Omicron (should have been named Xi)

(Link) When Omicron emerged, many scientists were bowled over by the lightning speed with which it spread. Although public health officials had warned that the original Covid-19 was highly contagious and fast-moving— it looked like it was standing still next to the Omicron variant.

…there is another disturbing theory— one considered more likely by some scientists working on the issue: that Omicron was bred in a lab and escaped.

It is possible “that serial passaging in mice was done in a laboratory somewhere, and add[ed] an accidental or on purpose release on the back end,” says a scientist with knowledge of the matter. “The short version is that the least likely scenario is that this was a natural human transmission chain that created the lineage and we just failed to detect it. The number and makeup of the changes would have required a vast number of infections to support.”

You should read the whole article.

 

Ukraine — of course

 

Master and Commander: Far Side of the World

“Ship’s Company of HMS Surprise” by Geoff Hunt

Geoff Hunt brings to life a typical ship’s company for a fifth-rate at about the maximum establishment of 200. The captain and the three lieutenants (naval and marine) are the only commissioned officers. The principal warrant officers were the master, purser, surgeon, boatswain, gunner, carpenter, and the cook; of whom the master, purser, and surgeon were regarded as gentlemen, and together with the lieutenants formed the company of the wardroom.

 

Orwell

George Orwell (the tallest figure in the rear) and his wife, Eileen Blair, seated in front of Orwell, with members of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade at the front near Huesca, Spain during the Spanish Civil War, March 1937.

 

“I slept and dreamed that life was beauty; I woke up and warned that it is duty”. — Immanuel Kant

 

Glock

 

A map of Russian oligarch’s yacht confiscations.

 

Identify the Aircraft

 

Meme-of-the-Day

 

39 COMMENTS

    • How can America vote if not on Dominion machines?

      They are part of our heritage now, having helped to install Brandon and the Ho.

  1. #1: Northrop YB-49 … because it has eight jet engines. Another prototype version, namely the YRB-49A had only six jet engines. Both were a conversion of the prop-driven YB-35.
    #2: Polikarpov I-16. The Russians called it “ishak” (= donkey), the Spanish called it “rata” (= rat) or “mosca” (= fly). The first fighter plane with a retractable landing gear. It was the fighter backbone of the Soviet air force in the 1930s and still saw action in the early 1940s during the German invasion of the Soviet union.

  2. 1. Northrop YB-49
    2. Polikarpov I-16

    I’m not an expert, just picked two I happened to know. Up early this a.m. to babysit the little guy.

    I recall reading that shortly before his death, Jack Northrop was brought in to the Skunk Works by the folks there to show him the still top secret B-2. “You were right, Jack”.

  3. Omicron may have been born in a lab, hard to tell since viruses want to survive, so they morph into something “less deadly”. But with this one I contend it generated itself BECAUSE of lockdowns et al, and the Not-A-Vax, imposed on the masses by “experts”, which allowed it to continue “stayin’ alive” through Spring and Summer. Following their grade of “science” was a mistake. Was it on purpose, or unintended consequences? How about both.

    Elites fleeing with means, seems there’s been a rash of that lately.

    The Hologram slips up at a Presidential Debate:

    “We have put together I think the most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of American politics.” (Liars and cheats project what they intend.)

    Is that periwinkle nail polish? Asking for the Mrs.

    • BTW, what [real] President would say this, poking the bear as it were (h/t Michael Walsh):

      “The [so-called quote-unquote “president”] of the United States, Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr., who is 79 years old and suffering from senile dementia at the end of a long life of bullying, lying, boasting, conniving, grifting, grafting, and living off the public tit to an extent indecent even by Washington standards, declared war on Russia on Friday.”

      • If only it was just his mouth overloading his ass, we could laugh. His foolishness will drag this country into a mess that should be avoided.

      • Brandon is Brandon. People should not take him seriously and the news should not cover him.

        It makes us all look bad. Lock him in his basement with a year’s supply of Jello and Hunter’s porn collection.

        • Brandon is the front man for The Brandon Committee, a group of unnamed co-conspirators who stole the reigns of the government and are pushing this country in a direction of their own choosing while a majority stands watching.

          • The proverbial “it is what it is”…the work-arounds are getting more difficult as the snakes and cretins get better st their nefarious craft. I’m sayin’ out loud…and I mean it, no walk backs:

            This man can not stay in power, we need a regime change.

          • Do not keep silent,
            O God of my praise!
            2 For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful
            Have opened against me;
            They have spoken against me with a lying tongue.
            3 They have also surrounded me with words of hatred,
            And fought against me without a cause.
            4 In return for my love they are my accusers,
            But I give myself to prayer.
            5 Thus they have rewarded me evil for good,
            And hatred for my love.

            6 Set a wicked man over him,
            And let an [a]accuser stand at his right hand.
            7 When he is judged, let him be found guilty,
            And let his prayer become sin.
            8 Let his days be few,
            And let another take his office.
            9 Let his children be fatherless,
            And his wife a widow.
            10 Let his children [b]continually be vagabonds, and beg;
            Let them [c]seek their bread also from their desolate places.
            11 Let the creditor seize all that he has,
            And let strangers plunder his labor.
            12 Let there be none to extend mercy to him,
            Nor let there be any to favor his fatherless children.
            13 Let his [d]posterity be cut off,
            And in the generation following let their name be blotted out.

            14 Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered before the Lord,
            And let not the sin of his mother be blotted out.
            15 Let them be continually before the Lord,
            That He may cut off the memory of them from the earth;
            16 Because he did not remember to show mercy,
            But persecuted the poor and needy man,
            That he might even slay the broken in heart.
            17 As he loved cursing, so let it come to him;
            As he did not delight in blessing, so let it be far from him.
            18 As he clothed himself with cursing as with his garment,
            So let it enter his body like water,
            And like oil into his bones.
            19 Let it be to him like the garment which covers him,
            And for a belt with which he girds himself continually.
            20 Let this be the Lord’s reward to my accusers,
            And to those who speak evil against my person.

        • Thx guys, in the event MrsPaulM decides to have her nails done, altho…Ranch Gals and Equine Vets tend to not care about such things, makes her more attractive to me. She just drug out her chainsaw…

          • “Never gainsay a woman with a fully fueled chainsaw.”

            It’s right up there with never pee on an electric fence and never eat yellow snow.

  4. Northrop YB-49 and Polikarpov I-16. The YB-49 was most famously used to drop a nuke on the Martians during the 1953 invasion. It didn’t help.

  5. I’m sure Anastasia Kotvitska (Mrs Kovistky/Kovitskiy/Kovitskyy) diligently saved that money out of her household accounts. You know, by buying generics instead of name brands, making do with prosecco instead of drinking Champagne, that sort of thing. Nothing to see, folks. Move along, move along.

    Now on to the really important stuff. Did Will Smith really hit Chris Rock, or was that a publicity stunt?

    • As you may know by now, I get all my news from Variety (The official magazine of THE ACADEMY). I’m waiting for the “true and untold story” to unfold.

  6. If the other reports I’ve read about Omicron are true, I’ll go with naturally developed although an accidental release of some particles 150nm (5.9 millionths of an inch) across is pretty hard to prove.

    What I heard was that since the mRNA vaccines cause our bodies to produce the spike proteins, those are the only thing we have an immune reaction to without getting the virus infection. People who had the vax are protected against two proteins. People who had the infection are protected against around 30 proteins, which is why natural immunity is proving to be better than the vaccines. Since the selection pressure is put on the virus to change the only thing the antibodies can attack, it figures the spike proteins would change and the viruses with the most resistant spikes would survive better.

    I guess the only thing that is questionable is how many spike proteins changed, but the fact it was the spike is the common thread.

  7. Uncle Joe Brandon didn’t really say that did he?

    As far as Mrs. Kotvitska’s money, I’m sure she made it all by reading the Wall Street Journal and investing in cattle futures.

  8. re — confiscate boats
    By what legitimate authority?
    By allowing this series of incursions, what next?
    When do we say “STOP!, YOU GODLESS BUREAUCRATS!, STOP,!, OR WE WILL STOP YOU!”…
    … and then, hang a few hundred thousand of them.
    .
    Q for our experts in confiscation:
    * What happened to the crews?
    Each ship this size requires many dozens of crew to keep it shiny-side up.
    * Who pays the ‘impound lot’ costs?
    Each ship this size occupies a yuge amount of dock, reducing available pier for everybody else.
    * What is the goal of confiscating such vessels?
    Each costs thousands daily in maintenance.
    .
    With the government agents eager to seize from uninvolved third-parties, nobody in their right mind would come within many miles of those greedy punks.
    Tourists lose, small shops catering to tourists lose, restaurants groceries lose, local mechanics and machinists and welders lose, tax-payers lose.
    Nobody wins.
    .
    Is the confiscation business all for show, another hollywood?

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