The hits just keep comin’

And the in-kind donations to Trump 2020, as well as the pre-written scripts for Trump’s campaign ads, keep pouring in.

Chicago rioters attack Ronald McDonald House with more than 30 families and sick children inside

I know a lot of Democrats, and I find it hard to believe that any of them support this sort of lawless, barbaric behavior.  These continuing riots and attacks, along with the targeted, organized looting and BLM asserting that the looting constitutes “reparations”, have got to have a lot of people on the left giving their party a long, appraising look.

Any Democrat who thinks voting for Slow Joe and Da Ho is going to bring an end to the trashing and looting of their downtowns has got another think coming.  Because either way the wind blows on November 3, the trashing and looting is going to continue, and probably spread to the suburbs, until someone puts a stop to it — because there are too many people out there who like trashing and looting, and also like getting paid to do it by the Soros organization.

And people — well, mostly the media — wonder why guns and ammo are flying off the shelves.

We have one good chance left to save the Republic.  That chance depends on moderate Democrats being so disgusted by what their party has wrought that they either stay home or vote Trump on November 3.  Slow Joe and Da Ho aren’t going to solve this problem, folks.  But Trump and Pence can — if they’re given another four years.

Otherwise, well, there’s always the Big Igloo to look forward to.

Mark Twain’s frog

Wrote this elsewhere, but felt it was too good not to put on the blog:

I keep coming back around to the idea that the left believes a revolution can be accomplished incrementally, like turning the volume up slowly until you’re at full concert volume, whereas the right responds to such provocation by silently dealing with it until something snaps, the switch flips, and the shooting starts.

Stated another way: The left has the roles of Mark Twain’s frog and the pot of water on the stove reversed. They think Twain was correct and the right way to boil a live frog is to start with cold water and turn the heat up incrementally, until eventually you have frog soup.

They’re wrong. The right is the pot of water, the left is the frog, and the heat is just about to reach a rolling boil. And the left is going to get a big surprise when they find themselves tossed into the pot.

They’ll squeal just like a lobster when it happens, too.

“Jane, you ignorant slut.”

Fed’s Kashkari calls for 6-week economic shutdown to control coronavirus spread
Neel Kashkari warns that the rest of 2020 could be much worse than what America has experienced so far

Not just no, but “fuck you, you should get a Pinochet helicopter ride” no.

Anyone with this little grasp of how economies actually work should be barred from ever holding a government position.

Figures he’s the president of the Minneapolis Fed.

Mr. Kashkari, do you want people to starve this winter?

Do you want people to freeze this winter?

Do you want people to die because they can’t get to a doctor for an urgent medical emergency this winter?

More to the point, since after all you’re from Minneapolis, ARE YOU A FUCKING COMMIE?

His partner in crime on his NYT op-ed is Dr. Michael T. Osterholm, the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.  Another commie, an academic one this time, from Minnesota.

This clown Kashkari is also acting Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Financial Stability.  WHAT?

BOOT THE FUCKER.  He’s an idiot.  He doesn’t remember hard times; he was born in 1973, right when the shit got tough for the first time since the Great Depression.  Grew up under Reagan and Bush during much better economic times.  He doesn’t have a gut instinct to tell him that fucking with the economy as he proposes is a BIG FUCKING MISTAKE.

You can’t just shut things down.  Look at the limited shutdowns with all the exceptions we’ve had since March.  We brought our economy practically to its knees just by closing down gyms and restaurants.

And here we have yet another reason why the Fed needs to be destroyed.  Not just audited — destroyed, razed to the ground, and the earth under it salted.

The fact is, this virus is out there and it will never, ever go away.  You could wish for the flu and the common cold to go away with equal futility.  We need to learn to live with it and we need to get our bodies able to fight it off.

There is not going to be a vaccine.  It’s a fucking coronavirus.  And even if there is something the medicos call a vaccine, figure it will never be anywhere close to 100% effective.  I figure 30% tops.  So our supposed betters in the government, who don’t know any more about this shit than the rest of us, need to stop pegging a full re-opening to the availability of a vaccine.  It ain’t gonna happen and we may as well stop trying to destroy our economy hoping for it.

Indeed, it sounds like we’d be better off catching a cold and educating our T-cells about what the damn thing looks like. Some of us may already have this sort of protection — it may be what makes the difference between asymptomatic/mild cases and full-blown cases of SARS-CoV2.  People who “never get colds” may or may not have that sort of protection.  In fact, all the incessant hand-washing that’s being recommended may be preventing people from catching standard colds and building T-cell immunities that might work against the WuFlu.  Who knows?

But whatever happens, governments need to stop fucking up our economy in misguided (and possibly fully-intended) efforts to kill the WuFlu, before they kill the engine that makes our country and way of life possible.  People like Neel Kashkari, who clearly don’t understand the damage their proposals would do, need to be removed from positions of authority when they get in the way of our lives.

The man is scum.

So is his party.

Because they continue to lie, and find new ways to lie

 

Despite What You’ve Heard, The COVID Crisis Probably Peaked Two Weeks Ago

Most sci-fi is bullshit handwavery.

Said the guy who’s trying to write science fiction.

Anyway, as a friend pointed out a little while ago when I was bemoaning the lack of practical airlock technology among the available DAZ 3D digital models that claim to be “sci-fi airlocks” and suchlike:

Sadly, for you, sci-fi is replete with sliding airlock doors, starting all the way back in 1968 with “2001” (and maybe earlier). It makes sense if you have a minimum of interior space for doors to swing, I suppose, but really, it’s all because it looks cooler and more futuristic onscreen 😉

The sad part is that he’s not wrong.  I quibble with when he thinks the sliding door craze started, though.  But what I responded to him was as follows:

See, I don’t really give a shit what sci-fi is replete with, because half the trouble with sci-fi is nobody wants to think outside the box anymore.  Star Trek set the sliding-door standard in 1966 and damn near everyone has riffed off that ever since.  Meanwhile…does the ISS use sliding doors that go “swish” when you get close to them?  No, the ISS uses standard swinging hatches just like every other spacecraft we’ve ever put into space.

But let’s consider the efficacy of sliding doors in spacecraft, just for fun.

The problem with sliding doors is that they require an equal amount of reserved space in the wall for them to slide into.  That’s a wall section you can do nothing else with.  You can’t run wire or plumbing through it, you can’t run air ducts through it, etc.  Maybe they can get away with that in the Enterprise, but my ships are smaller than that.

Another problem is that to get to the mechanism, you have to tear into the wall or provide an access panel.  More expense either way.

Another problem is that the rails or sockets the door slides in/on WILL get gunked up with dust and cruft (I don’t care how clean the air supposedly is aboard ship, you can’t afford to filter all that out) and will require constant maintenance (more expense).

Another problem is that you’ll have a hell of a time with airtight seals.  In my ships, the technology is new enough that nobody wants to mess with that, it’s simpler to swing a door shut on an exposed gasket and dog it tight if you’re in a decompression scenario.  And such doors can be rigged to swing shut on their own if decompression is experienced.

A big swinging door only requires two or three large hinges and a place to swing it to.  It can be easily serviced, and inspection of its operating and sealing mechanisms takes a tiny amount of time.

This goes along with my insistence that the ships have hard-wired mechanical controls rather than touch-screens working through computers.  The issues the US Navy has had with touch-screen controls in naval vessels just in the last few years indicates they really aren’t suited for real-world naval applications (and they are planning to tear them out and install controls with tactile feedback, in other words, buttons, switches, joysticks, etc.).  And the Constellation-class frigates in my stories are warships first.  Shit just has to work, first time, every time.

My guess is that spacecraft will resemble submarines in space for a long, long time.  Because it’s airtight, pressure-vessel technology we already know how to build.

Yes, I’ve spent a LOT of time thinking about this 🙂  I strongly believe the future – at least, the near future, a century or so out – will still look a lot like the present.

And I still want the flying car I was promised.

For what it’s worth, it just occurred to me that the BuShips Procurement section is going to have to have software that not only can determine whether a piece of furniture or equipment can fit into a cabin or other working space on board the ships, but also whether or not that piece of furniture or equipment can even be transported from the ship’s main airlock to the room it’s intended to be part of.  What if it won’t fit through an interior airlock?  What if it won’t make it around a tight corner?  “Sorry, sir, but that 20 foot solid oak conference table top you want for your briefing room, while it does fit into the room, won’t fit through the corridors and up the lift shafts or ladderways between the outside of the ship and your briefing room. As far as we can get with it is main engineering, the hangar deck, or the enlisted mess.”

“The enlisted mess?”

“Yeah, it’s right across from the hangar deck.  Secondary purposes are medical triage and holding area for crew evacuation, so the doors match up across the corridor….”

In Star Trek, they’d handwave that away by transporting the tabletop into the room.  Voila.  But most of us don’t have that technology.  And “build the ship around the table” doesn’t work when you are building the ship in orbit; you’re not going to carry an expensive finished oak tabletop into space and leave it sit in vacuum until the ship is sealed.  Not unless you want to be on the captain’s shit list for the rest of time.  And even if you pack it in a pressurized container, nobody actually does shit like that.  You have to furnish the ship with things that will fit through the airlocks and the corridors.  And the captain is going to have to settle for a sectional conference table.  Or, “Well, sir, we have a plasma cutter down in Engineering…”

Do SF writers even think about this shit?

Probably not.  They probably just figure the ship came with it, they don’t question how it got there.

“Why is there a watermelon there?”

“I’ll tell you later.”

Fuck the media.

It’s clear that the truth about hydroxychloroquine is the opposite of what the media have been telling us, and absolutely what Trump has been telling us, because social(ist) media and the regular MSM are doing such a frantic “dog covering up his accident” job of deleting and hiding any reference to the “America’s Frontline Doctors” video.

Anything to keep from having to admit Trump was right from the start, I guess. And how many died because they weren’t given the hydroxychloroquine/azithromycin/zinc cocktail?

Nobody in the media, that’s for sure. Because they were taking it themselves and lying about its efficacy the whole time.  I’m looking at you, Chris Cumstain, er, Cuomo.

If you trust the media to tell the truth today, you’re a fool.

And before anyone says, “well, they’re deleting it and hiding it because it’s false information,” why not let the public make up its own mind about that?

Because the media are scared to death of letting the public discover the truth about anything, that’s why.

Only the approved narrative that leads to the destruction of Donald Trump is the official media pravda.

People should be rioting and burning down newspaper offices, not federal courthouses.  And hanging Democrat politicians and their enablers in the media from lampposts, while they’re at it.

Fuck ’em all.  It’s time to start clean.

[Edited to correct my inexplicable misspelling of hydroxychloroquine.]

It’s another book.

A novel, this time. If I’ve seemed distracted, and possibly more angry than usual, well, I’ve been working on this.  It’s taken four years to beat this thing into submission.  It grew from a short story, to thinking, “well, maybe it’ll be a 70K word novel”, to going over 100K words, and to turning into the first book of a planned trilogy.  A short story that will act as a prequel will go up in August (thankfully, that’s done, and all I’ll have to do is push the button).

What’s worse is I think I may have had an idea for another short fantasy, feeding off an off-the-cuff bit of Jack’s narrative in Saving the Spring.

I cannot win.

Anyway:

For now it will be Kindle-only, available either to buy for $2.99, or read for free via Kindle Unlimited. It is being published without DRM.  I’m working on a paperback release, but that’s mostly a cover issue (what to put on the back) and I just don’t feel like mucking with graphics and Amazon’s rather rigid requirements for paperback covers right now.

Direct link

“But never mind the co-morbidities, COVID ORANGEMAN BAD”

XiNN had this (found at Instapundit):

Three Arizona teachers who shared a classroom got coronavirus. One of them died

(CNN)Three teachers who shared a summer classroom at a school in Arizona all contracted coronavirus last month, leaving one of them dead.

*SKIP FOUR PARAGRAPHS AND INLINE PHOTO*

Kimberley Byrd started feeling unwell in June. She was prone to sinus infections, and also had asthma, diabetes and lupus. Her doctor gave her antibiotics and steroids and on June 13, she went to the emergency room, according to her husband, Jesse Byrd Sr.

(My emphasis.)

So, to recap:

XiNN published a story that talked about a teacher who died in Arizona after contracting WuFlu along with the rest of her teaching team.  No students were involved because the teaching was online.  (Which makes one wonder why the three teachers had to teach from the classroom.)

But the real story doesn’t start until long after the typical low-information, short-attention-span XiNN reader would have stopped reading and blamed Donald Trump.

From the photo, we get that Ms. Byrd was clinically obese.  That’s one co-morbidity.  She was also

  • Over 60
  • Prone to sinus infections
  • Had asthma
  • Had diabetes
  • Had lupus

Any one of those would have put her at high risk of death from WuFlu.  But she didn’t just have one, she had SIX.  And possibly more.  Did she have hypertension?  What about hypoglycemia from treatment from diabetes?  Cardiac issues, e.g., irregular heartbeat?  The heartbreak of psoriasis?  (Just kidding about the last.  I think.)

(Note that the only one those bulleted issues I don’t share with her is lupus.  Thank $DEITY.)

Someone made a very astute comment on this post at Instapundit:

This is where we went so wrong on Covid. Less than 60 and healthy should never have been put under house arrest. Older and people with health issues should have first in line for the work remote or enhanced unemployment with guaranteed positions when returning to work.

Exactly.  AND anyone in that “older and/or with health issues” cohort should have been allowed to make their own damn decision.  My wife — 60+, diabetic, obese, asthma, hypertension — kept working, as an essential employee.  Admittedly there were only a few people at work in that huge building, but she kept going out and working every day.

But what I think is significant is that the lady had lupus.  There’s a chance she might have been on hydroxychloroquine, as it’s a standard treatment for lupus, but there’s also a chance that she wasn’t due to unacceptable side effects.  I am pretty sure my ex-GF who had lupus was on hydroxychloroquine for a while, because I remember her saying she stopped taking it because the side effects were preventing her from working.

Aha! say the orangemanbadders.  See, we told you, it doesn’t work!

Uh-huh.  Look at all the co-morbidities, fuckfaces.  At some point, nothing is going to work, and people just die.  It is the way of things.

But lupus…bottom line, lupus is your immune system going nuts and attacking parts of your body it shouldn’t be attacking.  That’s similar to a cytokine storm, which appears to be the main problem faced by folks who get the WuFlu.  The difference is that a cytokine storm is a much stronger response.  And while the whole point of the hydroxychloroquine is to mitigate the cytokine storm, its use is simply contraindicated in some people who have certain underlying conditions and/or simply react badly to it — and it may have been contraindicated in the case of Ms. Byrd.  The point being that having lupus AND contracting WuFlu may well be a death sentence in and of itself.

Plus:  Even if they did have her on it, did they supplement with zinc?  Did they ensure that she had a reasonable serum level of Vitamin D, or despite the photo showing her outdoors in the sun, and stating that she “loved the outdoors”, was she chronically Vitamin D-deficient like most Americans?

One more question:  “Her doctor gave her antibiotics and steroids and on June 13, she went to the emergency room.”  Did they not, at any point from June 1 to June 13, think to get her tested for COVID-19?  There’s no indication in the article that Ms. Byrd was ever tested for COVID-19.  Did she really have COVID-19?  I’m asking the question because XiNN’s reporter apparently didn’t think it was important to ask it.

And more to the point:  Did XiNN bother to check into any of this before they wrote their five-paragraph obituary followed by a photo and only then followed by, “oh by the way, she had a bunch of co-morbidities”?

Well, we know the answer to that last question.  Anything that makes Orange Man Bad is going to be top-shelf news at XiNN, and they’ll shove the inconvenient facts way down in the article where they know their readers won’t go.

 

Bidens do the crime, not so much the time.

Interesting.

Let’s face it, if your family were such a bunch of fuckups, you’d probably be inclined to do one of two things:

1) Stay out of politics.  Which is a good, established American tradition.  Politicians as a class are scum and villainy.

2) Admit that every family has faults, particularly families of privilege, let them do at least a modicum of time in stir for what they’ve done, and shrug it off when asked about it on the trail.  At least you’re being honest.

The Bidens appear to have managed what a lot of rich, left-wing families have done, though:

3) Family name earns free pass, no perp walk, no time served, compliant press covers it up if you’re a Democrat.

Personally, I think 1) and 2) are the best routes.  But the way of things for people of privilege has always been 3), going back to the Kennedys, if not farther (probably farther, I’m tired today and can’t be arsed to research it).

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