Saturday, February 24, 2024

7th evening,

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And now, on that Brit NHS we're told we should copy,

Karen Woods says when she rang 999 she was told paramedics would be there in less than two hours - fitting within the four-and-a-half-hour window for stroke patients to receive the 'clot busting' thrombolysis medicine.

However, after a one hour and 45 minute anxious wait at her home near Swansea holding her mother Doreen's hand, the ambulance had still not arrived, forcing Karen to ring again - when she was told the wait was now a further eight hours.

To save her mother, the psychiatric nurse had to drag her into a wheelchair and carry her out of the house and into the car, with every movement causing immense pain to her mother's osteoarthritis-ridden body.

Followed by lots of "We're very sorry, and this isn't the level of service we want to give" and so forth.  Which is the same thing they'd say if she'd died while waiting.  And so forth.

"The State knows what is best for your offspring.

After all, they're not really your children."
The legislation would allow any child or teen under 18 to seek out and consent to medical treatment — including vaccines, dental procedures, hospitalization, and even surgery.

They would be able to do so without parental consent as long as the minor appears to have the mental capacity to make that decision.

Assembly Bill A6761, introduced by New York Assemblymember Karines Reyes (D-Bronx), also would allow Medicaid funds to pay for procedures and drugs administered to children.

Friday, February 23, 2024

And now the highlight of one of those two days,

I here present the visuals for sixth evening.

About that post on a .45-70 not stabilizing a 500-grain projectile, Updated

I did finally remember to measure the diameter on the 500, it's .458", so I don't think it's that.

Maybe experiment with a different 500 and see if the same happens with it.

Update:  I measured the 405-grain bullets that shoot well, and they're .461.  Which means the bore just might be a bit oversize(an oversize bore in a 150-year-old rifle?  Horrors!)  So I probably need to slug the bore of said rifle if I can and find out just what it is.

More on the current mess in (formerly Great)Britain

Yesterday, the British Parliament changed the way it operates because the Speaker was afraid that some parliamentarians would be murdered if they couldn't be seen to vote for a ceasefire in a war on the other side of the world.

This isn't democracy. This is a country that is unwilling to live by its own rules in order to placate a violent mob.

And efforts are already being made to sweep this reality under the carpet as they did with the murder of Sir David Amess. We can't afford that. We have to be honest and admit it:

We have a problem with Islamist extremism that requires immediate and drastic action. Appeasement doesn't work. If intimidation and threats of violence produce results like the one we saw yesterday, this will only encourage more intimidation and threats of violence.

The government, both the major parties, the police and the security services need to understand we no longer have the luxury of pretending this issue away.

They never did have the luxury, they were just too chickenshit and PC to deal with it.  And now it's really started eating them and their country.

There's more at the link.  And he may well be right: they probably won't have the will to act, and it's going to get worse.

Seems just how the leftists think, and want it believed


"We're not lying, we're serving the Party and Cause!"

A few things this morning

Starting with (formerly Great)Britain, Parliament surrendering to threats.
So it wasn’t just Starmer who had begged the Speaker to break with convention and let Labour vote for a ceasefire in its own language. Individual MPs had also pleaded for him to do so, mentioning their own personal safety – and that of their staff and family.

It’s therefore easy to see why the Speaker decided to let Labour and the Conservatives both express their own ceasefire votes in their own words, given the vast public interest. What’s the harm, really, in allowing two amendments even if the convention is only for one?

The harm lies in the precedent. To bend Commons procedures as a result of threats of violence is to let democracy be shaped by intimidation. Rather than make MPs safer, it can do the opposite: if MPs are seen to respond to such pressure, they can expect more of it.

Not that we've got such a great, upright bunch in Congress.

What? An oathbreaking politician created an office to trash part of the Constitution he doesn't like?
Anyone surprised?

And from our Professional Journalists: an actual reporter reported on things CBS didn't want written about, and was not only fired but they seized her personal files.
There is trouble brewing at Black Rock, the headquarters of CBS, after the firing of Catherine Herridge, an acclaimed investigative reporter. Many of us were shocked after Herridge was included in layoffs this month, but those concerns have increased after CBS officials took the unusual step of seizing her files, computers and records, including information on privileged sources.(bold mine)

The position of CBS has alarmed many, including the union, as an attack on free press principles by one of the nation’s most esteemed press organizations.
...It now appears that CBS itself will have to look into that mirror and answer some questions of what happened to the confidential records of Catherine Herridge.
I make a rude noise.  CBS is playing political agent, and they'll be dragged into any ethical fix of this kicking and screaming.

Thursday, February 22, 2024

No, dumbass, YOU have screwed up your life

because you're a friggin' idiot.
The boy uploaded footage of the vile act under his Instagram account, “giddynokiddy,” as he showed himself dumping milk on top of the four women while they were on a GoBoat ride on the Yarra River.
Oh, wasn't that just a freaking brilliant idea?

And now the whining:
“Why’d you do this to me. You ruin my life over a ruined day, you upped the anti, I’m just a kid and you ruined my life. Too far,” the boy added.
Just to add to the stupid level, he can't spell, or doesn't understand 'ante' or punctuation.

Short version: some of the people yelling about 'Disinformation!' are getting paid well

to spread it.

The MS society is playing "See, we're making it right,

so keep giving us lots of money!"
For those who don't look at X/Twitter,
After doubling down a couple of times saying that they were correct, they apparently faced a massive backlash that threatened their revenue stream. So now they’re contrite.

This isn’t an apology. It’s a plea forget what they did so they can get back to business as usual.

It’s no different than a person in court telling a judge how sorry they are, and expecting this “apology” to make it all go away.

When they change the leadership across-the-board that allowed this to happen in the first place, and put specific, written protocols in place to prevent it from happening again, then that’s a real apology.

Until then, donate to another organization.

(As a sidenote, I cofounded a marketing agency that represented several national nonprofits. I know how they work. They haven’t learned anything other than to do a better job of hiding their actions the next time, so they don’t provoke such a fury).

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

The Multiple Sclerosis Society is run by DEI bastards

In mid-January, 90-year-old Fran Itkoff received a letter in her email inbox from the organization’s Community Engagement Manager, Kali Kumor, notifying her that due to an alleged “failure to abide by our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion guidelines” they had “made the difficult decision” to tell her to “step down from your volunteer position, effective immediately.”
And, being the assholes they are,
Incredibly, though they no longer want Itkoff and the Lakewood/Long Beach Self-Help Group she leads to be “formally affiliated” with the organization, they told her that she and her group were “still welcome to attend and participate in the Society’s events and programs”:

Decades of volunteer work, and they do this why?
Raichik posted a short clip of the interview she did with Itkoff and Itkoff’s daughter, Elle Hamilton, to Twitter last week. In it, they talked about how the dismissal email came on a Friday afternoon just before 5 p.m. when there would be no one around to take a phone call or respond to an email. Itkoff also explained that the reason she asked about pronouns was because she saw them used after names on Society literature and wanted to know why:

BREAKING EXCLUSIVE: National MS Society makes a 90-year-old volunteer step down because she wasn’t “inclusive” enough. Her crime was asking what pronouns are after she was required to start using them.

Yep.  She asked about pronouns...

'Finland has announced it will open 300 (new) shooting ranges

in a bid to encourage citizens to take a greater interest in national defence.

My, I wonder if Putin & Co. considered this side effect of so greatly annoying the neighbors?

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

I wonder how much the Trump case is going to wind up costing New York?

Shark Tank co-host and entrepreneur Kevin O’Leary declared on Monday he would never invest in New York ever again, pointing to a judge ordering Donald Trump to pay $350 million-plus last week as his last straw.

“I’m not different than any other investor. I’m shocked at this. I can’t even understand or fathom the decision at all. There’s no rationale for it,” O’Leary told Neil Cavuto on Fox Business…

O’Leary called Trump’s actions a victimless crime and said other companies are now going to be even more fearful to conduct business in New York, which the Canadian-born O’Leary called a “loser state.”

'Professional Educators' once again screwing kids out of their futures

Or trying very hard do.
The father asked to remain anonymous for fear of retribution against his child by Seattle Public Schools. He said the other pieces of the worksheet were equally disturbing. (Take note of that: that he has reason to fear they'd cause harm to his child for revealing what's happening in the class, that's reason enough to get rid of these assholes)

The worksheet labels “objectivity,” “individualism,” and “perfectionism” as white supremacy. If students deny their own racism — or that any of the nine characteristics are legitimately racist — is also white supremacy. Denialism or being overly defensive is a racist example of an “entitlement to name what is an [sic] isn’t racism and that those with power have a right to be shielded from the stresses of antiracist work.”

World Literature and Composition students were told that “Worship of the Written Word” is white supremacy because it is “an erasure of the wide range of ways we communicate with each other.”

"If you're not a minority, and a proper oppressed one at that, you're born a racist and must abase yourself."  Etc.

“My problem with this curriculum is that this is supposed to be a writing and literature class and lessons like these do nothing to help my kid become a better writer,” the father explained. “I’m sure Lincoln administration will point to the high ELA proficiency scores but the high proportion of HCC [highly capable] kids (40% of the student body) is a big factor. With so many smart, hard working kids (white supremacists) it’s easy to support these luxury beliefs but system-wide only 63% of kids are proficient in English. Is this really the best use of class time? ”

The father also wonders how many students will fall for this toxic thinking across Seattle schools where concepts around white supremacy are so clearly partisan.

Lots.  Because most of their parents would probably rather sacrifice the kid to Moloch than be seen as guilty of BadThink by telling their kid this is bullshit.  And with schools playing "Don't tell your parents about what is said and done in class!" by said Educators, others probably either don't know or are scared to fight it.

Meanwhile, in the (becoming) People's Republic of Colorado,

"Those peasants knowing what we're talking about doing is a problem, so let's exempt ourselves from those troublesome open-meetings laws."

And I'll bet a lot of the people yelling about this helped the little Stalin wannabes into office.

Fresco of a Minoan lady, 17th century BC

In some cases, that attire would really liven up the scenery

Translation from NY Gov-speak:

"You other businesses haven't annoyed us like Trump has, so as long as you don't you don't have to worry about being prosecuted!  So please don't consider leaving."As Madame Althouse says: 
What is the "extraordinary, unusual circumstance"?

Being Donald Trump? If so, she's revealing that she believes the prosecutors went after the man, not the crime, an abhorrent abuse of power.

So, whatever she thinks, she can't mean to be saying that. What else is there?

I'd say there is nothing else except the "So would you other people please not pack up and leave this state?"
Which makes me wonder if, before they started this, they even considered the lessons other businesses would take from this?

And an idea someone had: "If his properties were over-stated in value, that could mean he over paid property taxes for the N number of years; that could mean  he can refile those state taxes with the NEW declared values and probably make MORE than he would lose from the fine."  Oh, wouldn't that become interesting quickly?

Sunday, February 18, 2024

At the time, asking questions and pointing out 'coincidences' got people shut down,

with Fecesbook and others helping out.  Now the responsible parties are basically "Well, we did the best we could."
A top FDA official admitted Thursday during a Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic hearing that the government's vaccine safety reporting system was not prepared for the “avalanche” of submissions entered after the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines.

“As of February 2024, VAERS [Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System] reports for COVID-19 vaccines total significantly higher than all other vaccines combined since 1990 as reported,” said Chairman Brad Wenstrup of Ohio. “This is a surprising figure. Dr. Marks, was the government prepared for an avalanche of reports to VAERS?”

Dr. Peter Marks, director of the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research at the FDA, acknowledged it wasn't.

Isn't it wonderful how all this is coming out now?