Tutoring

(zerohedge)  I had an e-mail conversation with Claudio about this the other day and it prompted a call to a friend in China with more insight than I had, even though I knew why China is expelling expats, and particularly expat tutors. The current number is 60,000, but that number will go higher.

Said friend has a child in an expensive school in a city in China. Expensive private elementary education in the worker’s paradise runs about $1,500/month. He said that the expensive schools didn’t eliminate English language instruction because the local mandarins (whose children go to special private schools) believe that it’s critical to success in business. So for now, the communists are leaving that alone. However, expats who teach English often have personal opinions that diverge from those of President Xi and they’ve been purged.  There is a movement underway to expel all foreigners from the Middle Kingdom lest opinions other than the official one (on any subject) are shared.

China is in the process of building (another) Bamboo Curtain, free of the influence of filthy non-Han people. It’s very progressive, totally Chinese woke.

And in America

The American Communists/Woke Liberals want the same thing – where everyone shares their opinion or else. The problem that they face is that most Americans are not communists and that their champion, Creepy Joe Brandon,  is currently polling at 11% high favorability.  Camela Harris, princess in waiting, is polling at 6% high favorability.  The real numbers are likely much lower.

The solution to this is the Freedom to Vote Act, which essentially puts the outcome of all votes in America subject to the whim of democrats. To get to the China standard,  you first need to drop the number of political parties to one. Remember it only matters who COUNTS the votes.

 

The Camps in Washington

Ed Campbell shared this in his comments yesterday and it’s worth talking about quarantine fascism. I felt some outrage that there was no provision for WSF to receive preferential treatment in the quarantine camp (bunk near the stove) should he venture into Washington.

It’s interesting that fascists feel free to build a quarantine society and that there doesn’t seem much of a push back to unconstitutional behavior.

Washington State was on my shortlist for places to live and with apologies to Ed,  I’m happy to have made another decision. There was a time when I enjoyed vacationing in Washington. Great memories in the rearview mirror.

 

From Project Veritas (more here)

Military documents state that EcoHealth Alliance approached DARPA in March 2018 seeking funding to conduct gain of function research of bat-borne coronaviruses. The proposal, named Project Defuse, was rejected by DARPA over safety concerns and the notion that it violates the gain of function research moratorium.

Dr. Fauci’s filthy rat claw prints are all over it.

The main report regarding the EcoHealth Alliance proposal leaked on the internet a couple of months ago, it has remained unverified until now. Project Veritas has obtained a separate report to the Inspector General of the Department of Defense, written by U.S. Marine Corp Major, Joseph Murphy, a former DARPA Fellow.

“The proposal does not mention or assess potential risks of Gain of Function (GoF) research,” a direct quote from the DARPA rejection letter.

Project Veritas reached out to DARPA for comment regarding the hidden documents and spoke with the Chief of Communications, Jared Adams, who said, “It doesn’t sound normal to me,” when asked about the way the documents were buried.

 

Historical Interlude (from the Days of Fighting Sail)

When Nature Calls

It overtakes everyone, whether he wants it or not, but the call of nature is merciless. But where do you go when you are on the high seas on a sailing ship? Long ago, you simply swung your stern over the railing and let fly but not from the 16th century on.

Let’s look at the 17th century and following centuries to draw conclusions from there. Because there you can prove that the simple sailors came to the bow and sat down on a box with a hole in the middle. The so-called seat of easement. Hence the term “heads”, because the person is at the head of the ship and if they just said “heads” everybody knew what was meant. A ship-of-the-line sometimes had only two benches with 2 holes each and the four seats were enough for more than 600 men.  This is why even with larger ships it is necessary (to use it while standing) on smaller ships sometimes also the only possibility (then one sat directly on the bow) to use the grating.

The seat of easement in the bow of the Vasa

Out of courtesy to everyone, however, one always sat on the side facing away from the wind, i.e. on the lee side. I hope I don’t have to explain why.

The bow was no place for the officers, you just imagine you are sitting there and then the captain comes… no way… They had their own installations.  Petty officers had a seat on both sides of the bowsprit, which doesn’t seem very comfortable now, but it allowed a small amount of private peering. Like here on the Victory, the midshipman was allowed to enter two small round houses from the inside. But this was only possible on a ship-of-the-line.

The Bow of HMS Victory, the picture is from a book edited by Kaye Dacus

Senior officers, Captains, and Admirals had their own heads in the sides of the star gallery and placed there offset to avoid an accident. There was also the pissdale on the quarterdeck, which was a metal urinal located near the ladder to the quarterdeck. When the lieutenant on duty had to go, he said that he had to “visit the aunt”  and everybody knew what was going on. But if the thing was broken, it could be that he used the speaking trumpet of the master. So be careful if it smells strange, then you should check the piss dale.

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This pissdale was found off Rame Head, from an unkown wreck

Why did all this happen on the deck and why not below deck. There was a so-called tube until the 16th century and on slave ships until the 19th century. These were wooden containers that were used to hold everything and had to be dragged to the top, locked and it was tedious, to empty them. You can also imagine the stench that spread with it. Slave ships kept this kind of equipment but for a long time because they were worried about the security when the slaves were running around free to ‘dump’. Otherwise the officers and the sickbay used chamber pots.

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An officer’s head, this was Captain Hardy’s on HMS Victory

Interestingly enough there was a flushing water system in the officer’s toilets of a ship-of-the-line from 1779 on. But they were quickly removed because they were too expensive and only reinstalled when the first iron hulls appeared in the middle of the 19th century.

There was no toilet paper either, the officers used the newspaper or old notepaper. The Sailors used scrap fibrous material such as oakum. This also changed in the middle of the 19th century.

 

Bad Kitty Laughs at You

I stole this photo from CW over at the Daily Timewaster blog. My bobcats here at the mine are always moving here or there or they’re here at night and I can never get a decent photo.

When I came back after being sick I found a dead rabbit on the porch and a lot of broad cat tracks in the snow around it as if there was a debate among the kittens as to the placement. It was a nice welcome home present. I feed them in the evening with a bowl of warm milk and an egg.  My sense is that they missed their treat. Sometimes (maybe once a week) I put a little honey in with the milk and egg.

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      • They hadn’t seen you out recently, so they were concerned you might be sick and unable to hunt and they brought you some food.

        … because they wanted their treat.

        -Kle.

  1. i don’t get it. i read about the gain of function research years ago. obama even heard about it and the article said he closed it down as too dangerous and having no benefit to science, citing lax protocols. that was a lab in massachusetts. it went on to say gates and crew simple moved it all to china and charlie miked. it mentioned much more cash, something like 8 mil iirc. they said obamy was furious that they had possibly tied him to it thru the cash. now they act surprised? …meanwhile, back at the ranch, the sky is loaded with c-17s moving troops hither and yon at a furious pace. going to war, but with whom? russia, or ourselves? ygiagam. either way, its close now. Lord help us.

    • You have corrupt generals running the Pentagon, Brandon as the C-in-C, and a lot of evil shot callers in America at lesser levels to enable any corrupt and wicked move. Yes, Lord help us.

  2. H/t Ace of Spades — attributed to a commenter: “The problem is not that the system has become corrupt, but that corruption has become the system.”

    Offers absolute clarity of our current state of affairs — political prisoners, medical detainee camps (over a cold virus), federal control of elections, Mengele style experiments on the masses…endless with these cretins. The Trump era only paused their anarchy. Unfortunately those times are long gone with politik oppressor’s now (have been) running open loop, operating as modern Nazi’s, on purpose. Think of the absolute worst thing possible these bums might have in store between now and the November election, or the 2024 presidential election…then multiply by 100. And some American’s call this evil, good.

    That “officers head” was nicely restored, like the golden throne of the day, and fewer splinters.

  3. What do you name your kitties?
    Let me know when you get your own wolf. That food bill might be high. Who would win in a bobcat wolf fight?

    • The wolf would “eat on the economy” here. No need for me to feed him.

      Bob & Mrs. Robert have kittens but I only named one (Hambone) who had a lame leg. He didn’t last long and stopped showing up, so I stopped naming kittens. They aren’t like tame cats. They’re skittish.

  4. It’s lovely when cats find their ways of giving back. I’ve seen quite a bit of dead birds, mice, etc. as their sweet gesture. I’m sure the bobcats appreciate the honey, and all that comes with it 🙂

    It’s interesting how time plays such a crucial role in interpretation of terms. In today’s slang, head also has a vulgar connotation. Maybe you’d be aware of it.

    On a different note, I’ve decided to take your suggestion and come back to the blogging world. This reality is far better than the other reality which never fails to disappoint, so you might see me bugging around more often.

  5. LL
    It is good to be the Captain, what a pleasant head in comparison to what was available for the rank and file.

    I bet the bobcats are glad to have you back and providing room service for them. They even grace you with the occasional tip of a dead rabbit or other critter. I did not know they liked honey though. I have cats in my neck of the woods but have only seen their tracks and heard their yowls; no sightings yet. I have noted that when I hear a cat yowl there will be no coyotes howling that night. Wolves are very rare here but I have seen a couple way off in the distance.

    Project Veritas performs a hugely valuable service but please forgive me if I doubt anybody will be brought to justice over gain of function research or any other federal misdeeds.

    Lastly, and of greatest importance. If WSF and I are ever in a quarantine camp together I will be more than happy to share my space next to the stove if I have one. Currently there are well over a million WA residents who have not been vaccinated so the camp, near Centralia I believe, will be a touch crowded.

      • Now that is a question for the ages. Would the people going to the concentration camps have been as willing to go along if they knew what was at the other end of the train ride? Even an unarmed a mob can be a powerful thing. As for me, I may have to look into relocating, we will have to see what the proposed law ends up being when it is finalized.

  6. The only thing to lure me to our nation’s capitol are aviation museums so fighting for a cot near the stove with you won’t happen. You can claim it with my blessing.

    I lived in King County for 19 years. Like the state but loath the politics.

    Wet side or dry side? There are places in both I like and the rain never bothered me.

    Very considerate of you, Ed.

  7. WSF, very much on the dry side. I live about 40 miles from the Idaho border. Rain doesn’t bother me but there are just too many people over on the west side of the state and most of them want to get into each others’ business. I have lived in WA for almost 20 years and the shift in the political spectrum has been just amazing to see. Probably like that in many areas of the country.

  8. I’ve tried to explain why the heads are at the front of a blow-boat and people just can’t understand. On a powered boat, you go to the rear lee side when in motion (if going faster than the wind.) But a blow-boat? Exactly how is it powered? With the wind? So you want to poop and pee on the windward side? Ewww…

    • Figuring out where to place the latrine wasn’t rocket science. The wind comes from the aft and abeam so forward with options – leeward or windward only makes sense.

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