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Off to bed. Worked hard today and will probably feel it tomorrow. Got to get back in the habit of going to the gym - have not in the last two weeks.

Heh - art

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From the internet:


Sigh - antivaxxing

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Child abuse runs rampant in Samoa - from Brickmuppet:

Anti-Vaxxers Making A Difference
All schools and public services are shut down because of a measles outbreak in American Samoa, which has declared an emergency and is engaged in a massive, belated, vaccination campaign.  The situation is even worse in the nearby Kingdom of Samoa which has over 4800 people sick and over 70 deaths, mostly children.

The people who fall for this idiocy need to be educated with a cluebat. Nothing but child abuse.

Good - Saudis in the USA

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From FOX News:

After NAS Pensacola shooting, Pentagon suspends flight training for hundreds of Saudi students, officials say
The Pentagon on Tuesday suspended more than 850 Saudi students from flight training in response to the deadly shooting by a Saudi student last Friday at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida, senior defense officials told Fox News.

The suspension was part of a broader Defense Department review of all international training on U.S. military bases after Friday's massacre.

The officials said all 852 Saudi military students will be immediately confined to classroom training, while all operational training in the air, land, and sea "will pause."

Good - open a review board on them. Check their social media (the shooter was very vocal in his hate for America).

Excellent rant from Cliff Mass - read the whole thing, not just my excerpt:

Promoters of Climate Anxiety
There is a special place in the underworld for those who promote anxiety, desperation, and terror in the most vulnerable. A place where the infernal warmth is particularly torrid.

And one does not have to spend much time looking for candidates for this netherworld--the front page of the Seattle Times will do fine.

On Sunday, our local tabloid featured a story about fearful/desperate folks dealing with their apocalyptic fears about climate change.

Like I said, go and read the whole thing - he links to the various fear-mongering in the media and excoriates them for what they are. Good stuff. The 70+ comments make for good reading.

And back home again - long but fun day

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The event was a lot of fun. Santa showed up, there were elves and even two real raindeer. I got to skritch them as I love large animals. The arts group got a room to ourselves and we provided tree ornaments for the kids to decorate (glue, glitter, etc...) as well as coloring activities, popsicle stick art projects. It was organised chaos but a lot of fun and we had about 500 people come through. This is a great event for the local community and nice exposure for our group.

L helped set up and was there for a couple hours but she has someone she is taking care of (medical issues) so did not stay for the whole time. We are meeting for coffee tomorrow.

Out the door

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Coffee and stuff - meeting up with L to volunteer at the "Afternoon with Santa" event later today. Should be fun.

And it is closed for the season - SR-20

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From the WA Department of Transportation:

SR 20 North Cascades Highway, between Diablo and Mazama, closing to vehicles until 2020
A snowy forecast means State Route 20 North Cascades Highway will close for the season at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 11. This is the latest road closure date in more than a decade.

Washington State Department of Transportation crews close this stretch of SR 20 every year once snow fills the avalanche chutes that line the highway, which poses a safety risk to travelers and road crews.

Road closure points
The closure points start at milepost 134/Ross Dam Trailhead and at milepost 171/Silver Star Gate. When significant snow begins to fall, WSDOT crews will move the western closure point back to milepost 130/Colonial Creek Campground and the eastern closure point to milepost 177/Early Winters Campground. These weather-dependent changes usually happen in January. Signs along SR 20 are posted in advance of the closure point and updates on the WSDOT website will reflect where the road is closed.

Winter recreation on SR 20
Hikers, skiers, snowmobilers and other recreationalists can access the closed portion of highway during the winter season. Users should park in designated parking areas to allow plow drivers the space they need to clear snow around the closed stretch’s access gates.

WSDOT closes this stretch of highway due to avalanche risk, so anyone using this area should check forecasts and be aware of quickly changing conditions in the mountains. Travelers can also check conditions with North Cascades National Park before trips to this area.

And that is it for the season. Yes, this is the latest date for closure in a decade but if you go back a few more years, this is not an unusual date by any means. Last week I posted this:

The current statement is that this is the latest that the pass has stayed open in the last decade - climate change.

Actually, if you look at the numbers, you can see that it closed on January 3rd, 1990 with December 8th, 13th, 15th, 17th, 18th and many other dates past today. This is the effect of weather, not climate.

In other news, Mt. Baker is looking at maybe opening next week:

Tuesday December 10 - Pre-Season Update
After some anxious waiting, we are finally seeing snow headed our way!

The forecast is looking positive; we should see a fair amount of new snow hit Mt. Baker Ski Area over the coming week and based on the forecast we have the potential to do setup early next week with a good possibility of opening as early as middle of next week! This depends, of course, on how the weather unfolds, so stay tuned here for daily updates and the most up-to-date info on Opening Day.

November has been an unseasonably dry month - time for the jet stream to shift back to its normal path and deliver us some moisture... R. U. Listening?

George Nader - from the London Daily Mail June 4th, 2019:

Convicted sex offender George Nader, 60, who was a key witness in Mueller's probe, is charged with bringing child porn into the US after being found with 'explicit videos of little boys engaging in beastiality on his phone' at JFK Airport
George Nader, who was a key witness in FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian election meddling investigation, has been arrested in New York and charged with bringing child pornography into the US for a second time.

From the United States Department of Justice - December 3rd, 2019

California CEO and Seven Others Charged in Multi-Million Dollar Conduit Campaign Contribution Case
Earlier today, an indictment was unsealed against the CEO of an online payment processing company, and seven others, charging them with conspiring to make and conceal conduit and excessive campaign contributions, and related offenses, during the U.S. presidential election in 2016 and thereafter.

Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and Assistant Director in Charge Timothy R. Slater of the FBI’s Washington Field Office made the announcement.

A federal grand jury in the District of Columbia indicted Ahmad “Andy” Khawaja, 48, of Los Angeles, California, on Nov. 7, 2019, along with George Nader, Roy Boulos, Rudy Dekermenjian, Mohammad “Moe” Diab, Rani El-Saadi, Stevan Hill and Thayne Whipple. The 53 count indictment charges Khawaja with two counts of conspiracy, three counts of making conduit contributions, three counts of causing excessive contributions, 13 counts of making false statements, 13 counts of causing false records to be filed, and one count of obstruction of a federal grand jury investigation. Nader is charged with conspiring with Khawaja to make conduit campaign contributions, and related offenses. Boulos, Dekermenjian, Diab, El-Saadi, Hill, and Whipple are charged with conspiring with Khawaja and each other to make conduit campaign contributions and conceal excessive contributions, and related offenses.

They do not say who received the money though. But, from the New York Post:

George Nader, key Mueller witness, charged with funneling money to Clinton campaign
A key witness in Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation has been hit with federal charges for allegedly conspiring to funnel more than $3.5 million to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign.

George Nader, a Lebanese-American lobbyist busted for child pornography earlier this year, and seven others were named in a 53-count indictment unsealed in Washington, DC, federal court Tuesday.

It is almost always liberals. Biden, New York CityMark ZaidTerry Bean, teachers (here, here, here, here and here), Katie Hill... I could go on but you get the drift.

Heh - the IG report

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The house of cards is teetering - from The Gateway Pundit:

BREAKING: US Attorney John Durham Releases Statement Disputing IG Report Conclusions
The DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz finally released his report on FISA abuses on Monday.

The report revealed what we knew to be true all along — the FBI defrauded the FISA court and purposely omitted exculpatory information from the FISA judges in order to obtain FOUR FISA warrants on Trump campaign advisor Carter Page.

As an aside - Carter Page is going to be set for life after he sues the FBI for what they did to him. His settlement will be in the multi-millions and the discovery process will expose the machinations at the FBI up to the top levels. Good.

Horowitz, however concluded that the FBI investigation into Trump was not politically motivated — and John Durham hit back.

We need to remember that although Horowitz is doing a decent job, he was an Obama appointee so his conclusions are different from mine regarding the 51 violations and 9 false statements

US Attorney from Connecticut John Durham immediately released a statement following the release of the FISA report and disputed Horowitz’s findings and conclusions.

“I have the utmost respect for the mission of the Office of Inspector General and the comprehensive work that went into the report prepared by Mr. Horowitz and his staff. However, our investigation is not limited to developing information from within component parts of the Justice Department. Our investigation has included developing information from other persons and entities, both in the U.S. and outside of the U.S. Based on the evidence collected to date, and while our investigation is ongoing, last month we advised the Inspector General that we do not agree with some of the report’s conclusions as to predication and how the FBI case was opened,” John Durham said in a rare statement.

John Durham was tapped by Bill Barr earlier this year to conduct an investigation into the origins of Spygate.

Looks like things are getting a bit hot for some miscreants in D.C.  I wonder how they are going to pace this as the 2020 elections are just 11 months away. Going to be an interesting summer - I can tell you that much.

Quid pro quo - Obama

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Obama was crooked, just like Hillary, Biden, Kerry, etc. etc. etc. From American Thinker:

Obama gave Common Core contract to publisher, got $65-million book deal in return?
As far-left Democrats yell about bribery and high crimes and misdemeanors, let's turn to their own side of the aisle, starting with the once penniless President Obama, who left public office a very, very rich man.

He just bought a Martha's Vineyard mansion for a cool $11.75 million, which is in addition to his Kalorama lookout post, his Chicago home, and possibly a Hawaii spread.  At some point, you've made enough...but not him.

Ostensibly, it's mainly the work of his book deals.  No bribery there, right?

Well, ahem...

According to Investment Watch (IWB), something doesn't quite look right.

Obama gave Pearson Publishing $350 million to create Commoncore text and Pearson gave Obama a $65 million dollar book deal in return.

Much more at the site - Pearson publishes the common core materials. Obama's book was published by Penguin Random House Publishing but it turns out that the same umbrella company owns major shares in both companies.

The article also touches on Obama's Netflix deal:

It's not the first time Obama has done things like this, either.  IWB notes that Obama's net neutrality stance benefited Netflix, and surprise, surprise, he got a lucrative deal with Netflix, too.

The whole lot of them are gaming the system - dirty as hell...

...really cute commercial. From YouTube:

Brexit, actually. Boris Johnson's funny election advert parodies Love Actually but makes an important point: this election is too close to call. On Friday 13th December, we could have a hung parliament and Jeremy Corbyn could be Prime Minister, or a Conservative majority that gets Brexit done.

Your vote could be the difference. Vote Conservative on Thursday 12th December.

From Vanderleun who calls him England's Trump - so true and so needed. Time to move on. Get great things done.
Enough chattering and whinging from the children.

Outta here

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The carne asada is calling my name. Back in a bit. My local is closed for a private party so no beers for me 😒

Feeling nervous John?

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From The Gateway Pundit:

Brennan Lashes Out at President Trump After IG Horowitz Releases Report on FISA Abuse
Former CIA Director John Brennan lashed out at President Trump Monday evening after DOJ IG Michael Horowitz released his 476-page report on FISA abuse.

The report revealed what we knew to be true all along — the FBI defrauded the FISA court and purposely omitted exculpatory information from the FISA judges in order to obtain FOUR FISA warrants on Trump campaign advisor Carter Page.

The FISA abuse report also showed 51 violations and 9 false statements, according to the appendix.

Brennan's response:

“The damage being inflicted by President Trump on our national conscience & our government is tragic. Members of Congress & staffers who defend & misrepresent his indefensible actions are telling Americans it’s ok to be dishonest, unethical, & corrupt,” Brennan said.

Pot meet kettle - a classic case of psychological projection.

This defines her life - Fauxcahontas

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From ABC News:

Elizabeth Warren campaign to hold star-studded fundraiser in Los Angeles as Harris exits stage
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., is set to host her first campaign fundraiser in the Los Angeles area Saturday. And while Warren won't be there -- she'll be stumping in New Hampshire -- the event is shaping up to have as many stars as a Hollywood movie premiere.

The gathering promises to be replete with celebrity faces -- and a life-size cardboard cutout of Warren.

Emphasis mine - in Texas they call it "All Hat and No Cattle" She talkum heap big but has nothing substantive to offer.


Obama and Ukraine

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This does not surprise me one bit. From the New York Post:

Obama administration knew Hunter Biden was shady, witness admits
Of all the supposedly shocking revelations that have emerged from the impeachment hearings this week, here’s one that the Democrats in Congress hope you don’t hear about: The Obama White House knew that Hunter Biden’s extremely lucrative appointment to the board of the Ukrainian gas company Burisma, which occurred the month after his father was named the administration’s “point person” on Ukraine, reeked of corruption — and they didn’t do anything about it.

In Congressional testimony Friday, former Ukraine ambassador Marie Yovanovitch confirmed for Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), that in 2016 the Obama State Department privately ran her through a series of practice questions and answers to prepare Yovanovitch for her Senate confirmation hearing.

Scandal-free administration? Hardly.

I do hope this is not Ender's Game

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From China's english language Global Times:

Game targeting Hong Kong ‘traitors’ popular on mainland social media
An online game calling on players to hunt down traitors who seek to separate Hong Kong from China and fuel street violence has reportedly begun to attract players across Chinese mainland social media platforms.

The game, "fight the traitors together," is set against the backdrop of the social unrest that has persisted in Hong Kong. The script asks the player to find eight secessionists hidden in the crowd participating in Hong Kong protests.

Players can knock them down with slaps or rotten eggs until they are captured. Online gamers claim the game allows them to vent their anger at the separatist behavior of secessionists during the recent Hong Kong riots.

The eight traitors in the game, caricatured based on real people, include Jimmy Lai Chee-ying, Martin Lee Chu-ming and Joshua Wong Chi-fung, prominent opposition figures who have played a major role in inciting unrest in Hong Kong. There are also traitor figures in ancient China.

"Hong Kong is part of China and this can't be meddled with by outside powers," reads the game cover page.

DuckDuckGo Ender's Game Ending if you have not read the book or seen the (very good) movie.

Cold outside

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It was supposed to be sunny this afternoon but a cold fog moved in instead. Air temp is 43°F outside but feels colder - the humidity sucks the body heat right out of you. The rest of the week looks delightful as well...

Got a hankering for some carne asada so working here for a little bit more and then heading out. L and I emailed back and forth a bit - meeting up tomorrow to volunteer at the local community center. 500 kids and parents meet with Santa.

Still playing with the new radio - a lot to learn.

Our quiet sun

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From Space Weather:

ONE WEEK FROM A SPACE AGE RECORD: 2019 is about to set a Space Age record. So far this year, the sun has been blank (no sunspots) for 262 days, including the last 25 days in a row. If the streak continues for only 7 more days, 2019 will break the Space Age record for spotless suns.

Presaging another Maunder Minimum?

The Maunder Minimum, also known as the "prolonged sunspot minimum", is the name used for the period starting in about 1645 and continuing to about 1715 when sunspots became exceedingly rare, as noted by solar observers of the time.

The term was introduced after John A. Eddy published a landmark 1976 paper in Science. Astronomers before Eddy had also named the period after the solar astronomers Annie Russell Maunder (1868–1947) and E. Walter Maunder (1851–1928), who studied how sunspot latitudes changed with time. The period the husband and wife team examined included the second half of the 17th century. Two papers were published in Edward Maunder's name in 1890 and 1894, and he cited earlier papers written by Gustav Spörer. Due to the social climate of the time, Annie's contribution was not publicly recognized.

And what is so important about sunspot numbers? Sunspots are a great proxy for solar activity - the more spots, the more active the sun is. The more energy it is giving off. The warmer we are. Little Ice Age anyone?

476 pages: Review of Four FISA Applications and Other Aspects of the FBI's Crossfire Hurricane Investigation

Not planning to read the whole thing - lots of other people will be doing just that and reporting whatever tid-bits are buried within. Nice to see daylight starting to creep in to the remains of the Obama administration.

Working at home all day

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Heading out for coffee in 45 minutes or so. Been doing some more paperwork - got another file cabinet so getting stuff organised for the business and for the arts group stuff.

I have always used a Brother label printer for doing the file folder tabs - love it for that. Legible and easy.

Published this morning. From John Solomon:

IG report lays out compelling evidence FBI misled FISA court in Russia case, sources say
The Justice Department inspector general’s report into the Russia collusion investigation lays out incontrovertible evidence that the FBI misled the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court through false information and omissions, according to sources familiar with its findings.

The evidence that the judges were misled is so sweeping that it could provide grounds, if Attorney General William Barr chooses, to withdraw the FBI’s application for the surveillance warrants that began in October 2016 to target ex-Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, the sources added.

Such a move, while mostly legally symbolic since the probe is long since closed, would still amount to a resounding rebuke to an FBI probe that the bureau, Democrats and their media allies relentlessly defended.

And a bit more:

The report is expected to conclude the FBI’s decision to open a counterintelligence probe of the Trump campaign’s possible ties to Russia in 2016 was adequately predicated but that its subsequent reliance on the so-called Steele dossier and execution of FISA warrants to assist the probe were problematic.

That reliance became even more troubling in early 2017 when the FBI conducted an interview with one of Christopher Steele’s sources that raised further concerns about the reliability of a dossier that was funded by Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

Heh - they have NOTHING. Quit this impeachment stupidity now and get back to work. Kabuki theater.

So true - President John F. Kennedy

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If he were running today, I would vote for him in a heartbeat:


The first trailer was posted today:

Did not bother to see the 2016 "politically correct" reboot. Woke does not do it for me. Glad to see some clear heads are bringing it back to its roots. Loved the original. July 10th.

Not just me - end of the world

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Yesterday, I linked to this: Rough times ahead. Today, Bayou Renaissance Man posted this:

It's the end of the world as we know it - and we feel terrible!
Three articles struck a powerful chord in me over the past few days.  They all approach a central theme from different directions, but their conclusions are very similar:  today's extremists see politics, ideology, and life itself in religious terms rather than secular.  Their beliefs may have nothing to do with any Deity that we might recognize, but they're nevertheless oriented towards a cause that assumes God-like proportions in their eyes.

First, Alma Boykin (a good friend in meatspace as well as cyberspace) compares the attitudes of modern, secular millennialist extremists to religious fundamentalism:

Millennialism, leaning on Richard Landes’ definition and discussion, is an emotional, socially perfectionalist movement with an apocalyptic anticipation that rise[s] out of and then fall[s] back into “ordinary time.” Communism, Nazism, the Ghost Dance, the Millerite movement in the 1830s-40s in the US, the Münster Anabaptists, all fit this description and pattern. Society has become fatally corrupt, and there are signs that the end is coming, be it the Christian idea of the End Times, or Marx’s rising up of the proletariat against the owners of capital. The goal of the believers is to purify themselves and society so that when the End comes, they are ready for the new world that will arise. Often, they believe that their actions can bring about the coming of the End, or at least their inaction will lead to them failing to reach the better world (or for it to arrive at all – Ghost Dance.)

Much much more at the site. It pays to be prepared and to avoid large urban areas.

#1) - no, the sky is not falling but
#2) - situational awareness is a good thing to have (and continually practice).

Heh - New York Times prints fake news

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Shocked I tell you! From the Newsbusters:

New York Times Flunks Fact Checking 101: Their Star 'Trump Voter' Never Voted in 2016
The nation's leading newspapers have asserted their role as the most important "independent fact-checkers" in politics. So why do they fail to fact-check their own interviewees? On Twitter, Jeryl Bier noted The New York Times had to add an embarrassing correction to a two-month old story on Friday. Reporter Trip Gabriel did an entire story on a Trump voter iin Erie, Pennsylvania changing his mind....except records showed the man never voted.

The original story on October 7 began: "Mark Graham, a real estate appraiser in this faded manufacturing hub, sat with friends at a gym named FitnessU on the morning after the Democratic debate in mid-September. He had voted for Barack Obama, but in 2016 he took a gamble on Donald Trump."

Now he was willing to vote for the Democrat in 2020, whoever it is. Then came the Editors' Note:

Editors’ Note: Dec. 6, 2019
After this article was published, local news media reported that Mark Graham did not vote in the 2016 election. The Times has confirmed that Mr. Graham did not vote in the election.While Mr. Graham acknowledged misspeaking about his voting record, he said the article accurately reflects his feelings about the 2016 race and President Trump’s performance in office.

So why did Trip Gabriel (and his copy editors) fail to check on whether Graham voted in 2016? It's not rocket science. They linked in their correction to Erie ABC affiliate JET 24:

And this is my surprised face - NOT! Basic fact checking. Simple to do.

That is it for tonight

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Devoting my time to the new radio. The software that comes with it greatly eases programming so makes a big difference. The digital part of the programming is hard enough that I need all the help I can get. (If I am off by one bit, I can cause interferrence with the net over a very wide area). I have a dummy load so will operate with that instead of an antenna at first just to get a feel for it.

Geeking out tonight

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Recently purchased a new radio - the Baofeng DMR-6X2. What makes this one interesting is that it is your regular two-band FM ham radio handheld walkie but it also supports digital transmissions using the DMR (Digital Mobile Radio) protocols. These were developed by commercial and emergency services to allow encrypted communication over digital radio. This allows more "channels" (called "talkgroups") in a band. The repeaters can be connected to the internet so you can be driving down I-5 and keep on your talkgroup as you get handed off from repeater to repeater. Different technology but it works a lot like a cell phone.

Something new to learn.

Found on the web:


Heh - 74 pounds of CMUs and some zip ties. Pure genius.

Speaking of Antifa

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The little twits are active in Seattle - from Law Enforcement Today:

Antifa terrorizes Seattle. Police told to stand down while Thin Blue Line flag torched in front of them.
Whenever you have some event that pertains to anything pro-police, or pro-Trump, or really anything that is a gathering of those right-of-center; you can count on the likes of Antifa to make an appearance and act like buffoons.

Just yesterday in Seattle, Washington, Pro-Trump activists held a “Mega MAGA March” that was crashed by the soy-milk infused likes of Antifa.

The current crop are just whiny little kids acting out. I worry that their big brothers might be waiting in the wings.

Woe is us - backlash?

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Why do they simply just police their own. If enough Muslims stood up to the terrorists, they would back down.
From PJ Media:

Here We Go Again: Pensacola Muslims Fear 'Backlash' After Jihad Massacre
The Pensacola News Journal was first out of the gate this time around with what is a recurring feature of establishment media coverage of jihad attacks: the follow-up weeper about how the local Muslims are shocked (Shocked!) by the massacre, and are now cowering in fear of an “anti-Muslim backlash.” That backlash rarely, if ever, materializes, but when has the media ever allowed reality to intrude upon a good narrative?

The News Journal interviewed Salma Ashmawi of the Islamic Center of Northwest Florida, and Ashmawi hit all the expected notes, asking: “What can anybody do in a case like that except pray?” Ashmawi added, said the News Journal, that “the mosque’s membership is also raising money to help the victims.” She said: “We are all Pensacola residents. We’re hurt and we’re in mourning.”

Amid all this pious magnanimity, Ashmawi also remembered to play the victim: she “said parents who usually take their children to Sunday school at the mosque are planning to keep their children home this week out of fear they will become targets of backlash aimed against Muslims.”

Why will you not let us live in peace? We will do this when you stop your terrorist programs. Simple as that.

The Religion of Peace website tracks terrorist killings and for the last thirty days, the butcher's bill has been: 102 Islamic attacks in 23 countries, in which 470 people were killed and 492 injured.

Rough times ahead

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Things might be ramping up - another reason to avoid all big cities. From Status 451

Days of Rage
“People have completely forgotten that in 1972 we had over nineteen hundred domestic bombings in the United States.” — Max Noel, FBI (ret.)

Recently, I had my head torn off by a book: Bryan Burrough’s Days of Rage, about the 1970s underground. It’s the most important book I’ve read in a year. So I did a series of running tweetstorms about it, and Clark asked me if he could collect them for posterity. I’ve edited them slightly for editorial coherence.

Days of Rage is important, because this stuff is forgotten and it shouldn’t be. The 1970s underground wasn’t small. It was hundreds of people becoming urban guerrillas. Bombing buildings: the Pentagon, the Capitol, courthouses, restaurants, corporations. Robbing banks. Assassinating police. People really thought that revolution was imminent, and thought violence would bring it about.

One thing that Burrough returns to in Days of Rage, over and over and over, is how forgotten so much of this stuff is. Puerto Rican separatists bombed NYC like 300 times, killed people, shot up Congress, tried to kill POTUS (Truman). Nobody remembers it.

Also, people don’t want to remember how much leftist violence was actively supported by mainstream leftist infrastructure. I’ll say this much for righty terrorist Eric Rudolph: the sonofabitch was caught dumpster-diving in a rare break from hiding in the woods. During his fugitive days, Weatherman’s Bill Ayers was on a nice houseboat paid for by radical lawyers.

Most ’70s of the bombings were done as protest actions. Unlike today’s jihadists, ’70s underground didn’t try to max body count. And ’70s papers didn’t really give a shit. A Puerto Rican group bombed 2 theaters in the Bronx, injuring eleven, in 1970. NYT gave it 6 paragraphs.

This is a long essay but well worth reading and very timely despite having been written almost three years ago. What with groups like Antifa and Black Panthers gaining traction, it will not be long before urban violence like what we had in the 1970's will rise again.

Tip of the hat to Vanderleun for the link.

Well crap - RIP René Auberjonois

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Obit from Variety:

René Auberjonois, ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Boston Legal’ Actor, Dies at 79
René Auberjonois, best known for his roles in “Boston Legal” and “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” died at his home in Los Angeles due to metastatic lung cancer. He was 79.

His son Rèmy-Luc confirmed the news to the Associated Press.

Auberjonois was a prolific television actor, appearing as Paul Lewiston in 71 episodes of “Boston Legal” and as Clayton Runnymede Endicott III in ABC’s long-running sitcom “Benson” — a role that earned him an Emmy nomination for best supporting actor in a comedy in 1984. He played shape-shifter Changeling Odo in “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” and carried that role into video games, voicing Odo in “Harbinger” and “The Fallen.” His appearance as Judge Mantz in ABC’s “The Practice” earned him another Emmy nod for guest actor in a drama in 2001.

His guest roles were numerous, appearing on classics like “Murder, She Wrote,” “The Jeffersons,” “The Outer Limits,” “L.A. Law,” “Stargate SG-1,” “Frasier,” and the more recent hit “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.”

A great actor and seems to have been a really wonderful person.

Now this is interesting - MREs

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Someone from our local preparedness group turned me on to these. We all know about the millitary MREs - Meals Ready to Eat. This is shelf-stable food packaged in a foil pouch and is ready to eat. Some of them even have heating strips so you pull a tab and five minutes later, a hot meal. Not for the epicurians out there but tasty and nutritious.

Well - DOH! - it turns out that other military services have their own MREs and Amazon sells them. Check out:

There is more if you click on the vendor and search their products. A good bit more expensive than 50 pounds of rice, 50 pounds of beans but looks really good and just the thing to stash in your car's emergency pack. Keep you well fed for a couple of days.

A wonderful day

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Back home again - had a nice walk with L and her friend S. S had to undergo a medical procedure so L is staying over and taking care of her. We didn't walk too far (S is still a little shaky) but it was a gorgeous cloudy day and the views of the South Sound were delightful. (Barnum Point here and here)  We are having a great time getting to know each other. Really sweet woman.

Parted ways a couple hours ago - I got some dinner on the road and am back home for the night. No beers.

We are meeting up on Tuesday to volunteer at a local Community Center - Day with Santa. I wish I had a Krampus costume to wear just for fun.

A quiet news day

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Heading out for a walk with L in a bit. Nothing much else planned for today.

Heading towards a record low - sunspots

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We have already beaten the record for 2009 at 261 days with no sunspots. 2008 is the next goalpost - there were 268 days with no sunspots and we have 23 days left in this year.

As an example, there were zero days without sunspots in 2015, 2013 and 2012. This is an incredibly deep solar niminum.

Sunspots are an excellent proxy for solar output - the more sunspots, the warmer it is on Earth (and all other planets - we can see the Martian icecaps grow and shrink). Another aspect of the quiet sun is that the lower solar output means more cosmic rays hitting earth. The solar wind acts as a shield when it hits our magnetic field. Here is an excerpt of the neutron count from 1965 through current recorded at the Oulu Observatory in Finland:


Heading towards some cold cold weather...

From Reuters:

Trump takes aim at trickle-down toilets, faucets
President Donald Trump said on Friday he has directed his environmental regulators to find answers to what he said is a big problem - water-conserving showers, faucets and toilets.

“We have a situation where we’re looking very strongly at sinks and showers and other elements of bathrooms,” Trump told a meeting of small business leaders at the White House. “You turn the faucet on in areas where there’s tremendous amounts of water ... and you don’t get any water,” he added.

He said the Environmental Protection Agency was looking “very strongly at my suggestion.”

The fixtures “end up using more water,” Trump told the roundtable where U.S. officials also reviewed his agenda of slashing regulations such as those on efficient light bulbs. “People are flushing toilets 10 times, 15 times, as opposed to once,” he said.

And this from San Francisco:

San Francisco Mayor London Breed accused Trump of “taking swipes” at her city for “no reason other than politics.” It was the latest clash between the Republican president and Democratic officials in the state.

I wonder if Mayor Breed read this article from the February 28th, 2011 San Francisco Chronicle:

Low-flow toilets cause a stink in SF
San Francisco's big push for low-flow toilets has turned into a multimillion-dollar plumbing stink.

Skimping on toilet water has resulted in more sludge backing up inside the sewer pipes, said Tyrone Jue, spokesman for the city Public Utilities Commission. That has created a rotten-egg stench near AT&T Park and elsewhere, especially during the dry summer months.

The city has already spent $100 million over the past five years to upgrade its sewer system and sewage plants, in part to combat the odor problem.

San Francisco is dumping large quantities of bleach to mitigate the bad odors and is having to inject municipal drinking water into the sewage lines to "flush" the accumulations through the system.

Low flow may be a very wise idea in the desert but in an area with plentiful water - especially an area with older treatment plants, low flow can be a disaster.

Batteries - coming down in price

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An interesting observation at Energy Dive:

Average market prices for battery packs have plunged from $1,100/kWh in 2010 to $156/kWh in 2019, an 87% fall in real terms, according to a report released Tuesday

Much more at the site. Fun time to be alive.

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