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Thursday December 10th 2020

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I'm up at 0630.  Checked my oximetry last night and it is not as good as it was several months back but I did sleep well. My blood sugar is high again so I need to get my self under better control.  I've been careless about my exercise and what i put in my mouth.

Checking the news this AM, I see that the worm is tuning.  We are experiencing a sea change.  Suddenly, in recent days, the US is waking up to how China has infiltrated every aspect of the politics and culture. In Canada, our federal government is contemplating how to confiscate savings. Of course they do not say so in so many words, but that is where this is headed.  People are now waking up to what those of us who pay attention have been seeing for some time now. We are definitely seeing a drift to fascism in both the US and Canada. Will it continue or will we see a reversal of the trend?  Fads have a way of fading overnight but sometimes they become entrenched.

Here are a few items that popped up last night.

America Surrenders To China?

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

Digital Economy Disruption Possible As "Terminator Event" Suggests Strongest Sunspot Cycle On Record Imminent

How and When the SCOTUS Will Overturn the Election

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

Melinda Gates Admits "We Hadn't Really Thought Through the Economic Impacts"

There is too much to relate today and there will be much more in coming days so I'll just get down to things that are of immediate interest to me like preparing to go away for two weeks.

Calgary Beekeepers again...

On Wed, Dec 9, 2020 at 7:45 AM Greg Leonard wrote:
> Hi Everyone , just a quick question. What are your thoughts on a treatment of Oxalic Acid between now and February? Thanks in Advance

In 2011, I did a number of OA sublimation treatments using the simple 12V evaporators that slide in the entrance on a group of hives in EPS equipment in late fall at times when the outdoor temperatures were around zero and recorded and graphed the results. My conclusions from this uncontrolled informal study was that the treatments were somewhat effective, needed to be repeated a number of times a week or less apart and the treatments did not appreciably affect the bees, reduce wintering survival, or adversely affect colony strength in spring. Diary of an Alberta Commercial Beekeeper.  See Diary of an Alberta Commercial Beekeeper (honeybeeworld.com)

Although that work was done in November, I imagine that any time up until the winter solstice is equivalent as long as the weather is mild enough. Midday is probably best as nights can get cold.

As for February, I have no data, but by then the bees are older and the colony is more vulnerable to shocks, especially if they are raising appreciable brood.

Wow!  For the first time in a long while these Donald Trump Twitter posts are not labeled as disputed!!!

The worm has turned.

Ooops.  This one is.

As happy as I am with my UMIDIGI Chinese Android phone which has served me almost a year now, I decided to buy a Pixel 3XL.  Why?  Well, my hearing aids don't interface completely with Android 9 and the UMIDIGI is stuck at 9. The Pixel 3XL gets updates to Android 11. 

I found a refurbed one on Amazon for about 1/3 new price and made the plunge. The phone arrived today.  It looks brand new.  The wall charger is not the stock fast charger but what the heck.

I set it up.  The process is seamless.  All my apps self-installed and I am listening to Spotify on it right now--Iris DeMent, Wasteland of the Free.  Seems appropriate for the times.

This phone does not seem all that different from the F1 Play but is a little lighter and slicker. The battery is smaller otherwise one has to look to see a difference.  The Pixel only holds one SIM which hurts, though.  The UMIDIGI holds two.

Both phones are lightening fast but the Pixel seems a little less flakey and has a perceptibly better camera although the UMIDIGI is better than my Fuji camera.

I had periodic annoying sound and connection dropouts with the Play F1 Play especially with the phone in my pocket but this one is solid.  Regardless both phones are amazing.

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Friday December 11th 2020

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I'm up at 0430 and we are off skiing today.  Probably Lake Louise.

Once in a while in Twitter, we strike gold:

Of course skepticism is always appropriate so check these out.

ivermectin and covid - Bing

Ivermectin | COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines (nih.gov)

Can Ivermectin be used to treat COVID-19 (coronavirus)? (drugs.com)

We left The Old Schoolhouse at 0630, headed south and west to Lake Louise.  Around Airdrie, the temperature was ten degrees and, with snow blowing across the road, we wondered about the coming day. Nevertheless, we continued west, encountering continued overcast and low cloud all the way to Banff.

At Banff we saw a small patch of clear blue sky above Cascade Mountain but continued on to our destination: Louise. 

The clouds hung low as we approached the ski resort. and the temperature was dropping.  Cars were parked far down the road and we could see that we would have along awkward walk in ski boots coming and going, and if we wanted to go to the van for any reason during the day. So, we drove through the drop-off area to take a look to see how the skiing looked.

The temperature was minus thirteen and clouds obscured the mountaintop, promising a cool, poor visibility day. My cut-off is minus ten and without sun the day looked unpromising so we decided to head back and check out Mount Norquay.  It had been warmer at Banff and I had seen sun there.  If Norquay did not work out, there was always Nakiska.

We drove the steep, winding mountain to Mount Norquay Lodge and when we got there the parking lot less than half full. The weather there was quite balmy at a little below freezing, and the sun was shining brightly.  Snowmaking was in progress but not on the pistes we would ski.

We were a little early for the afternoon ticket, but by the time we were ready to ski, it was noon.  The lodge was not crowded and neither were the lifts.  The runs were a bit icy due to all man-made snow there, but we had a a good time.

We left at three and drove home, stopping for groceries in Airdrie along the way.

We arrived home at six-thirty and for some reason, we were both exhausted.  I did a few chores and was in bed by seven.  I slept until nine.

At nine, I got up and stayed up until midnight.

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Saturday December 12th 2020

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I woke at six.

We are into a cooler spell, with temperatures approaching the seasonal norms, and dropping well below freezing.  It is minus seven this morning.

I've been tired again yesterday and my feet and ankle are a bit sore today.  Maybe whatever bug I had last week has not finished with me.  When K got up, she had the same complaints.

Open letter from a doctor to Jason Kenney
Dr. Dennis Modry writes an open letter to Alberta Premier Jason Kenney calling for an end to lockdowns and mandatory mask laws.

Government data shows lockdowns more deadly than COVID-19

"Fewer Canadians are dying in 2020

"With COVID-19 touted by politicians and chief medical officers as an unusually deadly killer that everyone should fear greatly, one might expect an increase in death rates amongst Canadians. But in fact, deaths for the period from January 1 to August 31, compared for 2016 through 2020, show that fewer Canadians are dying in 2020 than in 2019, even while Canada’s population grows.

Just in:

Assume you saw the language of the Supreme Court decision on not hearing the case brought by Texas vs. the other four states. Interesting that they did not address the actual possible evidence, but just the legality of one state bringing a suit against another on matters of how they conduct an election. So the elephant in the room is still there. Wonder whether Trump's legal team has any cards left to play.

Hard to say. The Electoral College has not met yet, and even after that there are a few options. We may see a surprise yet, but the odds appear to be diminishing. Fact is, though, much of what is happening is technical, obscure to the untrained, and hidden.

And the timing of the all out disclosure on Hunter Biden and clan being seriously investigated for obvious criminal activity is odd as can be. It could be they held off until after the Biden landslide... or maybe it is designed to boot Biden and install Harris?

Likely true on both counts.  Been fairly obvious for a while, but why anyone would want Harris as POTUS beats me except that she appears to be more corrupt and corruptible than the Biden mob, assuming that is possible.

Went to the ski slopes twice in the last two days... but did not do any skiing myself. Just not comfortable with the speed having not developed the skills early on. My son who was visiting from New Orleans wanted to snowboard. It was pretty up there, and I did get a nice walk on an old road near the ski area, scoping out possible X-country, but it was just too scrappy and icey. The second day we went the whole one and a half hour each way to recover his wallet which he misplaced and fortunately someone returned.

There are still many good people out there.  We just don't hear from them as often as the other sorts.

PS - Read Countryboy's post in your diary. Agree that he makes some good points, especially on the diary. I do not see eye to eye on his views on race, especially the IQ part. I think some of the IQ testing prowess vs. failure could be just cultural and educational. Don't know where he gets his numbers on those results.

His perspective is provocative today, but it is not many years since such views were mainstream.  The pendulum swings...

Even if true, that knowledge is not of much practical use unless we want to revisit some really nasty times.

In the afternoon, I worked in the shop a bit and have to say it is as clean as it has been in a decade.  This work is part of my preparation to do more work on the place, like running gas pipe and finishing some plumbing that I never did complete. 

When we installed municipal water, I installed a booster pump due to low supply  pressure.  After a while, the municipality raised the incoming pressure and the pump stopped working but it is still in the line.  I have to find all my tools and clear the spaces.

After supper I binge-watched Bosch.  I thought I would never do that, but I did tonight.

Bosch is easy to watch.  The series is about some nice sorts of people and contains very little of the nastiness that permeates much of current media, and confirms all my favourite positive prejudices about people.

I was in bed around midnight.

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Sunday December 13th 2020

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I woke at six. We are now into a real winter-type cold spell.  It is about minus twenty Celsius and zero on the Fahrenheit scale.  I could be in Mexico about now but have stayed up her to go east for Christmas. It means a lot to Mom.  Me, at this point, not so much and I am worried about the government.

Alberta is in a big covid panic right now and sacrificing the lives and wellbeing of the vast majority to save a few of us old folks.  Much is made of the few deaths that occur daily, when deaths overall are down from other years and the people dying were typically at death's door anyhow.  I worry, not about the flu, but about government overreach.  I heard today about someone being fined $1,000 in Three Hills for visiting a friend.

I tried out and examined the new phone and found there are more than a few issues with it.

There are a few bad pixels down in one corner of the display (not a deal breaker to me), the finger sensor does not work and the option is not in the menu (bad), face recognition is also not in the menu, and when I made phone calls people complained I sounded muffled.  On speakerphone I got good reports, but not on normal phone. The speakers seem muffled, too.

I wondered if it was my apps and customizations, so I tried several phone apps, then did a factory reset.  No joy.  I wrote a return request on Amazon and we'll see how that goes.

I checked the usual news sources and there is not much of interest today or I am getting jaded.

Giuliani Says Trump Team ‘Not Finished’ After Supreme Court Defeat

COVID models are “not able to handle the complexity of reality”

Calgary, Edmonton protesters rally against COVID-19 measures as Alberta adds 1,590 new cases

Seeing as I am taking the day off and there is not much news. Let's revisit Countryboy's thoughts and consider the documentation he offered in support.

Jordan Peterson is an interesting and perceptive person and he does not balk at speaking what he sees to be the truth.  Is he right about the following ideas?  I don't know.  Some of it makes sense to me but some of it does not. 

We accept that different breeds of dogs or horses have different natures so why not humans?

Maybe so in aggregate, but for one thing, we have problems determining the 'race' of honeybees so how are we able to determine the 'race' of a human, especially considering the amount of interbreeding and how diverse dominant and recessive traits, even those associated with race, like skin colour, can be found in any individual.

Are we going to go by appearance?  By genes?  Are these groups homogenous?  I'd say no to each and all the above.

Even if we could determine 'race', the fact there is wide variability in individuals makes that determination somewhat useless for any purposes other than identity politics.  And...I tend to think that a susceptibility to identity politics is a greater indicator of low cognitive and reasoning ability than skin colour--by far-- and that's not to mention EQ.  Same.

As for the intelligence ranking and appropriate jobs shown in the following slides clipped from one of Peterson's lectures, I can only say that even a cursory glance to me indicates that while this ranking may be a good basis for debate and maybe even broad generalization, I can think of enough specific exceptions to make me doubt the rule, and after reflection, frankly, I think it is BS.

Personally, I rated in the top quarter of the top one percentile in math and the top two two in English in Ontario at one time and I can't recall my IQ, but I'm sure it was over 83.  I could have been a lawyer for sure, but wanted to make an honest living. 

I don't see beekeepers on the list for some reason.  Would beekeepers be at the top?  Or the bottom?  I notice the upper cutoff on these charts is at the 95th percentile. Hmmm.



Bringing all this up at this time when we are moving to One World Government and we are seeing identity politics moving back into the forefront after a few years of what seemed to be peaceful and happy integration, flags the issues.

Maybe we cannot ignore the differences, but when we did not in the past, the world was far less happy, with enslavement and wars.  I was hoping the Rodney King's wish could come true and we could all just get along.

Many of us do just that.

Hi Allen,

Would beekeepers be at the top or the bottom? Depends one the day, or maybe the time of day.

Nailing frames together for hours on end, scraping dead outs, slinging honey supers on a truck all day, probably below the bottom.

Managing employees, thousands of hives, and the logistics of changing conditions, rules, food safety, bee health, bottom lines etc etc... gotta be near the top.

Keep well,

Dean

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
President Lives in Brooklyn, NY

(That's in the USA, not Canada)

Lately I have been watching my weight creep up and my Blood sugar, too.  I decided to cut down and be more selective about what I eat and can see an improvement already.   I usually am hungry around bedtime and it has been my habit to have a snack before bed.  I decided to cut that out and we'll see how that goes.

I got inspired and went down and walked on one of my treadmills.  I figure if I were to walk the entire time I watch video, I'd get into better shape. I have a grudge against that machine, though because when I put my phone or tablet on the special ledge for such things, in order to watch something, the device obscures the readout and control indicators and because it is metric only and I prefer miles.   Those are excuses.  Walking on a treadmill is boring.

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Monday December 14th 2020

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I slept well and wasn't hungry.  I did get a bit congested, though. I got up at seven and weighed. Again, as most days as I woke a song was running in my head.  El Embrujo by Aaron y son groupo Ilusion. I guess one could say I am haunted by the song. 

Every day it is a different song. Maybe I should report on my daily wakeup playlist. Lately Wish You Were Here keeps coming up on my playlist and I wonder about the line, "So you think you can tell Heaven from Hell?"  Good question.

I seem to have dropped about three pounds.  Hmmm.

My fasting blood sugar is moving up though.  I'm going to have to watch myself.

I turn the heat down a bit at night and although what I have read suggests otherwise, I have always suspected that the room temperature makes the BG readings a bit higher.  It makes sense, seeing as the strips work by chemical reaction. I really should do an experiment.

Two more days and I am flying east. K leaves at the same time on the same day, headed for LAX and home in Orange County.

Ontario counts suicide victims as COVID-19 fatalities

“As a result of how data is recorded by health units into public health information databases, the ministry is not able to accurately separate how many people died directly because of COVID versus those who died with a COVID infection,” Ontario Ministry of Health Senior Communications Advisor Anna Miller said to True North in an email. “A death that occurs in an active case of COVID-19 is counted as a COVID-19 death.”

WHAT DO WE DO WITH ALL THIS DEBT?

“We know much less about the economy than we think we do.” William Dudley and other US central bankers are beginning to admit that they have come to the end of their effective ability to manage their respective economies.

It has been clear to me for along time that inflation will be the answer.  There is no other solution because of the huge amount of mortgage debt and the fact that our pension plans are invested in the stock market.  Governments cannot allow either to fail.  We have a tiger by the tail.

If home prices drop much nationwide, leading to defaults, then that means losses for the investors and the people approaching retirement counting on home value as savings. If the stock markets drop, that means negative returns on the national pension account right when the number of claimants is rising.

Inflation hurts everyone and that is the idea: spread out the pain. Inflation benefits those who have nothing by destroying those with savings in the form of deposits and raises taxes on those who have other, non-currency investments like land or even gold or crypto by inflating the dollar value which is taxable.  Very tricky.

I should follow up more on Argentina's experience.  Duolingo has an interesting Spanish podcast that happens to be about a robbery related to how some had escaped the inflation that devastated most Argentineans by seeing it coming and converting their Argentinean pesos to US cash, gold, jewels, bearer bonds, etc.  and stashing these assets in safe deposit boxes:  Episode 67: El robo (The Robbery)

I really should look into this further because this is almost certainly coming to North America.  Accurate stories about things like this are hard to find.

One more note about something that escapes many who think the governments are in the drivers seat.  Governments are driven by events both internal and external and often have no real choices in direction or much maneuvering room.

"Have you seen a crowd go by? How many are they? Which way did they go?  I must find them.  I am their leader".

People complain about the Canadian government deficits and what amounts to money printing.  IMO, it is beyond their control.  The decisions are made elsewhere.

There are several aspects to this and to oversimplify a complex topic that even the bankers don't completely grasp (hence 2007/2008).

1.) the velocity of money has dropped drastically in recent years and central banks have had to increase the the amount of money to maintain the flow as constant money flow is essential to modern families and business. Our system has become so dependant on cash flow that it is vulnerable to any disruption. If anyone misses a payment, the default goes on down the line.

2. If the US inflates, Canada must inflate, too or the Loonie will rise to the point where it hurts the Canadian exports. Switzerland, the bastion of sound money found they had to inflate, too when their currency rose to levels that made commerce impossible.  In spite of loose money from Ottawa, the Loonie  is already up a bit.

That does not bother me at all since I have significant expenses in US dollars, but reduces the returns to exporters and also incentivizes Canadians to buy outside Canada.  Oddly, the Mexican peso, a currency with a reputation for weakness, has also risen with the Loonie.

This took me down another rabbithole. 

I worry about confiscation  of saving by inflation and outright confiscation of accounts or gold, both of which happen quite regularly but are never discussed openly or believed possible until they happen, and they can happen overnight, ruining those who are unprepared and have faith in the 'leaders'.  People think, "It can't happen here" we're different. The leaders somehow always seem to keep their stash, tho, just as our so-called leaders still draw their pay even while shutting down the population.  Trump is the only 'politician' I know who works for free ($1, actually).  There are several others who refuse payment but he is the most obvious.

The Destructive Power of Inflation

I began to search for stories of everyday life in Argentina during their inflations and surprisingly, although there are plenty of books about the macro story, I could find nothing on everyman's experience.  I did, again surprisingly, find a decent article on Wikipedia.1998–2002 Argentine great depression. There is a list of references there but none at first glance seem to tell the story from the inside.  I want to know how it felt.  I'm feeling a bit right now, but this is nothing compared to what is coming.


HOLY COW – The State revolt Begins! Nevada is Trump’s – LIVE: Nevada GOP Make Major Announcement on 2020 Election.


LIVE: Arizona State Senate Judiciary Holds Hearing on Election Fraud 12/14/20

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FWIW, I've always carried HCQ and Azithromycin with me since the beginning of the pandemic.  Can't trust doctors to be up to date on things.  I've had to teach more than one doctor about common, approved treatments and some off-label uses. Have to say though, that some doctors have taught me things too.

HCQ is effective for COVID-19 when used early: meta analysis of 166 studies

Here is the chart from above in case it 'disappears'.  Note that HCQ is generally safe and widely used for malaria and also lupus.  I did not need a prescription for it in Mexico, although I did for azithromycin.

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Tuesday December 15th 2020

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Today is my last day before going east. I feel crappy today.  I took 5mg of Terazosin last night for a flare-up of prostatitis, then read the info online saying to start with 1mg after a period or non-use.   I had not taken it for a year.  Ooops.

I'm of two minds about going east, given the Alberta travel restrictions but have promised to be on hand for Mom to give her care workers relief over Christmas.

I called Nicole and she said things are just fine in Sudbury so not to worry about the Gestapo nicking me.  So, if I can get out of Alberta and out of Toronto, I should be okay.

As for risk of infection, there are 21K 'active cases' in a province of 4.4 million people.  That is about five in a thousand and the cases are mostly in clusters.  What is the risk?  I'm more worried about the do-gooders and the enforcers.

Moreover, the accuracy of the numbers is questionable as there are a number of reports that people who had an appointment to be tested and lined up for a test but ran out of time and had to leave before being tested got a notice they tested positive.  I assume they are considered to be 'active cases'?

Who to believe?  I choose no one.  Just the same, here are the Alberta stats. Add salt.

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My next worry is weather driving north from YYZ Wednesday night.  A storm is predicted.  According to the predictions, I should be ahead of the weather, but and the predictions could be off.

The vaccine has arrived here in Alberta and the "front line workers' are being inoculated.

As for the dumpster fire in US politics, I find the various reports inconclusive.  The media lie and are often biased, so IMO it is not over until it is over. My understanding is that although various sources keep jumping the gun, nothing is official until January and there are some suits underway that could impeach various processes and individuals.  I've run out of popcorn and this reality show has become less entertaining than annoying.

Trump has been voted off the island it seems, but he will not go easily and there are huge questions about the voting.  Stay tuned...

Money Doesn’t Talk (It Swears)

A realization just struck me.  I have become increasingly frustrated when searching for information using Bing, Google, and even Dogpile. I often cannot find things that should be easy to find. 

A recent search for articles outlining in personal experiences during the 2000-2002 Argentinean crisis came up empty.  They should not have. I suspect it is because of my location, previous searches, and to accommodate social prejudices attributed to Canadians.

At one time web searches actually were unbiased and brought up what I was seeking from the entire world but over time I have found that searches become frustrating and fruitless unless I am looking for something popular like a solution to a computer problem.  Phone problems, too, but, strangely, I found nothing when I looked for why my fingerprint sensors stopped working on two Android phones. I am sure there are articles out there.

Lately I seldom find what I seek unless it is something popular that the masses search for and read, or is promoted by a sponsor.

I am also realising that history is being buried, too, unless it relates to a subject and viewpoint that is interest to masses.

These days search results are biased by 1. what I have read before and seem to have found interesting and 2. where i seems to live, and 3.what the masses have spent time searching and reading.  There are other algorithms involved, including political censorship but that is another subject.

I find I am increasingly penned in.  This personalization is not just a personal problem for me, but a societal problem just as big as social media tagging, shadow banning and censorship because it is invisible.

Last August when I was called back to BC from Ontario, so I cancelled an Air Canada flight online for a full refund and rebooked another flight and paid for it since I could not find the refund anywhere. The confirmation page had said I would get the refund but not get an email conformation so I took a screenshot.  However, I misplaced the evidence and since then I wondered where my money went. 

I considered jumping through hoops to chase it down, but companies make it as difficult as they can, so I never did get around to it, but kept wondering. Today I got a voucher by email.  Great.  I wonder what took so long.

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I got to thinking and decided I maybe should head back to Mexico after Ontario, so I reinstated my travel insurance. I'm in a higher cost bracket now. That used up a couple of hours.

I decided I will go to La Paz in early January and maybe stay a month.  We'll see.  I looked for flights and figure I'll wait and see until I'm in Sudbury to plan.

At eight, local, I had a Zoom meeting.  I was the featured speaker, discussing our June trip to the Broughtons.

After, I went to bed to get some sleep before my three o'clock alarm.

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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Wednesday December 16th 2020

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I woke at 0259 and got up a moment, reset the alarm for four, lay down again.  I got up again at ten after.  I feel fine, but sleepy.  The coffee pot had not turned on.  I pressed the button and I sat down here to write until I wake up.

Today I fly east and K flies south. We need to leave here around seven-forty. 

I really don't feel like going anywhere, but I am going.  I never feel like leaving but once I am underway I am fine about it and when it is time to leave the next place, I feel the same.

This is the longest I have been here at home for a year and I have to say I love this place although it is far too big and requires too much love. Having K here has been pleasant, too.

I am going to cut back on time I spend on the news in coming weeks and months as the big events are up in the air and they are just waiting for resolution.

Although the US election protests are still in the works, there is not much except smoke right now.  Will it burst back into flame?  I think so, but the fire has been set and it is just matter of time to see if it burns.

As for the covid thing, I heard our Alberta Premier speak yesterday on Danielle Smith's radio show and I was quite impressed by his logic and how he understands his need to act against his own principles in locking down to the extent he has.

The metric they are watching is the R number and when it got over one and hospitalizations grew, he instituted measures that he says are being adjusted as they receive feedback and in accordance with the changes in R.  The R is moderating at present and they are waiting for it to drop to about 0.67 to take off the pressure.  Christmas was a major worry, with people traveling and getting together from all over.

He is aware of the arguments and the Great Barrington Declaration but says that they just don't know how to protect the vulnerable without lowering the general spread in the population or how to lower the spread any other way.  I would not want to be in his shoes.

Here's news I would rather have not seen today:

Several flights depart/arrive at Pearson Airport in Mississauga with confirmed COVID-19 cases

While this one is good news, it is also worrisome.

Calgary newborn recovering after 13 days in hospital with COVID-19

And there is this. I drive from YYZ to Sudbury tonight. 
It is about 250 miles on winter roads..


Be careful out there

More people are getting COVID-19 twice, suggesting immunity wanes quickly in some

The many strange long-term symptoms of Covid-19, explained

We left on time and picked Bert up along the way. K drove to the airport and we dropped her off at the AA door and Bert drove me to the AC entrance.

I went through security to my gate without any delays and soon received a Whatsapp from K saying that she was through customs and security, too. We both are over an hour early for boarding.

The flight was uneventful.  I watched video, slept, and played solitaire to pass the time.  In Toronto, I walked to the car rental and drove off to Barrie in a new blue KIA, stopped for a snack, and continued north.  The roads were clear with little traffic.

I arrived at 1207 around ten-thirty.  Mom was in bed.  Isobel was still up.  I went up, made my bed and watched Bosch until after one and went to bed.

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Thursday December 17th 2020

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I slept until 9:45.  I'm a bit groggy and stuffy today.  The day is bright and sunny and minus seventeen.  There is not much snow. The lake froze over only last week.

Mom and Isobel were in the kitchen when I went down for breakfast.  We visited a while.

I have to return the rental car today, start my van, get groceries and that is about it.  I am quite uninspired and stupid-feeling today.  I should go for a walk.  Maybe I'll walk back from the car return up on the Kingsway.  That should be a good mile.  It should warm up by then.

While I was driving north from Toronto last night, racing up the 400 at 120 kph in 12 lanes of traffic, my phone rang.  It was Dawn, saying she had just signed a second boat up for my flotilla in June.   Good news!

That makes two boats and it is only December.  So far we have my boat, Corus, and now, About Time. Looks like we got us a convoy!.

I had breakfast, then lunch and a nap. Next I go out to see if the van ahs flat tires and how my boat looks.  I had to leave last time without improving the tarpaulin covering.

There is nothing too striking in the news.  Vaccines have begun to be distributed in Canada and the USA and the first severe adverse reactions are being noted.  How soon can we expect a flip flop on the part of public opinion and a change of direction in the press?

I have decided: I am going to La Paz for a month sometime in mid-January.

Mexico's President Slams Lockdowns As A Form Of "Dictatorship"

Survey indicates Covid case numbers are actually higher than 30 million
Testing of blood samples from 7,000 people found 24.8% had contracted the virus

Man in the Water! Man in the Water!
Whale Encounter!

The Covid-19 Data is a ‘Travesty’

WATCH: Nurse Passes Out on Live Television After Taking Coronavirus Vaccine

Gunshot Deaths Counted Among COVID-19
Fatalities In Colorado

"Who Wants To Be A Guinea Pig?"
Health Workers Balk At Vaccine;
40% Of Staff At One Chicago Hospital Refuse..."

“Lockdown” isn’t medical terminology.
It is penal institution terminology

One Bitcoin Skeptic Speaks Out On "Persuading People To Buy Fresh Air In A Can"

The Empire Strikes Back

I went out and brushed the snow off the van and found a rear tire flat so I called OMA. 

I get three free service calls a year in my subscription, including 100-mile tows is needed.  Some years I need nothing.  Once I had keys locked in the car.  Another time, a slipped timing belt, another time a blown alternator.  Lately it is flat tires.

I then tried starting the engine and discovered that I had not disconnected the battery when I left two months ago.  Either that or someone had reconnected it after Thanksgiving.  The battery was dead.

The service truck came and we boosted and tried starting the van, but with the flat battery, the immobilizer gave us issues, thinking we were interlopers, but we worked around it and blew up the tire. Good.

I left the van running.  A while later I turned it off and tried starting.  The battery was deader than dead. It had not taken a charge. Frozen?

I had to take the rental car back before five, so I did that and then, leaving the van on charge, set out to go shopping in Mom's car.  Guess what, though?  Although I had left Mom's car on trickle charge at Thanksgiving with instructions to keep it on charge since it is seldom used, someone had unplugged it and that battery was flat, too. Fate did not want me to go shopping today.

I made supper and got Mom settled in her chair, then came up here to catch up a bit.  Next, I'll bring in the van battery and thaw it.  I'll put in a sink of hot water to get the charging started.

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Or I won't.  I went out and could not get the battery bolt loose and it is cold enough that I came right back in after ten minutes. It is only minus twelve so maybe I'm getting soft.  I'll dress up a bit and give it one more try tonight.

If I don't there is tomorrow and the prediction is for around freezing.

I went out again and had no luck in the cold and dark.  7/16" and 12mm sockets sorta fit the rusted nut, but neither would turn it and it is down in a hard to reach spot.  Tomorrow.

Silvi did not show at bedtime, so I put Mom to bed. Silvi showed up later and was very apologetic.  She had some family issues and did not have our phone numbers.

I went to bed around eleven-thirty.  I'm adjusting to eastern time.

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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Friday December 18th 2020

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I slept until 8.  I'm feeling normal today and seem to have dropped about four pounds, having done nothing different over the past four days except travel and neglect to drink beer.

It is minus seventeen and sunny here today. I had thought the forecast was for warming today, but that was a forecast and maybe I was dreaming.  Nope.  See the panel in yesterday's post.

It is minus fifteen and still dark at home and seven point eight in the house.  The sun rises earlier here by two hours due to the distance east and an additional amount due to being much farther south.


Rounding the Earth #1 - Charles Platt (Hydroxychloroquine)
Rounding the Earth's first episode is a discussion between host Mathew Crawford and former Wired science journalist Charles Platt about the strange tale of why hydroxychloroquine is not used in the U.S. to treat COVID-19 patients. Topics include journalism, Simpson's paradox, Asch conformity, and much more.


Ivermectin Works For COVID-19 - LATEST STUDIES

Yes, hydroxychloroquine is scientifically proven against COVID-19
A long and detailed article presented for perspective.  I have not read it in entirety and cannot comment on its veracity. 
Looks credible to me on the surface.

Bob posted this in the forum and I am sure his report will be of great interest.

> As a First Responder I was in first group to get my vaccination yesterday. My experience is no side effects at all. I received the Pfizer vaccine and will have a second in 3 weeks.

> There continues to be more than a few declining the vaccine which I can understand. I hope their reluctance wanes with enough experiences like mine. I hope this vaccine development and fast tracking teach us something about liability fear mongering and bureaucratic layers to get things done. This last sentence was probably not necessary and I hope it does not distract from my point of sharing.

It seems that many people who are afraid to fly or to line up for a vaccine think nothing of driving down a freeway daily.

Personally, I am one of the first to get the annual flu shot. That shot has  a longer safety history, and a longer development timeline, having only minor tweaking each year.

That said, we know less about the flu shot because few have had much interest in its makeup as it has been presented as an option against an annual nuisance and has never been held up as the miracle savior from a supposedly novel flu-like illness.

Will I get the covid shot?  Probably if nothing earth shattering happens between now and when my number comes up.

 

I went out and tried my van.  It started.  Barely.  I warmed it up and turned it off and tried again. 

It started well, so I went grocery shopping, then returned home and put the charger/conditioner on again to top up the battery. I'm sure it is not fully charged in this short time.

The battery is from 2013, so it does not owe me anything and it is a miracle that it is coming back for an encore.  Having been dead flat, I expect it will take a week or so before it is fully conditioned.

BREAKING: Maricopa county officials refuse to comply with subpoena of Dominion machines

Here is a comparison of lockdown vs. no lockdown in adjoining states.  The thread is interesting.

The Solarwinds hack is a developing story. It affects everything including Dominion software. Stay tuned.

Advanced Persistent Threat Compromise of Government Agencies, Critical Infrastructure, and Private Sector Organizations | CISA

Solarwinds hack - Bing

Is this related?

Pentagon Suddenly Stops Biden’s Briefings, ‘Transition Team’ Locked-Out | Neon Nettle

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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Saturday December 19th 2020

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I woke at 0645, got up, went downstairs into the dark kitchen and made coffee.  I rebooted my phone--a good thing to do periodically to keep it running best--and the kitchen was filled with a nasty loud alarm.

I killed it quickly without so much as a glance at the message.  I hope a nuclear attack is not underway.  These alarms are typically due to a separated parent absconding with their own kid somewhere two hundred or two thousand miles away. None of my business.

If the idea was to get my attention, it succeeded.  If the intention was to enlist my cooperation in some matter, it is a giant failure. If it is intended to annoy my further about government insensitivity and overreach, it is a success.

These general alarms are a perfect example of how our governments and society in general have no sense of proportion. Making loud and distracting noises on millions of private phones at random times is inappropriate, highly inconsiderate and actually dangerous. A normal text notification would be far more effective.

Imagine driving down the road at high speed in dense traffic and suddenly being assaulted by a noise like that. Even if one is aware what the cause is, there is a high priority impulse to kill it STAT potentially causing an accident.  Moreover some folks are trying to sleep, and some are housebound, making bothering them pointless.

The whole idea is simply ignorant and offensive.

It's plus four degrees outside here today, overcast, and snowing lightly.  It's zero at home.  In La Paz, it is fifteen degrees, going to twenty-three today.

Seems the virus is getting worse in La Paz and they are going into orange alert.

A partir de HOY, La Paz y Comondú retornan a semáforo Naranja

What to do today?  The Manitoulin Amateur radio Club has a morning coffee klatsch on Zoom at ten.  I'll likely join in a while, but Mom has coffee at ten and often friends come by.

Also, I really should walk and I'll contact Bill and Faye.  They seem to be hunkered down so we'll see how sociable they are.  I have no clue what the state of mandated house arrest is here in Sudbury.

There does not seem to be much of interest in the news today, yet, anyhow.

ZeroHedge seems to have declined in usefulness lately and since it has become a premium service, some articles are behind a paywall.

Tip: On ZeroHedge  and others, try the Chrome/Edge extension "Just Read". 

Not only does this extension make faint text and confusing layouts easy to read, it eliminates the pop-up 'subscribe' notices and location requests and often reads past the subscriber-only overlays.

Back to the dumpster fire south of here...

America in a shambles

Excerpt: ...The recent presidential election appeared to me to be rigged sufficiently in five swing states to determine a winner in a close election, and the U.S. Supreme Court refused to adjudicate the issues even when petitioned by 18 states to do so. The national political media are a totalitarian cartel of ideological and partisan bigotry and the heads of the social media giants sandbagged the president, shut down the Twitter account of the White House press secretary, boycotted the country’s oldest newspaper, owned by one of its largest media companies (the New York Post) and they all stifled in the last month of an election campaign and dismissed as “Russian disinformation” what we now know to have been for the last two years a burgeoning grand jury criminal investigation into the family of the presumptive president-elect. “Peaceful protesters” ransacked cities across the country all summer killing scores of people, injuring 700 police officers and committing $2 billion of property damage while masquerading as crusaders for civil rights. None of it was mentioned at the Democratic National Convention. Prosecutors win 98 per cent of their cases, 95 per cent without a trial; the American criminal justice system is an anthill of corruption and hypocrisy. America’s claim to being a democratic society of laws has become tenuous...

The Trump haters cackle too soon

WTF Department

When Deplorables Become Ungovernables

...On the recent Supreme Court ruling, a Deep State intel source told me, “the Supreme Court did not like to see half the country rioting against them, and preferred the decision be made by each state in the House of Representatives. That is the only way to handle this without jeopardizing the union. Even prominent Democrats I know realize that the fix took place. The error was to steal too many votes. This grand theft indicts the whole system, that has always been corrupt.

On the propaganda front, for instance, far right nationalists are absolutely convinced that U.S. media can be brought to heel only by occupying the six main offices of the top conglomerates, plus Facebook, Google and Twitter: then you’d have full control of the U.S. propaganda mill.

Another Deep State source, now retired, adds that:
“the U.S. Army does not want to intervene as their soldiers may not obey orders. Many of these far right nationalists were officers in the armed forces. They know where the nuclear missiles and bombers are. There are many in sympathy with them as the U.S. falls apart in lockdowns...

Here's a cool article:
The Awokening Will Not Bring an End to the Nightmare

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How Belarus Exposes the Lockdown Lie

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I've been feeling crappy all day and was wondering if I'm getting the virus but decided that it is migraine.  I had migraine yesterday and am thinking it is not finished with me.

I killed the day doing very little and then watched the rest of Bosch after supper.  I am finished the series, so that is over.  Unless I find something equally good to watch, I'll be spending less time in front of that screen.  I found Bosch very engrossing and a good watch.

This morning I was beginning to wonder if I was coming down with the dreaded plague, but it seems to have just been a continuation of yesterday's migraine. Must have been something I ate.

My migraine appears to have cleared and I'm off to bed early hoping for a better day tomorrow.

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John F Kennedy

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