20211021-dearvax.jpg

Must be nice - "science"

| No Comments

From 90 Miles:

Lancet COVID Origins Investigator Wins $1 Million Chinese Prize For Claiming Virus Developed Naturally
Dr. Malik Peiris, who previously served on the Lancet medical journal’s COVID-19 origins investigation committee, received China’s “Nobel Prize” for research affirming the Chinese Communist Party’s false narrative that COVID-19 developed naturally.

Peiris, a Sri Lankan virologist working in Hong Kong, was one of 12 scientists leading the now-defunct Lancet probe into the origins of COVID-19. While the task force is no longer listed on the medical journal’s website, as it was forced to disband due to extensive conflicts of interests with the Wuhan Institute of Virology, archived web pages reveal Peiris’s participation in the effort.

Following Peiris’s stint on the task force, the Chinese Communist Party awarded him with the prize in life sciences in the 2021 Future Science Prize – dubbed China’s “Nobel Prize.” China’s top scientific honor is accompanied by a $1 million prize, which is funded by several Chinese Communist Party-linked companies such as BaiduHillhouse Capital, and Sequoia Capital China.

State-run media outlet Global Times claimed the award was for his “major discoveries of SARS-CoV-1 as the causative agent of the global SARS outbreak in 2003 with impact on combating COVID-19 and emerging infectious diseases.” Peiris shared the award with co-author Kwok-Yung Yuen.

And, of course it is Lancet.  They used to be a good journal but have joined Scientific American as being a partisan front for pseudo-science.  Lancet is where Andy Wakefield published his MMR vaccine / autism paper which has caused so much grief.  It used to be Dr. Wakefield but his work was so egregious that he had his license to practice Medicine stripped.

A clear case of breaking Federal law - from Legal Insurrection:

Kamala Harris Records Cringe Campaign Video for Terry McAuliffe That Will Air at 300 Virginia Churches
CNN reported Saturday that Vice President Kamala Harris had recorded a campaign video on behalf of Virginia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe that was set to air at some 300 black churches ahead of the November 2nd election in the state.

In the video clips, which you can see below (the total speech time was around three minutes), Harris spoke about how she was taught in the Oakland church she says her family went to when she was growing up about how it was “our sacred responsibility to raise our voice and lift up the voices of our community.” She stated that one of the “most significant ways” we can use our voices was through voting.

She then proceeded to urge churchgoers to vote for McAuliffe. “I believe that my friend Terry McAuliffe is the leader Virginia needs at this moment,” she proclaimed before telling people why she believed they should send McAuliffe “back to Richmond.” Towards the end of her remarks, Harris encouraged church attendees to go and vote after church services or to schedule a time to go vote during the early voting period.

Of course, this is highly illegal - from the IRS website:

Under the Internal Revenue Code, all section 501(c)(3) organizations are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. Contributions to political campaign funds or public statements of position (verbal or written) made on behalf of the organization in favor of or in opposition to any candidate for public office clearly violate the prohibition against political campaign activity. Violating this prohibition may result in denial or revocation of tax-exempt status and the imposition of certain excise taxes.

Of course, the Democrats have a long history of flouting this law - from this post (10/30/2004): Republican Prayer we get this picture:

church.jpg

Rules - they are OK for me but not for thee...

There is a difference between the two

| No Comments

20201021-science.jpg

More fun in Windy City

| No Comments

Ran into this little gem at FOX News:

Chicago police brass request vaccine updates from personnel, may deny benefits to officers choosing to retire
The Chicago Police Department’s top cop has threatened to deny retirement benefits to those who choose to retire from the job rather than comply with the city's COVID-19 vaccination policy, according to local reports.

Chicago Police Superintendent David O. Brown said that those officers who do choose to retire rather than follow City Hall’s orders "may be denied retirement credentials," the Chicago Tribune reported, citing Brown’s Sunday memo.

A spokesperson for the police department would not comment or confirm the report to Fox News and referred further questions to the office of Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

That last line is very telling: "and referred further questions to the office of Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot"
Sounds like the original diktat came from Beetlejuice's office and Superintendent Brown was just the messenger.

More at the site - things are getting interesting...

Fun times in the Windy City

| No Comments

From Chicago's CBS affiliate:

Chicago Police Union President Estimates More Than 3,000 Officers Defying City’s Vaccine Reporting Mandate
The back and forth between the mayor and the Chicago police union continues, with the city sending out a flurry of emails and memos as its vaccine mandate enters its first full week in effect.

CBS 2’s Mugo Odigwe obtained the latest threatening memo sent out to officers.

At least two memos have gone out since Friday’s deadline for all city workers to report their vaccination status to the city, but Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara said thousands of officers are still refusing to do so.

“The unofficial number we have is about over 3,200; so about of third of the department,” Catanzara said.

Catanzara has said the mandate is illegal, because the city didn’t negotiate terms with the union.

Love to see the unions backing up the workers. Nobody is happy until the Union is happy. How it should be.

I do not like it when unions negotiate unreasonable demands - excessive pay and benefits and/or pensions. The workers should be paid an amount based on the real economy - too many pension funds are in trouble (looking at you Chicago for example) because pensions were over-promised.  Still, protecting the worker is crucial and there, the unions do a great job.

A good question... Apple?

| No Comments

From Jamie Zawinski:

What does Apple know and when did they know it

20211020-apple.jpg

A good question.  A couple trenchant comments too.

Spin spin spin...

| No Comments

OSHA are the go-to people when it comes to workplace injuries. They regulate safety in the job place.  That is their job. Turns out that they are turning a blind eye to a known toxin - from The Federalist:

OSHA Isn’t Tracking COVID-19 Vaccine Side Effects Because It Doesn’t Want To Undermine Biden’s Shot Campaign
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is not requiring companies to report any of their employees’ potentially damaging side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine because the regulatory agency doesn’t want to hamper the Biden administration’s vaccine campaign.

“DOL and OSHA, as well as other federal agencies, are working diligently to encourage COVID-19 vaccinations,” the OSHA website states. “As a result, OSHA will not enforce 29 CFR 1904’s recording requirements to require any employers to record worker side effects from COVID-19 vaccination…”

Under OSHA’s current COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard for Healthcare, businesses are not required to report their workers’ adverse effects to the jab because “OSHA does not wish to have any appearance of discouraging workers from receiving COVID-19 vaccination, and also does not wish to disincentivize employers’ vaccination efforts.”

This provision will not only allow potentially harmful side effects of the COVID-19 shot to go unnoticed and unrecorded but is scheduled to remain in place until at least May 2022.

They should be doing their job and not pandering to this regime.

Something to remember - who is exempt

| No Comments

From My Pensieve:

20211020-vax.jpg

Time for the usual morning routine

| No Comments

Heading up to Costco and the coop - comestibles and kibble.

Working at home this afternoon.

Gray day - rain in the forecast. California is getting quite the rainfall too.  Big storm forecast in the Gulf of Alaska as well - winter is announcing herself.

Looks like Global Warming has stalled out.  Not a good thing. More people die from cold than do from heat.
From The Seattle Times:

South Pole posts most severe cold season on record, an anomaly in a warming world
Amid a record hot summer in large parts of Northern Hemisphere, beset by devastating fires, floods and hurricanes, Antarctica was mired in a deep, deep freeze. That’s typically the case during the southernmost continent’s winter months, but 2021 was different.

The chill was exceptional, even for the coldest location on the planet.

The average temperature at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station between April and September, a frigid minus-78 degrees (minus-61 Celsius), was the coldest on record, dating back to 1957. This was 4.5 degrees lower than the most recent 30-year average.

We first learned of this record through a tweet from Stefano Di Battista, who has published research on Antarctic temperatures. The legitimacy of Di Battista’s information was confirmed by Richard Cullather, a research scientist at NASA’s Global Modeling and Assimilation Office.

The temperature averaged over September was also the coldest on record at South Pole, wrote David Bromwich, a polar researcher at Ohio State University, in an email.

And for the record, this last summer was hot but not anomalous, some records were set but extended heat of this nature has been common through history. Not every year but every thirty for sure.

Fun and games in Olympia, WA

| No Comments

In Washington State, monday (yesterday) was the deadline to get the clot-shot.
Today?  From The Liberty Daily:

Show Us Your Papers! Washington Legislators Locked Out of Government Buildings for Not Presenting Their Covid Papers
When Washington state representative Jim Walsh went to his office in Olympia on Tuesday, he found himself on the outside looking in. His ID badge, which acts as a keycard for state government buildings, didn’t work.

It wasn’t a mistake or technical glitch. The rules committee for the House made an “interim rule” banning entry to anyone who doesn’t present their Covid-19 injection papers, including elected officials. Walsh, who has opposed Governor Jay Inslee’s vaccine mandates, was furious that the governing body he was elected to work in and represent his constituents was not only failing to counter the Governor, but was taking his mandates even further.

“We are absolutely falling into some sort of Stockholm Syndrome that’s taken hold of the legislature here in Olympia,” he said in a Facebook video. “And rather than being that active check against the Governor’s abuses, we’re following the Governor’s lead. That’s not what we’re supposed to be doing. We’re supposed to be standing up to that and representing you!”

As things start to get interesting.  Going to be a lot of court cases - that is for sure.

A blast from the past - QBasic

| No Comments

Some people have taken QBasic and run with it.  It now compiles to an executable, can be linked to other code (C, C++ notably) and runs on Windows, Linux and Mac.  Fully QB4.5 compliant with a couple nifty features added in.

Also, it is open source.  Very cool.

Check out QB64.org:

From the 80s to eternity
How BASIC made its way into the 21st century
The BASIC language has been the gateway into programming for countless people. Popular as a beginner programming language in the 80’s and evolving into a powerful professional tool in 90’s, BASIC (and its successor QBasic), helped many people develop a love for programming. These languages provided the foundational learning platform for most of today’s professional developers.

The QB64 project has evolved over the last decade to bring the magic and educational potential of BASIC from its 20th century roots into the modern era. The QB64 project is already in use in both educational and professional contexts and has an active and helpful user community.

Unlike traditional BASIC and QBasic code, QB64 gets compiled automatically into machine code – allowing exceptional performance, easy distribution, and the ability to link with external C and C++ programming libraries. Compatible with most QBasic 4.5 code, QB64 adds a number of extensions, such as OpenGL and other modern features, providing the perfect blend of classic and modern program development.

QB64 is available for all recent Windows, Linux, and macOS versions.

I am optimistic.  Here is yet another example of why - from Quillette:

The Implosion of Boston’s Pride Parade Is a Sign of Things to Come
Boston Pride is one of the oldest gay-rights organizations in the United States, with its first parade having taken place in 1971. Last year would have marked the 50th parade, but the event was cancelled due to the pandemic. This year’s events also didn’t materialize, but not entirely because of COVID-19. Rather, Boston Pride celebrated a half-century-plus of existence by collapsing into social panic and cancelling itself. I mean this literally: Boston Pride no longer exists. The organization was dissolved from within in July, when its board of directors released a statement that read, in part:

It is clear to us that our community needs and wants change without the involvement of Boston Pride. We have heard the concerns of the QTBIPOC [Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color] community and others. We care too much to stand in the way. Therefore, Boston Pride is dissolving. There will be no further events or programming planned, and the board is taking steps to close down the organization. We know many people care about Pride in Boston, and we encourage them to continue the work. By making the decision to close down, we hope new leaders will emerge from the community to lead the Pride movement in Boston.

And what are the QTBIPOC community’s “concerns.” Well, it’s a long, surreal, and tragicomic story. And to tell it coherently, I’ll have to start with events that took place more than six years ago.

The left eats their own.  They keep upping their rhetoric — refining it down to a smaller and smaller "list of accepted beliefs" and eventually, they implode. Always will.

20211019-badgood.jpg

From The Washington Post:

Rachel Levine, openly transgender health official, sworn in as four-star admiral in Public Health Service
A senior Biden health appointee who made history when she became the nation’s highest-ranking openly transgender official has also become its first openly transgender four-star officer.

Rachel Levine, the U.S. assistant secretary for health, was sworn in Tuesday as an admiral of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, a 6,000-person force that responds to health crises on behalf of the federal government, including administering coronavirus vaccines and delivering care after hurricanes. Levine is also the organization’s first-ever female four-star admiral.

The move was hailed by advocacy groups such as the gay rights organization GLAAD, and health care leaders, who called it a breakthrough moment.

Pandering to their base - nothing more.  No leadership.  No intelligence. No accountability.
Aren't we so very very special.

Word to the wise - holidays

| No Comments

Stop asking if it's all right to celebrate.  You are not their slave:

20211019-holiday.jpg

Island Hide-away

| 2 Comments

And back.  Got a lot done today.  Unpack the car, fix dinner and surf for a bit.  More later.

New coffee place was reallly good - no fresh pastries but great covfefe and it seeems to be where the locals hang out.  Ran into a bunch of fiends.

Quiet morning

| No Comments

And plan to keep it that way.  My favorite coffee place is closed for three weeks so heading out to a new place now.  Check it out.  This place does not do their own pasteries so just coffee...

Working at the farm for a couple of hours and heading back to the island.  Was planning a second trip up this week but staying on the island - got things that need to be done there.

No posting until later tonight - nothing happening out there.

Lots to do tomorrow so calling it an early evening.

Suck it up hippies - Coal is King

| No Comments

Looks like that whole alt.energy thing is not working out as expected.
From CNN Business:

Coal-fired power is on the rise in America for the first time since 2014
In a blow to the climate movement, US power companies are ramping up their coal consumption due to surging natural gas prices.

US coal-fired generation is expected to surge by 22% in 2021, the US Energy Information Administration said Monday. That would mark the first annual increase in coal-fired electric power generation since 2014, the EIA said.

Coal was long the main fuel source for the US power grid — even though its environmental footprint is the largest.

In recent years, utilities ditched coal because of concerns about the climate crisis and due to the abundance of very cheap natural gas. US coal consumption fell in 2019 for the sixth straight year, dropping to the lowest level since 1964, as natural gas prices fell to record lows.

Yet this trend has reversed in recent months because natural gas prices have spiked, making coal more competitive.

When will people start building the Thorium / Liquid Salt reactors. Simple, walk-away safe, cheap and the waste products need to be sequestered for a couple hundred years, not 40,000 years as with Uranium. The cure is staring us in the face but the worst thing that an environmentalist can image is cheap reliable energy.  They want to bring us back to the stone ages.  For our own good of course.  They know best what we want and need...

And two more bow out

| No Comments

Reading the tea leaves - I wrote on 10/12 how five House Democrat Representatives are choosing to not run for office again. If they bow out now, they can pick up a cushy lobbying job in D.C.  If they fail to win re-election, their chances are a lot poorer.

Add two more to the mix - from Politico:

Two longtime House Democrats will retire
Two longtime Democratic congressmen will announce their retirements on Monday, according to sources familiar with their plans, a sign of the party’s diminishing hopes of keeping the House majority after next year’s midterm elections.

Reps. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) and David Price (D-N.C.) will not seek reelection, they will announce later Monday.

Doyle, 68, was first elected in 1994 and is a close ally of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The 81-year-old Price, who won his seat in 1996, is a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee.

Don't let the door hit 'ya where the good Lord split 'ya.
Term limits anyone?

Points North - Bellingham and then Farm

| No Comments

Heading out - a couple stops in the City of Subdued Excitement and then the drive out to the Farm.

Very happy with my decision to move out there - gave the Ocean a good solid three year try but it does not give me "the fizz" as they say. The mountains are calling me and I must answer.

The pups know what is happening.  I pulled into the driveway, opened the back hatch and loaded in one box of stuff to go up.  They immediately jumped in and have been there for the last 20 minutes telling me that they want to go.  It's a nice day - are we there yet? Are we leaving now? Can I drive?

More later...  I have some dogs that need to visit a farm for a while.

And our Transportation Secretary

| No Comments

He simply does not live in the real world.  From CNS News:

Buttigieg: Paid Family Leave Is 'Not a Vacation. It's Work...'
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg defended paid family leave on Sunday, saying it's not a vacation – “it's work.”

Buttigieg is just getting back to work after two months of unannounced paternity leave, a time when supply chain bottlenecks worsened at the nation’s ports.

If he was serious, he would have set up an office in his house and had his aides working with him while he was holding his two babies and changing their nappies.  He could have been working - he just didn't think it was serious enough.

Port of Los Angeles - the back-story

| No Comments

Now the real reason is coming out - from National File:

L.A. Cargo Terminal Operator Makes Massive Chinese Communist Deal; Union Leader Says ‘Foreign-Owned Shipping Companies’ Are Blocking Supply Chain
A union leader exposed the role that “foreign-owned shipping companies” play in the cargo backup at the Port of Los Angeles, which is causing supply chain shortages in the United States. The union leader said that “foreign-owned shipping companies” that own the terminals at the Port of Los Angeles have not been requesting union labor at a high enough rate for quite some time, thus slowing down the process of hauling and transporting goods off ships. The biggest foreign-owned company running the biggest cargo terminal at the Port of Los Angeles is Maersk, which has many Chinese offices and does massive business in China. Just weeks ago, Maersk sold its refrigerated container business for over $1 billion to a Chinese company that counts multiple Chinese Communist government state-owned enterprises as its major shareholders, giving China more control over our food and pharma supply.

In response to the supply chain crisis, U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Wally Adeyemo recently stated, “the reality is that the only way we get to a place where we work through this transition is if everyone in America and everywhere around the world gets vaccinated.” Clearly, this has led to speculation that the supply chain shortages are being manipulated in order to push the vaccine agenda. The Biden administration has touted a supposed deal it negotiated to help the Port of Los Angeles to operate 24/7 to offload the backed-up cargo. But one union leader said that union workers are already capable of working 24/7. The problem, in his view, is that “foreign-owned shipping companies” are not requesting labor.

The picture starts to get clearer.  They played along until the big push to assume global power and now, they are showing their hand. When this is over and sanity returns, we will remember...

The difference - facial coverings

| No Comments

20211017-mask.jpg

We are not amused - Let's go Brandon

| No Comments

Looks like the Canadian Government has no sense of humor.
Whole story with full-size image of document at The Roadkill Diaries

20211017-brandon01.jpg

And, just so we are clear on this:

20211017-brandon02.jpg

Spoilsports eh?

From advocacy group Liberty Council:

Military, Federal Employees and Civilian Contractors Sue Biden
Liberty Counsel has filed a class action lawsuit along with a motion for a temporary restraining order and injunction against Joseph R. Biden, U.S. Secretary of the Department of Defense Lloyd Austin and U.S. Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas on behalf of members from all five branches of the military -- Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard -- federal employees and federal civilian contractors, who have been unlawfully mandated to get the COVID shots or face dishonorable discharge from the military or termination from employment. 

The military plaintiffs include two Navy SEALs, a Navy EOD Officer, a Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer, a Navy Chaplain, two Marine Lt. Colonels, two Marine Lance Corporals, an Air Force Major, an Air Force Technical Sergeant, an Army National Guardsman, an Army Colonel, and a Coast Guard Lieutenant. 

The non-military plaintiffs include a Department of Defense contractor... (etc. etc.)

The plaintiff list is about 25 people long, a highly ranked person from each branch of the service as well as highly placed civilian contractors.  It will be interesting to see who they get as the Judge. The FedGov is trying to ram this through and now, the knives are coming out.  Interesting times...

From their ABOUT page:

ABOUT LIBERTY COUNSEL
Liberty Counsel is a Christian ministry that proclaims, advocates, supports, advances, and defends the good news that God in the person of Jesus Christ paid the penalty for our sins and offers forgiveness and eternal life to all who accept him as Lord and Savior. Every ministry and project of Liberty Counsel centers around and is based upon this good news, which is also referred to as the gospel.

Founded in 1989 so this is not their first trip around the block. They are fairly active and have won three cases before the Federal Supreme Court.  Again, interesting times...

Not a time to be in Alaska.  From Cliff Mass:

A Superstorm of Tropical Origin Will Develop Off the Northwest Coast on Thursday
I have been watching this storm for a while, and I am now certain enough to tell you about it.

A powerful, unusually deep storm will develop off the Northwest coast on Thursday.

A mid-latitude cyclone that began as a tropical storm (Namtheun), now over the western Pacific.

Below is the 96-hour forecast valid at 5 AM Thursday (PDT) of sea level pressure from the U.S. NOAA/GFS model. The solid lines are isobars (lines of constant sea level pressure).

Amazing...the storm, located due west of our coast, has a central pressure is 952 hPa, which is very, very low for a mid-latitude cyclones at our latitude.

This storm is deeper (lower pressure) than the extreme Columbus Day storm of October 12, 1962--the greatest storm to hit the Northwest in 100 years or more.

Lots more at the site.  Fortunately for us, it will hit further North - Alaska and Northern Vancouver Island and British Columbia.  Still... Something to keep a weather-eye out for.

Flawed science of political pressure.  From Retraction Watch:

Paper linking COVID-19 vaccines to myocarditis is temporarily removed without explanation
A paper claiming that myocarditis cases spiked after teenagers began receiving COVID-19 vaccines has earned a “temporary removal” — without any explanation from the publisher.

The article, “A Report on Myocarditis Adverse Events in the U.S. Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) in Association with COVID-19 Injectable Biological Products,” was published in Current Problems in Cardiology, an Elsevier journal, on October 1.

It was co-authored by Jessica Rose and Peter McCullough, whose affiliations are listed as the Public Health Policy Initiative at the Institute of Pure and Applied Knowledge — a group that has been critical of vaccines and of the response to COVID-19 and has funded one study that was retracted earlier this year — and Texas A&M’s Baylor Dallas campus. [See update at the end of the post.]

Last month, Baylor Scott & White obtained a restraining order against McCullough — whom Medscape says “has promoted the use of therapies seen as unproven for the treatment of COVID-19 and has questioned the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines” — for continuing to refer to an affiliation with the health care institution despite a separation agreement. “Since the Baylor suit, the Texas A&M College of Medicine, and the Texas Christian University (TCU) and University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC) School of Medicine have both removed McCullough from their faculties,” Medscape reported at the time.

An inconvenient bit of research. They say that McCullough "“has promoted the use of therapies seen as unproven for the treatment of COVID-19 and has questioned the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines" but... Current Problems in Cardiology is not chopped liver.  For McCullough to be publihed in a peer-reviewed Journal like that, he has to have his ducks in a row. Not a crank.

Feckless idiot - Mayor Pete

| No Comments

One term mayor and appointed to Biden's cabinet because he had the correct talking points.
From the London Daily Mail:

Paternity leave is work: Pete Buttigieg defends taking weeks off of national crisis to care for his newborn twins and warns that supply chain disruption will go into next year

    • Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said Sunday that paid parental leave isn't 'vacation' and that it's another form of 'work'
    • He was defending himself over criticism of taking off during a supply chain crisis to take care of his adopted newborns – Penelope and Joseph
    • Buttigieg announced September 4 that he and husband Chasten adopted two premature newborn twins
    • During his time off, the supply chain bottlenecks in the U.S. intensified as not enough trucks were arriving at ports to take containers off of ships
    • Buttigieg warned people should be prepared for these supply chain disruptions to continued into 2022

Pete Buttigieg rebuked conservative criticism over taking parental leave in the midst of a supply chain crisis after adopting twin newborns, as the Transportation secretary claimed paid leave to take care of family is still 'work.'

He also admitted that the supply chain traffic jams and delays could last into next year.

'As you might imagine, we're bottle-feeding, and doing it at all hours of the day and night,' Buttigieg explained to CNN's State of the Union on Sunday. 'And I'm not going to apologize to Tucker Carlson or anyone else for taking care of my premature newborn infant twins.'

Yawn...  Is that tiresome little man still on the world stage?  His 15 minutes of fame are long gone.
All style and no substance.  All hat and no cattle.

Barkey's Third Term

| No Comments

Looks more and more like it.  From FOX News:

Biden leans more on Obama with White House under pressure from multiple crises
President Biden appears to be leaning more on his former boss as the White House comes under increased pressure to improve the nation's economy and outlook on the future of the Democratic Party.

Former President Obama will attend the United Nations COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, early next month to highlight the "important progress" made with climate change since the Paris Agreement took effect. Meanwhile, President Biden and his Cabinet participate in the World Leader Summit in Glasgow on Nov. 1 and 2 at the beginning of the 26th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

They are imploding.

The State rewards those who nurture it

| No Comments

Be useful to The State and The State will reward you.
From The Daily Wire:

‘Trained Marxist’ BLM Co-Founder Appointed As A Los Angeles County Commissioner
A Black Lives Matter co-founder who once admitted that she had been “trained” to be a Marxist organizer has been appointed to the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

Patrisse Cullors recently revealed the move in a newsletter to her supporters, titled “The Abolitionist’s Update on Art and Activism.” She said she “came back and hit the ground running” after “some much needed time of rest.” In May, Cullors stepped down as executive director of the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation following a controversy surrounding her property purchases.

Just like Hunter B.  Become an "artist" - people will then give you huge sums of money to "buy" your "art"

She does not know her history. The State will reward her until The State gains complete control.   Then?   She is among the first to be lined up and shot. Too close to The Power and The State can't stand any possibility of having its Power taken away.  It will liquidate any possible competition. The State and only The State must endure...

And Jay Inslee can kiss my a**

| No Comments

Sign off after 22 years of service.  From The Daily Wire:

State Trooper Resigns, Slams Dem Gov’s Vaccine Mandate: ‘Jay Inslee Can Kiss My A**’
On Saturday night, a viral video emerged of a Washingon state trooper who apparently refused to get vaccinated as he submitted his resignation over the phone to a radio operator, in the process telling the state’s Democratic governor, Jay Inslee, who in August ordered state workers to show proof of vaccination by October 18 or lose their jobs, “Jay Inslee can kiss my a**.”

The trooper stated, “This is my final sign-off. After 22 years of serving the citizens of the state of Washington, I am being asked to leave because I am dirty. Numerous fatalities, injuries. I’ve worked sick; I’ve played sick; buried lots of friends over these years. (I’d) like to thank you guys; I’d like to thank the citizens of Yakima County as well as my fellow officers within the valley. Without you guys I wouldn’t have been very successful; you kept me safe and got me home to my family every night. Thank you for that.”

“Wish I could say more but this is it, so, state 1034, this is the last time you’ll hear me in a state patrol car,” he concluded. “And Jay Inslee can kiss my ass.”

Video at the site.  The pushback is building.  People are not putting up with the capricious diktats of our so-called leaders. 290+ comments all in favor of the Officer.

An interesting website - WTF 1971

| No Comments

A lot of things changed that year and the repercussions are still being felt today.

The website is a compilation of graphs and it raises a very good question.

Go and visit - well worth your time... More here: wtf1971

1971 was the year that the United States officially went off the Gold Standard. We debased our currency - one dollar is no longer backed up by $1.00 worth of gold held in the Federal Mint. This action (as well as others) is known as The Nixon Shock

Fading away - feeling downright sleepy

| No Comments

Otherwise feeling great - just needing more sleep than usual   —  9-10 hours.  7-8 is my 'normal' so this excursion is not worrisome.  Got nuttin' planned for tomorrow so sleeping in as late as I want.  Was planning to head to the farm then but do that Monday.  Need to get some stuff in Bellingham before I go there.

Watch some videos and lights out...

There is hope - System D

| No Comments

Fascinating article about the real economic powerhouse of this planet.
And no bureaucrats can screw it up.  From Foreign Policy:

The Shadow Superpower
Forget China: the $10 trillion global black market is the world's fastest growing economy -- and its future

With only a mobile phone and a promise of money from his uncle, David Obi did something the Nigerian government has been trying to do for decades: He figured out how to bring electricity to the masses in Africa’s most populous country.

It wasn’t a matter of technology. David is not an inventor or an engineer, and his insights into his country’s electrical problems had nothing to do with fancy photovoltaics or turbines to harness the harmattan or any other alternative sources of energy. Instead, 7,000 miles from home, using a language he could hardly speak, he did what traders have always done: made a deal. He contracted with a Chinese firm near Guangzhou to produce small diesel-powered generators under his uncle’s brand name, Aakoo, and shipped them home to Nigeria, where power is often scarce. David’s deal, struck four years ago, was not massive — but it made a solid profit and put him on a strong footing for success as a transnational merchant. Like almost all the transactions between Nigerian traders and Chinese manufacturers, it was also sub rosa: under the radar, outside of the view or control of government, part of the unheralded alternative economic universe of System D.

You probably have never heard of System D. Neither had I until I started visiting street markets and unlicensed bazaars around the globe.

And System D?

System D is a slang phrase pirated from French-speaking Africa and the Caribbean. The French have a word that they often use to describe particularly effective and motivated people. They call them débrouillards. To say a man is a débrouillard is to tell people how resourceful and ingenious he is. The former French colonies have sculpted this word to their own social and economic reality. They say that inventive, self-starting, entrepreneurial merchants who are doing business on their own, without registering or being regulated by the bureaucracy and, for the most part, without paying taxes, are part of “l’economie de la débrouillardise.” Or, sweetened for street use, “Systeme D.” This essentially translates as the ingenuity economy, the economy of improvisation and self-reliance, the do-it-yourself, or DIY, economy. A number of well-known chefs have also appropriated the term to describe the skill and sheer joy necessary to improvise a gourmet meal using only the mismatched ingredients that happen to be at hand in a kitchen.

Wonderful news - this is where the "gig economy" springs from and if the State is going to "manage" our banking and report transactions over $600 to the Internal Revenue Service (the trigger point is at $10,000 now), I see a lot more of our economy moving over to System D.  It does not seem that we can vote the deep-state out of office but we can certainly starve them to death.

Finally, a System D that I approve of.  Not this systemd  —  here and here for starters...

And they're baaack - wild goose chase

| No Comments

Coming back to the island from running some errands this afternoon, saw a bunch of Snow Geese settling in a farmer's field for the night.  They overwinter here - spend the summers in the Arctic.

I have tried other years to photograph them but never got anything good. Be especially fun now with my new lens.

Scott really gets it today - Dilbert

20211016-dt211016.jpg

October 2021

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
          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 27 28 29 30
31            

Environment and Climate
AccuWeather
Cliff Mass Weather Blog
Climate Depot
Ice Age Now
ICECAP
Jennifer Marohasy
Solar Cycle 24
Space Weather
Watts Up With That?


Science and Medicine
Junk Science
Life in the Fast Lane
Luboš Motl
Medgadget
Next Big Future
PhysOrg.com


Geek Stuff
Ars Technica
Boing Boing
Don Lancaster's Guru's Lair
Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories
FAIL Blog
Hack a Day
Kevin Kelly - Cool Tools
Neatorama
Slashdot: News for nerds
The Register
The Daily WTF


Comics
Achewood
The Argyle Sweater
Chip Bok
Broadside Cartoons
Day by Day
Dilbert
Medium Large
Michael Ramirez
Prickly City
Tundra
User Friendly
Vexarr
What The Duck
Wondermark
xkcd


NO WAI! WTF?¿?¿
Awkward Family Photos
Cake Wrecks
Not Always Right
Sober in a Nightclub
You Drive What?


Business and Economics
The Austrian Economists
Carpe Diem
Coyote Blog


Photography and Art
Digital Photography Review
DIYPhotography
James Gurney
Joe McNally's Blog
PetaPixel
photo.net
Shorpy
Strobist
The Online Photographer


Blogrolling
A Western Heart
AMCGLTD.COM
American Digest
The AnarchAngel
Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler
Babalu Blog
Belmont Club
Bayou Renaissance Man
Classical Values
Cobb
Cold Fury
David Limbaugh
Defense Technology
Doug Ross @ Journal
Grouchy Old Cripple
Instapundit
iowahawk
Irons in the Fire
James Lileks
Lowering the Bar
Maggie's Farm
Marginal Revolution
Michael J. Totten
Mostly Cajun
Neanderpundit
neo-neocon
Power Line
ProfessorBainbridge.com
Questions and Observations
Rachel Lucas
Roger L. Simon
Samizdata.net
Sense of Events
Sound Politics
The Strata-Sphere
The Smallest Minority
The Volokh Conspiracy
Tim Blair
Velociworld
Weasel Zippers
WILLisms.com
Wizbang


Gone but not Forgotten...
A Coyote at the Dog Show
Bad Eagle
Steven DenBeste
democrats give conservatives indigestion
Allah
BigPictureSmallOffice
Cox and Forkum
The Diplomad
Priorities & Frivolities
Gut Rumbles
Mean Mr. Mustard 2.0
MegaPundit
Masamune
Neptunus Lex
Other Side of Kim
Publicola
Ramblings' Journal
Sgt. Stryker
shining full plate and a good broadsword
A Physicist's Perspective
The Daily Demarche
Wayne's Online Newsletter

Recent Comments

  • Dave Halliday: Thaanks! read more
  • Dick Parks: Pasteries? Try spellcheck - read more
  • Once Burned: The word is out that you are coming home. Whatcom read more
  • Once Burned: Love the photo, thanks for sharing. Shared it with friends read more
  • XRay: Have you seen this... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xcvDMDg8TY read more

Monthly Archives

Pages

OpenID accepted here Learn more about OpenID
Powered by Movable Type 5.2.9