Thur. Jan. 7, 2021 – turns out it will probably live in infamy too

Cool but not so rainy.  Maybe.

Yesterday the rain held off until mid-afternoon.  Then came down with a vengeance.  Thankfully it didn’t last long.  I got a bunch of stuff dropped off at my auctioneer, picked up the kids from school, and went by the gun store to drop off a Christmas present and touch base.  Turns out a bunch of stuff did happen in DC.

We’ll know today or tomorrow just how badly it’s going to turn out.  Until then, I think a bunch of people got played.  They still thought they could exercise their rights, petition for redress, make themselves heard.  And they got punked.   Those are going to be some angry people when they realize how badly they were done by…

 

Which brings me to the rest of this post.  I wrote it last night in response to a comment from a long time, educated, engaged, and knowledgeable commentor here.   It’s TO him, but not ABOUT him, and it’s also to everyone else who might be feeling the same way.  Because I think feeling like that is REALLY shortsighted.  I’m also breaking one of the informal rules here.  Bob discouraged swear words not from any prudishness, but because he didn’t want to trip any nanny filters and deny people access to the good information and discussion here.   We’ve been pretty good about keeping up the tradition and it does make a difference in tone.  This is not a change in policy or intent.   All that said,  I’m gonna swear a lot below.  Because it’s an evocative word and really the best way to convey my meaning and feelings.  It’s a bit less than ‘polished’.


“This was a riot by Trumpkins.”

— even if it was a riot, and was ‘trump supporters’, you don’t get to pick your supporters, anymore than the lefty bands get to control who plays their music.

A few dozen attention seekers get suckered into entering what is normally a very secure building without any real resistance (except for the AF vet that they essentially murdered- unarmed and not a threat) and they take selfies. Did they destroy the artwork? Paint ACAB on every surface? D/L anything from the completely unsecured computers? Start any fires?

And SO WHAT? What about the [really huge number because I don’t want to debate what it was or wasn’t] of ordinary people that were there? They don’t count for anything because there are a couple of grandstanding jackasses? That’s internet argument technique #12, find one reason to dismiss everything else…

I find it hard to be gleeful about the destruction of the country I love, because it will also take down Trump. Destroying faith in the electoral process has destroyed something that can’t be put back together. This stopped being about Trump a long time ago and started being about the kind of place the US would be for the rest of my life, and probably for a good chunk of my kids’ lives.

70 MILLION people feel some degree of the same thing. NO ONE ANYWHERE that I’m aware of has suggested that Trump’s votes weren’t legit. So. 70 million. How many have to say “fuck it” and do something before it ALL goes to shit? Wrong tank cars get added to a train, no corn syrup for you- or the few hundred thousand boxes of cereal your plant makes. Fuck it. Tape measure gets dropped into the grinder at the packing house. All of the last 48 hours of production needs to be destroyed because there is metal in the hamburger? Fuck it. Time to run the TPS report so the line workers can get checks? Drop_table what? Fuck it. Mercury thermometer gets dropped into the bioreactor at Merck? Fuck it. That was baking soda not chlorine? Fuck it. Hello UPS? Someone called a tip line and says they shipped 6 bombs to random people. No, we don’t know who or where from. Fuck it. EVERY Fusion Center in the US got a package full of white powder? NO SHIT? Fuck it. Someone is taking pot shots at the big spherical tanks along I 10 in Baytown? Fuck it. Every three days someone throws 5 pounds of roofing nails off an overpass onto the freeway at rush hour? Well, fuck it. Every tip line and fusion center in the US gets calls about bomb threats. And six bombs actually go off. Rinse and repeat. Fuck it.

I could do this all night, but fuck it, I’m not that motivated right now.

70 million people. Mostly in jobs that actually do something besides moving electrons or money around. LOOK at the pictures of the “protests” all over the US. Those are some serious looking folks who are just about fed up. Not the tacticool tommies with their guts hanging out* a baofang radio and morale patches on their airsoft web gear. Look at the guys in gimme hats from trucking firms or ag supplements, guys in carhart jackets or company windbreakers. Women standing next to them looking just as grim. Those women don’t care about some guy on a tape talking trash about tramps sliding up to money, they are worried about where their kids will work when NAFTA II ships the rest of the factory jobs to third world slavers. They’re worried about raising their grandkids while their sons or daughters are passed out on chinese fentanyl or doing time for possession while inner city “youths” get a free pass.

So if you’re inclined to dance a jig, because the wicked witch of the west is dead, you might want to think about what comes next. And pray that the guy at the water treatment plant, or the pharmacy, or the rail yard, or any number of invisible but important places, doesn’t just say Fuck it.


And since we/I spend a lot of time talking about preparedness issues, it’s time to get serious about stacking what you can’t do without, if you aren’t already well along the way.  I was stream of consciousness when I listed the ‘inconveniences’ above.   It took almost no actual thought at all, and I really can do it all day.  I’m surely not the only one.  70 million.  A good portion of them aren’t going to be looking for inconveniences, but for deadly consequences.  The only real thought I put in was to avoid that for now.

This has the potential to get really ugly, really fast.  If it starts, it WILL escalate.  It always does.  The irish didn’t start out throwing hand grenades into lines of school kids waiting to go into class, but they got there.

Oh, and the rest of the world isn’t likely to just stand idly by either.

So keep stacking.

 

nick

 

*a PSA rifle that’s never been sighted in and will only fire once before jamming will still kill you dead when fired into a crowd.  So will a .38 revolver from the sock drawer, or a $150 HiPoint from the pawn shop.  You don’t have to be able to ruck for days with 2x your body weight to snipe from your car, or throw rocks off an overpass either.  Something to keep in mind.

Author: Nick Flandrey

Mid 50s, stay at home dad, with two elementary school age girls. Love my family and my life.

60 thoughts on “Thur. Jan. 7, 2021 – turns out it will probably live in infamy too”


  1. How many have to say “fuck it” and do something before it ALL goes to shit?

    This is the central point, really. Life in first-world countries depends on trust. The schism between left and right has destroyed mutual trust between people.

    Extremist views – fanned by the MSM and the big social media companies – have led to this situation. The view of the right, that the left is stupid. The view of the left, that the right is evil. One of the first steps in war: dehumanize the enemy. Yep, that’s been done.

    That said, storming the capitol was idiotic. The people who did so clearly had no leader and no plan. They did have people egging them on – and Trump must count himself as one of those. There was nothing to be gained by calling for a rally in DC on the 6th. The MSM is playing it for all it’s worth. Carnage? Sedition? Treason? This has set conservatives back by decades, and widened an already huge schism.

    Was the election stolen? Almost certainly. Nonetheless, a rally in DC was the wrong response. The right solution was to not let it be stolen, by having serious, prepared observers in all the critical states. Failing that, and with the failed court challenges? Life sucks, do better next time.

    This has the potential to get really ugly, really fast.

    Yes. It’s a powder keg, and lots of idiots are standing around with matches. It only takes one…

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  2. 70 million people. Mostly in jobs that actually do something besides moving electrons or money around. LOOK at the pictures of the “protests” all over the US. Those are some serious looking folks who are just about fed up.

    Roughly 200,000 Republican voters along with 120,000 (probably “serious looking”) Libertarians went missing in GA on Tuesday. The subset of the population waiting for “something” to happen had their chance to be heard and passed.

    As the Chosen One quipped, “Elections have consequences”. Fortunately, the Progs already have to worry about Virginia soon and fundraising for 2022 will start right after that.

  3. Mitch doesn’t have any self awareness or sense of irony…

    “‘If this election were overturned by mere allegations from the losing side our democracy would enter a death spiral,’ McConnell warned. ‘We’d never see a whole nation accept an election again.’

    ‘Every four years there would be a scramble for power at any cost,’ he added. “

    IF?

    Got news for ya Mitch, we’re already there.

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  4. If you agree with it then it’s a protest. If you don’t then it’s a riot.


  5. I am forwarding a hypothesis that the Vice-President polled the cabinet at some point between 3:13 and 3:30 pm today and declared the President to be incompetent under the 25th Amendment, making Pence the acting President.

    Would they have found a way for this to be kept secret? Wouldn’t Trump have tweeted that this was ‘illegal’?

    Was the election stolen? Almost certainly.

    Would there have been a different outcome if Ted Olson was leading the legal team instead of Rudy and Sidney Powell?

  6. Would they have found a way for this to be kept secret? Wouldn’t Trump have tweeted that this was ‘illegal’?

    The stories about the 25th amendment discussion are media fantasies, much like the rumors of the Iranians planning to fly a jet into the Capitol yesterday.

    One upside to Trump leaving is that most of the ratings for the 24/7 news channels will disappear with him. AT&T already ordered the CNN Center to be cleared out as a cost saving measure.

  7. /rambling on/
    Not just the election was stolen, but also our country. Anyone who does not believe we have long ago lost our Republic is totally out of touch with reality.

    Yes, Trump blew it in a big way, allowing his ego to destroy him. Beware though, he is a very bitter man, and he will be heard from again and again.

    I see no future true leaders on the horizon. Get used to anarchy being the new norm. It will take the appearance of a leader of Biblical proportion to pull us from this pit. Beware of false prophets as there are many out there now, and their numbers are increasing.

    Meanwhile, take care of yourself and your family. Do not depend on the “system” or “big business”; they do not care one lick about us. In their minds, we are useful idiots.

    Be prepared to protect what you have as it is “unfair” that you are prepared. Your assets belong to the collective and will be proportioned out as no one, except the political and business elite, shall have more than anyone else. Be happy in your work and misery.

    Will we ever see peace again? Definitely not in my remaining lifetime. We are well into a new epoch of insecurity and insanity.
    /rambling off/

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  8. Was the election stolen? Almost certainly.

    The problem wasn’t the lawyers, it was the facts.
    There was no fraud. Face it, Trump lost.
    Seventy million might have voted for Trump but a whole lot more voted for Biden and these were also in jobs that actually “do something besides moving electrons or money around.”

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  9. Seventy million might have voted for Trump but a whole lot more voted for Biden

    But the popular vote (70M) doesn’t matter.
    Trump lost GA by 11,779 votes, WI by 20,608 votes, AZ by 10,457 votes and NV by 33,596. 76,444 votes in total.
    Those four states total 43 electoral votes, which would have given Trump 275 instead of 232.
    What if the vaccinations had started in October?
    What if Trump had acted differently in one of the two debates?
    What if, what if…
    “For the want of a nail the shoe was lost”

  10. Enough with the name-calling, okay? Ya’ll have been sounding like a bunch of kindergarteners fighting about whose daddy is bigger, better, or badder. Call me a poopyhead, but could we please change the subject?

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  11. Enough with the name-calling, okay? Ya’ll have been sounding like a bunch of kindergarteners fighting about whose daddy is bigger, better, or badder. Call me a poopyhead, but could we please change the subject?

    Oof! You shouldn’t have used “poopyhead” on this site. Bathroom humor is big. Ask Mr. Ray or SteveF.

    LET THE HEELING AND FART JOKES BEGIN!


  12. Not just the election was stolen, but also our country. Anyone who does not believe we have long ago lost our Republic is totally out of touch with reality.

    Yes, Trump blew it in a big way, allowing his ego to destroy him. Beware though, he is a very bitter man, and he will be heard from again and again.

    I’ll throw in the spineless unorganized Redumblicans. Dumbocrats mostly move lockstep, walking all over them.

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  13. Ha! Ha! Shot Girl ™ wants to impeach tRump and sanction/expel “members of Congress who incited this riot”, ie., Redumblicans.

    Her mentioning our “Republic is in danger” is the ultimate chef’s kiss.

  14. Ha! Ha! Shot Girl ™ wants to impeach tRump and sanction/expel “members of Congress who incited this riot”, ie., Redumblicans.

    Her mentioning our “Republic is in danger” is the ultimate chef’s kiss.

    She’s deflecting attention, taking advantage of a crisis.

    Amazon announced a $2 billion spray of cash yesterday to support “affordable housing” in communities where they either currently employ or plan to employ more than 5000 people.

    Seattle – check
    DC – check
    Nashville – check
    New York – Doh!

    New York stands to lose at least two Congressional seats to redistricting. Shot Girl hasn’t brought home the pork.


  15. …but could we please change the subject?

    Any new 2021 model FLASHLIGHTS coming out this year?

  16. Took a short nap.

    Well, the calls for punishment and reprisals are coming fast and furious. Prepare to be un-personed.

    Such gracious winners, such accepting and fair-minded people, we should give them more power!

    https://www.zerohedge.com/technology/msm-already-using-capitol-hill-riot-call-more-internet-censorship

    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/shopify-terminates-trumpstorecom-response-riots

    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/gop-lawmaker-joins-democrats-calling-25th-amendment-remove-trump-after-capitol-stormed

    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/flight-attendants-union-calls-ban-pro-trump-rioters-flights

    https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/schumer-calls-trump-be-removed-office-immediately

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/01/allowing-antifa-domestic-terrorists-burn-country-fbi-director-wray-vows-charge-participated-siege-capitol/

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/01/tech-tyranny-snapchat-locks-president-trumps-account-shopify-takes-trump-organization-campaign-stores-offline/

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/01/breaking-zuckerberg-bans-president-trump-using-facebook-indefinitely/

    I believe the Republican members of Congress who have incited this domestic terror attack through their attempts to overturn the election must face consequences. They have broken their sacred Oath of Office. I will be introducing a resolution calling for their expulsion.

    –so lets get this straight. The day after ONE PROTEST, with no burning neighborhoods, with no occupied NO COP zones, anyone who participated or supports OUR SITTING PRESIDENT–

    –should be blocked from flying
    –should be banned from the public square
    –should have their livelihoods blocked

    Limit their movements. Take away any contrary information. Destroy their ability to work or earn a living. Purge the government of their representatives. Disenfranchise them.

    Hmm, I think we’ve see most of this before. We know how this plays out long run. Disarmament comes next. And it ends in camps, gulags, or killing fields. And yes, I am serious. WHY WOULD IT BE DIFFERENT THIS TIME? Has human nature changed? It’s only been about 80 years at the longest, and a whole lot fewer years at the shortest. There are STILL progroms going on in the world, China in particular.

    Hmm, good thing we have a President and leaders who will be tough on China. Good thing there are no collaborators from those dark times still alive and in positions of power and influence.

    My fervent prayer is for inertia. It’s hard to change the direction of a large thing in motion abruptly. It’s easier to nudge it and nudge it and nudge it in an ‘easier’ direction, like downhill. Then it will really start to pick up speed. Oh, we’re so fucked.

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    One word. McCarthyism. This time with the power of the panopticon.

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  17. Big sacrifice. Huge. She sacrificed giving us 10 more days of service….

    Maybe she could reimburse her annual salary to show how incensed she is about tRump.

    Or…

    Naw.

  18. Scroll up if you missed my linkfest. Had to get myself out of moderation.

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  19. Here’s an example of the sort of lefty double think we’re going to get in spades.

    ”Today is the result of allowing people with hate in their hearts to use platforms that should be used to bring people together and allow people to build community.’

    ‘Facebook and Instagram are being used to spread hate, misinformation, racism, and bigotry,’ Gomez wrote. ‘I am calling you both to HELP STOP THIS. Please shut down groups and users focused on spreading hate speech violence and misinformation. Our future depends on it.’

    -that’s uber-genius Selena Gomez, masters degree in public policy, inventor of the cancer cure, and winner of the Pulitzer prize. OH. Nope just another paid dancing monkey. With ZERO sense of self awareness or irony, as she calls for people who “came together” and “formed a community” and shared plans to act to address social issues… THAT SHE DOESN’T LIKE… to be silenced. Driven from the public square. Because she doesn’t like them.

    Where was Selena Gomez when our cities were burning? While angry mobs destroyed businesses and livelihoods?

    -People, GTFO of lefty run social media. Look at the pix from the Capitol. Half or more of the people there are staring at their phones the whole time. Cut yourself loose.

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  20. Oh FFS.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-9122945/Doctors-write-letter-asking-Biden-administration-make-mail-high-filtration-masks-homes.html

    Group of US doctors write open letter to Biden begging his administration to manufacture and mail free N95 masks to EVERY American to protect against explosion of super-covid

    –yep, those lazy mask companies are just dragging their feet about producing the N95s that are currently selling at 4x their previous price. Sick the DoD on ’em. Slaves always work faster and harder than people with economic incentives.

    Just wtf is it with people who are so eager to enslave their fellow Americans? Because forcing companies to produce under threat of violence is coerced labor, which is the definition of slavery. I wonder how Dr clueless would feel about DoD requiring every licensed medical professional to work for free for the length of the ’emergency’? I bet he’d suddenly find he was for less government interference in his life.

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  21. Well,that didn’t take long. Maybe they can turn the scaffold that Sleepy Joe won’t be using for a parade into a gallows…

    “Yesterday the president of the United States incited an armed insurrection against America

    — nanny state pelosi

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  22. Maybe I didn’t see it, but does anyone remember seeing front page articles with a couple dozen mug shots calling for people to ID the ‘BLM Badguys’ or the ‘Antifa Infamous’?

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9123277/Capitol-hill-arrests-victims-wanted-suspects.html

    Hunt for MAGA’s most wanted: FBI releases pictures of the Trump rioters who stormed the Capitol as DOJ promises to charge them ALL with federal crimes – but what about the man who incited them?

    –tell me again how many billions of dollars in arson damage the “MAGA” “riot” did? Clearly it’s ok if left wing rioters burn down YOUR town, but dare to march on their town and you’re suddenly front page news.

    ‘Might as well hang for a sheep as a lamb.’ ‘After the first one all the rest are free’. There are some traditional responses to the heavy hand of “justice”.

    And on the meta side of things, we keep seeing pix of the same six jackasses, and no pix of the 10s or 100s of thousands of peaceful protesters in the MSM. Funny that.

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  23. Just wtf is it with people who are so eager to enslave their fellow Americans? Because forcing companies to produce under threat of violence is coerced labor, which is the definition of slavery. I wonder how Dr clueless would feel about DoD requiring every licensed medical professional to work for free for the length of the ’emergency’? I bet he’d suddenly find he was for less government interference in his life.

    Working at a place like Harvard or Brigham & Womens (Mass General flagship) pretty much isolates the doctors from real world healthcare economics. The GPs at the private practice clinic where my wife used to work have endured ~25% cuts since the pandemic started, and I’ve posted here before about me subsidizing the practice of medicine for nearly 20 years prior to my wife going to work for the VA.

    The rumors out of WA State are that doctors at places like my wife’s former employer there took 40% pay cuts.

    Medicaid For All will be GP slavery and a lot of doctors will shrug in a Ayn Rand sense.

    Your nurse practitioner will see you now. They have excellent online classes these days.

  24. The gold standard of N95 disposable respirators is the 3M 8210plus*.
    If you examine the box closely, you will see this statement:
    “Made in the US of US and globally sourced materials”. Hint: it ain’t the straps or the nosepiece that is imported.

    *differs from the 8210 only in that the 8210plus has braided elastic straps

    Some useful information:
    1) In the last few years 3M started putting “use by” dates +5 years in future of the manufacturing date
    a) Undated inventory is about 4 years old at this point
    b) The main issue with storage is temperature. Inventory stored in an air-conditioned environment below 75F will probably last indefinitely. IIRC, the stated upper limit on storage testing is 85F, leading to the 5-yr limit. [last sentence edited for clarity]
    c) The braided straps were probably changed to address embrittlement during higher temperature storage
    d) The most likely points of failure in outdated inventory are the straps and the attachment of the straps to the masks. Place one hand in the respirator and pull the straps to full extension several times with the other hand to test. Straps that fail can be replaced, but it is a sub-optimal solution.

    2) In simplest terms, an N95 respirator is a two-part system consisting of a filtration media and a mechanical seal to the users face. Industrial users of disposable and permanent respirators are required to go through training. There are several Youtube videos that are worth watching.

    This last is an important point. Trained respirator fitters are a lot more scarce than trained needle pushers, and it takes a lot more time to train a respirator user than it does to give them a shot.

    So to sum up, the MD’s know bupkis about N95 respirators and get two failing grades: one for not knowing that the production bottleneck is the filtration media largely produced overseas, and the second for not recognizing the limitations of properly training millions of wearers.

  25. {cough} If masks are SO important, where are the bio-hazard disposal boxes?

    Ditto for gloves.

    You know, like the boxes at the doctors office for used needles.

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  26. I’ve spent a LOT of time in respirators in industrial settings. I’ve got expired and unexpired ‘face mask’ style.

    In my experience, with both new and old product, 3m and MSA and others, they fail most often by having the straps pull away from the filter media when donning them.

    This can be significantly reduced by pinching the strap where it attaches with one hand and using the fingers on the other to gently stretch the elastic band. Pull from your pinched fingers toward the middle of the strap by gently sliding your fingers along the elastic- stretching it toward the middle. . Pinch the other side of the mask and do the same. Then use both hands to gently stretch the middle of the elastic band. The idea is to put the stress of fitting over your head on the elastic rather than on where it attaches.

    Don’t stretch too much as the straps must still pull the mask tightly to your face. If it’s not leaving marks on your face, it’s not pulling tight enough. That wire or metal strip in the nose area must be shaped to fit snug over your schnoz and to your face. It may take more than one try but start with your fingers pinching the bridge of your nose, and gently slide them down and out to press the wire to the contour of your face. Then you will probably have to gently press down on the outer ends of the wire to make it more bow shaped so it holds against your face. Doesn’t take much to do it after you get the knack. You should not feel air moving on your cheeks or nose when breathing. Reshape, or adjust the angle the straps are pulling from until you get a good seal.

    They are single use, but even back in the day, if they weren’t visibly soiled or stinky, we often wore them more than one shift.

    Typical cluelessness, the mask shown in the article is NOT recommended for use with covid as it has an exhaust valve to let your (possibly infected) breath out without being filtered. Fine for industrial use, or if you don’t care, but not good at meeting the stated goal of mask use, keeping everyone’s germs to themselves.

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  27. As Nick said, a respirator with an exhalation valve–some of the disposables and all of the permanent models–protects the user but does not filter exhaled particles. A disposable mask worn over the exhalation valve will meet the “wear a mask” requirement but will not significantly add to the back pressure. It will probably increase the heat buildup.

    OSHA loves the disposables. Toss one at the trash, miss, and fail to pick it up, and it’s a fine.


  28. “Yesterday the president of the United States incited an armed insurrection against America”

    “armed” equipped with or carrying a weapon or weapons.
    “weapon” a thing designed or used for inflicting bodily harm or physical damage.

    Exactly what weapons did those that were inside the Capitol have? Do cellphones count? I guess AG Garland will decide?

    And on the meta side of things, we keep seeing pix of the same six jackasses

    Why is it necessary to continue to re-show the same footage of these jackasses? Why give them the exposure?


  29. If masks are SO important, where are the bio-hazard disposal boxes?
    Ditto for gloves.
    You know, like the boxes at the doctors office for used needles.

    According to the FDA:
    To safely discard your mask, place it in a plastic bag and put it in the trash.
    https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/personal-protective-equipment-infection-control/n95-respirators-surgical-masks-and-face-masks#:~:text=If%20your%20mask%20is%20damaged,handling%20the%20used%20mask.

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  30. The statistical analysis of voting irregularities in Georgia and Pennsylvania done by John Lott at DOJ has been shot down, pretty decisively by staffers at a conservative think tank:

    The abstract.

    In a recent paper, John Lott Jr. claims to find evidence of anti-Trump fraud in the
    absentee counting procedure in Fulton County, Georgia, and Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. Using Lott’s own data, we show that his claims are utterly baseless. Lott uses an unusual estimation strategy that suffers from a subtle but fundamental flaw: his conclusions about fraud in Fulton and Allegheny counties are entirely dependent on the completely arbitrary order in which pairs of precincts in other counties are entered in the dataset. When we rerun Lott’s analysis using an alternative but equally justifiable coding rule, the evidence for anti-Trump fraud in these two counties entirely disappears. When we replace Lott’s unusual specification with a more standard estimation strategy, we find absolutely no evidence of fraud. In short, Lott’s analysis provides no evidence of anything distinctive or suspicious about the absentee
    ballot results in either Fulton County or Allegheny County

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/ps5oufevtka3nmf/Fraud.pdf?dl=0

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  31. Ooh. A minimum of $5 per article and up to $100 for outstanding work that goes viral. Ooooohhh…

    Most of the articles and essays I’ve written were for free. Of the paid work, the minimum I received was $750 for a 2000-word article.

    Five dollars? Might as well be working for free. And if you’re working for free, there’s no need to give your work to someone who’s going to profit from it.

    Not criticizing you, Marcelo, but them.

  32. One side effect of the break in to the US capitol building. They need to wipe every computer and rebuild them. They need to do sweeps for listening devices. They need to do physical checks of all electronic equipment (fax, copiers, phones, computers, etc.) and check the network and all the cabling.

    There is no way to be sure there weren’t hostile state actors in the crowd that got into the building.

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  33. One side effect of the break in to the US capitol building. They need to wipe every computer and rebuild them. They need to do sweeps for listening devices. They need to do physical checks of all electronic equipment (fax, copiers, phones, computers, etc.) and check the network and all the cabling.

    There is no way to be sure there weren’t hostile state actors in the crowd that got into the building.

    Hostile state actors don’t have to blend in with a mob to enter the Capitol and offices of Congressmen/women. They go in through the front door with a VIP pass.

    https://dailycaller.com/2020/12/30/farrell-the-fang-fang-dossier/

    Funny how Bang Bang has been forgotten.

  34. @Steve:
    Sorry to have wasted your time and anybody else I may have mislead. I did not even browse the article. If I had seen the $5 I would not have posted this.
    Obviously a very different target job seeker audience. Either third world or cv line item seekers.


  35. Sorry to have wasted your time and anybody else I may have mislead.

    Eh, no problem.

    But I think you need to apologize for misspelling “misled”. #LiterallyShaking

  36. Obviously a very different target job seeker audience. Either third world or cv line item seekers.

    Silicon Valley pundit wannabe. Build a resume to eventually appear on TWIT.tv which leads to speaking gigs at tech conferences … assuming those survive the pandemic.

    The Chinese relation who is a VP at VMware gave punditry a shot and failed miserably. It doesn’t help that his resume is filled with big tech companies during periods when the organizations were in decline or headed to bankruptcy … like VMware currently.


  37. Sorry to have wasted your time and anybody else I may have mislead.

    Eh, no problem.
    But I think you need to apologize for misspelling “misled”. #LiterallyShaking

    Well, I could claim that I am from a non English speaking background but, although true, I actually do know a bit about using the language. So, I apologise for my haste again. This time for not even checking my own post. 🙁


  38. I am from a non English speaking background

    That’s a perfectly good excuse. For you and some fraction of people who make that or similar mistake.

    What about the hundreds of thousands, even millions, of English-speaking Americans and Brits and Australians who don’t know the difference between led and lead? Loose and lose? Affecting and effecting? Its and it’s? The occasional mistake is one thing, but if they make the same mistake every time then both they and their school teachers need to be punched in the head. If they randomly use either of the pair inconsistently through an article or story, then they need to be punched in the head for carelessness. And probably their teachers need to be punched in the head for not punching the carelessness out of them.

    (Before anyone complains about all the threatened violence, please note that I have not suggested crucifixion. This is the kinder, gentler SteveF speaking here, all cuddles and teddy bears. And punches in the head.)

  39. Um, I don’t know how many 10s of thousands of words I’ve written, without any compensation beyond egoboo and companionship, but it’s a LOT. Even my wife asked me the other day if there was any money in it… um, nope.

    Maybe I should write a book…. I keep thinking about trying my hand at guest articles for survivalblog.com those prize packages look pretty nice.

    FWIW, Greg’s main handle has over 10K comments here, SteveF has over 8000, ech has 2000+, alan has 500, drwilliams is coming up quick, and I’ve only got about 7500. A couple of you guys and gals use more than one handle depending on which machine you post from so it’s harder to keep track.

    Since whenever the widget started counting, there have been over 147K approved comments here. A whole bunch of you are in the 400-600 range. MrAtoz is over 8K…

    And there are over 3500 posts of which 1111 are mine. I don’t think I’ve missed a day since Robert went into the hospital. 3 years and 16 days of posts. That’s a lot of words.

    nick

  40. Oh, and I seldom bust on a non-native-English-speaker’s use of English unless I speak or write their native language better than they do with English. Or unless I can make a joke about it.

  41. Sigh, last post of the day before I rightly get crucified:

    So, I apologise for my haste again. This time for not even checking my own post.

    Make that apologize after a third time of not checking things.
    Perhaps I should be banned from posting. Not from reading!

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  42. FWIW, Greg’s main handle has over 10K comments here, SteveF has over 8000, ech has 2000+, alan has 500, drwilliams is coming up quick, and I’ve only got about 7500. A couple of you guys and gals use more than one handle depending on which machine you post from so it’s harder to keep track.

    Posting here kept me sane at the last job. And grad school. And Vantucky.

    We’re coming up on three years since Bob passed. I’d give anything to have a day of postings from Bob, Dr. Pournelle, and OFD commenting on the election and subsequent fallout.

  43. @marcelo, the red squiggly line thing saves me more often than I really deserve …

    n

    And I make the their there mistake not because I don’t know, but because my fingers move faster than my brain.

  44. I make ‘right finger wrong hand’ mistakes all the time too. IE the f is under my first finger on my left hand and the j under my right, so I’ll type j instead of f, i instead of e…

    n

  45. Gunzonedeal has tulammo 762×39 (AK ammo) for $450/ 1000 rounds. It’s still showing ‘in stock.’

    That’s up 50% from a few months ago, and that was up 50% from last year.

    n

  46. marcelo, at this point your typos or spelling errors are starting to be recursive… watch out or you’ll be writing software in pascal…*

    n

    *sorry, very personal joke for me

  47. @Greg
    “We’re coming up on three years since Bob passed. I’d give anything to have a day of postings from Bob, Dr. Pournelle, and OFD commenting on the election and subsequent fallout. “

    Me too and three.

    Dr. Pournelle fought cancer to a standstill, but he was getting to an age where it was not a surprise that something got him.

    It broke my heart when Bob passed so soon after in the prime of life. I owed him big time. The writing that he did about his mother helped me immeasurably with my own. One day he made an offhand comment about getting a rotovap, and a few weeks later the light finally went on and I offered him one. I think he was tempted, but passed because he just didn’t have time.

    Pay it forward.

  48. I was sure he’d want the digital pipettes, microscope, or photo spectrometer that I offered him, but he was very busy and did a lot fewer ‘silly things so you don’t have to’ once he started looking for a retirement house.

    n


  49. And I make the their there mistake not because I don’t know, but because my fingers move faster than my brain.

    And too often I see (not you nick, elsewhere) people using either of those instead of “they’re”.

    I make ‘right finger wrong hand’ mistakes all the time too. IE the f is under my first finger on my left hand and the j under my right, so I’ll type j instead of f, i instead of e…

    I seem to recently have been shifting my fingers over to the left one column, for example getting an “h” instead of a “j”. Possibly aging related but who knows.

  50. Well as expected, the MSM here in Oz leads with “Trump incites protest – 4 dead”.
    Plus it seems many sites and commentators that were pro DJT, are now scurrying for cover and denouncing him left, right and center.
    It was extremely sad that Ashli Babbitt USAF Vet, was one of those 4. (The other 3, I have no details).
    For every march there is a reason, but there also has to be a plan. Apart from the sheer numbers of supporters, I don’t think there was one.

  51. She’s Turtle’s wife
    Indeed.!! Her father is a Chinese shipping magnate with connections to the China State Shipbuilding Corporation apparently.
    I don’t think old Mitch is going to criticize China very much.. 😉
    The swamp is deep..


  52. Affecting and effecting?

    I have trouble with that one and I studied it. The rules are not at all clear.

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