California’s North Complex Fire Update

Juan Browne of the Blancoliro channel has an update. Fatal California Wildfire- ‘North’ fire-West Butte Co. California 12 Sept. A link to Cal Fire’s official update is after the video below.

If you’re in the path of one of these wind-driven fire events, out west here, and you’re waiting for official word, from officials, to evacuate, you’ve waited too long; you’ve put your life on the line. You’ve got to get out early. You’ve got to remain vigilant.

A couple of issues have been noted.

The mainstream media are busy being idiots, clogging roads looking for “dramatic pictures” and just getting in the way. (Color my shocked) Meanwhile what they aren’t doing is getting out reliable information in a timely fashion.

The state – it IS California – had decided to rely on a bunch of bits of high-tech to notify people of evacuation orders. Well that tech is failing in the face of a natural disaster, and PG&E’s preemptive shut down of electric power.

You can find the Cal Fire info at this link.

News Flash: Money Can’t Buy Happiness

I’m shocked to learn this. Actually, I’m only shocked at how insane the WaPo has become. For black men, higher education and incomes don’t lower risks of depression, researchers say. And where would we be without “studies?”

Some headlines are so stupid, you have to click on them, even if they do take you to the Washington Post.

I haven’t looked at the underlying studies, because I usually start screaming about something they’ve done with statistics, or an assumption they’ve made, and I don’t need the aggravation. But there are a couple of statements that require mockery.

“According to our studies, regardless of their economic success and personal ambitions, black males are still perceived as more threatening and dangerous than their female counterparts,” Assari and Curry write.

I would posit that it is true regardless of race. Men are more of a threat than women. The average man is larger and has more muscle-mass than the average woman. Averages don’t say anything about individuals, but we are talking about averages.

But then we get to one of the assumptions that the authors based this whole thing on. Or it could be a straw-man they wanted to light on fire…

Successful black men are not the only ones at risk, they said. But they challenge views that mere attainment can improve mental health outcomes for black men.

Who has that view? Godless Leftists? Community Organizers? Have they never heard that “Money can’t buy happiness?”

I actually think this is a problem with the entire culture. People are chasing ever more material wealth and don’t understand why they aren’t happy. There is an old book, that I read in my youth, Your Money or Your Life. And it covered what got us tied up in the rat race at an early age. You got your first apartment and moved out of your parents’ house. Life was good. You got a better sofa, a new TV and life was a little better than when you had the old sofa and TV from your parents’ house. And so you learned that more stuff made you happy, or at least a little happier. Fast forward 20 years and you are convinced that the kitchen will make you happy if the countertops are made from Italian granite. Not that you do much cooking, and not that you can really afford a $50,000 kitchen remodel, but the people on HGTV always look so happy when the work is done. Or something.

I don’t think this will be fixed for a couple of generations. The Left has mostly destroyed anyone’s ability to look beyond the material for meaning in life.

You Say “Mistaken,” I Say “Lying SOB”

Or, as I quote below… “Is this the zenith of fake news?” But then I’m incredibly cynical.

So the Mainstream Media is either ignoring this, or putting a positive spin on it. Mostly it seems they are ignoring it. After Severe Illness, NBC’s Dr. Joseph Fair Tests Negative for COVID-19 Antibodies.

So Joseph Fair has been a frequent “guest” on MSNBC giving interviews from his hospital bed talking about how awful COVID-19 is. Except his “suspected” case of the Kung Flu turns out to be just the regular flu, or something else.

Doctors assumed Dr. Joseph Fair had the coronavirus when he was severely sick in May. But with a negative antibody test, his illness “remains an undiagnosed mystery”

Mystery? Right. Other people aren’t so blinded to Dr. Fair’s position. ‘Anti-science saga’? NBC contributor who documented harrowing battle with Covid-19 NEVER had the virus.

I don’t usually quote RT, because I usually find it only slightly more reliable than the old Soviet-era Pravda. But like I said, most of the media is ignoring the lies told by MSNBC and its expert.

The dramatic televised saga of a doctor’s struggle to overcome coronavirus has ended in embarrassment after the NBC News contributor quietly admitted that there’s no evidence he ever had the virus. Is this the zenith of fake news?

Info Wars is even less kind. Fear Mongering: MSNBC/NBC Contributor Lied About Having COVID.

So if he didn’t have COVID-19, does that mean we should reexamine our relationship to the good-old-fashioned-flu? Or what? He was in the hospital after all, so I guess we can believe that he was sick with something. Maybe.

The Staff at The NY Times Had One Job

Accuracy is apparently not an issue in NYC. ‘A Team of Editors’.

This is of course about the infamous “list of (some of) the dead” from COVID-19 published by the New York Times. Their “staff devoted hours to the project.”

Scarcely five minutes after their list was published, people on Twitter began pointing out an obvious error: Jordan Haynes, 27, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was the sixth name on the Times list, but he did not die of COVID-19. He was a homicide victim, whose body was found in a car in a wooded area near Interstate 380. Exactly how the “team of editors” made such a colossal blunder, we don’t know, but they’ve deleted Haynes’ name from the list and promised to publish a correction tomorrow.

So either they just selected a random set of dead people from “flyover country” and trusted that no one would check their work, or they really are that stupid. Or both.

Why Exactly Do We Care that He Was a Doctor?

He was killed because he opened fire with a rifle on a house, and was killed for being a violent criminal. Armed doctor killed by Charles County deputy was shot first by neighbor in self-defense, police say.

Diane Richardson, a spokeswoman for the Charles County Sheriff’s office, says Dr. De Quang Tran walked onto the front lawn of a home on Spring Oak Drive on April 26th and began shooting at the house with a rifle.

The homeowner inside, who has not been identified, returned fire with a small caliber handgun, wounding Dr. Tran, Richardson said.

An exchange of gunfire lasted until a cop showed up and killed the good (or not-so-good) doctor. Or madman. Or whatever.

He busted a storm-door at a neighbor’s house and pulled a security camera from the door frame. Then he went up the street and opened fire with his rifle. All at about 10 o’clock in the morning.

So what makes it important to know that he was a doctor? Before he was a violent criminal, that is. Doctors don’t do that kind of thing. (Obviously false) Educated people don’t do that kind of thing. (Also false.) It was such a nice neighborhood that kind of thing shouldn’t happen here. (You are not protected by your zip code.) What?

STUMP Is Back

Wouldn’t you know it, but as soon as I referenced STUMP in Because a Couple of Media Types Proving They Are Morons Never Gets Old, they go offline due to some website issues. Well They are back…

The reference – in relation to a couple of Media talking heads, proving on network television that they are unable to do middle-school mathematics – was STUMP » Articles » How Not To Be A Dumbass: Media Innumeracy Edition.

The highlight of the post (in my estimation) was revisiting the cluster-f$ck from 2019 when a bunch of folks were mystified by high-school algebra. It was an off-hand comment at the end of the post, and almost beside the point.

Which is from January 2019 and Powerline: The Great Issue of Our Time….

…is whether, as a people, we are too dumb to sustain a democracy. This question arises often; for me, most recently, upon seeing this Daily Mail headline: “Twitter user stuns the internet with math that proves one 18-inch pizza has more in it than TWO 12-inch helpings.”

The theory was posted by U.S.-based Twitter user @fermatslibrary.

Theory.

Supported by a graphic, the theory proves that one 18 inch pizza is better value than two 12 inch pizzas. Since it was posted, the tweet has received almost 1,500 comments and a total of 60,000 likes. It has also been retweeted 25,000 times, as people try to spread the word.

To spread the word about geometry, in a context that people care about. Pizza.

The Daily Mail (another media organization, no doubt staffed by geniuses) called area = πr2 a theory.

But then they are journalists. They can’t be expected to know math! That won’t stop any of them from lecturing you on a whole host of subjects more complicated than high school geometry, because they are Journalists™. Or something.

COVID-19, Media Insanity, And Politics

Robert Stacy McCain asks (about the Wuhan Virus) Is It Time to Panic Yet?.

Honestly, I am not the least bit frightened, but everybody — from the cable news networks to the World Health Organization — seems to be telling me I should be scared out of my mind:

There is a lot at the link above, but the line I love the most…

Enough sarcasm. Let’s hear from America’s Most Serious Politician:

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claimed many restaurants “are feeling the pain of racism” because people are avoiding Chinese food out of fear of contracting the coronavirus.

Heh. That’s better than all the Corona Beer Virus jokes.

Come on, You Can’t Expect Media Darlings to Know Math!

I mean division is hard. Especially if you don’t have a calculator. The Media Is Very, Very, Very, Very Very Very Smart.

The man is the doltish liar Brian Williams. The woman is New York Times Editorial Board Member Mara Gay.

Only off by a million. Several orders of magnitude. But hey, they look good on TV, am I right?

But then he forgot that the people he works with are Media Elites, who are fucking retards.

He also writes: “Add geography to the list of things these retards can’t do.”

So not only can they not divide 500 million by 300 million, they don’t know geography.

They thought Jeff Sessions came from Arkansas. (He’s from Alabama.) But hey, they are both southern states, and both start with “A.” Or something.

None of this will impinge on their confidence that they are smarter than everyone. (Do they really care about flyover country? No. Are they embarrassed that they can’t do simple math? No.)

Get a Grip

Hard to do, if you watch the 24/7 news cycle. Thoughts On False Freakouts | Adaptive Curmudgeon.

So, how many times since New Year’s Day have the press and the Democrats cried, “The end of the world is neigh?” Too many freakin’ times.

First there was the attack on our embassy in Iraq. (Trump’s Benghazi) Then there was Trump’s letting the military handle a problem they are trained for. Then there was the killing of an Iranian Terrorist which was sure to result in WWIII. Then there was the Iranian missile attack…

It more or less missed everyone. This was reported as the worst thing ever AND the beginning of World War III.

Then the Iranians shot down one of their own airliners. And then of course, impeachment.

Nanci Pelosi, fresh off a month’s doing nothing, signed the impeachment articles using 35 pens. She had a few fist bumps over the somberness of the moment and marched the paperwork over to the Senate like anyone would have done a month ago in a real emergency. The press reported this as the historic defeat of Trump who never really got elected and is worse than Hitler.

Now of course there is Coronavirus.

As I type this, Coronavirus has killed zero people in America. Ebola’s 2014-2016 outbreak killed 11,000 people (one in America). Meanwhile, the not-reported-because-it’s-a-normal-thing regular old flu has killed 2,900 Americans this season.

I can do math. 0 < 1 < 2,900.

I’m not sure anyone on CNN/MSNBC/EIEIO networks can do math, however.

And there is actually more, aside from the fact that AC has something to say about each of the incidents listed above. There is more.

If you aren’t reading AC you should be.

Sic transit hysteria

File this under, “The more things change, the more the media remains insane.” Oh, the Hayden thing.

You might think the following quote came from this year, talking about the press v Donald Trump. You would be wrong.

It’s become this kind of strange, reflexive kabuki dance, up there on Capitol Hill. The prez notes that it’s a bright and sunny morning and legions of opponents cry out, “Balderdash! No such thing. Instead it is a dark and stormy night, made worse by this administration’s trampling of our fundamental rights under the Constitution. There. Somewhere.”

That was published by Neptunus Lex on May 27th 2006. But then the press is always insane when a Republican is in office. (Hat tip to OldAFSarge at Chant du Départ – that AF stands for Air Force.)

Professional Journalism Meets Basketball, Loses Badly.

Where would we be without professional journalists, to get the facts, have them checked by editors, and, oh wait… Apparently facts, checking your story is an antiquated, 20th Century Idea. We can’t be bothered with facts!

First up is ABC. ABC News Correspondent Suspended Over Erroneous Report on Kobe Bryant Helicopter Crash.

Gutman had erroneously reported on-air that all four of Bryant’s children were on board the helicopter that crashed on a hillside in Calabasas, California, on Sunday. Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna died in the crash along with seven other people. Bryant’s other children were not on the helicopter.

Facts? We don’t have no facts. We don’t need no stinkin’ facts! (With apologies to John Hudson, director of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.)

Next up is NBC. MSNBC reporter Alison Morris denies using ‘n-word’ during Kobe Bryant report.

In a statement, Morris said she “unfortunately stuttered on air, combining the names of the Knicks and the Lakers to say ‘Nakers.’”

Because no “real journalist” would ever know anything about basketball. (That’s why we have those jocks covering sports.)

And last, but surly not least, is BBC. BBC Apologizes After Airing LeBron James Footage During Kobe Bryant Tribute.

The BBC issued an apology after its tribute to former Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant featured footage of current Laker LeBron James

If you can’t be bothered to check to see who is in the video you are going to air, then maybe, just maybe you should consider NOT playing the video.

Hat tip to EBL who had an image that sent me looking for source material.

In The SJW Battle Between a Black Athlete and Rape-survivor, Who Wins?

Kerfuffle is a word that could have been engineered just for this dustup. WaPo Union Condemns Management for Suspending Reporter Over Kobe Tweet.

If you’re living under a rock, maybe you don’t know that Kobe Bryant, and a bunch of other people including his 13-year-old daughter, died in a helicopter crash. So the intertubes have lit up with “outpourings of grief.” Or something.

But many were quick to point out that Bryant’s legacy was tainted by a credible rape allegation from 2003, in which a then-19-year-old resort staffer claimed the NBA star sexually assaulted her in a hotel room.

On Sunday, Washington Post reporter Felicia Sonmez posted to Twitter a link to The Daily Beast’s 2016 article recapping those allegations and the evidence behind them.

Since she dared to upset the narrative, she was suspended. That doesn’t really look too good coming from a newspaper. Now coming from a propaganda outlet, it is exactly what you would expect. Hey WaPo, does “Ministry of Truth” wring any bells? Didn’t think so. The story was written by a dead, white-man after all.

Pravda would have been proud of that action.

More on this story from The Other McCain.

Disruption for Thee, But Not For Me

It turns out journalists really don’t like free enterprise. Or at least they don’t think they should have to deal with it because they are “Professional Journalists.” So called. Several industries in downturn. Journalists hurt the most. Or something. The Human Toll of the 2019 Media Apocalypse.

So journalism – which has been in a decline for sometime – continues in a decline in 2019. I won’t go so far as to say the tone of this article is “The sky is falling!” But that wouldn’t be far off.

2019 crystallized something media people have known to be true for a while: While digital media dries out in the wake of the VC funding boom of the 2010s, and the country’s regional newspapers are swallowed by corporate consolidation and hedge fund vultures, there is very little stability to be found anywhere

The coal industry was shut down by the decrees of the Obama administration and journalists cheered. Amazon puts businesses, large and small, out of business every month, and the media is either not interested or adopt the “What do you expect?” attitude. But threaten 3000 journalist jobs, and the world is ending. Oh, and there are others impacted, but they are not journalists, so who gives a damn?

All told, according to The Columbia Journalism Review, 3,385 journalists lost their jobs in the past 12 months. (Business Insider has estimated more than 7,800 jobs had been lost this year, which were tracked from a company and employee statements and interviews, news reports, and may include non-reporters and editors at these companies. CJR’s methodology includes only layoffs verified by their editors, and will be updated.)

Hey those other 4000 jobs weren’t journalists, so they don’t count. Or something.

Now while all of that is worthy of derision, the thing that caught my attention was the focus on the Youngstown, Ohio Vindicator. That was a 150 year old paper that closed down, because they couldn’t even find a buyer. It is presented here as a tragedy, and maybe it is, but consider that Youngstown has a population of less than 70,000, is 50 miles from Akron, and 75 from Cleveland. Add in the fact that 150 years ago, most people traveled on foot or by horse, though the news could travel either by rail or telegraph, it is hardly surprising that what made sense 100 years ago, might not hold up today. But then maybe it is a tragedy.

I live less than 40 miles from downtown Cincinnati, and I only read the news from there if something happens to have it show up in my feeds. I don’t pay taxes in Cincinnati, or Hamilton County. I have no say in the insanity they produce, so why bother? I did pay taxes in that county, long ago, but then they built a sports stadium, for one of the most losing teams in all of professional sports, which they are still paying for (at least I think they are). I don’t need the aggravation that comes with the bias of the Cincinnati Enquirer. They could go out of business tomorrow, and I would scarcely notice.

And of course the elephant in the room, that this article ignores, is the complete bias of Professional Journalism. I don’t know that Vindicator was liberal rag, but if it wasn’t I doubt that its passing would be lamented in this way.

Now all of this isn’t to say that we don’t need news media. We do. What we don’t need is what we have today, the propaganda arm of the Communist Party. But then maybe that is what we always had, and we just didn’t realize it.

If you want a look at what real journalism looks like, take a look at the work Juan Browne does at Blancliro. He doesn’t cover everything, but he has some of the best coverage of the California wildfires, and the PG&E bankruptcy, not to mention various stories about commercial aviation.

Charlize Theron “not ashamed” her mother saved her life

I will never understand Hollywood, though this just may be the bias of the “journalist” projected on Ms. Theron. Charlize Theron Details the Night Her Mother Shot and Killed Her Father: ‘I’m Not Ashamed’.

OK, I have tried to ignore this story, but every time Charlize Theron does anything that the media takes note of, it gets rehashed. It’s almost as if the reporters are hoping that if they ask the same question over and over, they may eventually get a different answer. Or something.

She continued, “So both of us were leaning against the door from the inside to have him not be able to push through. He took a step back and just shot through the door three times.”

“None of the bullets ever hit us, which is just a miracle,” Charlize added.

To save her daughter and herself, Gerda shot her husband.

Texans would take this woman out for barbecue and a beer, and give her a hearty, “Well done!” But in the insanity of Hollywood, she is supposed to be ashamed that her mother saved her life, and herself, and did nothing legally wrong. Self-defense is a human-right. But Hollywood and the “guns are bad” crowd can’t seem to wrap their tiny minds around that idea.

A Story of Self-defense That Makes Me Hate the Media

Even more than I already do. Which is a lot.

You can file this under, “So why do we care?” Slain attempted burglary suspect identified as former Cocoa High linebacker.

They make it sound like he graduated last year. He graduated from high school in 2011.

Wallace is a former Cocoa High School linebacker who was involved in the school’s 2009 Class 2A state championship

In the world of the news business, isn’t 2011, let alone 2009, ancient history?

And of course family and friends are shocked to discover that he might have been involved in anything nefarious.

The Strange Units of Measure Used by the Media

So I’ve been watching a fair number of videos about the strange machines that make modern life possible. The heavy presses developed by Germany after WWI. Various bits of earth-moving equipment for mining. And more.

The video on the Bagger 293 compared the overall weight of the largest land-bound machine ever built to the number of “full grown elephants” it compared to. Another video (on a new aircraft carrier, I think) talked about weight in terms of “blue whale” equivalents. And since a fair few of the videos are from the UK, they tend to compare things to the British double-decker bus. The last video I watched on tunneling machines uses double-decker buses as both a size and weight measurement. For size, they also use either a football stadium, with end-zones (in the US), or the number of soccer fields (In the UK they call them “football pitches.”) The NFL stadium size came up in a video on the Oroville Dam. They also used the family car and “jumbo jets” as a measure of weight.

But the thing that made me laugh, was material moved by one machine was compared to the number of pint glasses it could fill. 400 cubic meters is apparently equivalent to 700,000 pint glasses.

That’s a big round.

I’ve said before that comparing things to the human hair, or the thickness of a sheet of paper are meaningless. So are these. Does the average Brit know how much a typical bus weighs? Does it matter if they do? Do these ridiculous units of measure add anything to the story at hand? Are these ridiculous unites of weight more understandable than millions of pounds, or thousands of tonnes, or some actual measurement of weight? What is the wieght of the standard Blue Whale? Who defined the reference adult elephant. They may sound like interesting ways to describe something, but in the end they are so much gibberish.

PETA, et al Screaming About Cruelty in Three, Two, …

Because killing rats would be cruel. Or something. Rats Drowned In Boozy Soup Paraded As Answer To Rodent Problem.

Actually most of the reactions so far can be summed up as, “Gross!” PETA, and the rest, have been surprisingly quiet.

“We used this building as a laboratory,” [Borough President] Adams said. “We had a rat infestation…but you don’t see that any longer because of the month that we had this rat trap here.”

Four of the traps, rectangular boxes that trap the rats in a deadly alcohol-based solution, were put around Borough Hall about 40 days ago and have caught more than 100 of the rats so far.

This is pretty typical of the response… Join Us in Being Traumatized by Brooklyn’s Disgusting New Way of Killing Rats. Because the completely out-of-control rat problem in large cities isn’t traumatic in any way.

Chicago’s Black Lesbian Mayor Not “Left Enough.” Or Something

Don’t click the link; I only include it for completeness. Don’t Get Too Excited About Chicago’s New Black Lesbian Mayor.

The piece is full of innuendo, and quotes her opposing campaigns (as if a campaign slogan was FACT).

For much of the 56-year-old’s career, she has worked as a lawyer (regularly described as a “wealthy, corporate” one by her opponent on the runoff campaign trail). But the sticking points of the organizers’ contention in Lightfoot’s history has been her roles within the local criminal justice system. In the early 2000s, she was chief administrator of the Chicago Police Department’s Office of Professional Standards, regularly defending the department against external critique.

Since it was her job to defend the department, it is hard to criticize her for defending the department. At least all the logical people feel that way. But this is the 21st Century, and logic has nothing to do with anything coming from the Left in general or Out magazine specifically.

So is it a problem for a black, lesbian lawyer to take a job working for the police department? If the police department had no black, lesbian lawyers, I’m sure they would be charged with discrimination. I suppose the Left thinks she should have taken the job, and the refused to do the job. Or something.

It is just funny to me, to see the Left consuming itself.

Reporter Doesn’t Understand Why the .gov Shouldn’t Take Care of Every Problem

But then thinking about “individual responsibility” would probably give him a migraine. Sick raccoon leads reporter down a rabbit hole.

A sick raccoon in a yard. “This must be a problem for Government Man” – superhero to the Left.

But alas, after calling various state and local agencies, he could not reach anyone who thought “Government Man” could do anything. Or got the answer, “We don’t deal with raccoons.

I’m still awaiting a response from Jacksonville officials on why it’s animal control officer will not come out and remove a sick animal.

Because he didn’t like the answer “we don’t deal with wildlife.”

Now you can hire someone for between $100 and $400, but he thinks that is unfair. Large size Havahart traps start at $50, but I’m guessing he doesn’t like that option either. (Though I suppose there is a reason the sell the 2 door traps. And the “easy set traps” cost more.)

But no, he is going to pester local agencies because he doesn’t understand that “taxpayer-funded” organizations can’t do everything. What’s that saying? “You just pay for it.”