Friday, August 07, 2020

Self defense now illegal in Canada? Almost...

This is not Sparta. In Canada, you better let them take it.

The Supreme Court of Canada will hear an appeal in the case of Peter Khill, a Hamilton-area homeowner who was acquitted after shooting and killing an Indigenous man in his driveway.
Khill's lawyers filed an application to appeal an Ontario Court of Appeal ruling that overturned their client's not-guilty verdict in the death of Jon Styres based on self-defence and ordered a new trial.

So first of all, we have the Ontario Court of Appeal overturning a jury verdict. The point of having a jury is that the citizens decide what is murder and what is self defense. This man was found innocent of murder by a jury. That's supposed to be the end of it.

Dirty little secret about Canada for all you foreigners out there, if this truck thief who got killed had been a white guy, this verdict would have stood. But because he was an Indian truck thief, aka "an Indigenous man" per the CBC, a jury is not smart enough for this case. No, we need the super-powerful minds of Appeals Court judges on this job.

Michael Lacy and Jeff Manishen argued that the Appeal Court's decision "fundamentally" changed self-defence in Canada and leaves homeowners with little option but to call police and cower until they arrive.

Which is absolutely true. If you injure or kill a home invader, rapist, car thief, or so much as point a weapon at a guy who is trying to burn your fucking house down with a molotov coctail, you are screwed. The cops will arrest you, throw your ass in jail, confiscate all your property, and you will be very fortunate to regain your freedom after spending about half a million dollars on lawyers.

If your house and contents are worth less than a million bucks, it will be cheaper and more survivable for you to run away barefoot in your underwear and let them burn it. Some guy is stealing your truck? Let him take it.

Okay? I've been saying this for quite a while now as an assumption based on my observation of police behavior here in Canada, but now the Ontario Court of Appeal has made it official. You BETTER NOT defend yourself or your property, slaves.

Update: Welcome all you Small Dead Animals and flying monkeys from Kate's zoo.

Saturday, August 01, 2020

Oh look, Hydroxychloroquine is working.

Another day, another study showing that the federal government is composed of liars willing to see you die if they can get even a tiny push out of it.

In late June, the group filed its motion for a preliminary injunction with court to compel release to the public of hydroxychloroquine by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), in AAPS v. HHS, No. 1:20-cv-00493-RJJ-SJB (W.D. Mich.).

As part of the filing with the court, AAPS also includes a chart showing how countries that encourage HCQ use, such as South Korea, India, Turkey, Russia, and Israel, have been far more successful in combatting COVID-19 than countries that have banned or discouraged early HCQ use, as the FDA has.

And how funny, the social media companies are run by... liars willing to see you die if they can get even a tiny push out of it.

Dr. Simone Gold, a board certified emergency physician who appeared in the hydroxychloroquine viral video, has now lost her job. She said she was fired from her job because of the media slander. Dr. Simone Gold, the founder of  the newly created group called America's Frontline Doctors, lost her job after her employer found out about the viral video where she promoted hydroxychloroquine.

The hydroxychloroquine viral video, which features members of America's Frontline Doctors at a press conference outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., was taken down on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. The video got more than 14 million views on Facebook alone, according to CNN, which cited CrowdTangle data, has since been taken down from Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter — including removing tweets that the president shared.

Yep. #OrangeManBad, so life saving medicine bad. You boys just keep right on with that shit, and we shall see where it gets you. 

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Saudi Arabia Worldcon bid... Bwahaha!!!

After watching the Worldconners bash Sad Puppies since 2014, actual fascists make a bid to host Worldcon.

Cut from the pages of the vile bog of scum and villainy which shall not be named here:

"Anna Smith Spark, a grimdark author from London, has organized an open "letter of concern" with several dozen co-signers, including Charles Stross, about the bid to bring the Worldcon to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in 2022, which will be voted on this week. The competition is a bid for Chicago in 2022.   Anna Smith Spark sent [ vile bog of scum and villainy] the letter, and "Also (and I will be dead in the eyes of the WSFS for this) the email they sent me washing their hands of this and having a quick pop at those involved in the anti-Puppies work as well for good measure," which is a reply received from WSFS webmaster Kevin Standlee."

The resulting screams of outrage are hilarious. As is the response from Mr. Standlee, Worldcon webmaster and puppy kicker of yore, who basically answered as if he were a lawyer.

So to be clear, the Worldcon as an organization will go so far as to change their entire voting structure and bylaws to keep out Conservatives, but a regime run by real-life fascists gets a straight up-or-down vote.

I'm going to laugh pretty hard if this bid wins.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Another resignation: Gary Garrels because RAAAAcist!

This is no longer amazing. It still seems completely whack to me, but this is happening so much now I can only look and munch my popcorn. Another artsy Leftist in San Francisco gets hounded out of his sinecure for being insufficiently Woke(TM). Because the crocodile will eventually get around to eating you.

Until last week, Gary Garrels was senior curator of painting and sculpture at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). He resigned his position after museum employees circulated a petition that accused him of racism and demanded his immediate ouster.

"Gary's removal from SFMOMA is non-negotiable," read the petition. "Considering his lengthy tenure at this institution, we ask just how long have his toxic white supremacist beliefs regarding race and equity directed his position curating the content of the museum?"

This accusation—that Garrels' choices as an art curator are guided by white supremacist beliefs—is a very serious one. Unsurprisingly, it does not stand up to even minimal scrutiny.

The petitioners cite few examples of anything even approaching bad behavior from Garrels. Their sole complaint is that he allegedly concluded a presentation on how to diversify the museum's holdings by saying, "don't worry, we will definitely still continue to collect white artists."

Well, that was it for him. Saying that the museum would still countenance the inclusion of work from White male artists (Not actually doing it, mind you, just saying it) is equivalent to a lynching in front of a burning cross in 2020.

Mm, boy, this is good popcorn. ~:D

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Best resignation letter ever: Bari Weiss quits the NY Times

Of all the jobs I've quit in disgust over the years, and there have been many, I've never written a letter as awesome as this. It is the Queen of all "I Quit!" letters.

But the lessons that ought to have followed the election—lessons about the importance of understanding other Americans, the necessity of resisting tribalism, and the centrality of the free exchange of ideas to a democratic society—have not been learned. Instead, a new consensus has emerged in the press, but perhaps especially at this [NY Times] paper: that truth isn't a process of collective discovery, but an orthodoxy already known to an enlightened few whose job is to inform everyone else.

Oh yas your Majesty! Testify!

It's a thing of beauty, I just had to share. ~:D

Friday, July 10, 2020

Shockwave absorption by fractal microcubes.

No really, 3D printed fractal microcubes.

Tiny, 3-D printed cubes of plastic, with intricate fractal voids built into them, have proven to be effective at dissipating shockwaves, potentially leading to new types of lightweight armor and structural materials effective against explosions and impacts.

"The goal of the work is to manipulate the wave interactions resulting from a ," said Dana Dattelbaum, a scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory and lead author on a paper to appear in the journal AIP Advances. "The for how to do so have not been well defined, certainly less so compared to mechanical deformation of additively manufactured materials. We're defining those principles, due to advanced, mesoscale manufacturing and design."

Shockwave dispersing materials that take advantage of voids have been developed in the past, but they typically involved random distributions discovered through trial and error. Others have used layers to reverberate shock and release waves. Precisely controlling the location of holes in a material allows the researchers to design, model and test structures that perform as designed, in a reproducible way.

One of the biggest problems in body armor and particularly helmets for both sports and soldiers is dissipating impacts. Older helmets concentrated on the hard unbreakable shell, which withstood impacts well but mostly transmitted the impact energy to a different part of the body, like the neck. So you don't die of a skull fracture, you die of a spinal fracture instead. Or a brain injury, that happens too.

This is an interesting approach where they're using the shape and location of the holes in the material to maximize the dissipation of shockwaves. Very cool. If they make it work, sporting protection like football helmets could improve a great deal.

1st monolithic silicon speaker announced.

A company in California has announced the first all-silicon monolithic speaker ever devised. It is a micro-electrical-mechanical system (MEMS) device made on a chip fabrication process.

The manufacturing of xMEMS' pure silicon speaker is very different to that of a conventional speaker. As the speaker is essentially just one monolithic piece manufactured via your typical lithography manufacturing process, much like how other silicon chips are designed. Due to this monolithic design aspect, the manufacturing line has significantly less complexity versus voice coil designs which have a plethora of components that need to be precision assembled – a task that is quoted to require thousands of factory workers.

Translation: it is tiny enough for ear buds, it is made on a chip fab and when ramped up it will be dirt cheap. No word on how it sounds, but would it be worse than existing earbuds? Doubtful.

Sunday, July 05, 2020

CNN admits Hydroxychloroquine works.

Well well, look at this.

A team at Henry Ford Health System in Southeast Michigan said Thursday its study of 2,541 hospitalized patients found that those given hydroxychloroquine were much less likely to die.
Dr. Marcus Zervos, division head of infectious disease for Henry Ford Health System, said 26% of those not given hydroxychloroquine died, compared to 13% of those who got the drug. The team looked back at everyone treated in the hospital system since the first patient in March.
"Overall crude mortality rates were 18.1% in the entire cohort, 13.5% in the hydroxychloroquine alone group, 20.1% among those receiving hydroxychloroquine plus azithromycin, 22.4% among the azithromycin alone group, and 26.4% for neither drug," the team wrote in a report published in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases.

The article I'm quoting is less than amused by CNN's "discovery".

May their shame be eternal.
To the hack journalists of the left who sold the lie, to the paid-off scientists who ran misleading studies, to the larger medical community that didn’t stand up for the genuine studies, to the fund-grubbing worms at the NIH, CDC, and WHO, specifically Tedros Ghebreyesus, PhD, and of course, to the biggest swindler of them all, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the ratface bastard who whored his considerable expertise to make money for his Big Pharma friends and grow his budget: may the world look upon you for what you are: scum.
Tell us how you really feel, bro. 😈

Your humble Phantom has been talking about this since March. Yes, Hydroxychloroquine works -amazingly- well on COVID-19 when taken early on. Yes, it is cheap and available. Yes, the Orange Man was correct when he said it looked promising.

This is not because I am so super smart, I hasten to add. It had to be extremely obvious for me to get the message. And it was. Extremely obvious. Patient takes drug, patent's breathing RETURNS TO NORMAL within about 5 hours. It does not get more obvious than that. Does that happen every single time? No, only more than half the time. Often it can take up to ten hours for the patient's breathing to return to normal.



And yes, all the great flurry of studies that came out "proving" that Hydroxychloroquine didn't work, was in fact dangerous and #OrangeManBad!!! were 100% bullshit and have been retracted.

I said they were bullshit when they were published, based on the abstract alone. Because the study design was bullshit. They might just as well have written [THIS IS BULLSHIT] in the abstract.

Peace be upon The Lancet and the New England Journal of Medicine, but if a retired physical therapist who's been out of school since the 1990's can read an abstract and know the study is bullshit, but you published it anyway, I have to question your commitment to science.

However I was wrong in assuming the study design was the only thing wrong, it develops that all the data was fabricated as well. Not just bullshit, but a crime.

Be it noted, CNN said nothing when the Lancet and NEJM studies were withdrawn. No one in media has said much of anything about it. They're all pulled into their shells hoping video of rioters setting random statues on fire will draw attention away from their unforgivable behavior.

People died from this, my friends. Real people who would have lived if given this cheap and available medicine are dead now. Deliberately withholding a lifesaving medicine from vulnerable patients during a pandemic, over politics, I can't think of anything lower than that.

I'm of the opinion that some people desperately need to be sent to jail for this. We cannot accept this level of sheer uncaring evil in our society. Shaming is not sufficient.