OPEN THREAD 20200415

This is the daily OPEN THREAD for today.

Our purpose is the utter destruction of the criminal CCP.

Anything can be posted on this thread – we have free speech.

That said, everybody else does, too.

And we do have a rule.

Don’t get in front of our weapons.

W

24 thoughts on “OPEN THREAD 20200415

  1. A manufacturing plant was in full swing one day. The company’s massive machine was humming along, taking in the raw materials at one end and churning out the finished product at the other. All of a sudden, the machine stopped and ground to a halt. Workers climbed all over it like ants to get it started again. The plant’s manager stormed out of his office to find out why his multi-million- dollar machine wasn’t making him any money. He listened to his people saying they couldn’t figure it out, and he told them to call a technician.

    Soon a tech arrived, and the manager frantically explained to him that he needed his machine back as soon as possible. The technician listened patiently, took one look at the massive hulk of motionless metal, and immediately walked over to a small panel, opening a tiny door inside to see a screw. The technician took a screwdriver and turned the screw one-quarter turn to the right, and the machine suddenly came back to life as if nothing was wrong. The manager hurried over to thank the technician, shook his hand, and asked what he owed him for saving his company. The technician answered, “$100,000.00”.

    The manager looked at him and said, “You were here less than two minutes and just turned one screw. How can you charge so much? Give me an itemised bill.”

    The technician calmly wrote out on a piece of paper:
    -Turning of one screw: $1.00.
    -Knowing which screw to turn: $99,999.00.

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  2. There once was a young engineer, who having worked for several years, decided that he and his family should have a weekend getaway place. He searched the surrounding country, and found a lovely spot with frontage on a small river. They built a cabin, and began spending time there every chance they got. The kids loved it, and friends came for the quiet and fishing.

    The engineer, however, wanted something unique for his cabin. He had been an award-winning pole vaulter in college. He therefore built a set of poles with a crosspiece, and a mulched run. He bought a new carbon fiber vaulting pole, new shoes, and was set. He would set off down the run, plant his pole, soar over the crosspiece, and land in the river with a satisfying splash. What a great way to spend a hot afternoon. He tried to teach a few friends to vault, with no success.

    He enjoyed his cabin for years, and went out early in the spring one year. It had been a very wet winter, lots of rain afterward. Whent the family arrived, the river was up and flowing at a good clip, with twice the usual current flowing. The engineer was determined to enjoy a few vaults into the water, but his wife didn’t think it was safe. But, he was a good swimmer, and proceeded to have a go at it. His run and jump were flawless, he hit the water in good form, but upon surfacing, he was swept downstream and disappeared. His body was found later that day, tangled in streamside debris. It was a sad end for the engineer, and the family sold the cabin, with no desire to return to the scene of such tragedy.

    Our lamented engineer was a Civil Engineer. Had he consulted one of his Electrical Engineer brethren, he would have been warned that “It’s not vaultage that kills you, it’s the current!”

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    1. To a certain degree, I look at the utree as “The Island of Misfit Jokes.” If they weren’t weird or in questionable taste, I could put them on the qtree….

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  3. A man working at the Federal Reserve was hired to manufacture pennies. On his first day, the supervisor walked him around the manufacturing area.

    “This first machine melts down large blocks of metal. The liquid metal is then poured into a mold that makes a smaller block. That smaller block is then taken off the conveyer belt by this control arm and placed on another conveyer belt. The conveyer belt rolls the smaller block into a machine that cuts the block into evenly-sized cubes. Those cubes are individually melted down again and poured into a mold with 25 slots that shape the tails side of the penny. Each penny is then stamped on the other side with the heads side, which completes the penny. All of the pennies are cooled, rolled, and stored for shipping. If you have no more questions, then come back tomorrow for your first day of work.”

    The next morning, the supervisor walks in to see a totally new machine melting metal and stamping pennies. Completely stunned, the supervisor runs up to the man who had just been hired yesterday as he was operating the new machine.

    Supervisor: “What’s going on? Where did the old machines go?”

    Man: “I borrowed a fork lift and pulled all of the old equipment to the garbage area. Then I brought the new equipment in and assembled it.”

    Supervisor: “How does this new machine even work?”

    Man: “First, the metal is all dropped into this furnace. The furnace is connected to a hopper that pours the liquid metal directly into these racks of molding trays. Each tray has exactly 50 slots that shape the tails side of the penny. Lastly, each penny is stamped with the heads design and moved into the cooling and rolling process.”

    Supervisor: “Well this is amazing. The new machine does seem to move faster than the old machine. Last question, why did you replace the old molding trays? The two trays appear identical, although the new trays have twice as many slots. Couldn’t we have just used the old trays?

    Man: “Sure we could have, but the new tray makes more cents.”

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      1. Wolfie, I posted this info on University of California from my Old Notes of 2008. These were notes I sent to Lynn Cohen-Cole. She was a prolific writer at OpEdNews and The Daily Beast. Interestingly enough, she said in an email she was being watched and I have not heard from her since.

        A few highlites:

        PEOPLE
        Jill Richardson aka Orange Cloud, Maude Barlow, Raymond Clemencon

        CONNECTIONS
        Raymond, a facultiy member along with Jill, was one of the negotiators on the Rio Declaration and Agenda 21.

        Maude Barlow a “no dog in this fight” Canadian, is a director of both Organic Consumers Assoc and Food & Water Watch. Barlow has been handsomely rewarded for selling the US consumer out with an appointment as New Senior Advisor to the UN president on October 21, 2008.

        La Vida Locavore is Jill’s website and she is connected/director of Organic Consumers Assoc and Food & Water Watch….

        Bioinformatics researchers at the University of California, San Diego and Genentech have developed a new, quicker way to sequence monoclonal antibodies
        *http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/article/19205

        UN support for Monsanto/biotech seed patenting..

        FAO is supporting harmonization of seed rules and regulations in Africa and Central Asia in order to stimulate the development of a vibrant seed industry [can you say Monsanto?]…An effective seed regulation harmonization process involves dialogue amongst all relevant stakeholders from both private and public sectors…. The key to a successful seed regulation harmonization is a strong political will of the governments involved…” [If seed rules are beneficial to a country why should it take a “strong political will”?]
        *http://www.fao.org/ag/portal/archive/detail/en/?no_cache=1&tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=5730&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=1886&cHash=7f04326e35

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  4. Cuomo just signed an EO requiring anyone who can’t stay 6 feet away from others such as in grocery stores and on busy walkways must wear a face mask.

    He said authorities should confront someone not wearing a mask and “imagined that other New Yorkers themselves would do the same”.

    This will be interesting to watch unfold at the grocery store. My town for example has ONE confirmed case and now we are supposed to mask up? wtf.

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        1. Goes into effect Friday. Chatter going around about what ridiculous masks to wear. Creepy skull faces, fabric that looks like strips of bacon. Plan to hit the grocery store to see what there is to see.

          Last time I was there the employee tasked with wiping down the checkout area was wearing a N95 mask and a white school graduation robe.

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    1. Socialism.

      Cuomo could correct this by saying that counties and cities are allowed to overrule the masks with the OK of their health departments, based on circumstances such as extremely low incidence, their best judgment, etc., etc.

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      1. Ya know wolf I realize you’ve had this thing and it’s rough. And I know people are dying. I know it’s real and have been taking it seriously. We have been on lockdown for nearly a month.

        I’ve done everything that’s been asked in terms of staying in my house, grocery shopping once a week and now only on days depending on an even or odd birthyear, social distancing, only walking outside with family members who live in my house, shopping and cooking for my elderly mother so she doesn’t need to leave her home. Every.Single.Thing.

        And now that the numbers are improving and people are starting to feel a little better about things, this mandate about masks is issued. And we are being told to confront others if they don’t have a mask on. By the governor.

        Cuomo is going to stretch this out for as long as he possibly can. It’s become about him and power and a pissing match with Trump about who controls the states. And we are just pawns.

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        1. Yup. I agree. We The People are getting screwed.

          They didn’t go to a sensible county thing right away. They can still try to correct that if they work fast.

          Some grocery stores near me are now MASK-FREE – and the numbers are still falling. It is ridiculous to make them start wearing masks now.

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        2. Holley – I agree – his “confront others” remark was unconscionable. I don’t care that NYers are stero-typed as confrontational. That is NOT promoting safety for everyone in this kind of situation.

          Masks aren’t mandatory here in CO, but people are being ridiculously over-reactive about the Gov’s pleas to wear one. WTF when you are walking, running or bicycling?!?! About 80% of the people I saw outdoors today – in open space with wide trails – were wearing masks!!

          I’ll wear one to the grocery store until April 30th but That Is It 🤬 By then the states have had 6 weeks to ramp up medicines and PPE where needed.

          We agreed to help flatten the curve. Mission accomplished.
          We will NEVER agree to surrender our rights.

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          1. Exactly! And we did flatten the curve. Now the goalpost has been moved.

            This is a small town already experiencing a lot of conflict. Now we are supposed to call out our neighbors in public and ask hey! where’s your mask?

            I saw someone biking around an empty condominium complex with goggles, mask, coat, gloves and hat and it was almost 70 degrees. All I could think was what chance does this person ever have to live a normal life now.

            Even if there is a mandatory vaccine, I think people have been traumatized and the long-term social damage worries me.

            My very independent, healthy but elderly mother is now scared witless. She loved her pre-Covid life of bridge, exercise class and church. Now she sits in her condo with her dog day after day waiting for me to show up with supplies. She just keeps saying I want things to go back to how they were.

            She’s started making pies every day because she says it reminds her of when things were normal. Takes them to her neighbors who are suspicious and worried about germs and I’m sure do not eat them.

            We need to open things up. The virus is a threat but like Trump said it’s also
            dangerous to keep things closed up.

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