June 24, 2021

At Last, a Visit to the Ozark Hilton

Timothy Birdnow

Since my wife has been ill I've pretty much been a homebody; no going out except to shop or to doctor's appointments. I've had to be on hand in case my wife needed anything - and had to make sure she was fed and comfortable. It's been a greulling time, to put it mildly.

But she's getting there, and has been able to get out of bed for stretches sufficient for her to feed herself, so I've had a bit more liberty.

I needed to get down to the Ozark Hilton. I finally went the day before yesterday.

It's been over eight months since my last visit. I was worried my "driveway" was going to be blocked by fallen trees. It's BEEN blocked by fallen trees, but near the cabin and so I've been able to come and go as needed with little inconvenience. But I feared a blockage further up, which would put me in a pickle if I couldn't get the truck turned around (something not easy to do down there.)

I missed the turn; the drive was overgrown and invisible from the road. I had to make a couple of extra runs to find it (it doesn't help that my vision does not surpass that of Mr. Magoos.) But the road was clear until the blockage (which I will deal with one of these days.)

Of course I had to schlep my stuff around the fallen tree, which meant bushwhacking and risking the perils of unseen holes in the ground (I've fallen several times stepping in them; they are covered by leaves.) And I had to fear ticks and chiggers off the main drag.

But they were light (at least ticks; I still don't know about chigger bites, which take days to appear.) I found two ticks on me yesterday when I came home, both black ticks, and pulled them off with little difficulty.

The weather people have been saying this was going to be a very bad season for ticks, but I didn't see any of the little red ones, my main enemies down at the luxury resort.

In fact, the forest looked like late August or September; it was rather brownish with little growth and a kind of dry look about it - hardly what one expects from Late June in the Ozarks. I suppose it's the lack of rain. That may explain why I was little troubled by any bugs; no wasps, no biting "no see" bugs, no moths, nada.

But I did have a problem; the roof over the porch had blown off.

Rats.

It's not that big a deal; I had never really secured that, because I had to wait to see if it would leak and perhaps adjust things. It leaked, and I wanted to repair it, but I had been attacked by wasps (who stung me up) when trying to build the bloody thing in the first place and by the time I was sure it wouldn't keep the rain off my pointy little noggin I was pretty much out of time. So I left it for this year, which never really arrived.

But that was o.k. because there was still an overhang and the rafters supporting it are still there. I will just have to find the time to repair the place down the road. I didn't want to leave too early because I wanted to make sure Cathy was cared for before I split town. I allotted just enough time to do gross repairs if absolutely needed.

Otherwise the cabin was in good shape. A few of the boards I sided it with were coming loose, but nothing worse.

Inside was pretty rough though, as the rodent population seems to have partied hearty in my absence. I saw a lot of rat droppings - not mouse - which bothers me to no end as I don't want to catch Hanta Virus or some such. The droppings were all over, big black pellets I had to sweep up (and no doubt inhaled some of the dust from them.

My easy chair, which I keep covered with trash bags for just this reason, had pellets on it too. When I took the bags off there was a big stain; I fear a rat got under the bag and whizzed on my chair! I had to flip the cushion over (and flip it back when I left) so as not to be sitting in rat pee. I hate all rodents, be they mice, rats, or bats.

So I spent a lot of my time sweeping and cleaning up the mess. They drag a lot of leaves and other debris in with them for nesting material.

They also like whiskey and cigars, and I found an empty bottle of Rebel Yell acting as support for a proto-nest, along with a couple of chewed through Dutchmasters. They throw one heckuva party when I'm gone!

At any rate, I cleaned up after the big gala and took some time to just sit in the sun (as I just about glowed; my skin is white as chalk since I've gotten absolutely no sun this year) and the heat felt good. The temperature was, of course, simply glorious!

I had to spend a lot of time getting my kerosene lamps serviced and lit. I had brought batteries down for one of my electric lanterns but it didn't work when I put them in; I fear the old light has just given up the ghost. But I had plenty of light nonetheless.Still, I'm down to just three kerosene lanterns and four table lamps, which
is an absolute minimum, and those are getting pretty rough. I'm going to have to buy some new ones. I lost one lantern too when cleaning the globe; it shattered in my hand and I was really lucky to not get cut. You can light those things without a globe, but they tend to flare up and blow out. Usually once the glass is gone you may as well buy a whole new one; they only cost a few dollars, after all (I buy the cheap ones, not the expensive $40 dollar jobs.)

After that I said outside until after sunset. Some sort of monster shrieked in the distance; a bird of some kind let out a terrifying Kaaawww! and flapped what sounded like leathery wings. I would swear it was a pterodaktyl if I didn't know any better! We have some primordial-sounding creatures down there! I once heard something that cooed like a bird then roared like a lion; scared the devil out of me! I think it was a mountain lion but am not sure; I had brought my two cats down with me, as well as my wife (It was my 40th birthday so she sucked it up) and perhaps this was a female cat? At any rate I played it off as normal but it left me shaken.

That big leathery screeching bird did likewise.

I really need to bring a gun down there with me. I somehow don't think a kitchen knife of an ax will cut it if the place ever turns all Jurassic Park on me. And Bear Mountain is just across the valley from my humble little trash heap.

Which is what it looks like when you sit there; I've got a LOT of stuff needing to be hauled away, burned, or otherwise used.

At any rate, I sat until it got too cold to sit outside then moved into the cabin and watched episodes of Lost on my portable DVD player. (I have the box set of the old t.v. series.)

I went to sleep and woke up freezing, despite having a blanket. I was going to go into the other room (which was dark) but it was almost sunrise so toughed it out, shivering in the dark. I was going to get an early run at going home but every time I got out from under the blanket I was dissuaded; it was FREEZING out there! Eventually the sun climbed high enough in the sky to warm it up and I was able to pack up. I had to use the "facilities" though, which is never pleasant down there; they consist of some cinder blocks and a toilet seat I keep in the cabin. Luckily the flies didn't come; to those big black flies that is a feast of rare delight, and they usually start the banquet before I have finished. Oh, and they will bit my big white darrier if I don't get out of the way in time. But its better than nothing. I'll find my droppings have disappeared by my next visit; fresh poo is always welcome to the residents of my little forest home.

So I headed home without incident. I probably won't get back there for a while, so I hope everyone enjoyed this latest installment in the Ozark Hilton saga.

(BTW for those reading these for the first time the Ozark Hilton is a cabin I built in the middle of the woods from old scrap lumber and other trash. It's a trash palace; two rooms heated by an oil drum fireplace, no electricity, no running water - in fact all water is in a rain-barrell or lugged down there by me, and no other convenience whatsoever. But it does provide a roof over my head and warmth if I light a fire. The accommodations are, uh, rustic.)

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Girly Men are Why the Left Will Win

Colin O'Leary states:

This is the weakest group of men the United States has produced in nearly 240 years. Add layers of feminism and you can see why we are all sheep and the left is going to win.

Tim adds:

Sadly Colin I agree. We no longer have the vigor or, well, masculinity we need to defeat them. The male virtues have been dispised for decades now (and so too the feminine virtues) and we are weak as a result. Was that planned by the Left? I think it may well have been.

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That Racist Filibuster

This from Steven Chase:

SIMPLE FACT:
Biden just said the 'filibuster' is racist and being abused. Last year, Dems used it 327 times; GOP once. (source: CNN in 1st comment)

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Biden's Demented Gun Notions

This from Willis Eschenbach:

"President" Joe is either lying, incompetent, or suffering from dementia.

Or he's a lying, incompetent dementia sufferer. Case in point:

"BIDEN: "The gun lobby wants you to believe that cities that have the toughest gun laws still have the highest rates of gun violence...don' t believe it."

I saw that and said "Whaaa?" So I got the facts:

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City Toughest Gun Laws Gun Violence
New York #1 #2
Philadelphia #2 #3
Baltimore #3 #4
Chicago #4 #1
=============== ========

Guess what, folks? The "gun lobby" (whatever 10% Joe means by that) is 100% correct.

The cities that have the toughest gun laws absolutely have the highest rates of gun violence.

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Faith, Blind Faith, and Reason

Timothy Birdnow

I posted this quote from on Facebook:

"Blind belief in authority is the greatest enemy of truth.” — Albert Einstein.

An old friend of mine replied with a thoughtful question:

Just a thought...how does that affect faith?

I reply:

A salient question Jim. That is why there is a whole field of apologetics, which seeks to find truth in faith via reason.

As you well know, atheism requires just as much faith as does religious belief; in the end one must choose based on what we know and how we know it. I've always believed blind faith may serve a benefit, but is nowhere nearly as desirable as informed faith. There are of course those who would simply accept authority without question, be it religious or otherwise. Maybe there is some good to that after all, but I myself believe not based on the authority of those who lay claim to it. My thinking has always been to first determine if you believe in God or gods, then if so to try to determine the form that belief should take.

IF you believe in God then, in my thinking, you probably should choose from one of the world's great religions, because those belief in those religions has kept them around for a long time and, like the theory of gravity, they have stood the tests of reason as well as faith.

From there one must look at the aspects of those religions and determine which you find most credible. I find Christianity most credible precisely BECAUSE of the things that are hard to understand (like the Trinity); we are trying to understand an infinite with the finite. Religions like Islam fail in my mind precisely because they are easily understood. I don't like Hinduism either because to me it seems a bit of a cop-out, with multiple lives. Why? Isn't a single life sufficient? Especially if the Many Worlds hypothesis of qauntum mechanics is correct; you experience all you would in multiple lives in just one life. I also don't feel the whole pantheism thing makes sense; I at least am an individual, and I like it that way.

And of course there is the intimately personal aspects of a relationship with God and with Christ that cannot be taken away; it's a form of knowledge that does not require an authority to tell you what you inherently know.

I would add the Founding Fathers of America based their whole governmental philosophy on Natural Law, which says there are things that are self-evident. While we can call THIS an exercise in uncritical acceptance of authority, I would argue it is just taking another source to consider. Certainly Natural Law has been pondered by philosophers for a long time and holds water. Like pi or e or some other mathematical concept, it appears woven into the fabric of the Universe (and of course provides a proof of the existence of God.)

At any rate that was a terrific question and we could explore it further if you wish.

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Does Antarctic Ice Raise or Lower sea Levels?

This from Jim Church:

ICE-3G is the most used model for correcting tide gauge data against PGR [15]. It's creators, Peltier and Tushingham were among the first scientists to make the linkage between global sea level rise and the Greenhouse Effect, claiming in 1989 that sea levels were rising at a rate in excess of 1 mm/yr [33].

Testing the Waters: the Parliament of Australia

The impression has been conveyed to the world's public, media, and policymakers, that the sea level rise of 18 cm in the past century is an observed quantity and therefore not open to much dispute. What is not widely known is that this quantity is largely the product of modeling, not observation, and thus very much open to dispute, especially as sea level data in many parts of the world fails to live up to the IPCC claims.

I reply:

Yawp. We have no way of measuring sea level around the globe. The sea rises and falls with the tides, so you can't just put a stick out and see it creep up year after year. It's done through modeling - like the planetary temperatures. The assumptions made in those models are critical to the "observed data".

John Lees tosses his 2p:

Remove the work of Peltier from climate science and almost EVERYTHING that has been said about ice loss and sea level rise would be gone.
That's an awful lot of reliance on one man.
What if his model is flawed. What if it is based on faulty assumptions. If you take away the work of Peltier then Antartica is empirically gaining vast amounts of ice.
How the Peltier model explains this is as follows: Antartica is losing ice, therefore it is getting lighter, therefore the earth below is bouyed up, therefore the surface is rising.
The alternative explanation for the rising surface is as follows: Antarctica is GAINING ice and the ice is piling up, causing the surface to rise.
See, the assumption is everything. If you assume ice loss then you can marry that to the observation of a rising surface, and similarly if you assume the opposite.
(I'm specifically referring to the vast area of Antartica in which there are no mountains penetrating the ice sheet.)

Tim adds:

It seems to me Peltier could well have it completely backwards John Lees. It could be the sea level is rising around Antarctica not because the land is rising but because it's compressing.

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Truth Coming Out About Wuhan Virus

Allan MacRae forwards this:

CHINESE VIROLOGIST SAYS FAUCI’S EMAILS ‘VERIFY’ HER WUHAN LAB LEAK CLAIMS
By Lee Brown June 4, 2021
https://nypost.com/2021/06/04/chinese-virologist-says-fauci-emails-verify-her-lab-leak-claims/

A Chinese virologist who was among the first to suggest COVID-19 leaked from a Wuhan lab has said that Dr. Anthony Fauci’s emails prove she was right all along.

Dr. Li-Meng Yan was one of the first to research the emerging coronavirus and previously revealed she was forced into hiding after accusing Beijing of a cover-up.

Now, as international leaders finally focus on her Wuhan lab-leak theory, the scientist told Newsmax that Fauci’s emails contain "a lot of useful information” suggesting he always knew more than he revealed.

"They verify my work from the very beginning, even from last January, that these people know what happened, but they choose to hide for the Chinese Communist Party and for their own benefits,” Yan insisted of the treasure trove of documents released this week.

"He knows all these things,” she insisted of Fauci and the apparent gain-of-function work carried out by the now-notorious Wuhan Institute of Virology in the heart of the city where the pandemic first emerged.

One email, she said, showed that "Dr. Fauci even back to 1st of February last year immediately realized that there would be gain-of-function experiment involved in the COVID-19 virus.”

He "definitely” feared that the lab was carrying out the experiments — which can increase the transmissibility of viruses — but "was worried not to tell this to the public,” the scientists insisted.

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If Trump Wins Audits Will That End the Electoral College?

Timothy Birdnow

A short Facebook discussion which may play out in the coming months.

Anthony Watts said:

I'll probably get banned from FB for posting this, but it is a valid question.

What Happens if the Election Audits Go Trump's Way

I replied:

What will happen is the media won't report it, and they will find some big blockbuster story to drown out any traction it gets. I don't doubt they'll try to find some sort of dubious claim Trump tried to steal the election somehow. If worse comes to worse there's always a war to start. And what will happen if it does come out this was a stolen election? Well, the Electoral College placed their vote, and I imagine SCOTUS will rule that the vote in the College is all that matters here (to avoid civil war). I just don't see this thing doing anything but perhaps sending a couple of low-level people to jail. We don't have a republic anymore; we have an oligarchy.

David Redfern replied to my comment:

As you know, my fear is that the EC will be perceived as illegitimate altogether and 70m+ Trump voters will get very upset.

Maybe that's the plan. Democrats hate the EC in the same way labour voters in the UK hate the First Past The Post system here.

And from me:

That is a great point David and no doubt they would take this very step if push comes to shove. Of course without the EC the big states would own America lock-stock-and barrel.

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CA to Thin Out Forests

Timothy Birdnow

California plans to spend tens of thousands of dollars to thin out the fuel in their forests to preven fires - precisely as Donald Trump advocated (and was roundly attacked for it).

According to the Blaze:

The plan was revealed, it was pointed out that former President Donald Trump made that exact suggestion during his presidency. Trump, however, was met with ridicule by progressives bent on making forest fires a symptom of climate change.
What did Trump do?

After wildfires ravaged California last summer — killing 33 people and burning a record 4.3 million acres — Trump issued an ultimatum to California's Democratic leaders: Clean your forest floors or lose federal money. Trump made similar threats in 2018 and 2019.

The media worked overtime to spin the suggestion — which, in reality, is a common forest conservation measure — as prompting "head-scratching from experts" and as evidence Trump did not "understand the science of wildfires" and was "politicizing natural disasters."

The Trump administration finally made good on Trump's threats last October by refusing "to grant California an emergency declaration that would make hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding available for areas devastated" by wildfires, the Washington Post reported.

Trump later reversed that decision after Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) personally appealed to Trump.
What is California doing now?

California officials now say they're going to do exactly what Trump had suggested: clear the forests of debris that intensifies fires.

According to Bloomberg, California will spend $500 million this fiscal year on "an effort that includes clearing pines, firs and redwoods. Without all this fuel on the forest floor, California officials contend, blazes will be less likely to turn into the mega-fires that devour thousands of acres."

So why now?

Well, obviously Trump's not in office any longer. But also because Gavin Newsome is in trouble politically and he cannot afford a major fire - with the attending blame - at this point. Newsuince needs tempers to cool, along with the rest of the crazy yellow state.

Of course you will hear little about this in the mainstream media.

The rise of wildfires around the globe coincide with radical changes in forestry management; it used to be loggers would come in and thin the forests, and people would gather the fallen deadwood. That practice changed with environmentalism, and the prevailing thinking for a couple of decades now was to have an "arboreal forest" in which all manner of clutter and debris laid strewn about. Of course, wildfires is the end result of this and drier areas like California or Australia burn as a result. Such fires are Nature's way of clearing out the old growth and debris. They are healthy things, except human beings don't like them much (which is why we do fire suppression.)

Of course, since the advent of Climate Change alarmism, these types of fires are used as "proof" the planet is warming, and the media beats that drum because the Ruling Class wants global warming as a tool for fundamental societal change.

But in fact a fool can see that if you have a lot of dry wood around it's a fire hazzard. It has nothing to do with the under 1 degree F. of planetary warming we have witnessed (most of which manifest as slightly warming nighttime temperatures), nor does it tie in with some mythical drought caused by global warming.

Warming is supposed to be caused by carbon dioxide moderately increasing planetary temperatures, leading to the evaporation of a lot of water into the atmosphere, which supposedly heats the planet (that alone is dubious as clouds can cool the planet just as easily) which then causes a positive feedback loop, eventually leading to the discharge of methane. But we do not witness this; there is no major increase in the planet's albedo (cloudiness) and IF this theory were correct it would mean MORE rain everywhere, not less. The idea that warming would cause drought is hard to defend.

But of course anything that advances the cause these days is promoted, no matter how unlikely. The media floods the zone, knowing that shallow thinkers will accept what they are peddling.

But here we see Newsome taking steps he should have taken when first entering office, and that because he knows exactly what has been causing forest fires. He wanted to do his part for the Cause as long as it didn't hurt him personally.

The Left is so very manipulative and does not shrink from hurting, even killing people. You have to break a few eggs to make an omelet...

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Rachel Maddow is a Liar - Literally!

Timothy Birdnow

Rachel Maddow is so divorced from reality that an Obama-appointed judge actually ruled her show "is understood even by her own viewers to offer exaggeration and opinion, not facts."

From the article:

"In response, OAN sued Maddow, MSNBC, and its parent corporation Comcast, Inc. for defamation, alleging that it was demonstrably false that the network, in Maddow's words, "literally is paid Russian propaganda." In an oddly overlooked ruling, an Obama-appointed federal judge, Cynthia Bashant, dismissed the lawsuiton the ground that even Maddow's own audience understands that her show consists of exaggeration, hyperbole, and pure opinion, and therefore would not assume that such outlandish accusations are factually true even when she uses the language of certainty and truth when presenting them ("literally is paid Russian propaganda").

In concluding that Maddow's statement would be understood even by her own viewers as non-factual, the judge emphasized that what Maddow does in general is not present news but rather hyperbole and exploitation of actual news to serve her liberal activism:

On one hand, a viewer who watches news channels tunes in for facts and the goings-on of the world. MSNBC indeed produces news, but this point must be juxtaposed with the fact that Maddow made the allegedly defamatory statement on her own talk show news segment where she is invited and encouraged to share her opinions with her viewers. Maddow does not keep her political views a secret, and therefore, audiences could expect her to use subjective language that comports with her political opinions.

Thus, Maddow’s show is different than a typical news segment where anchors inform viewers about the daily news. The point of Maddow’s show is for her to provide the news but also to offer her opinions as to that news. Therefore, the Court finds that the medium of the alleged defamatory statement makes it more likely that a reasonable viewer would not conclude that the contested statement implies an assertion of objective fact.

The judge's observations about the specific segment at issue — in which Maddow accused a competitor of being "literally paid Russian propaganda" — was even more damning. Maddow's own viewers, ruled the court, not only expect but desire that she will not provide the news in factual form but will exaggerate and even distort reality in order to shape her opinion-driven analysis (emphasis added):

Viewers expect her to do so, as it is indeed her show, and viewers watch the segment with the understanding that it will contain Maddow’s "personal and subjective views” about the news. See id. Thus, the Court finds that as a part of the totality of the circumstances, the broad context weighs in favor of a finding that the alleged defamatory statement is Maddow’s opinion and exaggeration of the Daily Beast article, and that reasonable viewers would not take the statement as factual. . . .

Here, Maddow had inserted her own colorful commentary into and throughout the segment, laughing, expressing her dismay (i.e., saying "I mean, what?”) and calling the segment a "sparkly story” and one we must "take in stride.” For her to exaggerate the facts and call OAN Russian propaganda was consistent with her tone up to that point, and the Court finds a reasonable viewer would not take the statement as factual given this context. The context of Maddow’s statement shows reasonable viewers would consider the contested statement to be her opinion. A reasonable viewer would not actually think OAN is paid Russian propaganda, instead, he or she would follow the facts of the Daily Beast article; that OAN and Sputnik share a reporter and both pay this reporter to write articles. Anything beyond this is Maddow’s opinion or her exaggeration of the facts.

In sum, ruled the court, Rachel Maddow is among those "speakers whose statements cannot reasonably be interpreted as allegations of fact.” Despite Maddow's use of the word "literally” to accuse OAN of being a "paid Russian propaganda” outlet, the court dismissed the lawsuit on the ground that, given Maddow's conduct and her audience's awareness of who she is and what she does, "the Court finds that the contested statement is an opinion that cannot serve as the basis for a defamation claim."

What makes this particularly notable and ironic is that a similar argument was made a year later by lawyers for Fox News when defending a segment that appeared on the program of its highest-rated program, Tucker Carlson Tonight. That was part of a lawsuit brought by the former model Karen McDougal, who claimed Carlson slandered her by saying she "extorted” former President Trump by demanding payments in exchange for her silence about an extramarital affair she claimed to have with him.

This isn't something we didn't already know, but now it's official.

BTW this article was written by liberal Glenn Greenwald, so it's hardly taking a Republican slant.

Frankly, there probably does need to be more accountability for news outlets in regard to their carelessness with facts. The case cited by Greenwald of Tucker Carlson, where he said Trump was being extorted, is hardly in the same category as saying Russian agents LITERALLY run One America News.

That said, I would rather err on the side of free speech in regards to opinion pieces; the Left would LOVE to win these kinds of suits as they generally control the courts and if they don't they have the resources to bankrupt someone regardless through endless suits.

That said, this actually seems like a reasonable decision.

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Crazy California

In response to the article about California buying electric fire trucks, our West Coast reporter Bill H. adds:

Electric fire trucks is trivia in the catalog of California crazy.

San Diego is spending $30 million to buy 250,000 recycling bin and kitchen pails so city residents can comply with a new state law that requires them to begin recycling food scraps. The city faces millions more in ongoing costs to buy, fuel and service new trash trucks to and to hire drivers.

The idea is that residents will keep the pails, which have lids, under the sink or somewhere else in the kitchen, and periodically empty the pails into larger recycling bins kept outdoors or in the garage. The pails "generally work pretty well at controlling odors," according to the article. And there is a summer sale on the Brooklyn Bridge. I’m accepting bids for two more weeks.

The article notes that most cities send their food waste to "anaerobic recycling centers” which turns the waste into "clean fuel,” which might actually work. But how much fuel, used by whom, and at what cost per gallon?

San Diego, however, will add its food wast to the composting operation presently in service for green waste, which is inside the city limits. Composting is an aerobic process, and cannot accept meat (for instance, among many other food items) because when exposed to air it will rot instead of compost, creating a disasterous stench and drawing flies, beetles and a host of other pests. It will, in fact, render the rest of the compost unusable.

San Diego council members apparently didn’t bother to find this out, were only interested in avoiding the cost of investing in the "anaerobic recycling center.”

I would expect a state law soon that would ban installation of garbage disposals in new construction.

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June 22, 2021

California Fire Trucks Going Electric

Timothy Birdnow

Maybe they can carry a windmill to pump the water, and use solar panels to power the fire engine?

This is from Facebook:

#50ClimateLeaders 🌱

Severe wildfires arise with regularity, and significant problems with pollution are being caused due to the high levels of traffic. These problems must be overcome to make a sustainable future possible.

The Los Angeles fire department understands such challenges and sets the right example having entered into collaboration with Rosenbauer Group to overcome them using the Electric Fire Truck.

Click here to learn more: https://lnkw.co/JerSKl

#TBDMedia #Documentary

Great; we'll have an electric firetruck run out of battery power when it's needed. And it will cost three or four times as much as a gas or diesel truck.

I did not know fire trucks were such a major source of pollution, especially in wildfire season.

Hat tip; John Lees.

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U.S. Funded Chinese Chimera Experiments

Timothy Birdnow

Fay Voshell warned us of experiments blending human and simian DNA to create a chimera. Well Fay has an update for us:

Well; well...Turns out it has been a joint U.S./China project. Sort of like Covid-19 "gain of function" experiment? What could possibly go wrong? https://www.newsweek.com/human-monkey-hybrid-embryo-created-joint-chinaus-scientist-team-1584232

I wonder if Anthony Fauci had a hand in this? Any way you slice it it's monstrous and the American People should rise up against it, but won't because they won't know about it and won't understand it if they do.

Richard Nixon banned the American biological warfare research because he realized how very dangerous it was. What is going on now with the new technology is worse.

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Climate Cooling and Covid

This from Allan MacRae:

https://financialpost.com/opinion/peter-foster-a-challenge-to-mark-carney-lets-talk-it-out/

Note to the corrupt, incompetent leaders of the G7 countries:
Don’t worry about your fictitious 1.5C of global warming – it’s not going to happen.
Earth is getting colder due to low solar activity, just as we correctly predicted in 2002.

You scoundrels will have to dream up another false scam to stampede your sheep. How about Covid-19?

CLIMATE CHANGE, COVID-19, AND THE GREAT RESET
A CLIMATE, ENERGY AND COVID PRIMER FOR POLITICIANS AND MEDIA
By Allan M.R. MacRae, May 8, 2021 UPDATE 1e
Download the WORD file.

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June 21, 2021

Science Proves Life Begins at Conception

Timothy Birdnow

Sadly nothing will move the pro-aborts from their position. This was and is about seeking the power over life and death and thus attaining equality with the Creator. Any restrictions on it will not be allowed.

New Scientific Study Proves Human Life Begins at Conception

Hat tip: Mary Kay Barton

From the article:

A research team including Antonio Giraldez, from the Department of Genetics at Yale University, has been working on discovering how this first step in human life happens.

"What hasn’t been clear is how and what kick-starts the transcriptional activity of the embryonic genome, so that the embryo starts taking control of its own development with its own genetic blueprint,” he said.

Dr Giraldez and his team, who published their research on Monday in the journal Developmental Cell, discovered that two factors were required in order to activate the DNA in the genome.

The research focused on the pattern of transciption within the nucleus of zebrafish embryos. The team then created tools to visualize the first activated gene in the zebrafish genome.

They discovered that two proteins are needed in order to activate the genome300 and Brd4, which are both produced by the mother. If either or both of these proteins are blocked, or their activity is disrupted, the development of the embryo is in turn blocked.

"These molecular factors act as a sort of molecular timer, which sets the timing of genome’s awakening,” Dr Giraldez said.

"Finding these key factors involved in genome activation serve as the critical first step towards our understanding of how life begins.”

I wonder if we'll hear "follow the science" from our progressive friends in this matter? Don''t hold your breath.

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Soviet America

Selwyn Duke

https://www.selwynduke.com/2021/06/soviet-america-town-fires-teen-lifeguard-for-opposing-crt.html

He was a lifeguard, but that didn’t save him from a society drowning in wokeness. In fact, 18-year-old Alex Katsnelson’s poolside job with his Vermont town’s parks and recreation department was just deep-sixed because he dared question pseudo-elite orthodoxy: He voiced opposition to Critical Race Theory (CRT).

It’s a prime example of how no one is safe from cancel culture. After all, if even a teen lifeguard can’t dissent and keep his position, who can?

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Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Fay Voshell

It's little noticed, but the trans movement is one of the impeti behind the current chimera experiments. There is no reason not to consider transitioning to human/animal hybrids if one can transition from male to female or female to male. Why limit transitioning to those variations of the human being? Why not a chimp/human hybrid? Why not a centaur? Or a mermaid?

I wish I were joking.

First Human/Monkey Embryos Created: A Small Step Toward a Huge Ethical Problem

Tim adds:

We'll all be ruled by damned dirty apes!

Brilliant observation there Fay!

Morality aside, one must worry about what will happen when diseases unique to one species jumps to humans thanks to this. There are things like Simian Hemorrhagic Fever, which does not currently infect human beings. Such diseased could well jump species thanks to this genetic mixing, and we could wind up with a series of horrible plagues.

We are playing with fire.

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Juneteenth and the 13th

Dinesh D'Souza
@DineshDSouza

Democrats prefer #juneteenthdayto the real occasion on which slavery was abolished—the date the 13th Amendment was passed permanently ending American slavery. This is an awkward day for Democrats because the vast majority of them—even in the North—opposed the 13th Amendment!

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Sea Level Rise?

This from Jim Church

ICE-3G is the most used model for correcting tide gauge data against PGR [15]. It's creators, Peltier and Tushingham were among the first scientists to make the linkage between global sea level rise and the Greenhouse Effect, claiming in 1989 that sea levels were rising at a rate in excess of 1 mm/yr [33].

The impression has been conveyed to the world's public, media, and policymakers, that the sea level rise of 18 cm in the past century is an observed quantity and therefore not open to much dispute. What is not widely known is that this quantity is largely the product of modeling, not observation, and thus very much open to dispute, especially as sea level data in many parts of the world fails to live up to the IPCC claims.

Testing the Waters

Mr. Birdnow adds:

Yawp. We have no way of measuring sea level around the globe. The sea rises and falls with the tides, so you can't just put a stick out and see it creep up year after year. It's done through modeling - like the planetary temperatures. The assumptions made in those models are critical to the "observed data".

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Undersea Geothermal Vents and CO2

This courtesy of Richard Cronin:

Hydrothermal carbon release to the ocean and atmosphere from the eastern equatorial Pacific (EEP) during the last glacial termination.
Lowell D Stott, et al
15 February 2019

"Taken together, these results are strong evidence for an increased flux of hydrothermally-derived carbon through the EEP upwelling system at the last glacial termination that would have exchanged with the atmosphere and affected both Δ14C and pCO2. These data do not quantify the amount of carbon released to the atmosphere through the EEP upwelling system but indicate that geologic forcing must be incorporated into models that attempt to simulate the cyclic nature of glacial/interglacial climate variability.”

That is, co-incident with episodes of rapid deglaciation towards the end of the Younger Dryas are increased hydrothermal vent activity plus anomalous deposits of Carbon 14. Carbon 14 is derived from nuclear fission. The GeoReactor.

https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/aafe28/meta

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