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Once Again, The One And Only Post

September 22, 2021

A little country music in the morning, energetic and true to real life

No Urban Obscurity Out Here


They say life is so much sweeter
Through the telephoto lens of fame
Around here you get just as much attention
Cheerin’ at the high school football game
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I dreamed of going to Nashville
Put my money down and placed my bet
But I just got the first buck of the season
I made the front page of the Turnertown Gazette
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Every last one, route one, rural heart’s
Got a story to tell
Every grandma, in-law, ex-girlfriend
Maybe knows it just a little too well
Whether you’re late for church
Or you’re stuck in jail
Hey, word’s gonna get around
Everybody dies famous in a small town




This is from Miranda Lambert from a bit over a decade ago. I don’t know anything about her, but she makes the gossip sites once in a while. She definitely sings with that country twaaang, and she’s all kinds of nice looking.



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September 21, 2021

[ 3rd attempt to post this. Blog is so screwed up again. ]
[ Ok, made it work; I had to snip off a whole bunch of older posts. Sorry. ]



La Palma eruption update:

Volcano has opened up at least 7 vents, so lava is flowing in several directions. At least 166 homes destroyed at this point by the thick flowing lava, 6000 people evacuated. Geologists calm the internets, saying no mega-tsunami will happen, which could devastate the east coast of US and drown Bermuda if it does. A full collapse of the western flank could drop 500 cubic kilometers of rock into the ocean, causing on helluva splash.


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No I am not on a bee kick. Just a coincidence. And this is pretty strange, unusual news.

Bee Swarm Kills 63 Penguins

In the wild. In Africa.

More than 60 endangered African penguins were apparently killed by a swarm of bees in South Africa last week, in what bird conservationists described as an unusual occurrence.

The 63 birds were found dead inside the Boulders African penguin colony in Simon’s Town, located near Cape Town, according to a press release from the South African National Parks (SANParks). The penguins died sometime between Thursday afternoon and Friday morning.

A post-mortem revealed that all of the penguins had multiple bee stings. Preliminary investigations suggest they died after being stung by a swarm of Cape honey bees, the release added.

Honey bees die after stinging and many dead bees were found at the site where the birds had died. Samples of the penguins were still being tested for other “toxicity possibilities and diseases” to rule out other potential causes, according to the release.

“Usually the penguins and bees co-exist,” Dr. Alison Kock, a marine biologist with SANParks told the BBC.

“The bees don’t sting unless provoked - we are working on the assumption that a nest or hive in the area was disturbed and caused a mass of bees to flee the nest, swarm, and became aggressive,” she added.

Post-mortems determined the penguins were stung around the eyes and on their flippers.

The dead birds were transported to SANCCOB for post-mortems, and biological samples were sent for disease and toxicology testing. No external physical injuries were observed on any of the birds. The post-mortems revealed that all the penguins had multiple bee stings, and many dead bees were found at the site where the birds had died. Therefore preliminary investigations suggest that the penguins died because of being stung by a swarm of Cape honey bees. A dead penguin was also found on Fish Hoek beach yesterday which the SANCCOB vet has confirmed also had multiple bee stings. However, samples are still being tested for other toxicity possibilities and diseases to rule out any other potential cause.



I don’t think a whole lot of folks know that penguins live in Africa. The African penguin is not a really big one, standing a bit over 2 feet tall. Their range is the southern coast of Africa, from Namibia in the west, down to South Africa and up the east side a short distance. Once in a while some turn up in the Congo.

The Congo? Bet you didn’t know that the Democratic Republic of Congo (central deepest darkest tropical rainforest Africa) even has a sea coast. But they do. They got a 26 mile stretch on the west coast, just above the Congo River border with Angola. This is south of Cabinda, a narrow tiny province controlled by Angola, which itself is south of Republic of Congo, which used to be the People’s Republic of Congo (aka commies). The whole area once upon a time was Kongo, run by the Bantu people for at least 3000 years, a kingdom since the Middle Ages, until the colonial Portuguese showed up and took over.



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September 20, 2021


Just buggin’, again.

It’s Not A Tuma Murder Hornet. It’s Merely A Giant European Hornet

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Had another one of these gigantic hornets buzzing around our porch light by our door at 9pm last night. Huge thing, very scary. Very energetic. And flying about at night. W. T. F. ??

Turns out that “flies to the light at night” is a dead giveaway that this is one of those Giant European Hornets. Inch and a half long, maybe a little bigger. But with thin busy buzzy wasp wings, not the big slow wings of Cicada Killers, which are at least the same size and coloration.

Murder Hornets, aka the Giant Asian Hornet, are not bright yellow/black or bright yellow/dark reddish brown. They’re a darker, slightly reddish shade of yellow, and their black bands are thin and uniform. On our West Coast they tend towards a more reddish hue.

Not that anyone expects you to stop and closely examine one of these scary things when it comes near you. Hell no. Run!!

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http://new.allisonpest.com/blog/2013/07/01/beware-of-the-night-hornets/

https://turnto10.com/news/local/calm-all-the-buzz-ri-dem-says-of-alleged-giant-asian-hornet-sightings

https://www.arrownj.com/what-everyone-needs-to-know-about-cicada-killer-wasps

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3111534/It-s-invasion-huge-European-hornet-spotted-anxious-British-public-seek-solace-extremely-aggressive-two-inch-insects-feed-BEES-paving-way-arrival-deadly-Asian-cousins.html

What, they got murder hornets in France, 6 years ago? Who knew??


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Señor, Your Canary She Is Toasted

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Volcano erupting on Canary Island of La Palma, first time in 50 years.

The Cumbre Vieja volcano on Spain’s La Palma island is continuing to expel molten lava and ash after erupting on Sunday and is likely to do so for days, the president of the Canary Islands regional government warned Monday.

Angel Victor Torres added in a post on Twitter that there had been no reports of injuries or deaths so far.

The Canary Islands emergency services tweeted late Sunday that 5,000 people had been evacuated from the area nearest to the eruption.

That figure included 400 tourists evacuated from a hotel on La Palma and taken to a hotel on the nearby island of Tenerife, Torres told Spanish radio station SER in an interview.

After a night of spectacular images of the lava illuminating the island’s countryside, Torres told SER that experts believe there is still just one point of eruption from the volcano, near a “lightly populated” part of the island, which has a population of about 80,000 people.

Footage from the island showed at least one highway cut by a wall of lava; local officials said some houses had been damaged.

Officials have warned local residents to keep their distance from the eruption.
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Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has remained on La Palma, one of the smaller islands in the Canary Islands archipelago off the Atlantic coast of Morocco, after rushing there on Sunday.

After delaying his trip to New York for the United Nations General Assembly, Sanchez and other officials on Monday toured an evacuation center. He was later due to get a closer look at the volcano and its destruction.

The Canary Islands Volcanology Institute (Involcan) wrote in a statement on Facebook on Sunday that more than 25,000 earthquakes had been detected in the previous nine days around the Cumbre Vieja volcano.

Spanish news reports said the last major eruption from the volcano was 50 years ago.

“Hey José, what time is it?”

“It is time to leave señor!”

https://www.freep.com/picture-gallery/news/world/2021/09/20/volcano-spains-canary-island-la-palma-erupts/5788176001/

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-58620555

LA PALMA, Spain, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Lava flowing from Spain’s Canary Islands’ first volcanic eruption in 50 years has forced the evacuation of 5,500 people and destroyed around 100 houses but the streams were advancing slower than originally predicted, authorities said on Monday.

The flow of molten rock will not reach the Atlantic Ocean on Monday evening as earlier estimated, an official said. Experts say that if and when it does, it could trigger more explosions and clouds of toxic gases.

“The movement of lava is much slower than it was initially ... There has not been a large advance during the day,” local emergency coordinator Miguel Angel Morcuende told a press briefing on Monday evening. He said the stream had made its way about halfway to the coast.

A new stream of lava erupted from the volcano late on Monday, prompting the evacuation of residents in the town of El Paso, the regional emergency agency wrote on Twitter.

The volcano first erupted on Sunday, shooting lava hundreds of metres into the air, engulfing forests and sending molten rock towards the ocean over a sparsely populated area of La Palma, the northwesternmost island in the Canaries archipelago.


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Biden Did It

Interesting link over at Maggie’s Farm: the wave of Haitian illegals coming up to Del Rio TX was because Mexico had been stashing them in their south for ages, and then Biden broke his word and reneged on a deal between us and them to limit illegals in exchange for billions in economic aid and covid vax. So to punish the lying gringo, and they sent up 20K of the buggers. Bused and trucked all the way by Mexico, free of charge, to a crossing point that the cartels don’t control. Did it during the busy, high traffic Mexican independence festivities, so we never saw them coming. Surprise!!

That braindead SOB. So take another lid Jojo, and have another vacation back in DE. One more fuckup, and this one’s all yours.



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I had to think about this for a couple of days before posting it. The idea makes zero sense to me. But then I realized their approach is to try to save the world by destroying it. Who though up this insanely gay stupid idea, Lt. Calley? Or was it the other Asian scientist with the amazingly bad name? ( the first is a researcher at Wuhan Virology named Man Li Wang. The other one is his gay cousin, a cloning expert named Woo-Suk Hwang. )

Save The Planet: Recreate The Woolly Mammoth, Destroy The Environment

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I’m not making this up. Here’s the idea: global warming bad, m’kay? Tundra permafrost melting, m’kay? Trees and moss hold the soil in place, absorb sunlight, warmth goes down into their roots. Melting!! Plus they run the evil Carbon Cycle. Solution: get rid of the trees and moss in the high cold climate zone, and the ice will reflect the sunlight and the cold will come back, saving the permafrost and ending global warming climate change. But how to do this, as this vast frigid area is perhaps 20% of the land mass on the planet? Way too big for even a government make-work project. Answer: Go all Jurassic Park and clone the mammoth back into existence. These huge creatures ate huge amounts of vegetation, knocked down trees, and trampled the moss to bits.

Given that the Indian elephant is the closest relative to the old mammoths, and the African elephant is quite a big larger and has a larger womb, and that mammoths may have survived until just a few thousand years ago, plus their flash frozen bodies are being found all over Siberia and the far north, doing a little DNA dance shouldn’t be that hard. But let’s not stop there. Giant elephants with giant tusks might excite poachers, and might kill off the polar bears and wolves who attack them, so let’s screw with the genes and build a tusk-free mammoth. Yeah, that’ll work out, depriving them of their natural tools they used to survive, eat, and defend themselves. Because. Science!!

[ 2016 ] A South Korean specialist hails the opening of new World Mammoth Centre in Siberia, dedicated to bringing the beast back to life. Cloning guru Professor Hwang Woo-Suk did not go into details of the progress made in restoring the extinct species after several thousand years of extinction, but made clear he expected to publish new research in scientific journals as soon as ‘checks’ are complete.

Speaking in Yakutsk - Russia’s mammoth capital which is to host a pioneering new international centre dedicated to the creature - the controversial South Korean scientist confirmed progress in bringing the animal back to life after cooperation between experts from the two countries.

‘As a result of tireless joint efforts, we have achieved what we call the ‘initial stage’ on our way to recovering the mammoth,’ he said, thanking Russian president Vladimir Putin for his support for research in this field.


He did not put a timescale on when he hoped to see mammoths once more tromping the earth, but said: ‘We continue the search for new materials and samples. We need such cell that can share information. If we could find a sample that is not only well preserved but also in which biochemical processes can take place, we will be able to impregnate it with the help of the Asian elephant materials.’
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In 2006, Hwang was dismissed by Seoul National University for faking groundbreaking work in stem cell research.

The university said Hwang had damaged its and his country’s reputation. Yet he remains at the forefront of research into cloning, and he is leading research into seeking the DNA of the woolly mammoth from remains of the creatures recovered from the permafrost in the Sakha Republic. He is also working on other extinct animals such as Siberian cave lions.

The mass death of mammoths began about 20,000 to 24,000 years ago. The process continued for a long time and had a pronounced second wave of extinctions that occurred 13,000 to 15,000 years ago.

The last major wave of deaths occurred about 9,000 to 12,000 years ago although there is evidence they survived in smaller groups near Alaska and at Wrangel Island, in the Russian Arctic, as recently as 3,700 years ago.



Fast forward to today:

An American company has announced its plans to create a woolly mammoth hybrid using Asian elephant DNA. Based on the now extinct woolly mammoth, the company’s team of genetic scientists claim their new creature will help in the fight against climate change.

Before we begin, unlike almost every other reporter on the planet I will offer you a dose of respect by refraining from childish terms such as “genetic horror show.” Neither will I refer to Jurassic Park or any other fantasy movies while telling this story.

Colossal, a US bio-tech company based in Austin, Texas, recently announced their plans to genetically edit DNA from Asian elephants. They aim to create a new mammoth hybrid or a mammoth-elephant hybrid that will resemble the ancient woolly mammoth. The purpose of creating these new mammoth hybrids is not, however, to fill a host of next-generation zoos but to “help fight climate change,” according to the researchers

Until now, most genetic researchers have tried to “recreate” mammoths from ancient DNA. Colossal and visionary Church plan to reverse engineer DNA from modern Asian elephants to create a new hybrid creature that will resemble the ancient mammoth.
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Church said the animal will be custom designed to survive and thrive in the Arctic , so that it “will enjoy its time at -40C, and do all the things that elephants do, and mammoths did.”
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Church believes that places like Siberia might be turned into grassland again, which the genetic scientist thinks might help the environment by “stopping erosion and controlling carbon dioxide.”

To stand these extremes conditions the animals will require “fat, shaggy hair, and small ears,” but their ancient ivory tusks will be omitted to save them being stalked by illegal poachers.

Visit Colossal’s technicolor web site here.  It has lots of cool pictures and colorful graphics, and plenty of nifty factoids and quotables.

“Earth’s old friend The Mammoth”

“MAY PREHISTORY THUNDER FORWARD. We have the DNA,the technology and the leading experts in the field. Next, we will have the Woolly Mammoth. Alive again.”

“The Woolly Mammoth is a vital defender of the earth.”




https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/sep/13/firm-bring-back-woolly-mammoth-from-extinction

Gareth Phoenix, a professor of plant and global change ecology at the University of Sheffield, said: “While we do need a multitude of different approaches to stop climate change, we also need to initiate solutions responsibly to avoid unintended damaging consequences. That’s a huge challenge in the vast Arctic where you have different ecosystems existing under different environmental conditions.

“For instance, mammoths are proposed as a solution to help stop permafrost thaw because they will remove trees, trample and compact the ground and convert landscapes to grassland, which can help keep the ground cool. However, we know in the forested Arctic regions that trees and moss cover can be critical in protecting permafrost, so removing the trees and trampling the moss would be the last thing you’d want to do.”



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September 19, 2021


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Cops, Undercover FBI, Reporters Outnumber Protestors At Justice For Jan 6 Protest Rally

DC was nailed shut, fences and barricades everywhere, wall to wall Robocop security. Shame they can’t secure our southern border the same way, huh?

First read is that there were more reporters there than protestors, and more LEO - armored up, in uniform, or posing as insurrectionists - than there were reporters.

At one point they managed to arrest an undercover FBI guy. Hey, somebody saw a gun, right?

What a sham. Everybody knew it was an even more blatant false flag than the actual January 6th original. No more than a couple hundred actual citizens attended.

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Boy, they sure had me fooled!

Analysts tore into the mass media who hyped the potential danger of Saturday’s rally in Washington, D.C., only to find that the actual attendees were outnumbered by the police and the press.

The media frequently reported on the danger of the “Justice for J6” rally, suggesting it would be the sequel to the deadly Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill the day Congress intended to certify the results of the November 2020 election. A heavy law enforcement presence was put in place in hopes of preventing another violent scene. Authorities erected temporary fencing around the Capitol and deployed heavy dump trucks to ring the rally site, while local police departments and the National Guard were on standby.

One person was arrested in the crowd for carrying a knife and a second man was arrested after someone reported to officers that they saw him carrying what appeared to be a handgun, police said.

But the rally did not turn violent and the awkward ratio of participants to press became clear to reporters as soon as the event got underway.

Huh, maybe there should be one of these planned every weekend. Defund the DC forces the fun way: bankrupt the city from paying them overtime.



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September 16, 2021


I’m only putting up this post because I can make a cheeky double entendre alliterative title, like the real journalists at the big newspapers. That, and to show that the mandates are suicide for big companies and thus a lot of coercive hot air.


Vax Axe Hacks Back


Just to refresh your memory, there has been a nursing shortage in the USA since the 50s. A huge percentage of our doctors are foreign born and often foreign trained, as we simply do not generate enough of our own. There has been a medical worker shortage in the USA for years. The entire industry is understaffed except for management. When the pandemic hit and it was quickly learned that hospitals were super spreader events just by existing, plenty of back line staff (housekeeping, cleaners, drivers, food services, supply folks) left for safer pastures. Then when the public started avoiding hospitals as much as possible for the same reason, Big Med cut back their staffs even further, as a fat bottom line had to be preserved, public health be damned.


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My wife works for an eye doctors office. 17 years as a certified eye tech. Some time back they were bought out by a medium sized medical conglomerate, which in turn was then bought out by a large medical conglomerate. So her world is now corporate Big Med. And then along came the dread pandemic.

As the virus swept the nation, they worked without masks or any PPE for months, face to face with the patients, until the lockdown hit around March 23 2020. Then they were furloughed for 6 weeks until some bright bulb figured out that eye surgery isn’t always elective, and that, gosh, maybe, the ophthalmologists should be allowed to open up again.  Then they went back to work, and a few weeks later were required to wear masks. Not N95 kit, just the regular blue paper ones. A few weeks after that they got face shields or protective goggles. And possibly nitrile gloves. Better than nothing, but more about following the rules than protecting the workers.

And then Big Corporate found a health check app, where everyone had to check their temperature every morning and report any covid-like symptoms before coming to work. They changed their sick day policy so that everyone who called in with anything other than a family emergency or a physical injury had to run out and take a ‘rona test, right now. Once the vaccines rolled out, the morning health app started bugging them to get the jabs, requiring a daily Y/N response. At least one text came in every day encouraging this, and the HR/admins became vax pimps as well, mentioning how important this was at least once a day. It quickly became harassment. On the other hand, healthcare workers were first in line for the shots, and many of them had at least the first needle by the end of 2020.

At some point around the end of June this year, Big Corporate send out an ukaz, and edict from the czar. “We expect the vaccines to be authorized shortly. When that happens (or before that if we feel the FDA is too slow), if you are not already vaccinated, you will have 3 weeks to do so or you will be considered to have resigned.” Jabs For Jobs, 3 weeks or gone. Blunt.  And then the pressure really ramped up. “Let’s have a little meeting to talk about your situation.”

But here’s the funny thing. Big Med, right? Thousands of employees. Doctors, nurses, “front line health care workers”, etc. Plenty of the “heroes” who had put themselves at risk, staring viral death in the face every day for a year, really didn’t bother to get the jabs after the first wave of their co-workers got theirs.  Months later, after all this effort, even after the FDA authorization flim-flam, somewhere between a quarter and a third of all the folks working for this uber-corp still hadn’t taken the needle. And thus the OR ELSE edict.

Those 3 weeks came and went. A few people gave in to the threat and got the shots, but not many. They weren’t “hesitant”. They weren’t “anti-vaxxers”, as everyone who works there gets the annual flu shot, most have had the shingles shot, the Hep shot, etc. No, these were people in the medical field that had done their research and made their decision, and made their choice. Not just “NO” but “HELL NO”. And they were adamant.  Finding out that the FDA approval was a 3 card monte game, and that actual, approved and labeled Comirnaty vaccine didn’t yet exist and wouldn’t be available for months and months only stiffened their resolve. A competing Big Med group in the area which had issued the same edict at the same time (helluva coincidence, right?) dreamed up some excuse to push their deadline back a few weeks. Her corporation had to follow suit.

Then there was another softening action; people who could prove that they had had a positive PCR test would stay the executioner’s axe for 6 months from that date. This was a small sop to the studies coming out that showed (ultimate DUH) that natural immunity was long lasting and superior to artificial vax immunity. Which is something that you think that a MEDICAL group would know in the marrow of their bones (that’s a T-cell joke, m’kay? Long term immunity lives in your bone marrow.). But no. And even this was a foolhardy gesture, as people have been catching this virus since at least September 2019, and the PCR test has been in use since around January or February 2020. So getting it early on, and testing positive for it, happened well over a year ago. So that 6 month reprieve was a bit meaningless in many cases.

But as as of a few days ago, October 19 was the final final extended adjusted deadline. And Monday was the last day you could make an appointment to get the vax, and last Thursday they started giving the un-vaxxed their weekly PCR test, which is the OR part of the state mandates from both NJ and PA. (oh, and slap in the face, the results of that test are not reported to the person. The results go to corporate, who then passes them down to local ONLY if they’re positive. Dis.) Lots of attitude and bickering in the office, HR has to come in and re-assure the vaxxed admins that they won’t lose their jobs no matter what. But the entire tech team in her office is not vaxxed, and will not be vaxxed. Without them, the practice goes belly up. While the doctors can work up the patients, they can not do that and do enough exams or surgeries to make their bottom line.

And still the Comirnaty labeled stuff is unavailable.  The EUA vials have a liability exemption, so if you get one and your arm falls off the next day, boo frickin hoo for you.

Last night an email was sent out. Beneficent Corporate has pushed the deadline back another month, again. Now you can keep your job until November 19. You will have to take the weekly PCR test. Please get vaccinated!!

The workers have won. After a gigantic, 9 month long campaign of harassment and a 2 month campaign of threats, Big Corporate will soon be forced to back down to the state decreed “shots or tests” level. Because if they don’t, they’ll lose a third of their already undersized staff. And that will put them out of business. These mandates are a suicide pact for them. But the worker bees can find jobs anywhere doing anything right now. It’s a buyer’s market, and when it come to the vax, they’re not buying.

I’m so proud of my little rebel. Her body, her choice. Personal freedom. Acting like a true American.


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RELATED, COVID, VAX MANDATES

Gosh, is medical knowledge beginning to supersede politically biased groupthink? Nah, it’s probably another save your bacon move, too little, too shortsighted, too late.

Spectrum Health Allows Immunity Exception To Vax Mandate, Temporarily

In a similar move seen by many hospital systems and administrations, Spectrum Health announced a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all employees in July. However, unlike many other officials, the health system will now allow exemptions for those with natural immunity to the virus.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Spectrum Health will allow employees to be exempt from its vaccination mandate if natural immunity to COVID-19 can be proven.

The medical organization tells FOX 17 the decision came after a recommendation by its medical exemption committee.

To prove natural immunity, an employee must have a positive PCR or antigen test for COVID-19 from a lab certified under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988, plus a positive anitbody test. Both results must be from within the past 3 months.

Spectrum Health announced on July 28 that employees must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 within 8 weeks of a vaccine being approved by the FDA. Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine was approved on August 23, making October 18, 2021 the deadline for Spectrum Health employees to be vaccinated.

Spectrum Health’s medical exemption committee cited new research in its recommendation to provide the natural immunity waiver. In a statement to FOX 17, Spectrum Health noted that evidence from recent studies show a previous case of COVID-19 helps prevent catching coronavirus again and limits the risk of having severe symptoms if a person is reinfected.



•  As I’ve said before, limiting this to positive tests from 3 months is foolish, or even 8 months ago. Natural immunity lasts forever. Or at least a couple years.


•  Demanding antibodies, which are temporary, is just as foolish. A T-cell test exists that can prove long term immunity, even if it’s crossover bases. Use it.


•  “helps prevent” is a major misnomer. There are almost ZERO actual reinfections. Because if there were, the pro-vax people would be hammering you with this info 24-7 until your ears bled, and you know it. The media tried pushing the reinfection myth early this year, but it flopped, as it quickly turned out that nearly all of the very very few “reinfection” cases were really just false positive test results the first time around. People who thought they had the ‘rona, without symptoms or with very very minor ones (aka it was a little cold, not the covid)

PS: Here’s an American study that noticed a complete lack of reinfection and concluded that recovered people really don’t need the vaccines at all, ever.

Cumulative incidence of COVID-19 was examined among 52,238 employees in an American healthcare system. COVID-19 did not occur in anyone over the five months of the study among 2,579 individuals previously infected with COVID-19, including 1,359 who did not take the vaccine.



Gak, I am getting so sick of posting on this @#$#$%^#%$ virus.

So here, last one. Last one today. Sorry.

Pfizer now says vaccines alone won’t be enough, that early treatments and prophylaxis will be needed. Well no kidding. Where ya been for two full years, doc? Playing ostrich? Pfizer says they have a new medicine in trials. So super effective that they have such ultra confidence that they’ll get an instant EUA that they’re ramping up production long before their Phase 3 trial is complete.

The MSM is all exited. This is wonderful news!!! Finally, a treatment!! Cure people at home, reduce the load on hospitals, maybe use it as a preventative to keep people from even getting the virus in the first place. Woo hoo, pop open the champagne!!

And what kind of miracle med are they making? A protease inhibitor. Which is not actually a preventative.

The company described the drug as an “investigational orally administered protease inhibitor antiviral therapy designed specifically to combat COVID–19 – in non–hospitalized, symptomatic adult participants who have a confirmed diagnosis of SARS–CoV–2 infection and are not at increased risk of progressing to severe illness, which may lead to hospitalization or death.”



This is truly a miracle. No, not that protease inhibitors work. That’s old news. Especially as both proxalutimide and ivermectin are also the exact right kind of protease inhibitors, and highly effective. A protease inhibitor stops the viral RNA from breaking up (cleaving) the long chain poly-protein it creates into useful smaller pieces, and that keeps the virus from replicating. So the virus is already in your cells, but it can’t breed. This is very good, although keeping the virus out of your cells in the first place would be better. But if the virus can’t replicate, than the little bit that gets in you is not much more than an annoyance, and that whole covid-19 symptomatic reaction thing isn’t going to happen.

Just to be clear, this act of cleavage is not the “furin cleavage” you may have heard of. That one is part of the virus getting into your cells in the first place, with the whole spike protein / ACE-2 / receptor binding domain thing.

What’s news is the media reaction.

Remember that old Fedex commercial where the corporate guys are in a meeting, and the young guy comes up with a solution and gets ignored? Then the boss makes the same suggestion, waves his hand side to side, and everybody thinks it’s wonderful. New guy: That’s what I just said!! Everybody else: Yeah, but he did this. (the hand motion).

So soon we’ll have “Pfizermectin” and it will be praised unto heaven, with whipped cream and a cherry on top. And that icky horse paste crap will be trampled into the dirt and driven into obscurity.


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Bowling Blogging !!

It’s a community thing

I had great fun last night at Old Guy’s league. While I am on a new team this year, I have been on teams with all of these guys before. Last night the team we played was the two guys from my summer league team (been on a team with one of them several times before), one guy from my old Tuesday league, and one guy from a summer league team a couple years ago. I’d been on teams with all the guys on the two teams bowling to our left, and the two teams bowling to our right. And many of these guys have been on teams with many of the other guys in the past. So it was a great social event. It’s not a closed world, but people who get into bowling usually stay into bowling, and as the years go buy you wind up knowing just about everybody.  And while there was “complex” math involved figuring out the averages for 3 of the bowlers on our lanes last night, in the end we gave up 70 pins per game, and our team was on or above average and theirs wasn’t, so we won it all, 7-0. And I was getting some good releases most of the night, getting my thumb out early and turning my hand just enough, so I kept my axis pretty vertical on my ball. This is a big step forward for me, so I’m happy.


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September 15, 2021

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Just buggin’ here this morning.

We Got Phasmids Here!!

I went out to my car this morning and there was a walkingstick insect on my window. Looked just like a bit of twig, or the world’s most anorexic pine cone. And then it moved. Yes, they’re as common as weeds, all over the country, but I’ve never actually seen one before. It was a male, grayish brown and scaly. The females are a bit on the green side. He hung on halfway to the store, and then bailed on me. The bug was about the size of a full grown preying mantis, but much thinner.

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/21/2021 at 02:33 PM   
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calendar   Wednesday - August 19, 2020

Gee, Oops

A total non-surprise. We saw this coming back in early March. The richer you were the earlier, faster, and further you ran. Problem is, it’s worse than anyone thought at the time.

NYC Ship Sinking, Rats Long Gone

New York City is home to 118 billionaires, more than any other American city. New York City is also home to nearly one million millionaires, more than any other city in the world. Among those millionaires some 8,865 are classified as “high net worth,” with more than $30 million each.

They pay the taxes. The top one percent of NYC taxpayers pay nearly 50 percent of all personal income taxes collected in New York. Personal income tax in the New York area accounts for 59 percent of all revenues. Property taxes add in more than a billion dollars a year in revenue, about half of that generated by office space.

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The budget for a city as complex as New York is a mess of federal, state, and local funding sources. It can be sliced and diced many ways, but the one that matters is the starkest: the people and companies who pay for New York’s poor are leaving even as the city is already facing a $7.4 billion tax revenue hit from the initial effects of the coronavirus. The money is there; New York’s wealthiest individuals have increased their net worth by $44.9 billion during the pandemic. It’s just not here.

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While overall only five percent of residents left as of May, in the city’s very wealthiest blocks residential population decreased by 40 percent or more. The higher-earning a neighborhood is, the more likely it is to have emptied out. Even the amount of trash collected in wealthy neighborhoods has dropped, a tell-tale sign no one is home. A real estate agent told me she estimates about a third of the apartments even in my mid-range 300 unit building are empty.

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Fewer than one-tenth of Manhattan office workers came back to the workplace a month after New York gave businesses the green light to return to the buildings they ran from in March. Having had several months to notice what not paying Manhattan office rents might do for their bottom line, large companies are leaving.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/19/2020 at 10:52 PM   
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The ‘Rona Song

Leave it Country music to be perfectly topical and metaphorical at the same time






When the dogwoods start to bloom
And the crickets hum their tune
That’s usually about the time
That I feel most alive

But the news has all been bad
And the whole world seems so sad
I ain’t had much else going on
So I sat down and wrote this song

I miss my mom, I miss my dad
I miss the road, I miss my band
Giving hugs and shaking hands
It’s a mystery I suppose
Just how long this thing goes
But there’ll be crowds and there’ll be shows
And there will be light after dark
Someday when we aren’t six feet apart





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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/19/2020 at 10:27 PM   
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Follow Me !

One of the benefits of our universally computer driven modern world is package tracking. Mated with theoretically optimized routes and warehousing, we now can get our deliveries much faster than in decades past. For the impatient, most of the deliver services allow you track your boxes or letters step by step as they wend their way in your direction. [ OTOH, this also allows you to watch the Post Office send your stuff all over the country willy-nilly, leave it at distribution centers for days or weeks at a time, and sometimes take days to move something just 7 miles from one center to the next, and then take a full week to deliver it a whole 42 miles away. Sorry, my pet peeve, after recently pulling my hair out when a letter took more than a month to get delivered. Just wait until the whole country tries to vote by mail this November. Guaranteed disaster. ]

Now UPS has brought out “Follow Me”, a real time, self-updating, GPS driven mapping application, that let’s you see the big brown truck driving all over with your package in it. Not sure if this is going to help or hurt, because most people won’t realize that there are 300 other boxes in that truck, and yours is almost guaranteed to be last in line. It was already a bit frustrating just following the data, watching my box go from Florida to Edison NJ in hardly over a day, but then on to Allentown PA, right past my home, and then have to go on to another truck to come back to NJ days later and to get delivered ... later today?  Maybe. “Out for delivery” for 3 days? Oy vey.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/19/2020 at 09:22 AM   
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eye candy, high plains edition

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I thought I posted this the other day, but it seems to have evaporated. Whatevs.

Anyway, this is actress Kelsey Asbille Chow. She had a small but regular role in the One Tree Hill drama a few years back, and was in the 2017 film Wind River. Currently she has a supporting role on Paramount’s cowboy drama / Kevin Costner vehicle Yellowstone.

We watch Yellowstone, it’s great, and it’s interesting to see her character developing from a whiny liberal into someone more normal. That’s going to be long journey. She is super attractive though. 


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/19/2020 at 09:08 AM   
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calendar   Monday - August 17, 2020

Flowers For Algernon?

Leftist InstaHate For COVID Flower Cure

because Trump mentioned it

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Funny, I kind of thought it was the President’s job to keep people aware of new possibilities and to give them even temporary hope. But the Left may be right on this one. Like the blind squirrel ...

Most Americans have been praying for a cure to the Chinese Communist Party virus. Such a prospect turns out to be horrifying, however, if you are a Deep State bureaucrat, someone invested in open-ended and lucrative research into unpromising medicines or vaccines and/or a political opponent of President Trump.

Hence the vehemently hostile response of a leftist publication called Axios to information about Oleandrin, a natural supplement that has proven in clinical experiments and limited human trials in Texas to crush the CCP virus. Rather than celebrate this development and call for an urgent effort to validate such findings with widespread, life-saving trials, Axios touted the uninformed criticisms of naysayers determined to snuff further work on this apparent breakthrough.

To the alarm of some government health officials, President Trump has expressed enthusiasm for the Food and Drug Administration to permit an extract from the oleander plant to be marketed as a dietary supplement or, alternatively, approved as a drug to cure COVID-19, despite lack of proof that it works.

Driving the news: The experimental botanical extract, oleandrin, was promoted to Trump during an Oval Office meeting in July. It’s embraced by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson and MyPillow founder and CEO Mike Lindell, a big Trump backer, who recently took a financial stake in the company that develops the product.

OMG, if Mike Lindell is behind it, you know it’s deathly anathema.

Oleandrin is an extract from the oleander plant. Researchers have suggested that it could be useful to treat cancer because of the way it affects cells, and that it could enhance the effects of other cancer therapies.

Professor Sharon Lewin, the director of the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity at the University of Melbourne, is an international authority on antiviral drugs and has a laboratory working on COVID-19.
Asked about oleandrin’s potential efficacy as a COVID-19 treatment, Lewin told Axios, “Oleandrin looks to have antiviral activity at high doses in a test tube model. You’d certainly want to see more work done on this before even contemplating a human trial.”

A July 2020 study from the University of Texas at Galveston shows, in a laboratory setting, that oleandrin can inhibit the coronavirus in monkey kidney cells. This study has not been peer reviewed and one of the authors of the study, Robert Newman, is chairman of Phoenix Biotechnology’s scientific advisory board — the company developing the oleandrin product.

The bottom line: Scientists around the world are in a race for cures, treatments and vaccines for COVID-19. Government regulators are investigating hundreds of products. When a biotech executive like Whitney can take his case directly to the president, it casts doubt over the scientific rigor of the drug development process.

From the research study:

Using Vero cells, we found that prophylactic oleandrin administration at concentrations down to 0.05 μg/ml exhibited potent antiviral activity against SARS-CoV-2, with an 800 fold reduction in virus production, and a 0.1 μg/ml dose resulted in a greater than 3,000-fold reduction in infectious virus production. The EC50values were 11.98ng/ml when virus output was measured at 24 hours post-infection, and 7.07ng/ml measured at 48 hours post-infection. Therapeutic (post-infection) treatment up to 24 hours after infection of Vero cells also reduced viral titers, with the 0.1 μg/ml dose causing greater than 100-foldreductions as measured at 48 hours, and the 0.05 μg/ml dose resulting in a 3578-fold reduction.The potent prophylactic and therapeutic antiviral activities demonstrated here strongly support the further development of oleandrin to reduce the severity of COVID-19 and potentially also to reduce spread by persons diagnosed early after infection.

In years past the FDA has been dinged for major slow walking and foot dragging when it comes to testing and approving new medicines. Many drugs are available to the rest of the world that are not yet available to us. With this pandemic that slowness has become an issue, but I don’t think the best idea is to throw caution to the wind and let anything fly. That way leads to snake oil. There has to be some level of significant proper, fair, testing.

OTOH, the Axios article does mention how this could easily be marketed as an herbal supplement, which could NOT focus on any curative ability. To which there’s an easy work around; “We’re NOT ALLOWED to mention that this cures Covid, and thus cannot recommend a dose of 2 pills a day for 2 weeks. This product is for dietary supplemental use only, and we bear no responsibility for it’s use in any other manner.” kind of advertising.

OTTH, shouldn’t President Trump know by now when to keep his fat mouth shut?



BIG FAT WARNING FROM MEMORIAL SLOAN KETTERING:
Oleandir is poisonous !!! !! !

Consumption of even one Nerium oleander leaf can be fatal. Onset of toxicity occurs several hours following consumption. Symptoms include vomiting, abdominal pain, cyanosis, hypotension, hypothermia, vertigo, respiratory paralysis and death.

However, a carefully controlled tea made from the flowers could be an effective cancer and AIDS treatment. But more trials are needed!!

A hot water extract of the plant, known as Anvirzel™, has been developed as a potential treatment for cancer, AIDS, and congestive heart failure. It consists of a mixture of oleandrin and the glycone oleandrigenin. Experiments suggest that a combination of Anvirzel and cisplatin may be more effective than cisplatin monotherapy . In an earlier study, Anvirzel appeared safe in humans when injected intramuscularly, although adverse effects such as injection site pain, fatigue, and other GI symptoms were reported.

Anvirzel™ is not an approved cancer treatment in the United States. Until more data regarding its efficacy and toxicity are available, this product should not be used outside of clinical trials.

Anvirzel may be a modern version of a medicinal extract of oleander that goes back to the dawn of history.

Historical records prove that Oleander plant has healing powers; thus it was highly regarded by the Mesopotamians in the 15th century B.C. During the age of the Babylonians up to the Romans it was used as a relieved for hangovers. To the Arabs it has better worth since the plant was used for cancer medication in the 8th century A.D.

OTOH, the Romans also used it to commit suicide.

I looked up the entry at Wiki ... and I think I’ll pass on this one. There may be too much risk in a cure made from just a little bit of deadly poison.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/17/2020 at 01:06 PM   
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The Death Of NYC?

This is what happens when you elect a communist as mayor. One who encourages rioting and lawlessness. Riots after weeks of extended lockdown. Retail is dying. Populations are fleeing. Violence is everywhere, at unprecedented levels. It’s anarchy and depression.

Beirut DeBlasio

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De Blasio’s New York has finally hit an all-time low: the once bustling city is now on the verge of looking like a demilitarized zone. Between the pandemic and the riots in the city, iconic 5th Avenue now looks more like a dystopian nightmare in a recently shot video posted to Twitter.

The video follows a car driving down a deserted 5th Avenue, with almost all of the area’s high end stores boarded up and shut down. There are few people seen on what is usually a busy street.

“Look at everything. Everything’s boarded up. Even the hotel. Boarded up,” the video’s narrator, who is obviously fed up with how the city looks, says.

He continues: “This is all Manhattan, boarded up. Have you ever seen Manhattan look like this? The media will not report this.”

“Everything boarded up. They don’t want to show this to you people because they’re afraid. Saks 5th Avenue - boarded up from end to end. They put up barbed wire. Everywhere you see boards, windows are gone. Look at New York City - what happened,” he says.

The video runs over 2 minutes and shows dozens of boarded up businesses.




Check the video. Manhattan is boarded up. Block after block of high-end retail closed down and barricaded.



This isn’t exactly new. Similar video from more than a month ago.

No, it’s not a war zone — it’s Manhattan.

Video shows once-bustling Big Apple streets nearly deserted and dotted with boarded-up, spray-painted and bashed-in buildings after days of looting.

The footage taken Tuesday and Wednesday in Midtown and Soho shows the windows of popular stores shattered while others — such as Burberry, Sephora and Sunglasses Hut — are covered in plywood to protect against looters.

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Only a handful of masked pedestrians and police officers are seen walking on eerily empty sidewalks. Some plywood panels put up by shops were tagged with graffiti reading, “Justice for George Floyd” — the black man who died after a white Minneapolis police officer pinned him to the ground for nearly nine minutes.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many Big Apple retailers have been closed for months prior to protests over Floyd’s death.



These riots happened at the end of May ...

Sidewalks across the SoHo neighborhood, Union Square and Fifth Avenue were covered in broken glass. Multiple police cars had been burnt to nothing but ashes. Stores, including a Duane Reade, Urban Outfitters and Swatch, were looted. Banks were ravaged. An Equinox gym had been broken in to. Graffiti covered retailers’ logos up and down some of the glitziest shopping districts, which normally would be hosting a hotbed of tourist activity this time of year.

The New York Police Department has since said it arrested almost 350 people Saturday evening, following protests across parts of Harlem, Brooklyn and Staten Island. NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said in a press conference held Sunday that more than 30 officers suffered minor injuries due to clashes with demonstrators.

It’s now the middle of August. More than 11 weeks later. And these businesses are still closed, still boarded up. Whatever stock that wasn’t looted has been sold online.

Do you really think these storefronts are coming back? Even if the beneficent dictator of NYC allows them to open, with 25% customer capacity and ridiculously paranoid levels of isolation and plexiglass protection inside the stores? Somehow, I kind of doubt it.

Greatest city in the world, killed by policy in half a year. This was not an accident.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/17/2020 at 09:11 AM   
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Very Funny Officer

So I got another ticket yesterday. Me and my red car manage to get pulled over a couple times a year. Yes, I’m an inveterate speeder, but I do it properly. I don’t tailgate, I don’t cut people off, I use my turn signals, I almost pass anyone on the right, and of course my car is in perfect working order and my papers are current. And I don’t go flying around corners on two wheels, or anything close to reckless driving. I’m just an impatient driver, like everyone else in the state.

In NJ, everyone speeds. Everyone. Nearly everywhere. The only place we make up for it is in those 25mph zones near schools, parks, and downtown. People generally do about 17 in those.

NJ has a scheme in place on the highways. They “let” you drive 65mph, but fines are doubled. Should there be a traffic cone by the side of the road, or a permanent sign saying that bit of highway is also a construction zone, fines are doubled again. So getting a speeding ticket on the highway can be a darn costly experience.

Generally, highway traffic moves at 75mph in good conditions, even in the slow lane, but on the weekends it flies. 85 is typical, 95 is not unheard of, with cars maybe two lengths apart traveling in packs.

And NJ keeps points for 5 years, with a big long list of how many points for whichever of the 65 or so moving violations they have. Get more than 6 in a 3 year period, and get an extra fine to pay. There are a fair number of 0 point offenses, but they are not on the list. Good luck trying to find them, although we all know that the seatbelt one and the red light camera one are no-pointers.

How many points are on your license? Like many other states, you have to pay the DMV to find this out. Gosh, wouldn’t you think that this would be part of their regular job? Available online for free, given that this is a microscopic database inquiry? Heck no.

But there’s a game involved. There are a good number of offenses that don’t have points. Just a fine. So most cops short circuit the plea bargaining process, and give you a break and just write you up for some 0 point offense. It puts donut money in their coffers, nobody wastes time going to court, an you just go online and pay the fine with your credit card.

So I got pulled over for doing 85 in a 65 zone on a demarcated highway. I wasn’t racing, or playing artful dodger, or zooming down the road alone. I was just cruising along with traffic. The Statey did his job in about 2 minutes and I was back on my way.

He wrote me up for the 0 point offense of Delaying Traffic.

Haha, very funny.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/17/2020 at 08:23 AM   
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calendar   Saturday - August 15, 2020

Rhubarb !!!

She came home from work with an armload of rhubarb that a coworker had brought in from their garden.

I haven’t had rhubarb in ... probably 45 years. Pretty sure my parents used to grow it in the vegetable garden, but that’s loooong ago in the past.

So we’re making strawberry rhubarb pie, and, since we have so much of the stuff, we’re making a strawberry rhubarb crumble as well. Both are a great excuse to get hold of some good vanilla ice cream.

Rhubarb has an unusual taste, but it’s one that I’ve always loved. Can’t wait to get to baking things up and trying them out. Might even have enough to send her to work Monday with another crumble.




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Oh goody, and I guess I’d better go look outside. Amazon says my copy of Law of Nations and John Locke’s Two Treaties of Government were delivered today. Along with my new Solo 2L hand sprayer, as the old one died after a decade of use.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/15/2020 at 05:41 PM   
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Fauci Gets One Right

Fauci: Voting In Person OK If Social Distancing Done

Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser for the White House coronavirus task force, said this week that there is “no reason” Americans are not able to vote in person for the 2020 presidential election in November.

Fauci emphasized that voting in person would not need to be avoided as long as voters followed CDC guidelines and maintained social distancing.

“I think if carefully done, according to the guidelines, there’s no reason that I can see why that not be the case,” Fauci told ABC News. “If you go and wear a mask, if you observe the physical distancing, and don’t have a crowded situation, there’s no reason why shouldn’t be able to do that.”

Fauci noted, however, that those who are at high-risk if exposed to coronavirus or have a compromised immune system should stay indoors and use mail-in voting.

OK, 99% right. I think most absentee ballots should be dropped off well ahead of time at the polling centers, logged in, and signed for ... once proper ID and voter registration is checked. The USPS is highly leftist, so I would not trust them too much. 


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/15/2020 at 01:04 PM   
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calendar   Friday - August 14, 2020

toldja so

As reliable as the coming dawn, the willfully stupid and the left biased media and “the experts” have once again yelled real loud to subvert the proper understanding of the law. And that noise will do the job.

I said it yesterday: This application of the Constitution will be ignored and denied by the media and everyone else. Because “birthers”. People are so terrified of being called a name that they are willing to ignore the law, the history of the law, and the true meaning and intent of the law. That’s beyond sad. It’s beyond cowardly. It’s apathetic, pathetic, and bathetic.

And here it is.

Trump slammed for not rejecting conspiracy theory Kamala Harris is ineligible for vice presidency
Biden campaign calls Trump comments ‘abhorrent’

That’s right; it’s a conspiracy theory. And he’s abhorrent. Because he referred to a statement made by somebody about the natural born issue, and then said he didn’t know if that was correct or not. So slam him for even implying that this could be a problem.

And then the lies come out by the bucketful. And the overwhelming noise of indignation and implicit raycis drown out the truth, once again. We are totally fucking doomed.

President Trump would not reject a conspiracy theory Thursday that Kamala Harris is ineligible to serve as vice president because her parents were born outside the United States.

Asked about the unfounded and widely refuted claims during a press briefing at the White House, Trump responded, “I heard it today that she doesn’t meet the requirements” before adding, “I have no idea if that’s right.”

Harris is a United States citizen born in California in 1964, making her eligible to serve as president or vice president under the Constitution. [ Fox you are wrong ]

However, a professor of law at Chapman University, John C. Eastman, wrote a piece for Newsweek this week after she was named to the Democratic ticket questioning whether Harris is a “natural born citizen” because her mother was born in India and her father was born in Jamaica.

[ Editor’s note: Some readers reacted strongly to this essay, seeing it as an attempt to ignite a racist conspiracy theory. ]
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The fact that Senator Kamala Harris has just been named the vice presidential running mate for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has some questioning her eligibility for the position. The 12th Amendment provides that “no person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice-President of the United States.” And Article II of the Constitution specifies that “[n]o person except a natural born citizen...shall be eligible to the office of President.” Her father was (and is) a Jamaican national, her mother was from India, and neither was a naturalized U.S. citizen at the time of Harris’ birth in 1964. That, according to these commentators, makes her not a “natural born citizen"—and therefore ineligible for the office of the president and, hence, ineligible for the office of the vice president.

Newsweek also ran a counter essay by noted lawyer Eugene Volokh. IMO, as its typical for greasy lawyers, and all lawyers are greasy because the law is merely a tool to them, and not something held sacrosanct, Volokh makes his counter from the wrong direction. He’s throwing shade and puffing smoke, and emphasizing aspects that have no real bearing. Argument by non sequitur. 

Some people have argued that Kamala Harris is ineligible to be vice president of the United States. The Constitution requires presidents and vice presidents to be “natural-born citizens”; Harris was born in the U.S., but her parents (who had come to the U.S. to study) weren’t U.S. citizens at the time. Does “natural-born citizen” include Harris, and others like her?

It does. “Natural-born citizen” was a familiar legal phrase to the Framers—an adaptation of the English term “natural-born subject.” Sir William Blackstone, an English treatise writer who (in Justice Scalia’s words) was “the Framers’ accepted authority on English law and the English Constitution,” explained:

Natural-born subjects are such as are born within the dominions of the crown of England, that is, within the ligeance, or as it is generally called, the allegiance of the king. ...The children of aliens, born here in England, are, generally speaking, natural-born subjects, and entitled to all the privileges of such.

It’s possible that “natural-born citizen” has since been broadened to include children of U.S. citizens born overseas (a 1790 Act of Congress specified that, “The children of citizens of the United States, that may be born beyond sea, or out of the limits of the United States, shall be considered as natural-born citizens").

He is wrong. It is not an adaptation of natural born subject, even though natural born citizen shares two of the three words with the other concept. Oh, and that 1790 Act was overturned in 1795, which he fails to mention. Even the best lawyer is a weasel dick. They argue for or against a topic. Searching for and declaring the actual truth has nothing to do with it.

What is a natural born citizen? It is someone born in this country whose parents are already citizens of this country. Period. Full stop. And that’s all there is to it.

I am a natural born citizen because I was born in this country and both my parents were born here as well, and their parents were citizens when they were born which thus made them natural born citizens. All my grandparents were born here too, although one of them might not have qualified as natural born because her parents came here from Germany, and I have no idea who things worked in the 1890s and I don’t know if they were naturalized citizens by the time granny popped out. But that was generations ago, so it isn’t germane.

It seems we go through this every presidential election cycle. I think what is needed is a SCOTUS decision. And that will never happen, because an honest decision, true to original intent would also torpedo the anchor baby concept that’s been around for 4 decades now. And probably squash the legality of dual citizenship too. And we do not have brave, honest, true Americans on the Supreme Court who are willing or able to make bold, proper decisions. Without the slightest doubt in my mind, this should be a 5 minute, 9-0 decision, made for clarification purposes alone - not delayed forever until some case with standing worms it’s way upwards.

I’m going to add this to my list of life truths:

•  Sulfur is properly spelled sulphur.


•   Eohippus is the Dawn Horse. No other taxonomy name is correct. There is no relation to the rock hyrax, so putting the original horse in the order Hyracotherium was a mistake.

•  The big long dinosaur was a brontosaurus

•  A shark is not a fish, dammit, it is an elasmobranch. Real fish have scales, gill pumps, and a swim bladder. Creating a new intermediate order called “bony fishes” to include both is cheating, especially if you don’t also include dolphins who, by that redefinition should also be fish. Fish who are mammals. No, this is wrong.

•  Ok, I now grudgingly nearly accept that Pluto is not an actual planet, “merely” a dwarf planet or planetoid, because somebody either moved the definition goalposts or because science has advanced enough to go there and find out how big the thing actually is. Pluto 1473 miles across, 2/3 the size of our moon. Mercury still counts as a planet. Mercury is 1516 miles across, a whopping big 43 miles larger. Oh puh-lease. So my grudgingly is very grudgingly. OTOH, given that Pluto has 5 moons, one moon called Chiron which is half the size of Pluto, perhaps it should be called a double planet or a multi-planet.


•  A natural born citizen is someone who is born within the desmenses of a country and both of whose parents are already citizens of that country.

I got so worked up about this yesterday I went out an bought a copy of Law of Nations, and while I was at the digital bookstore I got a copy of the writings of John Locke.


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calendar   Thursday - August 13, 2020

Of course she isn’t, but you’re uninformed and intellectually lazy so she’ll get away with it

Here we should be going again with the natural born citizen thing. And just like Obama, Kamala Harris does not qualify as such.  Not that most anyone else can understand the concept, or knows that it is very important to care about this and why. So should be going won’t even get off the ground. This will not even be brought up in passing, much less discussed, debated, and ruled on. It. Does. Not. Exist. Because ... raycis!!!

Les ancres ne sont pas les naturelles

( The anchors are not the naturals )

“All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.”

14th Amendment, Section 1, 1868

It is abundantly clear that “subject to the jurisdiction thereof” means exclusively subject to the jurisdiction thereof, which means not in any way beholden to the whims or powers of a foreign government. This was clearly understood by all until fairly recently.

Yes, she was born in the USA. Neither of her parents were citizens at the time. This makes her an anchor baby. According the the 14th Amendment, anchor babies are not citizens. This isn’t a “strict” reading of the amendment, it is a plain reading thereof. Original intent is easy to find in the Congressional Record of the day. The only “reason” that they are considered such these days is due to a single footnote in the 5-4 1982 SCOTUS decision Plyer v. Doe, added to the majority opinion by Justice Brennan:

“no plausible distinction with respect to Fourteenth Amendment ‘jurisdiction’ can be drawn between resident aliens whose entry into the United States was lawful, and resident aliens whose entry was unlawful.”

This weakening of the meaning of jurisdiction within the 14th - that it sees the term as meaning subject to the laws of this nation, and not solely subject to those laws (ie not being also subject to the laws of some other country, as is the legal situation of illegal immigrants) - was a part of the Plyer case, which dealt with Texas’s claim that school funding should not be granted to illegal immigrant children. And of course, Brennan’s footnote comment overlooks that such illegals have no right to be here at all.

Right.

Harris’ parents were a citizen of India and a citizen of Jamaica. While she herself was born in California, and shortly thereafter went to Canada, where she spent nearly all her formative years, she qualifies as a citizen by the anchor baby misconception. Being a citizen does not make you a natural born citizen.

The entire concept of natural born citizen comes from a French book called The Laws of Nations, which was written in 1758 and is the only book or exterior document referenced in the US Constitution. It was used extensively by the Framers, far more than the code of English Common Law, which they strongly felt did not apply to the USA, although they borrowed large parts of it ... as our own law.  Anyway, in The Laws of Nations it says:

“Les naturels, ou indigenes, sont ceux qui sont nes dans le pays, de parens citoyens”

A direct translation is “The natural, or indigenous, are those who are born in the country, of parents who are citizens”.

While there was an 1797 update to the english version of the book, which clarified that line to read “The natives, or natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens.”

This is a rather strict definition. To be a natural born citizen, you need to be born here and both your parents need to be citizens when you are born. Not just born here, and not with just one parent a citizen, regardless of where you were born.

Later extensions to the concept allowed “here” to include territories of the country (eg Guam and Puerto Rico), areas controlled by the country (eg military bases), land considered part of the country that was in other countries (eg consulates and embassies), and things controlled by the government of the country (eg military aircraft and ships that happen to be outside the confines of the country at the moment of birth). This is how John McCain, born at a military base in another country, was deemed a valid candidate.

[ “naturels” is the masculine form of the word, “naturelles” is the feminine form. French is so sexist, but both words mean the same thing. ]

Merely being born to two citizen parents is insufficient. Merely being born within our country is insufficient. This is a precise and sharply focused concept, and about the only time it every applies is when someone is considering running for President or Vice President, although it should probably apply to any elected representative who could possibly be in the chain of succession.

This application of the Constitution will be ignored and denied by the media and everyone else. Because “birthers”. People are so terrified of being called a name that they are willing to ignore the law, the history of the law, and the true meaning and intent of the law. That’s beyond sad. It’s beyond cowardly. It’s apathetic, pathetic, and bathetic.




Read more if you want, in great detail with clear explanations of case law over the years, plus how we’ve now been lead astray, when and by whom:

http://www.conservativehq.com/article/30722-kamala-harris-anchor-baby-not-%E2%80%98natural-born-citizen%E2%80%99-united-states

https://www.dagnyintel.com/post/kamala-harris-is-not-eligible-to-be-president-the-natural-born-citizen-requirement

https://naturalborncitizen.wordpress.com/2008/12/06/urgent-historical-breakthrough-proof-chester-arthur-concealed-he-was-a-british-subject-at-birth/


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/13/2020 at 11:25 AM   
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calendar   Wednesday - August 12, 2020

Walter White Moved To Holland?

Netherlands Cops Find Giant Crack Cocaine Lab In School


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Dutch police have uncovered what they described as the biggest cocaine laboratory ever discovered in the Netherlands, leading to the arrest of 17 suspects from Colombia, Turkey and the Netherlands.

The drug lab was hidden at a former horse riding school in Nijeveen, some 75 miles from Amsterdam, police said in a statement Tuesday.

Police raided the riding school on Friday, discovering tens of thousands of liters of chemicals and 220 pounds of crack cocaine. Sleeping quarters and recreation areas were also found at the site.
The facility was equipped to produce up to 440 pounds of cocaine a day, officials said.

The facility was equipped to produce up to 440 pounds of cocaine a day, officials said. (Politie Landelijke Eenheid)

“This is the largest cocaine laboratory ever found in the Netherlands,” police chief Andre van Rijn said in the statement.

Van Rijn said the lab was equipped to produce 330-440 pounds (150-200 kilograms) of cocaine a day, with a street value of $5.3-9.4 million (4.5-8 million euros).


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/12/2020 at 11:29 AM   
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TLH? Typical Leftist Hypocrites

This sounds like it could be one of those urban legends.

How Dare You!!

An anonymous poster on Reddit’s “Am I the A--h---” subreddit said he started a meat-eating club at his job in response to a coworker’s vegan-only club.

He claimed that one of his colleagues started a vegan dinner club exclusively for their coworkers following a vegan, vegetarian or pescatarian diet. Other coworkers “will not be able to join the club,” the poster said the group’s “statement of purpose” read.

In response, the poster claimed that he and some other meat-eating coworkers started a burger and steak club to go out and try new restaurants each week. They only allowed meat-eaters to join. However, members of the vegan club filed a complaint with the company’s human resources department.


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