VOCABULARY: “Whataboutism” to absolve bad behavior


When ‘whataboutism’ is appropriate
by Jeff Jacoby The Boston Globe
January 15, 2023

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“Whataboutism,” a term much in fashion in political circles these days, is a pejorative reference to a very old and familiar argument: A’s bad behavior can’t be condemned because B engaged in bad behavior too.

The term dates back to the Cold War. It was the label given to a tactic perfected by Soviet propagandists. If Western critics blasted Moscow’s crimes in Afghanistan, the persecution of dissidents, or the horrors of the Gulag, trained Soviet flacks would respond with knee-jerk “whataboutism”: What about racism in America? What about Watergate? What about riots in US cities?

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Sorry, but you can’t distract from the point being made about your bad behavior by pointing to someone else’s bad behavior.

Each “counter example” may be worthy of its own discussion, but stick to the point at hand.


VOCABULARY: Thoughtcrime (George Orwel 1949)


Thoughtcrime is a word coined by George Orwell in his 1949 dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. It describes a person’s politically unorthodox thoughts, such as beliefs and doubts that contradict the tenets of Ingsoc (English Socialism), the dominant ideology of Oceania. In the official language of Newspeak, the word crimethink describes the intellectual actions of a person who entertains and holds politically unacceptable thoughts; thus the government of the Party controls the speech, the actions, and the thoughts of the citizens of Oceania.

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Are You A “Thought Criminal”?



VOCABULARY: “Weaponized Governmental Failure”


Weaponized Governmental Failure: A Primer
by Tyler Durden
Saturday, Oct 22, 2022 – 07:40 PM

Authored by Scott McKay via The American Spectator,

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Democrats rule over a ruin, but they rule…

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Let’s call it Weaponized Governmental Failure. It’s the single most explicative factor in the breakdown of American political consensus in the 21st century, even though it’s been around since the latter part of the 20th century.

The simple definition of Weaponized Governmental Failure is this: it’s the deliberate refusal to perform the basic tasks of urban governance for a specific political purpose.

The crime and the graft and the potholes and the bad drainage, not to mention the spotty trash collection or nonexistent snow shoveling, aren’t incompetence. In fact, none of what you see in the American public sector is incompetence. The people responsible for it are quite highly educated and well-trained in their craft. You just need to understand what their craft is.

It’s a choice to do a poor job with the more mundane tasks of running a city, and an educated and purposeful choice at that. If you do those things effectively, after all, what you will get is middle-class voters moving in. Middle-class voters tend to choose to live in places where they can expect to get actual value out of their tax dollars — good roads, safe streets, functional drainage, decent schools, a friendly business climate, and a growing economy, among other things — and those things are hard to produce when you govern the way the Left does.

Put a different way, middle-class voters are a pain in the ass.

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The politicians and bureaucrats are the drones of the human hive.

I have often posted that the Gooferment is immoral, ineffective, and inefficient. As well as untrustworthy. And to that “deliberately incompetent”.



VOCABULARY: “Gaslighting” — to sow self-doubt and confusion in their victim’s mind


Hopkins: The Gaslighting Of The Masses
by Tyler Durden
Sunday, Oct 16, 2022 – 11:30 PM

Authored by CJ Hopkins via The Consent Factory,

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nstead, I want to focus on one particularly effective mind-control technology, one that has done a lot of heavy lifting throughout the implementation of the New Normal and is doing a lot of heavy-lifting currently. I want to do that because many people mistakenly believe that mind-control is either (a) a “conspiracy theory” or (b) something that can only be achieved with drugs, microwaves, surgery, torture, or some other invasive physical means. Of course, there is a vast and well-documented history of the use of such invasive physical technologies (see, e.g., the history of the CIA’s infamous MKULTRA program), but in many instances mind-control can be achieved through much less elaborate techniques.

One of the most basic and effective techniques that cults, totalitarian systems, and individuals with fascistic personalities use to disorient and control people’s minds is “gaslighting.” You’re probably familiar with the term. If not, here are a few definitions:

“the manipulation of another person into doubting their perceptions, experiences, or understanding of events.” American Psychological Association

“an insidious form of manipulation and psychological control. Victims of gaslighting are deliberately and systematically fed false information that leads them to question what they know to be true, often about themselves. They may end up doubting their memory, their perception, and even their sanity.” Psychology Today

“a form of psychological manipulation in which the abuser attempts to sow self-doubt and confusion in their victim’s mind. Typically, gaslighters are seeking to gain power and control over the other person, by distorting reality and forcing them to question their own judgment and intuition.” Newport Institute

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IMHO the whole Covid fiasco from start to finish has been “gaslighting” the world’s population.  The politicians and bureaucrats did this to transfers huge amounts of wealth into Big Pharma. 



VOCABULARY: Murmurations


What is the purpose of murmuration?

Grouping together offers safety in numbers – predators such as peregrine falcons find it hard to target one bird in the middle of a hypnotising flock of thousands. They also gather to keep warm at night and to exchange information, such as good feeding areas.

“When the early light catches thousands of wings simultaneously, combined with the haunting rustle of countless wingbeats, it is pretty close to avian witchcraft.”

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Interesting behavior that humans really don’t understand why.


VOCABULARY: Federal Reserve and Debt — interest versus usury?


The Federal Reserve and Debt
Michael Hudson • September 17, 2022 

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Well, the question is, why do people go into debt? And there are two kinds of credit. And this goes all the way back to the church theologians in the 14th century. Ancient societies didn’t have any different word for interest and usury. All that was developed to overcome the church’s banning of interest for a 1,000 years, certainly among the clergy. And then the European takeoff began. And after the Crusades it was obvious that some kind of credit was necessary to finance foreign trade. And some people benefited from credit, so the church said, all right, if you’re making a loan, the debtor gains from it, then it’s interest, then its mutual gain. And usury is when the borrower doesn’t really receive a gain but has to pay the interest out of income that they earned elsewhere.

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Interesting distinction?

So what is our current scenario?  

Taxes are theft. And, they are usury to the extent we don’t benefit from them.


VOCABULARY: new definition of “Democracy” — rule by a self-identified elite, or people endorsed by that elite

https://mailchi.mp/tomwoods/denew definitimocracymeaning?e=39307912ab

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This is how their modern counterparts can say, in all seriousness, that they’re “saving democracy” even when they’re sabotaging officials who won democratic elections. In case it sounds like they’re contradicting themselves, they’re really not. They are democracy. They and their colleagues and cronies and so-called experts are democracy, and the stupid rubes who won’t just bend the knee to them and do as they say are the enemies of democracy.

Have a future in mind that doesn’t involve crippling energy prices, eating bugs, having your kids brainwashed, and watching central banks siphon away your wealth? Why, you may be a danger to “democracy,” citizen.

As Sam Francis wrote back in 2004, “What they mean by ‘democracy’ is nothing more than the system of dominance that came to prevail in the United States and the Western world in the last half of the last century. That system has nothing to do with elections, opposition parties, civil and political rights, or ‘liberty,’ nor does it have anything to do with political theory, ancient or modern. ‘Democracy,’ as the neocons and the President and most others who are enthusiastic about it use the word, means the centralized leviathan state under the firm and unqualified control of the managerial bureaucracy and those political forces able to influence it.”

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Certainly not the old definition of “democracy” which was basically mob rule.



VOCABULARY:’Migrant’ and how it has been politically redefined


How Propagandists Redefined ‘Migrant’ (and got The Media to go along) (Podcast)
Dated: September 21, 2022 by Sharyl Attkisson

A case study in how propagandists redefined the word “migrant” –and got The Media to go along.

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I really like how Sharyl Attkisson took apart the whole “scam”.  And, indicted Wikipedia and Dictionary as be “captured” by the Dark Side.

I’ll never contribute to Wikipedia again … ever.

There’s no transcript to quite from but it’s well worth a listen.

Everything is an ASTROTURF!


VOCABULARY: “Presentism” judging the past by the standards of today


In an eight minute video, Bill Mahr destroys “wokeness”.

Wish there was a transcript so I could capture some of the pearls.

“Merrill Streep should play Sea Biscuit so every girl can grow up believing she can be a race horse.”

I’m not a fan of Liberals, but in this case, I agree with him.


VOCABULARY: ‘Little League’ homer


Yankees hold off Red Sox thanks to overturned call, ‘Little League’ homer
By Dan Martin September 14, 2022 10:49pm Updated

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The second baseman’s resurgence continued with his RBI single in the fifth inning that turned into a Keystone Kops home run thanks to some inept defense by the Red Sox, who made three errors on the night that led to four unearned runs.

In the fifth, Torres singled to right to drive in Aaron Hicks and then catcher Connor Wong took Verdugo’s throw from right and in an attempt to get Torres who had wandered too far around first, threw the ball back into right field.

It allowed Judge to score easily and a hustling Torres circled the bases and slid home safely.

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Interesting new “word” — Little League Homer — to describe something that is often seen in Little League games where they throw the ball around allowing runners to advance.


VOCABULARY: “Fact checker” — a hyperpartisan fanatic


The “fact checker” scam
Tom Woods

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One of the most laughable developments of recent years has been the rise of the “fact-checker.”

The fact-checker, in the fantasy version, is a nonpartisan, dispassionate expert who wants to prevent people from being misled.

In the planet-Earth version, the fact checker is a hyperpartisan fanatic who wants to prevent people from entertaining thoughts at odds with the narrative the regime is trying to present.

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And usually paid for by the folks that profit from the regime’s narrative.


VOCABULARY: A “vaxxident” is an accident caused by a vaccine induced cardiac incident


A bus crash in The Bronx—and every other “vaxxident” in New York City—should have heads rolling in Manhattan, Albany and Washington, D.C.
Guest Post by Mark Crispin Miller

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When will we talk about INDICTING those responsible for all those “vaccine” mandates that have caused—and are NOW causing—so much grief? (And if there’s no legal recourse, what then?)

This happened in The Bronx today. Scroll down to find out why it happened (as if you haven’t guessed), and to see who—among others—should be indicted for it. MTA bus driver crashes into pole after possible heart attack: cops

August 4, 2022


An MTA bus driver crashed into an elevated subway pillar in The Bronx when she suffered a possible heart attack Thursday — leaving 12 passengers with minor injuries, cops and sources said.

The 44-year-old Bx21 driver was heading south on Boston Road when the medical episode occurred and she hit the stanchion at the West Farms Road intersection around 8:25 a.m., authorities said.
The front of the MTA bus rammed into the pole, shattering the window.
The Bx21 driver careened into an elevated subway pillar at Boston Road and West Farms Road, cops said.

She suffered head trauma and was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital, where she was listed in critical but stable condition due to the medical episode, which sources said was possibly a heart attack.

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These incidents are happening too frequently to be random chance.


VOCABULARY: What is a “right”?



French President Macron: abortion is a fundamental right for women

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As a fat old white guy injineer, I struggle when people use words that make no sense. When they add adjectives, they don’t seem to help my understanding.

A “right” is a meme that humans have agreed that everyone “has” by virtue of their humanity with respect to other humans.

You can chat with a lion, bear, or tiger, about your “rights”.  “Rights” have to be backed up with or enforced by force.  In polite society, “rights” are mutually agreed after a long violent process of “adjudication”.  

Now we can discuss “positive” and “negative” rights.  If you have a “negative” right, it’s somethings others agree not to interfere with (i.e., “free speech”).  If you have a positive “right”, then who has an obligation to provide it?  

Hence, little L libertarians don’t believe there are any “positive” rights.

Now let us parse Macron’s statement: “fundamental right”.

Clearly, he is stating a case for a “positive” right.  Who pays?  Who is FORCED to provide this service?

I don’t understand what “fundamental” adds to the equation.

And, we have to understand that “abortion” is killing a living human being. Seriously, does anyone believe that life doesn’t NOT begin at conception. 

Finally, how about that human life that is being killed?  When do that young human get their “rights”?  If you have to draw lines, the ones that have been suggested are: conception, first heartbeat, end of the first trimester, when “born”.  From my pov as a fat old white guy injineer, it when that child can defend his “rights” — for sure!



VOCABULARY: Chumbolone — what politicians think of us taxpayers


Chumbolone (pronounced chum-buh-LOAN), my favorite Chicago political word that explains exactly what politicians think of us taxpayers, has finally made it to the big time, with its own listing on urbandictionary.com.


VOCABULARY: “Bottleneckers” use the Gooferment to limit choice?


Eye Test Innovators vs The Bottleneckers
36,978 views Apr 19, 2022
John Stossel
651K subscribers

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Need glasses? Going to an optometrist can be a pain and waste the better part of a day. So a company, Opternative, invented an at-home test.

It’s cheaper and more convenient than traditional eye exams. You just need a cell phone and a computer.
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But the American Optometric Association wants it banned. They say “it poses significant health risks to consumers” because “it relies on new, self-administered tests” rather than “assessment by an eye care professional.”

Is this new eye test dangerous? Or is it a cheap and efficient eye care alternative?

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Well, when first I heard of it, I thought about my last eye exam.  It was done by an ophthalmologist; not an optometrist.  He scanned my retina. Reminded me to stay on my RX for high blood pressure that he’d detected more than a decade ago.  As well as, noting that my cataracts had not progressed any further. 

So there is a fine point on this.  Although I’m not sure what an “assessment by an eye care professional” would mean if that “professional” is an optometrist?

YMMV, I recommend seeing an ophthalmologist for your annual exam.  It may cost more but it could save your sight and even your life.


VOCABULARY: “SLUDGE” — the administrivia that make getting things done near-impossible


Sludge: How paperwork, wait times, and confusion degrade our well-being

  • Sludge may be inevitable, but there are better ways to manage such frictions in our daily lives.

with Cass Sunstein

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As defined by Harvard law professor Cass Sunstein, sludge is the amorphous accumulation of daily frictions that separate people from the things that can make their lives easier or better. Think tedious paperwork, long wait times, and bureaucratic procedures to fulfill simple requests. If you’ve ever navigated the layers of an automated answering system to speak with a human representative only to be put on hold for hours listening to public-domain slow jazz, then you know the pains of sludge.

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Just yesterday, I called Walgreens about an OTC item that ordered on their website.  I had it confirmed then canceled.

I called three times.  Navigated phone choices.  Got a person each time who asked my name and birthdate — despite it wasn’t about a prescription — and they “transferred” me to a number that rang innumerable times then “transferred” me to survey “in order to give you outstanding service”.  Regardless if you took the survey or not, it hung up on you.

So I went to the store — ready for war — a nice lady took my name and birthdate — I have no idea why — and my order number.  She also said that they would fill my order but it would take an hour.

Argh!  So I left to do errands and came back,

New lady.  Took my name and birthdate — Argh! — and had no idea why order was cancelled.  Or why my order wasn’t ready.

Earlier lady returns equally clueless.

Then the pharmacist gets involved.  Also clueless as to why.  (It is an OTC item.)

After another hour, I get my order.  No apologies and no explanations.

SLUDGE in inaction.



VOCABULARY: “Security Theater”


Why Vaccine Cards Are So Easily Forged
Bruce Schneier

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Back in 2003, at the height of our collective terrorism panic, I coined the term security theater to describe measures that look like they’re doing something but aren’t.

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Well, for once, he and I disagree.  The smug cheater getting away with fraudulent documents instills in society that some are above the “rules”.  Like when politicians are unmasked but force everyone else to mask up.  One set of rules for me; another for thee. Doe the smug cheater get to run red lights and put others at mortal risk?

As a little L libertarian, I don’t recognize the Gooferment as having the power to mandate a lot of what it does.  I’m for the “night watchman” government if we have to have one at all.  So, when the Gooferment politicians and bureaucrats promulgate their diktats, I feel free to treat them as “suggestions”.

“I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.” — Robert A. Heinlein

So I stop at red lights and stop signs and expect others to do the same.  Not because the Gooferment has a diktat about it, but it is common sense to cooperate in the real world. 

If a shop keeper feel that masks are need for the well-being of their patrons — even if masks are ineffective and just provide some crazy people psychological comfort — then I’ll either accept their invitation to shop there wearing a mask or go somewhere else. (It’s not my role in society to disturb the peace and preach “any gospel” to the infidels.

Sigh, there are common sense rules that we obey for the benefit of humanity. And, they are way above diktats in moral authority.

But “theater” of any type should be mock, skirted, or just ignored if at all possible.  

(Note: I don’t do bail money. So obey that old knight. “But choose wisely, for while the true Grail will bring you life, the false Grail will take it from you.” Grail Knight in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097576/quotes)


VOCABULARY: The Streisand Effect



The Phenomenon Wherein Trying To Hide Information Makes It More Public Is Known As?

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Back in 2002, photographer Kenneth Adelman undertook a massive project wherein he photographed the California coastline in a series of 12,000 photographs. The purpose of the exercise was to document coastal erosion for the California Coastal Records Project, a government-sanctioned project focused on preserving the state’s massive coastline.

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In 2003, when it came to the singer’s attention that her home was displayed on the CCRP’s website, her lawyers drafted a lawsuit and sued the photographer, the site displaying the images (Pictopia.com), and even the server company hosting the actual files (Layer42). The total damages sought were for $50,000,000.

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Two years later in 2005, Mike Masnick, CEO and founder of the Techdirt blog, immortalized the whole affair when he wrote:

How long is it going to take before lawyers realize that the simple act of trying to repress something they don’t like online is likely to make it so that something that most people would never, ever see (like a photo of a urinal in some random beach resort) is now seen by many more people? Let’s call it the Streisand Effect.

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An interesting addition to the genre of Unintended Consequences?


VOCABULARY: “The Overton window”


The Overton Window & Bitcoin
SATURDAY, FEB 12, 2022 – 09:00 PM
Authored by ‘DON’ via BitcoinMagazine.com,

As Bitcoin enters the mainstream conversation, it is becoming increasingly common for politicians to embrace or disparage the technology…

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“The Overton window is the range of policies politically acceptable to the mainstream population at a given time. It is also known as the window of discourse.

“The term is named after American policy analyst Joseph P. Overton, who stated that an idea’s political viability depends mainly on whether it falls within this range, rather than on politicians’ individual preferences. According to Overton, the window frames the range of policies that a politician can recommend without appearing too extreme to gain or keep public office given the climate of public opinion at that time.”

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Can’t stop BITCOIN because it fulfills a basic human need — the ability to save financial wealth from the rapacious of seizure by central Gooferments!


VOCABULARY: Thomasson — an object with no purpose


Pointlessness Exalted

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Artist Akasegawa Genpei took a strange inspiration from this: He defined a “Thomasson” as “an object, part of a building, that was maintained in good condition, but with no purpose, to the point of becoming a work of art.” For example, in Tokyo he’d noticed a well-maintained stairway with a blank wall at its top, and a ticket window that had been boarded up but whose tray had been assiduously permitted still to function.

Akasegawa’s colleague Chikuma Shobo eventually published a whole taxonomy of Thomassons: useless doorways, useless staircases, useless windows, doors to nowhere, senseless signs. Just like art, these items have no purpose in society, but they’re preserved with care, to the point that they seem to be exhibits in themselves. “However, these objects do not appear to have a creator, making them even more art-like than regular art.”

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An interesting concept.


VOCABULARY: A ‘brand tax’ on future job searches


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Facebook’s reputation is so bad, the company must pay even more now to hire and retain talent. Some are calling it a ‘brand tax’ as tech workers fear a ‘black mark’ on their careers.

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Like with those who worked at Enron, and their auditors Arthur Andersen, were stained in future job searches.


VOCABULARY: ‘Typical Rykozhop’ is Russian for Rube Goldberg, or worse


30 Construction Solutions That Don’t Solve Problems, Only Create Them, As Shared By This Instagram Account (New Pics)
Jonas Grinevičius and Mindaugas Balčiauskas
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Many of us instinctively know whether a design is good and user-friendly or if it’s something clobbered together at the last minute without much thought for aesthetics, the future, or our poor artistic feelings. However, some home design ‘solutions’ are so problematic, they deserve to be named and shamed far and wide.

That’s where the Russian ‘Typical Rykozhop’ project on Instagram comes in. The account documents the most egregious design and construction decisions that would make any design major’s jaw drop (watch some of them faint, too!). Scroll down for the best of the truly worst (or is that the worst of the worst?) and upvote the design solutions that you simply love to hate, dear Pandas.

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It’s definitely pretty funny to this fat old white guy injineer.  In a few cases, it is hard to figure out what they were trying to accomplish.  And, in one, I was befuddled.

Reminds me when I was working on a new building for a Wall Street datacenter.  Some SVP gave the “baby” electrician aka union apprentice for some trivial thing.  I think the fellow parked in the guy’s “space”; there were no markings or assignments I was aware of.  When the Unions heard about this, they had had enough of the this guy and that was the straw that broke their back.  It wasn’t the first time he’d <past tense synonym for urine output> them off. So they took advantage of a blanket order to work any overtime needed to get the building done ahead of schedule, and that Saturday EVERY TRADE came in to work putting up doors.  They put EVERY DOOR in a nine story building in one day just as it was drawn on the plans by the architect and signed off by everyone in the chain of command.  That Sunday morning, when I came it and did my daily walk thru for site security with my supervisory team, I immediately recognized what had been done.  I got the dubious pleasure of calling my SVP telling him that “I thought” (I knew) EVERY DOOR was installed backward (i.e., the holes were on the hinge side).  Since these were ALL special fire doors, they have to be ordered and remade from scratch. The union’s chief steward suggested that they might want to ask a certain SVP about who could park where and ALL the trades called in sick on Monday.  One of the few times I ever saw the CEO, CFO, and a bunch of other Chiefs was that Monday morning at 7AM walking through the building.  By lunch time, that SVP was fired and, on Tuesday, the doors began to come down very very slowly.  The building was delayed two months.  And, we were all verbally informed don’t mess with the unions.  



VOCABULARY: Sc3nius is communal genius — magical time-place combinations


Sc3nius We’re all gonna make it

To clear up some terms we’ll use here, “scenius” is the concept of communal genius, but we’ll use Scenius with a capital S to describe those magical time-place combinations. Scenius is the proper noun; scenius is the common one. Ancient Greece was a Scenius. The Renaissance was a Scenius. Silicon Valley was a Scenius. (Not Boring)

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Interesting concept and going global due to the web.



VOCABULARY: ​It’s not a “vaccine”; it’s an “inoculation”​!


This New Peer-Reviewed Article Could Be a Game-Changer
Rob Jenkins | Posted: Sep 26, 2021 12:01 AM

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About the “vaccines” themselves: “A vaccine is legally defined as any substance designed to be administered to a human being for the prevention of one or more diseases….A January 2000 patent application that defined vaccines as ‘compositions or mixtures that when introduced into the circulatory system of an animal will evoke a protective response to a pathogen’ was rejected by the U.S. Patent Office because ‘the immune response produced by a vaccine…must be protective….[It must be] a compound which prevents infection.’ In the remainder of this article, we use the term ‘inoculated’ rather than vaccinated, because the injected material in the present COVID-19 inoculations prevents neither viral infection nor transmission. Since its main function in practice appears to be symptom suppression, it is operationally a ‘treatment.’”

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​It’s not a “vaccine”; it’s an “inoculation”​!