W.O.O.D. – 11 January 2023 – Ukraine Shrinks, Politics Drags on, Garden Begins


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

First Harvest & New Garden

When we first bought this house, there were 2 pineapples ripening. Well, the squirrels got them prior to close of escrow (by about a week…). One of those plants started making another pineapple fairly quickly. It reached ‘ripe enough’ a few days ago, and we harvested it. Yes, New Year’s pineapple!

I’ve now got 3 mature pineapple plants, 3 about 1/3 grown (from the tops of prior year pineapples) and another half dozen at about the 4 inch size from odd little “top knot like growths” on the harvested pineapple stem. Each pineapple harvested can have the “top” rooted and planted. Eventually I’ll have enough of a pineapple plantation to not care if the squirrels get some ;-)

The fresh pineapple was sweet, tasty, and surprisingly good.

I’ve also learned a few things about the odd Florida Freeze. It took out the leaves on 2 of my 3 baby banana “trees”. 2 have already put out new leaves (one had been under a cardboard box cloche that worked very well. The other 2 were under a large lean-to piece of cardboard that fell over in the cold of the night. I’m hoping they recover well. Cavendish type (as in grocery stores), so need more warmth than others. I may need to find a different type…

Collards, Brussles Sprouts, squash, runner beans and Lima beans all doing OK. But the Sweet Potatoes had their leaves largely eaten by “somebody” (likely a squirrel or ‘possum) and then the rest of the leaves got frost burned. Note to self, plant sweet potato starts about March, not October.

I’m making a bunch more starts in the Potting Room, and expect that the tubers from what’s in the ground will also re-sprout now that it’s warmer.

The general pattern seems to be to plant cold season “winter garden” for December to January, and more tender plants after about February. Learning a new place is always interesting… or so I tell myself.

A Passport Away From Bahamas

I’ve applied for a Passport renewal (mine expired a bit ago). As soon as it gets here, we’re looking at trip planning for The Bahamas. Our boat leaves for there in early February. Between now and then we need to figure out if I’m crewing on it, or flying in. (That depends on how many Sailing Club folks sign up and on how the spouse feels about hotels and their comforts….)

Fitting in a run to pick up stuff from storage in California is now in competition with Sailing The Bahamas… Decisions decisions…

Ukraine Finally Freezes, And Shrinks

Russia is advancing in the area around Bakhmut (Donetsk). Ukraine continues to shrink as they are horribly outmatched AND make stupid decisions that are political instead of strategic. Oh Well. Sure, send extra “reinforcements” into an empty rubble of a town being encircled. Sure, they will be captured or killed. But at least you won’t have “retreat” in the news when asking for more $Billions and loads of more tanks to be destroyed.

The weather in Ukraine is now cold enough that the ground is freezing. This means that a full on Russian Advance can get underway “soon” (assuming Russia chooses to do that). This is about a month later than expected, but the weather just is.

Eastern Ukraine Ground Freezing 11 Jan 2023

Eastern Ukraine Ground Freezing 11 Jan 2023

Politics Drags On

Biden got his winkey in the wringer over Compartmentalized Secure Top Secret documents left laying about off site. Pundits claim this will end the Maralago Trump Secret Docs Fiasco Frame-up. Personally, I doubt it. When has reality or equality before the law ever mattered to the RNC & Lame Stream Legacy Media? Just memory hole the Biden stuff and Prosecute Prosecute Prosecute!!!

(I wish I could put a smiley on that).

Per Mccarthy getting Speaker Of The House and folks wondering why his district keeps electing him:

Do note that California is so completely Democrat Dominated that things like Ballot Harvesting are completely legal there. We called the Governor “Governor Nuisance” and he was hated by enough folks that several recall petitions had to be administratively squashed and still one made the ballot via a massive over-signature-count campaign. However, being Nancy Pelosi’s Nephew, the fix was in. He is, after all, intended to be President. (This was known / talked about when he first made Mayor of San Francisco, BTW.) It’s all arranged. Just needed to get the California Voting System rolled out to enough States. The “pandemic” made that possible, so now it’s all baked and ready to go.

Mccarthy is from a California district. He only keeps his seat if the Democrats choose to let him “win” the election when they count the votes (or make the needed ones for a ‘narrow margin’). He must know this by now, so votes with Nancy 47% of the time. And that, boys & girls, is just why he’s Speaker. “Friends of the Pelosi Family” – by blackmail or otherwise…

There are no “free & fair” elections in California anymore, IMHO. Watch as this cancer spreads to various “Red States”. (Arizona anyone?…) Either we get back to in person, same day, paper ballots WITH Identification, or the nation is dead, long live the Peoples Republic Of Socialist America Oligarchs. That’s the choice.

Hello New Year! 2023

Remember to date your checks with 2023.

Try to forget the crap that was 2021 & 2022.

Move on with life (and resist Medical Tyranny in all its forms). Life in Florida shows that you do not need masks, shots & jabs, lockdowns, etc. etc. as Covid has evolved to mostly be a simple head cold.

Remember that “Life is what you make it now, isn’t it.” and make yours as good as you can.

I resolve to finally catch some edible fish in Florida. Honest!


This will continue to be DIY for a while still.


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Or Whatfinger:


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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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275 Responses to W.O.O.D. – 11 January 2023 – Ukraine Shrinks, Politics Drags on, Garden Begins

  1. another ian says:

    Several back handers here

  2. Ossqss says:

    Sooo, the soon to be meetup is upon us.

    Spoke to HR earlier. We will be coordinating, first contact (think movie) around 11 ish Am. Others are welcome too.

    Ping me if applicable. Security will be provided for the full event.

    I am thinking 2pm+ish at the lodge for a nominal target>

    Queue up Jackie Gleason!

    And away we go! :-)

    You didn’t see this comin!

  3. another ian says:

    Alexander M today


    Interesting points start at about 35 min in and particularly at the end of that section on weaponry

    But hear it to the end and be amazed/astounded

  4. another ian says:

    “What Caused the Political Hysteria?

    Karma, Nemesis, payback . . . and all that stuff.”

    Victor Davis Hanson


  5. another ian says:

    “It’s official: Everywhere in science there’s a mysterious lack of ground-breaking papers”

    “Across all branches of science, new ideas that reset the paradigms have quietly vanished.”


  6. jim2 says:

    I hope to make a meeting someday, but have some issues currently preventing.

  7. YMMV says:

    One of the bad effects of Covid is clotting due to Spike proteins.
    One of the good effects of IVM is it reduces clotting from Covid Spike proteins.

    The ending is good too, from 22:29 to 23:12

  8. E.M.Smith says:

    Just Amazing… Watched some “Real Official Approved NEWS!” from the MSM / LSM. Their “narrative” is that “Due to Russia doing SO poorly and LOSING, Putin has SACKED the head General Armageddon and replaced him! Putin is sure going through his Generals fast!”

    Then the real story comes out…

    A new Uber General has been appointed to coordinate Several Different Forces in an event of increased size and complexity…

    In other words, hold onto your hat, the Big Offensive is going to be a combined arms and combined armies offensive with several Generals running parts of it (like, oh, the heretofore absent Air Campaign, ground tank assaults, shelling from lots of ships, Space Force maybe taking out some satellites, etc. etc.) and with General Armageddon keeping his present job, thank you very much, but reporting to the new Uber General who is chief of military staff or some such so that the various parts of this operation stay coordinated overall.


    What will the lying Lame Stream Media do when they have told everyone over and over that Russia is losing horribly and incompetent… and then finds 1/2 Million man combined forces walks over Rump Ukraine like it was basket weaving school…

    The first 4 minutes is about Biden losing Classified Docs, then about 4:20 you get the start of the description of the new Command Structure in Russia:

  9. another ian says:



  10. Foyle says:

    Counterpoint on Ukraine;
    Still not seeing any signs of a major winter offensive push from Russia, though they have turned the tide of last 3 months slightly in taking a few 10’s of square km of territory off Ukraine around the tiny town of Soledar (now a useless rubble pile, though with good salt-mine bunkers for Wagner group). Russia is also apparently building up some forces north of Ukraine in Belarus – though may be mostly training for mobilized soldiers.

    A lot more reports that rate of artillery fire from Russia has dropped off dramatically – and they have been diverting T90S tanks built for export to Ukraine. Daily reports of Russian losses (from obviously biased Ukrainian sources) are at very high 500-1000 troop levels), they are smashing Russians badly with Himars strikes on depots and barracks far from front lines – up to 600 dead in one strike a week back, and Ukrainians have all but neutralized threat of Iranian drones (shooting them almost all down with guns now), and other Russian cruise missiles are now in short supply with only low rate production. Russian arms shortages are seemingly becoming critical.

    And a lot of announcements from western govts that they will start supplying high tech armored vehicles and tanks in near future, a big change in policy suggesting either they are worried about Ukrainian collapse, or that they think Russia can be defeated without sparking nuclear war.

    Russia also talking of huge new 500k mobilization – their last 300k 4 months back seemingly nearly used up. Won’t be much help if they don’t have weapons.

  11. another ian says:

    Friday funny: meanwhile at the Biden’s house…

    Via Jo Nova

  12. YMMV says:

    Cooking with gas.

  13. another ian says:


    “At least three global regulatory agencies – FDA, EMA and TGA, all accepted fake Western blot images as if they didn’t know any better. Of course they did. They did know. Nobody made a mistake. These documents were “props” in a theatrical performance.


    Via https://joannenova.com.au/2023/01/friday-open-thread-28/#comment-2622432

  14. another ian says:


    “Tucker Carlson Asks Why are Biden People Telling the DOJ About Biden Classified Documents?
    January 13, 2023 | sundance | 59 Comments
    Fox News host Tucker Carlson asks the obvious question, why are Joe Biden people telling the DOJ about Biden having classified documents? Under normal corrupt and easy to handle circumstances the documents would be destroyed, hidden and never revealed; yet here they are being exposed by people in the Biden orbit.”

  15. E.M.Smith says:


    I think you are watching too much BBC or NBC / ABC who just take Ukrainian MOD propaganda and embellish it.

    Russia has NOT “used up” the mobilized 400,000. They have been training, equipping them, and stationing them where they can be used for effective defense OR offense. Some have arrived at the front lines, but most are held back in position for a new offensive (or against a “surprise” NATO intervention).

    Ukraine has claimed from day one of this war all sorts of fantastical things (Ghost of Kiev anyone?); all later shown to be fabrications. Ursula von der Leyen let it leaks that over 100,000 Ukrainian soldiers had been killed. That’s pushing 1/3 to 1/2 of their original army.

    The Ukraine power grid is so disrupted that they had to pull 2 Steam Locomotives out of museums to move military stuff around.

    Per Shells:

    One does not just decide to shoot off 10,000 rounds a day and shoot them without a target. As parts of the front line are now heavily fortified on the Russian side, Ukraine has done fewer suicidal assaults into artillery, so less to shoot at. Also, when waiting for a GO on a major offensive, there’s often a “calm before the storm” as folks rest up and stock up. I’d not be surprised at all to find that was the case too.

    It is Ukraine and NATO who are scouring the globe for old Soviet era munitions, not Russia. Russian factories are running just fine and they are not “Running Out!!!” (despite that being the claim for about 9 months now…)

    Also note: Since NATO has admitted that Minsk 1&2 were basically frauds and the intent was not peace, but to buy time to build up for a nice little Color Revolution in Russia via Ukrainian attacks; and what with our politicians in charge stating that Russia must be broken up and Putin strung up: Russia has said it is going to mobilize enough troops to prevent that. They are not running out of soldiers in Ukraine; they are preparing to repulse a full assault from all of NATO. (In his annual address Putin said this, and set the goals. You ought to listen to it. They DO tell you just what they are going to do, and why. Then they do it.)

    2 final notes:

    A dozen or two heavy tanks will not make any difference at all. Too heavy for the terrain, long logistics tails, huge maintenance packages, crews that have not trained on how to use them. It’s another big mistake in the making. An Abrams, for example, is good for about 300 miles, then it is down for a maintenance cycle. Who in Ukraine knows how to do that? How many maintenance packages are in inventory? Now complicate that with a mix of Challenger and German tanks… “Logistics nightmare”. It is a political SHOW action, not an effective military action.

    Then Ukraine is the one fighting over areas of DIRT. Russia knows to fight a “Conservation of Forces” war. The DIRT area is irrelevant. Ukraine kept shipping in thousands of “reinforcements” and Russia kept killing them. Giving Russia exactly what it wanted. General Armageddon had said what his goal was. “To Grind Down” the Ukrainian Army. Mr. Z. happly shipped off his army into that Meat Grinder to be ground down. Giving Russia just what it wanted. It isn’t about the DIRT, it’s about killing opposition soldiers and breaking their equipment. Something Zelensky just doesn’t get.

    Well the ground is finally frozen enough to drive tanks on it. The “clean up” in Solidaar and Bahkmut is nearing an end. The Ukrainian “defensive line” is breached. Lots of fresh Russian Troops are on station awaiting a Go order. Then the Command Structure has added an Uber General to coordinate several new generals for a combined forces campaign that they said would be bigger and involve more units. This was NOT a demotion of anyone, this was adding enough command and control to handle a 5 to 10 times bigger operation with a lot more moving parts and keep them coordinated. Read the statement about it by Putin… Now I don’t know just when it will start; but Russia is preparing for it…

  16. rhoda klapp says:

    I found this linked on Bishop Hill.

  17. YMMV says:

    rhoda klapp: Coincidence Theorists

    from a comment there:
    You can help even more people by distinguishing between #Myocoinciditis & #Pericoinciditis.

  18. another ian says:

    “Red Alert: Pharma Plots to Inject Livestock With mRNA ‘Vaccines,’ Likely to End up in Food Supply”


    “What is increasingly non-debatable is that, whatever the root cause of their hatred for life on Earth and nature itself (as a proxy for God), they won’t stop until they a.) are neutralized with irresistible force (ideally through legal means) or b.) have irreversibly infected the entire animal, plant, bacteria, and fungi genome with their Frankenstein genetic material.”

    Oz gets a mention

  19. another ian says:

    Renewing your faith in

    “Safe and Effective®”

    “A safety monitoring system flagged that U.S. drugmaker Pfizer Inc and German partner BioNTech’s updated COVID-19 shot could be linked to a type of brain stroke in older adults, according to preliminary data analyzed by U.S. health authorities.

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said on Friday that a CDC vaccine database had uncovered a possible safety issue in which people 65 and older were more likely to have an ischemic stroke 21 days after receiving the Pfizer/BioNTech bivalent shot, compared with days 22-44.

    An ischemic stroke, also known as brain ischemia, is caused by blockages in arteries that carry blood to the brain.”


    Looks like these products are on the way to causing more things than CAGW + Trump (/s)

  20. another ian says:

    A recreation of the Antikythera mechanism.

    “An Australian has reproduced the mechanism in his home workshop using only tools and materials available 2000 years ago, and making tools if necessary.


  21. another ian says:

    A recreation of the Antikythera mechanism. I’ve watched most of it.

    Materials maybe. If the ancients had tools to do that we’ve gone a hell of a long way down hill!

  22. another ian says:

    More history – not quite that ancient

    “Colossus – The Greatest Secret in the History of Computing”

  23. The True Nolan says:

    @another ian:

    Amazing reproduction of the Antikythera mechanism! Wonderful craftmanship.

    As for the fake Western Blot pics you linked to farther up-page, Picture 7 is so fake that I did not even realize at first that it was supposed. I saw it and just sort of assumed that it was some kind of diagrammatic representation of a real plot. That is supposed to be REAL?

  24. The True Nolan says:

    “I did not even realize at first that is was supposed TO BE REAL”.

    Pardon the sentence fragment.

  25. The True Nolan says:

    Interesting article on the Five Universal Laws of Human Stupidity:

    “Declining societies have the same percentage of stupid people as successful ones. But they also have high percentages of helpless people and, Cipolla writes, “an alarming proliferation of the bandits with overtones of stupidity.””

    I would disagree with the author. In our present case, we have, I think, a purposefully created INCREASE in the human stupidity percentage, done through a combination of chemicals, entertainment, and mal-education. I think the helpless percentage has been artificially increased as well. Bad combination!

    I would agree that stupid people are inherently dangerous, but I would emphasize that that does not make them automatically morally bad. I have known really stupid people who were honest, kind, and peaceful. They might be dangerous, but they were not inherently bad.

  26. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    A prize bull or stallion can cost $Tens Of Thousands or even more. Some are $Millions. Even an “ordinary” horse or cow can run in the low $Thousands. IF the mRNA for them also ends up a Clot Shot or causing other death or injury modes; the Ag Industry will notice it pretty quick and drop it like a hot rock.

    You simply MUST make money to say in business and to make money you can not have excess losses.


    IMHO, what’s happening now in the GEB Abused West is fairly simple. A Special Globalist Elite has decided they are in charge of farming the rest of us. We are just a crop species to be domesticated, managed, and controlled. Domesticated cattle are easiest to handle if they are stupider than the wild form… You also want to feed them the cheapest food that is “good enough” (in our case, bugs & plants) and manage their reproduction to match your goals…

  27. another ian says:

    “Mr Olds’ remarkable elevator”

  28. another ian says:

    FWIW from today’s Covid and Coffee Newsletter –

    “There’s developing new angle to the CDC’s limited hangout, and maybe to the entire covid story from Day One. I’m working as hard as I can to verify this information, but many commenters have asked about it, and it is beginning to look like the international response to the pandemic was a U.S. military operation right from the jump.

    Critically, the military is not bound to any of the laws about testing vaccines or proving safety or efficacy. Its powers supersede the rules governing private pharmaceutical companies. If, as it is starting to appear, Pfizer and Moderna were acting as military contractors and not private pharma firms, it would explain a WHOLE LOT of the pandemic’s myriad unanswered questions.

    For example, it would explain why the CDC occasionally approved the vaccines over the negative votes of its own vaccine committee. And how two pharma companies simultaneously invented the same vaccine days after the state of emergency began. And why no other vaccines have been approved (and why the one-shot J&J version was quickly yeeted)”

    “Here is one of the FOIA documents. It’s a $2 BILLION DOLLAR CONTRACT award to Pfizer from U.S. military procurement in July of 2020.”


  29. another ian says:

    “Not much about Joe Biden is as it’s presented.”


  30. another ian says:

    E.M. Re that Covid and Coffee item – why not ivermectin or HCQ for military use?

  31. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    Hydroxychloroquine is already heavily used in the army for Malaria Prevention.

    Nothing prevents adding Ivermectin if desired (it is used at present for River Blindness, elephantiasis, and, IIRC, African Sleeping Sickness…

    The only reason to use the mRNA “Not a vaccine but a gene therapy” shot is to demonstrate the technology works and get a large body of data about it. Well, that, and raking in a few $Billion via a mandate or two…

  32. another ian says:

    Assault stoves

    Just the ticket for Ukraine?

  33. another ian says:


    A project underway re that stove link.

    I flicked it to a friend in NZ and Microsoft Edge won’t let him open it.

    I’ll see if a local contact here that uses Edge can access it .

    More when I know more

  34. David A says:

    Another Ian, the military control-directives would also well explain why the pharmaceutical defense of potential deadly results from the “vaccines” was words to the effect of “ don’t talk to us, the government knew this”. Perhaps what they meant is, “ “don’t talk to us, the government DOD told us what to do.”

  35. rhoda klapp says:

    On my way to the meet. Identified by a yellow t-shirt, although under a grey jacket in almost freezing Florida.

  36. E.M.Smith says:

    I’ll be on my way in about 15 minutes with arrival intended to be about 1 PM. I’ll be wearing a forest green windbreaker / jacket due to Florida reminding me of winter in Nevada…

    (It was colder here last night than in San Jose California where I left, and I had to cover the banana plants to prevent them dying… )

  37. E.M.Smith says:

    Google Maps has informed me it is more like 2:30 I’ll be there. It seems it is far far south of Tampa… My Bad.

  38. another ian says:

    More on those gas stoves

    “In Science, Size Matters. In Climate Science?”


  39. David A says:

    Hi ALL, enjoy your get together, Tip one on me, sent to our host…

  40. David A says:

    Well dammit, I would if I could find the tip jar on EMs site?

  41. H.R. says:

    The 2023 Chiefio Blog Winter Gala and Dodgy Proceedings convened at the Linger Lodge. Due to the cold weather, we left word at the Lodge that the meeting was adjourned and anyone who eventually thawed out and made it to the Lodge had missed the meeting. We suspect the lack of snowplows in Florida might have hindered some from attending.

    The major topic under discussion was Busch Light. After offers, bribery, threats, cajoling, and outright pleading, Rhoda Klapp still refused to take so much of a sip of that SWILL nectar.

    E.M. adamantly refused the libation until finally, finally he realized that it was morally wrong to trash the brew without ever having tried it. Ossqss popped the top on an ice cold Busch Light, and according to the ancient, traditional ceremonies and approved incantations, E.M. slowly raised the 12oz aluminum chalice to his lips, took a sip…………………… and miraculously……… well, I’m pleased to report that he survived.

    One must be pure of heart and devoid of taste buds to survive the Challenge of The Busch Light, and E.M. passed the test the gods of fermented barley had devised to determine which mortals were fit to continue on life’s journey.

    One order of old business from the January 2022 Winter Gala was finally put to rest. E.M. was promised a Tactical Abrasive Baton by H.R., who ran off and forgot to bring it along.

    Better late than never, the Tactical Abrasive Baton was presented to E.M. at this year’s meeting, whereupon E.M. hefted it, tested the balance, mettle, craftsmanship, and temper and pronounced it fit for slaying demons and dragons and scratching those itches on your back that you just can’t quite reach.

    Rhoda and H.R. had to leave before the Florida mountain passes became blocked with snow, but E.M. and Ossqss remained to plot a strategy for draining Ossqss’ beer fridge. I’ll have to wait to hear how successful the assault was. The beer fridge was well-provisioned for a prolonged siege and the outcome was uncertain. (Zeus, Ossqss’ Chief of Security, was standing next to the beer fridge. It was not immediately apparent whose side he was on.)

    A Spring fishing expedition to the Sunshine Skyway fishing piers was tentatively proposed to be embarked on after the ice on Tampa Bay melted and the ice bergs had floated out into the Gulf of Mexico. Watch this space for announcements.

    That is all I have to report from this year’s Winter Gala. E.M. or Ossqss may have additional details on the success or failure of the Beer Fridge Invasion. Unlike Ukraine, Congress didn’t send so much as a nickel to support the brave Beer Brigade. Sheesh! You would have thought they’d at least send a $billion or two. Be advised, in the fog of war, we may not ever learn the truth.

  42. another ian says:

    Latest Pointman



  43. another ian says:

    Brits not happy with BBC

  44. another ian says:

    And a reminder

    “Our brains are amazingly powerful computers, using not just neurons but the connections between the neurons to process and interpret information.”

    And, as Dr Bill Williams of CSIRO way back when and other hallowed halls, used to add

    “The only computer that can be constructed by entirely unskilled labour”

    (Prompted by a comment at Jo Nova)

  45. another ian says:

    Looks an appropriate sign for the current Canadian Health Service!

  46. Ossqss says:

    @HR, correction, that was a White Claw Seltzer that EM was having while you were there. That could be from a direct perception handicap due to not drinking beer for the last 6 months on your end HR :-)

  47. The True Nolan says:

    Long video (1:41:00) concerning brain damage and personality changes from the vaxx, mostly as a result of micro clotting in the frontal cortex capillaries and subsequent cell death.

    Naomi Wolf is a guest, and while I like her writings, she does not interview as well as she writes. More interesting is Psychiatrist Peter Breggin (42:45) comparing vaccine damage, lobotomies, and the continuation of German eugenic ideas to today.

  48. The True Nolan says:

    H.R: Thanks for a marvelous meet-up report! Glad that no one was snowed, flooded out, or “blowed away!”

    Another ian: ““The only computer that can be constructed by entirely unskilled labour”

    True, they are easy to build (and FUN!). The hard part is programming them. It takes decades, and usually ends with more bugs than features.

    (By the way, for those who follow the Old Testament, the VERY FIRST words ever spoken by God to humanity were “Be fruitful and multiply.” That order still has the distinction of being the only command not commonly disobeyed on a daily basis.)

  49. H.R. says:

    @Ossqss: He finished the seltzer and followed up with the Busch Light.

  50. another ian says:

  51. another ian says:

    This goes with Neil Oliver and Dr Campbell

    “In the arc of his pandemic discussion and evaluation, Dr Campbell is now in facing considerable discomfort as he outlines the “lost trust” in the healthcare industry, as an outcome of manipulated science. This has been a painful journey for John Campbell as he outlines in the interview. Dr. Campbell himself took two doses of the mRNA vaccine, based on the professional advice of the industry. However, as he states in the interview, he can no longer assert his belief in the science that led him to his original decision, and given what he knows now, he would not have taken the vaccine. ”


  52. E.M.Smith says:

    I discontinued the “Tip Jar” since it was Paypal, and have not been ambitious enough to sign up with another service (yet). Then the IRS said that there would be a mandatory report on such funds, and as the PITA from that would be more than the minuscule funds involved (all of which just went into blog costs anyway) it just seemed silly…

    My Trip Report on the Meet N Greet:

    After wandering in the swamp for 40 days and 40 nights I arrived at Linger Lodge, which is located in a remote location with an impassible river on one side, and a very nice freeway on the other – with no off ramp… so Google routed me to approach via Central Florida Swamp & Cow Trails Inland… Along which route the signs are designed to to confuse and astound the invading armies from Europe, when they are not entirely missing… So I managed to make a grand circle 100% of the way around the lodge, about 4 or 5 miles from it, including running up and down the freeway twice looking for the Linger Lodge Road offramp, that doesn’t exist as the road just passes under the freeway.

    Arriving after everyone else was already well watered and fed, I was given a left over dish of cold ‘gator snacks; which were D-Lish. Now I don’t know if that’s because old cold gator tastes good, or because by now I’d not had breakfast or dinner and it was a bit past 3 PM.

    I then proceeded to attempt the impossible: Catch up on beer. Several Sam Adams later, I realized it was not going to work as “Some Folks” can slam Busch Lite as fast I can drink actual beer… H.R. was more slowly drinking something that looked like real beer, but I suspect the slowness was due to being already in the lead…

    I’m nor sure what Rhoda was drinking as he seemed mostly attentive to the sport on the TV, either that or the bar maid standing in front of the TV that had some sport I can’t remember playing, but the bar maid was about 5’ 6″ with a fetching smile, short brown hair, wearing jeans and a top with writing on it, along with… but I digress…

    I ordered a “Lobster Roll” (having no idea what it was / is). The menu is full of a lot of things like that… including the Road Kill Special section…(really, it has one, but most things are not available on most days – it depends strongly on how traffic has been…) The Lobster Roll was a piece of toast with several nice sized chunks of lobster in a sauce with a bit of acid bite, tomatoes and other salsa sort of bits. Nicely balanced and very nicely flavored without being too spicy. The cole slaw side was fresh and very nicely made.

    As I was finishing up, others were settling up and closing out their tab. Realizing I could now never catch up, I chugged the last half of my last Real Beer ™ and we all adjourned.

    Rhoda actually had somewhere important to be, and a life, or some such; so just drove off into the sunset. H.R. got in a Monster Size FORD crew cab duelly. Ossqss was riding a little yellow 2 cycle minibike of some kind… and was furiously buttoning up a too light jacket. But now I new why the rush to leave… You see, it was a cold day, and as the sun was going down, it was getting a lot colder… Riding a motorcycle without Real Leathers when the temp is down about 45 F is, er, “not inviting” and he had been trying to beat the sundown. Well, he almost did…

    So we headed over to his place, which is just a couple of turns away. About as far as you would stagger when you can’t find your car keys in your pocket and decide to just get the car tomorrow…

    At his house, we were introduced to the House Protection System. A large white dog that monitors everything closely. Including the beer fridge.

    H.R. gave us a tour of the Fishing Store Advanced Department that fills up the entire bed of his truck under a bed topper. We decided fishing on a warmer day was a must.

    In the garage, I had my first ever White Claw Hard Seltzer. These have a vaguely fruit flavor in a lot of CO2 water and are reputed to contain alcohol… somewhere. It is hidden well, and managed to remain hidden…

    Then, the unthinkable happened. Out of desperation, I tried a Busch Lite. Maybe it was the “context”, but when compared to vaguely Kool Aide flavored seltzer water, it almost reminds me of beer. So I had a few more…

    I’ll skip the part about the river in his back yard, the bass to be caught in it some other day, the gator that wandered by, the gator repellent applied percussively to pursuade it to move along, and the way it ran away furiously swimming frantically down the river at the same sedate pace at which it arrived (meaning “I missed”..)

    Back at the almost-a-bar with the almost-a-beer (yes, by then I’d had enough that the idea of more seemed reasonable…), after H.R. had left: Ossqss tried mightily to convince me that my phone needed an overhaul. While it was amusing to watch the chip carrier removed, and searching for the chip on the garage floor was a reasonable diversion from discussing politics; I drew the line at the prospect of logging into Google to change all the settings on my Google Account tied to the phone as “someone” was sure that If Only I used it properly I’d have not arrived in the late afternoon and would have avoided my “Three Hour Tour, A Three Hour Tour” to get to Linger Lodge….

    I tried to explain that it has just been swapped in last May or so when my old Flip Phone was decommissioned, that I turned off everything optional, that I didn’t put anything of interest on the phone, and that it spent as much time just turned off as actually used; all to no avail. What I didn’t mention is that I’m pretty sure there isn’t a google account associated with the phone… (Any attempt to use the Play Store wants me to log into something and I don’t know any account password I’m supposed to use – so either their isn’t one, or it was just a made-up-use-once disposable account and I don’t remember it at all, or Busch Lite has stronger powers that I realized at the time…)

    In any case, the phone has a California number and I’m thinking of cashing it in, and the Verizon account, for a Florida number on a service I like better with a phone I can trust.

    For reasons unknown, this particular Verizon Phone (Samsung) and service is just flaky at times. I’ll go to send a text and it will say I’m not “registered with a service” and it will try again later; but rebooting the phone it works fine. In a test, Ossqss had me phone him 3 times, I got his voicemail each time. He called me and eventually got my phone to ring. (Thus his attempt at disassembly of my phone… curiosity and all that). I have another Samsung phone on another service that has worked flawlessly for several years. It is a little smaller and much more convenient in pocket or hand. It was basically 100% reliable (at least until AT&T bought the carrier and things started to degrade…); so I’m pretty sure it isn’t the phone maker.

    Whatever… I really don’t care at all about the phone as I only have it because other people think I need one…

    Eventually we got the phone back together and working as well as ever /snark; I was loaded up with “gifts” of things like a stick on your dash cell phone holder to make it even easier for me to navigate using my phone that has that feature shut off and wants me to log in to things … and I headed out.

    The return trip was much easier as I didn’t use Google Maps. Just got on the freeway and navigated home via inertial navigation. I have a kind of built in GPS and just retrace where I came from via “It’s over there about that far” and making turns as roads require to keep heading “that-a-way”. (That differs dramatically from “going to a place I’ve never been before on roads I’ve never seen before” made worse by Florida Signage.)

    See, in Florida, some roads have 2 or 3 names and 2 or 3 numbers and any of them may be on any particular sign, or there may be no sign at all. So you can be driving down “Highway 62” and find it named “Huneysuck Road” for a while, then it is suddenly “Chicken Runway Road” and a couple of miles further “CR 58”; all the same road, and at any given intersection you may have any ONE of the names…

    County Roads, State Highways, and US Highways can all be the same number (so you must know the different shapes of the signs and which is what). Plus, LOADS of places, likely due to a severe lack of imagination or to save on printing costs, will have a whole bunch of roads all with the same name, just the type changing. Vulcan Road, Vulcan Court, Vulcan Street, Vulcan Blvd., Vulcan Ave., Vulcan Way, Vulcan… all intersecting and such. Oh, and the “type” is often a tiny little abbreviation that’s hard to see at night… Or sometimes there’s no sign at all anyway…

    FWIW, there are no less than 4 roads near my home all with the same number. So something like Highway 44, Highway 44 – A, Highway 44 – B, OLD Highway 44. (And yes, just for grins, you can having CR. 44 in the mix too for County Road – but the sign will be a little different color and shape…) And these four intersect with 2 that are something like 550 and 550 – A. Giving 8 intersections of “44 & 550″… but some of them don’t go through all the way, so it’s really only something like 6 or 7 … (Note: Numbers were changed to protect my actual location).

    I’ve driven all over the planet and never seen as poor a signage and naming conventions as here. Oh Well. But I have learned that, when writing down the path to somewhere from Google Maps, to be especially diligent about making sure I write all the type modifiers (St. Rd. Way, Ave. Blvd. Circle, Court, Lane …) and any numbers that might apply.

    UN-fortunately, Google Maps is particularly dismal about showing all the names, numbers, types, etc on any given road, and this is made much worse with some “ZOOM” sizes. Then there’s the way a road just changes name when it crosses a street some times, so unless you look at the correct side of the street you won’t see the name you are looking for. Provided there’s actually a sign there, of course. And google maps gave you all the names (often a short ‘stub’ of a few dozen feet has a different name from the road after that as it turned a corner – and google doesn’t always show all of those…)

    But by just going “that-a-way” my “retrace function” got me home nicely. And having now been to Linger Lodge I can get to it from anywhere by going “that-a-way” too. It’s now part of my internal map… And I WILL be back. The food was very good, the menu has a LOT more to try, and they have Sam Adams Lager, so “good to go”.

  53. rhoda klapp says:

    I was drinking a nice local IPA called Jai Alai. Offered the choice of Busch Lite or gator chunks, I went with the swamp creature.

    I am an incurable anagrammist. I notice that the anagram of Busch Lite is sh*te club. And the first rule of sh*te club is..you don’t talk about Buscxh Lite.

  54. Jon K says:

    Some well water has more flavor than a busch light lol. It was sufficient to pass the time in a college dorm, but there is so much more flavor to enjoy these days. I’d still drink a rack of busch light before trying another white claw though ;)

    Sounds like a lot of good times were had. I’d love to join someday when I can escape Chi-raq. Until then I’ll just keep enjoying reading the recaps.

  55. Power Grab says:

    I have mixed feelings about my GPS. It’s a very old TomTom One. I get emails from the company. They keep trying to tempt me with one of the newer, much larger models. I keep resisting. One of the recent emails said they won’t support mine anymore. But I’m used to it. I like that it isn’t on my phone, or embedded in my dashboard. It’s in a 3rd party case that has a big sandbag on the bottom, so I can pretty much park it anywhere.

    One advantage of using it is that if I’m in an unfamiliar place in the dark that has dodgy street signs, the GPS tells me what I can’t get from street signs.

    I don’t like using my phone for a GPS. I don’t want to handle it when I’m driving. It seems like every time I have tried to use my phone for a GPS, a different app comes up. Nothing ever looks like it used to. Of course, the fact that I don’t travel much anymore might account for that.

    I often tell people I’m a “directionally challenged” person. My most notable story about that has to do with my first trip to Tulsa for my job. The first time I did that, my boss wanted me to stop at a business on one of the main roads and pick up some things for work. When I left that place, I went the opposite way from what I was supposed to. It wasn’t until I ended up at the gate of the Turner Turnpike that I finally realized where I was. I had to make a U-turn and go back the way I came before I could reach my real destination.

    So now I tell people I’m usually at least 45 minutes late the first time I go to a new destination.

    Now when I need to go to a new destination, I take (1) my GPS, (2) a printed Google map in a 3-ring binder, and (3) a traditional paper map. That’s like wearing (1) a belt, (2) suspenders, and (3) a hazmat suit.

    I used to like using my GPS even on familiar routes because it keeps me updated on travel time and speed. But now I feel like the GPS is a distraction. It prevents me from keeping my eyes on the road. Sometimes I only use it at the beginning of a return trip, especially if I got there during daylight and depart after dark. Once I get back on the main highway, I’m usually OK without the GPS.

    One more thing that made me not fully trust my GPS is the occasional confusion it displays. I’m thinking of the time I was driving at night in the vicinity of a thunderstorm. As I approach an overpass, the GPS suddenly directed me to make a sharp right turn…that would have taken me off the side of the overpass! I blamed that on the lightning.

    EM, just wondering–even though there wasn’t a ramp off the highway, did you see any dirt tracks worn by cars that left the highway and made a bee-line for the Linger Lodge?

  56. Ossqss says:

    I would say, my phone GPS from Google is quite good inncluding traffic identification when traveling. It also offers complete offline maps for use without an internet connection. It interfaces with my car’s dashboard display completely through Android Auto.

    Did I mention its free too!

  57. another ian says:

    “Climate Czar John Kerry: ‘We planet saviors had extraterrestrial influence.’ ”


  58. another ian says:


    Check your pilot before flying

    “The FAA Has Very Quietly Tacitly Admitted That the EKGs of Pilots are No Longer Normal. We Should be Concerned — Very Concerned

    After the vaccine rolled out, the FAA secretly widened the EKG parameter range for pilots so they wouldn’t be grounded. It looks like the vax gave at least 50M Americans heart damage.”

    More at


  59. E.M.Smith says:


    As the freeway overpass of Linger Lodge Road is a bit up in the air, there were no dirt tracks off of it (freeways having barriers and all). Also, there’s no sign to tell you it is there. It does show up on Google Maps (and I had a saved image of it on my Tablet – which doesn’t show the elevation difference or the lack of signage).

    FWIW, I’ve used GPS. First time was the very primitive kind when first being rolled out (and the Satellites had the 30 foot ‘jitter’ in them). This was in a Ford rental car in Texas IIRC. Decades ago when it was NEW! and a FEATURE!.

    I found it a major distraction and not all that useful. (It tended to put the little triangle arrow that was The Car on the frontage road next to the freeway where I was actually located. Any deviation from the expected path had it “recalculating” for a few minutes before the map and marker would catch up, plus or minus 30 feet…)

    Years later I’d used some other GPS devices. I have one of the early hand held ones, bought on a lark. It takes anywhere from 5 minutes to forever to lock onto enough satellites to give a location; has NO maps in it, just latitude & longitude numbers. Fun to play with, but any power outage and it forgets any saved locations, making changing batteries problematic. A fun toy, quasi useful if camping to mark base camp for a vector back (except I don’t need that…)

    When about 4 years old, Dad would take us kids camping. We would walk some trail away from camp; then Dad would say “OK, point at camp and tell me how to get back to it.” IFF you did that accurately, the time in the woods would continue. If you failed, it was a walk back to the camp and start over. This rapidly developed a sense of direction in me and a “retrace function”. So when in the woods, I always know where camp is and how to get back to it. Thus the GPS being just an amusing toy.

    Now, fully “Modern” GPS devices have all sorts of maps in them and have generally lost the military imposed 30 foot “jitter” problem. I have one built into the very car I was driving (The Infamous Mercedes ML of the Hind Brain Corrosion…). However, it requests the insertion of the Map CD when I push its button on the integrated computer display thingy. I don’t have such a CD. Mercedes will sell me one for some exorbitant amount of money. (IIRC my Florida Friend said it was over $1000 for his Mercedes to get the ‘update’. His is a sedan of the same year…) So no, I’m not going to do that.

    FWIW, I’m very comfortable using regular old maps. Normally I have a Map Bag in the car. But between sending things in for repairs and packing / unpacking for a few trips out and back, they have accumulated in a pile in the office. On my ToDo list is “sort the maps and restock the cars”. I also have a wonderful big map book from DeLorme that is 127 pages for Florida (about 11″ x 14″) and 101 blocks or map pages (the rest being other info on things like fishing, boating, dining, etc.) This I used for trip planning up until about a year ago. Then I started trying to use Google Maps (my bad, BTW, as the Atlas shows ALL roads and Google Maps depends on your zoom movements, often hiding just what you want to see…) I do still use the Atlas pile when driving cross country to plan any odd places (though didn’t have it with me in the Colorado Excursion To $Million highway…)

    So long before I’ll get hooked on Google Maps or “Modern GPS” with all their Track Me & Tattle built in, along with variable zoom scope and “don’t look at the road” issues… I’ll just put the Atlas back in the car…

    The Florida one I have cost $20 and is copyright 2000, and has some wrinkles and humidity warpage of the cover. So probably time to get it “updated”. I bought new ones for Arizona and Nevada not long ago, and IIRC, they were up to $25 now. Far cheaper than $1000 CD… They have what they call “GPS Grids” on them, which I think is just LAT & LONG lines with 2 decimal points, so my antique hand held GPS would let me know what map page to look at, if I chose to use it.

    Heck, just for fun, I might go buy a hand held GPS gizmo of the newer kind. Just to play with it. As long as it doesn’t have internet connection tattling built in, doesn’t have mandatory paid updates, and is small enough to fit in a pocket but big enough to read the map without magnifying glasses… But I will NOT use it regularly. Why?

    Because over the years I’ve seen several friends LOSE the ability to properly sense direction, read regular maps, know where they are relative to home; and become entirely dependent on their GPS thing. I won’t let that happen to me. “Internal Mapping” requires USING it to remain functional and correct. When I’m driving, I’m also mapping. Adding new roads and places to “My Map”. Using GPS, that doesn’t happen and then you are functionally lost at the other end, dependent again on the device to get back home. I like and value my “retrace” function. To keep it requires not relying on GPS.

    Matt’s Offroad Recovery regularly pulls folks in regular cars out of sand or mud dirt roads that need a Jeep, asking “Why are you out here in that car?”. Then they answer: “The GPS told me to go this way”… Just because it is on a GPS map doesn’t mean it is passable… That’s what happens when you turn off your brain and delegate to the machine… It was a similar issue that had me late to the party: I’d swapped to Google Maps and they just are not as good and usable as Real Maps. Lacking all the proper road names at most zoom scales and just not big enough to show the context needed.

  60. E.M.Smith says:


    Good One!

  61. Power Grab says:

    @ EM re losing the ability to sense direction, etc. – – –

    I’m getting to the place where I would rather interface with the real world than with some little screen reduction of the real world.

    Recently, a high school student told me that he had tried out a VR headset. He said that when he took it off, his eyes wouldn’t focus right for some time.

  62. another ian says:


    Just the thing for a hurricane escape vehicle

    “Man Plugs His $115k Electric Hummer in to Charge on Sunday, Finds Out It Won’t Be Done Until Friday”


    I guess that is what is known as “cost plus”

  63. another ian says:


    “Klaus Schwab’s Father Ran ‘National Socialist Model Company’, Exploited Nazi Slave Labor”


    Contains some lessons in sanitising

  64. jim2 says:

    One of the grand kids stayed with us for a few days and had her VR game set. I played a few and I have to say it’s pretty cool. Good exercise for an old fart. (Not sayin’ I’m an old fart, just sayin’). I would have zero interest visiting a virtual world dressed as a cross between a giraffe and amoeba as a “social” endeavor. OTOH, I saw some drone races that used a VR headset for the drivers and that was way cool. I’m going to get one of those at some point.

  65. another ian says:

    “Water wars in Arizona and California”


    More border wars for Biden and Co

  66. The True Nolan says:

    @another ian: Heart problems in vaxxed pilots? I am also hearing that wealthy owners of private jets are advertising for NON-VAXXED pilots. Maybe that is a clue.

    Also, RE our humble planet savior John Kerry. Perhaps there is an app which always shows the direction to John Kerry so that when we abase ourselves, we can point in the right direction.

    @E.M. “I also have a wonderful big map book from DeLorme that is 127 pages for Florida”

    I am not sure, but that edition may also have some really great indexes in the front listing parks, museums, and SPRINGS. It is surprising how many beautiful springs within small state and even county parks are available. Sometimes a little hole-in-the-wall spring turns out to be a miniature Eden.

  67. another ian says:

    Jacinda quits!

    “Tremor in Dark Force – While Davos Ongoing, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern Announces She’s Quitting – Before Getting Crushed in Election”


  68. another ian says:


    “MUST SEE: CNBC Host Congratulates Moderna CEO for Developing COVID Vaccine Before the Disease Even Hit America’s Shores”


  69. another ian says:

    First Moderna, then for the double!

    “Ezra Makes a Friend”

    CEO of Pfizzer asked 29 questions and couldn’t answer any


  70. jim2 says:

    Here’s one of the VR games I tried. You smack the flying objects with the wands in the direction indicated by the arrow on the object.

  71. another ian says:

    Re vaccination immunity

    “If this proves to be true, it’ll be the leading cusp of legal accountability for blindly following The Narrative™: ”


    Via http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2023/01/19/good-3/

  72. another ian says:


    “Tomato soup inflation – it’s not fruitful any more”


  73. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    Note, too, that FRAUD removes the immunity for suit for the mRNA Jab makers… so a BIG “What did they know and When did they know it” is needed.

    They are still saying “Everybody get one” and “Safe & Effective” and “Works” even after they admitted they knew it just wasn’t so and was causing damage.

  74. another ian says:

    Tucker on the job

    As is The Bee

  75. another ian says:

    FWIW if you’re in the market either way

    “Vehicle market upheaval?”


  76. another ian says:

    “A Cornucopia of Spare Parts”

    “CTV- Canada performing more organ transplants from MAID donors than any country in the world”


    Is that what is overloading their health system then?

  77. another ian says:


    “Real world leaders avoid Davos WEF”


    The old grey Schwab ain’t what he used to be?

  78. another ian says:

    Developing that theme from one version of the song

    “The old grey Schwab said “Lets have anothery”

    And the rest of the world said “You go to buggery”

  79. another ian says:

    “The Debaters is a comedy show on CBC radio. It’s OK sometimes.

    Today’s debate was “Insects are the future of food”.

    Nikki Payne argued against this position. She made good points:

    “There’s not enough parsley in the world to make these things look edible”.

    “So we’re gonna starve out the bird population to save the planet? Good job David Suzuki”.

    “Now we are supposed to eat things that live under our sinks? Landlords will raise the rent because it’s now a bed and breakfast”.

    The host asked: “Why do experts say we should not eat slugs and snails?”

    She responds “Because they’re slugs and snails”.


    (My spacing of the original paragraph)

    Via SDA

    Could have put it on the “derangement thread” I guess

  80. another ian says:

    When the year of the rabbit transitions to the year of the tiger

    Via SDA

  81. another ian says:


    DoD and the covid scene


    Might explain some unexplainables

  82. another ian says:

    “Scott Adams, “Anti-Vaxxers Were Totally Right”
    January 22, 2023 ”


  83. another ian says:

    More sparks! Video link at

    “BOOM!!! Bongino – Biden’s Documents Tied Directly to the One Billion Ukrainian Dollars AND the Penn State Biden Center”


  84. E.M.Smith says:

    Looks like Silk, of Diamond & Silk, has died in a Sudden Adult Death event.


    Looks like the longer term vexxine deaths are showing up now…

  85. jim2 says:

    Red meat …

    US drug regulators are setting out a plan for updating Covid-19 vaccines similar to the one in place for flu that will include at least annual reviews of new strains to be targeted by shots.

    The proposed strain selection process will be considered during a meeting of Food and Drug Administration advisers that will take place Jan. 26. The FDA plans to meet each June to review strains of the virus to select which one to use in shots to be deployed no later than September of each year, according to documents released ahead of the meeting. 


  86. beng135 says:

    David Crosby passed away, he certainly had mental issues, but was a very good musician and vocalist. Thing is, what their concern in this 50 yr old song is has been “fixed” for quite a while. Nobody has had much problem getting across the border for some time. https://youtu.be/-uKlRPaQmbM

  87. jim2 says:

    The idea of updating mRNA Covid shots every season originally held promise. One advantage of mRNA technology is that manufacturers can tweak the genetic sequence and rapidly produce new vaccines targeting new variants. Hence the bivalent boosters targeting the BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron variants along with the original Wuhan strain.

    But three scientific problems have arisen. First, the virus is evolving much faster than the vaccines can be updated. Second, vaccines have hard-wired our immune systems to respond to the original Wuhan strain, so we churn out fewer antibodies that neutralize variants targeted by updated vaccines. Third, antibodies rapidly wane after a few months


  88. David A says:

    Jim2, they forgot the 4th problem, massive vaccine harm indicators tripped, and studies affirming the pathology of those harms.

  89. another ian says:

    “A wall of silence about vaccine harm has cracked in the media this month”



    Various views on Scott Adams, including this one

    “The Worm Has Turned”


  90. YMMV says:

    1. Let them eat cake.
    2. Let them eat bugs.
    3. Let them eat dirt.
    4. Th-th-that’s all folks.

  91. another ian says:


    Re that cricket powder – I wonder if it is tested for things like this?


  92. another ian says:

    This sounds like beyond “FWIW” and in “believe it when you see it happen” territory

    Via a comment at Jo Nova

  93. another ian says:

  94. jim2 says:

    “Progressives” are indeed idiots. Why not take the pill on the advice of your doctor, advice based on experience, and a pill proven to be safe over 50 years???

    My doctor of many years at a well-renowned Mexico City hospital threw me for a loop recently by prescribing ivermectin for my case of Covid-19. It’s been many months since scientists determined the de-worming medication isn’t effective at combating the virus.

    My doctor isn’t a grifter nor is she against vaccines. But when I pushed back and cited studies that showed ivermectin doesn’t work, she persisted, insisting that she had witnessed ivermectin working for many of her patients. It didn’t convince me but it did make me think about how few alternatives there are in Mexico.

    I’m not excusing my doctor, and I didn’t fill her ivermectin prescription, but it does seem like the world needs more options. — Nacha Cattan


  95. E.M.Smith says:


    It is a curious thing to me. So many people are willing to “submit to authority”. They seem to work from the ‘rule’ that someone who can claim superiority is in fact superior and thus the source of truth & wisdom.

    Skeptics, on the other hand, seem to work from the ‘rule’ that all people are prone to error, fraud, and criminal enticements; and that it is best to check for yourself with other sources before assigning truth to a proposition.

    We all do it to some extent. I trust that the gas station will sell me gas and not water, that the UL listing on appliances means they are safe, etc. Yet I don’t just “trust” the car mechanic who says it is $3000 to fix the squeak in my suspension… Even IF he is at the prestigious authoritative Dealership…

    (Oddly, that last one is true. Mercedes Dealership wanted $3000 to replace the whole rack & pinion steering when a local mechanic fixed it for $600 by replacing one tie rod end…)

    There used to be a TV show “Who Do You Trust?” that was based on the tendency for folks to just believe a good yarn. It slowly taught the audience that appearances ARE deceptive…

    What “The Left” has taught me?

    NO Government agency can be trusted. NONE. ( 5 years ago I thought Ag & Medical agencies were likely good, and the Military for sure. FAA was OK if over zealous at times. Transportation Dept. more good than bad. FBI was mostly good officers even if the top were political. Now? “Evil & Corrupt until proven otherwise”.

    Gen. Milley is a left wing sock puppet. The military is happy to force inject death drugs into soldiers and would happily lock you in a hole to force “compliance” with illegal mandates.

    The FBI is a political enforcement wing of the DNC, happy to fraudulently fabricate “evidence” for political reasons, and loves to create crimes via “informants” where otherwise none would exist. Law Enforcement is NOT supposed to be creating and running criminal enterprises, yet the FBI loves to do just that to sucker weak minded folks into them.

    Dept. Of Transportation & FAA are happy to mandate all sorts of liberty ending things up to and including forced injection of flight crews with mystery goo. Limiting “Freedom of Association” and travel for citizens.

    Dept. of Ag. is busy finding ways to put all sorts of questionable crap in our food and to drive out / persecute traditional family farmers. (You can’t buy a share in a family farm and go butcher your own meat… something done for generations). We already have loads of Roundup in grains (“drying agent” meaning kills the wheat all at one time for the convenience of scheduling harvesters) along with GMO foreign material (BT Toxin on every cell of your corn. BT is a known allergen BTW. And label to inform you of this is not required.) Bug dust in your food coming soon…

    IMHO, the concept of “Regulatory Capture”, when an industry effectively infiltrates and “captures” an agency needs to be extended to “Government Capture”. Our entire Government has been captured by those of Evil intent and turned to evil deeds. Heck, just look at the Dept. of Education busy telling children that buggery is good and cutting off your gonads is going to improve your self image.

    Yet because Government is Authority, so many people think it must be good and right.

    We know, that because power is delegated to governments, it attracts more Sociopaths than other kinds of work. The historical existence of tyrants, both petty and large, ought to be enough warning about governments. Yet somehow it isn’t.

  96. H.R. says:

    Almost forgot… Sunday, I saw a Rivian pickup truck while out running an errand.

    It is a beautiful truck with great lines and styling. This one was a nice, deep electric blue with chrome trim. The size was about the same as one of the new Ford Rangers, which are just a bit smaller than the F-150s, but larger than the old Ranger series.

    I’m not 100% sure about the size. I was in my ~22′-long dually crew cab 4×4 8′ bed truck, so most of the 1/2 ton trucks look smallish when riding in that thing. ;o) I’ll have to look them up to see if they are sized as a 1:1 alternative to the Ford/GM/RAM 1/2-ton trucks.

    I just looked up Rivian sales and – didn’t click for details – one of the results said 1,000 Rivian trucks were sold in 2021. I didn’t see right off a number for 2022 sales. That does make it a rare sighting, though, eh?

    Hard to say how they will sell this year. I wouldn’t bet on a huge increase over 2022.

    I’m headed out fishing, so I don’t know much more than anyone else does about this company. But here’s a link to Rivian for those who are curious about the truck and the company.


  97. jim2 says:

    EMS – Authority is authority only if one submits to it. Of course, authority can respond with a chemical propellant.

  98. E.M.Smith says:


    At present, such laws / taxes are aimed at folks with many multiple $Millions (way way way more than me, that’s for sure). At one time California tried to tax folks retirement income based on how much wages were earned in California. That got tossed out in court.

    Note the phrase in the article “assets hard to move out of State”, that is, Real Estate and Businesses. I sold mine, so none to be taxed anymore. However, I’m going to have a low 6 figure capital gains tax to pay this year, then I’m done.

    So yeah, I’m out of it now.


    It seems that large EVs, like pickup trucks, have even more range anxiety and longer charge times… I’ll pass… (on the left! ;-)


    Nope, not surprised at all. Saw one report where one of Ukraine’s Secret Services assassinated a guy from a competing Ukrainian Secret Service… reminds of the Mafia.

    Maybe I ought to look that story up and post the details…

    @Jon K:

    I’ll take a look at that. Supposedly the chicken & egg shortage is due to Bird Flu and culling to prevent spread; but given the present crop of immoral murderous GEBs running our government: Murdering chickens for profit would be well inside their wheelhouse.

  99. Terry Jackson says:

    5 down eggs at Walmart, $35, Costco, $16. Been that way for months. The price changes but the gap stays. This past July the price was around $7. About 2 weeks before Christmas the local Kroger affiliate had whole Prime Rib for under $6 per pound. I goy several.

  100. Ossqss says:

    @HR, I consumed that Tijuana Mamma sausage thing you gave me tonight.

    They are definitely right that they are 400% hotter than before, and I never had one before! WOW!

  101. H.R. says:

    @Ossqss – I like ’em! I buy Slim Jims and other sausage or beef stick snacks as fishing rations. They are no-carb and easy to carry and eat, and the sausage stick to your ribs a little better than chips (crisps).

    I like spicy and I’ve tried so many beef sticks and sausages that claim to be spicy, but meh, they’re just kidding to a guy who drinks hot sauce straight from the bottle.

    So when I snagged these, I was just hoping that I wouldn’t be disappointed yet again.

    Those puppies are pretty darn spicy! They have my stamp of approval.

  102. E.M.Smith says:


    You could always just buy some Scotch bonnet (Habanero) chilies and wrap them around your bland Slim Jims … 8-}

  103. another ian says:

    Ozfood explained (well maybe)

  104. another ian says:


  105. another ian says:

    Engines can talk politics too

  106. Ossqss says:

    Maybe Rhoda can help us with a taste test?

    One wonders if Busch Light is a beer like beverage referenced.

    Cricket powder will now be permitted in a number of food products, such as multigrain bread, crackers, cereal bars, biscuits, beer-like beverages, chocolates, sauces, whey powder, soups, and other items “intended for the general population,” according to the new regulation.



  107. The True Nolan says:

    @ian: RE ozfood.

    I would like to visit Australia someday… I wonder how long I can last without food?

  108. Ossqss says:

    A Tijuana hot sausage test update.

    At approximately 18hours after the test started it appears this delicious food has similar prolonged physiochemical properties to DRANO!

  109. another ian says:


    You’d do fine with food here!

  110. another ian says:

    Col MacGregor

  111. another ian says:

    Friday afternoon special!

    “Go-Go-Gadget Range: Ram may add ‘range-extender’ to EV pickup
    Truckmaker thinks adding touch of gasoline could be solution to battery-powered pickups’ towing and cold-weather concerns”


    Via SDA

  112. H.R. says:

    @Ossqss – Wuss! If you drank something a little meatier like Jai Alai, you wouldn’t even notice the passage of a Tiajuana Mama… or the passage of time.

    “Wakey, wakey! It’s Sunday!”

    Ossqss: “Wha…?!? Sunday already? I hope there are no photos.”

    “Yup. We have photos.”

    Ossqss: “Crap!”

  113. Ossqss says:

    @HR, yes, that term is appropriate. I have determined in order to consume them, which they were tasty, will require some bases to counter the acids.

    Hummm, Base Busch Light Beer?

    FWIW, Modern Marvels – Iron, watched tonight, was very interesting, but totally unrelated. :-)

  114. another ian says:


    If you’ve found something that encapsulates the spikes it might have a big future in another current market

  115. H.R. says:

    @another ian – Someone needs to study those Tiajuana Mama sausages. They just might be the cure for the FauXi Flu.

    If Ossqss survived one, he’s probably bulletproofed against Covid.

    Covid virus: “Whoa! Let’s not go in there, fellas.”

  116. H.R. says:

    P.S. File that last comment under, “How internet rumors get started.”

  117. E.M.Smith says:


    Nope, not just you. It’s fairly lousy. Has a video of Michio KuKu in it which is often a dead giveaway of mindless not-quite-science dressed up in Sophomore level sciency language…

    The fluid parts of the core move in quasi chaotic swirling motions. When these are largely aligned, sound waves act one way. When they are more chaotic, you get a different sound wave action….

    The degree of “swirl” also influences how much magnetism is generated.

    “Someday” when nuclear decay heat drops enough and the core starts to solidify, our magnetic field will decay to near nothing (residual frozen fields in the solid) and we end up like Mars. All the water and a lot of the oxides and carbonates locked up in rocks as the atmosphere goes away and there’s no more volcanic action to liberate the gasses.

    Now they could have told that story and had a good one… but “stopped spinning” is so nice and short and dramatic without requiring big words like chaotic and eddy currents and such…

    I think they also could have connected it with our current mag field decay if they wanted some actual science; and maybe even talked about magnetic excursions and such…

  118. The True Nolan says:

    @EM: “Has a video of Michio KuKu in it which is often a dead giveaway of mindless not-quite-science dressed up in Sophomore level sciency language…”

    HA! Yeah, I have been disappointed by Michio ever since he reached popular status. I always get the impression that he does not quite understand how provisional, how fluid, how temporary, all models are in physics, and how much handwaving is involved. Sadly, too many professionals in too many fields believe that whatever they were taught in grad school is not merely explanatory, but is settled TRUTH (all in caps).

    I sometimes run across people who say “explain it to me like I was a five year old”. The fact is, there are things which a five year old simply cannot understand, and if you bring it down to their level, you are not actually explaining. You are simply lying. That’s Michio!

  119. The True Nolan says:

    Here is an article about the current political situation in Peru. Probably not of much interest to most people, but it does have a nice section: “What to do when unrest breaks out”. Some good tips for anyone who finds himself in the middle of political unrest/riot. Maybe already familiar, but does not hurt to review.

  120. Ossqss says:

    @TTN, what is glaringly missing from that list.

  121. The True Nolan says:

    @Ossqss: You may be thinking of firearms… That list was aimed toward Peruvians. Not sure what the laws are there. Not sure whether those laws really make a difference in the real world; I am a proponent of Natural Law. He did add “I suggest adding a cane for personal defense: it would not harm.” But yes, there is one thing missing from that list which is not missing from my personal list.

    I would include one thought which might be wrong; I am not sure. But imagine that you are in an area with political unrest and where (as in Peru) the military has trucks in the street. To arm yourself or not arm yourself? Certainly in a BLM/Antifa situation I would be armed. But when the military is out stopping people? I am not sure… Would that .45 cal in your pack or on your hip cause MORE danger, or less? Rough call.

  122. E.M.Smith says:

    That’s what a very small “Boot Gun”, Derringer, or .32 ACP Beretta tilt bbl is all about. Small enough to put in a boot, pocket, or even a small pouch in a backpack where it would not be found in a casual “look & lift”, but is “enough gun” to convince one or two guys to be somewhere else… The small Beretta’s can disappear in a palm, or a pocket.

    I had a “belt buckle gun” (.22 LR revolver) for a while that was ideal for that use. Most folks just figured the belt buckle was a design, not functional. on one occasion a barber I visited was wearing one at work. I asked “Do you usually carry at work”? His answer was a knowing smile and “Yeah…”

    FWIW, I have a nice “take down” cane with a big brass eagle head on it. Perfect older gentleman’s cane for a knight out… It unscrews into one end piece about 1.5 feet long and a top piece with the bird head about the size of a framing hammer…

  123. E.M.Smith says:

    Gee… I wonder why my first thought after hearing “Peruvian Coup” was “What is the WEF interest, and what is the CIA position on the government of Peru?”…


    Looks like another national leader who promised to take down The Establishment who then gets painted with broad “corruption” assertions. Makes a fellow go “Hmmm…”.

    OTOH, the president has invited the USA to send troops in…

    So now I’m left wondering if I care enough to try to sort out this Revolution (Color? Or otherwise…) and figure out the what and why… Or just accept that Biden & The GEBs need a distraction so why not Latin America…

  124. jim2 says:

    Stock up on iodine tablets.

    A contingent of military officials is quietly pushing the Pentagon to approve sending F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine to help the country defend itself from Russian missile and drone attacks, according to three people with knowledge of the discussions.

    Ukraine has kept American-made F-16s on its weapons wish list since the Russian invasion last year. But Washington and Kyiv have viewed artillery, armor and ground-based air defense systems as more urgent needs as Ukraine seeks to protect civilian infrastructure and claw back ground occupied by Russian forces.


  125. another ian says:

    Dr Campbell on the latest Pfizzer release

    Trips the light sarcastic one might say

  126. YMMV says:

    Dr Campbell on the latest Pfizzer release

    He is careful not to give any excuses to YouTube to block him, so in case anybody doesn’t know the video which cannot be named, details here:


  127. Ossqss says:

    This just got added to my bucket list and it is in my back yard!

  128. Keith Macdonald says:

    Thanks to Babylon Bee

    Pfizer Pleased To Announce Their New Vaccine 90% Effective Against New Virus They Created


  129. another ian says:

    “Scanning a Predynastic Granite Vase to 1000th of an Inch – Changing the Game for Ancient Precision!”


  130. The True Nolan says:

    @another ian: Yes, watched the video of the vase scan yesterday. Astonishing! I had know about the huge cache of stone vases from Joser’s Step Pyramid for years — but FINALLY there is some hard numbers to show just how IMPOSSIBLE it would be to make them with hand tools. Remember, no iron, no wheel, and the vases are made of VERY hard granite, diorite, and basalt!

    Change of subject. Just found this video of a young man who claims to be part of a medical trial from 2013 using mRNA, a trial of 200,000 people, all now dead but five. My initial reaction is VERY high skepticism. First thought? How could you hide the death of 200,000 people? Maybe possible, if they died over ten years, died of things not obviously or quickly due to the trial, and had all signed nondisclosure agreements. I am filing this in the keep-for-future-reference-if-anything-pops-up file.

  131. another ian says:

    “Multiple scandals hit the UK”


    Casts an eye at US too

  132. another ian says:


    Wasn’t Moderna the front runner in this game?


    Looks like 2013 was a big year

  133. another ian says:


    What passes for government economics in Oz these days

    “Useful analysis from Senator Malcolm Roberts on Jim Chalmers’s inner-soviet-dictator”


  134. The True Nolan says:

    @another ian: (from your link) “In March 2013, Moderna and AstraZeneca signed a five-year exclusive option agreement to discover, develop, and commercialize mRNA for treatments in the therapeutic areas of cardiovascular, metabolic, and renal diseases, and selected targets for cancer. [snip] Only one candidate from this partnership has passed Phase I trials, AZD8601, a regenerative medicine treatment which encodes vascular endothelial growth factor A to stimulate blood vessel growth”.

    That’s an interesting phrase: “a regenerative medicine treatment which encodes vascular endothelial growth factor A”. Makes me wonder whether all the reported “long white blood clots” (which are not actually clots) might instead be endothelial cells triggered into uncontrolled growth.

  135. The True Nolan says:

    Just an interesting example of “deliberate actions have unintended consequences”. Back in 1990, a floating highway bridge in Seattle sank after engineers removed watertight doors from the floatation pontoons and then used the pontoons to collect wastewater. What could possibly go wrong?


    “On November 25, 1990, while under re-construction, the original bridge sank because of a series of human errors and decisions. The process started because the bridge needed resurfacing and was to be widened by means of cantilevered additions in order to meet the necessary lane-width specifications of the Interstate Highway System. The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) decided to use hydrodemolition (high-pressure water) to remove unwanted material (the sidewalks on the bridge deck). Water from this hydrodemolition was considered contaminated under environmental law and could not be allowed to flow into Lake Washington.[22] Engineers then analyzed the pontoons of the bridge, and realized that they were over-engineered and the water could be stored temporarily in the pontoons. The watertight doors for the pontoons were therefore removed.

    A large storm on November 22–24 (the Thanksgiving holiday weekend),[23] filled some of the pontoons with rain and lake water. On Saturday, November 24, workers noticed that the bridge was about to sink, and started pumping out some of the pontoons; on Sunday, November 25, a 2,790-foot (850 m) section of the bridge sank, dumping the contaminated water into the lake along with tons of bridge material. It sank when one pontoon filled and dragged the rest down, because they were cabled together and there was no way to separate the sections under load. No one was hurt or killed, since the bridge was closed for renovation and the sinking took some time.”

  136. another ian says:

    The magic of the Australian Met Bureau

    First there was this

    “Jolly Odd what: Sydney Observatory record cold spell broken with help from AWOL solar panel?”

    “Golly but, that’s a strange spot to leave a solar panel…

    Sydney reached the longest cold streak for 140 years, and it looked like it might become the longest ever. But then a few days ago, after 331 days of cool weather, temperatures reached the magic 30.2C* at Observatory Hill Sydney ending the newsworthy cold run.

    Back in 1883 Sydney had 339 days in-a-row where the thermometer didn’t make it up to 30C (86F). Since then, five million people arrived, along with the Cahill Expressway, skyscrapers, and 100,000 cars a day, but even that, apparently, wasn’t enough artificial urban warming to reach temperatures of 140 years ago.

    More at


    Now the update

    “Just like that: the suspicious solar panel disappears. The Bureau of Met experts at work?”


    Doing their best to help Al Gore boil the oceans

  137. another ian says:

    If you are into “Whodunnits”

    “FTX & The Curious History Of Farmington State Bank”


    Via SDA

  138. another ian says:

    “Something’s Buggin’ Tucker Carlson, Food Production Is a National Security Issue

    January 30, 2023 | Sundance | 79 Comments”


  139. beththeserf says:

    The UK Counter Disinformation Unit on Covid and dossiers on citizens . This is bad!

  140. another ian says:

    Goes with CTH and Tucker

    Goes with food shortages

    “War On Agriculture” 

    The genii of Canada

    “Documents reveal feds considered carbon tax-like rule for farm fertilizers”


  141. another ian says:

    Another “Goes with that”

  142. rhoda klapp says:

    We’ve had the UK army folks on UK rightish blogs such as Conservative Woman and Breitbart UK and Guido Fawkes for years. They are not very clever. They are there instantly to counter any unapproved opinion about lockdown or vaccines or early treatment options. They are always new commenters with boringly conventional names, just first names if they can. They ‘debunk’ but they can’t discuss. They disappear at the first accusation of being 77th Brigade. They are as easy to spot as FBI glowsticks. It would be remarkable if your country, whichever it is, US, Oz, NZ, didn’t have an equivalent.

  143. another ian says:

    Not the news you want to hear – particularly if you’ve been jabbed

    Via Covid and Coffee

    Turbo CJD

    More here


  144. another ian says:

    Just what you need!

    “Leading The Charge”


    Check the range!

    I guess plenty of space for a decent gen set though

  145. another ian says:

    Don’t be rude to Jordan Petersen

  146. another ian says:

    Another thing to re-parameterise in the climate models

    “Ocean life is seeding the clouds above it, and the modellers didn’t know”


    Might even lead to the discovery of clouds? (/s)

  147. another ian says:

    E.M. Some reading around your sailing endeavours

    Eric Newby (English travel writer and numerous other things) was an apprentice on a clipper ship in the last great grain race of wheat from Port Lincoln to UK about 1938 – 39.


    The ship was steel as were the 4 masts and rigging. The main masts were (IIRC) 196 feet from keel to tip.

    I’d suggest that the proponents of “Nut Zero” will have trouble mimicking that in wood and so better project the need for more and less capable and slower ships for any imagined trading enterprises’

    Incidently the record was 83 days. They won that year in 93 days. The cargo was about 4000 tons IIRC

  148. another ian says:

    News of “Turbo CJD” spreading


    Pfizzer and Co will be in full whitewash mode

  149. another ian says:

    For us outside this is to improve our opinion of things in USA ?

    “A climate startup that launched sulfur to block the sun follows ‘environmental, social, and governance’ investing to its logical conclusion and could significantly damage our planet.”


  150. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    It was at the time that we were de-commissioning our Cray. It was largely just idle at that time. A Stanford Ph.D. candidate was trying to finish his thesis, and was not able to get enough compute time (funding was needed as Cray time sold on the open market, then, at about $1000 / CPU-Hour). He asked if he could get just a few hours to complete one essential run… I told him he could have a week if he wanted; but that I’d need to submit the jobs and return the results (i.e. he didn’t get “hands on” the machine).

    He agreed, and I started doing cloud model runs. He was trying to figure out how clouds formed and evolved, so would adjust the model (his code) after each run to get a better result.

    IIRC, the first run completed in about 10 hours, but was in some ways inadequate. After that, I’d submit a new run every day or two. (He could use up to all 4 CPUs if he wanted to…). After about 1 week, he was happy with the results and his last run had taken a couple of days, I think it was. Essentially, he got the model to do more or less what he expected and had enough “sample runs” to complete his thesis. (i.e. the goal was NOT to model all details of cloud development and evolution, just to get enough computed cloud model to show his thesis was likely valid).

    In our last exchange, I was checking up to see how things were going and did he have another model run to submit. This was some time toward the end of the 2nd week, I think… He profusely thanked me for the help, but said he had way more data than he needed or could properly use in his thesis, so no, no more model runs!

    If you think about it, one DAY of a 4 CPU Cray was worth about $96,000 if you sold it (but we were not set up for selling time and could not offer a reliable access for internal security reasons). So this student had been given about a (very roughly) $1/2 Million “gift” of compute time. Yeah, he was very happy ;-)

    We shut the Cray down a few days to weeks later…

    So it is a bit more complicated than “one week for one cloud”. It was more like “one week to get the model right to make that one cloud in a day”… But close enough.

    BTW, that Cray, then, had about the same compute power as a Raspberry Pi (model 3, the one with 4 x 64 bit cores)… Moore’s Law, 35 years, and all that…

    So a current Super Computer is way faster… Our XMP-48 was 400 MegaFLOPS (million floating point operations, or calculations, per second) and 8 “MegaWords” of 64 bits of memory. Yeah, 8 Meg of 64 bit memory. Now you get it in Gigs even in a Raspberry Pi… Last time I looked, then-current supercomptuters were running in PetaFLOPS… but now:

    ORNL’s Exaflop machine Frontier keeps top spot, new competitor Leonardo breaks the Top10
    Nov. 14, 2022
    FRANKFURT, Germany; BERKELEY, Calif.; and KNOXVILLE, Tenn.— The 60th edition of the TOP500 reveals that the Frontier system is still the only true exascale machine on the list.

    Looks like they are up to Exa-Flops…

    What Is an Exaflop?
    An exaflop is a measure of performance for a supercomputer that can calculate at least one quintillion floating point operations per second.

    So divide One Quintillion by 400 Million and you get how many of “My Crays” that machine is made of…
    1,000,000,000,000,000,000 / 400,000,000 = 1/4 x 10,000,000,000 =
    2.5 x 10 ^ 9 or 2.5 Billion of “my Cray”…

    Moore’s Law, what a thing…

  151. E.M.Smith says:

    BTW, a loooong time ago, I had a proposal for putting “Sulphur” (really SO2) into the air. Simple, really.

    We presently demand low sulphur jet fuel to reduce smog. This is used for the entire flight from take off to landing, even though most of the flight is well above the smog level.

    jets have several fuel tanks.


    Just put the sulphur back into MOST of the jet fuel and use that fuel once at altitude (usually 34,000 to 40,000+ feet with military usually way up high above that, too) and use the low sulphur fuel for take off / landing all from one dedicated tank. So you take off on the clean fuel, climb to altitude, and switch over to the high sulphur fuel tanks for the bulk of the trip, then swap back to the low sulphur tank for landing…

    This would in fact cost LESS than zero, since you just don’t run the de-sulphuring step at the refinery and get the fuel cheaper…

    (I’ve actually wondered how much of any supposed “warming” was due to removing all the sulphur from fuel in the ’70s to ’80s…)

  152. The True Nolan says:

    Looks like AI modulated artificial voice has made some advances. Not sure how large a voice sample of someone it needs to recreate their style:

    I wonder how practical it would be to have some sort of digital “watermark” on deep fake voices and video. Probably easy — but would that be an improvement? I do not think it would be. Most people would associate the presence of a watermark as being proof of a deep fake, but all the really dangerous creators (like TLAs) would likely have a “no watermark” version. The result is that a no watermark file would be even more likely to be accepted as real.

  153. Ossqss says:

    Study is linked in the article.

    The net is what we already knew for years.

    Mosquito and chain link fence comes to mind.


  154. another ian says:

    “OpenAI’s ChatGPT Gushes About Joe Biden, Refuses to Praise Trump or DeSantis

    Despite claiming it would not produce content that “glorifies any individual,” the chatbot produced a poem about Joe Biden that reads like a North Korean choir singing the praises of Kim Jong-un:”

    More at


    And Dr Campbell on Vit D3

  155. Ossqss says:

    If you have any binoculars, check it out.

    I would bet most of you have never viewed a Comet…

    You can alter your location accordingly in this link for specifics.


  156. another ian says:

    On microwaves

    Via SDA

  157. Ossqss says:

    Only a distraction>:-)

  158. jim2 says:

    OssQss – My family and I camped out in order to view Hyakutake in a dark sky. It stretched almost horizon to horizon at midnight that night. It is the most impressive comet I have seen. I was a member of a astronomy club when Hale-Bopp came through. I was observing it through a 16 inch telescope when I noticed spiral jets emanating from it. I didn’t know if I was just imagining it or what, but the spiral jets were verified by others. The comet was spinning. Another awesome sight!

  159. The True Nolan says:

    jim2: Thanks for the comet link. Just wanted to say “AMEN!” on Hyakutake. I was an active amateur astronomer at the time and traveled out to a dark sky site to see it. WOW!

  160. cdquarles says:

    I have seen several comets, including the last time Haley’s Comet passed by. I’m not likely to get to see that again.

  161. cdquarles says:

    Usual winter weather here, so sky watching gets you cold and wet. I will have to see the pretty pictures later. The last total solar eclipse that passed near my home I did get to see. Had to go to Oak Ridge, TN (I have relatives there), though; but that was quite the sight, too.

  162. The True Nolan says:

    @cdq: Get ready for the April, 2024 eclipse!

    If the clouds cooperate, this will be a GREAT one!

  163. cdquarles says:

    Eh, too far away from me, just like the early 70s one was (the coast hugging eclipse).

  164. another ian says:

    “Fast Fix For The Jabbist Mess (And Lots of Others)”


    Putting skin back in the game

  165. another ian says:

    More Project Veritas and covid

    “Don’t Believe Me, I Work For Pfizer”

    Women’s reproductive health


  166. another ian says:

    That cheaper wind power

    “Trouble in SWindlesville: Interesting slide from Siemens Gamesa, the 2nd world’s largest manufacturer of wind turbines. It reports that onshore turbine orders dropped 46.3% y-on-y in the last quarter. And the cost of those turbines (€ per MWh) went up 25% y-on-y ”

    Links at


  167. another ian says:


    ““Most-Read Propaganda Paper Ever”: The Dam of Lies Surrounding Covid Lab Leak Is Breaking
    by Dr. Joseph Mercola ”


  168. H.R. says:

    The balloon saga has me puzzled, and I’m certainly not the only one.

    Someone is sending someone a message. What is the message that China is sending? What is the message sent by the lack of US response.

    I saw some military bigwig giving a briefing and Q & A and he more or less said, “We’re on it, but if we told you anything we’d have to kill you. Muuh… National Security and Top Secret. But we’re on top of it.” (Yes, I paraphrased.)

    My guess is that they are literally ‘trial balloons’ but trial balloons for what?

  169. Ossqss says:

    Balloon>possibly Toxic?

    Drop it in the Atlantic?

    Another in the Southern Hemisphere?

    Stay tuned.>>>

  170. Ossqss says:

    Did another country send balloons over the Pacific before?


  171. E.M.Smith says:

    Per The Balloon:

    I think not dropping it over land is a good thing (might contain biological or chemical weapons stuff) but dropping it in a recoverable area just off shore and down wind would be good (along with recovery and analysis).

    Why do it? Because if it is NOT shot down, you know you can use one to deliver chemical, nuclear, biological, electronic (EMP), surveillance packages. It also lets you test if your purchase of The Biden Crime Family is still functional (what with his dementia and all) or if The System has bypassed him. It lets you test air patterns, your launch system & guidance and potentially gather a lot of signals / optical intelligence.

  172. Power Grab says:

    One more thought about the balloon…I haven’t seen anyone say this yet. Perhaps (if it really is from China), they’re trying to see if we would use any weapons that are so new they haven’t been seen in use before.

    Or maybe it’s just another of the continuing stream of “Threats Du Jour” to keep “…the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” -H. L. Mencken

  173. YMMV says:

    Sometimes a balloon is just a balloon.

    What spying can they do from a balloon that can’t be done from a satellite?

    It’s not NK after all.

  174. H.R. says:

    @Power Grab – That was an interesting thought. So maybe China is doing the Biden & Biden Family Circus a favor by providing a distraction?

    I’m bit disappointed they were just round balloons, but then if the Chinese had made the balloons in the shape of squirrels, it might have been too obvious.

  175. AC Osborn says:

    E.M.Smith says: 4 February 2023 at 5:50 am

    Dropping Bird flu perhaps?

  176. The True Nolan says:

    RE the Chinese spy balloon. Yes, there is something very fishy about it. As for what can you get with a balloon that a satellite would not detect, I would suggest something. Ground piercing radar mapping of ICBM sites and underground bases would be MUCH easier (and deeper) from 100,000 feet than from 100 miles. I know there are ICBM bases in Montana. Also in the Ozarks. Would be fun to overlay balloon path over ICBM areas and reported deep underground military bases.

    And the overflight may even be part of an agreement with China which is too secret for the public to know about. Something like “If you attack Taiwan, we will nuke you!” “How do we know you are not bluffing about what you have?” “Fly over and see!”

    Or maybe “OK, here’s 100 million dollars for you. Can we fly over and spy on the US now?” “Make it 200 million and we’ll give you the keys!” “No, we’ll just fly over…”

  177. Simon Derricutt says:

    Further on Covid kabs: https://www.gbnews.uk/health/covid-booster-no-thanks-staggering-96-per-cent-of-nhs-appointments-for-mrna-top-up-jab-still-available-with-just-days-of-latest-vaccination-campaign-to-go/436508

    Seems the brits are largely saying “no more, please” to more boosters. Concurrent with that, news a couple of days ago was that there’s a nasty lergy running around in the UK at the moment, but testing negative for Covid. Presumably also not ‘flu. No information as to the jab status of the people who get sick, though.

  178. Power Grab says:

    Yes, I also thought it might have been left unmolested because a deal had been made with the administration. Something like, “Let us make this run across your country and we’ll share with you what we uncover.”

  179. Power Grab says:

    BTW, I saw lots of tweets yesterday from people saying it was nice to have clear blue skies, and perhaps it was due to the visit from the balloon.

    I have an article that wasn’t very recent, but it speculated that the chemtrails were actually being put in place to help EMF transmissions get through. I think the article was from more than 10 years ago.

    That said, it made me wonder if the balloon was supposed to examine how EMF signals would get around without “help” from chemtrails.

    Of course, the pre-EMP test flight idea still seems likely.

    One more thought: How far is/was the path of the balloon from the epicenter of that big earthquake at New Madrid? Is there a web page that shows an accurate flight path for the balloon?

  180. David A A says:

    Chickens not coming home to roost? Apparently we have culled millions of chickens do to some Avian virus. Some have argued that the decisions to do this were suspect. Others suspect that, among other WEF objectives, this study may be cogent.

    According to the study posted on the NIH website, with all the authors of Asian descent, possibly from China, “Chicken Egg Yolk Antibodies (IgYs) block the binding of multiple SARS-CoV-2 spike protein variants to human ACE2.


    The SARS-CoV-2 virus is still spreading worldwide, and there is an urgent need to effectively prevent and control this pandemic. This study evaluated the potential efficacy of Egg Yolk Antibodies (IgY) as a neutralizing agent against the SARS-CoV-2. We investigated the neutralizing effect of anti-spike-S1 IgYs on the SARS-CoV-2 pseudovirus, as well as its inhibitory effect on the binding of the coronavirus spike protein mutants to human ACE2. Our results show that the anti-Spike-S1 IgYs showed significant neutralizing potency against SARS-CoV-2 pseudovirus, various spike protein mutants, and even SARS-CoV in vitro. It might be a feasible tool for the prevention and control of ongoing COVID-19.

  181. YMMV says:

    Reminds me of ET, the bicycle flying in front of the moon.

    Looking back on the reaction it has caused, I would say (with tongue in cheek) that it was a brilliant move by China. Send up a balloon with a few spacey antennas or solar panels and watch the response, and for extra points, spy on the radar and other signals used against it by fighters etc.

    Dredging up old history, in 1947 there was a US balloon program called Project Mogul, better known as Roswell Area 51.

    Either that or a clever FJB move — squirrel!

  182. The True Nolan says:

    Another video by Gonzalo Lira. What happens after Ukraine is finished and NATO still needs to have a war to scare Europe with?

  183. another ian says:

    Neil Oliver and Dr John Campbell

  184. another ian says:

    And another covid FWIW

    “This One CANNOT Be Dismissed”

    “The author of the substack is pretty-much spot-on here. This is characteristic of an immune runaway response in the endothelium which we know is a problem with these jabs because it was demonstrated that direct endothelial damage occurred due to the presence of the spike protein even without any other part of the virus back in the fall and winter of 2020.”

    Much more at


    “The default position, given what we know at this point, is that everyone who took one or more of these jabs sustained some amount of this damage until it is conclusively proved otherwise. Over 200 million Americans, in short, must be assumed to have taken this damage as a direct and proximate result of the willful blindness and intentional misconduct of everyone involved.”

    I’m beginning to get the idea that every medical/pharma office notice board should have had a copy of the poster that reads –

    “THINK! It might be a new experience”

  185. another ian says:

    That “mere horsewormer” (/s)

    “Another use for the substance the Leftists call “horse dewormer”.


    Published: 01 September 2022

    Integrated analysis reveals FOXA1 and Ku70/Ku80 as targets of ivermectin in prostate cancer

    In summary, our results indicate that ivermectin suppressed the AR and E2F signaling pathways and DNA damage repair capacity by targeting FOXA1 and Ku70/Ku80 to inhibit cell proliferation and promote cell apoptosis in prostate cancer. These findings provide insight into both the effects and mechanisms of ivermectin as an anticancer agent. This raises the possibility of broadening the clinical evaluation of ivermectin for the treatment of prostate cancer.”


  186. another ian says:

    Captions of two cartoons just now with no links

    “The only truly secure document in DC is Jeffery Epstein’s client list”

    “Hello, Poison Control??? CNN is poisoning my friend’s mind”

  187. E.M.Smith says:

    Looks like a 7.8 Quake happened in central Turkey (with a bunch of 4-5+ aftershocks)

    M 7.8 – Central Turkey
    2023-02-06 01:17:35 (UTC)37.174°N 37.032°E17.9 km depth

    And at least one aftershock in the 7+ range at 7.5:


    M 7.5 – 4 km SSE of Ekinözü, Turkey
    2023-02-06 10:24:49 (UTC)38.024°N 37.203°E10.0 km depth

    Damage in Syria reported as well. Was felt in Cyprus too.

    As it has been shown that there’s a pattern of quake activity flowing from East to West across that part of the world, folks in places like, oh, Italy, where they tend to activity ought to check their preparation. It is usually many weeks to months between each quake in such a west migrating series, so not a big hurry; just something to know about.

  188. E.M.Smith says:


    Note that I updated my prior comment. I’d not scrolled back far enough to spot the 7.8 quake when I first commented on the 7.5 one. So they had a 7.9 and then the 7.5 was an ‘aftershock’… That’s gonna leave a mark…

  189. Ossqss says:

    @EM, they have had close to 50 – 4.0 or better in the last 12 hours. The term liquefaction, as it relates to earthquakes, should surface today.

    Some initial video has started to surface. I can’t imagine the horror.


  190. E.M.Smith says:

    If prior patterns hold, I’d not be planning a vacation to Naples or Sicily this year… There’s a very increased risk of a major quake in Italy / nearby when one has happened on a line through Turkey and on into Asia. And they tend to similar sizes. Basically the strain released in one area tends to displace into the next area Westward and put pressure on the faults there, that eventually relieve the strain too.

    The thesis, as I understand it, is that the mid-Pacific spreading zone puts pressure on the two coasts (California & Asia). That then gets transmitted through the continental layer in Asia causing shifting and fault release along the way. Setting off Quakes in Asia, Turkey, and then on to Europe.

    On the USA side of the Pacific, California & the Basin and Range area of The West USA is “special” and gets more uplift / mountain forming and less transmission past the Rockies… basically it can’t get past the spreading zone that runs up the Gulf Of California / Death Valley / Mono Lake – transition over to Mount Lassen, Mount Shasta. But, where it goes off shore you do get the quake transmission, so we have the pattern that Great Quakes in Japan are followed some years later by a Great Quake along the Cascades Subduction Zone.

    I suppose you could argue the case that the Fukushima offshore quake / tsunami was the precursor event to this quake in Turkey… (probably ought to look for quakes in between those two in time and space…). But that Cascadia didn’t let loose so Turkey did…

    I’d not be planning any beach time in Oregon or Washington for a while either…

    When big energy is on the move around the planet it tends to keep on moving. Just Oh So Slowly… IIRC it was averaging around 7 years between Japan and Cascadia, but can take a lot longer sometimes…

    Looks like about 2011 we had big ones in Alaska and Sumatra along with Pakistan, as they energy spread out…

    1707 Hōei 49 Days Fuji

    OTOH, since it can take decades for the progress to reach a new continent, maybe a vacation to Italy isn’t really much risk… as the drivers / traffic are far more risky ;-)

  191. E.M.Smith says:

    Per the damage in Turkey:

    That’s why you don’t build with bricks or cement in Major Quake areas (unless you put a lot of steel in it.. but then aren’t you really building with steel and just decorating it / surfacing it with masonry?… Yeah, I know “composite”…)

    Anyone who builds with un-heavily-reinforced masonry in a quake zone is just saying “Yeah, it will fall down in the next Great Quake and I’m OK with that.”

    IF you ever have to live in such a place, take the top floor…

    I came through a 7.x in California without much damage at all. Wood frame home anchored to the foundation works. Steel frame works. Highly reinforced / braced with steel masonry walls do OK. Plain brick or cement breaks. Small amounts of steel reinforcing means that it does break, even in modest quakes, but only falls down in a great quake… Apartments on stilts over a parking garage means you get a very flat car and a ground floor apartment… /snark;

  192. The True Nolan says:

    The use of Deep Fake technology should not cause any serious danger in Washington. Why not? Because our political leaders are already busy embarrassing themselves. Here is a clip of REAL UNALTERED DIALOG from the floor of the House of Representatives! (Well… maybe altered just a smidgen! Just a little bit here and there!)

  193. jim2 says:

    Elon Musk calls out CISA …

  194. jim2 says:

    What if the news media formed a global monopoly to control the news?

    Media pollution

    Imagine if the media and tech giants of the world banded together behind-the-scenes to rule certain stories were “misinformation” and all their agencies thus reported the same “news”?

    That’s what the Trusted News Initiative aimed to do — decide what ideas were and were not allowed to be discussed.

    It’s like “free speech” but without the free part.

    Not only could the media bury things but they could get away with it if no upstart competitor could red-pill their audience.
    It would be the death of the Free Press


  195. Ossqss says:

    Great interview by JC today.

    Well worth a watch.

    Be aware of commercials, unfortunately :-)

    You may have to rewind if it keeps my position :-)

  196. another ian says:

    Story line from an “no link” cartoon –


    Montana raises Ukrainian flag so US will defend their air space”

  197. another ian says:


    “Chicken Egg Yolk Antibodies (IgYs) block the binding of multiple SARS-CoV-2 spike protein variants to human ACE2”


  198. another ian says:

    “Injuries from the COVID-19 Vaccine Are Now Being Publicly Displayed in Canada Using Trucks Driving Down the Street”


    Angry Citizens Post Thousands of Notes for Every COVID Vaccine Death in the Netherlands’ Largest News Agency


    Via https://joannenova.com.au/2023/02/tuesday-open-thread-138/#comment-2629301

  199. another ian says:

    FWIW – chemtrails +++

  200. another ian says:

    Things in the email!

    “This comes from 2 math teachers with a combined total of 70 yrs. experience.

    It has indisputable mathematical logic.
    It also made me Laugh Out Loud.

    This is a strictly ….. mathematical viewpoint… and it goes like this:

    What Makes 100% ?

    What does it mean to give MORE than 100%?

    Ever wonder about those people who say they are giving more than 100%? We have all been to those meetings where someone wants you to give over 100%.

    How about achieving 103%?

    What makes up 100% in life?

    Here’s a little mathematical formula that might help you answer these questions:

    A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

    Is represented as:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26.


    8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11 = 98%


    11+14+15+23+12+5+4+7+5 = 96%

    But ,

    1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5 = 100%


    2+21+12+12+19+8+9+20 = 103%

    AND, look how far ass kissing will take you.

    1+19+19+11+9+19+19+9+14+7 = 118%

    So, one can conclude , with mathematical certainty, that while Hard work and Knowledge will get you close, and Attitude will get you there. Its the Bullshit and Ass Kissing that will put you over the top.

    Now you know why Politicians are where they are!

    Have you ever seen a better explanation than this formula…………
    …………………how true it is….. “

  201. another ian says:

    “Those bloody clouds are stuffing up our models again”!

    “Strong cloud–circulation coupling explains weak trade cumulus feedback”


  202. another ian says:

    Vitamin I?

    “Did anyone notice the carnage in PNG?
    9 Million people, only 4% got the Covid vaccines.
    Outcome: 46670 cases and 670 Deaths so far.
    Cf Aust 26 million 80%+ Jab Jab and
    11.3 million cases; 18828 deaths.

    Even accounting for not as assiduous testing, and adjusting for population
    PNG Had 83 times less cases and 9.7 times less deaths.

    Oh, and filariasis is a thing in PNG so the use Ivermectin and other anti-helmitics.


  203. another ian says:

    And malaria so HCQ as well

  204. another ian says:

    One could say that Tucker punctures several balloons here –

  205. jim2 says:

    The quality of entertainment/programming content is inversely proportional to available bandwidth.

  206. another ian says:


    “The real danger of the illegal alien invasion”


  207. another ian says:

    And one might say “Dressed appropriately for the State of the Union” performance

    “Mischief is important”


  208. Ossqss says:

    Distraction, I hope some know the Green Day song. :-)

  209. jim2 says:

    Some of the companies call their products cultured meat, or cultivated meat, or cell-cultured meat. All of them stress the M-word. “This is meat,” Upside Foods Inc. Chief Executive Officer Uma Valeti said at an industry conference a little more than a year ago. “Calling it anything else, I think, is going to be misleading.” On a cellular level, alternative protein advocates say, it’s no different. And that’s 99.9% true.

    The big honking asterisk is that normal meat cells don’t just keep dividing forever. To get the cell cultures to grow at rates big enough to power a business, several companies, including the Big Three, are quietly using what are called immortalized cells, something most people have never eaten intentionally. Immortalized cells are a staple of medical research, but they are, technically speaking, precancerous and can be, in some cases, fully cancerous.


  210. another ian says:


    “Safe and Effective®”

    “Following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, several countries faced short-term fertility declines in 2020 and 2021, a development which did not materialize in Scandinavian and German-speaking countries. However, more recent birth statistics show a steep fertility decline in the aftermath of the pandemic in 2022. We aim to provide data on the unexpected birth decline in 2022 in Germany and Sweden and relate these data to pandemic-related contextual developments which could have influenced the post-pandemic fertility development. We rely on monthly birth statistics and present seasonally adjusted monthly Total Fertility Rates (TFR) for Germany and Sweden. We relate the nine-months lagged fertility rates to contextual developments regarding COVID-19 mortality and morbidity, unemployment rates, and COVID-19 vaccinations.”

    More at


  211. another ian says:

    Re Nordstream

    I guess there are two presumptions

    First that all 4 pipelines were mined?

    Second is that the mine on the 4th line didn’t go off and the Swedes found it and definitely know who planted it?

  212. another ian says:

    Reinforcing your faith in modern medicine

    “Fauci KNEW The Jabs Were Unlikely To Work”

    “Let’s get to the punchline: Fauci had every reason to believe Covid, being a beta coronavirus, could not be controlled by vaccination. He knew why too; it was not, by any stretch of the imagination, expected to work. To the contrary he never expected it to work.

    As such he knew that that the CDC’s and Biden’s statements that you won’t get Covid if you get vaccinated were almost-certainly false and yet he said nothing. The CDC knew everything he did so all the CDC’s statements were intentionally false and fraudulent.

    Let’s go through it, because while the other folks who have written on this have made hay about it I want to highlight the actual reasons that he knew, which are laid out in this paper.”

    Much more at


  213. another ian says:

    A bit of rearranging of the landscape here!

    Via http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2023/02/11/hatay-turkey/

  214. another ian says:

    On the subject of old diesels – one that talks

  215. another ian says:


    “Making Bioweapons for “Understanding” ”



    “ONE Change We Must Make NOW”

    “It is simply this: Any drug that fails a trial on safety is permanently deemed a poison under the law and may not be used for any condition other than a terminal one, and then only with the consent of the patient or their lawful guardian in which the fact that it is a poison is fully and fairly disclosed complete with the exact elements of the damage that caused it to fail.”


  216. another ian says:

    Anyone know the process for approval of veterinary chemicals?

    The thought is that, if it is a different chain from the CDC/TGA path, that they might be more closely scrutinised?

    Would be embarrassing if that dreaded horsepaste was better tested than the jabs

  217. The True Nolan says:

    @another ian: “Would be embarrassing if that dreaded horsepaste was better tested than the jabs”

    At least the horsepaste passed animal testing.

    Changing subjects…
    Here is a short video of a Senator from Romania saying (among some other things) that the earthquake in Turkey was triggered artificially.
    Do I believe it? No. But she does claim a few circumstantial facts with look odd. I will file this as “no corroborating evidence yet, just remember it and see what happens in the next decade or two.”

  218. The True Nolan says:

    @another ian: RE the new rift opened in Turkey. The photos look like limestone karst. The rift MAY be a collapsed cave system. Missouri has a park, “Grand Gulf State Park”, built around just such a collapsed cave. It is roughly the same size as the Turkey example, but is covered with woods and bushes, so does not seem so dramatic. So, new rift, or collapsed cave? A good survey would show whether the surface moved, or simply dropped away.

  219. another ian says:

    First answer for Australia

    “Veterinary chemicals are approved by APVMA in Australia. ( Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority). In general, all agchems are far better scrutinised from a toxicological point of view than pharmaceuticals destined for human use. Why? All agchems and veterinary medicines will at some stage probably be released into the environment. So environmental toxicology is paramount. A typical tox study for agchems and vet medicines will take around 5 years. During which time the effects on cancer, reproduction. bees, birds and fish are evaluated, amongst other aspects. As that “dreaded horse paste” is used for all sorts of livestock it would have gone through that rigorous tox evaluation. Generally speaking for pharmaceuticals, as soon as some efficacy is proven they go straight into human trials. No other tox evaluations are completed.”

  220. Simon Derricutt says:

    Another Ian – as regards Tickerguy saying that medicines failing safety tests as being poisons should be permanently banned, worth noting that all medicines are poisons almost by definition. Poison is in the dose, after all. Question is whether you get any therapeutic benefit at a dose level that isn’t too poisonous – it’s always a balance of risk versus reward.

    Thus the main thing is to quantify the risks as far as possible, which means allowing people to take that medicine if they are told what the known risks are. There may also be unknown risks, and people should also be made aware of that.

    However, where the risks of damage are known to be minor (as with horse paste with over 4 billion human doses over 50 years or so) that should not be banned. Yep, official medicine opinion is that it won’t do any good (though a lot of qualified doctors beg to differ on that) but it won’t do any harm.

    Odd thing really, where diversity is being forced on people for some things, but for others only the official line is allowed and dissension is squashed.

  221. jim2 says:

    According to the Motion by attorney Roger Roots:

    “It appears that the government itself is the author of the most incriminating and damning document in this case, which was mysteriously sent at government request to Proud Boy leader Enrique Tarrio immediately prior to January 6 in order to frame or implicate Tarrio in a government- created scheme to storm buildings around the Capitol. As such, Exhibit 528-1 and the government’s efforts to frame or smear defendants with it, constitutes outrageous government conduct. This is either entrapment or outrageous government conduct, or both. Equally improper, it is a Brady violation because the Department of Justice must surely have known these revelations before putting Special Agent Dubrowski on the stand on February 9 to introduce this evidence.”


  222. YMMV says:

    Here is a scary one. Early Covid recommended “treatment” was euthanasia!

  223. Ossqss says:

    Classic misdirection moves this week!

  224. The True Nolan says:

    Could be nothing, could be game changing. Arizona legislative committee proposes amendment which would effectively prevent computerized voting. This does NOT require the Governor’s signature if the legislature approves.

  225. another ian says:

    Re “Things shot down” – FWIW

    “When you dig deeper, it gets worse. Here’s an advertisement for military surveillance balloons from defense contractor Raven Aerostar:”

    “One begins to suspect there are a lot more balloons in the sky over the United States than we knew about. Naturally, with all that experience with spy balloons, you might conclude the Pentagon would have a pretty good idea of what it was looking at up there.

    Some folks are starting to connect all these dots and are wondering, hey, wait a second, are we shooting down our OWN BALLOONS? ”

    From today’s “Covid and Coffee”

  226. jim2 says:

    Apologies in advance to EMS. Apparently Rust was created to fix the buffer overrun problems associated with C.

    “It’s ridiculous,” he thought, “that we computer people couldn’t even make an elevator that works without crashing!” Many such crashes, Hoare knew, are due to problems with how a program uses memory. The software inside devices like elevators is often written in languages like C++ or C, which are famous for allowing programmers to write code that runs very quickly and is quite compact. The problem is those languages also make it easy to accidentally introduce memory bugs — errors that will cause a crash. Microsoft estimates that 70% of the vulnerabilities in its code are due to memory errors from code written in these languages.

    Most of us, if we found ourselves trudging up 21 flights of stairs, would just get pissed off and leave it there. But Hoare decided to do something about it. He opened his laptop and began designing a new computer language, one that he hoped would make it possible to write small, fast code without memory bugs. He named it Rust, after a group of remarkably hardy fungi that are, he says, “over-engineered for survival.” Seventeen years later, Rust has become one of the hottest new languages on the planet — maybe the hottest. There are 2.8 million coders writing in Rust, and companies from Microsoft to Amazon regard it as key to their future. The chat platform Discord used Rust to speed up its system, Dropbox uses it to sync files to your computer, and Cloudflare uses it to process more than 20% of all internet traffic.


  227. Ossqss says:

    Rust never Sleeps :-)

  228. E.M.Smith says:


    No need to issue apologies to me over Rust. I don’t strongly dislike the language, I just find it, urm, “inadequate to its stated aspirations”.

    My only example of that is the re-write of a browser (IIRC FireFox) into Rust. Yes, it does built in memory management (and supposedly release) BUT, that means any “open tab” holds open its memory too… so each open tab eats up yet more memory… and the programmer can’t (or won’t) change that.

    Now compare BRAVE. On my tablet (very limited memory and ARM chip) I have a Brave Browser with an unknown number of open tabs. I set out to find the limit and lock things up. I’ve given up… It is now in the hundreds of tabs. A tiny bit slow on first open after shutdown (about a minute or less, but tick tick tick tick to 60…).

    OTOH, on a 4 GB memory ARM board, Fire Fox has sucked up all memory and gone to SWAP (a horrible thing on uSD chips and not a lot better on slow USB drives) with not that many open (IIRC it was about a dozen or two).

    So, yeah, it is more “memory safe” and yeah, it means “never having to do memory management yourself” but… In a lot of applications it can sure act like a Memory Hog and that’s just not a very good property.

    As to “World’s Most Loved” language… Sure, by the Rustians. But as I’ve “seen this movie” about every decade since 1972 or so, call me in 15 years when the next Hot Language is all the rage. Remember Python? Perl? ADA? Pascal? PL/1? APL? ALGOL? COBOL? FORTRAN (which still has the best speed of anything but C and works great, AND has a zillion lines of code still in use…) and a few dozen others? LISP, SnoBall, C++, FORTH, “4th Generation non-procedural language”?, and on and on.

    You can write good code in any language, and you can write bad code in any language. The quest for the God Language that makes any crap programmer write perfect and safe and efficient code is a fools errand.

    THE reason C and FORTRAN are used for the vast bulk of all systems and scientific programming (respectively) is that they are “safe enough” and astoundingly fast efficient languages. There’s a whole zoo of “straight jacket safe” languages (Pascal anyone?) that litter the roadside of computing history. RUST, IMHO, does a better job of being safer than C and not TOO inefficient for applications… but just please Lord do not rewrite any device drivers or schedulers or memory management / swap routines in it, OK? And do not use it for things like browsers where each open tab sucks up MB of memory and it isn’t smart enough to write them to cache instead of holding them in memory as “the code is still active”…

    You can have freedom to be fast & flexible, or you can be safe, restricted and slow or a memory hog. Nobody, not even Rust, has found a way around that (yet).

    IMHO, the “trick” is to use each language where it is best, and to NOT look for the Holy Grail Language. And THAT is why all the “THIS language is The Best!!!” claims always cause me to scowl. BEST at WHAT?…

    Nobody is best at everything, which means everybody is not so good at somethings…

  229. E.M.Smith says:

    Odd thought: I ought to make a list of the various languages I’ve used at one time or another. Of that “off the cuff” list above, I’ve only NOT written any of LISP, Snoball, and C++ (though I’ve read a few C++). There’s likely a dozen more I’ve used at one time or another. Languages come and languages go. Yet for a good 50 years I’ve used FORTRAN and for about 40 years, C.

    There’s things I love about both, and things I hate about both. But they just keep going. I can’t say the same about Perl, ADA, PL/1 ( I rather liked PL/1 but the compiler is a bear to make go right…), Pascal, etc. I rather have a special love of ALGOL, but haven’t heard much of it in decades. It begat the likes of Pascal, C, and other block structured languages… but in retrospect is a bit obscure on some points.

    To some extent, I loved FORTH, but never had a good platform for playing with it. Ended up doing most of my “threaded interpreted language” programming in Shell Scripts (bourn, C Shell, ksh or Korn Shell, etc. etc. even shell languages mutate and spawn new tribes… and tribal wars…). In terms of structure, they are the one I love the most. Each program becomes a Word in your new Dictionary of skills…

    APL I wrote one program… and the next morning could no longer read it. “Write only programming” but a half dozen obscure non-Latin characters on a line can do amazing things… if only your brain didn’t hurt…

    But what I never cared for much were the overly wordy and very restrictive (but “safe”!!) languages. Pascal. COBOL. ADA (basically ALGOL with the soul ripped out or Pascal that you can actually use…).

    Oh Well.

    Next year it will be Yet Another God Language Fad…

    For Grins, see: https://rosettacode.org/wiki/Rosetta_Code

    and marvel at the zoo of a thousand+ languages of the day…

    How to find primes in a long list of different languages:


    In Rust:

    fn is_prime(number: u32) -> bool {
        let limit = (number as f32).sqrt() as u32 + 1;
        // We test if the number is divisible by any number up to the limit
        !(number < 2 || (2..limit).any(|x| number % x == 0))
    fn main() {
            "Primes below 100:\n{:?}",
            (0_u32..100).fold(vec![], |mut acc, number| {
                if is_prime(number) {

    Compare the language: “bc”:

    l = 100
    a[0] = 2
    a[o = 1] = 3
    for (n = 5; n  n) {
                a[++o] = n
    for (i = 0; i <= o; ++i) a[i]

    Or “OForth”:

    isPrime function is from Primality by trial division page
    : primeSeq(n)  n seq filter(#isPrime) ;

    So which of these languages was “better” at it? Personally, I’d go with “OForth” , but maybe that’s just me…

  230. Ossqss says:

    Did you all know we were struck by an asteroid today?

    We had 2 hrs. advanced notice from an armature observer.

    Think about that….>

  231. another ian says:


    Obviously in the wrong place

  232. jim2 says:

    EMS – I wonder if Firefox keeps so much tab memory due to some intrinsic functionality of Rust, or was it just the way the programmer implemented it.

  233. another ian says:


    “University Experts say climate change causes Earthquakes. Let’s stop quakes with solar panels then?”


  234. The True Nolan says:

    @another ian: “University Experts say climate change causes Earthquakes.”

    And I claim that University Professors cause climate change! I wonder how much CO2 university professors put into the atmosphere every year when compared to the indigenous tribesmen of Whatever-stan? I mean, professors are always making students use electricity for computers, paper, transportation, classroom lectures and lighting, flying to seminars, etc., etc. Probably each professor produces 30 times as much as each tribesman. And you can quote me on that! :)

  235. jim2 says:

    This chatbot must be a “progressive!”

    Microsoft’s multi-billion dollar AI chatbot is being pushed to breaking point by users, who say it has become ‘sad and scared’.


  236. Ossqss says:

    From today.

  237. H.R. says:

    @another ian – Everybody knows that the way to stop climate change is to raise taxes.

    So, if you raise taxes and stop climate change, you’ll also be preventing earthquakes.

    [eyeroll so vigorous that some eye muscle damage occurs]

  238. E.M.Smith says:


    I don’t know if there is a way around this (seeing as it is THE main feature of Rust); but what I think is happening is a poor interaction of Rust automagical memory management and what browsers users tend to do with tabs. i.e. have lots of them.

    So Rust allocates memory to a task / code fragment when it is opened to do something, like, oh, making a window with your favorite Art Image in it. When that code ends / exits, the memory is automagially freed and returned to the free pool.

    So what happens if you do not close a page / tab? Whell, that code is still in use, so it doesn’t (can’t?) free the “in use memory”. Thus each tab holds open a memory patch.

    Is there a way around this? Most likely. I could see, for example, a ‘tab open’ doing a fetch, writing it to cache, leaving a pointer in a tab table, AND EXITING so the memory copy is released. Subsequent tab activation would launch a cache page hit, and retrieve the saved images page.

    But how is that different from writing the same process in C? You are effectively doing memory allocates, and releases on code exit, in either case…and bypassing the “never worry about memory allocate and release” “feature” touted as God’s Gift by Rustians.

    So IF I’m worrying about memory alloc / dealloc why do I need Rust to let me not worry about memory alloc / dealloc when I already must do it anyway?

    At least that’s my speculation on it; Y.M.M.V…

  239. another ian says:

    FWIW – Aquarius engine

    “This Tiny 10kg Hydrogen powered engine, gives us a viable alternative to fossil fuels”

  240. another ian says:

    Fodder for movie watchers

    “WolfmanOz at the Movies #58
    A nation awaits its . . .

    Downfall (Der Untergang) released in 2004 and brilliantly directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel, vividly recounts the last days of Hitler’s Nazi Germany in Berlin. This has been filmed numerous times before but none have come remotely close to matching this films depiction of the utter collapse and moral bankruptcy of not only Hitler and the Nazis but also the country as a whole.”

    More at


  241. another ian says:

    A Hmmm FWIW

    “Ditto a recent event. The original three month trials disclosed more deaths in the treatment arm than the placebo arm. That the FDA and the companies said this was “not statistically meaningful” might, under corporate liability limits, prevent suing the individuals involved (including the CEOs) but it affords no protection against being charged as an accessory before the fact if said drug in fact killed, whether it was one or hundreds of thousands. Whether said persons, including the CEO, board members and “scientists” in the firm had reason to believe there might be such an effect is a matter for a jury to decide, just as it is when you give a ride to the bank to someone and they subsequently hold up said bank and shoot a teller.”

    “In short the premise of limited liability only applies to financial penalties — that is, being sued.

    It does not, and never has, provided protection against criminal prosecution.”

    More at https://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=248101

  242. jim2 says:

    RE: Firefox. Firefox saves the entire web page in each tab in memory. I tried to discover how Brave handles this technically, but no luck so far. Vivaldi was mentioned as a browser that handles many tabs well. There were also some complaints about how multiple tabs are difficult to manage in Brave vs some of the others – not the same problem as eating RAM though.

  243. YMMV says:

    Definitive evidence by autopsy that the Covid vaccine causes heart and brain damage.

  244. The True Nolan says:

    No federal disaster relief in Ohio train burning. “FEMA believed the incident didn’t qualify as a traditional disaster, such as a tornado or hurricane, for which it usually provides assistance.” NO SOUP FOR YOU!!


  245. another ian says:

    More “Safe and Effective”

    Dr Campbell

    “Brain damage from covid vaccine proven in case under discussion. I recommend you read the comments as well.

    And Covid and Coffee this morning mentions some cases of high speed (“turbo”, approaching “hyper”) leukemia showing up in US too.

  246. another ian says:

    And to go with that –

    “Big-Pharma Kept Quiet About Cancer Risks of Zantac for 40 Years”


  247. another ian says:

    “Railroaded” – Ohio rail crash

    “A very good essay at Doomberg,”


    Via http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2023/02/16/railroaded/

  248. another ian says:

    FWIW – “Trudeau could resign next.”

    What a good idea!

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