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Once Again, The One And Only Post

January 26, 2022

Yay, news that has nothing to do with the effin covid.

Justice Breyer To Retire

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer will retire.

As one of three liberal justices on the court, his vacancy, reported by several outlets Wednesday, will pave the way for President Joe Biden to make his first pick for the nation’s highest bench.

“It has always been the decision of any Supreme Court Justice if and when they decide to retire, and how they want to announce it, and that remains the case today,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki wrote in a statement. “We have no additional details or information to share.”

Breyer, 83, has served on the court since 1994, after he was appointed by President Bill Clinton to replace the liberal icon Harry Blackmun. One of the body’s most prominent liberals, Breyer consistently found himself at odds with the court’s conservative majority, and even more so during Donald Trump’s White House tenure after the Senate confirmed Justices Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett.

And while I can almost guarantee that Slow Joe’s nominee will be a commie black woman LGQBT, my hope is that the dickless spineless losers called the GOP rake this loser over the coals until it cries during the vetting process and wets it’s pants. The Left has made this once formal, honorable, almost taken for granted bit of government theater into the nastiest most vile and evil thing on television. So give it back to them in flaming spades. Make up lies left and right. Drag out the playground arguments they had with other kids in 3rd grade. Send in some Christian Extremists to interrupt the hearings to perform an exorcism on the candidate, because it’s possessed by Satan. Ask impossible to answer leading questions that take 50 minutes of garbage rhetoric to ask. Ignore all rules of order and just keep hammering day after day. Why wait? Demand that the selection not even begin until after the mid-terms.

Fair is fair right? 


Applying the 72 Hour Rule to the latest fear porn, via lots of looking stuff up and thinking things through

(sorry for the rough nature of this post, but I’m effin sick of it at this point. so here’s a ton of info and links so you can learn the big Big Picture.)

Florida’s monoclonal antibody treatment sites shut down after FDA decision

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Those struggling with COVID-19 in Florida will have a harder time finding monoclonal antibody therapy.

The Florida Department of Health closed all its monoclonal antibody treatment sites Tuesday after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration decided to revoke the emergency authorization for monoclonal antibody treatments made by Regeneron and Eli Lilly.

More than 2,000 appointments were canceled, Gov. Ron DeSantis said in a statement.

According to the FDA, data showed the treatments were less effective against the the Omicron variant, which accounts for more than 99% of cases in the U.S.

“Because data show these treatments are highly unlikely to be active against the omicron variant, which is circulating at a very high frequency throughout the United States, these treatments are not authorized for use in any U.S. states, territories, and jurisdictions at this time. In the future, if patients in certain geographic regions are likely to be infected or exposed to a variant that is susceptible to these treatments, then use of these treatments may be authorized in these regions,” the FDA said in a statement.

DeSantis, a staunch supporter of the treatment, slammed the FDA for its abrupt decision.

“Without a shred of clinical data to support this action, Biden has forced trained medical professionals to choose between treating their patients or breaking the law,” DeSantis said. “This indefensible edict takes treatment out of the hands of medical professionals and will cost some Americans their lives. There are real-world implications to Biden’s medical authoritarianism – Americans’ access to treatments is now subject to the whims of a failing president.

The truth is hiding in the above news statement, but you’d never know it.

The Florida Department of Health announced that it is closing all monoclonal antibody treatment sites in the state after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration rescinded emergency-use authorizations for two particular treatments for COVID-19.

The FDA announced on Monday that it is no longer permitting the use of bamlanivimab and etesevimab (used together) as well as the combination of casirivimab and imdevimab known as REGEN-COV, or Regeneron.

“Unfortunately, as a result of this abrupt decision made by the federal government, all monoclonal antibody state sites will be closed until further notice,” the Florida Department of Health said in a statement.

The FDA said that since “data show these treatments are highly unlikely to be active against the omicron variant,” and because omicron is believed to account for more than 99% of current COVID-19 cases, the treatments are no longer authorized. It explained that this was meant to prevent side effects from treatments they do not believe will work.

“In the future, if patients in certain geographic regions are likely to be infected or exposed to a variant that is susceptible to these treatments, then use of these treatments may be authorized in these regions,” the FDA said.
COVID therapeutics becoming important tool in combating the virus Video

Florida Deputy Secretary for Health Kenneth A. Scheppke went on the record saying that the state disagrees with the FDA’s decision, particularly regarding Regeneron, noting that it has not been supported by any clinical evidence provided by the FDA.

And now we start to dig. First up, “clinical evidence”. Which means “we used this on patients, and it either did or didn’t work”. And Scheppke and DeSantis appear to be correct on that point.

The FDA decision seems to be based on this one research paper, done by many of the same folks who wrote the paper that got monoclonal antibodies approved back when the current variants were Alpha and Delta, and all the monoclonals worked great on them.

“bioRxiv posts many COVID19-related papers. A reminder: they have not been formally peer-reviewed and should not guide health-related behavior or be reported in the press as conclusive.”

“Analysis of mAb combinations currently in clinical use showed that REGN10933/REGN10987 and LY-CoV555/LV-CoV016 lost all neutralizing activity against B.1.1.529,
whereas COV2-2130/COV2-2196 showed a ∼12-fold (P < 0.0001) reduction in inhibitory activity [ 2130/2196 is the AstraZeneca monoclonal antibody product ].

In comparison, S309 [aka S309/S2E12, from Vir Biotechnology ] showed a less than 2-fold (P > 0.5) reduction in neutralizing activity against B.1.1.529”

“We note several limitations of our study: (1) Our experiments focused on the impact of the extensive sequence changes in the B.1.1.529 spike protein on mAb neutralization in cell culture. Despite observing differences in neutralizing activity with certain mAbs, it remains to be determined how this finding translates into effects on clinical protection against B.1.1.529;
(3) We used the prevailing B.1.1.529 Omicron isolate that lacks an R346K mutation. While only 8.3% of B.1.1.529 sequences in GISAID (accessed on 12/14/2021) have an R346K mutation, this substitution might negatively impact neutralization of some EUA mAbs given that it is a crystallographic contact for COV2-2130, REGN10987, and S309 (Fig 1l). At least for S309, the R346K mutation did not impact neutralization of pseduoviruses displaying B.1.1.529 spike proteins28. Nonetheless, studies with infectious B.1.1.529 isolates with R346K mutations may be warranted if the substitution becomes more prevalent;”


M.S.D. is a consultant for Inbios, Vir Biotechnology, Senda Biosciences, and Carnival Corporation, and on the Scientific Advisory Boards of Moderna and Immunome. The Diamond laboratory has received funding support in sponsored research agreements from Moderna, Vir Biotechnology, and Emergent BioSolutions. J.E.C. has served as a consultant for Luna Biologics and Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., is a member of the Scientific Advisory Boards of Meissa Vaccines and is Founder of IDBiologics. The Crowe laboratory has received sponsored research agreements from Takeda Vaccines, AstraZeneca and IDBiologics. Vanderbilt University has applied for patents related to two antibodies in this paper. L.A.P. and D.C. are employees of Vir Biotechnology and may hold equity in Vir Biotechnology. L.A.P is a former employee and shareholder in Regeneron Pharmaceuticals.”

msd (d is for Diamond), jed, lap, dc, and Crowe are 5 of the 10 authors of this paper.

This was all lab work research. NONE of the antivirals were used by this group on actual people with Omicron to show that they didn’t work in the real world.


A quick tangential bit of info:

BTW you should know that S309 is the precursor to Sotrovimab, a monoclonal antibody made by Vir and Merck, found from a survivor of the original SARS virus in 2003, that neutralizes every damn coronavirus out there, including Omicron and Son Of Omicron. And it just might work as a prophylaxis against them as well.

“The FDA granted an EUA for sotrovimab in late May after trials showed that people with mild to moderate COVID-19 infections who received an infusion of the therapy had an 85% reduction in rates of hospitalization or death, compared with placebo.”

The problem is that sotrovimab is hard to come by, and will remain hard to come by for a good while yet

GSK and Vir expect to manufacture about 2 million mAbs doses globally in the first half of 2022.

However, During the week of January 17, 2022, only 52,064​​ ​sotrovimab doses were distributed in the U.S.

So the government has now fully stopped your access to the monoclonals that don’t do anything against Omicron, and you can’t get the one that does work. Nice deal, eh?


related links:


Now let’s learn something OLD that is NEW to us. But it’s part of this post, so bear with me.

The horrible terrible no good PCR is better than you think, and can be used in ways it isn’t, if you have the brains to know what you’re looking at, and you report that back to the doctor.

The PCR test CAN pretty much tell you if you’ve got Omicron.BA1, but it can’t tell you if you’ve got Son Of Omicron (.BA2). It seems that the test looks for 3 genetic markers. Delta triggers all 3 of them. Omicron doesn’t trigger the S Protein one. But Alpha also didn’t hit the S protein marker, but Alpha is long gone. Son of Omicron hits all 3 markers, making it indistinguishable from Delta by the PCR test. But by the time Son Of Omicron takes over (3 weeks?) Delta will be another out-to-pasture variant, given that Omicron is currently more than 95-97% of all new cases pretty much everywhere.

The PCR uses small sequences of genetic material called primers, which are treated with fluorescent dyes. The test takes the sample, which has RNA, then duplicates the RNA into DNA, then splits that off. This is the multiplier function at work, what we loosely think of as cycles. The primers attach to the new RNA strands but only at precise points; proteins and genes. The points that are the SARS Cov-2 indicators. More multiplication ensues, and the RNA+primer are replicated. After X cycles, if there is sufficient coronavirus present, it can be found by looking at the sample with a UV light. If it glows blue, it’s positive.

Which genes? Typically the S, N, and an “open reading frame gene - labelled ORF” of SARS-COV2. The S protein is associated with the spike protein, the N protein is the nucleocapsid which helps to tightly wind up the virus’ genetic material, and the open reading frame gene is one of several structural proteins unique to this virus.

By looking for these 3 things, the test won’t return a positive result for old school SARS, or any other coronavirus. Or the flu. And the PCR test can already spot the flu, either form. Surprise!!

The changes that the FDA required to the PCR test for 2022 actually make it a more cost effective multi illness assay test, looking forward to the day when the pandemic becomes epidemic.

BTW you can have both flu and covid at once, even covid and influenza A and influenza B at the same time. And thus the media ran with “flurona” for a few days a week ago, as if this was new news, when the truth is that the PCR has been able to do this for a long time now.

I still think it’s funny (in a corrupt kind of way) how there were almost no flu cases last year. Maybe we just had armies of untrained test techs, who were exhausted from working as fast as they could forever, and said “‘rona!” if they saw any positive marker on the results. Or maybe running the test for 45 cycles made everyone “have” the virus. At this point Hillary, who really cares and what possible difference could it make?


Ok, you’re better informed. NOW we can apply the 72 hour rule

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on January 24th that based on the most recent information and available data, they revised the authorizations for two monoclonal antibody treatments – bamlanivimab and etesevimab (Eli Lilly’s and Junshi Biosciences monoclonal antibody product administered together) and REGEN-COV (Regeneron’s casirivimab and imdevimab) – to limit their use to only when the patient is likely to have been infected with or exposed to a variant that is susceptible to these treatments.

And omicron is nearly 100% of the cases at this point, but there’s still a little Delta out there. But now you can see the difference in reporting emphasis. Now all we need is smart people in charge who know how to properly use the tools (PCR) they already have. Yeah, good luck with that.

BTW: The omicron may have peaked already nationally. Don’t worry, omicron.BA2 will take over and shoot the case numbers up again. That’s already happening in Denmark and UK. This shit will NEVER end and you know it.

Alpha and all the older variants are long gone, including D614G (the one you never heard of, this is the variant that first infected the world. The actual ORIGINAL wuflu virus mutated before escaping Wuhan! 

although “stealth omicron” version .BA2 is on the rise, even MORE infectious than original hyper-infectious omicron, so expect BA2 to take over worldwide in a matter of a few weeks. So we’ll see another case spike shoot quickly up and then down again. Two peaks to this latest wave.

It is unknown at this point if .BA2, which does trip the S protein marker, will be susceptible to Delta-effective monoclonals or ivermectin (omicron.BA1 is showing resistance to ivermectin, which is why the FLCCC protocol is now recommending HCQ for omicron. But you have to know which one you’ve got!!).

So the FDA jumped the gun a tiny bit, and DeSantis is a tiny bit correct.

So let’s have another Drewsolution, nip this in the bud (or the spike protein) and make everybody happy:

When you have a patient whose PCR test comes back with all 3 markers, give them Regen-Cov. Because it’s either the last gasp of Delta, or the first breath of .BA2. And nobody has done any work yet anywhere to see if .BA2 is immune to those monoclonals, so let the docs at least give them a try.

The existing PCR test can be used to tell which variant you have (and how badly you have it, based on how many cycles were needed to find it) with pretty good accuracy. If that test comes back with just two markers - missing the S protein - you know it’s omicron, so use the GSK monoclonal ( in 8 months when you can get some. Try not to die in the meantime. ) Because Alpha (the other “two marker PCR result” variant) is as dead as the dodo.

So that’s the full story, and some education you didn’t want, and my solution that should make everyone happy. Which means it will never ever turn into reality.


I hate feeling compelled to do this kind of research, which takes me many hours, but the media is mostly hype, sensationalism, and fear porn. If you want the truth you have to dig, and that takes time.

And thus we have “the 72 hour rule”. Give a news story 3 days to resolve, or use the time to dig for facts yourself. After 3 days, the story is either down the memory hole, or the “official” version has taken over, and you’ll never see the real information again.

Quick case in point, not quite worth its own post:

Hey, remember those poor Canadians gunned down by cartel guys at the Mexican resort the other day? After an argument “went bad”? Oh noes!!!

Look into it deeply and you’ll find that the “Canadians” were actually Vietnamese immigrant criminals with long rap sheets for drug dealing, money laundering, assaults and the like. And the cartel gunman was there for hours before the “Canadians” showed up, hanging out by the pool. It was a hit. Planned. Funny how nobody knows how these wanted criminals even got into Mexico in the first place.

You have to dig.

First, see what the locals have to say.

Then you go to the UK, who actually still do a bit of reporting. And you’ll at least find out that everyone involved was a criminal, money was owed on either drugs or smuggled guns, and it may have been the Ukranian mafia. Truth or BS? You decide. But the “Canadians” were NOT innocent tourists, as the Yahoo!! news story implies.

We’ll never know if the people involved in Cancun had the Covid either, or what variant, or whether they were fully vaccinated and boosted or not. Oh well.


Just Give It Up Already

Highly vaccinated Chile having huge spike in covid cases. Answer: 4th jab of the same old crap that didn’t work the first 3 times.

SANTIAGO, Chile: As the number of daily COVID-19 cases continues rising, Chile has began administering a fourth vaccination dose to some citizens.

This week, President Sebastin Piera was present when two adults with immunosuppression conditions received a fourth vaccine dose at a Santiago hospital.

Due to the current daily COVID-19 infection rate, having reached 4,000 but could rise to 10,000 or more, Chile is beginning to distribute the fourth dose early, Piera said.

After the distribution of the fourth dose to the immunosuppressed ends on 7th February, people over the age of 55 who received their third dose at least six months ago will be next to be vaccinated.


Was Bob Saget’s death vaccine related? That was my reaction. Sometimes the story is what’s not in the story.


That’s it. There has to be something else to write about other than this goddamn virus. I can’t do this any more, anymore.

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January 24, 2022

Mr. Fix-It Once Again

“Oh no, we have water on the top shelf in the fridge!!”

Ok, I’ll mop it up. Maybe something spilled, one of those spring water bottles or whatever.

(a few days later) “Oh no, we have water on the top shelf in the fridge again! We need a new refrigerator!”

Yeah, maybe, except it’s a 5 month wait to get one right now, with the supply chain thing and the shortages.

“Well call the repair guy then.”

Yeah, no. It’s $200 just for him to show up, plus whatever he wants to charge for the work.

Let me see what I can do. First step, look stuff up online. Then go find some tools. So far, that means a 1/4” nut driver, a towel, and a hair dryer. Oh, and a big plastic storage bin from the garage, with lid.

Unplug the unit. Take everything out of the freezer, discard all the ancient mystery items, put the rest in the plastic bin, and put that outside on the frozen patio in the shade. This is one of those times I’m glad it’s cold out.

Start taking out the trays, the shelves, the ice maker thing we never use. Find that there’s a 3/8” thick slab of ice across the whole bottom of the freezer area, under the roller plate below the bottom shelf sliding cover. Clean out crumbs, old blueberries, and ancient bits of whatever as you go.

Work the ice sheet out in bits, throw them in the sink. Remove the back plate and take a look ...


Ok, not too bad. I’m not going to melt that ice in the drain trough with gallons of hot water and a wet vac, but I’ll try using a hair dryer. Worst case, I can just leave the unit to defrost for a day.

After that I’ll find a coat hanger, or my wiring “fish tape” (a very long, very thin coil of flat spring steel used to pull wires through pipes. It’s very useful for other jobs too.)

A smart Mr. Fix-It would think things through first, and realize that looking under the fridge to make sure that the little plastic water tray (the evaporator pan) isn’t already full of water. Just in case I get the drain line open and all the water inside lets go at once. Let’s avoid a Dogger Bank situation if possible.

This is actually fun. I don’t mind household repair jobs at all, as long as I can get them done in half a day, mostly using tools and stuff I have around the house. Those 5 day jobs that need thousands of bucks worth of parts ... hire somebody for that. Little crap like this, I can do. I think.

UPDATE: I think I got it fixed.

What a long slow pain in the ass. But I think I’ve got it done. Every single part has been cleaned and washed and dried. I only paid a small price in blood (you can’t fix any machine without getting nicked or cut at least once. It’s the price you pay), but with a lot of work, lots of toweling, plenty of paper towels, etc, I got all the ice out and defrosted the drain line. Then I managed to work a coat hanger the whole length up from the bottom of the drain line, and with a ****load of effort I was finally able to work the hanger about 18” in from the top. And that did the job. After that I put the drain pan back in, and ran an entire quart of boiling water through the line. And it all came through, quickly. All that super hot water was enough to clear the line of little bits of yuck, and dissolve 23 1/2 years of rusty dirt in the drain pan.

While I was messing with it, I also did what I could to clean the dust off of everything I could get near. I pulled about 5 ounces of felt-dense dust bunnies from the lower coils, so that should help things run a bit more efficiently too:


Somebody has to make a vacuum attachment for cleaning coils.. Something halfway between a side opening flat extra long crevice tool and a giant toothbrush. OTOH, this was 23 years worth of build up. So maybe I’ll get one, maybe not.

I can’t believe the production stamp on the back of the fridge was 06/03/1998. Holy crap. Twenty three and a half years old, and it finally needed some maintenance. Go Kitchen Aid!!

Addendum: the DIY link at the top of this post has an awesome idea for preventing this situation from ever happening again, simply by taking a short length of bare copper house electric wire (12 or 14 gauge) and hooking one end around the defrost heater coil and putting the other end a few inches down the drain line. Copper is awesome at absorbing heat, so even just a little warmth will keep the line from every freezing up again. I couldn’t find any in the garage, so I didn’t do that. But it’s a great idea. And 23 years from now, when the fridge needs another bit of maintenance, I’ll think of doing it.

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January 23, 2022

It must be late at night and the booze is inspirational ...

alt.universe.mary_poppins ( a thread I just made up )

Super callous fascist risky experimental doses!

Who needs to test when EUAs only cost us millions?

We’ll watch our bottom line inflate by several hundred billion!

Mandates for all though the idea is quite beyond atrocious;

Super callous fascist risky experimental doses!


Very cool search results from a caption on a throw-away picture

News story: For Many, Getting The Covid Vaccine Means Taking An Arduous Boat Ride To The Mainland

Yadda yadda yadda, 3rd world people who are so poor they sell bundles of grass for a living can’t get from their remote islands to the mainland where the Covid vaccines are ...

featured this picture:

“Balatik, a reconstruction of a large sewn-plank paraw in Palawan”

That caught my eye. A sewn plank paraw? What’s a paraw? What are sewn planks? And why is this ship pictured, when it has nothing at all to do with the article, other than being very Third World looking?

And away I went. You’ve probably run across articles on how the Polynesian people populated the South Pacific so very long ago, or how the abbos island hopped during the last Ice Age and wound up in Australia without hardly getting their feet wet, and you came away with the idea that those folks from way back when were journeying across the vast empty ocean spaces in dugout canoes, or Thor Heyerdahl Kon Tiki -like boats made from bundles of reeds, or some other kind of super primitive boats. Because they were primitives, right?

Yeah, No. But Lake Titicaca and the Nile Delta; the whole reed bundle boat thing? Ok fine, sure, this works if you don’t have any trees. Duh.

Ships as large as 100 feet long (we have no idea, really) were being made all over the world by 2000BC if not much earlier that didn’t have a nail, a screw, or any metal parts in them at all. And they were stable, seaworthy, and used sail designs that could sail into the wind at a much greater angle than the square rigged European design ships of the 16th to 19th Centuries.

The planks were tied together. Sewn. They used vines, and willow fronds, and similar plant fibers as their “thread”, managed to drill holes through the overlapping hull planks (clinker-built construction) and slapped on whatever sap or tar they could lay hands on to fill the gaps and waterproof things. A variation on the design used dowels and glue or caulking to edge join the planks ( ie treenails ), and many of these ships used both methods. The dual outrigger design, like on the boat in the picture, grew out of the single outrigger design, and kept a larger ship quite stable when it’s several sails caught the winds and tried to heel the boats over. They didn’t have weighted keels. They didn’t really have keels at all. They just built a much wider boat, with the wider part hardly being there at all and only touching the water when necessary. So they were also quite fast. Plus, if you weave a nice coconut palm frond mat to go over the area between the outrigger booms, you get a huge amount of extra living and storage area with no added water drag and very little added weight.

And to me, the coolest part is that these ships had hardly any ribs or internal structure to them to shape the shape of the ship. Ship shape? They just pulled the threads tighter, shaped the planks just so (think barrel staves) and a boat shape came out of it. Kind of like custom tailoring a clothing pattern to fit you perfectly. So they only needed a few pieces of internal wooden bracing.

The last and largest ships of this kind, what we think of as Chinese Junks (which weren’t junk, were actually called jongs and probably weren’t really from China) could take several hundred people aboard and carry a cargo mass of over 100 tons.

Somewhat later on, give or take a thousand years or so, woodworking got better and the lacing was done between ridges carved into the inner side of the planks, so no holes had to be drilled through the planks themselves. Much fewer leaks that way.

Once their boats got big enough to have a couple of decks, or at least a top deck to keep more water out, they began to have interior support, the framing members we think of as ribs and keelsons and so forth. Not too long after that, nails were invented. But sewn boats lived on in the far corners of the ocean until about the end of the age of sail.

Kind of redefines “primitive”, don’t it? We know this was common across the globe by 4,000 years ago, but it could have easily been around for far far longer than that. (Bolivia again. See, funny hats made from llama fur, and not a tree this side of the horizon)

Cool stuff.


And in today’s Not News ...

Hey, remember the cargo ship crisis? Remember how the ports were overwhelmed? Remember how that rolling screw up was causing shortages all across the country, and we’re seeing that everywhere now, from chips for new cars to cans of cat food?

Have you noticed that you haven’t heard a thing about the cargo ships in the past 6 or 8 weeks? Is it because that situation has been resolved? HECK NO.

It’s because focusing on that foul up would reflect badly on the idiot running California, and that idiot running Washington DC, and all the idiots and greenies in between, plus the greedy port bastards and the greedy and uppity longshoreman’s unions?

So this news is no longer news. It gets nearly no coverage. And it’s not getting better. In fact, it’s getting worse, so the silence will be even more thunderous.

Any Port In A Storm

California Shipping Now Clogging Up Mexican Port Mooring Areas

There is no more room for more ships on our west coast, so we are literally off-shoring our off-shoring.

While a growing number of Los Angeles-bound cargo ships are now biding time off the coast of Mexico, the supply chain crisis progressed this week as consumers found empty shelves in stores across the U.S.

“There’s a big population [of ships off the coast of Mexico],” Kip Louttit, director of the Marine Exchange, told The Epoch Times. “If you look at the Pacific, it kind of makes sense to go down there. The weather is better the further south you go.”

The number of ships waiting to deliver goods in Los Angeles has jumped about 12 percent since October, when President Joe Biden announced the ports would be opened around-the-clock to ease congestion.

The marine exchange reported 190 ships of all types were waiting in line to dock at the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports on Jan. 19. In mid-October, the number was about 170.

It also takes about two months longer to deliver goods from Asia to the Pacific Coast now than in 2019, before the pandemic, according to Flexport, a San Francisco-based freight-forwarding company.

In early January, Flexport found that westbound shipments from Asia took an average of 110 days—a 65-day increase and a new record high.

Meanwhile, consumers continued to express frustration across social media with supply shortages this week as #BareShelvesBiden trended on Twitter.

So there you go. pResident meatwad pudding cup call a lid Slo Jo Brandon put in a plan, enacted a solution ... and it’s made things 12% WORSE in 3 months.

Empty shelves and a shortage of car parts, electronic chips and certain food products are becoming commonplace among businesses of all sizes in California, according to California Retailers Association President and CEO Rachel Michelin.

“It’s not getting as much attention as we were getting before, but there are still challenges,” Michelin told The Epoch Times. “I would say that on the supply chain side, it’s not getting any better.”

Michelin said small businesses continue to be especially vulnerable, not only because of the supply chain crisis, but also increased crime that is being reported nationwide and the ongoing disruption of COVID-19.

“It’s layer, upon layer, upon layer,” she said.

As a result, customers will likely have to start paying even higher prices for goods in addition to the current 7 percent inflation rate, she said.

[ Insert creative graphic here of cobweb covered moored container ship with one of those “I did that” Joe Biden gas pump stickers. ]

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January 22, 2022

Merry Christmas, delayed by Covid

We’re making a list and check it twice, and finally heading up to my mom’s house to do Christmas. We’re both over the ‘rona at this point, it’s not going to snow today, and neither one of us has to work today or early tomorrow. So clean out the car, put in the box of presents, put in Christmas dinner, maybe even put in a cat to visit too. And off we go. There and back again in a day, so that’s going to be a lot of driving.


Double bowling blogging, extra condensed!!

We won all 7 at both Old Guys League and at Cheap League. We won at OGL because we bowled great, and we won at CL because we bowled slightly less pathetically than the team we were up against.


Some interesting links I’d love to write about but not today. And I still want to do that fog catchers post.

Yes Ivermectin works. Huge study in Brazil proves it
Absolute risk reduction of Ivermectin is on par with the best that vaccines can do on paper, which is better than their reality

War Crimes charges against Fauci et al? Let’s see where this goes (yeah, nowhere).

Immigrant gets job, learns essential English skills quickly.

Bolivia comes this close to a revolution over mandates, socialist government gives in.

The country people, who are mostly indigenous peoples, blocked off the highways to the cities and stopped delivering food and supplies. The police responded with violence. The boycott continued.
This is pretty much what the deplorable flyover country rednecks in our country figured out years ago as a way to fight the urban leftists if they got too out of control. AND IT WORKED.

Interesting little essay to read from the Brownstone Institute. Brownstone should be on your daily read list, the place is great and the writing is usually first class. Bravo BI !!

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January 20, 2022

UK: Plan C - Dump Plan B !!

PM Boris Johnson: England To End Mask Mandates, Work From Home Restrictions, Vax Passports Starting Next Week

Virus gonna virus, and you can’t do beans about that. Never could.

Boris Johnson has confirmed that Plan B measures to control the spread of coronavirus in England will be allowed to expire.

Mr Johnson, speaking to the House of Commons after a tumultuous PMQs (their term for the weekly Q & A session in Parliament with the Prime Minister. Imagine if pResident Brandon* had to face the entire Legislature once per week, on live TV), said that working from guidance, a requirement to wear face masks and the use of Covid passports in some settings would be dropped.

He said more than 90 per cent of over-60s across the UK had now had booster vaccines to protect them, and scientists believed the Omicron wave had peaked.

He said the Government had taken a “different path” to much of Europe and the “data are showing that, time and again, this Government got the toughest decisions right”.

People will no longer be told to work from home and, from Thursday next week when Plan B measures lapse, mandatory Covid certification will end, Mr Johnson said.

“Organisations can of course choose to use the NHS Covid pass voluntarily but we will end the compulsory use of Covid safety certification in England,” Mr Johnson said.

The Government’s guidance to work from home will end immediately, he said. “From now on the Government is no longer asking people to work from home. People should now speak to their employers about arrangements for returning to the office,” Mr Johnson said.

The Government will also no longer mandate the wearing of face masks anywhere from next Thursday and they will be scrapped in classrooms from this Thursday.

Case rates in the UK, almost all of them the Omicron variant, have been falling for a couple weeks now, down 27% in the last 2 weeks.


The conservatives in England are finally realizing what some of us in the United States have been saying for a year. These measures do not matter. They are not stopping the spread of Covid.

Mandatory masking is pointless. Vax passports are pointless and wrong.

In this speech, Johnson lays out the timeline to end the mask mandates.

Ben Riley-Smith of the UK Telegraph is reporting that virtually all Covid restrictions in England will be ending shortly.

No more Covid passport.

No more government-mandated work from home.

No more masks on children.

No more mask mandates anywhere.

Damn, Boris Johnson just became Ron DeSantis.

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January 20, 2022

UK: Plan C - Dump Plan B !!

PM Boris Johnson: England To End Mask Mandates, Work From Home Restrictions, Vax Passports Starting Next Week

Virus gonna virus, and you can’t do beans about that. Never could.

Boris Johnson has confirmed that Plan B measures to control the spread of coronavirus in England will be allowed to expire.

Mr Johnson, speaking to the House of Commons after a tumultuous PMQs (their term for the weekly Q & A session in Parliament with the Prime Minister. Imagine if pResident Brandon* had to face the entire Legislature once per week, on live TV), said that working from guidance, a requirement to wear face masks and the use of Covid passports in some settings would be dropped.

He said more than 90 per cent of over-60s across the UK had now had booster vaccines to protect them, and scientists believed the Omicron wave had peaked.

He said the Government had taken a “different path” to much of Europe and the “data are showing that, time and again, this Government got the toughest decisions right”.

People will no longer be told to work from home and, from Thursday next week when Plan B measures lapse, mandatory Covid certification will end, Mr Johnson said.

“Organisations can of course choose to use the NHS Covid pass voluntarily but we will end the compulsory use of Covid safety certification in England,” Mr Johnson said.

The Government’s guidance to work from home will end immediately, he said. “From now on the Government is no longer asking people to work from home. People should now speak to their employers about arrangements for returning to the office,” Mr Johnson said.

The Government will also no longer mandate the wearing of face masks anywhere from next Thursday and they will be scrapped in classrooms from this Thursday.

Case rates in the UK, almost all of them the Omicron variant, have been falling for a couple weeks now, down 27% in the last 2 weeks.


The conservatives in England are finally realizing what some of us in the United States have been saying for a year. These measures do not matter. They are not stopping the spread of Covid.

Mandatory masking is pointless. Vax passports are pointless and wrong.

In this speech, Johnson lays out the timeline to end the mask mandates.

Ben Riley-Smith of the UK Telegraph is reporting that virtually all Covid restrictions in England will be ending shortly.

No more Covid passport.

No more government-mandated work from home.

No more masks on children.

No more mask mandates anywhere.

Damn, Boris Johnson just became Ron DeSantis.

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Another few Covid “oh, by the way” bits of info.

The new treatment pill from Pfizer, jokingly called Pfizermectin by many but actually named Paxlovid, is a combination of the two drugs nirmatrelvir and ritonavir. While nirmatrelvir is something new, ritonavir has been around for some time.

There is a somewhat similar medicine out there called Kaletra, which is ritonavir combined with lopinavir. While this Russian product was initially The Great Covid Hope in the Far East, it continually and repeatedly failed in trials. Like Ivermectin, ritonavir is a protease inhibitor and has been used as an HIV medicine. Kaletra has shown to improve pneumonia resolution in influenza patients, so it is at least somewhat effective as an antiviral.

There is another antiviral from Russia that seems to have some positive effect. This one is called Arbidol (Umifenovir) and it works against cold and flu viruses. It’s been around for more than a decade. It also works against SARS-Cov-2. This medicine is NOT available in the USA, as the company never applied for an EUA.

Arbidol is a broad-spectrum anti-viral drug, mainly for the treatment of upper respiratory tract infections caused by influenza A and B viruses, etc. In recent years, many studies have proven its effectiveness against both SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV. Arbidol hydrochloride can block virus replication by inhibiting the fusion of the lipid membrane of the virus with the host cells. Compared with the untreated control group, arbidol can effectively inhibit coronavirus up to 60 times at a concentration of 10–30 μmol/L, and significantly inhibit the virus’s pathological effects on cells.

This was known, published, in late February 2020. But don’t forget that SARS-Cov-2 is NOT influenza A or B, and it is NOT SARS or MERS. That being said, it does appear to have positive effects.

Meanwhile in China ... a patented herbal concoction called “Shufeng Jiedu Capsule” also seems to do the job, especially when used with Kaletra and Arbidol. Gee, really?

Anyway, the primary active ingredients in Shufeng Jiedu Capsule are quercetin, resveratrol (from wine) and Glycyrrhizae, which is licorice root.These are all derived from the herbal mixture used. Traditional Chinese Medicine uses licorice root in darn near everything (a href=""> example , 90% effective against Covid pneumonia), then some ginger, perhaps some cinnamon, and then they add the weird Chinese bits.

Funny how the whole world got out their microscopes and Petri dishes and medical history books and tried everything they had that worked on flu, SARS, and viruses. Over here we’re told that our guys did that too, but nothing came from it. Instead it was “go home and take a Tylenol until you turn blue, then go to the hospital to get put on a ventilator until you die”. “Oh, and here are a few medicines you can take that don’t really work, and you can’t have (and we can’t get) the ones that do work, so try not to die until the “vaccines” get here.”

Not to mention that we, and so many other countries, took the worst ass-backward approach to this whole thing possible.

Figuring out why sound public-health practice was rejected in favor of lockdowns is the job of writers and researchers for many years to come. But this much we know already. We had the information we needed to rationally address this threat. We had the experience and knowledge we needed to approach this responsibly and scientifically. A very small group of people on both sides of the Atlantic chose a different path.

Something is wrong with this picture.

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Order your “free” covid test kits. 4 per address. Will ship in a few weeks.

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January 16, 2022

Where did my posts from earlier today go? WTH? Ok, I found them. Got a few bugs to work out with this new machine. But it runs, so that’s a plus.


So, you want to whine about a mess of corona?

Here you go:



Ok, lame joke. Mezzacorona is a “value oriented” brand of wine from the Italian Alps. The Pinot Grigio is made the old school way, and goes well with lots of things. Their Di Notte (of the night) is a blend of two varietals you’ve never heard of, plus some Merlot to soften things up a bit. Should go good with strongly flavored meats or spicy food.

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No time for blogging this morning. I’ve got to get cleaned up and go bowling. Our Wednesday night team from Old Guys League is doing our post-bowling, because we were made to isolate the week after Christmas because my spousal unit tested Covid positive Christmas Eve. And then I got sick with it, so I missed a couple weeks of league. So even though we had bowled Wednesday, and she didn’t get sick until Thursday, and tested positive on Friday, they told our team not to bowl the following Wednesday. An “abundance of caution”; we all know that drill by now.

So I’m well enough at this point, so it’s time to hit the shower and get up there. And then later I’ll have to do my usual Sunday cleaning, and somewhere in there I need to get to the grocery store, and get some dishes and housework done. And then we can sit back and “enjoy” the no-good giant storm that might hit us later. Or not. It’s supposed to hit late this afternoon, and she has to work tonight. Forecast is for about 3” to accumulate before switching over to rain around 10pm. So a wet and sloppy night. Too much fun.

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i haven’t picked up a ball in a month. Last time I bowled was the Friday a week before Christmas Eve. 12/17?

So we went to Cheap League. Half the league was absent. Very quiet. We played X’s team. He’s very good, and the two young relatives of his on the team are pretty good too. So my team got 68 pins handicap, and away we went. We all bowled over average the first game, but Big X (the young woman on his team is Little X; they both have almost identical names) laid down a 268. i wasn’t going to lie down for that, and managed a 224, and the wifely pulled a 210. So we won Game 1 by 15. Nice.

Game 2 we didn’t do so great, but they didn’t either. The lanes were changing, and it took us a while to adapt to that. Wifely and i were just a little under average, but a little was all it took, and we lost Game 2 by a couple dozen.

By Game 3 i had figured it out, and bowled low and slow, shifting between a “lots more to the left” stance and a “lots more to the right” stance, adjusting my hand angle and ball speed accordingly. I threw 9 strikes in a row from the beginning of the game. Then I did a 7/ in the 10th, followed by something ... another strike, I don’t remember. But I threw a 265, which is the highest game I’ve thrown in league in a very very long time. This was my first game >=250 in either league in at least 2 years. Add it all up and I threw a 654 series, so I’m super happy. I think I have a 171 average in that league, so that would be a 523 series, so I was 132 over, which is just shy of the 140 Over Average Series award. Oh well. I guess 2 awards for one series will just have to be enough.

So we won Game 3 and took total wood, giving us a 5-2 win for the night.

Does this mean I’m over the damn Covid yet? I think it should count.

And my pretzels drew raves from everyone. That’s nice. Too bad these will be the last ones made from the super high gluten King Arthur flour. The price is just too damn high; more than $40 for 9lb delivered. Way too much. Next batch I’ll used bread flour and add some vital wheat gluten to get the percentages up. That might do the job.

Better than nothing, but you’re still sick and you can still spread it. And unless you’re pResident Brandon, or one of these isolated dingbats on the Supreme Court, you’ve known this FOR MONTHS NOW.

See More Below The Fold


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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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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


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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calendar   Monday - August 17, 2020

Flowers For Algernon?

Leftist InstaHate For COVID Flower Cure

because Trump mentioned it


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?

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.


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


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.


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.


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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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.


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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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. 


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. ]
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.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/14/2020 at 10:43 AM   
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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.


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:


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


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).


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.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/12/2020 at 11:20 AM   
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