How to Not Burn Your House Down With a Space Heater: Wirecutter

I turned the heater on. Five seconds later, the power strip blew up.

Source: How to Not Burn Your House Down With a Space Heater: Wirecutter

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A risky tool that should be used with the utmost care.  Unless you’re fireproof with good insurance.

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EconomicPolicyJournal.com: Fed Chairman Jay Powell Goes Full Denial

However, this doesn’t mean I hold the view that we aren’t in a Federal Reserve-manipulated boom-bust business cycle. We are and it will eventually bust. Though, I expect the first crisis to emerge will be an unanticipated acceleration in price inflation.

Source: EconomicPolicyJournal.com: Fed Chairman Jay Powell Goes Full Denial

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The Federal Reserve Bank is a misnomer. IT ain’t “federal”. It reserves nothing. And, it ain’t a “bank”. It is a private cartel of the elite banks run for their benefit and that of the entrenched politicians.

#ENDTHEFED

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Stanford publishes its massive Apple Watch heart-rate study | Engadget

Source: Stanford publishes its massive Apple Watch heart-rate study | Engadget

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​I’m a believer and big fan.  The watch detected and alerted before any human had a clue.  And, I was in the cardiac care unit at the time.  It took the docs the better part of a week and me finally having bad symptoms ​necessitating a trip to the ER to get a clue.
YMMV (Your Mileage May Vary)  but I wear mine all the time.
Forewarned is forearmed.
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Heartwarming moment bus driver pulls over to save two kids with no jackets on in 18F weather | Daily Mail Online

Nicole Chamberlain saw the two youngsters during her rounds at around 8am on Monday morning in Waukesha. Bitterly cold weather and wind chills made the temperature feel like just 3F there.

Source: Heartwarming moment bus driver pulls over to save two kids with no jackets on in 18F weather | Daily Mail Online

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Good work by this woman!

Children are “escape artists” at heart.  Can’t watch them carefully enough.

Have to keep the doors locked and chained to prevent this.

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INOVATION: Researchers Create a Metal Structure That Will Not Sink or Stay Submerged Under Water

Even more remarkable is that the trapped air remains trapped almost indefinitely, which the researchers discovered after deliberately submerging one of their aluminum water-repelling sandwiches underwater for two whole months after which it immediately floated back to the surface once released.

Source: Researchers Create a Metal Structure That Will Not Sink or Stay Submerged Under Water

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Unsinkable boats?

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VETERANS: Veterans’ Day should be renamed to Armistice Day

2019-Nov-11

https://mailchi.mp/tomwoods/new-ebook-318817?e=39307912ab

Pro-war propaganda
Tom Woods

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Pro-war propaganda.

A fellow I do a fair amount of business with posted on social media today that this is not a day for “antiwar propaganda.”

Nonsense.

Veterans’ Day was originally Armistice Day, in commemoration of the cessation of hostilities in World War I. The armistice was signed in the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, in 1918.

For four years, Europe tore itself apart, and sent millions of men into a meat grinder for no good reason. Tens of thousands would die, and the front would move a matter of yards.

Especially on this hundredth anniversary of the original Armistice Day, how does anyone seriously expect to honor the fallen without any discussion of the madmen who sent them into this horror?

Did their deaths occur in some abstract realm, outside time, space, and causation?

Or were they killed in specific ways, under orders from particular people?

Anyone speaking in mere platitudes today is an enemy of mankind.

The left-liberals and neoconservatives alike, who always seem to put aside their pretend differences when an idiotic war is in the offing, and who make saccharine speeches about democracy and openness and peace, are enemies of mankind.

As a reminder of how deranged our cultural elite and political establishment are, how many major political figures of the past hundred years have been dismissed from polite society for urging too much war?

There are lots of things that get you demonized and ostracized in America, but that ain’t one of them.

Usually it gets you called a “statesman.”

This is deranged.

Especially on Veterans Day should we speak out against war and the lying propagandists who foment them.

And the state cheerleaders who make excuses for them. (Why, Saddam really did have WMDs! etc.)

Especially culpable are the so-called conservatives who claim to distrust government propaganda — and yes, they’re indeed very sound on the milk subsidies question — but who can’t ape that Pentagon press release fast enough.

To hell with all of them.

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The best way to “celebrate” Veterans’ Day is DEMAND that “we” stop creating so many of then, and “wasting” their lives,  IMMEDIATELY.

Never met a vet who disagreed.

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NEWJERSEY: What’s Murphy hiding with his gag order on women who worked for him? | Moran – nj.com

Murphy must be hiding misbehavior by his staff. Why else would he stretch out a fight that puts him solidly on the side of Harvey Weinstein in the growing debate over gag orders?

Source: What’s Murphy hiding with his gag order on women who worked for him? | Moran – nj.com

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The D’s seem to be against women … …

… … unless there are charges against R’s!

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SOFTWARE: Switch from “Doctor Google” to “Doctor Duck Duck Go”

2019-Nov-09

Shocking Proof How Google Censors Health News
https://www.lewrockwell.com/2019/11/joseph-mercola/shocking-proof-how-google-censors-health-news/

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​Have to switch from “Doctor Google” to “Doctor Duck Duck Go”?​

https://duckduckgo.com/

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ATG Newsflash: For the Love of Literacy–Better World Books and the Internet Archive Unite to Preserve Millions of Books – Against the Grain

This new relationship will allow Better World Books to provide a steady stream of books to be digitized by the Internet Archive, thereby growing its digital holdings to millions of books. Libraries that work alongside Better World Books will now make a bigger impact than ever. Any book that does not yet exist in digital form will go into a pipeline for future digitization, preservation and access.

Source: ATG Newsflash: For the Love of Literacy–Better World Books and the Internet Archive Unite to Preserve Millions of Books – Against the Grain

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Interesting.

One would think that the original publisher has it in electronic form and could just submit the file.

If the original publisher has no plans for future publishing, then it would seem like a big win for humanity.

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TINFOILHAT: Can PG&E deliver power at all?

2019-Nov-03

https://www.theburningplatform.com/2019/11/03/was-there-another-reason-for-electricity-shutdowns-in-california/

Was There Another Reason For Electricity Shutdowns In California?
Authored by Richard Trzupek via The Epoch Times,

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According to the official, widely reported story, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) shut down substantial portions of its electric transmission system in northern California as a precautionary measure.

Citing high wind speeds they described as “historic,” the utility claims that if they didn’t turn off the grid, wind-caused damage to their infrastructure could start more wildfires in the area.

Perhaps that’s true. Perhaps. This tale presumes that the folks who designed and maintain PG&E’s transmission system are unaware of or ignored the need to design it to withstand severe weather events, and that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) allowed the utility to do so.

Ignorance and incompetence happens, to be sure, but there’s much about this story that doesn’t smell right—and it’s disappointing that most journalists and elected officials are apparently accepting it without question.

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Here’s an interesting theory as to why PG&E has to cut power to Customers.

Of course, there’s no way for Joe-Sixpack to know if this is true, but it’s an “interesting question”.

I’d bet there’s some truth to it.

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Pepuls Republik of Kaliforkneeah is collective insanity

2019-Nov-02

https://www.foxnews.com/us/california-prop-47-shoplifting-theft-crime-statewide

California’s Prop 47 leads to rise in shoplifting, thefts, criminal activity across state
By Barnini Chakraborty | Fox News

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California is one of a handful of states that doesn’t hand out plastic shopping bags. To get one, the purchaser has to pay an additional dime. Residents looking to save ten cents and spare the environment typically put merchandise in a purse, backpack or have it in their hand when they walk out, an unintended consequence of which is shoplifters can easily “fit in and walk out” with the paying crowd.

“It’s nuts,” Michelin said. “Stores are going to be forced to lock up all their merchandise.”

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This seems to be the opposite of NYC’s (Bratton’s?) quality of life crackdown to decrease crime?

Insane!

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ADMINISTRIVIA: Rebooting me, the blog, and life

2019-Nov-01 1841 

On October 12, I had a mitral valve repair.

https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/007411.htm

It was minimally invasive and no problems were expected.

Unfortunately, the anesthetic impacted my prostate and it shut the urinary tube.  A catheterization solved that problem.

Apparently, the drugs prescribed to allow my recovery sent my bp and pulse into highs and lows.  Changing them around — eliminate some, change others — seemed to get me back level.

Recovery took longer than I expected and wasn’t as easy as I anticipated.

But, I think I’m back to where I was before I was “fixed”.

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The Atomic Bombings Reconsidered

That redefinition of morality was a product of World War II, which included such barbarities as Germany’s systematic murder of six million Jews and Japan’s rape of Nanking. While the worst atrocities were perpetrated by the Axis, all the major nation-states sliced away at the moral code — often to the applause of their leaders and citizens alike. By 1945 there were few moral restraints left in what had become virtually a total war. Even F.D.R.’s prewar concern for sparing enemy civilians had fallen by the wayside. In that new moral climate, any nation that had the A-bomb would probably have used it against enemy peoples. British leaders as well as Joseph Stalin endorsed the act. Germany’s and Japan’s leaders surely would have used it against cities. America was not morally unique — just technologically exceptional. Only it had the bomb, and so only it used it.

Source: The Atomic Bombings Reconsidered

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November 1, 1945 was schedule for the invasion of Japan.

Who knows how many on both side would have died?

WW2’s “tactics” really ended the protection of non-combatant civilians.

So why should we be surprised that “terrorism” has emerged as the tool of Fifth Generation asymmetrical warfare?

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