco Bay, which killed over 10k fish, was due to climate change. But it’s now clear that it is due to the failure of local governments to upgrade the region’s antiquated sewage treatment plants.”

    More at


  258. another ian says:

    Re covid and “vaccines”

    “The MSM *ADMITS* They Were Wrong
    [Comments enabled]
    You may not read it this way, but the title is exactly correct.

    Let’s add another: You may well be boned if you took the jabs with nothing you can do about it.

    You may have f*ed yourself listening to Fauci, Birx, Trump, Biden and your doctor.

    With new COVID variant-specific booster shots set to roll out in the coming week, vaccine scientists argue that more research is needed to understand how a person’s early immune response — either through vaccination or infection itself — may impact future protection against a constantly evolving virus.

    Oh, really? You mean we’ve never done that before?

    Wait — we have. In fact we’ve studied it for a long time, specifically with influenza.”

    More at


  259. another ian says:

    A HiTech Maybe?

    “Is NASA’s Space Launch System doomed because of obsolete components?”


  260. another ian says:

    “——Some things to ponder as we age …………………

    The inventor of the treadmill died at the age of 54 😳

    The inventor of gymnastics died at the age of 57 😳

    The world bodybuilding champion died at the age of 41 😳

    The best soccer player in the world, Maradona, died at the age of 60 😔

    And then …

    KFC inventor died at 94 😊

    Inventor of Nutella brand died at the age of 88 😊

    Cigarette maker Winston died at the age of 102 😜

    The inventor of opium died at the age of 116 in an earthquake 😜

    Hennessy cognac, Irish inventor died at 98 😊

    How did doctors come to the conclusion that exercise prolongs life?

    The rabbit is always jumping, but it lives for only 2 years.

    The turtle that doesn’t exercise at all, lives 400 years.

    So …

    Take a nap …

    And if you wake up, have bacon and eggs”

  261. another ian says:

    “The 10th Anniversary of the Benghazi Attack Arrives This Sunday, The Events Look Different Against Latest Deep State Revelations
    September 7, 2022 | Sundance | 9 Comments”


  262. another ian. says:

    The “Morning Oz”

    “A God or a Government? Labor legislates climate fantasy and tech inventions too, all by 2030”


    “Elbow” has been in parliament about 26 years.

    There is a considerable difference between one year of experience 26 times and 26 years of experience

  263. another ian says:

    “A reminder from an African war comrade: emergency hygiene”


  264. philjourdan says:

    @EMS – We all know your wife is a Brit, so let her know that many of us colonials are saddened by the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, and our hearts and support go out to all of her Subjects around the world in this time of mourning.

    And while I am no Anglophile or Royal Worshipper, I have only the utmost respect and admiration for Queen Elizabeth II, not for her title, but for her deeds! I do not share that respect with her son, the new King.

  265. The True Nolan says:

    @another ian: RE “Is NASA’s Space Launch System doomed because of obsolete components?”

    From the article: “I wasn’t aware that the SLS program was mandated to use old, surplus Space Shuttle hardware. That makes no sense to me at all.”

    It doesn’t make sense if one has assumed that the program is designed to succeed. Makes perfect sense if the program is designed to NOT succeed, or at least just barely succeed. It has been (I think…) 33 years since President Bush Senior announced that the US was going to revitalize the space program and land a man on Mars. And it has been 19 years since President Bush Jr. announced that the US was going to revitalize the space program and land a man on Mars. Why should I take the current SLS more serious than the earlier announcements?

    We landed on the Moon over 53 years ago. For the last 11 years the US has only been able to reach low Earth orbit by buying seats with the Russians or (for the last two years) on the privately built Dragon capsule. One could make a pretty good argument that the US government is doing all it can to kill the space program while pretending to still be making progress.

    It really tightens my jaws. Is there ANYONE who saw the Apollo 11 mission and who thought that over a half century later we would be buying tickets (and engine hardware) from the Russians? Or that the Chinese would have their own space station but we wouldn’t? Sigh…

  266. H.R. says:

    @philj – We don’t know that E.M.’s wife is a Brit. She’s a Texan, as far as we know.

    E.M.’s mom was from over the pond, though. Does that ring a bell with you?

    I’m right there with you on Queen Elizabeth II. One heck of a person and a good Monarch. But she could have done a better job picking her children, eh? (I hope they fired the nanny that dropped Charles on his head when he was a baby. 😉)

  267. Ossqss says:

    Ditto, on the respect for the lost today. Can you imagine what she went through over time where she was for sooooo, long?

    I would say, however, I don’t get how monarchies can exist in today’s society, especially the UK?

    Charles will certainly help the invasive climate agendas. Keep your eye on the ESG challenges coming.

  268. E.M.Smith says:

    Mum was British (English). Spouse is USA born (of mixed English / Irish ancestry, as am I). We were a bit hard hit by the passing…

  269. another ian says:

    Why you can’t have a proper EV ute:

  270. another ian says:


    “A deliberate plan to cull the human population?”


    By this stage :Trust us” is not an adequate explanation IMO

  271. Steve C says:

    Re. the death of Her Majesty, R.I.P. (I’m currently listening to a Choral Evensong service of prayer and reflection for her on the radio.)

    For Brits abroad, or other well-wishers, an online Book of Condolence for those who wish to leave messages is available on the Royal website:

    Having said this, I’ve just tried several times to leave a message there but so far it has failed to get through each time – possibly just a matter of site overload, so don’t be surprised if you get the same result, maybe for several days. We’re officially in mourning now until seven days after her funeral, so I’d hope the page wil be available at least that long.

    Food for thought too in the form of a razor sharp post on Gab by Mark Collett, the author of a book available at

    “It’s very illuminating to see so many black people on Twitter and other social media platforms celebrating the death of the Queen and claiming that they want to dance on her grave.

    “When Queen Elizabeth II was born in 1926 London was almost completely white, it was a homogenous city that represented the indigenous people of the British Isles. By 2022, the year of her death White Britons were a minority in London, the city had been claimed by migrants and its character, culture and the daily life of its residents had totally changed, becoming foreign in many ways.

    “Queen Elizabeth never made any protestations against these changes, in fact, on multiple occasions, she welcomed them and even told White Britons to embrace them.

    “Yet now, in the aftermath of her passing, the people she watched colonise London, the people she welcomed into Britain, the people who she smiled upon and told White Britons to accept, many of them are celebrating her death, condemning her and wishing the vilest things upon both her and her family.

    “I think there’s a lesson to be learned somewhere here…”

    Very, very well said, that man. And it’s not just London that’s been colonised.

  272. The True Nolan says:


    On Jan 1, 2023, the so-called “Safe-T Act” goes into effect in Illinois. It removes cash bail requirements for crimes such as 2nd degree murder, kidnapping, robbery, arson, drug induced homicide, and a host of others. If you are wearing electronic tracking measures, it requires you to be off-leash for 48 hours before the police can investigate it.

    Make sure to read at least some of the comments. I do not remember seeing this level of anger in comments before.

  273. H.R. says:

    @Ossqss – Nuckin’ futz! There has to be some serious disruption to rational thought for someone to believe a man can get pregnant.

    Wait… what wuz dat? Oh, the was just reality flying out the window.

    @TTN – I’ll not be going anywhere near Illinois, no how, no way, not ever.

    On a lighter note, I was looking over the college football matchups for tomorrow. ESPN has a page for the games where the team stats are given, point spreads, over under, and sometimes some interviews.

    Off to the side is a win probability meter which gives the percent chance of each team winning.

    I’ve never seen this one before. For #2 Georgia playing unranked Samford the meter had Georgia as a 99.9% chance to win while Samford was at 0.1%.

    I had to laugh as I got thinking about the Samford team and a line from some movie popped into my head. I could just picture one of the guys in the locker room saying, “You mean, we have a chance coach?”

    Here’s a link to that meter. It’s funny.

  274. another ian says:

    “The death of the Queen, the end of an era, and the arrival of King Charles III, the climate activist”


  275. another ian says:

    Some stand-outs in comments at that Jo Nova thread (IMO)


    “One Flu Out Of The Wuhan Nest”

    “Via @HansMahncke;

    Epic thread from @gdemaneuf who shows in forensic detail how two Chinese “scientists” pushed natural origin while privately saying the opposite.

    Tellingly, the two brought in gullible Western scientists as “co-authors” but deliberately hid info from another lab leak from them.

    It is epic, grab a beverage.”


  276. another ian says:

    In comments there

    “Scientists overall are afraid of discussing the issue of the origins due to the political situation. This leaves a
    small and vocal minority of biased scientists free to spread misinformation.

    Sums it all up right there. And let me say the same applies to Global Warming … Critical Race Theory … and all the other bullshit that a small, loud, minority scream at us with no solid scientific or sociological data to prove their claims.”

  277. another ian says:

    “For two years the British National Health Service transformed itself into the National Covid Service. Now the party is over and 1 in 8 people in England are waiting for hospital treatment.”


  278. another ian says:

    House of Commons tributes to Elizabeth 2

  279. another ian says:

    “Labor Day is in the rearview mirror and the long, sickening slide into we-know-not-what (but it can’t-be-good) commences! Well, there are a few things we know, but only in the shaggy outlines because the folks who are supposed to inform us — the news media, the public health gang — like to keep the real action behind a scrim of unicorns cavorting through a rainbow-lit candyland. Of course, we are not all the idiots they want us to be.

    Here’s one thing we sort of know: you-all vaxx-happy Wokesters are about to have a new BA-5 bivalent booster laid on you. The Darwin Award season has been extended at least another six months! You’ll be glad to hear it’s been tested in a trial involving eight lab mice, and quickly approved by our FDA. The bad news is that all eight mice got Covid. The worse news is that the booster was wildly inconsistent in producing antibodies among the eight identical mice, meaning the ultimate effect on their immune systems is a crap-shoot — but, hey, they’re only mice.

    Thus, some more good news: humans were so far spared any testing for this new miracle treatment. Pfizer and Moderna didn’t hurt anyone in any cobb-job trials, like they did the first time around (hiding the results). The not-so-good news is: nobody, especially no one in the FDA, has any idea what effect the new booster will have on humans. The best news is that our beneficent government will only make the new vax available to people who are already vaxxed. You have to be “eligible,” in the club, so to speak. Aren’t you special! I never joined that club, so it works for me.”

    More at


  280. another ian says:

    “God Save The King officially sung for the first time in living memory.”


    I just got aged considerably then!

  281. H.R. says:

    Talking about inflation and metal shortages…

    Mrs. H.R. is rewiring a French Art Neuveux table lamp that is a bit over 50 years old. It is cast brass with crystal prisms and has three tiers of prisms and lights. I’d show a picture, but I can’t seem to find the one image of the lamp that exists on the internet.

    One of the cast rings that supports a layer of crystals and lights broke. I had to fabricate a replacement. I estimated about $300 to have it made at a machine shop, so it was DIY time.

    Luck was on my side and all I needed to make the replacement part for the cast support ring was brass tube that was 2.5″ in diameter with 1/8″ wall, 0.9″ long and 8 equally spaced 7/16″ holes drilled through.

    We found a place that would sell us a piece of that brass tube AND the minimum order was only 1 foot.

    So, I bought 1 foot of the brass tube for… $90!!** I only needed 0.9″ to make the replacement part. I’d hate to think what it will cost next year if it’s even available***.

    I believe that the remainder of the tube can go into my barter stash of ‘precious metals’. If nothing else, an 11″ brass tube will produce a satisfying clunk on someone’s head if needed for self-defense 😉

    **$90 plus tax and a $6 cut and pack fee, $108.xx all done and dusted. Then I had to buy a metal cutoff blade for my miter saw, but that was only $7.

    ***Note to self: Sometime next year, look online for the same brass tube to see if it’s available and how much it will cost. I’m betting on “Out of Stock”.

  282. H.R. says:

    And speaking of satisfying clunks on the head, I’m pretty sure some of the readers here on E.M.’s blog are familiar with tracked vehicles.

    I happen to have acquired one of the bolts that links the tracks of an excavator together. It’s an M35 thread X 400mm long bolt and weighs about 12 lbs.

    I used to keep it on my desk at work. It made for an interesting conversation piece and if things looked to get a little spicy, a gentle tap from that would calm anyone down.

  283. Ossqss says:

    Interesting article on current events and Bannon.

    I would suggest going to the end of the article and clicking the link to the Epoch Times to read the rest. You will have access as a guest from ZH on the paid site.


  284. another ian says:

    Re that CF-Nation article on the latest covid shot

    Way back when the ad for one brand of APC headache powder here was

    “You can take Vincent’s with confidence”

    One modified version was

    “She took Vincent’s with confidence and now she’s after Vincent”.

    Which is about where the “Trust Us” factor of Big Pharma is ATM

  285. another ian says:


    “Exposed: The vast pro-Ukrainian ‘bot army’ designed to influence Western policy makers”


  286. p.g.sharrow says:

    anotherian: I noticed much the same-thing that RT pointed out but from a bit different POV. Up until about 10 days ago the GEB, powers that be, were pushing Putin as the savior of the Russian people. Most of the U-tube postings that came up were decidedly Pro Putin /Russian. And that The Zelinsky/Ukraine government were corrupt losers. Putin’s mouth piece RT, has been publishing his praises for for many years and as well as how crooked the Ukrainians were, Oh! except when that Putin plant was in charge and awarded exclusive rights to the VAST Ukrainian Gas fields under East Ukraine . the ones that the Biden”s are involved in. According to Ukrainian people that was the most corrupt era. Not only all of their resources were being turned over to Putin’s “Friends”, their military was being sold off or starved……. much like was done with Russian Federation resources.

    We are watching “The Game of Thrones” being played out here. Putin, was one of the more powerful players on the board but His starving Special Army is being thrashed and the GEB players are now turned against him. Revolutions are springing out around him and his body is failing.

    My guess is that GOD or the Russian Federation will get rid of Putin. and the Federation will withdraw all of Putin’s Special Army from inside of Ukraine’s Internationally recognized boundaries. Hopefully. the Foundation will find a way to preserve the Federation without the Putin Oligarchs. We will need them, It appears that the GEBs have captured the British Crown.

    During the last 3 days the badly depleted Putin Northern Army district is being over run by units of the Ukraine Army Thay have reclaimed well over a thousand sqKm of land, over 50 towns , Putin’s Army’s high command has relocated north into Russia and his troops in the area have so abruptly relocated south that they left their equipment and suppers for the Ukrainian troops to utilize. That was nice of them.

    Losses of Ukraine military for those days is just over 300 solders over the entire country, Russian High Command admits to over a thousand but as most were LH/DB conscripts they don’t count as Russian. Most of the Ukraines that Putin’s Special Army counts as killed are those people, and they also count as “Russians” killed by the Ukraine military. They are also the poorly trained and supplied, cannon fodder conscripts that are being killed in this war. Ukraine Military has far too many volunteers to need to conscript. Putin on the other hand must scour the world to find bodies/troops to fill out his army ranks and weapons to arm them…pg

  287. another ian says:


    Yeah, maybe.

    But I’m not seeing the Halleluiahs that I would have expected from sites where I would have expected them.

    Only seen this


    So I’ll wait and not anticipate

  288. H.R. says:

    Found on Small Dead Animals, It’s a music video, but a bit different from the ordinary fare. It definitely appeals to those with an engineering or mechanical bent.

    Honey, I Finished The Internet September 10, 2022
    Bach’s ‘Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring’ on forest xylophone.

    Then this music video showed up in the ‘related’ queue.

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  290. Ed Forbes says:

    The Uk/Ru situation in the northeast of Uk is very strange.

    Russian military has been saying for weeks previously that Ukraine was massing armored and artillery units in this area for a major counter attack.

    Bloggers were very vocal over these weeks that the force mix seen in this area was configured for attack, not defense.

    Yet when Ukraine pulled the trigger to attack, Russia had almost no forces defending the area. Only a few under strength local militia and a couple of small security units that are more police than military.

    Russia committed regular army to the fight a only one location, and that were paratroopers to extradite the security units. Everything else did a full retreat to avoid combat and going back to the river lines to redeploy.

    Major Russian reinforcements were stood up in Russia several months ago to begin training and are expected to be deployed to Ukraine shortly.

    It looks to me as if Russia has enticed Ukraine into committing its strategic reserve in an area it does not consider important, giving Russia a free hand to launch its new offensive when Ukraine has little to no strategic reserves to counter.

    Now it may just be that the Russian high command is just incompetent, but the facts do fit the “it’s a trap!” theory.

  291. philjourdan says:

    @Another Ian – re: God Save the King – I guess you are over 70 then? I took you for younger.

  292. E.M.Smith says:

    @Ed Forbes:

    My best guess is “It’s a trap!”… They already had one episode where they had a salient turned into a cauldron and then just used artillery to smoke ’em. We’ll likely not find out for another week or two.

    IMHO, Putin & The Generals are looking at all the money and gear being thrown into Ukraine and thinking “So we can just sit here chewing up all their money & gear as they ruin their economies and shut down their arms industries due to no power? Really? God I love this…”

    When things get slow, pull out most of your good kit, leave some token troops in place so it isn’t obvious, but with orders to retreat if attacked (and do it pronto), then wait.

    Once the Salient is big enough to be worth it, pinch it off and start shelling the cauldron as you squash the troops into an ever smaller space.

    Rinse and Repeat until NATO is out of equipment and ammunition (in progress), broke (already done), suffering rampant inflation (already done), and over extended just as winter hits (in progress). Oh, and unable to make more replacements due to being out of fuel with only enough to keep the lights on in homes and not quite enough to stay warm (also in progress, but waiting for the first snows…)

    Then you either squeeze them very very hard at the negotiating table (most likely IMHO) or you send in your Regular Army and take whatever parts of the EU / NATO that look interesting (what the “Putin Is Evil” folks say he wants).

    In the mean time, he’s getting GREAT information about capabilities of things like our rocket launchers and such. Nothing like getting a free demonstration of capabilities by folks with all of a few weeks training and insufficient support…

  293. philjourdan says:

    Reagan in reverse! Bankrupt the west with higher energy costs and throwing Billions at Ukraine (while they tell US Service folks to go on welfare)!!!! I do not like Putin. But I admire him. He has the west dancing to his tunes!

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