Bits & Bytes

2020_03 17 God the author

2020_03 17 Trump's spine

TRUMP ECONOMY: I love having this ultra-savvy businessman in the Oval Office – Saudi Arabia just dropped the price of their oil to a market-crushing $20 per barrel. One might suspect they hoped to capitalize on the stress the Wuhan Coronavirus was putting on our stock market and/or put U.S. oil companies out of business.

Trump responded by green-lighting a massive buy up of super cheap oil to replenish our Strategic Petroleum Reserve, the world’s largest supply of emergency crude oil that exists to protect the U.S. in the event of disruptions/shortages in oil supplies.

The federally-owned oil stocks are stored in huge underground salt caverns at four sites along the coastline of the Gulf of Mexico. The sheer size of the SPR (more than 700 million barrels) makes it a significant deterrent to oil import cutoffs and a key tool in foreign policy.

In 2011, then-President Obama sold off 30 million barrels of the Reserve to artificially lower gasoline prices. It was widely seen as a strictly political move; in 2012, he threatened to do it again.

The Strategic Petroleum Reserve is specifically intended only as an emergency supply. The United States created it in 1975 to mitigate future supply disruptions after oil supplies were interrupted during the 1973–1974 oil embargo.  Only a Democrat slime ball like Barack Obama would call “voters are bitching about the price at the pumps” a “national emergency.”

But you know what are national emergencies? Having the Saudis trying to crash our economy and having less than 727 million barrels of crude in those salt mines. But Trump, being Trump, killed both those birds with one national emergency declaration.


2020_03 17 Ben Carson lottery

CHINA: At first, the head honchos in the Chinese Communist regime ignored the severity of the viral outbreak that began in Wuhan in October 2019.Then they pushed out falsely positive news stories about how well they were handling it. When the world became aware of what had really been going on, they claimed that their valiant efforts at combating the epidemic bought the world community time to prepare. Now they’re saying the virus originated in the United States!

Personally, I wouldn’t trust them to give me the correct time of day. U.S. national security adviser Robert O’Brien said that, far from being the savior of the world, the regime’s delayed reaction and deception “probably cost the world two months when it could have been preparing for the outbreak.”

It is well-documented that the Party prevented discussion of the outbreak that occurred as early as October of 2019, arrested medical professionals who tried to sound the alarm to the country, censored internet traffic about it, and delayed deploying preventative measures by weeks and months. All of these failures by the Party leadership enabled an outbreak that was eminently containable to rapidly rise to a nationwide epidemic and eventually to where we are now, in a global pandemic. Again, that timeline is documented.”

In other news, the pandemic has hastened U.S. companies’ efforts to “decouple” their supply chains and operations from China, something they were already doing amid the U.S.–China trade war. This is a relief to me. I’ve been disgusted with Chinese products for years and, frankly, it scared me to learn that a huge percentage of our our drug supply depend on them.

2020_03 17 virus obama v trump

WUHAN CORONAVIRUS: Good news from Friday, County, Maryland – The first three individuals in the state who tested positive have fully recovered.

The patients, a married couple in their 70s and another woman in her 50s, contracted the disease while traveling on an Egyptian Nile River cruise.

BRAIN DAMAGED: Or possibly raised in the wild by a pack of butt-licking wolvesEither way, this idiotic stunt proves nothing whatsoever. Wuhan Coronavirus has a long incubation period.

Remember the idiot basketball player who went around touching all the reporters’ microphones because he thought the six foot rule was stupid? He tested positive a few days later.

These two are the kinds of people who think socialism is good, Trump is evil, UFOs are real, and the moon landings were faked.

BRAIN DAMAGED: The Senior Edition [1:54]This would be funny, except it’s not.

2020_03 17 flynn

MICHAEL FLYNN: Flynn was accused of lying to the FBI, but the original 302 (notes from the interview in question) are missing.

Flynn’s lawyer says the version used to railroad Flynn were altered to give anti-Trumpers an excuse to remove a man that threatened them.

2020_03 17 argentina

ARGENTINA: Because a pro-life doctor refused to perform an abortion, a two-year-old boy is alive and well – But the doctor has received a 14-month suspended prison sentence, plus a 28-months suspension from all public appointments. The court’s decision referenced a women’s personal right to “autonomy,” a need to judge the case according to “gender perspective,” and “obstetrical violence.”

Doctors who performed illegal abortions used to be punished for murdering the unborn. Now doctors who refuse to murder the unborn are punished for protecting their lives.

May God have mercy on us.

2020_03 17 astronomy

ASTRONOMY: Astronomers have been studying the 400+ multi-planet solar systems we now know about and one of them has found that all the planets in a single system are of a similar size.

This is wildly different from our own solar system where planets range from Mercury (less than half the radius of Earth) to Jupiter (more than ten times the radius of Earth).

2020_03 17 narcissist

EXTREME NARCISSISM: Genetic testing has revealed that a Dutch fertility doctor used his own semen to inseminate his patients, rather than the semen of his patients’ husbands. In the three years since the scandal first broke, 61 of his offspring have been identified.

It is feared the man may have fathered hundreds during his career, which spanned nearly 40 years. He is also thought to have fathered at least 22 children the old fashioned way. In addition, he is known to have provided vials of semen to other fertility doctors, which may have contained his own semen.

2020_03 17 fraud

ANTIQUITIES FRAUD: Independent researchers hired by the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C., have determined that the museum’s “Dead Sea Scroll” fragments are all forgeries.

The new findings don’t cast doubt on the 100,000 real Dead Sea Scroll fragments, most of which lie in the Shrine of the Book, part of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem.

The D.C. museum’s collection of 16 fragments were part of about 70 snippets that entered the antiquities market in the 2000s. Some scholars have long questioned their authenticity, hence the independent study by Art Fraud Insights.

2020_03 17 grammy

GRAMMY NOTES: I saw a free pattern making site mentioned on my crochet board. Just for kicks, I uploaded a 1982 photo of Mama Buzz. It took about 2 minutes total to make a pattern I could use for crochet, beading, cross stitch, or needlepoint. 🙂

2020_03 17 tp tree

2020_03 17 tp poison ivy


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8 responses to “Bits & Bytes

  1. freedom1781

    I LOVE the last graphic!! My family is one of the unfortunate ones that was unable to buy toilet paper, we’ve had to use Kleenex which surprisingly is still on the shelves at our local dollar store. Toilet paper, bottled water and soap are nowhere to be found anywhere.

    It is unbelievable how people have been so crazy with this virus. Social distancing is smart but hoarding tp and such is stupid.

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  2. Leaves of five (poison oak) are also to be avoided! And it’s not ‘country folk’ who need this instruction. It’s the urbanites when they run out of Charmin.

    Re “Dutch fertility doctor”: But I’m a doctor! You can trust me! Ew. Ugh.

    Interesting about other solar systems. If a system had several worlds in the livable zone, there could be true separate alien races in a single system. (Not isolated by light-years as our solar system is from others.)

    If the universe has other mortal children than just our cozy little globe’s.

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    • chrissythehyphenated

      I’ve got this wonderful DVD called Privileged Planet that explores some of the myriad of reasons that Earth is able to host life. One that came to mind when I read that article is that the humongous size of the outer planets, particularly Jupiter, plus our unusually big moon, are important in protecting us from extinction level comet strikes.

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      • SciShow Space just did an episode titled “Jupiter Is a Jerk… and Also Our Friend” – heh. Isn’t everything in nature like that?
        Hostess Caitlin Hofmeister is a bit… peppy, but the science is interesting.


        • chrissythehyphenated

          Yikes, peppy indeed. But interesting!

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          • ‘peppy indeed’ – heh, yeah. At least she’s smiling a lot.

            Quirks of their presenters is just one of the ‘speed bumps’ of the SciShows that one must put up with to glean the info, which is usually pretty good (or why watch it!?!).

            Caitlin is kind-of new to the Space show, so her manner may mellow out in time. The other gal, Olivia, has her distracting frantic hand-waving, uptalk, and vocal fry (which have all improved), piercings and tats (which have not improved). The guys come across as more casual. (The camera is more demanding of women, as is life.)

            T’other day, talking about reaching into the photo to straighten the picture on the wall? Similarly, I feel like a grammaw sometimes watching these kids (and others on camera). Why didn’t anybody straighten your collar before you got in front of the camera? The SciShow guys don’t wear ties, but many of those who do, I just want to tighten them up and straighten them out. Don’t they have folks paid to look at you before you go on camera? (Licking my hand and slicking down some rebellious tuft of Hank’s hair.) Honey, no, you’re not wearing that blouse! Guys, please, no half-hidden t-shirts with sayings you can’t read.

            One doesn’t have to be formal to just not look sloppy. For Heaven’s sake, how you look today is going to be seen for the rest of the life of the Internet.

            Where do I pay my rant for you letting me rent today?