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The Hands Of Some Sellers Will Be Forced

A report from Arlington Now in Virginia. “This regularly-scheduled sponsored Q&A column is written by Eli Tucker, Arlington-based realtor. Question: Did the volume of homes listed for sale recover after a slow spring/summer? Answer: There has been a surge of new inventory coming to market since July. For condos, it has been historically high, by a wide margin. In July, I predicted that a lot of the ‘missing’ inventory from March-June would be listed from July-October, which would result in a delayed spring market. As it turned out, the number of condos listed from July-October FAR exceeded the amount of ‘missing’ inventory from March-June, by nearly 3 times!”

“Just how extreme have the last four months of listing volume been in the condo market? There were 801 condos listed for sale from July-October. Prior to that, the highest four-month listing volume was 650 units from April-July 2004.”

From Bisnow New York City. “Vornado is cutting dozens from its staff and making a host of changes in the C-suite as it embarks on a plan to reduce overhead by $35M each year. Last quarter, the REIT pulled in nearly $53.2M in profit — down from $322.9M in the third quarter of 2019. Vornado wouldn’t have taken a substantial loss in the quarter if not for $591M in quarterly condo sales at its luxury 220 Central Park South condo tower. It has already written down the value of its share of a major portfolio of Fifth Avenue and Times Square retail by $409M this year.”

From Bisnow South Florida. “For some retailers, nabbing the best location means being in Florida. The state has strong demographic trends with nearly 1,000 people per day moving in. Attorney Aleida Martinez Molina is partner and chair of the Insolvency and Creditors’ Rights Practice Group at Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman, and she deals with retail bankruptcies and related issues. She said Chapter 11 reorganization filings in South Florida were up 70% this October compared to the year prior.”

“‘Bankruptcy is a lagging economic indicator,’ Martinez Molina said. ‘The spring closures and downturn will likely not appear as actual new bankruptcy or reorganization filings until the end of 2020 or, more likely, the first quarter of 2021.'”

“Tony Arellano, managing partner of Miami-based DWNTWN Realty Advisors, likewise predicted more business failings. ‘We will certainly see more retail evictions in 2021,’ he said. ‘This is not over by any stretch. Some of the tenants that barely held on during the pandemic will unfortunately reach a breaking point, leaving landlords without any other option.'”

“Potential sellers and buyers have so far been too far apart on pricing expectations, PEBB Enterprises President and CEO Ian Weiner said. ‘But I do see opportunities coming in early 2021,’ he said. ‘The hands of some sellers will be forced, and the pricing gap will start to narrow.'”

The Wall Street Journal. “Struggling shopping malls are finding an unexpected boost from bargain-hunting retail operators. In October, home-furnishing company Safavieh purchased Town Center mall. Safavieh plans to open a home-design center and relocate its nearby home furnishings store to the mall, said Arash Yaraghi, whose family runs the Port Washington, N.Y.-based company. But, he added, ‘price is always the deciding factor.’ Safavieh paid $20 million for a property that was appraised at $64 million last year, according to a Stamford government website.”

The Boulder Daily Camera in Colorado. “This week, the Boulder City Council will review plans to convert Macy’s into office space. It could have been a straightforward approval. But taking cues from a divided Planning Board, some councilmembers appear to be spoiling for a fight about housing on the site. It’s good politics, of course. But from a step removed, the extra scrutiny looks cynical — like the kind of symbolic gesture that too often covers for inaction elsewhere. Beware of housing theater, which is an art in Boulder.”

“Clearly, Boulder will have to reckon with a glut of retail space in the coming years. And with work from home becoming routine, demand for office space may also decline. We’re losing population, too. So if flogging Macy’s spurs substantive conversations about yes-but-not-actually housing policies, we may still come out ahead.”

From AM 740 in Texas “Office buildings are losing tenants due to the Covid-related work-at-home protocols of many Houston area businesses. ‘The Work-at-Home era has changed commercial real estate,’ says Real Estate expert Michael Weaster. He doesn’t see things changing any time soon because companies are finding success with remote working while saving money on rent. 2021 Houston could look very different. ‘Some of the older-type buildings will be torn down and something else goes into its place.'”

“Weaster believes working next to co-workers will never go away – but rents will be lower than when the growth was coming. ‘I see it all across the board of business types and I don’t think big full office buildings will ever see a comeback now that business managers know that they can direct their employees from home without paying high rent for office spaces.’ This summer, many office building loans fell into delinquency.”

The San Jose Spotlight in California. “San Jose has issued far fewer residential building permits this year — and it could signal a severe economic downturn. ‘It looks like a slowdown is coming,’ said Will Smith, business agent for the IBEW 332 electricians union. ‘We’re potentially heading into a recession.'”

“Smith’s observation is backed up by the latest numbers released by San Jose’s Housing Catalyst team, part of the city’s Economic Development department. According to the city, San Jose has issued 994 building permits for new residential units so far this year, less than half of last year’s. Rich Truempler, a senior vice president at CORE Companies, said the main obstacle to residential building this year is the fact that rents have fallen while the cost of construction remains high. ‘We have not realized any savings in costs,’ Truempler said. ‘That makes projects very tough to finance right now.'”

“Smith said IBEW 332, which represents about 3,700 local electricians, regularly monitors upcoming projects to estimate the likely workload and determine how many new apprentices to hire for the following year. He said all of the union’s larger projects are ending next year, and there are no large projects starting after those are completed. ‘Unless things change,’ Smith said, ‘it looks as though 2021 is going to be the start of the downturn.'”

From KPIX in California. “As COVID cases climb and the exodus from the Bay Area continues, rents are falling with some of the biggest declines in the South Bay. The continued drop since April is due to the departure of remote working techies, creating opportunity for steep discounts near Silicon Valley tech giants. Keller Williams real estate broker Myron Von Raesfeld showed KPIX 5 a newly renovated unit at 1400 White Drive in Santa Clara, just off El Camino Real that became vacant during the pandemic.”

“‘We used to – a place like this we would when it first goes on the market place, we’d have 15, 20 calls in the first day or two,’ said Von Raesfeld. If it were available in the same condition last year at this time, it would have rented for about $2,150 within 2 weeks of hitting the market. It’s been sitting empty for 4 months. The rent now – $1,900 and the first month is free.”

“A new report by Zumper found that in the Bay Area, Mountain View saw the largest decline in rent since this time last year at 23.8%. In San Francisco and Menlo Park rents dropped 22.6% while in Santa Clara they have dropped 20.7%. ‘I do hear my friends who want to actually move out from here, and buy or rent a bigger place,’ said Baljeet Kundo of San Jose.”

The Los Angeles Times in California. “Snowboarder Shaun White has racked up a record 15 X Games gold medals over the course of his career, but his recent Malibu home sale is slightly less historic. The 34-year-old just sold the coastal estate for $8 million — nearly $5 million less than he was originally asking, and $2.75 million shy of the price he paid for the property in 2016.”

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    1. The Mechanics Behind the Electronic Vote Steal Operation

      https://www.bitchute.com/video/OJrljwQFcIvc/

      https://twitter.com/tom2badcat/status/1325126091460268032

      https://archive.vn/KPwUa

      https://everylegalvote.com/country

      https://hereistheevidence.com/

      “Dominion-izing the Vote”

      https://www.bitchute.com/video/qlEUbPLvW98w/

      Eric Coomer Explains How To Alter Votes In The Dominion Voting System

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtB3tLaXLJE

      Eric Coomer, Dominion’s head of product and strategy, has disappeared.

      ‘Representatives from Dominion also did not attend a court hearing in Pennsylvania on November 19. Its US headquarters in Denver was also suddenly closed and moved away. Their employees deleted their names from LinkedIn.’

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0oYQeeNCzZM

      https://www.theepochtimes.com/poll-watcher-describes-pennsylvania-election-irregularities-including-47-missing-usb-cards_3594549.html

      Here’s the testimony on video:

      “Baggies of USBs” – PA Witness Gives Explosive Testimony

      https://www.bitchute.com/video/AdaglXlcuqYt/

      Dem Ballot Inspector Says She Was Threatened with Violence for Speaking Up About Suspicious Activity

      “The majority inspector threatened to slap me in the face,” said Olivia Jane Winters, a registered Democrat and minority ballot inspector in Pennsylvania, testifying to Pennsylvania State Republicans Wednesday that she had been threatened and harassed by other election officials after she asked about suspicious activities during the 2020 election.’

      https://www.bitchute.com/video/_KrpyDlHTe8/

      Crowd Gasps after Finding out about Absurd Spike of Votes in Favor of Biden

      https://www.bitchute.com/video/jmNUAx8wQYdO/

      Sen. Doug Mastriano closing remarks PA state legislature meeting.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIqujobvDFI

      https://censoredbyjack.com/channel/evidence-of-widespread-election-fraud

      https://www.deepcapture.com/2020/11/election-2020-was-rigged-the-evidence/

      ”We began to look and realized how easy it is to change votes.”

      ‘Election security expert @RussRamsland
      has performed many investigations on US election machines.’

      ‘The most *shocking* thing about this interview is it took place just days BEFORE the election. Watch’

      https://twitter.com/kylenabecker/status/1327511568993701888

      Col Phil Waldron Confirms Experts Witnessed Dominion Communicating with Frankfurt on Election Day

      https://www.bitchute.com/video/n7j5lg9fYyzz/

      1. ‘KRAKEN is DOD cyber warfare program.’

        ‘They cheated & got caught!’

        Sidney Powell
        🇺🇸
        ‘Who knew?’

        https://twitter.com/SidneyPowell1/status/1331435411286192128?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1331435411286192128%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fheadlines360.news%2F2020%2F11%2F24%2Fsidney-powells-kraken-is-department-of-defense-cyber-warfare-program%2F

        I did some digging around last night and found this (WARNING) PDF:

        https://www.dacis.com/budget/budget_pdf/FY20/RDTE/F/1203110F_294.pdf

        It’s dated Feb. 2019. If you word search Kraken (‘respond’ category), you’ll find it twice on page 4. This unit 305 person is in the affidavits in Powells lawsuit.

        WARNING PDF with filing:

        https://www.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.uscourts.mied.350905/gov.uscourts.mied.350905.1.15.pdf

        Zuckerberg on page 15. Obammie on page 8.

        1. Powell Accuses Dominion of ‘Lying,’ ‘Massive Fraud’ After It Disputes Election Fraud Allegations

          ‘It comes after former federal prosecutor Powell filed a lawsuit in Michigan last week, and released another alleging “massive election fraud” in Georgia, containing issues pertaining to Dominion Voting Systems.’

          ‘The 75-page complaint (pdf) filed in Michigan alleges that “hundreds of thousands of illegal, ineligible, duplicate, or purely fictitious ballots” were enabled by “massive election fraud.” It claimed that election software and hardware from Dominion Voting Systems used by the Michigan Board of State Canvassers helped facilitate the fraud.’

          ‘A separate lawsuit released on Powell’s website (pdf) meanwhile alleges “massive election fraud” and multiple violations of the Constitution and Georgia’s state laws in the 2020 general election, as well as issues pertaining to Dominion.’

          ‘Powell said that prior analysis of server logs on Dominion’s machines in Georgia primary elections has shown “remote access into those servers in the middle of the night when no election workers were around,” possibly by Dominion employees overseas or “on behalf of adverse nation-states such as Iran and China.”

          The allegation is based on a redacted declaration of a former electronic intelligence analyst under 305th Military Intelligence.’

          “By using servers and employees connected with rogue actors and hostile foreign influences combined with numerous easily discoverable leaked credentials, Dominion neglectfully allowed foreign adversaries to access data and intentionally provided access to their infrastructure in order to monitor and manipulate elections, including the most recent one in 2020,” the suit says.’

          ‘Powell in her statement also highlighted allegations from witnesses that Dominion technical support staff connected remotely to election servers during tabulation of the primary and runoff elections in the state “to resolve ‘technical problems’ with uploading memory cards.”

          “Voting machines were able to be connected to the internet by way of laptops that were obviously internet accessible,” the suit says. “If one laptop was connected to the internet, the entire precinct was compromised.”

          ‘Affiant Hari Hursti, a Finnish computer programmer and election security expert, said, “There is evidence of remote access and remote troubleshooting, which presents a grave security implication.”

          ‘Powell also pushed back against Dominion’s remarks that “any such tampering would have been revealed by the hand count audit conducted in Georgia.”

          “This is not true,” the attorney said. “The ballots marked by the Ballot Marking Devices (BMD) do not record the vote in a software-independent way. Instead, Dominion’s software is responsible for taking the voter’s machine input and printing it on the paper ballot in a QR code that contains the vote that is read by the scanner, but cannot be read by humans, and a text summary that can be read by humans.”

          ‘The suit asks the court to de-certify the election results in Georgia and impound all the voting machines and software in Georgia for expert inspection by the plaintiffs, among other requests.’

          https://www.theepochtimes.com/powell-accuses-dominion-of-lying-massive-fraud-after-it-disputes-election-fraud-allegations_3601496.html

          1. Here’s the two PDFs:

            https://defendingtherepublic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/COMPLAINT-CJ-PEARSON-V.-KEMP-11.25.2020.pdf

            https://defendingtherepublic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Michigan-Complaint.pdf

            From the last:

            ‘Plaintiff’s expert witness, Russell James Ramsland, Jr. (Exh. 101, “Ramsland Affidavit”), has concluded that Dominion alone is responsible for the injection, or fabrication, of 289,866 illegal votes in Michigan, that must be disregarded. This is almost twice the number of Mr. Biden’s purported lead in the Michigan vote (without consideration of the additional illegal, ineligible, duplicate or fictitious votes due to the unlawful conduct outlined below), and thus by itself is grounds to set aside the 2020 General Election and grant the declaratory and injunctive relief requested herein.’

      2. Have some friends in Vegas (Summerlin). Three people canvassing their area came to their door last week to inform them that the husband had submitted a mail-in ballot for the Presidential election according to what the County had on record. The problem is that he didn’t use a mail-in ballot and had never even received a mail-in ballot.

        They made note of the fact that he voted without a mail-in and had him sign a document that was attached to an affidavit. They told him that they were collecting this information in anticipation of using it in a lawsuit.

        They also informed him that they had found hundreds of other individuals, in his community alone, that had voted at least twice, when including the mail-in ballots.

        https://electionwiz.com/2020/12/02/🚨breaking-trump-team-says-40000-people-voted-twice-in-nevada/

    2. Re-post from the last thread.

      Washington Post — Someone’s going to get killed: GOP election official in Georgia blames President Trump for fostering violent threats (12/01/20):

      “A top Republican election official in Georgia lashed out at President Trump during a news conference Tuesday in Atlanta, blaming him for a flood of threats that have besieged his office and calling on the president and other Republicans to condemn the behavior.

      Gabriel Sterling, a voting systems manager for Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, was visibly angry and shaken as he approached a lectern in the Georgia Capitol.

      “When the president called Brad Raffensperger, who is a fine, upstanding, lifelong Republican, an ‘enemy of the people,’ that helped open the floodgates to this kind of crap,” Sterling said. “It takes people who are already spun up. . . . There are some nut balls out there.”

      http://archive.is/LDUYr

      1. Yeah, I saw that. I’d like to point out a critical point: we’ve got hundreds of sworn affidavits on election fraud, including top cyber experts. How many affidavits saying it didn’t happen? None that I’ve seen.

        This is gas-lighting. You know what’s nut-balls? Suggesting a senile pedo who couldn’t fill a phone booth the day before got a million votes in the dead of night and after in Pennsylvania. Not only that, the tru-jeebus pedo did the exact same thing in the wee hours, after votes were halted, in every single swing state. Some coincidence!

        The President won in a landslide. I’ll give you an example of what they’re up to. There was a recount in Wisconsin. The globalist scum said ‘this confirms’! Uh, they counted the same votes, of course it came out the same. But the purpose of the recount was to identify invalid votes to be thrown out later. So the headlines are meaningless.

        1. From the last thread:

          Fake news.

          https://twitter.com/CBS_Herridge/status/1333937356185997312:
          #Election2020results From a DOJ spokesperson: “Some media outlets have incorrectly reported that the Department has concluded its investigation of election fraud and announced an affirmative finding of no fraud in the election. That is not what the Associated Press reported nor what the Attorney General stated. The Department will continue to receive and vigorously pursue all specific and credible allegations of fraud as expeditiously as possible.”

          1. ‘In its headline, The Associated Press twisted Barr’s comment to suggest that the attorney general has passed final judgment on whether fraud occurred in the 2020 election. “Disputing [President Donald] Trump, Barr says no widespread election fraud,” the wire service reported.’

            ‘But the AP’s own article prefaced Trump’s comment on the matter by saying that “Barr told the AP that U.S. attorneys and FBI agents have been working to follow up specific complaints and information they’ve received.”

            https://www.theepochtimes.com/doj-not-done-investigating-election-fraud-spokesperson-says_3601350.html

          2. ‘A woman who said she was a poll observer at the TCF Center in Detroit on Election Day testified in front of a Michigan State Senate hearing that she saw numerous military ballots that looked like “Xerox copies” and were all allegedly marked for Democrat Joe Biden. The woman, who only identified herself as Patty and said she has nine years’ worth of experience, told the lawmakers that “military ballots … looked like they were all exactly the same Xerox copies of the ballot. They were all for Biden across the board; there wasn’t a single Trump vote.”

            “’None of the voters [were] registered,” and election workers “had to manually enter the names and addresses and a birth date of 1/1/2020, which would override the system and allow them to enter nonregistered voters, of which I saw several … throughout the day,” Patty said. The woman said that when she and other GOP observers tried to challenge them, election officials “would tell us ‘no.’”

            ‘At one point, the poll observer alleged that when military ballots came in, she and others were told by election officials “to take a break.” “There were lots of agitators at the TCF Center” who allegedly worked on “behalf of the Democrat Party,” Patty also told lawmakers. She added that GOP poll observers were told to go upstairs to eat while the purported agitators and Democratic poll challengers got food brought in and were able to eat on the same floor, suggesting the unequal treatment of observers.’

            ‘None of the bipartisan group of lawmakers disputed her account. Michigan’s Secretary of State’s office has not responded to a request for comment.’

            https://www.theepochtimes.com/michigan-poll-observer-military-ballots-looked-like-xerox-copies-all-for-biden_3600974.html

            “military ballots … looked like they were all exactly the same Xerox copies of the ballot. They were all for Biden across the board; there wasn’t a single Trump vote.”

            Which brings up another point. All D’pedo votes is not statistically possible, especially given the support for the President in the military. We can see on these charts sometimes there were upward of 100,000 votes plus, at 4 AM, in more than one state, and not one for Trump. Sure.

          3. “With all due respect to the Attorney General, there hasn’t been any semblance of a Department of Justice investigation. We have gathered ample evidence of illegal voting in at least six states, which they have not examined. We have many witnesses swearing under oath they saw crimes being committed in connection with voter fraud. As far as we know, not a single one has been interviewed by the DOJ. The Justice Department also hasn’t audited any voting machines or used their subpoena powers to determine the truth.”

            https://www.donaldjtrump.com/media/statement-of-trump-legal-team-on-bill-barrs-comments-on-voter-fraud

          4. The theme for Nov 2020 looks like “Frontier Justice.”

            *Frontier justice is extrajudicial punishment that is motivated by the nonexistence of law and order or dissatisfaction with justice.

        2. But the purpose of the recount was to identify invalid votes to be thrown out later.

          So does this mean they have a pile of invalid votes and they’re going to recount the good ones again? Or that they will count the bad ones and subtract from the original total? How long will this take?

          1. The thing that’s concerning to me is that there’s no way to validate signatures anymore. Those were trashed with the original envelopes. So, those are still being counted and there’s no way to decipher that fraud. These scumbags knew what they were doing.

  1. ‘the number of condos listed from July-October FAR exceeded the amount of ‘missing’ inventory from March-June, by nearly 3 times! Just how extreme have the last four months of listing volume been in the condo market? There were 801 condos listed for sale from July-October. Prior to that, the highest four-month listing volume was 650 units from April-July 2004’

    This guy is a good example of the horse-sh$t these UHS spread. Look at the charts: SF is way up too. I don’t see the value of comparing today to a 20 year average. Unless it’s smoke and mirrors.

  2. ‘It has already written down the value of its share of a major portfolio of Fifth Avenue and Times Square retail by $409M this year’

    Poof!

    ‘We used to – a place like this we would when it first goes on the market place, we’d have 15, 20 calls in the first day or two,’ said Von Raesfeld. If it were available in the same condition last year at this time, it would have rented for about $2,150 within 2 weeks of hitting the market. It’s been sitting empty for 4 months. The rent now – $1,900 and the first month is free’

    ‘We used to, in the old days when Myron wore an onion on his belt!’

    How do those 5% cap rates look now?

  3. ‘just sold the coastal estate for $8 million — nearly $5 million less than he was originally asking, and $2.75 million shy of the price he paid for the property in 2016’

    Well it was cheaper than renting Shaun. I’ll note that UHS says coastal lux is red-hotcakes and they are a lion.

    1. “His previous Malibu home sale was a bit more successful; he unloaded another Point Dume property for $11.8 million last year for a profit of $2.86 million.”

      The greater fool that purchased that shack last year is rolling in sweet sweet equity dodo…

  4. ‘Safavieh paid $20 million for a property that was appraised at $64 million last year’

    50% off is unrealistic. Less than a third maybe be more like it.

    ‘Chapter 11 reorganization filings in South Florida were up 70% this October compared to the year prior. ‘Bankruptcy is a lagging economic indicator,’ Martinez Molina said. ‘The spring closures and downturn will likely not appear as actual new bankruptcy or reorganization filings until the end of 2020 or, more likely, the first quarter of 2021’

    I have been posting reports that the foreclosure biz is ramping up for about 2 years now.

    ‘The state has strong demographic trends with nearly 1,000 people per day moving in’

    I included this to remind that this gotdam lie has been peddled by the REIC for over 16 years.

    1. What is the number of people moving out? What is the number of people that die each year? What is the net gain/loss?

    1. “This is a credit event.”

      This phrase makes me think about the “wobbles” that happened in 2019 that have been summarily forgotten, because CCP Flu.

      Search results for “Federal Reserve September 2019”

      https://www.federalreserve.gov/econres/notes/feds-notes/what-happened-in-money-markets-in-september-2019-20200227.htm

      The Market Events of Mid-September 2019:

      https://www.newyorkfed.org/research/staff_reports/sr918.html

      The Fed Intervened in Overnight Lending for First Time Since the Crash. Why It Matters to You:

      https://wallstreetonparade.com/2019/09/the-fed-intervened-in-overnight-lending-for-first-time-since-the-crash-why-it-matters-to-you/

      Another Look at the Federal Reserve’s Panic in September 2019 and Solutions to the Crisis:

      https://www.globalresearch.ca/federal-reserve-panic-september-2019-solutions-crisis/5693700

      The events of 2020 have been very helpful in distracting from this.

      1. In late 2018, the goose was cooked. That was when my friends were piling into the stock market, crypto, etc. I thought they were out of their minds, because I remember stories like this:

        At first glance, it looks like a $9 trillion time bomb is ready to detonate, a corporate debt load that has escalated thanks to easy borrowing terms and a seemingly endless thirst from investors.

        https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/21/theres-a-9-trillion-corporate-debt-bomb-bubbling-in-the-us-economy.html

  5. Covid-19 Likely in U.S. in Mid-December 2019, CDC Scientists Report

    New analysis of blood donations finds virus was present on West Coast earlier than previously believed

    ‘The new coronavirus infected people in the U.S. in mid-December 2019, a few weeks before it was officially identified in China and about a month earlier than public health authorities found the first U.S. case, according to a government study published Monday.’

    ‘The findings significantly strengthen evidence suggesting the virus was spreading around the world well before public health authorities and researchers became aware, upending initial thinking about how early and quickly it emerged.’

    ‘Scientists at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found evidence of infection in 106 of 7,389 blood donations collected by the American Red Cross from residents in nine states across the U.S., according to the study published online in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.’

    ‘The scientists based their study on blood samples that the American Red Cross collected between Dec. 13 and Jan. 17 and later sent to the CDC for testing to see if any had antibodies to the new coronavirus, which is named SARS-CoV-2.

    “SARS-CoV-2 infections may have been present in the U.S. in December 2019, earlier than previously recognized,” the authors wrote.

    ‘A person’s immune system develops antibodies when exposed to a pathogen like a virus to fight it off. Their presence suggests exposure to a virus. In analyzing the blood samples, the CDC scientists found antibodies in 39 samples from California, Oregon and Washington state collected between Dec. 13 and Dec. 16.’

    ‘The findings suggest there were isolated cases of coronavirus infection on the U.S. West Coast in mid-December, the scientists wrote.’

    ‘They also found 67 samples with antibodies in Massachusetts, Michigan, Wisconsin or Iowa, and Connecticut or Rhode Island collected between Dec. 30 and Jan. 17.’

    ‘Not only did Covid-19 likely appear in the U.S. earlier than previously known, but researchers have found evidence that the virus is far more widespread in the U.S. than testing indicates.’

    ‘Some 53 million people in the U.S. likely had contracted Covid-19 by the end of September, according to a modeling estimate published last week by CDC researchers. Roughly 6.9 million infections had been confirmed within that time period, suggesting that roughly one in every eight cases was identified.’

    ‘Yet, the majority of the U.S. population hasn’t been infected. On Nov. 24, a CDC study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine estimated that fewer than 1% to 23% of people in the U.S. had antibodies, depending on the location.’

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/covid-19-likely-in-u-s-in-mid-december-2019-cdc-scientists-report-11606782449

    Wa? So the CCP flu was all around the US and the world, months before mouth hankeys and it didn’t go through us like sh$t through a goose? Sacré bleu!

    1. Another re-post from the last thread.

      The Atlantic — Go Home Now — U.S. COVID-19 statistics are about to look better — even though the reality is almost certainly getting worse. It’s time to hibernate (12/01/20):

      http://archive.is/bcV8q

      Here’s the cover of the newest issue of the New Yorker:

      https://media.newyorker.com/photos/5fbd95513804ae9851a84fa5/master/w_380,c_limit/2020_12_07.jpg

      A celebration of squalor, sloth, and isolation (this is how the majority of Reddit chooses to live).

      1. How hard is it to pick up the crap on the floor and throw it away?

        Also, love the cats and the booze while she’s “working”. Nice touch. Also, she seems very unlikely to reproduce.

        1. Well to be fair, that’s probably a Zoom Happy Hour. Hence the frilly shirt paired with 1970s shorts. Coulda done without the unshaven legs. This looks like the very beginnings of an episode of Hoarders.

          1. I kinda thought it was a bag of chips, but after zooming in, yeah, I think it’s Cheetos.

            By the way, the image has gone viral and people are questioning if it’s “art.” I would say that undoubtedly it is art. It is representative of the human condition right now (at least of some people) and it’s stimulating a lot of discussion. That’s what art is supposed to do.

    2. testing to see if any had antibodies to the new coronavirus

      Operative word being “antibodies,” which is only found in people who had symptoms. The asymptomatic or very mild people fight it off very quickly with T-cells and are never detected at all. So probably even more of those blood samples were from COVID people.

      1. The HBB’s resident “scientist” chimes in with the “science.”

        In a one mile drive down one of South Denver’s commercial corridors early this morning I counted over THIRTY previously occupied vacant storefronts.

        1. If somebody tells me they’re a “scientist,” I throw them onto the same pile as “economist.” No credibility. ZILCH.

          1. The “scientists” you see on TV in and in the media are no longer scientists. They are hoes with less integrity than your average streetwalker. They rose in the system by selling out their souls to The Dollar or The Narrative. You will never see the true scientists because they are either at the bench or perhaps one step above. The moment you speak truth or question something you are no longer a team player and you are locked out of promotions. In fact you are lucky to keep your job.

            Ask me how I know.

    3. I was in an REI back in early December, and there was a Chinese guy wearing a mask while shopping. I thought it was very odd. He looked out of place and I could tell the employees were raising an eye since I was in the checkout line behind him observing it all. A month or so later it made sense. The guy probably flew in from Wuhan!

    4. “Prevention found evidence of infection in 106 of 7,389 blood donations collected by the American Red Cross from residents in nine states across the U.S.”

      This seems to be completely meaningless data. Without knowing the population prevalence of the virus you don’t know what the false positive rate of the antibody test is. At low population prevalence rates, the false rate can be as high as 50%. Admittedly, I haven’t read the primary reference paper but COVID is such a quagmire of scientific disinformation and fraud that I just ignore it.

    5. Starting last November I noticed a sudden uptick in the number of deaths among my many elderly relatives in northern Michigan, and I’ve been in touch with their families for years. That seemed very odd to me at the time. Today I lost an elderly 1st cousin once removed, to Covid. My elderly sister was in assisted living and caught it there. She was hospitalized Friday, but her symptoms are not at all severe.

      1. I also lost a strong 70ish relative totally unexpectedly to “the flu” last November. I’ll always wonder…

        1. At the same time a year ago, many healthier cousins of mine were complaining of severe respiratory infections unlike anything they’d ever had before. Those survived & were never hospitalized.

      1. “Re-post of a classic — Trigglypuff ”

        Never gets old.

        Well, I’m sure Trigglypuff is getting old, god picturing that just sent a shiver up my spine, anyway, that Trigglypuff video never gets old.

  6. The Boulder Daily Camera in Colorado. This week, the Boulder City Council will review plans to convert Macy’s into office space. It could have been a straightforward approval. But taking cues from a divided Planning Board, some councilmembers appear to be spoiling for a fight about housing on the site. It’s good politics, of course. But from a step removed, the extra scrutiny looks cynical — like the kind of symbolic gesture that too often covers for inaction elsewhere. Beware of housing theater, which is an art in Boulder.”

    – Converting retail space (at the Mall) to office space. That seems reasonable. /s So, basically jumping from one dumpster fire to another. What a bunch of morons (IMHO). 🙂

    “Clearly, Boulder will have to reckon with a glut of retail space in the coming years. And with work from home becoming routine, demand for office space may also decline. We’re losing population, too.

    – Boulder, CO is a microcosm of SF, CA. Same lefty politics, similar housing situation. Both cities should have the “Hammer & Sickle” as coat-of-arms. And just like SF, CA, Boulder housing is too darn expensive. What happens next? Following SF’s example, peeps are movin’ out. Insert my shocked face here. 🙂

    1. I have tooooo many Boulder stories for this blog.

      “Black Man Picking Up Trash Has Gun Drawn on Him by Boulder Police”

      In his own front yard. That one’s from March 2019.

      See also Carl Morris’ posts on previous threads about how Boulder parents don’t want their kids going to school with any brown kids. There are few things more racist than wealthy white liberals, and Boulder is Colorado’s capital of white liberal racism.

          1. rms:

            I did my field work and M.S. thesis (Geology) in Boulder County.
            Beautiful area to hang out for a summer. I either camped out in the Mountains or slept in my car on the road sides. Cops would run you out of the roadsides after a day or two. Took baths in the Boulder(?) river for a month or so.

        1. “never find a more wretched hive”

          I’d nominate Berkeley, but I haven’t spent enough time there to make a good comparison.

          To be fair, I think a lot of people in Boulder are literally too stoned to become properly woke.

          They’ll nod (in slow motion) at some perceived wokeness they vaguely remember they’ve been programmed to agree with, but they’re too f’d up to get up off the couch and do anything about it.

    2. I read somewhere that modern malls are very unsuited to be converted to residential space. There just isn’t the light, ventilation, or plumbing. To convert and still stay within code, it’s almost cheaper to demolish and start over.

      And we already had a glut of retail space even before COVID. For example, when Federated Stores (Macy’s) bought out May Company in 2005, what used to be a Kaufmann’s or Filene’s or Hecht’s store was converted to Macy’s. Several malls had two Macy’s stores in them. Macy’s tried to adjust by putting men’s and home items in one store and make the other store all women’s clothing.

      But by then (around 2012), fashion itself was on the way out.
      Offices went casual, and well, women got fat. Fat women do not buy fitted clothing. Instead, we wear leggings and athleisure, which are very forgiving size-wise. It’s just easier to pick up cheap stuff from Wal-mart or even Amazon. Work-at-home and the COVID-19 weight gain killed fashion entirely. Macy’s and Bloomies might survive, but everything else is pretty much done.

      1. the flexibility in malls is the large parking lots. You can start building on one end – and slowly convert/demolish across the mall. Westgate mall in Seattle was very successful in putting in apartments and the transit center.

        But is there real demand for this

    3. This week, the Boulder City Council will review plans to convert Macy’s into office space.

      I liked the Boulder mall back in the 90s when it seemed like the big city to me coming from Wyoming. Then they bulldozed it and created a trendy outdoor shopping center, but left the Macy’s still standing in once corner. I’m not surprised to see it finally going, but I miss the old days there. Not a good location for housing unless you like living between Target and McDonalds.

      1. There are almost 200,000 people watching, with a chatbox. Not sure even YouTube can handle that volume.

        1. YouTube’s messing with the stream.

          They did it when Alex Jones was on Timcast IRL a few weeks ago (before deleting the whole episode the next day).

      2. Can’t imagine why.

        I registered for Bitchute today, so I can give Styxhexenhammer a follow and bump his numbers up.

        Regarding YouTube, Joe Rogan’s presence on there is effectively over. Tim Pool announced yesterday that he’ll be decreasing the amount of original content he uploads there. Other than music (that I don’t own on mp3 or CD) I don’t really need to be on YouTube giving them clicks anymore.

        1. Other than music (that I don’t own on mp3 or CD) I don’t really need to be on YouTube giving them clicks anymore.

          YouTube has turned into an ebeggar site. That part of it is really nauseating. There are tens of thousands of people posting about their lives living in cars and things with links to a Patreon account.

          1. From Urban Dictionary:

            e-begging

            E-begging is when some pretentious asshole (usually on Youtube) decides to solicit “donations” from his or her audience. Sometimes they try to hide their e-begging under the guise of elaborate “movie projects” on sites like indiegogo.com with laughable incentives like “Donate 100.00 and get your name in the credits” … The irony is that most of these youtube “movies” made cost only a fraction of the donations received. The e-beggar then pockets the rest as profit and then laughs all the way to the bank. E-begging preys on stupid people and fanboys mostly. If you aren’t a complete sheep, you won’t be fooled by e-beggars.

            https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=e-begging

          2. “Reactor” channels are the worst. The first thing they do is force you to sit through 40-60 seconds of dreck. They build you up with some elaborate animation which looks like a marriage between dollar-store cosplay and Microsoft Paint; then they cut to some incel in mom’s basement saying “hey how ya doin this is TyRONE yo boy here with you toDAY. Y’all been axing me to react to Bo-hem ee in Rapsod, so leave a comment below, subscribe, smash that like button it really helps the channel…” And then they either stare at a screen unblinking, or they overreact as if they were Keanu Reeves in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. 🙄

            (Sample of Reeves in Dracula: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqotT8iERxk&ab_channel=Rowsdower%21 )

            Paul Joseph Watson correctly observed that reactor channels are undeniable proof of the low- or no-quality of today’s entertainment, if you can make a side hustle simply out of watching music back when it was good.

          3. “hey how ya doin this is TyRONE yo boy here with you toDAY. Y’all been axing me to react to Bo-hem ee in Rapsod, so leave a comment below, subscribe, smash that like button it really helps the channel…”

            Haha, yeah, what is up with that stuff? I feel kind of bad for young people these days.

          4. ‘Paul Joseph Watson correctly observed that reactor channels are undeniable proof of the low- or no-quality of today’s entertainment, if you can make a side hustle simply out of watching music back when it was good.’

            I want to start a YT channel that has reactions to reactions of reactions.

          5. Haha, yeah, what is up with that stuff?

            The things people will do to not have to do an honest day’s work. A lot of these “channels” sell their own merchandise, like t-shirts and hats.

          6. reactions to reactions of reactions.

            Some of the reactors do that too. And yup, they sell merch. FWIW, many of them only develop merch when their followers demand it.

    1. More like a “rally”.

      The refuse to vote thing might not be a good strategy. Demanding a fully transparent, verified and hand counted election might result in a more harmonious outcome.

      I want to see some of these state’s legislatures take action over decertifying their vote. We’ve certainly seen more than enough justification.

      1. More like a “rally”.

        Agreed. The high-profile defamation attorney calling a handful of people criminals was certainly interesting.

  7. Firm Linked To Biden’s Sec of State Nominee Scrubs China Deals From Website

    Infowars.com
    December 2nd 2020, 11:57 am

    Antony Blinken’s firm had bragged about linking China donors with universities under Pentagon’s nose

    The consulting firm cofounded by Joe Biden’s secretary of state nominee Antony Blinken removed its China-related business dealings from its website as questions about the firm’s work with the Communist nation began to surface.

    WestExec Advisors had bragged on its website about helping U.S. universities garnish donations from China without raising suspicions from the Pentagon, who provided research grants to these universities in many cases.

    https://www.infowars.com/

  8. in other notes – governments, lawyers and some agents are making good money on real estate.


    Today we’re looking at ownership transfer costs in Canada. The component is made up of real estate commissions, land transfer taxes, legal costs, and file review costs. It sounds like a lot of components, but the largest (and majority) is actually commissions paid. The second would be land transfer costs, which typically come in at a fraction of the normal rate of commission.

    Ownership Transfer Costs Rise Over 137%
    Canada’s crippling recession couldn’t get any better if you’re a real estate agent. Ownership transfer costs reached $59.94 billion in Q3 2020, up a seasonally adjusted 137.44% from the previous quarter. Compared to last year, this is 58.45% higher for the same quarter. The quarterly skews growth a little, but even compared to last year it’s huge.

    https://betterdwelling.com/canadian-realtor-commissions-are-growing-over-11x-faster-than-the-economy/?utm_source=Better+Dwelling+Website+Signup&utm_campaign=2fff811f1c-fras_jan_112018-3094981_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_bde8feedee-2fff811f1c-309124921

  9. The French Laundry has been awarded three stars by Michelin, showered with the loftiest food and wine awards, and deemed “the best restaurant in the world, period” by Anthony Bourdain. But Thomas Keller’s storied eatery now has a new claim to fame: it’s the place where California politicians go to break their own coronavirus guidelines.

    San Francisco’s mayor, London Breed, is under fire after it was revealed that she attended a birthday party at the restaurant in Napa Valley, just one night after Governor Gavin Newsom did the same.

    Breed’s party of eight met at the famed restaurant on 7 November to celebrate the birthday of Gorretti Lo Lui, a local socialite whose husband, Lawrence Lui, is a major hotel developer, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

    1. Rules for thee, not for me.

      How many times does this have to happen before people wake up? How could a thinking, rational person ever vote for either of these people again? It boggles the mind.

      1. rational person

        A 5 year old could discern that the rules they make for the little people are abusive BS.

      2. “Rules for thee, not for me.”

        Austin, Texas’ Dem Mayor Tells Residents To “Stay Home,” While Vacationing In Cabo

        by Kelen McBreen
        December 2nd 2020, 2:55 pm

        Cabo San Lucas is a resort city and popular vacation spot on the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula.

        During a video filmed on November 9th, Adler told Austinites, “Our numbers are increasing, and we need to stay home if you can. Do everything you can to try and keep the numbers down. This is not the time to relax.”

        “We may have to close things down if we’re not careful,” he added with a suspicious smile.

        The catch is, Adler failed to tell viewers he was speaking from a family timeshare in Cabo.

        https://www.infowars.com/

        1. I wonder if Denver Mayor Michael Hancock is aware of the growing tent encampment under the I-25 bridge over South Broadway that I drove by a few hours ago?

          Some of them may be on bad drugs like meth and fentanyl, but some of them could have worked in the restaurant and hospitality industry that is a large part of Denver’s economy.

          Regarding the latter, they should still be working (my cousin and her fiance in St Petersburg, FL are still working in the restaurant industry, and they haven’t died yet).

          Jeff, we’re really approaching a “Let them eat cake” guillotine situation with these allegedly elected hypocrite sh*tbags. I can’t fathom how hard Clown World is clowning now.

          P.S. Reddit wants those people living under the bridge.

          1. Jeff, we’re really approaching a “Let them eat cake” guillotine situation

            I suppose that since those still employed have more to lose than to gain by pushing back, that the growing homeless encampments will be tolerated, at least as long as they don’t show up in their neighborhoods.

          2. Deppie, we aren’t close to the let them eat cake moment yet. Wait until Biden gets in and the Swamp Cabinet gets started on Identity Politics. I expect all kinds of executive orders legalizing and importing third-world labor, strict diversity quotas, establishing a UBI, and confiscating property for redistribution. Then the Fed will initiate a new crypto wallet with programmed money sent directly to your Obamaphone. It will be Lockdown, Social Credit, Minority Report, and 1984 all rolled into one. Don’t like it; too bad, they own the voting machines.

          3. I expect all kinds of executive orders

            I know you’ve got plans for yourself that center around security, comfort and ease. Would you risk these to defend what was handed to us in 1776?

          4. If by “plans,” you mean keeping my head down, personally, likely yes, at least as long as I live where I do. I don’t think I have the wherewithal and I definitely don’t have the equipment to “water the tree,” so to speak.

          5. I definitely don’t have the equipment to “water the tree,” so to speak. We already have plenty of crazies ready, willing and able to “water the tree” – any convenient tree, for that matter – with the blood of whoever strikes their fancy as likely donors. Sane people with skin in the game, not nearly as much.

          6. Sane people with skin in the game, not nearly as much.

            In other words, those still have something to lose.

  10. Juan Williams of Fox News just said America rejected Donald Trump and elected Joe Biden.

    Even with massive election fraud the best Biden could do was to win 17% of the counties in the U.S. a total of 524

    Trump won 87% of the counties

    Previous low for a winning President was in 2012 when Obama won 689 counties

    1. Juan Williams of Fox News

      Token libtard regurgitates predictable spew. I mean, knock us over with a feather, Juan. This guy is clown central.

    1. I was working with a guy from Brighton at a job in Aurora. Neither of us like it there, but it’s not really that ‘hood compared to some places I’ve lived in before.

      It’s just trashy.

      Low-investment parenting. Quantity > Quality of offspring produced. People who put their children on screens and leave them there because they’re too busy with their own screens.

      Boulder is the opposite, the hyperwoke attachment parenting that drives a disproportionate number of their bespoke sprogs into autism tier cognitive development.

      Growing up back in dem ole days running around in the woods unsupervised, far away from any pavement or adults, where screens didn’t exist, but knowing what time you absolutely had to be home for dinner by was actually kinda dope…

      1. running around in the woods unsupervised

        …reenacting the Battle of the Bunker on Endor and the Battle of the Throne Room. I made lightsabers out of cattails, but my journey to the Dark Side was never complete. Those were the days…

          1. That’s probably the best thing for Metro, at least temporarily. It’s been on life support for a while. They are hamstrung by a union full of incompetent and very rude employees, an aging and undermaintained system, and cratering ridership. They’ll have to operate with the bus system for a while.

      2. it’s not really that ‘hood compared to some places I’ve lived in before.

        It’s just trashy.

        There is definitely a distinct difference between the two. Low class and trashy white neighborhoods are not dangerous, they’re just places you can expect anything of value to be stolen if it’s not bolted down. The hood is where you’re not worried about your possessions, you’re worried about living and dying. If you go outside at night you may not make it back in. Oakland, Compton, etc., come to mind. The latter, of course, are very “mixed” in terms of their populations.

    1. Wouldn’t be surprised if it all went to the general fund. Public Unions control CA politics and pensions will be paid. Ask Schwarzenegger he knows they smacked him down and good when he was governor.

      1. Exactly. All that money went to gold-plated firefighter retirements and such. You know, the brand new diesel truck, boat, house and vacations for the retired Battalion Chief who now lives in Arizona aren’t going to pay for themselves.

  11. I mean, okayyyyy…..

    Egyptian model arrested over photo shoot at ancient pyramid

    Cairo — An Egyptian model was arrested on Monday over a photo session in Saqqara, a prominent archaeological site in the city of Giza. Salma El-Shimy, 26, posed for a collection of photos in a dress modeled on ancient Egyptian clothing. The outfit was deemed “inappropriate” by officials at the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.

    The photos went viral and revived a heated debate about the difference between breaking social norms and breaking the law.

    One lawyer filed suit, accusing El-Shimy of “the distortion of civilization and insulting the great Pharaonic history.” A member of Egypt’s parliament called for El-Shimy to face the “severest punishments.”

  12. Bethesda, MD Housing Prices Crater 31% YOY As Inventory Surges On Subprime Mortgage Defaults

    https://www.movoto.com/bethesda-md/market-trends/

    As one real estate economist so eloquently stated, “Nothing accelerates the economy and creates jobs like falling housing prices to dramatically lower and more affordable levels. Nothing.”

  13. They saved many more lives confiscating the fentanyl than they did confiscating the firearms.

    Over 50 arrested, 27 firearms seized and $359,000 confiscated in BSO gang operation

    Devoun Cetoute
    Tue, December 1, 2020, 10:56 PM EST
    ·1 min read

    A three-week deputy operation has led to over 50 arrests and more than $300,000 of illicit money being confiscated by the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

    From Oct. 26 to Nov. 16, BSO made 54 felony arrests, seized 27 firearms, confiscated $359,000 and collected 2.1 kilograms of heroin, 211 grams of cocaine and crack cocaine and 116 grams of fentanyl, deputies said.

    The arrests stemmed from Operation Green Shield, a coordinated effort by BSO to target violent crime and gang-related shootings in Deerfield Beach, Pompano Beach and unincorporated areas of northern Broward County.

    Of those arrested, 22 were gang members and seven of the seized guns were stolen, deputies said.

    “All of Broward County is safer following Operation Green Shield,” said Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony in a statement. “There are fewer violent criminals, including a number of gang members, guns and drugs off the streets as a result of this operation. The men and women of BSO worked together seamlessly, along with our law enforcement partners, to arrest those who try to wreak havoc and commit violent crimes in our communities.”

    Other government agencies also took part in BSO’s operation including Homeland Security Investigations; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; the Drug Enforcement Administration; Florida Probation and Parole; the U.S. Marshals; and Lauderhill and Boca Raton police.

    The sheriff’s office did not give further details on the individuals arrested or what their charges are.

    1. “2.1 kilograms of heroin, 211 grams of cocaine and crack cocaine and 116 grams of fentanyl”

      Hunter Biden lives in Broward now?

      1. Rather than measuring fentanyl and carfentanil in milligrams, it would make more sense to measure these drugs in “kilodeaths”, don’t you think?

      2. If the lethal dose of fentanyl is 2 mg, 116 gm is 5800 lethal doses, or 5.8 kilodeaths, if I made no arithmetic errors.

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