2022·01·15 Joe Biden Didn’t Win Daily Thread

Yo, Brian Stelter!

When I was a kid, I got nicknamed “Bald Eagle” because I actually was getting notably thin “up there.” Of course today “Bald Eagle” might be a cool nickname, but in junior high school, it definitely was not a cool thing.

Fast forward to today, and now here I am over twenty years older than you are, and even in spite of that poor start, I have better hair than you do.

And I am not a piss-guzzling, shit-gobbling communist “journalist” (what a sick joke) either.

On both accounts you must absolutely hate looking into the mirror.

And Oh By The Way probably more people read my posts than watch you bloviate on air. And yes, I know your ratings dropped again. One would think there’s be a limit to that…you can’t drop below zero, can you?

RINOs an Endangered Species?
If Only!

According to Wikipoo, et. al., the Northern White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum cottoni) is a critically endangered species. Apparently two females live on a wildlife preserve in Sudan, and no males are known to be alive. So basically, this species is dead as soon as the females die of old age. Presently they are watched over by armed guards 24/7.

Biologists have been trying to cross them with the other subspecies, Southern White Rhinoceroses (Rhinoceri?) without success; and some genetic analyses suggest that perhaps they aren’t two subspecies at all, but two distinct species, which would make the whole project a lot more difficult.

I should hope if the American RINO (Parasitus rectum pseudoconservativum) is ever this endangered, there will be heroic efforts not to save the species, but rather to push the remainder off a cliff. Onto punji sticks. With feces smeared on them. Failing that a good bath in red fuming nitric acid will do.

But I’m not done ranting about RINOs.

The RINOs (if they are capable of any introspection whatsoever) probably wonder why they constantly have to deal with “populist” eruptions like the Trump-led MAGA movement. That would be because the so-called populists stand for absolutely nothing except for going along to get along. That allows the Left to drive the culture and politics.

Given the results of Tuesday’s elections, the Left will now push harder, and the RINOs will now turn even squishier than they were before.

I well remember 1989-1990 in my state when the RINO establishment started preaching the message that a conservative simply couldn’t win in Colorado. Never mind the fact that Reagan had won the state TWICE (in 1984 bringing in a veto-proof state house and senate with him) and GHWB had won after (falsely!) assuring everyone that a vote for him was a vote for Reagan’s third term.

This is how the RINOs function. They push, push, push the line that only a “moderate” can get elected. Stomp them when they pull that shit. Tell everyone in ear shot that that’s exactly what the Left wants you to think, and oh-by-the-way-Mister-RINO if you’re in this party selling the same message as the Left…well, whythefuckexactly are you in this party, you piece of rancid weasel shit?

Justice Must Be Done.

The prior election must be acknowledged as fraudulent, and steps must be taken to prosecute the fraudsters and restore integrity to the system. (This doesn’t necessarily include deposing Joe and Hoe and putting Trump where he belongs, but it would certainly be a lot easier to fix our broken electoral system with the right people in charge.)

Nothing else matters at this point. Talking about trying again in 2022 or 2024 is pointless otherwise. Which is not to say one must never talk about this, but rather that one must account for this in ones planning; if fixing the fraud in the system is not part of the plan, you have no plan.

This will necessarily be piecemeal, state by state, which is why I am encouraged by those states working to change their laws to alleviate the fraud both via computer and via bogus voters. If enough states do that we might end up with a working majority in Congress and that would be something Trump never really had.

Lawyer Appeasement Section

OK now for the fine print.

This is the WQTH Daily Thread. You know the drill. There’s no Poltical correctness, but civility is a requirement. There are Important Guidelines,  here, with an addendum on 20191110.

We have a new board – called The U Tree – where people can take each other to the woodshed without fear of censorship or moderation.

And remember Wheatie’s Rules:

1. No food fights
2. No running with scissors.
3. If you bring snacks, bring enough for everyone.
4. Zeroth rule of gun safety: Don’t let the government get your guns.
5. Rule one of gun safety: The gun is always loaded.
5a. If you actually want the gun to be loaded, like because you’re checking out a bump in the night, then it’s empty.
6. Rule two of gun safety: Never point the gun at anything you’re not willing to destroy.
7. Rule three: Keep your finger off the trigger until ready to fire.
8. Rule the fourth: Be sure of your target and what is behind it.

(Hmm a few extras seem to have crept in.)

While We Wait…and Wait…and Wait, for The Storm

Well, I probably should change out Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony.

Here’s the first movement of Mozart’s 40th Symphony, played by an orchestra in Georgia.

…no, the other Georgia, the one whose capital is Tbilisi. (And yes there is no vowel between the T and the b, and they pronounce it with no “uh” in between. It’s actually not hard. The same language sometimes strings six or seven consonants in a row.)

Mozart didn’t number his symphonies, and for the first part of his life he did not keep track of everything he composed. Later on, he did. But it seems like every few years or so someone opens a drawer in a piece of antique furniture and–lo and behold!–there is an early Mozart symphony in there, one previously unknown. Some are fakes, of course.

When someone first undertook to number Mozart’s symphonies sequentially, there were 41 known; and the later ones’ dates were known because Mozart had started keeping track. So this is his second to last symphony.

As early ones were found in someone’s antique desk, they got numbered 42, 43, and so forth out of order, and so now you will see references to symphony #55. [Also, #2, #3, and #37 aren’t actually his, but were attributed by mistake.] But do not be fooled, his last three symphonies were numbers 39, 40 and 41–there’s a document trail. He wrote them all fairly close together in 1788, in fact he went straight from writing #40 to writing #41 without some other intervening work. He probably never heard them performed.

They’re all well worth listening to. His style was getting more expressive and dramatic. In his earlier life a symphony had to follow rules and not be too outrageous. And the 40th had plenty of stuff in it that was outrageous–by the standards of the 1780s, anyway. The effect at the time was of dropping an Iron Maiden track into the playlist of an “easy listening” station. (Just having it be in a minor key was “out there.”)

Beethoven, of course, continued the trend. That storm movement from last week? It would never have been tolerated in the 1780s.

Mozart died in 1791, about six decades too early; he wasn’t even forty yet. Beethoven’s 5th and 6th symphonies came along in 1808. The two never met. Beethoven was planning to study under Mozart in 1790, but something or other (I don’t remember what) caused that to fall awry, and the next year…it was too late.

If Mozart had lived, would he have been right beside Beethoven, breaking all the rules but doing so with genius? This last trio of Mozart’s are an argument in favor. Mozart was clearly chafing a bit under the conventions of his day.

For comparison here’s a randomly-chosen early symphony, #14…the entire thing is barely 20 minutes long and that’s long for its time. In 1771, when this was written, a symphony wasn’t a major work. I like his symphonies as a class, but people used to Beethoven might find a lot of his early ones to be very…hum drum.

Spot Prices

Last week:

Gold $1798.00
Silver $22.45
Platinum $969.00
Palladium $2025.00
Rhodium $18,500.00

This week, 3 PM MT on Friday, markets closed for the weekend

Gold $1,819.10
Silver $23.06
Platinum $979.00
Palladium $1,875.00
Rhodium $17,400.00

At the end of the week: Things are up, net, for this week in gold/silver/platinum land, however everything went down today from higher levels..

How To Find Extrasolar Planets

There are basically three methods used to find extrasolar planets, though there are a couple of oddball exceptions to that.

But I have to get a couple of preliminaries out of the way, first.

With respect to this particular topic, I’m going to be throwing around “astronomical units.” An astronomical unit was originally defined to be the average distance between Earth and the Sun; it’s a holdover from the days when we had no idea what that distance actually was, but could readily determine the distances between everything in the solar system, in terms of that distance. So we could say that Jupiter was 5.2 AU from the Sun, and that was useful information, even if we didn’t know how much an AU was. Of course now we have very accurate measurements, accurate enough that we finally decided in 2012 to define the AU in meters (which technically decouples it from the Earth-Sun distance–if we end up refining that measurement at some future, our defined AU could be not quite the distance from Earth to the Sun).

In any case, an AU is: 149,597,870,700 m or roughly 150 million kilometers (a somewhat round number) or 93 million miles. And having said that, I probably won’t talk about kilometers or miles ever again in this article, unless it’s a totally different context (like the size of a planet).

Because the scientists themselves invariably use AUs as their yardstick when working inside a planetary system.

The light year–the distance light travels in a year–is a much longer distance:  9,460,730,472,580,800 or roughly 10 trillion kilometers/6 trillion miles. In this particular case, this is a unit they use mostly for talking to us rubes..they generally prefer the parsec (~3.26 light years). Either unit is suitable for talking about distances to other stars; the nearest stars being a bit over four light years away.

Comparing the two units a light year is about 63,240 AU.

Which right there be a big hint. If an AU is a good unit to measure planetary systems with, and it’s about 1/60,000th the size of a good unit to measure the distances between stars (and hence their planetary systems, if they have them)–proportionally speaking the distance between planetary systems is HUGE in comparison to the sizes of the systems themselves. And it’s true: If the Earth’s orbit (which has a diameter of 2 AU) were the size of a ping pong ball (2 AU = 40mm) the nearest star would be over five kilometers away. Even figuring the solar system (including Kuiper Belt objects) at 100 AUs in diameter, that’s still a LOT of space between planetary systems.

OK, leaving distances behind us for now, masses have a similar phenomenon. Astronomers never talk in kilograms or pounds. Instead, they talk in earth masses, Jupiter masses, or when dealing with stars, solar masses. Because if they didn’t they’d be throwing around numbers like 1.9 x 1027 kg (the mass of Jupiter). Literally astronomical numbers. And they’re a pain.

That’s three different units, so let me inter-relate them. Jupiter has 317.8 times the mass of Earth. The sun has 1047 times the mass of Jupiter. So the Sun has 332,950 earth masses in it. Those are fairly big leaps, one to the next, which is why astronomers will tend to use whatever unit makes the most sense at the moment.

Finally, there’s the matter of angular distance. The moon (and sun), as seen from the earth, cover circles half a degree across. In other words, if you could somehow stretch a string from the right edge of the moon, down to you, then another string to the left edge, then take out a protractor and measure the angle between the strings…it would be about half a degree. A degree is subdivided into 60 minutes of arc, so the angle is also expressable as 30 arc seconds. A minute of arc is about the width of a quarter seen at a hundred yards.

A minute of arc can in turn be subdivided into 60 arc seconds, and now you’re getting very narrow. Arc seconds start pushing close to how fine a telescope can resolve things. But astronomers do talk about milliarcseconds (thousandths of an arc second). They tend to use these units a lot, too. (It’s something that can be directly measured, right off a photograph of the night sky for instance. To get actual distances between two objects that are, say, 24.7 arc seconds apart, we need to know how far away the objects are)

OK, on to the detection methods. I said that most extrasolar planets have been found with one of three methods. I’m also going to list a fourth method that seems like it ought to work…but never did work out very well.

Direct Imaging

The blindingly obvious one, of course, is to simply point a telescope at some star and look. Are there planets near it?

I said “blindingly” for a reason, though.

Astronomers can figure out what it’d be like to try to see Earth this way, from some other star. Even from a relatively close distance like 25 light years, it’s damned near impossible.

The earth shines solely by reflected sunlight. And it’s small enough, and far enough away from the Sun, that it only intercepts a billionth of the light the sun cranks out, continuously. So even if it reflected all of the light that hit it, it couldn’t possibly be more than a billionth as bright as the Sun.

At that distance, an AU (our distance from the Sun remember) is much less than a second of arc in the sky. So we need to spot something a billionth as bright as the sun, basically right next to the sun, even as seen in our sharpest telescopes.

This has been compared to trying to spot a firefly, flying next to a Las Vegas searchlight…all the way from New York.

But if you think about it…a large planet–at least the size of Jupiter–further away from a star might be doable, if you can somehow mask the star itself so its light doesn’t blind the telescope.

Wobbles

It’s a bit of a simplification to refer to a planet orbiting a star. Or for that matter, a moon orbiting a planet…or anything else in such a context.

Whatever the two things are, they actually both orbit about their center of gravity–also called the barycenter. If a moon has 1/81th the mass of the planet it orbits, the center of gravity is a point 1/82nd of the distance from the planet to the moon. That might actually be inside the planet, but it’s not at the center of the planet. (And that’s the number for the Earth/Moon system.)

Here’s an example, with the barycenter inside the larger body.

In principle, we should be able to detect a dark body (like a planet) orbiting a star–if we can see the star wobble.

The wobble would be extremely small. Obviously the closer the star the better. But there’s a complicating factor: The stars aren’t stationary. They do move around up there, they just do it slowly enough we don’t notice. However some constellations have noticeably changed shape since the Greeks first mapped them; this is especially the case when one of the bright stars in the constellation is bright because it’s close to us. Obviously, it will appear to move faster across our sky the closer it is, given an actual speed (in kilometers/second).

This is called proper motion and it’s measured in terms of the arc across the sky. And really it’s only one component of a star’s motion–its the component of the motion that’s perpendicular to our line of sight. Movement toward or away from us doesn’t show at all, and it’s called radial motion.

The star that is moving across our sky the fastest is one that’s not visible to the unaided eye; it’s called Barnard’s star (or Barnard’s Arrow), and it’s moving at .802 arc seconds per year. That doesn’t sound like much, but it’s a huge proper motion.

So this method should work on nearby stars, but they will be the stars with the highest proper motion. So we would need to plot the position of the star over a couple of years, and see if, instead of traveling in a straight line, it’s drawing curclicues in the sky, like someone writing “eeeeeeeee” in cursive. If so, we can figure out how long it takes for the invisible planet to orbit the visible star–the time it takes to draw one of those cursive “e”s. You can even tell the eccentricity (how narrowly elliptical it is, versus being nearly circular) of the orbit from the exact shape of the “eeeeee.”

If there is an identical star-and-planet pair twice as far away, the “eeeee” drawn on the celestial sphere will be half as big. This method is very sensitive to the star’s distance.

Besides requiring a relatively close star, this method would work best for a planetary system whose orbits are face-on to us. If they’re tipped in some oblique plane relative, then less of the planetary motion (and balancing motion of the star) is perpendicular to us, so there will be, apparently, less wobble to detect. And we might not be able to assess that. A face-on small planet could have the same apparent effect as a much more massive planet, in an orbit that’s nearly edge-on.

This method was tried a lot in the mid 20th century and perhaps earlier, and failed–there were some claims of finding planets around nearby stars with it, but none of them are accepted today.

Transits

Conceptually, this one is very, very simple. Here’s a photograph I took about ten years ago, that will serve as an illustration of how this one could work:

June 6, 2012 transit of Venus. The prominent dark spot is Venus. Other fainter dark spots are sunspots.

That is our Sun, photographed through a filter like those given out for viewing eclipses. There’s a dark spot; that’s the planet Venus, which does cross directly in front of the Sun as seen from Earth twice every hundred years or so. The next such occurrence will be in 2117.

Imagine watching an event like this from several light years away. What would you see?

You wouldn’t see the Sun’s disc, not from that far away, and you certainly wouldn’t see the dark dot of the planet crossing in front of it. But what you would see, if you had an accurate enough light meter, is a slight drop in the brightness of the star as the planet crossed in front of it.

And the amount of the drop will indicate how big the planet is in relation to the star. This is the only one of these methods that will show us the size of the planet.

If we wait around for the next transit, we know the period of the planet, i.e., the length of its year. (Of course, if there are two or even more planets transiting from time to time, we need to watch for a longer time until we can see the overlapping patterns and sort them out.)

You could even tell if the planet had an atmosphere, based on how the light brightness drops as the planet begins to cross in front of the star. A fairly sharp transition indicates no atmosphere, a slight dimming at the very beginning indicates the planet has an atmosphere that reduced the star’s brightness ever so slightly before the actual opaque body of the planet got into the act.

With a spectroscopic analysis (the whole running-the-light-through-a-prism-and-looking-for-absorption-lines thing) you might even get some notion of what’s in the atmosphere.

Also, you can wait for the planet to pass behind the star and see what changes. It would be a very tiny dimming–after all the planet will be a billionth as bright as the star–but you could look at the difference in the light, not just how bright it is, but spectroscopically–and learn something about the temperature and composition of the planet.

So long as the star is close enough that we can see it easily (in a telescope of course), it doesn’t matter how far away it is. (Of course if the star is so far away we can barely detect it at all to begin with, then we won’t be able to measure the tiny drop in brightness involved.)

So this is a very versatile method, but it has one really big disadvantage: It won’t work unless the planetary orbital plane is edge on to us. And almost all of them shouldn’t be–they’ll be at some random tilt. So there could be fifteen planets orbiting some star but if their orbits are in any configuration other than edge-on, we’d never have even a hint of them. Also, to truly work well, this method must be done from a space telescope–the Earth’s atmosphere introduces too much noise (the highly technical term for the noise is “twinkling”) that would overwhelm the very slight difference in brightness we are looking for.

Doppler Shift

Method number 4 brings our old friend the Doppler shift to the table. Please note, this is a “real” Doppler shift, due to approach/recession speed of the star, not the cosmological red shift due to the stretching of space. So we’re about to use Smokey’s means of measuring your speed, on the star.

Here’s a video explaining why Doppler shift happens (in case you need a review):

One objection you might have, is that if a star emits a continuous spectrum, how can you tell it red-shifts as it moves away from us? Sure, the light that would be reddish-orange looks a little bit redder. but there’s other, slightly more orange light that gets redshifted to replace the original reddish-orange light.

This is a very good objection, but it’s based on a premise that’s not quite true; stars don’t emit a perfectly continuous spectrum. Their atmospheres absorb certain very specific wavelengths, leaving gaps in the spectra, and we can measure where those gaps are.

The gaps should be at certain exact frequencies. But if the star is heading towards or away from us, those gaps shift. We’re actually measuring the red (or blue) shift from the gaps. So if we measure where the gaps are and they’re not quite where we’d measure them in the lab, we know the entire spectrum has shifted either towards blue or red.

Most of what we know about stars comes from studying their spectra–and we know quite a lot about them. If you’re a professional astronomer, this is a big part of your life.

Returning to exoplanets: This is really another way to detect a planet by noticing the star’s wobble, except that this time, we’re using the Doppler shift to measure the wobble. We can watch the star’s radial (toward or away from us) speed over a period of time, and note any sort of periodic variation. For example some star might be moving towards us at 12.5 kilometers per second. But if we measure it repeatedly over time, and one year it’s moving at 12.510 kilometers per second, but six years later, it’s moving at 12.490 kilometers per second, but then six years later, it’s back to 12.510 kilometers/second…well then we can infer that there’s a 0.01 kilometer/second or 10 meter/second wobble…that takes twelve years to cycle.

This is precisely how Jupiter would affect our Sun, by the way: a ten meter per second “signal” over a space of about 12 years.

We can measure Doppler shifts to within about a meter per second, so we could detect Jupiter by this means. But we have to watch for a long enough time that the planet completes a couple of orbits, otherwise we don’t know what part of the Doppler shift is from the simple straight-line motion of the star, and what part is induced “wobble” from the planet(s) orbiting the star. And if there are multiple planets, the signal is more complicated.

The earth, unfortunately, only induces a ten centimeter (or so) per second wobble in the Sun…which means we couldn’t detect it by this method.

The good news is this is another method that can work on distant stars. As long as we can take a spectrograph of it, we can use this method…if we have the patience to wait for a planetary orbit or two.

Once we know the size and period of the wobble, we can figure out how massive the planet is…well, sort of. Allow me to explain.

The detected red-and-blue shifts will be greatest if the planetary orbit is edge on to us. That way (ignoring for the moment the actual overall radial motion of the star) the planet will be travelling directly towards us on one side of its orbit (and the star will be receding–red shift), and directly away from us on the other side (and the star will be approaching–blue shift). But if the orbit is tilted at a 60 degree angle to us, instead of 0 degrees, the signal will be half as strong. The same planet, at the same distance from the star, will produce only half as much of a blue/red shift in its star.

This method won’t tell us that inclination, so when we get a signal and use it to determine the planet’s mass, it’s a minimum value. The planet could be twice as massive as we measured–but in an orbit with a 60 degree tilt, rather than edge on. It’s called the “sin I” error because the error depends directly on the sine of the inclination angle, I.

The First Extrasolar Planet Detection

So which of these methods was used in 1992 when the first extrasolar planets were detected?

Well, none of the above, actually.

That first extrasolar detection came completely out of left field, from a place no one would have dreamed to go looking. This is a classic example of serendipity: some scientists saw something odd they couldn’t explain…and when they followed up on it, they got a nice little surprise.

On February 9, 1990, Polish astronomer Aleksander Wolszczan used the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico and discovered a new pulsar, which eventually became designated “PSR B1257+12” (meaning it was at 12 hours, 57 minutes right ascension, declination +12). The pulse length is 6.22 milliseconds (9650 RPM). And the pulsar is 2600 light years away, meaning that the signal we get from it today left the pulsar almost a century before Leonidas was born.

A pulsar is a neutron star (and a neutron star is the corpse of a dead star, the supernova “leftover” of a star that wasn’t quite massive enough to form a black hole) spinning about an axis and sweeping us with at least one of the two beams of energy focused by its extremely intense magnetic field, in exactly the same way a light house beam sweeps past. Only much, much faster.

Over time, as the pulsar radiates energy away, it will spin slower an slower, but in the short term it’s an extremely regular signal.

Except that this particular pulsar’s signal wasn’t quite so regular; it seemed to shift a bit in period over time. Why would this be?

It turns out, this pulsar is orbited by planets. The shift in interval between pulses is due to a bit of red shift/blue shift like wobble; as the pulsar moves towards us, its pulses seem to be spaced more closely, as it moes away, they are spaced further apart. Even though the phenomenon is similar, this isn’t quite a normal Doppler shift, because it’s the interval between pulses, rather than the frequency of steadily-emitted light, that is affected.

This was quite a surprise. The usual assumption is that any planets orbiting near a star that goes supernova will be destroyed. And I don’t mean “destroyed” as in “all life on the planet will be killed,” I mean “destroyed” as in “the entire ball of rock will be gone.” But perhaps something different happened here.

Astronomers are pretty sure the planets (there are at least three of them) are not original but formed after the neutron star was created. In this particular case, it is believed by many that this particular pulsar is the result of the merger of two white dwarfs, not of a supernova.

Wolszczan discovered two of the planets himself in 1992, a third planet was discovered in 1994.

These planets, and the pulsar itself actually got named, and in all cases the names suggest death and graveyards, appropriate since the pulsar itself is the corpse of a star. Or two, if the merger theory is correct.

The pulsar itself is now named Lich, after a sort of mythical undead creature, similar to a zombie.

Poltergeist and Phobetor (“Frightenter”) were the first two planets discovered. They weigh in at 4.3 and 3.9 Earth masses, respectively, at distances of 0.36 and 0.46 AU. Draugr (named for an undead creature from Norse mythology) is the third planet discovered, but it’s closer to Lich at 0.19 AU. Its mass is a mere 0.02 Earth masses, making it by far the lightest extrasolar planet discovered to date. These were originally labeled B, C, and A respectively (in order of distance from Lich), before the current convention was established; now Draugr is labeled ‘b” and Poltergeist and Phobetor ‘c’ and ‘d.’

There are some hints of an asteroid belt in this system, or possibly a Kuiper belt.

Now this is a very bizarre system, totally unexpected. The discovery hit us out of left field, and for three years the only planets known other than the ones orbiting our own sun…were orbiting a neutron star. Did I mention this is bizarre?

I personally cannot imagine a more grim, inhospitable place to visit, and apparently neither could the people who named the pulsar and its planets. Awash in the flickering beam of instantly-lethal radiation (the sort that vaporizes your eyeballs and melts your body) from the corpse of a star, this is merely a Hell where the fire is particle beams instead of burning sulfur. And it is a cold Hell, too; even Draugr, the closest, is expected to have a surface temperature of -7 C.

You wouldn’t suffer for more than a second or two.

More “normal” extrasolar planets would have to wait until 1995…but even with them, there were some real surprises.

Obligatory PSAs and Reminders

China is Lower than Whale Shit

To conclude: My standard Public Service Announcement. We don’t want to forget this!!!

Remember Hong Kong!!!

If anyone ends up in the cell right next to him, tell him I said “hi.”

中国是个混蛋 !!!
Zhōngguò shì gè hùndàn !!!
China is asshoe !!!

China is in the White House

Since Wednesday, January 20 at Noon EST, the bought-and-paid for Joseph Biden has been in the White House. It’s as good as having China in the Oval Office.

Joe Biden is Asshoe

China is in the White House, because Joe Biden is in the White House, and Joe Biden is identically equal to China. China is Asshoe. Therefore, Joe Biden is Asshoe.

But of course the much more important thing to realize:

Joe Biden Didn’t Win

乔*拜登没赢 !!!
Qiáo Bài dēng méi yíng !!!
Joe Biden didn’t win !!!

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Deplorable Patriot

ForGodandCountry

And THIS is why the left is so desperate and panicked.

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Deplorable Patriot

ForGodandCountry

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ForGodandCountry

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Project Veritas, among so many others, says hi!

So do all the lawsuits, some of which just resulted in the SCOTUS declaring the OSHA vax mandate illegal, which in turn resulted in GE announcing it was dropping it’s mandate.

Ho hum. Just a few pulled from dozens of examples.

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ForGodandCountry

Not yet.

But Boeing and GE dropping theirs is undoubtedly putting enormous pressure on the suits at the majors…as are all of the continuing lawsuits.

ForGodandCountry

They did us a favor there.

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Charlie

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He’s seriously wearing a morning coat and ascot. Love it.

Aubergine

It’s Virginia. People there actually DO stuff like that.

holly

Gail Combs

OOOoooo

This one is fun. Dr Malone has worked with DOD. He has looked at the Project Veritas papers and thinks they are DOD JAG. He talked to a contact in the DOD Jag and they are looking for the leaker.

THEN he drops the bomb! He thinks there is a bit of a scramble going on and Fauci is the fall guy. Seems after the Antrax letters Fauci grabbed a bunch of DARPA’s funding. Also remember the CDC shut down the Fort Detrick labs right after Covid hit.

Looks like the infighting has started.
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DOD Is Throwing Fauci Under The Bus 2:22 minutes

https://rumble.com/vsijm1-dod-is-throwing-fauci-under-the-bus.html

Deplorable Patriot

I think there’s mass panic in the background, and Fauci being the public face is going to be the first of many. They want to make him the fall guy, but the narrative is reducing to ashes at this point, and there will be others exposed.

ForGodandCountry

Fascinating how the PV papers from DARPA were “leaked” and became public at such a strategic point in time….

…just after Biden said “there is no federal solution to COVID” and right before SCOTUS struck down the OSHA mandate.

But I’m SURE this is all merely coinkydink….after all, “no one is doing anything”.

😉

Wolf Moon | Threat to Demonocracy

Be careful not to strawman your opposition. I don’t think anybody here is saying that nobody is doing anything. More like “Certain people appear to be doing nothing.” Big difference. The latter is actually a truth both sides agree on, but explain differently.

I still think it behooves us to ACTUALLY ask who is doing what – or not doing what. Just like Malone is doing.

IMO this has all the appearance of a faction fight in Washington. People in Washington are reacting to a lot of signal and noise inside the Beltway.

SCOTUS votes are not changing in a vacuum. They seem to react to some kind of background reality – most likely political. The idea that those votes are changing due to “the Plan” strikes me as debilitating hopium. They are the politicized output of a broken SCOTUS, IMO.

But the idea that somebody in .mil smartly leaked the proof that Fauci and CDC, who have SCREWED .mil science multiple times, are liars and criminals – well, that makes all kinds of sense.

The question then – was it part of a plan, and if so, whose plan?

I have a guess.

ForGodandCountry

You say….

I don’t think anybody here is saying that nobody is doing anything.

….when we a subjected to this (which, imho, is the EQUAL to saying “no one is doing anything”)….

To ask ‘how” is to prompt the exact thought which is so desperately being denied. (my emphasis)

So long as empty declarations that something ‘must stop’ are invoked, everyone can continue to go about the business of disposing themselves to suffer, while evils are sufferable, [rather] than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.

But to ask the question “how” [can it be stopped]?

That is the first step on a path, the beginning of the end of tyranny.

The opposition in question wants us to believe no one here or on “our side” has been asking “how”, nor proffering solutions, both of which is pure rubbish.

Not a strawman. That is a verbatim quote.

Now, the poster in question may well not agree with the suggestions as to how, and he may not agree that what we see happening is actually happening, but to state that no one is asking “how” is not only blatantly false but a dead giveaway to whatever his agenda is.

No one has been asking “how do we stop this”??

😂

In addition to this, we are subjected to comments and statements that call our military cowards and traitors for not committing open mutiny, among other things.

Look….I’m all for asking honest, genuine questions….but stating that no one has been asking “how do we stop this” is a straight up lie.

Worse, it’s outright gaslighting this space.

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barkerjim

How do we stop attacking each other, no matter how gently?

Aubergine

It is a strawman, but you won’t get an admission of it.

There are a few who just can NOT hear any suggestion that the military in not on our side.

Because that is the heart, in my opinion, of every one of Scott’s provocative posts. That the military “may be,” and “appears to be,” lost to us.

I see it, too. But I also allow for the idea that we don’t see every possible thing that could be happening, either.

ForGodandCountry

When someone says “the military”, I think of the rank and file…the enlisted….who comprise 80%+ of the military.

If someone wants to make a distinction and say “senior military leadership may be lost”, I can see that.

But to say the rank and file are cowards and traitors because they refuse to commit mutiny is rubbish.

After all, they are citizens too. They can see that there are many Constitutionally supported means and methods for turning the current state of affairs around WITHOUT resorting to violence and force of arms.

And to suggest they cannot see that, either directly or indirectly, is just as gross of an insult to them as calling them traitors and cowards for not taking any action(s) that would satisfy a certain viewpoint.

Wolf Moon | Threat to Demonocracy

The rank and file would have been grossly misled if the January Sixth plot had succeeded. It almost worked.

ForGodandCountry

Yes, but now that it has failed, are they not even more enlightened, as we are?

Wolf Moon | Threat to Demonocracy

YUP. And that is why delay is critical.

There are SO many lessons in the American Revolution. TIMING is one of them. Neither to put up with things forever, nor to act too hastily.

ForGodandCountry

As we have noted many times in the past, and most, if not all, agree….

Time is on OUR side, not the enemy’s.

THEY must act in haste, not us.

And their haste will be their undoing.

Deplorable Patriot

The higher up the food chain in the military, the more political you have to be. I suspect the claims that there are two groups at the top – one patriots, one mercenaries – is close to reality.

Wolf Moon | Threat to Demonocracy

Exactly.

ForGodandCountry

This is almost certainly true.

Wolf Moon | Threat to Demonocracy

Exactly.

IMO FG&C is right that things have to be peaceable until the spirit of Gandhi himself cries out and picks up a gun.

IMO Scott is right that we cannot delude ourselves about how long and strong the military as a whole will support the communists.

There may be a point where WE are peaceful and THEY turn their guns on us.

They ALMOST did it on January 6th. This is a TRUTH that few want to admit.

The Military Industrial Complex wanted us DEAD. They wanted US to be their new moneymaking target.

And that complex includes a LOT of people in the Pentagon. People had better accept that stomach-turning truth.

ForGodandCountry

Then let them fire the first and obvious shot.

That they have not speak to this truth…

There are 80M+ of us…..most armed to the teeth by worldly standards.

They know who would win.

Wolf Moon | Threat to Demonocracy

Our eyes must have the clarity that only God can give them, to see through all plots, tricks, and false flags, because that is now what they rely on.

ForGodandCountry

And yet, even so, we see them more clearly now than ever before.

The curtain has been pulled back. We are now wise to their “sources and methods”.

And time is on our side, not theirs.

TheseTruths

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singingsoul1

Fauci will talk if they throw him under the bus. He might have an accident. He can take a lot of people down.

kalbokalbs

Global Reset Managers AND US Deep State will NOT allow FauXi to talk.

singingsoul1

True 🙂

Gail Combs

Depends on whether a branch of the military can grab him first.

Cuppa Covfefe

Here’s hoping the bus backs up and goes over again a few times… floomp-floomp, floomp-floomp, floomp-floomp, floomp-floomp… 😀

Gail Combs

I was thinking more of a tank than a bus…. SQUISH…

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Cuppa Covfefe

Tanks for the memories misery…

Deplorable Patriot

Let the games begin.

ForGodandCountry

How about charging the Soros DAs with “aiding and abetting”?

Cuppa Covfefe

And taking Sauros down for treason and/or sedition…

He should have never made it past the Nuremburg trials…

ForGodandCountry

“Sauros”

lol

👍

Wolf Moon | Threat to Demonocracy

A shark only 91 million years old – puts him squarely in the Cretaceous!

https://www.hngn.com/articles/232035/20200925/91-million-years-ago-older-shark-existed-huge-related-great.htm

Wolf Moon | Threat to Demonocracy

AMEN!!!

Gail Combs

OOOOooh,
I really like that idea FG&C.

RF121

ForGodandCountry

His name is Cringeshaw.

Cuppa Covfefe

Or Pshaw…

Aubergine

It’s a new movie:

“Three Beta-Males and a Baby.”

para59r

18-49 Non Covid Deaths up 40%? Shocking if true.

https://gellerreport.com/2022/01/states-investigating-steep-surge-in-mortality-rate-among-18-49-year-olds-majority-unrelated-to-covid-19.html/

EXCLUSIVE: States Investigating Surge in Mortality Rate Among 18–49-Year-Olds, Majority Unrelated to COVID-19

By Petr Svab, The Epoch Times, January 14, 2022 :

Health departments in several states confirmed to The Epoch Times that they are looking into a steep surge in the mortality rate for people aged 18 to 49 in 2021—a majority of which are not linked to COVID-19.

Deaths among people aged 18 to 49 increased more than 40 percent in the 12 months ending October 2021 compared to the same period in 2018–2019, before the pandemic, according to an analysis by The Epoch Times of death certificate data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). …

Note as you read this, you’ll see the data is not so bad in the Liberal States where the data is more likely to be suppressed. Then there’s the little matter of how many vax or normal deaths have been hidden as Covid deaths?

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RF121

Or it is true that liberal states did not get lethal vax batches.

holly

My mother had 2 TIA’s and a serious AFib event following the second Moderna. I checked out her batch numbers on the how bad is my batch website – https://howbad.info/moderna.html – and both of her numbers are very bad. She’s in NY.

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holly

Upstate. She had them in Jan and Feb.

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Gail Combs

figures.

Aubergine

Oh, I am sorry to hear that.

TheseTruths

I believe it. I see news almost every day of someone in or near that age group dying, not of COVID, but often after getting vaxed (if they reveal that info).

Valerie Curren

“…149,597,870,700 m or roughly 150 million kilometers (a somewhat round number) or 93 million miles.”

Without, yet, reading past this point, wouldn’t that first number be roughly 150 billion meters, oh which is then the same as 150 million km…I missed the “kilo” there…Whoops!

Finding Cthulu’s math error (thinking a cup was 12 ounces instead of 8 ounces) must have gone Inappropriately to my head!

Time to keep reading &/or catch a nap.

So far this is a great read AND I’m enjoying the Mozart too–Thanks!

Valerie Curren

No you were completely fine, I just got hung up on counting between the commas & thought I’d “caught” you–Fat Chance!

Oh mentioning your follicular insufficiency (thinning hairline) I wondered if you were familiar w/ the scriptural story of death brought down on the hecklers of Elijah’s or Elisha’s baldness, iirc. Some boys were taunting the prophet w/ “ye old bald head” & he called down wrath in the form of wild bear(s), I think, that mauled the boys to death. Seemed pretty harsh to me!

These are from II Kings 2: 23-24
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Kings%202&version=NIV;KJV

Apparently this incident happened shortly after Elisha witnessed Elijah taken up to Heaven & received the promised double portion blessing…

Here is the NIV

Elisha Is Jeered
23 From there Elisha went up to Bethel. As he was walking along the road, some boys came out of the town and jeered at him. “Get out of here, baldy!” they said. “Get out of here, baldy!” 24 He turned around, looked at them and called down a curse on them in the name of the Lord. Then two bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of the boys.

& here’s the KJV

23 And he went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head.

24 And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the Lord. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them.

I guess one could deduce that, at least in this particular instance, God’s got the bald guy’s back! 😉

Valerie Curren

Yikes AND LOL! I’ve never seen/heard Stelter but in some distorted “nuts in a vice” voice that seems to fit his sick presumed pedo persona.

I’m curious why “many atheists” choose this particular story as “a reason they are glad Yahweh doesn’t exist.” It would seem to me that the wanton destruction of the pagans, including women, children, & animals would be more offending to them.

Asserting “Yahweh doesn’t exist” is rather the height of arrogance, it would seem to me. They may feel/believe that YHWH does not exist but that doesn’t necessarily mean that He does not 🙂

Valerie Curren

“And conversely your belief that he does, doesn’t make it true, either.” Agreed. He either exists or not regardless of our belief systems. Our belief in something/someone that doesn’t exist or disbelief in something/someone that does exist is how either/both of us Might approach “insanity”. We can’t both objectively be correct, but we can both Feel like we are right, which is likely cold comfort for we logically minded beings 🙂

I can neither justify nor explain this bear incident but wonder if it might be like the guy who was slain for touching the Ark while it was being pulled by nursing cows on a cart from the Philistines to return it to Israel to stop the plague affecting the Philistines. It Might be a situation of “touch not mine anointed” or something. Elisha, being recently granted a double portion of the spirit of Elijah may have been akin to Moses when he came down from Mount Sinai, whose face was so radiant after meeting with the Lord that the Israelites begged him to cover it.

This bear attack seems out of proportion to our modern way of thinking, especially since disrespect is rampant in our culture. It also came from uttering a curse, which seems to be a pretty rare occurrence in Scripture. What it Really means I honestly couldn’t say…

Valerie Curren

Things worth believing in…

Valerie Curren

That humans are even at all capable of imperfect communication with each other is near miraculous. How many times is the “message given” the actual “message received”? Probably far fewer than any of us might hope!

ForGodandCountry

Body language, including tone of voice, comprises 80% of communication.

We are left to posting text.

Miscommunication is inevitable

Valerie Curren

No Doubt! Even people who know each other in real life interacting in the same room can still easily misconstrue things & get bent out of joint w/ unintentional slights. We definitely have to walk & talk w/ a bit of grace & forbearance for one another in these online fora (vs forums) AND in our Real Lives!

Dora

Cuppa Covfefe

What are they trying to do? Create an FF by acting out (faking) the “Independence Day” script???

TheseTruths

Armed man takes hostages at Texas synagogue, source says
https://abcnews.go.com/US/armed-man-takes-hostages-texas-synagogue-source/story?id=82285896

An armed suspect claiming to have bombs in unknown locations took a rabbi and three others hostage at the Congregation Beth Israel, the source said. It is unclear to what extent the hostage-taker is armed.

The suspect’s sister is a known terrorist who is incarcerated at Carswell Air Force Base near Fort Worth and he is demanding to have the sister freed, according to the source.

There is believed to be one suspect.

The Colleyville Police Department’s SWAT team responded to the area midday Saturday and evacuated residents in the immediate area.

ForGodandCountry

Why would a “known terrorist“ be “incarcerated at an AF base”?

And that’s just for starters.

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TheseTruths

Carswell is a 3,253 acre former Air Force Base on the west side of Fort Worth, Texas. Carswell was selected for closure under the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) round of 1991. The majority of the base was realigned as the Naval Air Station/Joint Reserve Base, Fort Worth. A federal prison has taken over 104 acres, including the former base hospital. Approximately 303 acres were transferred to the Westworth Redevelopment Authority (WRA) for multi-use redevelopment. The off-base 247-acre Weapons Storage Area was transferred to the Army as a joint-use reserve training facility. A small part of the base was realigned to the adjacent Air Force Plant No. 4. All property transfers were completed Summer 2007.

https://www.epa.gov/tx/base-closure-texas#AnchorCarswell

ForGodandCountry

So she is being held at a federal prison, which is located on the former grounds of the now defunct AF base.

Thank you.

Given this, I feel confident that you might agree that…
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”….is incarcerated at Carswell Air Force Base“

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…is at least somewhat misleading.

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kalbokalbs

Carswell Air Force Base.

It was documented with all the accuracy of Pravda News…ABC.

Cuppa Covfefe

Probably intentionally…

YellowStream Media…..

para59r

Reality Winner had been staying at this place until President Trump allowed her release.

Concerns were raised that The Intercept‘s handling of the material exposed her as the source and contributed to her arrest.[9] Twice denied bail, Winner was held at the Lincoln County Jail in Lincolnton, Georgia.[10] On August 23, 2018, Winner was convicted of “removing classified material from a government facility and mailing it to a news outlet” and sentenced to five years and three months in prison as part of a plea deal.[11] She was incarcerated at the Federal Medical Center, Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas, and released to a transitional facility on June 2, 2021.[12][13][14][15]

Currently other stories have Reality Loser back home.

cthulhu

Has anyone ever seen Elizabeth Holmes and Reality Winner in the same room together?

ForGodandCountry

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Some brilliant, soviet era inspired agitprop showed up in Washington DC overnight highlighting the agenda of the current Joe Biden administration.

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I love great agitprop. This type of sand is very difficult for the regime to keep sweeping away…

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https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2022/01/15/brilliant-agitprop-appears-in-washington-dc/#more-225280

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…but remember what we’re told here at Qtree: “no one is doing anything”!! 😡

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Not even one.

😉

🤣 😂 🤣
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Wolf Moon | Threat to Demonocracy

Check out the “it girl” taking them down.

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singingsoul1

If she would have don that in the DDR she would not go home because they would have picked her up buy now. She would find herself in an reeducation camp never to be the same.
What a misguided woman.

holly

Covid ground report.

On Wednesday daughter had fever, chills, body aches and sore throat. Felt flu-like. No upper respiratory symptoms. Felt better the next day, no fever, just fatigue and a minor sore throat. Friday same, today same.

Did a drive-thru test at a drug store on Friday and tested positive.

She’s been taking C, D, Zinc, Quercetin for the past couple of months. Today started on Benadryl and low-dose aspirin. Unvaxxed.

Wolf Moon | Threat to Demonocracy

Good Job! She has Omicron FO SHO, IMO. You have her on the lifesavers – she’ll be good.

holly

Yup, I think she’ll be just fine. She’s also using Betadine gargle. Said it helps a lot.

cthulhu

When actually ill, she could probably boost the D and quercetin (but not the zinc) for the duration. Selenium might be a good addition. Otherwise, it seems like good results from good preparation.

kalbokalbs

Protocols vary between doctors. And, I am NOT savvy with medical stuff. But, FLCCC protocol does show boosting Zinc.

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cthulhu

I’m doing about 50 mg zinc daily, which I can only take in certain preparations because it takes a wood rasp to my inner guts otherwise (e.g. gluconate instead of citrate). I don’t see doubling that as an option.

If you’ve been doing 20 mg daily, doubling might be plausible — but you might not know in advance if it will be tolerated…..and, since you’re already sick, this might not be the right time to find out.

If you’ve only been doing 10 mg previously, double away!

Gail Combs

I agree 50 mg MAX. Hubby ran into overdosing at 50 mg so we had to cut him back. (we eat a lot of beef.)

bflyjesusgrl 🍊 😎NUCLEAR MAGA😎

yeah, I was taking my 30mg l-opti zinc at night several hours before bed, even that’s a gut hurter on an empty stomach. I get more from other supplements, so altogether I hit 49mg/day. I really like the 30mg option, most are 50mg.

kalbokalbs

Yup. It’s all personal situation.

holly

cthulhu

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ForGodandCountry

Doing this would be playing right into the communist’s hands.

America is not Kazakhstan.

But it begs the question….

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Why do some of “us” want to play right into the communist’s hands…

…versus exhausting all Constitutional means and methods before resorting to violence??

If violence comes, let the enemy fire the first shot.

Fortunately, the MAGA coalition is very wise and very self-disciplined. The enemy has done just about all it can think of trying to get us to go down this path.

That we have not has thrown a GIANT monkey wrench into their plans and intentions to use the Patriot Act and a corrupt FBI and DoJ against us….as has been noted here by many so often in the recent past.

Notable, too, who the post above is directed to.

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ForGodandCountry

A rant…..very illuminating…

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I work in Big Tech. A name you would know and have probably used before.

Wanted to give a rundown of what it’s like from the inside right now. 

Obviously insanely radically leftwing. BLM/LGBTQ. Trans flags hanging in office. Pronouns stated before meetings. Special affiliation groups for everyone but white men. All what you’d expect. 

But COVID/WFH has totally broken people.

They are fundamentally weak, often with no social support outside of work.

They’re the people with no children, no spouse. Only a dog or cat for emotional support. 

There’s constant talk, even now, about how hard things are for everyone. Often meetings start with going around the room to ask “How is everyone feeling?”

Literally everyone else went on sad rants about their lives. “I’m so MAD a white supremacist shot 3 black men in Kenosha!” 

It’s toxic. When it got to me, I said “Good.” and then a (((lady engineer))) literally proposed that we should not be allowed to answer the question positively. I shit you not.

I think it hurt her that I wasn’t as miserable as her. 

She made some argument about “vulnerability”. These people not only want you weak, they want you to expose your vulnerabilities to them so they can exploit them.

They may not intend this explicitly, but whatever twisted ideology they worship ends with this result. 

So back to morale. Everyone is demoralized. 

This may surprise you, since Big Tech is extremely well paid and has been able to WFH throughout the past 2 years. They’ve been given extra days off, extra stipends, bonuses, etc. 

They never had to fear being laid off. 

I have some sympathy, and can feel some of this myself. It’s normal and natural to work with people in-person.

WFH can make it easy to overwork. You take fewer breaks, often work past normal working hours.

You don’t feel connected to customers or celebrate success in person. 

And as I mentioned, Big Tech is often the only social life for people. I fortunately never made it mine, but my company had all sorts of after-work activities. Sports leagues, game nights, different classes taught by employees. There was a rhythm and connectedness that’s gone. 

The Great Resignation is real. Many employees are leaving for better jobs. Remote work has (so far) resulted in more job opportunities for those working in Big Tech, especially outside of Silicon Valley.

And so we backfill those positions, or hire new people, all remote. 

We now have employees who have nearly 2 years of tenure who have never met another employee in person, and lives alone in some city away from where the office was.

This would be fine for a normal person, but again, we’re attracting the family-less urbanites scared of… 

…even meeting up with their friends at a restaurant.

The churn in jobs also has the major effect of constantly dealing with the overhead of re-assinging projects from people leaving, and onboarding new people.

The new employees don’t get enough attention to succeed. 

And the employees that stay end up with a load of work dumped by the former coworkers, plus the responsibility of onboarding the new ones.

There are many software engineers who’ve not written a single line of code in the past year. 

While the Woke agitation has slowed due to the productive employees’ ability to simply log off, in addition to the tiredness of the agitators, there is more and more open rebellion regarding pay and profits. 

“Bring your whole self to work” was the Big Tech mantra. Tell people about your cool hobbies, share your politics (if you’re far left only), share your sex life.

This plus the feeling of distance an online-only presence creates has made people braver in speaking their thoughts. 

You used to have to have the balls to knock on the CEOs office door, or schedule a meeting. Now you can fire off a nasty Slack message straight to her.

People will openly write threads and comments throughout Slack bad-mouthing the higher ups at the company. And they do nothing. 

It’s unreal what people will write, with no recourse.

If it were anything remotely RW, I’m certain they’d be immediately fired, but so long as they’re sufficiently LW or minority (anything but straight white man), they can agitate, complain, do no work, and continue employment. 

And so the entire company has devolved.

We’re running on the code written in years past. No major new product initatives are being launched.

Workers complain that they’re understaffed and demoralized.

People take constant sick days, or don’t show up at all without record. 

It’s very easy to hide when WFH. With such a flux in employees/management and so much allowance for “mental health”, it’s easy to simply no show without punishment.

We hired a new employee and I pinged them at 1pm to see if they’d join a meeting. 

They came 10 minutes later. Said they slept in because they didn’t have anything to work on. 

It’s got to be mind-boggling for someone not in software.

On a given day, managers (there are several in weird matrix structure) will say things like “What can I do to support you?” “Do you have enough to work on? Too much?” It’s like emotional support.

And you can simply say.. 

“Oh, I’ve had a hard week. Barely slept. Felt sick. Don’t think I can handle much more this week.”

There’s no real accountability to anyone.

Record profits at the top, because of existing code and product-market fit cruising along, so leaders don’t notice. 

It’s utterly surreal to watch the deterioration. To see how quickly an organization can crumble.

And I’m not productive either. I’m constantly bombarded with anti-white, anti-male, woke propaganda.

We’ve even had explicit discussions of assigning less work to URMs (under-represented minorities), because “life is really hard for them right now.” This suggestion was from a lesbian white woman with cats.

As productive as one person can be, you can’t add value when constantly thwarted. Nobody in IT doing tickets anymore to provision things for you… 

…large bureaucracy to gatekeep any actions (needs review by X number of committees including now DEI committees).

It’s hard to feel unproductive. I’m not the type who feels great about getting paid to not work, but that’s essentially what I’ve been doing for the last year. 

This problem is the worst in Big Tech, so if Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Amazon Prime, or Netflix go down, the world will probably be better off. It’s not essential.

I worry about this apathy spreading to companies that matter. Ones that write software for utilities. 

We had a woman who worked for us who was just awful at her job. Could not understand instructions at all. Could not do the job. Barely spoke English.

She wasn’t just not productive, she actually dragged the team down.

I worked with my Director to finally get her fired after failing her Performance Improvement Program (PIP). HR told us they can’t fire her because she’s Asian and female and in California, that it’s just simply too hard.

This was over 5 years ago. 

You have a certain fire in your 20’s. Ready to reform and change everything. You get noticed when you perform. Promoted, bonuses, etc.

But eventually you keep hitting the same problems or gatekeepers over and over. I recall asking an older coworker (mid-thirties at the time) what drove him, and he said he just does it for the paycheck now.

I’m at that point. Lost the fire for career and collecting my paycheck for other purposes in life where the fire has been rekindled.

I worked remote for 5 years at a prior job and this was never the case. 

There’s something special about this combo of remote and “your feelings are valid”. 

I know this isn’t just my company because I’ve interviewed at many other companies (Big Tech and Unicorns).

Awful conduct at interviews. Demoralized employees who show up late, unprepared, or absolutely do not want to be there. 

Things my coworkers spend an enormous amount of their day on:

– Coming up with a “clever” new Zoom background each day (something Harry Potter or Star Wars like children)

– Clever Slack emojis

– Reddit style responses in threads (“First!) and other low brow irony for the lulz. 

Going to add a few more examples.

Our director hired a manager, female minority. He said “She’s not qualified but she checks the boxes.”

The first order effect is that this is not good for her or her direct reports, but it gets worse. She drove 2 highest performing engineers straight out of the company. Totally demoralized a third.

Engineers who were able to switched managers, which overloaded the other managers.

Since she had so few direct reports, all new employees were assigned to her and had an awful first experience with the company. Most left soon after.

Instead of firing her (obvious answer), she was moved to another group, where she had the same effect.

She’s still here years later, wreaking havoc.

Don’t hire unqualified people because of race and gender! 

Another example. I’ve interviewed many times wanting to leave, but every comparable company how has a “Diversity Panel” interview, which is just a matter of gatekeeping ideological purity at these companies.

They ask questions like: “Why is diversity important to you?” and… 

“What have you done to increase diversity at your company?”

In one interview, they re-asked me 3 times because they weren’t satisfied that I was ideologically pure enough.

I value diversity of experience, they were wanting me as a white man to apologize for my sin of being born.

People have increasingly been taking “Mental Health Days”. Sometimes they’re using sick days, many times they don’t. It’s just a free vacation, unaccountable. 

I have no doubt half the time they ARE used for one of the 3 leading causes of mental illness:

– Anxiety

– Depression

– Leftism 

We have or have had policies were interview panels must have at least 1 woman, resulting in having unqualified interviewers rushed in to meet the quota.

Any white men who are in high-up decision making positions must have a BAME (black, asian, minority) partner sign off. 

I’ve now had messages and friends reach out to say this isn’t just in Big Tech. That even in manufacturing and hardware this is becoming the norm. FedGov and Big Tech are forcing “diversity, equity, inclusion” requirements on their suppliers. 

White men in small town Midwest are having some (((consultant))) come in to their factory and say “Hello fellow white men” and talk about their privilege. 

Among social liberals, learning about White privilege reduces sympathy, increases blame, and decreases external attributions for White people struggling with poverty: psycnet.apa.org/doiLanding?doi…

There’s way too much “feedback” and and praise in Big Tech. Just a big circle jerk of “shout outs” at meetings. Praise for people just doing average at their jobs.

Not healthy for self-esteem. 

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Deplorable Patriot

Early on in this mess, my youngest brother lost a job, and within a month had one with another company. He’s worked for them for almost two years, and has been in the office one day.

ForGodandCountry

Not sustainable, as the author of the rant points out.

Deplorable Patriot

I agree, but in my brother’s case, due to their kids and the parents of their kids’ friends, there is a social group. The issues there are not that. And there are PLENTY of issues that are NOT pretty.

Wolf Moon | Threat to Demonocracy

WOW. It’s gotten BAD.

Deplorable Patriot

Quick ground report before I catch up and head to the rally thread.

The scheduled cantor at the five needed packing time before a move this week, so I got to fill in. I get to Church and the sign that says “PLEASE WEAR A MASK” outside was lying in the grass covered in heavy, wet snow. God expresses His opinion.

An old friend from HS walks in and we exchanged chatter, and she went to another local parish for Mass and said she hated it. Not enough people were wearing masks. Well, she does work for the federal government.

And then we found out the pastor’s dog died getting his teeth cleaned at the age of nine. Monsignor already has a puppy. He’s so cute with pins and needles teeth and puppy breath.

TheseTruths

The poor dog. I wonder what went wrong.

Deplorable Patriot

IDK. Monsignor said he was in the Confessional, and came out and there was a voice mail.

TheseTruths

So sad.

ForGodandCountry

Dogs must be anesthetized in order to clean their teeth and this carries great risk to the dog. Many unscrupulous vets push a $500 cleaning (mainly cost of anestetizing) while downplaying the risk to the dog.

Don’t know if that happened in this case, but it happens all too frquently.

Deplorable Patriot

We get a detailed list of what we’re paying for when teeth are cleaned. Our vet intubates them. And I will say that the little dogs are far more likely to have teeth problems. Yang lost a number, and the last time Ying went in, she had a big one that had to come out.

Our lab, OTOH, never lost one in fourteen years.

Deplorable Patriot

Wolf Moon | Threat to Demonocracy

OMG – this gal has MK AOC eyes for sure.

ForGodandCountry

😂

The Bee stings again!

Dora

Wolf Moon | Threat to Demonocracy

OMG – TOO MUCH WINNING!!!

ForGodandCountry

More proof, right here, that time is on our side….not the DS/globalists.

Of course, the rank and file in the military see this, too….they understand that mutiny and violence are a means of LAST resort…

…and this, right here, proves we aren’t even close to being at that point.

So much for them being “cowards and traitors”. 🤨

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ForGodandCountry

More good news….

The ex-Marine MAGA mom who is Youngkin’s Lt. Gov. will hold his feet to the fire, when necessary.

Youngkin has a MAGA shadow on his tail at all times.

Barb Meier

Indeed. I watched the inauguration and had tears in my eyes while seeing the swearing in of Youngkin, Sears, and Miyares. I loved the prayer at the beginning. Youngkin’s speech was very good too. They are taking strong actions today, just as Youngkin promised. Miyares fired 30 staffers (17 were lawyers) and is bringing investigations against those his predecessor let slide (Loudoun County school board hiding a rape, for example).

para59r

It gets better. Attorney General Jason Miyares is on the war path.

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/01/virginias-new-attorney-general-fires-30-staff-members-announces-major-investigations-within-hours-taking-office/

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singularzoe

Just have to say, China is a show.

Deplorable Patriot

One more reason to love Rand Paul.

Deplorable Patriot

These people just don’t have enough to do.

Deplorable Patriot

I was going to save this to split for dailies, but it’s just too beautiful. Grand Teton National Park. It’s worth the trip. I could do it and Yellowstone again.

Gail Combs

The Tetons are incredible! I spent a month there climbing one summer.

mollypitcher5

For a hayseed teenager seeing the Tetons and Yellowstone for the first time was almost overwhelming ! So much beauty it was hard to process

Deplorable Patriot

cthulhu

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kalbokalbs

Another BiteMe cluster f*ck that’ll be widely reported soon… Announced Monday. Supposed to be in effect Saturday. (Dunno if that was today or next Saturday) Either way, just another BiteMe f*ck up.

FTA

Biden’s rule mandating free coverage for COVID test came with no warning, will take weeks to implement: report
More at the link…

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/biden-rule-free-covid-tests-insurers

para59r

That means they are in reactionary mode and they truly suck, not that we give a damn about testing. Heck… at this stage it explains the new wall thing too 🤣😆🤣😁

mollypitcher5

W hat do you think the wall is for ? Other than laying foundation for super secret intel about another FIB/Spook lalapalooza I can’t understand why it’s going up

para59r

Best guess is it’s all BS.

https://freebeacon.com/national-security/report-taliban-threatened-to-send-2000-suicide-bombers-to-washington-dc/

Apparently the Biden Administration, that has no plans to do anything really, claims a plan to send 2000 troops to Afghanistan’s embassy that apparently only the Taliban knew about since it was never reported upon, (and like they really meant it if they really did such, they clearly do not have such a plan or we would of heard of it, nor would they get any support for such so you got to know it’s bs) but apparently they signaled such. In response you get the story above by the Taliban. When you add it all up it becomes an excuse for what ever they want, which includes the incredibly stupid wall thing. I don’t think anyone is going to buy any of it at all.

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TheseTruths

Thankfully, the hostages are safe now and the terrorist is dead.

para59r

So according to one story, the guy is not the blood sister of the perp woman being held in this facility/prison thing according to the real brother who is in a different state.(I lost the link…read it before the rally). I guess this would just make him some sort of identifying Islamic beastie stooge guy. Wonders if he got to listen to the Trump Rally and figured that’s about the best it’s going to get?

para59r

In fact, I wonder if this guy figured out he was the diversion from the Trump Rally? Yeah, that didn’t work.

At some really base level, it’s a wonder that the puzzle master manipulators thought enough of the Trump Rally thing to be worrisome enough to rate psyching up some slub to do this on this day? I mean what other point was there to it? It wasn’t really his sister after all. IDK I must be missing something…

bflyjesusgrl 🍊 😎NUCLEAR MAGA😎

MC Ultra’d?? He was def put up to it by someone. Certain ideologies volunteer to be martyrs.

Dress rehearsal for something bigger? Who knows who has come across the border and what they are plotting. FJB

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para59r

It’s like they have people to waste on frivolous things.

cthulhu

Or want people to think they have so many people that can be wasted on frivolities….

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Cuppa Covfefe

They don’t want people to think; they want people to react… the more violently, the better (in their Demonic view)….

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Cuppa Covfefe

Remember what Plouffe and Creamer said… they take the dregs, the druggies, ex-cons, freaks, nutcases, and other outcasts to do whatever they want them to do…

Just like little robots…

mollypitcher5

Good

bflyjesusgrl 🍊 😎NUCLEAR MAGA😎

DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS!!!

para59r

Two stories that might need to marry up…

https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/mit-scientist-issues-vaccine-warning-for-children/ She’s talking a “crippling” neuro effect in children.

&

https://stevekirsch.substack.com/p/intracranial-infection-cases-up-60

 🙄 
 🤔 
 🤓  Might want to hold off on that oculus gift thing for your vaxxxed friend..

Cuppa Covfefe

I’ve heard reports of nerve sheath problems, which would tie in to auto-immune responses they’re seeing as well…

Monsters…

cthulhu

OK, tonight’s BQ Project —

1/3c BQ
1 heaping tsp NDM
1/2 tsp granulated garlic
(mix)
A heap of Kraft Triple Cheddar fine shredded (14g) (This is for inside the biscuit).
(mix)
Add water until correct texture.
Put on tinfoil, make dent in top, put haystack of more cheese (8g).
Bake.

Results — probably should have made into two biscuits. Garlic isn’t heavy, consider full tsp. Pretty darned good otherwise.

Wolf might consider trying this.

bflyjesusgrl 🍊 😎NUCLEAR MAGA😎

Cruised by the frozen Biscuits at Kroger today, thought of you.🥰

para59r

Yeah, I might do the same. I have know idea what NDM is and if the wife catches me in the kitchen pulling stuff out and looking around, I’m dead meat.

cthulhu

Nonfat Dry Milk. Has no effect on flavor, instead determines the end-product’s cohesion. Using all water, the biscuit will form, rise, brown, look nice, but shatter into crumbs when you break its surface. Using more and more NDM will make it more and more loaf-y and less crumb-y.

Our kitchen has a plaque over the door that says “La Reyna No Cocina.”

bflyjesusgrl 🍊 😎NUCLEAR MAGA😎

LOL

mollypitcher5

Hahah…right on cue

para59r

Might as well just say that “we didn’t want you watching that subversive in AZ and this really didn’t have anything to do with Islam”.

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scott467

What else would the PR firm for islamic terrorism say?

Cuppa Covfefe

Just like Øbløwhøle, only this time it’s the FBI and not NASA doing Moose-Slime outreach…