Thursday, April 22, 2021

VILE AND SQUISHY TURKS AND EU!

You have to hand it to the Europeans. Nobody does sycophancy quite the way the pathetic dregs of european aristocracy do every day as they gad about for the EU and the IOC and other passing fancies that drip privilege and disdain. On the other hand, few can dish out disdain better than the dregs of the Ottomans. As we will see in the next bit here, there is one pathetic outfit that gives the Ottomans a run for disdain. As we see, Turkey provided a throne for each of the males but were content to leave whossname standing around.



The Disdain Runner-up! Politico. NOTE the correction at the bottom.

Not every political outfit that bravely fronts for the Party of Slavery can misspell a head-of-state's name. Leave that kind of disdain and contempt to the Professionals!!!

VIVE LA DIFFERENCE

Speaking of out of control mobs, crowd control methods I'm leaning towards these days. You know just who is capable of this sort of violence of course. Firing on unsuspecting unwilling participants is a Democrat approach since the Battle of Fort Sumter.

FEDERAL POLICING, SEE THE DIFFERENCE?

No? Me neither.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Friday, April 16, 2021

WHEN THE ONLY ANSWER IS 'IF'

I was reading instandit and he had a link to a story about famous backstabber Liz Cheney who peddled the lies that the White House and President Trump were ignoring Russian threats to our troops. The entire bogus story was a complete fabrication by the liars in the media who will believe anything bad about Trump. Her attack looked like this:
This called to mind the Spartans response to the ruler of Macedonia.
The only answer to dignify Cheney's stupid gullible faith in lying media stars would be, IF.

MAYHEM, MURDER ARSON AND LOOTING TODAY?

Now is when you really put into effect real situational awareness. There is nothing out there at the mall worth your life and you'd be well advised to stay out of and steer clear of all urban areas until the court renders judgement. I don't know how long it will take for the jury to reach a decision or for it to be announced but one of the jurors must have understoond that Floyd killed himself by ingesting fentanyl and may have the moral courage to stand up and say so. To paraphrase a quote that Andrew Jackson never said, it takes just one moral person to set the world on fire. At this point the hideous evil drones in anti-fa and blm don't even need an excuse to kill and burn.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

REALLY HILARIOUS

I came along in the winter of 1961, arriving in the Bundesrepublik like a thunderbolt at the very height of the Cold War and the communist effort designed to unite the world in common misery. I am older now and yet I won that Cold War. Not saying I had no helpers, just sayin....We won. See the fruits of our victory after a very long and bitter war and weep for what our Republics have stumbled over and lost in the the Peace as our youth embrace communism and vile mediocrity.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

WE ARE ENGAGED IN A GREAT STRUGGLE

Does anybody else think the Babylon Bee is being a bit prescient?

INFINITELY SAD AND STUPID

Biden and the democrats in the Pentagon have decided to announce that the United States will withdraw the last of our troops sometime in September, 3 months after the deadline reached by negotiation with the Taliban and government of that failed region of misery, as negotiated by President Trump last year. That almost forces the taliban to action and if I know terrorists as well as I think I do, that means that they will celebrate the end of American occupation with the biggest bangs they can contrive, especially in the months after the negotiated withdrawal date. We will have now the same sorrows our families knew in the days after the end of World War I had been negotiated with a set end of the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918. I feel great sympathy for everyone who dies in that miserable hell on earth between now and the latest end to foreign born warriors dying there.

It doesn't help any that the insane leadership here has decided to revoke every single security measure that had any meaningful deterrence to terrorist acts here in the United States. I wonder what they'll target first..... I'm thinking the transportation network is most vulnerable but so is the power grid and so is every school building in this country. It's like they never heard of Breslan.

Monday, April 12, 2021

SENSE THE IRONY

A rethuglican Congressman is accused of all manner of things beyond his control by rabid poltroons who scream that any demand that voters produce a real ID is nothing but slavery! Everyone, they scream, knows that blacks are too stupid to get a real ID despite it being an absolute requirement to get a bank account, get on an airplane, enter a federal building, etc. Yet, somehow all mankind is required to get a real ID and verify the age of any girl that says she's willing. This in an age when the less enlightened girls are all doing their very best to look older and the really scary ones are doing their best to look younger.

As this monstrous non-crime is going on the press meanwhile ignores the judge that found the Michigan Secretary of State broke the law when arbitrarily changing the rules set by the state legislature for voting. In other words, in a different outcome, the media who would be screaming in agony if anybody failed to note the hanging chad, remains silent. There's a theme here.

Two different idiots of neopallor decide that they must resist the cops and fight to the death for some reason or other. One gets his wish and dies at the hand of a cop who in other circumstances, say arresting anybody but a young black male, would have seen a simple arrest and probably an immediate return to the streets but both chose death in that event and the other saw an officer who really is too damned stupid for our Armed Forces resist getting out of his car even causing the police to draw on him. He really is some one the military can spare to go on to better rewards like licking gasoline nozzles at the local Marathon station.

The angry morons are getting angrier as yet once again they demand that the police gentle the morons into going along with the simplest commands. I don't know why they don't insist on some serious training for their kids to simply comply with the police especially when they riled the police up enough to cause them to draw firearms. Maybe instead of all that bullshit critical race theory in which NOBODY is allowed to criticize the obvious suspects, they spend a hundred hours going through endless scenario driven training where they learn exactly what to do when confronted by the police.

In Michigan with an explosion of new virus cases the only thing the CDC can think to do is order everyone in the state to stay in jail forever. One has to wonder when the people will simply start shooting the people that keep thinking they have the power to condemn citizens to home arrest without trial or even any accusations of a crime. The evidence is a relentless tide that strongly favors the idea of spending a lot more time out in the sun and what about all the phrophylactic measures people elsewhere indulge in to ward off the evil almost entirely harmless virus? Extra Vitamin D, maybe some of those things Trump talked about and just why exactly is it so fucking impossible to get any studies putting these measures to the test in a scientific environment?

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Thursday, April 8, 2021

THIS WILL HURT TO DEATH

It seems our woke friends at United are hellbent to kill you all. They have a cunning plan to end racism and they don't care about the consequences. The drawback to being a racist asshole lies in the facts that really do matter. Here is a fact.

Over the next decade United will train 5,000 pilots who will be guaranteed a job with United, after they complete the requirements of the Aviate program – and our plan is for half of them to be women and people of color

Saturday, April 3, 2021

FIRST RETHUGLICAN SQUISH TELLS ALL

In an interesting and thoroughly bi-partisan manner for which he is both notorious and infamous, famous republican squish number 1, John Boehner, former Speaker of the House who was sickened to death by the people who elected a republican majority of 63 seats in the House of Representatives, took to Politico to fire off a spread of Parthian torpedoes the way squishes like him do after they look back on a disaster and find nobody to blame for complete and utter failure but the far right wing losers who were overwhelmingly sent to Congress to implement some honest to God real republican and conservative measures even if they went straight up Obama's nose and gave him a headache on their way to being vetoed by the moron that didn't have to veto legislation coming from the Republican owned House and Senate because worthless scumbag squishes like Boehner and Ryan after him never found the courage to act on super-majorities they enjoyed and threw away. I think Buck would be proud of that sentence. Just the length of the damned thing, mind you. We sort of competed for longest possible sentence in a blog post.

The level of dishonesty and failure to see the real underlying nature of his anger and defeat was probably the most surprising thing I read in the Politico broadside. Boehner simply attacks everyone he disagreed with in his own Party and disdained, shunned and then defenstrated them when they got uppity and tried to vote him out of the leadership.
Many Republicans were ready for a new House of Representatives Chairman following the 2014 mid-term elections. EMC Research reported 60% of participants in their telephone survey wanted a new chairman.[61] In the end there were a total of 25 votes against Boehner, 29 were needed in order to choose a new speaker. Boehner responded by removing those who opposed him from influential committees.[62]
. His disdain for his peers was unmatched until the next squishy rethuglican came along and accomplished nothing at all. We basically had two worthless cogs of the old machine both decide "to retire" rather than continue on as the most powerful elected office in Congress and 2nd in line to succession to the Presidency, a post that Nancy Pelosi, a shark in human form, enjoys and moreover a shark that never once in all her decades in politics ever tried to achieve a single bi-partisan accomplishment. Why the rethuglicans keep thinking it's necessary is beyond me. In that respect, Newt was the last real politician the rethuglicans produced. God only knows what they are now.

Those interested in how far the republican party fell can read it in Politico for the nasty details. I'd recommend it. One should really learn as much as possible about the enemy and in this case the enemy is self-revealed as the man the rethuglican party thought would best lead them into battle against Obama and the increasingly communist/socialist democrats.
At some point after the 2008 election, something changed with my friend Roger Ailes. I once met him in New York during the Obama years to plead with him to put a leash on some of the crazies he was putting on the air. It was making my job trying to accomplish anything conservative that much harder. I didn’t expect this meeting to change anything, but I still thought it was bullshit, and I wanted Roger to know it.

When I put it to him like that, he didn’t have much to say. But he did go on and on about the terrorist attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, which he thought was part of a grand conspiracy that led back to Hillary Clinton. Then he outlined elaborate plots by which George Soros and the Clintons and Obama (and whoever else came to mind) were trying to destroy him.

“They’re monitoring me,” he assured me about the Obama White House. He told me he had a “safe room” built so he couldn’t be spied on. His mansion was being protected by combat-ready security personnel, he said. There was a lot of conspiratorial talk. It was like he’d been reading whacked-out spy novels all weekend.

And it was clear that he believed all of this crazy stuff. I walked out of that meeting in a daze. I just didn’t believe the entire federal government was so terrified of Roger Ailes that they’d break about a dozen laws to bring him down. I thought I could get him to control the crazies, and instead I found myself talking to the president of the club. One of us was crazy. Maybe it was me.

I have no idea what the relationship between Ailes and Murdoch was like, or if Ailes ever would go off on these paranoid tangents during meetings with his boss. But Murdoch must have thought Ailes was good for business, because he kept him in his job for years.
What this idiot refuses to accept along with reality is the simple fact that Obama's Deep State people and the FBI and other organs of hte government with a license to spy on Americans WAS monitoring people like Ailes and Trump and others and anybody familiar with the facts of American history knew that. Simply look at the copious files the FBI had from its spying on Martin Luther King, Jr. It happened and it is always happening 24/7 as Snowden revealed before heading to the USSR.

Thursday, April 1, 2021

MY MIGHTY VACCINE PASSPORT

Well, this is what all the fuss is about. I'm not sure exactly why beyond the idiotic left's idea that this sort of thing will be required within the United States in order to go about our daily lives. I've had one of these since shortly after I was born. The one here is not the last one but the one before it. As you can see, as with all government and international government type documents it is competely worthless except to make the various bureaucrats at the frontiers happy. The last one is in my medical record somewhere around here. I can always tell it when I see that happy white folder because it was in my bag when I traveled home after a month in Portugal and one of the 12 bottles of Port smashed during transit staining it a nice pinkish damp shade. That record had all the shots I had in my life entered into it after early 1996. One was needed to enter the kingdom back then and I had a lot of business in the kingdom.

As you can see, these are impossible to forge or update at home with a pen and these have been around since at least early 1960 and are just as valid for their purpose as the International Drivers License is accepted everywhere in the world and you can get one for $10.00 at any AAA office. Who can beat the cachet of the World Health Organization?

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

REFLECTIONS

I was up late though not later than usual. That one's hard to quantify or to beat. In a couple of hours I'll walk into a clinic and have a cataract pulled out of my eye. I've been engaging in something I may no longer be able to do at will which is to say, read without glasses. It seems with my eyes once they get repaired I go from being able to read without glasses to needing them to read but not for all the other things. As we used to say, we'll see.

I was rereading a book by John Ringo. The Last Centurions is a book about the end of the world brought about by a disease and bungled vaccine deliveries and a complete loss of faith in government and its so-called experts. It also has the protagonist and all the rest of us dealing with an American president who has to be carefully insulated from reality since she still thinks that global warming is a very real problem even as the world tips into the next ice age and she also believes all the fairy-tale stories that have given us crap, drivel, stupidity and sheer outrage such as critical race theory. You know it when you see it just as you know that Biden isn't really leading this country. Any fool knows that except all those fools who fully bought into the idea that Trump was a Russian agent and still believe it despite the complete fiasco resulting from the Mueller inquisition with an unlimited budget and a list of lawyers who hate and loath Trump beyond all reason and two impeachments that went nowhere simply because the charges were stupid, fake, idiotic and also utterly unprovable.

I join the Townhall that questions the motives and the purpose of an entire party of elite law-breakers who demand that all of us must show a government issued vaccine passport if we want to engage in any of our inalienable rights laid out in the Constitution. You know those rights, leave the house when you want because you feel like, roam around town, leave town, get an education if you want, go to the library and study up on dictatorships and how to derail them, little stuff like going to Church and gathering peacably to beat the stuffing out of anti-fa facists and all the other racist little bastards.

For some reason all the democrat leaders are sold on vaccine passports to move freely about this, our country, the land of the free and the home of the 'terrified of a little virus just a shade more dangerous than the flu'. They all purely hate the idea that any citizen that wants to vote needs to be registered to vote and show an acceptable form of government issued identification. Of course, that's hard for some idiots to wrap their tiny little brains around. For instance, here in Ohio we still don't get a 'real ID' drivers license when we renew or get one. Nope, you have to ask and pay more for that for some reason even though it was mandated nation wide by Congress in order to people to wriggle passed the TSA's inept goons and board airplanes and how did that happen anyway?

Nope, not what you're thinking about the insanity of the Patriot Act, I'm talking about how did it become possible to some goddamned bureaucrats to mandate such things as closing all restaurants and banning all persons from any gatherings of 2 or more especially those gathered in HIS name and attending religious services but still let people completely fill every single seat in a transcontinental or transoceanic passenger plane. It's insane and yet it happens a thousand times a day and nobody says a thing.

I left the publishing date there so you could see that it is just a work of fiction. The sad part, I think, is that the soldiers he writes about could just about do that thing if left to do it without assistance from State and the Pentagon and the reality now is that I don't believe it can anymore. When the leadership concentrates all of its focus on the trivial, impossible and stupid fictions they all suddenly decided were real, we got stuck with the National Guard guarding the Capital from the People and letting the largest cities in democratic states burn. We got warships too stupid to get out of the way of traffic and we got leaders who have now decided that the number one challenge facing the military is white supremacy. If the readiness numbers were public I'm sure we'd all be astonished at how rapidly real combat power melted away after 20 years fighting the same stupid way in Afghanistan, the Middle East and Africa and Asia. We have basically gone far down the path the rest of NATO sped down even before the Iron Curtain and Berlin Wall came tumbling down. NATO without the US could not beat Turkey in a stand up fight and they cannot stand against the Russian military but the people there are too stupid to know that this is true. They still think they are a worthy warrior and probably only a handful of Europeans in the West watched what modern battlefield drones armed with fire and forget missiles can do to troops in the open, soft transport and hard transport and if they can do it with drones they can definitely do it with the battlefield missiles the Russians have speciailized in since 1943.

I suppose that some day soon, we will see for ourselves. There is nothing and nobody holding China or even Myanmar in check now and I doubt anybody really knows what is going on in Korea right now.

There was a lot of truth to this speech out of the movie, The American President.


The democrats really do want to get the guns and they'll use any means at all to make owning a gun a crime despite the Second Amendment and the Constitution. They will twist the law like a pretzel to steal inalienable rights and justify it by telling you it's for your own good. They won't disarm or punish criminal use of a gun but they will punish mere ownership of a gun. You have only to see how that works in the various jurisdictions and states that have decided that there is no such thing as shoplifting and no such thing as arson, assault, etc just as long as the reliable democrat DA says so.....and they do in hellholes like Portland, Seattle, Olympia, Chicago, Baltimore, New York, etc.

What's that other truth that you see in the video above? That's right. It is now apparantly the job of government and so-called experts to find things and make you afraid of them. Fear the Virus!!!! Fear the discarded facemasks leading to death of wildlife!!!!! Fear global warming (now conveniently relabled because its rather hard to show any real evidence of meaningful manmade global warming once you get passed the fearmongering experts and lefties who all hate industrialization, white people, western civilization, etc. Fear the white supremacists whatever they are!!! Fear guns!!!!! Oh no!!! A giant ship is blocking the Suez Canal, probably for months, Fear worldwide shortage of toilet paper!!!!! Fear the Vaccine!!!!!

Well, I'm not afraid.

Friday, March 26, 2021

A BLOG WARNING FROM COYOTE

Taken from Coyote
March 25, 2021, 5:29 pm We have gotten scores of variations on this message in the last 2 weeks from our public contact form -- someone is beating our Captcha, probably just by hiring people in low-wage countries to manually do them. I have not tried it, but I would sooner have unprotected sex with 20 random people than click on the link (I X'ed out part of the link to avoid anyone screwing up and doing so). That link is not a web site but a file programmed to download that probably isn't designed to improve your computer's operation.

Hi,

This is Melaenis and I am a qualified photographer.

I was baffled, frankly speaking, when I recognised my images at your website. If you use a copyrighted image without an owner's license, you should be aware that you could be sued by the creator.

It's illegal to use stolen images and it's so сheap!

Take a look at this document with the links to my images you used at camprrm.com and my earlier publications to get the evidence of my ownership.

Download it right now and check this out for yourself:

https://sites.google.com/view/id98430927432698768/home/drive/storage/file/download?FileID=8343XXXXX3081562342 [it is a clickable link in the email]

If you don't delete the images mentioned in the document above within the next couple of days, I'll file a to your hosting provider stating that my copyrights have been severely infringed and I am trying to protect my intellectual property.

And if it doesn't work, trust me I am going to report and sue you! And I will not bother myself to let you know of it in advance.

It is actually sort of a brilliant come-on, given that most small website owners are sloppy about what images they grab for their site and probably have some latent sense of guilt on this score.

People imagine hackers doing clever electronic things to break into systems, and some times that is the case. But more often than not -- and this is true all the way back to the early phone phreaks -- they crack systems by social engineering, convincing some rube on the inside to give up a password or click on a bad link.
Better safe than sorry. Also, just what the hell is a 'qualified photographer?' Is that some jackass that graduated from the Lord Snowden Academy of picture arts or just some other bogus qualification like Dr. Jills or Dr. Fauccis?

Thursday, March 25, 2021

SOMEONE NEW TO THE BLOGROLL

I only read a couple of articles there but it fits into my world view. Welcome aboard, My Planet My Rules

You can see why.
A COVID Conversation I'd Like To Have...

Karen: Have you gotten your COVID shot yet?
Me: No, but I identify as a vaccinated person.
Karen: What does that mean?
Me: It means I am a vaccinated person trapped inside an unvaccinated body.
Karen: That doesn't make sense!
Me: Don't you deny my truth! That's oppression! This space is supposed to be free of vaccine-ism.
Karen: But that's crazy...There's no such thing as vaccine-ism.
Me: Yes there is. That attitude of yours is a manifestation of Vaccine Supremacy, in fact.
Karen: What do you mean?
Me: Please stop calling me "You". Please use my preferred pronoun.
Karen: What's that?
Me: I prefer to be called "Vaccinaro" or "Vaccinari". Unless I'm also identifying as female that day, in which case the acceptable pronouns are "Vaccinara" and "Vaccinaria". You are also required, because "safety" and "diversity", to suspend your version of objective reality to accept my subjective version. Otherwise, you're my enemy.
Karen: Those aren't even real words! How can I ignore reality?
Me: Where do you work?
Karen: Why do you want to know?
Me: Because you're not validating my lived experience and refusing to use my stated, preferred pronouns. This gives me the right to call your boss and have you fired, and if I can get three people on Twitter to agree with me that's the beginning of a lawsuit. I'll ruin you, you Science Denier!
Karen: What Science?
Me: The Science that says I can be a Vaccinaro trapped inside a Non-Vaccinaro body. We Vaccinaro are a hated and oppressed minority, having to share the world with you filthy, elitist, colonialist Vaccinated. If I get 10 more likes on my Instagram and enough Chinese grant money the medical profession will put a page in the DSM-V just for us and the government will have to give us all sorts of benefits you oppressive Vaccinated can't have because Equity.
Karen: That has nothing to do with Science. Or Vaccinations.
Read the whole thing.

ONLY 11 YEARS AGO

We started here a little over 11 years ago. We find that we haven't changed all that much over that passage of time, distance and learning from what we were back then. Perhaps a commentary on the state of being when you reach a certain age. I suppose one either becomes inflexible, more firm in one's groundings and beliefs or one opens one's self to the candle flame of the moment and shifts course wildly to stay with the herd.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

ONE OF THE REALLY STUPID PEOPLE

Biden reportedly tweeted:

It doesn't take a very smart man to figure out that putting criminals who commit crimes of violence in jail for a couple of decades does wonders to ensafen people (new word, freshly made up for the progs) and another way to ensure people's safety would be to arm them. That is, after all, the argument used to sell the idea that we should arm the police. It made them safer. Some would say it did so to our considerable detriment because they're lousy shots, don't know how to hold on to their weapons and have poor impulse control when it comes to shooting other people's dogs, children, sick people, innocent bystanders, etc.

Of course we all know that the only thing to be done is to make carrying any weapon a crime and that's just what the democrats and progs will do while they ignore antifa, urban massacres and things like that that don't fit the narrative.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

THIS IS JOURNOLISMO

I agree with instapundit. This is what some people accept as journalism:

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Saturday, March 20, 2021

WHEN YOU REALLY HATE THE NEWS

When I want to read the news I try to find an accurate source. If you just like stupid peurile totally fake made-up stories of little to no value, the New York Times has a deal for you.

They'll end up paying people to read their trash.

PAUL HUNT

This is funny and I can't believe I never saw or heard of him. Found at woodsterman There are a number of others featuring this unknown obscure 'woman' athlete.

Friday, March 19, 2021

HE CLIMBS, HE FALLS

Again and again. In other words, your basic Biden.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

THE RAGE FURY AND BLAME GAME

I notice today that the cudgel of public disapproval has been taken up by the People's Party of Science. They have noticed that when scientist type outfits give warnings about potential hazards of mother nature that bitch, using a tool they devleloped some years ago:
The Volcano Alert Level (VAL) system, standardized by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) in 2006, is meant to save lives and keep citizens living in the shadow of an active volcano informed of their current level of risk.

A new study published in Risk Analysis suggests that, when an alert remains elevated at any level above "normal" due to a period of volcanic unrest, it can cause a decline in the region's housing prices and other economic indicators. Because of this, the authors argue that federal policymakers may need to account for the effects of prolonged volcanic unrest -- not just destructive eruptions -- in the provision of disaster relief funding.
A team of geoscientists and statistical experts examined the historical relationship between volcano alerts issued by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and regional economic growth for three of the country's most dangerous volcanoes: Washington State's Mount St. Helens, Hawaii's K?lauea, and California's Long Valley Caldera.
They analyzed the effect of VALs and their predecessors (such as hazard alerts and volcano alerts) on local housing prices and business patterns over a 42-year period, from 1974 to 2016. The economic indicators used in the analysis included annual housing price, number of business establishments per 1,000 square kilometers, the number of employees per 1,000 inhabitants, and payroll per employee.
The team used econometric models to observe economic indicator trends during times when an increase in volcanic activity above "normal" led to a public alert. "Signs of volcanic unrest include ground deformation, rising C02 emissions, and increased earthquake frequency," says Justin Peers, East Tennessee State University. Both lower and higher alert level notifications were shown to have short-term effects on housing prices and business indicators in all three regions. The most significant negative impacts were seen for California's Long Valley Caldera area from 1982-83 and 1991-97. Home to Mono Lake, Mammoth Mountain, and the very popular Mammoth Lakes ski area, this complex volcanic region has experienced prolonged episodic unrest.
As you can imagine, people are a little bit angry that science is ruining their investments and they want some accountability or for people like you and me to pay them money so they can continue to live on the volcano, etc.

This fits neatly in with the other People's Popular Front for Forking Science
Six seismologists accused of misleading the public about the risk of an earthquake in Italy were cleared of manslaughter on 10 November. An appeals court overturned their six-year prison sentences and reduced to two years the sentence for a government official who had been convicted with them.

Deadly Italian quake strikes 40 kilometres from L’Aquila. The magnitude-6.3 earthquake struck the historic town of L’Aquila in the early hours of 6 April 2009, killing more than 300 people.

The finding by a three-judge appeals court prompted many L’Aquila citizens who were waiting outside the courtroom to react with rage, shouting “shame” and saying that the Italian state had just acquitted itself, local media reported. But it comes as a relief to scientists around the world who had been following the unprecedented case with alarm.

“We don’t want to have to be worried about the possibility of being prosecuted if we give advice on earthquakes,” says seismologist Ian Main of the University of Edinburgh, UK. “That would discourage giving honest opinion.”

The scientists had ended up in court as a consequence of botched communication in a highly stressed environment. In the months before the major earthquake struck, the region around L’Aquila had been subject to frequent, mostly low-magnitude tremors, known as seismic swarms. Residents were confused and increasingly alarmed by public statements made by a local amateur earthquake predictor, who said that he had evidence of an impending quake — although geologists dismissed his methods as unsound.

A commission of experts met on 31 March 2009 to assess the scientific evidence and advise the government. According to the prosecution, a press conference after that meeting — attended by the acting president of the commission, volcanologist Franco Barberi of the University of Rome ‘Roma Tre’, and by government official Bernardo De Bernardinis, then deputy director of the Italian Civil Protection Department — conveyed a reassuring message that a major earthquake was not on the cards.

Moreover, in a television interview recorded shortly before the meeting but aired after it, De Bernardinis, who is now president of the Institute for Environmental Research and Protection in Rome, said that “the scientific community tells me there is no danger because there is an ongoing discharge of energy” during the seismic swarms.

As a consequence, according to the prosecution, when the earthquake struck on 6 April, 29 people chose to stay indoors instead of stepping outside as they otherwise would have done, and died as their homes collapsed. All seven members of the expert commission were found guilty of manslaughter in October 2012, after a 13-month trial that transfixed the international scientific community. (A Nature editorial criticized that verdict.)

In addition to De Bernardinis, Selvaggi and Barberi, the other defendants were Enzo Boschi, former president of the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology in Rome; Claudio Eva, an Earth physicist at the University of Genoa; Mauro Dolce, head of the seismic-risk office of the Civil Protection Department in Rome; and Gian Michele Calvi, director of the European Centre for Training and Research in Earthquake Engineering in Pavia.

The appeal ruling was the result of a 30-day trial that started on 10 October in the L’Aquila courtroom, before a three-judge court. Over the course of six hearings before the appellate court in L’Aquila, the scientists’ attorneys argued that no clear causal link had been proved between the meeting and the behaviour of the people of L’Aquila. They also argued that the scientists could not be held accountable for De Bernardinis’s reassuring statements, and that the seismologists’ scientific opinions were ultimately correct.

“The only useful thing that can protect us from earthquakes is the seismic hazard map of a country,” said Selvaggi in a spontaneous statement he made during the final hearing. “We showed a map where L’Aquila is purple, which means the highest hazard. That is what I said on 31 March 2009, and I would say the same thing today.”

The reasoning behind the verdict is not yet known, and the judges can take up to three months to publish it. Selvaggi says that the appeals judges agreed that the scientists had broken no law. But it is not clear why De Bernardinis was considered differently. He was acquitted of the manslaughter charges in 16 cases, but not for the other 13.

Public prosecutor Romolo Como told the press that he had expected the judges to reduce the sentences, but not to “put all the blame on De Bernardinis and the civil protection”.

The ruling of the appeals judge can still be overturned. Lawyers for the families of the deceased have announced that they will challenge the ruling in the Supreme Court of Cassation in Rome, the country’s court of last resort. That court could invalidate the findings and call for a retrial.
The somewhat frightening thing is that this can now happen so easily right here in the United States because our educators have misraised, misinformed and lied to generations of young children who have now grown up believing that mankind alone is destroying our climate and world and is responsible for things like warming, cooling, cyclones, tornados, albinos, pineapple pizza and other horrible things like that. You can see it in the midwest where a judge in downtown Somaliaville, Minnesota is attempting to find enough civilians uncorrupted by the endless stories about how cops killed a black man in their nasty little town, to judge those cops and find them guilty of murder.

I cannot see how a change of venue was not sought and I cannot imagine any jurors willing to objectively view the event and all the evidence and attempt to determine any other verdict than guilty because they know the squalid remains of their town and many other nasty places will all erupt in flames, violence, looting, arson and murder if they don't find the cop(s) guilty. It doesn't help that the officials in charge of that nasty shitty town released the announcement that the city had settled with the family of the dead man in a $27 million judgement during jury selection.

Naturally it will all come to it's first head sometime around the beginning of summer and the retrial will ruin the fall. It really is just one damned thing after the other now. I can hardly wait for China to invade Taiwan, North Korea to drop a nuke on Biden's watch and for the American military currently occupying the national capital, to collapse from internal dissent as they hold witch hunts in an effort to get rid of people who swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States.

On that note, you definitely don't want to find yourself all alone downtown in one of those nasty cities or in an urban mall when the verdict comes down if by some miracle a juror holds out and the railroad doesn't proceed to immediately stuff the cops in jail for murder. It's not going to be pretty and it won't be safe. Situational Awareness is your friend. Start practicing it now so you'll know what to look for in a few weeks.