Friday, May 20, 2022

This is disgraceful: CGI Stan Lee cameos.

The Hollywood Reporter revealed today that a 20-year deal between Marvel, Genius Brands International and POW! Entertainment — the intellectual property company Lee started in 2001 — will allow Marvel to license the name and likeness of Lee. He could be inserted in feature films via CGI, Disney theme parks or various "experiences" and merchandise.

"It really ensures that Stan, through digital technology and archival footage and other forms, will live in the most important venue, the Marvel movies, and Disney theme parks," Andy Heyward, chairman and CEO of Genius Brands told the pub. "It's a broad deal."

They're trying as hard as they can to kill that golden goose, aren't they?  CGI Stan Lee cameos, yeah, that's what the fans want...

Old footage of Stan? Sure. Posters, still pictures? Absolutely. Cartoon animated Stan? No problem. Computer generated Undead Stan coming back from the grave, wisecracking like he was still alive? Nope. Nopenopenope. It's gross. Don't do it.

Happy Molly Norris Is Still Hiding Day.

Yes friends, another year passed by and today we remind one and all that Molly Norris, nice lady and artist/cartoonist of no particular fame, is still in hiding. Since 2010. For drawing a picture.



This picture. It is best not to forget some things.

Okay? As you were.


Netflix lays off 150 Wokesters.

It looks like somebody on the board of directors has finally had it with the Woke wrecking crew fucking over Netflix.

Netflix's recent axing of 150 staff targeted many of the firm's wokest workers who are prolific social justice warriors on social media.

The struggling streaming service has pulled the plug on several projects that were aimed at discussing race and LGBTQ issues, Variety reported, and axed the diverse employees working on and promoting them. 

In addition to the layoffs, the company also fired nearly 70 employees working for its social media and publishing teams focused on marginalized communities.

They included Strong Black Lead, the Asian American-focused Golden, the Latino-focused Con Todo, and the LGBTQ-focused Most. 

Netflix claimed its latest layoffs were due to 'a slow down in revenue and decline in subscribers.' But they represented just 150 of the firm's 11,000 staff, sparking speculation that a purge of meddlesome woke staff was afoot.  

Emphasis mine. So what, specifically, got cut?

Netflix has also scrapped a host of woke shows - the most famous of which is Meghan Markle's doomed animation Pearl, about a socially-conscious girl said to have been based on Meghan herself.  

Other scrapped projects included Antiracist Baby and Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You, two adaptions by Critical Race Theory expert Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, as well as a kids' fantasy series Wings of Fire from executive producer Ava DuVernay, and the children's film With Kind Regards From Kindergarten.   

The most notable of the scrapped works was Antiracist Baby, based on Kendi's book of the same name, which had been envisioned as a series of animated vignettes set to music and intended to explore racism in America.

Netflix had previously said that the show would 'leverage the power of earwormy songs to empower kids and their caregivers with simple tools to uproot racism in ourselves and society.'

Also cancelled was a documentary written by Kendi, titled Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You, which was aimed at teens and young adults.

Netflix is still proceeding with a third Kendi project aimed at adults, titled Stamped From the Beginning.

Also scrapped was the kids' fantasy series Wings of Fire, based on the book series by Tui T. Sutherland's, which would have seen famed black filmmaker Ava DuVernay as an executive producer. 

Although a fantasy story, Wings of Fire explores themes of racism and prejudice through its fictional world. 

Another project, which was revealed to be a film adaption of Adam Kline's With Kind Regard from Kindergarten, was also cancelled by Netflix. 

One of the things going for Netflix is their data capture. They know exactly what subscribers watch, what they start watching and then drop, what they fast-forward past, what time of day they watch, pretty much everything. So they KNOW what is working and what isn't. 

Seems that somebody took a hard look at those numbers and realized that A) Woke isn't selling and B) they're going to go broke if they keep listening to Wokesters like Dr. Ibram X. Kendi.

So, they did what they had to do. Because money talks and bullshit walks.

Friday, May 13, 2022

Gaslighting: a textbook example.

Gaslighting is one of those asinine words invented by Lefties. It is a noun turned into a verb, like scapegoat or 'conversate' and has really only been a thing since about 2010 according to Wikipedia. Taken from the film Gaslight in 1944, it is a pernicious form of lying in which the liar tries to deceive their target by making them question their own reality.

Leading us to today's example from the Daily Kos: Right-wing trolls accusing science fiction of being 'woke' are messing with my childhood.Specifically, people don't like the new Lord of the Rings TV series and the Wheel of Time TV series because the shows don't follow the existing cannon of the books.

Yes, no kidding. We've seen this show before.

Here's the gaslighting, courtesy ofDaily Kos 'staffer' Christopher Reeves:

Monday, May 09, 2022

Remember when Dr. Who was fun?

I recall watching Matt Smith and Karen Gillian and thinking it was fun. Prior to that, not really. Following that, I haven't spent a second watching it. The show became appallingly Woke.

So here we are, 2022, the 60th anniversary, and there is a 14th Doctor. There were only supposed to be 12, but never mind all that, this is number 14.

Doctor Who's newest incarnation has been announced. Replacing Jodie Whittaker — and becoming the 14th Doctor Who — is 29-year-old Netflix star Ncuti Gatwa.

I wish the gentleman good luck, and hope that the Wokeness doesn't suck all the life out of his career.  Sir Lawrence Olivier couldn't make this turkey fly.

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Diagnosis of Western Elites: Nihilist Lunatics

An excellent article I discovered at Small Dead Animals. The comments there reflect the thing mentioned in the article.

So, Professor Brenner, tell us what buzzsaw you ran into when you dared raise some serious questions about a foreign policy matter.

MB: Yes, it came only partially as a surprise. I've been writing these commentaries and distributing them to a personal list of roughly 5,000 for more than a decade. Some of those persons are abroad, most are in the U.S.; they're all educated people who've been involved one way or another with international affairs, including quite a number who have had experience in and around government or journalism or the world of punditry.

What happened on this occasion was that I had expressed highly skeptical views about what I believe is the fictional story line of what has been happening in Ukraine, back over the past year and most pointedly in regard to the acute crisis that has arisen with the Russian invasion and attack on Ukraine. I received not only an unusually large number of critical replies, but it was the nature of them that was deeply dismaying.

One, many—most of them came from people whom I know, whom I knew as level-headed, sober minds, engaged and well informed on foreign policy issues and international matters generally. Second, they were highly personalized, and I had rarely been the object of that sort of criticism or attack—sort of ad hominem remarks questioning my patriotism; had I been paid by Putin; my motivations, my sanity, et cetera.

In other words, he was getting the Trump treatment!

Third was the extremity of the content of these hostile messages. And the last characteristic, which really stunned me, was that these people bought into—hook, line and sinker—every aspect of the sort of fictional story that has been propagated by the administration, accepted and swallowed whole by the media and our political-intellectual class, which includes many academics and the entire galaxy of Washington think tanks.

And that's an impression that had been growing for some time, that this was not a dialogue. It was, in effect, to launch one's thoughts into a void. A void, because the discourse as it has crystalized is not only uniform, but it is in so many respects senseless, lacking any kind of inner logic, whether you agree with the premises and the formally stated objectives or not.

In effect, this was intellectual and political nihilism. And one cannot correct that simply by conventional means. So I felt for the first time that I was no part of this world, and of course this is also a reflection of trends and attitudes that have become rather pervasive in the country at large, sort of over time. And so beyond simply disagreeing with what the consensus is, I had become totally alienated. And I decided there was no point to distributing these commentaries. That's essentially it, Robert.

This is essentially what one sees broadly across social media/blogs etc. on a wide variety of subjects from self defense to energy to foreign policy. There is The Approved View of the day/week/month/year, and then there are all the other views, which are to be deplored. Thus we get to the place where American (and European!) foreign policy is playing chicken with the Russians when the Americans have no interests at play. They're doing a wheelie while playing chicken.
 
Would Russia have invaded Ukraine if Trump was still president? Maybe? Or more likely, Trump would have brokered a deal with Putin. Just like the other deals he made all over the place. He made deals with everybody. It worked.

One of the things most alarming about the DemocRat Blue-Check media crowd is the way they keep screaming for the USA to get in there and end that war right now. No wondering how it started, just screaming they want a US imposed No Fly Zone. They want the US to send tanks and artillery and lots of stuff to the Ukrainians. They want Germany to armor up and face down those Russians. Not one of them seems to be thinking about making a deal with the Russians. The Russians who have nukes.

Yes, the Russians have nukes. They have short-range artillery fired nukes, they have mid-range truck-mobile missile nukes, they have ICBM nukes that can reach out and touch Nebraska from the middle of Siberia. They have suitcase nukes, from what I recall after the Soviet Union fell. Defectors talked about them.

Rule Number One of diplomacy used to be "Do not fuck with the guy who has nukes." But here they are, fucking with him. Daring him. As if it doesn't matter what the Russians want, or what they do. As if they don't care that Putin might nuke Kiev just to show the Americans that they better smarten up and stop screwing around.

He could really do that. Like, right now. Hell, he could nuke the USA. Just like in the old days, when the air raid siren would blow, and you'd wonder if you were going to die in 15 minutes. I remember one time the siren went off, and I went to sit out in the park. I figured if the Soviets were going to blow us to Hell, I'd be better off vaporized than dying of radiation poisoning after a month or a year of suffering.

You assholes are cheering for this to happen. I can see you doing it. If I don't die in a nuclear war, I'll remember.

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Elon: I'm buying Twitter! DHS: hold my beer...

Amid the wasteland of fucking stupidity that is the media lately, there arose a ray of sunshine. Elon Musk bought Twitter earlier this week. Two things happened immediately: the Wokesters who work for Twitter went nuts with the screaming and the crying all over the place, and Twitter Inc. announced it was "locking its code" to make sure the insane employees didn't destroy everything. Kinda interesting.

So, yesterday it was revealed on a lot of Conservative sites that they have suddenly picked up tens of thousands of Twitter followers. Lots of blue-checkmark liberals have lost tens of thousands of subscribers. Meaning that Twitter did not have its thumb on the scale all this time, they had both feet on there. I will speculate that Google, Amazon and Farcebook could possibly, maybe, could be have done the same. Y'know. Maybe. Just sayin'.

So today, it is revealed that there will be a  Department of Homeland Security (DHS) "Disinformation Governance Board"

It would appear, if one were of a suspicious nature, that the US DHS is extremely determined to see that the DemocRats don't get wiped out in November. If they lose their loyal blue checkmarks, they might face more than just a lost election. Given Hunter Biden's laptop, y'know. Just sayin'.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Proof of life post.

 The Phantom remains, I just haven't felt moved to post anything from the news lately. 


So, still alive and kicking. Yay.

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Shang-Chi vs. Will Smith

So, we all know that Will Smith appears to have bitch-slapped Chris Rock at the Academy Awards, on stage, right in front of everybody. According to various Conservative sites, there is no shortage of Leftists out there blaming Republicans, Trump, racism and Western Civilization as a whole for that. None of them seem to be blaming Will Smith, which is what I'd expect. They never blame the guy who does the bad thing, they always blame somebody or something convenient for their narrative of the moment.

Well, I have a different perspective. Here's a related news story about another movie, Shang Chi.

According to an ACE announcement, Liu, Zhang and Munteanu will be available for celebrity photo ops and in-person autographs on June 4 at Awesome Con at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The announcement also noted, however, that the actors would not be signing any comic books deemed offensive, particularly Marvel Comics' original "Shang-Chi" run from 1974-83.

"Simu Liu will not sign any Master of Kung Fu comics or other comics deemed offensive," the note read. "All autographs from Simu will be signed in English only."

Shang-Chi first appeared in the 1973 comic book "Special Marvel Edition" issue No. 15, created by writer Steve Englehart and artist Jim Starlin. It went through a title change two issues later to become "The Hands of Shang-Chi: Master of Kung Fu."

While it featured an East Asian protagonist, the series was ripe with "yellow peril" tropes, most notably in the form of the hero's father, Fu Manchu, a fictional cultural icon who has been deemed by many as "yellow peril incarnate."

I have quite a few of those comics. For a comic book convention to come out and claim a title with a run of ten years has been "deemed offensive" and then tell fans that an actor will not sign them at their con is two things.

First, it is a slap in the face to fans, some of whom might really have a copy of Master of Kung Fu they were willing to pay $150 to have autographed. Why is Shang Chi even a thing in the first place? Those comics. They were pretty good.

Second, it is utterly expected. Erasing the past is something the Left whines about constantly, and something they do themselves harder and faster every year. For some unnamed dickhead to "deem offensive" a title from the 1970s and 80s is what we've come to expect from academics and Leftists generally. We've also come to expect organizations, publishers, companies and conventions to bow to these unnamed dickheads and accede to their every wish. Because those orgs and companies don't want to get dragged through the media as racists. Which is what will happen.

In this environment of fear and hatred, things like the Academy Awards have lost all meaning and become nothing more than opportunities for Hollywood people to signal their virtue. The spectacle of one millionaire slapping another on the stage in front of the entire world on television is, I'm disgusted to say, utterly expected. I'd go so far as to say it's inevitable. Also expected, the standing ovation for Will Smith when he won an Oscar ten minutes after assaulting the jester. Also utterly expected, peace be unto Jim Carrey. Why expected? Because "don't be the first to stop applauding Stalin." That's why.

Thursday, March 24, 2022

European gun control, 2022 version.

Well well. Poland just figured out that disarming the whole population means... the whole population is disarmed.

WARSAW, Poland — Scared that Russian President Vladimir Putin will eventually target them, Polish civilians, many of them women, are flocking to gun ranges so they can learn how to shoot Glocks and AK-47s.

The number of people coming to shoot guns has tripled at Strzelnica Warszawianka, a gun range and shooting school in the Polish capital Warsaw that's tucked in a basement underneath a swimming pool, since the war erupted, one instructor told VICE World News.


Wow. How unexpected. Who could have seen that coming?

In Poland, gun laws are fairly strict, so owning one isn't easy: it takes months to go through all the prerequisite background checks, and some firearms have to be registered with police.  But Chewiński said Poland's government will likely loosen the restriction soon, which will make owning a gun easier. "Of course to access weapons you'll have to get psychiatric clearance. You can't just show your ID and buy a weapon," he said.

 Yeah, you can't just show your ID and buy a gun... this week. By next week? They could be handing them out in the park, because the Russkies are in the next town.

After screaming about this shit since 1992, and telling everyone who will listen that gun control is the STUPIDEST idea of our Boomer generation, it looks like I'm right. And man, it sucks to be right about this.

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

The Ivory Tower: wrath demon or succubus?

Last night I read something that pissed me off so bad I had to play Plants Vs. Zombies for an hour before I could sleep.

Now, the politicization and tribalism of campus life have crowded out old-fashioned expectations about justice and neutrality. The imperatives of race, gender and identity are more important to more and more law students than due process, the presumption of innocence, and all the norms and values at the foundation of what we think of as the rule of law.

Critics of those values are nothing new, of course, and certainly they are not new at elite law schools. Critical race theory, as it came to be called in the 1980s, began as a critique of neutral principles of justice. The argument went like this: Since the United States was systemically racist—since racism was baked into the country's political, legal, economic and cultural institutions—neutrality, the conviction that the system should not seek to benefit any one group, camouflaged and even compounded that racism. The only way to undo it was to abandon all pretense of neutrality and to be unneutral.


It's one thing when you see stupid kids running around doing this sort of shit at Laurier U to people like Linsay Shepherd. It is an entirely different thing when you see the Prime Minister of Canada use one (1) planted asshole with one (1) Nazi flag at a lawful, legal, peaceful Freedom Convoy demonstration to invoke the Emergencies Act and seize the bank accounts of anyone who donated money to the charity. That's what we're talking about here. As the author put it,

At first, the conventional wisdom held that this was "just a few college kids"—a few spoiled snowflakes—who would "grow out of it" when they reached the real world and became serious people. That did not happen. Instead, the undergraduates clung to their ideas about justice and injustice. They became medical students and law students. Then 2020 happened. 

All of sudden, critical race theory was more than mainstream in America's law schools. It was mandatory. 

Starting this Fall, Georgetown Law School will require all students to take a class "on the importance of questioning the law's neutrality" and assessing its "differential effects on subordinated groups," according to university documents obtained by Common Sense. UC Irvine School of Law, University of Southern California Gould School of Law, Yeshiva University's Cardozo School of Law, and Boston College Law School have implemented similar requirements. Other law schools are considering them. 

As of last month, the American Bar Association is requiring all accredited law schools to "provide education to law students on bias, cross-cultural competency, and racism," both at the start of law school and "at least once again before graduation." That's in addition to a mandatory legal ethics class, which must now instruct students that they have a duty as lawyers to "eliminate racism." (The American Bar Association, which accredits almost every law school in the United States, voted 348 to 17 to adopt the new standard.)

Trial verdicts that do not jibe with the new politics are seen as signs of an inextricable hate—and an illegitimate legal order. At the Santa Clara University School of Law, administrators emailed students that the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse—the 17-year-old who killed two men and wounded another during a riot, in Kenosha, Wisconsin—was "further evidence of the persistent racial injustice and systemic racism within our criminal justice system." At UC Irvine, the university's chief diversity officer emailed students that the acquittal "conveys a chilling message: Neither Black lives nor those of their allies' matter." (He later apologized for having "appeared to call into question a lawful trial verdict.") 

Professors say it is harder to lecture about cases in which accused rapists are acquitted, or a police officer is found not guilty of abusing his authority. One criminal law professor at a top law school told me he's even stopped teaching theories of punishment because of how negatively students react to retributivism—the view that punishment is justified because criminals deserve to suffer.

"I got into this job because I liked to play devil's advocate," said the tenured professor, who identifies as a liberal. "I can't do that anymore. I have a family."

Other law professors—several of whom asked me not to identify their institution, their area of expertise, or even their state of residence—were similarly terrified.

Nadine Strossen, the first woman to head the American Civil Liberties Union and a professor at New York Law School, told me: "I massively self-censor. I assume that every single thing that is said, every facial gesture, is going to be recorded and potentially disseminated to the entire world. I feel as if I am operating in a panopticon." 

This has all come as a shock to many law professors, who had long assumed that law schools wouldn't cave to the new orthodoxy.

They're attacking the foundational values of Western Civilization, is what they're doing. The basic notions of rationalism, the dispassionate review of evidence, and equality before the law are now "racism." That's what Critical Race Theory is all about, and it is running your government as of right now. All thanks to the pointy-headed intellectuals of the Ivory Tower. 

This is not the first time I've talked about this, this link is to an article by a North Korean escapee who had to walk across the Gobi desert so she could go to Columbia U.

Famed North Korean defector Yeonmi Park offered a chilling account of her time at Columbia University, saying that not even North Korea went to the level of brainwashing that she witnessed.

Speaking with Fox News, Park became increasingly dismayed with the cost of an education that amounted to little more than what she described as indoctrination.

"I expected that I was paying this fortune, all this time and energy, to learn how to think. But they are forcing you to think the way they want you to think," she said. "I realized, wow, this is insane. I thought America was different but I saw so many similarities to what I saw in North Korea that I started worrying."

Like in North Korea, Park said she witnessed example after example of anti-Western sentiment and guilt-tripping. During her orientation, for instance, a staff member scolded her for liking classic literature.

"I said 'I love those books.' I thought it was a good thing," Park said of her orientation. "Then she said, 'Did you know those writers had a colonial mindset? They were racists and bigots and are subconsciously brainwashing you.'"

When the North Korean defector tells you that Columbia is crazier than Pyongyang, that's not a good sign.


It seems very clear that elite colleges discriminate against Asian-American students, and that the Supreme Court is going to find this. (One expert said no discrimination would result in around 65% Asian-American admits.) The fact that this has been so tolerated speaks volumes. Stopping standardized tests -- which are imperfect and correlated with socioeconomic status -- seems to be bad. Other items like the personal essay are surely more correlated and more hackable. I'm all for looking at test scores in context, but dropping entirely denies opportunity. (I wonder if this is correlated to the earthquake coming when colleges can no longer discriminate against Asian-American students.)

 He's talking about this case, wherein Yale rejects Asians and Whites every year based on race alone. That case is going to the Supreme Court, where it seems plain that absent some form of fuckery, Yale and the other Ivy League schools will lose. The student debt crisis is a huge issue in the USA, and schools are going bankrupt.

Here in Canada, Laurentian University went out of business, and in February the big scandal from Quebec is three (3) schools went under at the same time, stranding thousands of foreign students with no school and they haven't got their money back either. Scamdal!

Universities have never really gone bankrupt in Canada that I know of, they're semi-government entities. But here we are, universities going super hard Woke and then going broke because the kids don't like it and the parents won't pay for it.

Wednesday, March 09, 2022

No one is listening to your tweets.

Here's a good-news story in among all the war and pestilence stories that are being blared at us 24/7/365 by the Lamestream Press. Nobody is listening.

Why it matters: The rising power and prominence of the nation's loudest, meanest voices obscures what most of us personally experience: Most people are sane and generous — and too busy to tweet. 

Reality check: It turns out, you're right. We dug into the data and found that, in fact, most Americans are friendly, donate time or money, and would help you shovel your snow. They are busy, normal and mostly silent.

Yes. Most people are off the news-drip and getting on with life. Here are the specifics from the article:
  1.  75% of people in the U.S. never tweet.
  2. On an average weeknight in January, just 1% of U.S. adults watched primetime Fox News (2.2 million). 0.5% tuned into MSNBC (1.15 million).
  3. Nearly three times more Americans (56%) donated to charities during the pandemic than typically give money to politicians and parties (21%).
Americans closely resemble Canadians in these numbers from articles I've seen over the years. We're a little less generous with charities, a lot less generous with politics. Note that of the ones watching the news, double the number watch Fox than MSNBC. That's some pretty good news too.

I take this to mean that the partisans raging on the Internet, both the Left and the Right, are a tiny number of people who basically represent nothing. That's encouraging. The vast majority are simply not listening to them, or to the politicians.

Good times!

Friday, February 25, 2022

New class divide at work in Trucker's convoy?

Saw this article at Small Dead Animals and felt compelled to comment.

While much has been made of the "working class" and its alienation from "the elite," this phrasing comes with associations about material wealth and economic class that aren't necessarily helpful. Many of those who support "populist" politics in opposition to the elite tend to be relatively solidly middle class, while many a starving artist supports the establishment Left. The character of one's work and lifestyle seems to shape the common values of each side of the class divide more than income does.

Consider instead two main classes of people in society, who tend to navigate and interact with the world in fundamentally different ways. The first are those people who work primarily in the real, physical world. Maybe they work directly with their hands, like a carpenter, or a mechanic, or a farmer. Or maybe they are only a step away: they own or manage a business where they organize and direct employees who work with their hands and buy or sell or move things around in the real world, like a transport logistics company. This class necessarily works in a physical location or owns or operates physical assets central to its trade.

The second class of people is different. They are, relatively speaking, a civilizational innovation. They don't interact much with the physical world directly; they are handlers of knowledge.

[snippage]

For simplicity's sake, let's call these two classes the Physicals and the Virtuals, respectively. This division maps closely onto another much-discussed political wedge: the geographic split between cities, where most of the Virtuals are concentrated, and the outlying exurbs and rural hinterlands, where the Physicals remain predominant. No coincidence that partisan differences between urban metropolitan cores and provinces have become one of the defining features of politics across the Western democratic world.
 
This makes a certain amount of sense when driving past it at 30mph. The age-old divide between the landed class and those who work the land, reframed as knowledge-wranglers vs. knuckle-busters. Latte sippers vs. trucker, with the latte set sitting firmly in the political driver's seat.

For the Virtual elite, the most unforgivable thing about the Physicals and their grimy world is that they stubbornly refuse to yield to full, frictionless control. Virtuals are increasingly most comfortable in a purely virtual environment—one where they can have direct, instantaneous control over (virtual) matter. Real matter is stubbornly resistant, a reminder that the self doesn't control the universe, and that they are vulnerable, even mortal.

I agree with this framework to a certain extent. It does go a long way to explaining the reactions of the political elite to the Freedom Convoy, and makes understandable the larger cultural push for things like self-driving cars, robotic factories, all the way down to network-connected light bulbs.  Knowledge workers trying to eliminate human error (and super expensive human labor) from their logistics loops.

Which is great, in theory. In reality the most successful and most well-developed self driving car is absolutely unsafe to let loose without a human driver. Even on a closed course where all conditions are controlled, they still aren't reliable. Snow, just for example, completely screws them up. The cutting edge of the knowledge revolution, those elite nerds who design and build the prototypes, acknowledge that a self-driving car is a much more difficult problem than was thought 30 years ago when all this started.

This is why, in the fabulously science fiction year of 2022, when World Peace was supposed to have been achieved and World Hunger should have been a thing of the past, you don't have your own flying car in the driveway. All those futures with free electricity and flying cars were written in the 1930s and '40s. Back then, it seemed there was nothing that couldn't be accomplished by engineers and industry. In 1946, nuclear fusion was only 20 years away! Remember that?

Flying cars and nuclear fusion have been "20 years away" for nearly 80 years. It turns out that some problems are a lot harder than people think. Flying cars is one that I looked into myself, it all boils down to the engineering requirements of a road vehicle being incompatible with a flying vehicle, and movement in three dimensions being fundamentally different than in only two. Takeoff is optional, landing is mandatory. Making the construction and control of a road-capable aircraft ludicrously difficult. It really requires higher energy concentrations than we can generate with current engine technology. Hybrids with internal combustion generators and electric flight motors come closest to doing it, but even with the best in computer flight controls it isn't safe to fly around in. Like the jet-pack, it is a demonstration-only technology.

Because of this "reality vs. the dream" problem, there are not going to be self-driving cars, trucks, trains and buses anytime soon. The engineering issues of having automated vehicles driving around environments with people in them are not resolvable using current information-processing technology. Humans manage it because A) all these environments are designed by and for humans, and B) Humans operate in the physical environment of Nature thanks to four billion years of evolution. We're the best bio/mechanical system on planet Earth. Digital computers as currently constituted are never going to approach Human performance in the physical world.

But.

The guys in charge of stuff like Amazon, WalMart, Google, General Motors, Bank of Canada etc. really, really want to get rid of those deplorables from their supply chains. They're willing to kill people to get it done. They'd be more than happy to send -existing- self-driving technology out into the world, stitched into existing 18-wheelers, and simply accept the resulting carnage as the cost of doing business. They don't care if it results in better command and control success for them.

To me, the real divide is not between makers and takers, Left and Right, owners and workers. The true divide is distributed control, aka freedom, or centralized control, aka tyranny. Tyranny, no matter how carefully planned and no matter how ruthlessly enforced, does not work.

Exhibit A, the truckers. The truckers are the guys impacted by  control policies imposed by a central authority that has no idea what the result of their policy will be. Worse than that, they really don't care. The creation and roll-out of the policy was their whole interest in the matter, what happens as a result is not their problem.

The trucker's have been the victims of an awful lot of similar policies levied on them by all levels of government and their own industry as well. One small example is the time spent by truckers waiting in line at ports. The real-world result of the combination of regulations and policies acting on physical reality is that a guy who gets paid by the load is stuck waiting six to eight hours to pick up a container at the port. He's not getting paid for that. None of that was deliberate. It all grows out of bad decisions by centralized authority that is decoupled from the results of their orders.

One more idiotic policy did not seem like a big deal to force down the trucker's throats. The suits back in Ottawa didn't think twice, they mandated Covid-19 vaxx to anybody crossing the border. No jab, no job, rednecks. Shut up and get your shot.

So two things happened. First, the already strained supply chain started breaking down even further because the trucking industry lost 10% of their driving workforce at the stroke of a pen. Second, the pissed-off truckers all talk to each other. They decided that they couldn't accept another slap-in-the-face and survive. When you clear $3000 a month after expenses and taxes, and the lease on your truck is $3000, there's not much left for you. The math, as they say, didn't work out.

What's left to do? Go after the stupid pricks making the policies that are killing your business. Put -their- skin in the game for a change. Freedom Convoy made the Ottawa Elite weenies walk their talk, and they did not like it. Central control freaks never like it when the consequences of their actions come back to them.

Monday, February 14, 2022

Trudeau invokes Emergency Act.

As of right now, the Trudeau Liberals have invoked the Emergencies Act. Formerly known as the War Measures Act, it gives the federal government and RCMP the effective power to do pretty much anything they want.

All because of guys parking their trucks and blowing their horns in Ottawa.

I guess we'll see what comes next, eh?


Friday, February 11, 2022

GiveSendGo defies Ontario. And the cops are "visiting" on-line supporters of the Freedom Convoy.

The Provincial Court of Ontario issued orders to suspend payment of donated money for the Freedom Convoy.

GiveSendGo told them to step off.

Know this! Canada has absolutely ZERO jurisdiction over how we manage our funds here at GiveSendGo. All funds for EVERY campaign on GiveSendGo flow directly to the recipients of those campaigns, not least of which is The Freedom Convoy campaign.

Twitter link here, it'll be interesting to see how long Twitter leaves their account up.

Pretty different response than GoFundMe, who rolled over for the Ottawa police after a phone call.

And didn't they just send the cutest little girl in uniform they could scrounge up for this shakedown? How amazingly unthreatening was that? So nice!

All of the above is so amazingly stupid I still can't believe the Ontario government is doing it. Sending the cops to people's houses because they liked a post of Farcebook? Suspending funding for a -legal- protest that is bending over backwards to do everything violence-free and by the book? Threatening to take people's kids away because they are attending a LEGAL demonstration? After giving Antifa and the Mohawk Warriors a free pass in this province to burn shit and beat people up since 2006?

Are you kidding me? Randomly driving around the last two weeks I've seen a lot of Normies out there with Canadian flags hanging off the backs of their pickup trucks. Lawn signs supporting the convoy. Tractors dressed up with flags and signs sitting in front of the Tim Horton's on Highway 3 in the Middle of Nowhere Ontario. This is not some little Antifa rent-a-mob bussed in to break windows. They finally pissed off the Normies. All those people who don't pay attention to the news and don't care about anything but home and job, they're PISSED. And they are letting the government know that they're pissed. That's what this is.

But, on the other hand, there are sneaky reports that Big Doug is going to shit-can the vax passports this weekend. Maybe he can see lightning and hear thunder after all. We'll see.

Wednesday, February 09, 2022

Summation of the Freedom Convoy in one cartoon.

This one cartoon pretty much says it all for me.

Let's have a couple of pictures of the action from these events, shall we?

George Floyd riots May 2020

Freedom Convoy riots February 2022

 

Okay? See where I'm going here?




 

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

CDC says: Natural immunity to Corona is a thing.

Natural immunity is what happens when you catch a virus and get over it. For the rest of your life, your immune system can defeat that virus. If you had measles as a kid, you won't get it as an adult.

The CDC reports that people who have caught COVID-19 and gotten over it have natural immunity.

Summary

What is already known about this topic?

Data are limited regarding the risks for SARS-CoV-2 infection and hospitalization after COVID-19 vaccination and previous infection.

What is added by this report?

During May–November 2021, case and hospitalization rates were highest among persons who were unvaccinated without a previous diagnosis. Before Delta became the predominant variant in June, case rates were higher among persons who survived a previous infection than persons who were vaccinated alone. By early October, persons who survived a previous infection had lower case rates than persons who were vaccinated alone.

What are the implications for public health practice?

Although the epidemiology of COVID-19 might change as new variants emerge, vaccination remains the safest strategy for averting future SARS-CoV-2 infections, hospitalizations, long-term sequelae, and death. Primary vaccination, additional doses, and booster doses are recommended for all eligible persons. Additional future recommendations for vaccine doses might be warranted as the virus and immunity levels change.

This study amounts to official recognition that previous infection is a better protection than the "vaccination". Which means the mad science experimental genetic modification shot isn't working. (It is important to note the use of language, because by the CDC's own definitions, the COVID shot is not a vaccine. When they call it one, they are lying. And they know they are lying.)

According to this study, if you had the 'rona and lived, as most of us have, then you're good. You will not catch the 'rona again. You will not spread the 'rona to your mom, your friends, or random strangers on the subway. Because you have natural immunity.

So then, given that, why is the CDC so frigging hell-bent on vaccination+boosters forever as the only way forward? That's a pretty good question. I don't know. It makes absolutely no sense from a "The Science!" perspective. All you Normies out there should be asking why they're telling you to get booster shots of mad-science goo every four months.

Update: CTV poll shows 40% of their respondents favor a fine or tax be put against the Unvaxxed. Because the official story in Canada is that natural immunity does not exist. Propaganda works.

Upperdate: Dennis Prager speaks to the disdain between the Masked and the Unmasked. "Generally speaking, these two groups have disdain for each other."

I would have to say that "disdain" is insufficient. Given the various polls like the CTV one above, the indication is that about a third of the population wants to see the un-masked and un-vaxxed fined, tossed into jail and forcibly jabbed, then muzzled.

Friday, January 21, 2022

Another "CBD prevents COVID" study.

  Well, it seems some guys out there are pretty brave. A new clinical study, this time of CBD oil taken orally, having a protective effect against COVID-19.(Sorry, this one was on Vice, but I'll link to the study as well.)

Cannabidiol—the non-psychoactive cannabis compound better known as CBD—is a potent blocker of SARS-CoV-2 replication in human cells, new research shows. Not only that, but a survey of real-world patients taking prescribed CBD found a "significant" negative relationship between CBD consumption and COVID-19 infection. 

As detailed in a paper published Thursday in the peer-reviewed journal Science Advances by a team of 33 researchers at the University of Chicago and University of Louisville, a survey of 1,212 U.S. patients taking prescribed CBD found that people taking 100 milligrams-per-milliliter oral doses of CBD returned positive COVID-19 tests at much lower rates than control groups with similar medical backgrounds who did not take CBD.

What's interesting to me here is not the actual science. But here's the abstract anyway.

The spread of SARS-CoV-2 and ongoing COVID-19 pandemic underscores the need for new treatments. Here we report that cannabidiol (CBD) inhibits infection of SARS-CoV-2 in cells and mice. CBD and its metabolite 7-OH-CBD, but not THC or other congeneric cannabinoids tested, potently block SARS-CoV-2 replication in lung epithelial cells. CBD acts after viral entry, inhibiting viral gene expression and reversing many effects of SARS-CoV-2 on host gene transcription. CBD inhibits SARS-CoV-2 replication in part by up-regulating the host IRE1 RNase endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress response and interferon signaling pathways. In matched groups of human patients from the National COVID Cohort Collaborative, CBD (100 mg/ml oral solution per medical records) had a significant negative association with positive SARS-CoV-2 tests. This study highlights CBD as a potential preventative agent for early-stage SARS-CoV-2 infection and merits future clinical trials. We caution against use of non-medical formula-tions including edibles, inhalants or topicals as a preventative or treatment therapy at the present time.

What's interesting is the political reception to this new research. Similar papers and also proper clinical trials were done to show positive clinical results and low risk of side effects for several other drugs, including plain old Vitamin D. The political reception for that research in Ontario is the CPSO (College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario) is investigating 40 (forty!) doctors for talking about it on social media. In the media, we hear stories about horse paste and fish tank cleaner.

So far, apart from the clown shows on late-night network television, we're not hearing anything from the media about "dangerous off-brand use of cannabinoids" and "Stoner dies of COVID." Almost as if there were some kind of vested interest the government has in the weed industry, and they've told the media to shut up about it.

Does CBD really prevent COVID? Eh, maybe? It seems to prevent other types of infections, if you read the literature. It certainly knocks down all sorts of inflammatory processes that don't respond well to anything else, and it does seem to be pretty safe generally speaking. If it wasn't there'd be a ton of research showing the harm, that's for sure.

Should you run out and buy CBD to prevent COVID? Maybe not? It's just another study, right? So maybe do your own research, as I keep saying.
One thing I can say for sure, don't bother asking your doctor about it. They will not tell you their opinion of CBD vs. COVID. They will tell you -nothing-. Because the CPSO is investigating 40 doctors for having an opinion in public. That's why.

Thursday, January 20, 2022

CDC says cloth masks don't work on Covid.

 
The Mask Narrative.

Well, it appears there will be some red faces out there today. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control in the USA, for all you read-until-offended types) has finally admitted (on January 14th 2022) that cloth masks do not prevent COVID-190 infections. From their website right at the top (emphasis mine):

Summary of Recent Changes

  • Added information to present similar content for masks and respirators
  • Clarified that people can choose respirators such as N95s and KN95s, including removing concerns related to supply shortages for N95s
  • Clarified that "surgical N95s" are a specific type of respirator that should be reserved for healthcare settings
  • Clarified that some types of masks and respirators provide more protection to the wearer than others
Oh? Some are better than others? Tell me more, CDC.

Key Messages:

  • Masking is a critical public health tool for preventing spread of COVID-19, and it is important to remember that any mask is better than no mask.
  • To protect yourself and others from COVID-19, CDC continues to recommend that you wear the most protective mask you can that fits well and that you will wear consistently.
  • Masks and respirators are effective at reducing transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, when worn consistently and correctly.
  • Some masks and respirators offer higher levels of protection than others, and some may be harder to tolerate or wear consistently than others. It is most important to wear a well-fitted mask or respirator correctly that is comfortable for you and that provides good protection.
  • While all masks and respirators provide some level of protection, properly fitted respirators provide the highest level of protection. Wearing a highly protective mask or respirator may be most important for certain higher risk situations, or by some people at increased risk for severe disease.
  • CDC's mask recommendations provide information that people can use to improve how well their masks protect them.
Don't beat about the bush, Lucy, just say what you mean!

Choosing a Mask or Respirator for Different Situations

Masks and respirators (i.e., specialized filtering masks such as "N95s") can provide different levels of protection depending on the type of mask and how they are used. Loosely woven cloth products provide the least protection, layered finely woven products offer more protection, well-fitting disposable surgical masks and KN95s offer even more protection, and well-fitting NIOSH-approved respirators (including N95s) offer the highest level of protection.

Whatever product you choose, it should provide a good fit (i.e., fitting closely on the face without any gaps along the edges or around the nose) and be comfortable enough when worn properly (covering your nose and mouth) so that you can keep it on when you need to. Learn how to improve how well your mask protects you by visiting CDC's Improve How Your Mask Protects You page.

A respirator has better filtration, and if worn properly the whole time it is in use, can provide a higher level of protection than a cloth or procedural mask. A mask or respirator will be less effective if it fits poorly or if you wear it improperly or take it off frequently. A respirator may be considered in certain situations and by certain people when greater protection is needed or desired.

Okay then. The cloth mask has long been targeted as essentially useless, suitable only for making sure you don't accidentally spit on anyone. They only block most droplets of water when you are "speaking moistly" as the Prime Minister once said. They can't filter aerosols at all. The COVID-19 virus transmits as an aerosol, not just droplets.

Let's say that one again.  The COVID-19 virus transmits as an aerosol, not just droplets. That's the link to the NIH (National Institutes of Health in the USA) article for doctors and so forth. Here's what it says:

4. Airborne aerosols and respiratory viruses transmission

Respiratory viruses may be transmitted through indirect contact, direct contact person-to-person, large droplet spray, airborne aerosol, or a combination of all of these. Disease-carrying aerosols contain substances < 5 μm, while infectious disease physicians traditionally consider large droplet sprays to contain substances > 5 μm at close range (6.6 feet or < 2 m). It is generally believed that droplets and aerosols >5 μm settle within 6 feet away from the infected person who produces them, due to gravity (; ; ). Nevertheless, the use of 5 μm as a definite for these definitions is not supported by novel aerosol science, and the creation of a false dichotomy between what is considered an aerosol and what has considered a droplet undermines the notion of transmission (; ). The route of virus exposure is crucial to understanding transmission. Aerosols and droplets sprayed on the body and its mucous membranes, a kind of contact transmitter, while aerosols particles are inhaled by the respiratory system (). This distinction now follows disease severity, infectious dose, and control strategies. At a close range, both inhalation and contact transmission pathways are possible, but in a longer range, when the droplets have settled rapidly transmission through the inhalation pathway is important. According to aerosol science, the aerosol size is not 5 μm, so an aerosol > 5 μm is inhalable and extends over 6 feet. Also, the aerosols may be formed through the resuspension of static aerosols or settled dust (; ). The virus is found in saliva or respiratory fluid, which varies in size from aerosols and droplets from 0.2 μm to 100 μm. In general, these aerosols particles and drops are produced through breathing, speaking, and talking with aerosols, coughing, and rapid drops accompanied by coughing (; ).

Translation: Your cloth mask doesn't do shit.
The CDC finally, on January 14th 2022, admitted it. 
 

So, what does this mean? Will the CDC finally back off the mask bullshit and admit it was all theater? Of course not! Don't be silly. No, what they're going to do is double and triple down, and start specifying N-95 respirators for toddlers and everybody else. You can see it in their recommendations sheet.

 
Full disclosure, The Phantom was a fan of masks back in March 2020. Let's activate the Wayback Machine and remember this:

Lately we've seen the various cabinet ministers and the Prime Minister out there on TV saying that wearing a mask is the wrong idea. The reason they state for this claim is that the mask "gives people a false sense of security."

Translated from Official Speak: You people are too stupid to live. This is all far too complicated for your feeble minds to comprehend. Just shut up and do what you're told.

And this one too.

While the federal government is telling us we are a bunch of racists and we shouldn't wear masks to curb the spread of COVID-19, otherwise known as the Kung Flu, the Wuhan Flu, the Chinese Communist BioWeapon Flu, the Bat Flu, and etc... the Premiere of Ontario is saying we need to be making masks right here in Ontario instead of begging China for them.

Unfortunately, Doug Ford's promise to make masks in Ontario came to nothing. 2022 and we still import everything from China.

Unfortunately, I was right at the time and Health Canada was lying. What we knew at the time was A) the virus was spread like the flu, in droplet form and B) might randomly kill you. Some people died, some people didn't even get sick. Also C) you could catch it again and again, because it was a novel disease and our immune systems couldn't fight it. Everybody remember that? "Fatal disease! You might die! Stay home!" But the message from Health Canada was don't wear a mask for this potential fatal droplet borne disease, because we don't have enough masks.

But then they made masks mandatory, as I predicted at the time. And they did it right about the time that "The Science" was saying that the COVID-19 transmission was aerosol, and cloth masks, procedure masks etc. wouldn't work. N-95 at a minimum to prevent airborne transmission. So yes, lying first that masks wouldn't work, then doing a 180 and lying that they would.

But then they've been lying that the "vax" would work, and they've been lying that other medicines won't work when we've SEEN them work in India, Japan, South America, and etc.

Consistent lying is the connecting thread, as far as I can see. So all you Karens out there, doing your little best to enforce every single government policy on all us unwashed, uncooperative peasants, just know that Big Brother does not have your back. You are swinging in the breeze, baby.

Update: The cost of mask mandates, illustrated.
 
 Welcoming the removal of face coverings in schools, political commentator Sophie Corcoran breaks down as she recalls her experience of wearing a mask in the classroom.

This girl is -pissed- about what they did to her in school. If faced with a public health official, I think she might take a swing.

Upperdate: Via Blazing Cat Fur, Global News has the Ontario Health Minister on TV DEMANDING that the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons (CPSO) make doctors shut the fuck up about vaccines and alternative treatments of COVID-19.

CPSO replies that they are currently "investigating" 40 physicians with an eye to making them STFU.

More than 40 physicians are currently being investigated by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) for promoting unproven treatments for COVID-19 or sharing unverified information about its vaccines, Global News can reveal.

The revelation comes after Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott publicly urged the CPSO to crack down on a group of doctors accused of spreading unverified medical information about the vaccines, after the situation was brought to light in a Global News investigation.

During a press conference on Wednesday morning to update Ontarians on the province’s fight against the Omicron variant, Elliott labelled the reports “extremely concerning.”

“At a time when it’s never been more important for Ontarians to have confidence in the safety and effectiveness of vaccines, this is unacceptable,” she said.

In other news, the federal government is looking at a vaccine mandate while from around the world the evidence piles up that the vaccines are ineffective at best, they are possibly worse than useless, and the side-effects reporting is massively fudged. Also, the majority of people in hospital this week with COVID-19, including ICU, are double-vaxed. Just so we're all clear what's going on.

Uppity Upperdate January 25th, 2022 five days later: Bari Weiss on the Bill Mahar show basically reads my blog post on national TV. The Normies are restless.

Sunday, January 16, 2022

Karen attacks!

What happens when your doctor or nurse, or anybody really, has an opinion different from the Current Narrative? Karen attacks.

Karen attacks nurses:

Three Ontario nurses who have faced discipline for their stances on the pandemic are suing the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) and a media outlet in British Columbia, with the libel suit seeking $1 million.

Kristen Nagle of London, Kristal Pitter of Tillsonburg and Sara Choujounian of Toronto have been investigated by the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) for sharing their controversial views about the pandemic on social media.


Karen attacks doctors: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/coronavirus/article257335847.html

A doctor with decades of experience can't practice medicine after her license was temporarily suspended over complaints that she shared coronavirus misinformation, according to a Maine licensing board. The board has ordered her to undergo a neuropsychological evaluation, it said.

Karen attacks restaurants:

Tasty video of restaurant owner kicking the COVID Cops out of her establishment. They'll come back later with guns and shut her down, but the cheering does not bode well for The Narrative.

Karen attacks those evil evil eeeeeevile Anti-Vaxxers! [boo, hisss!]

Novak Djokovic left Australia on Sunday evening after losing his final bid to avoid deportation and play in the Australian Open despite being unvaccinated for COVID-19. A court earlier unanimously dismissed the No. 1-ranked tennis player's challenge to cancel his visa.

Karen TAXES those anti-vaxxers!

In a Canadian first, Quebec Premier François Legault announced on Tuesday that a new "health contribution" will have to be paid by residents who haven't received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine for non-medical reasons.

And finally, Karen attacks you:

Since January 1, the New Cases by Vaccination Status table has shown a significant number of new cases as unvaccinated. This data is not accurate. This table is no longer featured on the dashboard until a review of the information is complete and the data rectified.

Because you can't handle the truth. Your feeble mind cannot comprehend how much Karen cares for you, and how hard Karen works to keep you safe. Obey!

Karen attacks you some more:

Customer in an Etobicoke Costco is arrested and hauled away by cops for not wearing a mask despite having a medical exemption. Allegedly one of the managers of the store is detaining the man alongside police.

Karen is becoming a problem, you ask me.

So, what to do about Karen? I vote we fire the bitch.

Glenn Youngkin, Virginia's first Republican Governor in more than a decade, wasted no time addressing his campaign pledges, signing nine executive orders and two executive directives. Within hours of being sworn in, Youngkin:

1. Banned the use of CRT and other inherently divisive concepts in schools;
2. Ended school mask mandates;
3. Terminated the entire Parole Board of the Commonwealth of Virginia (all were Democratic appointees);
4. Initiated an investigation into Loudoun County;
5. Established the position of Chief Transformation Officer to review all government agencies, beginning with the Department of Motor Vehicles and the Virginia Employment Commission;
6. Declared Virginia open for business and initiated a review of burdensome Covid regulations;
7. Established a commission prevent human trafficking and provide support to survivors;
8. Established a commission to combat antisemitism;
9. Withdrew from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI);
10. Directed all Executive Branch entities to reduce job-killing regulations by at least 25 percent;
11. Rescinded the vaccine mandate for all state employees.

@Maximus_4EVR adds:

"Meanwhile, new Attorney General Jason Miyares (who was also just sworn in) has terminated the entire Civil Rights Division of the AG's Office (many of them Soros backed lawyers). YOWZA! 🤪

That was a MASS firing within a few moments of being sworn in. The MSM are calling it 'insane' and 'mean.'

That's what I'm talking about, right there. Just fucking fire them all. Every single one.


Friday, January 14, 2022

Capitalism treats socialism as damage and routes around it.

Case in point, gun control. Pushed to the extreme, gun control causes people to make their own

Yes you read that right. Defense distributed has taken their Ghost Gunner desktop CNC to the next level. They are now offering jigs and code to mill a zero percent receiver (raw billet blank aka brick of aluminum) into a lower receiver. Life finds a way to be ungovernable.

They're talking about the lower receiver for an AR-15, one of the most overly-complicated poodle shooters ever constructed. (I've never been a fan. Sorry, Arms Chest Denizens.) Requiring a bunch of complicated machining done on a CNC mill. A mill that usually costs thousands of dollars, requires a lot of learning and fiddling about, and is generally not something to be undertaken lightly.

Until a bunch of wise-asses decided they could make a cheap CNC that sits on a desktop and works off programs downloaded off the internet. A CNC machine that Joe Average can make out of stuff you buy at Fome Pepot and WallyMart. You can make the whole thing yourself, or buy one already made. And then start making AR-15 lower receivers out of aluminum, or carbon reinforced plastics, or any exotic material you'd care to come up with. As many as you want. Forever.

Coincidentally, the only part of an AR-15 that is controlled and serial numbered in the USA is the lower receiver. The rest of it you can get by mail-order. If the government changes those rules, gee whiz boys, the CNC can make uppers too.

I've talked about this before.There are easier things to make than an AR-15. I'm not going to list them here because Lucy is watching, but a little look at history shows all sorts of things an enterprising lad could make out of aluminum, plastic and steel. If guys can do it by hand in a busted-ass hut in Pakistan, guys can do it in North America with power tools.

Cannabinoids Block Cellular Entry of SARS-CoV-2 and the Emerging Variants

Some poor brave bastards released a study showing that two cannabinoids block COVID-19 from messing with your cells.

Abstract

As a complement to vaccines, small-molecule therapeutic agents are needed to treat or prevent infections by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) and its variants, which cause COVID-19. Affinity selection-mass spectrometry was used for the discovery of botanical ligands to the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein. Cannabinoid acids from hemp (Cannabis sativa) were found to be allosteric as well as orthosteric ligands with micromolar affinity for the spike protein. In follow-up virus neutralization assays, cannabigerolic acid and cannabidiolic acid prevented infection of human epithelial cells by a pseudovirus expressing the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein and prevented entry of live SARS-CoV-2 into cells. Importantly, cannabigerolic acid and cannabidiolic acid were equally effective against the SARS-CoV-2 alpha variant B.1.1.7 and the beta variant B.1.351. Orally bioavailable and with a long history of safe human use, these cannabinoids, isolated or in hemp extracts, have the potential to prevent as well as treat infection by SARS-CoV-2.


Given the juicy nature of this study for juvenile-minded journalists [ha ha, stoners can't catch the 'Rona, ha ha!!!] it will be interesting to see them pass hard on reporting about this result. I prophesy there will be no mention of it anywhere. I found it at Slashdot, not exactly mainstream.

 
Update: Well, this is interesting. It appears I was wrong, and the Left has learned nothing from Barbara Streisand. 
 
 
Who would have thought this movie would be the real future?

 
Slate article poo-poohing the study. New York Times reports on Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert mocking the study on their evening shows. Clever bastards on Twitter are posting Star Wars memes about bong resin. I swear this gets more like the fucking Hunger Games every day.

I will post a further update when CBDA and CBGA are banned by the Canadian government along with Ivermectin and Hydroxychloroquine. If the media run with this thing, it won't be long.

Uppity Upperdate: Some have questioned why the the cannabis study guys are "poor brave bastards" for daring to release this study right now.
 
Well, here's why. This is what happens to physicians who refuse to bow down to the Narrative. 

A doctor with decades of experience can’t practice medicine after her license was temporarily suspended over complaints that she shared coronavirus misinformation, according to a Maine licensing board. The board has ordered her to undergo a neuropsychological evaluation, it said. Dr. Meryl J. Nass, who got a license to practice medicine in Maine in 1997, had her license “immediately” suspended for 30 days after a board investigation and review of complaints against her on Jan. 12, according to a suspension order from the Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine.
The letter gets very smeary along the way:
“The information received by the Board demonstrates that Dr. Nass is or may be unable to practice medicine with reasonable skill and safety to her patients by reason of mental illness, alcohol intemperance, excessive use of drugs, narcotics, or as a result of a mental or physical condition interfering with the competent practice of medicine,” the evaluation order states. The complaints against Nass include how the board was told she engaged in “public dissemination of ‘misinformation’” about COVID-19 and vaccinations “via a video interview and on her website,” the board said about the October 26, 2021 complaint. It lists several comments Nass made that were subject to the board’s investigation.
Sounds like a Karen complained about a social media post, right? Here's the important part:
Other grounds for her suspension include how Nass treated COVID-19 patients with Ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine, according to the board.
Now, of note, it does not seem like any of Dr. Nass's actual patients are complaining that  the good doctor made them sick with her crazy horse paste witchcraft and fish tank cleaner voodoo. This is activists complaining to the board, and the board coming down on her for making them look bad.
 
This exact thing is happening broadly in Canada right now. Physicians have closed ranks and are not talking, after a few outspoken guys got their credentials revoked. Doctors and nurses have filed lawsuits against the provinces and against the federal government over this, but you never hear about it. 

In this environment, the cannabis guys are brave maniacs. Shine on, you crazy diamonds!