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Tuesday December 1st 2020

I woke at six with the full moon shining in my window.  I got up.  The house was cool again.

I had breakfast and read the news.  Things just get stranger...

WTPC Calls for Trump to Declare Limited Martial Law

Can they prevail?  I think there is a good chance.  If polls can be believed, the majority of supporters of both major US parties believe the elections were corrupted.  The majority are silent and honest, so we will see.  Soon, I suspect.

I don't think this is going away soon and it may make a convenient distraction from the 'covid' obsession/delusions.

I have promised to drive C to Drumheller this afternoon, so there goes my day.  I need to shop anyhow, so here is my chance.

It's December.  Time for a new page and new background image, but I do not have a good one handy.

There are now less than three weeks before I go east.  I'm enjoying being here at home and finally settling in, but in 18 days, I'll be leaping again into another reality and another role.

I continue to write this diary, as always for myself.  I imagine I've lost most of my readers with my fascination with watching and documenting the dual attacks underway on our culture, both exploiting our tendency to trust authority, which has built up over decades of peace.  When young, I worked with immigrants who told horror stories of what authorities do when not held in check.  The only messages I get on the contact form these days are spam.

Well, except one received just now from Troy.

"just want to say hello read where you mention I imagine I've lost most of my readers hopefully not i would think that people would have more time to read right now ive always liked reading about your Journeys and hope you keep your diary going take care".

I see K and I used almost my entire data quota this month.  That is unusual for me.  I suspect K is watching a lot of video.  I'm watching a bit myself.

Fishermen Rescue Trapped Sea Turtle

Coronavirus silently infecting Americans before first cases emerged in Wuhan: CDC study

Just when I thought that the mask craziness could not get crazier, there is this.  It is a parody, I hope.

After lunch, K, CC, and I drove to Three Hills, picked up C and drove east to Drumheller for her scan, taking the scenic route.  We arrived at the hospital right on time. 

I dropped the ladies off and went shopping at Extra Foods. 

Drum has a mask bylaw. I didn't have a mask with me, but the store was giving them out so I wore one just to avoid being hassled.  Walking aorund without a mask these days would be like walking around without pants.  maybe worse?

Masks are an almost totally useless gesture and may actually increase incidence of disease and other issues according to about half the studies I have encountered, but when people are helpless, they always fall back on talismans  Masks are today's respectable rabbit's foot or cross necklace.

A year ago, masks were declared (and proven) useless, but now they are mandatory. There is no point arguing with the control freaks we elect (no real choice) and their herd of sheep.  Soon enough they will forget this fad and find some other nonsense to distract them.

When in Rome, do as the Romans do...  It does not hurt me much to pretend to observe the local religion although I find it ignorant, dangerous, and abhorrent.

I returned an hour later and picked them up.  We drove back to Three Hills by east side Dinosaur Trail and Morrin Bridge and dropped C off at the hospital.  She walked into the hospital and we left.  You would never guess there was anything wrong with her.  Frankly I think it is all in her head.

K, CC, and I arrived home and I was uninspired.  I poked around a bit and read the news, then watched more of Bosch and went to bed.

I enjoy Bosch, but don't care for the nasty villain and just click ahead on those parts. I get enough nastiness and villainy on Twitter.

Twitter, believe it or not, has recently become my prime source of pointers to alternative news. Of course, I only follow the people who make sense tome, so I guess that, like everyone else, I am in my own little news bubble.  In my little world, there are few Twitter Mob tweets but lots of references to the rampant corruption and efforts to address them.

Canadian politics is sad and corrupt, and I mostly ignore it. My Alberta government has disappointed me greatly and there is nothing I can to and I see few able to resist the tyranny.

The big concern behind these lockdowns and invasion of civil rights is potential threats to our corrupt and wasteful public health system from a minor pandemic.  Rather than accept the facts and rectify the problems or let the market do so, the solution has been to lock down the populace. 

Socializing medicine was a good idea and a bad idea. Losses are inevitable, but when they are shred across the entire population and no one is allowed to lose, everyone loses.

Government interference cause the problems and government interference only makes them worse.

Fact is that the majority of those threatened with anything more than a minor inconvenience by this virus are already just weeks or months from death anyhow and may are incapacitated or demented. The propaganda neglects to mention that and instead focuses on the very few who experience more than minor illness from the virus and exaggerate the number of actual cases by counting everyone who has detectable virus whether ill or not. 

The treatment of this infection has been the reverse image of how we normally manage disease.

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Wednesday December 2nd 2020

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I woke at six again and had breakfast, read the news, and shopped online for LED shop lights.  I have quite a few fluorescent fixtures I never did install and now I find they are obsolete. Installing them would have been a hard job lifting them and working overhead and now I see that the new fixtures are light and simple to mount-, brighter, and far more efficient.

It is now nine. I think I'll let the world carry on without me for a day and spend time in the shop.

After years of contemplation and some considerable procrastination, I think I have figured out how to install the furnace and be able to add another when needed.  I have puzzled on this  along time and consulted professionals but never found what seemed the right answer. Now I think I will simply connect this unit to the plenum of the coal furnace and allow for a second and third unit later.  This way I use the existing cold air return and ducting and can still run the coal furnace as needed. 

I'll be ordering more coal, too. I simply do not know how much heat the building needs on the coldest days and besides, i am attached to this old thing I adapted out of the original commercial unit fifty years ago.  It keeps me occupied, walking up and down to check it and shoveling ashes. and an new gas furnace won't.

Before I go, though, there is this feedback.  Much appreciated.

"I'm sure there are lots of us that still appreciate your efforts with the blog...my wife and I sure do. Your blog presents an alternative narrative...and your mindset is like an old friend"

 

Greetings up North. A hobby bee keeper down here in Northern Montana. Have been a member of you forum for some time and out of bee keeping for some time, but back again as I have a Granddaughter to teach. I have recently started to follow you "diary" again and enjoy it very much. Matter of fact My most favorite weather app went away and struggled to find a new one for some time. My new one is now "Windy" Thanks. Also have found some of your news outlets to be very interesting and informative. Some may say it's a bit weird to read someone's diary, but really no different than our "group" that gets together every morning and talks about everything. Keep up the diary.

Lol watch this poor Amazon driver get chased off by hens

I began by cleaning out inside the old furnace.  That was a big job and after I found I have a migraine.  Could be from the dust?

I had a nap and sat around waiting for the headache to dissipate.  It wasn't a bad one, but disorienting and affected my interest in working. It got a bit better as the day wore on.  I made pizza for supper and watched Bosch until it was late enough to go to bed.

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Thursday December 3rd 2020

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I woke at five-thirty and got up.  The headache is gone.  Thank goodness.

I checked the news and at this point, it is mostly same old same old.  Things are in the works and it will be a while before things come to a head.  That's good because I have a life to live. I've also (I think) puzzled out the way forward on the gas project.  Fortunately, I am also feeling much better than I have and my aches and pains and weakness have passed.

What is becoming abundantly clear from the investigations underway is that there was indeed massive cheating in the US federal elections.  What has not come out yet is that the cheating was on both sides!  It appears that the cheating by the Democrats was most blatant, but there are more than  few Republicans who would like to be rid of Trump and some of the apparent anti-Trump cheating was in states with Republicans in charge.

The next few weeks should be interesting.  Very interesting.

Enjoy your diary very much, we share the same opinions on trump, virus, etc I am not as techy as you so not adept at getting at the truth as well as you are but i do read a lot
Keep up the good work. I answered a bee survey from California, I think the feds are going to settle a lawsuit on that border closure to package bees that has been going on for years, big money involved so I heard

We have to wonder with all the cheating south of us what the elections are like in Canada. AFAIK, we still use paper ballots and have scrutineers from all interested parties at the counting. I know how that works. I was a scrutineer back in the late sixties. For the NDP, the socialists!  The NDP were more of a workers' party then, and not much influenced by the elitists and idealists that dominate them now.

Fact is that although I may have some strong views that some attribute to the 'right' or even the 'far' right, I come out a little left of centre when I take the tests for political tendencies.  I also come out tending slightly more to libertarian than collectivist.

At nine, I lay down and slept another hour and twenty minutes.  I'm weary and the headache is mostly gone, but a hint still lingers.

I decided to reconcile a credit card account that had been sitting idle and that took me a long hour.  I then spent some time cleaning in the basement and started reading the furnace manual again. I've read it once before but need to refresh my memory.

For supper, I cooked the remaining short ribs, then, after supper I lay down and slept from six-fifteen on.  I was supposed to have a phone conversation with Colin, but slept through.


"Sounds like people are still reading your diary, despite your doubts. It is good writing and good thinking. I may not agree with everything, but at least you explain how you get to your informed opinions.

"Assume you will see on Zerohedge the post about the suitcases being rolled out from under a table under the cover of darkness in the counting center for Atlanta. I was thinking that the majority of the discrepancies for Biden may have been generated with electronic tampering, but this one looks like just good old ballot stuffing. Dumb if they thought they would not get recorded on CCTV, or that people would miss it.

"I am buying popcorn, after having warned a few locals and family about tumultuous times ahead and being sort of laughed at....

Speaking of rabbitholes, I have not yet watched most of this, but it has to be funny.  I enjoy Joe Rogan and am not sure what I think of Alex Jones, but if nothing else, he is original and entertaining.  

If you can make it through to initial crap to the better parts, don't buy anything anything Jones says or buy anything Infowars advertises, though, without researching it first. My impression is that it is all crap, but I have been wrong before about just about everything...

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Friday December 4th 2020

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I woke every hour or two, rolled over and slept on until two when I rolled over again, realised I was awake and  got up.  No headache, Not sleepy. No aches.

I walked down and checked the furnace. It is above freezing outside and calm. No moon yet. It is dark.  Some nights are quite bright.  This is not one of them.

It is already December 4th. I plan to fly east on the eighteenth, but wonder if I will.

I checked Twitter while deciding whether to stay up or not.  I check Twitter lately as an early warning of what is coming next.  Hard to say right now, except that things are up in the air. I think the election will all come down to the federal Supreme Court and/or the Electoral College.  Until then, people are calming down, nothing is decided and my Twitter feed has degenerated to dross.

In that Twitter wasteland, I came across this tweet. I don't know what I think of AOC, but she is a phenomenon.

 Generally anything about her is accompanied by a headshot with an ugly expression.

That practice--accompanying articles with ugly, out of context stock pictures--is a most annoying and dishonest method of subliminal sabotage, and it is widespread.

I am sure the press distorts AOC's positions and some of what they repeat seem pretty off-center, but who knows?  I found this thread interesting. Is it my imagination, my filters, or are people becoming more civil?

I had a breakfast of bacon and eggs and coffee and went back to bed at three-thirty.  I slept until eight, qualifying to call the total sleep as twelve hours. I have been tired and uninspired but otherwise feel fine.

When I woke and checked my messages this had arrived.

Good morning Allen, I still read your diary. I am pleased to see that you are making some progress on your furnace. I don't know why - seeing as it's none of my business!

I started reading your diary years ago for the bee information. I enjoy reading what the science writers / university researchers say have discovered (or are working on), but for information that is useful to me on a practical day-to-day basis, I go to those who have more skin in the game. Your explanation of how the bees react to conditions, and the progression of the nest, as the season develops is as good as anything I have ever read. You take in a wide range of information, and process it.

What is interesting though is where to draw the line between information and entertainment. Some viewers of entertainment see it as credible information and that worries me. For example, a problem I have with Alex Jones is that when he relayed conspiracy theories about the Sandy Hook school shooting, it had real life consequences for the grieving parents of those small children. I can't think of anything more miserable than to have lost a child, and then have some ill-informed folks claiming I was making it up and harrassing me.

https://www.newsweek.com/alex-jones-denied-delay-sandy-hook-defamation-lawsuit-1532759

On a similar note I was disturbed that you wrote this. "Fact is that the majority of those threatened with anything more than a minor inconvenience by this virus are already just weeks or months from death anyhow and may are incapacitated or demented."

As an RN in a hospital I can assure you that the virus is real, and that I see normal working people who are suffering the lingering consequences of it. It is true that it affects those whose bodies are already dealing with another issue - obesity or diabetes for example - worse than more healthy people. Another problem is that because it is affecting so many people the hospitals down here are swamped with COVID cases. People are suffering.

So, after reading your diary for so many years I was disappointed to see so much of your information seemed to be coming from conspiracy theorists. I was losing hope. Then you go and post a quote from AOC. Hope renewed! This prompts me to ask you to read a little of what she has said directly without it being filtered through a right-wing source as a counterbalance to your other sources. I believe she is a consistent straight shooter, in the mold of her mentor, Bernie Sanders. I am left-leaning, not as left-leaning as AOC, but left-leaning enough to want the pandemic to be over without it needlessly destroying the lives of more people than it has to.

Long time reader.

Adrian is close to this and is in a position to see the outliers up close and personal, daily.  My experience has been in communities where I see no one with the flu but I do see people badly harmed by the lockdowns.  I only know of one case in people I know and he is my age and general condition.  I speak with him by phone sometimes. He is alive, but has had a slow recovery, complicated by financial issues..

To be specific about the cost of trying to prevent spread (largely unsuccessful even when doubling down), my next door neighbour is in the hospital for (wait for it) NOT covid, but mental disruption from the lockdowns. Moreover, another nearby neighbour's daughter was reportedly recently hospitalized for a suicide attempt.  Lockdown related?  I have no doubt.

So, YMMV.  Where you are and what direction you look determines what you see and what you think. Maybe there are no right answers.

People are waiting for the messiah, the vaccine that will miraculously end this torture. Mark my words.  If it does anything, it will end the excuse for these restrictions on our rights.  The PR for vaccines is obviously just that: PR.  Facts are cherry-picked, the 'results' are nowhere near robust and the tales we are told are what we want to hear. IMO, we at some point will have to bite the bullet and take our losses.

Then Calgary beekeepers are wondering about feeding in this very unseasonal heat wave.  Some said yes.  I said no.

Re: nice weather - feeding?

I'd say no.  Especially not now. Unless your hive is known to be light or to have poor feed, any disturbance is likely to be detrimental.

Unless the colony is starving, the bees will likely ignore top feed, and if they don't are likely to be stimulated and/or stressed by converting it and removing the water. You don't want that now. Winter is still ahead.

We are still in late fall and the worst weather comes in late December, Jan and early Feb.

If you feel you must feed, then warm frames of honey are best, placed close to the cluster early on some day that is cold enough that the cluster is very well-formed. You can then gently remove and replace any frame that does not have bees on it, and if you chose your day well, (colder is better) the bees will be slow and sluggish and you can judge where the cluster ends and where to stop,

Doing a quick frame exchange on a cold day may be counter-intuitive, but that is when you will disturb them least, assuming you can get in and out quickly and only remove outside frames to replace them.

Don't be tempted to monkey with the cluster. Shade the cluster quickly and loosely with a piece of black plastic, wax paper or something temporarily to keep them down if you like. That will give you more time.

Make sure you prepare in advance and think it through. The job should take only a minute or two. Work quickly and efficiently and don't play around. If it is a cold, calm day, they won't be harmed and you can work without bees all over the place and all over you. You will be in and out before they can wake up.

Needless to say, the honey in the frames should be liquid or soft granulated. Maybe uncap a bit in the center of the frame closest the cluster but otherwise leave any cappings in place.

I have said I don't have bees this year, but maybe I do.  Where, I don't know but when I was putting the weather station up higher, I saw a bee on the eves.

What is a seventy-five year old guy doing up thirty feet on a ladder?  Good question.

T came by this afternoon and picked up CeeCee, seeing as C is home again from the hospital.

Although it was nice to have a dog and K especially enjoyed CC, we agreed it was good to see her go. We both prefer bigger dogs and CC did not seem to learn. 

She did not use her pee pads even after I pointed one out to her and later I found a turd near my bed.  Then, again. I spoke to her and thought maybe she had listened but did not see any new evidence on the pad.  Later, today, I found she had just started going on the other side of the bed where I seldom go.

I expect a dog to listen and be co-operative.  Most older dogs are smart and understand simple things like this.  She did not.

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Interesting video.

'Completely off': Giuliani's star witness likened to 'SNL character' after Michigan hearing
I don't know what I think of this video clip.  I can think of many good reasons why the woman seems so peculiar.  Testifying is not easy and in this environment, more so.  She could have taken a few hits before the meeting for courage or just be like this. I'm assuming she seemed stable and normal when interviewed by Giuliani beforehand.   Generally where there is smoke, there is fire. The article is slanted but the actual episode is peculiar.  

I'd hate to have to be the one(s) to judge her credibility.

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Speaking of SNL, although SNL is hugely entertaining and has contributed greatly to our culture, I really find some of SNL's skits disingenuous and despicable. Some of these 'comedy' skits put words in politicians' mouths so convincingly that many viewers don't know the difference between the SNL character and the real politician. It amounts to character assassination and although I'm quite skeptical and, I think, discerning, I have to say these skits affect me and I don't like it.  How can you un-see something like that?  It hits us at a subconscious level, like the derogatory headshots above articles I mentioned earlier.

I know people who have the TV on all day and form their opinions from what the are bathed in all day and night.

Alex Berenson's opinions on the covid thing run counter to the mainstream and he documents well.

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It is almost noon and I have done very little.  I did talk to my cousin and my brother, though.  I should make a list of routine phone calls and cycle through it.  That can be my social life.

I did some reading in  the afternoon then drove to Linden for a few things.

I returned, cooked ribs for supper and then we watched Spiderman on DVD.  I had forgotten that it is a pretty good movie.  Of course Hollywood has to have prolonged and gratuitous fight scenes, but that is just how it is.

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Saturday December 5th 2020

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I slept until eight and am not too ambitious today. I spent some time looking at the check engine light problems on the van yesterday and resume that this morning.  It is nice weather for such outside work.

Calgary Beekeepers again...

Wax moth larvae and pupae cannot survive exposure to ambient air and/or sunlight. They only manage to reproduce in warm, moist, enclosed places. Once they get started in a brood box in storage, though, they produce heat and moisture and can really get a bunch of worms going.

Simply exposing them will kill them quickly. In fact, in some warm countries combs are stored in open-air racks with good air circulation to prevent moth damage.

There is no need to destroy anything unless it is damaged beyond salvaging. A strong colony in the active season will repair combs even quite with significant damage as long as the basic comb remains. It is not necessary to remove the webbing and crap beyond the most superficial stuff. The bees will do the rest.

As for ensuring eggs are killed, here are some references. https://www.bing.com/search?q=wax+moth+eggs+killing 

"Wax moth eggs are very small and difficult to see. As a precaution, it is best to freeze drawn out comb before you store it. In order to kill the eggs, they must be exposed to temperatures of about 20°F for at least four and a half hours, or 5°F for two hours. "

I am not sure this quote is authoritative, though, since I did not really dig deep and additionally there are several varieties of wax moth. Regardless, if only a few frames are involved, a few hours in the home freezer will stop the worms and prevent further problems. As for the boxes, an empty box is not going to provide a starter environment for worms even if it has eggs hidden on it.

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Sunday December 6th 2020

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I woke at 0444 and got up. I washed the dishes and got to work here. 

Checking the weather patterns, which have been unseasonably warm and are projected to continue, I notice that Ecowitt and Weather Underground online disagree on the max temperatures on their charts.  The data on each comes from the same instrument, the one on my roof.  Ecowitt says 10.3°, Wunderground says 12° C

At seven, I went back to bed and slept until after eight.

The sun is up now and here comes another bright sunny, warm winter day.

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I'm about fed up with the dumpster fire south of here and can't figure out what is really going on.

The covid thing here in Alberta is being described as an emergency and dire, but meantime we have anti-mask freedom demonstrations in the cities.

COVID-19: Calgarians ‘blatantly ignoring the laws’ the biggest issue for health restriction enforcement

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Trigger warning <G>.  Apologies in advance for those sensitive souls who are not going to like my perspective on the 'covid' situation outlined below.

I advise skipping down if you have strong opinions and would be 'injured' to see them challenged. I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings. 

I don't have strong opinions, but like the boy in the Emperor's New Clothes, I speak out and callz 'em the way I seez 'em and I see that others are increasingly seeing through things too.

As far as I can see, and I know some won't like the view from here, but to my eye the media and the politicians and health authorities have speculated or lied to us and exaggerated so many times we don't believe anything we are told even if some of it is finally approaching the truth. The authorities are helpless and blaming the victims, and that snowballs.

Fact is we are all helpless but can't admit it.  Accepting that is difficult, so blaming comes naturally. Blame China; blame the population for living life; blame the politicians for not stopping people from living normally; blame the health authorities; and so it goes.

The politicians and the media focus on the unusual cases and promote them and the stress on our broken and corrupt health system as a reason for hugely damaging authoritarian edicts that put far greater stress on people and small business, and they deliberately ignore that many, even most people, even if actually infected according to the very fallible 'tests' are mildly affected and carry on with life. Children are apparently almost unaffected. We have grown soft.

I grew up with measles, mumps, chickenpox and polio all around and caught them all except maybe polio.  If I had polio, it was very mild, but my Mom and several close friends were crippled by it to varying extents.  I don't recall closing everything down and bankrupting people, businesses, and the country in a vain attempt to avoid the inevitable.  People get sick and some die.  Some have enduring effects.  That is life.

The vast majority of people experience the covid disease as a mild inconvenience and many are prepared to take the risk, especially as we are now hearing that the promised miracle vaccines' side effects are often as bad as what most people experience with the virus and the vaccine testing cannot possibly detect long-term vaccine aftereffects with such a short development cycle. The virus has lasting effects on some, but so, likely will the vaccines.

Is that true, who really knows?  We do know the vaccines are being rushed to market with limited testing and the efficacy numbers quoted are impossibly, ridiculously high given what we know about other vaccines.  More obvious lies.

Moreover, nobody knows how many people are already immune without vaccine and how long the immunity from the vaccines, if achieved, will last. Add to that the messages that mask wearing and other lockdown measures will have to continue after the vaccines are administered, and the credibility chasm widens even more.

It is clear that the authorities are grasping at straws and doubling down on measures that even the WHO claims are not the solution.

People are stupid, but not that stupid and many are saying that better to face the devil we know head on and straight up and take our lumps than wait for the 'cure' that may never come or if it does will not restore our freedom.

We are still being told daily of 'cases' and tests and hospitalizations and deaths.  Hospitalizations may be a meaningful metric, but deaths is hardly an honest metric if many or most of those dying are people with only weeks or months--or days to live anyhow and some are in hospices and living in end of life facilities due to incapacitation and dementia or on life support.

As for 'cases', only the most credulous among us think that means much. The tests are widely discredited and inconsistent methods are used.

Enough of that.  Personally, I am not going looking for trouble, but I am going about my life as I have ever since before the public became aware of this impending 'pandemic'. Is it a true pandemic, or is it a panicdemic?

I'm going to push back from the keyboard now and get back to work.

I did a bit and got to thinking about racism. I can't believe it has become such a big deal these days and it seems that many who are making a fuss are actually the racists. The rest of us just accept others based on how they interact with us. Frankly, I thought we had things pretty much settled back in the sixties and seventies, at least in the general population.  To look at entertainment, things seem pretty well integrated and any race or culture jabs are in the order of the same push and shove that is normal between humans, and animals for that matter. If brothers and sisters and husbands and wives argue and arm wrestle a bit, why would we not expect that among strangers.

That said, there are real issues in some pockets here and there.  We see that in communities with aboriginal populations on reserves nearby or in ghettos in large cities where like congregate. The result is largely a culture clash and is expressed on a personal level as discrimination, and it cuts both ways.  Culture clashes are inevitable on a local basis and worldwide.

My feeling is that most people are not particularly racist, but are struck by stark differences in appearance, whether it be a striking red head bombshell of a woman or a jet black man, or a dwarf for that matter, people cannot help but stereotype on initial encounter.

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Investing For The Greenwash Bubble

A Rebuttal to Klaus Schwab's Article on the Covid-19 Crisis

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Troy says:

"the maine thing i can say about your post today is bravo you told the absolute truth some people are stupid i do agree. some will believe any thing thats told to them i wear a mask in public areas not because my government wants me to but because i chose to because of my own health issues if it helps i do not know but why not if it might get rid of this virus sooner its not like were being ask to jump of a cliff and the government expect us to do it we are not that stupid or i hope not !"

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Well, I'm reading the Goodman MEC961205DNA manual and thoroughly enjoying it.  The manual is extremely well written and very detailed and clear on every point.  As a writer, I know well how hard it is to write anything, even one sentence, that somebody won't misconstrue.

I also am making supper: chicken thighs and brown rice with onion, pepper and celery plus Italian seasonings and garlic in diced tomato sauce. As always, I have made it out of my head and as my Mom says, I have enough wood for table and chairs left over. Very funny.

Fact is that the furnace installation can be as simple or difficult as I like and I am torn between many options. Regardless, I must proceed.

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I did not mention yesterday that I re-did the burner on my trusty coal furnace yesterday to be sure to have functioning heat when I go away.  Even when (if) I get this gas monster running, I am not sure if it can keep up on the coldest days, and what if it quits?  I have no backup until I install a second gas unit.

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Cross Canada Checkup on the CBC (Communist Broadcasting Corporation?) today was discussing the coming arrival and distribution of a covid vaccine in Canada and all the hopes attached.  I missed all but the end, but will listen to the highlights on the web.

I used to listen to the CBC all day every day, but times have changed and the CBC has become too woke for me and there are far too many woke 'believers' and evangelists for my skeptical tastes. I've watched Canadians morph from tough, independent, honest folks to a bunch of wishy-washy pussies. 

The only hope for this country IMO is the aboriginal kids coming up and the immigrant populations and their kids. The rest worry me mucho.

I listened to the podcast and it was largely empty and meaningless.  Everyone was saying what they think they are expected to say and there were the usual rants against those who think masks and all the various restrictions are pretty well just virtue signaling and run against our rights.

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particular circumstances but on the belief that it will,
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Monday December 7th 2020

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Again I woke at 0444.  What is with that?  Every day almost? Is my mind running some hidden background program (like a Dominion server) or is there a glitch in the matrix?  Dunno.

Years back my cell phone used to make a short ring at 0333 and I assumed that the phone company was resetting the servers or some such.  Maybe my universe resets daily at 0444? 

I looked up 444 out of curiosity seeing a 4 is reported to be unlucky number to the Chinese. Seems 444 is auspicious.

There is a lot and mostly all in the same vein. I like this one.  It is typical: "If you’ve seen 4:44 or 444 repeatedly, you must know that you’re receiving a powerful message from your spirit guides."

I also found a King of Hearts playing card on the ground the other day at Lake Louise.

Do I believe in augury?  I guess as much as I believe in anything in this grand illusion. There is something there but what? There is far more to this world/existence than we/I can comprehend with our limited senses.

Topic for another day.

I rolled over and slept until seven and got up.  It is still pitch dark outside. My coffee has been ready for an hour.

I turned up the thermostat and checked my email.  Hmmm.  There is a new post in the forum.

I checked it out and  I see Countyboy has written a long post (Trigger warning), commenting and expanding on my themes yesterday. It is too long to post here but makes very interesting reading.    He has a very distinct and unique viewpoint, writes extremely well, and is not shy about saying things others would be frightened to say.

I add the trigger warnings partly because I think the whole idea of being hurt by reading or hearing something you disagree with is ridiculous and am funning it, but also in case some snowflake lands here by mistake and melts down.  We'd all hate for that to happen, wouldn't we?

Are Countryboy's facts accurate?  I have no idea but these are his observations and as such are indisputable. Will others observe the same?  Apparently not, or if they do, they are in strong denial due to the historical implications of such beliefs but that does not invalidate his experience and understanding.

IQ is a central theme and metric in the article and there are many scientific reservations about the validity of IQ and such attempts to rank individuals and races and debate about proper measurement of cognitive ability or even if cognitive ability is the prime measure of competence.

The main argument against is that IQ is as much a measure of cultural adaptation as native cognitive ability and social competence and assumes a common social background.

For that matter, determining race and trying to act on the sortation is mug's game and every time it is attempted, the results are ugly. 

I began to write more but decided that these topics are nebulous tar babies and will take me down the rabbithole for hours with an inconclusive result.

I'm with Rodney King.  "Can't we just get along?" I leave to to Brian and anyone else who wants to bang on this one in the forum.

I'm out, but I appreciated his article and I'll enjoy watching any debate there.

This deliberation took me to sunup, well, at 0820 I see breaking dawn at least.  So far the day is dull.  The temperature is plus five.  I plan to spend the day in the shop and outdoors.

But first, a glance down the usual rabbitholes.  Not much of interest there today, but there is this:

And I was wrong.  There is lots there. there always is, but do I need to watch the dumpster fire that is politics?  I'm sure it will continue tomorrow.

I worked in the shop until noon and came up for air.  Sat down and found a couple of interesting bits.

Alberta government SUED over lockdown measures

Chinese official explains in matter-of-fact tone how American officials get bought off and bribed

Doug Casey's International Man
You'll Own Nothing and You'll Be Happy

Horowitz: Florida leads nation in pushing accuracy and transparency of COVID-19 testing

US Election ‘Issues’ Need to Be Resolved Before Winner Declared, Intelligence Director Says

China Is the Only Country with ‘Capability’ and ‘Specific Plan’ of ‘Taking Away the American Dream’

Federalist's Hemingway: Ga. Ballot Fraud Video Not Debunked

I was doing some reorganizing and see I leave for Ontario on the 16th, not the 18th as I had thought. That is a little over a week away. Good I checked.

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Tuesday December 8th 2020

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I'm up at six. I slept well.  No congestion lately.  Feel fine. It's 5.7° C outside, and, of course, it's dark.

A cruise through the news and Twitter seems to show a change underway on many fronts.

Texas Case Challenges Election Directly at Supreme Court

Texas brought a suit against four states that did something they cannot do: they violated the U.S. Constitution in their conduct of the presidential election. And this violation occurred regardless of the amount of election fraud that may have resulted. The four defendant states are Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

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FDA Confirms Pfizer Vaccine 95% Effective, Warns Of 'Severe Adverse Reactions' After Dose 2

"The most common solicited adverse reactions were injection site reactions (84.1%), fatigue (62.9%), headache (55.1%), muscle pain (38.3%), chills (31.9%), joint pain (23.6%), fever (14.2%)... Severe adverse reactions occurred in 0.0-4.6% of participants, were more frequent after Dose 2 than after Dose 1 and were generally less frequent in older adults (>55 years of age) (<2.8%) as compared to younger participants (≤4.6%). Among reported unsolicited adverse events, lymphadenopathy [swollen lymph nodes] occurred much more frequently in the vaccine group than the placebo group and is plausibly related to vaccination.

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Terrorist Who Beheaded French Teacher Gets Hero's Burial to Chants of 'Allahu Akbar'

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Sidney Powell and Lin Wood Website
Follow their  the challenge to the US election challenge.
Unfiltered.

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Former Israeli space security chief says aliens exist, humanity not ready

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K was making chili and we were out of onions, so we drove to town for supplies.  I called C and she rode along for an outing as she has been housebound.

After we returned C visited a while.

The chili was excellent.

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Wednesday December 9th 2020

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A week from today I fly to Sudbury for Christmas.

"Swalwell" is trending today on Twitter and not in a good way.  Not Swalwell, Alberta, my home town, but Swalwell, a compromised politician and something about the Chinese owning a donkey.  Hardly news.

Jose sent me a link today. The Georgia Ballot Underground Railroad.  It is a must-read.

My reply:

Thanks. Very detailed narrative, and convincing, pending a formal forensic examination.

I looked at some of the site's other articles just to get a perspective.  Very interesting. Seems this guy is a politics and news nerd and techie of some sort with some forensic experience.

He takes down Bob Woodward in one article. All his stuff looks credible on the surface.

I think we know intuitively from the rumours and videos of interviews and  investigations that this fraud is only one of many.

I notice today that YouTube announced it is removing any videos disputing the election results, so it is clear that Big Tech is moving from ignoring and shadow banning to outright suppression

The majority of folks consume Facebook and YouTube with little concern they are being manipulated. Blissful ignorance.

One memorable day years ago I was watching the waves standing up and then breaking on the bar just off the beach at San Quentin in Mexico considering the surfing potential.

Gulls were sitting fifty yards or so from shore and riding up and down with the cresting waves. The waves were about six feet high and vertical for moments at a time when they stood up, and quite transparent. When the waves stood up I could see big fish swimming back and forth in the wave faces. 

The gulls floated up and down quite happily on the waves, but every so often a fish would pull one down. I could see it happen, but the neighbouring birds were totally unaware that their neighbour was gone  and continued to sit there without any alarm.

That's IMO what we are seeing with the news suppression. Muffling each non-conforming view as it arises without raising an alarm in the general population is the trick.

How long they can keep this up is a question.  I'm guessing that the fear is that at inevitably, at some point, a crucial thread will snag and what is presented as an isolated event will be found to be connected to a network and the whole sweater will unravel.

What are their plans for that eventuality?  They already have suspended Constitutional rights and have the population under something like martial law.

 

I have to ask, if this is what it looks like, is this just a small local group deciding to change a small piece of the national election results, or part of a larger plot?  Moreover, it seems the cheating was for the presidential election, not the down-ballot voting as well. Hmmmm.  Why not both?

Now, also, why would a small group of locals think it was worth risking very serious jail time for what is a small part of a national election unless they were part of something bigger, acting under orders from someone authoritative, and feeling protected?  It seems unlikely to me and suggests that this goes right to the top and these are just foot soldiers and not very smart ones at that.

Texas Opens A Huge Can Of Worms, But Nobody In The Media Will Cover It

Trudeau's half-brother is an anti-vaxxer, bitcoin entrepreneur and (affectionate) critic of the PM

'I’m seeing sensible, intelligent people – ... my family, our elected representatives – willing to sacrifice their basic human rights in response to this COVID crisis,' Kyle Kemper says

The true enemies of the American people are the people who control America

Interesting Alternate News and Opinion Sources.
Caveat Emptor.

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

        

    

               

     

    

            

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