June 2020




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A ship carrying cruising yachts to La Paz from Costa Rica
unloading at the entrance to Pichilingue Harbour


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Monday June 1st 2020

Today Sunny. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud this afternoon. Wind becoming northwest 20 km/h late this afternoon. High 20. UV index 9 or very high.
Tonight Partly cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers this evening. Clearing overnight. Wind northwest 20 km/h becoming light near midnight. Low 6.

I'm up at six-thirty again.

German Official Leaks Report Denouncing COVID-19 As "A Global False Alarm"

"Germany’s federal government and mainstream media are engaged in damage control after a report that challenges the established Corona narrative leaked from the interior ministry... (Copy and translate)

"But the 93-pages report titled “Analysis of the Crisis Management” has been drafted by a scientific panel appointed by the interior ministry and composed by external medical experts from several German universities...

"The danger is obviously no greater than that of many other viruses. There is no evidence that this was more than a false alarm...

"The people who die from Corona are essentially those who would statistically die this year, because they have reached the end of their lives and their weakened bodies can no longer cope with any random everyday stress (including the approximately 150 viruses currently in circulation)...

Yale Epidemiologist: Hydroxychloroquine Should Be 'Widely Available And Promoted Immediately' As Standard Treatment

Recent News on COVID-19

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I took a spin in the dinghy out to take another picture of unloading yachts but nothing much was happening.  The ride was rough going out but better returning with the swells.

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Minneapolis Riots Are a Reminder That Police Don't Protect You or Your Property

"In a Wedensday manuscript detailing how high-risk COVID-19 patients should be treated, Risch notes that the combination of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) and the antibiotic azithromycin (AZ) "has been widely misrepresented in both clinical reportsand public media," and that "Five studies, including two controlled clinical trials, have demonstrated significant major outpatient treatment efficacy."

"Hydroxychloroquine+azithromycin has been used as standard-of-care in more than 300,000 older adults with multi comorbidities, with estimated proportion diagnosed with cardiac arrhythmias attributable to the medications 47/100,000 users, of which estimated mortality is <20%,9/100,000users, compared to the 10,000 Americans now dying each week. These medications need to be widely available and promoted immediately for physicians to prescribe. - Dr. Harvey Risch

"Risch recommends the combination of HCQ+AZ "preferably with zinc" as a "standard outpatient treatment, at least until we find or add something better, whether that could be remdesivir or something else."

Where did policing go wrong?

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Here Is The Stunning Chart That Blows Up All Of Modern Central Banking

Unintended consequences

All Of The World's Money & Markets In One Visualization

We took the dog ashore in the dinghy in the morning, swam a bit, returned, had lunch and a long siesta.

I ran the dinghy out again and took more pictures of the unloading, swam again and then had supper at sundown.

I went to bed around nine-thirty.

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Tuesday June 2nd 2020

Today Mainly sunny. Wind becoming southwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 this afternoon. High 23. UV index 9 or very high.
Tonight Partly cloudy. Clearing before morning. Wind southwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming northwest 20 gusting to 40 overnight. Low 11.

The night was fairly calm, with no alarms.

I'm up at seven-thirty.  It looks like another perfect day coming up.

The transport is still out at the entrance and mid-morning they loaded a small cruiser. I assume they have a route with various drop-off and pickup points.

We went snorkeling at the point and found it murky, so then went out all the way to the reef at the south end of Peninsula de San Juan Nepomuceno.   The water was clear there so we had a good snorkel, then returned to the boat and decided to go for a sail to Bahia Pichilingue.

We entered the bay and I tucked up close to the south shore, expecting the nightly southerlies to make things rough across the bay in my usual spot.   As soon as we anchored, a panga from Cassiopeia the tour ship anchored there for the past months came over to make sure we were not in shallow water.  I reassured them we have three metres under the keel.

We snorkeled and Marian found a sea urchin.  I have seen them, but leave them alone, but she decided she wanted to eat it, so that was a  big production.

We also had to take the dog ashore, so we went to nearby gravel beach for a short while.  Security came by to tell us the land is private.  We returned to the boat and eventually, as it grew dark, we had supper in the cockpit.  By then, the wind had become so strong it blew my wine glass over.

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Wednesday June 3rd 2020

Today Sunny. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud this morning. Wind northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40. High 19. UV index 8 or very high.
Tonight Partly cloudy. Wind northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low 6.

The location proved to be reasonably well sheltered.

It is 0650 and I have done the dishes..  I'm thinking it is time to head back to La Paz today.

We raised anchor and tacked back to Punta Prieta and as we approached, the wind died, so we motor-sailed the rest of the way.

We arrived at about 1330 and tied up.  The boat ahead had moved back, cramping our space but we managed to tie.

Our first water tank ran dry just as I did dishes.

We had a celebratory drink and I had a long nap.

Marion took the dog for a walk and came back with the ladies from the nearby sewing shop and we discussed changing the windows and altering the dodger design a bit.

The I walked her to the gate and called a cab.

I went back to the boat and watched Trump videos until bed. 

I have not interested in US politics much until the lockdowns and up until now, pretty much figured what I was hearing in the MSM, like CBC in Canada, was reasonably objective. I'm discovering it is not, not nearly, and there appears to be a well co-ordinate campaign to smear DJT and his goals.

He is stepping on toes: Mexico, Canada, China, Europe, and refusing to demonize Russia. Just as he promised, he is working to Make America Great Again. That implies it is not at present, and fact is, America is not great any longer.  The US has been a bully, starting wars all over, hollowing out the countries strengths, abandoned the founding principles and given in the very forces the founders warned about.  The country has become decadent.

The Case Is Building That COVID-19 Had a Lab Origin

The night was rolley, but not too bad, tucked up near the cliffs.

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Thursday June 4th 2020

Today A mix of sun and cloud. 30 percent chance of showers this afternoon. High 20. UV index 8 or very high.
Tonight Partly cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers this evening. Clearing overnight. Low plus 3 with risk of frost.

Up at 0635.  Nice breezy morning here at the dock.

Readers, if I have any left, may wonder why I am following the news so carefully lately and looking elsewhere than the 'news' offered by the compromised MSM.  I am watching to dodge the bullet when/if it comes close. 

Recently, I have been watching videos about Trump, Trump press conferences, Fox News, Rebel News in Canada and concluding that the the MSM in both Canada and the US are rotten.  They have become lapdogs for the moneyed classes, accustomed to being fed under the table by administrations and fawning over their masters.

DJT does them no favours and talk of an ongoing coup attempt aided by the MSM is no exaggeration.

One would never know from listening to the MSM, but DJT is actually very competent and savvy.  People don't like him at all for that very fact.  He steps on toes.  The 'wrong' toes.

He actually is draining the swamp and the swamp critters are using every sort of disinformation and trickery available to turn the population against him.  DJT is the US president and deserves some respect as such, but he deserves respect for his many accomplishments while in office.  One has to look to see them, though, because the MSM either ignores them or finds some negative effect to emphasize and the average person is glued to one of the old networks.

 As the saying goes, one cannot make an omelet without breaking eggs. All through time, if any one has tried to clean house, he/she has come up against powerful enemies and their friends who will do anything to keep their privileged perks. In this case, he is up against the owners of the media who can see he is threat to their inside track, their forever wars and boondoggles.  I have come to the conclusion he is basically a good man with clear eyes and a clear goal: draining the swamp and the 'deplorables' and the 'fly-over' people are trusting him to go to war against the deep state on their behalf. 

Bricks, Fires, Frozen Bottle Projectiles: The Organized Tactics Of America's Violent Rioters

Three Ways Lockdowns Paved the Way for These Riots

  • The Lockdowns Created an Economic Disaster
  • The Lockdowns Destroyed Social Institutions
  • The Lockdowns Empowered the Police State

The State’s Priority Is Protecting Itself, Not You

Here is a contrasting view. Seems a bit incoherent to me, though.
Trump’s Distractions or Is the Empire in Retreat?

Civil Unrest Was Inevitable - Here's How It Will Be Exploited To Bring In Tyranny

This is clear and what is amazing is how many 'respectable' folks are endorsing the chaos. Like the aristocrats  fomenting and cheering on the  French Revolution, will they be so cavalier when they are lined up at a guillotine of their own making?  "They that sow the wind shall reap the whirlwind"

Order Out Of Chaos: The Defeat Of The Left Comes With A Cost

Enough of that.  I'm going shopping.  Word is that stores are not admitting those over sixty during normal hours. I guess I am fifty-seven today.  Who would have ever thought that I would think that fifty-seven is 'young'.

Before noon, I went by dinghy to Marina Palmira.  The trip was rough going downwind and much rougher coming back, but I did get the supplies I had ordered from the US.  Then I had lunch, repaired the foot pump with the kit that arrived today, and had a nap.


I never did get to the grocery store.  Instead, around four, after the heat of the day--it got to 82°F here on the boat but gets much hotter uptown--I walked to Oxxo and bought some beer, then stopped at Bandidos on the way back.  Beer is now widely available here in La Paz again

I had supper and later made a vegetarian stew and watched YouTube videos until midnight.

I'm finding the supposedly 'right wing" videos like Fox news and Trump press conferences very interesting because they are nothing like what we have come to assume from the MSM mentions. From my perspective, they are middle of the road, and for the most part, I am finding these sources far more sensible, tolerant, and considerate than what I am getting from other sources.

Of course, nobody is right all the time, so one has to always weigh what is presented and keep an open mind.

Below is a list of the best videos I found yesterday.  I watched all of some, some of others, but all are worth a peek. IMO.

Jordan Peterson:
From the Barricades of the Culture Wars

This is the delightful and best
Jordan Peterson video I have seen.
Very candid

The far-left has hijacked the George Floyd protests

Looters, Lockdowners, and the Law

Tucker: Liberal activists now want to 'defund the police'

'The Five' struggles with the left's growing call to 'defund police'

Ross Douthat’s Decadent Society

Former CIA officer explodes on Secy Esper: 'Get the hell out of the Pentagon'

Thou Doth Protest Too Much

The government's coronavirus rules make no sense

It seems few actually listen to Trump's speeches, and I'm a surprised to discover they are far better than what we are led to believe and he does have a very good and insightful mind.  True, he does have some funny ways of speaking at some points, but he can talk without ums and ahs and you-knows and provides a very coherent explanation of what he understands and intends. I worry about a country where powerful and influential corporations control the media, promulgate lies, and try to overpower and displace the duly elected president.


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Friday June 5th 2020

Today Sunny. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud near noon. Wind becoming south 20 km/h near noon. High 22. UV index 9 or very high.
Tonight Cloudy. Periods of rain beginning this evening. Local amount 5 mm. Wind south 20 km/h becoming light this evening. Low 14

Up at 0703.  It is breezy again here at the dock, cool and overcast as well.

I woke up feeling discontented. I'm realising/thinking I'll have to go home sometime. First direct flight to YYC is one month today.

I am hearing nothing from readers these days so I am thinking that maybe I have managed now to annoy everyone which is not necessarily a bad thing IMO, but I do enjoy input now and then, and corrections where appropriate.

This is worth a listen
Live: President Trump holds news conference
50,909 watching now•Started streaming 31 minutes ago

Compare this in-depth wide-ranging and intelligent discussion by Trump to the childish and robotic performances of our Canadian Prime Minister and his kindergarten cabinet who reply to any question with a irrelevant list of platitudes and self-congratulation.

This guy, DJT, recognizes that the USA is a country and is defending it against enemies both foreign and domestic.

Trudeau says we are in a post-national world and is angling for a seat on the UN at our expense while he runs Canada into the ground by crippling our resource industries with red tape and denigrating them.

We need to Make Canada Great Again. At one time, Canada was a great country, punching far above our weight class, but now we are stagnating and wallowing in self destructive memes, pursuing fairy-tale dreams.

Many prominent people hate Trump because he crashed their party and is working for the middle class.  Our guy, on the other hand, keeps repeating how he is helping the middle class, while destroying it.

This continues to be a cool day.  At nine-forty-seven, it feels like noon.  I have finished cleaning up this page and now will get to work on the boat, plus a few other things I have been putting off.

I'm thinking, too about going home to Canada although I hardly feel like it.  Before I go, there are things to do here so I'd best get at them.

The last three months have been unreal and I have let some things slide.  I spoke to Barb yesterday and she is concerned about the grass at my place, and my mower apparently threw a belt, so I reassured her that I only need the grass to be kept neat enough that the weed inspector does not come knocking and so the place looks occupied.

I re-installed the galley foot pump and confirmed it works.  It pumps both salt water from the sea or fresh water from the aft tank.

Then I went out and replaced the genoa furling line with the new rope I got yesterday.  It is a huge improvement.

I also measured the genoa and it measures 17-1/2 feet on the foot. The gap ahead of the mast is 12 so that makes it a 145.  That is a big foresail.

Only in Canada
Black Lives Matter event derailed after organizers admit to being white

Beauty, eh?

This is the warmest day expected this week and this moment is the peak temperature at 40°C and 93°F. Nice.

In the afternoon, I worked on getting the barbecue set up.  I have never used it but Marian left some chops here and is coming over for supper.

It took me a good hour to free the screws so I could move the base to the stern rail where there is sufficient room for it.  The bolts are stainless and the body is aluminum and they were seized.   I finally got that done and the barbecue mounted.  I hooked it up and it works.

Marian arrived, then Sandra came over to measure the mattresses for fitted sheets.

We had supper and sat around a while.  Marian decided to stay over and slept up in the cockpit.

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Saturday June 6th 2020

Today Cloudy. 60 percent chance of rain early this morning. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud near noon. Risk of a thunderstorm early this morning. Wind southeast 40 km/h gusting to 60 becoming light near noon. High 21. UV index 7 or high.
Tonight Cloudy. 60 percent chance of showers this evening. Rain beginning near midnight. Risk of a thunderstorm early this evening. Amount 10 to 20 mm. Low 11.

Up at 0709.  It is breezy again here at the dock, cool and sunny.

Here is a chart of experience in Ohio from John Mauldin that is fairly reassuring, to me at least. It is hard to read, but worth some study.


Some feedback...

Even though you may not be getting feedback, I'm sure lots of folk are reading your posts...and appreciate your point of view. Please continue.

Best regards,


Hi Allen,

I do check in periodically to see what is going on in your interesting life after bees.....

Finding the current affairs at so many levels very difficult to understand. I seems like humanity (from politicians to the populace) has lost the ability to ponder, weigh and make rational calculated decisions. Everything seems to be governed by reactions to the visible, reported and in general most extreme.

On the virus thing, still looking at stats trying to make some sense of things. Very difficult to figure out trends within the noise. Wow, "cases" increasing as testing increases exponentially? And even though deaths increase, it seems like they are a function of the "natural" spread of the disease combined with reporting bias. Colorado has been quite good at being pretty open about how cases are classified as positive. They actually have two categories of deaths: with covid positive, or by covid.... And now we have Mexico and Brazil presumably raging with the virus- as testing increases and categorization of deaths "by covid" probably increases also.

And now we have the visibility of "police brutality". My goodness. Just like the virus, as if these issues do not occur all the time, all of a sudden there is a new martyr to focus on? I have a friend who digs pretty deep into stuff. She claims to have found that the fellow was quite a criminal and drug addict. Of course, him getting choke held may have been excessive, but maybe the cops knew him. So hard to judge on these situations where both "victim" and cop are working in the the heat of the moment.

Crazy world.... Oh, and locally here, not immune from the craziness:


Take care and keep wondering,


The COVID-19 shutdown will cost Americans millions of years of life

"...The policies have created the greatest global economic disruption in history, with trillions of dollars of lost economic output. These financial losses have been falsely portrayed as purely economic. To the contrary, using numerous National Institutes of Health Public Access publications, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Bureau of Labor Statistics data, and various actuarial tables, we calculate that these policies will cause devastating non-economic consequences that will total millions of accumulated years of life lost in the United States, far beyond what the virus itself has caused..."

Which 'science' are we supposed to believe?

"...what some want to call science is increasingly politics masquerading as science. And nothing has demonstrated that better than the coronavirus..."

Bill Maher: 'Reckless experiment' of coronavirus shutdowns may have fueled Floyd protests

The Moral Authority Of Lockdown Fetishists Is Gone. Thank The Protestors & Rioters

COVID-19 Has Become "Less Prevalent" And "Isn't Making People As Sick", UPMC Doctor Says

"Unreported Truths" - This Is The COVID-19 Book That Amazon 'Quarantined'

“Extreme Looting”: We Are Seeing Looters Use Absolutely Crazy Tactics That Have Never Been Seen Before

Black Approval For Trump Surges To Over 40%


I still read your diary.

From the Mauldin article

>> (There may be small statistical variances. We don’t know the ages of the people who died in prisons, but presume they are largely under age 70.)

The presumption is wrong. Almost all the prison deaths in Ohio were OLD. The prison in Pickaway County had almost all the prison deaths. There was only one or two prisoners who died at the Marion prison. (A nurse and a guard at Marion died...not sure if those deaths are counted as prison deaths or not.) The Pickaway prison was essentially a nursing home for old prisoners. It got hammered hard by Covid. The Pickaway prison should be considered a long term care facility.


Thanks. I passed that on to John and his doctor.

I did some chores, unclogged the sink drain, and washed down the cockpit.  This was the first time I have used the barbecue and confirmed that barbecuing can make a mess.  Not only that, fire on a boat is something to watch carefully and dripping fat can be dangerous.  A friend of John H's lost his 50-foot Beneteau to a barbecue fire.

At noon, Marian and I walked to the market, or at least to the street where is normally held, but no no one was there. The rules around the shutdown are variable it seems.

We walked via the Malecon, which is closed to traffic due to the pandemic.

So, we called Uber and went to Chedraui and shopped for an hour or so, each adding to the cart.  I had no idea how this would work. We agreed yesterday to go sailing Monday or Tuesday, so I am guessing this is what this is about. She found things like mayo that I don't use and huge bottles of mineral water which I definitely never use.  I'm always concerned about storage space and overstocking.

We returned to the boat. I put everything away. She left for the market uptown.  I'm assuming she is going home and I will hear from her in a day or two for our sailing trip.

I was weary and lay down for a nap.  Next I knew it was five-thirty.

B.C. reveals where virus came from, how it spread, where it remain

I had supper, then glued some of the loose rubber strips in the teak benches down.  The teak is twenty-five years old and pretty weathered.  The wood has eroded down below the rubber strips and I had assumed it is beyond repair, but decided to see what i can do.  The benches are covered with the fitted seat cushions most of the time anyhow.

I have found that with a razor knife I can cut the rubber flush, and I sanded the surfaces a bit.  I'll need some filler for the cracks in the teak.  I'm not looking to make them look new, but just presentable and serviceable and my initial efforts indicate they will look pretty good when i am done.

Before (left), trimmings (centre), and the teak after the initial work (right)
This shows the worst section for wood damage and it is going look good after I fill the cracks and sand more.

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After, I spent the evening watching YouTube video.  I'm finding videos now that are far more entertaining than the crap on Netflix.

This discussion, below, is well worth watching: two brilliant minds at work.  Three actually, Bret Weinstein is moderating.  3,000 in the audience are sitting through this wrestling match.

Sam Harris & Jordan Peterson - Vancouver - 1
Sam Harris & Jordan Peterson - Vancouver - 2

To me, it seems Sam has Jordan on his back foot here and this is the first time I've seen anyone come anywhere near out-gunning Jordan.  I have not watched the entire discussion, so we will see how this goes.

I hear that Jordan has recovered and is working on a new book. 

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Sunday June 7th 2020

Today Rain. Amount 10 to 20 mm. Wind northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming north 40 gusting to 60 this afternoon. High 14. UV index 2 or low.
Tonight Rain ending this evening then clearing. Wind north 40 km/h gusting to 60 becoming northwest 20 this evening. Low plus 5.

Up at daybreak, had breakfast and went back to bed.  Up again at seven and had a shower here on board. Feels good.

Yesterday, I bought the Kindle edition of Unreported Truths about COVID-19 and Lockdowns by Alex Berenson (reviews) and this morning I began reading. It is excellent, but I think though that I will work on the boat before it gets hot and read more later.

Two thirds of coronavirus victims may have died this year anyway, government adviser says

When I rebuilt the toilet I had to cut out the fuse as it was corroded.  Since then I have just had it hotwired but I do have a new fuse on hand so am installing it.  The fuse was near the toilet, not at the power source which is not proper, so I have to trace the wires.

I also hosed off the deck and then sanded more teak.

The Shallow Deep-State Goes Deeper As It Moves Toward Martial Law

Note To Rioting Americans: Posting On Social Media After Curfew Is An Insta-Crime

Barbarians At The Mall

LH LabCorp again involved in massive DNA and paternity fraud

Candace Owens own the bully pulpit surrounding the hypocrisy of George Floyd’s murder

Canadian PM Trudeau joins a ‘Black lives matter’ rally, kneels for 9 minutes

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Monday June 8th 2020

Today Rain. Amount 10 to 20 mm. Wind northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming north 40 gusting to 60 this afternoon. High 14. UV index 2 or low.
Tonight Rain ending this evening then clearing. Wind north 40 km/h gusting to 60 becoming northwest 20 this evening. Low plus 5.

Up at 0430.

It is clear the world has gone nuts.  Jose wrote a short story about how 2019/2020 must look from some future viewpoint and shared it with me yesterday.  Greta who? 

I'll post it here if he approves, but I gotta say that from my viewpoint out here on Mars (AKA Baja Magic) things are going wild and I can see guillotines in the future if we don't sober up. We've been here before.

See French Revolution
Jay Powell is today's John Law

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Suddenly the exaggerated danger that justified closing schools, bankrupting small business, and locking everyone up for months, and enforcing antisocial distancing is forgotten and everyone is on the street wearing masks (a convenient disguise) and shouting. 

Some are looting while police stand and watch and politicians approve.  Canada's scofflaw crime minister is out there, too, virtue signaling over the death of a reportedly violent repeat criminal at the hands of police.

After Saying "Stay Home, Save Lives" And Shutting Parliament, Trudeau Attends Packed Protest Without Social-Distancing

I, in no way am saying that the police actions were justified, but maybe they are understandable.

We all do stupid things in the heat of a moment.

Looking at the picture, it appears the officer is applying excess force. We have to wonder what this cop was thinking. 

What we don't see is what happened before and the actions of bystanders.   I'm assuming the cops are being heckled and feeling under attack, affecting their judgment and making them instinctively double down.  Being under attack tends to raise adrenaline and cause even trained professionals to overreact.

I include the image at right and link to the article to freeze it as we all know, or should know, that Wikipedia articles tend to be routinely 'updated' and 'sanitized' to current fashions of PC thought so the article may look very different in a week or a year.

Of course, George was not the only person here with a past. "Derek Chauvin, the officer who (allegedly) murdered George Floyd, had 18 complaints against him. He was disciplined twice."

When  it comes to bad cops. "Public Unions are the Problem: It is nearly impossible to get rid of bad cops and bad teachers."  Even a few bad ones poison the culture and companies that have had a bad culture occasionally have to fire or abolish an entire department to get a fresh strata.

I agree, but the way out of this is not clear.  I grew up in Sudbury, Ontario, a nickel mining town.  My father was production engineer who was promoted to upper management but I worked in the shops and the mines and heard the stories of the abuses before unions.   It is crystal clear that the unions improved conditions for all, including management.

Unions also brought their own problems including goons, inter-union raiding and fights between Mine Mill and the Steelworkers, and the sort of problem we see here. The problem here is that 'all', includes some bad apples and unions protect them, too, ensuring even dangerous or troublesome individuals are hard to eliminate and few rotten apples can spoil the barrel.

I guess it is like criminal law.  Our system says that everyone, including the obviously guilty deserve defense. Some problems have no solution and we have to settle for the least bad choice.

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Meantime, people are waking up and the awakening so far is unfocused, but we have seen already how the focus can shift in a heartbeat and the unchecked violence that can result.

'Safe restart' of Canadian economy will take 6-8 months, Freeland says


My hair has been growing and getting to be a nuisance.  For a year or so now I have been giving myself a buzz cut but I did not expect to be here nearly this long and left that cutter at home.  Earlier I bought a cheap set of clippers to trim my beard and today I decided to shave my head. I figured it would be hard to do, but it was easy!

Jose: > But some of it may be a better explanation of the process than the official one.

Jose: > There could almost be two epidemics, one the dramatic and visible with deaths and hospitalization, and another one a slow burn through the rest of the population.

Jose: > Will be interesting to see if in the end a lot of these components become clearer. Still not buying the central point of the dogma that asymptomatics are loaded with virus and therefore dangerous shadow transmitters.

Jose: >https://unherd.com/2020/05/oxford-doubles-down-sunetra-gupta-interview/

AD: I've mentioned this before.  Naturally, every day, we sort the strains into street versions that people hardly notice and wait out at home and the deadlier strains that we transport to hospitals in special purpose vehicles.

Jose: >"We were told it was high... now it's low....Asymptomatic spread of coronavirus is 'very rare,' WHO says"

AD:> WHO is becoming the punch line of a joke.  A bad joke.

U.S. Navy test shows 60% of carrier crew have coronavirus antibodies

One sailor from the ship died from the coronavirus and several others were hospitalized. But broadly, sailors, who are generally healthier and younger, fared better than the general population and most showed no symptoms whatsoever.

Returning from my last foray to the bays, I noticed that my alternator was not charging the batteries. That is a big concern on anything longer than a short trip.  The batteries usually stay up with the solar panels, but sometimes things get left on and the batteries get low.  Then we count on the engine to charge them back up.  If we return to home base and plug in, the charger brings the batteries to 100%, but when away, we rely primarily on solar and engine for backup.

My two main jobs today were to solve that electrical issue and maybe deal with the fresh water. Maybe.  Marian calls and is wanting to get out sailing.  I said, "Patience".

Around noon, I noticed a mysterious hot electrical scent (being able to smell means I must not yet have managed to catch the WuWHOFlu), but I could not locate the source.  It seemed to be strongest in the galley.  I checked the wind outside since yesterday there was a dumpster fire nearby.

Mid-afternoon, I had washed rugs and I'd made spaghetti (again and had finished my standard five hours (actually more like seven) of procrastinating. I began measuring and following undocumented wire runs under my bunk, but with no clear results.

I ran the engine and read the battery monitor.  The readout suggested the main house battery was not charging and the engine battery was at 18 volts.  That is simply not possible without serious smoke, so the monitor lies.

I poked around some more and, after eliminating the regulator--in spite of an odd measurement on the field output--zeroed in on the alternator. 

As so often is the case, a close visual inspection showed the surge protector had melted, so I eliminated it from the circuit and bingo!

The wiring in this boat works (mostly) but some day I'll mark and document it.

It was almost six and beer sales are cut off at six, so i headed for Oxxo. I had twenty minutes to get there and when i walked out the gate I saw a taxi.

I have no taken a taxi for years because they overcharge unless you bargain, but the taxi was there and I was in a hurry so I asked.  100 pesos to Oxxo and back I was told.  I could go ten times that distance for forty pesos with Uber, but, what the heck.

I got in and saw the two amigos in the front seat had a case of beer in the back. I doubt they were expecting any business, but, like fishing, they had to sit there. They offered me a beer but I declined.  It was light beer if that matters.

They drove me to Oxxo and back and I thanked them, paid the agreed price, and said with a smile that the price was ridiculous, all in Spanglish  They agreed with a smile and I was on my way back to the boat.

I tested the charging system and it seems to be cured.

This has been obvious from the start.
China knew that and freaked out.

COVID-19 Has Properties That Have Never Been Found In Nature Before

Norwegian and British vaccine scientists have published unequivocal evidence that SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic, is man-made.

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If that is not proof enough that naive know-nothings are running the show, there is this:

As BLM Protests Raged, Chicago Saw Highest Black-On-Black Murder Rate In 60 Years

And the anarchists and socialists are trying to railroad Trump.  He may not be a nice 'woke' guy but he can see what is going on and knows what to do to save society.  It may mean breaking a few heads, but the right ones, not random innocents.  Police forces have proven incapable and biased.  The military, as much as the idea is repugnant, is likely to be more unbiased and competent.

“We sleep safely in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.”

BLM foolishness is putting the communities in harms way by opening Pandora's Box for looters and killers. The majority in the "Black" community know this and look to the state to protect them.

"The Narrative Has Failed" - Ron Paul On The Incredible Disappearing Coronavirus

Weimar 2020

Here's Exactly What Will Happen If Police Departments Are "Disbanded" Or "Defunded" Across America

11 Cognitive Biases That Influence Political Outcomes

I struggle with these all the time.
It is almost impossible to quantify the effects because we often don't and can't know the quality of our inputs of the quality of the sampling behind the data.

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Tuesday June 9th 2020

Today A mix of sun and cloud. 30 percent chance of showers this morning. High 19. UV index 8 or very high.
Tonight Clearing. Low 6.

The plan is to go sailing today.  leaving around two, we will not be bucking the tide and should make Falsa by four.  We'll be bucking a north north wind, though.

This morning, I tidy and fill the water again.  I may try to hunt down the leak again.

I got to work, pumping up the dinghy (they lose air slowly over time) and raising the outboard to the rail in prep for leaving, then started sorting through the port lazarette, looking for the missing block.  That one thing is all I need to reassemble the davits.  No luck, but I did compact the contents so more will fit into the limited space.

Then I decided to move the spare anchor which is mounted on the rail right next to the dock where people walk pass and is vulnerable to being stolen where it was or knocked off by passing boats when I am tied starboard-to. It is a $700 item.

Turns out the stainless U-bolts were seized, so the nuts twisted off.  So much for that mount, for now at least. I'll stow it in a locker.

I also filled the water and called Sandra to have her come to measure the forward bunk for fitted sheets.

The day is already hot, now, at1025.

'The penny just dropped. One, but not the only reason for high mortality in long term care is that people in long term care are interfacing constantly with medical workers and other residents who have done so.  Medical workers by the nature of their work and the visits to hospitals are exposed to the most virulent strains.  Obviously the people with milder strains are much less likely to seek medical assistance than those with serious effects.

Sandra came to measure the bunk, and first went to see what Nelson needs.  Then someone else buttonholed her to do something else.  Finally she came back to Baja Magic and measured the forward bunk for the fitted sheet to be made.

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How Does Implicit Bias Influence Behavior?
Explanations and Impacts of Unconscious Bias

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I walked to Sea Mar, hoping to find a block for the davits.  No luck. They do have the teak seam material but it costs $70 CAD.  I'll check it out online.

I was ready to go by one and expected Marian by two, when tidal change was predicted and we had agreed to leave.  By then the wind was blowing the boat hard against the dock and I planned how to spring off the dock.

At two, no sign of her and around fifteen after I saw an SUV pull in with a youngster and a dog chasing it to where it parked. Shortly after Marian appeared on the dock with a woman and two young boys.  I invited them aboard and we visited a bit, then they left.   The boys were wearing masks, the adults, not.

 Your diary continues to be an interesting read!

Easy for me to appreciate and understand your recent Trump comments, I've been on that same wavelength for quite awhile!


The wind and current was powerful against us as we levered off the dock. Marian held the bow line while I pushed off in forward with the wheel hard over.  Once the stern was well out, I shifted into reverse, spun the wheel, revved the engine, and motored back, as we approached the other boats along the ally, I spun the wheel again and hit forward to straighten out, then shifted back to reverse, revved again and deftly maneuvered to avoid the nearby boats.

It was half skill and half luck, but it was quite a show. Two boat guys working on a boat along our path applauded as they could see that the potential for collision was there and the deft actions taken to stay clear.

Once out of the marina, I spun us around and we pulled out the genoa. Soon we were making 6.5 knots down the channel.

We started the motor once we got to Punta Prieta as from there the wind was on the nose, but we raised sail at Punta Colorado, then sailed into Bahia Falsa, where we snuffed the sail and anchored.  In a bay where once I saw nine boats anchored, now there are only two, plus us.

After settling in, we dinghied a shore for a while, then returned.  I had a nap, then we had supper.

That was Tuesday.

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