Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Welcome To The Green New Deal

 h/t John Wilder


Some people don't learn a lesson from Nature. Oh well.


Natural Selection generally refers to them as "lunch".



Tuesday, August 3, 2021

The Power Of One

 












They won't get what they like, and they won't like what they get.

Guaran-damn-teed.

Gonna be a real cast-iron bitch when they find out that One has a l00000000ng string of zeros after it. Those calling the tune can rest assured they'll be paying the piper.



Free Shots

 h/t Mike



The Empire Strikes Back: Just Following Orders

 

"What a coincidence! I'll just be following orders when I pull the
lever and watch your necks snap. History is funny like that."


Saw senior management today for a totally unrelated issue. As meeting wrapped up, they noted they had no record on file of my COVID vaccination status.

Me: Decline to answer, thanks anyhow.

Them: This is what we're getting as guidelines from the Califrutopia Department of Public Health.

That was their killshot. They really think they can tell employees to jump off a cliff, and then point to the state and say "They made us tell you." Um, ...sideways with a dull rusty chainsaw, bucko.

Me: This company hasn't done anything stupid with regard to COVID from last year until now. You really don't want to start doing stupid things now just because the state recommends them. You're going to get a lot of pushback, including from me, of a kind you don't want.

Them: We've already gotten a lot of pushback.

Me: My second call, if you follow through on this, will be refusal on all grounds, and a telephone call to someone with "Esq." after their name. I won't be tortured, and I won't be singled out, on capricious and arbitrary grounds, nor tolerate a hostile workplace environment. The state may be pushing this, but management and employees here are where the rubber is going to meet the road, and you'll end up paying a heavy price to "go along". Please, pass those concerns up the chain.

Them: But...but...but...reasons!

Me: In so many words:

"Don't push it, or I'll give you a war you won't believe. Let it go."

Them: Good talk! Bye!

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Timeless Wisdom From Guido

 

"In a sluggish economy, never, ever fuck with another man's livelihood."
"Now, if you're smart, like I hope you are, 
you're not gonna make me come back here..."

Word.

If you've never seen Risky Business, I highly recommend it.

And while Tom Cruise's Joel is the Hero in this tale, it's important to note that in the end, he lost everything he thought he'd gained to the Villain, Guido the Killer Pimp, played masterfully to a junkyard dog "t" by Joe Pantoliano. Joel was lucky to walk away with almost the status quo ante, sadder but oh so wiser.

Guido's words, above, and that ultimate lesson, thunders down through the ages from unlikely font of wisdom, then-rookie director/writer Paul Brickman.

That wisdom should never, ever be lightly disregarded.

For all kinds of reasons.



Full Disclosure

 











I don't want to write this post, but I don't think I can duck the issue.


I was unofficially informed that apparently it will be the policy of my employer to require all employees, presumably including myself (they think), who have not received any COVID vaccinations, to submit to twice-weekly testing for COVID. This would involve shoving a swab up both nostrils two times a week, indefinitely.

Um...no.

If they try that, and make it official, my opening answer will be to invite the person who puts that suggestion into action to tell me exactly how far up their ass they'd like to stick that policy, and would they like my assistance in that endeavor?

Followed by the following blizzard of queries:

1) Who told you I did or did not get vaccinated?

2) Do you have a copy of my signed authorization to release that personal health information to any third party?

3) Lacking any such authorization, how would you possibly know my actual vaccination status?

4) Lacking that knowledge, how do you know which employees to even approach with this suggestion?

5) "Have I been vaccinated against COVID?" That's none of your fucking business.

6) Now you're asking me if I'm vaccinated against COVID? Again, that's none of your fucking business.

7) Submitting to receiving experimental therapies and becoming an unpaid medical guinea pig with respect to their effectiveness and potential complications was not and is not a condition of my employment. If it were otherwise, you'd have noted that from the outset. Trying to bluster and bootstrap it in now as if it were anything less than that is egregiously intrusive, entirely recockulous, and wholly unwelcome.

8) None of the vaccines for COVID are authorized for anything but emergency use. The makers have no liability for what happens to those who receive them. To date, the VAERS reports over 11,000 deaths from those COVID vaccines in just the U.S., and a quarter of a million adverse events. More of both deaths and adverse reactions than the total for every vaccine ever invented in human history, combined, for as long as we've kept records. Those COVID vaccines are therefore unsafe at any speed. And you have no more right as an employer to compel me, either directly, nor by onerous policies for non-compliance, to receive such an experimental therapy, any more than you could demand I submit to gender reassignment therapy, get an abortion, or have a limb amputated.

9) It's my body, and my choice. Shall we call in the company's legal counsel, and see how they'd like to sell the case against that legal position in court?

10) Ask counsel how they'll feel when the next three words I bring into the conversation are "hostile workplace environment". Then go over words like "mental stress and cruelty", "back pay", and "treble damages, plus all legal costs".

11) There are literally hundreds of other communicable diseases I (or any other employee) might or might not bring to work, many of which have no available vaccine. Are you going to test me for those bi-weekly as well? Why, or why not?

12) Are you going to be testing every other employee of the company for those dozens to hundreds of other communicable diseases? Why, or why not?

13) If I'm being singled out and categorized, isn't that the definition of "arbitrary and capricious"? How does corporate counsel like his odds in court defending that plan?

14) Why would you think you need to test me now, 18 months into a pandemic, for a disease for which I've shown no symptoms whatsoever, ever, to date, despite being a front-line caregiver with the sickest of the sick non-stop since the outset?

15) Are you aware the CDC reports that 75% of those fully vaccinated are the overwhelming bulk of those with the newest COVID variant? Will you be testing everyone twice a week, given that that's a far more sensible policy than proposing to test unvaccinated persons (bearing in mind you have no valid idea to which of those categories I belong)?

16) Are you aware that the CDC also reports that vaccinated persons carry the same amount of communicable virus in their bodies as unvaccinated persons? What's your plan to deal with that, and how do you intend to protect the unvaccinated from those vaccinated super-spreaders?

17) Are you aware that according to the CDC, despite being fully vaccinated, a person could suffer a more serious infection than an unvaccinated person? Knowing that to be the official position of the US government agency responsible for propagating communicable disease policy and procedure, why in hell would you suggest anyone get vaccinated, since it confers no immunity to the disease, no inability to spread the disease, and promises no diminution of symptoms if infected, despite getting the vaccinations?

18) In light of the above official CDC reported information, isn't promoting further vaccinations just about the most gobsmackingly dumbass thing you possibly could do, short of suggesting that people lick toilet bowls?

19) Given everything in #1-18, above, would you like to continue this discussion with lawyers, a judge, and a jury, in open court, or would you rather just quietly shitcan this silly-assed scheme, and allow all parties to pretend it never happened?

I'm old, ornery, and smart, and I won't be taking any shit, but I'll happily give it out by the metric fuckton if they try to push this sort of nonsense. I like my odds.

If my employer wants to test my resolve to go all "No, fuck YOU!", and become the poster child for why employment is not indentured servitude, they've grabbed the wrong tiger's tail. If they want to be the poster child on what not to do, I can only warn them that the stove is hot. But as Mark Twain said about the man who picked up the cat by the tail, they're about to learn something which they can learn in no other way.

I'll keep you posted, as appropriate.

If I'm betting, I'd give good odds this jackassery will be quietly strangled to death in a basement broom closet in about 5 minutes' time. Time will tell.




Sunday Music: Soulful Strut

 

#3 hit from 1968, by R and B trio one-hit wonders Young-Holt Unlimited.

Saturday, July 31, 2021

There Goes That Idea...

 

Vaxx passports? Hell, they can't even give the sh*t away now.
Stick a fork in that jackassical idea. It's done.















CNBC

  • About three-fourths of people infected in a Massachusetts Covid-19 outbreak were fully vaccinated, according to new data published Friday by the CDC. 
  • The new data, published in the U.S. agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, also found that fully vaccinated people who get infected carry as much of the virus in their nose as unvaccinated people.

 A CDC document that was reviewed by CNBC warned that the delta variant sweeping across the country is as contagious as chickenpox, has a longer transmission window than the original Covid strain and may make older people sicker, even if they've been fully vaccinated.



So you should get the vaccine 

because it protects you against new strains 

so you can stop wearing masks

because it'll make the symptoms of COVID less severe for you

because the gauleiters and gruppenfuhrers at the CDC say so, dammit!


You can also take anything the CDC puts out with a grain of salt, because even in the linked article, after they come to all those conclusions, the CDC then hastens to undermine everything you just read. (I don't think they can help contradicting and self-delegitimizing themselves automatically at this point. If anyone from the CDC fell in a river, they would float upstream out of habit.)

But when you've lost CNBC to the vaxx bullshit, the jig is well and truly up.

And any chance of getting people to risk serious side effects, including death, for a now patently worthless not-a-vaxx has gone up in smoke.

Look for TPTB to start painting the COVID vaxxes as "Trump's Folly", in 3, 2,...


COVID? 

For the 329,400,000 people in the U.S. self-evidently totally vulnerable to this year's variant?

Cover your snot holes, wash your hands, and use hand sanitizer.

Now taking bets on how long it takes the stone-headed morons who still think it's all imaginary to destroy the healthcare system. Or not. It seems that the people yapping about COVID-⌂ seem to have developed a wee credibility problem.

How bizarre.



Friday, July 30, 2021

What Part Of "Existential" Don't People Get?

 















Let's cut the horseshit, kids.

There are not "Democrats" and "Republicans".

There are not "Conservatives" and "Never Trumpers".

Can we get serious?

There are Totalitarian Communists. And then, everybody else.

That group of "everybody else"? Those are Americans.

Period.

There is nothing American about Totalitarian Communism.

Never has been. Never will be.

You aren't going to carve out enclaves of "Free America". Because it means you'd have to cede refuges for totalitarian communism somewhere else, and nearby. Like that would ever work, once in human history. How did that go in Korea? Vietnam? Laos? Cambodia? Cuba? Venezuela? Hungary? Czechoslovakia? Poland? And countless other places? They're never satisfied with less than everything, and once they've got that, they smash it to pieces while gorging at the trough themselves, and devil take everyone else. It always ends in a pyramid of human skulls, every damned time it's tried. Fuck that idea, sideways, with a dull rusty chainsaw.

You aren't going to pick the peas, carrots, and scrambled egg out of the fried rice, and divvy up neat little enclaves.

It's not possible.

It's not practical.

And no one could ever do it, in a million years.

And even if you magically could, where in hell do you think you'd put them?? No one else wants them, here nor anywhere else. You might could palm them off on Cuba, but only if they can swim there.

The only thing that will work EVER, is going to be bog-simple:

One side is going to be alive within US territory afterwards. One side is not.

That's IT.

That's what "existential" means.

One side is going to exist. 

The other side is going to cease to exist.

If anybody is still hazy on the concept, I invite you to discuss what this looks like with the Carthaginians. Shout loud: Tunisia is a long ways off, and it's hard to hear with six feet of dirt over your bones.

So make your decision whether you're going to be the Romans, or the Carthaginians, in the next such struggle. It's coming at you like a freight train, and there's no third option if you plan to live in the U.S.

Totalitarian Communism delenda est.

You're not going to carve out your happy homeland from amidst the rubble of FUSA. Not anywhere. Mothereffing Texas, FFS, is as purple as can be. So is Florida. North Carolina. New Hampshire. Even Alaska and Montana aren't pure anything, and anyone who thinks otherwise is deluding themselves. So forget "Redoubt" nonsense. It's a porn mag fantasy.

You may have an easier time of it in some places than in others (which just tells you where the first bases are going to be), but in the end, you're going to have to either win, or lose, everywhere, because commies, like rust, never quit, and they never sleep.









So wrap your head around what's going to have to happen, sooner or later, instead of being all shocked and butthurt when Reality smacks you across the face like 8 pounds of frozen mackerel. And get busy getting ready for that day, instead of daydreaming about how it'll be when your little patch is free and happy forever, like it's been at no point in human history.

You're gonna need a bigger boat.

A loud whine and a sternly-worded letter to the editor isn't going to cut it.

You're not voting your way out of this. Elections are over. READ THAT MEMO.

You're not protesting your way out of this.

But you might, maybe, shoot your way out of where things have gotten to.

That's the only thing that's worked in recorded history.

The price of freedom is eternal vigilance, and liberty demands a blood sacrifice.

Theirs. Or yours.

And that is the only choice you're ever going to have in the matter, until the day you die.




From Sea To Shining Sea

 

"Millions for defense, but not one cent for tribute."
And not one square inch for commie tyranny.











Vis-a-vis this at WRSA just now:

"The former United States of America is irrevocably torn into multiple pieces.

All that remains is the drawing and securing of new borders."

With all due respect to CA,

No. 

First of all, it's simply morally repugnant. The Pledge of Allegiance says "One nation, indivisible..."

They were not just whistling Dixie when they wrote that.

We may have to throw some foxes out of the henhouse, but not a single chick will be ejected. Sheepdogs who barter some of the flock for an easy day don't last long. The only easy day was yesterday.

One of us is all of us, and there's not one square inch of US soil I'll freely part with, to cede to the commie Progtards, before I'd rather gladly see them all in Hell for daring to try.


Secondly, this isn't lifeboat ethics. Start throwing people over the side, and suddenly all the other guns will be pointing at you, and you'll be next over the gunwale the second it's convenient. Mark my words.


Thirdly, there are no "boundaries" to divide up. The coming conflict isn't a North-South thing, with clearly defined interest areas. Anyone who thinks it possible, or wise, to attempt such, is quite simply fucktarded beyond further argument, or else hasn't been paying proper attention.

You can't make peace with cancer. Either you kill it, or it kills you. Decide.

The coming conflict is going to be street-to-street, house-to-house, floor-to-floor, and in some families, room-to-room. Stop kidding yourselves, and wrap your heads around that reality.

The only way this can be carried out, is to win it all back. If that means we carry on afterwards with half the population - or more - gone forever, so be it.










Further commentary on this, I leave to the Bard of Avon, from Henry V:

"He which hath no stomach for this fight, let him depart. His passport shall be made, and crowns for convoy put into his purse. We would not die in that man's company..."


And to those who foolishly thought they could jack an election, and hijack a country, with no penalty, do I repeat the following message, from the same source, to tell you what follows:

"Bloody constraint. For if you hide the office, even in your hearts, there will we rake for it. Therefore in fierce tempest are we coming, in thunder and in earthquake, like a Jove. And if requiring fail, we will compel. This is our claim, our threatening, and our message."

To any who might contest such requiring:

"Scorn. And defiance. Slight regard. Contempt. And anything that might not misbecome the mighty sender doth we prise you at." 

Steel your hearts. Sharpen your steel. And yet again,











This isn't just going to get uglier than you imagine before it's over.

It's going to get uglier than you can imagine.

A + B = C










 

I already told you how serious Kung Flu isn't, midway through Year Two of The Horse-and-Chicken Soup Show*.

B, over at MotR blog, wonders if and if so, how much, of the current increase in Kung Flu cases is due to the hordes of untested, unvaxxed illegals being salted hither and yon, particularly in Red State America, by the current fraudulent regime, seemingly without a COVID care in the world.

It's almost certainly happening, and TPTB will go to any measures necessary to make sure you can never, ever document that causality.

To do so would be to pull the curtain back on the Great And Powerful Oz, than which there is no greater sin.

We seem to recall telling you that the actual effects of Kung Flu
would be the LEAST of the problems you'd face from this thing.
Maybe we just imagined that. Maybe not. Go back and look...









FWIW, as I noted previously, we've seen a small uptick in cases where I'm at in CA.

We also serve a city with a yuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuge population of illegals. Since 1851.

And FTR, the CFR (Case Fatality Rate) from COVID in the US averages between 1.5-2%.

In parts of Mexico, particularly those nearest the US border, it's 16%.

That's not a typo. In Mexico, up to 1 person in 6 who gets COVID dies from it, because no insurance, no money, and no healthcare.

Given that reality there, who wouldn't do whatever was necessary to flee that??

I would. You would. Everyone you know would.

The Mexicans are. (I'm explaining, not excusing.)

This ain't rocket science.

The difference is that now, it's no longer US policy to stop anyone.

Which is what will lead those along the border, and elsewhere, to start employing the Three Ss:

Shoot - Shovel - Shut up

Works for wolves near Yellowstone. Works for mountain lions in CA.

And shortly, works for illegals at the border.

In 3, 2, ...





*(In the former Soviet Union, in the hard times after the Great Patriotic War, a curbside vendor was brought before the court with allegations he was selling greatly diluted horse-and-chicken soup, with far more horse to chicken .

The judge asked him "How much horse to how much chicken are you selling?"

The man replied, "It's absolutely even, 50:50, Your Honor!"

"How can you be so sure of that?" asked the judge.

"Oh, that's easy, Your Honor. I put in one horse, and one chicken."

Currently, the chicken is what's actually happening from COVID, and the horse is the amount of all the horsesh*t the government is laddling into the soup. And the ratio is the same as that horse-and-chicken soup.)

UPDATE to the previous Kung Flu post:

2+2=5: Peter at BRM does more legwork, and the lies on this "spike" is pure lies, and bald-faced bullshit. QED

Thursday, July 29, 2021

PSA: Tap Codes

 h/t Matt Bracken, WRSA, and over two thousand Vietnam POWs

Many reports put the K with J, rather than C.
Either approach works.



This is the famous Tap Code, introduced by Col. Carlyle Harris, at such garden spots as the Hanoi Hilton, Alcatraz, the Briar Patch, and numerous other Vietnam luxury accommodations for American POWs, where they were treated to rotten pumpkin soup with bugs and worms, with a bit of spoiled rat meat on holidays, like Lenin's and Ho Chi Minh's Birthday, in between having their shoulders and hips dislocated with bamboo poles, while having the soles of their feet beaten with strips of old tires, for the sport and occasional intel gathering of the Soviet Union, Red China, and North Vietnam.

They were kept in solitary confinement for their entire stays, some for up to 9+ years, until the last couple of weeks before B-52s blowing hell out of Hanoi convinced NVN that giving them back, and laying off South Vietnam was in their best interest, unless they wanted a rubble pile for a country.

North Vietnam still got off too lightly, and we should have nuked them on general principles.

Their extra-curricular activities undoubtedly broke, maimed, and disfigured most of the POWs they held for life, which was why they only released the prettiest and least-disfigured fraction (596) of the men we knew (estimates up to 2500+) they were holding. (FTR, they released the last 13 French POWs from Dien Bien Phu, from 1954, sixteen years later, long after that debacle and the subsequent French withdrawal.) The US POWs they undoubtedly shipped onwards to the Soviet Union and China - senior SAC and B-52 guys with loads of valuable intel in their heads during the Cold War - or held themselves for further torture and amusement, either died in captivity, most after 1973, or they were simply executed at some point, to a metaphysical certainty - when the commie bastards running Vietnam to this day and still holding them prisoner got tired of feeding them and playing with them because they'd run out of things to do to them. Anyone alive now would be in their 70s or 80s, extremely unlikely given that sort of treatment. They're almost certainly dead at this point in time. They're not forgotten, and what they left us includes the Tap Code.

But I digress.

The key to using the Tap Code, is understanding how to use the box, above, info that was somewhat glossed over in the links above.

It is properly used by going down, and then right, for each letter.











As noted in the exemplar at WRSA and by MB, abbreviations can be, and were, used.

"Gob Bless You" became "GBU".

Most of you already know what BFYTW stands for.

Using tap code, that would become:

One tap, two taps

Two taps, one tap

Five taps, four taps

Four taps, four taps

Five taps, two taps

Numbers are simply numbers, 1-9. (Z or O can be substituted for zero.)

Here's a bit more explanation from the originator:


That, plus memory, allowed guys in a 5'x5' darkened cell to know the names of everyone in their cell block, everyone in their prison, every name of every POW captured, and trade Bible passages, song lyrics, personal stories and details, and anything else, and keep it in their heads indefinitely.

Pray to a merciful deity this remains wartime arcana from before you were born, and doesn't become day-to-day useful. Because commies do what commies do. Every. Single. Time.

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

PSA: Fear porn? No Sale.

h/t Odd Job


I just left the ER. Where I work in Greater Southern Califrutopia.

We are officially far from being crushed by COVID. We're mainly annoyed at the stupid fuckers who keep spreading it, as if it just "went away" or something. Our COVID tents are going back up, to keep dipshits who know they have an active symptomatic case of it from walking inside and hanging out with family members before they think it's important enough to tell us this. (After the first five times you have to decon the entire waiting room and triage area, it's just not funny anymore). And we've gone back to full N95s all the time, within the ER, because of the recent spike in herd stupidity.

COVID is making a small comeback; nothing like last December/January when we WERE being crushed by it. We just got our first cases since February, starting about two weeks ago. And one jackass employee who came to work sick, and exposed an entire department to it, instead of taking sick days. Not all fucking morons who come to the hospital, and deserve to be clubbed about the head and shoulders with table legs until they bleed from their ears and eyes, are the patients.

Our ICU is half-full, because half the nursing staff left or quit after COVID 1.0 due to workload burnout. So half the beds are full, with the normal ICU patients (intubated, post-surgical, heart attacks, strokes, major trauma, etc.). The other half are unstaffed, nightly, because we can't find replacement ICU nurses at anything less than exorbitant rates, so they are unusable beds. AFAIK, we don't have a single COVID patient in the ICU, but if we did, it wouldn't be more than 1 or 2. The bigger problem is that this backs up ICU patients into the ER for days on end, and so new patients can't get in for hours, even for serious problems.

Our new COVID cases are about a 50:50 split between fully vaxxed, and totally unvaxxed.

That's the difference between reality on the ground, and bots and idiots spreading CDC b.s. talking points on Facecrack and other socialist disinformation websites.

And BTW, to date, the "Delta variant" doesn't mean Jack or Shit to us.

You either have active COVID, or you don't.

You either have it bad enough to need hospitalization, or you don't.

(The latter would mean "COVID hypoxia so bad you can't go home without oxygen", FTR.)

Anything else is officially in the IDGAF file, pretty much in perpetuity.


If this changes, I'll pass along updates.




h/t Peter

(For those who missed it 50+ times in the comments here and multiple other sites, I'm not vaxxed, and don't intend to be in any foreseeable future. I won't be a beta-test guinea pig for an experimental not-a-vaccine, with questionable safety, and no liability to the makers. And even if they put skin in the game - which none of them have, to date - I can't sue anyone if I'm dead. N95s and hand washing got me through the last 18 months with frothing fulminant COVID patients at halitosis range just fine; I see no need to change course at this point, come hell or high water. When someone makes an actual vaccine, with absolutely the same level of safety as a flu shot, or tetanus booster, that isn't a frankenvirus DNA experiment, we can talk. Until then, pass the hand sanitizer, and stay your sick ass over there please.












And for the Just-The-Flu-Bro morons who keep pimping that monumentally jackassical level of stupidity, a relatively pissant 1.6% CFR rate (only 16x worse than annual flu) among the almost 4M Califrutopians (i.e. 10% or so, no more) who ever contracted it means, that while 98.4% of those who did, didn't die, the over 60,000 who did is more deaths, in a year and change, just in Califrutopia, than all US deaths in the Vietnam War, from 1954-1975. It's not "just the flu, bro", it's "Just The Vietnam War, every year, bro". If that cluebat of reality upside the head isn't enough to put it into proper perspective for you, you're really too stupid to be on the internet without adult supervision, aren't you? And the pat you're about to get on the back won't be anything like what you thought was coming your way.)













Run and hide? FUCK NO.

Just stop being stone-IQ fucking morons about what's really out there.

And stop acting shocked and butthurt when TPTB use that Reality to go Miles Beyond Full Retard to ratchet up Tyranny, like they have, like they will.

It's what they do.

Tell them to fuck off with that shit.

If they won't listen, shoot the sumbitches in the face until they do.

(It was amazing how reasonable the Nazis got when we took their whole country away, wasn't it?)

So maybe more of that, and less Coronatardation and Covidiocy about kooky black helicopter chemtrail theories, please. If reality hurts your head, that was the 2x4 hitting the back of your skull a few times.

Pay attention faster next time.


UPDATE: 2+2=5: Peter over at BRM does more legwork, and the propaganda on this "spike" is pure lies, and bald-faced bullshit. QED

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