May 18, 2021
From Judith Curry:
"Academic researcher incentives reward exciting research with new positive (significant association) claims—but not reproducible research. This encourages epidemiologists
In a discussion about automation a Communist shows up and picks a fight.
Lawrence Andrew Hunt says:
When capitalists automate, they viciously uproot jobs from whom that invested labor is also a consumer of their products. They increase supply, but unwittingly decrease the demand—for their own customers have been supplanted by machinery. When socialist economies—where
Well, what do you know!
Experts Find Over 30 U.S. Voting Systems Connected to Internet
There is no sane reason to connect a voting system to the internet. The only reason is to make it easier to steal an election. Networked computers are vulnerable to hacking as anyone with an I.Q. above the ambient temperature of Minnesota in April surely knows.
Bet all of these are in Democrat-controlled precincts.
"He (Mohammed) seduced the people by promises of carnal pleasure to which the concupiscence of the flesh urges us. His teaching also contained precepts that were in conformity with his promises, and he gave free rein to carnal pleasure. In all this, as is not unexpected; he was obeyed by carnal men. As for proofs of the truth of his doctrine, he brought forward only such [teaching] as could be grasped by the natural ability of anyone with a very modest wisdom. Indeed, the truths that he taught he mingled with many fables and with doctrines of the greatest falsity.
He did not bring forth any signs produced in a supernatural way, which alone fittingly gives witness to divine inspiration; for a visible action that can be only divine reveals an invisibly inspired teacher of truth. On the Contrary, Mohammed said that he was sent in the power of his arms – which are signs not lacking even to robbers and tyrants. What is more, no wise men, men trained in things divine and human, believed in him from the beginning (1). Those who believed in him were brutal men and desert wanderers, utterly ignorant of all divine teaching, through whose numbers Mohammed forced others to become his followers by the violence of his arms. Nor do divine pronouncements on part of preceding prophets offer him any witness. On the contrary, he perverts almost all the testimony of the Old and the New Testaments by making them into a fabrication of his own, as can be seen by anyone who examines his law. It was, therefore, a shrewd decision on his part to forbid his followers to read the Old and New Testaments, lest these books convict him of falsity. It is thus clear that those who place faith in his words believe foolishly.”
• Aquinas: Summa Contra Gentiles, Book 1, Chapter 16, Art. 4.
• (1.) Sura 21:5, Sura 44:14; Sura 16:103, Sura 37:36
Yes, there IS a Deep State.
From the Washington Gazette:
Whether intentional or not, bureaucracies seem to be unresponsive to the will of the majority.
The first finding is that the makeup of US federal bureaucracies tends to have an anti-conservative bias. Democrats made up around 50% of bureaucrats from 1997-2019, whereas Republicans made up only 32% in 1997 and fell to 26% in 2019. Further, as you look at more senior positions, bureaucratic over-representation of Democrats increases.
The study also finds evidence that this isn’t clearly the result of some conspiracy. Rather, more educated Republicans tend not to become bureaucrats, whereas more educated Democrats do. Further, even Republicans who do self-select into bureaucratic jobs tend to voluntarily exit more frequently.
However, the reason for the biased outcomes doesn’t alter the fact that bureaucrats do tend to lean left, and this does have important implications for policy.
Another finding of the study is that US bureaucrats are indeed somewhat unaccountable to democratic outcomes.
From the data analyzed, the authors find no clear increase in exit from bureaucracies in the Clinton-to-Bush transition, the Bush-to-Obama transition, or the Obama-to-Trump transition. In other words, bureaucracies don’t change composition significantly when the president changes.
At first, this may not seem bad. If everyone quit or got fired whenever the president changed parties, it's possible some important knowledge could be lost in transition.
However, one last finding in the research makes this unresponsive bureaucracy worrisome.
The authors find bureaucrats tend to perform worse when they are "politically misaligned” (when the bureaucrat is of a different party than the president). When that happens, projects tend to be more costly and this leads to the authors’ conclusion that "political misalignment is detrimental to contract performance.”
Therefore, whether intentional or not, bureaucracies seem to be unresponsive to the will of the majority. If bureaucrats are unaccountable for ineffectiveness, less effective under a president of the opposite party, and most bureaucrats are Democrats, it seems conservative concerns are warranted, at least to a degree.This of course just deals with the bureaucracy. It does not even touch the far more dangerous and now politically active intelligence community, which clearly chose sides against Trump in the election of '16 and through his Presidency.
Dwight D. Eisenhower warned against the dangers of a massive espionage system in his farewell address. Eisenhower was prescient to a degree far beyond his own imagining.
There clearly is a Deep State and they are working for the political interests of the plutocrats, the Democrats, and the radicals.
Thanks to our little Covid vacation last year we are now running out of everything.
A year ago, as thepandemic ravaged country after country and economies shuddered, consumers were the ones panic-buying. Today, on the rebound, it’s companies furiously stocking up.
Mattress producers to car manufacturers to aluminum foil makers are buying more materialthan they need to survive the breakneck speed at which demand for goods is recovering and assuage that primal fear of running out. The corporate buying and hoarding is pushing supply chains to the brink of seizing up. Shortages, transportation bottlenecks and price spikes are nearing the highest levels in recent memory, raising concern that a supercharged global economy will stoke inflation.
Copper, iron ore and steel. Corn, coffee, wheat and soybeans. Lumber, semiconductors, plastic and cardboard for packaging. The world is seemingly low on all of it. "You name it, and we have a shortage on it,”Tom Linebarger, chairman and chief executive of engine and generator manufacturer Cummins Inc., said on a call this month. Clients are "trying to get everything they can because they see high demand,” Jennifer Rumsey, the Columbus, Indiana-based company’s president, said. "They think it’s going to extend into next year.”
The Bronze Age was a time of easy international commerce and trade but it collapsed with the coming of the Sea People and other barbarians who cut the supply chains and everyone was dependent on everyone else. The empires that ruled at that time collapsed and it took centuries for a new world order to emerge.
I fear we are on the cusp of that now. We have, like the Bronze Age peoples, become overspecialized
The offal will hit the fan and it will be awful.
Chester McAteer adds:
These people are really not aware of the fragility of the global supply chain and the numerous weak links that barely keep it functioning. Two of the weakest links are energy and finance, each depending on the other to maintaining the other links in the chain that help us live in a "civilized world" (I use that term loosely). As in 2008/2009, we were within hours of the collaspe of the global supply chain. Few people apparently understand what would happen if this supply chain collaspes but essentially what we call civilization would cease to exist as we know it and the world would literally be reverted back to the living standards of the 12th century within a few weeks.
The problem is that once the supply chain crashes it can't simply be revived, it would take generations to restore.
Now, if that ever occurs don't think Governments will have the power or the wherewithal to help during such a collaspe, Government, particularly on a national or even regional scale will no longer exist, especially after the chaos ensues.
Scientific American soils itself — again.
If you believe this, you’ll believe anything.
Covid cured the flu. Given this truth, the implication is that we should lock down for every flu season plus wear masks and social distance permanently. SMDH.
Flu has Disappered Worldwide During Covid Pandemic
One flu over the coccoo's nest. The reason it "cured" the flu is because all influenze has been diagnosed as Covid to pad the numbers.
May 17, 2021
Worth ten minutes of your time. From 2019, following which the northern hemisphere had thousands of low-temperature records broken in the 2020/21 winter - that you were never told of.
New Sun Driven Cooling Period of Earth Not Far Off
Chester McAteer adds:
Comment: Hilarious, especially now that for the last five years tempertures have been dropping based on data from 5 data-sets, GISS, NCDC, HadCRUT4, UAH-MSU and RSS-MSU.
Additionally, if you subscribed to the AGT hourly reports you will find that for the last 7 years tempertures have plunged from a high of approximately 14.7°c to covering a range between 13.25°C to 13.88°C, which is well below the Pre-Industrial tempertures.
This hour the Average Global Temperture is Currently: 56.99°F/13.88°C
Stations processed last hour: 58349
Last station processed: Aalborg, Denmark
Update time: 2021-05-17 21:21:40 UTC
Now, that fact doesn't bode well for the clap-trap you so-called "Fact-Cherckers" are pushing.
Additionally, if you actually look at the times when CO2 and tempertures actually moved together you might be shocked to find that since 1750 they have only moved together 15% of the time and 85% of the time they moved in the opposite direction. Now how is that possible if CO2 is the primary or even a secondary driver of temperture? The answer is it's not.
Even if we look further back in time from 7500 BC on, and especially about 4800 BC until 1500 AD, CO2 and temperature, or the proxies,, moved in opposite directions for thousands of years. Again, how is that possible? Well, what's possible is a highly popularized hypothesis has been propagated to the extent that is is now considered feasible even in fact is it not.
The entire theory stands or falls by whether CO2 of any sort drives temperature, and historically it does not..nor does it prehistorically.
So, we think we know why CO2 has been rising even before the Industrial Revolution, an increase in Tempertures has always, without exception, preceded a rise in CO2. At the end of the Younger Dryas tempertures increased for approximately 800+/- years before CO2 levels began to rise, which actually makes sense since warming releases or degasses sequestered CO2.
Think about this for just a moment, at the end of 2017 researchers discovered that the island of Zhokhov, in the high Arctic was forested with a species of birch trees just 9000 years ago until about 3000 years ago when the climate became so cold that nothing grew on the island. Not only that but the now uninhabitable island was inhabited by humans who enjoyed temperatures at least 6°C hotter than current temperatures in the high Arctic. An interesting point is that the humans hunted Polar Bears, Seals and Walrus in an Arctic that was almost free of sea ice for most of the year. Oh, the poor polar bears! They have been around for an estimated 1.7 million years and survived every climate whether warm or cold. Does that raise any questions in your mind given the current ideas about global warming?
Temperatures peaked between 7800 and 8000 BC years ago, the period is known as the Holocene Optimal because temperatures were ideal for all plant life, animal and sea life, but since the peak temperatures they have been falling to the point that our temperatures today are closer to those during the period immediately after the end of the last ice age than to those of the peak during the Holocene Maximum.
From the peak temperatures of the Holocene Optimal they dropped to the Minoan Warming Period, then cooler to the Roman Warming Period. During the Roman Warming temperatures were high enough for the Romans to import ancient Mediterranean wine grape vines and cultivate them in the northern part of Britain, not only that but there is evidence that Mediterranean wine grape vines were cultivated in Scandinavia and Northern Russia. That's impossible in today's cold temperatures.
After the Roman Warming Period came the Medieval Warming Period, it was so warm during that time the Vikings colonized Greenland and thrived, importing ancient European Barley, they grew fruit trees, many of the roots can be found in Viking graves and warm weather vegetables until once again it became too cold and they starved. Few realize that most of the Glaciers were gone or greatly reduced during the Holocene Optimal until they began to greatly advance during the Little Ice Age.
Another thing to think about is two years ago researchers found another of the 8 USAF planes that made an emergency landing on Greenland during WWII in 1942, it was buried under 340 feet of snowpack ice. There was also one found in 1995 under 268 feet of snowpack ice, prior to that one was found in 1988 under 240 feet of snowpack ice. Now think about the fact that in the last 77 years, during the period we are told has been one of the greatest warming of the climate, 340 feet of snowpack ice has accumulated over Greenland. Absolutely none of this had to do with the Trace gas CO2 which, throughout the geological record has always tracked temperature increases, not led them.
"To this day,
Antarctica, Greenland, Siberia, Sahara, Amazon, Northern Canada, the
Himalayas have extremely sparce if not virtually non-existent air
temperature stations and records. "
They take temperature readings from cities in airports and extrapolate that for vast areas of the world. This has a warming bias because of the urban heat island effect.
The latest Gang Green Global Warming Climate Change scare: stratospheric shrinkage!
Brain shrinkage is more like it. What is it about these doomsday predictions that cause so much brain withering?
In a discussion about Covid and the vaccine, David Mulberry observes:
We are doing a world-girdling clinical trial with this experimental drug.
One thing I've noticed is a common theme of those promoting taking the vaccine is that we have plenty of experience with them. No we do not. This is not a vaccine at all but a gene therapy, and an experimental one at that.
We are using mRNA to reprogram cells to think they have been exposed to the virus and create the proteins needed to generate antibodies. We don't know about side effects, which could wind up being considerable and not show up for a while (like cancer in a few years).
Maybe, maybe not.
That's the whole point of clinical trials. We skipped them and have experimented on human beings.
In fact, there is a real danger of enhancing this virus with an ineffective "vaccine". https://www.bulatlat.com/2020/08/21/hazards-of-the-covid-19-vaccine/
From the article:
The fact that an entirely new RNA vaccine technology which has never been used before in humans is a danger signal that should not be ignored. Several of the US candidates (Moderna, Pfizer/BioNTech, and Arcturus Therapeutics) are using this never-before-approved technology. Exogenous mRNA is inherently immunostimulatory, and this feature of mRNA could be beneficial or detrimental. It may provide adjuvant activity and it may inhibit antigen expression and negatively affect the immune response. The paradoxical effects of innate immune sensing on different formats of mRNA vaccines are incompletely understood. Potential safety concerns include local and systemic inflammation, biodistribution and persistence of expressed immunogen, stimulation of auto-reactive antibodies, and potential toxic effects of non-native nucleotides and delivery system components. A mRNA-based vaccine could also induce potent type I interferon responses, which have been associated not only with inflammation but also potentially with autoimmunity. Another potential safety issue could derive from the extracellular RNA which has been shown to increase the permeability of tightly packed endothelial cells and may promote blood coagulation and pathological thrombus formation. (10)
Another danger of mRNA vaccines is the use of biotech "carrier
systems” involving lipid nanoparticles (LNPs). LNPs "encapsulate the
mRNA constructs to protect them from degradation and promote cellular
uptake,” and additionally, rev up the immune system. The LNP
formulations in the three mRNA Covid-19 vaccines are also "PEGylated,”
meaning that the vaccine nanoparticles are
coated with a synthetic, non-biodegradable and increasingly controversial polymer called polyethylene glycol (PEG). LNPs could contribute to one or more of the following: immune reactions, infusion reactions, complement reactions, opsonation reactions, antibody reactions or reactions to the PEG from some lipids or PEG otherwise associated with the LNP, as well as adverse reactions within liver pathways or degradation of the mRNA or the LNP, any of which could lead to significant adverse events. Furthermore, PEG can also provoke severe neuropsychiatric symptoms in offsprings, including mood swings, rage, phobias and paranoia. Investigators who once assumed that the polymer was largely "inert” are now questioning its biocompatibility and warning about PEGylated particles’ promotion of tumor growth and adverse immune responses that include "probably underdiagnosed” life-threatening anaphylaxis. This is a significant concern since a 2016 US study reported detectable and sometimes high levels of anti-PEG antibodies (including first-line-of-defense IgM antibodies and later-stage IgG antibodies) in approximately 72% of contemporary human samples and about 56% of historical specimens from the 1970s through the 1990s. The manufacturers of genetically engineered adenoviral vector COVID-19 vaccines undergoing clinical trials (Johnson & Johnson, Oxford, and CanSino) also use PEG as an inexpensive additive for vaccine storage. If one of the PEGylated mRNA vaccines for Covid-19 gains approval, the increased exposure to PEG will be unprecedented and potentially disastrous. (11,12)
Like the mRNA vaccines, the adenoviral vector COVID-19 vaccines are still experimental and have not been used before in mass vaccination for infectious diseases. Given the history of poor safety record of many vaccines, the risk of unpredictable and potentially disastrous adverse effects is of utmost concern.
For example, among other dangers, the virus-vectored vaccines could undergo recombination with naturally occurring viruses and produce hybrid viruses that could have undesirable properties affecting transmission or virulence. The numerous variables affecting the probability that recombination will take place and the possible outcomes of recombination are practically impossible to quantify accurately given existing tools and knowledge. The risks, however, are real, as exemplified by the emergence of mutant types of viruses, enhanced pathogenicity and unexpected serious adverse events (including death) following haphazard mass vaccination campaigns and previous failed attempts to develop chimeric vaccines using genetic engineering technology.This from a virus with a low mortality rate primarily confined to the sick and elderly who can be shielded. And of course the whole thing was based on bad modeling from Nial Ferguson at London's Imperial College (he predicted three million dead in Britain alone.)
So lockdowns, mask mandates, "social distancing" rules, etc. were all forced on the public, and now this risky vaccine, something we do not have reliable clinical studies to support taking.
And there has been research claiming the Wuhan virus can slip into your chromosomes and so you can show up infected after getting over it. IF the virus can get into your chromosomes, why do we not think the vaccine will not alter them likewise? https://science.sciencemag.org/content/372/6543/674.full#main-content
If people are afraid of the virus and want to take the risk of the vaccine, that's fine and their business but our authorities are pegging everything to vaccination when the damnable epidemic is already pretty much over. They won't let us live our lives unless we can prove we've taken the shot. I don't recall seeing vaccinations as part of the enumerated powers granted the Federal government by our Constitution.
I choose to be secure in my person, as is my fourth amendment right.
In a discussion on Facebook Lance Sjogren said the only thing he doesn't blame Biden for is the Colonial Pipeline hack. I reply:
Who can say the ransomeware was not a black op run by our own intel community? It has great benefit to the usurper. It helps hide rising gas prices (which were being blamed on Biden) by giving another explanation for them. It puts pipelines in a bad light and thus justifies Biden's killing Keystone. It helps gin up anger at the Russians and thus gives Biden more flexibility in dealing with them during the current cold climate between the U.S. and Putin. (BTW the Russians are chess players and not so foolish as to do this while the U.S. is massing ships in the Black Sea.) Also, it helps the government to crack down on "fake news" supposedly emanating from Russia, meaning they will have more flexibility in restricting First Amendment free speech rights. Everything comes up roses for Biden with this. And it distracts from his multiple other problems, and also helps his rich allies who have railroad and trucking interests. I am not at all sure this WAS an act of ransomeware but suspect it may have been a black op from the NSA or CIA designed to look like a Russian ransomeware attack. Remember, thesse are the same people who assured us the Russians colluded with Donald Trump to steal the election of '16 and we now know it was a lie and a "color revolution" coup attempt.
Kerry trusting in fairy dust.
John Kerry: 50% carbon emission cuts to come from technology 'we don't yet have'
Mr. Birdnow adds:
I guess Tinkerbell doesn't understand that you can't rely on something that you don't have and may never have. Only a liberal plans on using what he hasn't got.
All around are solar wind farms
and Kerry won't pump diesel
that's the way the money flows
the guy's such a weasel!
In a discussion about Covid and how they keep fudging the numbers I was reminded of the Three Stooges (great American philosophers.)
Moe, after kicking him:
" See any now?"
"See any now?"
Hits Curly in the head.
"Oh, look at the grouse!"
That's pretty much how the Left operates; they beat you over the head until you say "oh, look at the grouse!" They repeat, repeat, repeat the same stock phrases and make the same juvenile arguments. Eventually everyone sees these things as part of the background of life and accept them as truisms, no matter how ridiculous or easily disproven.
Take the way they made everyone believe the Nazis were "right wingers" despite the fact the world socialism is in the name of the party. How do you pull that off? By endless repitition. "Look at the grouse!"
They are trying to do that now with the election theft. Every single story from any mainstream press has to have the line in it "Donald Trump claims fraud with no evidence". This endless repetition will eventually catch on and future generations will believe there was no reason to suspect this election was fraudulent. It's just a matter of forgetting about facts and details and accepting the gentle admonition of Big Brother.
Eventually he will knock that pesky devotion to reality right out of you!
Larry: "What's the matter"
Moe: "How do you spell chrysanthemum?"
Moe "Oh, ignorant eh?"
Moe to Curly: "How do you spell it?"
Moe slapes Curly "Why weren't you here a minute ago."
U.S. Population in millions
2016 = 323.1
2017 = 325.1
2018 = 327.2
2019 = 328.2
2020 = 332.7
2021 (projected) = 331.4
We were told that the winter of 2019 and the full year of 2020 were the worst for Covid deaths. Half a million, all Trump’s fault. Yet U.S. population grew by 4.5 million, from 2019 to 2020.
My mother caught the Covid in April 2020, beat it, and we have a picture of her tooling around in her walker at her assisted living home on Memorial Day, May 30, 2020. She subsequently received the vaccinations early this year. She passed away in April, 2021 at age 99 due to a series of strokes. The strokes affected her motor skills but right up until the end she knew all of us and could weakly say "I love you”. A good long life. She outlived all of her contemporaries.
A House report showed Covid deaths remain inflated in the official numbers. By how much is anyone's guess. See also here
(Hat tip; Chester McAteer for the links.)
That said, it frightens me that the population rose almost nine million in four years. The U.S. is already the third most populous country on Earth, and our population keeps rising not because Americans are fertile but because we let anyone in who can crawl up to the border. This stat no doubt doesn't take illegals who are in hiding into account either. How long can we maintain our country if we are being invaded and overtaken by aliens with no cultural ties to America?
May 16, 2021
Joe Biden has revoked several of Trump's executive orders, including his "garden of heroes" to honor Americans, his order protecting Americans from online censorship, and his order protecting monuments from being desecrated by Antifa and BLM.
President Joe Biden revoked an executive order Friday to create a National Garden of American Heroes, initially planned by former President Donald Trump.
Biden also revoked Trump’s order to prevent online censorship, and his order to protect American monuments.
Biden could have modified Trump’s initial order but instead revoked it entirely.
The White House did not say why Biden revoked his predecessor’s executive orders but sent the text of his order to revoke Trump’s priorities to reporters on Friday afternoon.
Trump announced his plan to build a monument to the greatest Americans in history in July 2020, when leftist radicals were vandalizing statues and monuments of famous Americans.I take issue with calling the usurper "President Biden"; he is not President, but rather a pretender as he stole the last election.
But if you set that aside, you still have to face the fact that Biden won't honor American heroes, and refuses to protect our national monuments to the point of actually rescinding a rule ordering their protection. His junta hates America, plain and simple. And he's in charge through treachery and deceit.
Joe Bide hates America.
Someone who loves this country would not go to the trouble of actually rescinding (as opposed to perhaps modifying) these orders by his predecessor.
To all my Democrat friends who voted for Biden, is this what you want? Do you want an America led by a junta that hates you and the rest ofus? Do you really want America "chopped down to size" by a leader who stole the election and is now acting like a mad tyrant, when he's not trying to order pizza on the red phone? C'mon man!
Here is a chart from the Vaccine Adverse Reporting System showing adverse reactions to vaccinations over the last 30 years.
Notice a new trend?
May 15, 2021
10 days ago it was released and confirmed that 6 months ago, the CDC issued 'school opening' guidelines COPIED VERBATIM from the Teacher's Union policy paper submitted to the CDC.
Yesterday, to dilute the impact of this shocking blunder and distract from the scandal - politics over science - the CDC lifted its mask requirements. This is no coincidence. This is how the swamp in D.C. works. Be aware...
I just had a thought. Perhaps the reason Biden visited with Jimmy Carter last week was to learn how Carter cut off the gas supplies back In the 1970s. Looks like it worked.
Check this out!
Greenland ice core studies suggest we are living in the coldest period in ten thousand years.
This flies in the face of IPCC claims, the Paris Accord, and COP26.
Increasingly Global Warming theory is being proven wrong. But, like cheap fusion or other things, it is too useful a tool for some to allow to expire. It's rather like concepts of magic; nobody ever successfully performed an incantation or used a potion to fly but people keep trying because it would be so wonderful if they could make it happen.
Global warming is like that to the Progressives.
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