Weekend Open Thread

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  1. Dora says:

    Tell me I’m not reading this correctly!


    As October starts Albany Airport’s Snow Season officially begins


    • elliesmom says:

      We’ve had a snowstorm here in October that caused a multiday power outage a few years ago. It’s good planning for places in the northeast to get their equipment ready to roll. “Pumpkin spice season” usually includes one decent snowfall before winter arrives. We all like the September/October part of autumn, but we forget it includes November and most of December, too. The arrival of meteorological autumn is still delayed here. None of the foliage has even begun to change color. I don’t know what that means for when winter will arrive. It could be delayed, too, or we could have a really short autumn.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Always a chance of snow in the Adirondacks Oct through May, just up the road 🙂

  2. elliesmom says:

    An earthquake of 3.5 on the Richter Scale is recorded by a seismograph, but it is usually not felt. Not even a dish rattler.

    • 1539days says:

      It’s so rare where I live that we can feel small earthquakes, but more in the 4-5 range.

      • elliesmom says:

        I took one of my earth science classes to a local earthquake observatory. It’s located on the grounds of a retirement home for Catholic priests who run it. The seismographs there record earthquakes happening all over the world, and they’re working constantly. Most of the quakes are in the 1 to 2 range. There were small quakes happening right where the kids were standing, and nothing could be felt. The kids were surprised the Boston area is at all seismically active, but a little disappointed the last quake that caused any damage happened in colonial times, and it only toppled a couple of chimneys and broke a few dishes. Intel used to run a chip fabrication line in the Boston suburbs because the bedrock is so close to the surface there, and they could mount their cameras on tables secured into the bedrock.

        I have one student who went on to get a PhD in volcanology from the University of Hawaii. She used to climb down into volcanoes on the verge of erupting, but since she became somebody’s mother, she’s a little more circumspect. She’s been in touch, and she says the Canary Island eruption is a nightmare for folks living on the island, but it makes great fear porn for the rest of us. She said she decided she wanted to become a volcanologist when I showed her class the movie “Dante’s Peak” and gave them the assignment to rate it “True science or just fun entertainment” on a scale of 1 to 5. It was something I probably did the day before a school vacation, but you never know what’s going to inspire a kid.

  3. Dora says:

  4. Dora says:

    Eye-opening poll shows more than 40% of Biden voters and half of Trump voters agree its time to split the country


    • Anthony says:

      We’re already a Woke Dictatorship. All that’s missing are the physical boundaries

    • threewickets says:

      The states mainly run themselves already anyway. Federal Washington is now mostly cabaret theatre for the media. Only real things are the Pentagon who don’t really answer to CIA anymore (they are led by CENTCOM in Tampa) and the Federal Reserve NYFB in New York (mainly automated distributions of Social Security and Medicare, plus a few other transfers to the states and contractors). The Fed also provides the annual NDAA budgets to the Pentagon. The Executive, Congress, even SCOTUS now are almost entirely cabaret theatre. Washington is pretty much Brussels today. Potemkin and bizarrely almost entirely gay. Liberace design. As Soros said to me near the end … it’s all myth.

      • 1539days says:

        The intent of the framers of the Constitution was that the colonies (states) had their own governments. The Articles of Confederation did this, but people got scared when there wasn’t a single military force to put down internal dissent, which was over a state wanting to impose more taxes. In the new model, the state governments picked the Senators and the president only presided over a federal government and would only need to make national decisions, like declarations of war and brokering treaties.

        Eventually, the national sales tax and the direct election of Senators made it possible to control all the states from Washington, DC, an unincorporated territory built over a putrid swamp. The allocation of federal money was used to coerce states to agree to federal suggestions that would normally be beyond their power to make. States exiting this union will delay the inevitable, a population that would rather have order than freedom.

        • threewickets says:

          Thx, that sounds like 19th century. In 1901 following Queen Victor’s passing and the McKinley assassination, Uncle Sam Teddy Roosevelt and his spawn took charge of the “Progressive” American Century. Perhaps the most important thing he did was establish the US Federal Reserve and the federal income tax. It largely paid for US federal government. With the end of Bretton-Woods and the gold standard circa 1971, we have not needed the federal income tax. The Fed (not the Treasury) keystrokes every cent of federal spending while stamping “US Treasury” on the checks and transfers. There isn’t really much real federal government *control* over the states today. The large federal entitlement programs and other transfers including the annual NDAA are handles by David Rubenstein and Jerome Powell’s Carlyle Fed. Congress is cabaret theatre for the media. State and CIA are no longer the boss of the Pentagon. It’s fine, it’s by design. Problem is the CIA-MSM is lying to the American people 24/7 pretending it’s 1955. Out of whack.

        • 1539days says:

          Correction: National income tax. We don’t have a national sales tax… yet.

          • threewickets says:

            There are always people talking about a national consumption tax (VAT) for big ticket purchases. But again (though taboo to talk about), we don’t need federal revenue (from income, corporates, consumption, even fica) to “pay for” federal spending. The NYFB makes keystroke transfers for every cent of federal spending. All federal taxes, treasury auctions, tax expenditures (tax deductions, credits, loopholes, write-offs) exist for three reasons:

            1) help manage M1 broad money supply
            2) tools of US style industrial policy
            3) subsidize tax accounting/law/consulting jobs

            Federal taxes don’t exist to “pay for” federal spending. The federal accounts are not a piggy bank. The Fed (not the Treasury) keystrokes all spending. And the Rothschild-Carlyle Fed most definitely does not “work for” Congress.

  5. Dora says:



    We’ve got a ticket to ride! Discover the world in a whole new light on board luxury trains that snake through spectacular scenery – and make thrilling stops along the way


    • threewickets says:

      It’s a date!

    • Helen Kenney says:

      one of the greatest ways to see a country is by train. Some of my greatest memories are seeing this great country by train. going through the Rockies in the winter, when it looked like a Christmas card. going through the desert at night when it looked like you could touch the stars. Going over the Sierra Nevada Mts and you look down into a valley and you are above the rainbow. Seeing the ocean on both coasts. If you fly you miss so much.If you drive you must pay attention to the road and miss a lot also you meet people from all over the world, get to talk to them and learn a lot

      just my opinion

      • SHV says:

        “one of the greatest ways to see a country is by train.”
        Years ago, wife and I on a train crossing the Altiplano, Puno to Cusco, and four black Toyota pickups coming speeding toward the train and men are firing automatic weapons. They looted the baggage car; British tourists went outside and filmed the robbery; I think they thought it was a show for the tourists. Or riding 3rd class trains in the back of beyond China where any concept of sanitation was unknown to the train staff. etc., etc., Good times!

        • Helen Kenney says:

          I was lucky I got to see America by train. have never been on a train in a foreign country

          • threewickets says:

            In another life, I believe I’ve seen the photos. Also have fond memories of training to Provence and Avignon with somebody special a lifetime ago.

          • swanspirit says:

            When I was in England in 1999, my British friend, that I met there, and me, took the trains all over. From Manchester, to Salisbury, to London and to Southampton, and back. It was wonderful. It made traveling so much easier, and the trains were great rides. Even the stations were fun. We did take one bus ride to Stonehenge, from Salisbury, not nearly as much fun.

      • DeniseVB says:

        I’m a huge fan of Mighty Trains and journeys all over the world with international crews, sometimes they marathon this show and I’ll binge watch it. Some of it is nail biting, cliff hugging and sure makes me happy for Amtrak 🙂


      • Constance says:

        We used to take a train journey every summer when I was little. We started in Seattle, go to Montana, then to Omaha and my Grandfather would pick us up and take us to their home in Iowa where we would stay a few weeks and then head out to Denver for a few weeks and home. My grandpa worked for Burlington Northern and so part of the way we got sleeper car beds and we always ate at the restaurant car. So much fun and a beautiful country. I still love the train line from Seattle to San Francisco on a full moon night. It’s about 24 hours and so beautiful.

        • Mothy67 says:

          I used to take the train from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia when I was in college. It took longer than Greyhound but oh the scenery especially for Thanksgiving. Shame that they haven’t figured out how to work with commercial trains. It moves at a brisk walking pace about half the time. I met such fascinating people. Of all ages. I was not yet 21. I’d sit in the bar car (fake ID) and chat for hours with people from everywhere. You can’t get that on a plane or bus. There is an International airport here now but in the 80’s to go to Philly if I flew I had to go to Detoit first. It was an hour to airport. Then a two hour layover. When i got to Philly I had to wait for bags and then get the subway. Train drops you off at 30th street. I’d walk across the bridge. It door to door took about the same amount of time and everyone is cranky flying. There was no joy. I have glorious memories from Amtrak. I was young, one trip I met a lady who was widowed perhaps 70’s. She was wealthy and seeing the country. We drank Pinot Grigio and looked at a thing called Horseshoe Curve ( maybe bend) . The train slows to a crawl and navigates this lake in the middle of PA. One of the most breathtaking things I’ve ever seen. What an incredible journey to sit and listen . strangers on a train. Neither of us killed for the other.

          • threewickets says:

            Road tripped with Clooney in college from New Haven to Philly to Pittsburgh to Columbus to see his wild man brother Harvey lol. Great fun. Appalachia is, you know, almost heaven. Beautiful, majestic. I junior highed there.

      • John Denney says:

        Train is good.
        I did a round trip between California & Iowa one Christmas season.
        Motorcycle is better. 🙂
        No distractions while immersed in the scenery.
        Conversation is for coffee shops, hotels, diners, & gas stations along the way.

    • foxyladi14 says:

      Forget the Chevy, Ride the rails. 😀

    • foxyladi14 says:

      I agree!! 😀
      Justice_099 • 8 minutes ago

      Here is the stark reality of the game that both parties are playing with us.

      The republicans do not really want to stop the democrats because the slide into tyranny brings in huge bucks in donations from desperate and foolish Americans that think that if they just fund the Republicans they will get some opposition to the tyranny. But that money you are sending to either party is going to the same party in the end.

      • 1539days says:

        While Reagan arguably did little to stop the growth of government, his presidency stressed personal freedom and moral certitude. His successor, however, was unsuccessful at running for lower office and learned the power of government from inside the CIA. Bush’s term was one of revenue enhancing tax increases and foreign deals. George W. didn’t spend as much time in DC, but he handed most of the levers of government to his father’s cronies. At this point, the GOP was only superior in that the leadership was not “woke” crazy, but constantly maintaining a stalemate.

  6. Dora says:

    National School Boards Association Begs Biden To Label Outraged Parents “Domestic Terrorists” and Use The Patriot Act Against Them


  7. foxyladi14 says:

    If you get a friend request from me. I have been hacked.
    Do NOT accept it Delete it Pronto!! (y) 😃

    • DeniseVB says:

      If FB could only spend more time on fixing their hacking glitches than being the nanny for everyone about Covid. They’re so annoying like that.

  8. Helen Kenney says:


    what would happen if every business in DC closed down for a month. Do you think it finally give the dems a clue of just what a business provides every day?

  9. threewickets says:

    The CAA takeover of ICM … may actually be a Buffet Bush ICM takeover of Tawana Liberace CAA aka Scientology House. A sort of judo reverse move. Richard Lovett who is close to Warren Buffet would presumably retain control of the combined entity.

  10. Mothy67 says:

    I wonder if my Pap ever worked with Helen. He would have been considerably older than her but he worked his whole life on trains. Did the Philly area for years. Tobias Perrin.

    • Helen Kenney says:

      do not know the name, but may have worked with people who knew him. my brother-in-law was a pennsy engineer fran bennett

  11. Dora says:

    Consensus Before Critical Mass, Confrontation, and Freedom.



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  14. DandyTIger says:

    Some musical distraction

  15. threewickets says:

    Sleepy mixing, intentional I think. Pretty song.

  16. threewickets says:

    How could FDR have been Joseph P Kennedy, FDR, US Ambassador to the Court of St James, son of Uncle Sam Teddy Roosevelt, and my grandfather (apparently) at the same time? He was Don Vito Corleone. America’s Godfather.

    Check out the photos on my Facebook. As most of you already know, my name is Michael Moon tagged Yale, Columbia, Silvermine.

  17. Dora says:

  18. DeniseVB says:

    Hee, hee………

  19. Dora says:

    • elliesmomn says:

      Natural immunity doesn’t make any money for Pfizer et. al.

      • lateblum says:


      • 1539days says:

        But just think how much money a shot that destroys natural immunity would make.

      • threewickets says:

        When you move to New York, you get the flu … you get over it, and you get stronger. Every New Yorker knows this. Fortune 50s today get free trillions from the Carlyle Fed, they don’t really need to scam consumers. As for real or fake dead people, one million real humans real die every week, mostly from old age and weakening bodies and disease. It is called the circle of life. Bottom line … the CIA makes shit up. It’s what they do.

        • 1539days says:

          The death rate in the US is about 2.7 million people each year. In 18 months, 0.7 million people have reportedly died from COVID. That comes out to 17%. But even in that group, most of the deaths have been people who were going to die from something in the next 5 years. In fact, the “excess” death total over the last 18 months is about 1/3 of that number.

          • threewickets says:

            I’m talking about the world … one million people die every week. As for Covid deaths … that’s a combo of normal death rates of the past plus fake CIA numbers.

      • lyn5 says:

        The immune systems of the vast majority of people who have been infected with the CCP virus will continue to carry antibodies against the virus for at least 12 months, according to a peer-reviewed study accepted by the European Journal of Immunology on Sept. 24.


  20. Dora says:

    Well surprise surprise.


    Hate hoax: ‘White KKK member’ making racially motivated threats to burn down houses and kill neighbors turns out to be black woman, police say


  21. Dora says:

    • threewickets says:

      Russians own 10-15 percent of Facebook who, as far as I know, is not related to Pulp Fiction Jules … but who knows lol. Like everyone, Facebook has a mom and also a dad. It is important to understand who those parents are.

    • lyn5 says:

      China blamed the U.S. military,.

    • Miranda says:

      I could see at least part of the government to be in collusion, in order to be able to take over the 2020 election. Anything would be worth it to get Trump out.

    • threewickets says:

      Fourth estate is the press. All four estates have been full-time fake since Patriot Act martial law based on faking 9/11. Like Tawana Liberace, we are today kind of a sad joke.

  22. lateblum says:

    Here’s a thought . . .

    • 1539days says:

      For decades, New Yorkers have said that the most dangerous place in the world is between Check Schumer and a camera.

    • 1539days says:

      The Hotair article linked at the bottom argues that the OSHA mandate mist go through, but it may either take a long time or be nearly unenforceable. Ultimately, it may be irrelevant because it gives cover to large corporations to mandate vaccines proactively. My employer hasn’t done a mandate, but they wanted everyone to declare their vaccine status in preparation for obeying a mandate.

    • Constance says:

      I don’t think CA wants a break. They seem to love victim hood. But of course their elections are rigged but if they won’t look into it what can we say

    • Constance says:

      I don’t think CA wants a break. They seem to love victim hood. But of course their elections are rigged but if they won’t look into it what can we say

    • lyn5 says:

      Racist Blacks are the new KKK.

    • threewickets says:

      Grand Wizard Tawana Liberace’s mom is black.

      Joe Biden is an artificial-scarcity cock-blocking Orange gay man like Tawana and Pelosi. It’s all a charade. Obama goes along with it because … frankly I don’t know why.

    • Dora says:

      If Larry Elder can be a white supremisist this woman can be a member of the KKK!

      • threewickets says:

        Seriously, Tawana’s mom is black. And he is Grand Wizard. I don’t know what the fuck Hillary is doing with him. And btw lest we forget, the name of Hillary’s spouse is BILL and not FRED.

  23. Helen Kenney says:

    when they party in Philly. having a bad day? learn the mummer’s strut and you will feel a lot better

  24. Dora says:

    Good For Them!


  25. threewickets says:

    Madeleine Albright is Henry Kissinger’s daughter and (incredibly) Hillary Garbo and Biden Garbo’s niece. Albright is presumably the last word at the State Dept Blob now that Kissinger is gone.

  26. threewickets says:

    Again, the correct history. China Nationalists backs by British-American Imperial Japan destroyed China’s Royal Qing Dynasty in the early 20th century. Mao China’s People’s Army defeated the British-American Imperial Japan Army in the 1940s and drove them back to South Korea and Taiwan. Today China is the largest and fastest growing economy in the world. Who do Chiang Kai-sheck Nationalists in Taiwan feel closer to today … Japan or China? The answer is obvious. The people w… See More

    • Helen Kenney says:

      my father was in what was called the CBI theater of war. The Americans were building the LEDO road from Burma to China. While we were fighting the Japs and building the road to get supplies to China to help them fight the Japs, the Chinese warlords with the Chinese government’s knowledge were attacking our convoys and killing our soldiers. But since there were supposed to be “allies” our government covered it up. China never was or will be our friend.

  27. threewickets says:

    What would I do if I had a million dollars today? Hire a stylist and get some new casual clothes I can’t see sharply with my glitchy eyes, buy lunch without worrying about how much I’m dishing out, and otherwise make sure the money didn’t screw with my peace of mind. Material wealth is very overrated.

    Roommate George Clooney may remember the reason I lost interest in being pre-med at Yale is because everyone seemed to be in it for the money-racket potential. The reason I ended up in advertising (without realizing it was the fucking CIA) was because it was a “people skills” trade, something I wanted to become better at. I enjoy people and human beings above all.

  28. Dora says:

    I watched this interview live this morning. A ton of information!

    I know that to some folks, this is old news, but to anyone who lived through that time and especially that day, the assassination will never be over.


    Roger Stone on How and Why President LBJ, The Mafia, And CIA Killed President Kennedy


  29. threewickets says:

    Dear Tawana Billary who have been trolling my life since I was 14 with your cock-blocking gay pranks. As you know, what Warren Buffet, David Rubenstein’s Carlyle Fed, and the Mayer-Rothschilds say … goes. Please don’t be stupid. End the jackassery. Scientology is coming down. Let Fred out of the basement. Let her go.

  30. DandyTIger says:

    Let’s have another musical distraction

  31. Angie says:

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