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Reloading

The “Covid Quarantine” has me catching up on a few things. One of them was reorganizing and sorting the reloading supplies. I knew I had an eclectic mix of things, with a variety of powder leftovers from experiments and others who got out of reloading, components bought on sale for different calibers at different times, and with different cartridges and different loads, well… it accumulates. I needed to have a better idea what I had, and what was the limiting item(s) for turning components into functional, safe, reliable, and consistent ammo. Continue reading Reloading

A change of pace – Russian Gospel music

I don’t remember how I first fell into the first of the Youtube videos, but then I kept clicking… (oh, and if you’ve not been checking the Plague Page, I’ve been updating it most days). Anyway, evn if you don’t understand Russian, the production values are outstanding, the scenery gorgeous, the tunes are catchy, and nary an overweight, tat-covered twerker to be found. I suspect this guy might be a name to follow in coming years within the gospel music arena, and possibly movie soundtrack area as well.

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Counting is hard

Because counting is hard, you can’t trust the numbers. How can they screw up the COVID count, you ask? Let me count the ways:

  • False positives (many ways for this one thing alone to happen).
  • Test the same person multiple times, counting each one separately as a new case.
  • Inflating the numbers as they get aggregated and passed up the line.
  • Straight up lying.
  • Counting anyone with one of more of the symptoms, even in the absence of any test results, as positive.
  • Incentivizing assigning COVID as the diagnosis by paying more for it than for any possible alternate diagnosis.
  • Treating any death for any reason as a COVID death entry if they test positive at any time.
  • Count any hospitalization for any reason as primarily a COVID case if they test positive, or have any of the symptoms even if it isn’t confirmed.
  • Once the COVID diagnosis is given, not changing it even if they are later determined to not ever have had it.
  • Changing the definition of what gets counted to be more sweeping.

News stories documenting each and every one of these things can easily be found in any and every month time-period since things started getting weird in late March. In fact, most of them can be found if you dig around in every calendar week. They are often not headline stories for weeks on end because they don’t fit the official narrative, but the cumulative effect isn’t trivial. Meanwhile the death toll is falling, much like it would in the summer months with a seasonal flu.

Why no HCQ study yet?

I first wrote about hydroxychloroquine (NCQ) back in March, and the first reports on it were obviously showing up earlier, starting (as near as I can tell) in late Jan to middle of Feb, and were common by the middle of March. HCQ has been around for more than a half-century, it’s a well-known drug, with known effects and contra-indicators, and is FDA approved. It’s used for several conditions. It was tested (positively) for antiviral properties at least as early as 2005 by teh same group Fouch is now the head of. Same for zinc and D3.

Now, I can see why a big pharma would not want to test HCQ, and pursue some custom anti-viral: profits. There is no significant money in a generic produced in several countries. It’s cold, cynical, and morally reprehensible, but legal and understandable for rea$on$.

But why have no government health agencies managed to run a credible study on HCQ, a study credible enough that a keyboard warrior with a modicum of scientific knowledge like myself can’t poke holes in inside of 90 seconds? If it’s incompetence, then they are not worth the money we send their way. If it’s not incompetence, they all the alternatives are nefarious and they need to be seriously investigated at the least, and in front of a firing squad if it’s deliberate to increase the fatality rate for some reason. I mean, seriously… how compromised do they have to be to not be able to test something in 4 months when the reported cure time is less than a week and thousands of cases are reported every day? And how compromised to our media and politicians have to be to not be asking this question every damn day?

Earliest 3D printer

Va an email from Paul, from a forwarded email (I’m not certain of the whole email chain or original source, but it’s interesting. UPDATE: The note was written by Stan Sieler, and posted on a mailing list called “classic computers”, a list for hobbyists interested in old computer technology and/or the restoration and operation of old computers.  Old, as in anywhere from 20 to 50 or more years old.):

Start quote:
Hi,

Back in 2017, I posted something about seeing a possible first-ever
reference to the idea of 3-D printing in a 1951 issue of Galaxy Science
Fiction magazine.

I stumbled over an even earlier one tonight…

The September, 1941, issue of Astounding Science Fiction magazine has a
story called “Elsewhere” by Caleb Saunders (a pseudonym of Robert A.
Heinlein).  On page 118 we see:

[They used] a single general type of machine to manufacture almost
anything.  They fed into it a plan which Igor called, for want of a better
term, the blueprints.  It was, in fact, a careful scale model of the device
to be manufactured;  the machine retooled itself and produced the artifact.
A three-dimensional pantograph, Igor called the machine, vaguely and
inaccurately.  One of them was, at that moment, molding the bodies of
fighting planes out. of plastic, all in one piece and in one operation.

End Quote

A note to my reps

I wrote the following note to my state Representatives and Senator, and requested a reply. When I get a reply I’ll post that as a follow-up.

If you are a WA state resident, and want to send your rep/sen a note, click here.

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Why are you letting a convicted felon run guns in the CHAZ / CHOP?

Raz of CHAZ Distributes AR-15s from Tesla Trunk

EXCLUSIVE: The Mysterious Case of RAZ from CHAZ – BLM Warlord Owns Multiple Guns (including an Uzi), a Tesla, BMW and Jaguar XJ, Millions in Properties, and Is Supported by Dubai Government

If you are silent on such an obvious violation of recently passed state law, and such events do not evoke suspicion in you, then you are tacitly condoning such illegal activity as long as it effectively targets your opposition, much like the Nazis, the Russian NKVD, and Mao’s hit squads, allowed some political violence but not others, and arbitrary enforcement of the law (with is the same as supporting lawlessness). Interesting ideological company you keep.

That way lies civil war and death. (I say this as a student of military history).

Care to comment?

A legal question of orthodoxy

Within the case West Virginia Board of Education v. Barnette, there is the following passage:

If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein.

If I’m reading this correctly, that means that any school district or other government institution that requires you to sign or write a commitment to “diversity” is violating the law. Any legal-beagles out there who can confirm or reject my understanding? It would seem that so many school districts say this, and they to do otherwise would be “against their values,” but then they turn around and say preaching values would be unconstitutional, so you can’t push your biblical interpretation of anything. So… if the WVBoE case is right, then…. they can’t discriminate against you if you think one of their “values” is bull. could that make the basis of a class action lawsuit?