Thur, Nov 9, Nick posting….

Today dawned cool and dreary, low 50s and overcast, after a night of misty drizzle. I scratched my dog’s ears and belly, which always makes me feel better.

I hope everything is proceeding normally for our host, Barbara, and OFD. Once again, our prayers and best wishes to you.

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On another note entirely, I’m pretty sure hell has another inmate today, as Florida State Prison has one less.

“Double-murderer is cursed by victim’s relative who waves ‘bye, bye’ as he is executed after a last meal”

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5064311/Florida-set-execute-man-convicted-2-killings.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5061727/Florida-execute-man-convicted-2-decades-old-murders.html

I have a personal connection to this crime and this murdering scumbag and his accomplices. For 26 years the ripples from his crime have affected loved ones, who I hope can get some peace now.

I don’t understand the DM’s love affair with last meals, and I can only hope that everything they gave this scumbag was off in some way- burned, undercooked, salty, cold, whatever. No way should he get anything that he asked for. He already got 26 years more life than his victims, and the one thing their families want the most can’t be given to THEM.

nick

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58 Responses to Thur, Nov 9, Nick posting….

  1. Greg Norton says:

    On another note entirely, I’m pretty sure hell has another inmate today, as Florida State Prison has one less.

    Florida needs to bring “Old Sparky” out of retirement up at Starke.

    The upside of Gwen Graham returning her family name to the Governor’s Mansion is that her father kept the electric chair humming despite the (D) party affiliation.

  2. DadCooks says:

    I rather see the return of the gallows and the firing squad.

    Cold and wet here in SE WA State this morning, supposed to stay that way until after Thanksgiving. More like Seattle weather than our normal. At least no snow in the forecast.

    Praying for good news about @RBT today and praying that Barbara is finding some comfort in knowing how much we are all pulling for her and Robert.

    We need a good dose of @OFD wisdom and rant.

  3. OFD says:

    30 this AM here and mostly sunny.

    Also hoping the best and ASAP for Bob and Barbara; mainly sucks being stuck in a hospital.

    And congrats to Mr. ech and family on moving home now; outstanding!

    OK boyz and grrls; OFD gonna ramble on now…they’re kicking me out by 1500 and moving me 30 miles down the road to my acute rehab site.

    Later, haters…

  4. Nick Flandrey says:

    Hope your nurses are all old battleaxes! They get sh!t done and don’t take any flak offn the likes o you….

    n

    (are you at least able to read during your confinement?)

  5. Nick Flandrey says:

    Talk to your kids, spouse, grandparents, neighbors, caregivers…

    RUN<>HIDE<>FIGHT

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VcSwejU2D0

    “Camera set up to record … shows the gunman firing for about seven minutes

    SEVEN MINUTES. Run, hide, fight. Or DIE

    n

  6. Nick Flandrey says:

    Feel just as safe as I did on 9/10 and 9/13. Feel RAGE at what our own .gov took from us that the murderers couldn’t have….

    n

    and yes, glad I only fly for personal reasons and only infrequently. If I was still flying 2x a week, I’d have had a meltdown before now.

  7. medium wave says:

    Whole lotta screamin’ goin’ on.

    No doubt this kind of behavior will influence public opinion.

  8. brad says:

    “Run, hide, fight”? I’m not so sure about the second option – you’re betting that the danger will pass quickly, which it may not. Run? Maybe. Certainly it’s the reflex.

    Seems to me that more of the guys need to default to “fight”. A lone gunner, with people running at him from all sides, will go down.

    Of course, I’ve never been in that situation, and can’t truthfully be sure how I would react…

  9. Clayton W. says:

    “Seems to me that more of the guys need to default to “fight”. A lone gunner, with people running at him from all sides, will go down.”

    You are right, of course, but a bunch of those people will likely be shot. More will be saved, but the guys have worse chances. I doubt very many people will act in that case.

  10. lynn says:

    Later, haters…

    Our church wide lesson (sermon and bible class) last week was on compassion. I may need to work on this some. But people gotta meet you halfway …

    EDIT: Of course, @RBT says that I am a prog since I advocate Medicare for All ™. And progs are compassionate with OPM (other people’s money). Oh no, I may be a prog !

  11. JimL says:

    My children have all been born – I won’t be having any more. I remind myself of that every time I hear about a shooting (or carjacking, or whatever). I pray that I have the courage to be one of the guys that rushes the gunman. Yes, the rushers have a higher likelihood of getting shot. But the rest of the group has a higher likelihood of surviving.

    That’s the cold calculus that has to be done.

  12. lynn says:

    “DC Council takes step towards placing statue of Marion Barry in front of Wilson Building”
    http://wjla.com/news/local/dc-council-takes-step-towards-placing-statue-of-marion-barry-in-front-of-wilson-building

    Unreal. I wonder if the statue will have him snorting cocaine using a $100 bill ?

  13. Nick Flandrey says:

    Run Hide Fight is the official response doctrine of the US .gov for civilians.

    Run Hide Call is the official doctrine in the UK.

    Watch the linked video, it’s worth the time.

    —————Certainly there are those among us who would choose “Fight” as a first option. Those sorts of folks probably don’t need to be told. The rest DO, and Run is the easiest and best first choice. It denies the attacker a victim or hostage.

    @brad,

    “Run? Maybe. Certainly it’s the reflex.” NO. Case after case shows that the reflex is to stand there and be killed. Disbelief that it is really happening, curiosity, and lack of PERMISSION all contribute, but most people stand right there, even after the killer starts killing people RIGHT IN FRONT OF THEM. SEVEN FUCKING MINUTES.

    Run, Hide, Fight

    Until something better comes along, teach this.

    nick

  14. MrAtoz says:

    Unreal. I wonder if the statue will have him snorting cocaine using a $100 bill ?

    Perhaps surrounded by hookers, too.

  15. MrAtoz says:

    Bizarro story from DM that caught my eye:

    Former Smallville actress is ‘second in command of sex cult under investigation for extorting, beating and branding its members – including Catherine Oxenberg’s daughter’

    I remember Allison Mack from Smallville. After the show ended, she fell off the map. I guess she was too busy beating her slaves to act anymore.

    Freakin’ Holly-Bizarro-Wood.

  16. Nick Flandrey says:

    “Freakin’ Holly-Bizarro-Wood.”

    got that right.

    We are living in a time of great upheaval. The masks are slipping. First the recent election shows quite clearly that the 2 parties are really just 2 faces of the same party, and they are completely divorced from their “constituents.”

    Now the Hollyweirdos are being revealed for what they are, sick psychotic perverts.

    which institution is next?

    n

  17. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    My official doctrine is, “Shoot, shoot, shoot some more.”

  18. Al says:

    And for more depressing news, it turns out that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. The deserter/traitor that was recently released, might be eligible for hundreds of thousands in back pay. Gotta love modern day America. In the good old days this POS would have seen a firing squad up close.

  19. SteveF says:

    How about give him the $300k, but make him pay the life insurance benefits and other expenses for the five soldiers killed and other soldiers injured looking for him?

  20. DadCooks says:

    So we have @RBT sign of life. 🙂 🙂 🙂

    My thoughts on gun control: two hands.

  21. Harold says:

    In an ideal world, we would all choose to fight and quickly end most attacks. (Las Vegas is a glaring exception) But, sadly, we live in the REAL world. Normalcy bias will get many people killed, as they just can’t accept the reality of an attack until it’s too late. Not that they are bad or even cowardly, just can’t grasp the situation quickly. People with training will, obviously, do better (LEO / Military). We can all do self-training by watching videos, range practice, and even simply imagining ourselves in a situation. Studies have found that simply day-dreaming response to different scenarios reduces reaction time (normalcy bias) and improves performance. The poor people in the Texas Church were in the worst of all possible situations. Packed in tight spaces (pews) next to family and friends (instinct to protect) with no room to maneuver or get cover. They were literally sitting ducks. I know there is video but I don’t want to see because I would get so upset watching children murdered.
    So, for most the RUN/HIDE/FIGHT mantra will lead to the least casualties. However, there are those of us whose brains are wired a little differently. When I am threatened or attacked, my first reaction is not fear but anger. That has led me into some stupid situations in the past. Luckily, I have survived so far.
    BTW: You don’t mess with my wife. Try to attack her and you better have your insurance paid up. I pity the fool who tries that. She has drawn down on more than one. As Kippling noted, the female of the species is more deadly than the male.

  22. Greg Norton says:

    Unreal. I wonder if the statue will have him snorting cocaine using a $100 bill ?

    Better would be a statue based on the tape of Barry sucking on a crack pipe. That’s pretty much DC in a nutshell.

    The Feds should have that undercover video around somewhere.

  23. lynn says:

    My thoughts on gun control: two hands.

    I approve of this.

  24. nick flandrey says:

    I suspect RBT’s procedure will be first thing in the morning, so here’s my best wishes for a safe, effective procedure and a quick recovery….

    nick

  25. nick flandrey says:

    Ok, I’m no Commie, but there just might be a problem with this…

    “How the other half live: Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and Warren Buffett are richer than half the US population combined with a total wealth of $248.5bn, report shows”

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5066053/Three-men-richer-half-population-combined.html

    I would like to see a comparison of say, JPMorgan, Rockerfeller, and some third rich guy with contemporaneous wealth.

    n

  26. CowboySlim says:

    “I would like to see a comparison of say, JPMorgan, Rockerfeller, and some third rich guy with contemporaneous wealth.”

    I’ll volunteer to be the 3rd guy!

  27. nick flandrey says:

    Just get in your time machine, with 20 years of the Racing Form, and the WSJ, and you could be!

    n

  28. Nightraker says:

    The tranny is going in the minivan, so can’t get to the time machine, drat. So, I nominate Carnegie. Inflation adjusted, those 3 should be pushing a trillion. Derned 16th Amendment and the Fed. [grump]

  29. nick flandrey says:

    Ah, the Robber Baron trifecta….

    n

  30. jim~ says:

    I like the “scorched egg” policy, as well as “two hands”.

    As to the ‘Robber Barons’, any Bell curve will have a right side.
    Without them, how many of us would be without a job?

  31. SteveF says:

    The tranny is going in the minivan

    No, the tranny is going in the Target bathroom.

  32. Ray Thompson says:

    I suspect that as I type Mr. RBT is under the knife having parts rearranged.

    Best wishes for a successful procedure.

    I do wonder if the vertigo that he has experienced over the last few years has been an indicator of the problem. Perhaps that is a reminder to all of us that when something isn’t right have it checked by an expert. Self diagnosis and medication should not be taken lightly. Even if you do stay at a Holiday Inn Express.

  33. nick flandrey says:

    Man, firefox is turning into a needy little b!tch.

    Every day I have to decline the “upgrade NOW!!!1!!!11!!” button. Every new instance shows me the ‘smug’* page and asks for money.

    If I could figure out how to get all my auto-fill accounts and form filling out of FF and into Brave, I’d switch today. If it gets any worse, I’ll make the effort and switch anyway…

    n

  34. Greg Norton says:

    Man, firefox is turning into a needy little b!tch.

    Every day I have to decline the “upgrade NOW!!!1!!!11!!” button. Every new instance shows me the ‘smug’* page and asks for money.

    That isn’t normal Firefox behavior.

    The “Upgrade” button that appears if you leave the Drudge Report open on the browser is probably malware. I only upgrade with the “About” box button.

  35. Nick Flandrey says:

    Never been to Drudge, only leave a couple of tabs open anymore….

    After a FF update broke videos for me for a couple of weeks, I’m less inclined to update than I was before. I do still have update notification turned on.

    On the subject of web annoyances, does EVERY FREAKING SITE really need to grey out, while a POP UP (didn’t we get rid of those?) asks me to subscribe/take a survey/fellate the owners? And WTF are the push notifications that damn near every site forces me to decline before I can visit? NO no and NO!

    Next thing, we’ll be back to EGA color schemes and the {{blink}} tag.

    n

  36. DadCooks says:

    @Greg Norton has got it right. It is not just Drudge though.

    As with so many many things on the internet, the proliferation of false update/upgrade pop-ups and such is beyond epidemic and way too many people are falling for it, often innocently.

    @Nick, you may even already have an infected Firefox and may have to bite the bullet and do a complete fresh install. You cannot trust saving any bookmarks/favorites/passwords/history, there may be something foul embeded in there.

    It is not Firefox’s or any other browsers fault, except that all browsers do not adequately police their allowed add-ons and plug-ins.

    The internet has become a cesspool and even the best prophylactics are becoming ineffective.

    I run Adblock Plus, uBlock Origin, Safe Browsing Version 4, IObit Surfing Protection & Ads Removal, and Malware Bytes. All others that fall into this category have been unreliable/inconsistent and/or drastically slow down browsing.

    Don’t forget your firewall either.

  37. SteveF says:

    Perhaps that is a reminder to all of us that when something isn’t right have it checked by an expert. Self diagnosis and medication should not be taken lightly.

    An awful lot of experts, not only in the medical domain, don’t live up to their billing. In both senses of the word.

  38. MrAtoz says:

    Next thing, we’ll be back to EGA color schemes and the {{blink}} tag.

    Ooooo. Remember the “neon sign” font from MS Frontpage? I made liberal use of that on out very first web site. Lol!

  39. DadCooks says:

    An expert is someone who is willing to let you know that he/she/it does not know it all.

    “Expertism” is a two-way street in a community of wide experience.

  40. JimL says:

    RE: firefox & passwords.

    Really, any browser & passwords.

    I only save passwords to sites I don’t care about getting hacked. EVERYTHING else is stored in KeePass, and & use when needed. Nobody should have access to your passwords, and if your browser is saving your passwords, they’re not safe anymore.

    Not a popular opinion in my circles, but I’m the only one that matters, so I don’t really care. I’m willing to do the work to keep it that way. Everyone that complains is welcome to keep complaining. I still don’t care.

    Mr Nick – if you don’t have those passwords stored somewhere else, I feel for you. You’re screwed.

  41. CowboySlim says:

    “If I could figure out how to get all my auto-fill accounts and form filling out of FF and into Brave, I’d switch today. If it gets any worse, I’ll make the effort and switch anyway…”

    Check out at macro maker, like at cnet.

  42. SteveF says:

    but I’m the only one that matters, so I don’t really care. … Everyone that complains is welcome to keep complaining. I still don’t care.

    Music to my ears.

  43. Ray Thompson says:

    An awful lot of experts, not only in the medical domain, don’t live up to their billing

    That is why in the medical arena for anything major seek a second opinion, perhaps a third. Some diagnosis are nothing more educated guesses followed by some of “try this, then try this”. Of course a lot of this is driven by some zit faced loser working at the insurance company with his/her/shim/sher/whatever with their thumb up their ass who has never seen your medical file.

  44. Ray Thompson says:

    Having the pool edging redone, started work today. True concrete pond and the worker are doing a lot of hammering and chiseling. First major repair in 30 years other than replacing the pump. After the edging is done we will have the big pond resurfaced as we have 5 hairline crack that are leaking.

    Also went out and pressure washed the entire concrete driveway. Big enough to hold 10 cars. Took some time. Amazing how dirty concrete gets just sitting outside. Residue from tire, vehicle exhaust, and general dirt in the air. I generally do the cleaning about every two years. Back patio gets cleaned every year in the spring.

  45. lynn says:

    Also went out and pressure washed the entire concrete driveway. Big enough to hold 10 cars. Took some time. Amazing how dirty concrete gets just sitting outside.

    I paid my yard guy $500 to pressure wash the driveway (100+ ft long), front sidewalks, back patio, and pool decking earlier this year. Looks awesome now. Now I need to get the pool decking re-coated with that non-slip stuff.

    My dog fell in the pool again Wednesday, the shallow end this time. It was traumatic for both of us. She was running past the pool and dropped a rear leg over the side, tipped her right in. I got her to swim to the steps but she could not get out due to her weak rear end. I got in and rearranged the stepping stones for her which she could then climb up. She will be 15 in a coupe of weeks (about 90 in human years).

  46. dkreck says:

    An expert is someone who knows more and more about less and less until they know absolutely everything to know about nothing.

  47. DadCooks says:

    @Nick – Brave can use LastPass (my second choice password manager, they have corrected past problems) and Dashlane (a lot of talk, high price for needed features, and behind the curve).

    Use LastPass to get your login and form fill information out of Firefox and it will sync with Brave. A little bit of work but not near as bad as starting from scratch.

    My first choice password manager in Roboform. I have used it since soon after they started, upgraded to pro/paid version so I can protect passwords and secure information on all my computers. I only use Lastpass as a bridge to Brave.

  48. JimL says:

    Mr. DadCooks – are you _really_ entrusting sensitive information to 3rd parties?

  49. DadCooks says:

    “Mr. DadCooks – are you _really_ entrusting sensitive information to 3rd parties?”

    Yes, I trust the encryption methods they are using now. I use password managers so that my Wife and Kids will be able to access my accounts and important information when I am no longer around.

    My information is in far more jeopardy being in places like Equifax, Experion, and Transunion; as well as all credit card companies, banks, and brokerages. And I have no control over it. Credit locking is a joke. Companies like Lifelock prey on peoples’ insecurities, yes there are cases where they “recovered” stolen identities but an identity once stolen is stolen forever.

  50. nick flandrey says:

    We have Keypass on my wife’s machine as a vault for passwords to cover the ‘survivor’ issue.

    My problem is I have litterally hundreds of sites that I only occasionally need to log into, and I’ve been using the same FF for so long, it remembers and autofills sites I don’t even remember. (parts suppliers mostly.)

    I don’t let FF remember passwords for anything to do with money, or that can cost me money (banks, financial, shopping with CC on file.)

    The autocomplete, and remembered form fields saves me a ton of time and effort.

    I’ll try the two step suggested just for backup if nothing else….

    thanks!

    n

  51. lynn says:

    Yes, I trust the encryption methods they are using now.

    Having had several encryption methods broken on our software around the world, I do not trust any of them. The private key / public key encryption in our software has yet to be broken but the crackers have now attacked the code around the encryption section.

    Locks are to tell honest people where the boundaries are. People that bypass locks without an ethical reason are therefore not honest.

  52. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    “I suspect that as I type Mr. RBT is under the knife having parts rearranged”

    Second cardiac catheterization today to measure pressures/flows. First real pass Sunday afternoon/evening to install balloon/pump. Actual procedure Monday to do triple bypass and mitral valve.

  53. lynn says:

    Second cardiac catheterization today to measure pressures/flows. First real pass Sunday afternoon/evening to install balloon/pump. Actual procedure Monday to do triple bypass and mitral valve.

    Wow, that is a lot of work. Balloon and pump ? I have never heard of them doing a bypass and mitral valve simultaneously. Did they give you an option of pig valve or St. Jude valve ?

    Still praying for you every day.

  54. SteveF says:

    I don’t see why RBT isn’t going for a heartectomy. Then when a charity’s fund raiser accused him of being heartless, he could say “Why, yes, I am.”

  55. DadCooks says:

    /sarcasm on/ I think Robert is enjoying the “personal” treatment while he is in the hospital and he is looking to get as many new parts as possible. /sarcasm off/

    Hang in there @RBT and Barbara, you’ve got all of our best wishes.

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