Darkness falls

(This post has taken a few days. I keep falling asleep before finishing it so it’s turned out a bit random)

It seems I have been noticed by Twitter.

Well, they don’t want some troublemaker with a lifetime career in studying infectious diseases talking about masks and reality, now do they? Wouldn’t that spoil the plan? All that matters is the plan, after all.

Since I won’t be modifying my tone, I suspect my time on Twitter might be limited. Doesn’t matter. Twitter is fun but it’s a game, like Farcebok and all the others. None of them are real life, they just think they are. Yes, having an instant conversation with someone on the other side of the planet is great, it’s pretty amazing really, but if Twitter won’t let you play, many others will.

I tried Gab. All I saw was a load of ‘Da Joos did it all’ and gave up on it. Maybe it’ll grow up, it’s trying to, so maybe I’ll go and look again one day. I tried Parler. Bit of a clunky interface at the moment but it’s new. I expect that will improve over time, as Gab’s interface has. It has its loonies, of course, just like every other platform, but at least it’s not full of Goebbels wannabes blaming everything on Da Joos.

It’s even rife on Twitter. There was an explosion at a port in Beirut. There was speculation that it was a fuel-air bomb but there’s no sign of any planes in the videos. There are videos of the blast from all angles – no sign of anything entering the fire that was already burning. Naturally, fingers were pointed at Israel at once.

The official story was that it started as a fire that spread to a consignment of fireworks which then exploded. It looks like a double blast. I suspected the first blast (fireworks) might have broken open some fuel storage tanks which immediately became a de facto fuel-air bomb. Fuel storage tanks are very likely to be around any modern port and there would probably be quite a lot of fuel in them. Still, we’ll have to wait for the actual investigation.

I don’t think Israel was in any way involved for the simple reason that the government of Lebanon are not blaming them. They are not blaming anyone, in fact they have stated that the storage facility at the port has been warned about unsafe practices before.

Could a firework explosion have done so much damage? There was a town in Denmark that had a firework factory. The factory caught fire, exploded and all but obliterated the town. A building full of fireworks is a pretty high grade bomb. There were also silos of grain and fertiliser at the Beirut port and, as I said, there would have been fuel tanks. A fireworks explosion could have set them all off.

Sometimes, disasters are just terrible accidents.

UPDATE: Turns out there was about 2750 tons of ammonium nitrate stored there, due to some legal wrangle with the owner. Apparently it wasn’t stored very well. The initial fire might well have been fireworks but the Big Bang was the fertiliser detonating.

Still, we have our own problems to worry about. Our lunatic government is still filling the country with illegal immigrants and installing them at our expense in the best hotels, hotels most of us could never afford to stay in, which the immigrants then complain about. They’ve come from camping in the dirt at Calais to a fancy hotel and they complain. I’d send them all the way back to where they started from but that’s probably best done after Brexit. If they realise they just go back to square one after getting all the way here, next time they’ll stop in France. We need to be the snake, not the ladder.

Bozza’s Mob has proposed locking down the over 50s, even though that age group is at little risk from the current virus. Then they withdrew that lunatic idea to replace it with something even crazier.

Yes, rather than just lock up a contaminated building for a week or so until any coronaviruses in there fall apart, they want to demolish those buildings at once. Thereby spreading any and all contaminants in the fabric of the building on the dust that results. It is lunacy.

This will be withdrawn too. Why? They have something in mind. Something every sane person would get enraged about. In order to get it accepted, they first put out absolutely lunatic ideas and withdraw them, so when they finally reveal the plan it looks less insane than what they have proposed before. I haven’t worked out what it is, but I think we’ll know it when we see it. Demonic Cummings has been quiet for a long time but he hasn’t gone away.

Yesterday CStM and I went to McDonald’s and then Lidl. Our first outing together, and the furthest we have travelled, since mid March. We used the drive through at McDonald’s for the first time ever so no mask required (I absolutely will not wear one when driving and have been advising delivery drivers not to wear them at the wheel). Lidl needed a mask, I just took along the zip mouth one because CStM will not be seen with me in either the Bane or plague doctor masks, and my army surplus gas masks, well, she’d disown me if I wore those in public.

The car needed a good run anyway. It’s sat idle apart from a less-than-weekly drive to Local Shop, a four mile round trip. The battery was suffering and needed a good charge.

Lidl was quiet. Everyone wore a mask. Social distancing seems to have gone out the window though. People reaching over each other to get things from the shelves. They don’t seem quite so scared any more. I think they’re just getting pissed off with it all.

There are still a few showing fear, but that might have been the mask 😉

I think I need some blue overalls and a Michael Myers mask with light up eyes. eBay has them. What the hell, if I have to wear a daft mask I am going to take the piss.

It’s often said, in defence of masks, that health professionals ‘wear them all day every day’. Actually they don’t. The N95 mask so highly touted works for about two and a half hours and like any fine filter, it’s eventually clogged with dust and then you can’t breathe through it. It is such a close fit that you’ll get sores on your face from keeping it on too long. They cannot be re-used. It’s not so much that they are contaminated, it’s more that they are now clogged with dust.

Surgeons have to do something counter-intuitive when wearing a mask in surgery. If they feel a sneeze or a cough coming on they must not turn away. They have to cough/sneeze directly at the patient. Why? Because the mask doesn’t stop it. Oh it stops it going directly forward, but ti doesn’t catch the cough. The mask directs most of it up, down and sideways. If you cough in a mask it’s those to the side of you who get blasted with whatever you just coughed out. The general public doesn’t know this so they will turn to the side to cough and blast whoever is in range with all sorts of nasties – if they have any.

Masks, without proper training in their use and in what they can and cannot do, are actually worse than nothing in untrained hands. People will naturally turn away if they feel a cough or sneeze coming and if they are wearing a surgical mask that is entirely the wrong thing to do. How many non-medic shoppers know about that? How much information has been given about that? The answer to both questions is ‘none’.

The general public in these masks are just going to make things worse. They have not been trained in their use. They will pay through the nose for N95 masks they don’t know how to fit or for boxes of surgical masks they don’t know how to use. All of them go in the general bin, some idiots are putting contaminated masks in the recycle bins. They cannot be re-used and they cannot be recycled. They are going to end up in landfill if we’re lucky or in the sea if we’re not. Millions of them.

If you have to wear a mask, get a couple of silly ones. They don’t do anything useful anyway, you might as well have fun. Get cloth ones you can wash and re-use and really, you do have to wash them. They are collecting bacteria and fungal spores when you wear them. Forget about viruses, they float right through the weave – the most accurate meme showed someone putting up a chain link fence to stop mosquitos. That’s a good analogy.

This post is going on Twitter. They might ban me for it. They don’t like truth in any form on there. It doesn’t fit The Plan. The Plan is, of course, Panoptica, which I have to get back to. Items in the first two chapters are already happening. I know, I planned to write a chapter a month this year but life (and death) had other ideas. I’m slowly getting out of this fugue and back to it all.

Yes, masks are pointless but I really can’t be bothered arguing about it in a shop. I need to get a few things, I’ll put on a daft and scary mask, get those things and get out. No browsing, no impulse buys, it’s actually saving me a fortune. As is shopping online and getting it delivered. Turns out the delivery charge is less than the cost of petrol to get there. I suppose you don’t all live 15 miles from the nearest supermarket though. We might keep getting deliveries if this nonsense ever ends. Social distancing, pfft. We are masters of the art.

Alongside all this is the death of feminism. Women cannot be feminists nor even women any more, because of the Men in Tights. The Men in Tights are the New Women, moobs are the new bra fillers and you can actually buy a fake camel toe to hide your man bits. The genderless society is coming faster than I anticipated. Oh there’s no point telling them. They won’t listen, they won’t be scared, and when they are offered release from the current insanity of 57 varieties of gender and people self-identifying as telegraph poles they’ll fight to be first. You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile.

Another layer is the coming race war. The ‘oppressed’ black people will start it, if they haven’t already, and then they will find that the white races have invented guns, tanks, planes and bombs while Africa is still at the height of spear technology.

All these invaders are being lured into a trap. Look closely at those who advocate for massive global population reduction. How many of them are less white than a sheet of A4 paper? Most of them are so white you can see them from space. You really think it’s Whitey they have in their sights?

Look, there are definitely some Jewish, and many non-Jewish, people at the heart of the New World Order but most Jews don’t even know it’s going on. Most are just living like everyone else, trying to keep up with the bills and maybe get enough spare for a treat now and then. Same with white people. They don’t really care about immigration until it’s rammed into their faces day after day. As it has been since the Tiny Blur and it’s getting even worse now.

You can call me all the names under the sun. It does not change this.

What do you think would happen now if the government decided to deport every single illegal immigrant or imported criminal right now? How much resistance among white people do you really think there would be? Think how hard this has been pushed, how many rape gangs have now been identified, how much violence… How would the whites respond to a government directive of ‘get them all out’? Heck, a lot of British born and even legal-immigrant black people would be on board with this too. This BLM fiasco has definitely not made their lives easier.

It’s all been set up. I don’t hate people whose skin has colour. I wish mine had some colour but as a ginger in Scotland, that’s a faint hope indeed. Yet they bring in all these illegal immigrants, put them in hotels nobody here can afford and they know, oh they know, how much fury they are stirring. The illegals don’t. They complain about living in a 4 star hotel for free and they have no clue how much seething is outside, waiting for them.

Meanwhile Aberdeen is now back in lockdown because 54 cases of coronavirus have popped up. It’s not clear whether these are actually sick people or just positive tests, but it’s a handy distraction for the Scottish government from the utter balls-up they’ve made of exam results.

Now we have one newspaper (yes, one, the Toronto Star) reporting that COVID-19 makes your hair fall out. First report of that since this whole thing started. It can’t be any other reason, there is now no disease apart from COVID-19. (I would put up a link but you can’t read it unless you subscribe, so here’s their Twitter post).

Remember when everything was caused by smoking? Well, now nothing is caused by smoking. The Universal Virus does it all. I’m somewhere between relief and disappointment on that one.

The darkness is coming. Destruction of history, a new and fake history, wars based on nonsense but will kill millions, race wars soon to be followed with corporate wars, people made into worker drones…

Five hundred million. That’s how many people the maniacs in charge of all this want on the planet. That’s not just a hypothetical thought experiment, that is what they genuinely want to bring to reality. That means six and a half billion people have to die. Soon. Because they want to see this in their lifetimes, not at some far future date.

The Billy Gates Gruff has stated that his lunatic vaccine has to be distributed first to those most at risk… which happens to be BAME people. Of course they are getting hit harder, they have ignored every bit of advice on dealing with it. As, let’s be honest, everyone knew they would. Now, our Billy has form here. A polio vaccine he distributed in India crippled thousands of kids. He’d be arrested if he ever set foot there. In Africa, one of his vaccines caused widespread infertility. I repeat, it’s not the whites he’s after. Killing whitey won’t really make anything like enough of a dent in world population. Globally there aren’t that many white people.

No, no, whites are being subjugated, not killed. We’re all racist and we all have ‘white privilege’ and we have to cower and apologise for our very existence. Even though we didn’t invent slavery and actually fought wars to end it. Of course, we haven’t ended it, it still happens… it’s just not done by whitey.

And yet, only whitey has to apologise. ‘make reparations’ (give the freeloaders money) and abase themselves for an evil they tried to end.

So many provocations. So many needles into that white flesh. It can only have one outcome, and it is not going to be good. Those doing it know this and they are not black people. They are funding and controlling the leaders of those groups and they know exactly what they are doing. So when the time comes for the massive population reduction they’ll have pretty much every whitey on-message. So many will have experienced abuse at the hands of the black useful idiots that they will welcome the new Final Solution.

They will embrace their billionaire overlords, here to save them from the problem those billionaires created.

I know there are those calling me racist by now and I know those doing so are almost exclusively white. Black people know what Planned Parenthood was originally designed to do, and still does. They know the role played by the father of the Billy Gates Gruff in that organisation. They know the name Margaret Sanger and her lifelong ambition. Aside from those parading in London like incontinent penguins, and those paid and indoctrinated to stir up more provocation, black people know who their real enemy is.

Just as very few Jews are involved in this New World Order crap, so are very few white people. It’s the ultimate white supremacy really. Forget all those rednecks with Confederate flags and yeeha pickups, they’re not doing this. What you’re dealing with here are billionaires who think they know how to run the entire planet – and every last one of them is an old white man. It’s not the guy in dungarees and a mouth full of every dentist’s nightmare you need to worry about. It’s the guy in the fitted suit who has someone in a smart uniform driving him and opening the door for him.

We are all, all of us, simply economic units to those people. We have been divided and divided and divided, black and white, Christian and Muslim and all the rest, smoker and nonsmoker, Shia and Sunni, Catholic and Protestant, gay and straight, divided into ever smaller groups so we will fight amongst ourselves and never see the real enemy. It has worked so very well and will continue to work because there really is no way to make people see what is happening.

Their programming is impenetrable. They will shout ‘racist-Nazi-bigot’ and they will not, cannot, hear anything you say. There is no way back for them, they are lost to humanity forever. Their hate defines them, it is all they have. Any engagement with them is pointless. If you are not one of their collective then you must be deleted. Leave them to it. Don’t bang your head on that wall.

They depise capitalism because they have been told to do so by those paid by the bigest capitalists on the planet. You really think BLM or Antifa will ever go after Soros or Gates or any other billionaire? Ha. Those are their paymasters. They want communism for you, not them. Just like Stalin taught them.

Humanity is at the fork in the road. You can go down the sunlit road watched over by your billionaire overlords and rejoice in comfortable compliant conformity, with chips embedded to track your every move, or you can take the misty, dark road that leads to a future that has not been decided for you in advance and in which you decide what to do next..

The game has begun. Make your choice



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      • Also Indonesian investigative journalists wrote that Bill Gates was never sued in India and that the seven children who died had nothing to do with a vaccin. Indonesian journalists are certainly not leftists.
        See https://inet.detik.com/science/d-5022336/bill-gates-diadili-di-india-karena-masalah-vaksin-benarkah
        The article concludes:
        (my translation from Indonesian)
        The Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine study was canceled after local Indian media reported the deaths of 7 of the participating girls. However, after further investigation by the Indian government, it was confirmed that their deaths were not related to the vaccine.

        “Five have nothing to do with vaccines: one girl from drowning, another from being bitten by a snake, two committed suicide by taking pesticides and one died from complications of malaria,” wrote the Indian government.


        • Try fact checking the fact checking organizations. I have. Partnerships and connections all lead eventually back to the WHO – you know – the international ‘health’ body that has a former Marxist dictator in charge. The same body that not long ago had Robert Mugabe as its ‘ambassador’? The same one that is so corrupt that its top donor, the USA, has defunded, leaving the multi billionaire, self confessed eugenicist Bill Gates as its top source of funding. The same Bill Gates who is a major shareholder in almost all the world’s pharmaceutical companies, which co-incidentally are immune from prosecution when their vaccines kill people.

          While you are at it, you might want to check out the connections behind Google’s aggressive censorship of things that don’t fit their narrative.

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          • I am not a fan of Bill Gates, but if the polio vaccine hoax were true, it would have caused continuing uoroar in Indian and international newspapers like the BHOPAL disaster. It did not. I challenge you to show me Indian newspapers that write about the polio vaccine.
            Bill Gates is not even expelled from India, his charities are still active over there.
            Check Indian newspapers and websites, because all of them refute the hoax made by moslims.

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            • In case you didn’t notice, I neither confirmed nor denied Gate’s involvement in India. That is your invention and it is no one’s place to try and change your mind.

              The whole point of the two posts I’ve made is that you are relying on fact-check sites to get your information. These sites are left wing propaganda, as are all the mainstream media. Try a simple Google search, for example ask ‘did bill gates vaccine kill kids in india’ and you will be presented with pages upon pages of links, all with ‘fact-check’ in the URL (like the one you are challenging me with now), and all claiming it as being false. I cannot say whether it is true or not, all I can do is take the facts that Gates is a self confessed eugenicist and that he’s pumped billions into the WHO and every big pharma company on the planet, has set up ID2020 along with GAVI and join the dots. Whether Gates in India is true or false, if you believe these fact-check sites or any of the mainstream media you will believe anything you are told, because only one side of the narrative is supported.

              I’ve known about Gates and vaccines for years and been called a ‘conspiracy theorist’ or a ‘tinfoil hatter’. Well, those very same people are now running around in face nappies and visors, scared shitless.. think about that.

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              • Mrs Ripper, I agree with you on google fact checking, but I also rely on the Indian media which write in Hindi, Urdu or English, and they do not confirm that Gates is responsible for all these deaths.

                I do not drink the left-wing kool aid. My position is in between left and right while rather shifting a bit more to the right,

                You can hardly accuse me, a retired barrister specialized in maritime law, defending ship owners and charterers and handling cargo claims and collisions between ships as being a leftist. All my clients were rich shipowners or transport companies which makes me a bloody capitalist defender of the rich.


              • I have been living in Indonesia for quite some time now as a permanent resident. Living in a malaria-infested country, I am grateful to Bill Gates.

                JAKARTA (October 21, 2013) — Dato Sri Dr. Tahir, chairman of the Tahir Foundation, a philanthropy supported by the Mayapada Group, announced today that his foundation is investing $75 million to expand access to health among Indonesia’s poorest citizens. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria will receive $65 million, and an additional $10 million will go toward providing women with access to family planning.

                The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced it will match the Tahir Foundation’s commitments, investing $65 million in the Global Fund and $10 million to support family planning.

                The Global Fund commitment will support efforts to diagnose, treat, and prevent three epidemics that are leading causes of death and disability in Indonesia. Over the past decade, financing from the Global Fund has helped Indonesia treat one million cases of tuberculosis (TB), distribute 9 million insecticide-treated bed nets to prevent malaria, and provide nearly 30,000 Indonesians with lifesaving access to HIV treatment. With support from the Global Fund, Indonesia has strengthened its national TB control program, contributing to a significant reduction in TB deaths over the past decade.

                The $20 million commitment will expand access to high quality voluntary family planning programs in Indonesia. The programs will contribute to the global community’s goal to provide an additional 120 million women in the world’s poorest communities with contraceptive information, services and supplies by 2020. Access to voluntary family planning has transformational benefits for women and is one of the most cost effective investments to reduce maternal and newborn mortality.

                “The Tahir Foundation is dedicated to serving the less privileged in Indonesia and Southeast Asia,” said Dato Sri Dr. Tahir, Chair of the Tahir Foundation and the Mayapada Group. “We believe that corporations have a responsibility to support health and well-being in the communities where they work, and our commitment to the Global Fund is a smart investment in Indonesia’s future. We also believe that family planning saves lives and gives children a healthy start in life.”

                The two foundations first entered a joint $200 million partnership in April 2013 at the Global Vaccine Summit to achieve a common mission of improving the lives of the world’s poorest people. The organizations announced at that time the first $50 million of the joint investment to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative to help end polio by 2018. This marked the first major private-donor partnership the Gates Foundation has had in Indonesia.

                “Dr. Tahir’s commitment is a tremendous example of the role that leading philanthropists from emerging economies like Indonesia can play in ensuring that all people have an opportunity to lead a healthy and productive life,” said Bill Gates, Co-Chair of the Gates Foundation. “The Tahir Foundation’s investment in the Global Fund is a strong vote of confidence in an organization that has helped save nine million lives in the past decade.”

                Speaking in her double capacity as Minister of Health of Indonesia and Chair of the Board of the Global Fund, Dr. Nafsiah Mboi, Ped. MPH said, “Our gratitude and admiration is tremendous for the initiative of the Tahir Foundation and the partnership of the Gates Foundation to help improve the health of Indonesia’s poorest citizens. Together they provide outstanding examples of mutual solidarity among Indonesians and responsible global citizenship. We stand ready to join hands with others prepared to follow their example in Indonesia or around the world. If we work hard and work together we have the knowledge and skills to defeat AIDS, TB, and malaria. This support to Indonesia’s contribution to the global fight is a big step forward.”

                Dr. Mark Dybul, Executive Director of the Global Fund, praised the Tahir Foundation’s commitment to defeating AIDS, TB and malaria in Indonesia. “We feel privileged to be joined by an Indonesian businessman who wants to give back to improve the quality of life of people in his own country,” said Dr. Dybul. “This contribution will make a dramatic difference in fighting AIDS, TB and malaria in Indonesia.”


  1. I dont wear a mask. I end up wearing my sunflower lanyard, its just as bad as the mask but it shows that I cant be arsed. Frankly Ive had enough But you’d be surprised at how many people are questioning the narrative.

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  2. My face shield has been accepted without question (so far) in the shops & pubs. As it does not impede breathing, but would block spittle from others & deflect my coughs or sneezes sideways (if I had any), it fulfills the “face covering” requirement. I’ve seen some shop workers using them recently, which is encouraging for sanity.
    Approx £5 each from Amazon etc. And unlike face nappies, you’ll need only one shield.

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      • You absolutely do not need to wear a mask. I had an exemption card with ‘mask exempt’ lanyard but only used it on Mask Up Friday since then I have simply said “exempt” on the one or two times I have been challenged.
        Almost any reason can make you exempt from asthma to panic attacks or stress.
        On the Government’s website about masks they themselves provide a downloadable card for your phone.
        Personally I believe they did this to have us fighting in the aisles about who is or isn’t genuinely exempt but it doesn’t happen, if anything the mask muppets just look embarrassed.
        I pleasantly explained to the owner.of the local convenience store that
        A) it is not his job to police mask wearing (unlike if I was trying to buy alcohol when drunk)
        B) it is illegal for him to ask the nature of my Disability
        C) if he subsequently bars me entry he Is guilty of Disability Discrimination.
        I patiently explained to a masked up retired nurse that
        A) her underwear does not keep her farts in* and Covid particles are a lot smaller.
        B) Covid is on its Summer Holidays at the moment
        C) she is creating a bacterior resevoir specially for her to breath in.
        * mum was a nurse so I guessed she would appreciate the humour.

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  3. “They’ve come from camping in the dirt at Calais to a fancy hotel and they complain. I’d send them all the way back to where they started from…”
    “Back where they came from” might be Calais for that leg of their journey, where they originally came from would be more difficult to determine.
    How about:
    First time: Back to Calais.
    Second time: Since the French are happy to flood our island with their illegal immigrants, send them to one of France’s Overseas Territories. See how they like one of their tropical paradises being overrun.
    This is France’s problem and they’re exporting it to us, we should make them solve their own problems.

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  4. Thank you for that. You have obviously given it some thought.
    Never give up this blog. I do not use Twitter. Learning that Stephen Fry was enthusiastic about it put me off.
    A total aside. How do you get on with the locals, the Furryboots Folk? Do you like where you are living?
    You used to tell us about your shop work colleagues which was always interesting, as were your little projects – models, trains, etc. Does the presence of a sensible woman curtail your whimsies or is it just the Doric Dourness soaking into your soul?
    Good luck to you both.

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    • I think Legiron is busy on other matters. Have you seen the photos of his “garden”? It’s almost the size of Ireland, and semi-wild. And he’s responsible for servicing it, else he’d not even be able to get in and out of the house.

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      • I’ve just brought two of the lawns back under control. I had them both sorted a few weeks back and had started scything the big one, then it rained every day for almost a fortnight! I’ll probably have to scythe the big one again, I think it’s beyond the mower’s ability now.

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    • I saw very little of the locals even before lockdown, but they seem pleasant people.

      There are some projects on the go. A G scale ghost train, a Viking ship model (64 bloody shields!) and I’ve just finished a working differential in wood. It’s been some time since I posted a project…

      This year was marred by my father’s death, followed by the mess the coroner made for the funeral arrangements, then his ashes sat around until they could be interred in July. On top of that, the car decided to break its transmission cable just as all the dealerships shut down so it took six weeks to get the part… there have been a lot of distractions this year!

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  5. When you said you kept falling asleep writing it, I though I might fall asleep reading it, but it was an excellent post. My piss is a little warmer for reading it though
    I haven’t worn a mask in a single place yet. I’ve been in four local shops and the big Tesco a few times. So far I’ve not even had so much as a dirty look.
    There was a couple walking ahead of me as I was going to the Pound Shop on Saturday. They stopped at the door, he stood back, she put her mask on and he said I’ll see you in a bit. She walked in and I followed straight after her without my mask. The lad came in straight after me and cought up with his Mrs 🙂
    I went in the local hardware store and they had a big sign saying ‘No mask, no service’. I though that might be my first refusal, but instead I ended up having a long conversation with the guy on the till about American sports, because he liked my t-shirt
    Most people round here do seem to be complying, but nobody seems bothered about those who don’t

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    • The problem was that I would start writing about 2 am and wake up with qwertyitis 😉

      Local Shop thought my zipper mouth mask looked scary. God knows what they’ll make of the Bane mask 😀 I’ve considered turning up in the Leg Iron Helmet but it’s solid steel and very heavy. I do have a matching T shirt in chain mail though. Still, if I have to wear a mask I’m going to have fun with it. I’m not buying the disposable crap.

      Around here, masks seem to be accepted but social distancing has gone. They’re not going to do both. Since Wee Nippy has closed down Aberdeen I fully exopect the fear factor in the surrounding area to ramp up a little bit, although nobody really goes to Aberdeen from here so…

      ‘No mask no service’ won’t last long. Not once they realise folk simply go to another shop that doesn’t have that rule 😉

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        • This corner of Scotland has Conservative MPs in Westminster. It’s farms, whisky and… fishing. The fishing villages have been decimated by the EU.

          It’s not so much they don’t want independence, I’ve met some who do, it’s more that getting those fishing waters back is a much higher priority. So they don’t vote SNP, and the Lib Dems have taken a beating in recent elections too. Nippy knows she has very little support to lose up here 😉

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        • Jeremy Vines stand in yesterday spent two whole hours on 3 topics inviting listeners to wail about the effects of the Covid.
          Can’t remember the first topic.
          2. The awfulness of wearing PPE in the heat.
          3. The 8 year old boy reading out his letter about his dads coach business igoing bust.
          Not once did anybody say ‘it’s not the Covid doing this it’s the Lockdown’

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  6. About knocking down buildings (and destroying vehicles). Seems these parts of the regulations were cut’n’pasted from preparations for a Plague Pandemic.

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  7. The double blast that wrecked Beirut was, as usual, cock up rather than conspiracy. The first explosion was caused after a fire was started by a welder working in a dockside warehouse. The second was a ship load of ammonium nitrate stuck in dock for six years over local political squabbling.

    The tall pillar like structures wrecked by the double explosion were Lebanon’s entire grain reserve.

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  8. I stumbled onto this doc a few weeks back. It dances around medical marijunna, but is primarily about the Terlton Oklahoma fireworks factory explosion in 1985 where 21 were killed. Pretty good doc.

    ^”Terlton”- A Documentary Film^

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    • As kids, we used to buy boxes of bangers every year, along with boxes of matches. No wonder they put an age limit on it. I suppose the expense of the modern ones is down to the fire insurance they have to pay, since a fire in the caftory can take out a big chunk of a town.

      By the way, that old story about ‘if you put a banger into a bottle, the bottle will explode’? It doesn’t work.

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      • We would (carefully!) dismantle about ten bangers and make one big one. Jetex fuse (remember that?) was used to give time to get away safely. These made a much more satisfying bang and we blew up a few small trees with them. Then my brother nearly blew his hand off constructing an even bigger one and so we decided to move on to other, but still quite dangerous pursuits.

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        • Firing a rocket from a horizontal milk bottle made a great improvised RPG.

          Zip wire from the bedroom window, Airfix Stuka with a banger in the cockpit Mental !


      • To be honest, the quality of fireworks has gone up so much over the past 25/35 years, and handing/storage procedures have gotten so good, that “fire” isn’t the hazard it once was. (as long as one takes reasonable precautions and learns the lessons of the past anyway) Not to be too conspiratorial, but I’d imagine this quality rise and decrease in accidents eventually becomes a problem for both insurers and reinsurers as it gives the appearance that pyrotechnic industries are paying for insurance and/or coverages they don’t need. This does not fit the corporate models of cost-cutting and profit maximization. Also becomes an issue for various anti-fireworks interests as they are basically left without much work and they themselves may become redundant. And of course, better safety can lead to complacency within the fireworks industries.

        MV Hyundai Fortune – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_Hyundai_Fortune

        That was originally blamed on fireworks even tho it was known pretty early on that the fire started elsewhere. Caused us a great deal of dismay at the time as the already high shipping rates went through the roof, some companies began threatening to not ship fireworks at all, not to mention the concerns over increases in insurance rates put loads of additional strain on fireworks retailers. Fireworks manufacturers sales decrease, so cost(s) increase. Who pays? The consumer of course.

        Regarding bangers breaking bottles, you’re probably right for the most part with 50mg firecrackers + a solid bottle, although I personally have never tried it. I have unintentionally blown a large glass jug to shards tho. Had a malfunctioning roman candle blow up in my hand, so I got the bright idea of using a large glass jug instead of my hand to hold the roman candle…that roman candle malfunctioned too, and luckily no one was hit by flying glass. Also, I’ve seen some “bangers” up close and personal which will turn 4×4’s into matchsticks, and I’ve seen a 7″ Maltese style salute shell detonate in the gun and make a 14 foot wide and six foot deep crater in the ground, and was also standing only a coupla feet away from a 4″ aerial salute that detonated in the gun and the flying plastic from the gun turned my friend’s coat into swiss cheese. So my own lesson(s) with respect to fireworks + glass are firmly cemented in the “not a fucking chance” category. 😉

        ^PGI 2017 Large Ground Salute closeup view^

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  9. Just finished watching the forgotten UK movie Flood, 2006.
    Stars Robert Carlyle as chief engineer on the Thames Barrier. A 1,000 year storm is battering Stornaway and Arbroath. Cut to COBRA meeting where the hapless Deputy Prime Minister is faced with conflicting Models and predictions by his Scientific Advisers.
    He goes with one that shows the storm going Eastwards so assures the press conference that all is well and London will be spared.
    Carlyles estranged dad is the maverick scientist whose reputation was trashed for saying that the Barrier is in the wrong place ! Further his own model shows that the storm will hit the Thames Estuary coinciding with highest tide and will overwhelm the barrier but nobody is listening. !
    I wont say more or I’ll spoil it but a memorable line from the Cressida Dick character to An Expert.
    “It’s your Models got us into this mess”

    (No bedwetters here, instead of trying to evacuate in 2 hours as instructed, plucky little Londoners make their ways to the top of tall buildings and survive, no thanks to the government).

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    • Ritter et al., in 1975, found that “the wearing of a surgical face mask had no effect upon the overall operating room environmental contamination.”
      Ha’eri and Wiley, in 1980, applied human albumin microspheres to the interior of surgical masks in 20 operations. At the end of each operation, wound washings were examined under the microscope. “Particle contamination of the wound was demonstrated in all experiments.”
      Laslett and Sabin, in 1989, found that caps and masks were not necessary during cardiac catheterization. “No infections were found in any patient, regardless of whether a cap or mask was used,” they wrote. Sjøl and Kelbaek came to the same conclusion in 2002.


  10. Mask Studies – 2

    In Tunevall’s 1991 study, a general surgical team wore no masks in half of their surgeries for two years. After 1,537 operations performed with masks, the wound infection rate was 4.7%, while after 1,551 operations performed without masks, the wound infection rate was only 3.5%.
    A review by Skinner and Sutton in 2001 concluded that “The evidence for discontinuing the use of surgical face masks would appear to be stronger than the evidence available to support their continued use.”
    Lahme et al., in 2001, wrote that “surgical face masks worn by patients during regional anaesthesia, did not reduce the concentration of airborne bacteria over the operation field in our study. Thus they are dispensable.”


  11. Starting again as links not copying properly:









    Click to access cd427c20c8dc7d1fbc1b45eead104286f481.pdf







    The blurb:

    Ritter et al., in 1975, found that “the wearing of a surgical face mask had no effect upon the overall operating room environmental contamination.”
    Ha’eri and Wiley, in 1980, applied human albumin microspheres to the interior of surgical masks in 20 operations. At the end of each operation, wound washings were examined under the microscope. “Particle contamination of the wound was demonstrated in all experiments.”
    Laslett and Sabin, in 1989, found that caps and masks were not necessary during cardiac catheterization. “No infections were found in any patient, regardless of whether a cap or mask was used,” they wrote. Sjøl and Kelbaek came to the same conclusion in 2002.
    In Tunevall’s 1991 study, a general surgical team wore no masks in half of their surgeries for two years. After 1,537 operations performed with masks, the wound infection rate was 4.7%, while after 1,551 operations performed without masks, the wound infection rate was only 3.5%.
    A review by Skinner and Sutton in 2001 concluded that “The evidence for discontinuing the use of surgical face masks would appear to be stronger than the evidence available to support their continued use.”
    Lahme et al., in 2001, wrote that “surgical face masks worn by patients during regional anaesthesia, did not reduce the concentration of airborne bacteria over the operation field in our study. Thus they are dispensable.”
    Figueiredo et al., in 2001, reported that in five years of doing peritoneal dialysis without masks, rates of peritonitis in their unit were no different than rates in hospitals where masks were worn.
    Bahli did a systematic literature review in 2009 and found that “no significant difference in the incidence of postoperative wound infection was observed between masks groups and groups operated with no masks.”
    Surgeons at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, recognizing the lack of evidence supporting the use of masks, ceased requiring them in 2010 for anesthesiologists and other non-scrubbed personnel in the operating room. “Our decision to no longer require routine surgical masks for personnel not scrubbed for surgery is a departure from common practice. But the evidence to support this practice does not exist,” wrote Dr. Eva Sellden.
    Webster et al., in 2010, reported on obstetric, gynecological, general, orthopaedic, breast and urological surgeries performed on 827 patients. All non-scrubbed staff wore masks in half the surgeries, and none of the non-scrubbed staff wore masks in half the surgeries. Surgical site infections occurred in 11.5% of the Mask group, and in only 9.0% of the No Mask group.
    Lipp and Edwards reviewed the surgical literature in 2014 and found “no statistically significant difference in infection rates between the masked and unmasked group in any of the trials.” Vincent and Edwards updated this review in 2016 and the conclusion was the same.
    Carøe, in a 2014 review based on four studies and 6,006 patients, wrote that “none of the four studies found a difference in the number of post-operative infections whether you used a surgical mask or not.”
    Salassa and Swiontkowski, in 2014, investigated the necessity of scrubs, masks and head coverings in the operating room and concluded that “there is no evidence that these measures reduce the prevalence of surgical site infection.”
    Da Zhou et al., reviewing the literature in 2015, concluded that “there is a lack of sub


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