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Wednesday, September 1, 2021

It's a bit chili today

 It's a bit chili today (pun intended).

Some fresh Carolina Reapers and Red Ghost to dry;

40+ dried Carolina Reapers ground with seeds;

Brasilian Malaguetas used to make a new bottle of pepper sauce (not shown).  But 

These are some of my existing Southern Pepper Sauce of various spice levels.  Just combine chiles / chilies / chillis (Spelled a variety of ways) with 5% vinegar and a little salt in a glass bottle.  If you want it spicier, cook the chiles in a little oil before adding the vinegar.  Puncture each chile before cooking it or it will "explode".  

Drying other varieties chile today

using a commercial grade dehydrator.

Word of caution:  Chiles are misnamed.  Don't wear contacts nor touch your eyes when working with these super hot chiles; there's nothing chilly about them except the name.

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Educate yourself - informed decisions not political decisions

 Should you get one of the plethora of Covid19 vaccines?

I am neither provax nor antivax.  I am 100% personal decisions based on unbiased information.

The problem?  Finding unbiased information.

The censoring of "non" sanctioned views is alarming.  Opposing views are being cancelled.  And they are being cancelled in the land of freedom - the USA.

Social Media has joined with Main Stream media to push narratives instead of factual information.

How many people now believe that wearing a mask will protect them against getting Covid19?  A lot.  Is it true based on the science?  No.  The covid19 virus is very tiny.  So tiny that it will pass through the masks the average person wears including the higher rated N95.  

Wearing a mask MAY reduce the spread of the virus IF the person wearing it has Covid 19.  May.  The truth is the science on it, last I checked, is not clear.  Some reports say it increases the spread especially if the person wearing it doesn't properly put it on, take it off or touches and moves it while wearing it - which almost everyone does.

What about the Vaccines?  Will they prevent a person from getting covid19?  Again, the science now appears to be no.  The vaccines were sold as a prevent you from getting sick but if you now check the message they have switched to "prevent you from getting as sick".  

Then why are children who seldom get sick being targeted?  What is the science?  The true science.

Recently you had 6 players on the New York Yankees baseball team get sick with covid19.  All 6 were fully vaccinated.  Yet the US government has been claiming the vaccines are 96% effective at preventing sickness.  You do the math.  MLB rosters are at 40?  Almost all the players are vaccinated?  6 out of 40 get sick at one time?  

Then there is the report from Israel that the vaccines are showing about 40% not getting sick and that it seems the longer time that passes since getting a vaccine the more likely it won't protect you.

How much protection does a person have if they had covid and recovered?  The same as a vaccinated person?  More?  Less?  what is the science.  So far we mostly have hype.

What % of the US population has antibodies against covid19 from having had covid19?  Has anyone done testing?  why not?  Wouldn't it be good science to know if the person has existing immunity before giving them a vaccination?

What percentage of people getting sick now with covid19 are vaccinated?  What percentage are recovered covid19 patients?  What percentage have never been sick nor vaccinated?

Why don't we know?

Why isn't the US government agencies collecting this data?

What is the long term health impacts of getting each vaccine?  Do we know? (the answer is obviously no).

The truth is the vaccines were approved for "Emergency Use".  That means the decision to get it / give it should be a risk-based decision and that should be made NOT by the government or the pharmaceutical companies or the media (Facebook and twitter included) nor should vaccinations be mandated by any employer.  The truth is the safety of these vaccines are unknown especially for down the road.

Is the person at high risk of getting a serious covid19 case or dying if left unvaccinated?  If so, that person should probably get the vaccine especially if the long term health is not a big issue (if you're 80 tyou probably shouldn't be overly concerned if it will cause birth defects or cancer etc in 10 years).  On the other hand, should you be giving it to a 5 year old who has almost 0% chance of serious risk if left unvaccinated.

My next post will include a personal anecdote from a lady who took tthe vaccine and now regrets it.

Get educated.  Demand that your government provide data not mandates.  Each person should be allowed to decide for their own personal self whether to get a vaccine or not.

Informed decisions.  Decisions made freely without duress or coercion.  

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Fake News Left and Right

 Fake News from the Left and the Right

Today's Global and Digital world has created a new problem - fake news.  It exists everywhere.

David Baldacci wrote a fictional, action novel The Whole Truth in which he described a character whose job was PM which stands for perception management.  In his end note he discusses how this is a very real situation today.  Perception management is a type of fake news, maybe the most serious form.  It is intended to create the information you then believe is real.  They control you through the information they present and how they present it.  Read Baldacci's Novel - it is enlightening on perception management.

We have seen the US Media and indeed the world media operate this way. They no longer report the Facts.  Now they report the information as they want you to believe it.  Truth is now irrelevant.

Facebook today "fact checks" any information that they consider to be damaging to the political narrative they support.  I have never seen any "fact check" on information presented by the left on Facebook although it is false or misleading.  The entire impeach Trump was based on perception management rather than fact.  Both impeachments.  There was no real facts to support either.  Yet the US and World News presented the false information as though it was fact.  Perception management.  

Because mainstream media no longer practices "objectivity" and fairness in their reporting, the public no longer trusts the main stream media.  The US Media today is like the media was in the former USSR and in jurisdictions like China today.  The public knows the news isn't the real news.  Or at least the intelligent, nongullible do.  The only difference today between the Media in China and the Media in the US is who is controlling the perception.  In China, it is the CCP.  In the US?  It is the ownership or management of the media.  This you have CNN directing it's reporters to slant the news anti-Trump and Pro-Biden.  The media ignores Hunter Biden and buries the story pre-election because of their anti-Trump bias.

Other Media outlets, but fewer, have a Right leaning.  This used to include Fox News but today Fox has largely joined the left.  The Conservative voices have fewer outlets.  They are in fact censored by the left which Twitter banning accounts that are Conservative, Facebook posting Fcat Checking notices on anything anti-Left, Amazon cancelling Parlers web hosting, etc

And this false news via perception management has now led to people hearing and believing as "true" information being sent out via podcast and video from "independent" news.  Unfortunately these sites prey on misinformation and perception management also.  This is a direct result of people knowing the mainstream media has failed.  Mainstream media are puppets rather than independent, objective journalists.  They parrot the information and view fed to them from above.  No critical thinking permitted.

Thus you have people convinced that the military is in control of the US Government today, others believe that the US Government is a corporation created and controlled by the Vatican or other foreign entities; you have people claiming there is a new world money and that the US currency is going to be replaced by it; people claiming that Trump has orchestrated everything to show the evils of the world and Trump is really still President and soon will be restored publicly to Office.  Reality is thrown aside in favor of fake perceptions.

It is almost impossible today to shift fact from fiction.  Photos and videos are easily manipulated to show what the person editing them want you to think.  Facts that are NOT facts flow quickly across the worldwide web and are gobbled down as truth.

Fake News, left and right.  

Sunday, February 14, 2021

My new blogs

 I have created 3 new blogs:

One is to share photos and along with the photos some background about the photo or photos.  You can think of it as a photo, travel, culture and food blog.

A second is about books and reading.  It will let me connect with readers out there in the world I hope.

and the Third is all about English learning

Feel free to share the blog links with anyone you think will be interested.  I still need to decide about my first blog for ESL. 

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