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Saturday October 10th 2020

I'm up at 0545.  I unloaded the oximeter data, showered and had breakfast.

I slept well and see there were fewer events.  Events are still around three per hour, but that is in the normal range. AFAIK.

Today I cook the turkey and we eat around four. So far it looks to be just the four of us.  Me, Mom, Sid and Sarah.  This WuWHOFlu has everyone hunkered down.

Marge Van E came for coffee and we invited her to supper. She accepted, so there will be five tonight.

Food for thought
Has Our Luck Finally Run Out?

It's important to note that the natural cycles and pandemics of 200 AD didn't just cripple the Roman Empire; this same era saw the collapse of the mighty Parthian Empire of Persia, the kingdoms of India and the Han Dynasty in China.

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"Big Tech Has Become A Tool Of Totalitarian Facism"

I thought this article had to be over the top, but, yes, I did a search and the report is true. I have switched to Bing some time back and do not see the same obvious bias, but the declaration itself does not come up at the top.  again, rather than the declaration, commentary appears at the top.  Dogpile.com is more honest.

The Great Barrington Declaration at long last opens public debate into the wisdom of shutdowns in confronting the SARS-2 virus at a time when some jurisdictions are again implementing or considering draconian measures.

What is my position on this question?  Up to this point, no one has asked me, so I have been able to oppose the measures. However, now, if there is to be free discussion, I am conflicted.

Being intellectually honest, I have been against the shutdowns and in favour of personal caution and practiced such. However, being in a vulnerable demographic (old, fat, with less than 100% lung function, and male) my personal interests could be seen to be in favour of anything that might protect me, but like many others my age I say, "Don't stop the world on my account." and join Elon Musk in saying, "People die."  It's a fact.

Trump came out to speak today at a rally and the more I listen to him and Mike Pence, study the  facts, listen to his opposition and his prevaricating detractors, the more I think he is the best hope for the US, the more I like him, and have reservations about the others.

Here is his talk.


 

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Quote of the Day
How do you tell a communist? Well, it's someone who reads Marx and Lenin.
And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It's someone who understands Marx and Lenin.
Ronald Reagan

Word of the Day
Outlier

a person, thing, or fact that is very different from other people, things, or facts, so that it cannot be used to draw general conclusions:

In statistics, an outlier is a data point that differs significantly from other observations. An outlier may be due to variability in the measurement or it may indicate experimental error; the latter are sometimes excluded from the data set.

An outlier can cause serious problems in statistical analyses. Outliers can occur by chance in any distribution, but they often indicate either measurement error or that the population has a heavy-tailed distribution.

In the former case one wishes to discard them or use statistics that are robust to outliers, while in the latter case they indicate that the distribution has high skewness and that one should be very cautious in using tools or intuitions that assume a normal distribution.

A frequent cause of outliers is a mixture of two distributions, which may be two distinct sub-populations, or may indicate 'correct trial' versus 'measurement error'; this is modeled by a mixture model.

Naive interpretation of statistics derived from data sets that include outliers may be misleading.

 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outlier

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Sunday October 11th 2020

I woke at seven. I had slept reasonably well, with the oximeter on my finger.  I got up and successfully downloaded the data and weighed myself.  My weight is unchanged.

The data is most interesting.  I see more events than other nights and the same pattern in the SpO2. It seems that my SpO2 typicall drops about three hours in and then again four hours in.

Last night, though, I see an elevation in my pulse above my normal resting pulse for the first part of the night. I have no explanation, but wonder: coffee after supper? spices in the turkey stuffing? I have no idea since I went to bed at least six hours after I ate.

The stats are not greatly different from other nights, but the event count is a bit higher.

I am seeing my basal SpO2 tends to be low, around 94,  when sleeping and, looking back, I see it has been ever since I got the oximeter.  At that time I did not find that remarkable, but reading that they put Trump on supplementary O2 when his dropped to 94, I began to wonder.

Below is a link to a long and very interesting article.  With the caveat that no narrative can come anywhere near encompassing all the facts and narrative is necessarily incapable of covering all the dimensions of 'reality', the general slant is consistent with what I have observed over time in geopolitics. 

What is ironic is that the very destabilizing tactics (short of invasion) that the US has employed against other countries, (both friend and foe), are being employed at home. 

As for the facts, I cannot say since there are bound to be at least some inaccuracies in anything this big so caveat emptor. For that matter, it could be all made up and I would be none the wiser.

'Non-Partisan' Chairman Of Presidential Debate Commission Linked To Steele Dossier & More...

An article excerpt:
"In the case of Trump, whatever one says about him, he is perhaps the most “democratically” elected President in America’s history. Indeed, in 2016 Trump ran against the coordinated opposition of the establishments of both parties, the military industrial complex, the corporate media, Hollywood, and really every single powerful institution in the country. He won, however, because he was able to garner sufficient support of the people—his true and decisive power base as a “populist.” Precisely because of the ultra democratic “populist” character of Trump’s victory, the operatives attempting to undermine him have focused specifically on attacking the democratic legitimacy of his victory."

I have been quite fascinated with US politics for the past months because I sense a sea change underway and want to be sure to dodge any bullets coming my way.  As for the WuWHOFlu, it does not worry me as that is something that I cannot control and cannot duck since it is invisible and I don't worry about things I cannot see or control. 

IMO, other than avoiding human contact entirely, there is no sure way to avoid risk and even that is not possible. There are ways to minimize the risks, but IMO many are simply empty gestures and if the Reaper wants me, he knows where to find me. Until that time, I intend to live my remaining time to the fullest and every day as my last. 

Contrary to what people might think living every day as the last becomes routine and ordinary.  Since one never knows unless slated for execution or on one's deathbed.

I have nothing special planned for today--or tomorrow.

Mich, Sharon, and Sarah came over for coffee and Mom had a great time having them move furniture. 

Sarah took Mom's sewing machine with her since Mom won't be sewing.

WHO Official Urges World Leaders to Stop Using Lockdowns as Primary Method Against CCP Virus
"...
lockdowns just have one consequence that you must never ever belittle, and that is making poor people an awful lot poorer."
Nobody asked me but I could have told them that a long time ago.
 I don't know the answers to protecting people but indiscriminate widespread shutdowns is not one of them.

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What the Pandemic Has Taught
Us About Science

My brother sent me this one. 
I love it.  It confirms (almost) all my biases :)
Whoda thunk the Wall Street Journal could hit the nail on the head?
Of course I have been beating this drum for years.

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Some Planets May Be Better for Life Than Earth: Researchers Identify 24 Superhabitable Exoplanets
"...Water is key to life and the authors argue that a little more of it would help, especially in the form of moisture, clouds and humidity. A slightly overall warmer temperature, a mean surface temperature of about 5 degrees Celsius (or about 8 degrees Fahrenheit) greater than Earth, together with the additional moisture, would be also better for life. "

Really?  And we are 'fighting' Global Warming???

"What fools these mortals be!"

Mom and I were going to go for a drive this afternoon, but Susan showed up so they visited all afternoon.

I did the 2.2-mile walk around Minnow Lake.  I really needed to do that. I have been inactive and I am getting out of shape.

While I was walking, I started thinking about Cooper Boating for no reason at all.  A hundred steps later my phone rang.  It was Omar wondering what the lock combination for Cassiopeia is.  I told him what it usually is but that did not work.  Maybe someone has used the wrong lock?

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This article starts out well, but ends in the usual
waffling inconclusive muddle
Can You Handle Herd Immunity?

Ask These Philosophers

My new noise-canceling earphones arrived this afternoon. I've been keeping Amazon deliveries busy.  I like the noise-canceling ones for travel on airplanes as even if I am not listening to anything, they cancel out the noise and the nuisance of the useless announcements that airlines feel thy must bother us with.  I like to sleep, but the pilot likes to interrupt my sleep with chat about the weather and thanks for flying with whatever airline...

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Democracy can never work in bigger countries.
In city-states, it does.
Aristotle

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Monday October 12th 2020

I woke at four after six hours sleep and since I am awake, I got up and made coffee. Again, I had slept well, with the oximeter on my finger. The results were about the same as before, but with a few more events and a very brief excursion to 81%!  I suspect that to be an artifact, but the software usually nets them out, so who knows?

I also noticed the same early night elevation of heart rate as the previous night and tentatively attribute it to taking ibuprofen in the evening before bed for an ankle that is showing signs of arthritis and a hip that occasionally acts up.  That happens usually after I sit in an approximate lotus position and I did for a while sitting on the bed watching video. I do know better than that. As for the ankle, I abused that front foot ankle snowboarding and knew at the time that would come back on me some day.

I am more curious about SpO2 now after that report about Trump getting oxygen after his O2 levels falling below 94% which seemed odd to me, so I did more research. (The levels reported may not have been SpO2, but some other measure).

From: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/8989066/

Study objective: To determine oxyhemoglobin saturation (O2 Sat) in healthy humans.

Design: Retrospective review of all-night pulse oximetry data, carefully examined to exclude periods of motion artifact. The lowest saturation recorded during the night (Low Sat), the median saturation (Sat 50), and the saturation below which the patient spent 10% of the time (Sat 10) were tabulated. These data were compared to the O2 Sat in patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and patients with stable asthma.

Setting: Sleep laboratory in a tertiary care hospital.

Patients: Three hundred fifty people with normal results of overnight polysomnography. Patients with known craniofacial or neurologic abnormalities or any previously diagnosed pulmonary disease such as asthma or COPD were excluded. The healthy subjects ranged in age from 1 month to 85 years. There were 184 male and 166 female subjects. These were compared to 25 patients with OSA and 21 patients with asthma.

Results: For the healthy patients, the mean +/- SD Low Sat was 90.4% +/- 3.1%. The mean Sat 10 was 94.7% +/- 1.6%. The mean Sat 50 was 96.5% +/- 1.5%. There was no relationship between any of the O2 Sat measures and sex, race, or obesity as measured by body mass index. However, older subjects (> 60 years of age) had lower Sat 10 (92.8 +/- 2.3) and Sat 50 (95.1 +/- 2.0) than did younger subjects. The O2 Sat of the patients with asthma was not different from the healthy subjects, but the patients with OSA had a significantly lower Sat 50, Sat 10, and Low Sat.

Summary: We describe in detail O2 Sat in a large group of healthy people. Older subjects without known cardiorespiratory disease have lower O2 Sat than younger subjects.

I love the way that is written up.  Compared to many studies, the above is clear, concise, and conforms to the way I was taught to write up a study. So many studies do not.

My software does not use Sat 50 or Sat 10, but except for the Low Sat, I deduce that my stats are typical. The Low Sat seems abnormal.

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Locking at the weather, a cyclone is forming south of Cabo, but looks to be offshore enough to be of little concern--yet.

Who Survives?
...It's A New Morning In Hell

ObamaGate's Endless Saga

Bitcoin, The Great Reset and Systemic Failure
This explains why I never got into Bitcoin.  It has always been clear to me that at some point the governments would step in and squash it.

Economists are more like storytellers than scientists – don’t let the Nobel for ‘economic sciences’ fool you

Wilma Rudolph: Polio Compared to COVID-19
Inspiring story.
My mother also was paralyzed by polio but overcame and was able to walk again. She's 101 now.

12 Experts Questioning The Coronavirus Panic
MARCH 28, 2020
Brian Peckford

You are not going to believe this!
The 2006 Origins of the Lockdown Idea


Rejecting “Coronapsychosis” Could be Good for our Health
Add Belarus to Sweden when comparing lockdowns to non-lockdowns. They are doing just fine.
We've been hoaxed.

..."Belarus just muddled through. People went to work, schools stayed open and many sporting events continued as usual. Media photos of the recent political unrest show large crowds of unmasked people in the streets.

..."If the army of political, public health, media and corporate elites who make up the lockdown advocacy movement are to be believed – namely that unless our governments imposed all of the drastic measures that were taken, there would be mass deaths everywhere – Belarus should be one big smouldering pile of corpses. So then, just how did Belarus do? Has there been mass death and terrible suffering?It appears not. Instead of that pile of corpses, Belarus has reported a decidedly moderate death count.

The Coming war on the Elderly

And now for something really ridiculous...
Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada on September 2, 2020
"...However, sex can be complicated in the time of COVID-19, especially for those..."

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If you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating
the people who are being oppressed,
and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.
Malcolm X

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Tuesday October 13th 2020

I slept nine hours, waking several times, dozing after six, and rising at 0745. 

I unloaded the oximeter data and am finding it puzzling.  my SpO2 started low and went up over the night and at the same time, my pulse rate went down. I had more events than previous nights.

I've not been myself these two weeks and m going to consult a doctor when I get home.

I have been uninspired and tired. I wonder if I have an infection.  Who knows?  Maybe I have the WuWHOFlu?

Of course, there are many, many other things going around from fungi and bacteria to allergies and viruses, subtle auto-immune diseases, and undetected cancers.  I wonder how many people who died or experience long-term effects "with covid" actually had other lethal undiagnosed pathologies.

Sans covid, maybe the "long haulers", some at least, would be experiencing these lasting effects anyhow?  Often we only find what we expect to find and everyone is expecting covid, so they see covid.

Tin hat time

Speaking of viruses, an aspect of virus infections that is never mentioned is that some viruses change behaviour permanently.  One virus causes frogs to climb trees to be eaten by birds.  Rabies causes animals to become fearless and to bite.  We know that flu and colds cause transient mood changes. If the WuWHOFlu is, in fact, a bioweapon, could some subtle psychological aftereffect be the actual undetected payload?

Five freaky contagions that affect human behavior 

Can Viruses Change Animals' Behavior?

I'm down to the seeds ands stems now. One more full day here and then I pick up my rental car and head to YYZ either tomorrow night or the next morning and fly west late in the afternoon.

Seems I just get settled into one existence and it is time to change the channel.

This has been an interesting visit, with poor, cool weather.  I have not launched my boat or visited Bill & Faye. I suspect they are worried about the flu.

I arrive home on Thursday and Bert will meet me in the cranberry Mercury. I'll be home by nine. The next day, I return to YYZ to pick up my granddaughter who plans to visit for two weeks.

Mother Accidentally Flashes Son’s Video Lessons


School was never like this.

Killer Tulips Hiding in Plain Sight
A very worthwhile article about how agricultural chemicals affect medical uses.

Nevada man's COVID-19 reinfection, the first in the US, is 'yellow caution light' about risk of coronavirus
Really? A few exceptional instances in huge numbers of cases don't make the rule.

How to Tell If Socializing Indoors Is Safe

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Conrad Black: Will Covid 19 Help or Hurt Trump?

Bill came over and we walked around Minnow Lake.  I am definitely out of shape or under the weather, having to stop and rest a few times along the way. However, did hike at normal speed and by the end was much more energetic.

Nicole had promised a tour of her chicken farm, so Mom and i drove out to Blezard Valley in the afternoon and were toured through her facility. Nicole presented Mom with a chicken as we left.  We drove home and I cooked it for supper.

I was in bed by ten-twenty.

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Seize common occasions and make them great.
Weak men wait for opportunities.
Strong men make them.
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Wednesday October 14th 2020

I slept six hours and got up at 0425.  I feel pretty normal today.

I unloaded the oximeter and weighed myself.  My weight is up two pounds for some reason and the oximeter data is showing more events.

What is going on, I have no clue.  I have been weary the last several weeks and figure I've been fighting a virus and that may be the case.  My right ankle has been arthritic for several days now, too. Otherwise I have no pains.

In pondering this and looking for clues as to why my weight is bouncing around, my ankle is acting up, and I am tired and uninspired, and looking for clues, I realise I have consumed no alcohol at all for two weeks now.  That should be a positive, though, one would think, and should improve my health, not make me tired.  I notice I sleep less when I don't drink at all, but I would expect my sleep quality to improve, not get worse as it appears from the stats..

Abstinence has not been deliberate: wine or beer has simply not come to mind and when I passed the liquor store, or beer display, for whatever reason I did not stop.  Maybe this is due to my general lack of inspiration? 

Lately, drinking seems like a bother and time waster, but maybe that is the point of drinking. At any rate I don't seem to have much time to waste if we don't consider the time spent watching increasingly less interesting Netflix video or following current events and opinions--or writing this diary. 

As for my fascination with current events, my excuse is that I am seeing signs of an incipient revolution building south of here.  These things tend to be messy, displacing and/or killing whole populations and I'd like to keep an eye on it and look for ways to duck the worst of it. 

Today I pack and leave for Goodwood.  I phoned Don last night and will stay with him tonight and then drive to YYZ tomorrow afternoon. Before I go, I have to snug down the boat. One tarp is weathered to the point I need to cover it. I expect to be back by Christmas, but things are so much in flux I cannot predict.

I did not fix the tarp, but I did renew the calcium chloride desiccant in the cabin.  The salt is in a basket suspended inside the container and I have a small fan directing the air over the salt. The salt is hydroscopic and pulls the moisture from the air, protecting the interior from moulding.

Even in the best of times, I have trouble planning too far ahead.  Opportunities come up and circumstances change.

The Barbarians Are Threatening Us!

"Facts Do Not Matter" To The Covidian Cult


Just sayin'

Immunity and Re-Infection
"...Don’t panic. Why not? Because from everything we can see, re-infection is a very rare event. The confirmed examples worldwide could possibly be counted on your fingers"

Enterprise picked me up at 4:45 and I was headed south on the 400 in a Kia Rio by 5:15.  I arrived at Don's farm around nine-thirty.  We chatted until 11:30 and called it a day.

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The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.
Albert Einstein

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Thursday October 15th 2020

I slept well and woke at 0730.  We had breakfast and walked up to feed the horses, then I left for YYZ. 

I arrived three hours early and blew $50 on wings and two beers while waiting.  Ridiculous, but once in a while...

The flight was uneventful and very peaceful wearing my new noise-canceling earphones. I played solitaire on my phone and watched Netflix video I had downloaded to pass the time on the four-hour flight.

I started with the first episode of The Mire and then viewed a few episodes of Kim's ConvenienceThe Mire is a Polish Netflix production and dubbed to English.  It looks somewhat promising. At least  did not quit after five minutes the way I do with much of the tripe we re being served these days.

I had seen the stage version of Kim's Convenience before CBC made a series out of it. It is light and pleasant. 

Bert met me at the curb and we drove to The Real Canadian SuperStore in Airdrie where I bought basic groceries and beer.

I dropped Bert at his home and drove home.  I unpacked, had a few beers and went to bed at 10:20.

The Least Important Election Of Our Lifetimes?

It’s amazing how many Democrats literally expect Trump to ignore the coming election and just declare himself dictator. Please listen, liberals: Trump is trolling you. He’s a narcissistic stand-up comedian who finds himself with a vast audience of emotional children, and he’s doing what any self-respecting comic would do: He’s freaking you out. ...

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COVID Is Not A "Categorically Different Danger"

COVID-19 INFECTION SURVIVAL RATES (per CDC)

Ages 0-19: 99.997%
Ages 20-49: 99.98%
Ages 50-69: 99.5%
Ages 70+: 94.6%

Seasonal Flu Infection Survival Rate (for population as a whole): 99.90%

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"I Wanted It Out Of My Shop" - Computer Repairman Shares Why He Gave Laptop With Hunter Biden's Emails To The FBI

As much as this story is appealing as it confirms our suspicions, it does not pass the smell test. The emails may indeed be what is claimed but the chain of custody is questionable.  Seems too convenient and easy.  We may never learn the truth because both sides may have things they would rather not have exposed.

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One of the things I learned the hard way was that it
doesn't pay to get discouraged.
Keeping busy and making optimism
a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.
Lucille Ball

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Friday October 16th 2020

I slept well until 0320. I was a wake so I got up and unloaded the oximeter . My SpO2 was running around 92 and my pulse was higher than usual. It was actually normal whereas I usually border on bradycardia.

I wondered if the reason was the beer or the fact I had 'forgotten' to take my bisoprolol two nights in a row. While traveling, I had misplaced the pills in my luggage and last night I simply forgot.  The bisoprolol is prescribed to lower my heart rate.  Maybe it does? If so, it is amazing the effect a tiny dose of 2.5 mg has.

As I write this my pulse is 66 to 69.  A normal resting heart rate for adults ranges from 60 to 100 beats per minute.(1). My current pulse is normal, but much higher than my usual rate which is under 50.

My SpO2 is running around 93 on my middle finger, but 96 on my thumb and that is interesting.  Could it be due to differing circulation?

I wondered if APAP can raise my SpO2 so I went back to sleep with the mask. 

When I got up at six and unloaded the results, I discovered the APAP seemed to do very little and, if anything, there were more events per hour than without. 

The two reports are at right.

Today I drive to YYC to pick up Katrina who is coming to visit for two weeks.  The weather forecast is for snow today and I see a little around the pond.

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Exclusive: China Had COVID-Like Patients Months Before Official Timeline

Cultural Marxism's Origins: How the Disciples of an Obscure Italian Linguist Subverted America

At four, I drove to Calgary to pick up Katrina, stopping for fuel at Costco along the way.  I had a half-hour wait while she cleared customs, then we drove to Swalwell.  By then, the roads had a bit of snow, but we did not encounter freezing until we turned north on 21. I went that way to avoid muddying the van on the direct route which is gravel.

I was in bed by ten.

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A nation that continues year after year to spend
more money on military defense
than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Saturday October 17th 2020

I slept well until around two when I decided to get up and unload the oximeter.  I found the results surprising, so I sat down and researched stopping bisoprolol and the effects of the drug.  Sure enough, taking it can cause bradycardia and also stuffiness.

However, I read this:

"Abrupt stopping may precipitate angina and other unwanted heart effects including myocardial infarction. On discontinuation, bisoprolol should be tapered off slowly over at least a week. Warn people taking bisoprolol not to stop it suddenly."

Ooops!  That is me. I take a tiny dose, but just the same... I went two days without.

I took the Friday dose and went  back to bed, again wearing the oximeter.  My sleep was more like dozing, at least from four on, and when I got up at seven and looked at the stats, the results were even more surprising.  Heart rate is up and 'events' are 'way up.

It occured to me that Swalwell has a much higher elevation than Sudbury, so I checked online.  Wikipedia was my first stop and the entry was obviously incorrect, with an altitude comparable to Sudbury, so I looked up the real number, which I knew to be ~3,000 feet, and corrected the Wikipedia entry.  Sudbury is at 200 metres +/- (Sources vary a bit). Swalwell has an elevation of 899 metres (2949 feet).

Editing Wikipedia articles is amazingly easy. Too easy?

I've been told by actual USDA CCD experts I know that authoritative CCD Wikipedia articles that they wrote had been replaced by parroted media hype and misinformation.  When they corrected them, their corrections had been immediately removed and the questionable material reinserted.  We'll see how long Swalwell stays up here at 899 metres before someone moves us back down closer to sea level.

While Wikipedia  is reasonably reliable for articles that are not political (what subject isn't these days?) but Wikipedia has been taken over by SJWs who taint the articles with opinion, prejudice and dogma and seem to have a lot of time on their hands.  This is unfortunate and the reason I have quit donating to Wikipedia.

Interestingly, my cousin who is a lawyer said he had recently received the magazine from his alma mater and was disappointed in finding the content was mostly SJW whining.  He asked, when will universities figure out that they rely on donations from people like him?  he figures their support will just dry up if this continues.

Altitude makes a difference in air pressure and O2 concentration. At 12,000 feet, pilots require supplementary oxygen by law.  From sea level, Swalwell is one quarter the way up to where oxygen is required for those arriving from sea level.  Graphic courtesy wildsafe.org.

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What's Behind The WHO's Lockdown Mixed-Messaging
 

COVID-19 levels skyrocket in Ottawa sewage


Skyrocket?  Who writes this sewage?

Ask an Infectious Disease Expert: What Can We Expect From a COVID-19 Vaccine?

Full Story Behind Hunter's Laptop Debunks Latest Russia Conspiracy Theory

Hyperinflation Is Here

The 2020 Election Bamboozle:
We Are All Victims of the Deep State’s Con Game
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I spent too much time ordering Costco's excellent espresso beans online and then a new coffee grinder. (I ran a coffee house back in 1967, serving espresso when no one had heard of espresso.) 

Seems all the reviews of any grinder I can afford at Amazon or Walmart were less than blissful, with the typical rating being 67% 5-star and the rest lower.  The complaints were poor reliability, running to fast and heating the beans, too fine or too coarse, too messy... but I bit the bullet and bought the least disliked of the bunch and I'll see how that goes.

This is a must-read with many facts cited that have been largely ignored.
Dr. Fauci Tells Americans to 'Bite the Bullet and Sacrifice' Thanksgiving

"Dr. Fauci is an expert. Yet he still fails to explain what the most common COVID-19 test, the PCR, actually tests for. It is not a live virus. Instead, it tests viral RNA. According to an analysis by The New York Times, up to 90% of tests pick up viral debris or virus levels incapable of causing an infection or being transmitted. This makes the 8 million “cases” more like 800,000.

"This could be remedied by changing the way tests are conducted and reducing the number of times the specimen is amplified. Or reporting the number of amplifications so doctors can make a more accurate assessment. This has not happened.

"This has prompted the CDC to discourage retesting. According to their website, a recovered patient can still test positive for 90 days. It is why Dr. Fauci uses weasel words to discuss President Trump’s recovery. While news anchors push retesting, he knows it is of no value. But if he says that, he will need to explain the dirty little secret about PCR testing,

https://pjmedia.com/columns/stacey-lennox/2020/10/15/dr-fauci-tells-americans-to-bite-the-bullet-and-sacrifice-thanksgiving-n1059761

Around four, I decided to make a shepherd's pie or more correctly a cottage pie. I made my usual recipe: A layer of fried ground beef with onions and garlic, a layer of tomato sauce, a layer of frozen mixed vegetables and mashed potatoes on top.  For the tomato sauce, instead of crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, or ketchup, I used a bottled spaghetti sauce, thinking that should be very tasty.  I put the casserole into the fridge and we'll bake it tomorrow.

I love to buy groceries and to cook and usually I have to invite guests to eat it all, but having Katrina here means I have an excuse.  She is good company and no bother to have around. We've been pals ever since she was born.

We had salmon, broccoli and cauliflower for supper and watched Back to the Future before bed.

I took my pills and I was in bed around ten. 

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Sunday October 18th 2020

I slept well and woke feeling more normal again.  I may have had a bug for the past month.  Hope so because I was starting to think I am getting old.

I woke for a few minutes around three and noticed I was a bit congested then slept until 0545. I did not wear the oximeter overnight, seeing as I had not charged it yesterday and the battery was showing as low.

I am increasingly thinking that the congestion I experience at night may be due to the bisoprolol.  I take a tiny dose, 2.5 mg, but it is amazing what that tiny speck of chemical does to me. I'm still trying to put my finger on all the effects and wondering if it is doing me good or not. I am also wondering how long it takes to clear my system and how long to take effect.  Maybe taking it in the evening before bed is why I have congestion some nights.

From https://www.drugs.com/pro/bisoprolol.html:
"Peak plasma concentrations occur within 2 to 4 hours of dosing with 5 to 20 mg, and mean peak values range from 16 ng/mL at 5 mg to 70 ng/mL at 20 mg. Once daily dosing with Bisoprolol fumarate results in less than twofold intersubject variation in peak plasma levels. The plasma elimination half-life is 9 to 12 hours and is slightly longer in elderly patients, in part because of decreased renal function in that population. Steady state is attained within 5 days of once daily dosing. In both young and elderly populations, plasma accumulation is low; the accumulation factor ranges from 1.1 to 1.3, and is what would be expected from the first order kinetics and once daily dosing. Plasma concentrations are proportional to the administered dose in the range of 5 to 20 mg. Pharmacokinetic characteristics of the two enantiomers are similar.

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Should I be taking it?  My cardio thinks/thought so, but how deep was that thought?  Is this a treatment cut-to-fit or an off-the-rack prescription? I suspect the latter.

We are in an era of mass production and cookie-cutter one-size-fits-all off-the-shelf answers to anything. Doctors these days are trained and expected to trust and prescribe by statistics and averages and by guidelines developed in accordance with averages and have limited discretion whereas at one time they were trained to consider the patient first as an individual. 

Statistics are a wonderful tool to determine macro trends, but on the micro level, every individual is an outlier in some regard or another, and what is cure for one may be poison for another.

That fact is too often forgotten these days, not only in medicine, but also in politics as we are seeing with the decline in classic liberalism* and the rise of collectivism and identity politics.

*If following the above link, be wary of Wikipedia on this topic as in matters like this, Wikipedia tends to be corrupted by political bias.

Are we living in a computer simulation? I don’t know. Probably.

Elon Musk discusses this question
This would explain a lot of things.
I won't get into a long list, but miracles is one.  Deja vue is another...

Before the Bidens ‘Did’ Ukraine, There Was Iraq – and Serbia
I can't believe that people don't see this

Visualizing The World's Gold & Silver Coin Production Vs. Money Creation
How can this end well?


https://www.zerohedge.com/medical/visualizing-relative-size-particles-covid-19

The Doctor Is In: Scott Atlas and the Efficacy of Lockdowns, Social Distancing, and Closing
The cost of the disease vs. the cost of the lockdowns

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"Still Think This Is An Idea?"
San Francisco Free-Speech Marchers, Police Violently Attacked By Antifa

Twitter Silences Top Trump COVID Task Force Expert

This Twitter warning is an indication the article is a must-read.  Frankly, although the information is useful and the conclusions are IMO correct, the logic suffers at some points.  Enjoy.

The Year of Disguises

And here is the 'October Surprise' we have been waiting for:
Steve Bannon Behind 'Roll-Out Plan' For Hunter Biden Emails, Says 'Multiple Stories From Multiple Media Sources' About To Hit

Did someone just open the floodgates?
Look out downstream!

Does This Explain Why Facebook Was So Quick To Suppress Hunter Biden Revelations?*   *   *   *   *   *
 

I'm looking at the coming week and it seems winter weather is here for a while.

"Die In A Fire": "Professional, Objective" Twitter Employees' Hatred Of Trump Exposed

EXCLUSIVE: Giuliani Shows New Hunter Biden Evidence ON AIR! | Louder with Crowder"

"Americans Must Wake Up
to The Ugly Reality"
China has now displaced the U.S. to become the largest economy in the world. Measured by the more refined yardstick that both the IMF and CIA now judge to be the single best metric for comparing national economies, the IMF Report shows that China’s economy is one-sixth larger than America’s ($24.2 trillion versus the U.S.’s $20.8 trillion). "

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The Chinese Lockdown-And-Mask Model Failed.
Now Its Proponents Need Scapegoats
"The daily coronavirus reports have become the equivalent of Soviet harvest reports. They sound impressive, mean absolutely nothing,"

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Colin called and they're having issues with starting the engine on Cassiopeia so I spent some time researching and drawing up suggestions.

Before anything, verify the black wire from the start battery is If all the connections are good and battery voltage is fine, then try jumping and/or tapping the solenoid and the starter motor and solenoid.

First try jumping the solenoid on the engine starter. The start switch in the cockpit merely connects the S and B terminals to activate the solenoid.

When activated, the solenoid connects the B (battery) terminal to the M (motor) terminal and that energizes the starter motor.

Sometimes the starter switch gets weak and does not activate the solenoid and one can bypass it by jumping the S and B terminals with a screwdriver or a jumper. This is low current and does not need a booster cable.

If that does not work, maybe the solenoid is at end of life and tapping on it while activating it with the switch or jumper will make it resume functioning. If not and there is lots of battery voltage (~12V), then connecting a jumper cable between B and M will energize the starter motor. This connection is fairly high current and a spark is normal when connecting and disconnecting the jumper. Clamp one end of the booster cable but just touch the other to a terminal. (No second cable is needed).

If that does not work, then the starter motor is acting up. Sometimes tapping it while energizing it will bring it back to life, but it is due for service even if it works okay for the rest of the trip.

That also applies to the solenoid if it begins working normally after the above.

Before anything, verify the black wire from the start battery is If all the connections are good and battery voltage is fine, then try jumping and/or tapping the solenoid and the starter motor and solenoid.

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Not only that, the ring stopped turning in the furnace.

I shoveled the ashes and reset it but I'll have to clean under the grate tomorrow. I intend to get the new furnace installed but have been waiting until I fee l well and today I feel pretty good, so we'll see.

I showered and went to bed around one.

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Monday October 19th 2020

I slept poorly and am up at 7.  I feel fine. The day is dull and the pond is frozen over now. There is a skim of snow on the ground and on the ice. Yesterday we saw a red fox walking out on the ice and deer are walking through the yard daily.

I spent the morning at the keyboard. and am headed down to work in the shop to adjust the furnace and get a start on the gas project. 

I have thought I'll run pipe to the kitchen stove first but I need to figure where the furnace and the hot water heater will be located before I proceed too far. I do need to tidy and sort tools regardless.

I am finding the news less and less interesting and the whole covid panicdemic thing hard to comprehend.  The US political scene is unbelievable and the Canadian federal scene is hardly better. (Our provincial leaders seem reasonably sane however, except, as always, on the left coast, British Columbia)

US issues have become extremely polarized.  Moreover, it seems everyone is a follower--even the 'leaders' with the exception of Trump, and that makes him hated by both sides.

It seems that the populace is grossly misinformed. The MSM news sources followed by the majority of the populace are poisoned and those of us who bother to search out the facts and sources must be careful what we say and where.

These days the majority of people seem either unconcerned or frightened, with few of us in the middle trying to figure out what is fact, what is conjecture, and what is fantasy.

Stealers Wheel summed it up:

Clowns to the left of me,
jokers to the right,
here I am
stuck in the middle with you.

And I'm not so sure about you.

I went downstairs and began work but got distracted and came back up, then lay down and had a long nap. I'm wondering if I am ill.  I have little energy or ambition.

We watched Part Two Of Back to the Future.  I was in bed by nine-thirty.

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