A fun story - microwaves

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A nice ramble:

The links in the show notes are also interesting.

  1. Be a craven liberal
  2. Get a hefty book advance
  3. Ghost-write a book that nobody ever reads

The latest iteration of this is NY Governor Andy Cuomo - from Legal Insurrection:

Cuomo Received $5.1 Million for COVID Book Despite Nursing Home Deaths
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s tax returns he released on Monday show he sold the rights to his COVID memoir for over $5 million.

$5 million for a book that only sold around 50,000 copies.

American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic came out in mid-October with the virus still going strong in the state.

Crown Publishing gave Cuomo the contract despite investigations into his nursing home mandate at the beginning of the pandemic.

Then we learned Cuomo’s aides kept fudging the nursing home death numbers while he wrote this masterpiece.

The publisher paid Cuomo $3.12 million in 2020. It will give him “an additional $2 million” in the next few years:

Cuomo’s financial records indicate that after taxes and expenses, his net gain from that initial payment of $3.12 million was $1.54 million. He has since donated $500,000 to the United Way of New York State to help with pandemic “recovery and vaccination efforts.”

The remaining $1 million and change has been placed in a trust for his three daughters. They gave him “the strength and love to make it through the crisis every day,” Cuomo adviser Rich Azzopardi said in a statement.

Crown Publishing announced in March it would stop promoting Cuomo’s book due to the scandals

But seriously folks.  This is just another example of money laundering and influence peddling in the deep state. Instead of just giving an out-and-out chunk of cash to the politician (illegal), they couch it in terms of payment for a book. The publisher is probably owned by some cartel that also owns a social media platform or a news media outlet - someone who benefits from legislation that Cuomo would push.

The other way to do this is to give the benjamins to a child - Hunter Biden for one. Nancy Pelosi's daughter, John Kerry's son-in-law, Chelsea Clinton, the list goes on.

From Conservative Treehouse:

Train Carrying Fertilizer and Ammonium Nitrate Derails in Iowa, Town Evacuated, Railway Disabled
If one was conspiracy minded…. A major gasoline pipeline is shutdown due to an unknown computer hack. Two days later, the Mississippi River (I-40) is closed to cargo barges after a major bridge fracture is discovered. And now yesterday:

Train In Iowa Carrying Hazardous Materials Derails and Catches Fire

And their conclusion:

    • Gas pipeline compromised….
    • Mississippi waterway compromised….
    • Midwest railroad line compromised….
    • JoeBama pushing massive leftist spending initiative under the auspices of an “infrastructure plan“…

This sequence certainly has one of my eyebrows lifted.  Curious.

Good meeting - done for the day

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Short and sweet - took 30 minutes and went over a bunch of stuff.  Three motions voted on.

Got the van unpacked earlier and loaded in the tools for tomorrow's work.  Ready to roll out at 7:00 AM - rendezvousing with the rest of the crew at 8:00 AM and putting in a solid 6-8 hours of moving shelving. Going to be stiff and sore tomorrow - maybe get a massage in a day or two.

Picked up two really nice marrow bones at the store this afternoon - the pups are tired from running around the farm yesterday and today. Now, they are blissed out with the bone.  It's a dog's life...

Surf for a little bit and then bed.  I am tired too.

Back home - just busier than shit

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Took care of stuff at the farm. Board meeting tonight plus had a bunch of paperwork to take care of.

Up at 6:00 AM tomorrow - meeting up with a crew to start packing shelving into a rental van at 8:00 AM.

The fun never stops...

And gone to ground

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Dealing with some plumbing issues at the farmhouse but everything else is good.

Quick surf - some busy days this coming week...

Well that time went fast

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Heading North.  Got everything bundled up for up there - doing some maintenence. Dump run first.

More much later tonight.

Working at home this morning

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Getting D's computer ready to roll. Getting the van loaded up with stuff for the dump (and getting the new plates put on (boo hoo)).

Been using Bulk Crap Uninstaller and it works really well.  I had been using The PC Decrapifier for this but they suspended operations and it is no longer available for download on their website. Oh well. Onward and upward.

Head out for dog walk and coffee in about an hour.

We will be scratching our heads over the collective insanity taking control these days. History will not be kind to these morons. The latest? From Military.com:

Space Force CO Who Got Holiday Call from Trump Fired Over Comments Decrying Marxism in the Military
A commander of a U.S. Space Force unit tasked with detecting ballistic missile launches has been fired for comments made during a podcast promoting his new book, which claims Marxist ideologies are becoming prevalent in the United States military.

Lt Col. Matthew Lohmeier, commander of 11th Space Warning Squadron at Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, was relieved from his post Friday by Lt. Gen. Stephen Whiting, the head of Space Operations Command, over a loss of confidence in his ability to lead, Military.com has exclusively learned.

"This decision was based on public comments made by Lt. Col. Lohmeier in a recent podcast," a Space Force spokesperson said in an email. "Lt. Gen. Whiting has initiated a Command Directed Investigation on whether these comments constituted prohibited partisan political activity."

I imagine that there is a special place in Hell for Karl Marx.  His poorly thought out theories sound good to poorly educated people and therefore have remained popular. They are unable to see that he is dead wrong on most of it.

Bringing a computer up for D to use - she is an old friend and is house-sitting the farm, overseeing the work being done and cleaning the place up.  She has worked for me before and we get along great.  Had a spare desktop so installing Windows 10 and some basic graphics and music software for her. Her laptop died a couple months ago and am not using this machine so win/win.

Working at home tomorrow for a while - doing another dump run and then taking the van up North for an overnight - take care of some stuff up there and load up another batch of stuff for down here. Board meeting Monday night so home for that. Renting a 20' box truck Tuesday morning and have a couple hour slog dismantling 100 lineal feet of grocery store shelving and loading it into the van. I have three people coming down in the store truck to do the manual labor so it will not be too bad.  A couple of great restaurants nearby so breakfast and a late lunch will be fun.

Picked up a nice par-baked baguette at the store and had it with the 3bean (kidney, navy and black) and kale soup earlier tonight.  Yummy. Refilled the hummingbird feeders - they are out in vengeance. Hungry lil' buggers.

Time for some videos.

From Space Weather:

100 Years Later: The Great Geomagnetic Storm of May 1921
You know a solar storm is serious when buildings burst into flame. Sounds crazy? It really happened 100 years ago today.

On May 15, 1921, the biggest solar storm of the 20th century hit Earth. Around 02:00 GMT that Sunday morning a telegraph exchange in Sweden burst into flames. Across the Atlantic, the same thing was going on in New York. Flames engulfed the switch-board at the Brewster station of the Central New England Railroad and quickly spread to destroy the whole building. During the conflagration, long distance telephone lines burned out in New Brunswick; voltages on telegraph lines in the USA spiked as high as 1000 V; and auroras were sighted by ships at sea crossing the equator. It was a Big. Solar. Storm.

The outburst happened during the lazy tail end of Solar Cycle 15, an unremarkable cycle that was almost over in 1921. Sunspot numbers were low–but it only took one. Giant sunspot AR1842 appeared in mid-May and started flaring, hurling multiple coronal mass ejections (CMEs) toward Earth. In those days scientists had never heard of “CMEs,” so they were completely surprised when the clouds of plasma struck Earth. Around the world, magnetometers suddenly went offscale, pens in strip chart recorders pegged uselessly to the tops of their papers.

In response to the pummeling, Earth’s magnetic field swayed back and forth, rippling with energy. Fires were a direct result. Physics 101: When a magnetic field changes rapidly, electricity flows through conductors in the area. It’s called “magnetic induction.” Early 20th century telegraph lines suddenly found themselves buzzing with induced currents. In Sweden and New York, wires grew so hot they ignited telegraph papers and other combustibles.

As a quick heads up.  No.  This is NOT the Solar Storm of 1859 (otherwise known as the Carrington Event).  That was 62 years prior. We have had subsequent storms -  the Great Quebec Blackout of 1989. Power outages happen. What concerns me is that the energy from the solar flare will not only black out the power grid, it will also destroy unprotected electronics. This is why I keep a couple of ham radios in an EMP-proof box as well as some hard currency (can not use an ATM when the grid and net are down).

We are overdue.  We had a very near miss in 2012.  Had it happened nine days earlier (Earth in a different position relative to the Sun), it would have taken four to ten years to recover from the damages. Not a thing we can do to protect ourselves - cars with computers? Dead. Espresso machines with computers? Dead. (sob)

Our *Resident (not him really, he is gone. it's his handlers) talks about infrastructure.
Does anything?

Curious - fractal design

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Top photo - Turkish Black carrot / Bottom photo - Mandelbrot Set

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Looks like nature is reusing the basic design but why - what is the benefit.  Curious indeed...

Unreal level of complicity - from Don Surber:

AP was a human shield for Hamas
Israel Defense Forces bombed a Hamas-owned building that the totally objective Associated Press and other news organizations used as offices.

The IDF gave the journalists an hour to pack before the bombing.

AP is all upset over this. Its CEO Gary Pruitt said, "We are shocked and horrified that the Israeli military would target and destroy the building housing AP’s bureau and other news organizations in Gaza. They have long known the location of our bureau and knew journalists were there. We received a warning that the building would be hit.

"We are seeking information from the Israeli government and are engaged with the U.S. State Department to try to learn more.

"This is an incredibly disturbing development. We narrowly avoided a terrible loss of life. A dozen AP journalists and freelancers were inside the building and thankfully we were able to evacuate them in time.

"The world will know less about what is happening in Gaza because of what happened today."

Much more at the site - Associated Press voluntarily served as human shields for the terrorists. Media complicity. No wonder their ratings are tanking. Nobody takes them seriously anymore.  Reminds me of these two memes:

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Of course they do not want it

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From the National File:

Fauci, FDA’s Peter Marks Admit 40-50% Of NIH and FDA Employees Are Refusing COVID Vaccine
When pressed by Sen. Richard Burr about the percentage of CDC and FDA employees who have elected to receive the COVID vaccine, Biden medical adviser Anthony Fauci and the FDA’s Peter Marks admitted that the number who have chosen not take the vaccine is close to half. CDC director Rochelle Walensky dodged the question.

“Okay, this question I’m gonna go to Dr. Fauci, Dr. Marks, and Dr. Walensky,” Burr said. “What percentage of employees in [Fauci’s] institute, [Walensky’s] Center, or [Mars’] agency, of your employees, has been vaccinated.”

“You know, I’m not a hundred percent sure, senator, but I think it’s probably a little bit more than half, probably around sixty percent,” Fauci said.

“I can’t tell you the exact number, but it’s probably in the same range, some people vaccinated at our facility, and others at, uh, outside of the facility,” Marks said.

Video at the site.  Check back with me around - ohhh - 2023 or so...

So true - retail

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Word to the wise - freedom

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Cows do it.

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Halfway tempted to get one of these from the local vet and mock it up with my vinyl cutter. I love our local food coop but they are very "progressive" - tweak a few hippies.

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Thanks to Robert Stacy McCain for the image.

Very nice Digital Logic Simulator

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Work with Digital Logic?  Check out Logisim.  Free software - looks really good.

Runs on Java with special versions for Win and Mac

Thinking about a project and this will be very handy...

And heading out soon

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Yet another really nice day.  Low lying clouds - Whidbey Island is obscured but clear skies and nice cool morning.

Heading out soon - doing some rearranging at the store. Decluttering the shelves. We have been accumulating a metric butt-load of small loudspeakers so need to figure a way to get those moved out of here.  A few fairly decent ones: Polk Audio & Infinity  Mostly just your basic cheap computer audio speakers.  Price these for 25¢ each and see what happens. You too can have your own 27 channel sound system.

Very quick surf over breakfast and out for a dog run.

So goes another day in paradise

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About ready to watch some videos and head to bed.  Working tomorrow.  Supposed to be really nice outside so working in the yard after.

Made a big pot of three-bean and kale soup for dinner earlier - delicious.  Lots of garlic.  Have enough for 5-6 more servings.  Planning to bake some bread tomorrow.

Up to the farm Sunday for two days - do a couple of projects and take another load back down here.

Just not so soon. It escaped the lab before it was finished.  From Australia's Sky News:

This video was published on May 9th - five days ago. It has so far garnered 20,462 comments.
The media in the USA?
. . . crickets . . .

Hmmmm... Interesting move

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The biggest and most innovative chip foundry in the world is Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.  A lot of major companies actually do not make their own silicon, they design it and then have a foundry like tsmc make the actual product (Apple, AMD, Tesla, NVIDIA for example). Makes sense - this way, each company can be as lean as possible and invest money where it does the best good.

China is making expansionist noises and considers Taiwan to be a wayward province that needs to rejoin the flock.  Looks like tsmc is leaving themselves a good out should this happen. From Reuters:

TSMC looks to double down on U.S. chip factories as talks in Europe falter
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (2330.TW) is weighing plans to pump tens of billions of dollars more into cutting-edge chip factories in the U.S. state of Arizona than it had previously disclosed, but is cool on prospects for an advanced European plant, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

TSMC is the world's most advanced chip-maker, and its investment plans are being closely watched amid a global chip shortage and new initiatives in the U.S. and Europe to subsidize semiconductor production. TSMC announced last year that it would invest $10 billion to $12 billion to build a chip factory in Phoenix.

Reuters this month reported that the previously disclosed factory could be the first of up to six planned plants at the site. Now, company officials are debating whether the next plant should be a more advanced facility that can make chips with so-called 3-nanometer chipmaking technology compared to the slower, less-efficient 5-nanometer technology used for the first factory.

Good - if China invades, I bet that they will find the tsmc factory to be a metaphoric glowing crater.  The processes are dealing with nanometer level accuracy so a little tweak here and a gentle shove there and all of their billion-dollar machinery will be rendered useless and China does not have the technology to diagnose or repair.

Good company and I welcome them to America.

Word to the wise - history

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Getting these screens?

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Are you getting these screens all of a sudden?
Just the stupid children working for the deep state trying to be our nannies again.
These sites are clean - they are just trying to "nudge" our behavior again.

Self-centered elitists.  Entitled. Useful Idiots in the truest sense of the word.
Crawl back under your StarWars© blankie in your mommies basement and have a good cry you incel little wanker.

The joke is, once the people like AOC, Pelosi, Schumer, Harris finally manage to seize power, these people will be the first to be lined up and shot. They think they are a component of a coming revolution.  They are its cannon fodder - nothing more, nothing less.  Their graves will not be marked.  They will not be remembered.  They will have no legacy. They are a pawn.

So the question now is...

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...what are they trying to hide.  Elections are supposed to be open. From The Gateway Pundit:

Dominion Voting Systems Releases Statement – Slams Arizona Forensic Audit and States Company WILL NOT Release Passwords to Maricopa Voting Machines
Back on November 30, 2020, Maricopa County elections witness Jan Bryant testified before the Arizona legislature. Jan said back on November 30, 2020, that Maricopa County officials DID NOT RUN THE ELECTION! Two Dominion employees in the audit center ran the election. This explains why Maricopa County officials do not have Admin passwords or access to the Dominion voting machines. They never had them!

America’s Audit Director Ken Bennett told OAN earlier in the week that Dominion was refusing to comply with the subpoena to turn over the passwords. What are they hiding?

Exactly - what are they hiding?   A simple question.  We should be getting a simple answer.

Dog walk, coffee and head to the thrift store - they open at 10:00 AM

More spew later today...

Great move - Israel

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Perfect fakeout.  From the London Daily Mail:

Israel's deadly deception: IDF TRICKED Hamas into believing a ground invasion was underway... then obliterated tunnel network knowing militants would be hiding underground waiting to ambush tanks

    • There was confusion when the IDF suggested troops were on the ground in Gaza, before retracting the statement and saying that forces attacked Hamas tunnels along the border but did not cross it
    • Turned out to be a well-planned ploy get Hamas to send its fighters into its underground tunnel system beneath Gaza City, before bombarding the area, in the hope of eliminating large numbers of militants
    • Still, fears of invasion remain with thousands of troops moving to the border and 9,000 reservists called up
    • Israel stepped up its attacks on Gaza overnight with more than 1,000 bombs and shells pounding northern and eastern areas in the heaviest attacks of the conflict so far
    • Meanwhile Hamas has continued firing hundreds of rockets at Israel from Gaza and was joined overnight by three rockets fired from Hezbollah-controlled Lebanon, though all of them fell short
    • More street clashes took place in Israeli-Arab city of Lod, with fighting reported in Jaffa and Umm al-Fahm
    • Fighting continued this morning as IDF jets struck what they called underground rocket sites and observation posts around Gaza, with Hamas suicide drones sent the other way

The Israel Defence Forces managed to trick Hamas into believing a ground invasion was underway last night and then obliterated their tunnel network knowing militants would be hiding underground waiting to ambush tanks and soldiers, reports in Israel claim.

There was confusion when the IDF said shortly after midnight that ground forces were 'attacking in Gaza', and later suggested that boots were on the ground. A spokesman later retracted that statement - saying that military operations were conducted along the border, but no Israeli troops had crossed it.

However, the announcement was apparently a well-planned ploy to get Hamas to send its fighters into its underground tunnel system beneath Gaza City, before bombarding the area, in the hope of eliminating large numbers of militants in one fell swoop.

Soldiers and tanks with drones equipped with night vision lay in wait for survivors as they surfaced, hitting them with aerial and ground fire. Snipers and missile units were also waiting for them on the ground.

Brilliant.  Israel is very hesitant to send personnel into Gaza as one of Hamas' goals is to capture their soldiers and use them for propaganda.  The corpses are returned but the torture they had been subjected to is inhumane. Why these apes are "heroes" to the left is beyond me.  Just look at their record for treating women and gays. Hypocrites.

News you can use - the jab

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3.. 2.. and done

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Not as productive an afternoon as I was planning but a good one.  Got some paperwork, email and phone calls taken care of.  Visited the auction site to confirm my purchases and take some measurements.  Ordered the UHaul truck for next Tuesday and confirmed my work party.

Poked around a little bit outside - trying to trace a power line that comes out of the wall of the house and disappears into the ground.  I am suspecting a sump pump somewhere but can not find any indication of location.  Big groundwater problem with the house so having to rehabilitate whatever system was in their originally.  A lot easier dealing with the county on that than just installing something new.

When the local electrician was installing my new panel a few months ago, he mentioned that he was getting a new boat.  A new boat showed up in the bay this afternoon and I sent him an email.  Yup - his.  Beauty.  I told him that I was planning to try out my new PA Speakers this evening. Would 3:00 AM be OK and was there a particular kind of music that he did not like. No reply yet...

Clean the kitchen, run the dishwasher and watch some YouTube. Working tomorrow morning.

Sending prayers to Israel.  The current administration is causing all sorts of problems throughout the entire world - not just here.  That the Democrats were able to cheat and get their meat puppet installed in office speaks volumes to the level of corruption in DC at this time.  Some serious cleaning is needed.  Congressional term limits would be excellent too - get back to the original job description.

Some pushback - Michigan

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They have a piece of work for a governor. An Elitist. Corrupt. Entitled. And this is just the short list.
Her management of the Wuhan Flu was spot on.
Here is the latest from The Epoch Times:

Company Defies Michigan Governor’s Order to Shut Down Oil Pipeline
A Canadian energy company has defied an order from Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to shut down a controversial oil and gas pipeline Wednesday amid growing concern that doing so could lead to fuel disruptions similar to those resulting from last week’s cyberattack on an East Coast system.

The Democratic governor gave Canadian pipeline company Enbridge until Wednesday to shut down Line 5, which runs under the Straits of Mackinac, amid fears that it could spill in a channel linking two of the Great Lakes.

“These oil pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac are a ticking timebomb, and their continued presence violates the public trust and poses a grave threat to Michigan’s environment and economy,” Whitmer’s office said in a statement.

However, Enbridge refused to comply with the order, saying that only the federal government has regulatory authority over its operations. It says leaks have never occurred in the underwater section of Line 5, although in 2010, a different Enbridge pipeline spilled nearly a million gallons of oil into Michigan’s Kalamazoo River.

Yeah - there are dangers with anything. The spill from over ten years ago was cleaned up. Enbridge is 100% correct - this is a Federal call, not one for the Wicked Witch. Whitmer wants to crash the economy so the socialists can sieze power. Glad to see that Enbridge is not yielding.

True that - war and peace

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And it begins - Israel

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From the London Daily Mail:

Israeli ground troops attack Gaza as air force bombards targets and officials order EVERYONE living within miles of the border to go to bunkers - after tit-for-tat death toll climbed to 110 including dozens of children

    • The Israel Defense Force tweeted tonight: 'IDF air and ground troops are currently attacking in the Gaza Strip'
    • A military spokesman added that 'there are ground troops attacking in Gaza, together with air forces as well'
    • Benjamin Netanyahu said: 'The last word was not said and this operation will continue as long as necessary'
    • It is not clear if the offensive will be to destroy rocket sites or Hamas leaders or extended campaign to invade
    • Israel called up 9,000 reservists to bolster its forces as it deployed troops to the Gaza border for the assault

Israeli ground troops have attacked Gaza as its air force bombarded targets and officials ordered everyone living within miles of the border to go to bunkers amid fears of fierce retaliation from Hamas.

Fears of an all-out war escalated in the early hours of Friday morning as the military said just after midnight that air and ground forces were attacking the Hamas-run enclave. Rocket barrages from Gaza swiftly followed.

Its statement gave no further details but military affairs correspondents who are briefed by the armed forces said it was not a ground invasion, and that troops were firing artillery from Israel's side of the border.

No help or support from us. Shameful lack on our part. Israel is our best friend and staunchest ally in that part of the world.

Hope they enjoy their 72 white grapes of exceptional purity. From Don Surber:

Biden gave Palestinians $235 million; they fired 1,600 rockets at Israel
Follow the money. On April 7, Al Jazeera reported, "The Biden administration has announced plans to resume funding for the United Nations agency that supports Palestinian refugees, which has faced a dire financial situation since former US President Donald Trump cut US assistance in 2018."

President Trump cut off the aid because Palestinian leaders keep terrorizing Israel.

Arab News said the US gift was $235 million. It said, "The plan calls for $150 million through the United Nations relief agency UNRWA, $75 million in US economic and development assistance and $10 million for peace-building programs, Blinken said in a statement."

That is a lot of money to give to Palestinians whose leaders have refused peace settlements for 73 years.

AJ said, "UNRWA provides aid and other services, including healthcare and education, to about 5.7 million Palestinian refugees in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, Lebanon, and Jordan – and the agency welcomed the US announcement."

Paying for schools and medical care frees up money for Palestinian authorities to buy rockets.

That one month after Biden released the money, the rocket attack began.

There never were any native palestinians.  The people causing the problems are Hashamite Jordanian.  Jordan doesn't want them.  Nobody wants them. I can see why they are uppity - they used to be the big shizzle.  Now? Nope.

History is fun.  It can also be very inconvenient.  I can see why some people study it and why some people willfully ignore it.

Oh: 72 white grapes or raisins?  A small translation error. I hope that the terrorists enjoy their eternity in hell. Those 72 white grapes of exceptional purity must be really sweet.  Imagine the expression on their faces when they find that they killed themselves over a simple translation error.

And out for an hour or three

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Errands and a couple of phone calls. Working outside this afternoon - next couple of days looks really good.

Of course - next question?

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Paging Captain Obvious - from The New York Post:

If you prefer city living over nature, you might be a psychopath: study
City slickers are more likely to be psychotic — or so says a study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology, which found a correlation between people who exhibit darker personality traits and a preference for urban over suburban and rural areas.

Using the crowdsourcing website Prolific, researchers at the University of Derby surveyed 304 UK-based adults on their preferred geographical setting, how connected they felt with nature and their personality type. The resulting data showed a correlation between socially averse personality traits — like sadism and narcissism — and being partial to inner-city living. A second study of another 235 UK-based adults concluded similar results.

“Psychopathy is inversely associated with nature connectedness,” authors wrote in the study’s highlight section, noting that “high scoring on psychopathy was associated with a preference for inner-city living, but did not match residential history.”

Cities can be fun when you are young but once you hit 30, it takes a different mindset to thrive.

RIP - Spencer Silver

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Spencer Silver?  From the New York Times:

Spencer Silver, an Inventor of Post-it Notes, Is Dead at 80
Spencer Silver, a research chemist at 3M who inadvertently created the not-too-sticky adhesive that allows Post-it Notes to be removed from surfaces as easily as they adhere to them, died on Saturday at his home in St. Paul, Minn. He was 80.

His wife, Linda, said that he died after an episode of ventricular tachycardia, in which the heart beats faster than normal. Mr. Silver had a heart transplant 27 years ago.

Since their introduction in 1980, Post-it Notes have become a ubiquitous office product, first in the form of little canary-yellow pads — billions of which are sold annually — and later also in different hues and sizes, some with much stickier adhesives. There are currently more than 3,000 Post-it Brand products globally.

Use them all the time - brilliant.  Great story at the site - took 3M a long time to realize just what they had.

The latest cult to follow

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BLM? Just another cult with its detractors and adherents. Roger L. Simon has some history:

How ‘Woke’ May Be Leading Us to Civil War
The other day, I wrote that “woke” was the new conformism.

It is, of course, but I undersold it. It’s much more than that and more dangerous.

As Tal Bachman notes at Steynonline, it’s now our state religion, a state religion in a country that—constitutionally and for good reason—isn’t supposed to have one.

But “Wokism” is yet more than that, too. It’s a mass psychosis similar to many that have arisen throughout history when the masses followed leaders who, in their zeal or self-interest, took them to disastrous ends.

And BLM specifically? Roger sets the stage talking about an earlier cult: Erhard Seminars Training (est) and proceeds from there:

Although operationally similar, “woke” is exponentially more perilous than the now-defunct est training. Our position in society, our livelihoods, and our children’s educations and futures are being held over our heads, not our mere use of a restroom.

An iron-fisted, ideologically extreme minority has our country under its thumb—play along or face ex-communication. This is stronger than anything in our history and almost identical to what we see and have seen in totalitarian countries.

It’s a psychosis approaching mass hallucination. In Franco’s Spain, they shouted, “Viva la muerte!” (“Long live death!”) Here we are asked to proclaim just as loudly “Black Lives Matter,” to display signs saying as much on our lawns, although we never thought otherwise and always thought (naively, we are told) that all lives mattered.

All key aspects, most parts of them anyway, of our society “get it” as they did in est (i.e., now believe in ”woke”) or, yet more ominously, cynically say they do—the media, the corporations (“Better woke than broke!”), the government bureaucracy, the Democratic Party, the Department of Justice, the FBI, the military (yikes!), entertainment, the university system, the K–12 system, the medical community, the scientific community (incredibly), the religious community (sadly), and on and on.

All, to one extent or another, believe in “woke” except—the people.

Most of the people anyway.

Sorry guys - I do not buy into your fad. I stand with the rest of We The People. All Lives Matter
The Bitter Little Marxists can kiss my posterior.

A bit of perspective - Israel

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The war that Iran is waging on Israel and the West. Israeli writer Martin van Creveld:

Several factors explain the low number of casualties. First, the rockets coming from Gaza are enormously inaccurate. They hit targets, if they do, almost at random. Second, the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system works better than anyone had expected. The system has the inestimable advantage in that it can calculate the places where the rockets will land. Consequently it only goes into action against those—approximately one in five or six—that are clearly about to hit an inhabited area. The outcome is vast savings; in some cases, realizing that the incoming rockets are not going to hit anybody or anything, the authorities do not even bother to sound the alarm. Third, civil defense seems to be working well; people obey instructions and are, in any case, getting used to this kind of thing. Fourth, as always in war, one needs luck.

In turn, the small number of Arab casualties and the limited amount of damage inflicted has enabled the government of Israel to keep the lid on its own actions in the face of extremist demands. It suggests a degree of control and precision never before attained or maintained in any war in history. But while the Israelis have been extremely effective in avoiding collateral deaths, the impact of their strikes against Hamas’ short-range rockets in particular is limited.

Israel’s lucky run will not last forever. Sooner or later, a Hamas rocket that for one reason or another has not been intercepted is bound to hit a real target in Israel and cause real damage. Imagine a school or kindergarten being hit, resulting in numerous deaths. In that case public pressure on the government and the Israel Defense Forces “to do something” will mount until it becomes intolerable.

This was posted July 2014.  Nothing has changed.  Hat tip to Vox Day for the link.

The history of the Palestinian conflict is interesting - basically, a failed KGB attempt to destabilize Israel starting from the 1950's. Lots of corroborating data here and other sites.  The first "Palestinian"  leader was an Egyptian who spent nine years in Moscow at Patrice Lumumba University and then came to Jordan with a nice fat bankroll and began to "organize".

And nothing much this morning

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Socked in when I woke up but it is burning off and the sun is peeking through.

Puttering around the house and getting ready to head out for a nice dog run and the morning libation. Working at home - outside if it clears up, wiring if it does not.

Two morning memes

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