W.O.O.D. – 9 October 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

I’ve got my Tow Vehicle back. The ML has had it’s Hind Brain replaced. Not only did this fix the complete loss of things like fuel gauge, turn signals, stop lights, etc.; but it also ended the tendency to administratively shut off the Turbo Charger. $850 ish all told. Far far less than the many $Thousands quoted by the Mercedes Dealer (who wanted to entirely replace the Turbo and EGR valve to fix that “hickup and then no Turbo” issue).

Next step is to buy a trailer and get the brake controller installed / sorted out. Then I’m set to go get the rest of my stuff. Probably in about a week.

Hurricane Prep is now undone. (cover boards off the windows, for example) Looks like present weather patterns will prevent another hurricane up here any time soon, and in a few more weeks the season ends, so I think we are done here, now. I’ve survived my first hurricane that was almost a direct hit. I think it was down to a Cat 1 when it went by, but some places were saying Cat 2. I’m definitely taking my Cat-1 Hurricane Badge and pondering if it is over-reach to claim a 2…

I’ve got what is likely enough “Prep” done for anything short of Nuclear War. Unfortunately Nuclear War is the talk of the nightly sNews… So what else could go wrong? /snark;

FWIW, a check of the prevailing winds shows that we are unlikely to get (much) fallout IF Cape Canaveral is hit. I’m thinking Russia would be unlikely to waste a nuke on Disney World, but might want to take out the airports on the far side of Orlando. MacDill AFB is close enough to be an issue for fallout, and they look like a shipping and logistics base, so a target. But we are outside the blast damage range of anything likely to be used, and right now they are downwind. Hopefully this pattern holds.

So, bottom line is that where we are looks to be OK but not ideal IF a nuclear exchange takes place. Sub Launched would arrive first, and hit military targets, giving a 15 minute warning of any ICBM arrival. We’d not be hurt in the first exchange, and likely not in the 2nd either. (Unless they are so over supplied with nukes as to want to hit 100,000 ish population blobs. And, if it came to that level, there would not be anything larger left intact anyway and civilization ends, along with most lives on the planet. We could be out in “just cows & grass” country in about 5 minutes and in 15 minutes be well away from anything worth calling a town or even a village.

Yes, I’m thinking I need to put a bug out kit in whichever car is least likely to suffer EMP damage (i.e. not the ML with computers, but most likely the 1989 Wagon without computers, or even electronic mixture adjustment / O2 sensors). Normally I’d use the ’82 Diesel that doesn’t even need electrical ignition, but it is in California still.

Oh, and that will be just about the time that the post USA Election ramp up in oil prices drives fuel costs to insane levels and brings USA production and transport to a functional halt. What? You think the Dim Dems are going to keep pushing oil prices down after the election? Silly bunny… they will push them to the sky and beyond. War or no war.

So it goes. Done with the Hurricane, on to the Nuclear War… /sarc;

News & Events

Ukraine used a truck bomb to blow a section of road bridge and start some train cars burning. News is making this out to be a very big deal. I predict Russia will have it fixed and back in service in about a week, maybe two at most. Then every truck and car will get a bit of a search getting onto it.

Also I expect to see some Ukrainian bridges dropped into the rivers as a “tit” for the “tat”. Just to make it clear “You blow up infrastructure, we take off gloves on infrastructure”.

The NATO Proxy War with Russia continues. This is likely to become a Hot NATO war fairly quickly. I don’t know how long Putin will be willing to just accept that being THE giant supply of arms and money, along with intelligence, sattelite data, fire control, training, logistics, and propaganda war / ministry (and more) can be called “not a participant”. Oh, and blowing up $Billions pipelines….

Is there nobody in the EU who thinks that maybe, just maybe, getting into a full on war with Russia is a Very Bad Idea in winter? My prediction is that Russia moves to full attack when the ground freezes hard enough to support tanks. Call it late November, early December. I expect Ukraine to be fully partitioned, and Rump Ukraine to be given to Poland. IF Poland jumps into the fray with weapons, expect Poland to be broken up too. Frankly, if it goes NATO Hot, I’d expect Russia to open a corridor connecting to Kaliningrad and taking a defensible chunk out of any country in the way. IF you end up in it with NATO, may as well go for some booty.

Then there’s the question of Germany and winter. Russia says it has one pipeline still working. Watch this space for another US attack with drone bombs. (Or maybe that would be too obvious now and something else will “go wrong” instead…)

Election is just about a month away. I’ve registered to vote here. I wonder if, when I’m in California, I could still pick up a mail in ballot? (Just curious, not going to do it. There’s no point to voting in California anyway. The Democrats Fix is in with the voting machines.)

In other news? Is there other news worth talking about? Somehow the controlled demolition of the EU and USA, the collapse of the Stock Market, and the decline and fall of Chinese production and agriculture in a drought that’s ended major electrical production from dams sort of pales in the face of potential nuclear Armageddon. But maybe that’s just me.


This will continue to be DIY for a while still.


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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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283 Responses to W.O.O.D. – 9 October 2022

  1. another ian says:


    Bumped from “Less than an hour”

    Re NATO via Pointman

    “German army has ammo for only two days of war – media.



    Hardly Russian propaganda when they are quoting a source that is available to western YSM who didn’t

  2. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    Yeah, always found it a bit cheeky (in a nice sort of way) that they quote open western sources just to make a point ;-)

    BTW: Here: https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2022/09/11/w-o-o-d-11-september-2022/#comment-160541
    you pointed out the PayPal “all your money are belong to us” if you do not agree with their politics.. and the rapid about face.

    That reminds me, I need to empty my PayPal and close it too. Been meaning to do that for a while…..

  3. YMMV says:

    “Ukraine used a truck bomb”

    Reports are (still to be confirmed officially) that “they” hired a truck and driver to deliver a load of fertilizer …. without telling him that it was a fertilizer bomb …. nasty.

    No word yet on how it was detonated.

  4. E.M.Smith says:

    A lot of clue in an hour long video. Alexander Mercouris. Confirms the innocence of the truck driver, BTW.

  5. David A says:

    The explosion – detonation, was extremely rapid. It flashed incredibly rapid, hot, and bright. Fertilizer?

  6. YMMV says:

    You might remember the Oklahoma City bombing, 1995.
    “Ryder truck, containing over 4,800 pounds (2,200 kg) of ammonium nitrate fertilizer, nitromethane, and diesel fuel mixture”

    “The effects of the blast were equivalent to over 5,000 pounds (2,300 kg) of TNT,[58][73] and could be heard and felt up to 55 miles (89 km) away.[71] Seismometers at the Omniplex Science Museum in Oklahoma City, 4.3 miles (6.9 km) away, and in Norman, Oklahoma, 16.1 miles (25.9 km) away, recorded the blast as measuring approximately 3.0 on the Richter magnitude scale.[74]”

  7. David A says:

    I also remember the Texas fertilizer plant that leveled dozens of buildings and was a 2.1 on the Richter scale. Some were speculating that various explosions expand at different rates, and colors, and thought that the flash very rapid and white, ( yet cameras have different exposure times and light sensitivity.). They also mentioned that from the small sparks and fire areas of the train, thermite may have been the material.

    Just speculation AFAICT.

  8. E.M.Smith says:

    Ammonium nitrate fertilizer with about 8 to 9% Diesel Oil is ANFO. One of THE most widely used explosives in the commercial world.

    ANFO stands for Ammonium Nitrate Fuel Oil.

    FWIW, it has good “heave” to it. It’s not a super fast explosive (“brisance” or tendency to shatter).

    All explosives have a “detonation velocity”, the rate at which the shock wave of detonation travels along the bulk of the explosive. (for example, ANFO is 3200 m/s while TNT Trinitrotoluene is 6900 m/s)

    This means TNT tends to shatter things more, while ANFO tends to lift and heave volumes a bit better. For bringing down a concrete bridge, TNT would be a better choice than ANFO as the ANFO will not shatter the concrete as well but will “lift and separate” the truck and surrounding vehicles more (and maybe blow down one span of the bridge but not shatter the support columns nor break the train trestle that carries most of the war material next to it…)

    Basically the bombers used a very easy to get / make explosive that wasn’t the best one for taking out a bridge.

    @David A:

    ALL explosives are very fast. The slowest one in that list is pure ammonium nitrate at 2700 m/s. That means a 1 meter cube would be fully detonated in 1/2700 of a second from an initiation point on the face of the cube. (modulo a little longer for the furthest diagonal to the far edges) If the detonator is in the center of the mass, it would be about 1/5400 of a second… (to a 1 m sphere detonated inside the 1 m cube, again with some edges not yet detonated but will be in a few more microseconds)

    Nobody can see the difference. It is just there, until it isn’t and there’s a big ball of expanding fire and crap.

    Oh, and thermite doesn’t usually explode. IF you can get it disbursed in air you can get a fuel / air explosion out of it, but those are not very effective unless contained inside something (so a can of tuna sized explosive under a 5 lb bag of flour will take down a building if set off in the center of a nice sized room, for example). It would not add much / anything to an ANFO basic charge.

  9. EM Smith

    Florida gets a lot of hurricanes. were they a factor in your consideration when you were contemplating a move?

  10. Ossqss says:

    IIRC, US CentCom HQ is at MacDill.

  11. Power Grab says:

    Anybody else see that Blackrock is buying most of Ancestry dot com?

  12. YMMV says:

    This link comes from the Judith Curry blog. Note the date: 2007.

    “Renewable and nuclear heresies”
    link: https://phe.rockefeller.edu/docs/HeresiesFinal.pdf

    “Renewables are not green.” We know that, but this is a most entertaining exposition.

    “By the way, another of my heresies is the belief that much of the time politicians pull on disconnected levers.”

    “energy evolution”: hydrocarbon fuels are blends of carbon and hydrogen. Both burn, one cleaner than the other. He rates the various fuels by the carbon to hydrogen ratio. Methane 1:4, kerosene 1:2, coal about 2:1, wood 10:1. Then he looks at history and finds that the C:H ratio is falling, as we progress from wood to coal to oil to natural gas. And then to pure hydrogen?

    “Today [2007] people convert about 35-40% of all primary fuel to electricity. The fraction will rise, but […] not much more than half of all energy is likely to be electrified.”

    Therefore, he suggests that nuclear power plants should produce hydrogen from methane (or water) during the hours of low electricity demand.

  13. cdquarles says:

    Pure hydrogen is a monster to work with, particularly in metal vessels. Glass works, but glass is brittle. Many “cheap” metals or alloys of metals get embrittlement from hydrogen. Hydrides are not simple to make or handle, either. Hydrocarbons are much more friendly to work with. Silly gits. As far as wood goes, it is a carbohydrate polymer plus resins, and minor amounts of minerals and other compounds. Wood carries an internal oxidizer, so to speak. ;p

  14. another ian says:

    “Connecting Things – Konnech Election Compromise, CCP Infiltration, CEO Arrest, True The Vote and Recent Deep State Misinformation Efforts
    October 10, 2022 | Sundance | 67 Comments”


  15. another ian says:

    “Stories You Won’t Find At The CBC” or most other YSM either

  16. jim2 says:

    Hydrogen has very wide explosion limits. If they thought methane was dangerous, wait until hydrogen usage is wide-spread. Get out the popcorn!

  17. Ossqss says:

    IIRC, from past discussions with my fleet engineering friend, the high-pressure required for Hydrogen in vehicles was prohibitive.

  18. The True Nolan says:

    I am surprised there is not more talk of butanol (C4H9OH). Stable, can be either synthesized or made from fermentation. Can be used as an addition to gasoline, or at 100% as a replacement for regular gasoline with little or no mechanical modifications. Would use all existing distribution infrastructure.

  19. E.M.Smith says:


    Some, not much. Mostly having us lean toward more inland and away from Coastal, Panhandle or Keys / Miami areas that seem to take it the most… Choosing a higher elevation area with very good drainage, and it has paid off. A Cat 4 dropped to a Cat-1 on a straight line run at us. I think that is precedent and predictive.

    We did look a little bit at Tennessee. But didn’t find what we wanted.

    Major Criteria:

    Conservative leaning population
    Low to No income tax
    No or very little snow & freezes
    Affordable housing

    Minor Criteria:

    There’s a paper I’ve pointed to several times that showed during freezing in Europe (LIA) the Gulf Stream became less effective at moving heat and it tended to back up in the Gulf. This resulted in a bit warmer weather in Texas and Florida especially in winter, and an increase in water availability (especially West Texas). (precipitation in winter moves to a bit more summer like pattern in Florida). As I’m of the opinion we are in a cooling cycle (both 60 year and longer cycle 1400 ish year), being in the places that benefited rather than suffered was attractive.

    I’ve lived here on and off over a decade of being an occasional I.T. Contractor to Disney World. So know the place.

    The expectation that in a planetary cooling context, hurricanes ought to moderate a bit in summer (even as winters moderate to a bit warmer…). But that’s speculative.


    The last few hurricane seasons have been moderate.
    California has gone further nuts, so escaping was a good thing.
    Love the zero State income tax.
    House was a bit more expensive than a couple of years ago, and will likely lose some price as the economy halts / tanks, but I’m loving it as a place to live. MUCH better than the house we sold in California.
    I’ve got my first Hurricane Badge (Cat 1 at least) and found it not much of a bother at all. Barely a few small bits off the oak tree. (Neighbors lost a smallish tree and another had a major limb down on the street – mine had been trimmed a year or three ago…)
    I’d not mind picking up some “Cabin / RV Acres in Tennessee Mountains” as a place to go play and / or bug out for the next Hurricane aimed at me ;-) But not a big desire. Just a muse.

  20. E.M.Smith says:


    That makes sense. I’m just hoping the wind patterns hold at “away from us toward the gulf” for a few more months ;-)

    @Power Grab:

    Blackrock is buying the majority of everything….


    It is most efficient to use nuclear power to make methanol for fuel. It is a great motor fuel and can be made using nuclear process heat at prices less than we are presently paying for gasoline (at least in many states / countries). VW did a study of it after the ’70s Arab Oil Embargo, and in my storage spot I have the book summarizing it.


    A really dumb idea unless you are making rockets, and even then kind of dumb other than very special uses.

    It’s a PITA to work with. It is highly dangerous due to various problems from explosive limits being wide, to leaking out of just about anything, and having invisible flames in daylight. Oh, and it’s expensive to make too. Also loves to adsorb onto surfaces and hang around, then you go to light a ciggy and your whole shirt goes up in invisible flames…

    For rockets, it only makes sense if you need the enhanced specific impulse and lower mass fuel. Otherwise, methane is superior for most uses. Kerosene if you want a safer system without pressurized or cryogenic tanks.


    IF the goal were to actually make a decent motor fuel replacement, Butanol would be it as it is a “drop in replacement” for gasoline.

    However: It is quite clear that the goal is not to make a decent motor fuel. The goal is to force people into units with superior control and observation facilities.

    How to make decent motor fuels has been known since at least the ’70s. It has been something of a hobby of mine to look at alternative fuels and energy supplies. THE best candidates are Alcohols. Methanol, Industrial (not corn…) Ethanol, or Butanol (with honorable mention of Propanol). Of them Methanol is easiest to make in quantity and Butanol is easiest to just stick in the present fuel distribution system and vehicles.

    Almost as good and easy would be advanced variations on FT Synthesis making Diesel Oil (from coal, wood, garbage, etc.) Yes, garbage. I think we will never suffer a shortage of garbage / Carbon supply…

  21. YMMV says:

    “Pure hydrogen is a monster to work with”

    I would have put hydrogen cars in the same future timeline as fusion, but maybe not.
    I guess you can actually buy one. And maybe even find a filling station.

    Five minutes of fuelling gives about 400 miles of range.

    Mirai’s hydrogen fuel tanks have been rigorously tested and proven to meet Global Technical Regulation No. 13. * Its multi-patented, carbon-fiber-wrapped, polymer-lined fuel tanks absorb five times the crash energy of steel. In a high-speed collision, sensors are designed to stop the flow of hydrogen and any leaked hydrogen will rapidly escape safely back into the atmosphere.

    It can also run off of its 1.2 kWh lithium-ion battery.

    Toyota has a very good fuel cell, they say. So my guess is that the EV cars we have seen so far are just a temporary stepping stone to the real thing. Like compact fluorescent light bulbs were just a blip on the way to LED bulbs. If they are going to ban the old light bulbs and ICE vehicles, this may be worth paying attention to.

    The Left Coast is working on that hydrogen future. I trust Toyota more than them, but we will see.


    So far, this is H2 as a pressurized gas (with mentions of liquid hydrogen at least in the filling stations).

    Japan is working on using nuclear power to make H2. If it is made from water they call it green. Other countries too.

  22. Jeff says:

    @Power Grab, what’s especially disconcerting about that is the TONS of people who have uploaded (or whatever) DNA information to ancestry.com.

    Considering that BlackRock probably has their cloven hooves in a number of vaxx and other “fakemed” enterprises, it wouldn’t surprise me if they used that info to develop, erm, targeted “vaccines” against “troublesome” people…..

    BlackRock, from the pits of Mordor, or Hell itself…

  23. YMMV says:

    The weak link for EV vehicles is the battery, not the motor.
    For fuel cell EV, the fuel storage and the fuel cell are both problems.
    Methanol is a good fuel, but for fuel cell use it has to be extremely clean.

    You can buy a methanol fuel cell now. They are somewhat popular in boats and RVs.
    A bit pricey for the unit. Way pricey for the methanol.

    Methanol is tomorrow’s hydrogen, today. It is an extremely efficient hydrogen carrier, packing more hydrogen in one simple alcohol molecule than can be found in hydrogen. Being a liquid at ambient conditions, methanol can be handled, stored, and transported with ease by leveraging existing infrastructure that supports the global trade of methanol. Methanol reformers are able to generate on-demand hydrogen at the point of use to avoid the complexity and high cost associated with the logistics of hydrogen as a fuel.


    That link has links to “The Methanol Pathway To Hydrogen” and “The Renewable Methanol Pathway to Green Hydrogen”

    Methanol is an excellent hydrogen carrier fuel, packing more hydrogen in this simple alcohol molecule than can be found in hydrogen that’s been compressed (350-700 bar) or liquified (-253˚C).

    Methanol has the highest hydrogen to carbon ratio of any liquid fuels, allowing it to be a highly efficient carrier of hydrogen. Hydrogen generators that reform methanol can be deployed at stationary sites or onboard vehicles to deliver on-demand hydrogen, eliminating the need for energy-intensive storage and transport solutions for hydrogen. Methanol enables the greater adoption of hydrogen-based applications and future hydrogen economies.

  24. Taz says:


    Congrats on surviving your MB repair. I worried you would soon be the bearer of even worse news.

    As far as the rest of the bad news goes, all of would do well to avoid discerning “patterns”. Especially given the quality of our information. It’s a good thing to be prepared for events one can control (like extent of hurricane damage), but obsessions over events NONE of us control is just self destructive.

    What could be done is being done. Ukraine was given tools to equalize their vast inferiority in weapons hardware. Himars are 30yo technology, Javelins might be same. In any case, it was enough to create an infantry slugfest…with the Russians now apparently not doing well. They no longer can just blast away at distance – must now actually fight their victims.

    Those recent Russian strikes on cities will soon be neutralized Either through antimissiles, or long range Himars. Imagine the consternation if every transformer within Moscow’s electric grid suddenly ceased to exist.

    So there are plenty of opportunities coming. Both for and against western interests. It even is possible Russia will quietly leave.

  25. Foyle says:

    Russia has huge structural problems, low birth rates, about half as many 1 year olds as 35 year olds, an ageing population and major brain drain to not-Russia exacerbated by desire to die in Ukraine – perhaps a million younger people with useful and many elite skills have emmigrated due to the war. Their school system is a failure – well below OECD levels, and they are a Mafia state where industry is screwed by corruption – leading the entrepreneurs that drive economic growth to go elsewhere.

    Their industry, infrastructure and military have coasted on Soviet era investment, but are hollow shells of their former capabilities. Russia looks long-term doomed for collapse, something this war is hastening.

    Who knows how decrepit and unreliable their nuclear arsenal is – they’ve been poor for 30 years, so solid bet that only a very few of their nukes are still in working order, as we have seen from fielded weaponry in Ukraine the numbers are very low (perhaps 20% of claimed) and reliability terrible compared the to Ptomkin village numbers boasted of. Their airforce and navy are a joke – half gone now form Ukraine war, and would not stand against west in any significant way.

    Which is not to diminish the devastation that would happen if Putin pressed the nuke button. But I would guess that west have quietly informed him and his coterie that their family, friends and everything they love will be targeted and destroyed if he tries it.

    And nukes are easy to build using modern machine tools and industrial robots 10-20 good engineers phsyicists and chemists could do it in a year with spent reactor fuel supplying plutonium. If Zelensky had a few nukes he could explode one harmlessly as a demonstration then tell Putin he had hidden more in Russian cities.

    The west can bleed Russia dry in a war of attrition (poor Ukrainians are meat in the grinder) the reality of that and logistical and capacity limitations of Russia will almost certainly lead to a slow Russian collapse with I think a likely diplomatic end to war involving Russia keeping Donbas and Crimea.

    If this war did go on for another year I think we would see emergence of devastating drone tech, smart phone electronics and machine learning married to cheap mass manufacture will make for unbeatable cheap weapons in large numbers once ramped up. Expensive multi-million dollar conventional weapons platforms are no match for the quality of quantity smart mass produced munition.

    Kerch bridge looks like it was a boat or submarine bomb. There is video looking down at underside of road bridge from rail piers where you can see what looks like a boat wake enter shot under the road bridge a frame or two before the bomb goes off.

  26. jim2 says:

    RE: Butanol. “All we have to do” is ramp up production by 360 times then there will be enough to replace gasoline in the US. As far as methanol goes, it is more toxic than gasoline, more volatile, and is very hygroscopic . It will suck water out of ambient air in tanks, pipes, and such.

  27. jim2 says:

    And currently, butanol is made mostly from petroleum, so there’s that.

  28. David A says:

    If Russia is as completely messed up as the propaganda from the MSM states, it is simply inconceivable that Putin would have decades of very very high public support.
    The very large increase in per capita Russian income , the energy independence, the critical manufacturing brought home, the budget surplus, and numerous other claimed facts paint a rather different story.

    Regarding the Crimea bridge, this link will show two things. (BTW E.M. thank you for the information on explosives) In the video, at about the 30 second mark the camera pans from one collapsed section to another about 150′ to 200′ away. The two areas of collapse that far apart may not make sense for a single bomb.
    The second video, assuming it is real, shows two missile strikes. Yet the other videos around I think fail to catch two separate detonations. Interesting… https://open.substack.com/pub/coffeeandcovid/p/c-and-c-news-monday-october-10-2022?utm_source=email

    Putin’s restraint has been very curious. Watch some videos of the US “Shock and Awe” campaign, to see what a full on assault can do to wipe out power, energy, plus communication infrastructure. Portraying Russian army as incompetent ( when Putin has simply followed what he said he would do in targeting only certain parts of Ukraine for occupation, and avoiding “shock and awe” tactics) is perhaps foolish. Unless the powers that be are doing everything possible to goad Russia to greater response, and convince those supporting Ukraine that victory is just around the corner.

    It is also perhaps not wise to ignore the support Russia has from 1/2 the world or more, and the movements they are undertaking to wean the globe from the US dollar. ( Said acts were inspired and necessitated by US actions.) Biden is apparently doing all possible to get many nations to hate the USA, and blame, both wrongly and correctly, the US for their problems. Despite the current dollar strength, the end of US dollar dominance is, IMV, fast approaching. While the One World Government folk are breaking eggs to lay their reset foundation, many others are cooking their own omelette.

  29. David A says:

    My link is good, but to a long post. Here are direct links to the bridge aftermath and the two damaged sections at the 30 second mark.https://twitter.com/TheInsiderPaper/status/1578642899507421184?s=20&t=GcEZLRRpH23id7JyZSrGZw
    Here is the missle strikes video…https://twitter.com/hashtag/CrimeanBridge?src=hashtag_click

  30. Josh from sedona says:

    I’ve been kind of curious about your deep fryer setup, how how big is your deep fryer and where do you get your tallow from?

  31. Power Grab says:

    @ Jeff re:
    “it wouldn’t surprise me if they used that info to develop, erm, targeted “vaccines” against “troublesome” people…..”

    Right. I wonder how much progress they’ve made in that direction?

    The whole plandemic has struck me as being a multi-factorial play. IMHO, the most harm is caused by simultaneous attacks on individuals’ microbiomes. What’s in play? I’m thinking factors that are not unlike cancer treatment: so-called “chemo”, so-called “radiation”, and certain lifestyle factors–not getting enough sleep, not getting appropriate nourishment and being able to assimilate it, not grounding (a/k/a earthing), not managing one’s mood (particularly shunning fear-p0rn), not benefiting from certain so-called “supplements” (not to mention vitamin I [Ivermectin]).

    That being said, I think it explains why so many of the GEBs and their cronies are living life normally, without masks (unless they’re being filmed) or excessive disinfection. They know that they are not being exposed to all factors, so therefore they find it acceptable to roam around without wearing HAZMAT suits everywhere, etc.

    There is a doctor in California, Sabine Hazan MD, who is a gastroenterologist specializing in poo research that focuses on DNA. She wrote a book called “Let’s Talk Sh!t!”. The first time I heard of her was in a tweet where she was responding to the famous fighter Oscar De La Hoya. He had tweeted an apology to his fans about being unable to do a planned come-back fight because covid has kicked his butt. Dr Hazan’s response to his tweet was, “Fix your microbiome!” She has treated hundreds of patients for covid and not lost any of them.

    I know this will sound like heresy, but I have lost 4 dear ones (both parents and two friends from choir) to cancer treatment. That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it. My mother was the first to be diagnosed. She died at 58. She worked until 2 weeks before she died. The thing that happened 2 weeks before she died was they had her come in for yet another “scan” and told her that her inflammatory carcinoma (breast cancer, which she had assumed was simply a breast infection) had metastasized to her brain. Then they radiated her brain. She had lived longer than most who are diagnosed with her form of cancer. One of the things she did was “look for a reason to laugh every day”. Well, I reckon when they radiated her brain, that crippled her main form of self-defense.

    When she was diagnosed, I began reading about cancer. Over and over, I read that what kills cancer patients most often is cachexia (starvation). Looking back, and considering recent research into the microbiome, I figure that destruction of the microbiome by use of such things as chemical toxins and radiation is going to take one down the path to cachexia. If you lack all the beneficial microorganisms that help us extract and utilize the nutrients in our food, you’re not going to thrive.

    I had an experience with our 5G router/modem that I won’t tell right now, but it was a major confirmation for my reasoning.

  32. Jon K says:

    This is great analysis by Douglas MacGregor about the situation in Ukraine. It makes so much sense, especially the discussion involving the US strategy in regards to Ukraine and the EU


  33. The True Nolan says:

    Tulsi Gabbard is leaving the Democratic Party. One off event, or first drop of a storm? She explains why:

  34. E.M.Smith says:

    @Josh from Sedona:

    I use an Electric Wok to deep fry most of the time. I’d guess the oil is about 5 or 6 inches deep in the center, with a sort of 5 inch round flat bottom and sides going up at about 45 degrees (where the depth eventually reaches zero at about double the diameter of the flat bottom area. I have a metal wire “scoop” thing that I use to fish stuff out.

    I got the tallow in a 25 or so pound block at Smart & Final. They are on the West Coast, and I’ve not found one in Florida. So in a couple of years when I’ve used up the 20+ pounds I canned, I’ll need to get more from them ;-)


    I had looked into buying a Lincoln Navigator to just replace it. A $4000 ish one had a rusting out frame… so I was about to buy the $6500 one (assuming it passed inspection)… The surprise low cost of the repair has put that off… I’m driving it around for a week before committing to the cross country run, though.

    Per Russia / Ukraine:

    The whole point of the Russian missile strike was to say “You want to put infrastructure on the table, OK, here is what we do to your infrastructure.” New Weapons from the USA will take a month or two to make it in to theater. By then the Russian Offensive will likely be underway and a whole lot of Ukrainian infrastructure will be rubble..

    I believe Putin when he said “We have not yet even begun.” They have a whole lot of assets they have not deployed, and now Ukrainian Infrastructure is in play. I expect Ukraine to rapidly be without electricity and trains. Water to follow if they attack more Russian infrastructure (and that includes bridges and power plants in Donbass, Crimea, etc. now part of Russia).l

    BTW, I’m not “rooting” for any side in this. “My Side” is find peace and stop killing each other; but that isn’t going to happen. I’m just predicting what I think Russia will do based on what I know of the Russian character, language, history and culture.


    Also made via fermentation. https://celignis.com/butanol-fermentation.php
    IIRC, discovered by the 1st president (premier? PM?) of Israel.

    @David A:

    Not had time to look at the links yet.

    FWIW, Putin has a strong history of saying he will do something, then doing it. Also of speaking directly to his people (and sticking with what he said). Further, he has held strongly to contract terms (not surprising given I’ve been told he was a lawyer) and being a reliable partner (though if you cross them / him, he will use “terms” against you to the “letter of the contract”…)

    Cancelling SWIFT processing was a big mistake. Like Cancel Culture. Just means that competitive systems will pop up, and they have.

    BTW, I just drew my PayPal account down to about 46 ¢ with a computer purchase. I’ve removed PayPal from the “how to donate” box on the blog pages. I’m looking into alternative providers in the Parallel Economy ;-)

    Haven’t decided yet if I’m going to cancel the PayPal account entirely, or just let it sit there with 46 ¢ in it costing them more than that to keep track of it ;-)


    At one time I had a major bout of “Stinky Farts” coupled with headache and fatigue. This was after “some drinking to excess on the weekend”… Figured maybe I’d blown out my gut bugs… after a few days of it, I had a couple of cartons of live yogurt and even applied some from the rear approach… A day later things were much better and in 2 I was back to normal. Bad bugs driven out by good ones.

    The gut bugs are a big deal…

    Then there’s the experiments where they took poo from Obese Mice and put it in the gut of normal mice, who promptly became obese… on the same old chow… The gut bugs chemically signal you to eat the way they want…

    @Jon K:

    I’ll watch it in a few minutes. Looks interesting.


    Tulsi never did fit well with the Democrats. Too honest and reality centered…

    The Dems will continue to hemorrhage that segment on their right-ward edge as the ultra radical far far left keeps chewing up and “cancelling” anyone to the “right” of them. They’ve already blown off the old Blue Dog Democrats some years back, then the Centrist Democrats as of Bernie’s run for POTUS (and with that the Working Class Democrats).

    So it is a trend that will continue until either the DNC realizes they have shrunk to a minority party and the “move left” and “cancel culture” strategies where a poison pill, so shifts the party back; or they just implode and evaporate into a cesspool of Communist Backbiters.

  35. E.M.Smith says:

    @Jon K:

    Amazing. I had no idea anyone of any merit or position had so many ideas that matched my conclusions. There was substantially nothing that Douglass MacGregor said that differs from my positions / conclusions.

    A very minor point might be that I’m not seeing a clear case for catastrophic economic collapse just yet. So far it is just enough evidence to say it will be a bad recession or maybe a garden variety depression. But… there’s enough “crap on the wind” to allow for the bad depression / economic collapse scenario (not the least of which is that the folks who seem to be wielding all the power are actively working to make one happen… WEFies, GEBs, Soros et. al. “you will own nothing” along with “manufacture a crisis to exploit it” coupled with “Great Reset” and “creative destruction” before building that Utopia they dream of…

    His analysis of military status of Russia & the west along with his understanding of the Russian culture and strategic needs is “spot on” with mine. Even down to having roughly the same time table for when the Russian Big Offensive is likely to begin.

  36. another ian says:

    Someone else not in disagreement

    “You Can Always Dream”


  37. another ian says:

    More Netherlands farmers

  38. another ian says:

    Not sure whether it is true but sounds a good idea

    “There seems to be some confusion as to how many missiles Russia launched over the last couple of days. But what was great about it is that they were coming through the windows of the Ukrainian intelligence services. Imagine if we had missiles going into the CIA’s Langley Virginia offices? Everyone could be dancing in the streets the world over. So get these Russians sense of style. They bomb the SBU offices. Then they send the message through MI6 that not to worry. Its just a warning. Ha ha ha ha ha. I’m knocked out by their excellence in decision-making.”


  39. David A says:

    Putin looks healthy, and friendly with the UAE Biden has pretty much destroyed US relations around the world.

  40. David A says:

    Twitter removed the missile strike video. No idea if it was faked or not.

  41. Josh from Sedona says:

    Sounds like you’re good on tallow for frying at the moment, would you maybe be interested in some Tallow candles and soap?

  42. Power Grab says:

    @ EM re: Gut Bugs

    When I first started reading about the new research into the microbiome some years ago, those accounts of doing FMTs to make obese mice into thin mice (and vice versa), that made a huge impression on me.

    Since then, I’ve begun to wonder if my mom’s and my weight issues weren’t caused (or made worse) by our consumption of diet soda pop. No one else in my family drank it. No one else in my family had weight problems like we did.

    Since then, and since I learned that all artificial sweeteners are antibacterial, I think they messed up our gut bugs. Maybe the ones that make us fat are better able to survive contact with artificial sweeteners. Ain’t that a kick in the head?!?

    BTW, Dr Hazan is very experienced in doing FMTs.

    Also BTW, Dr Hazan and some colleagues had papers published that documented how people who are deficient in bifidobacteria are the ones who tend to have worse cases of covid. Here is a link to one of them:


  43. jim2 says:

    One thing on the horizon that is getting more media play is persistent chemicals. They are measuring these things in parts per TRILLION and there are no health studies that indicate these will be an issue at that level. Nevertheless, the hype is growing.

  44. Power Grab says:

    @ jim2:

    When you mention “persistent chemicals”, the first thing comes to mind is chloramine, which is in most tap water now. It is a combination of chlorine + ammonia.

    I don’t know about you, but when I was learning how to clean house, I was told to *NEVER* combine chlorine bleach and ammonia. It yields a poison gas.

    What I have read is that the EPA changed some rules in 2010, that led most municipalities to switch from chlorine to chloramine.

    Chloramine differs from chlorine in several ways: (1) it doesn’t gas out (like chlorine does), (2) you can’t neutralize it with salt (like you can with chlorine), (3) it will kill the fish in your fish tank, and (4) if they use it for kidney dialysis, it will kill the patient. In other words, it stays in the water all the way from the treatment plant to your body unless you do a long process to remove it. The process involves long exposure (at least 10 minutes) to activated charcoal, and then reverse osmosis. I don’t know anyone who can do that at home.

    I have a sibling to works at a water treatment plant about an hour away from me. When I asked them what they thought about the chloramine they had begun to use in their system, he said, “We LOVE IT!”

    Me: “But it’s killing my good bugs! Why do you like it?”

    Them: We can assume that germs are still being killed all the way from the plant to the consumer.

    So I try to avoid chloraminated water as much as possible. I protect my gut bugs by using spring water or well water, and by consistently taking probiotics and prebiotics, and postbiotics. It’s been working for me for about 8 years now.

  45. cdquarles says:

    If I am not mistaken, there are water purifiers that use activated charcoal and some other methods. That said, dose and route make the medicine, or the poison. So, tell me more than just a chemical name. Tell me the doses and show me the dose response curves. Likewise, there is no chemical that man can make that the rest of nature can’t make. Conditions matter greatly in chemistry. Biological bodies run on chemistry.

  46. E.M.Smith says:


    Folks with pet fish deal with this all the time. Why? Because fish are FAR more sensitive to ammonia, chlorine, and chloramines. There’s a lot of tech out there for purifying water for fish. As a random example from a web search:


    Similarly, home water purification systems are widely available and not too expensive. You can even DIY if you like. ( I bought the cartridges and holders to put in my pipes once, but decided to stop having fish before I got them installed). This includes activated charcoal cartridges.

    The sister-in-law had a nice reverse osmosis drinking water spout added to the kitchen sink, about a 1 gallon R.O. jug sits under it. Kind of like this one ($160):

    Normal pattern is a particulate filter, then an activated carbon, then R.O. This one looks more complex with 3 different activated carbon steps (granules, block, and another one).

    I’m sure a little searching could find more DIY type solutions too.

    This one ($253) has the screw on canisters that I had bought to DIY (there are standard filters of different kinds that go into the canisters) so comparing filter cartridge costs matters.

    Of course, you could always just make some wood charcoal, wash and then activate it in an oven, and fill a barrel with it, then pass your water through that… but that’s pretty old school…

    Anyway, it’s a proven tech given all the folks still raising fish… I would expect you can even find industrial sized ones from Aquaculture supply folks.

  47. E.M.Smith says:

    @Josh from Sedona:

    Interested? As in buying or as in making?

    I’ve made soap before. Don’t really care what oil is used. Tallow is OK and makes a hard white soap. I found CRISCO made a decent soap too (better than eating it ;-)

    My attempt at a Palm / Olive knock off worked OK, but you do get a bit of olive oil aroma.

    Tallow Candles are supposed to be a bit smokey as the fat doesn’t burn as well as paraffin wax. I don’t know if that is true. There’s a current hot trend in the Prepper Community of making Crisco candles that burn for weeks. But both of them (paraffin and Crisco) smell a bit. My preferred candles right now are from Ikea. They make one from Stearic Acid (tallow fat with the glycerin backbone removed) that works really well, but smells like Crayons. Now you know why you can eat a crayon ;-)

    I’ve thought I ought to try a tallow candle, just to find out if they really are smokey (the reports I’d red were about old Spanish Missions and their candles, not anything modern…) but I’ve been too lazy to make one. Maybe someday.

    In my packed kit is an oil candle. Basically a jar with a floating wick holder. Pour in cooking oil and light wick. Once I find / unpack it, I might try it with tallow. It ought to melt enough tallow to float on it… FWIW, I tried one once with a highly polyunsaturated oil of some kind and it worked well, but I was unfond of the aroma – likely due to the high acrylamides from hot polyunsaturated oil. Now I’d be more likely to try olive oil or coconut oil…

  48. jim2 says:

    RE: Persistent chemicals. If you read this, they haven’t even physically surveyed all the sites.

    The researchers said that in the absence of information proving otherwise, contamination from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) should be presumed at 57,412 locations spread across all 50 states and the District of Columbia.


  49. jim2 says:

    In the absence of evidence proving otherwise, it should be presumed that the skull cavity of Dimocrats is a void space.

  50. Power Grab says:

    @ jim2:

    I have seen the headlines, but I haven’t had time to dig into the stories. Thanks for the link, however. :-)

  51. another ian says:

    “Why Farmers make the Best Intellectuals”

    “If only the work of intellectuals had such tight feedback loops, we could save ourselves so much pain and misery. Unfortunately, the work of the intellectual allows him to entertain ideas which are manifest nonsense, but which sound good and appeal to a great many people for one reason or another. And the more wealthy and decadent a society becomes, where the educated classes are further and further insulated from the harsh realities of the created order — and its humbling lack of flexibility on many points — the more they have the illusion that everything is malleable and plastic. Yes, everything can be re-imagined! And then our perfect utopian vision can be brought to pass!

    But God will not be mocked, and the particular shape he gave to the world we inhabit will only be thwarted for so long.

    For this reason, I prefer my intellectuals and thought-leaders to also be farmers.”


    Via SDA

  52. another ian says:

    For the covid file

    “Forty-Two Volunteers Snort AstraZeneca Intramuscular Vector Vaccine, Fail to Develop Mucosal Immunity”


    Via SDA

  53. another ian says:


    “This Is Why You DO NOT Use EUA’d Things….”

    “The review paper says that interactions between Paxlovid and certain blood thinners can cause an increased risk of bleeding. Interactions between Paxlovid and some cholesterol medications such as statins can be toxic to the liver, and interactions between Paxlovid and certain blood pressure medications could cause low blood pressure, flushing and swelling.”

    More at


  54. Josh from Sedona says:

    Interested means interested as in a tip, not to buy or make. I’ve rendered some beef fat scraps from the local grocery store butcher into tallow, and made a batch of candles and a batch of soap so far I’m still in the Prototype stage screwing around with Wick size and stuff and just got some soap molds to make more uniform bars. For what it’s worth the beef tallow candles if the wick is properly trimmed seem to hardly smoke at all and they’ve got a very mild scent to them. I was thinking I’m getting ready to get render another batch and make some more candles and make some more soap and if you wanted to kind of be a beta tester I could send you a tip, so let me know if that’s something you would like

  55. E.M.Smith says:


    Well I’m very much interested in what works and what to avoid. I got hooked on candle and soap making when I was about 6 to 12 years old… Been doing it on and off ever since.

    For soap, I’ve made about a dozen batches all told. Liked using Crisco for a nice solid very white soap. (Eating anything with a lot of trans fats, not so much… but for washing it seems to work well).

    Didn’t have much access to tallow until just a couple of years ago when I bought my block, so not tried Tallow soap. Would love to know what works, what doesn’t, and the character of it.

    For Tallow Candles: Mostly I was exposed to the stories of the California Missions that inevitably talked about them making big pillar candles that were smokey… I have no idea if that is just an Old Legend, or reality.

    It always bothered me that natural oil lamps were portrayed as Just Fine, while tallow candles were always presented as smokey. I suspected mostly “literary licence”…

    So, yeah, I’d love to know what works to make a tallow candle. I’ve made my own wicks before, and tried various different kinds of waxes and paraffin waxes. https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2012/08/05/thread-wicks-and-rolling-your-own-candles/

    I’ve also looked at my almost 2 dozen pint jars of tallow (well, I’ve used a few since then…) and thought this would be an ideal time to try it in a candle… but what with moving and all, not gotten around to trying it. (For now, it’s more of a “in a real long duration AwShit I could give it a try…”). And there’s that suspicion that the “smokey tallow candle” is just an artifice by a writer who’s never seen one… and I’d love to prove that one way or the other…

    Basically: Tallow Soap Recipes and HowTo’s very welcome. Tallow candle methods, tips & techniques, and sensory reviews of the product also very much of interest.

    FWIW: I’ve always had a few days worth of candles on hand. Commercial or home made. As a kid, we’d have a couple of power outages each winter. Then later in life the Democrats started to de-stabilize the power grid (Gov. Gray “out” Davis of California recalled over it…). Now, once again, the Dems are busy destabilizing power grids AND I’ve moved to Hurricane Country. So part of my “Prep” has always included a few days (weeks?) worth of candles & matches. I consider them a basic prep item and something everyone ought to know how to make in a pinch.

    Besides, it’s fun to play with fire ;-)

  56. Josh from sedona says:

    The local grocery store give me about 4 days worth of tallow which is probably about 75 lb that’s what it was the last time maybe they’ll have a little bit more cuz I have a T-bone cell right now and I got another 25 lb of fat for my brother he got half a steer butchered so I should have about 100 lb of fat on Sunday afternoon and then sometime next week I can render all that and I get about 60% yield so I should have about 60 pounds of tallow which will be about 9 gallons or so tallow about 7 lbs a gallon something like that, so you know I could make I’ve made quart size and pint size and one cup size yeah I have by it candle so far I’m waiting on some more Wick material and still screwing with that but I could send you like a couple of quarts a couple of pints and a couple of Cups Maybe and some 4 oz bars of soap whenever I get around to actually processing all this crap would that be like a decent amount?

  57. Josh from Sedona says:

    Sorry about all the speech to text errors, I don’t have my readers on

  58. beththeserf says:

    Re that jon k link to Col Douglas MacGregor/ Dimitri Simes interview. So relevant.
    Strategic interests in Western international policy been replaced by globalist ideological interests. In the past it was understood you didn’t want Russia and China to come together defensively.

    Winter coming (but not nuclear winter) the iceman cometh… and depleted energy in Europe, coming financial difficulties in the U.S.

  59. H.R. says:

    WAFI !!


    Where do we get Climate Assault Rifles? When will the Climate Change laser-guided missiles be available? What will the new Climate Change camouflage uniforms look like?

    How will we prepare our troops to fight climate change? Will the men have to change lipstick colors and heat resistant glue-on nails? Will their false eyelashes stay put? Will their high heeled combat boots function effectively in the flooding rains?

    How will we know when we have won?

  60. Josh from sedona says:

    I guess there’s not much point in sending you candles are soap if you can do it yourself be like shipping sand to the beach. But if you ever do run out of Tallow and you have trouble finding it I’d be happy to send you some

  61. E.M.Smith says:


    THE big problem with shipping tallow is cost. I looked into this when planning my move. Shipping boxes via mail or UPS or… It was incredibly expensive per pound.

    So for low cost items like Tallow, shipping is just a lethal cost to the idea. (Or low weight bulky items too… like packing a comforter in a box… The USPS charges by the sum of outside measurements.

    Part of Why I ended up with a DIY move. The driver is free and both low weight bulky things and high weight things have no penalties applied…

    On Candles:

    I did an interesting little experiment last night (inspired by your comments, BTW). I make “easy candles” by cutting off a chunk of commercial candle, sticking it to the bottom of a jar, and pouring just barely melted wax around it, then letting them set up. I decided to try this with Tallow instead.

    I figured that the Ikea Stearic Acid candles ought to have a suitable wick, and they do. Not quite perfect, but OK. I used a wide mouth 8 oz Ball canning jar (that seem to work best) and put about a 2.5 to 3 inch chunk of candle stuck in the middle (with melted wax / stearic acid as the “glue”). Then opened a jar of my stored Tallow and just spooned it in. (We’re running the house a bit warm, this being Florida and us being old and liking warmth… about 75 F. So the tallow was “spoonable” soft.) A bit of ‘packing down’ with the spoon and I had a finished prototype.

    I lit the candle and waited.

    It burned down to the tallow surface, then started the slow process of expanding the puddle size and starting to burn the tallow. It worked rather well.

    The flame size was a bit smaller (no real surprise as tallow ought to be more viscous and flow slower in the wick) but certainly big enough for general use. If you need more light, light two of them ;-) There was a tiny bit of detectable aroma, but not much at all really. Kind of like “somebody had a hamburger here yesterday” level – i.e. I wasn’t sure if there was really anything at all. No smoke at all.

    Part of the smaller flame size might just be from the puddle formation process. I’ve seen this with similar candles made with paraffin. Initially it burns down a bit below the fuel surface, then the puddle spreads out, and the added melt raises the melted wax level up the wick partly quenching the flame size. After burning a few hours, the (now very large) puddle drops some and flame size recovers.

    Tonight I’m going to light it again and let it run several hours to see if flame size recovers to larger (as they often have done with wax).

    I’m also going to try this same process with Crisco and compare them. Maybe with Olive Oil too ;-) It would be a Very Easy way to turn, say, 5 hours of commercial candles into 50 hours or even 250 hours of light / candles… Nice trick for a SHTF and you don’t have enough candles…

    Rather than having you ship Tallow or Candles, it would be better IMHO to ship information. In a couple of days I’ll make a posting about this ersatz candle enhancement method, and you can add your Tallow Wick & Candle experience to it.

    Per Soap:

    I won’t be in a position to make soap for, probably, 1/2 year or more. I’m just going to be too busy doing new home set up. Soap is small, light, and has “value added” in the labor. It could be interesting to have a couple of bars of your soap for evaluation. Cost to ship would be low (just a small USPS package) and knowing the process used could help a lot of folks in a SHTF situation. So I could see an article on DIY Soap and again, your process and discoveries in comments, and my evaluation in an article.

    FWIW, doing a bit of poking around on YouTube per Crisco candles and such, I found folks saying that Crisco was originally developed for making candles and soaps. Only later (when that didn’t take off) being offered as a food substance. Supposedly (per one random video) Crisco stands for Crystallized Cottonseed Oil. (Cotton seed oil contains some things that are not good to eat, and when Crisco was developed we didn’t have as good a way to remove those and make it edible / healthy. So using it for industrial purposes would make sense.) I have no idea if that is the true history, though.

    On my list of shopping for the week is to pick up a (small) can of Crisco and give it a try in the above ersatz candle making system… There’s a LOT of folks just sticking a wick in a can of Crisco and calling a zillion hour candle; but I’d rather have a better way. And know if it stinks or “has issues” with things like wick clogging / carbon buildup.

    So “watch this space” for those results (and all thanks to your prodding me about Tallow ;-) Nice that!

  62. Power Grab says:

    @ EM re Crisco

    A long time ago I read that it was originally called “Crispo” and was made from cottonseed oil. (You already knew that.) Then they got to where they use soybean oil. Then I learned all the problems with soy, yada, yada, yada.

    I haven’t been able to bring myself to buy Crisco for about 20 years now.

    I grew up on it, though.

  63. Josh from sedona says:

    Yeah the first candle I made was just a pint-sized mason jar and I had a rather small diameter Wick and a thing burned for over 100 hours. The second batch of tallow I rendered I went ahead and made six quarts and 6 pints and I used much larger wicks, quarter inch for the quarts and 1/8 inch for the pints, the quarter inch Wick is actually lamp oil and it’s toostiff so I’m thinking about getting some quarter inch actual candle wick for the courts and 3/16 for the pints and quarter inch for the cups

  64. Josh from Sedona says:

    Oops forgot to mention like the most important thing, I’m cutting the Wicks extra long like for the court size I did an 18-in Wick and I think for the pint size I did like a 12-in wick I coil the excess at the bottom and then the other one is your trimming the wick or cleaning it up or it brings down all you got to do is gently pull it up a little bit more and you never have to pour out any excess wax if the flame gets low, excuse me excess tallow. I’m pretty sure that’s the most important innovation I came up with is leaving extra Wick in the bottom

  65. another ian says:

    “The Penetration Problem. Part II: Will the Inflation Reduction Act Cause a Blackout?”


    Beware the heat pump

  66. E.M.Smith says:


    Sounds interesting, but a 1/4 inch wick? That seems a bit huge to me… How big a flame do you get? No smoke?


    I’ve made 2 more candles today. Same design as in the link to my wicks. A wide mouth 8 oz. jar, strearic acid IKEA candle chunk (about 1.5 inch or about 1/4 of a candle length) stuck to the bottom.

    One I just poured in olive oil. No noticeable smell. Looks nice. Flame about 1/2 the size of the candle alone ( I attribute that to the higher viscosity of oils and harder evaporation compared to paraffin or stearic acid) but steady, and enough for a night light, bathroom light, etc. I’d use 2 for a larger room or more light. It has been running about 6 hours now and is down maybe 1/8 inch… I have photos and will make a full posting in a while / day or two.

    The second one I just started. Same design, but Crisco packed in around the candle. (Had to go to the store to get Crisco as it is about 30 years since I bought any… and that time was to put it in a Diesel engine!) Just got it started about 20 minutes ago, but it is already making a puddle that is well into the Crisco. Seems to be working fine. Not much noticeable smell and no smoke visible.

    It looks to me like all three of these work just fine. Oil, Crisco, & Tallow. Looks like about a 10 x increase in the candle supply by doing this. So all you need is a gallon of {some cooking oil, lard, Crisco or Analog / Generic shortening, tallow, or whatever fat you have in excess}.

    I’m going to try Lard sometime tomorrow, then write it all up.

    Of all of these, the easiest to make was using bland Olive Oil. Just stick the candle to the bottom of the jar and pour oil up to just under the top of the candle. Light and go. (Packing the solid shortenings is a bit more work… and messier; but only a little).

    There’s likely some room for improvement of the candle used for the core, or a wick designed for the added viscosity.

    Open Issue is the unknown: Does the wick clog up with carbon over time? With the candle there’s no option of wick trimming. We’ll see how it goes over the next day or two.

    FWIW, Robert Murray Smith on YouTube has a series of fascinating tech things he creates. One of them is a “permanent wick” made from carbon fiber cloth. I’ve not watched it yet, just saw the title.

    Might be worth trying that as a wick material.

  67. Ossqss says:

    All a wick needs to do is wick. I think my paraffin lanterns on the pool deck use fiberglass. They burn down over time, but really slow. I haven’t changed them in 9 years to my recollection.

  68. another ian says:


    As IIRC are the wicks for older style kero heaters

  69. Josh from sedona says:

    The biggest issue I have with a quarter inch Wick is that it’s intended for a kerosene lamp, and it’s a different braid and very very stiff so the excess I have down in the down in the towel the like pushes right out sometimes so I’m definitely switching to softer braid but yes very bright light and lots of lumens which is what I’m going for but not a big smoke issue if I keep it keep the wick appropriately trimmed. I would post a picture if I could figure out how

  70. Ossqss says:

    @A Ian, nope, these came with the bronze/brass paraffin torches. They are probably 1/2″ wide

  71. The True Nolan says:

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    Movie info (taken from Tom Woods) is below:


    Earlier this year I had a chance to interview Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., on the Tom Woods Show about his important book, The Real Anthony Fauci.

    The book was banned from all the social media outlets, yet still managed to sell over a million copies.

    It’s an excellent book but it’s also quite long, and the message it contains is far too urgent to be confined to that unfortunately small sliver of the world’s population that will read such a book.

    So Kennedy decided to make a documentary film version of The Real Anthony Fauci.

    And he’s releasing it to the world at no cost during the free viewing period.

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    Remember what happened to the book: the major outlets suppressed it.

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    Therefore, my appeal: if you know people who would want or need to see The Real Anthony Fauci documentary, please forward this email to them. Let’s not let the bad guys suppress a story we need to hear, and which history needs to record.

    Please click this link to get access:


  72. another ian says:

    Willis E looks at cloud cooling effects


  73. another ian says:

    Around Epstein

    “Next Uncomfortable Questions”


  74. another ian says:

    “If it’s not safe, it doesn’t matter how nice a place may be”


  75. another ian says:

    Latest Pointman



  76. YMMV says:

    The True Nolan: “It’s an excellent book but it’s also quite long”

    VERY long, and not lite reading (but not hard to read).
    I wonder how many people have managed to read it all.
    And I wonder how a movie will manage to cover it — so many points!
    Who owns WHO? How does Fauci control all the agencies and trials?
    What was Bill Gates’ father like.
    How did Fauci kill so many people with his AIDS “cure” and get away with it?

    $2.55 on Kindle.

  77. another ian says:

    Rex Murphy taking the piss

    Rex Murphy: The Night of the Long Honks — an imaginary Trudeau memoir”


  78. another ian says:

    More dubious on the medical “behind”

    “Hoh Hoh Looking Up The Pooper Eh?”

    “The study marks the first time colonoscopies have been compared head-to-head to no cancer screening in a randomized trial. The study found only meager benefits for the group of people invited to get the procedure: an 18% lower risk of getting colorectal cancer, and no significant reduction in the risk of cancer death. It was published Sunday in The New England Journal of Medicine.”

    More at


  79. another ian says:

  80. jim2 says:

    So concerning colonoscopies. I suppose there was an 18% less risk of getting colon cancer, but the chances of dying in a car wreck weren’t changed.

  81. another ian says:

    “Some things in life are hard to understand and explain. The theory of relativity, for example, or the origins of black holes. Other things are easy to grasp, however.

    Such as: California’s wildfire woes. In the past five years summer and fall firestorms have killed dozens of people, wiped out homes, businesses and entire communities, torched millions of acres of forestlands, caused billions in property losses, and swept away untold numbers of animals and wildlife.

    The cause of all this wreckage is easy to pinpoint. It’s simple as two words: spotted owl.”

    “You identify a “problem” and then destroy a way of life as a means of solving that perceived problem. But then your “solution” creates an even bigger mess, one that causes you to go back to the very people whose communities and livelihoods you trashed, asking them to help you with your latest bright idea. But these small town Americans have themselves become an endangered species.”

    More at


  82. another ian says:


    Needs “Scrutenising with a very large Scrut” but

    “Ominous with a very large Om” if true

    No links

    “Hmmm…a western supplied tactical nuke in Ukraine eh…
    What’s the word?
    Oh yeah – Incoming!”


    And following comments

  83. YMMV says:

    jim2: “So concerning colonoscopies. I suppose there was an 18% less risk of getting colon cancer, but the chances of dying in a car wreck weren’t changed.”

    All medical tests screening for cancer are problematic (and colonoscopy may be one of the better ones). There’s the cost in dollars, there’s the problem of false positives, there’s the problem that “there are a million ways to die, so why just screen for one of them” (and screening for all of them may be worse). That beer truck is still waiting for you.

    But the study was not about whether colonoscopy is worthwhile, it was about whether mass testing was worthwhile. Big difference.

    If you want to know more about colonoscopy (no graphic details), there is an excellent debate about this study on YouTube. Three doctors, three opinions. All have some good points.

  84. cdquarles says:

    Without knowing what your local true prevalence is, and what the positive predictive value of your testing is; mass testing, particularly screening testing, is of little value. Period.

  85. cdquarles says:

    Medical value, I mean. Legal value is a different story.

  86. another ian says:

    Willis E and more on

    “Solar Sensitivity”

    “For this expedition into global scatterplots, Figure 1 shows the surface temperature as a function of the amount of solar power that’s actually entering the climate system. This available solar power is the top-of-atmosphere (TOA) solar, minus the “albedo reflections”, which are the amount of sunlight reflected back to space by the clouds and the surface.”

    And it is an interesting line!

    More at


  87. another ian says:

    “Must be climate change”

  88. Josh from sedona says:

    So I have a correction, I put fresh batteries in my calipers and I measured the supposed quarter inch Wick it’s at most 3/16 but probably more like an eight but it’s still really stiff and huge but yeah not a quarter inch Wick Em

  89. H.R. says:

    @another ian – Good meme there.

    I have only caught a few reports on the number of people getting boosters. I think the YSM/MarxStream Media is just ignoring the topic because the numbers are bad.

    What I have read is that there are few takers for the boosters. In spite of all the propaganda, word has gotten ’round that the boosters are risky business and there are few takers beyond the 20% or 30% of sheeple whose brains were washed, dried, and fluffed and those who were scared to death by the original propaganda blitz. (YOU’RE KILLING GRANDMA AND YOU WILL DIE IF NOT VACCINATED AND BOOSTED… 3 TIMES!!)

    I am slow to wrath, but I am very angry about the psyop damage done to some people by scaring them so badly over Covid, and then insisting that the only way out was the clot shot and then the boosters. And if that didn’t work, coercion.

    There are a lot of not-too-sharp trusting souls out there that might have still believed the government, but there would have been fewer of them getting the ‘vaccines’ if they had heard contrary information from doctors or other people they trusted as being “up on things”.

    And there is absolutely no excuse for giving the clot shots to pregnant women and children. None. Pure evil.

  90. YMMV says:

    The latest entertainment thing is watching YouTubers skirt around the YT guidelines.
    ~breaking news: someone said something, but we are not allowed to tell you what~

    Here’s one from Dr. Campbell. Russell Brand also has one (and an uncensored one on Rumble).

    YT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zz-YT9zlxm0
    Rumble: https://rumble.com/v1nu5dk-you-were-right.html

    Oh, and Dr. Campbell has a video that excess mortality is 18% too high.
    I wonder why…

  91. another ian says:

  92. David A says:

    HR, yep, the clot shots are horrible, the virus, likely escaped after US funded GOF research, (Illegal?) is criminal beyond comprehension, but NOW they are doing more GOF, and have made the omnicron virus 80 percent lethal.https://substack.com/redirect/a9a590c6-2f7b-433c-8c89-a4e33dd3a608?r=slvym
    The GEBs will double down on anything.

  93. YMMV says:

    Gain of Function research was illegal in the US, which is why they were funding the Chinese (and others) to do it. Ask yourself, who benefits from GoF research? The link to the US military complex is hidden, but the Real Fauci book shows that it is there.
    ~Biological weapons, we don’t do that (fingers crossed behind back)~

    So a Pfizer employee admitted they didn’t test that it blocked transmission before releasing it on the masses (an ex-employee now?). And nobody else tested that either.

    What is not being said here, is that NOBODY tested any of the so-called vaccines for this at ANY time. Because now we know pretty well that they do not block transmission. And that any of the other strategies that could do that (nasal sprays, etc) were dismissed out of hand.

  94. YMMV says:

    I don’t remember where I got this link. It’s dated April 2018,
    so it might not be up to date. sarc.

    ( .bg is Bulgaria )

  95. H.R. says:

    @David A – They were pushing the ‘vaccines’ before anyone had enough information to be informed enough to give ‘informed consent’.

    Recall, we were arguing all side of the issues of the mRNA therapy here, and it was frustrating just trying to get any information that would help us resolve some of the issues we raised here. A lot of the conclusions we reached were of the sort that “it’s too early to tell.”

    The shots were first made available to the elderly, who were most at risk. My wife had no qualms, and I was only a bit uneasy having her mom get the ‘vaccine’. Actually, at that point I think it was still believed that it would provide some immunity.

    But the coercion issue still sticks in my craw. There were glimmers that the ‘vaccines’ weren’t all what they were cracked up to be and potential problems were identified and on the table, but still not enough info to draw firm conclusions. cdq had a lot to add to those discussions, yet still couldn’t be sure without more data and information.

    Coercion: Mrs. H.R. had to get the shots to even be even allowed to visit assisted living places with her mom, and her mom definitely could no longer safely live on her own in her condo. The Mrs. had to get the shots.

    I thought about getting them too – this is early, remember – but the potential hazrds had been gone over enough here that I figured that there was no harm in waiting for a while to see how the clot shot safety and efficacy would pan out.

    Fortunately, there was no leverage to coerce me into getting the shots. If stores started insisting on the shots to allow people to shop, well the Mrs. could do the shopping. And I was retired, so there was no threat of losing a job. AND! I had my Ivermectin, so I wasn’t worried about getting the FauXi Flu.

    Not so for so many other people, and they may have to pay a price for getting the clot shot that they didn’t want in the first place. If those people come face to face with a bad end and have nothing left to lose, things will not end well for those involved in the coercion. You absolutely do not ever want someone with nothing left to lose and resigned to their fate coming after you, and particularly if there are a lot of them.

  96. Simon Derricutt says:

    H.R. – see https://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=247200 relative to developments as regards vaccination. OK, it was a fair bet that some idiot would try for a gain-of-function on the Covid base, but I didn’t expect them to be proud of it.

    Keep the Ivermectin to hand in case this one gets loose.

  97. another ian says:

    “It seemed a good idea at the time”

    “Monday Mirthiness: Mickey Mann Plays The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”


  98. H.R. says:

    @Simon D – Flu season has started here, so I have gone back to my preventative dosing regimen with Ivermectin.

    So far, that has served me very well.

  99. another ian says:

    FWIW on the covid scene

    “You sons of bitches — every single one of the political, medical and pharmaceutical folks involved in making, distributing and coercing, whether through word or deed and whether actual coercion or simply “advocating” for the use of non-sterilizing, S-only jabs should be indicted, tried, convicted and executed for setting the stage for a mass-death event that would never happen if only natural infection was allowed to course through the population.

    I have previously documented through multiple published studies that the jabs appear to inhibit, in many people, production of “N” antibodies if you get jabbed before you’re infected. It is not known (to my knowledge in the literature anyway; I might have missed it) whether or not being infected first, then jabbed, impacts your “N” response.”

    More at


  100. another ian says:

    “A Hidden Universe of Uncertainty”

    “I have written again and again here about how the results of the majority of studies in climate science vastly underestimate the uncertainty of their results. Let me state this as clearly as possible: Any finding that does not honestly include a frank discussion of the uncertainties involved in the study, beginning with the uncertainties of the raw data and then all the way through the uncertainties added by each step of data processing, is not worth the digital ink used to publish it.”

    More at


  101. another ian says:

    The EV equivalent of being caught with your daks* down in public

    “Riding Electric Transit Is Like, Well… Call A Cab”


    *(daks pl (plural only)

    (Australia, New Zealand, informal) Trousers or underwear.

    Hence “trackidaks etc)

  102. another ian says:

    “Lets Review”

    “A Sober Evaluation of Covid-19 Vaccines”


  103. another ian says:

    And then

    “EXCLUSIVE: ‘This is playing with fire – it could spark a lab-generated pandemic’: Experts slam Boston lab where scientists have created a new deadly Covid strain with an 80% kill rate”


  104. jim2 says:

    The results of the Ivermection study in the PRINCIPLE trial has never been released, whereas the results for other drugs have been.

    Enrollment ended with 11,768 patients which was reached on or before July 8, 2022 [web.archive.org (F)], giving an estimated 2,250 patients per arm. No results have been released over 101 days later.


  105. The True Nolan says:

    Very good discussion with military whistleblowers about mandated vaxx.

  106. another ian says:

    A reminder

    “Kari Lake Brings Receipts and Destroys Media Efforts to Construct Election Denial Narrative
    October 18, 2022 | Sundance | 17 Comments”


  107. Ossqss says:

    Hummm, this could be a theme song…?

  108. Ossqss says:

    Well, that would be a good example video post from Utube on the subject matter. LOL >>

  109. another ian says:


    The video tells me that I am “Age restricted”!

  110. another ian says:

    “The BLM Scam”


    “Candace Owens’ October, 2022, 80-minute documentary, The Greatest Lie Ever Sold: George Floyd and the Rise of BLM, a Daily Wire production, is an agonizing watch.”



  111. another ian says:

    “Alice in Vax-land: Let’s test this on 8 mice and force it on 50 million children?”

    Links to Tucker on the subject


  112. another ian says:


    “The food situation, here and worldwide”


    Particularly who owns what

  113. another ian says:

    Another FWIW

    “Are you, or will you soon be, dependent on pension income? If so, READ THIS.

    Epsilon Theory has published an in-depth review of Britain’s financial crisis over the past couple of weeks, as its major pension funds were pushed right to the brink of bankruptcy by a liquidity crunch that threatened to take the entire British banking sector down with them. The crisis was averted – for now – by some very rapid fancy footwork from the Bank of England, but it’s still looming, and may rear its ugly head again at any time. What’s more, the British financial crisis was no more than a foretaste of what might happen in many advanced economies at any time – including the USA.

    Epsilon Theory concludes:”

    More at


  114. another ian says:

    “Governments Can’t Impact Climate, but They Can Make or Break an Economy”


    Check the whole team of hockey sticks

  115. another ian says:

    “Over 150 Feet of Nord Stream Pipeline Gone as Denmark Confirms Explosion”


  116. H.R. says:

    I’m pretty sure this Mississippi State football player was vaxxed and boosted. Of course nothing at all regarding vax status was mentioned in the article.

    Add another one to the list of SADS. The kid would have been 19 on Friday.


  117. The True Nolan says:

    Heart breaking phone call. Father calls pharmacy after vaxxed son gets myocarditis. Bad language in last 30 seconds.

  118. another ian says:

    “Late Night Schadenfreude”

    “Welcome to reaping and sowing. See bottom tweet.

    The quote tweets on the bottom tweet are a salve for the trials of our times. Read and laugh away.”


    A dawning realisation that gluing one’s self to something substantial generates a certain dependence on others!

  119. another ian says:

    “Netherlands Shutting Down The Largest Gas Field In Europe”


  120. another ian says:

    By now you would believe –

    Reminds me of a cartoon which has a woker standing on the end of a plank out over a cliff pointing a pistol at a deplorable standing on the land side end

  121. jim2 says:

    While the group’s advice echoes similar calls from grid operator Gasunie Transport Services and gas wholesaler GasTerra BV, any potential extension of the field’s life would rekindle a heated political debate over the future of the giant site. The government has earmarked the facility for closure after towns in the area were damaged by earthquakes that were triggered by drilling.

    Groningen’s local government has warned that any decision to boost production could prompt social unrest. But in its letter to the cabinet the Mining Council, while acknowledging the need to respect local residents’ rights, argued that a gas supply shortfall “could lead to social disruption.”


  122. another ian says:

    “So we get to the heart of the current global catastrophic problem: the difference in consequences between the possibility that a new technology will succeed versus the expectation/demand that it will succeed – and the dismantling of the old because it is a foregone conclusion that the new will take over.”

    More at

    “Did Henry Ford’s Success Come About Because He Demanded the Execution of Horses?”





  123. another ian says:

    “Liz Truss resigns after long, illustrious reign of power spanning two British monarchs”


  124. beththeserf says:

    Gain of Function ,Boston University , some dates and Fauci.

  125. another ian says:

    “A blast from the computer past”

    “Tom Persky runs floppydisk.com, a California-based online disk recycling service that takes in new and used disks before sending them onto a reliable customer base — he reckons he sells about 500 disks a day.”

    More at


  126. another ian says:

    “The Authorities Are Our Enemies”

    “Welcome to the New Age, where authority has no authority and does not deserve to act with any authority, but will act as if it does, anyway, and then lie to you about it. Nowhere is this quandary more vivid than in the racketeering operation formerly known as medicine.”

    More at


  127. another ian says:


    High politics in China


    Quakings up democrat spines re the mid-terms?

  128. another ian says:

    “Blockbuster: Fingerprint genetic evidence strongly suggests Covid was bio-engineered”


  129. Pouncer says:

    Crowd sourced revisions to original computer code improve run times by 40 billion percent … FORTY BILLION PERCENT FASTER!

    So a former high school math teacher encountered a question and kludged up a routine in Python, on his “other” laptop, and let it run for a month, then published results on YouTube. Fine. His fans took a look at the problem, the data set, the methods, the implementing algorithm, the parallelism of the data structures …. Re-wrote the Python to C and C+ and Rust … belatedly looked at the past half century of professional publications on the question and saw OTHER methods and algorithms to apply …

    I gotta give the math teacher credit for being willing to admit his own shortcomings, as well as being willing to (as he often puts it) “give it a go” in addressing the original problem. The “apology” video about his original code is MUCH FUNNIER than the one about the original “problem.”

    ANYHOW I was wondering if the climate modeling community could ever be persuaded to give up the data and math and code (FORTRAN, isn’t it) and get to a point where the models that require the original teams to wait a month for results of each run could be re-implemented to run on an iPad in a few seconds.

    Amusing dream, anyhow

  130. another ian says:

    Go buy a grocery store and make a fortune (/s)

    ““Farming Needs to Stop, That’s the Single Biggest Driver of Climate Change” ”


  131. cdquarles says:

    Yes, much of it is FORTRAN, which is still the language of choice for most “scientific” programs. Recent versions have object oriented and parallel programming features. There have been preprocessors for C to Fortran and back for decades now. Even back in the day when I was in classes for it, block structuring was a thing. All you needed to do was extend your flowcharts :). I also want to say that there are standard libraries of Fortran code that have had many thousands of eyeballs look at it.

  132. another ian says:

    About 1989 I was in a discussion and the question came up –

    “What language will we be using in 20 years time?”

    One answer was

    “I don’t know what language we’ll be using but we’ll still call it Fortran”

  133. another ian says:

    Karma or kismet?

    “CDC Director Rochelle Walensky Tests Positive for COVID-19 a Month After Receiving Booster
    October 22, 2022 | Sundance | 49 Comments

    On September 22nd CVS pharmacy promoted the COVID-19 booster vaccination program by sharing a Tweet showing CDC Director Rochelle Walensky getting her shot at the national pharmacy chain. [pictured below]”


  134. another ian says:

    “Biden: ‘A Lot of What We’ve Done’ on Economy ‘Has Not Kicked in Yet’ — ‘I’m Not Sure about’ Polls Showing Voters Favor GOP on Economy”


    Means things are guaranteed to get worser then?

  135. YMMV says:

    “Karma or kismet?”

    Instant kismet. Inshallah.

  136. The True Nolan says:

    @Pouncer: “ANYHOW I was wondering if the climate modeling community could ever be persuaded to give up the data and math and code (FORTRAN, isn’t it) and get to a point where the models that require the original teams to wait a month for results of each run could be re-implemented to run on an iPad in a few seconds.”

    I know I am preaching to the choir here, but no, the CAGW crowd would NEVER swap to better software. Why not? Because the present software gives them the right answer. Not the correct answer, mind you, but the “right” answer. It has been very carefully crafted to consistently show things too warm, too sensitive, and too intractable for mere mortals to understand.

    Some years back (8 years?) there were several genuine climate investigators who questioned the NOAA on just why their programs kept changing past data (data which had been stable for a century) and in the process somehow always cooling the past and warming the present. The only response they ever received was that the program “was working as designed”. Seriously. That was their answer.

    Never expect better software from the CAGW crowd. They are getting the answers they need to continue the scam. Who needs better software?

    (And for anyone who is new to this blog, check out Chiefio’s study of GISStemp climate software which he did almost 15 years ago.)

  137. another ian says:


    And then –

    “The Briefing Begins In CHECC v. EPA”

    “In a post last week, I gave notice that battle was about to be joined with the EPA over what it claims to be the “science” behind global warming alarm.”

    More at


  138. another ian says:

    Another look at diesel and prices

    “Well, let me tell you a little story.

    Back in the late 1990s I engaged Investment Bankers to decide what to do with MCSNet as the firm’s CEO. I had laid before me three basic options:

    1. Attempt to take the company public, lever it up and expand it to the best of my ability at the most-rapid pace I could get away with, endeavoring to execute an IPO. This of course had great risk (if you try and fail the leverage will probably kill you) but also great potential reward (a billion was certainly possible, a hundred million easy.)

    2. Sell it to whoever we could market it to in its current (very healthy) financial condition, unlevered.

    3. Run it to deliberate destruction, extracting as much as possible but investing nothing.

    I decided to execute on #2.

    Read #3 however many times you need to until it sinks on for one simple reason: If the government had ever told me it was going to deliberately destroy my industry or even just my firm that is the only sane choice I could have made. #1 would be fraud under those conditions for which I’d go to prison and #2 would fail. Therefore #3 it would be.

    Every single fossil fuel firm in America has been told this, and thus until and unless the government that did this is forced to both retract it and never be able to do it again #3 is what they are and will all do.

    No other choice makes any sense at all.

    You and I are directly responsible for this because many of you have directly demanded exactly this via your green energy fantasies and the rest of us have tolerated both those fantasies and the people promoting them.

    This is the truth whether you like it or not, and the economic circumstances will continue to deteriorate until and unless it is stopped.”


  139. another ian says:

    “EU Sets Out Commitment to Lockdowns, Vaccine Passports, Mask Mandates and “Legally Binding” Global Pandemic Treaty”



    “Medical Marxists Unite”


  140. another ian says:

    A thought following on from VW’s treatment of the “gluers” and their lack of facilities –
    You could go further and present them with mementos of the occasion, using an amended format of this award.

    Among the presentations to a well known South African veldt scientist on his retirement was a nicely dried and esterpolled cow pat mounted on a polished wooden shield with an inscription that read –

    “Sometimes you wrote it

    And sometimes you spoke it

    But mostly you were in it

    So take it and go”

  141. another ian says:

    “Vaccination Games: How to create the medical stats you need to get rich quick”

    “Give this man a medal. Prof Norman Fenton is my favourite commentator on vaccination statistics. He explains this so well. This technique is so simple, and what they are doing is so utterly dishonest, so obviously wrong, ask yourself, where were all the Professors and medical agencies we pay to protect us? All those billions we spend on our universities, and 99.99% of them were defacto part of this deceit. They said nothing.

    Where was the FDA, the CDC, the TGA, the Chief Medical Officers?”

    More at


  142. another ian says:

    Goes with that IMO

  143. E.M.Smith says:

    I’d add:

    If Government is involved, just run away as fast as you can.

  144. another ian says:

    “Fenton is brilliant. The analysis at the link is very revealing– for anyone who cares about how the reality of vax stats is being distorted to hide problems and serve an agenda.

    Link below is also good, but long and a bit academic. Critical though in flagging the deliberate manipulation of stats to hide vaccine dangers, concealing sudden adult deaths and other serious problems: https://theethicalskeptic.com/2022/10/24/houston-the-cdc-has-a-problem-part-2-of-3/


    And another piano item

    “Everything Woke Turns to Sh* – ORIGINAL SONG”


  145. Ossqss says:

    FWIW, I have had issues with logging into Utube with devices that have already been registered. Kinda strange. Just sayin>>>

  146. another ian says:


    “It’s all worth it, but if nothing else, be sure go to the 41:30 minute mark to hear a Belgian virologist explain and brag about how he fooled the Belgian public into falling for the swine flu in 2018, as a warmup to the wuflu. Sickening, but people gotta know.


  147. another ian says:

    Does anyone know of –

    A preferably short summation of what the generation below about 40 should be aware of for potential side/serious effects of being “vaccinated”?

    It would be handy for me to have such without going into the heavy nuts and bolts.


  148. another ian says:

    “If I told you once I told you many times”(/s)

  149. cdquarles says:

    @another ian,
    Think autoimmune syndrome(s).

  150. another ian says:

    “Safe and Effective®”

    ““The myocarditis means it’s working“*.”


  151. another ian says:

    “Bidenomics – Home Values Continue Dropping Quickly, Especially on West Coast – Meanwhile Rents Continue Increasing
    October 25, 2022 | Sundance | 28 Comments”


    Meanwhile in Canada


  152. another ian says:

    “Preamble: What I’m about to report wasn’t the first and only incident just in the last couple of weeks.”


  153. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    Short Narrative:

    Especially for young men: Myocarditis up to and including death.
    Especially for older adults: Sudden Adult Death Syndrome.
    Especially for young women: Menstrual Irregularities up to and including sterility & miscarriages.

    Other than that, not much except maybe being unable to walk, think straight, have any energy, all the symptoms of “long covid”, and a damaged immune system leading to easily getting Covid and being hospitalized with it. Oh, and significantly higher cancer rates.

    FWIW; In our own ersatz twin study: Spouse on Ivermectin and no shot is FINE. Has been for about 3 years now with no illness of merit. Her twin had breast cancer show up about 6 months after her first jab (don’t know when her second was). Surviving as “Flat & Free” option (so far…).

  154. another ian says:

    Thanks E.M.

    I’ll relay

  155. YMMV says:

    another ian: “Preamble: What I’m about to report wasn’t the first and only incident just in the last couple of weeks.”

    Note to self: buy and use a trip-wire banger when staying in such a place.

  156. YMMV says:

    The San Francisco Bay area was rattled by a 5.1-magnitude earthquake Tuesday morning.

    The earthquake hit at 11:42 am, having its epicenter in San Jose

    Not the Big One. Oh well.

  157. David A says:

    another Ian, I would research VAERS to see if it is broken out demographically by age sec etc. I understand that heart issues are five or six on the list.

  158. another ian says:


    “Sabotage Again Suspected As More European Internet Cables Cut”


  159. E.M.Smith says:


    It was on the Calaveras Fault system. The Wiki calls it a ‘branch’ of the San Andreas but IMHO that’s just not true. I lived in between the two of them, and we studied them in my Geology class at UC.


    The San Andreas runs all the way from Los Angeles to offshore just above San Francisco. It runs along the West Side of Silicon Valley (there’s a lake you can see from I-280 on the way up to San Francisco that sits in the trench of it…) while the Calaveras runs on the other side under the edge of the mountains there. It goes up past Oakland and Berkeley and stays inland.

    There is some belief that it may be part of the Rodgers Fault system on the other side of the San Pablo Bay area, but that’s still being investigated.

    THE big risk is that this 5.1 is a pre-shock to The Big One expected on the Calaveras. There’s a history of the two faults “taking turns” and since the Loma Prieta quake (back in the ’80s…) folks have been wondering when this fault would take its turn…

    FWIW, I was on top of the epicenter of a 5.2 in about the mid-’70s. Taking a nap in my car that evening at an Arco Station. Felt like someone was shaking the car via jumping on the bumper. Really Tall ARCO sign was swaying back and forth. Other cars near me were sort of wobbling up and down. That was about it. One freeway bridge (thankfully one I’d already crossed…) a couple of miles upstream from me had one abutment slide out of place a little.

    Unless you are right on top of a 5.little you generally don’t even know they happened. My daughter, about 15 miles away from this 5.1, was out walking with her dog and didn’t know it had happened. A spousal friend at a school about 5 miles away did do their “Quake Drill” and evacuate to the playground; but no damage at all to anything.

    Personally, I no longer pay attention to any quake under a 6.x and often not unless it is over a 6.5 or so… (I have my 7 badge… kind of sorry I’ll never be able to try an 8 now that I’ve left the area…)

    FWIW, my old house was about the same distance from the Calaveras and the San Andreas; right in between them. Chosen partly for that reason. The 7 didn’t break anything, so a 5 on the other side would be “not much” at all. Florida Friend used to live just about on top of the Calaveras about 10 miles north of where this one happened… I’ll have to ask him about getting out before it ;-)

  160. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    Cutting fiber cables is really kind-of stupid. It just means some guy with the fiber splice kit is going to spend about a day splicing all the fibers back together. Even if a chunk is removed, it’s just 2 guys working for a day to splice back in a chunk.

    It is about as ordinary a thing as you can do.

    I had a (roughly) 3 inch bundle of Telco Fiber running along the edge of my lot in California. Pole to Pole and through trees. A tree limb took it out. Truck came. Spooled out about 40 feet of replacement. Guy at a table in our yard spent most of a day splicing, then they hauled it back up (this time with a nice steel cable to better support it added…) and left. Call it about $500 all told, I’d guess. $1k max unless their fiber bundles cost a lot more than what I’ve bought.

    It is at best a petty annoyance.

  161. another ian says:

    “And Now, The Narrative Unravels…”

    “This goes directly to Joe, and certainly appears to implicate him in Chinese influence peddling.”

    More at


  162. Jon K says:

    I’m losing hope in this world…

  163. another ian says:

    “Two new pre-prints (Columbia U & Beth Israel Deaconess) show no additional neutralizing antibody levels from the BA4/5 booster relative to the original vax. Maybe the FDA should have asked for human data before approving?

    “Don’t worry … they’ll probably test the 6th jab on 3 worms and a cricket to make sure it’s safe before it’s approved.” – Catturd”


  164. another ian says:

    “All depends on how much control you have eh!

    I have been chasing up Hydro in Tibet. (and trust me, this is just so damned interesting)”

    More at


  165. another ian says:

    “Doctors Are STUPID”

    More at


  166. rhoda klapp says:

    This link was posted at Bishop Hill. Although it comes from what appears to be a left-wing source it shows the links between media, social media and the in-house propaganda/security apparatus of the state in the UK. Please read it. And know for sure that the same thing is happening in your country, whichever it is.


    (In fact 77th Brigade contributions to blogs I go on are frequently called out by other commenters. A bit like FBI glowsticks they just don’t blend in.)

  167. another ian says:

    “Guest Post: Speedbox – Politics, Russian style”


  168. The True Nolan says:

    The Paul Pelosi attack story gets stranger and stranger.

    San Fran Police Chief says they were called to house on a wellness check. When they arrived, they saw Pelosi and other man, BOTH WITH HAMMERS. Man grabs hammer from Pelosi and hits him. Police subdue attacker.

    Drug deal gone bad? Kinky sex for hire deal gone bad?

    Does anyone think that the Pelosi home is not equipped with the best possible security system? Nancy even has Secret Service protection; does her husband? And the original reason for the police was a “wellness check”? The only way any of this makes sense is if the intruder was invited into the home. But who called in a wellness check? This story rings at least three or four this-makes-little-sense bells, but very little that supports the idea of an assassination attempt. My guess? Bad drug deal.

  169. H.R. says:

    @TTN re Pelosi attack – The whole event seemed ‘off’ to me. What are the odds that we’ll ever get the true story? (Multiple choice:)

    A) Slim
    B) None
    C) When pigs fly

  170. another ian says:

    “Kari Lake – A Wolverine Spirit Animal
    October 28, 2022 | Sundance | 114 Comments
    This is just too good. Need to share. [Source]”


  171. Graeme No.3 says:

    Front page news on The Australian – “crazed republican attacks Paul Pelosi”.
    And just a week before the Mid Term elections.
    I think we can agree that this was crazy.

  172. beththeserf says:

    I go for c) H.R/ Such is my faith in the “News.”

  173. H.R. says:

    @beth – I forgot D) When roving packs of lambs attack wolves.

    Hey, they could evolve fangs and an attitude. Ya never know. 😉

    (All you shepherds out there, watch your back.)

  174. beththeserf says:

    Daumier’s Cartoon comes to mind, H.R. Wolf in sheep’s clothing.The people’s guardian.

    Honor Daumier – La Fontaine Renewed Prussian Wolf disguised as a shepherd to guard German sheep from Le Charivari 10 October 1867 – (MeisterDrucke-74280).jpg

  175. another ian says:

    Re Graeme No.3 says:
    29 October 2022 at 4:11 am

    A report earlier today listed what they knew then and seemed like there was a search of the registered Democrat list as a most likely.

    Might have been on SDA which seems to be down atm

    Back up


  176. H.R. says:

    Already the lyin’ YSM is painting DePape, Pelosi’s attacker, as a Republican and right-wing extremist.

    First of all, are there any Republicans in S.F.? Secondly, A member of Castro Nudist Protesters and a hemp artist is a Republican? Really? This guy is not Iowa farm community churchgoer material. If I had to guess, I’d say DePape considers Democrats to be ‘right-wing’ and not going left far enough and fast enough to suit him.

    However, I still think something else is going on. All of the reporting just screams, “Look! Squirrel!”

    Perhaps that guess of a drug deal gone bad in another ian’s originating comment is what we are not supposed to be thinking about.

  177. H.R. says:

    Ohhhh… there’s more. The recorded 911 call has Paul P. saying he was there with his friend, David.

    The glass from the ‘break in’ was mostly on the outside of the house.

    When the police arrived, they found David DePape in his underwear. No mention of how Pelosi was dressed.

    Yup. Sounds like right-wing Republican to me.

    Ya think the YSM are trying to spin this in the most favorable and useful light?

    Oh, BTW. above, ‘Castro’ refers to the S.F. neighborhood, not anything related to Cuba. I was commenting on the nudist activist part, which is not exactly part of the Republican platform.

  178. YMMV says:

    ~The future car uses hydrogen~
    Well, that’s one future which is not happening.

    Toyota partnered with Yamaha to develop a hydrogen powered V8 engine, derived from the 5.0L V8 used on the Lexus RC F. The engine produces 450 horsepower by burning hydrogen, and thus has no direct carbon emissions. Unfortunately, there’s a big problem with hydrogen combustion vehicles, as this video will demonstrate.

    If you like watching an engineer with a whiteboard and a few calculations demolish hydrogen use as a vehicle fuel, this video is for you.

    He does allow that a hydrogen powered fuel cell car is possible, but useless until there is a distribution network (don’t hold your breath).

  179. The True Nolan says:

    A new post from Gonzalo Lira:

  180. The True Nolan says:

    @YMMV: Really good video on the practicalities of hydrogen fuel! One thing he didn’t mention is the possibility of hydrogen boosting, that is, adding hydrogen to the air intake of a conventional gas engine. It has been a couple decades since I read a book on the subject ( I think by Roy McAllister), but the pertinent points were that a few percent of H2 allowed engines to run with less pollution and to burn lower octane fuels which would not otherwise be usable. Hydrogen will burn over a very wide range of concentrations and has one of the highest flame propagation speeds of any combustible. Ignition timing has to be delayed slightly because of the high detonation speed. The add on mechanicals for injecting hydrogen into the air intake is relatively cheap and off the shelf. The ability to “fill ‘er up!” with kerosene or low grade gas and still get performance and good mileage sounds nice. With modern ignitions, the timing adjustments could probably be automatic. IIRC, the hydrogen was usually (depending on fuel type) between 3 and 10 percent. That means that (per your posted video) you only need one or two buckets of space. With the prospect of ongoing fuel shortages, a hydrogen boosted car (or generator) might be good. Note that hydrogen boosting (while similar) is not the same as using Brown’s Gas.

  181. another ian says:

    “One Flu Out Of The Wuhan Nest”

    More pointers on origin


  182. another ian says:

    Another vehicular FWIW

  183. another ian says:

    More on that court verdict on New York “vaccine”mandating –

    “It found that the NY State Government, along with the Federal Government committed intentional — that is, malicious fraud upon the workers in NY State and elsewhere and indeed some of those people have gotten royally screwed or even killed by these jabs for no public benefit — that is, benefit to others in society — whatsoever.”

    More at


  184. another ian says:

    More Wuhan

    “The media is always the last to know: The Wuhan lab at the center of suspicions about the pandemic’s onset was far more troubled than known, documents unearthed by a Senate team reveal. Tracing the evidence, Vanity Fair and ProPublica give the clearest view yet of a biocomplex in crisis.

    Be sure to read it all.”


  185. another ian says:

    Why posted is self explanatory when you look!

  186. Simon Derricutt says:

    New rant by Neil Oliver at https://www.gbnews.uk/gb-views/we-are-expected-to-forget-that-those-promising-to-fix-the-disaster-are-the-same-people-that-caused-the-disaster-says-neil-oliver/381972 , and a new post by Dr. Malcolm Kendrick at https://drmalcolmkendrick.org/2022/10/30/how-the-world-now-works-or-doesnt/ .

    Both point out how we’re expected to forget what we were told a while back, and to accept what we’re being told now as the absolute Truth. Get that memory-hole working….

  187. Simon Derricutt says:

    TTN – a while back a friend of mine did a deep test on Brown’s Gas addition to the air intake of engines. He found that power was increased and pollution reduced, but that the gains were most in old engines without pollution-controls and that the modern engine with all bells and whistles showed very little gain. For a trucking company, over the year they’d show a small profit on reduced fuel use. Also reduces the Carbon build-up within the cylinders, and removes what had accumulated before the modifications were installed, so reduces the maintenance costs a bit. For the average new-ish car, though, the extra hassle doesn’t give a net gain. If you’ve got an old engine, and do a lot of miles, could be worth it.

  188. The True Nolan says:

    Hey Simon! You make some really good points. Modern engines are about as efficient as is practical and the addition of either Brown’s gas or H2 makes little sense — assuming you also have access to good fuel! I think though, that a case can be made for hydrogen boosting (and I am guessing Brown’s gas also) if we find ourselves in a situation where we might have to burn sub-optimal fuels.

    Speaking of increasing fuel mileage… I had read several ideas that one way to increase mileage was to better atomize the fuel before combustion. Some years back (15?) I had the idea that if I sprayed the incoming air with negative ions, the fuel would tend to break up into smaller droplets and be less likely to recombine. After all, if the drops picked up the charge, they would repel each other instead of coalescing. I put either 4 or 6 negative ion generators at the mouth of the throttle body with a switch to turn them on or off, and compared mileage. Results?

    Nada. No discernible difference. Damn. Seemed like such a nice, simple idea! Oh well. :)

  189. The True Nolan says:

    Preaching to the choir, but here is a good interview with undertaker John O’Looney concerning his ongoing COVID experiences.

  190. another ian says:


    “Elon Musk Shares an Article With Hillary, Suggesting Paul Pelosi Was Drunk, And With a Male Prostitute”


    Via http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2022/10/30/bills-wife-17/

    Not the Twitter of a couple of days ago!

  191. The True Nolan says:

    Dr Sucharit Bhakdi speaks out on the vaxx. So… what are the consequences to doctors who speak out? Go to 47:35 and listen to the last five and a half minutes of his interview to find out.

  192. AC Osborn says:

    Simon Derricutt says: 30 October 2022 at 12:32 pm
    Back when I worked for Ford UK I conducted tests using Magnets on Fuel lines.
    I found they averaged savings of 10%+ across most Diesel and Petrol Engines.
    Our plant’s truck fleet and Transit vans all showed improvements, which represents a large cash saving, especially on the Trucks.
    Nobody was interested in pursuing it.

  193. Simon Derricutt says:

    ACO – I’ve heard of that, and that the reason it works is that the fuel retains some sort of magnetism and thus the droplets become smaller, but I haven’t actually tested that myself. Here, I’m assuming you used crossed magnetic fields thus N S N S around the pipe. Also supposed to work to reduce pipe-furring problems in water-pipes in places with hard water, which seems to work to some extent on my water system here.

    For the fuel modification, did you find it worked as well for steel fuel pipes or did you need them to be Copper?

    This is something I’d basically forgotten about, since I hadn’t seen any reliable experiments to prove it. There’s a bit of a confounder here, in that if you tell a driver that there’s some fuel-saving device fitted, they tend to get better mpg whether or not it actually is fitted or works. Not a lot of point in testing my car with this, since I don’t travel enough, maybe a tank or two per year, so very hard to show an improvement.

    May also be worth fitting these on the various generators we’ve got ready for when the power gets cut. A 10% fuel saving is not to be sniffed at.

    Thanks for giving me some data I can trust!

  194. another ian says:

    “Well, Conspiracy No More – Leaked DHS Documents Show Portal Connections Where Govt Officials Backchannel Instructions to Social Media Engineers and Conduct Surveillance
    October 31, 2022 | sundance | 15 Comments”


  195. another ian says:

    Latest Pointman



  196. jim2 says:

    Homebuilders say 2023 is going to bring an even sharper downturn in the market, as high interest rates scare away buyers.
    Housing starts for single-family homes dropped nearly 19% year over year in September, according to the U.S. Census. Building permits, which are an indicator of future construction, fell 17%.
    “It is definitely a hard landing for housing,” said one homebuilder in the Denver area.


  197. another ian says:

    “Helium is becoming very expensive”

    Irish comedian Dara O’Brien explains why.

    Four minutes long – fast forward to the ten minute mark.

    Via https://joannenova.com.au/2022/11/third-world-australian-met-bureau-cuts-back-on-weather-balloons-scientists-say-its-kind-of-horrific/#comment-2603780

  198. another ian says:

    For those who like to play

    “Recycling of Vaisala RS-41 meteorological radiosonde”


  199. AC Osborn says:

    Simon Derricutt says: 31 October 2022 at 1:16 pm
    Simon, they worked on steel pipes with no problem.
    John Brown the guy that I was involved with also had the system tested at 2 universities with good results on both Fuel consumption and cleaner exhausts.
    This is his website.

    It looks like I was wrong as he says the Ford fleet were fitted with them, of course after my “suggestion” was rejected LOL.

    This Study is similar to the ones he had done.


    There are reports all over the internet that say that they do and do not work, but of course a lot depends on the strength of the magnets used and where they are positioned for best effect.
    Not all engines need them in the same place, ie Carbs different to Injection systems.

    This guy says they work
    This test says they don’t

    PS they are also supposed to work on Natural Gas Boilers as well.

  200. Simon Derricutt says:

    ACO – thanks for all that info. Sounds worth trying, since magnets are cheap. On the generators I have, fuel pipes are plastic so a good test, and the magnets can be placed close to the carburettor. Given the general quality of such things, might expect a 10% reduction in fuel use and cleaner exhaust if it works, no big loss if it doesn’t.

  201. Ossqss says:

    The push for amnesty has begun, but it doesn’t look good for the bad.

    Seems fitting to use the words “Never Forget” again.


  202. H.R. says:

    The Eagle has landed. All yinz in Florida lock and barricade the doors. We’re here.

    First year not hauling the trailer back and forth. The cat always rode in the trailer and had food, water, and litterbox access. Other than his first trip 6 years ago, he was very much used to riding in the trailer.

    This time it was a 3-day ride in the truck. We brought a car and the truck. Day 1 he was pretty spooked and hid under the back seat all day. Days 2 and 3 he became quite the traveler and rode shotgun most of the time. We stayed in hotels 2 nights and he acclimated to that really well. He likes hotel beds, it seems.

    Cloudy and cool most of the way, so Ossqss’ Buckeyes arrived in good shape. He has never managed to hide them successfully from the rest of his family.

  203. another ian says:

    “A Data Point to Understanding the DHS Portal Within Twitter is Found in Transcript of Former CEO Jack Dorsey
    November 1, 2022 | Sundance | 41 Comments”


  204. another ian says:

    Well! But we knew it>

    “The essential role of meat and dairy in healthy diets”


  205. another ian says:

    Toss this into that mix

    “How Ancel Keys Brainwashed the Masses Into Fearing Meat (He’s Wrong)”


    I guess this is another run on a stream paralleling the one that tries to show that

    “Malthus was right!”

  206. jim2 says:

    Lyin’ Biden caught with his pants down.

    The White House on Wednesday deleted a tweet that credited “President Biden’s leadership” for the increase in Social Security payments, which was flagged by Twitter as something that was actually caused by a 40-year high in inflation.

    “Seniors are getting the biggest increase in their Social Security checks in 10 years through President Biden’s leadership,” the White House tweeted Tuesday.

    The White House tweet was accompanied by a note from Twitter that said many readers were adding “context” to the WH message that said the rise in Social Security payments was “due to the annual cost of living adjustment, which is based on the inflation rate.”


  207. Ossqss says:

    I found it fitting to share in election times. >

  208. another ian says:

    Safe and reliable they said!

    I Bought a $115,000 GMC Hummer EV and It IMMEDIATELY Left Me Stranded!”

  209. David A says:

    Re… “Seniors are getting the biggest increase in their Social Security checks in 10 years through President Biden’s leadership,”
    I don’t know why everyone is calling this false. Finally some truth from the White House, as Biden’s leadership is primarily responsible for the inflation.

    Unrelated, and more positive… Best video I have seen on the Webb telescope. (The interview is with the man who is essentially the project manager, so very knowledgeable, and the last about ten minutes is on the mind blowing future of telescope with quantum computing and photon information.https://youtu.be/eXchT7mtEao

  210. another ian says:

    “Not Dangerous Once — Doubly So”

    “If you recall I pointed out early on (2020) that one of the reasons we never had a coronavirus vaccine in the past is that they don’t work — not only do they rapidly fail to neutralize the virus, but in animal trials every single one of the attempts resulted in ADE to some degree — that is, they made the infection worse, frequently with 100% fatality rates on challenge with the wild virus.

    I wrote on this extensively and pointed out that it would take quite a bit of time to develop the profile on this, because the entire reason it happens is that coronaviruses mutate at a very high rate. That is, you could easily run a short-term (e.g. 3 month) trial and not see it, but a year down the road…. aw shit. The really bad news if it happens is that the odds that the damage is persistent are very high, because the virus will continue to mutate yet your specific antibody profile and recall through B and T-cells is fixed by the (foolish) inoculation you received.

    Well, here we are.”

    More at


  211. H.R. says:

    One of the first points brought up here on E.M.’s blog when a vaccine was said to be in the fast-track works was the fact that there had never been a successful corona virus vaccine. The *ahem* negative outcomes were pointed out.

    But then we found that they were not making a vaccine, but instead they were making a ‘vaccine’ but not really a vaccine. And word got ’round that it was an mRNA therapy.

    Well, no one was familiar with that so the next several weeks were spent digging into mRNA therapy.

    As I recall it, the vexxines were released before we here had come to any firm conclusions, and many of us were in the “let’s wait and see” camp. Some, like my wife, were only given faint choice because none of the assisted living places where we were trying to get her mom placed would not open the doors unless you were vaccinated. I suppose there are a few here that were faced with the “jab or job” decision.

    So now we’re a bit farther down the road and as near as I can make out, those who got jabbed, but no boosters, are NOT 100% in for a negative outcome. But they are in their own wait and see mode. I think they are at the mercy of the particular lot#, how much of a dose they received, and that the jab was properly administered.

    I’m not holding a lot of optimism for those who were jabbed and boosted a couple of times. I think their odds of a negative outcome are way higher than those who were boosted and done and are doing OK now.

  212. jim2 says:

    According to The Record, New Hampshire will pilot a new kind of voting machine that will use open-source software to tally the votes.


  213. jim2 says:

    By my lights, you have to be skeptical of anything COVID. It’s almost as bad as the Ukraine war :)

    The confounding problem is the spike. According to NextStrain (global set), there are 28 clades of COV-2. Within each clade there are varying number of members. So there are a ton of different spike configurations plus the vaccine one.

    Because both viral and vaccine spikes are replicated in cells, whole spikes and spike bits distributed all over the body, and given the fact people get COV-2 without even knowing it; it becomes very difficult to prove with any degree of certainty this or that effect is due to a real COV-2 spike or the vaccine one.

    So I read with a skeptical eye but don’t have enough time, or probably even the knowledge, to unravel what spike might be causing what problem.

  214. cdquarles says:

    Plus, you need to know the dose and volume of distribution. Everything and nothing is toxic. Conditions matter. Jim2’s correct. The issue is multifactorial and teasing it out is already difficult. Here, the corrupted numbers make it nearly impossible. That said, ADE is certainly happening. Whether they are investigating this correctly, is another matter.

  215. David A says:

    They claim a way to know if the spike is vaccine related.https://www.nature.com/articles/s41380-022-01831-0

  216. YMMV says:

    so we’re losing way more people now from non-Covid deaths than we did from Covid deaths in the first year of the pandemic

    … and the media is silent …

    Why are they silent? Because they don’t want to know the answer (that we suspect).

    There are papers that the spike is toxic, whether it comes from Covid or the Covid jab.
    The list of bad effects is still incomplete. What is the official dose when you install a spike generator in the body?

  217. another ian says:

    “A couple of days ago, I put up a post rejecting calls for a “Pandemic Amnesty” from some quarters.”


    Links to

  218. David A says:

    Regarding the vaccine spike…

    “Specifically, pseudouridine was used instead of uridine so the produced spike would not “fold” against the cell membrane (in an attempt to enter it) since there’s no “payload” and the more it “sticks up” the easier it is for the immune system to see it. In other words it was modified to “stiffen” it on purpose. Thus whatever immune response you’d expect from one wild spike, which does fold, you would expect some multiple of that greater than 1.0 from a modified spike which does not fold.

    Thus the presumption is that all the jabby spikes are in fact more dangerous than the “natural” ones.

    VAERS should not be discounted just because it is correlation. The VAERS reports are over the top bad, and the failure to do what it was designed to instruct to do, detailed studies of specific red flagged harms, is itself indicative of vaccine liability in these harms. The few autopsies done correctly indicate the vaccine spike has done the damage, heart, brain, other organs. Again, the active suppression of reporting to VAERS, the suppression of autopsies, the results of the few done, and the refusal to do studies – like demographics of vaccinated verse non vaccinated in the areas of harm pointed to by VAERS, and indicated by increased hospitalization and excess mortality, and increased failed pregnancies, is indicative of jab failures and suppression of those failures. Also there is good reporting on how the US system is suppressing and mislabeling both increased mortality and morbidity, and contrary reports from many nations support this evidence of US suppression of vaccine harm data. The same folk that suppressed very effective prophylactic treatments, demanded long term lockdowns, broke the supply chains, are shutting down farming, are destroying energy security and are actively promoting an inane woke agenda designed to break traditional values and the family structure, are forcing the vaccines and refusing to study the control group on all these increased harms and mortality. One must see the big picture.

  219. cdquarles says:

    Cellular organisms use pseudouridine as one factor in gene expression. So which one(s) of the many forms of pseudouridine are we talking about? We need to be looking at all of the pseudouridines and how they get synthesized and regulated. To focus on just the one in the transposon injections risks a different kind of mistake. (Given that there have been coronaviruses for ages and that we’ve survived them before to a greater or lesser degree suggests that political biases are affecting both sides of the arguments here.)

  220. David A says:

    As always CD thanks for your input. I think that it is fairly well established that vaccine spike can be identified, and has been in the few autopsies performed, but perhaps not?
    Re (Given that there have been coronaviruses for ages and that we’ve survived them before to a greater or lesser degree suggests that political biases are affecting both sides of the arguments here.)
    I am not certain what specifically is being referred to here, yet the negative harm assertion is not so much coronavirus damage, (I actually think many vaccine skeptics tend to minimise the harm of CV, and it is not a flu) but the history of trying to develop a vaccine for coronaviruses is replete with massive failure.

  221. The True Nolan says:

    @another ian: So, Vader claims another victim! Or did he?

  222. The True Nolan says:

    Someone please correct me if I am mistaken in this summary.

    Let me start by assuming that both forms of spike protein, whether natural of vaxx induced, are dangerous. They may be (probably are) intrinsically toxic, but even if not, once the immune system has been triggered, any cell either covered with spikes, or producing spikes, is liable to be killed. Regardless of the fact that vaxx spikes have psuedouridine the larger issue is the difference with the vaxx mRNA from natural forms of mRNA. Natural mRNA degrades quickly, within hours, whereas the vaxx mRNA has been detected up to (at least) 120 days after injection. Spikes, natural or artificial, may trigger immune reactions and cell deaths. If the cells are nerve, brain, or heart cells, there is no adequate repair. Heart damage and nerve damage from viral infections is nothing new. What is new is that we now have a mRNA producing the spikes not merely for hours or days but for months with all the cumulative damage that entails. Add to that the fact that the vaxx seems to weaken total immune capability, leaving the subject open to more and worse viral infections. Still, it looks to me (my opinion) that the important factor is lifespan of the mRNA. Do we even know what it is? 120 days? 365 days? Does it degrade with some sort of half life? However long it lasts, the subject will be accumulating damages as long as the mRNA is functional. If (praise God) someone gets the jab and maintains good health without any major heart or nerve damage however long the mRNA lasts, I would expect them to remain healthy — although they may still have damaged their immune system toward future attacks.

    There seem to be at least three big factors: 1) How toxic is the spike protein, natural or artificial? 2) How likely and major is expected immune system damage? 3) How long does the mRNA remain active? The answers to 1 and 2 will likely be determined by the answer to number 3. Any remediation will be driven by the answer to number 3. The use of Ivermectin seems to help reduce spike damage, and if I had gotten the jab it would be my first course of action. (Even jab-free, I have been using Ivermectic for almost two years now as a prophylactic and as defense from shedding.) Reducing spike activity would probably reduce long term immune system damage as well. But how long does one need to take it? Obviously at least until the vaxx mRNA degrades — which is how long?

    One jab? Maybe you will be OK if you make it past a year. Two jabs? Three jabs? More? It is Russian Roulette.

  223. cdquarles says:

    Yes, David A, development of vaccines against RNA viruses has been fraught with failure, historically. There are a number of reasons for that, of which ADE is one. I agree that the USA’s government has been pushing a line (political) here. When Trump was in office, “skepticism” was fine. When they pushed him out, “skepticism” isn’t fine. What I am trying to point out that political biases infected both sides, both enthusiasm and skepticism. Yes, I am especially galled by the political manipulation of numbers: whether of cases, deaths, adverse events (which adverse events will always happen, either way), or over certainty in claiming either positive or negative effects.

    Yes, TTN, those are very important questions. The politics that exists now greatly affects even looking for answers to these. Basic pharmacology, in the past, would have addressed the differences between transposons and mRNA. I’ve seen no reports which addressed that. Basic pharmacology would have also addressed volume of distribution. I’ve seen no reports which addressed that, either. The vaxx stuff isn’t mRNA. It is a transposon. That the media never got into that (when that would have hurt President Trump) says much, to me.

  224. YMMV says:

    “Cellular organisms use pseudouridine as one factor in gene expression.”

    Pseudouridine is a huge and highly technical topic. No easy answers here.

    But — here is a short video about the natural use of pseudouridine compared to the patented synthetic use of pseudouridine in some of the mRNA jabs.
    Dr Malone is controversial, but from what I have heard from him, he is a voice that needs to be taken seriously. He does not say here that pseudouridine is good or bad, but rather that this mRNA usage is so far out in the field of unknowns that we should be very careful. What we do know is enough to raise some red flags.

  225. The True Nolan says:

    @YMMV: Very good video. I have seen a lot of videos with Malone and with Bret Weinstein but had not seen that one. Excellent link, thank you.

    @cdquarles: “The vaxx stuff isn’t mRNA. It is a transposon.”

    Looks like I have another subject to study up on. I will not ask you to do my homework for me, but if you feel like saying a few words to help direct me or to clarify the matter, it would be appreciated. I do not understand how if the vaxx is NOT a mRNA but is instead a transposon, how is it that everyone has been calling it mRNA for the last two years?

  226. The True Nolan says:

    Dr. Malone discusses findings that 50% vaxxed athletes show asymptomatic heart damage.

  227. cdquarles says:

    It was sold as mRNA. Way back when, mRNA was shown to be a one-way thing. Genome to protein. Its lifetime is dependent on synthesis rates and degradation rates. The instances that are active in the transcription are temporarily protected from degradation by being involved in transcription. Once instances have been removed from the transcription apparatus, they are subject to degradation or get reused, depending on cellular needs. Details of that are important.

    Transposons are bits of DNA or RNA that get exchanged. In bacteria, these can change the cell type from (+) sex type to (-) type and back. These can also get integrated into the regular genome for, say, toxin protection (like antibiotics made by fungi, etc.). While I’m not as up-to-date on this stuff with respect to eukaryotes, the main idea is similar. Transposons can last for a long time, in part by getting integrated into the host’s genome. Messenger RNA is made for specific things and doesn’t, generally, last long. Remember that what makes any chemical a toxin is what, where, when, how, to what, and under what conditions. That includes water and oxygen.

    About subclinical damage, this is where lab competence comes into play. Troponins are common. Regular skeletal muscle has one group of subtypes. Cardiac muscle has another group of subtypes. Finding these in amounts above a threshold are used to indicate damage that may be clinically important. When I threw that saddle embolus all those years ago, eventually I did have some cardiac damage sufficient to have cardiac troponins in my blood. Any, and I do mean any, sufficient damage will have this show up. That does not necessarily tell you which of a long list of things is the cause, or just a contributing cause, or a coincidence.

  228. cdquarles says:

    That’s an excellent video. Part of what made me come to the conclusion that I have is the research I’ve done on it and things that people such as Dr. Malone have said. He is correct to emphasize the known unknowns here and the unknown unknowns. too. We should be cautious and skeptical, but not let political biases sway us too much.

  229. jim2 says:

    RE: Athletes with myocarditis. What isn’t known is how many of those more-than-likely very social athletes have contracted COVID and didn’t even know it? That’s what I mean by unknowns.

  230. The True Nolan says:

    @jim2: “how many of those more-than-likely very social athletes have contracted COVID and didn’t even know it? ”

    Yes, of course. But what we do know is that essentially 100% of them have been vaxxed with an injection which has a known high incidence of myocarditis as a side effect. It would be simple enough to test a cohort of similar un-vaxxed athletes. If they have a lower percentage of myocarditis then we have an indication that the vaxx is the likely cause.

    Personally, I try to always keep in mind the difference between “evidence” and “proof”. It is easy to point at almost any study and find ways it should be improved, ie, ways to make the evidence stronger, even though “proof” is the asymptotic never-quite-reached goal. These sorts of study, simply comparing vaxxed with non-vaxxed ought to have been the very obvious first step instituted two years ago, long before any massive human experimentation on billions of people. There is literally no honest, scientific, ethical reason why such studies are not encouraged.

  231. David A says:

    Thank you all. And CD thanks for your expertise. TTN this… “These sorts of study, simply comparing vaxxed with non-vaxxed ought to have been the very obvious first step instituted two years ago, long before any massive human experimentation on billions of people.” Is the direction my mind goes repeatedly.

    All the guessing, all the strong indications of vaccine harm being a major contribution to the 10 to 18 percent excess mortality, ( some nations show the high side, and US statistics are questionable) could easily be disproved by simply doing the like demographics, vaccinated versus unvaccinated studies on all cause morbidity mortality, with special emphasis on the VAERS highlighted harms, and ten thousand or so autopsies properly done.

    The hospitals KNOW if their patients were vaccinated or not. Every record still exists.
    The few autopsies, (I only know of two studies totalling about 20 or so) of VARES mortalities showed a significant majority are vaccine caused! The same folk NOT doing these studies despite the fact that they HAVE the information, are the same people that developed Covid, made and forced the vaccine, destroyed the economy,and suppressed very effective prophylactic treatment. I see ZERO reason to give them ANY benefit of doubt as they willfully suppress clear and now easy to obtain answers.

  232. David A says:

    Instead it takes this kind of effort to just understand how they hide, distort, and confuse the information.https://theethicalskeptic.com/2022/08/20/houston-we-have-a-problem-part-1-of-3/

  233. Ossqss says:

    I would encourage reading, the old Agenda 21/30 from the UN. This is what you see.


  234. another ian says:
  235. Ossqss says:

    Something to keep an eye on.

  236. another ian says:

    Remember this equation?

    “This famous Sidney Harris cartoon (below) captures what is wrong – what is deeply unscientific – about far-too-much modern economics. The miracle assumed by the unscientific ‘scientific’ modern economist is that government will act (1) apolitically, (2) without any of the human imperfections, myopia, and psychological quirks that (are assumed to) give rise to the market imperfections that allegedly justify government intervention, and (3) with more information and wisdom than is discovered and used in markets.”


    Now think of the road from here to net zero and the stumbling blocks outlined on that road in terms of supply and sheer do-ability.

    IMO this can be expressed in a similar manner to that cartoon but with multiple steps where “miracles occur” and “I think you should be more explicit here” applies.

    And I doubt that “The Miracle Factory” has the ability to churn out the requirement for those miracles – given the competition for more of them for other bright new ideas.

  237. another ian says:

    No substitute for breakfast

    “Climate Researchers Discover the Prisoners’ Dilemma”


  238. another ian says:

    More on Emily Oster’s apology idea

    “On Unforgiveness, Part 2”


    A bit salty in places

  239. another ian says:

    What “They” forget –

    “Actually, the precautionary principle goes both directions. It also dictates that we not enact policies that we know for sure would wreck lives and liberties. They did it anyway, without sufficient knowledge that the measures would achieve any positive good.”


  240. another ian says:

    Neil Oliver

  241. another ian says:

    “Julia Hartley-Brewer Rips into Policy Researcher over Climate Change”


  242. another ian says:

    “Here is latest, on Nitrous Oxide (and fertilizer):


    Via WUWT

  243. another ian says:

    “Likely in Response to the “Ron is God” Campaign Ad, President Trump Gives Ron DeSantis a Nickname

    November 5, 2022 | Sundance | 347 Comments”

    Looks like that poll was Trump 71%, DeSantis 10%

    “When it came to the second-place polling finisher, President Trump gave the Florida governor a new nickname, “Ron DeSanctimonious.” LOL {Direct Rumble Link}”

  244. David A says:

    “ think you should be more explicit here” applies.”

    I barely recall that very early in the Biden administration they formally and specifically removed any requirements to list the consequences of their actions for enacted policy. I did not save the link however.

  245. E.M.Smith says:

    First off, let me apologize for being slow on new postings. A lot of time has been sucked up with trying to plan a trip to get another batch of “my stuff” from California. I’ve only just last week identified and got the ‘adapter’ that lies to the car and tells it that a trailer with all its working incandescent lamps is connected (otherwise the “computer” in the car thinks all the bulbs are out and / or that there isn’t a trailer at all so no lights work). It has been tested and does work.

    So the Next Step OUGHT to have been “just buy a trailer and go”. But it isn’t. I still need to solve the “brake controller needed” issue. (Hoping for a trailer with one built in for generic braking – but finding Yet Another Adapter that plugs into the chain and lets me fumble with my phone / app to BlueTooth to control it… when the LAST thing I want to do when towing is fumble with my phone…). Oh, and actually buy a trailer….

    The “adapter” showed up too late to complete those steps. So I had to make a choice. Blow off a fun commitment, or push out the schedule. I pushed out the schedule.

    That, in turn, meant that I got to do a drive 1/2 way across the country to attend a Birthday Party. Then drive back. (The original intent had been to drive by with trailer and continue to California…). On the way out, the Subaru (so not the tow vehicle) started having “Key not turning” issues. OK… So the spare key was tried. After a lot of jiggling, it turned and the car started again. For about 20-ish hours we didn’t turn the engine off. In Oklahoma we checked into a hotel and did the first “test the key again”. It did shut off and restart. For 2 days we used it locally there and it was mostly OK, but did try to glitch once or twice.

    Then it was time to drive back. Started with some jiggle, and another 20+ hours of not turning it off again. Though with a history of “mostly works” we did turn it off once or twice (no worry about missing the party on the return trip…)

    So back at home, I’d had 6 days of mostly “on stage” and 4 of them with significant sleep deprivation. Only 2 out of 6 with a bed….

    On return home, there was a week worth of “Hunny Doos” to do… and a lot of sleeping to catch up.

    Now we’ve got the South East running out of Diesel. Sigh.

    I’m going to be trying to catch up postings ( I’ve got several topics queued up) but we’ll see what happens next. Literally…

    Seems there’s another Hurricane trying to spin up near the Bahamas and current projections have it running near me, or directly over the top of me. Only a few having it missing.

    Hopefully I won’t get sucked back into Hurricane Prep again. I see Ossqss has noticed it too.

    For now, I’m trying to catch up on comments. Hopefully tonight or tomorrow I’ll have a new WOOD up. (In time for the election results…)

  246. E.M.Smith says:


    Put me in the “Never forget. Never forgive.” column for Covid Abusers (and that includes every single mandate of any kind and any requirement that you disclose ANY of your private medical information – from Vexxine Status to Medical Cause to NOT follow any mandate).

    As the millions of bodies stack up from the myocarditis, brain damage, strokes, miscarriages, and more: Do Not Let It Go.

  247. another ian says:

    “This Is How We Get Nuked”

    “When you become “one with the military” in a war you are a party to the war.”

    “Assuming this is true Musk and everything he owns and controls is now a legitimate military target for Russia.

    All of it.

    Yes, that includes Tesla, Twitter and SpaceX, which in turn means his satellite constellation in low-earth orbit is now a completely legitimate military target under International Law and if it gets blown up or even if Musk or any of his firms’ employees get blown up via a direct Russian strike it is not a violation of anything whatsoever.”

    More at


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  249. another ian says:

    A picture of pay for play

    “DeSantis Megadonor, Billionaire Head of Citadel Investments Ken Griffin, Explains Why He Purchased Ron DeSantis for 2024 and What He Expects from His Investment
    November 6, 2022 | Sundance | 306 Comments

    When politicians in Mexico and South America take financial payments from corporations and billionaires, we call it “corruption.” When politicians in the United States take financial payments from corporations and billionaires, we call it “lobbying.” The process is identical.”


  250. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    Per DeSantis: Consider the alternative… Crist. Or “Biden Lite”…

    I’ll take DeSantis over that any day.

    So far, DeSantis has been honorable (near as I can tell). So some guy with a load of money also prefers DeSantis. Fine with me.

    Oh, and there’s also a huge problem in US Politics: Politicians tend to not stay “bought”…

  251. Jon K says:

    Sorry about the posting on the old Wood, but this is relevant to the Covid Amnesty topic. Anyway, I found it amusing that this song was playing when I first read that amnesty article. Perfectly stated my initial feelings lol.

  252. jim2 says:

    Some a-hole organization is publishing voters names, birth year, party affiliation, and address, plus.


  253. YMMV says:

    In the Good Old Days, we got to vote for an individual. Or so we thought. The Good Old Days may not have been as good as we thought. Fast forward to now, and it has never been so clear, that very few of those individual candidates matter. You are really voting for a party. As Biden, Fetterman, and others illustrate. Do they have a heart, a brain? Doesn’t matter. It only matters that they do what the Democratic masters tell them to do. They should get rid of all the parties. It’s something the constitution writers missed.

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