He has major investments in the Chinese Biotech company - from Gateway Pundit:

REVEALED: Soros Invested Heavily in Chinese Biotech Research Company with Facility in Wuhan that Researches Respiratory Models and Infectious Disease
Documents from the Securities and Exchange Commission in 2011 show Soros Fund Management LLC invested heavily into WUXI Pharmatech Caymen, Inc.

WuXi AppTec, as it is now called, has a facility in Wuhan, China. The company provides validated research including in vitro (HTS, SAR screening support) and in vivo disease models in cardiovascular, respiratory, metabolic and infectious diseases.

The document was filed with the US government in August 2012.

The guy has been a sociopath since his teenage years when he (a Hungarian Jew) was masquerading as a Christian and working with the Nazis turning in his friends and neighbors.

Of course, the Gateway Pundit has links to corroborating documentation as well as screen-caps of the relevant papers. No fake news here - conservatives do not do fake news.

And it starts in Los Angeles

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From the Los Angeles Times:

Coronavirus spreads in Los Angeles' homeless community
There are nine confirmed cases of coronavirus among Los Angeles’ homeless population, said Barbara Ferrer, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, at her Thursday media briefing.

This is up from five the day before and comes as the city and county attempt to more aggressively test in places like skid row. Ferrer said it was challenging to know exactly where in the county these homeless people had been, but so far there had been no clustering of cases.

She said there had been cases at two shelters but didn’t reveal their names or locations.

It is going to rip through those communities like a hot knife through butter and then those who take care of them will bring it home and share it with families and friends. Being a liberal stronghold, they are woefully unprepared for a pandemic - got to spend their money on high-speed trains and solar panels. Glad I do not live there.

Just wonderful - the Chinese flu

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Back for round two - from the South China Morning Post:

Chinese county goes into coronavirus lockdown as country tries to get back to work amid fear of second wave
Henan province in central China has taken the drastic measure of putting a mid-sized county in total lockdown as authorities try to fend off a second coronavirus wave in the midst of a push to revive the economy.

Curfew-like measures came into effect on Tuesday in Jia county, near the city of Pingdingshan, with the area’s roughly 600,000 residents told to stay home, according to a notice on the country’s official microblog account.

Special approval was required for all movement outside the home, it said.

After months of restrictions to contain the spread of the coronavirus, China has reported a decline in domestic cases of Covid-19, the disease caused by the virus. On Wednesday, the National Health Commission reported 36 new infections – all but one imported cases.

Chinese leaders are eager to restart the economy but have stressed that it must be balanced with containment measures.

They really owe the world a lot for this - they tried to hide it for three months and then started lying when its origin was found out.

More Boeing troubles - the 787

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Glad they caught it - unreal. Poor software testing. From The Register:

Boeing 787s must be turned off and on every 51 days to prevent 'misleading data' being shown to pilots
The US Federal Aviation Administration has ordered Boeing 787 operators to switch their aircraft off and on every 51 days to prevent what it called "several potentially catastrophic failure scenarios" – including the crashing of onboard network switches.

The airworthiness directive, due to be enforced from later this month, orders airlines to power-cycle their B787s before the aircraft reaches the specified days of continuous power-on operation.

The power cycling is needed to prevent stale data from populating the aircraft's systems, a problem that has occurred on different 787 systems in the past.

According to the directive itself, if the aircraft is powered on for more than 51 days this can lead to "display of misleading data" to the pilots, with that data including airspeed, attitude, altitude and engine operating indications. On top of all that, the stall warning horn and overspeed horn also stop working.

Seriously? WTF - how hard would it be to do an accelerated test of several years duration for crap just like this? Common proceedure for mission-critical software.

Soup for dinner

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Finishing off the soup I started yesterday - salad first and some nice crusty bread with lots of butter. Might even have a beer or three... Party animal.

Trip North tomorrow to get some wood for a project (shelving to fit a very non-standard space).

Challenge: accepted

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Heh:

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Wonderful news

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From the Washington Examiner:

John Durham investigation intensifies focus on John Brennan
U.S. Attorney John Durham’s review of the Russia investigation is putting increased scrutiny on former CIA Director John Brennan, searching for any undue influence he may have had during 2017’s intelligence community assessment of Russian interference.

Durham, selected by Attorney General William Barr last year to lead this inquiry, drove to Washington, D.C., in March to ensure the investigation stayed on track during the coronavirus outbreak. The top Connecticut federal prosecutor is looking into highly sensitive issues, including whether Brennan took politicized actions to pressure the rest of the intelligence community to match his conclusions about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s motivations, according to sources cited by the Wall Street Journal.

Officials said Durham has been interviewing CIA officials this year, zeroing in on those at the National Intelligence Council, a center within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence which oversaw the collaboration between the CIA, FBI, and National Security Agency in putting together the 2017 assessment, and looking at how the work product was finalized.

Heh - the noose is getting tighter and tighter. Looking forward to the next 200 days until the election.

And back to work

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Working upstairs for a while - cleaning and organizing a storage closet.

If I had a 3D printer

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Probably get one sometime but the technology is still improving too quickly to commit.

Great little project though - if I saw a set for sale at a local fun show for $5, I would get a couple:

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The IHME model is garbage - COVID-19

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Garbage in, garbage out. From Sean Davis' twitter account: (IHME = Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation)

Go and read through his twitter account - he tweets the numbers for each state and every single one of them is much lower than the forecast IHME model prediction for today. Some of them are two or three times lower. Some of them are more than ten times lower. The IHME model is garbage but we are still relying on it to set policy.

There is hope from The White House - from PJ Media:

White House Officials Privately Questioning Virus Death Toll Numbers
Some officials in the Trump White House are questioning the death toll numbers publicized by the coronavirus task force projecting 100,000 to 240,000 dead Americans.

In fact, one of the researchers whose data was used by the White House to project the death toll is also wondering how the coronavirus task force arrived at its conclusions.

The Hill:

According to the Post, several White House staffers have doubted the accuracy of the figures. One source said  Anthony Fauci, an immunologist who is coordinating the coronavirus task force, told others there were too many factors at play to come up with an accurate estimate.

“I’ve looked at all the models. I’ve spent a lot of time on the models. They don’t tell you anything. You can’t really rely upon models,” he said to members of the task force, according to the Post.

Except when it comes to global warming, then the models are proof enough to suck $30 trillion out of the economy in the next 20 years.

So true - the models are only as accurate as the people who make them. You can tweak a model to show anything you want. See the last 40 years of "climate change" for a good example.

A perfect metaphor

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From Ace by way of Kim DuToit:

Imagine a company with an old Pentium III computer with 16MB RAM out in the warehouse running Windows XP because it has some application that can’t be upgraded. Internet Explorer has 19 browser tabs open, 17 of which are locked up, 8 search bars are installed, and there’s music coming from somewhere. Response time is nearly at a standstill and adware pop-ups are randomly spitting our WTF crap.

And that’s Joe Biden. The man the Dems want to be president.

Best analogy I have run into so far. Spot on.

What really scares me is that there are people out there in society who would vote for him.

Breaking for lunch - busy day

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Spending it doing nothing but a lot is getting done.

Quick surf and then back to work. Have a couple grocery deliveries later this afternoon. Heading up North either this evening or tomorrow (Saturday) to get some wood for a project.

And out for coffee

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Doing some grocery delivery runs today (M/W/F) but that is it for my excitement. Still waiting for the RAM for my music computer.

Rain this morning but supposed to be some nice weather for the next couple of days.

So true - FDR and the press

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The media these days... What if FDR had the same problems:

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So true - allergy season

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What with everything being a symptom of the Kung Flu. I have grass and tree pollen allergies - fortunately, Costco's house brand of OTC medicine works great but still:

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Tip of the hat to Knuckledraggin My Life Away

Things get weird in Venezuela

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From The Jerusalem Post:

Venezuelan warship shoots, rams into German cruise vessel before sinking
A Venezuelan navy ship fired shots at a German-owned cruise ship on March 30 and rammed into the passenger vessel, leading to the sinking of the warship in the Caribbean.

The Iranian regime-allied Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro accused the captain of the RCGS RESOLUTE cruise ship of “terrorism and piracy" and sought to force the ship into a new direction on the high seas. The cruise ship, which had no passengers on board and was flying under a Portuguese flag, has a reinforced hull that enables it to sail through ice water.

Columbia Cruise Services, the Hamburg-based company that owns the RCGS RESOLUTE, issued a statement on Wednesday: “In the early morning hours of the 30th of March 2020 (local time), the cruise vessel RCGS RESOLUTE has been subject to an act of aggression by the Venezuelan Navy in international waters, around 13.3 nautical miles from Isla de Tortuga with 32 crew member and no passengers on board.”

The ship was idling with one engine shut down for routine maintenance. What the Venezuelans did not know is that this was a tourist ship that had been purpose-built for cruising through the polar ice. It's hull was especially reinforced:

According to the statement, “While the Master was in contact with the head office, gun shots were fired and, shortly thereafter, the navy vessel approached the starboard side at speed with an angle of 135° and purposely collided with the RCGS RESOLUTE. The navy vessel continued to ram the starboard bow in an apparent attempt to turn the ship’s head towards Venezuelan territorial waters.”

The cruise company said the RCGS RESOLUTE sustained minor damages, not affecting vessel’s seaworthiness, it occurs that the navy vessel suffered severe damages while making contact with the ice-strengthened bulbous bow of the ice-class expedition cruise vessel RCGS RESOLUTE and started to take water.”

Heh - war ships are not cheap and Venezuela has no hard currency and no line of credit to buy another. Sucks to be them. The Captian is probably dead by now. Execution if not suicide.

He is on fire today - this video from Breitbart:

The next 200 days until election are going to be the most fun this nation has had since the 1976 bicentennial celebration (was living on Boston at the time and those were some incredible parties).

President Trump wrote a letter to Senator Schumer today. I would love to be in Sen. Schumer's presence when he reads it. From The White House.

The whole things is a wonderful excoriation but this is especially delicious:

If you spent less time on your ridiculous impeachment hoax, which went haplessly on forever and ended up going nowhere (except increasing my poll numbers), and instead focused on helping the people of New York, then New York would not have been so completely unprepared for the “invisible enemy.” No wonder AOC and others are thinking about running against you in the primary. If they did, they would likely win.

Fortunately, we have been working with your state and city governments, Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill DeBlasio, to get the job done. You have been missing in action, except when it comes to the “press.” While you have stated that you don’t like Andrew Cuomo, you ought to start working alongside him for the good of all New Yorkers.

I’ve known you for many years, but I never knew how bad a Senator you are for the state of New York, until I became President.

Now that will leave a mark - could not be happening to a nicer guy. All of a sudden, the deep state is realizing that they are actually not that smart and a bunch of adults are starting to look at their work more closely.

Dinner out again

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Was doing some soup for dinner but it's now on hold - going out for Thai food tonight. Sounds yummy.

Much as I do not like saying it, they came up with the perfect solution. From America's Newspaper of Record:

New York To Raise Taxes On Coronavirus Causing It To Flee State
New York state has announced a new plan to raise taxes on the novel coronavirus. The 15% income tax on all COVID-19 viruses, coupled with an 8% luxury disease tax, is expected to generate significant revenue and stop the virus in its tracks.

The plan is designed to cause the virus to flee the state to a lower-tax, more virus-friendly area.

"We thought about all the different ways to solve problems that we know of, and we just returned to the tried-and-true method: taxing something until it runs away," said Governor Andrew Cuomo. "This new legislation will cause the virus to run away and go to those dumb, backward Southern states not smart enough to have a special coronavirus tax."

"This oughtta do it."

Brilliant - WA State should have thought of it earlier.

A joke - Nancy Pelosi

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Swiped in full from Grouchy Old Cripple:

Last Saturday afternoon in Washington, D.C., an aide to Nancy Pelosi visited the Bishop of the Catholic Cathedral. He told the Cardinal that Nancy Pelosi would be attending Sunday’s Mass and asked if the Cardinal would kindly point out Pelosi to the congregation and say a few words that would include calling her a saint.

The Cardinal replied, “No. I don’t really like the woman, and there are issues of conflict with the Catholic Church over most of Pelosi’s views.”

Pelosi’s aide said, “Look, I’ll write a check here and now for a donation of $100,000 if you’ll just tell the congregation you see Pelosi as a saint.”

The Cardinal thought about it and said, “Well, the Church can use the money, so I’ll work your request into tomorrow’s sermon.”

As Pelosi’s aide promised, Nancy appeared for the Sunday worship and seated herself prominently at the forward left side of the center aisle. As promised, at the start of his sermon, the Cardinal pointed out that Ms. Pelosi was present.

The Cardinal went on to explain to the congregation, “While Ms. Pelosi’s presence is probably an honor to some, the woman is not numbered among my personal favorite personages. Some of her most egregious views are contrary to tenets of the Church, and she tends to flip-flop on many other issues. Nancy Pelosi is a petty, self-absorbed hypocrite, a drunken thumb-sucker, and a nit-wit. Nancy Pelosi is also a serial liar, a cheat, and a thief. I must say, Nancy Pelosi is the worst example of a Catholic I have ever personally witnessed. She married for money and is using her wealth to lie to the American people. She also has a reputation for evading her Representative obligations both in Washington and in California. Just look at the streets in her district! Feces everywhere. The woman is simply not to be trusted.”

The Cardinal concluded. “But, when compared with Hillary Clinton, Ms. Pelosi is a saint.”

So true. And I am saddened by the announcement of the Cardinal's upcoming suicide - despondent so he shot himself three times in the back of the head.

And back to work

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Been feeling really lazy this afternoon. Getting some stuff done but...

From Cliff Mass:

It's Bizarre: March was Colder than January In Seattle
Everything seems topsy turvy and unnatural these days, and there is a meteorological oddity that must be added to the list:

March was cold than January in Seattle this year.

I knew March was a cool one, but it was not until Dr. Joseph Zagrodnik, a talented atmospheric scientist working at WSU's AgWeatherNet organization, pointed in out to me, did I realize how unusual the past month had been.

According to Dr. Zagrodnik, the average temp in March at Sea-Tac Airport was 44.8 degrees F compared to 45.1 F in January.

How unusual is this?  Rare, but not unprecedented.  March has been cooler than January 8 times in the 126 years we have temperature records in Seattle, with the last time it occurred in 2006.

To appreciate this oddity visually, the graph below shows the numbers of year the March minus January temperatures fell in various bins.  On average, March is about 5F warmer than January, but in some extreme years March has been as much as 17F warmer.  That would get folks attention. Ten years were close to zero (within .5F of zero) and only a handful (3) were .5 to 1.5F cooler in March.

Not just cooler -- substantially so. Our sun is going through a quiet period and we need to prepare for the colder weather.

True:

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Do not miss any of the first group at all.

Heh - it is not IF, it is WHEN

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Preparedness groups around the world are going to see a major spike in membership - and this is just a wee small taste of what could happen. From the New York Post:

Trump: ‘Complainers’ should have stocked up on supplies before coronavirus crisis
President Trump said Thursday that “complainers” seeking greater amounts of coronavirus medical supplies “should have stocked up” before the crisis.

As cases surge, Trump’s administration deployed supplies from a federal strategic stockpile, used a wartime law to order companies to make masks and ventilators, and is taking donations from abroad.

On Twitter, Trump defended his performance with an attack on unnamed critics.

“Massive amounts of medical supplies, even hospitals and medical centers, are being delivered directly to states and hospitals by the Federal Government,” Trump wrote. “Some have insatiable appetites & are never satisfied (politics?). Remember, we are a backup for them.”

Preparedness is not difficult or expensive - it takes forethought and some research. I go out shopping regularly because I like to people watch, not becuase I am running out of stuff to eat. I am good for three months in that department.

Breaking for lunch

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No RAM for me today   :(     Move on to something else.

Ran a few errands earlier - making some soup for dinner tonight. Picked up some more tea - a great little store in a nearby town.

Coffee time

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Was thinking of doing a run to the farm today but have enough stuff here to keep me busy.

Been doing a second upgrade to the music computer - installed a solid state disk drive a couple weeks ago and that gave a huge boost in performance. Now maxing it out from 8gb to 32gb of RAM. I sometimes work with samples and being able to keep them in RAM makes the response a lot more snappy. The memory shipped a few days ago but Amazon has been a bit sluggish recently - hope they are in today.

We have had 20+ years of kicking the can down the road when it comes to the tide of drugs flooding into this Nation. President Trump is stopping it here and is stopping it now.

I posted these two stories yesterday: here and here - today brings us this news from MSN/The Miami Herald:

US will increase military presence in the Caribbean to fight drug trafficking funding Maduro
The U.S. is expanding its military presence in the Caribbean to fight drug cartels wanting to take advantage of the coronavirus crisis and to deny funds going to the Nicolás Maduro regime in Venezuela, the Trump administration announced late Wednesday.

“Today the U.S. is launching an enhanced counternarcotics operation in the Western Hemisphere,” President Donald Trump said in the daily news briefing at the White House. “We are deploying additional Navy destroyers, combat ships, aircraft and helicopters, Coast Guards cutters and Air Force surveillance aircraft, doubling our capabilities in the region.”

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said the additional military forces were sent to the eastern Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. The U.S. Southern Command, based in Doral, Fla., leads the operation, which officially started Wednesday, in partnership with 22 partner countries.

And this has been a problem for some time - from CNN, April 17, 2019:

Corruption in Venezuela has created a cocaine superhighway to the US
Cocaine trafficking from Venezuela to the United States is soaring, even as the country collapses. And US and other regional officials say it's Venezuela's own military and political elite who are facilitating the passage of drugs in and out of the country on hundreds of tiny, unmarked planes.

Maduro is a thug. He is bad for the people of Venezuela and that Nation will prosper when he and his people are ousted and a regular government is voted in. Venezuela used to export food. They used to be the wealthiest nation in South America. They used to be the cultural star. They have the world's largest known petroleum reserves and they can not feed their own people - they are that corrupt.

Glad to see someone taking care of this now - sooner rather than later.

Great move - Texas Governor

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From The Daily Signal:

Texas Governor Deems Religious Services Essential
As authorities arrest pastors for holding Sunday services in defiance of social distancing orders, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Tuesday that religious services are to be considered essential in his state.

Abbott issued an executive order relating to statewide continuity of essential services and activities during the coronavirus pandemic.

The order mandated that all Texans will minimize social gatherings and in-person contact with people who are not in the same household, and, among other statutes, clarified that religious services conducted in churches, congregations, and houses of worship are to be considered essential services.

“‘Essential services’ shall consist of everything listed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in its Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce, Version 2.0, plus religious services conducted in churches, congregations, and houses of worship,” the order stated. “Other essential services may be added to this list with the approval of the Texas Division of Emergency Management.”

Good call. There is a reason so many people are leaving California and moving to Texas. No reason that we cannot assemble intelligently - wear a mask if you are sneezing, don't sit so close to each other and no hugging if you are not already living together. Stuff like that. Simple.

Convergence zone

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This part of the Pacific Northwest has really interesting weather. Sitting here looking at a gorgeous colorful sunrise but I look to the North at Whidbey Island and they are getting hammered with rain. Small craft warning for two days with possible snow flurries for tomorrow.

At the bottom of Pandora's Box

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The myth of Pandora's Box is part of the Greek creation myth and has Pandora as the first woman on Earth, opening a box (actually a large jar) given to her by Prometheus' brother Epimetheus. Inside the jar were all the evils we now know today - death, strife, sickness, toil. Remaining in the bottom was Hope. Quite the story.

A parallel today with the COVID-19 virus by Alan Lightman writing at the The Atlantic:

The Virus Is a Reminder of Something Lost Long Ago
Around the year 1600, the weather in much of Europe substantially cooled, in the latter phase of what has been called the Little Ice Age. In all, it lasted 300 years. Winters were brutally cold and summers were damp and chilly, greatly curtailing the growing season. Crops failed. People starved. But the change in weather forced English, French, and Dutch fishermen to build improved boats, capable of following fish farther to the west and surviving long trips through the rough seas. Undoubtedly, some of that new boat-building craft led to the ships of today.

Innovation often arises in periods of adversity. In recent weeks, we have seen such welcome invention germinating in the horrendous crisis of the coronavirus. Consider, for example, the many new platforms for online teaching, or the use of cheap Bluetooth smart thermometers able to transmit a person’s fever and geolocation to a distant database, or members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra performing together and apart from 29 different locations using their smartphones.

Alan talks about the accelerating rate of information transfer:

As a result, we have created a frenzied lifestyle in which not a minute is to be wasted. The precious 24 hours of each day are carved up, dissected, and reduced to 10-minute units of efficiency. We become agitated and angry in the waiting room of a doctor’s office if we’ve been standing by for 10 minutes or more. We grow impatient if our laser printers don’t spit out at least five pages a minute. We cannot sit quietly in a chair for 10 minutes. And we must be connected to the grid at all times. We take our smartphones and laptops with us on vacation. We go through our email at restaurants, or our online bank accounts while walking in the park. We have become slaves to our “urgent” appointments and to-do lists and addiction to nonstop stimulation by the external world. A momentous but little discussed study by the University of Hertfordshire in collaboration with the British Council found that the walking speed of pedestrians in 34 cities around the world increased by 10 percent just in the 10-year period from 1995 to 2005. And all of this has happened invisibly. Little by little, the noise and speed of the world have increased, so that we can hardly remember an era of slowness and quiet, when we could let our minds wander and think about what they wanted to think about, when we had time to consider where we were going and what we believed in.

And then the virus strikes, we are in enforced isolation and things slow down. His thesis:

What might be regained with a less hurried life? First, as many people have noted and as I discussed in my book In Praise of Wasting Time, there is simply the needed replenishment of mind that comes from doing nothing in particular, from taking long mental walks without destination, from finding a few moments of quiet away from the noise of the world. The mind needs to rest. The mind needs periods of calm. Such a need has been recognized for thousands of years. It was described as early as 1500 B.C., in the meditation traditions of Hinduism. Later in Buddhism. An ancient passage from the Buddhist Dhammapada reads: “When a monk has gone into an empty place and has calmed his mind, [he] experiences a delight that transcends that of [other] men.”

With some degree of freedom from our time-driven lives also comes increased creativity. Psychologists have long known that creativity thrives on unstructured time, on play, on nondirected “divergent thinking,” on unpurposed ramblings through the mansions of life. Gustav Mahler routinely took three- or four-hour-long walks after lunch, stopping to jot down ideas in his notebook. Carl Jung did his most creative thinking and writing when he took time off from his frenzied practice in Zurich to go to his country house in Bollingen, Switzerland. In the middle of a writing project, Gertrude Stein would wander about the countryside looking at cows. We and our children need more time to play. In a 2007 clinical report for the American Academy of Pediatrics, the physician Kenneth R. Ginsburg wrote that “play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength.” Yet “many [children] are being raised in an increasingly hurried and pressured style that may limit the protective benefits they would gain from child-driven play.” With the forced slowing of life granted by the coronavirus, we are now seeing an explosion of creative ideas and innovations in many parts of the world. In Italy, quarantined citizens are singing from balconies. Writers have created new blogs. Parents have developed new art projects for their children.

But there is something more to be regained, something more subtle, more delicate, almost impossible even to name. That is the restoration of our inner selves. By inner self, I mean that part of me that imagines, that dreams, that explores, that is constantly questioning who I am and what is important to me. My inner self is my true freedom. My inner self roots me to me, and to the ground beneath me. The sunlight and soil that nourish my inner self are solitude and personal reflection. When I listen to my inner self, I hear the breathing of my spirit. Those breaths are so tiny and delicate, I need stillness to hear them, I need slowness to hear them. I need vast silent spaces in my mind. I need privacy. Without the breathing and the voice of my inner self, I am a prisoner of the frenzied world around me. I am a prisoner of my job, my money, the clothes in my closet. What am I? I need slowness and quiet to ponder that question.

Much more at the site - a long and wonderful read. An inner quiet is something to be treasured. We live too fast - things speed by without our getting a chance to fully appreciate them. This is something that after 60+ years of reaching for the brass ring, I am finally beginning to understand and am feeling a lot better for it. When the library reopens, I will be checking his books out. Good stuff...

Good dog Ryker

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Service dog training:

He actually did quite well in his tests - folded the wheelchair for transport, the tennis ball on the walker was a tripping hazard, he washed the floor with the water bottle and maybe they needed to clean behind the fridge? What is their question?

Just wow - JS Bach

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Been a huge Bach fan all my life - his music is simply sublime. A genius.

Here is Sheila's YouTube channel
Tip of the hat to Maggie's

Case in point - drug interdiction

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Just one example from President Trump's war on drugs (a war which might actually be fought and which actually might be won). From the United States Drug Enforcement Administration:

San Diego Tunnel Task Force uncovers sophisticated cross-border drug tunnel under the U.S./Mexico border
Federal agents on the San Diego Tunnel Task Force uncovered a sophisticated drug smuggling tunnel on Thursday, March 19, which extends under the United States-Mexico border to a warehouse in a commercial complex in the Otay Mesa area of San Diego. The discovery of the tunnel resulted from an ongoing investigation by members on the San Diego Tunnel Task Force, which include Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Border Patrol, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the United States Attorney’s Office.

Agents on the San Diego Tunnel Task Force developed information about a transnational criminal organization suspected of smuggling narcotics into the U.S. via a cross-border tunnel. As the investigation progressed, agents worked in cooperation with the Fiscalia General de la Republica (FGR) and Secretaria de la Defensa Nacional (SEDENA) to locate the tunnel entrance in Mexico. Agents subsequently presented evidence to a U.S. federal judge and obtained a federal search warrant for the warehouse in Otay Mesa. The U.S. exit point was discovered subsequent to the execution of the warrant.

Agents seized approximately 1,300 pounds of cocaine, 86 pounds of methamphetamine, 17 pounds of heroin, 3,000 pounds of marijuana and more than two pounds of fentanyl from the tunnel. The large seizure of mixed drugs represents the first time in San Diego’s history where five different types of drugs were found inside a tunnel. The total street value of the drugs seized from the tunnel is estimated at $29.6 million.

Good. Probably a lot of high-value terrorists being smuggled through these tunnels as well. They join up with sleeper cells in the US and wait until we are complacent.

From CNN:

Hundreds of journalists are being laid off, right when the public needs them the most

Geee... If these people actually Did Their Fscking Job instead of pandering to the Democratic narrative, people might be more interested in what they had to say.

Christ on a Corn Dog... Yes, I know that today is April first but this byline is dated March 27th and this is being presented as a straight story.

Great news from The Daily Wire:

BREAKING: Trump Launches Massive All Out Military Offensive On Drug Cartels
President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday that the administration was launching an all out assault on Mexican drug cartels using the U.S. Military.

“As governments and nations focus on the Coronavirus, there is a growing threat that cartels, criminals, terrorists, and other malign actors will try to exploit the situation for their own gain and we must not let that happen,” Trump said. “We will never let that happen. Today the United States is launching enhanced counter narcotics operations in the western hemisphere to protect the American people from the deadly scourge of illegal narcotics.”

“We must not let the drug cartels exploit the pandemic to threaten American lives,” Trump continued. “In cooperation with the 22 partner nations, the U.S. Southern Command will increase surveillance, disruption, and seizures of drug shipments, and provide additional support for eradication efforts that are going on right now at a record pace.”

“We are deploying additional Navy destroyers, combat ships, aircraft and helicopters, Coast Guard cutters and Air Force surveillance aircraft, doubling the capabilities in the region,” Trump continued. “Very importantly, our forces are fully equipped with personnel protective equipment, and we have taken additional safety measures to ensure that our troops remain healthy.”

Heh - as our President is winding down all of Obama's overseas military actions (not wars mind you...), all the troops and ordnance is being redeployed a bit closer to home. Good - drive them out of business. Crush them and salt the earth. Their raw materials are being sold to them by China and now China will be under the microscope.

Two months ago - February 4th

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That evening, President Trump delivered his State of the Union Address. Nancy Pelosi tore it up. From The Daily Wire:

Trump Spoke Of Coronavirus In SOTU. Pelosi Tore It Up, Called It ‘Manifesto Of Mistruths’
On February 4, President Trump delivered his State of the Union Address, during which he addressed the threat to America from the coronavirus, asserting, “Protecting Americans’ health also means fighting infectious diseases. We are coordinating with the Chinese government and working closely together on the coronavirus outbreak in China. My administration will take all necessary steps to safeguard our citizens from this threat.”

While Trump was addressing problems facing the nation, House Speaker was fuming; as soon as Trump finished speaking she tore the printed copy of the speech up. Later, when she was asked why she did so, considering she had admonished Democrats to act with dignity, she snapped, “I tore up a manifesto of mistruths.” Gesturing to reporters, she continued, “It’s very hard for us to get you to talk about the issues that we are working on … it was necessary to get the attention of the American people to say. ‘This is not true.’ … I don’t need any lessons from anybody, especially the President of the United States, about dignity.”

She is really a toxic and corrupt individual. The sooner she leaves "public service", the better.

The cone of shame

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From Woodsterman:

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Groan

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From 90 miles:

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Heading out for dinner

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Need a break from my own cooking. Heading North to run a few errands and getting some Chinese to go.

There is a park in Mt. Vernon on the bank of the river. Sit there in the sun and read while I enjoy my ho fun. Turned out to be a nice and warm sunny day.

UPDATE: That hit the spot. A lot of people walking their dogs so my two got to meet some new friends.

Back home, a load or two of laundry, some cleaning and surf. Can't stand the excitement...

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