Wed, Nov 8, Nick here….

Let’s start today with our continued hopes and prayers for RBT and OFD… to make a speedy recovery and to know you have people rooting for you.

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FEMA’s brief from PR and the USVI shows continued improvement. In PR, more people are covered by cell service, clean water, sewage systems, and hospitals. One hospital that was running on gennie has closed.

The constant movement of hospitals on and off grid says that the story is more complex than the PPT briefing suggests.

Also, St Thomas is still only ~34% under grid power, St Croix less than 11% and trending DOWN, and St John at 30%. Note the amount of time that has passed. Most of us don’t live on what are essentially remote islands under 2nd or 3rd world conditions, but are you prepared to be THAT LONG without power, hospital, and water? There are still 3 shelters operating in the USVI with 66 occupants. PR of course has more, but the number and occupants are steadily declining.

It’s interesting to me that Houston and parts south have completely vanished from any disaster reporting. Funny how quickly that happens. In areas with heavy flooding, you can still clearly see the damage, but recovery is well underway.

PR and USVI have also fallen to the wayside in news coverage. Perhaps the rest of the nation is as tired of hearing about the lazy wastrels whining as the Gulf Coast and Florida are…

Speaking of Florida, when I was there last week there was little sign of the hurricane. A few trees down was about it. I drove from Tampa Int’l Airport to the Sarasota area. Pretty far up the coast, and out of the bad storm… did have one relative down there who lost some window screens on her “Florida room.” And that’s about it…

Here in Houston, we’ve had a cool front move in and should be cooler for a couple of days. I’ll take the reprieve and do some work in the attic, garage, and driveway, which work depends on if we get the forecast rain or not.

Which brings up another thing I’ve been meaning to mention. I find it very convenient to have a bunch of projects to work on in rotation. I’ve found that I can’t just ‘bust ass’ on one thing anymore, but I can move from indoor to outdoor, hard lifting to sitting down, doing bits and pieces. This is a completely different style of working for me and has taken some getting used to. The main difference is how long everything takes (measured by calendar.) It helps tremendously to gather all the stuff you need, and have it handy for the smaller segments of effort you can direct at it. I can get a surprising amount of stuff done this way. If you’ve stagnated or let a bunch of stuff pile up, you might find this ‘little bit at a time’ ‘chipping away at it’ approach useful to get moving again.

Speaking of moving, I better get a couple of tasks started….

nick

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64 Responses to Wed, Nov 8, Nick here….

  1. medium wave says:

    Let’s start today with our continued hopes and prayers for RBT and OFD… to make a speedy recovery and to know you have people rooting for you.

    A heartfelt “Amen!”

  2. DadCooks says:

    Time to count our blessings and send hopes and prayers to all, firm and infirm. Extra prayers for RBT and Barbara today, okay OFD gets some extra attention too.

    Nights here are staying in the upper 20s with low 40s during the day. The neighbors leaves are filling my yard, hoping for a typical Tri-Cities windstorm to blow them into someone else’s yard (we have no deciduos trees in our yard). Lots of rain predicted for this afternoon through Friday. Temperatures are supposed to stay above freezing, but if they don’t we could get a snowmagedon and put our new Subarus to the test.

  3. nick flandrey says:

    No endorsement, but here’s a sale some of you might be interested in:

    https://www.ar500armor.com/promotions-sales.html?utm_source=listrak&utm_medium=email&utm_term=Shop+Promotions+NOW!

    The “sentry package” looks like a good choice for vehicle use during a bug out or riot…and it seems inexpensive compared to some other choices.

    If you were inclined that way…..

    n

  4. Ray Thompson says:

    okay OFD gets some extra attention too

    Now you are going to give him the big head.

    we could get a snowmagedon and put our new Subarus to the test

    Around here the slightest amount of snow brings out the idiots in their big 4WD pick-em-up-trucks who think their 4WD will get them around easily. What they don’t realize is that 4WD still has 4 wheel brakes just like everyone else. I have never seen an accident from not being able to go but plenty from not being able to stop.

    Several years ago I was going to work and driving on Pellissippi Highway, a 4 lane divided highway with a grass median. It was snowing and their was a thin layer of snow on the road. Everyone was content to travel at about 30 MPH and just taking their time. Some jerk starts passing everyone at about 50 MPH in his pickup. About four miles later everyone spotted him in the median, standing by his truck, which was now on it’s side. Everyone just drove past him, waved, and honked their horn. I yelled a few choice words about his mother’s sexual choices and his lower exterior orifice.

    Took a little more time to get to work and by the afternoon the roads were clear. On the way home there was a towing company attempting to recover his vehicle. Slow and steady wins every time when driving in snow.

  5. ech says:

    Well, we will be moving back into our house next week. The painting is supposed to be done today and tomorrow the house will be cleaned and some minor electrical work done. I meet the carpet company today to measure the MBR and closet for carpet. That will go in after Thanksgiving. So, as of Friday the house will be habitable.

    The final items to do are:
    – new front door and rekey all the locks (4 weeks)
    – kitchen cabinets and appliances (mid-December)
    – MBR carpet, after Thanksgiving.

    The plan is to move the apartment contents next week with one of the small companies that send a truck and a few loaders. I’ll set up a temporary kitchen of the Keurig, microwave, and the electric kettle on a table. We have a fridge in the garage that will work for now. In the MBR, we have some cheap rugs we bought after the flood that we can put to either side of the bed until the carpet is installed. Then get all our furniture delivered from the moving company storage. Most of the household goods are in boxes in a storage unit. I’ll start moving them in batches and we will unpack them.

    So for the near future, we will be eating off of paper plates.

  6. Greg Norton says:

    Speaking of Florida, when I was there last week there was little sign of the hurricane. A few trees down was about it. I drove from Tampa Int’l Airport to the Sarasota area. Pretty far up the coast, and out of the bad storm… did have one relative down there who lost some window screens on her “Florida room.” And that’s about it…

    Yeah, Tampa/Bradenton/Sarasota dodged another bullet. Even though we no longer live there, I still dread the day that the luck runs out in the area. Even Orlando has been smacked harder than Tampa within recent memory.

    I’m amazed at the development I’ve seen around Tampa Bay over the last 20 years, especially in Brandon and out in the swamp that used to separate Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.

  7. nick flandrey says:

    Good news Mr Ech. I’m sure the family will appreciate being home.

    Are you having any air quality testing done before returning?

    n

  8. DadCooks says:

    Great link there @Nick. There are several items (particularly relating to first aid) that I am asking “Santa” to slip in my stocking.

    @Ray, we had a “dusting” of snow last week. You would have thought that it was 6-feet. The roads were clear, but the shoulders and ditches were full of vehicles, mostly lifted trucks and big fancy SUVs.

  9. MrAtoz says:

    Temperatures are supposed to stay above freezing, but if they don’t we could get a snowmagedon and put our new Subarus to the test.

    I had to give my Outback a battery enema two days ago. The center head unit stopped emitting any sounds and would not shut off even with the ignition off. The Outback online forums report a lot of this happening on 2017/18 Outbacks. Recommended solution is to disconnect the battery for 10 minutes, else you will have a dead battery in the morning. I did that and everything is working fine. I’ll be going to the dealer soon just to get this in my maintenance records. Rumor is Subaru knows this and will have a big firmware update in Jan sometime.

  10. Greg Norton says:

    @Ray, we had a “dusting” of snow last week. You would have thought that it was 6-feet. The roads were clear, but the shoulders and ditches were full of vehicles, mostly lifted trucks and big fancy SUVs.

    Portland is so desperate to avoid a repeat of last year’s traffic meltdown that ODOT actually admitted that the city and state bought *salt* for the roads this year.

  11. nick flandrey says:

    ” Rumor is Subaru knows this and will have a big firmware update in Jan sometime.”

    Umm, you had to re-boot your VEHICLE?

    n

  12. DadCooks says:

    For those of you who think that crytocurrency is the next great thing (NOT):
    https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/nov/08/cryptocurrency-300m-dollars-stolen-bug-ether

    “More than $300m of cryptocurrency has been lost after a series of bugs in a popular digital wallet service led one curious developer to accidentally take control of and then lock up the funds, according to reports.

    Unlike most cryptocurrency hacks, however, the money wasn’t deliberately taken: it was effectively destroyed by accident. The lost money was in the form of Ether, the tradable currency that fuels the Ethereum distributed app platform, and was kept in digital multi-signature wallets built by a developer called Parity. These wallets require more than one user to enter their key before funds can be transferred.

    On Tuesday Parity revealed that, while fixing a bug that let hackers steal $32m out of few multi-signature wallets, it had inadvertently left a second flaw in its systems that allowed one user to become the sole owner of every single multi-signature wallet.
    …”

  13. SteveF says:

    If you’ve stagnated or let a bunch of stuff pile up, you might find this ‘little bit at a time’ ‘chipping away at it’ approach useful to get moving again.

    Mr Nick, making with the life hacking. I approve!

    our continued hopes and prayers for RBT and OFD

    I recognize no god greater than myself, and my domain mainly covers getting a good spot at the mall and other large parking lots. If you can think of any way that will help RBT or OFD, feel free to direct prayers my way.

    Around here the slightest amount of snow brings out the idiots in their big 4WD pick-em-up-trucks who think their 4WD will get them around easily. What they don’t realize is that 4WD still has 4 wheel brakes just like everyone else.

    Yep. Your magic four-wheel drive didn’t keep you from spinning out and ending nose-down in a ditch, did it, Cupcake?

    One time I was driving on a highway in a blizzard. Not by choice – I had a five-year-old with me and there was nowhere to stop. It was daytime, at least. In about 15 miles I saw 19 cars stuck in the median, about 18 of them SUVs. Good job, geniuses! Interestingly, as soon as I crossed from Pennsylvania into New York, the road was clear. There was still a blizzard, but traction was now possible. In a bit of unusual spending prioritization, by New York standards, the Thruway tolls were actually put into keeping the road in good shape. (But a few years later a Democrat was elected governor and the Thruway excess was redirected back to porkbarrel projects, so it was business as usual again.)

    I have never seen an accident from not being able to go but plenty from not being able to stop.

    I was rear-ended once because I couldn’t get going fast enough to get out of the way of someone who couldn’t stop fast enough to avoid me. Other than that, yah.

  14. CowboySlim says:

    As opposed to cryptocurrency, I prefer to receive my Section 8 funds, food stamps and mental disability compensation in traditional modes.

    As they say on the program COPS: “I ain’t got no nothing nowhere notime”.

  15. SteveF says:

    Section 8 funds, food stamps and mental disability compensation

    My favorite is the “I can’t keep my legs together or pin down the guy who got me knocked up” money. You know the saying “You get what you pay for”? Well, we’re paying for bastard children of unmarried, unemployed, retarded women.

    But it’s sexist to observe that, so I guess it’s none of my business.

  16. lynn says:

    The constant movement of hospitals on and off grid says that the story is more complex than the PPT briefing suggests.

    The problem is that Puerto Rico was dying BEFORE the hurricanes hit. The hurricanes were the effect of slipping an 8 inch knife in a man’s gut when he was already down after a fight.

    The only reason that PR did not look like Venezuela before the hurricanes is the constant infusion of cash money from the USA government. Once this cash money stops, PR will revert to Venezuela status immediately. PR has run off many of their businesses by exorbitant taxes and bribery. From 2013, “Tons Of People Are Leaving Puerto Rico Because Its Economy Stinks”
    http://www.businessinsider.com/puerto-ricans-leaving-as-economy-craters-2013-10

  17. Harold says:

    What have we done to our children?
    Young white woman goes into a Taco Bell and orders French Fries. When she is told they don’t sell French Fries she has a breakdown and screams “RACISIM”. This is what we have come to, millennials blame any frustration on RACISIM.
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5059885/Girl-blames-RACISM-Taco-Bell-not-having-French-fries.html

  18. MrAtoz says:

    Umm, you had to re-boot your VEHICLE?

    Yup. The downside of the computer revolution. Annoying and an apparent know problem by Subaru. I couldn’t find a model I wanted without a Nav system. Some say the problem is with Nav, others with Bluetooth. Everything is working perfect after the reboot, but I’ll watch for signs of failure, like no sound when you first get in the car. It normally plays a tinkle at the drivers console and then the center HU tinkles and shows the “Starlink” logo.

  19. lynn says:

    https://www.ar500armor.com/promotions-sales.html?utm_source=listrak&utm_medium=email&utm_term=Shop+Promotions+NOW!

    The “sentry package” looks like a good choice for vehicle use during a bug out or riot…and it seems inexpensive compared to some other choices.

    That body armor with plates is incredibly heavy. When my former USMC son came back from Iraq the first time, I picked up a bag for him. Rather, I tried to pick up a bag for him. The bag had 110 lbs of body armor plates for him and his buddy. My son reached over, grabbed the bag and threw it into the back of my truck. That was my first clue that I was getting older.

  20. SteveF says:

    Bluetooth? Oh, that’s even better. The only good news is, you don’t need to put up a sign saying “Hey, technically-adept criminals! Free car for you to steal!” They can detect you a mile away, or at least a couple car lengths away.

  21. medium wave says:

    Young white woman goes into a Taco Bell and orders French Fries.

    How convenient that someone just happens to be filming the transaction.

    Can you say “staged?” I thought you could.

  22. MrAtoz says:

    I’m reading snippets that after yesterday’s Dumbocrat wins, Cankles is like a horse at the race track waiting for 2020. Biden also (’cause he endorsed them). Libturdians are predicting the House will go to the Dumbo’s next year. It’s possible the Dumbo primary in 2020 will have the oldest, Whitest candidates in history.

    tRump 2020!

  23. Miles_Teg says:

    Couldn’t the chemical engineer have moved to the mainland?

  24. MrAtoz says:

    Bluetooth? Oh, that’s even better.

    Gotta have my pixels, fool. 365/24/7.

  25. lynn says:

    Couldn’t the chemical engineer have moved to the mainland?

    My thought exactly. There is a problem though, outside the USA, most engineering degrees are two years degrees, not four year degrees. And the engineering degrees outside the USA are rarely from an accredited school.

  26. Miles_Teg says:

    Experience is more importand than qualifications.

  27. SteveF says:

    Yah, but HR departments are all about the credentials. If you don’t have the degree or certifications, you don’t get past the pinheads to talk to the people who can evaluate whether you know anything.

  28. Greg Norton says:

    It’s possible the Dumbo primary in 2020 will have the oldest, Whitest candidates in history.

    tRump 2020!

    Keep an eye on Gavin Newsom in CA. You won’t hear much about him running for President until he’s ensconced in the Governor’s mansion in 2019.

  29. Ray Thompson says:

    It’s possible the Dumbo primary in 2020 will have the oldest, Whitest candidates in history.

    If Cankles is involved you should have included the ugliest.

    Experience is more importand than qualifications.

    Well, until you have to calculate the requirements for stress loads and reinforcement points for that beam that is holding up most of the building.

  30. Greg Norton says:

    My thought exactly. There is a problem though, outside the USA, most engineering degrees are two years degrees, not four year degrees. And the engineering degrees outside the USA are rarely from an accredited school.

    Even though the department administration wasn’t exactly thrilled about having me in the role, I held the “Instructor of Record” chair for the CS department’s lab courses for most of my last year in grad school. In my last semester, I was the *only* full-time Masters student who could produce a certified transcript from my undergraduate alma mater, one of the requirements from the Texas university system for anyone holding the job.

    Things that make you say hmmm ….

  31. SteveF says:

    When I was a manager of computer programmers, 2009-2010, I confirmed my belief that there was no correlation between having a CS degree and being a productive developer in a commercial environment. I added to that the observation that there is no correlation between a good resume and the ability to get past the HR/Recruitment screeners (not a one of them with any technical background) and no correlation between either of those and the ability to do well on an interview with technical people.

    I was constantly fighting with the recruiting department to give me all of the resumes they received, without filtering them in the slightest. I would decide who might be qualified based on their experience claims, and then let the recruiters do the contacting. Nope, they didn’t want to do that because I was cutting them out of their role and they’re trained professionals and I’m not. Right. Let me know how that English degree is working out for you, Cupcake. Lucky for me, the VP of operations supported me in this. (And in practically everything else. I was the golden boy because I was conscientious about doing the management tasks even though I didn’t want to. That was all it took to put me ahead of most of my peers.)

  32. nick flandrey says:

    Just showing up and doing the actual job as best you can will put you ahead of most of your peers…

    n

  33. CowboySlim says:

    “Gotta have my pixels, fool. 365/24/7.”

    YUUUP, 7 years of pixels.

  34. OFD says:

    Random Blathering Department:

    WRT Bob’s junk on display in front of a dozen or more comely young wimmenz: been there and done that, podner, and recently. Be advised they are not impressed. My surgery-experienced younger brother tells me that once your lights go out, they and the docs take selfies with your zombified form and give you the finger. Oh, and you’ll grok full well they’re not impressed when they clean out your bunghole from under the special shower chair but tell you to wash your own junk.

    WRT appendix carry. Don’t do it. Unless you’re built like a marathoner and don’t mind risking losing YOUR junk.

    More pain for me today so fah, exacerbated by the apparently ONE MD who enters the weekly dope orders into the “system.” He was gone for a couple of days somewhere and they had to page him. Gas continues to be expelled, and two large and messy loads have also been deposited.

    And supposedly the VA dicks have finally consented to financing my forthcoming several weeks of “acute physical rehab” down at the big med center in Burlap, instead of ambulancing me for four hours to a VA facility in Boston. I had mentioned that guy down in the Vampire State’s Capital District and suddenly all doors were opened unto me.

    Said acute rehab will have to be followed by three hours and more per day of my own continued rehab exercises for up to a year. And I’m probably down by now to 215 from 275 a year ago.

    Later, haters….

  35. nick flandrey says:

    Glad to hear things are moving along for you Dave! And glad to hear that the idiocy CAN be overcome with patience and forcefulness. All you gotta do is find the right lever…

    My ER doc for my stone needed to have the male tech present while he looked at my ‘nads. Wonder if he’s got a ‘wife’ or a husband? In any case it was a weird moment for the PA or tech or whatever he was when the doc spelled it out for him.

    Bills are starting to come in and it looks like I’ll easily use my deductible, just wish there was a bit more time in the year so I could have a couple of things done…

    Anyway, keep at it Dave, tempus fugit, but perhaps a bit slower now….

    n

  36. lynn says:

    Bills are starting to come in and it looks like I’ll easily use my deductible, just wish there was a bit more time in the year so I could have a couple of things done…

    What ever happened to everything that you had done in the last quarter counted for the next year’s deductibles and copays also ? I blame that on Obalacare also.

  37. paul says:

    Chili is cooking.

    About 2 pounds of emu cut into stew meat chunks. Browned off in bacon grease.
    28 oz can of petite diced tomatoes. (that a can of fruit cocktail leaked on)
    Can of tomato paste.
    8 oz can of tomato sauce and 2 cans of water.
    4 tablespoons each of cumin and chili powder.
    Tablespoon of garlic powder.
    Salt.
    Teaspoon of cayenne.
    Mix and taste. Little more salt…
    Add a couple tablespoons of dried onion. And put the lid on the pressure cooker.
    Oops! Take the lid off and add the secret ingredient.
    20 minutes rocking under pressure, turn the stove off, and let the pressure go down.

    Smells great.

    Opened the pot, stirred and sampled, the meat is tender. Not quite canned beef stew tender. Added a 28oz can of whole tomatoes and a 14 oz can of diced tomatoes. Pulled the gasket from the lid and the pot is on low heat until suppertime.

    Not level measuring spoons of anything. Just scooped and knocked sorta level in the spice container. Sorta heaping…

    I might add a scant half teaspoon of sugar… I’m getting a bitter back flavor.

    Cooking. Chemistry. Whatever. 🙂

    Edit: Two 3 finger pinches of sugar nails it. 1/3 teaspoon, maybe.

  38. lynn says:

    Gas continues to be expelled, and two large and messy loads have also been deposited.

    I don’t know whether to say TMI or congratulations …

    And supposedly the VA dicks have finally consented to financing my forthcoming several weeks of “acute physical rehab” down at the big med center in Burlap, instead of ambulancing me for four hours to a VA facility in Boston.

    Excellent !

  39. MrAtoz says:

    Glad to hear things are moving along for you Dave!

    Sweet bowel pun, Mr. Nick! Beat Mr. SteveF on the draw.

  40. jim~ says:

    Paul,
    Glad to hear I’m not the only one enamoured with a pressure cooker! They save time, money, and you just can’t get the tenderness of things like tongue without one.
    Mine’s a classic design from India, but I have big ol’ Presto for other stuff, incl. canning.
    For you and the preppers out there, I offer these, the best thing since sliced bread. You’d never know they were canned/Parmalated, and run cheaper than buying Romas and all that slicing and dicing.

    https://www.target.com/p/pomi-chopped-tomatoes-26-46-oz/-/A-14771121

    jim~

  41. SteveF says:

    Dang it, Paul, now I’m all hungry.

    I cook chili (and almost all stews) in the crock pot, not a pressure cooker. No strong reason for one over the other; it’s just what I’ve been using all my life. I can’t make stew (or curry or anything else) more than mildly spicy because Brattipants won’t eat it.

  42. paul says:

    Crock pot is great. Pressure cooker saves time. I could have started this batch of chili this morning and simmered all day on the back burner. But, ick, messing with it before breakfast? No.

    The Pomi tomatoes are good. Shelf life over canned? I dunno. Tongue? Edible? So I hear…. I haven’t tried it. Er, like tripe/menudo.

    We have several pressure cookers. I like the little Presto best because it fits the burner and is deep enough that browning meat does not cover the stove with spatters. The other little pressure cooker is good, no problems with it. Then we have the canners. Eh… I have to figure how to use the deep-fry turkey cooker to heat the canner. The last time we canned much of anything I had to replace the burner socket on the range. Shrug.

  43. nick flandrey says:

    My wife is enamoured of her InstaPot, and her FB feed is full of instapot stuff every single day. She rarely cooks, and I can’t be bothered to learn a whole new system.

    She did make delicious turkey soup the other day with it, in just a couple hours.

    n

    (InstaPot is a slow cooker/pressure cooker/with a heater element in the base that can brown meat. And is all programmable.)

  44. nick flandrey says:

    “corgi mod”

    n

  45. lynn says:

    “Plague feared to go GLOBAL as death toll rises in ‘worst outbreak for 50 YEARS'”
    https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/world-news/658482/Madagascar-Plague-Black-Death-Outbreak-Toll-Symptoms-Spread-Africa-WHO-Airborne-Pneumonic

    “Cases have increased by 8% in just a week with nearly 2,000 people infected by the deadly airborne strain.”

    “Some 143 people have now been killed by the “medieval disease” in Madagascar.”

    I don’t know if this is just alarmism but this does look like the perfect storm. Airborne and can kill in 24 hours. Not cool !

    I thought that OFD was messing with me when he said that these people dance with the dead but, nasty !

    Hat tip to:
    http://drudgereport.com/

  46. OFD says:

    The idea that someone would think a chainsaw attachment to a rifle would be cool smacks of the vast comic book collection in Pajama Boy’s basement batcave.

    OTOH, look at all the weird chit the dorks put on their (basically) safe-queen rifles already…

    OFD runs VT slings, mil-spec triggers, and red-dots, sometimes with magnifiers; NV eventually, too; we have long nights up here.

    Get better, Bob; the Normals need ya…

    Pax vobiscum, fratres…

  47. Greg Norton says:

    I thought that OFD was messing with me when he said that these people dance with the dead but, nasty !

    Madagascar. Hmm. It puts a new light on the movie and its signature song. At one point in the narrative the animals go visit “the people”, dead pilots from a WWII crash..

    I like to move it move it
    I like to move it move it

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdcTmpvDO0I

    We watched that flick endlessly when my son was little.

    I preferred the “Buzz Lightyear” cartoon movie. “Nose rings are for punks, little mister.”

  48. Greg Norton says:

    The idea that someone would think a chainsaw attachment to a rifle would be cool smacks of the vast comic book collection in Pajama Boy’s basement batcave.

    Maybe we’ll see something like that next season on “Ash vs. The Evil Dead”.

  49. medium wave says:

    Liberals Gather to Scream at the Sky (Second Video)

    At least the first video is more original than “Hey hey ho ho, Donald Trump has got to go!”–AND it has a beat you can dance to! (hat tip to Dick Clark/American Bandstand.)

  50. brad says:

    Liberals screaming – do they realize that many conservatives are probably enjoying this?

  51. ayj says:

    My thought exactly. There is a problem though, outside the USA, most engineering degrees are two years degrees, not four year degrees. And the engineering degrees outside the USA are rarely from an accredited school.

    I must be living in another planet surely, maybe you have a great opinion of BS and the credit system in US?

    https://www.1843magazine.com/ideas/the-daily/the-extraordinary-silliness-of-american-college-grading

  52. Dave says:

    The local ARES/RACES chapter is having a meeting next week where an amateur radio volunteer who went to Puerto Rico to help out with disaster relief. I am very interested in hearing from someone who was actually there about what it was like. I’m sure a hurricane will never strike Indiana, but I’m sure he will still have useful insights to share.

  53. nick flandrey says:

    Tornadoes, winter storms, train wrecks, etc… you’ve got threats, albeit highly focused and contained threats.

    n

    And it will be interesting to hear from boots on the ground.

  54. nick flandrey says:

    ” maybe you have a great opinion of BS and the credit system in US?”

    The quality of current graduates from second and third tier schools has fallen off from past highs due to social and social engineering factors.

    This doesn’t change the fact that the “engineering” degrees awarded by other countries schools are farcical in comparison. The eastern european engineers I worked with didn’t understand simple algebra, nor ratios. They could copy, and look in books for existing solutions, but only if forced to do so. They lacked imagination, general knowledge, curiosity, and an understanding of the principles they applied to design. At the same time, they were arrogant and closed minded.

    The difference is cultural as much as anything, and the US students are more and more polluted by european progressive social thought as our schools are destroyed and culture changed by our own progressives, and those foreign enemies we’ve allowed to fester here.

    What made American engineering great was a willingness to work hard, the ability to fail without serious consequences, the “can do” attitude, the belief in individualism and individual achievement and worth, the ability to harness individualism to a team effort, and the brash self confidence that “I CAN solve this problem that all these others can’t.”

    nick

  55. nick flandrey says:

    @ayj,

    Also the author of the article you linked made a fundamental mistake.

    “As houses of learning, universities should want to encourage students to challenge themselves as much as possible.”

    American universities are no longer “houses of learning.” They are employment schemes for academics and would be academics, and have completely de-coupled output (student learning) from their primary goal of taking in money and spending it one themselves.

    The author argues that students are responding to external forces (GPA calculations) and optimizing for that. Universities responded to external forces (HUGE pots of money available to any warm body to spend at universities, regardless of outcome) and optimized for that. Hence Bill Gates saying “Every child should have a world class university education.” Hence the deprecation of the manual arts (shop and home economics classes) in schools. Hence the focus on getting every and any student into Uni, whether or not they are prepared, willing, or able to profit from a university education. The Uni gets paid when the student enrolls. NOT when they are successfully employed in the field they are educated for. See the horrendous drop out rates as an example of what happens when those students are confronted with the reality of college.

    Change the metric schools are PAID on to successful career in a field, and you’ll see changes in Uni behaviour.

    nick

  56. Greg Norton says:

    I must be living in another planet surely, maybe you have a great opinion of BS and the credit system in US?

    In our program, the CS undergrads expected to receive an ‘A’, but God forbid you asked them to crack a book. Cheating was rampant.

  57. OFD says:

    So-called higher ed, then, is a fool’s game across all disciplines now; the Long March commie shitbags did their work so well; circa 1930s to present.

    Kids: learn a good trade and read your asses off; Western classics. Defend yourselves, your families, etc.

  58. ayj says:

    Forgive me, I mixed two things

    a) 2 years BS in Chemical?, AFAIK this is only some kind of Technical School, maybe LATAM is different. I had 6 for EE 30 years ago <(plan was something between BS and MS but for simplicity we always said BS) and now they are lowering to 4, not all Colleges. (Brazil and we are something similar)

    Remember the original definition or engineer

    b) The article? ok, I dont know if this is true, only as reference

    And I have worked with people of a lot of sites, It depends, you know…. YMMV

  59. MrAtoz says:

    I see a return to Community College two year trade/skill based degrees as a good thing the the FUSA. During tours of some CC in Kalifornia of all places, we saw excellent programs and job placement in hands on skills based employment.

  60. lynn says:

    I must be living in another planet surely, maybe you have a great opinion of BS and the credit system in US?

    STEM, yes. Anything else, no. Except agriculture at Texas A&M and that arguably is STEM lite.

    And I have worked with people of a lot of sites, It depends, you know…. YMMV

    Man, is that ever true. I have worked with a lot of two year STEM degrees from community colleges and been impressed. And the opposite of course.

  61. Ray Thompson says:

    STEM, yes. Anything else, no.

    Shame on you! The new, accepted, acronym is STEAM. Science Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math. Notice how the liberal pussified teaching system in the US managed to add ARTS, probably one of the biggest wastes of teaching time and oxygen in the entire school system. But the precious snowflakes who are still using crayons could not be left out. Participation trophy for everyone.

    I despise publicly funded art. Art museums should be able to stand on their own without public assistance. If the people that want to look at most of the crap want to fund their own fetishes, let them. If they want to sit around and admire a painting and ooh and aah over the painting, until they discover it was painted by a monkey or is mounted upside down, let them do it on their own dime. Just don’t use taxpayer money.

  62. lynn says:

    I despise publicly funded art.

    We desperately need a Federal Constitutional Balanced Budget amendment. Desperately.

  63. lynn says:

    Shame on you! The new, accepted, acronym is STEAM. Science Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math. Notice how the liberal pussified teaching system in the US managed to add ARTS, probably one of the biggest wastes of teaching time and oxygen in the entire school system. But the precious snowflakes who are still using crayons could not be left out. Participation trophy for everyone.

    The wife has a BA in psychology and a masters in Social Work (that I paid for !). When I met her, she was working in Harris County (Houston) juvenile probation. One of our premarital agreements is that she will never work in juvenile probation again after the horror stories there. Of course, she does not remember this agreement nor anything else in the agreement.

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