Sunday, 22 October 2017

10:42 – It was 50.2F (10C) when I took Colin out at 0645.

I’d been nodding off all day yesterday. When I finally headed back to bed around 2115, I was suddenly wide-awake, even though I was completely beat. I lay there for 90 minutes or so, trying to pretend I was asleep. Finally, I figured the hell with it. I got up, went out to the kitchen, and pulled out a bottle of diphenhydramine (Benedryl) tabs. I took two 25-mg tabs and went back to bed. I woke up about 0615 this morning, to Colin’s whining. But that was the first decent night’s sleep I’ve had in what seems like weeks. Tonight, I’ll just take two of the 25-mg diphenhydramine tabs before I hit the sack.


I’ve mentioned Patriot Nurse before. I’ve mentioned some of my reservations about her, including the fact that she’s an anti-vaxxer and proponent of various other woo-woo medical practices. I’ve known a fair number of nurses, but never one that was remotely like her.

One of the things I didn’t mention is that there was a firestorm five or six years ago, with people claiming fraud and saying that she was not actually a nurse. According to them, her real name is Rachel Greene, and she has never been licensed as an RN in Tennessee. There is/was a Rachel Greene whom Tennessee licensed as a pharmacy techician, but even that license expired.

I didn’t think too much about this at the time, because there was one obvious logical flaw in the claim: nowhere did her accusers show how they linked the name Rachel Greene to Patriot Nurse. And without that link, the rest of their accusations were completely unsupported.

Then last night I was watching one of Patara’s videos. She mentioned Patriot Nurse as a personal friend, and casually dropped her first name as Rachel. Not definitive, obviously, but it does make me wonder.

Having watched many of the Patriot Nurse videos, my impression is that she’s a very bright young woman. Too bright to commit multiple felonies across state lines by claiming qualifications to which she is not entitled and then charging people significant amounts of money to attend the classes she teaches.

One possible explanation is that she is mentally ill. A couple of weeks ago, I sat down with Barbara and ran several of the PN videos for her. In them, PN ranged from smiling and bubbly and friendly to sullen and angry. The extremes were stunning. After the videos finished, I told Barbara that I wondered if Patriot Nurse was manic-depressive and off her meds. Barbara’s mom was manic-depressive, and Barbara had decades of experience with her mom’s mood changes. She agreed that it was quite possible that PN was in the same situation. Obviously, we don’t know for sure, but it would explain a lot.

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41 Responses to Sunday, 22 October 2017

  1. OFD says:

    “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”

    Not necessarily here nor there but I thought I’d throw it out anyway ’cause it’s Sunday!

    Another gorgeous day on the Bay. Wife, Princess and GG all doing the usual Canadian Border Dance later today with the two cars. That was the original plan, then it changed to where I’d have to be involved, and now it’s changed back again. So as of this minute I don’t have to do chit.

    I’m still hassling with stairs and balance and pain problems and didn’t get much sleep last night thanks to the Prednisone so I intend to do as little as possible today, watch the Pats-Falcons game tonight if only to see if the Pats defense has decided to play pro-level football yet, and otherwise eff off.

    During the endless time-outs and penalties and commercials I’ll install CentOS 7 on the VA-issued laptop SSD and then harden it up real good security-wise. And otherwise read up on some firearms-related stuff and take it easy. It’s been a rocky week, kinda-sorta like RBT’s. It ain’t easy gettin’ old.

  2. ech says:

    I wondered if Patriot Nurse was manic-depressive and off her meds.

    Well, she hasn’t had her vaccinations…..

  3. OFD says:

    And so fah, Mr. ech wins the innernet today!

  4. CowboySlim says:

    WRT to calls from Jerome: The robocall stopper, Nomorobo, is available to the subscribers of Comcast/TW Cable/Spectrum landline service at no extra fee. With each call my ll phone rings once and then shuts down, I think the purpose of allowing one ring is to let users know that it is working.

  5. OFD says:

    From the Depressing Slashdot Stories Today Department:

    Tech Companies To Lobby For Immigrant ‘Dreamers’ To Remain In US

    Why Are We Still Using Passwords?

    Body Camera Study Shows No Effect On Police Use of Force Or Citizen Complaints

    YouTube Suspends Account of Popular Chinese Dissident

    Vungle CEO Arrested For Child Rape and Attempted Murder

    Yikes.

    Cue up “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcPW6R9yRzE

    We shall not see their like again.

  6. nick flandrey says:

    That is about my least favorite Johnny Cash song.

    n

  7. OFD says:

    It was KK’s song originally. Standard old-school C&W theme, too.

  8. nick flandrey says:

    Update from FEMA’s daily brief on PR/USVI

    PR/USVI Update
    Puerto Rico
    • Shelters: 92 shelters open with 4,154 (-102) occupants
    • Disaster Assistance Registrations: 792k

    Power Outages / Restoration
    • 21.6% (+5%) of customers with power restored
    • 25.4% of transmission lines energized; 36.5% substations energized
    Generator failure reported in Centro Medico; emergency generators to be
    installed

    • PREPA estimating 95% to be restored by December 15

    Communications:
    • 85% (+24) of population live in areas where wireless coverage is available for
    voice and text messages

    Health & Medical
    • 61 (-2) of 67 hospitals open
    • 2 Federal Medical Stations operational

    Water Restoration
    • 72% of PRASA customers have potable water service
    • 65 water filter plants are operating

    Guajataca Dam
    • Water has stopped flowing over spillway; reservoir pool is 4 feet below spillway;
    there is no longer any seepage noted under spillway slabs

    U.S. Virgin Islands
    • Shelters: 5 shelters open with 290 (-17) occupants
    • Disaster Assistance Registrations: 14.9k

    Power Outages / Restoration
    • Customers receiving power from grid: St. Thomas: 29% St. Croix: 1.6%; St.
    John: no grid power, restoration expected in 2-3 weeks

    Communications:
    • 88% of population lives in area where wireless coverage is available for voice
    and text

    Health & Medical
    • St. Thomas: Schneider Medical Center sustained damage; established mobile
    medical facility
    • St. Croix: Charles Harwood Facility closed; Governor Juan Luis Hospital partially
    open despite damage

    Notice that TWO more hospitals have dropped off. One for AC failure one for generator failure. Today’s brief didn’t mention it, but they are still FLYING diesel fuel to the top of a mountain for the gennie that powers the transmitter and the 911 system.

    Only 4K in shelters, the rest must be living and eating something and somewhere…And only ~800K asked for assistance out of 3.4M

    They continue to make headway with comms and power restoration, and drinking water.

    Keep this in mind when you hear or see another “poor poor PR” story.

    I linked before to the hams who are returning who add a bit more detail and describe things as a bit more harrowing than the dry FEMA summary.

    nick

  9. SteveF says:

    Standard old-school C&W theme, too.

    Advancing technology will soon be adding a new C&W theme: a man’s self-driving pickup truck leaves him.

  10. OFD says:

    “Keep this in mind when you hear or see another “poor poor PR” story.”

    Roger that. And say, where did all the Texans and Floridians who lost everything go??? Anyone know? Any idea? Bueller? BUELLER???

    “…a man’s self-driving pickup truck leaves him.”

    With all his guns and his dawg.

  11. ech says:

    a new C&W theme: a man’s self-driving pickup truck leaves him.

    The joke was that the ideal movie in the USSR was: boy gets tractor, boy loses tractor, the superior Soviet system provides boy and his collective new and improved tractor.

    And say, where did all the Texans and Floridians who lost everything go??? Anyone know?

    I didn’t lose everything (mostly home repairs and appliances) and am in an apartment for another month. A friend who lost most of her stuff in her house is living with one of her friends. Most of the flooding was in middle class and upper middle class areas, so people probably had friends/family to help. There were some low income apartments that got flooded, and they have been relocated.

  12. OFD says:

    I was under the impression that many tens of thousands were left homeless and adrift, also that a million? vehicles have been totaled by flood waters.

  13. SteveF says:

    One law for me, another for thee.

  14. OFD says:

    These parasitic commie traitors don’t go by any laws at all.

  15. Nick Flandrey says:

    Just saw a cautionary video of the 700000 cars sitting in the insurance lots. Having been totaled. Many more were damaged but the owners don’t have comp coverage so they aren’t in the lots.

    Buyer beware for the next couple of years.

    N

    Currently disarmed in a theatre, and not happy…….

  16. OFD says:

    Is that theatre round in shape? With screaming spectators? Notice any large felines roaming around? Large guys in armor and wacky helmets, carrying javelins?

    GTFO NOW!!!

    (sorry, it’s Sunday and can’t resist…)

  17. Mike Dugan says:

    Tnx agian Dr. Bob. You are the stimulus that caused me to get my ticket. Yesterday I passed the Extra class exam. Now I’ve got to figure out how to operate this Bao-Feng radio.
    73.

  18. Nick Flandrey says:

    Intermission. Venue is plastered with legal no gun notices. Lower half of every door is covered with signs. Very cursory bag check and the laziest wandng ever. And it’s all bs as the city owns the land so restrictions are illegal. No one wants to be the test case, so they get away with it.

    Strong performances so far. Bit like being at work for me. Can’t help looking at the production and not the story.

    N

  19. OFD says:

    So, uh, what’s the show? Besides production and the security theater comedy?

    From The Week Department:

    http://takimag.com/article/the_week_that_perished_october_22_2017_takimag/print#axzz4wBDtklwZ

  20. lynn says:

    I was under the impression that many tens of thousands were left homeless and adrift, also that a million? vehicles have been totaled by flood waters.

    Yes. FEMA is paying for a LOT of hotel rooms and apartments. My friends that got four inches of water in their home are living in a FEMA apartment (they had flood insurance). They have demoed their home up to 24 inches. That includes all of the cabinets and countertops in their kitchen, bathrooms, etc. They got a FEMA check within a week. They are hoping to be back in their home by the end of November.

    I would not buy a used car from Texas in the next couple of years.

    My Dad always said that buying a used car is buying someone else’s problems.

  21. OFD says:

    FEMA is We are paying for a LOT of hotel rooms and apartments.”

    FIFY.

    Still, better for that than more weapon systems that don’t work and selling likewise to keep all the hot wars going. Or paying, for that matter, for the Five Living Presidents security details; Lady Gaga can cover that from now on.

  22. Nick Flandrey says:

    The Secret Garden.

  23. OFD says:

    Blessings be upon you, young sir, for putting up with that today. Next time pack heat anyway, you know how.

  24. ech says:

    FEMA did give us housing assistance. Less than 1 month of rent in our apartment, not to mention that the daughter and spouse are in another apartment – we can’t share due to their cats and my wife’s allergies.

  25. OFD says:

    Best wishes getting your lives back on track, Mr. ech. Our thoughts are with our Texas fellow citizens and friends from here.

  26. nick flandrey says:

    Home without incident.

    Wasn’t completely unarmed as I had a Gerber assisted open pocket knife (which I put in my wallet and held in my hand while being wanded) and a folding credit card knife in my wallet. I didn’t bring my normal EDC of a benchmade mini-griptillion and cold steel bird and trout on a neck chain. Didn’t want to give those up if busted. the others were $9 total at the TSA outlet in Austin.

    Given the completely lazy wanding, I could have carried a small pistol appendix or jock, and just worn a big buckle to explain the beep. Still, it was legally posted and would have been a trespassing misdemeanor if I didn’t leave immediately. Given what the tickets cost, I wanted to avoid that. And we parked at the venue so I was never on the street. There are other venues where you park and then walk for 10 minutes thru tunnels or on the street. I’d probably have taken the chance in that case.

    Mid day, no walk, gun in car, and not gonna stop doing things with the kids…

    n

  27. Greg Norton says:

    I’ve mentioned Patriot Nurse before. I’ve mentioned some of my reservations about her, including the fact that she’s an anti-vaxxer and proponent of various other woo-woo medical practices. I’ve known a fair number of nurses, but never one that was remotely like her.

    All of the nurses I know who have RN or higher license are a bit odd, especially those I’ve interacted with here in Texas.

  28. lynn says:

    ”FEMA is XXXX XX We are paying for a LOT of hotel rooms and apartments.”

    FIFY.

    Our grandchildren are paying for a LOT of hotel rooms and apartments.

    Fixed it again.

  29. OFD says:

    Yo, y’all, Mr. Lynn an’ me is fixers now; we fix yo chit fo y’all.

    Mrs. OFD is off to GG’s for the night and then the beeyooteeful Capital District, over in the Vampire State. Princess is back off to Moh-ree-all for another gig at some club and is prepping for her America’s Got Talent audition there on Wednesday.

    OFD hisself is confined for tonight, anyway, to the second floor, and checking the Pats game score in the fourth, it’s a 23-0 shutout of the Falcons. Sounds like the defense finally cowboy’ed up.

    Tried several Netflix music documentaries; Glen Campbell–too depressing. Tom Petty–likewise. Bob Weir–one long acid trip. Gave up. Shitty movies, none worth a damn. Salesforce.com classes more exciting.

    Will attempt to slide downstairs tomorrow and work on a couple of things, have some of wife’s homemade chicken soup, adjust my walker, etc. And then try to make it back up the stairs; harder each day lately. Hope the meds do something soon.

    Also hope I can manage to check the mail and do the Planning Commission meeting on Tuesday night. Only a hundred yards away but it’s tricky once I’m outta the car, and I used to just hike over, of course. Too far to manhandle the walker and mostly uphill or up a ramp, also difficult lately.

    So an old fart gets a new appreciation for what many folks have to mess with daily for years, or their whole lives. Every little change in elevation, every possible obstacle, and hassling with doors. Pain is one thing; paralysis another. Fuck this. I ain’t doin’ it much longer.

  30. ech says:

    Tried several Netflix music documentaries;

    Look for one called The Wrecking Crew. That was the nickname given to the session musicians that did half the hits in the 60s. Glen Campbell started with them.

  31. OFD says:

    Yup, he was a very busy session guitarist back then.

  32. Greg Norton says:

    Tried several Netflix music documentaries; Glen Campbell–too depressing. Tom Petty–likewise. Bob Weir–one long acid trip. Gave up. Shitty movies, none worth a damn. Salesforce.com classes more exciting.

    If you can find a US source, the relatively recent BBC4 documentary on Jeff Lynne, “Mr. Blue Sky”, is worth the time.

  33. OFD says:

    Thanks to Mssrs. ech and Greg Norton. Will look for them tomorrow.

    I grew up listening to all kinds of music; parents always had classical going, and I was also into rock and British blues. But remember Glen Campbell and Johnny Cash fondly from that era, too. Right after I got back from working on Uncle’s plantations, it was the disco era, so I had that going on in the background and in the local clubs all the time. But I was also listening to Earth, Wind and Fire, Boston, and ELO, which I still like, some of the melancholic notes and tunes from that melancholic time.

    Off to the Land of Nod again, if possible.

    Pax vobiscum, fratres…

    update: found The Wrecking Crew on Netflix and have it ready to go tomorrow, along with Mr. Blue Sky found on Vimeo, also loaded to go. Outstanding, boyz, thanks again!

  34. nick flandrey says:

    I link to this story not for the content but for the headline-

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-10-22/depravity-frivolity-and-dissent-are-we-watching-end-empire

    As it occurred to me last night that we ARE THERE. Many people have pointed out that the Fall of the Roman Empire didn’t happen over night, and to the people living thru it, it just seems like always, but a bit worse.

    That’s us. We’re surrounded by invaders who don’t look like us, who don’t speak our language, who come from lands we formerly ruled and exploited. They are no longer kept out, but welcomed in the misbegotten belief that they will become the new tax donkeys who will support us in our decline. They, however, have a different idea.

    The other symptoms are well covered elsewhere- depravity, distraction, violence, breakdown in social norms….

    The invaders will take the world down to the level they came from, simply because it’s easier to move downward than upward.

    We’re IN IT. It’s already well underway. No reversing it, just leveling out the curve for some short time in some local places. Where are the monasteries? What will survive the burning of the libraries? And make no mistake, our kids won’t care, nor will their kids. They don’t know any better or different. They’ll be busy living their lives under the new reality.

    So if it’s a given that the end is already well underway, and the next generations don’t actually care (did the grandchildren of the romans?) what can WE do? What should we do? How do we make the transition as beneficial as possible for our descendants? What do we do when we stop fighting it?

    nick

  35. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    You’re far too pessimistic, Nick. Early victories are easy when your enemy has not even started to fight.

    As OFD and others have said, Anglo-Saxons are very slow to anger, but we can be pushed only so far. We’re starting to see the first signs of that resistance from individuals. Over the coming years, that’s likely to intensify. Don’t be surprised to see stuff like firebombing mosques become commonplace.

    The problem is that muslims, BLM, etc. are just the bully boys. The real enemy is the progs, and they’re harder to target.

  36. SteveF says:

    The real enemy is the progs, and they’re harder to target.

    Kill everyone who was in the student council in high school.
    Kill every non-military government employee.
    Kill every union official.
    Kill everyone enrolled in or graduated from a “Studies” or Journalism program.
    Kill every adult who’s never supported himself.
    Kill the children of every adult who’s never supported himself.
    Kill everyone in Hollywood.

    There’s some slop there, eg a small number of conservatives in Hollywood, but it’s not bad for a first pass.

  37. nick flandrey says:

    “You’re far too pessimistic, Nick”

    perhaps, I’ve been in a bit of a ‘poor me’ funk the last week. Not sleeping well, which is not normally a problem.

    It just hit me last night though, that this is probably exactly what it looked like. Whether there is anything that can be done or not is debatable (in the literal meaning.) The barbarians are at the gates, but they are also inside the gates in huge numbers. They have no choice but to tear down what was built, because that is all they know. They will have to recover over time and on their own as our ancestors did. Perhaps there will be another renaissance in the future where the next wave ‘stands on the shoulders of giants’ as europeans did, but HOW will they discover the lost works? So much is digital now and will vanish into the aether.

    And it was pretty depressing to realize that within one or two generations the ideas we hold dear will have vanished. Don’t believe it? How many here understand the lives their grand parents led? Why they did and believed the things they did, why they fought, HOW they lived? Many of them made sacrifices that are almost unimaginable to us, let alone our kids. Look at infant mortality, and early childhood disease. Kids today don’t understand living in fear of sickness. They don’t expect to lose 1 in 5 or more of their classmates and siblings. They haven’t seen whole neighborhoods wiped out by disease, whole towns abandoned, whole cities destroyed by war. (outside of blue state shitholes, and that’s not an example to be held up)

    Someone recently pointed out a meme that our country was founded on anger at a TINY tax on just a few imports*. Compare that to the THIRD of our income we give up today. The amount of government intrusion and power we allow today would have been unthinkable just a couple of decades ago. Anyone else remember the phrase “Don’t make a Federal case out of it”? I remember when there was public debate about the constitutionality of searching student’s lockers at school without warrants. Today, they are searched, ordered, metal detected and surveilled without a second thought.

    Sure, I’m a bit depressed and pessimistic, but I’m also sure that the decline and fall has already started. In fact it’s well under way. And given the general acceleration of events in the world, it certainly won’t take generations to lose it all like the Romans.

    nick

    *other reasons as well, but certainly partially a tax revolt

  38. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    This is why I devote so much of my time and effort to producing home-school materials.

  39. OFD says:

    “The real enemy is the progs, and they’re harder to target.”

    Exactly. It’s the enablers and the instigators we should be after, the treasonous ratfuckers who’ve been opening the gates. NOT necessarily the rooming house full of newly arrived young male hadjis out on the county road, but the resettlement bureaucrats who made it happen. So it doesn’t happen again; make an example.

    “Kill every non-military government employee.”

    And most of the time-serving brass and flag-rank officers and a bunch of E9s, too.

    I’m a pessimist, too, and tend to largely agree with Mr. Nick and I have many days like he describes, being kinda depressed and frustrated by a lotta stuff. I also agree with RBT that we’re seeing increasing signs of push-back and resistance, and more and more Murkan derps realize our situation and are getting angry enough to do something about it. Hell, that was obvious from tRump’s election, and now we’re seeing that the more things change, the more they stay the same, WRT politics. Draining the Swamp is a tough job and I suspect it’s too far gone now. I also wonder some days if he’s actually doing any of that or just playing us for fools.

    I also think we’re all trying to do what we can for our kids and grandkids and we worry a lot about their future; both Mr. Nick and RBT have been doing sterling work in this regard and are an example for the rest of us. Yikes, just keeping up with them and what they do in my imagination is a great ride. Probably can’t get to a tenth of that stuff right now but I’ve been keeping track. Ditto the women and their families who rarely post here (and I don’t blame them much) but are clearly busy walking the walk instead.

    HATS OFF!

  40. SteveF says:

    OT necessarily the rooming house full of newly arrived young male hadjis out on the county road, but the resettlement bureaucrats who made it happen.

    Is there any reason not to do both?

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