I'm losing interest in bees lately
and bee-related posts are infrequent these days but at one time
I was very involved in beekeeping. Just about every topic has been
covered somewhere on this site some time or another. Your best bets
for finding ideas are:
I got up at 0530. I feel fine and my legs have almost recovered
from the skiing.
I awoke realising that last night's revelations are the second
shoe dropping. The first was the governmental reactions to the WuWHOFlu.
I have not checked to see if the MSM has picked up on these astounding
charges of widespread co-coordinated election tampering, or are
still in denial.
It seems the MSM 'reporters' are light on understanding of
the Constitution and the various procedures that must be followed
before confirming a president. The election is only the first step.
The coming weeks are bound to be interesting.
is the 20th and I see we have consumed 56% of my 300 GB quota.
My Zoom meetings and K's studies are making good use of the Internet.
Some months I paid for the same quota and used almost zero.
I checked the headlines to see the effect of the revelations and
the major US papers seem to ignore the claims or deprecate them, expecting
to be given all the details. Giuliani had explained several times that
trying the matter in the press would compromise the court cases and
also expose witnessed to abuse and threaten their lives and livelihoods
in the present political atmosphere and lawlessness.
The LA Times says,
"Rudy Giuliani announced an outlandish new Trump strategy to overturn
Joe Biden’s victory while Biden met with governors of both parties
amid growing recognition of his election..."
USA Today is more neutral: "More claims of wrongdoing, still
no evidence: Trump asks judge to throw out questioned ballots or
the entire election in Pennsylvania"
AP says, "As President Trump
continues to push falsehoods about the election, his legal team
has so far failed to gain any traction in court without evidence
of its claims of widespread fraud, which experts widely agree doesn’t
I guess we'll see. Even the off-mainstream press seems lukewarm.
Here is my collection of such sources. Some are better than others.
Personally, I found Giuliani and Powell's claims credible although
Giuliani went on too long and excoriated the press instead of appealing
to their best instincts.
His and Powell's claims of hacking are not as crazy as one might
think. Check out this HBO documentary from 2006:
I got up at 0445 and shoveled the ashes and we were on the road shortly
The roads were clear and there was no fog or heavy traffic until
we got west of Banff. When we turned off the highway and approached
the hill, unlike on Tuesday, the traffic was crawling along and we parked
quite a distance from the lodge.
skiing was fantastic and the temperatures were much milder than predicted.
We did nine runs on the Glacier chair (1450 feet vertical) and one on
the Top of the World (1350 vertical) for 14,400 feet total. Not
a bad day.
We left just before three to allow daylight for exploring on the
way home and drove back through Banff and began on Canmore, but the
after ski crowd was showing up traffic was building so we decided to
just go home.
We stopped at the Stoney Nakoda Casino for a while. K was interested
since she is old enough to buy alcohol and enter casinos in Alberta,
but not at home in California.
as an interesting experience. Wile we were looking around we were
approached by an employee who gave us a ten dollar card and a twenty-five
dollars gas card. He showed us how the machines work and we won
eight dollars, then lost three.
These electronic slot devices struck us both as weird and
spooky so we cashed in the eighteen dollars and left.
Frankly, having been a programmer and involved in computers
since 1978, I don't trust any machine not to be error-free or not
to be monitored and manipulated. I understand they are regulated
but I have dealt with government and if that branch of government
is anything like CFIA or any branch I have dealt with, my confidence
in their honesty and competence is low.
Would I put my own money into such devices? No way.
And, no, I would never suggest using machines like this for voting.
The very idea is insane.
We arrived home at eight.
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If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough
I'm up at six. My legs are fine, with only a little soreness.
I guess I am getting back into skiing condition.
Also, I am remembering my technique. With good technique, leg muscles
are not challenged as much. My boots were bothering my shins a
bit. These are racing boots and maybe I should get a more casual
Today I have been planning to cook the turkey and have six friends
invited. However, I am hearing rumours about Alberta WuWHOFlu
'cases' rising and recommendations to not have 'gatherings'. What to
do? I suppose I'll ask my friends what they think.
I listened to the CBC news today and US news dominates this
supposedly Canadian service. Biden is being called the president
elect which concerns me as this is not the case. He may well
be after the electoral college and possible court challenges are
over, but at this point it is premature and reveals ignorance.
As for me, the off-mainstream news is a flood and I am gong
to stop trying to chronicle this and rather list the sources I have
found to be most interesting. If course I don't believe everything
I read but find these sources more credible that the MSM although
the MSM does sometimes present some informed and insightful articles.
I finished cleaning up after the party and stripped
the carcass and did little else. My new keycap stickers for the keyboard
came and now I can see what letters I am hitting.
The Albert 'case' are climbing and everyone is panicking.
Our chief medical officer is being stampeded into recommending stricter
measures against the entire population. She says it is like a
snowball rolling downhill. I doubt the measures will work but if they
implement them and the surge does not continue to grow, they'll think
they stopped it. Without controls, there is no way of knowing.
Last night on the way home, the van's heater fan began
making strange noises, so today I brought the van into the shop and
tomorrow, when it has warmed up and dried out, I'll pull the fan motor
out. Maybe a few drops of oil will fix it. Otherwise I'll have
to get a replacement. I found one for $106 in Airdrie. Driving
there and back without a working heater would not be fun. I could
always drive the Merc, though. I try not to drive that car in
the salt, though.
I made soup with the turkey and chicken bones and went
to bed at nine.
Quote of the Day
I was quite depressed two weeks ago when I spent an afternoon
at Brentano's Bookshop in New York and was looking at the
kind of books most people read Once you see that you lose all hope
Friedrich August von Hayek
This comes a little late.
I guess Tucker now realises how badly attacking Sidney Powell and Fox's
other recent capitulations to the common narrative has hurt them.
Will Fox ever regain the trust of of conservatives?
I got a lot done, cleaning the shop, and when I got
around to working on the van I found the fan runs quietly now.
I suppose the cold was affecting it. I'll pull the fan motor and
lube it just to be sure. I also discovered the new cabin air filter
I bought on Amazon is the wrong size despite the web page having said
it fits this van.
location of the blower is under the dash down near the floor and
access by a big guy like me requires lying half-in and half out of
the door and considerable contortion. At first it look
impossible, but if there is a will, there is a way.
I pulled the motor out and found two pine needles in
the cage and assume that caused the noise. Nothing
serious. I lubed the shaft and reinstalled the blower. It is
I was up at six, had breakfast and went back to bed. I got
up at eight, read my email and wrote this in response to a message on
the Calgary Beekeepers list.
> The ABC seeking to withdraw from CHC?
Actually, this action has been needed ever since the 'temporary'
closure of the border back in the eighties accomplished its
original goal decades ago. Alberta agreed to a temporary embargo
out of prudence and consideration of the wishes of the other
Alberta beekeeping was built on California package bees with
a large contingent of Californians like Homer Park establishing
operations here and seeding our along with some beekeepers from
Ontario and Quebec who saw the potential. We used to take honey
south to pay for bees and bring packages back in spring.
The US and Canadian operations were interdependent and families
intermarried as well. The closure was devastating and destroyed
operations and families. It was probably far more devastating
than the pest (tracheal mites) it was to exclude proved to be.
(It was here already but undetected). The closure continues
to be a drag on commercial beekeeping in Alberta.
The rest of Canada, Sask and Man excepted, have less bee-unfriendly
winters and also different politics, tending towards protectionism.
Due to climate variability and the uncertainty of wintering
success which ranges for 95% success to total loss, Alberta
is unique in its economics and dependent on external sources
of bees to maintain consistent profitably. Oz and NZ have never
been as good as California for quality and price and they are
as risky biologically as the US. I could go on...
When I was in the ABA, I brought forth a resolution at each
annual meeting to leave the CHC. When I didn't Johnny Paradis
At CHC conventions , when Alberta reps tried to present our
concerns we were shouted down and generally treated badly.
The CHC does not serve Alberta beekeepers well, As much as I
condemn the Commission on their short-sighted and underhanded
exclusion of sideliners and others making a living in whole
or part from bees, I think this action is long overdue.
Alberta is not alone in this. Families making a living in beekeeping
in other provinces have the same issues, domination by ideologues
with loud but specious arguments.
As for the new organization, I hope it has the foresight to
include the excluded groups mentioned above, but I can understand
the need to not include hobbyists and dilettantes.
I got up at six and my plans are to take out ashes and see the doctor
to burn off several spots on my head this afternoon. I should be in
Aliso Viejo eating turkey today, the continuing south to La Paz on the
29th but Katrina is here instead and I cancelled my plans. The
WuWHOFlu thing has me flummoxed. What to believe? The BS
is so convincing.
* * * *
As they say, "It's not over until it is over", and yesterday
we saw (finally) the news I have been expecting all along. With the
press conference last week and this hearing we are seeing the opening
moves in a 3D chess game.
This Tweet outlines the end game if it plays out as I see it developing.
CNN: “How Trump can still constitutionally win even though he “lost”.
Draining the swamp is not a one-step process. Trump
has had to fight a well-financed, treasonous campaign against him
and a constant barrage of misinformation from the start. He has
had to lose more than a few battles to ultimately win the war against
systemic corruption. He has hired and fired people as he found who
he can trust and who he can't. Fortunately he has gathered a small
cadre of loyal defenders to work with him to uphold the US Constitution.
He may talk funny, but his thinking is clearly brilliant and he
has been steadfast in his purpose.
Currently, money rules the US, not the people. That fact
is right out in the open. Media owners freely and openly manipulate
what people see and conversations between them and unless you
are rich like Trump or Bloomberg you don't even get nominated
unless you have rich supporters. These supporters are
often corporations with an agenda and and these supporters don't
donate big money without strings.
Most of Washington is bought and paid for before they are
ever elected but AFAIK, Trump is operating on his own money and
he did not get rich by being stupid. Moreover to make that point,
he donates all of his salary except one dollar back to government.
Trump has had a clear vision and purpose from the beginning
and has been playing a long game, letting the bad actors grow overconfident
and hang themselves. Their desperation seeing him clinching
a second term in a landslide and their overconfidence after years
of tilting the tables without penalty plus their de facto ownership
of three-letter agencies led them to overplay their hand.
What comes next is going to be interesting. Either the
Constitution will be upheld and that will be accepted by the population,
things will settle down, and the loonies will go back in their caves
or we'll have a genuine coup.
Trump is well named. He may not win in the end but he and
his crew are certainly playing a good hand. Having drawn out
the enemy we'll see if they can prevail. I wonder if the jails
big enough to hold all the crooks? We are talking about treason.
I have been anticipating this clash of the Titans for over a year
and now that it is happening, everything is in flux with a climax expected
by sometime in January. We're expecting a virus climax about then too.
Coincidence? Place your bets.
makes me wonder is this. Rudy and Sidney and the rest have to communicate
and communication is controlled and monitored legally or illegally
by the media owners and the three-letter agencies so it would seem
obvious that their plans and actions could not be kept secret from
this, do the adversaries have counter plays ready or ways to keep
clear of the mess? It is hard to imagine they would not.
Best case for them, they sacrifice the little people, possibly including
governors, who actually did the crimes and pretend this whole things
was a setup for a string on corruption and they were in favour of
the coming purge all along. Failing that, what are their options
short of cooption, bribery, or accidents to key members of the team?
I listen to
a talk show host on Calgary's CHRQ's on
She and Joe Rogan are two I find worth my time. CHQR
us part of Global Media and MSM, but Danielle is uniquely open to
discussing ideas from any part of the political spectrum and questions
and researches everything.
I trust her judgment and
should mention that her fact checkers have concluded many of Sidney
Powell's claims, like the Venezuelan source of the Dominion software
and German server seizure are unsubstantiated.
Sidney is putting her credibility
on the line, and frankly some of those claims have struck me as
wild, but who knows, maybe these claims are sacrificial and made
to confuse the adversaries and to widen the
There is also, however, a
chance they are partly or completely true. Time will tell.
The MSM concealment and distortion
of news has narrowed the
window of discourse
to the point where my fairly conservative
and normally rational professional class relatives, with some exceptions,
are hugely biased against Trump and react with revulsion at even
the mention of his name. It is as if I swore. The window
I took out the ashes, now while the snow is not too
deep. Four drums.
Later, I drove to town to have some spots on my head frozen,
bought groceries, and drove home. We had frozen pizza for supper,
augmented with cheddar, black olives in the final minutes in the oven,
and fresh sliced tomatoes added before serving.
In the evening Jon, Steph, Katrina and I met on Duo
for a Thanksgiving after-supper meet. We all miss our annual get-togethers.
This is the second time in 20+ years I have not spent US Thanksgiving
with Jon and family, but I guess in some sense I did.
Katrina and I plan to go to Canyon tomorrow. We
suggested Kenzie and Nathan join us, but there was a 'case' 'of the
dreaded WuWHOFlu at Kenzie's school so she is staying away from people.
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The only real valuable thing is intuition
I got up at six and decided to cook bacon and eggs. Katrina was
talking about getting up early, but at 0822 she is still nowhere to
be seen. The plan was to go to skiing at Canyon, but maybe that is not
Bombshell assertion by Johns Hopkins Econ and stat experts: “These data analyses suggest that in contrast to most people’s assumptions, the number of deaths by COVID-19 is not alarming. In fact, it has relatively no effect on deaths in the United States.” https://t.co/bObPN5G2mJ
" Amazon has
previously suppressed video content that treats
President Trump fairly or in a positive way. As
Breitbart News reported, Prime Video declined to stream
primetime coverage of the Republican National Convention
in August, after it streamed all four nights of the DNC
the week before.
'The final result awards the winner based on points from the ALGORITHM...not actual votes. The fact we observed raw vote data that includes DECIMAL PLACES suggests strongly that this was, in fact, done'
Katrina finally appeared around ten-thirty, saying
her alarm had not gone off. We not go skiing.
The rest of the day was pretty much wasted, except
in the afternoon, C's daughter texted to say that she had taken C to
the hospital for observation and could we go over and bring Ce Ce,
C's chihuahua here an take care of her. K and I walked over,
convinced Ce Ce to come along and walked back. So, now we have a dog
for a while.
I was scheduled to be part of a presentation on Zoom
tonight and spent some time preparing in the afternoon.
The presentation was to be an account of our Fall
FACS sailing trip in Desolation Sound and the region Each of
us was to present a portion.
It turned out to be a bit of a gong show as Zoom did
not behave as expected for many of us. Screen sharing was the issue.
It seemed that when the screen was shared, the initial app that was
shared initially was the only app shared and sometimes an app went
full screen and then the Zoom controls were unavailable.
I suspect that Zoom was not the problem. Inexperience was.
After, I browsed a bit and was in bed around ten.
Black Friday is over and I hear it was not like previous Black
Fridays. No crowds? Most action was online and spread out over
I'm still quite fascinated by what is going on
politically in the USA and in the competing WuWHOFlu 'panicdemic'
I think we are approaching a sane resolution in
both. Big Digital is the problem and will have to be tamed.
wind was blowing hard from the west outside, up to 17 knots, when I
got up and the temperature is right at freezing. According to
windy.com we are the windiest
spot in the region with a WSW wind and a low east of us by
Coronation. Screenshot at right. The barometer is rising
fast and the weather animation is
After a few minutes, the wind shifted abruptly to east, so I suspect
that the readings are off due to the unit being sheltered from the
north. I really need to put it up higher. Just the same,
windy.com indicates a west wind,
so maybe I am getting a few easterly eddies due to the building.
* * * *
I'm still gaining weight and my blood glucose is higher than I
like. I have not been active and I've been drinking beer and
although my diet has been pretty decent on the whole, I have to get
myself back on track.
* * * *
I wonder which way the political winds are blowing these days?
(I initially had problems reaching this last
archive. MY DNS or some other intervention refused to connect
until I activated my VPN which uses and other DNS service. Web
censorship is real.
I decided to look into changing DNS and my search
led me to Best free
and public DNS servers in 2020 and mention of DNS Jumper, a small,
free app that evaluates and changes DNS servers easily. I used
it sometime in the past and now downloaded it again and used it to
rank the top four options and change to OpenDNS.
I've used OpenDNS before years ago and had a few
issues, but it is a while back. Cloudflare was the default for
Surfshark VPN a while back and often seemed to be unresponsive, so I
passed on that one. Google, I don't trust anymore, so OpenDNS
Bingo! I now can reach that archive without the VPN.
My default, ISP DNS was blocking it.
I got up at 0545. I slept well, but my right hip was still
bothering me a bit.
I had noticed some joint pains last evening and I took ibuprofen
for it several times. I seldom take ibuprofen, but it is one
thing that seems to cure back pain. For the hip, it works but
less well. I also have naproxen but have never used it.
I think the TV ad put me off it forever.
I suspect the dust and possible moulds down in the shop
are causing some allergic reaction, manifesting in joint pain.
I did some vacuuming there and at one point I neglected to
replace the filter. Having just cleaned it the day earlier
and not realising I had not reinstalled it, I vacuumed merrily
until I noticed a haze in the room. Ooops!. I turned
on the exhaust fan and left for a while.
This morning it was chilly in here when I got up, and when I
checked I found I had forgotten to turn the furnace back on
after shoveling ashes last night at about seven. I had glanced
over at the switches when leaving the shop for the night, and
thought they were on but they are both off. So, it is down to
eleven in here. It is minus nine outdoors, so the place held
the heat quite well overnight.
"Health Canada recommends keeping the humidity above
30% in winter and making sure it doesn’t exceed 55% in
Predictions are for mild weather for the next week and more.
No snow either. That is good for taking a load to the dump
and for getting a load of coal which I will need even with the
gas furnace working as I doubt 120K BTU is enough to maintain
the building in the coldest weather even if I am happy just to
prevent freezing for the duration of a cold snap.
Minus forty weather is infrequent and does not happen every year,
but when it does, it can last a week or more.
no amount of media censorship, irrational analysis,
or outright obfuscation can permanently hide the
fact that lockdowns impose large net burdens, Trump
is no more incompetent or flawed than previous
presidents, Constitutional checks and balances need
to be strengthened and not dismantled, and
Americans/America are no more racist than any other
"2 years: Average number
of years that individuals age 65 and older will have a high
long-term care need during their lifetimes. 0.88 years:
Average duration of nursing-home stay for men. 1.44 years:
Average duration of nursing-home stay for women. 22%:
Probability of needing more than one year in a nursing home,
"....the median length of
stay in a nursing home before death was 5 months the average
length of stay was longer at 14 months due to a small number
of study participants who had very long lengths of stay
65% died within 1 year of nursing home admission 53% died
within 6 months of nursing home admission
How could the three-letter agencies
not know about widespread fraud?
Must Read! The
'Smartest Man In The Room' Just Joined Sidney Powell's Team
The article title is unprepossessing, but read anyhow.
The points listed by the extremely well-credentialed and
authoritative Dr. Kershavarz-Nia support and underline the
various 'conspiracy-theory' claims we've heard. Here is
another article that chases down something I have suspected
from the start. Never bet against Trump.
When I got up at eight i was treated to a red sunrise. To
the south and west, a Chinook arch promises continued mild
temperatures, currently standing at zero.
I'm getting a lot done downstairs, clearing the clutter that has
accumulated over the past decade and making way for the work I plan
to do. It's now a little under three weeks until K leaves and until
I go east for Christmas.
I'll get right back to it today and waste less time watching the
political horror story that is the USA. It seems that there
are two perspectives. One is to claim and document all sorts
of corruption in the voting process and the other is to pretend
noting happened and the election was fair. Biden apparently injured
a foot, playing with his dog. That is the story, anyhow.
Quote of the Day
Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the
arsenals of the world, is so formidable
as the will and moral courage of free men and women
It is a weapon our adversaries in today's world do not have