Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

 
Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

 
The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.


He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

 
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Update on the investigation of the coup attempt against Trump

While the world goes childishly insane over the Wuhan flu (which by the way saw today another plunge, to 327 of the daily death toll), the investigation into the coup attempt from 2017 to 2019 against President Trump by high officials in the Justice Department and the FBI continues.

An article today at The Conservative Treehouse provides a detailed look at the attempted cover-up of that coup attempt, based on a review of information from FISA court materials that were released in April by the Justice Department under the leadership of attorney general Bill Barr.

The amount of information is large, and the story is complex. If you are concerned educated citizen however you are obligated to spend the time to read it. It shows how in the summer of 2018 upper management in both the Justice Department and FBI lied to the FISA court in order to prevent their illegal and unjustified investigation against Carter Page and Donald Trump from being discovered. It also shows in detail the corruption of the mainstream leftist press, which had bought into the fake Russian collusion story being promoted by these same high FBI/Justice officials. That press thus could not do its job and investigate the coup, for if it did it would reveal itself to have been dupes. Instead that leftist press decided to become participants in the cover-up.

The complexity of this story might explain why the criminal investigation by John Durham is taking so long. At the same time, the bulk of evidence now available to the public that confirms this coup attempt suggests it is high time for some indictments. If such prosecutions do not happen soon, then it will simply be too late. Above all some indictments must occur prior to the election.

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9 comments

  • mkent

    …which by the way saw today another plunge, to 327 of the daily death toll…

    If you actually followed the data instead of cherry-picking figures to score political points, you’d know that the numbers are *always* low on a Sunday in the United States due to decreased reporting. They always rise up in the middle of the week.

    If you plotted the moving 7-day average to remove that weekly variation, you’d see that that average hit a minimum of 516 on 05 July and has since risen to 753 on 13 July, an increase of 46% — not a plunge.

    But other than being the exact opposite of reality, your parenthetical was right on!

  • mkent: Instead of cherry-picking this single data point, if you would look at my post from just yesterday where I graph the overall daily death toll for this entire season, you would see the weekly pattern clearly illustrated.The weekly high point was four days ago. We are still getting numbers for the week, and today’s number is practically as low as the previous low from the past week, making this week only slightly higher than the previous week. That was my point. Despite the panic of these fools in charge about a second wave, the overall increase is quite minor, and not something to panic about. Even if the rolling average for each daily death toll is up, it is up by only about 100 deaths, and that’s for the entire United States.

    The low number today illustrates this.

    I must also note that if you glance at the numbers from New Jersey from earlier this week, when U.S. death toll number rose, you will discover that its total suddenly jumped by about 100 above its daily average. The state has been averaging about 35 deaths per day since the beginning of June, except for one day when it recorded 1877 deaths, and one day this week when it recorded 142 deaths. That jump alone, which I consider suspicious considering the politicians running that state, would explain the higher numbers this past week. Take that out, and the increase in the rolling average shrinks to practically nil.

    But let’s panic. Let’s make everyone put on stupid pieces of unsanitary cloth to make them look like Antifa terrorists. Let’s shut down more businesses to bankrupt them. Let’s do that, because nationwide a handful of already sick older patients happened to die from this virus. Makes sense to me.

  • Rose

    New Jersey announced the retrospective addition of 1,854 probable fatalities back on June 25. It would have rolled out of any 7-day running average before the start of the July 4th holiday weekend and thus would not explain the higher numbers this past week. To the contrary, depending on the visualization or metric used, it could have provided higher previous-week values to compare against, potentially disguising last week’s climb.

    And yes, it is strange to call yesterday’s 327 — up week-on-week from the previous Sunday’s 242 — a plunge.

    While the COVID Tracking Project data table page Bob links does reflect the 25 June NJ retrospective “probable” addition, their “US Daily Deaths” chart does not.
    * https://covidtracking.com/data/charts/us-daily-deaths
    (Do they have a general policy of not including “probables” there, or do they excluded all retrospective additions to avoid introducing artifacts to their graphs?)

    The chart clearly shows the upturn of last week. Those who believe that the large rise in case numbers (which started a month ago) will lead to a similar increase in death rates expect that upturn to continue this week.

  • Phill O

    The CDC downgrading from epidemic is the most notable factor. The criteria was laid down long before Covid-19

  • Rose

    Phill, contrary to the title of Bob’s Sunday post, the CDC has not made such a declaration. Their preliminary PIC percentage reported for week #27 was a few tenths of a percent below the epidemic threshold, but they noted that as additional death certificates for that week are processed, the PIC percentage is expected to rise. In a comment to that post, I gave seven weeks of historical numbers showing how the PIC percentage climbs over successive reports. (Though I don’t understand why it takes so long to process death certificates in this day and age, particularly when they are being used to generated epidemiologic metrics.)

    From the daily state reports, it appears likely that week #27 — the week ending July 4 — will represent a local minimum in the PIC percentage graph.

  • mkent

    The state has been averaging about 35 deaths per day since the beginning of June, except for one day when it recorded 1877 deaths, and one day this week when it recorded 142 deaths. That jump alone, which I consider suspicious considering the politicians running that state…

    New Jersey reported 1,854 probable COVID-19 deaths for the first time on 25 June, well before the uptick in COVID deaths nationwide. And there’s nothing suspicious about reporting probable COVID deaths. It means that COVID-19 was listed on the death certificate, but it was based on diagnostics that did not include a CARS-CoV-2 PCR test. CAT scans of the lungs of COVID-19 patients, for example, have a characteristically frosted glass appearance of both lungs. It was one of the signs early on in the epidemic that told doctors that this is not ordinary pneumonia, which has a different appearance on the scan.

    This is standard practice long preceding COVID-19. For example, most patients who die of influenza never get the influenza-A and influenza-B tests, but flu is listed on their death certificates based on their physician’s judgment.

    Again, there’s nothing sinister about this data. It just shows that we are in an actual epidemic. Some people just don’t want to accept that.

  • Garry

    I don’t mean to be the thread police, but the comments so far address an aside comment that Mr. Z used in his introduction. I would hate to see this sidetrack cause people miss the linked article, which is truly outstanding.

    The article is long and very difficult to digest, but provides very thorough information derived from public sources. I’m a regular reader at The Conservative Treehouse, and have learned tons from it. The main poster does amazing research, and I usually have to read the same (or similar) articles multiple times to even being to absorb the content.

    I hope that you find the article as informative as I do.

  • Garry: Yeah, good point. I find it interesting how often today people have trouble seeing the forest for the trees, and in fact want to only see the trees, even the weeds, rather than looking at the forest, the actual story staring them in the face.

    I will admit to being a forest kind of guy. I like looking at the close-ups (see all of my cool images) but always back up to see the bigger picture for context. This article at the Conservative Treehouse does the same, but for a political scandal. It looks at specific details, but then widens its look to get the big picture because without it the details mean nothing.

    This also applies to the Wuhan virus. Too many people can’t see the forest for the trees. Sure there has been a rise in the daily death numbers, but it is relatively tiny when compared first to the size of the country, second to the number of positive infections being detected, and third to the previous death rate. It is simply not something to panic over.

    Anyway, I thank you for trying to remind people of the purpose of my post.

  • Cotour

    Happened within the hour:

    Gunman who shot judges son and husband found dead.

    https://www.rt.com/usa/495320-suspect-epstein-judge-shooting-suicide/

    Worked on Epstein Deutsche bank case or just agreed to take it?

    What is this about?

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