Friday, June 5, 2020

Odd, that

I got pulled over yesterday afternoon.
I rolled a stop sign: slowed, and since no one was at any of the other three points, touched the brakes but didn't stop and kept going...... just like the car in front of me.

The cop three cars back saw it, and pulled me over. Fair. Reason to stop me.

I signaled to indicate that I was pulling over, and slowed down and rolled for about a quarter mile until there was a place where I could pull over (steep ditches along the right side of the road for a while). I turned the motor off and waited for him.

The Hispanic officer walked up to the car. I looked back out of the (already opened) window and greeted him......hands on the wheel so he knew I wasn't gonna shoot him (hands empty). He greeted me and asked for my license and registration. Told me why he pulled me over. I acknowledged that it was a fair stop. I was polite. He was polite. I had to get the registration from the glovebox, told him what I was gonna do, and that I had a pistol on my hip. He was cool with all of the above and I retrieved the document without trouble and handed it to him.

He took my paperwork, went back to the car, and later returned.

Oddly, no one got shot, he didn't feel the need to call another officer for help, didn't pull me out of the car, arrest me, nor search the car because he smelled pot or anything else.....and at the end of it, we both went on our way.

Why? I acted decently.... politely. Acknowledged the fact that I had broken a law. Wasn't rude. He too, was polite and professional. I had no warrants, no unpaid fines, nothing to make him have a reason to arrest or detain me any longer than to verify my license and registration and give me verbal warning.

How one acts CAN determine the outcome. We BOTH chose to make it a peaceful stop. Plus, I am square with the law, so no reason for him to go farther.

Was it 'cause I was white? I doubt it. I think that my behavior (and lack of criminality) determined the outcome.


Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Innit interesting?

One can get arrested for failing to Social Distance, for opening up an "unapproved" business (Say a Barbershop, when a Walmart would be OK)  or going to church....but letting a bunch of people gather in protest and fail to Social Distance (as well as minor crimes like Looting, Property Damage, Theft, Arson, and such) are more or less ignored.

But that is, of course, different. Because...?

Taken down?

Apparently WRSA (Western Rifle Shooters Association) (see the sidebar) has been taken down for posting something that pissed off the Wordpress folks.

I'm not sure if he posted something unapproved or he has simply pissed them off by telling the truth.

I'm gonna leave the link up for now, in case he works it out. If me moves, I'll update the link and make notes of that.

(ETA: A message at Kenny's place...)

No.

"Why not?"

I'm not gonna "Lend you a gun" just because some people are rioting 30 miles away.

A Gun is not a talisman. It won't protect you just by being there.
You have no idea how to use one. Never learned how to safely use one, be it a pistol or a rifle or shotgun.
You have no idea how to use one safely.
You have no clue as to when you can and cannot use one to protect your home, you family or yourself. 

And, honestly, you are likely to hesitate and have it taken away from you. You'd be likely to brandish it to scare people away but not use it when brandishing didn't scare them off.

So no, I won't lend you a firearm, of any kind.

Good luck. 

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Taking a lesson from the Koreans

Seems that the residents, the hispanic ones, that is, of Cicero Illinois are taking matters into their own hands.  (about 1:00 into the clip)

The cops, after all, are afraid to do anything because of the bad press....so they let the looting and such happen.

The Hispanic people of Cicero, along with others, are taking to the rooftops to stop riots and looting. I mostly worked last night....

Of course, the cops discourage it.

"They know we are here" said one rooftop watcher.

I'd bet serious coin that nothing happens in those streets tonight. Hell, I'll give you 3:7 odds, nothing happens where the folks are hanging out "just watching" the streets. 

One good thing about the riots

It has, at least pushed the Coronavirus reporting back a notch or two.

I gotta say that, for me at least, it is an almost even trade. Wall to Wall coronavirus panic reporting is coming to an end, overshadowed by the riot reporting and the stories.



Monday, June 1, 2020

Why we need....

We need an AR-15 (or equivalent) in every household Just for the sort of riot we saw these past few days.....just in case we or our property becomes a target of the Mob. (think "Roof Koreans")

We need our own transportation, in case the state or local Governments decide for whatever reason (like to keep the rioters from moving from one place to the other, spreading mayhem as they go) as they have in this case shutting down that oft-revered "Public Transportation"
If one is in the Burbs, or a collar community, and had no car, today you were screwed, as the State of Indiana and the City of Chicago shut down the trains to keep people from travelling FROM  the Burbs to do mayhem and to keep people from travelling TO the city for protests that could turn ugly.

Trust in Government only works when they can (and are willing) to keep us all safe and able to move. But that only works when those they govern behave.....

Me? I trust myself, a select few, and I trust my government and those who rail against the perceived failures of the Government to provide not at all. Especially when they want to rend and destroy and steal, and blame me for their own failings and the failure of their culture. And who feel that they can redistribute my earnings and possessions or damage me and people near and/or dear to me because of their "rage"....

If ever there is a reason for an armed populace, the latest riots "protests" are a good example.




"tis ineresting...

When they want to, the media can find video from 20 years ago about someone they dislike....usually within hours.

Yet they have chosen NOT to show us the videos of the entire George Floyd incident with the police.

I think they are deliberately choosing not to find the video, or, if they have it, they are not showing it so the riots "protests" will continue.

Just as they are lowballing the coroner's reports  that say that Mr. Floyd was NOT killed by having a knee on his neck, (nor what his trachea crushed) nor was he killed by suffocation, but rather the cause of death appears to be heart failure, exacerbated by Methamphetamines and Fentayl, possibly aggravated by the stress of his arrest.
Odd that they aren't trumpeting this fact as loudly and as often as they did the video of his arrest, innit?

If you think that this civil unrest was not planned, and Mr. Floyd's death (on video!) was not just an excuse to have it (if it would not have been this, it would have been another), then you might be interested in a bridge I have for sale....Cheap. Used bills please, and cash only.


What better way

To protest the death of George Floyd?

Hey, lets loot and burn, and show people that we are just as much the animals you claim that they treat you as.  Show them that you are criminals and thieves and prone to violence.

Yeah, that will get you the treatment that you wish from the rest of society.

I feel sorry for every decent, hard working black person. They are gonna be judged in a different light by the other folks with less melanin they work and other wise associate with after this weekend, And most probably don't deserve to be painted with that brush.


Sunday, May 31, 2020

Legitimate reasons to protest:

All the protesters have a legitimate reason to destroy.

Ferinstance, these folks who tried to burn a police car.

Yeah, they've been kept down by the whites.

Likely the end of some promising careers there. 

Truth:

2 very successful experiments.

I got nuthin' else to add.

On the protests:

They are even happening near me (more or less peacefully)...less than 20 miles away, in a fairly affluent area where the cops generally don't hassle anyone unless they REALLY try to get the attention of the Po-Po...Not even in the areas where there are a lot of Section 8 folks that have been relocated in an attempt to integrate them into a more affluent mindset in a fairly decent neighborhood. 

But the protest near me is about 2/3 white, 1/3 black. And they are protesting .....because......Whites must have, at some point "Put the black man down" or something.
Nevermind that the facts of the George Floyd case are not what the Media chose to show us. To quote one of my local protesters:
“Yelling facts at people doesn’t change feelings,” he said.

And that is what this is all about. Feelings. Just because someone got crossways with the police, it must be because he was black. Just because someone dies while struggling with police while being restrained for arrest, it must be the police that killed him. 'Cause cops are racist because they investigate, detain, and sometimes arrest black people.

Of course, if anyone thinks that this round of protests" spontaneously erupted across the country then they must be stupid as well as blind , gullible, and a fool.

Have you noticed?

Every time the DNC types have problems, or a scandal, or are losing in the polls.....

The media shows us a carefully edited snippet of video showing a black man being mistreated or killed by a white cop.

Protests ensue, sometimes black people, sometimes white people doing the rioting.

Funny, that.

You gotta ask yourself who, exactly,  organized these "Spontaneous Protests" ?

It is, after all, an election year. 

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Modern day lynching

Protests all over the country for "justice".

Of course, they don't really want "justice", They want revenge.
Immediate.
No investigation, no trial, just revenge. Right now.

They call that a Lynching. If it were whites insisting on revenge for perceived crimes by a black person, and summary justice rather than a trial, they'd call that a lynching.

But that is what they want. Instant "Justice".

Should the cop get off without an investigation and a trial? Absolutely not. Should he be lynched? Also absolutely not.

Just because a 30 second video with no context was shown on TV, and a report that it happened over 7 minutes is no reason to demand a lynching. Of course, it is a white cop and a black man so there is no presumption of guilt on the cop's part.

But I doubt that the protesters care enough to be logical or rational. They want revenge.

Sadly, they don't realize that this is scripted. Designed to keep them angry.

And another thing: I can understand the protest (not the riots) in Minneapolis. That is where the incident occurred. But everywhere else? Sorry, no excuse.
And burning your own neighborhood is the process? Just a bunch of people demonstrating why we have stereotypes for them. Sad. 

Probably someone from the Wuhan virus lab shopped there...

Is this a surprise to anyone?



Seriously. 
Did they think we would buy the story of bats (from a forest 400 miles away) being cooked and eaten as the cause? 

Friday, May 29, 2020

Not that the WHO has been right about much

At least, the World Health Organization has dropped the ball a LOT regardign the CoronaVirus "pandemic".

But now their advice directly contradicts the Center for Disease Control....

Healthy people should wear masks only if caring for coronavirus patients, WHO says

So masks work, except they don't but everyone should wear them, except most people don't need to wear them, unless you do.
And the WHO is the authority on the Covid, unless the CDC is the ruling authority, except when it contradicts the WHO then ....?

Thursday, May 28, 2020

"he'd not be dead if he was white"

So George Floyd is dead in Minneapolis. Cops killed him.
True.

He was a nice guy and didn't deserve it.
Maybe. I don't know.

It is odd that black men nearly never surrender when being arrested. That is one thing that the media never notes when they are doing what they can to fire the race wars.

"If he was white this wouldn't have happened"
Probably true. If he was white, or hispanic, or chinese or Irish or lithuanian or south american or nearly any other race, he probably would have stopped struggling once he was arrested.
Ask any cop, they'll agree with the above statement.

Did he deserve to die? No. Did he deserve to be arrested? I don't know. Chances are if he had stopped struggling such that it took several men to hold him down he might be alive. Did his behavior lead to his death? Probably, but the media hasn't shown us any video from earlier in the incident.  All we get is the dramatic parts. Probably because they really don't want us to see it since it might damage their meme.

How you end up after the arrest mostly depends on your behavior. Choose wisely.

Should the cops be disciplined and charged with murder? I don't know enough about the whole incident to judge.  Hell, I don't know enough to be sure that he WAS struggling, but it is likely.
I'd like to see the whole video, and if he submitted without a struggle, then I'd expect the cops should be charged with murder.


ETA: If his trachea was crushed, or if the cop was pressing his neck to the ground so hard that his airway was restricted, then why can we hear him telling the cops "Officer, I can't breathe"? 

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Your padlocks are useless

No, seriously, they will keep honest people out, and (maybe) undermotivated thieves.

Man, I got the Rigid Tools cordless grinder ...couple this tool with a decent cutting disc and you can cut through a grade 8 half inch bolt in less than 30 seconds.

Effectively, except for armored locks, this makes locks easy simply cut.

(yeah, I had to try it on a tungsten carbide shackle....3/8 inch shackle with a carbide core)
Like butter.

And as this is a handheld cordless unit, one can walk up to ANY lock (pr damned close to any)and simply cut the shackle with a minimal amount of noise... and at speeds which a corded grinder would be hard to beat. Yes, the battery power is limited , but not by as much as you think.

Effectively, you padlocks and steel storage containers are not gonna stop anyone who is serious about getting inside wherever you think you have locked them out of.

Farm gates? Gone is 20 seconds....Barn doors? Heh. Locks pretty much anywhere can be cut in less than a minute....and a 4 AH battery is good for about 50 minutes of actual cutting time.  Yep, nearly an hour.

Best defense is an alarm system and some cameras. If someone wants to get nto your stuff, they don't need a key. While a torch or a sawzall type cutter will work, they don't like harder steel. Tends to eat the teeth off of the blade, even carbide ones

A grinder (to a certain extend) simply doesn't care what you put in front of it. A thin abrasive wheel and you are all set.....And now we have cordless tools with Lithium batteries.....


Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Did the Lockdown really do anything?

Besides trash the economy?

So now that the "lockdown" (That wasn't a lockdown, really) is lifted here in Indiana, since more or less May 1, we should be seeing an uptick in the number of deaths ...right? I mean, it has been three weeks, so we should be seeing an increase in deaths or at least symptomatic cases....Or so the "experts" tell us....

And yet, we haven't. The number of deaths is still decreasing, and the number of symptomatic cases has also decreased...(the number of cases has increased, but so has the number of tested people...we are testing more people every day)...

One would expect that if the "lockdown" would have done anything that there would be an uptick in deaths and symptomatic cases by now. It has been over three weeks..I find it hard to believe that this "Pandemic" has burnt itself out already.

I think that the "Lockdown" didn't do much at all, really. If it had, we'd be seeing the results of ending it by now.

What a colossal failure the CDC and Dr. Anthony Fauci have engineered....

Unless, of course, it was a failure and not a plan to damage our economy.

And shame on the Medical Profession for buying into this farce with no reason to believe the bullshit they were fed.



Monday, May 25, 2020

3 pm

I remembered.

Did you? 

I'm thinking this poll was taken in urban areas

I mean, they found that most people don't even know what we celebrate on Memorial Day, among other revelations. This sort of ignorance is more common among Urban folks (of all races, so don't go there) than among rural folk. Most urban dwellers just think it an extra day off...

Check it out, and decide for yourself.  I bet that if they took the poll in the Heartland of America, they'd find a lot of different responses. 

Remember

At 3 PM local time, pause, take a moment. Raise a glass.

If you are with friends, help them to remember as well.

But remember. Remember the sacrifice.

Then go enjoy your cookout on your extra day this weekend.

But do remember, if nothing else.


Sunday, May 24, 2020

Last night we got RAIN

5 inches in 16 minutes. Northwest Indiana.
At one point the electronic rain gauge showed a rain rate of 24 inches per hour.
Total was a bit over 6 inches. Plus tornadoes to the north a few miles.

My bother got two storm cells an hour apart....about 8 inches total. He's done with rain for a while.

Despite the reporting though, the land here is too flat to give us "Flash Floods".... Water does rise when that amount of rain falls in such a short time, but it isn't true Flash Flooding. Not even in the city at the underpasses.

And a hint for folks: "Turn Around, Don't Drown"

If the water is moving, never go deeper than 1/4 of your tire...in other words when the water is deep enough that 1/4 of your tie is underwater, stop, turn around.
If it touches the bottom of your door, then stop, turn around.

Failure to do so can (and often will) lead to massive damage to your car, and can leave you stranded in a low area where the water will continue to rise. 

Sadly, my first thought was "Not an accident"

I actually at first thought it might be attempted Arkancide.

And I find that sad, really. It might just be an accident. 

But West has been a voice for Freedom for a long time, and he has pissed off a LOT of folks on the left. 

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Once is happenstance....

Twice is coincidence.
Three times? 

I fully expect the ABCBSNBCSN/CNN group to start bleating this mistruth to us shortly. 

So it began a week ago on Ms. Misfit's "Orange Man Bad" blog.

The meme that all these people died because, (of course) Trump somehow failed to act quickly enough....Despite the fact that when he began to act, the (ahem) "loyal opposition" decried every step he took as too much, too soon, worthless or ineffective, etc. 

And the number she used, which she apparently got from the New York Times (who "estimated that using some pretty sketchy data) was 50,000 dead. 

Then, yesterday, I got 4 robocalls from liberal and/or Democratic politicians claiming. that Trump's inaction caused many deaths and we should do something about it. 
Today, 6 calls (so far) also doing the same bleating that Trump, through his inaction, had caused many deaths. and this whole coronavirus debacle is his (and his alone) fault. 

2 issues: 
I am not even in the district for these politicians.....I am on the Do Not Call list, which oddly enough, the politicians carved out an exemption for themselves on when they did that legislation....

Second, all of the above politicians have chosen to ignore the slew of deaths  (around 36 thousand, BTW....40% of the total) that were nursing home residents in both New York and in Michigan where their (very) blue, Democrat, governors forced nursing homes to admit (or re-admit) patients that had tested positive for coronavirus, spreading that disease to a most vulnerable population...the elderly. Odd, innit, how that is ignored. 36,000 deaths that can be laid at the feet of Cuomo and Whitmer...but they don't mention that

This must, of course, just be coincidence...couldn't be a planned misinformation campaign. Never happen. 

I mean, there is partisan, there is twisted presentation, then there is mistruths and outright lies. 

You figure out which this meme is, or what it will morph into.  




Feelin' special.

It used to be "gluten intolerant" wher folks had never been tested for Celiac's disease, but foloowed the trend...

Now the big words people seem to use to feel special atre "immune compromised".

Which means nothing, really.

Except it is another excuse not to do something and to feel special.

I've asked several folks what they mean when they say "immune compromised" and they all get pissy 'cause they don't really know. It's just a phrase they use to feel part of the herd, only moreso than the rest of us....

Friday, May 22, 2020

Out of nothing

As I suspected:

 'I mean the two-metre rule was conjured up out of nowhere.' 

The above pretty much describes the entire response to the Covid-19 "Pandemic" by those we pay to keep us safe.....Making shit up as they went along, and following what others did with no science whatsoever.

And I still want to know how a 2 week "Flatten the Curve" became 2 or more moths of "lockdown" (that wasn't a lockdown)...and why Target and Wal-Mart  and car dealerships are "safe" when other places (like barbershops, and restaurants) are not....

Plus from comments a few posts down, there is THIS...all based on a high school paper done by a 14 year old girl.

So, again, pretty much no science nor logic involved in the decisionmaking process. 

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Y'know,

I have read the Constitution. Over and over. A copy of it hangs on my hallway wall.

And nowhere in those (to me) sacred words do I see anything that says "These rights are invalid because some person claims an emergency",

Just sayin'.

There is intelligent choices and smart behavior, but in the end the Federal, State, and local governments don't get to subvert the Constitution. 

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

I'd like to see the "science"

So where, exactly did the whole 6 foot distancing thing come from?

Was it determined by a study? Did that study take into account air currents?
I'd like to see the science behind the choice of 6 foot as the appropriate distance....especially indoors and at restaurants and such.

Or was that just something else that the CDC made up on the fly?

Anyone know?


Tuesday, May 19, 2020

And yet they never mention mosques

The Chicago Media is pushing the fact that attending churches exposes the attendees to an easy vector for Coronavirus. They are actively discouraging the public from attending church services.

The City has already done all it can do to inhibit church services. 

Yet, oddly, there is no such discouragement of mosque attendance. Never has been all through this "crisis". Either it was (and is) a political "third rail" or the city administration doesn't care if the muslims pass Covid-19 to each other.

Or they know that the risk is low, and they simply don't think the political fallout is worth the hassle they would get from Muslims and their organizations....whereas the Christians won't threaten to do scary things or scream loudly about "discrimination" and garner bad press.

(It would be interesting to see what the infection rate is for the mosque attendees, compared to those folks who did not attend church)

Seen in the wild

On a drive thu window in Northwest Indiana...





I am told they are springing up everywhere.


Monday, May 18, 2020

Shocked, shocked, I tell ya!

Seems that Second Lt. Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, the gunman in the Pensacola Naval station shooting in December of 2019 was, communicating with terrorist groups.

The gunman in last year’s deadly shooting at a military base in Florida was regularly in touch with Al Qaeda for years, including the night before the attack, the country’s top law enforcement officials said on Monday.

File this under "Duh, we already knew that, but the media and the Politically Correct crowd didn't wanna admit it".


Knowingly following illegal orders

Second City Cop shows us why we can't trust the police:

The Police are now trespassing on private property and interfering with private contractual rights, not to mention grossly violating the Constitution. They are making our legal case better by the minute.


Seems that the CPD is blocking parking lots to churches to prevent these folks from exercising their right to worship. The CPD cops KNOW that they are violating Constitutional rights (and private property rights) and are doing so illegally because a Mayor tells them to do so.

"Just Following Orders".

Of course, in doing so to Christian worshipers they know that it is relatively safe....The City has NOT shut down any mosques where worship takes place daily, nor are they shutting down the street parties and the party houses on the south and west sides that happen every weekend....Only the predominantly white, christian folks get this treatment.

So how can police officers, knowing that they are following illegal orders, still do what their bosses tell them? Aren't they violating their oaths?

It is a short step (figuratively) from this to herding folks into boxcars, really.



  


Sunday, May 17, 2020

So it is like Global Warming:

In other words, we have changed our way of life and spent a whole shitload of money (and in this case, damaged our economy) for a bunch of predictions that just aren't panning out, and probably never will.

Yes, I am talking about Mr. Mann's "Hockey Stick" predictions for our worldwide temperature...based on a computer program that no one can fully follow because it is crap programming done in a crappy way then inputted crap data....which resulted in crap for predictions.

And we (the western world and other countries as well), did it again. We listened to another doomsayer who pointed to his computer program and people listened without investigating....
I'm talking about he computer models that were used to do the predictions for Covid-19...those were also crap programs with crappy programming done in a crappy way that were fed crappy data and therefore gave us crappy predictions....

The models, as we all know, were terribly off. They overestimated the number of deaths by a factor of more than 60. Yep, they estimated (here is the US) more than 6 MILLION deaths due to Covid-19 by now. We have had less than (as of 5/17/2020) 90 thousand. Pretty  big difference, Huge error factor.

Ferguson and Imperial College’s refusal of all requests to examine taxpayer-funded code that supported one of the most significant peacetime decisions in British history is entirely contrary to the principles of open science—especially in the Internet age. The Web has created an unprecedented scientific commons, a marketplace of ideas in which Ferguson’s arguments sound only a little better than “the dog ate my homework.” Worst of all, however, Ferguson and Imperial College, through both their work and their haughtiness about it, have put the public at risk. Epidemiological modelling is a valuable tool for public health, and Covid-19 underscores the value of such models in decision-making. But the Imperial College model implementation lends credence to the worst fears of modelling skeptics—namely, that many models are no better than high-stakes gambles played on computers. This isn’t true: well-executed models can contribute to the objective, data-driven decision-making that we should expect from our leaders in a crisis. But leaders need to learn how to vet models and data.

One has to wonder if Ferguson, who has been caught not following the basic rules he suggested to prevent person to person contact (especially not being able to stay away from his mistress) has invested in the fall of the world's economy ....perhaps in futures markets or other financial vehicles because of his protective measures implemented because of his faulty predictions based on his crappy programming...that he knew was greatly overestimating the impact of Covid-19.

We do know that his behavior is shady since the lockdowns began in response to his predictions.

I smell something.   

If you haven't seen it

Then you should click HERE and go read this:

(An Excerpt)

Through eight years, I accepted the rules of the game. Obama was president. He won fair and square because the Republicans serially put up two milquetoast opponents who were incapable of offering a vision or articulating a message that inspired.

I accepted Obama. I never articulated his first name, and I never called him “president,” but I accepted the results and accepted that this Pretender was our country’s lawfully elected chief executive.

Click over to read the rest.

Worth your time.


Saturday, May 16, 2020

So Ford is advertising

they will have 50,000 ventilators in the next 100 days.

Which is a great thing, except for the fact that we haven't yet needed all the ventilators we already have.

The reason to make more is.......why? (perhaps just to show off?....part of a propaganda media campaign for "We are all in this together"?)

And if one can bring workers together to make ventilators, then why cant those same workers, properly masked and separated safely make cars in all those shut down plants?

Of course, it could be that no one is buying cars.

ETA: https://media.ford.com/content/fordmedia/fna/us/en/news/2020/03/30/ford-to-produce-50-000-ventilators-in-michigan-in-next-100-days.html


AAAAnddd there's a damned good point:



I got this from Phil's blog and a shitload of emails.


"Money is very germy"

"Cash can carry Covid and other diseases"

So I would expect the new meme to be "Use a BankCard or your Phone" in order to reduce the use of (untraceable) cash.

The IRS and other taxing agencies will LOVE this, They've been trying to get rid of cash for years. I fully expect the new meme to soon emerge that you should not use cash for fear of getting "The Covid"

Having said that, I would expect that your plastic bank card would provide a better surface for germs to live, short term,, but would be easier to disinfect than a banknote.

But since folks have gone apeshit for masks (which don't work/maybe work/only work for professionals/might work for normal people/are mandatory...) you can expect "cashless" to become the next bit of Social Conditioning.

"This note is legal tender for all debts, public and private" ....will that phrase soon disappear?


Friday, May 15, 2020

kwestion:

If masks work, then why can't we all return to normal wearing a mask?

If they DON'T work, then why are we encouraged (and in some cases REQUIRED) to wear them?

Which is it?

Or (as I think) is this some kind of Social Conditioning thing?

'Cause either there is something else going on or the people making the decisions are either drunk, stupid, incompetent or just plain crazy.

'Tis interesting:

Armed protesters (protesting the "Lockdown").

Some with firearms (carrying guns AT people, as Tam has said)

The media is conflating them with racism, for some reason....somehow. I am sure it is innocent.


Perhaps he was trying to disinfect from the inside.....

CO man dies from astounding 0.55 blood alcohol level, coronavirus listed as cause of death

Wow. I don't think I could get to a 0.55 level with a funnel.

But hey, death by coronavirus, right?


Thursday, May 14, 2020

Watching the morning Propaganda

Or, as they claim, "News".

'tis interesting how the media is against "reopening" the country, and is pulling all the stops to stir public opinion against it.

I think the best (if mostly misleading) argument:
"Cases are increasing". Yes, TESTED cases are, indeed, increasing. A month ago we were testing nearly nobody. Now counties are testing thousands of people a day. Of course "Cases are increasing". Hospitalizations are not, nor are deaths in most areas.... Inflate the Fear Balloon!

Plus there is this whole disease that is striking some children (they fail, mostly, to point out that  it is EXTREMELY rare) called "Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome".... if one bothers to read the data on it, it may or may not (probably not) be related to Covid-19. But keep Ratcheting up the Fear!

And then the new fear-word:
"Superspreaders"...seems that some people, in some conditions, can spread the disease farther than normal...say if one sings in a choir or other activities where one comes in contact with a large number of people while breathing hard or otherwise having the opportunity to spread droplets of spit or mucous. Duh. This is not news. But it strikes Fear into the hearts of weenies and sheep-like people.

I cannot help but wonder every day, why the attempt to control and corral the United States Population in this manner. Not only does it appear to be unneeded (the expected rise in cases never happened and a vaccine is still months, if not years away and if you have not been exposed, you will be....simply by buying groceries or doing other "essential" activities over the next few months) when the evidence shows that the "experts" were very, very, wrong in their estimates and predictions about this disease,  (and, really, if it hiding from it even works) and why the attempts to keep the US population corralled and only let some businesses and activities happen and leave others wither. Why the attempt to keep people afraid and to continue to keep people at home and our economy throttled....

Why are the media and the "Authorities" in general trying to keep the country shut down? If one looks at the chart, you can see that things aren't as bad in most parts of the country .

(Click to biggify)
Yeah, green is 1/3 of the deaths blamed on Covid-19, yellow is another third, red is the rest. Not quite what the media is telling you, izzit?


And I still cannot fully understand the attempted hero-ification of our Nurses and Doctors. Yes, it is a (somewhat) dangerous job, hut it always has been. It is a job that deserves respect. But actually, very few of our medical personnel are actually in contact with ANY Covid related people. Yet the media and some parts of our society seem to think they should be venerated as heroes.

(There are days when, after donning my aluminum fedora, that I wonder if this is not some further attempt to make people (or a segment of our population) more dependent on our government...round after round of "government assistance". 
Plus there is the whole "Cloward-Piven" strategy that is rearing it's ugly head in the near future if we still have 25% or more of our people out of work a month from now.......But that is a different discussion for another day).  



8 Minutes of your life you won't ever get back

But those minutes are slipping away anyway, what with the "lockdown" (that isn't really a lockdown) and the "Social Distancing" that isn't really.....

But, it isn't a bad thing to watch, and it makes a lot of points.

Watch:

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

I find this part of the Coronavirus kinda scary

Not the disease, which is scary enough, but the fact that the New York Times is getting data on the movements of people via the apps they allowed on their cell phone. 

They not only know where you live, but when you leave and where you go,

Think about it,

A NEWSPAPER gets the data. Data on individuals. Data on their movements.

Where do they get this data?

HERE. Supposedly accurate to 30 FEET.

If a private company has this data, you can expect that the Federal Government has it as well.


3 hours at 160+

MPH.

No, seriously.

Airspeed, and the groundspeed was pretty close to that, average.

See, I got 6 cylinders on my 182 redone. And the conventional wisdom is that they need to be run hard for "Break-In"...

For 10 hours. at 75% power.

75% at 5500 feet works out to be 142 knots. a knot is 1.15 statute miles per hour. You can do the math.

Now, I am not sure why the "Break-In" time is a magical 10 hours....It would seem to me that after an hour or so the rings and cylinders would be worn together...I mean, I have rebuilt hundreds of other types of air cooled engines and they are considered "Broken-In" after 30-45 minutes....the rings and the cylinders have worn together and at that point oil consumption goes to whatever is "normal". I mean, I am talking from 5 hp mower engines to high compression multi cylinder air cooled diesels. All had the same break-in characteristics and roughly the same timing. the general wisdom was an hour under a half or better load to seat the rings and wear the cylinder finish to properly hold the oil for compression.

But I don't get a warranty unless I do (and log) the break in time as per recommendations. So I am doing the break in per the specs.

Today, 3:19 ....450 miles more or less. One landing. About half flown by hand, the rest I let the autopilot ("George") fly. Got the engine nice and warm burnt a lot of fuel.

I gotta say that central Indiana and Illinois are still having lots of traffic on the roads.  Aaron says that his area is way down in traffic, but I did not see that on the roads over which I flew. Larger state highways, Interstates, US highways...all fairly normal. Even Indianapolis roads were not terribly empty, at least not on the north side.





Gotta wonder:

It appears that the 2 idiots who shot Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick Georgia when they accused him of being a thief, despite their stupidity, may have had a reason to follow him.
Note: NOT detain him, nor to confront him, nor shoot him. Once they went beyond following him, they were in the wrong.

However, I cannot help but wonder. Much like the photos of Trayvon Martin depicted him as a cerub faced child, the current photos of Mr Arberry show him about 5  years younger than he was when he was shot, and this makes me wonder if we are again being subjected to a bit of race baiting, using Mr. Arbery as a pawn.

I have no knowledge of his innocence or guilt, and it does appear that the two idiots involved in his shooting were in the wrong. (and I would support them being charged, tried, and, if convicted, being put in prison for murder.

But it makes me wonder....if the press and the black community can't show him as he was at the time of his death, but rather are attempting to depict him as a much younger, much more innocent man, a kid even....are they trying to hide something???, much as they attempted to hide the fact that Trayvon Martin was a serious thug. It would seem so. At least they are trying to depict him as something he is not....and I gotta ask why that is? Are they ashamed of what he was?

I'd really like to know.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Just in case you missed it:



'Social Distancing' is Snake Oil, Not Science

Yet every politician and nearly every "HealthCare" provider jumped on the bandwagon...with absolutely ZERO evidence that it did anything, or was effective.

(Health Care and other medical folks are very much trend followers, they do medicine like women do fashion, just blindly following with absolutely zero reasons to believe that which they repeat and preach......and the whole "social distancing" thing is just one example. 

You should read

Sunday, May 10, 2020

I had nuthin'

So helping an acquaintance find a leak on a porch roof this morning. We were done and cleaning up.

His wife says "maybe B can help you fix the dishwasher too".

Friend looks at her and says "What, are you broke"?

Me: "damn, look at the time, I gotta go!".


When politics trumps science

Much like the difference between the ideals of the founders of the United Nations and the actuality, we now see the reality of the WHO (World Health Organization) and how they failed the world over politics.

China asked WHO to "Cover Up" coronavirus on Jan 21. (maybe true, maybe not...but I;d bet it is true)

So for nearly a MONTH the world failed to plan for, or take measures against, the outbreak of Covid 19. How many folks died because of the delay, especially in Europe?

(Now, I think we and most of western Europe overreacted, but we did so too late. Really, China should have told us back in early December, but....)

Remember the US pays approximately 40% of the WHO costs. Why are we paying for this sort of failure? 

Sad, but true

It has been my plan for many years.

The best answer to ANY question when asked by Law Enforcement of any kind, or anyone connected to them, (or, sadly, to ANY government official, be they a dogcatcher, a Code Enforcement person, a tax official, a boiler inspector, or a clerk at the tax office:

"Attorney"...That is the best (and for me, the only) answer.

Don't believe me? Read this for inspiration. He's correct, and not just because our philosophies happen to parallel in this. There is seldom an upside to talking to Federal, state, or local officials,....Especially, but not limited to, Law Enforcement types.

It isn't just Flynn and Jewell...It's also Weaver and Koresh and lots of others. It is the attitude of those with that type of power and training. Once you get caught up in their gears, you are screwed.

Don't let it be you.

Be polite,
Be decent.

Be firm....:"Lawyer".


Friday, May 8, 2020

Aye, and there's the rub....:

The Freeholder said... (in a comment to a post down below)
Actually, masks do work to help reduce infection rates. Why do you think the medical types wear them?

However, there are two prerequisites for this to work. First, everyone has to wear them. Second, they must be worn correctly to be effective. (emphasis mine)


And there's the rub. Not everyone wears them--I don't, because I have a beard and given that, I'm just wasting the mask. Others don't for their own reasons. Of those that do, around 3/4, in my experience, wear them incorrectly. I've seen every violation of mask protocol imaginable during my trips outside the wire.


My opinion is that, unless we all wear them and wear them correctly, we may actually be making things worse via a false sense of security. For now, I'm just going with avoiding people where possible and washing my hands. It's worked so far.



Yes, masks work to prevent the wearer from passing his or her spittle on to the rest of the herd. If THEY are wearing a mask, and they cough, it prevents their virus laden droplets from spewing into the air from me ingest when I breathe. As far as a single layer mask preventing them from ingesting any virus particles? Pretty much useless. and about half of the masks are just that: a single layer of cloth that won't even filter fine dust very well.... As for spittle droplets, the masks are somewhat effective PROVIDING THEY ARE WORN CORRECTLY.... Less than 30% of the people I encounter are eve coming close to wearing their (somewhat effective) masks correctly.

Paper masks:
Worn under the nose. Useless.
improperly fitted at the nose. Pretty much useless. IF there is a gap that one can stick one's finger into at any point around the periphery of the mask, then one might as well not wear the mask.
2 strap masks, but only one strap, the other hanging loosely....see above.
Paper surgical masks....don't do much to help the wearer. Especially those where any observer can see the side of the wearer's mouth...useless for protecting the wearer.

Cloth masks:
Single layer cloth masks...again, help keep some droplets from entering the user's mouth or nose. If worn correctly. Most have the same fitment issues as the above referenced paper masks.
Same-same for wearing them when they are not covering one's nose.  Or tight enough not to leak.

In addition to the above: Let's face it, if I (or you) haven't gotten exposed to Covid-19 yet, then I (or you) will be exposed at some point when we open up the country. We have all been to the store, or other places, in the past 6 weeks, most of us not wearing a mask. And the virus has been here since at least early December. Currently, there is no vaccine, so the only way to get immunity is to roll the dice and get the damned disease, and either get over it (43%), be asymptomatic (probably about 50%) , or get sick enough to require hospitalization (6%). It could be that you are part of the < 1% that die from it.
But exposed to it you will be in the next few months. For sure by the end of the year. All the "Social Distancing" or "Lockdown" does is to spread the infection times over a few moths rather than a few weeks...the whole idea was to prevent a sudden influx of cases (because the virulence was MASSIVELY overstated) to prevent the overwhelming of the health care system (which, never happened, even in such places like the greater New York area, which accounted for 40% of ALL the cases in the US.

So yes, wearing a mask can help. If worn correctly. Few do..... by my small number of observations, less that 1/3 wear them correctly. Most ineffectively enough as to be useless. It has become a fashion, nothing more. And even wearing a mask does not keep one from being exposed. In the end, you WILL be exposed. Most  of us will not even know it, some will be mildly sick and a few will get VERY sick.
The whole mask wearing/social distancing/hide-in-our-homes will not prevent us from the effects of the disease if we re going to resume our normal lives at any point.

Besides, the TOP. MEN.  at the CDC told us masks don't work. Either they don't know what they are talking about or they were lying. Which is it? Either way, why should we trust anything they say? They said we would need tens of thousands of hospital beds and ventilators. That turned out not to even be close, either. Such "experts".

This whole thing is bullshit. You know it, I know it and it is only the Media that is telling you (and that you believe) otherwise that is making you hide in your home and behind a mask. 




Just for fun....

Since the new fashion (and, often, requirement) is to have some sort of covering over one's face (or at least appear to, anyway), if I could find a cloth mask printed with a representation of the one Hannibal Lecter had, I'd pay good money for it.

Of course, then, I'd have to do stupid things like wear it while buying Fava beans and all that shit, 

Thursday, May 7, 2020

So how many DOJ and FBI

agents and investigators and prosecutors (and their flunkies) are gonna go to jail over this?

How many are gonna get kicked off the Federal Government payroll?

How many gonna lose their retirement and that wonderful set of  Federal Government benefits?

Seems that as things got looked into, the Federal Government (Department of "Justice") is gonna drop their case against Michael Flynn.

Anyone involved in this should be kicked off of the Government payroll, banned from serving in any Government job, and, if possible, prosecuted and imprisoned.  If they are attorneys, they should be disbarred and prevented from ever doing any legal work, ever.

But I will bet a cookie that they will all skate. 

Hey, your store, your rules:

But I will remember the stupidity and choose to shop elsewhere from now on...



So I went to Menards home improvement store Wednesday for a can of spray paint and a 4 foot piece of one inch black pipe.

The spray paint is for the cylinder so it won't rust when I put it back on the backhoe (now that the cylinder is fixed) and the pipe is for a lever so I can get the mounting ears for the cylinder bent back into position with a torch and some leverage.

Now,  I have gone to Menards during our time when only (ahem) "essential" businesses were open more or less weekly (I refuse to hide from this disease that is not much more contagious, virulent, nor deadly than many other "Pandemics" in my lifetime) and, until now, have never had any issues. I have walked it, bought my items, stayed 6 feet from other customers, and left. Unmasked. I sanitized my hands once in the car, and that was that.

Until as I say, Wednesday, when I attempted to enter the store only to be politely, but firmly told by the nice young (and new) security guard (who was a new addition to the store...they never had security before) that I had to wear a mask or I could not enter the store. He politely informed me that if I did not have a mask, I could buy one for $1 at the desk right there....

Now, I don't get it. For 6 weeks, Menards has allowed people in the store, even for non-"essential" items during the "stay at home order suggestion....and never required a mask. Now that the order is lifted, they require a mask on their customers. Why now? WTF? Why not all those other 6 weeks? If it is for safety, either of their customers or their staff, then why did they not require masks for the previous 6 weeks? Or is it something else?

We won't even discuss the so-called masks nor the failure in fitting or wearing....as long as one had something covering the lower half of their face, it was ok. Forget that fully half of the masks would not have protected either the wearer nor others around them. They were wearing a mask, so it was ok.

This is getting to be bullshit, The Social Conditioning is starting to worry me. Not only because my fellow citizens are going along (what happened to common sense and the American Spirit?) but because they are simply not bothering to think about the effectiveness of what they are being led told to do. 

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Thousands of New Cases!!!!!!!

Of course we are seeing a rise in CASES.

We are testing a greater number of people.

Are we seeing a rise in deaths? No. At least not so far. Nor a rise in hospitalizations either.

Which means that there were a lot of people running around with Covid-19 weeks ago, and we simply did not know it. Now we do, BECAUSE WE ARE TESTING FOR IT IN GREATER NUMBERS. 

Of course, for Liberals and Journalists, this concept is apparently very difficult to grasp.


Cleaning and disinfecting NYC's subways

Oddly, the City of New York is only now disinfecting their subway cars.

For the first time, the city has shut down the subway and is cleaning and disinfecting their cars. All at onece.
One wonders why now? Why not a few weeks ago, when people were dying like flies and the bodies were stacked like cordwood outside of the hospitals when the infection rate was climbing and the city was first shut down?

WTF? I don't get the timing at all. Why not earlier?  Something doesn't make sense here.

But that is true of many of the actions by city, state and federal officials in the "Crisis".
I smell something and it doesn't smell very nice.


And the C182 is done

Today, I'm gonna orbit the airport for an hour and do some break-in on the refurbished cylinders.

Hopefully, no engine issues, but that's why I am gonna orbit the airfield.....

If all is good, then I will resume flying it for IFR training and then, as the country opens up, imma gonna start visiting people again.


Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Meat Packing Plants

So apparently there are a great number of cases in the populations of Meat Packing plants....seems that the workers are getting sick and transmitting the Covid-19 among themselves.

But, a question: Is the transmission happening in the pants, while the folks are working?

It has been my experience that these plants often employ a large number of foreign (and often, but not always, illegal) workers. Often, to save money to send home these folks live very closely, like 4 or more people in a 2 bedroom apartment or trailer...often twice that density.

Yes, improving conditions at the plant is a good idea.  But I would question if the plant is the vector for the disease transmission rather than the living and social conditions amongst the workers.

And since the CDC folks (based on their response to things and conditions at the beginning of this "crisis") apparently can't do their job, don't seem to have much cognitive abilities, can't connect cause and effect, and apparently cannot think, but merely react and follow orders,  I cannot help but wonder if anyone has investigated the mode of transmission or are they merely Doing Something so they can appear to have Done Something.


Monday, May 4, 2020

I'm thinking it was a waste of time


38 states are "reopening".



At best, we reduced (not stopped) the case doublings that occurred about every 10 days. Every 10 days in the larger cities, that is. Not so much in the more rural counties. Let's face it, even in New York, it wasn't the "Bodies Stacked in the Streets" we were warned about. Ever. Not even close to that....Even with the reported falsifying of cause of death (John was 200 lbs overweight and had a heart attack, but he had a cough, so it must have been Covid, even though we didn't test, so put that as "Cause of Death") ...(and yes, they ARE doing that in some hospitals...like the ones in Gary Indiana, where I have first hand knowledge of this) and likely never would have been as bad as the doomsayers CDC forecast.
Not the 6.6 million they forecast, not 4.2M, not 3.6M, not 2.4M. not 1.3M (the forecast kept decreasing every week or so, didjanotice?), not 900K, not 750K, not 600K, not 450K, not 300,000 dead.

And what cost? Our economy is shambles, 1/4 of our people out of work, An additional trillion (so far) dollars of government debt. I thought the whole "Shelter in Place" thing is a stupid move....and yet, having started, we are now wasting all of that, by opening up again. This never should have happened from start. Now we have wasted all the damage to our society and our economy that we have (and will) endure.

If all of this chaos we have created has saved even 10.000 people from Coroanavirus/Covid -19, I'd be surprised. Here is the thing, reopening simply means that the rest of us, if we haven't already been exposed, will soon be exposed. We really gained NOTHING with the debacle. If yer gonna get a case of Covid-19, yer gonna get it. Now or later. If not today, then next month or the one after that. The only way to prevent that exposure is to hide for the next year or so....until either Herd Immunity kicks in or a year or so after a vaccine is developed. And if you are one of the 7% or so that is gonna be symptomatic then yer gonna have that to deal with it. If you are one of the
And this "Pandemic" is NOTHING compared to others we have had in the US (or the world) in the past.  Back then, people simply went on as normal. The Markets didn't tank, Nothing shut down, parties went on.... in the end it was a nothingurger....just a worse than usual Flu season. (Today, that 100K/1 million would likely, by population, be equal to over 300,000 in the US and close to 3 MILLION worldwide)

But the CDC and the Federal and State governments have this well in hand.....
Top Men are working on it:




**  Depending on the statistics one looks at, the high end appears (for Covid 19), even with Death Rate Inflation happening, to be somewhere close to 1.2% and the low end just above 0.78%).

Sunday, May 3, 2020

I can relate:

HERE.

I mean, someday I might have a use for it....right?

My brother and I just cleaned out the shop we fixed things for our businesses in a month or two ago. We were there for like 19 years. It took WEEKS to get rid of some of the stuff.

We had replacement parts for stuff that had been obsoleted 15 or more years ago. And enough scrap metal to weld together a Titantic sized barge. Wood scraps to build an Ark....enough PVC and other pipe scraps to pipe from Lake Michigan to the Mississippi.
Plus a whole bunch of odds and ends. and other shit. Plus stuff and crap and things...

We won't talk about my personal barn and garage...

BFUTW*

So the folks on the South Side decided, since the weather for the evening was warm and dry, it was time for street parties. Ladies dressing up and shakin' their shit. men watching, everyone having a drink or two....**

Hundreds of people, mostly black, chose to have street parties Saturday evening. Plus a whole lot of parties happened in private houses.  (and not a mask to be seen)

In other words, a normal Saturday night in Chicago's South Side.

The mayor, of course, is PISSED that people are ignoring her. The cops are, effectively, helpless as they have conflicting orders....Citing people, handing out fines, is not a deterrent and they know that ignoring those fines won't be enforced. And they really neither have the ability, nor want to, take hundreds of people to jail.

Guess what, Mayor Lightfoot: your "rule" only works when people are willing to comply. When hundreds, maybe thousands, choose not to, you got nuthin'.

An, of course, this is a large part of the reason that the Coronavirus is "affecting people of color disproportianately". Other ethnic groups are (more or less) complying with the Social Distancing order...not so much that disproportionately affected segment of the population.

Of course, 7 people got shot in some of those parties, but that is expected on a Saturday night in the South Side.

(*Because Fuck You That's Why) And Yes, I stole it from Phil

**One wonders how they can afford such nice dress and buy the liquor since we are told they are all poor to the point of poverty and all that....

It ain't my C182

But I got a checkride in a Cherokee 180 Saturday.

If flies nice, stall easily, turns sharper that my 182, climbs nicely (it isn't very heavy) and other than the unique characteristics of the Hershey Bar wing, it ain't a bad flyer. Pull the power back and it drops like a rock. Makes for easy spot landings.

Not an airplane I would buy, but it is fast enough that it could be a spare for me to use next time my Cessna is tits up.
I mean, It doesn't carry much, and it is narrow and the front seat is too low and all that, but at the end of it, it is big enough for two people, flies just a tiny bit slower than my plane, and is a great way to get somewhere fairly quickly....

Sadly, no autopilot in this plane though.

But it doesn't suck.

Plus I got 1.2 hours of flight time. 

Friday, May 1, 2020

A thought:

Today, due to the Coronavirus debacle....

And the new patterns of behavior in our society.

One can walk into a liquor store at 11:00 pm wearing a mask and no one even blinks.

6 months ago, you might get shot for that. Today it's normal. 

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

And yet it be de White Man's fault

that the coronavirus is striking the African American community harder than the whites (or the Hipanics, the asians, the Hindus or the Muslims....)

Of course, things like THIS house party couldn't have anything to do with their higher infection rate, could it?

My sources in the CPD tell me that, while this gathering of almost 1500 people on the city's South Side was larger than most, they break up 10-15 such parties every night, more on weekends....Over and over and over. No one ever has any masks, they are packed shoulder to shoulder and there is no such thing as "Social Distancing".... They (the cops) are told to do everything they can to not arrest people, as the city doesn't want them in the jails...and the crowds know that, so they are even more uncooperative than usual.

Parties like this don't seem to be happening on the west and north sides. Oddly, the rates of infection seem to be lower there too.

But it be the White Man's fault. Always.


"We Are All in this Together"

Social Engineering.

Have ya noticed the new meme?

"We Are All In This Together".

Every ad, lots of signs...all saying The.Same.Thing.
Odd.

Much like the Social Distancing signage that popped up IMMEDIATELY in large retailers when the whole "Stay At Home" bit happened.....Almost as if they had been forewarned, ya know?

The longer this goes on, the more and more I think that someone is orchestrating things.

I'm not saying that the Virus isn't real, nor that folks are not dying, nor that this is not serious....it is.

I am saying that, while I seriously doubt the effectiveness of the whole Stay At Home and closure of our economy, things are kinda funny...almost as if there is someone or someones generating some direction as to the government message....almost like a campaign to keep the rest of us following their lead and compliant. And the oddities in what business is closed or limited and what is not....Some stores are ok, others are not (besides grocery stores). While many businesses are closed and a "public safety measure", one can buy lottery tickets face to face nearly anywhere. Some places where people mingle are OK, others are not....One can still buy items at a Home Depot or other home improvement store, but not at a nursery...unless the nursery sells booze, food or lottery, then it is an "essential" business.....Liquor stores are ok, but shoe stores are not.....Why are some stores ok when others, with the same conditions for "Social Distancing". are not?

The whole economic bailout: Almost as if the destruction of the economy and the subsequent bailout were designed to make people expect the Government to help......and make us more dependent economically, and more importantly, to make us more psychologically dependent....and increase our deficit...

Mask drives, (even though we were told they didn't work, yet now anyone NOT wearing a mask is regarded as a paraiah)......and the whole drive for folks to make, and then donate masks to "the unfortunate" or the "underserved members of our community"....And, oddly, despite the crying and moaning that they were going to run out in the "Next Few Days" no health care facility is without N-95 masks.....Odd, that.
 Which leads to...
Funny, innit, how Nurses and Doctors are hailed as heroes, even though less than 10% will ever see a Coronavirus patient? (By the way, I do applaud the bravery of anyone who works with Infectious disease patients)...suddenly and yet simultaneously by all the Media...I have family that are in the health care field, and they are dedicated, but really, not heroes. If the Health Care Workers are Heroes, then so are cops, and  firemen and, of course, soldiers....but not to the media (at least not currently)...

There are a lot of similarities in the New Social messages we see to those of the second World War, only the medium has changed (video, and Facebook, etc instead of posters and print).


And, of course, "It's the New Normal"...which means that things will be like this for a while...at least someone thinks so and wants us to plan for that....and is telling us so we will become accustomed to thinking that way....

And now the Media is starting to push 'Vote By Mail"...a plan which, as currently structured, will be an open invitation to massive fraud.

Almost as if someone is doing some kind of Social Engineering on a large scale. As if we are being herded....



Yeah, I like my tinfoil doubled over, shiny side out.  So what? Doesn't make me wrong, does it?

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Wow.

He's gone entirely over the edge.
Colbert has gone totally to full on Trump-Hatred.

Not satire, which could, at times, be funny. No humor to mask it....not any more....

The mask is off,....this is full time Hatred, not even a bit of laughter or humor to mask it. Just full on, un-adulterated, complete Trump hating "Orange Man Bad" hat speech. Sad, really. And shrill, too. Like a woman, only with a deeper voice. 

I guess the Quarantine is getting to him.

I can't wait to see what happens when Donnie gets re-elected.
3-7 his head explodes.

Monday, April 27, 2020

Who is losing their jobs?

Which folks at the Centers for Disease Control are going to get fired for "incompetence" (if that is what it is)?

The original excuse for the drastic actions, the reasoning that led to the shutdown of our economy, was that 6.6 million people would be dead within 6 weeks if we did not.
Then revised to 3.4M,
then 2.1M,
then 1.2M,
then 600K,
then 200K. (I may have missed a reduction in the revisions somewhere).
The tens of thousands of hospital beds needed....were never needed. The ventilators.....not needed. The shortages of beds and ventilators never materialized...because we did not have even 1% of the cases that were originally forecast. The extra beds in the convention centers were never needed. Hundreds of thousands of dollars were spent setting up extra medical centers that remained idle.

Even worse than the cost of the unneeded preparations is the cost to our economy. I believe that the percentage of unemployed US citizens is nearly 30% of our workforce.

This wasn't a slightly high guess of cases.....this wasn't a minor overshoot....this was a very nearly 99% overestimate. Not high by 20% or even 50%...by 99%. Even New York, the poster child for failure of isolation and "Social Distancing" protocol....missed the mark by well over 98%.

So who in the CDC will be fired? These folks are supposed to be the "experts". If this is the best they can do (and in a situation like this, it SHOULD be the best they can do), then we need to find some real experts....not the crop of failures we have.
If we really need the CDC as it currently exists.


It is not even worth discussing the layers of incompetence within the WHO here at this time.

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Stop the Rent!

Those damned greedy landlords.

There is  push in Chicago (and in many other cities, I am told) to "stop the rent"....Force the landlords to give their tenants a month or more of free rent.
(strangely, these folks sound just like the socialists that demand free heath care, free college, free medical care, free everything....)

These folks are demanding free rent...they claim they can't pay it. They are getting, after less than 2 months off of work approximately 1.5 times the "normal" amount of unemployment pay, there are free food pantries all over the place. They had the gasoline for their vehicle to do the parade in protest.....And they had the electronics and data services to get them together to do the protest.

But they don't have the money to pay their rent. Odd, that.

One wonders who is organizing this movement of the terribly poor and downtrodden folks

They also fail to realize that their landlord needs to pay his or her payment to their lender...or they simply don't care.

These folks look like, and talk like, every other socialist..... "I deserve Free Shit" is the official cry of the "downtrodden"...

Friday, April 24, 2020

Why is this not "Price Gouging?

So bandanas on Amazon were $2.99-$3.49 2 weeks ago.

Today they are $7.99 each.

Yes, I understand, demand has gone up. Is this not still "Price Gouging" Pricing has doubled. Yet Amazon still allows them to be sold.

When it was Hand Sanitizer, and people were willing to pay even more for it, then it was "Price Gouging".

Where, I ask you, is the point where marking up when demand increases vs price gouging when demand increases?.

ETA in response to comments:  I have 8 large bandannas already. But I thought I might get more. If you read me often, you will see posts in the recent past where I applauded those who chose to make a profit when they had supply and others a sudden demand....Those who are unprepared should pay for their failure in foresight. 
I agree that they (the vendors) can charge any price they want. But Amazon and other places pulled the Hand Sanitizer when it jumped in price for "Price Gouging"  when demand went up. I just fail to see the difference between that then and today with the bandannas. 

BTW, I ordered a 12 pack....

BTW, I don't wear a mask, but I am finding places where it makes you stand out, so I thought I'd keep a bandanna in the pocket of each jacket and the car and the truck so I can blend in more, and have some so I can change them out and keep 'em clean. 

disproportionate impact

Everyone is getting in the game:
African Americans, of course

Black communities impacted disproportionately by Coronavirus.

Plus, of course, Latinos:

Latinos struggle during Coronavirus outbreak

And, of course, the LGBT community:

Gay bars struggle during coronavirus shutdown as LGBT people hve nowhere to socialize

Oddly, I could not find anything on Chinese people's struggle, Indian people's struggle, Native American's nor white people as a whole.

But selected "Minorities" ....that's different.

Everyone is struggling...some more than others. If you an undocumented worker, guess what? No unemployment. If you are overweight, diabetic or fail to distance yourself in you community then yeah, the virus is more likely to get ya.

I can't really make a cogent comment on the poor gay folks who are now :socially isolated"...like straight whites and blacks and latinos as a group aren't also having trouble meeting people now that the bars and churches and other social venues are shut down? WTF?

eh. Everyone is a victim....if they want to be. 

No longer needed:

(Hint: I never was...the ship was sent as a political move to calm the terrified mayor who bought the lies of the doomsayers)

Seems that the Comfort is leaving New York, as it has not treated many people....like 180 in 3 weeks.

Apparently, the NYC hospitals never got the surge of people. (And, really, had the worst case predictions happened in NYC, the Comfort would not have been that much help.

How much Federal money does moving the Comfort cost? How much to keep it staffed rather than in a lesser readiness state?


Thursday, April 23, 2020

Cylinder news

The good news? I don't have to try to get the  broken insert out of the inlet on the cylinder.

The bad news: I gotta cut off the elbow and replace it 'cause the it isn't an insert. The whole shebang was one piece and it is done broke off. (Which explains why the easy-out didn't work...)

The good news: I can get the part, cheap. Local too, or online for a few cents less and a 5 day wait.
The bad news:  I gotta cut the thing off the cylinder and grind the pocket, then weld it in place.

The bad news: the pivot bearing where the pin was broken is also cracked.
The good news, it too is relatively cheap, and it comes out with only a snap ring. Delivery is also easy, see above.

My local source of parts is, of course, the hydraulic shop. Parts are as cheap as online, probably better quality than online, and available now....

And he offered to fix the cylinder for parts cost and not much else and promised to give me a good deal and have it done in 3 or 4 days. And he will make a pin for cheap too. I can have the whole thing fixed for about 125% of my cost for parts....

Fuckit, Imma let him do it. I'm getting lazy.


Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Y'know

If the Media wants to...you know, actually help people in this Coronavirus "crisis" (while they tell us how wonderful the hospital workers are, how bad this is for African Americans, how we should all stay home, how we are "all in this together", while they misquote officials in manners that gin up fear and panic, while they warn us of food shortages while misquoting the industry experts, all the while chanting "orange man bad".....)

They haven't helped the country or its citizens one iota with all of this.

If they want to do something to help, they should push 2 things besides "Stay At Home".

1. Wash Your Hands.

2. Wear the Mask Properly. Stop showing people (especially African Americans) wearing masks on their upper lip, not on or covering their nose. Wearing a mask improperly like that is as useless as a screen door on a submarine. I see lots of white folks and hispanics and asians wearing masks improperly....maybe 10% of the people I see. But African Americans almost exclusively wear their masks not covering their nose....And the media is trumpeting the fact that this disease is hitting them harder than the rest of us....But telling people to wear a mask properly (and showing them and explaining what "Properly" is) might go a long way towards actually helping.....
And showing people in their stories wearing masks incorrectly is certainly not helping.

If they'd push these teo things every program, every news broadcast, they'd certainly do something that the News Media has not done to date....help their viewers and actually make a difference. 

Well, shit

The bad news:

This winter, a tree fell on my backhoe. It's not a high end backhoe, but a really cheap Chinese made 3 point backhoe I bought new for only 3000 dollars...but it digs well and does what I need it to. It was detached and sitting all alone at the edge of the woods, waiting for springtime jobs....not bothering anyone,just sitting there inoffensively when a half a tree fell on it. Not the largest half, which was good, but the half that fell was over a foot and a half in diameter and it smacked right down on the big hydraulic cylinder that is the dipper cylinder that bends the thing for digging.

When the errant tree fell, it smacked right on the end of the cylinder, then bounced and broke the hose off at the retract port.

The good news: it hit right on the mounting ears for the solid end of the cylinder and did not appear to have damaged the cylinder itself.

The bad news: It appears that the ears that mount the cylinder are bent and the pin itself is bent. The ears are made of 1/2 inch-ish steel and the pin is whatever the Chinese metric equivalent to an inch and a half diameter, more or less.

Not a big deal, I moved the tree with the loader bucket and I got my brother to come help...we put a sling under the knee and bent the arm so we could fish the hose out. The hose was actually easy to remove and the other end was easy to get to rather than buried in the rats nest of hoses where they connect onto the valve setup.

The good news: I took it to a hydraulics place and got a new end on the hose for a price of $8.77. Modern manufacturing is a wonderful thing....I can get a fairly precision part installed for dirt cheap.

The bad news: The fitting where the hose screws to the cylinder was also damaged and cracked and broke off while trying to fit the new hose end onto it. Shit.

The good news: I have an "Easy Out" that fits into the remains of the fitting.

The bad news: Not a chance in hell is that fitting gonna move without some love from the Blue Wrench. And probably two people...and a vise. Maybe some other shit....I dunno And for that to happen, the cylinder is gonna have to come off of the backhoe. The moving end is undamaged, that will be easy. the other end, the fixed end with the bent ears and the bent pin...not so easy.

Well, dammit. I had hoped to not to have to take the cylinder off, as, while the pin was bent, the cylinder did move in the ears and there isn't too much movement (like only a few degrees) at that end when the backhoe is operating....I was leery of pulling the pin because of the sprung ears that hold the pin and the cylinder....I might have issues getting them to line up again after being bent once I removed the pin to get the cylinder off.....Plus I wasn't sure the bent pin would even come out of the bent ears.

The good news: Once I removed the retaining bolt, I was  able to get the pin out easily. It wasn't even bent!

The bad news: The pin wasn't bent, it was broken. I put a drift pin on the end and whacked it with a hammer and the other end of the pin came right out and fell into the mud. Huh.....Shit.
I'm not sure where I am gonna get a replacement pin for a one-off Chinese manufactured backhoe. I no longer have access to a larger metal lathe, so making a new pin is not really an option. Ain't likely  I can get a pin from the Chinese factory that made it, either.


I do have the cylinder off now, so I SHOULD be able to get the remains of the broken fitting out and should be able to find another one to replace it with. I am looking for a pin to replace the broken pin with....And I have a plan to straighten out the ears so that I can get the pin back in when I put the cylinder back. Maybe. If all else fails a torch should soften the steel enough that I can bend the ears enough...maybe. Worst case, I take it to the hydraulic shop and have them put a new fitting in, but that gets somewhat pricey...they are a really good shop. but they aren't cheap. But maybe they can source a pin for me....


We shall see. But hey, this activity is getting me out of the house and yet letting me stay away from everyone....so far, anyway.


Does anyone else

See a parallel between the ads and the community sacrifice happening today and the same sort of ads (only print instead of video) and the community sacrifice that happened during World War 2?

I mean, the ads are now running showing people "donating PPE" to hospitals....Donating MONEY to hospitals....sacrificing for the good of the nation. (yes, I actually heard those words on CBS). All of this accompanied by video of people hugging folks donating such items.

The parallels are clear. Along with the oft repeated slogan "We are all in this together".

While the Covid-19 virus IS a dangerous disease, causing a pandemic that rivals (or possibly slightly exceeds) the severity of any of our past flu outbreaks (except, perhaps, the "Spanish Flu") there is a great deal of Social Engineering taking place here. People have been led into panic, have been conditioned from the beginning to accept barely Constitutional "Stay at home" orders, first told NOT to wear masks, then, when told TO wear masks, they jumped into that wholeheartedly...to the point that it is now a fashion......Now the "We are All In This TOGETHER" message.....Odd.

I'm not sure who is engineering the Social Message...but it isn't random. Someone is managing this. Probably the same folks who ginned up the unreasonable fear from this disease in the first place.

I find it scary that whoever is engineering this message (and lets face it, LOTS of companies are putting their name on the message, and I find it odd that the message is the same, from many different companies....) is working so closely to the same propaganda map that was used for WWII....and that it is working so well. The enemy is, of course, not the Germans nor the Dirty Japs, but a disease.....But the parallels are, frankly, frightening when it comes to the Social Conditioning aspects. 

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Not so sure

Look: I think that the CoronaPanic is somewhat overblown.

If you take New York (the Metro area, not the state...but including the edge of New Jersey where people commute from) out of the equation, then this isn't much worse than a standard Flu season, although a bit more time compressed.

There is a HUGE push to "reopen" the economy, releasing folks to go back to normal, for whatever level of normal they can recover to.

I'm not so sure if that is a good idea....

I mean, we have done the Kinda-sorta mandated but without any force of law but still sorta semi enforced "lockdown" bit....and have damaged our economy to the point where the ripple effect of the damage will be felt for months, if not years

And yet, really, what will another two weeks hurt at this point? Schools are closed for the rest of the year, pretty much all large gatherings (ball games, races, concerts, etc) are cancelled until at least mid summer....
People are laid off but are now getting some unemployment, so another week or three won't appreciably change their economic position.....Businesses are getting some relief, (some of them, anyway) and things have, for the most part, stabilized on the economic front.

I'd hate to see a minor downtrend change back to an upward tick in cases or even deaths in a week or so after the "reopening" of the country. Another two weeks will tell us for sure., at a small economic price. And another 21 days gives even more time for the curve to decay another two cycles...no matter what the curve actually looks like.

I'd hate for all the sacrifice and economic damage we've already done to be wasted. At this point, we might as well make sure. I would think another three weeks , say May 10th-ish would not be a bad idea.

We are fucked economically either way, so why not? 

Sunday, April 19, 2020

April 19th

Today was, IMO, the REAL beginning of the United states.

Colonists had enough of their rulers, and stood up to, and said "NO" to the actions of those soldiers under orders of General Gage and Colonel Smith.

If you live in the US, say Thank You to whatever deity you talk to for those colonists back in 1775

Sad.

So people are lining up for HOURS in their cars to get food from food banks.

The videos I see show most folks in the lines are driving fairly new cars.

This, needing food handouts, after a month with no work.

This, to me, says something about their lifestyle that they are in dire straights after only month with no pay income. Cant feed themselves after only a month or so. So apparently nos savings at all
Living on the edge, as it were.

Plus, one would think that if they are out of work, they'd be getting unemployment.

Or it possibly could be that they are just bored, I dunno. 

Question:

Is the SEC and the Ethics Committee going to investigate those 4 Senators (that we know of) that knew about the coronavirus issue and the Federal Government's response..... and sold stock BEFORE everyone else found out? 

I would still consider that inside trading.....

Wouldn't you?

We should DEMAND an investigation.