Coordinating harm

traitor

It occurred to me yesterday that all the command and control left are like a dog chasing a car.  They really want to hold the US. But when they get hold of us, they find they can’t and they’re the ones hurt when they try.

I came home to my computer this morning to find out that I’d caught a 24h ban for “coordinating harm.”

Now, by the point I put that up I was just in full rebellion mode. I didn’t verify the statement above, for instance, because I’m just pissed enough.  I know he talked about impeaching Trump way before this and of course he IS NOT an impartial “witness”.  (For one he didn’t witness anything. It’s all hearsay. WRONG hearsay. Which he coordinated with Schiff of the “made up memo read in a hearing” fame.)

And I know the left is making a bizarre effort to protect him, which is enough to tell me that no, this is not a bona fide thing. Then there’s stuff like this.  And this.

And I wouldn’t even be this mad, it it weren’t so fargin stupid.  The son who is all mine, couldn’t be more mine if he’d emerged whole from my head keeps getting this status deleted:
Screenshot_2019-11-08 (6) The Family Room

Note despite manipulations, those numbers are way higher now.  And I’m tired of this nonsense. I’m so tired of this nonsense.

Sure, Facebook is a private platform, but it’s also a public venue, and it should damn well bake that cake already!

Also “coordinating harm” is idiotic. Unlike antifa which does use FB to coordinate harm, I’m just passing on information.  I’m not suggesting anyone do anything to the unindicted coup conspirator Eric Ciaramella. I’m just exposing him as a traitor and a disgrace, which he is. That’s not coordinating harm. Unless it’s the harm the citizens of America could do to the Dems quest for unbridled power.

And by the way, even if Trump were as bad — he’s completely not — as I thought he’d be when I held my nose in November 2016, I’d crawl over broken glass to the voting booth to vote against the outright communists in the Dem ticket.

I’ve seen it, I don’t want it.  We don’t need a third of our population in mass graves. Fuck off Marxists.

These are my middle fingers.  And as for Facebook: BAKE ME THAT CAKE MOTHER POCKERS.

I have a big pocking wrench. And I intend to continue using it.

Facebook, go eat a bag of dicks:

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If you’re on Facebook, please share this on your page. Be assured what shows is the last image.  You see, Facebook decided we could no longer choose which images to show, so now they show the last image by default.  Which is why the last image is as rude as it is.
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240 responses to “Coordinating harm

  1. Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard

    😡

  2. Wow, Sarah. Tell how you really feel. Guess I’ll pass the message along on my page, too. If I must choose a prison, I’ll choose the inmates I want.

  3. I’ve seen it, I don’t want it. We don’t need a third of our population in mass graves. Fuck off Marxists.

    Weeeellll…if a third of our population are Marxists…

    • *shakes head* Not even then. These things have a habit of getting… messy. Best avoid it if we can. Better yet, extoll the virtues of foreign socialism in the raw- if they move, hey, housing prices might drop again. Just make sure that wall is up, and our immigration policies are rock solid first.

      • It was just a daydream. Fun while it lasted, though.

        Besides, you just know the residents of those mass graves would all vote Democrat. Two or three times each.
        ———————————
        My grandpa voted Republican until the day he died, but he’s voted Democrat ever since.

      • Mike Weatherford

        And make sure they don’t come back!

    • There’s no way a third of our population are Marxists. I’d put it at 17%, tops. The other half of that third are deluded, misinformed, ill-educated and think Marxism means “nice things for me without effort.”

      In the same way, support for “Medicare for all” or “countering Climate Change” drops significantly when people are engaged in the actual costs of those schemes. They’re the “I want a pony” crowd waiting to be informed of the coast in time & money of caring for a pony — especially as most of these people wouldn’t put in the effort to tend two goldfish.

      Remember, always: our Media is gaslighting us and can be trusted only to report the wind is blowing from the East regardless whence the wind goes. Since most people pay little active mind to the News they are no better at filtering the political slant than they are at reading package ingredients.

      They are Useful Idiots, no more, no worse.

    • Patrick Chester

      Yeah, but if you try a purge that big you don’t get to decide which third of the country dies… or even if it’ll stop at one third of the population.

    • I recently read a claim that 70% of Democrats are Progressives. If that claim is true, I would agree that in rough numbers, somewhere around a third of the population are Marxists. They might not realize it, since very few progressives I’ve known would agree that they are Marxists, but if you listen to them, a lot of what they say about the economy and politics sound like it’s coming straight from Marx. (well, minus the funny accent… usually…)

  4. “Latin meekness” aside, here on the interwebz you are always the person telling other conservatives to calm the fuck down and step away from the edge.

    Rather worrying when that person starts spitting on their hands.

    Just as it will be worrying if people suddenly stop posting that Epstein didn’t kill himself.

  5. I’ve been hearing the argument that what FB built was a public hall … WTH … I think the Zucker-man is a liar when he advocated free speech. I bet he is trying to get approval from the AOC crowd. May he rot… He’ll find soon enough that there is no forgiveness for him because he is too rich.

    • You aren’t the only one losing the EC posts. I just saw Tim Poole say that he also lost two or more posts to the FB insanity. He was rebutting FB’s reason for not allowing the whisleblower’s name on its platform. Apparently EC’s name was NOT redacted on Schiff’s memo (or letter).

      • analytical-engine-mechanic

        That’s the story I keep hearing too.

        Good old Adam “The Assassin” Schiff, bless his Plutonian little heart — he’s such a dyed-in-the-wool leaker he does it even when he’s trying his very very best not to do it.

        • I am laughing hard… but I am also mad as heck.

          • analytical-engine-mechanic

            And both of those are integral parts of a thoroughly reasonable, logical, fact-based, probably even measured response to… all of this. (Dossiergate? Steelegate? Coup in a Crockpot?)

            In other words, if as an American it all doesn’t make you (or me or any of us) “mad as heck” — why the heck not?

            (And see comment lower down for “Is Steelegate ‘not as bad’ or ‘worse’ than Watergate? Hint: I’m guessing the latter.)

            • BobtheRegisterredFool

              Can’t seem to muster the emotion. So, either I’m upset and not realizing it, or I’m a bit depressed. Either way, I need to look at my health and see what should be adjusted.

              • BobtheRegisterredFool

                Figured some of my problems out, and doing a lot better.

                This current bit? I’m a little fatigued to care. Hillary Clinton has been Hillary Clinton for much of my life.

                Her personal character? Well attested by her gleeful defense of the guy who raped that girl.

                The wider concerns? Yeah, scary, but the whole of the matter is a bit hard to grasp and be certain of.

            • Honestly, I’m waiting to see what/if the result of the IG investigation is. True justice is prosaic and, frankly, boring. If it is done, it will be the end of the hard left. If it is not, we turn into California. Until then, all we can do is speak what we know to be true.

        • The quality of political intelligence is scrapping the bottom of the barrel.

      • Tim Pool isn’t even a right winger of any kind. He’s just a non crazy liberal.

        • a non crazy liberal.

          Hasn’t that become a contradiction in terms?

          Although I admit it gives me great pause when I see Matt Taibbi suggesting that it might be time to close the open bar.

          • Classical liberals are non-crazy. The classical liberal is the one that tries to understand all sides, has a laissez faire attitude about things, and also educates himself/herself on the issues. Classic liberals are George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and I’d even say Donald Trump.

            Leftists who call themselves liberals – well, they’re just crazy and insane.

          • Tlaibi, unlike many of his peers, appears to havr realized 1.) exactly what will happen to the press if they continue acting like idiots, and 2.) what will happen if the bureaucracy gets away with impeaching the president on blatantly false testimony.

            Or in other words, he’s realized that a short-term victory on this will probably lead to long-term disaster for the “victors”.

          • No, they are just rare, see Alan Dershowitz as an example of this rare bird

        • He’s a squishy Bernie-bot socialist, but he’s an honest (if self-deluded) man regardless.

          With Eric Flint and Ryk Spoor having become puppy-kickers, Tim Pool may just be the only honest socialist left in the public sphere.

          -Albert

      • If Gatewaypundit is to be believed (waggles hand), a) people who persist in putting Eric Ciaramella’s name in posts are getting threatened with having their accounts banned (not suspended), and b) threatening people who post video of Trump campaign rallies (again, with loss of page) because those videos are “Clickbait”.

        I have no way to confirm any of this myself (never went on Facebook), so take it with an appropriate amount of salt.

        • Sadly– it is true about the name. I don’t know about #b though.

        • Waittaminit! Are you saying that all I need do to get Facebook to delete my account is go on there and repeatedly post Eric Ciaramella’s name????

          I’ve used the account perhaps twice in the last three years and only the reports of difficulty deleting it have caused me to merely leave it idle, but if all it takes is a few EC posts I think there’s an opportunity here.

          • Not sure of the quantity needed. Have fun storming the castle!

          • My work requires me to have a Facebook account under a fake name. And yes, I have documented both my pointing out this violates the TOS and the response telling me to do it anyway.

            Not that there’s any way to post a Ciaramarella meme …

            • An acquaintance works for a military subcontractor, at one of the places that has bunkers for bulk explosive storage. Everyone who works there has a security clearance.

              They outsourced their HR department to another company, and the *only* method of interacting with them is via Fecesbook. No email, no telephone number. Also, they dumped their internal email system, and all their internal communications are now through Fecesbook. Everything from manufacturing scheudles and shipping dates to Christmas party schedules, right there for the Zuckerborg and however many malefactors have hacked the Borg…

              Because, you know, national security is critically important, until it becomes the least bit of an inconvenience.

        • They don’t detect images easily, and they don’t detect archive links.
          I think my image was denounced by a person. I think the person is a barfly on the left side who’s been running around demanding we give “sources” and “citations” for things that are pretty easy to find.

        • clickbait
          Wait, isn’t that the entire FB business model?!? (When connected to harvesting personal details, that is.)

          The entire point of FB is posting things that will get likes and then be linked out to everyone else. Or am I missing something?

    • I don’t think Schmuckerberg lied — “spoke with intent to deceive” — when he advocated free speech. He simply didn’t reckon with the fact that his minions don’t want free speech, nor do his Democrat critics want free speech.

      The difference between Left and Right on this issue is the Right wants to be heard and the Left doesn’t want the Right heard. We are fighting for open debate with all sides heard equally, They are demanding only “approved” viewpoints be permitted.

      Remember: they denounce blacklists only when they are the targets; they otherwise love those. Compare and Contrast MSM reactions to outing Eric Ciaramella* and the pursuit of whoever (might have) outed Valerie Plame.

      *Checking in Duck, Duck, Go to get the spelling correct, all ten prompts resulting upon typing in “Eric Cia” were variations of Mr. Ciaramella. Same at Google, same at Yahoo. They’re locking the barn door after all the chickens has flew the coop, defending their honor after sleeping their way through the JV football team, counting their chickens after Mr. & Mrs. Weasel has come a’calling.

      That parrot is dead.

      • That parrot is dead.

        No, no, ‘e’s just restin’ up after a prolonged squawk! ‘E’s pinin’ for the fjords! Wunnerful plumage, ain’t it?

      • As Orson Bean found out, the Black List was maintained and enforced by the leftoids to ensure they were not outed by association back then, It was the evil right-wingers* who got most of those blackballed back into the biz, as soon as they were able.

        * for values of “right” . . . Ed Sullivan, for Orson Bean, Charles Shultz for my Great Uncle

  6. I realize I am old and easily confused, but as this is a Saturday I cannot help but wonder: are dicks low-carb? AFAF*

    *Asking For A Friend.

  7. I don’t use Facebook or Twitter because I refuse to underwrite those people and their agenda. But I must admit, I’d probably have made a fool of myself several times over if I did. I’m not nearly as eloquent or cogent as Sarah.

    • I think the turning point came when Facebook and Twitter started coming preinstalled on almost every phone. I expect to most people they’re not “services”, they’re part of the phone.

      My wife got a new Samsung phone earlier this year. I spent a couple of hours deleting the massive load of crapware it came with (Samsung Healthcare? Really?), including Facebook and Twitter.

      The next day, they were back, along with a dozen other things I’d deleted.

      A few updates ago, they changed it so they can’t be deleted at all.

      “We are your overlords…”

      • I just replaced my old Samsung non-smart phone (one of the old flip phones that was about 10 years old-it was durable and didn’t break after multiple drops from distance onto hard surfaces). The replacement, a Kyocera flip phone that likewise is not a “smartphone”.
        I want my phone to be a phone, to have texting capability so I can get login tokens when needed and will live with it having a camera on it. All the other nonsense I neither want nor need.

        • Margaret Ball

          There is a reason why the smart phone that my loving family bought me lived in a bureau drawer until its battery gave out. Does it have built in FB and Twit? Probably. I’m not going to feed it just to find out.

          • Not to mention it’s likely to be a Stasi agent.

            • Nothing “likely” about it. I love the scene in “Person of Interest” when the agent, who knows about the spying via devices, throws the cops new phone off the roof of the building. I laughed and laughed, because otherwise, I’d be crying.

        • It is an unfortunate evolution of our society that in order to get into all of the things I need to do my work I have to have a cell phone in order to authenticate my log in

          • They follow you whether you have an account or not. Facebook has id numbers for those without accounts so they can still sell the info they get.

          • > authenticate

            “Two-factor authentication”, in practice, means “send an SMS to a cellphone.”

            Besides being lazy and risibly insecure, the primary purpose is to collect your cellular number and link it to the rest of your data.

            Back when texting cost money I persuaded my carrier to turn it off. Every few years they’ll turn it back on, and it takes a whole afternoon on hold to get it turned back off.

            The pay-as-you-go service I use for the spyphone isn’t set up to turn off texts, but since the phone runs LineageOS I simply deleted the texting app. Voila!

            On the flip side, an increasing number of services are demanding a number they can text to, or they won’t work.

          • That’s what burner numbers are for.

      • I’ve been using Package Disabler Pro+ (Samsung) for a while now, seems to work well, though you do have to shell out some dosh for it. Dangerous app however as you can disable stuff you do need. It is sad however that I need to spend money to disable stuff on a product I own, as long as I don’t want to go through the hassle of rooting the danged thing.

      • Then you may be interested in….

        https://puri.sm/products/librem-5/

        • I like the idea (really, a native Linux system has some advantages… at least for me) but I want to see thing around a while and some reviews. I’ve learned the hard way that bleeding edge is a good place… to let someone else explore.

      • Go with Motorola. Their phones come loaded with very little.

    • I still have a Twitter account to keep in touch with a very old online freind (who is sadly becoming a UK Green ***shakes Head***) but I have never been a part of Zuck’s Data Mining and Personal Information Sales.

      • We had to replace the LG flip phone because Tracfone was going to 4G. Got Alcatel flip phones; the dumbest phone they sell. Has app capabilities, but FB and TW are not installed. Better yet, the OS is neither Android or Apple (KaiOS, IIRC forked off a Linux.)

        Usual gubbage, camera and Bluetooth (though battery usage is a bit horrible when I tried it; used 10% of capacity on a day’s shopping in town. I’m used to 1-3% without Bluetooth.).

        Ours are normally off unless one or the other is away from home. From battery usage stats, the “off” state really is OFF.

        • trac was forced into the change as they don’t own a tower (in the USA) , and everyone changed their towers.
          I miss my old Net10(Trac) brick (more a lozenge) for it’s ability to get signal nearly anywhere. I currently have a droid that has the design where the battery is not removable. (Still Trac, but via Walmart’s Straight Talk)

          • I had a GSM LG brick, but that went away when Unicel went under, and the AT&T plans sucked bilge water. A shame, since GSM reception was somewhat better than the Verizon tower can give. Though the new setup is better; I can actually have a cell conversation at home, in the rain, without having to go outside. (Hardie-panel siding is a mildly effective Faraday cage in the rain…)

            • because of some weird monopoly Marinette county only has Celcom and AT&T towers, and my older Verizon towere Trac stopped working when I crossed the bridge into WI. I could stand at the building I worked and look at a Verizon tower, but had “Emergency Calls Only” on my phone, and every once in a while a text would get past the false wall. I had to buy a phone to change to AT&T towers so I could use my phone at work. Verizon’s own phone Roam there even though, like I said one of their towers is in view of the City.
              Some of the folks have Sprint and they must have a better agreement for roaming here as they seem faster than even AT&T phones in Marinette county.
              And for 3 weeks now AT&T has been working on the tower they have in Marinette. The first week we went 3 days without phone service, then a day with no data, another with only 4g data (though I only ever get 4g at work, here at the house it is LTE, apparently because of agreements Celcom in Wisconsin has forced) and for the last two weeks Data has dropped on an off during the day. The guy who manages the making of my stuff about lives on texting and it’s been making him agitated. every time he turns around, he has to wait 5-10 minutes to be able to reply to a text. He’s with AT&T via work and his personal was Spectrum (big mistake, he got out of that fast)went with AT&T there as well.

            • > Faraday cage

              The Project House still doesn’t have the sheetrock and ceilings in. It would be a minor expense to turn the whole house into a Faraday cage. The window screens would have to be grounded and the doors shielded as well.

              That way I could use a cellular repeater and monitor any attempts for devices to chatter. And I wouldn’t have to open up expensive medical equipment and cut traces to kill their cellular tattletales. And it would stop several of the drive-by monitoring technologies.

              I dunno, I’m starting to have problems coming up with reasons *not* to do it. We’re only talking about a few hundred bucks. (it’s a small house, and the floor is already shielded)

              • Steel shell entry doors would be easy to ground; I think most of the Jeld-Wen entry doors at Home Depot are steel. I don’t know if HD carries them nationally, but they look like ordinary doors. (6 panel, with or without a window section.)

                My CPAP machine is just old enough to escape the cell-phone tattletale, and my regular doctors aren’t really interested in those details. Jeffery Epstein did not kill himself.

                Some years ago, neighbors managed to lose a month’s worth of bandwidth allocation to a drive-by downloader (satellite internet has some draconian caps). I’m pretty sure they left the “guest” login on their WiFi open, and they’re close enough to other houses.

                I have a strong password on our WiFi, and if it’s not in use, I’ll disable the WiFi. The (limited) roads to our place make it tough for a casual snooper to eavesdrop. Non-casual, not likely to avoid. Eric Ciaramella did not comment.

            • Faraday cage

              I keep wondering how soon before any time there is renovation or new construction for some workplaces, the restrooms will be Faraday-caged. I suspect a LOT more work to get done thus (and much whinging, as well, of course).

              • That might reduce the Deep State leaking in DC, too.

                I could see a market opportunity for sheetrock with embedded screening and a tab to get continuity between sheets. How about marketing it as InstantCagetm? (that’s supposed to be a superscript if my html-fu is worse than I thought).

                • Old plaster works at blocking signals pretty dang well– the older lady at Menard’s told me that it’s due to a lot of the clay used to make it having a relatively high metal content.

                  We had to do some careful maneuvering to get wifi to reach ~20 at longest distance.

                  Amusingly enough, if you stand inside of the STEEL SHOP but have the laundry window and the kitchen doors aligned right, you get better signal out there than in the upstairs bedrooms!

                  • shocked I get as good a wifi signal as I do outdoors as my house is stuccoed and the lathe is metal mesh.

                    • I wonder if there’s something about the very irregularities that make it a better blocker?

                    • What I don’t know about RF is way too much, but I suspect stucco lath is way too coarse to do much. Our sister microwave semiconductor division at HP had a Faraday cage that used copper window screening.

                      FWIW, not-very-old plaster uses metal lath, and that might (maybe) just be a fine enough mesh to start attenuating a microwave signal. Not sure what’s in plaster beyond cement; ceramic frit from iron bearing clay is a possible. Plaster (especially with horsehair reinforcement if old enough) is somewhat hydroscopic, and that’s not going to help.

                      Jerry Pournelle used to lament about microwave signals not getting anywhere in Chaos Manor.

                    • when I was trying to get internet in Texas, I was looking into wifi and the 802.11b signal is supposed to be pine needle sized waves, so small mesh like hardware cloth was able to be used as a reflector to make a dish for reception. I was using a USB dongle to get signal from the RV park the rental place also had. I made a few examples and they worked okay, but because of clutter in my line of sight, I bought a “CanTenna” that performed nicely. Later, after my pc died, I couldn’t get XP to recognize the no-name dongle inside the can so, I ended up making a modified DirecTV dish that worked really well.
                      The metal mesh lath I have on the house is about the same size as hardware cloth (maybe smaller area holes), and my house has old hair filled plaster still on most of the walls (hiding behind other coverings) but the inside wall lath is wood slats.

                    • to fully block a signal, you need to make it so that no opening is larger than 1/4 wave, which for wifi is about a 1/2″

                      so you will need a metal mesh smaller than that.

                      don’t forget about the openings for pipes (especially the plastic ones)

                    • 1/2″? That’s bigger than thought. I recalled the wave to be about 1.5 inches at most, 1/4″ mesh was enough to reflect it in a parabola dish design

                    • 2.4 GHz (802.11b) is about double that, so ~1/2″ for a quarter wave

                      anything with holes much smaller than this is effectively solid as far as the signal goes

                    • that’s Red Pine needle sized then, not Jack Pine sized

                    • We have Ponderosa; 4 to 6″ needles. The lodgepole (1.5″) was logged out for the box factories.

                    • up here we got Jack, Red, and White Pine. Jack is pretty much a trash species. Not good for much but campfire wood, though some gets pulped. We burned a bit for heat, gotten by clearing the yard, but it is very creosote loaded, burns too fast but not as hot as Tamarack, as lumber it breaks easily once dry and rots in no time flat. Most consider it more useless than Poplar/Quaking Aspen. “Pople”does decent pulp wood duties.
                      Much of the White Pine was logged off years ago, so not much is around, Red grows almost like Yellow Pine does down south, and most of the tree farms up here are that.

                    • I think the 1.5″ is off; light speed is 300,000 km/sec, or 3 x 10^8 m/sec.

                      Wavelength is C/f, so for 2.4 gig, 0.125 meters, or a5 inches for a full wavelength.

                      As a check, for 2 meter, 144MHz, gives 2.08 meters.

                      4G LTE maxes out at 3.8 gHz, so 7.9 cm or 3.11 inches.
                      5gig WiFi, about 2-3/8 inches

                  • A wifi extender has proven efficacious in our house; we bought a Netgear AC750 and the wifi not only extends from the west end of the house into the east but into the den (which is downstairs of the east end) which changes Netflix from an impossibility to temptation.

                    Obviously, YMMV.

                • it’s VERY heavy, but there is (or was when I missed hanging more than some small filler pieces) a drywall board available with lead glued to the back side . . . it’s used for x-ray rooms in medical centers, and you put buttons of lead over the screw heads and embed a strip of lead at the seams.

                  • Would foil backing work? What type of metal constitutes the foil would likely be determinitive.

                    Regardless, it seems likely such sheetrock ought only be used for exterior walls, permitting in-house wifi to operate. For roof and basement/crawl-space wire mesh to hold the insulation in place (or foil-backed rolls) would likely maintain integrity. As a plus, routine security checks would expose invasion by squirrels, roof rats or other vermin.

                    • Oooh, there’s some really neat insulation that is basically metal bubble wrap– I wonder if there’s a variety that has enough actual metal to do interference?

                    • break out the tinfoil hats?
                      Windows would need more screen as well to stop signals. the storm windows on my place do have the lower half covered with aluminum screen, for the most part.

                    • Depot sells (or sold, dunno) a urathane sheet insulation with aluminum foil on one side. You have the awfulness of trying to get a good connection to aluminum, and the insulation is pretty expensive. Any conductive material would be good, but aluminum is hard to make connections. I don’t know if window screening would work. Copper (bronze, according to commenters) would be quite expensive, but you could solder it to make an effective cage.

                      Several seconds of Qwant searching says the mesh should be 1/10 the wavelength. Max frequency for 4G LTE cell signals is 3.8 gHZ, or about 8 cm. Half-inch galvanized hardware cloth would give 1/6th, so that wouldn’t quite work. 1/4″ hardware cloth would work, though cost would still be an issue.

                      It’s an interesting problem. Anybody looking to do this seriously should research it more carefully. The 1/10th figure was somebody’s rule of thumb.

                • According to my cheats file, what you want (with superfluous spaces removed) is: & # 8 4 8 2 ;

                  Proof of concept: ™

          • I miss my Palm Pilot. So. So. So. Mych. The rugrat dumped it in the head.

  8. Once upon a time people cared when the whistle was blown. They would pick up their newspaper, read it, and talk about it with their coworkers and friends. It would be on the news, and folks would sit down in their kitchens and listen to the serious sounding man on the television. They would say to themselves, “Orange Man Bad. Somebody ought to do something about him.” That’s what folks used to do.

    Time passed. The people in the media forgot about the things earlier generations had learned, hard lessons about trust and professionalism. thjey began to see themselves not as the messengers that carried the news to the people as accurately and carefully as they could, but as prophets and proclaimers of Truth. They sought to shape the minds of their audience.

    They had an idea in their heads. A beautiful theory, a promised land where no one suffered from want or privation, where childish dreams came true and nobody got hurt or picked on for anything ever. Surely, they thought, anything would be worth that? Surely, the people would thank them for it, once the promised future came true.

    For a time, no one in the media noticed how their audience shifted, shrank, and turned away. They’d taken down a sitting president, by heaven! They were heroes, legends in their own minds. The media could finally begin directing the country the way it ought to be, from behind the throne, and setting things aright. Left, that is.

    Then came talk radio. They could no longer deny that there was a whole other side now, people who *didn’t* believe in happiness and rainbows and racism under every light skin that needed to be exposed and vanquished. So they tried to battle them on the airwaves. And failed. They sent in ringers, the “I’m a republican but I just can’t stomach this conservative policy. It’s a step too far,” trolls. And were mocked for it.

    They ushered in America’s First Black President (y’all know there was one before Obama, right?). And got gridlock and a Republican congress for it. Which then failed miserably to impliment many conservative policies, but let that aside for now.

    Because in the midst of this, the internet was born. And lo did the people gather. Those who thought they were some of the last sane men and women in the country. People who read the Constitution, Declaration, and Bill of Rights and thought there were some d*mned good reasons for it. Folks who knew their history and had been screaming themselves horse, warning the rest of the country what *would* happen if we continued down this road. Stubborn, proud, canny folk that just wanted to be left alone, but no, the left was and is constitutionally incapable of leaving us alone. Meddling is in their DNA.

    And so they meddled in another election. They plotted, they investigated, they rigged and lied. And the evil one got elected anyway. Despite all their (massive) fraud and untruth, all for the sake of that shiny hopeful fiction (and bad fiction it is), he won according to the rules they had agreed to. Deep down in their blackened, corrupt little hearts, they knew it wouldn’t last. Couldn’t. So they pulled out all the stops.

    Have you ever noticed how the narratives seemed to compete at times? Stormy, Russia, Kavanaughty, Mueller, and so on? They were pulling at every string they had, and a few they made up on the spot, but nothing worked. While they weren’t looking, the whistle got replaced with a kazoo. And Trump somehow pulled a Bugs Bunny. He followed the media around with a sarcastic brass band, pointing out all their missteps and failures. The more shrill and pious they got, the clearer their collusion became.

    Disaster was constantly descending on Trump, but always at the last moment falling on the Left and the media (what distinction there is at this point, what difference does it make?). They are desperate to do the exact opposite of news reporting- they seek to cover up, to obfuscate, to deny the public the facts about what is actually going on. Bitter and angry, they keep pushing on the levers of power, but no pellet comes out. The system they relied on for so long has become so broken it is apparant to even the least politicaly aware these days.

    The issue remains in doubt, however. This is no time to rest on our victories or become sleepily complacent that things will turn out fine without our action. If you thought the chicanery of 2016 was something wait until you see 2020. Every election is the “most important of our lifetime” anymore. And though the economy has improved, far beyond what I’d expected in fact, guarantees are a mug’s game. Keep one eye on the b*stards, and another on yourself. The masks are falling. And we know by now how dying institutions roll hard left before they go.

    Have backup plans. Know how to keep in touch with each other when things go sideways. Things will get rough before they settle out again, no matter which way the election goes. Avoid crowds, and remain calm. We’ve weathered the storm before. We will do so again.

  9. Fantastic rant. Social media is really pulling out all the stops to suppress free speech and anything that might threaten the Marxist coup attempt.

  10. Let me guess, your next visit to Tennessee will include a little detour to Oak Ridge for some.. special… metal?

    • Nuke it from orbit; its the only way to make sure:

    • Copper and lead are quite common metals, I believe…

    • There’s this little place, Pantex, outside Amarillo.. Texas National Guard better have a solid plan for taking custody of its inventory, should that become necessary.

    • Back in the ’80s, Dr. Helen Caldicott had a saying, “Nuclear war is too important to be left to the Generals.” Outside the fact that apparently she wasn’t aware that civilians are at the *top* of that CoC, I always thought she had a valid point. The Second Amendment guarantees Right to Keep and Bear Arms, after all. }:-)

  11. Christopher M. Chupik

    Look at the bright side, Sarah: now you can declare yourself to be Sarah A. Hoyt, Harm Coordinator.

    • The name came to me from other media sources LAST WEEK.

      It’s not a bloody secret.

    • analytical-engine-mechanic

      Memo to: Interstellar Office of Protocol (OIP)
      From: ‘Puzzled on Perelandra’

      Having to oversee a certain Gathering of Galactic Notables, I must ask: is a Coordinator of Harm higher, lower or equal in recognized status and/or rank to an Evil Space Princess?

      These diplomatic functions can be so, ah, touchy. (‘150 cards’ comes to mind.)

    • In all practical senses, uncoordinated harm is generally worse than the coordinated kind.

      I say this as one who, had I been around during the Holocaust, probably would not have been around after the Holocaust.

      As is well-known, Nazis hate wallabies.

      • Which is why soldiers (trained, coordinated, disciplined), all else being equal, will defeat warriors (trained, uncoordinated, undisciplined) every time.

        Also why the key factor differentiating the Military from other professions is their defining element of practicing “the control ed management of violence”.

      • That’s a tough one. The Hun brought Germanic efficiency to the latest genocide. Compare to, say, the Armenian genocide. Armenians definitely had a better survival rate.

    • H.A.R.M. would be a cool acronym organization for an evil space princess to be overlord of.

      • “Huns And|Against|About Rebels|Republicans|Readers…”

        “Has anyone got a thesaurus? Somebody’s gotta go back and get a shitload of thesauruses!”

        • Huns Against Radical Marxists.

          I concede the last half is semi-redundant as all Marxists are radical but not all Radicals are Marxist.

          Taxonomy Question: would a Thesaurus be of the carnivores, such as T-Rex, of the vast herbivore class, such as Brontosaurus (I know they’ve changed that name, but I do not care) or of the smaller armored grazers, such as Triceratops, Stegosaurus or Ankylosaurus?

  12. analytical-engine-mechanic

    Good thing I wasn’t drinking a nice cup of tea, or anything else, when I quite innocently (or at least as innocently as ever possible) looked to see what was up (another cooking post?) at According to Hoyt — that would’ve gone, ah, badly.

    If you (cult-movie reference here) had sifted through the entire Internet like a plie of breadcrumbs for the whole of your natural life, you’d never have come up with a more utterly-perfect summary of this whole, uh, sad drama than:

    YOU CAN’T STOP THE SIGNAL, MAL.

    (Especially since This Name first came to me via long-range night-skip AM radio earlier this week, on a nationally syndicated program. Delivered straight to you in your car, anywhere you go!)

    From its rotten roots in the hired-sewage Steele Dossier, through abuse of the FISA process and counterintelligence investigations, Useful trumpeting by press Innocents and Guilty alike, attempted coverups by the Party of Guilty Obfuscation, now its last-second ammo-swap from all that to the Ukraine Quid Pro Quo by Biden, uh, sorry, Trump — that’s been the end-stage epitaph of all these attempted Sooper Seekret Squirrel manipulations so far.

    YOU CAN’T STOP THE SIGNAL… Morons!

    That, and the very *real*and enduring damage it keeps on doing to them, to us, and our country.

    Thank you for this wake-up treat, Sarah (we probably don’t say nearly enough).

    P.S. Meanwhile, I have to wonder if Face-Reich would delete / punish this:

    Earnest Radicals In Charge, Cease Insulting All Right-thinking Americans & Masquerading Extreme Leftist Lunacy Always, was never [in] a conspiracy.

    (The technical term for that is, of course, steganography… and it’s whole accumulated centuries of applied wicked genius, all the way down.
    Which is to say if “we” ever decide to Coordinate Harm, FB and its merry band of weaselly bunglers will never see it coming.)

    • I recently found that Tractor Supply has for sale one of the.. interesting… chemicals I have speculated about. Thus, some Very Interesting Things can be done… and perhaps half can be done locally, in cash, without a real trace. As for the other half… moo.

      • Interesting. Rummaging around in the clearance section found me a camping axe for $10.

        It’s essentially a warhammer.

    • so… (scrubbed identities but of interest…)

      Several years ago, Big Movie Company threatened to fire Big Effects Company for leaking images from “Sooper Seekrit Movie IX”

      images kept leaking, and the VFX studiop knew they weren’t doing it

      they stego’d data into the images that essentially contains a copy of the metadata- when it was made, where it was made, who made it- and additionally who the image was being given to… to the point where they were handing out copies of *the same image* to different people with each receiving person’s name in the data.

      Big Movie Company shut their mouths real fast when all of the leaked images for the next time period were all handed to the same intern on their side of things…

  13. … if “we” ever decide to Coordinate Harm, FB and its merry band of weaselly bunglers will never see it coming.

    Like I told a police friend of mine one time; If you ever charge me with attempted murder I will be angry and very disappointed in you.

  14. Facebook allows Antifa to openly coordinate criminal violence on people they dislike, but bans posts that simply state public knowledge about Eric Ciaramella, the so-called whistleblower. Since this is an active editorial choice, Facebook should be held civilly and criminally liable for Antifa’s criminal conduct, as they are not acting as a neutral platform, but as a publisher exercising active control over content. This is of course in addition to their massive criminal monopolistic conduct in crushing potential competitors in order to ensure that Facebook keeps and expands its monopolistic position.

    Facebook (and Google) need to be taken down hard.

    • Yes. For all that I use FB (limited) and Google. MS isn’t a whole lot better. If only for it’s size.

      For everyone who says “go Linux” or various flavors … I wrote software for 35 years. I don’t want to do that. Let alone have to deal with my mom’s or anyone else’s setup. It is bad enough as it is.

      I get where Google is coming from. They are going to have to be supporting someone who wants to load those apps anyway. Preloading preempts that support. Preventing deleting of the apps preloaded (because obviously that was an accident, right?), by reloading any missing app, again is preempting the support of “I deleted this app, how do I get it back?” calls. Maybe a super user’s (currently developer’s setting, or used to be) where someone could check off which apps to not preemptively reload if detected missing, or makes easy to delete. At least they’d satisfy those of us who don’t want to use those apps, or want to use non default apps instead.

      • Linux is fine as long as you don’t need MS Office or specific applications that only run on Windows or Mac. Modern distributions are easier to install and maintain than Windows. You can be as paranoid as you want, you have control over everything. (Or load OpenBSD if you are mo’ paranoid…)

        • Yep.

          I’ve got mom on a 10″ Samsung. Basic apps. She even has a keyboard. She occasionally whines she can’t write anything extensive (beyond posts or email), or print. Yes she can for both. She won’t. She wouldn’t when she had her own laptop with MS, with the correct apps. Had to go over to show her every dang time. Just easier for her to send me what she wants printed, print the dang thing. Anything more extensive, end up being “admin assistance” anyway. She’s not stupid. She just refuses. Dad’s mom was the same way about driving after grandpa died; by extensive reports from Mom … the more things change, the more they stay the same.

          Enabling? Yep. How do you thing I recognize the trait at work. Just at work I didn’t have to put up with the “mom whine”. Work I could write something up and keep sending it out, get away with it, ignore any fallout. Mom … not so much. Not without hearing about it … forever.

          • I understand where you’re coming from… I avoided MS Windows almost completely; for a while I was paid to write software for it, but I never used it for anything else.

            So when people would say, “Hey, you know computers, how do I align columns in WordPerfect?” or similar, I’d tell them I had no idea and I’d never *seen* WordPerfect, much less used it.

            For some reason butthurt almost always ensued.

            What’s funny is, Windows is one of the reasons I tried to get out of the computer field. I cannot adequately express my dislike for that festering mess on a family-friendly blog. Yet I wound up with a client who, even after carefully explaining to them that I don’t use, know, or even desire to see Microsoft Windows, insists on paying me to wrestle with that pig…

        • MS Office is not the requirement it was a few years ago (for 99%+ of people, [1])

          Libre Office, Google Docs, and Office 365 work on every OS and there are lots of companies using these instead of MS Office. My last several companies have not used MS Office but instead used one of these other options, even when they use Windows on the desktop.

          [1] Lawyers tend to have multiple versions of MS Office around because they need to see the document without any possible conversion errors (and even MS Office can’t read all old MS Office docs, in many cases Libre Office does a better job of reading the old formats that MS Office does)

          now, there are still programs that require Windows, but they are getting rarer, and for most specialized programs, I’d suggest running them in a virtual machine anyway so that when a windows upgrade breaks things, you have the option to continue to use the old version inside the VM. A friend of mine in the graphics design business has a Windows 8 VM that has a Windows XP VM inside it that has a Windows 95 VM inside it so that all the old graphics programs are available.

          • I have OpenOffice installed.

            The other program I care about is Calibre, and Nook Books. Because Nook Books doesn’t hide downloaded files, like it does on Android. That allows me to copy them to locations where Nook can not preemptively remove them. (Nook never has short of account logout, but rumor says Amazon has been known to have done so.)

            • OpenOffice is essentially dead, it was moved to the Apache foundation and they have done basically no maintenance of it for several years.

              Libre Office forked the OpenOffice and has been maintaining and improving it.

              https://www.libreoffice.org/

              • +1. I’ve used Libre Office on both my Linux and Windows partitions with no serious issues. Some minor ones when bring home work documents, but since I don’t work these days no longer an issue.

          • The virtual machine thing is nice, except when I need to communicate through a hardware serial port. I have several ham radio related apps that need to communicate through the hardware port on my machine (yes, I paid to install an actual serial port, Serial-USB converters don’t always fill the bill). My machine is dual boot Linux and Windows, and I tend to stay on the windows side as I am not smart enough to get my virtual machine (WINE) to actually talk to the serial port.

          • Very much a requirement for ebooks. My software only handles conversion from word

      • My Unix (& Linux) experience was extensive enough that dropping Windows wasn’t horrible, and after the Greater East Asian Group Fornication of the MS updates for Win 7, was a relief. Had to do kernel update yesterday and today, the only glitch was one of the files was a day late, but things still worked with the partial upgrade.

        OTOH, it has a noteworthy learning curve. (I might have spelled “steep” wrong, there. 🙂 )

        • I was headed down that path in ’96. But got sidelined (company sold the subdivision assets, which did not include people). Next job kept me in software development, but got me out of hardware, and OS concerns.

          I can handle it, if I have to. Not my favorite thing to do. My son put together his own gaming PC desktop from scratch. Only concern there was what it took to run the online games he plays.

          As far as maintaining hardware and PC’s, the worse word in the world, in the right tone of voice is “HONEYYYYYYYY” … Dang someone has done something to his PC (husband …), well to be fair, sometimes one of the cats, or the dog, demanding attention, triggers combination of keys that have us scratching our heads … At best I put in what protections I can, and lay down rules, “That shalt NOT click on links from emails.” After the umpteenth time, “but it is from …” valid source, and “NO, go to your normal link and check it …” … after x many times of false flag, even the uninitiated “get it”. Well mom doesn’t, but when ALL 3 daughters, and all 8 grandchildren, snarl, she’s been staying out of trouble too.

          • Since I was working for Hewlett-Packard, as the HP-UX machines came out, we migrated our computer stuff to them. Before, it was a hideous glorious mish-mash of HP minis, Pascal machines, HP 3000s (we were our best customer) and the odd IBM sort-of compatible (also by HP). This evolved to HP-UX only, then to a Unix box plus a Windows machine as that became useful. Still, all the programming I did was on the Unix machine.

            Linux wasn’t a stretch, and when I got laid off and found a consulting job, I got a fairly high-end PC and installed Linux on it. So off-and on Unix/Linux over 30 years.

          • At work, I occasionally (about once per week) get “phishing” emails that, when I investigate them*, invariably turn out to be “phish testing” emails sent out, with permission, by a company called KnowBe4. If you fall for it and click on the link, you get taken to a page that said, “You fell for it. Here’s what you should have done instead of clicking on that link.”

            Unlike “real” phishing emails, though, the KnowBe4 phishing emails are actually correctly spelled, and sound plausible. For example, one email purported to come from a person in our IT Security department and said, “A security scan revealed your username and password on the Dark Web last night. I am asking you to change your password immediately.
            You can change it here: (link)”. The link text looked like our site (though the actual link destination, of course, was wrong for being our site). But the other, more subtle clue is this: if this was actually from the IT department, it would not have said, “Please change your password right now”. It would have said, “I have changed your password for you. Here is your new password, which you’ll be required to change to something else the first time you log in — and BTW, you cannot reuse that old password.”

            (Another, still more subtle clue that this email was false would require some knowledge of what the “Dark Web” is — forums and other sites only accessible if you know the IP address *and* have a username & password to get at the site, and therefore there’s no way for a “security scan” to get at things on the “dark web”. It would have been slightly more plausible to say “your username & password were found in a database of hacked accounts being offered for sale on the Dark Web”.)

            * By using the sooper-sekret techniques known as “looking at the full email headers”. Only available to those well-versed in the arcane, obscure art of “reading the manual/help files”.

      • Microsoft is at least 2x better than Google on the question of Eric Ciaramella. Typing his name into Google returns 304,000 results, while typing the same search string into Bing returns 780,000 results. One of these search engines is doing some serious scrubbing of results.

        Incidentally, DuckDuckGo, does not list number of results, so I can’t really compare it with Google and Bing.

        • That’s only true if either one of those X,000 result numbers is remotely accurate. Last I checked, which I’ll grant was ten-plus years ago, Google’s X,000 result numbers were… way off. As in, I did a search on some obscure thing, got told there were multiple thousands of results, and went though page by page until I ran out of results — which was on page 17 or some such, with just 10 results per page. (I don’t remember exactly how many results there were total: it might have been page 4, not page 17. The point is there were far, FAR fewer results than the number I was actually told).

          IOW, their “X,000 results” numbers are gross estimates, based on some broad-strokes formula calculated from things like how much data they had to search before being able to return the first results page to you. You can’t actually use those X,000 results numbers for *anything*, including comparing to other search sites. It’s garbage in, and if you use those numbers in any calculations, your results will be garbage out.

          • Yep. And once you pass page 18 or so, almost all of the results are zombie pages, usually “content” scraped from real sites, hosted on domains like “greenjadeflowerbicycle.com” or “moderninvestorreturns.org.”

  15. re: cake baking

    There is a huge difference between offering everyone a standard service and doing custom, creative work.

    postings on facebook require no creative effort on the part of facebook.

    Designing and baking a custom cake is creative work, as is creating flower arrangements.

    There is a public accommodations right that says if you offer something to the public, you must offer it to everyone on substantially the same terms. But that does not apply to custom commissions.

    You have no right to require that someone accept a commission to create custom creative work (and if you did, does that mean that you can require that the writers for the NYT accept a commission to create articles praising Trump?)

    • Bake the cake.

      • I’ve been so tempted to ask if a gay printer would be required to print a sign for those Westboro Baptist losers.

        • Notice how the leftists never go to a Muslim baker/florist, etc., and demand they provide services for gay weddings, etc.?

    • Would a Jewish baker be required by law to bake a Nazi cake commemorating Krystallnacht?

      Because the law is supposed to apply equally to everybody.

      Or are some animals just more equal than others?
      ———————————
      Ma Lemming: “If all your friends jumped off a cliff into the sea would you…oh…um…nevermind.”

      • You fail to grasp the role of Social Justice. It is not that the law is supposed to apply equally to everybody, it is intended to redress past injustice, repair oppressions.

        “Equality under the law” is just soooooo 20th Century. It is a tool of White Supremacists. Treating people equally is embedding inequality.

  16. This country is drowning in dumbfuckery. I made a short trip to the store this morning, and saw:

    Three idiots wearing those damnfool ‘hoodies’ when we’re having another Santa Ana. It’s before noon, and it’s 90°. “Yo! Dipshit! Are your ears cold?”

    The light turned green, and two lanes of traffic just sat there for over 15 seconds, before they woke up. “That’s as green as it’s gonna get!”

    Five blocks on, light turned yellow, and I barely made it. Four dumbshits ran through the red light behind me. “—…” “—…” …no, I got nothing. There ain’t words.

    Not long ago, I watched a dumbass on a bicycle sail right through a red light. “There’s a Darwin Award out there with your name on it!” And you’ll win it any day now, bub.
    ———————————
    Not everybody should go to college. Some folks, you send ’em to college and you just wind up with an educated idiot.

    • “The light turned green, and two lanes of traffic just sat there for over 15 seconds, before they woke up. “That’s as green as it’s gonna get!” ”

      There is a reason for ^^ This ^^ locally … hmm let me think why …

      “Five blocks on, light turned yellow, and I barely made it. Four dumbshits ran through the red light behind me. “—…” “—…” …no, I got nothing. There ain’t words.”

      Oh. Yes. Ummmm. ^^ This ^^ … Never, ever go immediately unless you can determine that the former green traffic is actually going to stop. That other traffic isn’t going to “read” your green light as their green. Or “push the yellow”. ‘ This can take 10 to 15 seconds.

      FWIW, we call moving as soon as a light turns green as “Jumping the Green.” This place is horrible for pushing the yellow, which you admit doing, and risking the red, which the four idiots did behind you. “Jumping the Green” locally risks you hitting someone. It doesn’t help that we have lights locally that if the first vehicle “jumps the green” (which is incredibly stupid locally), the second or third car in line is “pushing the yellow”, leaving the third or 4th car running the red; 3rd car always tries, 4th car generally won’t knowing they won’t make the light. When it is a turn that can have 10 to 15 cars trying to make the turn … it gets interesting.

      • When I moved to CT, I read the driver’s manual in incredulity because it sounded like instead of having both lights red for a few seconds, they actually let the greens overlap.

        I looked it up again a few years later, and either they’d edited it, or experience made it clearer to me that they were basically warning everybody about the propensity to run red lights.

      • I did not ‘push’ the yellow, the light turned yellow when I was about 10 yards from the intersection. Far too close to stop. The first idiot behind me had at least 50 yards to stop. Yellow light lasts 4 to 5 seconds.

        Here in Kalifornia, there is a delay built into the light sequence; one light turns green about two seconds after the other light turns red.

        • “Push the yellow’ locally, not legally, is determined to be if you enter the intersection when the light is yellow whether you had time to stop or not.

          I’ve gotten honked at because I tend to slow down, without breaking, as I approach the intersection, so I can stop if turns yellow suddenly. Granted there is a specific point, you still slide through anyway. But should I ever get pull over, I can legit state that I was soooo not speeding up, in fact I was slowing down. Especially turning. Driving the truck, so not taking those turns at speed. Slightly better with the new Santa Fe, but habit reflexes.

          I’ve also gotten honked at because I waited, yes a good 15 seconds, after green, slowly started to go, only to have a semi slam through the intersection in front of me … it had been slowing down, obviously not enough to actually stop, thus my caution … have you ever seen another driver turn white because they were impatient? If I’d had been faster on the accelerator, the car behind me would have been slammed; or semi would have nailed both of us. Freak occurrence? Sure. But not that infrequent (others aren’t semi’s but still).

        • areas with redlight cameras shorten the yellows, to drive up revenues. They even do it at intersections without the cameras.
          Burleson, Texas has one camera intersection, (174-Wilshire and Elk/Arnold) where the speed limit is 50 or 55, and if you hit the stop-mark when the yellow comes on, you will not clear the intersection before the red. at 55mph you will not stop in the intersection unless you had real good brakes and tires, then you might block the far lanes.
          After sending tickets out and getting sued (iirc one of the County Judges got a ticket) they changed the rules and had to monitor if folks actually ran the light or did the light change on them (for some reason going back to a reasonable yellow light time was impossible)
          New Orleans area (Mainly Metairie and Kenner, but some of the West Bank too) has many lights that hang 4 reds, partly because drivers tend to push the yellows, but also because often the intersections are so damned wide (4 to 6 lanes plus turning and a canal etc, or trolley tracks and bus lanes you need to clear), in mildy heavy traffic you can get caught blocking something easily.

          • I knew one intersection so well, I knew exactly how many cars could turn on the green light, and if the line was too long, it was faster, to go straight and make the legal u-turn.

            Then they put in red-light cameras.

            Wow.

            Shortened the green, and shortened the yellow so much not even a full car could get through.

            Then red-light cameras were taken down due to a lawsuit…and everything went back to normal.

            • the many lawsuits around the DFW area were of the “They’ve shortened the yellows to ridiculous times!” variety.
              as a side note, I knew I once likely ran a red (well, turned right without a full stop) but never got a ticket.
              Then I took a toll road and wait for a bill,
              and waited. someone said they sometimes wait for the bill to be high enough to warrant mailing it, and I used a few other toll roads when in a dire rush.
              and waited . . .
              Later I was taking photos of the rear of my bike and the plates were so reflective, they were unreadable.
              There is a spray that will do this too, but my plates were unmolested. One bike had the plates changed “For reflectivity issues” just before I moved up here. Never got bill for the tolls on either bike. A test shot of the replacement wasn’t much better.

          • Go to thenewspaper.com and read the many horror stories of shortened yellow lights, invariably the devil spawn of automated ticketing cameras.

            My own red-light story is somewhat different. Came up to a very busy intersection with a VERY long light cycle due to three different left-turn lanes — I’ve timed it at over 7 minutes to do the full cycle. The three straight-ahead lanes stacked up fast, but by chance I was the only one in the long left-turn lane.

            And just as the light turned yellow and I coasted to a halt… in my rearview mirror I saw the main door open at the fire station, and here comes the big fire truck up behind us in full panic mode (being SoCal fire season and all), with no way to get through (concrete center barrier, no shoulder, and a good 10 miles to the nearest alt route). But the stoplight had gone into all-way red thanks to whatever magic the fire truck does on approach, and all the traffic had halted.

            So I made a judgment call and ran the light, thereby clearing a lane for the fire truck, who came hootin’ and hollerin’ full-bore through the gap, with lots of grateful waving from the ride-along crew.

            Fortunately before the era of ubiquitous cameras, or I’d have had to drag ’em along as witnesses, cuz that’s a $400 ticket.

            • Burleson has another intersection at Hidden Valley and Wilshire that uses/used the magnetic anomaly sensing to allow left turns. It misses small cars, and forget about it with a motorcycle even using all the tricks to get it to work. I was once pulled up to it, and a cop car pulled next to me and said over the PA “Just run the light, it isn’t going to change” It doesn’t have a camera and the cops and deputies only give tickets if you’ve done something stupid. During the day it works okay, as you get enough traffic to trip the mag sensor. unless you get someone in a little car and they stop half a car length back from the stop mark, then it backs up as it will not trip. As this is a left to get into Wallmart and Wallgreens, it can be rather annoying for people to sit through 4 or 5 cycles waiting for some moron to pull up 5 feet and trip the sensor. Seem to be the same people pulling this too.

              • Arkansas MVC says to treat a red light like a stop sign. Under “stop sign”, it says “stop, yield to traffic, and continue.”

                Besides not being stuck at a permanent red when on a motorcycle, it’s also handy for those 5-minute lights at 3 in the morning, when there’s no other traffic for the light to signal. Stop, look, go…

                • I vaguely recall this sort of thing being passed or up for legislative vote in Texas before I moved. It might have been passed in the 2015 session.
                  A former co-worker’s wife got told by NOLA PD to drive through a red light if it was clear. “I know it isn’t legal but no one should be stopped any longer than they need to be in this neighborhood” (near the former Fisher Housing Projects)

        • I’ve driven in a lot of places over the years. I’m a pretty aggressive driver, pretty concentrated on the road. I’ve seen some shit, as they say.

          New York has the dumbest drivers of any US city. The dumbest shit I have ever seen, I saw in NY. Also they honk the most. Idiots.

          Arizona has road rage and people randomly flipping cars. Car, upside down, once a week. People ramming other cars. Guys getting out and shooting at each other. Its a party. Oh, and high-speed rear-enders. Another big favorite.

          Toronto has the most aggressive. Oh yeah, they do. They would leave an NYC cab driver shivering in his back seat. I learned all my bad habits in Toronto.

          But California has the -worst- drivers. The most inept, unskilled, distracted, worthless incompetents are driving around in California. People blowing through red lights and stop signs all over the place.

          Hitting the gas on green in California just makes it a toss-up if you’re going to t-bone the red-light runner or he’s going to t-bone you.

          • “Hitting the gas on green in California just makes it a toss-up if you’re going to t-bone the red-light runner or he’s going to t-bone you.”

            Hadn’t heard the terms “push the yellow” or “jump the green” before we started using them while teaching our teen to drive. Probably subconsciously had. Just catchy phrases to get our point across what to look for. Even as you are approaching intersections with pedestrian walking lights. The other phrases we have are “Better to get there late, than to not get there. Never make up time on the road.”; “Maintain the defensive space.” Some are easier to implement than others … These are beyond the public pushed phrases like … “Don’t Click It. Get a Ticket.”, etc.

            • Having teens, you will have heard of Combat Driving School, wherein the students learn to overcome traffic by attacking it. Never give an inch, menace fools who drive slow, and always take openings aggressively. Their motto: “Speed is Life!”

              They have a branch in Toronto. ~:D Everybody went to it in the 1970s.

              Except for the ones who went to the “Huh? Wuzzat? School of Car Guidance.” They have majors in Automotive Farding (doing your makeup in the rearview mirror), Traffic Literature Study (reading a book on the highway at 70mph) and Scenic Appreciation (staring stupidly out the side window while the car is in motion.)

              That’s Toronto traffic.

              • Reminds me of a line from a Wheeler & Woolsey film (I forget which – I saw a few one week in the 1980’s):

                “What you don’t know about driving could fill a hospital!”

          • I’ve heard of someone who moved from NYC to DC complaining of the drivers.

            Her point was that there was no culture that you could count on.

            • That might be bad. An unholy melting pot of every bad habit from all over the country, constantly churning.

              For that you want a really big, really uuuugly pickup truck. Something that looks super redneck.

              • JFK* commented that Washington DC combined Northern charm and Southern efficiency.

                Or, at least, his joke-writers commented …

          • > aggressive driver

            I got my motorcycle license at 13. Had about 30,000 miles on the clock when I got my car license at 16.

            I dunno… I have a couple of friends who I suspect may someday have a cerebral hemorrhage at the wheel; they drive in a perpetual mist of outrage and aggression, enough that maybe half of the situations they’re trying to avoid are their own fault.

            Yes, the roads are full of idiots, malefactors, and crazies. They’re just artefacts of the road, like potholes or off-camber corners, except they move.

            I flow through traffic like water, avoiding the fixed and moving obstacles. In the passenger seat, people will make gasping noises or startled comments about near-misses that I’ve already forgotten.

            • Mastery! The Zen state where you and the car become one with the traffic, moving always to the place of maximum advantage.

              I love it when that happens. So restful. But not for passengers. ~:D

            • Some time back it occurred to me that in 20+ years of driving I had yet to see anybody improve their driving as a result of my yelling at them or even (hard to believe as it might be) my giving them the finger. All it did was elevate my blood pressure, which did not seem an effective response to bad driving. So I stopped.

              This change in attitude was reinforced when Daughtorial Unit was approaching sixteen. Every bad driver encountered with her in car became an instructional opportunity, “Did you see that? What did that driver do wrong? And what else”

              Nowadays I listen to audiobooks and every delay is merely an opportunity to read a little further.

              It would have been much simpler and more satisfying if Beloved Spouse had acceded to my request to install front mounted .50-caliber machine cannons.

  17. surprisingly the posts I put up yesterday are all still there. both the one’s where I wrote out his name and where posted a photo

  18. PSA: Twitter is allowing EC hastags.

  19. Interesting – ‘Eric Ciaramella’ on Bing: 683 K results, Da Goog, 275 K, DuckDuckGo -apparently doesn’t count hits.

    • Neither does Qwant. Bing came up at 683K as of 8:40 PST, though I changed the filter to “all” and it came back at 780K. Didn’t try Google.

  20. analytical-engine-mechanic

    ((Redirected / continued from above, see… In other words, if as an American it all doesn’t make you (or me or any of us) “mad as heck” — why the heck not?))

    Kimberly Strassel’s recent “Resistance” (I rarely buy hardcovers** but this one was worth it) reads like a beginning-to-now summary of Everything The Mass Journalistic Media Should Have Told You But Didn’t — and among other things it’s gotten me to wondering: is Steelegate (by some objective measure and as seen from some imagined point in a clearer-sighted future) either ‘not as bad’ or instead ‘worse’ than what we’ve so long been used to calling ‘Watergate’?

    And I keep coming down, most of the time, on ‘worse’ as I go back through the item-by-item, play-by-play analysis of just how abusive most of this has been, and even continues to be now.

    The Nixonian role in ‘Watergate’ was really limited to general and very vague leadership, filtered down through layers of clumsy chain of ‘command’ barely worthy of the name and re-runs of “Will no one rid me of this troublesome priest?” — it’s his central role in the ham-fisted after-the-fact conspiracy to cover up all that, ah, stuff that’s the really bad part there. (To be very general and broad-brush, of course.)

    But here, with Steelegate, we have a widely-based conspiracy to disempower or just plain unseat a sitting, democratically-elected President. And it’s now evidently, quite evidently, still going on today — still shambling forward like some B-movie zombie, despite how its vital pieces keep falling unmistakably off before our eyes from their own visibly-gangrenous rot.

    And there, it’s pretty clear even by now for most or all of the (so many) now-visible ‘moving parts’ in all this, that its own ‘coverup conspiracy’ was drawn right into the original design, visible (for instance) in how the Steele Dossier was ‘shopped’ to investigators, intelligence, media, and the public (the last through a filter of obfuscating fog, of course) and then defended zealously against the efforts of people like Devin Nunes to “out” its origin, or also in how a collage of hearsay and recycled media reports (sure-fire insider info, that) got ‘packaged’ into the Whistleblower #1 ‘complaint’ and inserted through the usual ‘whistleblower’ mechanism in a way that’s new and indeed “unique” — but also eerily familiar and probably just about as flagrantly abusive and intentionally subversive.

    To me, it looks a lot like some alternate ‘Watergate’ where fresh squads of replacement “Plumbers” just keep on and on breaking into the Watergate Hotel, as the Responsible Party keeps telling us it’s all really “just” the Soviet Union…

    **recently only “The Case for Space” by Robert Zubrin, and some monstrous book by some Hoyt chick… which I somehow stumbled onto the night before its “real” announcement here. My three-word review of MHI:”Guardian”? Thank you, Sarah.

    • I think you’re over-looking that Steelegate originated before the election, as a Clinton Campaign financed smear that was simply too obvious to retail to even the most partisan-yet-still-semi-credible sites. It was also, to all appearances, used to authorize an unprecedented FISA investigation of a political campaign.

      Which is why so many are eagerly awaiting the IG report’s release.

  21. I think I’ve been shadow banned on FascistBook. I posted some things on my feed with my wife tagged, and not only didn’t she get a notification, when she goes to my page nothing shows up since the 6th.

    • My main page is cutting out most of the Diner people Kamas– I haven’t seen you in weeks. I have to go and check certain people now because the posts don’t show up.

  22. Powerline has today the below linked piece on the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall which seems very fitting:

    https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2019/11/the-fall-of-the-wall-30-years-later.php

    I think the piece does underestimate how Marxist based ideologies have gained a foothold in the West as a result of the commies long march through the institutions, along with the Democratic Party’s unfettered will to power.

  23. …….And apparently Twitter, while acknowledging it does not violate any of their rules, is suspending people for tweeting Ciameralla’s name:

    https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2019/11/08/twitter-naming-alleged-ukraine-whistleblower-is-against-the-rules/

    So its not against their rules, i.e. the people sending the tweets are not breaking rules, yet Twitter, in violation of their contractual agreement and representations, suspend people who are not violating rules because the speech reflects badly on Democrats.

    Twitter at the same time allows Antifa to make express threats of violence. They, along with Facebook, need to face criminal and civil consequences:

    • Anyone remember these:

      Recall that Winnie-the-Pooh has become a symbol of the Chinese Premier (making him very unhappy). Seems to me that the name of these candies is similar enough to a name currently in the news that it could, well, become a symbol. I’m no artist, but someone could create an image of one of these candies next to a referee’s whistle. No words necessary. Let Farcebook and Twitser try to justify taking down such images. Recall Alinsky: make the enemy live up to his own rulebook.

    • I haven’t been suspended and I tweeted and retweeted his name a lot today on twitter. Also those the folks I tweeted are still up as well. I wonder who is getting banned there.

  24. For those who were concerned:

    Schiff signals he will reject GOP ‘sham’ witness requests
    House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff rejected the GOP’s request that the panel summon Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, to testify at public impeachment hearings next week.

    The California Democrat also signaled he will not agree to some of the other witnesses Republicans requested Saturday, including Alexandra Chalupa, a former Democratic National Committee staffer who Republicans said worked with the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington, D.C., “to try to get political dirt on then-candidate Trump’s campaign.”

    Schiff, who will head public impeachment hearings beginning Wednesday, said in a Saturday statement that he will consider a list of witness requests provided by the GOP.

    “This inquiry is not, and will not serve, however, as a vehicle to undertake the same sham investigations into the Bidens or 2016 that the President pressed Ukraine to conduct for his personal political benefit, or to facilitate the President’s effort to threaten, intimidate, and retaliate against the whistleblower who courageously raised the initial alarm,” he said.

    Democrats plan to open the public hearings on Wednesday with testimony from acting Ukraine Ambassador Bill Taylor, who said in a closed-door deposition that he believed President Trump was withholding critical security aid from Ukraine in order to get Ukrainian government officials to investigate Biden and the Democrats.

    Democrats are building an impeachment case that accuses Trump of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

    [END EXCERPT]

    Thank goodness there won’t be any bunny chases about the underlying facts to distract people from the heating of tar and gathering of feathers.

    I am confident that ALL Republican-called witnesses who are willing to testify they saw President Trump bashing Professor Plumb with a lead pipe in the Library will be accepted by the committee.

    • Schiff is an idiot. When the House votes to impeach, this case goes to trial in the Senate, which is controlled by Republicans. At which point, everyone who Schiff kept out is going to be brought in, and the GOP will be hammering the “Democrats wouldn’t let Mr. Doe testify” button

      • If they are insane enough to actually vote out articles of impeachment, I predict that Pelosi will stand the rest of it on its head.

        “Having determined that he is likely guilty, we deem him impeached unless and until cleared in the Senate.”

        Or some warped perversion of the above.

        The “go for broke” version will likewise “impeach” Pence, and Pelosi will regretfully get herself sworn in as interim president, pending the Senate clearing, or not, Trump and Pence.

        Or, she will be her usually wily self and just use this to generate dirt, perhaps even “allowing” the Republicans to “sabotage” the process and prevent an actual “impeachment” vote.

        But I suspect they have a plan to try to “neutralize” the Senate in the impeachment process, and it will be a doozie. (Voting by two thirds of the Senate -present-. Think of what that could imply, or worse yet, tempt.)

        Think that far-fetched? What else can they do? They have already gone -way- to far for sanity to prevail.

      • The senators do not control the trial, their role is merely as “silent jurors” IIRC. At most they would get to vote on hearing witnesses for the defense … which might prove awkward for several putatively “moderate” Dems.

        But this is not about removing Trump from office, it is about controlling the media narrative and roughing him up sufficiently to let one of the losers chasing the Democrat nomination to slide in ahead next November Third.

        It isn’t as if Schiff will face a challenge for his seat next election. He can do whatever Pelosi he damned well likes.

  25. Sarah, what is the link for viewing your Facebook posts? (I don’t have an account there.)

  26. Captain Comic

    “Stop taking pictures of my house and shore!”

    — Barbra Streisand

  27. Sgt Portena?

  28. Almost, almost I wish I had a Facebook account.

  29. I don’t know what this marshmallow-traitor guy has posted, but …. comment from elsewhere:
    ====
    Did you see that the “whistleblower’s” attorney has been posting tweets calling for a coup against Trump as far back as 2017?
    ====
    Looked him up. Mark Zaid. (Born in NY, but the name is from Iraq or Afghanistan, which should be a clue.) He’s been involved with the Southern Poverty Law Center, the leading hatemonger in America today. I have a sneaking suspicion he’s a Muslim Brotherhood deep-cover operative.

    Haven’t been arsed to look further yet, but… these guys are really good at digging up the bodies:
    https://kiwifarms.net/threads/richard-meyer-v-mark-waid-2018.48334/page-131

  30. NaNo, not quite:
    300 words

  31. ok well, i made a fake captcha image of the offending name and posted it 😛

  32. Here you go. Feel free to repost with Firefly quotes!

    Link goes to a GAB location: https://gab.com/system/media_attachments/files/015/260/470/original/81baef47ec796003.png?1573364437

    (And I cc’d Mrs. Hoyt)

  33. Facebook is one of those “kind of need it” things for me, because it’s one of the few places that I can have sane social interactions with fellow geeks. And fellow geeks that won’t scream things like “orange man bad” or that I need to flog myself raw for being straight, white, heterosexual, and male.

    But…it’s the whole “last human in a vampire coven” situation again. I’m in California, and if I start pointing out half of this stuff, “oh, you’re just listening to fake news” is the nicest thing that people will say to me.

    I don’t want to leave here. My family is here, and my friends. I just can keep seeing the danger signs. And, nobody else seems to think that I’ve got a point here.

  34. Beware Facebook.
    Get well soon.

    Posner is a moron.

  35. Beware Facebook.

    Get well soon.

    Posner is a moron.

  36. Christopher M. Chupik

    So, we know who he is and we know his name. We just aren’t allowed to say it. What the hell is this, Harry Potter?

    I guess they really do need to read another book.

    • Beloved Spouse has been on a vintage Mystery kick, reading authors from the Twenties such as Christie and Allingham.

      I noticed a cover blurb on one of the recently acquired Allinghams, quoting J. K. Rowling, “Of the four Queens of Crime, Allingham is my favorite.”

      If I know enough about the genre to know who are the Four Queens, yet cannot decide with whom to commence, I somehow doubt Rowling’s endorsement is going to put me over the top.

  37. Interestingly, I posted the simple question on fecesbook- Why is facebook protecting Eric Ciaramella? It stayed up about an hour, was seen by 20 people and ‘no longer available’… But I didn’t get banned. I guess I’m too small a fish for fecesbook to screw with.

    • My son has been doing this every hour, more or less. Not banned yet, but I got a message encouraging me to block him.
      All I have to say is we’re embarrassing the other two in the family at this point, but Marshall has my back.
      They picked the wrong Hoyts to mess with.

    • The message that Eric CIA-ramella is the weasel blower is spreading. At most, the Progressive scum at Facebook can slow it.

      • I wonder what would be their response if people started posting statements along the lines “Any claims that Eric Ciaramella is a whistleblower are unproven. I am confident that Eric Ciaramella is a patriotic American who would never suggest that Donald Trump lacks authority to direct American foreign policy. I think Chairman Schiff ought call Eric Ciaramella as a witness so he can clear his name.”

  38. I am so copying that GIF, and saving it for future deployment…

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