W.O.O.D. – 11 April 2021


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:

“Stuff” Happens

The Fed has decided you don’t need to know the actual money supply. Just the “adjusted” series.


Categories > Money, Banking, & Finance > Monetary Data > M2 and Components

This series will no longer be updated. More information is available in the notes below the graph. This series is the suggested substitute: M2SL
M2 Money Stock (DISCONTINUED) (M2)

SL is the seasonally adjusted version. Something similar was done to M3 a while back, and now they are also doing it to M1 & M2. M1 is cash & checking and similar “immediate money”, while M2 includes M1 but adds slightly longer duration bank deposits. M3 also includes other even longer duration instruments.

I wonder if there’s something they don’t want people to notice. See anything? Especially over at the right edge?

Fed M2 Money Supply Report

Fed M2 Money Supply Report

It looks to me like we are preparing to test the notion that you can just keep creating money without end and not be destroyed by inflation. “This time for sure!”… Seems every Socialist Dictator eventually tries this, and it never has ended well.

Here’s what M1 seasonally adjusted looks like.

Fed M1 Money Supply Seasonally Adjusted

Fed M1 Money Supply Seasonally Adjusted

So look like most of the money is showing up as straight cash and checking deposits. People sitting on cash, or banks turned loose to have a huge multiplier and making vapor money?

Florida vs. NY

Which works better at suppression of Chinese Wuhan Covid? Sunshine and freedom (and higher Vit-D levels from that)or lockdowns in the Shade Canyons of New York?


Florida Reports Fewer Coronavirus Cases Per Capita Than New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan

Florida continues to report fewer new cases of the Chinese coronavirus per capita than pro-lockdown blue states such as New York, Pennsylvania, and Michigan.

While the establishment media frequently criticized Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) for prioritizing individual liberty throughout the Chinese coronavirus pandemic, Florida is continuing to fare better than certain blue states in terms of reporting new cases of the virus.

Florida, which has no mask mandate in place, has reported 176.3 cases per 100,000 in the last seven days, or 37,859 cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) April 9 data.

But three blue states — Michigan, Pennsylvania, and New York — have reported more cases per capita in the same time frame, despite leaving certain restrictions in place, including statewide mask mandates.

Things of interest

Looks like there’s more to running a business and making a good product than posturing and whining and being all PC like…


David Hogg drops pillow venture launched during spat with Mike Lindell
By Tamar LapinApril 11, 2021 | 2:46am | Updated

He must have slept on it.
David Hogg says he’s giving up his role in the pillow company he launched to compete with conservative MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell — and going back to activism.

Hogg, 20, announced on Twitter Saturday “resigned and released all shares, any ownership and any control of Good Pillow LLC” effective immediately.

“The reasons for my departure rests entirely with me and my own personal commitments and I truly wish (co-founder William LeGate) nothing but the best,” he wrote.

Yeah, take it, for free… I think he knows what it’s worth…

In other news, looks like Gasoline & Diesel are, ya-know, Ray-cist… ’cause Black People don’t drive I guess… /sarc;


Members Of Biden’s ‘Environmental Justice’ Advisory Council Have History Of Radicalism, Claiming Fossil Fuels Are Racist
By Ashe Schow

Apr 10, 2021 DailyWire.com

At the end of last month, the Biden administration announced the members of the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council, which would “provide advice and recommendations to the Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and the White House Environmental Justice Interagency Council on how to address current and historic environmental injustices.”

Twenty-six people were named to the council, but at least four of them have made radical statements connecting fossil fuels to racism.
Beverly Wright, executive director of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice, addressed a recent Department of Interior public forum on the federal oil and gas program and implored the Department to review the program “with an analysis of how it perpetuates environmental racism and the racial inequity of climate vulnerability.” She also insisted that “racial discrimination that is central to oil and gas operations.”

Uh Huh… because drilling holes in the ground and refining oil care a lot about the skin of folks drilling. (BTW, Son’s Father In Law works in a refinery and is modestly mixed race color…)

For more, just hit the link to Bongino’s site:


Or Whatfinger:


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Raspberry Pi Model 3 Devuan Beowulf With i2p

I’d hoped to have the completed image being shared with onionshare right now, but an unfortunate system failure has that taking a longer slower path.

For now, I’ll just be posting this “How To Doc” and my present build script. Many of the early steps are not scripted as you must do them long hand, reboot, rinse and repeat.

As Devuan has gone to “community builds” for “embedded” or ARM based devices, the Devuan 2.0 ASCII build is the last with “copy and go” images. That means the easiest way to get a Devuan 3.0 Beowulf build is to install ASCII and do a “dist-upgrade”. I do this in several steps and it is highly likely you could skip some of them and apt-get would still do the right thing. I know this path worked, and it might prevent some issues from things being at a release level 2 steps back and not able to jump 2 steps in one update. Or maybe I’m just being too cautious.

You get the ASCII image from here:


I used this one:

devuan_ascii_2.0.0_arm64_raspi3.img.xz             06-Jun-2018 11:28    153M

Uncompress it with unxz and copy it to a uSD card whichever way you like. I use:

dd bs=10M of=/dev/YOURuSD if=devuan_ascii_2.0.0_arm64_raspi3.img

Where YOURuSD gets replaced by the actual device name of your uSD card in adapter. It might be /dev/sda or /dev/sdb or ‘whatever’ on your box. Make sre you get this right as whatever is at the location you pick will be clobbered. PC Folks are frequently encouraged to use “etcher’ but I know nothing abou it.

For me, it too 12 minutes to copy the base install onto a uSD card.

This only uses a couple of GB at the front of the uSD card and it does not auto-grow to use the whole thing. I use “gparted” on another Linux box as it is THE easiest way to grow the file system. Just click on the partition, choose ‘grow / resize’ and set it to 7 GB for an 8 GB card (7168 is the magic number for a round 7 GB partition). This leaves a few hundred MB unused and I tell gparted to make a linux-swap partition on that. Also label the partitions with nice names like Pi_linux and Pi_swap. You will use most of that 7 GB to do this full install.

Boot up the minimal system to the command prompt. Do not install anything more at this point as it is all just going to be updated and replaced anyway. I do an immediate update / upgrade (you will see me doing this often) to assure it is all the newest ASCII code in the vault. Some folks like decorating everything with a “sudo” in front of each command. I just “sudo bash” and then I’m root for the duration. OTOH, I’ve run live as root for 40 years and know how to be careful…

(Note that “rm -rf /junk” removes junk. but “rm -rf / junk” removes all your system then tries to remove ./junk if it is still able to run. Beware of mistaken spaces in path names…)

at various times in the updates you will be asked to keep the old version of some file or accept the package maintainers version. As all this is new install stuff, always take the new package maintainers version.

#apt-get update
#apt-get upgrade

For me, this updated 85 pkgs and used 50 MB of space in about 12 minutes.

I typically do a reboot after any “upgrade” as some things have triggers set that replace the working code during the shutdown / reboot cycle.

At that point you prepare for the dist-upgrade. This involves making changes to /etc/apt/sources.list file. First make a copy of the one that is there with “cp sources.list sources.list.ascii”. Then edit sources.list and change all the “ascii” to “beowulf”. That’s it. Save and exit. At this point you could likely jump right to the dist-upgrade, but I do it in two steps. A regular upgrade replaces some stuff with Beowulf stuff, then the dist upgrade. So:

#apt-get update
#apt-get upgrade

A long time passes… for me it was 3GB of stuff and 8 minutes. When it asks you about allowing restart of services, choose yes. Then: I typically do a reboot at this point.

#apt-get update
#apt-get dist-upgrade

After that you can remove some 92 MB of dead packages with”

#apt autoremove

For me, this dist-upgrade took 20 minutes.

Another long time passes. Yes, the update in this step likely isn’t needed either, but I find it comforting when it tells me it’s all done already.

After the dist-upgrade is done, I’ll do another reboot. Then, just to make sure that nothing was being held back until after the Beowulf upgrade code was running, I’ll once again to that trio:

#apt-get update
#apt-get upgrade


You now have a pristine minimal Beowulf. As this represents a fair amount of work, I’ll usually snag a backup copy just before that last reboot…

Next I run my “install lots of stuff” script. This script took 91 minutes to run. Be prepared with coffee or other entertainment… This isn’t as well organized as I’d like, but this is what worked. I’ve chosen to name this spin “OpenRoad”:

root@OdroidN2:/Shared/ext/BuildDocs# cat Build_PiM3_i2p 
echo " "
echo "copy the downloaded Devuan arm64 PiM3 ASCII image, from: "
echo "https://files.devuan.org/devuan_ascii/embedded/devuan_ascii_2.0.0_arm64_raspi3.img.xz "
echo " or other images if needed at:"
echo "https://files.devuan.org/devuan_ascii/embedded/"
echo "then uncompress it with"
echo "unxz FOO"
echo " " 
echo " Once uncompressed, copy it to an SD card assumed mounted at /dev/sdd"
echo " " 
echo "With a command like:"
echo "dd bs=10M of=/dev/sdd if=/path/to/unpacked/image conv=fsync"
echo " "
echo "This will take about 13 minutes using USB 3.0"
echo " "
# In general, I'm encapsulating what all I did in these two postings as a script:
# https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2015/07/18/raspberry-pi-m2-unboxing-and-setup/
# https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2015/07/22/raspberry-pi-software-setup/
# and updateing it for the Devuan arm64  with i2p services

# If you didn't already change the password while running NOOBS,
# When done, log in as 'pi' password 'toor'.  Change the password.
# passwd
# and respond with the new one when prompted.

echo "Also, to change the name of your machine, edit /etc/hostname and make it"
echo "what you like.  "
echo "Here, I'm going to just set mine by brute force write to the file."
echo " "
echo "echo 'OpenRoad' > /etc/hostname "
echo " "

echo "OpenRoad"> /etc/hostname 

echo " "
echo "Next, do the 'usual' update upgrade that brings you up to the present"
echo "repository status (need a network connection from here on out)"
echo " "
echo "You can either put 'sudo' in front of each of these commands, or just "
echo "'become root' which is what I usually do."
echo " "
echo "sudo bash"
echo " "
echo "then run this script with ./BuildIt (assuming you didn't change the name"
echo "and that you are 'in' the directory where it is located.)"
echo " "
echo "apt-get update"
echo "apt-get upgrade"
echo " "

apt-get update
apt-get upgrade

echo " "
echo "Start doing useful operational 'packages'. "
echo " "

# This gets the useful tools like "nslookup" for looking at Domain Names

echo " "
echo apt-get install dnsutils
echo " "

apt-get install dnsutils

echo " "
echo " Then things for tech tools work"
echo " "

echo " " 
echo apt-get install binutils 
echo " "

apt-get install binutils 

echo " "
echo "Scrot is a tool for taking screen shots by saying 'scrot' in a terminal"
echo " "

echo " " 
echo apt-get install scrot and htop
echo " "

apt-get install scrot htop

# Normally I would install "build-essential" to get things like C compiler
# and some language tools, but they were already installed on the R.PiM2.
#Doing it on the Devuan arm64

apt-get install build-essential

echo " "
echo "Some 'user land' useful things like browser options and Office / Mail tools."
echo " "
echo "Chromium is the 'chrome' browser from Google but in Linux land"
echo " "

echo " " 
echo apt-get install chromium
echo " "

apt-get install chromium

echo " "
echo "GIMP is the photo editor ( 'photoshop Free'...) "
echo " "

echo " " 
echo apt-get install gimp
echo " "

apt-get install gimp

echo " "
echo "Adding the 'transmission' bit torrent server"
echo " "

echo " " 
echo apt-get install transmission
echo " "

apt-get install transmission

echo " "
echo "To get NTFS disks (like USB or an NTSB formatted SD card in adapter) to "
echo "work 'read write' instead of just 'read only', you need ntfs-3g"
echo "I think it is now built in by default so this is likely moot"
echo " "

echo " " 
echo apt-get install ntfs-3g
echo " "

apt-get install ntfs-3g

echo " "
echo "Want an NFS (Network File System) server so you can share disks with" 
echo "your internal network?  This will install the code, then you get to" 
echo "configure things like /etc/exports"
echo " "

echo " " 
echo apt-get install nfs-kernel-server
echo " "

apt-get install nfs-kernel-server

# prior to first use.  Or reboot.

# In your /etc/exports file, put something like:

# /etc/exports: the access control list for filesystems which may be exported
#		to NFS clients.  See exports(5).
# Example for NFSv2 and NFSv3:
# /srv/homes       hostname1(rw,sync,no_subtree_check) hostname2(ro,sync,no_subtree_check)
# Example for NFSv4:
# /srv/nfs4        gss/krb5i(rw,sync,fsid=0,crossmnt,no_subtree_check)
# /srv/nfs4/homes  gss/krb5i(rw,sync,no_subtree_check)

# /YourFileSystem  *(rw,sync,fsid=0,no_root_squash)
# But without the # in front of YourFileSystem... and with your file system...

# Remember to do a 

echo " "
echo "Restarting the appropriate services so NFS will work"
echo " "
echo " " 
echo service rpcbind restart
echo service nfs-kernel-server restart
echo " "

service rpcbind restart
service nfs-kernel-server restart

# As I want this to be a DNS server, DHCP server, and PXE server (uses a 
# tftp or "Trivial File Transfer Protocol" server, all of those can come in
# one package with dnsmasq.

# NOTE THAT I'VE LEFT dnsmasq OUT but left the instruction here if you want it.
# Similarly the Apache web server and related

echo " "
echo "Installing a light weight but effective DNS, DHCP and TFTP service"
echo " "

echo "Skipping for now " 
echo apt-get install dnsmasq 
echo " "

#apt-get install dnsmasq 

echo " "
echo "Yes, it takes configuring.  See the file at"
echo " /etc/dnsmasq.conf"
echo " "

# Then I installed the Apache web server :

# http://www.raspipress.com/2012/09/tutorial-install-apache-php-and-mysql-on-raspberry-pi/

echo " " 
echo "Instlling the Apache Web Servier and related stuff"
echo " "

echo " " 
echo apt-get install apache2 apache2-utils apache2-doc
echo " "

#apt-get install apache2 apache2-utils apache2-doc

# and yes, it takes some configuring and even web page building.
# See files in places like /etc/apache2/sites-available and more.

echo " " 
echo apt-get install libapache2-mod-php5 php5 php-pear php5-xcache
echo " "

#apt-get install libapache2-mod-php5 php5 php-pear php5-xcache

echo " " 
echo apt-get install php5-mysql
echo " "

#apt-get install php5-mysql

echo " " 
echo apt-get install mysql-server mysql-client
echo " "

#apt-get install mysql-server mysql-client

# These needed to be added for Transmission and for file systems
# I don't install the Macinthosh file systems on this build

apt-get install transmission-daemon
apt-get install btrfs-tools xfsprogs gparted f2fs-tools unionfs-fuse
#apt-get install hfsplus hfsutils
apt-get install squashfs-tools aufs-tools

# Then the biggie, the destop task 

echo " "
echo "Installing the LXDE desktop and applications"
echo " "

echo " "
apt-get install task-lxde-desktop

echo"The install special anonymizing and privacy products. Tor and i2p"

echo " "
echo "apt-get install tor onionshare "
echo " "

apt-get install tor onionshare

echo " "
echo "apt-get install i2p "
echo " "

apt-get install i2p

echo " "
echo "And that's the end of my present install build process."
echo " "
# There are several files to edit and configure to make it your own.

At that point, shut down and take another backup copy.

I also made changes to dump the “cinnabar” ox-blood red screen backgrounds. There’s a rats nest of links going all over the place as it looks like several folks just added another layer when they wanted to change something, so it’s a bit of a trail of tears to work it out. The Pi version uses SLIM where the one on my PC used lightdm and they use different files in different places, except when someone made links from one to the other…

I used my photo of Arizona snow (from that posting) as backdrop / desktop. I copied into /usr/share/images and then you can use right click on the desktop to point at it instead. For slim, I did a brute force swap in /usr/share/slim/themes/cinnabar-slim/ rather than make an Arizona-slim (that I’ll do at some future time when chasing links isn’t getting me lost…). ArizonaSnow.png copied into background.png. Then you must swap out panel.png and slim.themes for the copies found in /usr/share/slim/themes/default. I didn’t feel like learning the syntax of slim and those versions copied in with my photo worked fine. (the ones replaced work with the cinnabar stuff but don’t give a place where you can type your login credentials with my photo).

That’s pretty much it.

Once I’ve got my Rock64 working again, I’ll put up a copy in onionshare for anyone who has patience for a download but not for a script….

There’s still stuff to do with this. i2p needs some configuration at start-up. FireFox ought to have some changes to make it work better with i2p. I need to figure out how to get those done without leaving credentials / identity stuff laying around. I think that on first launch i2p makes some encryption keys, for example, and you don’t want everyone having the same ones…

So this is the “basic build” and the whole “configuring and set up” stuff is yet to do / document / script / whatever.

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Friends Of Australia Friday Yellow Tail Chardonnay & Chops

It’s once again an Australia Time Friday! It’s FRIDAY!!!!

The Tucker

A very nice package of T-Bone loin chops.  Into a cast iron skillet standing on the bone end, into the oven at about 375 F to 425 F for about 20 minutes for medium.

Side Salad was a bag-o-salad “American” mix.  Lettuce, purple cabbage, carrot bits, etc.  Ranch dressing on one, blue-cheese on the other.  Accompanied by yet more esteamed broccoli with melting butter.

One of my favorite simple meals.  Just plop things in pans, set the burners and wait.  Broccoli taking much less time than the chops, so started with about 10 minutes left on the clock.

I’ve also done these chops at higher temperatures and even on broil.  Timing a bit more tricky and can get as low as 10 minutes.  You get more crusty bits ;-)  But if you miss the right moment they can be very rare in the center or very burnt at the tips.  The lower and slower doesn’t give as nice a finish, but you get a more even cook.  These were very thick. Inch and a half or maybe 4 cm.  so the slower cook let the middles get done too.

The Wine

Nothing particularly spectacular. A very nice Chardonnay from Yellow Tail. This is one of the more common wines in the bigger grocery stores.  I was in Sprouts at the time and so picked this up.

Very drinkable but nothing spectacular about it.  OTOH, I’ve had a lot of Chardonnay that just made you pucker up and wonder why they made it so terribly dry.  This one is not made to impress the wine snob with how far you can push the pucker dry, but rather for drinking as it stands with comfort.  A very nice table wine.

It went OK with the lamb, but I’m not a snob about such things.  A deep red would have raised the lamb flavor better, but this worked better with the salad.and broccoli.  Not everything on the plate is red meat…

I’ll definitely be buying more of it, but probably with fish & chicken next time.  But I’ve run out of new reds to try at the Bargain Market ;-)  

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Bismuth 12 Ga. Slug

For those who do not know, California has banned the use of Lead in ammunition used for hunting. Why? Supposedly to reduce toxicity in birds eating lead lumps and shot. In reality, more likely IMHO is that the goal was to make it harder to get any ammo to shoot and raise prices.

The result has been a lot of use of Bismuth in shot as the weight is about the same as lead and it is non-toxic. Also it isn’t that expensive. For hunting rounds in rifles, the use of solid copper and related alloys has been common.

Copper is much harder than lead, so many of those hunting rounds now penetrate more soft body armor than the prior rounds. (Note: NO soft body armor is “bullet proof”, each is only rated to stop certain classes of rounds. There is no “bullet proof vest”. There is no “cop killer bullet”, only a necessary energy and hardness to penetrate any given level of vest.)

But what happens with a Bismuth slug?

Well, the Taofledermause folks tested it. Results are fascinating to say the least. Due to increased brittleness, the slug tends to disintegrate on hard targets. BUT it also tends to make a few larger chunks in the process on softer targets. As a result, it penetrated a Level 3 soft body armor test panel that will stop a Foster Slug of lead.

In a block of ballistic gel, it was an amazing effect. Shedding some fragments that stopped in a few inches, while some large chunks traveled the whole length, and the rest formed an expanding cone of destruction in between.

I would not want to be on the wrong end of one of those slugs.

Now, this was an alloy of mostly Bismuth, a bit of Antimony, and some tin (12%) so as to stop the tendency of Bismuth to expand on cooling. That let them use a regular lead casting mold to get a proper sized bullet / slug. I have no idea how much of this peculiar performance comes from that particular alloy, but it will matter to some degree.

Bismuth  - 87.25%
Antimony -  0.75%
Tin      - 12%

An interesting result, to say the least. Attempting to make it a pain to go shooting your shotgun resulting in a spectacular increase in lethality. Leftists – Accidentally increasing lethality for 53 years… (Banning “Saturday Night Specials” moved uninformed shoots / buyers up caliber and up quality into more lethal guns and calibers…)

I’m no longer concerned about the effectiveness of Bismuth in shotgun rounds ;-)

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