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Saturday June 20th 2020

Today Sunny. A mix of sun and cloud late this afternoon with 30 percent chance of showers. Risk of a thunderstorm late this afternoon. High 26. UV index 9 or very high.
Tonight Partly cloudy. 60 percent chance of showers this evening and after midnight. Risk of a thunderstorm this evening. Low 12.

The night was quite calm.  I woke at 0020, was up for a while, then decided to sleep up top under the stars.  Next I knew the sky was brightening in the east.  It was 0600.

I heard from M and she wants to bring her neighbour and four kids out to the boat.  Today. I considered the logistics and also that I have only four life jackets.  Two of them are clunky, the third is child-size, and the last is inflatable.  I said everyone needs to have a life jacket to come on board.

I know better than to bring landlubbers on board without safety gear. There are innocent hazards that sailors manage daily but non-sailors don't appreciate that can result in sudden injury or even death. Not having a common language adds to the chasm in understanding.

Boats move suddenly and unexpectedly, throwing people off-balance.  People fall into the water.  Ropes suddenly become taught, spars swing across decks.

I remember Katrina getting a bloody lip from falling when a swell from a passing boat rocked Compass Rose at Castleton on Hudson years ago.  Cousin Vince fell between the boat and the dock at Sidney the first time out.  Plus, his kids were absolute terrors and would not stay put.  I learned a lot about having guests and assuming they can be trusted on that trip.

These kids seem calm and respectful, but none of them speak English and the two youngest I have not met.

I doubt we will sail and if we do, we'll only use minimal sail.  Our main worry will be someone falling into the water.

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It is coming up on noon and I have done some tidying and lowered the dinghy.  I've pretty well decided to keep this dinghy.  I did not like the other one much and Bob has offered to reverse the deal.

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M called a time or two.  We are rounding up life jackets to entertain M's neighbours and have decided on tomorrow.

Dawn called and cannot get the windlass on Cassiopeia to work.

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It is becoming increasingly obvious that this whole WuWHOFlu exercise has just been a giant game of "pretend".  Everyone knows how to play pretend and play we have.  Suckers all.

Did China deliberately set us up with 'smuggled' and 'suppressed' reports about stacks of bodies, etc.? 

Who is fooling whom?  Whatever the facts, this 'emergency' came in very handy for our domestic fascists to institute draconian controls without resistance, and even the co-operation of a gullible press and public. 

Recent mass protests in total violation of the measures now clearly demonstrates how fake this all has been.  What is shocking is how few can see it.

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Interestingly for all the claims that people make about Trump being a wannabe fascist and a dictator, he has been the one who has most strongly resisted arbitrary lockdowns and pressed for opening up as soon as possible. 

While the local authorities have enjoyed the oppression, genuflect to the anarchists, and salivate at the hope of a 'second wave', Trump says there will be no more shut downs.  Of course everything Trump says is distorted and mis-reported by the MSM, so you have to actually hear him speak his own words. 

How many bother, though?

I do.

Lies, Damned Lies, & COVID-19

..."Though it’s not often reported this way, the United States largely suspended democratic government back in March, when some 40 state executives declared “health emergencies,” granting themselves quasi-dictatorial powers to act without legislative approval or legal process....

<snip>

"The demonstrations spearheaded by Black Lives Matter focus on police-state tactics employed by uniformed enforcers of the will of the State; the much-maligned anti-lockdown protesters have been objecting to police-state tactics employed by political officials of the State itself.

"The connection between the two sets of protests should be obvious. But have you heard any of the high-profile liberals who are paying homage to Black Lives Matter breathe a single word to the effect that these different groups of protesters ought to combine their efforts, or at least to coordinate their campaigns in order to increase their political effectiveness?..."

Clear eyes must weep.

This message from Louisiana law enforcement officers to ANTIFA is the best thing you will hear today.

Made my day.

"t’s from 4 years ago.... He’s a Representative now

"For whoever doesn't know, the officer here is Congressman Clay Higgins (before he was congressman obviously).

"This video got him fired from his job. And that pissed off all the good people in the state so we elected him into Congress. More winning.

"Capt. Clay Higgins did a phone conference & answered questions from ppl in La. He was asked about the riots...He straight up said that bull wouldn't have lasted 2 minutes if he was the mayor over there!! And trust me, we all know he's not lying. He's crazy, and we love him!

I spent the day on board.  Went nowhere.  Swam a bit. Organized.  Read.

In the evening I watched The Wrong Missy.  It is a bizarre flick and I am not recommending it but I watched the whole thing, simply to try to understand the Hollywood mentality today and by extension, the social  assumptions of the target audience.  Hmmmm.

I raised the dinghy again, to prevent marine growth on the bottom and went to sleep up top again.

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Sunday June 21st 2020

Today A mix of sun and cloud with 30 percent chance of showers. Risk of a thunderstorm this afternoon. High 23. Humidex 25. UV index 9 or very high.
Tonight Partly cloudy. 30 percent chance of showers this evening. Risk of a thunderstorm early this evening. Low 11.

The night was calm again and I again slept up top under the stars. 

Today I am expecting guests in the afternoon.  M is bringing her neighbour and four kids to the boat. They speak no English and my Spanish is poor.  M's is no better as far as I can tell. Should be interesting.

The Russian Orthodox Church and armed forces unveiled the newly constructed 'Cathedral of the Armed Forces' some forty miles outside Moscow early this week. It is also formally called Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ, and is now considered one of the tallest churches in Russia.

It specifically features symbols which celebrate the Soviet fight against the Nazi invaders, which most estimates say resulted in 26 million total Russian troops and citizens killed.

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I have been watching the pandemic trainwreck since January.  It started with a panic over an oncoming flu and morphed into mandated social and economic self-immolation by indecisive and weak governments.

The lockdowns and the riots, the lies, and the cynicism continue.  Fox News seems to be the only/best source for a clear view. 

Whoda thunk it?

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Kneeling will never be enough for the mob
The facts and numbers on police killings in the US.
It is not what we are being told.

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I am suddenly realising that the issue is not racism. That is a cover.  The issue is tribalism!

Tribalism is universal in human societies, with the smallest unit being the family. We see this tendency at all stages in life and all levels of social interaction.

Racism is merely one aspect of the tendency for people to associate in groups and sub-groups and form 'families', communities, and cliques with shibboleths to prove membership.

 Skin color involuntarily enlists us, like it or not, conveniently into a group that is distinguishable and people who claim to be against racism are the most aware of 'race' and racist. 

The rest of us don't think of skin tone and place of origin any more than we do hair colour, size, age, etc., except when forced to.

I think most of us would prefer to just ignore these things s and act on the basis of behaviour.

The fact that community, not race is the issue is hidden right out in the open.  In fact, the 'racists rampant today talk about the 'black', ''persons of color', or 'African-American' community!

Tribalism is everywhere and there is inter-tribal warfare between the donkey tribe and the elephant tribe in the US, exacerbated by prosperous people with enforced idleness and enhanced means of attacking one another.

More later...

Brian sends me this.  I am highly skeptical, but pass it on.  Who knows?

Reality, unlike fiction, does not have to make sense.

Would be nice, though, wouldn't it.

Allen,

I don't know if you have ran across this information or not. Does being stung give people immunity to Covid? Anecdotal info says yes.

Brian

Bee venom and SARS-CoV-2

Could Bee Sting Therapy Possibly Have a Role in COVID-19 Treatment?

COVID 19 Treatment Using BEE Venom The Bee Venom Kills the SARS-CoV-2 once the person being Hit.

After lunch I went in to El Tesoro to wait for M and the group.

I saw them drive by, then circle back and drive down.  They parked and we met.  The group was M, a grandma and four boys from about 4? to 11. I'm guessing. 

M had bought life jackets as requested, so we outfitted the kids and I ferried the group out in two trips.

The life jackets were genius because although one kid swam confidently, the rest were non-swimmers and it is twenty feet deep where I am anchored.  With the PFDs, they were all, except the youngest who went in a little, but withdrew, able to swim without fear.  The eldest, it seemed, had never been in the water and panicked a little on first entry but was soon swimming around confidently.

They spoke no English, but my Spanish served well enough, especially with the kids and we had a great time.  M was in the water, too, but the abuela was happy to sit in the shade and watch.


Things are almost back to normal at Playa el Tesoro
I saw no masks except on (some) servers at the bar


Beach venders at El Tesoro


Swimming off the stern

Around five-thirty I took them back to the beach and returned to the boat.  I had supper and a nap and next I knew it was getting late.

M phoned and says she has to move out by the 27th and wants to go sailing to Isla San Francisco.  I agreed. 

This is a five-day trip in most likelihood and I find her a bit much by the three day mark (and vice versa), but this trip will be without the dog it seems, so that is one less distraction. 

Now, if she can just entertain herself without bothering me all the time... 

I'll recommend a book or two.  After all, there is not much to do on a sailboat except sail, motor, eat, drink, read, swim, snorkel, go ashore to explore and hike, or sleep.

I raised the dinghy and bedded down in the cockpit for the night.

This was a perfect day.

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You can't keep blaming somebody else for your dysfunction.
Life is really about moving on.
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Monday June 22nd 2020

Today A mix of sun and cloud. High 27. Humidex 28. UV index 10 or very high.
Tonight Clearing late this evening. Low 12.

I woke at dawn, had breakfast and listened to the news and then the net.

What now?

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Why some people don't trust MSM
5 Facts BBC’s “The Salisbury Poisonings” Forgot to Mention

Unbelievable!
Watch the video.
NPR Busted Framing Self-Defense Getaway From Gun-Toting 'Protesters' As Right-Wing Extremist Attack

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Read this
Black is the New Black in Color Revolutions

"The U.S. is in a Civil War. It began four years ago after Donald Trump’s election and has finally boiled over into open warfare here in 2020.

"From the moment the protests against the killing of George Floyd were hijacked into looting and rioting I worried about this turning into something far greater, something with a far higher purpose.

"Within a couple of days it was obvious the U.S. was now the subject of a color revolution of the same type and build up that occurred in places like Ukraine, Georgia, Egypt, Serbia and others.

"And it’s pretty clear the color for our revolution isn’t orange or brown or violet, it’s black.

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Black Bears Climb A Tree With
Hunters Sitting In It

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Smart Society, Stupid People

No alcohol for mite washing? Here’s an alternative.

Since alcohol is in short supply, I've been asked by many beekeepers what they can use for monitoring varroa. Although my current series on mite washing will be getting to my testing of various liquids, allow me to give a brief preview of one of my findings.

Dawn Ultra detergent (to date I have data using the clear "Lemon essence" product) works very well for mite washes, on par with 91% isopropyl, better than 70% isopropyl, and much better than 0°

Media Begging For A "Second Wave"

The virus is a perfect bogeyman.  People fall for the invisible every time.  Give us the bogeyman, Santa Claus, a god that watches our every move, or a good zombie flick and we are suckers every time.

The virus is everywhere all the time and can strike without warming.  Let's hide under the bed.

The Coddling of the American Mind
In the name of emotional well-being, college students are increasingly demanding protection from words and ideas they don’t like. Here’s why that’s disastrous for education—and mental health.

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This boat has a nice three-burner propane stove with an oven big enough to actually cook a chicken, a small chicken.  The oven got a bit of salt water damage in the flooding, but is still tip-top. 

In the years I have had this boat, though, I have never cleaned under the stove or paid any attention to the wood cover that came with it.

Recently I used the oven for the first time, for toast. Today it was time to get serious, so I cleaned under the stove, checked the propane hose, and got to work on the chopping block/cover.

The wood had been slathered with oil and it took a while to get down to the wood.  Thank goodness for bleach. I also had to deal with several stains and a slight burn, but managed to clean it up to where it looks pretty nice.  I spent at least two hours, but I enjoyed it.

The day is calm or I would go for a sail.  I'm considering  going snorkeling  or maybe a trip to Playa el Tresoro, a few hundred yards east of me.  I could swim in.  Decisions, decisions.

Instead, I had a nap, then supper.

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Crimes Against Common Sense

Black Lives Don’t Matter to Black Lives Matter

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Expert warns China's Three Gorges Dam in danger of collapse

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The Biggest Credit Impulse In History Leads To Some Very Awkward Questions

"Biblical" Wave Of Bankruptcies Is About To Flood The US

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Before bed, I put up the dinghy.  That involves hoisting the little boat out of the water using the davits and prevents marine growth on the bottom.  It also eliminates worries about theft or loss and damage.

The system that came with Baja Magic does not seem ideal but I have been  experimenting.  Perhaps I have not quite figured how it was intended to be used. After all, it has only been three years.

Lifting the dinghy impedes access to the stern ladder and makes swimming difficult, so I drop the dinghy every day, so the job has to be simple and easy. I'm working on simplifying it.

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Tuesday June 23rd 2020

Today Sunny. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud this morning. Wind becoming west 20 km/h near noon. High 31. Humidex 33. UV index 10 or very high.
Tonight Mainly cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers and risk of a thunderstorm. Wind west 20 km/h becoming light this evening. Low 14.

The night was rough, with waves and wind coming from different directions but the anchor has been holding very well.  I slept well, but woke at least five times and finally got up at a little after six. 

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Chinese Gold Miners Continue To Gobble Up Gold Companies

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The Deep State Is Responsible For All Economic Turmoil

When Everyone Kneels, Who Will Stand Up For Western History And Culture?

The CHAZ is A Setup as The Next Maidan

"...Specifically, the U.S. deep state – at a major faction within that deep state – is clearly desperate to get rid of Trump (and *not* for the right reasons, of which there are plenty)."

"Many of us Americans recognize his faults and what they’ve wrought but still understand that the alternative to him is the restoration of the worst parts of the Empire..."

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Dust-pocalypse Blankets Caribbean, Storm Nears Southern US

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> Hey Allen,

> Sounds like you are going native (or at least ex-pat) by a combination of choice, circumstances and randomness...

Yes.  I have considered permanent residency and this is turning out to be a practice run.  I actually started looking for a method to return home today but got stuck on hold.

(Why companies insist on playing 'music' on hold and repeat announcements is beyond me unless the go goal is actually to make people hate them more and to discourage callers. )

> Wow, this virus thing is pretty interesting (and at the same time kind of boring and repetitive). I get a feeling a lot of people are seeing through the holes in information and kind of calming down, or at least tiring of the constant guardedness and relaxing a bit their own protective approaches.

> The data, if one is willing to take some leaps and just look at patterns, is starting to suggest a much earlier, slow burn kind of epidemic.

Agreed.  Reported and analyzed differently (honestly) this would have been a minor threat and manageable without all the excesses. 

> The sampling and detection methods are so imperfect that it is hard to say much with a lot of certainty. But it sounds like the thing is highly mobile and "contagious". And it could be that a lot of people have been exposed to it or its relatives, making the determination of "cases" and antibodies really murky.

Reminds me of the incursion and advance of the bee mites, and AHB for that matter. More ignorance and speculation than fact.

BTW, what ever happened to the AHB scare?  Is it still going on?  I've worked AHB and also Mexican bees before AHB arrived there.  Philpotts imported Mexican packages to Canada back in the seventies or eighties on trial.  I  was a bee inspector and I'd say the Mexicans were worse than Dee's bees (She never would admit Africanization) or the AHB at the Tucson lab. 

We did not import Mexican bees again.

> That paper that you posted from Switzerland where they followed some cohorts of infected people, also a couple showing mild symptoms, and a set of exposed health care workers had a lot of inconclusive findings but shows how variable things can be through time.

Science--the scientific method--as it commonly understood is great at examining repeatable phenomena, but sucks at amorphous, non-isolatable things like this with too many moving parts.  Science can examine parts of the problem, but can offer little in how to use those insights.  It also has little traction on one-offs, and miracles. See three-body problem and What is not science?

Blaming the decisions made on science is baloney IMO. There was plenty of pseudoscience and scientific-sounding talk, but goat entrails might have given better understanding and more cheaply and quickly.

IMO very little of this other than the genetic and molecular work was actual science.  Much of it was statistics (a murky field at best), playing with MS Xcel and wrong assumptions influenced by politics, money and fear, speculation, and conjecture.

> The time course of symptoms for that couple, matched with quantitative PCR results for the virus was pretty informative- a lot cases can be missed by the standard PCR tests that are just run for a certain number of cycles to get a positive or a negative. And the health care workers titres of virus in mucus and blood showed that readings can be all over the place depending on timing, intensity of the disease and fluid sampled!

> I also have to laugh at the interpretations of dramatic and scary "upticks" in cases to tie with presumed opening of economies in different US states. It is like throwing darts blindfolded, and when you see some close to the center you say, ahah, the dart thrower knew where the center was. Curiously, a lot of the US states where upticks are being reported were states that I had listed as never having had true peaks in "cases" or deaths, and where deaths were definitely lower per capita than those which had had definite peaks. I wonder whether some of these patterns suggest that there just is a pool out there of vulnerable/previously unexposed/lacking antibody humans that will be detectably infected or get sick or die, regardless of whether it happens in a peak or a more drawn out flat line.

It is a matter of trying to find meaning in noise.  I also was not surprised to see an increase of a few cases over an already low background number reported as a shocking percentage, rather than the several cases they in fact were.

This misrepresentation was/is used to attack the opening of the region.

There is a stampede effect with people of various abilities, training, and integrity crowding in to cash in on funds, publication, and fame.  The media cannot tell the actual expert from the charlatan and too often the expert opinion is not sufficiently alarmist to be newsworthy or bite-sized enough to be quotable.

At some point, I throw up my hands and say, "It's all lies and half-truths".

> Sounds like the protests are calming down. It is hard work to go out there and beat the pavement consistently for such a murky cause.... Or maybe they ran out of statues to tear down. A friend sent some screen captures of confrontations between some white kids and police in DC last night. It almost looked as if they were drugged, or bored and just taunting the police seemed like the best thing to do on a boring weekend evening.

I doubt this can end well.  I wonder where the rioters and looters go when they have done the deed?  Obviously they must be walking invisibly among us daily.

In that vein, I have often wondered how many of the nice people we meet daily have been soldiers and killed innocents or were terrorists back home.  The best tipper on my boyhood paper route was a German WWII submarine captain. Nice guy.  Who knows how people think?  I don't.

How many walking the streets in Toronto when I went to school there two decades after WWII had dropped bombs on civilians?

We'll never know, but life is not as simple as people  make out.

> very slowly. Maybe with the summer monsoons they will take off. But hardly any mites to speak of.

A honey bee landed on me as I came to this anchorage, then flew off.

> Enjoy the extended vacation!

There is a such a thing as too much of a good thing.

>Jose

I don't know if it is clear to you, but it is clear to me: I have no clue about all this.  The scary thing is, when we come right down to it, it seems no one else does either.


Big earthquake 1,000 miles south of here. 
Tsunami warning for areas within 500 miles.

Event happened at 0929. It is now 1106. Tsunamis travel at 5-600 MPH in open sea. I doubt we'll get a surge here. I'm in 25 feet of water.  Should be okay anyhow.

Wiley called and reported on his last night's adventure. 

Wiley had engine failure out at Isla San Francisco and was sailing back. He had gotten to Balandra when the wind shifted and he had called last night and was trying to make Falsa. It was dusk at that time. He said he would call if he arrived, but I had not heard.

This morning he had called and said the wind wanted to take him across the bay and when he tacked out, he just kept going to the far side.

No one ever goes there and it is not in the guidebooks.  There is not shelter if conditions blow up, but with prevailing southerlies at night, that coast is ideal, with flat sand bottoms and no rocks.  Wiley had found it an ideal overnight and gave me the co-ordinates of where he anchored.

So I decided to sail across. I arrived near shore around four and cruised up and down a bit, observing a fish plant and two villages.  I was anchored at six.   Wiley called me on the VHF to see how my trip worked out and we chatted, then I took the dinghy to shore.  There is surf here, but not too bad. 

I was bored and needed an adventure.  I have been isolating, and lately sorta waiting around on M so we can go to Isla San Francisco as agreed, but she keeps being delayed.

I went ashore and realised that I had forgotten my sandals.  I had the water shoes, but left them and went ashore.

The coast is part rock and part dunes.  The 'rock' is compressed sand or sandstone.

I crossed the beach and walked up the arroyo a way and the sand was soft.  Having come this far, I continued up the trail barefoot and found a few cactus pricks in the sand, but carried on.

The trail was covered with tracks of various critters from turtles to small mammals, goats, and many different birds, plus trucks and ATVs.  I could see by the horse tracks and droppings that this spot must be the northern terminus of a horseback trail ride, I assume from the Magote.  Horses sure make a mess of the dunes.

I wanted to see the vista from the top of the dunes, so continued on and on. As the slope leveled off the ground got hotter and the prickles worse, but I figured, just a bit farther and I would have my view.

At the crest, I could see that I would have to scale a higher dune to see farther, so up I went.  That slope was not too hot or prickly, but when I headed back from the peak on the sea side, I found I was on a cliff and when finding my way around and down, I was on hot sand with unavoidable prickles everywhere.  Fortunately they just bothered the skin surface. They were painful, but did not penetrate much.  Nonetheless, walking was most unpleasant.

I managed to get back to the dinghy and launched through the break without issue. There was an undertow that helped.

Once back on Baja Magic, I had supper, then raised the dinghy.  I checked my feet for damage and they are fine except for a few remaining pricks that I scratched out with a fingernail.  I then massaged my feet with lotion just for good luck.  Sometimes the tips of pricks break off and fester out over time.  We'll see.  There was nothing major.

Not long after, I was in bed in the cockpit.

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self-education will make you a fortune.
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Meme
"self-replicating unit of culture"

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Wednesday June 24th 2020
6 months until Santa Claus comes

Today A mix of sun and cloud. 30 percent chance of showers early this morning. 60 percent chance of showers this afternoon. Risk of a thunderstorm this afternoon. Wind becoming north 20 km/h late this afternoon. High 24. Humidex 26. UV index 9 or very high.
Tonight Mainly cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers this evening and risk of a thunderstorm. Clearing overnight. Wind north 20 km/h becoming light late this evening. Low 11.

I slept well, but the night was cool: 20°C. The location was reasonably calm most of the night, but the breeze picked up just before dawn.

I was up at six and made breakfast. I used the toilet and found it would not flush.  I played around and concluded that the impeller has come loose.   I'll fix it, but will also get a manual pump to swap in for times like this.

I stayed anchored a while, then raised anchor and motored upwind back towards La Paz, intending to stop at the narrow strip of land that joins peninsula a el Magote to the rest of the land to look around.

M called and is trying to change US$ into pesos to make a down payment on the house she is buying.  I agreed to do so at cost.

I'm now anchored with two feet of water under the keel and intending to go ashore.  I dropped the dinghy first and had a swim.  I'm waiting to high noon to pass.

The way I have been raising  the dinghy is sweet.  It is stable underway and easy to lower.

Checking online, I see that in spite of daylight savings screwing up the solar clock that solar noon is twelve thirty-five.  It is now two-thirty, so I guess the worst of direct sun is over and I should go.  I've promised to be back tonight or tomorrow to go to the bank, fix the toilet, get food and water, and other supplies.

 

I also need to have the boat's bottom scraped again while I am in.  It is a covered with growth.

The current here is surprisingly strong along this coast.  One would not guess just to take a casual glance and that is something I always need to remember when tempted to jump in to swim without fins. 

I generally have the dinghy strung out behind on a long line when anchored and that is something to catch onto if being swept away, but the best plan is to remember to think, look, plan, and not get swept away!
 

I was going to go ashore and at four when I was about to get into the dinghy I noticed the depth under my keel was only a foot and half.  How did that happen?  Did I Swing?  Did I drag?  Anyhow, rather than re-anchor, I decided to leave the hike for another day and raised anchor.

I set sail and was making three to four knots and headed for Punta Prieta, the entrance to the channel. 

I also seriously considered entering the back way and cutting off at least three miles, but this is something almost no one does and is considered risky as the minimum depth is six feet on the charts and I draw six feet.  With two feet of tide I should clear and if I did ground on the sand bottom, the rising tide would lift me off and I could always back out.  I decided I did not need that adventure at the end of the day and sailed east.

The wind dropped a bit and I raised the spinnaker.  Although it was pretty I was going no faster, so I snuffed it and pulled out the genoa again. 

A mile or two out I was sweating and hosed myself down, then decided I really don't want to be at the dock tonight and altered course a few degrees to Punta Colorado.

(This red point of land is named Punta Colorado, not Punta Colorada or Punto Colorado.  Go figure).

I arrived at my spot and anchored closer in than before and read 10.2 feet under the keel. That should be enough, even after the tide drops four feet by dawn, but most people like more.  I want to be close to shore to be sheltered from the swells coming around the point tonight.

I had thought of running in to the El Tesoro beach bar, but decided against.  I had a good swim and settled in.  I turned on the CBC news at six and found it was all about the US and how a cop beat on a tribal chief and got away with it until the body camera showed the cop was the aggressor.

I set the snubber and raised the dinghy again.  This was another good day. 

I've been sitting in bays or in town rather than getting sailing.  I enjoy going places.

My feet are fine today with the occasional little prickle reminder.


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Thursday June 25th 2020
6 months until Christmas

Today Sunny. Fog patches dissipating this morning. High 25. Humidex 27. UV index 9 or very high.
Tonight Partly cloudy. Low 12

I slept well, but woke damp at six-fifteen and although I am not a shower-every-morning person, would have enjoyed a hot shower today.  Things are rocking and rolling out there and I am glad I tucked in behind the bluff last night.

The conditions out past the point rough with wind from the south  and maybe I should have gone to La Paz last night.

I'm on my fourth cup of coffee at 8 AM.  The day is warming and drying out.  I'll get underway soon.

Hey Allen,

Saw some of your thoughts in response to my recent email at your diary.

Yeah.  I struggle to put my thoughts into words.  I'm never satisfied with how my mental idea cloud translates into language.  I don't think in words and they are a poor vehicle for conveying a maze of interrelated facts, suspicions and concepts.  I sympathize with Trump that way as he clearly does not think in words either.

Intriguing stuff for those still willing to stay curious and question a bit. As if we were not already saturated with information here is something I forgot to mention.

In summary numbers for the US as a whole, and some states have it more than others: it seems like some people do not become a case, or do not die on weekends.

There are these very clear cycles of five higher days and two days with real dips, corresponding to weekend reduced reporting. So it makes the whole media attention to dramatic daily increases even more of a joke. Still thinking some of the states showing consistent increases on average in mostly cases (but deaths tending to stay steady) are those that did not have noticeable peaks of both early on.

Very odd..... Is it a biological reality or some kind of artifact of how cases are determined, people tested and deaths ascribed to Covid?

I don't believe anything except the deaths and I have strong reservations about that 'data'.  Word is that they are cleaning up that data and separating deaths from and deaths with.  Of course I don't believe that either.

Best,

Jose
 

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In response to my question, "What is a 'case'?", Jose sent me this link: California COVID-19 Hospital Data and Case Statistics.

Here, it seems to be used to mean hospital cases, in other words people who were ill enough to present at a hospital. So, obviously, it is not going to include the guy who has a bout and feels nothing, or just a bit 'off'. This sample is obviously going to have a far higher mortality than we would expect in the general population.

Does it also include trauma cases who tested positive?  Hard to say.  There is a big bounty on covid cases and hospitals are eager for cash.

I'm not sure I am any the wiser on the whole, though, seeing as the word 'case' seems to be used in general discourse and the media without much explanation and seems to cover everything from people randomly tested with no symptoms to those who die, and includes apparently suspected cases.

Not only are the hospitals exposed to this blatant moral hazard, but the media milk the story for all it is worth. A decline in cases does not 'bleed', but a doubling of deaths from, say two to four in a week can be spun as a 100% increase.  Figures can't lie, bit liars can figure.

I wonder if we did random sampling of an asymptomatic population for E.coli, the flu, or the common cold, both of which kill or and/or are found on about the same number of ill and dead people annually, what we would find.   Just sayin'.  This a pretty convincing hoax.

Hi Allen,

At least for North America and Europe, I do not find the "case" count as fraught with inconsistencies and hand waving as other measures. From what I have read and inquired in our local six county area, for Colorado, and also from reading health department information from other states a case is always? (mostly) an individual that produced a positive PCR reaction. Period. The person could have been feeling healthy, or be quite sick, or have died, and it is counted as a case if the sampled mucus (I think in all cases) is positive.

How can that be a 'case'?  That is a stretch.  My daughter was a strep carrier and totally asymptomatic, but I kept catching strep until a young doctor twigged and said to have my family tested. She was treated and the problem was gone.  Apparently strep can be on the fridge door handle, etc...  I would not say she was a 'case'.  I was. Several times.

As testing capabilities have increased, I think those tested have gone from mostly dying or dead, to quite sick, to experiencing some of the plethora of symptoms to a degree to convince their doctor, or a triage nurse that they should be tested, to now more people on the edge of possibly having been infected. There are for example some "outbreaks" locally that the county state departments have been pumping up as great discoveries- in crowded ag processing facilities. Somehow one person was detected as positive, and then more sampling showed that people related or in contact with them were also positive, and the snowball starts.

And these are counted as 'cases'?

I think no one has died in these local outbreaks and I doubt any have been hospitalized. They have been advised to self isolate. And the town where the outbreak happened passed a mandatory mask requirement in all public places.

Ridiculous!  Times three.

Despite this rigor to determine a case, there are all kinds of possible slop. My sense is we are underestimating the number of people exposed where the virus did start an infection, but in many cases the infection fizzled. Unless you catch a sample at an optimal time, it is likely those would not become cases. The sample collection itself can miss a well developed infection if the swab does not get right to the highly viral mucus area. And the data kind of expose some of this- with more tests being conducted, in many states the percent positive numbers have gone down from close to half to something in the single digits.

What is the point?  When do we say, "Move on folks, nothing to see here.  Same old, same old."

Is any of this real, and reliable, and useful enough to guide major decisions? I guess if one is guided by the precautionary principle yes, but what about cost/benefit?

That has long since gone out the window.

I sailed and motored to town and tied up.  I was intending to fix the toilet, but Tim and M showed up at the same time. I paid Tim for the block I got from him earlier and asked if he has a toilet pump, but did not get a clear response.  Then M commandeered me to go to the bank to change some US$ into Mexican.

From there I went to Chedraui for groceries and then we caught Uber back to the boat. The rest of the day that was left was spent sitting  in the cockpit. Jack came over and visited a while, too.  M is very disruptive, but entertaining.  So far, going sailing together, three days is about all I can take.

I took a chance and looked at Westjet to check for flights home and found Westjet has resumed flights from SJD!  Whereas they had canceled my August 5th flight recently with no future flights listed, now they have flights starting in July. I can fly home July 5th direct!!!!

I found I was almost disappointed to learn that, having become accustomed to being stuck here.  I did not reserve a seat yet.  I have to adjust to the idea.

While on the Westjet site, I saw a chat frame and clicked it.  Apparently Westjet uses Facebook. I was greeted by a message saying my Facebook account has been suspended for violating community standards and that too much time has passed to appeal.

That is bizarre. I was suddenly logged out one day and tried to log in numerous times after.  I went through the procedures but never got the text message promised. I was never notified and there is no human face to Facebook.  I simply assumed the text difficulty was because I am out of the country and using a different phone. Now this?

It is high time to face down Facebook. We are seeing the 'social media' companies discouraging sensible conservative voices and amplifying the noise and craziness.  The abuses and distortions are well documented and when a media company starts censoring the elected president of the United States and ignoring abuses by opposition, we know we are facing sedition.

Twitter and Facebook have both outgrown their utility and are now just echo chambers for people with too much time on their hands and abusive tendencies.  Along with Google, they are shaping the world in ways that are very destructive.  They are no longer honest brokers of conversation and need to be hobbled or destroyed.  How that can be done and what would replace them is an interesting question.

I knew it would come to this.  We saw it with radio back in the early days and with television.  Radio was wide open and then became regulated, partly for national security reasons and partly due to abuse.

Is government interference and guidance any better?  I am surprised to say maybe it could be.  Anything is better than this. Anything?  Maybe I should say almost anything.

Do I want to go home???  Now I have the opportunity, I have to decide.

After all this time, it will be very strange indeed to be there.

CDC estimates U.S. infections 10 times higher than reported based on blood tests
So, what are we to make of this?

Wendy Mesley disciplined for use of 'offensive language' on 2 occasions
What utter nonsense!
How can people stand for this BS.

"Mesley said she referenced White N------ of America, what she called "one of the more influential tomes of Quebec political thought." 
"The book uses the full word, and argues that white francophones are victims of discrimination. The book was written in French, but the title is in English. I said the full title in the meeting," she wrote.
"Shortly after, my colleague told me that using that word had made people deeply uncomfortable. I wish I'd ..."

This is insane,  Words are just words.  And, I don't suppose those people made Wendy and all sensible folks uncomfortable?  I suppose her sensibilities and those of all literate people does not matter to the 'woke'.

Is this the Canada I am thinking of going back to?  I think you can see why the idea is unappealing after being here in Mexico.

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Well, that was a flash in the pan.  The July 5th Westjet flight was gone,  when I went back to look but August 5th is the earliest now.  Checking Air Canada, I see that there are reasonable flights to YYC from MEX, taking nine hours, not the twenty-two previously and for two-thirds the previous cost.  I'd have to get to MEX, though.  Either way, SJD or MEX I am looking at either a three-hour shuttle to SJD or a two and  half hour flight to MEX from here.

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Media-Induced Fear Of COVID-19 Is Starting To Cause A Second-Wave Of Severe Economic Panic
WoW! Chuck-E-Cheese is about to go under. 
That is bad!

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Here is a chart I have been really wanting to see.
From here. 
Deaths down, testing up, 'cases' up.

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Seeing as I am already persona non grata at Facebook (an honour, actually) why hold back and be PC?

Fear in the JFK Assassination, Part 1 (of 2)
Fear in the JFK Assassination, Part 2 (of 2)

Curious minds...  In fact, I have no insight or opinion on this topic, but it is at least as interesting as, say, Harry Potter.I cleaned up, then watched some video and went to bed around ten.

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I came across this before bed: President Trump Town Hall hosted by Sean Hannity and watched about a third before I got too tired.

Maybe I'm crazy, but the guy makes sense to me.  Sure, he has a funny way of talking that reflects how his mind works and , but he sure looks honest to me, and tired. 

I know many people are biased against the man, but if you listen and watch carefully and ignore the idiosyncrasies I'd say at this point he is the only hope.

I suspect that his speech oddness is due to being a bit autistic, and autism of the right sort can be a good thing for mental focus and independence, two things we really need in a leader more than oratorical brilliance. We've had too much of that.

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Friday June 26th 2020

Today A mix of sun and cloud. High 28. UV index 9 or very high.
Tonight Cloudy. 60 percent chance of showers this evening. A few showers beginning near midnight. Risk of a thunderstorm this evening and after midnight. Wind becoming northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 near midnight then light overnight. Low 14.

Well, this morning the toilet is Job One.

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Is the name covid-19 some sort of admission that this disease originated in 2019, not 2020?  Enquiring minds need to know.

Dust from the Sahara crosses the Atlantic and invades the Americas; Mexico could be affected

Massive Sahara desert dust plume closing in on the United States


Potential cyclones forming...

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Pew Analysis Shows Only 1 In 6 BLM Protesters Are Black

BET Founder Robert Johnson yesterday...noted that most black Americans “laugh” at white people attempting to bring down monuments and cancel everything they deem to be “racist”.

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Millions of dollars in COVID-19 fines disproportionately hurting Black, Indigenous, marginalized groups

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What Is Contact Tracing And Why Is Big Data Being Used To Fight Coronavirus?

I got to work on the toilet macerator pump and although I do recall the previous effort somewhat, I was surprised to see how dirty it is now.  I guess last time I had worked on it back in early May it was not that long after Miguel had redone it.

The reason for the problem is clear.  There was a little chunk of material in the port.  At first I thought it was a piece of caulking or some man-made plastic, but on closer examination, I see it is a calcium material like bone or shell.  The hard and sharp piece blocked the port and damaged the impeller.  I hope I have a spare.


This is the culprit and it looks like part of one
of the sea critters that M picks up and leaves everywhere.

I looked and I do not.  I have twelve spare engine impellers, but none for this.

I called Lopez and they have them in stock for $I,000 MXN.  I can hardly believe it.  I started walking over there and then realized Sea Mar might have them and sure enough, they do, and for only $850 MXN'.

So, I fixed the toilet.  It took me all day and several tries and I finished around six.  It is a miracle it works.  I had almost given up!  By the time I was done I had put it together and back into place then taken it back out and disassembled it three times before it did not leak.

When I began I had little hope, but I was surprised to find the local chandleries both had the impeller on hand.  The price is double the US price, but I am grateful just the same.

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Again, What Were the Benefits of Locking Down?

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Just before bedtime, another migraine started.  I wonder what is causing them.  I have almost never had migraines and now, two within a few days.

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Saturday June 27th 2020

Today A few showers ending this morning then a mix of sun and cloud. 30 percent chance of showers this afternoon. Risk of a thunderstorm this afternoon. Wind north 20 km/h gusting to 40. High 23. UV index 8 or very high.
Tonight Mainly cloudy. 30 percent chance of showers early this evening and before morning. Risk of a thunderstorm early this evening. Wind north 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low 11.

I don't believe it.  The toilet does not flush again this morning.  I have no idea why.  At least I have gotten very good at taking the pump out and disassembling, examining, reassembling, and reinstalling it.

I feel lousy this morning.  The headache has receded, but I did not sleep very well.  I was up for an hour at three, then slept lightly until six.

Just before I woke, I dreamed I had taken two kids swimming. One was six or so and could swim.  The younger was maybe three and I was not sure. 

The location had a rocky shore and a small beach that looked good for kids.  I was concerned about the younger.  I don't think we had life jackets but it was on my mind.

I went in first and was surprised to find that only a few feet from shore the bottom dropped off sharply to a depth of over twenty feet, and I rushed back to make sure the kids did not enter the water as I was sure if one were to sink I would not be able to dive deep enough to pull them out.

Strange dream. 

I wonder why that was on my mind?  I know that when M brought her neighbour kids on board she did not seem at all concerned about PFDs but I was quite worried and insisted, so we bought some.  That had turned out to be prescient and made the difference between a failed trip and a lot of fun for all.

She got one for a child and two for youth and I had only two keyhole-type for adults plus an inflatable. If I have non-swimmer/non-boaters on board, they should wear PFDs always when not below and the keyhole sort is uncomfortable for wearing full-time.  So, The other day when grocery shopping I bought two adult jackets and now I am prepared.

At eight, I joined the Manitoulin Ham Group's Zoom meeting.  That lasted an hour and a half.

I unblocked the vent passage in the toilet pump.  I had blocked it with a screw months ago when it was recirculating brown water and that seems to have relieved the issue with the toilet for now.  We'll see about the brown water later if it recurs. Meantime, I'm ordering a parts and gasket kit and/or a spare pump.

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I called Bob and he came over to talk.  We agreed he would undo the deal and charge me for the work he did on the dinghy.  I rode back with him to get the seats and some oarlocks.

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I had some hamburger cooked that needed to be used so made up some spaghetti.

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Jose reminded me of this video today.
The Doctor Is In: Scott Atlas and the Efficacy of Lockdowns, Social Distancing, and Closings

 I watched it last night along with the rest of the Trump town hall.  This whole Hoover Institution series is well worth watching

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The unrest and destruction we are seeing these days is the direct and predictable result of frustrated unemployed youth. 

Anyone who knows history and human behaviour knew the WuWHOFlu lockdown was bound to have this end result.

Unoccupied, undirected youth will find direction and an occupation and it may not be a socially constructive one.  They are very easily influenced and are as easily directed to destruction and mayhem as to ward constructive activities .

A major reason countries have historically conducted long wars like the 100 Years War or the Iran/Iraq war was to occupy and use up a surplus of young men.  Plain and simple. 

The ruling class knows that if the young people, men especially before the advent of reliable birth control, are not kept occupied passionately with a project they will upset the social order and trash their country. Women historically tended to have babies to keep them busy, but there were notable exceptions. 

As a result, one fallback solution has always been to send them over to trash the neighbour and then vent their energy on the youth and populations of the other country.  That's a win for the rulers of both countries for the duration, with a potential for victory and spoils. 

The Egyptians instead convinced their populations through religion to divert all the their surplus energy and resources into building pyramids which appear to have no other real (as opposed to religious) purpose than use up surplus resources, but also were involved in wars from time to time, but not to my knowledge primarily as aggressors.

And then there is this...

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I experimented with patching the dinghy and mounting the seat and then called Bob and said if he can find seats that actually fit and work for his dinghy and will guarantee it to hold air for a year, we can put the dinghies side by side and I may decide to keep the deal.

Then I walked to Franks and bought some beer.  I have been feeling hot and lousy all day with the residual headache, so figure to kick back.  I need to order some parts and things from the US and plan their delivery here.

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I've been playing with the idea of going out the back way instead of by the channel to cut off a lot of distance, but a bit leery of the risk.  The entire route is at left and the tricky part is at right.  Blue is six feet or less and I draw six feet, so I have to go at a positive tide. 

  

If I am smart, I will pick a time when the tide is rising so if I do touch and even get stuck, I'll float off and be able to retreat.  On a falling tide, I'd be stranded.

I will also pick a time when there is not much swell as swells could bottom me. All this assumes the charts are accurate and that the sandbars have not moved.

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M called earlier and wants to go sailing on Tuesday afternoon and take the dog. That could actually work seeing as there should be 2.1 feet of water at 2:15 and it should rise another 1.5 feet in the next two hours, giving me plenty of clearance and time. 

Now, the weather?  We had a sprinkle of  rain today and it has been muggy all day.  I see the rain may continue until Tuesday.  We'll see.

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Defund police? Some cities have already started by investing in mental health instead

There are some really good ideas out there.  I would be happy to see fewer SWAT teams activated and zero no-knock warrants issued, a strict oversight on forfeitures, and more negotiators and therapists active.  Someone needs to geld the police unions. (Dare I say that?)

As for mental health, a good place to start would IMO be at the local precinct.  We need police, but good, sane, caring police. Too many of the guys/gals in blue these days are not out of Barney Miller (my fave) or even Brooklyn 99 (depraved).  Many imagine themselves to be military, not 'Bobbies'. 

I'm relieved to see some positive results from this upset.  Orwell said, Where's the omelet?  Maybe we'll see an omelet this time.  I hope so.

We definitely see broken eggs.

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I've been here in BCS since Feb 23rd.  A lot has happened.   I had thought I cam on the twelfth, but looking back, I see not.

This means my visa runs out on August 21st.  I should be gone by then.

MLE writes by Whatsapp and sends a picture.

I ask if she is in a hurry to see me get back and she says she is enjoying caring for the plants.

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After mentioning Barney Miller, I checked YouTube and decided to watch this episode. By chance, in this episode Wojo points out to Barney, who is a normally a very calm, reasonable and tolerant person, and, as a detective is dressed in street clothes, how simply putting on a uniform for 'uniform day' made him harsher.  Interesting point, and one that resonates today.

Barney Miller was filled with gentle humour about touchy subjects.  Police were shown as human and the parade of felons through the station was portrayed as fairly ordinary people with some strange ideas or bad circumstances.

When i first saw the series, having been accustomed to Dragnet and the like, I thought it was the worst cop show I had ever seems and did not get around to watching again for years.  When I did, I finally got the humour and became an addict.

With this hot weather I have been feeling sticky, so I showered again today onboard.  I could go ashore and use the excellent showers for the marina residents, but I don't like public showers and the need to carry things back and forth, the wet floors, etc.  This little shower is close by and works well, especially since I fixed the water leak and the shower pump.

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Sunday June 28th 2020

Today Showers. Risk of a thunderstorm this afternoon. Amount 5 to 10 mm. Wind becoming northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 this morning. High 17. UV index 3 or moderate.
Tonight Showers. Risk of a thunderstorm this evening. Local amount 5 mm. Wind north 20 km/h. Low 12.

The night was hot and even with the fan, that affected my sleep.  I was up at five. 

The toilet flushes, but the brown water issue is back.  I'll plug that channel again and take my chances.

Here is an instructive tweet, with a generally positive slant.  Note that the bandana girl did not bother to understand how the sign in question fit into the BLM theme and note how positive the others were in protecting first amendment rights. I think the mainstream BLM people have figured out their good cause has been used as cover for crimes by some bad hombres and are watching for anything that could make them look bad.

Very encouraging, and I was impressed by the almost complete lack of ignorant comments below in the thread.  Although there are always some who make noise don't think, somehow this thread seem to have almost escaped the partisan vitriol that ruins so much of online discourse.

Gab CEO Warns Visa Is Helping To Bring China's "Social Credit Score" To America

BLM Invades Beverly Hills

The dinghy was flat again this AM, so I decided to se   what it takes to fix it and I found a leak right atone of Bob's repairs.  So, I cut down the fabric (not sure if that is the smart way) and sealed the fabric and the undercut where it had delaminated from the rubber covering.

Once the epoxy set, I inflated the dinghyI decided to take a run out to the resort on the Magote.  The dinghy held well and I was there in no time.  The trip is much faster with only one on board.

I had a beer and a swim in the pool and returned.  Shortly after, M phoned and has finished her packing and had bought a fish.  She suggested bringing it over and after hearing about my trip, she wanted to go to the resort.

She arrived and we went out to Paraiso del Mar (more).  We noticed the locals are back to camping on the beach.  There are miles of empty beaches with water shallow water ideal for kids.

When we walked up from the sea, we met some folks at the bar and had a few drinks.  I had another swim and we sat by the pool.  I walked around a bit to take pictures and then suggested we leave.  By then it was getting late, but M was not too eager to get going.

Finally we left and by then the wind had picked up so the trip back was a bit wet. When  we walked down to the dinghy, security followed us and wanted to know if we have a condo there but we had language issues. 

We were able to tell him and his boss on the phone, neither of whom spoke English fortunately, that we were visiting the folks we met.  That seemedd to satisfy the nice young man, especially as we were at the dinghy and obviously leaving, but I doubt i can go back again for a while. He waved as we left.  

I knew we should have left earlier as dusk was coming on and we had the harbour to cross.  The lights were coming on and I assume that the security had a shift change that triggered the checkup.  I have a sense of when it is time to go, but M does not seem to sense these things.  Not only that, she attracts attention and so does having a dog.

We got back and she cleaned the fish while I set up the barbecue. I have a lot of trouble getting the mount to stay firm on the rail, It tends to rotate and dropped the grill into the water once already, costing me 100 pesos for a diver to retrieve it.

It seemed firm, and we cooked the fish, but when M went to take the fish out, the thing flipped and dropped the fish onto the swim platform.  We cleaned up the mess and the fish was fine.   I don't know what kind it was, but it was unusual in texture. The flavour was fine, but it will not be my favourite.

By the time we were done and the dishes done it was eleven.  She asked if she could sleep in the cockpit and I said okay. I sleep in the cockpit when out and away, but not at the dock as people are walking by but it was either that or clear the tools from the forward cabin.

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Monday June 29th 2020

Today Showers. Risk of a thunderstorm this afternoon. Amount 5 to 10 mm. Wind becoming northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 this morning. High 17. UV index 3 or moderate.
Tonight Showers. Risk of a thunderstorm this evening. Local amount 5 mm. Wind north 20 km/h. Low 12.

I woke at 0400 exactly.  Actually I had been awake for quite a while but decided to look at the time and it was four.  I got up and made coffee.

I stayed up a while, then went back to bed.

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Much to love about Canada, despite any imperfections

I was up at seven-thirty and did some tidying.  M got up some time later and took the dog for a walk. She is going home to finish moving and has to be out tomorrow.  The plan is that we will go sailing for a few days.

I'll need to start planning my departure.  She leaves on the eleventh and i am not sure where she will be staying when we get back form sailing.  I'm thinking that by then we will be tired of one another just like the last two times.

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Maybe there is hope for truth after all. 

I see centering and focus in BLM lately and now breaking ranks and a confession from the climate gang

On Behalf Of Environmentalists, I Apologize For The Climate Scare
and
Forbes Censors Award-Winning Environmentalist's Apology Over Three-Decade 'Climate Scare' - So Here It Is

The Book. 
Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All
I pre-ordered the Audible version.
This has to be good.
 

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I decided to work on the dinghy.  One concern, after the leak at Bob's repair, is a few blisters that indicate a porosity in the fabric layer. These blisters do not leak to the outside but indicate delaminating and potential failure points. 

Mostly, they look bad.  I figured to slit them open and fill between the layers with epoxy, so I began by marking them.

Next I sliced them open, mixed epoxy, and pushed it in and around with a butter knife, then smoothed the surface flat and forced out remaining air with a blade.

 

I see now that the ballpoint ink may be entrapped and a permanent feature. I walked to Seamar for some screws  and bolts and to the tienda for beer.  On my return, I drank two beers and was so tired I lay down and slept for two hours. Next I knew, it was six!

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Modern Slavery and Woke Hypocrisy

Houston Hospital Boss Shatters Media's COVID Fearmongering: "Only About 3 Or 4 More People In ICU"

Donald Trump’s Ghostwriter Tells All

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The progress of the COVID-19 epidemic in Sweden: an analysis
"...It seems clear from the trend in cases since then that, as I intimated previously[14], by mid- April the herd immunity threshold had been reached in Stockholm county...

Notwithstanding that a month ago antibodies were only detected in 6.3% of the Swedish population, the declining death rate since mid-May strongly suggests that the herd immunity threshold had been surpassed in the three largest regions, and in Sweden as a whole, by the end of April.

In the absence of a change in trends, it seems likely that the epidemic will peter out after a thousand or so more deaths, implying an overall infection fatality rate of 0.06% of the population (0.04% excluding COVID-19 deaths of people in care homes). This is broadly comparable to excess deaths from influenza infections over two successive above-average seasons, such as 2016–17 plus 2017–18.[17]

The absence of a lockdown order, with the government largely trusting people to make their own individual decisions regarding their behaviour, informed by their particular circumstances, has enabled life to continue with less disruption and reduction of people’s autonomy in Sweden than in most other western European countries. "
 

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Tuesday June 30th 2020

Today Rain. Risk of a thunderstorm this afternoon. Amount 10 to 20 mm. High 17. UV index 2 or low.
Tonight Rain. Risk of a thunderstorm early this evening. Amount 10 to 20 mm. Low 12.

I slept fairly well and was up at six-thirty.

Apocalyptic science: How the West is destroying itself
"
Junk Science Week: New academic doctrines dismiss science — real science — in favour of political agendas, in which theory trumps facts..."

Academic Grievance Studies and the Corruption of Scholarship
It has been obvious something intangible and implausible, but compelling had to replace religion for the public.

This had to be coming. 
Under this new law, cryptocurrency could become illegal
I wondered how they would kill crypto and under what pretext but it has always been clear to me that 'they' must.

New Flu Virus With "Pandemic Potential" Emerges In China
Isn't there always a new virus rumoured in China?
What is it about China?

London Spins Out Of Control As Met Police Abandon Streets
What ever happened to the Bobbies?

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M, Osso, and I are supposed to go on a sailing trip today at two, but the forecast expects serious rain about then.  I expect we will postpone. Tomorrow looks better and the tide heights in my plans still apply.

That is just fine with me and if I understand M's somewhat garbled late night text, read this morning, she thinks the same. 

She has lost two phones recently and now has only a very basic one.  Her texts are barely decipherable at times and I suspect she drinks a nip now and then as she has seemed suddenly drunk after only a glass of wine.

She has been known to pull out a little airline-size 50 mil bottle of rum on occasion and I found a 4-oz bottle of vodka on the counter yesterday after she left.

Turns out she is actually a serious artist.  Figures. My wife was a recognized artist.  I was a model at the The Southern Alberta College of Art at one time and I always hung with artists and have always enjoyed 'crazy' people.  They make more sense to me than people on rails.

I need to get things done and this gives me more undisturbed time.  I really must go home soon but, frankly, the idea does not appeal much.  I love my freedom here.

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Facebook Nerfs News Feed;
Will Prioritize Original Reporting, Demote Stories By Anonymous Authors

Twitter Remorse: Deleted Tweets Trigger Backlash At The DNC, Washington Post, CNN, and The White House [Updated] 

Don't get me started on Facebook.  They are a sneaky bunch as I found out when the froze me out with no explanation and no appeal.  The tricky part is that those frozen out just disappear like a dissident in Argentina in the bad times or China today.  Not physically, of course--so far at least--but we are suddenly dead to the online community.

I was never much into Facebook, not like some, but I am now realising how vulnerable we all are to Facebook and even more, Google.  Google reads all my mail and holds all my passwords and controls my main email address.  Time to change that?

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I finally reached M by phone at eleven and we postponed until tomorrow.  She says she is coming tonight anyhow and I asked if she could wait until tomorrow, but her rental expires at midnight.  So, she will be here at five, she says.  I said to be sure to keep me informed.  I like to plan my day.

I think she plans to stay here until the eleventh but says she has other options.  We'll see.  She leaves on the eleventh now.

I enjoy her company when we are cruising but she demands constant attention and interrupts my thoughts so after three days I've had enough.

Colin contacted me today by Glip to inform me that Magic Moments won't be ready for the coming charter due to saildrive issues so they subbed Cassiopeia to save the charter. That is fine.  The client gets and upgrade-- A $650/day boat instead of a $555/day boat--and I don't lose the income. Cassiopeia was sitting un-booked this week anyhow.

Colin also said that if I were there in British Columbia I'd have work.  Apparently the WuWHOFlu has scared off other skippers and instructors. I have not set a date to leave yet, but I'll take another look at flights.  It really is time to go back.

If they had booked me and told me a month ago, I'd be there now but as of today, it will be a month+/- before I can make it.  I need a week minimum before I can be ready to fly and then two weeks in quarantine, unless I can somehow break quarantine plus a week +/- for contingencies.

Modi, a cabin cruiser, is back and tying up ahead of me on the dock, so the marina asked me to move forward down the dock a bit.  The cleats I am using on the dock will be in the wrong place, so they sent a crew to install new ones. The dock crew knows zero English it seems. I was pleased to find that I was able to ask questions and get answers.

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Coronavirus Cases Vs Fatalities: "Why The Next 6 Days Will Be Crucial"
'Deaths' is the number to watch, not 'cases' and it lags by weeks or more.

Now They Are Trying To Tell Us That COVID-19 Is “10 Times More Infectious” Than It Was At The Beginning Of The Pandemic

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I'm in a strange mood. I've been here now for almost six months.  My travel health insurance has long since run out and my 180-day visa will expire before too long. 

The community is interesting and everyone has a story.  After all, most here have cut the ties and sailed the world, sometimes the whole world, and for decades until they were too old or ran out of money, or a partner got too old or died.  Some came younger and grew roots.

I'm finding I'm accepted as one of the local gringos now it seems since the passers-through have passed through and I am still here.

It is like a small town.  Some people have grudges and there are feuds, like any small town, but mostly people just accept and enjoy one another's idiosyncrasies.

There are exceptions.  Here is one caught on the security cameras (8 MB).  The police were here asking about it...

Seems these guys know one another.

The days are hot hot hot and the nights are getting hot, too, but I love it.

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The Real Pandemic Was A Nursing Home Problem

"With increasing certainty we can say that locked down states have seen four times the death toll of those which did not."

"...Far from producing better responses, models and simulations used as detailed outlines (rather than for high-level, mostly abstract insights) amplify, rather than attenuate, the failures of central planning. The model-driven response to the coronavirus pandemic, which now includes directly sacrificing the most vulnerable segment of the population to the virus, is only the latest. "

WaPo Does Damage Control After "Far More Damaging" Biden-Ukraine Tapes Disclosed

Let's face it.  They are all dirty so let's take that a given.  You don't get to the top without burying a few bodies. The real question is who can we trust to do the best job for the country.

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Seems the earliest direct flight I can get is August 6th from SJD.  I booked it.

I have not been kicked off Twitter yet.  I'm working on it....

M had said she would come at five. I had figured to go shopping, but by six was not here so I phoned.  Eventually she showed up at seven.  Sometime after five it began raining fairly hard so I stuck around.

The docks are dirty and that is not  a problem when they are dry but when wet, the dirt tracks all over the white boat.  Yesterday when the dog jumped on board and marked up the cushions and the deck so today, especially since I had cleaned the cockpit and the cushions  I made sure that the paws were cleaned before letting Osso on board.

By the time M was settled it was dark.  

We sat in the cockpit and watched Men in Black on my laptop.

I was in bed by eleven.

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