September 18, 2021

Pick Your Own Hemp!

Yes! It's pick your own hemp season in Maine, but only at Sheepscot General Farm; and only hemp.

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September 16, 2021

Burbank v. Tinhorn Flats Cost The City $287,000

The biggest chunk the city spent was $227,539.60 for police. Meanwhile, the case against the owners has yet to go to court. That will mean more expenses.

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September 14, 2021

"Rightwing radio host who mocked AIDS victims dies of Covid after refusing vaccine"

Bob Enyart, a Christian pastor who mocked AIDS victims, has died, unvaccinated, due to COVID. The mocking may now commence.

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September 13, 2021

More Lawlessness In The Riverside County Sheriff's Office

Once again, the sheriff thinks his knowledge of medicine and science exceeds that of anyone else in California. The sheriff posted a self-serving video here. He wants to treat scientists researching COVID as if they are criminal suspects. That is, if new evidence causes them to revise their theories, they must be lying. When all you've got is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. He repeats the falsehood that actually having COVID gives you better protection than the vaccine. "Everyone knows that. That is science." Well, Chad, the scientists don't know that. In fact, they know the opposite. But I'm sure as soon as he gets his brand new Chad Bianco Medical School up and running he can prove those scientists wrong.

In a press release today anticipating the news article in the Press-Enterprise Bianco said this:

There is absolutely nothing in my podcast that was incorrect or irresponsible. It is factual and common sense based … the information I have about Covid and the vaccines is easily found and available for anyone wanting to find it.

Yes, indeed, false information about COVID is very easy to find. That does not make it accurate.

He says 1,500 employees (out of a total of 3,600) in the Sheriff's Department have tested positive. That's almost 42%. He doesn't say how many died. He doesn't know or care how many are vaccinated. Keep that in mind if you ever have to be in close proximity to a Riverside County Sheriff. I wonder how they can in good conscience work with those who can't be vaccinated, like children or pregnant women. Maybe the Sheriff will suggest prayer.

It's his opinion, too, that it is not the role of government to keep the public healthy. I hope when he turns 65 he voluntarily refuses to accept Medicare. And I hope he only eats in libertarian restaurants like the late Tinhorn Flats in Burbank that refuse to submit to those jackbooted Public Health Department thugs. I guess he should also be getting any health care he needs solely from unlicensed practitioners.

He tries to make an analogy between COVID and all the other unhealthy things in the world like sweetened soda beverages, tobacco and Republican thought. (Well, no, he didn't really mention Republican thought.) I'm sure he also opposes chlorination of public water supplies. The FDA should be shut down, of course. The Sheriff probably gets any medications he needs from drug busts. Does the Sheriff's Department enforce helmet and seatbelt laws? If so, why?

He is very effective at demolishing straw men, I gotta give him that.

And then there's the fact that Bianco has endorsed Larry Elder.


The Riverside Alliance for Safety & Accountability is organizing to oust him.

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September 2, 2021

Tinhorn Flats Auction

If you've got a taste for worn bar furnishings from a bar that operated with no health department license and ignoring all COVID rules, here ya go, all the crap from the late (but not lamented) Tinhorn Flats in Burbank.

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August 30, 2021

Attorney For 17 January 6 Rioters Down With COVID (maybe)

There have been conflicting reports, but it seems that attorney John M. Pierce of Los Angeles who represents 17 of those accused in the January 6 Capitol riot is incommunicado because he has COVID and is on a ventilator. He had also been hired to defend Rittenhouse, until Rittenhouse’s family fired him.

Pierce has taken confrontational and high-risk positions in court and appeared to rule out plea deals for many clients. He also has called the riots a government setup, echoing a talking point on right-wing media. “This whole thing was absolutely a false-flag FBI and intelligence community and military special operations set-up,” he wrote in a late July email to a group of lawyers coordinating defense efforts

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Judge Revokes Mother's Custody Of Son Because She Is Not Vaccinated

At a virtual court hearing this month that was supposed to deal with child support, the judge asked the mother if she had been vaccinated for COVID. She had not, so the judge ruled that she could not see her son until she gets vaccinated.

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Milo Yiannopoulos May Soon Free The World Of Milo Yiannopoulos

Milo Yiannopoulos says he has COVID and is treating himself with Ivermectin.

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August 28, 2021

Kam Lun Scores 95/A With Health Department

A couple of local restaurants reported in the Press-Entperise.

Kam Lun Chinese Food, at 66610 Eighth St. in Desert Hot Springs, which failed an Aug. 3 inspection with a 74/C and was closed because of a rodent infestation, was permitted to reopen Aug. 23. The restaurant is now on probation after three failed inspections and two closures in less than two years, and it passed its first probationary inspection with a 95/A.

Santorini Gyro, at 190 N. Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs, was inspected Aug. 19 and received a failing grade of 83/B with one critical violation. Multiple containers of food — cooked meat, hummus, yogurt dressing and soup — had been left out at room temperature overnight. Among the 11 other violations, the facility had an unapproved exhaust hood and didn’t have a grease interceptor, and was told to stop preparing food that generates grease and oil or uses equipment that requires a hood — which it had previously been told in June. Also, exposed piping in the ceiling was dripping in an area where food is prepared, utensils were being stored in dirty standing water, food was being stored in the janitorial area and another room not approved for food storage, the meat shaver handle was held together with duct tape, the water heater didn’t appear to have enough capacity, and there was an unapproved sink and unapproved wood laminate shelving in the facility. The restaurant failed two inspections in June and now faces a permit suspension/revocation hearing.

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August 26, 2021

It's Apple Flavored!

I only just found out Ivermectin comes in apple flavor
. I searched, thinking it must also be available in carrot and sugar cube flavors, but alas, no. But look at how powerful it is. One little .21 ounce tube can treat up to a bodyweight of 1,250 pounds! That's probably enough for at least two white evangelicals.

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August 13, 2021

Leptospirosis in Los Angeles

There has been a surge of cases of leptospirosis in dogs in L.A. in recent weeks. Leptospirosis can be transmitted via rat urine. There is speculation that the increase in homeless encampments have caused in increase in the rat population.

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August 12, 2021

Seen On The Internet


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August 7, 2021

Do Not Eat At The DHS Spa

Selected from the Press-Enterprise.

Desert Hot Springs Spa, 10805 Palm Drive in Desert Hot Springs, was placed on probation July 29. Riverside County Environmental Health officials said there were repeat violations at the facility, including inadequate handwashing, improper food temperatures, improper cooling of hot potentially hazardous foods and evidence of cockroach and rodent infestations.

Kam Lun Chinese Food, 66610 Eighth St., Desert Hot Springs
Closed: Aug. 3
Grade: C/74, failing
Reason: Rodent infestation. After a complaint was filed, an inspector found rodent droppings and flies in the kitchen and a food storage area. The inspector also noted that employees were not sanitizing surfaces properly.

Barrel District, 35939 Date Palm Drive, Cathedral City
Closed: Aug. 5
Grade: Not graded
Reason: No hot water. An inspector found the hot water temperature to be well below the minimum 120 degrees. The inspector also noted finding rodent droppings in the dining room.

I know problems like cockroach or rodent infestations are challenging for a restaurant to deal with and eliminate, but the issues that arise from employee misbehavior (e.g., "inadequate handwashing, improper food temperatures, improper cooling of hot potentially hazardous foods") should be immediately and permanently correctable with decent management and adequate employees. The fact that the DHS Spa has had these problems going on for months is very telling.

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August 4, 2021

It Was Not A Suggestion

In New Mexico, the Public Education Department recently issued (presumably new or revised) COVID guidelines. (They are very briefly summarized in this article.) It's masks for everyone in elementary schools; masks are not required on the verified-vaccinated in grades above elementary school, otherwise masks. The Floyd School Board had just earlier approved its own COVID policy which was, of course, different. The state PED said, no problem, you have until August 3 to revise your policy so that it conforms. One article said the Floyd board of education would meet again on August 2, while a later article merely says the president said the board would not be reversing course. So, is that just the president announcing the result of the vote because the reporter didn't attend the meeting? Or does it mean a decision was made not to hold the meeting? In either case, the result is the same. The state said 'you must,' and Floyd said 'no.'

On August 4 [today, as I write this], the day after the deadline, the Public Education Department suspended every member of the Floyd Board of Education! The agency also reinstated the superintendent that the board had recently fired.

When rules are enforced!

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Typhus In Monrovia

Transmitted via rat.

AUG. 3, 2021 9:05 AM PT
A Monrovia woman said she contracted typhus after she disposed of a dead rat found in her backyard. She later found out her neighbor had also contracted the virus.

Margaret Holzmann initially thought she had COVID-19 when she began to feel ill. But after a negative COVID test, and a relentless headache and fever that lingered for weeks, she went back to her doctor looking for answers.

"He asked me the relevant question which is, 'Have you had any contact with wild animals?'" Holzmann told KTLA-TV Channel 5. "I thought, 'No, not really,' and then I thought, 'Oh, wait. There was that rat!'"

Weeks earlier, Holzmann disposed of a dead rat found in her yard that was apparently infested with fleas carrying typhus, a bacterial disease often carried by fleas and ticks that causes fever, headaches and rashes within a couple of weeks of exposure.

Holzmann shared her story and diagnosis on the NextDoor app, and as it turns out, she wasn't alone — other neighbors in her area had also contracted typhus.

"Two blocks over, [a neighbor] says her grandfather got it around the same time I did and [it was] also, same thing: disposing of a dead rat on their property," Holzmann said.

It's unclear how many others in Holzmann's neighborhood have contracted the disease or how it has spread.

According to the CDC's website, while some rare cases of typhus can be persistent, the disease can be easily treated with a round of antibiotics, if caught early.

Holzmann said she's sharing her story in hopes that she can warn others about the dangers of handling and disposing dead wildlife.

"If you see something in your yard, call someone who can dispose of it safely and don't try to do it yourself," she said.

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July 18, 2021

The Mayor Of Springfield, Missouri, On The Subject Of COVID

He may be an independent, or at least he won't say he's a Republican or Democrat.

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July 17, 2021

Some Health Department Inspections

From the Press-Enterprise.

DHS Spa again!

The restaurant at Desert Hot Springs Spa, at 10805 Palm Drive in Desert Hot Springs, was inspected July 13 and received a failing grade of 81/B with one critical violation. Food was at unsafe temperatures inside two refrigerators and a freezer that were impounded. Among the 12 lesser violations, there were rodent droppings behind equipment in all three food storage rooms, and the floors, walls, ceilings and cooking equipment needed cleaning. This was the restaurant’s third failed inspection since 2019 and it was shut down twice last year for rodent infestations.

This place is in the county, not in Desert Hot Springs, but that's a small matter:

Mariscocos Culiacan #2, at 16760 Palm Drive Suite 2 in Desert Hot Springs, was inspected July 14 in response to a foodborne illness complaint. It received a failing grade of 80/B with one critical violation, for five pans of cooked meat and rice being at unsafe temperatures. Among the 12 lesser violations, there were multiple flies inside, containers of food weren’t being stored protected from contamination and there were areas in need of cleaning.

Rancho Mirage:

Joyce’s Sushi, 36101 Bob Hope Drive Suite E1, Rancho Mirage
Closed: July 13
Grade: Not graded
Reason: Cockroach infestation. The inspector visited in response to a cockroach complaint and saw two nymph roaches running across a floor, multiple live and dead roaches on a sticky trap in the same area and many more dead roaches throughout the facility. The owner said roaches tend to come into the restaurant during the summer, and he conducts his own pest control rather than using a professional service.

This one is way over in Corona, but it sounds like a horror story at an all-you-can-eat sushi dump:

Sushi Zen, 1525 E. Ontario Ave. Suite 108, Corona
Closed: July 13
Grade: 66/C, failing
Reason: Failing an inspection on probation. The restaurant had four critical violations: Multiple employees didn’t wash hands. Numerous items of food were at unsafe temperatures, including raw seafood in a cooler that wasn’t keeping cold and cooked seafood in a warmer that hadn’t been turned on. Food was contaminated, including lemons that had gotten moldy and sushi rice that an employee scooped up with a dirty wiping cloth. And some food-contact surfaces weren’t clean; one employee said they didn’t know how to sanitize dishes. Among the 14 lesser violations, there were flies landing on food-contact surfaces and the restaurant had to throw out 50 pounds of sushi rice that had been left out. This was the restaurant’s fifth failing grade since 2020 and fourth closure this year. Two closures in March were for not having hot water and a third in May was for failing its first inspection after being placed on probation. To reopen, the operator would have to correct all violations and pay double the fee to purchase a new permit.

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July 10, 2021

How Hot Is It?

This is from the report of Riverside County Health Department inspections in the Press-Enterprise:

Little Caesars, 4553 La Sierra Ave., Riverside
Closed: July 2
Grade: Not graded
Reason: Excessive heat, inoperable exhaust hood. Visiting in response to a complaint — the second in two weeks — the inspector measured the air temperature at 105 degrees in the pizza prep area, 103 at the front counter and 89 in the dough prep area, while the pizza prep fridge was 60 degrees inside. Additionally, the exhaust hood had been altered in an unapproved way. The restaurant was told it would need to fix the air conditioner and hood before it would be permitted to reopen.
Reopened: July 3

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July 7, 2021

News to the Wall Street Journal

The headline for a front page article in today's Wall Street Journal: Hospitals Often Charge Uninsured People the Highest Prices, New Data Show. The article may be behind a paywall for you, but let me tell you it contains no surprises. For example...

Hospitals routinely bill uninsured patients at their highest rates. About 21%, or 319, of the hospitals did so for the majority of the services included in the analysis. At 171 of those hospitals, the cash rate was higher than all of the rates billed to insurers, or tied for the highest rate, for every service in the analysis. That was true at some hospitals owned by major systems including Sanford Health and Yale New Haven Health System.

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June 16, 2021

Ranking States by Prevalence of STDs

The 2019 report from the CDC (PDF).

Chlamydia: Alaska has the highest rate (848.1/100,000); California is in 15th place with 598.4; national average is 552.8.

Gonorrhea: Mississippi is highest at 404.1; California is in 18th place with 203.0; national average is 188.4.

Primary and Secondary Syphilis: Nevada is highest at 26.6; California is in 4th place with 20.9; national average is 11.9.

Congenital Syphilis: Texas is highest at 138.2; California is in 6th place with 94.3; national average is 48.5. Seven states reported ZERO congenital syphilis.

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