And top of the morning

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Up and at 'em for another day of work on the house. Bear is a bit slow this morning but seems to be fine from his surgery yesterday. Soliciting bids from some drywall people.

That's it - busy day and tired.

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More posting tomorrow.

It has to happen sometime - a new fresh face to be the advancing figure of the globalist state masquerading as climate change. Thunberg will be dropped like a stone in to a well. Spash. Gone. From Reuters:

'You have not seen anything yet,' climate activist Greta says ahead of Davos
Swedish activist Greta Thunberg marched with 10,000 protesters in the Swiss city of Lausanne on Friday and said “you have not seen anything yet” before some head to Davos next week to challenge the global financial elite to fight climate change.

The 17-year-old, who launched the #FridaysforFuture movement that has sparked worldwide protests, denounced a lack of government action to cut heat-trapping emissions before it is too late.

“So, we are now in a new year and we have entered a new decade and so far, during this decade, we have seen no sign whatsoever that real climate action is coming and that has to change,” Thunberg said in a speech in Lausanne.

“To the world leaders and those in power, I would like to say that you have not seen anything yet. You have not seen the last of us, we can assure you that. And that is the message that we will bring to the World Economic Forum in Davos next week.”

Brushfires? The Australian brushfires were caused by the environmentalists preventing people from doing an annual brush burn to keep the fire load down. (fire load is the availability of combustible materials - you want to maintain a low fire load). These burns were done yearly by the Aboriginal people well before the whites came. The colonists saw the logic of this and kept burning. The environmentalists stopped the burning, the fire load increased every year until they had an unseasonably hot year and then Ka-Boom.

We have a precident with the Great Yellowstone fires of 1988 - earlier, small fires were allowed to burn unimpeded but this policy was changed in 1960's and the fire load built.

The US has changed its policy although some states refuse to see the wisdom (cough California cough). The world needs to be able to cherry pick ideas that have proven themselves to be science based and useful. Not subscribe to some random rhetoric.

Thunberg's fifteen are well over - she needs to go back to her special-ed classes and leave the world stage.

The Planet is doing just fine. The people are fscked but the Planet is fine.

The Chicago Way - terrorism

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Make it pay - from The Epoch Times (which is turning into a really nice balanced news reporting agency)

US Airstrike Kills 2 Terrorists After Attack on Military Base in Kenya
More than a week after an attack by al-Shabaab that killed three Americans, including a soldier, the Pentagon announced a deadly airstrike was carried out in Somalia on the designated terrorist group.

U.S. Africa Command, or AFRICOM, said the strikes were conducted in the area of Qunyo Barrow, Somalia, on Thursday, killing two members of the group. The State Department has designated al-Shabaab as a Foreign Terrorist Organization affiliated with al-Qaeda.

“Al-Shabaab presents a threat to America, the African people, and our international partners,” said U.S. Army Maj. Gen. William Gayler of AFRICOM. No civilians were killed or injured in the airstrikes.

Chicago Way? The Untouchables

This great meme has been floating around the internet for the last couple of days:


Heh - better living through chemistry (and electronics and rocketry).

Done for the day

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L's client had another medical issue so went into the hospital this morning. She headed over there and came back around noon. Picked up some chain link fencing I had ordered and did yet another dump and recycling run.

Bear is now officially a soprano - had him de-nutted this morning. A number of people had expressed interest in having his pups but nobody stepped up and actually made an appointment so I went ahead. He was starting to mark his territory around the house as well as the yard. Do not need that kind of odor. He went in at 8:30 so feeling tired. We took a nice nap earlier but still looking at an early bedtime.


Here he is about two years ago - such a cutie.

Looks like a good idea - they only have a few projects out there but it is a promissing start. From their home page:

Developing low-cost, open-source oceanographic hardware for researchers, educators, and citizen scientists
The tools necessary to study, explore, and understand the ocean are often inaccessible to the vast majority of ocean users. By nurturing a community of open-source hardware developers, scientists, and ocean stakeholders, we want to change that.

Whether you’re a researcher looking for alternatives to expensive scientific equipment, a citizen scientist interested in building a marine monitoring program, a fisherman exploring new tools to understand their catch, or an ocean enthusiast seeking new ways to interact with the sea, this community is for you.

Under each project, you will find links to resources, build guides, 3D-printer files, code repositories, and, eventually, databases. Each project section will also point you towards ways that you can help contribute to the project. This website serves as the community portal, but the action really happens in the Oceanography for Everyone GitHub repositories.

The ocean belongs to all of us. Let’s ensure that everyone has access to the tools needed to understand it.

Check back from time to time and see what they are developing. Looks interesting so far.

Light posting today

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L's birthday was yesterday - 54 orbits around the sun. Went out for Thai food and then an evening of Hawaiian Slack-key guitar music with Keola Beamer & Jeff Peterson. Wonderful stuff.

She is out for a walk now and we will be working on the house some more today.

Got to take care of some emails and fix breakfast.

Offline today

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Celebrating a birthday

President Trump's rallies

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He has always drawn capacity crowds with people lining up hours before the start to get in to the stadium. What is interesting is that they are not always right-wing republicans. From NOQ Report:

Shocking 57.9% of attendees at President’s rally in Milwaukee were NOT Republicans
The worst case scenario for Democrats’ hopes in the presidential election seems to have already manifested. For them to have a chance, they’ll need to hold fellow Democrats in line with their nominee and pull in as many Independents as possible, especially in swing states like Wisconsin. If the numbers posted by Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale are any indicator, Democrats have a tremendous hill to climb.

According to Parscale, last night’s rally, which ran concurrently with the Democratic debate, had a whopping 20,395 voters in attendance. But the President is used to enjoying huge crowds of supporters, so that alone isn’t a huge deal. What’s most surprising, or as Parscale calls it, “Yuge,” if that 57.9% of voters in attendance were NOT Republicans.

It’s one of those statistics that would be hard to believe if it weren’t so overwhelming. Even if there are inaccuracies in the high-5% range, it still means over half of those coming out to support the President were people who do not identify with his political party.

Polls generally run around 5-10% margin of error so this is a landslide in the making. The people are tired of being lied to and of seeing their cities deteriorating while the cultural elites live in gated communities and living in a bubble. We The People are speaking.

Unreal - the Bloomberg campaign

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Some strange tweets out there - they are probably going to go down the memory hole so here is a screen-cap:








There is nothing quite so pitiful as a 77 year old plutocrat trying to sound hip and relevant.

A day of rest

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I needed this - took the whole day off. Slept in, ran some errands and basically did nothing.

Met up with L for drinks (coffee-me and tea-her) and some pasteries at the place where we first met.

Back home for now - unloading the van and calling it an early bedtime. L is celebrating her b-day tomorrow so dinner and catching some live music.

Interesting times ahead - Jussie Smollett

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Looks like the fun is about to begin - from the New York Post:

Why things are about to get a lot worse for Jussie Smollett
If Jussie Smollett had last year pleaded guilty to some minor charge, done 90 days of community service and paid a substantial fine to reimburse the $130,000 worth of overtime costs rolled up by Chicago police detectives investigating his ludicrous assault claims, he might today be in full rebound mode. Picture it: The tearful, dramatic mea culpa with Robin Roberts. A bold admission — “This is on me” — followed by a deflection of blame to drugs or alcohol or the dark demons of hate we all know are lurking out there, waiting for third-tier television stars to emerge from sandwich shops. A charity concert. A blessing from Al Sharpton. Some lighthearted banter with Stephen Colbert. Then, gradual forgiveness and maybe another TV deal.

What Smollett did instead looks increasingly stupid. He admitted nothing and even doubled down on his fantasy tale of a late-night attack by men supposedly roaming the streets with a noose and a bottle of bleach. He was handed the opportunity by the office of State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, which dropped charges without demanding a guilty plea because he had supposedly already been punished enough, by secretly serving a few hours’ community service and forfeiting a bond of which he paid a mere $10,000. But if he was the victim of a crime, why should he forfeit one dollar or agree to one hour of community service? Worse: The real criminals are still out there!

Led by the then-mayor and the then-CPD superintendent, outrage about Smollett’s lies caused the appointment of a special prosecutor, Dan Webb. So the story lives on. Smollett has not been nailed, and Chicago wants him nailed. He will get nailed. The postman always rings twice.

Webb has won the right to comb through Smollett’s e-mails, the Chicago Tribune reported last week. Smollett is not exactly a meticulous master criminal. The day the story broke, Jan. 29, he was already telling different versions of his tall tale to the press and the police (who, if I know anything about police, therefore grokked that he was lying on the very first day).

More at the site - fun to see progressive narratives implode. Time to make another bowl of popcorn.

Great news from Taiwan

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They re-elected a conservative President - from Roger Simon:

Taiwan Landslide Signals Bull Market for Democracy
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen may not owe her entire record-breaking landslide reelection victory to Hong Kong’s democracy demonstrators, but she owes a good part of it to those courageous young people.

They made her reelection a referendum on China’s leader Xi Jinping’s harsh reaction toward protest in that famed city only 450 miles west of Taiwan.

The Taiwanese had already taken notice of the sudden decline in tourism to their island from the mainland. Last summer, the People’s Republic of China restricted individuals from traveling to Taiwan lest they learn too much about what was happening in Hong Kong. Only groups that could be more closely watched were allowed to go.

Democracy can be catching. (As I type this, it seems to be spreading all the way from Taipei to Tehran.)

Roger is in Taiwan visiting - one of his observations:

Lurking behind all this is ye olde Two China question. In order to appease Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai and open the door to China, Nixon and Kissinger decreed U.S. policy to be one China only—the People’s Republic. Taiwan was left to twist in the wind, figuratively and literally, with but minor exceptions, for decades.

Then Trump broke the code, as he has done with so many things, and called Tsai to congratulate her when she won her first presidential election in 2016, an act of de facto recognition.

The Taiwanese rejoiced and still do. I saw it with my own eyes in the “rock star” status given our delegation leader Steve Yates, who is associated here with Trump’s decision.

I love Taiwan - visited there only once but have some fond memories. I own a number of machine tools and prefer the Taiwanese tools to the Chinese - much better manufacturing tolerances and higher quality. I buy a lot from Grizzly tools and their Taiwanese factories are much better than the average Chinese facility.

Yikes - car prowl

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Had a county sherriff show up at my door. Some goblin went through one of my cars the other night. Took a ham radio and generally made a mess of the vehicle - stuff scattered everywhere.

Radio was programmed with my call sign so it will be interesting if the a--hole actually tries to use it.

Back to bed

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Taking a day of rest - woke up at 6AM, rolled over and napped for a while. Still feeling very sleepy so emailed L and taking a day off. We will get together for a walk later this afternoon.

YouTube and Bed

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What it says on the box. Snow is coming down. A bit tired from working on the house. L has been an amazing help.

Long day tomorrow - our meeting (and presentation) has been canceled due to the snow but there is a lot here that needs my attention. Redoing the flooring in the laundry/pantry room and getting some bids for the drywall.

The canonical list of authors by rank

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From Larry Correia (an oldie but a goodie):

I’ve often been derisively referred to as a “D List Author” by my critics. Curious, I had to look up where that list came from:

Sadly, as usual my critics suck at everything. This scale is based on how recognizable movie stars are, and since most regular people wouldn’t recognize any but the most famous (or funny looking) authors, it doesn’t really work for us at all. So I have created this super helpful guide so critics know what bucket to arbitrarily stick writers in.

What’s way better than fame? All fame is good for in Hollywood is determining how much they have to pay actors. So screw recognition. Show me the MONEY!

And the list:

A List – High upon Mount Olympus They Gaze Down Upon the Pathetic Mortals = All the $

    • Authors who are worth more than the GDP of some countries.
    • Authors who build their houses out of gold bars.
    • Characters from their books get their own theme parks.
    • The lady who wrote Twilight.

B List – The King(s) =$$$$$$$$$$

    • Authors who have TV shows about their books starring Peter Dinklage.
    • Authors who sleep on large piles of money.
    • Politicians who get illegal campaign contributions masquerading as advances.
    • Oprah’s Book Club.

C List – The Perpetual Bestsellers =$$$$$$$$$

    • Authors who play poker with Castle.
    • Authors who have lesser TV shows not starring Peter Dinklage.
    • Authors who always get sold in airport bookstores.
    • Authors who are rich enough to have sex scandals and it actually makes the news.

And rounding out the list:

X List – The X

    • Writes violent pornographic bondage fan fiction involving My Little Ponies, Voltron, and Breaking Bad on the internet, while dressed in a stained bunny costume that looks like a strange gimp version of that thing from Donnie Darko.
    • Don’t make any sudden moves.
    • We’re just going to walk away real slow now.

Y List – The Yama

    • A primordial creature barely capable of vomiting words onto a page in a blasphemous impersonation of the act of writing, so mind shattering and terrible that a single story threatened to end language forever. He is The Thing That Should Not Be. To read his foul creations will summon the Black Goat of the Woods with its Thousand Young, and it will kill your muse and sodomize the corpse.
    • Is confident that he’d be a much more successful writer than A-X, if only he wasn’t too busy stalking Asian women on the internet to actually submit any of his crayon scribbles.
    • The reason sci-fi conventions have security.

Z List – The Guardian’s Village Idiot = ($)

    • A kind of Anti-Author.
    • Motivated by delusions of relevancy, crowd sources witch hunts against writers higher on the list.
    • Collects the opposite of royalties, and actually has to be paid a strange sort of “Book Welfare” to produce a book.

Heh - Larry is no slouch as an author - his writing is fun to read and he has a sick and twisted sense of humor. I love his work.

And we have snow

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Looking at 2-3 inches accumulation tonight - it let up for a while but it is starting to come down with a vengence.

Cliff Mass puts it at 2-3 inches for the area:

Serious Snow Threat Tonight for Puget Sound (and a lot more)
The latest model output supports the threat of serious snow tonight for our region.

The UW's highest resolution forecast model shows substantial regional variations, with the heaviest lowland snow from Seattle northward, with far less over Tacoma. But there is uncertainty on the exact location of the snow keep that in mind. Seattle will face 2-5 inches if this forecast is correct. Road temperatures are now near this is going to stick in places where SDOT and WSDOT have not pretreated or where plows are not active.

Hunker down for a day or so.

Working at home today

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L is here helping and hanging out. Going to be putting the finishing touches on tomorrow's presentation: "Photographing your artwork" for the monthly meeting of the local arts group. Shooting some example photos.

We are supposed to get dumped on - already have an inch of snow on the ground and more forecast for later so I do not know if we will even have the meeting. Getting snowbound with L would not be a bad thing...

Getting some quotes for drywall work on the house. Starting to come together.

Quote of the Month -

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"For real people, if something works in theory, but not in practice, it doesn't work. For academics, if something works in practice, but not in theory, it doesn't exist."
--Nassim Nicholas Taleb

A corollary to what Vox Day said:

In academia there is no difference between academia and the real world; in the real world there is.

And a tip 'o the chapeau to Maggie's Farm for the first quote.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

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The ex-royals - not a big surprise. From the New York Post's Page Six:

Canadian billionaire Frank Giustra providing luxe hideout for Prince Harry, Meghan Markle
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been hiding out at the home of Canadian billionaire Frank Giustra, whose close ties to the Clintons have created international controversy, Page Six can exclusively reveal.

Harry and Meghan refused to reveal the owner of the multi-million dollar waterfront mansion near Victoria, British Columbia — the place where they plotted their shock exit from the royal family.

But multiple sources with knowledge of the situation told Page Six that the owner is Giustra, 62, who made his fortune as a stockbroker, co-founded Hollywood studio Lionsgate — producing flicks including “American Psycho” and the Michael Moore documentary “Fahrenheit 9/11” — and is best known in the US as one of the biggest donors to the Clinton Foundation.

Much more at the site - lots of links. Giustra is one of the key players in Hillary's selling 20% of American uranium assets to the Russians. Pay for play - Crooked Hillary. But, it is good to know that things are being taken care of:


One simply does not mess with Betty Windsor...

Up and at 'em

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Got a meeting this morning (local arts group budget planning for 2020) so heading out shortly. Bleagh... Hate meetings...

L is coming over later - we are working on the laundry/pantry room. Love L so this day will not be a total loss 🙂

Iran - three headlines

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Looks like things might be falling apart sooner rather than later. Three headlines:

First story is classic negotiating. Let your opponent understand that they have nothing that could bring you to the table. Puts them in a much weaker position when trying to get something out of you.

Second story is a reminder to the Iranian theocrats that we have more cruise missiles and we have very good intelligence. We knew where General Salami was and we got him.

Third story? The Iranian government just justified an operation by us to bring their government down. Firing on your own citizens is not cool.

My only question is how big of a landslide will President Trump's victory be this November.

Blow ye breezes

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22MPH with gusts to 34 - not exactly weather for kayaking but a good stiff breeze for sailing. Or hunkering down in some safe harbor with a mug of soup, a nice warm cabin and a book. Take your pick.

Back home for the night

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Ran up North for a few errands. Remodeling the laundry/pantry. The previous owners had installed indoor/outdoor carpet with a foam rubber pad. The foam subsequently rotted away to sticky powder. The rug probably felt really nice to walk on for the first year or so but these kinds of pads always rot soon after installation.

Getting it all taken up, sanitizing the floor (this was where my dogs ate and slept) sealing the floor and then laying down some really nice vinyl tile. There are some really good vinyl flooring products these days.  Building a kennel for them and until that is done, they are sleeping in the garage. Got all the stuff for that tonight.

Surf for a bit - meeting tomorrow at 10AM.

An abbreviated walk

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Got back a short while ago. We like to walk for about two hours. Get some sun, be in nature and get to know each other better.

Had some glorious sunshine for about 45 minute and then this dark cloud started moving in. We tried yelling and I threw a rock but to no avail. Started out along a different trail and the wind shifted and we bailed. It was starting to hail when we reached the parking lot. Great timing but we were only out for 80 minutes or so.

Have a meeting tomorrow morning and then she and I are back to working on the house.

Dodging a bullet - snow

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Looks like the snowpocalypse is just going to be a light dusting. Very glad. From Cliff Mass:

Snow is Coming Today to Western Washington, But Not Too Much for Most
I am going to go against one of the rules of the click-baiting online world. I am not going to even hint there is going to be a big snowstorm over Puget Sound land. Yes, most of you will see some flakes, but for most the ground will be barely whitened.

As we shall see, a highly transient Arctic Front/convergence zone will bring a few hours of snow showers, with totals ranging from a few tenths of an inch near the Sound to perhaps 1-2 inches in the far eastern suburbs.

I am going to show you some forecast snow totals....but keep in mind there is lot of uncertainty regarding the exact distribution of snowfall.

The latest super-high resolution (1.3 km grid spacing) UW WRF forecast (below) for 24-h snowfall (through 4 AM Monday), shows light snow (~1 inch( over NW Washington, with 2-4 inches over the northeast Olympic Peninsula. Most of Seattle is around 1 inch, with some heavier snow east of the city. LOTS of snow in the Cascades.

Going out for a walk at Barnum Point - an exposed area with high bluffs shortly. Might be interesting. We both have good senses of self-preservation. Very windy - gusts up to 22MPH.

About time - Saudi military

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From the Washington Examiner:

US to expel over a dozen Saudi trainees after review of Naval Air Station Pensacola shooting
The United States is poised to expel more than a dozen Saudi servicemen training at U.S. military installations following a review of last month's shooting at the naval air station in Pensacola, Florida.

According to CNN, the trainees are not accused of aiding the shooter, a 21-year-old Saudi Air Force second lieutenant who killed three American sailors and wounded several others, but are said to have connections to extremist movements. Sources told the outlet that some are also accused of possessing child pornography.

Last month, Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, a Saudi flight student, opened fire at the naval air station before he was killed by responding law enforcement officers.

Since then, about a dozen Saudi trainees at the base have been confined to their quarters while the FBI investigated the shooting as a possible terror attack and the Pentagon reviewed all Saudi military trainees in the country. The Navy also grounded around 300 Saudi military aviation students at three different bases as part of a "safety stand-down."

The Department of Justice is expected to declare that the shooting was an act of terrorism, a U.S. official told CNN. No co-conspirators have been charged.

Door. Ass. Bang. They are here at our convenience and if there is any reason to suspect that they are not loyal, send them back home.

Two rallies

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Two rallies - a tweet and a reply:

Joe Biden and John Kerry and only eleven people show up. Compare with President Trump's last rally.

And back home again

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Heating up some leftover Indian food for lunch. Meeting up with L at 2PM for a walk. We both have a lot on our plates this week. Meetings, etc...

They are going to lose big in 2020 - sitting back and watching the freak-show evolve. A two-fer.

First - Breitbart:

Pelosi on New Impeachment Articles: ‘Let’s Just See What the Senate Does’
On Sunday’s broadcast of ABC’s “This Week,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) did not rule out the possibility of bringing new articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.

Host George Stephanopoulos asked, “You said he’s violating the Constitution again and again. Do you think it’s possible that the House might have to file new articles of impeachment?”

Pelosi said, “Well, let’s just see what the Senate does.”

And second - Breitbart as well:

Adam Schiff Backs Pelosi on Bolton Subpoena — ‘Something We Are Considering’
On Sunday’s broadcast of CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) backed Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), saying if the Senate does not subpoena former National Security Advisor John Bolton, the House will.

Host Margaret Brennan said, “The speaker was on another network today and seemed to leave open the idea of subpoenaing John Bolton, the former national security advisor to the president. Is that something you would be looking at? Are you looking at?”

Schiff said, “It is certainly something we are considering.”

They have nothing and yet they will not just sit down and STFU.


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Nice online database - you type in your ZIP code and what you want to recycle (second step is optional)

It will return a list of recyclers in your area. Well done.

Check out Earth911

Indian food

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We had dinner in Mt. Vernon yesterday and went to a new-to-us Indian restaurant: Taste of India Really good food. We both love Indian food so this was a real treat.

Furniture shopping did not turn out that well - the stuff was well made but not that comfortable and they used 100% polyester fabric. Fine for winter but when it is warmer out, cotton is much preferred. Heading down to IKEA in a week or two to check out their sofas - they use a cotton / linen blend. Yeah - not as stain resistant but a lot more comfortable.

Out for the day

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Meeting someone at 11AM to look at something. Coffee, post office and read for a bit after. Working on some paperwork now plus preparing for a presentation I am giving this Wednesday at a meeting.

L is also busy today but we are meeting up later this afternoon.

Weather forecast is for snow today but not seeing it yet - still in the 40's and dry. Famous last words...

Heh - Obama's Legacy

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John Kerry keeps trying to be in the news - from PJ Media:

John Kerry Claims Obama 'Never Had a Whiff of Scandal' So Let's Remind Him Of Some
A lie told often enough becomes the truth.

I keep thinking about the above quote whenever anyone claims that the Obama administration was scandal-free. How many more times are we going to hear people make this claim and see it go unchallenged?

During an interview on CNN on Friday, former Secretary of State John Kerry, who's in Iowa campaigning with Joe Biden, echoed the oft-repeated claim that the Obama-Biden administration lacked scandals.

"I believe Joe Biden is the only person who has the set of relationships around the world, who has had this unbelievable breadth of experience as chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee and then as vice president for eight years — and in an administration, by the way, which never had a whiff of scandal," Kerry said.

The author continues with ten examples of Obama scandals complete with links and descriptions - here are five:

    1. The Iran Ransom scandal
    2. The IRS scandal
    3. The Benghazi attack cover-up
    4. The Fast & Furious cover-up scandal
    5. Obstructing Dozens of Inspectors General

And five more at the site. Those eight years were a failure and an example of why progressivism is not a good form of government.

Reported by writer and futurist Bruce Sterling writing at Wired:

Web Semantics: Chinese Futurist Military Jargon
Pretty standard futurist military stuff for 2020, just in ideograms. Also it’s probably meant for offshored unsinkable terraformed aircraft carriers in the South China Sea, which is something not everybody has or does.

“biological dominance” (制生权)
biological interdisciplinary (生物交叉)
brain control (脑控)
“brain-machine fusion” (脑机融合)
Cognitive Science Basic Research Team (认知科学基础研究团队)
“combat brain” (作战大脑)
domain of consciousness (意识域)
frontier/cutting-edge interdisciplinary (前沿交叉)
“hybrid intelligence” (混合智能)
human-machine coordination (人机协同)

Many more at the site - you can tell what direction the state is going by the jargon they start using. These terms do not guarantee their sucess (after all, we are dealing with a large, centralized socialist government regieme), but it shows what they are thinking.

The winter storm

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An update from Cliff Mass:

The Detailed Snow Forecast for Sunday and Monday
We are now close enough in time that we can apply some of our most powerful prediction tools to the snow forecast problem for Sunday/Monday. Plus, we are close enough so that uncertainties have lessened.

Before I talk about that, let me note that as expected the Cascades are being hit very hard with a large snowfall, with Snoqualmie Pass receiving about 2 feet of snowfall during the past day. Snoqualmie was closed for a while, and both Snoqualmie and Stevens require chains at this time.

And Mount Baker is having some great skiing conditions - from their snow report:

Well, this is starting to sound like a broken record, but we had an amazing powder day at Baker yesterday, and today looks to be another great day with more fresh snow! We've received over 100 inches of snowfall in the past 9 days! It should be another snowy and cold day today with fun conditions, so come enjoy a classic Baker pow day with the family! 

Sounds like fun - wish we could take off and do some cross country skiing but we both have a lot on our plates for the next week or two.

Two headlines - Michael Bloomberg

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Says it all - these people are just too blind to see that there is no support for their big-government statist ideas:

Spend away Michael - spend it all. You will not win. You will not even come close.
We The People are smarter than you are.

Heading over to YouTube for a bit.  L is coming over tomorrow morning to work on a couple of projects and then we are heading out for Thai at the new (to us) restaurant in Mt. Vernon. Heading out to look at some furniture later.

Heading out for a pint or two

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Been a while since I hung out at my local - think I will head out there for a couple hours to socialize.

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