To our Thailand based members learn how to use VPN’s now!!! Our Chinese Admins did it, so can you!!!
Wizards are made, not born.
Always encourage and stroke the genius inside.
Start them on the Blue pathway early on.
[Nikola Tesla’s favorite childhood companion] was the family’s black cat, Macak. Macak followed young Nikola everywhere, and they spent many happy hours rolling on the grass.
It was Macak the cat who introduced Tesla to electricity on a dry winter evening. “As I stroked Macak’s back,” he recalled, “I saw a miracle that made me speechless with amazement. Macak’s back was a sheet of light and my hand produced a shower of sparks loud enough to be heard all over the house.” Curious, he asked his father what caused the sparks. Puzzled at first, [his father] finally answered, “Well, this is nothing but electricity, the same thing you see through the trees in a storm.” His father’s answer, equating the sparks with lightning, fascinated the young boy. As Tesla continued to stroke Macak, he began to wonder, “Is nature a gigantic cat? If so, who strokes its back? It can only be God,” he concluded.
W. Bernard Carlson, Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age
“Is nature a gigantic cat? If so, who strokes its back? It can only be God,” Tesla concluded
What can we learn about parenting through Tesla’s asking about Macak?
We can see how replying to a question in a way that inspires a child’s creativity could be what sparks the genius inside.
Many parents ignore their kids or consider their kids’ questions annoying.
Don’t be that type of person…
Abracadabra Channel: Coming Soon.
Most people are not aware that the Nolan brothers paid tribute to Tesla’s cat Macak in the film The Prestige.
Teach your kids about Macak
Carry on the tradition.
Macak is one of the earliest lessons, Parents and children in the Black World of Technology learn.
It’s on the same level as Flight of Dragons
Keep the little Wizards ♂ ahead of the curve
Some value for the group. The new Army Field Manual 7-22, which is the FM on physical fitness, is actually really good. Way more in depth than prior versions of FM 7-22 that I’ve read in the past…this one mentions things like periodization, Type 1 and Type 2 muscle fibers, even sleep and nutrition. Army is having common sense for a change.
It’s approved for public release so free to download here if you guys want.
Thank you Captain
Warning: The following post is an account of encounter I just had. It is not meant to start a discussion or distract from AI. It is intended to give you a heads up of how brazen the derelicts and thugs are getting, and how important it is to be prepared, to think fast and react smart, and get armed. NOW. No more dallying.
Azazel News #Recap 10/18/2020
Arson and plunder ruin Palestinian olive harvest.
SFV Scanner: “More shots fired calls in Mission Division.”
SV News: “Inside the burnt out church in Santiago, Chile.”
Shipping containers in Los Angeles becoming homes for the homeless.
Al-Masdar News: “Powerful explosion heard outside Karabakh capital.”
City of Parral in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico. Workers trapped on roof as cartel assaults Ministerial Police.
David Marcus: “Twitter has suspended the account of White House coronavirus advisor Scott Atlas.”
Cyber Warfare Market to See Huge Growth by 2025 - Major Giants BAE System, Boeing, General Dynamic.
With artificial intelligence, every soldier is a counter-drone operator. At all levels, soldiers must know how to face a drone threat.
Greenland is coming to paid streaming soon. Greenland will now be available to audiences on digital platforms starting December 18, and 48-hour rentals will be offered for $19.99.
Michael: “Australia has gone full fascist, introducing a digital health passport, tied to your vaccination record. No vax, no travel.”
Rishi Sunak warned public sector’s food supply at risk. Companies providing food for care homes, schools, hospitals and prisons call for government support.
Reading Too Much Political News Is Bad for Your Well-Being. Obsessing over politics could hurt your happiness and your relationships.
7 MacGyver Tricks People Have Learned in Prison. Necessity is the mother of invention, so those who have been in prison have came up with some innovations.
Man dangling from Chicago’s Trump Tower for over 2 hours, demanding to speak to President Trump released a message.
Al The Great: “Antifa burn the US flag and eat a heart symbolic of the President during an anti-democrat violence protest in Boston, Massachusetts, on 10.18.2020.”
The Orionid meteor shower peaks this week! Here’s what to expect. It’s an excellent year to view the Orionids, which peak before dawn on Wednesday (Oct. 21).
Be Smart Wear A Mask. Wearing a mask may save your life. Or it may just give you a vastly reduced or even asymptomatic experience with Covid-19 the disease.
Cold, Snow, and Epic Flooding: "the weather in Slovakia is reminiscent of the apocalypse.” Unfortunately, conditions in Slovakia aren’t expected to improve anytime soon, with addition Arctic blasts forecast to batter the country.
Look at this because they are pushing it hardcore in 2020. “My techie husband convinced me to get a chip in my hand. It’s used as a key. Like OMG! how cool and fashionable!!! I want one!!!” PAY ATTENTION.
America must build its technology industries to win against China and Russia. The investments needed for 21st century great power competition have now surpassed our expenditures on counterterrorism.
Space company takes to the skies alongside the NHS. The UK Space Agency has today backed a healthcare drone start-up founded by NHS staff, to help in the response to COVID-19.
Solar is now ‘cheapest electricity in history’, confirms IEA. The world’s best solar power schemes now offer the “cheapest…electricity in history” with the technology cheaper than coal and gas in most major countries.
For all those who need a more in depth explanation. What is Transhumanism? Transhumanism is based on the premise that the human species in its current form is not the end of our development but rather a comparatively early phase.
The anti-California Dream: Leaving becomes an industry. Beyond conservative Facebook memes and YouTube videos, has California reached a breaking point that’s accelerating an exodus?
Wildfires in Colorado now biggest state has ever seen. They’ve been burning for two months and they’re slowing making their way towards Denver. Veuer’s Tony Spitz has the details.
Archbishop performs exorcism to cleanse protest site. The archbishop of San Francisco performed a short exorcism ceremony Saturday outside a Catholic church where protesters had earlier toppled a statue of Father Junipero.
Julia: “THERE WERE JUST FIREWORKS SHOOTING NEAR MY HOUSE TOO!! LIKE ITS JUST A SUNDAY NIGHT?? What for?” Steve Louchis: “Fireworks during fire season?” [Damn how many of them are there… 2nd lockdown is coming.]
NATO plans new space center in Ramstein, Germany. NATO member states are set to announce the creation of a space center in the air force high command base in Ramstein, Germany, according to reports. It would monitor, and in time likely protect, friendly satellites.
SV News: “JUST IN: China Daily bureau chief Chen Weihua calls for mob violence and petrol bombs on the streets of the United States on Twitter.” Chen Weihua: “Hope there will be more petrol bomb throwing mobs in protests in the US. Endorsed by NYT.”
Anxiety rises among COVID-19 survivors as Seattle man is confirmed to have caught virus twice. A Seattle man is likely feeling very lucky after officially surviving COVID-19 twice. His case is only the third case in the United States where doctors confirmed reinfection.
Reports indicate that the Venezuelan Floating Storage/Production Vessel, FSO Nabarima, currently located in the Gulf of Paria, has more than 1 million barrels of crude oil onboard & the vessel is in distress. [Oh no, not another oil spill!!]
Inter-satellite laser communications improving Starlink performance, as SpaceX expands constellation - SpaceFlight Insider. SpaceX launched its fourteenth batch of Starlink satellites from Cape Canaveral’s LC-39A, at 8:25 a.m. EDT, October 18, 2020.
‘Do you want me to stop working?’ As Paris restaurants are ordered into new curfew, angry citizens hold street protest. Over a hundred protesters took to the streets of Paris to decry the new curfew introduced by President Macron to stop the spread of Covid-19.
Bricks Alive! Scientists Create Living Concrete. “A Frankenstein material” is teeming with — and ultimately made by — photosynthetic microbes. And it can reproduce. [Looks like you will soon be getting Claytronics Scientists Create Living Concrete.]
’From the Ground Up – Regenerative Agriculture.’ Inspired by Charles Massy’s best-selling book “Call of the Reed Warbler”, filmmaker Amy Browne set out across the dry farming country of South East NSW to meet Massy and the other trailblazing farmers bringing new life to their land.
Fitness influencer dies of Covid. He was early 30s, great shape, had wife and a few kids. Say something nice /pol/, is the virus not as deadly as it appears or is it actually quite dangerous considering it took out someone healthier than the average person?
Adam Milstein: “NY Post Twitter account with 1.8M followers has been frozen since Wednesday morning, October 14th. Twitter is refusing to unlock NY Post account unless the outlet deletes 6 tweets reporting the on 2020 Democratic nominee @JoeBiden’s son, Hunter Biden.”
Eric Feigl-Ding: “HOLY COW—"In a young, low-risk population with ongoing COVID-19 symptoms, almost 70% of individuals have impairment in 1 or more organs 4 months after initial symptoms of SARS-CoV-2 infection.” This is serious. It’s a young population too.”
Asian Americans in San Francisco are dying at alarming rates from COVID-19: Racism is to blame. COVID-19 is killing Asian Americans in the Bay Area. In this six-part series, USA TODAY investigates how systemic racism is driving high death rates.
Protest against Covid-19 rules in Prague escalates into clashes with police. Czech riot police deployed tear gas, flashbang grenades, and a water cannon to disperse a crowd of protesters who refused to leave Prague’s Old Town Square after a rally against government measures to fight the coronavirus.
Google Cloud Joins Forces With EOS. Google is the first Silicon Valley giant to seek to become an EOS block producer. Through this new partnership, Google Cloud will work with Block one to enable new ways for its open-source community of developers to engage and build applications on EOS.
Practical Advice for Escaping a War-Torn City. One of the worst disaster scenarios would be to be trapped inside a war-torn city. Here are all of the things you should consider. [If your plan is to simply grab your backpack, hop in the car and take off for the border you will probably be rudely surprised, if you live that long.]
Disgust & applause after huge crowds swarm Liverpool ahead of ‘tier 3’ coronavirus lockdown. Street parties erupted in Liverpool hours before the city entered into a strict lockdown, prompting both condemnation and praise from Britons as new coronavirus restrictions polarize the country.
Astronaut requirements changing rapidly with private spaceflyers, long-duration missions. Being an astronaut of the 2020s will be completely different than it was for any astronaut that came before, a panel of spaceflyers told the virtual International Astronautical Congress Wednesday (Oct. 14).
Joshua Potash: “Wow so this morning the Brooklyn Housing Court woke up to its doors spray foamed and bike locked shut, and then this document was released in a telegram room. It looks like people are not tolerating evictions anymore.” [Awesome! Housing is for everyone, especially if you’re told your job no longer exists. Good for them.]
Pippa Malmgren Discusses America’s “Digital Civil War”, Social Unrest & The Black Vote. With politics playing so prominently into what’s been driving US markets lately, as investors (or the algos that trade on their behalf, at least) seemingly reacted to every comment out of Capitol Hill. [Are we in a digital war???]
Disintegration Fears Grow As Worsening Rifts and Fractures Spotted at Two of Antarctica’s Most Important Glaciers. Satellite imagery has revealed that two of the fastest-changing glaciers in Antarctica are fracturing and weakening faster than ever – the first step towards the glaciers disintegrating and causing sea levels to rise dramatically.
This is the WALL of toilet paper at Costco in Atlanta, GA. Apparently, they are stockpiling ahead of the second wave. “All other items were fully stocked from grains, beans, meats, produce, and supplements… even clothing.” Supply chain for toilet paper is tricky due to extremely low margins. They are stockpiling because shipping a half truck eliminates the profit. Also partly why there was a shortage and it took so long to get back filled.
”We’re out of Corn" - MSM blames COVID, Science reveals Diminishing Solar Activity is the cause. New scientific paper: “the mean temperature on the Canadian prairies has cooled down by 2C in the last 30 years”. [Be Selfish!!! Hoarding is a Myth!!! Hoarding is a myth, Hoarding myth is used so goverments can have someone to blame and not acknowledge that rationing must take place due to a break down in the supply chain.]
Some value for the group. The new Army Field Manual 7-22, which is the FM on physical fitness, is actually really good. Way more in depth than prior versions of FM 7-22 that I’ve read in the past…this one mentions things like periodization, Type 1 and Type 2 muscle fibers, even sleep and nutrition. Army is having common sense for a change. It’s approved for public release so free to download here if you guys want. [Thank you Captain.]
Richard Barrow in Thailand: “According to this leaked document that is marked “Top Secret”, the Thai government has ordered all internet providers to block the telegram messaging app. This follows news that the anti-government protest organizers were using the app to communicate.” [To our Thailand based members learn how to use VPN’s now!!! Our Chinese Admins did it, so can you!!!]
NASA’s Osiris-Rex Benu to land on asteroid: Here’s what happens. The artist’s idea of NASA’s Osiris-Rex spacecraft collects a sample from the asteroid Bennu. NASA / Goddard / University of Arizona NASA’s Osiris-Rex. NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Is About to TAG an Asteroid: 10 Things to Know About Bennu. NASA’s first mission to return a sample from an ancient asteroid arrived at its target, the asteroid Bennu, on December 3, 2018.
SpaceX just launched 60 new Starlink internet satellites and nailed rocket landing at sea. There’s more than 800 Starlink satellites in orbit now. SpaceX is one step closer to providing internet as it launches fourteenth fleet of Starlink satellites. SpaceX deployed the fourteenth fleet of Starlink satellites this morning. At around 8:25 a.m. EDT the five-times-flown Falcon 9 lifted off for its sixth flight from Launch Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Federal Crimes Uncovered In Biden Hard Drive | Rudy Giuliani | Ep. 78. In this episode of Common Sense, Rudy Giuliani, who was the trailblazer for RICO prosecutions in the 1980s, demonstrates how the thirty years of the Biden Family selling public office, and many other crimes, makes a perfect RICO case. [This is best summary. Remember before he was “America’s Mayor” he was America’s Prosecutor after cleaning up the East coast mob.]
Neil deGrasse Tyson: “Asteroid 2018VP1, a refrigerator-sized space-rock, is hurtling towards us at more than 40,000 km/hr. It may buzz-cut Earth on Nov 2, the day before the Presidential Election. It’s not big enough to cause harm. So if the World ends in 2020, it won’t be the fault of the Universe.” Neil deGrasse Tyson warns asteroid could hit Earth day before election. That’s one way to rock the vote. An asteroid with a diameter the size of a refrigerator could strike the Earth the day before the November election. [Funny how they refer to him as “celebrity scientist.” Honestly dislike this guy and the lies he peddles… him and Bill Nye.]
Cassandra Scarebanks: “4Chan Users Claim to Have Found Way to Easily Change People’s Voter Registration and Cancel Ballots Online in Oregon and Washington.” Matthew: “MAJOR VOTER FRAUD 4chan discovered a major bug in Oregon’s online voting system that allows anyone to change someones registration & vote. If you know someones Name & Date of Birth, you can change their vote.” "Actually no, this isn’t voting. It’s a sample digital ballot that you have to print out and return in person. Here’s the form they think is real.”
Meanwhile, in Thailand. Thousands defy emergency decree and transit shutdown as pro-democracy protests continue. Protesters took to the streets again on Sunday despite a government-declared state of emergency and shutdown of public transport in Thailand. On Saturday, demonstrators deployed various tactics to continue protesting with the rallies ending largely peacefully at night. The protesters are demanding monarchy reforms, amendments to the constitution to make the country more democratic and the resignation of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, who came to power through a military coup in 2015.
Utility lacked basic training before blackouts. When Pacific Gas & Electric cut power to large swaths of wildfire-prone Northern California last fall, few of the emergency personnel managing the blackouts for the nation’s largest utility had learned the fundamentals of managing an emergency in their home state. The utility entered 2019 planning to “de-energize” its aging electric grid during autumn windstorms, so that downed lines couldn’t spark a blaze. Yet among the hundreds of people who handled the blackouts from PG&E’s emergency operations center, only a handful had any training in the disaster response playbook that California has used for a generation, The Associated Press found.
Voter Fraud and how you can protect yourself. I’ve been looking into the mail-in ballot fraud and its redundancy checks are there for a reason!!! Yes, people are manipulating the system. Yes, if you log in via VPN you can request ballots over and over for different people with zero checks - even mail it - but upon second tier checks, it wont pass. Protect Yourself: check your mailbox - if you see some name in it you don’t know, report it. Better place a camera over mail box, mail fraud is a HUGE problem globally. 6 ways we could stop this kind of fraud from occurring: Use paper ballots to establish a backup record of each vote; outlaw any kind of internet voting — for now; verify election results; crosscheck voter registrations nationwide to weed out duplicates; make voting by mail more secure; spend more to make elections trustworthy.
10 newly-discovered asteroids within 1 lunar distance in 10 days. 10 newly-discovered asteroids with a close approach within 1 lunar distance (<1LD asteroid) were discovered from October 12 to 18, 2020, marking a significant increase in detection and flybys of asteroids within 1 lunar distance in such a short period of time. 9 newly-discovered asteroid flybys were detected from October 15 to 18. Over the next 3 days (October 18 - 21), 5 newly-discovered asteroids will fly past Earth within 1 lunar distance. From October 1 to 18, our sky surveys have detected 12 <1LD asteroids, tying the month with September 12 days before the end of the month. There are now 84 known asteroids to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year, including 2020 SO on December 1. 2020 now has now surpassed 2019 by 7 <1LD asteroids and holds the record for the closest asteroid flyby.
The Phenomenon (2020 film) The film features interviews with Former Senate Majority leader Harry Reid,Clinton White House chief of staff John Podesta, former Deputy Undersecretary for Defense Intelligence Christopher Mellon, former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, ufologist Jacques Vallee, and journalist Leslie Kean. In the film, Reid is asked about other evidence and replies, “I’m saying most of it hasn’t seen the light of day.” Richard J Boylan: “UFO reports are collected officially by Admiral Kelly Aeschbach, Cmdr., Office of Naval Intelligence. Naval Intelligence runs Area 51 (Groom Lake Nat’l Laboratory) and its satellite, S-4 (Papoose Lake Nat’l Laboratory. That’s why Bob Lazar’s ID said he worked for the Navy Dept.” HuffPost: “There’s more than one up there,” the former Senate majority leader says in the new UFO documentary “The Phenomenon.” Scientific Coalition for UAP Studies: “FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 10/18/2020 SCU Livestream, 10/21/2020 “Time Travel, Hominid Evolution, and the UFO Phenomenon.”
Chinese forces prepare for possible military invasion of Taiwan. Beijing is replacing its old DF-11s and DF-15s and deploying its most advanced hypersonic missile DF-17 in the southeast coast, amid heightened tensions between China and the US. According to the sources, Beijing is replacing its old DF-11s and DF-15s and deploying its most advanced hypersonic missile DF-17 in the region. “The DF-17 hypersonic missile will gradually replace the old DF-11s and DF-15s that were deployed in the southeast region for decades,” remarked the anonymous source quoted by SCMP. China Threatens to Detain Americans if U.S. Prosecutes Chinese Scholars. American officials said China had insisted that the Justice Department not proceed with cases against the arrested scholars, who are in the Chinese military and face charges of visa fraud. “The arrested scholars, who are in the Chinese military.” China warns it will take Americans hostage if US doesn’t drop charges against Chinese research scientists. China has warned the US it will take Americans hostage if they don’t release detained Chinese research scientists.
’Classified knots’: Researchers create optical framed knots to encode information. In a world first, researchers from the University of Ottawa in collaboration with Israeli scientists have been able to create optical framed knots in the laboratory that could potentially be applied in modern technologies. Their work opens the door to new methods of distributing secret cryptographic keys—used to encrypt and decrypt data, ensure secure communication and protect private information. The group recently published their findings in Nature Communications. “This is fundamentally important, in particular from a topology-focused perspective, since framed knots provide a platform for topological quantum computations,” explained senior author, Professor Ebrahim Karimi, Canada Research Chair in Structured Light at the University of Ottawa. “In addition, we used these non-trivial optical structures as information carriers and developed a security protocol for classical communication where information is encoded within these framed knots.”
Why your kids NEED Starman suits. Children’s Starman suits/SpaceX astronaut suits - available for kids to spark imagination and play for children. [Wizards are made, not born. Always encourage and stroke the genius inside. Start them on the Blue pathway early on. Project Macak. TESLA’S CAT. Nikola Tesla’s favorite childhood companion] was the family’s black cat, Macak. Macak followed young Nikola everywhere, and they spent many happy hours rolling on the grass. It was Macak the cat who introduced Tesla to electricity on a dry winter evening. “As I stroked Macak’s back,” he recalled, “I saw a miracle that made me speechless with amazement. Macak’s back was a sheet of light and my hand produced a shower of sparks loud enough to be heard all over the house.” Curious, he asked his father what caused the sparks. Puzzled at first, [his father] finally answered, “Well, this is nothing but electricity, the same thing you see through the trees in a storm.” His father’s answer, equating the sparks with lightning, fascinated the young boy. As Tesla continued to stroke Macak, he began to wonder, “Is nature a gigantic cat? If so, who strokes its back? It can only be God,” he concluded. - W. Bernard Carlson, Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age. “Is nature a gigantic cat? If so, who strokes its back? It can only be God,” Tesla concluded. What can we learn about parenting through Tesla’s asking about Macak? We can see how replying to a question in a way that inspires a child’s creativity could be what sparks the genius inside. Many parents ignore their kids or consider their kids’ questions annoying. Don’t be that type of person… Most people are not aware that the Nolan brothers paid tribute to Tesla’s cat Macak in the film The Prestige. Watch closely… Teach your kids about Macak. Carry on the tradition. Macak is one of the earliest lessons, Parents and children in the Black World of Technology learn. It’s on the same level as Flight of Dragons. Keep the little Wizards ahead of the curve.
SpaceWatch GL Opinion: Using the Space Domain An Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Perspective. As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch Global and Joint Air Power Competence Centre, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and texts. We are pleased to present “Using the Space Domain An Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Perspective”, originally published in the Joint Air Power Competence Centre Journal 30. In recent years, Space operations have developed into a remarkable field of strategic interest for technologically advanced nations and military activities. In particular, the discussions surrounding Space functions has increased significantly, as has the awareness of the dependence on Space by NATO member countries. It is commonly accepted in the NATO operational environment that Space is a valuable resource, available for military activities and it’s a domain which must be preserved against possible intrusions aimed at preventing and limiting the use of assets on-orbit. One of the highest priorities for NATO is Joint Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (JISR). The importance of JISR was reconfirmed at the 2014 and 2016 Summits held in Newport (Wales) and Warsaw (Poland), respectively, and implemented in exercise Unified Vision in 2018. One of the most important and crucial aspects in NATO operations is to have Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) products that are actionable and verified by combining multiple sources. Among the various sources of intelligence available, some of the most effective means of data collection come from Space, in which ISR assets gather information to support operational commanders at all levels. In the Space domain, the next challenge of ISR is to enhance the awareness of Space-based assets and their limitations, optimizing the coordination among NATO nations and personnel training.
Is it public knowledge in this channel that Covid is neuroinfectious? Alex Dunlap: “Once in the brain, SARS-CoV spread rapidly, causing widespread nerve damage that led to the animals’ death. A few years later the scientists replicated the work with the coronavirus that causes MERS. In both studies, the virus showed a preference for neurons in certain areas, including the brainstem, which is involved in regulating involuntary respiration. And like it its genetic cousin, SARS-CoV-2 also uses ACE2 as a molecular doorway into human cells.” We’ve been citing the long term damage potentials from before the pandemic declaration. Step back in time. Good, just checking. Staggering number of people still don’t know. I’ve studied neuroinfectious disease for a decade. “Glymphatic system. The lymph-like system that removes waste from the brain.” Highly recommend reading Neil Stephenson’s Snow Crash to anyone interested in ancient history related to this particular subject. How does that book relate to this? I read that a decade ago or more. Do you remember them talking about Enki? The book is known for a ~50 page section near the middle that seemingly has little to do with the core plot. I’ll have to go back and re-read. At the time that name would have had no meaning to adhere to. Ohhhh man. I cannot wait to hear how it goes. The book revolves around a historical conflict between a goddess cult and Enki over language itself, and the reassumption of these weapons of control by men in the modern world who have tracked down the historical artifacts from the last conflict. The book revolves around a historical conflict between a goddess cult and Enki over language itself, and the reassumption of these weapons of control by men in the modern world who have tracked down the historical artifacts from the last conflict. I’m pretty sure the Foundation trilogy by Asimov is a metaphor for anti-Diluvean civilization and its eventual return. So who are the humans protected from this in the design of this virus… what part of the population do they want to keep, that won’t be susceptible, is it blood type? A genetic lineage? Do we know? Isn’t there truth to the negative blood type theory about the elite? They themselves (elite, politicians, etc) obviously are protected (antidote?). Frightening to imagine the next few years. What actionable intelligence can we uncover to protect our brains…there must be some way to redirect the virus from the Ace2 receptors…plants, herbs, frequency? We need to figure it out fast. Can’t wait til we learn more about the 9 societies! Really want to know who is who. Who can we trust. This disclosure group rocks! The stuff I linked about zinc and ionophore not only works on corona but would have worked on polio and many other virus. Any human intelligent enough to look at the data and draw their own conclusions. If you’re a sheep who blindly follows the TV - go ahead let Disney (media) run you off a cliff just to sell a story…same as lemmings. I will search for your link, it must not be too far back. No sheep here! Found it fast by searching Ionophore. Now to research and source that… haven’t heard of it yet. Thanks!
TOO MUCH BITCHING AND BICKERING TODAY!!! Read below.
We are here to help each other.
How to answer questions in a helpful way
Your coworker asks you a slightly unclear question. How do you answer? I think asking questions is a skill (see How to ask good questions) and that answering questions in a helpful way is also a skill! Both of them are super useful.
To start out with – sometimes the people asking you questions don’t respect your time, and that sucks. I’m assuming here throughout that that’s not what happening – we’re going to assume that the person asking you questions is a reasonable person who is trying their best to figure something out and that you want to help them out. Everyone I work with is like that and so that’s the world I live in
Here are a few strategies for answering questions in a helpful way!
If they’re not asking clearly, help them clarify
Often beginners don’t ask clear questions, or ask questions that don’t have the necessary information to answer the questions. Here are some strategies you can use to help them clarify.
• Rephrase a more specific question back at them (“Are you asking X?”)
• Ask them for more specific information they didn’t provide (“are you using IPv6?”)
• Ask what prompted their question. For example, sometimes people come into my team’s channel with questions about how our service discovery works. Usually this is because they’re trying to set up/reconfigure a service. In that case it’s helpful to ask “which service are you working with? Can I see the pull request you’re working on?”
A lot of these strategies come from the how to ask good questions post. (though I would never say to someone “oh you need to read this Document On How To Ask Good Questions before asking me a question”)
Figure out what they know already
Before answering a question, it’s very useful to know what the person knows already!
Harold Treen gave me a great example of this:
Someone asked me the other day to explain “Redux Sagas”. Rather than dive in and say “They are like worker threads that listen for actions and let you update the store!” I started figuring out how much they knew about Redux, actions, the store and all these other fundamental concepts. From there it was easier to explain the concept that ties those other concepts together.
Figuring out what your question-asker knows already is important because they may be confused about fundamental concepts (“What’s Redux?”), or they may be an expert who’s getting at a subtle corner case. An answer building on concepts they don’t know is confusing, and an answer that recaps things they know is tedious.
One useful trick for asking what people know – instead of “Do you know X?”, maybe try “How familiar are you with X?”.
Point them to the documentation
“RTFM” is the classic unhelpful answer to a question, but pointing someone to a specific piece of documentation can actually be really helpful! When I’m asking a question, I’d honestly rather be pointed to documentation that actually answers my question, because it’s likely to answer other questions I have too.
I think it’s important here to make sure you’re linking to documentation that actually answers the question, or at least check in afterwards to make sure it helped. Otherwise you can end up with this (pretty common) situation:
• Ali: How do I do X?
• Ali: That doesn’t actually explain how to X, it only explains Y!
If the documentation I’m linking to is very long, I like to point out the specific part of the documentation I’m talking about. The bash man page is 44,000 words (really!), so just saying “it’s in the bash man page” is not that helpful
Point them to a useful search
Often I find things at work by searching for some Specific Keyword that I know will find me the answer. That keyword might not be obvious to a beginner! So saying “this is the search I’d use to find the answer to that question” can be useful. Again, check in afterwards to make sure the search actually gets them the answer they need
Write new documentation
People often come and ask my team the same questions over and over again. This is obviously not the fault of the people (how should they know that 10 people have asked this already, or what the answer is?). So we’re trying to, instead of answering the questions directly,
- Immediately write documentation
- Point the person to the new documentation we just wrote
Writing documentation sometimes takes more time than just answering the question, but it’s often worth it! Writing documentation is especially worth it if:
a. It’s a question which is being asked again and again b. The answer doesn’t change too much over time (if the answer changes every week or month, the documentation will just get out of date and be frustrating)
Explain what you did
As a beginner to a subject, it’s really frustrating to have an exchange like this:
• New person: “hey how do you do X?”
• More Experienced Person: “I did it, it is done.”
• New person: …… but what did you DO?!
If the person asking you is trying to learn how things work, it’s helpful to:
• Walk them through how to accomplish a task instead of doing it yourself
• Tell them the steps for how you got the answer you gave them!
This might take longer than doing it yourself, but it’s a learning opportunity for the person who asked, so that they’ll be better equipped to solve such problems in the future.
Then you can have WAY better exchanges, like this:
• New person: “I’m seeing errors on the site, what’s happening?”
• More Experienced Person: (2 minutes later) “oh that’s because there’s a database failover happening”
• New person: how did you know that??!?!?
• More Experienced Person: “Here’s what I did!”:
- Often these errors are due to Service Y being down. I looked at $PLACE and it said Service Y was up. So that wasn’t it.
- Then I looked at dashboard X, and this part of that dashboard showed there was a database failover happening.
- Then I looked in the logs for the service and it showed errors connecting to the database, here’s what those errors look like.
If you’re explaining how you debugged a problem, it’s useful both to explain how you found out what the problem was, and how you found out what the problem wasn’t. While it might feel good to look like you knew the answer right off the top of your head, it feels even better to help someone improve at learning and diagnosis, and understand the resources available.
Solve the underlying problem
This one is a bit tricky. Sometimes people think they’ve got the right path to a solution, and they just need one more piece of information to implement that solution. But they might not be quite on the right path! For example:
• George: I’m doing X, and I got this error, how do I fix it
• Jasminda: Are you actually trying to do Y? If so, you shouldn’t do X, you should do Z instead
• George: Oh, you’re right!!! Thank you! I will do Z instead.
Jasminda didn’t answer George’s question at all! Instead she guessed that George didn’t actually want to be doing X, and she was right. That is helpful!
It’s possible to do this in a condescending way though, like:
• George: I’m doing X, and I got this error, how do I fix it?
• Jasminda: Don’t do that, you’re trying to do Y and you should do Z to accomplish that instead.
• George: Well, I am not trying to do Y, I actually want to do X because REASONS. How do I do X?
So don’t be condescending, and remember that the person asking may actually want to do X for reasons that you don’t know about! It might be appropriate to answer both the question they asked and the one you think they might need the answer to instead: “Well, if you want to do X then you might try this, but if you’re trying to solve problem Y with that, you might have better luck doing this other thing, and here’s why that’ll work better”.
Ask “Did that answer your question?”
I always like to check in after I think I’ve answered the question and ask “did that answer your question? Do you have more questions?”.
It’s good to pause and wait after asking this because often people need a minute or two to know whether or not they’ve figured out the answer. I especially find this extra “did this answer your questions?” step helpful after writing documentation! Often when writing documentation about something I know well I’ll leave out something very important without realizing it.
Offer to pair program/chat in real life
I work remote, so many of my conversations at work are text-based. I think of that as the default mode of communication.
Today, we live in a world of easy video conferencing & screensharing! At work I can at any time click a button and immediately be in a video call/screensharing session with someone. Some problems are easier to talk about using your voices!
For example, recently someone was asking about capacity planning/autoscaling for their service. I could tell there were a few things we needed to clear up but I wasn’t exactly sure what they were yet. We got on a quick video call and 5 minutes later we’d answered all their questions.
I think especially if someone is really stuck on how to get started on a task, pair programming for a few minutes can really help, and it can be a lot more efficient than email/instant messaging.
Don’t act surprised.
This one’s a rule from the Recurse Center: no feigning surprise. Here’s a relatively common scenario
• Human 1: “what’s the Linux kernel?”
• Human 2: “you don’t know what the LINUX KERNEL is???”
Human 2’s reaction (regardless of whether they’re actually surprised or not) is not very helpful. It mostly just serves to make Human 1 feel bad that they don’t know what the Linux kernel is. I’ve worked on actually pretending not to be surprised even when I actually am a bit surprised the person doesn’t know the thing and it’s awesome. Answering questions well is awesome. Obviously not all these strategies are appropriate all the time, but hopefully you will find some of them helpful! I find taking the time to answer questions and teach people can be really rewarding.
- CANUK78: “I ain’t gonna lie to you, I got a buzz on tonight. USN Lockheed EP-3E ARIES II (AE1D8A) USAF Boeing RC-135W Rivet Joint (AE01CE) USAF Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker (AE07AA). USN Boeing E-6B Mercury IRON99 164407 Oklahoma DIANE5 164387 Maryland TACAMO” MonkeyWerx US: “GTMO 2.0 SITREP- another out of sequence bird making its way to the spa today. wWe have had two of these in the past week!” CTP Watcher: “Moments ago US Navy Boeing E-6B Mercury 164404 as AMAIN97 passed over the Bay Area.” A somewhat busy Sunday night in LA airspace. “Dodgers vs. Braves score: L.A. wins dramatic Game 7 to complete NLCS comeback, advance to World Series.” Makes sense. I have had no time to life lately. Destination UK continues all blue planes and all circled planes and all the planes within the two blue lines. Volume in UK flights is really unbelievable in last 3 days. EAMs per UTC day:
Sim Volk - Prepper Living Group: “Was at grocery store today. Both Nabisco and Pepperidge Farms had reps there. Nabisco told me there’s a nationwide shortage on peanut butter coming. They’ve already stopped making the PB crackers, etc. Pepperidge Farms told me they shut down the individual plants when someone sneezes, they send everyone home for the day and completely sanitize it all. Regardless if they have a mask on when it happens (further proof they don’t work). I was trying to get pretzel fish. Bottom line get it now if you can find it and need it. The next 6-9 months are gonna be interesting.”
“Carver Peanut Products. List of Products Made From Peanut By George Washington Carver.” “List of Peanut Products.”
Ok starting Shortages Report. Draw a hypothesis with the Intel for the next 6 months. Stop thinking like a civilian. Think like a Hedge Fund Manager, Quant and Intelligence Officer.
“How Peanut Butter and Butterflies Were Hit By The Pandemic. Very different under normal conditions, peanut butter and butterflies become rather similar during a coronavirus lockdown.”
“Is Walmart Prepping For Post Election Food Shortages Pandemic Surge Second Wave? Are grocery stores stockpiling food and holding it back for election chaos?”
“Tesco chairman warns of short-term food shortages after Brexit. In an interview with Bloomberg Television on Friday, John Allan said 'there may be some things we have to learn to do without for a few weeks, possibly a few months.’”
“In the event of a no-deal Brexit, shoppers will, literally, pay a heavy price. Imported food and drink from the EU will face eye-watering tariffs averaging 18%, kick-starting price rises. At the same time, border delays and disruption will bring further costs which will not be subsumed by industry. A no-deal outcome is bad for food and drink businesses, bad for food security, and bad for every household in Great Britain.”
“Don’t let virus trigger food shortage: PM. Stressing the importance of ensuring food security for all, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday said the people of Bangladesh must not suffer from food scarcity as a fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic, report agencies. “In this Covid-19 pandemic, we faced a cyclone, floods and other [problems], we’ve to live this way. But we’ve to ensure food security so that each and every person gets food at his or her home.” The Prime Minister said this while speaking at an international seminar marking the World Food Day. “Our country is very small in terms of its land size while our current population is 165 million. The most important thing is to ensure food security for such a huge population,” she said while inaugurating the seminar.”
“Isiolo and WFP partner to eradicate child malnutrition - People Daily. Isiolo County Government has partnered with the World Food Programme (WFP) to reduce acute child malnutrition and increase food security. Kenya: Isiolo County Government has partnered with the World Food Programme (WFP) to reduce acute child malnutrition and increase food security in the semi-arid region. The programme that initially targets the most hit regions is geared towards implementing sustainable nutritious food systems.”
“Access to safe food critical part of COVID-19 response — Green. Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Floyd Green, has called on the country’s farmers to ramp up production in order to ensure the country’s food security, particularly in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The minister, who was delivering the keynote address at a digital ceremony to mark World Food Day today, said that maintaining access to safe and nutritious food “must be a critical part of our response to this pandemic”. “This is the time for not only expanding production of our current crops but also for crop diversification. With the impact of climate change, we must also seek to plant more drought-resistant varieties,” he noted.”
“Slow recovery ahead for agri-food sector. Canada’s recent September job market data is reassuring, overall. But for the agri-food sector, the reality is quite different. Overall, employment in the country increased in September, creating 378,000 jobs, the majority of which were full time. This increase in September brought total employment to 720,000, shy of the level we had before the pandemic. Obviously, children being back to school has helped bring some normalcy to our lives. For the economy, that’s very encouraging. The agricultural sector, however, is hiring far fewer people than at this time last year. There are 17,000 fewer jobs than in September 2019. An anemic food manufacturing sector may mean that some products will be out of stock from time to time, especially at the meat counter. And the situation could get worse. Raising wages to make the sector more attractive is one option. With industry going it alone, that could add to the pressure that retail prices are under, at the risk of raising the price of food.”
UK: “Rishi Sunak warned public sector’s food supply at risk. Companies providing food for care homes, schools, hospitals and prisons call for government support.”
“4 Week Emergency Food Supply. Ready Hour 4-Week Emergency Food Supply Ready Hour 4-Week Emergency Food Supply provides you with 284 servings of breakfasts, lunches, dinners, desserts, drinks, and snacks. Lasts up to 25 years in optimal storage conditions.”
“To prevent shortages, grocery chains, food brands prep for months ahead - Bizwomen. But we’re still seeing empty shelves.”
“Grocers Stockpile, Build ‘Pandemic Pallets’ Ahead of Winter. Grocery stores and food companies are preparing for a possible surge in sales amid a new rise in Covid-19 cases and the impending holiday rush.”
“There’s a Mason jar shortage right now — here’s how to pickle without them. Mason jars may seem like the only vessels for those sour snacks, but fortunately, they’re not.”
“The pandemic is keeping peanut farmers busy. Peanut consumption is at an all-time high.”
“Coronavirus: German minister warns against new wave of panic buying. Supermarkets raised flags about a spike in demand for goods like toilet paper, which saw severe shortages in lockdown. Germany’s Agriculture Minister said hoarding was not just “illogical” but also “lacks solidarity.” Supermarkets raised flags about a spike in demand for goods like toilet paper, which saw severe shortages in lockdown. Germany’s Agriculture Minister said hoarding was not just “illogical” but also “lacks solidarity.” The agriculture minister spoke specifically about hamsterkauf, a German term that defines panic buying and became one of the symbols of the pandemic lockdown experience in Germany. “Whoever is hoarding is not only acting illogically, but lacking solidarity. And in the end, many of these goods end up in the garbage can,” Klöckner said. Her comments come as large supermarket chains such as Aldi and Edeka reported a sharp rising demand for certain products, a pattern similar to what happened in March in the lead-up to lockdown measures being imposed.”
“Canadian municipalities gain access to Mitacs funding, talent, and solutions. Specialized knowledge and skills to advance innovation, policy, and local projects. Thanks to the Government of Canada and the provincial and territorial governments, municipalities can now partner with Mitacs, a not-for-profit organization that fosters growth and innovation by solving organizational challenges with research solutions from colleges and universities. Through Mitacs internship programs, municipalities can access a range of research expertise from Canada’s postsecondary institutions. Mitacs interns — ranging from college and polytechnic students, university undergraduate and graduate students, to postdoctoral fellows — can help municipalities address a broad range of challenges from infrastructure renewal including waterways and roads, to agricultural and food supply issues, to the unprecedented challenges emanating from the COVID-19 pandemic. Mitacs recognizes the crucial role that municipalities play in generating social and economic benefits to Canada, by providing critical services to citizens, building sustainable infrastructure, developing local solutions to serious global issues like climate change, and ensuring that economic growth is inclusive and meaningful. For example, in Ontario, Bruce Power and the Town of Saugeen Shores needed help understanding the implications of the unique labour market dynamics of a rural region in transition. Along with Mitacs support, they conducted a case study of the area to better understand how businesses and community leadership can better address the challenges and opportunities emerging from changing demographics and leading to enhanced economic development.” [This is what I was told about McKinsey trends earlier. Buying panic will approach similar to March.]
“Food security: Lagos seeks stakeholders’, investors’ collaboration. The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has called on stakeholders and private investors to join hands with the state government to boost food production and ensure food security.”
“One in seven Canadians is experiencing food insecurity during COVID-19, and its toll is heavier than hunger: report. Rooted in poverty, food insecurity impacts health, severs relationships, impinges on happiness and self-worth, and chips away at employment opportunities.”
“Pope repeats call to divert funds from military to fighting hunger. Repeating a call first made by St. Paul VI, Pope Francis urged a global move to divert money from national military spending and use it to “definitely defeat hunger.”
Silvio Tattisconie: “Lidl and Aldi Chairmen say you’re talking nonsense and scaremongering. Calais and Dover ports both say there will be a seamless transition and if memory serves me right cross channel food has been treated as if we’ve already left the EU, since May.”
“Supermarket chains write employee confirmations: is lockdown coming? A reader turned to Wochenblick with an interesting document: The REWE retail chain is said to have distributed confirmations to its employees on Saturday. They can use them to identify themselves to the authorities as workers in the critical infrastructure. The first lockdown began on March 16 in Austria. We received the document on Saturday from an employee of a Lower Austrian branch and have no doubt as to its authenticity. A corresponding request was also sent to the company, but an answer can only be assumed on the next working day. For tomorrow, Monday, Federal Chancellor Kurz has already announced that he will make an announcement. Rumors of a second lockdown have been making the rounds for over a month.”
“It is obviously starting again: Aldi and Edeka are reporting on increasing demand for certain products. Photos of empty shelves pop up. Agriculture Minister Klöckner says there is no reason to hoard. And agriculture minister Julia Klöckner (CDU) appeals to consumers not to buy larger quantities than usual despite the increasing number of corona infections. "There is no reason to hoard.”
“New hoarding from Aldi and Lidl: Germans stock up on toilet paper again. The corona infection numbers are rising again - and with them the sales figures for toilet paper at the discounters Aldi and Lidl. “In some regions and branches we are seeing a slight increase in demand for our hygiene range,” Lidl explained to “Wirtschaftswoche”. Aldi Süd also confirms: “We are currently seeing a slight increase in demand for individual products, including toilet paper, in our branches for the first time.”
Seyman Ak: “Toilet paper all shops sold out to almost sold out yesterday.”
“The supermarkets are fueling business with such attacks. Seen at the local ALDI. Rough translation: “Dear customers. In order to achieve a solidarity and supply for the general public, we have decided to introduce a sales limit (per customer) for the following articles. 5 x food (per type). Sugar / flour / rice / noodles, etc. We are sure to have an under-utilization. Your Aldi Süd team.” ["We are sure to have your support for that.”]
Christopher Jackson: “The 50 m-long queues to buy even remotely strong booze in Norway on a Saturday afternoon always make me laugh.”
Angeline Huck: “Americans don’t panic, he panicked…" Joe Biden I respectfully beg to differ sir.”
“Panic-buying returns to supermarkets as KL, Selangor enter second lockdown. It’s a COVID-Deja vu in Malaysia. This article, In pictures: Panic-buying returns to supermarkets as KL, Selangor enter second lockdown, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.”
Bakersbasco: “Bakers Basco GM warns the general public to ‘use one’s loaf’ and avoid panic buying as the possibility of a second nationwide UK lockdown hangs in the balance, to ensure demand doesn’t outstrip supply.”
Christian @ Ice Age Farmer: “Reports from all over the country from RURAL grocers of empty shelves–particularly of animal products. (Priority is given to urban grocers to manage perception of as many people as possible). What are you seeing?”
Umoja News: “Premium tears as empty shelves, empty halls devoid of clients adorn Tuskys Supermarket Buruburu branch. This is an end to an era.”
NewsBlog | breaking: “The second wave of coronavirus hits also Belgium. Grocery store shelves getting more and more empty. People start to stock up on toilet paper AGAIN.”
Mike: “While Whole Foods 365 brand spice shelves sit empty, I know a spice company that caters to restaurants and institutions could help keep those shelves stocked.”
“Jars shortage (none available, shelves have toilet paper instead) in OR, “People must be doing a lot of canning,” says store employee.”
“Crunchy peanut butter with flax and chia seeds shortage.”
“Depression-era foods that are weirdly making a comeback. Foods that were once popular in the Great Depression are making a comeback in 2020, as bare shelves and panic buying have made people get creative in the kitchen.”
“COVID-19 Poses Unique Challenges For Cotton And Peanut Industry. The effects of the coronavirus across the state are far reaching. Even if worldwide coronavirus cases decline, a vaccine is accessible and the world returns to normal, Brooks said it could take years for the cotton and peanut industry to recover.”
“‘A little bit of a challenge’: Baltimore-area breweries scramble for cans amid nationwide shortage.”
“Syrup Sandwiches and Powdered Eggs in the Time of Coronavirus. A writer reflects on the food she survived on as a kid during hard economic times.”
“Grocery Stores Are Preparing for Shortages of These Holiday Foods. If there’s one thing that could increase the already existing risk of grocery shortages this fall, it’s the holiday rush.”
“Experts Say Stock Up on These Products Before Fall + Winter. Are you still having issues finding certain products that disappeared when COVID-19 took over?”
“How Food Festival Organizers Are Creatively Pivoting in the Midst of a Pandemic. From drive-in theaters to virtual cooking classes, here’s how festivals are adapting.”
“From peanut butter to applesauce, Washington state stockpiles tons of food for the need ahead.”
“Pantries help keep Virginia families from hunger in pandemic.”
“The Supply Chain is Broken and Food Shortages Are HERE. Countries all over the world are experiencing supply chain problems. Food shortages are coming and there’s not much time left to prepare.”
“Stock up on Halloween candy before some tragedy makes that difficult. I’m not trying to be sensationalist here. I don’t have any secret inside information, and I don’t know for sure that there’s going to be a candy-related tragedy that siphons this last bit of joy right the heck out of this year.”
If peanut butter is being diverted to Halloween candy for the season, it adds to the potential for shortage. The same peanuts are being used to make both. The peanuts may have been diverted depending upon the contracts the plants and distributors have in place. Still need peanuts to make it regardless of how much sugar you’re adding, especially in industrial quantities. Note that peanuts are used in the process to create quinine… which is both in tonic water and also used as a precursor to hydroxychloroquine… Good eye!! We’re not relying on experts. We’re relying on our own analyses. So we’re practicing doing that. We want to know what the normies are being told because it shows us what they might not be told. What do you see when you look at all of these articles together? Where are the holes? What’s being left out? What doesn’t match up? Yes, the word “expert” is used to garner authority. But we know that already. What else? Two of our Walmarts have 7 to 10 shipping containers along the back and side of their store. When I did a pickup order, the guy kind of stuttered and said they were doing remodeling. The other employee wouldn’t even make eye contact. My son whispered… sssssoundssss suspicious. And HE thinks I’m crazy. Something is up. Maybe it’s just renovation. Maybe they are preparing for what’s to come. Why start renovation right at the holiday rush? This is what I notice at my stores being in shorter supply: Canned meat, Ramen noodles, Pasta Sauce, Flour, Rice. And specialty flavors on things. I buy Crystal Light iced tea lemon decaffeinated. Always stocked. Now never. Some soda flavors. Some rice dish flavors. I think we are going to notice the shortages hit this area first. Not so noticeable. Here and there. Then boom. NO rice. No soup. Etc. Just like before. Peanut butter is a huge protein source. People can survive on just 2 to 3 tablespoons a day. It’s our backup source when the canned meat is gone. A peanut butter shortage is a BIG deal. I think you’re right - no way they’re renovating prior to a rush that’s supposed to coincide with a “twindemic.” So, what do you think the story is with the shipping containers? I think they are stocking up on the items that disappeared with the first quarantine. Things that can be outside. I think they moved their softlines out there along with bikes, toys, surplus etc to make room for grocery. I went inside and I don’t see that anything has changed. This jives with the Fort Toilet Paper Costco image we saw earlier for sure. They probably don’t want to get caught at a loss for a second time. I’m not noticing a shortage on much of anything any more in my area other than cleaning supplies… It was slow over here. Flavors of things/selection, then ramen, then canned meats. No shortage in UK but we are being told in media that we are gonna get it after Brexit. The flavors that don’t sell as well are being shelved in favor of the ones that do, especially if it’s in an aluminum can. Coke zero was short for a bit. Then Diet Dr Pepper. I know soda is trash, but it stops me from moiderrr! lol. My lack of shortage could possibly be due to being at a major shipping hub for the US. Ohhh yes that might be it. Will.also help when trucks cant get through to other areas and states like we saw here in the U.S with the first round. Especially in areas with civil unrest. New York City was a biggie. My local Walmart has an additional 12 shipping containers on the side. So much renovation. I asked staff. No renovation ongoing or planned. I’m going to the store later, I’ll update from my neck of the woods. Lately things have been well stocked for the most part, noticeable shortages on TP and paper towels, and hand soap is becoming extremely difficult to find again. Bar soap is abundant but liquid is scarce. Very noticeable decline in the availability of generic OTC meds. Also one thing that stands out to me is that our choices are slowly being reduced (in the grocery store as in life).
I am seeing a lot of discontinued and close-out merchandise that is specific to a certain brand, flavor, color, scent etc. I am finding this with everything from tea, seasoning blends, deodorant, laundry detergent etc. Stores are shifting to less variety so they can fill the demand for the most popular items. Manufacturers are responding in like kind and many are only selling certain scents, flavors, sizes etc to certain stores or locations; others are discontinuing the “underperforming sales” products completely.
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Hey all. I just wanted to give you all a heads up to be ever vigilant, and actually, ramp it up a notch or two as we approach the election in the US.
As I predicted - hell, as anyone with common sense, eyeballs and a semi-functioning brain could have guessed, the whitewashing of criminal activity and condemnation of the police and law and order in general has led to an uptick in crime. Repeat offenders have been emboldened to commit crime without fear of repercussions.
I had an up close encounter with a particularly brazen one of these individuals last night, and things got pretty ugly.
First of all, I am ok, so is my partner. But things could have easily taken a terrible turn. There were several frantic moments there when I didn’t know where he was and what was happening.
As I stood there on the phone with overtaxed and now defunded police department clutching a knife in one hand and a cast iron frying pan in the other (I don’t know what to say folks, I suspect that the spirit of grandmother may have taken over my body; she was sweet and wonderful and the center of my universe, but she could knock a pair of nunchacku out of Bruce Lee’s hands wielding nothing but a wet dish towel and a scowl. Love you Gramma! Thanks for having my back.) it occurred to me how badly I failed at SHTF intruder alert simulation. I literally pulled horror mistake number 1 - I asked what’s that sound? And then 2) rushed out, unarmed to investigate “that sound”. I mean I might as well have went back to the car to get more marshmallows so we could offer smores to the campfire serial killer.
Better sense caught up to me before I went through the next door to the outer lobby, but the intruder stepped through it instead, and there we were doing this surreal “freeze, assess, avoid, apprehend” dance.
I had walked practically right out front door and into the intruder (who I believe to be the same one who broke in the other day and destroyed our mailboxes, presumably looking to steal election ballots that were sent out the day before.
He had a tool belt around his waist with a fucking power drill and with the cord wrapped up in an coil. I just stood there and make an good long mental note, he walked around me with his head down. B appeared in the hallway and demanded to know who he was here to see. The perp headed straight for the back stairwell (he knew where he was going). He asked again and he said “uh Jason”. There is no Jason here. He followed him out then went to get his phone and the guy circled back around. I was frantically calling 911 and digging my keys and knife out of my purse, then grabbed the cast iron frying pan and stood there waiting praying for B to come back safely. B took the perpetrator’s picture and he didn’t like that very much - he wielded some foot long spiked metal object at him and put a hole straight through the hood of B’s car, as well as a giant, deep scratch. B pursued him and chased the thief off, but now I’m worried about him coming back with some of his lowlife fiendish friends. We discovered afterwards that he had broken into our storage unit and taken some things.
That is it. We are officially done. Over it. I’m going to create a go fund me page later and head to the pawn shop with everything I own that I might be able to get any amount of money for. We’re getting the hell out of the city. But I’m getting a firearm for protection until we are able to put a whole lot of pavement between here and wherever there ends up being.
I am counting my blessings that B and I are both safe, and I know it very easily could have ended differently.
I’m glad you are okay
Thank you, I am too.
This happened last night?
Relieved. You are both alive. You are both physically ok, but emotionally shook.
Sense of humor is intact - albeit gallows humor, that’s a good sign.
So, what happens next? How are you going to prepare to extricate yourselves from the situation? How do you protect yourselves in the meantime in a city with defunded police?
And please promise me neither of you will ever again snap a photo of the perp. No actions that could be perceived by an already unstable person as warranting retribution. We want you safe. That means laying low and remaining inconspicous.
Glad you’re ok. Sending my love.
Sounds like bologna.
Yes just before midnight
I disagree. They understand that means accountability.
Put it on livestream. Get a camera.
Inconspicuously, yes. Security cameras, yes. Snapping a pic with your cell phone, no. That alerts the person they were filmed.
He responded to being photographed by spiking the hood of their car. He could have attacked B. Not good.
Exactly. I have your face now. If you come back again and now we both know you aren’t supposed to be here.
He’s already committed crime and damaging property. He likely would have done it for fun anyway
If I was making it up, wouldn’t I have footswept the guy and hogtied him with a pair of leggings and made him listen to Justin Bieber until the cops arrived?