Two videos from reliable sources on the Coronavirus

These two guys lived in China for years, married local women, etc.  I’ve watched a bunch of their videos, including their decision to absquatulate and the touchy process of getting out.

It’s late, and I’m going to bed, so I’ve just started one video and saw the other one in the side list.  I recognized these guys by (channel) name, and can vouch for a basic level of internet legit status.... [Read More]

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A Cooking Fool

I found a great video, simple enough, but great for my purposes, which gave me everything I needed to tackle a domestic mountain: prep, freeze, and cook meat.

The video describes cooking flap meat in a simple marinade — soy sauce, pepper, garlic, and freezing the rest.  Well, who wants to re-marinade each time?  So I got several quart freezer bags, found me a big old flap meat portion at the Costco, sliced it up like the lady says, and prepped everything.  I cooked one portion, and froze eight paired into four marinades.  Interesting note: the marinade is far too salty to freeze at typical freezer temperatures.  This alleviates my concern about freezing the meat inside a block of frozen marinade, with presumably worse ice pressure effects.  Bonus!... [Read More]

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All This And Less — A Transactional Physics

One sure way to catch a crook is to notice something fishy in the accounting, and start asking questions.
A photon traveling from the sun to Jupiter is emitted from the solar photosphere at time 0 and is then absorbed about 43 minutes later in an ammonia cloud.
In order for physics to work, time must pass.  Nothing happens without a force, and units of force have a time component.
A photon travels by definition at the speed of light —it *is* light — and therefore experiences no time in which a molecule of ammonia might stop it.  Yet it stops.
For the photon, the instant of emission is the instance of absorption, is it not?  And so the two phenomena are one, a transmission in an instant, a transaction.  So why did the photon stop at Jupiter rather than earlier at Mars, or later at Saturn?  Or much later at Eta Carinae?  It makes no sense to argue that Earth would have stopped it had Earth been in the way —there is no such way.  For the photon to be transacted in zero time, the destination must be known (not to us, mind you) at or before the transaction.  There is no time in which the process of forces operating first to bend its path and second to stop its progress can operate.  We know that the photon need not fillow a bending path to follow the dictates of physics — rather, it follows a straight geodesic. This is not controversial — from one point of view, we see its path bend, but from another, space is already warped by the presence of masses so that every inertial path is in fact straight.  Note that word “already”.
The warping and geodesics gets us off the hook for explaining bendiness for a particle which cannot experience forces due to the lack of time.

I’ll go ya one further.  I say that the geodesic is not a one dimensional straight line through time (yielding a total of two dimensions).
We might say that it travels across space in zero time, but this leaves the original problem. Therefore, the geodesic is actually a straight line of zero length — a point.
And so without start or stop or middle or shape, there is nothing but the fact that the photon was here, and now it is there, and with here and there being the same place, at least for an instant, it makes no sense to talk of how it got from here to there.  That did not happen.... [Read More]

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What is up with Rush Limbaugh? Is He Okay?

Third straight day of “just one day, he’ll be here tomorrow” Mark Steyn guest hosting.  I’m just getting shades of Dean Barnett.

Now on Wednesday it’s supposedly the flu, but Monday it was birthday (observed), which was planned, and Tuesday it was all a big mystery.  If it was the flu on Tuesday, you would think Steyn would have said so on Tuesday.... [Read More]

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In Which I Wonder about the Possibility of Iranian Regime Collapse

Howdy, folks.  I don’t have anything to point at, and I’m not even following the news closely.  My favorite source for real information from Iran has dried up, or I just can’t find his new handle.

But I wonder if the Iranian regime might go suddenly in the near to mid future.  The Iranian citizens — proud heirs of the Persian civilization — have been out to demonstrate and chant Death to the Mullahs before.  One of the Obama administration’s more shameful failures in my eyes was the “shut up and die quietly, we’re doing diplomacy here” approach to the 2009 Iranian protests.  By the end of his tenure, of course, we saw graphic (cold, hard) proof that our ugliest accusations about Obama were true — that he supported the Iranian regime, and opposed our preemie ally in Iraq.  The same was shown to be true in Libya and Egypt, where under Obama, the US explicitly supported Islamist hard-liners even in transparent “one vote, one time, one right answer” costumes, and their mobocracy rabble in the streets.  The so-called Arab Spring was more Robespierre than Dubczek.  As I recall it, Iran’s Green movement of 2009 was ideologically and demographically similar to Lebanon’s Cedar Revolution of 2005, in which pro-Syrian elements were debased following their assassination of Rafik Hariri.... [Read More]

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Judicial Watch Email on Clinton Emails

Judicial Watch (JW — no, the other JW) has done landmark work on the Clinton emails front, forcing production of information that would otherwise never have seen the light of day.  A recent email (and article) gives a great rundown of the miserable saga so far, and the scandal-within-a-scandal of the FBI continuing to cover for the lawless and anti-American Obama administration and its above-the-law principals.

The upshot is that the FBI appears to be slow-rolling the release of additional Clinton emails bit by bit in order to comply, minimally, with FOIA lawsuits brought about by JW.... [Read More]

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The AOC Problem — She’s Right

The problem with AOC is that she’s right. Not about anything that she says, or does, or thinks, or writes, but that right now, she faithfully represents the young, ignorant, socialist constituency. She’s a city bartender who *just* turned thirty, can’t manage a checkbook, blames big [insert name here] for her trouble, and has had her head filled with Marxist manure through our state indoctrination system. While the left is not alone in this, their penchant to argue via appeal to “authenticity” is closer to their core than ours, and AOC is as “authentic” as it gets. She can be wrong about everything, she can lie about funding, she can act the fool, the hypocrite, the grifter, the demagogue, the saint or the virgin (in the catholic sense), and none of it will so much as ding her sturdy paint.

As far as our system is supposed to produce Representatives which resemble the constituency, there is nothing wrong with AOC.  System working as designed.... [Read More]

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Pelosi Rushes to Limit War Powers on Eve of Not Having War

Iran got their shots off “for internal consumption” as the left says, and are now praying that the Great Satan doesn’t flatten them.

While I do think that the Trump administration will continue to squeeze the fruit of Tehran, the DMC’s much-desired World War Trump has already receded into the rear view.  Hence the rush to war powers.  Pelosi wants to be able to say that she prevented it.

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Ricky Gervais Roasts Hollywood. Tom Hanks Hardest Hit.

The Golden Globe awards — yawn, tune out.  Except this one featured Ricky Gervais skewering the assembled nobodies of great fame, and in a thoroughly non-bubble way.

I only heard about this through a podcast, or I would certainly never have clicked the YouTube link.  What do I care about Hollywood?  Well, that’s Gervais’ point — among others.... [Read More]

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A380s Going Extinct Faster than Al Gore’s Polar Bear

Al Gore’s famous white bear was a dishonestly marketed picture of a sick animal outside a dump, and it was YOUR FAULT you unfeeling fossil-eating brute.  Air France’s infamous white elephants continue to languish about the tarmac at Charles de Gaulle.  These two (airframes JG and JF) have been sitting here all day.  Another one left this morning, and I see a fourth off behind me.  No clue how long it’s been here.  I am sure that they have long turn-around times and so forth, but that’s all part of the same problem.

Ready for my close-up. Closing up shop, that is. 

Something I missed is this tidbit article covering the decision by Air France to jettison their earlier plan to dump half of the planes and update the other half.... [Read More]

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Greater Male Variability Hypothesis and Idiots at C|Net

So on DocLor’s thread about Nubia and the MOFA (Museum of Screw Anglos), I started off on a tangent, which I will develop here.

It is well-supported (“established” is a reach, but not due to *reasonable* objections) that men display more variability in a wide range of measures of intelligence and ability. This is the “Greater Male Variability Hypothesis“, and it bears hallmarks of unassailable veracity: the predicted effects follow rigorously from a single hypothesized fact, the math is not only valid, but mundane (we don’t have to hold, say, time constant in order to produce a miraculous paper-only effect on space, etc), and it has all the right enemies.  The effect is slight, and the observed effect is almost negligible except when focusing on the extreme ends of a distribution, that is looking at only the soaring genius and the appalling ape-man. Those ends of the curve are dominated by men. Women are more like fellow women than men are like fellow men.... [Read More]

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What Were Your Nicknames, Growing Up?

What were your nicknames as you grew up?  More interestingly, how did they get to be so?

I have witnessed, participated in, instigated and shrunk from the process of adding and modifying my son’s nicknames across his some-teen years.  My wife asked me some years ago where one of his nicknames came from.  I was able to pin down some of the trail, but these things follow a non-linear path*.  I mean it’s just the three of us, and still it’s a tortuous path.  I won’t “dime” him out, but I will spill my own beans.... [Read More]

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