Bits & Bytes

2020_05 09 Jesus

2020_05 09 schiff fan

RUSSIAN COLLUSION: Fox News reports that Rep. Adam Schiff is in panic mode. Remember back when Schiff’s Intelligence Committee was interviewing people not just behind closed doors, but inside a SCIF room?

SCIFs (Sensitive Compartmented Information Facilities) are accredited areas, room(s) or building(s) where classified stuff is stored, used, processed or discussed.

2020_05 09 shifty

Remember how he would leak information from these interviews to the press, including that he claimed they had PROOF that Trump had colluded with Russia?

And remember how the umpteen-million-dollar Mueller investigation found NO EVIDENCE that Trump had colluded with Russia?

In September 2018, the committee voted in “unanimous and bipartisan fashion” to release all 53 of the interview transcripts as soon as they had been checked for sensitive information and redacted where necessary to protect national security.

They’re ready now to be released. But Schiff still doesn’t want to release them. He’s trying to claim that the redactions can’t be trusted because Acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, is a Trump hack.

2020_05 09 pencil neck

Yeah, no. According to intelligence officials, the redaction process was conducted by career intelligence officials under both former directors Dan Coates and Joseph Maguire.

IOW, Grennell had nothing to do with it. Therefore, his political bent is immaterial.

Senior administration and intelligence community officials told Fox News on Wednesday that the transcripts, which they have seen, show NO evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 election.

IOW, when Schiff “leaked” to the press that he had PROOF, he was just flat out lying his lying face off.

TEXAS: Texas Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw weighs in on the salon owner jailed for opening her shop. [10:28] – “These so-called leaders and these so-called judges, they need to take a civics lesson. … I’m all for the guidelines. But the government needs to use the lightest touch possible.”

2020_05 09 minnesota

MINNESOTA: Milan Dennie, the owner of King Milan’s Barber Shop in St. Paul said he initially complied with the governor’s Coronavirus lockdown order and temporarily closed his business.

However, the twice-extended shutdown left Dennie “starving” so he attempted to reopen his business.

During the shut down, Dennie handed out 2,000 rolls of toilet paper and 1,000 containers of soap.

He also runs a non-profit to give haircuts to underprivileged youth in the Twin Cities.

But now that he’s forced to go back to work, he’s facing a $25,000 fine.

I’m not trying to be disrespectful in any way to his rules or laws, but it’s unfair …  If we don’t start back working, we’re going to lose what we, you know, put everything into.”

2020_05 09 Arizona

ARIZONA: [2:44] – Click to hear an Arizona sheriff who says he will not enforce lock down orders, because they are unconstitutional.

I will not make criminals who are just trying to earn a living.” – Mohave County Sheriff Doug Schuster

Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb has also said he will not hand out fines, citations or arrest people who disobey the governor’s mandate.

Mohave and Pinal Counties are both very rural areas. Maricopa County, the most densely populated, has had 5,138 cases. Pinal has had 497. Mohave has had 150.

2020_05 09 stupid meme

STUPID MEMES: The money angle is ridiculous. NYC hospitals didn’t go out and infect people so they could have patients! Sheesh.

As for the disparity, my guess would be that it’s due to the vast cultural differences between Tokyo and New York City.

Tokyo is predominantly Japanese, a people who are very compliant and orderly people by nature and whose culture allows zero room for non-conformity. In addition, they are already accustomed to wearing masks in public to prevent the spread of germs.

I have a friend who has lived in both Germany and Japan. He and I were at a drug store that had several registers open. People were kind of milling around and just winging it about who was next when a register opened up. Everyone was being courteous, so I didn’t think anything of it.

My friend looked around and said, “This would NEVER happen in Japan or Germany.”


This messy non-line thing. In Japan, everyone would automatically line themselves up into separate, tidy lines at each register.

“And if this happened in Germany, somebody would be organizing everyone to get into separate lines!” LOL

By contrast, NYC is the most diverse city on the planet. And most, if not all, of the people there either left their birth nations or are descended from people who did.

IOW, the New York culture is not only diverse in every way, but also made up of people who value individual liberty over everything else.

CHINA: [7:41] – Gina Shakespeare reports on how badly the ChiCom’s policies are backfiring.

2020_05 08 snow

GRAMMY NOTES: We are having the weirdest spring! It’s like the weather can’t quite let go of winter. We get a few nice days, then more snow. Today, the lawn guy came in the morning, then this happened in the afternoon!

Our neighbor (photo) has been putting her lighted tree out every time we get another weird snowfall. LOL

MOTHERHOOD SUCKS: [1:26] – Women can do ANYTHING … unless they have a baby.

2020_05 09 Noah's ordeal


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8 responses to “Bits & Bytes

  1. I don’t think anyone was implying that hospitals went out infecting people in order to drum up business. However, American hospitals DO have a strong incentive to attribute any deaths that do occur to Covid-19 (more $$$ from Medicare) and American doctors are under tremendous pressure to blame every death possible on Covid-19. You might be 89 years old and suffering from asthma, emphysema, and COPD, but if it turns out you were exposed to your grandchild who tested positive for Covid-19, your death will be chalked up to Covid-19. I don’t think this is the case in Tokyo, which is one reason their Covid death rate appears a lot lower than ours.

    Also, I’d be willing to bet that the public transportation in Tokyo is a lot cleaner than public transportation in NYC. Japanese people are famous for their cleanliness. New Yorkers are not.


    • chrissythehyphenated

      I thought the maker of that graphic was strongly implying that the majority of COVID deaths were somehow due to the shut down and greed.

      And I can’t give much of a toot about the American death rate getting inflated slightly, because there’s money in a COVID diagnosis. Some of those with co-morbid conditions might still be living with those conditions if they hadn’t caught it. Any that are slimey extras can’t possibly account for more than a small percent.


      • I’m not going to speculate as to the motives of the person who made the graphic, but there is overwhelming evidence from across the country (not just NYC) that the number of deaths attributable Covid-19 is grossly inflated.

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        • chrissythehyphenated

          Did you see the link I posted about this? It is the only article I’ve seen that talks about it. It just seems really weird to me that anyone would want to inflate DEATH rates, you know?! Is it just about Medicaid and Medicare money?

          On the other end of the spectrum is the semi-hysterical stuff I’ve seen about the infection rate, which is going down as they find more people who had the virus without getting sick at all or enough to see a doctor.

          I just get so ANNOYED by the hyper-politicization of all of this. We had to close down. We didn’t have to close down. Dr. Fauci is evil. Yada yada yada. Hasn’t the whole damn thing been HARD ENOUGH without all this SHRIEKING?

          I just want data. Actual facts that we can use to make real life decisions. Dammit.


          • I did read the article you linked. I’ve read dozens of articles on the subject. Without going all conspiracy-theory on you, I’ll just point out that there are excellent reasons for inflating the number of deaths from Covid-19. How else do you keep people sufficiently afraid that they will continue to submit meekly to the lockdown? How else do you ensure that the economy stays shut down? This is an election year, after all.

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  2. Like on bluebird.

    Same in N. Texas – the weather can’t quite let go of Winter. We get a couple of nice days, then more cold. And every year Winter seems longer.

    Not looking up the scientific terms, so bare with me: Sun is in minimum, the tilt of the Earth’s axis is shifting, and poles are migrating. All are typically normal in the grand design. The Earth has been a snow globe before. All the more reason not to worry about pumping CO2 into our atmosphere; it’s probably part of the foreseen divine plan.

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