2020·08·08 KMAG Daily Thread

Shitstorm Saturday!

Trump advancing (not retreating) to a forward command post. He says we won’t be seeing him for a while. Whirlpool. And so on, covered thoroughly by you all on Friday.

I dunno, I’ve been disappointed so many times in the past…but this might really be IT.

You all have been analyzing and speculating on this quite a bit, so I’ll just add an editorial statement:

Bring it on!!! We’re not tired of winning. Far from it:

We haven’t even begun to win!

And so we could well, this very weekend and upcoming week, begin to see THIS last big item finally be addressed.

Our movement is about replacing a failed and corrupt political establishment with a new government controlled by you, the American People...Our campaign represents a true existential threat, like they’ve never seen before.

Then-Candidate Donald J. Trump

Lawyer Appeasement Section

OK now for the fine print.

This is the WQTH Daily Thread. You know the drill. There’s no Poltical correctness, but civility is a requirement. There are Important Guidelines,  here, with an addendum on 20191110.

We have a new board – called The U Tree – where people can take each other to the woodshed without fear of censorship or moderation.

And remember Wheatie’s Rules:

1. No food fights
2. No running with scissors.
3. If you bring snacks, bring enough for everyone.
4. The gun is always loaded.
4a. If you actually want the gun to be loaded, like because you’re checking out a bump in the night, then it’s empty.
5. Never point the gun at anything you’re not willing to destroy.
6. Keep your finger off the trigger until ready to fire.
7. Be sure of your target and what is behind it.

(Hmm a few extras seem to have crept in.)

Mandatory Coin

Now it wouldn’t be one of my posts without a coin, would it?

But first I’m going to address the current situation with precious metals–the best basis ever found for real money. Well, maybe I will, somewhere in the ramble you’re about to read or skip.

I am involved in coin collecting, and there is a branch of the hobby that concerns itself with “primitive” money, except that’s not PC, so it’s now called other things, including “traditional” money. I’m talking about things people used for money before coins were invented (or before they had become aware of coins), such as cowrie shells, beads, obsidian, wampum, elephant tails (really!), Yapstones, and on and on.

Before there was money there was barter. I could trade you two chickens that I had raised for an arrowhead that you had made. The problem was getting both you and me to agree that an arrowhead was worth two chickens. Actually, it had to be worth less than two chickens to you (or you’d not want to give up your arrowhead for two chickens) and more than two chickens to me (or I’d not want to give up my chickens for an arrowhead).

What if we both think it’s more appropriate to trade one and a half chickens for an arrowhead? So basically a chicken is worth about 2/3rds of an arrowhead?

Then we’re stuck, because two thirds of a physical arrowhead isn’t worth a damn thing to anyone, neither is half a chicken to you if you want to use it for laying eggs, and even if you want to eat it, you’re going to have to eat that half a chicken tonight, and I’ll have to eat my half tonight too, rather than feeding it until next week.

If there were something we could use to represent half a chicken, I could pay you a chicken and that item, and we’d be square. You could come back to me later–next week, a month from now, and cash in two of those tokens for half a chicken each, and get a whole chicken.

That’s the function money serves. And, honestly, anything that serves that function is money. Gold and silver in pre-sized lumps can do it. Gold and silver not in convenient standard lumps can do it too. A “talent” of gold, or silver, in the Bible is not a coin–coins hadn’t been invented yet by the time of the Old Testament–but a talent was roughly seventy pounds, so the Bible was talking about a very substantial weight of gold or silver. But so can cowrie shells and wampum under the right circumstances. Our colonial forebears even resorted to using tobacco leaves since Mama England didn’t want us to have coins. And of course that elaborately printed paper in our wallets, backed by nothing other than the willingness of the government to accept it as a tax payment, is also money.

Here’s a definition of money, from one of those books on primitive traditional money (improving on a definition put forth by none other than Alan Greenspan): Anything used to make a payment that the recipient trusts can be reused to make another payment.

Using this, you may think you paid an arrowhead for two chickens, but if I am thinking I can’t buy something with this arrowhead, but I accepted it because I think I will find it useful, then the arrowhead is not money.

But then the Scythians, in the seventh to fifth century BCE, seem to have actually used arrowheads for money. Other cultures used ax heads, both stone and metal.

Metal works well as money, because it can be broken up into smaller and smaller pieces, which can be readily valuated (by weighing them). It will last a long time in storage, and it can’t just be produced without limit, especially if it’s gold, silver, or copper (or in ancient times…tin–very scarce, available in only a few places far from civilization, and absolutely essential to make bronze). And metals have uses in their own right, so they are valuable on their own. So it tends to hold its value.

The kingdom of Lydia took the next step at about the time Scythians were making arrowheads, making standardized metal lumps and stamping them; people could be assured that those lumps had a specific amount of gold and silver in them because they had the king’s emblem on them, and were interchangeable. That was the birth of coinage and modern money that came in denominations.

And those first coins were made of a mixture of gold and silver (electrum), though later on there were gold issues, and silver issues.

The reverse isn’t a real design, it’s actually an inset of a punch, used to hold the silver in place while it was being struck. Some of the Greek city states had the same sort of thing on their coinage.
MUCH larger than actual size.

The Lydian coins are available today, but it was Athens in the 400s BCE that really took this and ran with it, producing drachm coinage, most famously the four drachma piece, the tetradrachm. (Collectors of ancient money in the US pronounce drachm “dram” but it’s likely more like drakh-m, where the kh is like the ch in Bach. But we’re lazy and don’t pronounce the ch.)

Athens became incredibly rich as a result of owning a silver mine in Attica, and also collecting tribute from the Athenian League. This started out as a defensive alliance against the Persians–member city-states could contribute either ships (with crews) or money for their upkeep. But it turned into an empire when those ships were turned against city states that decided to quit paying.

A stunning example of an Athenian tetradrachm. I know (from having seen ones made with Athena’s head off center) that the die for the obverse includes a large crest on her helmet. The reverse is Athena also, in the form of an owl. The letters to the right read A TH E, for Athens, or perhaps for Athena.

Centuries passed, empires rose and fell, and during the Renaissance, bankers started accumulating vast amounts of coinage in silver (heavy) and gold (very heavy, more so than lead). They’d have to make payments to each other, and have to ship heavy, valuable crates of coins at great expense and risk, but…if they trusted each other, they could do things on paper. The paper came to represent the coins, in particular the metal in the coins, and this eventually developed into paper money. Which, if honest, can be good stuff…silver certificates being one example of an honest paper money.

The Chinese actually had paper money first…on arrival in China, you had to deposit your silver, you got a paper certificate that stood for the silver, and could be spent as though it were silver. You could get your silver back, when you left China. The system worked well, as long as you could trust the government not to just print up certificates in excess of the silver. And that is a hazard with bank notes (actually issued by banks) too, where they are supposed to be backed by something valuable (assets of the bank, be they coinage or loans), but might not be.

The United States, in the days of the gold standard, had paper money and actual coins (known as “specie”); before 1862 the paper money was issued and backed (or not!) by banks, after 1862, it was a combination of banks (heavily supervised and regulated) and the US government. As for the money–a gold coin was unadulterated money. Because a certain weight of gold was by definition a dollar. At the mint, even before the design had been stamped on, say, a $5 gold piece, it wasn’t just worth five dollars, it was five dollars. Great care was taken to ensure the proper weight of each individual piece. A room full of workers (women, because they were believed to have better attention to detail) would handle each blank coin, weigh it, and spin the edge against a file if it was overweight, or reject it if it were underweight–back to the melting pot. They got to be so good they could tell if the piece were over or underweight before they weighed it. Some tolerance was allowed–a little extra or a little under was OK, the government would treat it as being exact. Bags of coins were adjusted with the slightly under or overweight finished coins so the bag would average out precisely (and too much correction needed would condemn the whole bag). The precision of the scales that had to weigh heavy bags of coins was remarkable, the weight of a single scrap of paper could throw them off. (Very precise mechanical engineering and craftsmanship like this is becoming a lost art.)

The silver in, say, a dime, wasn’t worth as much as ten cents; it didn’t become ten cents until it was stamped. (After 1853, that is.)

Which finally, and most circuitously, brings me to the price of gold.

Between 1834 and 1933 the gold coinage was such that a troy ounce of gold either equaled (before we went on a full gold standard) or was $20.67. And a couple of days ago, when I looked at the price of gold, it was $2067.10 per ounce…a hundred times higher.

I’ve heard in the past, statements that gold holds its value, with the implication that gold is of constant value.

Bullshit. At least with regard to the constant part.

It’s just as subject to supply and demand as eggs, beef, cars, and beanie babies. In 1979-1980, gold skyrocketed from the low $300s to $850 in a few weeks, and most of that happening in the last few days (it went up sixty bucks in one day), and then it dropped again, just about as quickly as it had gone up.

Are you going to tell me that what was happening was that the dollar was plummeting (which I could and did believe)…but then it turned around and zoomed back upwards? Come on, this was the Carter administration; the dollar was in no way capable of skyrocketing under his (mis)management!

So no, gold is not of constant value, but it will always have great value, and the long-term average is fairly–though not perfectly–stable. A $20 gold piece would buy you a nice suit in the 1920s. Today, it still will, though today you’d certainly get change.

And even in the days of the gold standard, of specie being regarded as “real” money, gold could rise and fall, and so could silver, and they could rise and fall relative to each other. In the 1700s silver slipped from being 1/14th as valuable as gold, to 1/15; it slipped some more during the early 1800s and messed up our money supply; we had to remove some gold from the gold coinage in 1834 to compensate. Then gold was found in California, and it dropped relative to silver, silver started disappearing from commerce…until in 1853 we lessened the weight of silver coins (and from that point forward, silver coinage became worth less than face value, and was strictly controlled in quantity, since it was freely exchangeable for gold, which was worth its face value). Not a month ago, there was a day when it took 100 ounces of silver to equal an ounce of gold; and I remember that happening a couple of times in the late 90s too. Silver lately has gone up faster than gold, so it’s worth well over 1/100th as much as gold today. In fact, right now: Gold 2,017.70 and silver 27.58, ratio 73.158+ to 1. (Imagine if we had a bimetallic standard this last month, what chaos there would be as people dumped their gold dollars for silver dollars, or vice versa; you’d be going into shops and be offered a discount for paying in gold instead of silver, or vice versa, depending.)

In any case, sometimes people trying to buy some gold buy it in the form of old $20 gold pieces. These contain almost an ounce of gold. Some of them are common enough (especially in slightly circulated condition) that their price is basically today’s price of gold plus a small constant. Nevertheless, there are people who collect them, and they’re seeing the prices go up and up, not because they’re becoming rare, but because gold is becoming pricier.

Of course some gold coins are genuine rarities (or in top condition) and will sell for quite a bit more than the gold that’s in them–those prices aren’t affected much by the price of gold.

If memory serves, I’ve shown you both of the major designs of $20 gold pieces in the past. But why not a repeat? (You got your coin of the week twice over with the stater and the tetradrachm.)

Liberty Head, 1850-1907. The reverse shield style changed in 1866 when “In God We Trust” was placed within the circle of stars. Now I said 1850, but this is an 1849. This is the one and only 1849, produced as a “proof of concept” rather than for issue, and it’s now in the Smithsonian.
The St. Gaudens (named so because the artist who did the design was Augustus St. Gaudens, a very famous sculptor from the end of the era when fine art was still…art. (Not the greatest picture ever, but at least it is not subject to copyright issues.) In 1908 “In God We Trust” was added above the sun on the reverse. Also, in 1907 the first few thousand of these were struck in a much higher relief, a variant regularly called America’s Most Beautiful Coin.

OK…well, I’m not done yet. You’ll get a third coin today, in honor of Shitstorm Saturday.

What about platinum?

You can buy, today, platinum “eagles” in ounce, half ounce, quarter ounce, and tenth ounce sizes, just as you can with gold. This is what we call non-circulating legal tender (NCLT) because even though there’s a face value and the coin is legal tender, you’d have to be an idiot to spend an ounce of gold or platinum at the face value given on the coins ($50 and $100, respectively). There’s generally very little collector value in such coins; their value is tied to their content, much like in the good old days.

In the past, gold and silver were used as money, straight across, at face value, close to intrinsic or “melt” value. Was platinum ever used as money?

The answer, just barely, is “Yes.”

Platinum wasn’t even known to Europeans until close to 1700, when it was found during gold panning on the Rio del Pinto in South America. Gold panning exploits the density of gold to separate it from the other bits of sand in stream beds. Platinum, being slightly denser than gold, even, would also pan out, and since no one really understood what it was, and no one considered it valuable, the platinum particles had to be painstakingly separated from the gold. It was a nuisance! It was called “Pinto silver” for a while, and even today the name “platinum,” or especially the slightly older “platina” is cognate with “plata”–silver in Spanish.

(No one went screaming “Platinum! I’m rich!!!” It was more like “What the hell is this caca blanca doing in my oro?”)

Eventually some industrial uses–like sulfuric acid boiler tanks–were found for the stuff, even though we couldn’t build a furnace to melt it, and it became more valuable than silver, and less so than gold. [Any other metal besides gold would dissolve in the acid, gold was way too expensive and soft, and glass tended to shatter under pressure, which when dealing with sulfuric acid was really, really bad–shards of glass flying everywhere, with boiling sulfuric acid spraying with it to boot.]

Another deposit was discovered in the Ural mountains in Russia. Peasants had been finding the nuggets for years and using them for shot (!!!), blasting what today would be hundreds of dollars’ worth of platinum into waterfowl for dinner. Miners moved in, and started producing the metal, as well as the other allied platinum-group metals (rhodium, palladium, osmium, and iridium–ruthenium had not been discovered yet).

Russia’s monetary system was a bit of a mess. There were paper rubles, backed by the full faith and credit of the Tsar’s government…but they traded at four paper rubles to the silver ruble. In 1826, Nicholas I, newly on the throne, decided to do something about this. Part of this was to temporarily produce high denomination silver, but a silver five ruble piece would be unwieldy. But the Demidov family, a powerful family, owned the platinum mines, platinum was worth a bit more than silver so…the three ruble platinum coin was born. It was the size of a quarter ruble piece…but weighed twice as much. It was made out of platinum sponge (we still couldn’t melt the stuff)–in itself the coin is a technical acheivement. They tended to look kind of ugly because of it being sponge platinum…but some DID circulate.

Just a bit smaller than a quarter–and weighed almost as much as a half dollar.
The inscription reads (in the center) “3 rubles in silver” and around the edge, “2 zol. 41 dol. [a weight in traditional Russian units] of pure Urals platinum”
(It wasn’t. Pure, I mean–plenty of iron and iridium and since it was sponge the coin was probably about 5 percent air, too.)

The coins were guaranteed convertible into silver at face value, so they could take the place of paper money in “small” denominations (a ruble was a lot of money back then).

The same search I used to find this also showed images of ones that are worn and have undoubtedly been used in commerce. So yes, these DID circulate, a bit.

That coin appeared in 1828. It saw just enough use to encourage the Russian government to come out with a six ruble piece in 1829 and a 12 ruble piece in 1830, but those never got any traction. Russia would send them out to settle trade accounts and eventually get them right back again, so they just piled up in the treasury. (I guess you could say that outside of Russia, they were not money.)

The whole series was discontinued in 1845. Paper money was now on par with silver, so there was no need for these coins–and besides, they contained somewhat less than their face value in platinum, so they were targets for counterfeiters. The coins in the treasury were then sold for scrap, in fact the entire world demand for platinum was satisfied for years by these scrapped coins. Today, the 6 and 12 ruble pieces are all rarities, some excruciatingly so. Three ruble coins are expensive, but at least they’re much less than half as expensive as the six ruble pieces.

Platinum itself was eventually found to have many, many better uses than sulfuric acid boilers, and industrial demand made it more valuable, ounce per ounce, than gold by the early 20th century–at which point, then people wanted it for jewelry. Even today, it’s rarer. All the platinum ever mined would fit in a 26 foot cube–my house could handle it–while all the gold ever mined would need a 60 foot cube. But as of today, it’s less valuable. Supply and demand.

[End note: As much as counterfeiters are loathed, they did function back then to keep governments honest about the money they issued. Issue an undervalued coin, and it will be counterfeited. If it’s actually worth what it says its worth in precious metal, the counterfeiters have no reason to bother–unless they can fake the metal itself, which they did try to do…sometimes with the use of platinum, but that’s a very interesting story for another day.]

Disclaimer: Neither these, nor any other coins I post, are mine. With older coins, I’m going to find the best pic of one on the internet, so even if I should happen to have one, it’s not the nicest one on earth and I’ll show another…and some coins are worth more than my net worth so I certainly won’t have those!

Important Reminder

To conclude: My standard Public Service Announcement. We don’t want to forget this!!!

Remember Hong Kong!!!

I hope this guy isn’t rotting in the laogai somewhere!

中国是个混蛋 !!!
Zhōngguò shì gè hùndàn !!!
China is asshoe !!!

714 thoughts on “2020·08·08 KMAG Daily Thread

  1. I’ve been thinking a bit more than usual today about how much I appreciate Wolfie and this blog and all the QTreeps who provide the pertinent info to penetrate the fog of these times.

    So, here’s a couple of small posts along that thought line . . .

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    1. I do, too! It’s like a neighborhood coffee shop or pub where you know everyone and it’s just cozy and comfortable. And the company is the best. And, you get lots of great info and advice and inspiration.


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      1. Making your way in the world today takes everything you’ve got
        Taking a break from all your worries, sure would help a lot
        Wouldn’t you like to get away?
        All those night when you’ve got no lights, the check is in the mail
        And your little angel hung the cat up by it’s tail
        And your third fiancee didn’t show
        Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name
        And they’re always glad you came
        You wanna be where you can see our troubles are all the same
        You wanna be where everybody knows your name
        Roll out of bed, Mr. Coffee’s dead, the morning’s looking bright
        And your shrink ran off to Europe and didn’t even write
        And your husband wants to be a girl
        Be glad, there’s one place in the world
        Where everybody knows your name and they’re always glad you came
        You want to go where people know, people are all the same
        You want to go where everybody knows your name
        Where everybody knows your name and they’re always glad you came
        Where everybody knows your name and they’re always glad you came
        Where everybody knows your name and they’re always glad you came


        …❤️ ..

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        1. Coin collecting is a profoundly visual hobby. (Otherwise I’d tell you to read the articles instead of looking at the pictures. You know, the way hypocrites claim to read Playboy.)

          That being said, I knew a blind collector once. He was a very casual collector, I think he was mostly into bullion pieces. He enjoyed the substantial heft even a small gold coin has.

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            1. 😀

              If you can get to a rare coin store, you can ask to see some, both the modern bullion pieces (which you can probably touch) and the older collector stuff (which will probably be in sealed holders, but if it’s a $20 gold piece the weight will be unmistakable).

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              1. Went to the Perth mint many years ago and got to hold a gold ingot. Amazingly the demonstrator had melted it and poured it into the mould not long before but it was only warm. Loses heat very fast. The ingot was the big one you see in movies and was astonishingly heavy. Heavier than a brick.

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              2. Quite a lot more so, I think. I’ve had the opportunity to heft those and similar ingots, including one that had recently been recovered from a shipwreck of the mid 1800s.

                The “standard” ingot is 400 troy ounces give or take–the weight and fineness being stamped on the ingot, of course. Since they are poured and then let alone (not adjusted), they have to accept some variation. (In some rare cases, the ingot will be machined to precise amounts after pouring, but that’s expensive and less common–the people who handle such ingots know how to deal with variations and know they can trust the assayers’ purity markings.)

                400 troy ounces = 12.441 kg, by the way.


          1. That is a beautiful example. Normally, they look like they’ve been stored in a field somewhere for 2,000+ years and discovered with a plow.

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      1. I’m still mulling over how you “mint” something out of sponge platinum….

        I mean, beyond the obvious joke: “verrrrrrrry carefulllllly…..”

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        1. First you have to make the sponge platinum. The ore gets put through a bunch of chemical steps, and eventually you end up with a platinum compound in solution. You can look at the color to see if it has major iridium impurities in it then. Anyhow, once satisfied, you react it with something that makes the platinum precipitate out.

          Then you take the platinum, heat it up as much as you can, and compress it. This will work harden it, of course. But they’d have a cylindical slug of the stuff. It can then be rolled, and coin blanks punched out. The seriously work-hardened platinum, which, just to make things worse probably still had iridium in it (and iridium is a hardening agent) could then be struck as coins.

          Only in the 1860s could people reliably melt platinum, and that turned out to be less labor intensive, so later fakes (and semi-official restrikes) of these coins tend to look very nice, because they’re struck from solid platinum.

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          1. I like the definition of the Old Testament talent, always wondered how much $$$ are we talking here. It puts quite an impressive understanding of King Solomon’s gold …. whoa .. 😮👍 .. $$$$ …

            aka: money bags Sol … 💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰’s …

            I say this respectfully, … it’s very interesting. 🙂🤚❤️🇺🇸❤️ ..

            Actually I wouldn’t mind talent like that ..

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            1. I recall reading of them bring something like a ton of gold out of Egypt. Which sounds like a lot (and it is, if you’re the poor guy who’s gotta schlep it). But sizewise, it’s not a lot. A metric ton (1000kg) is 51,813.5 cubic centimeters of gold, or 51.8 liters; that forms a cube 37.28 centimeters on a side or almost exactly 14 2/3rds inches. One of the large 10×10 safe deposit boxes, if packed solid, would weigh 3/4s of a metric ton. The Israelites would certainly have had room for that in their luggage.

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              1. I sometimes see movies involving heists of those large gold bars and have to laugh when the actors casually toss them around, or its clear that the producers/scriptwriters have no notion how heavy the stuff is. Gold is 1.7 times denser than lead.

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              2. At one time it grew almost to a joke where Kings in Mesopotamia would send letters, (accompanied with some trade goods) to Kings in Egypt, saying “Hey, you gave so and so all this gold, my Kingdom is so much bigger how about sending me some” and the Egyptians sent it.. The one thing also often requested from Egyptian kings was for them to send a daughter to be married to one of their sons. That however was never sent, no matter how strong the plea, even though the Mesopotamian kings had been sending their own daughters out everywhere to be married for ages upon ages and even to Egypt it self for which those were accepted but that sort of trade remained one way only.

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  2. Words utterly fail all attempts to fully capture my disgust at this, so I won’t even try. The hypocrisy literally takes my breath away…

    Seattle’s Police Chief Criticized A Plan To Defund Police, The City Council Responded By Slashing Her Salary


    On Tuesday of this week, Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best and Mayor Jenny Durkan criticized a plan by Seattle’s city council to slash the police budget in half for the remainder of the year.

    The next day, the city council slashed the salary of Chief Best and the rest of the department’s top leadership as well.

    Chief Best’s lawyer called the vote retaliation:

    “She and Jenny Durkan gave a press conference where they were critical of the council. In my view, this was retaliation because as soon as they did that, the council… in a vote that was not publicized, that was not on the public agenda…voted to reduce her salary.

    This is the first black female police chief in the country. Her salary was reduced to $100,000 less than a white woman chief’s salary, namely Kathleen O’Toole (Seattle’s 1st female police chief, who preceded Chief Best).”

    Btw, here is a picture of the “woke” liberal Seattle city council that supports the “Black Lives Matter” “movement” and decries “systemic racism” in America, but will slash the salary of the first black female police chief after she dared criticize them in public…

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      1. And cops walk out, quit, in LA, Portland, Chicago, New York… There are plenty of cities that value police and are always hiring.

        Yes, lots of inconvenience changing jobs. But the peace of mind, amongst many positives make it worth it. IMO.

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    1. An extended “blue flu” would have them cowering in their enclaves. I’m all for it. This is a photo of traitors to their fellow citizens and America.

      Where I live (east TN) the veterans, retired LE, and patriot CCP holders (along with some rednecks) respond in support when law enforcement is threatened in any manner. We are all in this together and Satan prowls like a lion looking for victims.

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    1. lol. Osweda has this right – fantastic military operation on Iranian WMD’s. Believe nothing the MSM says. The buildings you see next to the site would have been obliterated had it been ammonia nitrate. People need to review the OK City bombing to help understand what would have happened had the Lebanese official version occurred.

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  3. Barron Has The Same Instincts As His Father!

    Barron Knows He Is Looking At A Corrupt Justice That Is Being Blackmailed By Obama & Brennan!

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      1. That’s a great picture, isn’t it.
        And Barron was only 11 yrs old there, I think.

        That crapweasel Paul Ryan has a punchable face, though.

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      2. OMG…..Barron knows. He knows the crime, the coverup, and the control — you can see it in his face. He knows he can’t say, but he knows.

        And, BTW, Ryan smirking over VSGPOTUSDJT’s shoulder is disgusting.

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          1. Great picture, says a thousand words. Ryan’s smirk, Zero’s smirk and Creepy Joe looks like he can’t wait to start smelling someone. Needs to be put up with red X’s through their faces as their arrested.

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    1. No more. It’s all about asserting dominance so long as there are no real costs to doing so.

      Just like the irritating motorcycles winding out on the expressways, or the drum&bass crowd at stoplights. I get it, you’re trying to compensate….can you do it elsewhere?

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      1. Or the f*cking loud car stereos.

        G Gordon Liddy installed a 1000 watt stereo in his Hummer, and had military band music cued up to play. The minute some fucktard drove up in his boombox, Liddy would wipe him out.

        When I am at work summer evenings, the street outside the window sounds like the damn Indy 500, with motorcycle after motorcycle parading up it, sometimes painfully loudly if I happen to be outdoors.

        Then in the country there are people with loud pickups. One in our neighborhood and we’re still trying to figure out where the motherfucker lives.

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        1. They found that playing Barry manilow in public places where the young were rowdy made them fuck off like they got hit with bear spray

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          1. A lot of convenience stores here not enamored of loiterers have driven them away by piping muzak or sedate classical instrumental or classical opera, too.

            The young these days are much more willing to be caught dead listening to their parents’ music than we were…so it’s likely a kid will like stuff from the 70s and 80s, whereas we’d never have wanted to hear Lawrence Welk or most Big Band stuff. (I guess I am assuming we are of similar ages, and I shouldn’t.)


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    … Pay-CUT triggers SEARCH for JOBS
    • Payroll Tax Holiday STARTS
    … Employer SAVINGS per Hire
    … Employer FUNDING for Raises
    … Worker RAISES for Working
    … Unemployed INCENTIVES to Work
    City Businesses & Jobs stay GONE
    • Shutdowns triggered Work-from-Home
    • Home Workers happy with NO Commute
    • Sports & Entertainment HALTED
    • Conventions & Tourists DEAD
    • Commercial Real Estate PLUNGES
    • Small Businesses DIED
    • Sanctuary Illegals snatch low-wage JOBS
    • Residents with Resources FLEE
    • Residential Real Estate PLUNGES
    Blue Cities then States go BANKRUPT
    • Prolonged Shutdown KILLED Commerce
    • Business Taxable Profit of ZERO
    • Worker & Resident Tax Base FLEES
    • Tax Receipts DRY UP
    • 2020 Deficits DRIVE DEBT DEFAULTS
    Trump SETS Bankruptcy Rules
    • Veto Controls NEW Legislative Rules
    • Conditions to END Sanctuaries for Illegals
    • Conditions to END Government Unions
    • Condition to CONVERT Retirement to 401Ks
    • Spending LIMIT @ 99% of Prior-Year Revenue
    • Bonds BACKED by Required Rainy-Day Fund
    NO Federal Bailouts for Blue Cities & States
    • ONLY Prior-Year Balanced-Budget Cities
    • ONLY if Retirement CONVERTED to 401Ks
    • ONLY for Cost-Saving Systems
    • AND for Proven Opportunity Zones
    Budget Continuing Resolution fills Gaps
    • Defense Budget is set (IIRC)
    • Remainder gets Continuing Resolution
    … At ZERO FY 2021 $ Growth
    … As ChiComVirus-Deficit “Down Payment”
    Sequestration Shutdown Alternative
    • Mulvaney brought back to IMPLEMENT
    • Departments RELOCATE to Red States
    • Unions BANNED under Deal to Reopen
    • Retirement CONVERTED to 401Ks
    • Downsizing REQUIRED to cut Deficit
    • UP-or-OUT Condition for RETENTION
    • High-Contributor BONUSES
    [ART of the DEAL]

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      => TRIGGERING a Cuomo PANIC

      As Blue States DELAY Reopening …
      And Red States STAY Reopened …
      … R-S Business Demand JUMPS to serve BOTH groups
      … R-S Businesses RUN SHORT of CAPABLE Workers
      … B-S CAPABLE & MOTIVATED Workers RELOCATE to Red States

      When Blue States FINALLY Reopen …
      … Their Workforce will look like SWISS CHEESE
      … Productivity will be SLAMMED during Recruit Hiring & Training
      … Output will be SLAMMED by Inexperience & Waste

      No Problem meeting Flagging Demand:
      … Since Red States have snagged Blue-State Customers.

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  5. POTUS Just LAUNCHED his 2nd-Term AGENDA!

    His E.O. will Require ALL Health Insurers to Cover PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS
    • Levels the Playing Field for Insurance Coverage
    • Magnifies Insurance Competitive Intensity
    • Suddenly Insurers can only WIN and MAKE MONEY by [Drum Roll]

    First they’ll need to REDUCE CO-MORBIDITIES
    • Diabetes – Top Risk Factor for ChiComVirus Deaths
    • Obesity – Diet Advice & Rate Reductions for Weight Loss

    Then they’ll SEEK COST REDUCTIONS by embracing, implementing & perpetuating
    • Trump’s E.O. for Pharmaceutical Supply Chains to Make-in-USA
    • Trump‘s E.O. to Re-Shore Advanced Medical Manufacturing
    • Trump’s E.O. for Prescription Drug Savings

    Finally they’ll be looking for DISEASE SOLUTIONS
    • Hearth Disease – Heart-Health Tracking & Rate Reductions for IMPROVEMENT
    • Cancer – Early Detection & Treatment & CURE
    • Alzheimer’s – Early Detection & Treatment & REVERSAL
    President Trump’s setting Insurers up to LOBBY for his 2nd-Term AGENDA:


    [With how he BEAT COVID, America KNOWS HE CAN DO IT AGAIN]

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    1. • Cancer – Early Detection & Treatment & CURE

      They have HAD a BLOOD TEST for cancer since 1975!!! Told to me by a German doctor in Germany and confirmed by a US doctor who said, yeah, but we would not know where the cancer is, as the EXCUSE for not doing the screening! 🤦

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      1. There is, in use, a test of some sort (I don’t know if they test blood, specifically) for prostate cancer.

        But the German excuse is silly. Anyone who comes up negative can be shown to the door of the clinic with great happiness–done!! (unless the false negatives are high–but if so, check them again in a week), the others you know you have to investigate further, but you will find something. Unless the test has a high false positive rate.

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        1. There are lots of cancer markers found in the blood. These are measured pre and post surgery and as screening for recurrence. Diferent cancer have different markers and some have none.

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    POTUS flipped the SCRIPT.
    … Substitute a M🇺🇸A🇺🇸G🇺🇸A! Hat for your Mask
    & call it a Peaceful Political Protest!


    Benny (@bennyjohnson) Tweeted:
    A reporter tries to say President Trump is violating New Jersey’s Coronavirus guidelines.

    Trump: It’s a peaceful protest.


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        1. That’s why the word really should be pronounced pro-TEST-ants. They were really protesting a number of things that were being addressed, although at the speed of glacier. That’s how the Vatican operated before the age of Bergoglio.

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    Sundance paints a picture of mendacity!

    • Senate Cover-Ups Grassley, Johnson & Thune [plus Graham]
    • Senate UniParty Leadership Barrasso, Blunt, McConnell and Ernst
    • Senate Sea Islanders Cotton, Sasse, Ryan et al
    • Pompeo‘s “failed solutions” & use of Abrams and Haspel & Abrams
    • Pence / Other “whisperers” advancing Coats, Attkinson & central insiders
    • Barr’s requested-but-unused declassification authority, yet Grenell’s quick declass action
    • [plus Senate “Globalist-Lurker” WILLARD “The🐀Rat” ROMNEY]

    Trump’s accelerating and escalating Trump-Time moves are outpacing UniParty RINOs’ ability to thwart them.
    • He’s triggering mountains of countermeasures and chaff as they see his election prospects growing.
    • They loathe his genius for winning.
    • Worst of all, it’s PROVING Congressional “Leaders” to be our PROBLEM, not our SOLUTION.

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  8. I did read it and its interesting. If I am looking for a coin to compare with one I have as far as value or interest, what free online site is fair? Ebay you said asks rip off prices. I just want to look for what I have.

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      1. Careful, I read your post last night and seeing Lydia 600 BC along with King Croesus set me back many hours last night and today. I may never recover today 🙂
        *https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_of_Egibi (first banker and Real Eastate family. Several hundred year history but spans Assyrian, Bablyonian and Persian rule. Name comes up in 9th Centruy BCE. Also this is a Sumerian name. Not telling how old the family really was.)
        *https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murashu_family (another fiance family 5th Century w/Sumerian name)

        *https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lugalanda (Guy Urkagina kicked out of Lagash for being totally corrupt.Clay tablets likely earliest form of credit besides hard trade goods)
        *https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urukagina (code but from secondary sources pre Sargon, money mentioned.)
        *https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Code_of_Ur-Nammu (first extant code post Sargon, power returns to Summerians for short while)
        King Croesus 6th BCE. Lydia.
        *https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Croesus (the oracle at Delphi kept coming up. 16 yr rule but much of his wealth derived from father meanwhile Cyrus put him on his team after kicking his ass).
        *https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaymakli_Underground_City (failed to connect tin but the Assyrians were extracting tin from Northern Syria and Turkey some place besides what was coming in from the far reaches of the world.

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            1. The biggest issue will be finding a market for Cuban coinage. Hopefully a dealer would have one, but if he has to wholesale it to another dealer, you won’t get much for it. You might want to sell on Ebay depending on how much they charge.

              One time I wanted a coin, an expensive one, but didn’t have the money for it; I offered the dealer a trade. Of course the dealer always wonders what kind of crap the customer has that he’ll have to tactfully refuse, or obscure item he’ll just have to sell to another dealer who specializes in it…but I pulled out a modern-issue gold eagle. Instantly negotiable at a coin show, practically as easy as cash.

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      1. Thats right, just getting a sense.
        Btw, mr gil suggested we take all of kiddos overflowing coins and buy him some silver. Can I do that at a reputable coin shop or must i use some specific exchange?

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        1. Reputable coin shop is pretty much the place to buy bullion. You actually have two options, one is to buy silver rounds, the other is to buy old US silver coinage that has no collector value (or less than the current price of silver, anyway)–they will quote the price for that in “times face”, e.g., it might be “23 times face” meaning they’ll sell you a silver dime for $2.30, a silver quarter for $5.75, or a half dollar for 11.50. Divide the amount of money you want to spend by that number, and that’s how much old US silver coinage you can buy.

          A third option is to buy US silver eagles, an ounce of silver in them, but you will pay a LOT more than the spot price of silver for one.

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  9. Since I first read the EO about asset forfeiture I have said we need a new cabinet position – Department of Clawback – to recover salaries and bonuses paid to corrupt fed officials. Now I read this justice.gov press release about the Ukrainian bank fraud raids and down the bottom I see The Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative!

    Go for it DoJ! Bankrupt them all. No mercy for thieves.


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      1. Meridian Investments is involved in forming LP’s for the creation of low income housing, leveraging federal tax credits.


        They are middlemen, it seems, in this $$$ whirlpool.
        Sounds like they would be strong supporters of Biden’s plan for the suburbs.

        Wasn’t Biden’s brother involved in a housing development scheme in Iraq?

        (Sure could use Daughn’s brain on this one.)

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  10. Rabbit trails &/or down the rabbit hole…possible clues here for the savvy researcher, who’s more informed than I 😉

    The ICDD looks potentially interesting, given 1948 beginnings…

    Possible sources of human trafficking &/or sacrifice???

    This is highly provocative w/ Monarch, China Lake, Bohemian grove, trauma training in disassociation, etc…

    I have no idea where these are from nor what they are nor what they mean…

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    1. The Catholic chapels in the Roman Catacombs have been there almost 2,000 years. The relics (bones) are of the early Christian martyrs, and are valued as such. We’ve got the bones of most of the early Saints in reliquaries. I mean, as one person on the last trip to Rome put it about being in Catholic churches, everywhere we go, we’re surrounded by dead people. It’s true. There’s dead bodies in a lot of Churches.

      The throne in the Paul VI Audience Hall, OTOH, is an abomination.

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          1. I’ve actually been to the four papal basilicas. As well as a fair number of ancient Roman sites in Rome, though I could probably find five or six more (easily) I wish I had seen with light research.

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            1. Have you been to Assisi? That’s the fifth Major. One of the ones in Rome, named for a martyr, lost its designation in the last few years. So, St. Peters, St. John Lateran, Santa Maria Medjudore, and St. Paul Outside the Walls are it.

              I did like St. Clement.

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              1. Never to Assisi. My main goal on that trip was the classical world; I fit the four majors in.

                Really, St Paul Outside the Wall is late Classical architecture, the old Roman basilica made possible by the truss.

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  11. “Senate Majority Whip John Thune Positions to Support National Mail-In Ballots…”


    These people, people like the snake John Thune, they deserve to suffer.

    I just hope we get to see it, that it’s not hidden from public view.

    The level of your Treason is not just to your country, you are a traitor to your species.

    The filth of you is a stench of evil and wickedness that emanates from the black depths of your corrupt soul.

    You think we don’t see you smirking when you sit next to our President?

    We know what you are, John.


    Nothing in this world is worth the deal you made.

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    1. twit world censoring life saving speech by deleting video articulating the life ending aspects of abortion…

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    1. Twinkie went on a rampage yesterday. One account I follow, IamToRe, is GONE. I mean GONE. Dr. Mercola, and Bitchute were permanently banned. GEORGE was suspended. Conservative accounts were all reporting losing thousands of followers.

      It looks like the rough stuff may be upon us.

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  12. Beautiful & encouraging! There still is hope 🙂

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    1. Moar indications of hope…Freedom for future generations…

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    2. Flynn’s warriors get encouragement!

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      1. The short and oversimplified versions is that fluorine will rip just about any molecule apart so it can react with the pieces–it’s the most strongly reactive element on the right hand side of the periodic table. It will even tear water apart, and react with glass. But by the same token, nothing can displace it because it’s latched onto other atoms so tightly. It’s looking to accept one more electron to fill its electron shell, and it’s “desire” to do so, known as its electronegativity, is the highest of any element. (Second place: oxygen, third place chlorine.) Fluorine can even grab an electron from a noble gas, which is very hard to do, more difficult the higher up in that column you get (xenon is relatively easy, and apparently chemical supply companies actually sell xenon-fluorine compounds–something which a century ago would have been thought impossible).

        But I’m reluctant to just flat out call bullshit. There’s an opposite factor at play. The opposite corner of the chart is the elements that want to give up an electron, the closer to the lower left corner, the more they want to do this (sodium, potassium, rubidium, cesium, calcium, strontium, barium are examples). Fluorine combined with oxygen (very reluctant to give up an electron) might, in the presence of these elements, switch to them. These are electropositive elements. But you can look upon it, really, as the cesium shoving the oxygen aside, not fluorine being displaced.

        Here’s a rather faulty analogy. Imagine a singles gathering of people who for some reason can only see five feet, and they all want the best looking parter they can find. They’ll pair up with the most attractive person inside a five foot radius.

        Someone with Melania Trump’s looks walks into the room. She’ll latch onto the first man she sees, call him Alan. He might be alone or in a couple, if he’s in a couple, that woman, not looking as good as she does, will be displaced. Now if that male is average in looks, he’ll eventually be bumped aside by a more attractive one; Melania will drop Alan for Bill, if she sees Bill. Or you can look at it as Bill pushing Alan aside.

        The end result after a lot of mixing, is that Melania will end up paired with the most attractive male, whoever is second most attractive will end up with the second studliest male, and so on. Fluorine will end up paired with cesium.

        In real life, cesium is quit rare, and fluorine isn’t terribly common either, but hopefully you get the picture; fluorine gets what it wants of what’s available to it, and so does that most attractive female.

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    1. These are the people behind that cr@p: https://saferchemicals.org/about
      NONE of them have any kind of medical, chemistry, or even vaguely scientific background. They’re all environut advocacy bots. And part of USPIRG, which is, surprise, surprise, surprise, a Satan Soros group (via his Open Society Institute)…..

      Ted Turner also has his cloven hooves in there, and, unbeknownst to most students, a part of their student activity fees are (dark)spirited away to USPIRG…..

      Speaking about clueless in chemistry, these are some of the same folks pushing for “safer” refrigerants, the latest of which (pushed very strongly in the EU) rekeases some horridly toxic fluorine compounds when combusting, something that could happen when a car using that refrigerant is involved in a wreck. Daimler-Benz, at least for a while, refused to use it because of that. Ironically, CO²-based refrigerants are supposed to be the “next best thing”… that’ll really tie the greens up in knots… or nots, as it were…..

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  13. Constitutional Christianity!!!

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  14. This one is choking me up. It reminds me of when Michael first told me about Josiah riding his bike (finally!!!) without training wheels–back when we thought the next step would be an adult trike. God is so good…& so is this loving mother & her precious son…

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      1. There’s a whole section on yesterday’s daily about the event and the 17 boxes of LAUNDRY machines which just so happen to be Whirlpool, which is what happens when a plug is pulled. And, of course, VSG was in Ohio, the 17th state.

        The need for symbolism and all that. It looks like a troll message.

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  15. Sturgis starts today!

    The little mutants of Antifuh have threatened to crash the rally.
    I’m thinking that will be real entertaining if they do!

    Here’s a Friday report on the turnout so far:

    In Sturgis, it’s NO Masks…and NO Restrictions.

    Here’s a local report on the event — with a Karen and a He-Karen, whining about “Virus virus”:

    Hey…I spotted a mask:

    Here’s a Livestream of downtown Sturgis:

    Looks quiet now…but things will probably pick up later.

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      1. lots of bikers wear masks when they ride…for road dust and dirt. my son wears them when he rides his bicycle to work–they’re called buffs–a thin tube of fabric that can be pulled down around the neck when not needed.

        in the movie Wild Hogs, Tim Allen wore one (not sure of the others right now)

        hubby always wanted to take our Hog to Sturgis, but with my feeling about crowds we never did…

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  16. The Leftist Enemedia has already declared the Sturgis Rally…”Irresponsible!”
    “It will be a super-spreader!”

    I think they just can’t stand the idea that there will be People Having Fun.

    In the meantime, the rally-goers were doing a little pre-rally partying Friday night:

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    1. I’m going to save that for later reading, but the comment about being kicked out of a cult reminds me of a comment someone made about being bothered by Jehovah’s Witnesses. He wanted to tell them, “Can we just skip right to the end where you shun me?”

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    1. Show McArthur some love!!!

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    1. OK, so I fell for it but this comment clarifies it a bit…

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    1. Lurking viruses? How about kids suddenly getting staph infections in the lungs, pleurisy, Legionnaires, and tuberculosis all popping up and being blamed on mask wearing. Yeah, they’re all dealable, but still expensive to treat, deadly if not treated, and avoidable if the truth is told about mask wearing.

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      1. I have a friend in the National Guard who is active right now because of covid. He told me yesterday that a guy he stands a post with was coughing up BLOOD because of wearing a mask! When he stopped wearing it, he stopped the coughing.

        What the hell are people doing to their bodies with this? If we all just said NO, what could they do? But of course that won’t happen, because too many people are afraid.

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  17. Hopefully the original tweet shows via this retweet w/comment…Trump 2020!

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      1. It certainly used to be. My Grandma was a Latin teacher and it was taught in my school. Now about the only language taught is Spanish…

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    1. more info on the Twitter purge of Conservatives…

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              1. Most welcome, Patty! Hope it helps give you a little insight into how they work and think – of course – this is just speculation and one man’s opinion – God knows better what to do – so we must go to Him, first, and not rely on man to conjecture.

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  18. DeBozo’s scheme–move homeless to hotels–charge the fed (FEMA) for 75% of the $175 per person per NIGHT fee. then “buy buildings” and convert them to AFFORDABLE housing for the homeless…if the homeless could AFFORD housing…would they be homeless anymore??? is he also going to get them jobs to pay for this affordable housing? when questioned on the locations of these buildings-he declined to answer-for privacy concerns.
    They said the city would be asking for reimbursement from the federal government for the money spent on placing the homeless in hotels because it was an ’emergency’ expense.

    The city is also refusing to release the list of the 139 hotels where the homeless are currently being cared for.

    On the Upper West Side, remaining residents are now taking to social media to share photographs of people lying in the street and being antisocial.

    A Facebook group, in which residents have shared pictures of men urinating, masturbating and laying sprawled out on sidewalks near the hotels, has been set up and there are other complaints on Twitter.

    ‘Our community is terrified, angry and frightened,’ one organizer of the 1,700 member group, Dr. Megan Martin, told The Post.


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    1. Erm. *cough* small problem there.

      He expects the Fed (that would be us, the taxpayers) to bail out his malthusian misbegotten malcontent miscreant misanthropes to the tune of $131,25 PER NIGHT????????!!!!!!!!

      And probably hotel/visitor/whatever tax on top of that???


      He created, mixed, and baked that foul fetid cake: he can EAT IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      PI$$ on his corrupt libtard (mis)administration. And all those other DEMONicRAT $#!tholes.

      Show them some “tough love”.

      It probably will be the first time in their lives that they’ve been (held) accountable for ANYTHING that they’ve done. And it’s BL00DY WELL ABOUT TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      1. West? Michigan?

        Look, I know it’s called the “Midwest” for historical reasons, but it’s east of the Mississippi, which itself is east of the centerline of the lower 48. It ought to be called the “Mideast.”

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