Sunday, September 26, 2021

I Am Generally a Fan of Metric

But I saw this and had no choice:

Pride is An Awful Thing

 New York, N.Y. (1927)

11/11/1927: “Too proud to accept charity for herself,” the mother broken open the gas meter, which the gas company locked for non-payment, turned on the jets, killing her four children and herself.

Category: family

Suicide: yes

Cause: financial

Weapon: poison[1]

[1] "Faced By Starvation, Mothers Kills Four Children And Self," [Douglas, Ariz.] Douglas Daily Dispatch, Nov. 12, 1927, 1.

Speaking of pride, my wife comments on the overlap between narcissism, prosperity gospel, and pride.

If you are not a Christian you may not be aware of prosperity gospel: if I have enough faith I will be rich and healthy.  I think this is based on a misreading of the Scriptures.  

I have seen it lead to great destruction of Believer's faith.  "Mom did not recover." To which the promoters of prosperity gospel stick their foot in their mouth: "you clearly did not have enough faith."

Prosperity Gospel preachers (including many of the big televangelists, past and present) always emphasize that your faith involves giving money to their ministry.  Someone ends up prosperous.  Any guesses who?  (And yes I mean the televangelist with his own jet )  

A lot of the richest church leaders in the world are in Africa, where grinding poverty makes any strategy for achieving even modest poverty seem reasonable. 

Social Media Are Forvever


Saturday, September 25, 2021

How Did I Miss This?

1/27/21 Reuters:

Exclusive: Proud Boys leader was ‘prolific’ informer for law enforcement

"I Have a Good Idea. Let's Burn Down the ROTC Building!"

As an antiwar activist told me this is how to identify the FBI agent in your group. 

"As scores of Proud Boys made their way, chanting and shouting, toward the Capitol on Jan. 6, one member of the far-right group was busy texting a real-time account of the march.

The recipient was his F.B.I. handler."

As the article points the conspiracy charges are going to get a bit harder to stick.

I Try Not to Ever Laugh at Mass Murder News Stories

 But there are some that just make you wonder where either police or the reporters learned logic.

New York, N.Y. (1927)

10/08/1927: Someone for no apparent reason set off a dynamite bomb demolishing a four-story apartment building, killing five and injuring eleven.  Why did police assume dynamite bomb?  “Finding of 20-Pound Unexploded Bomb Leads Police to Suspect Infernal Machine.”

Category: public

Suicide: no

Cause: unknown

Weapon: explosive[1]

[1] "Four Killed In Bomb Explosion In Tenement District Of New York," [Douglas, Ariz.] Douglas Daily Dispatch, Oct. 09, 1927, 1;" Five Killed, 11 Hurt As Explosion Razes 35th St. Tenement," New York Times, Oct. 9, 1927, 1.

The Good News

Idaho's running seven day new cases average is 1210 and falling compared to the 1639 peak on December 10.

Our running average for daily deaths (18) is also falling and below the dec. 15 peak of 20.

Job Losses

A friend makes a living making macarons, a meringue based cookie.  (They are a pretty high end cookie, not something you sit down and eat a bagful while watching football.)  She sells them at a local farmer's market.

The problem is that the farmer's market needs to impose a mask requirement to satisfy local health needs as new cases and deaths.  But they cannot afford to hire security to deal with the confrontational behavior of the anti-maskers so the farmer's market one of her big sales outlets is closing.  We are attempting to make up some of her shortfall in sales (gifts for all the staff at the school where my wife has started to teach) but there are consequences to the confrontational approach.

I agree; the masks appear to be of limited effectiveness and the fascism that is demanding this is taking full advantage of a real problem to get us used to being bossed around, but the destructive effects of the confrontational nature of these behaviors are causing serious damage to entrepreneurs at the low end.  They are also hardening hearts of those who are already prejudiced against Trump supporters. 
Small businesses and entrepreneurs are our natural allies against fascism.  Let us not blow them up to make a point.

Don't Confuse the Message

Selling Trump flags and the flag of the Democratic slave holders is a big mistake.   It plays into the hands of the left. The Gadsen Flag has positive historical meaning: the flag of traitorous Democrats has negative meaning. 

Friday, September 24, 2021

I Am Hearing Pushback That The Survey of Vaccination-Hesitancy Was a Small Sample

 From the study:

January 6 through May 31, 2021, 5,121,436 US adults completed an online COVID-19 16 survey. Weighted data was used to evaluate change in vaccine intent and correlates of May 17 vaccine hesitancy

Assuming the weighting was done correctly, n>5 million is pretty strong

Curiously, looking at healthcare refusers.

As of mid-August:

“The fact that 27 percent of staff in healthcare facilities are currently unvaccinated poses a significant risk to vulnerable patients, which will likely exacerbate outbreaks in healthcare settings,” according to the study from the Covid States Project, a collaborative effort by researchers from Northeastern, Harvard, Northwestern, and Rutgers.  

From CBC:

WRH confirmed in a news release that 96 per cent of its employees are fully vaccinated, but as of Wednesday, 140 employees plus seven professional staff members had not complied, with 84 of them considered clinical staff. The staff who have not complied are now also placed on a two-week unpaid leave.
That hospitals are telling professional (does that mean doctors?) and clinical staff to get vaccinated or fired is very interesting.

From 7/2/21 Yahoo News:

More than 100 staff members at Houston Methodist Hospital who were fired for refusing to get vaccinated for COVID-19 appealed a judge’s ruling that sided with the hospital’s right to terminate their employment.

“We are going to most likely go all the way up to the Supreme Court,” Jennifer Bridges, a registered nurse and the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit filed by 117 former employees of the hospital, told Yahoo News. ...

Stewart was terminated on June 21 even though she contracted COVID-19 earlier this year. She believes the antibodies she gained from the illness should have been enough to exempt her from vaccination, and she questions why the hospital didn’t allow her to keep her job. 

Increasingly, this looks like a power mad bureaucracy.  Get vaccinated; take away their excuses; the risk from the vaccine is lower than the disease. 

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Things You Find on YouTube

 What is happening on the border:

I can understand her upset about how Haitians are considered economic refugees unless refugees from Cuba (who were political refugees).  Or refugees from Latin America who are mostly economic refugees but not black.  But saying worse than slavery?  Someone has no knowledge of history.

Why Are We Seeing This in Foreign Press?

 9/22/21 Daily Mail:

Texas Governor Greg Abbot has been forced to use 'unprecedented' methods to prevent more Haitian migrants from entering U.S. by creating a 'steel barrier' of hundreds of vehicles at the border.

Abbott visited the U.S.-Mexican border on Tuesday and praised DPS and Texas National Guard for creating the barrier by using hundreds of state-owned vehicles, almost all of which appear to be bulky SUVs.

The vehicles are lined up outside Del Rio in Texas, which has seen an influx of 14,600 migrants who crossed the Rio Grande from Mexico into the US. An estimated 8,600 remained in the town of 35,000 people as of Tuesday night, with 1,083 so far deported back to Haiti. 

Thousands of Haitian migrants have already been freed into the US on a 'very, very large scale' rather than being flown out on deportation flights as the Biden administration promised, according to officials. It's estimated as many as 5,000 migrants have been allowed in. 

'They have created a steel barrier preventing people from being able to cross the border,' Abbott said Tuesday.

 'One day there were countless people coming across the border, then the DPS put up all these DPS vehicles, and suddenly, in an instant, people stopped crossing the border in this location. That strategy is working.' 

The 'steel barricade' consists of at least 150 state trooper, with officers reassigned from their day-to-day duties and traveling from as far as 500-miles away to assist Border Patrol agents, according to the Washington Examiner.

If the national government will not do its job, state governments can take steps (in a very limited way) to help.  The pictures are well worth clicking over.

Curious Piece of History

 From  [Juneau, Alaska] Daily Alaska Empire, Aug. 17, 1927, 1:

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Windows Users: Always Make Sure You Have Recent Working Restore Point and Windows Repair Disc

The latest Windows 10 update (which no one should turn off so as to keep the ransomware criminals at bay) seems to have scrambled something.   I sat for a couple hours at the Jeep dealer getting the Piglet's transmission fluid flushed.  (I wish I had an f word for transmission just for the alliteration).  So I took my laptop and got some time with my Western Civ students. 

When I got home the docking station and the external monitors attached no longer worked.  This is never a great surprise.   Windows 10 updates often scramble the device drivers.  As long as you have a recent system restore point you can work around this until the next Windows 10 update comes through that actually works.  But I thought system restore points were created regularly.   I guess not.  And something became confused when I rebooted.  It went into the Repairing Windows loop where it never stops trying to repair the boot files.  Three power offs in a row and it stops biting its own tail.

So no luck restoring from my network backup system image.  I thought I was going to need to do a full reinstall from the recovery partition (which means restoring all your files from your daily backups, which you do, right? and then reinstalling all applications). Fortunately none of the online instructions actually worked.   Somehow I persuaded the Windows "I am in so deep the elephant dung leaves meteor trails" recovery tools to do a successful recovery of Windows 10.  So immediately I created a restore point and a Windows System Repair DVD.

Another Friend Has Had A Breakthrough Infection

Vaccinated.   80+.  He is weak, coughing, and with muscle pain.  The vaccine may be why he is miserable but not hospitalized.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Unnerving Sci-Fi: Dead City

Free on Kindle.   A pretty good zombie novel but I am getting Wu Flu overtones.   I am not sure when it was written but I am already seeing hints that the disease was created by the company selling the government the cure.  It is a dreadful situation morally and also dreadfully compelling.

Let me emphasize.   This is not a roman a clef.  The painfully obvious inclusion of the necrotic (those not yet over the zombie threshold) in every form of ad and the replacement of blacks as the victim group is painfully funny and satirical.

'When you wanted a nation to obey, you told it a deadly enemy was knocking at the gates. When you wanted a nation to obey, you told it that without the government’s protection, something horrible might break out like wildfire." 

Where Lockdowns Have Taken Us

A New Zealand criminal gang smuggling case.  No, not semiautomatic guns.  Chicken.   9/21/21 BBC:

"NZ police have made a bizarre arrest after a pair of alleged gang associates were caught trying to enter Auckland with a boot full of KFC chicken and tens of thousands of dollars.

"The men were charged with breaching the country's tough Covid-19 rules.

"Under Auckland's strict Level 4 lockdown, all restaurants, including take-away services, remain closed."

I am reminded of a short story: "Lipidleggin'".

Disinformation From Less Reputable Sources

 Natural News is an anti-vaxxer site thinly disguised as a general political site.  Their latest addition to the body of knowledge:

We now have yet more evidence pointing to the ongoing CDC / DoD black ops “pathogen release” warfare activities that were responsible for not only the deliberate spread of measles at Disney Land (to push SB 277 in California) but now are targeting health freedom speakers, advocates and their family members in order to suppress the truth and terrorize those who speak it.

Today’s Situation Update podcast (below) brings you the shocking true story of a man arrested in 2018 who told police he was running a “secret mission involving a virus.” The man carried a DoD weapons permit and owns a company (which I shall not name here) whose name is a thinly-veiled word that means protein engineering. That company had posted customer lists and credentials involving the CDC, FDA, DoD and DHS, among others. Disney was also listed as one of the clients, via a separate Wikileaks document (mentioned below).

No sources.  And what, pray tell, is a DoD weapons permit?  There is no such thing as a federal weapons license (as Reagan's chief of the U.S. Information Agency found out; they deputized him as a U.S. Marshal to give him 50-state carry permission.  Every state law, to my knowledge, exempts active military and federal LEOs from carry restrictions.

The person in question, who I shall not name here because I don’t want to flag automated text search spiders, claims to have worked on the Barack Obama presidential campaign and later served as an FDA consultant on PCR technology, which became the basis for the covid pandemic fraud. In addition, this person was named in a Wikileaks document release as a known government intelligence operative with deep ties to a long list of secret projects that I also shall not name here, because they would set off numerous, dangerous red flags. But if you recall the name of the mystical seeing stones in Lord of the Rings, then you know the name of one of the deep state projects I’m referring to. (Pippin tried to hold it, but it burned him…...

No name; no Wilileaks link; no corporate name?  Any serious searching by the Forces of Darkness  already has Natural News on their daily checklist.

 I self-treated the sudden onset of aggressive symptoms with chlorine dioxide — and I shared this publicly on my podcasts at the time — which resolved the symptoms literally overnight. I am personally aware of another person who was sickened at the event and nearly died, taking about 3 weeks to recover. (See the site for details on chlorine dioxide and why flooding your body with oxygen produces such dramatic effects.)

While it is plausible that more oxygen could do you some good, this is a gas.  It will disassociate to oxygen and chlorine gases when it hits your lungs.  There is a reason chlorine was the original poison gas for warfare. 

These groups are terrified that mass vaccination will normalize it among antivaxxers.

Watching for Disinformation

 There is a lot of crap floating around.  Gateway Pundit has an article which I am going to check for accuracy because the content is amazing:

Data from John Hopkins COVID-19 Tracker shows that several states with the highest vaccination rates like Maine, New York, and Vermont have the highest increased rate in COVID-19 cases last week.

And the state with the greatest decreased rate in COVID-19 cases was Texas.

Our World in Data is reporting Maine at 67.5% fully vaccinated. The US as a whole is 55% fully vaccinated.  New York: 62%.  Vermont: 68%.  By rank: Vermont #1, Maine #4.  New York: #8.  I am not sure from where at Gateway Pundit's John Hopkins table comes.  There is no link, so this is immediately suspicious.  But the new cases graphs at Johns Hopkins for Maine shows  a decline.  New York shows a tiny increase, Vermont shows a tiny decline.  None show huge increases.  Texas indeed shows a big decrease.

I keep scratching my head: why does anyone pass around these falsehoods?  It just makes the Deep State look good.  Get vaccinated; be around to dump Biden (or more likely Harris) in 2024.