CDC Suggests No Thanksgiving Get Together

They stop just short of saying “Don’t do it or you’ll kill grandma.”

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The CDC is suggesting that people do not gather for Thanksgiving and opt for ‘virtual’ gatherings instead.

“turkey” by Will Kimeria is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Since they understand that some people won’t want to follow that guideline, they reiterate their standard Covid precautions.

This is their first news briefing in months.

Some local governments have even stricter rules about holiday travel.

The next turkey season in Missouri practically starts on Thanksgiving.

As far as Covid restrictions are concerned, dogs are people too, according to the CDC.

By Michael Carver
November 19th, 2020 4:26 PM

Featured Image Credit: “turkey” by Will Kimeria is licensed under CC BY 2.0

that’s a serious turkey

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US Presence in Afghanistan to be Re-Labeled as Counter Terrorism

“War never changes.” — some fallout dude

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While rumors abound about a troop withdrawal, statements made by identified Republicans and Democrats telegraph a continued troop presence in Afghanistan.

A man points with some pretty mountains in the background | “afghanistan” by The U.S. Army is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Mitch McConnell and Joe Biden made statements warning that a troop withdrawal would be bad. Going further, Biden said that they would stay, but be called a counter terrorism force.

The War in Afghanistan has been going on since October 2001.

These publicly verifiable statements about troops remaining in Afghanistan are contradicted by “US Officials” who requested to remain anonymous.

McConnell is also on about Trump being right about the Covid vaccine timeline.

The US does have an agreement to lower toop levels next year, but part of it basically says “unless we don’t want too”.

By Michael Carver
November 16th, 2020 5:49 PM

Featured Image Credit: “afghanistan” by The U.S. Army is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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Landscaping Comes to the Front

Lovely gardens are often places where nice announcements are made, but this feels different.

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Victorian era gardening is an ornate refinement of the English garden. Often, divided into cute little garden “rooms”.

An almost-pink flower on a field of leafs | “Flower” by oatsy40 is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Landscaping in general requires an understanding of the land and what the area is intended to be used for.

The Horticultural Society of London was founded in 1804 and was a response to growing interest in little private park like gardens.

Modern American landscaping has become quite commercial and often includes things like snow removal.

Even hotly contested presidential elections get landscaping companies involved.

Landscaping Network does still suggest not limiting yourself to pastel colors.

By Michael Carver
November 7, 2020 9:19 AM

It’s a pretty flower

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Kidnapped American Rescued in Africa

“…They were playing with American Citizens, we can’t let that happen.” – Trump

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Last week, the State Department said that an American was captured. Early on Halloween, special forces rescued them.

“File:Africa (Western region).png” by No machine-readable author provided. Xiong assumed (based on copyright claims). is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0
Trump announces the action.

Kidnapping for ransom has been on the rise in West Africa in general.

After working with local officials, Seal Team 6 and others from a joint operations force killed 6 out of the 7 captors.

The US Citizen was variously described as a Missionary or a Farmer.

No US Military were harmed.

By Michael Carver
November 1, 2020 1:03 PM

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US Sells Iranian Oil

Look at me; I am the captain now.

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The US announced that it has sold the 1.1 million barrels of oil which it took from Iran. The Iranians wanted it to go to Venezuela.

LEGO Pirates fishing on an artificial surface. | “Pirate ship” by LEGOFIIR is licensed under CC BY 2.0

This is the oil that they took by capturing oil tankers back in August.

US Privateering action only cost the English around 300 million dollars in the Revolutionary War.

Surely, this was a profitable operation as this was about 40 million dollars of oil at the current market rate.

The America’s cup sailing competition might still happen, just with public safety considerations.

Some estimates say that these sorts of actions have costed Venezuela billions of dollars.

By Michael Carver
October 28, 2020 2:32 PM

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Why is Election Integrity a Partisan Issue?

Like a coin, there are two sides to every story and the truth is probably like landing on edge.

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People talk about invalid mail in ballots as if they are necessarily innocent mistakes that should be overlooked, but signature verification is flawed and no verification would admit of fraud.

This is not a ballot box | “ballot box 2” by openDemocracy is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Despite some people being unconcerned with the potential of mail in voter fraud, confidence in the election system is important.

In 2000 Frankie Muniz was part of a group that hosted the Kids Choice Awards.

The crux of the issue is that one side thinks identifying a voter’s identity enables confidence in the system and the other thinks it is voter suppression.

People are afraid of election fraud in Bosnia-Herzegovina too, where the election is on November 15th.

Over ¾ of a million ballots were disregarded in 2016 and 2018.

By Michael Carver
October 29, 2020 9:10 AM

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Low Rates Encourage National Debt

Like refinancing and spending even more

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Ted Cruz has recently made mention of the national debt being a concern for Republican politicians despite recently helping to add trillions of dollars to it.

A dude has his beard cut to the same length as his hair. | “Crypto Currencies’ Red Sea” by Jim Makos is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

Recent pandemic relief has pushed the debt over 27 trillion dollars, an amount which raises concerns of some people.

In 2016, while campaigning, Trump said he would eliminate the debt within 8 years.

Almost all countries in the have a debt to GDP ratio under 1, where the US is not above 1. Traditionally, being above 1 is seen as dangerous, but people are saying that it’s ok in our situation.

Listen to this guy talk about the debt in 2012 when it was around only 16 trillion.

Sweden has a debt to GDP of about 0.35

By Michael Carver
October 27, 2020 7:43 PM

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Egyptian Fear over Ethiopian Dam Highlighted by Trumpian Trump Remark

Just as a certain something rolls down hill, water flows down river.

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In his typical style, Trump expressed concern about what Egypt might do over concerns about the impact of filling and operating a dam in Ethiopia.

President Trump speaks to Sudan on the phone. | The National

Egypt has been concerned about the impact of this dam since the project began to be planed in the 50’s.

Conflict over dams on this part of the Nile are nothing new. Several dams were built in Sudan in the 60’s and 70’s.

There are some who claim that the negative effects of filling and operating the dam could be largely mitigated, but this would likely mean three whole sovereign nations working together.

Egyptian GM Bassem Amin recently won a game of chess.

Ethiopia has expressed concern that Trump would say something like that.

By Michael Carver
October 24, 2020 10:11 AM

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Pursuit of Low Integrity Elections Continue in PA

A poor structure leads to future disaster.

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Lightning and a wavy mouth | “Benjamin Franklin – Caricature” by DonkeyHotey is licensed under CC BY 2.0

By Michael Carver
October 23, 2020 3:15 PM

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has rendered a unanimous decision -7 to 0- to disallow signature verification on mail in voting on the basis that it’s not required by current law.

Combined with another decision that will allow for mail in ballots to arrive after November 3rd and without an appropriate postmark, the system in place would seem to be built to allow fraud.

In a 1764 election, Benjamin Franklin was able to take advantage of the structure of Pennsylvania’s voting system to run for a County position and a City of Philadelphia position at the same time.

A contested result could cause chaos, but in the past, similar situations have worked themselves out.

The Philidelphia Eagles managed to beat the NY Giants by one point (22-21) yesterday

Despite the recent court rulings, the plebs are still being told they have to get their vote in by the 3rd.

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Oil Stocks Waiver After Biden Comments at Debate

Among other things, he said we have a dark winter ahead.

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Towers used to process raw material into useful things | Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

By Michael Carver
October 23, 2020 11:04 AM


Major oil companies are trading about 1% lower than yesterday before Biden made a negative comment about the oil industry at last night’s debate.


Biden said he would end the oil industry when Trump asked him as part of a less chaotic performance than the first debate.

In Pennsylvania, oil was first discovered in 1859 in Titusville.

In all likelihood, Biden was trying to say we need to end the oil industry at some point, but just failed to specify when in the heat of the moment. However, tens of millions of people whose lives and livelihoods depend on this industry may have been a bit spooked by the statement.

The Department of Energy is hoping to encourage the use of nuclear power generation.

Biden’s son has worked for a company in the energy sector before, so maybe he knows a thing or two about it.

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