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Sunday January 10th 2021

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I woke at five and had breakfast.  There is still a lot of work to do before I am leave the dock.

Are the covid vaccines safe and effective?

Are we on the road to civilisation collapse?

The toilet is my big concern, then slow drains and a hot water tank that blows off steam every so often if I leave the switch on

      

Above is the old electric toilet pump (disassembled).  It worked well for me but gave the ladies grief.  I found it seized when I arrived the other day so I took it apart, and finally threw it away because the motor had been wet from the crack you can see in the housing and seized up. Good riddance. (I think).

Tim had brought me another hand pump yesterday and I wasted time on it but asked him for another and today he brought the kind I expected. It was perfect, like new on the outside but turned out to be corroded inside.  I spent a few hours scraping corrosion and fixing a seal, but the toilet works 100% now.

     

After all these years I am the owner of BEE-L. I left BEE-L a long time ago because my buddy, Aaron, and I could not agree as moderators and one particular a**hole liked to trick him and strawman me. 

Aa died recently and the list would have died with him, but because I had credentials I was able to save it. Hmmm.  Smart move?

We had a memorial Zoom for Aa the other day and now I am in the drivers seat.  Where to go from here?

I made another stew and chatted with Billy on the phone while doing that, then took Uber to Chedraui and bought groceries and returned.

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Monday January 11th 2021

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I got up at seven-thirty, had breakfast and did some tidying.

I'm getting tired of writing this diary and think to pare it down.  Times are changing and intolerance is increasing. It may be time to keep our heads down.

Unless the tide turns, this totalitarian state of affairs will become permanent.  It has endured far longer than promised and virtue signaling like mask has become de rigueur.

The social mood is ugly and I see that Danielle Smith, one of the only voices of reason on Canadian radio is quitting her CHQR morning talk show. That is a shock.

QR77's Smith steps down from talk radio show

I wonder if she will blog?  I'd love to see her as a guest on a Joe Rogan or Mikhaika Peterson podcast

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I went to bed early.

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Tuesday January 12th 2021

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I got up a number of times during the night and had breakfast at about two, then went back to bed and dozed until six.

Douglas Wild submitted his exchange with the Alberta Minister and comments below:

For those Alberta beekeepers wondering about a package supply spring 2021, here's your provincial government's present position.

Appears as if deferring to the WTO (and others) receives precedence to Alberta's own interests. In my case, I would like to see the opportunities I had in building a bee business available to my daughter's business...governments, at both levels, are thwarting citizens who can control their own destiny.

Doug

Before we get to Doug's exchange with the bureaucracy, let me interject. 

In addition to destroying the hopes and dreams and savings of small businesses and infringing on Albertans' freedoms with draconian and ill-directed 'lockdowns' that are very clearly counter to our Charter of Rights and Freedoms, our nominally 'conservative' government is endorsing and not opposing the corrupt and immoral restraint of out traditional trade on trumped up concerns. 

The original closure was temporary and precautionary against the threat of tracheal mites but once the mite was here, the goal posts kept moving and new excuses were generated each time the previous excuse was shown to be bogus. 

We are now seeing this with the covid restrictions. Two weeks has turned into an eternity, and for what effect?

Even the discredited WHO organization has recommended AGAINST lockdowns.

Compare Alberta to Florida, Sweden, or Belarus where people simply used common sense and the differences are not great. 

Nothing much has been gained in Alberta, but in total much has been lost.

Once a freedom is lost, recovering it is sometimes impossible without revolution.

Here is Doug's' Letter and the reply...

Honourable Devin Dreeshen
Minister of Agriculture and Forestry
Office of the Minister

Agriculture and Forestry
229 Legislature Building
10800 - 97 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
T5K 2B6

Let me introduce myself: My name is Doug Wild and I was raised on a mixed farm outside Berwyn, Alberta (Peace River Country)...attended Grande Prairie Regional College, University of Alberta, and the University of Lethbridge...becoming over time a school teacher, school board trustee, and a Power Engineering College instructor at Grande Prairie Regional College.

I became familiar with beekeeping initially when being a school teacher as I needed an activity for my summer break in the 1980s...starting out with two hives and over the next 10 years, methodically building my operation (along with other family members) to a 1500 hive operation with international honey and bee pollen markets in Europe and the USA.

This Peace River Country beekeeping company building-phase was always accompanied with a reliable source of California package bees each spring.

Since, and including that time, I have kept bees in the Peace River Country of Northern Alberta four and a half decades ...and have witnessed this once vibrant northern industry exposed to measures that I have frankly thought impossible... or at least beyond the realm of my or anyone's imagination. The industry now is a shadow only of what it previously had been.

Looking back, it amazes me to think that beekeeping in the Peace River Country used to employ 500 people directly and indirectly substantially more. There was so much honey produced in this area that Canada's largest honey packer...Billy Bee (based in Toronto)...had his own railway siding terminal in the Nampa area for honey shipment alone.

Empty drums from Eastern Canada were shipped up here and railway cars were sent back laden with full barrels of honey. Markets all over the globe wanted this high quality product...a tremendous amount of honey was produced in the Peace River Country...and what this northern industry relied on almost completely was the importation into Alberta of 300,000 California packages with queens annually. There was even a Commercial Beekeeping training facility established at Fairview Agricultural College during that flourishing time to address the industry's requirements.

In the photo above, I'm (right) standing with my friend and business acquaintance Pat Heitkam of Orland, California...at that time he was President of the California Bee Breeders Association and my supplier that spring of 4800 lbs of worker bees and 2000 queens. He couldn't believe how fast his stock built up in population in this part of the world... and the standard double hive unit represented two of his four pound packages I had installed in my equipment 2 1/2 months previous to his visit. The hives in the photo are sitting in front of a large field of pedigreed seed sweet clover...just coming into bloom... in the Grande Prairie area.

Although somewhat obscured in the photo, the two hive unit sits on a single bottom board which we designed to incorporate a pollen trap that serviced both hives. The next photo illustrates the single tray for a double hive unit.

By the time of season the top photo was taken, our operating expenses had been already recovered from the sale of dandelion honey (European market) and bee pollen ( our bee pollen production peaked at 50 barrels/year of dried product)...the honey crop was a bonus...and my description of those bygone events document the bounty that the Peace River Country afforded beekeepers and their hives. A continuous supply each spring of healthy packages with young queens were essential to our and many other beekeepers' operations in the Peace River Country.

Well, the supply of reasonably priced and healthy packages didn't last...the USA border was closed to honey bee imports (later open to queens) and packages were brought in from several other countries. So for the last several years we have limped along using New Zealand packages to supplement our wintered colonies...until the spring of 2020 when that reasonably reliable source...i.e. New Zealand packages...ceased to be shipped to Canada because of the negative Covid virus influence on air transport.

Also at the heart of our dilemma then and now was the inconsistent results of wintering honey bees in the Peace River Country...and other areas of Alberta for that matter...and over the years we have wintered bees in the Okanagan area, wintered them inside in a large climate controlled area, and wintered hives outside. But all our efforts fail when we have delayed springs...and these days late springs often are the case more times than not. Now...with the looming New Zealand package source in doubt for spring 2021...we need those supplementary USA package bees on order as an insurance to keep crop yields up and hard-earned markets supplied.

It appears that an option promoted by parts of the beekeeping industry is to replace colony winter loss by restocking with nucleus hives from external sources...what a misconceived solution. In our case, our experience has shown us this:

1) Nucleus colonies arrive after the spring honey and pollen flows...so we miss the portion of the crop that traditionally paid our annual operating costs...i.e dandelion/willow honey and pollen.

2) Nucleus colony producers are also prone to unpredictable weather conditions and a host of other events that can adversely delay crucial shipment dates.

3) Nucleus colonies from British Columbia...even though inspected before shipment to Alberta...have a percentage of diseased colonies or harbor disease such as nosema or European and American foulbrood...this has been our direct experience.

4) From a recent large Canadian research project, bee bread in nucleus frames from hives from the Lower Mainland and Okanagan areas have a level of acetamiprid that may hinder nucleus buildup progress.

5) Nucleus colony acquisition means purchasing more equipment...not just bees. More equipment is usually the last thing a beekeeper needs.

6) Nucleus colonies often include frames that are aged, damaged, or non-standard...in other words "cullings"...this has been our direct experience.

7) Nucleus colonies have a greater potential to break down with varroa infestations earlier in the season than package bees.

8) For the above stated reasons, novice beekeepers entering the industry are put at a distinct disadvantage...and additionally then those novice beekeepers may indirectly affect neighboring beekeepers adversely.

Any of the above points may be debated and several groups in the Province of Alberta would adamantly oppose the resumption of package bee shipments from the USA. These would include...not exclusively...the following:

1) Members of Alberta Beekeepers Cooperative

2) Alberta beekeepers with pollination obligations in British Columbia

3) Alberta beekeepers with pollination obligations in Alberta

4) Alberta beekeepers who winter colonies in warmer areas of British Columbia and have infrastructure developed in those areas to accomplish this feat.

5) Alberta beekeepers who want to monopolize areas and markets...i.e. keep the status quo.

And federally of course Canadian beekeepers from major honey producing provinces in Eastern Canada likely would consider a more vital Albertan industry a threat to their viability.

But in contrast, it amazes me to see the vitality of the beekeeping industry in Alaska of all places...3000 kms northwest of Alberta. They have a shorter season than us and not near the forage but beekeepers in that US state compensate for those factors by air freighting 4 pound packages from California each spring just like our company did pre-US border closure...and to think an effete excuse such as "Africanized" honey bee genetic contamination being a credible reason to stop those California shipments to Alaska would never be tolerated by that state. Plus the Africanized trait genetically is transmitted by the queen...not the worker bees in the packages...and queens we've imported from the USA for decades...with no Alberta complaints that I know of regarding aggressiveness. So while Alberta has been closed to packages from the USA for 30 years, the state of Alaska has been open to imports for the last 30 years...how can this be?

As a longtime Peace River Country beekeeper, it amazes me that the "cures" for all those apocalyptic beekeeping events resulted in thwarting our beekeeping industry's ability to functionally serve all beekeepers. That is a great disservice to Alberta. And it's so important to have new beekeepers, such as my daughter, entering the industry to be unhindered in expanding her beekeeping operation...and conversely beekeepers leaving the industry should have their capital investments over a lifetime worth something.

There are so many advantages to having USA package bees shipped to our northern area...the potential of our area described above still exists in some form. If we don't have those packages, it will be an opportunity lost...just another sad year in the saga of Alberta beekeeping...the industry needs some good news now...please initiate the necessary import permits in time so California package arrival is organized and packages arrive in acceptable condition for spring of 2021.

Sincerely,

Doug Wild...Beekeeper

Grande Prairie, Alberta


From: AF Minister <AF.Minister@gov.ab.ca>
Date: Mon, Jan 11, 2021 at 4:51 PM
Subject: RE: Importation of Honeybee Packages from the USA - Spring 2021
To: Douglas Wild

Dear Mr. Wild:

Thank you for your December 15, 2020, correspondence concerning the importation of honeybee packages from the United States (US). As Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, I am pleased to respond.

Bee imports are legislated under the federal Animal Health Act, which is implemented by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). As you rightfully identified, in 1987, the CFIA closed the Canadian border to the importation of honeybee packages from the U.S. The CFIA based its decision on technical considerations and the impact of these U.S. imports on bee health and safety in Canada. In 2014, the CFIA conducted a risk reassessment on the importation of U.S. honeybee packages into Canada and the decision was to uphold the ban.

Agriculture and Forestry, along with the Manitoba Ministry of Agriculture, conducted a third-party review of this process to address the concerns expressed by some stakeholders. The review was conducted by internationally recognized apiculturists and concluded that the CFIA risk reassessment was based on sound scientific evidence and followed acceptable World Trade Organization and Sanitary and Phytosanitary Agreement standards. It was determined that the identified risks were valid, and the estimated level of threat posed by opening the Canadian border to imported bee packages from the US was accurate. CFIA continues regular monitoring and evaluation of the importation ban.

The issues your industry has faced over the last year, including disease issues, low honey yields, and low honey prices have been undoubtedly challenging. Agriculture and Forestry is committed to working with bee stakeholders to support a healthy, sustainable beekeeping industry in Alberta.

If you have further questions regarding this issue, please contact Samantha Muirhead, Provincial Apiculturist (Acting), at 780-415-2309 or sam.muirhead@gov.ab.ca.

Thank you again for sharing your thoughts and concerns.

Sincerely,

Honourable Devin Dreeshen
Minister, Agriculture and Forestry

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Wednesday January 13th 2021

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I got up at four, had breakfast, and then went back and dozed until seven.

I see that Wordpress is now deleting Wordpress-hosted accounts that question the mainstream story or do not comply with the expected new self-censorship and virtue-signaling.

I don't know if Wordpress software has a kill switch that could take down on sites hosted elsewhere but I have always steered clear of Wordpress  for fear that it would become defunct or be bought out.  Although WP is convenient and ubiquitous, here are open source alternatives.

If you are an independent thinker and writer it would be wise to find a domain registrar and web host that is not associated with the American digital giants and also get off their products as much as possible. 

Of course if you want to have a cellphone, then you are stuck with Apple or Google and I don't know which is worse. Moreover, we are all using Microsoft Windows. 

Windows has become 'software as a service' as has M$ Office and both have permissions to 'update' anytime over the Internet however the company desires and can also read the contents of every computer and change the 'terms of service' at will, so we are under 24/7 surveillance now--and back into our pasts.

I suspect the digital coup is complete, accompanied by a political coup under the cover of covid-1984.  We'll see where it goes from here. We are now China and prisoners of the 'elite'.

I started the outboard second pull.  Yesterday it would not start and that after spending $250 US on a tune-up!  Maybe it was flooded

I went for a short spin to prove it works.  It does. The breeze was up so the ride was rough and I came back, had lunch and a nap.  Then I decided to see if I can use OpenCPN with a GPS on my laptop. 

Ooops.  I find I left the GPS USB puck at home, but I do have my old trusty Garmin eTrex which I could never connect before but after downloading drivers, it works!  It can see where I am.

I should walk more and think I'll stroll over to the marine supply stores for a few items.

I visited both Sea Mar and Lopez, buying nothing and returned to make a chicken stew. I make a pot of various bean stews and they last a few days. The last one was tuna. The one before, hamburger.

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Thursday January 14th 2021

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I got up at seven and had breakfast.  I listened to the net, then dinghied over to Wandering Puffin and got a fresh Mexican flag from Bill.

On return I did some reading and reinstalled the thermostats on the hot water tank.  I had checked them out, washed them, and tested them yesterday and they seemed okay, so we will see.  SO far, I have hot water and the over-temperature relief valve has not gushed water and steam, so maybe...

The weather here has been breezy enough that the Bay is rough and I have not been tempted to cross to the Magote in the dinghy to swim and stroll, but calmer days are coming.

I have been here a week now and still have not untied and gone out sailing.  Maybe on the weekend.  So far, I have been uninspired and I think I am depressed. 

The toilet problem set me back but now that is solved.  Manual pumps are much more trouble-free.  Then the hot water tank was acting up. I think that is now fixed.  There was oil under the main engine, too, when I arrived and as I recall that was from my last trip in before I left for British Columbia back in July, so maybe that is my next issue.

I spent some time planning a voyage to Loreto for later when Gillian comes down in March.

It is 130 sea miles from La Paz to Loreto.  That amounts to about 25 hours of travel each way.  I figure that over five days each way by sea, that is a comfortable pace. The days are about twelve hours long, allowing for plenty of exploring along the way.  By road, the trip is 200 miles and takes about four hours.

    
At six in the evening the hot water tank is still behaving well.  That is a relief because I could not find replacement parts and I like hot water for dishes and showers.

There are darts at La Costa tonight and I'll stroll over, not because darts interest me but because I am missing the social life that is normally found here.  There is yoga every morning and maybe I'll have to take that up, too.

That said, I have not been very sociable this trip.  It has been cool and breezy for sitting in the cockpit and if I do that, I see everyone pass and everyone says 'hello' or 'hola' or 'que tal'.

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After supper, I walked over to La Costa for darts.  A group of twelve fellow cruisers were already throwing darts when I arrived and they welcomed me.

I had not thrown a dart in thirty years but did reasonably well and got quite into it. In fact, I hit the green several times.

We had to leave at nine and the total cost to me was thirty pesos for one Pacifico.

I was in bed by ten

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Friday January 15th 2021

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I got up at seven and had breakfast.  Last night was cold, down to ten Celsius. I turned on some heat, listened to the net, then spent time on BEE-L and started cleaning. 

I'll go out in the dinghy today as the wind has dropped and it will be fun to go across the Bay.

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All the truth in the world adds up to one big lie
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A very thorough analysis of the 'effectiveness' of 'lockdowns'.

I left Facebook long ago and cancelled Twitter a week ago.  Probably should have done it long ago.

I decided after lunch to take the dinghy for a spin and left the marina.  Although this was a test ride, I gained enough confidence to head south into the ensenda.  I traveled a half mile or so and the engine which had been running well stuttered and quit. 

I was able to restart and continued, but then noticed the rubber primer bulb in the fuel hose was leaking. I managed to scrunch it with a hand so that I was able to begin returning to the marina, but the rubber cracked more and soon I was drifting.

   

Fortunately the breeze carried me toward the beach and I washed ashore.  I pulled the dinghy up a bit and checked the tides.  The tide was going so the dinghy would not threatened with washing away for a few hours. I tied up anyhow and started walking inland towards the roads.

   

I walked a while and it turned out that I was in a large walled compound belonging to a resort and I followed the wall only to finally find that I had to walk back to the beach to exit.  From there, I walked up the street to Rangel and turned toward home.

I had left my wallet on Baja Magic and chances of getting the part I needed without money was slim but I stopped at Lopez to price the part, then Sea Mar.

I retrieved my wallet from Baja Magic and walked back to Sea Mar, bought a replacement bulb and some hose, then continued on to where I had left the dinghy.  I installed the repaired hose and the return to Marina de La Paz was uneventful.

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I recently bought a Pixel 3XL to  replace my UMIDIGI F1 Play, thinking that it would be an improvement.  Having the latest Android version rather than the Android 9 on the UMIDIGI enhances security but the phone and Android 11 is a disappointment in many ways. 

Although the fingerprint sensor works on the Pixel, and had ceased functioning on the UMIDIGI, otherwise, the UMIDIGI was entirely equivalent from an operating perspective and I am finding the Pixel annoying with new gimmicks I have no use for and a blizzard of notifications I have not requested--and shorter battery life.

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Saturday January 16th 2020

I got up at seven and had breakfast.  Last night was warm until one, then by morning we were down at 12.8 C.

I'm feeling groggy and blame that on the spaghetti I ate last night.  Should stick to beans.

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I took the dinghy out for another spin this afternoon and it was a success.  No problems.

I'm not inspired, though.  I am sure I am depressed.  Nothing seems interesting.

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On a bright note, I am finding that I can say almost anything I need to in Mexican well enough to be understood. Now I just need to be able to understand the answers.  Amusingly, when I speak Spanish they answer in ingles, so it works out.  I love Mexico.

How long will I be here?  Hard to say.  Seems that instead of being reassured by the low number of deaths and numbers lower than previous epidemics, the people in the 'free' world are demanding greater restrictions.  In my view, they are pulling the roof down on their own heads but what do I know. 

I find I don't understand fear of death.  I understand prudence, and don't wish to suffer, but that seems to be the limit of my understanding.

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'Captain Wayne', one of the cruisers is going to play music at 'Estrella del Mar', a local bar on the beach that is inexplicably open in spite of 'Semáforo Rojo', the highest state of emergency closure.  There is an up to $6,000 fine and a day and half in jail for breaking it but I see people everywhere without masks and doing what they please. I'll go, and the usual cruiser suspects will be there I'm sure. 

Cruisers are not especially risk averse, as shown by our very lifestyle, leaving the comforts of home, getting into little boats, often with our children, and sailing off into the wild blue oceans of the world to unknown destinations with weird customs. 

The whisper is that there is a speakeasy tomorrow night downtown, too (I can't say where or I'd have to kill you) so this is getting interesting.

I'm realising that I'm becoming starved for social contact so even if I don't particularly enjoy music in bars (with exceptions) I'll go. Tomorrow is an 'open mike' and we'll see what that means here.  I'll go there too, if I am not in jail.

Oh, yes, and tomorrow morning there is a 'sailboat race.

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Sunday January 17th 2021

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I got up at seven and had breakfast.  Last night was cold so I put on the heat. 

Today is the Veleros de Baja race, but a glance at the weather says there will be little wind.  I need about ten knots to move at all fast, so I think I'll stay here and get the boat ready and spend a few days out on a bay later this week.  Besides, the water system seems to have quit.

I examined the water pump and strainer and found that I simply had emptied the water tank, so I filled both tanks.  Problem solved.

I listened on the VHF and it seems they may have enough wind for the race but I am glad I did not go.

Instead, I am here, puttering and napping.

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Is exercise an effective way to lose weight? - Sebastian Rushworth M.D.

How many years of life are lost to covid?

"...Considering that the average age of those who have died of covid in Sweden is 84, while the average age of death in Sweden more generally is 82,

"...In his article, professor Ioannidis mentions attempts that have been made to estimate the number of years of life lost, on average, when someone dies of covid, and I think this is interesting to explore further, because it is actually extremely important when trying to determine how severe covid is. When a small child dies, for whatever reason, that generally means around 80 years of life are lost. If a 90-year old dies, for whatever reason, that usually means at most a few years of life have been lost. Most people therefore reasonably think it’s much more tragic when a small child dies than when a very old person dies, because much more potential lifetime has been lost.

Peer-Reviewed Study "Did Not Find Evidence" Lockdowns Were Effective In Stopping COVID Spread 

The latest COVID absurdity

I didn't get much of anything done other than moving to the aft cabin from the forward one and do some laundry. 

If I have a guest on board, I do not want to have to tear their bunk apart to check the engine or transmission which are accessed through the aft cabin so if they are forward, they are safe from routine needs to open the inspection ports to look at oil level, fuel filters, and other engine matters.

I napped,  then was picked up to go to a speakeasy downtown by Linda and her daughter. 

The evening was a blast and I was back home by ten.  We're going whale watching tomorrow.

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Monday January 18th 2021

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I woke at four and dozed until six forty-five, got up, had breakfast, and was drinking my coffee and nearly ready to go when the phone rang. Linda was on her way. She had reserved whale-watching trip for eight and there a cancelation in her group so I was invited.

I packed a extra sweater and walked to the gate. They were waiting.  We picked up several more, then drive northeast on highway one to Puerto Chale.

When we arrived the area was in fog and we were asked if we wanted to wait for it to clear but we elected to go.

Our boat was a stout, beautiful panga with a powerful outboard.  The ride out was fast, but it was twenty minutes or more before we arrived where the whales are know to congregate and feed.  Along the way we saw a pod of dolphins, then continued to the destination and stopped.  At first we saw nothing, but at least the fog had cleared.  Them we saw a spot and before long whales were surfacing and diving in the distance around us. We got closer and at some points, they were under the boat.  I don't know how many there were but probably more than twenty.

We were promised two hours, but after an hour and half of watching whales surface and glide underwater, we had enough and said let's go back. I'm not sure we saw a calf, but we did see some smaller whales.  The ones I saw had barnacles, so who knows?

We returned, disembarked and drove back south, stopping along the way for lunch at a restaurant about hallway.  I thought I took pictures, but this new phone in spite of supposedly having a great camera seems to refuse to shoot sometimes without  any indication.

COVID Lockdowns Will Result In 1 Million Excess Deaths Over Next 15 Years, Scientists Find

​​​​​​​Feds Warn Amateur Radio Operators "Not To Commit Criminals Acts" Ahead Of Inauguration 

Looking Through An Adversary's Eyes: A KGB Agent's Prophecy

 

Interesting Alternate News and Opinion Sources.
Caveat Emptor.

Here is a starting list of places to look for information that the MSM ignores or suppresses. The number of such sites is astounding and I gave up listing them after acquiring a few. Although some are quite reliable, some are questionable and a few articles here and there appear to be trolls or outright fabrications, for the most part IMO, there is much to be discovered. However, it is easy to waste a day down the rabbitholes.

        

      

                  

     

 

               

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Tuesday January 19th 2021

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I woke at 0333and got up for a while, then went back to bed and slept until 0730.  The day is foggy so far.

Canadian expert's research finds lockdown harms are 10 times greater than benefits

"I think that the initial modeling and forecasting were inaccurate. This led to a contagion of fear and policies across the world. Popular media focused on absolute numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths independent of context. There has been a sheer one-sided focus on preventing infection numbers. The economist Paul Frijters wrote that it was “all about seeming to reduce risks of infection and deaths from this one particular disease, to the exclusion of all other health risks or other life concerns.”

​​​​​​​Feds Warn Amateur Radio Operators "Not To Commit Criminals Acts" Ahead Of Inauguration 

Looking Through An Adversary's Eyes: A KGB Agent's Prophecy

The risks of ‘long Covid’ are devastating, especially to those with underlying health problems – it’s killing thousands

"The main results were that 29.4 percent of those discharged were readmitted to hospital at a later date and 12.3 percent died. An obvious question is whether these were old people who were going to get sick and die for other reasons anyway.

"The study found that those in hospital with Covid-19 were more likely to be aged 50 or over, male, living in a deprived area, be a former smoker, and overweight or obese; they were also more likely to be co-morbid than the general population, with a higher prevalence of prior hospitalisation and all measured pre-existing conditions (most notably hypertension, cardiovascular problems, respiratory disease and diabetes).

"When the patients were matched with similar people* in the wider population who never had the disease, these post-Covid patients were 3.5 times more likely to be admitted to hospital and 7.7 times more likely to die.

We like to say ‘all lives are equal’ but Covid has shown they simply aren’t… and it’s time we addressed this

*Ed. Criteria for selecting 'similar people'? Is that even possible?

How is it that the Russian Times gives seemingly more honest and balanced coverage of the West than US and UK publications?

Parler is back!
Parler Status Updates

The Failed Strategy of Lockdown Sceptics: We Appealed to Reason, Not Emotion

As Lockdown 3.0 descends on Britain, the time for reason and argument is over. Only dissent will save us now

COVID-19: Rethinking the Lockdown Groupthink[v2] | Preprints

Why Hardly Anyone Trusts The Virus 'Experts'

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