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A rainy day at Ford Cove on Hornby Island, B.C.

 

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Thursday August 20th 2020

Today A mix of sun and cloud. Becoming cloudy this afternoon with 30 percent chance of showers late this afternoon. Risk of a severe thunderstorm late this afternoon. Hazy. Wind northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40. High 29. Humidex 33. UV index 7 or high.
Tonight Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers this evening then partly cloudy. Risk of a severe thunderstorm this evening. Wind northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low 14.

I woke at five and dressed for the cool of the early morning.

The plan, agreed last night, was for me to pull away from the dock while the others slept and head for Tribune Bay.

I had untied and was about to drift away from the dock to get underway when Tyler appeared with Tess, the dog, in his arms and said they need to go ashore.  The next ten minutes were spent getting back to the dock because at that moment the wind picked up.

Here is a good WuWHOFlu summary from my favourite doctor:

What We Have Learned So Far from Eight Months of the COVID-19 Pandemic

• Infection with COVID-19 comes primarily from breathing air in indoor spaces where people with the virus have been, and the more virus you breathe in, the more likely you are to become infected.

• Some people appear to be super contagious, and we don’t know why. Talking louder, breathing harder, yelling, sneezing or coughing spreads more virus particles over wider spaces.

• Symptoms appear in this order: fever, cough, muscle pain, nausea and/or vomiting, diarrhea (Frontiers in Public Health, August 17, 2020).

• A person can be contagious without having any symptoms, and about 20 percent of infected people have no symptoms.

• Virus particles settling on surfaces of objects (called "fomites") such as countertops, doorknobs, telephones, elevator buttons, furniture or clothing, do not appear to be frequent sources of infection (Lancet, August 2020, Volume 20).

• The FDA has approved a saliva test for rapid testing for COVID-19.

• Children are just as likely as adults to become infected.

• Masks reduce virus exposure, but do not completely prevent it. Considerate people wear masks in public places.

• Infected people are most contagious just before they develop symptoms, and they are contagious for an average of 10 days after they develop symptoms.

• Earlier tests incorrectly told us that people were still contagious long after they stopped being contagious, because the tests picked up dead virus particles that could no longer cause infection.

• COVID-19 causes clots that can cause damage anywhere in your body (brain, nerves, heart, liver, lungs, kidneys and so forth).

• The same immune response that you produce to kill the virus can rush into overdrive and attack your own body. This is called "cytokine storm."

• Some people remain sick for months after they first develop an acute infection, even though they are no longer contagious.

• We don’t have a vaccine yet, but almost 200 vaccines are being developed and tested. Some companies are already producing millions of doses of their vaccine, with the hope that it will be approved and they will be able to move immediately into its distribution.

• So far, we know of no serious mutations of the virus.

• Researchers do not yet know how long you will be immune once you have been infected or have received a vaccine. Life-long immunity is not expected

And this is interesting...

Research Shows Most People Have Ability to 'Neutralize' COVID-19

I La Paz, the hurricane has passed close by, with high winds and rain, but it appears no damage.

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We motored, then sailed to Ford Cove. I chose Ford because The wind has picked up from the south and Tribune is white-capping.  Landing a dinghy would be treacherous.

Ford is packed with boats. Some are rafting. I managed to let the gang off on the end of a dock by backing up to it, then I went out and tied up on the outside of the  breakwater which was unoccupied because it is rocky and rolly.  This big boat is less affected than smaller ones.

They came back after a while for clothes so  I launched the dinghy to pick them up and drop them off.  They had brought me breakfast sandwiches and coffee.

So, here I am by myself with time to catch up on things.

Quote of the Day
Never limit yourself because of others' limited imagination;
never limit others because of your own limited imagination.
Mae Jemison

Words of the Day
vaccine

A vaccine is a biological preparation that provides active acquired immunity to a particular infectious disease. A vaccine typically contains an agent that resembles a disease-causing microorganism and is often made from weakened or killed forms of the microbe, its toxins, or one of its surface proteins.

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Friday August 21st 2020

Today Clearing. Wind north 20 km/h becoming light this morning. Wind becoming southeast 20 gusting to 40 this afternoon. High 27. Humidex 30. UV index 8 or very high.
Tonight A few clouds. Wind southeast 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low 14.

I slept well at first, then woke a number of times and dreamed until I got up at 0545.  I made coffee and found the boat's batteries are down so jumped the batteries and started the engine to bring them back up.  The day was dull and rainy with a wind blowing us onto the dock.

Around eleven I got a call.  The folks were at the dock and expected I could come to pick them up in ten minutes.  Until then I did not know if we were staying and would need the dinghy or not, so I then started lifting the outboard off the dinghy  The swells tossed the dinghy and Corus in relation to one another but I tied the dinghy close.

I was in the heaving dinghy and about half-done and when the phone rang again.  They were on the other dock.  They could see me and see I was occupied. I ignored it and continued with the rather tricky task of lifting the heavy outboard and transferring it to the mount on Corus.

I had attached the crane and was lifting the engine when the clasp let go and the outboard dropped off the transom into the water. Fortunately I had a grip on the tiller handle and managed to keep it from dropping to the bottom, but it did submerge a moment or two.

I manhandled it onto Corus, got it mounted on the rail, and picked up the crew.  Then we set out for Green Bay.

The wind and chop were against us. I pulled out the genoa briefly but the wind was on the nose and I decided we would have to motor. These folks had set long distances to travel in short times both days so far, meaning we had to motor to get to the destinations when promised.  Sailing upwind takes longer.

We encountered winds up to 35 knots but the boat handles that well and we were going directly upwind so the ride was reasonably dry except for a few rain showers. I turned off the autopilot and the boys and the mom took turns at the helm.

Skies were overcast until we reached the south end of Texada, but at that point the sun came out.  We had lunch in the cockpit and once we rounded the point, we were able to sail fully powered on a broad reach with genoa alone to the entrance to Agamemnon Channel.

The wind dropped and rain began. Tyler liked steering so he was at the helm all the way up to Green Bay. 

As we approached the destination, I went below to consult and heard Tyler shout that we had lost the dinghy.  I had been watching it earlier and wondering if the painter was attached properly and apparently the motion as we rode waves had sawed through the rope.

Tyler backed up and we recovered it.  I re-tied the painter properly, thinking it fortunate that we did not lose it out in the heaving sea where this would be difficult and dangerous, but rather here in flat water.

Their friends had assumed that their dock is too small and shallow for this boat, but we found that we were able to tie up nicely.

I had a two-hour nap while everyone visited, then we all had supper at eight. 

After, I returned to the boat for the night.

Quote of the Day
The amount of good luck coming your way depends on your willingness to act.
Barbara Sher
 

Words of the Day
vaccine

A vaccine is a biological preparation that provides active acquired immunity to a particular infectious disease. A vaccine typically contains an agent that resembles a disease-causing microorganism and is often made from weakened or killed forms of the microbe, its toxins, or one of its surface proteins.

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Saturday August 22nd 2020

Today: A mix of sun and cloud with 30 percent chance of showers and risk of a thunderstorm. Clearing this afternoon. Wind northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40. High 26. Humidex 27. UV index 7 or high.
Tonight: Clear. Wind northwest 20 km/h becoming light this evening. Low 7.

I woke at six when Dylan got up to take the dogs out, and I made coffee. 

Our plan is for breakfast in the house at eight.  Then we'll all board Corus and motor and sail up to the Backeddy Pub for lunch, then on to Egmont and maybe the rapids. The day looks calm and less rainy.

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The weather turned sunny and calm.  We had breakfast at eight and then all boarded Corus for a cruise.

We motored up a side channel to look at a waterfall, then over to the Back Eddy Pub where we sat at picnic tables to eat, then boarded the boat for Egmont.  Along the way, we took a detour to look at a waterfall.

We arrived there and found space at the public dock and tied up.

The clients left to hike to the Skookumchuck Rapids and I had a long nap. Drinking red wine interferes with a night's sleep and I drank red two nights in a row.

They returned and we motored back to Green Bay where we tied up and went up for supper at the house.

I left and went to bed around ten.

Quote of the Day
Strength does not come from physical capacity.
It comes from an indomitable will.
Mahatma Gandhi

Words of the Day
eddy

a circular movement of water, counter to a main current, causing a small whirlpool.

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Sunday August 23rd 2020

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Today  Mainly sunny. High 27. UV index 8 or very high.
Tonight
A few clouds. Low 10.
 

I woke at five.  Today we make the fifty sea mile, seven-hour trek back to Vancouver.

The plan today is to have breakfast at seven and leave at seven-thirty. The clients leave the boat tonight and I'll stay aboard until tomorrow.  As for tomorrow, I have no plans at all.

After breakfast, we left Green Bay and motored back to Granville Island, stopping at Snug Cove to have lunch at the pub along the way.  The day was decent, mostly overcast with some sun, a following light breeze and slightly rolly following sea.  I helmed the entire distance and the crew were either below or on the foredeck.  Everyone was tired and everyone slept at some point except me.

We arrived at the fuel dock around four and filled up, then docked at Granville Island.  Once everyone was off, I had supper and lay down.  By then it was almost seven.

Here is an important perspective
Are You Ready for the “No One Could Have Known” Routine

The clients were very pleased and Jen said, I felt very safe with you which is a high compliment considering we were motoring into a gale at one point with her at the helm, and handed me a nice tip.

 

Sometimes I get a tip and sometimes not. I have very mixed feelings about tipping but figure when I get a tip it finances tips I'll give out in future to Uber drivers, who are underpaid in Mexico and sometimes in the US when traffic makes the set rate unfair, and cab drivers or waiters.

The Tyranny Of Groupthink
Good analysis of the Sweden Experience further down. Shatters any illusion that their approach was ill-advised

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Quote of the Day
 
I don't know the key to success,
but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.
Bill Cosby

Words of the Day
rolly or rolley

It's not in the dictionary, but the word is is used by sailors to describe a sea that has round, flat waves rolling by and often used to describe an anchorage with passing ferries and powerboats throwing swells that rock anchored boats and make cooking and sleeping challenging at times.

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Monday August 24th 2020

Today A mix of sun and cloud. 30 percent chance of showers late this afternoon with risk of a thunderstorm. Wind southeast 20 km/h gusting to 40. High 29. UV index 8 or very high.
Tonight Partly cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers this evening and risk of a thunderstorm. Clearing overnight. Wind northwest 40 km/h gusting to 70 diminishing to 20 gusting to 40 near midnight then becoming light overnight. Low 10.

I woke at six feeling rested.

I am staying aboard and cleaning up.  I'm also waiting to see if I get another assignment.

I'm doing various things like updating the forum software as well.

Are we now in a Fourth Turning Crisis?

Previous Exposure to the Common Cold May Protect Some People from COVID-19

At Least 13 Killed In Peru Nightclub Stampede Triggered By Police 'Social Distancing' Raid

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Black Jeopardy with Tom Hanks - SNL

Are Reality Shows Setting Unrealistic Standards For Skanks?

The Thin Veneer of American Civilization

Should The Government Stop Dumping Money Into A Giant Hole?

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Quote of the Day
I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today.
I can choose which it shall be.
Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet.
I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it.
Groucho Marx

Words of the Day
The fourth turning

The Strauss–Howe generational theory, also known as the Fourth Turning theory or simply the Fourth Turning, describes a theorized recurring generation cycle in American history and global history. It was devised by William Strauss and Neil Howe. According to the theory, historical events are associated with recurring generational personas (archetypes). Each generational persona unleashes a new era (called a turning) lasting around 20–22 years, in which a new social, political, and economic climate exists.

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Tuesday August 25th 2020
Four months until Christmas!

Today Clearing this morning. High 26. UV index 7 or high.
Tonight Clear early this evening then partly cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers this evening and after midnight. Risk of a thunderstorm this evening and after midnight. Low 9.

I spent the morning packing and cleaning and writing then had a chat with Colin before I left.  He was saying he is strapped for time, so I agreed to captain Corus on the flotilla planned for the long weekend.  So I booked a flight to YVR for Thursday of next week.  I'll stay out there until my sailing trip on the 12th to 20th, then come home for a week before going to Ontario for Thanksgiving.

I called Uber and rode to YVR for $15.17 and I tipped $3 from my tip cache.

I landed at YYC at five and Bert was there to get me.  We shopped for groceries at Walmart and I was shocked to see almost everyone wearing masks.

I dropped Bert at his place and drove home. MLE was watering plants when I got there and her dog was very worried about me. She left and I settled in.  I intend to unpack within twenty-four hours and not leave myself half-packed for the coming week.

Is this fake news?  Hope so.
Paris: Riot Police Storm Bar Over No Social Distancing

This really good.
Penn Jillette on What Trump is Really Like | Joe Rogan

The media panned this and excerpted it, but here it is in full.  You decide.
Watch Kimberly Guilfoyle’s full speech at the 2020 RNC

How a single sentence in The Atlantic annihilated Trump's coronavirus response
This piece is full of lies and questionable assumptions but passes for most readers who only watch TV.  The whole matter is far more subtle. I find it disappointing anyone would take it seriously.

We can only hope...
NASA confirms chance asteroid will hit Earth right before U.S. election, but ‘no threat

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Quote of the Day
Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.
Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.
Helen Keller

Words of the Day
coronavirus

The name "coronavirus" is derived from Latin corona, meaning "crown" or "wreath", itself a borrowing from Greek κορώνη korṓnē, "garland, wreath". The name was coined by June Almeida and David Tyrrell who first observed and studied human coronaviruses. The word was first used in print in 1968 by an informal group of virologists in the journal Nature to designate the new family of viruses. The name refers to the characteristic appearance of virions (the infective form of the virus) by electron microscopy, which have …

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Wednesday August 26th 2020

Today A mix of sun and cloud with 30 percent chance of showers early this morning and risk of a thunderstorm. Clearing this morning. High 27. UV index 7 or high.
Tonight Partly cloudy. 30 percent chance of showers late this evening and after midnight. Clearing before morning. Low 9.

I woke at six and got up for the day.

ZeroHedge continues to be the best news aggregator for intelligent. thinking, people that I've found by far. Other, MSM, sources are too selective and biased for my tastes although there is value there, too.

Often denigrated for being non-conformist and not PC and offering an indiscriminate potpourri of articles from authoritative, to wacky, slanted, and even conspiratorial, to me, that is one of ZH's best features.  I like to know what the crazies are thinking and have a chance to be aware of the information that the MSM filters out or distorts.  On ZH, we find links that lead to places we would not find otherwise.  Some go down the rabbithole and some lead to well-documented, but unpopular facts.

I often post links found on ZH or on a trail leading from ZH, but  today there were at least ten of the many I found meaningful and informative. I think I'll just refer to ZH daily instead.

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What's wrong with this story?
See below.
Starbucks Cafe’s Covid Outbreak Spared Employees Who Wore Masks
Employees avoided infection, while 27 visitors got coronavirus.  Incident illustrates ways to limit SARS-CoV-2 spread indoors
 

What's wrong with it?  Nothing, if we consider it to be just a story, but lots if we think it is anyhting more and that it proves anything.

This is apparently one unique incident reported (by whom?) from a foreign country in what language, and for some, the gullible especially, may be deemed to be illustrative of other places and situations and cause for fear rather than wonder. 

This incident may well be accurately reported, but it is a one-up. We should wait to see more similar reports before we put much weight on it. Maybe there was something special about he infected person or the airflow.  What else don't we know? 

Similarly the recent report of one man being re-infected is hardly representative--yet.   When we have millions of people and hungry media, we hear every unusual incident or rumour reported as 'news'.

Meanwhile, near La Paz, we see a storm approaching with a potential cyclone forming.

By evening the storm is named, Hernan.

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I have to have a medical for my drivers license renew.  This part of the persecution of elders in our society.  The license costs $90, but the doctor costs $120.

I called the office and was able to go in at 1:45, so I drove to town and had that done.  Now I am good for five years.

I also mailed some items the clients had left on board.

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Warren Buffett’s Recent Explanation of How Money Now Works Is the Most Important in History


Velocity of money


Currency in Circulation

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I decided to make a cottage pie so that took up an hour or so.  I also invited friends for supper tomorrow.  fen broke her leg yesterday and had surgery today, so she likely won't come.

The Totalitarian Future Globalists Want For The Entire World Is Being Revealed

What Is Gilead's Role In The War On Hydroxychloroquine?

Traces Of COVID-19 Found In Abandoned Apartment Bathroom Offer New Clues About How It Spreads

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Quote of the Day
Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work,
so most people don't recognize them.
Ann Landers

Words of the Day
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a person or organization that collects information from the internet pages of other businesses and puts it on a single website

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Thursday August 27th 2020

Today A mix of sun and cloud with 30 percent chance of showers early this morning and risk of a thunderstorm. Clearing this morning. High 27. UV index 7 or high.
Tonight Partly cloudy. 30 percent chance of showers late this evening and after midnight. Clearing before morning. Low 9.

I woke sometime after midnight and stayed up for an hour, finishing the laundry I started in the evening and doing some deskwork.

I slept until eight or so, and finally, being bothered by a fly got up for the day.  I have been feeling generally croppy but felt better at the day went on.

I reconciled accounts in the morning, then got ready for the barbecue tonight.  I lay down for a nap and woke to voices in the kitchen.  Flo and Val had arrived.  A while later, the rest arrived.  By six, there were nine of us in the back yard.  We had burgers and smokies, potato salad and cake

Everyone left by nine except Barb and Bert.  We sat around until quite late.

Quote of the Day
Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work,
so most people don't recognize them.
Ann Landers

Word of the Day
phenomenon

* a fact or situation that is observed to exist or happen, especially one whose cause or explanation is in question.
* a remarkable person, thing, or event.
* the object of a person's perception; what the senses or the mind notice.

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Friday August 28th 2020

I've decided to spend less time at this diary and to quit presenting the Swalwell weather. I'm seldom here and I am not keeping bees anymore anyhow.

Further, I plan to spend minimum time on my computing devices while home and to get  in some real, non-virtual accomplishments.  For some of these tasks, time must be spent at the keyboard, but i am concluding that reading the news is largely a waste of time.  That is probably what makes it so attractive.

I began my morning by sitting looking out the window at the pond and noticing the ducks are back, at last the hens are.

C, CeCe and I went for the one mile walk at ten-thirty.

After I cam home I decided to do some cleanup and carried garbage to the north  end.  When I went out I decided to take a load t the dump.  That meant freeing the trailer from the weeds and moving the Laser to its own trailer.

So, I started the mower and wound up cutting a lot of weeds. I also started the tractor and blew up one tractor tire and a tire on the trailer for the Laser.

I found the driveway groomer in the weeds so I hooked it up and made a few rounds to level the gravel and kill some weeds.

Then I decided to have a beer and heated the cottage pie for supper.

I was in bed by eight-thirty.

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Here’s Why Experts Aren’t Surprised By Coronavirus Reinfection
is this something to worry about?  probably not.

Science Is Not About Consensus

To me the idea that consensus is a convincing proof for any notion is a most disturbing but widely accepted false argument. 
Often 'consensus' is reached by rhetoric, suppression of dissent, fallacious and misapplied logic, statistical fog, intimidation, or bribery.
Thinking people seldom subscribe unreservedly to a 'consensus', but may accept a consensus within limits for various good and practical reasons, including self-preservation and conservation of resources.

Number of deaths normal following pandemic spike, StatCan says

A fairly fair-minded article.  problem is separating virus directly caused deaths from those caused by the efforts to prevent virus deaths.

This is a curious story.
Is it meaningful, or just a statistical fluke?
Guests had temps taken at Millinocket Lake wedding reception, but COVID-19 still took root

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Quote of the Day
Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies.
Jefferson

Words of the Day
inflation

Since there are many possible measures of the price level, there are many possible measures of price inflation. Most frequently, the term "inflation" refers to a rise in a broad price index representing the overall price level for goods and services in the economy. The Consumer Price Index (CPI), the Personal consumption expenditures price index (PCEPI) and the GDP deflator are some examples of broad price indices. However, "inflation" may also be used to describe a rising price level within a narrower set of assets, goods or services within the economy, such as commodities

What is the Real Definition of Inflation?
Monetary Inflation is an increase in the money supply which generally results in price inflation. This acts as a “hidden tax” on the consumers in that country and is the primary cause of price inflation.

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Saturday August 29th 2020

I'm up at seven after a night of poor sleep.  Mowing and dust?  Crushed tomato in the cottage pie?  Beer?  Something else?  Whatever it was I was waking up every hour until I took some Benadryl.  My shoulders also bothered me until I took ibuprofen. Could be from allergy and also steering the mower?

I'm on a Zoom meeting with the Manitoulin Amateur Club this morning. The topic is Amateur Radio satellites

My plan has been to take trash to the transfer station today but I am waiting for the day to warm a bit.

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Sandia Labs Goes Nuclear On Employee Who Sparked Internal Revolt Over Critical Race Theory


the video

Kyle Rittenhouse Was Working as a Lifeguard in Kenosha the Day of the Shooting, Went to Clean Vandalism at School After Work

The COVID-19 Scamdemic, Part 1: The Hard Road To A New World Order
Well, this article s long and slanted, but I think for anyone who has been watching, this is not news. We're being had. The question is not whether the Devos crowd control the world, but whether this is the best outcome possible. Watching the rioting they have financed, one has to wonder what comes next.

People ask what distinguishes humans from animals and one by one the possible differences are eliminated.  I propose that the biggest difference is human talent for pretense, deception, and self-delusion.

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I went out and worked in the yard again. Got quite a few things done.  Quit at five.

Quote of the Day
Success is not final, failure is not fatal:
 it is the courage to continue that counts.
Winston Churchill

Words of the Day
Amateur radio

Amateur radio, also known as ham radio, is the use of radio frequency spectrum for purposes of non-commercial exchange of messages, wireless experimentation, self-training, private recreation, radiosport, contesting, and emergency communication. The term "amateur" is used to specify "a duly authorised person interested in radioelectric practice with a purely personal aim and without pecuniary interest;" and to differentiate it from commercial broadcasting, public safety, or professional two-way radio services.

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Sunday August 30th 2020

I woke at 0430 and my mind was racing. It takes me a while to arrive home and I guess I have arrived.

The long stint in Mexico, the trip up through San Jose del Cabo, Houston, Seattle, Vancouver, then Sidney, Powell River, Vancouver, Sidney and Vancouver again, Calgary, Airdrie, Swalwell, Gull lake, Calgary, Toronto, Sudbury, Vancouver, Hornby Island, Green Bay, Vancouver, Calgary, Airdrie, and Swalwell again. All these jumps have my mind spread all over the continent.

I have decided to get more physical and spend less time on abstractions like the Internet and the keyboard generally.

I had breakfast and started tidying, then sat down to finish an account reconciliation.  Halfway though I got to thinking there must be a way to make these entries more easily. I waste hours ate accounting.  I should be able to download my bank and credit card date into my software, so I spent an hour or so on that with no real resolution.

Then I flattened boxes and tidied in the north end.

Cloward-Piven Strategy To Destroy America Resurgent Amid BLM/Antifa-Led Riots

Putin Gives the Middle Finger to Gates and the Marxist UN Agenda


Vladimir Putin Did NOT Call Obama an Idiot for Socialist Policies
A years-old fake quote from Vladimir Putin started recirculating on the internet for some reason in February 2016.

Did Putin’s Daughter Die After Taking COVID-19 Vaccine?
Nope

Half-Dozen Democrat Mayors In Minnesota Endorse Trump, Say Biden 'Did Nothing' For Working Class
Actually, Biden did nothing as far as I know except be creepy (and sleepy)

Most COVID-19 Deaths In Palm Beach County Can't Be Attributed To Coronavirus Alone, Medical Records Reveal
Investigators also found 8 erroneous deaths layered in the county's tally. The average age of deaths in Palm Beach was 77.3 years old.

The American trainwreck continues...

Then I tried out the new borescope.  It did not work and I packed the borescope to send back to Amazon. 

Then I got to thinking that the EPE plastic foam used for packing instruments is ideal for boat cushions.  It is waterproof, can withstand pressure and manhandling, maintains its shape stays clean, and is lightweight. Also, in fact it is used in life jackets, so I spent time on Alibaba and other sites trying to find slabs for sale. It should be dirt cheap. Mission incomplete.

Then I decided to add to my invitation on Slack for crew to help deliver Corus to Sidney.  I don't need crew but figure company would be nice.  That took some time and I planned the trip.  Fifty sea miles in seven hours.

Canada is not the only country that has had crazy, senseless WuWHOFlu restrictions.  Mexico has, too. 

I am sure closing the beaches and the Malecon has accomplished nothing other than force people together into confided spaces.  Thank goodness we are not in New Zealand.  The restrictions there are insane. Oz, too.

 

 

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Monday August 31st 2020

I slept in until a fly started walking on me.  It is a dull day.  I sat down and looked at Zerohedge as I do daily.  It is my early warning system.  The news is overflowing today with some very remarkable stories.

Hydroxychloroquine, Azithromycin and Mortality in COVID-19: Meta-Analysis
Here is another misguided study.  This treatment is known not to be effective once the person requires hospitalization. Then it is too late.  It is only effective when administered in the early stages.

Nevada Lab Confirms First Case Of COVID-19 Reinfection Documented In US
Interesting but still uncommon

"Sentenced To Isolation Prisons!" - College Students Across America Are Being Subjected To A Horrid Psychological Experiment
Horrible.  Read the details

'Small events add up to a lot': Limited gatherings quietly emerge as source of coronavirus infections

Boston superspreading event seeded thousands of COVID-19 cases
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Tens of thousands of coronavirus infections are likely linked to a biotech conference that took place in Boston in late February, including nearly 3% of U.S. cases and 1.7% of global cases for which genetic sequences exist...

Why do some COVID-19 patients infect many others, whereas most don’t spread the virus at all?
"...in real life, some people infect many others and others don’t spread the disease at all. In fact, the latter is the norm, Lloyd-Smith says: “The consistent pattern is that the most common number is zero. Most people do not transmit.”
A study in Japan found that the risk of infection indoors is almost 19 times higher than outdoors.

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In Ontario: "There are fears that a possible surge will complicate the return to school for millions of children and teachers this fall, a process already underway in some parts of the country.  But some experts point to the fact that hospitalization levels have remained relatively steady, so the active case count isn't as alarming as it may seem. "It is concerning what we're seeing out there, but in the grand scheme of things it is still overall low community transmission," said infectious disease specialist Dr. Sumon Chakrabarti.

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From my favourite doctor:
How Would I Treat Myself If I Got COVID-19?

C and I did the mile at noon and stopped to chat with Ruth and Elijah as we passed by.

I straightened the Crossbow mast and washed the boat, then went in to do a Zoom meeting with the FACS group about the upcoming Desolation Sound cruise.

After supper, I spent the evening re-organizing my Evernote notes so I can access my furnace project date intelligently. There were almost 2,600 and In the process, I deleted at least 400 old notes and reorganized the tags.

I went to bed around ten.

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T. S. Eliot

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misguided

Led or prompted by wrong or inappropriate motives or ideals.  Synonyms: erroneous · fallacious, unwarranted, unfounded, unsound, misplaced 

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