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  1. 13 hours ago, Michael Stuart Kelly said:
    13 hours ago, Ellen Stuttle said:

    About Robert Malone's connection to the mRNA "vaccines," what he contributed, in 1987, was showing that mRNA encased in a lipid nanoparticle could slip into cells in animal tissue.  It was a long way from that demonstration to developed "vaccines." 

    Fine, but William's point is that it is valid to consider Dr. Malone as a right-wing crank who has nothing to do with mNRA technology and doesn't know what he is talking about.

    I don't know who here considers that Robert Malone 'bears nothing to do with mRNA technology." I don't.  It's not a claim made in the accursed article nor in the other materials I linked to. 

    One point among a few I made -- Malone is quoted extensively in the story some people find without value ... 

    13 hours ago, Michael Stuart Kelly said:

    That's what the left is portraying him as. To be "fair and balanced," William is basically saying Dr. Malone is not a scientist is a valid argument in considering his credibility. Do you think that's debatable?

    What "William is basically saying" is debatable. 

    I suggest reading the letter linked by Bartlett: A Scientific Education: The Early Discoveries of RNA and DNA Vaccination

  2. Regarding the Trump-Raffensperger phone call.

    On 1/3/2021 at 6:12 PM, Michael Stuart Kelly said:

    I forgot to mention, the full WaPo call is full of beeps to protect the guilty.

    One of the recurring beeps was Ruby Freeman.

    The beeps have sued the Gateway Pundit: Two Election Workers Targeted by Pro-Trump Media Sue for Defamation

    Full text of suit: https://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/21124239/freeman-and-moss-v-hoft-et-al.pdf

    See also a detailed story from Reuters: Trump campaign demonized two Georgia election workers – and death threats followed




  3. 1 hour ago, Dglgmut said:
    4 hours ago, ThatGuy said:

    The new study shows that adenovirus attracts a protein called “platelet factor four” to it like a magnet.

    This is ridiculous... [...]

    It's almost a year later and this is a discovery?

    It shows the actual "culprit" molecular mechanism. If anything we might utter praise at the inventive scientists who collaborated to figure out a mechanism.  Ridicule might be contra-indicated.

    56 minutes ago, Dglgmut said:
    5 hours ago, william.scherk said:

    Ask Doctor Malone ... from an article by Tom Bartlett at The Atlantic:



    Read a couple or more or all quotes from Malone in the article and find out what he has to say about Kariko and how he views his departure from grad school and who fucked him over in the following years. Read the story from his wife. 

    56 minutes ago, Dglgmut said:

    And what does any of the stuff about Dr. Karikó have to do with Malone? 

    He talks about her in the cited Atlantic article.  For some people she is a diligent worker while he is more of a crank.

    56 minutes ago, Dglgmut said:

    I don't know what anyone could possibly take away from that article except feeling a connection with the author if they share the same enmity for Dr. Malone.

    Assessing some of the reasons for enmity (or doubt) might place a Dr Malone fan in a better-informed position. And perhaps not everyone who reads at OL is firmly in the camp of "mRNA vaccines are evil/pseudo/ineffective/death-tainted suicide injections" ...

    The more you know ...

    I don't mean to be offensive. It's just a fact that there are at least two consolidated opinions about Robert Malone and his authority.  If one body can be ridiculed, then so can the others. Ridicule is a harsh, even abrasive kind of critique, but done with panache it can be more effective than grizzling and imputing. 


  4. On 9/24/2021 at 1:19 PM, william.scherk said:

    Much water under the bridge since that day. All this time, Karen Fann and her Republican colleagues have been fighting an Open Records case -- trying to keep communications between the Senate and CyberNinjas under a cloak of Senate privilege.  The Senate has lost at every step of the way -- on Tuesday this week a judge handed down the latest ruling.  Here's an explainer from radio KJZZ, following on a brief AP story by Greg Hahne.

    TL;DR -- CyberNinjas is broke! Hand over the goldarn public records, fam!


    [...] Judge Hannah says the Senate waived any claims of privilege, citing a livestream, and access for the media to watch the review. He says this has been a highly public process. 

    Hear Howard Fischer of Capitol Media Services discuss the case with host Mark Brodie The Show


    A lawyer for Cyber Ninjas, the company hired to handle the election review, says the firm is unable to pay debts. He said it cannot afford attorneys to help comply with court orders. 

    Cyber Ninjas reported a $2 million net loss from the audit. But Hannah says the firm can give the records to the Senate if Cyber Ninjas doesn't review them itself. 

    Who blew up the budget for the Oddit?  I blame Jovan Pulitzer. 

  5. 1 hour ago, ThatGuy said:

    The new study shows that adenovirus attracts a protein called “platelet factor four” to it like a magnet. 

    This new hybrid protein-virus confuses the immune system, which creates new antibodies, which themselves stick to the proteins, triggering the formation of dangerous blood clots.

    The prChAdOx1 interacts with CAR and PF4 with implications for thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndromeocess happens only rarely, explaining why few people are affected by the condition.  

    The clots have been linked to 73 deaths out of 50 million doses of AstraZeneca in the UK.

    The full text of the cited study is available Science Advances

    ChAdOx1 interacts with CAR and PF4 with implications for thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome



    We observe previously unknown interactions between clinically important adenovirus vector capsids, platelet factor 4, and CAR.


  6. 29 minutes ago, Michael Stuart Kelly said:

    I think it would be far more interesting to find out what the main scientists who worked on the mNRA idea think of him.

    It's a thought ...

    39 minutes ago, william.scherk said:


  7. 4 hours ago, Michael Stuart Kelly said:
    6 hours ago, tmj said:

    mRNA vaccine platforms are radically different than previous 'well' studied platforms , their use at this scale are truly 'experimental', the use of any leaky vaccine during the initial phase of a pandemic flies in the face of 'basic' virology. How is one supposed to reconcile that 'medicine' recommends the level of risk taking in using the novel platforms and especially against a pathogen with such a relatively low mortality rate??

    This is an important point.

    There is nothing wrong with mRNA technology for vaccines per se. Ask Dr. Malone who invented this.

    What's wrong is how this is being used. Also, ask Dr. Malone...

    Ask Doctor Malone ... from an article by Tom Bartlett at The Atlantic:


    Whether Malone really came up with mRNA vaccines is a question probably best left to Swedish prize committees, but you could make a case for his involvement.  When I called Malone at his 50-acre horse farm in Virginia, he directed me to a 6,000-word essay written by his wife, Jill, that lays out why he believes himself to be the primary discoverer. “This is a story about academic and commercial avarice,” it begins. The document’s tone is pointed, and at times lapses into all-caps fury. She frames her husband as a genius scientist who is “largely unknown by the scientific establishment because of abuses by individuals to secure their own place in the history books.”

    The abridged version is that when Malone was a graduate student in biology in the late 1980s at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, he injected genetic material—DNA and RNA—into the cells of mice in hopes of creating a new kind of vaccine. He was the first author on a 1989 paper demonstrating how RNA could be delivered into cells using lipids, which are basically tiny globules of fat, and a co-author on a 1990 Science paper showing that if you inject pure RNA or DNA into mouse muscle cells, it can lead to the transcription of new proteins. If the same approach worked for human cells, the latter paper said in its conclusion, this technology “may provide alternative approaches to vaccine development.”

    One of folks who may find 'places in this history books' is Kati Kariko, featured in these stories:

    From Stat: The story of mRNA: How a once-dismissed idea became a leading technology in the Covid vaccine race

    From CTVNews:  'To be a scientist is a joy': How a Hungarian biochemist helped revolutionize mRNA

    From Glamour: The Scientist Who Saved the World

    From Penn Medicine: 




    This is the story of how two scientists became mRNA vaccine pioneers, helped develop the first COVID vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, and are changing the future of medicine.

    For years, Katalin Karikó, PhD and Drew Weissman, MD, PhD worked in their Penn Medicine lab, trying to figure out what made mRNA so inflammatory. They did experiment after experiment, examined the data, and refined their approach based on the results. Then in 2005, they discovered the solution they were searching for: By encapsulating the mRNA in a certain lipid, it prevented inflammation and allowed the fragile mRNA to go to work without interference.

    When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, it propelled Karikó and Weissman’s mRNA technology into the mainstream, where it became the foundation for two COVID vaccines. The critical discovery and success of the COVID vaccines kicked off a flurry of mRNA vaccine research, had has led to the development of vaccines for conditions like HIV, herpes, sickle cell anemia, influenza, peanut allergies, and even cancer.

    Karikó and Weissman have received the world’s most prestigious awards for their discovery, including the Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award, the Breakthrough Prize and the Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research.

    Learn more about mRNA vaccine history and breakthroughs at Penn:


    -- Kati Kariko is mentioned in the Bartlett article:


    One target of Malone’s ire, the biochemist Katalin Karikó, has been featured in multiple news stories as an mRNA-vaccine pioneer. CNN called her work “the basis of the Covid-19 vaccine” while a New York Times headline said she had “helped shield the world from the coronavirus.” None of those stories mentioned Malone. “I’ve been written out of the history,” he has said. “It’s all about Kati.” Karikó shared with me an email that Malone sent her in June, accusing her of feeding reporters bogus information and inflating her own accomplishments. “This is not going to end well,” Malone’s message says.

    Karikó replied that she hadn’t told anyone that she is the inventor of mRNA vaccines and that “many many scientists” contributed to their success. “I have never claimed more than discovering a way to make RNA less inflammatory,” she wrote to him. She told me that Malone referred to himself in an email as her “mentor” and “coach,” though she says they’ve met in person only once, in 1997, when he invited her to give a talk. It’s Malone, according to Karikó, who has been overstating his accomplishments. There are “hundreds of scientists who contributed more to mRNA vaccines than he did.”

    Malone insists that his warning to Karikó that “this is not going to end well” was not intended as a threat. Instead, he says, he was suggesting that her exaggerations would soon be exposed. Malone views Karikó as yet another scientist standing on his shoulders and collecting plaudits that should go to him. Others have been rewarded handsomely for their work on mRNA vaccines, he says. (Karikó is a senior vice president at BioNTech, which partnered with Pfizer to create the first COVID-19 vaccine to be authorized for use last year.) Malone is not exactly living on the streets: In addition to being a medical doctor, he has served as a vaccine consultant for pharmaceutical companies.

    In any case, it’s clear enough that Malone isn’t singularly responsible for mRNA vaccines. The process of achieving major scientific advancements tends to be more cumulative and complex than the apple-to-the-head stories we usually tell, but this much can be said for sure: Malone was involved in groundbreaking work related to mRNA vaccines before it was cool or profitable; and he and others who believed in the potential of RNA-based vaccines in the 1980s turned out to be world-savingly correct.


  8. 13 hours ago, Mark said:

    Trump again boasts that he is responsible for the mRNA vaccines.  When Nigel Farage of GB News interviewed him at his Mar-a-Lago home:

    “I brought the country to a level its never seen before, then we had Covid come in, then I brought it back, came up with vaccines that you're using, we’re all using, the world is using.”

    Full video at YouTube:

    [2021] The safety of Covid-19 mRNA vaccines: a review

    [2018] mRNA vaccines — a new era in vaccinology

  9. 1 hour ago, anthony said:

    "Changes to the spike protein are particularly concerning because vaccines have been designed to help the body recognise the spike shape. If they change too much, the immune system will be blind to an infection. 

    Put simply, vaccines would stop working and all our hard won protection would be lost.

    Antibodies made by the body from a natural infection may also struggle to see off this new interloper..."

    The quote within the quote is from the author of the Telegraph article, science editor Sarah Knapton.

    Of note, further down in the same article:


    New variant ‘seems to spread very quickly’

    Prof Tulio de Oliveira, the director of the Centre for Epidemic Response and Innovation in South Africa, said: “This new variant, B.1.1.529, seems to spread very quickly. In less than two weeks, it now dominates all infections following a devastating delta wave in South Africa.

    “We estimate that 90 per cent of the cases in Gauteng, at least 1,000 a day, are this variant.”

    The only slightly positive element is that a certain deletion on the spike protein means that it can be easily picked up through PCR testing, making it easier for the world to track.

    There are so many commentaries out and about on the the subject of the Omicron variant, I think it pays to consult widely before taking a stand. 

    1 hour ago, anthony said:

    In reply to those who are yet again condemning the unvaccinated - now for causing a fresh mutant outbreak

    Who is "condemning" at the moment? 

    1 hour ago, anthony said:

    - conversely, I would think it's more logical that this new variant purposefully and specifically adapted to overcome the vaccine (originally in one vaccinated person's body, before transmission to others).

    I don't understand this. Does this "purposefully and specifically adapted" mean we could or should view variants as 'designed' (by other than the virus's 'nature')? I'd wonder who or what is the agent with "purpose" ...

    1 hour ago, anthony said:

    It's likely not our fault, guys. 

    There's some quotes I found notable in a Slate write-up:


    South African demographics are very different from those in the UK. Only about six per cent of the population are over the age of 65. This means that older individuals who are more vulnerable to the virus may take some time to present.

    Even though total cases across South Africa are still relatively low, health authorities are seeing a definite pattern in the people who are arriving in the hospital with serious illness: They’re younger and largely not fully vaccinated.

    “We’re seeing a marked change in the demographic profile of patients with COVID-19,” Rudo Mathivha, head of the intensive care unit at Soweto’s Baragwanath Hospital, said at an online press briefing. “Young people, in their 20s to just over their late 30s, are coming in with moderate to severe disease, some needing intensive care. About 65 percent are not vaccinated and most of the rest are only half-vaccinated.” There is growing concern that the country’s health care facilities could quickly become overwhelmed as the large number oof mutations in omicron has led to fears that it could be much more easily transmissible. Although for now the variant has mostly been detected in South Africa’s Gauteng province, some officials suspect it’s likely much more widespread.

    From the final paragraphs of the Knapton Telegraph article:


    Health officials are now watching reinfection data closely to see how many people are being infected from each case. That will give an indication of how much more transmissible it is.

    Prof Sharon Peacock, the director of the Covid-19 Genomics UK Consortium, said: “This situation is reminiscent of the epidemiology of alpha in Kent around a year ago. There was a surge in cases, but it was not clear whether this was due to one or more super-spreader events or was associated with a more transmissible virus.

    “The genetic difference of B.1.1.529 has led to the hypothesis that this may have evolved in someone who was infected but could then not clear the virus, giving the virus the chance to genetically evolve – the equivalent of an evolutionary gym.”

    It will be several more weeks or months before we know if it is also more deadly.

    Scientists have also started lab experiments to see how well antibodies neutralise the virus, which will also give an indication of how much more infectious it is.

    For now, all the world can do is hold its breath and hope for the best.

  10. 36 minutes ago, Michael Stuart Kelly said:

    1. First, the Telegram link on a desktop makes the audio (video) of the call practically useless if you want to speed it up, make it louder, etc.

    I added the three parts together -- the HTML5 audio player lets the listener adjust the speed and volume, or download it to a preferred audio player (VLC or Audacity are the best, IMO, for free products): 



  11. A phone-call between L Lin Wood and Patrick Byrne, just posted ...  Byrne dishes on Sidney Powell ... 

    That is the first of three recordings Wood has posted to his Telegram channel. The phone call took place last night.  

    Patrick Byrne lit a fuse with this nasty video at Rumble:


    Patrick Byrne wastes 33 minutes of his life responding to assertions being made by Lynn Wood about the Brothers Flynn and himself..


  12. On 11/25/2021 at 9:51 AM, Michael Stuart Kelly said:

    [Lin Wood] is saying Marjorie Taylor Greene is a communist and part of the Deep State. He is accusing Sidney Powell and General Flynn and others of the same. He's throwing the word mockingbird around quite often.

    His latest posts at Telegram have received a lot of attention. Here's one posted not so long ago:


    After doing the research and connecting the dots, I have reached the conclusion that the Stop The Steal organization is a Deep State organization to raise money for purposes other than to FIX 2020. A...

    The "Stop the Steal" organization is tied to Ali Alexander, but he is unlikely to have been the only vector of financing various Stop the Steal projects and demonstrations. Ali has been subpeonaed by the January 6 Committee.

    Twitter account @2021_Karma has been keeping abreast of Lin Wood's messaging:

    Adam Klasfeld of boo hiss Law and Crime published a podcast back in late March of this year, in which Rittenhouse's mother and former Wood associate Dave Hancock related their disagreements with Lin Wood; it contains a lot of recorded material of Lin Wood himself. May be worth a listen for interested readers here:


    Stew Peters is in Lin's corner:


    🚨 ALERT! New Variant, “HEAVILY MUTATED” ‼️


  13. 19 minutes ago, Michael Stuart Kelly said:
    33 minutes ago, william.scherk said:

    Happy Thanksgiving to all those celebrating a family day!

    Happy Thanksgiving, William.

    Thank you, Michael! We've already celebrated Canadian Thanksgiving last month (October 10), but I appreciate the good wishes. All the best to you and yours.

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  14. On 11/24/2021 at 1:44 PM, Michael Stuart Kelly said:

    I openly said I wasn't sure if the video under discussion was real or a hoax. And you ignored that.

    What raised my eyebrow was the gut-check.

    On 11/23/2021 at 8:54 AM, Michael Stuart Kelly said:

    I don't know if the greenscreen malfunction is real or the entire thing is a hoax. There's a video, others have posted about it, and my gut tells me it is real. 

    Setting greenscreen 'malfunction' aside, what explanations can be found or raised for a fuzzy foot as pictured in the TikTok guy's video? Guts are important as a kind of early-warning system, and if that is a start for analysis, great. 

    On 11/24/2021 at 1:44 PM, Michael Stuart Kelly said:

    [T]he most important question of all: Is the video the guy presented a real video of the trial? By real video, I mean raw unprocessed footage.

    I think it's unlikely that the TikTok guy (Trippiewhyte) was in the courtroom, so he was dealing with at least a single level of reprocessing from one of many live feeds from the courtroom. It might be impossible to find out what the original resolution was for the background in his upload. 


    On 11/24/2021 at 1:44 PM, Michael Stuart Kelly said:

    In other words, rather than deal with the issue of Kyle and the weird stuff going on around him, you preferred to talk about technical video issues proving whatever in your head you felt you wanted to prove.

    Sure, I am interested in apparent oddities, puzzles or mysteries -- so I was responding to the bringing of TrippieWhyte's video to OL. "A spirited discussion ensued ..."

    On 11/24/2021 at 1:44 PM, Michael Stuart Kelly said:

    Answer me this, big shot. What if you were analyzing a video that had already been tampered with? Obviously from the montage, the guy had a video editor and used the shit out of it on that footage. 

    I think that the TrippleWhyte video at TikTok likely used the built-in non-green-screen "green screen" option. As with Zoom, users can let the software figure out what is the foreground; Zoom calls this a "Virtual Background." I've used it a lot for my online Zoom cardiac rehab exercise classes. 

    On 11/24/2021 at 1:44 PM, Michael Stuart Kelly said:

    What would have been your point then?

    To prove the tampering didn't exist? Or to prove that compression artifacts exist irrespective of tampering techniques?

    It's hard indeed to prove a negative. Digital video compression artifacts are a fact of digital life:


    On 11/24/2021 at 1:44 PM, Michael Stuart Kelly said:

    Or what?

    Anything dealing with Kyle?

    Anything at all?


    I tend to respond to oddities, puzzles and apparent mysteries -- here I am trying to post informative material -- to put the matter raised into perspective. 

    On 11/24/2021 at 1:44 PM, Michael Stuart Kelly said:

    You and I have been doing this gotcha shit for too many years to go back to beginner's level mistakes.

    It's just not fun like that. And obviously it is not very instructive to the reader.

    I dunno. No other reader has hopped in to this particular "spirited discussion."  I cannot read minds. It might not seem profitable for other readers to get involved.  

    Anyway, my amateur, beginner level opinion is that the apparent "disappearing foot" is an artifact of digital video compression. If there is some other explanation that accounts for the phenomenon -- without multiple entailments -- it hasn't been presented here yet. 


    What’s up with the disappearing foot from the Rittenhouse trial? (Reddit)

    Full Video: Prosecutors Cross-Examine Kyle Rittenhouse (cued to the apparent 'disappearing foot' moment).

    A slowed-down extract from the above video, recorded by ShareX from the full-screen video played at 1080p HD -- slowed, edited and exported in VideoPad using lossless compression: https://wsscherk.com/VIDEOCASTS/A64KF/artifactsEtc/footDisappearanceMX.mp4


    Happy Thanksgiving to all those celebrating a family day!

  15. 19 hours ago, Michael Stuart Kelly said:
    23 hours ago, william.scherk said:

    The TikTok guy ...

    On 11/23/2021 at 10:44 AM, william.scherk said:

    My general impression is that he also doesn't understand phenomena of digital video compression artifacts

    Not convinced.

    Can you say something about the range of common digital video compression artifacts highlighted above?  I am not clear what in particular is you are not convinced of ... 

    Is this like the griddlequakes -- you don't quite grok a more prosaic explanation?

  16. 6 hours ago, Michael Stuart Kelly said:
    13 hours ago, william.scherk said:

    (have not a clue how the OL software let through an audio element, but there you go)

    What did you do? Just post the link to the audio file? 

    I copied a section of a webpage on my server, which section had text above and below and the audio player sandwiched between.  Magic!


  17. 4 hours ago, william.scherk said:
    On 11/18/2021 at 2:08 PM, Michael Stuart Kelly said:

    Mike Lindell's upcoming thing with state AGs and the Supreme Court.

    He seems stymied today.


    Further to whatever was seemingly promised to have happened today, Mike explaining himself to Steve Bannon; better than an hour of Boris Epshteyn.

    Steve and Mike discuss the draft Complaint to the Supreme Court that Mike seems to have promised to file on this day, in that court.


    (have not a clue how the OL software let through an audio element, but there you go)

  18. On 11/18/2021 at 2:08 PM, Michael Stuart Kelly said:

    I bet the Tina Peters raid has a lot to do with Mike Lindell's upcoming thing with state AGs and the Supreme Court.

    He seems stymied today.

    Lindell has put what seems like a draft of his complaint up at michaeljlindell.com (PDF)



  19. 1 hour ago, Michael Stuart Kelly said:

    1. The first is a weird greenscreen fail in the video of the trial itself.



    Nothing, nothing, not - a - thing is real!!! Its beyond a movie, a farce- we are all being made fools of. Why not let's shake the world awake with tales of adrenochrome..... enough of this movie!!!


    So let's leave this item at the following place. I don't know if the greenscreen malfunction is real or the entire thing is a hoax. There's a video, others have posted about it, and my gut tells me it is real. 

    And if it is real, what the hell is it about? People are not supposed to use greenscreen effects when filming a trial.

    To "use greenscreen effects"  one needs a actual green screen behind the actors.  The green screen or "chroma key" technique is a form of matting, and was developed by a Hollywood studio back in the 1930s.

    In a nutshell, action takes place in front of a well-lit solid-colour background. In post-processing, the solid colour is swapped-out and replaced with whatever the script calls for to be behind the action -- in compositing or layering of the scene's foreground and background elements.  

    Here's a simple example of before and after, taken from a YouTube video:



    For any green screen effect, you need a green (or blue or solid colour background) to be physically present. Ipso facto, no green screen technique in the Rittenhouse trial courtroom.

    The guy with the TikTok video doesn't seem to understand necessary elements of the process. My general impression is that he also doesn't understand phenomena of digital video compression artifacts




    When choosing what to wear for your birthday, it's important that you don't choose something that makes you look like the green screen used for post-production movie special effects. Sadly however, somebody...



    Memes critique the government’s reaction to the pandemic using the First Lady’s lime green dress at the Republican National Convention





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  20. 55 minutes ago, Michael Stuart Kelly said:
    1 hour ago, william.scherk said:

    I think that if you are a dog owner, vaccinations are worthwhile...

    How about masks? And six feet distancing?

    :evil:  :) 

    How about your original remarks? How much distance makes sense?  

    On 11/20/2021 at 8:21 AM, Michael Stuart Kelly said:

    The fucking zoo is vaccinating its animals.

    The thing about zoos, appreciate them or revile them, the only thing of value they have (besides real estate and plumbing) is the animals on display (and more abstractly, the genetic line if the animals are rare, protected, nearing extinction or otherwise threatened). The animals indirectly pay the wages of the caretakers.**


    -- on a mostly-unrelated side issue, I should note that a massive animal rescue is going on next-door to us in the flooded prairie. Many thousands of cattle and other livestock are dead, but thousands more have been brought to safety and feed and water drops are ongoing across the temporary lake. 

    The USA is waiving its stringent COVID controls at the border to allow us down for essential supplies. We also don't have to show a PCR test when we return north.  The nearest crossing is at Sumas, Washington, but to get there presently requires a fifty mile detour through congested, one-lane-at-a-time roads being refashioned.  The ethics of emergencies ...


    ** insert caveats and qualifiers about the variety of animal-pens in the pet industries, and nod to the variety of funding streams for animal shows from the rodeo to the larger, internationally-active research zoos. And to the captivity of research animals more broadly, fellow primates primarily. Insert image of Ivan the gorilla during his life at the Tacoma Mall.

  21. We haven't had a dog since our old "Bear" died a couple of years ago. I think there is nothing like a dog rescue to lift the spirits. From unspeakable cruelty to a life in a caring home ...

    I think that if you are a dog owner, vaccinations are worthwhile and in some cases (rabies) mandated


    Find out which puppy shots your new friend will need, and the right schedule for when your puppy should receive vaccinations.


  22. 2 hours ago, Michael Stuart Kelly said:

    The fucking zoo is vaccinating its animals.

    What's next?

    It could be that primates, otters and some of the big cat species can get COVID-19. 

    From November 14 at Phys.org:


    Three snow leopards have died at the Lincoln Children's Zoo in Nebraska of complications from COVID-19.

    From NPR in March of this year:


    As the pace of COVID-19 vaccinations for people speeds up across the country, some zoos are considering giving shots to animals that are susceptible to the virus.


  23. 26 minutes ago, tmj said:

    Very busy

    From the story cited:


    [Sherronna Bishop] said the agents would not tell her why they were searching her home. They did leave behind documents related to the search warrant, saying they entered her home because she was suspected of causing “intentional damage to a protected computer, wire fraud and conspiracy to cause damage to a protected computer.”

    I don’t know anything about this. They couldn’t explain any of this,” she said. “I will tell you why: they were at my home to intimidate me, to shut me up, because I was using my First Amendment rights to advocate for [Mesa County Clerk] Tina Peters on the issue of Dominion [voting machines] and the damage done in our election. And they’ll never be held accountable. Instead they will criminalize this woman who has stood up.”

    From another angle, a few more items to chew on:


    The FBI on Tuesday raided the home of a Colorado election clerk and three others in an investigation into a voting system security breach.

    Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters, a Republican, was accused by state officials in August of helping to leak voting system passwords to a right-wing blog. Peters later appeared at MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell's conspiracy-laden "cyber-symposium," where the pillow magnate promised but failed to produce evidence of election-rigging. Peters later briefly went into hiding with Lindell's help amid FBI scrutiny.

    On Tuesday morning, the FBI and local prosecutors raided Peters' home.


    "We executed four federally court-authorized operations today to gather evidence in connection with the investigation into the Mesa County Clerk and Recorder's Office," District Attorney Dan Rubinstein told Colorado Politics. "We did so with assistance from the DA's office from the 21st Judicial District, the Attorney General's Office and the FBI."

    Peters in an interview on Lindell's online streaming channel said the raid left her "terrified."