Getting Ahead On the 2021 Bingo Card

A friend just sent me this and it so perfectly accords with my feelings, I had to share. I mean, I COULD suffer alone, but why?

Proposed 2021 Calendar-

January– War with Interdimensional aliens

February- Vampires reveal themselves as having been real all the time, and explain that they are in a drawn out battle with the Fey.

March– General Trump leads a contingent of Jager Robots against dopplegangers from another timeline that merges with ours.

April– The great old ones lead a dark army against the aliens. Humans unsure as to why we’re not the priority.

June- The great emperors of China, now arisen in a combined single soul calling itself, roughly, the High Lord, attempt to attack with an army of zombies while nobody is looking.

July- Things get very strange here.

August- Pope Trump, emperor of Saturn, ascends after defeating his predecessor in single combat after the old pope started manifesting horns and wings.

September- Mars explodes. Even given all of the above, nobody is sure why. Saturn is fine though.

October- Completely uneventful, but at this stage that’s almost worse.

November- We wake up and find that it was all a dream. Oh, not the stuff above. All the bits in between and before in which we thought life was not continually batshit.

December– People begin to spontaneously turn into animal-human hybrids and buildings suffer cataclysmic instability as basic structural components turn into cookie dough. The fundamental nature of reality dissolves into a morass of undifferentiated mush like a freshly decanted jell-o bundt on a salamander

Okay. You feel better now, right? Because there’s no way that 2021 can be that crazy.
Right?
Please, tell me that it can’t.

401 thoughts on “Getting Ahead On the 2021 Bingo Card

  1. Um, I… wish I could tell you this is fiction? But back in 2019, I never would have believed it if anyone told me about 2020. So.

    …I’m going to study up on various means of repelling fay, undead, and aliens. If Lovecraft’s right, the Great Old Ones can be held off with a geometry book.

            1. Kzinti Lesson : The efficacy of a fusion drive as a weapon is in direct proportion to it’s efficiency and power as a drive. Of course we’re fresh out of fusion drives so this is bad…

              1. More generic version is any means of transport.

                a) commercial airliners should be export controlled b) aerospace engineering degrees should be us nationals only c) international travel should be heavily restricted.

              2. Fusion generation test plant currently under construction, in Britain I think. A fusion drive is a fusion plant with a water tank attached.

                If the alternative was shoggoths, I’m sure somebody could rig something up.

                1. Phantom, I don’t think any of the current generation of tokomak based fusion plants will be running soon. Heck Generating power may be an issue. Fusion has been “right around the corner” or “20 years away” since I saw a fusor run at the GE Pavilion at the 1964 NY worlds fair just before it closed when I was 5. It’s still on that same schedule but I keep hoping.

                  As for Shoggoth there is some literature (check with our Hostess) that would suggest that small ones might make decent companion animals 🙂 .

    1. “…the Great Old Ones can be held off with a geometry book.”

      Fusion weapons wielded by warrior monks. The friggin’ Calimari Contingent will be sorry they f-ed with the monkeys. Briefly.

      From my current work in progress, “Coffee With Kali the Destroyer,” a brief chastisement of miscreant squids:

      The monster was so heavily armored, and its biological structure so dense, that it lasted almost ten milliseconds before becoming a quark-soup of degenerated atomic particles. Valkyrie Brunhilde’s magnetic bottle kept the gate open a full three seconds before the forces of nature slammed it shut, Valkyrie Gudrun’s the same. Miles away on the shores of the lake people winced away from the welding-arc brightness, then put their hands over their ears as the thunder rolled over them half a minute later.

      That was nothing compared to what happened on the other sides of the gates.

      Gudrun and Brunhilde’s weapons had delivered megatons of energy to a small area, mere feet in diameter, surrounded by atmosphere. The energy was contained, shockwaves were reflected back on themselves. Fusion temperatures were reached, and the mass behind the gates became fuel for the birth of two short-lived stars. The fusion reactions only lasted a few more seconds before sputtering out. But, because of the atmospheric containment effect, hundreds of pounds of mass were converted to energy.

      The resulting explosions resembled the eruption of Mt. Thera that ended the Minoan civilization in ancient Crete. Twin fireballs miles in diameter obliterated surface features, shockwaves scoured the ground and reflected off each other where the two circles of destruction met. It was the equivalent of a meteor strike.
      Everything in the 80 mile long, 40 mile wide, peanut-shaped zone formed by the two explosions was gone. Evaporated. The dark armies turned to drifting gas. Buildings over a much wider area were destroyed by shock waves and thermal effects.

      All the trans-dimensional gates collapsed in the first bright flash. Demonic spirits lingered, scrabbling for anything to hold them in the mundane realm, then fell shrieking back to the shadows.

      “And that is why you don’t mess with the monkeys,” said Brunhilde conversationally on the network as the steam drifted away on the breeze. “Communication delivered.”

      “Hell yeah,” said Gudrun.

    2. Best line in Neal Stephenson’a Anathem went something like, ‘the aliens have FTL-capable starships packed with nuclear weapons’, to which the reply was, ‘we have a protractor, and some string’. And the aliens were in trouble. For some reason that tickled my funny bone (the humerus?), and I laughed hysterically for nearly five minutes. Annoyed the other library patrons (and matrons, and guardians) immensely.

      1. I remember a story, long ago, in which advanced aliens notice that our sun is about to go nova. They assemble a fleet of FTL starships to evacuate Earth, but when they get here they find the place abandoned. Their subsequent search turns up a MASSIVE fleet of sublight ships headed for a promising star.

        One of their leaders says something like, “Wow. That’s a species to keep an eye on.”

        Another scoffs, “Yeah, we should be really worried. We only outnumber them a billion to one!”

        The story ends with ‘Twenty years later, it wasn’t so funny.’

        1. I’ve read that. A few times. It was from the great era when “YOU. ARE. DOOMED.” was answered by, “THE HELL with that! We might fail, but we will NOT surrender!”

        2. An early(-ish) Arthur C. Clarke story, IIRC, from one of his collections, though I have barely a clue to the title.

          Another thing I do remember well, the line (about one species of the aliens): “Their first radios were fossilized in strata a million years old” (or thereabouts).

    3. On the bright side, I do not think we need to worry about has Great Old Ones. They tried for a come back in the first half of the 20th Century but failed miserably. Magic does not work very well since Newton published the Principia so they had to fall back on the ancient evil of murder. Cthulu his own self summed up the results:

      We tried that R’yleh! First with Stalin and that German fruitcake. Then there was Mao Tse Tung and half a dozen minor butchers across Asia and Africa. The greatest damned necromantic experiment in the history of this pathetic plane and your damned city is still setting on the bottom of the ocean.

      Even if we did raise it would take a century just to clean it out. Since that city sank, trillions of animals have lived, bred, and died there. I’d much rather be outside here eating souls than sleeping in an ancient, barnacle encrusted ruin covered in fish shit.

        1. There is a streak of the American “so try it!” attitude that runs through Japanese culture. It’s where it turns up – or doesn’t – that I find baffling.

        1. Jaegerbot piloted by a jaegermonster. I would pay money to watch. From a safe distance.

        2. I like Jaegermeister. But then, well, ‘monster’… and all that time in Wisconsin.

          I’ve looks at the upcoming events (as normal calendars can show…) for the rest of this month and for the next. There is a new, full bottle of Lucid (allegedly absinthe) on the shelf now. It’s only 124 proof, so it might not suffice.

          Can’t find any 307 Ale.

          1. Now there’s an interesting idea: Hoytmeneutics.

            I am ***NOT*** suggesting a new religion of Hoytentology.

            Nor am I for calling anyone “Hoytentots”.

            As for Hoyts in Toyts, that’s none of my business iffen they do.

      1. Running away as fast as he can…and somehow running right into the problem, solving it in pure self defense, and somehow getting roped into something even more dangerous because of his previous success.

  2. Please, tell me that it can’t.

    “They said “smile things could be worse so I smile and things got worse””. 😈

  3. MayRedacted by order of the Grand High Poobah. We Do Not Talk about the events of May 2021.

        1. Early May in Florida saw the ease up in the worst of the stupidity there. Late May saw it ease up in Ohio. Mid-May was a great time to be visiting Florida before returning to Ohio. I saw my parents for the first time in five months, I got engaged, I enjoyed the beach and eating out again. The mask mandates had yet to descend in most places. May was great.

        2. If there wasn’t, does that mean that I didn’t actually have a birthday this year?

          Starting to figure out how people born on Feb 29th feel…

        3. Unfortunately, there was. A certain drug addict got arrested that month after trying to pass a counterfeit twenty, and then died from complications due to his addiction… *after* video was taken of one of the arresting officers using a questionable knee hold on the man’s neck.

          There was a very slight stir because of the incident.

        1. The aardvark’s bringing out the bonbons. Because 2020 is bad enough. A 2020 without bonbons is superfluously unpleasant.

          1. A warning, don’t take the chocolate covered bullet ants if the aardvark offers them. they are quite “spicy”.

  4. I wish I could say something nice and optimistic here.

    But, I suspect that we’ll almost be hoping for this kind of list after the first of the year.

    Mind you, if we’re going to have an insane 2021, I would like for it to be a new and unique kind of insanity. Not the tired rise of oligarchs and socialists and Social Justice Zealot bullshit-except when the Social Justice Zealots are eating their own. Because, the more they chew, they more I’ll add spices and seasoning so they’ll choke it all down.

    So, should I ask Santa Claus or Satan Claws for my particular form of madness on 1/1/2021? Because, if we’re going to have madness, let’s have something fun to deal with…

      1. Too much ammo is what happens when you shoot your barrel out.
        That gives rise to the problem of not enough gun.
        Which is actually the answer to when Prog-Socs ask you why you need so many guns?

        1. Does that happen to non-automatic guns? The most I’ve ever pushed through my handgun was about 600 rounds in an hour. It was definitely too warm to holster and started to have some feed problems, but I wasn’t worried about catastrophic failure. Should I have been? (Just checked the math on that: 10 rounds per minute is 1 round per six seconds; that’s not crazy-fast.)

            1. A hundred or so of full-powered, 15 inch, according to a recent dry dock (#122?) by Drachinifel on his Y**T**** channel, will wear out the barrels; thus spar barrels on hand—he mentioned HMS Warspite getting re-barreled, after D-Day I think in his video on Warspite.

              As for small arms, are you shooting +P consistently? That would affect wear, obviously. Years ago, in the Army we had our weapons gaged annually. Ask your local gunsmith.

              1. it is possibly apocryphal, but .220 Swift has a reputation for burning through barrels. generally, any caliber that breaks 4000 fps has that reputation.

          1. Kent Lomont was one of the Auto Mag gurus in the 1970s. There were some reliability problems with some guns (AMT kept changing things, and their QC was slipshod at best) so he decided to shoot one until it broke. He sent four thousand rounds through one, dunking it in a bucket of water when it got too hot to run properly. If I recall correctly he ran out of ammo before anything broke.

            I’m not recoil-shy, but four thousand rounds of .44 Auto Mag in one session probably crosses into “not fun”.

            1. I’m guessing that a shooting bench with a vise to hold it pointing down range was involved…..

            2. Now guys, you’re just shootin’ all kinds of holes in my argument that you need more guns because of bullet wear.

              Iffn ya gonna do that, yer gonna haf ta come up wid anudder argument ta support it.

        2. Ah, but you can change barrels in most cases. Old Mosin-Nagant barrel gone all smoothebore on you? Action still good, swap the barrel, maybe slap an Archangel stock on and Bob’s yer uncle, gun’s good again.

        3. Not an inclusive list, but, you need a living room gun, a kitchen gun, a bedroom gun, a bathroom gun, a carry gun, a desk gun, a car gun, a couple hunting rifles in various calibers, a hunting legal shotgun, a ‘You didn’t just break into my house’ shotgun, and couple AR’s ’cause they make progressives cry and get PTSD just from looking at one.

          1. I’m building my own AR-15 for Christmas. 🙂

            I’ll kill anyone who comes to try to take it away.

            June 21st, 1788 was the last chance to vote on that. Change the agreement without my consent, we’re going to fight.

        4. In one account (might have been Artistic License, might not… was TV quasi-documentary) the issue of barrel wear came up in the Manhattan Project… until it was realized/pointed out that that particular gun would fire exactly once, ever.

    1. I think everybody has that idea, if they can get away with it. Right now, I’m finding it nearly impossible to even get crappy 9mm and .40 S&W ammo in the People’s Republic of California.

      1. Well don’t come into Oregon looking for it … we don’t have any either. OTOH if you find it not restricted on how much you can get at one time, legally. Merchants might try to spread it out a bit, but no legal requirement. Son went on Black Friday to somewhere that said they’d have some. They did, for as long as it took them to unload it off the truck and sell it. About 1/2 an hour …

          1. I suspect Nevada is the same as well-and you have the CHP waiting on the other side of the border to catch you for smuggling.


            Really don’t want to be the test case. But how does that work for out of state visitors driving down? That might have a box or two stashed in a trailer or even underneath their suitcases in the Santa Fe? Must be a case of visit frequency?

            Absolute True. Santa Fe has good storage under the back mat above the spare tire. That is where we hid the weapons (before the canoe accident) and hide the laptop and camera gear, when we take the Santa Fe.
            Okay, we haven’t actually carried any weapons or ammunition in the Santa Fe, because until we sold the trailer and truck we weren’t taking the Santa Fe into California; thus bear protection was in trailer when driving. The only long trip along these lines we’ve taken it was into Canada … where, weapons get left at home in the safe at the bottom of the pond … dang safe probably caused the canoe to tip over.

            1. The rumors have it that the nearby local shops either have spotters or make sure to flag your DL# or such when you buy ammo in Nevada with a CA set of plates. Especially if you’re someone like Cabelias.

              1. So, CA residents get caught. But anyone with Oregon or Nevada plates & DL’s# wouldn’t … I’m sure they have some procedure for bulk regular buyers. But still what’s to stop them from passing off over the state line as in resale? Not guns, but ammunition.

                As Oregonians we’re not suppose to be able to buy and transport illegal fireworks from Washington either. Tell that to the reservation system. We still have firecrackers in the shed … all the other good stuff has been long shot off. Now we just go to the after season potluck done by one of hubby’s golf buddies … he professionally puts on firework shows on 4th, New Years, and other holidays when pyrotechnics are busy. He also gets anything confiscated by legal authorities. No show this last August. It aught to be a heck of a show in 2021 …

                1. actually as far as i understand, you can buy ammo out of state and transport it in just fine. its magazines that they look for CA plates for

                  1. “What’s in the trunk?”
                    “Er.. magazines.”
                    “Let’s see…”
                    * Boxes of old Playboys, etc. *

                    (and buried within… one ten-or-less round cartridge holder)

                    Now, as long as nobody looks at the engine bay and those neodymium magnets and….

                    (For those saying I should not have revealed that…)

                    “Alright. pop the hood.”
                    “Bad idea, overheating. Apt to get scalded.”
                    “DO IT!”
                    *flip lever 1*
                    *pop hood (lever two)*
                    *flip lever three*

                    “AAAIIIIEEEE!”

                    “Sic semper tyrannis, Arschlocher”!

                    1. Somewhat related, never give permission to search.

                      Ever.

                      If they hassle you about it, point out that if you grant permission, you’re on the hook for damages. If they use their legal authority to say “there is probably something illegal here, I am doing a search on probable cause,” their department is on the hook.

                      Multiple state and federal agents have told me this, repeatedly, because they are tired of the jerks who screw this up and make their job harder by f’ing with lawful citizens.

                    2. Foxfier: I do not know the case name offhoof, but there WAS a case that reached the MN State Supreme Court in the 1990’s where the Court decided that if an officer said, “What have you got to hide?” That person had just violated State *Constitutional* law about illegal searches.

                    3. I can’t find the case name, but from this paper, looks like a complete inversion of their requirement for a clearly articulable reason for search without a warrant.

                      Ie, the correct response to “why” is not, “why not?”

                    4. no, they really check people for standard capacity magazines. i don’t think its a joking matter anymore.

                    5. I have ZERO doubts fascist asshats check for standard capacity magazines and anything that might fit in them. I DO believe that said fascist asshats get what they deserve i (when)f fscked with over, ghood and hard. I like the idea of asset seizure of THEM. Seems their just ain’t enough hog farms near that border.

                    6. After California’s insanity came to the forefront, $SPOUSE and I have decided to stay away from the state. She has family in the Reno region, but they can come up to visit.

                      We’ve both seen enough of Lava Beds Nat’l Monument to suit our desires, so we’ll pass on that.

                  2. I see signs in southern Oregon Boomstick & Boomite stores saying that they cannot sell to California residents. I’m pretty sure that CA recently passed a law requiring a background check for ammo purchases, and the retailers in OR aren’t going to cooperate with Cali-f’n-ornia on that bit. (This might have been part of the initiative that requires microstamping firing pins in CA.)

                    OTOH, Medford is 30 miles from the CA border, and there are at least 3 stores in the area that I *know* sell ammo. The city is big enough that 3-4 more big stores and a myriad smaller shops probably sell if they have stock. Good luck for the CA-stasi on those, unless they have surveillance cameras stuck on the power poles everywhere.

                    It’s a similar situation locally, where the city is the regional marketplace. There’s a couple-three big box stores that sell ammo and the usual bunch of small shops. That’s only 20 miles from the border, and a couple of reasonable sized towns are near the border in Cali.

                  1. Must mean firework sales to rioters is an ‘essential service’. So is parking pallets of bricks in places where completely spontaneous riots ‘just happen’ to break out the next day.

                  2. Bought in states where legal, through a front company claiming to be a fireworks display company, in sure and certain hope that no investigation of fraud, smuggling, RICO, or conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm will ever occur.

                    1. And as an addition to Foxifers’ advice above, be polite but never consent.
                      And do not parrot the language of the cop. They are trained to use language in twisted ways such that your denial can be (falsely) recorded as consent.
                      When I was asked to consent to a search, I re-phrased the cops’ request and answered:
                      “I understand that you would like to make a search of my vehicle. I do not and will not consent to such a search. We have a long way to go, and limited hours of daylight. May I leave now?
                      N.B. The next step beyond “may I leave” is “Am I under arrest” if not, thanks and bye.
                      Also: per US Sup Ct, refusal of a permissive search is not probable cause for the issuance of a search warrant.

                    2. No, but they’ll try to use it as a pretext to check for weapons, “for officer safety”. See Terry stop.

              2. CA law enforcement absolutely does park in the Nevada Cabelas parking lot along I-80 closest to stateline and radio in CA plates, and coincidentally those vehicles are stopped for minor traffic violations on the way back into Gavin’s Paradise.

                Reportedly annoys NV law enforcement quite a bit, but hey, CA.

                1. Stunt time.

                  Arrange with a large number of California friends to all stop at Cabellas, and don’t buy ammo. Then go home as a convoy.

                  Do it repeatedly.

                  Just make sure that everyone participating realizes what they’re getting into beforehand.

                  1. Years and years ago, an underage drinking party was busted in Wausau, WI and the evidence of such was claimed to be the presence of a keg and red Solo cups.

                    A week or two later another underage party was busted… and the bust was itself a bust. The kids had red Solo cups.. and a keg.. of root beer. And showed just how idiotic the ’cause’ was. No idea if they made it a regular thing or if some shmuck tried to claim it was some weird entrapment. Being Wausau, I would NOT exclude stupidity of levels normally not seen.

                2. In the long ago Mass. State troopers would lurk in the parking lots of Fireworks stores and (State owned) liquor stores in New Hampshire, calling plate numbers out to their buddies over the line in MA. Allegedly the NH Staties got annoyed and started ticketing any plain Crown Victoria with heavy duty steel rims and Mass plates in the lots that weren’t buying anything for loitering. This story may be apocryphal, but I like the idea of it 🙂 .

                  1. That is why I specifically mentioned buying the fireworks on the Reservation, the one with the casino. They setup in booths along the road. We’d drive up, buy the fireworks, go onto the casino, hit the buffet, and head home. A couple of years hubby hit them alone. That was when he was exiled to Timbuktu for work (also known as Randle WA). Nice place to visit, especially the neighboring NP, but not a great place to live, then, for a programmer (me). (We won’t discuss the dismal options for housing – hint, he ended up living in the 27′ TT we owned then.) Now? Depending on internet access, if I was still working, I’d consider it. (OTOH we also didn’t move household because of HS student at home.) As it turned out the company didn’t keep the contracts much longer after hubby wrangled his transfer back to the southern area (i.e. home).

                  2. I also recall a story from some time back (’90s?) about folks coming back from hunting trips outside MA and travelling through MA (without stopping) being stopped by the MA staties because if they have a dead deer on the roof they must have a gun in the vehicle, and if that gun isn’t registered in MA….

                    They arrested some Maine hunters and sentenced them to 1 year jail time for breaking MA gun laws. (The hunting rifles were locked up, not accessible to the folks in the vehicle while it was driving, and had been taken apart so they were unusable in their then configuration, and who’s going to sit still while the guy in the truck says “Hey, wait, while I put my gun back together so I can rob/kidnap/assault you!”?) Supposedly the governor of ME suggested nicely to MA that if this miscarriage of justice wasn’t sorted out, now, and never repeated, he could not guarantee that folks in ME the next summer with MA plates might not have a hard time with the ME staties.

                    That bit of stupid gun law enforcement stopped very quickly after that.

        1. I went looking in Medford last week. Some ammo, usually in odd calibers. The big box sporting goods store (not the woke one, this was Not-Cabelas) had a solitary can of smokeless powder and bullets in a few strange sizes. Not a pack of primers anywhere. Factory ammo in a few odd (to me) calibers, none for handguns. The farm and ranch store north of Medford had a little bit of powder. OTOH, Bi-Mart back home this week had some. Maybe 5 cans each of 777 in ffg and fffg for black powder shooters, and a couple cans of smokeless powder. (One each of Green dot and Red dot, presumably as Christmas presents. 🙂 )

          A week or two before Black Friday, the local Bi-Mart had a couple boxes of hunting rounds (unless you have sniper ambitions), but a good supply of shotgun rounds for duck and goose. That day, zero handgun ammo.

          1. Hubby & son are checking BiMart (multiple locations), Cabellas, and the Gun in question regularly. They’ve each been able to pickup box or two occasionally. Usually the last ones in stock until next resupply.

          2. Primers are the issue right now. I doubt many will be seen until all the ammo companies are restocked again. And we know the leftoids will try to keep scarcity permanent.
            Looks like some Tula and Wolf arrived, as several places have it in 9mm, .45acp and .308. For the 9mm folks some Turkish FMJ brass case ammo is on Ammo⦾Seek for .54/rnd. FMJ is about all one can find until you reach .70-80/rnd in 9mm, $1/rnd in .45.

            1. Sportsman’s Warehouse got me to do a double-take with a checkbox for price. I just *had* to see what was worth $799.99. Turns out it’s a box of .50 BMG linked, in a (no surprise) .50Cal can. Curiously out of stock, if they ever stocked it anywhere.

              My friend had a consignment in his shop once; a bolt action .50BMG. The nearest range where you might be able to fire it was too far away, so nobody tried a shoot-before-buy on that beast. My shoulder aches to think about it.

              FWIW, the hunting rounds they had in stock (.308 with various cases) ran $1.80 a round.

              1. Was in GB again today.
                Some more powder was had at Cabela’s. They had a few more pistols. The Model 100 from last time was not there to tempt me, the “normal” priced one was still there (it isn’t even .308) $1100. They had a very nice Nagant some kid was scooping up.
                Stopped into the Fleet Farm on the east side. They had a good bit more ammo than the west side, still had 777 and Pyrodex PS (FFG), but only caps, though a lot more and East has them up on a shelf not locked away like West. When I got home I found the Ammo Seek for Primers actually had primers!
                Small and Large Pistol, and 24.9 cents/primer for a box of 1000
                $249.00 a box was the lowest price (Winchester) , and then others at $259 a box.
                A few seconds ago only on box was left of the Large Mag pistol CCI.
                The Tula and Wolf .45 went fast as well, but there is some brass case about the same price for now. New even though the reloaded stuff is there as well.

                1. i was on one last weekend, the most tempting thing i was was an 1800s dated Springfield armory rifled musket

                  1. There was, last time, an old Sharps in .50-90. Had not seen a good life. A puppy chewed on the stock, and it was in sad shape overall.
                    It wasn’t there today.

                    1. The one I went to in Texas once had several Trapdoors for sale. Those little 9mm and .380 1911 style pistols for some reason call out to me, but then I’d have to get 9, or .380 ordered.
                      I’d probably go for a 9mm version for better power.
                      Damned things are so shrunken you could lose one in the loose change in a pocket.

    2. I need to check in the basement to decide which guns I can take to the range and what calibers I need to set up the reloading presses for. I do have some primers, bullets, and powder, but only a limited supply.

      1. I do have some primers, bullets, and powder, but only a limited supply.


        Rumor is that is all in limited supply too. Based on comment made by a local gun shop owner. He can’t get the supplies he wants, either for personal use, or for resale. He is getting his share of the ammunition available; to the dismay of smaller outlets. The smaller outlets have complained to the various distributors. Got told “sell the $10 of millions per year, normally, that he does and we’ll talk” …

        1. Yeah, reloading components are tough. Back in the ’80s and ’90s, you had to buy a brick of 1000 primers to reload, but now, if you are lucky, they’ll have a few 100 packs of primers out. Might even be useful ones.

          Powder is tight, though bullets in hunting rounds were available in general merchandise stores like Bi-Mart. OTOH, Black Friday must have been crazy; not much left on the shelves last week. I picked up supplies over the summer and I should be able to reload a few useful calibers. I’ve been wondering if cast bullets are practical now; the necessary raw material situation is a lot different from when I did casting 30ish years ago.

          1. Yeah, I picked up 500 .38 wad cutters the other day, but no primers or powder available. It’s as bad as Christmas shopping year round just to have presents for everyone by the end of the year.

        2. They’ve been in short supply since 2008. Even by the end of 2019, there were still gaps and delays in the component supply chain.

          Back then, they blamed it on “the military is sucking up all our production.” You’d think after 18 years the ammo companies might have done some expansion, but hey, I’m not an MBA…

          1. The problem as I see it, is how much does it cost to get started manufacturing powder, primers, brass, and bullets? That would start the reloading pipeline. Fully assembled ammunition should just be the machines to fully assemble them, but that’s another capitol expense. And that doesn’t even touch on the regulatory and fees aspects. I’m sure there are major hoops from BATFE and OSHA to comply with.

            1. And insurance. You’ve got to be insured out the wazoo. Even if every round you produce is perfect, some idiot will do something stupid and blame it on you.

          2. The answer can be summed up in one word: Lawfare.

            Licensing, zoning, transport issues, environmental regs….. all the factors that led to US manufacturing moving overseas, cranked up to 11.

            1. its more of a case of ‘demand exceeding supply’. Ammo (including primer) producers are running full blast. According to a recent American Rifleman story, Federal is currently backordered more than an entire year’s production.

              1. Which wasn’t the question, the question was “why aren’t ammo production facilities expanding”. Your comment is the result of the non-expansion.

                1. actually, several have. they expanded during the Obama years quite a bit, opening new facilities in free states to get away from the states they were traditionally located in.

                2. Most, if not all, of the case forming machines date from WW2 and are some REALLY big iron. They are hard to build and modern manufacturing techniques, ironically, can’t achieve the tolerances of the mid-20th century machine shops.

                  So there’s only so many cases those machines can slam out in a any given hour.

                  1. uh

                    no, not really.

                    modern machine shops can easily exceed those tolerances

                    Most of Privi Partisan’s case forming machines were made in the late 90-s after Clinton bombed their earlier machines to rubble in the mid 90s. Most of the Israeli case forming machines (lot 3434A Winchester White box ammo) are actually of similar vintage.

                    They *are* building new machines, its just new machines for this stuff doesn’t just appear out of thin air. Federal’s production has also been significantly impacted by them losing Lake City.

          3. The other side of that problem is, say you expand — then the primary buyer stops its orders and suddenly you can’t make payments on your expansion loans/bonds.
            ~

            1. Man, I can see a market there, just not sure how I can break into it. I think I need to talk to some friends at the local gun stores and clubs. Don’t think this can be done as a solo venture on my dime; but maybe a bunch of folks incorporated…

            2. At the beginning of the Trump administration the gun-blogs were referring to Trump as the opposite of Obama, (Obama as the greatest gun-salesman evah!) with gun-owners (and prospective ones) feeling safer and being willing to delay purchases. For a while, gun sales were down, and I’d guess that the civilian market for ammo dropped a while, too.

              That would have slowed or stopped expansion of certain lines. I don’t know how the ammo manufacturing business is set up, but I assume for high volume rounds like .223 and/or 5.56 that they’d have dedicated lines, and might just drop a shift or so during slow periods.

              Lower (but still mass-produced) volume cartridges probably run in batches on lines with universal machines, so things like 6.5mm Creedmore might get run for a while, then 7mm-08 queued up next, and so on. Spacing of each batch of a particular round would be dependent on projected volume.

              Everything I’ve seen indicates that purchases are at really high volumes, with prospects of staying high (unless China Joe gets inaugurated) for the future. Not sure how rapidly high-volume manufacturing could be ramped up.

              Note to self: see about on-line sales of .30-30 cases.

      1. Body count. On the one hand, we are seen as food. The other, well, not clear, but not good. I’m gonna need to see the latest PUFF for 2021, though. Chances are good it’ll destabilize the gold economy, but what the heck. I’m sure the econ guys have hidden worse.

        Probably.

        1. “Food” pretty much covers it for both, generally.

          Unless it’s the old Irish fay, in which case we’re getting Klingons crossed with Romulans.

          1. Old Irish fey are allergic to iron. I’d be willing to bet everyone commenting on this blog post has a variety of edged weapons at their disposal.

      2. The Vampires.

        Vampires need Humanity alive (to feed on) while the Fay likely don’t need Humanity alive. 😈

        Off topic (but applies to my comment), does anybody remember this “After The Bomb With Nucular Winter” story where this Vampire found he had to help keep a community of Humans alive for him to survive? 😉

        1. The webcomic Last Blood featured a group of vampires protecting the last humans from the zombie apocalypse.
          Surprisingly good story.

      3. In the words of Henry Kissinger when asked about the Iran/Iraq war “Can’t they both lose?”. Extinct vs cattle is a darn poor set of choices.

    1. Christopher, Christopher, we don’t look at the bright side. We hide under our desks from the bright side. Didn’t you learn that in school? The bright side will be unspeakably angered if you look at it and will kill you horribly with brightness.

    1. Ohohooohoooo…. YES! and while I suppose it was meant to be insulting, the one with Trump and Bannon on the card is just freakin’ OMG funny.

      [Didja know there are not only sequels, but two whole albums of this stuff??]

  5. There’s no way – at 23:59 December 31, 2020 Reality re-sets to midnight April 1, 2020 and we run the last nine months over again.
    ~

      1. The only reason humans do not consider their world Hell is that that they are cursed with the ability to imagine how it could be even worse. Sometimes they even do those things.

        1. I haven’t ruled out that I died in March without realizing it and I’ve ended up in Hell for various activities performed during a younger and dumber period of my life.

      2. Well, that might explain why ALL the TP vanished so fast the week of March 10th – if there’s an appreciable fraction of the population stuck in a temporal loop, they will try and make sure they don’t run out this time.

        1. There are times when I think, Is this the end times? And then I wince because if so, it will get worse before it gets better.

            1. “But when these signs begin to happen, stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand.”

          1. Once upon a time (mid-1980’s) I had a couple proselytizering fellows come to the door and the older one asked, “Aren’t you concerned about The End of The World?” (nuclear war, implied….) he was rather taken aback at the reply, “No. Your book says things get better after that.” It was *fun* watching the mental gears utterly fail to mesh for a few seconds.

            Hey, even a relatively easygoing monster has to have SOME fun.

      1. February 29, 2020. The movie obfuscated for operational security reasons, and also as a plot device.

    1. Nah, it resets to February 2nd, and the guys on your radio are hollering “It’s Groundhogs Day!”

      Makes it worse, because you KNOW what’s coming

      1. Can I just note how great the Groundhog Day Jeep Superbowl commercial was? For the nostalgia factor, they perfectly reproduced the hotel room set and the street scene, including one of the original actors — but then they also managed to sell the product! Sure I won’t buy a Jeep because of the commercial, but I at least remember that it was a Jeep commercial, which is more than I can say for most of the hyped Superbowl ones.

        1. Likely neither will we. Well, not above the lava.


          Doubt there will be wide spread lava, at least as far as Colorado. Yellowstone, when it goes will be explosive. Lots of Ash. Lots and Lots of Ash. Along the lines of Mt Mazama (Crater Lake) but a lot more ash. St Helens was a baby compared to Mazama, Mazama is an zygote compared to what greater Yellowstone will do.

          OTOH Yellowstone is likely to achieve what one Helens graphic stated … first picture all the volcanos from Shasta in the south to Olympic in the north. Helens in the middle … “Okay Boys. Let’s go. You can do this! A One … Two … and Three … “

        2. 2000 years later, excavating Denver, archeologists discover hollow voids with the bone remains of entombed Denverites; identical to those originally discovered in the ruins of Pompeii. One woman was found still clutching a badly burned copy of the U.S. Constitution in her right hand, and a similarly burned, dog-eared copy of of Darkship Thieves in her left hand. Speculation was it was the remains of the 21st century author, Sarah Hoyt, who accurately forecast the destruction of the first American Republic.

      1. If Yellowstone goes off; I won’t be here.


        Live a bit close? Huh?

        We are out of the blast zone. But will be in the almost immediate ash zone, no matter which way the wind is blowing. But then so will Colorado …

        OTOH already were close to one volcano going off. Good thing she didn’t decide to blow on the Southwest side … Bad enough that our families got panicked calls from friends and extended family regarding OMG we had to have died! Because we were so close. We were on the west side of Longview. We didn’t even see any ash locally until August.

          1. I live in northern Utah. I think the blast would get us.


            Yea. N. Utah and as far south as Denver Colorado might be on the peripheral edges of the blast. Maybe not direct eruption area but within blast zone edges, definitely possible.

            I’m in Eugene, southern Willamette Valley, Oregon. If the blast/concussion zone big enough to hit us … We aren’t in a good place even without a blast zone hit. OTOH everything in the US, including Alaska, Canada, or even Mexico is going to be negatively affected, up the proverbial creek in the canoe with no mode of locomotion, with little chance of recovery … And the rest of the world follows. Only more painfully and slowly.

    1. Pandora. We’re no where *near* the bottom of that box yet, I believe. However, with all the monsters, plagues, madness, and vileness there is still yet hope.

      And humor, of course. May will be the day all the 80s hair bands return as the Ghost in the Machine, and all of kids will have to suffer. Oh, and suffer they shall! No more Mozart, no more Brittany Spears, no more Swedish Death Metal and no more elevator muzak. Keith Richards will slowly start regressing and growing younger. Cher too.

      Life will never be the same… Until next month.

      1. Yes … there is hope. A concept so terrible that all the other evils in the box fled to get away from it.

      2. [hmm, WPDE, No notification this comment occurred . . . {insert grumbles here} le-sigh]
        Oh, Oh! You invoked Hair Bands!!!!
        Dee Snider made his appearance again this year (with a now hairless Joe Satriani):

        from the mind of Arjen the mad hippy genius

      3. two reloads, get reader to open all comments again, and a fail to post so a new tab opened to comment, retell WP that I am me, oh, look other replies to you that did not show up in Reader, either, even after two reloads, and once it finally went through, a notification showed up and to see I have to yet again open another new tab with reader, and et voila (what the hell, it’s WP so viola, as well, and viols, violins, wallawalla…) it tells me you left a reply.
        yeah

      1. To be a doomer and not just someone having a bad day you have to be unable to recognize good news. Or if good news is recognized it is forgotten again a few minutes later.

        Basically a doomer is either someone so beaten down that they are now broken in a deep depression, or an enemy infiltrator.

        The first category is why we don’t shoot on sight.

        1. Wait, I thought Doomers was a great name for us!

          Cuz when the Dems see us coming, they start wailing, “Doom, doom, we’re doomed…”

              1. I attended a wedding where that was used as the wedding march.
                No, I did not attend the divorce later.
                I held my peace, but… I sure did wonder.
                Amazingly, NOT about the matrimonial musical selection.

                1. Em and I got married right after Fellowship of the Ring came out… and the jeweler we got our wedding rings from said he had had over a dozen requests to engrave the Ring-inscription on the bands….

                    1. “tends to short out in the rain” seems to scan amazingly well to MacArthur Park’s “left that cake out in the rain” but I will not be the one to pull up those lyrics to see what else can be done.

                      I don’t think that I can take it
                      ‘Cause it takes so long to play it
                      and I’ll never have those minutes again
                      Oh no.
                      ~

                    1. I can see it as a “it’s pretty” and “ha ha ha, get it, bound in darkness? Hahaha!” thing.

                      It’s also possible that people brought in custom translation in a similar script and the guy assumed it was the One Ring inscription.

                    2. He was lots politer than I would have been; instead of “WTAF” and variants, he just told them Sauron had better engraving skills than he could afford to hire…….

                  1. Wait, they wanted TWO rings with “One Ring to Rule Them All…” engraved in them?

                    The burning eye blinks in confusion.

                    “Okay, look, I think you folks are missing the way this works…”

      2. There’s “We can’t win without opening the Fourth Box” Pill of Doom
        There’s “Most of us will flinch from opening the Fourth Box (and the pathetic few who don’t will be crushed)” Pill of Doom
        And there’s the “We’ll be crushed even if there is a massive opening of the Fourth Box” Pill of Doom.

        At least the massive firearms sales of 2020 (and the decade running up to it) means that we’ll at least have the Fourth Box.

        (“We’re an armed society. That means the old men and young women have guns too.”)

        1. And the old men and young women. And children.

          A friend’s daughters are 7, 11, and 15. They’re sharing a common gun safe, but it’s close to capacity…

    1. One can hope. And if it does go our way, I think we can count on them being so wrapped up in their outrage that the American voters saying “We told you sit down and shut your pie hole” in 2022 will take them by surprise. We won’t. We’ll work our tails off to vote the bastards out, but it’s my prediction.

      1. If this steal succeeds, voting the bastards out will not. Even if we could manage to nominate any candidates better than Romney or Ryan. (Spit)

        1. Oh, granted. I’m saying if we win, and that we’ll have House (and Senate) cleaning to do.

          If we lose against the Steal, then it gets messy. They won’t like it. Neither will we, but THEY sure won’t.

          1. Hmmmm … my 8-Ball is turning, revealing … The Supreme Court will take the case, find for the plaintiff states … but determine that the remedy requested exceeds its authority. Instead it will direct establishment of a panel to determine and establish uniform balloting procedures for all state legislatures to implement … prior to the 2022 elections.
            ~

    2. The most interesting one is the case where Texas sued Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Georgia saying that those states had unconstitutional election processes (because they were not decided by those states’ legislatures) and their results should be thrown out. Article III, Section 2 says “In all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, and those in which a State shall be Party, the supreme Court shall have original Jurisdiction” (emphasis mine). So this one goes directly to the Supreme Court, no waiting around for lower courts to rule before the Supreme Court hears the appeal.

        1. Any court can always refuse a case for various reasons, like saying “Even if we assume all the facts you allege are true, that still doesn’t mean you have a case, because nothing you allege is a violation of any relevant law.” One blogger I read, William Hoge (who calls his blog “Hogewash!”), was sued by Brett Kimberlin and various people allied with Kimberlin over the years. Hoge posted all the court filings (which are public information, though you usually have to pay a fee to get copies) on his blog, so I’ve learned quite a bit about how the U.S. justice system works through reading his blog over the years. Several of the cases were thrown out for exactly that reason: the guy suing Hoge said “He did this, this, and this, and I don’t like it.” And the judge said, “Well, you don’t have to like it, but there’s absolutely no law against what you say he did. So even if every single fact in your lawsuit turns out to be true, you’d still lose the lawsuit because there’s no grounds for you to sue over. So I’m throwing this out right now so we don’t have to waste our time on the fact-finding stage.” (My summary, of course). Or because they say “You don’t have standing to bring this lawsuit” (always a favorite).

          But courts don’t have discretion in whether to hear a case;, as long as the party to the suit actually presents a valid case, they have to hear it. So the only way the Supreme Court could turn this case down is if they manage to argue that Texas somehow doesn’t have standing. If they do turn it down, it will be on the “standing” grounds.

          1. I still hold my doubts as to whether or not A)it will actually be heard and ii) that shenanigans and chicanery will not prevent it.

            That said, should it *acutally* happen… Discovery is going to be a heck of a thing.

            1. The Republican controlled legislatures should simply use the Podesta game plan against the Democrats; vote to secede if the fraudulent election results are upheld.

            2. Or better yet, since there are more Republican controlled states than Democratic Party ones, vote to kick the blue states out of the republic.

              1. Noooooo. Living in one of the Blue States, I still don’t want the Harris/Biden administration! If we have to suffer so does everyone else.

                #StampFeet #Pout #NotFair #Doesn’tHelpbutFeelsGood

          2. Supposedly, eight other states have joined in.

            As for whether or not they’ll hear it, my position is that someone needs to put it to them bluntly:

            “Ladies and gentlemen of the court, you need to realize something: nothing you do here will prevent a civil war 2. That ship has sailed, because we are debating whether or not we shall be free or slave.

            Your only decision is whether you want to be remembered as Civil War 2’s Taney court, who tried to put the cloak of a Dred Scott decision over the rampant fraud that is being used to take freedom away.”

            1. At National Review Online, Andy McCarthy says “There is no way the Supreme Court is going to entertain Texas’s lawsuit. ” but it appears not all states agree:

              17 States Join Texas Election Suit Amid Trump Pledge to Intervene in Case
              Wednesday, 09 December 2020 06:03 PM
              Donald Trump said his campaign would seek to join a bid by Texas to challenge the president’s election defeat at the U.S. Supreme Court. Now, 17 other states have filed in support of the case, which allies call the culmination of Trump’s legal challenges and critics dismiss as a publicity stunt.

              “This is the big one,” Trump tweeted Wednesday morning. Trump must petition the Supreme Court to be allowed to intervene.

              Seventeen other states filed a brief in support of the Texas suit, brought by the state’s scandal-plagued attorney general, Ken Paxton. Texas is seeking to prevent electors from Michigan, Georgia, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania from participating in the Electoral College on Dec. 14.

              The Supreme Court on Tuesday evening gave the states until 3 p.m. Thursday to file responses.

              [SNIP]

              In addition to Missouri, the states joining Texas were: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah and West Virginia. All of the states were represented by Republican officials in the filing. All but three of the states have Republican governors.

              [SNIP]

              © Copyright 2020 Bloomberg News. All rights reserved.
              ~

          3. Ah, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12.b.6: [Reasons to dismiss a case] Failure to state a claim upon which relief can be granted.

            Is it weird to have a favorite rule of civil procedure? Because I love that we have a “Yeah, so, what do you want me to do about it?” rule in our legal system.

            1. Probably every legal system has to have one. Otherwise you have to treat seriously the claim that your neighbor is wearing a brown scarf.

          4. God, it’s been a few years since I was in that mess. (Got named in two of BK’s friend’s suits; the first time his letter requesting the court to drop the suit arrived at the court before the suit itself did, and the second time when one of the other defendants set Mark Randazza’s firm on him, suddenly several of us were dropped with prejudice.)

            My favorite was when BK rested his case and the judge promptly found for the defendants as all BK had proved was that there was no there there.

    3. From your graphic to God’s ear — as they almost but never used to say.

      1. (And just for purposes of clarity, my above comment refers to Ian’s “You Are Here” graphic, not any of Sarah’s Advance Pictorial Guide to 2021 graphics. WP comment threading can be a little, ah, wormhole-esque at times.)

        By the way, is the operator of a jaegerbot… a jaegermeister?

        1. No Jagermeister! Didn’t you see the warning on the lable?
          Circle, cross, deer head?
          “Oh dear G_d, what have I done?”

      2. I didn’t make it; it is one that has been regularly updated on thedonald since multiple sources called the race for Joe Biden.

        (strong safeguards protect our elections, click here to learn more)

    4. That last item should probably include certain state governments insisting that the Federal Executive branch is illegitimate and can be ignored.

    5. “the patriotic thing to do would be to avoid civil war … so why are you destroying America?”

      Remember the conversation between Neo and the Architect in the Matrix: Reloaded movie?

      “There are levels of survival we are prepared to accept.”

  6. I think we are mapping phenomena onto years that isn’t necessarily year based.

    A couple years ago I started thinking about a historical model where people overuse a mind game, it gets discredited until it only has force backing it, then the force obviously fails. This is basically the thing I’ve been speculating about in terms of non-linearity.

    So, I have no forecast, no clever remedies, no sense to make any sort of intelligent comment.

    And can still resist the temptation to try to sell panicked people on a scheme to hang the pot smokers.

    1. I think we are mapping phenomena onto years that isn’t necessarily year based.

      I have the working theory that the 20th Century is best explained as a 2020 stretched out to century length.

  7. “buildings suffer cataclysmic instability as basic structural components turn into cookie dough.”

    When Prog-Socs think they understand STEM.

    1. Like that new pedestrian bridge by that university down in Florida that collapsed onto a busy street.

      Imagine if that happened to the Google complex, and took those self-righteous censoring scumbags down a few notches?

      1. That would more likely be classed as a construction accident. If by “accident” you really meant “Let’s put up a suspension bridge, then before we run the suspension cables, move some of the temporary supports because the politicians don’t want a lane of traffic blocked.”

  8. Nope. Not gonna happen. Too interesting. The crazy of 2020 was dull headache crazy. The Democrats had been headed pretty much straight there for a while. Since 2000 at least. In 2000 they took the most wooden player in the Bill and Shrillary Show and ran him with only the usual amount of fraud, and against a mild Rotarian type, they lost. In 2004, the tried to run a zombie JFK (hey, the initials fit!) and never mind his baggage or his temper, and were shocked, SHOCKED!, that the peasants weren’t buying it. Obama looked like an outsider. He had charisma for people other than the Beltway Elite (although he probably excited them, too), but the Washington Clique learned exactly nothing from his victory and after his two terms they ran anti-charismatic elitist toads with no energy TWICE! That the Panjandrums would try to overcome the public’s reaction to The Right Types by cheating like a man with five aces is so predictable that it’s boring.

    COVID? We’ve been getting ‘superflu’s for years. Each time the Usual Suspects have a cow, waste a lot of money, and act like heroes when it blows over. Did the Democrat Panjandrums use the panic? Probably. Predictably. Did China release it deliberately? I doubt they told their puppets if they did, and with China probably headed for a Warring States phase sooner rather than later, I doubt we’ll get the opportunity to ask.

    Unless we invade, which Gods forbid. Bad if we lost and worse if we won.

    Am I angry about what the Fascist Left has been doing for decades? YES! But 2020 wasn’t interesting. It was tiresome, like a head cold.

  9. I’ve come to suspect that WuFlu is an escapee from a lab and did probably wreak some havoc in China. Poor nutrition, overcrowding, pollution and so forth made it worse there.
    I don’t think they planned a psy op from the beginning, but I find it easy to believe they realized how likely we were to overreact and rode that for all it’s worth.

    1. “Probably”? Even The Washington Post had an article about how China’s reported death rates (as of March) were off by at least a factor of ten, just going by crematorium use.

        1. Keep in mind that almost all ‘news’ out of China is filtered several times; by the Chinese Government (in several ways, the most obvious being what they deign to tell the Media) then by the Legacy Media (both by their predictions towards Communism and their disinclination to get too far away from an open bar). We are only likely to hear about unrest when the filters can’t keep it from us, or when it serves some purpose of the Chinese State.

          Given the way China has been misruled for thousands of years, I frankly expect they ALWAYS have unrest. So if we are hearing about it, they may be losing control. Which is likely to get interesting.

        2. It’s only “unrest” if it’s commies rioting; if it’s ever from the other side, no matter how little stuff is broken or set on fire, it’s only on the range of “riot” to “insurrection”.

  10. Is that a kraken in April? I’m sure there’s a kraken *somewhere*. Hmm. Maybe there was a crack in the space-time continuum and it ate May.

  11. Pretty sure with all the campaigning SOME FOLkS have been doing that Meteor is on deck for noon, Jan 20, 2021. If not, it’s running mate, Yellowstone, is.

    Some folks includes me.

      1. No. Not anything. Because Communism is only a brand for a generic ‘we are your overlords, do as you are told, and we’re gonna micro-mismanage.’. These toads are not UNIQUELY bad. They are tiresomely ordinarily bad. They are no better than the German Fascists, and no worse. The only reason they are worse than the last few Catholic Kings of England (none of whom could keep their word for three freaking days) is that those Kings lacked the ability to mismanage as widely.

        Yes, Communism is always a disaster. But let’s not forget these people are banal. They don’t deserve to be regarded as that much more important.

  12. Turbulent times are ahead of us. Looks like we’re all going to have the chance to rise to the occasion and be heroes.

  13. I would like to remind people of what Zelazny’s last book tells us.

    October this year was special.

    And we know that the Closers won, again.

    There may be significance for the future in this.

  14. Well, I was going to save this one so I could say, gee you were right, but I’m not sure how I will speak out of my animal hybrid mouth.

  15. May– The entire month is swallowed up by an unplanned Calendar Singularity, the likes of which we hadn’t seen since 1753 (c.f.).

    Occasional complaints of “Give us back our five weeks!” are shouted down by sentiments more like “Hey, 9% less 2021, so shut up already.”

    (And I find I really want to read that “The great old ones lead a dark army against the aliens” epic. Not going to write it, still have to finish at least one Anna Reinlisch story, a.k.a. “Cthulhu by the Sea.”)

    1. John Ringo (“Oh, John Ringo, no!”) wrote a novel about Dracula fighting in the war against an alien invasion. Except that apparently you don’t learn that Dracula is involved until the end.

      Haven’t read it myself, so I can’t comment on it.

      1. ‘Out Of The Dark’ by David Weber.

        He announced a couple of years ago that he’s going to write a sequel, ‘Into The Light’. No news since.

        1. Suspect it’s going to be a, “David did the outline, Kennedy did everything else,” sort of book. Interesting either way. I know what I’d like to see.

      2. I really enjoyed it, even though I guessed the game. It was a fun read, not quite as emotionally draining (or tech heavy) as the HH novels.

  16. Okay. You feel better now, right? Because there’s no way that 2021 can be that crazy.
    Right?
    Please, tell me that it can’t.

    Please don’t taunt Murphy. 😮

    1. I was all set for the December entry to say something like “Americans realized that even with all that, 2021 still wasn’t worse than 2020.”


      THEN, 2021 stretched out arms, grabbed hands, cracked a few knuckles, grabbed up it’s beer, as handing it off to 2020, stated “Here. Hold my beer ….”.

      “Living in interesting times” was suppose to be “a space ship in every garage” and “Go up, out & beyond, all you youngsters. There be asteroids, moons, and planets to conquer, and settle.” Not what we got, whatever this is.

  17. Don’t worry, when the moon hatches and releases the planet-devouring Void Locusts, we’ll look back on these days with fondness.

    1. Everyone knows the dragons of legend sleep buried beneath the surface of the moon until the time comes for their Return.

  18. we will start removing any piece of content uploaded today (or anytime after) that misleads people by alleging that widespread fraud or errors changed the outcome of the 2020 U.S. Presidential election

    — Youtube

    It’s Afraid.

    It’s Terrified.

    1. Interesting consequences, if You-shut-up-now-tube really, truly means this and certain near-future events turn out a certain way…

      Coverage of past/future fraud hearings, BANNED.
      Coverage of Supreme Court hearing(s), BANNED.
      Coverage of Electoral College vote w/chosen electors, BANNED.
      Coverage of Trump 2021 inauguration, BANNED.
      Coverage of Federal election-fraud prosecutions, BANNED.
      Coverage of Dominion machine-fraud scandal / trials, BANNED.
      Coverage of 2nd Trump administration, all BANNED.

      (“I don’t understand, why do we still have an ‘Office of the President Elect’ in 2023?!? Is anyone actually in the White House..?”)

      It’s as if they plan to stick their heads in the sand deeper and deeper till they all come out together somewhere in China. Oh, wait, China.

      Perhaps we have a winner, there (DING DING DING).

      1. They’re hoping nobody notices; or, if they notice, they don’t think about it; or if they think about it, they believe YouTube is being responsible and protecting people.

    1. At least they’d be more interesting than… no. Nevermind. I could do with a bit of boredom, really.
      Not *quite* to the point I’m wiling to try to watch baseball or soccer. (How to take the fine art of watching grass grow and remove the interesting parts.)

    2. I’m betting the vampires are real

      Depends on how literal you are. Actual creatures that shun the day and drink blood for sustenance? Nah.

      But if you distill the archetype out of the fantasy, in what way are our elites not vampires?

      1. I recall the story of a place that had a “vampire bat” (which drinks bovine blood). One day their shipment did not arrive and one of the human handlers enticed the *very* reluctant bat to try his blood. Evidently the next day they saw the sorriest looking “vampire bat” ever.

          1. ‘Love At First Bite’ — Dracula gets desperate, transforms into a bat and taps a wino. Next scene, staggering out of his coffin: “What was that maniac drinking?”

            1. Spider Roninson had a character at Callahan’s that turned out to be a vampire. He’d started life in New York by tapping blood banks, and became an alcoholic as a consequence.

            2. I cannot help but wonder what the Fentanyl & Oxycontin epidemics are having on the Vampire-American community..
              ~

            3. Fred Saberhagen’s take was that most drugs give blood an odd taste but don’t really affect vampires. However, the Borgias had a special anti-vampire poison which made the blood donor high and was seriously toxic to any vampire who drank the donor’s blood.

              The process for making the poison was… unpleasant as well.

      2. This gets more interesting when you recognize that “Vampire” roughly equals “Malignant Narcissism”. Then some of the older parts of the vampire myth stick out. Vampires don’t have a reflection, and Narcissists have nothing to their personality besides what they are projecting to their victims. You have to invite a Vampire into your home, same with Narcissists.

      3. “Actual creatures that shun the day and drink blood for sustenance? Nah.”

        I donno… I’ve met some pretty out there Vamp Goths. Shun the day? Check. Drinks blood for sustenance? Frankly, I would be mildly surprised to find out that some of them HAVEN’T tried it.

        1. There is a “vampire” culture that I think is a part of the goth culture. Had a co-worker who was a part of it quite a while back, though I never got any details about it from him.

      4. The Reality of the Lizard People (Eric Raymond)

        That was the moment at which I realized that, barring one unimportant detail, lizard-people theory is actually true.

        The unimportant detail is the part about the lizard people being actual extraterrestrials. But let’s look at the rest of it. The believer says: Our elites behave as though they are heavily infiltrated by beings hostile to the interests of ordinary humans. They hide behind a mask of humanity but they have alien minds. They are predators and exploiters, cunning at hiding their nature – but sometimes the mask slips.

    3. Hasn’t February been a theme in the Dresden books for quite a while now? So I don’t think there’s anything surprising in that, except that maybe more people realize it might be true.

  19. He told us stuff would be happening this week:

    *gulp*

    But my gulp is nothing compared to the pants-shitting that must be happening in RINOville. “Courage” is Kryptonite crossed with The Thing to them.

    1. Sir Humphrey: If you want to be really sure that the Minister doesn’t accept it, you must say the decision is “courageous”.
      Bernard: And that’s worse than “controversial”?
      Sir Humphrey: Oh, yes! “Controversial” only means “this will lose you votes”. “Courageous” means “this will lose you the election”!

        1. I’m sure it’s not what Trump meant, but that is what comes to mind when a politician and “courageous” are in the same sentence. And I think quite a few Republicans agree with Sir Humphrey on the definition of courageous and behave accordingly.

      1. Which brings a Pratchett quote to mind: “Build a man a fire, and he’ll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he’ll be warm for the rest of his life.”

        1. “Give a man a fish, and he’ll eat for a day. Give a man to Cthulhu, and he’ll be eaten for eternity.”

      1. Stay inside, wear a mask, and don’t have any social contact with human beings, in order to avoid catching bubonic ebola pox from the corona mass.

        1. Akshully, greater atmospheric carbon dioxide would mitigate the effects of solar sneezing of Coronavirus.

          Trust The Science TM. Or Else.

      2. Might possibly be a bad idea to be doing spaceflight tests. Possible that the design was robust enough, and this was just a coincidence.

        1. Nobody tell Elon – I want to see SN9 stick its landing before the end of the year (though it’ll most likely be January).

          Today’s hop was spectacular.

  20. Old NFO’s site is currently inaccessible to me.

    Next stage of information war?

    1. Connections have been weird for me the past month, with direct connections stalling or failing, but routed out through a VPN and things work fine.

      I have been pondering the meaning of this with no insights gained.

      1. Routing pissing contests go back to the 20th century, often justified as “spam control measures”, other times for “fairness”, usually coupled with bandwidth use by streamers. And with Zoom etc., now, there’s a ton more of that than there used to be.

  21. I’m watching Victorian Farm, one of those old (2009) UK “realism TV experiments”. This one is better than the Pioneer Farm or Pilgrim Farm or Victorian House ones, because they actually brought on people who know stuff about Victorian farming, householding, and crafts. The trick is that they’re academics, and that they all know some skills but not everything about it.

    It’s a farm on the Acton Scott estate in Shropshire, and the owner is a Victorian farming fan. So they’ve got the stuff they need, but they need to make it work. And first they have to make a cottage livable, because they have them staying on the farm all fall and winter as well as in better weather.

    Also, none of that lunacy about “I’m a vegan, and I’m going to make the rest of you live a subsistence Vegan lifestyle, even though I can’t actually cook or bake.”

    1. Okay… they just did canning/preserving with a jar and (part of) a pig’s bladder. And then they tied it on. I mean, yes, stretchy and watertight, but somehow I never realized that pre-modern canning involved pigs’ bladders instead of cheesecloth or whatever.

      1. I wonder what the supply of pig bladders vs. canning requirements were? My mom used to buy seal lids by the box.

        The original canning system used wine bottles and corks; the narrow mouths were comparatively easy to seal. The inventor got a fat cash prize from Napoleon Bonaparte, who had put the request out for a way to preserve field rations. So, yeah, “canning” is military technology…

          1. I remember my mother used to use parrafin wax poured on the top of the jam to seal it.


            You can do that with Jam/Jelly’s that are made with sugar or honey. But not sugarless or other canning goods. You can just water seal some pickling if you are using vinegar (garlic/vinegar cucumber pickles is what mom made). But most other home canning requires pressure cooker, including meats. I’ve never canned. MIL, both grandmothers, and mom heavily canned. Though generally not meat, once they all had freezers (except in-laws, they smoked then canned salmon they caught from the lower Rogue river … OMG good!)

  22. “Because there’s no way that 2021 can be that crazy.
    Right?
    Please, tell me that it can’t.”

    You realize that you’ve just jinxed us all, right?

  23. OK, 2020 just turned sadder for us. Angie the Border Collie passed over the Rainbow Bridge this afternoon. She injured herself in October, seemed to recover, relapsed, and continued the cycle downward. The latest relapse was too much, so she was letting us know it was time.

    The vet’s Covidiocy regulations are waived in such situations, so I was able to be with Angie as she went. Others already there are Knight, Mary, Isis and Ishtar as well as others from $SPOUSE’s and my childhood.

    Sara the Lab-Retriever/Aussie Shepherd misses her buddy already. Sara is 16, Angie was 13-1/2. It isn’t fair, but it’s life.

    I’ll be able to donate a good amount of dog food and treats to the county animal shelter.

      1. Thanks.

        We’re remembering the good times. We went looking for puppies one Sunday when Sara’s neighbor buddy passed away. The shelter had 4 BC pups, rescued from a [redacted] breeder in Lakeview who was ready to shoot them because he couldn’t sell them. (Too old to train as workers; we think they were kept in an unheated garage during thunderstorm season.) Two girls were in one kennel, and I said the first one out got adopted. Angie started forward, then retreated to the back of the kennel. Her sister started to toddle out, when Angie made a headlong dash, sending her sister ass over teakettle. The kennel worker never saw *that* before. (All four pups got adopted by the end of the day.) Sara had approval rights, and loved her right away.

        Once home, she learned how to jump over the baby gate and rearrange the shoes in the sunroom. Eventually, I had to install a double-high gate to keep her out of the kitchen. That was busted when I saw Angie walking around the house with one of Sara’s toys. The imp managed to climb the two gates and get down safely.

        She was our shepherd. When we took a shower, she’d be waiting outside the door, occasionally sticking a paw or tail under the door to let us know she was on watch. Both girls loved to go after ground squirrels when they were younger. Had to curtail unsupervised running because both of them would check out dead critters (we’re on a wooded property with a lot of wildlife on it). Chewing/eating occasionally forced visits to the vet, once seriously bad for Angie.

        If the mountain lion was around, she’d keep us from leaving the house. Deer running around got her extremely upset, jumping up and off furniture, which seemed to be the event that caused her injury. (We’re also wondering if she was developing a more serious tumor at her shoulder along with the fatty tumors she already had.)

        We thought we’d lose Sara before Angie, but God had other plans. (Perhaps halos need to be rearranged?) Sara’s sleeping nearby, waiting for $SPOUSE to get up. (Sara got up early this morning, and had to wake her up to say “I love you”. Sara and I tend to be early risers, but Sara loves her naps.)

  24. What do you want to bet I’ll still have to work through at least half of that. And freaking October, man. I’m doomed to Halloween candy forever and always.

  25. Is this a Kraken? ‘Cause this looks like it would be a Kraken. A Kraken doing the boogaloo.

    Case for President Trump Invoking Insurrection Act to Restore Election Integrity
    The Insurrection Act of 1807
    Stephen B. Meister
    Commentary

    During the presidency of Thomas Jefferson, the Tenth Congress enacted the Insurrection Act of 1807, which was then signed by Jefferson into law, to foil the plot of Revolutionary War hero Aaron Burr—following the destruction of his political career after he shot and killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel—to raise an army to establish his own dynasty in what was then the Louisiana Territory.

    The Insurrection Act empowers the president of the United States to deploy U.S. military and federalized National Guard troops to suppress civil disorder, insurrection, and rebellion. Section 252 of the Act, states:

    “Whenever the President considers that unlawful obstructions, combinations, or assemblages, or rebellion against the authority of the United States, make it impracticable to enforce the laws of the United States in any State by the ordinary course of judicial proceedings, he may call into Federal service such of the militia of any State, and use such of the armed forces, as he considers necessary to enforce those laws or to suppress the rebellion.”

    Generally, the U.S. military remains free of civil conflicts on U.S. soil, as no one wants U.S. armed forces using physical force against U.S. civilians. Indeed, when President Donald Trump threatened to invoke the Insurrection Act, and send the National Guard in response to the George Floyd riots, including, for example, to address Seattle’s failure to restore law and order over the so-called “autonomous zone,” then-Defense Secretary Mark Esper openly stated his disagreement with the president.

    Ultimately, President Trump did not then invoke the Insurrection Act. But considering the possibility of the Act’s invocation now, to address “unlawful obstructions” to an attempt to verify ballots, and an “insurrection” surrounding the 2020 election generally, two powerful distinctions must at the outset be noted: (1) Esper is no longer Defense Secretary, Trump having fired and replaced him with Christopher Miller, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center, and (2) troops could be deployed to take control over ballots and voting machines in swing states, not to suppress and disperse rioting civilians.

    The president’s invocation of the Insurrection Act is not a declaration of martial law. The Constitution is not suspended. The writ of habeas corpus is not suspended. The president would be using troops to enforce the law, not override it.

    To understand the case for Trump’s potential invocation of the Insurrection Act, we must consider more broadly the 2020 election and surrounding historical circumstances.
    [END EXCERPT]

    There’s a paywall, which suggests the remainder may require an effort. There is a great deal more to this op-ed, as indicated by its subheds:

    Election Integrity Was Shattered by Numerous Badges of Fraud

    Badges of Fraud in the 2020 Election: The ‘Math Is So Compelling’

    Mountains of Proof of Fraud

    Dominion Software

    Election Officials Are Partisan Political Hacks

    Courts Demonstrate Reluctance to Intervene

    Can Biden Run Out the Clock?

    President Trump: Election System Under ‘Coordinated Assault and Siege,’ Left Wants ‘Communism’

    The DOJ and FBI Have Demonstrated a Reluctance to Get Involved

    64 Pennsylvania Lawmakers Send Letter to Congress Asking Congress to Void Biden Electors

    Mainstream Media and Social Media Have Been Corrupt Co-conspirators

    Biden, Empty-Vessel Instrumentality of Insurrection?

    US Polls Show Half US Voters Believe the Election Was Stolen; Foreign Press and Officials Have Openly Recognized Widespread US Voter Fraud

    A Compelling Case That an Insurrection Is Unfolding Before Our Eyes

    What Would Invocation of the Insurrection Act to Restore Election Integrity Look Like?

    Invocation of the Insurrection Act Could Force the Supreme Court’s Hand, and That’s a Good Thing
    ~

    1. Unlike 99.999% of American politicians (shamefully including veterans), Trump understands that he swore an oath to protect this country.

      You don’t get to back down after that.

    2. With the China spy efforts getting exposed, it might be more than the insurrection act. Considering the Donk’s tendency to accuse Trump of what they themselves are doing, one has to remember the penalty for treason.

  26. And now for something completely different:

    I’ve been watching a series of videos on YouTube about Martin Molin building a real-life Animusic machine for his band Wintergatan. It plays a 4-string bass, three drums and an 11-note vibraphone (sort of an enhanced xylophone) by dropping 16mm steel balls on them. It’s completely mechanical, made out of welded steel, 3D printed plastic, and CNC machined high-density plywood. It’s even hand-cranked.

    He calls it Marble Machine X or MMX. It’s a redesign of his first machine, which bent and broke several parts during its first full-scale test and Martin deemed it not worth fixing.

    I’m currently on video #35 out of almost 150. It can be found by searching for ‘Wintergatan marble machine’.

    The world is not going completely to hell when people are still doing cool stuff like this!

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