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Wednesday May 20th 2020

Today Rain. Amount 5 to 10 mm. Wind becoming northeast 20 km/h near noon. High 15. UV index 2 or low.
Tonight Rain. Amount 10 to 15 mm. Wind northeast 20 km/h becoming light this evening. Low 10.

I'm up at 0430.

I woke thinking about Obamagate and Watergate and making the connection.  Although there are many things in dispute, the actions behind the Russia investigation appear to me at this point to be the same basic operation as Watergate, only 2020 style with 2020 motives and 2020 methods.  Also, public understanding of ethics have devolved considerably in the interim.

People have forgotten the details of Watergate and the role of wiretaps, but I am sure we will be reminded.  To fully understand this will take time, but I'm sure we will hear more.

The ethics and legality of spying activities and weaponizing state assets and the legal system to harass another political party are as questionable and dangerous in today's world as back then and maybe even more so inasmuch as the outgoing executive was acting to try to impeach the duly elected incoming administration and not just trying to spy on strategies.

If this bears out, this is far more scandalous that a mere break-in to steal secrets,  This an attempted coup and actually treason.

With NSA recording everything there is no need to do a physical break-in these days. Ethically, such behaviour is reprehensible, but as for legality, this may be a grey area as law is having difficulty keeping up with technology and the infinite ways to cheat.

No physical presence, lock pick, or crowbar is required. Nowadays as easily as we shop online, insiders can spy on anyone online, if they have connections, and some who should say "no", are willing to look the other way. 

However, in this instance, these allegedly using the taps for illicit and nefarious political purposes did leave 'fingerprints' and an alert watchdog spotted the 'break-in' and reported it.

The whole matter is too complex and multi-dimensional to wrap up in a sound bite but that does not stop people from trying.  Obamagate is about as good a label as any since it appears he was complicit in the conspiracy to frame DJT and have him impeached.

I did a search and found that while there are many articles about Watergate, there are only a few about Obamagate and what I saw seemed to be dismissive and written with a clear Alt-left bias.  (I have to call the MSM left 'Alt-left' seeing as that mirrors the smear used to deprecate the thoughts of the moderate right and even the centre at times these days).

There seems to have been an Obamagate Wikipedia article, but it is gone and that URL directed me to List of conspiracy theories promoted by Donald Trump which makes an interesting read.

As I have mentioned before a time or two, Wikipedia is not an unbiased source of information on any topic that is at all political.  Moreover, the contents of such Wikipedia articles shift constantly as ideologically motivated editors battle behind the scenes.

It makes sense to have an Obamagate article. After all, the term 'Obamagate' is in popular use whether the claims are valid or not.  Wikipedia's problem is that many of the volunteer editors seem to be politically tainted.

I donated to Wikipedia several times, never again. Like Google and YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, Wikipedia is increasingly deprecating or canceling dissent and promoting propaganda.

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0633: The day is dawning, but I'm going back to bed.  I'll make this more consistent later.

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I slept another half-hour and got up.  I have been itchy the last few days and suspect some allergy.  Could be spaghetti sauce again, but I wonder about shampoo.  My hair has grown out again and has to be washed regularly. I considered shaving my head, but I like my current look. For now.

I'll probably shave my hair and trim my beard though.  I'm just afraid I'll do a bad job. I'd do a buzz cut, but getting it even is difficult.  Shaving should be simple. 

If/when I do, I'll let it grow out again, not shave my  head daily.  I'll trim this beard then, too, but want to enjoy it for a while first.

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All these precautions are starting to look like a contest to see who can appear to be more ridiculously safety conscious.  I doubt most of these measures do much to protect and reassure people but do ramp up the fear and the expense.

I wonder when we look back at all this in a year, what will think.

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Possibly simply due to constant and irrational partisan flak thrown from the left, and to seek balance and sanity, I've become much more interested in the people and media that are deprecated by the MSM.  I've been surprised to find the outcasts are more inclined to investigate and cover government malfeasance and institutional threats to our liberty than the lapdogs in the MSM.

Out of interest I checked out Breitbart. Under Obamagate, I see this. Breitbart gets a lot of flak, but at first glance does not look like a tabloid.

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I've been neglecting some things lately and just living.  Just being here in the present.  I really need to spend a day on accounting and think seriously of going home.  I glance at the airline websites does not turn up any easy possibilities until July.

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And then there is the water leak.

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Will I get the dinghy today?

Nope.  I called Inflatable Bob and he has discovered the paint takes a week to dry and is just being applied now! He'll bring me another dinghy to use in the meantime so I can go out to anchor.

Then Rotary Bob came by to raise more money for the FANLAP rice, beans and oil project to feed the people in the neighbourhoods.

Rotary Bob also watches over boats when owners are away so I talked to him about the summer. He figures my current spot is about as good as they get but I checked the depth on the inside of the dock and it looks deep enough, too, but barely.  Getting in and out would be very tight, though. I went and measured and am now quite certain that it is a bad  idea.

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Inflatable Bob and his nephew came with a loaner dinghy, so I am good to go when I want to go out to the bays for a few days. 

Next, I started another pot of vegetarian stew, same recipe as usual.  I'm now out of fresh food, so I'll go shopping before I go

Once the stew was simmering nicely I opened my accounting software. Next, I reconcile my accounts.  I've been really slack lately.

As I work, I'm listening to CBC and a call-in discussion of how the lockdown is being experienced by callers. 

One really interesting caller was a doctor who is now working from home, having patients text pictures and blood pressures, symptoms, photos of lesions etc. and able to respond immediately.  He has no office help, and has to do the forms himself, but is not wasting time in  a commute or similar time-wasters. He likes it.  This sort of service is something I have hoped for since forever, but the inert and habits in the system resisted this change.  The saving in this is immense. Probably 90% when we look at the effort and expense of doctor and patient for a simple issue like prescription renewal.  He does not drive, i do not drive for a five-minute meeting, and there is no receptionist, floor sweeper...  The list goes on...

He also says, as I have pointed out before, that patients are much more able to express their situation by text compared to conversation.  Also there is a written record for both doctor and patient.

Callers also are working from home and liking it.  They are not commuting any more and thinking of selling the second car, etc.  Finally these oversized suburban houses that have empty all day are being put to good use. I see a lot of good in this.

I'm also seeing this an opportunity to rethink our ways, so every cloud has a silver lining.

Nearly half of Canadians can’t tell coronavirus fact from conspiracy theory: survey
Can you see the assumptions underlying this claim and why we cannot trust the surveys and MSM?
Probably not.
I'll explain further down.

I'm about to go back out to the bays tomorrow, I think, and food was getting low, so I went to Chedraui and stocked up on fresh food. Now I am good for a week or more.

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We can't help everyone,
but everyone can help someone.
Ronald Reagan

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Thursday May 21st 2020

Today Rain. Amount 20 to 30 mm. Wind northwest 30 km/h gusting to 50. High 8. UV index 1 or low.
Tonight Rain ending near midnight then cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Amount 5 to 10 mm. Wind northwest 30 km/h gusting to 50 becoming light this evening. Low plus 5.

I'm planning to go out to the bays today around ten since that is when the current favours my travel.

> ...last night we could hardly believe our ears: ...One hour of radio anchors from NPR calling out names of people in the US who have died from the virus ...Ending with one with the widow of John Pryne, the only celebrity featured.

Does that mean you listened to the entire episode? I suppose it could be quite absorbing in a weird way. The implications behind the concept are a bit scary for the sane and sober, but a list like that made up of any random list of folks could be quite fascinating.
> Honest question: Has the world gone mad?

Was there ever any doubt?

Actually, truth be told, and as far as I can tell, the world has always been crazy, but the insanity gets more obvious at turning points in time when incompatible insanities overlap like at present and our media are a showcase of the extreme.

Whereas emotionalizing everything that was considered bad form at one time, 'respectable' media routinely play snips with people sniveling or sobbing.

In contrast to the 1950's, our media now intentionally illustrate, personify, and exaggerate every event they can. It has become a standard practice.

It is all about ratings, not service. Nobody can help but look when people are being emotional or sirens sound and phones ring. People are fascinated by a freak show or a trainwreck. Can't look away. "Get the widow on the set" (Dirty Laundry-Don Henley).

Every odd example is blown up to represent totality and each media company tries to out-sensationalize the other in the fight for eyeballs.

That is one reason everyone is afraid of everything in countries where people consume the media constantly and less so where people can't or don't.

Japanese TV experiment shows how quickly virus particles can spread at buffets
In just 30 minutes, the makeshift infection had spread to everyone in the room. Some even had it on their mouths."

Watch the Video

Sharing of environmental organisms is how we develop immunity but also how we get infected.

I fiddled a round and finally left La Paz around noon.  The wind was against me, so I motored as far a Punta Colorado, then sailed into Bahia Falsa on the genoa.

There were only three boats and it was early, so I jibed and tacked back out, thinking I'd sail to Balandra to look around.  i had heard that hiking is not prohibited there.

I say, "Not prohibited" rather than "Permitted" because free thinking adults know that governments cannot 'permit' anything.  They can only prohibit or not prohibit. most people think like children and look to the Nanny State or Big Brother to see what is "Allowed".

I sailed out of Falsa and after I turned north, a ferry came out of Pichilingue and ran north parallel to me a mile away.

I was watching the ferry when I saw a pod of dolphins racing along between me and the ferry. I filmed them and then got busy with the charts.  I heard a sound and looked and the dolphins were right beside me and several were racing beside my boat.  By the time I got the camera they were moving a way but I did take a few shots.

I was headed toward el Canal de San Lorenzo but after a while the wind shifted and by then it was getting on four o'clock so I returned to Falsa, motored to my favourite spot and anchored.

I settled closer to the neighbouring boat than ideal, but a safe distance.  They did not object and the wind at night moves us farther apart so I stayed where I am.

The oil change is much easier with the oil change pump. I have meant to change the oil when the engine is hot.  Last time I started the job, I discovered the pump wasn't working so this is my chance.  The oil and filter change  took about fifteen minutes and used maybe twenty-five dollars of materials. On my charter boats they charge me over on hundred.

At 7:30, I tried to log into Waggoner's Zoom meeting but found it was full.   Zoom is limited to 100 participants it seems.

I then emailed Austin to try contact on 40 metres and called Bill too. None of us could hear one another and I was tired, so I called it a day.

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All great change in America begins at the dinner table.
Ronald Reagan

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Friday May 22nd 2020

Today Periods of rain. Amount 5 mm. Wind northwest 30 km/h. High 10. UV index 2 or low.
Tonight Periods of rain ending near midnight then cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. Low plus 5.

I woke at six and dozed until seven, then got up for the day. 

It is another typical La Paz day here at Bahia Falsa with clear skies, a light breeze and swells, and 20°C at sunrise.  Predicted high is 32°C.  Water temperature over the stern is 22.4 (72.3°).

I count nine boats anchored here at Bahia Falsa this morning.

Brainwashing and the New Vocabulary:
 12 Words and Phrases I Never Want to Hear Again


Here are a few must-read articles to ponder, or skim if you already are aware and familiar with these seemingly obvious but seldom mentioned points.

Brave New Normal

Brave New Normal (Part 2)

The War on Death

This Sucker's Going Down:
The Destruction of Demand

"Demand based on debt, unfulfilled promises and unaffordable habits is burning down"

Beer has been scarce since the breweries were shut down for a while. Yesterday, Adriana texted me that they have lots of beer at Bandidos now.  I was already long gone up the channel on my way to Falsa but I promised to announce on VHF net that they have beer and will deliver food and beer to nearby marinas. So, I mentioned it today on the morning VHF net.

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Why do I read Zero hedge?  Because I enjoy seeing the world from diverging perspectives. Of course we are being lied to all the time and it is nice to hear some different lies.  We like to be lied to.  The truth will make you free, but it is also likely to make most of us very unhappy.

FWIW, here are few words from ZH's honest disclaimer:

  • ...You should assume that at all times we are so totally just talking our book it would shock and awe you...
  • ...We've always wondered this: Why would you want to read about a position so un-compelling that the author doesn't have the stones to put their money where their keyboard is? ...
  • ...The reality is, critical readers should read analytic posts and the rest of Zero Hedge with the blanket assumption that the author is totally "conflicted." ...

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I have little to do today so I am starting on the water again.  I notice the foot pump leaks when underway, so I'll begin with that.  So far the day is cool, but by siesta I'll not want to be working. I'll want to swim and nap.

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Those COVID-19 Models Aren't Science
I've been saying this from the start.
Same for the climate models.

"Can you measure it? Can you express it in figures? Can you make a model of it? If not, your theory is apt to be based more upon imagination than upon knowledge."
Lord Kelvin

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Is This Controlled Demolition All Over Again?
Interesting perspective.

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We are infectious disease experts. It's time to lift the COVID-19 lockdowns

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Joe Rogan Just Blew Up The Death Star
YouTube has gone rogue.

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How a debunked COVID-19 video kept spreading after Facebook and YouTube took it down

In watching the video in this article, it was interesting to see that ideas that are under legitimate debate and investigation like the laboratory origin of the virus and whether hydroxychloroquine is effective and safe are labeled misinformation.  I'd say this article is misinformation.

Things have gotten to where if Facebook, YouTube or the MSM block, label, or delete items people are increasingly interested and then inclined to think the suppressed ideas and opinions have merit

"I think, paradoxically, what has been happening with the Plandemic video is a sort of censorship backfire. It's called ... the Streisand Effect."

"In 2003, legendary entertainer Barbra Streisand sued to have a photo of her home removed from the internet, which resulted in a far greater number of people seeing the photo because of the publicity around the lawsuit."

 Fact is that the blind have been leading the blind through this and the 'experts' have been wrong more often than right.

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See Plandemic for yourself.
Do I believe her?  You should know by now that I don't believe anyone.


I am not sure I agree with him but the censorship makes him more important so here are a few links to find out what we are not supposed to be smart enough to evaluate for ourselves.

Dr. Fauci vs. Dr. Wittkowski: Endless Mitigations or Herd Immunity

WATCH: Perspectives on the Pandemic #2
“Social distancing and lockdown is the absolutely worst way to deal with an airborne respiratory virus”

The Science of Covid Epochal Error Dr Knut M Wittkowski 35 distinguished years in Epidemiology

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Well, I took the pump apart and could not see anything wrong so assumed the screws must have been loose.  I reassembled it and hooked it up. 

It still leaked and now I could see where water was coming out.  I took it apart and this time I found one soft, cracked spot in an otherwise perfect diaphragm.

How many pumps is this now?  The washdown was first, then the shower sump and now the foot pump.  I'm glad I started here before the leak, which I trust will be the final job in the water pump series.  I found the foot pump shares a line with the fresh water electric pump and probably only works with sea water and with the aft fresh tank.

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I decided to order the repair kit and called La Paz Cruisers supply. They said to order it and send it to their shipper in San Diego.  I found the part on Amazon and then realised I need a furling line, so I found that on Amazon as well.  All this took a few hours.

I had a swim in the heat of the day and then supper.

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Ken just sent this and I am listening now.


This is one of the most important interviews that Tony has conducted in his 40+ year career, as it reminds us to stand guard at the door of our mind, practice discernment when determining trustworthy sources, and think critically for ourselves as we stay flexible, and maintain the ability to pivot in light of new information — especially when lives depend on it.



Spotify Link

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This too funny. Click.

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I went to bed at eleven and then the seas picked up.

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A failure is not always a mistake;
it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances.
The real mistake is to stop trying.
B. F. Skinner

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Saturday May 23rd 2020

Today Mainly cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. Wind northwest 20 km/h. High 15. UV index 7 or high.
Tonight Clearing this evening. Fog patches developing after midnight. Wind northwest 20 km/h becoming light this evening. Low plus 1 with risk of frost.

I was up and down all night. 

It was not a normal night.  The wind blew the boat one way and the swells threw the boat another.  Not only that, there were moments of calm and then things raged again.

Sometimes there was no swell, but gusting wind, and sometimes no wind but random swells.  Sometimes both stopped before one or the other picked up again.

I was up many times to check things and finally got up for the day at seven.

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I may have dragged east a bit which is surprising seeing as the anchor set well and was tested at full throttle, plus I have 125 feet of chain out in 22 feet of water measured at high tide.

It is always hard to know exactly where to tell the app that the anchor is set because it does not always grab where it is dropped.  One alarm showed movement and woke me.  The other did not.  The spacing between boats seems different today, though and I suspect Falcon moved east, but maybe Raven moved west. In that case I did not budge.

Also wind direction has reversed a time or two since I anchored and that can trip the anchor by flipping it if the direction of pull changes suddenly. These anchors are known to reset themselves reliably, but in doing so drag a few feet or yards.

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Our Nevermind Media
Classic summary.

From the article: "...Just as we know that if something didn’t happen, we should pretend it happened anyway, if it reaffirms our political instincts. The Russia–Trump collusion yarn is perhaps the most-promoted false conspiracy theory in American history: Major figures who advanced the theory have now conceded that they had no evidence for it, and yet leading media personalities who hyped it are expressing no shame or remorse whatsoever. ...Working in the major media is a (self) love story: It means never having to say you’re sorry."

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Antimalarial drug touted by President Trump is linked to increased risk of death in coronavirus patients, study says

Why can't MSM people ever get anything right?

If you ever had reason to doubt what you read in the MSM, here is just one more example of misinformation being promoted as truth.

In addition to the fact that the 'study' mentioned was observational, it was subject to huge bias as those selected for the treatment were obviously not chosen at random or at similar stages of the disease.

"Significant' differences claimed, too can be misleading.  'Significant' is a statistical term meaning that something is detectable above the noise, but does not necessarily mean that the effect is significant in the commonly understood sense of 'important'.  A significant difference in a minor factor is interesting but often has little real world importance.

Moreover, what is commonly ignored is this crucial point. Hydroxychloroquine is only useful in combination with zinc as it allows zinc to enter cells and zinc is what disrupts the mechanism by which the virus multiplies.

If I know that, why don't the doctors in the 'study' and the media?  I saw no mention of zinc and I believe Trump mentioned zinc.

Moreover, azithromycin alone is known to have heart risks.

From WebMD:

"Azithromycin may cause a condition that affects the heart rhythm (QT prolongation). QT prolongation can rarely cause serious (rarely fatal) fast/irregular heartbeat and other symptoms (such as severe dizziness, fainting) that need medical attention right away."

"The risk of QT prolongation may be increased if you have certain medical conditions or are taking other drugs that may cause QT prolongation."

In that regard, the matter is not one size fits all
With COVID-19 Patients in the ICU, Watch for Atrial Arrhythmia

From what I have heard, and months ago, administering Hydroxychloroquine plus zinc is only helpful and curative before anyone gets anywhere near needing an ICU.  By then, it is too late. As for Azithromycin, it is a widely prescribed drug and I have taken it twice, but see above.

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Obamagate should lead to some straight talk at some point.

Schiff calls on outgoing DNI Grenell to declassify Flynn's talks with Russians
Schiff is grandstanding again. It appears that Grenell was working on that anyhow. Is this all a tempest in a teapot, or a serious crime?
Time will tell.

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My experience ordering from Amazon for delivery here in La Paz seems to be going well, so I am looking at a few other items.  This uses a lot of time.

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I took an hour to write an email to the creator of my Android anchoring app explaining some annoyances and suggesting changes.  We'll see how that goes.

Then I mounted the outboard and went for a ride around the bay.  This loaner inflatable dinghy planes, but is a bit flabby and has a slight water leak somewhere.

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Tracking The Recovery: What Real-Time Data Says About The State Of The Global Economy
Excellent Charts

Trump: "I Have A Chance To Break The Deep State"
That was the plan all along, and he is the guy to do it, but good luck with that.

81% Of Canadian COVID Deaths Are In Nursing Homes
"This fact alone destroys western governments’ case for sweeping lockdown policies and school closures."

Earth's Magnetic Field Mysteriously Weakening In Specific Locations, Throwing Off Satellites And Spacecraft

"We've Never Seen Numbers Like This" - Trauma Doc Sees Post-Lockdown Suicide Wave Starting

"We've Never Seen Numbers Like This" - Trauma Doc Sees Post-Lockdown Suicide Wave Starting
"We've never seen numbers like this, in such a short period of time," he said. "I mean we've seen a year's worth of suicide attempts in the last four weeks."

Who is the realist?

It was the most explosive story of the past century. And the media got it wrong
The story of Trump's alleged collusion with Russia was a hoax. So, where are the acknowledgements of this calamitous fiasco?"

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When I got back I had a swim and started digging down into the port lazarette to get access to the water issues. In the process, I exposed the fuel tank gauge that reads backwards and wondered if I can reverse it.

I spent an hour taking the float out, measuring and replacing it. The answer is no.  I'll either have to replace it or live with it as-is.

The fuel tank                the watermaker

Next, I got down to, and was distracted by the watermaker, which I have never used.  It is a useful device in that it makes freshwater out of seawater but requires almost daily maintenance.  It has been out of use for the three years I have owned the boat plus several years before that, so I doubt the membrane is any good no matter how well it may have been pickled..

I got down to the water leak area and removed some screws. Access is still difficult. By then it was upper time so I quit and ate, then browsed for parts and watched a bit of video and went to bed

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Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.
Farrah Gray

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Sunday May 24th 2020

Today Mainly sunny. High 21. UV index 8 or very high.
Tonight A few clouds. Low plus 4.

I slept well and got up at four, feeling good.  No congestion.

I sat around a while and went back to bed.  Next I knew it was 0738 and the sun was up.  I made coffee, then added air to the dinghy.

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It is now hurricane season and I have a good hurricane hole at Marina de La Paz but it pays to keep a lookout seeing as it takes time to get there and time to prepare if one is immanent

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I got to updating the diary and went searching for various items that came up, including servicing the watermaker.

I'm in a generally productive frame of mind, but tend to get too many projects underway.  I began with the water leak and went through various pump projects and then the fuel gauge and the watermaker.  Hurricane season came up, too.

I have yet to fix the water leak.

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The week's weather promises to continue about the same, with a few  more windy nights with tonight looking the roughest. 

I'll stay here a few more days and then return to La Paz to get the dinghy.

I spent the morning looking for boat parts.

Wow!  It is one-thirty.

I ran around in the dinghy for a while trying to get it running right.  Problem is that I have not started it for a month almost, so the gas in the carb has dried out and gummed up again.

Then I went snorkeling at the point between here and Pichilingue. The water was murky and the coral is not impressive.  I only saw four varieties of fish. On my return I noticed that the new fuel hose has a leak already. The fittings are good, but the rubber is cheap.

I made spaghetti again and it is already 0735.

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My stern water tank ran empty today. It lasted three nights and much of the water leaked into the bilge when I pressured the system periodically to wash.

My dinghy should be ready on Wednesday.  My medication has almost run out, so I may return to town Tuesday afternoon. My water should last until then.

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When I am away from the dock, I'm on expensive cellular Internet. Since I have been watching YouTube talking heads, I really don't need the video potion.  Joe Rogan figured that out and has gone to Spotify as a podcast. The video eats more data than the audio  Some YouTube videos like Spanish lessons I want to watch over and over, so I got to thinking.

A search turned up the 4K YouTube downloader and 4K YouTube to MP3 free apps. I downloaded them and found that they are dead easy to use and they have turned out to be even more useful and work even better than I hoped.

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Did Jack Dorsey Just Issue A 'Mea Culpa' To All Twitter-Banned "Conspiracy"-Peddlers?

Charles Eisenstein

The Conspiracy Myth

The Coronation

Covid-19 Is A Rehab Intervention: Charles Eisenstein | Rich Roll Podcast
These guys go on a long time, and cover a lot of old ground but say a few interesting things with a positive slant on this shutdown and the possible rethinking it may stimulate about society and the environment .
I downloaded just the audio with
my new toy

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Coronavirus patients not infectious after 11 days, say experts
By now, I should be an 'expert'.

The Term ‘Asymptomatic’ Is More Complicated Than It Seems When It Comes To Coronavirus Infections
Forbes usually has insightful articles, but IMO, this is not one of them.  The title is the only useful part of the whole thing.

Maybe I should not be so harsh. Perhaps there are people don't know that 'asymptomatic' can mean different things to different people.

To me, most of the article is entirely presumptive and speculative and adds to the fearmongering. We have to remember that writers are paid by the word, not the idea.

The Economy Will Not Soon Return to Normal: Here's Why

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At eight, it is not even dark and we are already rocking and rolling here in Bahia Falsa.  Winds are gusting. Could be a fun night.

I found I could remove the broken fuel hose from the fitting and cut off the damaged section and reattach it, but this hose does not like sharp bends, so I reinforced it with Rescue Tape to ease the strain of bending close to the fitting. Yellow is all I have at hand. Flashy!

When I bought the Rescue Tape, it was one of those things.  I had no idea if I would ever use it, but the tape is fantastic.

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Monday May 25th 2020

Today Increasing cloudiness early this morning. Wind becoming west 20 km/h gusting to 40 this afternoon. High 23. UV index 7 or high.
Tonight Cloudy. 30 percent chance of showers after midnight. Clearing before morning. Wind west 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low 10.

I woke at 0630.  The night was actually quieter than many recently.

My hands are stiff and one finger is sore.  I wondered why and remember that gasoline with Sea Foam in it got on my hands when i was repairing the hose. 

I don't recall gas having that effect before, but it is a bit of a wake up call. I've never worn gloves when handling gasoline but perhaps I should. 

Sea Foam is an aggressive aromatic hydrocarbon and if it removes varnish, I wonder what else it can do.

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I am feeling better lately about politics and the prospects for sanity returning to the world.

I've done enough wide-ranging reading that I think I have a pretty good perspective and sense for what is meaningful and likely and what is just fluff.

Maybe it is just my bubble and the articles and news that the algos and searches are serving me, but I am seeing fewer ignorant fearmongering speculative and chiding articles and more thoughtful and insightful ones.

Things have a way of returning to centre, but centre may not be quite where it used to be and that could be a good thing. 

Or not.

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Today, more work on the water system and the outboard.

> A thought on the gas gauge that reads backwards in your boat- any chance the polarity of the wires is backwards? An obviously silly question....

Not really. I wondered the same and that is why I pulled it out. The two exterior wires are the sensor wire and ground, but I thought I might reverse them internally but one side of the sensor is welded to the rod. No luck.

> Getting a sense from the residents of the largely rural area that everyone is suffering a bit of virus fatigue. I see people being less concerned, less cautious, and some fairly outspoken against the lockdown.

I see Mexicans sneaking out here to the bay to swim. Some gringos, too. The neighboring boats are partying it up as if nothing is going on. Half are gringos, the others Mex.

> And many so relieved to talk a bit once that the guardedness has decreased.

Never was a problem here.

> A lot of what has been explained to the populace also has been wrong, or changing, it must not just be the frustration over the shut down economy.

There is something about being lied to and held in a hammerlock "For your own good" that pisses most folks off. Hope it that annoyance lasts.

> I still do not think asymptomatics are big foci of infection, despite some of the studies out of China that show them being highly infectious.

Only in the early stages of a breakdown. IMO. Those fighting it off, not so much.

It's like AFB. There is always a little around, but danger of spread is low until a pupa actually dies, is not immediately removed while intact and decays, creating a large and messy reservoir of spores.

That is why I think reducing and eliminating susceptible strains of bees is so much more important than trying for high levels of resistance. It is also very much cheaper and easier.

If only we could determine the susceptible individuals in society.

Oh, wait. We can. What did we do with that knowledge? Nothing. Instead of isolating them, we turned off the economy and many died anyhow.

> Just does not make sense that someone who may have been exposed and has some viral activity, but not feeling it, would be loaded with infective viruses.

Exactly. Brings up the question of test sensitivity and what is being tested. The tests are all necessarily surrogates of some sort. They obviously cannot measure the actual breakdown with WuWHOFlu.

There is really no simple way to actually test what we really want/need to know because the disease presents in various ways and diagnosis involves multiple criteria.

With PCR, the virons being detected could be deactivated but retain enough character to trip the alarm.

Testing for antibodies does not reveal infectivity.

> A further "nuance" being admitted. I finally saw CNN feature an immunologist who presented the risk of infection quantitatively: amount of virus in the environment multiplied by time in that environment.

We already knew that. Common sense. Hence the healthcare workers vulnerability. That and encountering many more mutations than you or I.

> A big change in information from avoid any possible person or place where the virus has been.

That was always silly.

> I am starting to get a sense that yes, this virus is highly mobile and making vast numbers of people get "exposed".

That is why I go out when I can, but do wash my hands. I only wear a muzzle because it is the fashion and I am a guest here.

> And maybe it has played out by "harvesting" a big majority of the vulnerable?

Low-hanging fruit gets picked first.

> So one wonders what part of the problem in nursing homes is from close contact vs. people in those circumstances being there because they are already frail.

Well, nursing homes often have two to a small room and staff are often part-time with several such jobs. Many are low-skill and low paid.

It is hard to generalise, but many are on death's door, many have DNRs and are hoping to die soon but those are not the ones featured on the news.

Many are like me and say, I'm not looking to go, but if I do, I've had a good run. Don't stop the world on my behalf.

> It all sounds calloused when looking at it as numbers and populations because each death or major sickness is obviously a sad situation.

That's sorta what Stalin said. "If only one man dies of hunger, that is a tragedy. If millions die, that’s only statistics.”

The media play up that one death. Pathos sells.

> As an MD friend of mine (who incidentally is a wonderful ICU doctor and quite busy right now) said: if a medical statistic is 80% recovery, or whatever, a patient does not feel the 80%. They are either recovered, or not.

That is why people tend to fear even slight risk of loss more than they are attracted by a chance to gain.

> Enjoy the freedom!

Believe me, I am! While I can.

> PS: I knew this was not as simple as they were telling us...

The Term ‘Asymptomatic’ Is More Complicated Than It Seems When It Comes To Coronavirus Infections

I found that article entirely speculative and worse than useless. Just more noise.

As far as I could tell, all it really said we don't know, but bad things could happen. More bogeyman talk.

The media is already far too full of speculation.

> Agree that it does not say anything conclusive. But what I am sensing is that mainstream journalists and enterprises are starting to gnaw a bit at the edges of the official narrative.

> They are either bored with repeating things over and over, or themselves are starting to see that things do not fit very well into a logical story.

> CNN had an interview with some other expert who was explaining risk of infection being multivariate and how cumulative time spent in an environment with the virus was riskier than a quick visit to the same environment. If I remember correctly, he also said that the 6 feet distancing guideline is just that and that certain things

> Challenging the concept that asymptomatic people are central to the epidemic is huge. That is the central tenet for shutting everything down. And it could be dead wrong.

> Hoping that part will become clearer at some point, otherwise we will continue with this mess endlessly cause there will always be asymptomatics shedding viruses everywhere one goes.

Yeah. Agreed. Sorry if I seemed too negative, but I have read so much off the main road that an article like that seems elementary and even and a bit stupid.

I have to remember that to be allowed to be published in the MSM, one has to be careful to avoid the unspeakable and kneel and kiss the ring a time or two.

Seems permission has now suddenly been granted to begin to carefully question the official narratives.

Regardless, if it is in the MSM, it has been dumbed down and gelded, but Forbes is usually better than most.

I'm listening now to CBC radio openly talking to people who have been affected by surgery delays.

Maybe there is light at the end of this tunnel. 

I like to use chlorine bleach for a number of things and went looking to see f it is harmful.  I had heard that chlorine is discouraged or banned in marine environments due to action by Greenpeace and cannot figure why or find references.

I always figure that bleach, being only sodium, chlorine and oxygen should be right at home in the sea which contains large amounts salt-- NaCl--which is an atom each of sodium and chlorine and oxygen is everywhere.

I have assumed that sodium hypochlorate will disperse and disassociate in seawater, but checked the breakdown and the only harmful thing I can see is that sodium chlorate is a breakdown product.  Sodium chlorate does not look to be too harmful.  This article is irrelevant: Chlorine: A Dangerous Addition to Everyday Life ...

I once supported Greenpeace, but now can see that, sadly, Greenpeace has become just a negative, cynical, exploitive, and parasitic business.

Why I Left Greenpeace - Dr. Patrick Moore

Greenpeace | Big Green Radicals.

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Wayback Machine Latest Victim Of Big Tech Consolidation And Censorship

The promise of the internet as an “information superhighway” modeled around democratized access to information is quickly eroding before our very eyes, as the measures are taken to curb the COVID-19 pandemic are being used to restrict unfettered knowledge.

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Astroturf and manipulation of media messages

"In this eye-opening talk, veteran investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson shows how astroturf, or fake grassroots movements funded by political, corporate, or other special interests very effectively manipulate and distort media messages.

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Sober Perspective
"Nothing Can Justify This Destruction Of People's Lives"

"It is the first epidemic in history which is accompanied by another epidemic – the virus of the social networks. These new media have brainwashed entire populations. What you get is fear and anxiety, and an inability to look at real data. And therefore you have all the ingredients for monstrous hysteria.

"It is what is known in science as positive feedback or a snowball effect. The government is afraid of its constituents. Therefore, it implements draconian measures.

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Just a note to state the obvious:

People are generally not in long term care or a hospice if they are fit and independent. 

These facilities are for end of life care.

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Wow! OK!
People are finally smartening up.
Every day we are seeing more of the obvious truth exposed publically by respected sources.


Focus on the Covid-19 Death Rate(Mediabias Report

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"I Think It May Have Cost Lives" - Nobel Prize Winner Slams Lockdowns As Product Of "Panic Virus"
(Mediabias Report)
...a Nobel-prize-winning scientists from Stanford said in an interview published Sunday that, according to his models, the lockdowns didn't save lives, but actually caused more deaths.

"I think it may have cost lives. It will have saved a few road accident lives - things like that - but social damage - domestic abuse, divorces, alcoholism - has been extreme. And then you have those who were not treated for other conditions."

Tracing the origins of COVID-19
(Mediabias Report )

Global Anger Builds As Elites Worldwide Break Quarantine Rules

Forget the sticks.
Some people are getting really annoyed.

Media Bias
How much do you want to bet they are biased too?
Is it possible not to be?

News Facts Network
What exactly are facts?

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I finally succeeded in getting the outboard running right again. It took chemicals and several test runs and pulling the spark plug, but now it runs like a charm. I changed the outboard oil, too, and it turned out to be surprisingly dirty, having been changed only maybe ten operating hours ago.

I have had this carburetor problem too many times now and I need to remember to drain the carb and run the gas out when I won't be using the outboard for more than a few days. The problem is I often don't know when I'll use it next. I should also keep the gas tank out of the sun because over time the sun evaporates away volatile parts of the fuel.

With the outboard now running properly, I ran out to the point and snorkeled a while. The snorkeling was uninspiring with few fish and murky water today. I climbed back into the dinghy and motored back.

Just as I came back aboard from the excursion, Aaron phoned to chat on Fongo. We chatted a while, then we were cut off.  I tried to reconnect but Fongo would not work, so I used the phone network.  That worked.

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We finished and I went below and sat at the computer.  No Internet.  I tried a few things and decided that Telcel data had run out. That would explain Fongo quitting.  Fongo is VOIP. Odd, I thought, because I always get a text to renew the plan when that happens. Maybe the tower is down?

I had been writing Ron and Jon about setting up a Zoom family meeting, so need Internet for that and to handle replies, so decided to go back to town. I was a bit lonesome and felt like a beer anyhow. The 7.5 nautical mile trip takes less than two hours.

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At 5:09, I decided and it took me less than ten minutes to lift the outboard onto the rail, raise anchor, start the engine, and head out of the bay.  The trip back takes less than two hours.

The breeze was very light and the sea was flat. The sun was hot and I was hot and sticky, I suppose, from swimming in saltwater.  I had not rinsed down after so, I decided to have a shower right there in the cockpit while underway on autopilot, a kilometre from shore. 

As I showered, I noticed the sea around me was red, and quite so.  I assume there is a red tide and hoped that there had been none where I snorkeled as red tides can cause skin irritation.  The water had been turquoise there, though.

The stern shower is cold water only, but cold water here is at least 22°C, and the shower was most refreshing, cooled me down and got rid of the stickiness and any red tide I might have encountered.

Looking at my phone, I noticed that somehow the data on my phone had turned itself off, explaining the sudden end to my Fongo call earlier. I turned it on and suddenly I had internet again.

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The wind had picked up by the time I got to my dock. My docking could have gone better, but I was able to step off and tie up. I plugged in and closed up, then walked to Bandidos with a beer in mind.

It turned out that the Tecate is warm  and they suggested delivering it tomorrow. They also will have keg beer on tap tomorrow or Wednesday (but they are closed Wednesdays).  Anyhow, I sat down to have a beer and the owner--I have yet to learn his name-- sat with me, two metres away to visit, but sat closer to show me pictures on his phone.

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Most of us don't worry about the virus beyond being aware and prudent. Many carry on as if no measures were in place other than watch for the cops, and the cops seem to have lost interest beyond going through the motions of caring.

I carry a a mask, but don't wear it unless near others on the street, or in Uber or a store.  Neither the owners or I wear masks in the back of the place, but their staff all do.

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It was their supper time and Arianna's brother, the cook, came out and sat with them.  She looked over and asked if I would like to try what they were eating.  I said, no, I am thawing chicken at home, but they insisted. 

The 'sample' tuned out to be a good-sized plate of shrimp and noodles and a second plate with sushi, plus they insisted I take seconds of the sushi.  It was all very good.

I paid for the beer and walked back to Baja Magic.  Somehow, the two Buds tired me right out and I went to bed then and there at eight-thirty.

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Tuesday May 26th 2020

Today Increasing cloudiness early this morning. Wind becoming west 20 km/h gusting to 40 this afternoon. High 23. UV index 7 or high.
Tonight Cloudy. 30 percent chance of showers after midnight. Clearing before morning. Wind west 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low 10.

I slept right through to seven-thirty except for a short time at two when I got up for a half-hour. I had some weird dreams, so maybe I did get a bit of red tide effect, unless it was the spice in my surprise supper.

We've just seen what happens when the people no longer listen to the elites

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‘Planet Of The Humans’ EP Michael Moore & Director Jeff Gibbs Blast “Blatant Censorship” After Controversial Documentary Yanked From YouTube
What a Surprise!

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i spent the morning at the keyboard, filling water tanks, and generally catching up. I called Bob and it seems it will be another week before my dinghy is ready to go.  One of the reasons I came into town was to get the dinghy, but I guess I'll have to wait.

After lunch, I contacted Miguel about importing items using his contacts.  He was over at a dock by La Costa working on his boat, so I walked over an had a beer with him, then walked to Bandidos. 

It just happened that a beekeeper was delivering honey and we got to talking.  She works at Rancho Cacachilas out by El Sargento and showed me the website. It looks like an amazing place.

El Sagento is near La Ventana, the kitesurfing mecca. I drove out there last year for a look around but did not know about this dude ranch. It would be worth a visit sometime when I rent a car again.

It turns out Adriana and her husband are going to have a beehive brought to their home south of La Paz, and neither they or the beekeeper were sure how to do it, so I offered to assist.

I asked if the bees are Africanised and the beekeeper said yes.  I've worked with AHB in Tucson and also Mexican bees even before AHB when we imported packages from Mexico back in the seventies, so this should be interesting, given the temperatures here.

I returned to the boat and visited Jeff for a while, and his visitor, Marian, then went back to Baja Magic, had supper, had a Zoom meeting with Jon and Katrina, and watched video. 

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Wednesday May 27th 2020

Today Sunny. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud this afternoon. Wind becoming northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 this morning. High 19. UV index 7 or high.
Tonight Clearing late this evening. Wind northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low plus 2 with risk of frost.

I woke at 0730 and listened to the net at eight.  Today I have to get my books to the accountant.  Tax filing deadline is next week.

I cooked up some broccoli and cabbage to use them up before they get too old.

Hurricane season is here and tropical storms are beginning to form.

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Some light reading.

Apology Day

MRNA Moderna using unethical and untested animal and human genes in vaccine - social media bans info

How About Permanently Closing Public Schools?

The Ticking Trust Bomb

YouTube Caught Censoring Comments Deemed 'Offensive' To The Communist Party

YouTube Takes Steps To Censor "Controversial" (a.k.a. "Conservative") Content

Twitter 'Un-Verifies' Journalist One Hour After He Tweets About Obama Spying On Journalists

"Everything About This Is Insane" - Begging Big Tech To Be Arbiters Of Truth Will Ultimately Backfire

Famed Chinese 'Bat Woman' Claims Coronavirus Is 'Just the Tip of the Iceberg'
(Media Bias)

Canadian Judge Rules Against Huawei CFO, Clearing Way For Extradition

How many companies are worth less than zero?

Around noon, I received a call from Industry Canada worker who had been working with me to get an MMSI and a radio license for this boat.  We had talked before, after I had wasted several hours applying, including filling in a form online many many times with each attempt ending up in a meaningless error message.

She had attempted to help me and sent me a file with the data filled in, but it did not come through and I had given up.  Today she came across the incomplete file and she called me.

She insisted that she had sent the file, so she sent it again several times and each time the attachment was not there. I eventually figured a workaround and received the file, but then it was protected and it took me an hour to get around that  and submit the form.

I loaded it in Acrobat, printed it as PDF, loaded the PDF into PDF-Xchange Editor and was able to fill in the missing data and sign it with a gif.

It was four o'clock before I finished and I figure it cost the Canadian government and me several hundred dollars in time wasted doing this simple task.

Marian, whom I met briefly yesterday, called and wants to go sailing Friday. 

Hmmm.  We talked about it yesterday and I have been thinking it would be nice to have a companion, but somehow this seems too easy. I hardly know her or her intentions.  I said to come by tomorrow and we'll get better acquainted and talk details.

Now, I really, really need to get the books to the accountant.

"Target Is Being Looted" - Social Unrest Worsens In Minneapolis

NSA’s Social Network Mapping is More Vast, Omnipresent and Horrifying Than Snowden Revealed

Wikipedia Co-Founder Says Site Is 'Badly Biased'
When did he figure that out?

Social Media Giants are About to get Their Comeuppance
It's about time!

Project Veritas Exposes Twitter "Shadow Banning", Blocking Opposing Views

Trump To Sign Social Media Executive Order On Thursday After 'Fact-Check', Political Bias Exposed

If you simply follow the MSM narrative and believe it, you'll never have noticed, but Facebook and Twitter both have been slanting discussions by shadow banning and annotating.  Now if there is any justice they will be stripped of their status as communication platforms and treated as the publishers they have chosen to become.  This is overdue, but I wonder if it will result in even more deliberate and overt interference.


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Thursday May 28th 2020

Today Mainly sunny. Increasing cloudiness late this afternoon. High 21. UV index 8 or very high.
Tonight Mainly cloudy. Clearing before morning. Low 9.

I'm up at 0620 and have had my breakfast.

The probability of the depression forming a cyclone is now 80%.  There are no predictions what might follow.

I really need to get some things done today if i am serious about going sailing Friday. I'm thinking Saturday suits me better, but we will see.

I did not finish the books yesterday and am still looking at the water leak trying to figure how to deal with it.  It is under the fridge and I have torn out some paneling, with more to follow, it seems. if I am to get access.  I'm somewhat reluctant to do that.  It is easier to take things apart than to reassemble them and I have limited woodwork tools here.

I also need to buy gasoline for the outboard and shop for groceries.

Gabe Mirkin, as always has a good virus summary in his eZine although he gives the Lancet study of 96,000 hospitalized COVID-19 patients on six continents credibility beyond what I would due to no mention of zinc, which i understand to be a critical component of the hydroxychloroquine  treatment.

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I'm planning to waste less time down the rabbithole today.

I've been worried, and watching developments, but I'm now starting to feel that the world is sobering up about the WuWHOFlu shutdowns and realising that huge mistakes have been made. We're back the usual world power struggles.

It'll take a while to walk back from that COVID-19/20 stupidity. Politicians have trouble saying, "I was wrong", and there will always be fans of government overreach who will insist forever we should have gone even deeper into that abyss, but people are beginning to break out.

Also, there are signs that people with real clout are finally realising the amount of power social media companies have accumulated quietly and are now flagrantly abusing against free speech and will now attempt to clip their wings.

Time for a showdown.

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Today's trip Down the  Rabbithole

"Big Day For Fairness" - White House Plans To Empower FCC To Regulate American Social Media Giants

NIH Director: Can't Rule Out COVID-19 'Isolated And Studied' In Wuhan Lab

Twitter claims 'no evidence' of mail-in voter fraud despite numerous convictions since 2016

The FBI documents that put Barack Obama in the ‘Obamagate’ narrative

Your "Immunity Passport" Future Begins To Materialize As Airlines Call For Digital ID Tracking

Leading UK Epidemiologist: "Pubs, Nightclubs, Restaurants Could Reopen Without Serious Risk"

China Furious After Twitter Retroactively Tags Tweets From Top Officials

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I did some tidying and rearranging seeing as I will have company on board. Then Marion came by and there went the rest of  the afternoon.

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Friday May 29th 2020

Today Clearing this morning. Wind becoming southeast 20 km/h gusting to 40 near noon. High 25. UV index 8 or very high.
Tonight Partly cloudy. Wind southeast 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low 10.

I'm up at seven.

The tropical storm threat has dropped to 70% from 80% today.

I have to get the books done by afternoon.  I thought I'd finish yesterday but found there were quite a few items in 'Miscellaneous' that need to be distributed to their correct accounts and that slowed me down.

Then Marian came by and there went the rest of the afternoon.

Finally, here is the kind of discussion and analysis that has been sorely lacking to date. 

Coronavirus: Here’s how germs are spread and where you’re most likely to catch them

COVID-19 Superspreader Events in 28 Countries: Critical Patterns and Lessons


What is mentioned in these articles but still unknown and desperately in need of study is the minimum infective dose (MIV) and the probable positive effects of exposure below that threshold.

Of course that threshold will vary from low for those with weak immune systems to high for those with robust immune systems. Is there way to predict?

The knee-jerk measures we have taken to try to protect everyone and not just the vulnerable rather than simply identify and contain the most likely vectors appear in retrospect to been largely counter-productive and even with great probability harmful by far than an intelligent, measured, surgical approach would have been.

It appears now that avoiding the outdoors and wearing masks on an uncrowned street are largely useless inconveniences and most infections occur indoors at home and in public gatherings where people mingle and touch, especially gatherings where they sing kiss, shout or otherwise are close together breathing hard and there is little air exchange.

When does government intervention make sense for COVID-19?

"It is becoming evident that, in addition to individuals’ general resistance to infection varying, around half the population may well have pre-existing partial immunity to COVID-19 due to previous encounters with other coronaviruses.[5] [6] [7] Variation in susceptibility related to resistance to COVID-19 infection is therefore an important factor.

Calgary Beekeepers were asking about ozone again, so I linked to this page from 2011:

I intended to get tot he accounting, but my heart is not in it so I did some research and now I'll do it.  Honest

     Malaria drug and    
   zinc, the missing link   

In Future Crises, Let People Make Their Own Decisions
I started avoiding possible hot spots and flying around long before the idea was even on the radar and I am ready to stop worrying anytime now.

I finally finished the accounting, cooked some rice, then decided to get some gasoline.  By then it was after four and the day was cooling a bit. 

I walked to the corner, got six litres, and walked back.  I considered stopping at Bandidos for a beer with my friends, but figured if I did that I'd accomplish nothing more today, and I've promised Marian we'll leave maybe tomorrow, so returned to Baja Magic.

Next, I called Uber and rode to Chedraui.  On arrival, I remembered I need a prescription refilled and walked a cross to Farmacias Similares, the bargain pharmacy recommended by other cruisers.  With no prescription in hand, I simply passed my empty bottle to the pharmacist and was handed a refill, no questions asked, and what I paid was as cheap as my 10% co-pay in Canada after insurance pays the rest. I paid $210 (pesos) for two and each was labelled at $367 (pesos).  Gotta love Mexico.

I walked back to Chedraui and shopped for an hour or so. 

People in the store mostly wore cobre bocas (masks) but some did not and most only had them over their mouth leaving the nose free, because, after all, cobre boca literally means cover mouth and that is what the rules say: usar una cobre boca en público.  A floor sweeper wanted to talk to me about fishing opening up on Monday. The store has relaxed its rules a lot and things seem much more like normal.

Uber returned me to the marina and my boat and I wasted the evening on Twitter.

I have had a Twitter account since the beginning almost but never found much use for it.  Lately, though Twitter has been in the news and frankly, that is where to get the news now.

Seems CNN is not very popular in Atlanta.  They seem surprised.  They thought they were the good guys.  Guess others think differently.

For Trump haters, I recommend Twitter because you get the un-butchered quotes and the context.  He seems a lot more sensible there compared to how he appears on newscasts that are edited and 'interpreted'.

His China speech today is a huge milestone and IMO the speech was very well done.

President Trump Holds News Conference Following U.S. Protests and Tensions with China

Hmmm. It's midnight. 


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Saturday May 30th 2020

Today Clearing. Wind becoming southeast 20 km/h gusting to 40 this morning. High 28. UV index 9 or very high.
Tonight A few clouds. Wind southeast 20 km/h gusting to 40. Low 16.

I'm up at six-thirty.  My back is sore.

From Thoughts From the Frontline: "...looking at the present pandemic historically. We know of 60 or so worldwide infections. Measured by the number of deaths (so far), this one isn’t in the top 10. But economically speaking, it already rivals the Great Depression of the 1930s.

Niall (Niall Ferguson) believes the US response to the coronavirus has turned a mid-sized pandemic into a catastrophe."

David (David McWilliams) pointed to another consequence: The pandemic quickly redefined the kind of policies we will accept. Ideas that just months ago sounded radical now seem reasonable. That means we can expect more radical responses as this crisis continues, and even more in future crises.

The World Health Organization Was Against Quarantines Only Last Year

"Dr. Fauci in late February wrote that “the overall clinical consequences of Covid-19 may ultimately be more akin to those of a severe seasonal influenza.”


"The more we know about the virus, the more we realize that Fauci’s original assessment was closer to the truth, especially when considering how it targets especially those with very low life expectancy, exactly as John Ioannidis predicted on March 7."

" is a fairly large gap between what the WHO recommended in 2019 and what governments actually did in 2020. "

I had a Zoom chat with Mom this morning. Her helper, Cheryl, set up her tablet for her and it worked fairly well.

I went up to sit in the cockpit and found that, as always, almost regardless of time of day, the sun comes through right where I want to sit.  It is just a narrow strip but I risk sunburn if I fall asleep. so I dug into my bags and found the panel that closes that gap and zipped zipped in the joiner panel. That fixed the sun, but reduced the breeze.

I am expecting Marian this evening and we plan to go sailing for a few days.  I am ready to go, but I decided we should stay tonight at the dock just to see how things go, especially seeing as she is bringing her dog.

With the dog, too, we'll be using the dinghy.  With that in mind, I want to make sure it is still running right so I took a spin over to the Magote.  I had a quick swim there in the shallows and came back.  It is all good.

CDC Admits COVID-19 Antibody Tests Are Wrong Half The Time & Virus Isn't That Deadly

"...For the first time, the CDC has attempted to offer a real estimate of the overall death rate for COVID-19, and under its most likely scenario, the number is 0.26 percent..."

There are riots everywhere and marches in Toronto.  What did they think would happen when they locked everyone down for months with no work?  It was a very stupid, elitist pseudo-intellectual, pseudo-scientific  thing to do and the unintended consequences are turning out to be far worse than anything the WuWHOFlu might have done. 

Interesting items...
George Floyd Autopsy Finds No Evidence of Asphyxia or Strangulation, Family Plans Second Examination

Black Small Business Owner Breaks Down After Minneapolis Riots Consume His Life's Work

Summer 2020 will be a long, hot summer and a lot more deaths from various causes.  Frustrated, unemployed, cooped up people are not at all rational.  Consider that communities have sacked their own neighborhoods and facilities, making their future worse.

Marian came to the boat with the dog and we sat in the cockpit a while.  I tried to get the dog to try the dinghy with me but he was not ready for that.

We walked to Bandidos and had beer there and while there, I looked at the bee 'swarm' they were concerned about.  It turned out to be fistful of lost bees with a tiny bit of new comb.  It was within reach overhead in a tree, so  I poked a finger into the tiny cluster to expose the comb and could see no sign of brood.

We walked back to the boat and sat in the cockpit until ten. Marian made supper around eight.  Jack from a nearby boat came and sat a while.

I was in bed by ten.

Sometime during the night, the smoke alarm went off and there was no way to pull the batteries so I put it under some cushions.  I had put the empty gas carry can into a stern locker and I guess some slight fumes wafted forward through the bulkhead and set it off.  It has gone off for no apparent reason before.

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Sunday May 31st 2020

Today A few thunderstorms ending early this morning then cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Risk of thunderstorms this afternoon. Wind southeast 30 km/h gusting to 50 becoming west 30 gusting to 50 this afternoon. High 28. Humidex 29. UV index 5 or moderate.
Tonight Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers this evening. Clearing overnight. Risk of thunderstorms early this evening. Wind west 50 km/h gusting to 80 becoming light near midnight. Low 8.

I'm up at six-thirty.  The plan is to head for Bahia Falsa this morning.

Marion decided to go shopping, so she walked to Aramburo with the dog and returned around ten.  We untied shortly after and headed out.  We came across a panga which needed a tow and towed them back to the beach, then sailed out as far as Balandra.

We thought we would anchor there in the protection of the bluffs but were chased off by the coast guard as the bay is apparently closed.

We sailed back to Falsa and as we entered Falsa, we passed a ship which had carried yachts back from Costa Rica to save the owners the long upwind trip. 

We found my usual spot was occupied, but anchored nearby then mounted the outboard and took the dog to shore for a little while, then returned and had supper.

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