Plagiarism?

Last night, I watched a movie called Red Planet (absolutely no relation to the Heinlein classic). In fact, having forgotten how bad it was, I rewatched it; I first saw it some years ago. But some things struck me this time around.

I suspect you’re also familiar with the 2011 novel/2015 movie The Martian. Let’s run down some comparisons.

The basic plots of the films differ greatly, but some of the plot elements

Red Planet: Astronauts stranded on Mars, no food, no communications. Finally pared down to one survivor. Everyone thinks they’re dead because they have no working communications. The mothership is going to abandon them and return to Earth.

The Martian: Um… ditto.


Red Planet: The survivors search out an old, old Mars probe and use its radio to make contact with Earth.

The Martian: Yep.


Red Planet: The last survivor makes his way to an old Russian Mars probe that has a return vehicle.

The Martian: The survivor makes his way to a new Mars return vehicle.


Red Planet: The survivor has to strip down the return vehicle to make it light enough to take him to orbit.

The Martian: The survivor has strip down the return vehicle to make it light enough to intercept the rescue ship.


Red Planet: During ascent, the upper hull is ripped away exposing the suited-up astronaut to space.

The Martian: The actual hull plates were removed, but the tarp rips away during ascent.


Red Planet: The astronaut doesn’t quite reach the ship, so the rescuer goes out on a tether to reel him in.

The Martian: Here we go again.


And I wouldn’t have thought about this, because the context and timing differs, but all in all…

Red Planet: The survivor needs power (to activate the return vehicle). He salvages a nuclear battery from a probe they brought with them.

The Martian: The survivor needs a mobile power source, so he salvages a nuclear battery from the fuel processing system.

That’s a lot of parallels. It could be coincidence. Although there are some filmmakers who specialize in rip-offs (Independents Day comes to mind). I thought Red Planet might be one of those; I figured it came out shortly after The Martian.

Nope. It was released in 2000, eleven years before Weir’s novel, fifteen before the movie.

Any one of those coincidences could be explained away as “Well, how else would he do it?” but all of them together is suspect. I’ve never met Weir, but from reading he doesn’t strike me as someone who would deliberately plagiarize. Maybe he saw Red Planet and, like me, tried to forget because it really is that bad. But subconsciously those little plot elements might’ve been still hovering in the back of his mind.

Don’t get me wrong. The Martian is a good story. The film is better written and acted than Red Planet. The plot makes far more sense. And while those elements in Red Planet just sort of magically work, Weir’s character has to work at it, and accomplishes things realistically; why it worked (or didn’t) is explained rationally.

Meh. If it was accidental plagiarism, Weir pre-did his penance for it just sitting through Red Planet. And I’m now probably good to go for entry to Heaven for sitting through it twice.

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Fauci Has Jumped the ChinCOVID Shark

Get this: COVID-19 vaccines won’t prevent COVID -19. Assuming this is being reported accurately.

Fauci: Early Vaccines Only Stop Illness, Won’t Stop Spread
Dr. Anthony Fauci says early vaccines for the novel coronavirus will only prevent symptoms, not block the virus.

“The primary thing you want to do is that if people get infected, prevent them from getting sick, and if you prevent them from getting sick, you will ultimately prevent them from getting seriously ill,” Fauci said at Yahoo Finance’s All Markets Summit on Monday.

Bull fucking shit.

vaccine: suspension of weakened, killed, or fragmented microorganisms or toxins or of antibodies or lymphocytes that is administered primarily to prevent disease.

A vaccine can confer active immunity against a specific harmful agent by stimulating the immune system to attack the agent. Once stimulated by a vaccine, the antibody-producing cells, called B cells (or B lymphocytes), remain sensitized and ready to respond to the agent should it ever gain entry to the body.

I wasn’t planning to be an early vaccinator anyway. I’ve seen too many cases where early versions had problems that only showed up when widespread vaccinations started; stuff that didn’t turn up during tests, or production errors that changed the vaccine. I was going to wait to see.

But if these fucking morons are planning to approve a “vaccine” that does not confer some degree of immunity, but only prevent symptoms, then I am not going to get it at all.

Fucking quack.

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The Dems aren’t even pretending anymore.

Gropin’ Joe is essentially out. Both he and “Lewinsky with more ambition” have referred to the “Harris administration. Now it’s the Texas state director for the Biden Harris campaign.

“Without further delay, I am so honored to introduce the next president of the United States, Sen. Kamala Harris,” Acuña said.

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Kneepads did not correct her.

So who would her VP pick be?


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Streisand* much, Kelly?

Mark Kelly files libel suit against conservative website’s uncorroborated photo claim

That would be this picture.

I didn’t much give a flip about a 35 year-old Halloween costume. But come to think of it…

No names, date, or location but there was one Halloween costume party involving Air Force personnel. I was a Viking, and had the most innocuous costume there.

There was a coke fiend with a three foot wall mirror, a huge line of flour “coke” and a 8.5×11″ cardboard razor blade. He’d also liberally dusted himself with the flour.

There was a giant Quaalude.

The contest winner was a flasher: overcoat, hat, jock strap,shoes,  and cut-off pants legs to make it look like he had pants on until the big reveal. Nothing else.

Now that was a party that no one going into politics wants to remember. But I’ll bet most of the surviving hillfolk do have — spotty — memories of it. If anyone is running for office, I do have a photo. Tips accepted.


* In case you’ve been under a rock for the past 17 years.

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Mark Kelly A Little Hitler?

This image is getting passed around, identified as wannabe-tyrant Mark Kelly at a Merchant Marine Academy Halloween party. Kelly and others say it isn’t him.

I dunno. It sure resembles a young Mark Kelly. Ears, nose, chin…

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ChinCOVID: Then and Now

Here’s an interesting paper: COVID-19 Data Collection, Comorbidity & Federal Law: A Historical Retrospective

I’ve mentioned that the CDC has issued ChinCOVID guidance that allows deaths to be ICD-10 coded (U07.1) as death by ChinCOVID even if the person tested negative for the virus, leading to ChinCOVID causing motorcycle crashes, gun shots, surgical complications,alcohol poisoning, and more. That paper looks at how, why, and what the CDC guidance happened, and the results of the change.

Aside from a peculiar reference to “SARS-CoV-2” in 2005, which suspect was a rogue spellchecker at work since the 2005 outbrak was SARS-CoV, this seem accurate enough. Much of it is sstuff I’ve confirmed before.

I’ll just show you one graphic from the paper. It is a comparison of ChinCOVID deaths under the current guidance, and under the guidance that the United States used for 17 years until ChinCOVID became the handy tool for totalitarians.


Draw your own conclusions.

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While I’m talking about ChinCOVID reporting accuracy…

I ran down why the ChinCOVID media reports are BS regarding the surge in cases, but I want to address another aspect.

ChinCOVID deaths; just how many?

Per Johns Hopkins, and Worldometer, as of this writing, there have been 229,292; with Georgia specifically accounting for 7,766. I’m using Worldometer as the example because while they use the same data as JH, they display it better.

For once, the state of Georgia agrees with their total. It’s when they happened that Georgia and Worldometer differ on. Worldometer (and JH) report when deaths were reported to the state Department of Public Health as the date of death; that is false. And it causes the graph to show a slower decline (and even increases in daily deaths even though in Georgia daily deaths have been steadily dropping since early August; that’s two and a half months of decline.

Oddly enough, the CDC says there were only 209,568 US deaths actually coded as ChinCOVID. Except when they claim (carefully not mentioning actual ICD-10 codes) 222,447. But then the CDC claims 207,882. (And I’ve got another post coming about that.)

But the 7,766 Georgia deaths? The CDC puts that number at 6,631 with an ICD-10 code of U07.1* for ChinCOVID.

Go through your own state numbers, especially if you’re in one of the Midwest states where the doom-mongers claim there is a major surge. If your state is only reporting “Date of Report,” hit them with a demand for a list/graph/spreadsheet showing date of death. Find out what the reality is (or as close as you can get).


* It’s worth noting that a death can be coded U07.1 even if the person tested negative for ChinCOVID. Welcome to the world of bullshit reporting to drive fear.

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The ChinCOVID “Surge”

To hear the doom-mongering media tell it, we’re all going to die of ChinCOVID. Again. There’s another surge. Specifically some 71,600 new cases on Thursday, October 22.

Bullshit.

While Complete Bull Shit (CBS) cites Johns Hopkins, I’m going to use Worldometer; by comparison both seem to be using the same garbage dataset, but Worldometer has 1) better visualization and 2) a lot less strain on the CPU (JH seeems to think a script is no good unless you can brew a pot of coffee on your processor).

For 10/22, Worldometer reported 74,466 “Daily New Cases” in the US. For Georgia specifically, it claims 2,224 “Daily New Cases.”

The state of Georgia begs to differ. As of 10/23, Georgia reported 1,824 cases on 10/22. Whoa… somehow Worldometer (and JH) found 400 more cases than did the state. (Note that these numbers will have some mismatch because Georgia revises their numbers everyday to reflect tests finally getting reported to DPH: more on that later.)

But wait. That state 1,824 number is how many positives were finally reported to DPH on that date; it is not the number of new cases on that date.

The number of new cases in Georgia on October 22 was… 123.

Worldometer/JH/CBS have inflated the numbers for Georgia by 2,101. That’s just one state, which I track because I live here. How many other state numbers did they inflate by several hundred percent?

Georgia reported 1,701 cases above the 123 10/22 cases; when did those occur? Who TF knows? Those are late reported tests, but unless you’re tracking changes for specific dates, you don’t know exactly.

As it happens, I have been tracking one date: July 6, 2020. That is the date of peak new daily cases in Georgia. It stands out, and a month ago, I noticed some thing strange about it. Yes, it does change as backlogged tests get reported, but the number doesn’t just go up.

Sometimes it goes down. Even now, three and a half months later.

On 9/19, DPH claimed 5,820 new cases that day. By 10/12, it worked its way up — two steps forward, one step back; sometimes rising, sometimes dropping, but trending upwards — to 5,842.

By 10/23, it had dropped to 5,818.

Now let’s look at deaths. This gets to be real fun.

Worldometer claims 903 US deaths on 10/233, with Georgia accounting for 37 of those. And by “Date of Report” Georgia did report 37 deaths. But they didn’t happen on 10/23. If you look at “Date of Death”, we had a massive surge of…

0 (zero, null, nada, zip) deaths on 10/23. Ditto for the day prior, 10/22. Going back to 10/21, we had 6. For that date, Worldometer claimed: 30; inflated 5 times.

The best I can say is that Worldometer (and JH and CBShit) are using “Date of Report.” That is absolutely useless in tracking the progress of an epidemic. This is why:

Here is Georgia’s cases by bureaucratic data of report.

That’s helpful for bureaucrats trying to figure out who is reporting in a timely manner, and who isn’t; and for scumbag media trying to induce perpetual panic. If that chart is all you looked at, and no one told you it was “Date of Report,” you’d think Georgia was surging again. Compare that to the chart graphing new cases by “Date of Onset” (the date the test was done, not eventually reported).

Well, how ’bout that? Doesn’t look much something to panic over, does it? But I’ll pretend hear you say, “But what about the hump peaking in early October? Doesn’t that mean something?”

Yes, it does. Let’s look at yet another chart. This is total testing, by date of test. Not positive cases, but the number of all PCR tests, positive or negative, each day.

Notice that humps in cases coincides with humps in testing. In fact, every discontinuity in new cases correlates with a surge or decrease in testing. Check your state; I’ll bet you’ll find a similar correlation.

Take a look at one last graph. This one is the percent of positive tests for each day.

A little explanation is in order. At the beginning of this shitshow, you had to have ChinCOVID-type symptoms to get tested at all. So if you’re only testing those likely to have the illness, then your percent positive rate is going to be relatively high. This makes perfectly good sense for diagnosis, but it seriously skews the results if your goal is tracking the progress of an epidemic.

But a week or two after Georgia’s lockdown was lifted, mid-May, PCR testing was opened up for anyone who wanted it, no symptoms required. And as the weeks went by, they opened up more and more free testing locations. That’s why you see a surge in testing,but the percent positive never again resembles the beginning portion of the “pandemic.”

Percent positive — based on testing anyone — peaked in early July — just peak new cases — and has been dropping ever since. Just news daily cases has been dropping.

Despite the lockdown lifting, no mask mandate (and damned few people wearing them), businesses reopening, schools reopening… despite folks in Georgia mostly trying to live a normal life, the “pandemic” is ending. There is no second surge here.

ChinCOVID deaths in Georgia peaked in early August (which makes sense; they got sick in the early July case peak, and finally died), and have been declining ever since.

Locally, in my county, we did have a late September/early October surge, but that was attributable to a single nursing home that — rumor has it — made some medically insane administrative decisions guaranteed to sicken and kill the vulnerable. If what I heard about that is true, someone in admin should face negligent homicide charges at the very least.

Stick a fork in ChinCOVID; it’s done, in Georgia. Probably in your state, too.

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“Get A Double-Barrel Shotgun”


Biden may — if he can remember that — regret that advice.

What with Gropin’ Joe and Senator Kneepads both publicly referring to the “Harris administration,” and Biden’s clear mental deterioration, I’ve speculated that the Dems — with it being far too late to replace Biden on the ballots — plan to elect Biden, then as soon as practical use the 25th Amendment to remove him and install Harris as President. But this morning it occurred to me that the Dems have a second barrel.

Given the Cokehunter Biden email dump and the trove of documents from his unclaimed laptops, it’s also pretty damned clear that Daddy has a little corruption problem. Sure, the Dems and their media pets are ignoring it, or calling it Russian disinformation when they can’t ignore it, but it’s there.

Unlike the conspiracy theories about Trump and the Russians, the Hunter Biden story is backed up with documents that third parties are confirming as real. And differing from the “Trump called the military suckers,” backed only with anonymous claims countered by public nonanonymous people saying it isn’t true, the people confirming the Biden emails (and text messages) are doing so publicly. So why are the Dems ignoring it?

Again, it’s too late to replace Biden on the ballots. They have to try to elect him even though he’s a major liability. But Joe handed them a double-barrel shotgun.

The first barrel is the 25th Amendment.

But if Joe changes what’s left of his mind and tries to fight that, Harris et al can suddenly “discover” the Hunter/China/Russia/Burisma corruption scandal is real. Then they can make Joe an offer: Joe, let us 25A you, and go into a quiet retirement, well-funded by your son’s antics, or we support impeachment. You’ll be impeached, you’ll be convicted in the Senate, and then you’ll be indicted by a federal grand jury. Given the evidence your son abandoned — unencrypted, for fuck’s sake — at the computer shop, you’ll be convicted on that. Your retirement to Club Fed will be less lavish, even in a minimum security country club facility.

Or they could offer Biden the chance to patriotically resign, and cut a quiet deal with prosecutors.

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