Saturday, November 26, 2022

It is now a cold, wet seventh evening,

and my leg and a few other parts ache.  Therefore, go look because I'm not likely to do anything else this evening.

At the very least, Fauci ought to be prosecuted for all the times

he lied under oath.  That'd be a good minimum to happen to him.
Fauci, the outgoing director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), has downplayed the possibility that COVID-19 originated in a lab setting in Wuhan, China, and has generally denied any wrongdoing or miscalculation in funding dangerous gain-of-function (GoF) research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV). New emails from early 2020 obtained via the Freedom of Information Act by reporter Jimmy Tobias show Fauci was deeply concerned about the possibility of a lab leak at the time.

The emails contain communications between Fauci, scientist Jeremy Farrar of the Wellcome Trust, infectious disease researcher Kristian Andersen, then-Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Francis Collins and others. At one point, Farrar sent an email to Fauci and Collins warning of the “wild west,” seemingly referring to either the landscape of infectious disease research in China as a whole or the WIV specifically, according to the documents.

On February 1, 2020, Fauci floated the idea of alerting the FBI and MI5 about Andersen’s “concern” regarding the furin cleavage site on the spike protein of COVID-19. Proponents of the lab leak argue the furin cleavage site mutated in such a way that it was likely the result of GoF research at the Wuhan lab, according to The Atlantic.

Andersen also expressed concern about “serial passage” being conducted with coronaviruses in a BSL-2 level lab in Wuhan, which is far less secure than a maximum-security BSL-4 level lab. Serial passage, in layman’s terms, involves repeatedly infecting a host with a particular virus in order to induce mutations without manually genetically modifying it. Some proponents of the lab leak believe that serial passage may have caused the highly-dangerous furin cleavage site mutation responsible for COVID-19’s high transmissibility, The Washington Post noted.

Damp and cold is not good weather

for a joint to be healing in.  Damn.

Friday, November 25, 2022

Be it noted, this evening after Thanksgiving, that the traffic was nuts today,

and work busy as hell, and I'm about to sit a while with my leg up.  So here's the sixth eve stuff

Meanwhile, in the Brit NHS, things are not going all that well

Record waiting times for basic NHS services are set to continue for years to come, ministers have admitted.

Targets are unlikely to be met before the next election as the government seeks to scrap wait time goals altogether.

The number of ambulances reaching those with severe conditions including heart attacks within 18 minutes will stay well below targets until at least spring 2025, according to Whitehall briefings sent to the health service.

Etc., etc. as the king said.

Which brings us to
His 16-year-old son was referred to the hospital trust for assessment of a urology-related problem – but will be 18 when the day of his appointment comes around in 951 days.

SaTH, where the NHS's worst maternity scandal took place in which 201 babies and nine mothers died over two decades, has apologised and said it recognises 'that the current waits are not acceptable'.

No shit? 

Thursday, November 24, 2022

I can think of a number of things to be thankful for, but in this case

I'm going to keep this simple

Nice boomsticks, 
Good groups at 200,

and such things, followed by lovelies

If you're looking for something for a lady for Christmas, or any other occasion,

Lawdog has something that might be useful.  Especially if she works in a place that discourages means of self-defense.

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Yes, someone actually broke into a vault using a 20mm

A Lahti AT rifle.

A bit more of history from the end of the article:
Beginning in the mid-1950s, the Lahti AT rifles began to be advertised by American surplus arms dealers. For several years the Lahti L-39 was priced at $99 in its transit case and with a full complement of accessories. The Lahti was originally available without restriction, but since it is larger than .50 caliber (12.7 mm), it was labeled a “destructive device” and subject to NFA regulations by the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, and the Gun Control Act of 1968.
Ah, such a toy to have, assuming you have the space to put it in.

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Holy crap...

The weekend, then a mission to Sam's yesterday.  This morning PT.  And I want to go to sleep.

This is gonna take a while longer.

Once again, 'The subject was known to the authorities'

A year and a half before he was arrested in the Colorado Springs gay nightclub shooting that left five people dead, Anderson Lee Aldrich allegedly threatened his mother with a homemade bomb, forcing neighbors in surrounding homes to evacuate while the bomb squad and crisis negotiators talked him into surrendering.

Yet despite that scare, there’s no public record that prosecutors moved forward with felony kidnapping and menacing charges against Aldrich, or that police or relatives tried to trigger Colorado’s “red flag” law that would have allowed authorities to seize the weapons and ammo the man’s mother says he had with him.

Doesn't all this sound familiar?  Like this does:
Colorado Springs police would not comment officially on whether the suspected shooter was the same individual charged with multiple counts of kidnapping and felony menacing after the bomb-threat incident in southeastern Colorado Springs on June 18, 2021. But the man taken into custody at that time had the same name and age as the Club Q shooter. A federal law-enforcement official on Sunday confirmed that the Club Q gunman’s birth date matched that of the bomb-threat suspect.

The Colorado Springs district attorney’s office ultimately declined to bring formal charges in the wake of the 2021 bomb-threat incident, and the court records for the case were placed under seal, the Colorado Springs Gazette reported.

Again.  But "We need more gun laws!" they cry...

Monday, November 21, 2022

I think a little clearing might be in order

"Y'know, I think if I'm careful I could-

screw it, I'm not trying."
Frankly, the idea of repair surgery because "Why did you do that?" scares the crap out of me.

Saw something really interesting over the weekend

Guy had a rifle that'd just been finished last week, he sighted it at 30 yards for a start and next day, just because he could, sat under a tree with it and had a buck walk past about 30 yards away and get placed in the freezer.

The rifle is an original Remington rolling block receiver with a new Green Mountain 30" heavy barrel, chambered in .45-120.  Yeah, I believe that would cleanly take a deer.

Beautiful work, though after trying it with the original buttstock, he got a replacement and put a recoil pad on it.  Even with the weight, "That steel buttplate had to go."

I'll see if can get a decent picture of it in the future.

Sunday, November 20, 2022

I am officially ready to collapse.

Finished the weekend, but my back aches and my legs and the rest of me are so tired...

And when I checked the social media crap, sure enough, there's the "Winter will be AWFUL!" crap.  I have no energy left and too many other things to worry about, so screw it.