No Pictures Posing With Hats

No pictures posing with hats???

Whatever next?

It’s a new hieroglyphic language: crossed red circles around depictions of prohibited acts. One day the 10 Commandments will be translated into it.

Or maybe the 10 Commandments will be replaced by a new set of commandments, the first of which will be No Smoking (inexplicably missing from the original 10. Didn’t people know that smoking was the very worst thing  they could do?)

No Murder should be quite easy. I’ve sketched out a prototype, which should be fairly obvious to anyone.

No Theft could be done in a similar way.

Similarly No Adultery.

No False Gods might be trickier.

So might Bear No False Witness.

Approved or required behaviours would be in green circles.

Thoughts would be in bubbles.

Well, something along those lines.

It obviously needs more work.

But in principle it would be a new international language, easily understandable by anyone living anywhere., much like road signs are

No Pictures Posing With Hats woudd be a tall order though. No Hats would be easy enough. No Pictures (photos) would also be easy. But No Pictures Posing With Hats?

Does that mean it’s OK to wear a hat, but not OK to pose wearing a hat? How do you tell if people are posing?





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38 Responses to No Pictures Posing With Hats

  1. Roobeedoo2 says:

    Terry Gilliam’s movie, ‘The Zero Theorem’ gave it a go…

    • RdM says:

      Thanks for that film mention. I had to look it up, reviews &etc.
      Have yet to see it, but will look out for it. Great verboten graphic!

      You can’t wear a hat for a passport photo either.

      Posing? What about preening?

      OT: Jokes I just read elsewhere:

      I just spotted an albino Dalmatian.
      It was the least I could do for him.

      I just completed a delivery of a large roll of bubble wrap to an office.
      I asked where I should put it and was told to just pop it in the corner.

      I was there for bloody hours.

      I’ll get ma coat …

  2. Александра Собина says:

    Mmmm…this is not clear to me. What hats? Any hats? Or does it mean particular hats, like wool hats, straw hats, fur hats. Or is it more about a shape of hat?

  3. pubcurmudgeon says:

    What type of establishment does that picture come from?

  4. sok draw says:

    what is it, 70% information is visual, we be in da shit bro)

  5. Fred says:

    It makes sense if the location is a construction site where hard hats are compulsory.

  6. RdM says:

    Semi on topic, masks, but more generally Covid:

    This video has already been taken down from YouTube, and Facebook is warning against sharing.

    BREAKING: American Doctors Address COVID-19 Misinformation with SCOTUS Press Conference

    Also still available here. 45 mins or so long.
    I’m only part way in, so can’t comment on it itself yet.

  7. RdM says:

    An error occurred …

    • Rose says:

      I wondered if that would happen so I watched until it finished instead of going shopping, and they were all saying that hydroxychloroquine worked and that the opposition to it was purely political and that the studies saying it didn’t work or was dangerous had all been done with very high doses. They broadcast the prophylactic dose per week which is probably why they have been taken down.

      Worth looking to see if it’s been post again because I didn’t catch if the dose was in mg or mcg.
      I shan’t bother, I smoke.

      Btw Tobacco sales were banned in South Africa at the end of March and Covid cases have since gone through the roof.
      Needless to say I haven’t heard or seen those two facts associated in the same sentence.

      • petesquiz says:

        For anyone that does want to see this video it is available via Breitbart (who originally posted it –

      • Does that Hydronononey video mention smoking at all? Or just the drug stuff?

        You can easily get an ordered listing of COVID cases per country on one site out there and a listing of adult smoking percentages on another. I’m good at interpreting basic statistics, but it would be nice if someone a bit more proficient could try comparing the two (limiting to just countries with perhaps over 1 million population so the real oddities (like Vatican City and a couple of others with official populations of just several hundred)

        **IDEALLY** for the stats to be meaningful though they’d have to be standardized as cases (or deaths?) per million people, Even more ideally, if cases were being used, would be a count of tests per million. Still not perfect since countries with a lot of isolated villages without hospitals will fare a lot differently than those with urban concentrations, and the rural/urban balance would also factor in to infection transmission.

        Still though, I think the smoking factor will be strong enough to survive any other sort of juggling. The Antis on Quora have brought up stuff like “Well, smokers lie about their habit!” or “The hospital was busy and the people filling out patient forms were too rushed to check off the correct (smoker/non/ex) box correctly” or etc. BUT no such objections even BEGIN to touch results like the CDC finding 96 infected smokers when they were expecting well over a thousand (1,000 by pure random stats, up to 2,000 by their likely projections regarding smokers’ health and smokers’ frequent hand-to-mouth contact etc.)

        Top and bottom 20 would be nice. An overall correlation MIGHT be meaningful as well.

        Asian cultures should perhaps be considered separately because of the amount of hidden smoking among females. This “Asian Female Effect” actually invalidates almost EVERY large international study that includes adult females in comparison to males regarding secondary smoke exposure. Even a VERY small portion of fairly low primary-smoking-rate females would be enough to skew the ETS effect all to hell and back.

        (You might need an h, double t, p, s colin double slash thing in front of it.)

        Funny side note: notice who published the study. I wonder how it got by their censors?) Someone at the Tobacco Control journal was asleep at the switch that day, similar to how the CDC made a similar error in its publication of its initial study showing only 96 smokers: You’ll note that they have since TOTALLY avoided repeating the mistake they made in including it, AND went back their original study and added a full “Banner Ad” up at the top clearly aimed at making being a smoker appear to be the major element for “serious” COVID cases. (Which, as we know, has never been shown. The TRUE major element is likely Stage 3 or 4 COPD which is much more common in a small portion of smokers, particularly the older ones least able to fight off the infection.) As far as I am aware, of all the hundreds of CDC WMMR Reports, this may be the ONLY one where the government agency went “back in time” to alter its original report in such a fashion. If any reader knows of another instance I’d love to hear about it!

        The SVE (Smoking Vaccine Effect) still has no clear source explanation, likely largely because the Antis are doing their best to avoid any official recognition of the SVE even existing (You’ll note that the most recent studies out there now tend, at least sometimes, to simply OMIT smoking in their list of “underlying factors” or “background health conditions.” I communicated with one researcher about such a study and discovered that the data HAD been gathered but that since there were only 60 to 70 smokers in the sample they didn’t bother with including it in the formal study because of “space limitations.” (!!!!!)

        Still, the researcher was nice enough to share the main info I needed, so I’ll respect the request of “not for publication” by avoiding specifying ID details.

        That country/population/infecteds study I spoke of at the top COULD be done by one of us with some skills! **AND** it would have the benefit of being completely “Open Source,” i.e. totally verifiable by other independent researchers: none of this “Sorry, the data is secret!” nonsense that the Antis like to pull.

        – MJM, who apologises for the length of this post!

        • Rose says:

          Just the drug stuff, MJM.

        • Thank you Rose! :) That was what it seemed like but I wanted to double-check! :)

        • Joe L. says:

          I’d be willing to help in this effort, Michael. However, I’m not convinced we could trust the accuracy of the COVID-19 statistics that are available.

          First, the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests which are being used to “detect” SARS-CoV-2 are wildly inaccurate (PCR testing was never even intended to be used for diagnostic purposes by its inventor, but I digress), because PCR works with DNA sequences, but viruses are comprised of RNA, not DNA. So they first must synthesize DNA using RNA from the sample, then they replicate the resulting DNA sequence millions of times to amplify the result, and check if the millions of manufactured sequences match a known portion of the sequence of SARS-CoV-2 RNA (not to mention the matching subsequence is not necessarily unique to SARS-CoV-2). There is so much room for error in this process, which explains why there are so many false positive results as well as false negative results.

          On top of this, the “experts” claim that the majority of infected are asymptomatic. If this is true, then the “confirmed case count” would actually be much lower than the actual case count. In fact, the CDC themselves recently estimated the actual number of people who have been infected with SARS-CoV-2 is “6 to 24 times higher” than the confirmed case count. That’s a huge range!

          And the mortality numbers are even more inconsistent than the case counts, because countries have varying, subjective definitions of what constitutes a “COVID-19-related death.” E.g., in some countries, a person who is in the very late stages of a terminal illness who has a test come back positive shortly before their death will be counted as a “death from COVID-19.” And even here in the US, it varies from state to state. The CDC apparently gave the state of New York their blessing to include suspected COVID-related deaths (i.e., no test performed whatsoever) in with their “official” mortality figures.

          It’s hard enough to trust the “official” figures on smoking rates, but I believe the “official” COVID-19 statistics are even less trustworthy. I’m not confident we could ascertain anything meaningful from publicly-available data.

        • Well, maybe give the top and bottom ten a whirl? I agree with you that there are a lot of uncertainties out there, but if the effect of smoking is anywhere NEAR as strong as was indicated by the CDC numbers, it stands a decent chance at brushing the other problems aside. There’s also the possibility that it would be good to strike out single players that were grossly out of line.

          Still, it’s hard to put fairly underdeveloped countries in central Africa or parts of Asia on the same footing as the US/UK/Japan. And then… there’s the difference in the way COVID’s been handled and how swiftly and strongly the governments clamped down. E.G. look at South Korea! Supposedy they’ve been training and preparing for decades to handle a bio-attack from North Korea… so they had every dot, jot, and tittle in place when CV hit and they’ve been AMAZINGLY successful in keeping their numbers low. See:

          They’ve had 4,000 new cases in the last 100 days. The U.S. is currently having ***SIXTY THOUSAND*** new cases ***EVERY*** day!


          Joe, you may be right. Even with the power of the smoking factor in there, there are just so many other factors in play that it’s not looking real hopeful.

          – MJM, heading back to the drawing board…

        • Rose says:

          National Smoking Rates Correlate Inversely with COVID-19 Mortality
          https: //

      • RdM says:

        200mg twice a week, and daily zinc, from a portion of the transcript here:

  8. Clicky says:

  9. Александра Собина says:

    Great video. Thank you.
    “I shan’t bother, I smoke.” Me too :)

  10. Rose says:

    An odd coincidence, hydroxychloroquine appears to be a synthetic form of quinine, which was used to prevent and treat malaria.


    Just the tonic: A natural history of tonic water
    19 October 2019

    “The bitter flavouring of tonic water comes from an alkaloid called quinine which is extracted from the bark of the Andean tree fever tree (Cinchona spp.).
    The tree’s remarkable curative properties were discovered as a fever remedy in South America in the early 17th century.
    For 300 years, until it was replaced by synthetic anti-malarials, Cinchona provided the only effective treatment for malaria known to the West.”

    Science : Gas takes on deadly malaria

    “CEREBRAL malaria, the most deadly form of the disease, could be prevented by raising the level of nitric oxide in the blood, according to a new study by researchers in the US and Tanzania. The finding raises hopes for a treatment which could help save more than 2 million people, many of them children, who die every year from malaria.

    A study of 191 children with the disease in Tanzania found that the sickest patients those who either died or suffered lasting neurological problems had the lowest levels of nitric oxide. The researchers from Duke University Medical Center and the Veterans Administration Medical Center, both in Durham, North Carolina, believe their condition deteriorated because they could not produce enough nitric oxide”

    I’d love to know how all that fits together.

  11. Charles Burns says:

    Facial recognition measures distance between pupils, I think. So masks covering the lower face are no problem. But hats pulled low might be

  12. Rose says:

    I wonder


    Cinchona ledgeriana

    Democratic Republic of Congo

    “Quinine is the key ingredient that creates the gentle bitterness in tonic water. Our name was chosen as it is the colloquial name for the cinchona tree, the bark of which produces quinine. After discovering early 17th century references in the British library, Charles and Tim located the only remaining plantation of original Cinchona Ledgeriana trees (known locally as ‘fever trees’) which produce some of the highest quality quinine in the world, located in the Democratic Republic of Congo. For Charles and Tim, there was no other option but to source Fever-Tree’s quinine from this area.”

    I’ve got a bottle of that in the fridge, very refreshing on a hot day.

    • Rose says:

      Well, who knew?

      The Role of Quinine-Responsive Taste Receptor Family 2 in Airway Immune Defense and Chronic Rhinosinusitis

      “Nitric oxide (NO) production and dynamic regulation of ciliary beat frequency in response to quinine stimulation were assessed in vitro. … Conclusion: Quinine stimulates airway innate immune defenses by increasing ciliary beat frequency and stimulating NO production in a manner fitting with T2R activation.”

      “Background Bitter (T2R) and sweet (T1R) taste receptors in the airway are important in innate immune defense,”

      • Joe L. says:

        Very interesting, Rose! It seems like everything is pointing back to nitric oxide. Both smoking and quinine/(hydroxy)chloroquine contribute to an increase of nitric oxide production. This would help explain why both appear to be effective at staving off SARS-CoV-2 (and also why we haven’t heard anything about nicotine patches being effective).

        And to further your theory even more, I found this study from 2008 (emphasis mine):

        Chloroquine-induced nitric oxide increase and cell death is dependent on cellular GSH depletion in A172 human glioblastoma cells


        Chloroquine (CQ) is used to treat malaria and a variety of inflammatory diseases including systemic lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis. However, CQ is known to cause cytotoxicity of which mechanism is still uncertain. This study investigated the molecular mechanism responsible for the cell death in CQ-treated A172 human glioblastoma cells. CQ-induced apoptotic cell death of the cells in a time- and concentration-dependent manner. CQ also increased the production of nitric oxide in the cells.

  13. Rose says:

    One Nightlight posted here on glutathione
    It seems we’ve got a lot of it.

    Normal alveolar epithelial lining fluid contains high levels of glutathione.

    “The epithelial cells on the alveolar surface of the human lower respiratory tract are vulnerable to toxic oxidants derived from inhaled pollutants or inflammatory cells. Although these lung cells have intracellular antioxidants, these defenses may be insufficient to protect the epithelial surface against oxidants present at the alveolar surface
    “The total glutathione (the reduced form GSH and the disulfide GSSG) concentration of normal ELF was 140-fold higher than that in plasma of the same individuals, and 96% of the glutathione in ELF was in the reduced form.

    Compared with nonsmokers, cigarette smokers had 80% higher levels of ELF total glutathione, 98% of which was in the reduced form.”

    Studies of cultured lung epithelial cells and fibroblasts demonstrated that these concentrations of reduced glutathione were sufficient to protect these cells against the burden of H2O2 in the range released by alveolar macrophages removed from the lower respiratory tract of nonsmokers and smokers, respectively, suggesting that the glutathione present in the alveolar ELF of normal individuals likely contributes to the protective screen against oxidants in the extracellular milieu of the lower respiratory tract.”

    • Vlad says:

      I’d be curious to see Nightlight’s insights on current Covid19 mess….do you know if he’s currently posting anywhere?

  14. Rose says:

    Cigarette Smoking Rebounds Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

    “More disposable income due to less spending on travel and entertainment because of the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, plus more generous unemployment benefits and one-time government stimulus payments, is significantly slowing the deterioration in cigarette sales, makers of the Marlboro brand said Tuesday.

    Combined that with increased federal regulation of vapor inhalers driving many back to traditional smoking, Altria Group said it now expects its sales of cigarettes to fall 2%-3.5% this year in the United States, a nearly 50 percent improvement from its previously forecast 4%-6% drop”

    Or could it be that they’ve have had more time to keep a close eye on the news?

    The more I find out, the more I begin to wonder if what the antis call addiction is really instinct?

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