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In this issue:
7. Wuhan Flu
1. Arecibo. Talk about timing. Wrote last week about decommissioning the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico. Last Tuesday, the telescope decommissioned itself, as cables suspending the central part of the antenna pulled out of their sockets and the entire structure crashed into the dish. There was an inspection drone operating that filmed the failure and subsequent destruction. Looks like the decision not to repair the telescope risking lives was a good one. The problem with suspending a structure via cables is that when one or more of them fail, the remaining ones have to carry the entire weight, so any failure will tend to cascade, which this one did.
2. Packets. For this next story, I have to take the readers down a short bunny trail describing computer networking, something I know just enough about to be dangerous (the ability to break stuff without usually being able to fix them). This is the short, short form of the story. When computers transmit information from one to another, that transmission takes place over a network. Whatever is being sent (think any file) is chunked into pieces called packets. These packets are wrapped with a number of wrappers (protocols) so that whatever is on the receiving end is able to rebuild what is sent in the proper order. The wrappers are stripped, and the file is reconstructed. To make it worse, the packets do not necessarily travel by the same path. With that in mind, it appears that democrats packetized their election fraud. This is important, as judges will not normally touch any allegations of voting fraud unless that fraud is large enough to put the outcome into question. In other words, whatever is alleged: dead people voting; people voting in two states; fraudulent ballots; manufactured ballots; etc; individually need to be smaller than the margin of victory. Whomever planned what happened Nov 3 was brilliant, in that they had a wide array of various fraud techniques, all in hopes of keeping the individual number of questionable votes smaller than the margin of victory. Great planning that. Their problem is that the Trump turnout was so huge that they panicked and had to significantly increase the number of fraudulent votes counted just to get ahead in the vote count. This took their plan to packetize their overall fraud and destroyed it, as the margin of victory in AZ, NV, MN, WI, MI, GA and even PA was small enough that their packet strategy was blown out of the water. Whether or not this makes any difference remains to be seen. This week will be critical in that discussion.
3. Fraud. I tend to agree with multiple commenters who believe that Trump knew this was coming, and his Plan A was to orchestrate a landslide, forcing democrats to either let him win or commit election fraud so large that it would be obvious to everyone of his supporters that the election was stolen. Democrats chose the latter. Unfortunately, the outcome of this does not depend on Trump anymore. Rather it depends on various state legislatures, state courts, federal courts, and ultimately the SCOTUS. This is a very, very thin remaining reed to grasp on your way down. Regardless of what happens this week, he does have a number of tools remaining in his toolkit.
- Dominion. One of the bad things about Dominion / Smartmatic is the inability to audit the systems. They are essentially a black box to outside observers. Although a MI judge ordered machines in one county be made available for a forensic audit, the results will take a while, likely longer than the week remaining.
- Although AK uses Dominion machines, a hand count of a very close legislative race late last week verified the posted result.
- One of the tools Trump does have remaining to use against Dominion is Executive Orders and National Security / Homeland Security orders. Given that George Soros appointed the CEO of Smartmatic as head of his Open Society Foundation, I would submit that the Dominion / Smartmatic platform has become a national security issue. I wouldn’t be surprised to see an EO over the next month or so designating the systems national security risks and prohibiting any use in future elections. Then dare Biden to overturn the EO upon assuming office.
- Scott Adams is of the opinion that the Constitutional Republic is over. His rationale is that we no longer have an open, transparent election system, and that lack of transparency is enforced by force, bullying by local and state officials. This doesn’t mean we can’t get it back. But it does mean that in his mind it is gone, at least for a little while.
- Final point in this is that whatever happened, at least in PA, had the complete support and participation by some number of Postal Workers Unions. One whistleblower last week, a truck driver delivered a load of what he thought to be ballots from Long Island to PA. He was jerked around by a Postal Supervisor and told to deliver the trailer full of ballots to Lancaster PA, after which the trailer disappeared. There are 7 bargaining units representing 550,000 postal employees these days. And if some unknown percentage of them have decided they are no longer trusted public employees but political partisans, perhaps it is time for Trump to repeal the JFK EO giving them the right to collectively bargain. I did notice a bit of this when a check mailed to the campaign took 8 solid weeks to clear.
4. Solution. So, how do we solve this? I think it is well past time for congress to step up and start writing standards for elections. Article I, Section 4, Clause 1 states the following:
The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by Law make or alter such Regulations, except as to the Places of chusing Senators.
One of the things I did in a past life was support a PeopleSoft installation at a local government. Did this for nearly two decades. Every spring, the external auditors showed up to take a look at our books and spend a good 90 days each year. This was not amateur proctology. This was professional. The audit was an extensive, thorough look into our financial books. They took a look at the operating system level. There was a significant security piece. The audits were required by a combination of Sarbanes – Oxley, Dodd – Frank, and inspected adherence to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). These sorts of audits are required for all financial institutions, most large corporations, most utilities, and no small number of local governments. None of this applies to elections, the Dominion / Smartmatic world, or anything else connected to it. Perhaps it is time for congress to get off the dime and create a GAAP equivalent for elections. As the Constitution allows them to set those sorts of rules, they would be well within their rights to do so. Obviously, the party in control is important, given the abject disaster the Pelosi-led House majority tried to pass a few months ago. If elections are not open and transparent, nobody will trust them again.
5. Williams. I come by my (however meager) education in economics rather late in life, first via exposure to Milton Friedman’s Free To Choose in 1980, and later via the writings of Thomas Sowell and Walter Williams. Williams was a regular columnist and Sowell tended to write more tightly researched books. All three were fabulous. Williams sat in for Limbaugh as a guest host for many years. He would occasionally invite Sowell on, and we would be treated to an hour-long tutorial on economics. We lost Williams last week at the age of 84, likely to a heart attack. Godspeed, Sir. Thank you for everything. If you want a tutorial in economics, you can’t do any better than any of these three gentlemen.
6. Zuckerberg. Looks like Zuckerberg’s’ $350 (and perhaps as many as $400) million injected into inner city get out the vote efforts may have been the foundation of Trump’s impending defeat. J Christian Adams writing in PJ Media late last week makes the case that the targeted spending in the blue cities was sufficient to flip the eight swing states without any fraud at all. Worst of all, under existing election law, it was all perfectly legal. The Capital Research Center took a deep dive into Zuckerberg’s Center for Technology and Civil Life’s (CTCL) efforts in Georgia. The money was given to CTCL which in turn granted the money to thousands of election officials around the country to “help” them with the election. The grants built structural bias into the election offices into Biden turn out the vote machines. The hundreds of millions built systems, hired employees from activist groups, purchased equipment and ads. It allowed street activists to do everything they wanted to do with unlimited funds. Essentially Zuckerberg’s millions mined the people who generally don’t turn out to vote, and by targeting the inner cities, they turned out Biden voters. Philly’s election office budget was $9.8 million. They got another $10 million from CTCL. None of this money reached any red county. Adams warned in closing that even if Trump increases his percentage of black voters from 15 – 20%, if that turnout soars by 50 – 100,000, there is still 80 – 85% of the increased vote that goes to Biden. Combine this with the voting fraud, and you have the makings of a machine Boss Tweed or JM Curley would be proud of.
7. Wuhan Flu. A pair of stories last week on the Wuhan Flu front. First comes out of Zero Hedge, which Dr Michael Yeadon, Pfizer’s former chief scientific advisor, blasted the so-called second wave as nothing more than an artifact of false positives from an overly sensitive COVID test. His video lasted two hours before YouTube took it down. According to him, the pandemic is now over. Yeadon goes farther and runs the math on infections. If we accept a death toll of 200,000 and a survival rate of 99.8%, this means there around 80 million Americans, 27% of the population of the US that have been infected, moving us into the area of herd immunity. While there are still active cases and still people dying, the wildfire-like spread of the virus is at its end. The second story was first published by Not the Bee. It describes a Johns Hopkins study of all forms of death in the US over the last year, concluding that there is no overall increase in total deaths in the US over the period mid-Mar – Mid-Sept. There was no increase in overall deaths in any of the age groups analyzed. The study was immediately withdrawn and trashed. The researcher also took a look at deaths per causes 2014 – 2018 and verified an increase in total number of deaths due to seasonal causes including heart disease, respiratory diseases, the flu and pneumonia. She took a look at 2020 and found that COVID deaths exceeded heart disease deaths, unusual as nothing is ever worse than heart disease. Upon closer inspection, she found a significant decrease in heart disease deaths. The same decline shows up for all other causes, which means we are miscounting COVID deaths. This pattern does not exist in any other year.
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