Dear Smith College: I Have a Few Requests

First COVID-19 vaccination

A couple of hours ago I got my first COVID-19 vaccination. It was the Pfizer vaccine, which is the one I wanted since I was able to make an appointment for my next vaccine just three weeks from now.

I didn't even feel the shot. This was no worse than a flu shot. However, my arm immediately started feeling sore. It still feels a little sore, but not very much. Afterward, I had to wait in an observation area for 15 minutes which was no problem.

A word on gambling and feeling alone

Despite some strong language, this seems like some of the best advice I have ever heard.


Re: Scientists don't know why one-third of U.S. rivers have turned yellow or green - Mic

Algae bloom?

On Thu, Feb 25, 2021 at 9:55 AM Albert <> wrote:
Remember the old kid joke about the Yellow River in China? We would make up a book title and author. This would make us laugh and laugh. As an example, Yellow River, by I. P. Daily. In the light of this article, it doesn't seem as funny as before.🙁

Scientists don't know why one-third of U.S. rivers have turned yellow or green - Mic




Indiana hopes to lower vaccine age next week

State leaders say they don't have enough vaccine yet to expand to those 60 and older. They hope to make that change next week. Right now, Hoosiers 65 and older are eligible.

Laser Weapon that you can't See or Hear #shorts

Is this going to lead to boats and missiles with reflective surfaces?


Nintendo is "working without stopping" on its next new console after Switch | GamesRadar+


There have been rumors of this since 2019, but Nintendo repeatedly denied that they were working on a new system.  Ironically, the Nintendo Switch, which is a low-power portable tablet has been outselling the new ultra-powerful systems from Microsoft and Sony.

Hypothetically, if Apple were to put their new M1 chip into a portable game system, it would be remarkably powerful.  The chip should be better than anything Nintendo can get their hands on.  I have heard rumors that Apple might do something like this.  Even their latest phones should make for a powerful game system.

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Cartoon Network Urges Kids To View Each Other By Skin Color - American Greatness


Ben Shapiro Reflects on the Life and Legacy of Rush Limbaugh

Rush Limbaugh

Twelve and a half months ago, I heard Rush Limbaugh announce on his program that he had stage 4 lung cancer. I was noticing recently that he had taken about a 3-week break from his broadcast program, only having guest hosts. About 3 weeks ago he thought that he was doing well. At noon today, his program was started by his wife who announced his passing this morning. Then the program played clips from his past broadcasts.

I have wondered for months what would happen to the program after Rush Limbaugh passed away? I assume that the program will shut down. Ben Shapiro would be a great replacement. When Paul Harvey passed away, his son, Paul Harvey Jr., took over, but the show failed to find an audience.



FWD: Pfizer COVID Vaccine Side Effects | My Terrible COVID Vaccine Reaction

Apparently, a percentage of people have had temporary unpleasant side effects to the COVID vaccine.  Several of my family members have taken both shots without problems, so I still want it.

Best wishes,

John Coffey


Re: 10 Surprisingly Awesome 2020 Movies You Probably Missed

The video mentions "Vampires Vs. The Bronx" as being like a U.S. copy of "Attack the Block", which is a British film.  For a low budget sci-fi horror film, "Attack the Block" is actually pretty awesome, and it is the movie that made John Boyega a star.  

On Sat, Feb 6, 2021 at 10:24 PM John Coffey <john2001plus@gmail.com> wrote:

The number one on the list is "The Vast of Night", which I watched twice on Amazon Prime, once with family.  I liked this movie quite a bit, although it is ultra-low budget which limits it a little.  Most of the scenes drag out longer than usual, but the movie keeps you in suspense and is well-acted.  There are also some creative camera shots.  The movie starts by showing a Twilight Zone like show on an antique television.  The camera zooms into the TV screen and suddenly we are in the story set in 1950's New Mexico.


10 Surprisingly Awesome 2020 Movies You Probably Missed


The number one on the list is "The Vast of Night", which I watched twice on Amazon Prime, once with family.  I liked this movie quite a bit, although it is ultra-low budget which limits it a little.  Most of the scenes drag out longer than usual, but the movie keeps you in suspense and is well-acted.  There are also some creative camera shots.  The movie starts by showing a Twilight Zone like show on an antique television.  The camera zooms into the TV screen and suddenly we are in the story set in 1950's New Mexico.

Ingraham reacts to 'Time' article revealing driving forces behind Biden's win

Updates on CCP Virus: Kroger to Pay $100 to Workers Who Get Vaccination

The Truth About “The Great Reset”


Toyota Plans Revolutionary Solid State Battery for 2021

Biden’s order could let China control US electric grid

During Pandemic, China Sent Millions of Counterfeit Masks, Test Kits to US: Customs Data

The Secret Bipartisan Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election | Time

This is the inside story of the conspiracy to save the 2020 election, based on access to the group's inner workings, never-before-seen documents and interviews with dozens of those involved from across the political spectrum. It is the story of an unprecedented, creative and determined campaign whose success also reveals how close the nation came to disaster. "Every attempt to interfere with the proper outcome of the election was defeated," says Ian Bassin, co-founder of Protect Democracy, a nonpartisan rule-of-law advocacy group. "But it's massively important for the country to understand that it didn't happen accidentally. The system didn't work magically. Democracy is not self-executing."

That's why the participants want the secret history of the 2020 election told, even though it sounds like a paranoid fever dream–a well-funded cabal of powerful people, ranging across industries and ideologies, working together behind the scenes to influence perceptions, change rules and laws, steer media coverage and control the flow of information.

What Happens When You Swallow A Pill

I am only sharing this for the segments from 0:30 to 1:15 and 1:40 to 2:06.


I Asked Bill Gates What's The Next Crisis?


Top 10 Human Ancestors

Trump Lays Out His Impeachment Defense

For roughly 16 minutes, Ben Shaprio is on fire discussing impeachment.


How China ****ed Up

I highly recommend this video.


Maxine Waters says TRUMP should be Charged with This...

Senate Priority on all committees

Schumer made it clear he's prioritized climate change for Democrats' turn at power for the next two years.

"I've already instructed the incoming Democratic chairs of all relevant committees to begin holding hearings on the climate crisis in preparation for enacting President Biden's 'Build Back Better' agenda," Schumer said of Biden's green jobs plan.

Schumer, McConnell strike deal on Senate power-sharing agreement | Fox News

Amazing hydrogen paste

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From: Larry Trout 

In Powerpaste form, it's completely stable at temperatures up to 250 °C (482 °F). It carries 10 times the energy of a similar weight in lithium batteries, and substantially more than a 700-bar H2 tank of the same weight. The researchers say vehicles running on a Powerpaste powertrain can expect a range "comparable to – or even greater than – gasoline."

When it comes time to release the energy, a plunger mechanism extrudes the paste into a chamber where it reacts with water to release hydrogen at a dynamically controlled rate, which then feeds a fuel cell to create electrical power with which to run an EV powertrain or other device. Part of the paste's impressive energy density comes from the fact that half of the hydrogen released comes from the water it reacts with.

I wonder about the cost.

MIND diet can help you keep many chronic ailments at bay

Antifa’s True Goals and Tactics Exposed: Andy Ngo


Fwd: acronyms are racist

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From: Larry Trout 

The San Francisco Unified School District's art department moved to eliminate acronyms from its name, saying that the abbreviations are tied to "white supremacy culture."

"We are prioritizing antiracist arts instruction in our work," said Director of the Arts Department Sam Bass while announcing that the acronym "VAPA," which stands for visual and performing arts, would be changed to the SFUSD Arts Department.

"It is a very simple step we can take to just be referred to as the SFUSD Arts Department for families to better understand who we are," Bass said.

San Francisco school moves to eliminate acronyms due to their ties to 'white supremacy culture' (washingtonexaminer.com)

Did they just replace the VAPA acronym withe the SFUSD Arts Dept. Acronym?

We should probably ask a BLM representative what they think of acronyms?

Trey Gowdy: Crooked FBI members undermine trust in the agency


Trump's Lawyers Are Unlikely to Focus on Election Fraud Claims

Mars Rover lands in 14 minutes.

Something went terribly wrong with Trump's defense (Opinion) - CNN

Trump's planned defense that the election was stolen, seems like a terrible idea and irrelevant to the charges.  It can only make Trump look bad.  People are going to think that he is a nut case.


Re: Tesla only making money because laws take it from other companies

I've been pretty pessimistic about Tesla just as I have been pessimistic about electric cars.  They cost a great deal more and give you much less range.  Although Elon Musk is an interesting innovator, some of his ideas seemed questionable, like the hyper-loop and putting a colony on Mars.  I wondered if he might be a bit of a con man.

On Mon, Feb 1, 2021 at 2:49 AM Larry Trout wrote:
Eleven states require automakers sell a certain percentage of zero-emissions vehicles by 2025. If they can't, the automakers have to buy regulatory credits from another automaker that meets those requirements -- such as Tesla, which exclusively sells electric cars.
It's a lucrative business for Tesla -- bringing in $3.3 billion over the course of the last five years, nearly half of that in 2020 alone. The $1.6 billion in regulatory credits it received last year far outweighed Tesla's net income of $721 million -- meaning Tesla would have otherwise posted a net loss in 2020.
"These guys are losing money selling cars. They're making money selling credits. And the credits are going away," said Gordon Johnson of GLJ Research and one of the biggest bears on Tesla (TSLA) shares.

Growth of COVID-19

I used to follow the COVID numbers almost daily, but this got tiresome especially since the numbers kept going up. I was shocked yesterday to see that Indiana was up to 626,682 cases. This is double the number of cases in November, which is almost 1 out of ten people. Presumably, there are many more mild cases that we don't know about, which could mean that up to half the state has been infected.

In January of last year, I was already sounding the alarm when it was just a few thousand cases in China. I noticed that the trend was rapidly exponential, although some of my friends on Facebook were saying it wasn't really exponential growth because China was just doing a better job of detecting the disease. In February, public officials were saying that this isn't a big threat with many people saying that the flu was going to kill a great many more people.

In early March there weren't that many cases in the U.S., and it looked like the disease was contained, but by March 21 the disease had exploded and was everywhere in the country.

Best wishes,

John Coffey


Fwd: Death of Hong Kong

Cindy had a comfortable lifestyle in Hong Kong: she owned several properties with her husband, they had a good business going. But last year she made up her mind to leave it all behind and move her family to Britain, and not even a global pandemic was going to sway her decision.

"To uproot ourselves like this is definitely not easy. But things got uglier last year, the government was really driving us away," said the businesswoman and mother of two young children who didn't give her family name because she feared repercussions for speaking out against the Chinese government. "Everything we value – freedom of speech, fair elections, liberties – has been eroded. It's no longer the Hong Kong we knew, it's no longer somewhere we can call home."

Cindy, who landed in London last week, is one of thousands of Hong Kongers fleeing their hometown since Beijing imposed a draconian national security law on the territory last summer.

Some are leaving because they fear punishment for supporting pro-democracy protests. But many others, like her, say China's encroachment on their way of life and civil liberties has become unbearable, and they want to seek a better future for their children abroad. Most say they don't plan to ever go back.

Many firmed up their exit plans after Britain announced in July that it would open a special immigration pathway for up to 5 million eligible Hong Kongers to live, work and eventually settle in the U.K.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said this week the offer shows Britain is honoring its "profound ties of history" with Hong Kong, a former colony that reverted to Chinese rule in 1997 on the understanding that it would retain its Western-style freedoms and much of its political autonomy not seen on mainland China.

Thousands of Hong Kong citizens flee to the U.K., fearing China crackdown | KTLA

How The COVID-19 Vaccine Could Lead To A Cure For Cancer | Answers With Joe


The mRNA vaccine is not gene-altering. It provides instructions to cells on how to make the spike protein without altering the DNA of the cells, which is part of the point.  Our cells make messenger RNA continuously, and it gets used up quickly.

Will You Still Eat Raw Fish After Watching This Video?